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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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NERF N- STRIKE

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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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
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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.

Benefits of Front Load Laundry Machines!

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

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 As a mom of three, I do a lot of laundry.  It feels like once I catch up, the hamper is filled again overnight.  So having the best washer possible is very important to me, saving me time and money.

Cleaning performance with a front load washer is better than top load and that is important when you have kids who love to play rough and get dirty.

Front load washers also typically use less water and also consume less electricity, keeping bills low.  Plus, these washers spin faster which keeps clothes drier and reduces drying time.

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LG Front Load Laundry Benefits

  •  Best cleaning performance
  • Gentleness on clothes so they last longer
  • Most energy efficient to save on utility bills
  • Highest spin speaks to dry clothes faster
  • SideKick compatible, providing additional capacity to wash 2 loads at once

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American Girl 2017 Girl of the Year – Gabriela McBride

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Have you met Gabriela McBride yet?  American Girl’s 2017 “Doll of the Year” Gabriela was released on January 1st and she has Lilly completely in love!

American Girl 2017 Girl of the Year – Gabriela McBride

Gabriela McBride, is the American Girl 2017 Girl of the Year! Gabriela is described as a, “true creative talent who uses the power of poetry to help her overcome stuttering.” Gabriela is a wonderful American Girl Doll to help  teach your child they can overcome any obstacle they are facing in life. From stuttering to confidence, this American Girl Doll is truly inspiring. 

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I love how each American Girl doll has a story behind it, so your child can relate to the doll! These dolls are meant to be fun and give your child hours and hours of play time, but to also inspire them to be the best they can be! I think that is what makes American Girl dolls so unique. 

If you child has a stuttering problem, then Gabby could really help build up your child’s confidence. Gabby shows strength, and shows that writing poems becomes an outlet, and helps build up confidence to overcome her stuttering! 

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Gabriela is 18″, has warm brown eyes that open and clothes. She has some beautiful dark brown hair that is full of curls. Gabriela has a cloth body, which makes her very huggable. She can move her head and limbs, easily which makes playtime more fun! She does come with the Gabriela paperback book, and her signature outfit. 

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American-Girl-Doll-of-the-year-2017-gabriela-blog-reviewHer Outfit: 

  • Fitted dark blue jeggings
  • Cropped purple sweater with silver dream graphic, and a soft turquoise tank top
  • Purple shoes with turquoise straps
  • Pink Double headband and 10 hairbands

Plus you can head over to the Gabby-dedicated site: http://americangirl.com/girloftheyear where you can find free book excerpts, videos, e-cards, and much more. This is a fun perk of the Gabby doll! You can even create your own Gabriela poem

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Where to Buy: 

If you are interested in buying the Gabriela American Girl Doll, you can shop at amerciangirl.com or through one of their retail stores! This is a perfect doll to add to your child’s American Girl collection! 
The Gabriela Doll & Book Set Retail Cost: $115
Gabriels Accessories Retail Cost: $28

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

American Girl Doll Melody Ellison

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American Girl Doll Melody Ellison

If you are looking for a new American Girl Doll for a special little girl in your life, consider Melody Ellison! She is all about fairness and equality for all people! Melody loves to help out her friends and family, church, help at home and more. She believes that her voice is powerful, and that it can make a difference in making the world a better place. 

Melody is the BeForever character, whose story (1960’s era) reflects the changing face in history. Her story is the backdrop of the civil rights movement, she wants to raise awareness of racial inequality! Melody wants her friends and family and all the community that surrounds her to be aware of the inequalities, and make a change. She is inspired by Dr. King, to have a dream of her own! 

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Melody stands for fairness and equality for all people. She loves music and performing, so that each person can find their “voice” and express their opinions. You can see this is one inspirational doll, who can bring confidence and strength to your child! Teach them to speak up for things they believe in and be themselves. 

