The 2015 Mitsubishi ( @MitsuCars ) Outlander: A Great Crossover #DriveMitsubishi #DadChat

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About the Vehicle

Introduced just last year, the award-winning Mitsubishi Outlander – a recipient of last year’s Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) highest “Top Safety Pick+” safety rating* – gains a bounty of thoughtful design and feature improvements for the 2015 model year.

Moreover, with a starting MSRP of only $23,195**, the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander compact crossover features standard 7-passenger seating and is one of the most fuel-efficient CUVs available in North America at an EPA-rated 31 mpg highway (ES and SE FWD models).

Along with a long list of standard safety features, the stylish 2015 Outlander is available with a trifecta of advanced safety technologies including Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW).

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Power is provided by either a fuel-efficient 166 bhp MIVEC 2.4-liter 4-cylinder/CVT transmission (ES & SE models) or by a workhorse 224 bhp 3.0-liter V-6/6-speed automatic transmission (GT model).

The 2015 Outlander is available with front-wheel drive (ES) or Mitsubishi Motors’ outstanding Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel drive system (SE & GT models).

New standard features on all 2015 Outlanders include FUSE Hands-Free Link System® and leather-wrapped steering wheel/shift knob.

Safety, style, refinement, fuel efficiency, capable performance – plus a host of welcome design and feature improvements for the new model year at a very attainable price point – help make the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander perhaps the best overall vehicle value in its class.

 

