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New Products and Programs from CVS/pharmacy Headquarters

If you follow my Instagram, Facebook or Twitter feeds, you know that at the end of September, I had the opportunity to visit CVS/pharmacy headquarters once again this year and sit in on informational sessions, and enjoy some great branded events, with some amazing bloggers.

CVS/pharmacy Bloggers

If you missed last year’s trip report head HERE. It’s been a busy month and I learned so much about great new products and programs that CVS/pharmacy is or will be rolling out. In this post you’ll see highlights of my visit and learn about these products and programs for yourself. In the meantime, make sure you’re subscribed to my blog by putting your email address in the appropriate box in the sidebar, that way you won’t miss my upcoming CVS/pharmacy product and program posts.

Whats Your DealFirst I’ll start with myWeekly ads and deals. Since this is something I mentioned to you in my post: CVS/pharmacy Announces myWeekly Ad Customized Savings I won’t go over all the details {if you want those click on the link I just mentioned}. But I will tell you that for those of us who aren’t hardcore couponers, this is perfect for the shopper in us who wants to save on things we are already planning on purchasing without having to spend hours of hard work getting that deal. Kudos to CVS/pharmacy for making it easy for shoppers like us to save!

Check out this funny, celeb-filled video showcasing a few different myWeekly ad suggestions. What’s Your Deal??? 

Joan Rivers cracks me up!

For the health-minded side of CVS/pharmacy, I enjoyed trying to decipher what was a health FACT and MYTH out of the health statements we were given by the CVS MinuteClinic crew. I actually learned a good bit of new information about MinuteClinic including:

  • Available in over 650 clinics in more than 25 states
  • Holds a 95% patient satisfaction rate
  • Staffed by Nurse Practitioners and Physicians Assistants who are able to treat, diagnose, and prescribe medication.
  • No appointments needed and services are available evenings and weekends
  • Known for acute services, but provide wellness services, physical screenings and more.

MinuteClinic Myth vs Fact MommyB.jpg

{Pictured above is Christine Young, I heart her, go check out her blog From Diapers to Dating}

I love how convenient MinuteClinic is, especially being a busy mom with two little girls. Sometimes I want my kiddos to get feeling better right away. We love our physician, but illness doesn’t always work on our doctor’s office timelines. Can I get an amen?!?

Of course most of the bloggers at the event were women, not all, but most, and we were pampered with some amazing Salma Hayek Nuance beauty products. If you haven’t heard of her line Nuance you are truly missing out my friend.Salma Hayek Nuance CVS

Nuance products are specially formulated with natural, exotic ingredients that have stood the test of time. It’s said that a number of ingredients used in Nuance products were the same used by Salma’s very own grandmother.

This year, Salma Hayek’s Nuance launched a few new products including: Nuance Salma Hayek Hair Care with rich ingredients like flax seed to strengthen and protect hair, and Nuance Salma Hayek Skincare including cleansers, BB Cream and more with each item under a $19.99 price point. Love beauty at a bargain!

Last but not least, on this fun media trip, we were treated to Christmas with CVS/pharmacy. Not only was the ambiance set for holiday celebrations, but we enjoyed a yummy Christmas morning breakfast complete with gingerbread lattes and peppermint mochas. Normally I’m not one for celebrating holidays too soon, but with the Christmas tree {and for those of you who celebrate Hannukah, the minora}, stockings, and Christmas lights really got me excited for the holidays to be here already.

CVS Christmas Holiday Gifts MommyB

We were also able to soak in the experience by doing a White Elephant swap of some of CVS/pharmacy’s soon-to-be “hot holiday gift” items. We also got to preview products that will be on “his” “hers” “kids” and other family members’ lists this Christmas and I got some great ideas for family and friends of my own.

CVS/pharmacy has even put together a few lists to get you started and help you out with shopping for those awesome people in your life you’d like to gift this Christmas season: Holiday Shopping at CVS/pharmacy.

I want to thank each of you who read my blog for your support. If you weren’t stopping by, reading my posts, commenting on Facebook, and entering giveaways I wouldn’t be able to work from home doing something I truly enjoy.

 

Thanks also to CVS/pharmacy for an amazing media event, lots of product samples to try out and tell my readers about, and of course the inside scoop on CVS/pharmacy’s newest products and programs coming out.

