Friday, November 21, 2014

11/21/14: Lite Brix Mansion and Fashion Boutique Fun

Up next in my Holiday Gift Guide is Lite Brix from Cra-Z-Art.  They are awesome building sets that add light to the fun.  We received the Lite Brix Mansion and Fashion Boutique and Lauren couldn't wait to build them.
 First I will start with the Fashion Boutique.  Lauren went right to work building.  She was doing a great job with the directions and just some help from my husband and I.
The real fun starts when you light it up.  The lights change to different colors.
There are so many cool accessories that go in to the Fashion Boutique like little purses, dresses, and bags. 
Lauren set it up just like the picture but you could configure the boutique however you wanted to. 
The hanging dresses are stickers that you stick together.  They are a little hard to get hanging.  I helped Lauren with this.

 Here is the finished product.  Pretty cool!  
 It comes with a little doll Ava so she can start shopping.  There are also other mall components that can be bought separately.
 She also loved the Mansion.  This one was a bigger job so we worked together on the assembly.
 
 There are 144 steps so this one takes a while to make but it is well worth it in the end. 
 Here it is completed.  These brix also are compatible with other blocks which is nice.
Here it is lit up along with the Sports Car that we also have.
 Lauren was thrilled with it and loved watching it light up.
These are some other sets we received in the past that Evan loves.  Here is the Super Jet Fighter.  It makes two configurations.
 I think these are a great toy and challenging for kids to put together.  They are made by Cra-Z-Art who also put out another super hot toy last holiday season, The Cra-Z-Loom. 
 Here is the Lite Up Fashion Boutique as packaged.
Here is the Lite Up Mansion and Lite Up Sports Car as packaged.
Definitely check them out this holiday season.
Visit http://www.lite-brix.com for more information
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Disclosure:  I received these Lite Brix sets for review purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

11/20/14: Duracell PowerMat Stay Powered This Holiday Season

I am so amazed how quickly power can run out on my iPhone.  I have a solution that is a great holiday gift that will make sure anyone on your list stays powered up.  It is the Duracell PowerMat and it has and even better design than the original.
I received the PowerCase and Charging Pad.  It comes with an access case for your iPhone, PowerCase, and the Charging Pad.  This PowerCase will give you another full charge of your phone on the go.  Plus it also has a micro USB port.
Here is my phone pictured with both the PowerCase.  There is an AccessCase that is very easy to put on, you just slide your phone in to it.  Then you slide this in to the PowerCase.  It is a great case to protect your phone from bumps and drops.
Here is a side profile of how it looks.  The SnapBattery allows a full charge and charges quickly at double the speed of a traditional USB battery.  It is easily turned on by pressing a button on the back.  Plus you can see four lights telling you how much extra power is remaining.
Here you can see it charging on the Charging Station.  You can charge the whole system together on the PowerMat.  When you place the phone on the PowerMat you hear a little noise to know that it is charging and a light on the PowerMat.  They just lay on top of the PowerMat.
The most recent design for iPhone 5 had a gap in the front that you can see here at the bottom.  That is no longer there and the design is much more solid.
 Here is a quick video of how it works.

They also have a Compact Universal Portable Battery.  This is the GoPower Overnighter.  It provides 2 extra charges for your smartphone and enough power to charge a tablet.  It can be charged on the PowerMat or via USB connection.

 They have a wide array of Back up Batteries here.  They have a GoPower DayTrip that can be used for SmartPhones with any USB connector you have.  It works with Micro USB based smartphones including Android, Windows Phones, Blackberry and more. 

