Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Toy Reveal! Disney Doorables Scented Series 8 Full Checklist Coming 2022

Disney Doorables fans, Disney Doorables Series 8 is around the corner! Here's a closer look of Disney Doorables Series 8 collector's guide, and some more series that I found throughout my internet travels.



Notice that we now will have Bing Bong from Pixar's Inside Out, the cards from Alice in Wonderland, and Baymax from Big Hero 6. 


For Disney Doorables Series 8, there a few new changes! First, some special edition Disney Doorables for Series 8 will be scented, and I am dying to get a whiff of these Doorables. Will Tiana smell like freshly cooked beignets? Will the Caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland smell like smoke or a mushroom? We will be finding out soon, I would say by June 1, 2022 for the US. 
Does Mei smell like Teen Spirit? Haha! I could not help myself. 




There are also a large range of classic Disney and Pixar characters in this series. You will also notiver that there are baby Disney Princesses in this series. Each one has a distinct accessory with them that is reminiscent of their character and childhood or lack thereof.

I am obsessed with this release! From Hercules to Big Hero 6 to Monsters Inc! You will also notice that Tinker Bell, and fairies from Pixie Hollow are there too!



The box is really colorful and is giving me Disney Tsum Tsum vibes - it's very pink and bubbly for the Multi Peeks, and for the Mini Peeks the over all colors are blue neutral tones. The Mini Peeks also got a really cool facelist -- no more little house, Just Play changed the packaging to be a peel and reveal surprise. I actually like this better, and the bottom part of the actual package is opaque, so you may not be able to see if you have two or three Disney Doorables inside. Keep in mind Just Play Products codes their mystery toys, so you rarely get duplicates.

Check out Baby Rapunzel! She has a baby Pascal plush with her too!




Also, check out the latest new additions that could also be released alongside or a little bit after than Disney Doorables series 8 release. 




There is a series called Disney Doorables Let's Go. There will be an Around the World Multi Peek where our Disney Doorables are going on vacation. Dumbo seems to be wearing 3D glasses, and Genie has visited France. 



Disney Doorables Movie Moments is a new series, and looks like it will be continuing in the future. Each Movie Moments box inckudes two exclusive Disney Doorables figures and a display scene. I am not sure if the film will coincice with the character, or if this is pretend play. 



Perfect for the holidays is the holiday themed Disney Doorables Collection Peek that includes eight figures, and it is Mickey's Christmas Carol themed. I am so stoked for this series because this is my all-time favorite Christmas movie to watch. I would guess the eight characters included are Ebenezer Scrooge (Scrooge McDuck),  Jacob Marley (Goofy- most likely in chains and as a ghost), Bob Cratchit (Mickey Mouse), Ghost of Christmas Past (Jiminy Cricket), Ghost of Christmas Future (Pete), Ghost of Christmas Present (Willie the Giant), Tiny Tim (Morty Mouse), Mrs. Cratchit (Minnie Mouse), and possibly Isabelle (Daisy Duck) as the additional mystery figure. 






What do you think of the new series that are slates to come out?

I pulled these images from Smyth's Toys and Reddit posts. All opinions are my own. I am a series Disney Doorables collector, and I have been collecting since the original series one. 

Saturday, April 30, 2022

7+ LEGO SETS That You Need to Get Spring 2022 That Aren't Star Wars

I attended the TTPM Spring Showcase and saw some fun LEGO sets! Check out my quick YouTube shorts video to see which LEGO Sets were featured at the event. Star Wars sets are in full swing for May the Fourth, but here are some top sets that you should definitely consider to add to your LEGO collection this spring!







LEGO Friends Olivia's Space Academy 41713  757 pieces for ages 8+. I love this set so much! My sons loved this set so much too. There are so many neat features that normally wouldn't be cool, but when they are in LEGO form, they are pretty awesome. All of the bricks are technically accurate downsized in brick form to lending to a rich experience of imaginative play. LEGO mini dolls can take a gander at the heavens in the observatory, attend school, train on the multi-axis trainer. LEGO Friends mini dolls will board  the realistic shuttle and be guided by mission. Do not miss out on this set! This set will become available on May 1, 2022 for $69.99 on LEGO.com




LEGO Succulents 10309 Display as a cluster of richly details succulents or separate them to display around the house. This set will become available on May 1, 2022 on LEGO.com




LEGO Orchid 10311 608 pieces for ages 18+. I seriously cannot keep an orchid alive. This LEGO Orchid from their botanical collection suits me perfectly. Perfect build for display, this set just works with any room decor. I love that it has a LEGO brick pot as well! This set will become available May 1, 2022 for $49.99 on LEGO.com


