Welcome to The Toy Insider Mom’s Blog

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.   Women need women…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 advice (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

www.thetoyinsider.com (last years holiday toys are here…this years site will be refreshed by mid October)


4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Doris Gralitzer  |  November 12, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    I think this is wonderful for us working mothers ,its nice to know that there is a place to go where we can find help during this crazy holiday season and shop for our children with good advice!!!

    • 2. laurieschacht  |  December 3, 2009 at 6:03 pm

      Hi Doris…thanks for the shout out and so glad that you like the blog and the websites! Hope you and your kids have a great holiday season. Can’t wait to go on vacation with my family….we all need it!
      The Toy Insider Mom

  • 3. Gillian Murrell  |  November 25, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    I love your intro..throughout my life, my female friends have been a tremendous source of joy, strength, and soul recharging energy! We share so that others can benefit. We want to be the best we can be but not at the expense of others. I love the game of tennis, but it is much more fun winning when everyone has played their best. Then, frankly, I don’t remember the win so much as that we all played our best. And if we all played well and I lost, I am okay with that, too. I take enormous pleasure in other people’s success unless they’re jerks. ; (
    So all the best of luck to you and I will share your great site and helpful info with much pleasure! Wow, can you tell your prose struck a chord with me…. ; )
    Happy Thanksgiving!

    • 4. laurieschacht  |  December 3, 2009 at 6:02 pm

      Hi Gillian….thanks so much for your wonderful comments and for sharing. I’m now trying to teach my oldest to have the confidence she needs to move on from the first boyfriend…not easy. 19 is still without a lot of self confidence, and I wonder what I could have done to give her more!! So, for me it’s all about the support we give each other…our friends and our children. Wish you all the best, and have a great holiday season. Chat with me here and visit http://www.thebigtoybook.com (when you’re ready to buy)…and http://www.thetoyinsider.com (when you need to search through a great selection of toys chosen by our team of industry experts).
      The Toy Insider Mom


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