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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Disney Frozen Magical Winter Journery Wild Walls from Uncle Milton

*I received the item/s for the purpose of review.  All opinions are a 100% my own.  No other compensation was provided.
Who doesn't like Disney's Frozen?!  If you have a little girl in your home, you probably have a huge Frozen fan like we do.  My daughter just turned three and she has been singing Frozen's hit song "Let It Go" from since before she could speak a full proper sentence, so the Disney Frozen Wild Walls - Magical Winter Journey from Uncle Milton was a hit!  This is a great gift for that princess in your life.  Children will love the light and song addition to their personal space after creating their own scene with these easy to apply decals.  The electronic activator casts a light up to 20 square feet up your wall with the song "Let It Go."
Included in the set comes a sheet with decals to create your own scene, the FX Activator, and 1 set of wall mounting hardware.  It uses 3 x 1.5V AA/LR6 batteries, and it's included.  The FX Activator has two settings full light & sound, and light only.  My daughter plays it over and over until she falls asleep, the light has automatic shut off - perfect for bedtime.
Before being able to create a scene with the fun decals, you lie the decal sheet flat so it flattens out from being in the box.  In the meantime my daughter loved using the light and sound box as a carry around toy she sang along to.  She even slept with it on it's own before we hung it on the wall, the sound box really doubles as a take along toy.

My kids had so much fun placing the decals, it has many snowflakes, one large piece with Anna and Elsa, a smaller piece with Anna's leg, our beloved Olaf came in pieces where we go to place his arms and hair on separately, the ice castle, and finally Sven with his reindeer.  Over 36 pieces to create your scene.  The decals are totally repositionable that you can peel and stick.  It's just as much of a fun d├ęcor for kids to have during the day and so much sweeter with the lights and sound addition at night.  This really is a perfect gift to give to a Frozen fan this holiday season, it's not something they will just play with once but something they will enjoy many times over as they pass by daily, and activate every night before bedtime.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

GuruNanda 100% Essential Oils with Diffuser - Aromatherapy Starter Kit

*I received the item/s for the purpose of review.  No other compensation was provided.  All opinions are a 100% my own.
We all have that one person on our list that we leave for last, because we just don't know what to get them for the holidays.  I think the GuruNanda 100% Essentials Oils with Diffuser is the perfect affordable gift that'll please so many people on your list.  It is an aromatherapy starter kit that makes a great addition to any home, so therefore a perfect gift for almost anyone.

The kit includes two different oils; lavender and peppermint.  An ultrasonic diffuser that disperses them into the air, where they release their wonderful natural fragrance and the healing aromatherapy benefits.  The diffuser also features a color changing LED light to add to the atmosphere.
plug in...
fill to line with water and few drops of essential oil and enjoy!
All you have to do is fill the tank with water and add a few drops of one of your favorite GuruNanda Essential Oils.  Once plugged in, it uses ultrasonic vibration to transform water into mist.  I think it is a great addition to the nightstand by your bed, and also works well in the living room space.  It all depends on the essential oil used.  I'm usually not into artificial fragrances for indoors, so this is a great alternative to really enjoy the fragrance it creates in the air with natural essential oil. 
"Aromatherapy is also known as Essential Oil Therapy.  It utilizes naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of the body, mind and spirit.  It seeks to unify physiological, psychological and spiritual processes.
The lavender essential oil has a calming influence and is great for insomnia, muscle relaxation - soothing & calming.  The peppermint essential oil is invigorating and is thought to help with respiratory issues, headaches and nausea - energizing & refreshing." 

It is available for purchase in Walmart stores.
MSRP $19.95

Sunday, November 22, 2015

PLAYMOBIL 5574 Modern Luxury Mansion - Building Set, Imaginative Play & More!

