Our Top 5 Picks for Easter Basket Toys

The weather hasn’t necessarily caught on, but my allergies have – Spring is here!  It’s off to a slightly slow start, and it feels a little longer since Easter falls late in the season this year, but we’re rapidly approaching one of my favorite times of the year.

When I was growing up, my family always made a big deal about creating Easter baskets for me (I usually got about three of them), so I have really fond memories of digging through plastic eggs and pastel basket grass. There were always chocolate bunnies and jellybeans to be found, but my favorite things were the cute little gifts from my family. They were never anything big or expensive, but something about having little mementos from people who cared about me made me happier than candy any day of the week.

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This year as I’m putting together my own kids’ Easter baskets, I’m making sure I include a few little gifts they can use for a while, as well yummy treats. In case you’re working on baskets for your kids, I thought I would share a few ideas with you!

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Wipenotes

Wipenotes by Beyouneeq are really cute little notebooks that can be reused as many times as you want. How? The pages are mini whiteboards! I love this idea, because I can’t count the number of notebooks I filled up with meaningless little doodles and words. Sometimes you want to keep things like that, but other times you wish you could undo that 5th page of doodle hearts idly sketched out while you watched TV. Or at least that was my experience. Wipenotes let you do just that, as each page can be erased and reused infinitely. They’re pretty, too: each notebook has a cover decorated by award-winning original artwork, and there’s sure to be one that suits everyone.

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D-Lectables

Imperial Toy and Disney have teamed up to create D-Lectables, and they are so adorable. D-Lectables are your favorite Disney characters reimagined as mix and match sweet treats. They’re interchangeable, which means they come with various components and elements that let you truly customize your designs. For example, there’s a little set of mouse ears that can be used as ice cream or cupcake toppers – your choice! D-Lectables come in mini surprise blind bags (like many of your kids’ favorite collectables), and you can collect characters like Mickey Mouse, Tinker Bell, Winnie the Pooh, Cinderella, and more. There are over 30 styles to collect, so they will definitely keep kids busy for a while.

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Hydro Storm 6-Pack

The Hydro Storm is a fun, outdoor toy, and it’s sure to be a hit as the weather warms up and the kids are outside more often.  These compact water blasters are incredibly affordable (did I mention this is a 6-pack for just $9.97?), and they are everything kids need for an epic water battle with their friends. The blasters are easy to fill and project water up to 25 feet, so you can expect your back yard to turn into the neighborhood kids’ favorite place to play.

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Hurricane Reusable Water Balls

While the kids are playing with their water blasters, they can also enjoy these fun reusable water balls. Forget water balloons; these Hurricane Water Balls are self-sealing, so there are no pesky knots to be tied. That’s a huge time saver during any water balloon battle. (And how many times did you drop water all over your feet trying to tie a water balloon with little kid fingers?). These balls can be reused for up to 1,000 splashes, so they’re in it for the long haul.

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Watchitude

I don’t know how old you were in the late 80s and early 90s, but if you’re around my age, you were probably a huge fan of slap bracelets. My friends and I used to collect those things like they were currency, and I can remember how much fun we had with them. Watchitude takes it up a notch by turning the classic slap bracelet into a fun, water –resistant watch. Each watch withstands rain, sweat, and splashing (perfect to wear during those back yard water fights), and they’re available in a ton of fun prints and designs. My favorite one is covered in a pizza print. Obviously.

There are so many ways to make an Easter basket special, but these fun little toys and trinkets are perfect. If you’re putting together baskets for your kids, what are you including? We’d love to know!


Enter to Win an Easter Beagle Prize Pack! #Snoopy #EasterBeagle

Technically, it’s spring right now–even if mother nature can’t seem to make up her mind on the subject.  Whatever the weather, Easter will be here soon, and what better excuse to have a little Peanuts-style celebratory giveaway?  We’re giving you a chance to win a fun, spring-inspired prize pack featuring Snoopy and his friends.  Oh, you are just going to love this one!

Easter Beagle Porch Greeter

 

Easter Beagle Porch Greeter

You might remember this from last year.  He’s guaranteed to give a warm welcome to any visitor…unless your son steals him and insists on keeping him next to his bed all year long.  Mine might have done that.

Motivational Peanuts Tin Sign

 

Peanuts Tin Sign: Wag More; Bark Less.