 

I was not compensated for this post. I did receive a trip to CVS/pharmacy headquarters for this event and work closely with the brand throughout the year on non-paid and paid projects. Any opinions in this post are my own. My family have been brand-loyal to CVS/pharmacies long before I was a blogger. Your opinions may vary.

Newest, Innovative Products from Target & Pampers {Giveaway}

This is a sponsored post, about products and brands we love.

 

If you’ve read some of my previous posts you know that DaddyB and I are done having our own children {although adoption is never out of the picture} and I have a lot of friends who are having their second or third babies lately. As a opinionated mom {no kidding}, I love sharing my thoughts on baby products and best brands. I also love buying my favorite brands for other moms in hopes they’ll share the same love of the products with me, if they don’t already.

Two brands you may hear me talk about a lot are Target {because we practically live there}, and Pampers {although no one in our house currently wears them}. I have been a longtime fan of Pampers diapers, training pants, and wipes and ALWAYS recommend the brand, so it was a great fit for me to be able to share some exciting new, innovative products from Target and some cool news about Pampers with you.

I love that Target is now carrying some really cool brands like 3 Sprouts, Trend Lab, and Aden + Anais for Target. These three lines are really cool, fresh, and great quality products. I’m partial to elephants and each of these lines carry fabric featuring adorable pachyderms:

 Target Brands

 I also love finding new products that just weren’t around when my girls were little, and stumbled on the KidCo GoPod Activity Seat. How awesome! We loved our daughter’s activity seat, but it was so big and bulky that we didn’t really want to travel with it, but this seat makes it a breeze to go to grandma’s house or bring to the babysitter’s. I would definitely have loved one of these and will be putting it on my list of baby shower gifts to give.

GoPod Activity Center

Target also carries my favorite brand of diapers, Pampers. I used to be so sad that back in our baby days Pampers Swaddlers only went to size 2, then they moved up and believe it or not, Pampers Swaddlers now go up through size 5!!! Although Swaddlers were my all-time favorite, I did also like Pampers Cruisers and they are also, new and improved with more absorbent materials and an even better fit for babies on-the-go.

Not only are these awesome diapers, but they’re even better when you can get a reward for buying them.

Target is celebrating these new Pampers innovations with two exciting offers:

  • Now through October 26th, 2013 receive a free $15 Target gift card with the purchase of 2 Pampers Giant Packs at Target
  • Then, from 10/27 – 11/2, receive a free $10 Target gift card with the purchase of 2 Pampers Super Packs at Target

Not only that, but  one lucky MommyB Knows Best winner will receive a special prize pack (valued at over $95) that includes: 

  • $50 Target Gift Card
  • Pampers Wipes (56ct)
  • aden + anais for Target Zooaroo Swaddle Wraps (4pk)
  • Skip Hop Zoo Malamine Kids & Toddler Tableware Set

Target Pampers Giveaway

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This is a sponsored post in conjunction with Target and Pampers brands. My family has been long-time customers of both brands and we fully stand behind the products and brands that are represented here. Your opinions may differ.

What’s App-enning?? App Series: What’s Up Doc?

Thank you to Disney Junior for providing access to the Doc McStuffin’s Appisode for review purposes.

 

It seems like if we’re not at the doctor’s for a well-check, blood work, sick visit you name it, I’m on medical websites checking out what symptoms are or home remedies for small issues, and the girls are watching or pretending to play Disney Junior’s Doc McStuffins.

Needless to say doctors are a big hit in our household. I even wanted to be a pediatrician when I was growing up. – random comment of the day.

I figured since medicine is on our brain I’d feature some of my favorite smartphone apps on that topic.

WebMD Mobile AppThe obvious choice for my first app, for a mom’s go-to when her family is ailing is of course the WebMD Mobile App. I love that I can not only read articles on whatever I’m searching for, but check out lots of helpful information for my specific area, {how cool is that?!?!}, WebMD shows me the health forecast, pollen counts, UV ray harshness and more. As a mom who’s trying to stay ahead of the game, this is a must-download in my book. Head HERE to read more details and if you want download on your smartphone.

 

For the kiddos, who, as I mentioned LOVE Doc McStuffins, Disney Junior has come out with an interactive episode, better known as an appisode, where your kiddos can watch a real Doc McStuffins episode and play along.

