Build-a-Bear Workshop Starts School with a Big Splash!

September 29, 2014 By · 51 Comments

Disclosure: This is a review, the product mentioned was sent to us to review. But I loved it and thought you and/or your children would too.

Just at the beginning of the school year my kids got a surprise at the front door. Build-a-Bear Workshop wanted to start their education off with a great big splash and had sent us some of their new Summer pals. The kids were definitely excited with their new-found-friends especially Mr.Nicoli once his siblings were at school he decided to help himself to see what was inside this “special package” we’d got that his siblings wanted to open so badly, but since he’d been in tears at the beginning of them going back to school I had told them that he would get the honors of opening it the following day so when they went off to school he’d have something fun to do. Boy did he too. By the way, Build-a-Bear Workshop now has puppets. I’m not sure if they always have or if this was something new but to me it was definitely new and I love it. With a toddler puppets can definitely come in handy as you can instruct them to chat with the little ones and they always talk back to the puppets even if it is toddler talk.


What did they get? Well first each box had a Build-a-Bear signature home inside, so they go to open a box and then the house to see what Build-a-Bear character they would actually get. We had the Toothy the Shark puppet, The Octo Fun Octopus (not a puppet) and of course the Sea Splash Dolphin puppet. They got them just a week after Shark week so the kids were already talking about sharks in school or their friends were talking about television shows that had shark week. We do not have cable so we would’ve missed all that. At first Nicoli had no clue how to respond to the shark because of his big toothy grin, I guess he thought it would eat him. He eventually warmed up to him and kept trying to feed him everything. Little A couldn’t wait to get his hands on the shark, he loved him from the get go and loved him even more when he realized it was a puppet and he could make him chomp around the room picking up his little brother’s megabloks.


I had already known who would take claim to Octo because she was pink in color and ya’ll know Little BabyGirl adores anything pink. She quickly grabbed her up and gave her a hug. I think it is neat to see even as a pre-teen Build-a-Bear still gets the same reception as always. Warms my heart to know my girls still love stuffed animals. Octo is actually really soft and squishy which makes her an even better stuffed animal to BabyGirl, she currently sits at the top of BabyGirl’s pillow. These were definitely a hit. The dolphin became another of Nicoli’s favorites but his big sister, BalletGirl has taken that one. I love the shiny coat of the dolphin and I think that is what attracted her too. Each one has their forever home but you can see the pictures of the kids and how much they loved them to judge for yourself. We absolutely love Build-a-Bear and always will, I love all the new animals they always have popping up and older ones. I can only picture what they will have coming out for Halloween and Christmas this year. Kind of excited. In the meantime now I can teach more about dolphins, sharks and octopus to my kids and have something to base them off of. Do you ever do that? Base education off a toy or a movie you get? Which of the three would be your child’s favorite?


How can this educate?
For me I will take the stuffed animal and use them as a theme. Now you have the dolphin so do a lesson on dolphins for that age group. Make some dolphin crafts, teach them what they eat, what are they, how do they swim, etc. Almost any toy can be used to educate a child, you just have to figure out the right angle. Plus, once you have a stuffed toy and are doing lessons on them there are tons of movies/cartoons that you can also use to instill even more knowledge. You can even feed them snacks like they would eat or in the shape of them.

Dolphin movies: DolphinTale, DolphinTale2, Flipper comes to mind.
Shark movies: SharkTale, The Reef.
Octopus movies: Who Lives in the Sea?

You can follow Build-a-Bear on any social media site such as Twittter, Facebook or Pinterest in order to stay up-to-date with all their current characters and deals. With the holidays rolling around these could make some great gifts.

Disclosure: The products mentioned above were all sent to us for a review. My kids did adore each one and they are their opinions and mine, pictures were taken by me. Enjoy your day!

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Skylanders Swap Force Makes Great Valentine’s Day Cards for Kids!

February 14, 2014 By · No Comments

(Disclosure: We were sent a box of Valentine’s Day Cards for review purposes)

Just in the nick of time! As this week ticked by it felt as it if was on fast forward and I never made it to the store to get Valentine’s Day cards for Little A’s “Friendship Party Exchange.” If I forgot the precious cards would he be the only child that didn’t do an exchange? Eeek, I couldn’t have that but thankfully, yesterday afternoon the UPS man dropped off a special box. The box was a review I promised to do and what was inside the box, Skylanders Swap Force Valentine’s Day Cards, which meant no longer 45 minute trip to Walmart to get cards.


