I LOVE a big bag for many circumstances. Not for your typical evening out usually, but sometimes for a whole day, or if I’m attending a function or event. I can put everything in there, even a change of clothes for my youngest if he has an accident. I’ve joined some other bloggers to bring you this giveaway. The prize is a nice big Sherpani bag. The giveaway runs through 05/09. Details and the entry form are below. Good luck to all that enter!
MOTHER’S DAY SHERPANI BAG GIVEAWAY
Welcome to this fun giveaway where one of you lucky readers will receive a this beautiful Sherpani Presta Large Commuter Messenger Bag (value $90). Amy was fortunate enough to have to the opportunity to review several bags from Sherpani, including the one featured in today’s giveaway. You can read her thoughts on this bag here or if you want to get to the giveaway, simply continue down to the giveaway.
This Giveaway will end May 9th at 11:59pm CT. It is open to US residents 18+ only. Only one entrant per household. Winner will be subject to eligibility verification. Entering is easy, simply follow the instructions in the giveaway tool below!
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My youngest son will be thrilled when Planes: fire And Rescue comes to the Wii!
Does your child have a favorite movie they’d love to see a game made for? Please leave a comment!
LITTLE ORBIT AND DISNEY INTERACTIVE TEAM UP TO BRING PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE AND VIOLETTA TO NINTENDO VIDEO GAME PLATFORMS
Planes: Fire & Rescue Features Adventure Inspired by this Summer’s New Movie, while Violetta Offers Immersive Musical Experience Based on Disney Channel’s Hit Tween Telenovela
Santa Ana, CA. – April 17, 2014 –Little Orbit announced today it is working with Disney Interactive to bring Planes: Fire & Rescue, based on Disney’s highly anticipated feature film of the same name, to North America, Europe and Australasia on Nintendo Wii™, Nintendo 3DS™ and DS™ this fall. The collaboration also includes the launch of a Violetta video game based on the successful tween telenovela, Violetta, from Disney Channel. The musical rhythm game will launch across European territories and in South America for Nintendo Wii™, Nintendo 3DS™ and DS™ this summer.
“Teaming up with Disney Interactive to expand the worlds of Planes: Fire & Rescue and Violetta on video game platforms is a great honor for us,” said Matt Scott, CEO of Little Orbit. “We know fans are going to love seeing their favorite characters come to life in these fun-filled adventures.”
Planes: Fire & Rescue will extend the storyline of the film, taking fun to the skies with action-packed fire-fighting. Players can embark on adventures with all their favorite characters from the movie.
Violetta will take players on an all-star experience as they experiment with music and rhythm and to become a star performer. Players will collect points to unlock costumes, art and more to customize their musical experience.
The games arising from this collaboration will be distributed in EMEA and Australasian territories by leading video game publisher and developer, BANDAI NAMCO Games Europe S.A.S.
For more information about BANDAI NAMCO Games and its entire line up, please visit the BANDAI NAMCO Games Europe official website at www.BandaiNamcoGames.eu
Little Orbit is a worldwide video game publisher formed in January 2010 with a focus on licensed-based entertainment products. The company’s emphasis is on working with popular creators to extend their vision into games through transmedia storytelling and engaging content for all gaming platforms.
Little Orbit has a unique history assisting major entertainment companies to leverage their brands through emerging game channels to help grow and engage consumers. Founded by industry veterans and key development, sales and marketing personnel, Little Orbit is focused on three primary channels of distribution including traditional game retail, non-traditional retail channels, and digital download over the various platform networks.
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- Audio CD (April 2, 2014)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Whistlefritz
- ASIN: B00JDCP5NS
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- DVD Release Date: October 23, 2013
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Bonjour les enfants!
Award Winning Producer of Spanish for Kids Launches French for Kids DVDs and CDs
“A great way to introduce the language to young children.” —The National Parenting Center
Washington, DC (April 9, 2014) –”Parlez-vous français?” Now your child may answer “Oui” as Whistlefritz, the award-winning producer of the Spanish for Kids language immersion media, announces the launch of French for Kids, where kids are introduced to one of the world’s most spoken languages. Available May 13, 2014 the initial titles in the launch are Dedans et Dehors (Inside and Out) DVD (SRP $19.99) and Allons Danser! (Let’s Dance!) musical CD (SRP $14.99).
Recommended by parents, teachers and critics, Whistlefritz language immersion DVDs blend live-action with lively animation and amusing characters that catch the eye and engage the imagination. CDs feature catchy original tunes and native speakers for an authentic flair! Whistlefritz’s programs continue to win honors from some of the most trusted names in children’s media, including Parents’ Choice Foundation, Dove Foundation, KIDS FIRST! and Dr. Toy, as well as top reviews in such prestigious publications as Booklist, School Library Journal and Video Librarian.
