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Games For The Holidays That Will Last All Year Round!

                                       Games For The Holidays That Will Last All Year Round!

      As you are all aware I love me so board games. I have a huge closet filled with all types, from children’s must haves to total adult chaos. But not Monopoly…. Don’t ever bring me a Monopoly board- bad thing happen when my family plays including such famous lines as “There are rules for a reason Jenn.” I’ll show you rules…. Anyway, off the point here. This holiday season I have four great games that are brand spanking new that are worth the money and have high replay value.

   Ravensburger line of Eye Found It! Games have come out with another character license MINIONS to shake up the long-loved game! Hop in Lucy’s car with all your favorite minions pal and travel of the beloved world of Despicable me! Travel on a wild road-trip to race to the end of the GIANORMOUS 6ft game board to find some of the over 1,000 hidden objects to find that will help you on your way to being the winner! The characters along with the highly detailed board make this not only a great game for the whole family, but us adults like it as well, and with a price point of $19.99 our wallets will love it even more!

  Another game from Ravensburger is that AMAZING… Let me say that again... AMAZING Harry Potter Pictopia! The ultimate family picture based trivia game. The game content is completely
update with all the movies and books up to 2017 including Fantastic Beasts. The luck of draw can give you a really hard in-depth question or one that is more simplistic which is great for the cooperative play that the game incorporates as well. The board is beautiful and as with all the games from this company is very sturdy and well made- which is good because it is going to be reused many a time. Games range from about 30 minutes to an hour depending. Awesome game definitely pick it up! Also $19.99 and available at Target .

     Vampirina is the newest in the long line of Disney JR. television program hits and this game is going to blow up right beside it! Aged appropriately at 3 and up Spin and Go by TMG’s favorite WonderForge is a awesome twist on bingo that the lil’s will love!   With brightly colored pictures of the cast as well as two spinners (we know how much the kiddos and adults love to spiiin) this game is easy enough that the kids will catch on quick but not too easy that they will lose interest. There is that fine line- that WonderForge gets every single time with all their games- it’s not easy guys but hey nail it! So, everyone spins to see where you can play on the board the kids need to match the color patter shape OR character in order place a piece, then if you spin on Spin Go Round triangle everyone switches spinners! 

Reviewed by Maureen Aucone

Lightseekers: Our Review!

    Every heard the term "smart action figure"? No? well get ready because Tomy has come out with a very exciting new franchise called LIGHTSEEKERS that are bringing Smart Action Figures onto the map!
    Tomy wants to welcome you to the Planet Tantos where you will discover the almost unknown race Colossi. A world full of magic and mystery this once peaceful world is now been thrown into unbalance! The evil Umbrom are causing trouble and it is up to you and your hero to help save it!
      Lightseekers is a game that fits in our digital world while keeping ties with the physical
imaginative play. With multiple ways to play, the first being a base card game… Can I just stop to say how much I love the fact that card games are now cool! I told you all! I really did. ANYWAY- the second way is the app alone-which is available in the App Store, Google Play, and Amazon, then there is the augmented reality feature of the cards that lets you scan the cards into game-play, as well as the most awesome feature of THE SMART ACTION FIGURE!  There are six action figures available right now- we received the adorable Mari Starter Pack (retail &69.99) who is a water element action figure. Her starter back included the hero, two exclusive AR cards, the Aquadart Crab
weapon, 3 Ar Combo Cards, and the all-important fusioncore. The figure can be played alone just as you would with any other awesome action figure, but once you insert the Fusioncore, which can be placed on ANY LightSeeker figure, on the back of your figure your toy turns into so much more! Using the bluetooth feature of your phone or tablet our Mari turned into a real life hero talking vibrating changing colors and even warning you when you are walking near danger! Not included in the starter back are the attachable wings (retail $14.99) that let you use your figure as a
CONTROLLER! Which is the epidemy of cool if you are asking me! Dodge or duck, your physical action figure and watch as it happens at the same time on the screen, you can also use the fusioncore  fire blasters at the enemies making your once ordinary toy into a powerful controller.  It is a truly new way to integrate gaming and toys that I am totally enamored with.

  The fact that it has so many ways to play also ensures that your child will not get tired of this franchise for a very long time making its replay value off the charts. I cannot recommend this enough great for ages 8-99 Tomy has really hit the mark with this new line and I cannot wait to give one to all the kids in my family and watch the smiles on their faces as they open them up this holiday season!

