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VTech Review & Giveaway

We recently had the opportunity to review the Go! Go! Smart Animals Zoo Explorers Playset which has been a huge hit in our house, especially when Parker’s friends come over to play. I was thrilled when VTech reached out to work on four additional product reviews and a special giveaway for all of my Cherry Blossom Love readers.


Before I jump right into the individual reviews I wanted to touch on some features in all of the VTech toys that we love and have come to appreciate.

It’s easy to pick out a VTech toy in any aisle with their colorful design and informative packaging. We love that their products are great quality at an affordable price with a broad age range perfect for multiple children. As Parker grows out of some of these toys we can simply store them away or use the different functions for Caity. I love having a variety of toys for the kids but appreciate when a single toy can have multiple purposes.

Developmental Benefits
Gaining knowledge from an Advisory Council made of up doctors in childhood development, math, science, platform, and early childhood learning each VTech toy provides a variety of developmental benefits. Each function or activity is helping your child develop in some way. VTech proudly displays their developmental benefits on each box to help you decided which toy is appropriate for your needs.

User’s Manual
I love when a company provides all the information I need to assemble and use a product. I don’t have time to play guessing games and not understanding how a product works correctly can be dangerous. Each of the VTech toys comes with a user manual that outlines everything you could need or want to know about the product. Some of the areas each manual touches on include battery installation, assembly, product features, and what each toy does. In addition, they also provide a melody list and sung song lyrics so parents can sing along! And for those late night Christmas Eve builders, they include a troubleshooting section. Not a fan of clutter? No worries, VTech provides all of their user manuals online to view at anytime. I made a folder on my browser to bookmark the user manual for all of our VTech toys.

Chomp & Count DinoVTech® Chomp & Count Dino™ 

Assembly Time: No assembly required
Batteries: Requires 2AA batteries
Recommended Age: 13 – 36 Months
Purchase Information: Available at and on Amazon Prime for about $20
Online User Manual

Product Features:

  • Dino recognizes the eight brightly colored food pieces as you feed him and provides fun responses
  • Dino introduces colors, foods, shapes and counting
  • 130+ songs, melodies, sounds and phrases
  • Play in counting or meal mode
  • Rotate the spinning disc to play sing-along songs
  • Answer the dino’s questions using the correct food piece
  • Press the five shape buttons to learn shapes and numbers

The VTech® Chomp & Count Dino™  is a great toy that can grow with your child. While the recommended age is 12-36 months, I think that it would be entertaining for an infant once they have learned to sit alone with direct parent supervision. The disks are large which makes them easy to hold by little hands and impossible to swallow. Parker had a lot of fun feeding the Dino and then pulling the disks from his belly. The dino has an optional pull string that secures to the bottom when you don’t want to have it laying around.

Grow-Along Music CenterGrow-Along Music Center™

Assembly Time: About 5 minutes to assemble 5 pieces which requires a few screws
Batteries: Requires 3AA batteries
Recommended Age: 12-36 Months
Purchase Information: Available at and Amazon Prime for about $30
Online User Manual

Product Features:

  • Voice-changing microphone with 4 fun effects
  • 75+ songs, melodies, sounds and phrases
  • 5 light-up keys flash along with your child’s voice
  • Adjustable height stand for sitting and standing play
  • Learning and music modes provide two ways to play
  • Play guitar, drum and saxophone sounds
  • Teaches imitative play, instruments, animals and colors

Parker has really gotten into music the last few months. He starts moving his hips when he hears a tune and can even repeat some of the words from his favorite songs/movies. He really enjoyed playing the piano and watching the lights as he hit the keys. This is also a great product to grow with your child because the piano detaches from the stand for those earlier months when your little one is just learning to sit. I enjoy the variety of melodies including Pat-a-Cake and Three Blind Mice.

