Celebrating with Disney Princesses #DreamBigPrincess

Calling all Disney princess fans!!!!

So it’s starting to get chillier out (well not this weekend) and you don’t want to freeze your butt off sitting at a park so what can you do instead that your kids will still enjoy???

Well, we are celebrating with Disney Princesses of course! This fall from September 7th to October 11th, all major television networks (YTV, The W Network, SRC (French CBC)) will be airing your favorite Disney movies like Tangled, Frozen, Cinderella, Pocahontas and many more. Who doesn’t love a good ol’ Frozen sing-a-long!!!!

So pull out your little one’s favorite Disney princess dolls, line them up on the couch and have them join you for your family movie night. I’m sure they would love watching themselves on t.v ūüėČ Dream big and live your story!

In celebration of this, I am giving away the ultimate princess gift: Belle, Ariel and Cinderella dolls PLUS a Disney Princess Pop-Up Palace.

Disney Princess

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The Newest Toy to Hit the Market – Your Hearing About it Here First

Simbrix

You probably don’t know about Simbrix and it’s not because they are hidden on the shelves,¬† it’s because they are a hugely popular product in Europe and now they are launching here in Canada for the first time (lucky us).

I don’t know where to begin because there are so many things I love about this new toy Simbrix.

A Contained Mess: If you know me, you know I hate toy mess, it drives me CRAZY!!!! It’s like my boys know this about me and purposely take their toy and flip it upside down so it scatters all over the floor and then likely within 10 minutes someone steps on a piece and ends up in tears (by the way it’s usually me). Well Simbrix comes in this amazing, two level plastic container and has a handle for easy carrying. First impression … like WOW!

Simbrix

Be Your Own Designer: the Genius kit comes with a large stack of cards and by colour they show you how to make a fun design. The cards start with easier images and then gets to harder images giving the little one’s a challenge which is great for different age groups.

Simbrix

Let’s Get Creative: Getting my kids off their device is always a challenge (don’t judge), but as soon as I unpacked this and showed it to him he immediately put down his iPad and asked how it works. He decided to be CRAZY and use his imagination. He decided to make a face and after countless hours of working on it, he finished and was so proud of himself (frankly so was I).

Simbrix

Keep It or Leave It:¬† once your mini is done with their design and feeling proud of themselves, there is a chance they will want to keep it and collect their beautiful masterpieces not to worry, all you need is parchment paper and an iron to preserve their creations. HOWEVER, if they don’t really care and are onto the next design, simply pull apart the Simbrix pieces and put them back in their case. The beauty of not keeping their designs is that you will never run out of the pieces or colours.

Assembly:¬†slide two Simbrix pieces into each other … that’s it! It’s just that easy.

Simbrix

Word of Advice: obviously I had a lot of fun making a design with my son (because I love testing the toys for myself), I HIGHLY recommend when making something, start from one side and work your way in. Do not do the outline and fill the inside, I found myself having to rearrange the way the Simbrix pieces connect (left side, right side, top and bottom is how they connect).

Where to Buy in Canada: Amazon.ca

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!

Thank you to our wonderful friends at Simbrix, they are giving away (1) Geek Kit to 1 lucky reader! The contest is open to residents of Canada and the US. Here’s how to enter:

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Good Luck
T.
xo

What’s on your child’s List? It’s the 2017 Babylish Advice Toy Gift Guide

Toy Gift Guide

This is by far my favorite time of year … not so much the weather (snow sucks period the end), but¬†it’s when all the new, hottest toys for 2017/2018 are released and I get to touch, feel, test/play and best of all I get to share my top favorites with everyone and offer some REALLY great giveways … WOOHOO!!!

What I want everyone to know most importantly is that¬†I have NOT¬†been paid to review any of these toys. I am simply receiving the products for my kids to test out and those that we think are great are included in my post. Now we have gotten that out of the way, let’s begin!¬†

Here is my hand chosen gift guide of great gifts to give your son, daughter, niece, nephew, grandchild, g-d child, friends child etc. for the Holidays.

