Have A Rockin’ February With The Beatrix Girls! @TheBeatrixGirls #Giveaway #TheBeatrixGirls #Ad

    When I was a little girl, I loved playing with dolls.  I remember spending hours role playing with them and pretending that they were real people.  Now that I am an educator, I realize that all of this time engaged in pretend-play was crucial to my social development.     Although I don't have any daughters of my own, I have always encouraged both of my sons to pretend-play with their toys and have never established any gender restrictions when it comes to playing with dolls or other toys.     I really like the Beatrix Girls dolls for that reason, they are very modern and colorful.  Not only are they pop stars but they’re also big romantics! They love hearts, chocolates, and love making each other feel special!  That's why I couldn't have picked a better month than February to celebrate the month of love with the Beatrix Girls!     What better way to celebrate this month than with cute custom accessories for all of you Trixie Fans?     Popstar Club is granting one lucky … [Read more...]

Encourage Fun And Creative Play In Kids! #MiHasbroMarvel #Ad

*This is part of a product review campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Hasbro; complimentary products were provided. However, all opinions expressed are my own.       Last weekend, my husband and I took our sons and nephew to see the new Captain America:  The Winter Soldier movie.  It was such a pleasure to watch how excited they all were to see one of their favorite superheroes live on the big screen.  During the movie, they acted out some of the parts and I knew that they would continue having fun and pretending to be part of the film even after we went home.     What my boys didn't know is that they would have some amazing toys to encourage their fun and creative play.  You see, Hasbro is celebrating the world of Captain America with a new toy line featuring the much loved Super Soldier.  To build to my boys' excitement over seeing the movie, I planned for them to have fun with the action figures that were inspired by this sequel.     I cannot even begin to … [Read more...]

Become The Ultimate Zombie Hunter! @HasbroNews @NerfNation #Ad

*I participated in this campaign on behalf of Hasbro. I received a promotional item to facilitate this review and as a thank you item for participating.  All opinions are my own.       One little known fact about me is that I love zombie movies.  Before you go into a whole explanation about the fact that zombies aren't real, know that I am fully aware of this.  I've always been a big fan of horror movies and can remember snuggling on the couch with my uncle and watching them as we enjoyed eating some popcorn.  Although I don't let my sons watch zombie movies just yet, they do enjoy pretend playing about what they would do if a zombie were to hypothetically cross their paths.     The Nerf Zombie Strike Crossfire Bow from Hasbro is perfect for bringing down zombies one by one.  It is very easy to use and all you have to do is load one of your powerful Zombie Strike darts and draw the string back so you're locked and loaded when a zombie crosses your path.  The darts are made … [Read more...]

Foster Your Child’s Creativity With Hasbro Marvel Super Hero Mashers! #MiMashup #Ad

*This is part of a product review campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Hasbro; complimentary products were provided.  However, all opinions expressed are my own.       As an educator, I am always looking for toys that inspire my children to be creative and to engage in pretend play.  This is a great way for them to use their imaginations and transport their minds into imaginary worlds entirely of their own creation.  It was very exciting to find out that the new Hasbro Marvel Super Hero Mashers would encourage such creativity in my boys with their removable parts and the ability to interchange and mix and match between the different heroes.     Kids can can make their own Super Hero toy mash-up! By removing and changing around each hero's accessories, kids discover infinite combinations of mashing their favorite Super Heroes together.  With these Super Hero Mashers, anything is possible and children can create the super hero of their dreams.  The first thing that my boys did as … [Read more...]

Great Gift Ideas For Boys! @HasbroNews #Ad

*I participated in a campaign on behalf of Hasbro. I received a promotional item to facilitate this review and as a thank you item for participating.  All opinions are my own.     I have been blessed to have two beautiful boys and they are very precocious and certainly very active.  During the holidays, and for special events like birthdays, my husband and I spend a lot of time shopping around for just the perfect gifts to surprise them with.  Since they both have unique likes and personalities, it is important that we choose toys that they both will individually enjoy.     This year these were some of the items that were on our boys' wish lists from Hasbro: Beyblade Shogun Steel Octagon Showdown Battle Set:   Includes everything you need to battle Octagon Showdown Beystadium Samurai Ifrit Speed Attack Battler Adjust Warrior Weapon arms to change combat action Ronin Dragoon Range Attack Battler Customize your battlers and unleash the warrior within Battle … [Read more...]

