Thanks DreamWorks for the free “Trollhunters” Funko figures!
Visit Shop.Funko.com to pick up some of these adorable toys for yourself!
Visit Shop.Funko.com to pick up some of these adorable toys for yourself!
We did not receive anything for this blog post but have worked with The American Girl brand in the past.
Everyone is abuzz over the new American Girl Doll of of the year 2018. The new American Girl doll of the year is amazing. She’s strong and encourages girls to try STEM. American Girl is introducing Luciana Vega, the 2018 Girl of the Year. She encourages girls to think about who they want to be and how they can become that person no matter what challenges they face. Her story is about an 11 year old girl aspiring to be an astronaut and dreams of being the first person on Mars. She learns how to be a leader and shows children that it’s ok to use your skills and smarts to accomplish your goals. It’s a strong step for American Girl doll of the year 2018.
“We’re proud to introduce fans to American Girl’s 2018 Girl of the Year, Luciana Vega—a champion of STEM and a natural-born leader who puts her whole heart into making her dreams a reality,” says Katy Dickson, president of American Girl. “Luciana is a role model for today’s girls—empowering them to defy stereotypes, and embrace risks that will teach them about failure and success as they chart their own course in life—whatever the goal. For us, it’s all about building girls of strong character, and it’s why we’re continuing to encourage girls to lead change and embrace #charactercounts.”
We are always a big fan of the books that go along with the dolls. Luciana’s story is chronicled in a chapter book series written by Erin Teagan and published by Scholastic. The first two books, available now, introduce readers to Luciana, a young girl of Chilean descent with a serious science streak, who loves the idea of exploring new territories in space. After winning a scholarship to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, Luciana is thrilled to launch her dream of landing on Mars. But as she ascends from Space Camp kid to youth astronaut trainee, she faces many challenges that test her competitive spirit and self-confidence, and she must find the courage to embrace the unknown with bravery, curiosity, and wonder.
Other STEM-inspired outfits, accessories, and products that reflect her Space Camp® experience include Luciana’s Flight Suit and Space Suit, her Maker Station, and a Mars Habitat loaded with science and research essentials for hours of pretend play. And—for the first time—girls can further engage in Luciana’s world by downloading the American Girl app and scanning her catalogue pages and products to unlock exclusive content, including augmented reality, trailers and videos, space simulations, quizzes and challenges, and much more.
We received samples so we could include little tikes in our holiday gift guide. You can find the videos on The Holiday Gift Guide.
Little Tikes has been one of our favorite brands since my kids were little tikes. We received a list of things that are hot items from Little Tikes this year and we chose a few to feature. For example, the kids loved the Pogo It.
And the Swim to ME Puppy
We also received the Little Tikes Light ‘n Go 3-in-1 Activity Walker and Little Tikes Tire Twister which we are giving away as holiday presents and can’t wait to show you photos of those in the new year when the recipient is able to post with the items. Believe me he’s a cutie, he should be modeling.
For the Littlest Hands
For Little Builders
For Bigger Kids
For Dog Lovers
Things That Go Vroom!
MORE ABOUT LITTLE TIKES
Little Tikes is a world-leading toy brand that encourages kids of all ages to get active and engage in imaginative play. Since 1970, Little Tikes has developed a reputation for high quality, safe, and durable toys. The vast range of Little Tikes products — ride-ons, role play, sports, furniture, outdoor and more — all get small bodies moving, spark curiosity, create wonder and gets kids dreaming big.
We received samples from Mattel and created videos for our Holiday Gift Guide.
Road Rippers Street Beatz: Custom-designed vehicles with high-impact speaker-pulsing action!
Hot Wheels Stretch FX-Dieselboy: Stretch the car and watch it GO! Or pull back the car to reveal the engine with lights, music and driving sounds as the vehicle comes together and drives away.
Cat Construction R/C: Running on a 2.4GHz frequency, this rugged R/C dump truck can scoop up and load gravel, sand, and loose dirt just like the real thing.
Rev-Up Monsters: These 4×4 push-powered monster trucks are one wild ride!
Thomas Stop & Go R/C: This R/C features train noises, Thomas phrases with just the push of a button, a realistic train conductor and more!
Cat Machine Maker Jr. Operator: This construction set comes fully equipped with a chunky machine operator figure and pieces to build your very own Cat machine.
Kids are naturally curious and creative. One of the best things you can do for your kid is give them a wide range of toys to practice their curiosity, creativity, ingenuity, and logic on. And Building Toys are perfect to begin the logic process with, so we came up with the Ten building toys.
