Family Gaming with Blast Box

Blast Box

So first off, I am going to start by telling you I truly DISLIKE balloons (I was going to use the word “hate” but I have my big guy in my head telling me “hate” is not a nice word which is often what I say to him – how about that for throwing it back in my face!).

Why such a weird dislike?  Simply, they pop and when they pop it scares the living s%*t out of me because it’s always so unexpected. For some reason, I feel like I am not alone with this one … at least I am hoping I am not.

I was offered the opportunity to try out this “blast explosion” game (FYI I was not paid to test out the game and review it) and I had to think about it simply because of this irrational fear of popping balloons and let’s be honest here: the title “blast explosion” kind of worried me, but I took a chance since I love family gaming time.

Well I can now report that for those parents that hate the sound of popping balloons that the title “blast explosion” is slightly dramatic and the popping noise is so minimal and very contained WOOHOO!

 

How to Play: each player inflates 1 balloon each with the included inflator (my kids loved this part)
Side Note: the kit comes with a bunch of balloon clips which I will admit I didn’t really pay attention too thinking they were part of the game some way and I spent A LOT of time trying to tie these teeny tiny balloons with my large mommy fingers and was annoyed with how difficult it was – well I found out the hard way, there was a reason for those clips :)

Blast box

Place the balloons under the Blast Box and the first play spins the spinner to see how many pins they have to hammer into the box. Each player needs to make sure they choose the right spot to put the pin in so that they don’t POP a balloon and you keep going until the first balloon pops and then that player is eliminated. The player that successfully does not pop a balloon is the WINNER and is the Blast Box Master … until the next round! My strategy (shhhh): start with the corners 😉

 

Blast Box

This game is very easy to play, minimal set up (when you use the balloon clips that is) and the kids love the thrill of not knowing when the balloon is going to pop.

Where to Buy: Toy Town, Mastermind and Amazon.ca
Price: $25.00

Happy Popping
xo
T.

What’s a Stikbot? #FamilyGaming #Giveaway

Stikbots

What’s a Stikbot you ask? I certainly had the same question and to be quite honest, I was worried I wasn’t going to be overly impressed with this toy.

I’ve seen Stikbots around toy stores, but I just assumed they were a toy kids can stick on smooth surfaces and that’s about it (meh right). I was completely wrong in my assumption as there is a whole other part to these movable figurines. The new Stikbot Studio Pro has arrived and kids can take their imagination and creativity to a whole new level.

Stikbot Pro

 

Here’s how it works:
First, download the Zing Stikbot Studio app onto your phone (I was hoping you could use your tablet but if you want to use the tri-pod they provide you this is not an option as it only fits a phone). After spending some time clicking on the app buttons trying to get familiar with what you can do within the app, set up the green or blue stage (very easy to do – insert slits are pretty visible) that is provided. What’s the difference between the blue and green stage: if you have a green figure, you will not be able to see it on the green screen so flip it around and use the blue stage)

Stikbot Pro

Set your phone up on the tri-pod in front of the stage, open the app and either find a pre-loaded scene your little one wants to use to create their animated video or use of your own pictures as the back drop. Have your little one set up their Stikbots on the stage (they have suction cups on their hands and feet) using the added prop box (creating a 3-D effect) and take still photo’s. Once the photo’s have all been uploaded, the app will stitch them together into a film with built-in music and sound effect options. My kids had a blast once we figured it all out!

Stikbot Pro

New, born into the Stikbot family are the Stikbot Pets! Dogs, cats, cow, horse, gorilla, bear and monkeys will help add some extra fun to your kids videos!

Stikbot Pets

Where to Buy: Toys R Us and Walmart
Stikbot Studio Pro: $25.00
Stikbot Pets: $5.99

 

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!
Thank you to our friends at Zing they are giving away a Stikbot Studio Pro (comes with two Stikbots) to 1 lucky reader! The contest is open to US and Canadian residents. Here’s how to enter:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Happy Creating
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 Playlay 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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Gazillions of Bubbles #Giveaway

Gazillion Bubbles

I’m pretty sure there is not 1 child out there that doesn’t love bubbles! I mean what is not to like, you pour liquid into a bowl and put a wand through it, blow and magically these pretty coloured bubbles appear.

Now I am going to age myself here, but when I was growing up the only kind of bubbles you could buy were the little plastic containers which came with a little wand that you had to stick your fingers into the liquid to search for and with this little plastic wand you could MAYBE get a good stream of 3 or 4 bubbles in a row from one blowing breath (you know exactly what I am talking about). Obviously, I was happier than anything just having bubbles to play with because I didn’t know any different … BUT NOW … you have battery operated bubble machines that consistently spit out hundreds of bubbles at once!!!!

