Take Off for Adventure with Super Wings

Take Off for Adventure with Super Wings



Ready to buy Super Wings now? Head on over to Amazon and grab yours!

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Educational Adventures

Littles is obsessed with Sprout. I have to say, I don’t mind since all of the shows are super educational. While some of the channel’s shows have characters that are of a questionable tolerance (ahem, Caillou) others are absolutely adorable. Super Wings is on the adorable side.

What we love about the series is that Super Wings follows a sweet plane named Jett who travels the world delivering packages to children. On every delivery, Jett encounters a new problem that he and his friends must work together to solve.

Creative Problem Solving

The show focuses on issues of creative problem solving and cultural diversity, and the characters visit 52 cities in 45 countries over the course of the series. This is a great way to trigger conversation with littles about different cultures and countries. We talk about places we’d love to travel, what they wear and eat there, etc.

Watching the show has also helped her imagination soar. She loves to talk about the Super Wings planes, and how she will be going on a plane when we go to visit Mickey. One of the ways that has helped her become more excited (read – not as scared) to go on a plane is because of the show and playing with their playsets, like Super Wings World Airport Playset.

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The line includes playsets, transforming characters and more, all based on the Super Wings gang from the popular preschool TV show, which is top rated globally, currently airing on NBC Sprout in the US and Treehouse TV in Canada.

High Flying Fun



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These adorable transforming planes can be found at your major retailers now. You can find everything from individual transforming planes like the ones featured above, to figure packs, play sets, and remote control planes.

 Super Wings – Transform-A-Bots 4 Pack – Donnie, Dizzy, Jerome & Bello



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Peppy Pup Fever On National Mutt Day

Peppy Pup Fever On National Mutt Day

A new puppy may be topping the kids wish list (I know my kids have been begging), but is the family not quite ready for the real thing? Young children and parents alike will love the irresistible personality of Peppy Pups from TPF Toys, the official plush dog of National Mutt Day, coming up this Friday, December 2nd.

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We have a rule in our house: Santa does not bring live animals. So don’t even think about putting it in your letter to Santa or whispering it in his ear. It’s not happening. And not because we are a bunch of Scrooges. Getting a family pet, like a dog, is a big decision. Everyone needs to be on board and ready to take care of their puppy.

Thank goodness there’s Peppy Pups to help fill the void untl we are all ready for a puppy. Peppy Pups™ brings to life the authenticity of puppy friendship, complete with a pup that follows its owner everywhere.   The cuddly plush puppy has a spring in its step and when walked by its owner, can run, jump and wag its tail like a real dog.

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Brimming with personality and no batteries needed, Peppy Pups have ultra-soft fur, distinct paw pads and springs in their feet that help these eager Peppy Pups move and prance, just like a real dog. Peppy Pups bounce, jump and waddle as they go for “walks” with their kid owners, and turn heads as they go. Peppy Pups adore cuddling, snuggles and squeezes, showing characteristics of a real dog that all pet lovers embrace.



Peppy Pups from TPF Toys is available at retailers nationwide.   Ideal for children ages 4+, Peppy Pups are available in available in – soft brown, and black and white – and are available at Toys “R” Us nationwide and Amazon – priced at $19.99.

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Top Family Game Night Games for 2016

Top Family Game Night Games for 2016

While the holidays can be stressful with all the events, celebrations, and get togethers, they don’t have to be! We love this time of year because of the traditions that we get to carry on with our family, whether it’s our Elf on the Shelf visiting or a fun family game night.

Sometimes it doesn’t have to be about the pressure of checking activities off the list and instead can just be some good old fashioned fun. Get back to basics, break out the board games and start laughing. It will be the memories of the time shared during the season that will outlast any of the gifts.

Need some suggestions for great games for the whole family? We’ve compiled this tested and approved list for your easy reference. There are so many different board and card games out this season that we’ve had a blast trying with our family! 

