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GeoFlux – Amazing Mesmerizing Interactive Spring Toy

 

GeoFlux

Are you looking for something fun your child can do on a rainy day (or even on non-rainy days) that is inexpensive, thought provoking, small, portable and really cool? If so, let me introduce you to GeoFlux.

GeoFlux is made out of several stainless steel rings. When it’s lying flat it looks like just that – metal rings. Nothing to interesting or fun about that. BUT… as soon as you slip the rings over your wrist they spiral up resembling something like an “atom.”

I had taken a video of GeoFlux in action (my hubby used it as I video taped it) but for the life of me I can’t locate the video. I would take another one but I donated the toy to my job and I am unable to take photos/videos there for security reasons.

I did find this video on YouTube by the brand showing GeoFlux in action.

 

GeoFlux can be played with by yourself, or hand hands with others and see if you can get the GeoFlux to roll from one person’s arm to another.

Here is some additional information about GeoFlux.

  • Made of a single continuous strand of stainless steel, coiled up as many rings
  • Folds flat and pops open, surprising everyone
  • Put your hand through the coils, then spiral up & down your arm
  • Play solo or with a friend: Roll the Geo ToroFlux from one arm to the other, or Pass from your arm to a friend’s
  • Transport securely in included travel/storage pouch

I have played with GeoFlux both at home and at work when there is some downtime. I actually find GeoFlux to be soothing and relaxing to use. The rings effortlessly roll back and forth on your arm, or from one arm to another. It’s mesmerizing to watch too.

I think this could be seen as a physical activity too because you need me move your arms up and down to help GeoFlux roll up and down your arm.  You cannot be motionless or the toy won’t do anything.

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The GeoFlux is recommended for ages 6 and up. I would whole heartedly agree with that. Younger children would most likely try to pull the rings apart or bend the toy. Once that happens it most likely won’t work properly anymore. For this reason I will only take this toy out at work if we have older children who can follow directions so as not to bend or break it.

I also like that it lies flat and has it’s own carrying bag to keep it safe and to tote is around. It’s also small and doesn’t take up any room at all.

If you would like to learn more about GeoFlux please visit www.GeoSpacePlay.com. The brand carries a lot of other cool toys. In addition you can find the brand on social media (all the links are found at the top right of their website).

I think this would make a fun toy/game to travel with during the summer. It doesn’t require batteries or charging. It’s something the whole family can enjoy. It would also make a great gift.

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Kimberly

*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Super Cool Hot Wheels Hyper Racer from Toy State

 

Me playing with some of my favorite toys as a child.

Me playing with some of my favorite toys as a child.

I miss the days when my kids were little and played with toys. My son still does, to some degree. He just won’t admit it.

Toys have come a long way over the past decade. There are toys available on the market these days that I know my kids would have gone crazy for if they were younger.

Toys these days are so high tech. I couldn’t imagine having these toys when I was little. Back in the day many of my toys were made out of wood and I had to use my imagination to make them do things such as make sounds (“rooooom roooooom” for cars…).

Not long ago I was sent to review the coolest car I have ever seen by the company Toy State. Toy State sent me a Hot Wheels Hyper Racer.

Hot Wheels Hyper Racer

The Hot Wheels Hyper Racer is a slick looking race car that not only makes race car sounds it also plays music, moves on it’s own lights up. When it lights up it actually changes the color of the entire car.

There are three buttons on the top (the orange ones you see to the right of the car). One button makes the car noises, another button plays music. The big orange button makes the car reve up and go. And when I say go I mean GO! This car literally shoots across the entire room a great distance. I have never seen a toy car go that far before. I should have let it go in a parking lot just to see how far it can go.

The car is currently at my job (I donated it to my classroom). It can go from one end of the room to another – but it usually bumps into something along the way like the small step that goes into the bathroom (the car hits it and stops – even though the wheels are still spinning).

In addition to racing across the room the car changes color from blue to a light up neon green color.

I took a video (sorry about the quality) to show you how it lights up. You can see it light up and change color in regular light too – I just filmed it in the dark to give you a better view of it.

 

The kids I work with LOVE this car.

I keep the car away from little fingers because I worry about them hitting the tires as they start to spin (I wouldn’t want anyone to get an “ouchie”).

Both boys and girls seem to gravitate to this car just on looks alone. When they find out it moves, plays music, makes sounds and changes color they are even more excited to play with it.

