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Get ready to play with Prima Top Toys

At a media launch in July, Prima Toys announced their Top Toys for December 2017. These are the toys that kids will be gazing at longingly in toy stores during the school holidays/festive season. Imagine how cool you’d be if you surprised them with any of these even before they give you those puppy dog eyes, or drop helpful hints. 😀

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Before we get to the toys, I have to tell you a little about the launch, held at The Bryanston Country Club. On arrival the lovely ladies from MatsiMela Home Spa treated us to hand massages, as we sipped on champagne (how fabulous? 😉).

Top Toys - hand massage

Of course, being the kind of people who enjoy spoiling others, meant that MatsiMela also had gifts waiting for us on our way out that day. 🙂 I received the Rooibos & Honey Body Butter and Fizz Ball. The scent of these products – oh my gosh! So beautiful!

Top Toys - MatsiMela gift

Warren Murray from MamaMagic, The Baby Expo spoke about equal parenting, highlighting how dads should be as involved in raising and caring for their kids as moms are. During his talk he also mentioned how the few minutes you take to play is so appreciated by your child, and it’s those moments that become treasured memories.

Dr Shireen Thomas-Stark told us that when parents buy toys for their kids, they’re actually “investing money” because of the many benefits of play such as promoting creativity and problem solving.

Top Toys

Finally it was time for the real fun – Prima Toys marketing executive Chiquita Patrizi revealed Top Toys 2017! 😀

Shopkins Happy Places

Little ones can turn any space into a happy place with the Shopkins Happy Places range. The largest set in the Happy Places range is the Happy Home set that includes several Puppy Parlour Petkins and a Lil’ Shoppie. Other playsets include Kitty Kitchen, Dreamy Bear, Bathing Bunny, Slumber Bear Party, Bunny Laundry, Mousy Hangout, and plenty more. There is so much more to collect for the Shopkins fan. All sets include their own miniature Petkins and other accessories to go with whichever Happy Place you choose. Doll house play just got better because interior décor has never been cuter.

Top Toys - Shopkins

Little Live Pets Surprise Chicks

This one got everyone (each one of us an adult 😋) super excited! There was one Surprise Chick on each table, and watching them hatch and then move cutely around the table had us oohing, aahing, and giggling so much, that it took a while for everyone to settle again. For a few minutes, we were kids again, and it was such fun. Thank you Prima Toys for reminding us of the power of play.

There are five Chicks to collect: Patty the Party Chick, Blossy the Daisy Chick, Tilly the Dancing Chick, Beaky the Rainbow Chick and Henny Penny the Sunny Chick. You won’t know which Chick you’ve got till they hatch. The fun doesn’t end with the first hatch though; your Chick can hatch over and over again for endless fun. Fancy some sweet Chick chirping? Simply pet your Chick, the more you pet it the more it will chirp. So cute!

Elena of Avalor

Princess Elena is bold, confident and kind. With the help of family, friends, and magical flying creatures called jacquins, she must now rule the kingdom as Crown Princess, until she is old enough to be Queen. The Disney Elena of Avalor range of toys includes dolls and accessories, perfect for lots of fun roleplay.

Top Toys - Elena of Avalor

L.O.L Surprise Tots Ball

Once again, we had the chance to play, with an adorable L.O.L being passed around each table, for each of us to unwrap and discover. First you get a secret message, then collectable stickers, a feeding bottle, doll shoes, an outfit, an accessory, and then a fantastic doll. There are forty five dolls to collect, each with their unique accessories.

Top Toys - L.O.L

Ben 10

Brand new action figures are available in various sizes, each with their own special movement capabilities. There is also a range of exciting playsets including the Rustbucket Deluxe Playset, and the Ben 10 Transform & Battle Set, which features a favourite alien along with a gauntlet mask to match. The range also includes wearable accessories that will take roleplay to a whole new level of fun!

Top Toys - Ben 10

Fingerlings Baby Monkeys

These guys will hang on to your fingers and tell you how they are feeling in 50 different ways. Listen to them making near real monkey sounds and watch them blink their eyes and turn their heads. Their hands and feet have a grip surface to hang upside down just like real monkeys.

