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Amazing Gift Ideas that Grade Schoolers Will Love!

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com and the Brands Featured Below.

It is that time of year again!  I love the holidays and gift giving is so much fun, but let’s face it, it can be very stressful too.  I am always on the hunt for the perfect gifts that will make my children and the other little folks on my list excited, I love seeing a huge glowing smile and knowing I picked the perfect present.  However, these days kids have so many things grabbing for their attention it can be hard to get that good old list I remember writing up as a kid.  Luckily Babblebox has come up with some amazing kid-approved items for all the grade school aged kids on your list!

For the Fashionista on Your List:  Vince Camuto Shoes
Check out these Pietra Studded Ballet Flats!  These glitter ballet flats with an adorable bow at the toe are sparkly enough to bring a smile to the face of any little girl who loves fashion, like my Lilly.  Plus, they are comfortable and have a soft elastic strap across the top to keep them from flopping at the heel.  The quality of these shoes is impeccable, and have held up to all the dancing and spinning Lilly has put them through.

For the Traveler on Your List: Viv + Lou Duffle Bag
Do you have a child who loves to travel on your list?  Then the Viv + Lou Duffle Bag is the perfect gift.  They have adorable designs, can be personalized by adding a monogram or name, and are the perfect size for a grade-schooler to pack for a weekend vacation or a trip to their grandparents.
Use Coupon Code: MOMMYHOOD to receive 25% off sitewide!

For the Pet Lover on Your List: Petlanthropy Donation Gift Cards
These Donation Gift Cards give children a unique way to help animals in need!  The Petlanthropy Foundation was founded with only one goal, to help give all homeless cats and dogs a loving forever home.  Gift card recipients are able to find animal shelters and projects that they care about and donate the value of their gift card.
When you purchase, share, and gift Petlanthropy Donation Gift Cards this holiday season, you will receive a special furry and fun surprise!

For the Avid Reader on Your List:  The Wonderling by Mira Bartock and Candlewick Press
From New York best-selling author Mira Bartock, this magical chapter book is sure to keep a middle-grade reader entertained in an adventurous story of fantasy and friendship. 

Synopsis via Candlewick Press:
Welcome to the Home for Wayward and Misbegotten Creatures, an institution run by evil Miss Carbunkle, a cunning villainess who believes her terrified young charges exist only to serve and suffer. Part animal and part human, the groundlings toil in classroom and factory, forbidden to enjoy anything regular children have, most particularly singing and music. For the Wonderling, an innocent-hearted, one-eared, fox-like eleven-year-old with only a number rather than a proper name — a 13 etched on a medallion around his neck — it is the only home he has ever known. But unexpected courage leads him to acquire the loyalty of a young bird groundling named Trinket, who gives the Home’s loneliest inhabitant two incredible gifts: a real name — Arthur, like the good king in the old stories — and a best friend. Using Trinket’s ingenious invention, the pair escape over the wall and embark on an adventure that will take them out into the wider world and ultimately down the path of sweet Arthur’s true destiny. Richly imagined, with shimmering language, steampunk motifs, and gripping, magical plot twists, this high adventure fantasy is the debut novel of award-winning memoirist Mira Bartók and has already been put into development for a major motion picture.

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For the Creative Child on Your List: WowWee Magnaflex
These fun and colorful magnetic strips allow children to create whatever they dream up.  The set comes with project ideas including animals, vehicles, and wearable accessories, or children can use their imagination and create anything with this Magnetic toy set.  Aidan loves construction toys and he spent hours playing with this kid, building, and rebuilding whatever popped into his mind.

For the STEM lover on Your List: Helio Night Light Projection System

My children love science and learning new things in general.  So, I was thrilled when I learned about this award-winning children’s educational nightlight projection system.  Instead of leaving Lilly’s closet light on, we have started playing the Helio Projection System for her and she loves it.  She wakes up and tells me all about the planets and the sleep hours of different animals on the way to school.

Buy one Helio and enter Coupon Code: LEARNINGLIGHT to get the second one discounted to $34.95 (valid through April 2018)

For the Candy Lover on Your List: PEZ Christmas Ornament Collection
These adorable mini PEZ dispensers that come in a real Christmas ornament will definitely bring a smile to a child’s face.  We love PEZ in my family so we opened this ornament up really quickly, but these would make perfect stocking stuffers too!

