Building A Better Mousetrap With @HasbroGameNight

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Elefun and Friends Join the Game

Elefun and Friends characters have come to join you as you play the hilarious and wacky Mouse Trap game. You and your friends will have a great time as you navigate the game board and meet up with your favorite faces from the Elefun and Friends world, such as Hungry Hippo, Cheeky Monkey, and Giraffalaff. You will also meet the Trap Pack in this laugh-out-loud, crazy game!

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Easy to Set Up
This iconic trap-launchin’, mouse-catchin’ game is not only fun to play, it is also easy to set up and quick to play, making it a great game for family fun time. You and your friends will have an awesome time setting up the trap and placing the collectible characters on the board.

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A Chain Reaction

To begin the game, spin the spinner and scurry along the cheese path. When you land on the boot, you get to begin the activation by booting Elefun’s bucket. That will make the marble roll down the cheese wedge, across Gator’s back, and into your pal, Giraffalaff. Then Giraffalaff will knock her marble into the tub and onto Hungry Hippo’s log. Hungry Hippo will flip into the pond, causing Cheeky Monkey to twist down the tree and trap the mouse! Did you trap another player’s mouse? If so, you win! If not, reset and play again.
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My Take on the Game

My kids love playing games and so do I! We love that we get to have special time together and we also love a little bit of competition too. I remember playing this game when I was a kid so I was excited to share it with my own kids too. The version of this game that I received is definitely geared toward kids. The mice as well as the characters shared on the game were colorful and larger than life and the game play was swift and we actually finished one round of the game in only one time around the board.

I noticed in playing this that reseting the board was much easier in this version than the original version that I played when I was a kid. I also found the game to be much quicker than the original too as there were far fewer spots on the board and with the ability to jump players and go double spaces you could easily move around the board quite quickly. Sometimes this would lead to a game that ended soon after starting and sometimes I found that the game still went on and on.

I also found that my daughters had a propensity for wanting to set off the trap even when there was no mouse around, they just thought it was so cool that they got to set up a trap using multiple methods (and I was happy that the trap, when sprung, always worked, which was not like the original game I remember).

All-in-all we had a blast playing this and so will your family! Bring some family game night fun into your own home, you will not regret it.

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Lee Jeans ( @LeeJeans ) = Perfect Fit/Style For Men!

Lee JeansAt the recent Dad 2.0 conference in New Orleans, I was pleased to have had the opportunity to get to interact with and try out Lee Jeans. The representatives for the brand were amazing and had so much information to share about the brand and what it had to offer men. I learned so much, and found myself continually saying “I did not know that” both on the inside and outside. One of the things that I loved about Lee Jeans was their new active comfort system that they have in place that make their Lee Jeans truly comfortable and ones that you can wear almost anywhere.

I did not take any Lee Jeans home with me because they did not have my size in stock, but in looking at their website, I was happy to find that you could order their Lee Jeans here, but also that depending on the size and style, you could order them right online. I even found a number of different styles in my length, which is not always the easiest size to find. The representatives from Lee Jeans followed up the conference by sending me out a pair of Aztec colored jeans. One of the other great things is that even in their regular jeans they have 19 different colors to choose from!

I was unaware of the other clothes that Lee offered, especially the dress clothes for men and women. I have to say that I have been really impressed with what I have learned thus far from this American company and for the price that you pay for the quality of the clothes that you receive.

I for one will be looking toward Lee Jeans in the future and I encourage you to do so too!

 

One question for all of you: What are you looking for in a perfect pair of jeans?

A Digital Recorder Makes My Life Easier #Giveaway ( @TMartShopping )

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In both my professional and personal life I am very busy and between work, home, blogging and more I find that I sometimes have a hard time forgetting everything. I also find that there are times when I am on the go when ideas or thoughts come up that I want to capture them right away and digital recorders have proved their worth time and time again again.

I have had one digital recorder for years but lately it has not been working well so when I was asked to check out TMart.com, I found a HUGE number of  Digital Recorders that ranged from small amounts of memory to even larger amounts. I chose one that was 8GB which I felt would be sufficient for what I was recording.

