17 Nov 2015, 11:04pm
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myBlockhead from Tegu

Stocking stuffer alert! Get started with Tegu or give the kids a new reason to pull out their set of Tegu blocks with a custom myBlockhead.

myblockhead from Tegu

Pick the eye color, leg colors and cube design for your child’s own little Tegu character.

Add one (or a few) to your Tegu collection today!

What’s New from Skip Hop at ABC Kids Expo 2015

Skip Hop is a must-see at the ABC Kids Expo and their big showstopper this year was the Uplift Baby Bouncer.

Skip Hop at ABC Kids Expo 2015

It’s a comfortable, modern baby lounger with the unique height adjusting feature. It adjusts from regular floor height up to sofa level to let you more easily interact with baby wherever you’re most comfortable. Coming in the spring/summer 2016.

Skip Hop at ABC Kids Expo 2015

Skip Hop’s Arch Activity Gym has lots of cool features like a sound activated dancing fox and a secret pocket for your phone behind the mirror where you can take photos or videos of baby playing!

Skip Hop at ABC Kids Expo 2015

You can already find these new baby toys for sale…

Skip Hop at ABC Kids Expo 2015

… as well as these Take-along Kids Nightlights.

Skip Hop at ABC Kids Expo 2015

There are also a number of great new bath toys that are part of the zoo collection.

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Finally, these High Line Totes are a chic new bags that will join an already wonderfully diverse diaper bag lineup.

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Keep an eye out for all the new stuff!

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Terrific Toys from the ABC Kids Expo 2015

When I’m looking for a break from all the baby gear and strollers at the ABC Kids Expo, I go searching for a little fun in the form of toys.

First I was excited to come across the new line of toys from Monroe Workshop. Their collection includes mini robot horses, a robot monkey and this Robot Monkey Rocking Horse.

Monroe Workshop at ABC Kids Expo 2015

You’ll also want to take note of their incredible Haverhill Rocker. I would have loved to bring one of these home with me!

Monroe Workshop at ABC Kids Expo 2015

Manny & Simon always has something new to show and this year it was these vehicles with peg people. They’ve had vehicles before, but with the people, there’s an added level of play value.

Manny & Simon at ABC Kids Expo 2015

Green Toys is also featuring more vehicles with figures including these Sport Boats and the Dumper, Mixer and Scooper.

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They’re also bringing back their stacking block set but with a new color combination.

Green Toys at ABC Kids Expo 2015

One of my favorite modern toy brands is Plan Toys and they always have lots of new toys on display.

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I particularly love the little Piggy Banks,

Plan Toys at ABC Kids Expo

bird houses and bird feeders.

Plan Toys at ABC Kids Expo

There are lots of new bath toys like these little sailboats with polar creatures,

Plan Toys at ABC Kids Expo

and the pirate boat.

Plan Toys at ABC Kids Expo

And their newest dollhouse is this Creative Play House.

Plan Toys at ABC Kids Expo

Look for these new toys for your holiday gift giving!

Cubic Dollhouse Set

I’m ready to move into the new Cubic Dollhouse Set, though I must admit, personally I’d be more interested in a three bedroom place.

Seriously though, this amazing dollhouse is a MoMA exclusive and features a glazed roof, double height living room, and modern furnishings throughout. Furniture is included but the dolls are sold separately (and the patio isn’t currently available).

Cubic Dollhouse Set MoMA EXCLUSIVE

Just look how happy this little boy looks with his flat panel tv and ipad!

Cubic Dollhouse Set MoMA EXCLUSIVE detail view

For ages 4+ $200

Find more dollhouses we love on Pinterest.

The Land of Nod Holiday Gifts Preview

I’m pretty sure that I say this every year, but if you had to choose just one store for your holiday gift shopping, The Land of Nod would be the one to pick. They assemble the best collection of beautiful, unique gifts that stand the test of time. They also work with makers and designers to develop exclusive products for the season. But I’ll quit talking about them and just show you a selection of my favorites.

First, there’s a number of fun playhouses.

The Gearhead Garage Playhouse is too fun. The Gas Pump and Speedster Sit-On are sold separately. I also like the idea of getting their Speedster Racer and/or the Fire Engine Speedster with the garage.


The canopy playhouses are great because they add a lot of whimsy but don’t take up a lot of floor space. The new styles include the Skyhouse Playhouse Canopy, London Calling Playhouse Canopy and Woodsy Playhouse Canopy.


The Land of Nod Canopy playhouses london phone booth and tree house

The Misha Lulu designed Log Cabin Playhouse is a super one that can be accessorized with Felt Stepping Stones and Leaf Welcome Mat.


