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)


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.