Monday, October 7, 2013

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Fairy Tale High doll review & giveaway


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* Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate my review. This post reflects my honest, personal opinion and experience with the product which may differ from yours. Product information courtesy of the sponsor. No monetary compensation was provided for this post.

My Thoughts-
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My kids LOVE playing princesses and with princess dolls. When I heard of a new doll collections called, Fairy Tale High, I couldn’t wait to see what they were like and see how my girls like them. For my review I was sent Teen Little Mermaid, Teen Cindy and Teen Tink. This was really awesome as Cinderella and Little Mermaid are my girls’ favorite princesses and they both love watching Tinker Bell.

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Fairy Tale High are princesses as they would be as teens. Each doll is dressed up in the latest fashions and come with accessories. You can also access webisodes and eBooks about each of the Fairy Tale High dolls. Each eBook is written is diary form but each of the girls. It talks about their adventures together in High School and tells some of their secrets that no one knows. There are two webisodes so far and my girls hope there will be more soon. They would even like a DVD with the Fairy Tale High girls.

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Teen Little Mermaid has a shimmery skirt that looks like it’s made out of little purple shells, she has two bracelets and a green top with a green sea shell as an accent. Her hair is blond with red streaks. Lee, my oldest LOVES her doll, she told me that “It’s totally awesome”. On the back of each package the dolls come in is facts about each doll. As an example, Teen Little Mermaid loves “collecting seashells” and “beach vacations”.

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Teen Cinderella, also goes by Cindy, has a pink skirt and blue top. She has an mp3 player and headphones to listen to the latest tunes. She also wears bracelets and comes with “glass” shoes. Her hair is blond with blue streaks. Moo, my youngest girl said her dolls was “really cool”. Some info about her is she loves “dancing till Midnight” and “Shoes, Shoes, Shoes!”

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Teen Tinker Bell, also known as Tink, has a pink dress and green tights. She also has pink wings, bracelets and a green butterfly hair accessory.

I think these dolls are very cute and help bring out my kids’ imagination even more. They play for hours, making their dolls talk and play together. They make up stories about what they are going to do, they sing and talk about being in school. It’s so fun as a parent seeing your children play together so nicely because they love the toy so much.

The dolls are made very well, great quality. The hair is easy to play with and doesn’t get messy very quickly. The clothing is stitched very well too. The only thing we have had problems with is the bracelets falling off and getting lost, for now we’ve placed the bracelets in my daughter’s jewelry box, just until they are older and can keep track of their toys better.

If you have little princesses in your house I think they will love playing with Fairy Tale High dolls. I know my kids have the rest of the collection on their Christmas wish list. You can find Fairy Tale High dolls at Toys R Us stores, select Wal-Mart stores and online retailers.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

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Sea Sparkles mermaids by Aurora- review & giveaway

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* Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate my review. This post reflects my honest, personal opinion and experience with the product which may differ from yours. Product information courtesy of the sponsor. No monetary compensation was provided for this post.

My Thoughts-
My girls are obsessed with mermaids. They lay on the floor and pretend they are swimming like them, they draw pictures of them and they love watching movies about them. As a parent I LOVE Aurora. So when Aurora came out with the Sea Sparkles line I was excited!!

Each doll has a sparkly swirly fin and a sparkle top that had a jewel on it. The mermaids’ hair is made of yarn and is two colors. Sea Sparkle dolls come in many sizes, ranging from 10″ all the way to 38″!

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My daughter received a 10″ doll. I choose the “Merissa” doll for her. Merissa had brown hair like my daughter and is covered in purple, her favorite color. I surprised my daughter with the doll last week, by setting it in her seat in the van. Then after school she came to the van and was so excited!! She hasn’t put the doll down since, she sleeps with her, takes her in the car, plays mermaids with her. It really is so cute. Now my youngest is asking for one for her birthday.

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I love that the dolls have yarn hair, this makes the hair stay nicer and yet still fun to style. The doll also has a weighted bottom, so she can sit. Ours sits on my daughter’s headboard while she is at school.

I would totally recommend Sea Sparkles dolls by Aurora. They always have great quality products and these dolls are so much fun.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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Ring Bling Game review & giveaway PLUS get 15% off!

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Ring Bling is a game by Super Duper Publications. The game is an interactive game where kids earn rings for their colored hand. There are three different types of cards. The Yellow cards contain basic directions like “Kiss a slimy frog”. They don’t really kiss a frog but they need to use their imagination and kiss like they are really kiss the frog, maybe make a gross face. The Blue cards are what I would call “If” cards. For example “If you like brownies, say ‘baa’ like a sheep.” For my daughter she doesn’t like brownies so she didn’t do anything at all. And finally the Pink cards, they are “before” and “after” cards. This helps them learn how to do things in order. The game is for ages 5 & up and can be played with 1-4 players.

My oldest daughter LOVED playing Ring Bling. She is 7, so the directions to her seemed simple but I challenged her to be extremely creative in her actions. When we were playing I saw a drama queen come to life. Watching her stretch her imagination was so much fun.