Reviewed by Michael Aucone

GIANTmicrobes: It's What Should Be Under Your Christmas Tree!


Available online for $9.99
      They are- ok well the name is also the description so I'll have to take this review in another direction. Ever want to show a child what let's say a blood cell looks like so you google it.  There pops a picture ok great. Well with GIANTmicrobes you can not only show them, you can have them hold a red blood cell plush that is only about a million times the size of the actual cell-bonus it's cute as heck too. The plushes are soft and well-crafted and look like the actual cell or virus in question with the bonus of black eye buttons.  They are great for education- as visual tools for projects and learning or for pelting each other with the common cold when your kids aren't looking.
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   A great teacher gift is the sick day box set! Which is just as adorable! Filled with the common cold, cough, ear ache sore throat and cavity, something every teacher is acutely aware of. I also like to use this kit as an anger release and laughter generator when X is sick! Let’s say X has an earache- man does he not handle ear aches well. Well I give him the ear ache giant microbe and he flings it, stretches it, yells at it, and has the cat play with it. Seems silly I know but by the time that toy reaches the cat X is no longer crying but cracking up that he is playing with his ear ache! I swear nine out of ten times this is the key to getting my kid laughing while he is sick! Love these things!

Available Online for $24.95 on sale now for $19.99!
      What I really love about these toys though is giving them to germaphobes. I gave the Christmas bundle for my sister in law a few years ago who has "antibacterial" as her middle name and I thought it was the-funniest-thing-ever. To her credit she laughed a lot as well (one of the few times that that happened lol). This year there are three different Christmas themed gift packs, A Christmas wreath, Christmas tree, and a Christmas Stocking-which is what we received! This gift set includes "Penicillin, Salmonella, Red Blood Cell, Dust Mite and limited edition Green Amoeba".  They are all dolled up in there Christmas best, and have embroidery! Festively adorned with decorative puffs, embroidered holly, snowflakes, reindeer nose and antlers, and cute scarf and ear muffs!  The red blood cell has snowflakes, holly adorns Samonella, but my favorite is the Dust Mite that is all dolled up as Rudolph!. If it was possible to make these little guys cuter, they just did it. I love them.

      Yes germs are gross- viruses stink- and a computer virus can bring a grown man to tears. But even though these are real life problems isn't it great to have a product that not only educates, but can make you laugh about it! So while shopping for a truly unique gift make sure you check out GIANTmicrobes. They have a variety of wonderful products that will make you laugh, and make YOU the ultimate gift giver this holiday season!

*We were given products to review all opinions are our own!

Reviewed by Xander Aucone

The Mommy's Guide To Video Games!

     Video games are not just for kids anymore. Us gamer kids that were around for the original Nintendo have grown up and had spawns of our own and we are still playing! So this guide has both games that are great for the kiddos as well as adults!

      Destiny 2!  This is a wonderful follow up to the original game with weekly updates, great story line and online play as well. We have a full review right here with all the details, but just know that we are HUGE fans!
      The long awaited Call of Duty WII.  This game was so sought after that Gamestop had to STOP taking pre-orders. Your  Call of duty fan will definitly be wanting this game under their Christmas tree!
     "Call of Duty® returns to its roots with Call of Duty®: WWII—a breathtaking experience that redefines World War II for a new gaming generation." Start off your play in Normandy on D-Day then battle all across Europe through iconic locations of the war. With three different kinds of play including, classic Call of Duty combat, where the bonds of camaraderie,as well as  the unforgiving nature of war are shown. WWII Multiplayer engages players in grounded, fast-paced combat across many of World War II’s most iconic locations while experincing new ways to socialize with their friends and the COD community. Finally  WWII’s co-operative mode unleashes a whole new original story.  Play with friends in spilt screen in this next-level standalone game experience full of unexpected, adrenaline-pumping moments. Full review to come! 
     BattleFront II:  BattleFront let's us experience a fantastic shooter with our favorite galantic heroes! In the follow up to the best seller Battlefront II lets you "forge a new path as Iden Versio, commander of Inferno Squad—an Imperial special forces unit equally lethal on the ground and in space."  We just received this game and first and foremost the graphics are stellar! You can play as your favorite heroes throughout the saga including YODA, Rey, and other fan favorites that were in the first game. We will have a full review coming up, but just from picking up the remote the few times I could I had a great time. There is little to no lag and it is a blast blasting troopers as my favorite green dude (sorry Kermit).


   Now for the kiddies!

