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Top 10 Holiday Toys at Best Buy

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in Shopping, Toys | 0 comments

 Sponsored Are you searching for the best toys at the best prices this holiday season? Best Buy is our go-to place for holiday toy shopping this year because they have the hottest holiday toys at the best prices in town. Wondering what to get your kids this year? These are our top ten holiday toys that can be found at your local Best Buy. DropMix Music Gaming System DropMix lets you play music like never before! In collaboration with the creators of Rock Band and Dance Central, this fast-paced music mixing game gives you a new way to collect, discover and combine favorite tracks. Compete with your friends (up to 4 players) and create unexpected song mixes! Keep the music pumping with 3 ways to play: freestyle, clash, and party. Sphero – BB-9E App-Enabled Droid BB-9E™ is a menacing...

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Give the Gift of Magic this Holiday

Posted by on Dec 5, 2017 in Tech, Toys | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of our favorite places to spend time together as a family is at the Disneyland Resort. Since my children love creating memories at this magical place, I decided to bring the magic home this year by getting them the new Xbox game Disneyland Adventures. Earlier this month, I went to the Disneyland Hotel to learn more about the games Disneyland Adventures and Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure from the creators themselves. I arrived at the Disneyland Hotel and went to the Sleeping Beauty Pavilion where I would embark on a magical journey while playing these two new innovative games. We were lucky to have Jorg Neumann, Head of Production, Microsoft Studios and John Dongelmans, Marketing Director, 1st Party Games walk us through everything we needed to know about the two new games. We started with Rush: A...

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Give Your Children the Gift of Learning

Posted by on Nov 29, 2017 in Deals, Education, Toys | 0 comments

 Sponsored Are you looking for the perfect holiday gift for your kids this year that will encourage them to love learning? Well, we have found it. Every year, our holiday tree has a ton of gifts under it that doesn’t stimulate my kid’s brains, so this year, I have been on the hunt for educational toys to gift them this year. One of my favorite educational toys that I have found is the Omano JuniorScope Microscope. The new Omano JuniorScope is the perfect microscope for your young scientist. The JuniorScope is a high quality, easy to use microscope built with kids in mind. With the JuniorScope, your kids can look at everything from plant cells to water bears. Unlike other children’s microscopes, the JuniorScope has precision glass optics, is easy to use, and gives a crystal clear image of...

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THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE: 10 Must-Have LEGO Building Sets

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Entertainment, Film, LegoLand, Toys | 0 comments

 Sponsored The highly anticipated time has come for THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE to come into theaters this Friday, September 22nd. After taking my son to an early screening of the film while having a staycation at the LEGOLAND Hotel, all he keeps talking about it wanting to get THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE building sets to add to his home LEGO collection. Once the movie comes out on Friday, these LEGO building sets are guaranteed to fly off the store shelves, so we decided to give you an inside scoop on the 10-must have LEGO building sets for you to purchase before the film is released tomorrow. THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE Destiny’s Bounty Destiny’s Bounty features 3 levels (top deck, Wu’s dojo, mid-deck/hull), double-headed dragon figurehead, Wu’s bedroom with bed, a bathroom in the hull, dojo with a scroll, training...

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Fun Toys to Encourage Kids to Get Outside

Posted by on Aug 23, 2017 in Education, Family, Toys | 0 comments

 Sponsored Let’s be honest. Our children are growing up in a time where most kids spend the majority of their time inside. Electronics and video games are distracting children of this generation and discouraging them from spending their time outside having fun and playing. This summer, we had a technology-free summer, and my children spent all of their time outside playing. With them spending all their time outside, I had to look into finding new tools to help make it fun (especially for my teenagers). One brand that my I discovered this summer, and my children loved was Toysmith. Their outdoor products make playing outdoors fun for children, and these are our favorite Toysmith outdoor toys that you’ll want to add to your toy box. Spring Ring Enjoy your outside playtime with the Toysmith Spring Ring. Play a variety...

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Back to School Educational Toys

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Education, Family, Toys | 0 comments

 Sponsored The best gift that parents can give their children is the gift of play. We all live busy lifestyles, and taking time out of your day to sit down on the floor and play with your children is the best thing for them. As a retired preschool teacher, I remain passionate about empowering parents to play more with their children. One of the best ways to make playing with your children fun is to have educational toys that stimulate your children and help them to learn through play. One brand that I have been purchasing for my children since they were babies is Learning Resources. Their educational toys make learning with children extra fun, and they are high-quality products that will last for many years. While purchasing back to school supplies for your children, also purchase some learning...

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10 Must-Have Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Toys

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Entertainment, Film, Shopping, Toys | 0 comments

 Sponsored Things are heating up in theaters this summer as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 makes its official debut in theaters on May 5th! After seeing the new film, your kids are going to want to get their hands on the hottest and coolest Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 toys. Be ahead of the game and order the toys now before the sell-out once the movie is released in theaters. Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Dancing Groot Bring the ultra-groovy style of Guardians of the Galaxy to life with this music-playing, sound-detecting, limb-shaking Dancing Groot! This 11.5-inch Dancing Groot figure is nearly the same size as Groot from the upcoming Guardians of Galaxy: Volume 2 movie, and features a clip from the song ‘Come A Little Bit Closer’ from the movie soundtrack, so that when the far-out...

