Tag: Toy Review

Speak & Learn Puppy Is A Child’s Best Friend

“Speak & Learn Puppy is absolutely pawdorable! It will make a perfect best friend for your child as they play and learn alongside LeapFrog’s new addition, Bailey.” – Momma Braga

Speak & Learn Puppy™

Talk and play with the plush puppy that talks back and teaches about numbers, letters and emotions with cute, flapping ears.

Unleash your puppy love for the plush Speak & Learn Puppy! Watch your little friend come to life with flapping ears, a head that moves, and real-time responses. As toddlers learn to talk, this interactive dog repeats what they say and asks questions to keep the conversation going. Bailey says what your child says in a fun and interactive way in Babble mode. In Talk mode, the puppy has conversations with children and creates stories from their responses. Explore animal facts, animal sounds, food, feelings, letters and numbers through four paw buttons and a light-up collar. Multiple songs and encourage learning, and three learning levels allow the toy to grow with your children as their language skills develop. Talk and learn with Bailey!

Feature Highlights

There are so many amazing features of the Speak & Learn Puppy that your little one will just adore. Here are some of the highlights.

Make Sounds in Babble Mode

Bailey repeats the sounds and words your child says in a fun, interactive way. Press the Babble Button to activate this feature to talk back and forth with the toy. Explore all the ways Bailey talks and responds by repeatedly pushing the Babble Button and playing along.

Speak with Talk Mode

The puppy talks back and forth with your child and turns their replies into stories. Press the Talk Button to activate this feature to answer questions and create fun stories. By using the Learning Level Selector will change the interactions which is amazing for your growing and learning child.

Reinforce Learning with Music Mode

Listen to songs and music that teach about letters, numbers and emotions.

Watch the Puppy Respond

Bailey flaps her ears and moves her head in response to your child’s speaking and repeats back what she hears.

Learn Across Three Levels

Grow-with-me Bailey repeats sounds and words, asks questions and creates stories with your child. Slide the Learning Level Selector to level 1,2, or 3 to select the learning level to use with the Talk Button. Bailey interacts with your child by repeating what is said, asking questions and using your child’s responses to build a short story.

#MelAndNikkiReview

Speak & Learn Puppy is the perfect toy for your little one. They say a dog is a man’s best friend and I will say that Bailey is a child’s best friend. We absolutely love Leap Frog’s Speak & Learn Puppy as it offers everything and more for learning and fun. It encourages conversation by repeating what your child says in an amusing and playful voice. It develops skills in ABCs; Feelings and Emotions; First Words and Phrases; Language Development; and Numbers.

We put Bailey to the ultimate test as Nikki introduced Bailey to her cousin who is two years old and it was extremely well received. Adriana saw the puppy and her eyes immediately glowed with pure happiness and she was in awe seeing Bailey interact with her. Nikki showed all the amazing features to her younger cousin to which had Adriana excited to play.

The feature that had Adriana the best was the Babble feature as she loved having Bailey copy all her words. Nikki’s favourite feature is the music mode as she loved singing along. My favourite feature is the love that brought into the lives of the little ones. Seeing both children interact and engage with Bailey was amazing and truly warmed my heart. It is a win-win for every parent with all the learning one would want for their child.

Nikki posing with her new best friend, Bailey the Speak & Learn Puppy

For this #MelAndNikkiReview we give the Speak & Learn Puppy 10 barks out of 5! This pawdorable toy will make the perfect gift for a child ages one to three. Bailey has truly pulled at our heartstrings and we know she will be very loved by all.

If you would like to purchase Speak & Learn Puppy, click here.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*Please note that this product was provided in exchange of an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

Rattlesnake Jake | Game Review

“Bring the wild west to family game night! Have fun Collecting gold nuggets but watch out for Rattlesnake Jake who wants all the nuggets to himself. You can’t help but jump and giggle all the way through the game. I know I sure did!” – Momma Braga

Rattlesnake Jake

Rattlesnake Jake has stolen your gold! Watch out for his rattle, and carefully sneak the gold back. One wrong move…and he strikes! His ominous rattle builds the suspense for the ultimate jump! If Rattlesnake Jake strikes on your turn, you must return half of your nuggets to him. The player with the most gold when the last nugget has been taken wins the game.

