Back to School 2018, Education, Kids, Reviews, Toy Reviews

Bring Music Class Home with the VTech Kidi Star Karaoke Machine

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When you hear the word ‘music’ you probably think about tunes or your favorite radio station. But, did you know that the word music has such a beneficial meaning when you introduce it to children? Not only does music introduce  a new skill that involves the brain and body working together, it ignites all the senses. VTech has the Kidi Star Karaoke Machine that helps bring music class home.

Music helps children learn sounds and word meanings. Dancing helps children improve their motor skills as well as allow for self-expression. Then you also add the benefit of recall and memory skills.

One of the best features of this karaoke machine is the stand opinion. This makes it so easy to share the fun with a friend or sibling. The disco ball is a lot of fun too. Turn off the lights and like me, you will be amazed how well it illuminates around the room on the walls and even the ceiling too.

It is such an easy interface that it is usable for as young as 4 years old. The added computer-like screen adds an element of STEM play when you have to configure and toggle through options to bring our musical creation to life. With options like games to play and to connect to any device to bring the music library you already have created to the speaker is so much fun.

You can add audience sounds like applause, cheering and laughter so it really feels like you’re onstage at a concert! Record yourself for up to five minutes and add fun voice-changing effects, then listen to and enjoy your performance. Visit VTech for more fun and also find the VTech Kidi Star Karaoke Machine at Amazon.

Kids, Reviews, Toy Reviews

The New 2018 Hess Toy Truck Mini Collection – Review

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Hess Toys Truck has just released their brand new 2018 Mini Collection of trucks. They all come with working lights and Energizer batteries so they work right out of the box. See them with lights on in my embedded Instagram post below.

Included in the 2018 Mini Collection of Hess Toy Trucks are the following!

Miniature Toy Truck and Racer

  • White articulated truck custom designed to transport the racer.
  • Truck features 27 lights and 10 wheels on 5 axles.
  • Chrome grille, bumpers, fender guards, wheel-covers, roll-bar, bed rails, cab step, and side exhaust pipe.
  • The white Racer features green accents, rear spoiler, and a speedy pull-back motor.

Miniature Fire Truck

  • A brilliant red likeness of one of the original fire engines from a Hess Fire Brigade.
  • 6 total lights, including a top-mounted red emergency light.
  • Rotating chrome fire nozzle mounted on top along with molded, fixed-position reel and side mounted fire hoses.
  • Fully chrome underside plus grille, bumpers, fender guards, and ladders and rear name plate.

Miniature Tanker Truck

  • The classic articulated Hess fuel delivery truck; a green tanker with a bold white wraparound, pulled by a solid green tractor on a red chassis and bright yellow fenders.
  • 10 bright red, free rolling wheels plus 8 total lights.
  • Chrome grille, cab exhausts, and tank ladder.

Connect with Hess Toy Truck and Buy your collection at their website.

Gift Guides, Holiday Gift Guide 2017, Reviews, Reviews by Anthony, Video Reviews by Anthony

BLURBLE Game Review and Video

Thank you to NorthStarGames for including this game in our Sweet Suite 2017 Conference box


BLURBLE Game Review and Video

At the 2017 Sweet Suite conference we were introduced to the game BLURBLE. It was one of Anthony’s favorite booths we stopped at. So, we played a few rounds for you to see how hilarious it can get. From age 8 to 88 it is going to bring laughter to your next game night. It is more challenging than you think! Perhaps you will recognize the game from the older packaging. It is the same hilarious game.

Enjoy! Then find the game for yourself at Amazon and other retailers near you from NorthStar Games.


Gift Guides, Kids

Cruise Ship – New from PLAYMOBIL

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New from PLAYMOBIL: Cruise Ship

Sail away on lots of adventures with the newest building set from PLAYMOBIL. The Cruise Ship is so full of fun within the set. Once you complete the build the fun with features starts.


Within the ship is a living quarters with a private bathroom, beds and sitting area. The lower deck pulls out and provides stair access to the upper deck. Your child can play and imagine with the refillable pool with slide, restaurant with snacks, an entertainment stage and lounge chair on the top deck for relaxing. The figures bend to sit or stand and the arms move too.

This set is packed with fu  including three adult figures, two child figures, life boat, lounge chairs, luggage, furniture, food, beverages, and tons of other accessories. Find it in stores near you and on Amazon.