Sunday, November 27, 2016

Holidays with KidzVuz 2016



While I attend events often, few are geared just to the kids, which makes KidzVuz events special.  The kids love these because they are able to ask their own questions, touch and try new products and be themselves.  We were happy to be invited as media to share our opinions. 


Jack and Charlotte both were interested in different things, going in different directions.  Although Rockband was liked by both.  The new Rockband Rivals had everyone rocking out, even adults with the kids.  Fun for the whole family and parties.


SpacePOP Girls are not your average princesses.  Kids can catch their webisodes on Youtube and they have dolls made by Madame Alexander.

Halabaloo  was there and did mini makeovers then let the girls try on dresses.  Char wanted to surprise me and told me not to come look at her until she was all done.  She looked beautiful, absolutely full of sass and delicate in the dress she picked out.

Sweet Loren's has All-Natural cookie dough that even comes in "place & bake", my favorite kind since I am awful in the kitchen. The kids were able to decorate cookies at the event and sample some of their choices.


Guinness World Record had a large crowd of kids and parents hovering around while watching and waiting for their attempt to be added to the Guiness World Record book.  They needed to name the most cartoon characters in under 90seconds. Which was a harder feat then one would assume.  Jack tried multiple times, his best was 8, to be recorded you need 30.



Teen Safe is an app for the parents, one that can monitor texts the kids send and receive (and deleted), call history and browser history.  You can also remotely shut off all data/apps from their phone.  Bam! A parents dream.  This helps with the screen addiction and keeping your kids safe.  
Disclosure:  We were invited as media to attend and provided a gift bag.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are our own and honest. 

MomTrends Holiday Party 2016

Holidays are here, well they have really been here for months as editors and bloggers have to figure out their posts and everything in advance.  Come up with ideas and see what is on trend, luckily living in the NYC area, the blogger world is huge and networking events with major companies is readily available.   For the third year in a row I attended the MomTrends Holiday party, run my Nicole Feliciano, author of MOMBOSS.

I love these events, a few ours to spend chatting about what is coming up on friends websites, meeting brands and discussing what we love the best.  This year the MomTrends Team had over ten brands showcased.

Gifts:

Mabels Labels has great personalized books for the kids for the holidays, check them out. Stocking Stuffer Combos are great class gifts or for teachers too.

Avery is the perfect partner of your computer/printer this DIY holiday seasons, between craft labels, gift tags, ornaments and food containers. I loved these examples they displayed at the event.

Bangle Stacker is a newer product, that I didn't know I needed until now that I have it for all my bracelets and rings. Perfect fit on my dresser and organizes so I see what I own and switch it up more often.

ARMigami is a one piece, wear fifteen ways for women. A convertible wrap that can be a shirt, scarf, skirt,

ivviva is activewear for girls by lululemon.  The new collection Moon Gem is out now. Momtrends had 3 young girls showing off the new styles and versatility of their clothing.


Hostesses Ideas:

Do you need gifts for family, hostesses and professionals?  Nambé which is found online or at Macy's has great gifts for the house and jewelry along with tons of holiday themed options.

Send flowers to your loved ones or order one for your house, Teleflora has amazing arrangements for the holidays and centerpieces that will leave everyone talking.

Pearhead makes great gift for babies, kids and pets.  I love the Baby's First choices, month stickers and ornament making kits.  Pearhead has been a go-to brand for me when buying baby shower and baby gifts for years now.



Disclosure: Giftbags were received, all opinions are my own and honest. Affiliate links are included in post.













Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Polarn O. Pyret Winter Clothes Preview

The ProcFam are outside people.  Cold weather people. Between playing in the snow, snowboarding, and hunting we are outside.  So when I was invited to check out Polarn O. Pyret, or PO.P. (Buddy and the Little Guy is the Swedish translation) as it can be referred to here in the states, I was immediately interested.  Thank you Brianne, from Stroller in the City for the invite.



Polarn O. Pyret formed in Sweden in 1976 and is the leading children's brand there, coming to the US in 2009.  Currently there are two stores in NYC, I visited the one in Tribeca meeting Jennifer Athanasan, President of PO.P.  She gave us a rundown of all the cold weather gear kids need to stay warm and be kids.

I loved how she stressed the importance of kids being outside and "being kids", which I love and how I am with my kids.  Go outside!  For cold weather, layering is huge. 3-in-1 coats, waterproof overall liners,  and 1 piece fleece sets.  Polarn O. Pyret offers more outerwear choices then other lines.  Their bright colors and patterns are great for all ages and they have you covered from babies-12 years old.

Not near NYC?  You can shop online. Need to learn about layering, check out their article about everything you need.






Check them out online too for all your winter layering needs. 


Sunday, October 16, 2016

NEW: Disney Magical World 2

Attention Nintendo Fans!  There is a new game out and you want it.


The New Disney Magical World 2 game for 3DS is officially out.  We checked out the game during the launch in NYC with Singer/Actress Olivia Holt.  She even helped me with my costume.  -Jack (6)



I like that you can pick your own character and dress up/design to how I want them to be and then play with them on the different levels. - Charlotte (5)





There are assignments during the game, you have to make your character complete. -Jack


We cannot wait to play with it on our own after seeing the features and trials at the event. -Charlotte



I loved dressing up as a princess and having my hair and makeup done, Olivia Holt even watched me.   - Charlotte



Game is available now and perfect for kids of all ages, worlds have improved from the first Disney Magical World 2, new music and fun.  Go check out your favorite characters and play this game, so many new hours of fun.


