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LEGO #Brickfest Live – everything was awesome!

If you are a Lego(c) lover like my kids are, you simply must find the time to find Lego #Brickfest in a city near you.  We checked out Denver’s #BrickFest at the Merchandise Mart on Sunday, August 13, and the #brickfest was fun – like past years there were lots of activities and plenty of stations to use your imagination and build.  The girls and

I also enjoyed trivia, which was something new this year for us. They handed out a ton of prizes for answering LEGO trivia questions correctly.   The girls enjoyed building a giant mosaic, and being part of that – it was Darth Vader this year, and doing mosaics of their own to put up for the world to see.

Like previous years, the kids enjoyed building cars and racing them.  There was so much to do and see, and build with, one four-hour session did not seem like enough, but here’s to next year’s #Brickfest.  We will be there.  If you can, catch one in a city near you. The tour schedule is posted here. We had a lot of fun and it was not crowded at all on Sunday, the last session, so the lines were short, and the kids could do activities they loved multiple times.  Everything was just awesome!

 

Disclaimer: we were offered free tickets in exchange for promoting the Denver BrickFest Live by US Family Guide.  I advertised a $3 off coupon for them. All the opinions expressed here are my own.

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Meet a Bookseller at Barnes & Nobles this weekend #BNDiscovery

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pre-folded artfold books- you can still read them!

B22kd2BCIAAkVA_.jpg large A book – what a concept!  Barnes & Noble stores are so, so much more than just bookstores.  Remember when we read magazines and took the fun quizzes?  There is a music shop, a kids’ educational zone (just for them), educational toys, fun toys, Minecraft, gifts galore, and so, so much more.  It is literally a one-stop shop for all your shopping needs.  And, you can get a coffee, a cookie, a muffin, or even a cheesecake (from the Cheesecake Factory) in your Barnes & Noble, while you do all your holiday shopping, or just have fun this weekend.

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New ART FOLDS books- read them and fold them

Stop by your local or any Barnes & Noble this weekend, for Discovery Weekend.  Check out all the events here, and take the family along for fun, kids’ events, and prizes, and yummy cookies.  When did you connect with a bookseller? I am not talking about ordering something on-line and reading it on a back-lit tablet, but when did you really connect with someone who sells and knows books? We all love our local library, but if you want to find a rare book, or something new, connect with a bookseller and ask questions, and get exactly what you are looking for – that perfect gift for that special someone. My favorite new thing I discovered was the book Art Folds- how cool.  It does not destroy the book, but you can read a book and follow the instructions (origami-like) to fold the pages you read to create some fun words.  This will look great on my book-shelf when I am done reading, and fun B22fUMIIAAAbi9V.jpg largeto look at too!  Check out the pictures, because I love ArtFolds.  Who thinks of this stuff?  You can’t do this with your digital reader, can you?

And don’t forget to add some yummy to your list while you shop.  Visit the Cafe and enjoy a coffee and fresh-baked goodies- S’more cookies are only $1.00!  Yum!  Check out and play with the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK – comes in a 7 inch screen and 10.1 inch too.  Whatever your gift needs are this year, check out Barnes & Noble this weekend, for their big Discovery Weekend event, Friday through Sunday, 21-23 November.

 

Disclaimer: I was compensated for this post, and attended a live preview event (and yes, even met several booksellers :-)) in exchange for promoting the #BNDiscovery weekend, 21-23 Nov.  The opinions expressed here are my own.

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Mattel’s Polly Pocket© – Hangout House & Stick N Play*

My girls love the Polly Pocket© Hangout House and the new Stick N Play toys… how cool that they can stick all the little pieces on the surfaces of their hangout doll house and move it all!  Here are some shots of them playing with the Patio set, attached to their Hangout House- and the possibilities are endless.  All the different sets connect and keep connecting to have endless fun.  So, the girls have the Hangout House, and to it they have connected the Stick N Play Patio set which has a bar/cabana area with patio chairs, drinks, a BBQ pit which moves, and a friend for Polly to hang with.  There are even little drinks and a hot dog which attach via suction to the bar area.

Polly Pocket Hangout House with the Patio set attached

In the hangout house, there is a bathtub to place in there with suction, a TV, picture frame, a cat, a swing chair that hangs, and of course, chairs and the essentials: a toilet even! There is an elevator that moves up and down and a swimming pool that flips over to become a bed.  The doors flip in the back to go from day to nighttime.  The girls are loving their new toys and they place nicely together.  The hard part is the small parts and sometimes they fall off when the girls move the house.  So, the easy fix was- I got them a container to put their small pieces into when they are not using them.  Otherwise, I am sure I will find them all over the house.  I think the pieces are portable but I am not sure the house itself would be easy to travel with.  The girls really love playing and moving all the stuff around, and then when it’s nighttime, they flip the doors so Polly and her friends can go to sleep.  So cute!

My kids are in love with Polly Pocket© and want to get other inter-locking sets that go with their new home.  This outta be fun and as birthdays and holidays come, will make great gifts.  We are looking forward to building it into something cool.  But, do get a plastic container that can be used for all the small pieces like drink cups, food, photo frames and so on.  The one thing I will mention about the suction cups is that you have to push down on them pretty hard or they will not hold.  Keep that in mind and realize that suctions will only hold if they are pushed down on.     Check out all the cool sets and options here: http://www.pollypocket.com

*Disclaimer:  In addition to Get Clued In’s general disclaimer, please note the following:
I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Mattel Polly Pocket. I received a product samples and a promotional item as a thank-you for participating. Please refer to www.momcentralconsulting.com if you would like additional information. 

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