Magformers Discount + a Giveaway!

Magformers Giveaway

Now that Kelsey is in kindergarten, Ryan and I have gotten more snooty when it comes to her education. We want to make sure she’s getting the best education that she can – and with that comes the responsibility to make learning fun.

Kelsey loves playing with toys that allow her to build, construct and make things happen. Add that to the fact that my husband is pro “we need more women engineers in this world” and I introduce to you Magformers.

To me, Magformers is like a blend between building blocks, magnets and Legos, and they are designed to help kids with brain development. What a cool concept! Apparently, parents already know about these toys and I’m the last to the party because when I talked to some mom friends of mine they said, “My kids love those things!”

With that affirmation, Kelsey and I just had to try them out.

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Magformers Engineer Kids Toys

We were given the Magformers 100 piece Inspire set (with LED lights) for review. My daughter is a bit picky so I was hesitant at first, but this set is available in pretty pastel colors – colors that attract girls to them. You know, attracts, like magnets. Bad pun?

In all seriousness, I picked up Kelsey from school the other day and I had this box of Magformers waiting for her in the car. She immediately picked up the box, pointed to the front cover and shouted, “Wow! Mom, this looks like Elsa’s castle!”

When we started digging in, we realized 100 pieces is just the right amount. Some for Kelsey to play with and some to set aside for her two-year old brother to keep busy while she builds.

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Magformers Engineer Kids Toys for Girls

This particular set comes with two LED lights too so you can attach them to what you build and watch your construction light up (trust me, this is a really cool kid feature). The package comes with a easy-to-read idea booklet with cool things to build – from castles, to a hot air balloon, to Cinderella’s slipper! That one is my favorite.

Don’t worry if you have boys though – Magformers come in a rainbow-colored set that I’m sure has different building options inside that are more gender neutral. In fact, we’re giving away one of these rainbow sets to a lucky reader. More on that as you scroll down.

Magformers Kids Toys

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She was building the hot air balloon. Super cool because you attach the LED light to the “basket” at the bottom and watch it rotate between red, blue, green, purple and white colors. I think the light is the best part. She is so serious when she is thinking hard.

Magformers Kids Toys we love

They tell me this toy is good for ages 6 and up, but my daughter is 5 and loved it! When she started playing with Magformers she immediately said, “Mom. I’m going to do this every day.” I giggled. If only … Below are some perks just for following along. Please enjoy this promotion code when you shop on the Magformers website and a little product giveaway, all courtesy of Magformers.

20% discount, just for you!

I would 100% recommend this toy for others. In fact, I’m super pleased to share that Magformers is giving you 20% off whichever set you like! You just have to purchase by 9/3 and use BLOG20 discount code at checkout. Here’s a link to shop on their website. Discount code expires 9/3/15 and is only valid on the Magformers.com website.

Giveaway! Enter to win a 62 piece Rainbow Set ($99 value)

 

Magformers Rainbow Set

This is what the 62 piece rainbow set looks like and retails for $99. Simply follow the instructions below and you’ll be entered to win the Rainbow Magformers. Enter with your email address or Facebook log in (this is only required so I can contact you if you win). Get bonus entry points for commenting on this blog post!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Update 9/1: Thank you to everyone who participated! The winner, who was chosen randomly in partnership with Rafflecopter is TABITHA!! A huge shout out to Magformers for sponsoring this post and product giveaway. 

Ker Plunk! What’s Old is New Again

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ker plunk game for kids
ker plunk game for kids
ker plunk game for kids
ker plunk kids toys

Do you remember Ker Plunk? I saw it at Target yesterday and had to have it. I loved this game as a kid. Kelsey and I spent all morning battling over a few marbles. For the record, this child is really good at this game. Her strategy? She only pulls out the “Christmas colored sticks” – so essentially, I’m stuck with all the yellows while she gets to choose between the red and green sticks. Hey, that might be the key to the game because she won nearly every time. She got a little feisty and confident after a few wins.

Children’s Travel Book

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Childrens Travel Books
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Since I work for a hotel company, it was perfectly fitting that my co-workers surprised me with this children’s travel book for Nolan. It’s a book on New York City, one of my favorite places.

All of my co-workers wrote a note to Nolan on the inside cover. The sweetest messages such as, “without travel, we would have never met your mom …” along with words like, “someday when you are older, I bet your mom will take you here with your brother and sister so you can see the city for yourself” and “hopefully this book inspires you to travel and explore new places.”

I can’t wait to read this book (and these sweet notes) to Nolan. I know his sister and brother are going to love pointing to all of the pictures and helping him read it too. This book gets me so excited for all of the places we’ll go as a family of five.

Thank you to my Starwood family for being so thoughtful!

