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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Pinterest Decorations

DIY Decor from Pinterest

Tweet We have an “extra” weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, which means we have even more time to enjoy festive holiday decorations! This year, we were looking for some fresh, new ideas for decor, and these days if you are looking for any inspiration the place to look is Pinterest! An even better […]

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Gentle Giraffe

Gentle Giraffe Toy Review

Tweet Now that this has been one of our every day items for over a year, I thought it was a good time for the M Reviews to tackle the Gentle Giraffe Toy! From Cloud B, makers of the favorite Twilight Turtle toys, comes the plush Gentle Giraffe, a cute animal and sound machine in […]

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Fantastically Active Playtime – Inside and Out!

Tweet As days get shorter and temperatures get colder, it may not be as attractive to play outside! We have lots of fun ways to bring the active fun of the outdoors in – read on to learn more! Two of our newest toys are the Spooner Boards! These indestructible, unbreakable boards are made in […]

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Brand New Holiday Gifts for Older Kids!

Tweet As kids get older they likely outgrow most of what they would call “toys,” save for ones that plug into a wall to charge! We have many engaging and interesting toys that even nine and ten year-olds and kids age 11 and up would like to have this holiday season! Here we detail five […]

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Smart Building with SmartMax!

Tweet Bound to be among the hottest holiday gifts this season, SmartMax magnetic building sets are ready to engage and entertain the youngest builders! SmartMax is a line of magnetic building toys with a unique setup. Each set has “warm” colored bars and “cool” colored bars. Warm and cool are attracted to each other, and […]

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Saving the Day – A Closer Look at Daylight Saving Time

Tweet It’s here again – for most of the United States, it is time to change the clocks! If you remember “spring forward, fall back,” you’ll know that Daylight Saving Time (DST) is ending on Sunday, November 4, and it is time to move clocks back one hour. Daylight Saving Time was actually suggested by […]

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