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Christmas Music, Your Way

Christmas Music, Your Way

Christmas Music, Your Way

Something I hear from friends and people around me is how they just can’t stand the 24×7 Christmas music on the radio, in the stores, at the mall, just about everywhere.  I, on the other hand, just can’t get enough.

It’s just so sad when they all switch back to ordinary music.  Frankly, I can’t stand it!

Thanks to a timely contact from a new friend, I no longer have to.  I can have my very own play list of Christmas music all year long!  Now that I know the secret, I want to share it with you.

YulePlay – Discover & Listen to Free Christmas Music Online

Wow, where to even begin.  This is the greatest thing since Christmas music!  These guys have everything the musical Christmas enthusiast could ever want.  Here’s a quick summary in their own words:

It’s a clever site with a lot of great features.  For any song or artist that you pick, a list of related songs will be displayed for your convenience so that you can make a playlist of compatible songs.  You can save playlists of your favorite artists singing various songs.  You can save playlists of your favorite song being sung by various artists.  You can listen to playlists that have already been compiled by other Christmas enthusiasts like us.

A great feature in the playlist control is that it prevents you from adding the same song over and over and over again.  That’s just what I like in a web application.  It’s fun, easy to use and darned near idiot-proof.

I love the look and style of the site.  Simple, clean and Christmasy. Yes, that’s a word.  I should know.  I just invented it.

In any case, thanks to Simon we’re now blessed with an opportunity to listen to our favorite holiday tunes 24×7 all year round.  Now that’s what I call “Christmas All The Time”.

Big Hugs Elmo (Product Review)

Big Hugs Elmo (Product Review)

Big Hugs ElmoThe show Sesame Street and its furry monsters have always been a favorite of children and adults alike. With many characters having been made into toys, the always popular Elmo learns new tricks every single year to stay entertaining. Each new year has seen Elmo become increasingly interactive. Taking this to a whole new level is Big Hugs Elmo. This is set to become the most popular Elmo toy thus far.
Big Hugs Elmo is 22” tall and is delightfully cuddly, made with a soft plush fabric. He responds to hugs and cuddles. He is so interactive that he almost feels like the “real thing”. He sings several songs, including a lullaby when he’s being rocked to sleep. He actively encourages a child’s imagination with various ideas for pretend play. He can interact when he’s being rocked or bounced around. He is even sensitive enough to tell you when he’s being held upside down.

How Much?

This toy is currently retailing at $49.00, which is a bargain for the sophisticated personal interaction that it performs.

Who Would Buy Big Hugs Elmo?

This toy is recommended for children aged 18 months to 4 years, and we suspect that more than a few adults would consider one for themselves. The toy provides an engaging, chatty little companion for toddlers and young children and will encourage their imaginations.

Things we like about Big Hugs Elmo

Where should we even begin? There are so many great features to enjoy! Big Hugs Elmo has a highly intricate degree of interactivity which children will find simply captivating. He has flexible arms and a soft plush head. He is the largest and most huggable toy in the collection.

Things we don’t like about Big Hugs Elmo

The only negative point we can see is that this toy is only recommended for ages 18 months and up and while younger siblings may be enchanted by him, he may not be appropriate for them and this could lead to squabbles. Also, he needs 4 x AA batteries. These are not supplied. Hasbro hasn’t clarified how quickly the sophisticated interaction features will drain the batteries.
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Guarantee?

Big Hugs Elmo is made by Hasbro, who pride themselves on their excellent safety standards. This should give parents assurance that they are buying a safe, quality toy.

Is Big Hugs Elmo Worth The Money?

We give high marks to the new Elmo because he is one of the most sophisticated interactive toys currently available. The fantastic interactivity will have your toddler believing that you have brought home the real Elmo as their own personal playmate. This is a toy that will not soon see the back of a closet or the bottom of a toy chest.
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Where Can I Buy Big Hugs Elmo?

Big Hugs Elmo is available to purchase from most major toy retailers and online sites such as Amazon.com.

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Sesame Street PAL (Product Review)

Sesame Street PAL (Product Review)

Sesame Street Play and Learning System
The Sesame Street PAL (play and learning) system is a shell for your tablet (such as an iPad) that turns it into a hands-on learning console. Designed for toddlers and young children, its interactive format helps you to educate and entertain your kids.
This has been designed by Hasbro along with Sesame Workshop (a non-profit educational organization). It will be launched along with a whole new range of Sesame Street products. The PAL system features a case, which the tablet can be inserted into making it safe and fun. Simply buy the case that fits your tablet or iPad, download the app and then let your kids explore a world full of exciting and informative videos and games.

How Much?

