Taking a Three Year Old to a Toy Store and This Grandma’s V Tech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Review

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This Grandma always goes for Oppenheimer Toy Award winning toys on Toy Portolio.   I know the toys have been tested by real children and evaluated by expert testers.  However, I had run out of toys to get for our youngest grandchild and it was his third birthday.  He has inherited toys from three older […]

Best Easter and Passover Books from Grandma

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Last year, this Grandma’s suggestions for the Spring holidays still holds true for recipes, activities and gifts. And Check Chasing Fireflies (www.chasing-fireflies) and Gap for the cutest Spring holiday clothing. This Grandma is thinking books for this holiday season: For Easter: Toddlers: Ollie’s Easter Eggs board book (Gossie & Friends) Board book by Olivier Dunrea.  […]

Spring and Holiday Shopping With Granddaughter Via Smart Phone and I Pad

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This Grandma shops – a lot.  So, I get lots of catalogs in the mail.  Yes, and lots of email sale notices. This Grandma buys – selectively.  The best is to preshop for my only granddaughter.  SHE likes to choose her own clothes and is very particular.  After seven years, I think I know her […]

Taking Grandchildren to the White House

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Washington, D.C. is a fabulous place to visit with grandchildren.  This Grandma thought that grandchildren should be older school age before a White House visit, but our six year old grandson wanted to go to the White House.  We thought he was too young.  We were wrong.  He loved it.  He could identify the paintings […]

Springtime Gifts from Grandma

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The weather does not make us think spring is around the corner, but it is.  Planting with grandchildren is fun, but so are the many award winning toys we can bring when we visit.  There are many wonderful options for infants and older from the Oppenheimer Toy Awards on www.toyportfolio.com.  Here is what is recommended […]

Best Ride On and Ride In Toys for Grandchildren

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Spring is coming.  Yes, this Grandma realizes that the weather patterns are crazy right now, but living in Florida makes me think spring year round.  And, when spring is coming, ride on toys are what are great to get for grandchildren. Think platinum toys on Toy Portfolio whenever grandma is thinking of buying any toys. […]

Personalized Bibs, Burp Cloths, and Blankets

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Sometimes, a grandma just does not like anything on a baby registry or has looked when most items are already purchased and there is little left to buy as a gift for the new baby.  This Grandma has then thought to look for personalized baby gifts that are unique. It is getting harder and harder […]

What Our Grandchildren Want as Presents

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This grandma’s ten year old grandson has made it clear what he does not want is clothes as a present.  I thought it was because he is a boy.  Not so much.  He is into Under Amour, and so are my seven year old granddaughter and six year old grandson.  Needing the newest brand is […]

“Ustyme:” I Pad App Perfect for Long Distance Interactive Games between Grandma and Grandchild

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Just when I finished reading about young children and Ipads, again, in the New York Times, November 18, 2013, K.J. Dell’Antonia, wrote “The New iPad App You’ll Want Grandma to Download.”  Okay, we get it.  The internet is the place to connect with grandchildren. I sent the article to my daughter of our youngest grandchildren, […]

Best 2013 “Secret Santa,” “Stocking” or “Grab Bag” Holiday gifts under $20 and under $50

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This morning the Today Show hosts picked “Secret Santa” cards and then proceeded to give a list of best gifts under $20 or so.  I hated them all. The best inexpensive gift for holiday 2013 is one that meets our times.  Everyone is dieting.  Everyone is trying to eat and drink healthy.  Everyone is concerned […]

Grandma Uses Her Fingers With Grandchildren

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This Grandma just heard from other grandparents that this generation of grandchildren using electronics makes the grandchildren nimble with their fingers, as well as helps them focus.  So there are some good things about grandchildren and electronics, other than they are a lifesaver when we take grandchildren to restaurants. I like the old fashioned ways […]

More UK Clothing Fit for Our Royalty, Or Not

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In time for the holidays, we hear about more United Kingdom baby clothing fit for our royalty.  This Grandma thinks celebrities are our royalty and what they have, we covet.  What they wear, we want to wear.  If they dress their children in a brand, it must be the newest and best.  Of course, we […]

Grandma Gets Ready for the Holidays 2013: Best Preschool Age Gifts for Christmas or Chanukah 2013

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This Grandma gets ready for the holidays early.  Searching Toy Portfolio  for the best new Oppenheimer Toy Award platinum award winning toys is the first place I look.  I make a list, not only for myself, but for GG and the aunts and uncles for the best gifts for Christmas and Chanukah at every price […]

Board Book Classics Make the Front Page of the N.Y.Times

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The Sunday New York Times does not usually have a front page article about board books.  Sunday, October 27, 2013 must have been a slow news day or maybe the fact that books are actually selling in 2013 is news in and of itself. Years ago, when our first grandchild was born, the “new” trend […]

Zoomer, the Robotic Dog, the Number One Toy for Christmas 2013

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Our grandchildren each requested Zoomer, the Dog, as a present for the holidays.  Zoomer is a trainable robotic dog at the “reasonable” price of around $80.  It is not on the Oppenheimer Toys Best Toy list.  It is however, advertised as the Number One Toy for Christmas 2013.  Most websites only allow you to buy […]

”Shielding” Grandchildren

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This Grandma must admit she did not pay attention to a segment on the Today Show about backpack shields.  It caused a pit in my stomach.  Not because the idea is not a good  one in today’s world, but how is one to explain to a young child what to do with it and why […]

WebMD Baby 101 App For I Phone and I Pod Touch

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WebMD did a survey that shows new parents want more information to care for their babies so they created WebMD Baby 101, a free mobile app.  WebMD Baby content was created exclusively for the app and is personalized for a baby’s specific age, helping to ensure new parents are one step ahead of their baby’s […]

The Toy Craze of Summer 2013

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This Grandma saw the “Rainbow Loom” at Learning Express when buying holiday presents.  At that time, there were parents and children asking for instructions and commenting how hard it was to use the loom.  Not so much this summer.  Our nearly ten year old grandchild came home from sleep away camp totally hooked.  The seven […]

Bandaids as Grandparent Gifts

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This Grandma is always looking for inexpensive gifts to bring to grandchildren when I visit.  One gift I found to be very welcome by parents and grandchildren alike are novelty band aids.  Parents hate to spend money for novelty band aids, which are more expensive than the plain tan band aids.  Children love novelty band […]

Grandma’s Best Camp Package for 2013. . . .Or Best Anytime Gifts for Grandchildren

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For the second year of summer camp, my grandchild has become more selective as to his camp package.  He actually requested items that other campers had received last year.  He definitely has my genes.  He collected wrappers from items other campers received in packages and gave them to me at the end of camp so […]