My girls love the super popular PBS Kids show WILD KRATTS and so they were thrilled to get the DVD “WILD REPTILES.” We actually went to see the Wild Kratts live once and it was an amazing experience! We all had so much fun – even my husband and myself. I love this show because my girls learn a ton about animals. Sometimes, I am totally surprised by the facts about animals and their habitats that come out of my daughters’ mouths.
Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products announced recently an out-of-this-world global celebration of the ALIEN franchise culminating with a special 24 hour, fan-focused social media event on April 26th – a nod to LV-426, the planet from the iconic ALIEN films. ALIEN DAY (#AlienDay426) to encompass a wide range of executions including nationwide screenings, never-before-seen consumer product activations and the kickoff of the ALIEN: Ultimate Trivia Challenge, allowing fans to test their ALIEN knowledge – with the chance to win memorable prizes every 42.6 minutes on Twitter.
Welcome to another #TwoBlogsFunGuides event! We are presenting the 2016 Orthodox Easter Gift Guide which is all part of the 2016 Spring Guide Series! We have a little bit of everything on this guide for your loved ones. Maybe you usually only shop for the kids, but you want to switch it up this year. We have some great gift ideas here that you may not have thought of yet. Each gift on this guide was personally tested and/or approved by one of the two bloggers: Women and Their Pretties or Mama Smith’s Blog. Please enjoy and remember to keep coming back because new items are added daily! This guide may contain affiliate links.
Welcome to the 2016 #TwoBlogsFunGuides Fun Valentine’s Day Gifts For Kids guide! This guide is full gifts idea that children will love on Valentine’s Day. You can expect books, toys, or even clothing for kids! Each of these gifts are personally recommended by Women and Their Pretties and/or Mama Smith’s. Be sure to check daily because we are constantly adding the new items that we discover! This guide includes affiliate links.
Welcome to the 2015 Gifts for Family Holiday Gift Guide. These are gifts that are great for families. You can expect to find fun things for the entire family in these guides. Games, Snacks, Gift Baskets, & more! All of these gifts were tested and approved by Women and Their Pretties or Mama Smiths (unless otherwise stated).
Welcome to the 2015 Stocking Stuffers Holiday Gift Guide. Here you will find the most unique and fun gifts to fill up your loved ones stockings! Take a moment to browse through all of the items. You may even find something to sneak into your own stocking. All of these gifts were tested and approved by Women and Their Pretties or Mama Smith’s Blog (unless otherwise stated).
Welcome to the 2015 Gifts For Him Gift Guide. Let’s be honest right now, men are so hard to shop for! Here you will find gifts perfect for your boyfriend, husband, father, father-in-law, brother, and guy friends! We have taken the guess work out of it and asked our men what they want! Browse these products and get the men in your life checked off your list! All of these gifts were tested and approved by Women and Their Pretties or Mama Smiths (unless otherwise stated).
Disclosure: This review was made possible by iConnect and Duracell. I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions are 100% mine.
As most of you know, my husband is a United Stated Navy Veteran. Times were really tough when he was in the service and I am so glad that we decided to wait to have children. Neither of us wanted the heartache of them growing up without him around – especially during deployments. These last 7 months or so and because he was on a submarine, well, they were harder than normal. We would barely get to speak. We had email – sometimes – maybe. It was a tough life. We would not talk on the phone for weeks, or months, depending on how long he was under the water for. One of his Navy buddies told us that the first birthday party for his daughter he got to attend, was her 8th birthday. That’s rough.
On a submarine you can’t just pick up the phone to call your loved ones. Depending on how far down you are, sometimes you can’t even send and receive emails. Luckily I was working at the time (or I would have gone insane) and had some great friends and family members that wouldn’t mind me calling them and talking to them for hours if I was bored or lonely. We often thank servicemen and their families for the sacrifices they make, and having been a “Navy Wife”, I must say, this is justified. I cannot imagine having children while in the military. It would break my heart to have to explain to my girls why their daddy was going to be gone for the better part of the year. And I know it would have broken my husband’s heart as well – seeing what a hands-on and incredible father he is now.