Smart Shots Sport CenterSmart Shots Sports Center™

Assembly Time: About 8-10 minutes to assemble 6 pieces and a few screws
Batteries: Requires 3AA batteries
Recommended Age: 12-36 Months
Purchase Information: Available for purchase at and Amazon Prime for about $40
Online User Manual

Product Features:

  • 2 ways to play—shoot a basket or score a goal
  • Animated LED scoreboard encourages play with fun animations
  • Scoreboard counts baskets and plays encouraging sounds and phrases
  • 50+ songs, melodies, sounds and phrases
  • Basketball and soccer ball are included
  • Turning gears play encouraging sounds
  • Shape buttons introduce shapes, numbers and fun sounds

Parker has certainly inherited his father’s athletic abilities so it’s never to early to start practicing. He loves playing with balls and is just now learning the difference between each one and what to do with it. Parker really did love playing with the Smart Shots Sports Center™ as it channels his urge to throw and kick balls which has helped as we are teaching him the appropriate places and times to do so. I love how encouraging this toy is when a ball goes through the hoop or in the net. 

Sit-to-Stand Smart CruiserSit-to-Stand Smart Cruiser™

Assembly Time: About 10 minutes to assemble 6 pieces and several screws
Batteries: Requires 2AA batteries
Recommended Age: 6-36 Months
Purchase Information: Available at and Amazon Prime for $40
Online User Manual

Product Features:

  • 2-in-1 toy transforms from floor play to a ride-on toy
  • Realistic, interactive steering wheel with lots of fun responses
  • 80+ songs, melodies, sounds and phrases
  • Teaches animals, first words, sounds and daily life
  • Under seat storage holds small toys for fun on the go
  • Front activity panel with manipulative features
  • 6 pretend places let your child pretend to drive to different destinations

Parker loves ride-on toys and especially enjoyed the Sit-to-Stand Smart Cruiser™. When I finished putting it together he grabbed his keys and phone, dropped them into the seat compartment and shouted, “bye Mommy, see ya later!” as he started driving away. Guess he has been watching Rob and I closely! The interactive board on the steering wheel can easily be removed for play on the floor with a little one who is just learning to sit up.

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Buy Them
You can purchase all of the VTech products mentioned above at, Amazon Prime, and many local retailers.

Win Them
Thanks to VTech, one (1) Cherry Blossom Love reader is going to receive the VTech® Chomp & Count Dino™, Grow-Along Music Center™, Smart Shots Sports Center™, Sit-to-Stand Smart Cruiser™! Giveaway ends at midnight EST on November 7, 2014. The winner will be announced on November 8, 2014 via Twitter and on the Cherry Blossom Love Facebook page. Winner will have 24 to respond via email with their mailing address. Open to US residents only.


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Go! Go! Smart Animals Zoo Explorers Playset Review & Giveaway

 ** Special thanks to VTech for providing the Go! Go! Smart Animals Zoo Explorers Playset for free in exchange for my honest review. As always, all opinions are 100% my own and I do not recommend products I wouldn’t use myself or with my family. **

Rob and I are always on the hunt for small toys to keep Parker occupied in the car and when we go out to eat. A few months ago we came across the Go! Go! Smart Wheels series by VTech. We both loved how you could buy the individual vehicles or the playsets for more interactive play at home. We started out with the VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Helicopter and the VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Fire Truck. Both worked out great and we eventually purchased the VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels – Airport Playset. The Go! Go! series is great because the vehicles are small and can be used with or without the playsets. At the same time, the pieces of the playsets are large enough we won’t have to worry about them laying around when Caity starts crawling (which is still a LONG way off).


I was thrilled when we were given the chance to review the Go! Go! Smart Animals Zoo Explorers Playset, a brand extension of the award-winning Go! Go! Smart Wheels series. The Go! Go! Smart Animals line provides traditional role-play with modern technology for an engaging, multi-sensory learning experience.


Since we have been laying low readjusting to our new family of four and it’s a dreary day, I decided it was a perfect opportunity to set up the Go! Go! Smart Animals Zoo Explorers Playset to try out. It took a good 30 minutes to put together following the directions and using the box as reference, both of which are extremely helpful.


Go! Go! Smart Animals™ Zoo Explorers Playset™:

  • Includes a Rhino who teaches kids the animal name, color gray, and fun facts in addition to 3 sing-along songs.
  • Features 7 SmartPoint locations where animals respond with different phrases, music or fun sound effects.
  • Children can strengthen their motor skills with eight manipulative features including a turning gate, spinning water tank and sliding elevator.
  • The colorful tracks can be reconfigured or connected to other Go! Go! Smart Animals or Go! Go! Smart Wheels playsets (each sold separately) to encourage children’s creativity.
  • The zoo also features an electronic entrance that teaches animal names, animal traits, letters, colors and plays music.
  • Recommended for ages 1-5 years
  • Requires 2 AAA batteries (not included)  for the Zoo entrance and 2 AAA (included for demo purposes) for the Rhino.





