Monday, August 2, 2021

Sweet Suite 2021 Top Kids Family Toys


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Sweet Suite 2021 Toys Classic & New

Fun, entertaining, educational and family-friendly. These are only a few of the words that begin to describe the eclectic toys and kids stuff Mommy Blog Expert discovered at Sweet Suite, an annual conference for influencers like MBE, who'd target audience is families with children. Usually Sweet Suite is hosted in New York City each July. But for past two years, due to the pandemic, this must-attend conference for mom influencers and moms who blog organized by The Toy Insider was virtual but still as exciting as ever.

Kid Trax Postal Truck Ride On Preschool Toy
Image by Kid Trax

Best New Toys, Fun for Kids and Family

As is always the case at this event, Sweet Suite covers the broad spectrum of fun, creativity, pretend play and STEM-related toys, from classic to brand-new, boutique start-up companies to major household brand names you'll immediately recognize. There's something to check out for every age-group: preschoolers, school age kids, tweens, and even fun things that encourage spending more quality family time together.

I can't wait to share MBE's top picks for each age group with you, so let's get started! Keep reading to learn all about the many and varied toys and games for each age group as well as fun stuff the whole extended family -- including multiple generations and grandparents -- can enjoy together.

Skye the Unicorn MagiCoders Toy Learning Resources
Image by Learning Resources


Younger kids will appreciate the first ever child's Postal Truck Electric Ride On Toy -- pictured at the top of this post -- is brought to you by Kid Trax. I can't imagine a kid (up to 60 pounds, according to the manufacturer) with a responsible grownup overseeing all the action who wouldn't enjoy delivering the mail and playing mail carrier with this cool driveable rechargable battery-powered pint-sized vehicle that goes up to 2.5 MPH. Also new is a pop-up post office tent structure, also from Kid Trax, to extend the pretend play fun and add even more realism. For Ages 3-5

For older preschoolers, there is the fun and educational MagiCoders Coding Critters collection from Learning Resources. This engaging STEM  toy introduces children to the wonderful world of technology and coding skills early. Pictured immediately above is the Skye the Unicorn MagiCoders set, also available and just as cute for kids is Blazer the Dragon MagiCoders set. For Ages 4+

Just Play Blues Clues & You Plush Toy Doctor Set
Image by Just Play

Rounding out the new fun toys for preschoolers, inspiring future veteranarians, doctors and other medical professionals and scientists, is an adorable new Blue's Clues and You! Check-up Time Blue kids plush toy and doctor play set from JustPlay which will be available in August on Amazon and at retailers nationwide. 

Based on the popular kids Nickelodeon program airing on PBS this includes a Blue plush dog toy, along with a toy stethoscope, thermometer, play spoonful of medicine, otoscope, removable bandage and removable face mask. For Ages 3+

Cats vs Pickles Collectible Toys
Image by Cats vs Pickles

School Age Kids

Meet the crazy, adorable collectible Cats vs Pickles toys from Cepia: there's a surprise mini plush toy cat or pickle in every package.  An inexpensive toy for kids that's all the rage this season is selling briskly on Amazon and in-store right now. Sold individually and in packs of 12 toys. These are just the thing for boys and girls to trade with classmates and friends this fall. 

Bringing these cuties to life, there's also a free downloable app to access by scanning the QR code on the packaging to amplify the ways children engage with these characters. From designated study buddy to sensory stimulation to creative play and community engagement there seems to be almost an endless array of possibilities to enjoy Cats vs Pickles. Ages 4+

Crazart Shimmer n Sparkle Tie Dye Station
Image by Cra-Z-Art


Artsy tween guys and gals will have a blast of creativity with the new all-in-one kit Shimmer 'n Sparkle Deluxe Tie Dye Station crafting set from Cra-Z-Art which includes the tie dye unit and six different tie dye colors as well as rubber bands, white string, cotton bandana, hair scrunchy and easy-to-follow instructions.

