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Air Storm Firetek Foam Bow by Zing

One of the perks of my job is getting a chance to see up-and-coming toys from fantastic brands. As a mom of boys, any toy that beeps, blasts, or shoots (preferably all 3) get two thumbs up.  Zing Toys makes some of the most fantastically fun toys that my boys have ever gotten their hands on! Boston and Hudson had a BLAST (no pun intended) doing "research" on one of the latest toys from Zing. The Air Storm Firetek Bow is tons of fun! 

It comes equipped with a loop-and-launch technology and an LED-activated power grip for an action-packed, almost realistic playtime experience. Fire up the Zonic Blaze whistling arrows, hook them into the fast-load loops and get set to aim and fire. The long-range arrows of the Air Storm bow are made of soft foam and can zip through the air to over 125 feet and light up the sky. Even the bow glows with a bright green color, for action-packed fun, day or night. Each set includes one LED power bow and three Zonic Blaze whistling arrows. This bow toy requires two AAA batteries to operate. It comes in your choice of bold, bright colors

The Air Storm Firetek Bow was named to Walmart's Kid-Approved Holiday Toy List 2014. So you know this is one of the items that needs to go on your holiday list!  You'll see this item in the Real Mom 2014 Holiday Gift Guide - so stay tuned!

Retails: $29.97 at Walmart.

Real Mom Holiday Gift Guide: Lifeproof

Today, we are sharing with you one of our must-have items! Ok, so technically they aren't a toy but if you have a fancy smartphone that needs protecting from your kids, ok, from yourself as well, then you need to check out the Lifeproof cases!

Lifeproof nüüd

nüüd screenless technology is the first of its kind. By forming a waterproof seal to the touchscreen, nüüd protects iPhone 5 — while leaving the screen open for direct touch. Yes, you can touch the touchscreen!

nüüd screenless technology, sleek design, enhanced sound, CrystalClear optics and full access to every function and feature. nüüd is everything you love about your iPhone 5 — everywhere you go.



Lifeproof Float

When the action gets wet and wild, nothing dampens the good times like a waterlogged iPhone 5. Even if it is protected inside the waterproof LifeProof fre Case, your smartphone still sinks like a dumb rock if accidentally dropped in the drink. Of course, theres one way to buoy both your spirits and your iPhone 5 the LifeProof LifeJacket.

Real Mom Holiday Gift Guide: Paperpunk

This past weekend was our big charity event with Kisses for Kyle! Not only did we give away a TON of toys to local children but we also provided them with some fun crafts to do with their parents. 

Paper Punk was so generous to send us a bunch of kits for the kids! They definitely enjoyed making paper snowmen and women along with some other fun characters. 

What is Paper Punk?

Paper Punk is an innovative paper-based building toy that provides endless imaginative and creative play for humans of all ages.

With a few simple folds, colorful 2D flat shapes transform into bold 3D geometric pieces to create spectacular looking paper toys and art forms. It was founded with a simple ambition – to enable people to exercise their creativity and make things with their hands.

Check our more of our 2013 favorites in the Real Mom Media Holiday Gift Guide!

Real Mom Holiday Gift Guide: Spy Gear

If you have a future spy on your shopping list this year, you are going to want to check out the Spy Gear products from SpinMasters toys.

Spike Mic

The Spike Mic Launcher is a remote listening device delivering super spy audio surveillance. The Spike Mic dart has a built in microphone with two interchangeable tips: Sticky Dart and Suction Cup. Launch it or stick it to a surface and listen. With a live audio feed you’ll remain undetected as you hear conversations happening in far away locations. Plug in using the headphone jack (headphones sold separately) for stealth listening.

Panosphere 360

Capture it all with the advanced technology of the Panosphere 360 Spy Cam! The Panosphere is capable of recording in every direction at once. Its amazing 360° panoramic video recording ensures you don’t miss a thing.  Take 2000+ photos or 15 minutes of video in 720p! With 3 ways to play you decide how you’re going to record: slide it, stick it, or strap it. Each attachment gives the Panosphere a new way to remain undetected. The included video editing software lets you explore your footage, make edits, and upload.



Sonic Distractors

Roll and distract! Sonic Distractors get agents out of sticky situations using sonic wave diversion! Select from 8 different sounds as you activate, roll and distract your enemies. Each sound has a time-release delay giving agents time to calculate when they’ll sound. The included belt clip delivers easy access for quick use as you sneak through top-secret areas. With 2 Sonic Distractors, agents can perform multiple distractions simultaneously.