LEGO Creator Fantasy Forest Creatures 31125 175 pieces for ages 7+. This LEGO Creator build features a 3in1 build feature where you can explore the fantastical world of fantasy forest creatures like a bookish hedgehog and curious owl. You can also opt to build a deer and rabbit, and a articulated squirrel. This set is available now for $14.99 on LEGO.com





LEGO Friends Street Food Market 41701 592 pieces for ages 6+. With so many details, this set just makes me hungry! LEGO Friends can visit each food kiosk and try different foods across cultures. A neat little detail is that the LEGO Friends can also show their expressions about the food that they are eating just by changing their faces. This lends to the truly creative aspect of play! This is a great set! Available now for $49.99 on LEGO.com.




LEGO Friends Friendship Treehouse 41703 1114 pieces for ages 8+. This set has so many neat details, and is fully accessible so all LEGO Friends can join in on the fun! Featuring 360-degree play, a swing, colorful LEGO brick details, and more, this set is definitely not one to pass up! Available now for $79.99 on LEGO.com




LEGO CITY Lunar Rover Space Vehicle 60348 275 pieces for ages 6+. Explore the great beyond, collect data by using the tools like a diamond digger and metal detector! Gather your info to send back to Earth. The Lunar Space Rover is a smooth riding vehicle, and will prompt little kids to want to learn more about space. Available now for $39.99 on LEGO.com.




LEGO CITY Fire Station 60320 540 pieces for ages 6+. This set is a wonderful imaginative play build. The helicopter will rescue citizens in an emergency. The fire engine has a projectile water blaster to help put out fires in LEGO CITY! This set is available now for $69.99 on LEGO.com




LEGO DOTS Message Board 41951 531 pieces for ages 6+. Set the mood for the day with this cool LEGO DOTS Message Board that includes enough pieces to decorate, style, and create to fit any aesthetic. I love the hook to give the option to hang your LEGO DOTS artwork. This set is available now for $19.99 on LEGO.com

Don't forget the Star Wars celebration, May the Fourth is around the corner. Here are some more LEGO gift ideas to tickle your fancy, especially for Star Wars fans.

75328 – LEGO® Star Wars™ The Mandalorian™ Helmet - Retailing at $59.99
75327 – LEGO® Star Wars™ Luke Skywalker™ (Red Five) Helmet - Retailing at $59.99
75343 – LEGO® Star Wars™ Dark Trooper™ Helmet - Retailing at $59.99
75192 – LEGO® Star Wars™ Millennium Falcon™ - Retailing at $799.99
75252 – LEGO® Star Wars™ Imperial Star Destroyer™- Retailing at $699.99
75290 – LEGO® Star Wars™ Mos Eisley Cantina™ - Retailing at $349.99
75313 – LEGO® Star Wars™ AT-AT™ - Retailing at $799.99
75329 – LEGO® Star Wars™ Death Star™ Trench Run Diorama - Retailing at $59.99
75330 – LEGO® Star Wars™ Dagobah™ Jedi™ Training Diorama - Retailing at $79.99
75339 – LEGO® Star Wars™ Death Star™ Trash Compactor Diorama - Retailing at $89.99
75342 – LEGO® Star Wars™ Republic Fighter Tank™ - Retailing at $39.99

Check out the free gifts with purchase. While supplies last for purchases made during May 1 through May 8, 2022. You will also be able to earn 2x LEGO VIP points, so sign up now; it's free!

You can get the 40531 Lars Family Homestead Kitchen free with LEGO® Star Wars™ purchases over $160 and get the 30495 AT-ST™ as a gift with LEGO® Star Wars™ purchases over $40. The Mandalorian™ Keyring is free for our VIPs with LEGO® Star Wars™ purchases over $70. Promotions run from the 1 to 8 of May, while stocks last!



















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Thursday, April 14, 2022

New Video Game Reveal! Nintendo Switch Sports Release Date Announced April 29, 2022 Exclusive Pre-Order With Walmart


Get ready to turn your living room into a bonafide sports arena! Nintendo Switch Sports will be released April 29, 2022, and is available as a digital download or the physical version that comes with a leg strap. 



Launching April 29, 2022, Nintendo Switch Sports will launch with six games Badminton, Soccer, Bowling, Volleyball, and Chambara. You can play against players at home or up your game and go worldwide with players around the world! Create your avator in Spocco Square to personalize your experience. You can also play and rank your performance to earn in-game rewards. Nintendo Switch Sports is going to be a totally different gaming experience from previous Sports titles on previous Nintendo consoles, so we are all in for a real treat!

