Skylanders Trap Team Unleashes Full Experience On New Formats


Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI) announced today that it will bring the complete Skylanders Trap Team videogame to tabletsi at launch, marking the first time a full Skylanders® game will be available on iPad®, Kindle Fire and Android tablets day-and-date with the console version. The tablet version of the game delivers the same experience with console-quality graphicsi[i] and comes with its own high performance controller, delivering yet another significant technological leap to the Skylanders franchise.

The Skylanders Trap Team Tablet Starter Pack will include a Bluetooth® Traptanium PortalTM; an embedded Bluetooth® controller to provide the best gameplay experience possible; a built-in tablet stand; two Skylanders characters; two Traps and a display tray that lets Portal Masters keep track of the Traps they’ve collected and which villains they have trapped.


“Skylanders has become an incredibly appealing brand and franchise for kids around the world. And the tablet has become an incredibly appealing gaming platform for kids around the world. But we haven’t been able to bring the full Skylanders experience to the tablet until now,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. “We always want to deliver breakthrough experiences, and we also always want to be wherever gamers want to play. This is a chance for us to bring the magic of Skylanders to a whole new platform and audience. Whether you want to sit on the couch and play with the wireless controller, or play on the go using just the tablet itself, this provides a great experience for gamers.”

Skylanders Trap Team brings a ground-breaking innovation to the Skylanders franchise by reversing the magic of its signature Toys-To-Life™ play pattern to let kids bring life to toys. Skylanders Trap Team allows Portal Masters to seek out the most wanted villains in all of Skylands, defeat them and pull them out of the game into their living rooms by capturing them in magical Traps. Fans can then play as both heroes and villains who join the forces of good in an all-new adventure. Now, for the first time in franchise history, fans can experience a fullSkylanders game on the go, wherever and whenever they want.


The tablet version of Skylanders Trap Team upholds the same gameplay-driven adventure as the console version with console-quality graphics,[ii] complete with lush, expansive environments that push the technological boundaries of select tablet devices. Like the console version of the game, all toys will be cross-platform compatible, with all skills and upgrades intact.

Skylanders Trap Team on tablet can be experienced two different ways:

  • “Controller” –– Fans can play the game just like the console version using the Bluetooth TraptaniumPortal and toys with the custom Bluetooth Skylanders game controller included in the Tablet Starter Pack.
  • “Touch Controls” – For players who prefer to use touch controls instead of a controller, fans have the option to play the game just using on-screen touch controls.

The Skylanders Trap Team Starter Pack will be available on October 5th in North America, October 10th in Europe and October 2nd in Australia on the following platforms: a variety of iPad®, Kindle Fire and Android tablets; Xbox One and Xbox 360 games and entertainment systems from Microsoft; PlayStation®4 system; PlayStation®3 system; Nintendo’s Wii™ system and Nintendo’s Wii U™ system. A different, unique adventure also will be available on the Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system.

Scholastic #SummertoSchool Twitter Chat on 8/25


I wanted to let you know about a twitter party tomorrow! I have been working this summer on the SCHOLASTIC SUMMER READING CHALLENGE and tomorrow Scholastic will be having their #SummertoSchool Twitter chat scheduled for this upcoming Monday.


The chat will take place Monday, August 25th at 8pm EST and will feature Scholastic’s Maggie McGuire (@scholastic), librarian John Schumaker (@mrschureads), and parent blogger Bekki Lindner (@chasingsupermom), who will be Tweeting great tips, expert advice, and exciting giveaways!

August 30th is Slinky Day #SlinkyDAY


We all remember that slinkity sound and spending endless hours building stairs around our house for it to climb down. It’s time to share that joy with the next generation.

Slinky is 69 years old! It was in invented in 1945, when Richard James was conducting experiments using springs, and one fell to the floor and began to walk! Slinky® first captivated kids and adults with its ability to walk down stairs step-by-step and classic Slinky® sound. The Slinky® was first made in the US and still is! Today, Slinky® has expanded with over 20 different products including Slinky Dog™, Giant Slinky®, Light-Up Slinky®, Collectors’ Slinky® and more! SLINKY is part of the ALEX BRANDS family of brands, other brands include ALEX TOYS, POOF, SCIENTIFIC EXPLORER, IDEAL, ZOOB, BACKYARD SAFARI, ZILLIONZ and CITIBLOCS.




Join me for the #SpringMadeSimple Twitter Party Tonight!

I participated in the #SpringMadeSimple Twitter Party and received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.