Fritzi’s in the house! But où est Fritzi? Finding the mischievous mouse Fritzi is just part of the fun in Dedans et Dehors (Inside and Out) DVD, the first release in a series of lively language learning programs, which is “highly recommended”(Video Librarian).
Dedans et Dehors (Inside and Out) DVD welcomes les enfants (children) to Fritzi’s house, where up or down, inside or out, there is lots to learn and plenty to do. Explore every area of Fritzi’s house, from la chambre (the bedroom) and la salle de bain (the bathroom) to le salon (the living room) and la cuisine (the kitchen). An engaging interactive format teaches children greetings, parts of the house, positional words, food, daily activities, numbers, and more. And that’s not all! Nous allons chanter et danser! (We’re going to sing and dance!) This DVD will have children on their feet dancing along to upbeat rhythms.
Designed for children ages 2-7, Dedans et Dehors DVD has French subtitles and includes an easy-to-use translation guide for parents and teachers, who are first time learners of French. Dedans et Dehors has won a Parents’ Choice Silver Award, Mom’s Choice Gold Award, Dove Foundation’s Family-Approved Seal and a Mr. Dad Seal of Approval. Booklist praises, “Catchy music, cute kids and clever animation make this a great choice.”
Get in the language-learning groove with Allons Danser! (Let’s Dance!) musical CD, a delightful collection of catchy original tunes and beloved traditional favorites performed by internationally acclaimed vocalists Marie-Louise Desage and Didier Prossaird. From “Bonjour Les Amis” to “Au Revoir,” kids and adults will be happily immersed in irresistible rhythms and catchy songs that introduce French words and phrases such as numbers (“Un, Deux et Trois”), parts of the body (“La Tête), Les Épaules”/Head, Shoulders) and children’s favorite topics “Quand Je Serai Grand”/When I’m Big.” A rollicking rendition of “La Vieux MacDonald” (Old MacDonald) puts a French twist on a beloved classic. Recommended for ages 2-7.
All Whistlefritz programs including French for Kids are available at www.whistlefritz.com.
Founded in 2006, Whistlefritz was borne out of a mom’s passion to teach her children a second language. Motivated by research showing that early childhood was the best time to learn a language, Whistlefritz’s founder Heidi Stock set out on a mission to assemble high-quality teaching materials for her children. Not finding what she wanted, she created a line of engaging, playful, live-action language immersion programs. Whistlefritz is a trusted name in language learning entertainment, working with schools and parents across the United States and internationally to do one thing: create entertaining and educational programs to inspire children to want to learn a new language. For more information and to order Whistlefritz products, please visit www.whistlefritz.com.
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I have a number of young nieces and nephews, none of whom are in New Jersey at present. One of them did live here until about a month or so ago, when my youngest brother moved out to Ohio with his wife Lisa-Marie and son Alex. I’d had the pleasure of spending a good amount of time with my nephew Alex in the months before they left. But in spending that time with him, I was reminded of a number of things, including what a challenge car seats can be for some people. One day I offered to watch Alex for the day. In order to be prepared, my sister-in-law left his car seat with me. Well, I couldn’t even get the darn thing into my car correctly. It was a flashback to when my oldest was born. I’d had to have my Dad help me get that car seat in the first time around too. Once I had my refresher I was good to go. I’m not alone. You would be surprised to know how many parents don’t know how to install or use a car seat properly. The new and innovative First Ride initiative currently being offered by Mitsubishi Motors focuses on safety while educating parents.
“Every day, thousands of newborns in New York City and around the nation leave hospitals in infant car seats and head home for the first, most important time,” says Jessica Robinson, Engineer, Vehicle Verification and Testing at Mitsubishi Motors R&D of America, Inc. “However, most people don’t realize that 73 percent of all child safety seats are not installed or used properly nor do they consider the safety of the actual car driving them home.”
Instead of making the journey home through the streets of New York City in a taxi – an experience that does not legally require a car seat – the parents participating in Mitsubishi Motors’ “First Ride” event opted for a ride home from the hospital with their new bundles of joy in a fully-equipped 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander – an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) highest-rated “Top Safety Pick+” vehicle piloted by professional drivers. Their touching personal stories have become a series of short web films that contrast the craziness of the streets of the big city, with the calm, precious moments shared between three newborns and their parents.
