Thursday, December 8, 2016

Check Out These Must Have Toys, Games, Clothes and More for Peppa Pig Fans This Holiday Season (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

I'm a Peppa Pig Parent!

My girls got a wonderful surprise in the mail yesterday. Being a Peppa Pig Parent ambassador, I was sent a box filled with some of the hottest Peppa Pig toys this holiday season.  They thought Peppa Pig herself was sending this this box of goodies as an early Christmas gift.  :-)  And, once they tore open the box, that is where the real fun began, as they spent hours playing with the toys they found inside the box.  So, what did the girls get, that got them so happy, and that they continue to talk about today to anyone who wants to listen :-)?  Here is a quick video I took of the girls "unboxing" their Peppa Pig Hot Toys for the 2016 Holiday Season...

They couldn't wait to start playing with the Peppa Pig's Treehouse and George's Fort Playset

But, I have to warn you in advance, either you will want to take this playset out of the box and have it setup and ready to play with, or let your kids know it will take a little while to unpackage everything as all the pieces are secured to the box with little twist ties.  But, once I was able to get all the pieces out, setup only took a matter of minutes, if that.  You simply have to slide the two pieces of the green grass base together and pop the treehouse, slide and ladder in place, as well as pop the tree with swing into place, and the kids are ready to go. 

Like I said, my girls had a blast playing with their new Peppa Pig's Treehouse and George's Fort Playset, which was top on this wish list to Santa, and is for most Peppa Pig fans.  They even pulled out their other Peppa Pig playsets and toys to made a mini Peppa Pig community.  I loved watching the girls have Peppa and George start at home with their other playset, wake and get ready to head to their treehouse to have a secret meeting with Rebecca Rabbit and friends.  And, when it was time for lunch, the girls pretended to be Peppa's Mom and called her and George home.  The girls really got into their stories and acted them out with such detail.  There was no fighting over toys, as this playset offered so many different things to do, from tea in the treehouse with Peppa Pig, swinging on the tree swing, peddling around on George's bike, sliding down the zip line, or even going down the treehouse slide right into a muddy puddle, which then triggers phrases and songs to start playing, which the girls thought was the neatest thing.  Oh, and I can't forget about George's pirate fort with the drawbridge you can lower and raise up to keep people out. 

Here are two other videos I took of the girls describing the Peppa Pig's Treehouse and George's Fort Playset and its many features, including the light in the treehouse, which you can turn on and off.  Oh, and don't mind Savannah and her Paw Patrol friends who came to play.  She said they are all part of the Nick Jr. family and lived down the street. :-)  Gotta love her imagination.

In addition to must have Peppa Pig's Treehouse and George's Fort Playset, we were also sent two Peppa Pig Micro Lites.  

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I am not sure if you have seen these in stores, but they are all the rage right now with young children, who are into blind bags.  Both of my girls make a point to stop by the aisle in Target that is lined with shelves of blind bags and surprise egg toys, along with micro-lites.  Here is Savannah explaining and showing what a micro-lite is, in case you didn't know.  

She has been collecting the Paw Patrol ones, and had no idea they had Peppa Pig ones.  Now she is asking Santa in add-on wish list #5 for Peppa Pig Micro-lights and the Peppa Pig Soft Light Night Light she saw while surfing the web for new Peppa Pig toys today. :-)  

In addition to the 2 Micro-Lites and the Treehouse and Fort playset, the girls also found the oinktastic new game, Peppa Pig’s Treasure Hunt Game, in the box of Peppa Pig goodies they were sent.  

While we haven't had a chance to play this game yet...the girls want to wait until game night tomorrow night, they know what is about after seeing it demoed online (gotta love kids and technology nowadays), and said it is a really fun game.  

We have a handful of other Peppa Pig games and they have not disappointed.  So, everyone is looking forward to tomorrow so we can play Peppa Pig’s Treasure Hunt Game.

While the girls were having fun with their Peppa Pig goodies, they pulled out a special gift I think was for me...well, I am claiming it for me.  What was it?  It was a beautiful Peppa Pig tree skirt. 

