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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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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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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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I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for LeapFrog's Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart | #LeapFrog #HolidayGiftGuide #giftidea

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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I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for LeapFrog's Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart | #LeapFrog #HolidayGiftGuide #giftidea

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.

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 #giftideasThis year the LeapFrog Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart not only made it into my Holiday Gift Guide, but made it onto my own kids’ holiday wish list. Lucky for them (and me) it’s only $29.99 on Amazon! That’s definitely a price Santa can work with. It’s the perfect gift for kids this holiday and a gift you won’t feel guilty about getting them because learning has never been so sweet!

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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Make It a Throwback Holiday by Gifting Your Favorite Childhood Toys | #HolidayGiftGuide #giftidea #TeddyRuxpin #CareBears #CabbagePatch #FisherPriceFisher-Price Classic Tape Recorder – MSRP $19.99

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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FlipZee Stocking Stuffers & Fun Nights with Playbrites | #JayatPlay #stockingstuffers #HolidayGiftGuide #Playbrites #nightlight

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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Kids Get Creative with Magic Sketch #HolidayGiftGuide

When the kids need something to do, do you usually turn to electronics? I do. We have a variety of tablets and electronic gadgets the kids play with, and they watch TV all the time. In all honesty, we’ve never really set a limit on the amount of electronic or screen time our kids get. But we still realize the importance of simple creativity and Magic Sketch is helping our kids express their creative side.

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It was a few months ago that I realized my son felt pressured to be perfect when drawing. I’d give him crayons and paper and tell him draw me a picture, or he’d draw on his chalk board or dry erase board, whatever medium he chose. He’d always ask me what to draw and when I’d request something he’d just stare blankly like he didn’t know where to start.

This was a little concerning to me because even if he drew a few lines or shapes and tried to make a picture of something, I would have went with it. But it wasn’t even that. He couldn’t come up with anything because he wanted his picture to look exactly the way it was supposed to.

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If I wanted him to draw a car, he wanted his picture to look just like one of his Hot Wheels cars. I can’t even draw a car to look that realistic, but he didn’t even want to try. This was a red flag that we needed to work on his imagination and creativity, so that’s what we did.

Magic Sketch,  a colorful tablet/boogie board with a transparent LCD screen that allows kids to draw, play, create and learn, has been a big help with him lately. It comes with various drawing tools and stamps, as well as fun stencils – learning stencils, game stencils, and even art stencils.

Magic Sketch includes:

  • Magic Sketch Boogie Board
  • Protector Guard
  • 4 Styluses
  • 1 Roller
  • 3 Stamps
  • 20 Learning Stencils
  • 20 Games Stencils
  • 20 Art Stencils

 

 

My son’s favorite thing to do with his Magic Sketch, aside from writing his name, is tracing the art stencils. The stencils slide right into the Magic Sketch and because the screen is transparent, he can trace right over the stencil and create something amazing.

It caters a little more to his need to be perfect, but I’ve also noticed him trying to draw the images himself without the stencil. And erasing his artwork and starting with a clean slate is as easy as pushing the round black button. It’s like magic!

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Kids Get Creative with Magic Sketch | #MagicSketch #HolidayGiftGuide #GiftGuide #giftidea

My favorite thing about Magic Sketch is it’s kid proof durability. It can be dropped, stepped on, spilled on, and none of this will affect it. Plus, the battery lasts for seven years! Thank goodness for no chargers or constant battery changes.

And just imagine how perfect it is to carry along during car trips, or to use at restaurants or in waiting rooms. You don’t have to worry about battery life, there are no annoying sounds, and your child is learning to express their creativity.

 

While we still have some work to do, my son has come a long ways with his creativity. Now that he’s started kindergarten he comes home with drawings all the time. Of course, I have to ask him what they are, but if he can give me an answer, I’m happy. I can at least now recognize his creativity is starting to show. And when he asks to use his tablet, he’s not talking about his electronics anymore, but is wanting to draw on his Magic Sketch.

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 #giftideasMagic Sketch has helped my son so much that it’s earned a spot in this year’s Holiday Gift Guide. It’s the perfect gift for kids! Magic Sketch retails for $29.95 and can be purchased directly from the Magic Sketch website or Amazon.

