Review- Nintendo Wii and 3 games

With the economy still struggling and families still counting every penny, vacations may not be an option this summer for most families. So one thing we are doing this summer is having mini vacations at home. We have planned out most of the summer and we have numerous days of heading to our local YMCA to go swimming, our local parks for a day of playing in the sun and to our local library for a day of learning and exploring new books! These are just a few of the days we have planned but another day is our battle of the Wii (I’ll tell you more about it in a bit)! These are all great ways for our family to save money but still have a fun filled summer vacation.

Nintendo has jumped on board to help families like us make the most of our summer. They are offering you a new affordable price of just $149 for the Wii system, Mario Kart Game and Wheel accessory all in one! They are also offering 4 games for a very low price of $19.99 each for Wii Sport, Mario Super Sluggers, Animal Crossing: City Folk and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. This is a great way to not only help your family get up and stay active while playing games, but to give families a great way to have fun at a low cost!

We had the great pleasure of trying out the Mario Kart game on our new Wii and I have to tell you, it pretty much has been on since we got it! I have had to unplug it from the back of our t.v. to get our girls to stop playing. But not just our girls, my husband comes home from work and yells down into the family room, who wants to get beat at Mario Kart! So this has definalty been a great product for our family!

Battle of the Wii includes a day (usually rainy or too hot days) of competitions on Mario Kart, Wii Sports and Disney Sing It! Right now our favorite is the Mario Kart and even our 3 year old is in on the action! Racing down raceways, bouncing on giant mushrooms, throwing turtle shells at your competition, collecting coins and so much more. It is a very exciting game filled with fun adventures! Our oldest daughter is having a great time playing the Animal Crossing: City Folks as well, she loves creating her own little person who can design their own home, go fishing, buy stuff at the store and meet new friends.

Now we can cross off Mario Kart on our Wii wish list.  What games are you and your family playing on the Wii? I had been wanting the Mario Kart game and the U Draw Game & Tablet, my girls have been wanting the Mario Kart game for ds and the new Nintendo DS XL, but I think they are going to have to wait on those. My husband just seems to have fun with any of the ones we get but I did see at Bass Pro Shop a new fishing and hunting Wii game that we may pick up for Father’s Day! Do any of you have these games? Do you like playing them?

So what fun things do you have planned this summer? Are you going on vacation or are you staying home? What ways do you save on at home activities?

I was provided with a Wii system and 3 games in exchange for this review. No other compensation was provided. My opinion is 100% my own!

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Review- Thomas & Friends Sodor Search & Rescue

If your little one loves trains or Thomas & Friends, then they will definitely love the new Thomas & Friends Sodor Search & Rescue! We received this Thomas & Friends Mega Blok set a few weeks ago and it has not been put away since my now 3 year old opened it. She is our lover of all things trains and when she saw the box with Thomas on the side, it took all that she had not to shred the box to get it open!

This set has been so much fun, not just for our 3 year old (recommended for ages 3 and up), but our 6 and 10 year old have been helping build fun contraptions to take Thomas through! As you can see below, this was their latest design! It come with all the accessories you need to make tons of creations; tracks, cranes, curves, slides, landing area for the helicopter and much more!

I think my favorite part of the whole thing is that that big red part is actually storage. That means all the pieces that came with this set can neatly fit right back in the red tote and slide under neath our girls bed! I am all about things having a place and teaching my girls that when they are finished with a toy to put it away. So having a toy that coincides with my idea on clean up, is a great addition!

You can purchase this Thomas & Friends Sodor Search & Rescue for just $29.99 each at Amazon.com!

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Up Coming CSN Review & Giveaway

If one of your New Year’s resolution was to get organized, then you should check out CSN Stores home office furniture. They have a huge selection of great furniture that you need to get your life back in order. At CSN Stores you can find anything from desks, bookcases, storage cabinets, and much more.

One thing that I have been checking out at CSN Stores is this bookshelf to the right! Our girls book collections seems to keep growing more and more everyday. So I have been trying to find a cute bookshelf to add to their room to help maintain their expanding collection. What type of home office furniture do you see that you would like to get?

 

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>Review & Giveaway- WAT-AAH!- Ends July 31

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With all the choices out there of kids drinks, it is hard to get them to drink more water. Soda, fruit juice, lemonade, punches, flavored water, all filled with sugar and no nutritional value. My girls are pretty good about drinking water but I do tend to see them “like” drinks that have fun catchy logos on them. So when asked to try out WAT-AAH!, my first thought was what a interesting name and such a fun logo!!
WAT-AAH! offers 4 different kinds of water and each are filled with their very own specialties. They each are made from ultra purified water, has no sugar and tastes like pure clean water. WAT-AAH! Brain also includes kid friendly electrolytes, WAT-AAH! Power includes bone building magnesium, WAT-AAH! Body is just pure clean water and WAT-AAH! Energy includes energizing oxygen.
My girls and I tried WAT-AAH! and I was very impressed. It tastes just like water, no funny tastes, just plain, clean water!! But I think the most important thing was that my girls thought the bottle was so cool, making them want me to buy them more! And that is the whole point right, to get them to drink more water, regardless how I get them to!! They carried that bottle of water around the whole day. They also sported the tattoos around for a few days, as you can see below!! WAT-AAH!‘s interactive site was a lot of fun to wonder around through with my girls, they loved the loud noises and how the boy ran around doing crazy things.
Giveaway: A FREE Mixed Case Filled With WAT-AAH! & WAT-AAH! Goodies (Stickers, tattoos, pencils etc…)

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>Review- Mini Mouse Ears Cookie Cutter!!

>Recently I was given the opportunity to get my hands on this very cute cookie cutter and try it out!!

When I opened the package to find my Mini Mouse Ears Cookie Cutter, I was very impressed with the quality. It is about 2″ in size and is it looks to be made of aluminum and it is very sturdy. The ease of using this cookie cutter was amazing. I did not experience any sticking and the cookie cutter went right through the dough with little effort!

Cheap Cookie Cutters offers cookie mixes, aprons & oven mitts and even the black food coloring you would need to make Mickey Mouse-using this cookie cutter!! The also offer larger Mickey Mouse Cookie Cutters if you are looking for something a little bigger.

I found so many adorable cookie cutters that I can’t pick just one that I love. But if I had to, I would have to say that all of the sandwich cutters are my favorite. This summer my family will be working on new and creative lunch box ideas and one that my girls have asked for is different shaped sandwiches. So I will most likely be purchasing a few of these to satisfy my kiddos request!!

So if you are a veteran bakers or just someone that is looking for quality cookie cutters, check out Cheap Cookie Cutters! I promise you will love them, I do!!

Thank you Cheap Cookie Cutters for the opportunity to try out the Mini Mouse Ears Cookie Cutter!! I absolutely loved this cookie cutter!!

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