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Listmania! Kid’s Clothing Bargains Under $30

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009
By Glinda

I’ve found some bargains for kid’s clothing out there on the great wide internet and will now pass them on to you. You’re welcome. Keep in mind, though, that these are for the upcoming spring/summer season and aren’t as cheap as the deals you can now get on winter clothes.

PhotobucketGirls Plaid Tie-Belt Sundress $24.00

PhotobucketRuffle-Trim Henley Tanks for Baby $5.00

PhotobucketBoys Graffiti-Floral Board Shorts $12.00

Photobucket<Dinosaur Graphic Tees for Baby $6.00

PhotobucketToile Dressicon$19.90

PhotobucketPumpkin Patch Embroidered Dressicon Toddler $26.90

PhotobucketDresden Plaid Shorts
icon Big Boys $12.00

PhotobucketPolka dot dress Infant/Toddler $14.62

PhotobucketAuthentic Carpenter Jeans Boys $9.99

PhotobucketSpring Eyelet Dress Infant/Toddler $22.12

PhotobucketPlaid shorts Boys $12.37

PhotobucketSweater Vest Infant/Toddler $10.87

Listmania! Hearts Edition

Sunday, February 1st, 2009
By Glinda

I was trying to think of something for a Valentine’s day list, and instead came up with items that either have “heart” in the name, or are decorated with hearts.

I’m guessing this may not be a typical Valentine’s Day list, but that’s all right with me.

PhotobucketWebkinz Plush Stuffed Animal Love Monkey A must for the Webkinz fanatic in your life.

PhotobucketDomo Valentine’s Day Plush So ugly he’s cute!

PhotobucketLekue Silicone Ice Cube Tray Make perfect hearts of ice every time!

PhotobucketThe Day It Rained Hearts A classic Valentine’s Day book for kids.

PhotobucketPolar F6 Women’s Heart Rate Monitor Watch Maybe not a gift I would suggest a guy to get for Valentine’s Day, but it fits my theme.

PhotobucketKaiser Bakeware Heart Cookie Cutters Make cookie hearts in a jiffy with 6 sizes to choose from.

PhotobucketJanSport Superbreak Backpack Hearts galore decorate this excellent backpack.

PhotobucketFolding Hearts Learn how to make over 51 origami heart designs from origami master Sy Chen.

PhotobucketHeart of Darkness Hey, not everyone likes Valentine’s Day!

Listmania! Girls Spring Shoes

Sunday, January 25th, 2009
By Glinda

Many of us are in the doldrums of winter, but I’ve got some of the newest spring shoes for girls ranging from dressy to casual that are sure to brighten your day. This season it’s all about floral details, metallic finishes, and even some bling.

And remember, spring isn’t really all that far away!

Lelli Kelly Kids - Primula Dolly Stretch (Toddler/Youth) (Pink Multi) - Footwear
Lelli Kelly Kids – Primula Dolly Stretch (Toddler/Youth) (Pink Multi) – Footwear So cute! So very floral! This is actually one of the least exuberant of her designs for this spring.

Primigi Kids - Jessenia (Toddler) (Beige/Gold) - Footwear
Primigi Kids – Jessenia (Toddler) I really like the flowers on this one, as well as the delicate metallic bands which add visual interest.

Naturino - Nat. 7779 (Infant/Toddler) (Yellow Canvas) - FootwearNaturino – Nat. 7779 (Infant/Toddler) The color combinations this shoe comes in are superfantastic, and this sunny yellow is my favorite.

Pampili - 39.122 (Toddler/Youth) (Hazelnut) - Footwear<
Pampili – 39.122 (Toddler/Youth)
I hate to see large, clunky shoes on young girls, and these strappy, delicate dress shoes are the perfect antidote.

Vincent - Blomma (Toddler/Youth) (Pink) - Footwear
Vincent – Blomma (Toddler/Youth)
These well-priced, gorgeous rain boots remind me of a Japanese painting.

Primigi Kids - Blair-E (Toddler/Youth) (White Patent Leather) - Footwear
Primigi Kids – Blair-E (Toddler/Youth)
A very cute take on the traditional mary jane, with patent leather and pretty floral details along the hook and loop closure.