Check out that detailed Sportsmate that you can create. This avatar is nothing like the Mii that I remember from my Nintendo Wii days.

Nintendo Switch Sports launches with six games, and a seventh game, Golf, is slated to release this fall. 


Badminton features a classic match game with a chill volley back and forth. Soccer requires you to use the leg strap while you’re in kick mode, but while in game mode, you have to use the joycons to navigate the game. Keep in mind, if you already have Ring Fit, you can use the leg strap that was included in that game. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Ultimate Easter Basket Parent Hack Is Right Here! Regifting to Your Kids, and Why It's Okay To Do It!

How to create the ultimate Easter basket using this fun, cheap, and useful parent hack!






Let's face it! We're all broke, mentally and financially, from the last two years of lockdowns, stay at home orders, and just staying home to stay safe! Well, at least I am. With two little kids, I thought of everything to keep my kids busy and that meant accumulating stuff. I am really trying to spring clean and declutter. With decluttering comes yet another holiday that sort of requires more ... things. Easter. Easter is indeed a holiday of spiritual reflection, and giving thanks to Jesus Christ for his ultimate sacrifice for us, and that sentiment and teaching is definitely taught, but that Easter Bunny, he is also a visitor in this house. Easter has turned into little Christmas, and with two kids, the numbers add up. This hack I have to share will work on all kids, I promise you. If you have a sly eight year old (like my Marcello), you may have to be more creative. 

Here's a hack that my sweet mama taught me. Regift to your children. Yes, it is perfectly okay to regift toys to your children. This is how you do it, and I promise you will spend $12 at most!

This hack may already be in use with seasoned parents, but new parents, take some notes!

Toddler/Pre-schooler Basket


Step One

Think of a theme. My theme is Paw Patrol, because my four year old son, Rocco, loves Paw Patrol, and he just rediscovered the Paw Patrol toys that I was hoping to cut in half and donate. I missed the donation train on that one.

Step Two

I hope you saved your baskets or beach pails from last Easter, because you need one. Otherwise, you have to go to the Dollar Tree and get a basket. Save that basket, it will work every year! Gather some tissue paper or Easter grass (hopefully you have this one hand). Fill the basket with this grass or tissue paper. 


Step Three

Dig up some fillable eggs, which I hope you saved! Otherwise, add that to your shopping list for the Dollar Tree. Tip:  Your local supermarket will have empty fillable plastic eggs in the candy aisle for .89 to $1, too. Sometimes there are at the front end of the store.






Step Four

Head to the toy box! All of our toy boxes are organized by license, because I am insane and I am also a toy blogger by trade and hobby, so this sort of organization makes sense to me. Paw Patrol has so many filler type toys like the mini Paw Patrol figures that are the perfect size for eggs. Fill that basket up with some cool Paw Patrol vehicles too! Have any stickers from left over crafts? Put those in the eggs too! Want to be really snazzy? Throw in some Hershey kisses!


Step Five

This is the go above and beyond part -- add in something new! It will throw them off, I promise. Round out the basket with a new DVD, which is something for them to watch, and while they watch they can nosh on their Hershey's kisses and play with their "new" toys that the Easter Bunny gave them! Nick Jr. Spring is Here DVD is the perfect addition for this Easter basket hack. It's brand new, and under $10 right now from Amazon. Spring is Here includes 103 minutes of Nick Jr. spring-themed episodes with kid favorites like Paw Patrol, Blaze and the Monster Machines, Baby Shark, and Blues Clues and You! You can also add in a little treasure box candy that I found at Walgreen's for a buck to bulk up the basket. 





That's it! 


My Kid's Older; What Do I Do?


Now, if you have an older child that still knows the bunny blesses you with treats, and you cannot really regift. Go on their iPad or tablet to add cash to their favorite game -- like Roblox bucks, Fortnite, Minecraft - whatever your kiddo plays. You can get away with $5 and a chocolate bunny. That's it. Less clutter. Kids will be entertained, and no more going crazy like it's Christmas 2.0.



What do you think? Have you regifted to your kids before? Please leave me a comment down below!


Will you implement the regift to your kiddos? I am, and I feel wonderful. Why you may ask? I have learned a lot in my years as a product reviewer and parent  -- less is truly more. I love reviewing products, and will always give my honest opinion, but the more we fill the space, the less time we have to fill up the memories. Try the hack. Trust me.



