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Friday Night Movies (Last-Minute Shopping Edition)

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

This Week’s TV-Announcement Goody:

Disney announced this week that they will introduce a new princess in a TV movie geared for preschoolers. Debuting Fall 2012, Sofia the First centers on a little girl who becomes a princess when her mom marries a king. Check out a pic of the first preschool princess-in-waiting.


This Week’s DVD Goodies:

Awesome Pawsome: The Next Generation

Kung Fu Panda 2 / Secrets of the Masters (Double Feature)

Switched at Birth: Volume One

Treasure Train

The Holiday-Party-Backdrop Pick:

MoMA 50 Masterworks From The Collection


The Holiday-Party-Impromptu-Karaoke Pick:


The Put-Your-Kids-To-Bed-Before-Santa-Comes Pick:

Rise of the Planet of the Apes


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Last-Minute Holiday Shopping: Smart Cases

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Three of the hottest gifts for the holidays are the Kindle Fire, iPhone 4S, and the iPad 2. These big-ticket items may be a little too pricey for your gift-giving budget for friends this season (If not, friend me on Facebook. *wink, wink*), but you can still buy an awesome accessory for these devices. If your sweetie, BFF, or Aunt Marge already owns (or is about to own) one, consider giving a cool case to protect it.


For the iPhone 4S:

Two cases stood out for different reasons. First, the Juice Pack Air from Mophie serves as both a protective case and as a battery charger. This is great for people who are always on the go–and it helps with that pesky little battery-life problem the 4S seems to have. Mophie is also releasing a RED version of the case, which gives a portion of the proceeds to the fight against AIDS.

The other one is the CandyShell Flip from Speck. It solves one of the most annoying things about cases: You have to remove a lot of them to be able to dock your iPhone. Not an easy task once or twice a day. But the Flip’s bottom half bends back (without coming off) for easy docking. Genius.


For the iPad 2:

Speck also has a stellar selection of iPad 2 cases at different price points. But our hands-down favorite is Speck’s innovative case for kids. The iGuy makes it easy for kids to hold and carry the device–and harder for them to drop and break it. Plus, it’s just adorable-looking.


For the Kindle Fire:

G-Form wins the “Most Durable” award for its Kindle Fire case (It also has sleeves for the iPad 2). It’s water-resistant, impact-absorbing, and great for that klutzy friend on your list.




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Last-Minute Holiday Shopping: Video Games for Grown Ups

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Yesterday, we shared some more of our favorite video games for kids, but today, we’re highlighting our picks for the adults on your holiday-shopping list. That’s right! Grown-ups can get some use out of their children’s video-game systems, too. Check out our top three for 2011.


For Your Stress-Out Friend: He or she can mellow out with Deepak Chopra’s Leela–yes, that Deepak! ($40 for Wii or Xbox 360).


For Your Fitness-Loving / Fitness-Phobic Friend: Get your groove on and take the pounds off with Zumba Fitness 2. ($30 for the Wii)


For the Life of the Party: Whether your friend (or you) likes the show or just to show off, Karaoke Revolution Glee: Volume 3 will rock any holiday party. ($40+ for Xbox 360 or Wii)


For an Awesome Splurge: Exercise equipment that works with your Wii? Yes, please! Make work-outs more fun with Cyberbike Magnetic Edition. ($200)


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Last-Minute Holiday Shopping: Video Games for Kids

Monday, December 19th, 2011

We featured our picks for the top 15 video games of the year in our December issue. Check them out by clicking here. But there are more great titles than we had space for. If you’re still looking for a great game, here are 15 more of our favorites for 2011.

Cool New Controller: uDraw Game Tablet with uDraw Studio: Instant Artist

Most Realistic (and Awesome) Game Play: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Perfect for Preschoolers: Team Umizoomi

Better Than the Movie: Puss in Boots

Fun for Families (with Little Kids): Carnival Games: Monkey See Monkey Do

Fun for Families (with Big Kids): Twister Mania

Great Get-Active Game: Kinect Sports Season 2

Childhood Flashback Favorite: Kirby’s Return to Dreamland

Best Crossover: Moshi Monsters

Multiplayer Pick: Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One

Most Innovative: Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure

Smart Selection: Fortune Street

Visually Stunning Game: Child of Eden

Terrific for Tweens (Girls): Victorious: Time to Shine

Terrific for Tweens (Boys): Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion


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