Blue Orange Games: Aztack & Doodle Quest Review

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With 14 years experience creating high quality games, exquisitely designed for maximum fun, Blue Orange Games looks to the future with consistent ideals. I’m so glad I found this company! We have always had the classic games around the house (like Monopoly) but after a while we would try to look for new family game night ideas.

Blue Orange only chooses durable, feel-good materials, and pledge to produce games that last through generations and create cherished moments. Cherished moments is definitely something I want when spending time with my girls.



Ages: 7 to Adult
Players: 2 to 4
Play Time: 15 minutes

aztackAztack is a game that focuses on Visual Perception, Focus and Attention. Something we could all use to sharpen our skills. To win the favor of the high priest, players must build a temple out of inscribed stones according to divine laws. Every added stone must bridge the two underneath and match them by color or glyph. Only the most observant and strategic player will win this stacking game. Block out your opponent and stack the most stones to rise to the top of the Aztack!

aztack2Aztack is fun because you have to strategize which piece to play next.  You can either match both colors, both symbols or for an extra turn you can match both colors AND both symbols.  My girls were able to play it because it is a matching game similar to dominoes but I enjoyed it, too.  The “stones” have a nice feel to them.  They are high quality and not flimsy.  This is a new family favorite for sure.


Doodle Quest

Ages: 6 and Up 
Players: 1 to 4 
Play Time: 20 minutes 
doodle questDoodle Quest is a super fun game my girls really enjoyed. They have asked me to play it several times already and we haven’t had it that long. It’s a game that encourages Visual-spatial, Creativity, Focus and Attention. To play, you will complete each quest with the power of your pen, drawing your way through underwater scenes on the quest cards. But it’s not that easy!  Players draw on separate transparent sheets and must trust their eyes in order to meet targets and avoid obstacles.  This unique drawing game includes 36 illustrations and two levels to master.  I love that each card has an easier level on the front and a harder level on the back.  This makes it great for children and adults to play together and still be on a level playing field.  Another great thing about Doodle Quest is that it can be a one player game, too, so my girls can play it when they are by themselves, too.  BONUS!

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  • 18 Double-sided Quest Cards
  • 4 Transparent Doodle Sheets
  • 4 Drawing Boards
  • 4 Dry-erase Pens
  • 4 Erasers
  • 4 Fish Stencils
  • Scoring Sheet
  • Instruction Sheet

Blue Orange offers a huge selection of games to choose from. most of which you won’t even realize you are learning from. Go over and check them out for yourself at!

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Wonder Forge Games Review- Pictopia, Star Wars Rebel Missions, and Star Wars Face Off Dice Game

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Looking for some family fun?  Check out Wonder Forge.  They have lots of different games for children of all ages.  Our new favorite is Pictopia: Disney Edition.  In Pictopia, families team up in this uniquely collaborative yet competitive trivia game with 1,000 questions covering the World of Disney! This game is the perfect gift idea for any Disney fan. My girls and I loved that it’s filled with all things Disney. We enjoyed playing a game that included all of our favorite shows movies, characters, etc.

During the game, everyone gets a chance to show off their knowledge – from Disney Jr. and Disney XD to the Disney Parks and classic films. Players place wagers based on knowledge of those images, and then work together or on their own, to answer the question.

pictopiaI love that my whole family can sit down and play a game together and enjoy it!
Ages: 7+
Number of Players: 2 to 6
Product Contents:

  • 200 Cards (1000 Questions)
  • 30 Wager Coins
  • 1 Game Board
  • 6 Movers
  • 6 Scoring Dials
  • 1 Die
  • Instructions

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To my surprise, my girls knew very little about Star Wars. I’m glad we were able to review Star Wars Rebel Missions and give them a little bit of a history lesson all at the same time.

It’s a dark time in the galaxy as the evil Galactic Empire tightens its grip of power. Work together as the ragtag crew of the Ghost starship and fight Imperial forces on the remote planet of Lothal! In this exciting team strategy game, race against the Imperial Timer to complete daring Rebel missions and find the four secret codes that will deal a blow to the Empire! Every game is a different edge-of-your-seat adventure!

star wars rebel missionsThis game is great for promoting cooperation, teamwork and strategic thinking!

