It’s a Hasbro Kind of Holiday

Hasbro

As much as I dislike winter, I absolutely love the holidays! The decorations, the music, the family gatherings and of course for me, shopping for presents for my kids. Nothing makes me happier than seeing the huge smile on their faces when they open their gifts to find the newest, coolest toy. Now the problem is, which one’s to buy???

I had a chance to preview (and test) some of Hasbro’s newest toys (all ages) for the Holidays and I have to tell you, they were pretty amazing.

Here are my top picks for the Holiday’s

1. Furreal Friends – J.J the Jumpin Pug
By far, this toy is at the top of my list of “must-have” toys. I cant begin to tell you how much I love it, never mind my kids!! I originally brought it home for my younger son because he loves dogs, but as it turns out, my older son is playing with him just as much as my younger son! Wave your hand at him and he jumps up on his hind legs, barks and pants. If you want to calm him down, pet his hand and he sits back down. I have to tell you this toy pup has taken quite a beating as he has been thrown around and shockingly is still working perfectly (which is when I realized this is the closest we are going to get to a dog EVER). MSRP $49.99
*other toys in this category: Happy to see me Pets, Pets with Style, Lil’ Big Paws, Luvimals, Starlily my Magical Unicorn, Get up and Gogo My Walking Pup, Pom Pom My Baby Panda, Daisy Plays with me Kitty, Butterscotch My Walkin’ Pony

JJ Furreal Friend

2. Connect 4
What’s old is new again!! Who knew that something so simple could derive so much pleasure. I got this game for my older son as he is now at the stage where he wants to play games and we played it over and over and over. What I realized is that even though this is for older kids, the little guys can play with it too as it is great for dexterity getting the small chips into the slots. It kept my youngest son busy for at least 30 minutes emptying out the slots and filling them back up (comes in a mini travel version too). MSRP: $10.00
*other toys in this category: Monopoly Jr Frozen, Candy Land Disney Princess Edition, The Game of Life Junior, Monopoly Avengers Edition, The Game of Life Minions Edition, Trouble Minions Edition, Operation Minions Edition, Guess Who Extra Game, Scrabble Junior Game, 

Connect 4

3. Playskool Pop-Up Shape Sorter
With my first born (who was colicky might I add), I had a toy stuffed into my diaper bag or in my purse at any given time anticipating the massive meltdown while I was out. Who’s purse and diaper bag has the room for a big bulky toy??!!! Playskool has introduced a new line of toys which are great for moms who are always on-the-go. This adorable shape sorting kitty comes flat which is great for storage purposes and then pop it up to create a fun sorting game. Play – Stow – Go! MSRP $16.99
*other toys in this category: Stack ‘N Stow Cups, Roll ‘N Gears Car Toy, Wobble ‘N Go Friends, Pop-Up Rollin’ Ramp Toy, Dressy Kids Assortment, Fold ‘N Go Elephant Toy,

Playskool Pop-Up Shape Sorter

Playskook Pop up Shape sorter

4. Twister Moves Hip Hop Spots Game
What a fun game!!!! My kids (and I) had a blast playing even though we realized how terribly uncoordinated we are 🙂 The game is rated for 8+ years but my 5 year old loved it and wasn’t too bad at it either. My 2 year old on the other hand … well let him have a turn because he giggled his way through his turn and made us all laugh. Play solo or with a friend and move to the beat by matching your feet to the flashing colours. Note to self: buy batteries for it! MSRP: $29.99
*other toys in this category: Twister Moves Hoop, Twister Moves Skip-It Game, Twister Moves Tracker

Twister Moves

5. Star Wars BladeBuilder Jedi Master Lightsaber
These toys are getting bigger and better than ever! When I saw this new Jedi Master Lightsaber, I thought I was in lightsaber heaven (I am a true kid at heart). Configure any way you want, make a new lightsaber every day with over 100 combinations. I didn’t have the kids test this one because the thought of having one of these in my house with two very rambunctious kids who like to constantly mount each other and play fight, sounds like … well you get it. MSRP: $49.99

