Build and Imagine . . . Malia’s House

November 26, 2016 by  
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If there’s one thing my family loves it’s toys that are not only fun but educational as well. Whether it’s academic, imaginative or artistic . . . if the kids are learning something while playing then it’s definitely a hit with me. That’s why we have always been big fans of Build & Imagine.

What makes the Build & Imagine play-sets so different is that they’re magnetic. This means no extra small parts, no maneuvering to get the pieces to fit ‘just right’, no more frustrated kids. These solid plastic pieces are sturdy, brightly colored and connect with ease.

We received the Malia’s House set ($59.99) which came with 16 double-sided pieces which can be use to construct the house as well as 2 dolls and a sheet of magnetic stickers.


The bright and colorful the panels are as vibrant as always. When you place the magnetic accessories onto them you almost can’t tell which one is the magnet and which one is a part of the printed scenery.

Each piece has a different scene on both sides which give my kids even more creative options to their play. Of course, their favorite panel is the one where there’s a door that actually opens.

And since each side of  the panel is magnetic that means there are pretty much countless ways to design your structure. It was interesting to see just how many ideas my girls could come up with.

And boy, are those magnetic sides strong. Definitely essential when building masterpieces. Nothing worse than trying to construct something that keeps falling apart.

However, the best part is how much fun my girls had. Not only did they have a blast coming up with different shaped play areas but once they were done they could now use the dolls and accessories to come up with their own storylines.

And now Build and Imagine also offers glow-in-the-dark dark magnetic stickers to add to the girls creations. What kid doesn’t love glow-in-the-dark?

I can tell that this is something that they won’t get bored with any time soon. In fact, they’ve been playing with their Build & Imagine play-set every single day since. And that’s saying a lot considering their bedroom looks like a “Toys R Us”. :-)

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This post was written for Build & Imagine who provided the complimentary product in exchange for my honest review.









Jell-O Simply Good #DelightfullyHonest

November 11, 2016 by  
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I’m sure you’re all familiar with Jell-O gelatin and pudding mixes. I grew up with these delicious snacks and I loved helping my Mom make them for our family. Recently, Jello-O introduced a brand new recipe called Simply Good with real ingredients and fruit juices . . . containing no artificial flavors, dyes or preservatives. Gotta love that.

We recently received a bunch of these mixes and the kids couldn’t wait to make them.

What I really like about Jell-O products is that preparation is so kid-friendly. Just add milk or water (depending on what you’re making) and chill to set. That’s it! Add a little whipped cream and you have the perfect dessert or snack.

The kids love the bright colors but most of all . . . the taste. We tried the Chocolate Caramel pudding and Pineapple Orange gelatin first . . . and OMG . . . it was good!

Jell-O recently launched their “Delightfully Honest” campaign where they asked kids random questions and recorded their unscripted, unedited responses. You can just imagine how that turned out!

So I decided to give it a try. I asked Kaila a few random questions to see what she would say . . .

NOTE: I’m not a pilot . . . I’m a flight attendant. LOL!

Jell-O Simply Good . . . stock up today!


Help feed kids in need with Welch’s Fruit Snacks

October 14, 2016 by  
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Maybe I’m strange but when I was a child I used to love school lunches. I remember waiting in line in the cafeteria while holding my green compartmental tray and eyeing up the day’s menu. Of course, there were times when I was a little disappointed . . . like on Creamed Spinach day . . . but for the most part it was the highlight of my school years. My absolute favorite were fish sticks because I was required to hold up one or two fingers to indicate how many I wanted. That little bit of interaction with the Cafeteria Lady was always so awesome!

My kids, however, are different. If it were up to them they would be bringing home lunch to school every . . . single . . . day. So when I found out that this past week (October 10th – 14th) was National School Lunch Week I wasn’t sure if I should tell them. I mean, having them buy school lunch is just soooo much easier for me.

In the end, I caved and told them that I would be making home lunch for them to celebrate this event. For the most part, it was basically sandwiches, spam musubis or left overs from the previous night’s dinner. However, on the last day I decided to go all out and attempt to make a Japanese Bento. I see them all over Japan and I figured . . . how hard could it be?

Here is the end result . . .

And to say that my kids were ecstatic would be an understatment. Not only did they enjoy the animal rice balls, hotdog octopus, hello kitty cheese, flower fishcake and googly eyed tomatoes . . . they also LOVED the Welch’s Fruit Snacks. And I have to say . . . so did I. Welch’s Fruit Snacks are fat and Gluten free with no preservatives and contains 100% of the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C. Gotta love that.

In honor of National School Lunch Week, Welch’s has teamed up with Feeding America with the goal of improving school lunches across America especially for those children in need.

Here’s how you can do your part and join Welch’s® Fruit Snacks to fight childhood hunger:

For each photo received, Welch’s® Fruit Snacks will donate $1.00 to Feeding America®. How cool is that?

So whether you’re looking for a great addition to your child’s homelunch, an afternoon snack or just a little something to even satisfy your adult sweet tooth craving . . . grab a bag of Welch’s Fruit Snack. It makes you feel good about snacking again.

Welch’s provided me with the complimentary product in exchange for this post.




Eco-Friendly Playsets by Magicforest

September 5, 2015 by  
Filed under games & toys, kids, product reviews

My kids love playing with storyboards and playsets that allow them to develop their own characters and storylines. So we’re always pleased to review new ways to encourage creativity. This is exactly the case with the Magicforest Play Set Family ($33).

When we received our Play Set Family, the girls were thrilled to see that it involved a wedding scene. We opened up the box and found all of the non-toxic, eco-friendly pieces inside.

At first I was a little wary and overwhelmed by the sight of all these pieces but found that they were really easy to detach and put together. For the smaller holes that I needed to punch out I used a chopstick which worked perfectly.

The pieces fit well together using tabs and sticky backs. I did have to help Kiana (9 years old) along the way since the instructional diagram was a little confusing for her.

However, if you just look at the colored picture on the box you’ll be able to follow along easier. It took a total of 20 minutes to construct the whole thing. What I would recommend is not sticking the wedding aisle onto the platform since you’ll then have to store the whole thing as one piece.

Once we were done, the girls couldn’t wait to start playing. They had fun giving names to all the people, coming up with various stories on how the bride and groom met, as well as different versions of the wedding ceremony.

It kept them occupied all afternoon and I really enjoyed listening to their imaginative storylines.

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This post was written for Magicforest who provided the complimentary product in exchange for my honest review.



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