May 022014
 
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“Frugal and Fun Mom is a Nuby Mommy Blogger. I did not receive any compensation for this post, although as part of this program I may receive items to sample or review. Opinions expressed about the Nuby Squid Squirter are that of my own.”

Nuby Squid Squirter Picture

Thanks to Nuby, I was sent a  Squid Squirter to review with my kids here on Frugal and Fun Mom.

The Nuby Squid Squirter is a BPA Free toy that is intended for children 18 months and up, and meant for bath time or pool use. To operate the squirter, simply submerge the tentacles underwater and draw back the handle.  Once the chamber fills you can push on the handle to squirt water.

My first impression of this toy is it is cute.  It has vibrant colors, and does a great job of squirting.

Nuby Squid Squirter in Action

I let my 5-year-old daughter test it out, and first thing the water came right out of the tub. Even after instructing her to aim it down, it kept making its way all over the room. She was having fun for sure!

After this initial use I realized that this toy would be better suited in an enclosed shower or for outside water play. I am not a fan of water all over my bathroom, so I would most likely only use this in a bathtub if I was the one in control of the squirter.

We will be using this toy in the shower, or outside in our pool.

Squid Squirter

Do you currently own any Nuby products, if so which one? What features of this product do you like?

The Nuby Squid Squirter is a $7.99 value and is currently available for purchase at Bed Bath and Beyond, Amazon.com, Nuby Bath Tub Toy, Squid the Squirter, and other online baby retailers.

To learn more about Nuby visit their website at Nuby.com. You can also check them out on Facebook at facebook.com/nubyusa, Twitter at @nubyusa, Pinterest at pinterest.com/nubyusa, and Instagram at instagram.com/nubyusa.

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Nov 072013
 
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I was provided a complimentary 2013 Hess Truck and Tractor to facilitate the post. Product details were provided, opinions expressed are that of my own.

2013 Hess Truck with Tractor

When my son sees the 2013 Hess Toy Truck and Tractor Christmas morning, he is going to be so excited!

The 2013 Hess Toy Truck is officially available now for pre-order, and goes on sale November 8 for $27.99 at participating Hess and Hess Express retail stores and at hesstoytruck.com.

Not only will my son be getting a NEW Hess Truck, but he will also be receiving an AWESOME Tractor with movable parts. I’m sure he will be jealous to know I got to play with this before him,  I had to sneak it out in the middle of the night.

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This years 2013 Hess Truck features 45 lights, an extendable rear loading ramp with sound effects, and 4 realistic sounds: ignition/idle, horn, backup alert and hydraulic lift.

2013 Hess Truck

The self-propelled tractor has 15 working lights, both front and rear buckets, and a fully motorized rubber track.  It also has a motorized forward and reverse motion, a locking front bucket with release button, and a 360° swiveling back bucket.

2013 Hess Truck with Tractor
Want to see how the 2013 Hess Tractor works virtually? There is a FREE App available for download for iPhone, Android Devices, and Kindle, hesstoytruck.com/hess-appsI’m going to surprise my son with this App on Christmas as well.

 

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The 1964 Hess Truck Tanker Trailer

I really appreciate the Hess Toy Truck legacy.  This is a tradition that dates back to 1964 when the first Hess Toy Truck was introduced. The first truck was an 18-wheel fuel oil tanker painted in the traditional Hess dark green with white and yellow accents.

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The 2007 Monster Truck With Motorcycles 

My oldest actually received his 1st when he was a baby.  He got the 2007 Monster Truck With Motorcycles from his Great Aunt, and he still plays with it to this day.

Does your family own any of the Hess Trucks?  If so, which make and model?

2013 Hess Truck with Tractor

To learn more about this year’s vehicles and the Hess Truck Tradition, visit hesstoytruck.com.  You can also or check them out on Facebook at facebook.com/hesstoytruck.

I can’t wait to see my son’s reaction when he opens his present!

