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Douglas Toy Fuzzles Pass The Lovability Test

12 Apr

Having the unique opportunity to work with toys, my children are convinced that I have the coolest job in the world. And every once in a while I am reminded of just how right they are.

The other day, we received a box from Douglas Toys. Douglas Toys makes quality cuddle toys and this week I was being asked to review their fun, floppy and fuzzy Fuzzles line.

I opened the box in front of my 2 year old and before I even got to pick one up, my daughter squealed in delight and claimed one her own.

Was it was the bright paisley print that spoke to her instantly? Was it the cute faces of the characters? What ever it was-  The Fuzzles owl, whom she named “Ella”, quickly became part of our family.

Ella goes to bed with her every night.

She takes Ella to the bus stop to pick up her brother from school.

She even took Ella to The Cheesecake Factory with us this weekend for lunch- and shared her milk with her.

As a Mom reviewing the Fuzzles line, I could instantly say they are adorable- they are soft and 100% snuggable… but only a child can truly measure a toys’s love-ability.

And it is in the little moments like these

That I get a glimpse into just how priceless that love can be.


The Potty Training Trials: No Pressure.

25 Jan

As a first time parent, you hear a lot about different ages and stages that you will experience- especially “the terrible two’s”. But when my son turned two,  it wasn’t the “terrible two’s” that frightened me… it was potty training. I remember thinking “Where do I start?”

I read books, blogs and googled advice til my face was blue…. and after all of that research, I decided my method was going to be the “No, pressure- when he’s ready method”. I introduced him to the potty, asked often if he had to go- and made a big ol’ fuss when he actually went…. but I never stressed when he didn’t.

“He’ll go when he’s ready” – and he did- for the most part. By 2 1/2 he was partially trained- and by partially trained I mean, wet diapers didn’t bother him- but he was sold on not walking around with a stinky diaper. A little backwards from how children typically train- but it was a good deal. He didn’t fully train til 2 weeks before his 3rd birthday. It was one of my most proud parenting moments. It had been a whole year of training- but I did it stress free- and it worked.

My mother always told me that girls train easier than boys, so I thought I would use my same “no pressure” method and it would work even better second time around because- well, girls were “easy”.


Well let suffice it to say that all adage “Mother is always right” isn’t always true.

At first my daughter was all about it, and I was thrilled… but somewhere along the way, she decided- eh, this is too much work– and now at 2 1/2  Princess Sassy Pants refuses to EVER go on the potty– at- all. I tried rewards, I tried everything… and well- now that she is 2 1/2 my “no pressure”-stress-free method is close to being thrown out the window… as I begin to panic, that I am living our all of the nightmares I was afraid of 1st time around.

We have been using the child seat on top of the bathroom toilet, because that is what we used with our son and it worked like a charm. But clearly, our princess is a completely different child so we have been considering looking into training pottys.

And like our Toy Book Shop girl read my mind, she recently added some great wooden potty training chairs to our store’s inventory!

I love how you can put your child’s picture in these-

And this one  below is multifunctional- as a potty AND a rocker!

Are these the most adorable potty’s or what? …. I don’t know that it is the magic trick, but I sure am going to try.

Do you have any tried and true potty tips or tricks? I would love to hear them!!


The Baby Boom: Are your friends part of it?

6 Jan

photo credit: Tammy Cedar Photography

I started having children when I was 24, which was much earlier than most of my friends. I waited what seemed like forever for little playmates for my kids. Fast forward 5 years and BAM! the time has come.

It is a baby boom here. Over the past year my circle of friends welcomed not one, not two but  EIGHT beautiful bouncing little babies. That is not counting my 4 blogging friends ( Tarah, Erin, Shellie and Tena) who also had babies and my other friend who is expecting her first little princess into the world in March.

That is a whole lot of babies. Sweet, adorable, cuddly little babies.

– And showers…. lots, and lots, of showers and gifts

If I didn’t get baby fever this year, I am not sure I ever will.

Are your friends going through “The Baby Boom”? What are some of your favorite gifts to give?

Here are some of my favorite baby gifts available on The Big Toy Book:

From L to R:

Hungry Hungry Caterpillar Playset– The Hungry Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is a classic for kids. This soft plush playset is a great baby gift alone, but can also be paired with the Hungry Hungry Caterpillar book and/or Zoobie to make a great gift basket!

Paddington Bear Zoobie – Paddington Bear was a favorite when I was a kid and continues to be loved by children today. The Zoobies are great little plush pals that open up to be a warm cozy blanket- they are SO incredibly soft- little ones will love them. This too can be paired with Paddington books to make a great gift set.

Guess How Much I Love You? set– This is a ready made gift set. Guess How Much I love you is a very sweet book that parents and babies love. If you want to build onto this set, you can add in some great Peter Rabbit items to make an amazing gift basket for your friends.

Sweet Pea Onsie- I love all of the Pea In A Pod themed baby items, so this one is always a favorite of mine. If you want to add to it you could easily find other pea in a pod toys, rattles etc. and make a Sweet Pea basket for Mom and baby.

– Corine