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Polly Pocket Wall Party

Polly Pocket Wall Party

My daughter has always loved Polly Pocket. She is always adding to her collection and loves all the new things that come out from Polly Pocket. In fact she actually has a few Polly Pocket items under the tree already that she is going to love. She takes her Polly Pocket stuff pretty serious keeping all of the items organized so she is sure not to misplace anything. When she has friends over it is one of her favorite things to play.
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After hearing about the new Polly Pocket Wall Party I am thinking I am going to add a few more things under the tree. The Polly Pocket Wall Party takes playing with Polly from the floor to the wall. Using Command strips from 3M, the Polly Pocket Wall Party sticks to the wall and will not leave any residue or damage when removed. Polly and her friends stick to the Wall Party using suction cups. There are many sections that are sold separately that can be connected together to create a Polly world.
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If you have a daughter that has Polly Pocket and all of her accessories you know what it is like to have everything all over the floor. The Polly Pocket Wall Party is such a fun new way for girls to enjoy Polly Pocket without the mess. As a mom that likes things tidy, I am really excited about this. I know my daughter will love this fun new way of playing with her favorite toy. I cannot wait to pick her up a few things to get her new wall collection started. The Polly Pocket Wall Party would be perfect for your Polly lover this Holiday Season.

Read below to find out how to get free wall decals with Polly Pocket
Wall Party at Walmart.

Buy specially marked packages of the Polly Pocket Wall Party exclusively at Walmart this holiday season to get Polly Pocket wall decals. For a limited time, when you purchase the Polly Pocket Wall Party at Walmart, you can get free decals for your daughter to add to their Polly Pocket Wall Party. Each specially marked Wall Party comes with a redemption code that can be fulfilled on pollypocket.com/en-us/wall-decals. Help your child create a world of Polly Pocket on the wall with the Wall Party and the wall decals.

This is a sponsored post. However all opinions are my own.

Polly Pocket Playtime Pet Shop Play Set and Polly Pocket DVD

Polly Pocket Playtime Pet Shop Play Set and Polly Pocket DVD

I told you a few weeks ago how much my daughter loved her Polly Pocket Hangout House and Kitchen Set. She has so much fun with Polly. When she has friends over the first toys she always gets out is her Polly Pocket collection. She was able to add to her Hangout House with the Playtime Pet Shop.  She happens to be a pet lover so this set was perfect for her. The set comes with 8 pets to care for.  My daughters favorite is the bunny and the kitties. She has named all of the pets and has so much fun playing with them. The set comes with everything from treats to toys and plenty for the animals to do. This set has really kept my daughter busy and she enjoys all the fun that comes with the Polly Pocket line of toys.

My daughter also got the Polly Pocket Friends Finish First DVD. She loved this DVD. She has watched it many times and loves to play with her Polly Pocket stuff while watching the DVD. I also thought it was a great movie that shares a positive message for girls.

Polly Pocket Playtime Pet Shop Playset: This is the ultimate pet shop, where Polly doll can care for and nurture her pets. Choosing from the rotating pet carousel, Polly can pick out a new pet that she can take upstairs on the working elevator to give a bath and rock to sleep on the swing (decorated with lovebirds, of course.). When she’s done on the top floor, Polly doll can put her pet through the secret door, then ride down the slide to pick up her new pet and buy it treats and toys. Polly doll’s bendable arms make it easy to hold her pets and show her love. Includes 1 doll, 8 pets, 1 large swing, pet toys and themed accessories.

Features include:

  • Classic Vegas-style portable electronic handheld game
  • 2 floors with a working elevator for tons of pet shop fun
  • Pick out a new pet and go upstairs to give it a bath or rock it to sleep
  • Polly doll’s bendable arms make it easy for her to hold her pets
  • Includes 1 Polly doll, 8 pets, 1 large swing, pet toys and tons of accessories
  • Recommended Ages: 4-8 years
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 4.75 x 13 inches

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Mattel Polly Pocket. I received a product samples and a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.”