Standard Features

Feature Description 2.4 ES 2WD 2.4 SE 2WD 2.4 SE S-AWC 3.0 GT S-AWC
Mechanical Features
Engine
2.4L MIVEC SOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine 3.0L MIVEC SOHC 24-valve V6 engine STD STD STD -
- - - STD
Transmission/Drive System
Continously Variable Transmission STD STD STD -
6-speed automatic transmission - - - STD
Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) - - STD STD
Front-Wheel Drive STD STD - -
Active front differential - - STD STD
Sportronic® Steering wheel paddle shifters - - - STD
Steering
Electric Power Steering STD STD STD STD
Exterior Features
Super-wide High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights - - - STD
Auto-off halogen headlights STD STD STD -
Auto-on/off headlights - OPT OPT STD
Fog lights with chrome accents - STD STD STD
Color-keyed power side-view mirrors with turn indicators - STD STD STD
Rear combination tail lights STD STD STD -
LED Rear combination tail lights - - - STD
Color-keyed front bumper with silver accent STD STD STD STD
Color-keyed rear bumper with silver accent STD STD STD STD
Color-keyed outer door handles STD STD STD STD
Roof carrier plug-in accommodation STD STD STD STD
Chrome beltline molding - - - STD
Front grille with silver accents STD STD STD STD
Short pole antenna STD STD STD STD
Power glass sunroof with tilt & slide and one-touch open/close switch - OPT OPT OPT
Heated side-view mirrors STD STD STD STD
Front windshield speed-sensitive variable intermittent wipers STD STD STD STD
Rear window intermittent wiper/ washer with defroster STD STD STD STD
Rain-sensing windshield wipers - OPT OPT STD
Rear privacy glass STD STD STD STD
Aero wiper blades STD STD STD STD
Wheel arch moldings STD STD STD STD
18-inch alloy wheels - STD STD -
18-inch two-tone alloy wheels - - - STD
16-inch steel wheels with full covers STD - - -
Temporary spare tire STD STD STD STD
Interior Features
Color multi-information display - STD STD STD
Monochromatic multi-information display STD - - -
High-contrast meter gauge cluster - STD STD STD
Gloss black instrument panel STD STD STD STD
Dual-visor vanity mirrors with illumination STD STD STD STD
Front map lights STD STD STD STD
Center dome light STD STD STD STD
Rear cargo area light STD STD STD STD
ECO indicator light STD STD STD STD
7-passenger seating STD STD STD STD
Drive mode selector (AWC ECO, Normal, Snow, Lock) - - STD STD
Leather seating surfaces - OPT OPT OPT
Deluxe fabric seating surfaces with stitching STD - - -
Combination leatherette and fabric seating surfaces - STD STD STD
Heated front seats - STD STD STD
8-way Power adjustable driver’s seat with seat back pocket - OPT OPT OPT
6-way adjustable driver’s seat STD STD STD STD
4-way adjustable front passenger seat STD STD STD STD
Front passenger seat back pocket STD STD STD STD
60/40 split fold-down rear seats with independent slide and reclining adjustments (2nd row) STD STD STD STD
50/50 3rd row flat fold-down feature STD STD STD STD
Front Dual-zone climate control - STD STD STD
Automatic climate control STD STD STD STD
Micron air filtration STD STD STD STD
Rear heater floor ducts STD STD STD STD
Leather-wrapped steering wheel STD STD STD STD
Tilt and telescopic steering wheel STD STD STD STD
Leather-wrapped shift knob STD STD STD STD
Gloss black shifter panel STD STD STD STD
Leather-wrapped door, armrest, and trim panel insert - OPT OPT OPT
Wood-grain appearance trim panels - OPT OPT STD
Silver painted accents STD STD STD -
Soft-touch upper instrument panel and door trim STD STD STD STD
Chrome-plated inner door handle STD STD STD STD
Carpeted floor mats STD STD STD STD
Remote hood and fuel door release lever STD STD STD STD
Convenience Features
MMCS Navigation system with 7″ high definition touch panel, voice command, 3D mapping, point-of-interest information, real-time traffic, and Mapcare® includes 2 map updates (replaces std. audio system head unit) - OPT OPT OPT
710-watt Rockford-Fosgate® premium sound system with 9 speakers including 10-inch dual-voice coil subwoofer with Punch Control®, DTS® Neural Surround, PremiDIA-WIDE surround, and Dolby® Volume - OPT OPT OPT
6.1″ Touch panel display audio system (replaces std. audio system head unit) - STD STD STD
140-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with 6 speakers STD STD STD STD
SiriusXM® Satellite Radio with 3-month subscription - OPT OPT STD
Digital HD Radio® - STD STD STD
FUSE Hands-free Link System® with Bluetooth® technology, USB port, and steering wheel controls STD STD STD STD
Rearview camera system - STD STD STD
Steering wheel mounted audio controls STD STD STD STD
Power remote tailgate - OPT OPT OPT
FAST-Key passive entry system with panic alarm feature - STD STD STD
Remote keyless entry with panic feature STD - - -
One-touch Start/Stop (OSS) engine switch - STD STD STD
ECO Mode switch STD STD STD STD
Cruise control STD STD STD STD
Power door locks and side-view mirrors STD STD STD STD
Power windows with driver’s side auto up/down feature STD STD STD STD
12-volt accessory outlets (x2) STD STD STD STD
Floor center console box with armrest and cup holders STD STD STD STD
Instrument panel lower-center storage STD STD STD STD
Door trim pockets with bottle holder STD STD STD STD
Rear seat center armrest with cupholders STD STD STD STD
3rd row cupholder and storage space STD STD STD STD
Underfloor cargo area storage STD STD STD STD
Cargo tie-down utility hooks STD STD STD STD
Retractable assist grips STD STD STD STD
Coat hanger at rear assist grip STD STD STD STD
Safety & Security
Adaptive Cruise Control system - OPT OPT OPT
