Pinypon Weekend Getaway Hotel by Famosa

disclosure-imageThe other day I told you about the absolutely fabulous toy, Pinypon Ski Lodge & Snow Adventure Car and Tow! I think these toys are absolutely darling! The bright colors and the versatility of this toy, really make it a great choice this holiday season.

Today I would like to introduce you to the Pinypon Weekend Getaway Hotel that is sold exclusively at Costco. The Pinypon Weekend Getaway Hotel includes over 50 accessories.  Once your Pinypon friends arrive at the hotel and unpack, they can relax on the terrace or dip there toes in the pool.  This toy set is perfect for kids ages four and up.

IMG_2416About Pinypon Toys

Pinypon was introduced to the U.S. market in 2012.  Little girls really took to this product right away because each pieces can be swapped out. Don’t want your doll to have red hair today? That’s OK!  Simply take the hair off the doll you do want and you have a whole new look for the day!  You can swap out the hair, heads, feet, mid-sections…you can truly make a new doll out of all the other dolls parts!  How fun is that?!?

If you would like an added interactive experience, kids can log onto where they can play free games, coloring pages and puzzles! Parents, on there is a section on the website for you called The Toy Blog.  Here you will find a TON of information on the “amazing world in which our kids play and dream“!  While you are on the Famosa Group website, be sure to check out all of their best-selling brand of toys!

The Pinypon Weekend Getaway Hotel is sold exclusively at Costco for a very reasonable price of $29.99.  This is an excellent gift option for that special little girl in your life!  Oh and while you are at Costco, I highly recommend you pick up a bag or two of the Chicago Style popcorn.  Cheese popcorn mixed with caramel corn.  So good!

 So tell me…who would you get this toy for?

Holiday Gift Ideas for Teachers


Being that I have a background in teaching, I am very passionate about my children’s education and I love games and products that teach them.  So when I was asked if I would like to review some products from Super Duper Publications, my answer was a very quick, “YES”! Not only are these products good for home use, they are also great if you are looking for an idea for your child’s teacher for the holidays!  I know they would appreciate it!

Magne Talk Telling Time


Telling time is a difficult concept for kids to grasp. With the Magne Talk Telling Time magnetic board, kids are able to practice telling time on a traditional clock, on a digital clock AND they can practice making sentences using words that pertain to time!  Retails for $21.95.

 Classifying Photo Fish

IMG_2438This is truly a really cute game! Each fish has a different picture on it.  Either an animal, something from around the house, transportation, clothing or food is pictured on each fish. At the start of the game, each kid is given a category card and the object of the game is to catch as many fish as you can that fit in your category!  This will help with sorting and classifying!  Classifying Photo Fish retails for $43.95.

Story Prediction Fun Deck


One of the biggest things kids need to work on in school is reading comprehension. With the Story Prediction kit, kids are able to listen to or read a story card and then choose the answer that best fits how the story would end.  If they are doing this alone or with a partner, they can self check their answers using the Super Duper Secret Decoder (the correct answer is highlighted in invisible ink)! Retails for $32.95.

 500 Prefixes, Suffixes, and Stems

IMG_2434This particular product really works to expand your child’s vocabulary.  Each card has a word part, like Photo.  On the back of the card there will be the meaning of that word part (light) and two words that use that word part and their meanings (photograph and photosynthesis). 500 Prefixes, Suffixes, and Stems comes with it’s own case to hold all the cards (thank goodness! Can you imagine having to keep track of 500 cards?!?) and it retails for $49.95.

 Go for the Dough

IMG_2446This is another vocabulary building game.  I have to say, this is my favorite.  With this game, the object is to make it all the way around the board to Grandma’s house to deliver a pizza. You do this by answering a particular category correctly. Your category choices are:  synonyms, definitions, rhyming words, opposites, categories and multiple meanings.  If you answer correctly, you place your Super Dough Dollars in the middle.  The first person to grandma’s house wins all the money in the center! Go for the Dough retails for $49.95.