Star Wars Jedi Master Lightsaber

6. Play All Day Elmo
The ultimate of all the Elmo’s on the market … bigger, smarter and funnier! If you are wondering what does he do, the question should be what doesn’t he do!!!! Unlike the rest of the Elmo’s, this Elmo grows with your child having stages of play (toddler and pre-school). Flip him upside down and he will tell you he is upside down, play pat-a-cake with him, put your face close to his and he will kiss you. Squeeze his nose and he plays games like red light, green light (guess what, he knows if your moving or not with his excelerometer) and Elmo says. He will engage with your child by asking what your little one’s favourite part of the day was. Put him into nap mode and he will play a lullaby and his voice will get softer and softer. He truly will be your little one’s best friend!!! MSRP: $79.99
*other toys in this category: Bath Time Elmo Plush, Sesame Street on the Go Friends, Elmo’s on the go Letters

Play All Day Elmo

Now the fun part … buying them, wrapping them and then passing them on to the kids.
Happy holidays to all (well almost)
T.
xo

Custom Growth Charts by Little Monkey Designs

Little Monkey DesignsI’ve never really thought twice about growth charts until I was at a friends house and his brother told me that when they were growing up their father would mark their height on a door frame every year on their birthdays so they could see how much they have grown throughout the years. When their parents decided to move houses, they found a way to extract that part of the door frame and bring it with them for fond memories. Something about this story just brought a big smile to my face as I had a vision of my boys showing their children their growth charts however I shortly then realized that I don’t have a growth chart (or door frame that I couldn’t mark up) and have missed out on years of tracking. Well, it’s never too late!

Lucky for me, I work with a wonderful company called Little Monkey Designs and they offer beautiful, custom made growth charts and I thought this was the perfect opportunity to start a new family tradition which is why I chose to put our last name on our chart (I chose the baseball locker theme) with my kids current ages this way it would be great for both kids and there would be no fighting. Since I decided to make it for both my boys, my plan was to put it on equal ground (no bedrooms) and instead the playroom seemed like the best place but my oldest freaked because we are changing up his room to be a sports room so right now that’s where it is and where it will stay until my little one is older.

Little Monkey Designs Growth Chart

Why I Love Little Monkey Designs Growth Chart
– The quality is amazing
– The charts are offered in two different materials: Canvas and Vinyl (I got the vinyl option)
– Love the vinyl since it’s easy to clean
– You can custom colour match which is great so you can match to your room colour
– Boy, girl and unisex image options
– Lots of fun theme’s/designs to choose from
– Comes with a ribbon strung through making it really easy to hang
– Good ol’ Canadian made

Want to win one??
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Thanks to our friends at Little Monkey Designs, they are giving away 1 Custom Vinyl Growth Chart ($60 value) to one lucky reader. The contest is open to Canadian residents only! Here is how to enter:

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Personalize it with Little Monkey Designs

Little Monkey Designs

I always get asked for recommendations for baby gifts and I feel like over the last few years my recommendations have been getting stale. Yes blankets, insulated lunch bags, backpacks, registry items are always great, but I really love recommending unique items that a family wouldn’t necessarily buy for themselves.

I was recently introduced to Little Monkey Designs and after scrolling through their web page seeing all the great items they had to offer, I was intrigued as I thought all their items would make amazing gifts and wanted to review one or two … well … here I am to introduce all of you to Little Monkey Designs because I am now a HUGE fan and so will you!

The first thing on the website that caught my eye were the personalized pillows, something you wouldn’t necessarily buy for yourself, but would make an amazing gift. As much as I love the home decor family pillows, I had to have the personalized birth announcement pillow and had it made with all my oldest son’s information (not picking favourites, but I figured the little one wouldn’t know the difference as this stage in his life, but I am going to have one made for him as well).

