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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 and...

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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, goggles,...

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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 Palladium...

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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 hours...

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Bel Bambini Outlet Opens in Southern California

Posted by on Dec 24, 2013 in Family, Parenting, Toys | 0 comments

Sponsored Are you expecting a baby? Have someone who is expecting? We have good news for you! Bel Bambini has just opened their first outlet for new and expecting parents at the Citadel Outlet Center in Commerce. The outlet features 50% off floor models, discontinued and overstock merchandise, customers can shop for top brands of nursery furniture, strollers, car seats apparel & shoes, toys, accessories and much more. Bel Bambini has stores located in West Hollywood and Costa Mesa with all the hottest baby gear. The staff is the most knowledgeable to help parents make the best purchases for their new babies. Bel Bambini is well known as the go-to location for celebrities. Charlize Theron, Shakira, Drew Barrymore, Adele, Jessica Alba, Selma Blair, Halle Berry, Jamie King, Jamie Lynn Sigler, Bruce Willis, Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, Jessica Simpson, and...

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Creativity for Kids with Light up Links (Giveaway)

Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in Giveaways, Toys | 12 comments

As a retired teacher, encouraging my children to be creative is one of the core values I focus on while being a parent. I learned in school how important encouraging kids to be creative can impact the success in their future, so I love when I find toys that have endless boundaries for their imagination like Light Up Links. The kids have been feeling the stress from our busy holiday schedule, so I planned a quiet night playing with Light up Links. The kids did not know what to expect when I dumped a box of plastic sticks and balls onto their bed, but once they saw them light up – so did their imagination. We spent hours together creating different types of creations with the Light up Links. When everyone was done building their favorite things, we turned...

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Speedeebee – Family Word Game!

Posted by on Aug 22, 2013 in Toys | 0 comments

Are you looking for a fun way to improve your kids’ vocabulary and stretch their minds? Speedeebee Family Word Game is just the ticket! I sat down with my son to try out this new game and he was so excited to play! Speedeebee comes with a deck of 50 challenge cards and 4 alphabet dice. So simple!  First, you take the top card, and then you roll the die or dice as directed. The fastest player to answer the challenge wins the card! With 150 challenges on the cards and different dice to roll, the combinations are endless! The challenges will be different depending on which dice you roll, which makes this game fun and new every time you play! Speedeebee is the most fun way to get kids to practice cognitive speed, vocabulary, spelling and reaction time! These are life skills that they will...

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Fun and Games with Kaijudo Elite Series Triple Strike Deck

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in Toys | 0 comments

It has been a summer of fun and games; I love that the kids have free time…time to just play and be kids.  Cal has been learning how to play Kaijudo, a popular trading card game where players duel pretty amazing creatures and compete in a battle to save the world with the Kaijudo Elite Series Triple Strike Deck. Kids can enjoy collecting and building their Kaijudo card collection with booster packs and competitive decks.  As they build their collection of creatures, they become skilled and able to win the ultimate battle against their competitors. With the Kaijudo Elite Series Triple Strike Deck, children can also create their own fighting style as they strategize on how to combine creatures by combining creatures to provide more power. The Kaijudo Elite Series Triple Strike Deck provides children with good old fashioned game playing that...

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Doggie Doo from Goliath Games

Posted by on Aug 16, 2013 in Toys | 0 comments

From the makers of Gooey Louie and Pop the Pig comes Doggie Doo!  Doggie Doo from Goliath Games is a great game for my kids, since they are always asking for a dog! It comes with everything you see here to feed and walk your dog and collect his poop! After you feed your dog, you roll the die to see how many times you squeeze the handle to help your doggie digest his food. It’s pretty noisy, all that digesting. The funny noises will keep your kids giggling!  Eventually the food makes its way through the doggie and out the end. And the kids think it is absolutely hilarious!  Keep feeding your doggie and collecting the poop!  The first person to collect 3 poops, wins!  To learn more, visit http://www.doggiedoogame.com/. Jaime is a homeschooling mama of two, wife of one,...

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Turbo Stunt Toy Set (Giveaway)

Posted by on Jul 23, 2013 in Featured, Giveaways, Toys | 15 comments

Our kids loved the high-flying action in the movie Turbo, and now they can bring the action home with these Turbo Stunt Toy Set. When talking with the director of Turbo, David Soren, he talked about how his sons love for all things fast was a huge inspiration for the film. Just like his son, kids can do action-packed stunts right in their own home with the Turbo Stunt Set Assortment, and Turbo SHELL RACERS Vehicles by Mattel. The movie comes to life as kids launch their snails through the “Ring of Fire” while doing a zip-line stunt race. The snails start in the launch tube before the kiddos pull the trigger to send their snail on a racing adventure. The toy is recommended for children ages three years or older. One (1) winner will receive: · Turbo Stunt...