"Crash Bandicoot our favorite marsupial Crash Bandicoot™ is back! He’s enhanced, entranced and ready-to-dance in the Crash Bandicoot™ N. Sane Trilogy. The Crash Bandicoot™ N. Sane Trilogy lets players spin, jump, wump and repeat as they take on the epic challenges and adventures from the three games that started it all: Crash Bandicoot™ Crash Bandicoot™ 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot™ 3: Warped. Now fans can experience the beloved ‘90s video game icon like never before in this remastered game collection. In this new trilogy, Crash fanatics can relive all their favorite moments in fully-remastered HD graphical glory and put some UMPH in their WUMP!"
   There are also a bunch of fun merch when it comes to this crazy guy including this GameStop exclusive !   "GameStop Black Friday Sock Bundle The GameStop Black Friday Bundle is all you need to bring joy this holiday season, featuring the Crash Bandicoot™ N. Sane Trilogy game and a never-before-released pair of collector’s edition Crash Bandicoot™ socks." SOCKS guys! Love it!  Need more than socks?  Changes Crash Apparel  T-Shirts. Because who doesn’t like T-shirts? Retails at $17.99 and available now at  Hot Topic, Think Geek,, Macy’s. First up is the ever popular Funko brand Crash BandicootCrash Bandicoot™ is getting the Pop! Vinyl treatment in December! Crash™ fans can choose from a variety of Crash Bandicoot variants, as well as Neo Cortex. The stylized collectible stands 3 ¾ inches tall, perfect for any Crash Bandicoot fan.   Available Dec 1st these toys are priced at  $10.99 and available at these retailers: Walmart, GameStop, Target,, Toys R Us, Best Buy and Hot Topic.
    First 4 Figures made some figures celebrating everyone's favorite bandicoot and the coming together of three fun game iterations with this Crash Bandicoot™ N. Sane Trilogy figure. Standing with his arms raised in victory, this figurine is an ideal collectible for fans of the beloved series. A built-in base on this Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy figure makes it easy to place on your  mantle! Priced at $69.99.
  If you have your hands on a Nintendo Switch you NEED to get Splatoon 2! This great game is family friendly. The game is basically a paint war. You can play online and compete in competitions, finish the base game for awesome gear.  The play is easy to pick up and learn right off the bat so that anyone from 7 years old to your grandmother can get the hang of it with ease. The portability of the Switch is also awesome because you can take it on the go, giving the kids entertainment and mom and day so much needed quiet! 

Lego Marvel Superheroes 2: These games are just the best on any platform but we happen to love playing them on the Wii U as well as the new SWITCH! I cannot even tell you how many hours my family has logged in completing the missions on the first game and then playing hide and go see on it or just going around collecting lego bits and being awesome! This is on X's must have list and I he will be THRILLED that it is under his tree this year!

     With Lego Worlds you get to discover surprises and hidden treasures from the fun to the fantastical. Make your Worlds come to life with customizable characters, both friendly and fearsome. Race, soar, zoom, and ride on a variety of vehicles and creatures from diggers and helicopters to horses and dragons. Then use all that you have collected to create your own lego World! 
  Build any world you can imagine using the brick-by-brick editor tool and prefabricated LEGO® structures. Modify terrain quickly and easily with terraforming tools as you turn mountains into plains and oceans into volcanos. Choose who you want to be from a wide variety of LEGO characters that have individual personalities, from an astronaut to a zombie. You can also share your worlds online and play with your friends!  Giving you the ultimate experience! Available on PS4 we have had this game for awhile and absolutely love it!

Every heard the term "smart action figure"? No? well get ready because Tomy has come out with a very exciting new franchise called LIGHTSEEKERS that are bringing Smart Action Figures onto the map!
    Tomy wants to welcome you to the Planet Tantos where you will discover the almost unknown race Colossi. A world full of magic and mystery this once peaceful world is now been thrown into unbalance! The evil Umbrom are causing trouble and it is up to you and your hero to help save it!
      Lightseekers is a game that fits in our digital world while keeping ties with the physical
 Read our full Review HERE

   Whatever game you get make sure you play with someone you love! Because in the end it is the community you build around the games that make them worth playing! Thank you To Nintendo, Activation and EA for giving us games to play, but do not worry our opinions are our own if we do not like it we do not recommend it! 

Rudolph The Red Nose Riendeer Is coming to The Tiles Center Nov 25th! Plus Review!