Oonies – FEATURED PRODUCT

Oonies

This is 100% the toy of the year!!!! I can’t tell you who had more fun with this toy, my kids or me?! The product does not require any kind of battery (added bonus) and¬†has minimal assembly. If I have one piece of advice for this toy, I would highly recommend reading the directions as to how to make the Oonies before showing your kids because once they see it they will attack it (speaking from experience). What I loved about this is¬†that there are so many applications for Oonies. My mini (who is 4) spent over an hour creating little¬†creatures many of which he brought to bed with him and my older son (who is 7) was playing a game throwing them at windows and those that stuck would get a point. The balloons have a film on them that makes them stick to each other and comes with all sorts of accessories to put feet, ears, arms, eyes, noses, mouths etc and use your imagination to create fun creatures. If you wondering what happens when you run out of the little balloon beads, you can buy refill packs.

Oonies

Where to Buy: Amazon.ca + Refill Packs
Price: $48.49 + $39.95 for a refill pack if you want it

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Speak Out – Kids VS. Parents #GIVEAWAY

Speak Out Kids VS Parents

This is probably one of the funniest games I have played to date with my family! My kids were legitimately belly laughing because of how funny both my big guy and I looked and talked when we had the mouth piece in. I couldn’t stop laughing because at the end of his turn his shirt was wet from drooling so much (i’m even laughing writing this). Each game comes with child size and adult sized mouth pieces, child and adult cards which are phrases that you each have to guess and a timer. Guess the phrase right and¬†you get a card! The person with the most cards at the end wins … it’s just that easy!

Speak out

Where to Buy: Amazon.ca
Price: $13.88 ON SALE (they even offer Prime shipping)

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Spin Circuits/Spinzipz/Spinblades 

Spinz

Spinners are the biggest craze right now and they certainly have come a long way since the first one came out! Yes I get it, a spinner is a spinner is a spinner, BUT these one’s were actually really cool! Not only can you get them with patterned lights, but you can stack them and create crazy light shows with them and test your true ability to be a spin-master. What’s the difference: Spin Circuits have over 20 different cool light patterns, Spinzipz¬†has only two arms and a single pattern of light and Spinbladez has multi-colour lights but when combined with the Spinzipz using the included double sided spin pin, they make a mesmerizing light show. I have to say the Spin Circuit was mesmerizing and somehow quite calming (weird), maybe every parent should have one of these! ūüėČ

Spinners

Where to Buy: Spinzips –¬†Walmart.ca, Spinbladez – Toys R Us or Party Rock, Spin Circuits – Mastermind Toys
Price: Spinzips Р$6.99, Spinbladez Р$9.99, Spin Circuits Р$15.99

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Hasbro’s Marvel Spider-man Mega City Playset

Marvel Spiderman Super City Playset

Go big or go home! Well I wasn’t wrong about this toy, I had a feeling my mini (who is superhero obsessed) would go mental over this and I was not incorrect. This is the ultimate Spider-man city where Spider-man can hang from a crane, climb up and down ladders, go through secret doorways and swing down around a building. Two major things to note here: the city does NOT come with a Spider-man which was not a big deal for us because I feel like I have a million of them (make sure to buy a mini one if you don’t already have one in the house) and it comes unassembled with A LOT of parts! I did not find this hard to put together as the parts are all numbered and the directions were straight forward, but if you are going to give this as a gift, I would recommend putting it together at night and putting a bow on it for the morning. This was a big win in my house!

Spider-Man Mega City

Where to Buy: Toys R Us
Price: $112.47

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Elevation Pictures Paw Patrol 10 Disc DVD Set #GIVEAWAY

Paw Patrol Gift Set

CALLING ALL PAW PATROL FANS!!!!!

This is the ultimate DVD gift pack that was just released in time for the holidays! 56 Episodes on 10 DVDs – that’s every mini fan’s dream in 1 location. Need a few minutes to yourself (or 13 hours), grab¬†a disc, pop it into the DVD player, grab a coffee and put your feet up. These are episodes my mini hasn’t seen before, so needless to say he was quite excited.

Where to Buy: Amazon.ca (bonus it offers Prime)
Price: $65

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Hasbro’s DropMix Music Gaming System

DropMix

Yes this game is as cool as it looks!!!¬†I have to give it to Hasbro, this is probably one of the most unique games I/we have ever played! If you child loves music than this is definitely something you want to get for him/her. I like to think of this as the modern day turntable where you can mix up songs and add beats by adding and exchanging cards. There are three ways to play this: freestyle, clash and party .. we have only tried freestyle so I can’t comment on the others, but for the younger one’s this is probably the best route to go. Download the FREE DropMix app, take the tour to learn how the game works and start mixing it up. Songs include: Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons, Sia, The Weeknd and many more. It starts with you laying down the first card which will be your base song. Each card has a colour in the top left and you want to correspond that colour with the colour on the board (don’t worry for the little one’s if they don’t follow that, they just love that they are their own dj and making the mixes on their own).¬†It is recommended for ages 16+, but my son who is 7 had the best time playing with this and brings it out for all his play-dates.

