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Share the Joy of Reading with Bookroo

With all the technology available to our kids today, sometimes it’s nice to take a step back and enjoy the simpler things, things like reading physical books. Shocked to hear that books still exist? Haha! They most definitely do and we are constantly working to expand our kids’ home library. With the help of Bookroo, growing their collection is as easy as it gets.

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~I received a sample to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

It’s important that we take the time to help our kids’ imaginations grow, improve their listening skills, and expand their understanding of the world. The easiest way to do this is by reading to them.

It’s not just children’s classics like “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” that we need to read to our kids. It may be a favorite, but there’s so much more to be learned by reading a large variety of books.

Bookroo, a monthly children’s book subscription, can help with book selection! One of the things Bookroo offers in its monthly shipments is an assortment of different titles.

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This month we received two titles that I’ve never heard of, but they turned out to be great choices – “Lily Wool” and “Edward Built a Rocketship.”

“Lily Wool” is about a little sheep, Lily Wool, who is a bit of an outcast in her herd. In the end she’s able to find and follow her unique passion, while helping others around her. It’s a great story for those trying to find their place, even if it’s not the norm.

“Edward Built a Rocketship” is a fun rhyming story that follows Edward as he plans and creates his own rocketship, then uses his imagination to journey through outer space. It’s quite the adventure!

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Another fun feature of Bookroo is that each book comes individually wrapped, so it’s always a surprise to the kids as they open them up. Most people don’t think of books as gifts, but I personally think that when books are wrapped and kids get to open them up, it adds a sense of excitement about reading. Gifts are exciting, right? So if a book is wrapped like a gift, they must be a fun item and reading must be exciting.

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Bookroo is a wonderful gift for kids this holiday season.

Starting at $15.99 per shipment with a 12 month subscription, and ranging up to $17.99 per shipment with a month-to-month subscription, it’s an affordable option too. And for you deal seekers, each shipment retails for more than you actually pay for the subscription.

Plus, it’s easy to sign up or gift a Bookroo subscription.

First, you choose which type of shipment you want – board books or picture books.

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Then you choose your subscription.

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And last, you enter your billing info and then sit back and wait for shipments to come every month.

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Which shipment option would your kids enjoy – board books or picture books?

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Mash’Ems & Fash’Ems Make Perfect Stocking Stuffers

As you gear up for holiday gifting, you’re probably thinking about what to buy your kids. I tend to focus more on the gifts that go under the tree and that often leaves me forgetting about my kids’ stockings. It’s always a last minute rush to find the perfect stocking stuffers, but not this year. Stocking fillers are on my mind and I’ve found that Mash’Ems and Fash’Ems make the perfect stocking stuffers.

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Do you do the same thing I do, and forget about stocking stuffers until the last minute? Let’s change that! I recently discovered Mash’Ems and Fash’Ems, and immediately knew they would make the perfect stocking stuffers.

What are Mash’Ems & Fash’Ems?

In a nutshell, Mash’Ems and Fash’Ems are soft, squishy, must-have collectibles. Mash’Ems are fun to stretch and squish, making the characters look funny, but they always return to their original state when you’re done. Fash’Ems are soft and squishy too, but they bring some fashionable fun for the little ladies who love dress up.

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Both are available in a wide array of characters, each set consisting of 6 different characters. Each one comes in a blind capsule, so you never what you’re going to get until you open it.

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Mash’Ems

  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Spider-Man
  • Peppa Pig
  • Disney Emoji
  • Pac-Man
  • PJ Masks
  • Cars 3
  • Spongebob Squarepants
  • Thomas & Friends
  • PAW Patrol
  • Avengers
  • Transformers
  • Batman
  • Justice League
  • And more!

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Fash’Ems

  • My Little Pony
  • Littlest Pet Shop
  • Care Bears
  • Barbie
  • Monster High
  • Hello Sanrio
  • Disney Princess
  • Frozen
  • DC Superhero Girls
  • And more!

Twist’Em, Squish’Em, Collect’em!