Set to be released later this year, it is due to retail at around $39.99 for the frame and interactive magnifying glass. Additional interactive tools and figures will be sold separately.

Who would buy the Sesame Street PAL?

The new Sesame Street PAL is aimed at toddlers and preschoolers, so it would be a great buy for anyone with young children. If you want to give them something that helps them to learn while they explore and play, this is just the toy you are looking for.

Things we like about the Sesame Street PAL

Its safety case, with rubber-protected corners and a stand to enclose the tablet, is great for protecting your device. It can also be used to hide the menu button so your child cannot accidentally get onto other apps or programs. There are also two different sizes to select from based on which tablet you have.

Things we don’t like about the Sesame Street PAL

One downside so far is the fact that most of the accessories are sold separately. This makes it impossible to access specific areas of the system without additional purchases. Another drawback is that it only works with an Android tablet or iPad, so if you don’t own one you can’t use this system. This closes the door for users of Windows tablets. We also foresee that the manner in which toddlers use touch screen devices could pose a risk of damaging the tablet’s touch screen. Various features are accessed by pressing the accessories to the touch screen and small children have a tendency to hammer on surfaces with other objects when they are free to do so.
Sesame Street PAL

Guarantee?

It is unknown at this time what the guarantee will be on the PAL system.

Is the Sesame Street PAL worth the money?

Retailing at $39.99 it seems to be good value for money. When it comes to your child’s education this is a great tool to helping them learn while they play. It’s also a great way just to keep them occupied if you have something like a long car journey as the PAL and your tablet are portable.

Where can I buy the Sesame Street PAL?

The PAL will be available on leading online stores, such as Amazon.com. It will also be available in most major children’s toy stores.

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Cookie Monster Food Train (Product Review)

Cookie Monster Food Train (Product Review)

Sesame Street is the home of some of the most lasting and memorable children’s characters in modern history. For over 40 years, the show has excelled at promoting basic ideals. They teach kids the fundamental skills that serve them well into their adult years. This attitude and mission has extended to the numerous licensed toys and educational products that have been produced over the years. The Cookie Monster Food Train is a set with an educational mission that reflects Cookie Monster’s new attitude toward healthy, farm-fresh food.

The Cookie Monster Food Train is one part of the Sesame Street Roads and Rails collection. It is a train set that can operate as a stand-alone toy, or it can connect to the larger Elmo Junction. Children will be fascinated by Cookie Monster as he drives his food train across the rails and talks about his favorite foods. The produce rail car can attach to the Elmo Junction train set and it includes a removable crate of bananas so kids can pretend that they’re actually hauling something.

Cookie Monster

How Much?

While the set can be played with on its own, it is intended as an add-on to the main Elmo Junction set. We feel that the suggested retail price of $16.99 is a great value.

Who Would Buy Cookie Monster Food Train?

Parents with kids who love trains (which is pretty much every parent) will love Cookie Monster’s latest vehicle.

Things we like about Cookie Monster Food Train

Kids love collecting sets and the Cookie Monster Food Train is a great addition. Children who get the food train will want to continue the collection with Elmo Junction and the other segments. The included crate of bananas and the soundtracks that play as the train is pushed across the track show that Cookie Monster has branched out in his eating habits. He now includes more natural sweets instead of his traditional cookie munching.

Things we don’t like about Cookie Monster Food Train

Because Cookie Monster Food Train is part of a collection, it could potentially be a drawback for parents who might not want to commit to purchasing the entire series.

Guarantee?

The set is being produced and released by Hasbro. This company has a longstanding dedication to quality and reliability. While no official guarantees have been released as of yet, consumers can rest assured Hasbro will stand by this product.

Is Cookie Monster Food Train Worth the Money?

As a standalone set, the Cookie Monster Food Train costs less than $20. We consider this an excellent bargain for the enjoyment that the children will get from this toy.

Where Can I Buy Cookie Monster Food Train?

All major retailers, both physical and online, that currently sell Sesame Street and other Hasbro products will have the food train.

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Ernie Farm Train (Product Review)

Ernie Farm Train (Product Review)

Chugga-chugga, choo choo! Let your little ones run the Ernie Farm Train everywhere for a fun experience! They are undoubtedly going to love playing with this train.

How Much?

Ernie Farm train is reasonably priced. The average price for this toy train is just $16.99, making it a perfect present for your child. Surprise your kids this year with a cute little farm train that helps them learn about animals and farming in an entertaining way.

Who Would Buy the Ernie Farm Train?

