Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hot #Halloween #Costume Deals of the Day! #dadchat

Check out some hot costume deals below!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NEW Rock 'N Learn 10 DVD Preschool Pack on Groupon #dadchat

Rock 'N Learn 10 DVD Preschool Pack

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About the DVD Set
Rock ‘N Learn’s educational programming, presented here via DVD, pairs basic reading and phonics lessons with the kind of toe-tapping tuneage that appeals to kids aged 2 and up. Tots interact with the music, as well as the whimsical onscreen characters, during lessons that span from everything from rhymes and sight words to phonics. Rock ‘N Learn’s multisensory model is a fun, riotous method of learning that’s racked up more than 100 national awards in the last 25 years. This new set brings all of Rock 'N Learn's best together in one place! In this 10 DVD pack your children will be given so many learning lessons that do so many things to encourage early literacy and more.

Rock 'N Learn 10 DVD Preschool Pack

DVD Features
  • Helps teach preschool lessons with animated characters and catchy music
  • Nursery rhymes encourage literacy skills
  • Lessons on letters, colors, shapes, counting, shoe-tying, and more
  • Sight words DVDs cover over 170 words
  • Discs run 30-45 minutes apiece
  • Ages 2-5

Set Contents

  • Nursery Rhymes
  • Let’s Play School
  • Colors, Shapes & Numbers
  • Alphabet Fun
  • First Sight Words
  • Sight Words
  • More Sight Words
  • Phonics for Beginners
  • Phonics for Reading
  • Rock ‘N Read

If this sounds like a set that you would like for yourself. For the next ten days Groupon is having a deal on it. You can get all 10 DVD's for only $39.99 - Check out the deal here -

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Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved Now Available #dadchat

Disney Interactive and Harmonix today announced that “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved,” a breakthrough musical motion game, is now available at retailers worldwide for a suggested retail price of $59.99 for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and for a suggested retail price of $49.99 for Kinect for Xbox 360 and is rated E10+ by the ESRB. 

Developed by Harmonix, critically acclaimed creators of Rock Band and Dance Central and the world’s leading music and motion gaming studio, players become the sorcerer’s newest apprentice, exploring remarkable worlds and unlocking the magic within the music, with Disney Interactive’s “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved.”


Now, get a behind-the-scenes look into the making of “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved” with these newly released, exclusive videos about the animation, design, history, archives and more with the creators of the game:

Featuring over 30 tracks – including contemporary pop, hip hop, rock, classical, and more – “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved” transports players to a breathtaking world where music and magic combine to transform extraordinary interactive landscapes in entirely new and creative ways. Using Kinect motion control technology and natural, controller-free gameplay, players will control the musical flow of these hits, unlocking the power to transform the music and living world.

Below is the complete soundtrack for “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved”:

  • AVICII – “Levels”
  • Bruno Mars – “Locked Out of Heaven”
  • Cee Lo Green – “Forget You”
  • David Bowie – “Ziggy Stardust”
  • Depeche Mode – "Enjoy the Silence"
  • Drake – "Take Care" (ft. Rihanna)
  • Dvořák – “Symphony No. 9 from the New World”
  • Elton John – “Rocket Man”
  • The Flaming Lips - “Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, Pt. 1”
  • Fun. – “Some Nights”
  • Gorillaz – “Feel Good Inc.”
  • Imagine Dragons - “Radioactive"
  • Inon Zur – “Scout's Theme” (ft. Lindsey Stirling)
  • Inon Zur – “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved – Main Theme”
  • Jimi Hendrix - “Fire”
  • J.S. Bach – “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor”
  • Kimbra – “Settle Down”
  • Lady Gaga - “Applause”
  • Liszt - “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2”
  • Lorde – “Royals”
  • M.I.A. – "Galang”
  • Missy Elliott - “Get Ur Freak On”
  • Mozart – “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik”
  • Mussorgsky – “Night on Bald Mountain”
  • New Order – “Blue Monday”
  • Nicki Minaj – “Super Bass”
  • Peter Gabriel – “In Your Eyes”
  • Police – "Message in a Bottle"
  • Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
  • Tchaikovsky – "The Nutcracker Medley"
  • The Who – "The Real Me"
  • Vivaldi – “The Four Seasons: Winter, 1st Movement”
  • White Stripes – “Seven Nation Army”

Additionally, fans can purchase the game on either platform digitally and for $3.99 each receive Pop, Rock and Dance mix packs, which allow apprentices to create more remixes and further customize songs from the game’s core soundtrack. The Deluxe Digital Xbox One version of the game is also available for $89.99, and includes all of the mix packs, as well as the DLC featuring an additional 18 songs from popular artists like Skrillex, Demi Lovato, Coldplay, The Cure, OneRepublic and more!
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Book Review - Scholastic Book of World Records 2015

Scholastic Book of World Records 2015
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About the Book
Another year, another book of amazing world records!

