How to create your dream games room

by Blogger ‎10-22-2014 01:26 PM - edited ‎10-22-2014 04:44 PM

dream-games-room.jpgOut of all the rooms in a dream home, a games room is one of the most fun to create. You can stock it with all the games you love and add creative touches that make it your own. If you’re interested in creating a dream games room, here’s how. 

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Telescope 101

by Blogger ‎10-21-2014 08:01 PM - edited ‎10-22-2014 10:35 PM

telescope.jpgAbove our heads every evening is a world of celestial happenings. A telescope can open the night skies for you to enjoy. It’s all waiting for you to discover when you have the right telescope. Here’s what to look for when buying one.

 

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Arts, Crafts, Fun & Games With Melissa & Doug

by Blogger on ‎10-15-2014 08:02 AM - last edited on ‎10-15-2014 10:33 AM by Editor in Chief

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Arts & crafts are fun for kids of all ages. I tried out this super-creative art easel and companion accessory kit from popular brand Melissa & Doug, along with a cute basic skills puzzle board, and the challenging Suspend family game. Check out my take on these fun toys and crafts for kids aged 3 and up.

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MOSS Zombonitron 1600 reviewed: a magnetic robotic kit

by Blogger on ‎09-30-2014 08:17 AM - last edited on ‎09-30-2014 04:24 PM by Editor in Chief

Moss Preview.jpgWhen you think of robotic building sets —not just toys you assemble, but kits that allow you to create robotic models that interact with their surroundings— LEGO Mindstorms probably come to mind. There’s a new option, though, a Kickstarter success story that’s now going mainstream. My kids and I had the chance to try out a MOSS Zombonitron 1600 set. Here’s what I we thought about what Modular Robotics calls its “futuristic building blocks of ingenious invention.”

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Review: Sphero's Ollie spins circles around its Robot competitors

by Blogger on ‎09-22-2014 09:00 AM - last edited on ‎09-22-2014 11:25 AM by Editor in Chief

ollie.JPGFor the most part, many of the iOS based toys nowadays have potential, but are very limited to what they can do. The Parrot Mini-Drones for example were fun, but not that expansive in ability. They both also cost more than the Sphero Ollie, a brand new challenger into the fold. Ollie comes from the same science and physics loving minds behind the Sphero and promises to continue branching fun and physics at an affordable price. You know what? It's great fun too.  Come check out the Sphero Ollie.

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HUNKA JUNK: J.J. Abrams' Star Wars Clip Has the Web Buzzing

by Blogger on ‎09-18-2014 05:57 PM - last edited on ‎09-19-2014 10:31 AM by Editor in Chief

Preview.jpgThere’s a huge mass of Star Wars geeks out there (myself included) watching every move Disney and J.J Abrams make as a new crop of Star Wars releases draws ever closer. If there’s one thing guaranteed to get the attention of these Star Wars fans, it's a peek at what Abrams is working on. And if there’s one thing guaranteed to get pop culture geeks in general in a froth, it’s a mash-up between franchises. J.J. Abrams just managed both in one shot with his HUNKA JUNK YouTube clip of the new Millennium Falcon from his forthcoming Star Wars film—with a very unexpected Easter egg.

 

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Leapfrog Leappad 3: Learn while having fun

by Blogger on ‎08-30-2014 05:42 PM - last edited on ‎10-08-2014 10:57 AM by Editor in Chief

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Make learning fun with the new LeapPad3 from Leap Frog!  This week I had the opportunity to try the LeapPad3 and a variety of games from the Leap Frog Learning Library, and here’s what I thought:

 

 

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Dancing on the ground, in the air and on the ceiling with Parrot's Rolling Spider

by Blogger on ‎08-23-2014 08:42 PM - last edited on ‎09-03-2014 03:37 PM by Editor in Chief

Rolling_Spider.jpgI think there are few people out there that enjoy spiders, whether they be the flying or crawling kind. Parrot's Rolling Spider is one that doesn't have 8 legs, but is a miniature quad-copter with detachable wheels. It's a breeze to set up and play with, and can even land itself without worrying about clumsy timing!  Come check out this small yet imaginative device!

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Binoculars and telescopes that bring the heavens to your doorstep

by Blogger on ‎08-08-2014 04:10 PM - last edited on ‎08-08-2014 04:55 PM by Editor in Chief

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Get some celestial tech help to witness the show in the heavens. Find out what to look for in binoculars and telescopes that can bring the heavenly bodies to your doorstep.

