Growing older is inevitable. Growing up? Now that’s optional as far as I’m concerned. I’m not alone with this one either. There are a lot of people out there who believe that, although the years pass and you have a birthday or two, it doesn’t have to mean you give up on all of the things you liked once-upon-a-time when you were younger.
Die-hard sports fans are truly a breed of their own. Trust me, I know. There is someone on my list who lives and breathes a particular football team. If it were up to him, and considered acceptable behavior, he would commute to and from work in a custom decaled Seahawks SUV, wear a different Seahawks jersey and cap every day, and have his entire home decorated in Seahawks memorabilia. Thankfully there is someone in his life to put the breaks on his Seahawks obsession – thank you mom. But what do you get the sports fan for Christmas without blowing the bank, your sense of style, or décor? Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Playtime is the best way to help baby grow and master new skills with each exciting phase.
Babies change at an astonishing pace so you want toys that will grown with them. This holiday season pick up an interactive toy that is going to nurture your favourite baby in a fun way. This collection may even get Mom and Dad playing along.
Being dragged out of bed on Christmas morning by your excited kids isn't so bad when you see their happy faces around the tree. Which toys do your kids have on their wish list? Are you looking forward to filling your home with the sound of cheers when they tear open their gifts?
With another installment of the Hunger Games in theaters now, it puts archery as a fun hobby back to the forefront. In the Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen learned archery as a young girl, and her expertise helped in feeding her mother and sister. Luckily, your children will be able to treat it as more of a hobby. Bear Archery sets are now available at Best Buy, and make an out of the box, yet enjoyable gift idea.
With the holidays fast approaching, gift giving can be really easy, or really hard depending on whom you're buying for. Then there are the gifts with dual purpose - Maybe you want to give it to your teen, or maybe you want something you can all enjoy as a family. Maybe it's even something that might flash you back to when you were their age? Here's a list of some of those fun products that might do just that.
It is amazing how my two girls are so different: their temperaments, eating habits as well as the toys they like. When I had asked my two girls whether they would like a new kitchen or train set, my older daughter replied “I want a new kitchen” while my younger daughter replied “I want a train set”, so I was desperately looking for space in our home to house these two new KidKraft toys that I was asked to review. In this article, I will discuss the KidKraft kitchen. Overall, I am very impressed with Kidkraft creations: in my opinion there’s no comparison to the Kidkraft kitchens sets.
Are the Leap Pad Ultra & Leap Pad 2 the ipads for younger kids?
I was given a few Leap Pad products to test and try out. I wasn’t sure if my kids would actually use them or not since we already have 2 ipads & an ipad mini at home which both my girls use daily. So going from an ipad to a leap pad ... I thought it would be a bit of a stretch to get the girls to try something new. But surprise, surprise, leap pad does have a way to lure the kids to try their educational toys. Read more about my adventures testing the Leap Pad Ultra, Leap Pad Power and the Leap Pad Monster Bundle.
As one of the self-admitted hardest people on the planet to buy a gift for, it's sometimes helpful to have a list of some of the things we secretly want or think would be great to receive. Some of us have simple tastes. Some of us have expensive tastes. Either way, this list might provide insight into some of those bits and pieces of technology we're secretly interested in, but might not let on as much as we should.
A more serious line of RC Vehicles catering to older racers, Traxxas blends sophistication with toughness and puts forth the LaTrax Rally car. With waterproof elements and full 4 Wheel Drive, this vehicle (done in the spirit of real rally cars) is capable of powering through the rain, leaves, sand and even snow. How does it hold up to some of these tests? Read on for more.
Canadian Pro Scooter manufacturer, Havoc, have brought their line of versatile scooters to Best Buy! Havoc Pro Scooters can support riders from ages 8 to 88 (up to 100kg) and cater to all different skills and experience levels. Whether the rider in your family just wants a scooter to take around the block, or to the skate park to show off the latest tricks, Havoc has something for them. Havoc scooter are also customizable! lRead on to learn more about Havoc's scooters.
Almost every parent out there has purchased at least one LeapFrog Learning product. I mean, who doesn't like LeapFrog? I found that my two girls were always drawn to all the colorful designs on the toys and the sounds that each of the LeapFrog toy makes. Below I will talk about the Musical Rainbow Tea Party Set and the Read With Me Violet Book Set.
It’s safe to say that 1998 was the Year of the Furby. The cute little electronic robots hit the market like a firestorm and were one of the must-have toys of the holidays that year. Not only were they cute, resembling a hamster or an owl, but they were smart too. When you unpacked your Furby from the box, it started out talking nothing but Furbish. As you spent more time with it, your toy was able to slowly learn your language.
Flash forward to 2012 – after years on hiatus, the Furby became available again. This time around, Furby had LED eyes, a lot of cool new phrases, and seriously fun ways to interact.
But the 2012 Furby was just the tip of the kid-tech iceberg, because an all-new Furby is hitting the market again and this time he’s taking your iPad or Android tablet for a wild ride too.
