Christmas is among us, and shopping for my girls is always such a hard thing to do. Yes, I hear “I want that” 9 months out of the year. But I really like to make sure that mostly on top of the fun toys, they also have the fun educational toys. My 18 month old is slightly delayed so her whole christmas is nothing but learning toys. Well, I have a few fun ones, too. But getting her up to track is really important to Santa. PlayMonster reached out to me and offered a handful of toys for my littles ones that I could feature on my Holiday Gift Guide.
Hix: First thing I got was Hix, a versatile construction toy with 4 cones made of elastic rubber. The 4 cones transforms down into basic shapes, to make many other shapes, stack and nest them together. Hix is great for any age group and helps with hand-eye coordination as well as fine motor skills. Stack them and knock them down they don’t make any noise. Accidentally step on them? That’s ok because they won’t hurt you! Each piece measures 3.2″ in diameter.
Boi: Boi is a cute…. what is it, really? Looks like a penguin or a duck… but let’s leave it up to the kids imagination to decide what he is. He floats in water, and on land you can push him down and spin him around and he’ll always get back up again. He measures about 4.75″.
Bilibo: This “bowl” is a very versatile toy. At 16″ in diameter this shape and colors that the Bilibo comes in is an immediate appeal to kids. Because it arouses curiosity it allows them to engage in imaginative play, uses basic motor skills, and even balance. There is endless possibilities for play! Use it to carry toys, sit on it, rock and spin in it, hide under it, balance on it, peek through it… and so much more! Use it inside and out for many hours of fun. Comes in red, pink, orange, blue, green, yellow and purple!
FreePlay Magnatab: This is a very neat toy that uses magnets and metal beads to draw! Use the stylus and it brings the beads up to make the picture. To erase just use the back of the pen or your finger. It measures 6.5″ x 8″ x .75″. I drew a house, but you can draw letters, numbers and so much more.
About (taken from website): PlayMonster is a toy and game company, championing the power of play by creating quality toys and games for children, adults and families. We’re the perfect combination of playful and professional, and true play experts because we understand play for ALL AGES!
Being a busy mom of 5; I have 2 kids who are in physical therapy and 2 in sports. I have a really hard time keeping up with everyone’s schedules and appointments. I have always tried to find a good planner or schedule to write everything down but I’ll either not have to use a lot of the pages or I’ll forget all together to write something down. In the planners you get from the store will have very small places for you to write everything for that day or will have pages that you won’t even have to use. I have been looking all over a planner that I can use on my time and use the pages as I need and I finally found one. With the Panda Planner, I can use every page how I need to. Each page has no day or date already written on it so if you don’t have plans for one day of the week, you don’t have to waste a page.
This planner also helps you with your mental and physical health. Each day you can plan out what your focus is for that day, what exercise you plan on doing, and positive things you can think about for that day. At the end of the day, you can fill out your wins for the day and one way you think you can improve. I have been using this planner every day and I can already start to see an improvement in my mood every day and how I look at life in general. I have already looked at getting my eldest daughter one as well to help her deal with her anxieties and fears every day. This Panda Planner is like a planner and a journal all in one so you can put all of your thoughts and plans all in one book so you don’t have to constantly buy new planners and journals each year, it’s all in one convenient book. I know as a busy mom I love it and I know even teenagers and young adults will love it too.
About (taken from website): My hope with Panda Planner is that it will give you the motivation, the inspiration, the system—or whatever it is that you need—to set aside your stress and challenges, start living a fulfilling life, and crush your goals! Also, helping others become happier and more productive makes me happier and more motivated, sooooo….everyone wins! *High Five!*
Having two boys and a husband at home, finding something all three of them will like is actually pretty easy. When I saw the Vivitar AeroView Drone, I knew all my boys would love it. Over the years, I have gotten my boys R/C cars and small drones before and they have loved them but the one problem being that they have never had a camera on them so the fun part about a drone wasn’t even there. The AeroView Drone has a camera and hooks up to wifi so you can have a live feed of what your drone is seeing. Another thing this drone can do is follow you around and it has GPS tracking so you can’t lose it. This drone has a twelve minute flying time and an auto hover. This is probably one of the coolest drones I’ve seen and I can’t wait to see my boys open it on Christmas.
