Top Toy Trends for 2015

After going to the 2015 Toy Fair in NYC, I am overwhelmed by the amazing toys coming out on the market. As always, there was so much (almost too much) to see. However, based on what I did see, there seems to be a few toy trends across the board. These are my take aways […]

The Ugglys Pet Shop Series One

If you are a fan of the Shopkins line and have seen my post about Season 2 and 3 here, then you got a preview of the Ugglys Pet Shop line. Made by the same group, this is geared towards boys. The fun part is that they also fall into the mini-figure/collectible category. Collect packs […]

Shopkins Season 2 and 3

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I’m a new convert to the Shopkins line. It is super adorable and so much fun to collect. While appropriate for ages four and up, there is a lot of collectible and play value for all ages. Shopkins Season Two is already in stores and there are 140 new characters and four new themes, including […]

VTech Smart Friends, Farm, Kidizoom & Flipsies

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There are some fun toys coming from VTech in 2015 – everything from cameras, new Smart Wheels and a brand new interative doll line. Kidizoom Action Cam The multi-function Kidizoom® Action Cam brings adult technology to a new generation of active kids. Following the huge success of the VTeh’s Kidizoom® Smartwatch, one of the hottest […]

Doc McStuffins Pet Vet Checkup and Care Center

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There are some fun Disney toys coming out in 2015 for Doc McStuffins and Sheriff Callie. These are two of my kids’ favorite shows, as I am sure you can relate if you have toddlers and preschoolers. The big thing for Doc McStuffins is some new toys that correspond to her new role as a […]

Sheriff Callie Toys

Yippee I oh, Yippee I yay. Are your kids super Sheriff Callie fans? Then you know that was just my attempt at the theme song! My kids are fans too, and when I saw the characters in Target recently, I knew that Sheriff Callie toys are finally arriving. Whether it is little characters to play […]

Slick and Sick: New SickBricks

The new SickBricks are launching March 12, 2015 in the US and in February in Canada, and they are sick, man! (Okay, I can’t really pull that off) but that is the gist of SickBricks, and the best way to describe these SickBricks is that they are like Lego, Minecraft, and Skylanders had a menage-a-trois […]

Toy Reveal: Paw Patroller Truck

The show, Paw Patrol on Nick Jr., introduced the Paw Patroller vehicle in the second season of Paw Patrol when Everest became part of the Paw Patrol Team. Now Spinmaster has created a toy version of the Paw Patroller, coming out in 2015. The Paw Patroller is the on-the-go command center for the Paw Patrol […]

Toy Reveal: Paw Patrol Everest Toy and More

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If your kids are Paw Patrol Fans, then they are going to LOVE the new Paw Patrol Toys for 2015, including the Paw Patrol Everest Toy being revealed. Here they are in pictures: Of course, you have the new pup Everest as a toy in the Pup lineup, and for those still struggling to find […]

Girl Scout Cookie Oven, Wagon and Stand

One interesting fact about me is that, back in the day, I received the highest award in Girl Scouting – the Gold Award. Then, in my 20s, I became a lifetime member of the Girl Scout Association. So, beyond the hundreds of cookies and badges I have earned over the years, the Girl Scouts has […]

The New Cabbage Patch Kids for 2015

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As a child of the 1980s, I sought, found and played with Cabbage Patch Kids. I was one of those children that was a mega fan and loved playing with my Cabbage Patch Kids. They have been around in various forms since then, but with new branding for 2015, the main Cabbage Patch Kids line […]

Amazing Zhus Stunt Pets and Circus Accessories

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Amazing Zhus. That was the name on the box when it arrived on my doorstep. I don’t know about you, but that name intrigued me!! And so did the toy when I opened it. It was one of my Holiday Gift Guide Toy picks, but I thought it deserved a post dedicated to its…well, amazingness! […]

