Great Holiday Toys For Kids (And Kids at Heart)

Getting ready for the holidays can involve a fair amount of shopping for the kiddos. Here are a few items we know are sure to be on a lot of lists this year.

 

If your children love cars, or shows like Pokemon or Battlebots, they will enjoy the Power Rippers™ 2-IN-1 Competition Set. This set is very complete, and makes a great gift that comes with everything you’d want or need. It includes a Track Set and Battle Arena, dual loops that you can reconfigure for side-by-side racingas one long track, a crash zone and “epic jump” when your toys reach the end of their track. They can use the Battle Arena to- you guessed it, battle each other (or mom and dad).   The set comes in its own case, which makes for easy storage, clean up, and take along as well. Grab yours anywhere that sells toys for about $29.99.

Justice League BIG-FIGS™ take action figures and super size them for giant fun and BIG play. These are great for both the kids and collectors in your life- ok, and the “big kids”, too. ( I can think of more then one adult who would love them.)  Choose from Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, and my son’s favorite, Cyborg.  They are detailed, though not fully articulated, and include items like soft capes and removable accessories.  These BIG-FIGS™ are priced right at $19.99, so they are a “big” value as well, considering the regular sized figures usually start at about $11.99.

Have a Nintendo fan? Have they played Splatoon? (If not, you guys are missing out, as we have mentioned previously, it is a lot of fun!) This toy is based on the hit videogame by Nintendo, the Splatoon™ Splattershot Blaster brings into real life all the fun, mess (not really!), and strategy the game is all about.  You and your kids can play all day with these blasters that fire water-based compound up to 30 feet.  Each Splattershot Blaster comes with a pair of Inkling Goggles and two compound canisters that are good for up to 50 shots each.  You can get yours on stores like Amazon for about $29.99. I’d pick up at least 2, so you can play together.

Based on the hit Disney movie, the Glow ‘N Style Rapunzel doll showcases her blonde hair- on this doll, down to her toes. Your child will spend hours of styling and playing with it.  When they push a button, Rapunzel’s signature magical hair will glow as she sings the award-winning song from the show, “I See the Light.”  She wears her well known dress and coordinating shoes, and comes with six hair clips that your child can also wear. One is even in the shape of her chameleon pet, Pascal, which is adorable.   The suggested price of this doll is $34.99, but I’m seeing it for prices all over the chart, so shop wisely.

Smooshy Mushy are an adorable and new collectible craze that your kids as well as any adults who like to fidget will love- honestly, these serve a dual purpose.  Fun and useful! Inside each Smooshy Mushy package you will find one of eight random Pets. Unwrap it’s container to find out which scented Smooshy Mushy you will find- even the packaging is cute, really- milkshake or ice creams, for example.

Every pet comes with a “Bestie” they like to tag along with, so make sure you keep them together.  Each of the currently available 24 food themed sets also comes with a “what’s your smooshy name?” game, a nametag, mini container, stickers  a poster.  There are also rare and ultra-rare Pets. $9.99

You can collect more Besties by picking up a  Smooshy Mushy Snack Pax.  These are 39 random blind bags which include a Bestie, a poster, and a game. $2.99

Have you started your Advent Calenders yet? It’s not too late if you haven’t- and PLAYMOBIL has a fun variety to choose from. You can choose from sets like Santa’s Workshop or an NHL Hockey theme, or even a more non traditional set like the “Jewel Thief Police Operation” which is fun and silly -every day, your child opens another door and finds a new surprise waiting behind it. There is also a cardboard backdrop to place figures and toys/props on, to help create the intended theme should you so desire.  Don’t forget the non-holiday sets as well- PLAYMOBIL recently released super fun playsets from Ghostbusters (with highly accurate details, lights and sounds, great accessories, and more) and How to Train Your Dragon. Prices vary, but we love PLAYMOBIL for their long term play use, creativity, bonding time, as well as how well made and sturdy they are. These are definitely on our holiday lists this year.

 

Decorating Your Outdoors for the Holidays

Getting ready for the holidays? These decorations are super fast and easy to put up- as someone who isn’t the tallest person in the world, I can appreciate non-strand-light holiday lights, LOL.