Little Monkey Designs Personalized Pillow

 Here’s what I love about Little Monkey Designs Pillow:
– The website was easy to navigate and order
– You can custom colour match parts of your pillow
– The pillow arrived in a timely manner
– The quality is top notch, the fabric is of the highest quality
– It is reasonably priced
– Choice of girl or boy colour
– Locally made
– Makes a nice accent pillow in a family room or children’s room
– Removable pillow cover … just incase you run into a mess!!!
– Simply my son loves it and it makes him feel special!

Little Monkey Designs Pillow

Make sure to check out all the other wonderful gifts that Little Monkey Designs has to offer and if one of the products peeks your interest, use code: babylish at check out to receive 15% off your order.

Happy ordering
T.
xo

What’s New with Sands Alive? It GLOWS!! Enter to #WIN

Sands Alive Glow

I thought just the regular Sands Alive was the coolest product on the market (which it still is, years later my big guy still loves to sit down and play with it) … but now comes Sands Alive Glow!!!

There’s just something about toys that glow that I have always loved. Yes, I was the kid who had glow stickers around her room and loved getting those glow bracelets and necklaces from birthday parties taking them into a dark room and swinging them around. Why didn’t they have toys like this when I was a kid???!!! Check this out!

 I gave my big guy the kit and he freaked! I told him to put on the special glasses and point the light at the sand (to charge it) and I explained how magically the sand will glow. As a side note: a kids reaction to all things magic is just so damn cute. I gave him the glow tool (make sure to pull out the tab PS) and he started drawing in the sand. Not only was he amazed, I was amazed – how cool is this?! My kid was in Sands Alive Glow heaven!!

Sands Alive Glow

 GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!
Thank you to our wonderful friends at Sands Alive, they are giving away 1 Sands Alive Glow kit,
2 pounds of extra Sands Alive Glow for each kit and 1 Large deluxe blue sand tray to TWO lucky winners! The contest is open to CANADIAN residents only. Here’s how to enter:

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BabyBjorn had a Bouncer Baby … The BabyBjorn Bouncer Mini #Review – Enter to WIN!

BabyBjorn Bouncer Mini

Gone are the days of sitting at the table to eat a meal, taking a long hot shower and having a nice long chat with your husband without interruptions. I remember sitting on the couch with my (1st born) mini sleeping on me and my husband spoon feeding me my dinner so that I  didn’t move an muscle and wake my colicky baby … those little naps were few and far between and I wasn’t about to sacrifice them for a meal.

Having a colicky baby, constant movement was key! Trying out tons of products, there were only two that saved me: the BabyBjorn Carrier and a large fitness ball (which sucked to store in my little house might I add) which I sat on for hours bouncing to get my little one to stop crying. Now, combine the comfort of the carrier with the bouncing movement of the ball and voila, you have the BabyBjorn Bouncer Mini.

Here’s Why I Love the BabyBjorn Bouncer Mini
– NO BATTERIES!!! That’s right I meant to write that in caps
– The rocking is in response to the little one’s movements
– It’s small, so great for easy storage
– Easy to assemble, easy to take apart (again makes it great for storing)
– Offers two angels, play and rest
– It’s safe and secure
– Perfect for the newborns who always want to be held (up to 6 months)
– Machine washable (this is a must with any baby product)

BabyBjorn

Unassembled BabyBjorn Bouncer Mini (great for storage)

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!
Thanks to our wonderful friends at BabyBjorn, they are giving away a BabyBjorn Bouncer Mini (which is not on the market yet) to one lucky winner … that’s a $159 value. Must be a resident of CANADA to enter. Here’s how:

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Enjoy some hands-free moments
T.
xo

It’s the ‘Little Big Impressions’ that Matter the Most

Little Big Impressions

One of my favourite things to do every 10 or so years, is to go through my  childhood bin of all the crafts, school books and all the fun things my mom saved from my junior school days as it brings back so many memories and now I can show my big guy what I was doing in school at his age. One thing I remember finding many many MANY years ago (pre-kids) was a ceramic plate with my hand printed into it and it was painted navy blue. I put my hand over the print just to see how much I have grown and couldn’t believe I was once that small.