Build-A-Bear Workshop® Playsets

Build-A-Bear Workshop® Playsets

My kids love Build-A-Bear. We try and take them every year on their birthday and the experience never seems to get old with them. They can spend hours in there and always leave with a smile. They completely cherish toys they leave with and make them their favorite. I was really excited to learn about the new Build-A-Bear Workshop® Playsets. I love how we can experience some of the Build-A-Bear fun right from home

My daughter got the Pawsitively Peppy Playset from Playmates Toys and totally loves it.  She is a cheerleader bear that comes with a locker with hangers for her outfit a mirror and more. The other accessories include a megaphone, laptop and stickers. My daughter decided to decorate the locker with the stickers. She has had so much fun playing with the set. The set seems durable and affordable. There are different themes available as well as deluxe sets. I am really excited to get her some of the other sets to get her collection going! You can find out more about the line on their website and be sure to like them on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter .

Playmates Toys has extended the well-loved Build-A-Bear Workshop® brand with a new line of charming 4″ figures to play with and collect.

Every figure comes with colorful clothing and detailed accessories that can be swapped between characters. Themed environments—from an ice cream café to a wild-west corral—provide hours of extended imaginative play.

It’s a new way to interact with a brand that kids already love and moms trust. Available at toy retailers, online, and at select Build-A-Bear Workshop stores.

Dixit Journey

Dixit Journey

We love having a family game night, and I love games that let the kids be creative and use their imaginations.  We recently got the chance to play Dixit Journey by Asmodee.  When I first saw the game, my initial thought was that it would be like Apples to Apples.  It is similar, but I like it much better.

It’s got a bunch of cards with pictures on them, scoring tokens, and a game board.  The pictures are of all different things and could easily fit in to tons of different stories.

Here’s the basic instructions for how it’s played:

” To start, each player receives 6 cards.

§  One: One player is the storyteller for the round.  The storyteller

gives a clue (word, phrase, song, etc.) for one of his cards and says

it out loud (without showing the card to the other players)

§  Two: All the other players choose one of their own cards that best

fits the storyteller’s clue to his card.  The storyteller then

shuffles the chosen cards together and reveals them all at once.

§  Three: All the players then secretly try to guess which card

belongs to the storyteller.  When all the votes are in, the scoring


§  Points are scored in relation to the identification of the

storyteller’s card.  The players move their icons on the scoring track

based on the number of points they earn each round.

§  Play resumes clockwise and the game ends when the last card has

been drawn. The player with the most points wins!”

The game requires a lot of creativity which I love for the kids, but the thing I like best about the game is the scoring rules.  If the storyteller gets everyone to guess his card, he gets no points.  If no one guesses his card, he gets no points.  So to get points he has to get some of the players to guess.  As the storyteller it’s challenging to tell something just general enough that it could fit with other cards, but not so out there than no one guesses your card.

The images on the cards are really well done.  They don’t give any definite ideas as to what the story behind the picture is, but they leave LOTS of possibilities open.

And I can think of other fun ways to use the cards.  I haven’t tried it yet, but I think it would also be a neat activity to show the kids a card and have them write a little story with that scene or character(s) in it.

Crinkle Friends from Aurora

Smart and Trendy Moms has always enjoyed working with Aurora and their newest toy is no exception. Crinkle Friends are brightly colored friends that crinkle making them really fun for toddlers. As a mom of three I knew that the bright colors and crinkly sounds would be really fun for my youngest. He loves some of the most simplest toys and finds sounds very intriguing so I knew he would love this new toy.

We got the Alligator Crinkle Friend. My son loves alligators and this one was great to add to his collection. He actually says it is his favorite, and is the only one invited into his bed at night. It is so incredible soft that you can’t help but snuggle with it.

I have always loved their toys for their affordability and durability and this one is no different. As with most of their toy lines this one comes with different ones to choose from like Hedgehog, Toucan, or Crab. The Suggested Retail Price is $17. They are suitable for 6 months and up so even the younger ones can enjoy these brightly colored friends. Aurora’s Crinkle Friends can be purchased at retail stores or online at the official Aurora Shop. You can find more about them online and be sure to like them on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

Mattel Polly Pocket Hangout House and Kitchen Set

My daughter has always loved Polly Pocket toys. She can play with them for hours. She loves to make believe and has a lot of fun with the ones she has. When she is not playing with the toys you can normally find her on Polly Pocket online playing games and exploring.