The first step to creative building is a good block. The first block for your child, ideally, should be one that is easy to put together. Mega Bloks are large, lightweight, free of small parts, and clip together to make building fun. The colors are bright, and the bag makes them convenient to carry.
For a portable block game, this is a great idea. This all in one box includes a character figure and a mix of different large, easy to use Lego pieces. It even includes instructions for building a house. Combining the raw creativity of free play with the patience needed to follow instructions means your child will get the best of both worlds.
A fun and creative alternative to conventional blocks, these tiles are flat and magnetic, and come in a nice range of bright shapes. As they stick together any way, your kid’s ability to create will not be restricted. This is a great way of encouraging free thinking and imagination, as well as of developing core motor skills.
When your child is ready to further challenge their coordination, the traditional wooden blocks are a wonderful choice. These blocks do not stick together, so your child will have to learn about gravity and balance. This will challenge their mind and motor skills. You get 100 mixed blocks, for maximum play potential.
Gears toys will really challenge your child’s understanding of cause and effect. Assemble gears in the right order and watch them turn! Get it wrong and they’ll get stuck. Your child will develop their critical thinking and understanding of physics.
This is a great way of challenging your child’s logic and creativity. The combination of pegs, squares, rectangles, and bars, encourages your child to make machines and moving objects. This kit will grow with them, staying fun for many years.
Your child doesn’t need to leave blocks behind just cause they’re getting older. Lego kits mean your child can learn a new way of using blocks: following instructions to make something specific. This encourages ingenuity, but also patience and focus.
If your child is a creative soul but less mechanically inclined, this may be a better choice for them. This kit includes several accessories and characters so your child can imagine different scenarios playing out.
A great way of encouraging your child to build, create, and imagine, is using their favorite heroes. This kit involves superhero figurines so they can play out epic battles, but also spare pieces so they can build creative places and items for the story.
If your kid is burning through all their toys and finds none of them challenging any more, it might be time for something serious. This kit is a great one for beginner model makers, with easy to follow instructions and no cutting required. Your kid can carefully assemble a working miniature catapult.
We received samples.
The Rocketbook Color is the perfect answer to how do I save my kids art? The Rocketbook Color is the first reusable, cloud-connected sketch book designed especially for kids. It’s so awesome.
I’m one of those moms that doesn’t have a lot of extra time. I barely have time to bake with my kids. I barely have time to do crafts with my kids and I have no time to myself and small things that I would love to do. I have to be honest, I’ve never been good at saving my kids artwork. It feels like the only moms who are sharing and archiving their kids’ art are the ones who pack artful bento boxes in place of brown-bag lunches and prune their rosebushes in skirts and heels. Those moms that have all their stuff together. Most of us are up to our knees in art. Rocketbook Color makes it easy to create, save and share your childrens’ masterpieces without wasting a single leaf of paper.
Everyone in the family wins with Rocketbook Color!
The five-star rated line of reusable notebooks is proven. That’s right–this wasn’t their first rodeo. Their bestselling line of cloud-connected, reusable smart notebooks is tried and true. They’ve been featured on Shark Tank, we’re the #1 crowdfunded office category product of all time, and their line of notebooks are top-sellers on Amazon. They are currently running a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for Rocketbook Color, and they will be taking pre-orders even after their Kickstarter ends. They will be available through standard retailers (such as Amazon) well in time for the holiday season.
Wow, this has been a busy giveaway week and we have another one. This one again we are teaming up with Carol from All Mommy Wants and its’ a fun toy that if we had reviewed it we would add it to our holiday gift guide for sure. My daughter would LOVE this item.
Do you have a creative kid on your life? Looking for a gift? I partnered with All Mommy Wants on a FUN giveaway! This is a super hot holiday toy – Digiloom!
And now of course for the giveaway, oh and what you get in the box:
One reader will WIN a Digiloom Starter kit! Enter below – ends 10/13/2017! US only, 18+
We received a sample
Sometimes it feels like finding a unique gift for someone who is pregnant is impossible. You might not yet know what they are having but you want to get them something special. This to me is the perfect gift and I’m going to tell you why. One of my favorite sounds in the world is the sound of my kid’s heartbeat. I love for them to sleep with me. They slept with me from time to time and it is the most peaceful sleep that I get. So I wish I could have bottled it up. You can do that mow with the Heartbeat Bear and we received the Vintage Sloth to review. And it’s the cutest stuffed animal ever. I LOVE it!!!
Sloths are some of the slowest moving creatures on earth. But for some reason, many of us are fascinated by these adorably lethargic creatures! From My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear, comes the brand new Vintage Sloth heartbeat bear, an adorable stuffed animal that features a recording device that captures the sound of your baby’s heartbeat in utero during an ultrasound appointment.