Recently, I was loitering on Facebook (because that’s what I love to do when I have a few spare minutes) and I kept seeing an advertisement for Little Big Impressions and the name intrigued me enough to take a look at the website and saw that they had hand printed ceramic plates just like the one I found years ago and I immediately called my mom to find mine for me and I contacted the company to have one made for my kids.

What a fun experience! She brought all their necessary tools to create the plate, got it ready and the boys stamped their hand in the clay. I then was able to choose the hand colours, font, text and size of plate and that was it.

Little big impressions

 

A few weeks later the plate showed up at my door and I was thrilled with the final product. First thing my older guy did was put his hand over his and his brother’s which of course made me smile thinking back to me doing the same thing. Perhaps this is a new family tradition 🙂

Little Big Impressions

The two plates on the left were mine from 1984 and 1985 (one has a cute poem on the back)

Judging by my family’s reaction to it, I have to say these would make a wonderful gift for any holiday: birthdays, mothers day, fathers day, grandparents day (does that even exist?), Hanukkah, Christmas or really just to have as a keepsake like me.

Fore more information about Little Big Impressions or to set up a time to make one of these plates, visit their website

Enjoy making those lasting impressions
T.
xo

Give the Gift of Giving this Holiday

Donation Gift

We are weeks away from the holidays and you still have a few people on your list to buy presents for, but you don’t want to go to a mall because that is a Joe Public move and you don’t even know where to start looking on the internet so what’s next?

Tis’ the season for giving and this is the kind of gift that will make you truly feel like you are giving. Give the gift of a Charity Gift Card. I love this idea and know that EVERYONE would appreciate it.

Here’s how it works:
– Go to CanadaHelps website
– Pick a design based on the type of occasion
– Pick a value to donate
– Write a message
– Have it sent via email to the recipient of the gift or you can print it and put it in a card (you can choose the date you want them to receive it on)
– The recipient will then choose the Canadian charity of their choice (there are more than 86,000 charities to choose from)

Now tell me this isn’t one of the most thoughtful gifts to give or receive?!!!

Happy Gift Giving
T.
xo

Hasbro Holiday Must-Haves

Hasbro

I had the opportunity to preview the newest, latest, greatest Hasbro toys coming out in the upcoming months for the holidays (yup, thats right, I said HOLIDAYS) and all I have to say is WOW. I, unfortunately couldn’t bring my older guy to test them out because he was at camp, though I have to be honest, I had a such a fun time testing them out myself 😉

Here is a (LONG) preview of some of the great toys to help get the ball rolling with those lists your kids are making.

Kre-O
All new Transformer: Age of Extinction sets starting with small building sets (DINOBOT CHARGE SET), Medium sets (GRIMLOCK STREET ATTACK SET) and large building sets (GALVATRON FACTORY BATTLE SET). All are very reasonably priced and of course easy to assemble as each has a step-by-step guides which will walk you through building it. What’s unique about these sets and many others is that the main building figures have magnets in them to capture the characters .. NEAT right??!!!

Transformers Kre-O

Nerf
Nerf has really stepped it up by creating a whole new line of elite toys. NERF N-STRIKE MEGA THUNDERBOW  Toy (which was a ton of fun to play with might I add) made top of my list. Pull back and release to send the dart flying up to 100 feet. Comes with 10 darts ($34.99 – Available in August)

Nerf Thunderbow

Next on my list is the NERF N-STRIKE ELITE COMBAT CREATURE TERRADRONE which looks like an enormous bug and is powered by a remote control and works on all terrain. Just aim and fire. Comes with 12 darts ($69.99 – Available in November) – This was very cool!

