Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Time to Play! #toys

A few weeks ago, I was contacted and invited to attend a Bloggers lunch for a toy review. I immediately agreed. How fun would it be! 

Being a new Momma I am not much of an up-to-date toy expert. My kids have received a lot of toys in the last 3 years as gifts and we have shopped for very few, when we have, we thought we were doing very careful child age appropriate research, oh boy was I wrong! 

{The picture below has a smudge in the middle of it..because my lens was dirty and I didn't realize it!}

Feb 2013 Pics Connie 012

Our lunch took place on a very sunny Friday afternoon, we met at a little Italian restaurant here in Houston and that meeting has changed my perspective on "toys". I met a new parent Blogger who also changed the way I look at toys when it comes to children's development and motor skills. I also got to personally meet a Facebook friend and Blogger who I am in awe of...she has a Full-time outside the home job, 2 children, a Hubby and an amazing Blog! She talked about how she organized game night with friends and I don't know how she does it all....

We met with Jim from Time to Play, to hear him speak about his work and the amount of dedication that he has for the industry was so inspiring. He explained their website and it's resources such as their price comparison tool, which is so convenient! As a Dad he talk to us about his favorite reviews and shared picture of his beautiful daughters! I am always so inspired by parents who have turned their passions into their everyday career! 


It was a great experience for me and I enjoyed not only the great food but the very knowledgeable company! I thought that Jim was very informative and I loved hearing him speak about toys on a whole new level! As a fairly new Momma his passion for toys and their function as well as safety really opened my eyes as to what I have sitting in my home and to what I will consider buying or spending money on in the future! 

Needless to say, I am very Thankful for the opportunity and am happy to have been able to attend! 

We had a fun afternoon and I can't wait to do it again! 

Oh and did I mention. We got a Time to Play tote FULL of great...TOYS! I have decided that I will personally gift some of these toys to our friends and family! My children have too many toys but we might keep one or 2 for a review later. 


{Momma Disclosure: The above statements are both my true and honest opinion.It is not a compensated post. However, I did receive complimentary merchandise from TIME TO PLAY as a Thank You for attending the luncheon/meeting. And, I was not required to post about my experience.}


Independentmami said...

Thanks Connie! Awesome recap of our lunch! It was great to meet you in person, until next time.

Nanette ~ AMomBlog said...

It was so nice to meet you. Thank you for sharing your post with me. I have been so swamped with life I still have the picture of us on the camera. :-(

Connie Leon said...

Thank You Alba for stopping by!!

And I know what you mean Nanette!!! Thank you for allowing me to share with you!! :D

Unknown said...

Love it! OMG bubble guppies plush so cute! I too just had toy overload at the toy fair in nyc imagine 3 floors in a convention center .. ya lol i appreciate the creativity and the diversity in toys!

AutismWonderland said...

Looks like you had a great time! And I know your kiddies will love the goodies you got :)

Unknown said...

Great post! That is amazing that you got to meet local bloggers. I think I would be over the moon if I got to do something like this. And informative. Forget about it! lol

Thank you for sharing Connie. The loot looks awesome! :)