Primigi Kids - Firas (Toddler) (Orange) - Footwear
Primigi Kids – Firas (Toddler)
I’m always on the lookout for fun and unusual colors for girls’ shoes to balance out all the pink and white, and these vibrant orange ones fit the bill nicely.

Pampili - 188.001 (Infant/Toddler) (Lavender) - Footwear
Pampili – 188.001 (Infant/Toddler)
Comes in a variety of colors, this pretty, whimsical shoe has details ranging from ruffles to a bit of sparkle.

KORS Michael Kors Kids - Miss Betti (Youth) (Silver Metallic) - Footwear
KORS Michael Kors Kids – Miss Betti (Youth)
Satisfy her wish for some bling with these sandals with crystal emellishments and metallic finish.

Petit - 30626 (Toddler/Youth) (Silver) - Footwear<
Petit – 30626 (Toddler/Youth)
Just a gorgeous shoe, accented with a jeweled flower centerpiece.

Listmania! Best Books About Presidents for Children

Sunday, January 18th, 2009
By Glinda

Presidential inaugurations, Presidential birthdays, days celebrating Presidents, period! What better time to get your kids interested in Presidential history?

PhotobucketYo, Millard Fillmore! A comic-like book about Mr. Fillmore and all those other presidents you don’t know anything about. Grover Cleveland, anyone?

PhotobucketDon’t Know Much About the Presidents For people who love little-known trivia about the Presidents, such as poker-playing Warren G. Harding once gambled away a set of White House china.

PhotobucketWhat Presidents Are Made Of The beautiful, imaginative portraits of the presidents made with bits of realia are what make this book special.

PhotobucketGeorge Washington’s Breakfast A boy named after the President tries to find out everything he can about his namesake.

Photobucket. . . If You Grew Up with George Washington Takes kids on a fascinating journey about what life would be like growing up in colonial times.

PhotobucketAbe Lincoln’s Hat Unlike many other books about Lincoln, he is shown as a struggling and somewhat disorganized lawyer who makes his way through goodwill and good sense.

PhotobucketGeorge Washington and the General’s Dog George Washington finds a dog on a battlefield during the American Revolution. Whose dog is it?

PhotobucketMr. Lincoln’s Whiskers The true story of how an independent 11-year old girl wrote a letter to Mr. Lincoln suggesting he grow a beard.

PhotobucketGeorge Washington’s Teeth More than you ever wanted to know about George Washington and his dental woes!

PhotobucketIf the Walls Could Talk: Family Life at the White House An especially timely read, as there will be young children growing up in the White House for the first time in many years.

Listmania! Young Astronomers Edition

Sunday, January 11th, 2009
By Glinda

The Munchkin’s grandpa is an amatuer astronomer, so he has had more than his fair share of exposure to the universe. As such, I’ve seen a lot of astronomy-themed stuff come our way. Here are some of the best toys, books, and videos for the young star-gazer in your life.

PhotobucketDiscovery Exclusive Remote Control Moon In My Room This very cool moon has a remote control function which lets you choose to see all phases of the moon or pick your favorite one to fall asleep to. Mounts to wall with three different hanging angles.

PhotobucketFind the Constellations, H.A. Rey From the author of the original Curious George series comes this wonderful, interactive book to help kids of all ages become more familiar with the sky.

PhotobucketLearning Resources Inflatable Solar System Set Oh yeah, if you’re gonna do an inflatable solar system, go for the big one! Sizes are not directly proportional, as that would mean the sun would barely fit in the room.

PhotobucketTurn Left at Orion: A Hundred Night Sky Objects to See in a Small Telescope–and How to Find Them One of the best books to use with a small telescope. It has clear directions, is easy to use, and helps you find deep-space items that other books won’t tell you about.

PhotobucketMelissa and Doug Solar System 48pc Floor Puzzle You’ll need lots of room for this large, sturdy puzzle that will be well worth the effort of putting together.