Join me for the Kingsford Charcoal and The Home Depot #SpringMadeSimple Twitter Party!


Join me on Thursday, May 1st for the Kingsford Charcoal and The Home Depot #SpringMadeSimple Twitter Party from 8 – 9 PM ET to chat about welcoming the warm weather, kicking off grilling season and where to purchase all of your must-have grilling items for the season!

Date: Thursday, May 1, 2014
Time: 8 – 9 PM ET
Hashtag:  #SpringMadeSimple
Moderator: @MomCentral
Guest: Celebrity Chef and world champion pitmaster @ChrisLillyBBQ
Prizes: 2 pre-party winners and 6 party winners will be randomly selected every ten minutes to receive a $50 Home Depot gift card. Additionally, 1 grand prize winner will receive a charcoal grill.
Questions: Contact Matt at

Follow along and join in the conversation by:

  • Create your own custom view with TweetDeck or Hootsuite
  • Following #SpringMadeSimple on your Twitter search feed

Pre-tweet to Win!
Anyone who tweets this from now until the #SpringMadeSimple Twitter Party will be eligible to win one of two $50 Home Depot gift cards!

About the party:

With spring upon us, we begin planning activities for our families that get us outdoors to enjoy the sunshine. Many warm weathered activities often surround one thing – a grill. Whether we’re holding a neighborhood barbeque or cooking up a quick meal for our family, cooking delicious food on the grill is a true sign of spring and summer.

Prior to any grilling season, we need to stock up on all of the essentials to make these delicious meals possible. Kingsford Charcoal, a staple in the barbecue world, proves an essential item for any griller. Join the #SpringMadeSimple Twitter Party on Thursday, May 1st at 8 PM ET to chat about kicking off the spring grilling season!


How do I join the conversation?

Easy. Just tweet using the hashtag #SpringMadeSimple. Mom Central moderators will help guide the conversation with engaging questions and giveaways.

Who are the moderators?

The Mom Central Team (@MomCentral) will be on hand to guide the discussion and chat with participants. Make sure you’re following them before the party starts!

How do I follow the conversation?

Use the hashtag #SpringMadeSimple to follow along. To help keep up with the conversation, we suggest that you follow the hashtag by:

  • Create your own custom view with TweetDeck or Hootsuite
  • Following #SpringMadeSimple on your Twitter search feed

About the Twitter Party Pre-Party Giveaway?

The #SpringMadeSimple Twitter Party features a pre-party giveaway of two (2) promotional items valued at $50.00 each. Please see below for an overview of specific details and go to to be directed to Mom Central’s official Giveaway Rules.

  • Entry Period: The entry period for the Twitter Party Pre-Party Giveaway begins on April 30, 2014, at 8:00:01 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) and ends on May 1, 2014 at 9:00:00 p.m. ET (the “Entry Period”).
  • How to Enter: Current Twitter users or those willing to create a Twitter account can enter by following @MomCentral on Twitter and posting a Tweet during the Entry Period with the hashtag #SpringMadeSimple. Only one (1) Twitter account can be used to enter the Pre-Party Giveaway.
  • Winner Selection Process: Mom Central will select two (2) winners in a random drawing from all eligible entries during the Entry Period. Odds of being chosen as a selected Winner depend on the total number of entries. The Sponsor will Tweet the names of selected entrants from the Twitter account @MomCentral following the Entry Period on May 1, 2014, between 8:00:01 p.m. ET and 9:00:01 p.m. ET. Each entrant is limited to one (1) prize. The results of the random selection are final and binding.
  • Winner Prizes and Approximate Retail Values: Each Winner will receive one (1) promotional item, with an approximate retail prize value of $50.00 (the “Winner Prize”) upon being declared a Winner. Mom Central will deliver the Winner Prize to an address provided by the Winner.
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5 Ways to Keep Your Alumni Base Lively

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Many of you know that I work in higher education and with that I engage our alumni in many different ways. With that in mind I found the below infographic interesting and thought I would share it with all of you!

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Saving money on Cyber Monday+ $500 Amazon #Giveaway


#CyberMondaySales, @coupons
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This post is a Fashionista Event. I was provided a promotional item by to inform you of their crazy insane Cyber Monday Sales, Cyber Monday giveaway and our Cyber Monday $500 giveaway.

As you get ready for celebrating the upcoming holiday and steel yourself for possibly being the stores on Black Friday, so many more people are starting to stay home to wait until the Cyber Monday Sales, leaving the stress behind, yet still getting great deals. According to comScore Inc., online shoppers spent $1.25 billion on Cyber Monday last year, making it the heaviest online shopping day ever, that being said, buckle up for a fun ride of becoming an internet deal detective!