Did you know that the biggest fish is the whale shark? Or that Massachusetts is the state with the oldest baseball stadium?The 2015 edition of SCHOLASTIC BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS will feature more fun full-color photographs throughout, completely updated facts and stats, brand-new interior design, a brand-new bonus section in the back, and the "Read for the World Record."

My Take on the Book
This book is full of interesting information and detailed photographs. The table of contents lists the following areas of content: science and technology, money, pop culture, nature US, and sports. There is an enormous amount of history embedded in the facts listed in this book. It would be a great gift book or one to sit and share with someone too.

I will relate one set of facts I thought was interesting because i enjoy traveling. The Golden Gate Bridge is the most visited national site in the United States. The next four sites that were listed after the Golden Gate Bridge are: Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, George Washington Memorial Parkway, and the Lincoln Memorial. I have seen them all and they certainly are worth putting on your list of places to visit too.

One other fact I thought was interesting too is that the Blue Whale can weigh up to 143.3 tons and can eat up to 4 tons of krill in one day. 

So there are a few facts to get you started.I think you will enjoy this new book of world records.

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Book Review - Bread

Bread by Dean Brettschneider

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About the Book
Every baker knows the unadulterated joy of pulling a loaf of freshly baked bread from the oven. Very little competes with the smell of bakingbread in the air or the mouthwatering taste of a freshly buttered slice. But it can be elusive to the home-baker and often more trouble than it’s worth. That’s all about to change.

The new book, BREAD [Jacqui Small LLP,October 2014, $40.00 US], by global baker Dan Brettschneider is packed with tip after flawless tip for baking perfect bread every time. With more than 60 recipes for rustic, healthy, savory, sweet and festive breads from around the globe Brettschneider guides readers through the process of bread-making. Inside readers will find:
  • Walnut Crown Bread
  • Onion Fougasse
  • Cheese, Bacon and Onion Pavés
  • Hand-dropped Sultana and Raspberry Scones
  • Dresden Christmas Stollen
  • Panforte
  • Apple & Custard Brioche Tarts
  • Cinnamon Doughnut Balls

In addition Brettschneider explains the 11 basic ‘know-how' steps in making and baking breads, from mixing or kneading dough by hand to fermenting and shaping dough, and to proofing, decorating, baking and cooling the finished product.

BREAD an invaluable guide to baking successful, good-quality breads and mastering all the delicious recipes featured, from panettone and focaccia to cider loaf and rye bread.

About the Author
Dean Brettschneider is a global-based professional baker and patissier with an international following. Award-winning author of ten best-selling cookbooks, Dean is the founder and co-owner of Global Baker branded artisan bakeries in Shanghai and Auckland, as well as Baker & Cook a global bakery chain with its flagship store in Singapore. He recently worked with British Celebrity chef Rick Stein, teaching a special baking skills course in Cornwall. Dean is also a consultant for major supermarket chains in the UK.

My Take on the Book
If you enjoy making bread or want to begin to bake breads, scones, buns,bagels,tarts, etc.,then I believe Dean Brettschneider's BREAD book is certainly a book you should consider using.

This book is so complete . The introduction talks about having passion for making bread. Once you read through this book you will undoubtedly notice his passion.

The reader will enjoy learning the history of bread, different flours to use in bread making, techniques, and more. There are detailed photographs to assist the reader in knowing how to knead or how to shape a certain loaf. 

I found the instructions to be clear and easy to follow. The ingredients were listed in metric and U.S. measurement. Some of the many choices for baking include savory breads, sourdough bread, sweet breads and buns, healthy breads, scones, garlic breads, and much more. 

One of the recipes I chose to bake was the hand dropped sultana and raspberry scones. The scone recipe was easy to prepare and the end product was light and delicious. I had friends and family taste them and it was unanimous to make them again. 

Enjoy using this book and savoring each bite of the delicious breads you bake.

