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Simon and Teen Vogue host “Back-to-School” Main Event Sunday, August 24th,12 p.m.- 4 p.m at Montgomery Mall in Pennsylvania


Back to School at Montgomery Mall with Teen Vogue
August 24th, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m

 

SIMON INVITES STUDENTS AND FAMILIES TO PREPARE FOR THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR WITH “ABC’S OF STYLE” EVENTS AT MONTGOMERY MALL

Simon and Teen Vogue with Special Offerings throughout August and the main event Sunday, August 24th, 12pm-4pm at Montgomery Mall in Pennsylvania.

With the new school year fast approaching, Simon®, a global leader in retail real estate, and Teen Vogue, the number one source of fashion, beauty and pop-culture news for trendsetting teens, are hosting a series of back-to-school events across the county to prep young shoppers before they head back to class. The main event, known as the “ABC’s of Style,” will take place nationwide at more than 80 shopping centers, helping families enjoy the all-too-common task of shopping for seasonal must-haves. Montgomery Mall will be joining the back-to-school fun with its “ABC’s of Style℠” event on Sunday, August 24 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., offering a number of fun-filled activities including a LIVE performance by indie pop band AJR.

 

“This is an exciting time of year and as Montgomery Mall is the center of fashion in Montgomery County, teaming up with Teen Vogue elevates our back-to-school shopping season into a true fashion and entertainment experience that helps parents and students alike get set for the upcoming school year,” said Ashley Pompei, Director of Marketing and Business Development at Montgomery Mall.

 

Montgomery Mall’s ABC’s of Style events will include will include a variety of elements to give students the social shopping experience they seek. Created to keep young shoppers’ preferences top-of-mind, featured events will include:

 

  • Exclusive Style Guide: Get early access to an exclusive style guide from Simon and Teen Vogue, featuring fashion looks curated by style experts. Following the event, shoppers can also pick up a guide at Montgomery Mall’s Guest Services or access it online at www.simon.com/mall/montgomery-mall.
  • Fashion Show: View the hottest trends of the season on the runway and receive first-hand fashion advice from Teen Vogue Beauty Style Expert, Lauren Cosenza and Clothes Encounters fashion blogger Jenn Im.
  • Special Musical Performance: Enjoy a “meet and greet” and live musical performance by indie pop trio AJR, who got their musical start as kids busking in Central Park and Washington Square, singing Jackson 5 covers, and, later, their own material.
  • Mall-Wide Discount Offers & Samples: Play free interactive games, watch a sneak peek of Fox’s new fall series RED BAND SOCIETY, get up-close and personal product demonstrations and walk away with free giveaways from St. Ives, Simple, Q-tips and Coca-Cola. Attendees can also pick up a SWAG bag at the registration table filled with other goodies and offers (while supplies last).

 

“We are thrilled to once again be collaborating with Simon during the all-important back-to-school shopping season,” said Teen Vogue Vice President and Publisher, Jason Wagenheim. “Through this alliance, we’re able to bring relevant and authentic fashion content to Simon.com and into consumers’ everyday mall experience—starting with Teen Vogue‘s Back-To-School Saturdays, but with much more to come. Simon’s ‘ABC’s of Style’ events are really the perfect complement to our BTSS initiative and we’re looking forward to bringing the excitement to many Simon shopping centers nationwide throughout the month of August.”

 

In addition to offering on-mall events, Simon will launch several digital-focused back-to-school elements that give students and their families the tools to
gear up for school and stay connected to Montgomery Mall. Join the digital fun and participate through:

  • #FoundAtSimon: Share your back to school look via Twitter or Instagram before December 31, 2014 using #foundatsimon and #contest and one lucky winner per month will receive a $500 Simon shopping spree! For official rules and prize descriptions, visit simon.com/foundatsimonrules.
  • ABC’s of Style Instant Win: Play the fun mobile game on your phone and enter to win prizes from your favorite brands and stores instantly before September 15, 2014. Text PLAY to 74666 for a link to start or go to simon.com/instantwin from your phone. For official rules and prize descriptions, visit simon.com/instantwinrules.

 

Simon’s ABC’s of Style events, presented by Unilever brands St. Ives, Simple and Q-tips in association with Coca-Cola and Fox’s new fall series RED BAND SOCIETY, also launch the shopping centers’ collaboration with Teen Vogue for its “Back-To-School Saturdays” initiative, chock full of offerings throughout the month of August.

Back to School at Montgomery Mall 

For more information about Simon malls ABC’s of Style events, visit www.simon.com.

