Category: Toys

Kiwi Co Koala Crate Review – Rainbows – December 2017

What it is:

Kiwi Co is a subscription-based box service for children, ages 24 months to 16+ years old. Every month, Kiwi Co sends a developmentally appropriate box filled with project materials pertaining to a specific theme. There are typically three projects in each box, all of which I have found to be fun and engaging and to revolve around STEAM-based (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) principles.The company has five different lines geared towards children at specific developmental stages:

  1. Cricket (ages 24 months-36 months)
  2. Koala (ages 3-4 years old)
  3. Kiwi (ages 5-8 years old)
  4. Doodle (ages 9-16+ years old)
  5. Tinker (ages 9-16+ years old)

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The Ultimate Gift Guide: Best Toys for Kids (3-4 Years Old)

This post contains affiliate links. You can read about my disclosure policy here.

It’s that time of the year when we are fast approaching the holiday season. My last gift guide for toddlers ages 2-3 has been a big hit so I figured I would compile my next ultimate gift guide: the best toys for kids, ages 3 to 4 years old.

You’ll see a lot of the same toys I listed in my previous guide as the best toys are the ones that are not easily outgrown.

As always, I only list toys that I have personal experience with or are on my wish list. (I never recommend toys I wouldn’t spend my own money on.) Keep in mind that this list is geared more towards non-electric and/or educational type toys. I’ve found that I naturally gravitate towards STEM toys or the ones that inspire creative play. 🙂

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Best Teepee Tent for Kids – Teepee Joy Review

A teepee tent for the kids has been on their (who am I kidding, my) wish list for a while.

On a whim, I recently purchased a teepee from Target’s Pillowfort line that looked cute enough. However, when I took it out of the bag to assemble, the quality was subpar.

The canvas was rough and stiff and I had a hard time screwing the legs together. Of course, those are not the types of things Max and Alexa care about and they loved playing in the teepee tent, nonetheless. But not even a week passed before Max the Tornado snapped the poles of one of the legs which led to the early demise of the Target teepee. (Note: Do NOT let your children attempt to scale the teepee.)

As luck would have it, by then, a teepee from Teepee Joy was en route. Thank you, Lee Orlian!

Teepee Joy is a small, family-owned company based in Illinois. Each teepee tent is handcrafted and made from 100% cotton. There is also an option to buy a matching play mat and/or pillow set. I absolutely love the beautiful color and pattern options which I think would look attractive in any nursery or play room.

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The Ultimate Guide to the Best Non-Toxic Toys

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Over the years, I have done a lot of research into the best non-toxic toy companies for babies and toddlers. I have also had the opportunity to accumulate toys from most of the brands featured.

Several factors that I use to evaluate safe non-toxic toy brands include, among other things, whether the toy company is reputable, has a proven safety track record, uses non-toxic finishes and materials, or is based in the USA. (Note that I did not disqualify a company solely because their toys might be produced in another country.)

I have broken down my list into companies that focus primarily on wooden toys versus other safe materials.

Non-toxic wooden toy brands:
Other non-toxic toy brands:

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Holiday Gift Idea: Best Superhero Cape

Holiday Gift Ideas - Superhero Costume

Being a superhero should not be only relegated to Halloween. Max loves being a superhero 365 days out of the year – with or without a cape.

Since he is at the perfect age for imaginative play and playing dress-up, I previously purchased some superhero capes for him off Amazon. But, the material was thin and the quality wasn’t great.

I went looking for a high quality cape that would be able to withstand his rough and tumble play.

That’s when I found ApplesauceLLC by Sarah Moos on Etsy. She makes the most awesome superhero capes I’ve come across. (I especially love the superhero comic lining option.) I reached out to Sarah who generously sent me this cape and matching accessories for review.

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