The Go! Go! Smart Animals Zoo Explorers Playset is perfect for a rainy day and kept Parker entertained for hours. He really enjoyed listening to all of the  music/sounds and playing with the dials, Smart Point locations, and elevator. The tunes are catchy and really added to the imaginative and interactive play. Chief (aka Parker’s Grandfather) and I had fun using different track pieces to create different configurations of the playset.

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Buy It
The Go! Go! Smart Animals Zoo Explorers Playset is available online, at, and other major retailers for around $39.99.

Win It
Thanks to VTech, one (1) Cherry Blossom Love reader is going to receive a Go! Go! Smart Animals Zoo Explorers Playset! Giveaway ends at midnight EST on September 30, 2014. The winner will be announced on October 1, 2014 via Twitter and on the Cherry Blossom Love Facebook page. Winner will have 24 to respond via email with their mailing address. Open to US residents only.

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Nuby Toddler Toothpaste & Toothbrush Review

I absolutely love morning time around our house. We all pretty much get up around the same time and Parker likes to watch a little TV while Rob and I get ready. The funny part is, he isn’t paying all that much attention to the TV. We quickly realized this when we noticed Parker walking around and mimicking a lot of our morning routine. On any given day Rob and I will witness Parker pulling out the scale and step on, grab our deodorant and lift up his arms to apply, or trying to put Rob’s wallet and phone into his own pockets. It really is adorable and helps remind us that he is always watching us and remembering what we do and say.

One of the habits he seems to have picked up that I am extremely proud of is brushing his teeth which we started making part of his evening routine around 9 months. Oral hygiene is very important to me and I can only hope that Parker has the same luck I have so far with no braces, pulled teeth or cavities at age 31. It’s not all luck though, a lot has to do with a good routine and reliable products.

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** I am a Nuby Parent Blogger and recieved this item for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own and I do not recommend a product I would not use with myself or my family.**

Nuby understands the importance of oral hygiene and the functions that a child’s first set of teeth play in helping to maintain good nutrition and assist with guiding the proper eruption of permanent teeth. They kept this in mind when designing the Nuby Toddler Training Toothpaste and Toothbrush set.

Made in the USA and endorsed by Pediatric Dentist Dr. Grace Yum the Toddler Training Toothpaste is All Natural, Fluoride Free, and Non Toxic. The easy to open flip cover allows Parker to apply the Tutti Frutti flavored gel himself although we sometimes have to apply a second squirt because he enjoys eating it.

The Toddler Toothbrush has a easy grip handle that is perfect for little hands. The soft bristles are gentle on their teeth and gums allowing for a more pleasing experience.

Using the Nuby Toddler Training Toothpaste with Citroganix along with the Nuby Toddler Toothbrush regularly can help prevent the decay of primary and permanent teeth setting your little one up for a brighter and happier smile!

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Caboose VaryLight Stand-On Tandem Stroller Review (Part 1)

As we wait patiently for baby girl to arrive Rob and I have been busy getting the house in order and the last few items on our list purchased. I have been able to score some amazing deals on swap groups for an adorable wardrobe for her and the nursery is coming along nicely. Since we were team green with Parker most of the gear we received was all gender neutral and will be used for baby girl as well. That left us with one rather large and important purchase, a double stroller. I had some pretty specific features in mind so the search was a little more intense that I thought it would be. Eventually I looked to one of my favorite companies, Joovy, and came across the Caboose VaryLight Stand-On Tandem Stroller.

Since baby girl isn’t here yet I decided to break my review up into two parts in order to really showcase its versatility. Below highlights the configurations of the Caboose VaryLight with two toddlers and next month I will review the configurations available using the car seat adapter with a newborn and toddler.


