Spring Gift Guide for Kids

Right now is the perfect time for children to have new and fun toys and activities to do at home. With Easter quickly approaching, below are a few of our favorites to entertain your kids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salondooz from Headstart

Meet the Dooz on the block! The Salondooz are stylish and love to do the dooz! Rosie, Star, Tiffany, Poppy, Celeste and Coco each come in 2 unique dooz and outfits. Complete with poseable arms and legs to strike a pose! Open the stylish perfume bottle and discover one of 12 scented Salondooz and find your toolz to style the dooz.

 

 

 

 

Rubik’s Revolution from Super Impulse

The international hit game is back! Super Impulse is proud to reintroduce Rubik’s Revolution; incredibly popular and the winner of the 2008 Toy of the Year Award! Rubik’s Revolution offers six fast-paced, electronic games including LIGHT SPEED, in one device! Features include sounds, lights, and various skill levels that will keep you playing for hours! Rubik’s Revolution is both a one player and multiplayer game best for ages 5 to 105! Test your skills and beat your score or your friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sequence from Goliath Games

It’s fun, it’s challenging, it’s exciting, it’s Sequence! Play a card from your hand, and place a chip on a corresponding space on the game board. When you have five in a row, it’s a Sequence. Learn to block your opponents or remove their chips, and watch out for the Jacks – they’re wild! With a little strategy and luck, you’ll be a winner. For 2-12 players, ages 7 and up.

 

 

 

Play Dirt Bugs in a Jar from Play Visions

This unique molding compound feels almost exactly like real dirt, without the mess! With Play Dirt Bugs in a Jar, the fun becomes even more real with two included bug play figures to thrill the imagination and inspire all kinds of pretend play stories. Kids will feel like they’re really digging in the dirt – bugs and all! Age: 3+ MSRP: $7.99  Availability: Amazon, Walmart.com, and Specialty Store

 

 

 

Rummikub from Goliath Games

With more than 55 million units sold, Rummikub is one of the world’s best-selling and most-played games. Players take turns placing numbered tiles in runs or groups, Rummy style — the first player to use all of their tiles wins! Fast-paced, easy gameplay is ideal for people of different ages to play together. Rummikub reinforces STEM skills like sequencing, pattern recognition and planning. For 2-4 players, ages 8+ MSRP $14.99.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adventure Force Tsunami Drencher

The Adventure Force Tsunami Drencher by Buzz Bee Toys is perfect for any water warrior aiming for long distance soaking. This power pump water blaster can hold up to 30 ounces of water before streaming up to 51 feet in the air! Your enemy can kiss staying dry goodbye. Additional Notes: Available exclusively at Walmart. MSRP $14.97; Ages 8+

Air Warriors Sling Shot

 Aim for your targets with unmatched precision using the Air Warriors Sling Shot by Buzz Bee Toys! The best part? This sling shot blaster is so easy to use! Just pull back on the elastic band, aim, and release your dart. Score one for the winning team using its long distance darts – you’ll be able sling your shot far!Additional Notes: Includes blaster and 6 long distance darts. Available at Dollar General and Target. MSRP $4.99; Ages 6+

 

Marijean

My name is MJ. I have two wonderful children and work part time as well as volunteer at my children's school.

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Disney and Pixar’s ONWARD is available to buy digitally and on Movies Anywhere NOW and on Disney+ April 3rd in the U.S.

Since family movie time is in full swing now,  I am so excited to announce that the Disney/Pixar film ONWARD is now available to watch with your family!

 Disney and Pixar’s ONWARD is available to buy digitally and on Movies Anywhere for $19.99 and on Disney+ on April 3rd in the U.S.

In ONWARD, teenage elf brothers Ian and Barley Lightfoot (voices of Tom Holland and Chris Pratt) get an unexpected opportunity to spend one more day with their late dad, embarking on an extraordinary quest aboard Barley’s epic van Guinevere. Like any good quest, their journey is filled with magic spells, cryptic maps, impossible obstacles and unimaginable discoveries. But when the boys’ fearless mom Laurel (voice of Julia Louis-Dreyfus) realizes her sons are missing, she teams up with a part-lion, part-bat, part-scorpion, former warrior – aka The Manticore (voice of Octavia Spencer) – and heads off to find them. Perilous curses aside, this one magical day could mean more than any of them ever dreamed.

Check out the below activity and coloring sheets to print for the kids to get them excited!

Onward_Activity Sheets_

I cannot wait to see this movie with my kids!! Have you seen this movie? If so, leave a comment letting us know!

Marijean

My name is MJ. I have two wonderful children and work part time as well as volunteer at my children's school.

