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Charlene DeLoach

Charlene is a a dairy/gluten-free lawyer turned blogger who loves bargains, toys, puns, and anything with pink and sparkles. She has her own popular blog chronicling her adventures and discoveries at CharleneChronicles.com, where she has been voted as top blogger in Massachusetts. Charlene has been featured on NECN, Mass Appeal, The Rhode Show, Western MA News, Fox25 Morning News, the Boston Globe, Boston.com, Boston Herald, and Parents.com. Her specialty is advising parents about the best toys for children on the Autism Spectrum. Charlene lives outside of Boston with her family and five teeny, tiny dogs.

Bratz Dolls: Cloe, Jade, Jasmin and Sasha

  As a Barbie girl growing up, it always amazes me (and pleases me) that there are more options for kids now; many with great and funky backgrounds that give depth to doll that your… read more

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Fun with Chalk

One morning we traveled to cheer my brother in a road race. We brought a bucket of chalk to write encouraging messages on the road. As we waited for him to run by, my 3… read more

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Match It! Spelling by the Learning Journey

Match It! Spelling by the Learning Journey is a new find in our household. However, it has been around for a few years. So it is one of those ‘new to us’ kind of things,… read more

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Corolle Dolls and My Girls Dollhouse

Dolls are more than toys. They are a right of passage, a dream, a friend, a collectible, an opportunity for creativity, roll play and inspiration. One brand that has won scores of awards and global… read more

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Go! Go! Smart Wheels by VTech

If you have young children between the ages of 1 and 5, you’re probably always on the hunt for toys that both can play with together. With toys like that, you don’t have to worry… read more

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How to Make a Lasting Sand Castle

Instead of fleeting beach memories or to create the beach at home, grab some supplies and create a lasting sand castle. You’ll need 1 up of sand, 1/2 cup of cornstarch, 1 teaspoon alum (you… read more

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Speak into the Microphone

There is a toy that most parents don’t think of when they are thinking of what to buy their three year old. But this is what blog posts are about, right? Helping us parents think… read more

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Water Crafts for Kids

  The summer can mean hot days. Here are two ideas for water art for kids to keep them cool on a warm day.     1. Pick up some inexpensive paint brushes, rollers, sponges… read more

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Mega Bloks Drive-thru

  Building blocks can bring out a host of creative play in children. Babies like knocking them over, toddlers like stacking them and older children like to build structures. While castles and towers are fun… read more

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Our 2013 Toy Insider Advisory Board

The Toy Insider and the Big Toy Book are excited to be working with two particular bloggers as part of its 2013 Toy Insider Parent Advisory Panel. These two women are respected in the blogging… read more

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