Hedbanz Electronic Card GameHedbanz Electronic Card GameTop That! Speed Stacking GameTop That! Speed Stacking GameRavensburger Buggaloop Board GameRavensburger Buggaloop Board GameNEW Schmovie: The Hilarious Game of Made-Up Movies (Family / Party Board Game for Kids, Teens, Adults - Boys & Girls Ages 8 & Up)NEW Schmovie: The Hilarious Game of Made-Up Movies (Family / Party Board Game for Kids, Teens, Adults – Boys & Girls Ages 8 & Up)Escape the Room Stargazer's Manor Board GameEscape the Room Stargazer’s Manor Board GameHasbro Pie Face GameHasbro Pie Face GameThumbs Up! Dexterity GameThumbs Up! Dexterity GameChrono Bomb Action GameChrono Bomb Action GameHasbro Speak Out GameHasbro Speak Out GamePeaceable Kingdom The Memory Palace Cooperative Game for KidsPeaceable Kingdom The Memory Palace Cooperative Game for KidsDisney The Lion Guard Protect the Pride Lands GameDisney The Lion Guard Protect the Pride Lands GameHappy Salmon GameHappy Salmon GamePass The Big Pigs Action GamePass The Big Pigs Action GameMoose Caboose The Fun Filled Animal Train GameMoose Caboose The Fun Filled Animal Train GameTaco Takeover Board GameTaco Takeover Board GameYoga Spinner GameYoga Spinner GameCircuit Maze Board GameCircuit Maze Board GameJourney Through Time Eye Found It! Card GameJourney Through Time Eye Found It! Card Game


Top Family Game Night Games for 2016

Pick the perfect game for your next family game night!

Source: http://agrandelife.net/top-family-game-night-games/

Hedbanz Electronic by Spin Master Games

Bring home the fast-paced, team-based electronic version of Hedbanz! There's 3 ways to guess and give clues to figure out what's in your headband: ask "yes" or "no" questions, have your teammates tell you about it, or have your teammates act it out!

Top That! Speed Stacking Game

Put on your hat, break out your props, and hide your rabbits in this magical match up! Do you have what it takes to master your magic in this grand stack ‘em up finale?

Ravensburger Buggaloop Board Game

Quick, can you cross the yard before the HEXBUG takes you out? Fast paced, action packed fun for Family Game Night!

Survive the Quake Engineering Kit at Lakeshore Learning

Put your building skills to the ultimate test…the earthquake test! Our earthquake simulator creates quakes in 5 levels of intensity…and comes with 30 plastic building bricks in a variety of shapes & sizes—so you can test tons of different structures to see if they topple or stand strong! Kit includes an activity book that gives kids a look into the world of earthquakes and engineering. 10" earthquake simulator requires 4 “AA” batteries (not included).

Schmovie: The Hilarious Game of Made-Up Movies

Win trophies for making up funny movie titles in this hilarious family game! Roll the Genre Die and flip two Premise Cards to determine what the Schmovie is about.

Escape the Room: Stargazer's Manor Board Game

Spend an evening working with your guests to solve puzzles, unlock hidden clues, and unravel the mystery of the Stargazer’s Manor. Will you and your guests be able to solve the mystery and save the astronomer before time runs out?

Hasbro Pie Face Game

The exciting Pie Face game is filled with fun and suspense, and somebody’s bound to get splatted! Just put some delicious whipped cream from home or the wet sponge on the “hand” of this hilarious game unit and start turning the handles. It could go off at any time, so keep your fingers crossed and hope you’re not the one who gets a splat in the face! You score a point for every time you turn the handle without getting pie-faced, and the one who scores 25 points wins. Take some risks and hope for the best in this hilarious Pie Face game!

Thumbs Up!

Race to scoop the loops! The goal is to be the first to stack different colored rings on your thumb, based on the order shown on a challenge card. This is not as easy as you think! The challenge cards will require each player to focus on the order of numbers and match their colors. Different variations of play make this a must have party game that is as fun for little ones as it is for the big ones!

Chrono Bomb

Chrono Bomb, a top-selling game in France, is a super secret spy mission where kids use the included clamps and 27.5-ft. string to create a "laser" field to crawl through. At the end of the maze is the bomb, counting down. Tick, tick, tick! So, you have to hurry, carefully, and make it to the end to defuse the bomb and be the hero! Play over and over again, building new courses each time or trying to beat your or your friend's time! Includes free app for more play value!

5-Minute Dungeon

Adrenaline-fueled to create a jolt of excitement for casual and advanced players alike, 5-Minute Dungeon is a game in which players have a short five minutes to conquer a dungeon. Its humor-filled fantasy world is home to creatures like “A Cactus That Wants a Hug,” “The Grime Reaper” and “A Shark With Legs.” In the game, two to five players join together and choose up to five heroes to battle monsters, overcome obstacles, and defeat the dungeon boss. There are five dungeons to defeat, each more challenging than the last, with the final dungeon requiring precise skill, speed, and strategy to defeat. With no time to form a carefully-considered plan, and no predicting what dangers lie ahead, communication and teamwork are the name of the game, crucial to surviving the 5-Minute Dungeon. This game seriously provides snack-size entertainment and an opportunity for family fun packed laughs for casual gamers of all ages!

