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Ornament Keepsakes of Favorite Toys Make Parting with Them Easier

At the Afternoon Playdate BlogHer ’11 event in August, we met Leanne, owner and editor of the blog Rave and Review. She shared with us how much her children enjoy Step2 toys, but as time passes, it’s hard to keep these products in her house once the kids have outgrown them. So to capture the memories of her children’s favorite toys, she makes ornaments for her Christmas tree.

“I started doing these a few years ago as a tribute to my kids’ favorite toys so when we eventually had to part with them we would still have a fun little keepsake to remember all the hours spent playing with them,” Leanne said.  “Now it’s become such a tradition that I get requests from other people asking me to make their kids favorite toys, too.”

Much to our surprise, she offered to make us an ornament of a Step2 kitchen. And look what arrived at our office the other day:


Inside Box - Rave and Review

(side note: How cute is this packaging?!)

Inside Packaging - Rave and Review

Inside we found a miniature version of the LifeStyle Classic Cuisine Kitchen. We think it’s pretty spot on! Leanne even captured the “woodwork” and fruit baskets.


“Since our first toy ornament we ever made was a Step2 kitchen, I thought it would be fitting to send you one to enjoy, too,” she said. Well, we are so thankful for this Christmas gift. We have already put it on our office tree.

Rave and Review ornament on tree

Afternoon Playdate with Infantino & Mom Central Bloggers

Step2 and Infantino joined together with Mom Central to host an “Afternoon Playdate” on Thursday, August 4 as part of the pre-BlogHer 2011 festivities. The afternoon began with the arrival of over 30 mommy bloggers, including Leanne of Rave & Review, Shelly of Glitterful Felt Stories, and Jill of Musings from Me, to a beachfront home in Coronado, California.

Playdate Welcome

The event included a variety of activities such as mood boarding, where bloggers sifted through home magazines and cut out images that inspired their own kitchens, a gifting area, where bloggers took their hand at the new Infantino “Give a Bundle” campaign, and a “Candy Bar” to accommodate any sugar cravings.


Since the theme of the event was a “playdate,” it was only natural that the hors d’oeuvres were grown-up versions of kids’ favorite snacks – PB&J sandwiches (with no crust of course), tempura chicken fingers, and gourmet mac & cheese.


New toddler toys from Step2 and infant toys from Infantino were on display. New this fall from Step2 is the multi-level counter top Legacy Kitchen (available at Toys”R”Us this fall), a toddler-sized climb and slide elephant, a multi-purpose activity table that works with Legos, and the adorable foot-to-floor Wild Side Riders Giraffe (available now).

New Toys

Near the end of the event, all attendees were asked to select a rubber ducky to act as their entry into the grand prize drawing for a Step2 Grand Walk-In Kitchen (each duck had a number on its belly).


Congratulations to Amy of Grinning Cheek to Cheek! We hope that her two boys enjoy their new play kitchen.

GWIK Winner

We’d like to extend a big “Thank You!” to all the bloggers who attended the “Afternoon Playdate.” We admire and appreciate all that you do!


For more photos of the event, visit the Afternoon Playdate album on Facebook.