The Disney Junior Doc McStuffins app features activities to help rescue Ronda the helicopter, and save Boppy from deflating. With each of the mini-episodes there are several opportunities for your child to “help” their favorite characters and learn how to care for others as well.

Doc McStuffins Appisode

We like this app because it shows real episodes that my girls have seen on Disney Junior, and also that it’s not too difficult for my 3 year-old, and not too easy for my 6 year-old. The Disney Junior Appisode app for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch is free and the Doc McStuffins App is available for $4.99 and you can see details or download HERE. (Also check out these other Disney Junior Appisodes)

Our family pharmacy go-to is CVS/pharmacy. I love their mobile app because it has some pretty helpful features that include: the option to scan our prescription refills, a drug interaction checker to make sure we aren’t in danger when it comes to taking several medications {prescription and over the counter OTC}, a pill identifier, prescription history which is great for remembering what my family has taken when doctors or medical staff need that information, and lots and lots more, seriously, this app does so many great things and saves me time not having to call my doctor’s office or wait to speak with a pharmacist.

CVS:pharmacy Mobile App

For more details on the CVS/pharmacy app head HERE.

 

So those are a few of my favorite medical related apps, how about you? Do you like them too? Any that aren’t in this post that you want to share with us??

MommyB What's App-enning Series

Thanks for reading another MommyB Knows Best What’s App-enning blog post. Check out another related App post in the series HERE.

 

I received the Doc McStuffin’s Appisode for review purposes, all opinions expressed in this post are my own honest words and thoughts, yours may vary.

Why Superman Man of Steel Should Visit Atlantic City’s Steel Pier #jerseylove

Big, HUGE, thank you to the Steel Pier Amusement Pier for the #jerseylove hospitality and tour. We loved meeting you and even though you are super awesome, this post reflects my own honest opinions of my visit and my thoughts on the Steel Pier are based on my experiences at the park and not influenced by the fact that I indulged in the most delicious, complimentary cotton candy before visiting the park. 

 

Don’t you think that the “Man of Steel” should visit Atlantic City’s Steel Pier?

No??

Well, you’re right he is busy saving lives, but…

Okay, I guess I see your point.

The Steel Pier is Super Fun, and here are some reasons that, the Man of Steel, aka Superman, or really any awesome hero like person {including yourself} may enjoy a visit to the Steel Pier.

Steel Pier Super Man MommyB

Super Ticket Prices: Steel Pier gives you the option to purchase as little as 1 ticket or an all day wrist band. So heros can choose the amount of money they spend based on the rides they want to get on, and the amount of time they have to spend at the park. Often times the park stays open very late into the night. {Great for super hero families too!!}

Superific Rides: If you’re bringing the little heros they’ll enjoy the Double Decker Carousel, Ferris Wheel, and the swings. For the people who are mildly adventurous Steel Pier features super roller coaster rides like Crazy Mouse and Loco Motion, and some pretty awesome rides. A few of us #jerseylove girls enjoyed the Flying Dutchman, which is a pirate ship type ride, Freedom Flier, a true wolf in sheeps clothing of amusment park rides, but super fun ride that goes upside down, and basically all over the place, and Rock-n-Roll, which you may have seen at other fairs or amusement parks, this ride is like a carousel for adults, spinning forward and backward as the cars freely swing side to side, my only wish for this ride was that the music was a little more upbeat to match the style of the ride.

Here are some of my pictures of the rides at Steel Pier {no one was riding yet because we braved a torrential downpour {{or something similar} for a tour of the facilities, see water on the ground before it was quickly cleaned up after the storm stopped.}} – Please do not use this photo, or any photos in this post without my written permission.

Steel Pier Amusement Park Rides New Jersey Collage MommyB

Along with the rides listed above, and a few more in the park, there are a couple of rides that you won’t want to miss, especially if you are a thrill-seeker.

The helicopter is a BIG attraction and Steel Pier is the secret lair home to the only helicopter ride in Atlantic City, making it a busy stop for performers and celebrities flying via helicopter into AC. This is one of few attractions at the Steel Pier that is not included in the all-day pass.

