Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Click! Connect! Create! With Clicformers, An All-New Building Toy From the Makers of Magformers (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent a sample from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Are your kids fans of Magformers?  If they are, then they will definitely love the new building sets from this popular maker called Clicformers.  Clicformers use four different connection methods to click, stack, fold and roll together, allowing your to form unique structures and designs.

Check out this quick video to see Clicformers in actions and see how much fun these new building kits from the makers of Magformers are...


  Build vehicles, airplanes and animals with the Basic Sets. Click your ideas together and see what you can create! MSRP $29.99; ages 4+

We were recently the 70-piece kit to try out and the girls, and my husband have been having so much fun coming up with their own creations, as well as following the easy step-by-step idea booklet which included with each set.  Savannah was first to build the dog, while Bella couldn't wait to make the blooming flower.  My husband showed off his new Clicformers skills by making the cute penguin.  

Who knew you could use building pieces like these to make such fun creations.  I wonder what they will be build next?  

Last night I heard them putting together a game plan for a house and maybe large tower. :-)

Just to give you an idea of what you will receive with each Clicformers kit, here is what pieces were included in our 70 piece kit (Note: Kits vary in sizes/pieces - this is just one of many Clicformers basic kits currently available)...

If you are looking for fun gifts to give your children this year that they will actually play with for more than 5 minutes, then you will want to check out Clicformers.  Kids can't get enough of building kits and this new product from the popular Magformers makers will delight builders of all ages.  The possibilities of what you can make with Clicformers is endless, and this is what makes these building kits so much fun.  You can't stop brainstorming ideas of what to make.  My girls love their new Clicformers set and I can't wait to pick up more buildings sets so that can add to their current 70 piece basic set.

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There are a variety of Clicformers kits from Magformers available both in major retail stores and online at Amazon.  Right now you can score the 90 piece Clicformers basic kit for only $39.99.

This is the perfect kit to get your child started and off to building wonderful and imaginative things like a rocket ship or boat...the possibilities are endless.  

Just sit your child down with one of the many Clicformers building kits and see what they can come up with.  My husband had a blast creating fun structures and pieces with the girls, and couldn't stop commenting on how much he liked the unique clicking and stacking mechanism of the Clicformers, compared to other building kits the girls had.  They are so easy to use, and young children will want to get in on the fun. 

And, this building set is one that will grow with your child, and can be added to, so they continue to build and get creative one Clicformers piece at a time.

Disclosure:  I was sent a sample from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.
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Cupcake Surprise Toys Transform from a Scented Cupcake into a Beautiful Princess...Which One Will Your Child Get? Collect Them All! (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a sample from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

If you have young children, then you probably are in the know about blind bags and surprise toys, as these most popular with kids today.  Back when I was growing up our version of a blind bag was a grab bag you would get at a fair or flea market of trinkets and odds and ends thrown into a small brown lunch bag for around $.50 to $1.00.  But, we have come a long and now surprise bags and grabs consist of shiny envelopes containing a surprise figure or doll, or unique packaging or toy that can transform from one thing into another.  

One such surprise toy that is a hit right now with kids is Cupcake Surprise.  I wasn't aware of this toy, but when I asked my girls about it, they were quick to school me on what it was, the types of dolls available, and which ones they really wanted to get.  They even knew the stores you could find these fun transforming princesses at -- Amazon.com, Meijers, and K-mart -- for only $9.99.

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Here is more about the cute Cupcake Surprise toys in case you weren't in the know...

"With a little sweet magic and infinite imagination, decadent desserts transform into princesses with every Cupcake Surprise! Whether in the bakery, kitchen, or castle, the sweet-smelling 2-in-1 toy will surely inspire imaginative play. 

Each doll comes with her own styling hairbrush. Cupcake Surprise is currently available in 12 different styles with six available scents: strawberry, vanilla, grape, chocolate, lemon, and peanut butter. 

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An additional 24 Cupcake Surprise styles will be released throughout 2017, equating to 32 dolls in all. Collect them all! Suitable for ages 3 and up."