 Ticklin’ Tongue Twisters Pencils

IMG_2433Every classroom ALWAYS needs pencils. Why not get a pencil that also has a fun tongue twister on it?  These make great stocking stuffers or party game prizes for the holiday party!!  A pack of 60 Ticklin’ Tongue Twisters Pencils retail for $15.85!  That’s a bargain!

 My Thoughts

Every product I tested is made of high quality material that is made to go through many different hands.  This is important for both school and home use. I really like that the Go for the Dough Super Dough Dollars are made from material that will not tear (but don’t laminate…they’ll melt). Overall, I think these are perfect as gifts for your classroom teacher. Sometimes schools do not allow you to get a personal gift for the teacher, but gifts donated to the classroom are allowed…definitely check out Super Duper Publications for your holiday teacher gift giving needs!!

Use this discount code:  DRTAKTQ8 (good through December 20, 2013) for 15% off your purchase.  Any order over $20 will have FREE shipping!!

Fun with Pinypon by Famosa!


Are you looking for a toy for your daughter this holiday season…or maybe a niece or a friends daughter?  Well you can stop looking!  Pinypon by Famosa is the perfect to for you to gift that special little girl in your life!  Let me introduce you to the Pinypon Ski Lodge & Snow Adventure Car and Tow!



Pinypon by Famosa, was introduced in the U.S. market in 2012 and ever since then, little girls everywhere have been in love with this toy.  How can you not be? Look at all the bright colors!  This just screams girl!

About Famosa

Established in 1975 by a group of artisan doll makers, Famosa has become a leading European toy company and doll manufacturer based in Spain. The company has a stellar reputation as a developer of innovative, safe and high quality products that foster all around development for young children. Families who grew up in Spain or Mexico likely have fond and warm memories of playing with their Famosa toys.  Famosa currently operates in over 95 countries, reaching a wide range of consumers.  In 2010, Famosa was acquired by Sun Capital Partners and its U.S. operations were established in October 2011, based in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey.  The company markets brands including Pinypon, Nenuco, Nancy and Feber.

Visit their colorful website,, to discover all of their best-selling brands of toys.

About the Toys

Pinypon Snow Ski Lodge * Ages 4+ * $39.99

Ready for a ton of winter fun?  The Ski Lodge is where Pinypon friends get away in the winter. They ice skate, ski, ride a snow mobile, build a snowman and get warm in the Lodge. So many accessories and fun details from the ski lift to the ski slope. This imaginative playset include 3 Pinypon friends dressed in winter gear, 1 pet and winter sporting equipment from skies, skates, and snow mobile to sled and snowboard.  There’s even a real skating rink (simply add water and freeze).

Pinypon Snow Adventure Car & Toy * Ages 4+ * $12.99

It’s time for cross country snow adventures with the Car & Tow set.  This delightful playset comes with a Pinypon friend dressed in winter attire and her pet.  There’s a snowboard, skis, luggage and more.  When play is done, tuck everything away on and under the Tow.  

Pinypon is unique because ALL of the dolls are mix and match!  You can swap their heads, their hair, feet, etc!  How neat is that?  They need to have more toys like this!  I feel like you really get your money’s worth when you can mix and match the different pieces!!

Purchase It!

Have I sold you yet?  You can find the Pinypon toys at the following stores:

  • Pinypon Snow Ski Lodge can be found at Toys R Us
  • Pinypon Snow Adventure Car & Toy can be found at Toys R Us and Kmart


Marcel – A Game of Touch by Lilliputiens


For the past few weeks I’ve told you about a wide variety of gift ideas for this holiday season. We’ve had an alternative to the pricey American Girl dolls, 3D Books and simulated diamond stud earrings, to name a few. But I have to say, this next toy I am going to tell you about, I wish I had known about when my son and daughter were much younger…Marcel – A Game of Touch by Lilliputiens.


