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Family Stories Makes World Travel Possible and Personalized for Kids

I have always been a fan of travel and one day hope to travel the world. I wish the same for my kids, too. New people, new experiences, new food, new sights, traveling is a true adventure. Luckily for my daughter, she gets to travel the world now with her new personalized adventure book from Family Stories.

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

Do you have a travel bucket list? Maybe you’d like to visit Peru, or Kenya, or how about somewhere a bit more local, like New York? Australia is on the top of my list! My daughter recently got the opportunity to travel to all of these places, plus some, with her personalized adventure book from Family Stories.

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Country after country, her character travels all over the world in just a single day, with a little birthday magic of course. It was quite the adventure – visiting new lands, learning a little about each place, and meeting new friends. And because it’s all in a book, she can travel back anytime she wants.

Did you notice I mentioned her character? It’s true! My daughter can look through her book, “Sadee Travels Around the World,” and actually see herself traveling to all of these places. The personalization of this book isn’t just adding my daughter’s name to the story, but when I ordered it, I was able to create a little Sadee character that looks just like her (hair style and color, eyes, nose, skin color, clothing). It’s the cutest thing to see her point herself out while we read the book. “My Sadee!,” she says.

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Family Stories Makes World Travel Possible and Personalized for Kids | #FamilyStories #kidsbook #personalization #giftidea

Family Stories Makes World Travel Possible and Personalized for Kids | #FamilyStories #kidsbook #personalization #giftidea

And the personalization doesn’t stop there. Mommy and Daddy get characters too. She knew right away who we were when we read the book the first time. One of the things I like about the personalization of this particular book is that if you have a family with two moms or two dads, that can be done too.

After the personalizing was completed, I got to preview the graphics exactly as they would look in the final print, right down to every last page. It is one of the cutest things I’ve seen and my daughter really seems to enjoy seeing and reading about herself in a book. I can’t wait to see if Family Stories will come up with other story lines!

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Do your kids have any personalized books?

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* I received a sample to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Gorgeous Holiday Accessories are Just a Click Away | 7 Charming Sisters

You’ve picked out the perfect holiday outfit, but have you considered accessories? It’s not too late to get exactly what you need. From fashionista, to super mom, and everything in between, 7 Charming Sisters has just the style and pieces you’re looking for.

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

Whether you’re looking for just the right accessory to top off your holiday outfit, or want to give your best friend a gift she’ll use over and over, 7 Charming Sisters is your one stop online shop.

There are so many amazing options to choose from. Trust me, I spent a good amount of time browsing the entire site. If you don’t have the time to do that and want to narrow things down, you can take a quiz to find out your style and look at those particular pieces. Or if you’re like me and want to see it all, go to the holiday collection and check out the best holiday pieces available.

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When I look for jewelry and accessories, silver is my go-to. I’ve never really been a big fan of gold colored accessories, but as I was browsing 7 Charming Sisters, that quickly changed. And guess what? I ordered gold pieces! I’m happy I did, too, because it was love at first try.

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Gorgeous Holiday Accessories are Just a Click Away | 7 Charming Sisters #7charmingsisterspartner #jewelry #fashion

Necklaces are my thing, so naturally I started there and picked out the Peaceful Demonstration Necklace, featuring a fun tassel design. This has been my favorite piece I ordered and I’ve been wearing it with everything, not just my holiday outfit.

It’s long design makes it perfect for pairing with all types of top shapes and just to name a few, I’ve worn it with a navy off the shoulder top and my favorite sleeveless green dress. It’s perfect for dressing up or down, so it will definitely get a lot of use from me.

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Gorgeous Holiday Accessories are Just a Click Away | 7 Charming Sisters #7charmingsisterspartner #jewelry #fashion

From there I needed to get coordinating earrings and a bracelet. I opted for the Istanbul Earrings and Stay All Day Bracelet, both in gold. Again, what I love about these pieces is that they can be dressed up or down. I can wear them on any given day or for a special occasion, and they coordinate perfectly with my necklace.

As if it couldn’t get any better, each piece is affordable. For all three pieces the total was just $41 (necklace $17, earrings on sale for $7, bracelet $17). With as much use as I’ll get out of each piece, I’d say that is money well spent.

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And I’m about to make it even better for you. Use promo code MakingTime15 and you’ll save 15% off your order (excludes already reduced items)! Oh, and did I mention shipping is free for purchases of $25+? Talk about a win-win!

What is your favorite piece from 7 Charming Sisters?