I was able to surprise my girls with the Strawberry scented Cupcake Surprise doll the other day, and they were so excited.  They had been looking for this exact scent at the stores but couldn't find it.  They really wanted to add to their growing Cupcake Surprise collection which currently consists of grape, chocolate and my personal favorite peanut butter.  Be warned, these scented cupcake dolls smell amazing, and will leave you craving certain foods like a peanut butter bar, milk chocolate bar and juicy strawberries.  I learned the hard way when i sat down the other day to play dolls with the girls and hadn't eaten.  All I could smell was the deliciously scented cupcakes and found my belly growling.  The girls couldn't help but giggle as they heard my belly making noise while they combed their princesses hair for the royal ball.  I guess you don't want to be playing with these fun Cupcake Surprise dolls on an empty stomach. :-)

With the holidays fast approaching, why not consider picking up the fun new Cupcake Surprise dolls now, as they are surely going to be a must have on kids' wish lists and hard to come by as the holidays draw near.  Like I said, my girls had been looking for the strawberry scented Cupcake Surprise at our local store, but didn't have any luck...it must be a popular scent amongst Cupcake Surprise collectors.  If you are looking for it, I did find it on Amazon.  But, don't delay in ordering if your child is asking for this scent, as it will probably not be available for long. 

So, what are you waiting for?  Pick up a Cupcake Surprise doll and see how excited your child gets, as they flip their scented cupcake open to reveal the beautiful princess inside.  

Cupcake Surprise Scented Princess Doll (Colors & Styles May Vary)

Which scented princess will your child reveal?  I can't wait to find out! :-)

To learn more about Cupcake Surprise toys visit http://www.cupcakesurprisetoys.com/ today.

Disclosure: I was sent a sample from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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Huggers by Wild Republic Make a Cute Stocking Stuffer Idea for Kids of All Ages (Review)

Disclosure: I received a sample from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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Do you have an animal loving child in your life?  If so, you will want to check out the cute Huggers by Wild Repbublic as you gear up for your holiday shopping.  

While both of my girls love animals, my oldest Savannah really has a soft spot for animals of all kinds, especially dogs and cats.  She plans to be a vet one day so that she can try and make sick animals well again.  In the meantime, she loves playing pet doctor to her plush animals including her new 8 inch Yellow Labrador Huggers Stuffed Animal from Wild Republic. 

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(There is an assortment of animal plush available)

What are Huggers you ask?

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"Huggers from Wild Republic are an 8” soft, stuffed, lovable toy that hugs you back.


Safe, comfortable, specially-designed snap bands are the secret to Huggers' friendly grip. Just spread their arms wide, give the chest a squeeze, and Huggers instantly wrap their arms around you. Wear them on your wrist, backpack, stroller, bike, or wrap around a vase. Huggers are made of soft fabric and adorable designs that make them a favorite, go-anywhere, hug-any-time, plush toy for kids. They are available in multiple designs for $7.99 each."


The kind folks at Wild Republic sent Savannah the cute Labrador Huggers and she couldn't stop smiling.  Once I showed her what this cute plush toy could do, she had a blast wrapping it around her arm, backpack and different spots in her room.  

But, the best part of all was cuddling up close with her new Huggers friend at bedtime.  

We have only had this toy for week now, but Savannah can't go anywhere without it.  She thinks it is the coolest thing, and loves with snuggle up close to it.  At this price and seeing how much she is into the Huggers, I can't wait to pick up a few more and add to her stocking this Christmas.  I also plan to buy some and attach to present for her cousins, as I see Huggers by Wild Republic being a hit with kids, once they see how it works and try wrapping it around different things.  This is definitely one plush toy boys and girls will go crazy for, and will love playing and carrying around with them, wherever they go.

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To learn more about Huggers from Wild Republic, visit https://www.wildrepublic.com/en/huggers today.  The hard part will be choosing the right Hugger for that special child in your life. There are around 40 to choose from. :-)  Good luck!

Disclosure: I received a sample from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Blast Box is a Family Game Bursting with Fun! Review and #Giveaway #BlastBoxChallenge

Disclosure:  I was sent a sample from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Blast Box combines both strategy and suspense for an unpredictable burst of fun!! 

My girls have been asking about Blast Box ever since they saw a commercial for this Zing Toys game.  It looked cool they said, and would be a fun family game night game.  And, you know what...they were right!  We recently received this game to try out and it was an instant hit with both kids and adults. 

I am not usually a fan of games that a suspense feature like an explosion or balloon burst.  But, after bursting the balloon the first time, I couldn't help but laugh and want to try again.

