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Toys are important, toys are fun.

Some toys are amazing and enriching to a child's imagination, learning and creativity.

But: Many toys are just something that gets wrapped up in pretty paper, so your child has something to rip into on Christmas morning, or on their birthday, or on any other gift-inspired holiday. These toys often last only for a short time, are forgotten in no time, and end up on the landfill.

Austin is an amazing city to raise kids.

The Austin area has so much to give and offers some fantastic toy-alternatives that serve your children (and your entire family) well.
December 1, 2021

COTA Peppermint Parkway Logo
Peppermint Parkway is a magical drive-thru holiday experience at Circuit of The Americas featuring one-mile of immersive holiday displays, millions of lights, dancing elves and more, on select nights from November 26th – December 26th, 6 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Read on for details and for a chance to win a Sweet Deal admission ticket.
November 19, 2021

Fidget toys

Fidget toys here, fidget toys there, fidget toys are everywhere. Fidget toys are definitely the toy of 2021. Our kids have asked for fidget toys for their birthdays and even bought fidget toy sets with their own money. They take them to school, where they do “fidget toy trading” during recess and come home with a bunch of new fidgets every day. As a matter of fact, our kids’ schools just banned fidget toy trading because it just got too crazy.

Anyway, to me, many of them are just a bunch of plastic that makes noise and sooner or later breaks and ends up in the landfill.

However, among all the pop-its, marble mashes, wacky tracks, squeeze beans, stretchy strings, simple dimples, and many more, there are a few that even I like...

November 18, 2021

Ahimsa colorful stainless steel dinnerware set for kids


Did you know
 that according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), harmful chemicals found in plastic called Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) interfere with children's hormones, growth and brain development?

Did you know that more than 80% of baby and children's feeding products are plastic?

Did you know that by decreasing your child's exposure to these plastic chemicals, the level in their bodies can drop dramatically within just 3 days?

Read on and find out how.

November 16, 2021

Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular

Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular brings the joy and excitement of the holiday season to the H-E-B Center Cedar Park on December 27th, like never before. This all-new production features some of the greatest holiday songs of all time performed with the world-renowned cast of Cirque Musica. Audiences will be amazed by acrobats, aerialists, hilarious hijinks, and holiday cheer. 

Experience the chills, thrills, and excitement of the best Cirque performers from around the world performing to your holiday favorites and stunning symphonic music from classical, POPS, and popular repertoire.

Read on for details and enter for a chance to win a a family four pack of tickets to the show.
November 10, 2021

The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical At H-E-B Center Cedar Park
How about an Elf on the Shelf that requires no moving around? You heard that right, the elf's doing it all by itself! How? Find out below.

This holiday season, the beloved tradition that has captured the hearts of families everywhere returns to the live stage at the H-E-B Center in Cedar Park on Friday, December 10th!

The Elf on the Shelf: The Musical is the thrilling spectacle of music and dance that transports audiences to the North Pole to glimpse the magical lives of Santa’s Scout Elves. Featuring an original story and score, dazzling sets and costumes, and heartfelt moments that will bring the family together, this joyous and uplifting celebration will leave audiences captivated by the splendor of the season.

Read on for details and enter for a chance to win a family-4-pack of tickets to the show!
November 1, 2021

Bankersmith Farm Tour
“Welcome home!” we were greeted when we set foot in Bankersmith, TX, located in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, about halfway between Fredericksburg and Comfort. The old railroad town was founded in 1913 but was abandoned and turned into a ghost town by the 1940s.

Today, Bankersmith is a unique event venue with a wooden live music dance hall, a saloon and restaurant/bar, a large patio area with lawn games, picnic tables, fire pits, a playground area for kids, and farm animals incl. goats, pigs, turkeys, chickens, bunnies, cats, who like to be fed and petted.

Read on for more and to enter for a chance to win a $100 Gift Certificate and 2 free VIP Passes for an upcoming Bankersmith event.
October 19, 2021


The world’s largest bounce house ever assembled is on tour and will make its way to Austin from Friday, November 5 through Sunday, November 7, 2021!

Featuring 13,000 square feet of inflatable elation, The Big Bounce America is not your average bounce house. People of all ages are invited to get big-air on the basketball court, compete against one another on an obstacle course, and plummet from a giant slide into a massive ball pit outside the main structure. 

Read on for details and to enter for a chance to win a family-4-pack of tickets!
October 13, 2021



And the Best Birthday Party Ever-Series continues!

We love having our kids’ birthday parties at home AND supporting local businesses at the same time. Whether it’s a humongous bounce house and slide in the backyard, a magical magician in the house, a pizza baking party, a fun foam party, or – like last weekend – a Dunk Tank Dunking Booth!

Read more about the fun and learn how your kids can play for 4 days for the price of 4 hours!

September 28, 2021

Children’s Consignment Sale Just Between Friends Williamson County
Award winning children’s and maternity consignment sale Just Between Friends Williamson County is coming back to Leander on September 29-October 2, 2021!

JBF Williamson County is a bargain hunter’s dream with 28,000 sq ft of quality items inspected by a recall specialist for 50-90% off of retail prices.

Bring your family, friends, besties, or make it a meet-up for your Mom group. Children, strollers, and wagons welcome.

Read on for details and enter for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate or one Prime Time Shopping pass.
September 13, 2021