Want to collect them all? It’s easy to keep track of your collection with Mash’Ems and Fash’Ems Official Collector’s Guides and Checklists (available on Apple and Android). Check each character off as you collect it and add the ones you still need to your wish list. You can even read and learn more about each character.

Making Time 2017 Holiday Gift Guide | #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuideTheir small size makes Mash’Ems and Fash’Ems perfect to fill up a kid’s (or collectors) stocking. Buy 6 and your child may be able to complete a whole collection. You won’t know until the capsules are opened!

Mash’Ems and Fash’Ems retail for $2.99 each and are available at a variety of retailers including, Walmart, Target, Toys ‘R’ Us, Amazon, and more!

Which collection will your child like?

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Give Them a Gift They Want with Loop & Tie

Is there someone on your holiday shopping list who is just impossible for buy for? Ya know, the type of person who returns your gift every holiday for something they really want? Not anymore! Give them a gift they want with Loop & Tie.

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Loop & Tie is the new way to appropriately gift those hard to buy for people on your holiday shopping list. How do you know the person will like the gift? Well, because they’re choosing it themselves!

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Loop & Tie is really easy to use. You choose how much you want to spend on a gift ($25, $50, $75, $100, $150, $250, or $500) and make the purchase. Shipping is already included, so it’s just a flat price. Each amount has a whole collection of items for the recipient to choose from, with products ranging from categories like home, bath, travel, accessories, drink, eat, and social good.

Once you purchase a collection, the recipient is notified via email of your gift and then they get the chance to view the collection and choose which gift they want. It’s as easy as that!

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Along the way, the recipient gets updates of the entire process, from confirmation after choosing their gift, right down to shipping, tracking, and delivery. After choosing which gift they want from the collection, they also get the opportunity to send you a thank you note. This is built into the Loop & Tie process, so it’s easy for the recipient to thank you.

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I recently got the opportunity to try Loop & Tie myself and I love it. I chose to gift myself the $25 collection and after browsing through the entire collection, decided to go with the Sputnik Sea Urchin Duo Kit. I’ve been wanting to add some plants to my kitchen’s window sill and these were perfect.  Give Them a Gift They Want with Loop & Tie | #LoopandTie #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

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After choosing my gift, it was maybe a week before it arrived and I love the little addition of  the air plants to my kitchen. It definitely helps that since they’re air plants, they’re very low maintenance.

Making Time 2017 Holiday Gift Guide | #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuideAs for gift giving, when you use Loop & Tie, no recipient will ever return your gift again! Loop & Tie is great for gifting to Him or Her, and some of the gifts are even great for the Home.

Do you have a hard to buy for person on your holiday shopping list?

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Mayka Toy Block Tape is Turning Worlds Upside Down

Have you seen the meme that shows a parent running barefoot across a treadmill filled with LEGOs? Many parents would agree that stepping on a LEGO block is the worst thing in the world and while I agree it hurts like heck, they’re still fun to play with. LEGOs are a great way to help your child become more creative and build their own worlds. Now, the creativity gets even more fun because Mayka Toy Block Tape is turning worlds upside down, literally.

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Mayka Toy Block Tape from Zuru is an adhesive block tape that sticks to any surface, instantly taking your child’s imagination to the next level. Skip the basic block base plates and stick Mayka Tape up walls, around corners, underneath shelves, anywhere you can imagine. Then add all the block creations you want to make new worlds come to life.

 

Mayka Tape is compatible with major toy brick brands, including LEGO, Mega Blocks, Kreo and more. Each roll comes with 6.5 feet of reusable adhesive tape. Just cut the tape to the desired length and shape, and stick away. You also have a choice between 2 stud and 4 stud tape. And to keep things colorful, Mayka Tape is currently available in 9 different colors.

  • Black
  • Pink
  • Blue
  • Green
  • Sand
  • Light Blue
  • Light Green
  • Red
  • Grey

When I first saw Mayka Tape, I knew it was something my kids would have fun with. They love to play in our open living room/kitchen area and the first thing that came to mind was sticking Mayka Tape to the refrigerator. And that’s exactly what we did.

