I've always known about this place and finally had the pleasure of stopping in and bringing out my inner child today at Becky and Me Toys in Glenview.
Neighborhoody in feel, though it's in a mini-mall, this store is bright and colorful and feels like being inside a perfectly packed present wrapped with joy and wonderment. Step inside and discover something from every nook and cranny, including the ceiling. A nicely edited collection of top quality products, you'll find gifts and toys for all ages from baby on up.
What I love most about this darling shop is the fact that it's not too packed and overwhelming, making it possible to scan the store rather quickly. Certain items are displayed with a theme (i.e. the science section with the talking microscope). The book selection is pretty large along one wall, and they have a particular collection of games - some of them I remember from my childhood.
The friendliest customer service around, Becky and Me Toys is family-owned and it shows. With a second location in Evanston, they have been around for more than 10 years.
As far as the pricing, I thought it was right on the mark for the quality. I also found some items to be surprisingly extremely well-priced, especially with regard to Halloween costumes.
Favorite item in the store? The giant clear plastic globe that hangs from the ceiling. Have to get me one of those for the boys' room.
Think "You've Got Mail" and The Little Shop Around the Corner bookstore, but replace it with toys.
Every parent wants their child's room to be special, and Land of Nod has just what you're looking for when it comes to creating the ultimate pad for your kids to lay down their sleepy heads.
Completely obsessed with this store, I stop in at least every two weeks and now even have my boys begging to join me. Buying or browsing, it's the best place ever to get great design ideas and check out the latest product line and current color trends. Along with everything else, I am particularly fond of their collection of child-friendly artwork from up and coming artists.
Though I hate to say this, up until recently the Northbrook store was looking a bit stale and underwhelming with the same product line and store layout. However, something miraculous happened recently and the layout is completely changed with newly added bedding lines and accessories! Truth? I'm so in love with the transition, that I can't resist coming in here at least every week!!
At this store you will pay a pretty penny for much of everything, but it's high quality and truly some of the most unique lines you will see in retail. I should also mention that they have swatches available for the paint colors you see on the wall and furniture finishes - all you have to do is ask.
Customer service has improved from the past when it seemed like they didn't really like kids to stop in and browse...or really like kids at all.
Bright colored beanbag chairs, polka dot rugs, robots and French girly bedding, come here for the best of the best.
Do you remember the singing frog cartoon - Hello My Baby, Hello My Darlin' (from the Bugs Bunny Cartoon Show) - with the the frog who stops singing the moment he gets in public (youtube.com/watch?v=bkjs…)? Yep, that was us in the doctor's office today with my kid who's been coughing consistently over the past week, several hours a day including the night.
After a few missed days of school, a low temp for two of them, my fear got the best of me from reading about that really scary virus going around, so we decided to bring my kiddo in for a checkup. I figured it was time to make sure he didn't have bronchitis or something else forming in his lungs. Sure enough, we got in the office, and, I kid you not, he stopped coughing! I then had this feeling the Dr. would think I was one of those crazy psycho moms who worries about everything (well I am) and keeps her son home from school for several days afraid of getting germs. Yeah, well that's me too!
Dr. Rappaport was so nice (and SO busy today with tons of other kids coughing up and down the halls), that when it came time to seeing my kiddo, she didn't make us feel bad that he was *giving her the silent treatment* and listened to his lungs. Sure enough, she got him to cough on the spot when she asked him too, and it turns out he has a small bout of pneumonia. Nothing major, just some antibiotics and he's able to go back to school tomorrow!
Love this office. Yep, we waited a bit to be seen by the doctor today, but it was so worth it. Clean office, kind staff, and hopefully soon a well kid! This place has yet to disappoint me.
It's been awhile since my first review of the Lego Store, so I thought I would pop in with a quick update.
This place is still completely the bomb with lots of new inventory and sets that we get super excited about checking out. Though I find the cost of some of the bigger Lego sets to be completely shocking (even saw one for $400!), I get it. I understand. There are also some bigger sets that are fairly reasonable and obtainable ($70), and those are the ones that make for great bribing opportunities throughout the year. My kids actually have a Lego fund jar where they get an allowance for helping with extra projects.
