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GoldieBlox Sneak Peak

As an entrepenuer, I am always excited to find ways to encourage and empower girls. Giving girls the opportunity to realize they are valuable, capable and able to reach their dreams is one of the greatest things we can do for our future generation of women. Which is why I am a huge fan and supporter of GoldieBlox.

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The goal of GoldieBlox is  to"get girls building." They are working to help "level the playing field." By incorporating a story with a construction set, GoldieBlox taps into girls' strong verbal skills, enabling them to build and create great things. A future generation of female engineers starts with something as simple as playing with blocks.

GoldieBlox has new toys available! Check out their latest products:

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GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine - A book plus construction set starringGoldie, the girl inventor.  Builds spatial skills and teaches the belt drive engineering concept.  (Retail: $29.99)

 

 

GoldieBlox and the Parade Float  - A book plus construction set starring Goldie, the girl inventor. Builds spatial skills and teaches the wheel & axle engineering concept. (Retail: $19.99)

 


GoldieBlox and the Dunk Tank -  A book plus construction set starring Goldie, the girl inventor. Builds spatial skills and teaches the hinge & lever engineering concept.  (Retail: $19.99) 

The lucky attendees of Blogger Bash (ARE YOU GOING?!) will get a sneak peek at these soon-to-be released GoldieBlox products:

  • GoldieBlox and the Builder's Survival Kit (Retail $59.99)
  • GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine (Retail: $29.99)
  • GoldieBlox Action Figure and the Zipline (Retail $24.99)

Excited? Intrigued? Get to Blogger Bash to see GoldieBlox live and in person!

 

 

LeapFrog App Toys

LeapFrog App Toys

 

Another household name in our house, for sure. 

LeapFrog.  

LeapFrog is a brand that just stands the test of time.  They are in homes all over the world and known for their amazing quality.

In my house, we call everything LeapFrog.

Maybe because we have EVERYTHING LeapFrog! ha. 

From the LeapPad to the LeapReader. 

To two new AWESOME products!

First off, the Creativity Camera Protective Case is fabulous!  My son LOVES to take shots with my iPhone.  And to be honest...sometimes it drives me NUTSO.  He snaps and snaps and snaps!  With this camera - he can snap AND he can create!  (When I skim through my camera roll I smile at how creative he gets with this product.  It's not just 25 same pics.  Kids got an eye!)

We're kicking off the holiday season EARLY in our house.  So I share with you my dudes artwork. haha  He's a funny kid!  He also loves to play augmented reality with the camera.  And yes.  You might want to buy your kid his own device as I often lose my phone with this toy!

 

Another really fun product out just in time for the holiday season is the Learn to Write with Mr. Pencil Stylus and Writing App.  

I would not be honest with you if I didn't tell you that I've used this PERSONALLY about 20 times so far. hahaha I LOVE how it writes!  My notes are fabulous with them.  

Boston has an issue with how hard he writes and what's great about this pencil is that it is sooo soft.  I'm not worried about him scratching up the iPad.  There are more than 85 different activities to enjoy with this app and stylus. 

We haven't even made it through half of that yet!  

 

 

Planet Orbeez Adventure Park

If you are new to the world of Orbeez, let me give you a little break down on what they are. Orbeez are small pellets that you put into water {for at least 4 hours}. As they soak in the water, they grow into bouncy balls. 

Orbeez have been taken a step further with the introduction of the Planet Orbeez Adventure Park.

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Endless exploration awaits at the Planet Orbeez Adventure Park. Join Ali, her pet unicorn, Clio, and all of their friends as they pass through the Orbeez balloon entrance into a fun-filled Orbeez experience. They dive into the Orbeez swimming pool, sun themselves on the upper deck, float around the Orbeez lazy river and snack at the food court. Orbeez cascade from a Globe down the spiral slide into a pool where they are picked up and carried in the Ferris Wheel.

So much to do, so much to explore, so many Orbeez!

The Real Bratz Movement

The famous toy line created by MGA Entertainment is back with all new, redesigned Bratz Dolls! The dolls got a two-inch taller dolls upgrade and are sporting updated clothes and accessories while maintaing their distinctive almond-shaped eyes, colorful fashions, and cutting-edge style.  Along wiht the new dolls, Bratz is inviting fans to join its national advocacy campaign for girls. 

The Real Bratz Movement is seeking to find girls and young women who are making differences in their communities. Girls and women across the country are encouraged to think big and reach far by their Bratz dolls. 

