Idea Village Products sent me their Ice Cream Magic product. It’s a personal ice cream maker that looks like an ice cream cone mug. It even comes with a spoon shaped like an ice cream cone. With Ice Cream Magic, your kids can make their own personal serving of ice cream. We have not tied making ice cream with it yet (it’s been below freezing here for over a week now), but Ice Cream Magic looks like a fun holiday gift. The product currently sells for $12.50 on Amazon.
New movies this week include: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (review coming soon), American Hustle (Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner, Amy Adams), Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas, and Here Comes the Devil. I saw The Hobbit recently and loved it. It’s going to be a huge hit this weekend. Continue reading for a summary of the new movie releases for this week.
Here’s another holiday gift idea for a little one: a TIME For Kids X-Why-Z book. This is another one of those wonderful Time for Kids books that children will love. This book is a little different from their other titles. The X-Why-Z book is still full of interesting information and illustrations, but it’s intended for children ages four to six. The TIME For Kids X-WHY-Z book is available now with a list price of $14.95, but you can currently purchase it for $11.58 on Amazon.
I remember watching the Simpsons when I was growing up. I have not seen the show in many years, but I do remember it was funny. According to the press material, the series is the longest-running scripted show in television history. I think it’s in the 17th season now. The Simpsons: Season 16 is available now on Blu-ray and DVD. I think it’ll make a wonderful holiday gift for a Simpsons fan. And thanks to Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, I’m giving away Simpsons: Season 16 Blu-ray on my dad blog. Nice, right?
Here’s another holiday gift idea for a little one — a cuddly Flashlight Friend. Idea Village Products sent me one of the Flashlight Friends for review on my dad blog. My pre-schooler loves it. The item looks and feels like a plush toy, but it’s also a flashlight. Kids can use the flashlight as a night light, for reading or playing games in the dark. Flashlight Friends retail for about $20.
Here’s a holiday gift idea: a pair of Sol Republic headphones. The company sent me one of their awesome headphone for review on my dad blog. The headphones are sweet. I love their sound quality and the built-in control on the cable for music and phone. I have my headphones connected to my iPod, so I don’t actually need the phone control. But the music control is very convenient when I’m working out on my indoor bike. Thanks to Sol Republic, I’m also giving away a set of the Sol Republic Tracks on-ear headphones to a lucky reader.
Look at what Idea Village Products sent me for review on my dad blog — it’s a Bright Light pillow. My daughter loves this pillow. It’s super soft and it lights up with a simple tap or squeeze. Based on my eight-year old daughter’s reaction, I think the Bright Light plush pillow would make a cute present for a girl or even a very young boy. It sells for less than $20 so the pillow is definitely affordable.
Only two new Blu-ray and DVD movies this week: Despicable Me 2 (review | giveaway) and Fast & Furious 6 (review). We’ve seen both of these films at the theater and loved them. Fast 6 stars the late Paul Walker, and D2 is great for kids and families. Read on for a summary of the new DVD releases.
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment sent me The Wolverine for review on my movie blog. This is the same title I’m giving away. The newest installment of the Wolverine series is not a direct sequel to the last Wolverine film (X-Men Origins: Wolverine). This is a stand alone movie that takes place after the last X-Men movie (X-Men: The Last Stand). The Wolverine is available now on DVD, Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D Extended Edition. I saw the film at the theater last summer and loved it. I watched it again on Blu-ray and I still love it. The Wolverine is an excellent addition to my superhero movie library (it’s a great holiday gift for a fanboy). You can read my theatrical review here: Eight Things About The Wolverine Film. Continue reading to learn five more things about The Wolverine Blu-ray.
Did you know Zact Mobile is the first wireless service provider to let parents remotely manage their child’s phone from their own handset? As a parent, I love this feature because I’m concerned about my kids’ mobile usage and what they do with their smartphones. With Zact’s no contract phones, I can set limits on the amount of talk, text and data time. In addition, I can block contacts and control which apps my children has access to.