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#Netflixkids Dancing Hotdogs Style

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    Disclosure: I am part of the Netflix Stream Team.  As always, my posts are based on my opinions and experiences. Hopefully spring will soon come.  Up in the Northeast it has been one cold spell after the other.  The good thing about being stuck inside is getting to watch a lot of Netflix.  We have become experts of the Netflix Kids section. We have decided to give you our favorite TV shows and movies for kids on Netflix. TV Shows: Phineas and Ferb: This is an intelligent and creative series for both kids and parents.  Emphasizes getting outside and actually doing something in the summer and teaches parent to give kids time to be bored and create their own entertainment. Star Wars Clone Wars: A new addition to our list.  No real educational value other than learning about Star Wars…which when I think about it is just as important! Super Why: A favorite of both boys, and emphasizes reading. All the Marvel and DC shows.  You honestly can take … [Read more...]

Watching Sports with #NetflixKids

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  Disclosure: I am part of the Netflix Stream Team.  As always, my posts are based on my opinions and experiences. Sports figures to be pretty big in our house hold, especially with super active boys.  The thing is at this age it is hard to tell what the boys will be into, that is why is especially important to expose them to as many different sports as possible.  Unfortunately, it is difficult for them to try out everything that is why chances to watch the Olympics is perfect.   It shows the boys that there are other sports other than Basketball, Football, Soccer and Baseball. We at the Dancing Hotdogs family love sports movies.  Some of our favorites include Remember the Titan or Rudy.  If you are looking for some sports fun with the family or just want to expose your family to something different here are a couple of sports related movie for kids in Netflix: 1. The Short Game 2. The Kid 3. The Pistol 4. A Mile in His Shoes 5. Winning Favor 6. The Mighty … [Read more...]

Toy Fair 2014 Round Up #TFNY #TF14

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  Starting this past Sunday, New York City was taken over by toys.  I know it seems like Christmas and the holiday craze has only just passed, but with a new year come a whole new set of great toys for kids of all ages.  D and I love to check out the up and coming toys when we are at Toy Fair, it is the perfect place to see the under the radar toy companies as well as the best place to discover the next best thing before it hits the shelves later on in the year. Here are a couple of our favorite things from Toy Fair so far: Slapstache- As a proud child of the late 80s and early 90s, I have no problem admitting that I had quite a few slap bracelets (Don’t let the urban legends scare you, they were pretty darn cool).  In this day and age, the moustache has made an astronomic rise in popularity, so what is better than a Slap bracelet and a moustache put together? Nothing.  It doesn’t hurt that purchases of the Slapstache also go to charity.  Lootcrate.- Who … [Read more...]

Under the Weather Watching #NetflixKids

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  Disclosure: I am part of the Netflix Stream Team.  As always, my posts are based on my opinions and experiences. I have to say we have pretty lucky lately (knock on wood) we haven’t had a major sickness hit the family yet.  Of course like most families during the winter, one or all of us is getting over something, but at the moment no major stomach viruses or flus have knocked us out.  With that said, we have had a couple of sick days, and we have taken full advantage of being little couch potatoes during that time. Our favorite past time during our sick days, is cuddling up under our huge blanket and watching some TV, I cant tell you how many shows and movies I have caught up during those days, it a perfect time to binge watch without feeling guilty.  With the boys we obviously stick to the Kids only section in Netflix.  One of favorite things to do is pick out one of the recommended items and watch them.  It is a great way to find something new, if we don’t like … [Read more...]

Despicable Me 2 Review and Sweepstakes #DM2DVD #DespicableMeDos

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Update! This giveaway is closed congrats to John. Disclosure: Despicable Me 2 is sponsoring this giveaway and provided me with a DVD to review. As always our post is our unbiased opinions. The Gru crew is back again, to the delight of all children.  Especially those obsessed with the ever popular minions. I didn't realize how popular the first film (which we liked) was until I looked at my sons room and found a couple of minions as well as other Despicable Me 2 characters.  I have even read to both boys the kittens story featured in the first film a number of times. The second film picks up where the last one left off: Gru, his adorable girls, and the mischievous Minions are back with a cast of unforgettable new characters in the blockbuster sequel to the worldwide phenomenon.  Just as Gru has given up being super-bad to be a super-dad, the Anti-Villain League recruits him to track down a new criminal mastermind and save the world.   Partnered with secret agent Lucy Wilde, … [Read more...]