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Introducing Adora Dolls

Posted by on Jul 16, 2013 in Family, Toys | 1 comment

My daughter loves her baby dolls. We’ve had several different dolls over the years, but none I really loved. When we received one of the Adora Dolls, I was amazed at how beautiful she was! We received the Curly Whirly doll. She is exquisite! From her golden curls to her tiny patent leather shoes, this doll is high quality! When you pick her up, she is soft and sweet, perfect to snuggle! She sits in your lap just right! My daughter loves the little bows that clip in her hair, just like the ones she wears too! Her dress is perfectly ruffly and twirly, just like it should be! The Adora Dolls have a diaper too, perfect for pretend play! My little girl loves to put her doll to bed and rock her to sleep. This doll is everything...

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The Horndribbles – Zapp and the Oogah-Oogah Nut (Giveaway)

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in Family, Giveaways, Toys | 15 comments

Brand new from Explorers’ Playground come the Horndribbles, special monsters from the imagination of Herbert Joel! Ten years ago, he imagined a wacky, fun, and special world full of monsters that he called “Horndribbles.” In order to bring this imaginary world a reality, Herbert began hand-sewing plush Horndribbles. At first, he made just a few dozen, which he gave to his family and friends. Their popularity inspired him to sew several hundred more Horndribbles for sale at local art shows. Today, it is his great honor to share with you these special monsters and the adventures that go with them!   We received Zapp, and my daughter has not put him down since! She loves to snuggle him and has nicknamed him “horn-sharp.”   My kids, 10 and 4 both love the book, Zapp and Oogah-Oogah Nut! Adventures of...

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Gooey Louie from Goliath Games

Posted by on Jul 2, 2013 in Family, Toys | 0 comments

Brand new from Goliath Games is Gooey Louie, a game that will keep your kids giggling! You have probably heard (and said) the phrase “you can pick your nose, you can pick your friends, but you can’t pick your friend’s nose” but Gooey Louie, a new game by Goliath wants to change that. Yes, it’s true! Gooey Louie is a real game made by the same company that brought you Doggie Doo and Pop the Pig. It’s also true that it’s a game where you take turns picking  green gooey things out of Louie’s nose. My kids couldn’t wait to put Gooey Louie together and get those gooeys! Each player takes a turn rolling the die to see how many gooeys they need to pick out of Louie’s nose, until someone picks the special gooey that will make his eyes pop and...

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Summer Reading Series: The Wig in the Window

Posted by on Jun 26, 2013 in Toys | 0 comments

Andrew received a review copy of The Wig in the Window. The Wig in the Window is a great book about two girl tweens who are spies and always taking midnight missions, literally. One night during one of their missions they spy on their principle, Charlotte Agford, and they witness a murder that she had done. Then they start to think that Agford is a serial killer. So they try to find out if Agford isn’t really who she says she is. So then they try to find out if she is a serial killer or not. The story is a big mystery that you will never want to stop reading. One that people will want to read over and over again. It is a book I would recommend for kids ages 11 and up. That is because there...

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Scanimalz Plush Toys and Game

Posted by on Jun 26, 2013 in Tech, Toys | 1 comment

Look what we got in the mail…Scanimalz!! What are they, you ask?? Scanimalz are cuddly, collectible plush toys that bring the physical and virtual worlds together. They’re from SCANdinavia, frequently have SCANic attacks, like to do SCANnon balls and makeSCANtastic pets! Sure to be the “it” toy of 2013, these cute, cuddly plush characters come with QR codes on their adorable soft bellies. Scanimalz, from Wicked Cool Toys, capture what kids love—cuddly toys, technology and playing games on smart phones and tablets! With more than 30 adorable plush characters to choose from, girls and boys will love to collect them all and play for hours on end. It’s easy to get into the Scanimalz world! ü    Download the free iOS or Android Scanimalz App ü    Scan the QR code on the Scanimalz belly to play games ü    Track collections ü    Earn Scantz points ü    Work your way up the Daily Leader Board! What makes Scanimalz unique...

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Summer Learning Fun with Vikings Brainstorm

Posted by on Jun 23, 2013 in Toys | 0 comments

I want to keep summer fun for the kids but also keep their minds strong over the two months they will be out of school. One of the ways, that I keep summer learning fun is with educational games that don’t feel so educational like the Vikings Brainstorm game. When I first pulled out this game for the boys, they thought it was just like any other board game, but their minds are working harder than they realize while playing it. The one player game is recommended for children over the age of six years, and has 60 different challenges to keep it fun and exciting. Your children will be developing logic thinking skills, strategic planning, visual and spatial perception while playing the game. The game is an interactive puzzle game where children have to move the pieces around...

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Summer Reading at The Dollar Book Store

Posted by on Jun 22, 2013 in Featured, Shopping, Toys | 0 comments

If your kids are anything like mine, they will be spending the summer burning through thousands of pages of books from their summer reading list. Instead of burning a huge hole in my wallet at the local Barnes and Noble, we spend our summer getting books at The Dollar Book Store in the Laguna Hills Mall. Every book inside of the dollar book store is just $1 – that is right a buck! On our last visit my kids scored the entire Harry Potter series for just a dollar each book. Most of the books for sale in the book store are in perfect condition. There is a large variety of early reader books, teen books, and adult books. I have stumbled across some of my favorite recipes in the cookbooks found at the dollar book store. The book...