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2017 Summer Fun Guide

Making Time 2017 Summer Fun Guide #SummerFun

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Schools out, warm weather has arrived, and it’s time to start having tons of summer fun! The first official day of summer is just two days away, June 21st. There’s no delaying the fun at this point, and why would you want to?

If you’re looking for ways to keep the kids entertained, indoors and outdoors, this year’s Summer Fun Guide has something (and probably more than one thing) you’ll love. And remember, you don’t always have to leave the house to have fun!

Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headphones {Giveaway}

These Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headphones from Kidz Gear made it into the Making Time 2017 Summer Fun Guide! Head over to the blog to see what else made the cut! #SummerFunIs traveling part of your summer fun plans? Keeping the kids occupied can be tricky on long road trips or plane rides, but with the help of some Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headphones from Kidz Gear, the trip will be a little less stressful for everyone. Visit the giveaway and enter to win a pair!

Paw Patrol Action Bubble Blower

This Paw Patrol Action Bubble Blower from Little Kids made it into the Making Time 2017 Summer Fun Guide! Head over to the blog to see what else made the cut! #SummerFun

Who doesn’t love bubbles? Summer fun will always be poppin’ with a Paw Patrol Bubble Blower from Little Kids! It’s minimal mess with maximum bubble blowing power. And no skills are required so it even great for the little ones.

H2O Go!

The H2O Go! made it into the Making Time 2017 Summer Fun Guide! Head over to the blog to see what else made the cut! #SummerFunH2O Go! is a super fun way to keep the kids active and cool at the same time. Get them outdoors, away from the screen and enjoying summer the way it was meant to be enjoyed!

The Wobbly Worm Game

The Wobbly Worm Game from Spin Master made it into the Making Time 2017 Summer Fun Guide! Head over to the blog to see what else made the cut! #SummerFun

From Spin Master, The Wobbly Worm Game is great for ages 3+ and can be played on any hard, flat surface. Kids try to toss and hoop the worm as he wiggles and wobbles uncontrollably, creating tons of giggles from them. It’s the perfect game for those rainy summer days!

Shibajuku Girls

The Shibajuku Girls made it into the Making Time 2017 Summer Fun Guide! Head over to the blog to see what else made the cut! #SummerFun

Each with a different personality and style, Shibajuku Girls are the perfect companion for your little fashionista. Click through to find out more and determine which Shibajuku Girl is a great fit for the fashionista in your life!

Fashionable Threads for Kids

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If you’re going to have fun this summer, you have to make sure the kids have the right clothes because it’s going to be HOT. Shorts, t-shirts, tank tops, sandals and swimsuits are all must-have items. Check out Gymboree, Crazy 8 and Janie & Jack for all of your kids’ summer fashion thread needs. I’m talking cute AND affordable!

Blast Box

Blast Box from Zing made it into the Making Time 2017 Summer Fun Guide! Head over to the blog to see what else made the cut! #SummerFun

If you really want to have a banging summer, the new Blast Box game from Zing is what you need. Use simple strategy to hammer nails into a box and avoid popping the unseen balloons underneath. Who will be the last one with a balloon in the Blast Box?

Scoop Ball

These Scoop Ball sets made it into the Making Time 2017 Summer Fun Guide! Head over to the blog to see what else made the cut! #SummerFun

Parents, this one is for you too. What would a Summer Fun Guide be without one of my all-time favorite games – Scoop Ball? I played this all the time in grade school and it’s just an all-around fun game, so go ahead and share some of your childhood fun with your kids!

The Story Box

The Story Box made it into the Making Time 2017 Summer Fun Guide! Head over to the blog to see what else made the cut! #SummerFun

Not only are toys, games and experiences great for summer, but reading can be just as much fun. This is especially true when you receive new books and stories each month, tailored for the age of your child. That’s exactly what The Story Box offers!

Bonzai Spin Out Water Slide

The Banzai Spin Out Water Slide made it into the Making Time 2017 Summer Fun Guide! Head over to the blog to see what else made the cut! #SummerFun

Take the fun outside and go for a spin on the Banzai Spin Out Water Slide. It’s a fun and easy way to catch some rays (and vitamin D), cool off and beat the summer heat.