Forward Collision Mitigation system - OPT OPT OPT
Lane Departure Warning system - OPT OPT OPT
Hill Start Assist STD STD STD STD
Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and brake assist STD STD STD STD
Active Stability Control STD STD STD STD
Traction Control Logic STD STD STD STD
Tire Pressure Monitoring System STD STD STD STD
Side curtain airbags STD STD STD STD
Front seat-mounted side airbags STD STD STD STD
Driver’s knee airbag STD STD STD STD
Advanced dual-stage front airbags STD STD STD STD
Three-point seatbelts and head restraints for all seating positions STD STD STD STD
Height adjustable front shoulder belts with pretensioner STD STD STD STD
LATCH child-restraint system STD STD STD STD
Child safety rear door locks STD STD STD STD
Anti-theft security alarm system STD STD STD STD
Anti-theft engine immobilizer STD STD STD STD
RISE body construction STD STD STD STD
Front pedestrian impact crumple zones STD STD STD STD
Factory Option Packages
SE Premium Package - OPT OPT -
710-watt Rockford-Fosgate® premium sound system with 9 speakers including 10-inch dual-voice coil subwoofer with Punch Control®, DTS® Neural Surround, PremiDIA-WIDE surround, and Dolby® Volume
SiriusXM® Satellite Radio with 3-month subscription
Leather seating surfaces
Power glass sunroof with tilt & slide and one-touch open/close switch
Power remote tailgate
8-way Power adjustable driver’s seat with seat back pocket
Wood-grain appearance trim panels (door trim & instrument panel)
Black roof rails
GT Premium Package - - - OPT
710-watt Rockford-Fosgate® premium sound system with 9 speakers including 10-inch dual-voice coil subwoofer with Punch Control®, DTS® Neural Surround, PremiDIA-WIDE surround, and Dolby® Volume
Leather seating surfaces
Power glass sunroof with tilt & slide and one-touch open/close switch
Power remote tailgate
8-way Power adjustable driver’s seat with seat back pocket
Silver roof rails
SE Touring Package - - - -
MMCS Navigation system with 7″ high definition touch panel, voice command, 3D mapping, point-of-interest information, real-time traffic, and Mapcare® includes 2 annual map updates (replaces std. audio system head unit)
710-watt Rockford-Fosgate® premium sound system with 9 speakers including 10-inch dual-voice coil subwoofer with Punch Control®, DTS® Neural Surround, PremiDIA-WIDE surround, and Dolby® Volume
SiriusXM® Satellite Radio with 3-month subscription
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) system
Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM) system
Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system
Auto-on/off headlights
Rain-sensing windshield wipers
Leather seating surfaces
Power glass sunroof with tilt & slide and one-touch open/close switch
Power remote tailgate
8-way Power adjustable driver’s seat with seat back pocket
Wood-grain appearance trim panels (door trim & instrument panel)
Black roof rails
GT Touring Package - - - -
MMCS Navigation system with 7″ high definition touch panel, voice command, 3D mapping, point-of-interest information, real-time traffic, and Mapcare® includes 2 annual map updates (replaces std. audio system head unit)
710-watt Rockford-Fosgate® premium sound system with 9 speakers including 10-inch dual-voice coil subwoofer with Punch Control®, DTS® Neural Surround, PremiDIA-WIDE surround, and Dolby® Volume
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) system
Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM) system
Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system
Leather seating surfaces
Power glass sunroof with tilt & slide and one-touch open/close switch
8-way
Power adjustable driver’s seat with seat back pocket
Power remote tailgate
Silver roof rails
Port Option Packages
Navigation System OPT OPT OPT OPT
MMCS Navigation system with 7″ high definition touch panel, voice command, 3D mapping, point-of-interest information, real-time traffic, and Mapcare® includes 2 annual map updates (replaces std. audio system head unit)
Interior Package – Piano Black OPT OPT OPT -
Aluminum/leather shift knob
Piano black accent panels and door switch panels
Interior Package – Black and Silver OPT OPT OPT -
Aluminum/leather shift knob
Brushed silver accent panels
Piano black door switch panels
Protection Package OPT OPT OPT OPT
Scuff plates
Body side moldings
Rear bumper step protector
Liftgate protector
LED Illumination Package OPT OPT OPT OPT
Floor Illumination (Blue LED)
Tailgate Illumination (Blue LED)
Interior lights
Cargo Package OPT OPT OPT OPT
Cargo tray
Cargo net
Entertainment Package OPT OPT OPT OPT
Rear seat DVD player
Remote control
Infrared wireless headphones
All Weather Package OPT OPT OPT OPT
Remote engine start
All-weather floormats (4)
Towing Package OPT OPT OPT OPT
Tow hitch
Trailer tow wire harness
Wind Deflector Package OPT OPT OPT OPT
Side wind deflectors
Hood protector
Park Assist Sensors Package OPT OPT OPT OPT
Front and Rear
Chrome Package - OPT OPT OPT
Door handle covers
Sideview mirror covers
Blue LED Illumination Package OPT OPT OPT OPT
Floor Illumination
Shift gate Illumination
Accessory Options (PIO)
Sunroof Wind Deflector - OPT OPT OPT
Roof Rack Crossbars OPT OPT OPT OPT
Fog lights OPT - - -
Wheel Locks - OPT OPT OPT
Mudguards – Front and rear mudguards OPT OPT OPT OPT
All Weather Floormats (4) OPT OPT OPT OPT
Tonneau Cover OPT OPT OPT OPT
Alloy Fuel Door OPT OPT OPT OPT
Large Rear Spoiler - OPT OPT OPT
Third Row Floormat OPT OPT OPT OPT
Body Side Moldings (Color Keyed) OPT OPT OPT OPT
Rear Park Assist Sensors OPT OPT OPT OPT
Updated 7/14/2014