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Mayka Toy Block Tape is Turning Worlds Upside Down | #Zuru #MaykaTape #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide #LEGO

They used their LEGOs to build rockets, dinosaurs, flowers and more, to place around their new vertical world. The Mayka Tape was easy to cut, shape and stick, and we have plenty more to try in other places.

I do want to note that if you stick Mayka Tape to a painted wall, it may pull the paint off when removing it. So be careful with that. We’re sticking to smooth surfaces like the refrigerator and undersides of shelves, and I’m even thinking it would be cool to do something fun around the outside of the TV in the kids room. It will be kind of like a frame for the TV.

Making Time's 2017 Holiday Gift Guide is in the works and this is your opportunity to gain holiday exposure. Spots will fill up fast so contact me today! #HolidayGiftGuide #HGG #giftideasMayka Tape is a great gift idea this holiday season for kids and kids at heart. I know some of you still like to play with blocks. Even I like to get in the floor and build stuff with my kids from time to time.

At around $10 per roll, it’s affordable too. On Amazon, Mayka Tape can be purchased in packs of 2 ($19.99-$29.99), or you can go for the bulk 5 pack and get 5 different colors at once ($49.99).

Where will you stick Mayka Toy Block Tape?

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The Ultimate Holiday Wish List for the Disney Junior Fan

Do you have a kiddo who absolutely loves Disney Junior? My kids watch the Disney Jr. channel every single day and have become big fans of all the characters – Mickey and the gang, Doc McStuffins, The PJ Masks, Puppy Dog Pals, Vampirina, and more. Whether your kids have a favorite or like them all, this ultimate holiday wish list is for every Disney Junior fan.

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Before we get into this epic wish list, just a heads up. The prices listed are MSRP, but SOME of the linked prices are much lower. So here’s to all my fellow Disney Junior fans and their parents who love to save!

The Ultimate Holiday Wish List for the Disney Junior Fan | #DisneyJunior #Disney #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuideMickey and the Roadster Racers Racing Adventures Mickey Plush – $39.99

Calling all racers! This Racing Adventures Mickey Plush moves his head from side-to-side, does 360* spins, stands, waves a flag, moves his arms up and down, talks, sings, and makes racing sounds with a touch to his light up helmet. Think you can beat him in a race? Give it a go and you might take the flag! As a special surprise, Mickey will show you a special victory dance.

The Ultimate Holiday Wish List for the Disney Junior Fan | #DisneyJunior #Disney #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuideMinnie’s Walk and Play Puppy – $39.99

Any Happy Helpers in your house? Straight from her role as a Happy Helper, Minnie trains and walks cute and fluffy little Snowpuff. Use Minnie’s clicker to teach Snowpuff to bark, spin and dance, or even go on a walking adventure. Minnie also sings and talks to Snowpuff, who responds by making happy dog sounds.

The Ultimate Holiday Wish List for the Disney Junior Fan | #DisneyJunior #Disney #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuideDoc McStuffins All-in-One Nursery – $79.99

Time for a checkup! Doc McStuffins is a great role model for all young aspiring doctors, as she cares for toys and dolls, alike. This complete nursery has everything a toddler will need to care for their own baby dolls. Included are a light and sound stethoscope, a scale for measuring height and weight, a sticker bandage dispenser, and even a portable electronic laptop for diagnosing. The laptop lights up and plays sounds and lullaby music. When it’s time for baby’s nap, give the cradle a rock and the mobile a spin. Before you know it, your toddler will be giving you a checkup!

The Ultimate Holiday Wish List for the Disney Junior Fan | #DisneyJunior #Disney #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuidePJ Masks Rival Racers Track Playset – $39.99

It’s your turn to head into the night to help the PJ Masks save the day! Catboy, Owlette and Gekko are always battling nighttime villains and with the Rival Racers Track Playset, it’s they have to save the museum from Night Ninja. Use one of two built-in mega launchers to zoom the Cat Care through the loops and curves of the track to reach the museum. But watch out for Luna Girl and Romeo along the way!