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When I received the digital recorder I was amazed at how small it was, but also all of the additional add-ons like the external microphone that came with this. For me, I started using this for work, but also for some work that I was doing on my family genealogy. I had a few meetings set up with family members to tell their stories, and I wanted to be able to record them and then connect the digital file to my family tree. The external microphone worked SO well or this and I have to say that the quality of the digital recording was superb.

After recording this I was able to manage the digital file easily and it saved in a format that I was able to work with so that I still could connect the file to the family tree.

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That being said I have to say that this digital recorder made my life so much easier. If you are looking for a digital recorder, then I highly recommend that you check out the large variety of Tmart Digital Voice Recorders that are available from TMart.

Giveaway

How would you like to win this an opportunity to try out this digital recorder for yourself? 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 March 21, 2014.

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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.

:If some bloggers also want to hold a giveaway or do review for product in Tmart, please contact this email: cheneyaustin82@yahoo.com

 

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Wondershare Bundle

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Would you normally buy up to 5 different software in a single purchase? Why not? Is the pricing your primary concern? What if Wondershare can offer you a big discount on that? As some of you know I have reviewed Wondershare products in the past and was quite impressed. Now with their 80% HUGE discount that they are offering you not only get the DVD Creator, which I tried, but the other software also looks amazing! From what I can tell the company has never offered anything like this in the past and who knows if it will ever happen again. From my research you will save more than $170, if you were to buy them individually. Hurry up to check the bundle discount page here.

 

The Wondershare bundle discount campaign will last for ONE WEEK, that’s right, starting from the 5th to the 11th of March, 2014. Make a note on that right now, because you don’t want to miss out on this HUGE campaign, that’s EXCLUSIVELY FOR YOU!

 

What’s in it?

 

Bundle for Windows:

Total Price: $213.85

(80% off)

ONLY $42.77

 

 

Bundle for Mac:

Total Price: $231.95

(80% off)

ONLY $46.39

 

 

If you’ve always been wanting or need to bag the software bundle as listed above, this will be your opportunity. Why pay more when you can have it for less? Get the discount bundle here.

Moulin Roty Shadow Puppets Let Imagination Soar #giveaway

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Moulin Roty Shadow Puppets

As a father i am always looking for things that will promote imagination and creativity. This especially occurs at bedtime when we make up stories, and simply have fun winding down the day. Bring in these Nightime Shadow Puppets from Moulin Roty.

I was able to try out the two sets that you see in the pictures here and I have to first say that I was so impressed with the overall quality of these. As a past puppeteer I can completely appreciate fine quality when it comes to puppets and this definitely provided that.

On top of this though the Shadow Puppets were so much fun and the company put so much detail into them,

The two sets I was able to test drive were the Castles and Dinosaurs sets. What was fun about the sets was that with the right lighting you could create big shadows and with your imagination you could create a story that would bring a smile to your childs’ face.

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My daughters particularly liked the Castles set, and seemed to love having the Dragon being the protagonist in all of their stories.

On top of this all of the sets are reasonably priced in my opinion. The Paris Shadows ($21) set shows the Eiffel Tower, airplane, moon and sleepwalker. The 9-piece Castle Shadows ($18.50) include a dragon, a fairy, royalty and a witch! If dinos are more your style, the Dinosaur Shadows ($18.50) pack of 10 puppets feature a stegosaurus, brachiosaurus and more prehistoric shapes.

In the end these puppets are wonderfully made and truly sparked the creative juices in myself and in my girls. I highly recommend this to all!

Giveaway

How would you like to win a Shadow Puppet set for yourself 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 March 1, 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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CritterZone Makes Pet Smells Disappear

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About the Product

CritterZone is an extraordinary product that’s super helpful for pet owners and families. It’s an air naturalizer that tackles odors, allergens, germs and more. It is great for virtually eliminating smells from pet accidents, litter boxes, puppy pads, and many other odor issues!

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What makes the CritterZone really unique is it doesn’t use harmful chemicals to mask odors. It actually energizes the air by creating a charged flow that removes unwanted particles, much in the same way Mother Nature does outdoors. The result is fresh, clean air that is better to breathe. It also can help with pet “accidents” that may occur on carpets and other materials and even restores the air in vehicles.