 

My Take on the Vehicle

Below, you can listen to my thoughts on this vehicle. That being said there is a few things that I did not mention. I should also mention that I love the amount of safety that his vehicle has within it. With airbags, side airbags and so much more, the car is very safe and for that, a definite family vehicle.


 

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Kiditec ( @kiditec ) Is Great Fun for Young Children #DadChat #Giveaway

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About Kiditec

Children’s imagination and inventiveness know no bounds. The same is true of kiditec. The ingenious Swiss construction toy offers no end of possibilities. Its creative potential is sure to set children’s pulses racing.

kiditec has made a name for itself in recent years, especially in kindergartens and schools. By popular demand, kiditec is now also available for the home.

The construction elements are available in two sizes:

L-Block

kiditec L-Line

Large, strong models built using large elements. All the elements can be plugged and screwed together. The strong screw connections allow the construction of models such as a multi-car ride-on vehicle, which the kids can zoom around the house on. Fun that’s guaranteed!

kiditec M-Line

The same properties as the larger elements. Depending on how old the kids are, the elements can all be plugged or screwed together. The individual elements can be combined and recombined in countless ways. The result is an endless series of very different models!

A whole new way to build

Whether plugged, screwed or superimposed: kiditec is infinitely adaptable. The strong construction system with its variety of screws and nuts allows for undreamed-of shapes and a vast array of ways of doing things. The system allows kids to decide what they want to make. On your marks, get set, go!

Easy plugging

45 degree angle

Easy screw connections

The slide-in nut

To screw wheels on

The slide-in axle

The construction bar

The kiditec clip

Hint: how to remove a nut

 

From the inside out – the ultimate 3D experience

As well as being able to build the usual way – from the bottom upwards – kiditec allows models to be built from the inside out. This 3D approach fosters spatial awareness and presents kids with new challenges that they enjoy tackling.

 

State-of-the-art, easy-to-follow guides

Many of the models come with guides. Simpler models come with picture or photo-based guides. The more challenging models can be built with the help of building instrucitions.

kiditec’s guides make construction fun for budding engineers of all ages; they also foster concentration and spatial visualisation.

 

My Take on Kiditec

As you will see in my review below, I really liked the Kiditec brand of toys. The inter-locking blocks stayed together better than any other building block set I have tried thus far as you actually lock them together. The blocks are large and easily used by small hands. This is a great set of toys for younger kids and opens the door to sets that are smaller and instructions that are more involved for the future. My youngest daughter loved playing with this set and while you see above one of the things that she created based on the instructions included, she got even more creative after this and made some other very ingenious creatures/inventions after this too. I highly recommend this brand to one and all. You will not be disappointed!

Giveaway

How would you like to win this for yourself or for your family? All you need to do is fill out the below form to be entered.  The contest will run for one week and will end on February 6, 2015.

Winner must be a resident of the U.S.

Kiditec Toy Giveaway

Winners are chosen at random, if you want all your chances counted, make sure you leave individual comments, not all of them in one!

Winner has 48 hours to contact me or another name will be chosen.

 

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Getting a Suit In the Mail With OwnOnly ( @OwnonlySuit ) #dadchat

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OWNONLY is an online retailer for custom tailored suits. They have grown to over 100 employees based in America, Nederlanden, Russian, Japan and China. They have recently introduced their lines of business and casual suits to the online market for our customers worldwide. At the same time, they are growing internally by hiring talent from all over the world to help develop their marketing and customer services.

They also have a team of designers who handle the pattern making and printing according to the individual measurements of each customer. The factory they have partnered with has many years experience in making suits which gives us them the confidence to provide only high quality suits and shirts.

As a new company, they wish to set themselves apart from others by how they run their company internally. Their team is made up of individuals coming from multiple backgrounds with their own unique experiences. Just as they believe only a suit tailored to you will fit properly, they believe the same is true in businesses. So they have adopted a more dynamic approach to their operations than traditional business by letting everyone at OWNONLY add their perspectives and talents to their development.

 

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I have to say that reading about the company and their philosophy, I was hooked, and after looking at their suits and how you they have you order them, I was sold! As most of you know, I work as a College Administrator professionally, and that means that I am wearing suits daily too. That being said, I want to look my best and at my workplace that is something of an expectation too. Thus, I am always looking for new ways to find this style, and with my height, this is not always an easy thing to do. Big box stores do not typically have my size, so I am usually having to pay top dollar to get the suits, shirts, etc. that I need to match my stature.

In comes OwnOnly. I recently learned about them and from the very beginning I was impressed, as they work with all people, of all shapes and sizes and they have a wide array of things to choose from that will allow you to look your best whether you are working or you are just going out on the town. Best of all were the prices, as they were reasonable and lower than I have seen in many of the mens’ clothing stores that I usually have to frequent.

OwnOnly walks you through the complete process of measuring yourself to make sure that you are getting the exact fit that you need to give you a suit that is tailor made to your specifications. The website has a video that you actually can follow along to and all you need is a friend/spouse to help measure you accurately. The measuring takes less than five minutes and once complete, you send the measurements electronically and you are off.  I was impresed with customer service too, as I had a measurement that they were a bit concerned about and upon catching this they emailed, we re-measured and had to make an adjustment (Great catch!).

