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Teach Patience with the Crayola Melt ‘N Mold Factory

GEAR, Shopping Reviews, toys By February 3, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

If you’ve ever asked a young child to, “wait a minute,” they’ll be inquisitive before that minute is up – heck, it might even happen before you’ve finished speaking! The concepts of time and patience are abstract, and difficult to grasp for concrete thinkers. That’s why I used the Crayola Melt ‘N Mold Factory to help teach time and patience to my almost 8 year old son with Autism.

Lesley Donaldson

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The Force is with Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition

GEAR, kids, tech, toys By December 8, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

It seems like shopping for the holiday season is getting harder and harder. Finding a unique gift that can not only be enjoyed by all, but also has some staying power, can be difficult – but not impossible! Good news. Disney Infinity 3.0 is no flash-in-the-pan!

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Gifts that Groove

entertain, holidays, kids, self, Shopping Reviews, tech, toys By November 29, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 6 Comments

It’s day 10 of the 12 Days of Christmas Gift Guides and we’re channelling Austin Powers and the Fonz. These are gifts that groove.

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Gifts that Tickle

beauty, GEAR, holidays, kids, Shopping Reviews, tech, toys By November 22, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

On day three of our Twelve Days of Christmas Gift Guides we hone in on gifts that tickle our senses and make us mindful of the joys of a life well lived.

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Gifts that Comfort and Soothe

entertain, holidays, Shopping Reviews, toys By November 21, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 5 Comments

In the second of our 12 days of Christmas Gift Guides we zero in on gifts that comfort and soothe. The world certainly needs to feel safe and cozy these days and we are convinced a few of these selections may help!

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Gifts That Cultivate

holidays, kids, play, Shopping Reviews, toys By November 20, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 9 Comments

It has been a rough month and our world is changing. We are focused on what matters most in our lives, and what is essential. What is most meaningful?

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Nintendo Splatoon Review

entertain, Featured, kids, LIVE, play, tech, toys By August 13, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

I’m one of those hardcore moms who never allowed the boys to play with squirt guns. They would find driftwood with some resemblance to weapons, and use imagination and creativity to make up games.

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Back to School Shopping Made Simple

Contests, Featured, GEAR, kids, play, style, tech, toys By August 12, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 88 Comments

Those who know me realize that I search ebay almost as often as I scan Instagram. My searches generally involve antique china, rockabilly dresses and steamer trunks, but as autumn approaches I must be responsible and get the kids ready to go back to school.

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I Wood Want all of these Wooden Holiday Finds

GEAR, toys By December 11, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Wood Gifts

Wood isn’t only eco-frienly, but can be warm, masculine and full of longevity. We’ve rounded up a ton of wooden holiday finds gifts that just about anyone wood want. (See what we did there?!)

1. Hanukkah Dreidel Set (Pottery Barn Kids)$29
2. 5 Wood Guitar Pick Variety Pack (Etsy) $32.44
3.MacLean’s Kentucky Bourbon Smoking Chunks (Canadian Tire) $9.99
4. Greenleaf 8010, Garfield Dollhouse Kit (on sale!) (The Little Dollhouse Company)$239.99
5.Petit Collage Safari Animal Wooden Puzzle & Playset (Raspberry Kids)$44.99
6. Polar Bear Buri Ornament (Chapters Indigo$9.50
7. Leaf & Fiber Large Disposable Platter 10/PK (Joanne Hudson)$12.99
8.Handmade Mens Wood Watch Made from Red Sandalwood. (Etsy) $103.12
9. Junior Lumberjack Blocks (Land of Nod) $89.00
10. Marley Liberate XL Over-Ear Sound Isolating Headphones (EM-FH033-MI) – Midnight (Future Shop) $149.99

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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