Dec 172014
 

Choosing gifts for little kids can be harder than you might think.  I mean, yes, there are plenty of toys around.  And there are no shortage of commercials causing kiddos to shout “I want that!”.  But how much is hype and how much is true interest?

Checking out the Barbie Bubble-tastic Mermaid at the Walmart Toyland Chosen By Kids event
This Barbie Bubble-tastic Mermaid post is brought to you by Sverve. All words and opinions are my own.

A couple of weeks ago I shared that I was heading to the Walmart Toyland event at our local Walmart.  They had some of this year’s hot toys available for hands-on play.  Bubbles was excited to try her hand at a few different products, and as a Mom I appreciated being able to judge her reaction and see which ones she gravitated towards. Continue reading »

Dec 152014
 

For those of you who love to wait until the last minute to do your shopping, never fear!  While there certainly has been a scramble this year for certain toys, the hot Hasbro toys are still available.  Here are a few of my favorites that will be under our tree this year.

Easy-Bake Oven

Hot Hasbro Toys: Easy-Bake Ultimate Oven

Did you know that it’s the 50th Anniversary of the Easy-Bake Oven?  When I was little I remember playing with the really old school one at my Gram’s house.  It had been my Mom’s and my Aunt’s when they were young (so definitely old school!). Continue reading »

Dec 152014
 

Bubbles has been asking to get a dog for about a year now.  Being a dog person myself – my parents got a puppy a few weeks before I came home with them and from then until I graduated college, we almost always had a dog.  So selling me on the merits of a ball of fur is not all that hard.

Meet The Happy's Pets - this is Lulu the pink poodle. Please note that Lulu was turned off for this photo, and kids should never let their hair near #TheHappys

We probably will get one this spring or summer.  I think Bubbles is at a good age to be able to treat a puppy gently and it will be good for her to learn the responsibility of feeding, walking, cleaning up after.  But I am not interested in potty training a dog in the cold of winter, ya know? Continue reading »

Dec 062014
 

Bubbles is very “girly girl”.  She loves sparkles and glitter, lip gloss and hair ties, skirts and ruffles and dolls and everything else you can think of.  But on the flip side of that coin she loves planes, trains and cars, bugs, and playing ball.

A bit before Halloween I ran across Monster 500 toys and showed them to Bubbles.  She got a huge kick out of the pictures and so when I was offered a few Monster 500 products to check out I knew she’d be excited.  Hubby was impressed as we unpacked the box, too, which is always a good sign.

Monster 500 Flattop Frank Large Vehicle

There are 10 different Monster 500 characters available in the 3-inch diecast vehicles.  Each comes with a trading card that has a code that unlocks a monster car in the Monster 500 Racing App.  Larger vehicles (4″ high and 5″ long) are also available in four monster choices: Zoom Zombie, CrocPot, Lead Foot, and Flattop Frank. Continue reading »

Nov 202014
 

I received LeapFrog LeapTV products in order to facilitate my review. All words and opinions are my own.

Technology is becoming more kid-friendly by the day. And when I want the latest and greatest in tech for kids, I look to LeapFrog. We’ve long been a fan of their products and with the new release of the LeapFrog LeapTV, they’ve given their best offering to date.

Kids can learn and have fun - all while staying active - with the new LeapFrog LeapTV Game System

Bubbles loves to play along with whatever Mommy and Daddy are doing, but let’s be real – the gaming systems out there right now are designed for adults, not kids. Even if there are family-friendly games, the controllers are designed with dexterity in mind, not learning. And though I can button-mash with the best of them, letting kids play a game that way just leads to their frustration. Continue reading »