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.

Streaming Smarter #StreamTeam

Stream with Netflix

Have you ever watched a Netflix show, been curious about a fact in the show and then Googled it to find out more about it? I like to call this Streaming Smarter

I often find myself watching a show and then asking my husband about it and then we both Google it to get more information. This recently happened with Narcos. We started watching it and I was so fascinated by the whole thing that I grabbed my phone and looked up what Pablo Escobar looked like in real life and then it spiraled to finding out all these details that I had no idea about. This also happened when a friend of mine HIGHLY recommended the Netflix show Fauda, the first thing I did was Google it to see if it was a show I wanted to invest hours of my time watching and well this one is next on my list.

It’s not uncommon for those curious little fellows living in your house throw out a question or two about a show they are a watching assuming you will have the answer because you’re mom and obviously you have all the answers! What’s your first stop? Google of course! My kids love Moana and my mini told me that the place where she lives is the most beautiful place on earth and sure enough I picked up my phone and Googled Hawaii images to show him that Hawaii does exist. It’s amazing what this Google machine can do :)!

Netflix

On a side note: who’s excited for the release of Stranger Things Season 2???!!! While you wait, you can play their nostalgic 80’s type game on your phone available at the app store. Fun right!

Stranger Things Game

Happy Googling
T.
xo

The Newest Netflix Hack – You DON’T Want to Miss This! #StreamTeam

Netflix Hack

How cool would it be if your child’s favourite Netflix show could wish them a happy birthday on their special day?

Well I have BIG news that I have been holding onto for weeks now and been so excited to tell everyone. Netflix just launched the best hack that will bring a HUGE smile to your little one’s faces. Now available are 15 on-demand birthday wishes from your kids favourite Netflix characters:

  • All Hail King Julien
  • Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu
  • Lego Friends
  • Luna Petunia
  • My Little Pony
  • Beat Bugs
  • Skylanders Academy
  • Project MC2
  • Word Party
  • Dino Trux
  • Barbie
  • Pokemon
  • Trollhunters

I truly think I am more excited for my kids birthdays than they are! I feel like there is so much planning involved to make sure they have the most special day and that’s A LOT of pressure! It starts off with waking up to balloons, into gift opening and then after school having a family birthday party with streamers, table themes, a custom cake and a lot of clean up!!!! I’m actually exhausted just thinking about it.

Well this new Netflix Birthday launch is a great way to take some of that pressure off and make them feel like they are the most special person! My son is obsessed with Skylanders so naturally I chose to have the Skylanders sing him happy birthday and he couldn’t be more excited (and probably somewhat confused how I made that happen). MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

Take a look at my son’s *slightly confused* but cute reaction https://www.instagram.com/p/BZMAX7xh23W/?taken-by=terri_babylishadvice

When it’s your child’s birthday, give it a try! Just search: Birthday and all the different options will come up and all you have to do is press play – it’s that easy.

Happy birthday to all the little one’s out there celebrating and I hope this makes their day (and your day) a little happier
T.
xo

 

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

Have you Heard of the MomSneak? #Netflix

Netflix Canada

Have you ever found yourself sneaking away from your children just to have a few minutes to yourself with one of your guilty pleasures like watching a show you are addicted to on your tablet or in my case reading a book? Yes, there are times that I run into my bathroom, close the door and just sit on the floor reading my book just to have a few minutes to myself. Well apparently there is a name for it and it’s called the #MomSneak (makes sense). Every mother needs it even if it is just 5 minutes!!! It’s the new mom binge.

Netflix

I recently discovered a new Netflix show Friends from College that I am kind of addicted to and I would totally do the #MomSneak just to get a few minutes to watch everyday – is there such thing as a #WorkSneak 😉 Here’s a fun guide from a Netflix Survey of where moms are doing the #MomSneak

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Happy Sneaking
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:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

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:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Now to time to get outside and play with Super Sized Gazillion Bubbles
T.
xo

Unwind with Netflix #StreamTeam

Netlfix

From school to play dates, hockey practice, swim lessons, baseball practice and now to long days at camp, sitting back on a couch and unwinding with Netflix for a few minutes is a BIG must in my house.

I love nothing more than my kids running around out doors getting some exercise, but sometimes it is necessary to just have some down time where they can be one with the couch and reset their busy little minds and bodies. It sounds easier than it is because two little boys who have a lot of energy don’t always just want to sit down but when I say “popcorn and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” it usually is an easy draw to get them inside to mellow out.

Big news from Netflix: now your kids can be their own director and determine what adventures they want to see. With the new launch of Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale, Netflix is introducing interactive ways to watch TV by putting the storytelling power in the hands of the most important audience member … your kid! Your child will be asked questions and they can choose the path to which the show goes (brilliant actually .. and so fun).

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Now go show your kids and let them have the fun!

Happy almost long weekend
T.
xo

McDonald’s New Launch for Happy Meals

Happy Meal Books

If you haven’t already heard, McDonald’s has big news that has just launched for their Happy Meals! Through a partnership with Kids Can Press (the world’s largest children’s book publisher),  you now can get a book OR a toy in your little one’s Happy Meal.

When I think of my childhood, one of the first things I think of is the little red box (well now it seems little, but back then when I was a kid it was huge red box) with the golden arch handles and when I think of the little red box, one thing comes to mind … my post-swimming Happy Meals. It didn’t matter if I had something right after my swimming lessons, my mom ALWAYS made a stop at the same McDonald’s for me as that was my incentive to go every week (and not complaining about going to swimming at that). I mean they don’t call it a HAPPY meal for nothing … your favourite food (mine was and still is the chicken McNuggets), a drink (the orange drink of course) and a toy (the pull back cars with McDonald’s characters were the best – remember the hamblurger?!).

I absolutely love this new launch from McDonald’s because books are a very important part of my families nightly routine. Since both my boys were born, I always took the time to read to them before bed time as I always figured that even though they didn’t understand that they would understand eventually the importance of books! I am happy to say the routine continues 6.5 years later where my boys choose the books they want to read before going to sleep. In fact, most days my older guy helps his brother pick out a book and assists in reading it to him before going to bed (when they aren’t fighting of course). Now with this new initiative, our book collection will grow rapidly as our weekend routines always include a McDonald’s Happy Meal.

McDonalds

My Mini had the best time at the McDonald’s Happy Meal Book Launch and even got to meet Franklin!

By offering books in Happy Meals, McDonald’s is helping to improve accessibility to books for children across the country and encourage families to spend more time reading together. All Happy Meal books are written by Canadian authors and include the following titles SPOILER ALERT:

Franklin the Turtle
Scaredy Squirrel
The Busy Beaver
No Dragons for Tea
Franklin’s Halloween
Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend
Making the Moose Out of Life
Once Upon a Dragon
Scaredy Squirrel at Night
Franklin’s Valentines
Big Bear Hug
Franklin Plays the Game

 

Want to know what you can get involved? Post a photo on social media with the hashtag #OwnaBookGiveaBook and McDonald’s will donate a book to a child in need (up to 20,000 books) through First Book Canada … it’s that easy!!!

McDonalds Shelfie

Make sure to take a picture of a your bookshelf and post it on social media tagging #ownabookgiveabook. and McDonalds will donate a book to children in need

Now run to get your child’s next Happy Meal with one of these amazing books!
T.
xo

Disclaimer: this is a sponsored post however stories and opinions are my own

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

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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