"For most of us, Rudolph and his band of misfit friends is a holiday classic that we look forward to watching every year. Well this year we are pleased to announce that not only is it available to watch on the T.V. as per tradition, but has also been brought to life as a wonderful live musical! This limited run show brings the story we all know and love from the screen to a full filled action packed live show that stays true to its origins.
        The cast and crew of this show put on a spectacular performance on opening night, mixing li
ve actors with puppetry, as well as digital effects, which gives you an original experience that touches upon the beloved television special’s Claymation effects. The set is a simple snow filled backdrop, with some props here or there to show the change of scenes. Puppeteers and crew hands dressed all in white go almost incognito amongst the scenes pushing around props and puppeteering playful raccoons, as well as pushing” iceberg’s”, while the main cast sing and dance to music that is faithful to the original. The cast sings such favorites as “Misfits” and “Holly Jolly Christmas” almost as perfect at the originals that you cannot help but sing along with the well-known tunes. Even the voicing of the actors matched the original TV series almost perfectly! I could not believe it! The costumes themselves have the faces of the actors showing, yet are produced in such a way that they look almost cartoon like. Staying consistent with the creators “true to the original” mission statement of the show.
    The puppets too- are a beautifully made to match the original version, and simply beautiful. From the little raccoons that scatter around after Rudolph to the massive Bumble who is the size of the stage itself the quality of these props could be seen from any seat you were in.

  Sometimes, as an adult you take your child to these live renditions because you want to create a special memory for them- but in your gut you know that you as an adult may not be as thrilled as they. Let me tell you something not only was my son thoroughly enthralled with the performance- I mean seriously he did not move the whole entire time, but myself and my mother were just as amused. We sang along, and sat perfectly content as the amazing cast performed.
            So if you had any doubt on whether or not this is a performance to trek out to see, I can guarantee you that this one is not to be missed, the whole family from 2-99 will enjoy it!"-Michael Aucone

For More information and where this amazing show is going next look here! 

Daniel Hechter Paris Launch Party!

 For all you fascion followers up there the upcoming Daniel Hechter Paris launch party taking place on October 12th at Macy's Herald Square from 6-8PM. Enjoy a interactive photo booth, live music, champagne and light bites throughout the evening. Guests who spend $150 receive a special free gift.

In case you aren’t familiar with the brand, Daniel Hechter Paris was founded in 1962 by Daniel Hechter who is considered to be the inventor of modern ready-to-wear.  The brand is currently sold in over 100 countries with over 2,500 points of sale and has now set its sights on the United States. 

This is their first foray into the US market with their men’s ready-to-wear line helmed by Christophe Blondin-P├ęchabrier, who was previously at Lagerfeld, Kenzo and then the artistic director at Lanvin. The brand secured an exclusive partnership with Macy’s for the fall/winter season; launching officially on October 12th in select Macy's doors as well as online at 

The Autumn Winter 17 collection conveys an aesthetic that is sophisticated yet casual and includes everything from blazers to signature outerwear and logo tee shirts.

Destiny 2 Our Review!


         It's almost the most wonderful time of the year, and the games that we have been looking forward to all year long are finally being released! One of my must haves is the new Destiny 2.  Personally, I loved the first in the series and was waiting with baited breath for the much anticipated second in the line. Whether you are new to the series or a previous fan you won’t be disappointed because it…is…AWESOME!
   First the Graphics.  Holy cow. My breathe was literally taken away when in the beginning of the campaign you are climbing a mountain, it breaks away to a awe inspiring sky shot. The sun shines with its rays dancing off various surfaces of the landscape. A ship glides across the screen amongst playful clouds and a breeze going through the trees down below. I literally just left it up on the screen to admire before moving on. Every bit of the game is like a moving piece of art.   During gameplay, wisp of grass blow in the breeze, drips of water drip and drop, and the explosives and battle play give fourth of July a run for its money.  I am in love! Add a beautiful soundtrack that changes fits fluidly with any scene and you cannot get any better in my humble yet correct opinion.

    My first move was to play through the whole campaign- since the story line really did have me hooked and emotionally connected to the game. It was kind of hard to stay on topic though with the ever-present side missions appearing, rando bosses, and public events (some of them I accidently hosted before I knew what I was doing. Ok fine-before my 7-year-old told me what I was doing! He is a better gamer than me there I said it!) but that’s ok- because it kept you intrigued, kept you playing and wanting to play.  There was always a promise of something new every time I switched on the game and it got me hooked!  It took me about fourteen hours to