Saturday, January 28, 2012

No Idea!

Thanks for the article from Jermaine Haynes

I had no idea that I could actually choose between energy providers when I moved to Texas a couple of months ago. We relocated from a rural town in South Georgia, where there was only one option for energy. A neighbor told me that I could log onto and check out the rates and service reviews. The rates were also less expensive than they were before the move. In Georgia, the deregulated the natural gas providers and in my town you could choose between two. I was happy to learn that you could shop electricity in Texas. I am a firm believer in healthy market competition ultimately being the best thing for consumers. I hate being a slave to one company, like I was to our cable provider in South Georgia. They had terrible customer service, but really had no reason to change its customer service because they were the only provider in a hundred mile radius! Now, I just have to figure out what I am going to do with the money that I am going to be saving!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Quite Impressive

Whenever I go to toy shows, I am always amazed by the quality of the displays.  I look forward to seeing the creativity, imaginative designs, and eye-appealing colors.  I think of all the preparation and time put in to the displays, from the trade show flooring, trade show carpet, to the logo mats.  It really is quite impressive!

Recently, my friend set up and designed a display of her own.  It was beautiful and I really wish I could be that creative.  I wonder where all of these designs come from and how do you come up with the ideas?  And, who can I call if I ever need to set up a display of my own?  Luckily, I won't have to worry about that, but I know I can always call Camelback Displays if I need help. 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Free Valentine's Day Printables

Ahh, love is in the air!  Here are some adorable free Valentine's Day printables to get you started!  Go ahead, print them out, and decorate your house. Have fun!

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Whac-A-Mole Arcade Game Review

YES!!!! I love the classic Whac-A-Mole game you will find in many of arcades, from theme parks to the Boardwalk.  Whac-A-Mole and Ski Ball were probably my two favorite games to play while growing up.  I still play them every chance I get when we are out and about!  When I saw the classic Whac-A-Mole Arcade Game, I knew I had to check it out.  I thought to myself, "This is a perfect game for kids and adults alike".  How can you go wrong?

This board game version of Whac-A-Mole is slated for 1-2 players.  Although the moles don't pop out like in the original arcade game, the heads of the moles do light up to indicate when to whac the mole.  One side of the game has moles wearing red hats and the other side is wearing green hats.  The center mole has both color lights (green and red), so both players have to decide when to whac the center mole.  You can earn bonus points when you smack the middle mole too.

The moles will taunt you as you play the game, making it even more fun!  The game is timed, so you can play against the clock or against a friend.  Be careful though - you only want to hit the illuminated moles that match your mallet's color, or you will lose points.  The player who can hit the most moles before time runs out wins!!

Included in the Whac-A-Mole Arcade game are:
  • 1 electronic arcade game 
  • 2 plastic mallets

I can easily say this game was a "hit" with Mason.  He loved whacking the moles with the mallet!  I love that I didn't have to worry about him breaking the game, since it was made to be hit.  The game has been durable enough to stand up to the hardest whacks of a 2 year old.  Although it is recommended for ages 4 and up, at almost 3, Mason could easily understand that when the moles light up, you hit them. 

I also love that this game is great for hand - eye coordination and motor skills for Mason, as well as letting him blow off some energy.  I admit, it is a bit of a stress reliever for me too. 

The mallets are a soft hollow plastic, so they will not break into a million pieces. It's designed well, and is a whole lot of fun for the kids!  It is a basic game that Mason can play by himself or with someone else.  It is also great for travel if you want to bring it to a play date or a friend's house.  Overall, it is a very sturdy game the you will be able to enjoy for a long time. 

Whac-A-Mole is recommended for ages 4 and up and retails for about $19.99.