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12 Hole “Elf” Tenor Ocarina {Review}

 

Fans of J.R.R Tolkien’s works The Hobbit and Lord of The Rings are likely to be in awe of the themed Ocarinas offered at STLOcarina.com. These would make a wonderful gift to fans whether they already know how to play or are looking to learn. Each are quite unique, ever so attractive, and I believe very affordable. It’s certainly a delight to hear such beautiful music made from a seemingly simple wind instrument!

I’ve  been playing the 12-Hole Elf Tenor Ocarina and the sound is amazing. The quality is exceptional and appearance wise it’s even more beautiful in person than I imagined it would be! It’s easy to hold and play every sharp and flat note needed. It’s tuned in the key of C major. I can’t wait to be able to play better with more practice.

I like that with this particular Ocarina, a  Lord of the Rings songbook as well as on-line instructional booklet is included when purchased. There are 7 songs in the songbook which include: Concerning Hobbits, In Dreams, Evenstar, The King of Golden Hall, Eowyn’s Theme, The Steward of Gondor, and Into the West.

On, December 17th The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies releases into theaters. I can’t help but think how awesome it would be to surprise a friend or family member with one of the many LOTR /Hobbit themed Ocarinas perhaps after seeing the film together!

Ocarina prices range vastly from type and models. There are many to chose from including Super Hero, Zelda, Homeschool, Classic, Teacups, and many more! The above mentioned Ocarina is on sale right now for $69.99!

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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.

Educational Insights My First Microscope {Review}

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Educational Insights My First Microscope is well suited for children ages 3-5 years old. It’s a winner of the 2014 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award 2014 Parents’ Choice Silver Award. It’s a must have to get little ones excited about science and ideal to be used till ready for a more advanced model.

P1160740 This microscope I found to be well made and the colors are perfect for a boy or a girl. The features include 8x magnification, two eye holes instead of the typical just one for easy use, large knobs and buttons perfect for a small child’s hands and grip. The specimen area is wide and large enough to view flat as well as larger items such as pine-cones, leaves, blocks, seashells, a favorite toy, or whatever else. There is a light which requires 3 triple A batteries. Batteries are sold separately. The bottom of the microscope has slip proof feet to keep the scope from going anywhere while in use.

P1160742 My three year old son was able to use this microscope without frustration. He tends not get the whole close one eye and look with the other thing so the fact that this one has a binocular like viewing is awesome. He uses this microscope a lot and it pleases me that his curiosity is rewarded instantly. I don’t have to worry about a more fragile model microscope and tend to just leave this one out for him to use whenever he pleases. All pieces are easy for him to turn on or rotate up or down to adjust the viewing. I would certainly recommend it!

P1160743Interested in Purchasing? Educational Insights My First Microscope is available for $18.99 on Amazon.com as of this posting. Suggested retail price is $21.99.

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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.

Educational Insights Underwater Explorer Boat {review}

prod5115_4_lgEducational Insights Underwater Explorer Boat is pretty awesome! It combines imaginative play, science, and exploring altogether in an awesomely clever form. Children will be learning all about magnification and gravity without even realizing it!

P1160730The design is quite clever! Almost the entire underside of the boat is see-through allowing for 3x magnification of anything underwater! There’s no unwanted glare either when searching about. It features an orange buoy wrist strap to put on your child to prevent losing the boat. The bouy has some give and easily could be stretched to fit around my sons wrist. If you don’t favor the strap or buoy, with a little effort you can remove it. The strap has a break-away design for added safety.

P1160731The boat is child sized and quite easy to handle. My son really liked that the propellers on the back of the boat and the steering wheel was movable. The colors are bright and totally kid appealing. The boat is extremely durable and has been able to withstand the handling of my nearly 4 year old son very well.

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I really like it can be used inside as well as outdoors. It’s versatile enough to use in the bathtub, water table, pool, beach, lake, and the kitchen sink. We’ve used it both inside and out, in water and grounded, and it’s still is looking great. We can’t wait to take it outdoors more during the warmer month of Spring and Summer. No doubt it will allows hours of learning and fun! My son often doesn’t want to get out of tub because he’s too busy exploring and rescuing the toys that floated to the bottom.

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It’s really no wonder the Underwater Explorer Boat is a 2014 Parents’ Choice Award winner! I would highly recommend it if you are looking for a way to make water play more fun and educational too!