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Melody Comes With: 

  • Bright blue and green houndstooth A-line dress with a blue collar. It has a stunning blue bow on the chest and blue bows on the side pleats. 
  • Blue ribbon headband with a bow for her gorgeous hair. 
  • Underwear and socks
  • Blue patent shoes with a bow on the toes 

Melody is an 18″ doll, that is the classic size for American Girl Dolls! She has a nice soft body that makes hugs extra soft! she has moveable hands and feet, and her head moves. Your child will love playing dress up, and just playing with Melody for hours. You can buy so many fun accessories for the American Girl Doll line! I think even some parents out there, get envious of these adorable dolls! 

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I think what sets Melody apart, is she has such an inspirational story behind her. That if you read this to your child and let them learn all the inspiring things about Melody, they too will feel that they can make a change in the world today! 

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

 

A Must Have for all Little Mermaid Fans!

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Back in November I shared a great deal on Fin Fun Mermaid Tails here.  Since then Fin Fun has sent Lilly her very own Mermaid Tail to review!
Lilly received the Maui Splash Mermaid Tail and she is in love with it!  It slips on easily and the quality of the fabric is amazing.  Lilly has worn hers several times in both the pool and the ocean and the fabric has remained stretchy with brilliantly bright colors.

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She tells me “the Monofin makes it easier to swim with because it moves back and forth so easily”
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The price of the Maui Splash Mermaid Tail is a bit high at $54.95, but for the quality of the tail along with the fun design, I think the price is a good match.  Plus, if $50+ is to0 high for a pool toy, Fin Fun offers designs priced as low as $34.95.

I thought about getting Lilly a mermaid tail for the last couple summers, but always put it off.  However, after seeing how much fun she has had over the last few weeks, I will definitely be adding the to my Summer Mermaid Must Haves post that will be live this spring.

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Make sure you check out all the great fins and blankets that Fun Fin has to offer, and stay up to date on Limited Edition patterns and sales by connecting with them on  Faceboom and Twitter!


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The Best Stocking Stuffers for Tween Boys!

This post was made possible by iConnect and Old Spice. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine
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Stocking stuffer ideas can be a challenge for tweens.  When the kids are young I always had fun finding little toys and treats that would put a smile on their face and keep them entertained while I make my coffee on Christmas morning.  Our rule is stockings first while mommy gets coffee and then we start in on Santa’s pile.  However, now that my oldest is a tween, finding stuff to fill that stocking with isn’t easy.

After some searching I think I’ve come up with a stocking full of fun that will keep my tween as amused as my little ones.


My Top Tween Stocking Stuffers

Snacks and Candy; I’ve always put candy in the kid’s stockings but as my son has gotten older I have started putting different types of snacks in his stocking.  Such as mini jars of Nutella, cans of Pringles, and Slim Jims.

Small electronics; I have started keeping an eye out for budget friendly small electronics, such as headphones, a selfie stick, and portable batteries.  I found a number of items in the $5-$10 range.

Clothes; My son loves Under Armour (Like most boys his age) and these shirts roll up easily and it ends up being a really practical gift that he will enjoy.

A simple and cool old-school toy; Think Magic 8 Ball or Rubik’s Cube.  This will keep my almost teen entertained while I’m making that coffee and just maybe keep him away from his phone.
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Some Old Spice Styling Products; When my little boy sprouted into the double digits and beyond, I suddenly realized he was spending a lot more time focusing on his looks.  The boy who didn’t want to shower suddenly needed his hair cut at a barbershop, his clothes to look just right, and lets not get into the cloud of cologne that follows him out of his bedroom.
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Old Spice Pomade, Putty and Paste hair stylers make the perfect stocking stuffers. Not only will they help you win stocking stuffer bragging rights, but you’ll also be giving your little guys (and the big ones too) the tools they need to achieve the holiday hair style they’ve been searching for!