Introducing  2 new AMAZING Bubble Products:
The Gazillion Giant Bubble Mill

Gazillion Giant Bubble Mill
– makes super-sized awesome bubbles
– easy to use
– batteries NOT included
– bubbles are non-toxic (good to know because my kids were trying to catch the bubbles with their mouths … i’m not joking nor can i explain this)
– put the machine on a flat surface, push the power button and let the machine do all the work while your kids can run around chasing bubbles
– includes an 8oz bottle of bubbles to get you started
– I would HIGHLY recommend buying the GIANT Gazillion 2L Bubble Solution (for $9.99) as you will go through the little bottle very quickly 

Retails: $26.99
Where to Buy: Walmart, Toys “R”

Gazillion Giant Power Wand

Gazillion Power Wand
– kids love products they can run around with, this is just the product!
– makes GIANT fun shaped bubbles
– easy assembly
– pour the bubble solution into the tray, dip the wand in the solution and just push the button
– includes a 4oz bottle of bubbles (again I would recommend buying the 2L bottle as you will go through this little bottle very quickly)
– does NOT include batteries

Retails: $14.99
Where to Buy: Walmart, Toys “R”

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!
Thanks to our wonderful friends from Gazillion Bubbles, they are giving away a Gazillion Giant Power Wand to 1 lucky Babylish Advice reader. Must be a resident of Canada. Here’s how to enter:
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Now to time to get outside and play with Super Sized Gazillion Bubbles
T.
xo

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
– post 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

 

Bath Time with Live Clean #GIVEAWAY

Live Clean Baby Giveaway Pack

I always have been and I always will be a full supporter of the entire Live Clean line as their products are simply the best. Bath time in my house is ALWAYS with Live Clean products.

My kids have NEVER had a reaction to any of their products, they all smell so good and best part … they are all natural. I love the line so much that I will not review any other children’s bath and body products as I don’t think any product can be as good. Don’t forget, all their products are 97% plant derived, Petroleum, Paraben, Phthalate, Dye, Silicone and Phosphate free (the yucky stuff you find in a lot of products these days), hypoallergenic and contains biodegradable ingredients.

Which one’s are my favorites? Here they are (in no particular order) and I am giving away ALL of them to 1 lucky winter.

Calming Bedtime Bubble Bath and Wash
What’s more perfect than a rich lathering cleanser and bubble bath infused with natural ingredients known for their calming and relaxing properties?  Just about…nothing! Live Clean Calming Bedtime Bubble Bath and Wash has a slumber inducing blend of Lavender, Jasmine, Vanilla and Chamomile extracts and essential oils to soothe and comfort babies’ senses. And natural Coconut and Safflower Oils keep baby’s delicate skin soft and smooth.

Calming Bedtime Baby Lotion
Time-tested Lavender, Chamomile, Jasmine and Vanilla extracts and essential oils work overtime to calm and comfort babies’ senses. Thier formula is emollient rich with natural Coconut, Safflower and Oat Flour to gently hydrate, soften and protect delicate skin. It’s the perfect after-bath lotion – and try it for baby’s massage. Shhh I use this lotion on myself I just love the calming smell AND I even get compliments from people!

Gentle Moisture Tearless Shampoo & Wash
Their clinically tested, tear-free formula cleanses without drying, leaving baby’s skin and hair feeling soft. Made with purified water and enriched with certified organic botanicals of Chamomile, Lavender and Aloe, their unique formula rinses easily with a gentle scent that soothes baby and smells…heavenly. Available in larger 750 ml as well.

Gentle Moisture Baby Lotion
Take certified organic botanicals of Chamomile and Lavender to soothe, add natural emollients and Aloe to gently moisturize. Live Clean Baby Gentle Moisture Baby Lotion is ideal for even the most delicate skin. The non-greasy formula absorbs quickly, leaving baby’s skin soft and smooth and our gentle scent soothes baby’s senses. Also available in a larger 750ml size.

Gentle Moisture Baby Wipes
Extra strong, extra soft, clinically tested Live Clean Baby Gentle Moisture Baby Wipes work hard, and gently, to keep baby’s skin and bottom clean and smooth. Enriched with certified organic botanicals of Chamomile, Lavender and Aloe, these cloth-like wipes are quilted for extra strength and softness and will gently cleanse and soothe baby’s skin leaving it silky smooth. You will not be disappointed in these!

Gentle Moisture Non-Petroleum Jelly
For baby’s comfort — and mom’s peace of mind — Live Clean Baby Gentle Moisture Non-Petroleum Jelly is a unique petrolatum and fragrance free formula that’s derived from 100% natural, sustainably sourced ingredients. Their Non-Petroleum Jelly is a safe way to provide babies with an effective moisture barrier to protect their delicate skin. Like all Live Clean products, it’s eco-friendly and plant and natural derived. I use this one on the little boo-boo’s as well. Works like a charm!

Gentle Moisture Diaper Ointment
Getting down to business…Live Clean Baby Gentle Moisture Diaper Ointment keeps baby’s bottom comfortable all day, all night.  Its naturally derived ingredients, including zinc oxide, soothe baby’s sensitive areas and provide a protective moisture barrier.

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!

