Tag: Kids Toys

Bring The Inner Star Out With The KidiZoom Creator Cam

“KidiZoom Creator Cam brought out the inner star in our little one as she embraced her own series called, Nikki Talk. It offered all the tools she needed to be creative and create her own videos in a safe environment. This product is on our hot and recommended list.” – Momma Braga

KidiZoom® Creator Cam

Be a kid creator with the KidiZoom® Creator Cam digital camera! Create awesome videos with this high-definition video camera kit. Use the included green screen and 20+ animated backgrounds to get chased by a T-Rex, go to outer space or make yourself disappear! Set up your shot with the tabletop tripod/selfie stick and built-in microphone, then use the easy on-screen editing and creativity tools to create trick shots and time-lapse video.

Intended for ages 5–10 years. Video can only be uploaded via included USB cable at parent’s discretion. Green screen required for some special effects. Camera has a microSD card slot to increase storage up to 32 GB (card not included). Requires 3.7-volt lithium ion battery, included. Recharge battery with included USB cable.

#MelAndNikkiReview

KidiZoom Creator Cam is the must have product of the year! The reasons are endless as we have been loving it since the moment it arrived in our home. Nikki shrieked in excitement and couldn’t wait to give the KidiZoom into action.

Here are Nikki’s highlights of why she loves the KidiZoom Creator Cam and why it will be the hottest product of the year.

Creative Videos

The options and backgrounds available to do the videos provides the landscape of creativity. Nikki loved creating her own videos and mixing them up for her series of “Nikki Talk.” Her favorites are the Award Show (she is always winning many awards), the dinosaur (she loves pretending to be outrunning one), and News Report (she loves keeping everyone informed on the Nikki latest).

As a parent I love this feature as it offers so much and to see my child create and grow is amazing. Each video Nikki creates is better than the next as she gets more creative with each one. Nikki has been comfortable sharing her videos online which is perfectly fine as we get to enjoy them together as a family. It provides us with great entertainment and created by our little one.

High Quality Photos

We love capturing photos and Nikki is not shy to smile for the camera. Now she has her very own with a selfie stick included to take all her special moments on her own time. Nikki loves selecting the different borders available for her photos. We must mention that she also enjoys taking unexpecting photos of us and then we laugh when we look back at them. It has given us the opportunity to create some fun memories together.

Games

There are three built-in games that you can play which are Cake Master, River Cat and Bee Mission. Nikki’s favorite is Bee Mission and if she isn’t creating videos or snapping photos; then she will be playing Bee Mission and collecting as much honey as possible. How sweet! 😉

Easy to Operate

At first you may wonder how your child or you will navigate all the amazing features that the KidiZoom Creator Cam offers. However, no need to fear as they are easy to grasp and before you know it, your child will have everything memorized. Nikki now shows us every single feature and how to make everything work. It amazes me how quickly kids can pick everything up. All you need is set up the basics and watch them shine like the star that they are.

For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give this product 10 million stars out of 5! “This is the best camera ever! It is so much fun and I love looking back to see what I created by myself. I get so proud that I can do something all on my own and be my own star.” – Nikki. Age 6.

If you would like to purchase this amazing camera for a star in your family, click here. You will need to do it quick as this item will be a hot one this holiday season.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*Please note that this product was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own and we do not make commission off of product sales.

Breaking Stereotypes…One Action Doll At A Time

When I first came across Boy Story on Twitter earlier this year, I got super excited to see a new company emerging with an innovative idea that breaks the typical gender stereotypes. Once I read a little more about them in The Baby Spot, I fell in love!

Photo Credit: Ann Fuentes
Photo Credit: Ann Fuentes

I got a chance to interview the amazing creators of Boy Story, Kristen and Katie to learn more about them and share what they do with my amazing readers.

  1. Tell me a little about yourselves.

“We’re sisters! Kristen is a former international lawyer and a mom of two boys. Katie is a designer and has worked in design and hospitality for years. We were raised in Michigan and Florida, we’re both now living in Tampa to work on Boy Story full time. Our family and our past definitely influences what we are doing now.”

  1. What does your company do?

“Boy Story introduces cool boy Action Dolls to the toy market. Our dolls are 18” plus and vinyl dolls with ball joints for extra pose ability. We specifically want to make kids feel comfortable including boys in pretend play using dolls. That’s our basic goal really. It’s simple, but not so easy to achieve!”

Photo Credit: Ann Fuentes
Photo Credit: Ann Fuentes
  1. When did you start your business and how did you come up with the idea?

“The idea started while Kristen was pregnant with her second son in the summer of 2014. She wanted to buy a boy doll for her older son to help him get used to the idea of being a big brother and to have a companion to play with at times when mommy was busy taking care of the baby. But when she went to buy a boy doll, she was shocked at the market. Most dolls were either girls or baby dolls. There were no cool boy dolls out there. That was the beginning of the idea.

