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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posts tagged ‘Disney’
Posted: December 31st, 2013

little people garageWhen my husband and I were toy shopping for granddaughter Mia, we discovered a lot of new stuff, but some of the old favorite toys never go out of style.

The Little People garage at left — my kids had one like that, and they had the house, and my nephews had similar models decades ago. My kids loved Little People — my daughter flushed a bunch of them down the toilet. They were going for a swim, I guess.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are also making a comeback  – thanks to the movie that will come out in August 2014. Lots of Lego building with the TMNT. I cannot get that song out of my head now.

Robots of all kinds remind me of  the old Marx Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em robots that my brother had. Robots of some type are perennial favorites on top toy lists every year. Add in magnets, singalong mikes, blocks and a lot of toys we baby boomers recognize. Some never go out of style. And neither do Mickey or Minnie Mouse.

One of the most interesting things I found recently was news from the International Toy Fair that says LEGO figures will outnumber humans by 2019. This is one of those stats that is both understandable and, well, a little scary. Here’s the link to the story that says a Virginia grad student traced the first Legos to 1978 and anticipates that Lego people will top 8 billion in 2019.


If you have a budding scientist in your family — and you were fascinated in science classes with a microscope like I was — you’ll love this Madame Curie toy microscope. It  includes everyday experiments that take a look at onion skin, salt and sugar crystals. It retails for under $40.

The microscope is a little too advanced for Mia, but we already got her Legos — Jake the Pirate from the Disney channel Legos. We often have more fun with this stuff than the kids do.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: January 18th, 2013

Pooh booksWe still have the Winnie the Pooh bear that I raced to Sears to buy more than 20 years ago when my daughter became obsessed with Pooh. It was sudden. It was close to Christmas, and at the time, no one but Sears had the stuff and fluff. I was huge-pregnant with my youngest, and I was on a mission to get one of the last remaining Winnie the Pooh bears in the city.

It’s hard to believe Pooh books started out in 1926. The ultimate holiday site says that author A.A. Milne’s son, Christopher Robin’s, teddy bear inspired the stories. Another Winnie-the-Pooh-devoted site explains that January 18 is A. A. Milne’s birthday in 1882. It’s a perfect time to celebrate Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet, rabbit, owl and Roo.

From Pooh, we got “rumblies in my tumblies,” “Oh bother” and “Don’t be redickerous”  – Tigger’s expression, among other memorable phrases.  And here is one of my favorites:

“One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries.”
― A.A. Milne

Here’s a link to the Disney site. I’ve gotta find that bear and the books in this house. I have a Disney-loving granddaughter who must discover Winnie the Pooh.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one. 

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Posted: July 9th, 2012

My three kids were blanky babies. No pacifiers. No thumb-sucking. The little Winnie the Pooh blankets, fairy tale quilts and yellow woven blankies went everywhere with us. When we left one behind at my sister’s place, my nephew, a former blanky baby, sent it back to us Federal Express. He knew the value of a good blanky.

When the silky tag on one and the silver edging on another fell apart, I sewed them back together. Those toddler-size sleep aids gave way to comforters that traveled everywhere, and outlasted mattresses. My daughter’s Minnie Mouse comforter still sits on the rec room futon in the basement, and she hasn’t lived here more than a few months at a time in six years. I’ll give Disney credit — it still looks good. I remember when I ordered that big blanky from a JC Penney catalog. My dad picked it up and delivered it to one very happy little girl more than 15 years ago.

My sons did their room in cheetahs. And sports, but cheetahs came first. I had found some really cool cheetah comforters from a catalog. In all the travels my doctor of physical therapy son made over the past seven years, he retained the cheetah until its tattered jungle motif was so faded, we laid it to rest. My youngest son gave his to his girlfriend.

We are a lot like cartoon character Linus van Pelt in the Peanuts comic strip created by Charles M. Schulz.

I knew there would be some research on this cozy topic, so I looked it up. According to Wikipedia, at the University of Wisconsin–MilwaukeeRichard H. Passman and his associates discovered that security blankets do give security to children who use them. Kids learn to comfort themselves, adapt to new situations, and more. It worked for all of my kids. They aren’t so attached to blankets anymore, but we do seem to be leaning toward collections — two kids have a lot of shoes, and one has a lot of hats.

Maybe these are security shoes and hats.

Pam Parker is the mom of three, stepmom of three, gramPam to one and editor of the award-winning Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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