Check our more of our 2013 favorites in the Real Mom Media Holiday Gift Guide!

Real Mom Holiday Gift Guide: Recent Toys

Recent Toys specializes in producing innovative, mentally stimulating, cutting-edge brainteasers. We strive to ensure that all of our puzzles are simple to understand, yet thought-provoking in their solutions, and open to a broad age range so that children and adults of all ages can play. While all of our puzzles are characterized by high-quality, edgy designs, and clever game play, each puzzle is unique in concept and offers an entirely new challenge. 


Gear Shift is deceptively difficult. The rotation of the eight interlocking gears is a seemingly simple operation. However, once you discover that the core can be pulled apart, the difficulty skyrockets; as this function changes the shape of the puzzle by allowing each gear to move independently.






The QJ Pyraminx Cube is like a puzzle in the shape of a pyramid (tetrahedron). This fully functional cube has a total of 36 face pieces which turn around the 4 axis, the Pyramix cube is a fun magic puzzle pyramid!







Skewb combines the classic game play of a twisty puzzle with 12 colors, 12 faces and an irregular shape to create a unique puzzling challenge. Each turn creates a new color combination which will either bring you closer to a solution or scramble the puzzle up even more.





Check our more of our 2013 favorites in the Real Mom Media Holiday Gift Guide!

Real Mom Holiday Gift Guide: Air Hogs


Soar to new heights with the Air Hogs Atmosphere! This powerful levitating sphere requires no remote control and hovers above any surface! Its spherical shape allows the Atmosphere to smoothly bounce off walls and ceilings for non-stop flight. You are the controller with the high-tech hovering power of the Air Hogs Atmosphere!


The Helix X4 Stunt is a high-performance RC stunt quad-copter! It is aggressively maneuverable and incredibly fast! Perform 3 incredible stunts with the push of a button as you flip, barrel roll and 180 flip. Its full 4-channel control enables the Helix X4 to easily out fly any obstacle and out stunt any other RC vehicle. Nothing moves like a Helix! Experience the future of flight with the agile Helix X4 Stunt!




Check our more of our 2013 favorites in the Real Mom Media Holiday Gift Guide!

Holiday Gift Guide: Uncommon Goods

Uncommon Goods carry some interesting and out of the box gift ideas! We have two favorites this season that are great for imaginative play!

Pallina Dropping Ball Game

Pallina is a fun, suspenseful and strategic game that's fun for the whole family! Each player chooses a color. The object of the game is to remove your color sticks from the basket without letting any of your color balls fall. The winner of the game is the player who has the most balls in the basket by the end. Made of sustainable bamboo in China.

Includes 1 basket, 20 bamboo sticks, 16 wooden balls, 1 purple felt mat, and 1 reusable storage box.

Ages 4 and up.

Price: $36.50


 Make Your Own Family


The only time it's ok to draw on your brother's face is if you're making him smile. Encourage creativity and family unity with an imaginative kit that lets kids create their own wooden family from seven dolls, 3 pieces of fabric, 3 pieces of felt, craft glue, yarn in 4 colors, and 12 colored pencils. Instructions included. Made in New Zealand.

Ages 4 and up.

Price: $40

Check our more of our 2013 favorites in the Real Mom Media Holiday Gift Guide!


Holiday Gift Guide: Super Mario 3D Land™ Bowser’s Castle Building Set

We are big on building sets this year! With little boys in the house it's kinda hard not to be. K'Nex has some great new building sets perfect for anyone on your gift list. 

Super Mario 3D Land™ Bowser’s Castle Building Set

Go on a brand new adventure with Mario™ - battle Bowser™, and save the princess in the FINAL course! Featuring K'NEX's all new jump disk and launcher that allow Mario to run and jump, like he does in the game. Build Mario and make your way through the entrance gate to Bowser's Castle!  Look out for Draglet - a battery-powered motor makes him a spinning danger at the entrance.  Use the track slider to cross the pit, and jump up to collect the coins!  Watch out for the Fireballs - you make them move by turning the white connector.  Hurry past the spinning Fire Bars, and hit the mystery box - what did you get?  Jump across the moving platforms, through the warp pipe and up the elevator platform to Bowser's final hiding place!  Use the jump launcher to knock him down!  Save Princess Peach™, pop-up the goal flag and you've WON THE GAME!  Combine your Bowser's Castle building set with the rest of the K'NEX Super Mario™ building set line to take Mario on an even BIGGER adventure! 

For ages 8+. 

Suggested retail price is $99.99. 

Available exclusively at Toys “R” Us.