Steel Pier Helicopter MommyB

Speaking of additional attractions, Steel Pier is also home to the Slingshot, where you can experience Up To 5 G’s and you are shot into the air and “fly” 0-225 Feet in 1.5 Seconds at over 100 MPH. Yeah, only a super hero would want to ride this, see:

Slingshot Ride Steel Pier Collage MommyB

Okay, I’m not a superhero, but I sure felt like one riding this ride. Elizabeth from Edvacation.com and I rode together {pictured left}. We even saw a rainbow while we were bouncing in the air, which made this #jerseylove trip even greater. {I’ll be writing more about my experiences throughout the next couple of weeks so stay tuned!!}

Yummy Amusement Treats to Rescue your Tummy: That speak for themselves, WHAT?! I had to try it, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to tell you how yummy it was!!

Steel Pier Food Collage MommyB

Amazing History: The Steel Pier in Atlantic City originally opened on Saturday, June 18, 1898, which in just a couple of days will be 115 years!!! How amazing. During it’s hay-day, Steel Pier was where Miss America was crowned for several years and was once called the “Showplace of the Nation” and included such acts as the High Diving horse; Rex the Wonder Dog, a water-skiing canine in the 1930s; and musicians, Frank Sinatra and Al Jolson among others.

Steel Pier History Wall MommyB

Don’t miss the next upcoming performance with Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses featuring Sarah Spiegel – Performing three shows July 27th, 2013 at 7:PM, 10:PM & Sunday July 28th, 2013 at 3:PM.

Awesome Things to Come for 2014 and beyond: Steel Pier has been touting some great new attractions and changes coming our way. Their plans include ideas to make the Steel Pier a year-round attraction, offer indoor banquet and event facilities, achieving a few theme park ride records, and adding some new rides.

Steel Pier New Additions Design MommyB

Super Fun for Everyone!! I speak for all of the #jerseyshore attendees {without their permission} when I say we had a BLAST during our visit to Steel Pier. Even though it was raining, that didn’t stop us from wanting to check out the rides, take pictures and because the weather cooperated, were able to enjoy the park in it’s entirety.

Crazy Mouse Steel Pier MommyB

I promise if you are in Atlantic City and you do not go visit the Steel Pier you will be kicking yourself. This family-owned operation is not only one of the most successful in the country, but it’s also got a lot of heart.

Being TheCoasterCritic’s wife, I geeked out a little when I got to meet Steel Pier Owner/President Anthony Catanoso, {Don’t you think he looks a little like Scott Baio?}, in all seriousness, the entire staff from management to ride operators and food vendors were so pleasant and really seemed like a family. I can’t wait to visit again, rain or shine!!

Steel Pier Owner Anthony Catanoso and Jennifer Bullock MommyB

Make sure you check them out Steel Pier on Facebook and Twitter too and let them know you have #jerseylove!

Why We Love Raggs Kids Show

**Thanks to Raggs PR for sending us some great products to try out.**

15 years before they appeared on broadcast television Raggs was created, by a parent, for their six year old. Luckily, the idea grew and now my children, and yours are able to reap the benefits of learning and laughter from Raggs television shows, DVDs, concerts/performances, an interactive website, and even Raggs themed products.

My girls enjoyed watching The Wiggles and often on the same station we would continue watching programming, which included Raggs. They liked how diverse the characters were and of course the fact that Raggs and his friends were in a band didn’t hurt either, {my girls love singing and dancing}. Although, I must admit we never really made it one of our regular shows…until we got a chance to check out more episodes on DVD recently.

Upon opening the package from Raggs, my girls fell in love with the plush Raggs stuffed toy {which you can purchase on their website}. Not only was he a great size but he was very soft, and features a “hidden” pocket to store treasure {say my girls}.

Raggs and Miss A MommyB

We are very mindful of what our girls watch and want it to be not only entertaining but educational as well. After watching Raggs with them, I truly feel that this programing in wholesome and worth watching for any family. Not to mention that some of the songs featured in the show are also on their CD. We love dancing to the Raggs music and it’s also a safe CD to have in for children’s parties and play dates as well.

Raggs and his friends, Razzles, Pido, B. Max, and Triby not only love to play music, but they love to be active and are always learning from situations they stumble upon. We love that their website features so many activities, videos and information for us to learn and play more with Raggs and his friends.

Raggs Website

Miss A regularly asked for Raggs as her video and music choices in the car on our trips, and this girl has a lot of choices so that certainly means a lot coming from her. Both of my girls, were laughing and really getting into dancing and listening to Raggs and the other characters on the show, so much that we have truly become fans of Raggs and no longer occasional watchers.

