Hot New Toys from ALEX at Toy Fair ’17

ALEX Toys offered a terrific selection at this year’s Toy Fair. Check out the hottest new toys including Sweetlings, Happy Little Loom and DIY Paint & Wear Enamel Pins.

Sweetlings captures current decorating food trends into an amazingly fun and addicting craft. Kids can make their Sweetlings characters come alive as they customize them with whipped clay, fun accessories and a touch of the secret ingredient: Love! Get creative with cupcakes, cake pops, donuts and more!


The ALEX DIY Happy Little Loom™ is a portable and easy hand held loom which allows them to weave in multiple widths for making projects such as a belt, bracelet, scarf, headband, purse, phone case and much more. Learn more at

In this video, Maria learns about what’s new from ALEX DIY, including ALEX DIY Paint & Wear Enamel Pins, ALEX DIY Weave & Wear Metallic Cuffs and more!

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Cool Coding Games for Kids from ALEX Toys

Coding is the buzz word for children these days. I found a line of excellent coding games from ALEX Toys at Toy Fair ’17. ALEX Toys is helping set the foundation for higher learning and expanding preschoolers’ horizons with four fun and unique STEM-based products from the all new Future Coders™ line, including Robot Racers™, Cube Stackers™, Bunny Trails™, and Poppin’ Pictures™. Each of the toys fosters coding skills like sequencing, problem-solving and logical thinking.Learn more at


More ALEX Toys up next.


PlayMonster Games and Toys for Kids and Families #ToyFair17

We’re all looking for fun, family-friendly activities for kids and families. I hit the jackpot at the PlayMonster booth at Toy Fair 2017. Check out my reviews of three family-friendly card games, plus My Fairy Garden, and Wonder Crew toys. PlayMonster products are available on Amazon and major retailers.

Three easy-to-learn card games: Grabolo, 7 ate 9 and Qwitch. Available on Amazon and at major retailers.

My Fairy Garden: Create a fairy garden that grows! Children ages 4 and up, available on Amazon.

Wonder Crew, a new line of toys for boys, are available on Amazon. These superhero toys combine the adventure of an action figure with the emotional connection of a stuffed animal to give children a best friend.

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Hot, New STEM Toy from Marbleocity at #ToyFair17

You’ll love this really cool STEM toy for kids 9+. Made in the US by Also available on Amazon. Tinkineer’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) kits introduce children and adults to engineering principles and physics concepts through dynamic model kits that are made of wood in America. Each “marble machine” kit is an engaging lesson that is told through the eyes of a cast of characters (the “Tinkineers”) in graphic novella format. A terrific toy for hours of STEM play, a great gift for any occasion!

Pets + Cosplay = Pawzplay at #ToyFair17

If people can dress up as superheros, why not pets? I discovered a new line of collectible and cuddly critters who love cosplay. Pets + Cosplay = Pawzplay™! Just like people, these cute pets love to show their DC fandom and want to be involved in the exciting culture of cosplay. Get the scoop from my interview with Barry from Factory Entertainment about the debut of PawzPlay.

The world of Pawzplay™ launches in the Summer of 2017 with an assortment of kittens and puppies dressed as their favorite DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains.


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My Tree Pod, A New Favorite! #ToyFair17

I found one of the most amazing products at Toy Fair last week: Tree Pod! This hanging treehouse requires no wood, hammer, nails or construction. The TreePod brings the magic of a treehouse fort to backyards and campsites everywhere. Made with UV and water-resistant nylon, aluminum frame and steel quicklink, the Tree Pod comes in several cool colors and styles. Check out the Tree Pod; I’m buying one for my vacation home! Available on Amazon, other online and retail locations.

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6 Things Adults Will Enjoy on A Disney Cruise

I recently discovered the magic of a Disney Cruise during the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017. We think of Disney Cruises, and all things Disney, as family experiences. I didn’t expect to find so much magic on this trip. After all, I was an adult traveling alone on a Disney Cruise. I regretted not having children with me and really wished I had brought my nieces as I looked at all the families creating amazing memories. There’s so much for families with children, from character meet and greets to pools with slides, movies, and endless buffets. Without children, I discovered that there are also plenty of activities for adult sailors as well. Here are six amazing things adults can do on a Disney Cruise:
1. Dinner at Palo: This fine dining experience is the best food I’ve eaten in a long time. Palo‘s menu is Northern Italian cuisine in a gorgeous setting with amazing views of the ocean around you. I ordered delicious scallops and an amazing chocolate souffle. The wine list is extensive and the service is excellent. The waiter even brought us extra entrees for us to taste.  There is a dress code and reservations are required. So worth it!

2. Serenity Bay: At Disney’s Castaway Cay, this port of call is full of activities for the family, but the busy moms I know will love what I found at Serenity Bay. A hammock on the beach, a fruity drink and a good book! There are plenty of places to roam relax. A delicious barbecue lunch completed this amazing day.
3. Castaway 5 K Run: Saturday morning, I ran the 5 K Run, complete with water stations and a nice run around the island. It was a great way to explore the island while enjoying a great workout. I earned a medal, too!


4. The Fitness Center: Have you ever wanted to run on water? The treadmill in the fitness center overlooks the front of the ship. I ran on the treadmill and it was like running on water. Literally. There are state-of-the-art machines as well as yoga, pilates and stretching classes for a variety of workouts.

5. Senses Spa: I’ve had my fair share of massages. But the massage I booked at Senses was the best I’ve ever had! It was 50 minutes of pure ecstasy, followed by time in the complimentary sauna and a wonderful steam shower. The full locker room amenities allowed me to get ready for dinner without rushing and ruining a truly relaxing spa experience. Senses also offers body sculpting boot camps, personal trainers and much more.

6. Broadway Style Shows: Watch Broadway-caliber productions the Walt Disney Theatre.  It is home to some of the finest entertainment in the cruise industry—from Disney original musicals to fun-filled variety acts.

At all times and throughout the cruise, service was excellent as only Disney can do it. I enjoyed my adults-only time on this ship, and have a new appreciation for how many activities are available for guests traveling without children. One of the best choices I made? I stayed in one night, ordered in-room dining, and sat on my balcony to watch the sunset.