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Amber Leventry's Blog

Through technology, common sense, and really creative minds, there is an unlimited supply of products for parents and their children. Parenting is hard work so I love kid products and baby gear that make life easier for moms and dads. And I love products that make the world better. I hope to find both for you, while never losing sight of the fact life should be fun too. See something I should know about? Send me a message on Twitter @AmberLeventry.

I am a parent of three—two are twins. I write about parenting for VT Mommies and The Next Family.

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Lammily Doll Is The 'Normal Barbie', Average And Beautiful. Stretch Marks Included.

Graphic designer Nickolay Lamm used an art project to show the world what Barbie would look like if she had the measurements of an average 19-year-old woman, according to the CDC. No one was particularly surprised that the side-by-side comparison of the two dolls showed very different results. We all know Barbie is a fantasy no woman should try to emulate and a fantasy no man should expect. Lamm created the Lammily doll, the ‘Normal Barbie’, to provide young girls with a more realistic view of women’s bodies, including acne and stretch marks.

The Thanksgiving Game Keeps Us ThanksGIVING, ThanksGUESSING, and ThanksSHARING

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year. The menu couldn’t be better. The day starts with a parade. Happy hour starts at noon and board games hit a new level of competitiveness when you are suppressing annoyance or passive aggressive comments toward relatives you can barely stand. Out of curiosity and to see if I could spice up my favorite Thursday, I did a search for Thanksgiving themed board games. What I found was The Thanksgiving Game, a game where players get to experience ThanksGIVING, ThanksGUESSING, and ThanksSHARING.

Move Over Elf, There's A Maccabee On The Mantel This Holiday Season

Two Jewish parents, a company named Toy Vey!, and a lot of chutzpah bring you the Maccabee on the Mantel, a plush, smiling Maccabee soldier with an accompanying hard cover children’s book about Hanukkah. The idea was conceived by Abra Liberman-Garrett when she began to see her school-age children pine for the shiny and fun traditions of Christmas.

OrganicKidz Baby Grows Up Bottle Kit Will Take Your Child From Infancy To Kindergarten And Beyond

OrganicKidz was started by a mom motivated by the fear of harmful chemicals in baby bottles and with a passion to provide a safer alternative to the plastic and glass bottles filling retailers’ shelves. Jane and her company organicKidz created the first stainless steel baby bottle. Not only is it toxin free and unbreakable, but it was designed to transition from your baby’s first bottle to a sippy cup and then water bottle. The Baby Grows Up Bottle Set contains everything you need to get your child from infancy to kindergarten and beyond.


Breaking Bad Toys No Longer Available At Toys R Us. If Fake Meth Is On Your Kid's Christmas List, You'll Need To Shop Elsewhere

If a Breaking Bad toy set is on your child’s Christmas list and you intended to do your Christmas shopping a little early this year, don’t expect to find what you are looking for at Toys R Us. The toy dolls, with likeness to Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, were pulled from the retailer’s shelves after a Florida mom petitioned to have it removed. Wait, Breaking Bad figurines aren’t on your child’s Christmas list?

Hover Ball: A Ball Safe Enough To Play With In The House

Wham-O brings you the Hover Ball and they claim it is the only soccer ball that floats like magic. If we are splitting hairs—or in Wham-O’s case, balls—the Hover Ball is not a ball. It’s a half of a ball. And it doesn’t hover as much as it slides or glides. It may appear to float, but it doesn’t actually float. No magic involved. But Hover Ball is a soccer ball that is designed to be safe enough to play with in the house.

From Diaper Bags To Diaper Vests, DadGear Has Cool Manly Gear For Dads

The founders of DadGear were very clear about their mission when they started their company. As two dads who loved their kids and loved fatherhood, but hated the flowery diaper bags with low functionality, they wanted baby gear that was masculine and high quality. They wanted gear that fit their style as dads. Using their experience as parents they designed products convenient and necessary for a day out with the kids with a look more fitting of dads. From diaper bags to diaper vests, DadGear has Daddy covered.

Create Tracks Or Highways With PlayTape. Chugga Chugga, Vroom, Vroom!

Sometimes the best inventions come from the simplest ideas. Slice bread and then bag it? Genius. Markers that wash off of walls and clothes? Thank you! And now tape with highway or railroad track designs that can be used anytime and anywhere your kid wishes to drive their automobiles? Brilliant. Invented by InRoad Toys and made in the United States, PlayTape will soon be the best alternative to hard-to-put-together toy railroad and car track sets that come with too many pieces and too much frustration for little hands.


What Makes A Baby: A Book To Answer An Old Question In A New Way For All Families

If you have kids or have ever been around kids, you will likely be asked, “Where do babies come from?” The stork; a wild night of booze and poor decision making; or a grunt and shrug are not acceptable answers. While the middle explanation may be applicable, the truth is that it is hard to answer a perfectly simple and innocent question with a simple answer. Yes, babies come from the combination of a sperm and egg. But not all babies come from sex. What Makes a Baby is a book for all families that tells the biology of baby making with the opportunity to talk to your kids about where they came from.

20 DIY Kids' Halloween Costumes That Will Put Yours To Shame. Damn You Pinterest

I love Halloween. And before I had kids, I loved to make my own Halloween costumes. I’d love nothing more than to make costumes for my kids this year. Well, there are a few other things I would love more, but I really do wish I had the time to make something clever, cute, and fun for my three kids. I could not find a section on Pinterest titled, Make Your Kid an Awesome Halloween Costume While One of Your Twin Boys is Scaling the Oven While the Other is Playing in the Toilet Again. I did find some really awesome DIY costumes that people with time can make. But, seriously, who has this amount of time? These costumes will put yours to shame. And mine. Damn you Pinterest.