(Video) Wonder Forge Board Game Reviews

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   Images courtesy of Wonder Forge Disclosure: We received the games below from Wonder Forge for review purposes.  This post represents my unbiased opinion. The holiday's are approaching and Wonder Forge has come out with a bunch of Board Games based on some of our favorite children's shows: Doc McStuffin All Better Game Make the boo boos go away like Doc McStuffins! Each slap bracelet bandage is a different mystery ouchie. Take turns trying to figure out which doctor tool will make things all better! It’s a fun game of pretending and playful problem-solving! Made for children over the age of two years old, the Doc McStuffins The game promotes Matching, memory skills, taking turns and playing together. The Doc McStuffin's All Better! game can  be found at most major retailers where games are sold for around $24.99. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Flying Attack Board Game Send the Turtles flying to knock off Shredder’s Foot Clan as they climb the big, teetering … [Read more...]

Monopoly: The Power Rangers 20th Anniversary Edition

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Image courtesy of Saban Brands Disclaimer: We received a Monopoly: Power Rangers 20th Anniversary Edition for review purposes.  The post represents my unbiased opinion. It is hard to believe that Power Rangers has been around for 20 years.  It is pretty impressive that the show has had such longevity considering how many different it has gone through with that said, the heart of the show still remains.  Teenagers from all walks of life are gathered to take on the mantel of the Power Ranger and defend the good from the forces of evil.  Yet even after 20 years the true measure of the show’s success has to be the fact that it now has a monopoly game. The game take all the wonderful history of the past two decades and put at your figure tips.  Locations like the Command Center, The Power Chamber and Rita Repulsa’s Palace litter the game board.  For those of you monopoly collectors there are also six collectable tokens: Alpha 4, Lightning Bolt, White Ranger Helmet, Megazord, Power … [Read more...]

(Video) PIPPIN on Broadway Review #ISawPippin

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Update! Giveaway closed congrats to Wendy. Disclosure: PIPPIN is sponsoring this giveaway and provided me with a similar package and press tickets to facilitate my review. However, as always my post is my unbiased opinions. I love love love Broadway and musicals and was brought up on the talent and musical wonder that is New York City’s Broadway. So when I got invited to see the Tony Award winning, PIPPIN. I could not say yes, fast enough especially when I had a special meet and greet with amazing women of Broadway Charlotte d' Amboise, Rachel Bay Jones and Tovah Feldshuh.   Image courtesy of PIPPIN PIPPIN is back on Broadway for the first time since it thrilled audiences 40 years ago… and now it’s won the Tony Award® for BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL! With a beloved score by Tony nominee STEPHEN SCHWARTZ (GODSPELL, WICKED), PIPPIN tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will … [Read more...]

(Video) Hot Wheels World’s Best Driver Video Game Review

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Disclosure: We recieved a review copy of Hot Wheels World's Best Driver.  This post represents my unbiased opinion. I have always wanted to drive in my own Hot Wheels car ever since I was little.  There is something about their crazy design that really registered with my love of fast cars and insane designs. Unfortunately now that I am older I find that I cannot afford (yet) to buy one of those cars but at least I can get some of the experience of driving one with Hot Wheels World’s Best Driver. World’s Best Driver put you in the driver’s seat in a slew of iconic Hot Wheel vehicles including 4 wheelers, motorcycles and hotrods, competing in various exotic locals. Each could be played using different routes and different vehicles. The races are highly competitive but non-violent which as a parent I really like.  Players must choose between the Hot Wheels Green/Red/Blue and Yellow teams, each one that have their own unique vehicles and tracks.  The Green team is all about record … [Read more...]

YBIKE Evolve Review #YBikeGetsKidsMoving

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Disclosure: We received a review sample of the YBIKE Evolve.  This post represents my unbiased opinion. Part of most of our childhood memories includes riding a tricycle and then riding a bike.  It is a rite of passage that most kids have to endure and overcome as they get older. YBIKE has been a part of the Dancing Hotdogs household since Rock was a toddler and we were super excited to try out the YBIKE Evolve now for X.  Designed to “evolve” with your child, the YBIKE Evolve easily converts into three different forms to help a young one start to transition to a full bike.  The three transformations are as follows: Proper Trike- Introduces children to the concept of pedaling Balance Bike with 2 wheels together at back and no pedals- teaches younger children ages 2 to 3 years balance with still a little support while allowing counter balance development which is critical at this stage Running Bike 2 wheeled bike, no pedals teaches the child proper balance with no … [Read more...]