Big News for Zhus at Toy Fair ’15

Big news in the Zhuniverse! Updated Amazing Zhus and a new look for the original ZhuZhu Pets highlighted Toy Fair ’15.  The original ZhuZhu Pets, the 2012 Toy of the Year, are back with cute designs and colors and a major announcement for 2016. Find out the big news here:

Holiday 2014’s must-have toy – the Amazing Zhus – sports new looks and accessories for even more fun with these fun pets that perform tricks and stunts.

Hot, New Toys from Toy Fair ’15

Last week I made my annual trip to New York for Toy Fair ’15. Wondering what I’d find and hoping there were some eye-catching new toys that kids (and moms) will love, the trip didn’t disappoint. There are plenty of new toys that you’ll want to watch for this year, especially at the holidays. A series of posts will feature my videos from the show, starting with Pet Sac and Fubbles Bubbles.

Pet Sac

This adorable plush toy (the zipper pull tail is too cute) converts in to a backpack to store all kinds of items. Made of durable nylon (parachute material), the Pet Sac is perfect for school, camp, sleepovers, travel and makes a fun, unique birthday gift, too! Available soon at PetSac.com.

 

Fubbles Bubbles

Kids love bubbles but bubbles often spill. Fubbles Bubbles is a new line of bubble-making toys with a unique bottle design that won’t leak when tipped over or dropped. A squeezable bubble bottle and a bubble-making robot are a small sample of the fun bubble toys available from Fubbles Bubbles, now at all major retailers. Perfect for birthday parties, outside play time and more. Information at LittleKidsToys.com.

 

Next post: Amazing Zhus and Zhu Zhu Pets at Toy Fair ’15!

Smart Games for Kids-A Brilliant Idea! #smartgames

So much of our time is spent on phones and computers and children are no exception. Moms know to strive for a balance of activities, both offline and online. An easy offline solution is games, like these excellent brain games offered by Smart Games. There are dozens of games to choose from in every age range (from 3 to 99), and our BlueSuitMom test team loved them all! A truly wonderful feature on many of these games is a handy case that holds all of the pieces…yes!

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Here, our game tester plays with IQ Twist and City Maze, the GPS puzzle. These games are flexible, versatile and most are great for travel.

City Maze, The GPS Puzzle

Can you be your own GPS? Can you navigate the city and guide two travelers to their destination? Place the double-sided puzzle pieces on the game board to create routes from start to finish. This game includes 2 booklets, each with 60 challenges from easy to expert. Booklet A (“On the Double”) has challenges with two different colored routes, booklet B (“Delivery Express) challenges with either red or blue routes.

  • 120 challenges, 5 levels of difficulty
  • ages 7 – 99
  • portable game with lid, great for travel
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Brain Cheeser

A (w)hole lot of fun!

Can you place all puzzle pieces on the game board so that the mice look through the holes in the cheese? Sometimes holes stay empty, but half-holes are not permitted in the solutions, except on the edge of the square.

  • 48 challenges
  • ages 6 – 99
  • magnetic pieces, perfect for travel

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IQ Twist

Twist your brain with this logic game!

Give you brain a spin in the right direction and put all the twisted playing pieces on the game board. It looks easy until you realize that there are pegs that are in your way. And you can only put a puzzle piece over a peg if both are the same color!

  • 100 challenges
  • for all ages, 6 – 99
  • an ideal brain snack while on the go

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Four Smart Games were sent for our review, opinions are our own.

Fabulous New #Samsung Products For Kitchen and Laundry Room

As the Consumer Electronics Show closes today, let’s take a look at products for busy moms that were on display this week, including innovations for the home by Samsung. Since moms spend A LOT of time in the kitchen and doing laundry, Samsung unveiled new products to make household tasks easier, including a new Dual Door™ oven, activewashTM laundry machine and powerful robot vacuum.

A New Era in Robot Vacuums
For years, robot vacuums have promised to transform cleaning, but the reality has not lived up to the potential as traditional robot vacuums do not perform as well on carpets as they do on hard floors. That’s about to change with the new Samsung POWERbot VR9000. This powerful robot vacuum features an array of advanced technologies and features to do the heavy lifting for today’s busy households, from hardwood to carpet.

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Living_2Laundry Innovation with activewash™

Research shows that when it comes to laundry, the most tedious task is pre-treatment and pre-wash. Most homes don’t have a sink in their laundry rooms, requiring consumers to pretreat/pre-wash elsewhere and bring the items to the machine. The latest top load washer from Samsung solves this with a simple yet revolutionary feature – activewash™. The top of the activewash™ washing machine includes a built-in sink with water jet and gentle scrubbing surface. This convenient sink provides a separate space to pre-treat tough stains, like heavily soiled sports uniforms, or handwash items like delicate sweaters. Once finished, the laundry and water can easily be poured into the machine. This all-in-one solution allows consumers to handle the entire wash process in the laundry unit instead of having to spread it out over multiple locations, avoiding mess and saving a considerable amount of effort.