 

About Montgomery Mall

Montgomery Mall is a super-regional Simon shopping center located at the intersection of Routes 309 and 202 in North Wales, PA that serves the nearby communities of North Wales, Lansdale, Hatfield, Horsham and Montgomeryville. Montgomery Mall’s 116 stores address everyday fashion, family and home needs with department store anchors JCPenney, Macy’s and Sears, specialty stores for jewelry to women’s apparel to sports including Dicks Sporting Goods, and daily grocery shopping at Wegmans. For additional information, visit shopmontgomerymall.com or follow us on Twitter @MontgomeryMall or on Facebook at facebook.com/MontgomeryMallPA.

 

About Simon  Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and a S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG).  Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales.  For more information, visit simon.com.

Watch as Ghiggeri Enviornmental takes Mama’s Little Helper from a Weedfest Backyard in Lambertville NJ to a Zen, Low Maintenance,Tranquil Outdoor Garden Living Area


Mama Chrissy’s Backyard Is Now an Extension of the Rest of the Home

My Personal Backyard Makeover in Lambertville New Jersey by Michael Ghiggeri from Ghiggeri Environmental Gives Mama Chrissy & Daughter More Living Space to Enjoy

Michael Ghiggeri Environmental Landscaper

 

Michael Ghiggeri Environmental Landscaper Starts My Backyard Project

It all started when I rented this quaint house in Lambertville last Summer. Soon after I moved in, Lambertville NJ was voted as 1 of the 15 most prettiest towns in the US by Forbes Magazine. My backyard did not help Lambertville achieve this special honor. When I opened my back door I saw this….

Michael Ghiggeri Enviornmental LandscaperMichael Ghiggeri Environmental Landscaper

 

 

 

I asked around for a reputable landscaper through all my online and offline communities and networks, and I found Michael Ghiggeri, from Ghiggeri Environmental as being highly recommended, especially as an Environmental Landscaper in New Jersey . Michael met me at our home within days of me reaching out. He listened to how I wanted to use the postage size backyard space, and he saw the potential of giving me exactly what we wanted, for the price I needed.  I was amazed at how easy it was for him to look past the tall weeds, oversize bushes, broken planters, busted fence sections with various things in random locations as he started pointing out ideas right then and there to deliver exactly what my daughter & I wanted. He knew we wanted our backyard to be an extension of our home and personalities, as well as fulfill the need for my daughter and myself to play in the dirt together, planting some annuals, vegetables and spices.

 

Michael Ghiggeri Environmental Landscaper Works on My Backyard Project

 

 

 

Michael Ghiggeri Enviornmental Landscaper

Michael Ghiggeri Enviornmental LandscaperSince our space is small, Michael suggested using a trellis for the back fence area where we can grow cucumbers and other vegetables that will grow upward on a trellis. Building it himself, saved money and we got exactly what we needed to bring the Zen feeling and the trellis fit perfectly in the space he designed for. Michael could tell from my home, personality and speaking with me that I wanted a tranquil, low maintenance, Zen backyard with comfortable living room-like furniture, a water feature, and a fire pit to roast marshmallows or keep warm on a chilly evening.  The fire pit we choose can also serve as a grill or cooler. The water feature is powered by a small solar panel. If you know Lambertville, you know most of the backyards are tiny, square spaces, so I was asking for a lot in a very little space.  His first order of business would be to completely clean out the backyard space of everything that had to go. As Michael is an Environmental Landscaper, it’s important for him to recycle things from job-to-job which helps him keep costs lower than competitors. For example, I needed a few more blue slates and he had some extra from another job that was removing blue slate. In return, I had to remove a big, beautiful butterfly bush, because whoever planted it in this small space, didn’t realize how big this magnificent beauty would grow. I had several butterfly bushes in my previous home that I just loved, so it was hard letting this bush go, but I’m sure Michael found a home for it in someone else’s project. I feel better knowing things removed from my backyard weren’t thrown away. I’ve always had a reverence for all things living, so throwing away a living bush would not work for me.

 

 

  Michael Ghiggeri Environmental Landscaper After Images of My Backyard Project

Michael Ghiggeri Enviornmental LandscaperMichael Ghiggeri Enviornmental Landscaper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I can’t wait for all the days my daughter and I can go out back this Spring and enjoy our new space! If you would like to hire Michael, call or email him now. He is busy, but will make time for you! Tell him you heard about him through MamasLittleHelper.org

Amazing as I watched Michael transform my weed-fest into a Zen atmosphere for me, my daughter and our guests!

Michael Ghiggeri Enviornmental Landscaper

Ghiggeri Environmental works in Hunterdon, Somerset, and Mercer Counties NJ, and also Bucks County PA. Serious Inquiries may contact Michael by phone at 908-399-9428 or via email at mjghiggeri@yahoo.com

 

Cat In The Hat at The Arden Theater was a blast!


