Win a Copy of SING Special Edition on DVD or Blu-ray, out now! #SingMovie #ad #SingSquad

This post is in partnership with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Good news! SING Special Edition is now available on Blu-ray & DVD. If you haven’t seen it, now is the perfect time. Grab a copy and have a movie night with the family!

If you don’t know much about the movie yet, SING is a wonderful, funny, heartwarming film with great music and a fantastic cast. My son loved it, and is so excited to have his own copy. He has watched it about a zillion times now, and he said it’s one of his favorites.

Pick up a copy of the SING Special Edition Blu-ray in stores for your next family movie night, it’s the perfect movie for everyone. Do you watch “American Idol” or “The Voice” or any of those? If so, you will really enjoy it. We don’t watch a lot of singing shows, but we still thought this was a fun one.
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Cubetto- Must have Coding Toy For Kids

Disclosure- We received the below in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are our own and honest.

My girls absolutely love to play. I  do encourage playing without the use of screen time in our house a great deal. With this awesome coding game, Cubetto, this is easy for my girls to have a great deal of playtime without using a tv or an iPad.

About Primo Toys:

Primo Toys is the leading purveyor of hands on, screen-less, smart toys that introduce computer programming skills in early years learning. They are ready to build a new standard in early learning and coding.

They have received some great awards in 2016.

  • Gold Lion – Product Design – Cannes Festival of Creativity 2016
  • Platinum – 3 to 5 year old toys – Junior Design Awards 2016
  • Best of the Best – Concept- Red Dot Design Awards 2016
  • Winner – Product Innovation – GESS Dubai 2016

About Cubetto Playset:

Cubetto is made up of 3 separate elements. A friendly wooden robot, a tangible interface board, and 16x instruction blocks that make up a programming language you can touch. The playset comes with a charmingly illustrated 1×1 m World Map and story book that will make every play session with Cubetto a unique and memorable adventure.

Inside Every Box:

  • 1 Cubetto Robot
  • 1 Interface Board
  • 1 Instruction Manual
  • 1 Story Book
  • 1 World Map
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Great Cup From Perfect Shaker

Disclosure- We received the below in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are our own and honest.

About Perfect Shaker:

Perfect Shaker crafts the world’s best 100% leak-free shaker bottles and mixing bottles. Mix protein, greens, waffle batter, sauces, gravy, or anything really! BPA-Free and Dishwasher Safe!

This great company has amazing service.

  • Free Shipping
  • Free Design Support
  • No Set-Up Costs
  • No Extra Fees for Paying by Credit Card
  • If you are not happy with your shakers, they will do whatever it takes to make it right.

Product Description:

The Perfect Shaker Shaker Cup has many wonderful features.

  • A Stay-open flip cap
  • An extra wide mouth
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Wonderful Baby Toys from Mochi

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My 8 month old is all about playing with any toy that she can pick up or stand with. These wonderful toys from Mochi are a perfect fit for her play time.

 About People Toy Company:

This beloved Japanese company started in 1977 and has finally arrived in the U.S. and set People Toy Company with a pedigree product line. The company’s three core offerings are Brain Builders, Mochi, and People Block series. People Toy Company proudly creates fun and educational baby products for the discerning parent. The Mochi series is the winner of the prestigious 2015 Kids Design Award.

About Mochi Maracha:

The Mochi Maracha is perfect for your teething infant. The sustainable rice-plastic guarantees that the first toy your child puts in their mouth will be as safe as it is fun.

This toy is truthfully perfect for teething infants. It also has a pinky-sized handle that fits perfectly in tiny hands. This awesome toy has a great “Light Caribbean drizzle” sound that helps sooth a fussy baby. The teething ridges sooth sore gums as well.
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Must Have Baby Toys from Brain Builders

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With a baby it’s always important to find ways to stimulate them just the right amount. I must say that with these amazing toys from Brain Builders we have been 100% satisfied.

 About People Toy Company:

This beloved Japanese company started in 1977 and has finally arrived in the U.S. and set People Toy Company with a pedigree product line. The company’s three core offerings are Brain Builders, Mochi, and People Block series. People Toy Company proudly creates fun and educational baby products for the discerning parent. The Mochi series is the winner of the prestigious 2015 Kids Design Award.

About Baby Senses Coordinator:

This toy is great for ages 2 Months and up.

At 8 weeks old baby is ready to follow the colorful beads that move left and right. A wonderful milestone is when the eyes and ears can start to concentrate and focus as parents and grandparents play along. A baby at that age is also ready to improve motor skills as they learn to grip and coordinate the beads rolling back and forth by themselves.

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Johnsonville’s Spark the Season #FirstBrats #ad

Warmer weather is on the way, get your grill ready! If you are like us, and on the older side of millennials- one of the over 80% of “mature millennials” – you might also rank grilling as one of your favorite summer activities.People who love to grill can’t wait to grill – and these extreme grillers may even do it when it’s not quite time yet.