 About the Game

Marcel – A Game of Touch is memory game, but it’s not like any other memory game you’ve played before.  I’d be willing to bet on that!  You can play the game a couple ways:

  1. Take all of the cards out of Marcel and turn them upside down on the carpet.  One by one, turn over two cards to see if they match.  If they don’t, turn the cards over and it’s the next persons turn. The person with the most matches is the winner!
  2. Place one set of the matched cards in Marcel and lay the other set face down on the carpet.  One by one, turn over a card and take time to feel the material. When ready, reach inside Marcel and try to find the match just by touching. If you don’t make a match, take a puzzle piece out of the back pocket of Marcel.  The object is to find all the matches before the puzzle gets put together.  The game ends when all of the matched pieces are together (they all win together) or you have the puzzle put together (they all lose together).

About Lilliputiens

Direct from the land of little wonders, HABA is proud to be the exclusive US distributor of Lilliputiens. And like the proud Belgian mothers who created this delightful line of tiny, fairytale rattles, puppets and squeakers, HABA is equally proud to re-introduce this beloved line to North American babies and toddlers.

Lilliputiens is based in Belgium and its toys are made by hand with care in Asia.  The toys, patterns, fabrics, characters, are all 100% its own creations, designed by a team of five young and trend-conscious moms who ensure that in a world full of little wonders, every toy has its own fun story.  Lilliputiens’ numerous mascots each have their own magical universe.  Soft materials and disarming characters engender trust, while the many shapes, colors and noises will continuously challenge a child’s inquisitive spirit.  Designs and fabulous fabrics necessitate hand sewn, hand made results.

My Thoughts

Well…I already told you that I wished I had known about this when my kids were little!  I think that this game is fun for a variety of ages and I cannot wait until my nephew (he’s two) is here so my kids can play this game with him.  If you are looking for something to give this holiday season, really consider Marcel – A Game of Touch!

HABA Musical Eggs for Ages 2+


Thinking back to what my kids liked to play with most when they were two years old, it was either the box the present came in or anything that made noise.  Check out the video in this post of my daughter when she was two and my son when he was four…they loved making music!!! If they were going to have toys that made noise, I preferred it to be music and not some annoying siren (Zack had many of those toys over the years…a cop on a motorcycle comes to mind).

Besides having toys that make quality noise, I also like to have toys that are made to withstand a two year old playing with it.  Nothing frustrated me more than having something break after they drop it on the ground or hit it into a wall by accident (or on purpose…). One toy I wish I had for my kids when they were little is the HABA Musical Eggs.



About the Musical Eggs

The musical eggs are made of beechwood.  Each brightly colored egg makes a different sound ranging from a rattle, a jingle, a twitter sound, etc.  The set comes with all five that you see in the picture and it retails for $29.99.  One important note from HABA…these wooden toys come from sustainably managed forests.

About HABA Products

HABA favors wood as its material for most of the toys, as the beech and maple we use are regenerative, the natural markings make it unique, wooden toys flatters the hand, are ideal for children and inspires our designers to create little wonders.  HABA is one of the only toy companies that obtained the world renowned PEFC certification.  All of our wooden toys that are manufactured in Germany are made from reforested timbers.  Interesting to note that in Germany more tress are being planted each year then harvested!  We use safe, non-toxic, water based lacquers on our products (not paints).  

My Thoughts

I really like this toy! When I first opened it, I was going to say that I thought it could go for a younger child, but then I thought back to what my son was like when he was younger that two and thought better of it. My son used to throw everything!  While I like that this toy is made out of wood, I wouldn’t want to have one of those sailing through my house!

The price, in my opinion, is a tad high, BUT I do realize you are getting a toy made out of quality material and if I was used to seeing more toys like that, I would think nothing of the price.  So with that said, I believe you are getting your money’s worth with the HABA Musical Eggs!