Batteries are NOT included … I repeat NOT included so make sure you have some handy.

DropMix

Where to Buy: Amazon.ca  (bonus it offers Prime) or Toys R Us
Price: $99.97 (it’s on sale right now from $129.99)

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Beados Teeneez #GIVEAWAY

Beados Teenez

A true instance where you don’t judge a book by it’s cover! Although the packaging is geared toward girls, my older son had fun making designs with these (he made one for his girlfriend at school). Now I don’t recommend these for younger kids as the beads are Teeny and would be very hard for their little hands, but the older kids would definitely love this. There are different packages to choose from: Teenez 4 Colour Pen Starter Pack, Teenez Designer Studio and Teenez Refill Pack. Each pack comes with little design sheets to put under the plastic bead casing and an assortment of coloured beads. ¬†No oven necessary, just spray the made design with water, wait 20 minutes and its good to go. You can make jewelry (comes with a bracelet to attach designs to) or for the boys make something to hang off your bag or give to someone else.

Beados Teeneez

Where to Buy: Toys R Us or Amazon.ca
Price: $34.99 (designer studio), $19.99 (4 colour pen), $26.99 (refill pack)

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Tonka Tinys Rescue Response Playset
Tonka Tinys
Great for little hands, Tonka Tinys Rescue Response Playset brings kids imaginations to life and best of all at their level! Launch the trucks down 1¬†of 4¬†ramps (one of which is the ultimate gravity ramp that makes your truck fly) and store the little trucks in the garage storage so there are no lost pieces and tears over not finding them! You will be happy to hear there is very little assembly which is always helpful ūüôā

Tonka Tinys
Where to Buy: Toys R Us and Walmart.ca
Price: $39.99

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Zuru Mayka Tape

Mayka Tape

Here’s a¬†neat concept! It’s tape that you can¬†cut and shape into anything you want it to be and is compatible with Lego products. We like to build cars with our Lego in my house, so why not make a really cool ramp or city with your Mayka tape or¬†if your kiddos are true Lego fans, you can make their room into a cool Lego city by adhering the tape to their walls and attaching their Lego designs to it. Cool right?! You can see how my imagination has blown up with this one.

Mayka Tape

Not my child ūüôā

Where to Buy: Walmart.ca or Toys R US
Price: ranging $19.99-$24.99 for single packs

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Osmo
Osmo
I can not say enough good things about this product, honestly!! This was a product I was not sent to test, I purchased this a while back as I heard great things and they were certainly not wrong! This is one of those games that are educational through the parents eyes, but just a really fun toy through the child’s eyes – I like to call that a win-win for all. I purchased the genius kit which included the base and mirror for the iPad, a Numbers¬†game, a Word¬†game and a Tangram¬†game. Additionally, I purchased what happens to be my kids favorite game of all, the Monster¬†game where your little one can choose what he/she wants to draw (it offers you categories) on the included creative board (set comes with bright coloured erasable chalk markers and a big pouch which you use as the eraser). Osmo Monster brings it life by “pick it up” and magically puts it on the screen with him and roll plays with it, take a look at the picture below! The kids REALLY got a kick out of¬†this (frankly so did I). I recently bought Coding Awbie¬†which is a coding game. You direct Awbie using the physical coding command blocks and direct him¬†on the strawberry eating adventure. I truly think this is one of the best toys you could buy your child this holiday season!
Osmo
Where to Buy: Amazon.ca
Price: Normally $129.99 (prime) but right now my link shows $99.99 on SALE!

