Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Starlux Games Wizards & Werewolves and Capture the Flag Redux

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     By now summer is well under way and back to school is in the near future. For us school starts in about 3 weeks and I know some schools start later. But we are at a point where the kids are getting really bored. Swimming and video games seems to be the norm around here. It is just so hot to do much during the day. But night time play is an option, but not always easy with limited visibility. Recently I was introduced to a couple of new games from Starlux Games: Wizards & Werewolves and Capture the Flag Redux. Both of these games are great for playing in the dark with their glowing play. Which is the only time you want to be outside in Arizona unless water is involved.


     Wizards & Werewolves is a fun and active team games for 4 to 10 players. This would be great for a party game, birthday sleep overs, family get together, and more. This game takes two mythical forces and puts them against each other in a battle of speed, skill, and wits. Wizards are out to capture glowing magical crystals while werewolves are guarding the crystals and hunting wizards. There are three levels of game play ranging from simple to more complex. 

The first level is One Crystal Saves Them All. Wizards are out to find the Moon Crystal to end the curse and win the game. But the Alpha Werewolf is hiding in the darkness and hunting the Wizards. If bitten (tagged) they must howl and join the pack as a Werewolf. 

The second level is Destroy the Alpha Werewolf. With a large pack of Werewolves roaming around in the darkness the Wizards need to not only find the crystals, but they need to destroy (tag) the Alpha Werewolf. The glowing crystal makes you the biggest target for the werewolves to attack so be careful. 

The third level is called Circle of Wizards. Each Wizard gets a special power. They must work together to out wit the werewolves. This level requires strategy and teamwork to end the curse.  

     

Each game set includes the following:
  • 5 Wizard Armlets  
  • 1 Moon Crystal  
  • 4 Field Markers  
  • 2 Star Crystals 
  • 1 Complete Rulebook (with 3 levels of gameplay)
  • 7 Character Cards (for Game Level C, "Circle of Wizards") 
*All batteries are included and replaceable (type CR1220)

      The game comes with everything you need to light up the night and get started with up to 10 players. You can be a Wizard or a Werewolf, either way there are roles to take on and strategies to work on. I like the way the game can vary depending on how you want to play. Also I like that it comes with everything including the batteries. My kids love the glow in the dark play and that they can run around and chase each other in the dark.
 
     Capture the Flag Redux is the classic outdoor game with glowing fun. It is another team game and the box has enough for 4-10 players, although you can buy more team bracelets for even more players. There are 12 different ways to play the game. You can play classic steal the other teams glowing orbs, break teammates out of jail, sneak into enemy territory, and protect you base. 

     Each player wears a glowing bracelet in either blue or green depending on your team. The orbs glow and the game even comes with jail markers and territory lights. In addition to the classic game of capture the flag you can add in variations by giving players special abilities or have them move in fun creative ways as they find their team orb. This is a fun and exciting way to get kids and adults moving together. 

Each game set includes the following:

  • 2 Glowing Orbs (flags)  
  • 8 Jail Markers 
  • 5 Territory Lights
  • 10 Team Bracelets (5 of each team) 


These are two great games for a group. Kids and adults can have fun with these. They would be great for birthday parties, family reunion, or any get together with a group of friends. 


Thank you to StartLux Games for providing the products mentioned above for review. 

Monday, April 1, 2019

Disney On Ice Worlds of Enchantment


From Wheels to Waves & Icy Wonderlands to Infinity and Beyond!
DISNEY ON ICE presents WORLDS OF ENCHANTMENT

     Rev up for non-stop family fun with four of your favorite Disney stories when Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment comes to Phoenix!  This action-packed ice spectacular showcases beloved characters from Disney•Pixar’s Cars, Toy Story 3, Disney’s The Little Mermaid plus the enchanting Academy Award®-winning Frozen. Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment is performing from April 11 th –14 th at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

     Thrill to high-speed stunts and high-octane fun, as Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew of
Disney•Pixar’s Cars race across the ice. Dive into adventure with Ariel from Disney’s The Little
Mermaid, as she explores her undersea kingdom. The toys are back in town with heroic action
when Buzz, Woody, Jessie and the Disney•Pixar Toy Story gang escape Sunnyside Daycare in a
daring adventure to get back to Andy’s room. Plus, enter the wintery world of Arendelle with
sisters Anna and Elsa and pals Olaf and Kristoff from Disney’s Frozen as they learn that true love
comes from within.

