Thursday, October 30, 2014

10/30/14: 2014 Hess Toy Truck and Space Cruiser with Scout

Evan loves his Hess Vehicles.  He has been collecting them for quite a while.  He was extremely excited when the new 2014 Hess Toy Truck and Space Cruiser with Scout arrived.  This Hess Truck is the official 50th anniversary truck!
 Here you can see Evan with his collection.  We have even bought him some of the older ones at toy conventions.  He really wanted the Police Car so that took a while to find.
As soon as he saw the green wrapped box he knew exactly what it was and ripped right in.
When he saw it had a Space Cruiser he was very excited as he did not have any trucks with space vehicles.
 Then he saw the little Scout and loved it.
 He loved how small it was but that it lit up brightly.
 The 2014 Hess Toy Truck is a space cruiser, with retractable landing gear, flashing lights and button-activated and motion-activated sound effects, riding on top of a flatbed truck. 
A cargo door on the space cruiser opens to reveal the scout that features folding wings and working lights. The flatbed truck doubles as a launch pad complete with a button-activated launch ramp with hydraulic lift, 3 realistic sound effects and 41 lights.
What I especially love about Hess Vehicles is that they are so well built.  They last no matter how hard kids play with them.
The heavy-duty flatbed is a launch pad and transporter.  The truck has 3 push-button activated sound effects (ignition, horn, ramp hydraulic and launch alarm), 41 lights work in steady or flashing mode, push-button activated launch ramp elevates with sound effect.
The truck sports plenty of chrome detailing, including a bold 50 embossed on the cab side panels that officially designate this as the 50th Anniversary Hess Toy Truck!
A push button activated cargo door opens to reveal the Scout, a flyer with folding wings and working lights. 
The Space Cruiser has 3 button-activated sounds (ignition, fly-by, and land), 3 motion-activated sound effects (climb, dive, and turn), 8 lights that work in flash or steady mode, retractable landing gear and push-button activated cargo door with Scout vehicle inside.

Here is some video of it in action:
There’s also an Official Certificate of Title available for printing at HessToyTruck.com after purchase!
 
Evan definitely loves this truck and has been playing with it non-stop since he got it.
Hess is celebrating the 50th anniversary in a number of other ways: The first ever limited-edition, individually numbered Collector’s Edition Hess Toy Truck is available exclusively at www.hesstoytruck.com for $45.99. The Hess Toy Truck Mobile Museum tour will bring the entire holiday toy truck collection to the East Coast starting November 1. Visit www.hesstoytruck.com for a full schedule. 
The three-in-one Hess Toy Truck can be pre-ordered now at www.hesstoytruck.com. The toy goes on sale November 14 at participating Hess, Hess Express and WilcoHess retail stores.
The 2014 Hess Toy Truck and Space Cruiser with Scout sells for $29.99 plus tax, and includes free shipping and a total of 6 Energizer® batteries – the most ever for a Hess Toy Truck.
Disclosure:  I received this Hess Truck for review purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

10/29/14: Win a PomTree Craft Kit

We love doing crafts!  They are a great way for kids to let out their creative side and have fun making something.  My biggest issue with most crafts is that they are messy!  There is glue involved or glitter and you know that it ends up more on the table and floor than on the craft.  When I found PomTree I was in love as everything has a sticky back so there is no mess!!!  Here are some great craft kids, plus I am giving you a chance to win one of the kits in this post.  Read on to win!
 We received several sets.  I am going to start with the Pom Pals: Mommy and Baby Owl kit.  All the pieces are self sticking so it is easy to use.
 Lauren was having fun with the big eyes.
 Basically you pull the sticky backing off the pieces and put them right on to the big fluffy ball.  I can say is she's so fluffy!!!!
 Evan was getting in to it too and checking out the craft.
We did find on some of the pieces I had a hard time peeling the backing paper off without pulling off the sticky part.  This especially happened on the wings and the feet.  Be extra careful that the backing paper doesn't pull of the sticky piece.  On many pieces I had to help my daughter with this.
It makes the Mommy and Baby.  The baby's beak is very small so make sure you don't lose it.
Here it is as packaged.  At $13 it is an affordable super cute project to do with kids.  All kits can be purchased at Consumer Crafts.
We also received a super cute Felt Pillow Puff Kit: Felt Puppy and Bone Pillow Puff.  This set makes it look like the doggy is stitched together but it is all self stick!  Here is what it comes with.
You start by sticking the white stuffing in to the dog body and putting the ears and tail on.  Then you just stick it together and add the rest of the pieces.  This set we didn't have as many problems with removing the backing paper.
 Here is the finished product.  Again a super cute and mess-free project.
Here it is as packaged and retails for $13.
 Evan decided the Owl and Puppy had to hang out.
Last but not least is a Pom Jewelry Kit.  This set leaves everything to your child's imagination and they can make many different types of jewelry including rings, key chains, bracelets and more.
 It comes with over 400 pieces including pony beads, foam charms, felt shapes, pom pom beads and satin cord.
 Lauren was having fun making all kinds of things.
 She particularly liked her bracelet.
 Now she is making a key chain.
 She really likes her creations.
Here it is as packaged and retails for $10.
 This kit contains hours of fun as there are infinite possibilities as to what you can make.
 Want to win one of these kits?  You can pick any one from this post  or the PomTree Mommy and Baby Bird Pom Pals Kit, or the PomTree Felt Kitty and Mouse Pillow Puff Kit.  Enter below.
Disclosure:  I received these craft sets for review purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