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Operation Escape Game #GIVEAWAY
Operation Escape Game
Have you ever done an escape room? If you have, how much did you have! If you haven’t here’s a chance to play a fun game with your older kids while getting the child version of an escape room?! You are given 3 tasks and you have to complete them (even more fun with 4+ people) in order to get the captured player free before the timer runs out. The other thing I think is great about this game is that there are different levels of difficulty, so if you think it’s too easy … try again buy upping your level allowing you to play multiple times.¬†This is definitely a game for kids 6+ and also something fun for the kids to do¬†when you have a play date over.
Where to Buy: Toys R Us¬†(don’t use Amazon for this one – it’s crazy expensive)
Price: $39.99
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Little Live Pets

Little Live Pets

Do your kids bug you constantly for a pet??? It seems to be a common theme in my house, at least once a week one of my kids are asking me for a pet so this was the perfect toy to give them! Meet Lollipop, he is¬†our new bird (we also have a white one named Hatchy not pictured here, he didn’t like the camera). Want to know what’s so wonderful about these pets, they walk around, don’t poop on the floor and when you are done with them, just flick the switch to¬†“off” – BEST PET EVER! You can buy the birds separate, however each habitat/cage¬†comes with one, hold it in your hand and the egg opens to reveal your new bird friend.

Little Live Pets

Where to Buy: Amazon.ca or Walmart.ca
Price: $34.97

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STOCKING STUFFER: Disney Emoji’s Collectibles #GIVEAWAY

Disney Emoji Collectibles

If you have a Disney fan out there and need a little stocking stuffer, here is a great idea! These cute collectibles offer over 100 characters (from Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, Mickey Mouse and Friends, Lion King, Toy Story, Finding Nemo and more) and the fun part about the chat bubbles is that you don’t know what you are getting so it makes it even more exciting for your little one’s (my mini has an obsession with blind bags lately). We talk in emoticons so why wouldn’t our little one’s! Two f the packs have a hidden surprise character.

Emoji Collectibles

Where to Buy: Chat Bubbles – Toys R Us
Price: Chat Bubble – $3.99, Chat Pack – $9.99, Group Chat – $14.99

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Wishing all a Happy Holidays
Have fun shopping
T.
xo

Fun Family Games with Yulu #Giveaway

Yulu Games

Is it just me or is the “family gaming” aisle in toy stores extremely overwhelming?! Jam packed with hundreds of different games, I literally pace back and forth¬†looking at all the titles and then most the time I walk away empty handed and frustrated because I just can’t seem make a decision.

At one point I brought my 6 year old to the store to have him pick a¬†game (I thought maybe it would be easier for him to choose) … BIG MISTAKE! He picked out a game he saw on one of the YouTube channels and after I couldn’t get it¬†to work, I instantly regretted my decision (and the money I spent on it). You live and learn!

If you are like me and are overwhelmed in that aisle and just looking for a recommendation for some rainy day games, after-camp games, quiet time games or witching hour games, I have two fun one’s that my kids had a blast playing!

Safe Breaker
Safe Breaker Game
Object of the Game: ¬†to break open the safe by¬†cracking the code and breaking into the safe to collect the coins. Win by being the first to collect 5 coins or 3 diamond coins but make sure you don’t get caught by the police.¬†

How to Play:¬†lay out all the cards¬†with the numbers facing up. Have one person pick the first card, turn the dial to the chosen number, next use the fingerprint scanner to test the number and if the light shows green the safe door will open and if the light shows red¬†listen through the spy listening gear to hear a secret clue as to whether the code is higher or lower than the number chosen¬†(there are sounds which prompt you). When you crack the code, the safe door will open and coins will spit out.¬†Don’t be fooled though, sometimes you could break open the safe and there are no coins inside or you could get the alarm coin and you have to give back all your coins! Keep playing until 5 coins or 3 diamond coins have been collected. Careful though, if you hear a siren that means the police have been alerted and you lose a turn.¬†

Where to Buy: Toys R Us and Mastermind in Canada, Target and Walmart in the USA
Price: $30.00 CAD

Break Free

Object of the Game: be the first to pick the lock on your hand cuffs and break free of them!

How to Play: there are three maze levels to choose from (easy, intermediate and challenging). Put the chosen maze into the handcuff, attach the handcuff to all players wrist. Using the lock pick, players must try to get through the hidden maze by moving the lock left, right, up and down to release the handcuff and escape as quickly as possible. The winner gets a coloured token to match the colour maze they chose. There are points on the back of each token and the player with the most points at the end of the three rounds wins!

