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Go on a unique adventure with Starpath Dolls

 

It’s the holiday season. If you have a child or grandchild there is no doubt that you have probably been given their Christmas (or Hanukkah) wish list. Chances are it’s several pages long. LOL!

When I was a young girl we had the Sear Christmas Wish Book. Does anyone remember that catalog? I would spend HOURS pouring over every page, dog-earring and circling things I’d want Santa to bring me and making up lists… long lists… I’d usually receive a few items from the list.

One thing I always wanted when I was a young girl was a doll. I enjoyed playing on my own as much as I did enjoy playing with my cousins. With dolls I could play either way.

Two of my favorites were Mattel’s Baby Tender Love Doll and Drowsy Baby Beans Doll.

I loved to play “mommy” and take care of my baby dolls. Back then the most exciting thing about a doll is if you pulled a long string in it’s back to make it talk or cry.  These days dolls can do so much more.

Now there are dolls that can take your daughter or granddaughter on amazing adventures. Not only do the dolls encourage creativity and imagination, but they also encourage a child to read (and want to read more!). The dolls I am referring to are called Starpath Dolls.

“Starpath Dolls has a new set of beautiful, multi-ethnic dolls and story books which are available as printed books or e-books which incorporate the child’s name, city, appearance and other personal details to create a truly one-of-a-kind personalized adventure!” approvingly wrote mom blogger MomFabFun to her readers.

On the Starpath Dolls website you can input details that will personalize any of their available stories for your child or grandchild. There are currently two books available (I’m sure more will be on the way). You can purchase an actual book or download an e-book. Both are personalized for your child/grandchild.

Some of the details that can be personalized in the books include your child/grandchild’s name, their school, the name of their doll, parent/grandparent’s names and so forth. What little girl wouldn’t be thrilled to read the details of her life and family in a book, and make it part of an adventurous story she can enjoy along side her Starpath Doll.

The e-books are FREE with the purchase of a doll, so you can download it, print it out and enjoy it right away. Or you can have an actual printed book created for your child/grandchild for $20.

Starpath Dolls are beautiful, multi-ethic dolls. Each has its own unique personality.

I really like that the dolls have different ethnicity. When I was growing all almost all dolls had blonde hair and blue eyes. I prefer dolls that break out of that “norm.” Even when my daughter was younger I would make a point of buying her dolls of different ethnicity because in the real world we all don’t look the same. My daughter also doesn’t have blonde hair (but she does have blue eyes).

These are beautiful dolls. I LOVE their hair. We have one of the dolls (the brunette named “Shining Star” on the Starpath Doll website).

I’m sorry that the picture doesn’t do her justice. I realized after I took the photos that she looked a bit “disheveled”. My apologies for that. The is really lovely in person. And her hair! I LOVE her hair! I could comb it for hours. It’s perfect hair to style (braid, ponytail, pigtails). Her hair feels so realistic!

I also noticed I forgot her hat.

You can purchase additional clothing on the Starpath Doll website. The dolls look like they can fit clothing made for similar sized dolls. I won’t mention the brand’s name, but I’m sure most people will know what brand I’m referring to.

You can even purchase little friends for your dolls – a swan and a tiger. Both creatures appear in the Starpath dolls stories.

With the holiday season upon us, Starpath Dolls would make an amazing gift for that special little girl in your life. To make it even more special, be sure to download the FREE personalized email you can create with the purchase of your Starpath Doll. Or you can purchase the printed version that she can keep and enjoy for years to come (I’m a fan of printed books).

For more information visit StarpathDolls.com. They offer FREE shipping on orders over $50.00 within the United States.

You can also check out Starpath Dolls on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom of their website.

What do you think about these dolls? Do they look like something your daughter/granddaughter would enjoy?

Kimberly

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

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Operate Now: Hospital Season 2 is now available for free on iOS and Android

 

Video games have come a long way during my lifetime. When I was a kid we only had Pong. It wasn’t until my teen years that we had the Atari gaming system. Actually, I had Intellivsion. It was cheaper than Atari. Although I didn’t have the same cool games my Atari owning friends did, Intellivision did offer some fun games.

Fast forward to today. WOW. Simply WOW. Games have moved beyond just games – they almost mimic real life. Not only are the graphics realistic, the story lines are too.

