Holiday Guide: Disney Princess Sing & Glow Rapunzel {Review}

sing and glow rapunzelRecently I received the Sing & Glow Rapunzel doll from the wonderful folks at Mattel.

Lucy is a HUGE Rapunzel fan. People often comment that Lucy’s hair looks quite a bit like Rapunzel’s, and I could totally sit and brush it all day. {But, wouldn’t you know it? I sing and sing and sing, and I’m not looking any younger.}

When the package from Mattel arrived, Lucy about went through the roof. Even in the box, Lucy had so much fun with this toy. You push the button on her chest and she magically lights up and starts singing. When she’s out of the box, well, that’s when the real magic happens. Rapunzel comes with a magic wand. When you wave the wand over the flower on her chest, she sings and lights up. It really is a very cool feature.

There are several things I love about the Sing & Glow Rapunzel:

  • It’s made by Mattel and backed by Disney – two awesome companies that this mom approves.
  • The lights and sounds are phenomenal and really make the doll something special. It’s really Rapunzel from the movie singing, too, so no “fake” voices.
  • Her clothing is high quality, hard to rip, and you can’t access the lights or batteries easily. {Good for when baby brother grabs the doll and doesn’t want to let go.}
  • It takes 3 AAA batteries but they last for the longest time. Lucy has played with this toy for countless hours, and the batteries aren’t showing any signs of needing replaced.

lucy and rapunzelThe only thing I would have changed about the doll? I would have made the magic “wand” a magic “brush” instead. While Rapunzel’s hair isn’t super long, it still needs brushed, and the first thing I think of when I think of Rapunzel is brushing her hair.

All in all, this is a super fantastic toy, and it gets 2 thumbs up from everyone in our house. While we’ve heard “At Last I See the Light” about a million times, it never gets old to watch Lucy spin around and sing along with all the drama she can muster. It’s really very sweet.

I would highly recommend this doll to any parent that has a Rapunzel fan in their household.

There are some fantastic deals available online right now. Here are some places I’ve found to purchase the doll:

  • Mattel – $31.99 {Free Shipping Right Now}
  • Disney Store – $39.50 {Not sure on shipping}
  • Walmart – $31.88 {97 cent shipping to home}
  • KMart – $32.99 {Free in-store pickup}
  • Barnes & Noble – $34.95 {Eligible for free shipping}
  • Amazon – $49.99 {Eligible for free shipping}

Disclaimer: I received the item mentioned above from Mattel in order to facilitate my review. I was in no other way compensated for this post. Opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Mega Bloks Dora Playset: Dora’s Bathtime {Review}

Dora Bathtime PlaysetMy kids are big fans of Mega Bloks, and my daughter Lucy absolutely loves Dora. So, when Mega Bloks created their Dora Playsets, and Team Mom gave me (andLucy!) the opportunity to review one, I jumped at the chance!

We received the Dora’s Bathtime Set. Lucy and I had so much fun putting it together. Her favorite part was adding the stickers on the blocks. The one bummer, though, was that Boots was just a sticker. Since Boots is our favorite friend of Dora’s, it was disappointing that he wasn’t an actual figurine. And I really didn’t get why the brush was a sticker on a block too. Even if Dora doesn’t have real hair, it still would have been nice to have a brush and not a brush sticker on a block.  Lucy seemed to be ok with it, though, and she still plays with the set for hours and hours. She loves that you can change Dora’s skirt and hang up the one that she’s not using on a tiny little hanger. She also loved the little “rubber ducky” that came with it so that Dora can have a toy to play with in the bathtub.

Dora PlaysetOne feature that I really love is that you can play with this set alone, or use it along with other Mega Bloks playsets. It’s very versatile, and it’s been tons of fun for Lucy.

At $14.99, the playset is a great value from Mega Bloks. Honestly? I would pay a bit more if the set came with a “real” brush and a Boots figurine.

There are several Dora playsets available from Mega Bloks, and you can check them out at the Mega Bloks Family Club website. (Be sure to join the Mega Bloks Family Club if you haven’t already. As a member, you can get exclusive offers, contest information, informative newsletters, even $5 off coupons and so much more!) The Dora playsets are also available at Toys “R” Us, Walmart, select Target stores, and on Amazon.com.

Lucy & Her Dora Playset
Disclaimer: I am participating in a blog tour with Team Mom on behalf of Mega Brands. I received the products necessary to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% my own. I have not been compensated in any other way for this post.

 

30 Day Photo Challenge: Day SIXTEEN

Day Sixteen: Toys

Toys
We’re all about the monkeys here!

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Celebrate Childhood with Caillou {Review}

CaillouParker loves Caillou. And he adores Caillou’s cat, Gilbert. So, when Team Mom offered up a couple of very cool Caillou toys for a review, I jumped at the chance to surprise Parker with them.

