ALEX Spring Promotion

March 15, 2013 at 09:38 | Posted in General, Holidays, Videos | Leave a comment
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ALEX Spring Free Gift With Purchase PromotionSpring is in the air!

ALEX is celebrating spring’s arrival with a special promotion!

And it’s perfectly timed for families shopping for Easter and Passover gifts and basket stuffers!

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NEW 2013 Product Launch Sweepstakes

March 12, 2013 at 09:00 | Posted in General, Giveaway | 6 Comments
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new products mainWe are so excited to introduce the 2013 product line! This year we have over 100 new toys in the categories of baby, bath, preschool, crafts, DIY fashion and jewelry, pretend play and outdoor toys.

How else would we celebrate but with a sweepstakes?!

Every day for 10 weekdays, from March 11th to March 22nd, we’ll feature one new product a day on this blog post. At the end of each day, five lucky entrants will win the featured toy of the day!

10 days! 10 featured products! 50 winners! Up to 40 entries per person!

Keep reading to learn how to win and come back each day!

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ALEX Launches New Website And 100 New Toys!

March 11, 2013 at 15:02 | Posted in General, Giveaway | Leave a comment
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ALEX Toys Launches New Website and 100 New Toys

Our newly redesigned ALEX Toys website was made with you in mind!

It’s now easier than ever to search and discover toys for your family and friends. You can browse our exclusive collections, award winners, shop by popular category, or use our gift ideas to find the perfect gift!

There’s so much to choose from, including 100 new toys just launched and uploaded, so no matter the occasion, we make finding the perfect gift of creativity fun and easy!

You’ll also find treasures along the way such as our Little Hands inspired printable crafts, videos that demonstrate our products and provide arts and crafts ideas, valuable mommy tips on the ALEX blog, and real time product reviews and suggestions by people like you.

And since you’ve been our most loyal customers, we want to say THANK YOU with a FREE GIFT 🙂

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How to Make a Cookie Bouquet

January 24, 2013 at 18:32 | Posted in General, Holidays, Kid Concoctions | Leave a comment
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Valentine's Day Treats for Valentine’s Day is the special day dedicated each year to show our friends, family and sweethearts how much we love them. It’s often celebrated by giving fancy cards, chocolates and flowers.

This year, instead of the expected bouquet of flowers, surprise your loved one with a unique and yummy twist to your gift: a cookie bouquet!

They’re easy and fun to make and your extra personal touch will not go unnoticed!

Here’s all you need to get going:

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Five Ways to Say I Love You

January 23, 2013 at 18:34 | Posted in General | Leave a comment
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It’s important to make the time to show your children how much you love them.

The special touch will go a long way for both you and them.

Here are five ways to say “I Love You” with actions that speak louder than words.

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6 Ways to Pretend Play Birthday All Year Round

January 10, 2013 at 18:04 | Posted in Family Time, General, Let's Play | Leave a comment
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6 Ways to Pretend Play Birthday All Year Round

If your kids are like mine, their birthday is their favorite day of the year. In fact, my kids make elaborate plans for crafts, parties, and gifts months and months before the actual birthday date. All of which are subject to change at any moment.

Birthdays are the best.

So, I just go with it. We pretend play birthday all the time.

We sing Happy Birthday in the car to them, to me, to all our relatives, to our pets, to our toys.

We play birthday party, too.

And do you know what? It’s great to play birthday because while you’re playing, you’re sneaking in lots of learning opportunities.

Here are some ideas for your next pretend play birthday bash.

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Five Tips for Dining Out with Kids

January 4, 2013 at 15:23 | Posted in General | Leave a comment
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tips for dining out with kids

Sometimes parents just want to dine out for a change of pace and a break from cooking, but with young kids it can be a daunting thought. Fear of the dreaded melt down, thrown food, and top of the lungs “talking” are all reasons why some parents avoid taking the plunge. If this sounds familiar, then don’t despair, here are five tips for dining out with kids that will help you prepare and avert disaster!

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Top 8 Tips for Ensuring a Stress Free Road Trip with Kids!

December 21, 2012 at 13:08 | Posted in General | Leave a comment
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Secrets of success Car trips with kids

It’s that time of year! Between shopping, wrapping, prepping, and packing, it can be stressful. Getting everyone ready for the road trip, in the car and peaceful for the long drive can add to the stress. Make it easier on yourself with these tips to help ensure a great road trip and happy travel companions!

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ALEX Jr. Stack Me Up is a Stack of Developmental Fun!

December 19, 2012 at 14:44 | Posted in ALEX Jr., Educational, General | Leave a comment
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ALEX Jr. Stack Me Up is a Stack of Developmental Fun!As my belly begins to expand (literally more and more every day!), I am steadily getting excited about bringing out the baby toys again.  So when I saw the Stack Me Up toy from ALEX Jr, it was love at first sight.

Not only is it adorable, but it really is a great developmental toy!  While it is geared toward kids six months to one year of age, I believe that this toy is perfect to grow with your child during the first two years of life.  Younger children love the sensory elements while older kids love to explore the more imaginative side of the toy.

Here are the areas of development that I thought this toy really targeted:

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How to Encourage Creativity

December 18, 2012 at 16:24 | Posted in Educational, Family Time, General, Kid's Arts & Crafts | Leave a comment
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Encouraging creativity is a core feature in my parenting strategy. Creativity has more benefits than I can count, but here are few:

  • Encourages self-expression – drawing and engaging in other creative pursuits gives kids a voice. I have learned a lot from and about my children by listening in as they create.
  • Builds fine motor skills – many creative pastimes help children develop the fine motor movements that are important for scholastic success.
  • Helps children discover passions – Pretend play and creative expression help children discover what truly interests them.
  • A great way to de-stress – I often set out a creative activity for my kids to do after school, as I find it soothes tired nerves and makes it easy to ease back into home life. This also motivates my first grader to get her homework finished (so we can get started on the activity), and it’s a wonderful bonding time for me and my kids.

Now that we’ve covered a few benefits, here are things I do to encourage creativity.

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