Category: Toys

Gaddy Nipper Crayons {review}


When I was a child, I recall my mom taking our old crayons and making them into new ones. We sometimes would make the general crayon shape and other times mom would get creative and make letters and animals in both solid and multi-colors! It was one of the most fun crafts that we did together!

With all that being said, I’m excited to let you know about Gaddy Nippers! They offer one of a kind recycled crayola crayons in many fun shapes, letters, and colors much like the ones my mom made me as a kid!

I was given the opportunity to sample these crayons out for my own children. I was sent my daughter Melody’s name in multi-color and my son Owen’s name in which featured an animal image in each letter!  How neat is that?

My 2 1/2 year old daughter loves these crayons! They are just the right size for her! I can’t help but think that having these is great way to teach her how to spell her name out by recognizing the letters! Gaddy Nipper Crayons are a fun gift and a great learning tool all in one!

Gaddy Nippers crayons are great for favors for birthday parties, classroom parties and in general every day use. They come perfect for gifting! I love that you can add you own personal touch with all the customization available!

Personalized packages are under $6.00 and the personalized letters start at just 50¢ a piece. Special packaging can be requested.

**Disclaimer: The product/s mentioned above will be given to me free of charge from the company or PR firm in exchange for being featured on Connected2Christ.

 

Aurora World Inc | Adorable Plush Toys Kids will Love{review & giveaway}


Aurora World, Inc.
, celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2011, is a leading manufacturer and supplier of high quality, competitively priced plush toys and gifts. Aurora’s name reflects its extensive product lines and growing influence in the worldwide marketplace, as well as its international manufacturing, R&D and distribution resources. Founded in 1981, the Korean company with headquarters also in the United States, United Kingdom and Hong Kong, has ascended quickly to become a respected leader in the world’s toy and gift industry. Aurora created the international plush toy phenomenon – YooHoo & Friends™ – and its corresponding free, interactive web site (www.yoohoofriends.com), appealing to young children and tweens alike. The company sells its products via a wide variety of retailers including major zoos, high-end toy stores such as Learning Express, top gift chains such as Hallmark and Claire’s as well as hospital gift shops, fine florists, candy stores and gift/stationery stores worldwide. -Information courtesy of Aurora World Inc.

I’m very excited today to let you know about three of the latest plush lines brought to us by Aurora World Inc and just in time for the holiday gift giving season too! These toys would be wonderful addition to a few other gifts you may be purchasing and would be fantastic stocking stuffers. We are a fan of the of all three of the animals we were sent to review from the latest lines and have taken note they like many of the other Aurora products we’ve reviewed,  are made exceptionally well! My daughter loves her new pals!

Aurora – Fancy Pals™ – The Original Toy Pet Carriers


One of Aurora’s best selling lines, Fancy Pals, features the original Pet Carriers — a purse and plush animal in one. The plush animals are interchangeable – kids have fun mixing and trading the animals to other carriers. Three new styles include “Sweet…Sweet…Sweet,” a pink poodle in a heart shaped bag with the word “sweet” embroidered on the side; “I Heart U,” a purple kitten and fancy pink bag embroidered with “I © U”; and “Love” (pictured) featuring an adorable black and white puppy in a flashy pink bag embroidered with shiny hearts and the word “love” (carriers vary from six to eight inches in size, depending on style; MSRP: $12).

Aurora – Dreamy Eyes™

Dreamy Eyes™ feature loveable expressions, big eyes and appealing cuddle material that just melts in your hands. 13 brand new styles include tiger, pony, pig, cow, lion, elephant, monkey, giraffe, cat, pug, Chihuahua, frog and lamb (10”, bean filled; MSRP: $12.99). Perfect for ages two and up!

Aurora – Cheeky Charlie™ & Carmen™

Retailers know Aurora’s go-to monkeys with personality, lovable smiles and signature banana in the tail, Cheeky Charlie™& Carmen™, fly off store shelves. Three newer styles in the line include Cheeky Charlie “Rock Star” which features Charlie with a Mohawk, sporting a guitar and t-shirt (14.5 inches). Cheeky Charlie Surfer (14.5 inches) in a visor and board shorts is ready to hit the beach with his surfboard. Cheeky Charlie Zoo Keeper (14.5 inches), Wrangler Cheeky Charlie (pictured, 14.5 inches) and Carmen “BFF” (pictured, 14.5 inches) are some other top items in the line. Each monkey’s Velcro hands make “hanging out” easy! Ages three and up. All “14.5 inch” Cheeky Charlie & Carmen styles retail with a suggested price of $17.

Visit Aurora online at www.auroragift.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/auroraworld.

Win it!

One winner will receive a random Dreamy Eye, Fancy Pal, or Cheeky Charlie™ & Carmen™toy. Giveaway open to USA and Canada.

To Enter: Check out the which plush toy category you are partial to win a random toy from and let me know your favorite! Dreamy Eyes™, Fancy Pals™, or Cheeky Charlie™ & Carmen™.