The game is played with a hand and several rings. The directions suggest starting with 12 rings. Once the player completes a task the spin the spinner and add the amount of rings to their play hand. OR there is a spot on the spinner that tells you to give a ring to another player. It’s a fun twist. We played the game as a one player game so we skipped the spinner, but I know when she has friends over to play she will love to use the spinner and see what rings will go where.The game is silly and fun and kept my daughter active for over an hour, I’m sure she would have played longer if I would have let her. Even though there is only 50 cards, she wanted to play them over and over again and try different things with them.

As a parent I really love this game. It’s great to encourage your child’s imagination and it helps them learn how to take directions. It’s a great educational tool, teaching them before & after, following simple commands and helps them think about the “if’s”. I would recommend this game to parents with young kids and to schools as a great “rainy day” activity. For classrooms you can purchase extra rings and hands, that way you can include more children.

I’m actually impressed with Super Duper Publications. I’ve looked over their website and have a list of games I want to get for the future. One game that I think will be perfect for our family is Yogarilla. It’s a deck of card that demonstrates basic yoga moves but with a gorilla. I think it’s a really cute idea to make yoga fun for kids and to get parents moving along with them.

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

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Mega Bloks® Barbie® party

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I had the opportunity through MommyParties to host a Mega Bloks® Barbie® party. I was provided with the Mega Bloks products and I provided the food and entertainment. We had a great turn out and all the kids had tons of fun. Last night I spent 1 hour 45 minutes setting up the Mega Bloks Barbie Luxury Mansion so that the kids could enjoy it today. The house was a huge HIT!!

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We had a draw for a Mega Bloks Barbie Pool for one lucky girl and every girl that attended received a Mega Bloks Barbie Build ‘n Style Kiosks. They couldn’t wait to start playing with their new toys. It was fun to see them get so excited.

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The kind people at MommyParties also provided me with a packet with so great party ideas. For one of our snacks they suggested “Cup of Sand”. It contained Nilla wafers, vanilla pudding and a gummy fish, I added the umbrellas for an added touch of color. These tasted great and were so much fun.

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As you can see we had a blast. Look at all these smiling faces.

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My thoughts on the Mega Bloks Barbie line. The Mega Bloks Barbie Luxury Mansion came with a great set of step by step instructions that was easy to follow. The kit had over 300 pieces and took me an hour and forty-five minutes to put it all together (without my kids help. I feel it would have taken longer but would have been a lot of fun to build this with my kids). The set up included adding the stickers and building each section. The only complaint I have it the floors of the house slip out really easily and can get frustrating to my kids. I do understand this feature is to allow them to make the house to their liking, it just would be nice to not have it fall out so easy.

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We also set up the Mega Bloks Barbie Build ‘n Style Fashion Stand and Ice cream Cart. Both came with great set of instructions and only took 5-10 minutes each to set up. Since the party my kids have been playing with their new Maga Bloks Barbie sets non-stop.
I’m impressed and I know my girls have other sets on their birthday wish lists. These toys are recommended for kids ages 4 and older. The younger kids might get a bit frustrated with the small pieces falling apart but I know the older girls at the party loved switching things up and making a new house.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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Reverse Charades Junior- review & giveaway

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For this holiday time why not play the new game of Reverse Charades Junior? I know that is what our family will be playing. The concept is you have teams of at least three people. One person will be the guesser and the rest will act out the word on the cards. There is a timer and the team with the most correct answers wins that round. With the junior version the words are easier to read, my 6 year old could read most words given to her.

As a family we played this and have had so much fun. My 6 year old didn’t want to stop playing. We all couldn’t stop laughing. The game was easy enough for my 6 year old to play but still hard enough for us adults to play. Even with watching two people act out the words I still had problems guessing the word.

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I would recommend Reverse Charades Junior for all families. It makes for a fun family time and it’s a great educational tool. It helps your child read and helps them learn to use their imagination and act out the word. And for those who don’t have young children the company also have a regular Reverse Charades, I’m guessing with tougher words.

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

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The You Doll Kit- review

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With Christmas just around the corner I think this product is perfect for your little ones. The You Doll Kit comes with everything you need to make a You Doll Super Hero at home with no sewing, you just need an inkjet printer and an iron.

I picked out the Armored Hero Pink & Blue Female 12 inch for my 6 year old, so she can become a super hero. The owner of the company even suggested making “mommy and daddy” dolls for your younger ones so they can have us around as “super heroes”.

The kit comes with batting, the cloth doll, the iron-on material for the head and an iron-on patch for the back once it has been filled and the instruction on how to make it. I highly suggest you check out their how-to video to ensure you make the best doll you can.

After reading the directions we were ready to create our You Doll. Lee couldn’t wait, “I’ve never had a doll look like me before.” Said with enthusiasm and a huge smile. We first found a perfect photo to use and tested out different sizes on regular paper before we used the iron-on paper. Once you print your photo on the iron-on paper you cute out all the background, peel the paper backing off, lay the photo down on the clothe doll and place the parchment paper over the photo. You then iron it on. Once the head is attached to the doll you take the cut up batting and fill the doll. I had to use a un-sharpened pencil to fill the legs and arms. Once the doll is filled I turned the doll over and ironed on the patch that was provided.

Lee LOVES her new doll. She had a lot of fun watching and helping make it and wants to take it everywhere with her. I’m impressed with this doll. It’s simple to follow the directions and almost everything you need is provided in the kit. I did have a small issue with ironing on the face but I was able to figure it out and it now looks great. I know a lot of little ones in our life who will love The You Doll.

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