iClever Cat Ear & Reindeer Holiday Earphones

Many kids are now required to have over the ear headphones for school. Our school kids all have Mac Laptops instead of textbooks and these are necessary so that each kids can work at their own pace. These darling headphones allow our children to be expressive and have the tools they need for school. These headphones come with cat ears and reindeer horns that are detachable on the top part of the headphones. iClever is just that clever with their products and these are no exception. These work well and look cool! Continue reading “iClever Cat Ear & Reindeer Holiday Earphones”

My Friend Cayla Interactive Doll

My Friend Cayla

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How much fun would it be for a child to wake up on Christmas morning and have a new doll that can do more then the average doll. The My Friend Cayla is not just your normal doll that we grew up with. This doll is completely interactive and is used with your tablet or smartphone. You can ask her many different questions and she can answer most of them when she’s connected to the internet. Ask her questions from the capital of Japan to how my much 99×4 is. There were not that many questions that Cayla cannot answer and if she can not find the answer then she politely tells you that it is too hard of a question for her to answer. Continue reading “My Friend Cayla Interactive Doll”

Comic Con in a Box Nerd Block Giveaway

The Five Fish, Gift guide, The Five Fish gift guideDo you have a super geek in your house that is always on the hunt for great toys, apparel, and epic collectables? My house consisting of my two boys and my husband, who has man-child moments of astounding nerd proportions, are always nerdy. However my daughter and I are not exempt as we are huge Who heads. So when on the hunt for a great gift for your geek, why not consider a monthly subscription to Nerd Block.

Nerd Block is filled with toys and collectables from favorite brands like Star Wars, Doctor Who, Marvel – it’s literally like Comic Con in a box! Each box is generously filled with a variety of items from each genre varying from video games to movie fanatics to comic collectors.

Nerd Block, #nerdblockThe boxes are not limited to a singular box since each nerd has their own genre you can choose from the classic Nerd Block, Arcade Block, and the Horror Block. But the fun doesn’t stop there…for your littlest nerds ages 6-11 they can revel in the Nerd Block Jr for boys and for girls. Prices range anywhere from $13.99 to $19.99 with a total combined value of up to $60.

We received a classic Nerd Block and two Jr. Blocks; because when you have twins you cannot have one without the other.

Our Classic Block was chock full of awesomely cool nerd stuff including DC Comics, Star Wars, Ironman and much, much more. My resident nerds were super stoked at this haul. Nerd Block Jr, Nerd block ages 6-11

Our Jr Blocks were just as fun with his and her gear. Both had a fun Penguins of Madagascar Nerd Block exclusive, puzzle erasers, My Little Pony and Ironman again! My girl Jr Block has an adorable collectable plush named “Boo” that my daughter was swooning over.

Are you as excited as my household geeks were? AWESOME! Well then you have the opportunity to win TWO blocks of your choosing, that’s valued at almost $100 with all the contents. Here are your details below to win two Nerd Blocks of your choice.

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Hours of Play Wonder Forge

I am so enjoying watching my kids grow up, their various interests and what piques their inquisitive minds. They are really into board games now which I am truly enjoying. Family game night is something that we have been enjoying with their new found fondness. Not all games however are created equal. I have noticed over the years how many board games are geared more towards girls. While they have boys marketed on the cover, the game ultimately is a “girls” game as my boys would say. This year my kids were wowed with the awesomeness of Wonder Forge.

Wonder Forge raises the bar of creative games for preschoolers to adults; the games engage children physically, socially, and creatively, celebrating the “can do” attitude in all children. In 2007, the founder and his creative types came together to develop these extraordinary, original play experiences for kids and families.

So my boys love board games but Candy Land and Chutes and Ladders are not so much their forte these days. At age 6 and 11 there is a bit of an age gap, but not enough that they don’t have similar interests. Even though Seth is barely over toddler age he is rather advanced with his game play, he is reading and enjoys challenges like checkers and chess. G is advanced as well, he’s a fan of backgammon and we are finding he enjoys our Trivial Pursuit, but he’s still too young for such a challenge.

Wonder Forge offers games that are mentally stimulating as well as fun!

wonder forge games, star wars dice gameWe found the Star Wars Face Off Dice game was an excellent fit for G and Seth to play together….well and The Chad. Their sci-fi geek meter was going crazy when they saw this game. Using the force or the dark side this game of strategy with the face filled die of beloved Star Wars characters is action packed and a fast play. Rolling the dice and racking up their points they were boisterous and laughing the whole way through. Plus, we can take this game on the go with us. Everything packs into the head and we can take it anywhere which is awesome when we go camping.

wonder forge games, teenage mutant ninja turtle gameAnother gem was the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Foot Clan Street Fight game for my Sethers. A traditional style board game where each player rolls the dice to move through the manhole covers to find the missing Turtles. Admittedly, my boys love pizza and ninja turtles so this was a win-win all around where in the game they could uncover the famed meals of the turtles, pizza. While this is somewhat boy geared, my daughter could definitely get in on the action with the multi-player option. Plus, she subjects them to her girl games rather often so this was a nice change of pace for my male dominated house to enjoy “boy stuff” as Seth called it.

I love that the Wonder Forge family of games has something for everyone. They follow the story line of the favorite movies and characters but do not limit their audience to just a certain group of children. The games incorporate fun for the whole family by embracing fun in all ages. The games start for ages as young as three on up. Whether you are looking to add to your family collection of board games or gift that child who loves to play and flex their imagination and strategy skills, the Wonder Forge family of games is sure to be a hit.