The Ultimate Holiday Wish List for the Disney Junior Fan | #DisneyJunior #Disney #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuidePuppy Dog Pals Doghouse Playset – $29.99

Join the fun-loving pug brothers, Bingo and Rolly, as they play and explore in their doghouse. Ride the tire swing, take the elevator up and down, play on the seesaw, slide down from the second floor to meet A.R.F. (doubles as a vehicle), or fly around the roof on a glider. There’s plenty of fun to be had and don’t be surprised if your kid asks for their own playhouse after playing with the Puppy Dog Pals Doghouse.

The Ultimate Holiday Wish List for the Disney Junior Fan | #DisneyJunior #Disney #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuideVampirina Scare B&B Playset – $59.99

Does your kid love the newest ghoul on the block , Vampirina? Now they can join her at her family’s Scare B&B. It’s three floors of spooktacular fun, including magically rising food in the kitchen, a moving and shaking record player, a spinning living room TV, a bookcase that transforms into a guest day bed, magic portraits, and more. Place Vampirina on six special spots throughout the B&B and she’ll glow, or if she gets a little batty, hang her upside down. Many characters must be purchased separately, but Vampirina and her best friend and neighbor, Poppy, are both included.

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Which toy will your Disney Jr. fan love?

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Professional & Affordable At-Home Teeth Whitening + #Giveaway

You may or may not know that I’ve been on a teeth whitening journey for quite some time now. In the past I’ve shared my experiences with oil pulling and activated coconut charcoal powder, without major results. I’ve also tried Crest White Strips, but they just don’t stay in place; and while all of these attempts at whitening my teeth didn’t deter me from trying more, I had lost all hope in at-home products and was ready to go to the dentist for professional help. But before I even got the opportunity to make an appointment, I discovered Smile Brilliant.

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Coffee and tea are staples in my everyday life, but they come with a price – stained teeth. None of the at-home products I’ve tried in the past have provided the results I want, but I kept trying them in an attempt to avoid costly professional whitening services. Just before I was ready to make that dentist’s appointment, Smile Brilliant came on my radar.

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Professional & Affordable At-Home Teeth Whitening | #SmileBrilliant #teethwhitening #giveaway

Spoiler alert – with Smile Brilliant I’ve been able to get the same professional results I would at the dentist, but without the cost or an actual visit to the dentist. The whole whitening process has been very easy, from getting the kit, creating my teeth molds, and the actual whitening. Even with as busy as my schedule is (hello, mom life), I’m getting it done.

Obviously I love that I’m now getting results with the Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening System, but my favorite thing is that I can whiten literally anytime I want. On any given day you may find me whitening my teeth while cleaning, cooking (this helps prevent me from snacking while I cook too, haha), walking my son home from school, while giving the kids a bath or taking a shower myself, and I’ve even taken it so far as to whiten while grocery shopping.

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Can you tell I’m wearing my whitening trays?

The trays are clear and fitted to your teeth, so they’re hardly even noticeable. And you can still talk while the trays are in, so if you have to talk to someone while grocery shopping or yell at your kids for fighting (not that I would know anything about that), you can still do it.

My favorite time to whiten is while I’m sitting at my computer working (I may or may not be whitening right now). When I sit down to get some work done, I zone in and get so focused that before I know it an hour and a half has flown by, and not once do I even think about whitening trays being on my teeth. It’s like a snap of the finger and today’s whitening session is done.

Making Time tip: I suggest not whitening after eating Chinese takeout. I did this one evening and all that sodium content had me extra thirsty. I try not to drink anything while whitening, but that evening I just HAD to drink some water. Just saying.

So, all this talk about this amazing at-home teeth whitening system and how I’ve actually seen real results, but I haven’t shown them to you. Here they are!

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This is after just two weeks of whitening. The first week I was doing every other day for 45 minutes, just to get used to the product (it’s some powerful stuff), and then the second week I did every day for an hour and a half. You can actually safely whiten for as long as three hours each day, and I can only imagine how much better the results would be.

The Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening System retails for $139.99, which is much more affordable than going to the dentist. And with results like this, why go to a dentist and pay more for the same results?