Ottica Eyewear

Ottica made it into the Making Time 2017 Summer Fun Guide! Head over to the blog to see what else made the cut! #SummerFun

Mom and dad, I’ve got you covered too. If you’re heading outdoors for summer fun, you’ll want to protect your eyes. The sunglasses selection and service at Ottica is top notch. It’s truly function and fashion all in one.

Sun Basket

With all the summer fun you’ll be having, there’s a good chance you aren’t going to want to go grocery shopping, or even have the time to. But don’t worry! Sign up for Sun Basket and you can have healthy, easy to cook meals delivered right to your door.

What kind of summer fun will your family be having?

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Blast Box is a Banging Good Time #SummerFun

Blast Box is a Banging Good Time! #SummerFun #Zing #picnicgame #BlastBoxGame
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I love finding games that are great for the whole family to play and sometimes that’s hard because my kids are so young (5 y/o and almost 2 y/o). They don’t always quite understand the concept of certain games, even one’s that are age appropriate, and it can get frustrating for everyone.

Blast Box by Zing happens to be one that all of us enjoy and even the kids understand what it’s all about. Since getting the game, Blast Box has been played over and over and over. My son literally asks to play every day and I can already tell it’s going to be a major part of our summer fun plans.

How to play!

Setup and play of Blast Box is super simple. For each player (up to four), a balloon needs to be inflated and placed under the box. Don’t worry, the game includes a handheld pump to blow up the balloons.

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The object of Blast Box is not to pop a balloon. Each player takes a turn with the spinner, which indicates how many nails they have to hammer into the box (if any). If you pop a balloon, you’re out and the last person standing wins. Easy peasy!

I love that it’s even safe for my youngest one to play. The “nails” are flexible plastic pieces and aren’t sharp at the ends. The tips are a dull rounded shape, but they’re pointy enough to pop balloons when hammered in.

And although a simple concept, Blast Box requires some strategy. In the beginning, we’ve found that starting around the outside of the box is a pretty safe way to go. But when you get to a point where there are multiple nails hammered into the box, it starts narrowing down the possible locations of remaining balloons.

You have to strategize and determine where it would be safe to hammer a nail without popping one of the balloons. It’s also a good idea to pay attention so you can see which nails actually did pop balloons. Maybe your next move should be in that same area, since you know a balloon has already been popped there.

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My kids must be lucky, or maybe I’m unlucky, but I actually understand how to strategize in this game, while my kids don’t really get it quite yet. They just love banging the nails in and hoping they don’t hit a balloon. Yet still, they beat me just about every time!

Tips

From playing Blast Box so many times, there are a few tips I’d like to share that will help make the game run smoother.

The first tip involves inflating the balloons. As I mentioned before, the game includes a handheld pump for easy inflation. The game also includes small cardboard balloon holders to keep the air in the balloons and also double as weights to keep the balloons in place under the box.

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I’ve found that the trick to easily attaching the cardboard weight without popping the balloon is to inflate the balloon, keep it on the pump, twist the end to tighten it and slip the twisted part into one of the cardboard slots. Then slip it through the second slot and remove the balloon from the pump.

Trust me, I’ve popped and fiddled with enough of the balloons to have a good grip on this, haha!

My second tip involves the box itself. If you’re playing on a flat surface, you may need someone to hold it in place. If not, there’s a good chance someone will knock into the box and when it moves, the nails will bend and allow space for the balloons to move underneath. Here’s an example.

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We got down to two players, but only one nail slot left. That just doesn’t make sense. If there’s only one nail slot left, then one of the remaining players should have already popped a balloon. When I turned the box over to check it out, this is what I found.

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You can see that some of the nails are slanted, making room for the balloons. This likely happened when my kids kept knocking into the box. The nails were already in place and when the box moved, the balloons pushed into the sides of the nails. So when the next nail was hammered in, it missed the balloon.

Playing in the grass (this is an awesome picnic game, by the way) or the carpet is probably ideal because the box won’t move as much.

Have your own banging good time!

Blast Box is so fun that it’s actually temporarily out of stock on Zing’s website! You can preorder it now ($19.99) for the next shipment, or you can head over to Amazon and get it sooner ($24.99). But note that even Amazon has a limited number available!

Would your family enjoy playing Blast Box this summer?

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*Thank you to Zing for providing Blast Box for review. My opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  This post also contains affiliate links, in which I will receive commission for your purchase. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.