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Imagine Fashion Life – A Review #UbiFashionLife

21st November 2012

Ubisoft’s Imagine Fashion Life for the 3DS is a game that is all about fashion and is set in Fashion Town.

There are several characters that are unlocked throughout the game but the player is Emma, who is new to the fashion scene. The game begins with you choosing a career – designer, top model, or manager, and then you complete tasks within in each career to progress. As you progress and complete missions, you become more famous.

Within Fashion Town, there are several buildings that you can access via map. What you choose as your career will determine the buildings you will spend time in and what you will do there.

There is also an online option to this game that will allow you to download additional content for the game, but it isn’t necessary to play the game. This game can also be played in 3D or 2D if you prefer. The game is very similar to Imagine Babyz in that you watch the game on the top screen, and maneuver/play the game on the bottom screen.

The game is rated E for everyone but I think it’s probably geared towards an older child (tweens) – there were too many steps and instructions to keep my six year old interested for long. I would have also liked to see an option to be able to alter the avatar beyond outfit and hair. All the characters in this game look pretty much the same, and I think it would be great to be able to make the main character your own.

For the tweens on your holiday gift list, Imagine Fashion Life can be purchased at Amazon.com

Imagine Babyz 3DS – A Review #ImagineBabyz

21st November 2012

I was recently sent the Ubisoft Imagine Babyz game for the Nintendo 3DS to review and no one was more thrilled than my six year old daughter.

The premise of the game is that the player is a young pediatric nurse recently recruited by a famous international au pair agency. As an au pair, you travel the world taking care of babies until you have enough experience to open your own day care.  You begin the game by personalizing and naming your avatar. You are then asked a series of questions, by the head of agency, Miss Wilhelmina to determine your baby “missions”. You get to choose from three different babies in three different parts of the world. Once you’ve chosen your baby, you are given a series of objectives that you need to complete to successfully take care of the baby, like bathing, changing their diaper and feeding. Once you’ve accomplished your objectives, you move on to the next family. Once you’ve successfully helped three babies, you move to the next chapter of the game.

As you play, the game also “blogs” your experiences in the game – the blog is updated automatically with each mission objective completed and you can choose to take a related “picture ” of each objective.

When playing the game on the 3DS, you can choose to play in 3D or not, it really doesn’t affect your ability to play. My old lady eyeballs preferred to play without the 3D option and it was enjoyable regardless. The game uses both screens – you see what’s happening on the top screen and you use the stylus to play the game on the bottom screen. Learning how to play was very simple for both myself and my daughter because the game walks you through every part of the game very clearly. There is also a message center where your “boss” and fellow au pairs will leave you messages about your progress.

I thought this game was really cute and I predicted my daughter would really enjoy it and she did.  She LOVED this game and taking care of all “her” babies. These are her thoughts:

“This is my favorite game ever. I liked all the babies and taking care of the babies and all the babies are so cute. They sound like babies and I can take their pictures and feed them. I want to play this game all day.”

Yup, she liked the babies!

This would make a great gift this holiday season. The game is rated E for everyone, and you can find it at Amazon.com!

COOL WHIP Whipped Topping And Share Your Recipe

18th June 2012

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Growing up, my family of seven weren’t really dessert eaters – except for fruit, we never really ate desserts after dinner. Desserts were left for special occasions and events, like weddings and birthdays. And then I married someone who was served dessert, every night after his dinner. Polar opposites learn to compromise  in marriage, if they want to stay married. So, we’ve compromised as our own little family – dessert is something we definitely on occasion, especially during the hotter months. Sadly, despite my best intentions when it comes to baking, I’m not that great at it. I tend to fail more often than not, and the end result never looks like what it’s supposed to look like. This can be a problem when I’ve promised the kids and the husband a special treat after dinner. So I fake it.

Fake it ’til you make it!

You can easily pick up the components to a great dessert, assemble them and make them your own, and your family will gobble them up with zero complaint. There are so many desserts you can make this way, but I’ll share two that I’ve made (assembled) before that the family enjoyed.

For example:

Take a strawberry sponge cake, add your fruit of choice, which is always strawberries for us, and of course, a GENEROUS dollop of COOL WHIP Whipped Topping. YUM

Simple but pretty tasty.

Example Two:

Clearly, I’m not a food stylist either – sorry.

This one is delicious too – take one chocolate molten lava cake, and add COOL WHIP. Full stop.

Of course, you can make it more exciting with fruit as well, but since the lava cake is SO rich and chocolaty, a dollop of COOL WHIP is a perfect addition.

COOL WHIP is also a yummy addition to an ice cream sundae, an iced coffee or a bowl of fresh berries too.

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Sponsored posts are purely editorial content that we are pleased to have presented by a participating sponsor. Advertisers do not produce the content. I was compensated for this post as a member of Clever Girls Collective, but the content is all my own.

