Dec 212013
 

I received Tickety Toc toys in order to facilitate my review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

If you have toddlers you’re probably familiar with the show “Tickety Toc”.  The adorable twins Tommy and Tallulah are responsible for “chime time” every hour, on the hour.  Their friend, Pufferty the Train, takes them to and from their task each time.  In between, they have lots of fun adventures with their friends McCoggins, Hopparoo, Tooteroo, Madam Au Lait and others.

Tickety Toc Toys

Bubbles loves to sing the theme song (it’s very catchy) and knows a number of the show’s catchphrases, like when Tommy and Tallulah ask each other “Are you thinking what I’m thinking?” and “Well if you’re sure, I’m sure.”  And now thanks to some great Tickety Toc toys, she can create her own adventures for the tick-tocketeers. Continue reading »

Dec 142013
 

I received the Sky Viper QuadCopter and other products in order to facilitate my post.  All thoughts and words are my own.

Remote control…. The technology was still a bit limited back then, though, as most of our R/C products were tethered by cords running from the controller to the car.  Even once they graduated to cordless controls they were still a bit clunky – but of course still very fun!

Innovation never stops, though, and today’s R/C toys are pretty amazing.  Some of them, like the remote-controlled Sky Viper QuadCopter, are even a little mind-blowing.  Four-blade copters are one of the hottest trends in the remote control market right now and they’re finally available to the mass market.

Skyrocket Toys R/C Sky Viper QuadCopter

The Sky Viper QuadCopter is the biggest and most technologically-advanced option out there.  It has hobby-grade precision and computer-controlled 6-axis gyro and acceleromete stabilization make this an impressive toy.  The Sky Viper QuadCopter measures 16″ diagonally blade-to-blade and is constructed for both indoor and outdoor use.  So if the weather outside is frightful, kids don’t have to give up the fun. Continue reading »

Dec 102013
 

I received the Lincoln Logs Redfield Ranch in order to facilitate my review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I can remember spending literally hours as a child playing with my Lincoln Logs.  I don’t recall which one it was, but I do know that they were a Christmas gift (there’s photo evidence to help my memory).  The rest of that day and many days into the future I would lay on the floor, carefully fitting the logs into dozens of different patterns.

Lincoln Logs were a tradition that I knew I wanted to share with Bubbles.  They inspire creativity, building skills, and imagination, which are great elements for playtime.  Plus it was something I could play with her that I already knew I enjoyed.

Lincoln Logs Redfield Ranch

Lincoln Logs Redfield Ranch Set - a Toys 'R Us Exclusive

I recently learned that K’NEX had released some new Lincoln Log sets – like the Lincoln Logs Redfield Ranch (available exclusively at Toys ‘R Us).  There 124 of the same classic wooden logs that I played with, plus a few updated additions like plastic roofs and window and door inserts.  The Redfield Ranch also has two figurines that a ranch wouldn’t be complete without: a cowboy and a horse. Continue reading »

Dec 052013
 

I received a Nenuco doll and cradle set in order to facilitate my review. No additional compensation was received; all thoughts and words are my own.

Bubbles has been a fan of dolls since she started playing with toys.  Before that, actually.  I received a soft-body baby doll as a shower gift and I would tuck it next to Bubbles when she was in her electric swing.  Sometimes she wouldn’t even settle in without it.

Last year for Christmas Bubbles received a stroller for her dolls and that completely excited her.  She’d load up a purse with a toy bottle and diaper and take her baby for “walks” around the house.  It was fun to see her play Mommy and learn about taking care of someone or something.

Nenuco Doll and Sleep With me Cradle Set

She was doing such a good job with the stroller and her improvised diaper bag that I thought maybe she would like a new way to take care of her babies.  Then I ran across the Nenuco Sleep With Me Cradle set.  We already were enjoying other products by the manufacturer, Famosa, so I thought we would probably enjoy this, also. Continue reading »

Dec 052013
 

I received the Pinypon Ski Lodge and Snow Car in order to facilitate my review.  No additional compensation was received and all words and opinions are my own.

I grew up in Maine about five miles away from the local ski lodge and lifts.  I wouldn’t really call it a ski resort as there was no hotel involved, but you could ski, snowboard and even go snow tubing.  We certainly had enough snow to support it; we routinely received multiple feet of snow per winter.

Here in Kentucky, though, we don’t get snow like that – thankfully!  While I enjoy watching the snow fall and having snow for Christmas Eve and Christmas, I don’t miss the years when the snow would accumulate so high you could no longer see out the windows.  The one caveat to that is that I wish there was enough snow for Bubbles to enjoy, as playing in the snow as a child was always great fun.

Pinypon Ski Lodge & Snow Car and Tow

With the Pinypon Ski Lodge and Snow Adventure Car & Tow we can at least pretend to have outdoor play.  The Pinypon friends in these two sets can ski, go snowboarding, skate, build a snowman, go sledding and even ride a snow mobile.  And when they’re done their outdoor fun, they can head inside and get warm in the lodge. Continue reading »