Surviving Parenthood

Bargain Toys

by Mother of two

Amazon has a yearly holiday sale on toys. is time of the year where you can find great bargains for 50-70% off.  I, not only shop for Christmas, but I also stock up on toys for birthday parties throughout the year.  I also buy a bunch of small items for my sons for raining days.  I just got the 2 computers below for Xmas presents!

Fisher-Price Fun 2 Learn Computer $22.67 (reg. price $49.99)

Vtech – Tote & Go Laptop with Web Connect $13.49 (reg. price $29.99)

Melissa & Doug

by Mother of two

Melissa & Doug make the best wooden and soft toys for children.  When I buy toys for my 2 jumping babies I am particularly concerned about the quality of their toys.  My older son still likes to chew on toys even though he is almost 3 years old so safety and quality is important to me.  I can also appreciate the fact that they are made in the U.S.A. so I don’t have to worry about potentially lead contaminated toys.  I know that there are a lot of similar toys out there but in many cases they come from China (So buyers beware).


My Little Lum loves the puzzles and food play products while the Little Wing enjoys their fill & spill sets. There is a large variety to choose from and I would suggest these as a Christmas gift or stocking stuffer to anyone with a young child in their


It’s a Kipper!

by Mother of two

Little Lum's Kipper

For those who don’t know, Kipper is the main character in the animated series “Kipper the Dog.”  In the U.S., Kipper aired between 1998 and 2001 on the Nick Jr.  The animated series was based on the popular award winning children’s book series from the late 90’s by Mick Inkpen titled, “Kipper.”

The series centers on Kipper (a polite English Beagle), his friends Tiger (a Scottish Terrier), Pig (an actual pig) and Arnold, Pig’s younger cousin in their many adventures.  The animation is very plain and simple so it doesn’t overwhelm a child, while the stories always center on the concepts of sharing and being helpful to others while having fun at the same time.  All the characters speak with an English accent (very distinct and charming voices) that combined with their childlike playfulness make for good storytelling.

We first discovered Kipper through Netflix while searching for an appropriate children’s show.  “Kipper the Dog” stood out as a perfect choice because the stories where age appropriate and the characters were very endearing and polite (very ideal role model for young children). Our Little Lum became instantly attached to Kipper after only a few episodes.  So much so that he began calling all dogs a “KIPPER.” Even his toy dog that he previously could identify as “Scout” became “Kipper.”  Everywhere we went he would point out, “Mommy, it’s a Kipper!”

My husband finally gave in and purchased an 8 inch stuffed Kipper from England for $20.  It was funny receiving a yellow envelope from England with a custom declaration of “Kipper the Dog”.  We treat him delicately since he is practically irreplaceable.  But Little Lum absolutely LOVES him.  He plays with all his stuffed animals in the daytime, but when bedtime rolled around only Kipper would be brought to bed.

Recently, Hit Entertainment, released a 4 DVD combo, Kipper Quad, which includes, Friendship Tails, Kipper Helps Out, Imagine That!, and Water Play.  For children under 3 years old, I definitely recommended it.  It’s actually a great deal because I have seen the each of the four DVD go for as much as $9.00 each so you’ll be saving quite a bit if you buy the combo set.

We purchased our Kipper Quad from Barnes and Noble for $9 with free shipping.