Arden Theatre Company presents Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat

My daughter and I were thrilled to get opening night tickets to see The Cat in the Hat at The Arden Theater in Philadelphia.

Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat
Based on the book by DR. SEUSS
Play originally produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain
Directed by DOUG HARA and STEVE PACEK
Adapted and originally directed by Katie Mitchell
On the Arcadia Stage
April 16 – June 22, 2014
Arden Theatre Company
40 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106Box Office
215.922.1122
tickets@ardentheatre.org

Single Tickets Tickets: $16-$36

Groups of 20+
$12-$16

You can get tickets HERE: http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?organ_val=22337&event_val=E137&schedule=list

It was a fun filled night for the press and their children!

We got to do some fun crafts and activities prior to the show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My kiddo LOVED being crafty and it was a great warm up  for what to expect!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The show is just long enough to keep the little ones interest and it’s  so entertaining!  I was impressed with the Q&A session for the kids after the show.  The actors go out of their way to make them feel involved.  We really enjoyed it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Arden Theater is the perfect venue to introduce your kiddos to acting and the theater experience.   Check out their classes!

ARDEN DRAMA SCHOOL
Theatre Training for Kids & Teens

Classes are designed to enhance the experience you and your family have at Arden Children’s Theatre while providing theatre education and training to children of all ages. Our diverse programming, taught by theatre professionals, encourages collaboration and active imaginations. Interactive and fun, our classes teach kids to work together, boost their self esteem, develop skills, and broaden their horizons. Whether you are looking for 8 week commitment, a one day workshop Arden Drama School has something for everyone!

 

 

What Kind of Muscle Does Mr.Clean Magic Muscle Really Have?


Mr.Clean Liquid Muscle Put to the Test in NJ

Will Mr. clean conquer century old grime in Lambertville New Jersey?

Everyone who knows me or has ever been in my car or home knows that I love to keep the spaces in my life clean and organized. Maybe that is because I have an unorganized mind, therefore I need to have an organized, clean environment to live.

I just started renting a home in Lambertville NJ at the end of July. Those that know Lambertville, know the place I’m renting is well over 100 hundred years old. So you can imagine the battle I am having with some of this century-old-grime. I’m ashamed to say over the last 7 months, some of this grime has won, even at the mercy of toothpicks, screwdrivers and all my usual hard-core cleaning staples I bring out when I’m cleaning a new home as my own (I told you, I have a serious problem with dirt, and an even more serious problem living with dirt and grime I didn’t create, such as century-old Lambertville grime).

My Mr. Clean blogger toolkit arrived, February 21, 2014 for me to begin my research for this sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Mr. Clean.

My task is easy, to use the Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle in my dirtiest of places or wherever I found it best worked, so I could report it here. They were kind enough to include a bucket and a sponge to go up against this Lambertville grime. My own personal goal and/or prayer is to find a miracle product that goes up against this century-old-grime and comes out a champion.

Here are my findings after a few weeks of working with Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle:

 

Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle shined my bathroom back to new

Mr.Clean Liquid Muscle

Mr.Clean Liquid Muscle cleaned my tub, sink, walls and more getting rid of soap scum, grime and all dirt found in bathrooms wonderfully

 

 

And, saved the best for last….

Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle made it so I could use my oven again

After a friend and I cooked the best fresh marinated chicken we found at Giant in New Hope PA, I couldn’t cook anything in my oven without smoke filling the kitchen due to me putting the chicken on a pan that didn’t have sides.

When that delicious chicken was done cooking, so was my oven until I got it clean with Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle.

Whoops! I’ve been out of practice cooking lately, so I forgot about the drippings of cooking vs. heating up prepared foods (where I can get away with using a flat pan).

Before Photos of the Smoking Mess in My Oven

 

Mr.Clean Liquid Muscle

Grime spilled over while cooking

Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle

Mr. Clean working is magic muscle in my oven

After Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle & I  Meet in My Oven

Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle

Wow! Mr.Clean Liquid Magic restored this oven to better than I got from my landlord.

Mr. Clean For Outdoor Furniture Cleaning this Spring

I’m sold on this product being everyone’s go to for inside and outside use. I’m excited I have more Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle left. I want to clean the outdoor furniture now that Spring is arriving in Bucks County PA and I can tell just from using it around the house, I wont have to scrub the patio furniture hard thanks to using Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle.

PS the bottle has the coolest feature for when you are using it diluted in water for easier jobs. Squeeze once and the bottle delivers the perfect amount for the bucket of water.

 

Happy Spring Cleaning with Mr. Clean liquid Muscle!

