Celebrate National Bubble Week

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This Week Is National Bubble Week

It’s that time of year again! National Bubble Week. From Monday, March 7th through Sunday, March 13th. Even though the weather is a bit touchy lately and cannot make up it’s mind whether it’s time for short sleeves, or snow shoes – that’s no excuse to stay inside.  So get out there and blow some bubbles.

One of the ways that I make sure we are always prepared to embrace those sunshine filled days is creating a Outside Fun Command Center by our front door!

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Inside we have a fun velcro catch game that I loved as a kid. I have such fond memories of playing with my Nan it was one of her favorite games for outside. There’s also some sidewalk chalk for us to unleash our inner artists. Then the best part is our Gazillion Bubbles hand-held bubble blasters!

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Gazillion Bubbles Are The Best

One of our favorite brands is Funrise Toys and Gazillion Bubbles.  They are the best quality bubbles we’ve tested. They have the most popular bubble machine, and now they’ve made that fun a bit more portable with hand-held bubble blasters.  

gazillion-bubbles-hurricane-blasterGazillion Bubbles Hurricane Blaster!

Kids can now harness the awesome bubble-blowing power of the Hurricane in the palm of their hand with the Gazillion Bubbles Hurricane Blaster.

Each blaster comes with a 4 oz. bottle of Funrise’s “top secret” non-toxic Gazillion Bubbles solution. Just pour the solution into the reservoir and press the button to create a storm of colorful bubbles!

3 AAA batteries required, not included. Ages 3+, SRP $9.99, Available at Toys ‘R’ Us

gazillion-bubbles-triple-bubble-blasterGazillion Bubbles Triple Bubble Blaster

Create three times the bubbles with the new Gazillion Bubbles Triple Bubble Blaster! Simply pour Gazillion Bubbles solution into the specially designed tray and dip each of the three wands of this handheld bubble blower into the solution. Tap to drain any excess liquid, hold the blaster upright, and press the button to create a gazillion bubbles blowing in three directions!

Each Triple Bubble Blaster comes with a 4 oz. bottle of Funrise’s “top secret” non-toxic Gazillion Bubbles solution and a specially designed tray.

3 AAA batteries required, not included. Ages 3+, SRP $9.99, also available at Toys ‘R’ Us.

Test Your Bubble Knowledge

How does a Bubble Gets Its Color? As waves of light pass through the bubble, it gets distorted by reflecting off different layers of soap film called iridescence. (Gazillion Bubbles is also known to have the most colorful and beautiful bubbles available.)

Can You Freeze a Bubble? A bubble’s shell is composed of a layer of water molecules surrounded by two thin layers of soap. Technically, a bubble will freeze below 32 degrees Fahrenheit like all water. The only problem is that bubbles tend to burst after a few seconds, so in order to truly see a bubble freeze, the temperature needs to fall to about 23 degrees for bubble staying power.

Why Do Bubbles Burst? Anything that fractures the tenuous layer of water molecules can cause a bubble to burst. For example, a gust of wind or an object (like your finger) will easily cause a bubble to burst. Bubbles also burst by simply drying out. Moisture within a bubble causes the molecules to draw closer together enabling the bubble to stay formed for a longer period of time. This is why bubbles tend to work best in high humidity environments.

Get Social with Funrise Toys

Gazillion Bubbles on Twitter  |  Funrise Toys on Twitter

Funrise Toys on Instagram  |  Funrise Toys on Facebook

Friendspired was provided with the above mentioned Gazillion bubbles so that we could share our review with our readers.

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Hot Holiday Toy – Springfield Collection Dolls & Clothes

WE WERE PROVIDED WITH A SPRINGFIELD DOLL AND OUTFIT TO REVIEW. ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED ARE OUR OWN.

SPRINGFIELD DOLLS

On A Mission

This past weekend, I visited Lana (albeit briefly). While she was at a cookie swap on Friday night I took her oldest daughter out on a big girl mission. I was on the hunt for a last minute Christmas gift, and her daughter was looking for presents for her younger sisters. While we were driving to our destination she told me all about the different things that she thought her sisters would like.

