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
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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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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5 awesome Father’s Day Gifts 🎁 he wants

Unique gifts which are meaningful and well received require knowing a person well so buying gifts which people actually want is not easy. This Father’s Day, make gift giving easy with one or more of these awesome gift ideas which a dad really wants to open.

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A Handcrafted Wooden Baseball Game

Across the Board wooden Baseball Game

Across the Board is a St. Louis, USA based board game company that produces all kinds of unique wooden games using premium materials. This Baseball Game has slightly different rules than at the ball park using dice, metal pegs and a dry erase scoreboard. Play Ball!
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Unicorn Easter gifts kids want in 2019

Are you wanting to buy Easter gifts the kids will love?

Toy trends have taken some interesting turns with popularity in product categories including slime, poop and everything unicorn! This Easter, fill your kids’ baskets with some non-candy gifts with a unicorn twist! After scouring for the best unicorn Easter gifts, let’s obsess over these magical horses with their cuteness and enchantment to fill that obligatory Springtime gift basket with these top unicorn gift ideas from online retailers like Etsy, Amazon, Wish, Kohls and more—Enjoy!

Unicorn Aviators

at Target.com

These whimsical Elli by Capelli sunglasses from Kohls.com are rainbow styled with round frames which fit ages 3 and up.

$12 – Buy at Kohls.com


Unicorn Trinket Tray

availabe at Kohls.com

Everyone needs a place to organize accessories. This unicorn tray by LC Lauren Conrad is available at Kohls.com and is made of ceramic.

$26 – Buy on Kohls.com


LLAMACORN SLIPPERZ

by Moosh-Moosh plushies

These plush Slipperz by Moosh-Moosh will melt your heart. Available in many styles, the Llamacorn Slipperz are super soft and are available for $16.99 on Moosh-Moosh.com.

$16.99 – Buy on Moosh-Moosh.com


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Awesome Family Gifts for the 2018 Holidays

This holiday giving season, we’ve compiled our favorite family gift ideas which we’re sure will be a hit with the kids in your household, plus a special gift idea below for the parents who like to be prepared.

Jooki - smart media player for kids

Jooki Smart Media Player For Kids

Jooki is a smart media player which is water resistant, durable and for the kids! Parents load up a playlist into each Jooki character and the child can choose which playlist to enjoy.

I can imagine my youngest son enjoying his favorite EDM music as he loves to dance and Jooki would make a perfect addition to our bedtime stories as well! Jooki gives kids options, choices and freedom to decide what they’d like to enjoy listening to while giving parents the ability to manage the songs and stories on Jooki via direct upload; Spotify Premium account or; web interface (for desktop users) at http://my.jooki.rocks/ . Jooki is also available on Amazon.

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Rescue Guard

Rescue Guard Life-Saving Backpacks

Rescue Guard kits are life saving backpacks, filled with gear to survive the worst of mother nature’s disasters. Available in three kits ($49.95, $99.95 and $179.95) exclusively on Amazon, having a Rescue Guard all-in-one disaster bug-out backpack kit, will put you at ease knowing that you’re prepared and safe.

The zipper backpacks contain food, shelter, blankets, water, first-aid kit and other life-sustaining essentials. The Advance Rescue Guard ($179.95) kit even includes a knife, lantern, gloves and many other survival tools. We plan to keep our Rescue Guard backpack in storage where we’ll know exactly where it’s stored for easy retrieval in case of an emergency!


Moosh-Moosh plushies

Moosh-Moosh Super-Cuddly Plush Pillow Friends

In my household, we love plush animals and stuffed pillows! First we were crazy about Whiffer Sniffers and now we’ve discovered Moosh-Moosh plushies! These super cute and super cuddly plush pillow friends are perfect for me because I love to lay in bed or sit in my night chair and put a plush pillow friend behind my head to rest my neck.

My boys and I are big fans of plush pillows and this Christmas my little dudes will find a few new friends under our Chris tree to cuddle—Moosh-Moosh! As a family, we enjoy plush pillow friends at bedtime, on the couch for TV or movie time or to play with for pretend play. Our favorite Moosh-Moosh plushies are Corey the Puppy, Midnight the Cat and Sparkle the Unicorn which are pictured above. Available in three sizes, clip-on (4 inch); medium (8 inch) and large (12 inch), grab a Moosh-Moosh plushie on Amazon or on their website!

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Not Parent Approved

Not Parent Approved – An Inappropriate Game Kids Will Love

Games are big in our house! We often spend time on the weekend playing board games, card games, video games and so I know the Not Parent Approved game is going to make the perfect addition to our weekend fun!

I can’t wait to show the kids this game as I know that potty humor and other silly word games have been a huge hit for my boys and I as we spend silly family time enjoying each others laughs and giggles. Not Parent Approved is a game that lets kids unleash their silliness and suggested for kids 8 years-old and up! This is going to make the perfect Christmas present in my household of inappropriate boys!

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Top 10 Best Amazon Alexa Echo Dot gifts

Gift ideas for use with Amazon Alexa enabled Echo Dot

Keller with Santa at Shake Rag Alley Center for the ArtsLast Christmas, my daughter surprised me with an Amazon Echo Dot which I love using. Since then, I’ve purchased another Echo Dot which I use both Alexa enabled devices to stream music from Amazon Music, Pandora and I often connect my computer to my Echo Dots to play music from iTunes, YouTube and Google Play Music (thanks CG.) One of my favorite tricks with the Echo Dot devices is to create a group with more than one Echo Dot and have them all play the same music which fills my house with the same song. There’s currently over 50,000 Alexa Skills which are enabled via the Alexa app which connects to your Echo Dot.

I can’t forget to mention how amazing the “talk to me Alexa” feature is which taps into the Alexa Prize Socialbots (a collegiate AI Competition) allowing you to have a conversation, learn and be entertained by Amazon’s Alexa.

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In the spirit of Amazon’s Echo Dot, below is my dream list of the 10 best Amazon Echo Dot gifts which all work with Amazon Alexa. The holiday giving season is very close and I prefer to get a huge jump start on the holiday shopping. I hope this Echo Dot gift list offers some fun and amazing gift ideas for you while not breaking the bank. It’s important to note for editorial reasons, the copy below is from Amazon.com.


Echo Dot Kids Edition – Alexa for kids
$69.99

Echo Dot Kids Edition, a smart speaker with Alexa for kids“Introducing a hands-free, voice-controlled speaker with Alexa, designed with kids in mind. Echo Dot Kids Edition can play age-appropriate music, answer questions, tell stories, control compatible smart home devices, and more. Includes a black Echo Dot, a 1-year subscription to FreeTime Unlimited, a fun kid-friendly case, and a 2-year worry-free guarantee. If they break it, return it and we’ll replace it for free.”¹

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