Review: Make Learning Fun With Tiggly Shapes – Ages 18 mos to 4 Yrs Old

How often do your kids play with your iPad or iPad mini?  If you are like our family, we entertain the kids with it fairly often.  Are you always on the lookout for games and activities for them?  I found a fun, educational app that helps teach shapes and fundamental geometry concepts.  It also improves language skills and helps develop motor skills, spatial thinking and creativity.  But kids won't even know that's happening as … [Read more...]

Guardians of the Galaxy Toys – Bring Home the Fun!

Are you in love with Guardians of the Galaxy? 96% positive audience reviews on Rotten Tomatoes!  This is a mega-hit!  If you've seen the movie, Guardians of the Galaxy and want to bring home the fun, head to Walmart.  You don't have to stop the excitement when you leave the theater.  Walmart is THE place to find "Guardian Gear" and give your children the toys to continue the fun they experienced at the movies.  Every child wants to be a hero and … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Skylanders Giants Shroomboom Character Piece (US, Ends 7/5)

  Shroomboom was most unfortunate to have been born in a pizza topping garden belonging to Kaos. Growing up among his fellow fungi, he knew it was only a matter of time before a late night craving would bring about their demise. So Shroomboom took a twig and a strand of spider web and made a slingshot. One by one, he launched all of his friends over the garden fence before flinging himself over to join them. Then he guided them all to the … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Transformers Ultimate Autobots Edition (2 Games!) for Nintendo DS (US, Ends 6/28)

This special edition combo pack includes 2 games! Transformers Dark of the Moon The Transformers™: Dark of the Moon video game allows players to fight through the epic battles on Earth that will shape the events of the movie. Armed with a brand-new gameplay mechanic, fans will harness the power of Stealth Force to instantly convert to a third, hybrid state that combines the weapons and firepower of robot mode with the agility and … [Read more...]

Fun New Toy, Sphero! Fight Summer Brain Drain with Educational Fun!

We dropped off our dog to be boarded while we're on vacation and my daughter was in tears.  It's traumatic.  She needed something to distract her, and I remembered that I needed to review a toy.  "Hey, baby, want to review a toy?"  "Sniff, sniff, o-kay.  What is it?"  I said, "it's a ball".  Then she saw it.  It lit up and it moved.  And it was a ball.  She grabbed the iPad and then it was... Wow! Oh!   Wow!   Oh my goodness! Giggles. … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Skylanders “Swap Force” Starter Pack for XBox 360 (US, Ends 6/28)

An all-new team of characters can swap their bottom and top halves for unique gameplay experiences. Kids can even bring their older Skylanders in to join the fun - including Giants! The SWAP Force Starter pack comes with the game, two swappable Skylanders, one standard Skylander, and an updated Portal of Power. Includes: 1 Video Game 1 NEW Portal of Power 3 Skylanders Figures 3 Character Sticker Sheets with Secret Codes 3 Trading … [Read more...]

Celebrate the Heroes in Your Life with Build-A-Bear!

Memorial Day is coming up and it's the perfect time to express appreciation for the service of America's military.   Do you have a family member or friend who is in the military?  If so, you know the dedication and sacrifices that they make every day for our country. One of my all-time favorite, favorite, favorite companies, Build-A-Bear has launched two programs to celebrate service.  In partnership with the USO, a nonprofit … [Read more...]

Elsa and Anna Dresses from Frozen for Only $29.99, Matching Doll Dresses $16.99 Free Shipping!

My favorite toy store in Chicago, Building Blocks Toys, is have a Frozen Dress Up PRESALE HOT, HOT, HOT from Arendale! Anna & Elsa Dresses for Girls and Matching Doll Dresses Preorder now thru June 15th (or until order limit is reached) Details for Presale (now thru June 15th or until order limit is reached) Girl's dresses are only $29.99 each Matching doll dresses are $16.99 Free shipping! NOTE: These will not be delivered … [Read more...]