Trying to smile while leaving empty handed from one of our stops.

Trying to smile while leaving empty handed from one of our stops.

Her sisters are twins, and we were finding it difficult to stay true to their personalities, and yet still gift them items that they each would equally love and value. We went to many stores, and honestly left frustrated. She mentioned how one of them really wanted a doll like her doll that is from the American Girl Store. But being only 8 years old, she didn’t have that kind of cash to spend. I’m 33 and I don’t either, so I told her not to worry, I had a great idea, next stop JoAnn Fabric Store.

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Bright Idea

We headed over to a local JoAnn Fabric Stores where I introduced her to these 18” adorable Springfield® Dolls ($21.99). I knew that these were definitely more in her budget, especially with a coupon. She was over the moon excited to be able to get them both a doll. She found the ones she knew they would love, and was so proud.

What she also loved was that they had outfits and accessories that were also very affordable. They had these cute mix and match pieces that you could use to create multiple looks for your dolls.

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About Springfield Dolls

about_dollDid you know that Springfield is the

  • most common name for towns and cities in America?
  • Over 50 towns and cities in America are named Springfield!

The first Springfield collection® was introduced in 1996! Our Springfield dolls and fashions are on trend with today’s girls fashion and fun activities.

The Springfield Doll:
The Springfield Collection® includes five gorgeous, quality-made 18-inch dolls. All dolls have sparkling lifelike eyes that open and close, and silky long-rooted hair that can be styled and brushed. Each of the Springfield Dolls has a unique personality and story.

  • Abby has golden blond hair and blue eyes, and wants to be a veterinarian!
  • Emma has rich brown hair and brown eyes, and loves swimming and her dogs.
  • Maria has a golden Hispanic skin tone with jet-black hair and brown eyes, and wants to be a doctor.
  • Olivia has striking red hair and green eyes, and loves to play soccer.
  • Madison has warm cocoa African-American skin, with wavy black hair and brown eyes. She is practicing to be a famous singer someday.

You can learn more about the girls by checking out their stories at
“Meet the Girls” on the site.

 

About Springfield Fashion

Springfield Dolls Fashion

Springfield Outfits and Accessories are inspired by today’s fashions for girls. You probably have some of the same outfits and colors in YOUR closet!

Jo-Ann Stores had carry mix and match outfits that fit most 18” dolls. Look for these pieces priced at $14.99:

• Black dress with zebra shoes

• Panda T-shirt with silver sequin skirt

• Pink T-shirt with metallic heart and denim jeggings with embellishments

• Blue hi-low shirt with silver glitter design and black tuxedo pants with silver trim on sides

• Cropped top with 2 color star and striped tank underneath and solid black leggings

• Metallic sweatshirt and polka dot pants in blue

• Friendship printed T-shirt with silver glitter design on black sleeve and polka dot pants in pink

• White T-shirt with Paris print, floral printed leggings and pink patent shoes

• Lavender hooded jacket, athletic pants and lavender trimmed shoes

• Lime Camisole, polka dot pajama pants and lamb slippers

• Pink shrug over polka dot top, jean skirt and polka dot shoes

• Purple gown with gold glitter design on purple tulle, white gloves and black patent shoes

 

Why we love Springfield Collection

As the Springfield Collection proudly explains on its website, www.SpringfieldDolls.com, “we know the importance of imagination and creative play in a young girl’s life.”

 

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Meet Edwin!

EDWIN THE DUCK WAS SENT TO OUR FAMILY SO THAT WE COULD ADOPT AND PLAY WITH HIM TO SHARE WITH OUR READERS. WE HOPE THAT YOU LOVE HIM AS MUCH AS WE DO. 

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We are all about fun technology that can help our kids grow. We also are huge fans of technology that grows with them. Of course ideally we’d prefer ones that they will continue to play with long after the day that they receive it. Another important factor is that it can be used for various situations, not just quick learning, but complete lifestyle.

