Wednesday, April 14, 2010

L.A. Blogger Brunch! It was AWESOME!

Yesterday I was treated to such a fun mom blogger event! The L.A. Blogger's Brunch put on by Child's Play PR/Marketing Communications. Mom bloggers from all over SoCal (and beyond!) gathered at the beautiful Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach for a delicious meal and an awesome display of new kids, mom and family products. We even received some great give aways and fabulous raffle prizes. Read on all the way to the end to find out how to enter to win a Bandai toy prize!!

My FAVORITE table... well, after the food table... was the Bandai table. I think most people of my generation think of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers when they think of Bandai, but I was so excited to learn about their newest products especially, my daughter's newest obsession... POCOYO!! He's an beautiful little cartoon that originated in Spain and the reps told me the cartoon has just been picked up by Nickelodeon! My daughter first saw the Pocoyo videos on YouTube and fell in love so I bought her some DVDs and she's hooked.

Bandai's new line of Pocoyo toys are not available in stores yet, so we were lucky to get a sneak peak. These adorable toys include a Bump N' Go battery operated car, Bath Fun toys, Squeeze N' Play plushes and regular character plushes. I can't wait to find these in the stores soon!

Also at the Bandai table were toys from Harumika (awesome fashion design toys for girls), Ben 10 (based on the Cartoon Network original series), Tamatown by Tamagotchi and Chef Kids. All of these toys looked so fun and high quality too!

More toys over at Backyard Safari Outfitters by Summit Toys! These toys will inspire and support any child's natural desire to explore and foster a love of science and the outdoors. Bug Vacuums, Mega Magnifiers, Mega View Periscopes and more all centered around an awesome looking Cargo Vest. These awesome toys are already available at Toys R Us!

We all know Nickeloeon and they are celebrating Dora The Explorer - one of their most popular preschooler shows ever since it's introduction in 2000. I was thrilled to receive a Dora Summer Explorer DVD and I can't wait to show it to my daughter on our airplane trip tomorrow (THANK YOU Nickelodeon)!

Pottery Barn Kids was also present with a new line of beach inspired designs. Their products are so beautiful and durable, I wish I could afford to outfit my daughter's whole room in their stuff! I'll let you know when I get that sit com deal, Pottery Barn! In the meantime, I was really happy to receive a colorful beach tote and a fun, pink octopus beach towel wrap for my little bathing beauty. She LOVED it when I surprised her with it and begged to use it for her bath that night!

My best friend, Jennie (, has been RAVING about her Pajama Jeans. Going on and on about how they REALLY look like a pair of jeans but FEEL like pajamas. Well, the Pajama Jean people were at the brunch and I got to see an actual pair, close up and on a real, live woman! They really do look like jeans and feel like pajamas! No joke. I can't wait to get my pair in the mail!

Cold Stone Creamery was dishing up one of their newest novelties, the Oreo Ice Cream Sandwich. That famous Coldstone ice cream squished between two giant Oreos cookie wafers. I think you get the idea. Yum!

The gals from the Temptress store in El Segundo (cosmetics, perfumery, skincare, gifts) were giving free make up touch ups - something I can always use - and giving beauty tips for the summer.

Toyota and Dyson were also on hand talking up their fabulous products and Dyson even raffled off about $1300 in vacuums to three lucky winners. I can not tell you how much I wanted to win one of the Dysons, but alas, it wasn't in the cards for me. I was happy to just hold one in my hand... yes, I never thought I would fantasize about a vacuum cleaner, but they are pretty darn sexy machines. I hear they clean well too.

All in all, it was a wonderful day and we had perfect weather. Thank you so much, Child's Play, for hosting this awesome mom's event. Even if I didn't win a vacuum... it was a treat to get away and I loved every minute!

And now, it's YOUR time to enter to win a prize! I'm giving away a Bandai toy package valued at over $50! Included are the Ben 10 Spider Monkey action figure, :05 Second Stadium keychain game (I hear it's highly addictive!), Tamagotchi Music Star, Harumika Style Starter Set, A Mighty Morphin Power Rangers DVD episode and book marker!

Just follow my blog and leave a comment telling me YOUR favorite childhood toy, by Midnight (PST), Saturday, May 8, 2010! Be sure to leave your email address so I can let you know if you won! Winner will be chosen using and announced on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 9, 2010. (*I will ship to the winner within the US only.)

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  1. I'm so glad I found you. Looking forward to more.

  2. I love the Fashion Plates, I dream I was a high fashion designer. I also loved my roller skates and hula hoop!

  3. My favorite toy was the Yellow Tonka Truck!

  4. My favorite toy was a small piece of wood, some broken glass, and elmers glue. I called it "the owie stick". Those KKK kids never messed with me again. Also I enjoyed barbie very much. She didnt give me any body image issues. TV did that.

  5. My favorite was a mini-connect 4 game which my dad made me throw away the first time he saw my baby sister put one of the pieces in her mouth. I was so sad!

  6. My FAVORITE toy would have to be the clay pots my parents gave us in the Philippines. It's like a tea set but made with "real" clay. We could even cook with them over a fire. Ahh, the good old days. I remember feeling so grown up that we could cook and eat out of our own little miniature dishes.

  7. P.S. Great blog! So on top of it!

  8. hey amy,

    nice blog. so my favorite childhood toy was dollypop poptown.

  9. I want to come to one of your shows when you're in the Philly area. When will that be?

  10. Does a commodore 64 count as a favorite toy?

  11. Love how the Pajama Jean info was followed by the ColdStone Ice Cream THAT's liv'n!!

    My favorite toy was a screwdriver. Apparently, I took apart my dad's new TV set with it, but unfortunately, didn't put it back together. Go figure.

  12. My favorite toy was the Coleco Football game which I wore the buttons off. I think that's where my carpal tunnel started too!! My son would love the Bandai stuff!!

  13. I'm just popping in to say hello. I just found your blog from a friend, who is also adopted from Korea and heard about your show from Jae Ran. She sent me your name and I remembered hearing the name of your blog at this event in LA. The internet is a small world, isn't it? :) Nice to "meet" you.

  14. Amy, you are tres cool. I did have a whole bundh of the early GI Joe stuff from the 1960s with all the cool war accessories and into the seventies when he had fuzzy hair and beard. Some bastard stole the cool stuff from me. Ahh, that's all ancient history.

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  16. Wow!! I have sooo many, but most of my childhood toy days were filled with memories of some kind of doll, mainly Barbie. Uggh. I wish I had a smarter, more progressive, more liberal mother who bought me those so-called 'boy toys', like toy trucks, Tonka cars, and electric toy cars. THEN, maybe THEN, I wouldn't have had to endure the endless, torturous days of "I wish I was a skinny blonde, blue eyed, very tanned doll"!!! hahaha.... Okay, aside from those days, there was ONE "TOY" that I wanted with me the most. It was a big, hairy blonde-haired teddy bear that I slept with since I was 6 yrs old. He was twice as 'wide' as I was, but just half my height. He was my companion every night, during all those nights when I slept alone. Mother was single, and my crazy nanny dropped me off at my apt. when I was 6 yrs old, and left me by myself! She didn't even walk me to my door! What a winner she was. But, I think my mother told her she could....what a nut.... Anyhow....what a sob story. Huh? lol.... I'd go to sleep alone in my apt., at 11 pm, with my 'friend', my Blonde Bear. S/he/it was my friend and my toy. Oh, not THAT kind of toy! lol.... Oh, God, that almost sounds sexual. What a way to share my story! :) hehe

  17. Tamogatchi's used to be my absolute favorite!

  18. an Atari i played with my sis :)