Hallmark Recordable Storybook

Hallmark Recordable Storybook

If you are looking for one of the most personalized gifts you can give your children this Christmas, we have a recommendation for you. Recordable Storybooks by Hallmark are hardback books which allow you to read to your little one with voice save technology. This is a thrilling way to give your child the gift of you.

We reviewed What Makes A Princess, a Disney Princess Recordable Storybook carried by Hallmark.

The recordable storybook features several of Disney’s most admired princesses: Ariel, Cinderella, Jasmine, and more. It’s short and sweet. But it has a great message that will last a lifetime. We highly recommend it!

Children find these storybooks to be truly enchantinng. They are also great for kids to take to sleepovers, on vacation, and other places to always feel close to you.
Find Recordable Storybooks and more at www.Hallmark.com.

Rating: 4 Stars! Very good!

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Best Trike: Radioflyer

4-in-1 Trike by Radioflyer

If you are looking to give a children’s gift that truly keeps on giving, we have a recommendation for you: the 4-in-1 Trike by Radioflyer.  Described as “The ultimate grow-with-me trike”, this amazing tricycle really lives up to its name.

The 4-in-1 Trike is designed for kids from 9 months to 5 years old. It holds up to 49 lbs.   The 4-in-1 Trike converts from a stroller to a steering trike.  It’s sturdy, durable, and well-made in classic Radioflyer style.

When we tested it, we found that it outperformed other trikes.

This trike gives UV Protection, contains a snack tray, and the pedals convert into a footrest.  The 4-in-1 trike also contains adult steering handles.  It is brilliantly designed and a must-have for any child 9 months to 5 years old.

You can find it here at www.RadioFlyer.com.

Rating: 4 Stars!  Very good!

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Best Stuffed Toy: Doodle Bears

Doodle Bears

Every parent knows what it’s like to find unapproved doodling on their child’s books, stuffed animals, and walls.  So what if you could give your child a toy that was doodle-approved?  We recently discovered a must-have stuffed animal: Doodle Bears.

Bright-eyed and ready to play, Doodle Bears offer a creative opportunity for little ones to draw on their toys!  Doodle Bears come in a pink, blue, and violet.  We tested Doodle Bear Violet.


We kid-tested them.  The youngsters loved decorating the Doodle Bears and experiencing the thrill of being able to wash them off and do it over again!  Doodle Bears come with washable markers, a stencil, and a stamper on the end of the markers.

What we liked best: Doodle Bears keep kids busy and engaged while stimulating their imagination.

You can find Doodle Bears here:

Rating: 3 Stars!  Good!

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Great Little Girls’ Jacket

Warm-Up Hooded Jacket

If you are looking for a “just right” little girl’s jacket, we have a recommendation for you.

The Warm-Up Hooded Jacket by L.L. Bean is water-resistant on the outside and snuggly-soft on the inside.  It has a nylon shell and fleece interior with insulated sleeves.  It’s truly a great jacket for little girls on cool Fall days.

The jacket comes in three colors.  We tried the Wild Orchid/Carnation color, pictured above.

Rating: 4 Stars!  Very Good!

You can find it here at www.llbean.com.

*Also, please note, we evaluated a sample from the company.  This is our standard policy for all reviews.

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Story Buddies and Interactive Storybooks by Hallmark

Abigail Story Buddy by Hallmark

Few things are more thrilling to children than talking toys.  We recently discovered a toy that will make your child’s face light up with joy: Story Buddies.

Story Buddies are cuddly, loveable plush friends that talk and respond to their interactive storybook.  Hallmark’s Story Buddies are friendly, encouraging, and help to teach and reinforce having a positive outlook and being a good friend.  Those are values every parent wants to teach their children.

When we tested and reviewed Abigail and the Balance Beam, children responded with intrigue and elation.   They constantly looked at the Story Buddy with a gleam in their eye, waiting for the Story Buddy to respond.  Both girls and boys alike loved this wonderful toy!

To date, Hallmark makes four Story Buddies: Abigail, Bigsby, Cooper, and Watson.  They also make additional interactive storybooks to go with each Story Buddy.

This toy is a must-have!  It is sure to be a top-rated favorite for years to come.

Rating: 5 Stars!  Best!

Find Abigail and other Story Buddies here at www.hallmark.com.

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Kids Will Love This!

Carnivorous Creations

“What a big mouth you have!”  “The better to eat you with, my dear!”  Kids can make that statement come to life with Carnivorous Creations.  Carnivorous Creations is a self-contained dome garden which allows you to grow 10 kinds of meat-eating plants.  The complete kit includes everything you need to start your own meat-eating plant garden.

You can raise venus fly traps, trumpet plants, cobra plants, and more.  The seeds are included.  Kids will love this!  And Carnivorous Creations will be fun for the whole family.  In fact, you can grow over 1o varieties of Carnivorous plants. You will also get to see how plants eat flies and other insects.

When we tested this product, we appreciated the manufacturer’s attention to detail.  The complete kit includes a growing dome, planting mixture, swamp rocks, a seed packet, photo sticker decals to decorate your garden, and miniature snakes, frogs, and lizards for decorating.

Carnivorous Creations also contains detailed instructions.  You will need these!  Your garden will not turn out properly if you don’t follow the instructions.  It is important for you to know that just like any other garden, Carnivorous Creations takes some responsibility.  You must check the peat moss to make sure it has proper moisture.  So you might want to make this a family project.

You can find Carnivorous Creations here at www.dunecraft.com.

Rating: 3 Stars!  Good!

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