If you’ve ever looked longingly at pillowcases full of candy being toted around by little ones on October 31, or waxed nostalgic over teenage weeknights spent lighting fire crackers, I have good news for you – Halloween isn’t just for kids anymore. In fact, this annual celebration of ghosts and goblins is becoming increasingly popular among adults – and the statistics prove it.
I’ve had tablet computers since they arrived on the scene in 2010, and like anyone, I truly covet those handy little gadgets. Not only do they give me a way to watch, text, and play wherever I go, it keeps me organized in ways I could never have imagined.
But when you have such great dependence on a gadget, it also comes with a great responsibility to keep it safe. From my kids that is. I can’t count how many friends I’ve had who have watched helplessly as their kids fractured the screen of their tablets, chipped the case, or tossed it into a bathtub they decided it needed to go for a swim.
Yes, these are amazing educational tools, but when kids use them, they have to be wrapped in a suit of armor or monitored closely.
The Ontario based Litehawk company is attempting to do what they can to make radio controlled vehicles a bit more affordable for the masses. For a fraction of what you can expect to pay for more advanced models, you can take a step into a Litehawk, and get the same chance to tinker and customize. The Blast and Brute are two such vehicles, carrying top speeds of up to 35 km/h with little more to do out of the box than charge batteries and power on. Click below to get acquainted with both models after they were taken for a test drive.
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When it comes to Halloween costumes for kids, I’ve learnt my lesson about getting in there early. Last year a Minecraft head my son wanted was sold out all over the entire country before I could pick one up, and the crisis was only averted when I managed to find a different costume that he liked almost as much.
As Halloween draws closer, I’ve been hearing from my kids a lot about the ‘tragedy of the Minecraft head” and how I better get my hands on those must-have Halloween costumes before they’re sold out.
As Hootie pointed out in Part 2 and Part 3 of Turn Game Day into Family Day, watching the big game with so many intermissions, commercials, and breaks means the best part of the day is the time spent interacting with family members. After all, 5 years from now you probably won’t remember the score of the game, but you will remember how you laughed together on the couch.
So how do you keep the family momentum going once the game is over, the snacks are eaten, and it’s easy to spread out in the house and have everyone do their own thing again? It’s simple when you have a backup plan in place, and that plan includes play time!
As Shelly points out in her post about pre-game preparation, game day is an excellent opportunity to have fun with the entire clan and make it a great family day. I like her idea of getting the family involved in the food, because what is a game without food? – BUT I think the real family fun happens during the excitement of the game, especially if you can play some games around the big game that will get everyone interacting. Here are some ideas.
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Crafting is something that people can pick up at any point in their life. From scrapbooking to paper art, painting ornaments to refinishing furniture (which I consider to be a craft in itself), there’s so many different ways to express your creativity.
Because there are so many different types of crafts you can do, there are a ton of products available to help you take your crafting to the next level. I had a chance to test out two great products – the Silhouette Portrait and the Silhouette Cameo electronic cutting machines.
Able to go upwards of 100 MPH out of the box when it's tuned to the right settings, the flashy and aerodynamic nature of the Traxxas XO-1 Radio Control Car is nothing like you've ever experienced before. With a specially designed engine block and body design, the XO-1 keeps low to the ground to provide a faster driving experience for hobbyists and casual drivers alike.
Ready to take a spin? The XO-1 is now available at a reduced price. Come take a closer look.
On SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY! I got the chance to spend some quality time with one of my childhood icons: The Grave Digger Monster Truck! The fun that ensued was even more awesome than my inner child could have ever dreamed of.
In my experience, we’ve been about 3 hours into the first day of summer vacation when the ‘I’m boreds’ hit. Although common, the ‘I’m boreds’ can be pretty stressful for any parent, especially if the vacation you’ve been planning is still weeks away and all of the play dates have dried up because everyone has left the city. So with the start of summer vacation just a few days away, there’s never been a better time than right now to arm yourself with the tools to prepare for the critical ‘I’m Bored’ period, or anytime this summer when the kids are restless.
Here are a few summer fun ideas to keep the kids happy for more than a few hours:
One of LEGO's oldest lines, and newest lines are now available at Best Buy. A trusted brand since 1978, LEGO City has seen many shapes, sizes and subcategories in its 30+ years and nearly 300 sets. DC and Marvel Superheroes, however, are newer, having seen just two years or so of the spotlight. Both, however, have video games dedicated to them coming out this year. Come take a look at LEGO City and the Superheroes line.
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The Friends line is one of the newest LEGO products out. Introduced in 2012, it features uniquely designed urban themed sets and minifigs unlike any others seen, including those in the City product line. With sets for everything from Vet offices to Rehearsal Stages, Friends promises a different style of LEGO products that you've never seen before. Come check out Plug-In's look at Friends.
With sets recommended for children as young as 18 months, Duplo is the perfect LEGO product to start your youngsters on their pathways to creativity. With large, bright and colorful pieces, your children can sit for hours making their favorite animals, playing with their favorite Disney characters, or just stacking pieces on top of each other and making their own creations. Now, Duplo lands at Best Buy, and Plug-In takes you through some of the sets available now.
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