FREE Lego Mini Build

FREE Lego Mini Build

FREE Mini Build at all Lego Stores is the 1st Tuesday of every month. The builds are for children ages 6-14 only. The Mini Build is held at 5pm and stores have a limited supply so be sure to arrive a little early.

January Mini Build and other events

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It’s out of this world fun for this months mini build. Visit your local Lego Store on January 6th to build a friendly Alien and his Space Dog. Build starts at 5pm and goes until supplies run out.

Lego Store Events

January’s Lego Club meeting will be on the 24th. For this months club meeting attendees will be doing a build and take, so they will work with a Brick Specialist on a mini build that they will be able to take home with them. Club meetings are for kids ages 6-14 only and the cost to attend is $10 per child. Club meeting is an hour before store opening and pre-registration is required.

Image from stores.lego.com

Image from stores.lego.com

Stop in between January 12 – 18th for a Search and Find activity. Help Detective Ace Brickman solve the mystery and find the cookies that lead to the bad guys hiding place to earn a Lego Detective Badge Sticker.

Image from stores.lego.com

Image from stores.lego.com

Come play and race the Lego Friends vehicles on in-store ramps from January 19th until February 15th.

Lego Store Events

The Lego Store at Fashion Valley Mall in San Diego

These FREE builds are an awesome way to add another fun set to your child’s Lego collection. Playing with Legos is a great way to encourage your child’s imagination and to help them with the development of essential skills such as problem solving and fine motor skills. Be sure to check out all the events Lego Stores have to offer such as Lego Club sign up days and Lego Club Movie days. Click here to find a store nearest you.

Have fun building!

Cruzin Mama

101 FREE Shutterfly Photo Prints

101 FREE Prints from Shutterfly

With the fun of the holidays coming to an end what better way to look back on them by having your photos printed out. And with Shutterfly you can do that for FREE! Shutterfly is offering for a very limited time 101 FREE 4×6 photo prints. Use the code: FREE101 by January 5th to obtain your free prints. (Offer expires 01/05/2015 at 11:59pm PT)

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Shutterfly has some other great New Year deals going on until January 6th as well. Use the code: PARTYON on you order to receive the appropriate discount savings. Also get saving on shipping by using the code: SHIP39 on orders that are $39 or more. You can upgrade to expedite shipping by putting the code: UPGRADE at checkout. Both shipping codes are valid until January 27th.

Hurry now these deals won’t be up much longer!

Cruzin Mama

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FREE Lego Mini Builds at Toys R’ Us

It’s Bricktober at Toys R’ Us

Stop by your local Toys R’ Us store for some great Lego deals and FREE mini builds! During Bricktober any Lego construction purchase of $75 or more receives a FREE Lego village set. Each week is a new set to collect, collect all four to complete the village. Lastly don’t forget to check out the awesome FREE Lego builds happening this month.

October Mini Builds

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Saturday October 11th
Help celebrate the new Star Wars Rebel Series by building a MINI Ghost Ship from the series. Build is for children ages 5 and up and only one FREE Mini kit per child. Event starts promptly at 12pm and goes until 2pm. Event participants will also be able to test out their Lightsaber skills with the new Inquisitor’s Lightsaber.

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Saturday October 18th

Calling all Batman fans! Come and build a Lego Bat Signal. Build is for children ages 5 and up and there is a limit of one FREE mini build per child. Event starts promptly at 12pm and goes until 2pm.

My family has attended a Toys R’ Us Lego build before and my daughter had a good time. Attendees had lined up at least 30 minutes before the events start time. There was a limited supply and it was a very popular event.

Have a blast building!

Cruzin Mama

Littlest Pet Shop’s New Line & Sets *Review*

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Littlest Pet Shop Pawsabilities Product Review

Ok let me start by saying I am so excited and a little nervous about this post. This is my first ever product review. I was selected to be a part of a campaign to give my thoughts and opinion on the new Littlest Pet Shop Pawsabilities collection and to help generate some Bzzz about the company this fun opportunity is run through. I’ll give all the details about this program and how you can join in on the fun at the bottom of this post ;)

My full Littlest Pet Shop kit!

My full Littlest Pet Shop kit!

I have to admit I was completely surprised by how much was in my campaign box. I had read the details when I was chosen for the campaign but I guess I just wasn’t really expecting much or that it would even be a legitimate program. Well I was wrong and am so happy about that. I should share that I am apart of BzzAgent. BzzAgent is a leading social marketing company where participants give product reviews and feedback. But more about that in a bit.

Back to the Pet Shop surprise. I hadn’t told my daughter what would be coming in the mail so to see how excited she would be. And boy was she excited when I told her I had a surprise for her and opened the box. Her reaction was priceless, she told me that she is so spoiled and is the luckiest princess ever. In my mind this product review was off to a great start.