This car is pretty hearty too. It has been “crashed” into the walls and furniture numerous times and I have yet to see a mark or dent on it. It reminds me of that saying “It takes a licking and keeps on ticking.” This car can handle normal “wear and tear” and a few extra crashes along the way.

The car does require 3 AA batteries, which are included. This car is played with a lot at work and so far I haven’t had a need to replace the batteries so you can get a lot of use out of this car before you need to replace the batteries.

This particular Hyper Racer is available in blue (as pictured) and yellow. You can purchase the one I have on Amazon where it currently sells for $16.10.

Hyper Racer

 

Toy State sells a lot of cars similar to this one. In fact they sell a lot of pretty cool looking toys, many of which are Hot Wheels brand.

Toy States main site is www.ToyState.com. Toys carried by Toy State are available at retailers such as Walmart, Kmart, Toys R Us and Target. In addition you can find Toy State toys on Amazon.

Toy State can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. I would recommend following the brand so that you learn about new toys as they become available.

Have you ever purchased any Toy State toys? What do you think about the Hyper Racer?

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Kimberly

*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Happy National Crayon Day!

 

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Guess what today is? If you read the subject line you’ll know that today is National Crayon Day.

I have always loved to color and draw with crayons. I loved receiving brand new boxes of crayons with the perfectly pointed tips and all the paper wrap intact.

I may be an adult but I still enjoy coloring. In fact my husband and I both color. We find it very relaxing.

It’s an ongoing tradition that I buy my husband a new box of crayons (64 count) with the sharpener in the back for Christmas.

There are plenty of crayons on the market, but for me, nothing compares to Crayola crayons.

In honor of National Crayon Day (March 31, 2015) here are some fun crayon facts, courtesy of Crayola.

  • The most popular crayon box is Crayola crayons 24-count box.
  • 13 Million – The number of Crayola crayons produced DAILY.
  • The most popular crayon color is blue.
  • 223 BILLION – The number of Crayola crayons produced to date.
  • The world’s largest Crayola crayon is 15′ high, 16″ wide and weighs a whopping 1,500 pounds. It’s also the popular color, blue.

Here are some interesting historical facts about the world’s most popular crayon brand, Crayola.

1903 – The Crayola brand is born

The Crayola name was coined by Alice Binney, wife of company founder Edwin and  former school teacher. It comes from “craie,” the French word for “chalk” and “ola,” for “oleaginous,” or “oily.”

1958 – Name Change

Prussian blue, the first Crayola crayon color to get a name, becomes “midnight blue.” Teachers prompted the change, as children could no longer relate to the Prussian history.

1962 – Melting Pot

The company renames the flesh crayon “peach” to recognize that not everyone’s skin color is the same. 

1990 – Eight Hues and a Cry

For the first time in Crayola history eight colors are retired. Maize, lemon, yellow, blue gray, raw umber, green blue, orange red, orange yellow and violet blue are enshrined in the Crayola Hall of Fame. 

1999 – What’s in a Name

For only the third time in Crayola history a crayon is renamed. Indian Red becomes “chestnut.”

In honor of this day Crayola sent me a delightful package of Crayola products. Crayola has come a long way since it’s original box of crayons. Now you can find coloring pads, window crayons, markers, glitter glue and so much more.

Crayola sent me goodies in an adorable Crayola crayon box. It looks like a giant box of crayons.

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Which is the REAL box of crayons? LOL!

In addition I received the cutest COOKIE made to resemble the iconic box of crayons. This is just so cute, I don’t think I could eat it.

Cookie

Check out the other goodies I received.

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The box contained a large box of crayons, an 8-pack of crayons, Disney’s Frozen Coloring Pages, Marvel’s Avengers Color and Stick and really cool looking Window Crayons that can be used on windows, car windows and mirrors.

I’m keeping the large box of crayons for me and my hubby. I am also keeping the Window Crayons because I want to use them to decorate our sliding glass door for holidays and seasons.

I am bringing the other products to work with me to share with the kids. They are going to go crazy for the Frozen coloring pages. I also know that the boys will love the Avengers coloring pages too.

If you would like to learn more about Crayola or their products visit them online at www.Crayola.com. You can also find the brand on the social media sites (the links are found at the bottom of their home page).