The Ernie Farm train is an ideal product for people looking for toy trains and cars for their toddlers. Whether you are an aunt or uncle searching for a niece’s birthday gift or a parent trying to find an educational toy, an Ernie Farm Train is definitely going to serve you well. Ernie Farm Train is perfect for those who want their children to experience magical moments with their beloved Sesame Street characters and learn at the same time.

Things we like about the Ernie Farm Train

It is especially designed for young children (18 months to four years). It offers an easy, effective learning experience to preschoolers by pressing Ernie’s head down to hear fun phrases about animals and farming. It is a great way to teach children about the animal kingdom. It features a fun little pig that needs to be taken to the farm in its own attachable rail car. The Ernie Farm train can also be taken for a spin on the popular Elmo Junction Play-set along with the kids’ favorite Cookie Monster Food Train Play-set.

Things we don’t like about the Ernie Farm Train

It needs 2 AAA batteries, including the demo batteries.  It is not entirely certain how long the train will run on a set of batteries or how often they will need to be switched.

Guarantee

They haven’t announced any guarantee-offers yet but Hasbro is a company which has long prided itself on quality and integrity.

Is The Ernie Farm Train Worth The Money?

With this Sesame Street character train set, parents can easily provide their children with a hands-on learning experience for kids two years of age or older. The Ernie Farm Train is an ideal pastime for your child and is totally worth the investment.

Where can we buy the Ernie Farm Train?

You can buy the Ernie Farm Train online from amazon.com and HasbroToyShop.com. It is also available at all major toy retailers countrywide.

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Elmo Junction (Product Review)

Elmo Junction (Product Review)

Sesame Street and its likable cast of colorful and furry creatures have been enormously popular with all ages for over 40 years. None of their many characters have captured our attention and imagination quite as much as Elmo. Not surprisingly, Elmo has become the single most popular member of Sesame Street due to his cute appearance, soft voice, and friendly attitude. His popularity is reflected in the many Elmo-related toys. Children have been treated to numerous updates that let kids play and learn with the furry red monster in a variety of ways. Hasbro’s newest variation, Elmo Junction, continues in that tradition of making learning fun for children.

Elmo JunctionPlayskool Sesame Street Elmo Junction Train Set is a cars and trains set that features a double-decker, figure-eight track. As kids play with the track, pushing the cars and trains over 123 road and ABC railroad, they are treated to Elmo singing a song about numbers or the ABC song. As kids have fun and imagine traveling in big vehicles, they are learning their numbers and letters. The set features a full ten feet of track, and it breaks down for storage or cleaning with ease.

How Much?

Due to be released in the fall season, the set has the suggested retail price of $44.99.

Who would buy Elmo Junction?

Any parents of toddlers who love Elmo, cars, and trains, and who would enjoy seeing their kids spending their playtime learning would pick up the set.

Things we like about Elmo Junction

What makes Elmo Junction really shine is the combination of playing and learning. Toddlers love playing with trains and cars, and they’ll be drawn irresistibly to the set and will end up singing their numbers and letters as a result!

Things we don’t like about Elmo Junction

Because it features a full ten feet of track laid out in a figure-eight, Elmo Junction can have a fairly large footprint. As such, parents with limited space could have a hard time fitting it in. The set operates on two AAA batteries (demos included), though it is difficult to predict how long they will last and how often parents will have to switch them out for new ones.

Guarantee?

No warranties or guarantees have been officially laid out yet. Elmo Junction is being released by Hasbro, a company which has long prided itself on quality and integrity.

Is Elmo Junction worth the money?

Its initial price tag seems more than justified, considering the lessons and endless fun kids can gain from the set.

Where can I buy Elmo Junction?

Like all Hasbro products, Elmo Junction will be available at all major retailers, including such names as Wal-Mart, Target, Amazon, and many more.

Customer reviews for Elmo Junction

Elmo is more popular than ever and this toy will please toddlers and parents alike.

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Sesame Street Christmas

Sesame Street Christmas

Sesame Street has been a part of American culture since before I was born.  I fondly remember the Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch puppets my sister and I received for Christmas as children. As in years past, Sesame Street continues to bring exciting new toys to children of each generation. Today we have Sesame Street Pals, a full library of videos featuring all of our favorite characters and the newest of the line of Sesame Street toys.

This year’s toys are particularly interesting.  We’ll be looking at the Elmo Junction train set and the add-ons: Ernie’s Farm Train and Cookie Monster’s Food Train.  We will also take a look at the Sesame Street Play and Learning System, which uses your tablet to run specialized apps that interact with the special tools and figurines included in the kit.  Last, but certainly not least, this year’s big item is Big Hugs Elmo.  The sweet red monster has moved past his ticklishness and is giving cheerful hugs to happy children.

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