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Neighborhood Toy Store Day 2012

Heather —  November 8, 2012

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Dad & Em enjoy Tensi, a dice game for 7+, winner of ASTRA’s Best Toys for 2012. Find in independent toy stores

Looking for something fun and local to do this Saturday?? Getting ready for the Holidays?

 I got it! This Saturday, November 10, 2012, is the 3rd Annual Neighborhood Toy Store Day!

Happy Neighborhood Toy Store Day!  Celebrate the benefits of shopping local. Participating toy stores will be hosting in-store events and activities. Find a store near you here: www.yourneighborhoodtoystore.org. This event is coordinated by ASTRA, the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association.

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I know you should be able to find a store participating, as even MY small town toy shop will be celebrating.

We have a favorite toy store where I can wander around for ages. It is fun to browse and find unusual, often educational toys that are eco-friendly or at least well made.

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Em playing with Loopdedoo, a creative arts ASTRA winner. A well made toy that encourages creativity. I love the concentration on her face!

I am excited to mention this event, as I do believe shopping locally really supports my community. When I can find good quality merchandise, for decent prices, in my own town, I feel good about making that purchase. I like having a vibrant downtown shopping area, where we can walk around and enjoy ourselves. Every time I make a local purchase, I am helping that happen.

I had a friend mention she thinks small shops are more expensive. I disagree. The last few times I have shopped locally, I have found great deals. In fact, the last time my daughter and I went into a small toy store, we had so much more fun than shopping in a warehouse store and I spent under $20 for two sturdy, educational and fun toys. And we got a mood ring. How cool is that??

We received two toys, toys that are typical of those found in a neighborhood toy store. Both of these are great examples of good quality toys.

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Dad and girls playing Tensi. Fun and simple, this is a great game when you have a few minutes

One is Tensi. When I first saw this I laughed. It looked simple, maybe boring. Not so! I have found my kids playing this all over the house. Based on a simple concept of getting 10 dice to land on the same number, this is fast fun. Yes, I’ve even played it! This dice game won a ASTRA’s Best Toys of 2012 award.

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Loopdedoo, an ingenius spinner makes beautiful bracelets, belts, anklets, etc. I like how the thread is stored inside the spinner.

And Loopdedoo. My daughter has made a ton of bracelets on this to give to friends. Loopdedoo by Ann Williams is a winner of Astra’s Best Toys for 2012 award. This is a creative arts toy that makes twisted braces, anklets, belts, etc.  I really like the quality of this toy. The directions are easy to follow and the kit includes the spinning tool and 18 skeins of embroidery thread. I noticed the colors, even of the embroidery thread – the colors were classy colors.

Find out more about Neighborhood Toy Store Day and the WhooHoo Factor, by checking out ASTRA’s new website about safe, creative and educational play for children:

www.yourneighborhoodtoystore.org, on facebook at Facebook/TheWoohooFactor and on twitter @TheWoohooFactorHashtags: #toystoreday #localtoystore #shoplocal.

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*I received the above products free of charge, to facilitate this review.

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Dads Desk:

It was finally time to take my gaming experience to the next level with EA Sports NCAA Football 13.  Before I headed out to my local Walmart, I made sure it was available.  A quick check of Walmart.com on my iPad assured me a copy was waiting for me.  I grabbed my teenage daughter and headed out.

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“Yes, I like football”

 

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Found it

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You can also personalize your cover, choose your team and your picture

You can see our shopping trip on google plus. After picking up our copy, we headed home to hit the grid iron.

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The most noticeable difference is the quality of the HD graphics.  Next is the addition of the  Dynasty mode.  As I mentioned before, you have the opportunity to add one of several former Heisman Trophy winners to your team and help them regain that prestigious title.  Take the time to go through all the menus and familiarize yourself with all that NCAA Football 13 has to offer.

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As I mentioned in my last post, I faced a last second defeat at the hands of my seven year old daughter.  With EA Sport’s You’re Covered Program, in four simple steps I was able to add her face to the cover of our game. Just go to the link and follow the steps.

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She got a kick out of hers:

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and when we shared it on Facebook, she got plenty of Likes.  It was fun to personalize the cover for her and now her victory is a great family story with “proof”.

