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Cooking Christmas Cookies with the Kids

Christmas cookies are as much a part of the Christmas tradition for many as a visit from Old St. Nick himself. The cookies are often prepared in hopes of his pending arrival by children that are as excited as they can possibly be with all sorts of visions of great things to come dancing around in their bright and shining little eyes. Preparing the cookies in these instances can be a great time of bonding with your little ones but can also be a trying time if you don’t follow a few of the tips and hints listed below.

If you want to make cooking Christmas cookies and/or candy with your little ones the very best experience for you all that it can possibly be make sure you do it on a day when this is the only thing on your calendar. You do not want to rush through this time that is not only important for bonding with your child as a parent but also a time that is an important opportunity to lock in a few precious memories of great times you’ll spend together. This is one thing that you want your children to look back at Christmas and remember doing with you and you want to be able to look back on Christmas and remember doing this with your children.

You should also make sure that everyone is well rested and well fed before beginning the process. This is important now more than ever before, as we know more about the dangers of foods, such as raw eggs, that are included in cookie dough as well as the dough for many of our favorite Christmas confections and candies. You do not want to risk the health of your children through temptation over raw cookie dough.

Be sure that every child gets a turn with the fun stuff. This includes of course using the mixer and watching things spin around as well as choosing their personal favorites for the next batch of cookies. You should also make a few cookies that you plan to let them paint, decorate, and play with just for fun and their own personal enjoyment. This will guarantee a few smiles while also scoring a few brownie points for mom.

Be patient and expect spills and messes. If you can afford a cleaning service once a year, the day after your cookie extravaganza is the day you want to splurge. Seriously, don’t sweat the small stuff. We make little messes every day it shouldn’t be such a shock when they make a really big mess in one day. This is one of the reasons why you want to plan your cookie making on a day when the calendar is clear-you will need time for clean up when all is said and done.

Make sure you have all the necessary ingredients for each and every single recipe before you begin. This is very important as cookie dough doesn’t wait well for that final egg and children don’t understand very well when they are interrupted from one project to run a quick errand (also, when was the last time you made it in and out of the grocery store in under an hour?). If you can make it through all the steps above you should be in for smooth sailing and Christmas cookie cooking.

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Top Toys for 2016-17-18 Holidays

Each year as Christmas approaches, a number of retailers put out their “holiday hot lists”. These are lists of the toys that they predict are going to be the biggest sellers – and those that the kids are going to be asking Santa for!

There are a huge number of hot lists out there these days, however a handful of these are the ones you should consider to be most important.

The Toy Heaven online store have selected the 15 most recommended hot toys of the season based on those lists and posted reviews and full product details. Click the green button below:

Top Toys of 2016-17

Update for 2017: The Toy Heaven online store have selected the leading Hit Toys for the 2017 Holiday Season on Amazon.com. For full details click the green button below:

Amazon Hit List for 2017

Check out the Amazon.com Holiday Toy List

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Baby Alive Learns to Potty Doll

Baby Alive Learns to Potty Doll

As a child, what was one of your favorite games to play? Like most little girls, you probably enjoyed playing house and being the mommy. You wanted to be a grown-up, and this was one of the ways you got to pretend and act like your own mother at the same time.
Now that you’re older and have children of your own, it’s likely that they like to play house as well. If you have a little girl and are looking at the perfect gift to get for her this year, then you should get her the latest in baby doll technology – the Baby Alive Learns to Potty Doll.

Baby Alive Learns to Potty Doll gives your young one an opportunity to play mommy and learn about child care and responsibility at the same time. The Baby Alive Learns to Potty Doll comes with her own accessories, including a potty chair, dress, two doll diapers, baby bottle, bowl, spoon, two packets of doll food, bib and baby wipes.

The Baby Alive Learns to Potty Doll utilize innovative technology to teach children about child care. Children will marvel at how Baby Alive Learns to Potty Doll will sleep, eat food, drink from a bottle and then tell when she has to go potty! Your child can then put Baby Alive Learns to Potty Doll on the potty. If they don’t put Baby Alive Learns to Potty Doll on the potty chair in time, then she’ll have an accident. This teaches children about the importance of listening and taking care of the needs of others.

The Baby Alive Learns to Potty Doll is available in different races, so children of different cultural backgrounds can have a Baby Alive Learns to Potty Doll that has the same skin color as they do! It’s another way that Baby Alive Learns to Potty Doll helps children learn about being a mommy and taking care of something responsibly.

Be sure to get your young ones their very own Baby Alive Learns to Potty Doll for the holidays this year. They’ll get to play one of their favorite games, house, with a doll that looks and acts very lifelike. Then, you can sit back and watch just how adorable it is to see your child growing up before your very eyes.

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Elmo Live

Elmo Live by Fisher-Price

When a simple, yet fun, children’s toy takes the world by storm, people take notice. When a different variation of the same children’s toy takes the world by storm again, it’s truly a phenomenon. That’s exactly what has happened over the past few years with Fisher-Price’s line of plush toys featuring Sesame Street’s lovable little character, Elmo.

