A Few Things to Kick Off a Risky 2015

Happy New Year! Well, I guess I truly meant what I said in the last Risky Reads post about blogging less and seeking balance during the holidays. I haven’t posted here over 2 weeks and I only posted once on the holidays on Just Like The Number! Let me tell you, we all needed it. This may have been our most laid back Christmas season and winter break yet. We didn’t travel, I didn’t stress about fitting too many activities into our days, and I set the computer aside. I read, binge-listened to the Serial podcast (SO good), played lots of games with the kids, and had a day where we did nothing but create and craft. It was good for the soul.

The kids went back to school this week, but with several days of delays and a snow day, I’m slowly making my way back into the land of routines and schedules. As nice as the holiday break was, I’m recharged now and ready to reconnect with my favorite Risky readers! As I work on getting back into a posting groove, I thought I’d share a couple of cool things with you.

Toy of the Year 2015 Vote Now

Did you know there’s an “Oscars” for the toy industry? Between being a parent who appreciates a good toy, and having the chance to meet some of the creators behind some really cool toys at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair, I’ve come to truly appreciate the people and manufacturers who strive to bring great games to families. The Toy of the Year Awards honors great toys every year. The finalists have been named, and now toy companies, retailers and consumers (that’s us!) have a chance to vote for their favorites. You have to be quick, though, if you want to put your stamp of approval on your favorite toy. Voting ends Sunday, January 11th. The winners will be announced in February. Besides having your vote count, you also have a chance to win some of the nominated toys. I’m happy to see some of our favorites nominated, including LEGO Fusion , Bounce-Off , Kanoodle Genius, Simon Swipe , and OgoSport OgoBild Animate It. And definitely check out the Outdoor Toy category … we want every single one!

Treehouse Masters Animal Planet

When you’re done voting, be sure to set your DVRs to record a show that is right up our alley: Treehouse Masters. The second season kicks off on Friday, January 9th on Animal Planet. I promise, you’ve never seen treehouses like the ones Pete Nelson designs! I’m always down for quality shows we can enjoy with the kids, and Treehouse Masters is a great choice for passing a few winter evenings (and dreaming about building treehouses in the spring).

Thanks again for being such awesome readers! Looking forward to another year of risky fun with you!

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