Enjoy Hours Of Outdoor Play With Sky Bouncer! @mauitoys @jakkstoys #giveaway #sponsored

*This post was written by me on behalf of Jakks Pacific Toys.  I received complimentary product samples to facilitate this review.  All opinions are 100% mine.     As a mother of two sons, I cannot even begin to tell you how much boys love to play outdoors and engage in any physical activity.  Sometimes, I even have to remind them that they can't throw balls around or play sports in the house because they get a little too physical.  My husband and I are always looking for fun activities to keep them active and entertained which is why we loved the Sky Bouncer™!     If you are familiar with the traditional flying disk, you will get an idea of how you can have fun with the Sky Bouncer™.  It is a fun and unique take on the original frisbee.  What it does is use the revolutionary and patented Sky Ball® technology which allows this flying disc to not only fly through the air, but also bounce and float, to create hours of outdoor fun!     The new Sky Bouncer™ can literally bounce … [Read more...]

Introduce The Smurfs To Your Children! #Giveaway #Ad

*This post was written by me on behalf of JAKKS Pacific.  I received complimentary product samples to facilitate this review.  All opinions are 100% mine.     When I was a little girl, I loved watching The Smurfs on television and playing with their animated figures.  As a matter of fact, I can even remember my grandfather buying a Smurfs comic book for me to read on the airplane when I traveled to the United States from Spain at eight years old.  These delightful little people hold a very important place in my childhood.     As a parent, I really enjoy sharing all of the cartoons and toys from my childhood with my own two sons.  It's amazing to see them enjoying themselves as much as I did when I was a kid.  This summer, The Smurfs have made their way back into the big screen!  To celebrate the film's recent release, JAKKS Pacific has introduced a new lineup of collectible Smurfs figures and plush toys.     We love being able to collect our favorite Smurfs characters from The … [Read more...]

Aerobie AeroSpin Yo-Yo Review and Giveaway!

    We absolutely love outdoor activities in my family.  My husband and I especially love sharing activities with our children that we enjoyed immensely during our childhood.  Both of us have fond memories of playing Jacks and trying new tricks with our Yo-Yos when we were kids.  This is exactly why we were thrilled to have the opportunity to review the new Aerobie AeroSpin Yo-Yo with our boys.     The AeroSpin Yo-Yo is not your average Yo-Yo.  As a matter of fact, it is precision crafted with a soft grip that is not only easy on the hand, but also easy on your home and furnishings.  It has an adjustable strap for both string and looping tricks which makes for extra long sleep times achievable even for beginners.     Our boys are ages 9 and 6 and they spent hours trying out new Yo-Yo tricks using the Aerobie AeroSpin.  They loved the vibrant color varieties of the AeroSpin which is available in blue, red, and yellow.  Each AeroSpin comes with its own booklet full of 36 pages of … [Read more...]

FyrFlyz Review and Giveaway

    I'm sure I don't have to tell all of you that children love toys that light up and that they can do tricks with.  Since I have two boys, ages 5 and 8, I am always on the lookout to review toys that they will truly enjoy playing with and that will keep them active and away from the video games all of the time.  When I asked my 8 year old son if I should review FyrFlyz he immediately smiled and told me that I definitely should.     FyrFlyz is a spinning toy that creates amazing light shows right in your hands.  By spinning them around, kids can create beautiful Large Orbits.  If they turn them sideways, they can create Sydwynders.  By pulling the strings tightly, they can create Black Holes or loosen them up and create Shooting Stars.  Basically, the possibilities are endless and kids just have to keep spinning them in order to do tricks with different light effects. We decided to get the whole family together outdoors in the evening to try out our new FyrFlyz together.  Each … [Read more...]