Break Free

Where to Buy: Toys R Us and Mastermind in Canada, Target and Walmart in the USA
Price: $25 CAD

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY
Thanks to our wonderful friends at Yulu, they are giving away both games to 1 lucky reader. The contest is open to both Canadian and US residents. Here’s how to enter:
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The New Hottest Toy on the Market

Thumb Chucks

Everyone is looking for the new hottest toy for their kids and Thumb Chucks¬†has earned it’s spot on the shelves!

Test your skills and show them off learning how to control the roll. Now, this is not an easy task, but the more you practice the better you will get and well if your mini just can’t get the hang of it no worries …¬†they are just a fun toy for the kids to play around with.

My big guy truly had no idea what to do with them when we opened the package (nor did I to be quite honest) but then we watched the Thumb Chucks video and he was really¬†into trying to figure them out. I mean, I was pretty mesmerized by the video – it’s truly amazing the tricks people can do with these but this is no easy task! I have told my mini he needs to keep practicing and he will get better and better. He still hasnt got the full hang of it.¬†I can tell you that my boys had a blast in their dark room swinging these around! They got such a kick out of them.

Fun Features:
– they glow in the dark using their montion-sensitive LEDs inside the balls
– small enough and lightweight enough the kids can keep them in their pockets
– endless trick combos
– there’s an app that kids can download¬†that includes over 20 tutorials that teaches users amazing tricks
– (for the older kids) the app has an easy to use recording feature with built-in special effects to create cool videos
Рpost your kids (or your) mad thumb chuck skills on social media and hashtag #thumbchucks for a chance to be rewarded with custom belts
– colours: red, orange, green and blue
– you can switch out the balls so you have different colour combinations

Thumb Chucks2

Price: $10.00 (makes a really great loot bag)
Where to buy: Toys R Us, Walmart, Mastermind Toys and Amazon

Let’s see how you control the roll
T.
xo

 

Unwrap Hasbro’s Hottest Toys #HolidayToyList

HolidaytoyList

Furby Connect

Furby’s baaaaack and with a vengeance!!! Prior to getting the new Furby Connect to review, I was always curious about him. I mean how could you not, he is so damn cute and looks so lonely on the shelves sitting in that box (shame). When I heard that the new Furby Connect was one of Hasbro’s hot items for the 2016 Holidays, I was intrigued right away. I was sent one to test out and my kids went apeS^&T, in fact he started a huge fight with my kids because both my boys wanted to play with him at the same time (what’s new).

Furby Connect

Now for those of you who have had the previous Furby I can happily say that now he now has an off button (well sort of) it’s his sleep mask. Once you put that sleep mask onto Furby he immediately falls asleep. If you are wondering if he wakes up ever with the sleep mask on that is a NO, when that thing is on he is OFF!

We (including me) couldn’t get enough of him. He dances (he moves from side to side and his ears move around as well), he laughs, he farts, he burbs (I mean what more could you want from a toy) and talks to you (he has over 1000 phrases). The most interesting part of all is that¬†you download the Furby Connect app and through Bluetooth your Furby toy and app communicate (FYI you have to pair them first – read the directions when you get it) and while you are playing the game Furby knows what is going on and helps you along the way providing you helpful hints). He has a real time clock causing Furby to react differently at different times of the day.

Furby Connect

My kids love that his eyes are full colour digital displays so when he has hearts in his eyes he is happy and when he is hungry and you feed him (you just stick your finger in his mouth) his eyes will show you what he is eating. It really is a blast and your kids will love it.

Where to Buy: Toys R Us
Current Price: $39.99

Dreamwork’s Trolls Glitterific Guy Diamond¬†

After seeing the movie, my kids are Troll obsessed which doesn’t surprise me considering when I was little I collected Trolls and funny enough a year ago (before we even knew about the movie) my mom brought them out for the boys to play with and loved them. Glitterific Guy Diamond is a 14″ poseable figure which is great for those little one’s who have a very active imagination. He is glittery from head to toe, comes with sunglasses and a comb to style his crazy hair. These Trolls have come a long way since my days!

Trolls Glitterific Guy Diamond

Where to Buy: Toys R Us
Price: $39.99

Now time time to run out and grab¬†these and put smiles on your little one’s faces like you can see are on mine
Happy Holidays

T.
xo

Leap into the Holidays with LeapFrog #HolidayToyList

Leap Frog Toys

LeapFrog #1 fan right here, always have been, always will be! Now it’s time to leap into the Holiday toy buying with LeapFrog.