The game itself is easy to set up and play with 2-4 players, ages 4+.  

Blast Box comes with 1 Blast Box, 1 hammer, 100 balloons, 1 balloon pump, 30

plastic pins, 1 spinner and 20 easy tie balloon clips.

You first begin by blowing up a balloon for each person playing the game.  There is an easy to use balloon pump that makes blowing up the small balloons (also included with game) quick and easy.  

Once the balloons are blown up, you simply tuck them under the plastic Blast Box.  

Then, players take turns spinning the spinner (or the free Blast Box app, available on iOS and Android and loaded with fun trivia questions to see how many pins they will be hammering into the box. 

Once they land on a number and gather the right amount of pins, the real fun begins.  Everyone around the table looks on, as the player grabs the plastic hammer and starts banging the pins into the Blast Box.  Will their pins burst a balloon and put them out of the game?  Everyone will be waiting for the P-O-P and when it happens, you can't help but laugh and jump a little out of your seat.  

Play continues until one player is left at the table who successfully avoids popping a balloon.  

Are you and your family and friends ready for the #BlastBoxChallenge?  And, will you be the lucky one left holding the Blast Box hammer with no balloon popped?  Even if you do burst the balloon, it will be worth the fun and laughter this addicting game from Zing brings.  We can't get enough of it, and continually pull this game out to play. I love how it is easy to set up and that my girls ages 5.5 and 7 can play without needing my help.  I know when they are playing as they can't stop yelling and giggling, and then will run in to tell me so and so burst the balloon. :-)  

Be sure to have your camera ready when you play Blast Box so that you can record every blasting moment of fun so you can share online using the #BlastBoxChallenge hashtag.


Thanks to the kind folks at Zing Toys, one lucky Inspired by Savannah reader will have a chance to win the fun Blast Box game to enjoy with their family and friends.  

To enter, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!

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Disclosure:  I was sent a sample from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.
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Monday, October 30, 2017

Rock-n-Stroller CD's Feature Classic Rock and Pop Songs That Both Kids and Parents Will Love Listening to Together! (Review)

Disclosure:  I received samples from the vendor in exchange for an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

One of my favorite things to do is listen to music.  There is something relaxing about music, that when a good song comes on, you can't help but dance and sing along to it.  And, when you are having a blah day, music is a great pick me up.  Don't you agree?  But, when you have kids, especially young ones, you can't listen to just any old music, as you have to be cautious of the lyrics and song content.  My girls like repeating things they hear, so I have to make sure they aren't picking up fowl or inappropriate language from songs they hear on the radio or that I stream through the house.  Because of this, I am always on the look out for kid-friendly music that the girls will enjoy, and that I can stand.  Yeah, you know what I mean, many of the kid music out there can be annoying (especially when kids have the same song on repeat).  If only there was music made for both kids and adults in mind.  

Well, thanks to Grammy award-winning producer Andy Zulla and award winning recording artist and Broadway performer Matt Zarley, they have created a new CD collection called Rock-n-Stroller.  These CD's (which consist currently of Volume 1 and Volume...see track lists below), bring back classic songs from 1970's and 80's that most of us grew up listening to and loving.  I bet when you check out the track listings you will find yourself saying, "I love that song, and that one, and that..."  Each and every song on these two CD's was a hit and still popular and fun to listen to today.  And, now you can enjoy some of your favorite songs you know the words to and love to sing with your hairbrush, and not have to worry about covering your kid's ears.  

I was so hoping to get a video or two of the girls singing some of my favorite 80's tunes, as they really got into these two Rock-n-Stroller CD's, but due to Bella's recent asthma attack and Savannah recovering from pneumonia, they really haven't been photo/video ready.  Hopefully soon, though, I will get the on video as they really look and sound cute singing and dancing along to some of their new favorite songs including "Dancing Queen" and my all-time favorite song, "Take on Me."  And, as a parent who can't go a day without having music playing in the house, I am in love with these two CD's, and plan to purchase another set of these CD's to leave in the car.  I hate when I run out with the girls and find I forgot to throw these CD's in my bag.  My girls are asking from the back seat to play the CD's and then I realize I forgot it in the house, as we had listened to earlier in the AM or while getting ready.