You should check out their site for FREE coloring pages, lesson plans and craft ideas.

I hope you and your family enjoy National Crayon Day. I hope you have a colorful day.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples in exchange for my post. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League (giveaway ends 3/7/15)

 

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Now available on Blu-ray Combo, DVD and Digital HD is the fun, action-packed film LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizzaro League. Some copies even contain an exclusive Bizzaro LEGO mini figure (while supplies last).

In the follow-up to LEGO® Batman, The Movie: DC Super Heroes Unite, the Justice League is newly solidified yet faces a peculiar set of villains when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment and The LEGO Group release LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League.

Batman has joined the newly formed Justice League in order to keep tabs on Superman, a mistrust that is complicated by Superman’s clumsy – but well-meaning – clone, Bizarro. Bizarro’s creation of the Bizarro League has caused confusion amongst the world’s greatest Super Heroes, but an even greater and mysterious threat may force the Justice League and Bizarro League to band together to defeat evil.

LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League Special Features include:

  • LEGO® DC COMICS SUPER HEROES: BATMAN: BE-LEAGUERED TV SPECIAL – Approximately 22 minutes
  • BIZARRO! – FEATURETTE – One part oddity, one part comedic curiosity, Bizarro is a favorite among the characters within Superman’s universe. Take a look at the Man of Steel’s potent, backwards nemesis.
  • BE-LEAGUERED BLOOPERS

LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League will be available on Blu-rayTM Combo Pack for $24.98 SRP and on DVD for $19.98 SRP.  The Blu-rayTM Combo Pack includes a digital version of the movie on Digital HD with UltraViolet. Fans can also own LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League in Digital HD on February 10 via purchase from digital retailers.

Check out the LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizzaro League’s playlist on YouTube.

Here is the trailer for your enjoyment.

 

I have a copy of this film. I have not had the opportunity yet to watch it with my family. We plan on watching it either Friday or Saturday night of this week.

I love the LEGO films because they are a lot of fun for the whole family. Young and old alike will find something entertaining and enjoyable about the films. They are also very funny. This is why we are looking forward to watching the film this weekend.

LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League will make a great addition to any family’s movie collection. It’s also an entertaining film for LEGO, DC Comics and Super Hero fans.

Look for LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League where ever movies are sold.

I have a copy of the film to give away to a lucky reader. In addition the lucky winner will also receive this awesome LEGO set (Green Lantern vs. Sinestro) as pictured.

Green Lantern vs. Sinestro LEGO set

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on March 7, 2015 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me who your favorite DC Comic Super Hero is.

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy of the film. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Check out what is new from Kohl’s Cares

 

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If you read my blog on a regular basis you might recall how much I adore the wonderful products that are offered as part of the Kohl’s Cares program.

Often Kohl’s Cares offers consumers fun and popular books along with beautifully made plush animals that go along with the book (each sold separately). They also offer cute toys and things for grown ups too.

In the past have purchased (or have been given) book from Dr. Suess and Disney. Some I have kept for my own collection, others I have donated to the classroom where I work. The same applies to the plush animals. Some I have kept and others I have donated to our classroom.

Here are some examples.

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Dumbo

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The “Put Me In The Zoo” and “RIO 2″ plush and book are mine that I keep on my bookshelf along with a Dr. Suess book and plush from Kohl’s Cares and another plush/book set.

Children love the snugly plush animals and the books are very popular with children because they are titles (or characters) that they are familiar with.

Kohl’s Cares has new products available. This time they are books and plush based on Disney * Pixar films such as Up, Cars and Toy Story.

Kohl’s Cares sent me a wonderful surprise recently. It contained a Cars book and plush (Lightening McQueen) and a Toy Story book and plus (Rex). If you follow me on Instagram (SheScribes) you probably saw the pictures of them that I uploaded.

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Kohl’s Cares also has products for “grown ups” too (personally I enjoy the children’s books and plush the best), as well as toys such as puzzles and activity books. I have some awesome cookbooks I’ve purchased from Kohl’s Cares.

Kohl’s Cares also sent me a activity book with a dry erase marker based on characters/movies from Disney * Pixar films. I donated it to our classroom, however I took the dry erase marker. We’ll hold on to that for the older kids (little ones and dry erase markers don’t got well together – ha ha).