Recently she added to her collection the Polly Pocket Hangout House and the Polly Pocket Kitchen set. She was totally excited to have the Hang out House as her own and it has not been put away since she got it. It comes with Polly, her dog and tons of brightly colored furniture making it extra fun. The Stick ‘n’ Play feature of the items has suction cups so they can decorate and arrange furniture in many ways. She really enjoys hanging things upside , sideways and re-arranging in fun ways. She has set hers up just as she likes it and has the imagination to have a lot of fun with it.

The Polly Pocket Kitchen was a great addition to the house and snaps right on for even more fun. It comes with the Kerstie doll, a pet pup, tables and chairs and even a yummy cake.  She really loves to make like she is having a party and making everyone something sweet.

I really love the kind of imagination that Polly Pocket toys brings out in her. Another thing I totally love is how convenient the toys are for travel. We pack up in our motor home often and can only bring smaller toys with us. One thing she never leaves behind is her Polly Pocket stuff.  She has already requested to build on to the house with the Polly Pocket Game Room and Patio sets (sold separately). Those are going to make a great addition.

Polly Pocket is one one of those toys that I wish was around when I was a kid. I am so glad that she has the chance to play with something that brings her so much joy!

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Mattel Polly Pocket. I received a product samples and a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.”

K'NEX Cosmic Twist Coaster

K’NEX Cosmic Twist Coaster

We absolutely love K’NEX.  You may have seen them on our blog before, but just in case you aren’t familiar with them, K’NEX makes awesome building sets. The sets have a bunch of rods and different connecting pieces that you can put together to make about anything you can imagine.  Some of the sets also come with wheels, gears, and building bricks. The pieces are color coded which makes it easy to find exactly the piece you are looking for and easier to follow the building guides.

We recently got the chance to review the K’NEX Cosmic Twist Coaster and it is very cool.  It comes with over 600 K’NEX pieces and over 19 feet of track and is 3 1/2 feet tall. Quite a project!  It also has a motor that attaches to the chain to lift the car up and sends it on its way down the track. It is recommended for kids 9+.  I think my ten year old could have built it on his own, but we made it a mom/son project.

With the number of pieces, I’d say its for more advanced builders. The instructions lead you through step by step and have photos that show exactly where the pieces go, but it definitely takes some time to put together.  This is one of the things that I love about KNEX’s more advanced sets.  They teach organization (it’s easier to assemble if you sort the pieces by size and color) and they teach a process.  It’s great to have toys that take some work and time to assemble so kids can learn to stick with a project and get that feeling of accomplishment with the finally finish and see the result.   And the result of the K’NEX Cosmic Twist Coaster is definitely worth it!

The other thing that I love about K’NEX is how the small pieces don’t take up much room storage-wise, but you can build huge structures with them.

Overall, this is a fun project with the usual great quality of K’NEX toys.

Green Toys™ Pizza Parlor

My kids have always loved playing with food themed toys. Mom and dad ofter sit down to be served with pretend food that our little chefs whip up. Their newest addition to their pretend food toys is the Green Toys Pizza Parlor. Who doesn’t love pizza? My kids have had a great time taking orders and customizing pizzas to mom and dads choices. Their are enough options with the toppings that everyone gets a slice just as they like. This a really durable toy that my kids will enjoy for a long time!

Each set includes 4 pizza crusts, 20 pizza toppings (4 sauce, 4 cheese, 4 sets pepperoni, 2 sets mushrooms, 2 sets onions, 1 green pepper, 1 red pepper, 1 red tomato, and 1 green tomato), pizza cutter, Pizza Parlor order forms, and pizza “delivery” box.

Green Toys has many really cool products available and the best part is that their toys are made with 100% recycled materials. Their products are not only cool but ones that you will feel good about your kids playing with. Here are a few more of my favorites.

You can find out more about their products on their website and be sure to connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.


Kid Concoctions Magic Bubble Art Kit

Kid Concoctions Magic Bubble Art Kit

This year like most I will be getting my three kids toys for under the tree. With three my house often feels like a messy toy store. More and more I try to find my kids gifts that that can enjoy while also being creative. One of my kids newest favorite products is the Kid Concoctions Magic Bubble Art Kit from Growing Tree Toys. My kids have never had anything like this before so they were very excited to try it out.