Protect Your New Summer Toys and Gear with Mabel’s Labels!

Are you starting to gear up for summer?   Before you hit the beach, go camping, or send your children off to summer camp, make sure you've labeled all your gear with Mabel's Labels.   Saving just one item from being lost can pay for a whole year of labeling (or protect that favorite stuffie!) Shop Now! … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Glow Cuddles Bunny from Cloud b – Perfect for Easter Baskets! (US, Ends 4/14)

It's time to start thinking about Easter baskets! Easter is on April 20th this year, so it's not too early to start planning. From when Rosie was first hunting eggs and I put graham cracker bunnies in them, I've tried to avoid the candy overload. I'm not a total spoil-sport, some candy is okay but I like to fill Rosie's basket with something more lasting. She loves plush toys and Easter is a perfect time for a cuddly sweet-but-not-candy-sweet … [Read more...]

Sing and Act-a-long with Disney FROZEN! A Fun Celebration of Sisters and Sisters of the Heart!

Disney FROZEN is my hands-down, all-time favorite family movie.  Ever. Replacing White Christmas and Parent Trap.  Favorite. Ever.  I enjoyed everything about this movie.  Four times in the theater!  Seriously.  Our house has become a treasure of everything FROZEN, from the FROZEN DVD, toys, soundtrack, posters, and even the sheet music.  When I found out from #collectivebias Walmart would be featuring special FROZEN toys for the release of the … [Read more...]

DVD Giveaway: Thomas & Friends: Spills & Thrills (US, Ends 4/5)

Sparks fly on the Island of Sodor as Thomas and  his engine friends race around in these action-packed and slippery tales of friendshp and fun, in Thomas & Friends®: Spills & Thrills available on DVD, Digital HD and Video on Demand March 4, 2014 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment.  Featuring six exciting never-before-seen episodes, Thomas and his friends learn that even when mishaps happen, an adventure always awaits! I've always … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Twilight Carz – The Perfect Valentine’s (Or Any Day) Gift For Your Child (US, Ends 3/1)

"I can't believe you got this for me, I LOVE IT!" That's what I heard when I put a Cloud b Twilight Carz in a Valentine's gift bag and left it on my daughter's pillow last night.  And I have to second her opinion, I LOVE IT!  I'm jealous, I want one.  There are so many features on it, Rosie was literally squealing with delight when she discovered that it changed colors and you could make different things light up... but the … [Read more...]

Holiday Toy Guide: Gifts from K’NEX!

Typhoon Frenzy Roller Coaster Building Set from K'NEX I love roller coasters!  From the first time I rode one to our last trip to Disney World, I've loved to ride them.  K'NEX brings that fun to building and lets kids build their own roller coaster.  The new Typhoon Frenzy Roller Coaster Building Set from K'NEX lets you build with over 640 K'NEX parts & pieces including, rods, connectors and track, and add motorized power to send the silver … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Shopping? Letters to Santa say “K’NEX This Year”! Two Super Mario Bros. Themes Exclusive to TOYS “R” US®.

Dear Santa... One of the most popular items on letters to Santa every year are building sets.  Kids love to build!  The fun people at K'NEX have taken building sets to a new level with their theme sets.  Combine a love for building with Super Mario Brothers?  Genius! The New Super Mario Bros. 2 Thwomps Building Set lets kids go on adventures with Mario and Luigi.  This K'NEX set features a jump disk and launcher, so Mario can run and jump … [Read more...]

Classic Toys To Share With Your Kids This Christmas – Lincoln Logs

Memories of Christmas mornings...   What do you remember?   Running downstairs in your pajamas, mom and dad following slowly and sleepily.  Tearing open wrapping paper.  Then playing with new toys!  Did you have Lincoln Logs under your tree?  I love having toys that can instantly be played with under the tree and Lincoln Logs are one of those.  Even though little ones will appreciate these the most, on Christmas morning kids of every age … [Read more...]