Say goodbye to tangled Christmas lights and giant inflatables that deflate into a messy heap on your front lawn. These two Christmas décor/lighting products for the home that are a snap to install and low-maintenance.

Star Shower Window Wonderland is a projector that transforms your windows into animated holiday displays. Place the projector near any window, hang the included screen, and choose from six included holiday movies to play with the touch of a button. Turn dreary windows on dark wintery nights into colorful, entertaining exhibits in minutes. This product is also great for apartment-dwellers. (Video: https://tinyurl.com/ybvsqe2n.)

Next, use Star Shower Slideshow to transform the entire front of your home into a merry canvas of dazzling color. Setup is easy—choose the slide you want to use, insert it into the unit, and watch it play. Star Shower slideshow is safe for use in wet winter weather and covers up to 3200 square feet with colorful, LED light images of snowflakes, bows, trees and more—and can be adapted for indoor use as well. (Video: https://tinyurl.com/y9doevqz.)

These very easy to use, easy to set up decorations are great for the winter holiday season- and for other holidays, as well. And they aren’t expensive at all, so you will definitely get your money back on use.  Depending on where you buy them, I have seen them online and in stores as low as $20, so you really can’t go wrong. Check it out for yourself!

Happy holidays, Seasons Greetings- and enjoy your decorations.

Santa.com the Official Site of Santa Claus! Giveaway

Don’t bother the Post Office this year with your letters, send them straight to Santa on his very own website! Santa.com is the new online home of the jolly ol’ Saint Nick that has brought joy to those of all ages. We live in a digital age so why shouldn’t Santa?

Santa.com is a great family site to embrace all things Christmas and enhance the Holiday Season with some extra holiday spirit. They offer activities for kids like free emails from Santa, Christmas coloring pages you can download, Santa Libs are seasonal ad-libs for the whole family, or read Santa’s blog! There are also some fun options like a service where you get a text a day from Santa starting December 1 through Christmas and some other paid options that make the holiday come to life in an interactive way. Santa enthusiasts of any age will enjoy that daily dose of spirit to bring Christmas to life.

Santa.com is also running a Giveaway now till Dec. 20th with prizes like a limited edition ornament designed by Christopher Radko for Anderson’s of Nantucket, Santa.com goodies like a fidget spinner, tote bag, bumper sticker, and pen. You can enter on their site using the link below.
Santa.com Christmas Giveaway

My favorite part of the site is the texts from Santa. Addressed to each individual it works like a calorie free advent calendar. Make the count down to Christmas even more exciting with these personal texts. They offer interesting facts, reenforce the holiday enthusiasm, and positive values. This is a great gift for the family or if you like me have friends that are super Santa enthusiasts add this to their Christmas gift and extend the season from the first of the month up until the big day.

Santa.com is the online stop that you should not miss and is perfect for all of those believers. Santa needed a website and Santa.com with the help of his elves is that perfect place to visit.

You can also follow Santa and his helpers on Social Media –

People Most Likely to Get the Holiday Blues

With the holidays upon us it’s easy for us to get caught up in the rush of it all. While we may be cooking, shopping, enjoying holiday events there are others, many of whom are in our very own circles, having a tougher time. Dr. Sanam Hafeez, a NYC based licensed clinical psychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, reveals who are most likely to have the holiday blues and how we can help them make it through.

  1. The newly divorced or widowed.

Loss is a sad, life-changing event at any time of the year.  However, it tends to be harder when everyone around you is joyful celebrating the holiday’s and you feel it’s an effort to get out of bed.  If someone in your circles is going through a major loss and life transition be supportive and understanding. “They are grieving and mourning and are especially sensitive around the holidays. It’s important that they feel included but don’t be offended if they choose to opt out of certain events,” advises Dr. Hafeez. She suggests checking in and offering them the option to participate in whatever they want, when they want. Love them through it.

  1. The busy entrepreneur.

The holidays could be stressful for small business owners because so much rides on the end of year. They may be fretting over their profits (or lack thereof), the goals they didn’t reach, and the many things still to do. They feel overwhelmed and when they are expected to shop, entertain and be present for their families, they may be short tempered and anxious. “The best way to help the busy entrepreneur is to make their life easier in any way possible. If they can’t make it to a family dinner, tell them your door is open for dessert. Oftentimes they feel guilty and obligated which only adds to their frustration,” explains Dr. Hafeez. Also consider that these worker-bees are conflicted. When they are working they miss their families and when they are with family they are thinking of work.

