Tales From the Nursery

Tales From the Nursery: The Toddler Years

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Learning Letters Got More Fun With #CypherKidsClub #CBias

There are two things my daughter seems to really love: learning and my phone.  I never push learning on her, we just integrate it into our play and everyday life.  Rissa is pretty good


ALEX Jr Sort and Count Wooden Toy Set

  Sometimes I think we go overboard on toys at our house.  Actually, I know this is the case.  We have quite a mixture from educational to cheap crappy toys; wooden and plastic… Rissa enjoys


Preparing for a Sibling With a Realistic Looking Baby Doll

Over the course of my pregnancy we’ve tried to keep our toddler informed of what is going on.  No matter what, I know there will still be an adjustment period for all of us.


Develop Motor Skills With the Little Tikes Basketball Hoop

Earlier this summer we went to a friend’s backyard BBQ and their son had a Little Tikes basketball hoop.  We were a little surprised at how much Rissa wanted to play with it.  Not


A Toddler Friendly Christmas Tree

When I was little, I loved helping to decorate the Christmas tree.  We’d put it up anytime after Thanksgiving and before Christmas Eve, making a night of it.  We typically put up an artificial


It’s More Fun to Grocery Shop When It’s Pretend Play

When I was little I used to love following my mom around the grocery store with those little kid-sized shopping carts.  I also remember playing “shopping” and “house” with my own cart and fake


Hexbug Warriors Battle Arena Review

Do you remember BattleBots?  People from around the world created robots that would fight each other in an arena through remote controls.  My dad and I used to love watching them – it was


Who Will Laugh More: Elmo or Your Toddler? #LOLElmo

Actually I think I laugh more than both of them. It might be terrible of me, but I have to stifle a giggle when my toddler says she’s scared of Elmo. Don’t worry, I’m


A Toy Smartphone for Tech Savvy Toddlers

Sometimes I hate to admit it, but smartphones have changed how I conduct my daily life. This in turn has affected my toddler. It’s a mixed bag of pros and cons, but it is


AppGear Combines Reality With Virtual Gaming World

As mobile gaming continues to rise with the use of apps on smartphones and tablets, so too has the notion of combining real world elements into game play.  Augmented reality apps and games are


Tiny Love Super Mat and Musical Stack & Ball Game Elephant are Fun for Babies and Toddlers

Tiny Love is quickly becoming one of my favorite brands for baby gear and toys. Everything we’ve received from them has been great quality and useful beyond one developmental stage. With Rissa I got


Melissa & Doug Terrific Twenty List and Giveaway

I love Melissa & Doug toys for my daughter and get excited when I spot them in big box stores like Shopko.  Though, I usually order them online, it’s nice to see them becoming


IKEA Soft Toys for Education Make Great Gifts for Kids

This may shock you, but I’ve never shopped at an IKEA before.  There isn’t one very close by unless we want to drive a few hours.  I’ve heard people rave about their furniture so


Encouraging Young Girls With Moxie Girlz Sportz Dolls

I really love the message of the Moxie Girlz because they emphasize being true to yourself and the ability to achieve your dreams.  There are enough fashion dolls that focus on just that –


Toy Review | Fill Your Wuggle Pets With Magic & Personality

There is a new toy craze sweeping the nation: Wuggle Pets.  They are designed for children over 4 years old to stuff them full of magic and personality.  Over the years I’ve seen a


Little People Zoo Talkers Animal Sounds Zoo by Fisher-Price

I remember playing with Little People by Fisher-Price when I was little. I had a neat little school house for them that wasn’t much larger than a Happy Meal box. That was


Make Math Fun! Zillionz Talking Cash Register Review

Think back to when you were a little kid, what did you like to play with?  Did you ever play “store?”  I did and so did my hubby.  I liked “store” better than “house”


Holiday Gift Ideas: Snowman Plush

My favorite way to decorate for the winter is with snowmen.  I have snowmen candles, plush, light up figures, etc.  I even have a series of melting snowmen that always went on our coffee


Perplexus Original Review & Giveaway (US/Can) 1/15/12 closed

Every so often a great educational toy comes along that is timeless and classic.  It’s interesting and frustrating; challenging and addicting; gratifying and replayable.  The Perplexus Original is a 3D maze inside a ball.


Holiday Gift Ideas: Monster High Friends Plush Doll & Pet

Here’s another hot toy for this year: Monster High plush!  Mattel and Monster High have taken monsters and the undead to a new level.  Instead of high fashion dolls, these characters are the teenage