Stocking stuffers can be both the most fun and hardest things to shop for! You want to find something small enough to fit in the stocking, hopefully not too expensive, but not junk or only candy. PLAYMOBIL® has so many fun options that would be perfect as a stocking stuffer or gift for almost any child in your life!
I'm pretty enamored of my new nephew, who is only going to be about 2.5 months old at Christmas. He's obviously too young to actually play with PLAYMOBIL but I could not resist the Read more [...]
Here's a question that can divide friends quickly: when both are available, do you read the book or see the movie first? We're generally book first, but I think we'll be making an exception for Disney's "The BFG". Surprisingly, I don't think that I read the Roald Dahl classic as a child - though it's possible that I did and I've just forgotten - and Disney's version is so visually stunning that I can't wait to share it with my family!
“The BFG” unites the talents of three of the world’s Read more [...]
When you think of the holiday season, you probably think of celebrations, family traditions, and food (just me?). If you have kids, you probably also think of germs, colds and how likely any member of your family is to bring home a new virus to share. Add in the suddenly cold temperatures, and I know that despite our best efforts to wash hands frequently, get enough sleep and take our vitamins, it's just the time of year for someone to have a runny or stuffed up nose!
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Games and toys are always in demand at this time of year, but finding something that will still be used well into the spring is the real challenge! I have a few fun suggestions for different ages from my friends at BRIO and Wonder Forge.
I have a new nephew, so baby toys are back on my radar. The BRIO High Chair Baby Toy ticks off a lot of boxes for me, because first of all, it's pretty cute, but it also seems like a toy that will last and get a lot of play.
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If you know a girl around the age of 8, changes are very high that she loves to craft! Making jewelry out of random bits of craft supplies is a constant activity in my house, so I think my 7.5 year old is going to love creating with Gel-a-Peel over the Christmas break!
I was sent a Gel-a-Peel Accessory Kits in Sparkle (also available in Neon). It comes with 16 design templates and 3 gel tubes, plus 5 designer tips and accessory hardware! Your accessory designer will be able to make 60 gel bracelets Read more [...]
For those of you not familiar with it, S.T.E.A.M stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. The Netflix Original Series, Project Mc2 is all about girls using S.T.E.A.M. to solve problems and save the world, and their toys give kids a chance to play and learn without even realizing it! I was sent a Project Mc2 H2O RC Car which is recommended for ages 6+, but will be going to my fashion-doll obsessed 5.5 year old this Christmas. We've had other remote control (RC) cars in the past but Read more [...]
Disney's Pete's Dragon is available now on Blu-Ray + DVD and Digital HD, and it would make a wonderful present this holiday season! I grew up loving the original 1977 "Pete's Dragon", which I watched on VHS (and sang along to and cried over) many a time, so when I heard that they were remaking it, I really couldn't figure out how it would work. Disney took the same basic story - a orphaned boy befriends a dragon named Elliott, who no one else can see - but took out the songs and the abusive adoptive Read more [...]
We're arriving fashionably late to the PLAYMOBIL® party! I never really considered getting any for my daughters because we had a playroom full of critters and dolls of every size imaginable, so adding another group to the mix didn't seem necessary. Then this summer I was able to review our first PLAYMOBIL® set and I was pleasantly surprised at how interested both of my girls were in it. That set was meant for younger kids, so I'm excited to surprise my daughters with some sets that will really Read more [...]
Books are always one of my favourite gifts to give! My 7 year old is reading chapter books on her own all of a sudden, and my 5 year old is starting to read sight words and books with lots of repetition, but both still love being read to so it's a very exciting time for our family of bookworms. Tundra Books sent me a little package featuring some of their hot books for the season and while I have two tucked away for under the tree, I know all three will get lots of reads and rereads!
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Lori Dolls are sweet little 6 inch dolls that look like young girls - not babies, not grown ups, but just about the same age as the little girl who is likely playing with them. I first reviewed Lori Dolls back in the spring and they are a play room staple now. My daughters are old enough now that I tend to leave them to play privately but I can tell that they get a lot of play based on how often I find them on the play room floor. This Christmas, we'll be putting a whole lot of new ideas for play Read more [...]