Meet the Families
The Poulin Family, Brooklyn, NY – Bumps in the Road
The couple first met in 2007 and began briefly dating, then went their separate ways; they reconnected in 2008, married 3 1/2 years ago, and have been together ever since. Simeon and Janina were starting to look into fostering a child when Janina unexpectedly became pregnant. At six months, Janina became seriously ill and was admitted to the hospital, giving the couple the biggest scare of their lives. However, baby Poulin arrived healthy and happy eight days after Janina’s due date – a remarkable story of how love can overcome many obstacles. For their “babymoon” the couple traveled to Paris for a romantic getaway.
The Ortiz Family, Bronx, NY – Becoming “Dad”
Carlos and Kristal first met 6 years ago when Carlos applied for a job at the restaurant where Kristal worked as a hostess. Carlos and Kristal got engaged this past Fourth of July. The Ortiz Family was very nervous about having their first child. Carlos was raised in a single-parent household, so he is especially looking forward to giving his firstborn something he never had growing up – a father figure. Both Carlos’ and Kristal’s grandparents were on hand at the hospital for baby Ortiz’s birth
The Arty Family , Long Island, NY - The Miracle Baby
The couple first met 13 years ago in their freshman year at college while attending Hofstra University on Long Island. The Arty Family – over the course of three years – consulted with three different doctors, and new mom Jamie went through five surgeries, seven outpatient procedures and three in vitro fertilizations (IVF). New dad Frantz accompanied Jamie to every one of her doctor’s appointments for three years straight. Those were trying times…but the end result is truly priceless as along came Baby Arty.
Families looking to get expert help on installing child safety seats can find free inspection services by using the Child Car Seat Inspection Station Locator
or by downloading the free NHTSA mobile app SaferCar.
The all-new 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander was one of only four vehicles in the “Small SUV” category to receive the non-profit organization’s highest “Top Safety Pick+” designation in its crash testing evaluations. This was due to an exemplary performance in the various stringent crash testing criteria as well as the Outlander’s optional radar-based Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM)2 accident/impact reduction technology – a system that includes both audio and visual warnings to the driver as well as initiates automatic braking if necessary – and a requirement for a vehicle to receive the “plus” distinction from the IIHS for 2014 Top Safety Pick.
“When the all-new 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander was named an IIHS ‘Top Safety Pick+’ for the second year in a row, we were inspired to prove the benefits of riding in one of America’s safest crossover vehicles in a critically important way,” adds Robinson. “High vehicle safety ratings should be a priority – with or without children. And finally, a couple of extra minutes making sure you know how to properly install and use child safety seats could be a life saver.”
With a starting MSRP of only $22,995, the 7-passenger 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander comes with many innovative standard safety features:
- Hill Start Assist (HSA)
- 7 air bags including driver’s side knee air bag
- Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control Logic (TCL)
- Patented Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) energy-absorbing body/chassis safety cell technology
In addition to its included safety features, the all-new Mitsubishi Outlander is available with advanced high-tech safety systems including Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM)2.
About Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.
Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) is responsible for all research & development, manufacturing, marketing, sales and financial services for Mitsubishi Motors in the United States. MMNA sells sedans and crossovers/SUVs through a network of approximately 400 dealers. MMNA is leading the way in the development of highly-efficient, affordably-priced new gasoline-powered automobiles while using its industry-leading knowledge in battery electric vehicles to develop future EV and PHEV models. For more information, contact the Mitsubishi Motors News Bureau at (888) 560-6672 or visit media.mitsubishicars.com.
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How did you KNOW that your child’s car seat was installed properly and that you were using it correctly? I’d really like to know, please leave a comment!
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New for Mac from G5! Looks to be part hidden object, party puzzle and part adventure!
9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek Revealed on Mac Today, care of G5 & Artifex Mundi
Reveal the evil that clutches Serpent Creek and stop a nefarious plot to bring the Snake God back to our world!
San Francisco, California – April 16, 2014 – The evil forces have decided that the town of Serpent Creek is the best place to perform the ritual to revive Snake God. In the newest, eerie hidden object adventure game from G5 Entertainment and Artifex Mundi – 9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek, you will have to save the town from this terrifying threat! The game arrived to the Mac App Store today, so download it to your Mac and start your rescue mission right away! No time to lose!
Your closest friend, journalist Helen Hunter, traveled to the coastal town of Serpent Creek to report on the Serpent Festival. Now she’s missing, and the last phone call she made was to you. As a paranormal private investigator, Helen wanted you to weigh in on some frightening things she’d discovered. She asked you to come immediately.
The first thing you see upon arriving in Serpent Creek is a humanoid, snake-like creature. Clearly, Helen’s fears were not groundless. It seems the town’s streets are crawling with snakes, the ground shakes with violent tremors, people are sleepwalking and to make matters worse, no one remembers a blonde journalist. You’ll have to investigate mysterious locations and solve challenging puzzles to piece together clues about what happened to your best friend. Reveal the evil that clutches this crippled town and stop a nefarious plot to bring the Snake God back to our world!
