Thursday, April 23, 2009

Obsession: Gift Giving Reinvented

I don’t know about you, but I’ve become extremely bored when forced to shop for yet-another neighborhood kid’s birthday gift. It’s not that I don’t like celebrating, it’s just that buying one more typical marketing-backed toy has become a little redundant. Now that I’ve found Optical Toys, I’ve never been so excited to get the party started.

Just visiting the Optical Toys' website is a treat! They offer a series of old-fashioned flip books (e.g., Thomas Edison’s record of a sneeze), paper toy reproductions (“choose among 12 unique hairstyles for this elegant lady who desperately needs a full head of hair”), and a series of antique book remakes (think shadow books and movie scopes). Although you may still need to buy the hottest, new-fangled toy for your birthday recipient, next time, accompany your gift with an Optical Toys’ purchase and become the life of the party. Details:

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About Mod City Mom

After becoming mothers, sisters Sarah Romine and Leah Weyandt wanted to marry the activities and interests that they experienced before motherhood with their new found lives with children. This was not always an easy task—traveling to obscure places, shopping at off-beat boutiques, and sipping lazy-afternoon cocktails doesn't always fit neatly with parenthood. Stemming from their frustration, they meticulously searched, and continue to search, for activities, establishments, and entertainment that they take pleasure in and their families benefit from. The result? Mod City Mom.

About Sarah

Sarah is a passionate cook, fashionista, writer, actor, and mother. Like all actors, she ended up working at many-a-restaurant to make ends meet and shopping at countless bargain boutiques to maintain her sense of personal style. Her culinary journey, love affair with fashion, and desire to remain true to herself after becoming a mother are the inspirations for this site. Sarah lives with her husband and two sons in Chicago.

About Leah

A polymath wannabe, Leah loves books, films, music, cooking, and travel. After co-starting a writing and editing shop in 2002, Leah has spent her spare time frequenting her favorite cities, hangouts, and haunts. Her obsession with finding the new, innovative, and quirky is the impetus behind this site. Leah lives with her two sons and husband in North San Diego County.
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