 

What’s your favorite gift idea this holiday season?

American Girl Doll Z Yang

Disclosure:  American Girl sent us a doll to help facilitate this review, all opinions are 100% my own.

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American Girl Contemporary Doll Z Yang.

American Girl did it again! They came out with another amazing doll for your child to fall in love with! “Z” is short for Suzie, she is a Korean-American doll that is from Seattle! Z is very imaginative and is a filmmaker developing her own take on the world that surrounds her by creating vlogs! Z shows your child that they can be or do anything they put their mind to! 

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The public has been looking for more diversity, and she is the perfect fit!  American Girl has tried really hard to encourage every child to reach their full potential and have a diverse selection of dolls. I love how, just like Z, she has an inspirational story! It allows your child to fall in love with the doll, gain encouragement, and have fun playing with her.

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Z Has An Adventurous Spirit 

Z is absolutely adorable, and I love her beauty mark on her cheek. I love the added accessory of her filming accessories that you can purchase separately. I love how she has her own style! She is dressed so cute, and I love her shoes! Every doll you get from American Girl you can rest assured it is made with love and is high quality! 

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Z has such an adventurous spirit, and it can help your child to break free from their shell or embrace their own free spirit! Z has a nice soft body, perfect for cuddles! Her hair is so shiny and silky, and your child will love styling it! This doll can truly become a best friend to your daughter! 

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Z Yang comes with The Real Z paperback book, plus a fun camera-ready outfit:

  • A crewneck printed tee with a camera graphic
  • A gray twill skirt with a turned-up hem
  • Soft and stretchy indigo leggings
  • Casual shoes with a bit of sparkle

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Where to Buy
Z Yang is available online and at all American Girl Stores.
Retail Price: $115

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Keep Your Kids Entertained and Having Fun Outdoors! #TRUPowerUpFun

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Duracell/Hasbro/Toys’R’Us. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Summer break for kids has either started or is close! With that comes long summer days, and finding ways to keep your kids entertained, and having fun outdoors! Today, I wanted to share two awesome NERF N-Strike toys that might be perfect for entertaining your child! Head to Toys “R” Us and get a NERF N Strike MEGA Mastodon Blaster and the NERF N-Strike Elite Terrascout Remote Control Drone Blaster!

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These two toys are the hottest items for summer fun, and don’t forget to pick up some Duracell batteries to power up! Plus, 6/11-6/17 you can find Duracell batteries on sale at your local Toys “R” Us! Make sure to stock up on batteries, to use for the summers hottest toys! 

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You may think NERF toys are just for kids, but even you parents out there might enjoy these new NERF toys up for grabs! The NERF N-Strike Elite Terrascout Drone Blaster is amazing. It is a remote controlled tank that will fire up to 18 darts per load, and can send live feed to what is in front of the tank! Awesome, right?! 

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Invite some friends or family members to come over, and have fun with these two NERF toys this summer! 

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NERF N-Strike Elite Terrascout Remote Control Drone Blaster

What makes this one of the most popular toys of summer, you ask? Many things, this blaster will keep you entertained for hours! Like I said above it is a remote controlled tank, so you can navigate it to wherever you want, and see live feed of what is in front of you! You can use the live view to shoot darts at the enemy, or find the perfect hiding spot, to hide your drone blaster!   

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It features a high speed, all terrain track (not meant for wet conditions). Kids and even adults will have a lot of fun maneuvering their drone blaster around, searching out the perfect target. You fire a dart by pressing and releasing the trigger, or if you want a continuous fire, then hold it down for extreme fire! This toy is meant for being used outdoors, and is a great way to get kids out and active! This does need batteries to operate, so pick up some at Toys “R” Us when you stop in! You can buy add on and accessories as well! 