As I mentioned before, here is a quick rundown of the main differences between EA Sports  NCAA Football 12 and NCAAFootball 13.

  1. You can become one of 10 legendary Heisman Trophy winners (Robert Griffin III, Doug Flutie, or Herschel Walker–just to name a few).  I choose Herschel Walker in honor of my wife having attended UGA.  Use their strengths and talents on your favorite team to help them in their quest to regain the Heisman Trophy.
  2. The Passing game has been improved-both from a Quarterback and Wide Receiver standpoint.    As the QB you will have more control on the ball’s trajectory and on how you use play action and the option.  As a WR you will have a greater ability to read and react to the defense; so you can make that catch.
  3. Reaction time will depend on who you are.  Football players have differing abilities and now that is factored into the game.  The game slows down during key times increasing your on-field awareness and opening up more opportunities as you sense things before they happen.
  4. Impact your ability to recruit the talent your team needs with Dynamic Dynasty.  Your recruiting grade can change from week to week.  And your Game day Saturdays will come to life with live studio updates and commentary by Rece Davis.

So, the stage is set in our home for a rematch.  Will this one end differently?  Will I be able to overcome the football prowess of my second grader?  No matter the outcome, the HD graphics, new player features, and Dynamic Dynasty option—to name a few—guarantee a good time will be had on the Grid Iron.

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The Iconic Rubik's Cube

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Remember Rubik’s Cube?

I remember these from high school. I enjoyed watching my kids check them out and enjoy playing with them – and being able to do them quickly! Check this out!

This 3×3 puzzles makes players twist, turn and rotate the colored squares to match up the colors on all six sides.

Watch out, though, it’s not easy.

There are billions of potential combinations, but only one solution! Earn your bragging rights by mastering this mind-bending puzzle.

Approximate Retail Price: $7.99 at retailers all over; Recommended Age: 8 and up

Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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Say Anything Game Review

Heather —  October 27, 2011

 

Want a new family game that gets people laughing and is hard to cheat or be aggressive about? Do you just want to see people have fun without strategizing for ages?

Then get Say Anything Family this Holiday Season.

Seriously. This family and party game is hilarious and easy to play. In a spin on giving your opinion, in this game, you must talk, write and vote on opinions and guess how others will vote.

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The game is good for multi-age play and for lots of players. We played a few times with just three players, but, the more the better. If you have more than six, you can make teams.

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Pieces are all included and pack back up nicely. Kids seem to love the little dry erase boards and pens. I liked the bright colors and modern look to all the pieces. The cards cracked me up!

Say Anything Family Edition game retails for $19.99.

For more information, see http://www.northstargames.com/.

See what my crewmates have to say about Say Anything and Northstar Games.

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I received Say Anything Family Edition through the TOS Crew for review purposes. I have given my honest opinion.

Ji Ga Zo Puzzle from Hasbro

Heather —  March 10, 2011

And I thought those 3D puzzles were amazing! Whoever came up with Ji Ga Zo  is a creative genius–I am impressed! A quick video to share how this works:

And then, our bloopers!

Oh, we have fun reviewing some of these games! But, back to business at hand:

Ji Ga Zo is a new way to create a puzzle out of a digital image. Upload the software, then upload any of your photos and make an icon map, which you then follow to create a mosaic image puzzle. Either save this puzzle and frame it or start all over again with another photo!

Includes CD-ROM with software and instructions (mac & pc compatible), 300 puzzle pieces and assembly grid.

Ages 8+, retails around $25.

Check out Ji Ga Zo on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/jigazo

To buy, or find out more, visit Ji Ga Zo on Hasbro.com

You can also find Ji Ga Zo and other family games on the Family Game Night Facebook Page

FYI: Hasbro and TOMBSTONE® Pizza are teaming up this month to give you free (up to $7.01) TOMBSTONE Pizza with the purchase of a new game. For a limited time, pick up ANY Hasbro game at your local retailer, then visit the “Special Offer” tab at FamilyGameNight.com to download a mail in offer form to receive a coupon for a FREE (up to $7.01) TOMBSTONE Pizza.

I received the Ji Ga Zo puzzle from Hasbro for my review. I have given my honest opinion.