Hasbro Nerf Terradrone

Lastly is the highest end of all the shooters is the NERF N-STRIKE ELITE NERF CAM ECS-12 BLASTER that has a built-in camera to record your child’s Nerf battle missions.  There is a 1.77″ colour screen for aiming and playback which allows the kids to show their friends for bragging rights 😉 Shoots up to 90 feet and comes with 12 darts. Oh did I mention a 4GB memory card is included which can hold up to 2000 photos. Requires AA batteries NOT INCLUDED ($89.99 – Available in August)

Nerf Elite Cam

Did you know there was a Nerf line for the little ladies’ out there called NERF REBELLE? Playing on the amazing movie, Hunger Games, this is a great line targeted to girls (but of course all can play with it) and has a whole spy aspect to it where you can write with a special pen on the missiles and they can only be read in a special decoder which come with a bunch of the blasters (Available in August)

Nerf Rebelle

Marvel
Just when you think they have thought of it all, Hasbro comes out with a life sized (well for my big guy it is life sized) 31″ SPIDER-MAN FIGURE with articulation having head and body movement ($39.99 – Available in August)

31" Spider-Man

I reviewed the Superhero Mashers a little while back and thought it was such a neat idea (of course my son loved them) and now there is a SUPERHERO MASHERS MASH PACK offered for the holidays. Mash up all the Superhero’s to make your own custom Superhero … their little imaginations run wild! ($29.99 – Available in August)

Marvel Superhero Mash Pack

Transformers
Now I don’t know much about Transformers (though I did play with them when I was a kid thanks to growing up with two older brothers), but the new Transformers action figurines are seriously out of control!!! I was able to try out the TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION STOMP AND CHOMP GRIMLOCK ACTION FIGURE and this was pretty damn cool. Grimlock turns into Dino-Mode mode with a chomping jaw and light up eyes in one easy step. Included is a (non-converting) Optimus Prime who can ride him and unlocks electronic lights, sounds and pop-out weapons. As well, Grimlock has different lights and sounds depending on who is riding him (figures sold separately) $89.99 – Available in August

Grimlock Stomp and Chomp

DohVinci
New to Hasbro, this is going to be a HOT seller for the holidays! It’s a totally new art experience for kids. Put your favourite colour into the styler and squeeze to make your own 3D art. DohVinci sticks to surfaces such as wood, glass (you will need a scraper to get it off though), paper, cardboard and duct tape. DohVinci sold in different kits that will keep your kids busy for hours and yes it is non-toxic. Options are: STYLE AND STORE VANITY KIT, ANYWHERE ART STUDIO KIT, FLOWER TOWER FRAME KIT, MEMORY MASTERPIECE RIBBON BOARD KIT, DOOR DECOR KIT, PEACE PROJECT KIT, POP UPS ART BOARD ASSORTMENT (Price ranges from $5.99 – $24.99 – Available in July)

DohVinci

Mr. Potato Head
Take a mini Mr. Potato Head and combine it with a Superhero or Transformer and you have a mini MR. POTATO HEAD MIXABLE, MASHABLE HERO FIGURE and this was a big hit in my house ($5.99 – Available NOW)
REVIEW POST TO COME

Mr. Potato Head Mashers

Play-Doh
So there is regular Play-Doh, Super soft Play-Doh … what’s next?? SPARKLE Play-Doh for the Disney Princess Sets (yes that’s right, there are now Disney princess sets with lots of great molds). With that, you can now get JAKE AND THE NEVERLAND PIRATES PLAY-DOH PLAYSET, DOC MCSTUFFINS DOCTOR KIT PLAYLET, SOFIA THE FIRST and MINNIE’S BOWTIQUE (Prices range from $7.99 – $24.99 – Available NOW)

Play-Doh

As if the Play-Doh brand didn’t think of it all already, now they have a Play-Doh Game and I think it’s AWESOME. The PLAY-DOH LAUNCH-O-RAMA GAME is going to be a big hit this holiday season for the 3+ year olds. While Doh-Doh is spinning around, players load, mold and launch Play-Doh into his can. First player to launch three molds into his can WINS ($19.99 – Available NOW)