     Plus, get warmed up for the show right in your seats with exclusive dance moves taught by the
mouse that started it all during Mickey’s Dance-Along Pre-Show Party, as the Disney On Ice skating
athletes remind everyone that getting active can help you be your best! Then you’ll be ready to
enter a dazzling world of Disney magic to see some of your family’s favorite Disney moments
come to life in Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment, with dazzling skating, special
effects and timeless characters certain to create a lifetime of memories.



WHEN: April 11 - 14, 2019

Thursday, April 11 7:00 PM
Friday, April 12 7:00 PM
Saturday, April 13 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 6:30 PM
Sunday, April 14 12:00 PM & 4:00 PM

WHERE: Talking Stick Resort Arena – 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
TICKETS: Tickets start at just $20 each!

Kids (age 2-12) tickets available for only $18 each for select performances (discount offer only valid for Fri 7pm, Sat 11am, Sun 12pm & 4pm shows; limit 2 kids tickets per full price Adult ticket purchased; not valid for premium level seating)

Discount Opening Night tickets available for as low as $15 each (not valid for VIP/Front
Row premium levels)

20% Discount Code: BLOG20

Tickets now available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at
800-745-3000 or visit the venue Box Office.
*prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply

Friday, January 11, 2019

Upcoming Family Events in Arizona


There are some fun family events coming in Arizona


2019 Monster Energy Supercross
World Championship Racing Series Returning To Phoenix’s State Farm Stadium
Debut of Supercross Futures Amateur Racing Athlete Developmental Events


WHEN:           Saturday, January 12, 2019

Gates Open / Practice & Qualifying starts at 12:00 PM
FanFest hours: 12:00 PM–6:00 PM
Opening Ceremonies at 6:30 PM
                        Racing starts at 7:00 PM
Sunday, January 13, 2019
Supercross Futures Amateur Event: venue opens 8:00 AM; racing starts at 12:00 PM

WHERE:         State Farm Stadium – 1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale, AZ  85305

TICKETS:      Ticket prices start as low as $18!
                        FanFest passes are priced at just $15 (available in advance or at the gate)
                        Supercross Futures Amateur Racing general admission tickets available for flat $25
Tickets & FanFest Passes are available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com,
charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the Stadium Box Office.
*ticket prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply

20% DiscountCode BLOG20 will get you 20% off non-vip tickets (up to 8 per transaction)


Discover Your Inner Hero at
Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream
Skating into Phoenix January 17 – 20




WHEN: January 17 – 20, 2019

Thursday, Jan. 17 7:00 PM
Friday, Jan. 18 7:00 PM
Saturday, Jan. 19 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 6:30 PM
Sunday, Jan. 20 12:00 PM & 4:00 PM

WHERE: Talking Stick Resort Arena – 201 E Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ 85004
TICKETS: Ticket prices start at just $20 each!*

Kids (age 2-12) tickets available for only $18 each for select performances (discount offer
only valid for Fri 7pm, Sat 11am, Sun 12pm & 4pm shows; limit 2 kids tickets per full price Adult ticket purchased; not
valid for premium level seating)
Discount Opening Night tickets available for as low as $15 each (not valid for VIP/Front Row
premium levels)
Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-
3000 or visit the venue Box Office.
*prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply

20% DISCOUNT: Use code: DONATE to activate this offer on Ticketmaster.