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Book Review - The Power of Tao

The Power of Tao

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About the Book
For over 2,500 years, Lao Tzu's philosophy of Tao has helped hundreds of millions of people attain equanimity and sustain happiness.

The Power of Tao illuminates the central teachings of Lao Tzu, applying them to everyday matters facing us all in the areas of health and well-being, love and marriage, creativity and career, personal achievement and purpose. Every chapter is replete with illustrative case studies, revealing how emperors, artists, athletes, and ordinary citizens alike have accessed the power of Tao.

Taoist wisdom can restore balance in precarious human relationships, promote calm when coping with illness and mortality, and empower us to be better citizens and wiser leaders. Harmonizing nature and nurture, Tao teaches us to attain our true potential, and avoid envy, greed, and anger. Beyond transforming individual lives, Tao holds out the promise of a new golden age of prosperity, peace, and cultural advancement.

Americans among other Westerners have sustained growing fascination with Tao (and its sister philosophy, Buddhism) for several decades, embracing the Way not only for its inherent beauty andpower, but also to its holistic practices, as spiritual remedies for culturally-induced epidemics that are sweeping Western and Westernized cultures. The Power of Tao is a timely and timeless resource written for anyone seeking happiness, harmony and more.

My Take on the Book
This book will make you think, ponder and reconsider the path that you are on. The book is centered around the path of Lao Tzu and while I had never read these teachings before, I enjoyed them and saw how they could lead you toward a re-awakening of your soul.  The teachings, while ancient, seem to still hold relevance today which makes the book even more powerful. As a parent, the world around me tends to get hectic, busy and full and I am always looking for ways to slow down, sit back and find more balance in my life. This book shares some great ideas and resources to help you do just this. While the path is not easy, it is definitely worth it!

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Moshling Rescue, A Great New Game Now Available! #dadchat

Moshling Rescue
Mind Candy™, the leading family entertainment company behind therenowned Moshi Monsters franchise, has made its popular Match-3 game Moshling Rescue™available on Android devices. After a successful launch on Facebook and iOS last month, MoshlingRescue has been featured in over 36 countries as one of Apple's ‘Best New Games’ and hasconsistently been rated 5 stars in the App Store.As the first Mind Candy game targeted to the moms and dads of the company’s millions of youngfans, Moshling Rescue combines a variety of unique gameplay modes, providing hours of enjoymentfor an older audience. With over 1 million players around the world, the game features fun yetchallenging gameplay, as players must match the gummies to rescue the Moshlings and explorehundreds of adventure-packed levels. When the going gets tough, players can purchase boosts andextra lives to enhance their entertainment.Moshling Rescue™ is unique in game functionality, with six game modes:

Moshling Rescue
  • Home mode – For the first time in a game of this genre, players must collect specific gummies to move the Moshling across a game-style track to reach home.
  • Boss mode – Big Bad Bill tries his best to prevent players from reaching their goal
  • Dig mode – Explode and select gummies to dig further down the screen to complete the level.
  • Drop mode – Rescue the Moshlings by dropping them down through a big stack of gummies.
  • Clear mode – Everything is covered in gloop! Match over it to clean it all away.• 
  • Treasure mode – Unlock treasure and win jellybeans by merging sacks, crates and chests together.
Android users can now also connect their mobile or tablet editions of Moshling Rescue™ with theirFacebook accounts to pick up and play where they left off for even more fun. Players will also receivean extra life across both platforms by connecting to their Facebook accounts.Commenting on the Android launch, President of Mind Candy Divinia Knowles said, “We’re very excited that Android users will now be able to enjoy this next generation of Match-3 gaming alongsideiOS and Facebook users. We are continuing to expand the Mind Candy portfolio from kids’entertainment to a broader family entertainment company and have a number of exciting new projectsin the pipeline that we can’t wait to share with audiences of all ages.” What sets Moshling Rescue™ apart from other games of this genre is the deep character drivennarrative, which is synonymous with all Mind Candy games. There is a unique collection mechanicwhere players earn a Moshling after completing certain levels, with rewards earned for completing a fullset of characters that can then be viewed at any time in The Tree House.

Moshling Rescue

Moshling Rescue™ was developed in house by Mind Candy and can be downloaded for free on theAndroid, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. In the coming months, Mind Candy will offer content updatesand enhancements to the already feature-rich game.

Moshling Rescue™ is available to download free on the Google Play Store, ITunes App Store, and can be played on the Facebook Games page.

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