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Holiday Gift Guide: Magic Cabin, Mini Kitchen Review

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Toy Kitchens encourage creativity and hours on end of imaginative play, making them  an ideal gift for both girls and boys.

I just recently was given the opportunity to review a Mini Kitchen from Magic Cabin. If you know nothing of this company, I encourage to check out the review on the Magic Cabin-Apple House Play Set I wrote a few months ago.

As a child, I never had a toy kitchen of my own, I believe mostly space played a huge factor in that. Space really can be an issue in most homes. I myself live in a tiny two bedroom apartment and it’s already pretty crowded with only my husband, daughter and I.

I know there are a lot of kitchen toys on the market and I’m sure most of us want to get the right one. Space was my issue in finding the right type of kitchen and that’s one big reason that I immediately fell in love with the Mini Kitchen from Magic Cabin.

Mini Kitchen from Magic Cabin measures in at  31 x 21.5 x 12.5 inches.  It’s the perfect size for my tiny apartment and for my daughter.  This toy is all natural made from Baltic birch. The kitchen shipped in a small box flat box. It took my husband no more than 5-10 minutes to put the kitchen together in it’s entirety. I love that there are no batteries to change out or stickers that will fade or peel. It’s definitely the type of kitchen that’s made to be passed down.

No food? No problem! The Mini Kitchen from Magic Cabin comes with 23 wooden pieces of plates, utensils, pots, pans, and a few play foods, such as a carrot, egg, and bread to name just a few. My daughter really likes her kitchen toy. We’ve some other ec0-friendly pots and pans from Green Toys and they work wonderfully as well with this sturdy little kitchen!

I’ve included a short video of my 18 month old daughter playing with her kitchen. The recommended age I believe is 3 years old and up for the kitchen though my daughter enjoys playing with it and making mommy and daddy little meals as well as feeding her baby dolls! I also believe it’s great to encourage your child’s culinary skills early on, imaginative or not!

You can purchase the for only Mini Kitchen from Magic Cabin for just 99.00. What a wonderful gift this would make for any child! You can receive a standard shipping fee of 4.99 if you spend over 50.00 by using the promotional code  MC499 at checkout!

Disclaimer: I was sent a mini kitchen to review from Magic Cabin . This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Dreamlets Review

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Dreamlets are uniquely designed plush toys created by a Seattle based company. These one of a kind characters were made to encourage us to take life a little less seriously and  to remind us that we already have the life we’ve always wanted.

I like to say I’m a pretty simple girl and that being so, the simplicity of these fun characters really drew me to them! They are off the wall adorable ( at least to me) and make me smile each time I look at them!

100_3229The Dreamlets family consist of the six following characters, Beebee, Ceecee, Stanley, Uncle, Thinko and Qoindo. Each Dreamlet is handmade and designed to withstand the adventures of everyday life.Beans are added into their bodies giving them weight, and high-quality, and the color-fast fleece fabric make them as durable as they quite are squeezable.

There is no real packing that these came in just so you know. The tag that is on each of the characters includes a bio and also opens up to reveal a special code that you can use to register the plush on the Dreamlets website. Once you have registered your Dreamlet, you are given the opportunity to donate to a percent from purchasing your plush to one of several  organizations that support creative thought through funding and education.

My whole family loves our Dreamlets! My husband loves the off the wall look of each character as well as the fact they all have their own personalities. We literally were sitting around comparing ourselves and trying to figure out who we were most like.  For example,  my husband is more like Thinko, Booksmart & Thoughtful and I am more like Qoindo, Creative & Spontaneous! Our curious daughter is most like Ceecee, fun and adventurous! My daughter loves playing with the Dreamlets! She’ll drag them around the house ( these toys can withstand a lot!) but has really favored Uncle as  she makes sure he resides in her bed each night.

On the Dreamlets website, you’ll find free e-cards which feature unique artwork and several fantastic personalization options. Soon to be added is a note section which I believe you can sign up to receive words of  encouragement  throughout your week!

We love our Dreamlet family and hope to see more added to the line soon! I think these would make a fantastic gift for anyone!

Dreamlets retail for $25.00 each and are available on the Dreamlets website. You can follow Dreamlets on Twitter here.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Under The Nile- Wooden Toolbox Review

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undertheniletoolboxI came across a company called Under The Nile a few month ago. If you know nothing about them, you should! They are  a manufacturer of affordable 100% organic infant and children’s apparel, toys, blankets, and much more. They’ve been around for over 10 years and I can definitely see them being around for much longer.