Moms, Dads and caregivers will like this just as much as the kids since the enclosed unit where the dyes are applied to the fabric minimizes the mess you'd expect from old-fashioned tie dying activities. Not only is it crazy easy for tweens to celebrate their independence and individuality by decorating their own t-shirts and other accessories (not included in the set) to show off when they go back to school this fall, they'll also be able to easily and quickly clean up after themselves. For Ages 8+

Image from Wilder Toys & WowWee


The MasterChef, Great British Baking Show, Chopped, Nailed It, the list goes on ... The cooking shows lots of us love to stream are all the rage these days among both kids and growups. Finally the new MasterChef Family Cooking Game from WowWee and Wilder Toys brings the fun and excitement of the cooking competition into your home so the whole family can get in on the fun. The culinary board game (pictured above) is available at Target, Amazon, Walgreens, Kohl's Macy's and other retailers.

Also new, to be available in August is the Virtual Reality MasterChef Junior set featuring a 90-page recipe book and cooking kit encouraging kids, through interactive recipes and hands-on cooking, to build STEAM skills while cooking up food together you can actually eat.   Now that kids, parents, and even grandparents have the chance to compete in the kitchen, dinner time will never be the same again! For Ages 7+

For more from 2021 Sweet Suite Brands
Take a peek inside 
this year's Swag Box

Sweet Suite 2021 Swag Unboxing

About Sweet Suite

The invitation-only Sweet Suite, traditionally held in July in New York City, is the must-attend annual biggest night of play conference for toy influencers and moms who blog. As in 2020, this summer Sweet Suite @ Home 2021 brought the playful energy to laptops in our home offices via a customized, fun and immersive experience. 

The 3D app was specially designed to give us influencers the chance to virtually visit 5o kids' brands who were exhibiting and to learn all about what's new in fun, entertaining and educational kids products to share with moms, dads and others who love toys as much as we do. Along the way, we had the opportunity to experience virtual toy demos, one-on-one meetings, and exclusive toy reveals as well as to  connect with this year's participating kids brands for future reviews and collaborations. 

The Sweet Suite event was hosted by leading consumer toy publication and review site The Toy Insider and was produced by Adventure Media and Events, LLC. Visit The Toy Insider for more information as well follow them on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube to stay up on all the latest toy news.

2021 Sweet Suite Unboxing Video

Want to see all the fun that was inside the 2021 Sweet Suite at Home mega swag box of toys, games, and other cool kids' stuff? Watch MBE's Unboxing Video now

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Sunday, August 1, 2021

Twitter Party Calendar With Prizes Includes Facebook Live + Instagram Parties

Social Media Parties

Twitter Parties Calendar

Now listing Twitter Parties plus Facebook Live and Instagram events with prizes, too!

Twitter Party Calendar

Here's how to find parties on Twitter, Facebook Live, Instagram and Pinterest offering great prizes. Get all the details in this free constantly updated Master Party Calendar listing tons of family friendly parties including specifics on prizes you can win and links to RSVP and participate. Unless indicated otherwise, only US residents are eligible to win prizes listed here. Twitter and other social media parties limited to Canada residents are highlighted in lavender. Check this calendar often, as new parties are announced throughout the week, as soon as new information is available. 


All Week, August 2 - August 6

Follow @thetoyinsider on Instagram for chance to win a LeapFrog prize pack including a Scoop and Learn Ice Cream Cart, a Smart Sizzlin BBQ, and a Shapes & Sharing Picnic Basket. #LeapFrog Details

Monday, August 2


Tuesday August 3

Luca Twitter Party at 9 pm ET with @belairmommie @monicazyoung and others. Prizes: TBA. #LucaParty RSVP

Wednesday, August 4

Financial Considerations When Getting Your First Job Twitter Party at 3 pm ET with @experian. Prizes: $50 Amazon giftcard. #CreditChat RSVP

Thursday, August 5


Friday, August 6

LeapFrog Twitter Party at 11 am ET with @thetoyinsider @leapfrog and others. Prizes: FIVE (5) winners get fun LeapFrog toys, see RSVP link for prize descriptions. #LeapFrog RSVP


