The Mommyhood Life


Keeping Kids Creativity Flowing this Summer! #KeepBuilding

We are in the middle of a heat wave in Boston, and even the kids are water logged from the pool and choosing to lounge around in the air conditioning.  However I refuse to let them spend their summer stuck in front of a screen.
I want them to use their imaginations, be creative, and when needed follow directions.  Luckily their favorite activity, building with LEGO bricks, allows them to do all that!


The Best Tech-Free Entertainment For Kids ~ Qixels!

I have a must have for your holiday’s wish list, Qixels!
Qixels is a creative activity set that uses little cubes that fuse together with blasts of water to create monsters, swords, ninjas, and more.

This is a great activity that had my boys using their imaginations to create characters and set up scenes creating an 8-bit world of warriors. 
The set is very easy to use.  Kids place the cubes on the holder in the design they would like, there are tons of stencils to choose from or they can create a figure of their own.  Once all the cubes are in position, the kids squirt them with water, and then use the amazing Turbo Dryer to dry the Qixels in record time.  Once dry the cubes are fused together!  Both Aidan and Anthony got the hang of it immediately without assistance.  You can watch the demo video here.
With the weather getting colder, the kids have been stuck in the house and as I run out of things to entertain them, they end up spending more and more time in front of a screen.  
I am always on the look out for great toys that will grab the attention of all my children, while keeping quality and price in mind.  Moose Toys really met the mark with Qixels.  
Qixels is a great way to get the kids playing and using there imagination while indoors.  The unique play pattern in Qixels inspires boys to be creative and hands-on as they construct their favorite pixelated characters using the design templates and their own imagination.
Aidan and Anthony both spent hours creating and laughing together, Qixels is definitely a must have on our Holiday Gift Guide.
Qixels are perfect for kids 5 years old and up.  They are available at both Target and ToysRUs and range in price from $9.99 to $19.99.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Skylanders SuperChargers Starter Pack Review #HolidayGiftGuide

This product was submitted for review by Activision, all opinions and stories are my own.
If you have a Skylanders fan in your family, then you probably know there is a new game out.  My boys are huge Skylanders fans.  It started years ago when my mother bought Anthony the original game “Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure”.  From that random gift spun a love for this video game that has had us at the store on countless weekends spending allowance money on every Skylander he could get his hands on.  From there, came Skylanders Giants, Trap Team, and Swap Force and over the years Anthony’s passion for the game rubbed off on his little brother Aidan.
Now we are reviewing Skylanders SuperChargers and as you can imagine I have some pretty excited boys on my hands.
About Skylanders SuperChargers:
Pilot an unstoppable fleet of incredible vehicles and save Skylands! 

The theme of the game:
Kaos has unleashed his most evil weapon yet – the Doomstation of Ultimate Doomstruction. With all of Skylands on the verge of collapse, a special team called the SuperChargers has been assembled to pilot an unstoppable fleet of incredible vehicles. Now you and the SuperChargers must embark on epic adventures over land, under sea, and through the sky to stop Kaos and save Skylands!

Single-player Adventure Mode

New online multiplayer race and co-op modes. 
Local offline 2-player head-to-head racing in split screen
 Online competitive racing with up to 4 players playable in land, sea, and sky environment
Voice chat can be activated with friendsNintendo guest stars Turbo Charge Donkey Kong and Hammer Slam Bowser

What the Kids Say:

“This is a really cool, the best part of this game version is being able to race”.
The kids have been loving the different vehicles available and the new Skylanders.

Like past Skylanders games, This was a huge hit in our family and a definite thumbs up!
A perfect addition to the Holiday Gift Guide!  If you have a young gamer on your list, make sure you pick up Skylanders SuperChargers.

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Hot Wheels High Jump Frenzy R/C Toy Review

*Disclosure: We received a press sample to facilitate this review; All opinions are 100% my own*
The new Hot Wheels High Jump Frenzy remote control stunt truck is one of Anthony’s favorites!  The truck is fast and easy to maneuver, with large buttons on the remote control so the kids have no problem controlling the trucks direction even while its moving at full speed.
The kids love that the truck is made for stunts, it jumps high then rolls back on its wheels, drives off ramps they build with other toys, does 360 degree spins, and is fast enough to beat out all their other remote control cars in a race.
I love that the quality of the truck is superb, there’s been no tears over broken pieces or parts.  This truck is durable!  I also really like the controller, with Anthony being 9 years old and the twins 5 years old, the features are great for both age groups.  The controller is easy enough for the twins to use, the large buttons are particularly great for Aidan who has no patients for smaller buttons, however the jump feature and speed control is also perfect for Anthony.  Its great finding a toy that works well for both boys.
The feature I like the most, has to be the rechargeable battery in the truck itself.  The controller takes AAA batteries which haven’t needed to be replaced too often.  However the truck eats up battery life, but with the Hot Wheels High Jump Frenzy I haven’t had to buy and replace countless batteries.  This truck just plugs into a wall charger and its quickly recharged! 
This would be a great Easter gift idea, and will be loads of fun outside this spring!
 Learn more about the Hot Wheels High Jump Frenzy RC with Toy State!

