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The Little Red Wagon…

Pal and Bridget

Think back to when you were a little child. Was there a toy that was very special to you? For me it was my Fisher Price Little People (back when they were made out of wood) and my stuffed animals. In fact I still have the first two stuffed animals I was ever given – Pal and Bridget. Pal is in bad condition. In fact, he doesn’t even have a piece of hair left on him. I THINK he was dog at one point because he used to have long ears.

I loved my toys. I loved them a lot. I was fortunate that my mom and dad provided me with a lot of great toys over the years.

One of my favorite outdoor toys was my my Radio Flyer tricycle. I wrote that bike all over – the front yard, the driveway and up and down our road. Once I put a great big teddy bear that I had on my Radio Flyer tricycle and took it to a hilly part of our road and let him ride down. My poor bear ended up with dirt and tar all over his feet which I was never able to clean off. None the less I had a great time doing it.

You can even make out my Radio Flyer tricycle in the background of this picture of me. I have another photo of me riding the tricycle but off hand I don’t recall where that photo is.

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One thing I always wanted as a child, but never did get, was a Radio Flyer red wagon. I’m sure many people know exactly what wagon I am talking about. It’s the classic red wagon that is seen in many books and old photos from years go by. The wagon looked like this;

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I wanted the Radio Flyer red wagon because there was a book I loved to read called Kittens for Kim where Kim (a boy), had a wagon he used to carry around some kittens and other fun things. I also used to love to read my father’s Dick and Jane books and Dick and Jane had a little red wagon.

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I thought it would be fun to have a little red wagon of my own. I would use it to carry around my plush friends and take them on adventures with me. I also secretly wanted to sit in it and ride it down the hill on our road, which is probably why mom and dad never got me one. LOL.

I’m an adult now and in the back of my mind I’ve always longed for that elusive little red wagon that I always wanted as a child. I know I would be able to play with it like a child would, but I still think it would be fun to use it as a decoration. I have seen people display potted flowers on a red wagon. I love that idea, except we don’t have a yard or any place to display it.

As odd as it sounds owning a little red wagon was on my “Bucket List.” It was just something from my childhood that I always wanted and I someday wanted to finally get one.

That day is now.

Radio Flyer sent me a little red wagon, but there is a “twist” to this – it’s a miniature version of the little red wagon. It’s the very same Radio Flyer little red wagon that I always wanted, except it’s itty bitty. It’s just the right size for a toddler to pull around or to use as a decoration.

As luck would have it the little red wagon arrived the day before my husband and I went on a quest to find him a new water jug. We checked out a few stores. In one store there was a toy section. My husband and I love checking out the toys (we are big kids). As we were looking around I came across a plush tiger. Right away the tiger looked like one of my favorite comic book characters – Hobbes from the Calvin & Hobbes comic series. I love Calvin & Hobbes so much that I am planning on getting them tattooed on my ankle as soon as I have the money for it.

Incidentally Calvin and Hobbes rode around in a little red wagon. Maybe its kismet with me and the little red wagon?

I had the perfect place for my new plush friend – in my Radio Flyer little red wagon which I am now proudly displaying on my bookcase.

Radio Flyer and Hobbes

@ Bill Watterson

@ Bill Watterson

Now my childhood wish for a Radio Flyer little red wagon has come true. And on top of that I found a way to pay homage to one of my all time favorite comic book characters.

I’m a very happy person right now.

Radio Flyer wagons have come a long way since I was a child. They still carry the classic little red wagon, but in addition they carry some really cool wagons that are ideal for toting along your children whether it’s around town or on vacation.

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Check out the Radio Flyer EZ Fold Wagon. It’s the only folding wagon for kids to ride in. It’s big enough for two children to ride around in comfortably. It even sports 4 cup holders, seat belts (which is important) and a removable canopy to protect little ones from the elements.

My kids would have LOVED to be driven around in this wagon. I wish this was available when my kids were younger.

When my kids were younger we had to push them around in the stroller. It was not very comfortable for them, especially when they got older. Plus my kids felt confined and there were not able to move around as freely as they could in a super cool wagon like this.

There were so many times a wagon like this would have come in handy like parades, strolls around the lake, the county fair and even just taking a walk around town.

It looks like it might be hard to fold up but you can fold it up with just one hand.

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I haven’t seen this wagon in person but it looks like folded up it should easily slip into a standard size truck for easy transportation.

If you have ever traveled with a toddler you know how easily they tire out. Having a wagon like this is not only fun for the children, but it is also less stressful for the parents. Parents won’t have to listen to little one whine and complain about being tired or their feet hurting, and they won’t have to carry their child around on their person.

Check out this brief video about the Radio Flyer EZ Fold Wagon.

 

The Radio Flyer EZ Fold Wagon is for children ages 1 1/2 and up. It retails for $199. That might seem a bit pricey but this is a product you will find many uses for (you can even us it to haul other things aside from little ones) so it’s more of an investment rather than an expense.

If I was little I think I might have wanted to have this wagon in addition to my little red wagon.

If you would like more information about the Radio Flyer EZ Folder Wagon or other Radio Flyer products please visit www.RadioFlyer.com. The brand is also found on the social media sites. All the links are found at the top left of their home page.

Do you currently own, or have you ever owned, a Radio Flyer product? Do you have a favorite product? Do you have any fond memories involved Radio Flyer products? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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Kimberly

*I received a mini little red wagon in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Radio Flyer’s 25 Days of Holiday Giveaways starts TODAY!