I loved the detailing of the skirt and ended up making a quick switch of the furry white one we had for this one.  I thought it is perfect as the girls are huge Peppa Pig fans, and it was a great way to celebrate my year of being of a Peppa Pig Parent and being able to share all the wonderful toys and news about the popular preschool program, Peppa Pig with you all.  

I am not sure where you can get the Peppa Pig tree skirt, but if I find out, I will definitely let you know. This is one tree skirt we will be using for years to come. It is so colorful and is reminds me about all the "firsts" the girls experienced, of which most of them they were wearing Peppa Pig clothes....first steps, first day of preschool, the first time Savannah read a book, their first vacation they were wearing matching Peppa Pig dresses before changing into Peppa Pig bathing suits.  

With the shopping season winding down - only 16 more days until Christmas and a week or so before it becomes crunch time with mailing items, I wanted to make sure you knew about about the above must have toys for that special Peppa Pig fan in your life.  In addition to the above, here is a recent press release I was sent that shares more great gift ideas, many of which my girls are asking Santa for, that your child would love to find on Christmas morning wrapped under the tree...


Wish List of Must-Have Peppa Pig Gifts Includes Playsets, Toys,
Arts & Crafts and More!

"It’s time to deck the halls with Peppa Pig! Peppa Pig fans nationwide will snort with joy for the “sleighload” of new offerings that are coming to town this holiday season, based on Entertainment One’s (eOne) hit series seen daily on Nick Jr.! From imagination-inspiring construction play sets and games, to engaging crafts kits and DVDs, there’s something for every little one on the list.

“The latest Peppa Pig toys and products to hit shelves this holiday season are sure to delight fans all across the country,” said Joan Grasso, VP, Licensing – North America, eOne Family. “The adorable, fun-filled new offerings, sure to be on everyone’s gift list, will inspire preschoolers to create their own exciting Peppa Pig adventures every day!”

More fun than a muddy puddle, the latest line-up of Peppa Pig toys includes:

*      Peppa Pig's Treehouse and George's Fort Playset (Jazwares) – Little ones can join their favorite characters for thrilling adventures with the tree-mendous Peppa Pig's Treehouse & George's Fort Playset. Complete with Peppa Pig, George and Richard Rabbit figures, the interactive playset allows Peppa and her friends to swing and slide into BIG muddy puddle fun! Ages 2+, SRP: $39.99

*      Giggle N’ Wiggle Plush (Jazwares) – When Peppa Pig and George begin to giggle, no one can resist snorting with laughter, too! When their plush tummies get pressed, the pigs begin to giggle, oink and say funny phrases from the show. As they laugh, they move their arms and legs until they fall down, delighting little ones! Ages 18 months+, SRP $34.99

*      Red Car Construction Set (Jazwares) – Preschoolers can take Mummy Pig and Peppa out for a lovely afternoon “drive” in their little red car! The construction set comes equipped with 15 pieces for imaginative play, including a table, chairs, umbrella, Peppa and Mummy Pig figures, and stickers! Ages 2+, SRP $14.99

*      Peppa Pig Treasure Hunt Game (TCG) – Kids can help Peppa and friends find the buried treasure in this fun new family game! Little ones move pieces around the board to find the hidden treasure- while avoiding the muddy puddles! Ages 3+, SRP: $14.99

Among the new stocking stuffers that will have little ones snorting with delight are:

*      Peppa Pig Mold n’ Play 3D Figure Maker (Cra-Z-Art) – Little ones will have hours of fun and crativity modling their favorite Peppa Pig friends out of Softee Dough!  With molds and seven containers of vibrant Softee Dough colors included, kids can use their imaginations to create four different characters from the series! Ages 3+, SRP: $15.99

*      Peppa Pig Playing Cards Super Set (Cardinal Games) – Children can enjoy all their favorite card games with Peppa Pig! The jumbo-sized cards come in a reusable storage box for easy on-the-go fun. With instructions for classic games such as Go Fish, Snap, and Crazy Eights, the whole family can play together! Ages 4+, SRP $3.99

Peppa Pig: Sun, Sea, And Snow

*      Sun, Sea and Snow DVD (Fox Home Entertainment) – The newest DVD in the popular Peppa Pig collection contains a dozen fun-filled “peppasodes” that feature seasonal stories. Young viewers join Peppa and her family and friends on a trip to the seaside to make sandcastles – but when they arrive at the beach, there's too much snow! SRP $14.98