 


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Friday, April 8, 2022

Family-Friendly Spring Break 2022 at the Strong Museum in Rochester, New York

The Strong National Museum of Play is home to wonderful exhibits and is the ultimate destination for children of all ages! Starting April 15, 2022, The Strong Museum partnered up with The Spirograph brand to help them celebrate 57 years of creative play! Set aside some creative time for a visit during Spring break and explore the wonderful world of play at The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York!



Thursday, March 31, 2022

Top Gifts for Babies, Toddlers, Kids, and Big Kids Spring 2022 | 2022 Easter Gift Guide Tech, Toys, Collectibles

Here are my top picks for Easter 2022! This list includes perfectly sized gifts for Easter baskets that kids and big kids at heart will absolutely love! From Easter basket fillers to wrap-able gifts from the Easter bunny, there are plenty of ideas for Easter, birthdays, and beyond!






Artsy Gifts for Easter




The Eggmazing by Hey Buddy, Hey Pal is perfect for any season! Pre-schoolers to adults love this crafting tool. For year-round fun, I use fake eggs that I purchased from Amazon. You can also buy craft eggs at Target in the holiday section or the dollar spot. Hard-boiled eggs work well too, and is actually a great alternative to smelly dyed eggs for Easter! You can find the classic Eggmazing on Amazon for $16.99, and the new and improved Eggmazing with eight non-toxic pastel markers for softer eggs for $24.39 on Amazon!

Take surprise toys to the next level with the Dinomazing! Each surprise egg can be decorated with the Dinomazing egg decorator to reveal the cracks. Crack open the dinosaur's egg to reveal slime and a buildable dinosaur figure. $36.99 Amazon

Already have The Eggmazing? Order the new pastel colors collection to use with your Eggmazing! $12.99 Amazon 

Monday, March 28, 2022

New Toy Reveal! LEGO Disney Pixar Lightyear Set Revealed




Check out all of the LEGO Minifigures, including Sox, Lightyear’s cat!






Light year’s ship in full detail. It reminds me of a Starfighter from Star Wars. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Tonka Celebrates 75 Years with Summer Challenge + Photo Contest!

Celebrate 75 years of Tonka by sharing your favorite Tonka memories with a photo contest hosted by, Basic Fun! Toys and Tonka celebrating the past, present, and the future!

Shaq and Tonka Ambassador Jace! 

Kicking off a year long celebration, Basic Fun! Toys and licensee, Tonka, will be celebrating 75 years of Tonka toys. They are inviting families, and fans to share their Tonka memories with a photo contest. Entrants can share Tonka themed photos from the past or present to be in the running for $75 of Tonka merchandise.  Tonka is known for high-quality, long-lasting toys that span generations, so I am sure one of you have an original Tonka dump truck in the garage or back yard. Make sure you enter your photo now via the contest link, and then share you photo on social media using #Tonka75 to earn bonus points. 75 entrants will be chosen, and be sure to share your entry so family and friends can "heart" your photo for a boost!

Monday, February 28, 2022

New Toy Reveal LEGO Gift Guide for Sets Launching March 1, 2022

It is time! LEGO has opened up ordering for brand new LEGO sets for spring 2022. I. have narrowed down my favorites from the March 1st release that are perfect for brick fans of all ages. 

Don't  forget to join and become a LEGO VIP for free! I have nearly 10,000 points squirreled away to use toward my LEGO grail set! LEGO® VIP Members can also earn Double VIP Points with purchase of the 41952 Big Message Board or 31129Majestic Tiger set until the end of March 2022.


LEGO Brickheadz are one of my favorite lines from LEGO. Not only are they fun to build, but they are even more fun to display. LEGO Brickheadz do not take up a lot of shelf space, and come in a variety of licenses to appease the needs of any fandom. 






LEGO® BrickHeadz™ Spice Girls Tribute (40548) I have to begin with the biggest surprise this year, The Spice Girls Brickheadz. Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the release of their hit album, Spiceworld, The Spice Girls are back and brickier than ever.  I honestly though this collection was joke. No, they are real and available now. All the of The Spice Girls are there featuring their signature looks making this collection definitely not one to miss! Featuring 578 pieces, Baby Spice, Ginger Spice, Sporty Spice, Scary Spice, and Posh Spice are ready to be your LEGO Brickheadz lover. This could only mean that we now will be getting more iconic musicians and elements of pop culture. 






