To say I’m a big kid is probably an understatement.
I enjoy having fun with my kids, and I especially love it when they have a toy that highlights the inner youth in everyone, no matter the age. To me, that’s how I can tell when a toy is truly spectacular.
I think that may also contribute to why I cherish Christmas so immensely — it brings out your inner child.

I sometimes act like I dread holiday shopping, especially when it comes to the massive line-ups and impatient (and sometimes “scrooge-y”) shoppers.  But as soon as I hit the toy section and I’m exploring each one aiming to find the perfect toy for each special child on my list, I can’t help but polk, fiddle and push every button, a smile breaking through my tired face as the sounds, lights and music fills the air and each toy comes to life.

One brand that has been loved dearly in this home is Mattel and I was very happy to see their new online destination created to make holiday shopping for the little ones as seamless as possible.
The microsite features a hand-picked list of Mattel’s Top Holiday Toys of the Season including their Top 10 Picks.
To view the selection of Mattel’s Top Holiday Toys and learn more, visit them at

Featuring top and admired brands such as Fisher-Price, Mattel Games, Barbie, Hot Wheels, BoomCo, Disney and more, you will certainly find the perfect toy for everyone according to their age and interests.


My top 4 Favourites this year featured on http://www.MattelHoliday.Ca include the following:

1) Fisher-Price® Little People® City Skyway


Standing over 3 feet tall, this play set ramps up the zipping, zooming racing fun!
Your little racer sends a vehicle down the ramp at the top, then decides which way it’ll come out, using the “randomizers” throughout that will switch the car to different paths.
Will it speed out one of the two side exits or jump off the middle ramp?
The creative play is revved up even more with a realistic crane, stop sign, gas pump and parking meter. Your little one will enjoy hours of non-stop action!
FEATURES: Stands over 3 feet tall! One point of entry on top with three exits on the bottom, one of which is a jump. Turn “randomizers” throughout to switch the car to different paths. The kid-size vehicles fit perfectly in little hands. Comes with City Skyway play set, crane, stop sign, gas pump , parking meter and two cars.
Ages: 1 – 5 years



2) Barbie® Sisters Life in the Dreamhouse Glam Camper™


Take the gang on the road with Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse – The Amaze Chase Glam Camper!
Built for glamping, this amazing RV holds more than meets the eye!
From the outside, it promises sensational style and aaah-mazing adventure! When its time to stop for the night, disconnect the cab and open the camper to reveal multiple play spaces with all the comforts of home, plus a few fabulous extras!
Theres a complete kitchen, with refrigerator, stove and oven – both with working doors.
Grab a snack or a beverage, perhaps a pink lemonade from the dispenser. Or grill up a meal on the barbecue, then flip the grill – it turns into a table, the perfect place to eat dinner!
Two decorative pink stools make classy camping chairs.
After dinner, enjoy girl talk and ghost stories at the campfire over smores. When the fire goes out, the tired campers can enjoy sweet dreams with plenty of cozy places to sleep. A double bed, with soft blanket, and two bunk beds fold down ensuring all four sisters have a place to sleep on family vacations.
Catch up on news back home or favorite shows on the TV, which flips out for easy viewing.
A fabulous bathroom is perfect for cleaning up after a day of adventure – the full bathroom comes complete with a polka-dot shower curtain.
Additional accessories expand the storytelling fun – like plates, a frying pan and smores. Theres even a pink crystal chandelier to put the glam in glampsite! Collect Barbie doll, her sisters and their friends to head out on the road for an aaah-mazing adventure (dolls sold separately).

Totally wish I had this when I was a little girl! So cool!



 3) Fisher-Price® Laugh & Learn® Smart Stages™ Chair


It’s baby’s very own place to sit and discover new things!
This “magic” ABC seat knows when baby sits, activating songs and phrases when baby stands.
Press the light-up remote or flip book pages to hear numbers, shapes and more.
Lift the cushion to reveal more fun surprises.
The chair includes Smart Stages technology, an exciting new way to change learning content as baby grows. Every baby develops at their own pace, and Smart Stages gives you the ability to select the stage that’s best for your child! There are a variety of developmentally appropriate songs, phrases and sounds within three levels of play – just slide the switch or enter baby’s age for automatic level changes.
Ages 12 months+ (1-3).

This is one of our most favourite toys in the house! I absolutely love the new Smart Stages Technology. Check out a more detailed review of the Fisher-Price® Laugh & Learn® Smart Stages™ Chair here.



4) BOOMco™ Rapid Madness™ Blaster


HaveABlast with BOOMco.!
This new line of blasters and gear will revolutionize the way you play on the battlefield.
BOOMco. products feature Smart Stick technology, an awesome new material that’s on the tip of every dart and in every round, that sticks to BOOMco. targets and blaster shields—so you see exactly where you nailed it!
Fires 20 darts in seconds for ultimate firepower; Push-button removable transforming Smart Stick blaster shields; Fires up to 50 feet; Air-powered, no batteries necessary; Includes 30 Smart Stick darts, a 20 dart clip and a Smart Stick target.
Ages: 5-8.



Disclosure: CAC received product samples for review, however as always, all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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