Election Knit Rattles

It’s nearly official so…

It might not be the best year to introduce your tots to the political process, but if you’re ready to have a little fun with it, here’s the gift for your future politicians. If nothing else, it will be a great collectible keepsake one day.


The organic rattles from Estella come as a set or separately. $60 for the three or if you can’t stand having them both, pick your favorite– Madame President or Mister President– for $22 each.

11 Apr 2016, 8:25am
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Playforever Maverick Toy Car Line

Playforever has been a staple of the modern toy department but their Maverick collection of toy cars is my favorite.


You can find a selection of Maverick cars at My Sweet Muffin. They’re also available on the Egg Baby site. I’ve found them for as much as $65, but you should be able to find them for $50-$55.

New Green Toys 2016

There are lots of new products from Green Toys for 2016. We previewed them at ABC Kids, but there’s even more!

Green Toys New 2016

My favorite is the Cupcake Set, and then the Tea Time Puzzle, Dump Truck Puzzle and Garden Puzzle are fun new additions. Three new vehicles with figures include the Dumper, Mixer and Scooper. For the bath you have the Rescue Boat and Helicopter and the Sport Boats. The block set comes in new colors and for the outdoors you have the Watering Can and the Dig & Discover Set.

We love Green Toys for being 100% recycled, made in the USA and being extremely durable.

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Rocking Rabbit

Hope you’re having a beautiful Sunday!

Playsam rocking rabbit easter bunny

Rocking Rabbit by Bjorn Dahlstrom from Playsam- $225

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22 Mar 2016, 9:43pm
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New Shades of Mula: Wooden Toys from Ikea

Ikea‘s essential Mula collection of wooden toys has gotten a facelift for 2016 and now features brighter fresh colors  just in time for spring.

Ikea Mula Wooden Toys

Mula toys include Stacking Rings, Crane with Blocks, Shape Sorter, Bead Roller Coaster, Toddle Wagon/Walker, 24 Building Blocks with Wagon and Abacus. We had three of these in the old colors so I can attest to the awesomeness of the Mula toys, and now with this fresh, modern collection of colors, they’re even better! $7-$25

24 Feb 2016, 2:06pm
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Lego Duplo

Today I want to talk a little bit about Lego Duplo, aka: the best reason to have a toddler. I love Lego’s Duplo line of bricks. Especially perfect for ages 2-5, these are by far my #1 my favorite toy. There are an infinite number of ways to play with Duplo– pretend play with the sets, stacking and attaching bricks, sorting the pieces etc… And they’re large enough to be safe and easy to pick up.

If I were you, I’d be buying these great new Lego Duplo sets today…

Around the World: This set has a little of everything. It includes 5 figures, all kinds of animals, a boat, a plane, clear bricks and even a camera.

Around the World Lego Duplo
Jungle: This set has an adult and baby elephant, an alligator, a propeller plane and a campfire.

Lego Duplo Jungle

Miles’ Stellosphere Hangar 10826 is unlike any other Duplo set. Disney Junior fans will love it with bricks in many shades of blue, a spaceship and even an ostrich.

Miles' Sellosphere Hangar Lego Duplo

We had a set similar to this Tow Truck 10814. All of the vehicle pieces are fun with the tools, engine, truck and little car. There’s a lot of play value in this set for just $20.

Lego Tow Truck

Tip for buying Lego: Always buy the most expensive set you can afford. One $100 set is much better than five $20 sets. This is still a lesson I’m working on with my boys who still need practice saving up their allowance!

You can never have too much Lego and these toys will last for generations. One of the saddest parts of my children growing up so far has been when they both finally outgrew Duplo and moved up to regular Lego bricks. We passed our bins of bricks to cousins, but I hope that someday they’ll come back around for our grandchildren. I’m serious!

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Studio Delle Alpi

The colorful modern pull toys from Studio Delle Alpi make spectacular gifts.  1398200-studio-delle-alpi-alligator-toy-aStudio Delle Alpi Pull Toys

Five designs are available: alligator, giraffe, turtle, bunny and horse. I’d just find it hard to pick just one. $65
Okay fine, this Florida girl would pick the alligator!1398192_1398182_1398183_d_2

You may also be tempted with their play table and milk stools. Cute, cute, cute!

4 Feb 2016, 9:40pm
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Newest Bath Toys from Boon

If I have to think of brands with modern bath toys, Boon is among the top on a very short list.

The latest additions to their already fun collection are Chomp, a hungry whale that gobbles up sea creatures,

Boon Bath Toy, Chomp Hungry Whale

Jellies, suction cup creatures that stick to the tub, wall and each other,

Boon Jellies Suction Cup Bath Toy

Boon, the light up diver,

Boon Marco Light-Up Bath Toy

Tones, musical bath boats that hook together,

Boon Tones Musical Boats

and my favorite, Cogs, which stick to the wall and spin when water is poured on them.

Boon Cogs Water Gears Bath Toy

I bet you can’t wait for bath time!

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15 Jan 2016, 9:44pm
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Little House Play Kitchen from Il Mondo Di Eve

I’m going to go a little further abroad here than usual and tempt you with this amazing creation from Il Mondo Di Eve.

The Little House can be purchased in a number of configurations but the most incredible is this oven and sink combination play kitchen. This is the most expensive option and will set you back €850 (about $930) but they do ship to the US from Italy.


For now, let’s just admire it and add it to a Pinterest board or two.

CARtools by Floris Hovers

Following up on his ArcheToys for Magis (I wish I could collect them all!), Floris Hovers has a set of wooden vehicle blocks that are as wonderful to create and play with as they will be to see in a museum one day.

Made from solid beech, CARtools from Magis, are part blocks, part puzzle and completely a work of art.


Just add these to my wish list. Yes, I said MY wishlist. My boys have plenty of toys of their own to play with.

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