Meet the Newest Engine on Sodor

We are big fans of Thomas the Train in our house. We love each and every character and the amazing and affirming life lessons the program teaches. My kids have learned a lot from Thomas and his friends about friendship, persistence, forgiveness and hard work.

In the newest movie featuring the Really Useful Crew, Sodor’s Legend of the Lost Treasure (scheduled for release September 8, 2015), we get to meet Ryan, Sodor’s newest engine! Ryan is now available in the classic wooden railway model and the smaller Take-n-Play version.

Wooden train set model:


Take-n-Play model:


I have a feeling Ryan will be showing up fast in the toy boxes of Thomas fans worldwide!

The movie is now available for pre-order on Amazon.

Thomas & Friends: Sodor’s Legend of the Lost Treasure – The Movie

Do you have a Thomas fan in your home? I’d love to hear who your favorites are. Cranky, Flynn and Rocky are all the rage in my house!


Review: Banzai Motorized Speedboat

What better fun is there on a summer day than splashing in a pool?  My kids love to swim – and they love inflatable pool rafts, inner tubes and ride-along toys. 

My 6 year old had been asking for a Banzai motorized speedboat since last summer, so we bought him and his brother each one for end-of-school year presents. 

They absolutely loved them! 

Thankfully we had an air pump and didn’t have to blow them up on lung-capacity alone! 

They take a LOT of batteries (EIGHT D batteries each), but they do a great job of zooming around the pool and turn really well too. Best of all, they come with a built-in water sprayer that has almost too far range, given the fact I was repeatedly targeted for getting soaked even though I tried to stay a safe distance from the pool!


We had great fun with these and would highly recommend them for tons of pool-time fun this summer!

We bought ours at Costco for $34.99 each, but you can also find them on Amazon.

What are some of your favorite pool toys that should be next on our list to try?

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