The Vintage Sloth recordable stuffed animal kit includes a 15″ soft fleece sloth and a heart-shaped recorder to capture your baby’s heartbeat during an ultrasound. This sloth is perfect for snuggling and has a velcro closure on the back so that you can insert the recording. My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear kits make excellent baby shower gifts or pregnancy keepsakes. Also available at many 3D/4D ultrasound studios. You will need to also download the app to keep the heartbeat forever (just in case it gets deleted off the heart).
HOW TO USE:
The My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear kit comes with an adorable stuffed animal and a red “heart” recorder. A second recorder can be ordered to include a voice message from someone special. Simply take the recorder to your ultrasound appointment and easily switch it on to capture 20 seconds of baby’s heartbeat. (If you have already recorded the heartbeat on your phone or on a CD, it can be transferred to the heart recorder.) Then, unfasten the Velcro closure on the back of the stuffed animal, insert the recorder into the interior drawstring pouch, knot the pouch, and finally re-fasten the Velcro. To listen to the heartbeat, simply press on the animal. To stop, press again, or simply wait 20 seconds.
This is an excellent holiday gift idea for someone you know that’s going to have a baby. Zoe even made a video of it.
We received samples.
This summer we have been having a blast using the green camouflage AVALID walkie talkie for kids on Amazon. The AVALID Walkie Talkies have a high quality and affordable price, it’s not only kids toy, but also perfect product while hiking, camping, gardening, hanging in a hotel, playing games in the neighborhood, etc. And that’s exactly what we’ve been doing. We have 5 Walkie Talkie Uses for you to enjoy this summer or anytime on a family adventure or not.
Watch Zoe’s video where she talks about how we are using the Walkie Talkie: 5 Walkie Talkie Uses:
1. Hanging out in a hotel:
These work so well even in buildings. We were staying in a hotel and I left one of my kids on the fifth floor and took the other kid to the first floor. He wanted to be in the entertainment room and kids were not allowed in there unattended. So I used the walkie talkies to keep up with the kid left in the room. They worked quite well.
2. Hiking or Walking:
We have also used them in the neighborhood and on walks/hikes. I recently went on a hike before I received these walkie talkies and my son went with a different group on the hike. Because we went on different trails he finished before I did and I was terrified. I decided from then on that I wasn’t going to be on a hike unless either stayed by my side the entire time, or if he had a way to communicate with me. Now this is the only way to go on a hike.
3. Games in the neighborhood:
The kids in the neighborhood all have different walkie talkies but the nice thing about a walkie talkie is that they can all get on different or the same channels and all be able to communicate with each other. They have been playing all kinds of different games.
4. Amusement Park:
Keeping up with kids at the amusement park or at a state fair is really hard. Plus I’m of the old school type where I really think that kids need to explore some on their own. I love the idea of keeping an eye on them but letting them think they have some freedom and the walkie talkies are better than letting them get a phone.
Camping is another way to let kids be kids. Kids need to be able to explore and while on the camp ground you can let them walk around or go to the playground. Then when dinner is ready and they might be out of ear shot or you don’t want to yell just use that walkie talkie to find them.
We received a sample to review.
As summer approaches and family fun begins, enjoy delicious frozen treats right in your own home with the ICEE FLOAT Fun Factory by Jupiter Creations! In less than 3 minutes you can make floats, fruit juice slushes, and frozen yogurt.
We used one of the ice cream recipes and it took 30 minutes of prep time and then just 3 minutes of machine time.
Check out our short video of what’s in the box and how to mix the ice once you assemble the ICEE FLOAT Fun Factory.
WHAT IN THE BOX
Every order comes with an ICEE Fun Machine, an ICEE Float Maker, cups, spoons, and a whip cream and sprinkles dispenser.
It’s so easy to do! Simply put ice, salt, and water into the aluminum drum. Then spin it until its nice and cold, and you are ready to make your favorite frozen treat.
Best of all, you get to choose what goes in your treats! You can use any juice, a variety of milk for different flavors or try some healthier options. We used heavy cream and mixed caramel sauce into it.
Kids and adults will enjoy the tasty treats made from the ICEE FLOAT Fun Factory. Perfect for family get-togethers, pool parties with friends, or a summertime snack.
For ages 5 and up.
The only negative I will say is that I found this to be a really messy way to make ice cream. Perhaps I did something wrong, or pored too much into the device at one time. But overall the kids enjoyed it and had fun time while having very tasty home made ice cream floats.