Archive for September, 2009

The Toy Insider’s “Hot 20” Toys for the 2009 Holiday Season

0-2 Years
Elmo Tickle Hands – Mattel’s Fisher-Price
Mega Bloks Play ‘N Go Table – Mega Brands
My Pal Scout & My Pal Violet – Leapfrog
Tonka Chuck My Talking Truck – Hasbro’s Tonka

3-5 Years
1-2-3 Stomp! – Wild Planet
Liv Dolls – Spin Master
Rocky the Robot Truck – Matchbox
Tightrope Terror – Jakks Pacific
Transformers Revenge of the Fallen Optimus Prime – Hasbro
Zippity Learning System – Leapfrog

6-8 Years
Air Hogs Zero Gravity Laser – Spin Master
Bakugan 7 in 1 Maxus Dragonoid – Spin Master
Battle Strikers Turbo Tops Tournament Set – Mega Brands
Girl Gourmet Sweets Candy Jewel Factory – Jakks Pacific
Moxie Girlz – MGA Entertainment
Printies Design Studio Kits – Techno Source

9+ Years
Power Miners Titanium Command Rig – Lego
Star Wars The Force Trainer – Uncle Milton
Style Six Silk Screener – Jakks Pacific
Twilight Scene It? The DVD Game: Deluxe Edition – Screenlife

Source: The Toy Insider –
updated site for holiday 2009 and all of the hottest toys live October 22


September 30, 2009 at 7:24 pm Leave a comment

Prices dropping already

Gearing up for the holiday season, Wal-Mart Canada stores nationwide have dropped the price of some popular toys to $10, and new toys will be reduced to $10 every week between now and Christmas. Every week, Canadian shoppers will be able to find 10 toys––such as Transformers Universe (regular price $29.92), Tini Puppini Fashion Dogs (regular price $29.94), and Mega Bloks’ Builder Racer (regular price $24.96)––discounted for 10 bucks. Wal-Mart Canada is currently celebrating its 15th anniversary and are expecting to lower prices for a slew of products to celebrate the event.

September 29, 2009 at 2:44 pm 3 comments

Moms More Likely to Use Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter

According to a new Retail Advertising and Marketing Association (RAMA) survey, conducted by BIGResearch, moms with children at home are more likely to use Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter than average adults. The survey shows that 60 percent of moms use Facebook, 42 percent use MySpace, and 16 percent use Twitter, compared to 50 percent, 34 percent, and 15 percent of average adults, respectively. Additionally, 15 percent of moms maintain their own blog.
Regarding purchase-making, the survey shows that 93 percent of moms seek the advice of others before buying a service or product, and 97 percent of moms said they give advice to others about those products or services they purchased.

September 23, 2009 at 7:49 pm Leave a comment

Getting to know you

So what is a mommy blogger exactly?? Well we’re moms, some of us are stay at home…some of us work full or part time. I’ve done it all and I think the hardest job is being home (though now I’m at work full time and trying to be absolutely great at everything…impossible).

Mommy blogging is not just about a growing powerhouse..but about woman connecting. I think about how often my husband might mention that I tell too much to my friends when he would prefer that I didn’t. Woman need woman…we help each other make decisions, we root for each other (even when we are competing), we give each other strength. And as moms..we trust each other, and we’re not afraid to ask for advise (unlike a car, there’s no GPS to navigate raising our children).

So for a few years now I have written blogs posts on other sites (which I will keep doing), and been guest blogger on sites as well. But now I would like (love) to welcome you to my blog, which is a mix of my family and my work…both passions. On my family side I will share tales about my 3 teenage daughters, our dog, our fish, and yes, I will share about my wonderful husband of 21 years.

As for work, I will share my knowledge of toys and look for other bloggers with children of different ages to test toys and give honest opinions. My work keeps me in constant contact with toy manufacturers (and that’s why I’m the Toy Insider Mom). When I evaluate toys I look for play value and dollar value. I also look to see the trends, how kids are responding, etc. But nothing is better than putting an item in your hands and getting the feedback from other moms.

This site will continue to grow. Eventually you’ll be able to shop for toys, the popular ones and the hard to find ones, you’ll find them all here. And you’ll be able to shop here without “surfing the net”. Here, we will also talk about big kids, little kids, other peoples kids, and just stuff. It’s a place I hope we can all call home and share our worries and our joys. And we’ll talk some about toys too! I have lots of knowledge about toys, about the developmental stages and what you should be looking for (my education was that of elementary schoolteacher…so don’t even ask how I got here) and when I don’t have the answer, I have experts at hand here who do.

Let’s get to know each other and let’s connect. I’m looking forward to meeting you!


The Toy Insider Mom (last years holiday toys are here…this years site will be refreshed by mid October)

September 20, 2009 at 6:21 pm Leave a comment

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