Take for example the game Operate Now: Hospital Season 2. Not only does the game look like a comic book that has come to life, but it also puts the scalpel in YOUR hands and makes YOU the surgeon.

Here is a little more information about this unique and exciting game.

The story continues…

Chief of Surgery Noah Stone is becoming irritable and aloof. He’s being threatened with blackmail, but will he succumb?

Nurse Amy has spiraled into depression after her accident and has started stealing hospital drugs. Is there anyone who can help her?

Paramedic James finds himself fighting with surgeon Sirona. Will the passion in those fights turn into something else altogether?

Sirona has her own issues. One struggle dies with her alcoholic dad but then she discovers she has a brother. Will he be as messed up as her father?

PLUS — even the surgery is getting more dramatic. Are you ready to grab the paddles for a sudden cardiac arrest? Do you remember the procedure for an emergency tracheotomy?

SEASON 2: It’s just like your favorite TV hospital drama, but it’s you who’s calling the shots:

  • Manage and optimize hospital resources and staff to create a world-class medical institution
  • Deal with the human drama that goes hand-in-hand with running a hospital
  • Perform complex surgeries

Operate Now: Hospital — slick, comic-book art style and stories that deepen the more you play, this game is irresistible.

Check out the game’s trailer.

 

I am amazed that it has players make medical decisions and attends to wounds and perform surgery.

PLEASE NOTE this is strictly for entertainment purposes ONLY. This doesn’t make you a real doctor.

Operate Now: Hospital Season 2 is a graphic insight into what it feels like to be a surgeon through brand new levels, while also managing the drama of a hospital through all-new character story lines. It’s part game, part soap opera.

You can download the game now in the App Store or Google Play.

Fans of the game are encouraged to Join the Operate Now: Hospital discussion on Facebook.

I also have a free download (below) that you can enjoy. Simply click on the photo.

Are you a fan of the Operate Now game? Are you going to check out Operate Now: Hospital Season 2? Why or why not?

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with Spil Games to bring you this information. This post is not compensated but I will be receiving fun goodies in exchange for my participation. 

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A new twist on a classic holiday toy

 

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There are certain things that make an appearance that instantly trigger various holidays. You know summer season is on it’s way when stores start to sell flip flops and bathing suits. Usually by late August/early September (locally) we start to see Halloween candy in Halloween decorated boxes. And boxes of heart shaped candy for Valentine’s Day usually make their appearance in early January.

Something that makes a grand appearance that triggers the start of the holiday season (in my eyes) is the Hess Toy Truck. They go on sale around Thanksgiving, and the trucks have become a holiday tradition in my family, so I automatically think of Christmas time.

The Hess Toy Truck became a holiday tradition long before my children were born. My dad purchased one of the trucks for my nephew when he was just a baby. The following year our daughter was born, so he purchased two toy trucks for them for a Christmas gift. From that point on my dad would buy ALL the grandchildren a Hess Toy Truck for a Christmas present. It didn’t matter what their gender was either.

My nephew opted to save most of his truck in their original boxes. My kids chose to rip into the boxes and play with the trucks. They enjoyed playing with them.

When my dad passed away we knew that the Hess Toy Truck would be a lost tradition – that is if we let that happen. After my father passed away my husband and I would purchase the yearly Hess Toy Truck for our son (our daughter lost interest in them when she hit her teenage years). Our son is almost 18 now and he still enjoys the Hess Toy Trucks. He has most of them packed away, but some of them are still floating around his bedroom. He doesn’t play with them (of course) but he still thinks they are really cool.

Hess has taken the traditional holiday Toy Truck and done something amazing!

Hess Toy Truck is offering consumers a collection of miniature versions of their vehicles for collectors and people who enjoy playing with them.

Now available is the Hess 2017 Mini Collection. The collection comes with three vehicle (miniature versions of ones that were offered over the years).

Included in the collection is a miniature emergency truck, miniature truck and helicopter and a miniature monster truck.

Each miniature comes on a plastic stand for displaying purposes. They can also be easily removed to be played with.

Each of the vehicles light up too! They come with batteries already inside of them.

I took photos of each of the vehicles with the lights on. Some of the lights are easier to see than others.