Springtime brings on feelings of hope, joy, and love, and you’ll be reminded of all those things when you pass by this special Peanuts tin sign!  Mine says “Wag More; Bark Less”.  There isn’t any truer statement, if you ask me.

It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown Coloring Kit

 

Easter Beagle Coloring Kit

This is a fun spring break activity that every kid can enjoy.  I’m a fan of anything that inspires creativity in my kids, and if it incorporates Charlie Brown, that’s a pretty nice bonus.

Charlie Brown or Lucy Funko Pop!

 

Peanuts Funko Pop!

An adorable, collectible vinyl figure that is the perfect addition to any Easter basket!  I love the idea of having one of these on my desk.  It’s like going to work with an old friend every day.

Win!

The Easter Beagle is ready to hop his way into your heart!  Just enter to win via the Giveaway Tools form below.  Open to US residents who are 18 and older.  Ends 4/11/17 at 11:00 AM ET.  Good luck!

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It’s a Pillow, It’s a Pet, and Now It’s Got a Scent! + Giveaway

Remember Pillow Pets?  They’re those super cute stuffed animals that double as a pillow.  They were a big deal when my daughter was first born, and eight years later, she still keeps her Magical Unicorn on her bed.  It’s easy to see why they’re so popular with the kids:  they’re soft, squishy, and always ready to comfort you whether you need a hug or a nap.

Pillow Pets Logo

Over the years, My Pillow Pets has expanded to include all kinds of fun items, from body pillows to Dream Lites.  (My son can’t go to sleep without his penguin night light!)  While attending Toy Fair last month, I stumbled across a My Pillow Pets product that was new to me:  Sweet Scented Pets.  Maybe you’ve already heard of them, but I was pretty excited about my discovery.

Like regular Pillow Pets, Sweet Scented Pets stuffed animals can be instantly transformed into a pillow with the simple release of a velcro strap.  They make great playtime pals and travel companions, and they’re so soft and cuddly, you’re little one won’t want to let go.  There’s one feature that makes these different though, and I bet you can guess what it is.

Blueberry Muffin Bear

They smell amazing!  Each Sweet Scented Pet has what I’ve been calling a flavor patch, which is a small addition that adds big fun in the form of a subtle but very yummy fragrance.  Their currently available scents include Icepop Penguin, Blueberry Muffin Bear, Cookie Pup, Cotton Candy Unicorn, and more.  Who wouldn’t love a cuddly plush that smells like chocolate chip cookies?

Wondering which of the new scents we decided to try out?  I won’t keep you in suspense any longer.  It was a tough decision, but we went with Popcorn Panda and Milkshake Cow.

Popcorn Panda and Milkshake CowOkay, these guys are a problem for me.  They smell so good…I can’t stop sniffing…and then I get hungry.  Buttery popcorn?  Yum.  Strawberry milkshakes?  Yum.  We’ve got sweet and savory covered with these, and I’m kind of in heaven. But oh yeah–these aren’t for me, are they?  As you can imagine, the kids are in love with their Sweet Scented Pets too.  They’ve been carrying their pets all around the house with them, and they insist on taking them with us whenever we go for a car ride.  They never get tired of squeezing and smelling their new stuffed animals.

Sweet Scented Pillow Pets

My daughter Renee would like to tell you all about Milkshake Cow herself.  (Pay attention and you’ll notice a cameo from her little brother too.)

She gives her smile of approval!

Some good-to-know info about the fragrances used on Sweet Scented Pets:

  • Scents are made in the US
  • Scents are made from earth friendly materials using sustainably harvested trees/cotton
  • Scents are BPA-free and phalate-free
  • Scents are certified by the International Fragrance Association
  • Scents are compliant with USA & EU toy regulations

Sweet Scented Pets are every bit as huggable as you’d expect them to be, and they add a little something extra delicious to play time and cuddle time.  Head over to SweetScentedPets.com to grab one for yourself.  Shipping is free from now until Easter, so it’s the perfect time to buy.

Connect with Pillow Pets!

Official Pillow Pets on Facebook | Sweet Scented Pillow Pets on Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

My Pillow Pets is generously offering Game On Mom readers a chance to win a Popcorn Panda and Milkshake Cow!  Giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 and over.  Ends 4/16/17 at 11:59 PM ET.  Good luck!

