The Amazing Zhus – Hot Holiday Toy

My daughter loves ANY and ALL toys that have to do with animals. We have every barking dog, meowing cat, a monkey, and a box full of ZhuZhu Pets™ that she absolutely loves. I can’t tell you how many times I had to take those Zhu Zhu Pets® out of her bed at night (she didn’t grow hair until she was two years old…I didn’t need her to get her hair tangled up in a toy)!

**I received the following product for the purpose of this review. All opinions are 100% my own. This post may contain affiliate links**

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What you are looking at above IS the hottest toy for this holiday season…The Amazing Zhus™! The Amazing Zhus™ are a new collection of toys from Cepia, LLC…the toymaker of the ZhuZhu Pets® and The Happy’s™.

 About The Amazing Zhus™

The Amazing Zhus™ Magician Pets are motorized pets that will amaze your friends as they perform magic tricks and gravity-defying stunts. The Amazing Zhus™ Magician Pets can correctly guess the answers to the Magician’s Cards – without even looking, follow the Magic Wand wherever you lead them, or predict the pea’s location in the Shell Game trick – every time. They even magically find their own way home to the Magician Houses! These talented pets can also perform stunts – including the High Dive and High Wire acts as well as the disappearing box!

The Amazing Zhu’s™ Magician Pets are available in the following two types of characters:

  • Amazing Zhus™ Magician Pet “The Great Zhu”
  • Amazing Zhus™ Magician Pet “Madame Zhu”

The Amazing Zhus™ Stunt Pets perform astounding acrobatics and gravity defying stunts! They can plunge over 3 feet from the High Dive into a bucket below, brave a Tightrope, run around on Circus Balls, and vanish in a Disappearing Box!

You can find these Amazing Zhus™ Stunt Pets come in the following four types of characters:

  • Amazing Zhus™ Stunt Pet “Abra”
  • Amazing Zhus™ Stunt Pet “Dyanamo”
  • Amazing Zhus™ Stunt Pet “The Great Kardini”
  • Amazing Zhus™ Stunt Pet “Piccadilly”

Are you seeing why these are the hot new toy of the season?!? Besides the different characters, there are a number of accessories that you can get to go with The Amazing Zhus!

  • Amazing Zhus™ Magician Cards (Free with every Magician Pet and select accessories)
  • Amazing Zhus™ Magician Shell Game
  • Amazing Zhus™ Disappearing Box Trick
  • Amazing Zhus™ High Dive
  • Amazing Zhus™ Circus Ball
  • Amazing Zhus™ High Wire

We received the Amazing Zhus Stunt Pet “Dynamo” and the Amazing Zhus Disappearing Box Trick. Bella was very excited when we opened it and had a lot of fun showing everyone how her toy was able to disappear right before their eyes!

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What I Liked

First and foremost, I liked that The Amazing Zhus™ come with batteries and they are batteries that seem to last! Normally when my kids get a toy that comes with batteries, the batteries end up not lasting very long at all. It drives me crazy. Sure I should remember to buy batteries whenever I get a battery operated toy, but I don’t! I also (along with everyone else in our house that night) loved that the toy not only entertained my kids, but the cat had a BLAST chasing Dynamo all over the kitchen floor!!

So what are you waiting for…pick up one of The Amazing Zhus for your kids this holiday season! The toys and accessories range in price from $7.99 to $24.99 and they are recommended for kids ages 4 and up! Don’t you want to see your little one smile like Bella this holiday season?!?

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Great Books for the Holidays – 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

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Books make great gifts. I remember getting books as a kid or going to the library and checking out a huge stack of books…reading was something I very much enjoyed doing and something, as I started having kids, I hoped my own kids would enjoy doing. And thankfully, they do enjoy reading a lot! Bella tends to go towards non-fiction books, especially those having to do with reptiles. Zack, on the other hand, likes graphic novels. He likes the pictures!

**I received the following books as part of my holiday gift guide. All opinions are 100% my own. This post may contain affiliate links**

If you are like me and like to give books for the holidays, here are a few book ideas you can give:

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Peanuts: Be Joyful: Peanuts Wisdom to Carry You Through – this book by Charles M. Schulz is a cute little book that is a perfect stocking stuffer, gift for a teacher, etc. The book has something you should “be” on one page, like Be Hopeful and on the other page you have a peanuts quote. For example, on the Be Hopeful page, the quote says:

Lucy: I just noticed something about this room.

Schroeder: What’s that?

Lucy: There’s an appalling lack of mistletoe.

The book retails for about $7.95.

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Alvin and the Chipmunks: It’s Show Time!: With Sound and Music

One of my absolute favorite cartoons as a kid was Alvin and the Chipmunks. When my kids got into the show, I was secretly excited. It cracked me up to see them laughing at all the different antics. The Alvin and the Chipmunks: It’s Show Time! book by Ross Bagdasarian and Janice Karman is about Alvin, Simon and Theodore putting on a show to help support he local animal shelter. The fun part (besides the actual story!) is that there are 8 interactive sounds that help bring the story to life.

This book retails for $17.95

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Frank!

Frank! a cute story by Connah Brecon, is about a little bear that is always late for school. So late that on the first day, he arrived AFTER everyone had already gone home for the day! With cute illustrations, an adventurous story and easy to read words, this is a book your kid will be sure to love!

This book retails for $16.95.

You can visit Running Press online for more details about the books highlighted above or other books that Running Press has to offer!

Guillow’s Make It Then Fly It Gifts – 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

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My husband and I decided that we are not buying our kids (10 and 8) a bunch of toys this Christmas. They hardly play with the toys that they do have. So we told them that they needed to start making their Christmas list and we would like to see things they can do, make or wear. Hopefully we stick to our plan!