I would love to hear what your favorite Spring Cleaning Products or Tips Are in the Comment Section Below?

Mama’s Holiday Hot Toy Gift Guide 2013


Mama’s Holiday Hot Toy Gift Guide 2013

 


Hasbro FurReal Friends TrixieFURREAL FRIENDS TRIXIE, THE SKATEBOARDING PUP PetSkateboarding Remote Control Puppy

The coolest canine to hit the half-pipe, FURREAL FRIENDS TRIXIE, THE SKATEBOARDING PUP pet is an adorable show-off pet that puts kids in control and brings lots of silly, laugh-out-loud fun. Children can pose their TRIXIE, in more than 30 positions on her hot pink skateboard. An easy-to-use two button remote control rides Trixie’s skateboard forward, backward, and even in circles. Every skateboarding star needs a soundtrack for her performance, and cool music and puppy sounds will play from the remote. After a day of riding, Trixie can come off her board for cuddle time. {I love that Trixie comes off her board for cuddle time and just isn’t a toy that does one thing, children lose interest after the novelty wears off and then the toy is banished to some box in the basement, but with Trixie she has staying power. She has a lot going for her with how cute and soft she is, to the musical rides as she entertains and she has a community online to communicate with other FurReal Friends!} www.HasbroToyShop.com

 

 SHOWCAM 2 in 1 Digital Cameraa child's SLR camera

Playskool's projector camera for childrenKids can instantly show the fun with the new ShowCam camera from Playskool! This innovative new device is a 2 in 1 digital camera and projector designed especially for youngsters. It is as easy as click, switch, and SHOW for kids to create a silly show all on their own with instant projection! Push the Silly button to choose from a variety of silly stamps, instant stories and fun animations all with silly sound effects transforming photos into fun filled “SHOW-tos.” Then, with a simple flip of the brightly-colored front switch, kids can change from camera to projector mode and INSTANTLY share their cool “SHOW-tos” for friends and family to admire. Press the orange shutter button in projection mode and kids will get an instant photo slide show, and then hit the Silly button to enjoy surprise themed slide shows.  The kid-friendly ShowCam Playskool camera features easy to use, simple controls, big buttons for little fingers and kid-sized hand grips.  It holds up to 1000 images, has a large color LCD screen on the back, and a USB port making it easy to save, print and email images. Kids will love this cool device modeled after grown-ups’ cameras; this is a kid’s SLR camera! Comes in: grey, blue and green version or a white, pink and purple version. HasbroToyShop.com


Cyber Hoops Basketball NERF N-SPORTS CYBER HOOP SetNerf N Sports Cyber Hoop Set for Basketball lovers

Shoot. Score. Share! The N-SPORTS CYBER HOOP set lets players turn any room into a virtual stadium and challenge themselves or friends to a basketball showdown. To begin play, fans simply download the free CYBER HOOP app on to their iDevice. Once the app is downloaded, players can select from one of five basketball challenges to start shooting hoops! The CYBER HOOP set transmits players’ scores to the iDevice and the app provides exciting commentary, tracks game stats and captures games on video. Players can share their coolest shots from each game in an epic highlight reel or even play virtually with friends online via the app! The The CYBER HOOP app is available for free download exclusively at the App Store℠ and is compatible with the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad (2nd, 3rd, 4th generation), iPad mini, and the iPod Touch (4th and 5th Generation) and works with iOS 6.0 or later. Ages 8+ www.HasbroToyShop.com

 

BEYWARRIORS SHOGUN STEEL OCTAGON SHOWDOWN SetBeywarriors Shogun Steel Octagon Showdown Set

This is the ultimate SHOGUN STEEL BEYWARRIORS showdown! Everything needed for a BEYWARRIORS battle is in one place with the OCTAGON SHOWDOWN set. This intricately designed arena allows BEYWARRIORS battlers to spin, crash, and ricochet against one of the eight walls for optimal BEYWARRIORS battling! The OCTAGON SHOWDOWN set includes an exclusive stadium, two customizable BEYWARRIORS battlers, two ripcords for launching, and two collector cards that can be used to unlock features to battle Beybladers online at www.BeybladeBattles.com. {The arena’s size is perfect to keep the exciting interchangeable (tops) figures battling. It’s one of those games anyone can play and no batteries necessary. Easy Setup!!} HasbroToyShop.com

 

