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Faves of 2012: Angry Jedi!?!

Monday, December 17th, 2012

If you’re an Angry Birds AND Star Wars fan, you’re in luck this year! Now your family can shoot for the stars with Angry Birds’ new line of movie-themed toys, games, and an app, of course. We particularly liked Hasbro’s play sets for little jedi and princesses, which include the awesome Death Star version of the game Jenga, complete with a piggy Darth Vader. May the anger be with you!

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

FDA Approves Seasonal Flu Vaccine
The Food and Drug Administration says it has approved the first seasonal flu vaccine made using animal cell technology, rather than the half-century egg method. (via USA Today)

Can Your Job Increase Your Risk of Developing Breast Cancer?
A study explores the occupations with the strongest links to breast cancer. (via Time)

OB-GYN group: Birth Control Pill Should Be on Shelves
Birth control pills are so safe and important to women that they should be sold on drugstore shelves, without a doctor’s prescription, says a group representing many of the doctors who prescribe them. (via USA Today)

Behind the Black Friday Hot Toy Lists
Get ready to hear a lot about the Eagle Talon Castle, the LeapPad2 from LeapFrog and the reincarnation of Furby – all of which toy industry insiders predict will be hot sellers this year. (via Reuters)

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American Baby’s Baby Booty: Win a Servin’ Surprises Kitchen & Table

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

All of us grown-ups are likely to be in our kitchens over the next few days…chances are, our kids will be underfoot. Especially toddlers, who love to imitate. Well, guess what I have here in our prop closet? A brand-new Fisher-Price Servin’ Surprises Kitchen & Table! Set this little beauty up near your kitchen and your kid can go nuts being his or her own chef, leaving you better able to actually get your cooking done.

Of course I can’t get it to a winner by tomorrow, but leave a comment here and you’ll be entered to win it in time for December holidays. You can comment up to once a day, between now and the end of the day on Wednesday, November 28th. Don’t get freaked out if your comment doesn’t show right away; our server can be slow. You can read the complete rules here. Goody luck!

My daughter (here at Thanksgiving with her Aunt a few years back) resists dressing up for the holidays, leaving me wishing for the times when I could dress her up like a little doll. Check back next Thursday when I’ll be giving away some cute new baby holiday outfits from Disney, The Children’s Place, and Tiny Tillia for Avon! Think stuff for 6-month-old boys and girls! Have a Happy Thanksgiving. 

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Faves of 2012: LEGO Gets Super

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

As if your kids didn’t already love LEGOs, the brand took the classic toy up another coolness level this year with superhero-inspired bricks. Featuring the most famous good and bad guys, the line includes mini figures, large buildable action figures (like Captain America, pictured here), and even whole play sets devoted to the Marvel/DC universe.  Now your child can assemble his or her hero before saving the world! Click here to check out the toys.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Modest Results in Program to Reduce Kids’ Screen Time
A program aimed at reducing the number of hours young children spent in front of a screen didn’t accomplish that goal, but it did cut back on the meals they ate in front of a television, a new study found. (via Reuters)

Federal Appeals Court to Consider Arizona’s 20-Week Abortion Ban that is Earliest in Nation
A federal judge has upheld Arizona’s earliest-in the-nation ban of most abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy, but it now faces appellate court scrutiny. (via Washington Post)

ADHD Drugs Do Not Raise Heart Risk In Children
Children who take Adderall, Ritalin, and other central nervous system stimulants, do not have a higher chance of developing serious heart conditions, according to a recent study. (via Medical News Today)

Migraines May Hurt Kids’ Grades Too
Migraines may harm children’s school performance, a new study finds. (HealthDay News)

Magnetic Buckyballs Toys Discontinued
The popular Buckyballs and Buckycubes magnetic desk toys will be discontinued after children suffered multiple surgeries and hospitalizations from swallowing the toy. (via CNN)

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Win Toys for the Holidays!

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

It’s that time of year again! You know, when Halloween hasn’t happened yet, but you’re already spotting Christmas stuff in stores. To help swing you into the holiday spirit a few months early, we’re giving away a plaything a day from our Best Toys of 2012 guide all month long! That’s right! You’ve got a chance to win a great gift every day to put under your tree! Click here to enter the sweepstakes and see what you can score today, tomorrow, or even next week. Goody luck!

 

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Loving the Black & Decker Toy Leaf Blower

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

It’s fall in the ‘burbs—the comforting smell of fireplace fires wafting down the street, Saturday afternoons swallowed by soccer…and the sound of leaf-blowers whirring in my neighbors’ yards 24/7. Can you guess which of these three seasonal mainstays most captivates my 5-year-old, gizmo-loving son? Yep, the leaf blowers. Hearing the familiar roar of motors again reminded Julian of the Let’s Play Black & Decker leaf blower we’d given his friend Teddy for his birthday last year—and he began hounding me for one of his own.

I typically belong to the new-toys-are-for-Christmas-and-your-birthday camp, but when he volunteered, for the first time, to pay for the tool with his own moola, I caved. Julian painstakingly counted out $20 of the $23 of Grandma-money in his bedroom. I braced myself for eventual tears, figuring he’d get tired of the toy in an hour and want his, er, money back. Wrongo! He gets a major kick out of faux blowing our backyard. If it this thing had a real motor, our lawn would be immaculate.

I asked my resident landscaper what’s so amazing about his new toy:

So, Jules, what do you like about the leaf blower? It looks so cool I want to marry it. It makes noise and has a blade inside with all these beads, and when you turn it on, all the beads inside spin.

Was it worth the money? I don’t know, but I’ve still got a whole bunch of money, so nothing to worry about.

You missed a spot. Even if it doesn’t have air to blow, I still like it because it looks like a leaf blower and it makes a cool noise. Real gardeners blow leaves with a backpack on their back, though, so I should wear one of those, too.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

CDC: US Kids Eat Too Much Salt, as Much as Adults
American kids are eating about 1,000 milligrams of excess salt according the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (via ABC News)

Gel Balls New Threat to Toddlers, Doctors Say
New gel balls toys increase in size when combined with water, posing a threat to toddlers who swallow the colored balls. (via Reuters)

Vitamin D in Pregnancy Critical for Brain Development, Study Says
Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy could hinder babies’ brain development, impeding their mental and motor skills, a new study suggests. (via U.S. News and World Report)

In-the-Womb Learning Affected by Mom’s Drinking
Drinking during pregnancy may harm an infant’s ability to learn even before he is born, according to a new study that is the first to examine alcohol’s effect on fetuses in the womb. (via Fox News)

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