10/28/14: Win Tickets to Annie in Boston

Annie was the first Broadway show I saw in Boston when I was a child.  I actually attended it when I was 4 and now I can't wait to take my kids to see it.  I still have this doll I got at the show in 1977!  Now I am giving you a chance to win 4 tickets to see it at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre in Boston on November 5th at 7pm.
I also have a code for 20% of tickets for select performances!
Type in Code: MOMS
Here is a video preview of the show:
More about the show:
The Citi Performing Arts Center and MSG Entertainment are pleased to announce that the new U.S. National Tour of ANNIE will play November 5 – 16, 2014 at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre in Boston. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin for the 18th time, this production of ANNIE will be a brand new physical incarnation of the iconic Tony Award®-winning original. ANNIE features a book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin. All three authors received 1977 Tony Awards® for their work. Choreography is by Liza Gennaro, who will incorporate selections from her father Peter Gennaro’s 1977 Tony Award®-winning choreography. The original production of ANNIE opened April 21, 1977 at the Alvin Theatre and went on to win the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, seven Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the Grammy for Best Cast Show Album and seven Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, Best Book (Thomas Meehan) and Best Score (Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin). 
 The show remains one of the biggest Broadway musical hits ever. It ran for 2,377 performances after it first opened, and has been performed in 28 languages and has been running somewhere around the world for 37 years. The beloved score for ANNIE includes “Maybe,” “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You” and the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.” The celebrated design team includes scenic design by Tony Award® winner Beowulf Boritt (Act One, The Scottsboro Boys, Rock of Ages), costume design by Costume Designer’s Guild Award winner Suzy Benzinger (Blue Jasmine, Movin’ Out, Miss Saigon), lighting design by Tony Award® winner Ken Billington (Chicago, Annie, White Christmas) and sound design by Tony Award® nominee Peter Hylenksi (Rocky, Bullets Over Broadway, Motown). The lovable mutt “Sandy” will once again be trained by Tony Award® Honoree William Berloni (Annie, A Christmas Story, Legally Blonde). Musical supervision and additional orchestrations are by Keith Levenson (Annie, She Loves Me, Dreamgirls). Casting is by Joy Dewing CSA and Holly Buczek CSA, Joy Dewing Casting (Soul Doctor, Wonderland, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat). The tour is produced by Troika Entertainment, LLC. 
ANNIE plays at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre Wednesday, November 5 – Sunday, November 16, 2014, for 16 performances: Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 7:00 pm; matinees on Thursday, November 6 at 11:00 am, Tuesday, November 11 at 2:00 pm, and Saturdays at 2:00 pm; and Sundays at 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm. Tickets are priced at $35.00 - $125.00; all prices include a $3.75 facility fee per ticket. Tickets are now on sale at the Citi Center box office, through www.citicenter.org or by calling 800-982-ARTS (2787), or through Ticketmaster. 
Tomorrow, Tomorrow, make sure you get tickets or win tickets.  Ok, I had to, I love that song!

Disclosure:  I received 4 tickets to attend this performance of Annie and 4 tickets for giveaway.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.
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Sunday, October 26, 2014

10/26/14: Disney Princess Palace Pets

Our family loves our pet dog Fred.  He is part of our family so why shouldn't Disney Princesses have pets in their family?  Disney Consumer Products in collaboration with licensee, Blip Toys created Disney Princess Palace Pets.  They are another hot holiday toy and next up in my Holiday Gift Guide.
We received three of them.  There is Aurora's Furry Tail Friend Fox Nuzzles, Snow White's Furry Tail Friend Bunny Berry and Ariel's Walking and Wiggling Kitty Treasure.
They are super cute with great detail, glitter and a fuzzy tail to brush.
Lauren was having fun brushing them.
Here is another cute one.
They also come with storybooks that Lauren was having fun reading.  Any toy that encourages her to read more is a great toy to me.
Lauren was having fun with them all interacting and making up little situations they were in.
They are a great toy to take in the car and let kids have them interact.   There is also a Disney Princess Palace Pets app.  The app shares the story of how the Palace Pets met the Disney Princess characters and includes activities such as an interactive royal salon where children can wash, brush, groom, accessorize and treat the pets to snacks. 
 This one is super cute as it wiggles as it walks.  You pull back on her and she wiggles her tail as she moves forward.
Here they are as packaged.  These are great as a stocking stuffer, or a school gift swap toy as they are inexpensive.
These are definitely one of the Hot Toys this Holiday Season.  
Disclosure:  I received these three Disney Princess Place Pets for review purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.