Charlie's Corner · Personal Post · Product Review · Recommendations · Uncategorized

Charlie’s Corner: Kiwi Box Subscription

Welcome to Charlie’s Corner, named after my little boy. Here I will share baby/children’s product and book reviews.

For more information on Kiwi (and Koala) box, visit their website.

Charlie's Corner · Product Review · Recommendations

Charlie’s Corner: VTech Favourites

Welcome to Charlie’s Corner, named after my little boy. Here I will share baby/children’s product and book reviews.

Christmas is always a special occasions for my family, but this past one was was sons first and therefore it was even more of a significant celebration. Charlie was 8 months old at the time and received several interactive toys. (Ok, I’ll be honest he was a bit spoiled.) In April he turned 1 year old and was spoiled yet again, adding some more noise to his collection. Several of these toys were manufactured by VTech. Today I would like to share some of our favourites from their line of baby toys.

Busy Learners Activity Cube
Offers several different ways a baby can entertain themselves, with fun songs and sounds to keep interested. This one keeps Charlie busy for quite a while as he enjoys flipping it around to the multiple sides.


Click & Count Remote

I was surprised by the amount of sounds and music this remote has. Its size was slightly too big for 8 month hands, but once my little man got a bit bigger, this toy became one we take everywhere. It is also a great to swap out when he snatches up the real television remote.

Roll and Surprise Animal Train
Charlie loves the sounds this train makes. In the earlier months he enjoyed popping up the animals and slamming them down again. Now that he is more mobile this toy is super easy to pull and push around.

This is just a short list of VTech’s baby toy collection, however there are many more interactive toys of different sizes and age groups. These products are great for development and their battery life is good.

So what is Mommy’s favourite part of these toys? The volume control and on/off buttons, of course. Haha!

Product Review · Recommendations

Game Review: Escape The Room: Stargazers Manor

What do you do when you can’t convince anyone to do an escape room with you? You buy a board game version and make your family play with you. Haha!

While perusing Amazon one day I came across Escape The Room: Stargazers Manor by ThinkFun.

Game: Escape the Room: Stargazers Manor
Made by: ThinkFun
Type: Escape Room, Problem Solving
For Ages: 10+
Required Players: 3+


My Rating: 4/5

My Thoughts

Stargazers Manor was a fun escape room adventure to be had in the comfort of your own home. Upon opening the box, I was surprised to see so few game pieces, but that is where the envelopes come into play. ThinkFun has created a detailed story where players must uncover what happened to a widower-astronomer, set in 1869. As a companion to the board game, ThinkFun has created a website that offers hints and a how-to guide to reassemble the game. It also offers tips on how to host your own Escape Room Party, with invitations, costumes and music ideas. It took my family and I around 2 hours to complete and escape the manor. We thought it was just the right balance of difficulty and enjoyment. I recommend this game and hope to try more escape room adventures in the future.



Note: Images Source