B Daman Battlefield B-DAMAN BREAK BOMBER BATTLEFIELD Arena

Players must master power, speed and precision to keep up with the frenetic marble shooting play in the B-DAMAN BREAK BOMBER BATTLEFIELD arena, inspired by the B-DAMAN TV series. Players start on opposite sides as they shoot at the rows of blocks in the center of the arena. Blasting away yellow blocks reveal red blocks. The player that blasts three out of five red blocks into the opponents’ territory wins. Set includes one deluxe target play set with 25 blocks, completely enclosed arena walls, two B-DAMAN figures, two B-DAMAN Wide Magazine Accessory pieces and 20 marbles. {For Ages 6+ because the marbles could shoot out of the arena. No batteries needed!}. HasbroToyShop.com

 


 MY LITTLE PONY FEATURE PRINCESS TWILIGHT SPARKLE PonyMy Little Pony Twilight Sparkle

Interactive My Little Pony ToyIn the land of EQUESTRIA, studious TWILIGHT SPARKLE represents the element of magic. Now, the magic is in your little one’s hands with the PRINCESS TWILIGHT SPARKLE figure, a moving, talking pony that comes to life! The PRINCESS TWILIGHT SPARKLE pony is the most interactive MY LITTLE PONY friend to date. This magical pony will respond to touch and motion; simply touch her cutie mark and she will move her head and blink her eyes as she awakens. Brush her mane and she will hum songs and speak whimsical phrases as she’s being pampered. Her iridescent turquoise wings and unicorn horn illuminate with a touch, creating enchanting patterns of light. Push her along and watch as PRINCESS TWILIGHT SPARKLE pony’s wings flutter as if she was getting ready to take flight! Ages 3 + {This pony is bigger than she appears in the photos, she’s about 12 inches high and is exactly as the description states, your My Little Pony lover will not be disappointed with this hot new toy!} HasbroToyShop.com

 

KRE-O CITYVILLE INVASION SKYSCRAPER MAYHEM Building Set

KRE-O CITYVILLE Building SetOut of the zoo and into trouble. A rampaging gorilla has escaped the KRE-O CITYVILLE zoo and is wreaking havoc downtown. Will the KREON CITYVILLE citizens be able to stop him? KRE-O CITYVILLE INVASION SKYSCRAPER MAYHEM building set includes 431 gorilla escapes KRE-O CITYVILLE zooKRE-O pieces needed to build a skyscraper with breakaway windows, helicopter with SONIC MOTION rotors and zookeeper capture vehicle. Comes complete with seven KREON figures and an additional mystery KREON: VANCE VALOR, DR. MAYHEM, BANANA BOY, TN TEETER, AMY APEKEEPER, COLONEL BULLET and ZAPE the evil gorilla. Includes an exclusive QR Code to unlock KREONs in the CITYVILLE INVASION app. {This is for an older child, most likely 8+ at the least unless you don’t mind putting together a lot of tiny pieces. I’ve done this before with other sets from Hasbro for my daughter and then she was able to enjoy it just fine. It’s really cool that this new toy is compatible with Lego, so your child or you (hey, parents like toys still too) can enjoy imagining and creating all sorts of fun, especially with the newly introduced sonic motion feature.} www.HasbroToyShop.com


 Furby Boom!

new generation Furby

A whole new generation of Furby critters is about to hatch! Furby has a mind of its own, and the way you treat your Furby will shape its personality — so the more fun you have with it, the better! The more you talk to your Furby and interact with it, the more English it speaks! Pet it, tickle its tummy and pull its tail Pull to make sleep, introduce Furby to other Furby’s and play games, get eggs and raise virtual Furblings with the free Furby Boom App (optional) works with iPad, iPod touch and iPhone with iOS 5.0 or later. App is not compatible with prior Furby generations.

{My daughter & I have played for hours with our Furby Boom and we’ve only owned it for a short time. We are so excited…and so is our Furby, to be the proud parents to many new eggs and hatchlings. We are filling up our Furby city pretty quickly on the app. Even without the app, we have a blast with Furby, especially every time we hear: Woot Woot…cracks us up! This is a definite for ages 6 and up. My little one is 5 ½ and is teaching me how to find my way to xray our….ahem, I mean her Furby! You’ll see how cool it is and then let me know if you aren’t feeding your Furby all kinds of things just to xray it and make sure it’s still in good health. It’s adorable!} www.hasbrotoyshop.com

