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Explore, Rescue, and Protect with Octonauts Playset & Toys

May 2, 2013 No Comments

I received the mentioned products to review and share my honest opinions.

It’s no secret that my sons like to watch cartoons. The Disney Jr. channel is a favorite and the show they ask for the most is Octonauts. My three year old loves all the underwater creatures and how Barnacles, Kwazii, & the other Octonauts crew always save the day. When I learned about the Fisher Price toy line, I couldn’t wait to bring the Octonauts into my home for the boys.

Octonauts Octopod Review

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Tankzilla – A Motorized Monster Truck from Toy State

February 27, 2013 6 Comments

Monster Trucks from Toy State

When it comes to trucks and cars, my kids can’t get enough of them. Between all three boys, they have more things with wheels than I knew could exist in one house. And just when I think they have just about everything, Toy State never fails to surprise me. They have hundreds of vehicles with unique features that can create hours of entertainment for both kids and adults alike. Their Road Rippers collection now has Monster Trucks to add their product line.

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60% off Select ALEX Toys on Amazon Today Only (12/6)

December 6, 2012 No Comments

60% off ALEX Toys on Amazon in DecemberToday’s Amazon Gold Box deal is for ALEX Toys! I LOVE ALEX Toys so I had to pass this deal onto you!

Save 60% on select ALEX Toys and kits TODAY ONLY. They start at just $6! One of my favorites that is included is this ‘ready, set, school!’ Activity Box. It is regularly $32, but today you can get it for just $12.80! Some others included:

Check out all the deals here! TODAY ONLY!

 


VTech Switch & Go Dinos – Hot New Toys for Kids Ages 3-8 {Review}

September 28, 2012 4 Comments

Switch & Go Dinos LogoCars and dinosaurs. Those are my sons’ two favorite things. They always want to play with cars, dinosaur toys, or watch either on TV. When it comes to toys, my sons tend to get bored with them quick and it is hard to find ones that capture and keep their attention. So what kind of toy could really make them go crazy (in a good way)? How about one that is a dinosaur and a vehicle in one. That’s what VTech has created with their new Switch & Go Dinos.

Switch & Go Dinos Review

I received two (of the seven) Switch & Go Dinos for the boys to play with and they exceeded my expectations. I have seen the commercials advertising them, as my 3 year old always makes sure to get my attention to tell me to ‘buy that’ every time it is on. I didn’t realize how big they are and how many features they actually have. Within a few simple steps, each one can transform from a vehicle to a dinosaur, and vise versa. They each have a screen in the front that is animated with the vehicle drivers or the dinos eyes. There are so many features to the dinos, I probably still don’t know them all.

We first played with the Attila the Ankylosaurus Dinosaur.  This heavy construction vehicle comes with a wrecking ball, tow hook, and a trailer. The tow hook can be used to tow around other Switch & Go Dinos. There are over 70 sayings and sound effects that it makes. My sons loved towing around the trailer and playing with the wrecking ball. When the Attila is switched into a dino, the wrecking ball is now a powerful tail and with the push of a button, the tail moves. I really love that there were two parts to the toys so my sons could each play with a different part as they played together with it.

Attila Switch & Go Dino Review

Next, we got out Brok the Brachiosaurus Dinosaur. This is the king of the Switch & Go Dinos. It comes with a smaller race car and a Pterodactyl. When it in the car mode, it can carried a car, including the race car. With just the pull of the spoiler, the race car launches down for front of the car and the Pterodactyl launches out of the car. They had so much fun launching the car. This was one of my two year old’s favorite features. When switched to the dino, Brok towers high and can move his neck and head all around. This Switch & Go has over 80 different sounds effects and sayings from real-life sounds, fun facts, and cool phrases.

Brok Switch & Go Dino Review

The dinos are heavy duty and I know my boys will test their durability (they aren’t really gentle with their toys). I really love all the different sound effects and sayings that each one has. Normally with new toys, it takes about ten minutes to memorize its sayings and I get annoyed hearing the same thing over and over again. Not with the dinos. I still notice something new every time they are playing with them. The sounds effects are also very realistic. I can’t tell you what my sons’ favorite things are about the toys, because they get so excited just seeing them and the excitement doesn’t die down as they continuously play with them. I can see the dinos being in our household for a very long time.

I would definitely be purchasing more of the collection for my boys. You can purchase the Switch & Go Dinos at national retailers near you, or on Amazon.com.

VTech is holding a Show & Tell Contest on their Facebook page! To enter the contest your child can DRAW or BUILD their own Dino, and no purchase is necessary! Submit your entry by October 1st, for your chance to win a lifetime supply of VTech toys, one of 25 Dino toy sets and more!

 

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for VTech. I received VTech Switch & Go Dinos product samples to facilitate my review.”