What’s in the kit

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The biggest item was the Littlest Pet Shop itself with three exclusive Pets.

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Next is the campaign box was Say Ahh to the Spa style set with the adorable Zoe.

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To round out the set a bonus pet was included along with a DVD of the show which can be seen on Hub.

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Add coupons! I know that these will be put to good use. I know some kiddos who will be getting some LPS gifts this holiday season. *Not pictured is a bonus coupon that came on the large Littlest Pet Shop Set*

What we think about it

My daughter loves the set! She already had some LPS toys but nothing like this. The set let’s kids decorate to fit their own style and personality. And I have to say assembly was fairly easy. And I must warn that there are some very tiny pieces that come in all the new Pawsabilities collection. So unfortunately for my kiddo she doesn’t get to fully decorate her sets because it’s too much of a hazard for her little brother. But when he is not around, mainly during naps, I do let her use the smaller pieces. The great thing with the new sets is that you can creat your own LPS world. The buildings are stackable and can be set up however your little one wants. The small decorations can be used on the Pets to style them also. The DVD has quite a few episodes on it and the show itself is very cute. The show follows an ambitious girl and her Pet Shop friends. My daughter was glued to the first episode, especially since it was set in Paris.

There are a few downsides I have noticed with the sets. The easy snap together set up is great but some of the pieces just don’t seem to stay snapped in. It doesn’t seem to bother my kiddo at all and is easy to fix by just re-snapping the pieces back in. Also the new style of Pets allows for the heads to be removed and changed around which is very fun. I have noticed though that they too seem to fall off during play because of this feature. One suggestion I have for this new collection is to have some more alternative sets that don’t just fit the stereotypical “girl toys”. The spa set is fun but not really fitting to my daughters style since she never really plays that way. I think some adventure sets would be great since on the show the Pets travel to many places. Besides the little hiccups with the snapping I think the set is great. I am definitely recommending it to friends and to my kiddos classmates.

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Set up was quick and easy! We were playing not long after opening the box.

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All set up and ready for play.

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What’s the Bzz

So I mentioned earlier in this post that I was able to do this review because of BzzAgent. BzzAgent is a company that helps create hype and generate feedback for many products from well known companies. BzzAgent is completely free to join. Sign up is simple and all participation consists of is mostly completing surveys. Completing surveys not only helps companies but also yourself. Surveys help to see what products would be fitting for you. The more surveys you complete the more your Agent score increases. A good Agent score opens you to the possibility of being selected for campaigns. Campaigns are when you are sent a product to test out and keep, that’s right you get something for FREE. When being a part of a campaign there are activities to do that help give complete feedback on the product you received. All the activities are pretty straight forward and simple. To join in on all the Bzz click here.

Hope you found my review helpful and don’t forget to get involved in the fun by joining BzzAgent!

Cruzin Mama

Monthly FREE Mini Build at the Lego Store

The Lego Store at Fashion Valley Mall in San Diego

The Lego Store at Fashion Valley Mall in San Diego

FREE Mini Build at all Lego Stores is the 1st Tuesday of every month. The builds are for children ages 6-14 only. The Mini Build is held at 5pm and stores have a limited supply so be sure to arrive a little early.

October Mini Build and other events

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It’s spooky fun for this months mini build. Visit your local Lego Store on October 7th to build a friendly Frankenstein Monster. Build starts at 5pm and goes until supplies run out.

Special October Lego Club Shirt

Special October Lego Club Shirt

There will be two Lego Club meetings in October, the 18th and 25th. The meetings are Star Wars themed and attendance includes a special Lego Star Wars Shirt. Club meetings are for kids ages 6-14 only and the cost to attend is $25 per child. Club meeting is an hour before store opening and pre-registration is required.

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Above is the calendar for all of October store events. Lego Stores will be giving out a special treat on the 31st for Halloween, so stop by while Trick-or-Treating.

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These FREE builds are an awesome way to add another fun set to your child’s Lego collection. Playing with Legos is a great way to encourage your child’s imagination and to help them with the development of essential skills such as problem solving and fine motor skills. Be sure to check out all the events Lego Stores have to offer such as Lego Club sign up days and Lego Club Movie days. Click here to find a store nearest you.

Have fun building!

Cruzin Mama

Arrr! It’s Talk Like A Pirate Day!

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Ahoy Matey’s!

Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. I have some little swashbucklers in my home who are happy to do some pirating today. So this is a fun post about ways to get into today and some freebies.

