BOREDOM BUSTERS & CREATURE COMFORT TOYS FOR HOUSEBOUND FAMILIES

Boredom busters for families staying home by KidStuff PR

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Helpful Hints To Conquer Two Weeks (Or More) Of Social Distancing, The New Normal For Kids And The Grownups Who Love Them

(March 16, 2020) – In every generation, kids have gravitated to a stuffed animal, a security blanket, a favorite story in times of stress. These welcomed childhood passions gave comfort once the lights turned off or when feeling sad. Never has there been a better time for kids to maintain their childhood innocence and peace of mind with toys or stories than now. KidStuff PR, play experts for over 25 years, have some tips for ordering toys & games, podcasts and crafts online to keep fear, sadness and yes, boredom at bay.

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Parents and grandparents have been watching the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, across the globe and in their states. The new normal in many neighborhoods is to stay home for days or weeks avoiding school, religious services, movie theatres or Spring Break vacations.

Almost everyone has experienced a Snow Day or Hurricane Day when things briefly shut down. Kids even look forward to a day off or two! Today’s news is different. But coping as a kid is not. Let’s keep the child in childhood as long as we can with these playthings and past-times that spark play and imagination.

Media and mom bloggers have been asking KidStuff PR President Lisa Orman to recommend some boredom busters to their readers. Orman is also a Board Member of ASTRA, the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association, giving her an extra layer of knowledge in the toy market. Her initial reaction was “stay calm and hug a Moosh-Moosh,” one of a series of plush pals that won a national award as a Top Sensory Toy from Autism Live. Kids on the spectrum found the plush profoundly calming. We could all use a little playful lift and calming toy right about now.

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Trendy toys and games at 2020 New York Toy Fair

The 2020 New York Toy Fair ended this week giving the toy trade many days discover the toys and games they’ve been looking to buy, sell or promote. I had the honor to attend the NY Toy Fair this year where I worked with KidStuff PR to represent six clients who were exhibiting at Toy Fair. Our job was to help bring awareness to our clients’ products and their brands by sharing their products’ and companies’ info with the media. There were many opportunities to walk the aisles at the NY Toy Fair where toy and game booth exhibitors showed off their new and existing product lines, all open for business. Enjoy my list of trendy toys below from my visit to the NY Toy Fair and I’ve mixed in some of the fun experiences from the Toy Fair in NY too.

Outside the 2020 Toy Fair entrance inside the Crystal Palace at Javits Center, New York


Visiting with KidStuff PR clients at 2020 New York Toy Fair


Exploring 7 football fields of toys on 2 levels at 2020 New York Toy Fair


NECA Toys at 2020 New York Toy Fair

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Wizkids @necaofficial booth at @toy_fair in NY.

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KeiKi Music Ukuleles at 2020 New York Toy Fair


Fun In Motion Toys at 2020 New York Toy Fair

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Chalk of the Town at 2020 New York Toy Fair


Heading home to the little Madison, WI airport
Planning To Move to Singapore? Here is What You Should Know

Planning To Move to Singapore

Planning To Move to Singapore? Here is What You Should Know

Relocating from one place to another can bring about mixed reactions and even worse if you are relocating to a different country. It could be a happy moment as you would be breaking the monotony of staying in one place for an extended time. On the other hand, it could be a very frustrating moment if you do not make proper and adequate arrangements.

Planning To Move to Singapore? Here is What You Should Know

Proper planning before traveling is essential. Here is a guide on some of the fundamental issues that you will need to consider to make your travel and stay as smooth as they can be.

Visas

It is evident that for one to travel, you need to have your travel documents. There are several types of visas depending on what you’re going to do in Singapore, your age, and the length of time that you will stay.

Employment Pass

This visa is given to foreigners who have a job offer. That means either you or your spouse should have a work visa. The legal requirement for one to get a work visa is that you must go through the eligibility test, which is based on the job type, the salary offered, and your qualifications.

Usually, the employer applies for the work visa on your behalf. The permit will only be valid for two years for a first-time applicant and its validity extends to three years upon renewal.

Dependent’s VisaPlanning To Move to Singapore? Here is What You Should Know

This visa is given to a legally married spouse, which means that a marriage certificate is required and their children should be unmarried and below 21 years of age.
Other types of visas include the entrepass visa, which is issued to those who want to be self-employed by starting their own business in Singapore. Only after renewal does one gain the dependent privileges.

However, one plus is that acquiring your work documents is not that hard in Singapore. You can get one through One Visa Immigration that will allow you to pursue different work opportunities.

Medical Insurance

Singapore is ranked as one of the best healthcare system providers in the world. Employers can select whether to offer medical insurance or not. However, you are required to purchase your healthcare package to cover yourself and your relatives. The suitable insurance coverage should take into consideration your current and future plans as a family.

Planning To Move to Singapore

Rental Property

For most foreigners, renting is usually the best choice. It is always essential that you chose agents who will use their knowledge not only to secure a good deal for you but also to protect your interests. When researching for areas that suite you best, there are some critical factors you need to take into consideration. These include the availability of schools, public transport system, and whether there is adequate security.

Conclusion

Reasons for relocating could be due to a job transfer among other reasons beyond your control. One should note that before moving to a new location with your family, there are several issues that you need to take into consideration.

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OurFamilyReviews.com Holiday Gift Guide #Giveaway 2019

10 top holiday gifts in 2019 for mom dad and kids #giveaway

Keller making a gingerbread houseThere’s lots of ways to celebrate the holidays and everyone is different. Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, the Chinese New Year, Diwali or other wintertime holidays, we all need some great gift ideas to celebrate our love for each other this 2019.