Requires 3 AAA batteries, not included. It is great for two players or more, ages four and up.

Contents included: 1 Rattlesnake Jake, 1 Cowboy Hat, 1 Double-Sided Fate Coin, 16 Gold Nuggets and complete instructions.

How to Play

Once you have assembled the game and inserted the batteries required, then you are ready to play!

  • The youngest player goes first. Play proceeds in a clockwise direction.
  • It’s time to be brave! The player must look Rattlesnake Jake right in the eyes as they steal a gold nugget and place it in front of them.
  • On each turn, the player will be allowed to take their first gold nugget for free.
  • If they want to try their luck, they may choose to flip the Fate Coin for a chance to grab a second gold nugget. But be careful…being too greedy can be dangerous!
  • Nugget Side: The player may attempt to steal a second nugget. If they succeed, they can try their luck for a third and final nugget. Crossed nugget side: No luck! Their turn ends immediately and they must give one nugget back to Rattlesnake Jake.
  • But you never know when Rattlesnake Jake will strike! If he jumps forward, that player returns half of their nuggets to Rattlesnake Jake’s pile and their turn is now over.
  • Push in the head to restart Rattlesnake Jake before the next player’s turn.
  • The game ends when a player successfully steals the last gold nugget from Rattlesnake Jake. Tally up your nuggets – the player with the most wins the game!

#MelAndNikkiReview

Rattlesnake Jake brought the wild wild west to family game night! It was very easy to assemble which we loved and in no time it was ready for action.

The anticipation had us all on the edge of our seats wondering when Jake will strike. This game was a lot of fun and provided hours of fun and giggles along the way. We played the game a few times on family game night and of course the winner happened to always be Nikki. I guess Jake knew that I was an easy target. 😉

For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give Rattlesnake Jake 5 gold nuggets out of 5! Great fun awaits for you, if you dare. 😉 This is a game that shouldn’t be missed!

If you would like to purchase this game for your next family game night, click here.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*Please note that this game was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

Johnny The Skull Pirate’s Cove | Game Review

“Get ready for fun-filled adventure as you take on some pirate ghosts to get the treasure! The whole family will enjoy this game as it brings the arcade feel into your home.” – Momma Braga

Johnny the Skulk Pirate’s Cove

Help Johnny the Skull blast the pirate ghosts floating all around to get the treasure! This electronic game projects ghosts images all around that you must blast away to get to the treasure. Aim and blast for exciting arcade-like action!

Includes four different levels of difficulty for added challenge. Requires 6 AAA batteries, not included. It is great for one or more players, ages four and up.

Contents included: 1 Pirate Ship, 1 Johnny the Skull Skeleton, 1 Pirate Blaster, and complete instructions.

How to Play

Once you have assembled the game and inserted the batteries required, then you are ready to play!

  • First you need to select your difficulty level as there are four to pick from. Once you select your level, a pirate tune will play, indicating that you are ready for battle!
  • Once the tune has ended, ghosts will begin appearing all around you. Start blasting!
  • When a ghost is projected on the wall, point your Pirate Blaster at the ghost and press the button to destroy the ghost. Multiple ghosts will be projected at the same time – try to hit as many as you can!
  • When a ghost is hit, it will grunt and snarl! If a ghost is missed, it will laugh at you!
  • When you hear several coins jingling, this means you have successfully banished the ghosts and discovered the treasure. Don’t stop now! Continue destroying the ghosts until the pirate tune plays again, signaling the end of the game.
  • If you don’t hear coins jingling but the pirate tune plays, the pirate ghosts have succeeded in protecting the treasure and the game has ended.

#MelAndNikkiReview

Johnny the Skull Pirate’s Cove was literally a blast!!! We had so much fun playing in our living room and we do recommend a dark room to make it easier to see the ghosts. It also gives you that ghostly ambience for the game. 😉

Playing the game reminded me of the amusement park arcade style games and rides that you can go on. That is what made me love this game so much more. It brought all that fun and more to my own living room.