It’s easy to use (no filters involved), is energy efficient and can handle up to 800 square feet of space. In fact, it costs less than a penny per day to run, which makes it affordable to use 24/7 to clean your air.



My Take on the Product

I have been using this product for the past week or so. With two cats and a litter box, the area around the litter box tends to get a bit smelly and even if I clean it once per day, sometimes that smell permeates throughout the basement, to our consternation.

This product, which is small and discrete works so well. By simply plugging it in you start cleaning the air. Best of all, you don’t have to change any filter and instead simply start cleaning the air through a natural process instead.

At first I smelled a slight metallic smell which is normal, but after this initial sell, I never smelled that again. Instead I found the air to be quite refreshing in the area where the litter was. The more that I used it, the more I found that it seemed to neutralize the airborne smells. This did not mean that I should clean the cat box any less, but it did give us peace of mind in knowing that the smells that were wafting out from the cats were controlled for the most part.

If you have pets and the smells are getting unbearable, I highly encourage you to check this out, as it is working for my family and I know that it can work for you too!

SPECIAL OFFER FOR READERS

I have set up a special offer with the company for my readers. If you go onto the CritterZone Website and use the discount code DADOFDIVAS you can get $10 off the Air Naturalizers or the Travel Pack!

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Marbles ( @TheBrainStore) Challenges You To Continually Learn


Marbles: The Brain Store

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The older I get the more that I know that I have to continually challenge my mind to stay active and keep thinking about bigger and better things. The more I think analytically and challenge myself, I find the more benefits that it provides me in other ways too.

This is something that I continually want to challenge my own daughters to do as well and a new company that I just learned about is doing just that. Marbles: the Brain Store, offers products that challenge your brain to think harder and deeper, as well as to see the world around you in new and unique ways.

In looking through the site there are so many gifts and items for yourself that are too cool and make me want to go on a shopping spree, but alas, I find myself restraining. That being said though, I have talked in the past about the fact that my daughters are smarties and are sometimes even too smart and clever for even themselves. With that in mind I knew that I could find find gifts for my Clever Kids and with my youngest daughter coming soon, I wanted to find just the right gift that would be a ton of fun, but would also challenge her as well.

That being said I seared through the pages of Marbles: the Brain Store, and found a game (our family loves family game night) called Rush Hour that looked like a fun game with a lot of learning potential.

rush hour collectors editionWhile the game may not look like much, it is a blast to play and centers around using the game cards to set up the board and then moving the cars around the board to help the red car escape the Rush Hour that you have on the board itself. It requires you to think, but also gives you a great sense of satisfaction when you bring the car out of the board. Both my girls loved this game, even my 5.5 year old. It is a one player game for the most part, but you can always ask for help or take turns between rounds too. I put together a short video to give you a sense of the game itself.

This was a great game and one that I know that my family and I will be using for a long time to come…I just hope that we can get new card packs in the future possibly!

If you have never checked out this website/company I highly encourage you to do so and see all of the cool items that they have. Marbles: The Brain Store is a company that has things that you will not find in stores and it will definitely be a store that I will come back to again in the future.

Best of all, right now Marbles: The Brain Store is offering Free Shipping with any purchase!

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2014 Kia Soul – A Car With Plenty Of Go Power ( @Kia )

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Over the past week I have had the chance to drive the new 2014 Kia Soul. I have to be honest and say that this is a smaller car than I typically would drive, but have been completely impressed with the power and comfort that this vehicle provides.

The vehicle that I drove was completely decked out with all of the toys and even with that was priced just over $24,000 which is definitely reasonable for a small car. I found that I got pretty good gas mileage as well with Kia stating that it would get about 31 MPG on the highway and 27 MPG combined, which is far better than I get with my current vehicle that I drive.

I also liked the Kia website when it came to this and all of their vehicles as you can build out any of their vehicles and see what it would cost you with the options/extras that you would want to place on the car yourself.

Below you can view a video walking you through the car and my experience with the vehicle itself.

