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Holiday Gift Guide Game Edition

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I know, I know, Holidays call for games!

So we have decided to highlight some of our favorite new releases and share special reviews on some of our favorites!

For this special Edition, we will be giving away a Skylanders Swap Force Starter Pack for your console of choice, courtesy of Activision!

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Skylanders is “mixing it up” with the newest game in the award-winning, top-selling franchise. Skylanders SWAP Force builds upon the success of the franchise’s signature gameplay and collectible toy experience, adding an all-new dimension to the “toys to life” innovation. The game introduces a compelling play pattern – – swapability — that lets gamers transform 16 SWAP Force inter-action figures into more than 250 unique characters by swapping the top and bottom halves of the toys. Now, Portal Masters can mix and match characters’ powers and moves and experience an unprecedented level of choice never before seen in a Skylanders® game. Fans also can play Skylanders SWAP Force with their entire collection of 100+ characters from Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure® and Skylanders Giants®.
Skylanders SWAP Force features new abilities – such as flying, climbing, digging, bouncing, or teleporting – which can be used in previously unexplored areas of Skylands centered on these play mechanics. Additionally, the game features 16 new core characters, eight new LightCore® characters and 16 new versions of fan favorite Skylanders from previous games. Kids will have more than 100 characters from which to choose. The game’s high-resolution graphics brings detailed characters and richer environments to life, immersing players in the game like never before. For the entire review click here.

Skylanders fans can now become the ultimate Portal Master with the new Skylanders Collection Vault app on iOS. The free app allows fans of the franchise to discover new Skylander characters and learn more about their backstories all in one place. In addition, Activision will be kicking off a Holliday Wish List Sweepstakes around the app to help fans complete their collections. Five lucky individuals can win their wish list collection of up to 25 Skylanders SWAP ForceTM toys available in retail.We will be reviewing each game starting tomorrow, stay tuned for Nintendo 3DS XL Review! One of our favorites!

Please don’t forget to enter our giveaway!

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Pac Man Adventures – An adventure in NY

We were invited to attend the launch of Pac Man and The Ghostly Adventures at the Nintendo Store a couple weeks ago and you had the inside scoop in our social media channels but we wanted to tell you all the details since, they are about to do another big launch and that we had included the Pac Man game in our Holiday Gift Guide- Game Edition coming up next week!

We were greeted by Pac Man!

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We had a chance to play the game which was not in stores yet and try on different game consoles!

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Even I tried it and decided I need a WiiU for Christmas along with new games!

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My son loved trying out the amazing looking cookies!

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My son would like to share his opinion on the game, how excited he was to bring it home and try it!

 

 

The store associates were so knowledgeable and friendly, giving us all the details not only about that game but also other upcoming game launches! We wanted to share that the Nintendo Store is hosting a special launch:

Thursday, 11/21 (Times 8PM-12AM)

•Triple launch at midnight on both floors
•The Legend of Zelda: a Link Between Worlds available for purchase
•Super Mario 3D World available for purchase
•Mario Party available for purchase
•Commissioned chalk artist to create an in store Zelda installation of which will be unveiled during launch
•Meet and greet with chalk artist
•Zelda cosplay character in-store appearance
•Mario and/or Luigi characters in-store appearance
•Gifts with purchase available
It’s an amazing store, hope to see you there!
Bilingual Buddies Gift Guide – First Edition

 

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We are so excited to be finally sharing our hot picks! Our first edition has great holiday options for boys and girls, all ages! We will be featuring each toy this week, great details, great information, just for you!  Stay tuned!

Transformers 3 Giant Wall Decal

Build-a-Bear Cream Puffy Kitty

The Eric Carle Floor Puzzle

Color me Hungry Hippo

Safari Dinosaurs

Peek’n Peep Eggs

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Toys can be purchased in most retail stores and online, prices vary from $ 6.00 to $ 100.00. Hope our guide helps you decide on some of the toys which will make your child’s holiday even more magical!