Why the name Under The Nile? Well, it’s due to the fact that all of their products are made from 100% Egyptian organic cotton!  I learned that most of the toys on the market are stuffed with “fluff” that cause allergic reactions and respiratory problems in many babies and children. So, it brings me great relief to know that all Under the Nile toys are hand crafted and created with only the best materials. This reflects both a care of the environment and their care for others.

My Thoughts…November 12 2009

My daughter Melody and I were given the opportunity to review a Tool Box toy from Under The Nile!  I knew right away that we would have a lot of fun playing with the toolbox! What this set includes is a stuffed toy hammer, saw and paint brush. Tool Box finished with linen seed oil. I must point out that this toy compared to other sets on the market will prevent my furniture from getting dings and scratches in it since the tools are soft!

I love that this toy is gender friendly for either boy or girl. Sometimes I think it’s so silly to make toys either all blue or all pink. I personally would like to have another child in a couple of years and if it’s a boy, I’ll know he’ll enjoy playing with this toy that is not totally pinked out.

Melody has been going around hammer nearly everything in the house, and once again thank goodness that these tools are soft! Motherhood is hard enough and any chance to let my daughter play with something freely without constantly saying “No” is certainly a plus.November 12 20091

I’m teaching my daughter what each tool is and  I am quite sure she already recognizes them as she enjoys watching Bob the Builder every weekend. I love this little toolbox and my daughter does as well! We would highly recommend it! (retails for 34.00)

If the tool box isn’t your thing, Under The Nile offers so many more fantastic gifts for babies to adults! You can purchase these great products at  http://www.underthenile.com/ & at Amazon.com to just name a few places.

Disclaimer: I was given a  Tool Set from Under The Nile  to review. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Oompa Toys Review and Giveaway

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November 12 20093Oompa Toys, is a company that offers a wonderful selection  of unique, natural, wooden, and European toys. The toys offered are the perfect selection for those like myself who want to  expose the  children in their lives to non-character branded, quality toys that are designed to withstand generations of use. In my my household these are the only and the best kind of toys to get! I believe these sorts of toys challenge children to use their own imaginations instead of basing it off of something they see or hear about on TV.

Oompa’s website is very easy to navigate. You can search by age, brand, country, and category. And if you are still stumped in knowing what  you should purchase, you can check out the fantastic gift suggestion guide put together by Oompa Toys themselves.

Oompa toys offers fair and competitive prices and strive for 100% customer satisfaction. I found it simply fantastic that Oompa toys goes the extra mile by providing consumers with toy safety information by offering lists of  toy safety information as to where the products are made, toy safety and testing links, manufacturer statements, a video statement provided by Oompa Toys and a letter to manufacturers. Oompa Toys also list specifically where each brand of product is made.

Oompa so kindly set me an Eco-Friendly Cookware and Dining Set from Green Toys to review. I am quite familiar with Green Toys, as I also have a tea set from this company. What  I can tell you that all of their toys are made from recycled plastic right here in the USA! I love the fact that this company is doing every thing they can to save energy by focusing on transportation cost even when it comes down to packaging! You can find this information and learn even more when you click to view this toy on Oompa. Each tab under the photo of the toy includes a: Description, Dimensions, Age, Features, Safety, and Video, like I said Oompa Toys is very thorough. To get a feel of this bake ware set, you can also view customer reviews as well as upload photos.

TG5426My daughter loves her Eco-Friendly Cookware and Dining Set and runs off to play with it everyday! I have peace of mind knowing my daughter is playing with a toy that is built to last! This is definitely a set that will be used for years and years and will also be able to be passed down for generations to come.

I would highly recommend checking out Oompa Toys this Holiday season! You’ll find everything from Art Supplies, Baby Toys, Bath Time Toys, Books and Bookmarks, Building and Stacking Toys, unique Dollhouses and Accessories, Dolls, Stuffed Animals, Early Learning Toys, Games, Kitchen and Play Toys, Musical Instruments, Outdoor toys, Dress up and Pretend Play toys, Puzzles, Riding Toys, Tricycles, Active Play and more!