*I received the item/s for the purpose of review.  No other compensation was provided.  All opinions are a 100% my own.
Do you own any PLAYMOBIL toys?  If you don't, you need to.  You should make it happen this holiday season.  If you already do, you should definitely check out the latest play sets...  As a family we love building sets, it is a great way to get creative, learn, play and spend quality time.  Although we have a great collection of sets, we have never owned a PLAYMOBIL set, never thought to until recently when we finally took notice.  So glad we did!
PLAYMOBIL is one of the top global toy manufacturers and recognized as trailblazers in imaginative play - we were surely one of the few missing out all this time!  They have a large variety of play sets from thrilling theme parks, luxurious mansions, epic castles and more.  This 5574 Modern Luxury Mansion is the perfect set for my 7 year old to build and my 3 year old daughter to join in on the imaginative play after it was all built. 
Front of out there's a security camera watching...
Ever want to buy a doll house for your child?  Have an older child that's into building?  These are the perfect sets for them both.  Even with a younger child, you as the parent can build the toy set for your child, and watch as your child lights up with joy.  With this specific set 5574 - Modern Luxury Mansion, my kids both loved it, they played with it endlessly the day we first built it.  And the imaginative play continues each day since.  Awesome features make playing that much more fun! 
They include 375 pieces; many large windows, a coffee machine, drinking glasses (characters are able to hold onto), lockable safe hidden behind a painting for storing little valuables (like the accessories the 2 characters comes with), trees, planters, chairs, table, laptop, security camera, and more!  One of the sweetest features has to be the working doorbell adding just the perfect inspiration for imaginative play.     
Pieces inside the box...
Mostly held together with little red pieces, which you use the special PLAYMOBIL tool to click on...
Extra accessories, and extensions are available for purchase so the excitement never ends.  In my mind without much thought, I compared PLAYMOBIL with Legos - but I learned that other than both being a building toy - they are very different.
Table, chairs, drinking glass, flowers in a vase and laptops...
Framed painting on wall is also a secret compartment for keeping valuables like characters jewelry...
Two characters included in the set...
Real working doorbell, mailbox slot..small features that make the set so much fun!
The size of the characters, and pieces are much larger, which is great because it allows for children to continue to play after building, much more than it is possible with other brands.  Also it wont' fall apart like other building toys, allowing kids to play and even move from room to room without risk of it falling apart.  My son described it as a 2-in1 and that's pretty accurate!  It isn't just about the building part, but the play part too.  Build and play.  We have now become huge fans of the PLAYMOBIL sets, and can't wait to expand our Luxury Mansion into a grader property than it already is.  I guarantee kids will love to have this as a gift this holiday season.  Colorful, sturdy, full of details, and just so much fun.       

2 x AAA batteries required.
Dimensions: 22 x 19.3 x 13.8 in (LxWxH)
Suggested retail price: $109

*video review coming soon*

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Puppy In My Pocket Series 2 - Blind Bag Collectibles

*I received the item/s for the purpose of this post.  No other compensation was provided.  All opinions are a 100% my own.
Most of us all know about blind bags collectible toys, either by your child's major need to collect them all, or you've seen it in person/online.  Many of our children and some parents alike want them.  Something about cute collectibles and the added mystery of not knowing which one you might get each time keeps us all wanting just one more and maybe one more after that, and another after that...  My daughter loves them all, if she sees anything in a "blind bag" she wants them, and most of the time it's with my support.  Our absolute favorite one that we have had a hard time getting our hands on are the "Puppy In My Pocket" blind bags. 
These will make even adults want to collect them all.  Absolutely adorable they are.  In many different breeds with names, and characters - some even come with little accessories attached to them.  So parents if you are looking for a blind bag collectible that will please both you and your child - these are it!  Great ideas as a stocking stuffer, or even gifts themselves.  I loved giving my daughter a variety of blind bags in a box under packing peanuts for her birthday this week, she enjoyed those more than the bigger presents she got on her birthday.  Just like the daughter loves to have puppies in her pocket to take with her everywhere she goes.  I've been caught with puppies in my pocket myself, great little toy to hand to children when they need something to keep them busy at places like a waiting area, or even a car ride.  There is a show, charm bracelets associated with Puppy In My Pocket too!  There are available at Walmart, Toys R US, Target and other toy retailers.