The most exciting news! We will be giving away, the Eric Carle Puzzle, the Color me Hungry Hippo, the Safari Dinos, Build-a-Bear Kitty and Peek’n Peep Eggs!

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Winners in SJ will be provided with an address for product pick up. You must agree on these terms before entering. Must be 18 or older and US resident. 

Disney Infinity – Infinite Possibilities

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In Disney’s most ambitious video game initiative ever, Disney Infinity introduces an all-new game universe where a spark of imagination unlocks a fantastical world where players have unprecedented freedom and endless opportunity to create stories and play experiences starring the beloved characters from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios’ most popular franchises.

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For the first time, players will place real-world interactive figures – characters, power discs and Play Set pieces – on a device called the “Disney Infinity Base” to activate original, story-driven adventures in the game worlds, also known as “Play Sets,” of “Monsters University,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “The Incredibles.” In each respective ”Play Set,” players will take on the role of a variety of popular characters including Sulley, the naturally gifted scarer; Captain Jack Sparrow, the sword-wielding double crosser; and Mr. Incredible, one of the world’s greatest crime-fighters, and battle enemies, solve challenging puzzles, overcome obstacles and complete a variety of other unique quests.

I can’t even tell you how excited my son was when the set arrived, he couldn’t wait to open it and play!

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As players advance through each adventure, they will collect characters, vehicles, upgrades, gadgets and more which they can save to a virtual “Toy Box.”  At any time, players can access their personal “Toy Box” and use the items to create one-of-a-kind Disney adventures featuring any combination of characters, environments and items across all franchises. The possibilities are endless and players are only limited by their imaginations.

My son and my husband spent hours enjoying the Toy Box feature! Here are a few screen shots to give you an idea of this amazing feature!

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KEY FEATURES:

  • Unprecedented Creative Play – Featuring a virtual “Toy Box” and a vast open world environment, players can create their own stories and customize their adventures combining characters, environments, gadgets, vehicles and more.  The possibilities are truly infinite as Disney will add new additions from the company’s vast library of entertainment properties.
  • Infinite Storyline Possibilities – Disney prides itself on its storytelling culture and for the first time ever, Disney Infinity will put the story creation into the hands of consumers. Players will be able to create their own adventures in an open-world environment and will give players unprecedented freedom for creative play.
  • Multiple Franchises Across All Platforms Disney Infinity introduces an all-new universe, featuring a toy-inspired art style where multiple Disney franchises and characters can exist and interact in one game and across Xbox360, PS3, Wii, Wii-U, 3DS, PC and online, as well as on smart devices including tablets and mobile phones.
  • Interactive Figures Activate In-Game Adventures and Customizations Disney Infinity will initially introduce a line of 40 collectible interactive figures – characters, Play Set pieces and power discs – that allow players to expand and customize their play experiences. Over time, Disney Infinity will release additional characters and “Play Sets” and this platform will constantly evolve.
    • 17 interactive character figures allow players to experience a variety of their favorite characters in each ”Play Set” and in “Toy Box” play
    • 3 Play Set pieces that add new Disney and Disney•Pixar “Play Set” locations
    • 20 power discs enhance environments, add gadgets and more
  • Co-op Multiplayer Action Disney Infinity supports 2 player co-op play in structured adventures and up to 4 players in “Toy Box” mode.

My husband and son had a blast playing the game. My son is already asking for more characters to join the fun! For more information, check out the website: www.disney.com/Infinity. I can assure you, this will make an amazing holiday gift, for all ages!!!

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Video game images were provided by Disney. 

Christmas Bucket List – Before My Son Is Too Old!

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My son and I had a big talk tonight; he was telling me he was homesick at his first sleepover and I assured him it was normal! I confessed I missed him a lot too, but even though it was OK to feel that way, I wanted him to do more of that, since he is an only child and needs to have friends, do play dates and have fun while doing it! He said he did enjoy it, so I told him that was what he should remember about his first sleepover!

Well, our conversation made me realize he is growing up and there is no holding him back! My little boy is becoming a smart, very inquisitive young man and I’d better do some things I’ve been wanting to do with him, before he is way too old for them!