Monster Jam
THE MOST FAMILY-FRIENDLY, ACTION-PACKED
MOTORSPORT IN THE WORLD RACES BACK INTO PHOENIX
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WHEN: Saturday, January 19, 2019

Pit Party open from 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM (Event ticket & Pit Pass required for entry)
Event begins at 7:00 PM

Featured Trucks/Drivers: Grave Digger® driven by Charlie Pauken; El Toro Loco® driven by Becky McDonough; Dragon™ Ice driven by Jon Zimmer; Megalodon® Fire driven by Cory Rummel; Monster Energy driven by Todd LeDuc; Whiplash™ driven by Brianna Mahon; Monster Mutt® driven by Kevin King; Jester driven by Matt Pagliarulo; Kraken driven by Nick Pagliarulo; Black Stallion driven by TBD; Overkill Evolution driven by Mike Vaters Jr; Over Bored driven by Jayme Garner; and Black Pearl driven by Cole Venard **Truck line-up subject to change

WHERE: State Farm Stadium – 1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale, AZ 85305
TICKETS: Ticket prices start at just $15!

Pit Passes available for $15 each; Pit Party Early Access Pass pricing starts at $35 each
Tickets now on sale – all seats are reserved; Tickets & Pit Passes are available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the State Farm Stadium Box Office. **ticket prices subject to change – venue/ticketing fees may apply



Thank you Feld Entertainment!!

I am excited for my family to attend this event. tickets are given in exchange for this post. 

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Disney On Ice Discover Your Inner Hero January 2019

Discover Your Inner Hero at
Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream
Skating into Phoenix January 17 – 20


**Disney’s Moana voyages onto the ice for the first time ever!**
Plus Special Pre-Show Sing-Along with Miguel from Disney-Pixar’s Coco>

*Tickets On Sale To Public Starting Tuesday, Oct. 30 th *

[Phoenix, AZ] — Celebrate what’s possible as five daring Disney Princesses spark the courage inside
us all in Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream, skating into Phoenix from January 17 th – 20 th !
Featuring Disney’s Moana for the first time in a live production, hosts Mickey Mouse and Minnie
Mouse bring the Disney magic to life and take audiences on an expedition across raging seas and
snow-covered mountains in this action-packed extravaganza with the beloved characters from
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Tangled and Cinderella.
In her Disney On Ice debut, see how far Moana will go in a high-seas adventure with demigod Maui,
to save her island and discover her true identity. Join Belle as she fearlessly befriends the
enchanted castle staff and reveals the Beast’s gentleness. Experience Anna’s devotion to her sister,
Elsa, on her life-changing journey to stop an eternal winter. Explore with Rapunzel, Flynn Ryder,
Cinderella and friends from around the Disney Kingdom as they find the heart and determination to
overcome obstacles and make their dreams come true.
Iconic sing-along songs such as “How Far I’ll Go,” “Be Our Guest” and “Let It Go” are paired with
powerful skating choreography to instill confidence and embolden audiences to never stop
dreaming. Uncover why no goal is too big when we find the strength to shape our own destiny at
Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream coming to your hometown!

Plus fans are encouraged to arrive early to celebrate family and tradition
with a special sing-along with Miguel from Disney•Pixar’s Coco in a live
fiesta Disney On Ice style prior to the show!

WHEN: January 17 – 20, 2019

Thursday, Jan. 17 7:00 PM
Friday, Jan. 18 7:00 PM
Saturday, Jan. 19 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 6:30 PM
Sunday, Jan. 20 12:00 PM & 4:00 PM

WHERE: Talking Stick Resort Arena – 201 E Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ 85004
TICKETS: Ticket prices start at just $20 each!*

Kids (age 2-12) tickets available for only $18 each for select performances (discount offer
only valid for Fri 7pm, Sat 11am, Sun 12pm & 4pm shows; limit 2 kids tickets per full price Adult ticket purchased; not
valid for premium level seating)
Discount Opening Night tickets available for as low as $15 each (not valid for VIP/Front Row
premium levels)
Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-
3000 or visit the venue Box Office.
*prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply

20% DISCOUNT: Use code: DONATE to activate this offer on Ticketmaster.