Ages: 6+
Number of Players: 2 to 4
Product Contents:

  • 1 Imperial Timer
  • 2 Dice
  • 44 Resource Tokens
  • 28 Mission Placards
  • 5 Rebel Profiles
  • Instructions


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New for 2014- Star Wars Face Off Dice Game!   Calling all Star Wars fans! Go head-to-head in this action-packed bluff ‘n’ battle dice game!  Roll hero combos to rack up points or push your luck and “go villain” to steal the win!  Pack it all up in the collectible cup and play anywhere! 

star wars faceoffHere is a great gift ideas for any Star Wars fan. Perfect for that cute little nerd in your life 🙂  I love tat this game is portable so we can take it to play while waiting for food in a restaurant, at a doctor’s office, etc.

Ages: 8+
Number of Players: 2 to 4
Product Contents:

  • 1 Darth Vader/Luke Skywalker Dice Cup
  • 5 Dice
  • Instructions
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Lalaloopsy Girls Doll, Lalaloopsy Tinies, and Moxie Girlz Mermaid Review

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Are your girls ready for an underwater adventure? That’s exactly what you will get with this Moxie Girlz Avery Magic Swim Mermaid! This glittery, colorful doll swims on her own when placed in water, perfectly capturing the magic of mermaids. Who says mermaids aren’t real? This doll was exactly what we needed to make bath time a little more exciting for my girls.

Moxie Girlz MermaidAvery is equipped with sensors that enable her to detect when she’s in water. Upon being submerged, she begins waving her tail back and forth and is propelled forward. How cool is that?!  Plus her tail changes colors when it gets put into warm water or you hold it and the heat from your hand warms it.  My girls love watching her tail change colors.

  • Delights and dazzles with graceful swimming
  • Flowing hair and colorful tail capture attention
  • Automatically senses water and begins swimming motion
  • Moveable head, arms, and tail allow for numerous poses

I think your kids will love this Moxie Girlz Avery Magic Swim Mermaid as much as mine do!


There is a new line of fashion dolls who were inspired by the core Lalaloopsy characters, Lalaloopsy Girls Dolls! These girls are grown-up and ready for school!

All of these dolls feature fun and innovative lanyard hair and come with their favorite pet. So cute! Deluxe dolls also include fun PJs for sleepover play and color-changing hair. My girls are obsessed!  My girls are getting older but they still love to play with dolls so these Lalaloopsy Girls Dolls are perfect for them.  I have to admit I love them, too.  Their hair is made of lanyard material (like the bracelets I used to make as a child) so you don’t have to worry about their hair getting messed up.


  • Each Lalaloopsy Girls character has a unique personality based on what she was made from
  • Features fun lanyard hair for immersive hair play
  • Includes comb
  • Includes adorable pet
  • Totally collectible!

Lalaloopsy Girls DollI love that these super cute dolls are so flexible and easy to adjust into different positions. They are great for imaginative play. Also when Mommy needs some quiet time.  We look forward to adding more of the Lalaloopsy Girls Dolls to our collection.


Everyone’s favorite Lalaloopsy characters are now button-sized! More than 100 Lalaloopsy Tinies are available to collect.


  • Adorable houses are the perfect size for your Lalaloopsy Tinies!
  • Each house works as a carrying case too!
  • Includes Exclusive Character Lalaloopsy Tinies doll
  • Every character is different
  • Totally collectible

I love all of the cute little details the house has. They look great and they are hard plastic so they hold up well. The play set comes with one mini doll and her pet mouse, as well as a few accessories including a stove, teapot, cup, and cake.

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These Tinies make the perfect stocking stuffer! My girls can’t wait to collect them all.

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Disney Infinity 2.0 Plus LOTS of Big Hero 6 Toys For This Holiday Season #BigHero6Event

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Disney_ToyBox_1My family and I are a bit behind the times when it comes to video games.  We have an old Wii that doesn’t work anymore and my girls have Nintendo 3DS but that’s it.  I was so amazed when I learned about Disney Infinity 2.0.  Video games have come a long way!  Disney Infinity is an interactive gaming platform where players have unprecedented freedom and endless opportunity to create stories and play experiences starring the beloved characters from across the worlds of Disney. The latest chapter, Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, launched this September. In the all new game, players use real-world interactive figures to activate original storylines (Play Sets) in the virtual game worlds of popular Marvel franchises and create new adventures with other Disney Infinity characters in the Toy Box mode.

