The Must-Have Toys for the Holidays – List 3 #GIVEAWAY

The Must-Have Toys for the Holidays

Are you ready to see what the must-have toys of the season are? We (yes “we” does include me) had a lot of fun testing out the newest toys for the Holidays and I am excited to finally let you know what they are. Brace yourself there are A LOT that we loved and want to share! All these toys were sent to me for review and I have hand picked our favorites.

NHL AirPuck (3+)
This is going to be a HUUUUUGE hit this season!!!!
The amount of marks and dents I have on my wall in the basement from hockey pucks/balls hitting it is my new kind of normal. My big guy started playing hockey 5 or 6 years ago and used to practice shots in the basement with my husband. It wasn’t until a puck ALMOST hit my little guy in the head that I stopped it. There is a solution!!!! The brand new NHL AirPucks have protective foam padding around it so it won’t damage walls. Turn it on and it lights up and hovers over smooth surfaces. This actually makes playing hockey fun for my 5 year old.
Side Note: it does not come with batteries so make sure you have it accessible (4 x AA)

Where to Buy: Party Rock $25

AirPuck

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MGA Entertainment’s Ready2Robot Battle Pack (4+)
A gift within a gift within a gift within a gift!!! Just when you think you got your toy, there is a blind box that the kids unwrap (parents get the scissors out for this one) and it reveals different parts of the second battle robot which the little one’s assemble (don’t worry, it’s easy to put together). What really made my little guy laugh was that he had to stick his fingers into a little container of gooey slime to get the little character that goes onto the top of the robot! If you want a stocking stuffer or to collect more, you can buy the blind boxes separate.
Note: Make sure to open all three areas of the chamber to get all robot parts. 

Where to Buy: Indigo $30

Battle Robots

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MGA Entertainment’s Crate Creature Flingers (4+)
Brake the crate to let your creature free! We can’t seem to get enough of these little guys (i’m a sucker for a not-so-scary monster). Not only are they cute, but you pull their tongue and they say funny things and best of all (what gets the kids laughing), they belch. For the parents (like myself) that dislike toys that just randomly talk when they aren’t being touched, this is not one of them and there is an off button on the back. These are great as a stocking stuffer or as a smaller gift (he is about the size of my hand)
Note: they come in larger furry creatures 

Where to Buy: Indigo, Amazon $15.99

Crate Creatures Flingers

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Flushin Frenzy – Pop the Poop by Mattel (5+)
Talk about getting a laugh, this game is a MUST have for the Holidays!!!! I mean, what child wouldn’t love a game with a flying poop. Yup, you heard me: roll the dice and plunge the toilet as many times as the dice shows to unleash the flying poop. The first person to grab it or catch it in the air gets a coin. The first person to get the most coins wins (it’s just that easy).

Where to Buy: Amazon.ca, Indigo, Toys R Us $17.50

Flushin Frenzy

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Hydro Strike by Pressman Toys (7+)
So first off this game totally reminds me the old school pinball games but mini version. My big guy really liked this one and that says a lot since he doesn’t really play games anymore with me 🙁 Fill the two little containers on the side with water, drop a ball down ramp and try to keep it out of your zone. If the ball gets through your zone, the game will squirt you. Not to worry parents who don’t like a mess, it’s just a little squirt but since they are little it gets them bang on (hence why he took his shirt off) LOL.

Where to Buy: Amazon.com $38.50 (includes import fees)

Hydro Strike

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Grossery Gang Bug Strike (5+)
Back 5 years ago, my older son was introduced to Grossery Gangs by his cousin. My mini has since taken over his collection and we have a bin … yes a BIN full of Grossery Gangs. The newest line is called Grossery Gang Bug Strike and they are little rubbery creatures that kids can collect. The best way to describe these is that they are the boy version of Shopkins. The best part is that they come in little toilets which you add water to (before you open it) and when the kids break the seal (no pun intended) it is filled with a yellow bubbly substance with the figures inside (you dump it out after – it’s just for giggles).
They come in smaller toilet packs (great for stocking stuffers) and larger packs (great for the bigger presents), as well as a lot of garbage trucks and motor bikes the kids use the little figures with.

