Nintendo Tomodachi Life Available @BestBuy #NintendoatBestBuy

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If you have Nintendo users in the house they might love the new Tomodachi Life game. The game uses Mii characters. The idea of the game is helping your characters with random acts such as eating, help them find a lost item, taking pictures and many other miscellaneous tasks. You can look inside your characters dreams as well. Some of the other fun features of Tomodoachi Life include:

•Making Music Videos – write songs and watch your Mii’s perform your creations
•Create Mii’s of your favorite celebrities – anyone can show up on your Tomodachi Life island
•Favorite/Least Favorite Foods – discover and feed your Mii’s what they love or what they hate…and watch the hilarious results
•Get Married and Have Kids – start a family in Tomodachi Life and experience your child growing up, walking for the first time, and maybe move off the island?!?!?!
•Personalities and Voices – not only can your create Mii’s that look like you and your friends, but you can also give them their own voice and personalities

My kids found it fascinating and fun and became hooked on it almost instantly. I appreciate that the game is non violent and is rated E for everyone.

The game can be played on the Nintendo 2DS or 3DS. Both of which are available at Best Buy. My kids have the 3DS, but they would love for me to get them a 2DS at some point as it plays all the great 3DS and DS games. You can also take videos and pictures using your 2DS. While the regular price for the 2DS is very reasonable at $129.99, you will be able to save $30 at Best Buy during their Labor Day sale. Yep, it will be only $99 from 8/29/2014 – 9/1/2014. Offer available online only. You’ll also want to be on the lookout on 8/31/2014 for an Online only sale where select 3DS games will be $5 off.

You can get Tomodachi Life at Best Buy for $34.99.

Disclosure: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

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Beauty Box 5 August Review


My July Beauty Box 5 package arrived recently and I wanted to share with you what was inside. August’s theme was “radiant and remarkable”. It’s all about your style for the end of summer and heading into fall. If you are not familiar with Beauty Box 5, they offer a monthly subscription service where you receive 5 new beauty products every month. Some of the items values, exceed the cost of the box, making it a great deal for beauty enthusiasts.

So here is what was in the box:

La Fresh Travel Lite Makeup Remover Wipes, Retail $19.99 for 48 packets: These wipes take away your makeup fast, without irritating your face or leaving any residue behind.

Style Essentials Nail Polish, Retail $7  for 4 nail polish collection: Say hello to shiny, exciting nails with this lavish lacquer.

Purlisse Pur protect SPF 30, Retail $55 for 1.7 oz: Shield your skin and soak up some rays without guilt or greasiness. This lightweight moisturizer has the perfect amount of SPF to protect your face and won’t upset sensitive complexions.

Nanacoco Lip Gloss, Retail $3.99 for 0.22 fl oz: A rush of color and shine without the stickiness. Nanacoco’s gloss is packed full of pigments and vitamin E to keep your lips nourished.

Novex Brazilian Keratin, Retail $19.50 for 2 lbs.: If your hair could use some nourishment you should try this. This intensive treatment works on all hair types. Massage this into your hair after you shampoo and leave in for 25 minutes, then rinse for smoothness and shine.

Buy it: Interested in getting beauty products in the mail each month from Beauty Box 5? Plans start at $12 per month or get 3 months for $30. Shipping is free. Click here to get started.

Disclosure: I received free product as part of this review. All opinions stated are my own.

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Diet to Go Review & Giveaway #Diettogo (Ends 9/7)

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If you are like me and like and have a hard time pre-planning foods when dieting, then you should check out Diet to Go. Diet to Go makes life easier by shipping you freshly prepared meals and ships them right to your door.

I was sent a one week supply of their foods for this review and I loved it. I tried the vegetarian meals. Above is the picture of the package I was sent. In this styrofoam container were 7 days worth of meals, complete with breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Nothing like not having to think about what you will eat for an entire week. It’s like having your own personal chef.

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These meals are super fresh. In fact they are frozen just before they ship out to you. When the package comes, it is recommended to refrigerate it unless you won’t be eating it right away, in that case you could freeze the meals for up to a month.