So I created a Bucket List, 10 things I want to do with him this Christmas to make sure they stay in his memory for years to come! Here is my list:

Take him to see Lion King or Radio City Christmas Show

Buy some Brazilian Classics and read to him with a hot cup of cocoa, explaining the history of each story!

Buy gifts, wrap them together and give to a child in need! Would love to bring a foster child for Christmas!

Take a cooking class together, after seeing how much he loved the pie making class.

He loves art, loves drawing, so I want to take him to visit and tour a couple art schools and  give him a month of art classes!

Get him some special Portuguese time with my friend’s mother, once a week, who will not only be teaching him Portuguese but also bringing some grammy warmness to him, since he hasn’t seen my mom in three years!

Give him a new laptop, he’s always owned hand me down ones and complains about how leggy they are!

 Take him to ice skate at the Rockfeller Center, visit the Nintendo and Lego Stores and have dinner at Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square! After all, he loves NY City!!

He loves recording videos and talking about his favorite video games, but his laptop features are not where they should be, so we will be equipping the new laptop with a nice video program, to allow him to record his video tips!

He loves Brazilian Barbecue but we haven’t been to one of those restaurants since May, I want to surprise him on his Christmas break and take him to have lunch at Rodizio Grill or Fogo de Chao!

Tell me, if you made a list, what would you add to it? Can’t wait to hear from you!

Philips Imaginative Lighting – Imagine This!

 

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Philips and Disney invited us to come to the heart of New York to learn about the new amazing Imaginative Lighting which bring Disney Magic to spike children’s imagination in so many ways!

We want to share it all with you! We were greeted with amazing snacks and Hot Cocoa, yumm!

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Phillips shared the lighting features which were showcased in children’s rooms on display. Philips recently announced the creation of a portfolio of innovative, inspiring and playful lighting products designed to bring the Disney magic to life for kids and families through lighting. The new Philips and Disney Imaginative Lighting range of products combines Philips’ expertise in lighting with Disney’s beloved characters to harness the power of light to make children’s bedrooms a more imaginative place for them to read, play and sleep. It represents the latest achievement in Philips’ journey to transform the home lighting experience and make it digital.

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Among the options:

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We brought home the Storylight! Thanks to Phillips and Disney! I can’t wait to use it with Disney Story Time app with my son!

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After learning all about them, we went to the roof! YES! To the roof to check out the Times Square Ball and, in my case, make a childhood dream come true! After all it’s all making dreams come true, isn’t it?

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Holiday of Play

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I was extremely thrilled when Debra Rutt, so kindly agreed to attend the amazing event representing our blog and hers! So we could share the news first hand with you!!

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There’s nothing like seeing the look on your child’s face, when they’re unwrapping that one toy they’ve been wishing for all season long, but getting to that moment can sometimes be stressful. Especially if you are a busy mom like me, trying to figure out the latest cool toys, find time to find great sales and ultimately purchase them!

Scouring the toy aisles in search of the “perfect” gift is a tough task for any parent– so having great recommendations from a trusted toy source is key! That’s why it was great to be able to take part in the biggest day of play at the annual “Holly-Day” #HotToys13 preview event presented by The Toy Insider, The Big Toy Book & Woman’s Day Magazine. The Toy Insider panel of experts have put together a guide to the hottest toys for children of all ages of the 2013 holiday season and this year even added a Top Tech 12 list for the tech-savvy kid on your list.

Here are some of our favorites:

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More than 10 amazing toy brands including Hasbro, Leap Frog, Just Play, Playmates Toys, Green Toys and Tomy were on hand showcasing just some of the creative, innovative and just plain fun toys this holiday season including Doc Mc Stuffins Get Better Check Up Center, Battroborg, Leap Pad Ultra, Angry Birds Star Wars Telepods Star Destroyer and those loveable “Heroes on the Half Shell,” Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Make sure to check out The Toy Insider’s 2013 Holiday Guide by visiting www.thetoyinsider.com, I know they sure helped me narrow down my choices and add some new favorites to my list!