Rubiks

The new range Rubiks includes Rubik’s Build IT solve IT, which comes with all the necessary parts to build your own cube (you can finally solve this 40 year mystery); Rubik’s Race, a two player game to get your fingers and brain working – the aim is to be the first player to make the 3×3 centre match pattern and the Rubik’s Tower – the new twist on the original cube, even more challenging than the original cube.

20 Questions

20 Questions is a classic for the whole family. Test your knowledge of people, places, things and important dates, and enjoy seeing everyone racking their brain trying to figure out the correct answers.

Top Toys - Rubiks

And there you have it, just some of #PrimaTopToys for the coming festive season.

We were gifted with goodie bags once the program was over, and it was a bag that made my little person really happy. One of the prezzies inside was her first ever pack of Shopkins, and now she wants to collect them all (they are super cute, so I totally get it).

Top Toys - goodie bags

Which #PrimaTopToys are you thinking of buying for your little/s?

Meet the Mommy [Week 10] – Venean

A while back I was thinking about how all the moms I know are different in many ways – be it their parenting style, or whether they go to work, stay at home, or work from home. Some have one little person, while others have three or four. Some of our babies began their journey inside us learning the sound of our heartbeat, whilst some began in another only to meet us later and hold our hearts forever. Whatever the differences in how we became moms, how we parent… Being a mom, plus ALL that comes with it, is what we all have in common.

And that’s how I came up with the idea for this feature – a short interview with regular moms like you and I (short, because for moms the time struggle is real yo!). Here we’ll get to “meet” different mommies, and find out a little about them.

This week we meet mommy blogger Venean. We haven’t had a chance to meet yet, but we’ve been following each other’s blogs for a while now, and it’s lovely featuring her here today.

1. Please tell us a little – or a lot (we like details) – about yourself?

So weird to talk about myself; when Charlene asked me if I would like to be featured, I was first flattered and then scared. How do people write about themselves, I thought? Okay, so I am a mom. That word defines a lot of things about me, but is not completely inclusive. I work a full time job, am a wife to a gamer husband. My two blessings that make me a mother are Emilie who has just turned 11, and Daniel my 11 month old baby. When I am not moming, working and wife-ing I try to Vee. By this I mean just be a person without – I do this by blogging about all the things I am to maintain my reflective-ness. I watch a lot of series and read too much. I am pretty outgoing, although in winter time I hibernate. A LOT.

Meet Mommy Venean

2. What’s the one thing you find most challenging about being a working / stay at home mom?

This is a no-brainer for me. BALANCE! Finding a balance is so hard – and then when you find your groove, Murphy throws extra work at you, a function, a sickness, or a sick child, and you have to start finding that balance from scratch again. Also just carving out time for me and things that I like doing for myself. It’s sometimes so difficult to make time for you when everyone else’s needs seem so much more important. They aren’t… But then to remember that.

3. We all know there are challenging moments – moments which call for chocolate, or wine (or both), to soothe those mommy nerves… Forgetting all that though, what is your absolute favourite thing about being a mom?

Living my life over. Seeing things through the eyes of my children, when they see things for the very first time. It’s amazing, and such a blessing.

Meet Mommy Venean

4. From the experience you’ve gained since becoming a parent, what is a pretty cool piece of advice you would give to other moms?

Forgive yourself! I have spent so much time beating myself up for not being good enough, or not doing enough, when in actual fact the only one expecting me to be a superhero mom was me (and my kids think I am a superhero – but according to their standards, not mine).

5. Share with us one of the funniest moments you’ve had since becoming a mom.

Funny mom moments are so difficult because most of them are only funny afterward! And honestly so embarrassing. But I am at a stage in my life when I really do enjoy my children whether it be from the know-it-all preteen Emilie, or from my newly discovering toddler. Ian and I are always laughing at things they are discovering and doing. We try to be really relaxed.

