“Scare” Appeal

October 31, 2011 at 09:00 | Posted in ALEX Toys, Mamma Mia Rea | Leave a comment

Kids are naturally drawn to yucky stuff like ants to picnics. They’re fascinated with the touch, taste, smell, feel and sight of the world’s most disgusting things. Watch your child pick his nose and examine the treasures he finds like a scientist in a lab. Babies dig into their diapers to see what they find, and many Mommies end up paying a dear price. Even older children can’t help but wonder about yucky stuff; they exclaim, “EWWW!” while moving toward slime, gunk and sludge to get a closer look.

ALEX Toy Moody Monster Manor

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Picasso Would Be Proud!

October 28, 2011 at 08:30 | Posted in Kid's Arts & Crafts, Play@Home Mom, Reviews | Leave a comment

In honor of Pablo Picasso’s birthday this week, I got the girls the ALEX Magnetic Artist Easel. Lori (age 4) enjoys painting on the easel so much in her preschool, but there is only one for the whole class. Now, the girls can be artists all the time!

ALEX Toys Magnetic Artist Easel

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Try Out This Recipe For A Spooky Dessert!

October 26, 2011 at 09:00 | Posted in Kid Concoctions, Play@Home Mom, Recipes, Reviews | Leave a comment

Lori and I tried a recipe from the ALEX Kid Concoctions book and we wanted to share!

Just in time for Halloween, here is how to make Swamp and Snake Dessert:

You will need:
1 cup of pre-made vanilla pudding (we made a larger quantity and served ours as dessert for the whole family)
3-4 drops of green food coloring
Gummy snakes or worms
Crushed vanilla wafers

1. Mix the pudding and food coloring in a bowl until well blended.
2. Spoon the pudding into a dessert dish.
3. Sprinkle the top of the pudding with the crushed vanilla wafers.
4. Add gummy snakes or worms and serve.

Lori had fun stirring, scooping and, of course, tasting her wormy dessert! EWWW!

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Let’s Do The Monster Mash!

October 21, 2011 at 09:00 | Posted in ALEX Toys, Play@Home Mom, Reviews | Leave a comment

With Halloween around the corner, it is the perfect time to do the monster mash! ALEX has some awesome monster-themed products and I have been waiting to try out the Monster Clompers and Catch ‘n Stick Monster Mitts for quite some time.

ALEX Toys Monster Clompers & Monster Mitts

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Do You Know What Time It Is?

October 19, 2011 at 09:00 | Posted in ALEX Toys, Play@Home Mom, Reviews | Leave a comment

The other night, when we were getting ready for bed, I asked my girls, “Do you know what time it is?” I was just looking for “bedtime” as the answer, but Lori, my four year old, looked at me and said, “It’s thirteen hundred o’ clock”. It sounded like she was starting to get the concept and might be ready to learn how to tell time.

ALEX Toys Ready, Set, Tell Time!

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Beneficial Bedtime Routines

October 17, 2011 at 09:00 | Posted in Family Time, Mamma Mia Rea | 2 Comments

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The other night, when I told my three-year-old, Yonah, that it was time for bed, his response was to head for the door. “I want to run away,” he said. As frustrating as it was for me that he wasn’t happily following directions, I could at least understand where he was coming from. Who wants to go to bed when there are so many cool things to see… and break?

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This Treat Shop Takes the Cake!

October 14, 2011 at 12:00 | Posted in ALEX Toys, Let's Play, Play@Home Mom, Reviews | 4 Comments

The ALEX Tasty Treat Shop is perfect for young and aspiring bakers! It folds up flat, but, when you open it up, it is a double-sided bakeshop! One side is the bakery, covered in bright graphics of pots and pans, mixers and ovens, while the other side is the storefront, decorated with yummy looking cakes, pies, cookies and treats! There are lots of colorful paper board ingredients and baked goodies included. You also get a plastic measuring cup and spoons, a mixing bowl and a wire whisk.

ALEX Toys Tasty Treat Shop

We had one of Lori’s favorite classmates, Madison, over for a play date and the girls had so much fun playing with it!

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Farm Finger Crayon Giveaway Winner Announced!

October 14, 2011 at 08:57 | Posted in Giveaway, Play@Home Mom | Leave a comment

The winner of the ALEX Farm Finger Crayons Giveaway is Erin! She submitted “a sheep dog guarding the farm” to fill in the blank in this sentence, “Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O. And on that farm he had a ________________, E-I-E-I-O.”

ALEX Toys Farm Finger Crayons

Congratulations, Erin! We hope you enjoy your prize!

This Little Piggy… Entered To Win ALEX Farm Finger Crayons!

October 12, 2011 at 10:30 | Posted in ALEX Toys, Crafting, Giveaway, Little Hands, Play@Home Mom, Reviews | 36 Comments

Today, one lucky reader will win ALEX Little Hands Farm Finger Crayons! Keep reading for details on how to enter – it’s super easy!

ALEX Toys Craft Giveaway

In keeping with the theme of the giveaway, we tried out the ALEX Little Hands My Collage Farm.

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Today’s Lesson: Teaching is Lots of Fun!

October 5, 2011 at 03:00 | Posted in Family Time, Let's Play, Play@Home Mom, Reviews | 1 Comment

It is already more than a month into the school year and we are in full-on school mode in our family. We get up, eat breakfast, pack lunch, get dressed and are off to school, but not necessarily in that order! I pick up Lori when school lets out and hear all about her exciting day, but school is still on her mind. At home, she pretends to be the teacher and tells her dolls (and little sister) to sit down for story time. She loves it and that is why I knew she would love Let’s Pretend School from ALEX.

ALEX Toys Let's Pretend School

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