Where to Buy: Toys R Us, Price ranges from $3.99 – $24.99 for the packs

Grossery Gang Bug Strike

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Flik Flak Watch
A few years ago, my big guy was learning to tell the time so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to buy him a watch. First stop, the Swatch booth at Yorkdale (their kids line is called Flik Flak)! We were offered a chance to check out Flik Flak’s new line of watches and my mini was so excited because he was finally getting a watch. They both have not taken them off since. This year they are offering really great patterned and textured bands great for their little audiences and their older audiences.

Where to Buy: Amazon Swatch $80-$95

Flik Flak Watches

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DC Super Friends HeroDrive Batman Racer by Funrise (3+)
Calling all Superhero fans! Little one’s are going to love these racers, with lights and sounds they are sure to please those curious little minds. I thought they might be too young for my mini but he has been playing with them using his little superhero figures that we have.  There are a lot of options in this new line: the Signal Squad cars have a signal light that illuminates on walls and retail for $12.99, from the Mash Machines which make sounds and have flashing lights retail for $9.99 and lastly the ultimate Batman Racer has lights, engine sounds and music  which retails for $29.99. The added bonus, all come with batteries!!!

Where to Buy: Toys R Us and Home Hardware

Batman HeroDrives

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Professor Maxwell’s 4D Chef’s Kit
This is neat!!! Now that it’s getting colder out, parents are always looking for indoor things to do with their kids and this is a great activity! Cooking brought to life. Download the app onto your phone, insert your phone into the virtual reality glasses then look at one of the recipes and Professor Maxwell comes to life introducing your child to the recipe and he even explains the science behind the food. Look at all the steps and it activates “how to” videos. Note: this product DOES NOT come with the food, but it does come with all the utensils (measuring cups, cutting board, spatula, measuring spoons, apron, hat and much more!
Side Note: the VR glasses were too heavy for my mini to wear so he lost interest

Where to Buy: Scholar’s Choice Best Buy $40 (other options available: Science and Chemistry Kits)

Professor Maxwells 4D Chef

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Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty (8+)
Remember the days when putty was only a beige colour and came in an egg and we thought it was the coolest thing ever? Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty has completely changed putty and it can’t get any cooler. You name it, they have it. Everything from: sparkly putty, magnetic putty, hypercolour putty, unicorn putty, glow-in-the-dark putty, scented putty to name a few. When my kids saw these, they begged me to open them. One was the Strange Attractor Putty which is magnetic (which they were fascinated with) and Super Fly Putty which is an illusion putty. What they were even MORE excited about was the Mixed by Me Thinking Putty Kit which they create their own heat sensitive putties and even make their own tin labels. This one makes for a great rainy day activity – my new go-to birthday gift! I love that it’s non-toxic and made in the USA.
Side Note: the tin can be hard to open, I had to use a fork to separate the tin (part of the putty was under the lid which is why it was sealed as tight as it was)

Where to Buy: Amazon $32 and Scholars Choice $30

Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty

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Tic Tac Tongue by Yulu (4+)
This is a very easy game that the whole family can play. Put the tongue through the frogger face mask, attach the mouth cap to it (easier to clean), insert the number images into the little stands, put them randomly in a row and begin the game. The object of the game is to get the most cards in your colour by choosing the correct number shown and knocking it down with your frogger tongue. This game is perfect for the little one’s who are learning to recognize numbers, plus they loved blowing out the tongue!
Side note: the kids loved the face mask but I had a really hard time with having my face covered 

Where to Buy: Amazon $17.99 or Indigo $20

Tic Tac Tongue

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LeapFrog LeapStart Learning System
This is fabulous learning tool that is actually a fun way for kids to learn! My recommendation: purchase some books right off the bat. First you are going to need to charge your LeapStart Book then download the audio for the books you have purchased by going to the leapfrog web page. If you want to know which books are suitable for your kids, you can go online and see what they offer by grade. Once that is all done, your little one takes the pen that is included with the LeapStart and tap on all different points of the book and it will read/say what you have touched. There are different icons at the bottom of some of the pages, those will guide you to different activities/challenges/problem solving etc that your mini can do throughout the book. Up next for us, the beginner learn-to-read series! Big fan.