  1. The caretaker of an elder parent or relative (or special needs child/ren or relative).

Adults who are now caretakers to their elderly parents are incredibly overwhelmed and often overlooked. As a caretaker, they always have to consider the well-being of their parent. They can’t just get up and go,” explains Dr. Hafeez.  Caretakers may feel resentful, isolated and stuck during the holidays which leads to conflicted feelings of resentment and guilt. They also believe they have to be hands on managing everything. It’s important to lighten the caretakers load by offering support even if it means asking them how they are doing. Be patient and ask the caretaker what they need. It could be something as simple as having food delivered to their home to free up time for other tasks, Dr. Hafeez recommends.

  1. The recovering substance abuser.

Recovering from addiction is hard.  Period.  But it’s harder when holiday festivities are filled with friends and family drinking everything from eggnog to champagne.  “Understand that those in recovery from substance abuse are hyper-sensitive about being judged. They feel as if all eyes are on them and that pressure may trigger the desire to use drugs or alcohol to soothe their anxiety. When they aren’t fully recovered, they may anticipate possible “landmines” and avoid them. They may choose to stay to themselves and observe more and participate less. They might opt out of larger family gatherings that are too overwhelming,” cautions Dr. Hafeez. Offer an open invitation and remind them they are welcomed when they are ready. A balance of love, support and acceptance is what they are in most need of, suggests Dr. Hafeez.

  1. The children of divorce.

Divorce means two separate holidays at two different places and kids feel overwhelmed having to double up. It’s incredibly important for parents to agree on where the kids are going during the holidays and all logistical details. “Kids want to feel safe and secure. They don’t want to feel as if they are the expected to be rushed here and there because their parents chose to divorce,” says Dr. Hafeez. It could be unsettling to younger kids and teens may isolate and rebel against any family events as they are sorting out their own emotions as they get used to a new normal. You really want to establish a game plan for the holidays and if possible, stick to it every year, advises Dr. Hafeez.

Visit HGTV’s Santa HQ at Freehold Raceway Mall #SantaHQ

 

It is that magical time of year again, where malls across the country are packed with shoppers, including kids and parents of all ages. One of the main draws of shopping at the mall, beyond the shopping, is to see the big man himself Santa. This year HG TV brings you a very special Santa’s HQ, where visitors travel to the North Pole and explore the big man’s abode. The visit starts interestingly enough, with an app download. There really is an app for everything. The app is called Elf-Ray vision, and should be downloaded before you get to the mall.

 

This app gives the user a special insight into the working of the elves. Point your phone at the walls, and see what the elves have been up to. Once activated, the gears show elves working hard behind the scenes or getting ready for the big day. These scenes are dispersed at various places all along your trek, so keep an eye out. The first step is the “Elfie Selfie” in Santa‘s workshop where, after snapping your pic as an elf, you star in your own holiday video (that also features some HGTV favorite stars) that you can share with with your loved one as well- just email it to yourself on the tablet.

 

Next up is the Naughty or Nice O’Meter. Users input their name, then they are measured on whether they have been naughty or nice. My son was just barely nice, according to the meter, but he made the cut…..so far. Then off to the observatory where your Elf Ray vision really kicks in, and you can see an incredible display with twinkling snow and presents. The end of your visit culminates in a family photo, and then a meeting with the big guy himself, Santa. Make sure your kids bring him a list- then you can avoid those post office lines 😉

 

Guests of the mall are invited start to making reservations by visiting www.santa-hq.com.

Enjoy your visit!

GOTRAX HALLOWEEN: 4 LAST-MINUTE MOVIE-INSPIRED DIY COSTUMES ON HOVERBOARDS

GOTRAX, the new Denver-based brand of hoverboards and electric rideables on a mission to boost imaginations and the possibility for personal transportation, has released a list of last-minute DIY Halloween costumes that are sure to be out of this world when paired with its line of HOVERFLY hoverboards.

