The Little Brown-Skinned Girl in My Marriage

In my mind I’ve named her “Shey.” ...more

Preschool Pointers - 5: Cycle the Toys

Problem: Over the past however many years you've acquired a metric ton of children's toys, more than half of which your kids don't even touch. Solution:...more

Recycled Love: Second Chance Toys

In the summer of 2006, a New Jersey teenager noticed piles of perfectly good toys, sitting on curbsides next to garbage cans, headed for the landfill, and pondered the pointless waste, not to mention all the kids who might appreciate the toys. At 17, Sasha Lipton, was no stranger to good deeds. She was already volunteering as a counselor at Camp Sunshine, a retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families, when her waste-saving/love-giving idea struck....more
Love this!  I definitely plan to have a collection in December!    more

Simplifying the Playroom: How to Choose Quality Toys

With so many options available, choosing safe, quality toys for your kids can be challenging and overwhelming. Fun toys that inspire creativity and imaginative play are an important part of learning and growing. But with so many bright, flashy toys on the market, your house can easily become cluttered with a sea of neglected plastic playthings....more

Duct Tape Makes Leap From Toolbox To Toybox

I've just learned that young children are now being given a new product to use for their own amusement and as an exercise in creativity. Does it have to do with electronic devices? Is it a new kind of video breakthrough? Perhaps it's a fabulously challenging version of cycling or rock-climbing because our youngsters are now physically strong as well as intellectually enriched? Not so much.http://www.courant.com/news/opinion/hc-op-barreca-colum-duct-tape-0810-2... Your Shameless Friend,Ginawww.ginabarreca.com...more

Clean Up on Aisle Boy

Well, I was in Wal-Mart today.  There, I admit it.  I was in the store I claim to hate.  You know, everybody says they hate Wal-Mart but yet we economically help maintain their biggest-retailer-on-the-planet status.  Go figure....more

OMG! I'm Going to Be a Grandmother and I Hate Gender Marketing

When I hijacked TW and told her we were going to Toys R Us for inspiration for my blog post about all of the baby gear parents have nowadays, she heckled. Inspiration at the toy store? Impossible. We'd just be frustrated and grouchy! Which is generally true, but I was prepared for all of the things that generally bug me about toy stores. ...more
I had to laugh when reading this because I never realized how often this was done.  Barbie for ...more

Homemade Cardboard Box Oven

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My Toddler is Dating a Rock Star

When Emmy was just about to turn one year old, I swore to myself (and to my husband) that I wasn’t going to get her tons of birthday gifts.  I even suggested that maybe it would be best if we didn’t buy Em ANY gifts, and we could rewrap some of her existing toys, so that she could rediscover the joy of the many objects she already owned.  SHE wouldn’t know the difference, and because her memory isn’t ...more

Hot Trends (and cool toys) From Toy Fair 2012

Toy Fair 2012 is in full swing and I enjoyed a magical day mingling with the 30,000 toy industry-attendees, chatting with some of the 1,000+ journalists and checking out the more than 1,100 exhibitors. I truly felt like a kid in a candy, er, toy store!...more
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