Where to Buy: Amazon $50 and Mastermind Toys $60, Books range in price from $10-$25

LeapFrog LeapStart

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HexBug Ring Racer (8+)
I feel like this is the kind of product I would walk right by at a toy store (probably because it’s small), but now that we have tested it out, that would have been a mistake! Out of allllll the toys we have gotten to test, this is the only one that caused a fight because they both were fighting over who got to play with it. So first, let me recommend BUY TWO if you have two kids. They can battle it out together and create their own unique stunts (my kids had it fly down the stairs)! The HexBug Ring Racer tumbles, spins and flips over 360 degrees using the little controller. There are two speed settings: regular and fast mode. Best of all, the batteries are rechargeable so no need to go through a ton of batteries. Just make sure to charge it before you give it to them (it comes with a cord and charges pretty quickly).

Where to Buy: Mastermind Toys $30 or Amazon $32

HexBug Ring Racer

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There are two more toys that I wanted to show you as I thought they would be great for the Holidays, however I did not test them so I can not review them, BUT I am going to purchase them for my kids if that helps 🙂

A. Crate Creatures: I have the Crate Creature Flingers which made my list but this is the larger version that is plush and makes tons of hilarious noises that kids just love! Plus you have to break them out their crate which is always fun for kids
B. Kerplunk Game: A game that would be great for both of my kids to play. Carefully pull out the sticks but don’t pull the the wrong one otherwise all the balls will fall.

Kerplunk and Crate Creatures

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GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!!!!
Just in time for the Holidays, we are giving away (1) Hydro Strike game to (1) lucky reader! This contest is open to Canada and US residents. Here’s how to enter: 

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GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!
Thanks to our friends at Stortz Toys, they are offering (1) lucky reader a chance to win (1) NHL AirPuck (your team choice). This contest is open to Canadian residents only. Here’s how to enter:
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Disclaimer: all items were sent to me for review. Opinions are strictly my own

Spin Master’s Holiday Must-Have’s – List #2

The Must-Have Toys for the Holidays

O.k brace yourselves for some of the coolest toys from Spin Master that I chose to review and my kids LOOOOOOVED!!!

Air Hogs Supernova (6+)
This is officially the coolest toy EVER!!!!!!!!! I knew my kids would love this but what I didn’t realize is that I would love it just as much. The Air Hog Supernova requires NO assembly …. I repeat NO assembly (that’s already a big win in my books as I have heard nightmare stories about putting drones together). It comes with a little charge already so you don’t get the kids all excited giving it to them and then .. oh wait … you have to charge it! Turn it over, find the teeny tiny on switch (the light will be green when it’s ready – you  might need to put it on a flat surface to get the light on) and then throw it up in the air and watch it go. While it is in the air, put both hands on each side of it (but DON’T touch it) and it will spin, put one hand on one side of it (again DON’T touch it) and it will fly in the opposite direction!!!! When it started flying, my 5 year old mini’s exact words were “SICKKKKKK” and I happened to catch that on video which is now on my Instagram (terri_babylishadviceblog). Big Hit, HUGE!!!!!

Where to Buy: Indigo $50 Toys R Us (online only special price) $40

Air Hogs Supernova

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Tech Deck Dudes (5+)
We love all things little especially those that have a little blind bag in it – makes for a fun surprise! These little guys are set in all different positions on skate boards with wheels so kids can use their imagination. You can buy smaller packs which are great for bribes (come on we all do it) or great for stocking stuffers for the holidays. A must-have with this is the Tech Deck Ultimate Half Pipe (which I just ordered from Amazon) or Ramp set where your little one’s can build an entire skate park.

Where to Buy: Toys R Us (4 Pack) Amazon $14.99

Tech Deck Dudes

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Flush Force (4+)
The obsession is real!!! It seems to be a family obsession since both my nephews collect them too and bring them over to trade. Since the new series Flush Force was released, we can not get enough of them. So much so that lately we have been getting a lot of duplicates in the blind bags (which happen to be toilets by the way). We have well over a hundred of these guys (duplicates and all). My mini sleeps with them, brings them to school, has them in every jacket pocket and I even find them hidden in his school bag now. What does he do with them you are wondering? Good question: He uses his imagination and has them battle each other or his action figures. Now you can get the Potty Wagon to add to the imaginary play (yup I just bought this to give to him for Hanukkah).