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NERF N-Strike MEGA Mastodon Blaster

The MEGA Mastodon Blaster is another great toy for the summer, it is the first ever motorized blaster! It offers rapid fire speeds, for thrilling fun! It has a shoulder strap that is great for maneuvering when playing with other friends, when under attack! The MEGA Whistler darts scream through the air when you send a dart shooting to an opponent or target! Again, make sure to pick up some Duracell batteries, as this does require them! The darts can fire for up to 100 feet, which is so much fun watching to see where the dart will end up landing! This NERF toy will as well give you and your kids endless hours of fun this summer! 

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Join Me For A Twitter Party!

Want to learn more about fun summer activities for you and your kiddos? Join us on Wednesday, 6/14 at 2pm EST where we will be talking about favorite summer games, toys, plans and how to have the best summer ever. We ask that you promote the Twitter Party in your post, as well as participate on 6/14. The hashtag for the party will be #TRUPowerUpFun.

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Giveaway Time 

Giveaway Prize Pack Includes:

  • (1) $250 Toys“R”Us gift card
  • (1) Duracell Coppertop AA pack of batteries
  • (1) Duracell Coppertop D pack of batteries

Giveaway Ends: June 23, 2017
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Duracell/Hasbro/Toys’R’Us. The opinions and text are all mine.

Disney Magic Holiday Line Giveaway!

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Two of my favorite things are Disney World and Christmas.  Now with a quick trip to Lowe’s, I can enjoy them both when I decorate with Disney Holiday Magic.

The Disney Holiday Magic collection offers a variety of different light projectors and lawn decor options.  My favorite are the light projectors, they are super easy to use and keep my husband off the ladder from trying to hang string lights.  Also they are energy-efficient and feature LED lighting.

The Countdown projector is my children’s favorite because they love checking the days till Christmas each night!

Also how cute is this Olaf Lawn decoration?  I’m obsessed!

Do you want to show off your Disney Spirit this holiday season?  This first ever Disney themed holiday lighting line is available at all Lowe’s locations and online at Lowes.com.  Plus the price points are great, ranging from $29.99-$99.99.

Want to enter to win your own Disney Magic Holiday Light Projector?
Here is your chance!
Giveaway Ends: November 21st 2016
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Disclosure:  A product was sent to us to help facilitate this review, all opinions are 100% my own.

 

A Fun and Easy Pokemon Toy Party ~ Poke Ball Pizza Recipe!

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Are your kids obsessed with Pokemon?  Mine are!  The beginning of the school year brought home a group of little Pokemon hunting fans.  Now everyday I hear about the different Pokemon they want to catch, train, and battle.
Ok, I’ll admit that I’ve even downloaded the game, telling my husband “its just to see what they are talking about”  meanwhile I’m catching Pokemon on the way to the bathroom at the beach, shhhh.
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Since moving to Florida, I’ve been trying to do extra little surprises with the kids to keep them from getting homesick.  So when I was given the opportunity to host a Pokemon Toy Party, I was all over that idea!  I set up a cute little party last weekend and the kids had a blast battling Pokemon, making Poke Ball Pizza, and drinking Pikachu Lemonade.
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Our Pokemon Toy Party package came with Tomy Throw ‘n’ Pop Poke Balls and several packs of Tomy Pokemon Action Pose Figures which had us set for fun activities.
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I also had the kids create Poke Ball Pizza for lunch out of frozen personal size pizzas, black olives, mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni.  My kids could live off pizza alone and be happy so this was a blast for them.

The kids battled with their favorite Pokemon all afternoon, and are excited to try to collect them all in the future!
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The Kids had an absolute blast and I can definitely say for sure that these Pokemon Toys by Tomy would be a hit for any Pokemon Fan!
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Fast and Easy Poke Ball Pizza
Take a frozen personal size pizza and create the black line and circle across the middle of the pizza with black olives.

Then add pepperoni to the top of the pizza.

Lastly add extra Mozzarella cheese to the bottom.

Cook in the toaster oven for 10 minutes at 400 degrees.

That’s it super simple and fun for the kids to create!
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Interested in more Pokemon fun?
The Z-Ring will be available on November 18th.  This Pokemon toy is  compatible with Nintendo 3DS and disigned to interact with Nintendo’s latest Video Game.
The Pokemon Z-Ring is available for pre-order on the here!

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The Toys for the Pokemon Party were provided by Tomy, all opinions are my own.

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