Kristin Bushong

About Kristin Bushong

I liked my seasonal job at the Growing Tree Toys' warehouse so much, I decided to take on a permanent position in January 2010. Much of the store's selection matches my preferred activities, from arts and crafts to games and puzzles. I also enjoy cooking, gardening, playing the tuba and hanging out with our cat and rabbit! I'm from California and still hooked on my Bay Area sports teams, but you can often find my husband, son and I at State College Spikes games, at the park, or at Growing Tree Toys! In 2005, we had a fun-filled wedding at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, complete with visits by zoo animals!

When I was a kid the coolest birthday party I had was… at Tilt, a very fun (but as I now see, sadly defunct) arcade and family fun center in Cupertino, CA. It was my ninth birthday and my one and only sister had just been born premature a few weeks earlier. My party went on as scheduled, and I also had the luxury of having some extended family from Pennsylvania attend! At a stressful time it was a fun day of pizza, soda and cake, and of course, tokens, tickets and mediocre prizes.

When I was a kid the coolest thing that ever happened to me in elementary school was… the fact that I was on national TV several times! Our school was chosen to be pen pals with another in Minnesota. We chatted (literally) over these awesome Minitel's, little computers that plugged into our phone lines. "Homework" was literally going home and emailing our pen pals. I know I was interviewed about how "cool" it was, or something, and it replayed EVERY HOUR on CNN Headline News for an entire day. I look back and thank the school for leading me to my computer addiction today.

When I was a kid my very best friend and I used to… make up crazy ways to make money. (I was matron of honor at her wedding, and told this story.) One time we insisted on starting a "fruit stand" outside her house. (Mind you, in the middle of the day exactly NO traffic would be going by.) So her mom drove us to the store, bought all the fruit, and helped us set up. At the end of the day, when no one but her mom had bought anything, she bought it all back from us. I believe we went back to recycling aluminum cans after that...

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Help for Empty Easter Baskets

Tweet A day many anticipate is finally tomorrow: the Vernal Equinox, better known as the first day of Spring! We look forward to the picnics, playtime and overall fun that the season provides. Another occasion that stimulates spring-like thoughts is of course, Easter! Bunnies and chicks, eggs and food coloring, and like it or not, […]

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Share Your Opinion! Write a Review

Tweet Today we highlight a newer interactive role for consumers on our website,! Our recently revamped product review functionality provides some unique opportunities to share your opinions on our great educational toys. Probably our favorite feature is that you can specify who you bought this toy for – your child, grandchild, or for your […]

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We Love Bloggers!

Tweet Over the years, it has been fun watching the landscape of blogs grow. As a family-owned toy store, we appreciate the kind words we hear about our products and website. We thank all the “mommy bloggers” and others blogging about educational fun for kids that take the time to write about Growing Tree Toys! […]

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Time To Celebrate: Our New Birthday Club

Tweet At our brick and mortar store here in State College, PA, we’ve run a fun and quite successful birthday club for many years. Now in 2010, we are excited about branching out our Birthday Club to our website visitors as well! We know how special a birthday is, especially for a child, and we […]

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Grocery Shop in Style with Melissa & Doug: A Staff Review

Tweet A few years back, my hometown grocery store, Albertsons, made some strong efforts to make the often-mundane shopping experience just a little more “fun,” in the broadest sense of the term. One element of this was strictly for the kids: metal shopping carts in just their size. The store probably only had two dozen […]

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A Nine Year Old’s Amazing Golden Goal

Tweet The highly entertaining 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia came to a close with a thrilling gold medal game in men’s hockey between the United States and host Canada. In what was the most publicized and popular hockey game since the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” U.S. victory over the then-U.S.S.R., the commentators acknowledged […]

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