Free Lego Tuesday (1st Tuesday of every month) is still a fantastic store promotion and a fun family outing. Though my kids are 7, and I don't know how long they'll be into going, they always enjoy staying to see what's new and noteworthy after their special build (Lego is so smart). Perfectly organized with all their staff on duty, the process for getting in line and to your special place at the table is smooth running every time.
We're still huge fans and have yet to be disappointed by Lego!
We love taking the kids to the Kohl's Children's Museum where everything is interactive and so completely worth $40 for a family of four. I don't even know where to begin with this place, because it's at the top of its class, beautifully designed and obviously well funded. With 17 top-notch exhibits all in working order, there is also a really beautiful outdoor area where the kids can take a 'learning' break and run around outside in the warmer months.
Hands down, here are the boys' favorite exhibits:
- Water Works, similar to the water exhibit at The Chicago Children's Museum, gives kids the opportunity to get slightly splashed and learn how water and science work together.
- Car Care is so much fun, and the kids get their hands on everything related to cars and even go through a pretend car wash - like something out of Willy Wonka's factory.
- Hands On House is an exhibit that teaches kids how houses are constructed. Aside from the digger that picks up rocks, they really like 'painting' the inside of the house.
- Finally, and perhaps their most favorite exhibit of all is the Potbelly Sandwich Works exhibit. Here kids go behind the counter and prepare Potbelly Sandwiches and serve them up to customers, cash register and all. They also learn about cleaning up the restaurant at the end of their shift. This is such a fantastic teamwork opportunity and kids from everywhere work together to run a food business. The best part is parents get to sit at the restaurant tables and be served - for once!
If you haven't had the chance to visit this museum, just go. GO NOW!!
When another great haircut makes you feel like you're cheating...
We're back! The Shaffer boys went for a second cut and the random stylist we selected did such an amazing job (like the first stylists), that we almost felt like we cheated on the others!
But, I think the point of this review is the fact that so far we've had great cuts from everyone at this place, and they obviously really understand what they are doing.
Ready to rock when we got there at our scheduled time, the boys selected their dream haircut out of one of the idea books and we handed it to the stylist. She evaluated their hair and told us what she could and couldn't do, and worked with their funky waves, etc.
The end result...100% satisfaction and we'll be back for haircut #3. Even the boys were super duper thrilled with their new hair. Yep, we're stylin' now!
I continue to be in love with my hometown library.
My kiddos are at the gaming phase in their life, and we headed to the library for Wii games, because I just don't feel like buying anymore. They are obsessed, but I'm more obsessed with not spending anymore money on their gaming habit - ha! They have a couple of sections of games here. A section in Juniors and for kids under 6th grade. They have a 5 checkout maximum on these for 7 days, so we made our selection.
I'm obsessed with their interior design book selection, and it just keeps getting better and better. I love that I'm super familiar with this area from checking out so many inspirational books, that I can grab them to go. They have some great design classics, like the Elle Decor bible, and current ones too by Holly Becker.
Boys taken care of - check! Mom taken care of - check! Time for hubby. That means heading into the movie section for some good old classics like "Don't Look Now" and "What's Up Doc" and some great browsing of titles for the future.
This library has something for everyone, and the customer service at the front desk is stellar. I've never had to wait longer than a couple of minutes, and I have to say I don't mind waiting, but they just insist on checking me out quickly! Shame on them ;-)
Can't wait to go back for even more movies!
Update. I love a movie deal, and we scored first run movie (Oz The Great and Powerful) tickets and snacks for a family of four for $40.
Sure it's not stadium seating, and it's a low budget (but very clean theater), and I wish I could single-handedly contribute to their Save The Theater campaign, because people reading this should know how much of a loss it would be to lose this one.
Sunday matinee. Barely anyone in the theater. Two adult tickets, two kid tickets, large popcorn bucket and two medium (huge) drinks for $9. Popcorn refills for $1. We also ended up with two big boxes of candy and all together we came in at $40. Think about it for a second...
Updated movie theater would cost $40 just for the tickets and no snacks. Save yourself $20 and come here. You'll also feel like you're supporting a small mom and pop business.
