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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Must-haves for Back-to-School Season #BTS

As my youngest heads back to school next week and my college kids are out the door already (where did summer go?), I want to share a few of my top picks for students from elementary school to college. From awesome printers for older students to lunchbox essentials and more, check these out:

HP e-Printer and Instant Ink: This pair is perfect for college students who need a reliable, quality printer and NEVER to run out of ink! I use the HP Envy 5660 e-All-in-One Printer and I love it. You can email documents and photos to the printer at any time. To make sure your college students don’t run out of ink (which only happens when a paper is due and there’s no time to run to the store), check out HP’s Instant Ink program. Never run out of ink and lower overall printing costs with this monthly program based on pages printed, with no annual fee and ink shipped directly to an apartment or dorm.




BioGaia is a product every mom should have in her medicine cabinet, especially when school starts and more than pencils and crayons are shared in the classroom. Back-to-school often means a spike in common illnesses and tummy troubles. BioGaia is a global leader in probiotics and their strain L. reuteri Protectis has over 20 years of clinical research backing it. It’s proven safe and effective for children and is now available in Walgreens nationwide in drops or chewable tablets.

BioGaia is great for constipation, diarrhea, upset stomachs, immune health and overall gut health when attending daycare/preschool, transitioning to solids and potty training.


Lunchboxes and snacks are top priorities for kids and Thermos is certainly a trusted brand. This fire truck lunchbox is adorable!

-Fire Engine Novelty Lunch Kit is a durable, 100 percent PVC-free lunch kit featuring foam insulation to keep contents fresh and a comfortable, padded carrying handle.

GTB Fire Engine Soft Novelty Lunch Kit
-Blue FUNtainer Bottle and Food Jar
The 12oz stainless steel bottle can keep contents cold for up to 12 hours, ensuring that a child’s favorite lunch time drink stays fresh all day. The Food Jar is a 10-ounce stainless steel food jar with a wide mouth, making it easy to eat from. It can also keep contents hot for five hours and cold for seven.

GTB FUNtainer Blue Food Jar


For ideas on what to put in the lunchbox and food jar, our friends at Arla Foods and Jack Link’s offer these selections:
Arla Dofino Havarti ($4.99-6.99): Havarti adds that perfect creamy touch when used in a sandwich, especially when melted.
Find a kid-friendly recipe idea at

-Jack Link’s Jerky Varieties ($6.99-7.99): Available in Original, Chicken, Turkey and more, Jack Link’s jerky is the perfect protein-packed snack for on-the-run students looking to feed their wild side between meals.



Finally, these mini-hand sanitizers are very popular with kids of all ages, especially if they can be attached to a backpack.
Bath & Body Works PocketBac Sanitizers ($1.75): Miniature must-haves contain skin-loving Aloe & Vitamin E paired with powerful germ fighters to leave hands feeling squeaky clean & silky smooth. Fragrances include Dancing Waters, Japanese Cherry Blossom, Sweet Pea, Warm Vanilla Sugar & Caribbean Escape.

HP and BioGaia are clients, the remaining products are included as part of a media campaign.

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 #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.

Hot #Toys for #Holiday ~ Wild Kratts

The next video in my MomTV Holiday 2014 toy lineup is from the popular PBS Kids show, The Wild Kratts. The show’s main characters are now available in a toy line that fans of the show will love! Available at Toys ‘R Us and


Hot Toys for Holiday ~ Leap TV

To kick of the holiday season, I’ll be sharing a few of my favorite toys from the recent Time to Play magazine toy showcase. This MomTV video features LeapTV, the educational gaming system for kids. Available at all major retailers and online.