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On the First Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me, a NJ Instant Lottery Wreath

Do you have someone on your holiday shopping list that is difficult to buy for? Or maybe you’re attending a holiday party and want to gift the host something fun? Or simply need a last minute gift? NJ Lottery Holiday Instant Games are an exciting, out of the box gift idea perfect for the holidays.

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~This is a sponsored post on behalf of the New Jersey Lottery. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

No matter how you decide to gift NJ Lottery Holiday Instant Games, they’re a gift that is sure to get any recipient (over the age of 18, of course) excited. Instant games offer the wonder of a wrapped gift, the entertainment of a game experience, and the potential for a large cash payout. The chance to hit it big and win a lot of money? Yes, please!

The New Jersey Lottery has introduced four new Holiday Instant Games – $1 Holiday Sparkle, $2 Holiday Lucky Times 10, $5 Holiday Spectacular, and $10 $10,000 Bonus – all perfect for holiday gifting.

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There are so many different and creative ways to gift NJ Lottery Holiday Scratch Offs too – simple stocking stuffers or party favors, create an advent calendar, a gifting tree, ornaments, or do what I did this year and create a wreath.

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a NJ Instant Lot-ter-y Wreeeaaath.

I thought it would be fun (and super simple) to buy a bunch of the NJ Lottery Holiday Instant Games and use them to create a wreath. And when I say it was simple, I mean it doesn’t get any easier. Plus, it’s festive, fun, and fits right in with the holiday feeling.

Step 1 – Arrange the tickets into a wreath shape.

The hardest part was arranging the tickets into a traditional circular wreath shape. I laid some of the tickets out on the floor and did a dry arrangement just to make sure it looked nice.

Step 2 – Tape the backs together and embellish.

Once I was satisfied with the shape and layout, it was just a matter of taping the backs together and embellishing with a big, beautiful bow on top (you could also put a bow at the bottom instead).

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I used a small piece of cardboard behind the bow to hold the top of the wreath together and it also gave me a spot to tape the bow so that I didn’t compromise the front of any of the tickets. I don’t want anyone losing out on potential winnings because of my design.

My parents are big lottery players and my stepdad especially loves instant scratch off games. So when they visit us this holiday, the NJ Instant Lottery Wreath is going to them. It’s a gift I know they’ll love and hopefully they’ll win some money while they’re here!

And even if they don’t win instantly, with the Million Dollar Replay second chance program they can submit all of their non-winning tickets into a yearly drawing for $1,000,000! Now that’s a second chance worth taking.

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NJ Lottery Holiday Scratch Offs are available at all brick and mortar lottery retailers (gas stations, corner stores, grocery stores, etc). Even if you’ve never bought lottery tickets before, I’ll bet there’s a lottery retailer closer to you than you think. I didn’t even have to get in the car and just walked a block over to a local corner store to get mine.

Want another creative NJ Lottery project idea? Check out this gift box made out of NJ Lottery Holiday Scratch Offs!

Who will you be gifting NJ Lottery Holiday Instant Games to?

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Have you started your holiday shopping? Thankfully I’m almost done, with just a few things left on my list. I’m the type of person who plans throughout the year so that’s part of the reason I’m ahead of the game. But if you’re just getting starting, this year’s Holiday Gift Guide will definitely give you some ideas to jump start the gift giving season.

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 ~I received samples to help facilitate this post. This post also contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

Easily navigate the Holiday Gift Guide by flipping back and forth through the pages. If you’d like a larger view, use the buttons at the bottom to expand the book to full screen, and to learn more about an item, simply click on it. Happy Holidays!

Making Time 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

While I know you found something (or more than one something) in the gift guide to add to your shopping list, RoosterFin Games wants to give you an even better jump start to your holiday gift giving. RoosterFin Games is going to give one lucky Making Time reader two of their popular games, Bouncing Bots and Lumpy Cubes Hero Edition.

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Enter to win using the giveaway form below. Good luck!

This giveaway is open to US Residents, ages 18+ and ends on December 4, 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.

 

 

*Some links contained in this post include affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase. I did receive some of these items for review throughout the year, but others are items I have personally bought or would like to buy. My opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brands. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brands. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

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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*I received samples to help facilitate this post. As always, 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 a small commission for your purchase. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.


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

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!

 Give Them a Gift They Want with Loop & Tie | #LoopandTie #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

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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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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~I received samples to help facilitate this post. This post also contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

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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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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~I received a sample to help facilitate this post. This post also contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

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.

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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~I received a sample to help facilitate this post. This post also contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase. As always, my opinions are still 100% my own.~

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?

*I received a sample to help facilitate this post. As always, 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 a small commission for your purchase. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.