Saturday, November 14, 2015

Top 10 Toy Brands for Boys for Holiday 2015

These are the top toy brands boys will be writing to Santa about. Now keep in mind no two kids are exactly the same. Some girls like Ninja Turtles and some boys like Doll Houses. That is totally cool with me. 

10. Ugglys Pet Shop
It's the Ugglys Pet Shop - the totally sickest, most rudest and crudest pets yet! These collectible Uggly figurines are small in size but big on gross! This is a newer toy line and there are a total of 101 to collect. This line is not to be confused with the Littlest Pet Shop. You can buy the figure packages which usually have a couple disgusting pets hiding, or mystery figure packs. These toys and accessories can be found at Toys R Us, Target and Walmart.

9. Playmobil
Playmobil is a German toy company which features figure sets. There are many different themes to choose from. The newest theme for this year is their new Hockey theme. But currently the most popular theme with boys is the large line of Knights. Royal Knight’s Castle has a castle gate, drawbridge, grand defense-cannon and even a prison drop.  This castle is well-equipped to fend off even the fiercest of enemies. Brave knights can find all the gear they need to protect the king and queen in the upstairs armory. You can also get an awesome dragon set to go along with this theme.
Playmobil has a new Netflix series called Super 4. Which is a 3D animation series with 4 super heroes. Alex is a Knight from Kings Land, Ruby is a pirate from Gunpowder Island, Twinkle is a fairy from the Enchanted Island and Gene is a special agent from Techno Polis. These four super heroes come together to save the world.
This series is well crafted with beautiful scenes, enchanting story-lines and tons of action. Kids are sure to enjoy this mini-series.

8. Minecraft
Minecraft is a game about breaking and placing blocks. You start by building structures to protect against nocturnal monsters. In this game you can visit the terrible land of The Nether or venture over to a land of mushrooms. This game allows creative freedoms and encourages imagination.
This game now features a line of very popular toys including figure packs, plush figures and even Lego sets. This toy line is sure to be on many Santa Lists this holiday season.

7. Hot Wheels
Since 1968 Hot Wheels has been a popular collectible line among boys. Each vehicle is a scale representation of a variety of different makes and models. The line also includes race car tracks. Hot wheels now has movies, animated films and games.

6. Transformers
The Transformers are a line of toys produced by the Japanese company Takara and American toy company Hasbro. The premise behind the Transformers toy line is that an individual toy's parts can be shifted about to change it from a vehicle, a device, or an animal, to a robot action figure and back again. The taglines "More Than Meets The Eye" and "Robots In Disguise" reflect this ability.[1]
The Transformers toy line is typically divided into two main factions: the heroic Autobots and their opponents, the evil Decepticons also known in Japan as the Cybertrons and Destrons. Transformers toys are sold at a number of price points, and various Transformers series utilize unique play features.
There have also been a number of spin-offs based on the toys including a comic book series, an animated television series, and a feature-length animated movie. The original series program was followed by a number of spin-offs with varying levels of popularity. A live-action film series directed by Michael Bay has produced four films, with more planned.

5. Nerf
Nerf is a line of foam-based weaponry, but there are also several different types of Nerf toys, such as balls for sports like football, basketball, baseball, and others. Of course the most popular of the toys right now are the dart guns (referred to by Hasbro as "blasters") that shoot ammunition made from foam. Nerf products often feature bright neon colors and soft. This line continues to be very popular with boys.

4. Skylander
Skylanders is a toys-to-life role-playing video game series. Games in the series are played by placing character figures called the Skylanders on the "Portal of Power", a device that reads the figures' tags and "imports" the character represented by the figure into the game as a playable character. These figures and games remind me of Pokeman and have a large variety of figures to collect.

3. Ninja Turtles
This holiday we are sure to see a lot of popularity from TMNT toy line. These action figures, along with vehicles, playsets, and accessories, are becoming one of the top collectibles for children.
Featured off of the comic books, tv shoes, and movies, these toys come in all sorts of sizes and themes. Let your imagination go wild with these Mix-N-Match figures. Now kids can mix up the parts from their favorite characters.