 

Photo Source: Radio Flyer

Photo Source: Radio Flyer

Did you have a little red wagon when you were growing up? I’m referring to the classic Radio Flyer red wagon like the one pictured above.

When I was a little girl I really wanted one. I could picture myself taking my stuffed animal friends, seating them in the wagon, then taking them along with my on my many adventures.

There was also a book I loved to have my mom read to me (and later on I would read it) called One Kitten for Kim. Since my name is Kimberly I was drawn to the book that was “named after me”. 🙂 (even though in the book Kim is a boy).

In the book Kim took some kittens around town in a little wagon helping them to find their “forever homes”. I wanted to have a wagon to carry my things around the neighborhood too.

Sadly Santa never brought me a little red wagon. I did have a Radio Flyer tricycle. If you look in the background in the photo below you can see it “parked” in the driveway.

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As silly as it sounds I will one day get my little red wagon. I might not need it anymore to tote around my fuzzy plush friends, but maybe I can use it as decor for our home. I’m a very sentimental person and I love to fill my home with things that bring back great memories of my childhood.

My kids never had the chance to experience any of the fun toys that Radio Flyer has to offer. We live in a top floor condo with no property (except a parking lot with maniac drivers) and A LOT of stairs. It would have been too much to lug the tricycle or wagon up and down the stairs whenever the kids wanted to play with them.

Radio Flyer has been around for almost 100 years. They have produced many well loved and cherished toys over the years.

I was sent an adorable Radio Flyer toy to review. I was sent the Radio Flyer Steer & Stroll Coupe.

Oh my goodness! I love it! Even my teenage son said he wished we would have given him a car like this because it’s exactly what he wanted growing up. He did have a ride on car his great-grandmother gave him but it didn’t have all the “bells and whistles” that the Radio Flyer Steer & Stroll Coupe does.

Here is some details on this sweet little coupe.

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Steer & Stroll Coupe

Your child will love this versatile red coupe! Designed with realistic details, this timeless car offers both safety and style.

  • 3 ways to play: adult push, kid push, kid scoot
  • Child seat belt for added safety
  • Entertaining and realistic lights and sounds
  • Push handle adjusts to both adults’ and kids’ heights
  • Door opens and closes like a real car
  • Innovative sliding footrest for comfort and added versatility
  • Batteries not included, requires 3 AA

Price: $119.99

Website: http://www.radioflyer.com/steer-and-stroll-coupe.html

This is darling!

I didn’t have a little one around to take it for a test drive for me, so all I could do was play around with the features. Kids will LOVE all the fun sounds the car makes and it lights up too. I’m surprised we didn’t burn out the batteries we installed to try it out. My husband and I kept pressing on everything. LOL!

As a parent I love that it has a seat belt for safety. Not that a kids would go THAT FAST in it, but you never know. We’ve seen people with the same car in our condo complex. We have very steep hills where we live. If a parent accidentally let go of the handle the coupe could zip very fast down the hill.

The seat belt also keeps little ones from jumping out of the car when being pushed around. It’s made so that a child could not easily get out of it.

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I love the handle. Oh how I wish my son’s car had something like that. It would have saved my back from having to bend over and push him around. It would have been more comfortable to stand up right and push him. The handle is adjustable too.

I like the footrest. That is an ingenious idea! When your little one is being pushed around you can rest assure that their feet are not being dragged on the grounder underneath them. All you need to do is push the footrest up and your child’s feet will rest safely inside. When your child is older and can scoot around in the car on their own you can push the footrest back.

Photo Source: Radio Flyer

Photo Source: Radio Flyer

The image makes it look like it can house a lot of stuff. I don’t think it’s that big and I couldn’t see a little one putting stuff inside of it, but maybe some kids would. None the less it’s a great idea.

The coupe also looks like a “real” car. It even has a place where you can put “gas” in the car.

I wish I was a little kid. I would love to drive around in something like this.

Radio Flyer will be giving away a Radio Flyer toy EVERY DAY as part of it’s special Radio Flyers 25 Days of Holiday Giveaways. Perhaps you might be the lucky winner of this adorable Steer & Stroll Coupe or another wonderful Radio Flyer toy. 

From Monday, November 24, 2014 (TODAY!) until Thursday, December 18, 2014, Radio Flyer will be giving away a FREE toy everyday for 25 days. All you need to do to enter is sign up EACH DAY on RadioFlyer.com for your chance to win the toy of the day.

You MUST enter each day to be eligible for that day’s toy  (it’s not a one-time-only sign up). You can sign up each day for the 25 days, or only sign up on the days you want to win the specific toy that is being given away. It’s totally up to you.

If you haven’t checked out Radio Flyer lately you should look over the site and see what great toys you could possibly win including trikes, bikes, scooters, ride ons and even the little red wagon or the Steer & Stroll Coupe (if it’s part of the giveaways).

You can also check out Radio Flyer on all the social media channels. The links are found on the top left of their website.

What do you think about the Steer & Stroll Coupe? Cute, isn’t it?

Do you have a favorite Radio Flyer toy or memory of a Radio Flyer toy?

Do you plan on entering the Radio Flyers 25 Days of Holiday Giveaways?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I love to hear from readers. And if you do enter – good luck! Let me know if you are one of the lucky winners.

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Kimberly

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