Shopping in the net

Tru Kids Brands, the proud parent of the Toys“R”Us brand will bring Toys“R”Us stores back to the United States this holiday season. Tru Kids and b8ta, the software-powered experiential retailer have entered into a joint venture to launch a new store experience that will deliver the hottest toy products and brands, carefully curated and showcased in highly immersive smaller-format spaces.

The first two new Toys“R”Us stores will open this holiday season, located in The Galleria in Houston, Texas, a Simon Mall, and in Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, New Jersey. Brand partners and experiences will be announced in the coming weeks.

The new Toys“R”Us stores will serve as must-visit destinations for kids to learn, play, and fall in love with the latest and most popular toys, and for parents to have fun with their children and ignite their own childlike sense of play. The stores will be highly interactive with new events and activities every day, from seeing toys displayed out of the box to test before making a purchase, to visiting different brand stations to driving learning through play embracing STEAM, or just having fun with Geoffrey the Giraffe in the open playspace. 

Using b8ta’s innovative experiential retail model, brands will showcase their products in an interactive, playground-like environment, creating an entirely new retail experience centered around product discovery and engagement. Brands also will have the opportunity to design custom experiences and branded shops to help them create memorable experiences for parents and children. This experiential retail environment will leverage b8ta’s Retail as a Service (RaaS) platform, which enables brands to actively manage their in-store experiences and measure how offline experiences translate into online sales.

The companies plan to open additional locations in prime, high-traffic retail markets within the U.S. over the course of 2020. To learn more about Toys“R”Us, and stay in the know about new store openings and offers, visit

Well, it’s that time of year again! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale really is kind of a big deal. The way I see it, this is our chance to get things we wouldn’t normally be able to buy at a normal person’s price.

Now, last year I went cray cray during the sale and took me all year to pay it off (oops!). This year, I only replaced things I grew out of, got some more exercise clothes, and then added a couple trendy items. (A post on those later!) But I also found some cute things for the kids!

This is what I ended up snagging for my cat-loving daughter:


Jacket // Tee // Skirt // dress

See how she loves this outfit??


And she didn’t want to take the dress off at all!


And even though it’s blazing hot outside, she insists on wearing the jacket inside the house.


This is what I got my gymnast daughter:


Jacket // Dress // Shorts // Shorts // Leggings

So far, she’s only worn the jacket tied around her waist because it’s so crazy hot outside (pic above). But she absolutely loves everything and can’t wait to wear it to gym!

And this is what I picked up for my teen boys:


Nike shoes // Vans shoes // Nike pants // Adidas pants // Adidas hoodie // Adidas tee // Adidas shorts

The pants I bought for my 13 year old actually fit my 16 year old. I forgot that Adidas runs big, so the pants and shorts actually fit my 16 year old. Which suited my 13 year old just fine because he didn’t care for the tight ankles in the pants or the sweatshirt material of the shorts. Can’t win them all!

Are you shopping the sale this year?
Let me know what deals you snagged in the comments below!


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My thinking was Brussels would be like going to Dallas, but flatter. It turns out Dallas needs to loosen up if it’s going to challenge Brussels for excitement. Here are some photos collected one day during a walk about.

Buying vegetables at a sidewalk market. This and a number of businesses seem to be run by Arabs.

In Brussels, as in many places, if you want to get your message across, get it across in English. Truth be known, the origin of the English language is a few miles from here on the Frisian Islands.

Waiting for lunch at Pronto Pizza.

The street outside.

This part of town, ideal for street performers.

An offer you cannot refuse.

You want Belgian waffles? We got Belgian waffles. Come on over.

Belgian waffle going, going, gone.

The gay pride crosswalk has been scrubbed by a year’s worth of traffic.

Big square, bunch of people milling around. Favorite pastime? Have your wife stand still for five minutes while you get the right photo.

Many streets blocked to auto traffic by these. I do not know what they are called.

If you ever suspected there would be a chocolate museum in Belgium, you were right all along.

I suspect this is not the world’s largest Belgian waffle.

And here it is, the original pee baby sculpture.

And a spectacular shopping gallery that stretches two blocks through the whole business.

Once again, if you want to get you message across, get it across in English.