    • Learn to talk like a Pirate!– have some fun and learn Pirate lingo by clicking here.
    • Google and Facebook– by going into the languages settings you can actually change both sites to Pirate. For Google go to settings then to change language and scroll through to Pirate. For Facebook go to settings, then to language and it will be with a language, i.e. English(Pirate)
    • Pirate Apps
      • Jake’s Neverland Pirate School – Join Jake and his friends on missions to become a Neverland Pirate. Click here to download this fun App
      • iArrPirate! – turn yourself into a scurvy swashbuckler. Click here to download this fun FREE App for iPhones
      • Talking Pirate – help Jack the Pirate escape a tickling attack and play fun games with him. Click here to download this App
    • Coloring Pages – here are some FREE printable Pirate coloring pages for kids.
    • Krispy Kreme Donuts – Stop by your local Krispy Kreme Donut shop today and Talk Like a Pirate to receive a FREE glazed donut. For anyone brave enough come dressed up and receive a box of a dozen FREE glazed donuts.
    • Events
      • Captain’s Cove Nautical Gifts and Fine Brass – stop by Captain’s Cove in Sea Port Village for fun games, activities, prize wheel, raffle, face painting and more.
      • The Escondido Renaissance Faire – The Escondido Renaissance Faire and Pirates in the Park is this weekend, September 20th and 21st. Each day the Faire runs from 10am to 6pm. Adult entrance is $18, children $8, and ages 4 and under are free. The Faire is located at Felicita Park in Escondido. The Faire features Renaissance food and activities, a children’s area and a Pirate Village.

Hope this helps in celebrating Talk Like a Pirate Day. Now go and have a great day o’ I’ll make ye walk the plank!

Cruzin Mama

Kidvasion this October in San Diego

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Kidvasion is coming soon to San Diego!

For the whole month of October many attractions, restaurants, and hotels offer kids FREE deals! There are over 100 deals to choose from. An example of the deals are kids eating FREE at many participating restaurants to a special gift with stay at select hotels. The San Diego Zoo and Safari Park will have FREE entrance for kids! *Free entrance is only valid for children ages 3-11 and must be accompanied by an adult. Free admission does not include Guided Bus Tour, Skyfari Aerial Tram, African Tram Safari or the Conservation Carousel.* This is a great opportunity to check out the new Tiger Trail at the Safari Park.

So if you were planning on a getaway to San Diego this fall be sure to check out all the amazing deals going on in October for Kids Free.

Cruzin Mama

Monthly FREE Mini Build at the Lego Store

September's FREE Mini Build (image from stores.lego.com)

September’s FREE Mini Build (image from stores.lego.com)

Just a reminder that the first Tuesday of every month is a FREE Mini Build at all Lego Stores. The builds are for children ages 6-14 only. The Mini Build is held at 5pm and stores have a limited supply so be sure to arrive a little early.

These FREE builds are an awesome way to add another fun set to your child’s Lego collection. Playing with Legos is a great way to encourage your child’s imagination and to help them with the development of essential skills such as problem solving and fine motor skills. Be sure to check out all the events Lego Stores have to offer such as Lego Club sign up days and Lego Club Movie days. Click here to find a store nearest you.

September store events

September store events

Have fun building!

Cruzin Mama

Geoffrey’s Birthday Club (Toys R’ Us)

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Who doesn’t love freebies especially birthday freebies! Well Toys R’ Us has a really cool FREE Birthday Club. Geoffrey’s Birthday Club (the official name after Toys R’ Us mascot Geoffrey the Giraffe) gives kids some fun rewards to celebrate their special day.

About two weeks before your child’s birthday they will receive a birthday card in the mail. Any mail that is addressed to my kiddos makes them excited. In the card is a coupon that is for $5 off an item of $5 or more. That’s right the toy can be just $5 and they will take $5 off of it so you just end up paying tax! Oh and the coupon lasts for a couple months so it does not have to be used right away. The card also wishes your little one a Happy Birthday and tells them to be sure to stop by the store around their special day for some free goodies. When you go in the store for their birthday go to the customer service desk to receive their free crown and balloon. On your child’s actual birthday they will receive a call from Geoffrey himself wishing them a Happy Birthday! When you sign up for the Birthday Club you pick the best number to receive the call and the best time of day for when your child can answer it.

My kids love to receive their birthday goodies. Though my little one didn’t care too much about the crown he was way more into the balloon. Everyone in the store was so friendly as we walked around and wishing our birthday kiddo a Happy Birthday. And of course they love being able to pick out a new toy (and I love when I don’t have to spend much on a new toy).

We just redeemed my sons birthday club coupon and got his free crown and balloon since his birthday is coming very very soon.

We just redeemed my sons birthday club coupon and got his free crown and balloon since his birthday is coming very very soon.

Just a few more things about the birthday club:

  • This is only for children ages 1 to 10
  • It takes about 6 to 8 weeks for the enrollment process so be sure to give enough time before your child’s birthday
  • You can submit an enrollment form in store or online

So have fun celebrating your child’s special day!

Cruzin Mama