Time to Buy With Time to Play!

Disclosure: I wasn't paid for this post. I was working on a giveaway for y'all and had to tell you about this in the process. So you get all the benefits of my work. You're welcome! November is a busy month for me. This November, we add tonsillectomy to the list of Thanksgiving, birthdays, taking Christmas pictures and getting the leg up on Santa. So when I heard that Time to Play had an app, I added them to the list of things I was thankful for this month.

Last year, the frog princess and I sat down for over an hour looking through their reviews. It's how I was able to figure out what she wanted Santa to bring her. We got to check out their video reviews, she got to see toys without me taking her to the store to see the gazillion toys there and I got to make my shopping list. They then came out with the cool price comparison tool so you could see where to get said goods. Which was so needed by yours truly.

This year, they have done me a solid. They've given me an app to do all of this. Here's some of the cool features that will make your life a little easier:

App 6INSTANT PRODUCT INFORMATION Simply scan the product’s UPC code or type into the search bar to access the TimetoPlayMag.com database to view:

  1. Complete product profile – what it is, why it’s fun, who it’s for, and what to be aware of
  2. Video review – independent editorial review of the product complete with a demonstration of how it works and pros and cons
  3. Editor’s Ranking – based on the product category each item is rated 1-5 stars on several important factors including fun, repeat play, assembly and instructions, learning curve, quality, and more

LIVE PRICE COMPARISON

  1. View real-time, online price and availability of a product at major retailers: Wal-Mart, Toys“R”Us, Target, Amazon, Kmart
  2. Click through to purchase immediately

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THOUSANDS OF PRODUCT REVIEWS

  1. Explore the TimetoPlayMag.com database with thousands of reviews, including toys, baby products, video games, sporting goods, kids electronics, children’s books, movies and apps, and more
  2. Search the database using filters for gender, age, and price range

BIRTHDAY REMINDER

  1. Add children’s birthdates to the user profile to receive personalized alerts when birthdays are near (I will be getting SO much use out of this)

SAVE & SHARE

  1. Bookmark favorite products
  2. Share products via Facebook, Twitter, email or text message

App 2GIVEAWAYS

  1. One click entry into the TimetoPlayMag.com Daily Giveaway sweepstakes (don't use this one y'all, I'm trying to win some stuff)

And speaking of giveaways, I have TWO things to giveaway today: Monster High 13 Wishes Doll Twyla and Playskool Pop 'n Pick Up Elefun.

Seriously folks, if you haven't tried this app, please take a spin. Head on over to download it now. You won't be disappointed.

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Time to PlayDisclosure: Time to Play Mag is providing the toys for the giveaway. I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.

Mami's Favorite Things: Time to Play!

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Every once in a while, I come across things that make me do a little jig. You might think this happens all the time since I tell you about it when it does happen but I’m here to tell you, that’s not the case. I have a set of brown paper bags that I had ready for the Christmas season. I have a list of reasons but one of them was certainly trying to figure out what to get the frog princess and then trying to figure out where I’d be getting it.

Enter Time to Play. Can I just tell you how much I pink puffy heart them? I went on their site a few weeks ago and the frog princess and I spent over a half hour just watching videos of their toy reviews. I also got to take some notes as she expressed interest in some of the items we saw. It made me feel better that I had a go-to place where I could get good information on toys. Also, it made me think I need to go work for them. They really play with all of these toys and put them through the ringer to make sure that we have all of the information we need to make our purchase.

Because they’re cool like that and want to help a sistah out a little further (yes, this is all because of me. You’re welcome), they recently did 2 awesome things:

Price comparison tool:

Now I can go to Time to Play and not only check out reviews toys, games, video games, books, infant products, sporting goods and more BUT I can easily see who has the best deals! This means that I don’t have to run around going to different websites and trying to do my own comparisons. Which saves me time and stress because (ssshhh, don’t tell anyone) I highly dislike shopping for anything that doesn’t include gadgets/toys for myself. This is what it looks like:

Comparison Tool

PS: I really want a Doc McStuffins doll. You know, for the frog princess! I kinda dig the fact that it also shows you who has the toy in stock. Because nothing’s more frustrating than finding a good deal only to find they no longer have the item.

Bilingual Toys

The folks over at Time to Play have put together their first ever Top Bilingual Toys list, revealing the seven toys chosen by the Time to Play editorial team as those which offer the most valuable play experience in two languages. All I can say is: insert dancing jig in 2 languages here.

I certainly am going to get good use of that list. While there are some toys out there that have certain words in Spanish, it is difficult to find quality bilingual toys.  Going through the list, I think I know one thing that my frog princess will be getting from Santa. She told me she wants a pink present (um, now I have to find pink wrapping paper). And inside that present she told me she wants a baby doll with a pink shirt. Enter Baby Alive Baby All Gone!

The Bilingual Toy category joins categories such as Action Figures, Dolls, Educational Toys, Video Games, Infant Products, Apps, and more.  Needless to say, I’ve logged in a few hours of time on this site.

Here’s my problem right now. I want everything I see on the site! And yes, I’ll admit that some of the toys are for me to play with. Hey, I never said I grew up, did I?

With thousands of in-depth product reviews and a new price comparison tool which tracks product inventory and prices at five major retailers, AND their new Bilingual Toys category, TimetoPlayMag.com is the one-stop resource for fulfilling a child’s wish list this holiday season. The popular website is also now available in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Russian, and German.

The folks at Time To Play seem to think that you guys want to win some toys this week. So, I give you a giveaway of the Baby Alive Baby All Gone and a Furby! I am going to tell you a secret: I might enter my own giveaway. Is that wrong? Don’t judge me, I really want these!

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Check out Time to Play on Twitter for their weekly #TimetoPlayLive Twitter parties chock full of prizes. And don’t forget to stop by their Facebook page for some cool giveaways.

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Disclosure: I attended a Time to Play luncheon in Orlando. But y'all know it takes more than free food to get me to talk about a product or company. All thoughts and excited commentary are purely my own.

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