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Oct 172013
 
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I was provided a sample Nanoblock Space Shuttle to facilitate this review.  Opinions expressed are that of my own.
Nanoblock Space Shuttle

Thanks to Nanablock, I was sent a Nanoblock Space Shuttle for my son to assemble and for me to review here on Frugal and Fun Mom!

The Nanoblock Space Shuttle is intended for kids ages 8 and up. It has very small blocks and can be assembled by hand or with pliers.  This was a set that truly put my son’s building ability to the test. It took 5 days and A LOT of patience, however that is not a bad thing.

Nanoblock set

Typically when my son gets a building set, he puts it together in 15 minutes to an hour. This set was a little over his age level, but I liked that it kept him engaged for a longer period of time. If I would have bought this set, I definitely would have gotten my money’s worth.

Since this was our first experience with a Nanoblock kit, the directions took some decoding on our part, and this lead to a little frustration for my son. I proceeded to play around with the blocks and directions, and then showed him what I thought. He then took another go at it, and once he figured them out, assembly got easier and easier.  Each day he would work on it for 30 minutes to an hour in between homework, dinner, and errands. He kept at it and would bring each assembled part for me to look at.

Mission accomplished Nanoblock Space Shuttle together.

The real test on whether or not this was a worthwhile building set was if my son would like another. I asked him if he wanted me to get him a new Nanoblock kit and he said,“Yes, I liked the challenge”. After all that effort he is extremely proud of this accomplishment, and will be entering the Space Shuttle into our local fair.

Are you familiar with Nanablock?  If so, what sets have you or your child (children) put together?

To learn more about Nanoblock sets visit their website at mynanoblock.ca or check them out on Facebook at facebook.com/Nanoblock

The Nanoblock Space Shuttle can be purchased online at Amazon, Nanoblock Space Shuttle.

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Oct 152013
 
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Nuby Octopus Floating Bath

 
Thanks to Nuby, I was sent a Nuby Octopus Floating Bath Toy to review here on Frugal and Fun Mom with my children.

The Nuby Octopus Floating Bath Toy is a purple, 6 armed animal that makes bath time, play time.  With a happy smile on his face and floating ability, this bath toy is ready to play catch with arms hooked for holding 3 rings. For a baby they are perfect for placing the rings, for my preschooler, they are great for tossing rings.

Nuby Octopus

My daughter set this up on the side of the tub and started playing a ring toss game. It was a challenge for her, but she kept at it.  Eventually she got one on and we were both yelling and saying “woo hoo!” in celebration.

Nuby Octopus playtime

As for my little guy, we continued to celebrate with claps as he attempted to put the rings on the arms.

Nuby Octopus Floating Bath Toy in tub

Since this is intended for younger kids, I really like how great it is for hand-eye coordination. It is a toy that both my son and daughter can enjoy and will grow along with my little guy.

Who would you give this toy to? Do you currently own any Nuby products, if so which one?  If not, please visit their website and tell me another product you would like to have.

To learn more about the Nuby visit their website at Nuby.com. You can also check them out on Facebook at facebook.com/nubyusa, Twitter at @nubyusa, Pinterest at pinterest.com/nubyusa, and Instagram at instagram.com/nubyusa.

The Nuby Octopus Floating Bath Toy is currently available for purchase at Amazon and other retailers.

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Sep 192013
 
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I am an Ambassador for Little Tikes and was provided free product for review. Opinions expressed are that of my own.

Anchors Away Pirate Ship Little Tikes

Thanks to Little Tikes, I was sent an Anchors Away Pirate Ship to review with my kids here on Frugal and Fun Mom.

The Little Tikes Anchors Away Pirate Ship is a durable plastic play-set that can be filled with water. It has spinning features, a water pump and cannon, plus it has a bucket and 2 small colanders to move the water around the ship. The set has numerous other parts including pirate characters, a boat and  life-preserver, and an anchor that raises and lowers by cranking the handle. This product is intended for kids ages 2 years and up and retails for $79.99.

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My kids were really excited when this arrived and since assembly is required, we all went to work putting it together. My son and daughter both took turns screwing in parts, and my hubby broke out the drill to assemble the legs. This did not take too long to put together, and it was not difficult at all.