Meet Mommy Venean

6. Please tell us where we can find you online

Blog: In The Meantime
Facebook: www.facebook.com/inmymeantime
Instagram: www.instagram.com/veneanbosch
Twitter: www.twitter.com/bosch_venean

Thank you Venean for giving us a glimpse into your life as a mom. 🙂

Meet the Mommy [Week 8] – Puveshree

A while back I was thinking about how all the moms I know are different in many ways – be it their parenting style, or whether they go to work, stay at home, or work from home. Some have one little person, while others have three or four. Some of our babies began their journey inside us learning the sound of our heartbeat, whilst some began in another only to meet us later and hold our hearts forever. Whatever the differences in how we became moms, how we parent… Being a mom, plus ALL that comes with it, is what we all have in common.

And that’s how I came up with the idea for this feature – a short interview with regular moms like you and I (short, because for moms, the time struggle is real yo!). Here we’ll get to “meet” different mommies, and find out a little about them.

Today we meet lovely mommy blogger, Puveshree. She and I knew each other as kids, and reconnected recently thanks to SA Mom Blogs most recent Meetup. I’m so happy to be featuring her today.

1. Please tell us a little about yourself?

I am a thirty something wife and mum who still troubles her amazing parents when she needs extra support and advice. Working in corporate by day and a newbie blogger by night and weekends. Married to a handsome nerd (my kind of guy 😉)with the kindest soul. We have a beautiful soon to be 2 year old girl with the strongest will power I have ever seen… she shows it the most at bedtime. My life is filled with giggles and cuddles together with toys, books, walks in the park, food and 2 adorable dogs.

My husband is also in corporate so we understand the pressures and joy work brings to our lives. Luckily, my husband is SUPERMAN and fills the role of nappy changer, bottle washer, dancing partner to our little girl, tea maker and foot massager to me. This allows me to spend time learning about blogging which I hope to do more of as soon as I get to understand this world in more detail.

My favourite pastime apart from spending time with my family is to create food recipes, taste test new foods on the market and shop online or at malls. I simply love grocery shopping and secretly wish one day I can make a career of it (not so much a secret once this is published). We love to travel and my favourite holiday destination for a relaxed holiday has to be the Maldives (we honeymooned here) and for a city holiday has to be Bath in the UK.

Meet mommy - Puveshree family

2. What’s the one thing you find most challenging about being a working / stay at home mom?

This is an easy one for me; it’s the feeling of guilt when I work 10-12 hour days in the office as I know my little girl is missing her mommy so much. Sometimes she is asleep when we leave and when we return from work; it’s not often but it does happen. My heart and soul aches on those days, however it’s those days that remind us to make precious memories on other days because we don’t take our time together for granted.

3. We all know there are challenging moments – moments which call for chocolate, or wine (or both), to soothe those mommy nerves. Forgetting all that though, what is your absolute favourite thing about being a mom?

My giggling little girl running towards me with her arms wide open, and giving me the biggest hug and kiss whenever she sees me, whether it’s after a day of work, I just left the room to go do something and returned, or I’m sitting on the couch and she has finished dancing infront of me to her favourite songs, or at the park when we are running towards each other. In a nutshell, it’s the feeling of unconditional love for each other, it makes me happy.

Meet mommy - Puveshree baby

4. From the experience you’ve gained since becoming a parent, what is a pretty cool piece of advice you would give to other moms?

Find something you love doing and DO IT, it will make you a better mom and wife. I believe it’s a pathway to spiritual wellbeing and holistic wellness for you and your family to thrive in a tranquil ecosystem.

Teach your kids healthy eating habits, treats in moderation and make exercise the norm; it’s something I have started to truly value given my weightloss journey and the challenges I am still battling to overcome. I know it’s more than one piece of advice, but these are really close to my heart and wanted to share.

5. Share with us one of the funniest moments you’ve had since becoming a mom?

Earlier I mentioned my daughter shows her will power before bedtime, this also transpires at nap time. It was starting to get late for her afternoon nap so I decided to rock her and sing to her to help her fall asleep. It seemed to be helping and her eyes slowly closed, and as they closed completely she used her tiny little fingers to hold them open; it was the funniest and cutest thing I have ever seen. I could not help but burst out laughing, I knew it was not the right thing to do but it was hilarious at the moment… a true Kodak moment in our books.

Meet mommy - Puveshree

6. Please tell us where we can find you online?

Instagram: puveshree_lifesatreat_za
Blog: Life’s A Treat

Thank you Puveshree for giving us a glimpse into your life as a mom. 🙂