Friday, July 15, 2016

Cute and Cuddly Star Wars Plush Toys

You can never have enough Star Wars for the kids and yourself. I have some birthdays coming up in August and July that I need to prepare for. My nephews and nieces both love plush toys and Star Wars, so why not have these as gifts? As you can imagine, there's a surplus of Star Wars plush toys on Amazon. Come take a look!

This Darth Vader plush toy is better to cuddle than the actual villain. I think his huge head is hilarious, it reminds me of a bobble head. Is he giving us a thumbs up? It's like he's marketing himself!

I don't know a person who doesn't love Chewbacca! My nephews would probably fight over having a Chewbacca plush toy, so I would need to buy at them all one!

This Kylo Ren plush desperately needs a hug. He probably wouldn't be so evil if he just had that one thing!

Of course, we need to have a Storm Trooper plush. Both my nieces and nephews love Storm Troopers! I think it's honestly because they can be so cheeky and hilarious. I can't forget that the kids love the laser guns.

I think that this Yoda plush toy is really cute. I don't think the kids really realize how awesome Yoda is yet (because of the new movie.) Hopefully he'll be in new movies later!

This is the superstar from The Force Awakens, as far as the kids are concerned. This BB-8 plush would be great for snuggles. It's great for boys and girls!

There are so many Star Wars plush characters on Amazon. If you have a bunch of little fans, this is a great way to start their collection. As for me, some of these are going to make awesome gifts. I don't think this Star Wars trend is going to burn out any time soon, so let's embrace it. At least it isn't Frozen!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Hilarious Shark Sleeping Bags and Buntings for Nighttime at Auntie's House

I was pretty much dying laughing when I saw these! So adorable. Sharks and summer just go hand in hand. Shark sleeping bags eating up little babies are just awesome! I'm not a huge camper myself, but I know some of you guys are. If I take my little niece up to the lake again, it would be fun to see how these baby shark sleeping bags work! Or just to bring along to my house and cuddle up, inside a sharks belly... These are hilarious and can be used for all sorts of things. Take a peek.

Watch out for this shark attack! This baby sleeping bag looks super comfortable and warm. Maybe not the best for summer, but it would be so fun to stroll a little one around a water park, wrapping them up in this shark sack! I guess living in the Pacific Northwest would make that possible.

When you take a closer look at this infant baby shark bunting bag, you can see it's a lot bigger than it looks. I want my niece to be able to use this even as a blanket when she gets a little older! There are a few other colors that come with this style of shark bag.

I definitely love the bright red baby winter sleeping bag. It's a great color for both boys and girls, it's a fun way to get them into bed, and it definitely looks warm! I can see parents who hike using this particular shark bag. It can get so cold at night!

This looks like the smallest design out of the bunch of baby shark sacks. It also has so many colors to choose from that make the bag look more like a tropical fish! If I had a sailboat, having a few of these sleeping bags around for of my nieces and nephews would be a must.

These hysterical, comfy, and precious baby shark sleeping bags are great for all year round. You can use it for camping, sailing, strolling, or even just around the house. What a fun way to snuggle up with the little ones too! What do you think? Comment below!

Hobbit Hideyhole Playhouses for Creative Play in Your Backyard

I know a few of my nieces and nephews have mentioned the fact they want to live in Hobbit holes. Ever since I showed them the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies, hobbits became an obsession. I can remember my nephews pretending to be Frodo and Sam hiding from the Nazgul and throwing the ring into a volcano. Getting one of these Hobbit Hideyhole playhouse kits on Etsy would be so exciting! Let's wander into our potential Shire and check out what we could build!

This is the large Hobbit hole made for lots of kids and older kids. If you live on a greenbelt, putting this in your little forest would be like creating your own Middle Earth. You can see how big it is! It would be great to have a little camp out in. Shh, it would be a great escape for me too!

As you can see with this Hobbit Hole playhouse kit it looks great even on a patio. I would love to get together with a few of the kids and read Lord of the Rings to them in this Hobbit Hole. Clearly the pictures show two different color schemes, so I'm not sure if the wood planks come pre-painted or if you do it yourself.

This Etsy store MudPutty has a really cute Hobbit hole kit too. It looks lighter weight than the above ones, but it looks like you can paint it whatever you want. The size is large enough for a few kids, but not a huge party!

Would your kids use these Hobbit Hideyhole playhouse kits? They can pretend they are hobbits in their own little hobbit town or go on the epic adventure of Frodo or Bilbo! These would be so much fun to camp out in too or have a little tea party in. Comment down below!

Harry Potter Coloring Books for Aunties and Kids Alike

I'm not sure if you heard, but the new Harry Potter book "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" will be coming out in July of this year. It's incredibly exciting for all of us! I know my older nieces and nephews are very eager for the next installment. In fact, they briefly mentioned camping outside of Barnes and Noble the day before just so they can get their copy. I have never done that before and maybe it would be fun! Whether or not we do that, I think that these Harry Potter coloring books are a great way to pass the time before the book does come out.

I have heard many great things about this Harry Potter Coloring Book. It takes you through all the great places on the school grounds. It has designs from inside the castle, to the forbidden forest, and much more. If you think you can get through this book in one day, you are totally wrong! This has 96 pages of magical goodness everyone is bound to appreciate as you travel through Harry's crazy adventure once more.