Horses 3D Nintendo 3DS Game – Review

16th May 2012

Horses 3D is a fun, simulation game that allows the player to care for horses. The game begins by asking you a series of questions such as what your favorite equestrian dream sport is, favorite music and favorite colour. You then get to personalize your character and horse, which then help to create your Horses 3D profile.

Again there is a lot of reading in this game, so that is something to consider when purchasing this game. The game gives you a series of tasks that you need to complete to continue with the game, however it is very good at helping you along to the next task. There are fun challenges and game throughout as well, like racing others and competing in competing in horse events. You learn to take care of your horse and can run a stable of up to 15 horses. My five year old LOVES this game. She is a big fan of animals and horses, and loved “taking care of her horse”. Horses 3D is a definite hit in our house!

Horses 3D is rated E for everyone and please remember that Nintendo suggests that the 3D mode be used by children seven and up – the game can be enjoyed in both modes.

Thank you to Ubisoft for sponsoring this blog post. Please click here to learn more about Ubisoft. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective. All opinions are my own. #UbiChamps

The Country Crock Chronicle #veggieworld

17th April 2012

 

This post is sponsored by Country Crock. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Trying to get kids to eat their vegetables can be trying for some – me included. I never thought it would be so difficult trying to convince the kids to eat their veggies and the importance of doing so. I keep trying and refuse to give up – eventually I figure I’ll just wear them down. So I can absolutely appreciate Country Crock and their special edition of The Country Crock Chronicle called A Very Veggie World. It includes 25 fun, step by step recipes that focus on making veggies more appealing to kids, along with great facts and suggestions to get the most out of each recipe. “Making foods, particularly veggies, look and taste delicious is an important element of “A Very Veggie World.” Clare Crespo’s clever designs will help entice families to consider serving up veggie recipes as part of their everyday meals. Keeping recipes simple and adding Country Crock® will ensure that veggies will taste delicious.”

Every recipe comes with a photograph so you know what the end result should look like, along with detailed instructions and most importantly, they all feature veggies, including the Bear Paws recipe – which makes 4 servings

(Prep Time: 10 minutes & Cook Time: 40 minutes)

Ingredients:

3 medium sweet potatoes or yams, scrubbed clean and sliced lengthwise into 1/2-inch slices

3 Tbsp. Country Crock® Spread, melted

1 Tbsp. grated orange peel (optional)

A pinch grated nutmeg

30 whole cashews

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Arrange sweet potatoes in one layer in a shallow baking dish.
3. Drizzle Country Crock® Spread over sweet potatoes.
4. Sprinkle orange zest (if using) and nutmeg over sweet potatoes. Toss to coat.
5. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
6. Remove from oven.
7. Place sweet potato slices on a serving tray or individual plates.
8. Insert three or four cashews into the end of each potato slices to resemble bear claws.

Are you looking for quick and simple tips and recipes to make serving veggies more fun? Download the free Clare Crespo Cookbook here for fun and whimsical recipes your family is sure to love!

ABBA You Can Dance Wii Game Review

1st April 2012

Who doesn’t love ABBA??

I love ABBA – I always have. Actually, I used to listen to them so much in the car when the kids were younger that they really good at singing it too.

As a Ubichamp, I was sent a copy of the Wii game ABBA You Can Dance to review, and I had a feeling if ABBA was involved, this was going to be a great game. This game is also from the creators of the Just Dance games which, if you’ve ever tried them, you’ll know it’s a guaranteed great time!

ABBA You Can Dance does not disappoint. It’s super fun! We had a blast dancing to the music and competing to see who would get the highest score for accuracy in moves. I also loved that it shows the lyrics to the songs on the screen so that you can sing along while you dance. The Dance part of the game features 26 different songs to dance to, where up to four people can dance at the same time. There is also a Mini Musical, which is similar to the dancing but a longer dancing segment, again with four people being able to play. There is also karaoke section that allows you to sing to 15 different ABBA songs while the video plays in the background.

I loved this game and my kids did too. We played for a very long time – just watching them dance along as best they could was so damn adorable. This is the game you want to take to a party – everyone would enjoy it. I’m definitely taking it along Easter weekend, so we can have a laugh and get our ABBA on at the same time. It does not disappoint – definitely pick this one up!

It’s available for purchase at Amazon.com for $19.99.

Thank you to Ubisoft for sponsoring this blog post. Please click here to learn more about Ubisoft. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective. All opinions are my own.

My Holiday Comforts

4th November 2011

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Can you believe it’s almost holiday time again? I can’t. The last year has flown by and here we are in November, surrounded by everything Holiday in every store and window display. I know it happens the same way every year, but every year it seems to sneak up on me. The kids have already started their Christmas lists (not surprising) and I like to give them gifts and receive gifts at Christmas, but honestly, it’s not what I LOVE about the holidays.

What are my holiday comforts, or the things that I cherish the most about the holidays?