This wonderful collection would make a great gift for the Hess collector or for any little boy or girl (or perhaps not so little boy or girl) who appreciates replica vehicles – especially ones that light up.

The collection was available at the Hess Toy Truck official website, HessToyTruck.com. The set is currently sold out, but there is still hope. You can sign up for alerts so that you’ll be notified when the next collection is available and when any new truck is added to the Hess Toy Truck collection.

In the mean time it’s fun to check out past vehicles and see which ones you owned (or which ones you wish you had), as well as an interesting backstory to the Hess Toy Trucks.

You can also connect with the brand on social media (all of the links are found on their website). There is even a fun section where fans of the Hess Toy Truck share photos and memories with others.

My family enjoys these trucks so much that I keep them on one of our bookcases. They are super cool! I especially love that they have moving parts and light up.

I can’t wait to see what new vehicle is offered this holiday season.

Are YOU a fan of Hess Toy Trucks? Do you own any trucks? Are you a collector?

Feel free to share your thoughts and memories about Hess Toy Trucks. I always love to hear from readers.

Kimberly

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

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New from Kohl’s Cares – Little Golden Books and more!

 

I have always been an avid reader. My love for books started at a very young age. I used to love to read my father’s old Dick & Jane books, as well as my sisters Raggedy Ann & Andy books. My favorite books, by far, were my Little Golden Books.

I have kept many of my books from my youth to share with my own children (which I did). Now I save them for my future grandchildren. I even collect Little Golden Books. In fact, I have a nice collection of them.

My childhood Little Golden Books are packed away nicely, but I have collected more of the years from garage sales.

I don’t know what it is is about those golden-spine children’s books that make me happy. I smile every time I look at them.

Thanks to Kohl’s Cares, a whole new generation of children can now experience the classic Little Golden Book titles from my youth (and perhaps your youth too!). Titles like The Poky Little Puppy, The Saggy Baggy Elephant, Tawny Scrawny Lion, Scuffy the Tugboat and The Shy Little Kitten, among other great titles.

Koh’s Cares is offering Kohl’s consumers hard cover books featuring three different Little Golden Book titles in one book. There are four different collections to choose from.

  • The Pokey Little Puppy, Animal Orchestra and The Fire Engine Book
  • The Shy Little Kitten, The Little Red Hen and The Little Red Caboose
  • The Saggy Baggy Elephant, The Sailor Dog and Scruffy the Tugboat
  • The Tawny Scrawny Lion, The Jolly Barnyard and Tootle

The hard covered collections also feature the classic golden spine that all Little Golden Books have.

In addition to these delightful book collections, Kohl’s Cares is also offering plush animals based on Little Golden Book titles.

  • The Pokey Little Puppy
  • The Shy Little Kitten
  • The Saggy Baggy Elephant
  • The Tawny Scrawny Lion
  • Scruffy the Tugboat

The plush toys, combined with the books, would make for an awesome gift. Can you imagine how much joy a little one would have to be read (or read it themselves) a Little Golden Book story while snuggling with a new plush friend?

The Happy Little Bunny plush and book are from a prior Kohl’s Cares collection.

All of the Little Golden Books next to the plush toys are from my own personal collection.

I was sent a couple of the books to review, as well as a couple of plush. I adore these so much that I went out and purchased the remaining collection. I own all of the plush and all of the books now.

What is so special about these books and plush toys is that each is only $5.00. Where else can you find a hardcover book for that kind of money? Both the books and plush toys are exceptionally well made. I have many book and plush toys from Kohl’s Cares that I have collected over the years and they have all held up very well.

I like to combine the book and plush combinations and display them on our bookcases. It’s a nod towards my childhood favorites as well as shows the world how fun and whimsical I am.

Kohl’s Cares also has other products worth checking out including a hardcover book called the Classic Fairy Tail Collection. This is a wonderful book filled with the most adorable illustrations.

The best thing about Kohl’s Cares products, 100% of net profit goes towards children’s initiatives nationwide.

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.

The books and plush toys make great gifts. A book and plush set costs only $10 and would make a great birthday gift, or even stock up on them for holiday gifts.

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 own any Kohl’s Cares products? Do you have a favorite collection?

Kimberly

*I received a few free products to review. The other products I purchased on my own and was not reimbursed. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Celebrate Mother’s Day with National Geographic & Enter to Win Great Prizes!