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The great thing about Kohl’s Cares products is that each one is only $5.00. Where else can you get a quality made plush for only $5.00? Even the books cost more than $5.00 in most books stores. For $10.00 you could give a child a lovely gifts of a beautiful book and an adorable plush.

If your child attends a lot of birthday parties it would be a great idea to stock up on Kohl’s Cares items. They are only $5.00 each and they look like you spent a lot more. Plus you can give book/plush sets ($10 in total) and it would make for a beautiful gift for a child. Not only do they get a new plush friend they also get a book to read, and as you know, encouraging a child to read is very important.

I just purchase the book “UP” and the plush Dug for my personal collection.

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Some sets I love to keep for my family. Others I like to donate to our classroom.

In addition to the wonderful products Kohl’s Cares offers, proceeds from the sales of these products goes towards children’s charities. Kohl’s Cares donates 100% of the net profit to Kohl’s Cares charities that support kid’s health and education programs nationwide. Since 2000 Kohl’s Cares has raised and impressive $257 million dollars. Talk about a “win-win” situation. You get wonderful products and the proceeds goes towards children’s charities.

You can find Kohl’s Cares products around the check out aisles in Kohl’s stores, as well as online (do a search for Kohl’s Cares). Kohl’s Cares products sell out quickly, so if there is something you have your eye on don’t wait too long. In addition Kohl’s Cares offers new products several times a year.

For more information or to find a Kohl’s location near you visit www.Kohls.com. You can also find Kohl’s on the various social media sites (all the links are found on the bottom of their website).

Do you have any Kohl’s Cares products? I know they have been around for a while. I’ve seen some wonderful products I wish I had known about because I would have purchased them.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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FlipStir: Puzzle Fun All-In-One

 

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Are you a fan of puzzles? I know a lot of people who find putting together puzzles to be very relaxing. They also enjoy the challenge.

I do puzzles often at work, but the puzzles I do are geared towards young children. However there is one dinosaur puzzle at work that I find very challenging and it always takes me about 20+ minutes to put it together because there is no photo available to reference to. For that reason I tend to hide the puzzle on the bottom of the puzzle stack so that little ones don’t take it out.

I wish we had more physical space in our home to set up a card table so I could do puzzles at home. I enjoy doing puzzles.

My kids had puzzles when they were younger. Sadly they would lose a piece here and there. It takes all the fun out of doing puzzles when several pieces go missing. Even just one piece missing sort of ruins it.

Imagine if you could do a puzzle that was entirely self contained and there was no possible way you could lose a piece to it?

Introducing Flipstir – a unique 3d puzzle game.

Flipstir is unlike any puzzle you have seen before. It’s a puzzle that is locked inside a clear plastic tube.

To use Flipstir you first need to pull back the wand, shake the puzzle to scramble the pieces, then using the wand, gravity and your own ingenuity, move the pieces around to put the puzzle together.

We have the Statue of Liberty Flipstir. I thought it was going to be easy to put the puzzle together. There are not that many pieces. I was wrong! I tried and tried but I couldn’t get the pieces to go the way I wanted them too.

My husband took the Flipstir from me and worked on the puzzle.

Here is how it looked when he first started it.

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You can see all the puzzle pieces. They have a wavy shape to them. Each one also has a “side” to them that allows you to move them around with the attached wand. The wand has a hook-like end to it to help you grab the piece you want and push it to another location.

It took about a half hour but my husband was able to do the puzzle.

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I guess I didn’t have enough patience for it.

My 15 year old son did the puzzle too. It took him about a half hour as well.

Flipstir has different “level” puzzles (the Statue of Liberty is a little harder at level 2). There are easier puzzles for younger children.

Currently Flipstir is available with an image of the Statue of Liberty, Colored Pencils, the Solar System and a T-Rex.

Flipstir is not only a fun and challenging puzzle but it also aids in the development of hand-eye coordination and motor skill development. This is a great toy for a child with special needs.

Flipstir is also an award winning product.

Shake. Stir. Solve. It’s that simple with Flipstir.

Flipstir is recommend for children ages 7 and up (adults too!).

Flipstir is available at select specialty retail locations and online for $24.95 at: http://enlivenze.com/3-flipstir-puzzles.

For more information please visit http://enlivenze.com. You can also “like” Facebook.

What do you think about Flipstir? Is it something you or your child/grandchild would enjoy?

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Kimberly

*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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