***DEC 12, 2019 UPDATE*** We’re happy to share that Cynthia R is the winner of this giveaway!!

Wondering what perfect gifts to give your wife, son, daughter or husband?

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Gifts For The Kids


One Moosh-Moosh Plushies

Winner of the Tillywig 2019 TOP FUN Award Winner

Cuddle up with these snuggly pillow friends available in a huge variety like Crush the Shark or Archie the owl from the Moosh-Moosh Spooky Series collection. Many of the Moosh-Moosh plushies are available as Sequins and in varying sizes. My kids and I all have different Moosh-Moosh pillows which we snuggle in bed are while watching a movie. These pillow friends are extremely affordable too from $5.99 for the Clip-on size to $14.99 for the Large size Moosh-Moosh plushies.

Daisy the Caticorn Moosh-MooshOur favorite is Daisy the white Caticorn who’s available in small, medium and large size plush pillow friends. Shop for your favorite #mooshmoosh plushie at https://www.moosh-moosh.com/, Michaels stores, CVS Pharmacy, Staples, Walgreens and Joann retail outlets. There’s other cute products made by Moosh-Moosh too including: flashlights; Slipperz and more.

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Sanibel Island, FL vintage postcard

Heavenly Fall Vacation to Sanibel Island 🌴 Florida

Mom Sweeny in FloridaEach year, thanks to Mom Sweeny, our family has the opportunity to visit what’s described as “heaven on Earth”, Sanibel Island on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Sanibel is a magical place in nature with beaches, birds and sunsets. Imagine walking on a shell covered shore with warm air and birds flying above. This past week Mom Sweeny visited our beloved Sanibel Island, FL for a Fall vacation in October! Below are highlights from this trip to Heaven down South, USA.

Naples Botanical Garden


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15 Best Spooky Gifts for 2019 Halloween


For so many, Fall is a favorite time of year. With images of snuggling up to a cozy fire with a hot pumpkin spice apple cider after a day at the corn maze, raking Fall leaves, or spooky trail hike. Autumn is cozy and wonderful! Gifts may not be the first thing that come to mind however, there’s lots to get excited about and the gifts below do not even include candy! This roundup of the 15 best spooky themed Halloween gifts are for home decoration or to surprise your Halloween-loving buddy.

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Solo Stove LightSolo Stove Light

Warm up on the front porch or on a backpacking trip with the “ultralight” Solo Stove Lite is the perfect Fall gift for the lover of the great outdoors in your life. Solo Stove offers free shipping plus free returns (store returns only after 30 days) excluding Hawaii and Alaska in the United States. The Solo Stove Lite, like its name, is actually light and perfect for two people to cozy up while on a hike or picnic in the chilly Autumn air.

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Lizzo Inspired Halloween Sweater

Get cozy with this handmade “100 percent That Witch” sweater from Etsy.com seller ImPressedClothing. Available in four stylish colors and five adult sizes from small to XXL. This item is made of a “50/50 cotton poly blend, is super soft and cozy” and ships in 3-5 days from California, USA.

Halloween sweater from Etsy.com

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Moosh-Moosh Spooky Halloween Plush Collection

Available in 9 different spooky characters, Moosh-Moosh plushies are super cuddly friends that are not only cute but at $14.99 each are a bargain! Shop the Moosh-Moosh website for these Spooky plushies or check out the other cuddly friends like Ash The Dragon Sequin Faced or Drac The Dragon from the Series 1 collection of Moosh-Moosh Plushies.


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Lake house vacation fun we always wanted and Pool Float #giveaway

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This summer, our big family vacation is at Lake Mitchel near Cadillac, Michigan at a beautiful lake house called “Lake Mitchel Retreat” which we rented via Airbnb.

I was provided a product sample by Salas Brands Coconut Floats in exchanger for this review and the opinions expressed here are original, unique and my ideas solely. I specifically recommend products which I personally use and which I think will be an awesomesauce fit for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC 16 CFR, Part 225: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

Our road trip to the lake house was three hours from Wisconsin to Grandma’s house in Chicagoland where we stayed overnight then another five hours from Illinois, through Indiana into Michigan.

We arrived, unpacked and made our way to the water where we discovered the lake house property includes a pier, 3 stand-up paddle boards, a peddle boat, a fire pit, many lawn chairs and other fun activities for our family to use.
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5 Essential Back To School Safety Tips For Milwaukee Families

We’re proud to bring you a back-to-school safety article which, this time is a guest post by Donna Fitzgerald who is a mother of two and enjoys journaling in her free time. She also enjoys traveling and sharing her experiences with readers. You can visit her blog at goodhomehealth.net

With the end of summer coming to a close, you’re likely packing away summer gear and hitting the back to school sales. Every new school year is a bittersweet experience whether your kids are starting kindergarten or entering the halls of a middle school.

Here are some safety tips to consider while you and your kids are preparing for a brand new school year.

Kids with School bus

School Bus Safety For You and Your Kids

Even if you drive your kids to school, there’s a good chance that your child will ride a school bus at least a few times during the school year for trips or extra curricular activities. While you can expect that your child’s educators may teach some bus safety tips and appropriate behavior, it’s a good idea to remind your child how to enter and exit a bus safely, stay a safe distance away, and to always cross the street when it’s safe.
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