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2010's Hottest Toys For The Toddler Set

It is fascinating to watch a toddler with a new toy.  With the holidays right around the corner you may be wondering what toys to look at for the toddler in your life.  Here is a countdown of some great new toys and a few twists on old favorites.     

9 Baby Toys To Light Up Their Little Eyes This Holiday Season

So, it’s that time of year again – time to start thinking about what gifts you are going to give the special people in your life.  If you have a baby on your list of people to buy for then you may be wondering what toys will put a smile on that drooly little mouth.  Here is a countdown of new finds and ever-popular classics to get you started.

Rocking Sheep Updates Classic Rocking Horse, Adds Fleecy Comfort

This cozy Rocking Sheep from Japan's EMU.ENU combines classic rocking horse design with sumptuous fleecy comfort. Will kids love it? Ewe betcha!

Wearable Puppets Really Get Kids Into Character

Halloween is over for another year and all that is left is the sugar high and the candy wrappers.  However, if your kids are still longing for a little dress up time then you might want to pick up a couple of Wearable Puppets from Hammacher Schlemmer.  These fun headband and paw combos quickly transform kids into the wild animals that they so often want to portray.

Pick Up A DQ Blizzard Maker And Skip The Drive Thru

I am an absolute ice cream addict.  Image my delight when I saw that there is now a Dairy Queen Blizzard Maker on the market.  Oh how I would have loved to have had one of these as a kid!     

5 Places To Enter Pics of Your Homemade Halloween Costumes For Super Sweet Treats

Here is your chance to show off your homemade innovations. If you made a homemade Halloween costume this year, submit pictures of the costumes in one of the homemade costume contests below. Then cross your fingers (legs and eyes too) that your creepy creation is the most creative and unique of the entries. Why? The prizes are sweeter than that candy you are about to trick or treat for.

Strollometer Helps New Moms Regain Their Pre-Pregnancy Shape

With all of the magazine covers featuring celebs who have given birth only weeks before and are now back in bikini shape, there is a lot of pressure on new moms to get back to their pre-pregnancy form.  However, if you have tried to get back your pre-bump bod and have not seen the results you were hoping for or cannot seem to keep yourself motivated then there is a new gadget that may help.   

Fridgeezoo Animals Help Keep Your Fridge Chilly

If you are sick of your kids, spouse or roommate leaving the fridge door open then you should take a look at the Fridgeezoo creations out of Japan.  These cute animal friends come in a milk carton shaped form and are meant to be placed inside your refrigerator.  They start out friendly enough, greeting you when you open the fridge, but quickly turn on you if you keep the door open for too long.

Chalkboard Placemats Keep Them At The Table - No Duct Tape Needed

It is a big step when kids graduate from sitting in the high chair to having a spot at the family table.  The novelty of being at the big table may keep them there for a little while, but soon after they have a tendency to start wandering.  Chalkboard Placemats may help hold your child’s attention, at least until dinner arrives. 

5 Last Minute "Trashy" Kid Costumes Make A Green Statement

Why spend $15-20 (sometimes more) on a Halloween costume for your kid? Your child is only going to wear it once. For some ideas to make your own, take a look at the homemade eco-themed costumes below made by very innovative parents.

Throw An Amazing Halloween Bash With These Creepy Treat Makers

If you are planning a Halloween shindig you are going to need some terrifying treats to serve to your guests and there are no better ghoulish goodies than the ones you make at home.  Here are a few Halloween food and gadget items to get your party prep underway.

Hut-Hut Kids Rocker Blends With Your Contemporary Style

Kids have a lot of toys and many of those items do not fit in with a clean, sophisticated look.  Luckily there is the Hut-Hut Kids rocker.  This piece looks nothing like your conventional rocking horse, but appears to be just as much fun, if not more.

Worried About Winter Germs? GetGloved And Kill Them Naturally

Gloves start out looking fresh and clean, but after a very short while end up looking pretty dirty and beat up, not to mention that they likely harbor a lot of germs.  GetGloved bamboo gloves sound like a great alternative to the usual old hand protection.  The organic bamboo material is said to be incredibly soft on the skin, eco-friendly, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and hypoallergenic.   

Dream Machine Recycle Rally May Bring $100,000 To Your School

I love recycling fundraisers, but schools hesitate participating in recycling fundraisers because they often don't produce a lot of money and they require a lot of work on the schools part. Junk food and cheap holiday gifts make a quicker buck. This year I'm emailing information about The Dream Machine Recycle Rally to my daughters' principal. Maybe the incentives mentioned below will be mind changing.

Giant LEGO Storage Blocks Make Cleanup Fun And Creative

As we all know, LEGO has evolved since its beginnings.  There are now different sizes, colors and shapes to suit every age group and taste, but there have never been life-sized pieces until now.  Lego Storage Bricks are an ingenious idea for de-cluttering kids’ rooms.

Little Kid Halloween Costumes That Are Sure To Appall As Well As Frighten

Halloween will soon be upon us and the kids are busy planning out their costumes and dreaming of all of the treats they are about to receive.  Babies and toddlers often turn up on Halloween with some adorable costumes, but they are usually picked out by an adult.  Unfortunately, even for the little guys, there are some bad costume choices out there.

2 Hours Of TV Or Computer Gaming: Find Out What They Do For Your Kids

.... The PEACH Project was to determine if watching TV and/or using computers for non-educational purposes was the cause for psychological difficulty scores or if the scores were caused by being sedentary as a bi-product of watching TV or using the computer.  The study results were surprising and should be of concern to parents.

 


Monster Hands Is 'Handy' Entertainment For Young Kids

I have found that sometimes the simpler things are far more intriguing to challenging little kids than fancy new toys.  With this in mind, I think that Animal Hands and Monster Hands temporary tattoos are a great baby/toddler entertainment idea.

Neiman Marcus Unveils The Gingerbread House Of Your Kids' Dreams

There are so many fun things about the holidays and when you are a kid the excitement is multiplied by about a million.  It is hard to imagine anything kicking that enthusiasm up another notch, but I am pretty sure that the life-sized, edible gingerbread house at Neiman Marcus would do it.

The 2010 Nobel Prize In Physiology or Medicine: In Vitro Fertilization

"You have brought many people into this world who can change it," reads one of the congratulatory notes to Professor Robert G Edwards, the British biologist who today won the 2010 Nobel Prize In Physiology or Medicine for his seminal work on in vitro fertilization (IVF).  IVF is used to treat infertility, a medical condition which affects more than 10 percent of couples worldwide.