Hanging out with Olivia Holt
 

You can find the game at your local stores or online at  AMAZON (ad link).

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Dreamland Fairy Kits for Kids



We love building, imagining and creating. We have fairy gardens outside, doors on the inside and now a fort in their bedroom.   We sure do love fairies, which is why we love Dreamland Fairy.

We chose the Dreamland Tooth Fairy Fort, as the kids are starting to loose their teeth.  Actually the day Jack lost a tooth, he painted and decorated it, we read the story and placed the tooth in the chest that the fort comes with.  The Story explained to us that it can be hard for fairies to find teeth under lumpy pillows and having it in a chest is easier for them to find the teeth.  The fairies leave a treat in the chest, money for him.  We liked the fort so much, he lost two teeth, two days apart.   

From a parent perspective this was easy for me, since I don't have to worry about possibly waking him up. The chest is small, a perfect size for dollars or a treat.  Their own creativity is on display with how they decorate, and between teeth it sits on their dresser.  

In the story that comes in the book, the fairies like to fly to their assigned kids and listen to their dreams to gather stories to return to Dreamland and share.  Besides the Dreamland Tooth Fairy Fort, there is also the Fairy Kit, a house with a small secret door that is left open when the fairy has stopped by to listen to dreams.  Ready moms, for us its a routine when turning off the night light while they are sleeping.  Also it doesn't happen each night, so its a surprise when its opened (when you remember).  

The kits come unpainted and ready to go with paint and accessories.  How to paint is up to your child's imagination. Great rainy day activity, present for a friend or gift when your child gets their first loose tooth.


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Disclosure:  We received a Tooth Fair Fort for review.  All opinions are my own and as always honest. 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Toy Insider's Holiday of Play #WeKnowPlay

The Annual Toy Insider's Holiday of Play event took place this month.  As a parent I want to know what is the best for the kids this holiday season, makes shopping easier and I know what toys we are investing in also.   I want toys that will last longer than a week with the kids interest.







The Toy Insider’s Hot 20


0-2 years

Laugh & Learn Crawl-Around Learning Center (Fisher-Price)
Go! Go! Smart Friends Enchanted Princess Palace (VTech)

3-5 years

Disney Frozen Northern Lights Elsa (JAKKS Pacific)
Disney My Time Singing Elena of Avalor (Hasbro)
FurReal Friends Torch My Blazin’ Dragon (Hasbro)
Lion Guard Training Lair Playset (Just Play)
PAW Patrol Monkey Temple (Spin Master)
PJ Masks Headquarters Playset (Just Play)
Pokémon My Friend Pikachu (TOMY)
Talk-to-Me Mikey (Playmates Toys)

Mini Tonka Blind Crates

6-8 years

Animal Jam—Club Geoz Dance Party Playset (Jazwares)
Hatchimals (Spin Master)
Hot Wheels AI (Mattel)
Shopkins Happy Places Happy Home (Moose Toys)
Snuggles, My Dream Puppy (Moose Toys)
Skylanders Imaginators (Activision)

9+

LEGO Star Wars Resistance X-Wing Fighter (The LEGO Group)
Nintendo MarioKart 8 Quadcopter (Carrera of America)
Pokémon Sun & Pokémon Moon (Nintendo)
Speak Out (Hasbro)


Air Hogs Helix Sentinel Drone (Spin Master)
Barbie Hello Dreamhouse (Mattel)
BOSEbuild Speaker Cube (Bose)
CHiP (WowWee)
CodeGamer (Thames & Kosmos)
Kurio Watch (KD Interactive)
LUMI (WowWee)
Mebo (Skyrocket Toys)
Meccano Meccasaur (Spin Master)
Sky Rover Voice Command Drone (Auldey Toys North America)
Sky Viper Hover Racer (Skyrocket Toys)
Zoomer Chimp (Spin Master)


3Doodler Start Essentials Pen Set (WobbleWorks)
Barbie STEM Kit (Thames & Kosmos)
Bloxels (Mattel)
Code & Go Robot Mouse Coding Activity Set (Learning Resources)
Geckobot (Thames & Kosmos)
Mighty Makers Director’s Cut Building Set (K’NEX)
Project MC2 We Heart Chemistry Kit (ALEX Brands)
Roominate Cotton Candy Carnival (PlayMonster)
Think & Learn Code-A-Pillar (Fisher-Price)
VEX Robotics Zip Flyer (HEXBUG)

I know my kids choices include many included on the these lists.  We especially love the Code & Go Robot Mouse Coding Activity Set (Learning Resources), CHiP (WowWee), Hatchimals (Spin Master), Snuggles, My Dream Puppy (Moose Toys), and Disney Frozen Northern Lights Elsa (JAKKS Pacific).  

The Toy Insider‘s 2016 holiday gift guide will appear in the November issue of Family Circle magazine, on newsstands on October 11th, and online at thetoyinsider.com. This year’s guide is the biggest ever, featuring more than 275 toys from more than 110 manufacturers. Parents and gift givers can easily search by a child’s age (broken out into 0-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9+ age groups) and interests using the handy skill-development key.