Each meal includes everything you need. Some of the meals I tried included a drink, some included the appropriate syrups or condiments to complete it.

This was the whole grain french toast with mango cranberry syrup and orange juice. It was so good.

As you can see, each meal comes as a bundle and is labeled with all nutrition info.

The containers that the meals come in are both microwave and oven safe.

Diet to Go also offers good support with their website and mobile app. Calling or emailing customer service is also an option.

Overall, I liked the plan. The food was tasty and I could tell that I wasn’t eating a bunch of preservatives as these were like home cooked meals. I didn’t really lose weight, but I only tried it for one week. I believe if I had tried it for a few weeks, I would have seen results. If you are looking for a convenient, tasty diet plan, I would recommend Diet to Go.

Buy it: Interested in trying Diet to Go? Head over here and shop their plans. They offer Traditional, Vegetarian and Low-Carb meals.

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Oregon Zoo: Sunset at the Zoo Visit @OregonZoo

Every summer I look forward to Sunset at the Zoo at the Oregon Zoo. This is a series of late hours at the park. Each event features fun family activities, wildlife live talks, entertainment and more. Sunset at the Zoo starts at 4pm until the zoo closes at about 8:30 pm. We made it to the final Sunset at the Zoo event for this season.

I actually prefer visiting the zoo in the later hours of the day. I found it to be a much cooler time of the day and more pleasant than visiting during the mid day heat. As usual, my kids were happy to be there and it was a perfect way to end the day. Nothing like a good trek around the zoo to get them good and tuckered out before bedtime. We also found that many of the animals that we hadn’t seen the last couple of visits were up and active during this time.


Of course, many of the animals were sleeping as well, but there were so many things to see and do that it didn’t really affect us having a good time.

One of the highlights of our visit was this sleeping sea lion. We got to watch as he floated up for air, and then floated back down sleeping all the while. Apparently sea lions sleep with one eye open. Either that or he was half asleep…

We  stopped by to see the live talks where we viewed several birds. The kids could ask questions and learn about the birds from the handlers. There was a bald eagle, owls, a vulture and more. I do believe the vulture was my favorite.


My kids were thrilled to find the goat petting area. There, they were able to hang out and pet and brush the goats.

I tell you, every time we visit the zoo, we have a new experience. It’s never the same old thing and I think that is special. Can’t wait to visit again soon.

Disclosure: I received free entrance to the zoo as part of this review. All opinions stated are my own.

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Fanny Foozle Apps & Book Giveaway (Ends 8/22)

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If you have kids that are of the preschool age, you will want to check out the Fanny Foozle Apps. These are so much fun for the little ones and even better, they’re free.

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First up is the Fanny Foozle Fun App. My daughter loves this game. It teaches her to spell by way of a fun game. Options include spelling individual words, tracing words, add your own words, record your own word or fill in the blank games. She’s having so much fun that she doesn’t realize she’s learning. I love it.

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She also has a lot of fun with the Fanny Foozle Pop game. This object of the game is to pop the fast flying balloons while trying not to pop the “mayor” balloons. If you accidentally get him 3 times, the game is over. My kids giggle in hilarity over this game. Yes, even the older ones.

The Fanny Foozle Ebook is great for story time. Kids can have the app read to them or they can read it themselves. It’s 27 pages long. The Fanny Foozle ebook is available in the iTunes store as well as Google Play for free. There is also a kindle version, however it’s $1.99.

Did I mention the Fanny Foozle songs? Oh my, there are some very fun songs in Fanny Foozle. Check out the short video below to hear the Fanny Foozle song (spoiler alert: It will get stuck in your head)

You can download Fanny Foozle songs here and here and here

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Slugterra Return of the Elementals Hit The Big Screen This Month

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Do you have Slugterra fans at your house? If so, they will be excited to know that the all new feature length movie, Slugterra: Return of the Elementals has hit theaters this month. Asaph Fipke, CEO of Nerd Corps and creator of the property states, “The movie features new slugs, new characters, and some cool twists. It will be a great experience for fans and for anyone who’s new to Slugterra as well.”