This place is seriously a great deal.
These guys almost blew it...
Oh wow, yesterday I was not a happy person when I learned that the three-hour birthday party we booked for this year's celebration for my boys *surprisingly* DID NOT include the private one-hour rock climbing opportunity like last year. You know, the one we paid up front for. This weekend we are gearing up for another fabulous event at Life Time Fitness with private rock climbing, field sports and basketball. All private activities just for the party.
We received a call to remind us that the rock climbing wall is open to the public during that time. Okay we know someone totally messed up when booking this and forgot to mention that. Of course we would have never opted for that (especially since we paid for private). Let's just say there was a lot of back and forth on this one, but the manager did us a solid, and they agreed to send out a memo to all the club members who use the rock climbing wall on Sundays to let them know it's closing one hour early. Yep, that's right because we raised hell...and because they know they totally blew it. They also offered to do something extra special for us (let's see!), because we agreed to move the cake activity to the middle, instead of the end. A fair compromise. Gotta' hand it to these guys - they really saved their you-know-whats on this one. Five stars for the compromise, but one star for all the stress.
We still love you...
There's something in every corner here...butterflies that hang and move from the ceiling when someone enters. There's a wall of nostalgic games and magic sets, a train track suspended from the ceiling with an electric train running around it, a giant kid-sized house to peek into, and so on and so on and so on.
If you've seen Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, this place has all you can imagine minus secret doors. And don't worry about the giant toy solder, he's harmless. I came in the other day to meet a friend who was finishing up a Friday reading session in the back reading nook. I hadn't been in here for years, and it's so so different now...better. It's magical, and there was was even a little girl walking around with big wide eyes looking at everything and squealing out, "ooh, mommy!"
Sure there are other toy stores around, but unless you're shopping for a bike, come here for a truly magical experience. Got nephews or little nieces like Elaine M? Come here to spoil them.
Five star rating...hands down. And that goes for the customer service too!
Now that Land of Nod is gone in Northbrook, discovering Little Peach was a real joy! Though their focus is on the little ones, it's upscale delightfulness will charm anyone looking for a gift for a friend, or to decorate their own child's room.
Packed with lamps, baby gifts, books, teething gifts, greeting cards, artwork, and more, I instantly fell in love with the mini tent-like houses (pink for me please) with that toy car pulled out front for the full luxury-lifestyle package.
Discoveries that stood out in my mind:
- An entire collection of teething necklaces, bracelets, etc.
- Decorative knee pads for crawling babies
- Great book collection
- Tall doll house/apartment
- Big stuffed toys for bedrooms
- The play kitchen along with the stacked washer/dryer set
- The owner who was super sweet with twin boys! We talked for the longest time!
One stop shop for that baby shower gift if you're looking for something special and out of the ordinary. Keep in mind you will pay for quality here, but you'll go crazy with the cuteness packed into every corner of Little Peach.
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Highland Park, IL, Vereinigte StaatenYelper seit
September 2012Dinge, die ich mag
My amazing kids and husband, my amazing friends, art, music, dance, interior design, textiles, bookstores, the jeep from Baby Boom, Ann and Paul Rand, summer, Lake Geneva, Philip Glass, Diane Keaton, Charles and Ray Eames, Shel Silverstein, grapefruit, architecture, black and white photographyHier bin ich häufig anzutreffen
Highland Park, ILHeimatort
Iowa City, IAMein Blog oder meine Website Wenn ich nicht gerade yelpe, dann ...
I'm creating children's art or making music.Warum du meine Beiträge unbedingt lesen solltest
I'm really honest and sometimes know more than I should or want to.Meine zweitliebste Website Was ich zuletzt gelesen habe
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel SilversteinMein erstes Konzerterlebnis
I honestly can't remember, but I absolutely loved seeing David Bowie live.Mein Lieblingsfilm
Most anything with Diane Keaton in it. Annie Hall is up there.Meine Henkersmahlzeit
Beef Brisket or Corned Beef SandwichErzähl's nicht weiter, aber...
I like beets.Meine neueste Entdeckung
Caffeinated ClubIch schwärme gerade für
I only have eyes for my husband.