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How to support a disabled elderly relative

If you have a relative who is elderly and disabled, they may struggle to perform the basic tasks that are needed in everyday life. It can be hard seeing a relative struggling, and you will want to support them in any way you can. Due to our increasingly aging population, many elderly people are struggling to receive the support they require. Increasing demand means that we need to be more present than ever before. So, how can you support a disabled elderly relative?

 

Legal assistance 

If your relative gained their disability through unfortunate circumstances, they may wish to seek legal assistance. For example, if the disability has developed after serving in the military, they may be entitled to compensation (see these VA compensation rates). Your relative may also be entitled to compensation if they had a slip and fall injury, or gained their disability from the malpractice of a company. If this is the case, you may need to support your elderly relative through this process. This might mean finding them a lawyer, attending meetings on their behalf, or simply letting them know that you’re there if they need you. They may not ask for help, but your support will be appreciated.

 

Check in

Elderly people can often feel isolated and lonely, especially if they live on their own and don’t have someone to talk to regularly. So, it’s important for you to check in on them and provide any emotional support that they might need. This might mean popping round regularly if you can, or contacting them via phone or email. This is especially important when an elderly relative has a disability, because you need to make sure that they are coping and taking any necessary medication.

 

Adjusting their home

When people get older or gain a disability, it’s common for them to need adjustments to their home, so they can navigate around it more easily. For example, if your relative needs a wheelchair, they might need lowered light-switches, wider doorframes and a downstairs bedroom to avoid navigating the stairs at night. Or their home might need a stair-lift to be installed. Whilst there are professionals who will be doing the heavy lifting, it’s important for you to assist with any adaptations your relative might need and help them get the ball rolling. Your relative will probably feel a close connection to their home, and therefore it’s important for you to understand that this may be a difficult time for them.

 

Household tasks

Your elderly relative may also need additional help around the house. What once might have seemed like an easy task could be much harder with a disability. Tasks like cooking, cleaning and even getting dressed could be significantly more difficult. So, you can support your elderly relative by helping them around the house and offering any additional assistance. Even going around once a week to do some cleaning might be a big help. Alternatively, you might need to help organize carers, if this is something they require.

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Holiday Gift Guide 2019

 

 

Welcome to Mommy Has To Work’s 2019 Holiday Gift Guide! This year we are focusing on fun gifts for children. Check out our tops picks below for the holiday season.

 

 

Feature Talking Dobby

Now you can take home your very own Talking Dobby plush from Wow! Stuff. Standing at 40cm tall, simply press on Dobby’s belly and hear as he recites 6 classic phrases from the Harry Potter films. Complete with poseable arms and legs, Dobby can sit or stand in any position.
Age: 3+

MSRP: $34.99
Availability: Fall 2019 on Amazon

 

 

 

Tom Riddle’s Diary Notebook

Tom Riddle used his diary notebook to invisibly store all of his secrets and memories. Now you can do the same! This all new diary set allows Harry Potter fans to leave mysterious notes and messages, just like the ones seen in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The Slytherin House pen included is filled with invisible ink, which can only be seen under the glowing wand’s UV light. The wand is designed to be attached to any of your favorite keyrings (keyring or key fob not included), so keeping it safe and hidden from Muggles should be no problem.

Age: 8+
MSRP: $17.99
Availability: Fall 2019 on Amazon

 

 

 

Rubik’s Cage

Rubik’s Cage is a fast-paced game of strategy and competition you can enjoy at your next family game night over the holidays. You can twist, flip and turn the Cage to knock your opponent’s Cubes out of place to win the game! Will you be the first to get three of the same color in a row before your opponent’s shake up the game?

Available: Walmart

MSRP: $16.99

 

 

 

Splashlings Princesses

Splashlings© is a Splashlastic world of collectible characters filled with tiny mermaids and ocean friends who love to discover new underwater realms! The newest Princesses Collection offers all-new realms and royal Princesses along with new sea creatures and friends to collect.

Age: 5+
Approximate Retail Price: $13.99 Availability: Specialty Stores and Amazon

 

 

The Giant Color Morph Bubble Ball

The Giant Color Morph Bubble Ball is your answer to stress relief. Squeeze this giant ball and watch the bubbles and watch the bubbles burst through the netting to reveal the bright green color inside.

Age: 8+
MSRP: $19.99
Availability: Specialty Stores and Amazon

 

 

Foam Alive Make ‘n’ Melt Ice Cream Kit

Melt your worries away with the satisfying new addition to the Foam Alive collection! The Foam Alive Make ‘n’ Melt ice cream kit is the latest compound toy that will make any regular ice cream cone flow as if there is something magical flowing within in! Includes three different colors, cones and scoops. Fill the cones with Foam Alive and watch them melt!