 The PowerMats are also in some common locations such as Starbucks.  Imagine just being able to lay your phone on the PowerMat when you are out and have it charge.  Totally cool!
Here is the PowerCase and Charging Pad as packaged.  It reatils for $119.99.
It supports not only the iPhone and iPad but also an array of other smartphones and tablets. What a great gift!
For more information go to:  www.duracellpowermat.com
Follow them on Twitter: @NeverPowerless #TakeCharge
Disclosure:  I received this product for review purposes.  No other compensation has been received and all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

11/19/14: Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer The Musical Giveaway

I love the holidays and I love holiday shows.  I have fond memories of watching Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and Santa Claus is Comin' to Town.  Now I am so excited that they are bringing Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to the stage on it's 50th anniversary of the television classic!!!  This show looks adorable and I can't wait to see it!  It is coming to the Citi Shubert Theatre for one week only from December 9th to the 14th and I am giving away 4 tickets!  Read on to win.
All Photos courtesy of Karen Almond Photography
Rudolph Soars from Screen to Stage in Family-Friendly Adaptation of Highest Rated Christmas Special of All Time.  In 1964, the beloved stop-motion animated television classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, made its network television debut delighting audiences across the country. Fifty years later, the longest running and highest rated television special comes to life, live on stage with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, featuring the world’s most famous reindeer and a holly jolly cast of iconic characters. Rudolph and friends, including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster, help Santa save Christmas this holiday season. 
Rudolph and friends will visit Boston’s Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre for 12 performances, from December 9-14, 2014. Tickets are now on sale at www.citicenter.org or by calling (866) 348-9738.  Tickets are priced at $28.00 - $68.00.

This is a lively, colorful journey and new tradition for families and theatre goers of all ages,” says Producing Partner Jonathan Flom. “These productions touch on all of the familiar story elements from the television special, with talented casts and puppeteers creating the magic on stage.” Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical is so faithful to the original show that it practically transports audience members into the television special. 
The songs drive the plot while familiar and nostalgic set designs, costumes and characters are brought to stage.  The cast brings new energy to the classic songs and dialogue, while puppets help showcase the charming “roughness” from the television show’s stop-motion effects.  The story tells the tale of a young Rudolph who, because of the appearance of his bright, shining nose, is ousted from the reindeer games in Christmas-town. 
He flees town, meets up with new friends Hermey and Yukon, and a series of funny and endearing adventures ensue including a visit to The Island of Misfit Toys. 

Rudolph journeys home, where a snowstorm of epic proportions is threatening Christmas. Can Rudolph save his family and friends and help Santa save the holiday? 
The productions will also tie in with the #ShineBright social media campaign which is a celebration of uniqueness that will be championed by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. Workshops, lesson plans and special performances will use the story as a platform for teaching important lessons about diversity and tolerance.  
 This show looks awesome and I can't wait to go see it! 
Win 4 Tickets to the show on December 9th at 7 pm. Enter below!
Disclosure:  I received 4 tickets for my family to attend the show and 4 tickets to giveaway for promotional purposes.  No other compensation has been received and all opinions are my own.
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

11/18/14: Mega Bloks Super Blitzen Monster Truck

Next up in my Holiday Gift Guide is an awesome Mega Bloks Hot Wheels Super Blitzen Monster Truck set.  Not only is it fun to build but it can make three different configurations plus has pull back motorized action.  
Evan was excited to receive this set.  Here are all the parts it comes with.
Evan started by building the car.  What I love about the set is that you can build the car and then transform that in to the Monster Truck.
He had no problem putting together the car.  The steps were really easy for him to follow.
Once he finished the car he started to put it together with the Monster Truck parts.
It wasn't too bad connecting the car to the truck.

 Here it is fully built.

Then the real fun began.  Evan started driving the truck around and using the motorized action.  You just need to pull it back and watch it go.
The key is that it stayed together well when he was playing with it.
Plus it is compatible with other Mega Bloks Hot Wheels sets.  Here are the individual cars.  They retail for $9.99.  Great for stocking stuffers, or holiday exchanges at school.
 Evan really enjoyed this set.  I think it is a great one.
 Here it is as packaged.  It retails for $19.99.
I highly suggest Mega Bloks for anyone on your Holiday list.
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Disclosure: I was provided with this Mega Bloks set for review purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.