*      Peppa Pig Pajamas (Komar Kids) – Little ones can snuggle up and let it snow as they await Santa’s arrival in Peppa Pig pajamas! Kids can sleep comfortably in the soft, colorfully-printed cotton PJs that are sure to set them up for a night of sweet dreams. Styles vary. Ages 2+, SRP $16.99

*      Peppa Pig Apparel (Happy Threads) – Young fans can strut their seasonal style with an assortment of festive and fun Peppa Pig apparel, including tees, sets, dresses and more. Sizes 2T+, Styles and prices vary.

*      Peppa Pig Ornaments (Kurt Adler)Santa’s little helpers can deck the halls and the tree with a collection of Kurt Adler ornaments, lights and stockings that feature seasonal sayings and adorable illustrations.

Airing daily on Nick Jr., Peppa Pig follows the adventures of Peppa, a loveable, exuberant little piggy who lives with her brother George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig. Peppa’s favorite things include playing games, dressing up, spending days outdoors, and jumping in muddy puddles. All episodes are wholesome entertainment for the entire family; Peppa’s adventures always end happily with loud snorts of laughter. Peppa Pig episodes are available on DVD, and for download on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon platforms. For more information on Peppa Pig, please visit the popular website and check out Peppa on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest."  

About Entertainment One
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a global independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. The Company’s diversified expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Through its global reach and expansive scale, powered by deep local market knowledge, the Company delivers the best content to the world.

Entertainment One’s robust network includes film and television studio The Mark Gordon Company; content creation venture Amblin Partners with Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; leading feature film production and global sales company Sierra Pictures; unscripted television production companies Renegade 83, Paperny Entertainment and Force Four Entertainment; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning digital agency Secret Location.

The Company’s rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 100,000 hours of film and television content and approximately 40,000 music tracks. 

Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.
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Holiday Gift Ideas for Him -- Man Toolz Launches Skincare Line for the Everyday Man - Includes Monthly Subscription Box, Too! (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a sample from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Manly man's solution to tackling the toughest skincare needs - delivered to your doorstep

Doug Brown Founder of Man Toolz / Doug Brown, Founder Man Toolz (PRNewsFoto/Man Toolz)

My husband is all about monthly subscription boxes delivered to the door.  I thought this was only popular to women, but turns out men are fans to. Why? Partly because they hate to shop, and also because they love to get mail (like we do!).  So, when I told my husband about Man Toolz, a  new men's skincare and grooming company designed for the average guy, he asked if they would be sending along a box for him to review.  He is all about pampering his skin, even though it takes a beating when working on the job or in the gym. So, after hearing about this new premier line of men's skincare products which can be delivered right to your door each monthly, he was intrigued.  

Man Toolz is a new skincare line that provides an affordable, easy to follow skincare routine, available with a monthly subscription option. 

Last week my husband received his first box of Man Toolz skincare products.  His first reaction at seeing the box it came in was..."Cool." 

It was a manly box he said, even before opening it.  And, once he opened it and saw the three skincare products for men, he couldn't wait to try them out.  Usually when he cares for his skin, he will use  facial cleanser, lotion when it gets dry and at times a blackhead or pimple cream when he gets an occasional breakout.  But, that was the extent of what he would use.  He is not one to keep up on what skincare products to use.  So, he was happy to have the folks at Man Toolz put together a box of skincare products that will help him care for his skin.  

Here is more about the Man Toolz skincare products that my husband was sent and is loving...

"The American-made collection includes three core products with a proprietary formula to tackle the toughest dirt and grease while cleansing impurities, resurfacing the skin and providing added moisture for hydration. Man Toolz skincare products include:

Dirt Removal Multi-Tool Cleanser
  • Dirt Removal Multi-Tool Body Wash, 8oz ($9.95) – Dual-strength cleanser for face, hair and body.
Grime Elimination Face Cleanser
  • Grime Elimination Face Cleanser, 4oz ($11.95) – Designed to tackle any man's facial problems.
Resurfacing Moisturizer
  • Resurfacing Moisturizer, 2oz ($13.95) – Hydrating tool to replenish and resurface the face.