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Items from Crayola On Budget and On Your Child's Wishlist

photo credit to The Toy Insider
We all know and love Crayola for our go-to crayons and colorful needs but have you seen the latest in their toy line?  You might have seen them in stores already but some of my favorites from Crayola are the Crayon Carver, and the Thread Wrapper.  I got to see the demonstration at the Toy Insider's HoliDAY of Play event last month.  Much like the highly requested Marker Maker toy in the past holiday years, I predict it is definitely going to be a highly requested item on children's wish-lists.  From experience over the years, I've found that toys or kits where children are able to modify and play creatively have always been a hit.  These items allow children to do just that, and it's understandably so why they're bound to be on top of children's wish lists this holiday season.
The Crayola Thread Wrapper lets you add a custom touch to your accessories and anything wrap-able by the thread.  The motorized threading machine spins thread around whatever you choose to design.  You can create a custom color by coloring with the fabric marker while it spins and wraps your item.  It requires three AA batteries, and retails for $24.99.  It's actually great for adults as much as it is for kids, makes for such a great gift.  This would make for a great gift or children can use it to create custom gifts for friends by threading an item. 
There's been days where I found my son carving away at a crayon, and that's why I think he will love the Crayon Carver.  It allows children to carve words and designs onto crayons.  My toddler daughter actually loves taking the paper wrap off the crayons, so between my two kids they'll be the perfect duo to get carving.  It is an easy to clean machine that I think kids will love, it comes with 40 tiles including all the letters of the alphabet and fourteen icons that kids can use to carve messages and designs onto their crayons.  How fun it would be to hand a friend in class a crayon with their name on it?  It requires four AA batteries, and retails for $29.99
I'm always looking for a unique gift for my children and many nieces and nephews, specially when it seems like children are getting harder and harder to please, whilst toys are getting pricier.  These Crayola toys are perfect to please ones budget and the recipient.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Educational Science Kits from Thames & Kosmos

Thames & Kosmos is a publisher of science kits, board games, and craft kits that are a parent and child pleaser!  Now that my son is grade school age, brands like Thames & Kosmos that allow us to learn and play have become our favorite.  I find that toys for kids cost so much and since I can't fight that fact - I'm always looking to get the most out of the expense.  I got to check out some of their kits at the Toy Insider Mom's HoliDAY of Play event last month.  The kits are a homeschooling parent's best friend.  It isn't just a learning tool but something that doubles as a fun toy for children.  I think the products gives us the perfect way to spend quality time with our children, or simply let them explore and have fun, either way it'll be educational fun. 
I find that it is hard to find toys that kids will pick up and actually play with longer than a day these.  Unlike our generation where we were impressed with anything with lights and sound, not many products impress kids these days.  Thames & Kosmos Remote Control kits allows kids not only to simply play with a robot but to actually build one, or more with a purchase of one kit.  Just like when you allow your child to help you in the kitchen, they are more eager to eat and be less picky - kids love playing with a toy they had a hand in building.  Pictured above is Thames & Kosmos Remote Control Machines -Animals.  Children can build up to 8 animals with mechanical insides covered by plastic "skins," and move it with a two-button remote control.  The animals all move using different mechanisms, mimicking the movement of the real animals it represents.  It allows children to learn in more ways than one.

The many science kits available for purchase are organized into thirteen categories: Chemistry, Physics, Alternative Energy, Electrical Science, Biology, Earth Science & Natural History, Multi-Subject, Astronomy & Space, Historical Science, Construction & Engineering, Robotics, Crystals & Materials, and Arts & Crafts.

I recently learned that Thames & Kosmos was founded in 2001 by a science museum director and her son, who saw the need and demand for better science educational materials for parents and their children that are more engaging, more effective, more relevant, and more fun.  They did it a great job achieving their goal, but don't just take my word for it, dozens of reputable organizations that review children's products have awarded them over the years.  Check out to learn more about their science kits, new games, and their new Kids First line.