Interested in Purchasing? Educational Insights Underwater Explorer Boat is available for $10.49 on Amazon.com as of this posting. Suggested retail price is $14.99.

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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.

Shout! Factory 2014 Kids and Family DVD and Blu-Ray Releases For the Holidays

shout logoIf you are looking to stuff those stockings this Holiday season, DVD’s & BluRays are a great solution for that! Shout Factory has a large selection of entertainment for the whole family from movies to entire animated cartoon series seasons.

Both new and classic titles are offered by Shout Factory such as Classic My Little Pony as well as the newer version My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic for example! I think it’s awesome that both are offered at one place! My six year old daughter is a fan of the newer series as well as I. But it’s awesome that I can share with her the classic cartoon that I grew up with years ago too thanks to Shout Factory making available the complete series!

I am promoting a few below during the Holiday season but know they have more great titles from series such as Transformers, Marvel Knights, Hey Arnold, & many more. Movies that are must sees from Shout Factory are Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart, Thunder & the House of Magic, , My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks, and the list goes on.



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 My Little Pony: The Complete Series (Original)  SRP $29.93, 4-DVD set

You’re invited to return to Ponyland, the home of all your favorite classic Little Ponies, including the Earth Ponies, Unicorns, Pegasus Ponies, Flutter Ponies, Sea Ponies, Baby Sea Ponies, their human friends Megan, Danny and Molly and, of course, their dragon friend, Spike! Together, they live a life of games, songs and harmony with allies like the Bushwoolies and Furbobs. But, occasionally, there are problems in Ponyland and the Little Ponies of Paradise Estate must face evil witches, goblins, Stone Backs, Grundles and more! Now you can join in the fun and adventure with My Little Pony: The Complete Series!

This DVD series completely ages me. It came out in the 1980’s! It still great wholesome family entertainment. It’s wonderfully remastered and the stories are just as good as I remember. There’s 65 episodes and runtime is 720 minutes. Totally classic My Little Pony goodness! I would highly recommend it to long time fans and little girls that love ponies!


 


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Danny Phantom: The Complete Series   SRP $29.93, 10-DVD set

Find out how an average kid became part ghost-and all ghost hunter! With the extraordinary ability to turn himself into a super-heroic apparition, Danny Fenton must track down and defeat ghastly ghouls, while keeping his identity a secret!

And you thought the hassles of everyday high school life were bad! Meet Danny Fenton, a good-natured, ordinary 14-year-old kid with extraordinary powers. After an accident involving ‘Ghost Zone’ portal of his two highly eccentric ghost-hunting parents, Danny now has the half-ectoplasmic DNA of a ghost, giving him the ability to fight off the horrible spooks, specters and vengeful ghost hunters threatening our world! But before Danny can defeat anything, he must first learn to control his newfound powers with the help of his best friends, tech-head Tucker and self-proclaimed goth Sam.

This collection comes with 10 DVDs featuring all 53 original episodes! A real treat for us that grew up with Danny Phantom and want to relive it once again or share it with our kids! A good quality cartoon series that’s unique, funny, and the characters are definetly relate-able.

Runtime: 1170 minutes (just don’t watch it all in one sitting!)


 

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If you’re a My Little Pony fan, you’re not going to want to pass up this collection! This DVD features episodes focusing mainly on Twilight Sparkle. Since her arrival in Ponyville, Twilight Sparkle has learned the true meaning and value of friendship. With her very best friends — Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Fluttershy and, of course, Spike — Twilight goes on the greatest of adventures and comes back with even more lessons. All of this has earned Twilight her wings and the crown of a Princess and now you can learn what Princess Twilight Sparkle has learned and take with you The Keys Of Friendship.

Episodes:
Rarity Takes Manehattan
Pinkie Apple Pie
It Ain’t Easy Being Breezies
Twilight’s Kingdom, Part 1
Twilight’s Kingdom, Part 2

Personally, this collection does not disappoint as it’s full of many great episodes with terrifically fun stories, cute songs, and all those lovable pony characters. The stories are always exciting, fun, and totally engaging. The message of team work and friendship are always portrayed prominently and that’s something important to display to children in learning how to get a long with peers well!

Bonus Feature: A Sing-A-Long
Runtime:110 minutes


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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.