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We first took it out to the pool area, and my 4 year old daughter played with it. She put her barbie in, sprayed the cannon, and used the bucket to scoop in water from the pool.   I think she really wanted one of her brothers to come over and play with her.

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She also pushed down on the pump to make the water spurt out of the top of the crows nest.  The water in turn ran down the adjustable sail and turned the various parts surrounding the mast. She let the pirates hang out in the life-preserver, and the crows nest.

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We then took this out onto our driveway and although I thought my oldest (who is 7)  would not be interested, once he and his sister decided to have a water fight, he was totally into the play-set. They used this as their loading station and my daughter liked to push the cannon and make water squirt out at her older brother.

Little Tikes Pirate Ship 2

My 13 month old enjoyed this as well, and splashed around in the water. He really likes the 2 pirate guys and carries them around the house. He actually pulled them off the table and took them into the bath tub.  Of course he and his sister had to fight over who would play with them,  Little Man ended up winning this argument.

Little Tikes Pirate Ship 3

So after using this set for the past couple of weeks and in a few different ways, I found that my 2 older kids enjoyed it most when they played together. The baby was content with just being alone to play with it, and me watching him.

What impressed me most about the Little Tikes Anchors Away Pirate Ship is the size and all the pieces that come with it. Plus because of its size, I think this would be a great toy for play-dates. I wasn’t the only one impressed with it, since it won the 2010 Oppenheim Best Toy Award Gold Seal.

Things I observed:  The pirate flag is a sticker so if it gets wet, it will start to peel off both sides, I ended up removing them all together. You need to keep this in mind if you are going to store it outside, or your kids plan on flinging water all over it. In addition, if you push too hard on the cannon it will pop out of its holder. It still works regardless, but you have to pop it back into place in order to change the aim.

I suspect we will be using this product for a few more years considering the ages of my kids, and will  definitely be using it to keep the kids cool in the summer. 

To learn more about Little Tikes and its products, visit them online at LittleTikes.com.

You can also look for product updates and information at their Facebook Page facebook.com/LittleTikes and Twitter at twitter.com/littletikes.

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Sep 142013
 
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VTech Roll & Learn Activity Suitcase front view

Thanks to VTech, I was given a Roll & Learn Activity Suitcase to review here on Frugal and Fun Mom with my 13th month old son.

This toy has been a wonderful distraction for my little one, especially when I am working on the computer, cooking, or cleaning.

The Roll & Learn Activity Suitcase is a travel-themed toy with an interactive activity panel.  It has four light-up piano keys, a removable phone, a dog on a plane character, along with 3 removable luggage items including a shirt, hat, and socks.

VTech Roll & Learn Activity Suitcase

The suitcase opens and closes, and the 3 removable items fit through holes in the back of the toy.  Inside there is attached flip book and a lip to store parts. It also includes more than 25 melodies and sing-along songs.

VTech Roll & Learn Activity Suitcase inside

It’s songs have words like, “I’m a great traveler pulling my suitcase here and there…”. and “Open my suitcase, put my things in, close my suitcase…”. In addition, it asks questions to get interaction and it sounds to draw the child’s attention back to it.

The Roll & Learn Activity Suitcase is intended for children Ages 12-36 months and the suggested retail is $36.99.

VTech Roll & Learn Activity Suitcase side

There are so many working parts on this toy to keep my little one entertained. It has flashing lights, pieces that he can pull off, and the songs it plays are fun to listen to.  My son enjoys taking off the phone and pretends that he is talking to his grandma. There is also a section in the back that has slots for the removable pieces. He hasn’t quite mastered opening and closing it yet, but we are working on it. This toy is definitely great for teaching hand-eye coordination.

To learn more about the Roll & Learn Activity Suitcase visit VTech’s website at vtechkids.com.  You can also follow on Facebook at facebook.com/vtechtoys and Twitter at twitter.com/vtechtoys.

What do you like best about the VTech Roll & Learn Activity Suitcase? Who would you give this toy to? 

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Sep 132013
 
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My 4-year-old was so excited about getting this doll!

