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Comparing Today’s Toys to ’80s Toys on You & Me

How do the prices of classic toys from the 1980s compare to toys today? Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht stopped by You & Me on Chicago’s WCIU to talk about how prices have increased or… read more

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Strawberry Shortcake Throws Back to Original Design

Most desserts are known for their sweet deliciousness, but others are best known for the adorable toys named after them. While some may start salivating at the mention of strawberry shortcake, others are washed over… read more

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Top Toy Trend: Focus on Family

Toys are not just for kids. The entire family can enjoy unplugging from their devices and engaging in some old school playtime. Instituting a family game night with tabletop games is a great way to… read more

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Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht on the Today Show!

To show off some of the absolute best deals available this holiday season, Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht dropped by the Today Show for some serious playtime with hosts Kathie Lee and Hoda along with… read more

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The Best Toys from the ’80s Are Back

As a child of the ’80s, I am way older than most of the Toy Insider review team. When I make references to ’80s pop culture in our office, I’m usually on the receiving end… read more

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Take the Stage with Strawberry Shortcake and Cherry Jam

To this day I still have some of my berry favorite Strawberry Shortcake songs stuck in my head. I had select episodes recorded on VHS tapes and would replay them over and over again until… read more

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Simon Provides Kids with an Interactive Fun Lab Event

Kids and parents can have a blast with the Simon Fun Lab Tour, rolling across 20 malls nationwide in October and November. Simon Malls’ Fun Lab tour offers families a fun and immersive experience with… read more

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The Newest Strawberry Shortcake App is Berry, Berry Fun

Kids can live out an endless summer with Strawberry Shortcake and her berry best friends with Cupcake Digital’s Strawberry Shortcake Summer Fun storybook and activity app. Available on the App Store, Amazon Appstore for Android, and… read more

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