Thursday, June 17, 2021

Amazon Prime Day Deals on Toys, Fidget Toys, Bikes, Dolls, and more! | AMAZON Prime Day June 21 + 22 and Beyond!!


Amazon Prime Day is just around the corner! These two days of deals are a great time for savings for holiday shopping, birthday gifts, and more! Toys included in this blog are slime kits, construction toys, games, dolls, DIY, and books then this blog is for you! Also, check out my videos on Amazon featuring the toys I talk about in this blog and beyond! I also share unboxing videos on YouTube if lives are not your thing!




There aren’t just toys at insanely low prices this Amazon Prime Day, you can save big on electronics, too! Apple AirPod deals were just announced today at over 20% off! Everyone is itching to get out of dodge this year, so Samsonite luggage is delivering early deals for Amazon Prime Day! Need a new TV? Save $170 on a 70" 4K television by Insignia! You can never have enough HDMI inputs, so this HDMI splitter is very helpful and under $10! Save big on Amazon Echo this Prime Day as well to give your smart set up a sleek upgrade.



Monday, June 14, 2021

Amazon Prime Days Deals for STEM Toys, Collectibles, and More! | Top Trends to Shop for This Amazon Prime Day 2021!





Amazon Prime Days are June 21 and June 22 this year and Monday, June 21 and will run for 48 hours ending at 11:59 PM PDT on Tuesday, June 22! 






Vroom! Vroom! Vroom! Start your wallets! It's Prime Day time, and I am looking at the trends from previous Prime Day deals! Check out my predictions of what toys will be included this year!


After so many years of Amazon Prime Day deals, we know that these two shopping days are the best around! From fancy coffee machines to 4K televisions -- Amazon Prime Day is like my shopping Superbowl! 


I head to Amazon on Prime Days hunting for toy deals - inclusive of crafts, outdoor toys, STEM toys, and toys that promote imaginative play. I also love picking up collectibles like Funko to add to our collection. Last year, Funko Pop!s were selling for as little as $4 each - that's a 60% savings! 



Friday, June 11, 2021

30+ Gift Ideas for Dad | Give Dad Something Cool This Father's Day

Father's Day is right around the corner, and I have rounded up some extra cool products that I know he will love and appreciate. 


My husband never asks for anything, but this year he asked for a car wash kit for Father's Day. His request inspired me to write up a piece that will suit the practical dad and the dad that wants to fuel his fandom -- or even both types of dads! I couldn't find a licensed car wash kit, but there's plenty of pop culture car accessories like this Rick and Morty Sun Shade.



I turned to Toynk for this task as they have the biggest selection of merch I could find, plus their prices cannot be beaten and you always get free shipping. Plus, you can earn cashback on your Toynk purchase, and you can even earn points on your Toynk purchases with their generous rewards program


Have a look-see, and let me know in the comments if you agree! Don't forget to check out my unboxing videos of fun merchandise by Toynk like this extra cool Legend of Zelda Look See Box that is like a one-stop-shop of sorts -- everything related to Link and Zelda in one box! 

Does your Dad like to entertain while showing off his love of his fandom? Check out these cool housewares so your pops can be the host with the most, babe. 





Geeki Tikis Luke Skywalker Landspeeder Punchbowl and mini muglets $69.99




Marvel’s Captain America 3-Piece Outdoor BBQ Grill Utensil Set $32.99.     





Halo 8-Piece Dinnerware Set $69.99



Guardians of the Galaxy Baby Groot 15" Wood Cutting Board $26.99





Iron Man Collectible | Marvel Cold Stones Set | Iron Man Granite Beverage Cubes $14.99





Hand Grenade 16oz Clear Glass Drink Decanter $19.99 - I guess I should add that this decanter will arrive empty. Just putting that out there. 





Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver Bottle Opener with Sound Effects $17.99








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Is your Dad Mr. Fix-it? Does your Dad mean business when he puts on his dirty New Balance? Then read on! 



Marvel Avengers Thor's Hammer 30-Piece Tool Set | Mjolnir Toolbox All-In-One Kit $64.99




Klingon Bat’leth 6-in-1 Multitool Kit $15.99



Star Trek: The Original Series Multitool Kit $15.99



Star Trek: The Next Generation 8-in-1 Multitool Kit $15.99



Marvel Iron Man 2 Replica Briefcase 7-Piece Screwdriver Set Tool Kit $24.97

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

New Gabby’s Dollhouse Toys Are Coming Out & How to Make Gabby’s Dollhouse Sticky Cat Paws (Easy Kid-Friendly) | Season 2 August 2021!

