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Reasons Why We Love Elf on the Shelf

The time has come. The elves have arrived. And there’s a lot of noise coming from the parents I know. When it comes to Elf on the Shelf, you probably fall into one of two camps:… read more

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How to Survive School Vacation with Tips From Home Alone

For most parents, we are entering what some of us call “The Winter Week of Wackiness,” also known as the week after Hanukkah and Christmas. School is out, the new year hasn’t started, new toys… read more

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Win a Stocking STUFFED with Toys for the Holidays!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. ALL WINNERS HAVE BEEN CHOSEN! Don’t let the presents under the tree steal the spotlight—sometimes the small toys in kids’ stockings can deliver just as much fun! We’ve collected some… read more

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Doing Good: Thinking Local for Holiday Giving

The commercials have begun, The Toy Insider’s Holiday Toy Guide has been released, Santa will soon be arriving at the mall, and the peppermint mocha is flowing. Whether you consider yourself a pre-Thanksgiving or post-Thanksgiving… read more

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Christmas Day Survival Kit

  Let’s not kid ourselves here: If you’ve got kids in the house, you know full well you’re getting woken up early on Christmas morning. Like, really early. The “so, this is what 5 a.m.… read more

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Christmas Through the Decades: The ’70s

It’s December, and that means Christmas is so close you can almost feel it in the air! To help us all get into the holiday spirit, Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht joined the History Channel as… read more

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Christmas Through the Decades: The ’80s

This year, high-tech toys are all the rage. From video games to tablets and even high-flying drones, toys seem almost unrecognizable from those of our childhood. Some toys, though, have truly conquered the test of time and are… read more

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Hot Gifts with Toy Insider Mom

Christmas is just around the corner, and the time for holiday shopping is coming to an end. Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht brought some of the year’s absolute hottest toys to KCAL9 LA. You don’t want… read more

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Christmas Through the Decades: The ’60s

Christmastime is almost here, bringing the looming deadline for holiday shopping closer each day. With all the lists and wrapping, rollbacks and Black Friday deals, it can be easy to forget your holiday cheer in the checkout… read more

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The Bigger the Better with these Hot Holiday Toys!

Whether it’s an expanded universe of new characters, places and friends or the sheer size of a ride-on dump truck, with toys bigger is almost always better! Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht dropped by WGN-TV in… read more

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