It was only a few years ago that Fisher-Price first took the world by storm with the adorable Tickle-Me Elmo dolls. Stores sold out in minutes each time they got a shipment and frantic parents did whatever it took to get a Tickle-Me Elmo for their child, sometimes even staying at a store all night to be the first one in line for the latest shipment.

Fast forward to 2008 and Elmo is again taking the toy world by storm with Elmo Live by Fisher-Price. Elmo Live is an incredibly lifelike version of Elmo that can interact with your children just like Elmo interacts with his Sesame Street friends on television. With just a tickle or squeeze of his back, foot, tummy or nose, Elmo springs to life to play with your children.

With Elmo Live by Fisher-Price, your children will have hours of educational fun along with Elmo. They’ll marvel at how Elmo Live can move his arms and mouth, cross his legs and turn his head while tirelessly telling fascinating stories, singing songs and playing games. It’s truly like they have another friend in the room with them. Elmo Live is just that lifelike.

As an adult, you’ll be amazed by the innovation and technology that went in to making Elmo Live. Fisher-Price has truly taken interactive toys to the next level with Elmo Live and the educational aspect behind Elmo Live is unmatched in the children’s toy world today.

Don’t let your children miss out on the best interactive and educational toy the toy world has to offer this Christmas. Get out there and get an Elmo Live by Fisher-Price for your children. They’ll thank you. And who knows, maybe you’ll get just as much entertainment out of Elmo Live as your children will!
Coose Your Elmo – either the original Elmo Live or the newer Elmo Live Encore

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Circus Ring from Playmobil

Circus Ring from Playmobil

Many people have great memories of visiting the circus as a child. What wasn’t to like? You could see tigers, elephants , horses, clowns and acrobats, all in one place while enjoying some delicious popcorn and cotton candy. A visit to the circus is always sure to give children memories that will last a lifetime. However, the circus only comes to town once a year, what’s a child to do for the rest of the year?

Now the fun doesn’t have to end once the circus leaves town. With Circus Ring from Playmobil, children can recreate the magic by conducting their own circus in the comfort of their own homes. Circus Ring from Playmobil includes all the things needed to run a successful circus: the signature Big Top tent, trapeze artists, ticket booths, lighted entrance, a ringmaster and so much more. The bonus? It’s a large set, so small hands won’t have trouble playing with the pieces. They’re big enough for little hands to grab, and it makes the magic all the more real, because they actually have room to maneuver pieces with ease.

With Circus Ring from Playmobil, children can play as the ringmaster, emceeing the show as it goes on underneath the Big Top. And the best part? Your child decides what happens and when. Watch as trapeze artists do their death-defying stunts through the air. See the other performers ride elephants and fight with tigers. With Circus Ring from Playmobil, your child can even serve refreshments to the spectators. Yes, there’s room for spectators! Children can add their favorite characters from other Playmobil toys to create an audience for their shows! Circus Ring from Playmobil really has everything that your child will need to recreate their favorite circus moments!

Help your child expand their imaginations and relive some fun memories by letting them create their very own circus with Circus Ring from Playmobil. Get them their very own Circus Ring from Playmobil for Christmas this year and watch as they recreate circus magic year-round!

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Bakugan BakuBelt Action Kit

Bakubelt™ Action Kit from Spin Master™

With all of the different television shows on the air today, it’s hard for a parent to keep up. Kids learn about the latest TV show crazes and want to act like their favorite characters. They want to have all of the gear and accessories so they can act like their idols. As a parent, you want to help your children hone their interests and encourage their imaginations.

One new craze is Bakugan Battle Brawlers. You might not have heard of it, but chances are your children have and are already obsessed with it. Bakugan Battle Brawlers is a Japanese anime TV show and is based around a special card game and the Bakugan characters’ lives.

If your child ask you for toys to go along with the TV show, then one great idea is to buy your child the Bakubelt™ Action Kit from Spin Master™. The Bakubelt™ Action Kit from Spin Master™ lets your children pretend that they are a signature Battle Brawler and act out their favorite characters from the show.

The Bakubelt™ Action Kit from Spin Master™ comes with everything your child needs to recreate the action in their own room. With the Bakubelt™ Action Kit from Spin Master™, they’ll receive one belt, two special Bakugan balls, two paper cards, two metal cards and one clip.

The Bakubelt™ Action Kit from Spin Master™ is designed for children on the go. It comes with a special pack that shows others that your child is a serious Bakugan warrior and is ready for battle with their friends.

If your child is a fan of the show and is longing to act like their favorite characters, then the Bakubelt™ Action Kit from Spin Master™ is the perfect gift for this holiday season. You may not understand their fascination with the TV show, but that’s not the point. It’s not designed for adults, it’s designed for the imaginative minds of young children. So help your child develop imagination this holiday season with the Bakubelt™ Action Kit from Spin Master™.

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