New Gabby’s Dollhouse Toys Are Coming Out & How to Make Gabby’s Dollhouse Cat Paws (Easy Kid-Friendly) 


Fans of Gabby’s Dollhouse are going to be able to be just like Gabby! With a pull of her cat ears, Gabby get whisk-ered away into an adorable world of cats! Cats that have different traits and personalities that give Gabby all sorts of ideas to craft, pretend, and play!



The show Gabby’s Dollhouse is on Netflix, and also just announced another season streaming on August 10, 2021! My sons love this show, so it’s definitely perfect for boys and girls to enjoy. Heck, I enjoy it! Gabby is adorable, and so are all of her little friends like Mercat, Cakey, Pandy Paws, and more. Gabby goes on adventures and solves mysteries, crafts, and more with her cat friends. The world of Gabby is cuddly cute!

 


Spin Master is also bringing the world of Gabby’s Dollhouse into the toy box with a whole new line of toys coming out very soon! The line will feature playsets, figures, plush, games, and even puzzles! See images below!


I have a bunch of fun crafts coming to curb summer boredom, but here’s a sweet treat to kick it off: Gabby’s Cat Paws recipe can be found on the website, but it’s not really that kid-friendly. I made it super easy by skipping many steps by just using Pillsbury Cinnamon Buns! For a bit of a kick, I added in some Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cinnadust. I made this so quickly, then I made it again with my kids, and they loved it! 





To make the Gabby’s Dollhouse Cat Paws all you need is the following:


Gabby’s Dollhouse Cat Paws (Abbreviated!)

Pillsbury Cinnamon Bun


Add extra spice to make you feel like you’re baking, I added a pinch of Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cinnadust!


Separate each bun, and squish it down a bit. Then sacrifice one bun for the claws by rolling into little balls and attaching to the paw. When they’re baked, they look great! Bake per instructions, and then cover in icing. In this part, the kids can get it involved! Make them festive like Gabby and add some sprinkles or even some chocolate chips!


The Cat Paw buns were a hit with my sons, and they were so easy to make. 



The crafts that Gabby makes are super sweet and cool, but the toys are going to expand pretend play even more. Back in 2019, Spin Master worked out a deal to become the master toy licensee for the show. Earlier this year, Spin Master announced a full line including our beloved Gabby and all of her purrfect friends! The toys are so much fun, even the packaging has evidence of kitty-tastic design! I love it from my kitty ears to my kitty toesies!


A pinch on my left and a pinch on my right grabs Pandy's paw and hold on tight! The new Gabby's Dollhouse Magical Musical Ears are going to be a hit as they are the way that Gabby's goes into the magical world of cats. 




Gabby's Purrfect Dollhouse will most likely be the hottest toy of holiday 2022! With multiple levels and 360-degrees of play, this the best toy from the line! Pinch your cat ears and step inside this amazing world from Gabby's imagination! 



Get cute in the kitchen with Cakey! The Bakey with Cakey Kitchen set will go purr-fectly with the Gabby's Ultimate Dollhouse!


Have a spa day with Mercat! Mercat Primp and Pamper Bathroom is a colorful playset includes a mini vanity, Mercat relaxing in her spa day best, and more adorable features to help promote a relaxing day of pretend play!


Pillow Cat Sweet Dream Bedroom is a colorful room that's just the ticket for a restful night's sleep. Decorated in a rainbow of colors with dreamy kitty cat cloud wallpaper, this set is just super cute! I love all of the kitty details just like Gabby's own bedroom!


What do you think of the new Gabby’s Dollhouse toy line by Spin Master? I think it is cat-err-ific! I don’t have enough cat puns to share the excitement! Stay tuned to my socials for the unboxing videos on my YouTube and more Gabby’s Dollhouse-inspired crafts and recipes!

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Add Some Elegance to Your Every Day with HUDSONEST Napkins! Can You Spare a Square with Some Flair?

Throwing a party? Elevate your table decor with pretty paper napkins by hudsonest. 


hudsonest is on a mission to make your dining tables look like they’re popping out of the pages out of Hamptons lifestyle magazine.




I honestly love decorative napkins, and I actually think they are a great way to make a dining table go from drab to fab without breaking the bank. I have a unique coupon code below for you to enjoy that will give you free napkins from hudsonest with your purchase! 