Thank you Feld Entertainment!!

I am excited for my family to attend this event. tickets are given in exchange for this post. 

Friday, June 15, 2018

Keep Kids in Bed Longer with a Sleep Training Alarm Clock

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     As summer has started I am facing the same issue that most parents face when it comes to children and sleep. Children get up early when they don't have to and want to stay up late. I know my oldest has been known to get up before 5 a.m. Getting kids to stay in their beds longer can be difficult. Big Red Rooster has a great product that can be helpful. Disguised as an adorable puppy it is a Sleep Training Alarm Clock.

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     Big Red Rooster's Sleep Training Alarm Clock is perfect for children ages 2-7 years old. It helps children to learn to stay in bed longer. The dog has a light up ball and when it is red it reminds a child to stop and stay in bed. The can get out of bed when the ball turns green. It has 2 alarms so you can adjust for weekday and weekend settings. There is a nap timer that can be set from one minute to 12 hours. The clock can easily be set by removing the hidden parent compartment. The instructions are printed on the inside of the parent compartment. This is a nice feature as instructions are often lost and having them on the clock itself is a plus for sure. The clock comes with an AC adapter and can be used with AA batteries. The cute dog design is appealing to children.

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     My daughter is in love with this dog clock. She likes to hug it and talk to it. She is just learning what the colors mean. She will get out of bed early and I remind her of the doggy clock and she will go back and wait.  But it is still something she is learning with. My son has tried it and he caught on right away. It helps him to know when he needs to stay in bed and when he can get up.

     This would make a great gift for a young child and their parents. You can check out the Big Red Rooster website for lots of great items or get this on Amazon.

Thank you to Big Red Rooster for the Review!!

I was provided the above mentioned products in order to provide a review. I was not compensated in any way. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced. disclosure


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Kids HearMuffs Kids Hearing Protection


     As a family we enjoy going to lots of events. I love to take my children to experience lots of things. We regularly attend Disney On Ice, Monster Jam, Globetrotters, and more. It does become difficult when we attend these events for my son Evan.  He has very sensitive ears. The loudness at many events are very difficult for him.  While Monster Jam is expected to be loud and require headphones, even going to Disney On Ice is difficult. We have used adult size headphones from the tool store until now. Recently I was introduced to Kids HearMuffs.


     HearMuffs are designed to develop with the child.  They are kid-size headphones with an adjustable headband that can fit a wide range of children's head sizes. The smooth foam gives a comfortable fit. There are a variety of colors in child-safe materials. The colors are blue, green, orange, red and white. They can protect young ears and muffle noise. It is common among children to have sensory sensitivity involving noises, especially with those on the autism spectrum. When a child is oversensitive to loud sounds it can limit a family on where they can go and the types of activities they participate in. HearMuffs are not created for sensory disorder, but those who have tried HearMuffs have been very grateful. HearMuffs come in a colorful protection-only model and the HearMuffs Trio with advanced features. The trio has a touch-to-talk button that lets in safe sounds for conversations and the ability to use as traditional headphones.


     I have first hand experience with limiting or making event difficult due to my child's sensitive ears. We have been out to events without ear protection and he will cover his ears and press his head into my side. It makes enjoying an event very difficult. So far we have not been able to use the HearMuffs at an event, but we have tried them out at home. We received the HearMuff Trio. Evan tried the HearMuffs while watching videos on his tablet and they work great.  He says they are very comfortable and he likes them. We also tried the talk-to-speak feature. It really worked in that he heard me talking to him and it lowered the background noise of the television. My oldest son tried them too and was jealous he didn't get a pair too. I know these are going to be put to lots of use with my son.  I really like that the headphone feature requires no power or batteries. 

