Rubber Ducky You’re the One…


You Make Lead Poisoning So Much Fun!

Did you really think the recalls were over yet? Don’t kid yourself. They’re not. Like the Energizer Bunny they are going to keep going and going and going… (you get the point).

This time the lead recall is for a watering can in the shape of a duck. Another children’s product. Recall is HERE


China Wants to Electrocute My Husband


Yet Another Recall

As if it wasn’t bad enough that China wants to harm my child by giving her lead poisoning and death by lethal digestion of magnet now they are attempting to leave me as a widow with an electrocuted husband. Nice. And yes, my husband has these boots and even better he is an Electrician. Looks like we are in the market for a new pair of boots…

Recall Here

(and yes, this was said with a sense of humor…i’m not a conspiracy theorist…yet)

Mothering Challenge #241


We were on our way to the grocery store to buy some much needed groceries when I was presented with Mothering Challenge #241. I believe we’ve all had this one. We were halfway to the grocery store when I noticed my little one was awfully quiet. Too quiet. Oh no! I pull the car over and peek behind me. Just as I suspected, she’s asleep.

An invisible slip of paper is before me and I quickly overview the challenge: sleeping toddler vs need groceries. I begin my calculations of statistics and probability. Statistically speaking my daughter is a crab if I wake her up and probably she will scream her head off in the grocery store. Hmm. Going grocery shopping doesn’t sound too appealing right now. Let’s keep evaluating. Statistically when my daughter falls asleep after five pm it is no good for me because she will probably be up until midnight. Hmm. Letting her sleep doesn’t sound too good either. Unfortunately, there are countless variables that I must consider before arriving at my decision: need food., a needy tired husband, tired mom, shopping carts don’t push themselves, toddlers don’t come with mute buttons, illegal to leave sleeping child in car, that was an enormous waste of gas and effort to put shoes on.

I enter all of this into my mothering challenge databank. My head hurts. I look again. Still asleep. Oh, look how sweet…but not if she wakes up. Another invisible piece of paper floats before my eyes. I open it. Procrastinate.

Aha. Mothering Challenge #241 is solved with Mothering Solution #1. And you thought mothering was hard.

Toys Made in America – Part Two

Elves & Angles Kitchen

Toys Made in America: Just the list

**New links are at the bottom in bold**

A Toy Garden (Put “USA” in the search field)

U.S. Made Toys

Tiny Bird Organics – North Star Toys

Tiny Bird Organics – Unfinished Natural Wood Toys

D & Me

Turner Toys

Nature’s Crib

Our Green House

Arts in Heaven

Willow Tree Toys

Pristine Planet

Fat Brain Toys

My Grandma Lucy – COMING SOON!

Uncle Goose

American Toy

Toys From Time Past

Cubby Hole Toys

Roy Toy

Soft Blocks

Tag Toys


Wisconsin Wagon Company

Maple Landmark Woodcraft

Moon Marble

Wikki Stix

Elves & Angels

Whittle Shortline Railroad

Barclay Blocks

Down to Earth Toys

Other Resources

Here is another website with links dedicated to products made in America. It has A LOT of resources: Made in the USA

The following websites contain many businesses run by work-at-home-moms (WAHM’s). Their products are handmade and made in America. Purchases also directly help out their families. It’s a wonderful way to support the “little guy”:

Hyena Cart


Better yet, open up your local phone book and see if you have any local toy makers in your own community or place an add in the paper or on Craiglist and search out someone willing to make toys for you. Wouldn’t it be fabulous to actually meet and shake hands with the person that makes your children’s toys?

Even super better? Make your own! There are countless sites dedicated to helping you learn how to make your own toys.

Good luck!

(Just in case you are wondering, that beautiful kitchen at the top is made by Elves & Angels and is the kitchen we purchased for our daughter…we can’t wait to receive it!)