You don’t have to go over budget for table decor, because with hudsonest, you can dress up your table with designer paper napkins against neutral dinnerware. With patterns that pop, you can set the stage for a memorable meal, cocktail hour, or even a casual lunch with a friend. You may be thinking, why napkins? I say, why not napkins? Napkins by hudsonest are decorative and useful decor - instead of cluttering up your dining table with frills, go neutral and add some pizzazz with Hudsonest’s wide selection of limited edition designs. hudsonest provides a carefully curated collection of limited edition designs to adhere to any aesthetic - from modern to eclectic. 


hudsonest napkins comes in three different sizes so you can be the hostest with the mostest. Choose from dinner napkins, cocktail napkins, and guest towel napkins. The designs are modern, sleek, classy, and whimsical! Just so you don't get the same designs, hudsonest makes sure to keep their paper napkin designs totally fresh by introducing new designs four times a year. On June 1, hudsonest is launching a new summer design, The Passing Night


If you’re looking to keep your table festive for the long term, hudsonest has a handy subscription service available. Dressing your table up one time? No worries, you can choose from their limited edition collection and buy one time. 







hudsonest napkins aren’t your regular store-bought napkin, they’re three-ply, comfortable to use, pretty to look up, and really brighten up a meal. I am planning a bougie-on-a-budget-family-friendly-BBQ, and hudsonest will be there to glam up my tables! Stay tuned for that post! Here’s a sneak peek at how I mix high-end chic (hudsonest napkins) with kitsch (dollar tree merch). 


The napkins can be purchased exclusively at hudsonest.com, either individually, or through the hudsonest Selects subscription service. The company makes its napkins available on a one-time or subscription basis, at $10 for twenty cocktail napkins, $13 for fifteen guest towel napkins, and $15 for twenty dinner napkins.


Take advantage of this limited-time offer, use promo code PLAYLIVESUMMER to get free cocktail napkins to accent your dinner napkins' purchase! The deets are below. The offer ends July 5, 2021, so stock up now on your favorite designs! If you purchase $35 or more after using the promo code, you can enjoy free shipping, too!


Each user who inputs the discount code (or uses the shareable link, which automatically inputs the discount code) can get one free package of cocktail napkins of their choice when they purchase any product.  The person using the code must put at least 2 products in their cart, at least one of which is a package of cocktail napkins, to get the benefit of this offer.  Only one free package of cocktail napkins per purchase; the code is valid only once per customer.  Our regular shipping rules apply (U.S. only)  — free shipping on orders of $35 or more; otherwise $7.95 for shipping. All the discount codes are already valid now, and will last through July 5. 



About hudsonest

WE MAKE NAPKINS WE LIKE, AND WE HOPE YOU'LL LIKE THEM TOO

We started hudsonest because paper napkins printed with designs that we like add a small pleasure to daily life – but we couldn't easily find ones we liked. So rather than produce a large number of designs in different styles, instead we're making a small range of printed paper napkins for people who like what we like: clean, modern designs in rich colors. Each design is a limited edition, with new designs coming out four times a year, so our range stays small and there are always new small pleasures to look forward to.

 



Tuesday, June 1, 2021

LEGO Group Announces First EVER LEGO CON Livestream from Denmark Announcing LEGO Harry Potter, LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Super Mario + MORE!

Big news in the world of LEGO, especially global fans of LEGO today as LEGO Group announces the first annual LEGO CON. A virtual convention of sorts where fans can gather from all walks of life and unite over everything LEGO.





All virtual, LEGO CON will provide a day full of surprises with virtual panels to artist meet and greets to new product reveals all while in the comfort of your own home. This experience will be truly interactive as fellow LEGO fans can share their own LEGO builds, participate in polls, and more. LEGO CON will  take place at LEGO House (The Home of the Brick) in Billund, Denmark. 

Some of the sets you may be seeing will include: 

  • LEGO VIDIYO - check out my previous blog post featuring the reveal of series two LEGO VIDIYO

  • LEGO Star Wars
  • LEGO Super Mario
  • LEGO Harry Potter
  • LEGO Minecraft
  • LEGO DOTS
  • LEGO Ninjago
  • LEGO Technic

Mark your calendar and return to the official LEGO CON page to start your live stream during your scheduled time zone on Saturday, June 26, 2021. LEGO CON will air at 5 PM London, 12 PM New York, and 9 AM Los Angeles. The event is totally free and can easily be accessed from the LEGO website. 