Thanks to Mattel, I was given a Disney Sofia the First Talking Sofia and Animal Friends to review with my daughter here on Frugal and Fun Mom.

If you have young children who watch the Disney Channel, I’m sure you already know who this character is.  However if you don’t, Sofia the First is a Disney Junior show that is currently ranked as TV’s #1 series in kids ages 2-5, girls ages 2-5 and #1 preschool TV series in total viewers. As a family, we are fans of the Sofia the First series

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Disney Sofia the First Talking Sofia and Animal Friends includes a standing Sofia doll that talks when her amulet is pressed.  In addition, Sofia comes with her 3 animal friends Clover the Rabbit, Robin the Robin and Mia the Bluebird. Once you activate the amulet and bring Sofia’s animal friends up to it, she will have a conversation with them. As she speaks, her amulet glows. 

This doll has over 30 phrases and also includes a charm that can be put on a bracelet. It is intended for children 3 years and up and is available for purchase nowTalking Sofia and Animal Friends suggested retail price is $39.99. 

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My daughter LOVES this doll, and I am glad she is really enjoying it. My only complaint is I wish there was something like this when I was a little girl.  This was obviously a big deal for her because she even put on a crown and a purple dress when her doll arrived. I asked her why she like it, and with a surprised look and response she said, “IT TALKS!”, as if I didn’t already know that.

To learn more about Disney Sofia the First Talking Sofia and Animal Friends visit Mattel.com.

Who would you give this doll to, and what occasion would it be for?  Birthday, Holiday, etc.

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Apr 292013
 
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koolsoother Teether keys

Thanks to Nuby, I was sent a koolSoother Teether Keys to review here on Frugal and Fun Mom with my 9 month old son.

Nuby koolSoother Teether Keys can be placed into the refrigerator and are filled with water to soothe and stimulate baby’s sore gums. They also have been engineered with raised textured surfaces that assist in the eruption of teeth.  This teether comes with 2 colorful keys that are attached by a piece of decorative cloth.

Nuby koolsoother teether keys

My little guy just got his first bottom tooth and is now working on a second one. Not only has he been chewing on this teether, but he has been throwing it, banging it, and feeling the decorative cloth.

Nuby koolsoother teether keys

I like this product because it is colorful and easy for my little guy to carry. In addition, I like it because it can be cooled in the refrigerator, and my son likes the various surfaces.

At what age did your little one cut their first tooth? Have you used this Nuby product before?

To learn more about Nuby koolSoother Teether Keys, visit Nuby.com. Also check Nuby out on Facebook at facebook.com/nubyusa, Twitter at @nubyusa,Pinterest pinterest.com/nubyusa and Instagram instagram.com/nubyusa.

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Mar 212013
 
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Nuby Bedlite Buddies

Thanks to Nuby, I was sent a Nuby Bedlite Buddies to review here on Frugal and Fun Mom with my 7 month old son.

Nuby Bedlite Buddies are toys that illuminate in the dark and play music. They come in 3 characters including a frog, a turtle, and a bee. Their faces light up and sing songs like “Rock A Bye Baby” and “Hush Little Baby”, when they are hugged and their belly area is compressed.  

Baby with Nuby Bedlite Buddies

 You can tell he loves his baby!

Bedlite Buddies are made of a soft pastel material, and are BPA free. This toy is recommended for children 6 months and older and is available for purchase at Kmart (characters may vary). Since it is a stuffed animal, it should only be used up until bedtime,  and not placed into a crib for sleeping.

 

I like this soft doll, because it is made of light soothing colors and it plays soft relaxing music. It is also nice to have a toy that does not overstimulate in the evening, and won’t wake up the rest of the house.

Nuby Bedlite Buddies Turtle

 My little guy loves to chew and touch his turtles face.

To learn more about Nuby Bedlite Buddies, visit Nuby.com. Also check Nuby out on Facebook at facebook.com/nubyusa, Twitter at @nubyusa,Pinterest pinterest.com/nubyusa and Instagram instagram.com/nubyusa.

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