Three ways that I get ready for Cyber Monday include:


  1. Make a list of things you want

    Don’t blindly go searching for deals. Instead, start with a broad (or specific list) and then start your search. Some companies are starting having information our about their sales much sooner than on Monday itself, so start your search early!

  2. Look Online For Additional Codes

    You will definitely find out which companies are offering great process online, but you need to dig deeper. Many codes can be found by looking online for free shipping, dollars off and the like. You can find these sometimes through general google searches, but there are also numerous listservs and forums (as well as websites like that provide this type of information as well that can be treasure troves of information for the would be shopper.

  3. Do your research

    Too often consumers blindly make a decision based on price – DONT! Do your research on the type of products that you want to purchase, read reviews and come into the decision making process informed and ready! is also hosting a Cyber Monday Sweepstakes where they are giving away a $500 Amazon Gift Card. People can enter that contest by going to: . CYBER MONDAY Sales Giveaway starts Nov. 25 and ends Dec. 2



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7 Ways to Say Thank You!

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Would you guess that New York, New York is the MOST courteous city in the entire world? According to a simple experiment Reader’s Digest did, the most courteous city goes to New York! With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we have lots to give thanks for, ever wonder how many different ways you can say ‘Thank You’? has come up with a ‘7 Ways to Say Thank You’ slideshow that we think would be a great fit for your readers!

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The Winner of the #Beano “Be Natural” Virtual Cook-Off


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Congratulations to Melanie from Melanie in the Middle who won the Beano “Be Natural” Virtual Cook-Off with her Honey Dijon Roasted Brussels Sprouts over Cauliflower Mashed recipe. I have yet to try this yet, but it looks delicious. I look forward to making it myself and encourage you all to try it out. You can see the full recipe here:



How does Beano® work?
Beano® contains an enzyme from a natural source that works with your body’s digestion. It breaks down the complex carbohydrates found in gassy foods into simpler, easily digestible sugars before they reach the colon, preventing gas before it starts.


How much sodium is there in Beano®?
Beano® tablets contain less than five milligrams of sodium per tablet. It can be said that Beano® tablets are sodium-free.
Where can I buy Beano®?
Beano® tablets are available in the antacid section of supermarkets, pharmacies, mass merchandising outlets and health food stores across the country. Beano® is also available in outlets like Sam’s Club and Costco.

What foods does Beano® work on?
Beano® is not just for beans. It works on a whole variety of gassy foods,
including many vegetables like cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower, grains,
cereals, nuts, seeds, whole-grain breads and many other foods.


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Living Social Offers Great @ChickenSoupSoul Deal



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Chicken Soup for the Soul offers you a sneak preview of their new line of delicious comfort food in this exclusive offer, along with three of their bestselling books and fabulous gifts perfect for the holidays. Treat yourself or pick up several for hostess or holiday gifts.


You’ll get:


  • 1 Chicken Soup for the Soul’s flagship, ready to serve, chicken noodle soup, rich with tender chunks of chicken
  • 1 Signature classic chicken broth, for all your cooking needs
  • 1 BBQ-style beef flavored broth for hearty stews and winter meals
  • 1 Smooth and delicious turkey gravy – just in time for the holidays
  • 1 Zesty pasta sauce bursting with imported Italian tomatoes and herbs
  • 2 ebooks – Chicken Soup for the Soul bestsellers: Chicken Soup for the Soul 20th Anniversary Edition and Chicken Soup for the Soul Cookbook
  • 1 audiobook of the bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive
  • 1 fun word-puzzle book filled with inspirational quotes
  • 1 limited edition photo frame with an exclusive inspirational quote, perfect for gifting
  • 2 limited-edition Chicken Soup for the Soul ceramic mugs, complete with their own spoons
  • And a special apron, potholder, and oven mitt set, complete with an original inspirational quotation


If this sounds like an awesome deal for you and your family check it out here –



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Skylanders SWAP Force is Coming Soon!

Skylanders-SWAP-Force_KeyArtSkylanders is “mixing it up” with the newest game in the award-winning, top-selling franchise.   Skylanders SWAP Force builds upon the success of the franchise’s signature gameplay and collectible toy experience, adding an all-new dimension to the “toys to life” innovation.  The game introduces a compelling play pattern — dynamic swapability — that lets gamers transform 16 SWAP Force inter-action figures into more than 250 unique characters by swapping the top and bottom halves of the toys.  Now, Portal Masters can mix and match characters’ powers and moves and experience an unprecedented level of choice never before seen in a SkylandersTM game.   Fans also can play Skylanders SWAP Force with their entire collection of 100+ characters from Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure® and Skylanders GiantsTM.