Artur Castle Playset Review and Giveaway #krooom

*Disclosure:  We received a press sample to facilitate this review: all opinions are 100% my own*
When we first opened the Artur Knights and Dragons Playset I was terrified by the huge pile of cardboard that needed to be put together, and as I spent an hour building the play set I was getting even more aggravated.  Then I got into a rhythm and the building became easier.
Once It was put together I was very impressed by how sturdy and durable the set is.  When I saw that it was built out of cardboard my first impression was it would last a few hours at most with my rambunctious kids, however once I saw it fully built I was shocked at how sturdy and strong the structure is!  I am happy to say that after a week of fun and imagination our Krooom Set is still perfect! 

The set comes with a wide selection of characters and accessories which has kept the kids imaginations busy during this major blizzard over the last few days, which has kept mommy sane!
KROOM Details:
Artur Castle Playset-

Protect the magnificent castle and let down the drawbridge for imagination!
With lots of moving play features, hidden treasures and
Accessories. The story of Artur the young prince and Rafael the Dragon, is about to begin….
Kids are transported to a world filled with marvelous missions, castles, dragons and knights.

The castle’s beautiful, but foreboding walls are a garrison of strength with parapets, turrets, sliding prison door, lowering drawbridge, ladders and the royal crest. Knights patrol the wall tops, flaming dragons fiercely attack and the noble prince rallies the troops for victory.

Build a castle fortress that’s strong, impressive and eco-friendly too! Creativity and logic enter in as kids fight daring battles with Krooom.

Every durable, reinforced laminated printed board fits together precisely and holds up like a fortress should. The castle grows higher until it reaches 1 and 1/2 feet high by 2 feet wide. Every noble character is put into place.

Product size:
73 X 59 X 56 cm
29.2” X 23.6″ X 22.4”
Ends on February 10th 2015

Bluebee Pals ~ Your Loveable Bluetooth Buddy! Review ~ Holiday Gift Guide

This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Kayle Concepts and MomSelect. All thoughts and opinions are my own
 What are they?
Bluebee Pals are a new Interactive Bluetooth Enabled Plush Companion and Learning Tool from Kayle Concepts.

 A Bluebee Pal is a huggable plush toy that sings, reads and answers phone calls. The advanced technology includes lip synchronization allowing the animal’s “mouth” to move while singing and reading your child’s favorite storybooks or learning apps. You can even surprise and entertain your family and friends when you use your Bluebee Pal as a wireless speaker phone! Bluebee Pals are available at Toys ‘R Us and on the Bluebee Pals website.
These stuffed animals are amazing!  The kids have been taking turns using our new lion pal and are loving him.  He connects easily to my phone and the kids iPads so they listen to their music and stories from their Bluebee Pal and also connect to him when their playing games because hearing the normal game sounds come from a lion is a lot more fun than just playing the regular way.
The best part of Bluebee Pals for my kids is that they can act as speaker phones.  My kids have been calling Grammy and Papa nonstop now that they can talk to them through their stuffed lion friend!

These are a great gift idea this holiday season.  They are a new toy so they may not be on the wish lists but the kids will be seeing this super cute commercial soon enough!  

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This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Kayle Concepts and MomSelect. All thoughts and opinions are my own

CitiBlocs by Alexa Brands Review ~ Holiday Gift Guide!

*Disclosure:  We received a press sample to facilitate this review: all opinions are 100% my own*
 There is something in the simplicity of the CitiBlocs set from Alex Brands that makes it incredibly fun.
These are thin wooden blocks that are designed perfectly to build amazing structures from simple houses or towers to over the top castles and snakes.
 The CitiBlocs set we had the opportunity to try was the 300 piece Natural Building Blocks Set.  Which retails for $74.99 on the Alex Brands website.

As most kids my children have always been obsessed with building blocks and bricks, however we hadn’t used wooden blocks sense the kids were toddlers.  As they got older I always associated wooden blocks with large clunky blocks that were more suited for the younger kids.
CitiBlocs Natural Building Sets have definitely changed my mind about wooden building sets.
The blocks are thin and easy to manipulate in order to build whatever your imagination can dream up.  I saw how engaged my son was while building even the simplest of structures with these blocks and its awesome to watch his excitement and determination while he strategizes his building method.
This is a great gift idea this holiday season!

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Beados Quick Dry Design Station Toy Review ~ Hoiday Gift Guide

*Disclosure:  We received a press sample to facilitate this review: all opinions are 100% my own*
 We have another fun toy to share with you today!  The Beados Design Station is a great gift for any crafty little girl.  Lilly has had a blast creating all sorts of decorations with these fun crystal beads that fuse together with just a spray of water and the fan dry station.

Lilly loves to craft and make pretty girly things so the Beados set was an instant love for her.  What I like most about the system is that it is easy and relatively mess free to use.  There is no glue or heat needed with the system so I don’t have to worry about her as she plays.  I can set up the station on the table and go about my nightly routine of cooking and cleaning up or helping the older kids with homework, without worrying about her getting hurt or destroying anything. 
She can easily spend hours creating different figures and designs.
Lilly’s not the only one who is obsessed with this “magical” machine that joins the beads together.  Aidan’s face when he saw what Lilly could create is priceless!  I’m sure one of these will be on his Christmas list in no time.
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