2. Star Wars
This enormous franchise is centered on a film series created by George Lucas. It depicts the adventures of various characters "a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away", following the main story of Anakin Skywalker and his son Luke.
There are so many Star Wars toys that I don’t even know where to begin. You can find Lego sets, action figures in a variety of sizes, and even plush toys.
Star wars has been popular with boys young and old for many generations, and this year is no different. Star Wars toys are easy to find at almost every large retailer. ToysR US has a huge section dedicated to showcasing the large assortment of toys available this year.
   1. Lego
Lego is a line of plastic construction toys that are manufactured by The Lego Group, a privately held company based in Denmark. This line of toys consists of colorful interlocking plastic bricks accompanying an array of gears, figurines called minifigures, and various other parts. Lego pieces can be assembled and connected in many ways, to construct objects such as vehicles, buildings, and working robots.
The hottest Legos this year are most certainly the Star Wars sets, but there are several other sets that are sure to be a big hit this year including, Minecraft, The Hobbit, The Simpsons, and Ghostbusters.
Along with several licensed sets, there is a huge line of Lego City sets which features fun everyday themes such as a fire station, police station and boats.

They even have sets available for the older kids and is intended for the expert Lego builder and recommended for 16+. These sets are very expensive and require serious skill to assemble.  

Top 10 Toy Brands for Girls for Holiday 2015

These are the top toy brands girls will be writing to Santa about. Now keep in mind no two kids are exactly the same. Some girls like Ninja Turtles and some boys like Doll Houses. That is totally cool with me.

Let’s start with #10
Project MC2
Smart is the new cool with this beautiful doll line of 11” dolls. The doll line is based off of a new Netflix series. The series is about 4 super smart girls who use their science and spy skills to save the world. The leader MeKeyla McCalister is a genius and works as a spy, Adrienne Attoms is a culinary chemist, Bryden Bandweth is a tech genius, and Camryn Coyle is a construction queen.
The dolls are approximately the same height as Barbie and remind me of Liv dolls. They have glass inset eyes and beautiful eyelashes. The core dolls are approximately 15.00 and come with a brush. The core dolls are the economy version and do not feature articulation and do not come with stands. The deluxe dolls all come with a fun project based off of each characters abilities and arrive with a stand and have moveable elbows and knees. The deluxe dolls are approximately 20.00.
These dolls are easy to find at Target, Walmart, Toys,R,Us and pretty much anywhere fashion dolls are sold. This line is not very big yet, but I hope the line expands. I would love to see fashion packs.

#9 Bratz
That’s right, Bratz are back. Much to Barbie’s surprise the Bratz are making a comeback. The line features 5 main characters, Jade, Yasmin, Cloe, Sasha and Raya and even boy doll Cameron. If you love fashion, than Bratz dolls might be something you would enjoy. These dolls are shorter than Barbie at 10in but feature a much larger head. Their shoes are connected with leg pegs and the dolls feature articulation in the knee. Each doll typically comes with a bunch of accessories.
This line has tons of clothing and accessory packs. They even have movies, and adorable animated stop-motion videos.
They recently featured My Froggy Stuff on their main page which was a  Create-Your-Own Trendy Bratz Yasmin Outfit review. My Froggy Stuff is my favorite crafting YouTube channel and I think Bratz was very smart in inviting them to their studio for a featured video.
These dolls range from 15-23.00. The Fashion packs are about 13.00 and the shoe packs are about 7.00.

#8 Barbie
I am pretty sure everyone knows about this blond lady by now. This year Barbie partnered up with Tokidoki to produce adorable limited edition dolls. These dolls are harder to find and retail at $80.
This year Barbie is launching the new Hello Barbie. Now, you can chat with Barbie® for 74.99 starting November 20! Many stores are offering pre-orders. Using WiFi and speech recognition technology, Hello Barbie™ can interact uniquely with each child by holding conversations, playing games, sharing stories and even telling jokes! It's a whole new way to interact with Barbie®.