Play-Doh Launch-O-Rama

Playskool Heroes
I love this line as it is big boy brands for little hands! Where to start? The TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS OPTIMUS PRIMAL FIGURE is pretty cool. Just twist of the torso, and the Autobot hero will convert from bot to Tyrannosaurus Rex! The OPTIMUS PRIMAL figure features over 20 phrases and dino sound effects and will even let out a load ‘roar’ in dino mode and lots of special effects, like the blue Energize Hide activation panel, dino chomping action, and working rescue drill ($44.99 – Available NOW)

Playskool Rescue DinoBots

My son saw a picture of the SUPERHERO ADVENTURES KAPOW ACTION FIGURES and insisted on me getting him these. Activate HULK smashing action by moving his legs, and watch HULK smash with his oversized plush fists! Activate SPIDER-MAN web slinging action by moving his legs back and forth and then pretend to spin webs with his oversized plush fists! Each Superhero has over ten fun phrases and sounds ($24.99 – Available in August)

Superhero Kapow

Playskool
Did I ever love all the new Playskool toys coming out! I am most excited to test out the new ROCK, RIDE ‘N STRIDE HIPPO TOY as my little guy is at the stage where he loves to walk (assisted of course) and he thinks any toys that he can ride on are the funniest things on earth. This is a great transition toy that goes from a walker, to a rocker (you can lock the wheels) and then to a ride-on depending on your child’s stage. As you move, music plays to reward your motor skills – slow down and the music will fade, and move again to bring it back. For even more fun and stimulation, kids can press the 3 buttons on hippo’s dashboard to play with fun music, animal sounds, and silly sounds ($49.99 – Available NOW)
REVIEW POST TO COME

Playskool Rock N Stride HIppo

The Shapes ‘N Colours Turtle toy is another that is on my most wanted list. Tap and bat the turtle to watch it wobble around the floor! As little ones interact with the SHAPES ‘N COLOURS TURTLE toy, they will be rewarded with colourful lights and fun sounds. This toy helps develop hand-eye coordination with light up sounds and reactions ($19.99 – Available NOW)
REVIEW POST TO COME

Playskool Turtle

Sesame Street
All I can say is I am inlove with the new Elmo’s that are new to the market. My little guy is at the stage where he loves to play peek-a-boo and sure enough there is now a PEEK-A-BOO ELMO where you push his tummy and his arms will move to cover his eyes, release and he will reveal his eyes. That’s not it, he has 15 fun phrases that will make the kids giggle. LOVE LOVE LOVE ($24.99 – Available NOW)
REVIEW POST TO COME

Playskool Peek-A-Boo Elmo

I always wondered why there were never SESAME STREET BATH SQUIRTERS and now there are! We are sick of the regular ol’ duckies and since our little kiddies love Sesame Street this is a great addition to the bath (3 pack $12.99 – Available NOW)

Sesame Street Bath Squirters

FurReal Friends
How many times has your little one asked for a pet and how many times have you said no? Need a solution? FurReal Friends is your answer. I saw the GET UP AND GOGO MY WALKING PUP PET in action and I can understand why kids would love this. She sits and speaks on command, walks, wags her tail and even comes when you call her, she has a remote control on her leash. Like real dogs, GOGO reacts when other FurReal friends are near and barks to say hello. There is an app the kids can download to help care for their pet and she will even respond to all the on screen action with movement and happy barks! Within the app, kids can also play fun games, and even meet other virtual FurReal friends pets. Lots of pets to choose from. Batteries not included ($69.99 – Available August)