The Magic Bubble Art Kit features 3 bottles of color drops, liquid soap, assorted paper, 90 stickers and punch outs, 4 mixing cups, 6 straws, 6 pipe cleaners, 4 craft sticks, string, a plastic stir stick and easy instructions. Kids can create up to 16 bubble themed projects.

My kids thought this product was a great idea. I love that it kept them busy creating. It is recommended for ages 6 and up and is at an awesome price of only 15.95. You can find so many great toys from Growing Tree Toys and enjoy easy shopping by using their Shop by Age, Department or Specialty Feature. You can learn more about their products on their website, and be sure to connect with them on Twitter and Facebook!

Neat-Oh! Classic Doll House Playpack + Giveaway

It is that time of year when many toys enter the house. Some get played with a few times only to be forgotten. I love finding toys that are not only fun but also functional. Over this last summer I had the pleasure of posting about the toys available from Neat-Oh. And I am excited to tell you about them again before the Holiday Season.

My daughter this year is going to be delighted to get a ZipBin® Dollhouse PlayPack. This is perfect for the little girl on the go. I love that the doll comes with it and also zips up to provide more room to bring along her favorite doll accessories. This is the perfect way to keep her organized when she is not playing with it. Just zip it up and it is ready to take anywhere.  My daughter is going to really love this. You can get this one for $19.99 on their website.

Check out some of the stuff available this Holiday Season for boys and girls! Some of them include LEGO® Hot Wheels™ ZipBin® Products, ZipBin® Baskets, Neat-Oh!® Playmats, ZipBin® Playpacks , ZipBin® Shapes, ZipBin® Minis, ZipBin® Classics What a fun way to keep them organized and having fun.

Gumballs.com King Carousel Gumball Machine Giveaway

With three kids there are many times that I run out of ideas for gifts. One thing I know they all love is Gumballs! Who doesn’t love a great gumball every now and then? My kids sure do and when I saw the great selection of Gumball Machines from Gumballs.com I knew that it would make a great gift that they would really enjoy.

My kids will be excited this year at Christmas when they the King Carousel Gumball Machine w/4 pounds of gumballs. This thing is huge! At 15 inches tall it will be perfect for my kids here in the house. They are going to love that it really uses coins and have a blast waiting to see what color they get. They have many type of things that you can fill the machine with like Sugar Free Gumballs, M&M’s (plain or peanut), Hot Tamales, Skittles, Reece’s Piece or Mike & Ike’s . I love that there are options and I know my kids will to. Gumballs.com also offers a great selection of vending machines for gumballs, bulk candy, flat stickers and tattoos, soda and soft drinks, snacks, soda/snack combos, change machines and more. You can see all they have on their website and enter the giveaway below!

Money Savvy Pig Giveaway

One thing I have always tried to teach my kids is responsible saving of their money. My kids have always done a really great job at saving up for something they really want. I recently found something really cool that will help them even more. The Money Savvy Pig is much different then any other banks my kids use to save their money. The Money Savvy Pig piggy bank has four chambers, one for each of the four money management choices a child should be taught from the time they are small. They are SAVE, SPEND, DONATE, and INVEST.

I think all the chambers are really great but I really love the Donate slot and my kids have done a great job at putting money in their to donate to the local womens shelter. The pig is really great at teaching kids the importance of being responsible with money. My kids also love that is cute, yes they are kids and that is also important:) I think this would make a great gift for any kid you have on your list this year. They are available for around $16.99 and come in 6 awesome colors. You can check them out more on their website and enter to win one below!

Petcakes Giveaway

Petcakes Giveaway

It is that time of year again! Time for shopping for the great products that your kids will love! We have told you in the past how much we love Petcakes.They are some of the most adorable toys you can find. They are sweet stuffed friends that my all three of my kids love. My kids loved series one and were very excited to play with series 2 which are the Forest Animals and includes Honey Cakes, Bamboo Berry, Nutty Nicky & Roco Coco. These little guys are sweet and yummy at the same time. My daughter loves to display them all on her dresser and she always plays with them.