Disney_ToyBox_5A special Disney-themed Toy Box Starter Pack and line of Disney Originals figures launched in November. This unique Starter Pack allows fans to begin their Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) experience using existing Disney figures and Power Discs, new Disney Originals characters, and the latest additions from the recently launched Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes game in the enhanced Toy Box mode.

Disney_ToyBox_2Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) is rated E-10+ by the ESRB.

Check out this video that really explains it all:

Here are some other videos to show you even more:

Disney-Lineup_2-0Bring on the Disney Originals! Stitch, Merida, Tinker Bell, Maleficent, Donald Duck, Baymax, Hiro, Aladdin and Jasmine are coming to Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition)! This great cast of characters is playable with all Disney Infinity 1.0 and Marvel characters in the Toy Box 2.0, where it’s even easier than ever to build worlds and share them with the community.

HiroBaymaxFor additional information, please visit and, join the Disney Infinity Facebook community and Google+ community, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.


Chem-Capsules Shhhh, don’t tell my girls but I’m thinking about getting an XBox 360 so they (ok WE) can play with the Disney Infinity: Toy Box Starter Pack (2.0 Edition) and Big Hero 6 figures that I received from Disney when I went to Los Angeles last month.  It looks like so much fun!  I love that my girls will be able to use their imaginations to create their own games as well as play with preset games, too.  It is great for most ages and levels so it is perfect for our family.
Disney Infinity 2.0 is available for Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Just in time for the holidays, Big Hero 6 products are available now at mass and specialty retailers nationwide, Disney Store locations and  There is something for everyone in your family.
big hero 6 merchandiseHere are some of my favorites:
deluxe baymaxDeluxe Flying Baymax
MSRP: $39.99 
Retailers: Mass
Large and in-charge, this massive Baymax is ready to fly into battle using all his great weapons and features. Towering at 11” inches with a soaring 18-inch wingspan, the Deluxe Flying Baymax features 20 points of articulation, multiple lights, sounds and other fun features such as a launching rocket fist. Baymax comes with a 4.5” Hiro Hamada figure, which when attached to Baymax’s back unlocks additional flying sounds that vary depending on whether Baymax is flying up, or down.

armor up baymaxArmor-Up Baymax
MSRP: $19.99 
Retailers: Mass

Transform Baymax from his 6” white nursebot form to an 8” crime-fighting hero with the Armor-Up Baymax. 20 body armor pieces construct a powered-up Baymax, growing two inches in height while preparing for battle in his red armored suit.
honey lemon go go dollGoGo Tamago and Honey Lemon 11” Dolls
$16.95 each
Retailers: Disney Store and

These fully poseable character dolls feature their accessories from the film, including GoGo Tomago’s spinning ”mag-lev discs” and high-speed armor and Honey Lemon’s messenger bag.Projection SFX Baymax10” Projection/SFX Baymax
MSRP: $29.99 
Retailers: Mass

Smooth and fun to touch, the 10” vinyl Baymax has an incredible projector feature in his belly, allowing fans to view images and hear sounds from the film.plush baymaxBaymax Plush-Medium-15”
Retailers: Disney Store and

Cuddle up to soft stuffed Baymax for compassionate care and comfort throughout the daily adventure of life. This big plush robot is sure to cure any dull day.fist rocketBaymax Rocket Fist
MSRP: $19.99 
Retailers: Mass

Put the power of Baymax in your hands with the Baymax Rocket Fist. Easy reloading and fun launching up to 10 feet in distance with soft material on the fist makes it safe and fun to play.Big Hero 6 MasksBig Hero 6 Masks
MSRP: $9.99 each
Retailers: Mass

Featuring comfortable padding with an adjustable strap, fans can take on the evil forces of San Fransokyo as Big Hero 6 heroes Hiro Hamada or Baymax.

big hero 6 beddingBig Hero 6 Prodigy Bed Set
MSRP: $19.88-199.99 
Retailers: Kohl’s, Walmart and

After a long day of adventures and defeating bad guys, cozy up in this five-piece bedroom set that features Hiro Hamada and Baymax graphics.big hero 6 pjsBig Hero 6 PJ Pals for Boys
Retailers: Disney Store and