FurReal Friends Get up and GoGo

My Little Pony
I used to LOVE My Little Pony when I was a kid and now Hasbro has stepped it up and made a “create your own” My Little Pony with the MY LITTLE PONY POP DELUXE STYLE KIT ASSORTMENT. Twist off the two sides of the ponies in the pack and your little one can put together her (or his of course) pony in matching or opposite colours, pick her mane of all different styles, tail and decorate with stickers. Use additional stickers to create a custom cutie bracelet, and show your love of your favourite MY LITTLE PONY POP characters wherever you go! Fans can choose from PRINCESS TWILIGHT SPARKLE and PRINCESS CADANCE ponies or RARITY and PRINCESS LUNA ponies, each sold separately

My Little Pony

Have you heard of MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS? It’s new to me and it’s a cute concept. A magic mirror connects the world of My Little Pony to Canterlot High. The mirror is a portal to a magical new land with high schools instead of castles, and six pony friends become real girls full of fun and fashion. You can buy the dolls individually, the doll with accessories, the doll with their matching pony and best of all the Rainbow Rocks Mane Event Stage with Exclusive Figure

My LIttle Pony Equestria Girls

Games
It doesn’t always have to be for the kids! Hasbro has a lot of fun games for both the kids and for us. Let me start with CATCH PHRASE DECADES which is honestly the best game. Whenever I get together with my girlfriends, we always play this game and we are always laughing our asses off – I HIGHLY recommend this game. You pick a category and the person holding the game has to get their team members to figure out the catch phrase on the screen by using words to describe it but not using “sounds like” or not saying any of the words in the catch phrase. Make sure to pass it on before the timer runs out and keep going until it buzzes. If it buzzes in your hands you lose a point ($24.99 – Available August)

Catch Phrase Decades

Remember Jenga? Now there is a new Jenga called JENGA QUAKE. The pieces sit on a moving base that shakes and quakes during game play for added challenge, excitement and a little bit more anxiety 😉  Build the tower as tall as you can without it all falling down on your turn ($24.99 – Available August)

Jenga Quake

So there you have it, all the best toys and games for your little one’s 2014 holiday list #HasbroHoliday
Happy shopping
T.
xo

What’s New with Sands Alive? Enter to WIN!

Sands Alive

A little while back, I reviewed one of my favourite kids toys on the market; Sands Alive and now it is back with new, AWESOME themed kits and I am here to introduce them to you all!

Let me start with my favourite
Sands Alive! Neon Frenzy
Sands Alive Neon FrenzySet Includes:
1.5LBS of Sands Alive! (neon orange or neon green sand)
4 Castle Molds
Brick & Pebble Rollers with Interchangeable Handle
Play Tray with UV Black Light Glasses to turn the sand in flourescent

Sands Alive! 3D Dino Adventure

Sands Alive 3D Dino AdventureSet Includes:
1.5LBS of Sands Alive!
4 Dinosaur Skeleton Molds: Tyrannosaurus Rex, Stegosaurus, Apatosaurus & Triceratops Molds
Dino Track & Smooth Rollers with Interchangeable Handle
Play Tray with 3D Glasses & 3D Art Background (LOVE THIS)

Sands Alive! 3D Sealife Adventure
Sands Alive 3D Sealife Adventure
Set Includes:
1.5LBS of Sands Alive!
4 Sealife Molds: Mermaid, Seahorse, Fish, Crab
Seashell & Smooth Rollers with Interchange Handle
Play Tray with 3D Glasses & 3D Art Background

Sands Alive! Sweet Shoppe Bakery
Sands Alive Sweet Shoppe Bakery
Set Includes:
1.5LBS of Sands Alive!
1 Double layer Cake Mold
1 Triple layer Cake Mold
Cupcake Molds
2 Ice Cream Cones
1 Ice Cream Scoop
1 Cake Server
Play Tray

Need I say more??? There is a kit for every kid and they are priced perfectly for birthday gifts ($30 for the Sweet Shoppe Bakery Kit, Sealife Adventure Kit and Dinosaur Adventure Kit and $40 for the Neon Frenzy Kit).

