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Happy Birthday Prince George | 1st Birthday Gift Ideas

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Today is the little prince’s birthday! Little Prince George has turned one year old, and people around the world are checking in on how this little boy is growing up. There is no question that this little guy is going to receive some spectacular birthday gifts and probably have a birthday party fit for a king. We can’t wait to see pictures. Any guesses on what it will look like?

To celebrate, we thought it would be fun to share some first birthday present ideas for the one year old in your life. Because no matter the baby, babies love to play. And bright colored toys with sounds and lights or wheels and pulls are fun for all babies. Check out some of our favorite picks for 1st birthday gifts.First Birthday Gift Ideas - Rockin' Boys

1) Little Tikes Cozy Coupe – The Little Tikes Cozy Coupe ride on toy is an American classic and. Toddlers love this riding toy car’s classic design and easy maneuverability. Perfect indoors or out. The Cozy Coupe encourages active play, imagination and the development of large motor skills.

2) Fisher-Price® Classics for Baby Gift Set - We all know these classics from our own childhood and our little’s ones as well. These Fisher-Price® favorites for baby are perfect for baby play! Classics include Baby’s First Blocks (6 months and up), Rock-a-Stack® (6 months & up), Corn Popper™ (12 – 36 months), and Lil’ Snoopy (1 year & up) for colorful stacking and sorting fun for sitting babies; popping, push-along, pull-along, walk-along fun for little walkers!

3) Step2 Sand and Water Table - Littles will have hours of outdoor fun with the High Seas Adventure Sand & Water Table with Umbrella™ by Step2. With two different sides for sand and water, this activity table is perfect for multi-child play. Toddlers and preschoolers can pretend they are sailors at sea while they play on the water side and then arrive at a desert island when they use the sand side. The High Seas Adventure Sand & Water Table with Umbrella is also great for sensory play as little ones splish and splash the water and dig for buried treasure in the sand!

4) Eric Carle “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” - Eric Carle has many wonderful books that are great for babies and continue to be their favorites for many years to come. “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” was one of my boys favorite books as a baby….with animals and bright colors and little flaps to look under.

5) Little Tikes Wide Tracker™ Activity Walker - Little Tikes has lots of great walkers that will keep your baby entertained for hours. Colors, shapes and flip down doors will capture their attention. This particular walker has a wide wheel base provides added stability. The unique folding design lets the walker start as a baby activity gym when they are sitting and crawling.

6) Parum Pum Pum - This is one of my favorite toys that my boys played with. The B. Toys Parum Pum Pum drum offers loads of music fun. It comes with drumsticks, jingle bells, a maraca clacker, tambourine and two shaker eggs. The drum has a big handle with strap that makes it easy for your child to carry it, and it opens up to make storage for all the instruments when not in use.

Rockin’ Party Themes: Mad Scientist Birthday Party

Rockin’ Boys love to party, so naturally we love parties that have really cool theme. Today we invited Stephanie from the awesome blog Spaceship and Laserbeams to share some tips on how to throw an awesome mad scientist birthday party.
mad-science-birthday-party-ideas.jpgDo you have a child that frequently asks “why” and “how”? A mad scientist birthday party theme would be perfect! Mix in some experiments with that birthday cake! You can focus on all sorts of interesting activities; kids think they’re just having fun but they’re actually learning, too.

Mad Scientist Birthday Party Ideas!

Pull kids into your laboratory by providing a few costume pieces as soon as they arrive. White lab coats and oversized glasses (check the dollar store and remove the lens) or safety goggles, plus an official looking identification lanyard, will make young guests feel important. No lab coats? Extra-large white t-shirts, cut up the front, are an inexpensive option.

A mad scientist can explore whatever frontier will most appeal to your birthday boy/girl. Your science lesson might focus on the human body, food science, astronomy, or whatever… Once you determine what your scientific team will explore, you can build your decorations around that idea. Whether you decide to go all out and construct an entire laboratory or give the suggestion of one over your dessert table, you might want to include a chalkboard backdrop scribed with formulas or a periodic table chart. Microscopes, test tubes, beakers and bottles of faux specimens add to the effect. Dry ice in a few beakers provides a mysterious experiment effect—just remember to keep it out of the reach of curious little fingers!

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Giving party food themed monikers adds extra fun. Use terms such as quantum leap, ions, electrons, and molecule. Test tubes are great for holding small candies. You’ll get extra points for food in beakers and petri dishes! Wrap water bottles in “doctor’s secret formula” labels; clear plastic cups marked with a sharpie can look like beakers or specimen cups.

Of course you’ll want to plan several experiments for the kids to participate in. Have everything set up and measured so no one becomes bored while waiting. Don’t forget to protect your tables with plastic tablecloths or kraft paper. You’ll find tons of instructions for activities if you google “science experiments for kids”. Erupting volcanoes, growing jelly marbles, and making slime are a few of the popular choices.

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For that next birthday celebration, serve up some scientific interests along with the cake for an A+ party. Do your homework and the experiments you choose will provide all the answers to “why”!

What would your kids love to see at a mad scientist birthday party?

Stephanie Keeping is a wife to Mike, mom to a boy named Sam, a blogger, and an Etsy-preneur. She celebrates boyish charm at Spaceships and Laser Beams, where she talks about all things boy and birthday party. You can connect with her on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, Twitter and on Etsy

THE LEGO MOVIE DVD and Blu-Ray Release

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One of our favorite movies is now available to own!