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Get ready to kick off the NFL Season with Oyo Sportstoys!

by Blogger on ‎07-27-2014 09:49 PM - last edited on ‎07-29-2014 09:13 AM by Editor in Chief

OyoLogo.pngOyo Sportstoys are one of the neatest new sports collectible in the block: Brick form!  Drawing off the previous and too short success of many of the LEGO Sports lines, Oyo brings licensed football, hockey and baseball products to you, and they're all at Best Buy! With NFL Season right around the corner, come take a look at the Oyo NFL GameTime field. Click below to check out this huge 200+ piece set.

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Review - LeTrax Teton, The Little Truck That Could (and does!)

by Blogger on ‎07-14-2014 09:00 AM - last edited on ‎09-26-2014 04:32 PM by Editor in Chief

traxxas-latrax-teton-actiontitle.jpgI've had quite a time with my grubby little mitts behind the (RC) wheel of some very impressive machines. Previously the big boys, E-Maxx and E-Revo got some love and as incredible as those behemoths are, they have themselves a cool kid brother, LaTrax Teton.  A boss little 4WD monster truck, with a lotta gumption for a little guy, LeTrax Teton takes the conventional RC vehicle and leaps over it dramatically, spraying it with dirt and gravel as it leaves it in its dust.

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Traxxas E-Maxx / E-Revo Brushless Edition - Review

by Blogger on ‎07-10-2014 04:26 PM - last edited on ‎07-11-2014 03:28 PM by Editor in Chief

Traxxas_Einstieg410.jpgEver watch someone unveil their very serious and impressive RC vehicle - be it boat, plane, or four wheeled - and think, "man that looks so fun, those people are super cool?" Ok, so, maybe not that last part, but the first one is absolutely true. I was recently given a chance to play with some of these ultimate "Big Kid" toys. Powerful, awesome looking, wonderfully designed: I'm talking about the E-Maxx and E-Revo by Traxxas. Come on, let's take a spin.

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The coolest toy tech for father's day fun

by Blogger on ‎06-06-2014 07:22 AM - last edited on ‎06-23-2014 09:54 AM by Editor in Chief

Preview.jpgOne of my favourite things about Father’s Day is how it lets me be a kid again. When my kids were younger, this often meant building a LEGO kit together. Now that they’re older and into high tech toys like drones, robotic kits and R/C vehicles, Father’s Day means I get to relive being a kid while playing with gear I find genuinely fascinating —all while bonding with my own kids. If there’s a dad in your life who’s just waiting to unleash his inner child, I’ve put together some high tech toy suggestions from Best Buy’s extensive selection of gear that will have dad (and his kids) pretty happy on Father’s Day.

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Review: Meet MIP, the balancing robot that's a kid's best friend

by Blogger on ‎06-04-2014 01:33 PM - last edited on ‎06-25-2014 10:41 AM by Editor in Chief

mip-robot-review.jpgIt's nice to see some toys hit the market that are such clear winners, you’ll be excited to play them yourself. Case in point? MIP, Wowwee’s Balancing Robot. He might only hit your ankles height-wise, but he’s a little powerhouse of high-tech, kid-savvy fun.  And best of all? This is one little robot that can actually bring you a sandwich too.

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May the fourth be with you

by Blogger on ‎04-30-2014 07:41 AM - last edited on ‎05-01-2014 02:58 PM by Editor in Chief

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May 4th  commemorates a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. On Earth it is when fans around the world celebrate all thing Star Wars.

 

This is your time to connect with your inner Jedi and conquer the evil dark side. You’ll need a few things to help you "use the Force."

 

May the fourth be with you.

 

 

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Top 10 Wilderness Products for Back Country Camping

by Blogger on ‎04-26-2014 04:14 PM - last edited on ‎05-28-2014 01:47 PM by Editor in Chief

 

tent.jpgIf you read the NY Times Bestseller Wild by Cheryl Strayed, then you will learn how not to pack as she did for her hike on the Pacific Coast Trail. If you haven’t read it, I would highly recommend this true story of her over 1,000 miles hike by herself to escape the loss of her mother and a broken marriage, all with no wilderness experience whatsoever. I don’t profess to be a wilderness expert although I have done a fair number of wilderness trips of at least one night, and usually more. The trick with overnight backcountry camping is not to take too much while making sure you have what you will need so you don’t get in trouble.

