The Absolute Best Christmas Gifts for Kids

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Every year when the time to start shopping for Christmas gifts rolls around, I am at a loss. I seem to always be the last in the know.

Firstly, I never know what is the “It” toy for that year. I didn’t find out about the egg “hatchimal” thing until about a week before Christmas last year.Everyone and their uncle

Everyone and their uncle was losing their minds trying to find that thing. Most of the reviews I read were somewhat negative and the majority said it took way to long to “hatch”.

This year I’ve done a little research and looked up the Amazon Hot Toy list to get a jump on the “it” toys for this year.


This first one jumped out at me and I really want to get it for Allie. It is really nostalgic for me 🙂

Teddy Ruxpin is back!!!

This guy was a staple during my childhood. Until he started to lose his battery and sounded like a devil bear. But, I’m sure they fixed that freaky feature.

1- Teddy Ruxpin – Official Return of the Storytime and Magical Bear

This next one is pretty cool.

Great for a child who is a logical thinker.

2- ALEX Toys Future Coders Poppin’ Pictures Coding Skills Kit

I think this one would be great for the young child who loves building models.

3- Kids First Automobile Engineer Kit

This is such a cute little playset for the My Little Pony Lover in your life.

4- My Little Pony: The Movie Seashell Lagoon Playset

Allie is a Paw Patrol lover so this would be a great gift this year.

5- Paw Patrol – My Size Lookout Tower with Exclusive Vehicle, Rotating Periscope and Lights, and Sounds

Uh-Oh this is another one Allie would really love from the Paw Patrol

6- Paw Patrol Sea Patroller Transforming Vehicle with Lights and Sounds

We might be in trouble, Allie also loves the PJ Masks.

Do you have a Cat Boy lover in your family? This would be a great gift for them.

7- PJ Masks Cat Boy Car

More PJ Masks!!!

8- Just Play PJ Masks Headquarters Playset

This would be great for your learning little one on the move.

9- Fisher-Price Think & Learn Teach ‘N Tag Movi

Allie’s Daddy loves buying our family members children Nerf guns almost every year. So, I had to have a Nerf option on my list 🙂

10- Nerf Nitro Flash Fury Chaos

I just had to include this one because I think it is just so cute and fun!

11- Zoomer – Show Pony with Lights, Sounds and Interactive Movement


12- Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions Craft Kit

Design and build amazing moving machines!!!

This one is so cool I might even play with it on my own!

13- K’NEX Kid K`Nex Budding Builders Tub Building Kit

This one is pretty cool and you can’t go wrong with a race car and a track

14- Lionel Mega Tracks – Corkscrew Chaos Green Engine

Having a toy with colors, shapes, and ways to make different sounds is a great teaching tool for young children. So, this is a great choice for a gift this year

15- Hape Pound & Tap Bench / Educo Early Melodies Pound and Tap Bench

I chose this because it looks like it would be a great, fun choice for the family game night.

16- Soggy Doggy Board Game

This one is a bit on the expensive side but if you have the money to spare and more than one child I think this would be a great little set.

17- Melissa & Doug Deluxe Star Diner Restaurant

This one is just fun. Play Mat and all Plastic Components React in the Dark with the UV LED Glasses or UV Pen Light. Make Cars, Run Them into Each Other, or into the Walls, Watch Them Crash and Fall Apart

18- Sands Alive Glow Sand Car Crashers Kit

I think this one is a great choice for your little one to learn colors, how to play a structured game, and the different animals.

19- Color Wooden Blocks Cartoon Stacking Game for Kids 51 pieces

Get this one for your little Mickey and the Roadster Racers fan build and refuel the car ready for Mickey Mouse’s next big race.

20- LEGO DUPLO Brand Disney Mickey Racer 10843 Building Kit (15 Piece)

A great set of tools for kids to use their imagination and “build” some fun.

21- Kids Tool Set, Construction Toys for Pretend Play-36 PCS of Repair Accessories & Tool Box for Boys and Girls

I have been wanting to get this for Allie for a few months and I think it will be a great Christmas gift this year!

22- The Original Blankie Tails Mermaid Tail Blanket (Youth Size), pink/aqua

I put these 2 games together because I believe they are a must to have when your children are young. Such fun games to play together as a family, no matter how old they get 🙂

23- Chutes and Ladders and Candy Land

24- IMDEN Magnetic Blocks, Magnetic Building Set, Magnetic Tiles, Educational Toys for Baby/Kids, 92 Piece

I don’t know any child who doesn’t love magic tricks and trying them out on their own. So, I know this is going to be a big hit this year.

25- Fantasma Toys Retro Magic Hat


This is my list of the Top 25 Hot Christmas Gifts for 2017.

Hopefully, you got some ideas for your children or your family members Christmas gifts this year.

Have you thought about your Christmas shopping yet this year? Are you one of the many people who wait until Black Friday or later to start shopping?

What is your plan to tackle the Christmas shopping madness this year?

Let me know in the comments.

Have a wonderful week!!!


christmas gifts for the year



Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Batteries: the one item we use pretty much every day


The one item we use pretty much every day

Batteries are the bane of my existence.

Almost every single toy Allie has requires batteries of some kind.

I use a baby monitor throughout the day. This small device takes three AA batteries. Right now, as I stare at this thing, it whirs as it is monitoring my daughter in her sleep. There is a small light on the front that turns red to indicate that, yet again, I need to change the batteries. It is a constant struggle with this thing. How long do I have before it will not work?Will the life of the batteries inside of it completely diminish before I have a chance to change them? Do I even have anymore AA’s at this point?

