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December 20, 2009

New Year's Resolutions

On January 1st many of us make our resolutions for the year ahead: lose weight, write a book, learn to drive, start a business. If starting a work-from-home business is something you've been dreaming of doing, this is the perfect time to take a look at Discovery Toys. Starting at the beginning of the year will certainly help you to earn the fabulous incentive trip to Costa Rica in early 2011. The sales you make between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2010 will help you qualify. The earlier you start, the better the chance you have!

Many legitimate home-based businesses involve direct sales. The Direct Selling Association tells you who are the established, ethical companies. You need to do your homework before joining one. I’ve personally been associated with Discovery Toys, one of the DSA members, since 1995. We have an unparalleled product line of educational toys for children, birth to age 10, making us an ideal company for stay-at-home moms (or dads). What’s great about us is, you get everything you need to run your business at a nominal start-up cost ($99, presently) … catalogs, product, packaging, bookkeeping, order forms. It would cost someone a fortune to start even a small business from scratch and be able to offer 200 products, many of which have won awards. If you’re interested, and you’re reading this, you need to contact me!

December 19, 2009

Discovery Toys start-up kit reduced to $99

Have you been debating for years about whether the time is right to join us? This special offer won't last long. Our $125 kit is reduced in price to $99 until 1/31/10. You only need a $35 deposit to get started. Fill out an easy application and email me at for further information.

Start the New Year off earning income and working towards our incentive trip to Costa Rica in 2011.

Winter Sale starts 12/26

Get a Jump Start the Discovery Toys New Year sale. Sale begins the day after Christmas. If you see something you want, don't wait! Our best deals often sell out in the first few days. Email me at or shop with me at my Discovery Toys website. Click on either image below to see an enlarged view.


Discovery Toys donates $500K to Toys for Tots

Discovery Toys Steps It Up! to Make Sure Deserving Kids Celebrate with Toys this Holiday Season!

Discovery Toys, longtime Sponsor and Partner of Toys for Tots, was in the midst of readying their annual toy donation last week when members of the Concord, California, Marine Reserve Unit arrived at our warehouse and related the toll that the economic crisis has taken on the local Toys for Tots area drive this holiday season. With many businesses shut down this year and many more not able to support the annual T4T drive as in years past…they needed over 20,000 toys in one week to meet their goal…it looked as though the Holidays were likely not to be so jolly!

Every year Discovery Toys makes a firm commitment to donate at least 2500 toys or $50,000 to Toys for Tots! This year the dock was loaded with over 3000 toys at the time of pick-up! Upon hearing this story, though, Discovery Toys leaders and staff made a very quick decision to do more…

This year we literally opened our warehouse to giving…and loaded palettes of toys, books, games, and more, to exceed the Toys for Tots need! Monday, December 14, 2009, over 27,000 products left our company warehouse with a retail value of $500,000 - ten times our customary donation!

At Discovery Toys, we believe in giving back to our communities and partnering with causes that bring education and joy to children everywhere. Thank you, Toys for Tots, for doing what you do to help us contribute our share!

December 03, 2009

The Play's the thing

When I first moved into the neighborhood, Union Square was riddled with homeless people, addicts and rats. By the time my son was born, the park had been cleaned up and refurbished, thanks to the folks who built nearby Zeckendorf Towers. They pumped a lot of money into the subway station beneath them, and the immediate area, in an effort to make their building desirable. This started the domino effect of the entire neighborhood gradually changing, and the area now sports a Barnes and Noble superstore, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, a 14-screen multiplex cinema, 3 Starbucks, Cosi, and the super cool ABC Carpet and Home. When we started using the playground inside the park, there were 2 distinct areas: one for toddlers, one for older kids. Woe be the mom who had to have one foot in the east playground and her other foot in the west if she had 2 kids a couple years apart. That all changed today when the Union Square Partnership declared,
"We are pleased to announce that Manhattan's newest showpiece, the 15,000-square-foot Union Square Park playground, opened at 12:00 PM today to the delight of neighborhood kids. The playground consists of three outdoor "rooms" dedicated to children of different age groups, and features state-of-the-art play equipment and beautifully landscaped gardens designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. Open year-round from 8:00 AM to dusk, the play space is three times the size of the previous bi-furcated play areas, and is accessible at several points along the repaved and landscaped 16th Street transverse. Special thanks to our partners at the Mayor's Office, the City's Department of Parks & Recreation, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Architecture Research Office, Hill International, and Padilla Construction as well as Community Board 5, area elected officials, the project's donors and countless supporters for bringing this exciting new amenity to fruition for our littlest constituents.

In other North End Project news, the transverse, which opened earlier this month, includes new asphalt pavers and crushed bluestone, which allows the stately elm trees along the transverse to thrive while removing the previous trip hazard, and the entrance to the center lawn is now ADA-accessible. Work at the site will now focus on the restroom facility and the Pavilion in order to open these structures as soon as possible. The new restrooms, including the dedicated playground bathroom, are nearing completion as all plumbing and most interior finishes have been installed. Crews are awaiting the fabrication of doors, screens and stainless steel fencing to enclose the structure before opening to the public. Over at the Pavilion, the difficult task of graffiti removal finally bore fruit as the building's limestone facade now looks practically brand new. Plumbing, electric and heating systems are in place, leaving interior finishes to be completed on both the basement and ground floor levels. The bulk of remaining work on the building involves substantial structural repair and restoration work to ceiling beams and three of the exterior columns."

Playtime will never be the same!
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