Flush Force

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Pimple Pete Game (5+)
The idea behind this is so gross, but these days with kids the more gross something is the more the attraction (am I wrong?). The game is super easy to set up, the kids had to put the pimples into his face, I attached the filled plunger into the back of it and we started to play. Put Pimple Pete on a higher flat surface and spin the arrow to find out what part of his face to extract the pimple from. Try not to pull too hard otherwise you will pop the Mega-Zit which squirts you (with water) at which point you get no pimple points for that round – make sure to reload the plunger with water. The game continues until all pimples are out and each “style” of pimple is allotted certain points (thicker one’s have more points). The player with the highest points wins. We had fun with this one especially when I popped the Mega-Zit!

Where to Buy: Amazon $20

Pimple Pete

Happy Holiday Shopping
T.
xo

The Back-to-School Snack Struggle #SimplyProtein

Simply Protein Kids Bar

For those who know me and my children well, you know I struggle with my kids eating! I have VERY picky eaters and I am not ashamed of it though I do feel judged at times when people ask me what I pack my kids for lunch daily.

So now you are curious right?!
Snacks: while I do always try to pack a fruit, likely it will come back untouched (depending on their moods that morning), crackers of every sort, and any kind of snack that hides a vegetable in them.
Main lunch: cold dry toast, cold toasted waffles and any and every kind of cereal that you can imagine (no sugar cereals as they are not allowed in my house)

Yup, THE STRUGGLE IS REAL FRIENDS!!!!!!!!

I was offered the chance to try out the kids Simply Protein kids bars and although I was slightly worried about having them try something new (that is no easy task), I love Simply Protein’s bars for myself so I figured I would give it a shot. Of course, I had to try it out to make sure they were “mom” approved and I have to say I really liked them!

Note: Keep in mind that all my reviews are my honest opinions. If I don’t like it, I don’t review it PERIOD THE END

What I love about Simply Protein Kids Bar
The texture is close to a Krispy Bar (if you get what I am saying ;)) which is great for the picky eaters because the texture is familiar
It is very sweet appealing to the young audiences
– They are peanut free so safe for school lunch boxes
– Each bar has 4 grams of protein, has only 2 grams of sugar and 4 grams of fiber
– The ingredients are plant based
– They are kosher for those families who are observant or go to schools which only Kosher foods are allowed
– They are gluten free
– Come in 2 flavors: I tried the Strawberry Vanilla one, but there is also chocolate brownie which I am very curious to test out
– Doesn’t leave a weird after taste, but the strawberry vanilla flavor definitely lasts a bit in your mouth

Simply Protein

Check out your local grocery store to purchase a box and try them for yourselves
T.
xo

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 😉 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

Here’s how to enter: a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Movie “Wonder” Will Bring You to Tears #GIVEAWAY

Wonder Movie

I am not sure if you are looking for a tear jerk-er for movie night, however the movie Wonder is a MUST see!

As a mom of two young boys, I always worry about them bullying another child and it’s something I am constantly talking to them about (especially my 7 year old). I have tried explaining to him that it doesn’t matter what someone looks like or how they act, there are no excuses. No child ever deserves that!

The movie Wonder is about a little boy who was born with a rare facial disfigurement. His mother (Julia Roberts) and father (Owen Wilson) decide to stop home schooling him and integrate him into a private school. With kids staring, laughing and whispering about him, the movie follows this little boy, Auggie and his daily struggles to fit in. Having made a friend Jack, he soon feels more content in his environment, but within time he stumbles upon a bunch of kids (including his one friend) making fun of the way he looks, calling him a “freak” (cue the tears) and for the remainder of the school year he is bullied by this group who do and say awful things to Auggie. Not wanting to ruin the rest of the movie for others who have not seen it, I can say that the movie finished and I noticed that I had a big smile on my face (of course with tears still streaming down my face).

There are so many important lessons that come out of this movie which is why it makes a great movie to see with your kids and to discuss with them after:
1. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover
2. Be a leader not a follower
3. Choose kindness  

I know you will enjoy this movie as much as I did and I really recommend watching it with your older children

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!
I am giving away 4 copies (yes that’s right 4) to my readers! The contest is open to residents of Canada only (excluding Quebec). You must be 18 years or older to enter. 

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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

 

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