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The D6 SurfSkimmer in Action

Posted by on Jun 11, 2013 in Featured, Toys | 0 comments

We hit the beach last weekend with a new family beach toy…the D6 Sports SurfSkimmer. The SurfSkimmer is a new product from D6 Sports that offers those who are new to skimboarding a new twist with some entry level support. The D6 SurfSkimmer is built for young and old alike with a weight limit of 150 pounds…we love that our whole family can enjoy it! The SurfSkimmer features gripper technology to help prevent slipping.  When you are running alongside the SurfSkimmer and ready to hop on, try to land on the black strip in the center of the board… and enjoy the ride! The SurfSkimmer is easy to learn but will require practice. Make sure you spend time teaching your children the basic of how to run with it and where to land when they jump on it so they...

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Sifteo Cubes as a Tech Toy Parents Can Appreciate

Posted by on Jun 10, 2013 in Featured, Tech, Toys, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Summer is here and for many parents that means our children are home for the summer.  We all work to keep our kids engaged in academics and sports over the summer to help make the transition back to school in fall that much easier.   It can be easy to give in to more screen time over the summer, but with the ever increasing amount of tech gadgets, it can be hard to do.  Sifteo Cubes are a tech toy that children… and parents can enjoy and appreciate. Sifteo Cubes are classic play made interactive and we love that the games challenge the mind is simple ways. This award-winning game is tactile and truly different than any other tech game system we have played with. Sifteo Cubes come preloaded with the above games and by simply connecting the Sifteo...

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LEGOLAND California to Unveil 1:1 LEGO X-Wing Starfighter Replica

Posted by on Jun 6, 2013 in LegoLand, Toys | 0 comments

Lego fans will be thrilled to hear that LEGOLAND® California Resort will be unveiling the world’s largest LEGO model…the LEGO Star Wars X-wing Starfighter.  The X-wing Starfighter will make its appearance in Carlsbad on June 13, 2013. The 1:1 replica was previosuly unveiled in New York’s Times Square by the LEGO Group.  The actual X-wing that will come to LEGOLAND California is made of five million LEGO bricks.  A team of 32 Master Model Builders spent more than 17,000 hours constructing this masterpiece. The stats on this impressive X-wing Starfighter LEGO replica? Five million bricks have to weight a lot, right?  How about more than 45,000 pounds of a lot?  It is eleven feet tall and 43 feet long, with a wingspan just a tad longer at 44 feet. The exciting news for Southern California is that the X-wing is making the trip across the country...

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An Inside Peek at Disney Infinity Toy Box Mode

Posted by on May 31, 2013 in Disney, Tech, Toys | 0 comments

Disney Infinity is almost here!  This all-new video game initiative brings our favorite Walt Disney and Pixar Studios’ characters to life by placing real-world toy versions of these characters onto the Infinity Base.  Players are then transported into the virtual game worlds of Monsters University, the Incredibles, Cars and Pirates of the Caribbean, as well as into a giant Toy Box. We had a chance to check it out in LA earlier this year but today offer an in-depth look at the Disney Infinity Toy Box mode…a gameplay mode that allows players to intertwine characters from their favorite movies and have them compete against each other. From what we have seen, Toy Box mode enables dreams the opportunity to come true.  Our kids are Disney fans…and Disney fans seem to dream in Disney…characters jump from movie to movie, Jack Jack and...

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Throwback Thursday: Sea Monkey’s (Giveaway)

Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Giveaways, Toys | 7 comments

We are trying something a little new around here with this special “Throwback Thursday” giveaway. While searching everywhere for marbles for the kiddos, I came across one of my all-time favorite toys as a kid – Sea Monkey’s! My youngest Tyler had never heard of Sea Monkey’s before, and I was so excited to tell him all about them. I remember getting my very first Sea Monkey kit when I was just six years old for Christmas. As I woke-up every morning to feed and care for my magical sea creatures – now I get to share this same memory with my kids. We put the fresh water into the plastic aquarium this afternoon, and tomorrow we will plant the eggs. Only time will tell if my kids fall in love with these creatures from under the sea as...

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Razor Trikke E2

Posted by on Apr 16, 2013 in Featured, Toys, Uncategorized | 0 comments

We have been a Razor family since my kids first learned how to walk. Every year, Razor keeps coming out with newer and exciting scooters that keep my kids outside and active. Keeping active kids is a struggle with our generation, and the new Razor Trikke E2 will get any kid away from their computer screens and outside having fun. What makes the Razor Trikke E2 different from the traditional electric scooter? It adds a new dimension with the ability for kids to swag and move while riding around the neighborhood. For more advanced riders, they can do more fun tricks. It has been a hit since first arriving at my doorstep with my youngest child to my oldest child. It has quickly become one of their favorite Razor Scooters to ride. My daughters favorite feature of the new...

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