Here's a taste of what you are in store for when you pick up the Rock-n-Stroller: Volume 1 CD to enjoy with your children...

Who doesn't love artists like the Beatles, ABBA and Elton John, to name a few?  When you pick up Rock-n-Stroller Volume 1 and/or 2, you will be happy to find timeless pop and rock hits from these and so many other artists.  

Rock-n-Stroller Volume 1 Play List:

Buy now as MP3 ($8.99) or Audio CD ($9.99) from Amazon

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Rock-n-Stroller Volume 2 Play List:

Buy now as M93 Download ($9.49) or Audio CD ($9.99) from Amazon


You will find yourself singing along with your kids to the catchy tunes.  And, what is so great about these CDs is that when you play them, it usually leads to an impromptu dance party in the house.  Moments like these are what I treasure with the girls, as I know when they get older, they will not want to get up and sing and dance with me, and will realize that Mommy can't carry a tune, and will not want to hear me sing.  But, right now, I am a great singer, and have some fun moves they like to imitate (shh, don't tell them I also have two left feet).  We have been having so much with listening to these CDs and I can't wait for more volume to the Rock-n-Stroller series to be released, so that I can share more of my favorite songs with the girls, and they can appreciate how music is supposed to sound, and not just listen to the same old animated show CD or that annoying kid's CD you wish went missing.

To learn more about Rock-n-Stroller and their CD collection, head on over to www.rock-n-stroller.com today.  These CD's would make for a great gift idea for new moms, or moms with young children that love music and are looking for kid-friendly music they can enjoy (themselves) and with their kids.  I have found myself playing these CD's at nigh time when I am cleaning up and the girls are in bed.  The music is so well made, it is a nice way to unwind after a crazy day, while enjoying your favorite 70's and 80's music, in a refreshing new way.


About Rock-n-Stroller:

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"Rock-n-Stroller was created by Matt Zarley and Andy Zulla. ​After enduring endless hours of listening to kids sing the latest top 40 tunes on any of those popular kids cover song CD’s, Andy says he and Matt had an idea.  Wouldn’t it be awesome if these songs (that kids love to sing incessantly), were the songs that we actually wanted to hear?  And with that question, the concept of Rock-n-Stroller was born.

Rock-n-Stroller picks up where those other CD collections left behind...classic, timeless songs that are beloved by generations.   The first album contains 10 classic hits from the 70’s and 80’s like Into the Groove, Take on Me, and I Wanna Dance with Somebody. The tunes are rock  and pop hits that are re-recorded by talented young artists. The result is a sound that young children and parents will want to sing-along to again and again. The second album continues where their first CD collections leaves off, with timeless pop and rock songs originally performed by artists like Elton John, The Beatles, Huey Lewis and ABBA and more.

About Andy Zulla, Executive Producer:

Andy has had diverse success including high-profile major label album projects, network television shows, advertising and marketing, as well as stand-out independent artists. He has been awarded a Grammy, an Emmy, a Telly, 20 Gold and Platinum albums, and has charted #1 on multiple Billboard charts. As part of American Idol in the early seasons, Andy recorded and mixed Kelly Clarkson’s, “A Moment Like This” which skyrocketed to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, breaking the Beatle’s long-standing record as the quickest climb to #1. He has also worked with big names such as Rod Stewart, Backstreet Boys, Jessica Simpson, Michael Bolton, Kenny G, Teddy Geiger, Clay Aiken, Natalie Imbruglia, Heather Headley, and Diana Ross.

About Matt Zarley, Executive Producer:

Matt made his theatrical debut as the youngest to ever perform in the hit Broadway musical Cats. His career continued with roles in Chicago, A Chorus Line, The Who’s Tommy, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Matt is also an award winning, four time Billboard charting recording artist, whose albums include: Debut, Here I Am (2008 Billboard Critics Top Ten and American Idol Top 20 Songwriter) and Change Begins with Me (2012 Outmusic Award for Album and Single of the Year and #1 for a month on the Eurochart). He released hopefulROMANTIC, an original musical short film he wrote, produced, and starred in with internet phenom and Star Trek star, George Takei. Matt’s latest project The Estrogen Sessions, is a tribute to some of pop music’s most prolific female artists featuring the songs that they made famous."

Disclosure:  I received samples from the vendor in exchange for an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.
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