Another added bonus that’s great about Smile Brilliant, is that once you run out of the whitening gel that comes in the kit, you can simply order more whitening gel for the future without having to purchase a completely new kit.

Making Time's 2017 Holiday Gift Guide is in the works and this is your opportunity to gain holiday exposure. Spots will fill up fast so contact me today! #HolidayGiftGuide #HGG #giftideasDo you have anyone on your holiday gift list who is trying to whiten their teeth? Or are you trying to whiten your teeth? The Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening System would make a great gift for both him or her.


Giveaway!

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I have the opportunity for you to win a $139 credit to Smile Brilliant, exactly what you’ll need to purchase the complete Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening System! One lucky Making Time reader will win. Enter by visiting the giveaway page.

This giveaway is open to residents of the US, UK, Australia, and Canada, ages 18+ and ends on November 14, 2017 at 11:59 pm est.  Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

Don’t want to wait to see if you win? Visit Smile Brilliant to order now with coupon code makingtime10 and instantly save 10%!

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Identity Games for Even the Youngest Game Lovers

My kids enjoy sitting down to play games and can get pretty competitive (nobody likes to lose), but sometimes it can be a little difficult to find games that are well-suited for their ages and abilities. That’s what I love about Identity Games! They offer fun, and sometimes pretty quirky, games to suit all ages.

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My kids are currently ages 5 and 2, so when it comes to games there’s only so much they can really understand. Obviously, strategy type games or those that have a ton of rules, just don’t work for them right now. But the games Find It and Elmo’s World Hide and Seek from Identity Games are perfect for their ages.

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Find It is like a portable treasure hunt (yay for games that can be taken on the go!), where you have to find 40 items hidden inside a tube of colorful pellets. There’s no opening the tube during game play, so to find the objects you have to spin, twist, and shake the container, moving the pellets around and uncovering the hidden objects.

You may see an object one minute, but be looking for something else. And then you have to find the object you JUST saw, but from all the spinning, twisting, and shaking you just did to find the other one, the object has disappeared once again into the pellets.

Find It is a great game for my 5 year old, especially when I need a break from him running amuck throughout the house. I can give him the game and he’ll sit in one spot searching for the hidden objects.  And I already mentioned it’s great for on the go. Think road trips, waiting rooms, restaurants, etc.

Making the game even more fun are the different versions available.

  • Where’s Waldo?
  • Mythical Creatures
  • Discover America
  • Eww Gross!
  • Pirates
  • Sesame Street
  • Original
  • Kids
  • Glitz and Glamour
  • Wildlife (this is the one my son has)
  • At the Beach
  • Starry Night
  • Dinosaurs
  • Christmas Santa
  • Captain Underpants
  • Elf on the Shelf

And more!

Identity Games for Even the Youngest Game Lovers | #IdentityGames #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuideAs for my 2 year old, she has fallen in love with Elmo’s World Hide and Seek. Hide and seek was always a favorite game of mine as a kid, but if you can play it with Elmo, just imagine how much more fun it would be!

Identity Games for Even the Youngest Game Lovers | #IdentityGames #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuideOne of the older players (or a parent) hides the little Elmo character, and using clue cards the other players have 10 minutes to find Elmo. In addition to the hints on the clue cards, Elmo chirps out his own hints while hiding, making this game great for smaller kids like my daughter. She may not understand all of the clues, but she can listen for where Elmo is.

Making Time's 2017 Holiday Gift Guide is in the works and this is your opportunity to gain holiday exposure. Spots will fill up fast so contact me today! #HolidayGiftGuide #HGG #giftideasBoth Find It and Elmo’s World Hide and Seek are great holiday gift ideas for kids, and at $19.99 they’re affordable too!

Which game will your young game lover enjoy?

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I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for LeapFrog’s Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart

My kids absolutely love LeapFrog, from the tablets and interactive books, to the Number Lovin’ Oven and now, the Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart. Because LeapFrog is all about keeping learning fun, I have no problem letting Santa know when there’s a LeapFrog product on my kids’ holiday wish list. Besides, what could be more fun than managing your own ice cream cart?