Film Synopsis: In Slugterra: Return of the Elementals, a new member joins the Shane Gang. Junjie is a master of the mysterious slugslinging art of Slug Fu. But even with the power of five slugslingers working together, the Shane Gang find themselves in over their heads as they race to protect the ancient Elemental Slugs from an evil alliance set on using them to destroy the 99 caverns.

See a short preview below.

We received an advance screening copy of the movie and my kids were thrilled. They were absolutely glued to their seat the whole time they were watching. All three of my kids really enjoyed it. One of my boys said, “I thought it was going to be pretty awesome, and it was.” My daughter is already asking me to buy her Slugterra toys. I should have seen that coming, huh?

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Go see it: Head over here to find out when and where Slugterra Return of the Elementals is playing near you.

Disclosure: I received an advance copy of the movie as part of this review. All opinions stated are my own.

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Flat Iron Experts: KQC X-Heat Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron Review

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I’m pretty sure I have shared with you all in the past that my hair has a wild side. In fact I am pretty sure that I have frightened a few unsuspecting victims such as the UPS guy, neighbors and family who have shown up at just the wrong time. No joke. My hair is big and wavy with a bit of frizz and out of control, until I control it, that is. To do the job, I need a special kind of hair straightener. Meet the KQC X-Heat Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron (1″ inch). This is one amazing styling tool. The KQC X-Heat Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron has been rated one of the Best Flat Irons on the market and is preferred by top hair stylists around the world. KQC flat irons have been featured in countless magazines including Salon Magazine, Fashion Magazine, In Style and more.

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This iron gets hot. Really hot. Like 410 degrees hot. And more importantly, it stays hot. I have had many a flat iron that were hot until I ran it through my hair a few times and then it was like they lost their heat somehow and I’d have to set it down and wait until it heated up again. Well, this does not happen with the KQC. It is hot enough to use in a matter of seconds and it stays hot. The KQC distributes heat across the entire surface evenly, retains heat more efficiently, and eliminates damaging hot spots. The ceramic emits a natural source of negative ions and far infrared heat that helps your hair preserve more moisture within the hair shaft, eliminates frizz and close the cuticle to create smooth and shiny hair and causes less damage to the hair cuticle during styling.

Here is a before picture. Remember, I warned  you at the beginning of the post about my wild hair, so don’t be scared.

And here is the after shot. I timed the straightening and it took a little over 20 minutes which is about how long it takes my hair stylist to straighten it when I go to a salon. It makes my hair silky smooth too. So, I have to say that I just love this flat iron. I will be sticking with this brand for a very long time!

Buy it: The KQC X-Heat Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron is available to purchase from Flat Iron Experts. Click here to shop.

Disclosure: I received a free product as part of this review. All opinions stated are my own.

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Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train Mount Hood Railroad Review @usfg @MtHoodRR

Based on the hit PBS Kids Television series, Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train is at the Mount Hood Railroad in Hood River, Oregon through August 10!

I was able to attend this weekend with my family and had so much fun.


Our adventure began on the train. The train ride is 30 minutes long, complete with Dinosaur Train music, sing-a-longs…


and a delicious snack for the kids.

The kids received a Buddy Bag, and an Adventure Game Card as a keepsake memory of this adventure-filled day.

The train went forward for awhile and then backward while fun songs played. We stopped on occasion for a fun sing a long and for the conductor to come around and to hole-punch the tickets for the kids.

When the train ride was over we were able to spend a bit of time at the Nature Tracker’s Adventure Park.

There, kids participated in 4 challenges designed to earn them stamps on their Game Card to earn a Nature Trackers Membership Card.

Challenges include digging for fossils,

identifying dinosaur footprints,


and a dino-themed craft area.

There was also a live magic show, food and a bounce house and a gift shop to check out.

And of course, there were dinosaurs. Big ones.

And lots of them.

And of course, we got hugs from Buddy the Dinosaur.

If you’re local to the area and want to ride the Dinosaur Train, you’re not too late. Tickets are still available. Go here for yours.

Disclosure: I received free Dinosaur Train tickets as part of this review. All opinions stated are my own.

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