THE ZELFS™ VENUS FLY TRAP SPIN SALON PLAYSETZelf goes to the Salon

The Zelfs™ will look their best after a visit to be primped, curled and crimped at the Venus Flytrap Spin Salon! With this hair-raising playset, girls can twist and twirl their Zelfs’ hair to give them a fun new look. The Spin Salon comes with an exclusive Zelf named Tressa, twirls and swirls each Zelf’s hair with just a push of a button and comes with two hair extensions, one hair clip, a tiara, hair brush and a collector’s guide, making it the ultimate place for the Zelfs to hang out. Girls can also store their Zelfs in the playset once the Venus Fly Trap Salon snaps shut! {I had to Google this one, because I had no idea what a Zelf was, besides thinking they were adorable. Here is what I found for those of you that are like me, and have no idea… ‘The Zelfs’ live in an enchanted garden full of surprises called Zardenia. They dwell in different fabitats tucked all over the garden…in the trees, mounds of rocks and even dark corners’ There’s lots more about them out there too. Many collect all types of Zelfs and each as a special power when loved. I will say the hair didn’t twist as easily or neatly as the photo shows, but still this is a winner with all the cool drawers and hair accessories. Who doesn’t want their Zelf to be able to go the hair salon. No batteries needed!!! Awesome toy!}

 
THE TRASH PACK™ TRASH WHEELS™ JUNK YARD PLAYSET

Trash Wheels Junk Yard Play SetThe Trash Wheels™ Junk Yard Play Set is the only place to fix and repair the Trash Wheels! Through imaginative play, kids can get creative with how they repair their Trash Wheels. Whether they need a new engine or are ready to go to the Scrap Heap, the Junk Yard is the place to go. With one Junk Yard Playset, two Trash Wheels vehicles and a collector’s guide, kids will have everything they need to complete their Trash Wheels collection. But they should watch out for the crushing yard to avoid getting squished! {I hesitated to put this one in, as a girl and only having a daughter I had to put myself in a young boy’s mind to really review this product for this gift guide. I found out that a lot of boys love trucks, all types of trucks, including trash trucks. They also like to crush and launch things. This toy does all that and more, so at first a skeptic now I’m sold your child will enjoy this toy if they are into the activities I just described.}

 

 

Two Chosen as a “Wal-Mart Top 20 Chosen by Kids” Toys From Spin Master


Zoomer

Robotic Dog ZoomerZoomer is playful, funny and he’ll steal your heart in an instant. Just like a real dog you’ll need to teach him everything a puppy needs to know. Call his name, teach him lots of tricks and watch how excited he gets when you reward him with a real good belly scratch. Kids Robotic Dog Zoomercan run play and laugh as Zoomer excitedly wags his tail and responds to their commands. Zoomer is smart as a whip and can understand English, Spanish and French. He even follows your movement with his cute puppy eyes. Download the free iOS or Android app to learn everything there is to know about training Zoomer. Before you know it he’ll be laying down, rolling over, playing dead and more! When you adopt Zoomer into your home he can’t help but feel like a real part of the family. {awl, I’ve been saying I want to get a dog, this may be the perfect answer to my question…should I get another dog? Zoomer is just as adorable as his picture here. This robot toy dog is definitely the answer to your child wanting a pet and you not wanting another live being to be responsible for! Tip: Use a clear speaking voice and no batteries needed! Zoomer was chosen as a “Wal-Mart Top 20 Chosen by Kids” Toy!}

 

Flutterbye Fairy magicallty takes flightFlutterbye FairyFlutterbye Fairy by Spin Master

 

Turn a young girl’s dreams into reality as they watch Flutterbye Fairies effortlessly dance through the air. Every enchanting flight puts the magic directly in their hands. Flutterbye’s gracefully glide across the sky guided only by the hands of young girls. There’s never been a more magical experience. Put the magic in their hands with the charming flight of Flutterbye Fairies. {Tip: I would fly her inside in an open space, there is a learning curve to using your hands to help her fly in the direction you want, keep the base nearby so you can hit the button to stop her quickly if necessary. This flying fairy is durable enough for us to learn how to control it and for it to stay looking great! Awesome toy! Flutterbye Fairy was chosen as a “Wal-Mart Top 20 Chosen by Kids” Toy!}

The Atmosphere levitating toyAir Hogs Atmosphere by Spin Master

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 toy to smoothly bounce off walls and ceilings for non-stop flight. You are the controller with the high-tech Hovering n air is the Atmosphere from Spin Masterhovering power of the Air Hogs Atmosphere! {Tip: Keep base nearby in case you need to deactivate quickly as your child is learning, read flying into mom’s stuff…lol}

 

 

Kawaii Crush DollsKawaii Crush Dolls

In the Kawaii Crush world each girl shares her one true love by expressing her love through her fashions, lifestyle & accessories. Imagine a world alive with smiles. In the world of Kawaii Crush there is an assortment of happy and unique characters who express what they love, or what their crush is, through fashion and accessories. Each Kawaii Crush girl comes with mix and match outfits and more. Kawaii is Japanese for “cute,” “lovable,” or “adorable.” Shown here is the Kawaii Crush Happy Mall Set