 

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It takes a few weeks to get the suit, but when you do it comes in a unique bag (as you see above). You might think that the suit would get completely wrinkled, but I will tell you that mine did not. Actually the pictures of me below are the exact way the suit looked after I had it hung up on the nice wooden hanger that I received with the suit itself.

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As you can see the suit is a great fit and I have received many compliments on the look of the suit too. For me, the process was so custom made and easy. I would definitely order another suit or other clothes from them in the future, as the experience that I had was an amazing one and the clothes were of top quality and fit perfectly. If you are looking for dress clothes that will feel great and fit you without additional tailoring needed, this is definitely the company to work with. As mentioned, I was sold at their philosophy, but now that I have been wearing this suit for a while, I am also sold at their workmanship too!

 

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Harley Davidson Has Some Great Christmas Gifts For All! #dadchat

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Are you looking for some great gifts for the Harley Davidson fan? If so, take a look at some of the below gifts that are available this holiday season!

 

 
LED Resin Biker Santa Ornament

96839-15V

$20.00

 

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Set of Wine Charms

96800-15V

$35.00

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Men’s Valve Full-Finger Gloves

98325-15VM

$60.00

 

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Stainless Steel Travel Mug with Handle

99364-13V

$20.00

 

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Women’s Mystic Dual Chamber Full-Finger Leather Gloves

98344-15VW

$85.00

 

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Women’s Cable Knit Scarf

97626-15VW

$45.00

 

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Holiday Stocking

96812-15V

$25.00

 

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The gloves that I tried were a great fit. I was really impressed with the overall quality of these gloves. I measured my hand like they recommended and when they arrived they fit exactly like promised. The gloves also had great grip and from driving these gloves were perfect and they allowed me to be able to have good feeling as well as control over driving and controlling the steering of my vehicle which was great seeing that gloves are usually too bulky!

Harley-Davidson

All of this being said I have to say that I loved my new gloves and for any Harley Davidson fan you will love them too!

 


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Gladiator GarageWorks Has The Perfect Gift For the NCAA Fan! #dadchat

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gladiator® GarageWorks for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

I am a sports fan! I love getting into the game and following my favorite teams. As a part of this I have some teams that I am more passionate about than others. One of these teams is Michigan State University. Living near East Lansing, it is hard not to be a fan of Michigan State, so I am glad that I am already a fan. Being a fan I want to show my team spirit. In the past this has been limited to apparel or outside adornments to the house, especially on game days. That was until I learned about Gladiator® GarageWorks and their NCAA line of lockers. They have just a start of NCAA teams (15 right now – with more on the horizon), but lucky for me Michigan State was one of them and I was very excited to have an opportunity to receive one of their PrimeTime™ Lockers and see what it would do for my own home.

I waited in anticipation for the locker to arrive. When it arrived the box was HUGE, around six feet in length. Needless to say my whole family drew close to see what could be in such a BIG box (as I had yet to tell them the surprise). As we opened the box and found the locker I found a heavy duty steel locker that was beautifully crafted. I particularly loved the Spartan logo on the outside of this as it truly showed my Spartan spirit.

I did not know where I wanted to try this as I had been wanting to better organize my garage and my basement and this would work in both places, so I experimented in both areas. I tried it in the garage, and it fit well and would have worked great for storage too, however, when I took the locker into the basement, I found that the locker was a perfect fit around the exercise equipment that I have. What do you think? Do you agree with my decision.

I already mentioned how much I loved the Spartan logo on this, but beyond that one of the nice things is the lock on the outside of the locker, as you can then place things and not worry about little hands tampering with them. Also, the lifetime limited warranty was an added bonus for anything that might go on that was not planned.

I found this to be a great centerpiece for the MSU items that I already have in my own home and being a BIG fan I love showing these off. I have already shared this with my friends and they were so envious. A recent survey conducted by Braun Research on behalf of Gladiator GarageWorks shows that more than 75% of fans take steps to show off their team pride. This includes displaying memorabilia and decorating their home or garage. In looking through the other items that Gladiator® GarageWorks have, I am in awe of the garage organization system that they have. Talk about an amazing array of ways to make your garage work well. I have some of these systems already tucked into my all-time ultimate wish list items and maybe someday I will be able to get this too.

PrimeTime Lockers are the perfect gift for the athlete or sports fan in your life! In the midst of the holiday season, Gladiator GarageWorks has a special offer on these new storage systems.

 

COUPON DETAILS:

OFFER: 20% off and free shipping on all available Primetime lockers

CODE: PRIMEFAN.

