Gifts for Children Archive

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Finding Nemo is Fin-tastic on Blu-ray

One of the most beautifully created Disney Pixar movies, in my opinion, is Finding Nemo. I thought it was gorgeous the first time I saw it, found it visually stunning when I screened it in 3D and still love it on bluray. Some movies I can’t really tell how bluray affects the

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No Gift is More Unique Than a Giant Microbe!

Generally if someone started talking about gifting the flu, MRSA or plasma to a friend or family member I would look at them funny.  I mean, how gross is it to want to gift cells and diseases?  Well, for those with a quirky sense of humor and an appreciation for unique gifts,

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Encouraging My Daughter to Play Music With the iTikes Piano

I’m all about encouraging my daughter to enjoy music.  Not only do I want her to listen to it and appreciate it, I’d love for her to play an instrument.  By exposing her to a variety of music and instruments I hope to do just that.  I don’t want to push her

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Cinderella’s Story Continues in Cinderella II & III

Being such a fan of Cinderella, I really hate to admit that I did not know there were sequels made!  I know oftentimes subsequent movies are not as widely known or popular, but I’ve always wondered about life after the wedding.  I mean, we know Cinderella became a princess, but that’s where

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Preparing for a Sibling With a Realistic Looking Baby Doll

Over the course of my pregnancy we’ve tried to keep our toddler informed of what is going on.  No matter what, I know there will still be an adjustment period for all of us.  Perhaps even bouts of jealousy and regression.  Hopefully the groundwork we’ve been laying will help make it as

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Develop Motor Skills With the Little Tikes Basketball Hoop

Earlier this summer we went to a friend’s backyard BBQ and their son had a Little Tikes basketball hoop.  We were a little surprised at how much Rissa wanted to play with it.  Not that there’s anything wrong with her playing basketball, it’s just that there were a lot of other toys

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It’s More Fun to Grocery Shop When It’s Pretend Play

When I was little I used to love following my mom around the grocery store with those little kid-sized shopping carts.  I also remember playing “shopping” and “house” with my own cart and fake food.  My pretend food pieces were shaped like known fruits and veggies but the similarities stopped there.  They

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Hexbug Warriors Battle Arena Review

Do you remember BattleBots?  People from around the world created robots that would fight each other in an arena through remote controls.  My dad and I used to love watching them – it was actually kind of exciting to pick a favorite and root for them! The new Hexbug Warriors remind me

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3 Reasons Why You Want to Get Disney Pixar’s BRAVE on Blu-ray

A few months ago I shared 4 reasons why you should go see Brave after I saw it in 3D at the movie theater. Those reasons still hold true, but now I have a few reasons why you should not only SEE it, but OWN it as well. One of those reasons

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AppGear Combines Reality With Virtual Gaming World

As mobile gaming continues to rise with the use of apps on smartphones and tablets, so too has the notion of combining real world elements into game play.  Augmented reality apps and games are a hot trend right now.  Mixing real and virtual doesn’t always work well in video games even though

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IKEA Soft Toys for Education Make Great Gifts for Kids

This may shock you, but I’ve never shopped at an IKEA before.  There isn’t one very close by unless we want to drive a few hours.  I’ve heard people rave about their furniture so I was surprised to find out they also have toys.  It’s almost dangerous that I’ve found them online

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DUB Garage Blazerz Cars Are Not Just For Little Boys

I try not to limit what types of toys my daughter plays with just because she’s a girl.  Sometimes it’s hard because it just seems like she should have dolls and girly things.  However, we do let her wander the toy aisles to check everything out and show us what she is

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Glittery Glam From Out of This World: The Novi Stars Una Verse Doll

Who says aliens have to be scary?  Why can’t they be cute and fashionable?  Well, now they can be with the new Novi Stars line of fashion dolls!  I’ve always had this sort of strange fascination with aliens, but they are usually portrayed as looking somewhat creepy to downright scary.  I never

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Tinker Bell Meets Her Sister in ‘Secret of the Wings’ (Bluray/DVD)

I’ve known of Tinker Bell since I was a little girl, mostly from movies such as Peter Pan, Hook, and seeing her flittering about the screen for many things Disney.  Until recently I never watched one of the Tinker Bell fairy movies though.  I had the opportunity to screen Secret of the Wings in 3D

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Not Quite Like the Fashion Dolls of My Childhood – Bratzilla and Bratz Boutique Doll Review

When I was little, my favorite part about playing with fashion dolls was changing their outfits and hair styles.  I also liked setting up their houses but by the time I’d have everything set out and everyone changed I’d grow bored and put them all away again.  Then again, I didn’t have

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Pretend Play with Lalaloopsy Littles Sew Cute Patient

My daughter’s Lalaloopsy doll collection continues to grow with the addition of the new Lalaloopsy Littles Sew Cute Patient named Stumbles Bumps ‘n Bruises.  She’s the sister of Rosy Bumps ‘n Bruises and made from a nurses uniform.  Stumbles is a bit more clumsy, but she’s very good about letting others patch her up!

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Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure Video Game Review

Girls like to play video games too, but don’t necessarily like the same kinds of games boys do.  Knowing how beloved the princesses are, Disney has released an interactive video game that lets fans be part of their worlds in Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure.  We received a copy of this game to

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Encouraging Young Girls With Moxie Girlz Sportz Dolls

I really love the message of the Moxie Girlz because they emphasize being true to yourself and the ability to achieve your dreams.  There are enough fashion dolls that focus on just that – fashion – but these girls go beyond that.  I also like that they don’t seem so unrealistically proportioned

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Remembering Tumbling Class and Fun with the Dora Gymnastics Doll!

Rissa was enrolled in a tumbling class throughout the summer, which she really enjoyed.  At first she just wanted to run around and watch everyone, but I watched her grow over the 10 week course.  She wasn’t the youngest kid, but I think she was the smallest!  The class was for walking

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Rissa’s First Playhouse Set!

I’m the first to admit that my daughter has too many toys.  She really does have more than she needs, but she gets such joy out of receiving new ones, figuring them out, and creating her own little world.  I’ve noticed that she really loves playing with toys that are also connected