THE LEGO MOVIE follows Emmet, an ordinary, rule-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world.

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He joins forces with other master builders and they embark on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, Lord Business, who wants to freeze the world with an item called The Kragle. It’s a journey for which the group is comically under-prepared for.

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Can Emmet save his friends and the rest of the LEGO world from Lord Business evil plan?

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THE LEGO MOVIE is available today, on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD!

And don’t forget to stop by LEGOLAND to check out THE LEGO MOVIE EXPERIENCE before it’s gone!

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Explore scenes from THE LEGO MOVIE built by LEGOLAND’S very own master builders, and check out behind-the-scenes footage!

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Disney Infinity Announces Marvel Super Heroes

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Your Marvel Super Hero lover is going to flip over Disney Interactive and Marvel Entertainment’s announcement that the world’s iconic Super Heroes are coming to Disney Infinity this Fall! Yes, Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes - the 2.0 edition will join one of the #1 best-selling new video games of 2013.

Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes will feature more than 20 new interactive figures from across the Marvel universe.  It’s all-new Toy Box mode will make it easier for players to create and share their one-of-a-kind levels and mini-games with family and friends. In addition, all characters and power discs from last year’s release of Disney Infinity will be compatible with the Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Toy Box.Iron_Man_Character_Development_image

The Avengers’ Iron Man, Black Widow, Thor, Captain America, Hulk and Hawkeye will debut when the game launches this fall, along with additional Play Sets and characters from other popular Marvel and Disney franchises, which will be announced in the coming months. Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes will be available for the PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3, Xbox One and Xbox 360, the WiiU™ system from Nintendo, PC and iOS tablets and smart phones.

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Features of the new Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes 

Marvel will be introducing many new features into Disney Infinity: Super Heroes such as new character actions such as flyings and super jumps, deeper immersive story lines, new combat gameplay, more destruction in game worlds, authentic Marvel gadgets and vehicles in Play Sets and Toy Box.

Epic Storylines – Original, character driven stories written by award-winning Marvel comic writer, Brian Michael Bendis. Authentic, intertwined stories where some Marvel Super Heroes can cross between Play Sets, all set in iconic Marvel locations.

Enhanced Toy Box  It’s all-new Toy Box mode will make it easier for players to create and share their one-of-a-kind levels and mini-games with family and friends. You can use a new Creator tool to quickly build worlds faster and easier.

Toy Box Game Discs – New pyramid shaped discs will deliver structured, franchise-themed games to the Toy Box. Build and customize your games by using Toy Box Toys of your choice and play through each game using any Disney Infinity character to complete missions.

Forward Compatability – All of your current Disney Infinity figures, toys and power discs will be compatible with the Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Toy Box. The Disney Infinity characters will be able to increase their level cap from level 15 to 20 and skills can used in the game using the Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes skill tree.

Power Discs – A new set of circular and hexagonal Power Discs will be available for Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes. The circular discs will add costumes, Area of Effect attacks and team-ups, and the hexagonal power discs will add new weapons, vehicles and sky and terrain customizations.

What will come in the Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes 2.0 edition Video Starter Pack?
• 1 Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) Video Game
• 3 Marvel Super Heroes Figures: Iron Man, Thor and Black Widow
• 1 Disney Infinity Base (2.0 Edition)
• 2 Toy Box Game Discs
• 1 Marvel’s The Avengers Play Set piece
• 1 Web Code Card

Check out the Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes video game trailer….

DIY Upcycled T-shirt Belt | Tutorial

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In honor of Earth Day, I decided it would be a good idea to clean out the closet and do some re-purposing. My boys seem to have an overflow of shirts that they don't wear anymore. They are packing the dresser drawers and stacked up high on the closet … [Continue reading]

Tips on Taking Kids to Car Races

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If your boys anything like mine, then they love cars. any kind of cars…race cars, luxury cars, dragsters, monster trucks…you name it. If it has wheels and goes fast, they love it. Last weekend, Verizon FiOS Socal gave us a chance to hit the race … [Continue reading]

Rockin’ Rubber Band Dyed Easter Eggs

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 Dyeing Easter Eggs is a yearly tradition for my family. As my boys get older they are able to do a lot more with the eggs. This year I thought it would be fun to try Rubber Band Dyed Easter Eggs. A lot of the produce we get comes rubber banded in … [Continue reading]

Spring Fashion at The Children’s Place 2014

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Spring fashion is in full swing at The Children's Place. It my favorite time to put away the winter colors and long sleeve and get some fresh colors into my boys wardrobes. I also love that this is the season to get them cute clothes for their Easter … [Continue reading]

Super Duper Top Secret Message Painting

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This fun Super Duper Secret Message Painting crayon resist activity is part a #ColorfulCreations compensated campaign featuring Crayola and hosted by the social shopper media company #CollectiveBias. We were asked to come up with a fun rainy day … [Continue reading]

Easy No-Sew Valentine’s Day Shirt Tutorial

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It can be hard to find cute and stylish (emphasis on stylish) Valentine's Day t-shirts for boys. After all, Valentine's Day is full of hearts, flowers and everything pink…perfect for the girly girl. And even though my boys do wear pink from time to … [Continue reading]