TO REDEEM: Enter code upon checkout on https://www.gladiatorgarageworks.com/superfan

VALID: 12/3 – 1/31/15

Offer and code exclusive to the blogger community and their audiences.

 

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Gameband Lets You Take MINECRAFT Everywhere! #GameOnTheGo #CollectiveBias #ad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GameOnTheGo #CollectiveBias
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How many of you have kids that love Minecraft? My daughter started playing MINECRAFT a few years ago (she now is 10) and while at first I did not understand what the game was all about, I loved seeing her so excited about what she was created, and they were so complex and detailed. The other nice thing was that MINECRAFT is a complete portable gaming environment so as long as she had the device that she was working on she could continue working on her worlds. The challenge, as you might expect, was that she would spend so much time creating her worlds, just to find that if she did not bring the right device with her, then she couldn’t actually play MINECRAFT with the worlds that she had created. You can probably guess that this did NOT make her very happy. This is where the Gameband came into play.

The Gameband for MINECRAFT (made by Now Computing) was a product that she was begging us for from the first moment that she learned about it. Why? Because it made it so that she could play MINECRAFT no matter where she was. As long as you have a computer with a USB port you can use this Gameband and play MINECRAFT. The Gameband brought MINECRAFT with her! Not only that, but she was able to create worlds and carry them with her as well, right on her wrist!

In asking her why she likes MINECRAFT she told me that she likes MINECRAFT because “I like building houses, trying to survive and making cool things. I really like that it is really fun to build things like roller coasters and there are a lot of things to build with so I can use my creativity to build anything that I put my mind to.”

Gameband-MINECRAFT

With this in mind J-Mom and I had decided to do some early gifting this year for Diva-J, because we were going to be doing a lot of traveling this year for the holidays, and each house we are going to has computers. We also typically bring our laptop with us, too, so with all of that being said, we wanted to give Diva-J the ability to have the ability to continue creating her amazing MINECRAFT world that she is working on. So we hit the pavement looking for the Gameband. Let me tell you, this product is one of the hottest items this year, so we had to search a bit and when we finally found it I was surprised to find it at Target in the mobile gaming aisle with the two sizes available. I did have to ask one of the store experts about sizing though as I wanted to make sure that I got the right size!

Gameband-MINECRAFT

Now that we were able to find the Gameband, we wrapped it up and this past weekend we gave her an early Christmas present, and I think you can tell from the above pictures that she was very happy and looking forward to jumping right into trying out the Gameband itself.

Diva-J said that she loved how the band looked, how it would glow and could be programmed with animations through PixelFurnace that were unique and personalized just by her. Wearing this made her feel “cool” as she put it, and I think it also gave her some street credibility among the boys and girls that played MINECRAFT (it is quite huge at her school right now).

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She now has been using this non-stop (amid our gaming parameters though) and she is having a blast. She explored the Gameband website and found some very cool downloads through PixelFurnace that could be used to add some very cool animations to the Gameband itself. There were quite a few cool options including animals, hearts and more to choose from. Diva-J particularly loved seeing the hearts, but I think she wanted to download almost all of them to be honest.

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This is a great gift for anyone that loves MINECRAFT. Whether you purchase it for a holiday gift or any other occasion, I, for one, can tell you that you will be in the good graces of these fans for a long time and the worlds that this will allow them to create and keep will continue to become even more complex and beautiful. Get ready to share in the on the MINECRAFT fun!

What Actually is a Gameband?

I did not make an unboxing video, but this is a very cool video that I wanted to share with all of you!

Gameband is owned by Now Computing, which is affiliated with Minecrafdt. If you have any questions about the Gameband, you can reach out to Now Computing and they will help answer your questions!

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Music Video Contest in @CooperandKid ‘s Latest Activity Kit – Music: A Space Odyssey #dadchat

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Listen to the music of the stars–or better yet, make your own–with Cooper & Kid‘s newest activity kit and out-of-this-world video contest.
At Cooper & Kid, they’re inviting dads and their children to explore the vast reaches of the universe with their latest Cooper Kit entitled Music: A Space Odyssey. By signing up for their unique quarterly subscription service, dads will receive this instant box of awesome right at their doorsteps. Inside are secret projects and ingredients designed to rocket his coolness factor to the stars and back. The kits change every season, and this current Cooper & Kid kit is filled with an assortment of intergalactic music-making instruments that are needed to rock out to their newest promotion. This music kit is limited, so get on board today!