Multiple Configurations:
One of my must have features in a double stroller was multiple configurations. I wanted a stroller that could be used immediately with baby girl’s Chicco KeyFit 30 car seat but also after we transition her to a convertible car seat in a few months. The Caboose VaryLight has just that with 13 “Vary-able” configurations when used in conjunction with one of 4 car seat adapters. In addition, the Caboose VaryLight maneuvers like a single stroller when adjusted to the short frame (42″ H x 43.5″ D x 24.25″W) but has the comfort of a double stroller when adjusted to the long frame (42″H x 49.75″ D x 24.25″W).


Stroller Specs:

  • The recommendation for front seat with car seat adapter is Birth+, without the car seat and adapter is 6+ months with a maximum weight of 55 lbs and height 40″.
  • The back seat is recommended for 2.5 years+ with a maximum weight of 55lbs and height 44″.
  • Assembled, the Caboose VaryLight weighs about 33 pounds, which is about the weight of my 2 year old.
  • The short frame is approximately 42″ H x 43.5″ D x 24.25″W.
  • While the long frame is 42″H x 49.75″ D x 24.25″W.
  • Folded, it is 50″L x 24.25″ W x 12″H


I love how comfortable and roomy the front seat is. The Caboose VaryLight is very similar to the Joovy Scooter Parker has been using over the last year so he didn’t notice much of a difference. The extended canopy keeps the sun away from his face and the 3- position recline seat gives Parker the opportunity to take a cat nap on long outings. The 5-point harness gives me piece of mind when we are in a busy location. You can also adjust the straps to make it a 3-point harness as they get older. The swing-away tray is a feature we aren’t used to but will come in handy as he gets a little older and wants to get in and out of stroller more often.



The back is extremely versatile with the car seat adapter and option to sit or stand. Joovy currently has the adapter for the Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 35, the Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 32, the Chicco KeyFit 30 and the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP 30-30 available for purchase. Without the car seat adapter the child can sit or stand as they like without needed to move or reconfigure anything. The rear bench has a 3-point harness and the swing-away tray can be secured to the back for snacks and/or drinks.  The extra-large storage basket, with extendable storage, provides more than enough room for all the gear we need for two, even on a long day at the zoo.

Easy to Fold, Transport & Store:
The polyurethane tires and sealed bearings provide a smooth ride and easy maneuverability while the quick-release wheels make it easy to store. The one-hand fold and lightweight frame, about 33 pounds, also makes it easy to get in and out of the car.


You can purchase the Caboose VaryLight Stand-On Tandem Stroller for $499.99 on the Joovy website. Additional accessories are available like the car seat adaptersparent organizer, or rain cover.



We also discovered that you can add the Joovy bumprider to the back if you have a third kid that want to hitch a ride. The bumprider is a universal stroller board designed to fit any stroller. The construction allows you to adjust the width, length, and height for almost endless possibilities.

Bumprider Specs:

  • Quick-release clamps allow for easy mounting and removal.
  • Non-slip platform.
  • Wheel suspension system.Suitable for children ages 2 to 5 years.
  • Maximum weight limit of 45 pounds.
  • Product weight is 4.5 pounds.
  • Product dimensions are 22″L x 11.75″W x 7.50″H.
  • No tools required.

The bumprider is also available for purchase on the Joovy website for $119.99 and comes in black or white.

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Step2 Mixin’ Up Magic Kitchen

Since we spend a fair amount of time each day in the kitchen preparing meals Parker has really started to show interest in helping us. While he has the best intentions and we try to include him in as many daily tasks as possible, it isn’t always safe or convenient for him to be playing by our feet. Lately we have noticed that Parker would try to mimic things we were doing in the kitchen with whatever he could find in his play area. We took the hint and started researching play kitchens from some of our favorite companies.

There were a few things we wanted to keep in mind when we began our search. The first was safety. Since we are expecting a baby girl in a few weeks it was important to find something that didn’t contain a lot of small pieces we would have to worry about once she started crawling and getting curious. The second was finding a good quality kitchen at a reasonable price that was both sturdy and lightweight. I wanted to be able to move the kitchen when I was vacuuming or when I got in the mood to rearrange the playroom, which happens a lot. We turned to Step2 as we have several of their products and have always been impressed with their quality.

DSC_4780-RecoveredSpecial thanks to Step2 for providing the Mixin’ Up Magic Kitchen in return for my honest review. As always, all opinions are my own and I do not recommend products I don’t believe in or use myself.