PhotobucketGalileo FS-80 800 x 80mm Yoke Mount Reflector Telescope Keep in mind that with this small reflector telescope priced well under a hundred dollars, you will not be able to see a whole lot of detail on anything except perhaps the moon, nor does it have the fancy-shmancy tracking system. But for a beginner, this telescope will give you a lot of bang for your buck.

PhotobucketMy Fantastic Field Trip to the Planets Is it the tiniest bit cheesy? Perhaps. But since when did kids stop liking cheesy shows? This is an extremely fun and informative video that will have your child memorizing the order of the planets and how many miles there are between the Sun and the Earth.

PhotobucketThe Magic School Bus Lost In The Solar System We love all things Magic School Bus here at Glinda’s house, and this book is no exception. Miss Frizzle’s most far-out adventure yet!

PhotobucketMatchbox Mega Rig Space Shuttle This mega building set lets your young space explorer create over thirty different space crafts, including an alien space ship! This highly rated toy allows for hours of imaginative play.

PhotobucketSmithsonian Astro Lab Planetarium Brought to you by the venerable Smithsonian Museum, this planetarium allows you to project the constellations in your room, at any time of the day! Features three different and easily changeable learning modules.

Listmania! After Christmas Toy Bargains

Sunday, December 28th, 2008
By Glinda

You know, nothing makes you feel quite as bad as seeing something you bought for Christmas on sale the day after. But, how can you explain to your kindergartener that Santa needed to get the toys on sale? Perhaps these toys can be for a birthday, or for friends, but snap them up, because they are at a great price.

PhotobucketMelissa and Doug Deluxe Standing Easel Save almost sixty percent on this great easel by one of my favorite toy brands.

PhotobucketPlayskool Dream Town Sweet Lily Castle with Dress Up A cute little playhouse, which has the added advantage of being easily set up and taken down. It even comes with a frog prince!

PhotobucketMEGA Brands Struxx ROBOTRIXX Build your creation and have it come to life! Meanwhile, save over seventy percent off the original price!

PhotobucketHigh School Musical 3 – Sing along microphone She can sing along to songs from the movie, or on her own. Either way, it’s a steal at at $9.99.

PhotobucketBarbie Girls 1GB MP3 Player She can sotre up to 240 songs on this special 1GB model, and you pay less than fifteen bucks!

PhotobucketEyeClops BioniCam This very cool toy was $79.99 before the holidays, and now you can buy it for less than $20.00!

PhotobucketU-Dance No mat necessary! Instead, you hook an innovative, customizable band around your shoes and get ready to execute almost any dance move you can think of! By waiting, you save 60%!

LeapFrog Didj Custom Learning Gaming System Taking the popular portable Leapster to the next level. It offers a computer interface to continue the learning online. Now you can have one for less than $50.00.

Listmania! Best Christmas Toys for Baby

Sunday, December 7th, 2008
By Glinda

Do you have a baby in your life? Even though they are of course too little to really understand what all the Christmas and holiday fuss is about, who says they can’t get a few presents of their own?

PhotobucketBaby Einstein Takealong Tunes A baby version of an MP3 player! At home or on the go, your child can listen to seven different classical music pieces by composers like Mozart and Vivaldi.

PhotobucketFisher-Price Little Superstar Sing-Along Stage An exciting introduction to music! This toy offers plenty of interactive musical features designed to grow with your child. The toy features “Instruments” that activate sounds when their buttons are pressed, and you and your child can sing along with and dance to five fun songs.

PhotobucketLeapFrog Learn & Groove Musical Table Provides a world of learning and musical fun for your child! This innovative toy is chock full of learning and musical activities designed to provide visual and auditory stimulation and motor skill development, as well as opportunities to learn about colors, the alphabet, and opposites for older children and much more.

PhotobucketLamaze Jacques the Peacock Designed for use from birth on up, the Lamaze Play and Grow Peacock has bright colors and multiple textures and sounds that are sure to stimulate and delight baby. Developed in conjunction with child development experts from Yale University, this toy comes with a Lamaze link for easy attachment to strollers, carriers, and diaper bags.

PhotobucketKringelring Sometimes simplicity is best. This highly rated wooden teether, along with the popular Max rattle, are safe and non-toxic for your baby. Made in Germany.