We received 2 toys for this review: A Caillou doll and a Caillou bath time vehicle. Let’s do each product separately.

First, the Caillou Classic Doll. I know – boys aren’t supposed to play with dolls. But, who made up that rule? Whomever it was forgot to tell Parker, because he loves “babies.” In fact, he takes better care of Lucy’s dolls than she does half the time. When Parker saw that he got his very own doll, and it was a Caillou doll, one of his favorite tv characters, he was in heaven. In fact, I don’t think he’s put Caillou down for more than a few minutes at a time. Parker & CaillouHe goes in the car with us, Parker sleeps with him at night, he’s become a constant companion. The doll features the classic Caillou outfit with vinyl head, arms, and feet, as well as a super soft body that Parker loves to hug. And he does, all day and all night. You can see how much he loves the toy in the picture!

Next, we have the Caillou Bath Time Vehicle. Parker was SO excited to see Caillou’s cat, Gilbert, on the boat with Caillou! He loves that cat, and seeing him there just made Parker’s day. I’ve got to say that I wish bath toys had been this cool when I was a kid. The boat really floats AND it really moves! When you crank the “motor,” it really makes the boat move through the water. Parker had a blast with it. Every time I put him in the bathtub now, it’s next to impossible to get him out! One great feature of this boat is that all the pieces come apart, which makes it perfect for working on Parker’s fine motor skills. And, because you can pull the motor off the bottom, you can make the boat “sail” over the coffee table, couch, kitchen table, stair railing, and more! I’m pretty sure this boat has sailed over every inch of our house.

If you have a little boy or girl that loves Caillou, I would definitely recommend that you check out these fabulous toys. They are both available at 272 participating Toys R Us stores (visit store locator at www.caillou.com/storelocator) and the following e-commerce sites:   www.toysrus.com, www.fao.com, www.kohls.com, and www.tystoybox.com. The 14.5 inch doll retails for $29.99, and the bathtub toys are just $16.99. It’s a great deal, and these toys are sure to bring your child hours of entertainment.

Caillou Doll Caillou Bath Time VehicleDisclaimer: I am participating in a blog tour with Team Mom on behalf of Caillou and Cookie Jar Entertainment on the release of the new toys available at Toys “R” Us. I received the products necessary to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% my own. I have not been compensated in any other way for this post.

 

Get Mega with the Mega Bloks Domino Build Game {Review}

Mega Bloks Domino Build GameThanks to Team Mom, I was recently introduced to the Mega Bloks Domino Build Game. Perfect for both boys and girls ages 3 – 6, the game teaches kids the basics that they need to know: colors, numbers, matching, and motor skills. The game is so simple to play – match colors and animals. If you make a domino match, you win a block to construct a zoo animal!

My kids, Lucy, Parker, and Jace have really had a blast playing this game together. It’s simple enough that I can leave Jace “in charge” and I can watch as the three of them play together. Lucy and Parker get so excited when they make a match and get to add another piece to their “animal tower.” (That’s what they call them.)

Here are some of the things the kids and I love about this game:

  • The bright colors and fun animal cards and building blocks.
  • Perfect for boys and girls.
  • Easy to play, but teaches kids vital skills.
  • The price: Retail Value is approximately $10.99, which is a fantastic deal!

I absolutely love this game, and so do my kids. The best part is, the two little ones can have fun with it even if they don’t play it the right way. They love building the “animal towers” and matching the animal cards. I love watching their little minds working as they do things together and have a ball!

Mega Bloks Domino Build GameIf you’d like to purchase the Mega Bloks Domino Build Game, it’s available on Amazon.com, Fred Meyers, Toys R Us Canada (Quebec only) and Walmart Canada.

I also want to let you know about the Mega Bloks Family Club. Members receive the following:

  • A printable Coupon for $5 off any $30 or more Mega Bloks purchase.
  • Other exclusive offers, contests, sweepstakes, and promotions on Mega Bloks toys.
  • Information on new Mega Bloks toys for kids ages 1 to 6.
  • Access to an Education and Informative Blog by a leading panel of mom bloggers with articles on the benefits of construction toys, product reviews, pictures, and more.
  • A complimentary email newsletter with great new building ideas, toys for kids ages 1 and up, and other helpful information.

To sign up, head to http://familyclub.megabloks.com

Also, while you’re there, be sure to check out the Mega Bloks Mom Search. Mega Brands is looking for 5 Mega Bloks Mom personalities to contribute to the Mega Bloks Family Club, a brand new Mega Brands blog and online community. If selected, each Mega Bloks Mom blogger will receive compensation, along with free Mega Brands product. You can learn more and apply here.

To learn more about the MEGA Brand of products, visit www.MegaBrands.com.

Disclaimer: I am participating in a blog tour with Team Mom on behalf of Mega Brands. I received the products necessary to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% my own. I have not been compensated in any other way for this post.