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Interactive Game Night with Pie Face Showdown

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Education, Family, Parenting, Shopping, Toys | 0 comments

 This post was sponsored by Hasbro as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Our favorite thing to do together as a family is to have a family game night. Our kids would rather play games with us in the evening vs. watching television, and it is all because of interactive games available like Pie Face Showdown. I have wanted to get the kids a new game to play, and when I found out about the Pie Face Showdown game that was coming out on October 1st, I couldn’t wait to test it out with my kids. Since this game is more of an “outside” game, I planned to surprise my kids with the new game during their after school snack time. Once the kids finished their snack,...

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Top 15 Hottest Zootopia Toys

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in Disney, Entertainment, Film, Shopping, Toys | 1 comment

  The highly anticipated time has come for the film “Zootopia” to come out into theaters. Once your children see the movie, they are going to fall in love with it and then want to collect all the hottest “Zootopia” toys. We have compiled a list of the top 15 must-have “Zootopia” toys that your children are going to want after seeing the movie. Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition: Judy Hopps Figure The world of “Zootopia” will come to life for your kids while playing with Judy Hopps in the Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition game. Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition: Nick Wilde Figure 1 Figure 1 Web Code Card Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Zootopia Judy’s Police Cruiser Includes Judy’s Police Cruiser, Officer Judy Hopps Figure, and Law Breaking Mouse Figure 3″ Officer. Judy Hopps Figure features poseable arms, neck, and legs...

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Inspire Future Scientist with The Polymer Goo Kit

Posted by on Feb 1, 2016 in Education, Family, Toys | 0 comments

  My older son is obsessed with the Marbles Brain Store. He spends so much time visiting the store to play with the different games that he is one a first name basis with most of the staff. While he is always bringing home a mind game or puzzle, I have never gotten anything for my younger son until recently and got him the Polymer Goo Kit. This kit is geared for ages 10+ and with him being nine, it seemed like the perfect age. When I first showed him the blue box with green slime on it, he didn’t seem too excited about getting started working on it. But, when I opened the box to reveal a mini science lab, he dropped his Legos and came over to the table to get started. He put on the gloves,...

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Keep Your Kids Connected to Nature with SmarTrike

Posted by on Dec 15, 2015 in Family, Shopping, Toys | 0 comments

 Sample received Keeping your kids active outdoors plays a key role in their development. Children can explore the world around them and stay active with the help of SmarTrike. The revolutionary product grows with your child’s development from 10 months to 3 years of age. Children learn through their senses. By taking your children on a walk through the neighborhood with a SmarTrike on a daily basis, you’ll discover the world through the eyes of your child. While outside, they can learn so much from feeling the different textures of leaves and trees while being outside with their parents. They’ll use their ears to hear the birds and their skin to feel the wind on their face. Nurture your child’s curiosity by doing the simplest things like stopping to watch a snail walk across the sidewalk or bumblebee collecting...

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Best Monthly Subscription Boxes for Kids

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Christmas, Family, Holiday, Shopping, Toys | 0 comments

 Samples have been received Show your kids how much you love them throughout the year by giving them the gift of a subscription box. It is the gift that keeps on giving throughout the year and perfect gift idea for grandparents to give to their grandchildren. Subscription boxes aren’t just for adults, and these are our top picks when looking for a subscription box to gift to your kids this holiday season. Toys/Imaginary Play Citrus Lane’s Holiday Boxes Each holiday box includes 4-5 products that are rated and reviewed by moms, and handpicked specifically for the age and stage of a child. From educational toys to fun bath products to bibs & blankets, Citrus Lane narrows down the best products to help parents discover favorite new brands for their little loved ones as they grow, and even includes insight...

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Barbie Rock ‘n Royals Concert (Giveaway)

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 in Events, Giveaways, Toys | 10 comments

  This fall, families are invited to a LIVE show starring Barbie in her all new movie, Barbie in Rock ‘n Royals, which debuts nationwide on 9/8! During this rockin’ music experience, Barbie fans in the Los Angeles area will have the opportunity to “Raise Their Voice” by: · Enjoying a LIVE concert performance of songs from the movie including, “Raise Our Voices,” “What if I Shine,” and “Brand New Song” from surprise guests · Striking a pose on the Pink Carpet · Getting rock star ready in the Super Style Zone · Jamming out in the VH1 Rock Star Zone · Twisting and shaking in the Be Super Dance Zone For tickets to the Rock ‘N Royals Concert Experience, go online. All ticket sales will benefit VH1 Save The Music. WHEN: Saturday, September 26 12 PM WHERE: Hollywood...

