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  • Crib toys, day care items can harbor strep bacteria for months

    Crib toys, day care items can harbor strep bacteria for months
    That Christmas crib toy you got junior? It might be just the thing to give him strep throat, according to a new study. The bacteria that cause strep throat may linger far longer on inanimate objects than previous lab tests suggested, according to...
  • Stock up your birthday closet with early January sales

    Stock up your birthday closet with early January sales
    Clearance toy aisles offer particularly good deals in the early weeks of January, but who needs more toys? I use this time to stock up my "birthday closet." With a 3-year-old preschooler and a 5-year-old kindergartener, birthday parties are often on...
  • Resolve to be more frugal

    One hundred years from now, when historians look back at the most significant events of 2013, they will probably conclude it was the "Year of the Milk Jug." Just think about all the clever uses we shared this year for something ordinarily tossed in...
  • Uncle Fun closing its shop of tricks and trinkets

    Uncle Fun closing its shop of tricks and trinkets
    Uncle Fun, a popular Lakeview toy store known for its quirky tricks and trinkets, plans to close its doors Jan. 26, the store has announced. The store at 1338 W. Belmont Ave. has been around for more than three decades and sells everything from Pez...
  • A Boba Fett spin-off and the 45 greatest Star Wars characters

    A Boba Fett spin-off and the 45 greatest Star Wars characters
    Growing up with a brother 12 years my senior, it was tough finding things in common.  In 1997, he was interested in sports, girls and other things most high school boys are into. I was 9. I wasn't into sports at the time and girls were still seen as...
  • Bratz maker MGA sues Barbie maker Mattel. Again.

    Bratz maker MGA sues Barbie maker Mattel. Again.
    The feud between fashion doll giants MGA Entertainment Inc. and Mattel Inc. got another infusion of legal juice on Monday, when Bratz maker MGA sued Mattel over allegations that the Barbie maker filched trade secrets at toy industry conventions. Van...
  • Reader tip: Huge clearance sale at Toys "R" Us and Babies "R" Us

    Reader tip: Huge clearance sale at Toys "R" Us and Babies "R" Us
    Reader Kurt Kuhnle posted this on the Savvy Shopper Facebook page: "$450 worth of kids clothes for $77 at Babies 'r Us! Major score! All clearance items are $4 or less, plus there is a 20 percent off coupon for Rewards members. I think it ends tomorrow....
  • 3D company promises your baby will be a doll

    3D company promises your baby will be a doll
    Forget bellycasting or that barefoot glamour photo shoot on the beach to commemorate your pregnancy. And who needs a cast of tiny post-natal footprints? Now you can print your fetus into a figurine.  "Imagine holding your baby before he or she is...
  • ABC Sets 'Toy Story That Time Forgot' Christmas Special

    ABC is making Pixar holiday specials a network tradition, continuing this year with Christmas entry "Toy Story That Time Forgot." Special revolves around a post-Christmas play date for the "Toy Story" gang when a group of action figures turns out to be...
  • Horror director's career back from the dead

    Horror director's career back from the dead
    A couple of weeks ago at Lincoln Hall, late on a Saturday afternoon, Chester Novell Turner took the stage. Or rather, to be exact, he climbed onto the stage, throwing a leg sideways and hoisting himself from the floor to the stage. He did not seem to...
  • Bubbles, little green army men among finalists for National Toy Hall of Fame

    Bubbles, little green army men among finalists for National Toy Hall of Fame
    We all remember the toys that kept us entertained as kids. Some toys, like Stretch Armstrong and Teddy Ruxpin have faded into toy purgatory -- kept alive only by enthusiasts and collectors. Others, like Furby, the Rubik Cube, Barbie, Hot Wheels, Mr....