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There seems to be an endless amount of kids stuff to choose from these days!  Millions of toys, books, clothes and games.....the list goes on and on!  So how do you pick the kids products and brands that last and don't get destroyed the first day you get them home?!


Share your favourite products and brands for kids of all ages here.  Is it the latest toy that's both educational and fun?  Or the best new board game that keeps the whole family entertained for hours?  Let other mums know what your favourites are and find out what they think here.

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yasuaki - 8:23 PM on Wed-21-Oct-2015 reply | message
suburban downtowns In these days of urban lack of planning, it's a miracle when a suburb develops a theme.But they do, sometimes by accident.Ever notice that richfield is the place to shop for aquarium fish?It has five fish shops within a few blocks of each other.Need new tile?Drive to plymouth for the twin cities' best selection. Granted, it's not as simple as driving downtown or to a mall and only having to park once.But a few of the below locations do have a central downtown to make shopping easier, such as white bear lake, hopkins and anoka.Let me know of others you've discovered. Scratch n dent furniture warehouse(3900 Louisiana Circle, 952 924 1061)Is one of the better outlet operations, with a range of furniture from a small selection of high end items to a larger selection of medium quality, including leather furniture.The name is a misnomer since most of the furniture is overstock and discontinued pieces.Dalton's(3440 Beltline Blvd., 952 920 2360)Carries many furniture lines of high quality such as theodore alexander and cth that aren't as well known as henredon or sherrill, but similar in quality at lower prices.The find(6111 Excelsior Blvd., St.Louis park, 952 924 1000)Is a furniture shop with an emphasis on reasonably priced, funky designs.In the fall, the owners will debut their own line of affordable furniture, from cottage to italian designs. Costco(5801 W.16thSt., 763 582 9600)AndSam's club(3745 Louisiana Av.S., 952 924 9450) have good prices on furniture and furnishings, butSelection is hit and miss. This pastSpring, Costcohad excellent prices on teak patio furniture. Stillwater is an obvious choice for antique shopping.But for a less traveled destination and reasonable prices, try hopkins' 14 antique stores.They're clustered within a few blocks for easy one stop shopping.Most downtown businesses have free copies of a brochure with a map and listings of antique shops.One new shop not yet on the list is joann's antiques(1007 Mainstreet, 952 936 0008). Because of a recent fire next door, the hopkins antique mall(952 931 9748)Is closed until the end of the month. Anoka area:Recreational vehicles The dream of traveling the country in a motorhome or travel trailer begins in the anoka area along hwy.10.At least seven rv dealers await your dream fulfillment.Starting at hwys.10 and 169 going west on Hwy.10 from Anoka and Ramsey to Elk River, you can start at a consignment lot of used RVs, RV Wholesalers (763 323 2902).That is followed by pleasure land(Ramsey, 763 422 4171), RV World(Anoka, 763 712 1393), Holiday RV(Ramsey, 763 421 5888), Shorewood RV(Anoka, 763 421 2505), Park RV for used RVs(Elk river, 763 323 0885)And quality rv(Elk river, 763 441 6657).Shorewood has one of the largest lots and specializes in higher end motor homes.Rv world has one of the largest selections of travel trailers in the area. This is an easy one.The outlets at albertville are far superior in variety and quality to medford, tanger and the fading fast center in woodbury.Albertville currently has 66 stores, compared with 44 in medford, 29 in tanger and 25 in woodbury.Albertville expanded its mix with an additional 13 stores in 2001 and plans to open 35 more in november.Store names will be announced in the fall. Albertville stores unique to minnesota are adidas, brooks brothers, guess, jockey, motherhood maternity, nautica, pacsun, polo ralph lauren, tommy hilfiger, etienne aigner, rockport, black decker, bombay outlet, bose and waterford wedgwood.The albertville complex is about 15 minutes northwest of maple grove;Take exit 202 off interstate hwy.94. Many knitters, crocheters and quilters traverse the twin cities for the selection of supplies and classes in white bear lake, the unofficial fiber art capital.Bear patch quilting(2199
4th St., 651 429 1039)Sells fabric and supplies.Save 30 percent on fabric and bolts during the anniversary sale july 24 26.There will also be special prices on books, patterns and sewing machines.Needlepoint cottage(4748 Washington Square, 651 426 5102)Specializes in hand painted canvases and a variety of fibers.Through the end of the month, get 20 to 25 percent off all christmas canvases.Sheepy yarn shoppe(2185 3rd St., 651 426 5463)Sells high quality designer yarns for knitting and crocheting.In august all summer yarns will be on sale at sheepy.Shoppers on a budget can check out the less expensive grade of yarns in a wide variety of colors at white bear variety(2191 4th St., 651 426 7488). Richfield has five fishShops within blocks of each other.A world of fish(1516 E.66thSt., 612 866 2026)Has a largeSelection ofSaltwater and freshwater fish, including cichlids, koi and the nemo clown fish($20 to $60).Something fishy(1236 E.66thSt., 612 861 6675)Specializes mostly inSaltwater fish while the fish pet center,(6634 Penn Av.S., 612 866 6210)Has mostly freshwater and pond fish.Petco(710 W.66thSt., 612 861 1335)And petsmart(1100 W. 78thSt., 612 798 3665) currentlyStock freshwater fish.
yasuaki - 7:31 PM on Fri-9-Oct-2015 reply | message
Saks reshuffles logo for
a new look Don't miss:Selfies leading to lice?Amazing new 'godzilla' trailerkids' obesity rates drop'late
