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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posts tagged ‘Toys R us’
Posted: September 23rd, 2013

BikeGood old-fashioned layaway is back.

It returned slowly over the years, and it’s getting a lot of attention after a long dormancy. Layaway is that archaic way of paying for something over time — and you get to take it home when you pay it off — not when you sign on the dotted line. Most stores require 10 to 20 percent of the total purchase for your first payment and a $5 fee to hold your merchandise for 30 to 90 days, but right now some stores are waiving the $5 fee.

Sears, WalMart, Toys R Us, K-Mart, Marshall’s, and TJ Maxx are among the retailers offering it nationally but not in every city. Check your local store before you count on laying away gifts for the season.

I remember I put an expensive coat in layaway when I got my first real full-time job, and I was thrilled when I paid it off. I did the same thing for toys — especially bikes — for my kids. That was many bikes ago.

It’s a nice alternative to charging up a storm on your credit cards and dreading mail delivery. Happy shopping!

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: April 12th, 2013

froggie bootsThis week I found must-have rain boots and sandals — for the April showers and May flowers.

I really liked these boots at left, but then I discovered they were for kids. So I searched for them for women, and I found them. They are on sale at Bootshop for $49.95 on Amazon. There’s also a ladybug version — see below. They are a little childish looking, but I would wear them to shovel snow and garden, and they make me laugh just looking at them.

The kids’ versions are at Kohls for $32.99 — if I can get my feet into them I am buying them. And I have a granddaughter who must have these, but she might prefer the Minnie Mouse rain boots ($24.99) at Toys R Us.

ladybugminnieI am now being stalked by frogs, ladybugs and mice on every website I visit. In spite of that, I discovered some blingy sandals for $16.99 at Zulily – the sale ends in two days, and my size is gone. Never fear — Zulily has a lot more sandals in stock. Anyway, they all appear to have plenty of lily padding — haha! Happy Fashion Friday!

ZulilyPam 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: September 21st, 2012

I wasn’t sure if these were weird or awesome, so I asked parents of younger kids. Holly Waychoff says awesome — anything that gets kids to wear a bike or ski helmet is all right with her. Me too. Here’s a link to these funky colored Mohawks callled Fohawx!

They are sold at Toys “R” Us for $19.99 each. The funky styles attach easily to helmets.  Here’s a link to the instructions for how to attach.

Two clever moms founded the company. Jocelyn Fine, an art teacher in New York City, and Kelly Dineen, a manager at Toys “R” Us took the idea from paper to retail.  Meet them here.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: March 26th, 2012

If you can’t find a doll that hits the mark for your daughter, try Go! Go! Sports Girls Dolls.

Right now, 13 multi-racial dolls swim, dance, run, participate in gymnastics, play basketball, softball, golf and tennis — (see Gracie the tennis player at left). They retail for about $20.

Jodi Norgaard, president of Dream Big Toy Company, a Chicago-based business, sent an e-mail to Erie Times-News reporter Dana Massing that described how difficult it was to find an appropriate doll for her 9-year-old daughter. Jodi Norgaard decided to create her own– the Go! Go! Sports Girl doll collection.

The Go! Go! Sports Girls are plush, sports-themed dolls that look like girls, not women. Jodi Norgaard spent two years launching the product that started with the 2008 debut of the Tennis Girl doll at the U.S. Open in New York. Get this: 500 dolls sold out in six days.  These are real dolls all right — built to the real measurements of Jodi Norgaard‘s daughter and friends.

The dolls have won the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award, and been featured almost everywhere including the Today Show. Parents.com calls Go! Go! Sports Girls one of “The Coolest Toys From Toy Fair 2012.”

You can read dozens of national articles about them right here.

The dolls are currently available at retailers nationwide through a variety of online vendors. That includes  Toys R UsAmazon.com,  SportsUnlimited.com, Kohls and Sears.

Perfect timing to get all dolled up for spring holidays. I want one for my granddaughter, of course.

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