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  • First Act Music

    Elizabeths PlayroomFirst Act Music

    One of our favorite things to do when we went down to the basement was create our own band and jam. Guitars, drums, you name it we had it and were making loads of noise... Ummm, I mean music. Until my brother and I started music lessons we had toy instruments that had very poor quality sound, some old guitars that had been handed down by our folks and used brooms and other household items as stand in instruments and microphones. Sometimes we would play along to our favorite songs and sing at the top of our lungs. Other times we would lip sync and pretend to be playing our instruments. We also created our own songs.

  • Scene It? Box Office Smash

    Video Game ReviewsScene It? Box Office Smash

    Did you know that Scene It?, the DVD board game, also has a line of Xbox 360 editions available? It’s true! The first Xbox 360 edition was 2007’s Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action. Scene It? Box Office Smash is the latest game for the Xbox 360 and features new questions, more high-definition (HD) movie clips and several new puzzle styles. The game allows up to four people or teams to compete in a contest that tests your movie trivia knowledge through a variety of puzzles and questions

  • Precious Planet is Released at the Zoo

    Precious Planet is Released at the Zoo

    The Amphibian Room at the Central Park Zoo was filled with toys on January 27 as Fisher-Price held a special event there to unveil its new Precious Planet line of must-have baby gear for parents and their little ones. Actress and mom Maggie Gyllenhaal was on hand to lend support for the new line and to announce Fisher-Price's $250,000 donation benefiting the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), an organization that saves wildlife and wild places. "Fisher-Price is such a big part of everyone's childhood and I am so happy to join forces with them in presenting this generous donation in support of the Wildlife…

  • Guinness World Records

    Video Game ReviewsGuinness World Records

    Guinness World Records: The Videogame is a collection of over 35, wacky, party-game challenges that are based on real-life Guinness World records. The challenges require you to break the records in a variety of stunts such as the fastest time to crush watermelons with your head, longest fingernails, and loudest burp

  • Valentines Day is for toys, too

    Seasonal ProductValentines Day is for toys, too

    February 14th isn't too far away, and Valentines Day is a special day for the kids. From sending cards to special treats, it's a highlight in the mid-Winter calendar. It's also a time when many parents are looking for alternatives to candy for their kids. Here are some sweet ideas for inexpensive, but fun-filled Valentine's Day toys for your kids.

  • Lips

    Video Game ReviewsLips

    A music-based game in which you sing along to words on a screen without any instrument controllers? Sounds odd, doesn’t it? Believe it or not, but there was a time not long ago when these types of games, usually referred to as Karaoke, were the only form of music game available

  • Elf Island

    Elizabeths PlayroomElf Island

    My kids are constantly asking to go on the computer to visit their favorite websites. There are so many of them now. How do we choose which websites we allow our children to visit? How do we determine the amount of time they should spend on-line? These are tough questions. I highly recommend visiting whether you have a boy or a girl to create B Smart Pact. The B Smart Pact will help you engage your children in a discussion about fun, safe and fair internet play.

  • Carry Me Everywhere Suitcase

    Elizabeths PlayroomCarry Me Everywhere Suitcase

    The most important routine or ritual we have in our home begins at dinner and ends when my kids are tucked neatly in their beds. Each night we have dinner and then head straight up stairs for fun baths and to brush our teeth. Then we read stories until bedtime. Once my children are in bed, I sing songs and say prayers with each of them individually.

  • Traveling With Kids

    Mannered MomTraveling With Kids

    I'm more frequently asked by people how they should deal with other people's kids while traveling than I am asked for tips on how people should manage their own kids. This leads me to believe that other people's kids are the real problem here, as seems to be the case with most things. I'm not an expert on other people's kids but can provide my own "how to's" for managing or avoiding the most common kid travel mistakes:

  • Being a Great Houseguest

    Mannered MomBeing a Great Houseguest

    'Tis the season for entertaining and travel and so it's a great time to refresh the fundamentals of being a good houseguest, nearly none of which apply if you're crashing with family (Sorry, grandparents!). But for others who may be hosting you and, more importantly, your kids, there are some considerations to keep in mind. Having recently experienced a painful, seemingly never-ending weekend hosting a family of guests, I offer up these tips from first-hand experience.