Holiday Gift Guide: New Super Mario Bros.™ 2 Thwomps™ Building Set

Is there a gamer on your list? Get them off the gaming system and get them building with this fun Super Mario Brothers building set. 

New Super Mario Bros.™ 2 Thwomps™ Building Set

Go on a brand new adventure with Fire Mario™ & Silver Luigi™ as they journey through a castle course!  Featuring K'NEX's all new jump disk and launcher that allow Mario to run and jump, like he does in the game.  Build Fire Mario & Silver Luigi and drop them through the warp pipe to enter the course. Look out for the Thwomps - slam them down to open your path.  Make your way past the Thwomps, collecting coins as you go - don't forget to grab the Power Up mushroom at the top!  Drop through another warp pipe and guess what - there's another side to play on!  Use the sliding platform to cross the lava.  Who will you find behind the door?  It's a Bone Goomba™!  Hit the target to defeat him, pop-up the flag and you've cleared the course!  Combine your Thwomps building set with the rest of the K'NEX Super Mario™ building set line to take Mario on an even BIGGER adventure! 

For ages 8+. 

Suggested retail price is $59.99. 

Available exclusively at Toys “R” Us.

Holiday Gift Guide: KISS® Rock Stage Big Rig Building Set

If you have a rock fan on your list, you are going to want to take a look at the K'Nex KISS® Rock Stage Big Rig Building Set!

KISS® Rock Stage Big Rig Building Set

Build a rock stage big rig, and take your Monster KISS figures on an amazing music tour!  This unique building set lets you create the power of a real KISS concert with The Demon, The Spaceman, The Catman and The Starchild.  After they rock out, the two roadie figures will help pack up their equipment, and drive the band off to their next sold-out show! 

Includes over 300 pieces.

Ages 7+. 

Suggested retail price is $34.99. 

Available exclusively at Toys “R” Us.

Holiday Gift Guide: PayDay

Family Game night is going back to the Classics! I remember playing PayDay as a child and I can't wait to play it with my kids. 


Who doesn't like to get paid? BUT, where does all the money go? Players take turns moving along the 31 day calendar-like game board. You could make a big profit OR lose your shirt on a bad investment and have to take out a loan to pay the bills as they pile up . Don't worry, you might win the lottery or hit the jackpot and pick up a bundle! And at the end of every month you GET PAID!!

For 2 to 4 player.

Ages 7 and up.

Suggested Retail Price: $15.99

Holiday Gift Guide: K'Nex 521 Amazing Value Tub

Building sets are HUGE this holiday season! They promote creative thinking and foster imagination.  Check out this great value set from K'Nex!

521 Amazing Value Tub Building Set

Build anything you can imagine with the 521 Piece Value Tub!  Loaded with 521 parts for lots of building fun! Includes instructions/ideas for 35 unique models including, dragsters, Ferris wheels, dinosaurs, creatures and more!  Parts and built models can be stored in the convenient storage tub.  Made in the U.S.A. 

Suggested retail price $24.99.
Ages 7+. 
Available exclusively at Toys “R” Us. 

Holiday Gift Guide: Cabbage Patch Kids

This year, the Cabbage Patch Kids are celebrating their 30th birthday! Can you believe that?! Share your favorite childhood toy with your kids by give them a Cabbage Patch Kid that is unique and different just like them.

Just like real kids, Cabbage Patch Kids come in a variety of different hair styles, hair colors, eye colors, expressions and ethnicities. They also come with the iconic Cabbage Patch scent of fresh baby powder, a unique, one-of-a-kind name, adoption papers and Birth Certificate.

Ages 3 and above.

Suggested retail price $34.99. 

Bring home the nostalgia of the Cabbage Patch Kids brand today.

Holiday Gift Guide: LeapFrog Creativity Camera

If your little one loves to take pictures, you want to check out the LeapFrog Camera!

LeapFrog Creativity Camera

Create, learn and stretch your imagination with photos! Designed for little ones with simplicity in mind, the LeapFrog Creativity Camera Protective Case & App combine the camera power of your iPhone or iPod touch with creativity-focused fun!

Your budding photographer can use 6 different modes to edit photos to make silly pictures, go on photo missions to create special albums and even play an exciting augmented reality game. This breakthrough app toy turns your device into the ultimate creativity camera.

Works with iPhone 4/4s/5 and iPod touch 4th & 5th generation (sold separately). Does not work with LeapPad or Leapster Explorer systems.

Appropriate for children ages 3 to 6 years.

