Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Insider’s Guide to the Best Stuffed Animals

Some Great Kids' Stuffed Animals for 2015

Do you remember the Lorax from those Dr. Seuss books? He was a cuddly, adorable creature who spoke for the trees. I like to think of myself as the stuffed animal equivalent of the Lorax. I am the writer and I speak for the stuffed animals! Ha!

Okay, so maybe that was a corny introduction, but in this case, I really do speak for the best stuffed animals on the market. Those with cuddly, snuggly, awesome qualities that would make youngsters (and those young-at-heart) happy to have, hug, and hold at bedtime.

Without further ado – these are my top 3 picks for those aforementioned bests where stuffed, plush animals are concerned.


LeapFrog My Pal Violet

Violet is…well… violet – the color, and her beautiful vividness has leaked into her interior, making her the sweetest, cutest stuffed animal ever. Okay, maybe not EVER – but she is definitely a contender for the title.

Designed to somewhat resemble an adorable puppy, Violet features educational push-buttons on her paws and tummy. She teaches counting, sorting, shapes, the alphabet, and more in sing-along songs, little lessons, and awesome, interactive games. She is also soft and slightly squishy with a plush tummy that is perfect for hugs and snuggles when your kiddo is less about learning and more about naptime.


LeapFrog My Pal Scout

Scout is the cool big brother of Violet – only he is colored in shades of vibrant green. His beautiful tones have also soaked into his center, making his vivid personality shine from the inside out.

He loves making new friends and has a slew of sing-along songs that he can teach your youngster. Scout also has push-buttons on his paws, belly, and noggin – each one does something different, and kids are sure to learn unique, new things on a daily basis about a variety of different subjects.


Sesame Street Lullaby & Good Night Elmo

When I think of Sesame Street – I think of words like wholesome, healthy, and kid-friendly. Everything that Sesame Street represents is amazing and positive for the development of your youngster, which is why I can completely, undeniably encourage Elmo as the perfect bedtime buddy and lullaby friend.

He is soft and cuddly in his matching pajamas, and he sings soothing, rhyming lullabies that will immediately calm your kiddo, sending them gently into dreamland. Elmo also remains silent while little ones sleep, awakening at the simple push of a button when they’re ready to play again. Good night, Elmo!


Here is a little video I put together - more ideas on stuffed animals for kids in 2015:

Monday, August 3, 2015

Fun Toys Your 2 Year Old Will Love in 2015

I have found that most parents expect the twos to be terrible, which means they can unknowingly cause themselves and their kiddos stress because they EXPECT that toddler-age to be unpleasant. I have also found that most kids are just wound up with energy at this age, meaning they need more to occupy their developing minds and flourishing imaginations.

With this, and peace for parents, in mind, I have compiled a short list from the best toys for 2 year olds. These toys are colorful, attention-grabbing, and fun, giving your tiny tyke something to look forward to.

And when your babies are happy and occupied, you are less likely to stress and worry over impending toddler tantrums.

Here is the short-list:


Mega Bloks First Builders Big Building Bag

Building blocks are some of my favorite toys ever, regardless of age. The convenient, reusable bag uses a zipper to secure 80 blocks after youngsters are finished building. Kids can literally take these blocks anywhere for building fun and hours of imaginative playtime.

The colors of these building blocks are primary, which is a learning experience in a bag. Plus, there are Mega Bloks sets everywhere, and these building blocks are compatible with those other sets. Genius! These blocks encourage your toddlers to use their imaginations and creativity.


Little Tikes 2-in-1 Snug ‘n Secure Swing

These swings are everywhere – parks, schools, backyard playgrounds…you name it. The only difference is, the Little Tikes version is sturdier and safer, providing a snug and secure fit for kids who love to swing. The T-bar holds toddlers in place, and for extra support, kids can loop their arms through adjustable shoulder straps.

Of course, parents or siblings will have to be the ‘pushers,’ but that only makes family bonding time twice as amazing.


Melissa & Doug Deluxe Pounding Bench

My mother has told me stories about when I was a toddler, and most of them focus on how much noise I loved to make. I would gather pots and pans from the kitchen cabinets, plus a wooden spoon (you know, for banging on stuff), and pound away on my impromptu instruments.

This pounding bench would have been heaps better, and it would have saved my parents a few headaches. Kids use a colorful little hammer to pound down rows of smiling, colorful pegs. The pegs cannot be removed, but they can be pushed up to standing positions again for hours of pounding fun.


Here is another video resource to check over - a bit of a longer list, again of top toys for 2 year old kids in 2015: