Parenting

Osmo Monster

We have now reviewed over 800 toys, technology and gadgets.  What have we learned from our experience?  Two things.  First, the best toys, gadgets and gizmos employ technology that you never see. Second...we really need to get out more often. The Osmo Game System for the iPad has won critical acclaim for combining physical play click to continue...

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Father's Day 2016

Regular readers just read that headline and probably thought, "Yep, Dan has officially lost it.  Time to put him in a home." After all, search this site and you will see we have written endless Father's Day Gift Guides.  We declared war on boring Father's Day presents.  We have a YouTube Channel with over 800 click to continue...

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Half Full or Half Empty?

Normally when I go to Toy Fair, I just try to stay in my lane.  Shoot some videos, learn about new toys and share with our readers. This year was a little different.  In January I launched a petition calling on the Toy Industry Association (TIA) to do away with their Boy and Girl Toy click to continue...

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Meet The Dullards

By Noelle, Librarian Extraordinaire We may have begun a new year, but let’s wrap up the old one with some favorite titles from 2015. If you are looking for some books to spice up your child’s or teenager’s life, one of these may do.   The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton. Princess Pinecone click to continue...

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AwardFun

(Illustration by Chris Murphy) Movies have the Oscars.  Music has the Grammys.  Toys have the TOTY (Toy Of The Year) Awards. Each year the Toy Industry Association, Inc (TIA) crowns the best toys of the year, in an awards ceremony in NYC that is considered the Oscars of the toy industry. On February 12, 2016, a click to continue...

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Samsung Brightview

9 years ago we used a Baby Video Monitor.  Actually to call it a video monitor is not really accurate.  It was more like a weird black and white monitor, that showed shadowy, jumpy images of something that maybe resembled our child.  At points sound would come out of the monitor...often from the cordless phone click to continue...

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Glow Show Sticker Launcher

What is a shooting star?  If you said a small, rapidly moving meteor burning up on entering the earth's atmosphere, you clearly have never seen the Glow Show Sticker Launcher. Us Sticker Launcher veterans know that a shooting star is when you put a glow in the dark star sticker on your foam dart and shoot click to continue...

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Father's Day

Father's Day.  Such an important day that we have decided to turn our sarcasm and snarky settings to zero for the day. Sure, you can say that Father's Day is a manufactured day to try to get us to spend more money on endless gadgets...but so what, we'll take it! We had some readers ask click to continue...

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FiLIP Phone

Kids want to run, play, explore and be free to discover new things.  Parents want to make sure their kids are safe, secure, out of danger and yes, happy and having fun!  As a Dad I often struggle with the balance between my kids desire to be free and my need to know they are click to continue...

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Zeusvision

Your daughter scores the winning goal for her soccer team and you happen to shoot the perfect video of the amazing moment.  Sure, you could share that video on YouTube and Facebook.  Even if your friends have the new iPhone 6 Plus - that screen is just not big enough to do your daughter's incredible click to continue...

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