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For any small ice cream lover, managing their own ice cream cart would be an amazing adventure. But if they can learn while doing it, all the better, right? That’s exactly what the LeapFrog Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart offers!

First, take a quick look at the Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart in action.

 

Pretty cool, huh? Not only are kids having fun putting together ice cream creations, but they are learning numbers and counting, color (and flavor) recognition, matching, and even enhancing memory skills by taking unique orders. And the whole time your child is running their ice cream cart, it’s interactively speaking and following along. Learning has never been so sweet!

How does it work?

In true LeapFrog fashion, the Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart is very user-friendly. Use the magic scooper to scoop up the ice cream and toppings to build customer orders, and the scooper recognizes each color and flavor. Then press the pump to add pretend syrup while counting to ten.

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And there are always orders to be filled, no matter who’s around. When not fulfilling your order, your child can build their memory and sequencing skills by choosing from six cute animal order cards and following the order instructions for each one. When an order is ready, ring the bell so customers will know their order’s up!

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Oh, and did I mention you’ll always know when the ice cream cart is in your area because it plays fun music. As your child moves from location to location (room to room), they can either place the accessories in the correct places or put them in the two storage drawers (I’d hate my kids not to have the flavors and toppings I like). And while pushing the cart around it plays upbeat songs and music. It’s like having an ice cream truck right in your home!

What’s included?

  • Ice cream cart with interactive magic scooper and register
  • 4 ice cream flavors (yellow vanilla, brown chocolate, pink strawberry, green mint)
  • 3 toppings (orange sprinkles, red cherry sauce, white whipped cream)
  • 3 syrup flavors (blue blueberry, golden caramel, purple grape). These are not actual pieces, but flavor options on the syrup pump.
  • 6 activity cards/order instructions

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The only thing you’ll need to purchase extra is 3 AA batteries, but that’s easy enough. I like that it’s not the kind of toy that takes multiple D batteries or 9V batteries. LeapFrog keeps it nice and simple for us.

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What will your ice cream order be?

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Make It a Throwback Holiday by Gifting Your Favorite Childhood Toys

Have you noticed that so many of the toys we all played with as kids are still popular today, or are making a comeback? This holiday season, we have the opportunity to provide our kids with some good ol’ fashion fun. Check out some of my “throwback” picks and let me know if any of these were your favorite!

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Remember the days when you’d carry around your Fisher-Price Tape Recorder, record yourself singing and then play it back?

The Fisher-Price Classic Tape Recorder is a timeless toy lets your kids play music, sing along, and record their own voices! They’ll love singing and dancing along to the built-in music, and
then using the microphone to record themselves! (Does not play real cassette tapes.)

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This throwback is one that I personally had. Teddy Ruxpin is an icon and is making a comeback this holiday season.

He may have a slightly updated look, but just as he did back in the ’80s, he still reads stories to your kids with his motorized mouth. And since technology has grown so much since he first debuted, fans of all ages will benefit from his new Bluetooth technology,
LCD eyes with over 40 animated expressions that are synced to the stories, and touch sensors in his
hands and vest that allow children to start, pause, and fast-forward through stories and songs.

Teddy includes 3 built-in stories and there are 7 seven additional stories available for purchase through the free app.

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Make It a Throwback Holiday by Gifting Your Favorite Childhood Toys | #HolidayGiftGuide #giftidea #TeddyRuxpin #CareBears #CabbagePatch #FisherPriceCabbage Patch Kids – MSRP $34.99

Where are all of my Cabbage Patch mommies? The newest addition to the Cabbage Patch family are these Cabbage Patch Kids, who are full of fun, fashion and love, and are ready for adoption.

Each kid comes with a name, birth date, birth certificate and official adoption certificate from BabyLand General® Hospital. Cabbage Patch Kids also feature a bracelet with a heart shaped key that interacts with the Kids’ newest best friends – the adorable Adoptimal Pets (sold separately).