Want to get involved with Real Bratz Girls empowerment campaign? Create a video that features your own Real Bratz success story. Once completed, videos should be submitted to realbratz@mgae.com. Visit www.Bratz.com for more details and to watch video stories from other Real Bratz Girls. 

 

 

Orbeez RC Ladybug Scooper

Power up your remote and make your Ladybug Scooper scoot around the floor collecting Orbeez into it's shell. The Ladybug Scooper blinks, lights up and makes chirping sounds as it moves around cleaning up. You can also push the Ladybug Scooper manually to collect all of the Orbeez. After the press of a button, the Ladybug Scooper will dispense the Orbeez to start the fun all over again!

Ages: 5-15 years

Price: $34.99

Orbeez Flower Power Light Show

Create a one-of-a-kind night light with translucent petals, swirling Orbeez and color-changing LEDs. Turn out the room lights and watch the Orbeez project a stunning, moving light show on the ceiling. Batteries not included.

Submerge them in water, and the colorful pellets included with the Orbeez Flower Power Light Show grow to up to 100 times their original size in just a few hours. Safe for kids five and older, these squishy, multicolored orbs create a kaleidoscopic light display on the ceiling of a darkened room when poured into the included Flower Power Light Show. Swirl the Orbeez around, and the Light Show's LED lights shine through them to create shifting patterns on the ceiling. Safe and non-toxic, Orbeez can be disposed of in the trash or yard once play is complete.

Ages:5-15 years

Price: $24.99

What's a Dame to Do

What's a Dame to Do

Grab a bunch of your closest friends for a Girls' Night In and settle down for a round of "What's a Dame to Do?!'. This game is the perfect Girls' Night In staple. You and your girlfriends will be belly laughing all night!

 

Product Description:

Can you predict how your friends will react? Want to see who knows you best and laugh alot while you're at it? In What's a DAME to do?! (R) the object is to guess what your friends would do when presented with little 'dame dilemmas.' On your turn, read a Dilemma card, and the other players will predict what you would do by giving you Reaction cards. Place these cards so that other players can vote on your reaction. Did anyone figure you out? Reveal your answer and see who guesses you best, and laugh a lot while you're at it! EXAMPLE: You see an Ex at the grocery store and you are NOT looking your best. What's a DAME to do?! Would you: Hide in the bathroom? Slap on some lipstick? Have a chat? Stop, drop and roll? So simple and fun! Who guessed you best? Get out the martinis and chocolate, coffee and scones, or wine and brie and find out!


Ages 18 and up.

Approx Retail:  $25

Angelina Ballerina: Dreams Do Come True


Angelina Ballerina:

Dreams Do Come True

 

Life is but a dream and Angelina is determined to make hers come true!  Come along for the fun in the all-new feature length movieAngelina Ballerina®: Dreams Do Come True on DVD, Digital Download and On Demand August 21, 2012 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment.   Angelina, Alice, Viki, Gracie, A.Z., Marco and their teacher Ms. Mimi continue to make the best of every situation, reveling in dance, music and friendship while inspiring little ones to pursue dreams of their own.

DVD Bonus Features

 

 

  • Sing & Dance with Angelina Game
     
  • Buy it August 21, 2012 for $14.98.

    Run time: 56 minutes

    Angelina Ballerina: Musical Moves

    Angelina Ballerina: Musical Moves

    Move to the music with Angelina Ballerina and her friends as they explore the wonderful world of dance! Gracie loses herself to some disco grooves while Alice discovers the power of confidence through jazz! AZ hip-hops to a happy birthday beat, and Ms. Mimi takes her students on a modern dance journey. Angelina shows that friendship - like dance - is special, and best built one step at a time!

    DVDs include:

    • "Angelina and the Disco Dance Craze"
    • "Angelina and the Tummy Butterflies"
    • "Angelina and the Magician"
    • "Angelina and Ms. Mimi's Dance"
    • "Angelina, AZ, and Cheezy Z"

    DVD Bonus Features

    • A Dance A Day Dance Club

    Buy it now for $14.98.

    Run time: 61 minutes

    Angelina Ballerina: Ultimate Dance Collection

    Angelina Ballerine: Ultimate Dance

    It's showtime! Step into the captivating world of dance with Angelina Ballerina and her firends as they steal the show in Angelina Ballerina: Ultimate Dance Collection, a three-DVD set. Also included in this entertaining DVD collection is a BONUS music CD with 4 fantastic songs. See Angelina Ballerina take center stage as she follows her herat and learns some important lessons about creativity, fun and friendship alond the way.

