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In the spirit of giving for the holiday season, BARI KORAL is giving listeners a Free Download of her seasonal song, "Gingerbread Man" now through December 31. The track comes from the award-winning album, ANNA AND THE CUPCAKES, that was released by the Bari Koral Family Band earlier this year. Grab the download via the Soundcloud player below...

My girls are way too young for this, but if my speed-demon/daredevil daughter Addie saw it, she'd probably be off and racing quicker that we could possibly move to stop her. I'm talking about the new URBAN SHREDDER by Hot Wheels and Dynacraft, a $349 vehicle touted as "part motorcycle, part skateboard, part super engine — all beast." If I were about 12 (or they made an adult version), I'd be all over this thing. Check out the commercial below...

Now that Black Friday is behind us, we can "officially" say that the Holiday Music season is in full-effect. Sure, the girls and I were sneaking some Christmas music over the past few weeks, but only now is it "socially acceptable" for most people to crank up the cheer. For the smallest member of your family (baby!) comes two all-new collections of Christmas Lullabies from the folks at Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star. Already mentioned in passing in my 2012 Holiday Gift Guide, now the full details on Christmas Lullabies Volumes 1 & 2 can be found below.

This past weekend, the 10th Annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair took place at Navy Pier. This was the first year that I've attended, checking in early on Saturday as one of nearly 200 Bloggers and Media Personalities invited to cover the event. While bringing the kids is more than encouraged for #ChiTaG, the family and I went separate directions. With a long-planned birthday party to attend and with one faction of the family doing Thanksgiving that day, my wife took the girls as I headed to Chicago with a special guest, my Mom.

Earlier this year, Disney-Pixar issued another entry in their TOY STORY TOONS series, with the short film, PARTYSAURUS REX (watch it now on Disney.com). The new short played in theaters before FINDING NEMO 3D, and featured an original score from acclaimed EDM (Electronic Dance Music) artist/producer, BT. After the success of Partysaurus Rex, Disney-Pixar have just released a new single entitled "Partysaurus Overflow" by BT and Au5 - an extended cut featuring music from the short along with audio samples from various characters from the film.

Just ahead of the Holiday Shopping kick-off with Black Friday (or Thursday), the folks over at LeapFrog have revealed their "Must Have" toys that are topping kids' wish lists this year. Though it didn't make their list (it's been out for quite awhile), my three-year-old daughter absolutely loves her LeapFrog My Own Leaptop (available from Walmart or Target), which we have programmed with messages from a few different family members. Her face really lights up when she proudly announces that she "has to check email." And now, on with the list...

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