Best of all, Old Spice Styling Products are both affordable and easy to find.  Ranging from just SRP: $6.99-7.99, they are at a perfect price point for stocking fillers.  Plus, they can be found at Old Spice and in hair care aisles at mass retailers and drugstores nationwide, so they make great last minute gifts.
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Finally the last thing I make sure I stuff in his stocking is a piece of wrapping paper.  A few years ago I started wrapping gifts with different paper patterns and making the kids find a ball of their patterned paper in the toe of their stockings to see whose gifts were who’s.  This has been such a fun tradition!

What are you putting in your tween’s stocking this year?

Creating Christmas Magic with PackagesFromSanta.com

Thank you PackageFromSanta.com for sponsoring this post.  All opinions are my own.
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The twins are my babies and at 7 years old, I know my Santa years are almost over, so I am cherishing every minute of the holidays this year.
I love the excitement in their voices and the sparkle in their eyes when we talk about Santa.  PackageFromSanta.com gave me an opportunity to tap into the Christmas magic and create an amazing memory for all of us!

Take a peak at the excitement when they opened the box in my video below!  It was so special sensing how happy they were that Santa knows them personally.  (also half way through you here Aidan say “I am on the good list, mom you didn’t call him”.  Let’s just say Aidan’s had a rough couple of weeks.)

I give PackagesFromSanta.com 2 thumbs up!  Everything that came is high quality, from the box to the sugar cookie, this is a perfect way to bring Santa alive during the holidays!
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Personalized Letter from Santa Claus
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“Santa, Stop Here!” Window Decal™
Rudolph’s Sleigh Bell w/ Velvet Pouch™
Collectors Santa Swatch
Mrs. Claus’ Famous Sugar Cookie in Tin™
Christmas Cocoa – Santa’s Favorite!
Genuine Reindeer Food in Collector’s Tin
Elf Candy Cane with Red Bow
Santa’s Special North Pole Return Address Label
Special Elf Shipping Label Addressed To Your Child
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A Traveler’s Must Have! Travel Wise Packing Cubes

Product sample was submitted for review; all opinions are my own.

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Whether your an over packer like me, or just want to keep everything organized, these are a must have when packing!
I used them over the Thanksgiving holiday when we went to South Carolina and my packing went so much smoother.
I loved arriving and being able to just move smaller cubes around the room.

Do you have a Traveler on your holiday list?
Then this is the gift idea for you!

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TravelWise Packing Cubes – 3 Piece Set

The TravelWise 3 piece packing cube set is a travel essential that allows clothes to stay folded and neat when packed in their own “small drawers”. The cubes are fantastic for staying organized on both short and long travels and help avoid over packing. Constructed of lightweight, durable nylon, these multi-sized cubes allow you to compartmentalize similar items such as shirts, pants, swimsuits and electronic accessories to streamline packing. The open mesh top makes searching for misplaced items a thing of the past and our five color choices allows each traveler to have their own individual set. Available in five colors, BLACK, SILVER, RED, TEAL and PURPLE, each set includes (1) small, (1) medium and (1) large cubes to organize different sized items when traveling.

At only $9.95, the 3-Piece Packing Cube System makes a great gift for anyone in the family.

Get it on Amazon.com

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Create a Fun Reading Nook with Discovery Kids Foldabel Play Tent

Product sample was submitted for review; all opinions are my own.
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With technology and toys pulling on the kid’s time every day, It can be hard to encourage young kids to sit in a quiet room and read.  However, it is one of the most important activities that can lead to not only a lifelong enjoyment of reading but also it is the most important foundation at school.

As an autism mom my children are language delayed, so learning to read has been a struggle.  So I know firsthand the issues a child will face at school if their reading is not at grade level.  After countless head in palms moments and a few tears (from all of us) the twins are finally on the pathway to loving the adventure a book can take them on.  

Once the kids got a grasp of reading on their own, it was time to create a quiete reading corner that is fun and enticing so that they will want to relax and read.