To get the creative wheels turning, they’ve launched a special music video contest that will allow father and child to compete for fortune and glory across the galaxy. Their challenge, if they choose to accept it, is to create an amazing music video using the instruments from the kit. The only rule is that it must be a completely original musical masterpiece–no lip-synching or performing an existing composition is allowed. Once they’ve taped their favorite rendition, they’ll post it to YouTube and wait for the accolades to come rolling in.

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Every team that enters will receive a special prize, as well as the chance to win a Star Wars Original Trilogy Blu-Ray + DVD Pack. The battle to see who will take title as King of the Dads–and possibly the universe–is officially on, and runs through February 6, 2015.
Cooper & Kid was born in the heart of Africa where Nichole Smaglick, founder of the brand, spent many years living with and studying warrior cultures. Immersed in an atmosphere where strong male figures reveled in emotional bonding with their kiddos, she saw firsthand how deeply transformative an experience it can be for both father and child. With a product that bolsters hands-on fun together and a community filled with innovative and inspirational resources, Cooper & Kid is gifting fathers with the appreciation they’ve been missing.

For additional information or to feature, please visit www.cooperandkid.com

 

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Hickory Farms is Perfect For the Holidays!

 

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For more than 60 years Hickory Farms gifts have been a classic holiday tradition that brings family and friends together. This season, nearly 600 Hickory Farms kiosks will open in select retailers across North America. We offer a variety of specialty foods and holiday food gifts that are perfect for any budget and for everyone on your list this year. A full product list can be found on the website linked above.

 

This year Hickory Farms is excited to introduce its first-ever Signature Chocolate Collection. The 1lb chocolate assortment offers the true taste of American confectionary craftsmanship. Each piece is cooked in small batches using the finest ingredients and paired with premium milk or dark chocolate.

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Hickory Farms also has 5 products that they offer free shipping to military APO and FPO addresses, including the “Festive Cheese Sampler” gift basket and “Beef Hearty Hickory” basket, so if you have friends or loved ones who are serving, this could be a great gift option.

 

In addition, Hickory Farms is proud to support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. Share Our Strength is the leading non-profit organization working to end childhood hunger in America by connecting children in need with nutritious food. For each Party Planner gift box sold this holiday season, Hickory Farms will donate $5 to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.

 

My Take on the Gift Pack

This was a great gift pack and seeing that I received it right before Thanksgiving I was able to tear into it right away. I have to say that the meat was succulent and the cheese was amazing. For the price this is a great gift for that hard to buy for individual, as you have quite a few gift packs to choose from. I, for one was very impressed and could think of at least a handful of people that would love a gift like this. That being said I would have no qualms purchasing this for myself or for a gift and encourage everyone else to check it out too. I think you will be impressed with the variety that Hickory Farms offers and the quality of the items that you receive is top notch too.
Giveaway

How would you like to win this for yourself or for your family? All you need to do is fill out the below form to be entered.  The contest will run for one week and will end on December 15, 2014.

Winner must be a resident of the U.S.

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Winners are chosen at random, if you want all your chances counted, make sure you leave individual comments, not all of them in one!

Winner has 48 hours to contact me or another name will be chosen.

 

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The Aether Cone ( @aether ) Music Player is Sleek & A Tech Wonder! #Aethercone #bpopevents

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Blog-Pop-Christmas-WishesThe holidays are upon us and that means that it is time to celebrate with the Blog Pop Team’s Christmas Wishes Event! Between December 4-7 the 10 bloggers from Blog Pop are working together to bring you some awesome giveaways! So go and check out the following blogs for some other great prizes, and remember to come back here a lot over the next few days to enter for some great prizes! The 10 blogs that are a part of the school rules  event include:

My next giveaway is Below!

What is the Aether Cone?

Aether (www.aether.com), a brand new creative music player that combines voice recognition and machine learning for a listening experience never heard before. Aether is a gorgeous Cone that learns what you like and plays what you love. It’s small enough to fit on a counter and elegant enough to upgrade the décor of any room.

The team at Aether is dedicated to building things that remove the effort and frustration from daily life.  Things that offer up what you want, in the right way, when you want them.  Things that are designed to take the focus off the technology so that you can put it back onto things that matter.  We deliver on this promise by taking a “whole product approach”. This means that hardware, software and services and content are all included and considered together in every product made.

 

PRODUCT FEATURES:

Thinking Music Player – The more you use Cone, the better it gets at playing the songs you’ll love.

Voice Command – If you know what you want to hear, just press the center button and ask out loud for any artist or radio station.  You don’t have to look at a single screen to use Cone.

Portability – Sync multiple Cones together, or take advantage of the 8-hour rechargeable battery to get incredible sound anywhere you take Cone in your home.

