#Toy Review & Giveaway – Making Fast Friends w/ @ZylietheBear ($49.99 ARV) – Ends 8/3

Now that I’m a mom, one of the things that cracks me up about kids is how attached they become to certain toys. Although to us grownups it’s just a doll, a stuffed animal or a toy car or train, to them that toy is one of their best friends. It comforts them when they’re sad, keeps them safe at night, and are their playmates when they’re happy. My little man’s toys even show support for his potty training by sitting on the bathroom counter while he does his business.

Because these little “friends” are so important in our kids lives, parents and grandparents often will search high and low for new and unique items for the kids we love, and this week I discovered a new treasure for my 8 year old step-daughter in Zylie the Bear.

Zylie the Bear was created by “mompreneur” Mary Beth Minton as a doll alternative for teddy bear and stuffed animal lovers.  Together with her son Matt McCarty, the two have created an entire world of adventure revolving around Zylie, an adorable little bear from Manhattan who travels the globe meeting new friends along the way.

Zylie is an inquisitive, fashionable and fun 12-year-old teddy bear from Manhattan that’s designed to be dressed and played with like a doll!  She’s 18” and comes complete with her signature outfit and accessories. The startup kit includes the flounce top, skinny jeans, white coat and orange tote complete with her map, diary and passport. Kids can begin to read and explore Zylie‘s adventures with the first book in the series, included.


While our family travels a great deal anyway, my stepdaughter travels even more so. She switches back and forth frequently between our home and her mom’s home, and this fellow traveler toy is a perfect companion for her to take with her regardless of where she is staying. She was super excited to get Zylie when I first showed her the pictures online, and was totally blown away when the bear arrived. Carefully packaged in a beautiful box, the bear has amazing detail and quality and she loved that the outfit was similar to the clothes that she herself wears. Zylie the Bear has quickly become her constant companion and it’s great that the bear also travels, helping them bond even more so. They’ll both be traveling together a great deal in the future I’m sure, and Zylie is already coming on vacation with us this weekend.


Zylie the Bear is recommended for ages 3 and up. For more information and to purchase visit www.zyliethebear.com or to find a retailer near you. You can also follow Zylie on Facebook and on Youtube



One 2 Kids and a Coupon will also be winning a Zylie the Bear for a lucky little kid in their life. See below for how to enter!  
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  1. Shannon Baas says:

    bring snacks and drrinks.

  2. Janet W. says:

    Have lots of snacks and mess-free activities for them to do.

  3. Tari Lawson says:

    Bring a bag with snacks, drinks, activities and a change of clothes.

  4. Dwayne Berry says:

    My biggest tip for traveling with kids is….if you fly on an airplane, make sure they have something to chew on. I want to win this for my daughter Libby.

  5. EMMA L HORTON says:


  6. Anna Ellis says:

    We have a DVD player in the car, it’s a LIFESAVER!

  7. Anna Ellis says:

    I followed on your RSS feed :)

  8. kristen m says:

    I would like to try and win this for my niece, she would love it!

  9. Stephen Saunders says:

    Best tip ever for traveling with kids: pray to keep your sanity!

  10. I would like to win this for my daughter

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  11. ryan minton says:

    I have a niece who would love this..id love to win it for her.


  12. I’d love to win this for my son!

  13. my son

  14. I recommend 1. soothing music on an ipod and favorite blanket or stuffed animal. 2. portable DVD player with the child’s favorites along with some new surprises and 3. lots of little snacks in multiple bags (small amounts) so that kids can keep snacking here and there but not consume too much food to make their tummies sick (or bad diapers to deal with) :0)

  15. Katherine says:

    I would love to gift this to my niece lauren who is interested in maps and faraway places

  16. Kristi C says:

    Bring crayons and coloring books to keep the children occupied. Also, bring plenty of snacks.

  17. I always make sure to bring, snacks, drinks, an activity bag, extra set of clothes and an extra ziploc bag just in case.

  18. Patty White says:

    When traveling with my kids, I always make special ‘travel tote bags’ for my kids that are filled with things to keep them entertained. But I like to add new things that they aren’t use playing with like a fun travel game

  19. Patty White says:

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  20. I’d like to win this for my daughter. My kids do best when traveling when we talk about everything with them and share what they can expect.

  21. Caitlin McClure says:

    I’d like this for my son

  22. Becky Grayson says:

    I would love to win this for my oldest granddaughter. She would love it!

  23. DAMIAN JARREAU says:

    I would like to win this for my niece.

  24. Katie R says:

    I would like to win this for my niece

  25. As a teacher and parent I think these bears are not only educational but allow room for children to use their imaginations, plan their own adventures, and make their own discoveries. These bears open the door for children to find these things in their every day lives, making each trip an adventure, weather it’s building a tent in the living room or taking a trip the store. It can become whatever they want it to be.

  26. Give them toys they don;t usually get to play with to help distract them

  27. I.d love to.win one for my precious neice.

  28. Sherre L Schwartz says:

    Bring lots of fun games to keep them entertained

  29. Rhea Frawley says:

    Road trip BINGO is a must :)

  30. nancy chartrand says:

    I like when they take their gameboys with them, because you can plug them into the car and they can play the whole trip.. it makes the trip go by faster, and keeps them quiet..

