Archive | April, 2016

Toy Review-Block Scooping Wagon

16 Apr

<b>Mega Bloks First Builders Block Scooping Wagon</b> Classic - <b>Mega</b> <b>Bloks</b> ...

This week, we received a pretty fun toy to review-the Block Scooping Wagon by Mega Bloks.  It is made by Fisher Price and is a wagon with a handle that kids can pull around.  It came with twenty Mega Bloks, and even has a small platform built into the handle that can be used to create a tower of bricks.
But, this wagon has one unique feature that makes it even cooler.  A spinning wheel is built into one of the sets of wheels, allowing you to push the wagon over Bloks strewn about the floor, and PICK THEM UP.  My kids call it the vacuum cleaner.  What mom doesn’t like a toy that picks up its own mess?  🙂... Mega Bloks First Builders Block Scooping Wagon Building Set for 40%
The toy is geared towards one to five year old kids, and my two and a half year old boy is in love with it.  In fact, it was quite difficult to even get it away from him for the first few days to check it out for ourselves!
I really like the fact that the wagon is maneuverable, and can turn around tight corners easily.  We tested its ability to pick up blocks on tile, as well as thin and thick carpet, and it picks them up easily.  We even threw in a few of our larger generic plastic blocks, and it picked those up as well.
It is light, which is very nice as my son easily carries it up and down our four flights of stairs.  I can also attest to its durability, as I found my son sitting in it a couple of times!
The colors are bright and cheerful, and it is fun to hear the satisfying popping sound as blocks are successfully picked up.
I would say the only downside to this toy is that while any child can pull the handle and use this toy as a wagon, it can take a little education to teach them how to pick up the blocks with the wagon.  The wagon must be pushed, and only from one side in order for blocks to be sucked up by the spinning wheel.  My son figured it out after being shown a few times, but a younger child might not quite get the concept.
Regardless, this is a very fun toy for younger children.  And, my older kids (ages 6 and 9) were interested as well.  My six year old son managed to sneak it away from its parking spot by the crib while the toddler was napping in order to check it out, but as soon as nap time was over, the very first question was “Where’s my wagon?”
Thank you so much to Academics’ Choice for providing this complimentary toy for my unbiased review-I have a feeling this one is going to be a favorite toy for quite a while.

Wednesday Words

13 Apr

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Layout-Darling Smile

12 Apr

Here is another layout from me-enjoy!
Darling Smile
I used a sheet of Pink Paislee paper for the background, and added some Amy Tangerine and Maggie Holmes cut aparts and scraps for the rest.  I love how all the papers I bought recently work so well together-even though they are from different collections.  The Thickers (both the black and the grey) are Amy Tangerine, and the Happy Little Moments sticker is by PinkFresh.  I so love this picture of The Boy-what a great smile he has!  🙂

Card Monday-A Giant Cupcake

11 Apr

A few weeks back, I shared my recent purchase of this Mama Elephant stamp set:

The main reason I bought the set (although I definitely want to pair these images with Pandamonium and Lunar Animals), was because I wanted to stamp and enlarge the images to make shaped cards-especially with that cookie!
I haven’t made it to the cookie yet, but my daughter was invited to a Shopkins-themed birthday party a few weeks ago, and for a present she chose a cupcake Shopkins set.  What was I to do but make a giant cupcake card?
I am sure there is probably a better way to do this on the computer, but here is how I made this card.  First, I stamped the image.  Then, I scanned the image into my computer.  I enlarged the image by 1,200 percent.  Then, I printed a copy.  Because the image became pixelated, I used a black Sharpie to smooth out the lines.  This obviously will work best with an image that doesn’t have too many lines.
Then, I made a copy of this new image.  I printed the image on both pink and tan cardstock, cut out the pieces and adhered them together.  I created a top-folding card out of two pieces of white cardstock by creasing the top of the back piece with my bone folder, and adhering the pieces together above my crease after I had trimmed both pieces to the shape of the cupcake.  To finish off the card, I covered the top portion with Wink of Stella.
There are so many cute images in this set.  The popsicle would make a great summertime birthday invitation, the burger and hot dog are great for a BBQ invitation, and that cookie is going to be perfect for a boy birthday card.  Maybe even a girl birthday card if I add a bow.  🙂
The possibilities are endless, and I am definitely going to have fun playing around!  Hope this gives you some more ideas on how to use this stamp set!  Have a great day!

Wednesday Words

6 Apr

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