I don’t think there was a single time where Nikki stopped laughing and giggling while trying to blast every ghost she saw. I had a blast laughing too especially hearing the ghosts laugh when we missed! This game will everyone on their feet and even though only one player can blast, you can’t help but scream out when you see another ghost.

For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give Johnny the Skull Pirate’s Cove 10 skeletons out of 5! Great ghostly pirate adventure awaits for you, if you dare. 😉 All Hand Hoy! This is a game that shouldn’t be missed!

If you would like to purchase this game for your next family game night, click here.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*Please note that this game was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

Go! Go! Cory Carson Vrooming Into Our Hearts

“Play along with Cory Carson and friends during playtime with these amazing new toys! Your child will enjoy hours of fun!” – Momma Braga

Go! Go! Cory Carson Synopsis

Join kid car Cory Carson and his friends on epic adventures! Watch as Cory navigates the ups and downs of childhood in the winding roads of Bumperton Hills as he goes to school, makes new friends and explores with his family.

Inspired by the hit toy line Go! Go! Smart Wheels®.

This series is available on Netflix and you will be hooked as soon as you start the season! We sure did and we can not wait to Season 3! 🙂

“Beep, beep — go, go! Buckle up for fun and adventure with adorable kid car Cory Carson as he explores the winding roads of Bumperton Hills.”

Go! Go! Cory Carson® Characters & Playsets

Have some extra fun during playtime by pretending to explore Bumperton Hills with Cory and his friends! You can now collect Go! Go! Cory Carson playsets and vehicles inspired by the show’s characters.

These amazing toys are all available only at Walmart and we got to try them all out!

#MelAndNikkiReview

Go! Go! Cory Carson® Freddie’s Firehouse™

Go on a rescue mission with Freddie Firetruck and Chrissy Carson at the Go! Go! Cory Carson® Freddie’s Firehouse™ just like in the original series, Go! Go! Cory Carson® ! Freddie’s mom Carolyn Firetruck encourages exploration of all the exciting activities the firehouse has to offer with mini characters Freddie and Chrissy. Help Freddie and Chrissy rescue Phil just like in the show. Slide down the spiral ramp to safety while building motor skills, then activate the PlayZone™ location at the bottom to hear each character say unique phrases. Place any SmartPoint® character (sold separately) on the SmartPoint® location at the firehouse door to hear them talk, play msusic and see them light up. Help save the day!

#NikkiRating

We put the Firehouse to the test to see what Nikki thought of it and it didn’t disappoint. This was the very first one that Nikki played with and she recalled the episode when Cory got a tour of the firehouse. Of course Nikki played out the episode using her new toy set and she added a little extra to the scenes. 😉

We just loved Freddie’s Firehouse as it provided hours of stimulated learning and fun. Who wouldn’t want to go sliding down at the firehouse?! I knew I sure would love to!

“I give it 10 million stars out of 5! The Firehouse is one of my favorite places in the show!” – Nikki, Age 5

Go! Go! Cory Carson® DJ Train Trax & the Roll Train™

Get ready to dance with Cory, Chrissy and DJ Train Trax & the Roll Train™ just like in the original series, Go! Go! Cory Carson®! Keep on moving with Roll Train host DJ Train Trax and play mixmaster with mini characters Cory Carson and Chrissy Carson. Help Cory and Chrissy dance on stage or roll DJ Train Trax to light up his rainbow chimney while building motor skills and listening to sounds and phrases from the show. Place Cory and Chrissy on stage and watch them light up and do “The Chrissy”. Activate the PlayZone locations to hear each of them say unique phrases. Press DJ Train Trax’s hat or move him around the trigger phrases, sounds, songs and special lighting effects. Place any SmartPoint® character (sold separately) on the SmartPoint® location in the DJ booth to hear them talk, play music and see them light up. Wicky-wicky, woo-woo!

#NikkiRating

Nikki loved this one too and remembered the exact episode where DJ Train Trax was introduced. It is so great to see the pure joy a child has to play with their favorite characters from their favorite TV series! This set was a huge hit (literally) as Nikki played and danced along to the beats! 😉

“DJ Train Trax is SO awesome! I give this toy 10 million stars out of 5 and I am so happy I can play with it.” – Nikki, Age 5

Additional Go! Go! Cory Carson Characters

For more added fun, you can purchase Cory Carson and all of his friends (each sold separately)! You can hear each character talk and play sing-along songs. All you have to do is press the action button on the character’s side for movement and additional sounds.