PhotobucketPeek-A Who? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it is NEVER too early to introduce your child to books. In this fun book, even the youngest readers will delight in trying to guess who–or what–is peeking through the window, and can easily grip the baby-fist-size holes to turn the pages for the answers.

PhotobucketFisher-Price Rock-A-Stack And oldie-but-goodie. Little ones will have a great time sorting, stacking, and tasting to see if the rings really taste as good as they look. My son loved this toy.

PhotobucketFisher-Price Amazing Animals Sing and Go Choo-Choo This motorized train helps baby learn about animals through songs and play. The engine has a light-up smokestack that makes the train come to life when pressed. The train begins to roll forward and a song plays. Place an animal in the driver’s area to learn more about the world of animals through a song. The second car features a bead bar to engage baby’s interest.

PhotobucketWho Loves Baby? Photo Album Book This book, made from soft, cushiony, easy-to-clean pages encourages parents and baby to “read” the book together and help build early social relationships through loving interaction and face recognition.

PhotobucketMunchkin Mozart Magic Cube I’ve featured this toy before, and it still ranks as one of the best for the infant/toddler set. Babies are completely fascinated by the lights that are sychronized to various pieces composed by Mozart. My son would play with this for a very long time, and when you’ve got a young one, it is a rare toy that holds their attention so well.

Ten Great Toys for Under Twenty Dollars

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008
By Glinda

Since when is how much you spend on a kid a barometer of how much you like them? With the economic climate as it is, there is absolutely nothing wrong with getting good value for your money. Christmas 2008 is all about getting the most bang for your buck, and these toys will definitely ease the financial burden on your already strained wallet.

PhotobucketCranium Hullabaloo This is a fantastic game for kids four and over that will not only get them moving, it will help them learn, too! Cranium makes some great games, and this one is no exception. How often can you find a game that is as goofy as it is educational?

PhotobucketMunchkin Mozart Magic Cube I’ve featured this toy before, and it still ranks as one of the best for the infant/toddler set. Babies are completely fascinated by the lights that are sychronized to various pieces composed by Mozart. My son would play with this for a very long time, and when you’ve got a young one, it is a rare toy that holds their attention so well.

PhotobucketVtech – Tote ‘N Go Laptop Plus This portable laptop, just like the ones that “big people” use, features 30 learning activities such as math, language, games, and music to keep your preschooler entertained and challenged.

PhotobucketBarbie iDesign Ultimate Sylist Allows your budding fashionista to create unique fashion looks, design her own runway show, watch a tape of the show on the big screen, create magazine covers and play games! Tres fun for the younger set.

PhotobucketLeapFrog Spin and Sing Alphabet Zoo Little ones learn about animals and their sounds and the letters A to Z with each spin of the wheel! Music, lights and swirling patterns encourage exploration. Babies develop motor skills by batting the wheel again and again.

PhotobucketScientific Explorer’s Spa Science Chemistry Kit Chemistry takes on a whole new meaning when you use the Spa Science Kit at home to make your own fragrances. Blend natural and organic ingredients to make your own fresh products, including bath and aromatherapy oils, oatmeal soap, facial masks and more.

PhotobucketKnex Value Tub 400 pieces This cool kit includes 400 colorful building pieces, as well as a spring motor that powers whatever they can make, including trucks, motorcycles, and aircraft. Comes with an instruction book for inspiration, and after that, they can let their imaginations soar!

PhotobucketMelissa and Doug 100 Piece Wood Blocks Set If you’ve got to get a gift for a young one, this is one of the best things you could ever buy them. Blocks are one of the fundamental learning toys, and Melissa and Doug make quality eco-friendly and safe products.

PhotobucketLEGO Batman Scuba Jet: Attack of the Penguin Not many of these popular sets feature the Penguin, so snap this up while you can! Lots of special, fun details make this one cool toy.

PhotobucketWild Planet Hyper Jump From the makers of the super-popular Wild Planet Hyper Dash, this new game will definitely get them to sleep well at night! The center pod calls out commands, and kids use their bodies to tag targets by hopping and jumping. It will give you a workout, too!

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