Speak Out by Hasbro

This hilarious game dares you not to get tongue-tied. Players put in a mouthpiece, draw a card, and try to speak phrases while team members try to guess as many as possible.

Peaceable Kingdom The Memory Palace Cooperative Game for Kids

In the latest cooperative game from the award-winning designers at Peaceable Kingdom, players explore their imaginations and test their memories while creating silly stories about 27 different animal tokens. Players share whacky stories as they place their tokens face down in one of the rooms in the palace. But be careful - there are Memory Monsters lurking in the palace trying to confuse everyone! Successfully remember where each animal is on the board without turning over a Memory Monster and everyone wins! Game includes 16 palace tiles, 27 animal tokens, 3 Memory Monster tokens and instructions for game play.

Disney The Lion Guard Protect the Pride Lands Game

Stand together to protect the Pride Lands! Fearsome foes from the shadowy outlands are closing in and you must work as a team to fend them off! Race to get Kion to the top of Pride Rock so he can unleash the power of the roar and save the day!.

Happy Salmon Game

Happy salmon is the simple, fast-paced card game packed to the gills with high-flying', fin-flappin' fun. Actions including the classic "high 5", the unifying "pound it", the frantic "Switcheroo", and the delightful "happy salmon" will leave players doubled over in laughter. With so many mini-celebrations built into the play, it's the happiest game ever! how to play 1. Everyone calls out the action shown on their top card. 2. When two players have a match, they celebrate performing that action together, then discard their top card. 3. The first player to match all of the cards in their deck wins!.

Pass The Big Pigs Action Game

The fabulous oversized foam swine's can hit all the pig poses that their little pig dice cousins do! Set includes (2) oversized foam pig dice, (1) oversized score pad, (1) drawstring pig storage pouch, (1) pencil, illustrated instructions and Pass the Pigs history.

Moose Caboose The Fun Filled Animal Train Game

The Moose is loose and he is riding in a Caboose! Four trains full of happy animals are chugging off on an adventure. The player who collects the most animal cards, by matching colors, wins the game! Players can add a train car to any engine that matches their cards color. The four trains you build upon will grow bigger and bigger during the game. Whenever a Moose Caboose card is placed at the end of a train, you get to collect all of the cards (up to the engine) in that train. The longer the train, the more cards you score.

Taco Takeover Board Game

Ready, set, TACO! Take an order ticket, grab a taco shell and be the first to STUFF IT with all the correct toppings! It's FAST, FUN and NACHO average game! So don't just TACO 'bout it - PLAY IT! Players race against each other to see who can correctly fill their taco orders first. But be careful! If you draw a "La Cucaracha" card, or are dealt an "Antacid" by an opponent, you'll need to dump your taco and start over! Taco Takeoverâ„¢ is a chaotic, free for all for the entire family - so let's not taco 'bout it any longer, let's play!

Yoga Spinner Game

Yoga Spinner is a delightful introduction to yoga that encourages teamwork and healthy physical activity. Give the spinner a whirl and perform the pose on the corresponding Yoga Pose Card. If you can hold the pose for 10 seconds, you keep the card, and the first player to collect a card in each color wins! You'll need a little luck and teamwork, and a bit more flexibility and balance to win this entertaining yoga game.

Circuit Maze Board Game

Your logic skills and sequential reasoning will light up with Circuit Maze! Your goal is to arrange tokens and create a real circuit to light up the Beacons. Circuit building while solving challenges provides a boost of brainpower and a fun education in electronics. With 60 challenges, ranging in difficulty, this logic game will provide budding electrical engineers with hours of electrifying fun and intense learning.

Journey Through Time Eye Found It! Game

Work together as a team of historians, scientists, and adventurers solving the world’s greatest mysteries! Venture forth and find hidden objects throughout time from the Prehistoric Era to the Present Day. Race to the end of the giant 6-foot game board before your Timecraft runs out of fuel! But be careful not to go too far and end up in The Future!

Wet Head Game

Wet Head is a water roulette game. Fill Wet Head with cold water, strap on the water filled Wet Head, spin the spinner and follow the instructions on the spinner based on where the arrow lands. spin the top and pull out any one of the rods. If you stay dry, pass Wet Head to the next player.

Care Bears Share Your Care Day

Care Bears Share Your Care Day




Sharing is Caring!

Share Your Care Day should be EVERY DAY not just on September 9th! A constant motto in our house is “Sharing is Caring”.  This is something that the children also will say to their friends in particular situations, and we are proud that they understand the message and want to help to do their part to share. We also try to teach them that it’s more than just sharing your snack with your friends at school, or sharing a turn on a swing on the playground. Sharing is so much more and can turn around devastating situations and experiences, and make a person’s day or even life.