Vivitar is a very media and technology oriented company and has anything and everything you might need. If you need anything for your phone, camera, or even for your health and wellness, they have it! I know I will be looking on this website for even more products for my boys and even for my girls. With this drone, I can tell my entire family is going to have fun with it. My girls like to play with their brothers and I know they’re going to take embarrassing videos of each other and I can’t wait to see how much fun we can have especially in the summer when all the kids will be playing outside and we can fly the drone around and see what cool shots we can get outside. I love the Vivitar company and I know you and your family will too.
About (taken from website): Vivitar was founded in 1938 as ‘Ponder and Best’ by Max Ponder and John Best in Santa Monica, California. Max Ponder headed the sales department, while John Best ran the operations side of the company. Ponder and Best began by importing German-made photo equipment. Ponder and Best created the “Vivitar” brand to compete with major lens manufacturers. The company commissioned experienced lens designers and top-line Japanese optical lens manufacturers such as Kino Precision to produce their lens designs. In 2016, Vivitar rebrands launching at CES (International Consumer Electronics Show) targeting the millennial consumer who is looking for fun and affordable tech products.
Cry Babies Dolls are the cutest little dolls on the market today. There is currently 6 babies; Bonnie, Lammie, Katie, Conie, LaLa, and Lea. Each doll comes in a box packaging that looks like she’s sitting in a car seat (Super Cute!!!). Also she comes with a changeable onesie and a pacifier. Bonnie- Bear, Lammie- Lamb, Katie- Kitty, Coney- Bunny, LaLa- Mouse, and Lea- Exotic Cat.
My middle daughter has been asking for a Cry Babies since they came out and I can’t wait to give this to her on Christmas morning! When she sees the commercial I hear “I WANT THAT!!” Any parent can relate to those three words lol. We received LaLa, which came dressed in a cute teal and pink onesie outfit costume which looks like a mouse. Lala has purple hair and a purple pacifier. Her arms and legs move freely to help cuddle and play with her. What makes her even more special is that she cries real tears! Her tank to fill with water is on the back of her head (using distilled water only to not damage the tank). She takes 2 AAA batteries (which she comes with)! Turn her on and watch her come to life. Take away her pacifier or put her down and she out loud cries, but pick her up and cuddle her she stops.
I truly believe that she will be really happy to have gotten this. But just remember that giving your little girls AND boys dolls helps boost their imagination and can teach them to be better parents when they get older.
I’m back with some more goodies from Zebra. This time I am focusing on more of the bullet journaling and drawing aspect of the review. I haven’t drawn or really had much inspiration for more than 10 years. I am very pleased that my sons love art and drawing and I have found something that drives my creativity.
MF 701: This is a great box set that comes with a stainless steel ballpoint pen (0.7mm lead) and mechanical pencil with refillable standard lead. Both pencil and pen have a secure knurled grip and a designer metal clip. These are great for office, school and even drawing.
Drawn by my oldest son Ray
We decided that my oldest son would draw an awesome picture for my blog with the next few products that I received.
Zensations Colored Pencils Assorted 24 pk: These colored pencils are my new favorite pencils! They are triangular in shape which makes them easier to hold. The coloring is smooth and rich. The lead is 2.0 and you are able to refill and AP certified non-toxic. They come in the colors: Yellow, Orange, Lt Peach, Peach, Lt Pink, Pink, Blush Pink, Red, Ruby Red, Deep Fuchsia, Bright Lilac, Ice Blue, Sky Blue, Blue, Lt Green, Sap Green, Green, Yellow Ochre Lt, Terracotta, Brown, Dark Brown, Black, Steel Grey, White.
Mildliner: I love these markers for my bullet journaling. They’re light colors so show up softly on paper. They are double ended with a bullet and chisel tip. The ink doesn’t bleed through your paper, and mild water resistant ink is translucent and excellent for layering. AP Certified non-toxic. I received the 15 count pack but it is also available in smaller packs.
Zensations Calligraphy Pens: Available in 3 different sizes; 1.0mm, 2.0mm, 3.0mm point sizes. These pens don’t require nibs or refills. Ink is acid free, water resistant, bleed free, and quick drying. AP Certified non toxic. I am still learning how to calligraphy, but still learning with these pens.
Brush Pens: These brush pens are perfect for drawing and writing. Coming in different point sizes; Ultra Fine, Fine, and Medium Point Sizes and Double Ended with Fine and Medium Point, in black ink. The ink is acid free and water resistant. Cap Snaps Tight to Maintain Pen Freshness and Life.