Recipe Alert: Glazed Cranberry-Nut Cookies

When I think about the holiday season, a few things come to mind; lots of sappy movies, the smell of pine on our Christmas tree, twinkling lights and cookies. Lots of Christmas cookies. Don’t let… read more

Holiday Family Photo Card Tips

The holidays approach quickly and for a lot of families it’s the time to get everyone together to take a family photo for a holiday card, so I thought I would share some tips and… read more

Why Classic Play Is Here to Stay

Since we were kids, toys have long evolved from our Battleships sets and Pet Rocks. Now, as manufacturers dazzle us with all the newest gizmos, gadgets, and app-controlled toys—even Crayola has digital assets—it may seem… read more

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

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

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

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

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