I think that this Harry Potter Magical Artifacts Coloring Book would be a really fun one. After doing a bit of research it sounds like this is perfect for those who love those mischievous Weasley twins. There are a lot of little Weasley made objects in the book. There are also things like wands, Voldemort’s Horcruxes, and brooms.

I know the younger kids would really love to color in these creatures from the Harry Potter Magical Creatures Coloring Book. I think making the creepy mermaids or even the Griffin any color you want. Plus these are really fun to go back and look through. I hope some of the strange creatures from the Forbidden Forest are in there! I have a nephew that really loves the spiders (I don't understand it!)

I know that I personally want this Harry Potter Magical Places & Characters Coloring Book. I would have a hard time sharing I think! I'd like being able to color in Diagon Alley the way I want to. Plus, I know that all of us would enjoy going through and seeing all the characters. Maybe we could even give Draco Malfoy bright blue hair or something!

I'm really excited to get the new book when it comes out. I don't know if I have the endurance to stay up and camp in a parking lot for it! I might just let my twenty year old nieces take out the younger kids. I think these Harry Potter coloring books are fun for all year round. You could even have Harry Potter parties around this summer pre-book release! What do you guys think? Comment below!

Secret Life of Pets Books, Toys and Games to Enjoy With Nieces and Nephews

For those who haven't seen the trailer, check it out - The Secret Life of Pets.

Sometimes I seriously think my animals are having a party without me while I'm out. I can relate to this movie almost too much, so I personally would love to see it. Also for the fact Louis C.K. is one of the main characters. The kids, however, definitely want to see yet another animated film.

This year is a great year for animated films! I think I'm going to have to have another movie get-together and have some Secret Life of Pet activities to pair with it. Check out all the different toys, games, and books on Amazon to choose from.

I tend to get these little collectibles so that the kids can just use their imagination and play with them. These mini pets collectible figures are a great amount for how many kids end up coming over for these movie nights! The bunny is hilarious!

I can't stress how much this Pet in the City - color plus crayons and sticker book needs to be in my house. Last time I did this I only had the Golden Book associated with the film. I made a very defiant nephew quite sad that day, because auntie K always had stickers! I let a little man down that day.

Not to say Golden Books aren't important - my nieces and nephews would enjoy the The Secret Life of Pets Little Golden Book. One of my nephews is always very adamant about how he needs to read his books. I love it, honestly!

I really like the idea of handing out these rubber bracelets after the movie. I know that all the kids like to accessorize. These are also really fun and could give each of them the opportunity to sport their pride in a particular character.

I have a whole bunch of nieces and nephews who are over the age of 8 who would enjoy The Secret Life of Pets: The Junior Novelization! It's a great way to practice reading as well. They tend to want to read more at my house than they do at their mom's (shh!) I guess I pick out better books!

I hate to rekindle the Beanie Baby hype, but they do have very cute Secret Life of Pets Beanie Babies. I think I like their models over the other Secret Life of Pets plush toys I've seen floating around the internet!

Even if you've already seen the movie (jealous!) I know this is going to be a huge favorite for some of the kids. They'll love reliving the story with a book or playing with their favorite characters. Come check out all the toys, games, and books on Amazon! What do you guys think of the movie and all the activities?

Monday, July 11, 2016

The Secret Life of Pets Little Golden Book

I just took a gaggle of my nephews to see The Secret Life of Pets, and we all about died laughing.

I've gotten them some toys, a game and sticker book based on the movie already, but I can't pass up this new Secret Life of Pets Little Golden Book. I'll get it for the six year old, but otherwise it's too babyish for the older boys.

The illustrations inside are adorable. Aw heck, I'm getting a copy for myself too!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Apparently Spaghetti Ice Cream is a Thing Now

If you saw my ice cream post from May you probably know that I desperately want to have an ice cream party.

I've recently bumped into so many intriguing pictures of spaghetti ice cream - usually during my Pinterest wanderings. It's apparently really popular to make this right now! After doing some research I realized that spaghetti ice cream has been around for quite some time, but I never knew about it! It's from Germany and is technically called " spaghetti eis". It's not pasta - it's ice cream extruded into the shape of spaghetti noodles. How fun!

Wouldn't your nieces and nephews think it's fun to have a spaghetti ice cream party? There are a couple ways you can go about making it together. To make your life easier, instead of poking holes through plastic bags (one of the recommended methods), you can actually get this Carina Spaghetti Ice Machine. It comes with several different metal extruders for different ice cream shapes.

You could have a spaghetti dinner then have spaghetti dessert! You can get creative and make all kinds of "pasta." How about using white chocolate as Alfredo sauce, or pureeing some raspberries to make "tomato sauce?" This would be so much fun for the kids.

Here are a few recipes to check out and just get creative!

Spaghettieis Recipe from Germany

Spaghetti Eis Recipe

This one has brownies for meatballs!

Do you have any recipe ideas? I'm trying so hard to find a "pesto ice cream" recipe! Maybe mint shavings? Let me know your ideas down in the comments section! I think this would be such a fun activity this summer.