Celebrating with Disney Princesses #DreamBigPrincess

Calling all Disney princess fans!!!!

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

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

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

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

Disney Princess

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

Toy Gift Guide

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

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

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

Oonies – FEATURED PRODUCT

Oonies

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

Oonies

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

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Speak Out – Kids VS. Parents #GIVEAWAY

Speak Out Kids VS Parents

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

Speak out

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

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Spin Circuits/Spinzipz/Spinblades 

Spinz

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

Spinners

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

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Hasbro’s Marvel Spider-man Mega City Playset

Marvel Spiderman Super City Playset

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

Spider-Man Mega City

Where to Buy: Toys R Us
Price: $112.47

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Elevation Pictures Paw Patrol 10 Disc DVD Set #GIVEAWAY

Paw Patrol Gift Set

CALLING ALL PAW PATROL FANS!!!!!

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

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

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Hasbro’s DropMix Music Gaming System

DropMix

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

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

DropMix

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

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Beados Teeneez #GIVEAWAY

Beados Teenez

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

Beados Teeneez

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

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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

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

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Zuru Mayka Tape

Mayka Tape

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

Mayka Tape

Not my child ūüôā

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

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

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

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Little Live Pets

Little Live Pets

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

Little Live Pets

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

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STOCKING STUFFER: Disney Emoji’s Collectibles #GIVEAWAY

Disney Emoji Collectibles

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

Emoji Collectibles

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

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Wishing all a Happy Holidays
Have fun shopping
T.
xo

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 ūüôā

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 ūüėČ

 

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

 

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
Рpost your kids (or your) mad thumb chuck skills on social media and hashtag #thumbchucks for a chance to be rewarded with custom belts
– colours: red, orange, green and blue
– you can switch out the balls so you have different colour combinations

Thumb Chucks2

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

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