 

 Disney Doc McStuffins Get Better Checkup Center

 

Disney's Doc McStuffins Get Better CenterCreate a space full of imaginative play for your child with the Disney Doc McStuffins Get Better Checkup Center. This play set allows your child to play pretend as they diagnose Lambie with the Big Book of BooBoos, or even as they check out her x-rays. It includes everything needed to give the included lamb doll a checkup with a scale, growing chart and play x-ray machine. You can even give her bandage stickers to take her ouchies away, too. The Disney Doc McStuffins Get Better Checkup Center Play Set includes checkup center, otoscope, reflex hammer, syringe, roll of stickers, two x-rays, scale, Lambie figurine, cell phone, and three peg board holders. Some assembly is required. It’s recommended for children three years of age and older.

 

Doc McStuffins Magic Talkin’ Doc & Friends

Doc McStuffins Magic Talking Doc

Kids help Doc McStuffins take care of some of her closest friends with this Doc McStuffins Magic Talkin’ Doc & Friends. A 12″ Doc McStuffins Doll comes complete in her medical fashions and magical stethoscope. When you press her stethoscope against her stomach, she will say different iconic phrases from the show as well as sing the “Time for Your Check-Up” song. Place Lambie or Stuffy on their respective images on the Magic Clinic Table to hear different phrases. You can even press the bandage button to hear additional phrases from them. When Lambie & Stuffy are both on the Magic Clinic Table together, they will talk to each other and sing the “I Feel Better” song. Set includes Doc Doll, Lambie and Stuffy figures, Magic Clinic Table, doctor’s bag, stethoscope, otoscope, and thermometer. Eight AG13 batteries are required and included.

 

Doc McStuffins Stuffy Play Set

doc mcstuffins make me better stuffy playset

Keeps Your Aspiring Little Doctor Busy for Hours as Disney Junior’s favorite dragon, Stuffy, is the star of the Disney Doc McStuffins Make Me Better Stuffy playset. Little doctors-to-be will love to nurture and heal Stuffy, just like Doc McStuffins does on her hit TV series. This Make Me Better Set includes an articulated figure of Stuffy, as well as Doc-inspired accessories just like a real doctor has, including an interactive tool with actual lights and sounds. The best fun with the Doc McStuffins play set is when her patient gets a big boo-boo and the ouches can only be taken away with a removable color-change cast that has special designs that are only revealed by using cold water. Parents and children will adore this high quality, interactive toy for years to come. This Doc McStuffins Make Me Better can also come with Doc McStufins’s Lambie instead of Stuffy.

 

Little Passports

fun educational geography of the world toy by Little Passports

Every month, follow our characters Sam and Sofia as they embark on a new country adventure. Your first month’s Explorer Kit arrives in a suitcase and contains everything your child needs to get started: a letter from Sam and Sofia, a map, a passport, stickers, access to online games and more. Country specific packages filled with fun souvenirs, letters, stickers, photos, activity sheets and more arrive every month thereafter. Recommended age 5 to 10 years old. The link above will get you the World Edition for $10.95 a month.

 fun educational geography of the United States toy by Little Passports

With your USA Edition subscription, Sam and Sofia travel to and experience the wonders of all 50 states. Kick-off your USA adventure with the first month’s Discovery Kit which includes a letter from Sam and Sofia, a USA Field Guide, a USA scratch book, a map, and a camera. Sam and Sofia then travel to two new states every month and send an activity-packed travel journal with stickers, postcards, pop-out models and access to online activities. Recommended age 7 to 12 years old.

{My daughter has been receiving the Little Passports World Edition  (link to another post I did on Little Passports) for almost a year and just started the United States Edition about 6 months ago. As a teacher, I myself was concerned if she was being confused her by doing them both at the same time or by starting the countries before the states. Now I think doing both programs at the same time actually allows for so many teachable moments of similarities and differences between states, states and countries and the world in general and for understanding the concept that “The United States” is just one of many countries that make up the entire “The World”. She & I talk about so many concepts, just this week we discussed the continents when “India” arrived and they mentioned it looks like a slice of pizza at the bottom of the Asian Continent. So of course, I brought up the 7 continents she learned about in preschool last year….we pointed them all out by name as we talked about why we use “continents” as a way of grouping countries on the world map and she quickly located “India”, the slice of pizza, and put the little push pin sticker on so proudly…I’m even smiling now as I remember the moment, I was so proud of her. This program is so much fun and a must get for any child you know no matter what the age, you can use as much or as little of the program as they are ready for. My daughter isn’t ready for the worksheets or the online activities just yet, but I save the boarding passes and the worksheets along with everything else her pen pals send for when she is ready for those parts of the program because I’ll go back and do them with her! As a parent and a teacher, this product should be used in classrooms everywhere, it brings fun to a lot of confusing concepts for children and fun always equals learning and remembering! Mom is even remembering!}

