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Holiday Gift Guide: The cuboro basis Marble Track System {Review}

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The cuboro basis Marble Track System is an open-ended toy that provides for hours of learning, fun, and discovery. My older children ages 5 and 8 seemed to enjoy using this set alone, together, and with their Dad.

I must boast highly on how awesome this set is!  The variations of creation are many and make each play different every time.  It’s the perfect set for holding ones attention and perfect for times when my kids need to unplug from electric devices and screens. I like how hands-on it is.  It’s one of those unique highly treasured toys that I feel will be kept in our home and shared among future generations.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Prime Time Toys – Legendfire Powershot Blaster Review

3-2-16-legend-fire-hero-blueMy son and oldest daughter love playing target practice in our backyard. They would, however, be shooting things all over the inside of the house if I let them! They were pretty thrilled with the new toy gun by Prime Time Toys that I gifted them with. They, however, did have to share with their Dad first thing because of review purposes. But we all really knew he wanted to play with it too! 

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Chuggington: Snow Rescue {DVD Review}

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We all know that Christmas is well on the way as well as Winter. So, we’ve been in-cooperating lots of themed DVD’s to watch during family time. Recently to DVD, Chuggington: Snow Rescue has been what’s been watched by my nearly four year old son. This collection was his very first viewing of the Chuggington series and it appears to have gone over very well.

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The DVD runtime is a little over an hour, 64 minutes in all. The animation is very colorful and done exceptionally well! There appear to be a lot of characters with great personalities. The episodes teach important lesson like the importance of teamwork, being responsible, and of being safe.

The Snow Rescue Special is one of the episodes you’ll want to make sure to see during the month of December. This episode has a Parade of Lights and how the trains make do during a Winter Storm. The rescue mission was full of lots of action and kept my son on the edge of his seat wondering what was going to happen next!

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Episodes Included:

* Snow Rescue Special
* Iron Chuggers
* Deputy Chug Patrollers
* Movie Maker Brewster
* Toot’s Tall Tale

Special Features:

* Bonus Badge Quest Episode: Wilson Winter Feed
* New Character Montages: Fletch, Cormac and Tyne
* Coloring and Activity Sheets (DVD-ROM)

Viewing it myself, I believe it’s great wholesome entertainment that the whole family can enjoy together. It’s quick paced and full of a lot of action and adventure. If that’s what appeals to your kids, this one will definitely be a winner! Chugginton is appropriate for children ages three to six years old. There’s been no fear of anything askew! We’d totally recommend Chuggington: Snow Rescue!

Interested in Purchasing? Chuggington: Snow Rescue can be purchased on Amazon.com for $9.99 as of this posting!


 

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Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience with the product.

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Adventure Time Crafts: Flippin’ Adorable Stuff to Make from the Land of Ooo {Book Review}

 

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Expressing your appreciation and total love of Adventure Time has never been so fun! If you call yourself a crafty person and tend to dabble in a little bit of everything in the craft world, you’ll love this offering! The bright and cheerful crafts perfectly embody these well loved characters from the Land of Ooo! Sure as a fan you could go out and purchase pre-made accessories and decor but there’s really something special about making it yourself!

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There are 23 projects total in this book. What kind of crafting? Well, there’s sewing, crochet, knitting, needle felting, sculpting, painting, and more. The craft pattern categories are Total Toytopia, Bling-A-Ding-Ding, Rhombus Home Decor, & Geek Chic Fashion. Crafters can create felt finger puppets, plushies, jewelery of all kinds, wall art, super cute nail art, pillow, cozies, and much more! I really like the variety!

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The patterns are very easy to follow! What I love is before you start a project, each is talked about. That just gives it a more personal touch in which I quite desire in any instructional arts & craft book! Next there’s a “You’ll Need Area” followed by the numbered steps to create the project. Some of the patterns have detailed illustrations as well as full color photographs. Throughout the book there are helpful Adventure Tips to encourage you to try another method if you aren’t comfortable with a certain technique. You’ll also find characters from the show on many of the quoting memorable lines from the show.

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One of my favorite and by far the simplest project in the book is the BMO’s 8-Bit Fuse Bead Coasters! There are six designs for these and so easy that younger kids could create them with little help. It’s an excellent craft to do during a Adventure Time marathon to me? Who couldn’t use another coaster or two? But really, you don’t have to stop there. How about a Slumber Party where you have a painting nails sessions and follow the Oh My Glob, Nail Art pattern? If you love to cosplay, the are many projects you can use to create an amazing outfit! There’s no doubt that much creative fun is to be had!

Other things to note is that the book helpfully explains where to buy supplies for the crafts and there are templates that can be copied and enlarged per pattern instructions. The back of the book features a section of helpful website links such as crafty websites to show off your work and the links to the D.I.Y Heroes whom are the artist that created the wonderful projects found within!

Adventure Time Crafts is an awesome craft book that fans of any age is sure to enjoy! If your up for a challenge and an amazing adventure in crafting, you’ll be certainly pleased! I know, I was!

Interested in Purchasing?  Adventure Time Crafts: Flippin’ Adorable Stuff to Make from the Land of Ooo can be purchased in paperback ($13.89) or digital format ($11.84).

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Disclosure: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.  The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience of the title.

 

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Picture Cook: See. Make. Eat. {Book Review}

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Picture Cook: See. Make. Eat. by Katie Shelly is truly an original and exciting cookbook. The uniqueness completely drew me in. Instead of giving word for word directions, you’ll follow unique & original illustrations of each ingredient needed and of what steps to take. I love that it’s not your every day average cookbook. Not that there’s anything wrong with those but this is different and that’s good!

picture-cook-cookbook-infographics-02-581x630Improvisation, Experimentation, and Play in the Kitchen. This book completely speaks my language! Everything you need to know to create all of the dishes is included. There’s a Legend section, Basic Techniques, and Metric Conversion. The Basic techniques are great! If you have no idea how to easily mince garlic, chop an opinion, dice round things, or slice an avocado you’ll soon see how with step by step illustrations!

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The recipe categories are Breakfast, Soups & Stews, Hefty Meals, Sides & Salads, Fast Snacks, Sauces & Dips, Drinks, and ends with Desserts. There are Thoughts On pages throughout as well as tips to make preparing something easier.

The Thoughts on Tacos which is one of my favorites gives an elaborate page full of ingredients you can mix and match to make you own unique recipes. Other pages like these include Omelets, Pizza, etc. The combinations certainly are fun suggestions and encourage you to try something new! The recipes are easy to read and uses a minimal amount of words.

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Not just me, but my kids like this cookbook too! We’ve made Sparkle Toast, Home Fries, Hungry Enchiladas, Banana Bread & Eggplant Parmesan and each were hits with my family! We are pretty excited to try more of the recipes soon! There’s 57 total recipes.

Picture Cook: See. Make. Eat. offers a fresh and fun approach to creating recipes of all kinds! The appeal is great for all ages and cooks of any level! Be prepared to have your cooking be inspired visually! Highly recommend this cookbook. It would make a great gift too!

Interested in Purchasing?  Picture Cook: See. Make. Eat. is available on Amazon.com in hardcover ($13.13) or digital format($9.99).  Prices are subject to change.

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience with the product.

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