The Kids Play Tent by Discovery Kids has been the perfect addition!
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The tent is easy to put together, it took me about 5 minutes to build the frame.  It has a screened window so the kids “can breathe inside” and if I want to move it or put it away it folds down flat.
I also love the simple design and neutral colors, which not only goes with most room designs, but it also doesn’t call their attention while reading.

To create the prefect reading tent I grabbed an old basket and filled it with books that the kids were able to read on their own.

Added some comfy pillows and favorite blankets.

Put it in a quite well-lit corner.

That’s it, a cute area to relax with a book.  
And guess what?  The kids are reading twice as much, because they love their own little reading areas.
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Want to learn more about the Discovery Kids Foldable Tent?
It is available at Kohls and ToysRUs for $69.99.
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Top 5 Reason why the Nabi ELEV-8 should be on your Christmas List!

Product sample was submitted for review, all opinions are my own.
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Nabi has been a popular brand for several years now and I have always been curious about their products when I would see them on display at stores.  The bright red soft cover seems to just grab your attention no matter how old you are.
However, I always seemed to group android based tablets into two categories.  One being the kind that only allows you to download those $15 a piece games that require you to buy cartridges at the store to play with.  Or secondly being to difficult to use with hard to organize apps.

WELL!  Nabi sent me the Nabi ELEV-8 and within 5 minutes of opening the box, everything I thought I knew about Nabi was proven wrong.  We are now obsessed with this tablet and it is the kids go to system for screen time.
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It is jam packed with features that are perfect for kids and tweens!  With e-books, games, TV shows, drawing studio, and so much more.

Here are just 5 reasons why Nabi is Awesome!

  1.  Educational.  The Nabi ELEV-8 is equipped with the award winning Wings Learning System that offers over 300,000 questions and 16,000 lessons.  Kids have fun learning with games and video tutorials through the Wings Classroom in Math, Reading, and Writing for pre-school through 6th grade.  There is also full parent visibility so that we can check our children’s proficiency and how much time they spending on the learning section.
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  2. Full Parental Control.  Parents can set screen time limits, set time limits for particular apps, set reward game minutes for time spent on educational play, and so much more.  Nabi gives parents’ control like no other tablet I have seen.
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  3. Nabi Pass.  The Nabi Elev-8 comes with 6 months of free Nabi Pass, which gives you all of the wings courses free, instead of purchasing them individually.  It also gives you free access to countless games, movies, tv shows, apps, and e-books.  My kids are currently having fun reading all the e-books which includes titles such as Rise of the Guardians and Ice Age.  Their favorite feature is that if a book is to0 hard for them to read on their own, the Nabi can read it to them!
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  4. Fun.  What really got me about this tablet is how many great apps there are.  All the games that kids are looking for with their favorite characters are available.  TV shows such as Teen Titans Go and National Geographic, and e-books for kids ages 3 to 14.  All the games that my kids loved on the more expensive tablets are available on the Nabi, however only the Nabi gives me this much control!
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  5. Affordability and Design.  Ok that’s two but both are important to us moms.  The Nabi elev-8 retails for $149.99, that is a great price point for a full-featured tablet that offers all the games, shows, and apps that kids want with the full control that parents want.

As far as design goes, the Nabi Elev-8 is a thin and sleek tablet with front and rear cameras.  It also has a crisp and bright visual display and head phone jack which makes this a necessity when traveling with kids.
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Want to learn more about the Nabi Elev-8?
Check here!
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Some other great things from Nabi include the new Hotwheels, American Girl, and Barbie Nabi Tablets.

The Barbie 7” Tablet Powered by Nabi features dozens of Barbie apps, games, and video content, including Barbie comic strips and create your own Barbie Fashion.
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The Hot Wheels 7” Tablet Powered by Nabi comes with several Hot Wheels screens, including “Hot Wheels Labs” where kids can watch videos about the science of hot wheels cars, and, more specifically, the forces propelling the toy resistance, friction, and gravity.
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The American Girl 7” Tablet Powered by Nabi includes 70 videos, apps, and games featuring American Girl characters.
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