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Thursday, November 23, 2017

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American Girl introduces first-ever boy character at Scottsdale store

American Girl has been busy. The Mattel-owned brand, which began with a handful of 18-inch dolls and books about American history, used to take years to develop new characters and stories. This week, American Girl announced five new dolls, including its first-ever 18-inch boy doll: Logan Everett, a bandmate of another new contemporary character. Both Logan […]

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Parenting hack: Save time with online grocery shopping

As I’m writing this, our week has been a doozie. My family’s afternoons and evenings have been double- and triple-booked with soccer-playoff tournaments, basketball and baseball practices, Girl Scout meetings, a third-grade musical program and a school fundraiser. At one point, we had to call our personal Uber driver (a.k.a Grandpa) to transport kiddos from […]

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Gift guide: 10 toys that will spark imaginations this holiday season!

What better way to spend the day than by building, creating and encouraging a child’s imagination! We have a list of 10 toys that will do just that, from time-tested classics to new and innovative finds.   3Doodler Start Printing Pen The world’s first 3-D printing pen. Compact and easy to use, the 3Doodler allows […]

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Now hear this! Noisy toys could damage a child’s hearing

With the holidays in full swing, parents are combing the aisles to find the perfect toys for their kids. It’s always important to look at age recommendations and any warnings on the packaging. But have you ever considered how noisy a toy is? Did you know that noisy toys can potentially damage a child’s hearing? […]

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Does your child want a cellphone? Here’s what to consider

In the past year, my almost 11-year-old daughter has been asking the same question repeatedly: “Can I get a cellphone?” It’s a universal conundrum for parents of tweens; it’s a tough call to determine when a child is mature enough to own a one. There are advantages to holding off: Doing so can minimize distractions, […]

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Care Card: Save on holiday shopping and help Phoenix Children’s Hospital

It never hurts to have an excuse to shop. This month, the Board of Visitors Care Card offers just that. During 10 days each fall, Care Card holders get a 20 percent discount at hundreds of Valley stores and restaurants — just in time for holiday shopping. And for the third year, Care Card also […]

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Junk in the Trunk is big business for local mompreneurs

Lindsey Holt and Coley Arnold are sitting in a modern concrete-and-glass office space near Scottsdale Airport, eating salads on vintage chairs pulled up to a cool handmade wooden dining table. They’ve just returned from a week in San Diego, where they annexed and hosted their popular Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market one weekend (they’ll […]

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American Girl debuts civil-rights era doll, hosts “block parties”

American Girl at Scottsdale Quarter will host events this week to mark the release of its newest BeForever historical doll/character: Melody Ellison. Melody is a talented 9-year-old growing up in 1960s Detroit. Her character and family members face struggles during the civil-rights movement, and Melody finds her extraordinary voice. “No Ordinary Sound,” by Denise Lewis Patrick, […]

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Back-to-school shopping? Try resale

Resale stores and consignment boutiques are a great resource for like-new, current-fashion clothing and shoes at a small fraction of department-store prices. You can even sell your kids’ gently used gear for cash or store credit. Here’s a quick roundup of resale shops to explore for those back-to-school necessities: Best for BABIES, KIDS and TWEENS AZ […]

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Spring Grow with Me sale offers deals on stuff for kids

Paradise Valley Mothers of Multiples, PV mom, spring sale, children's clothing

Find great deals on gently used baby and kids clothing, toys, books, DVDs and CDs, bedding and more at the Paradise Valley Mothers of Multiples semi-annual “Spring Grow with Me Sale.” The sale will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 5 at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, 12701 […]

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