LEGO Brickheadz Chip & Dale set features the most memorable duo from the Disney Afternoon! This build is based off Chip n'Dale's Rescue Rangers, an iconic after school cartoon that I ran home to watch every single day religiously. Dancing to that theme song was my favorite part, and now I get to build this adorable duo with my own kids. Grab this set now in time for the new Chip & Dale movie (grumble!), and because anything Disney related and Brickheadz sells out fast. $19.99




LEGO Brickheadz Woody & Bo Peep are a must have for Pixar fans! This set is based off of Toy Story 4 Woody and Bo. Bo is wearing her new outfit, and thankfully Woody still has his sheriff badge. I like this set a lot, and I think it would look awesome with the Buzz Lightyear Brickheadz that is featured next! $19.99


LEGO Brickheadz Buzz Lightyear (40552) is a must have for brick fans and Disney Pixar fans! With the new film, Lightyear, coming out this summer you must grab this set now! Modeled after the animated classic Buzz Lightyear, this build is definitely a treasure for those who love Buzz to infinity and beyond. $9.99







LEGO Creator has released a bunch of sets for fans of 1960s Italy to football club aficionado. The sleek designs and intricate details of each build makes these sets a must have to elevate your home aesthetic. LEGO Creator is geared for LEGO brick fans ages 18 and up, so this is the perfect gift for dedicated soccer fans and LEGO builders. 





LEGO® Vespa 125 is a must have model inspired by the iconic Vespa Piaggio. Released in celebration of Vespa's 75th Anniversary, this iconic model featurures 1,106 pieces with lots of unique features like a working kickstand for that perfect Vespa pose, a 1960s-inspired license plate, and even an intricate bouquet of flowers in the basket. xxPerfect for display alongside other relics of the '60s, this automotive wonder is sure to get lots of complimenti.  $99.99







LEGO® Camp Nou – FC Barcelona (10284) Featuring stunning and authentic details, this 5,509 piece model of FC Barcelona's gem of stadium, Camp Nou, will definitely display the love of your favorite team. This stadium shares the pride of its Catalan heritage as well as displays the team's founding year with an 1899 banner. Team spirit is displayed throughout this build with the team colors flying over the stadium, and be sure to take advantage of the changeable scoreboard to keep track of FC Barcelona's triumphs.  $349.99








LEGO Creator Old Trafford - Manchester United (10272) Perfect for soccer fans, bring a little bit of proper European football home with this elegant piece of sporting history. The Old Trafford boasts 3,898 LEGO brick forming iconic pieces of the stadium like the Munich Clock, and even statues of Sir Alex, Matt, and the United Trinity. This faithful rendition of a treasured landmark is the perfect gift for LEGO fans and soccer/football fans alike. $299.99







LEGO® Real Madrid – Santiago Bernabéu Stadium (10299)  Comprised of 5,876 pieces, this beautiful model of the Santuago Bernabéu Stadium that hosts Real Madrid is released just in time to celebrated the club's 120th Anniversary. Featuring simple details that will give fans a feeling of nostalgia and pride like the pitch, goals, tunnel, dugout, scoreboards, banners, seating and stairs. $349.99



LEGO brick fans and racing fans are going to love the latest addition to LEGO Technic!














LEGO Technic McLaren Formula 1 Race Car is the first LEGO Technic to be modeled after a Formula 1 Race Car! Boasting 1,432 pieces, LEGO fans and McLaren Racing fans will love this build. Perfect for gentle play and prideful display. $179.99 



The next sets are must haves for any Star Wars fan and collector. Show off your support for the First Order or The Resistance with the new LEGO Star Wars Helmet collection featuring three new iconic characters for fans young and old. 












LEGO® Ideas is one of my most favorite LEGO lines. LEGO® Ideas is a mix of art and fandoms from around the world giving LEGO brick fans centerstage. From nostalgic licenses like The Flintstones to whimsical builds like The Sailboat, LEGO® Ideas captures the essence of fans around the globe.





LEGO® Ideas 21331 Sonic the Hedgehog™ Green Hill Zone set is the perfect gift for nostalgic gamers! The Green Hill Zone is one of the most memorable video game levels that I can remember. I didn’t have a SEGA Genesis, my friend did and I was mesmerized with the graphics—Sonic the Hedgehog. The controller was a menu of buttons that I couldn’t wrap my head around. Created by UK based LEGO and Sonic fan, 24 year old Viv Grannel (aka toastergrl) brought this iconic board to brick life! Hidden inside the set’s 1,125 pieces are Easter eggs that fans will be happy to discover, along with five LEGO Minifigures —an updated Sonic, Crabmeat, Moto Bug, Dr. Eggman and the Phantom Ruby. With the use LEGO Technic, you get a Technic lever to spring Sonic into the air to collect golden rings just like the game! $69.99


LEGO Gift Ideas



Photos courtesy LEGO Group.



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