If you miss the live stream, no worries, you can always watch the playback on the same website. Stay tuned for more information as we get closer! 


What do you think of LEGO CON? I personally feel like we finally have an event that celebrates the newest of the new, and since Toy Fair New York was a total bust this year, I am pumped to have something LEGO-related even if it is virtual. 

Which licenses and sets do you hope to see for LEGO and beyond. I hope to see Disney Series 3 LEGO Minifigures, LEGO Harry Potter, and more LEGO IDEAS announcements!

Check out my latest post featuring the new summer 2021 LEGO VIDIYO series two reveals! You can also read up on more LEGO sets that came out in 2021 on my blog. 










New Toy Reveal! LEGO VIDIYO Series 2 New Beats Drops August 1 in the US; In Stores Now Globally

LEGO unveiled new LEGO VIDIYO sets adding more beats and fun to this super cool and interactive toy line! 



First, I have to say that my sons absolutely love LEGO VIDIYO! Not only do kids get to collect LEGO Minifigures and new sets, but each LEGO VIDIYO bandmate and build have unique features to unlock in the LEGO VIDIYO app. LEGO VIDIYO gets kids moving and grooving where they can record and share their own music videos. LEGO VIDIYO is a true interactive experience firing three of the five senses. LEGO VIDIYO combines the power of LEGO with augmented reality that gives kids creative license to create sick beats and get moving too. 

Gushing aside, let's see the new sets and blind boxes that are in stores now! 

With the success of LEGO VIDIYO comes more genres and beats to add to the series! With eight new musical genres and 12 new bandmates, each set has its own unique flair mixing musical genres together to create neat combos. Across series two, there will be 134 new BeatBits to create more variations of musical sounds. Kids will be able to take their series one Bandmates and sets and combine them with series two to create an epic musical line-up. 

The new sets include eight unique BeatBoxes, 18 Bandmates and 46 unique VIDIYO characters that kids can bring to life using the free app. With 134 new BeatBit effects, LEGO VIDIYO Creators can join new bands like Horse Carousel, Monster Organ, Magic Spell, Trapped in Jelly, and more!




Here's a list of what's out now in Europe and what's to come for the USA LEGO VIDIYO release:













43108 Bandmates (4.99 EUR/USD) 

  • 12 new BandMates to collect
  • Each Bandmate comes with one unique BeatBit tile and two random BeatBit tiles
  • New line-up includes: Zombie Dancer; DJ Beatbox; Slime Singer; DJ Captain; Alien Dancer; Karaoke Mermaid; Dragon Guitarist; Vampire Bassist; Puppy Singer; DJ Rasp-Beary; Discowgirl Guitarist; Carnival Dancer
  • Coming out globally October 1, 2021

43109 Metal Dragon BeatBox (19.99 EUR/USD)

  • Includes a dragon singer Minifigure + 14 random BeatBits and 2 special BeatBits (Monster Organ sound and burning Lava effects)
  • Customize The BeatBox LEGO pieces. 
  • Styles include a castle, dragon head, and microphone – or any design of your own choice! 
  • Special effects BeatBits like the rock opera sound effect and exciting fire visuals come alive once scanned in the app, just like in a real heavy metal concert. 
  • Release date 1 June 2021 globally. August 1, 2021 US release date

43110 Folk Fairy BeatBox  (19.99 EUR/USD)

  • Includes a fairy Minifigure, 14 random BeatBits and 2 special BeatBits (a magic spell Beatbit effect that transforms bandmates into random objects and magic forest scene BeatBit). 
  • Customize The BeatBox with LEGO pieces. 
  • Styles include fairy wings, a flower, or violin design – or any design of own choice! 
  • Special effect BeatBits include a magic spell which changes items into random objects and a fantasy world effect to make a magic forest appear in the scene. 
  • Release date 1 June 2021 globally. August 1, 2021 US release date






43111 Candy Castle Stage
(29.99 EUR/USD)
  • Includes 2 minifigures Candy Ballerina and Blue-beary Guitarist with accessories, 14 random BeatBits and 2 special BeatBits (carousel horses and top hat & cane dance). 
  • Make changes to the real-life LEGO model to change the scenery in your VIDIYO music videos – like switching the heads to create a digital ice cream forest or chocolate canyon background. 
  • Release date 1 June 2021 globally. August 1, 2021 US release date