It’s not just a lesson for our children, it’s a lesson for every one. It’s something that we struggle with as parents too, trying to share ourselves with our children, with our spouses, and with our friends. Sharing is such a bigger gesture and is a part of our every day lives. We also strive to teach our children that sharing isn’t just about the material objects in our lives. Sharing can be a kind word, a moment of your time, your help, and because we try to teach them the difference that they make, they are excited to get involved.

Care Bears – Original Sharers

For nearly 35 years, Care Bears have taught children of all ages about sharing their feelings and caring for others. The Care Bears toy line was originally introduced in 1983 to caring fans everywhere and they’ve never been out of the heart and minds of fans since. Recently, the huggable Cousins have been reintroduced for digital natives on Netflix in the Netflix Original Series: Care Bears & Cousins. They also have a variety of fun apps for your family to continue sharing on the go! You can even make your own Care Bear at Build A Bear.

At their core, Care Bears have heart and are all about love, caring and sharing with others. Care Bears also support charities around the world that help families in need, including We Care Bears, ZachKapCares, Fathom/en-ABLE, United Way, Operation Smile and many more.


Join Us – Help Care Bears Celebrate the #CareALotChallenge

The #ShareYourCare movement is all about acts of kindness, big and small. Care Bears encourage you to do something nice for someone today, such as treating a friend to lunch, sharing a toy with your sibling, taking out the trash for your mom, helping an older neighbor across the street. Or inspire others with bigger acts of philanthropy like planting a tree, buying coffee or lunch for a homeless person or spending a day volunteering for a charity. Care Bears hope to embolden you to be kind, think of others and #ShareYourCare every day.



 #ShareYourCare With We Care Bears

Today, on Share Your Care Day, Care Bears is participating in an event donating 500 Care Bears plush to help this year’s Care Bears Kid Ambassador, 13-year-old Jessica Carscadden and her mission to help kids in “unBEARable” situations via We Care Bears Project.

Jessica Carscadden is one incredible and amazing young lady. She has such a genuine soul and sweet spirit. We are happy to support her and are so excited that Care Bears chose to support her foundation.

One day I was cleaning out my stuffed animals and a lot of them were almost new, many still had the tags on them.

The fire department comes into contact with children at fires, auto accidents or EMT calls.  The kids they meet are often scared.  I thought kids would be less scared if they fireman had a stuffed animal to give the kids.  The fireman didn’t have any stuffed animals and they were happy I donated mine.

I am only one girl and I took all of my animals to the fire department but I know the police department also come into contact with kids who are scared so I made a plan.

I talked to the principal at my school, Dr. Newman, and asked him if I could ask the whole school to donate stuffed animals.  Then maybe we could have enough stuffed animals to put some in the trunk of all the police cars at our local Sheriff’s station AND in the fire trucks and ambulance.  Dr. Newman thought it was a good idea and that maybe if I presented it to the Monterey Ridge Elementary School Student Council they could help me with the project.

I talked to the Sheriff’s office and they have 6 cars, plus the fire station vehicles.  So my goal was to get stuffed animals in every vehicle and boy did we!!

With the help from kids all over the country we have donated about 3,000 bags of stuffed animals to first responders and other organizations that work with kids in unbearable situations all across the US.”


It’s Time To Share Your Care

Share Your Care all month long and complete one selfless act every day of the month in the #CareALotChallenge – share with Care Bears via @CareBears on Facebook and Twitter.

Care Bears encourage fans everywhere to do something nice for someone all month long via #CareALotChallenge, such as treating a friend to lunch, sharing a toy with a sibling, taking out the trash for mom, or helping an older neighbor across the street. Bigger inspirations for the holiday could also mean acts of philanthropy like planting a tree, buying coffee or lunch for a homeless person or spending a day volunteering for a charity. Care Bears hope to embolden the nation to be kind, think of others and #ShareYourCare every day.

5 Games for Back to School

5 Games for Back to School

The kiddos headed off to school today! We have been counting down to this day all summer. Back to school means back to a routine, back to a schedule, and back to learning! With both kids in elementary school this year, we have been on the hunt for some educational and fun games to keep them learning.

Blue Orange Games has a ton of new games on the shelves with even more games waiting for release. And here’s some great news! Most are educational and great ways to sneak in a little learning.

Ready to buy these back to school game from Blue Orange Games? BUY them on Amazon now!