He’ll be able to battle baddies in his dreams in the comfort of Disney Store’s Big Hero 6 PJ Pal featuring Baymax and other colorful characters from the movie.big hero 6 clothesBig Hero 6 Graphic Tees 
MSRP: $12.95-14.95 each 
Retailers: The Children’s Place

Channel your inner hero with these colorful Big Hero 6 cotton tees that feature all of your favorite characters from the film.
big hero 6 bookBig Hero 6: Hiro and Tadashi
ISBN: 978-1-4847-0831-6
MSRP: $16.99
Retailers: Wherever Books Are Sold

This beautifully-illustrated picture book timed to release with Big Hero 6, focuses on tech-wiz Hiro and his older brother, Tadashi, as well as their unique styles and tastes in building robots! Readers will get a feel for their fun, compelling relationship, their mutual love for technology, and get to know the characters behind the super team, Big Hero 6!big hero 6 iphone caseBig Hero 6 Baymax iPhone 5/5s Cases
$39.95 each
Retailers: Disney Store and

Protect your iPhone 5/5S in style with these sleek and lightweight cases that feature Big Hero 6’ breakout character, Baymax.big hero 6 appBig Hero 6: Baymax Blast App
MSRP: $5.99
Retailers: iTunes App Store

Big Hero 6: Baymax Blast is an action-packed endless runner adventure that invites fans to join Baymax and Hiro as they search San Fransokyo to recover Hiro’s stolen Microbots. Featuring original video clips and art style based on the film, fans will learn more about each character in truly unique and immersive ways as they fly with Baymax, complete challenging missions, unlock upgrades and new characters, and more!

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VTech InnoTab MAX Review and Giveaway

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Recently VTech released their 4th generation kid’s learning tablet called InnoTab MAX. I was so excited the first time I saw it on T.V. Seriously! I don’t even think my daughter cared as much as I did. Once I heard we would get the chance to review it, I was over the moon.

It has new processing power that is six times faster than the previous generation and features a 7″ high-resolution multi-touch screen display and is recommended for kids ages 3-9. I love that HUGE age gap. I hate when I buy technology or any toy for that matter and they grow out of it as soon as I blink.


First, I have to tell you that I just love the size of this tablet. And it has a cover that’s attached so kids can just flip it shut when they are done. Now us parents don’t have to worry about the screen getting damaged when not in use.


This amazing InnoTab MAX features an enhanced 2nd generation version, of Premium VTech Kid Connect™, at no additional charge, allowing children and parents to exchange voice and text messages, photos, drawings and fun stickers in real time between the tablet and a smartphone. I just downloaded the app right to my iPhone and BAM I could connect with her. This is great when I have to go out of town for work. I can still connect with her in our own way. I love it!


As if all of that weren’t enough, InnoTab MAX offers the best of both learning worlds with access to more than 650 educator-endorsed, age and stage appropriate learning titles as well as carefully cultivated educational Android apps that can be purchased and downloaded through VTech’s Learning Lodge® app store. Score! The tablet comes with 15 onboard apps including Premium VTech® Kid Connect, My Magic Beanstalk, Movie Maker, Art Studio, Wonder Cam Max, E-Reader with Story Dictionary and a whole lot more. So oldest daughter that’s 11 has used it as a homework helper as well. Just don’t tell her I told you that.

Something that was so important to me was the battery. We have had a few other devices that we were always buying new batteries for. It was unreal! The InnoTab MAX features include a built-in rechargeable Lithium battery and kid-safe Wi-Fi so kids can explore appropriate online games, videos and websites that have been pre-selected by VTech. No more worrying about what your kids could be doing on the world wide web. Plus, parental controls allow parents to manage their child’s apps, web access and tablet time, as well as view a progress log. You are allowed a maximum of four users, which is plenty for us. 


For me, this tablet is pretty much perfect. A handle, flip and fold stand and removable cover are provided on InnoTab MAX for convenience and as added protection. It didn’t come with a screen protector, but I did add one just to be safe. I love that my daughter is learning while having fun. I’m sure she doesn’t even realize she actually is learning. Go check it out for yourself and let us know what you think!

One reader will WIN a VTech InnoTab Max tablet!! Perfect timing for the holidays. In case you don’t WIN you can still grab your very own Tech InnoTab Max Tablet on VTech or Amazon.