Suggested Retail Price: $19.99

Holiday Gift Guide: Beatles Yellow Submarine™ Building Set

If you have a Beatles fan on your list, you don't want to miss this awesome building set! Build your own Yellow Submarine!

Beatles Yellow Submarine™ Building Set

Build The Yellow Submarine, and help The Beatles save Pepperland from The Blue Meanies!  This one-of-a-kind building set lets you recreate the awesome adventures of the iconic Yellow Submarine with passengers, John, Paul, George and Ringo.  They can do battle against the two Blue Meanie figures, or get out their instruments and jam, since their ship doubles as a concert stage! 

Includes over 200 pieces

Ages 7+.

Suggested retail price is $34.99. 

Available exclusively at Toys “R” Us.

Holiday Gift Guide: Angry Birds Trilogy

One of the hottest games this year is Angry Birds! Everyone is playing it on their phones, tablets, and, now, you can play it on your gaming system!

Angry Birds Trilogy


Fluff your feathers and reach for the sky! We are excited to announce that Activision Publishing, Inc. and Rovio Entertainment’sAngry Birds™ Trilogy is now available for Nintendo’s Wii U™ and Wii™ systems. Encompassing three award-winning, best-selling titles - Angry BirdsAngry Birds Seasons and Angry BirdsRio - Angry Birds Trilogy delivers well over 100 hours of avian adventure and brings one of gaming’s most popular franchises to nest on Nintendo’s home consoles for the first time.



Angry Birds™ Trilogy is now available for Wii U for $49.99 and Wii for $39.99. This game is rated E (Everyone) by the ESRB. It is currently available for the Nintendo 3DS hand-held system, the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft with Kinect™ for Xbox 360 compatibility, and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system with full PlayStation®Move support.




Holiday Gift Guide: K'Nex Typhoon Frenzy™ Roller Coaster Building Set

Did you know that construction toys are the #1 category in the toy world? Building {and destroying} never gets old in my house! One of our favorites is K'Nex!

 Typhoon Frenzy™ Roller Coaster Building Set

Bring a wave of fun from the ocean to your living room with the new Typhoon Frenzy Roller Coaster Building Set from K'NEX!  Build with over 640K'NEX parts & pieces including, rods, connectors and track, and add motorized power to send the silver coaster car twisting and turning through over 19 feet of swirling, non-stop action!  Plus, download exclusive instructions to build an incredible second model, the Tsunami Surge™ Coaster!  All K'NEXrods and connectors are made in the USA! 

Ages 9+.
Suggested retail price is $39.99.
Available exclusively at Toys “R” Us. 

Holiday Gift Guide: Lincoln Logs

Today, we are talking about one of our favorite Classic Toys! Lincoln Logs were invented in 1916 by John Llyod Wright, son of architect Frank Llyod Wright. Lincoln Logs have stood the test of time due to their simplicity in nature and giving children endless possibilities in play!

Lincoln Logs® Redfield Ranch

Build a home on the range!  Lincoln Logs® Redfield Ranch™ includes 124 real wood logs, plus colorful figures and other building accessories.  Step-by-step instructions for building a ranch complete with a horse and cowboy figure are included.  Parts come in a newly designed and collectible storage container, so clean-up is quick and easy. 

Suggested retail price is $39.99.
Ages 3+. 
Available exclusively at Toys “R” Us.



Holiday Gift Guide: SmartMax

We are continuing sharing our favorites from our upcoming Holiday Gift Guide! Today, we are sharing some great Imaginative Play gifts from SmartMax!


SMARTMAX® allows kids to explore the fascinating world of magnetism in a safe way.

SmartMax Lighthouse

With SmartMax Lighthouse, children can effortlessly create houses, towers, and other bright structures thanks to easy to manipulate magnetic balls and multi-colored bars, two of which are lit with LED lights. 

Approximate Price: $59.99




SmartMax Pip & Pete Plane

The new pull back vehicle set, SmartMax Pip & Pete Plane features Pip, a compact car, and Pete, the yellow place. All SmartMax vehicle sets allow children ages 3 and up to build various vehicles and work with the SmartMax construction sets. 

Approximate Price: $22.99



SmartMax Tommy Train

SmartMax Tommy Train, a train with hopper cars, can stretch up to 35 cm in length and is perfect for transporting loads of magnetic bars or balls included in the packagining, or even small items found around the house. Tommy Train is perfect to share with friends because children ages three and up can easily create two seperate vehicles. All SmartMax vehicle sets complement and work with the SmartMax constrution sets. 

Approximate Price: $22.99