night' reviewnevius:Az's anti gay billfrom the signature blue tiffany gift boxes to the golden arches, a brand identity helps businesses differentiate themselves in the crowded retail landscape.Last month unveiled its new logo, nicknamed dna, which appears on its shopping bags and will eventually work its way into nearly every aspect of the store.We spoke with, saks' senior vice president of creative and marketing, who said he believes"Great packaging makes shopping more fun. " The challenge:Modernize saks' logo for the 21st century while maximizing its heritage and brand equity.Schaeffer and his team began working with the design firm pentagram in 2004. The history:The saks logo has been redesigned regularly(At least twice in 1955)But had always used a cursive font until 1997, when it was redesigned as a rectangular logo in a sans serif font(Optima).The 1973 cursive logo(Itself based on a 1955 logo)By renowned designer is the one that has stuck through the years, to the point that"Many people still think it is the saks logo. "Schaefer said he shares vignelli's belief that"Good design is based on good geography.One of the things we should do is 'own' a shape. " The idea: "Give it a little bit of liposuction and put it into a square, crop some of the more feminine flourishes, and carve it up into 64 squares,"Schaefer said.The quadrant idea came from pentagram partner and vignelli protege: "We took the cursive logo, redrew it with the help of font designer, and placed it in a black square,"Bierut writes on pentagram's blog. "Then, we subdivided that square into a grid of 64 smaller squares.The 64 tiles can then be shuffled and rotated to form
an almost infinite number of variations.Most of the individual logo tiles are quite lovely in their own right, and within the system can be used in various combinations to form still more abstract compositions.Each of these suggests within its details the graphic character of the new logo. " The result:The dna logo is"Truly the essence of 'what is saks fifth avenue' its bits and pieces that make up the whole,"Schaefer said.From white on white tissue paper to hatboxes,"We can downsize so it almost becomes a harris tweed, or make it very bold, into a painting.
" The reaction: "For older customers, it's a font and forum that they recognize and associate with the old saks.The new, younger customer sees
something that is very sophisticated, very modern art,"Schaefer said. The future: "This gives us certainly a color palette and an iconic symbol to play with.The possibilities are limitless in terms of developing products.There are so many different ways to approach it. "Expect to see it appear on awnings, logos and upholstery.Designers such as and christian louboutin are interested in doing exclusive items that incorporate it, schaefer said.
helen777 - 1:22 PM on Mon-18-Oct-2010 reply | message
My daughter is 3 years old and loves drawing pictures, leapfrog offers the scribbler toy which would be wonderful for her to try, I know she will just love it heaps. It will be one of those toys that follows us every where :-) She enjoys educational and imaginary toys and leapfrog have the best range.
janinekiwi - 11:21 AM on Mon-18-Oct-2010 reply | message
My son Alexander loves his leapfrog mobile phone, it sings to him and always captures his attention when he is crying about something. Its almost become his security blanket he is so attached to it! I love fisherprice as well, but think that new educational products like the leapfrog range are really great products too.
karinlee - 12:53 PM on Wed-30-Jun-2010 reply | message
My daughters favorite toy from about 3 to about 5, was a toy called Dressing Jill or something like that. Basically was a wooden doll cut out with a lid. You put all different kinds of fabric underneath and close the lid then the doll is now dressed. My daughter played with this for hours.
Mermum - 7:46 PM on Mon-10-May-2010 reply | message
Hi! I too have always loved Fisher Price stuff, but wish it was made a bit better. I still have the odd FP toy from when I was little (I'm 33), that is as good as it was back then, but today's FP toys fade and break so quick. Realising now that I sound like a real nana... 'back in my day blah blah blah...' but it is sad.
My favorite purchase for my kids has been glide-to-ride bikes from playschool. Both my kids learnt to ride in a matter of weeks and have never had training wheels... now i encourage all of my friends to take off the pedals, let the child learn to balance first then everything else is easy. Good luck out there! :)
Janetmary - 2:58 PM on Wed-3-Feb-2010 reply | message
I too are very impressed with the Fisher Price and Little People toys, though they are a a little bit dear (you can get them in sales or on Trade Me) they are very strong and have many different activities for the children to learn. I am Grandparent looking after my Granddaughter, she is playing with a Fisher Price bus and people and a Fisher Price Record player that her father (32 now) and his two brothers played with both toys surviving their attention. I have also brought a couple of "Little People" toys one in Warehouse Sale and another on Trade Me, they are both good strong educational toys that are going to keep her and other Grandchildren entertained for a number of years.
Janetmary - 2:51 PM on Wed-3-Feb-2010 reply | message
Hi I agree with both paygirl and bayjour. I am a Grandmother looking after a Granddaughter, she is now playing with a Fisher Price Bus with eight little people in and a Fisher Price record player that my sons had (they are now aged 32 and 29). I have also brought a number of the Little people toys on Trade Me and have been really impressed with them as they have so manage different activities for her to do, to help her develop and are going to last over a number of years (ie 9mths to 5 yrs)
paygirl007 - 7:10 PM on Sun-31-Jan-2010 reply | message
this is my first time writing something on any catogories on kidspot,we have 5 children 15 years,7 years (boys)4 years 3 years and 8 months (girls) i would like to comment on my daughters fisher price yellow bus,it sings "the wheels on the bus go round and round"with a driver,boy,gorl and dog it has done my last 3 children and is still going strong.(i love fisher price toys they are sturdy,long lasting,and durable.)
my 2 sons one is autistic the other has adhd and they are computer mad.
hope to hear from other members and would love to trial any kids products that come my way.
all the best
bayjour - 12:42 PM on Mon-2-Nov-2009 reply | message
i have a 5 and 2 yr old and the little people brand is fantastic! my children destroy all if not well made and they didnt kill that brand!

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