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Animalz by ReTrak- Adorable Plush Headphones

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animalz animalz pictureCute, lovable and lightweight enough to take anywhere, Animalz by ReTrak headphones are a fun, furry accessory for holiday road trips, airplane rides and casual listening.  Designed for little ears with volume-limiting technology (MY FAVORITE FEATURE TO KEEP LITTLE EARS PROTECTED!) and a retractable cord for tangle-free travel and storage, Animalz are available in six fun fabric animal designs.

Animalz HeadphonesIn addition to being fashion-forward enough for the ladies and cool enough for the gents, parents will be pleased to know that Animalz’ volume limiter sets the maximum volume at 85 decibels – recommended for protecting developing ears.


We picked Biker Bearz and Jam Bunneez and they are SOOOOO adorable!  My girls love them so much.  They’ve been using them in the car to watch movies, using them with their computers so they won’t bother each other, and with my cellphone to listen to music and play games.  My girls said they are very comfortable and they enjoy using them.  Plus it’s like having a plush friend with you wherever you go!  These adorable headphone would make a great gift or stocking stuffer!

Look how cute they’d be peaking out of a stocking:headphones stockingsWatch this video to see how much fun kids have wearing them while enjoying their favorite tunes, shows or learning activities:

Family road trips, casual listening and airplane rides will never be the same. Say goodbye to long, boring hours and squabbles in the backseat and say hello to Animalz headphones for kids!  Whether at home or on-the-go, Animalz by ReTrak retractable headphones are designed for little ears and feature volume-limiting technology in six lovable soft fabric animal designs: Biker Bearz, DJ Panda, Jam Bunneez, Scuba Shark, Skate Monkeez  and Surf Dawgz*. Kids can now enjoy listening to their own music, playing games or watching movies all with their favorite Animalz!

Volume-Limiting Technology

According to the Journal of Pediatrics, more than 10 percent of children ages 9 to 19 have noise-induced hearing loss. Prolonged exposure to sound louder than 85 decibels can damage a child’s ears, causing permanent hearing impairment. With Animalz’s volume-limiting technology parents don’t have to worry about overexposure for developing, sensitive ears.  Animalz volume limiter sets 85 decibels as the maximum volume for optimal ear protection.

Tangle-Free Storage 

Animalz headphones offer crystal-clear sound quality and are equipped with a built-in 3.2-foot retractable cable. Designed with children in mind, kids can simply retract the cord once they’re done listening. Parents no longer have to waste time unraveling knotted wires. The convenient, tangle-free headphone storage makes clean up easy.

The cord comes with a gold-plated 3.5 mm connector that is universally compatible and works with most portable devices.Manufactured with high-quality components, Animalz have a soft fuzzy headband and ear pads with a lightweight design that are comfortable to wear. Built for years of fun, Animalz are backed by a lifetime warranty!

Which Animalz Retractable Headphones Are Your Kid’s Spirit Animal?   Take this fun quiz to find out!

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Design Your Way With Littlest Pet Shop Style Sets #MC, #sponsored #LittlestPetShop

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My girls were so excited when I told them I had been selected to host a Littlest Pet Shop party.  We received a copy of Littlest Pet Shop-Sweetest Pets on DVD and several Littlest Pet Shop Style Sets.  One of my girls’ friends is afraid of dogs so we brought our party to their house she is afraid of Cooper.  All of the girls LOVE Littlest Pet Shop so I knew they would all have a great time.
LPS1First we put on the DVD and the girls ate some snacks.  The DVD featured several episodes of the Discovery Family Channel (formerly Hub Network) show, Littlest Pet Shop.  Episodes include Topped with Buttercream, Trading Places, Sweet (Truck) Ride, What’s in the Batter, and Backers and Fakers.  When Blythe Baxter moved into the city with her father, she never expected to move into the apartment above the Littlest Pet Shop.  What is even more exiting is that Blythe finds out she can talk to animals.  On this DVD children will join Blythe on adventures with her new animal friends including Penny the panda, Russell the hedgehog, and my favorite, Minka, the artistic monkey!  It’s so nice when you can see your favorite toy come to life!

LPS2After the girls watched a few episodes on the DVD they worked together to assemble to toys that we received.  Littlest Pet Shop encourages kids to be who they wanna be and use their creativity and create a world of their own.  The Littlest Pet Shop toy brand has over 100 new customizable pets, with accessories, deco bits stickers and furniture to decorate their homes.  We received several of the new Littlest Pet Shop Style Sets and the girls enjoyed using their creativity to customize and decorate their sets the way they wanted.  As a parent I love how these toys encourage children to express themselves and use their creativity.