*I received the following product for the purpose of this post. All opinions are 100% my own. This post may contain affiliate links*

I don’t know about your kids, but mine have ALWAYS loved airplanes. My parents used to go to Mackinaw Island a lot when they would come back, they always had an airplane for my son. Those airplanes eventually a love for making paper airplanes, which my two used a ream of computer paper to make hundreds of paper airplanes that they were planning on selling in front of our house, much like kids sell lemonade on a hot summer day! When I saw the Guillow Stunt Flyer, I knew it was something my son would love!

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When you purchase the Guillow Stunt Flyer model plane, everything you need (except for the glue and wire cutters) is in that box pictured above.

About the Stunt Flyer

The 4505 Stunt Flyer is fashioned after aerobatic aircrafts that are designed to be as close to ideal for aerobatics as possible, focusing on maneuverability, allowing them to do fantastic stunts. The kit contains laser cut balsa parts, plastic propeller & wheels, detailed stick on wing covering and rubber band motors. The wing span measures 11″ and it takes less than 2 hours to build!

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First mistake we made, popping the pieces out before figuring out (and labeling) what is what. Second mistake we made was breaking a piece of the wood. Thankfully it can be glued and fixed! Overall, this was a fun project. I do think it would have been better if I left it for my husband and son to take care of, but it was fun, nonetheless!

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This kit retails for $12.19 and is perfect for ages 13+, though my 10 year did like doing it.

What are some of the things your kids are asking for this year?

2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Estella Designer Baby Rattle

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There is nothing cuter than seeing a baby at the holidays. I remember when Bella was born…there was a dress that I wanted SOOOOO badly for her, but I wanted everything to go with the dress (the shoes, the tights and the sweater). However, I couldn’t justify spending $70 for a holiday dress for a two month old. Unfortunately, the pictures I have of Bella from that Christmas were on a laptop that got a horrible virus and I lost the majority of the pictures.

 

**I received the product listed below as a submission for my 2014 Holiday Gift Guide. All opinions are 100% my own. This post may contain affiliate links**

Aside from what to dress your baby in for the holidays, it’s also rather difficult to figure out what to presents to get a baby. Since we already had a 2 1/2 year old, we had to get Bella something for Christmas…he would have asked why Santa forgot about his baby sister!

For babies that young, I really like to get cutesy gifts. Things I wouldn’t normally buy on an everyday basis. When Zack was an infant, he received the most adorable frog one-piece outfit with a matching bib. The bib was definitely to pretty to wear while we fed him, but nonetheless, it was a very cherished gift.

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Estella has the perfect gifts for the little ones in your life. One idea is their adorable line of baby rattles. Their hand knit rattle makes a cute accessory to any gift you get the baby in your life. I was sent, what I consider, the cutest pretzel shaped rattle.

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About Estella

The owners, parents to three young children themselves, founded Estella in 2002 to introduce parents to a family of fashionably designed boutique clothes, toys and accessories for babies and toddlers. Its mission, then and now, is to continue exceeding customers’ expectations by creating beautiful, trendsetting products that will provide treasured memories for years to come! Find something fabulous at www.estella-nyc.com.

Each hand knit toy is made from 100% cotton and it is PVC and BPA free. The rattles range from $16 to $22.

Which rattle would you choose? 

Maleficent on Blu-ray – 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

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I will admit, when I heard about the movie, Maleficent, I was less than thrilled to see it. It just didn’t seem like my kind of movie. I don’t know why, but I was adamant that I was not going to see it…and I didn’t. I didn’t see it in the theater. My kids and husband did, however and they came home absolutely RAVING about the movie. Once again, I made the wrong choice when it came to seeing a movie at the theater!

**I received the copy of Maleficent for the purpose of this post. All opinions are 100% my own. This post may contain affiliate links**

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First of all, doesn’t Angelina Jolie look amazing?!? As good as she looked in this movie, she gave an even better performance. Minutes into watching this movie, I could see exactly why my kids and husband raved about this movie. I can see why this movie grossed more than $700 million!

What is Maleficent About?

For those of you that don’t know what the movie is about (and apparently live under the same rock as I did)…

Explore the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain in this wickedly fun twist on the classic “Sleeping Beauty.” In an unforgiving mood after a neighboring kingdom threatens her forest, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) places an irrevocable curse on the king’s newborn daughter, the Princess Aurora. But as the child grows, Maleficent finds herself becoming fond of the girl. And as the conflict between the two realms intensifies, Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land. Journey beyond the fairy tale in this soaring adventure that is “visually arresting, brilliantly designed.

Maleficent makes a great holiday gift this year…maybe a stocking stuffer? At any rate, you will want to add this to your movie collection. The Blu-ray comes jammed packed with quite a bit of bonus feathers you don’t want to miss.

Bonus Features

  • From Fairy Tale to Feature Film – Re-imagining Maleficent for a new generation.
  • Building an Epic Battle – Creating the clash between Maleficent and King Henry’s Forces.
  • Classic Couture – Examine Maleficent’s spellbinding head wraps and jewelry.
  • Maleficent Revealed – Explore the layers of extraordinary special effects.
  • Aurora: Becoming a Beauty – Elle Fanning reveals her lifelong love of Disney’s original animated classic.
  • Deleted Scenes:
    • “Stefan in King’s Chamber”
    • “Pixie Idiots”
    • “Diaval asks about the Curse”
    • “Pixies Seek Asylum
    • “Suitor”

You can pick up your copy of Maleficent on Blu-ray, DVD or watch it On-Demand starting November 4, 2014! If you would like to stay connected with the latest news and information about Disney’s “Maleficent“, check them out here:

Will you be picking your copy up on November 4th?