Here’s the trailer.
9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek brims with eerie atmosphere, features immersive storyline, crisp graphics and pleasant voice over. It features an innovative detective mode that fans of the genre will love – on some hidden object scenes items on the search list (such as fingerprints, blood stains or murder weapon) are revealed only after you have located them. When the list is completed, you’ll have a retrospective of events that happened on the place. Hours of tense and pleasant gaming experience await you in 9 Clues. The game is developed by Artifex Mundi and published on Mac OS by G5 Entertainment.
- 53 eerie locations
- 13 clever puzzles and mini-games
- Six strange characters
- 19 achievements to unlock
- Thrilling story set in 1950s America
9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek is available for download today. Gamers can try the game for free and unlock the full version via in-app purchase for $4.99 through April 19th (reg. $6.99). Get it at the Mac App Store: 9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek for Mac. The game is also available on iPhone, iPad, Google Play and Kindle Fire.
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In celebration of the upcoming release of PLANES: FIRE AND RESCUE I have some fun activities for you.
Print & Play Activities
The new “Legacy” featurette, from MALEFICENT, featuring a behind-the-scenes interview with Angelina Jolie, is now available.
“Maleficent” explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty” and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.
The film stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.
“Maleficent” is produced by Joe Roth and directed by Robert Stromberg, with Angelina Jolie, Michael Vieira, Don Hahn, Palak Patel, Matt Smith and Sarah Bradshaw serving as executive producers. Linda Woolverton wrote the screenplay. “Maleficent” opens in U.S. theaters on May 30, 2014.
Also, starting today, fans can enter for a chance to win a trip to the world premiere of the film in the Maleficent “Embrace Your Inner Evil” Sweepstakes. Fans can enter by recreating Maleficent’s laugh and posting the video to Instagram using #MaleficentLaughSweeps. Official Rules: http://di.sn/MaleficentLaugh.
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MALEFICENT releases in theaters everywhere on May 30th!
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Oh my goodness! If you’re a lover of all things Mario you’ll get probably a kick out of this like me. There are Mario themed Wii remotes! Princess Peach color is the newest!
April 15, 2014 12:00 UTC
Nintendo News: Nintendo Gives Wii Remote Plus Controller the Royal Treatment
REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Nintendo hereby announces a new Wii Remote Plus controller styled in the royal fashion of Princess Peach. The pink controller features many touches that pay homage to the Mushroom Kingdom’s most powerful heroine, who recently starred in the Super Mario 3D World game for the Wii U console. The new controller includes a crown design over the speaker, blue buttons that echo Peach’s royal jewelry and a golden-yellow plus pad that evokes her regal crown.
The new Peach Pink Wii Remote Plus will start appearing in stores in late April at a suggested retail price of $39.99. It joins other controllers themed to Nintendo characters, including the red Mario and green Luigi controllers. (Photo: Business Wire)
We stopped at McDonalds and had a little indoor enjoyment on a cold rainy night.
What do you and your family do for fun when you’re stuck indoors? I’d really like to know, please leave a comment!
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Two new clips from Disneynature’s BEARS are now available! BEARS opens next Friday, April 18th!
Bears – Clip “Digging Up Clams”
Bears – Clip “First Steps”
In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure “Bears” showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting—but risky—as the cubs’ playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches. As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown bears must work hard to find food—ultimately feasting at a plentiful salmon run—while staying safe from rival male bears and predators, including an ever-present wolf. “Bears” captures the fast-moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet’s last great wildernesses—Alaska! Directed by Alastair Fothergill (“Earth,” “African Cats” and “Chimpanzee”) and Keith Scholey (“African Cats”), and narrated by John C. Reilly, “Bears” arrives in theaters April 18, 2014, to celebrate Earth Day. For more information about Disneynature, like us on Facebook: facebook.com/Disneynature and follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/Disneynature.
Disneynature was launched in April 2008. Its mission is to bring the world’s top nature filmmakers together to share a wide variety of wildlife stories on the big screen in order to engage, inspire and educate theatrical audiences everywhere. Walt Disney was a pioneer in wildlife filmmaking, producing 13 True-Life Adventure motion pictures between 1948 and 1960, which earned eight Academy Awards®. The first four Disneynature films, “Earth,” “Oceans,” “African Cats” and “Chimpanzee,” are four of the top five highest overall grossing feature-length nature films to date, with “Chimpanzee” garnering a record-breaking opening weekend for the genre. Disney’s commitment to conservation is a key pillar of the label and Disneynature films empower the audience to help make a difference. Through donations tied to opening-week attendance for all four films, Disneynature, through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, has planted three million trees in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, established 40,000 acres of marine protected area in The Bahamas, protected 65,000 acres of savanna in Kenya, protected nearly 130,000 acres of wild chimpanzee habitat, educated 60,000 school children about chimpanzee conservation and cared for chimpanzees.