#7 Lalaloopsy
These line of dolls are SEW CUTE. There are currently four different sizes to collect. Tinies, Minis, Littles, and Large Dolls. My personal favorite are the two littlest ones the Tinies and Minis. The tinies currently have 4 different series. There are many to collect and come in a variety of different packs. Girls will surely want to collect them all and they can also be used as adorable jewelry charms.
Series 3 have adorable baby characters and Series 4 has new pet pals. You will also see these carried over into the large doll sizes.
One of the most popular dolls this year is the pooping baby. Lalaloopsy Babies™ Potty Surprise™ which magically poops a surprise shape on her potty! 

Feed the baby her magical lalaloopsy baby food, place her on the potty and watch her magically poop different shapes every time! It includes three different food colors! Do it over and over again for more magical fun!

#6 LPS
This year LPS has come out with new family packs. Most girls loves baby animals. There are four different packs to collect Dog, Cat, Bunny and Panda Bear. Each comes with a Mommy pet and four babies.
This year the pets still have the deco pieces. Each pet has at least one tiny hole where deco pieces can be added.
I love the fact that they have little stores and rooms you can connect and create an entire village of Littlest Pet Shop.
There are fun apps and movies as well. Popular sets this year include the Pawza hotel, Pet Jet and the Backstage Set.

#5 Ever After High
Ever After high is a Companion line to Monster High, but instead of having Monsters for parents they have Fairy Tale parents. There are several web series videos, a film, and two book series. The stories are based around students attending a boarding school located in the Fairy Tale World. In the Fairy Tale World you are either a Royal or a Rebel.
The dolls and accessories are very well detailed and have great articulation. This brand features a very large assortment of different dolls, furniture sets and accessories.

#4 Disney Princess
Disney Princess is a media franchise owned by Walt Disney. You will find a large assortment to choose from at the Disney toy store itself, but through special licensing partnerships, you can find dolls at other places like Target, Toys R Us and Walmart.
Currently Mattel has been the one to produce the majority of the dolls found in stores, but starting next year Walt Disney has cut ties with Mattel for this line of dolls, and has given the licensing rights to Hasbro. Next year we should see huge clearance sales on the mattel versions and a very different looking line of princess dolls.
Frozen is still very popular going into the holiday season. With a huge chunk of store inventory dedicated to promoting this brand. Little girls will probably still have a couple must-have Frozen items on their list. However, this year frozen is not nearly as hot as it was last year.

#3 Lego
Lego has made huge strides in gaining popularity in the girl market. They currently have 3 very popular categories Friends, Elves and Disney Princess.
The LEGO Friends are a group of very different and very talented girls living in Heartlake City. Girls can build and expand their own Heartlake City with colorful bricks, dozens of new details and mini-doll figures. 
The rich LEGO Elves fantasy world means children can easily create an epic quest with the elvish companions. They can discover secret functions in the sets, and watch the magic turn into reality. These sets are very colorful and really engage imagination and creativity.
They also have a smaller but adorable line of Disney Princess themed sets, including a Frozen Ice Castle, Ariel’s Undersea Palace, and Cinderella’s Romantic Castle. All three sets are sure to be on a lot of Santa lists this year.

#2 Shopkins
Once you shop, you can’t stop. These very colorful and very collectible pencil toppers are still extremely popular with boys and girls.
The hottest items for Shopkins right now are the Food Fair Packs, Fashion Spree Packs and the new Shoppies Dolls.
There are currently 3 different dolls to choose from, Popette, Jessicake, Bubbliesha. They are 6in tall and have very large heads and colorful hair. The dolls arrive with exclusive shopkins and a couple small accessories. Online they are hard to find, but in the stores they are usually about $17.00 each. I am hoping these dolls will have more friends and fashion packs added in the near future.