Raggs Collage MommyB

Make sure you check out Raggs for your family by visiting their newly updated and super interactive website at Raggs.com, we love Pido’s Rockin’ Code printable sheet, Raggs TV games, and their shop! Miss A and Lil C are loving the activity and sticker books we got, perfect for summer rest time, so they can calm down, focus, and relax with their favorite characters.

 

I received products from Raggs in order to give my honest, thorough opinions on their services and products. The words and thoughts expressed in this post are my own, however yours may vary.

New Additions to The Little Gym

I’m excited to share with you a few new additions to The Little Gym of Huntersville/Lake Norman’s awesome program.

Little Gym Classes

Children ages 2 and up can now enjoy dance class at The Little Gym of Huntersville/Lake Norman. The brand new Jazzy Beast program is the first dance centered Parent/Child class and begins at age 2.

Speaking of dance, Little Gym is now adding Hip Hop classes, yep you heard me right, Hip Hop. These classes are available for children ages 4 and up and are already open for enrollment. Make sure you sign up soon as spots are really filling up!

Little Gym Lego DuploThe Little Gym International just announced a partnership with LEGO DUPLO and The Little Gym Huntersville/Lake Norman will begin their, “Let’s Build, Let’s Play!” events for Parent Child age children in the Fall. Great for parents who have children under 3 who are unable to participate in Summer Camps and Parent Survival Nights.

Another announcement from The Little Gym International is their exclusive toy line partnership. They are developing educational toys/activities that will bring their signature 3 dimensional learning concepts straight into your home. So keep your eyes peeled for these great play tools.

So there you have it, a few GREAT new things that are new to The Little Gym and a few that are in the works to look out for. Aside from the great new programs and classes, also make sure you sign up for Summer Classes, Summer Camp and Parent Survival Nights, by heading to The Little Gym of Huntersville/Lake Norman’s website here: TLG Huntersville/LKN website.

Don’t forget to sign up for your FREE introductory class to try it out, but beware, you just may fall in love with it {says the mom who’s been there 3 years ago and on}.

Also follow TLG Huntersville/LKN on Facebook to check out some pictures from their location and see what they are up to!

I am The Little Gym of Huntersville/Lake Norman Mombassador, and receive services in return for my work showcased here. The honest opinions and thoughts expressed above are mine and my family’s, yours may vary.

What’s App-enning?? App Series: Appy Mother’s Day

Hey hey, what’s App-enning? Appy early Mother’s Day! Today I’m highlighting a great, FREE, app for mom just in time for Mother’s Day, and also snuck in some fun and educational apps for the kiddos that ultimately helps mom out too, {think grocery store, doctor’s office, road trip…}

MommyB What's App-enning Series

As moms {and parents in general} we’re always recording videos of our kiddos. If you’re like me and you have an iPhone you may whip that thing out everytime your kiddo does something cute, which around these parts is pretty often! The conundrum….my files are ALWAYS way to big to go anywhere other than straight to my laptop. I can’t send them to grandmom via text or hubby through email and by the time I do upload them to my computer I pretty much forget who I wanted to send them to in the first place. {I can claim mommy brain even though Lil’ C is 3 right?!?}

Enter: Joya, a Godsend iPhone app that lets you send videos regardless of their size to any recipient with text or email abilities.  Yep, you heard me right, they don’t need an iPhone or the app themselves, although if they have one they may also want to download it.  plus another great feature is that the recipient of your videos doesn’t have to worry about having space to download or store the videos because Joya creates a URL for easy viewing. Another reason this app rocks is the fact that it’s so discrete, keeping your videos private.

Joya App

For more on Joya visit getjoya.com and download it to your iPhone for free!

Now for the kiddos:

If you are a regular appster you may have some of the Disney themed apps, but have you see Disney Junior Appisodes yet?? These cool apps allow your child to not only watch a Disney Junior show, but it allows them to become a part of the episode. Children interact with the app by saying key phrases and words, shaking the device, and clicking on the screen.

The directions given by Disney Junior characters are easy for little ones and exciting for the bigger ones. We love the fact that we can not only watch our favorite shows like Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Jake and the Neverland Pirates, but that we can almost jump into their world through these apps.

Lil’ C especially likes to play these apps over and over again.