Baby Gift Idea: A Baby Bundle

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I was super lucky to receive this wonderful “bringing home baby bundle” from Love Taza and Freshly Picked. I didn’t capture a picture of all of the items, but what’s important is the bundle includes:

  • Custom grey crib moccs
  • A comfortable robe for Mom (I’m living in this already!)
  • Cozy socks for mom
  • Swaddle for baby
  • Hat for baby
  • All items wrapped in a bag that can be used as a laundry bag

The items come in gray (that’s what I got), pink, blue and sunshine yellow. I paired mine with a little onesie that I hope will fit my new bundle. I was at the doctor last week for an ultra sound and Nolan is already measuring over 7lbs. Yikes! Which means, another big bundle is coming my way soon! So, if you have an expecting mom in your life, check out this baby gift idea – it’s $140 and guaranteed to please. Trust me. Again, that robe. So incredibly comfortable.

Best. Banners. Ever.

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If the large “Best Day Banner” wasn’t $250, I would totally buy it. My husband would kill me, but how cool would that be for an outdoor birthday party, bring-home-baby banner, or just because.

I’m actually debating on purchasing this $55 Adventure Felt Banner for Nolan’s baby nursery. I’ll sit on it a while and see if it ends up in my shopping cart. I’m trying to not be so impulsive. But, dang, it’s cute!

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Holiday Gift Guide – Toddler, Girl

holiday gift guide - land of nodLittle girls personalized wall art

I love personalized gifts, especially for kids. Choose from four different portraits (hair color and style is specific to each piece). Canvas wall art that’s perfect for any little girls’ bedroom. Where to buy: The Land of Nod, $69 each.

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Ombre Play Canopy

Around four and five years old, their imaginations really start to soar. I can see my daughter playing in this for hours on end. It’s 8ft tall and the perfect addition to any bedroom or playroom. Where to buy: The Land of Nod, $199. Cushion, $59.

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Shaggy Head Sleeping Bags

Kelsey received this sleeping bag for her birthday and she loves it! The perfect gift for sleepovers with friends (or late nights in the living room watching movies with her parents). Where to buy: Pottery Barn Kids, $79 – $89.

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Beados™ Quick Drying Station

My daughter loves making Beados – essentially, they are little beads that magically stick together with water. You can make fun shapes, animals and designs. Needless to say, this is on my daughters list to Santa. Where to buy: Target, $17.99.

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Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio

This is a great children’s book – it’s about a bulldog and a poodle. They learn that family is all about love, not appearances. The doggie names in the book, the storyline, and the illustrations will keep your child entertained. Where to buy: Amazon, $11.

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Frozen Vanity

Let’s assume she already has Frozen everything. This vanity could be a great addition to her collection, plus it gives her a place to dress up and make-believe. Elsa and Anna appear in the mirror and sing “For the First Time in Forever”. Where to buy: Target, $44.99.

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Personalized Memory Games for Kids

Choose 12 of your favorite photos and receive 24 memory cards. Your kids can have fun playing memory with some familiar faces! Where to buy: Pinhole Press, $19.

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Baby Dolls & Accessories

If she already has a baby doll, gift her accessories to go with the doll, like this adorable ballerina outfit and ballerina bar. In fact, try buying her a matching outfit for herself so she can play along with her doll. Where to buy: Pottery Barn Kids, $49 – $119.

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The Pirate Fairy, Movie

My daughter loves all of the Tinker Bell movies, you really can’t go wrong with gifting one of these to a toddler girl. Just warn her parents – because there are like six movies in this series and she will want to watch them all. Where to buy: Disney Store, $24.

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My Great Bean Bag Toss

Perfect for your little athlete, birthday parties, or kids play dates. The Great Bean Bag Toss is a fun game that is easy for your kids (and the parents) to do. Where to buy: The Land of Nod, $39.

Then …

There’s the scooter, bike, dance clothes, Frozen dolls and games and books that you could give … but Kelsey helped me draft this list and we hope you find it useful. Happy gift giving!

 

The cookbook every hostess needs

Kitchen Revelry by Ali Larter
Kitchen Revelry by Ali Larter
Kitchen Revelry by Ali Larter
Kitchen Revelry by Ali Larter

“A Year of Festive Menus from My House to Yours”

I’m more excited than I probably should be about Ali Larter’s cookbook, Kitchen Revelry! It’s amazing! If you like entertaining, and agree that presentation is just as important as taste, than this cookbook is for you. Ali Larter fills the book with so many great recipes. The book is organized by month and category –  which means you get food and cocktail recipes for nearly every event you can dream up from Christmas Eve to July BBQ’s to movie night meals. If you love to entertain, love to cook and are keen on trying new things … get this book!

Kelsey Rocks (pun intended)

Since we took Kelsey out of pre-school for 5 days for our vacation, I was worried that she would digress. I know, I know. It’s a mom thing. You take them out of school for a few days and then suddenly, on day 3 you start freaking out over all of the learning she is missing out on.

Lucky for me, my aunt came to visit us on the 5th day of vacation and brought me relief in the form of a kids craft project. We painted rocks into lady bugs, monsters, a moose (her choice) and even one with her initials. It was messy. Fun. Creative. And the perfect blend of hands on learning to put this anxiety driven mom at ease.

Kelsey Rocks Kid Craft Ideas

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