Leap Frog’s New Touch Magic Toys and Our ‘Rock N Learn’ Party

September 12, 2012 4 Comments

Leap Frog LogoWith three little guys, we have our fair share of toys and a good number of those toys are LeapFrog. I recently learned about their new Touch Magic products and had the opportunity to host a Touch Magic ‘Rock N Learn’ Party with some family and friends. To host the party, I received two Touch Magic Rockin’ Guitars, a Touch Magic Learning Bus, coupons, activity & coloring sheets, and party planning tips. I couldn’t wait to start planning my party!

A couple weeks ago I invited some friends and family over with their kids (ages 2-6) for a lunch ‘Rock N Learn’ play date. Even thought a few kids were extremely shy for most of the time (and only two would let me take pictures of them without their hands over their faces), all the kids had a chance to play the guitars and bus. One of the Moms even said, “Those are awesome, I want to play the guitar!”

The Touch Magic toys bring the touch screen technology to preschool toys for the first time ever. They recognize every tap, slide, and touch to create a great new learning experience for children. The surface of the toys are completely flat, making them easy to clean and sanitize. There are no buttons or small crevasses for dirt and germs to hide in. Since there are no buttons, the toys are very lightweight and slim. Some parents initially questioned their durability (notice how slim they are in the pictures below). I think they are questioning it because it is something new, different, and most parents are use to big bulky toys. I assumed them, my sons are pretty rough with toys and I can tell these ones are going to last.

The guitar is recommended for kids 3 and up. It plays 10 different songs and kids can customize the songs by playing along adding drums, guitar riffs, and funny noises. The most popular feature at our party seemed to be the strumming. If you strum the guitar really fast, it speeds up the song really fast and sounds like the Chipmunks are singing. The kids loved doing it and thought it was the funniest thing. Out of the ten songs, ‘If You’re Happy and You Know It’ and the ‘ABCs’ were the most popular songs.

Recommended for ages 2 to 4, the Learning Bus brings lots of learning with the alphabet. My two year old loves this toy so much, he didn’t want to share at first. There are three modes: learning, letter exploration and music. The kids loved the piano keys at bottom of the bus and I think we had to listen to ‘The Wheels on The Bus’ about 50 times throughout the afternoon. I also caught a few of the kids trying to drive the bus around the house while they were playing with it.

After all the playing, we relaxed with some Leap Frog coloring and activities. For their lunch I made drum sandwiches with cheese ‘drum’ sticks and fruit with music note cantaloupe. We also made some cookies shaped as music notes and guitars, but after they baked, it wasn’t so easy to tell what they were. It was still a great ending to a fun and energetic afternoon.

You can enter the Touch Magic Rockin’ Guitar Contest by sharing how your child rocks to learn! Five winners will win a $500 Gift Card plus weekly drawings for $100 in toys! Here’s how to get in your entry:

    1. Submit a Video: Submit a video of your kid jamming with the Touch Magic Rockin’ Guitar or a homemade guitar.
    2. Share Video: Promote your video by sharing it with friends and family to view and vote.
    3. Grand Prize: The 5 videos with the highest number of consumer votes and LeapFrog panel votes can each win a $500 gift card.

Visit http://touchmagic.leapfrog.com for more detailed contest information, contest rules, and to submit your entry by November 30th. GOOD LUCK!

Each toy retails for $24.99 and can be purchases on LeapFrog’s site, at Target and other retailers, and on Amazon.com.

 

*I received a party kit including the named toys from Mom Select and LeapFrog to host my Rock N Learn party. I received no monetary compensation and all opinions stated are 100% mine.


Alex Toys, Melissa & Doug Toys & Madame Alexander Dolls up to 70% off

July 18, 2012 No Comments

Melissa & Doug Toys Sale on Totsy

There are some awesome toy sales on  Totsy right now! Save up to 70% off Madame Alexander Dolls, Alex Toys, and Melissa & Doug Toys. Some are as low as $6.00!

There are a lot of other sales going on right now for just about everything: Educational Books, Toddler Clothing Sets, Shoes, Handbags, Maternity Clothing, Flat Irons and so much more.

If you are unfamiliar with Totsy, it is a daily deal website that features tons of products for babies, kids, and moms, up to 90% off. It is free to join! After you join, you will get a coupon code for FREE SHIPPING on your first purchase.

Check out the sales today!

Melissa and Doug Toys on Totsy


K’NEX and Alex Toys up to 50% off on Zulily

May 30, 2012 No Comments

KNEX sale on Zulily

Today on Zulily, two of the new sales include K’NEX and Alex Toys for up to 50% off!  There are some great sets and toys to pick from!

Some other sales that started today include Bamboo Kitchenware, shoes, pet accessories, sunglasses, clothes for everyone, Aduro tech accessories and so much more.

Use promo code GAZU412 to get $5 off any purchase over $50.

If you are not familiar with Zulily, is a daily deal site for moms that features kids cloths, maternity clothes, and women’s clothes, and accessories up to 90% off. They always have a lot of different sales going on each day and it is free to join.

KNEX and Alex Toys on Zulily

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