Disney Junior Appisodes

Download Disney Junior Appisodes here: appstore.com/disneyjuniorappisodes

Alien Buddies is great app little ones preschool through Kindergarten age. This app created by ArtGig Apps allow children to play matching games, dot-to-dots, puzzles, and play with stickers they earn. Each game has different levels based on your child’s skills. The game is easy enough for Lil’ C {age 3} and still fun for our advanced Miss A {almost 6 years}. Lil’ C loves it and is progressing through the levels, definitely one of our favorites.

Alien Buddies App

 Head to their website to get more info and also check out the extra alien goodies: alien-buddies.com and check out ArtGig App’s other iPad, iPhone, and iPod learning apps for children of all ages.

 

Thanks to Disney Junior and Artgig Apps for providing me with access to the apps to share with my children and get their input for this review.

Cool Children’s Photo Alarm Clock by Zazoo Kids

ZAZOO Photo Clock helps kids and parents get more sleep. It’s an innovative sleep solution for children who wake too early or do not stay in bed all night. Parents can use the pre-programmed images or personalized options set to an alarm time, and the screen will give children visual cues when it’s time to get out of bed. The photo clock grows with your child with features including a rotating photo frame, music, audio book, alarm clock and more.


Miss A is extremely interested in time and constantly asking questions about the time. “What time is it?” “What time do I have to go to bed?” “When can we work on crafts?” With the Zazoo photo clock I love that I can give her a time and she can check her clock and make decisions based on how much or little time she has.

Not only is this product a traditional clock but it is also an alarm clock.

Miss A is a very bright little lady, but often struggles with the concept of time, just like most kids her age. Especially since being at home with me for several years, on a light schedule and being able to play, come and go as we pleased. I love the fact that this photo clock offers an alarm and also offers a change in image when the alarm goes off to help let Miss A know when it’s time to wake up or time for rest to be over.

Not only is this product a traditional clock but it also features images.

The Zazoo Kids clock allows you to choose standard images from their collection (already on the device) or you can upload photos of your child or family or whatever images you choose from your computer directly to the clock.

To get your kiddos even more involved in the process and helping them understand the transition, consider taking a photo of your child resting and one of them wide awake and using those images for your rest and awake settings.

Not only is this product a traditional clock but it is also plays music that is already stored on the device or songs that you upload from your personal computer. My little girls love to listen to music in their rooms while they play or clean up, this is a great feature also to help them wind down for rest. I love that it’s a feature of the Zazoo Kids clock.

Not only is this product a traditional clock but you can also personalize it even more by adding your child’s name or a very short message.

This product is very easy to use, even if you aren’t very familiar with technology. I hooked my Zazoo Kids clock up to my laptop using the included USB cord, found the device that was named “Memory” (may vary), and pasted copies of images into the folder. The transfer was very quick and after I disconnected the device, was instantly available for viewing purposes. {Aren’t they cute!??!}

Zazoo Kids MommyB

This would also be a great for travel, especially for trips without mom and dad to a grandparent’s house. Easily upload images, video, and messages and they’ll be excited to be able to see you even though they’re not with you.

Currently there are several different styles of clock frames to choose from, for both genders. These clocks retail for $89.99, but remember they aren’t just clocks, they play music, can be personalized, have an alarm, and are essentially a digital frame, so you’re combining several products into one.

In my opinion this product seems pretty durable, but at the price point, it’s probably not something I would have within reach of my 3 year old, as for my almost 6 year old, and based on her personality and maturity I wouldn’t have a worry there. Obviously you know your children best regarding play and responsibility.

I encourage you to head to Zazoo Kids’ website to check out details and also if you haven’t already, check out the video above for more information and to see the Zazoo Kids clock in action.

Zazoo Kids Collage MommyB

 

I received the Zazoo Kids clock sample in order to perform this review and to give you my honest opinions. This post was written with integrity. Your opinions on this product may vary.

A Learning Adventure with Octonauts Toys

We are big Disney Junior fans, if you don’t know you should check out our Sofia the First Party Tips, Doc McStuffins show review, not to mention other Disney related goodness, just search “Disney” on the site. On that same note, one of my girls favorite Disney Junior fans, among Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins and the new Henry Hugglemonster is Octonauts.

For real, I didn’t think they would get into this show when they first started watching it. I’m not sure why, but compared to the other shows they tend to like this one seemed like one of the “not like the others” shows. Much to my surprise Octonauts, is one of their favorite shows, and one that they like to watch over and over again.