LPS3We received the Littlest Pet Shop Style Set and the Littlest Pet Shop Blythe Bedroom Style Set as well a pack of Littlest Pet shop figures.  Each set has 95+ pieces to build and accessorize as well as stickers, Deco bits, and several pets.  The sets also came with adorable accessories such as a lamp, a bed, and even a picture frame to decorate and play with.

LPS7 We were all pleasantly surprised just how easy the sets were to assemble.  The girls ranged from 6 to 10 years old and they were all able to assemble the sets themselves.  The packages were easy to open and even easier to figure out and put together.  LPS6I was impressed with the different shapes that were stamped into the plastic so users could easily match the symbols and know exactly which parts would fit together.
LPS Symbols

The sets are all high quality and are fun for girls of all ages (even us Mommies).  Fans can create their own Downtown City, with customizable style sets and figures inspired by the “Littlest Pet Shop” animated series.  Fans can collect and stack the style sets vertically or horizontally to create a unique ‘city skyline,’ then decorate and style the sets with Deco Bits — unique, small accessories that plug into the environments for a little added glamour.

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As an added bonus, not only can children play with their Littlest Pets’ at home, they can also bring their pets to life with the Littlest Pet Shop app, and watch their favorite pets on The Littlest Pet Shop animated TV show from Hasbro.  My girls love that they can immerse themselves in one of their favorite shows by watching the DVD, playing with the toys, and interacting with the app, too.  


When I was a little girls I loves playing with figures, especially Smurfs and I still have some of them today.  My girls feel the same way about The Littlest Pet Shop figures and they love collecting them.  The Style Sets are a great addition to their collection.  The Littlest Pet Shop Style Sets are perfect for any Littlest Pet Shop fan in your life this holiday season.  My girls and their friends loved playing with them so much they didn’t want to leave when the party was over!LPS5

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nanoblocks Microsized Building Blocks Shark and Tower Bridge Review #CoriReviews

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Created by the same company that brought you the Etch-A-Sketch, Nanoblock is a micro-sized building block system. It’s smallest piece is just a mere 4mmX4mmX5mm. Challenge your kids big with tiny little building blocks! Nanoblock offers a huge selection of different sets in different sizes, each designed for children age 8 and above. They have something for everyone, even Hello Kitty (which are adorable)!

nanoblocks tower bridge3How cute is the little boat?!?!?

We were given a Shark and the Tower Bridge to check out. Each design has a level from 1 to 5 for difficulty. Both of these were a 3. The instructions are pretty easy to follow and have a good flow. I did have to help my girls put these together, but that was fine with me. I enjoyed some quiet time with them while doing something that gave them a challenge to focus on.  They look like other plastic building bricks but they are much smaller. The recommend age is 8+.  My girls (8 and 10) both needed my help with these and we even had to ask Daddy for help on one part, but it is a great family activity.  My girls have been able to complete level 1 and level 2 projects on their own and I am sure with a little more practice they’ll be completing these higher level projects on their own, too.
nanoblock tower bridge
I’m a big supporter of building blocks because of the hand-eye coordinating. It’s so good for kids to follow instructions, plus some math skills are gained. Each model is super detailed and just the right size to keep on display like on a nightstand or dresser. My kids were proud of their work and wanted to show them off. nanobocks tower bridge2If you have been looking for a new hobby for your kids that will  keep them busy  and learning, nanoblocks is the way to go.  I saw a huge selection at both Target and Barnes & Nobles. These would make a super cute stocking stuffer idea. I think your kids will love building them as much as mine did.
nanoblocks shark

The shark’s fins, tail, and bottom jaw all move!

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Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit! For Nintendo 3DS Review #CoriReviews

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My girls were so excited to receive a copy of Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit! for their Nintendo 3DS.  They love all of the other “Mama” games- Cooking Mama, Gardening Mama, etc.  So just what is Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit! all about?

Edison, New Jersey – September 16, 2014 – Majesco Entertainment Company (NASDAQ: COOL), publisher of the award-winning Cooking Mama video game franchise that has sold more than 13 million copies worldwide, announced that Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit! is now available on Nintendo 3DS™ in North American retail stores for the suggested retail price of $29.99.

