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The Hip Hop Dance Experience – Review #UbiChamps #UbiHipHop

6th February 2013

Thank you to Ubisoft for sponsoring this post. Please visit Ubi.com to learn more about Ubisoft. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective. #UbiChamps

If you love dance video games, than Hip Hop Dance Experience will not disappoint.

Hip Hop Dance Experience for the Kinect features 40 hip hop songs from old classics to recent chart toppers – there is something for everyone.

The game can be played alone or with a friend in several different modes:

  • Dance Party – Alone or with a friend, you choose a song and the level of difficulty.
  • Dance Battle – Two players will battle against each other to see who can dance better by performing their moves correctly.
  • Dance Marathon – A non-stop dance-a-thon for one.
  • Power Skooling – Here’s where you can ‘skool’ yourself  and practice all the dance moves at your own pace.
  • Wardrobe – This is where you can customize your avatar with outfit options.
The Hip Hop Dance Experience for the Kinect requires you to try to dance and mirror the dancer on the screen as closely as possible. The more moves you do accurately and in sync with the screen dancer, the more points you earn. The game offers hints as to what move is coming up in the form of the ‘next dance card’. It’s a great help especially if you’re just starting out with the game and not necessarily a hip hop dance star.
After each song, each player earns a score and some feedback on the dance moves  you need to improve. Each song has three levels: Newbie, Mack Skills and Go Hard.  So you pick the mode, then you pick your song and then you pick your level. Lots of options and lots of opportunity to improve.
I will say, I found this game much harder than Just Dance 4 and I think it’s definitely geared to older kids/adults. My 9 year old tried it out and also thought although it was fun to dance around and he really liked the music, it was too hard for him to follow along. This makes sense since the game is actually rated Teen (for lyrics, partial nudity, suggestive themes and use of alcohol and tobacco). 
Personally, I really enjoyed it (at the Newbie level) and wanted to keep at it to try to get better at the dance moves. Lots of variety, great songs and really good Kinect-ability with the game. I wish it had the video playback like the Just Dance 4 game does, but it’s still a great game for those who love to dance.
The Hip Hop Dance Experience can be found at Amazon.com.

Open Faced Turkey BLT Sandwiches with #ButterballCanada

30th January 2013

I’m going to be working with Butterball Canada in a series of four blog posts over the next four months – this is my first post.

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As we know, it’s that time of year where people tend to be much more conscious of what they eat in the never ending attempt to get in shape or stay in shape. My husband isn’t one of them – he’s just a dude who likes a really yummy sandwich, a good home cooked meal and a yummy lager on draft. He’s also a big fan of red meat and could eat it every day – I’m more of a chicken/turkey girl myself. I should mention that trying to make him healthy meals usually ends in frustration because he’s also a condiments guy – covers whatever it is with something that inevitably drives mem crazy. 

So with him in mind, I thought I would share with you a sandwich that I recently made with him in mind, using Butterball products. He likes a good BLT (who doesn’t?), so I thought I would take a healthier approach to the BLT by using turkey bacon. Here is my Open faced turkey BLT sandwich using Butterball Turkey Bacon.

Here’s what you’ll need:

I forgot the garlic mayo in the picture (also, a food photographer, I am not) – yes mayo isn’t the healthiest thing to eat but I’m beating the husband to the punch by adding it myself. Also, the garlic adds a really nice kick to this sandwich.

Now this is quite easy to assemble and doesn’t require much instruction, but here’s what I did.

  • Cook the Butterball turkey bacon in a pan until nice and crispy – about ten minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Cut a diagonal slice of the fresh bread and toast both sides in the oven under the broiler.
  • Remove from oven and add the garlic mayo, tomatoes, lettuce, bacon and sliced brie on top.
  • Put the sandwich back under the broiler to melt the brie and warm up the sandwich.
  • Remove and stuff your face.

Super easy lunch, super yummy and it’s a great way to incorporate some turkey bacon into your diet.

How do you incorporate turkey into your every day diet?

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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Butterball Canada. In exchange this review, I have received special perks in the form of products and monetary compensation. All opinions on this blog are my own.
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