Kim Emigh

About Kim Emigh

I guess playing with toys wasn’t limited to just my childhood – toys have become the passion of my adult life too! I was fortunate enough to move to State College with my husband in 2003, where we launched the e-commerce website for Growing Tree Toys, the business that had been in his family since the early 1980’s. Thousands of orders and new products later, we are still happily providing toys and smiles to children across the country! My days at Growing Tree Toys keep me more than busy trying to make our website the best shopping experience for our customers, shifting between searching out the newest educational toys, purchasing, writing and more – all of which provide a new adventure daily. And when I am not at work with my husband, we are at home hanging out with our loving labradoodle Toby! In addition to walking and playing with my pup, I also find time for running, reading, listening to music, and cheering on Penn State. Living in a college town and selling toys – the perfect combination for keeping you young at heart!

When I was a kid the worst thing I ever did and felt really bad about was… stealing a toy from Toys R Us. I went shopping with my parents around Easter time, and while in the checkout line, I stole a plastic egg that flipped open to reveal a little chick that “popped” out. I put it my coat, and we left the store. But as we drove home, I become increasingly nervous that my parents would find the egg and know what I did. So, when we got out of the car, I threw it into the backyard – which my dad saw! He discovered the egg, made me get my money, and we had to go back to Toys R Us to tell them I stole the egg and would now like to pay for it. Talk about traumatic – I felt SO bad and embarrassed!

When I was a kid my absolute favorite book was… The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. I just loved the adventure, the illustrations, the imagination – really EVERYTHING about it. We had a big The Phantom Tollbooth event at our local library, and I just fell in love with it upon reading the book for this event. I know that when I first read it I was too young to understand all of what was going on, but I enjoyed reading the book as I grew older and appreciated it even more. Answering this question makes me want to read it again now!

When I was a kid the movie/TV show that I would watch over and over again was… more than a few movies, but The NeverEnding Story was the movie that I was up for watching anytime! I think I saw it at a birthday party, and from then on, anytime it was on TV, I would watch it. We had HBO around the time that this movie came out on video, and I used to beg to watch it on cable all the time. I remember setting an alarm for 5:30am (unbeknownst to my parents) to get up and watch the movie one time – talk about obsessed!

When I was a kid the meanest thing that my sibling(s) ever did to me was… undress my Barbies! Although my youngest brother wasn’t trying to be intentionally mean, nothing would frustrate me more than coming home from kindergarten or first grade to find all of my Barbie dolls de-robed from an afternoon of my brother bathing them in the sink. I would beg my mom to keep him away from the Barbies – I even tried locking my door – but nothing worked. Every so often, when I would think they were safe, I would come home and there they would be, scattered across my room, undressed. And all my mother could say was, “I didn’t know what he got into, and then he was playing so quietly, I didn’t want to bother him.” Seriously, how many baths do Barbies need?

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Math and Money – A Real World Toy Experience

Tweet Clipping coupons, searching out sales, saving before spending – this economic recession has adults evaluating their spending habits and looking for ways to make sure they are economically sound. And, while kids do not necessarily understand all of the ins and outs of making, spending, and saving money, one thing they do know is [...]

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Cash, Coupons and Credit – A Real World Toy Experience with the Teaching Cash Register

Tweet The grocery store, the coffee shop, the toy store. Kids, from an early age, start visiting these places and watching their parents shop, and ultimately, buy from an associate at the checkout register. And once they get to that magical early pre-school age, they want to start imitating mom and dad’s daily tasks, including [...]

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These Webbed Feet are made for Walking – A Ducky Staff Review

Tweet Watching young ones waddle along is a sweet sight – especially when they have a waddling friend to guide them! And parents know that anytime you can add a toy to an everyday activity, kids are more likely to keep at it, which helps turn a teetering toddler into a wonderful walker in no [...]

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Why We Love It – Uncle Goose Gives Kids the Building Blocks of Play

Tweet Sure, building blocks have been around for ages, and they are available in every size, shape, form and design. So, why do we love the blocks from Uncle Goose Toys that are distributed from Lindenwood, Inc.? You can almost count the ways by stacking their cute and classic blocks! Building blocks are the quintessential [...]

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Are you a Code Maker, a Code Breaker, or an Overall Strategic Failure? – Take Me Back Tuesday remembers the Mastermind Game

Tweet Quality time with my dad was unforgettable when we played the Mastermind Game – after all, how many people forget the most infuriating and frustrating game of their childhood? To be fair, the main problem when it came to playing Mastermind was my darling dad, who was the most intense and focused brain teaser/strategy [...]

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Iggy, Kiko, Pipa and Tias – the New Beatles of the Play Room! – A Silly Seating Staff Review

Tweet Play rooms should always have certain items designed for function and fun – a toy chest, books, tons of toys, and a cozy place perfect for kids to sit, read, draw, and play. But, just because adults are used to traditional tables and chairs, doesn’t mean that the play room has to follow those [...]

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