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Rogue One is Available on Digital HD, and We Celebrated with a Twitter Battle! #TeamEmpire

Sunday night was a fun time over at the Comeau household.  If you were following us on Twitter, you already know why–it was the evening of our Rogue One Digital viewing event! Disney Home Entertainment sent us a package full of goodies to help us get our party started.

Rogue One Digital Viewing Party

Using our new Roku streaming stick, we were able to add Rogue One to our Disney Movies Anywhere collection and watch it on Digital HD along with other fans.  To add to the excitement, we participated in a Twitter party where the Rebel Alliance battled against the Galactic Empire.  We were on #TeamEmpire!

Enlist Now! #TeamEmpire

As you can imagine, there was plenty of banter, and the discussion covered everything from quotes to cupcakes.  Enthusiasm for their causes abounded on both sides, but if there was one thing #TeamEmpire and #TeamRebel agreed on, it was that K-2SO is pretty awesome:

 

They did such a good job with him–don’t you think?

Movies are always more fun when you can experience them with other fans, and our Twitter battle was the perfect way for everyone to connect while we watched Rogue One together.  It was every bit as fun to see it on Digital HD as it was in the theaters, and it’s so convenient to be able to watch it on any of my devices where and when ever I like.  Plus we still had access to some great bonus features:

  • A Rogue Idea – Hear how ILM’s John Knoll came up with the movie’s concept – and why it’s the right film to launch the Star Wars stand-alone films.
  • Jyn: The Rebel – Get to know Rogue One’s defiant, resourceful survivor, and hear what it was like for Felicity Jones to bring her to life onscreen.
  • Cassian: The Spy – Diego Luna shares insights into his complex, driven character, who becomes a hero through selflessness, perseverance, and passion.
  • K-2SO: The Droid – Explore the development of this reprogrammed Imperial droid, from initial pitch and character design through Alan Tudyk’s performance.
  • Baze & Chirrut: Guardians of the Whills – Go deeper into the relationship between these two very different characters, with Chinese superstars Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen.
  • Bodhi & Saw: The Pilot & The Revolutionary – Forest Whitaker and Riz Ahmed reflect on Saw Gerrera, the broken Rebel leader, and Bodhi Rook, the Imperial pilot who defects.
  • The Empire – Meet a dangerous new Imperial adversary…and cross paths once more with the most iconic villain of all time.
  • Visions of Hope: The Look of “Rogue One” – The filmmakers describe the challenges and thrills of developing a bold new look for the movie that can fit within the world of the original trilogy.
  • The Princess & The Governor – See what it took to bring the vibrant young princess of “Star Wars: A New Hope” – as well as one of her most memorable foes­ – back to the screen.
  • Epilogue: The Story Continues – Filmmakers and cast celebrate Rogue One’s premiere and look forward into the future, to the Star Wars stories yet to be told.
  • Rogue Connections – Uncover Easter eggs and film facts hidden throughout the movie that connect “Rogue One” to the Star Wars

Good bonus features bring so much more value to owning a movie, and these did not disappoint.  If I had to pick a favorite, I’d go with “The Empire”…mostly because it features you-know-who, and to me, he is Star Wars.  Maybe Darth Vader shouldn’t give me warm fuzzy feelings, but

Oh, and you might be wondering who won the Twitter battle.  #TeamRebel triumphed this time, but you can’t say #TeamEmpire didn’t put up a good fight!

Rogue One: Team Empire

On the off chance you don’t know about the movie already, a little info on Rogue One:

From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, with Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker.  “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opened in US theaters on December 16, 2016.

Rogue One

I have been a Star Wars fan since I was a very little girl, and I’m always nervous when they come out with new movies, but Rogue One exceeded my expectations.  It answers some important questions from the original Star Wars movie, but it’s amazing all on its own.  If you haven’t seen it yet, don’t wait.  If you have seen it already, watch it again.  It only gets better!

Rogue One is available right now on Digital HD and will be coming out on Blu-ray April 4th.


Sunny Spring Days Giveaway

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We are celebrating Spring with this fun Sunny Spring Days giveaway for families! Coordinated by Mommy Scene and sponsored by the participating brands, this fun giveaway has something for everyone! One lucky winner will receive all of these awesome prizes when the giveaway ends 4/14/17.  [Read more…]