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Buy it: Kids HearMuffs and Kids HearMuffs Trio


Thank you to Lucid Audio for the Review!!

I was provided the above mentioned products in order to provide a review. I was not compensated in any way. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced. disclosure


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Virtuoso Bears Review & #Giveaway


Vosego Ludwig van Beethoven Virtuoso Bear | 40 mins Classical Music for Babies | 15″ Award Winning Musical Soft Toy | Educational Toy | Perfect Gift for Infants Kids AdultsVosego Amadeus Mozart Virtuoso Bear | 40 mins Classical Music for Babies | 15″ Award Winning Musical Soft Toy | Educational Toy | Perfect Gift for Infants Kids Adults

     Babies are able to hear sounds as early as 24 weeks gestation. Playing classical music for babies in the womb is said to build brain connections. Classical music continues to have many benefits for babies. It is soothing, sparks creativity, helps to build memory, improves concentration, builds a love for music, improves pattern recognition, and helps to build a bond with mom. Recently I was introduced to Virtuoso Bears.


     Virtuoso Bears are teddy bears dressed in period clothing.  They have a hidden switch that can play seven tracts of Mozart's most recognized melodies. There are currently two bears to choose from. Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig Van Beethoven.  Both are super soft and cuddly. They are dressed in adorable clothing and resemble the classical composer for which they are named after. They can play up to 40 minutes of sonatas, concertos, and symphonies. Their music box is tucked away inside the bear and easily turned on and off with a touch to the belly.  The bears are washable. They stand at 38" tall.   The classical music stimulates babies cognitive development.  Each bear plays their own set of songs.

Ludwig Van Beethoven plays:                        Amadeus Mozart plays:
  1. Fur Elise                                                             1. Rondo Alla Turca
  2. Symphony No.5                                                  2. Symphony No. 40
  3. Moonlight Sonata                                               3. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Allegro)
  4. Pastoral Symphony                                            4. Piano Concerto No. 21
  5. Emperor Concerto                                              5. Le Nozze di Figaro
  6. Sonata Pathetique                                              6. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Romance Andante)
  7. Ode to Joy                                                          7. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star




     We received Ludwig Van Beethoven.  And I was amazed at how soft he is.  So squishy and soft.  The music box is not really noticeable from the outside.  There is a volume control and the volume stays within safe zones for infants.  You can also skip tracks.  The melodies are so soothing.  My daughter likes to hug her bear and listen to the soft sounds.  She cuddles him on the couch and in bed. He has so much detail including the musical notes on his jacket.



     The bear came in a very nice decorated box. These bears would be great gifts for an expecting or new mom.  This is going on my list of ideas for any new mom's in the future.  I love that it can last for years with baby.  My daughter is 2 and she loves it.

Coupon code: P3PFWFFG


Win it:  One (1) Arizona Mama reader will win their choice of either Amadeus Mozart or Ludwig Van Beethoven Virtuoso Bear.

Enter in the Giveaway  Tools form below! This giveaway will be open until 6/2 at 11:59PM (MST).  Open to US Only (48 contiguous states) .



Thank you to Virtuoso Bears for the Review & Giveaway!!

I was provided the above mentioned products in order to provide a review. I was not compensated in any way. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced. disclosure

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Disney On Ice: Frozen April 12-15 Discount Tickets Available

   
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    Come be a part of the Disney magic.  Enjoy seeing Mickey and Minnie as they Host the fearless adventure of Anna in search of her sister Queen Elsa.  There will even be appearances from the Toys from Toy Story, Dory, the Lion King, and inspiring Disney Princesses. 

WHEN: Thursday, April 12 – Sunday, April 15, 2018
o Thursday, April 12 7:00 PM
o Friday, April 13 7:00 PM
o Saturday, April 14 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 6:30 PM
o Sunday, April 15 12:00 PM & 4:00 PM

WHERE: Talking Stick Resort Arena – 201 E Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ 85004
TICKETS: Ticket prices start at just $20 each!