First if you haven’t heard of Skylanders Swap Force might mean you don’t have an Xbox 360 or the Wii because this is fast becoming a very popular game among children. Each piece has a whole selection of things the character can do, kids are loving these. To me these remind me of the game Magic from my own childhood, but I don’t have the game so I’m not sure, I just know my son would LOVE this game and of course the Xbox 360. When he saw the Valentine Box of Skylanders Cards he shouted, “yes” and did a fist pump into the air and didn’t miss the beat of telling me I was the coolest mom EVER. Hey, coming from my first grader that is a high title.
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Matilda Jane Clothing Paint By Numbers Review & Giveaway

December 18, 2013 By · 20 Comments

Disclosure: We were sent an outfit in order to do a fair review.  There was no other compensation, all pictures and opinions are my own. 

As Denise DeMarchis (founder of Matilda Jane Clothing) would say, “It’s all about making a little girl… a little girl.” Who wouldn’t agree with a statement like that and want to take a peek of clothes that do just that. I must admit I loved so many of the outfits, the tops, the bottoms and of course the tiny little dresses. Girls these days are being pushed to wear clothes that are so much older than they should be looking and I love the fact she is trying to keep the Matilda Jane Clothing line for the innocent look.


Matilda Jane Clothing is known as the unpredictable clothing company because there are so many styles and you can mix and match everything, which is perfect for a girl. Denise, the founder and designer of these adorable outfits wanted to make it so moms and daughters weren’t fighting in the morning over what the child was wearing, no longer would a mom have to say “You aren’t wearing that out of the house.” Instead she wanted an outfit that would make a girl smile from ear to ear and have an outfit simple, yet cute enough to show off the little girl wearing it, not about all the bling and dazzle on the outfit and overlook the child. Here is the best part, if you like any of these outfits they can be made in little girl sizes, tween/teen and adult sizes so everyone can wear them.
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Holiday Gift Guide ~ Mega Bloks for All Ages

December 16, 2013 By · No Comments

MegaBloks has definitely struck the right cord with my family with their holiday gift guide. I mean they had something for all my kids, that includes the 16 yr old to the 7-month-old. My kids have always loved building blocks because they can let their imagination run wild, they can make cars, boats, war scenes, to towers and castles if they want. What I love about Megabloks is the fact that they come in all different shapes and sizes. If you have a baby they have the really big bloks that fit into their hands and aren’t too small that they’ll choke on and easy enough for them to build. As they get older the bloks get smaller to give them more of a challenge and of course the older they are the more that will be in a kit.


MegaBloks for your littlest one has their Mega Bloks Big Building Bag, 80-Piece (Classic) and Nicoli’s favorite BillyBeats. First Builders Billy Beats Dancing Piano  is designed for children between the ages of 1-5.  He is a dancing piano that not only plays music as you push the keys, errrr bloks but it also lights up as his head bops to the music. If you aren’t in the mood for music you can turn it off, on low or of course medium. It plays a dancing beat, a learn to play one where it lights up the key for you to tap along. Finally, you can discover the music by pushing the buttons and learning what sound comes from it. Oh and before I forget you can also here different sounds such as the funky DJ, animal sounds and classic piano.  They even have the perfect little stocking stuffers for them, the First Builders Block buddies friends which have three buddies in them. Ours had a tiny brown puppy, a little girl with orange hair and a little boy with blonde hair.
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Flipeez Review

December 13, 2013 By · 2 Comments

Disclosure: We were sent the product mentioned in order to review it, all opinions are my own.

This little guy has come into our family and warmed not only our heads but our hearts. The Flipeez hat is a very popular hat this year, I remember hearing about it when my niece asked for it for her birthday and thought it was one of the cutest little things. I wasn’t so sure about it though until we got it ourselves. Little A was the actual one I figured would wear it more often but it seems to be Nicoli’s favorite toy, he absolutely loves the eyes on it and the puff ball as we call it.


We got the Huggy Monkey and boy has he been hugged and loved on. There are actually 7 Flipeez to choose from: Playful puppy, huggy monkey, curious owl, ranger raccoon, twitchy kitty, rascally rabbit and peek-a-boo monster.


Inside the hat is really soft fleece that keeps your child’s head warm from the elements, which is perfect with wind or a cold chill in the air. The arms hang low until you push the puff ball on the tassle and then their arms swing into action. Ours throws up both arms as if he is saying HUG ME, it’s My turn for a hug. It says for the ages of 4-104 but I can tell you even my little 7 month old likes him, I place a beanie over his head and then put this on him to ensure a warmer morning and he loves it, but honestly he prefers it off his head and in his lap on road trips. He talks to the eyes and plays with the puffball.  My daughter (age 10) loved the fact that he even had a tail on the backside of the hat.

Little A loves pushing the ball to make him flap his arms and loves showing him off. He is available at www.flipeez.com for $19.95 plus shipping and handling of an additional $7.95.  I can’t wait to see what they come out with next. Perfect for the cold weather or to get someone for a holiday gift.

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