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Disneynature’s BEARS opens in theaters everywhere on April 18th!
I saw bears up close when I was younger. The babies are adorable! I wouldn’t ever mess with one though! Have you ever seen a bear up close? What did you think? I’d really like to know, please leave a comment!
Price cuts on great 3DS games just in time for Easter and spring break!
What was the first handheld video game you (or your child) ever played? I’d love to know, please leave a comment!
April 14, 2014 12:00 UTC – REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Five great Nintendo 3DS games, including the top three best-selling Nintendo 3DS games of all time, are getting a new lower price. Together these five games have sold more than 9 million combined physical and digital units in the United States alone, and represent some of the most fun game experiences available today. The five games are must-haves for anyone who owns a Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 2DS system, and their new price represents an even better value for consumers.
Starting April 22, Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land, New Super Mario Bros. 2, Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D will be available in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS and in retail stores at a suggested retail price of just $29.99 each. (Photo: Business Wire)
In order, Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land and New Super Mario Bros. 2 represent the top three best-selling Nintendo 3DS games of all time in the United States – each one has sold more than 2.15 million physical and digital units in the U.S. alone. All five of the newly discounted games star classic Nintendo characters and franchises, and their strong sales over time demonstrate the longevity of Nintendo’s games. The games make great gifts, engaging entertainment for families and other spring break travelers, or just a way to introduce kids to the fun of video games.
For more information about these products, visit http://www.nintendo.com.
*Data regarding physical sales of games are from the NPD Group. Data regarding digital downloads of games and combined physical/digital life-to-date numbers are from Nintendo’s internal sales figures. All numbers, unless otherwise stated, are specific to the United States only.
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I was invited to this event and as much as I really wanted to go I unfortunately could not. Fellow Tristate Blogger Trisha of Momma T And Family was kind enough to stand in for me. This is a guest post written by Trisha.
The Kardashian sisters, Kourtney, Kim and Khloe, recently debuted their Kardashian Kids collection which features designs for girls up to 24 months and available exclusively at select U.S. Babies“R”Us stores and online. In the collection, you will find gorgeous prints that include butterflies, shimmering stars and a sweet take on the Kardashian’s signature animal print which according to Kourtney Kardashian, was picked out by Khloe for the line.
The line ranges from newborn one-pieces, hats, bibs, and cozy blankets, to stylish and functional two-piece sets, jackets and dresses. Ruffles, lace and even toches of gold, there is something for every little girl in this collection.
Kourtney Kardashian, the eldest of the sisters, recently hosted a tea party and sat down with media to talk about the new kids line, life, and being a mom. When asked if her own children, Penelope and Mason, had a strong opinion on what they wear, Kourtney told attendees, “My daughter doesn’t yet, but I try to let her pick certain things…Mason definitely has an opinion on what he wants to wear. He gets himself dressed every day and likes to come out and show us his outfit and we are not allowed to have a say.
Tea party attendees also wanted to know what piece of the collection Kourtney thought daughter Penelope best fits, Kourtney said she loved the style of the butterfly outfit. “I just love it. I love the style, I love that style on her. I also like that it’s two pieces and I think that you can separate them and put them with other items also.” Kourtney also shared that sister Kim, “…loves really neutral stuff, I would say for North.” She said that she could see the white outfit with stars on baby North.
You might be wondering if boys clothing will be added to the Kardashian Kids collection and I’m excited to share that Kourtney does hope to incorporate boys’ clothing into the line in the future!
Kardashian Kids items retail from $15 to $30. Visit Babies“R”Us online to shop or find a retailer near you. Fans can stay up-to-date on the latest Kardashian Kids news by following on Facebook (facebook.com/kardashiankids), Instagram (@kardashiankids) and Twitter (@kardashianKids).
Do you have a specific color or type of pattern that you favor in children’s clothes? I’d love to know, please leave a comment!
Here some gaming news that might be of interest.