If you don’t know the LeapFrog brand (not sure there are many people out there that don’t know their brand) their products¬†are educational, age appropriate, interactive and simply just fun.

My kids recently tested out 2 of the products, the Count Along Register and LeapStart Learning System and both were huge hits. The Count Along Register my youngest son went crazy over because for whatever reason he absolutely loves cash registers (I think it’s an age thing). The last two cash registers he got as gifts for his birthday didn’t last more than a few weeks (1 broke as it was thrown down a flight of stairs and the other, the cash drawer got stuck and wouldn’t close) so he was ecstatic to get this. As for my older son, he is in grade 1 now and is getting homework weekly which oddly enough he LOVES to do (that was a big shock for me) and when he saw the LeapStart Learning System, he was intrigued and immediately wanted¬†to try it. Now we only had the demo book for it, but he thought it was pretty cool how you take the pointer and put it on a picture and it knows what you are pointing at by saying it out loud.

What I love about the Count Along Register
– I love the size of the register, it’s small enough for little fingers but big enough not to over power¬†the little one’s
– there is a lot to touch and play with
– It comes with a bunch of coloured fruit, credit card and coins
– helps children learn their colours, teaches them how to count using the coins and learn about recognition with fruit
– has volume control
–¬†sings songs to your little one that they can learn and sing along to
– great for imaginative role playing
– very reasonable priced at $26.99

LeapFrog Count Along Cash Register

What I love about the LeapStart Interactive Learning System
Рthey have two separate LeapStart systems for different age groups
– replayable activity books
– educational without them really knowing it is because they make it a fun kind of learning
– the activity books (sold separately) $14.99 include reading, math, vocabulary, science and many more (these are books for 1st graders) there are also books for Kindergarten
– retails for $49.99

Notes:
– the product does not come with batteries so make sure you have them on hand when your little one unwraps it
– I have not had the opportunity to try out the activity books beyond what it comes with, but I have already purchased some (waiting for them to come in the mail) as I know these will make learning just a little more fun and i’m excited to see how
– there is another interactive book for younger kids available

LeapFrog LeapStart

Where to Buy: Toys R Us, Amazon.ca and Well.ca

Happy Shopping
T.
xo

 

The Toy that will Make your Kids Laugh #HolidayToyList

Sing-A-Ma-Ling's

I was recently introduced to a new toy called Sing-A-Ma-Lings and when I mentioned these cute toys to a friend thinking they were new, she looked at me as if I was crazy for not knowing them!

I gave these funny looking yet totally adorable little things a go, handed them to¬†my mini¬†toy reviewer and let him decide if they were worthy enough of his time. Within 2 minutes of figuring them out, he was belly laughing¬†because the Sing-A-Ma-Lings (we got 2 of them) were talking in their own funny language … TO EACH OTHER. ¬†They communicate! He was so fascinated by them singing together that he tried to have them FaceTime to see if they can do the same thing over the phone

Sing-A-Ma-Ling Toy

I played around with them for a bit (during my mini’s nap time because there was no way I was laying a hand on them when he was up) and figured out there are three modes of play: Harmony (they harmonize together), Jibber Jabber (they talk in their funny language together) and Song (each one sings a word of a song together). Combine any of the 6 Sing-A-Ma-Lings and enjoy listening to them harmonize together.

This is definitely on my hot toy list for the holidays!

Sing-A-Ma-Lings

Where to Buy: Toys R Us
Price: $16.99

As if your mini can’t get enough of their Sing-A-Ma-Lings, you can catch them here on their¬†Youtube¬†channel

Happy Sing-A-Ma-Linging
T.
xo

Good Bye Tech and Back to the Basics with Good Ol’ Hasbro Family Gaming

Hasbro Games

I remember when I was a kid my mother always yelling GET OFF THE COMPUTER to either myself or one of my siblings and now fast forward 30 or so years and I sound like my mother yelling at my own kids GET OFF THE IPAD about a million times a day!!! Now, I am not 100% opposed to tablets, I think there are some great educational websites and apps, however being on that damn thing morning, noon and night is just ridiculous and to be quite honest was our reality¬†(NOTE: my judgement here is strictly based on my own household and children and nobody¬†else’s, I do not pass judgement on other families and I ask you do the same). ¬†

My husband and I had a long talk after one of our family vacations and decided there were going to be limits with the iPad and by not following those limits, there would be repercussions. Now, we knew it wasn’t going to be easy as there would be a lot of fights, but we figured let’s replace the games they are playing on the iPad (some educational and some not – depending on the kid) with ‚Ķ well ‚Ķ games! We went to the store to buy 1 game (Monopoly Junior) to test and it worked!!! When my older guy saw the game, he immediately put down the iPad and wanted to play. Even my littlest guy wanted to dump the tech and join in the board game fun. He didn’t get it at all, but he loved the act and laughing with all of us (especially with Operation ‚Ķ full on belly laughs from both kids).

