The Step-By-Step Descent Into Toy Assembly Rage

I’m not sure how I dodged this essential parenting rite of passage for so long, but somehow this Christmas, my daughter’s fourth year leaving out cookies and Scotch, was the first time I had to assemble a toy. On that fateful morning, I re-heated my second cup of coffee, waved off my husband’s help and cracked open the box. I was so innocent, so care free, so confident in my adult abilities to follow basic instructions. ...more

in the land of legos

Originally published on When I walk into my basement, which looks like an inner circle of Lego purgatory with half finished abandoned creations, overturned bins, loose pieces covering every inch of floor, I have the intense urge to brand the word sucker right across my forehead. We have too many Legos.* ...more

I Make Cat Toys

Epic Toy Battles

If you have a three-year old, you know what it means when he says, "Mommy, will you play bad guys?"  In our house, it seems to be the favored choice of play right now.  It usually consists of setting up all the guys and knocking them in down in a variety of ways within seconds of beginning the battle.  Oh, and I always lose.I documented our latest battle for you to enjoy:...more
Awesome. This is what life looks like at my daughter's house. I love it when she Facetimes me so ...more

The Smart Mom's Toy Box: 25 Brain-Building Toys Under $20

            If you’re reading this, there’s probably still hope that you haven’t taken out a second mortgage to pay for your children’s Rapunzel-esque Christmas wish lists. Good for you! That means there’s still hope that you can experience the perfect trifecta of gift-giving (fun, educational, and cheap!) with this list of fun but brain-boosting toys—all under $20!...more

Boys In The Pink Aisle: Can't Boys Play With Girl Toys?

We went in the forbidden pink aisles. I managed to snag the family car and escape, with both boys, to Target. We wandered the aisles with a strict list and stopped only to ooh and aah over every Christmas Tree. We sang carols and walked through the toy aisles. When I asked my boys what toy they wanted, my eldest piped in with “Barbie.” This wasn't his first request. Since I was by myself, I didn't question it. My spouse is okay with them having “girl” toys, but he likes to redirect them to the Hot Wheels; it is a cost savings measure. ...more
This is so true, boys grow up to be dads so they should be actually be encouraged to play with ...more

Toys & Games Sales on Amazon – Ad

Toys & Games Sales on Amazon – AdThis is the ad for all the sales on toys and games. It’s going on now!If you’re looking for either of these, you should try here first! ...more

Toys to Grow with your Baby and Toddler

Many toys seem to come and go in our house, but it is so nice when I see my kids (now 4 and almost 2) continue to play with certain toys months-- or even years-- after they first receive them.  I love it even more if both of my kids will play with a toy at the same time. ...more

There's a Lego underfoot

When I first lived alone, I was mildly afraid of the dark. I would hate investigating weird noises by myself and refused to leave the perceived safety of my bed in the middle of the night.As a mom, I am afraid of the dark for a completely different reason: I am pretty sure I am going to step on a Lego....more

11 Ways to Organize Your Playroom for Moms Who Hate Toys, Playing, and Pinterest

If you’re looking for a color coordinated wall of bins, or a toy bin label printable, you've come to the wrong place. I buy my bins at Walmart, and I don’t actually know what a printable is or why we would call it that. Isn't anything on your computer screen technically printable? Anyway…...more
I just about died reading this! LOL!!!!! I really don't have anything else to say but this is GREAT.more