Etch A Sketch Birthday

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Etch A Sketch®, The World’s Favorite Drawing Toy® turns 55 this year! In 1960, when it debuted, it was the number one selling toy for Christmas that year. More than 175 million units have been sold worldwide since it made its debut as a mechanical drawing toy at the American International Toy Fair in New […]

Castles to Carnivals: New Playmobil Sets for 2015

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One of the hottest toy brands in my house this year is Playmobil. “Santa” (wink, wink) brought a lot of Playmobil sets to the house over Christmas and it has increased the play time value in our household. It is one of the toy brands that unites my two children of two different genders and […]

Charlene DeLoach to Attend Toy Fair

I’ll be attending the 2015 Toy Fair as Charlene DeLoach of Charlene Chronicles Media and a member of the press! This will be my third attendance at Toy Fair and it is something I look forward to attending every year. Toy Fair 2015 is the officially the 112th annual North American International Toy Fair®, the […]

Play Doh Seek and Squish App

Check out a fun way to play with PLAY DOH! The PLAY DOH SEEK AND SQUISH App an all-new interactive storybook app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch by PlayDate Digital. It takes a child’s interaction (and imagination) with the classic PLAY-DOH brand to a whole new digital level of squishable fun. PLAY-DOH: SEEK AND […]

Versa Bricks: Connecting Toys Together

Have you ever backed a Kickstarter campaign? I never have, until yesterday. So why did I finally take the leap? Because I loved the concept of Versa Bricks. It was the first product that I think should be on the market, as opposed to just liking the concept for myself or supporting a start up. […]

Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Tots to Teens

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Tis’ the season to shop till you drop. Well, hopefully not drop. It is all about shopping strategy – knowing the cool gifts to get (and doing most of the shopping online) so you can put your feet up and bask in the glory. This past year I had the privilege of being a part […]

Hot Toys 2014: HoliDAY of Play

It is a lot of fun to be the co-host of the HoliDAY of Play, but it is more fun to just play! Can you imagine being in a room with the coolest toys that hit the market this year? Whether it’s toys for little tots or toys for your teen, all of the products […]

Tinker Toys

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If you had to name some classic games that all children should have, what would they be? I thought about it recently and one that came to mind was Tinker Toys. Spools, rods, flags, washers, end caps, and more are part of the Tinker Toys tools. Whether the classic set, the new girl pink, or […]

Games Giveaway: Crossways, Suspend & More

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Here are four great games to stock up on during the long days of winter or during the fun parties during the summer. Great for a range of ages, it can be fun for kids and parents (and grandparents) alike! CrossWays CrossWays is a game that encourages you to complete a path across the board […]

Teeter Popper by Fat Brain Toys

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Here is a fun play item you have to check out. It may not be on your radar, it’s called the Teeter Popper by Fat Brain Toys. I got a first hand look at Sweet Suite in July. It is fun for all children, but is also great for kids with sensory issues. It looks […]

Potty Training Toys and Tools

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I won’t bore you with the details (or the battles) but potty training my son has been one of the toughest challenges. I’ve used a lot of things in my attempts and there are two that have been very helpful. The Fisher Price Cheer for Me Potty and the Corolle Potty Doll. Corolle Les Classiques […]

Disney Palace Pets Magic Dance Pumpkin

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Disney Royal Pets are fun and royal companions who loves to be pampered, just like their princesses. Cinderella’s Pet, named Pumpkin, is no exception. Cinderella’s pet, Pumpkin, comes to life with this adorable, interactive, remote-controlled puppy. The Disney Princess Palace Pets Magic Dance Pumpkin can speak over a dozen phrases and sounds, follow movement commands […]

DohVinci PlayDoh Sets: Style and Store Vanity

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The DohVinci PlayDoh Sets are a fun take on play doh and a glue gun! Brought to you by the makers of Play-Doh, DohVinci PlayDoh design kits let you decorate and personalize your world in so many colorful ways. It’s really easy for almost kids to do! Just use the innovative air-dry design compound (the […]

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