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Talking Walnut

Pamela Brill
This Mommy blog puts a practical perspective on all types of products -- not just toys and gifts -- for moms and their kids. It will help retailers understand what is important to mothers when it comes to buying for their kids.
  • Building Bonanza: Jenga Giant

    I consider myself to be a person who’s big on words. I can appreciate the choices different writers make in their work, and can sympathize with their struggles to perfect their craft into something that is both informative and engaging. Oh, and spelling counts. OK, in all seriousness, I know that all word play should have some element of fun in it. And what better way to maximize that fun factor than with Jenga Giant, a game that let takes the fine art of careful balancing to an entirely new level–and builds on it with the addition of ... Read More
  • Creativity Craze: The Complete Book of Activities

    It’s the first rainy day we’ve had in weeks, and somehow, it’s oddly comforting. Staying indoors practically forces me to hunker down, brew a cup of tea and watch the raindrops fall. And yet, when you add kids to that equation, it suddenly becomes a different story. Lucky for us, my 6-year-old had a puppet-making class at our local library this morning that helped save the day. On our way out, we stopped by a table of books featuring kids’ crafts, an ideal way to extend the creative experience back at home. While we perused several noteworthy ... Read More
  • Playcation: Ella Lou Wanderlust City Playmats

    Tis the season to pack up the kiddies and hit the road. Of course, traveling with little ones is never as carefree as one might wish (just thinking about having to schlepp all that baby gear is exhausting enough!). If for some reason or another you find yourselves staying close to home this summer, your little one can still have fun and see the world. Ella Lou’s Wanderlust City Playmats are the passport for playtime in some of your favorite urban settings. Designed in a road map motif, these organic cotton mats let tots toddle their way through the ... Read More
  • All Fired Up: Goliath Games Barbecue Party

    Things are heating up in the Walnut house. Summer is in full swing, and the natives are getting a bit restless. (Swimming, library, playing with friends…you know, rough life.) We’d like to think boredom couldn’t possibly set in with another month of vacation, but then again, this is a tough crowd. Because all those sunny days can sometimes get a little too hot to handle, consider breaking with routine and moving the party indoors with a fun new board game. Goliath Games’ Barbecue Party is the perfect summertime game for your favorite preschool. The premise is simple ... Read More
  • The Whole Tooth and Nothing But: The Tooth Fairy Wars

    The Whole Tooth and Nothing But: The Tooth Fairy Wars In our house, losing baby teeth means big business…and I’m talking about the Tooth Fairy making sure she has enough funds to satisfy the expectant child! Imagine how much easier life would be if a kid would rather forgo his cash reward and hang onto his lost tooth as his prize. Such is the premise of The Tooth Fairy Wars, a picture book that challenges kids to think outside the mouth, so to speak. The story revolves around a young boy named Nathan who’s determined to keep ... Read More
  • Time to Go Play: Vtech Kidizoom Smartwatch

    When my husband was a kid, he liked to watch “Inspector Gadget.” He may have thought the adventures alone were cool, but personally, I think he was mesmerized by his watch, which could do just about everything under the sun. If ever we thought those kind of gadgets were a long way off, well, let’s just the say that the future is now. VTech’s Kidizoom Smartwatch is probably the hardest-working timepiece we’ve ever seen. Ever the multitasker, this wristwatch boasts a miniature camera for taking photos and making videos, four games to play on the go, and ... Read More
  • A Present for the Little Prince: The Spunky Stork Romper of the Month Club

    Happy 1st Birthday, Prince George. Watching this royal cutie change and grow over the last 12 months has been a treat for all of here in the States. I personally love to see what he’s wearing, given how stylish and well put-together his beautiful mum is. But I can’t help but wonder: Once little George is back at home in the nursery and out of the public eye, just how dashing are his onesies? Most moms know how many of these babies go through in one day alone. Stocking up on this baby essential is not only necessary ... Read More
  • Time Flies: Maple Landmark My Activity Clock

    “Tempus fugit,” my grandfather used to say. For those unschooled in Latin, the expression means time flies, with the implication that you’re having fun, of course. I wish I could say this is the case for my 6-year-old, but she’s already crying the boredom blues…and it’s only the second week of summer vacation! When I tell her we’re heading to the beach, she reminds me that we “did that already.” To the library? “I already have enough books.” (Not a phrase I could personally ever relate to.) Well, since this kid has her eye on ... Read More
  • Designer Denim: Peaceable Kingdom Jean Tats

    How cool are your blue jeans? Probably not as hip as you’d like them to be (seriously, my mom jeans could use a makeover). If you happen to have some crafty tweens who are already crying the summertime blues, but are way past the Rainbow Loom craze, have we got a product for them (and you)! Peaceable Kingdom’s Jean Tats are a simple way to update your favorite pair of jeans without involving any tears, rips or dye jobs. Easy as pie, these tattoos don’t require any special tools or any hard-to-follow instructions either. Simply cut them ... Read More
  • Crafternoon Special: Elmer’s Early Learners

    Here we go: summertime in the suburbs, and that means plenty of afternoons spent leisurely lounging by the pool and making my way through a long list of beach reads undisturbed…NOT! With two kids about to descend upon my daily routine of quiet and productivity, that fantasy is about to be shattered. Because my creative kindergartner will be with me for much of her summer break, we’ve got to get those creative hats on and start thinking. I tend to look for craft supplies that don’t require too much parental supervision (not only to encourage her independent ... Read More
  • On Golden Pond: The Lake Where Loon Lives

    My aunt and uncle have a summer house in New Hampshire, a place I remember from my childhood as one of peace and tranquility. While nature was all around us, it was the stillness of the lake, momentarily shattered by the cry of the resident loons, that I am able to recall instantly. If you’re not familiar with this species of bird, you come to know them by their haunting call, one that lingers long after you’ve packed up and gone home for the summer. So when I received my copy of The Lake Where Loon Lives, I ... Read More
  • Head First: Rubber Duckie and Friends, Aden + Anais Shampoo and Conditioner

    If your baby’s first bath was a momentous milestone, imagine what her first shower will be like someday. My own daughter’s transition from bath to shower was a bit late in the game (she was especially fearful of the water continuously hitting her face), but if Rubber Duckie & Friends had been around, the experience probably would have been a lot less traumatic…for both of us. Playfully designed in the likeness of a rubber duck, frog or other smiling-faced animal friend, this removable head attaches easily to any shower arm for an independent shower-taker, or it can ... Read More