G5 adds brand new adventures to The Island Castaway®: Lost World™ (iPad) – Free Update
FREE 1.1 update features a brand-new chapter, 95 new quests, a new building, 2 new obstacles, 7 new islanders, 4 additional tasty recipes & a new magic potion
San Francisco, California – April 8, 2014 – G5 Entertainment invites you to spend a few weeks on a deserted island in the company of some ship-wrecked survivors as well as natives … in the updated The Island Castaway®: Lost World™. The 1.1 version guarantees lots of fun for you with a brand-new chapter, 95 new quests, a new building, 2 new obstacles, 7 new islanders, 4 additional tasty recipes and a new magic potion featured in this update. And it is available on the App Store for free download now.
This time you’ll get to a new unexplored part of the island where you’ll meet the second native tribe. They are unaware of the existence of Nepolo tribe and are hostile to strangers. And your tasks will be to make friends with Hakomo tribe, break the spell cast on you, excavate an ancient city in the mountains, fight new enemies and learn lots of new stuff. Unexpected twists and turns are awaiting you in The Island Castaway: Lost World 1.1, start your adventure now!
What’s New in Version 1.1:
Bet you never thought that being stranded on a deserted tropical island would be this much fun! Fortunately it’s not time to go home just yet. Enjoy a thrilling new chapter, meet another tribe on the other side of the island, face mysterious new creatures and find out what happens next on this enigmatic and unpredictable island!
BRAND NEW CHAPTER! Explore the other side of the island in a brand new chapter and unlock seven new locations.
NEW QUESTS AND RESOURCES! Solve over 95 challenging quests and prepare six more types of resources.
NEW BUILDINGS AND OBSTACLES! Build a lumber mill and conquer a giant quail and snake-monster.
NEW SURVIVORS, RECIPES AND POTIONS! Meet seven new islanders, master four tasty new recipes and obtain an important magic potion.
About the game:
In The Island Castaway: Lost World, players will experience all new, heart-pounding adventures and unending fun. A brand new, intriguing tropical island, challenging quests, a riveting and fresh storyline along with fearless indigenous characters await you! You can finally find out whether or not the castaways made famous in the first 2 installments make it off the island in one piece. Being stranded on a remote island has never been so entertaining!
After a shipwreck, your main goal is survival, although getting off the island would be great too. But first you must step up and become the leader of the castaways to prevent chaos and ensure everyone’s well-being. To provide reliable food sources for your group, build a fish farm to catch eels, a quail farm to cultivate poultry and a crab farm to trap shellfish. Also create a clay pit and a liana farm to source the building materials needed for shelters. Track down rare plants for your magic potions, and be mindful about protection while exploring the island. Befriend the natives and learn to cook all kinds of local cuisine.
But it’s not just about keeping safe, dry and well-fed. To escape the island and return home, you must decipher bizarre markings on the ground, collect ancient statues, kill a crab monster and unravel this mysterious island’s dark secrets!
The Island Castaway: Lost World is a treat for fans of the franchise, survival simulators fans and newcomers to the genre. It’s absolutely glorious – colorful story, cartoonish graphics and loads of engaging quests make the game vivid and believable! You will be immersed into this adventure from the first quest. And the fun will never end with regularly scheduled free updates!
The game is developed by Sampad®, Awem Games® and published on iOS by G5 Entertainment.
* A stunning tropical island to explore
* Over 350 challenging quests to complete
* 25 types of resources to prep and store
* 20 original and engaging characters to meet
* 15 delicious native dishes to master
* Five magic potions to concoct: protective, transfer, speed, immortality and spirit protection
* Six farms to build: a fish farm, crab farm, clay pit, liana farm and quail farm
* Collections of trophies and statues to piece together
* Regular game updates to keep you fascinated for months
Purchase in the iTunes Store: The Island Castaway®: Lost World™ for iPad
Nightmares from the Deep™: The Siren’s Call Comes To Mac Today, care of G5 & Artifex Mundi
Ready yourself for a spine-tingling sequel to your favorite hidden object adventure!
San Francisco, California – April 9, 2014 – By popular demand, G5 Entertainment and Artifex Mundi today launch the sequel of one the best hidden object adventures of all time – Nightmares from the Deep™: The Siren’s Call on Mac. Right from the first screen, you’ll be plunged into an epic adventure featuring frightening foes and heart-pounding twists!
When Sarah Black, curator at the Caribbean Naval Museum, receives a mysterious package, she is unwittingly drawn into an ancient conflict. As she begins to remove an artifact from the package, assailants instantly descend on the museum and snatch it. In disbelief, Sarah realizes that yet again she is falling headfirst into a nightmare from the deep! Soon she finds herself on the shores of Kingsmouth, a forgotten fishing village with an incredible secret. A would-be messenger reveals the sad truth: he and the town’s other denizens are gradually turning into ghoulish, mutated ocean creatures. And this curse was cast by none other than Mayor Murray and the old sea-devil himself, Davy Jones! Answer the siren’s call to save this beleaguered village and defeat Davy Jones, Mayor Murray and his pet sea monster, the Kraken!