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Keeping Kids Learning While Traveling with the LeapPad3

Posted by on Nov 1, 2014 in Education, Family, Tech, Toys, Travel | 0 comments

 Sponsored With our family always traveling, I am often asked how I keep my kids learning while they are not in school. We are lucky to be a part of a charter school that offers Independent Study for families who travel, and I also use vital learning tools including LeapFrog products. Why LeapFrog? They make learning fun while encouraging my kids to continue learning outside of their educational lessons. When traveling earlier this month to the Turks and Caicos, we brought along the new LeapPad3 for my younger son Tyler. It ended up being his #1 favorite LeapFrog product, and he didn’t want to put it down. With a 14-hour flight that had multiple long airport layovers, Tyler got acquainted with the product. Within moments, he was on his way to learning new things through fun and interactive games....

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Razor Monster Kix Scooter (Giveaway)

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Family, Featured, Giveaways, Halloween, Shopping, Toys | 30 comments

 Review product received Your little monster can trick-or-treat in style this year cruising around the neighborhood on a monstrous Razor Monster Kix scooter. The newest addition to the Razor line takes scooters to the next level of fun combining imaginary play with large motor skills. The scooter is recommended for children over the age of three years and features spooky graphics, a slip resistant board and the best part – monster handle bars! It is perfect for younger children who are just learning how to scooter with tilt to turn steering to help young children build coordination, and a three-wheel design with extra wide deck to keep kids stable while on-the-go. Our kids tested out the scooter with their neighborhood friends and said that it is the ultimate scooter to be riding around the neighborhood this Fall season. Razor...

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Three Tips for Purchasing Your Toddlers First Baby Doll

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in Family, Parenting, Shopping, Toys | 0 comments

 Sample product received I still have my first baby doll, and my daughter still cherishes her first baby doll. When it came to purchasing my toddlers first baby doll, I put a lot of work into researching different baby dolls so that my daughter would have a baby doll that would withstand her loving, and be strong enough to pass down to her daughter. The first thing to look for is a doll that does not have any plastic eyes or parts that can come off and become a choking hazard. It won’t be your toddlers favorite baby doll if they can only watch it sitting on a shelf in their room. Second thing to look for is a doll that is machine washable. The doll will more than likely be drug around the sand box, spit-up on and...

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Five Must-Have ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Toys

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in Entertainment, Family, Film, Shopping, Toys | 0 comments

 Toy samples provided “Guardians of the Galaxy” is flying into our universe on August 1st, and the toys are already flying off the store shelves. After seeing a pre-screening of the film with my boys, they could not wait to blast off to the store to get new toys themed after the movie. I recommend getting your kids these toys early before having to search a different galaxy to find them. After testing out many of the different “Guardians of the Galaxy” toys, these are our five must-have top picks. Rocket Raccoon Action Mask Your kids will start acting out scenes from the film while wearing this adorable mask. Kids can manually make the mask’s mouth, eyebrows and ears move. The toy is our kids #1 favorite “Guardians of the Galaxy” toy, and my younger son never wants to...

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Transformers Toy Review

Posted by on Jun 23, 2014 in Entertainment, Family, Film, Summer, Toys | 0 comments

 Review product received  I grew up in the 80’s surrounded by boys. All my mom’s friends had boys so my world involved farts, boogers and poo talk. When they weren’t trying to gross me out or cause me pain, the boys would talk Atari, He-Man and Transformers (more than meets the eye in that “robotic” voice). Sure I would have loved to have discussed Jem or Poochi but that wasn’t in the cards for me. So my childhood consisted of me begging day and night to play with their Transformers in hopes of actually transforming a robot instead of sitting on the sidelines watching them. They boys would all tell me no because I was a girl and girls don’t know how to play with boys toys. Unbeknownst to them, when they were away playing basketball I played with...

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Real Life Treasure Hunting with Geotagging

Posted by on Mar 16, 2014 in Family, Featured, Hiking Trails, Parenting, Parks, Tech, Toys | 0 comments

 Geotagging. What is that? Geotagging = Real life treasure hunting! I have heard of Geotagging, but never truly understood what is was. A friend of mine who knows how much I love exploring nature with my children told me that my kids were just the right age to start, and I should give it a try. I didn’t know where to start, so I started asking about it on Facebook. I quickly learned that all I needed was my phone, GPS device, pencil and some small swag. I ordered a Geomate Geotagging GPS device, and it just happened to be delivered right before the one weekend that we got rain here in Orange County. I didn’t let a little rain stop us from going on our first real life treasure hunt. Once there was a break in the storm,...

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How to Build a Backyard Zipline

Posted by on Feb 25, 2014 in Family, Parenting, Toys | 1 comment

  Have your kids been dreaming of ziplining? My kids first started begging me to build them a zipline after not meet the height requirement in Hawaii. With safety always my #1 concern about building a backyard zipline, two years later, I discovered the secret of Slackers Zipline Kits! When I saw the online video, I thought it was too good to be true, but I could not resist getting one for our backyard. I could not contain the excitement while waiting for the box to arrive. The neighborhood kids were all over when I walked inside with the box, and the minute that the lid of the box opened, my house filled with screams of excitement. We dropped everything that we were doing to start installing the zipline in our backyard. My husband thought that it would take...

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