    DVDs include:

    • "Angelina Ballerina: Pop Star Girls"
    • "Angelina Ballerina: Shining Star Trophy"
    • "Angelina Ballerina: Dancing on Ice"

    DVD Bonus Features

    • "Polly's Picutre" Matching Game

    Buy it now for $19.99.

    Run time: 177 minutes

    Gak & Floam

    Gak & Floam

    One of my favorite feelings I get when reviewing toys is the flashback from my own childhood.  For some reason I love seeing toys and remembering the gazillion years ago that I played with toys.  There is actually a museum in Philly called The Please Touch Museum where they have cases filled with toys from the 'good old days'.  You know what I'm talking about, right?  Like Pogo Balls, My Little Pony, Gem and even the old 'boxed' Nintendo rocked my world as a kid.  But now as an adult the old fashioned toys that we once spent hours on end with are so hard to find.

    Needless to say-you know how excited I was when I was watching Nickelodeon with my kid and saw the commercials for Gak & Floam and its return!  Awesomeness! 

    I love this product for so many reasons.  (Let me tell you that being embedded in my carpet is not one of them…so buyer beware!!!  It's like playdoh in the respect that it does.not.come.out.)

    But when Nickelodeon sent me some Gak & Floam to play with I knew it was gonna rock out!  

    Floam is my favorite.  I have to admit.  It's probably because there is more fun to be make with it.  

    Gak on the other hand?  Well...it's just that.  GAK.  Goo.  Ugh.  Ew.  

    I love what the Urban Dictionary has for the definition of Gak.  

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    A popular Nickolodeon slime, available in many variations such as glow in the dark, speckled, cocoanut smelling, etc. Useful for making fart noises, grossing out friends.

     

    Me personally?  I like to sniff it.  And make fart sounds.  

    What?  Me, immature?  Well...sometimes.  Shhh.  Don't tell anyone.  It's just me being a kid again.  You should join me.  It's kinda fun.

    BlankZ Autographed Stuffed Toys

    BlankZ

    I always love those fun stuffed animals that can be autographed at like birthday parties-events-or even weddings!

    But I often thought...hmmm... if only you could let your kids color on them - then wash - then color again!

    BlankZ now has that covered!

    There are so many adorable little pets that your kids (and YOU even) can color then wash...then color again!

    I decked out a cute little hound dog.  They have seals, bears, rabbits, elephants and more..all with cute little names

    Another reason I love these cute toys is because the are not made by some MEGA-TOY-GIANT.  It's a small company that takes lots of pride in their BlankZs.  

    They actually reached out to me through twitter.  A great place to connect with toy brands!!!

    *Prices for these cuties are about $15.

     

    A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures

    A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures

    I am in love! Follow this adorable little turtle from birth on a journey of friendship, love and lifes many lessons. It's a powerful story and I am sure you, and especially your children would enjoy it. It's trully a feel-good movie.

    Movie Description:

    “Born on a Baja, California beach in 1959, new hatchling Sammy must do what his fellow newborn sea turtles are doing: race across the beach to the ocean before a seagull or crab captures them. Thus begins Sammy’s incredible fifty-year ocean journey. Along the way he meets his best friend, a fellow turtle named Ray, and overcomes obstacles both natural and man-made while trying to fulfill his dream of travelling around the world. Throughout his travels, Sammy never forgets about Shelly – the turtle he saved on his first day and loves passionately from afar. Based on the actual course of a sea turtle’s life, this story of one creature’s breathtaking journey is a thrilling voyage the whole family will enjoy.”

    Runtime: 88 minutes

    Rated: NR

    Buy it now at Walmart.com.


    Friends & Family DVD Includes 8 Adventures

    Friends & Family DVD Includes 8 Adventures

    Talk about a great mash-up... There's so many options! Choose Angelina Ballerina on Monday and then Timmy Time on Tuesday! Then keep it going the rest of the week. Your child will never get bored with such variety!

    Program Description:

    From Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment, join Thomas & Friends™, Angelina Ballerina™, Bob the Builder™, Barney™, Fireman Sam™, Kipper™, Roary the Racing Car™ and Timmy Time™ for eight heart-warming adventures, celebrating special moments while teaching lessons in loyalty, cooperation, friendship and fun. So snuggle up with the kids and give thanks for the chance to watch, learn and laugh together!

    Share birthday surprises with Thomas and the Percival Twins, while Angelina and Polly choreograph aspecial show for their parents. Then join Bob the Builder and Barney as they show their friends how to be the best big brother and sister they can be. Siblings, friends and parents alike will delight in these stories celebrating love, friendship and fun!