Nightmares from the Deep: The Siren’s Call is filled with suspense and intrigue. It brims with interactive mini-games, diverse puzzles and dynamic hidden object scenes. Silhouette type scenes hide a few items that are parts of puzzles and help you find other hidden items on the same scenes. In the end of each search you’ll get a tool that is crucial for further progress. This sequel too offers you to play mahjong mini-game as an alternative to regular search for hidden items. Stunning artwork and pleasant voiceovers maintain a proper atmosphere. Spiced up with a breathtaking story line that mixes mythology with modern characters, Nightmares from the Deep 2 will catch your attention from the very first till the very last minute, and guarantee an unforgettable gaming experience.
The game is developed by Artifex Mundi and published on Mac OS by G5 Entertainment.
● Thrilling storyline and awesome artwork
● 48 enigmatic locations
● Over 400 objects to find
● 20 hidden object scenes
● 28 amazingly diverse mini-games
● 30 fantastic achievements
Nightmares from the Deep™: The Siren’s Call is available for download on Mac today. Gamers can try the game for free and unlock the full version via in-app purchase for $4.99 through April 11th (reg. $6.99).
Purchase in the Mac App Store. The game is also available on iPhone, iPad, Google Play and Kindle Fire.
Do you ever find yourself wondering something a lot, a question you’d really like a reasonable answer for? I do all the time. Sometimes it’s something silly. Sometimes it’s something far more mundane and useful. I haven’t typically blogged about these things, because I didn’t really think about it. Well, today I found myself contemplating one of my usual quandaries and realized that other people might wonder them too. So I thought it might be fun, and useful to someone, to occasionally blog about these things. Maybe the comments will help someone out – maybe me, maybe you, maybe noone. Maybe just the conversation will be interesting, or fun or helpful, depending on the topic. So, let’s talk.
My youngest son (14) has issues pooping on the potty. It isn’t happening. I don’t know specifically why, but I personally think he may not completely “get” the sensation or feeling. He is developmentally delayed, for those that didn’t know or forgot. So, almost every afternoon he has an accident. He wears underwear.
Now thinking back to when my brothers were potty training, I recall my Mom used to soak the underwear in the sink for a while before putting them into the wash. I never actually asked her why she did it. I just always presumed that it was to loosen everything and get that stuff off of there before sending it to the washing machine. Anyway. This is what I now do. It’s gross, but something has to be done before it hits the wash. The thing is, my oldest son (18) has very subtly let me know that it bothers him to have underwear soaking in the sink in the bathroom, where his friends might go. He told me in a not so subtle way as well. “Mom. A sink of crappy water is freaking gross.” Which I get. So it leaves me wondering how other people handle soiled underwear before sending it to the washing machine.
How did you handle soiled underwear when potty training? I’d really, really like to know, so please leave a comment!
I remember when we got our Wii I spent a lot of time making Miis that I felt represented us. It was important to me to do so, partially because it was fun, and partially because I felt it would help my youngest be able to identify with and remember who was who. I tried to get as close as possible in appearance, down to hair, glasses and the rest. It was quite amusing. Hubby loved to change my Mii and give me an angry face whenever I wasn’t looking, which would send my youngest into fits of giggles.
Wii owners, do you change the appearance of your Wii Mii occasionally, or do you just leave yours alone? I’d really love to know, please leave a comment!
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Live a Life You Never Imagined in a Hilarious and Unpredictable New World from Nintendo
In Tomodachi Life for Nintendo 3DS, Mii Characters Join Your Dream-World Starring Your Real-World Friends
REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Take all your preconceived notions about life’s possibilities, crumple them into a ball and toss them out the window. It’s time to star in a whole new life. On June 6, visit the outrageously bizarre island world of Tomodachi Life for the Nintendo 3DS system. Everyone you know, and everyone you wish you knew, should prepare to meet their Mii maker – you! – as you build a bustling fantasy population of friends, family and even celebrities, all in one wild and hilarious world. The real emotional connection you already share with your Mii characters will keep you glued to the drama, intrigue and hilarity that ensues as everyone goes about their extraordinary daily lives, evolving and interacting in unpredictable and often uproarious ways.
The Tomodachi franchise already has taken Japan by storm, selling more than 5.5 million games. Its first North American title, Tomodachi Life, is poised to stake out unprecedented video game territory when it launches June 6. Nintendo announced more details today in a special Tomodachi Life-themed Nintendo Direct. To view the Nintendo Direct in its entirety, visit http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct.