  31. Snacks, Drinks, and Potty breaks!! My daughter would love this!

  32. nancy chartrand says:

    subscribed by email, nancewithbluepants@yahoo.com

  33. stephanie fletcher says:

    I always take lots of snacks and make sure they have there hand held games with them.

  34. Pewelimei says:

    Zylie bear would be the greatest companion for my granddaughter at home or when traveling. Zylie is fashionable and carries her own handbag something my granddaughter can relate to since she just recently started to carry a purse filled with all her personal stuff….notebook, pens, hair brush.

  35. Ann Council says:

    HI, I always try to travel at night. Usually the kids sleep the whole trip.

  36. I would love to win this for my daughter!
    I recommend bringing lots of toys and snacks when traveling with kids!!!

  37. Leigh Nichols says:

    I would like to win this for myself. I am a giant overgrown child.

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  39. gilbert s says:

    bring snacks and drinks

  40. Rosemary M. says:

    When traveling with kids you have to keep them busy. Keep them amused with toys they don’t play with at home. Something new will draw their attention and creativity.

  41. I think when traveling with kids it’s important to remain flexible. I would love to win this for my daughter

  42. id like to win this for my daughter. she is a great traveler.

  43. Andrea Hadfield says:

    Bring, snacks, drinks, handheld electronic games AND a DVD player with lots of movies.
    I’d like to win it for my daughter.

  44. velder dixon says:

    for my granddaughter when we travel

  45. CECEgrandmom says:

    Picnic Time For Teddy Bears
    The Little Teddy Bears are haveing a lovely time….

    If you go out in the woods tonight, you better take my advice.
    It’s lovely out in the woods today, but better to stay at home.
    For every Bear that ever there was, is going out together because
    Today’s the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic
    Picnic time for Teddy Bears, the little Teddy Bears are having a lovely time
    At 6 o’clock their Mommy’s and Daddys will take them home to rest
    Because they’re tired little Teddy Bears!

  46. Anna Fowler says:

    I would love to win this for my niece Avery :)

  47. Kathy Pearlman says:

    I’d love to win this for myself! I love teddy bears and love to travel. A perfect combination for this…

  48. April Brenay says:

    Pack lots of changes of clothes, and always have some bottle water handy

  49. From my experience, flying on the airplane other people around can entertain my kids more than anything i bring with me.

  50. Caryn S says:

    I’d like to win for my daughter

  51. Carol ONeil says:

    I would like to win this for my grandson.

  52. Christina says:

    I’d like to win this for my niece!

  53. Betty Barnhart Lockhart says:

    I would like to sin this for my niece

  54. I’d like to win for my twins.

  55. Jeni Lutz says:

    I would like to win this for my daughter and i have a bag full of snacks and things for my kids to do one for each of them

  56. Keep lots of activities and movies for them on long trips. It has saved us on many long trips

  57. I’d love to win this for my daughter.

  58. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    My granddaughter would love this and take it with her to all her new adventures
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  59. Harold D says:

    I would like to win for my granddaughter.

  60. I would love to win this for my 3 year old daughter.

  61. Marianna says:

    I’d like to win this for my niece

  62. I’d like to win this for my daughter

  63. i would love to win this for my daughter, her birthday is in september :)

  64. paige jagan says:

    i would love to win this for my niece!

  65. So cute….my daughters will fight over it!

  66. My best trip is to make sure sippys/travel cups are full of ice and water before hand, no sticky snacks or ones that could get caught in the throat, and always have lap boards with color wonder markers available along with other toys! I would love to win this for my young daughters! :)

  67. I would love to win this for my daughter :)

  68. Christy Weller says:

    I would like to win this for my daughter


  69. Amy DeLong says:

    would like to win this for my son,tip is to keep them busy!

  70. tracey byram says:

    I’m hoping to win Zylie for my granddaughter.

  71. Melissa B. says:

    I would like to win this for my neice, Faith.

  72. amanda whitley says:

    i’d like to win for my daughter.

  73. susan smoaks says:

    I would love to win this for our daughter!

  74. Like to win for child in hospital

  75. Would love to win this for my little girl ~ tips: frequent breaks to stretch legs and plenty of snacks and activities for them to do.

  76. Robert Pyszk says:

    I would love to win this for my niece she would love it.

  77. Beth Palacios says:

    I would love to win this for my two daughters.

  78. Brenda Elsner says:

    I would love to have this for my son.

  79. Trisha McKee says:

    I want to win this for my daughter. I don’t have many tips because my daughter has thankfully been a great traveler. We take many road trips, and she is always enjoyable, patient, and happy.

  80. Melissa Shirley says:

    I would lie to won this for my son

  81. Heather R says:

    We always make sure to take lots of activities to keep the kids busy. I would love to win this for my daughter

  82. Sarah Yurga says:

    take an envelope for each hour of the travel time. Open new treats every hour to keep them entertained.

  83. Jodi Kershuk says:

    Travel with snacks and games. I prefer traveling at night when the littles sleep.

  84. shirley zolenski says:

    I would love to win this for my niece

  85. michelle colon says:

    i wnat to win this for my daughter! and my best traveling trip is to bring plenty of snacks!

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