#NikkiRating

The options are limitless when you have Cory and all his friends! Nikki was extremely excited to play with them all and create her own stories. Many times I would find her playing with the toys and watching the series together. I could even hear her repeat what the characters were saying on TV – loved that! All the toys are bright, a great size and you feel like they have come to life before your eyes. These toys are perfect for playtime! They provide all the learning and fun that you want for your child.

“I can create my own stories with Cory and his friends. I also love watching Go! Go! Cory Carson with my new toys! I give them 10 million stars out of 5!” – Nikki, Age 5

We are HUGE fans of Cory Carson and it is no surprise that the toys got a very glowing review. There are many times when you can catch the both us playing with them as we watch Cory on Netflix almost every night. If you have not yet watched the show with your little one then we do recommend for you to check it out. While you fall in love, make sure to purchase some of these fun toys for playtime! 😉

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*Please note that these products were provided in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed are our own.

Starshine the Bright Lights Unicorn | Product Review

Magical unicorns, learning and bright colors. All this can be heard when my daughter plays pretend. It truly sounds like a wonderful world that she has created. Nikki loves to play with toys that encompass her favorite things and she got just that from Vtech!

We are delighted to present, Starshine the Bright Lights Unicornon the #MelAndNikkiReview from VTech.


The Starshine the Bright Lights Unicorn is an enchanting unicorn that features three play modes of play, colourful charms and a light-up horn. This fun toy also has English and French options to extend the learning to a second language (love that!).

Play Modes

When we have more than option to play with a toy, it makes it worth it for us parents as it gives children endless possibilities to what they can do. The Starshine the Bright Lights Unicorn has three activity options.

There is the Charms and Colours. The first option with this activity is by placing a charm on any of the three Magic Heart Recognition Points to hear about colours, beginning letters and fun pharses. The second option is to press the Blue Heart Button to hear questions about the charms, then place the charms on one of the Magic Heart Recognition Points to answer the question.

The next activity is Charms and Colours in French. The first option is to place a charm on any of the three Magic Heart Recognition Points to hear colours and phrases in French. The second option is to press the Blue Heart Button or squeeze the Magical Tail to hear fun responses about the unicorn in French.

The last activity is Music Time. Who doesn’t like a little music?! We know we love music in our home. There are two options with this activity. The first option is to place a Charm on any of the three Magic Heart Recognition Points to hear fun sounds. The second option is to press the Blue Heart Button to play melodies, or squeeze the Magical Tail to play songs, then press the Necklace Button or place any of the Seven Charms on a Magic Heart Recognition Point to add sounds to the melodies and songs. *The Parent’s Guide that comes with the toy provides the song lyrics to help you sing-a-long with your child.

Toy Contents

The toy includes the following:

  • One Starshine the Bright Lights Unicorn
  • One Charm storage dish
  • Seven Charms (Blue Butterfly, Green Diamond, Yellow Star, Red Cherries, Rainbow, Purple Heart, and Orange Flower)
  • One parent’s guide
  • Toy requires two AA batteries

#MelAndNikkiReview

To say that we love Starshine the Bright Lights Unicorn might be an understatement! Nikki adores playing with it especially the Charms and Colour mode. I love the education piece to it. We love how it uses shapes and colours to help the child learn. As parents we have the option of adjusting the volume which is always a great bonus. We also love the feature of the automatic shut off. To preserve the battery life, Starshine the Bright Lights Unicorn will automatically power down after several minutes of no input. To me this is magical!

Nikki wanted to do a video to show us how it works and what she thought of it. Check it out in the video below and enjoy! These videos are special as Nikki doesn’t do them often but maybe she will since she has a natural act to do them. 😉

As you heard in the video, Nikki gives Starshine the Bright Lights Unicorn a rating of 5 out of 5! It surely lives up to its enchanting reputation and makes playtime extra fun. To purchase your very own Starshine the Bright Lights Unicorn, click here.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

 

 

 

 

 

 

*This product was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this piece belong to Momma Braga and no other compensation or commission was offered in exchange for this review.