 

Can you believe that Mother’s Day is just a few days away? I wonder what my kids are going to do for me. I hope its pancakes or French toast for breakfast.

I don’t expect any gifts from my kids. Our son just got his first job and hasn’t started yet, so he doesn’t have a dime to his name. Our daughter is a college student and doesn’t make that much either.

Honestly, I don’t need “things” for Mother’s Day. I’m happy with breakfast or a handmade card.

Have you heard of Magic Jigsaw Puzzles? Magic Jigsaw Puzzles is an app available for both iOS and Android devices. It’s a full service game that includes a collection of more than 20,000 virtual jigsaw puzzles. The puzzles are perfectly organized in a user friend interface.

What does Magic Jigsaw Puzzles have to do with Mother’s Day? That is a great question.

Magic Jigsaw Puzzles has partnered with National Geographic in a special Mother’s Day giveaway. The prize includes a branded mug, t-shirt, a gorgeous coffee table book, branded journal and pen set, a digital subscription to Nat Geo Magazine and 50,000 coins than can be used with the Magic Puzzles app.

Entering the sweepstakes is very easy. Simple solve any of their Nat Geo WILD Mother’s Day puzzles and then share it on your Facebook page with your family and friends. Make sure you tag the Magic Jigsaw Puzzles’ community page (@Magic.Puzzles.Community on Facebook) as well.

I loved doing puzzles when I was a child. Back in the day the puzzles were made out of wood (I did have a few cardboard ones). In fact I still have several of my wooden puzzles from my youth. One day I plan on gluing the pieces in place and using them as artwork on the wall. I think that would be fun to do.

I still enjoy doing puzzles, I just don’t have the time like I used to. That is why I like the Magic Jigsaw Puzzle app. I can take puzzles with me to enjoy where ever I go – even during my lunch break at work. You can also enjoy your Magic Jigsaw Puzzles between devices.

Magic Jigsaw Puzzles is also available in 10 languages and can be enjoyed around the globe. If you travel a lot for work (or for fun) you can enjoy puzzles where ever you go. Magic Jigsaw Puzzles has 27 million members with 4 million users who use the app actively throughout the month. The app is also one of the top 100 bestselling apps.

You can even play on your computer.

Unlike other apps, Magic Jigsaw Puzzles is constantly updating their puzzle collection with high definition photos.

There are five difficulty levels which means this app is fun for young and old alike. The difficulty level refers to the number of pieces it takes to solve the puzzle. The fewer the pieces the easier it is to complete. I prefer easier puzzles when I am using the app on my lunch break since I don’t have a lot of time. I find a quick puzzle or two to be very relaxing.

Kids and parents can enjoy the same puzzle. All you need to do is change the difficulty level.

I would much rather have my young child enjoying putting together a puzzle then playing a violent or mindless game. Puzzles can be educational too. They help with cognitive skills, problem solving as well as global (big picture) and analytic (details) aspects of learning.

Puzzles are great for adults too. As you know, it’s important to give your brain a “mental workout” on a regular basis. It keeps your mind healthy. Keeping your brain active is important to keep it functioning well.

I enjoy the available images for the puzzles. I especially love the landscape ones and the puzzles featuring animals. And thanks to Nat Geo there are plenty of gorgeous puzzles.

You can even make puzzles out of your own photos! That is one of my most favorite features. Upload your photos and turn them into puzzles. What a wonderful idea. I could imagine uploading a photo of the grandchildren to create a puzzle for grandma and grandpa to enjoy putting together. With Mother’s Day coming up it would be fun to create a puzzle using mom’s favorite photo of her children or her family.

You can share your completed puzzles with family and friends as well as with the Magic Jigsaw Puzzles’ community. They even have tournaments that you can complete in.

If you are interested in learning more about Magic Jigsaw Puzzles you can check it out here. You can also visit them on social media – Facebook and Twitter.

Don’t forget to enter the sweepstakes for your chance to win fun prizes!

Are you a fan of doing puzzles? Do you think you’ll check out the Magic Jigsaw Puzzles app?

Kimberly

*I have partnered with ZiMAD to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Fun new educational toys from Educational Insights

 

I can’t believe my kids are now 20 and 17!