Each one comes with their own cupcake wrapper. They are soft, durable, brightly colored and really sweet. PetCakes are for ages 3 and up and each one of the PetCakes has a suggested retail price of $13.99. You can read more about the series 2 below

Bamboo Berry™ is a plush Panda with embroidered eyes and features a “purple frosting” hat with a cherry on top and comes nestled down in a purple cupcake wrapper. Recommended ages 3 & up.Fabric content: 80% polyester, 20% polyester/cotton blended fabric. Filling is 100% polyester fiber.

Honey Cakes™ is a plush Bear with embroidered eyes and features a “orange frosting” hat with a cherry on top and comes nestled down in a yellow cupcake wrapper. Recommended ages 3 & up.Fabric content: 80% polyester, 20% polyester/cotton blended fabric. Filling is 100% polyester fiber.

Nutty Nicky™ is a plush Squirrel with embroidered eyes and features a “yellow frosting” hat with a cherry on top and comes nestled down in a green cupcake wrapper. Recommended ages 3 & up.Fabric content: 80% polyester, 20% polyester/cotton blended fabric. Filling is 100% polyester fiber.

Roco Coco™ is a plush Raccoon with embroidered eyes and features a “purple frosting” hat with a cherry on top and comes nestled down in a yellow cupcake wrapper. Recommended ages 3 & up.Fabric content: 80% polyester, 20% polyester/cotton blended fabric. Filling is 100% polyester fiber.

You can also connect with PetCakes on Facebook!

Kimochi : Toys with Feelings Inside Giveaway

Kimochi : Toys with Feelings Inside Giveaway

I love toys with a purpose! I am always on the lookout for the next great toy and when I found out about Kimochis I wanted to learn more. Kimochi means “feeling” in Japanese. Each Kimochi is different and comes with 3 feelings. As a mom of three I know how hard it can be for kids to share their feelings in an appropriate way. Kimochis will help your child share their feelings in a way that is more comfortable for them. And because every kid is different there are different Kimochi characters to choose from. There is Huggtopus, bug, cloud, cat and lovey dove. All are really adorable and each have their own personality. My daughter received Cloud. Cloud is a bit moody and unpredictable. Which I thought would be great for my 5 year old who at times doesn’t always show her feelings in a appropriate way. She has not had it long but I can already see how she relates to Cloud. They have a great website full of information on each Kimochi and how they can help your child. Thanks to Kidtoons we have a giveaway for you for 1 6 inch Kimochi that comes with the character, keychain and comic book.

Myachi Hand Sack and Battle Pad

Myachi Hand Sack and Battle Pad

We got the chance to try Myachi and the new Myachi Battle Pad and we are having a blast with them!  Myachi is a small rectangular handsack that you catch using the back of your hand and anything else with the exception of your palms.  It reminds me of a hacky sack only better since it’s rectangular shape makes it easier to deal with.  (I never did learn to do hacky sack and spent most of my time picking it up, but the myachi was fun right away) You “catch” it and do tricks.   Our favorite right now is holding the bottom of your shirt out and bouncing it off trampoline-style then catching it on the back of your hand.

The new Battle Pads are very cool also.  They attach to the back of your hand and let you play some other games using the Myachi.   I also love the Battle Pads because they are great for younger or less coordinated kids that have trouble catching it on the back of their hand.  The battle pads larger flat surface area makes it easier to catch so even younger kids can play.   There is a video here that shows how they are used.   They are using a neat funding website called kickstart to help with funding for their new battle pads.  You can see more about that in our other post about Myachi.

This is one of the most fun “family-time” toys we’ve gotten in a while.  We are having lots of laughs tossing it to one another and trying different tricks (our record is currently 14 catches without dropping it).   It’s also turned into a great incentive.  The kids love it so much that it’s become great incentive – “Sure we can play Myachi right after you finish cleaning your rooms”  :-)  Another very cool thing is that the myachi website has lots of videos showing tricks that you can learn to do.  You can see those here,  and to see even more they have lots of videos on their Youtube channel.

To find out more and see some videos of Myachi in action visit the Myachi website or you can connect with them on facebook and twitter.

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