Johnsonville’s Spark the Season is ready to come out of the “dark period” of winter and get grilling. Spring, and new chances to cook and eat outdoors, signifies Spring beginning just like flowers and warmer weather.

Former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher helped Johnsonville grill and serve bratwursts at Sunday’s Chicago Polar Plunge on March 5, 2017, in Chicago. (Jean-Marc Giboux/AP Images for Johnsonville)

To kick off this new beginning, Johnsonville has partnered with former pro linebacker Brian Urlacher and is sponsoring the 2017 Chicago Polar Plunge, so shivering participants can warm up with our piping hot Johnsonville #FirstBrats of the season, fresh off the burners of the Big Taste Grill.  What could be better? Other then a warm beach somewhere, LOL.

The Big Taste Grill is a 20-foot tall, 65-foot long grill, which cooks 2,500 brats an hour or 750 bratwurst at a time on its 40 square feet of grilling surface.

The Plunge is hosted and benefits Special Olympics Chicago, which aligns directly with the charitable mission of the Big Taste Grill. If these extreme plungers are willing to jump in freezing water for a good cause, Johnsonville should be a part of it, as we don’t let weather get in the way of what we love – grilling brats.

Former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher helped Johnsonville grill and serve bratwursts at Sunday’s Chicago Polar Plunge on March 5, 2017, in Chicago. (Jean-Marc Giboux/AP Images for Johnsonville)


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Must Have – Play-Doh Colors and Shapes Set

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With 3 little girls in our house, it sure is a busy place to be. I am always looking for great products that engage their little brains and allow them to play and learn. I must say that you will be impressed with the Play-Doh Colors and Shapes Set.

About 2017 Play-Doh Shape and Learn:

Inspire your little one to become a curious thinker and a confident explorer with the all new Play-Doh Shape and Learn line of activity sets for kids 2 and up! With multi-sensory Play-Doh play, kids can engage in the creative thinking process, which encourages the development of key foundational skills. Each set comes with an activity guide and playmats to provide moms and kids with a great first learning experience with the Play-Doh brand.

About Play-Doh Colors and Shapes Set:

You can easily inspire growing minds and discover the benefits of Play-Doh play with the Colors and Shapes playset! Multi-sensory Play-Doh fun can help engage kids in the creative thinking process, which can also help encourage key foundational skills.This is designed for children ages 2 years and up.

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2017 Toy Trends #NYTF

Every year at about this time, every toy, game, collectible, indoor or outdoor plaything (and more) is brought to make it’s debut at the New York Toy Fair. We go to see what is new, what’s up and coming, to see what is still holding our attention and what are up and coming toy trends. This year, we’ve noticed a few repeats, as well as some interesting new products we think you will be seeing a lot of.

Toys from last year, updated w new shineys. Some of your favorite toys from last year are back again and remade for 2017 with new bells and whistles, or upgraded and updated. As we all know, sometimes the first iteration doesn’t always turn out exactly right. Try, try again- and some of the differences are fantastic.

What’s old is new again- retro is still in, and back in style. The toys of yesteryear looking just as they did when we were kids (or grandma and grandpa were) made for our kids. Only, you know- safer then they were, in some cases.

Custom built. Kids these days. The “Me” generation, the “selfie” generation- they want to express themselves, and so they will. So many toys, apps, even electronics are customizable or can be personalized. Not just with a name or initials, added, either- kids can really make toys their own right now, to varying degrees.

Food decorating toys, or toys that come in the shape of foods. From dolls to teddy bears to real food decorating kits to jewelry- our eyes are bigger then our stomachs this year, and thank goodness. Between the success of toys like Shopkins and TV shows like MasterChef Jr and Man vs Child, kids are allowed and even encouraged to play with their food. You can make your own foodie toys and designs to wear, or snuggle up with your favorite muffin or cake at night. Some scented, some not so much. With or without glitter- and don’t eat the bears.

Everybody wants to be a Pinterest star- the kids are getting in on it with all the DIY kits that help them lean to make bath bombs, loom kits, sewing, jewelry making, and more. These are NOT the kits that we had when we were kids, that our moms would wear in front of us because they loved us or displayed just because their child made them- they look like things Martha Stewert would have in her magazine, but easy enough for kids to do them. Trust me- I tried a few, and if I could handle it, any 9 year old can. No skills here, sorry folks. My kids outpace me in this aspect easily, so this is honesty talking to you right here.

Everything gets a tail- dolls, foods, your tablet- and if it already had a tail (like, say, a cat) it will get a different one. Usually a mermaid or shark tail replacement. What cat WOULD’T love an ocean swim, amiright? Get yourself and the kiddos one as well with tubes, sleeping bags, and/or sewing kits. People get tails too, equal rights after all.

To continue with the adult coloring- and yes, we are going to- add also to that adult plus kid inter-coloring. I don’t care if that’s not a word, it’s a “thing”. Bigger books or larger sheets that parents and kids can do together, or multiple kids at once. Sharing is caring, after all. This is more involved coloring. Get out the glitter markers.
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