Monday, August 9


Tuesday August 10


Wednesday, August 11

Financial Tips for College Students Twitter Party at 3 pm ET with @experian. Prizes: $50 Amazon giftcard. #CreditChat RSVP

Thursday, August 12


Friday, August 13


Thursday, August 14

Disney Kids Twitter Party at 8 pm ET with @resourcefulmom. Prizes: TBA. #DisneyKids Watch this calendar for more details, when available


Monday, August 16


Tuesday August 17


Wednesday, August 18

Turning Your Side Hustle Into a Career Twitter Party at 3 pm ET with @experian. Prizes: $50 Amazon giftcard. #CreditChat RSVP

Thursday, August 19


Friday, August 20


Thursday, September 9

Kiwi Magazine's 15th Birthday with Kiwi Magazine and Moms Meet at 2 pm ET. Prizes: THREE (3) winners get surprise prize packs ARV $30. RSVP

About Master Social Media Party List

Compiled by, this is the most comprehensive, constantly updated resource of its kind online. However keep in mind that each party is run by a different brand and/or hosts and MommyBlogExpert, unless specified otherwise, is not responsible for any dealings readers have with these events including, but not limited to, prizing of any party on the calendar.

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Monday, July 19, 2021

Kids Style Design Contest - Zulily BTS

Back to School

MBE partnered with Zulily for this post 

Zulily Fashion Design Contest for Girls, Boys 

Hey Parents: Do you have a budding wanna be fashion designer daughter or son in the house between the ages of 5 and 14? If you answered yes, you'll definitely want to read on to learn about a really fun kids back to school fashion design contest opportunity that  Zulily -- an online retailer I have loved shopping for years for my own family -- has going on right now for parents to enter to recognize creative and stylish kids like yours.

Girl Tropical Hawaiian Shirt Style
MBE Family Photo Archives

You're Invited to Enter Now through July 31

With summer quickly passing by -- and considering many kids will be going back to school in a matter of weeks, with August just around the corner -- it's not too early for moms and dads to start thinking about preparing for the upcoming school year for those of you with children who will be heading back to classrooms this fall.

Not only does that involve shopping for all the school supplies your child will need to be successful in the year ahead, it also includes buying your son or daughter new clothes and accessories that you approve of as a parent and that they will be excited about wearing in the cooler months ahead.

To help launch Zulily's exciting fashion-forward 2021 Back-to-School Shop mix and match collection which celebrates each kid's individuality, I could not be more excited to share with you about Zulily's Back-to-School Uniquely Zu Contest. 

By hosting this competition, the brand is giving young kids a much bigger say in what they wear as well as bestowing upon them ownership in styles that they and their friends wear, as well as inspiring a whole new generation of future fashion designers to thing creatively outside the box.

Girl Peace Bohemian Kids Style
MBE Family Photo Archives

To enter the contest, parents all across the U.S. are invited to submit an original Instagram post on behalf of your child (ages 5-14 are eligible to participate) showing off that boy's or girl's unique sense of fashionable style. Out of these submissions, the best six kids designs will be chosen. Then, the parents of each winner will receive a $6,000 Back-to-School prize package which includes $5,000 toward the child's education and a $1,000 Zulily credit for back to school shopping. 

Plus there's a bonus opportunity for the winning parents, inspired by their kids style sense, to join Zulily in a design collaboration contributing to an exclusive Zulily capsule collection of children's fashion and accessories to be launched in 2022, ranging from swimwear to BTS apparel and lots more.

Zulily Kids Back to School Fashion Contest

About Zulily & The #UniquelyZu Contest 

Zulily is my go-to source for discovering constantly changing, stylish and affordable curated fashion with savings up to 70% with great deals for the whole family year-round. In addition to trendy and boutique clothing and accessories, Zulily is also the place for home decor, toys, tech gadgets, gifts, and much more. For additional information on the Zulily Uniquely Zu Contest as well as news on all the 2021 fall kids fashion trends, see Zulily's blog. Hurry this opportunity to enter this competition for a chance to win won't last much longer. Check out the #UniquelyZu complete contest rules and visit the contest submission page now, being certain to enter your child by July 31, 2021.