 

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Feel The Freedom With HP Instant Ink

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If you have ever owned a printer and you use it on a normal basis you will go through ink continually and you know how expensive the ink can be. I know that this has definitely been a problem for me in the past, and especially in printing photos (as this uses a ton of ink). I eat up the cost of the ink to get the best possible prints that I can, but I know that I it is expensive and something that I have to budget for.

For this reason I was very excited to find out about the new program by HP called HP Instant Ink. HP Instant Ink is a newly launched ink replacement service for today’s connected home and can reduce the cost of ink by 50%. Printers with the HP Instant Ink technology monitor ink levels and will send replacement ink cartridges to your doorstep before you run out. The best part is that plans start as low as $2.99 a month and doesn’t charge you based on how much ink you use but rather how many pages you print. Printing a photo that uses lots of ink won’t cost you any more money than printing a plain text document!

 I think this above commercial is perfect and really shows the genius of this program. For me, having a monthly service like this allows me to have peace of mind and frees me to not be stingy on printing. Instead it allows me to print whatever I want and share this freedom with my own kids. Too often in the past I held back and passed this onto my kids because I am frugal by nature, but now with monthly plans that are affordable, I don’t have to worry about this as much and when my kids come to me and say “can I print this” I can say “go ahead”.

The only thing that you have to consider is the plan that you are on and the number of pages that you are allotted each month:

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The prices that you see above are for black and white, or color ink. It does not matter what you run out of, as long as you stay within your allotment. If you go over you are charged an additional monthly fee. Thus, if you print quite a bit from home or in your office this is a great service, just as long as you monitor your printing.

With this in mind I have loved this service. No longer do I have to worry about not having the ink on hand when I want to print something. The monitors work and give me complete peace of mind and they will for you too. You can check out the printers that have the HP Instant Technology technology here.

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Disney Infinity Brings The Whole Family Together

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My family are HUGE Disney fans. With that in mind since Disney Infinity came out I have been wanting to try it. Being a fan of video games and seeing that I had the opportunity to try other systems with interchangeable players in the past, this looked like it would be a ton of fun. Also, having the ability to change out the characters into Disney characters that you know and love was something that not only I was excited about, but my kids were about jumping out of their boots to be Jessie or Anna.

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Thus, I was very grateful to Disney Interactive for sending me a system to try out with my family for my Nintendo WII U. They sent us the starter pack as well as the brand new Rapunzel character. First and foremost I was thankful that the starter pack came with three characters. You get the opportunity to be able to be Sully, Mr. Incredible or Jack Sparrow.

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The system was easy to set up and we were soon into the game itself. I liked the fact that each of the characters had separate adventures that came with them and that you could build each of them up to make the character even stronger. My girls are loving Rapunzel’s adventure and have played it over and over again trying to get as many of the lanterns as they can.

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Of course you can’t stop with only those characters, so we ended up using a gift card to go out and get a few more characters including, Wreck it Ralph, Anna, Sorcerer Mickey and Woody, so I think we can say that we are now committed to the system and to the game itself.

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My girls also enjoyed building their own world. I found that at times it was a bit hard to see where pieces were going and at times you had to have some trial and error to get rid of the pieces you placed to get them in the right place, but that being said, they still loved making the world themselves!

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The game itself is very engaging and you can definitely lose yourself in the time that you are playing. The only thing that I wished was that you could have 3-4 players playing at the same time so then I could play with both my daughters at the same time. That being said though it still was a ton of fun and we all had a blast with the games and swapping out the players every now and again to try new things.

All-in-all I have to say that I was impressed with the system and am looking forward to continuing using this with my girls into the future!

 

Get Rapunzel For Yourself!

Rapunzel is letting down her long hair and using her frying pan to save the day in Disney Infinity! We wanted to let you know that Disney Interactive is giving away Disney Infinity’s first princess in the Rapunzel Saves the Day Sweepstakes and we hope you’ll share the news with your readers.

For the entire month of February, fans can enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win a grand prize of a video game console, Disney Infinity Starter Pack and Rapunzel character figure. A different game system will be given away each week!

 

No Purchase Necessary. Entry/Rules: princess.disney.com/rapunzel-saves-the-day-sweepstakes

 

Rapunzel assets can be found here: http://smu.gs/1ftKxjh

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