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Hit The Road With PlayGro Toys


Have you ever gone on a road trip with a baby? I’m not talking short term like a two hours jaunt to Grandma’s house. I mean a real, honest road trip of at least 10 to 20 hours. One of these road trips gives you the opportunity to test your stamina, because as much as you think it’s going to …

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What To Expect When You’re Expecting Hand, Foot, And Mouth Disease

After a very interesting fall complete with a teacher’s strike that left my kids at home for over 3 months of summer vacation, I was ready for all 4 of my kids to be in the school full time. Once upon a time I had dreaded such a thing, and couldn’t imagine what I’d do with myself during the day …

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Review of MIP, the Robot Toy

review MIP robot toy

We do quite a few toy reviews here on Survive Parenthood, and that’s because you just can’t go wrong with a good toy. Not only does it make your kids happy for a long period of time, but it gives you those moments of sanity you need to collect yourself and get on with your day. I recently had the …

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Track Santa with Norad 2013

Track Santa with Norad

Track Santa with Norad 2013 It used to be that every year millions of children around the world would wait for Christmas Eve morning, knowing that they’d spend the day looking out the window and wondering what he was up to right at that moment. Times have definitely changed. Not only are kids these days equipped with personal laptops, iPads, …

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Mattel Hot Holiday Toys of 2013 make gift giving easy

Mattel Hot Holiday Toys

This is the story of 4 pillow pets. No, they weren’t just any old pillow pets (are there just ‘any old’ pillow pets??) – these pillow pets, Marie, Bullseye, Perry, and Tigger, are special. Special because they went on the most epic journey a pillow pet can take, starting from Downtown Disneyland, and still made it back to our place …

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Imaginext Toys make for memorable moments


I don’t know anyone who doesn’t look at a certain toy and have flashbacks from their childhood. For me, it’s Cabbage Patch Dolls. At age 13, when all of my friends were starting to think about boys and makeup, my parents gifted me with one of the coveted Cabbage Patch Dolls. And even though part of me felt like I …

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Hot Holiday Toys 2013

Hot Holiday Toys

Having lived with a bunch of kids for the past 12 years, I’d say I’m a qualified expert of what a hot holiday toy is. In a nutshell, hot holiday toys are those for which you get out of bed at 5 am, stand outside in the cold lined up with other similarly crazy individuals, and wait for 2 or …

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Triple the fun of downtime with Thomas the Tank Engine King of the Railway DVD & playsets

With four kids under the age of 11 in tow with me almost everywhere I go, I’m that person people in Costco feel the need to sympathize with by saying, “Oh dear, you have your hands full” (no kidding) or “Are they all yours?” (Yes, indeed they are). But even though my four look like they’re a lot of work …

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DIY pirate ship playhouse

diy pirate ship playhouse

DIY pirate ship playhouse I’ve got 4 kids. The fact that I have one of those Toys R US wooden playgrounds taking up half my backyard should come as no surprise to anyone. Not only does it save me from having to go to the local park, but has the capability to become a pseudo tree fort or Ninjago Battle …

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Review Munchkin Lulla Vibe Vibrating Mattress Pad

When I became a parent 11 years ago, I learned the hard way that the nurses were right about some things. In the throes of new baby fever, I literally wouldn’t put my daughter down. Either myself or my husband wanted to hold her all the time, and if we weren’t feeding, changing, or bathing her, we were rocking her …

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