The children’s costume ideas, inspired by some of cinema’s most classic characters past and present, are designed to be affordable and easy to put together for any family. The addition of ahoverboard like the GOTRAX HOVERFLY or HOVERFLY PLUS will enhance the impact and “wow” factor by bringing each character to life.

WATCH: SEE THE CHARACTER-INSPIRED VIDEO

“We all know what it’s like to be searching for easy, affordable costumes at the last minute, especially for kids,” says Chief Marketing Officer Jason Wakefield. “And if you add ahoverboard, these are some great ideas to make a fun costume sure to impress without scouring the empty aisles of the local Halloween outlet at the 11th hour.”

Available now at GOTRAX.com/Halloween, GOTRAX™ halloween DIYs include costumes inspired by BatmanMoanaDarth Vader and Wonder Woman. The costume ideas are laid out in simple, easy-to-follow fashion that includes step-by-step how-tos, printable shopping lists, character quizzes, example images and short, fun videos for inspiration.

“Imagine seeing Moana glide by effortlessly as she ‘paddles’ on her HOVERFLY, or Darth Vader using The Force to ‘hover’ with the menacing notes of the Imperial March played wirelessly through the built-in Bluetooth® speaker of the HOVERFLY PLUS,” says Wakefield. “They’ll be their favorite character, but you’ll be the hero.”

Spread the Cheers of Diwali to Your Loved Ones in Another Country with These Gifts

The celebration of any special occasion or event is a moment to bring your loved ones closer and spread the cheerfulness all around. It does not matter whether your dear ones are staying close to you or are living in another country, a wonderful gift sent as a token of love can easily dissolve any distances in an effortless manner. If you want to spread the joy of Diwali with your dear ones who are away, you need to send Diwali gifts to Canada through any efficient time bound delivery services. Here are the few gift suggestions for you as listed below:

Offer them a pack of health- The celebration of every festival involves offering sweets to your dear ones to spread sweetness and smiles. However, if you are looking for a better alternative to traditional sweets which are considered to be high in calories, you can offer your loved ones a pack of mixed dry fruits. You can easily find the dry fruits hamper consisting of almonds, raisins, cashews, pistachios through any offline or online gifting store.

Light up their homes with amazing Diyas set- Diwali is also called as “festival of lights” and there is a strong reason behind it. People decorate their homes and light up diyas, candles and illumination lights to celebrate this extraordinary occasion of Diwali. Let the darkness be removed from the homes and lives of your loved ones with the beautiful collection of Diyas set. People can easily buy the fantastic collection of colourful diyas that are adorned with beautiful colours and decorative items as a special Diwali gift for their loved ones in another country.

Let them gorge on traditional sweets- The unmatched taste and sweetness of traditional sweets can easily leave anyone asking for more. You can easily explore the wide range of traditional sweets such as Rasgulla, Soan Papdi, Gulab Jamun, Kaju Katli and others for a perfect Diwali celebration. Furthermore, you can offer a distinct taste to your loved ones on Christmas and can send these traditional sweets as Christmas gifts to UK.

Explore the richness of exotic chocolates- Do you want to offer the richness of chocolates as a special gift to your dear ones? If yes, order the delightful box of international chocolate brands such as Lindt, Godiva, Ferrero Rocher, Guylian, Nestle, Cadbury and others to greet your special ones in a unique manner.

Try out the exciting range of gift hampers- If you are looking to explore amazing gifts for your loved ones, it is time to go for these wonderful gift hampers available at any offline or online gifting store. You can choose the fantastic combination of flowers with chocolates, gourmet hampers with flowers, indoor plants with dry fruits, personalized gifts with chocolates and a lot more.

So, make the best of any occasion by offering gifts to your loved ones in another country. Avail the services of a reputed gift delivery company and send Diwali gifts to Canada for a memorable celebration.

 

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Easter is such a fun time- spring is starting to bloom, or some years, it’s in full bloom already. The weather is finally getting nicer, you can put your winter coats and snow boots away (huzzah! my favorite part, for sure). Easter is a special day on the religious calendar, and the reason to celebrate the holiday. We also celebrate with fun treats and baskets to celebrate spring, which has come to be associated with the holiday as well.

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