  •  Hot chocolate at home (with mini marshmallows): It gets SO COLD here in the winter (yes, the cold makes me whiney), so we love to come home to a nice homemade, cup of hot chocolate (with marshmallows). My kids love warming their hands on the cup and love to sip it slowly while they talk about whatever seems to be the topic of the day.
  • Cardigans: Yes, I’m a fan of the cardigan year round, but when it’s cold out, damn a big chunky, warm cardigan makes me almost like the cold. Almost.
  • Gingerbread Houses: Is there anything that smells more like Christmas than gingerbread? Decorating the annual gingerbread house is great fun, and the kids are almost used to me standing really close and deeply inhaling that lovely gingerbread smell the entire time.
  • Eggnog: My husband made me add this to my list of holiday comforts. All I have to say is gag.
  • Reading bedtime stories by the Christmas tree: This my absolute favorite thing to do in the evenings with the kids. We’ve all got our Christmas pjs on, sitting by the tree, with the lights all sparkly, reading our bedtime stories every night. I just love it. It’s just a simple thing, but it brings me and my little people great joy.
I could list so many more – shopping ALONE with my husband for family gifts, enjoying homemade cookies and treats, cashmere anything, ugg boots and barefeet all winter long (yes, I’m serious – I hate socks). It’s a long list.

What are your holiday comforts?

Comfort is the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday gift list, so be sure to take advantage of Tempur-Pedic’s Buy 2, get 1 free pillow offer! I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective.

Ubisoft Your Shape Xbox Kinect Game – Review & Giveaway

14th March 2011

It’s amazing how many options now exist when working out at home.

Your Shape for the Xbox Kinect is actually the first workout game that my kids and I have had a chance to try out on the Xbox 360. As with all the Kinect games, you require no controller – just room to move, so that the sensors can properly read you.

Your Shape begins by allowing you to create your profile, and it literally scans your body to take measurements, which will then be used to tailor exercises for you. The kids were AMAZED by the body scanning – they got to see Mommy’s “bones” so it was a thrill for them. Less thrilling for me was the very realistic reflection looking back at me during the workout – not pretty at all. Also, a huge eye-opener, as if I need yet another one.

The game is separated into three different fitness modes – Personal Training, Fitness Classes, and Gym Games. The Training is the main part of Your Shape, where you work along with a trainer on over 80 different exercises routines. It is extremely accurate, and it had no problem reading my every move. The Fitness Classes include Cardio Boxing and Zen – loved the cardio boxing routine that I tried out. It was really fun, and a great workout. Finally, the Gym Glasses were the biggest hit with my kids, and again, really fun.

I think this is a great option for working out at home, and a family-friendly one too!!

GIVEAWAY!

Thanks to  and Ubisoft, I have ONE copy of the Your Shape Fitness Evolved fitness game for one lucky winner!

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RULES:

This giveaway runs from March 14 to March 21, 2011, at 5:00p.m. EST

Winner will be chosen randomly using Random.org

Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian residents.

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While Ubisoft sponsored this review, the opinions I’ve expressed here are solely my own and represent my honest viewpoint. UbisoftClever Girls Collective and I promoteBlog With Integrity.

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UPDATE: CONGRATS TO #54 – SAMANTHA @imaclutz89 –  THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED!! Look for more great giveaways coming up!!

Heart of Haiti

11th January 2011

The 2010 Haiti earthquake was a catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake, with the epicenter of the quake only 16 miles west of Haiti’s capital.  The earthquake occurred on Tuesday, January 12, 2010. By January 24 at least 52 aftershocks measuring 4.5 or greater had been recorded.  The Haitian government reported that an estimated 230,000 people  died, 300,000 were injured and 1,000,000 made homeless. The earthquake caused major damage in Port-au-Prince, Jacmel and other settlements in the region.

As we approach the one year anniversary of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, I’m proud to work with the Clever Girls Collective to promote the Heart of Haiti project (in collaboration with Macy’s).

Heart of Haiti, founded by Willa Shalit, works to promote and support Haitian artisans, their families and their communities. These artisans use unique, raw materials, such as stone, paper mache and iron, to create beautiful art, jewellery, and other beautiful items for your home.

Some of my personal favorites:

By purchasing any of these products, you are helping Haitian artisans “preserve their cultural history, restore their homes and rebuild their communities. As Master Artisan Serge Jolimeau states: “with help and hard work, we will rise again.”  This is an absolutely wonderful cause, that I hope you will consider supporting.

For all the bloggers that would like to learn more, there is also a blogger tour to Haiti, with Founder Willa Shalit, that will be happening in February. For more information about this three day tour of Haiti, please go here.

You can also find Heart of Haiti on Twitter (hashtag: #HeartofHaiti) and Facebook.

I was selected for this very special “CleverHaiti” opportunity by Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity. All opinions are my own.

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