Rob let me put my feet up while he assembled the kitchen during Parker’s nap time. We were both quite impressed with how easy the directions were and quickly the assembly went. From start to finish it took about 30 minutes to put together, 10 of which were me placing every sticker on with careful precision.

DSC_4779Step2 did a fantastic job with the design of the Mixin’ Up Magic Kitchen that has several elements we really loved.

– It’s overall construction and sturdiness.
– Use of lightweight materials so it can be moved around easily when needed.
– Contains all of the key elements you would find in real kitchen.
– Fairly compact in size (39.2 x 35.5 x 17.9).
– Ample storage for additional pieces and a place to keep everything, which this OCD mamma loves!






The Mixin’ Up Magic Kitchen includes a recycle bin, bright yellow drawer for the refrigerator, and 4 blue bins under the sink for extra storage. This kitchen also includes 36 additional pieces; 2 complete place settings (cup, coffee cup, plate, bowl, and utensils), 4 serving/cooking utensils, oven mitt, towel, salt & pepper shakers, 5 spices, pepper grinder, coffee pot, blender, popcorn maker, colander, and a pot & pan set that really help bring playtime to life.


The Mixin’ Up Magic Kitchen is certainly magical with the interactive stove top that brings the pot, pan, popcorn maker and blender to life using lights, sound, and vibration.


Parker has enjoyed cooking, setting the table, and having us eat with him. Iv’e been watching him, in awe, of how closely he pays attention to what we are doing in our own kitchen. From using spices in the food preparation to washing the dishes in the sink, he replicates it all. He is often on the phone while cooking which I can only imagine is what he sees me do. I can’t believe how grown up he looks standing at the stove putting spices into the pot and using the spoon to stir it all up. On the weekends when we are together for breakfast he will often make his Daddy a cup of coffee and use the icemaker to get me water.





Product Details:
The Mixin’ Up Magic Kitchen is 39.2 x 35.5 x 17.9 and weighs about 46 lbs. 5 AA batteries are required but not included.

Purchase Information:
The Mixin’ Up Magic Kitchen is exclusive to Toys R Us can be purchased online or at your nearest Toys R Us location for $199.99. It is also available for home delivery to all 50 states although NOT eligible for shipping to APO/FPO addresses, U.S. Territories, Puerto Rico or P.O. Boxes.

Check out my video review on the Step2 YouTube channel!

We absolutely love the Mixin’ Up Magic Kitchen and recommend it to anyone who is looking for a highly interactive kitchen that is high quality and a good price.

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Bambini Cleani by BambiniWare Review

Rob and I attended the the Big City Moms Biggest Baby Shower in DC back in May to check out some of the latest baby products on the market and meet some local businesses. One particular booth that caught my eye was BambiniWare. After her daughter Riley was born, Riche Holmes Grant, entrepreneur turned “mompreneur”, decided she didn’t want to lose her style just because she was now a mom. From there she designed a stylish and functional line of baby products including bibs, burp cloths, aprons, collars, sleeves, and wash cloths. She decided to incorporate the word bambini, Italian for baby, into the name and BambiniWare launched in October 2013.


BambiniWare products are:

  • Mommy-designed and tested using personal experiences and those of other mommies.
  • Bambini-friendly made from materials that are safe and friendly to babies and kids.
  • Manufactured in the USA.

BambiniWare strives to create fresh, functional, and fashionable gear. Committed to providing the highest standards of quality BambiniWare products are tested on real moms. BambiniWare does not use any professional models. Instead they capture moments with bambinis who have tested and approved their products, the toughest critics of all. With such a commitment to their customers and fans, BambiniWare welcomes feedback and suggestions for future products from families.

DSC_4719We had the opportunity to review the Bambini Cleani which was perfect for bath time and a win for everyone. Rob really enjoyed having the elastic finger band, Parker seemed to love how soft it was on his skin and I love that it is organic.

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Cleani Details

The Bambini Cleani is available on the BambiniWare website for $12 in Kiwi Mango, Lemon Lime, Blueberry Mango, Strawberry Kiwi, and Pineapple Orange. You can also purchase a 2-Cleani Bundle for $20 or a 3-Cleani bundle for $30 which make the perfect baby shower gift for any mamma.

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