Enter Edwin The Duck! Now for those of you that are close to me, I’m sure you are saying “wait, what?” since you know that I am petrified of ducks – yes, that’s correct, ducks! But no one can resist a cute little rubber duck that has an animated personality as well. I am a fan of Donald and Daffy, so just the real live ducks are the ones I’m scared of.

Edwin is a friend who lives in your child’s hands and on your mobile device in the form of an animated character. Your child will be immersed in a world of games, stories, songs, and lessons within a collection of apps, using Edwin to control the animated Edwin. As your child grows, so will Edwin, offering more and more rich content.

 

Fun Features & Modes of Edwin

Story Time with Edwin The Duck

Story Time: Edwin has an entire world to discover, and his adventures will invite your child to help him solve problems and overcome obstacles he encounters along the way. Through SQUACK™ Technology, with a few taps, turns, and twists, your child will learn how to control the animated Edwin within the app.

We love story time and Abigail especially loves having Edwin do things. As a mom, I love the reiteration offline, like the moments that I can say “Remember how we helped tidy up Edwin’s room with Edwin? Now it’s time to tidy up this room!” She gets it, no complaints, and it makes clean up a breeze (for that moment).

 

Play Time with Edwin

 

Play Time: Together with Edwin, your child will explore fun, educational games that are developmentally designed for your child’s age. Edwin becomes your child’s teacher and helps them to learn and grow. 

Abby is obsessed with shapes right now, so this is definitely her favorite game. We are lucky to have an amazing sitter that watches her while Billy and I work that works with her on shapes, so this game helps to reiterate that learning. She gets so excited when she gets the shapes correct!

 

Sing With Edwin

 

Song Time: Equipped with a BLUETOOTH® Speaker, Edwin will dance across the screen while streaming original music. 

Who doesn’t love music? We are big fans of listening to music, making our own music, and singing.  Abby loves dancing and singing with Edwin. It is pretty adorable.

 

Sleepy Time:  An included lullaby will stream through Edwin, and by giving his wing a firm tap, he will provide a soft glowing nightlight. Your child will sleep soundly with Edwin the Duck’s companion Sleepy Time app, which includes white noise sounds, additional lullabies, and timer and nightlight controls. 

This is my most favorite feature. Probably because both Abby and I always sleep with a sound machine myself and this app has those features, such as rain, creek, etc. Bringing Edwin along on our families adventures doubles as having our sound machine. The lullabies are beautiful too.

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Splash Time: Completely waterproof, Edwin makes the perfect bath time companion like millions of rubber duckies before him. His unique design enables him to float and ensures him to be fully mold resistant while your child enjoys their favorite bath time tunes!

This truly is an adorable feature. I know that it makes bath time that much longer for us, but he’s super cute and we have a great time.

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More About Edwin

Edwin is the world’s first Smart Duck a learning toy with personality designed to be your child’s new best friend. Utilizing SQUACK™ Technology and a companion app, children can control Edwin on the screen with a turn, tap or tilt of the rubber duck toy. App content includes:

*Play* – Educational games teach shapes, colors, letters, and numbers.
*Learn* – Stories emphasizing self-confidence and good decision-making.
*Sing* – Edwin (waterproof) can splash and play in the bath, shower or pool while streaming original content or a favorite playlist.
*Dream* – Use the separate “Edwin Lullaby” app to adjust the color of Edwin’s LED nightlight and play exclusive lullabies/white noise.

App News

Edwin‘s next series of stories, songs, and games are currently underway — stay tuned for notifications!
As announced last month, Edwin‘s Sleepy Time app is now available in the App Store, free for a limited time! View our latest “how to” video for a feature overview and brief tutorial here.
Android development is progressing! The app is available to explore in Google Play, with interactions between Edwin and his app being finalized. We will announce full compatibility details soon!

Edwin Tips

Connect Edwin as a wireless Bluetooth speaker to any BT enabled device to stream your favorite music
Tap firmly with one finger on Edwin‘s wing to illuminate his nightlight

In the News

Edwin received a 4-star review in iPhone Life, with the reviewer callingEdwin “this year’s best toy yet!”
MacWorld featured Edwin in an iOS Accessories wrap up, dubbing him as the “Rubber Duckie from the future.”
Local TV channel WTHR was excited to hear about Edwin‘s availability in Apple Stores and ran a segment on the evening news. You can watch the coverage here!