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5 Blue Orange Games for Back to School

five games for back to school

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Top That

Put on your hat, break out your props, and hide your rabbits in this magical match up! When the challenge card is flipped over, players race to stack their objects in 1 single pile following 3 simple rules: objects printed in color must be visible on the stack, objects printed in grey must be hidden INSIDE objects on the stack, and objects surrounded by stars must be kept empty. Do you have what it takes to master your magic in this grand stack ‘em up finale?


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Enter a realm where magic reigns and the world’s elements are creatures with mythical abilities! On your turn, you will look at 2 of the face-down Elemons on the table, revealing them to all players. When you find a pair of Elemons, you will earn them and also invoke their unique special power, giving you an advantage for the rest of the game. Every three of the same Elemon you find, will summon the corresponding Gigamon to your side. And when you have 3 Gigamons, you win the game! Gigamons is a game artistically designed to engage the player’s imagination and carry them away to a new world.


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Super Genius Alphabet

This matching game will propel your child into ABC fun as they sound out the letters while matching them with familiar and vibrant illustrations. Developed hand-in-hand with learning professionals, this Super Genius game was specifically created with early learners in mind.


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Dr. Eureka

The brilliant Dr. Eureka has important experiments for you to complete! Pick a challenge card, 3 test tubes and 6 colorful balls to solve his scientific formula. Carefully move your materials from tube to tube without dropping them, and position them as illustrated on the challenge card. This brain teasing party game can be played solitary or competitively. The high quality components and the creative concept make it a challenging game for the whole family.


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Vroom! Vroom!

Ready, Set, Roll! The Great Snail Race has begun and the snails are all ready to go, eager to slide down the garden path. But not so fast! The path to victory is speckled with trinkets and treasures no snail can resist! On your turn, roll the dice, push your snail, and count its shell as it spins around. The fastest snail will win the game as long as it collects one of each trinket on his way to the finish line!


Be back to school ready with these great games from Blue Orange Games! Stock up on games on Amazon now!

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Travel and Learn with Lakeshore Learning Toys

Travel and Learn with Lakeshore Learning Toys


Traveling with toddlers is a feat and a half. Keeping them entertained can be a challenge, especially when you strive to disconnect and have an educational value at the same time. A brand that we absolutely love because they are educational and are an amazing quality and value is Lakeshore Learning.

Lakeshore Learning is an incredible educational learning brand with 60 stores nationwide. We love that there is one in Cherry Hill, NJ (near us – in fact 2 minutes from Billy’s work & Abby’s daycare) and a store in King of Prussia (near Stephanie).

Plus, the convenience factor that all of their products are available online 24/7.

Traveling Toys for Toddlers

Since Abigail was really little we’ve always taken road trips with her, we’ve even driven all the way to Hilton Head Island. Entertaining a little one while traveling can be daunting, in fact, on the way home from Hilton Head, it was completely horrific.

Our Top Picks

Some of our favorites that she uses today are the following from Lakeshore Learning!

·         Peek-A-Boo Octopus – Makes a perfect road trip buddy

·         Touch & Learn Picture Card Library – Perfect road trip game

·         All About Me! Personalized Photo Book – A perfect keepsake

 Peek-A-Boo Octopus

Peek-A-Boo Octopus is a perfect car buddy. Not only does Abby play peek-a-boo with it, but it’s a snuggly and she can often be found snoozing with her special car buddy. She loves talking to us about the different colors.

Touch & Learn Picture Cards

Her next favorite travel toy is the Touch & Learn Picture Cards. She loves that she can tell us what is on each of the cards, and we love that the topics also trigger additional conversation with her. This collection includes topics of “Things I Wear”, “Animals I See”, “In the Park”, “At The Beach”, and “Things at Home”.

Each of the cards are high-quality sturdy cards that have a fun-to-touch picture on the front with the name of the object, then on the back of the card (seen above) are fun questions and prompts to help build their language skills as they feel & explore each card.

All About Me! Personalized Photo Book



Our next favorite is the All About Me! Personalized Photo Book. This actually stays in her backpack that she takes to daycare, in case she misses any of her family she has it with her and she can see us. We love how colorful and easy to personalize the photo book is.

It is a soft-sewn book holds up to nine 4″ x 6″ photos…and comes complete with labels to identify Mommy, Daddy, Grandma and more. Personalized 8″ album has your child’s name on the cover…plus soft, extra-thick pages that are super-easy for tots to turn!

To find your nearest Lakeshore Learning visit them online. You can even visit their Facebook Page, Twitter, Instagram, and find some fantastic educational ideas on their Pinterest Boards.