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Best toys of 2009

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Good Housekeeping has just come out with their list of the best toys of 2009. Check out the video below.

For a complete list, click here. Are any of these toys on your list this year?

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Could Zsu Zsu Pets be harmful?

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So, you were able to get your hands on that toy everyone wants and can’t wait to see your kids open it on Christmas morning. Now you find out it may contain a harmful chemical. A lot of parents are finding this out today about Zsu Zsu Pets, which GoodGuide claims may contain [...] [Read More]

Deal on NFL jerseys at Kohl’s

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Right now, jerseys for boys are $26.99. Select sweaters are also 50% off. Find out more. [Read More]

Wanted: Practical, fun gifts for kids

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I read today’s story about Zhu Zhu Pets and it always amazes me how people get worked up over certain toys. They look really cute, and my girls have mentioned that they want them. Then again, they want just about everything they see on TV. I don’t object to the idea of [...] [Read More]

Free shipping on Buildabear.com

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Purchases must be of $30 or more. Use code 94476 at checkout through December 16. If you have a little person on your list who has a Build-A-Bear doll, this might give you a chance to surprise them with a new outfit or accessories, if accessories for a teddy bear sounds like [...] [Read More]

30% off Gymboree online

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Use code GYMCLUB. Expires November 8. See what’s available. [Read More]

Necco wafers go all-natural

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Based on the comments from our earlier post, it seems like people will be giving out less candy this year — either from a desire to cut back on spending or because they don’t feel all of that candy is really good for kids. Is there such a thing as healthy candy? I’m [...] [Read More]

Do you have to wash it every time you wear it?

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I have this argument with my daughters all of the time. If it’s only been on a couple of hours, and it’s not dirty, it doesn’t need to go in the hamper. Pajamas can be worn for a couple of nights – all you’re doing in them is sleeping!
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Toys R Us introduces layaway option

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If you’re looking to buy a big-ticket item this holiday season, you can now put it on layaway at Toys R Us. The company just announced that it will hold items, such as cribs, bikes, play kitchens, dollhouses, etc., and allow consumers to pay in installments. Consumers must pay 20 percent of the [...]

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Target, Wal-Mart slash toy prices

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Target announced that from now until Christmas it will be offering up to 50% off on popular toys such as Barbie and GI Joe. Similarly, Wal-Mart has 100 toys available for $10, including Barbie and Transformers. Read more. [Read More]