 

 

animal realistic replicas SafariLtdHand Painted Replica by SafariLtd

Safari takes pride in the realism of replicas. Every detail, from the texture of an animal’s fur to the glass-like appearance of its eyes, is designed for accuracy. Replicas are also individually hand-painted. It is our dedication to authenticity and education that sets our replicas apart in the industry. Each purchase of our products has accompanying educational information that can be found on our website. The selection of replicas is so huge the catalog (which is beautiful itself to look through) is almost an inch thick full of every animal you can think of, different human and magical replicas, famous buildings, landmarks and so much more.

 

TOOBS
Safari Ltd. TOOBS® packaging makes their sets a great choice for traveling. The tube container is an easy way to keep your child’s toys together without taking up too much space packing. Each tube is an assortment of whatever collection your child loves, whether it’s a specific animal, a category of animals (dinosaurs, birds of the world, farm animals, reptiles, sea animals, etc), humans such as warriors and knights, babies, musical instruments, landmarks, buildings of the world and so much more.

 

Peacock
This Peacock replica spreads its magnificent tail feathers, showing off its shimmering colors. The gift of flight comes to life in the Wings of the World collection. This group features some of the most vivid colors and intricate details of any models. Like all Safari Ltd® toys, our winged friends are professionally sculpted, individually hand painted, and value priced. Collectors, bird lovers, and children can all find inspiration from these lively replicas.


{I may keep this one replica for me, it’s beautiful & I love peacocks. I have been giving TOOBs to children as gifts since before my own child was born almost 6 years ago. These replicas have caught my eye in whatever store they were displayed. You know which ones I’m writing about, because you just can’t help to stop and take in the attention to detail and beauty of at least a few of the pieces when walking past}.

Awareness of Autism through Starabella Books & Music

Starabella

Starabella is a new series of award-winning, narrated musical picture books for kids ages 2-8 about a very courageous little girl with learning differences who expresses her thoughts and feelings through music. When she is happy, her eyes shine like stars. Though the Starabella books are based on a little girl with autism, the stories appeal to anyone who has felt different. Starabella demonstrates the special gifts children with extra challenges often bring to the world. Starabella shows children that we are all special and allows them to feel empathy, enabling them to make positive social choices rather than turning to bullying and discrimination. {It’s my opinion after reviewing these books that they not only send extremely urgent information into society as so many children relate to these stories and with amazing stories like Starabella’s being read to children/students, we can help change the way children interact with one another, but they are also a hit with readers…my daughter loved following along as a beginning reader in Kindergarten! These books are wonderful for new readers as children can follow along by listening to the CD, which has lots of sections to keep the children on the page they need to be. At the end of the book are all the lyrics for the songs sung throughout the book for you and your child to learn and sing together. More experienced readers will enjoy the book with or without the CD!}

 

PT-D200 Label Maker

Brother Label Maker

PT-D200 makes organization a breeze with quick access to fonts, symbols, frames or Deco Mode patterns or use the 2-line, name badge designs to create labels for meetings and events. The large, built-in memory stores up to 30 of your favorite labels – so reprinting them in the future is a snap. Uses durable, easy peel, laminated “TZe” series tapes up to 12mm wide – perfect for indoor or outdoor use. The graphical display lets you preview text and layout prior to printing, so you know exactly how your label will look before you print! Create professional, fun and decorative labels on your kid’s toys, books, school supplies, backpack and even on your little one’s lunch box and accessories. This label maker saves time for on the go parents! Link to all products related to the best label maker  {I find this label maker extremely valuable when I label clothing, shoes, costumes, dress-up, coats along with toys sport’s equipment, school supplies and books that leave the house…this way whoever finds them (or if there is a question as to which child owns what…lol) always knows who to return the item too…which I know saves money, because I don’t have to buy the lost item again. I even use labels when I’m loaning out things of my own, such as books, etc. I love the different label maker color tapes I can use for fun! This Brother PT-D200 adapter instead of using batteries.}

 

**Wherever you see italicized information inside these brackets, {it is added genuine information, opinion and/or tips from myself} related to the products in this gift guide that is in addition to the description of the item. All of these items I have either bought, received to review (after I requested to review the item because of my interest in the item) and/or I may own the product already and just think it’s that great of a product that I had to include it in the gift guide to help everyone, especially parents, find the best this holiday season for their little ones and loved ones.**

 

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