There’s one other crazy new playhouse, the Monster Playhouse, but it’s a little weird for my taste so I could bring myself to post a photo of it.

In a world saturated with play teepes, the new Dip Dye Denim Teepee is a unique version worthy of note. Denim style canvas + ombre is a really cool look and the floor cushion they have to go with it is pretty as well.


If the full play tents take up too much space or if you prefer something more temporary, I love Suzy Ultman’s Hanging Around Hallway Playhouse that just hangs in a doorway or hall and included the welcome may.


Gingiber has created three unique versions of the Executive Nod Chair– Sheep, Bunny and Fox. They are like favorite stuffed animals that you can sit on.

Gingiber Furry Animal Nod Chair

Another soft, plush place to hang out and play is the Day Trip Plush Canoe that is part of the Camp Wandawega collection.


And if you like giant plush toys and don’t want the teddy bear from Costco, the Giant Simon Sit On or the Paleo Plush might be more your style.

giant-simon-sit-on paleo-plush-green

You may know I have a thing about rocking horses, and the Thoroughbred Rocking Horse designed by Adam Greber is a new favorite of mine.


I love how the What’s That Stand For can transform into a great number of places for pretend play. It comes with curtains, banners and theater, produce, ice cream, drive thru and bank signs as well as a chalkboard/whiteboard sign so the kids can add anything else their imaginations come up with. This might be my #1 top must-have pick for holiday gifts.


The Future Foodie Play Kitchen Sink, Fridge and Oven form my new favorite play kitchen items. When did my kids get too big for toys like this? Oh, so unfair.


Now we did have a nice wooden workbench when the boys were little, but this If I Had a Hammer (and a Workbench) looks even cooler. With so many black and white kids rooms, this one fits right in.


My final new toy pick from The Land of Nod for the holidays is the Modular Dollhouse. It is compact, can be arranged in different combinations and best of all, comes with the furniture and dolls.


I’ll just say this, I’m a little envious of all the kids getting The Land of Nod goodies for the holidays this year. I wouldn’t be mad if you tag me in your holiday Instagram photos to show off.

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8 Sep 2015, 8:28am
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Shape-O Toy

We’ve rounded up our favorite shape sorters in the past, but somehow I missed the fact that you can still purchase the one I had as a kid over 35 years ago. If we still had it, it’d be as functional today as it ever was because these things last forever!

Tupperware Shape-O

The Shape-O Toy can be purchased online from Tupperware. This is a perfect gift for the child with nostalgic parents. $29


Teethers from Manny & Simon

A Manny & Simon push toy is pretty much a requirement for any modern nursery (just search our archives to prove it!), so I know their teethers are going to be standard for any well equipped toy box and diaper bag.Print
We got to preview the teethers ($14) at last years ABC Kids Expo, but I really love the shakers ($24) as well.

Manny & Simon Shakers

Nobodinoz Toys and Decor Now Available Stateside!

We’ve been admiring Nobodinoz from afar for a long time, but their lovely collections are starting to trickle into US retailers.

At Norman & Jules, you can currently order the Wooden Bowling Set,

Bowling set nobodinoz

Carrito Mapachito (raccoon trolley),

Trolley racoon letters cubes nobodinoz

and a couple of their full sized play tents.

Nobodinoz play tents

I love the color palette Nobodinoz uses. It’s fresh and modern (of course), a little bit tropical, and all goes together perfectly. I’m starting to think I should use their colors as the scheme in my new house! I can’t wait to see what else becomes available. Most of all I’m hoping to see the furniture! Who’s with me?!

10 Jul 2015, 8:45pm
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New Toys from The Land of Nod for Fall 2015

There are a few more stand-outs from The Land of Nod for Fall 2015– this time in the toy department.

How about this Byte-Size Personal Chalkboard ($25)?


The Fresh Picked Plush Produce ranges from $7 to $9 per piece (though I wish they just sold it as a complete set).


The Get Reel Fishing Game should keep them busy for a while ($50).


And their new Gobs of Jobs Activity Chart might just help manage household responsibilities in a fun way ($80).


These were my favorite of the new toys, but if you’ve never browsed their selection of toys, you’re really missing out. It’s a beautifully curated collection and you can’t go wrong with anything you purchase.

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You can’t go wrong with anything from Kid O, but these Alphabuild magnetized blocks are the next must have.

Alphabuild from Kid O

While there are other great magnetic building sets out there, the curved pieces add a lot of possibilities, including forming all the letters of the alphabet.

Alphabuild all pieces

$50 for the set.

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