Edwin Events

Catch Edwin at these upcoming events:
  • Jan 6-9: CES, Sands Expo Booth 74366, Las Vegas, NV
  • Jan 27-Feb 1: Spielwarenmesse (International Toy Fair), Nuremberg, Germany

Follow Along on Edwin’s Adventures

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Hot Holiday Toy: Cabbage Patch Kids Limited Edition Dolls

Cabbage Patch Limited Edition 18 inch Dolls

I remember loving my Cabbage Patch Kids as a child. In fact, I still have my Cabbage Patch Kids.  My daughter received a Cabbage Patch baby doll for her first Christmas from my sister.  I know that this year Santa will be back with some more Cabbage Patch Kids too.  This year there are Toys “R” Us Exclusive Limited Edition Cabbage Patch Dolls that are the cutest.  There is Sofia Lorraine and Violet Anne.  We love that Wicked Cool Toys has launched the “BIG” kids that are 18 inches tall.

 

About The NEW Cabbage Patch BIG Kids & Wicked Cool Toys

Just like you, the Cabbage Patch Kids are growing up! And now, for the first time ever, Wicked Cool Toys has introduced the Cabbage Patch BIG Kids! Each 18” Big Kid is an extremely limited edition in nature and will be retired after a short production run.  The accessories and dresses will match the Kid’s unique personality and will be the highest end CPK apparel ever.  There are only 2 Styles that launched Fall 2015 – the Class President (Violet Anne) and Ballerina (Sofia Lorraine) and include their birth certificate. Ages 6+, SRP: $99.99. Available at www.tru.com and select Toys “R” Us Stores.

There are only 1000 pieces of each style produced and once they are gone there will be no more available for purchase as they will retire.

 

About Sofia Lorraine & Violet Anne

CPK Limited Edition 18 inch Big Kid Performer Ballerina Sofia Lorraine

 

Totally poseable, 18 inches tall, Sofia Lorraine is the Performer Ballerina. Accessories include: matching CPK tote, bracelet, pretend Swan Lake Tickets for BabyLand General Hospital Theatre and extra bow clips for her hair. Birth Certificate and Adoption papers are also included with adoption. The Big Kid has an all vinyl head and body and the sweet baby powder scent. Recommended for ages 6+

 

CPK Limited Edition 18 inch Big Kid Violet Anne

Totally poseable, 18 inches tall, Violet Anne is the Class President. Accessories include: matching CPK backpack, CPK ruler, CPK ledger book and extra bow clips for her hair. Birth Certificate and Adoption papers are also included with adoption. The Big Kid has an all vinyl head and body and the sweet baby powder scent. Recommended for ages 6+

 

For More Information Visit Cabbage Patch Kids Facebook Page

 

We were not compensated for this post, nor did we receive any of the above mentioned products.  We are sharing this great information with you because we love sharing the toys that we are passionate about. 

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Spin Master Quick Cups YouTube Video and Giveaway

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. The giveaway below is hosted by Spin Master. They are responsible for providing the prizes to the winners.

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We love Family Game Night.  We are all about a little friendly competition.  Quick Cups by Spin Master is a great game where kids can outperform their parents if they have a quicker eye and hands! It’s a game for everyone to play and ANYONE can be the winner!

Just by checking out Quick Cups on Spin Master’s YouTube Channel we know that this is the game for our family, it would be a great addition to our pasta nights!

Spin Master is also hosting an incredible giveaway that you can enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Enter for the chance to win 1 of 3 amazing toy gift baskets that include Grand Prize Games Packages of Fibber, Moustache Smash, Boom Boom Balloon, Shark Mania, Rapidoodle, and Quick Cups! Also, up for grabs are 10 fantastic runner up prizes of the Quick Cups Board Game!

 

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