 

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What I Think

As anyone that has read my blog before knows, I love technology and I love things that make my life easier. Having a speaker that learns about me, what I like to listen to and more is simply amazing. I have never seen or experienced a music player like this before. It is SO portable and can be used either with or without a wire plugging it in too.

This time of year we are on the move a lot. Going to visit family, friends and more and at many of these events music is definitely a part of the gathering. On a few occasions already I have brought the music player with me to show it off to others, and the reaction always has been one of awe. They cannot believe that a music player can do all of this.

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Here are some additional thoughts that I shared on youtube:

Giveaway

How would you like to win one of these speaker for yourself or a family member? All you need to do is fill out the below form to enter. The contest will run for one week and will end on December 20, 2014.

 

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          • Enter any of the giveaways below

 

   

Winner must be a resident of the U.S or Canada.

Winners are chosen at random, if you want all your chances counted, make sure you leave individual comments, not all of them in one!

Winner has 48 hours to contact me or another name will be chosen.

As required by the FTC: Blog POP! received no monetary compensation for this post. All opinions expressed are those of the writer’s alone.

THE FINE PRINT: All entrants must be 18 years of age or older. Please read each giveaway’s directions carefully as entry methods may differ, and giveaways may be open to different world areas. Please make sure you leave a way (valid email address) with your entries to be contacted if you win. Please note that Dad of Divas, Blog POP! or the Blog POP! bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. We have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. The sponsors, in most cases, are shipping their items to you directly. We will make every effort to assist you obtaining your prize. If there is an issue with a sponsor please notify the blog you won a prize from within 30 days for assistance, after that we may be unable to assist you. Good luck!

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Christmas Wishes #BPopEvents Libre Tea ( @LibreTea ) #Giveaway

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Blog-Pop-Christmas-WishesThe holidays are upon us and that means that it is time to celebrate with the Blog Pop Team’s Christmas Wishes Event! Between December 4-7 the 10 bloggers from Blog Pop are working together to bring you some awesome giveaways! So go and check out the following blogs for some other great prizes, and remember to come back here a lot over the next few days to enter for some great prizes! The 10 blogs that are a part of the school rules  event include:

My next giveaway is Below!

libre tea large mug, dad of divas, blog pop giveawayAbout the Product
The Libre Tea glass ’n poly large is the ‘big gulp’ of tea with a 14 oz. capacity. It has a health-conscious glass interior for fresh taste and a durable polycarbonate exterior for ‘on the go’ durability. The stainless steel tea filter is surrounded by BPA free polypropylene as is the lid interior.Can be used 2 ways to brew and travel with loose leaf tea.
Volume: 14 Oz

Size: approximately 8.75” tall, 3.0” diameter

Materials: glass, BPA free polycarbonate, stainless steel

Price: $32.50 CAD

 

My Take on the Product

With the Libre Tea Glass you get a combination thermal cup with a glass interior and durable poly carbonate exterior, has its own BPA free lid that is twisted onto a removable BPA free filter. You place loose leaf tea on the filter, add hot water, twist on the filter and top, turn it upside down and steep your tea to the strength you enjoy.

libre-tea-glassUsing this tea glass was easy. I  have used tea balls or spoons and even paper pouches for brewing my loose leaf tea in the past. Once the tea is brewed, you unscrew the lid and the filter .  The tea is ready to drink. The tea glass has a sturdy handle which makes it easy to use while you drink.

A really nice feature of the Libre Tea glass is there is lid so if you are taking your tea-to-go, you can keep it warm until you are ready to drink it.

I see this valuable to a serious tea drinker!  Enjoy!

 

Giveaway

How would you like to win a copy of this book? All you need to do is fill out the below form to enter. The contest will run for one week and will end on December 18, 2014.

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      • Enter any of the giveaways below

 

 

Winner must be a resident of the U.S.

Winners are chosen at random, if you want all your chances counted, make sure you leave individual comments, not all of them in one!

Winner has 48 hours to contact me or another name will be chosen.

 

As required by the FTC: Blog POP! received no monetary compensation for this post. All opinions expressed are those of the writer’s alone.

THE FINE PRINT: All entrants must be 18 years of age or older. Please read each giveaway’s directions carefully as entry methods may differ, and giveaways may be open to different world areas. Please make sure you leave a way (valid email address) with your entries to be contacted if you win. Please note that Dad of Divas, Blog POP! or the Blog POP! bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. We have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. The sponsors, in most cases, are shipping their items to you directly. We will make every effort to assist you obtaining your prize. If there is an issue with a sponsor please notify the blog you won a prize from within 30 days for assistance, after that we may be unable to assist you. Good luck!

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