All Natural Teddy

All Natural Teddy

I tend to avoid buying friends and family plush animals as new baby gifts. I figure that like me, the last thing they need is another stuffed bear to collect dust on an already full shelf. But then, browsing online shop Petit Baby, I saw the new organic bears from...
Give Me Liberty!

Give Me Liberty!

I’m always on the look out for something to do with my favorite pictures, other than frame them. Custom bags, jewelry – you name it, I’ve got it. But puzzles? Not until now. While it’s easy to be mesmerized by Liberty’s unique vintage...
Ballsy

Ballsy

Thanks to the toy recalls, I am much more concerned about where and how the toys I’m purchasing for my kids are made. But it’s not always as easy to get the backstory on your playthings as Fair Trade Sports makes it. Perhaps it doesn’t seem like...
Good Vibrations

Good Vibrations

With my son working on teeth numbers 7 and 8, I’m desperate to find anything that will keep him chewing on something other than me. You think I’m kidding. But with all the research on the effects of some plastics out there, it’s tough to do better...
It’s a Bird. It’s a Train…

It’s a Bird. It’s a Train…

We’ve got our first ever two-child plane trip coming up and I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t a little nervous. I figure if I can pack enough fun stuff to keep the two year-old entertained, maybe I can actually suck down a cocktail and relax. On my...
Moving On From Macaroni Necklaces

Moving On From Macaroni Necklaces

My older daughter and I have finally reached the point where we can do crafts together that involve more than just dry pasta and pipe cleaners. There’s only two problems: 1) I’m lacking the creative-mom gene. 2) I’m not enthused about projects that...
No Bells, No Whistles

No Bells, No Whistles

When I was a kid, we didn’t have any animatronic plush animals with voice chips or virtual reality video games. We played with sticks and rocks and we liked it. Okay so maybe not so much sticks and rocks. But I do remember that Mousetrap was considered high-tech...
Dieter-in-the-Box

Dieter-in-the-Box

Spurred on by one of our favorite readers seeking a not made-in-China Jack in the Box for her daughter this holiday, we went on a mad internet quest to help a mama out. Especially considering that the category leader has had its share of recalls this year. Oh joy! Oh...
Hey Kid, Paint Your Own Toys.

Hey Kid, Paint Your Own Toys.

With all toy recalls, everyone has been joking about making their own toys. But considering I can barely make a complete dinner, I don’t know that I can be trusted to handcraft a cool toy worthy of my picky 3-year-old. But we can most certainly paint our own...

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