    DVD Episodes:

    • Thomas & Friends - “Duncan and the Hot Air Balloon”
    • Fireman Sam – “Danger By The Double”
    • Bob the Builder –“Dizzy In Charge”
    • Barney – “Big Brother Rusty”
    • Angelina Ballerina – “Angelina and Polly’s Two-Hour Show”
    • Kipper – “Cousins”
    • Roary the Racing Car – “Zizzy Spectacular”
    • Timmy Time – “Timmy’s New Friend” (DVD Only)

    For $11.98 it's yours at lionsgateshop.com.

    Rated: NR

    Run Time: 99 Minutes

    Lite Sprites

    Lite Sprites

    Ok. If you have a daughter she is gonna LOVE LOVE LOVE this toy!

     

    While at the Time to Play Showcase in NYC, I could NOT put these down.  Wowwee Brands ROCKED these!  What I love is the imagination in the game.  And how they even have an evil ‘sister’ if you will.  hee hee.  


    The central playset is the Tree of Lite. This is home to all the fairies and has room for them all to be hung in their pods from the color-change canopy, or stand together on the balcony. The playset will cost around $40.
    There are four more playsets in the range, each costing $20: a windmill, flower, waterfall and swing. 
    AWESOME DISCOUNT CODE:  go to www.WowweeToyShop.com and at checkout put in: blogpromo6 for discount!

     

    Inkoos

    Inkoos

    I dont even have to say anything! These Inkoos are creative, quirky, imaginitive, and not to mention...washable! Girls can practice their make-up artist skills, and boys can create a pirate or their favorite sports player. Leave it up to their imagination - "If you can think it, you can ink it!" And when your little ones are all finished, throw it in with the days laundry so they can start all over again!

    Product Description: 

     

    For little artists, Inkoos combine a fun activity and an adorable plush in one! By using the Inkoos’ amazing washable markers, creative kids can draw, design and decorate these cute and quirky characters…then give them a spin in the washing machine, and design them all over again.  Available in a variety of colors and styles, each Inkoos includes 3 clip-on washable markers and the Inkspiration Wheel for tons of design ideas. Also in the line are Mini Inkoos (SRP $7.99), which make great companions for little doodlebugs during holiday travels.

    Ages 4+ SRP $19.99

    Where to buy...

    Voice Rockrz Mic

    Voice Rockrz Mic

    Your child can immitate their favorite rocker or pop-star with the Voice Rockrz Mic from First Act. Set your living room into a stage and watch your child shine. My favorite part? You can plug in any MP3 player into the jack on the Mic so they can sing along to their favorite songs!

    Did I mention the Mic has incredible voice effects? Tap the ring to the Mic to activate the Hi-Note voice effect; tap the bracelet to the Mic to change up the show with the Echo-Tastic voice effect; or tap the ring and bracelet in succession to uncover the Robot-Riffic voice effect. And a rock concert cannot be complete without concert sound effects like audience applause or a crescendo-ing drum roll using the FX button. 

    Perfect for a karaoke night, sleepover, birthday party, or a hang out after school. 

    Fun fact: First Act is a prominant musical instrument company that has created instruments for artist such as Kelly Clarkson and Adam Levine from Maroon 5!

    For ages 4+ and retails for around $24.99. Needs three "AAA" batteries. 

    Visit their website: www.voicerockrz.com.

    My Little Pony Twilight Sparkle's Twinkling Balloon

    My Little Pony Twilight Sparkle's Twinkling Balloon

    Who remembers the My Little Pony jingle? This adorable toy for girls lights up and plays the tune with the press of a button. I know because I pressed it 5 times already and love it!

    Product description:

    Take your friends for a starlight “ride” with this TWILIGHT SPARKLE’S TWINKLING BALLOON vehicle! Put your TWILIGHT SPARKLE pony figure and her SPIKE THE DRAGON friend figure inside the basket of this electronic balloon vehicle — and then turn it on so it lights up and plays music as they “fly”! Your SPIKE THE DRAGON figure can sit perched on the edge of the basket or even on top of the balloon to keep watch with the “telescope.” When you’ve “landed” the balloon vehicle, switch it to night-light mode so it will gently glow in your bedroom as you drift off to dreamland.

    Balloon vehicle comes with TWILIGHT SPARKLE pony figure, SPIKE THE DRAGON figure and a “telescope.” Includes 3 “AAA” batteries.

    For ages 3+ Retail Price $19.99. HasbroToyShop.com.

    Hint hint everyone, this toy might be in our 2011 Holiday Gift Guide. Stay posted.