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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Pop Over to our Pinterest!

Tweet We’re having fun on Pinterest and invite you to join us! It’s a neat way for us to share some of our favorites on our website, in our town, and all around the internet! Here’s a preview of what you’ll find on our Pinterest boards, and be sure to watch for more! Games for […]

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Keeping Kids’ Teeth Healthy

Tweet The dentist – an often controversial subject for adults, let alone their kids! Some people have that first visit scheduled the day their child turns six months, others don’t see the need for at least a few years. Thankfully there are a lot of resources out there, like from Pediatric Safety, WebMD, and the […]

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Lil Shopper Play Set

Lil Shopper Play Set Review

Tweet For the past year I’ve gained a new perspective on the fun toys we carry – I have a little one who is often anxious to play! So today is the first installment of “M Reviews” – a closer look at a tested toy that my child enjoys. First up, the Lil Shopper Play […]

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Going Bananas!

Tweet September 21st is a special day – it marks the day of the International Banana Festival! Bananas are great for so many reasons – they are healthy (of course), full of potassium, ready to eat, and they even come in their own handy “case”! Probably the best way to celebrate the banana, other than […]

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A Nutritious Sneak Preview

Tweet Check your email tomorrow we send our last Email Updates message, highlighting the, well, highlight of many schoolage kids’ days: school lunch! (Not signed up for our Email Updates? Please do so, here!) In tomorrow’s email, one of the things we do is “take a trip around the Web” to find some fun websites […]

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Playmobil Zoo

Exploring the Animal Kingdom at the Zoo!

Tweet As we all know it is back to school time, but we also know that learning can truly happen anytime and anywhere! With zoos all over the world open year-round, it’s a great place to experience the variety of the animal kingdom, their habitats, and more. My family and I just returned from a […]

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