Category Archives: Conferences

The Toy Insider HoliDAY of Play 2018 Recap

Attending the Holiday of Play

On Thursday I drove down to New York City with fellow blogger Beth Giusti of Real Life Mama Drama. We were going to New York to participate in The Toy Insider HoliDAY of Play. This was a special event where The Toy Insider revealed their top lists for he Holiday Season. They have three lists: The Hot 20, The STEM 10 and the TECH 12. These are the toys that you should be on the lookout for because they are going to fly off the shelves. These lists are found in The Toy Insider Holiday Gift Guide and also the Family Circle. I am a writer for The Toy Insider and received some toys at the end of the event. I was not paid to attend or compensated in any way for my coverage. You can see the toys below and some more information about the event. Continue reading The Toy Insider HoliDAY of Play 2018 Recap

Sweet Suite 2018 Recap

Breakfast at Cracker Barrel

For the first time since attending Sweet Suite the event was opened up to the children of attendees. This was a huge deal for us because that meant that Eva and Andrew could come and see an event that daddy has attended for years. What is more important, though, was they could meet the people that I have worked with who supply us with toys for our reviews. It is important to me that the kids know that the toys don’t just appear out of thin air, even though it may seem that way. Knowing the people behind the scenes is important to me and I wanted it to be important to them. It was also important for Allison to see how crazy things get during events and how hard it can be to try and get the most information, photos and video. I was very glad that she was there to help wrangle the kids or stay with one when they wanted to explore something further. I think we may have made it around to all of the booths. Continue reading Sweet Suite 2018 Recap