Where can I get a big enough amount of these wretched things without spending an arm and a leg? Then, a light-bulb appears above my head!!!


batteries for toys





Amazon has been my lifesaver for so many household items. But, batteries are the #1 on my list. These in particular are 24 count Energizer MAX for just $9.94! That is a great price in my opinion. I’ve seen packs of 10 for $13 at stores near me. This is a great find.

On with the show

I have tried, without succeeding, to weed out most of the battery operated toys. But, as I have come to find out, this is a lesson in futility. There is no way to get rid of battery operated toys. The second you get most of them out a birthday or holiday comes around and family and friends buy more of these toys. It is a vicious circle.

Now, there are rechargeable batteries but they come with a problem of their own. With these types you must not lose the charger thingy. These things are usually pretty small devices and can get lost so easily. Also, you must have a pack up set to replace the batteries while the ones from the toy are charging. This battery problem will never end!

And don’t even get me started on C, D, 9 volt, AAA, XYZ, 3.14 apple Pi…. ABC it’s easy as 123…… Who can keep track??

I’m upsetting myself already.

Let’s get into some interesting history of batteries and where they started.




When was the first battery created?

In 1800, Volta invented the first true battery, which came to be known as the voltaic pile. The voltaic pile consisted of pairs of copper and zinc discs piled on top of each other, separated by a layer of cloth or cardboard soaked in brine




I am wondering if that is why we call them “volts”.





What is a battery?

An electric battery is a device consisting of one or more electro chemical cells with external connections provided to power electrical devices such as flashlights, smartphones, and electric cars. When a battery is supplying electric power, its positive terminal is the cathode and its negative terminal is the anode. The terminal marked negative is the source of electrons that when connected to an external circuit will flow and deliver energy to an external device. When a battery is connected to an external circuit, electrolytes are able to move as ions within, allowing the chemical reactions to be completed at the separate terminals and so deliver energy to the external circuit. It is the movement of those ions within the battery which allows current to flow out of the battery to perform work. 


That is a lot of information that I don’t completely understand. But, it is very interesting. Let’s delve a little deeper, shall we?


How many “volts” are in a standard AA battery?

Single use batteries like Alkalines or Carbon zinc (so called heavy-duty batteries) have initial output of 1.5 volts and fall gradually to 1.2 to 2.3 at end of life


How much energy is 1 volt?

Defined in these scientific terms, 1 volt is equal to 1 joule of electric potential energy per (divided by) 1 coulomb of charge. Thus, a 9 volt battery releases 9 joules of energy for every coulomb of electrons moved through a circuit.


Where did the word “volts” come from?

The volt is the derived unit for electric potential, electric potential difference (voltage), and electromotive force. The volt is named in honour of the Italian physicist Alessandro Volta, who invented the voltaic pile, possibly the first chemical battery



This information is actually very fascinating! I am really intrigued!





Why are there different sizes of batteries?

As far back as 1749, Benjamin Franklin used the term “battery” to describe the set of linked capacitors he used to conduct (pun totally intended!) his experiments with electricity. It wasn’t until the late 1800s and early 1900s, though, that batteries became popular as a power source. As a source of power, batteries convert stored chemical energyinto electrical energy. They have been used to power all sorts of devices, from automobiles and watches to appliances and lights. Given the wide range of uses for batteries, it’s no surprise that many different sizes and types needed to be developed. Larger objects need more power, so larger, more powerful batteries had to be developed.

As technology led to smaller and smaller versions of things, smaller, less powerful batteries were needed. However, battery manufacturers soon realized that some common standards would be needed in order to avoid the need for developing a new battery for every new idea that came along.

In 1924, a group of people from the battery industry, along with several manufacturers and government agencies, met to propose a standard system of battery sizes. They decided to use the letters of the alphabet to designate astandard set of sizes. Thus, from the start, there were “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” “E,” etc. batteries. This worked fine for a while, but eventually a need for even smaller batteries arose. After World War II, “AA” and “AAA” batteries were developed for smaller applications. Over time, some of the types of batteries simply died out, because they were no longer used in any products. For example, you won’t find any “B” batteries in most stores today. Some manufacturers may still make them for a very limited range of products. They did exist and were popular at one time.


Wow, when I was younger I thought there were no B batteries because it would be difficult to say “B batteries”. Obviously, I was very silly in that thinking.


When was the first cell phone battery created?

The technology that powers our cell phones is based on the old two-way radios of the 1940s that were used in taxis and police cars. The very first primitive cell phone was used in 1946 by the Swedish police department. The phone worked using the principles of radio transmissions and it was good for six calls before the battery died. This first battery for operating a cell phone was actually a car’s battery and was hooked directly to the phone instead of being a separate battery like cell phone batteries are today. Most early cell phones were only able to be used in a vehicle because they needed such large amounts of battery power. Modern, small batteries of today had not yet been invented yet.



When was the car battery invented?

There is a really great info-graphic on car batteries through the years. Go check out Rac Shop


In the event that you have no batteries and really need a charge (pun very much intended!).


Try this…




And some fun information…



Scishow is a great resource. And, also very good for kids of all ages. Some of the things they cover are a bit more suited for older kids. But, some of it is great info for young science fans.


All of this is very interesting. I could go on and on about this topic. But, I know you have  no need to read hours of battery information.


Batteries are in our lives and, as hard as it is for me to accept, we need them.


I think this is a great idea! 🙂




In the words of Truman…


Have a wonderful day!


Thanks for reading 🙂


Allie’s Mommy


“Light tomorrow with today”



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Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.