43112 Robo HipHop Car (29.99 EUR/USD)

  • Includes 2 minifigures Sing Bot and Bass Bot with accessories, 14 random BeatBits and 2 special BeatBits (robot sounds and graffiti artwork). 
  • Make changes to the real-life LEGO model to change the scenery in your VIDIYO music videos – like switching the heads to create a digital high-tech garage or graffiti car park background. 
  • Release date 1 June 2021 globally August 1, 2021 US release date


43113 K-Pawp Concert (49.99 EUR/USD)

  • Includes 3 minifigures Bunny Guitarist, Kitten Keytaris and Flying Unicorn Singer with musical accessories, 14 random BeatBits and 3 special BeatBits (matching costumes, black and pink filter and K-Pop dance poses). 
  • Make changes to the real-life LEGO model to change the scenery in your VIDIYO music videos – like switching the unicorn head for a cat head to see the video backgrounds change. 
  • Release date 1 June, 2021 globally, August 1, 2021 US release date


43114 Punk Pirate Ship (59.99 EUR/USD)

  • 3 minifigures Squid Drummer, Shark Guitarist and Mermaid Violinist with musical accessories, 14 random BeatBits and 3 special BeatBits (surf on a shark, cannon salute and pirate dancing). 
  • Make changes to the real-life LEGO model to change the scenery in your VIDIYO music videos – like swapping the skull head for a shark head or changing the treasure chest speakers to cannons. 
  • Release date 1 June 2021 globally. August 1, 2021 US release date






43115 The Boombox (99.99 EUR/USD)


  • Includes 4 minifigures Alien Singer, Leopard Guitarist, Fairy Singer and Vampire Guitarist with musical accessories, 14 random BeatBits and 4 special BeatBits (motorbike, magical fire, neon paint costume and synthwave style music). 
  • Make changes to the real-life LEGO model to change the scenery in your VIDIYO music videos with a choice of 4 different heads, speakers and lights, each inspired by a different music genre. 

  • The life-size Boombox model transforms into the biggest VIDIYO stage
  • Release date 1 June 2021 globally. August 1, 2021 US release date





How LEGO VIDIYO Works

Making a VIDIYO creation is easy – download the app, choose the music, scan the LEGO minifigures and BeatBits and see them brought to life through augmented reality, choosing between three different sizes – Mini (4cm), Medium (1.2m) and Mega (5m) for truly dynamic creations. Finally, record your masterpiece and activate the selected BeatBits for an incredible 60-second performance, which can be saved locally in-app to show your friends and family, or trimmed and shared on a fully-moderated, kid-safe social feed! 


LEGO VIDIYO is aimed at children aged 7 – 10 and provides a safe universe where they can traverse the worlds of physical and digital play. As LEGO VIDIYO requires verified parental consent – along with anonymity – and with external moderation of all content uploaded to the App feed, parents can be reassured their child is unleashing their creativity while staying safe online.


In addition to the new summer release of LEGO VIDIYO. This month, LEGO Group announced a new way to celebrate all things LEGO through their first annual LEGO CON! Read more in my post. To sum up, you can experience everything LEGO on June 26, 2021 streaming around the world for your LEGO enjoyment!


What do you think of series two LEGO VIDIYO? Are you adding it to your list of LEGO goodness for this year? Let me know your plans and your favorite set in the comments. 



About the LEGO Group 
The LEGO Group’s mission is to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow through the power of play. The LEGO System in Play, with its foundation in LEGO® bricks, allows children and fans to build and rebuild anything they can imagine. The LEGO Group was founded in Billund, Denmark in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, its name derived from the two Danish words LEg GOdt, which mean “Play Well”. Today, the LEGO Group remains a family-owned company headquartered in Billund. However, its products are now sold in more than 140 countries worldwide. For more information: www.LEGO.com 

 

About Universal Music Group 
Universal Music Group (UMG) is the world leader in music-based entertainment, with a broad array of businesses engaged in recorded music, music publishing, merchandising and audiovisual content in more than 60 countries. Featuring the most comprehensive catalog of recordings and songs across every musical genre, UMG identifies and develops artists and produces and distributes the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful music in the world. Committed to artistry, innovation and entrepreneurship, UMG fosters the development of services, platforms and business models in order to broaden artistic and commercial opportunities for our artists and create new experiences for fans. Universal Music Group is a Vivendi company. https://www.universalmusic.com/ 




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