Leapfrog Holiday Gifts for Toddlers (Review) (Holiday Gift Guide)





The holidays are here! If you are looking for educational and fun toys for your toddler and preschooler, look no further. Leapfrog has some great products, and I was able to review two of them.

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Learn & Groove™ Musical Mat

Get a jump on counting with 3 ways to play!

Twist, dance, leap, laugh, count and learn with the Learn & Groove™ Musical Mat—designed especially for active toddlers. Keep little ones moving and exploring with 50+ songs and phrases and 3 ways to play. Ages 2-5 yrs. $29.99.
The Learn & Groove Musical Mat is for ages 2 years to 5 years. I have a 5 year old and 8 year old, my 8 year old even loves it since she understands the instructions and patterns. The Musical Mat is designed to help gross motor skills, music, rhythm and of course numbers. Both of my kids love music and dancing, so this mat is perfect. My kindergartner is learning numbers and patterns, so this is great for him.  I love that this musical mat encourages kids to get up and be active. With all of the songs and ways to play, the kids love spending time playing with this mat!

Count Along Cash Register

Count on big learning fun with a singing register pal that counts, talks and sings—20 checkout items included! Ages 2-4 yrs. $19.99.

Product Features:

  • Count on big learning fun with a singing register pal that counts, talks and sings-20 checkout items included! Requires 3 AAA batteries (included for product demonstration only; replace for home use). For ages 2 and up.
  • Counting and imaginative role play combine with a register pal that comes to life with 50+ fun phrases and educational songs. Spunky, singing register has plenty of numbers, counting and role play skills in store.
  • Set up your store! Place food items on a table or shelves, give your customers their coins, and invite them on a shopping spree! Shop for milk and eggs. Scan the carrots. Insert the correct amount of coins or swipe a shopping card!
  • Total button tells you how many coins to insert in the count-along coin slot. Shop along to cool sounds and fun songs.
  • Includes cash register, 8 colorful food pieces, 10 coins and a shopping card. Skills learned include colors, counting, and numbers.
This cash register had provided endless hours of fun for my kids. My kindergartner is learning how to count money by using it and some simple math. My 8 year old loves to shop with me so she is really loving to pretend she is a store cashier. There are many fun features, It has a smiling face that lights up when buttons are pressed. It sings, counts, tells you the number you are pressing and it adds up your total by pressing the pictured healthy food buttons. It has been providing my kids with endless fun.
 These would make great holiday gifts or birthday gifts! Check out all of Leapfrog’s educational toys by clicking here. 
*I received these products by being in the Leapfrog Blogger Program. All thoughts are my own. 


My name is Marijean, I live in Sunny FL with my wonderful husband and 2 children. I love Disney, Coffee and Blogging 🙂

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Hard Candy Fierce Effects Lipstick Review



Turn heads with Fierce Effects Lipstick!  This daring & highly pigmented lipstick with and ultra- soft weightless texture; formula is infused with Argan oil for added moisture and shine.  Lipstick glides on lips with one stroke in 20 unstoppable shades.



The Fierce Effects Lipsticks come in simple black lipstick tubes with a pretty silver-studded cap. The top of the cap has a color window that matches the shade of the lipstick inside.


The formulation of this lipstick surprised me.  I received 1054 Black Diamond for review.  I wasn’t expecting the smooth solid application of color for this price point.  It had a beautiful sheen and a solid buildable color.  It was moisturizing and comfortable on the lips however the lipsticks’ only downside is the smudge and transfer-prone wear due to the super slick finish.

Price: $5.00 Available exclusively at Walmart and www.Walmart.com.  Affordable prices, fierce colors, moisturizing Argan oil….these are some of the benefits of Hard Candy Fierce Effects Lipsticks.  These are a terrific idea for a stocking stuffer or bundled with other small gifts for a friend or co-worker.


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Available Colors:

1046 Chalkin’ Pink –  Bright Cool Toned Pink

1050 Provocative – Hot Pink

1052 Show Off – Bright Red

1048 Galactica – Dusty Metallic Rose

1049 Newly Berried – Plummy Purple

1051 Prowler – Deep Metallic Burgundy

1047 Glisten to me – Soft Metallic Orange Gold

1053 Thunder – Pure Purple

1054 Black Diamond – Buildable Sheer Black with Sparkles

1059 Sly-lac – Soft Lilac

1050 Heartbreaker – Soft Light Pink

1052 Sky’s the Limit – Soft Sky Blue

1066 Nudist – Neutral Nude

1057 Seduced – Bright Orange

1058 Sunshine – Vibrant Yellow

1069 Night Queen – Deep Rich Blue

1070 Jealousy – Deep Velvety Green

1071 Virtual Reality – Warm Brown

1171 White Out – Sheer White

1192 Twisted Metal – Metallic Silvery Gray



*I received samples in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own. 

What to look for when choosing the best credit card machine for your business


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