4 Must Have Games For Family Game Night

Family game night is a popular theme in most households and it’s one that we have recently incorporated. Therefore, there was no better time than to try some games and see which ones will make it to our top four must have games.

I must say that this was one fun article to write and our daughter Nikki had a blast as she is getting the hang of the #MelAndNikkiReview now! 😉

Let’s begin shall we?!

Paint-Sation Easel

Painting with ease and without the mess sounds ideal doesn’t it? Well, that is exactly what Paint-Sation Easel by Goliath Games is all about. The easel keeps the paper secure and the side of the easel are designated spots to securely place the paint pods.

You just simply touch your brush along the specially-designed bristles, and you’re ready to paint!

We love how you can turn the pod upside- down and the paint never drips! This comes in handy with an energetic three year old. 😉 The Paint-Sation Easel provides hours of fun, creativity and art pieces for your home.

Contents: 3 Paint Pads, 1 Easel, 2 Paint Brushes and 10 Paper Sheets.
Recommended Age: 3 years and up.
Number of Players: 1 to 4 players.

 

The Original Mr. Bucket

Mr. Bucket is the original moving chasing racing action game and it is made by Pressman Toy. Just place Mr. Bucket on the floor and watch the fun begin!

Mr. Bucket moves around the floor pops out colored balls and you have to scoop them up using your colored shovel. Now the catch is that you need to catch the ball that matches your shovel. So it is bundles of fun with friends to play. Once you catch the ball you need to put it back into Mr. Bucket and the first player to get all three colored balls wins!

This game provides a lot of fun and laughs as the kiddies try to catch their color. We love the energy this game gives and it gets kids moving! Nikki loved being able to know her colors quickly and make sure she always caught the right one. Mr. Buckets makes learning fun too!

Contents: Mr. Bucket (some assembly required), 4 shovels (1 of each color), 12 balls (3 of each color), and complete instructions. Please note that this toy does require 3 AA batteries which are not included.
Recommended Age: 3 years and up.
Number of Players: 2 to 4 players.

Lucky Ducks


A game that has adorable little ducks going around while your little ones build their developmental skills is a matching perfection. Lucky Ducks offers all the benefits of memory and matching games in a format that’s easier for little fingers than cards. It also helps kids with shape and color recognition.

You switch on the circular pond, and the ducks start swimming – the bottom side of each duck has a colored shape. Each player takes turns picking up a duck and looking at the color and shape; if it matches their color and shape they get to keep he duck. If it doesn’t match then the duck goes back into the pond.

This game was really fun and had loads of learning. The best part is to see how excited Nikki would get when she got all the matching ducks. Seeing her so proud really made this game so great for us!

Contents: 1 Pond Shaped Game Unit, 12 Ducks, 1 Sticker Sheet, Complete Instructions and Requires 2 AA batteries (not included).
Recommended Age: 3 years and up.
Number of Players: 2 to 4 players.

Let’s Go Fishin’


The game that I remember and loved as a kid has me reminisce on family game nights with my sister. Now I get to share it with my daughter with Pressman Toy, Let’s Go Fishin’. This classic kids game teaches hand-eye coordination as players use their mini fishing poles to try to catch the most fish. The challenge is that the board game spins, and the fish open and close their mouths.

This game was an ultimate favorite for Nikki as she played for endless hours and each time her skills on catching the fishes were getting better and better. We adored this game and we know it will

Contents: Deluxe Motorized Game Unit, 21 Colorful Fish, 4 Plastic Fishing Rods, Complete Instructions, and Requires 1 C Battery (not included).
Recommended Age: 4 years and up.
Number of Players: 2 to 4 players.

What Did Nikki Think?

We put the real judge to the test to see if it passed the Nikki standards.

Nikki loved all the games and she was excited to play them all everyday of the week! All these four games have passed our #MelAndNikkiReview with 5 High Fives Out of 5.  All the games provided hours of entertainment, learning and fun for the whole family.

We recommend all of these games for your next family game night!

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga