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HOLIDAY – HEXBUG Review

12th December 2011

We have been HexBug fans in our house for years.

We discovered HexBug years ago, when Santa brought us an Original Hexbug – my son was around four and totally fascinated with it. I thought it was really cool, and a unique toy. I’m not a fan of bugs, but robotic ones have a ringing endorsement from me anytime!

Since we discovered the original, the company has expanded its product line with the Inchworm, Crab, Ant, Spider and Nano – all of which we own and gets major play in our house. The Hexbug Nano bugs also have several sets that allow you to create these huge habitats for hours of fun play (seriously, I’ve timed my kids – they’ve played quietly with their Hexbug toys for HOURS).

So, you can imagine how their heads exploded, when the lovely people of Hexbug sent them a huge box of all things Nano recently – they were ecstatic.

The kids were sent:

  • 1 HEXBUG Nano 5-Pack
  • 5 Glows in the Dark HEXBUG Nano bugs
  • 1 Glow in the Dark HEXBUG Nano Habitat Set
  • 1 HEXBUG Nano Spiral Starter Set
  • 1 HEXBUG Nano Bridge Battle Habitat Set
  • 1 HEXBUG Nano Elevation Habitat Set
  • 1 Carton of “Bug Food” (batteries)

The kids were so excited to play with all their new loot, so we opened the packages immediately and they got to work, creating the biggest habitat they could by using all their pieces. The great thing about these toys are both my kids LOVE them, despite their age difference. Even my five year old daughter enjoys putting the pieces together to create long tracks for the bugs to travel in. The pieces are easy to assemble and take apart and durable enough to not worry about breakage.

All the sets work seamlessly with one another, so you can purchase one to start with (all sets come with their own Hexbug Nano bug) and build from there. The glow in the dark sets are a newer addition, and we hadn’t experienced them before, but they work great. We exposed them to light up close, and turned off all the lights to enjoy watching the bugs glow. Just a fun add to an already cool toy.

Not surprisingly, Hexbug toys are award-winners – “2011 also marked the year that the Toy Industry Association recognized HEXBUG with the Specialty Toy of the Year Award, a further indication that HEXBUG had developed into a globally recognized brand with international popularity and demand from customers, mass retailers, and specialty shops in more than 25 countries worldwide.”

If you’re looking for a great gift idea this holiday season, Hexbugs are the way to go for sure. You can throw the individual bugs in stockings, or gift the special little people in your life with one of the great sets available.  They have many options at different price points, so you should definitely check Hexbug out when shopping for the kids in your life.

You can find Hexbug online here, on Twitter and on Facebook too.

**Right now you should head over to the Hexbug website to check out their 12 Days of Holiday Hexmas for a great deal every day, until the 16th.**

Disclaimer: I was sent the products mentioned above, for the purposes of a review, but my thoughts as always, are my own.

KRE-O Giveaway

22nd September 2011

Hasbro has a fun new line of toys out called KRE-O featuring the very popular Transformers characters. Twelve different construction sets debuted in July in line with the latest Transformers movie release. Each set features allows you to build two different toys: the transformer and/or the transformer in vehicle form. My son was sent two sets – Optimus Prime and Sentinel Prime and he has enjoyed playing with them ever since. These sets retail for approximately $59.99 (Optimus Prime) and $39.99 (Sentinel Prime) and can be found at Toys R Us among other retailers.

optimus-bot

Sentinel Prime

GIVEAWAY:

I’m giving away a prize package containing BOTH the Optimus Prime set and Sentinel Prime set to ONE lucky winner!!

MANDATORY ENTRY:

Please leave me a comment below telling me about a favorite toy that you enjoyed as a child – that’s it!

ADDITIONAL OPTIONAL ENTRY:

Please tweet the following and leave a comment below saying that you did:

Enter to win a fun KRE-O prize pack on @BOREDMommy ‘s blog! http://bit.ly/oJWARW #CDNRes #giveaway

RULES:

  • Open to Canadian Residents ONLY
  • Giveaway will run from Thursday, September 22nd to Thursday, September 29th, 2011.
  • Winner will be chosen using Random.org
  • PLEASE remember to leave an email and or Twitter handle so that you can be reached if you win.
UPDATE: Congrats to my winner – #28 – EMMA – Thanks to all who entered!!!

Fisher-Price Ultimate Playdate

2nd May 2011

This past weekend, the family and I were invited to go to the Ultimate Playdate with Fisher-Price, sponsored by ParentsCanada.  The event was to promote Fisher-Price’s introduction of milestones to help parents determine which toys would be best for their children’s development.

The event had several different play stations set up, divided by the specific milestones. There was seating in each section and tons of toys for all the kids to try out. Also each station had people assigned to them, so they could help the kids try out the toys as well.

 

 

This was such a fun event, and I loved that it was really all about the kiddies. There were face painters, full size Little People characters, a dj, and a hilarious juggler/unicyclist/magician that my son adored. There were kid-friendly refreshments, and I’m pretty sure there isn’t much cuter than a four year old walking up to a juice bar and ordering her own beverage.

 

 

 

There were also tons of prizes given away and the one that my son was DYING to have, he actually won! He was so thrilled, and everyone was giving him high fives and  it was such a wonderful moment for him.

Big thanks to Fisher-Price and Parents Canada for a great event. My kids and I thank you!!

Tegu Review and Giveaway

1st December 2010

The last time I was in Toronto with my family, we stopped by Pottery Barn kids to check out their store. One of the toys that the kids noticed righat away was the tegu magnetic wooden blocks – they sat down and played with them the entire time I shopped in the store. (Can I hear an AMEN?) I had heard about the product before, and thought it was a great idea, but hadn’t seen it or touched it before that day.

My kids didn’t want to leave the store (neither did I quite frankly), for several reasons, one of which was the tegu blocks. Although we own wooden blocks, and magnetic toys, it was the first time they had seen a magnetic wooden block, and thought they were cool. So, when I was offered the chance to try out the blocks at home, and give some away, it was an easy yes, seeing how much they were enjoying them.

The name tegu (tay.goo) is taken from Tegucigalpa, the capital city of Honduras, where the blocks are manufactured in the tegu factory. The owners and brothers, Chris and Will Haughey, had a goal to create a for-profit business in Honduras with the ultimate goal of helping the nation of Honduras, and they have.

Here are some facts about the tegu Magnetic Blocks:

Curiously attractive. Brilliantly simple. Naturally safe.

  • They are made from sustainable and durable hardwood sealed with water-based finishes providing safe play.
  • Magically embedded magnets push and pull the blocks, and your imagination in many ways.
  • Perfectly suited for eco-friendly play, no batteries, and no need for instruction manuals – free play at its best.
  • Best for ages 3 and up.

We’ve had fun making some creations here at home including:

(If the 4yo says it’s a llama, it’s a llama.)

Although I will say that this product is pricey, I have found that many wooden, eco-friendly tend to be as well. It is something that will last a long time, they’re really durable, great looking and sure to become a classic. The blocks are available in various finishes including Natural, Mahogany, Jungle and Colour Tints and are sold as 8, 26 and 52 piece sets.

GIVEAWAY:

I’m giving away one 26 piece set of tegu Magnetic Wooden Blocks (valued at $55) to one lucky winner, just in time for the holidays!!

HOW TO ENTER:

MANDATORY ENTRY:

Leave a comment below about a classic toy that you loved as a child (and perhaps still do). Have you shared that toy with your kids?

BONUS ENTRY:

*Tweet the following message and then leave a comment below saying that you did for an extra entry:

Enter to win a 26pc tegu magnetic blocks set on @BOREDmommy ‘s blog – http://bit.ly/hYd9d0 – Ends 12/08! #US/CDN #Giveaway

*OPEN TO Canadian and U.S. residents

*Contest will run until December 8th, 2010 and the winner will be chosen by random.org

GOOD LUCK!!!

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UPDATE: CONGRATULATIONS to the winner – #6 – @sandyel — Thank you so much to everyone for entering!!!

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Mega Bloks Dragons Universe

30th November 2010

I recently hosted a party, sponsored by Mega Bloks Dragons Universe for my son and his little buddies (and his sister of course). Before the party, the majority of the kids had never played with these toys, including my own. When the huge box of toys arrived, my son was thrilled and very excited to try them out. We sat down together, and he helped me put the toys together (some really simple assembly was needed). We had the opportunity to try out the Deluxe Dual-Blast Dragon Hunter (#95213) and the Ultimate Action Dragon Destroyer (#95214) – both of which also came with dragons and dudes (at least that’s what my six year old called them).

They were HUGE hits all around – even my daughter had fun playing with them. There are many moving parts to each ship and sound effects that make playing with them “super cool mommy!”

We also received an assortment of Dragons Universe Eggs and Pods that were extra special loot for the attendees totake home, along with a Dragons Universe CD to play with. My son enjoyed the toys so much, he checked out the display at the local Toys R Us, to see what other components he could add to his birthday/Christmas list. I was also pretty happy with the toys – I thought both ships were really impressive, and easily amused the kids for a long time. I’d say that’s a definite win, if only for some precious me time.

To learn more about these products, check out the Mega Brands Inc. website, and find them on Twitter and Facebook.

Disclaimer: I received the toys mentioned above in exchange for hosting a party and having a great time! As always, my opinions are my own.

dollie & me – Review

5th September 2010

Dollie-and-Me

My three year old loves dolls (finally), and loves to carry them around, and dress them up – it’s really cute to watch. I had been looking for a really nice doll with cute outfits and accessories, but I didn’t necessarily want to spend $100 on a doll and then have to spend that much more on all the extras. Thankfully, I discovered this great company when I was sent a package to review from Dollie & me. Dollie & Me is a brand new company that sells these gorgeous 18-inch dolls, and they sell matching outfits (and accessories) for little girls from size 2T, all the way up to size 14x. The company is based in New York City, but everything from the dolls to the outfits to the accessories are available in the U.S. and Canada, in over 2,000 stores (and online) including Dillard’s, JCPenney, Kohl’s, Sears, Sears Canada and Amazon.com.

My daughter, who literally squealed when she opened the box, received the Rachel doll, and two sets of matching outfits. It took but a mere moment for her to take off the clothes she was wearing so she could get dressed just like the new dolly she received. She spent hours in those little outfits, carrying the doll with her everywhere she went. She liked that the doll could “sit on her bum” and that her eyes opened and closed (her first doll to do that). I liked that the doll clothes are designed to completely open in the back with velcro because my three year old had no problem dressing and undressing the doll all on her own.   I also thought that the kid’s clothing was nicely made and that they would easily endure her constant need to put them on and take them off many, many times.

After looking at the Fall/Holiday 2010 catalogue, I saw cute accessories that could be great gifts for my daughter’s birthday and/or Christmas. There is matching sleepwear that is really cute, and I know she would them, as much as she would love the little pets that you can get with their own carrier. There is also a great variety of dolls and outfits, both casual and dressy, that you can choose from.

The best thing about them is that they are more affordable than you would think. The dolls retail for $29.95 – $34.95, while the clothing and accessories range anywhere from $6.99 to $80.oo (although most are priced between $30.oo – $40.00). Make sure to check out this fantastic company, especially with the holidays coming up! You can find dollie & me at their website dollieme.com, on Facebook and on Twitter.

Disclosure: I received a Rachel doll and two matching outfits to review for BORED Mommy. All of my opinions expressed in this review are my own.

YODA

18th November 2009

LEGO STANDOFF

(WINNING THEY ARE)

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