“Nintendo fans are familiar with Mii characters, but now they come to life in ways they never have before – with their own lives, interests and personalities,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Customization and open-ended play are two big video game trends for 2014, and Tomodachi Life delivers a fun, creative experience that makes you want to visit again and again, because there’s always something interesting going on.”
“Tomodachi” is the Japanese word for “friend.” After completely customizing all your Mii characters, from their voices and appearances right down to their personality quirks, you’ll recognize them instantly. But you can’t possibly predict what they’ll do next. For the first time ever, Mii characters behave based on the personality traits you select, playing out the drama you set in motion. A celebrity might fall in love with your math teacher. Your mom might jump on stage to belt out heavy metal songs. Or you could become famous striking poses down the runway of a fashion show wearing cute and silly outfits. Best of all, you can document these unbelievable moments for posterity and share them all with your friends via the Nintendo 3DS Image Share service.
Even your far-fetched celebrity dreams can come true in Tomodachi Life. If you have ever wanted international superstar Christina Aguilera to join you in a sing-off, or believed that she would become BFFs with your cousin or wished she would perform a song with your customized lyrics, it could happen here. The multi award-winning singer has signed on to be a part of Nintendo’s promotional campaign for the game, and her Mii character will be available at launch. Aguilera’s Mii character also will guest star in a TV commercial and in online videos that show all the exciting things that happen when celebrities mingle with Miis players know personally. The first video in the series can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/sBTHSY5GKKY. Additional celebrities involved with Tomodachi Life will be announced over the upcoming weeks.
The plot of Tomodachi Life thickens with the addition of each Mii character. As they deliver one gripping twist and turn after another, you can reward them with in-game gifts and clothes, their favorite foods or special flourishes for their apartments. Together you can further broaden your Tomodachi Life horizons by exploring the island, solving characters’ problems and helping them with their needs.
Additional information about Tomodachi Life will be revealed in the future. For the latest updates, visit http://tomodachi.nintendo.com. The game will play on Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 2DS systems, and will be available in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS and on Nintendo 2DS at a suggested retail price of $34.99.
Remember that Nintendo 3DS features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.
About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U™ and Wii™ home consoles, and Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ families of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 4.2 billion video games and more than 669 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™, Nintendo GameCube™ and Wii systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at http://www.nintendo.com.
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I’ve always wanted to travel, both domestically and internationally. When I was about 13 I went to Great Britain. I’ve always hoped to go back. But there are a lot of other places I want to go too. Egypt is on that list. The idea of seeing the pyramids fascinates me.
Have you ever traveled internationally? Where did you go? I’d really like to know, please leave a comment!
Egypt is a North African country that was once home to one of the world’s most powerful civilisations. The dry, desert heat means that many of their buildings and art can still be seen today. Egypt’s well-preserved historic sites draw millions of visitors, and the country also has a wealth of natural beauty. Here are three of its top tourist attractions.
The three giant Pyramids at Giza are often used a symbol of Egypt, and are among the largest man-made structures on Earth. Many tourists fly into nearby Cairo Airport, where last minute holidays to Egypt can bring significant savings to holidaymakers who want to enjoy the beauty and wonders that Egypt boasts of. The Great Pyramid of Khufu, or Cheops, is the tallest of the three Pyramids. Nearby is the Great Sphinx; a massive, four-thousand-year-old sculpture of a lion with a human face.
The Red Sea
The eastern coast of Egypt lies on the Red Sea, and resort towns such as Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada are a good base for visiting this lovely and unique coastline. The offshore waters have thousands of fish and other marine species living among the miles of coral reef, and the region is perfect for diving, snorkeling and photography. For those who prefer to stay ashore, the Red Sea Riviera is lined with many beautiful beaches.
Luxor was once the ancient capital of Egypt, when it was called Thebes. It lies on both banks of the River Nile, about 300 miles south of Cairo. The East Bank is where the modern town lies, and is home to many historic sites, including the Temple of Karnak and Luxor Temple. On the West Bank, reached by a short ferry ride or by a road bridge, is the famous Valley of the Kings. This is where the ancient Pharaohs were buried in tombs carved out of the desert rock. Many of these can be visited today, and have spectacular wall paintings and carvings.
From tombs and temples that are many thousands of years old, to modern holiday resorts by the ocean, Egypt has countless, unique attractions. As well as the three described here, there are many other things to see, including desert oasis towns, hilltop monasteries and medieval castles. From the Mediterranean coast in the north to the Sudanese border in the far south, Egypt is full of fascinating experiences.
In Dobby’s case, anywhere they want, and in the oddest positions.
Where does your pet sleep? I’d love to know, please leave a comment!
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