Skylanders SWAP Force features new abilities – such as flying, climbing, digging, bouncing, or teleporting – which can be used in previously unexplored areas of Skylands centered on these play mechanics.  Additionally, the game features 16 new core characters, eight new LightCore™ characters and 16 new versions of fan favorite Skylanders from previous games.  Now kids will have more than 100 characters from which to choose. The game’s high-resolution graphics brings detailed characters and richer environments to life, immersing players in the game like never before.


In Skylanders SWAP Force, Portal Masters embark on an all new adventure in the mysterious Cloudbreak Islands, home to a mystical volcano that erupts every hundred years to replenish the magic in Skylands.  During an epic battle, a brave group of Skylanders were caught in the volcano’s eruption, which blasted them apart and sent them to earth.  But, the magic of the volcano gave these heroes a remarkable new power — the ability to swap halves – turning them into a special team known as the SWAP Force.  Meanwhile, Kaos is back with a new evil plan.  And now, Portal Masters everywhere must reassemble the SWAP Force — in their original form or in new combinations — and send them back to Cloudbreak to save Skylands!



  • Dynamic Swapability Skylanders SWAP Force features 16 new SWAP Force inter-action figures with new powers and a fresh play pattern – dynamic swapability – that lets kids create more than 250 unique character combinations, giving them more choice than ever before over how they fight and move in the game.  With each new addition to their Skylanders SWAP Force collection, Portal Masters unlock an exciting world of possibilities.
  • Gameplay Variety Skylanders SWAP Force delivers a diverse and dynamic, story-driven gameplay experience, filled with adventure, combat, puzzles, mini games, activities, platforming, traps & hazards and drop-in/drop-out co-op play — all set within compelling environments.  With each new addition to their SWAP Force collection, Portal Masters unlock exciting new possibilities.  Seasoned fans can play Skylanders SWAP Force with their entire collection of 100+ forward compatible characters from Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure and Skylanders Giants.  Plus, the level cap has been raised to 20 for all Skylanders characters, including legacy characters.  Additionally, based on fan demand, all Skylanders now have the ability to jump.
  • All-New Characters – More than 50 collectible characters including 32 never-before-seen Skylanders heroes each with unique powers and personalities:
    • 16 new SWAP Force characters
    • 16 new Core Skylanders characters
    • 8 LightCore™ Skylanders characters
    • 16 new versions of fan-favorite Skylanders from the previous games, each featuring an all new “Wow Pow” upgrade power
  • Exciting Adventure – Portal Masters will embark on a brand new adventure, encountering never-before-seen enemies and challenges, as well as meeting memorable non-playable characters who can help the Skylanders defeat Kaos and his minions in the Cloudbreak Islands.
  • Unique SWAP Force ZonesSkylanders SWAP Force characters feature new abilities – such as flying, climbing, digging, bouncing, or teleporting – each of which can be explored in new areas of Skylands.
  • Assortment of Gameplay Modes – Players will be able to experience various Survival and Battle Modes, all featuring vibrant, action-packed arenas and environments where Portal Masters can test the true strength of their Skylanders.
    • Solo Survival Mode – Single player horde style mode where players must battle through waves of enemies
    • Team Survival Mode – Two-player co-op horde style mode where a team must battle through waves of enemies
    • Rival Mode – Two-player “versus” mode where both players must fend off waves of enemies; the player with the higher score wins
    • Battle Arena Mode – Player vs. player-style mode that lets Portal Masters pit their Skylanders against each other
    • Ring Out Mode – Players must fight to knock their opponents out of the battle arena
  • Enhanced Graphics Quality – Console versions of Skylanders SWAP Force feature high-resolution graphics that bring to life amazingly detailed characters and richer environments to deliver a high level of visual fidelity that immerse players in the game like never before.


Publisher:                   Activision Publishing, Inc.


Platforms:                   Nintendo Wii™, Wii U™, 3DS™

Xbox 360™ and Xbox One™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft

PlayStation®3 and PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system


SRP:                  $74.99 – Skylanders SWAP Force starter pack

$14.99 – individual SWAP Force action figure

$9.99 – individual core Skylanders action figure

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