Kids (age 2-12) tickets available for only $15 each (discount offer valid for all shows except Opening
Night Thurs 7pm; limit 2 kids tickets per full price Adult ticket purchased; not valid for premium level seating)

Discount Opening Night Ticket Offer: 50% off on select seating (not valid for premium level
seating)

Receive 20% off tickets with code: blog20
Limited to non-VIP tickets on any show other than opening night and is accomodated to a max of 8 tickets.

Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-
3000 or visit the venue Box Office.
*prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply


Thank you Feld Entertainment!!

I am excited for my family to attend this event. tickets are given in exchange for  this post. 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Frozen Coming to Phoenix Disney On Ice


It is getting hot already in Phoenix.  Cool off with Anna and Elsa.  Disney On Ice Frozen coming this month.

WHEN: Thursday, April 12 – Sunday, April 15, 2018
o Thursday, April 12 7:00 PM
o Friday, April 13 7:00 PM
o Saturday, April 14 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 6:30 PM
o Sunday, April 15 12:00 PM & 4:00 PM

WHERE: Talking Stick Resort Arena – 201 E Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ 85004
TICKETS: Ticket prices start at just $20 each!

Kids (age 2-12) tickets available for only $15 each (discount offer valid for all shows except Opening
Night Thurs 7pm; limit 2 kids tickets per full price Adult ticket purchased; not valid for premium level seating)

Discount Opening Night Ticket Offer: 50% off on select seating (not valid for premium level
seating)

Receive 20% off tickets with code: blog20
Limited to non-VIP tickets on any show other than opening night and is accomodated to a max of 8 tickets.


Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-
3000 or visit the venue Box Office.
*prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply


Thank you Feld Entertainment!!

I am excited for my family to attend this event. tickets are given in exchange for  this post. 

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Last Minute Non-Candy Easter Basket Gifts




     It seems like Easter has come really quick this year.  I can't believe it is already this weekend.  If you are like me you are scrambling for Easter Basket gifts. I try to add mostly non-candy items when possible.  Here are a few that I am excited to add to my kids baskets this year.  


     Chameleon Kidz has a new travel set. The smaller size is great for an Easter Basket.  The Blendy Pens Kit contains a variety of pen colors that can be blended smoothly to make 276 possible color blending combinations. When 2 Blendy pens are in the fusion chamber and you twist then stunning custom color blends and some really incredible art. The kit contains reusable stencils, magic reveal posters, and an art portfolio kids can color and personalize for hours of color blending and airbrushing fun.  Blendy Pens are non-toxic. 

  


     Whiffer Sniffers smell delicious and are fun to collect.  They are backpack clips with personality. Every year they introduce two new series. This year the Series 6 part 1 and part 2 are both already available. They even have a new Easter character this year. There are even fun mystery packs and rare golden mystery packs. I received all the series 6 characters. My kids are so excited.  The only toys allowed at their school are backpack clips. So they are excited to pick which to put on their bag for next week.  They keep sniffing them all trying to decide which is best.  Problem is they all smell so good.  

 



     Smart Toys and games have compacts and pockets games that are perfectly sized for Easter Baskets. iQ XOXO is a compact game board with a transparent lid. There are 10 colorful game pieces with X's & O's on them. There is also a game booklet with 120 challenges and solutions. JumpIN is a cute rabbit themed games.  Players move their rabbit around the board, jumping to safety.  There are 60 challenges easy to expert.  These games would be great for travel or out at a restaurant to stay busy while waiting.  Check out all the other great compacts and pocket games from Smart Toys.  


     As you are doing your last minute Easter shopping these are some great products to fill your baskets with. 


I was provided the above mentioned products in order to provide a review. I was not compensated in any way. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced. disclosure