We love the crew of scientists and explorers that make up the Octonauts team. Captain Barnacles. Kwazzi, Peso, Shellington, Tweak, Dashi, and Tunip to name a few, all play an amazing part of the team work that it takes for this crew to do their job, and help sea creatures.

Because the girls are so enthralled by the work the Octonauts do and love learning about sea creatures, we were beyond excited to hear that they were coming out with a toy line. {See faces in photo below for reaction.}

No joke, this was their real expression when they opened their eyes and saw the Octonauts toys.

No joke, this was their real expression when they opened their eyes and saw the Octonauts toys.

 

MommyB Octonauts Toy Review

In that line up are some amazing toys that you and your kiddos can collect yourselves. Including:

Octonauts Octopod Playset – Retailing for $34.99 this cool playset is just like the one on the TV show, with over 10 play pieces including creatures, some of the Octonauts crew members, rescue tools, a clip-on Octo-Alert that has original Octonauts sounds and phrases.

***I recommend putting the stickers on before attaching the pods to the main piece otherwise it’s a tad more challenging. Otherwise this set is easy to put together and my girls love the “surprise” door. I like that some pieces clip to the Octopod, but do wish there was a compartment so we could move the Octopod and it’s pieces a little easier.

Octonauts Gup-B Mission Vehicle & Kwazzi – Retailing for $14.99 this is a great piece to purchase as a gift or add to your collection. This set includes Kwazzi, the Gup-B, a color-changing sea creature and a rescue tool.

***This toy is great for water play, and my girls loved that it was easy to get any of the Octonauts rescue crew in and out of the vehicle easily. It seems very sturdy and is great for hours of play.

Rescue Assortment Barnacles & Tunip – Retailing for $9.99 this is another piece that is great for a gift or just to add more crew members to your collection. Squirt water with Tunip, or enjoy hiding the color-changing sea creatures and playing with the clamshell that opens and closes.

***The girls adore Tunip and loved even more that they could squirt water with him, they also thought the clam was really cool as it opens and closes in the water.

Octonauts Octo-Compass – Retailing for $12.99 this is a MUST BUY! If your children love Octonauts, this compass has more than 60 phrases and sounds from the show.

*** The sounds don’t get repetitive and the kids loved pretending they were part of the crew and answering the characters. This and the Octopod were my favorite from the bunch although we enjoyed all the toys. 

For more information on Octonauts in general make sure you check out their website Octonauts.com for games and adventures. Also check out their Facebook page. To shop for these awesome toys make sure you head to Toys “R” Us before they sell out!

 

I am a member of Child’s Play communication and was sent product to review. This in no way effects the outcome of my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own honest thoughts written with integrity. Your opinions may vary.

Transformers Prime Beast Hunters – Predaking Review

As a Dad to two daughters, I get plenty of chances to play with toys. Of course, the majority of them don’t look like the toys I played with as a kid. So, I was excited to help out MommyB by reviewing the new PredaKing Transformer.

I was impressed with the amount of detail on PredaKing. The dragon heads have skin like spikes and extensions. There’s some hieroglyphic-like lettering on the wings, and Overall, he’s one of the best-looking Transformers I’ve seen. Admittedly, I only have a handful from the last 4 or 5 years. He’s very pose-able in his robot form with joints in his legs and arms. Also, his claw-like hands open to hold his weapons. As a robot, his weapons are two of his three dragon heads that turn into working rocket-launcher like guns.

Transformers Prime Beast Hunters MommyB

It’s rated a 2 out 3 on the difficulty scale and I would say that’s probably accurate. I had trouble changing it from robot to dragon mode the first time as the instructions were good, but not great. I may be a little rusty though and Transformer fans used to playing with the current generation of these toys might not have any problem at all.

I’m partial to vehicle-based Transformers, but the dragon mode looks pretty good. The guns turn into the other two dragon heads and just as when they were guns, they shoot fireballs. So parents, be aware that this toy has projectiles! Overall, Predaking is a great-looking Transformer that I’d imagine kids would have a lot of fun with. Again, I’d say it was a little difficult to transform, so I’d recommend it for slightly older kids or those with lots of experience.

How many of your kiddos play with Transformers??

I received a Hasbro Transformers Prime Beast Hunters action figure in order to give you my honest thoughts on this product. The thoughts and opinons above are my own, yours may vary.