The line comes as an answer to men who don't enjoy shopping for skincare and struggle with product differentiation. Man Toolz will ship a monthly Tool Box, for $27.99, complete with the three core products. The cost for men is only about a dollar a day. The monthly Man Toolz delivery removes the hassle of having to leave the house to search for quality skin care."


Not only does this new monthly skincare subscription for men help men care for their skin, but they are also helping making a difference in other people's lives.  How you ask?  "Man Toolz cares about more than just skin; the company also strives to make a difference by giving a portion of sales to organizations that provide assistance in educating individuals in the skilled trades. By simply using the right 'toolz' for your skin, you also help build lives and careers."  How great is that!  I personally love when a company gives back by donating part of your purchase to wonderful causes and organizations.  It is always nice to give back, while you shop for products you love and use everyday. And, my husband is now a fan of Man Toolz, and has already asked me to sign him up for a monthly subscription, so he doesn't have to worry about running out of his new favorite skincare line that is making his skin feel great.  I have even seen and felt an improvement in the overall look and feel of his skin, after only a week of using the American-made collection (the three core products mentioned above).

So, if you are still scratching your head and wondering what to get your husband, boyfriend, brother, son or special guy in your life, why not consider signing him up for a monthly subscription to the new Man Toolz skincare line.  Once they try this new skincare line out for themselves, they will be thanking you time and again for introducing them to this amazing skincare line and for helping them finally properly care for their skin.

Tool Box
Monthly Subscription Service is only $29.99 for one-time purchase, or save 6% by signing up for a subscription (which you can cancel at any time)

Head on over to Man Toolz and place an order today.  You can sign up for a subscription service or buy products individually.


About Man Toolz:

Man Toolz™ is a men's skincare and grooming company that provides effective ingredients and simple solutions designed for the everyday guy. Created to streamline the skin care process for menMan Toolz delivers a monthly tool box of proprietary skincare products, providing an easy answer to searching and shopping. For more information, please visit

Disclosure: I was sent a sample from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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Everyone Will Be Asking For a Watermelon Ball Once They See How Cool This New Product from PlaSmart Toys Is (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent a sample from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Watermelon Ball from PlaSmart

Want a cool water toy that no one has, but once you see, everyone will want to own?  It is called the Watermelon Ball, a new toy from the folks at PlaSmart Toys.   

I was recently sent a sample and had to schedule an impromptu field trip with the girls to the local fitness center which has a heated pool, just so we could try out the Watermelon Ball for ourselves.  And, I have to say, it is really cool!  I even found myself staying in the water longer than usual just to play with this cool ball which can be played with above and under water.

Here is more about the new Watermelon Ball from PlaSmart Toys...

Bounces against pool walls and can be passed up to 10 feet under water

The Watermelon Ball is neutrally buoyant and looks, feels, and behaves like a real watermelon in water
You can dribble, kick, pass and easily intercept the Watermelon Ball - even under water!

Looks, feels and behaves like a watermelon in water


Play Watermelon Ball versions of basketball, soccer, keep-away and more! Pass up to 10 feet underwater and even bounce the Watermelon Ball off pool walls for trick passes and winning moves!

Check out this short video to learn how to play Watermelon Ball...

But, you don't need a group of people to enjoy this cool new neutrally buoyant ball. Once you start playing with the ball in and around the wall, you will see why my girls and I loved it and why we didn't want to get out of the pool.  

So, with only 16 days left until Christmas, why not consider picking up the Watermelon Ball from PlaSmart Toys? If you have access to an indoor winter during the winter months or live in a warm climate where you can swim year round, you and your family will be itching to try out this new ball and have a go at the Watermelon Ball game described above. :-)  This is definitely one gift that will be used time and again. My girls even played with it in the bathtub last night. :-)

To learn more about the Watermelon Ball, visit the PlaSmart Toys website today --

Be sure to follow PlaSmart Toys on their social media pages to stay up-to-date on new product additions like the Watermelon Ball...

Disclosure:  I was sent a sample from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.
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