Heating up the Cooking Category

Cooking flexibility remains an area of interest for consumers, and Samsung addresses this head-on. This year, Samsung will evolve its popular Flex DuoTM Oven Range with the introduction of Dual Door™. Just like the Samsung Flex Duo™ range, it gives consumers the ability to simultaneously cook two different dishes in two separate compartments at different temperatures with little transfer of aroma and taste, all behind the streamlined look of one solid oven door. Samsung takes convenience and flexibility to a higher level with two doors that have been integrated into one to provide three cooking configurations to tackle any meal demand. An upper door gives access to a small top compartment (which, according to Samsung research, 92 percent of Flex Duo users prefer); a full door opens to both the top and bottom compartments when the removable Smart Divider is in use, and offers access to the entire oven when the divider is not in use. The capacity of a full size oven with the flexibility to customize based on meal prep needs – it’s the best of both worlds.

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The Samsung Flex Duo™ Oven Range with Dual DoorTM will be available in Spring 2015.

For more information, visit http://www.samsung.com/us/shop/.

Lifelike Babblebabies-The Perfect #Holiday #Kids #Gift

The newest addition to Madame Alexander’s Newborn Nursery Line are the interactive baby dolls called Babblebabbies™. These dolls are designed to look and feel like a real baby, complete with over 80 real baby sound combinations. Babblebabies sigh, cry, giggle, chuckle and of course, babble for a very real experience.  I had the opportunity to preview these dolls at a toy show recently, and they are truly amazing!  Madame Alexander’s exceptional attention to detail is evident with this new line and makes them look and feel so real, complete with 19-inch height and expressive faces.

There are 6 new dolls in the Babblebabies collection that include boy and girl options. Choose from different hair and eye colors and skin tones. These babies are amazing and will make the doll-loving child on your wish list very happy this holiday! For ages 3 and older.

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I received this adorable Madame Alexander Babblebaby to review, along with a very cool travel friend from India! As part of the International Collection, the travel friends are 7″ play dolls from countries around the world that include information about each country’s customs, culture and more. So cute.

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Available at MadameAlexander.com and specialty and department stores.

#Holiday #Toys from Spinmaster

Spin Master toys are must-haves for the holidays! There are so many options to choose from for boys and girls of all ages. Spin Master‘s Air Hogs, Robotics, Spy Gear, Chatsters, Sew Cool and Magic Mixer are just a few of the excellent choices this year. Paw Patrol toys, based on the popular show, are selling out! Check out these choices and my video from the toy show a few weeks ago:

Air Hogs Zero Gravity Laser Racer™ is a winner of the Walmart Chosen By Kids award and features the latest evolution in indoor all surface RC racing.  Zero Gravity Laser Racer is a fully functional RC car that drives on the floor, up the walls and even upside-down.  Its unique laser guided control allows it to go wherever you point it, delivering outstanding scale, speed and performance on any smooth surface.

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Air Hogs RollerCopter™: Smash, crash, roll and bash with the all-new Air Hogs RollerCopter! This totally new RC helicopter enables pilots to roll along the ground, up walls and even along the ceiling. The protective cage allows the helicopter to take serious bumps and keep on going. New pilots will never have to worry about crashing as they roll into an all-new RC helicopter experience with the Air Hogs RollerCopter.Chatsters MSRP $79.99
Chatsters™: Spin Master’s newest interactive doll, Chatsters, is a talking, dancing, “thinking,” animated toy that can wow even the most tech savvy little girls. Her silly personality will come to life as you interact with Chatsters using the included accessories and her touch-sensor glasses. Six of her accessories, like her pet puppy Sprinkles, are equipped with a microchip that allows Chatsters to recognize and respond to them: try using the lipstick to change her lip colors! Her glasses are a pair of high-resolution LCD screens that feature animated eyes, mini games, and makeover activities. Download the free companion app to call and text Chatsters. She is truly your BFF!

Kinetic Sand: It’s the squeezable sand where you can FEEL the fun! You’ve never felt anyting like it! Pack it, pull it, shape it and love it, Kinetic Sand moves and oozes through your fingers but leaves them completely dry. It never dries out so you can use it over and over. Wheat, gluten and casein free, Kinetic Sand is an easy clean up and comes with a 1 lb. box of sand. A boxed set includes four molds.

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Paw Patrol Lookout Headquarter Playset™: Based the top-rated preschool series on Nickelodeon, the ultimate Paw Patrol toy is the Lookout Tower, featured in every episode! The playset comes equipped with a working elevator, slide, lights and sounds. And even comes with Chase and his vehicle!

Zoomer Dino

Zoomer Dino™: Zoomer Dino is a wild pet dinosaur who loves to play. He roars, chomps, spins, chases, and so much more! Sensors in his nose allow him to react to his surroundings and kids can train him to sit, speak, and perform tail whips. His eyes change color to let you know his mood, and you can even make him mad by pulling on his tail! Zoomer Dino also comes with a controller; giving kids even more ways to make him run, chomp, move his head and tail, and become angry, on command. (WINNER – Walmart Chosen By Kids)

Find Spin Master toys at major retailers and online this holiday season.

 

I received samples of some of these toys for review. Opinions are my own.

Hot #Holiday #Toys – #Frozen and #Disney

It’s a Frozen kind of holiday! Anything from the hit Disney movie will make your child smile! Hide and Hug Olaf or the character dolls will be hard to find so get them early. For the younger children on the list, Fisher-Price offers the Little People Magic of Disney Day at Disney. At major retailers this holiday season.

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