To get through my husband’s deployments I would reread his emails, listen to his voice mails, and play a lot of video games (that definitely had a hand in me becoming the hardcore gamer I am today). I also read – a lot. I remember reading the entire Harry Potter series in a week. I recently saw a Duracell commercial (WARNING: Have tissues ready.) that brought me to tears. In it, a father sends a battery powered teddy bear with his voice to his daughter. This is based on a true story that they were inspired by. Duracell had the honor to meet a military family in California. The young daughter showed them how she was able to have the comfort of her father’s voice during his deployment through a battery-powered recordable teddy bear. I know that if we did have children while my husband was still in the Navy, we would have one (or 5) of these – and we would trust Duracell to power it while he was away.
Since the war in Afghanistan began in 2001, more than 2 million American children have had a deployed parent. Many of them have seen multiple deployments: 3, 4, or even 5 family separations. A major issue that children have during a military deployment is the void that opens when they lose their parent’s daily affection and love. Recordable teddy bears, along with other battery-powered devices such as recordable storybooks provide reliable comfort no matter when or where their parent is deployed. In honor of all of the families who stand beside our troops, Duracell wants to power more comforting moments for loved ones through a donation of $100,000 to USO’s Comfort Crew for Military Kids. Continue the conversation by sharing the film and find out how you can donate to the cause through the USO at http://www.uso.org/donate.
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I am a huge geek and gamer, and if you don’t know that about me, well, then you don’t me very well. I grew up playing video games. It all started on the NES (Nintendo) system and grew from there. I took a few years off but when I hit high school and Final Fantasy IX came out, it was all over. My cousins were staying with us for a few weeks while they waited to close on their house and I was home sick. I picked up my cousin’s Playstation controller and proceeded to “be sick” for the rest of the week. I just could not put it down. Since then I have played back as much of the Final Fantasy series as I could, and have continued forward. It has changed so much over the years but remains to be an amazing series. I love the way battles have evolved and how you can now see your enemies before approaching – and the summoning – ahhhh, I love modern technology!
So of course, as soon as I heard that Final Fantasy Type-O HD was coming out, I had to have it. While researching, I discovered the collector’s edition. I decided that it was well worth the extra few dollars and pre-ordered it. Boy am I glad I did because it is sold out many places now! Unfortunately, I have not had time to play this game yet – things have been busy with a remodel of the house – but I plan to dig in to it very soon! I feel bad for my husband because it means I will be glued to the TV at night when the girls go to bed.
One of the most highly anticipated role-playing games of all time, FINAL FANTASY® TYPE-0 makes its Western debut on PlayStation®4 and Xbox One as FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0 HD. Featuring the immersive story, memorable characters, and production values the series is known for, players are transported to Orience, a dark, FINAL FANTASY world governed by crystals and torn apart by war, as the nation’s youth are swept into its conflict. Step into the fray as Class Zero, a group of fourteen students from an elite military academy whose country is attacked by an aggressive neighboring Empire. Using the powerful abilities and magic of all fourteen characters in fast-paced action RPG combat, players must face the brutality and injustices of war to uncover the secrets of its genesis. Immerse yourself in a stunning array of enhanced images in this high-definition remastered version of Final Fantasy Type-0, which was originally released in Japan in 2011 for PSP.
Collector’s Edition Extras:
- unique golden steel case
- composer’s selection soundtrack
- a FINAL FANTASY® 200 page manga
- the FINAL FANTASY® 80 page art book
- Ace’s cards
- unique Duscae demo
Overall, I think the Final Fantasy Type-O HD Collector’s Edition is well worth it – if you can still find it. The art book is beautiful and Ace’s cards are really cool. Watch my unboxing video below.
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So I am a HUGE Geek/Gamer at heart. I read comic books – even have a tattoo of my favorite comic book couple, Rogue & Gambit. My favorite movies are Marvel movies – Guardians, Spiderman, X-Men, etc… – and come on, my twitter handle is MarvelGoddess24! I love video games – Skyrim, Fallout, Lego games, Final Fantasy (of course), Arkham series, the list goes on. I seriously could spend hours listing my favorite video games. The Walking Dead is one of my favorite TV shows along with Game of Thrones. I read TWD comics and have read all the GoT books (twice). The last two movies I went to see in the theater were TMNT & Guardians of the Galaxy. I feel pretty strongly that Loot Crate was created just for me – ha! And when I opened up my first ever one this week, I about cried at all the awesomeness. I think they were inside my head and knew exactly what I wanted!