Air Hogs Vectron Wave Set Rocks

This post was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Air Hogs. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine. #VectronInSpace

Ok. So when I was a kid, I totally wanted to be a princess. But I also loved working at the mechanic shop with my dad {when my Mister comes home smelling like grease, it totally makes me nostalgic.} And my two ambitions were to be an architect or an astronaut. So, I love it when my little girly, {Abby just turned four at the end of July} loves stuff like that too. I think it’s cool when girls have a balance of girly, smart, awesome, and bad ass. Right? :)

Which is why I thought it was super fun to have a playdate with her cousins, where we tested out the new Air Hogs toys. Sure, she loves her princess parties. But she thought these were AWESOME. And the big boys agreed – they had seen these in commercials forever, and were so excited to finally try them out. They take a tiny bit of effort to get used to – but then they rock. So much fun. They seriously just hover above your hands as you guide them around – like magic!

Air Hogs

The Air Hogs Vectron Wave set comes with the super cool “UFO” type piece that hovers above your hand, plus the charging base. To learn more about how it all works, and to stay updated on new promotions and info, check ‘em out online: http://bit.ly/1q1VoY4.

Flying the Air Hog

See how awesome this is? You just turn it on, let ‘er rip, and watch it fly and hover above your hand, any way you guide it! So cool. Definitely a must-have for holiday shopping. And – don’t forget to enter to win - Win a Trip to Family Space Camp” Contest!!

 

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Host a Barbie and the Secret Door Party

I participated in an In-Home Party Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Mattel. I received product samples to facilitate my party and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

When I was a little girl, I had no other girls to play with. I had three brothers. Almost all of my cousins were boys – the ones that weren’t were way older than me. The kids that lived on my street were pretty much all boys. I could get my brothers to play Barbies with me every once in awhile, if I let He-Man or G.I. Joe come hang out and drive her pink Mustang convertible, but that was about it. So, now that I have a little girl of my own, who loves to play with dolls, I’m totally living it up. Which is why I was super excited for this new movie to come out – Barbie and the Secret Door.

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Why I love the Nintendo 2DS and the Tomodachi Life Game from Best Buy

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

You guys know I am always conflicted on giving the kids more tech gadgets, right? I’m a BIG believer in kids doing old school stuff like running and climbing and playing outside. My Mister’s oldest daughter told my nephews one day – {they’re 8 & 10} – about how she used to play. That she didn’t have all these gadgets and tablets and phones… She had geese. And 10 acres. And that was it. How times have changed. Lol. And I love non-tech type toys, especially for my little nephew who has a few sensory disorders. But at the same time, I do love the way that technology can seriously help kids learn, grow, and expand their minds. It’s amazing!

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Trash to Toys: Make 10 Recycled Educational Toys

Did you celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd? Across the country, Earth Day is a yearly reminder to think about our role in protecting the environment. Parents can totally have a positive impact on this by creating fun, educational toys from everyday items that may initially seem like trash, but can be repurposed into teaching tools. It’s a fun way to set an example for your kids while spending quality time. And honestly – why keep buying new toys when we all know that kids usually prefer the box it came in anyway? {We’ve all seen it.} When Abby was little, and I’d clean her room, I’d catch myself doing a regular room clean-up, and bagging up so many toys to give away. Why? What a waste of my money, and my time to clean ‘em all up! So now, we have a few collections we love {Helloooooooo, I’m talking to you, Fisher-Price Little People Toys. Seriously, I think I might like them even more than her.} But in between – we do crafts, play games, or make our toys and entertainment. Which is why I looooove having the chance to share these great ideas with you – get your own environmentally-friendly kids toys idea inspiration too….

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Choosing Magical Holiday Gifts for Little Girls

It can be hard to pick out the perfect gifts during the holidays. Seriously – whether you’re staring down the crazy-full aisles of toys in the store, or trying to find your way through the overwhelming selection on huge online stores, there are so many choices it can make your head spin. Which is why I’m here to share another of my fave holiday toy picks with you guys.

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Bring the Nutcracker Story to Life…

Nutcracker Teddie from Cuddle Barn helps bring the classic Nutcracker holiday story to life... I’ve always been intrigued by nutcrackers. My mom has collected them for years, and displays them all together at the holidays. When I was a little girl, I remember how magical they seemed, the way you could move the lever on the back to make them “talk,” how majestic they always looked, in their suits adorned with buttons and glitz. Then, when I saw the Nutcracker ballet for the first time – it really brought all of that magic to life for me. I would dream of our nutcrackers coming to life too, and dancing around the house while I slept. And now, my little girl {3 years old} has fallen in love with the magic of nutcrackers too… Grandma just put them out on our shelves this week, and she can’t keep her hands off of them! So, it was perfect timing to pull out a super fun new toy for the holidays – the Nutcracker Teddie.

Nutcracker Teddie from Cuddle Barn

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Rock Out with PLAYMOBIL PopStars & Your Fave Tunes!

Big thanks to PLAYMOBIL for sharing product & information with me, so that I could try it out and show you guys how this cool PopStars set works – and for providing an additional PLAYMOBIL PopStars set for a winner too…

There are a lot of cool things about being a mom. One of those things is introducing your kiddos to things that you loved as a kid – whether it’s a favorite cartoon, a candy you couldn’t get enough of, or an awesome toy that brought your imagination to life. I kind of love that Abby ended up coming into my world a little later in life, when so many of my fave toys from childhood are cool again. Things like Cabbage Patch dolls, Care Bears, and My Little Pony. But there are also some toys that just kind of always stayed cool – things like Lego, Mario Brother games, and one of my favorites – PLAYMOBIL. I spent many, many, many hours as a little girl playing with my PLAYMOBIL sets. And I love them just as much now…

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