#1 American Girl
American Girl is a specialty doll brand which features 18” Historical dolls, 18” Contemporary dolls and 2 lines of Baby dolls. Each year they have a featured Girl of the Year doll. This year the featured doll is named Grace. She is into baking and loves Paris France where her grandparents are from. She has a huge collection to choose from including the City Fun outfit and a Bistro set.
The Truly Me line is a line of 40 different dolls that have a variety of different skin tones, hair color and style and eye color. There is no customizing on these dolls, but if you are looking for a certain combination, you can usually come pretty close to a match with this line. None of these dolls feature story books or names. Girls are encouraged to create their own name and story with these dolls.
The BeForever line is a historical line of dolls. Each collection is set in a specific time period and each doll comes with a story book. These dolls are a great way to get girls interested in history.
There are also Bitty Twins and Bitty Babys available for the younger ones.
These dolls cannot be found in the regular stores, but there are several American Girl store locations throughout the US, and now also in Mexico and Canada. You can also shop online at

The 18” dolls are $115-$120 and the Baby dolls start at $60. Although the pricing is a higher than most doll brands, the quality is significantly better than alternative doll lines. Most families keep the dolls as heirlooms and pass them down to younger generations. And you can expect to see these items show up on most girls santa list this year. 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Ballet Shopkins Upload Coming Soon!

Later today I will be uploading a review on this adorable Shopkins Ballet Collection Pack from Toys'R'Us. They are adorable and very well designed. I think you are all going to really enjoy this set. 

Monday, August 17, 2015

New Upload for Buterfly Cuties tomorrow

Make sure to check out my reborn channel to see a brand new changing video, plus a reborn tag by request. Marley gets to wear her new outfit from DeenaandBeena! 

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Sneak Peek at Next Video

Saturday Morning Upload! Today I will be featuring Harper wearing this adorable baking outfit for the Girl of the Year, Grace collection. I really love the apron, but the cupcake shirt is super cute too. The coloring is original and modern.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Sneak Peak for Tomorrow's Upload

A detailed look at Grace's City Outfit will be posted on my YouTube channel tomorrow. I 100% love his outfits. Whoever designed this outfit is genius! I hope they continue to release outfits as adorable as this one!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Sneak Peak at Tomorrow's Upload!

Finally the reveal of my new Truly Me doll. I know a lot of people have been looking forward to this video and it is almost here! 

The unboxing and review of my new doll will be posted tomorrow. I hope you will watch to find out which one I picked and her name. 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Sneak Peak for Tomorrow's Video - Mystery Monday Ep. 28

Sneak peak for tomorrow's video! Mystery Monday Episode 28!

My hubby didn't like the surprise packages I had for the last episode so he went out and bought a whole bunch of new ones. He is so sweet! 

We got some pretty cool ones this week. No Olaf, but we did get a pretty cool SpongeBob MegaBloks character! I guess you will just have to watch to see the other ones we got.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

American Girl Shopping Haul

Sneak peak for tomorrow's video. I will be showing you what I recently ordered from American Girl. I was so excited to receive this package in the mail.

I will be reviewing the new Truly Me doll in a different video. I will also do a more detailed review of the two Grace items in separate videos.  

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Reborn Channel Update

Here is a first look at the new icon I will be using for my new Reborn Baby channel. You guys really helped when it came to finding the perfect name for this channel. I decided (with your help) to name the channel Buterfly Cuties. 

I hope you like the channel name and the icon. My first reborn will be arriving sometime in April and as part of the nesting phase I am preparing a brand new channel to show her off on. 

Trust me, she will not be the last. I plan to get her a couple siblings to keep her company. As for now, I will have to save up, because well made reborn baby dolls are very expensive for the budget I have. 

I am still having a lot of troubles coming up with a name. Ever since I discovered a friend of mine (MommyN Me AG) has already used my favorite name for their reborn baby doll, I have been searching high and low for a new name. 

Some new names that I have come up with are Primrose and Desiree. Let me know if you like these names and if you have any suggestions. She will be a tiny new born, sleeping and with dark hair. Your help is very much appreciated. 

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Sincerely, Tara

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Cedar Wood get her hair done

For a step-by-step tutorial on how I got Cedar Woods hair nice check out this video

Cedar and Maddie are my two favorite Ever After High Dolls, but sometimes their box hair can be a bit of a mess. I have learned many methods to tame the hair. This is my favorite for curly haired dolls.