As I pointed out in my previous post, here are a few things to know about Sands Alive!
– It is all natural, so you don’t have to worry about kids putting it in their mouths
– It doesn’t dry out!
– If pieces get on the floor, just take a little piece in your hand and use that to pick up the other pieces making for easier cleaning (also by putting a table cloth underneath)
– It is BACTERIA FREE
– Latex free and gluten free
– Molds easily so your kids can be really imaginative with it
– The sand is water soluble – BE CAREFUL if you decide to play with this in the backyard

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Thanks to our amazing friends at Sands Alive! they are giving away one of these themed kits to 4 (yes 4) lucky Babylish Advice readers, oh and an ADDITIONAL 1.5lbs of sand to go with your kit! The contest is open to Canadian residents only. Here’s how to enter:

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Where to Buy: Scholars Choice, Indigo, Toys R Us, Mastermind, Home Hardware

Happy moulding
T.
xo

Educational Games for Kids – Enter to WIN #eeBoo

eeBoo always good gamesI noticed that my big guy kept asking me to buy puzzle apps on the iPad and he was actually pretty good at them, so in true Terri fashion, I went to the toy store and walked out with a stack of puzzles. Of course there was a ton of puzzles to choose from, so here’s how I chose:

1. My son’s interests: he loves animals and faces so I looked for puzzles that I knew he would get excited about
2. Size of the puzzle pieces: the bigger the puzzle piece, the easier the puzzle but is a great way to get your little one started. I noticed that most puzzles will show you the size of the puzzle pieces on the box
3. If the puzzle or brand has won any awards: these awards are always proudly displayed on the front of the boxes
4. If there are different kinds of puzzles: just to mix it up a bit, if there are matching games or other fun puzzle like games I will try them

When I was going away with my son a little while back, so I went to the toy store to look for some puzzles and found an Alphabet puzzle by eeboo (which met all my above requirements) and I can’t begin to explain how much he loved it! This puzzle was exactly what he was learning in school, so it was perfect for us! It’s not your traditional puzzle, you match the letter with the picture (A would have the matching piece of an Apple) and including numbers as well.

eeboo alphabet puzzle

Putting together the Alphabet Puzzle

It was like the stars aligned because months later I was contacted to test out some of their puzzles (a complete fluke), and I happily took them up on it and got two “non-traditional” puzzles.

eeboo Dominoes and The Lotto Game

First let me say, eeBoo makes so many great games and puzzles it was hard to choose, but I am very happy with my selection as they were perfect for his age. The Dominoes game is a take on the old time classic, but instead of just the regular ol’ dots, you match up the animals. The Lotto Game, is a fun game playing on BINGO and the matching games where each player gets a board, players pick up a tile to see if it matches what is on their board, if it does not match you put it back with the other tiles and hopefully those around you don’t remember where the tile was. Players continue until all 6 spaces on his/her board is full and scream LOTTO when completed

eeboo dominoes game

Playing Dominoes

Why I love eeBoo games:
– a lot of their products have won awards which they proudly display on their boxes (Oppenheim Best Toy Awards and other honours)
– the pictures they use are done by  well-known and well-loved children’s book illustrators
– eeBoo’s games encourage literacy, story telling, drawing, imaginative play and basic math
– they proudly display their safety information on their site (not a lot of companies do)
– family run business (I always love to support family run businesses)
– their website is extremely easy to use and you can even shop by age and even by holiday
– the prices are very reasonable
– the instructions on how to play the game are printed on the lid of the box (instead of just a piece of paper which we always lose) and are very easy to follow

eeboo game instructions

Thank you to our friends at eeBoo, they are giving away one of these two games to ONE lucky Babylish Advice reader. Sorry Canadian friends, this contest is only open to US residents (though the games are available in Canada). Here’s how to enter:

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Where to Buy: Mastermind Toys, Chapters Indigo, eeBoo online

Happy playing and good luck
T.
xo