Thanks to our always wonderful friends at Live Clean, they are giving away a Live Clean Baby Prize Pack consisting of all my favorite products: Baby Calming Bubble Bath & Wash, Baby Calming Lotion, Gentle Moisture Tearless Shampoo & Wash, Gentle Moisture Baby Lotion, Gentle Moisture Baby Wipes, Gentle Moisture Non Petroleum Jelly. You must be a resident of Canada. Here’s how to enter:
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Happy Baby = Happy Parents :)

T. xo

Tis the Season of Runny Noses #BoogieWipes #Giveaway

Boogie Wipes

I feel like I should be a spokesperson for Boogie Wipes because I LOVE them and have been using them for over 5  years on all the runny noses in my house! In fact, in winter I don’t leave home without a pack in my purse or bag because my kids have runny noses ALL winter! The minute that cool air hits my kids nose faucet turns on and there is no turning back. So if you are ever at a kids event or party with me and you need a Boogie Wipe, feel free to find me.

In the last two months, my mini has been sick three times and due to my extreme laziness (it’s winter give me a break) I had to use normal tissue because we ran out of our Boogie Wipes and let me tell you, that didn’t work out so well. After a day of constantly wiping his nose, it got so raw underneath and he would cry anytime I went near him with a tissue to wipe what seemed like Niagara Falls coming out of his nose.
Epic Mom fail!

Reason #1 to stock up with Boogie Wipes … your kid will end up love them too.

Boogie Wipes

What I love about Boogie Wipes
– Boogie Wipes are moistened with saline which actually helps break down those Boogies
– Moisturizes with Aloe, Vitamin E and Chamomile
– The wipes themselves are SUPER soft
– They come in great little travel packs with a hard cover so they don’t dry out
– Comes in three scents (well two really as one is unscented): Grape and Fresh Scent (Fresh Scent is my fave)
– The scent is not overpowering at all for those little noses
– They now have a hard case with refills for your “around the house” Boogie Wipes with a big easy-open button that kids can open themselves

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!
Thanks to our wonderful friends at Boogie Wipes, they are giving away a Boogie Wipes Gift Pack full of all their wonderful products. The contest is open to residents of Canada only. Here’s how to enter:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

So don’t walk to stock your house up with Boogie Wipes … RUN!!!! Run as fast as you can, I promise you (well your little one really) will thank me 😉
Keep those little noses clean now that you know you are covered by Boogie Wipes

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
– they 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

 

What’s New in the Kid’s Shoe Market #Skechers #Giveaway

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I like to consider myself a little bit of a shoe connoisseur. I know, that’s a bold statement, so let me back this up by explaining myself. I collect running shoes (some people might call it odd but those who know … know!). There are women out there that like to collect purses, some like to collect jewelry, other like to collect high heeled shoes, but me, I get excitement looking at my shoe closet (yes I have one) and pick a pair of sneakers to wear for the day (it’s the little things right?!). I am well versed on the newest styles, new releases and what the hottest colour schemes/colour blocks are.

When you procrastinate doing work or laundry or cleaning something up, what are you doing? Big shocker … I am on my couch with a computer on my lap looking online for my next pair of sneakers. One thing to know about me, this shoe love of mine is not just my shoes, my kids have pretty awesome shoes I must say. In fact, I kind of pride myself on their shoe collection and secretly love when someone notices a pair. When I bring home a new pair of shoes, they get just as excited as I do. What more can a mother who loves shoes ask for 😉

A while back I reviewed the new Women’s Skechers Burst which got major props from me because … well … they are simply amazing. I was thrilled to just recently hear that Skechers now have the mini version of the Skechers Burst and of course I was more than thrilled to review them along with the Skechers Nitrate-Pulsar.

Skechers Kids Shoes - Kid's Shoe

Why I love the Kids Skechers Burst Shoe
– great colour options to choose from
– they are SUPER lightweight but not taking away from the quality of the shoe
– knit fabric with a unique colourful interwoven design
– Comes with two different coloured pair of laces
– Interwoven ventilating design on the side (because we all know shoes need some ventilation system especially for kids with their stinky feet)
– has a soft tongue
– air cooled memory foam cushioned comfort sole (one of my favorite features about Skechers shoes)
– soft responsive Burst compound allows maximum flexibility
– Burst grip traction design
–  1 1/4″ heel
– Burst compound midsole has amazing impact cushion protection 

Boys Skechers Burst - Kid's Shoe

Why I love the Skechers Boys Nitrate – Pulsar Shoe
– sporty style
– has a gel infused memory foam making these shoes SUPER comfortable
– stretch laces making the shoes easy to slip on
– breathable fabric
– padded tongue
– supportive shock absorbing lightweight midsole
– non-marking outsole
– 1 1/4″ heel height
– 3D printed details
– velcro closure to help secure the shoe on the foot

Skechers Boys Nitrate-Pulsar - Kid's Shoe

Warning: if you are buying the Skechers Boys Nitrate-Pulsar shoe, I highly recommend going up a 1/2 a size because of the gel memory foam

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!
Thanks to our VERY generous friends at Skechers, they are giving away 2 pairs of Kids Skechers to 2 lucky winners. Must be residents of Canada. Here’s how to enter:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

These will make a killer addition to your kids shoe closet
Happy shoe shopping
T.
xo