Visit the Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit! game page on to find out more about the free playable demo.

Finally, don’t miss YouTube’s biggest baking star, Rosanna Pansino, whipping up a delicious Mama game recipe to celebrate the launch of Bon AppétitWATCH THE NEW EPISODE OF NERDY NUMMIES HERE.

Follow Mama’s taste for adventure in and out of the kitchen in Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit! Unlock 60 recipes to perfect a kaleidoscope of foods including appetizers, drinks, main courses and desserts. Cook your way through classic fare, exotic cultural dishes and sweet treats including: chicken nuggets, barbeque skewers, raisin bread, Hawaiian pancakes, gingerbread cookies and much more! Step out of the kitchen and help Mama with more than 30 new activities around the Burger Shop and House: feed the pets, deliver orders, serve ice cream, organize crafts, even play word games!

Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit! features intuitive stylus-based play across six modes, including the new Cooking Dojo mode where Mama slips into her gi for some serious culinary training. What’s more, single cart download play with up to three friends enables you to share the experience with fellow chefs.

Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit!

I’ll admit that I am not the gamer in the family so I am relying on my girls (8 and 10 years old) to tell me how they liked this game.

A (10 years old)- I was expecting this Cooking Mama game to be like the other Cooking Mama games but this one was more confusing to me.  I enjoy this game but I found it a little more confusing and challenging than the other version I have played.  I like some of the mini games.  I am sure once I play the game more I will understand it better and like it more.

D (8 years old)- I think that Cooking Mama 5 is really fun.  Every time you complete a recipe you then receive another one to complete.  There are also mini games like feeding Mama’s fish, helping Mama in the store, and feeding people.  Some of the things I made in the game were sushi, grape bread, a decorated cake.  I can’t wait to see what I will get to cook next!

This game is rated E for everyone!  Happy Cooking!

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MLP 3 Ponies Build-a-Bear Workshop has added to its My Little Pony Collection with 4 new ponies.  Introducing…Applejack, Apple Bloom, Zecora, and Trixie Lulamoon.  Princess Twilight Sparkle can’t do it all alone, so she needs her beloved pony friends.   Help us celebrate the magical power of the My Little Pony’s friendship!

Applejack is known for her honesty and integrity. Apple Bloom is a school age Earth pony and Applejack’s younger sister.  Zecora is a female zebra first appearing in the episode Bridle Gossip – she is an online exclusive.  Trixie Lulamoon (an online exclusive Build-a-Bear Workshop plush character) is a female unicorn and traveling magician.

MLP SISTERSBoth of my girls are My Little Pony fans and of course love Build-a-Bear Workshop so they were both so excited to hear about these new plush characters.  We received Applejack and Apple Bloom (the 2 sisters) which is fitting since I have 2 daughters.  We also picked out a Rarity plush character with a cape because that is my daughter’s favorite My Little Pony character.
mlp accessoriesThey are all adorable and we love the attention to detail that Build-a-Bear Workshop takes with the characters and accessories.  The cowgirl hat and boots for Applejack are so cute!  All of the My Little Pony Build-a-Bear characters are cuddly and would make a great gift for any My Little Pony fan.

Some ponies below shown with optional clothes and accessories:
applejackApplejack is down-to-earth, resourceful and dependable. Rodeo is one of her greatest passions! This Applejack plush makes the perfect gift for a fan of the rodeo-roping My Little Pony star. Personalize an Applejack plush with clothing and accessories for the perfect unique gift.
applebloomMY LITTLE PONY MINI CUTIE MARK CRUSADER APPLE BLOOM plush looks tutu sweet in a Build-A-Bear Buddies™ Rainbow Tutu! Make a magical gift for a fan of MY LITTLE PONY with this sweet mini Apple Bloom plush!

trixieThe great and powerful Trixie is a traveling magician unicorn. Give a gift filled with enchantment with this Trixie plush! Personalize a Trixie plush with clothing and accessories for the perfect unique gift.

zacoraOnline exclusive! Zecora, the zebra, is a friend to all the ponies in ponyville. Personalize this sweet Zecora plush with clothing and accessories for the perfect unique gift. 

Retail Value: Applejack $25, Apple Bloom $15, Zecora $35, Trixie
Lulamoon $25 (not including accessories)
Available in the US, UK and Canada

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