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Girls Gifts My Little Pony & Littlest Pet Shop

My boys are generally the easiest to shop for: Nerf guns and swords to battle each other with rubber coated foam bullets and or Lego’s. Enough said.

My daughter, the girly girl is a bit tougher to shop for since she is at an age where she might be able to play with older girl toys, but still lacks the maturity to enjoy them. However I found that she loves My Little Pony and Littlest Pet Shop. These two appeal to her and her little hands and she is able to maintain them in a way that I am not worried about. The toys themselves do not have any small parts that would frighten me about a choking hazard like some Barbie toys do, and she adores how quaint they are.

Since she is rather petite, theses petite little toys are great stocking stuffers or stand alone toys just for girls.

The Littlest Pet Shop Walkables are a great addition for any holiday gift. Add some motion to any LITTLEST PET SHOP collection with the WALKABLES Pets Assortment! These quirky pets are full of spunk and ready to get up and go. At the touch of a button these pets get going, moving across any smooth surface. Girls can collect up to 12 LITTLEST PET SHOP WALKABLES Pets including a dog, seal, snail, fish, cat, spider and more. Each sold separately. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com not to mention the price is just right for those of you shopping on a budget like myself! Priced at $7.99 MSRP, these little critters are sure to light up any little girls holiday.

The more friends the merrier with the MY LITTLE PONY pony assortment! Girls can expand their pony collection with these adorable MY LITTLE PONY figures, each featuring a unique cutie mark that reflects their personality.  The circle of friends continues to grow as each pony comes with a special animal friend! Each figure in the assortment includes an accessory to tote their pet friend along and a comb for girls to style the pony’s bright, brushable mane.  Eight MY LITTLE PONY pony figures will be introduced in the spring with an additional ten ponies available in the fall. Each sold separately. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com and again, priced just right for those looking to add that last minute gift or pinch those pennies in a rough economy at $4.99 each MSRP.

So for less than $15 total you can add some great gifts under your holiday tree for your little girl this holiday season, I know mine is enjoying her recent addition of the Walkables to her Littlest Pet Shop toy collection and another pony to her My Little Pony toy collection.

“Disclosure: I was provided with a sample of My Littlest Pet Shop and My Little Pony at no cost in order to test the products’ abilities and give my own personal opinions on it. The opinions I have given are mine and may differ from others but were not influenced by the company or the free product provided.”

Hottest New Girls Toy Hot Locks

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We all know how hot those pesky pets were, so how about another hot new toy for the season with Hot Locks for girls! My Little Bitty received a Hot Locks Deluxe Morgan to play with as part of the MomSelect Hot Locks toy promotion and giveaway.

hot locks, think wow toys, mom selectWhile Sara may be a bit young at age two she LOVES her Hot Locks Morgan with 28″ of hair to play with, style, and twirl. However, she is all girl with playing with her bright colored Morgan Hot Locks doll. Although she cannot get the full play now, we have had lots of fun styling her “pretty” as Sara calls her brightly colored barrettes and hair ties.

The hair is made of a soft vinyl that can be detangled by the included styling comb. But the hair can become twisted around the doll and in knots if not stored properly. The dolls clothing all stays on the doll (super plus mom!) , but some parts are small enough to be considered a choking hazard. So the suggested age would be 4-6. Each doll comes with different accessories, names, and a coordinating hot locks extension for your daughter to sport in her hair as well!

Your daughter too can play with this fun hair doll where they can spend hours of play andhot locks, styling. Win a Hot Locks Ami doll, and for those who do not win the doll get a choice of Hot Locks hair extension for your daughter so she can be a Hot Locks girl too!

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Pure Energy, Pure Fun PlasmaCar, Win IT

Are your kids the imaginary play and or full of energy type of play kids? Mine are in every sense, if you give them toys that require their own minds and energy they are off and running, literally. I was seeking more toys for my kids to enjoy outside for play time since they are growing up so fast. I found the PlasmaCar.

The PlasmaCar is one fun ride! The “car” requires no battery power, plugs, just the inertia and energy or your own body and movement to really get cooking. But before the ride, some assembly is required.

But as you can see…the assembly is ever so simple. The wheels, the steering wheel, the steering wheel cap and a hex key to tighten down the nut and bolt on the steering wheel. I would suggest a rubber mallet as the instructions indicate for seating the front wheels and the steering wheel into place.

Once you have taken the short amount of time required to assemble your kids will be off and riding! To “power” the PlasmaCar all your kids have to do is grab the steering wheel at the most narrow location, while seated of course, and turn the wheel from side to side in a swift motion. Just think of how you see people on TV pretending to drive a car, same concept. This action coupled with inertia, centrifugal force, and gravity can really get this toy on the go! Just look at all the fun the kids were having:

Even more important than the fun is how SAFE the toy is to use by the kids (and adults, safe up to 220lbs of ride on fun). The PlasmaCar was recognized for the following safety standards: European Safety Toy Standard and American Society for Testing and Materials. A truly tough and rugged construction that allows for riders to take on even rough surface rides.  If you think the PlasmaCar is awesome you should check out the entire toy line from PlaSmart Toys! The toys are interactive fun based on your child, no batteries required, just brain power.
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An even better reason to fan and follow Pla Smart Toys is you can win your very own PlasmaCar for your kids to motor around, or you can motor around yourself! To enter to win, visit the Pla Smart Toys website and come back and tell me what other toy you would like to try (USA or CAN toys) and why! (Please do this first before any other entries will be counted, be sure to leave your email addy as well to assist in claiming your winnings.)
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*The Five Fish received a PlasmaCar in exchange for this review. Product receipt did not in any way influence personal opinion of product received and tested.