When my children were younger I went out of my way to find them toys that would not only encourage their creativity and imagination, but also toys that had a bit of an educational value to them. I even went so far as to find FUN workbooks that also helped them learn about colors, shapes, numbers, letter recognition and more. I made sure my kids always had fun learning when they were home.

Toys have certainly come a long way from when I was a child. I wish we had the toys that are available to today’s children.

I’m not a big fan of children playing online games, but I must say my son learned how to drive playing a video game. The first time he got behind the wheel of my husband’s car he drove perfectly. We were shocked. Two thumbs up for that video game. LOL!

Educational Insights is a great resource for educational and FUN toys and games for children. The products they offer are great not only for parents but also homeschoolers and teachers.

Educational Insights is always adding to their catalog. Check out some of the new products that are available this year, including one that I know first hand is a hit with children.

Their new 2017 catalog includes over 40 products, including the IllumiCraft line for girls 8 and older, the Design and Drill Robot, and several new GeoSafari Jr. toys to get your little explorer excited about the outdoors.

Educational Insights strives to spark a child’s natural curiosity through engaging games and kid-powered toys. The company creates fun, innovative products that help children learn through play and exploration. Your children will have so much fun, they won’t even realize they’re learning!

Design and Drill Robot (Recommended age: 3-6)

The Design & Drill® Robot is the perfect introduction to science and engineering through basic construction play. Snap, drill, and decorate your rockin’ robot pal with kid-friendly tools that little builders can easily compute! MSRP: $12.99

GeoSafari Jr. Bug Vac ‘n’ View (Recommended age: 4-7)

Your little explorer will love this handy, easy to carry tool that helps them discover and examine all types of creepy crawlers. Safely catch and collect critters with this all-in-one bug vac packed with all of the tools children need for up-close views of fascinating insects. MSRP: $21.99

IllumiCraft (Recommended age 8-12)

With IllumiCraft, kids can learn to engineer simple circuits, then use their creativity to customize their colorful crafts with awesome accessories. These fun, DIY kits give creative kids a kick start into basic engineering and a brilliant look into the science behind circuitry. MSRP: $19.99

There are several products in this product line.

IllumiCraft Light-Up! Journal
IllumiCraft Light-Up! Pencil Case
IllumiCraft Light-Up! Cell Phone Speaker Dock (pictured above)
IllumiCraft Light-Up! Picture Frame
IllumiCraft Light-Up! Jewelry Organizer
IllumiCraft Light-Up! Mirror

Playfoam GO! (Recommended age 3-6)

One of Educational Insights hottest sellers is now available on the go! The Playfoam® GO! portable carrying case includes eight cool Playfoam colors, each kept neat and tidy in their own compartment. There’s even a ninth bonus compartment for mixing Playfoam colors!

The Kindergarten class that I work in (I’m a Teacher’s Assistant) have Playfoam Go! and love it. We use this product as one of our centers. I’m actually impressed that they haven’t totally mixed up all the colors yet (unlike Play Doh which is hodge podge of colors because they are all mixed up).

With Playfoam Go! kids can mold the foam into a variety of shapes, critters and even letters. In fact, we use the Playfoam Go! to help kids learn their numbers and letters. We’ll ask them to make random letters with the foam.

Here is a photo of the kids (and teacher) learning to make letters with the Playfoam Go! (I covered up faces for obvious reasons).

I appreciate that the Playfoam Go! has a storage case with individual compartments for each color. Our classroom can get messy enough, we don’t need to add to it.

I have played with this Playfoam on many occasions myself. I find the texture of it to be very soothing. I find it relaxing to play with it. I think adults can enjoy this just as much as children. It has a “stress ball” quality about it, but softer.

Its made for ages 3-6, but I don’t see why older children can’t enjoy this just as much as the little ones do.

I don’t think this product dries out either. We’ve been using this for a while now and it’s still just as soft and pliable as it was the first day we started using it.

Playfoam Go! retails for $14.99. Seeing how much the kids I work with enjoy it I think it’s well worth every penny.

If you are interested in learning more about any of these products, visit EducationalInsights.com. You can also find the brand on social media. All of thier links are found at the bottom of their website.

What do you think about these toys? Do any of them look like something your child/grandchild would enjoy?

Kimberly

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

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