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Who didn’t love the Care Bears as a kid? The Care Bears are celebrating their 35th anniversary with the new Rainbow Heart Bear in a commemorative package with a certificate of authenticity. Rainbow Heart’s lush and huggable royal purple fur has special glittery speckles, and her heart-shaped nose is a shimmery purple metallic color.

Another way fans 12 and under can
celebrate the Care Bears’ exciting milestone is by participating in the Create My Care Bear Contest to inspire an all-new character who will join the collection in 2018! From September 1 through December 31, unique Care Bear designs will be collected at www.CareBearsContest.com, and one Grand Prize winner will receive $3,500 and have his/her design turned into a real Care Bear character!

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Did you enjoy any of these toys as a kid?

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FlipZee Stocking Stuffers & Fun Nights with Playbrites

This holiday season, Jay@Play is at it again! First it was twice the fun with the original FlipaZoo and while it’s still twice the fun, FlipZee and FlipaZoo are going miniature. And not just that, but my favorite are the new Playbrites. From stocking stuffers to night time fun, Jay@Play has you covered this holiday.

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Is there an original FlipaZoo (or two) in your house? If you’re kids love FlipaZoo, they’ll probably love FlipaZoo Mini Collectibles too. It’s simply flip, flop, pop and you have two miniature buddies in one. FlipaZoo Mini Collectibles come in 101 limited, special, common, and rare styles. Will you be able to collect them all?

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If you’d prefer to stick to the plush toys, FlipZee Stuffed Toys are the way to go. Just like their bigger siblings, FlipZee Stuffed Toys are cuddly and lovable plush animals that transform back and forth for twice the fun.

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I absolutely adore this polar bear/wolf combo my daughter has. Both animals are super cute and the smaller size makes it easier for her to transform them on her own.

Want even more dual play? Check out Flip Zee Girls Collectibles, the babies that start out itty bitty and then flip to be a big girl. It’s an instant growth spurt! Each Flip Zee Girls Collectibles includes her own bonnet and swaddle, but their interchangable between them all.

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My daughter loves these because they fit in her pocket and she can take them on the go. I think they’re also a great size for playing in doll houses. One minute the doll’s a baby, all cuddly and cute, and the next she’s a big girl, dancing around and quite a little hoot.

No matter which miniature you choose (one or maybe all), these Jay@Play creations make great stocking stuffers!

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My favorite addition this holiday season are Playbrites Magical Fun Faces. They’re cute and fun animal themed night lights for kids and boy, do my kids love the bunny one they have. The base is an egg shaped shell with a colorful projector inside and each one comes with its own character feature attachments. Playbrites can be used with their magical fun faces, or take the top portion of the dome off and let the shapes illuminate on the ceiling.

Aside from the variety of colors Playbrites illuminates, what makes them even more fun is the ability to mix and match different face pieces from different characters to make your own creation.

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Playbrites Features:

  • Turns your child’s ceiling into a magical light show.
  • Changes colors (blue, red, green, pink, orange, and white).
  • Magical tap light works in the day or night.
  • Playbrites play face pieces are compatible with other Playbrites characters for more mix and match fun.
  • Comes with carry handle for traveling or sleeping.
  • Store Playbrites play face pieces inside body.
  • Promotes restful sleep.
  • Alleviates fear of the dark.
  • Makes fun time anytime.
  • Long lasting LED lights.
  • Automatic shut off.

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My daughter has been carrying around her new bunny Playbrites all day and night. The carry handle makes it easy for her to tote around and she can easily turn on the light show with the tap/push control. I caught her napping one afternoon without the light illuminated, and when it’s bed time she can’t wait to turn it on and show everyone.

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This holiday season, the FlipaZoo and FlipZee miniatures make great stocking stuffers, while Playbrites make a great gift for kids!

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FlipaZoo Mini Collectibles – $1.88 for Blind Bags, $5.44 for 3 pack, $9.88 for 7 pack

FlipZee Stuffed Toys – $5.99

Flip Zee Girls Collectibles – $3.99 for 2 pack, $6.99 for 4 pack, $9.99 for Blind Bags (5 pack)

Playbrites Magical Fun Faces – $19.99

Which new Jay@Play toy will your kids enjoy?

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