The Day of Play! #HotToys13

* Disclosure: I was given a swag bag at the close of this event with products in it (none of which I posted about:). All thoughts and opinions of these products are my own. 


 Just over a week ago I was floating around NYC. I took the train in with a friend in the morning while my mom crafted it up with the kids all day. As I got into the city, we headed straight over to the Hearst Tower for a “Day of Play” with Charlene DeLoach from Charlene Chronicles, Joey Fortman from Real Mom Media, and Laurie Schacht from The Toy Insider.

It was exactly that, a day of playing. The mom guilt set in and I actually felt slightly bad that I was hangin’ out with all of these toys, the newest toys, without my kids…until I saw the swag bag that they would get to enjoy later:)

Actually, it was the perfect event for a mother heading into the holiday season. I got to catch a glimpse of the “Hot Toys” of 2013! There were a TON. But as always, I have some favorites:)

Of course Green Toys stole my heart:)


Photo credit: Green Toys

An eco-friendly brand with safe children’s toys made entirely of recycled milk jugs AND in the USA, they are a great company! The toys are free of BPA, food safe, and even their packaging is Earth friendly. My two personal favorites from this brand are the shape sorter, rated for ages 6 months+ and the Green Toys Tractor. H would LOVE this tractor as it has a detachable trailer and he is REALLY into taking things apart and putting them together right now!

Oh and one more thing…their toys are dishwasher safe. If that doesn’t make things easier, I don’t know what will:)


G is really into Legos right now so when I came across an alternative I was really excited! Laser Pegs! These are light up building blocks that have an underlying green-ish motto. All parts are 100% recyclable AND packaging doubles as a part of the toy when it is completed.

My favorite product from this company and one that I am hoping that G will get from Santa this Christmas is the ZippyDo, a 3 in 1 Build a Miniature car, helicopter, and jet. I love that there are 3 different ways to make this! And the packaging doubles as a ramp for the creations that you make. It is a definite on the list this year!


Heading back to late 80’s, early 90’s, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are making a comeback! Clearly easy going, jokester, Michelangelo was my fav:)

The products brought by Playmates Toys were all the rage! Boys are totally into this show, now on Nickelodeon, and I know mine loves playing pretend with his buddies. They each choose characters. SO fun to watch! I can see it now…the Ninja Control Shellraiser is going to be a definite on that Christmas list for sure! Actually, I really enjoyed playing with this one. Remote control action, flinging sewer caps, and turtles hanging off the side. It was pretty cool. Oh and the masks, yeah, the perfect addition to a “dress-up” box!


Photo credit: My Buddy Tag

As a parent, the MyBuddyTag was definitely a favorite of mine. We headed to Disney just over a year ago and I was SO incredibly anxious about my little ones getting lost the whole time. We did the write my cell # on their hand but still, a feeling of nervousness was upon me every where we went. MyBuddyTag came out with a wrist band (silicone, terry cloth, disposable, and velcro) that helps reunite you with your child if you are separated. Working off of GPS and compatible with iPhone and Android systems, BuddyTag alerts you when your kid is out of your proximity and features a panic button. At a price of $35 and a lifetime guarantee, I am thinking this one is worth it!

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The last on my “favorite” list of 2013 is the Kurio. It is on my list because I can’t wait to find out more about it. With an almost 7 year old girl in the house, we get asked all.the.time for an iPod. Every time our response is…put it on your Christmas list. Honestly, we are a bit nervous about that because of the cost. For something that will be used just for listening to music, I am not a huge fan of spending the big bucks. The Kurio comes pre-loaded with apps, has parental controls, and the ability for different profiles to be set up. Honestly, if I could still buy a boombox, that is where we would be:) I was introduced to the Kurio at #HotToys13 and I can’t wait to find out more!

There were seriously a room full of toys at this event and there is no way I could cover them all in this post so stay tuned for gift guides and other holiday reviews coming up!

And make sure to check out the Toy Insider insert in Woman’s Day this month for TONS of top picks for the season! Laurie and her team did a great job at narrowing it down to the best for you!

* Disclosure: I was given a swag bag at the close of this event with products in it (none of which I posted about:). All thoughts and opinions of these products are my own. 



About Lauryn Blakesley

A woman out to explore, celebrate, and enjoy everything that my community and living locally has to offer. Blessed with three beautiful children and an incredible husband, our family embraces adventure while dreaming of what is to come. Lover of knitting, running (although mostly after little ones right now), the color orange, fun accessories, fall, tea, and a clean kitchen floor. I spend my days in awe of my family and trying to teach my three to treat others as they would want to be treated.

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  1. I got the 4 in 1 helicopter Laser Pegs for my son and he is going to GEEK OUT. What a creative toy.
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  2. We love the Green Toys line! That tractor is too cute!
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