But Kristen was working full time as a lawyer overseas, and there was no way she could start a business. That’s where Katie came in. Katie was so excited at the idea that she decided to risk it all by quitting her own job and working to get things started. With tons of strong will and determination, even without any prior business management experience, Katie relied on the guidance of Kristen and started up the company. Kristen joined full time this past spring.”

Photo Credit: Ann Fuentes
Photo Credit: Ann Fuentes
  1. How did you come up with the business name?

“We went in circles over the business name, but kept coming back to Boy Story. We wanted something that really reached out to boys and help counterbalance the market. Our doll line is exclusively boy dolls (right now). And we wanted that to be captured directly in our company name. So we embraced the goal and went with the name “Boy Story.” The dolls are accompanied by adventure stories, so that’s where the “story” part comes in.

Photo Credit: Ann Fuentes
Photo Credit: Ann Fuentes

The hardest part about our business name is that it could be perceived as excluding girls, and we actually know from marketing testing that girls love our dolls. But what we’ve found is that all kids are excited to see boy dolls joining in the fun, and they are completely cool with the name. Who knows, maybe we’ll expand in the future and go through a company name change. But for now, we are Boy Story – working to break down gender barriers so our kids can share the sandbox!”

  1. What do you hope your business accomplishes?

“Our big picture vision is to eliminate the stereotype that “dolls are for girls.” We want to give kids choice in play. When our generation’s kids walk into a toy store, we want them to run down the aisles looking for fun and adventure – without a care in the world as to whether the toy is “for a girl” or “for a boy.” If we look back 10 or 15 years from now and our kids laugh at the notion of gendered toys, we will have made a huge achievement.

One of the way we are striving to eliminate stereotypes is through positive messaging. Boy Story isn’t just about our dolls, it’s about kids of all shapes and sizes. So we’ve started an Equality Campaign showing kids just being kids – having fun without the pressures of stereotypes. It’s been really fun to put together. You can follow and support our Equality Campaign through social media and share, share, share away!”

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  1. Where would you like to see your business in five years?

“We’d love to see our business stable, yet growing, with a reputation for having introduced a cool toy to the market and for our high quality design and product. We’d love to see our dolls in specialty toy markets all over the world. And we’d love to see product line expanded to make it more personalized and interactive. We also really want to lead the way in corporate growth and behavior by modeling good employment practices and having a core team of dedicated and happy employees. These are pretty lofty goals, but we can dream!”

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Photo Credit: Ann Fuentes
  1. Since your launch, what has been your favourite moment or success so far?

“One of the most amazing moments was when we actually received the completed prototypes of our dolls. It was one of those “dream come true” moments where an idea turned into something real.

And the absolute best is when we see kids light up when they test out our Action Dolls. Kids are just amazing in their honesty and pure love for play. As soon as they get their hands on the dolls, adventures begin. And that makes our hearts so, so big.”

Photo Credit: Ann Fuentes
Photo Credit: Ann Fuentes
  1. If someone is interested in purchasing one of your dolls, how can they get started?

“Our dolls are currently under production and should be arriving early this fall. We have a limited initial quantity, so we are accepting pre-orders on our website (http://www.boystory.com/). Some of them are already slated to be shipped to our awesome Kickstarter supporters, so the supply is pretty limited but we will try to keep up with demand. Also, some specialty retailers have placed orders and will carry the dolls in store. If you’d like the latest and greatest info on our production process, you can sign up for our newsletter. We try to keep in touch about once a month or so.”

Photo Credit: Ann Fuentes
Photo Credit: Ann Fuentes
  1. Anything else you would like to add for our readers?

“We are immensely grateful to be featured by Momma Braga! The support we’ve received in general as we’ve started up Boy Story from Melanie has been truly humbling. We’re all in this walk of life together, and our “village” today is built from passionate and hardworking people like her.

We also love feedback, so if you have any comments, questions, or even complaints about Boy Story and our products, please reach out directly to us. If you love what we’re doing, please support us on social media! We’re on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.”

Photo Credit: Ann Fuentes
Photo Credit: Ann Fuentes

Well, if words could blush you would be able to see that I am truly flattered with the kind words from Boy Story on Momma Braga – thank you! It truly is very easy to support an amazing company who is changing the way kids play and making it more inclusive for everyone. A toy shouldn’t be determined by gender as all should be able to play together.

Momma Braga gives this company 5 stars out of 5 for being innovative, inclusive, and for breaking gender barriers. Boy Story is following their dreams to make kids dreams come true!

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

–       Momma Braga
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