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6. Become a Facebook Fan of Connected2Christ and leave me a comment there letting me know you are coming from this giveaway.Giveaway running till 11/30/10 . Winners will be notified shortly afterward by email. Please respond within 48 hours or you forfeit your prize to another participant. USA & Canada only.

DISCLAIMER: My thoughts are mine  own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. I did not receive any compensation for hosting this giveaway or review other than the sample above mentioned.


Learning Resource Game: Twist & Match Monsters Matching Game {review & giveaway}

Who said games and toys that are educational can’t be fun? Certainly not me! And on that note, I was recently introduced to Learning Resources, a company that offers many fun learning toy options great for  both boys and girls in vast difference of age groups!

I was given the opportunity to review one of the Learning Resources new games called  Twist & Match Monsters! This early learning game is geared toward children  ages 3 and up and is perfect for 2 to 6 players.

Learning Resources Twist & Match Monsters Matching Game is a lot of fun and it’s great because children can practice learning skills like color and attribute matching and number recognition! It’s also a great way to start teaching your child to be a good sport about playing games and taking turns with their friends or family members!

I can’t wait till my daughter is a little bit older to try this game out as I know she’ll enjoy it!

Buy it: You can purchase the Twist & Match Monsters Matching Game
for around $19.99 at the Learning Resource website and you can also find it at other retailers such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Win it!

One USA winner is being given the opportunity to win this game!

To Enter: Visit Learning Resources and let me know what other toy or game you would love to own or gift to someone!

Extra Entries:

1. Blog this giveaway, link back to this post. (2 extra)

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6. Become a Facebook Fan of Connected2Christ and leave me a comment there letting me know you are coming from this giveaway.

Giveaway running till 11/27/10 . Winners will be notified shortly afterward by email. Please respond within 48 hours or you forfeit your prize to another participant. USA only.

DISCLAIMER: My thoughts are mine  own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. I did not receive any compensation for hosting this giveaway or review other than the sample above mentioned.

Schleich: Animal Figurines {review & giveaway}

About Schleich…

Schleich, a company that has been around for 75 years offers wonderful figurines  in a wide variety of collections from World of Nature lines of Farm Animals and Wild Animals, to their World of History figures and their World of Fantasy items.

These wonderful figurines encourage open ended play and are great to use when educating your child in a number of way. It’s no surprise that Schleich products are loved by children as well as adults.

I personally enjoyed learning that each figurine is precision engineered by a German master craftsman who works on the finest details for up to six weeks . . . the figurines are all painted by hand – meaning each toy is absolutely unique . . . they are durable and safe while exceeding global safety standards. Note that these figurines are recommend for children ages 3 and up.

My Thoughts…

I sent a set of animals to review from Schleich and I must say I am very impressed with the quality. My daughter loves animals and was over all thrilled with her new figurines to play with. She’s grown quite a bit attached to the dogs and know in the future there’s a good chance she’ll want to collect more. I don’t mind at all about collecting these figurines because they are extremely well made and very appealing to the eye. I love that they look so realistic!

If you check out the Schleich website and browse the figurines you’ll notice that each of them have a great description and that’s what makes these figurines more than just fun but educational too! For instance, I clicked on the Lusitano Horse and here is what I learned…

Holding to its roots in the Iberian Peninsula, the Lusitano is closely related to the Andalusian. Originally bred for the military, Lusitanos have found their place in dressage and bull fighting. Courageous and courteous, this breed boasts of disposition and design, being known for superior balance and gait. Prized for millennia, Lusitanos can be found in ancient cave paintings and modern horse fairs.

Fun Facts are mentioned such as, Lusitanos are even-tempered and tend to bond eagerly to humans.  You’ll also learn the Zoological Name, Conservation Status, and Global Home!

Buy it!

Prices for the figures vary.  You can see Schleich’s growing collection of figures and search for your nearest local retailer on the company’s web site here. I am glad I can easily find these locally and thrilled that they are carried at my favorite hobby store.  Though they also can be found at Toys R Us and Target.

Win it!

One winner will receive a random collection of Schleich figurines!

To Enter: Visit Schleich and let me know what your favorite figurine is and who you’d love to win this collection for!

Giveaway is open to USA and Canada.

Extra Entries:
1. Blog this giveaway, link back to this post. (2 extra)

2. Follow on Twitter @erinlowmaster & Tweet (daily entries available)

3. Post this giveaway on a Giveaway Linky/Site and let me know where!

4. Email a friend(s) about this giveaway. (Leave name of friend)

5. Subscribe to my blog by RSS or E-mail (Feed Burner) and let me know!

6. Become a Facebook Fan of Connected2Christ and leave me a comment there letting me know you are coming from this giveaway.

Giveaway running till 11/20/10 . Winners will be notified shortly afterward by email. Please respond within 48 hours or you forfeit your prize to another participant. USA & Canada only.

DISCLAIMER: My thoughts are mine  own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. I did not receive any compensation for hosting this giveaway or review other than the sample above mentioned.