In case you didn’t know: Hasbro has created junior versions of our old school games (Scrabble, The Game of Life and Monopoly)¬†which is just brilliant! With these junior versions,¬†they made the games shorter, they changed some of the rules making it WAY more kid friendly and created cute characters that makes them excited to play the game. They have also taken some other old time favourites (Connect 4, Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders) and made them smaller making them perfect for long airplane rides or airport waits.

Hasbro Board games

So now¬†our evenings are full of good ol’ Hasbro family gaming instead of hours of tablet gaming so THANK YOU Hasbro and get your gaming on!

Some 0ther great Hasbro Games Include: Jenga, Clue, Sorry (this was my FAVORITE game when I was a kid), Trouble, Twister, Guess Who and Perfection

T. xo

The Next “Epic” Kids Tablet #LeapFrog

LeapFrog Epic

Dictionary.com defines the word Epic as “spectacular; very impressive; awesome” which perfectly describes¬†why the new LeapFrog tablet¬†is called the LeapFrog Epic.

So here’s how it all went down! I brought the LeapFrog Epic tablet home, I showed it to my oldest son to get him all excited about it and then realized I had to set it up (which didn’t take long) and charge it. So then this happened before bed …

LeapFrog Epic

After it charged, I spent the night navigating the LeapFrog Epic for myself and I have to say, I had a lot of fun with it. I found this great app that was pre-loaded onto it where you take a selfie with the tablet and then insert your face where the animals face is supposed to be (by the way, my little guy stumbled upon this picture the next day¬†when he was playing with it and the laugh that came out of him was truly “epic”) making for one funny pic.

LeapFrog Epic

Even though the tablet is recommended for ages 3-9, for some reason I really didn’t think my¬†oldest would¬†be so into it ‚Ķ well was I wrong! The next morning after a full night of charging, the fighting over the¬†tablet was¬†CRAZY!!!! Both boys¬†wanted to play with it so what was the best solution for them so I could¬†stop playing referee? Play together boys or mama makes the¬†tablet magically¬†disappear and poof just like that, this happened …

LeapFrog Epic

Each of my little men have had solo turns playing with the LeapFrog Epic and with my younger one, he might be slightly too young for it (he’s 2), but he chooses the app he wants to play with from the main page and he just touches images and he is either navigated by a verbal prompt to do something else or he gets a response from what he has touched and then tries to touch more things (not bad for a 2 year old). My older son on the other hand navigated through it like had been using it for years.

LeapFrog Epic

What I love about the LeapFrog Epic:
There is a removable bumper (so far we have dropped the tablet about half a dozen times and it is still in 1 piece) though I am told that the tablet is very durable without it
-You can scale it up or down for difficulty or ease
-You have up to 3 accounts per tablet (I have set up an account for each of my kids) so it makes the kids feel like it’s their own
-20 apps are pre-installed
-It grows with the child
-No in app advertisements and no in app purchases (one of my favourite features)
-It doesn’t only test children it teaches children
– Can download over 1000 apps
– Parental Controls
– With parental controls, we can control the time they are playing (you can put on a timer)
– Can take pictures
– Expandable memory
– Under the parental controls you can search the internet
– Great apps to buy like Umizoomi, Paw Patrol, Doc McStuffins, Finding Nemo and other great names
– Real time weather
– Daily game with surprises
– 7″ tablet (has a great big screen)
– A virtual world that kids can create by adding characters, watch the night fall
– Android powered tablet (which means it has the latest technology)

I’m so overwhelmed by the amount of amazing features the LeapFrog Epic Tablet has and I would HIGHLY recommend this product for your kids, you (and the kids) won’t be disappointed. Add it to your holiday shopping list.

Where to Buy: Toys R Us
Price: $169.99
Happy Holidays
T.
xo