Age: 5+

MSRP: $19.99

Availability: Specialty Stores and Amazon

 

 

13 Dead End Drive Board Game

13 Dead End Drive first hit the scene in 1994. Now this fan favorite is back, by popular demand, to entertain a whole new generation. Your goal is to be the last surviving heir and inherit Aunt Agatha’s fortune. Which one of her motley crew of friends and employees will it be?

Age: 8+

MSRP: $30.95

Availability: Winning Moves

 

 

Scattergories

The game of Scattergories took the country by storm when it was first launched in 1989. This classic reproduction features the components and categories found in that original Scattergories game. The mechanical timer has 3 different settings so players can set it for more time (for an easier round) roles time when they want more of challenge.

Age: 12+

MSRP: $40.95

Availability: Winning Moves

 

 

No Stress Chess

Unlike any other Chess teacher, No Stress Chess teaches you how to play using illustrated cards and an illustrated 2-sided board.

Age: 7+

MSRP: $18.95

Availability: Winning Moves

 

 

 

 

 

Adventure Force Max Morpher

The Adventure Force Max Morpher by Buzz Bee Toys is a 4-in-1 dart blaster that will transform right before your eyes! Fold out the stock or fold out the barrel to use the blaster in either pistol or rifle position. With blasting power up to 100 feet, you can easily keep the competition away!

 Ages 8+

MSRP $19.97

Available exclusively at Walmart

 

 

Air Warriors Mutator

The Mutator by Buzz Bee Toys offers unparalleled versatility that allows users to expand the barrel, transform the blaster and select distance blasting up to 100 feet or extreme accuracy with PrecisePro darts.

Ages 6+

MSRP $34.99

Available exclusively at Target

Baby Secrets Series 3 and Merbabies Series 2

These cute babies have a secret for you to discover in the Baby Secrets Series 3 Mystery Tubs! Dip the diaper in the water filled bathtub and it will change color to pink or blue to reveal the baby’s gender. Once the secret is out, you can name your baby on the birth certificate. Will you find all 50 new babies?

Now you can also discover the secrets of the Merbabies! Dip and reveal to see if your Merbaby is a boy or a girl. You can even make them swim in the water! There are 24 Merbabies to collect!

MSRP: $2.99 and $5.99

Series 3 Available at: Walgreens, HY-Vee Inc, KVAT Food Stores, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Sheetz Distribution Services, HEB, Amazon, Blain Supply, Toy Wiz, Nexcom.

Merbabies Series 2 available at: Target, Cracker Barrel, Party City, Joanns, Bed Bath & Beyond, Amazon, The Paper Store, Scheelds All Sports, Matty’s Toy Stop, Kalahari Resorts, Toy Wiz.

 

Hairdooz- Minidooz

The Hairdooz are now mini! Collect Pixie, Sparkle, Crystal, Lilly, Skye and Candy in their mini versions with their new fuzzidooz! Spin the super cute nail polish capsule to reveal your Minidooz doll and hairstyle. Stick your Minidoo on the suction cup or stick her on the end of your pencil! Create your own Hairdooz salon and give yourself a manicure with the cheeky mark nail stickers!

MSRP: $5.00

Available at: Five Below & Toy Wiz

 

Which toys are you going to get for your kids? They are all so great!!

 

* I was given some of these items in exchange for this holiday guide. All opinions are my own

Marijean

My name is MJ. I have two wonderful children and work part time as well as volunteer at my children's school.

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Tips For Surviving the Sandwich Generation

 

If you are currently responsible for caring for your elderly parents while trying to look after your own children, you’re officially a part of the sandwich generation. This is a time in almost every adult’s life that can be challenging, emotional, and frustrating. You are being pulled in all directions, are carrying the responsibility of two (if not more) people. You might not have time to catch your breath.

Here are some tips to help you get through it.

Plan ahead

If you are not quite in the sandwich generation period of your life, but you can see it looming on the horizon, start planning now.

Save up money for childcare or home care. You can find quality assistance throughout the contrary, from assisted living in California, to home care in League City. There is no doubt that you are going to need a helping hand, so you might as well ask for assistance in advance.

It may sound bleak, but it is also worthwhile speaking to your parents about their estate planning needs and their wishes for their care in case they become mentally or physically incapacitated.

Communicate with your employer

The worst thing that you can do is try to conceal your home-life situation from your boss. Be upfront and honest regarding your responsibilities. In this way, you are almost certain to have his or her support if ever you need to leave work early in an emergency.

Seek out support

Taking care of your children in conjunction with an elderly loved one can take a lot out of you. It is mentally and physically exhausting, and definitely isn’t something that you should do alone.

Luckily, there are multiple support groups out there specifically for individuals that are trying to survive the sandwich generation. These support groups are either in-person or online. You are likely to be surprised at just how big of a difference talking to others in similar situations will have on your overall mood and outlook!

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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