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Oompa Toys has generously offered one of my winners the very same Bakeware Set from Green Toys that I reviewed! (RTV $39.99)

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Holiday Gift Guide: Eco Time Toys Review and Giveaway

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MD1318LS-2When a company  drives to provide only the best selection & safest alternative Eco-Friendly toys for babies & children at meaningful prices, who would not want to stand behind them 100%?

I was given the opportunity to review the Beginner Band Set by MELISSA & DOUG which can be found for 24.99 at Eco Time Toys.  This fantastic music set is packaged into it’s very own wooden storage case and offers to a child, a world of wonderful music at their finger tips!

In this great little set, you’ll find a xylophone, a kazoo, castanets, a harmonica and a jingle stick. I must add that I love the painted colors of red, orange blue, yellow, purple, and green added to the instruments in this set, I believe they invoke such whims and wonder! Quite appealing to the eye and another great way to begin teaching your children about colors!

HB1268-3TMy daughter has been enjoying this set. So far, her favorite instruments are the xylophone and the jingle stick. She’ll sit for quite some time making her own kind of music. Sometimes we will sit and play together and she’ll try to mimic the tunes and beats I make.

This set is recommend for children ages 3 and up and would make a fantastic gift this Holiday season for children that love music or love making noise in general. Note that a portion of all sales at ecoTimeToys.com is donated to various children and earth-friendly charities.

I can not say enough good things about Eco Time Toys. This company saw the importance of only giving our children the very best. They took advantage of their ability to bring that into one place, giving us easy access to purchase all sorts of  wonderful play things for our children.

I encourage you to visit Eco Time Toys and check out the fantastic selection of toys available. For the latest, you can also find them on Facebook as well as Twitter.

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Disclaimer: I was given the Bginner Band Set to review from  Eco Time Toys . This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Scare Me Nots Review and Giveaway (closed)

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ScareMeNots™ are plush creatures designed to take the “scary” out of monsters in more ways than one. Soft, cuddly, and appealing, they are perfect bedtime companions for all children. However, for kids with nighttime fears, ScareMeNots™ offer an extra sense of protection and comfort. Their special features allow them to ward off those scary things that hide in all the usual places (under the bed, in the closet, behind the drapes)—and in the unusual places as well!

GuardianGus_PhotoThe plush line is made up of six different characters with very different personalities: Defender Dave, Fearless Fred, Guardian Gus, Protector Patty, Valiant Valerie and Watchdog Wally.

My husband and I decided on bringing Guardian Gus into our families life.  Our 18 month old daughter  currently sleeps in the same room with mommy and daddy right now. We decided that when we do make the transition of moving her into her own room a lovey such as Gus would be the perfect companion in keeping her safe from all the things that seems to lurk in the dark corners of our childrens imaginations.

Here’s a little more information about Gus himself.

Guardian Gus, with an extra eye in each hand, is ideal for spotting monsters around corners and under beds.  He removes closet and hallway monsters by sliding one hand-eye under the door, while never leaving your little ones’ bedroom.  His assignments have taken him worldwide in search of monsters like Swamp Thing and Bigfoot.  He can detect any size monster, from the enormous Loch Ness monster to the greasy bite size Quagmire Quarter-Pounder, who’s aroma has lured many an unsuspecting youngster to it’s golden lair.  However, Gus is most renowned for his detection of the Bathtub Belly Slimer due to his use of S.W.A.T. (Soapy Water Approach Technique).  With one look at his lean, green body, children know this monster combatant means business.  Here in a recent photo he asked monsters “Do you want a piece of this?”

100_3723Gus as well as the other plushies have long tails in which Velrco is attached in order for your child to hang their friend from a door knob. The tail is also long enough to put up under your children’s mattress so the Scare Me Nots can keep a look at for those monsters that lurk under the bed!

Melody really likes Gus, and is one of her many friends that she makes sure is in her bed with her before she goes down for the night. As she gets older and makes the whole your own room transition, I’ll sit down with her and let her know a little more about her friend Gus.

I think these plushies are perfect for children up  to the age of 10 and are an excellent solution in ridding night time fears! It’s no wonder they’ve won so many great awards!

To learn more about Scare Me Nots, check out their website! You can read about the rest of the Scare Me Nots, enjoy fun freebies, read testimonials, as well as purchase them for 24.99 each.

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Disclaimer: I was sent Guardian Gus to review from Innovative Toys . This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.

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