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The NEW Lego Legends of Chima: Foes unite for a greater good

by Blogger on ‎04-20-2014 10:04 PM - last edited on ‎04-21-2014 12:21 PM by Editor in Chief

Legends_Of_Chima_Boxsets.jpgWith the newest season of Lego: Legends of Chima underway, Best Buy has brought in the new line of building sets to match. This season, previous foes have now united as friends to save Mount Cavora and its Chi from the Scorpion Tribe. New sets reflect the challenges ahead, as well as bring unique builds to the Lego Universe and add-ons previously unseen.  Come check out some of these new sets.

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Review - Anki Drive

by Blogger on ‎03-31-2014 10:46 PM - last edited on ‎05-13-2014 09:23 AM by Editor in Chief

screen568x568.jpegIf you are into toys, tech, gadgets, software, or any and all of the above, you might just want to lean in a little closer. Touted as 'The first video game in the real world' Anki Drive may just blow your mind. Real cars with really intellegent AI, play against friends, or the smartest little cars you ever met in a head to head battle around a large race track that actually takes up space in your house. Score points, level up, upgrade your machines, its all there, and all with the added bonus of having a cool toy to show off.  It's Anki Drive folks, and its a heck of a lotta fun.

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The Lego Movie: More than just a Cinematic Experience

by Blogger on ‎02-01-2014 05:28 PM - last edited on ‎02-13-2014 05:14 PM by Editor in Chief

LEGO-Movie.jpgOn February 7th, the Lego Movie debuts in theatres featuring an all-star comedic cast of voices.  In addition to the movie, a full line of Lego Toys has launched with exclusive minifigs and scenes from the movie!  In addition, a video game based on the movie will be out a couple days before the film launches.  Click below to take a look at the Lego Movie toy line and video game, both of which you'll be able to get your hands on through Best Buy.

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Cool gifts for kids and for kids who don’t want to grow up

by Blogger on ‎12-12-2013 07:10 AM - last edited on ‎12-12-2013 04:38 PM by Editor in Chief

Christmas-Gifting-Ideas.jpgGrowing older is inevitable. Growing up? Now that’s optional as far as I’m concerned. I’m not alone with this one either. There are a lot of people out there who believe that, although the years pass and you have a birthday or two, it doesn’t have to mean you give up on all of the things you liked once-upon-a-time when you were younger.

 

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Sports Fan Shopping Made Easy

by Blogger on ‎12-06-2013 03:57 PM - last edited on ‎12-07-2013 06:50 AM by Blogger

canucks.jpgDie-hard sports fans are truly a breed of their own. Trust me, I know. There is someone on my list who lives and breathes a particular football team. If it were up to him, and considered acceptable behavior, he would commute to and from work in a custom decaled Seahawks SUV, wear a different Seahawks jersey and cap every day, and have his entire home decorated in Seahawks memorabilia. Thankfully there is someone in his life to put the breaks on his Seahawks obsession – thank you mom. But what do you get the sports fan for Christmas without blowing the bank, your sense of style, or décor? Here are a few ideas to get you started. 

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Holiday baby gifts

by Blogger on ‎12-04-2013 04:48 PM - last edited on ‎12-17-2013 01:15 PM by Editor in Chief

ExerSaucer_Baby_Xmas.jpg Playtime is the best way to help baby grow and master new skills with each exciting phase. 

 

Babies change at an astonishing pace so you want toys that will grown with them. This holiday season pick up an interactive toy that is going to nurture your favourite baby in a fun way. This collection of baby gifts may even get Mom and Dad playing along. 

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You'll hear Christmas morning cheers with these gifts for your children

by Blogger on ‎11-25-2013 08:55 PM - last edited on ‎12-23-2013 03:44 PM by Editor in Chief

 

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Being dragged out of bed on Christmas morning by your excited kids isn't so bad when you see their happy faces around the tree. Which toys do your kids have on their wish list? Are you looking forward to filling your home with the sound of cheers when they tear open their gifts? 

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Archery sets make a great gift for "Catching Fire" fans

by Blogger on ‎11-18-2013 02:20 PM - last edited on ‎11-20-2013 02:02 PM by Editor in Chief

hunger_games_catching_fire.jpgWith another installment of the Hunger Games in theaters now, it puts archery as a fun hobby back to the forefront.  In the Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen learned archery as a young girl, and her expertise helped in feeding her mother and sister.  Luckily, your children will be able to treat it as more of a hobby.  Bear Archery sets are now available at Best Buy, and make an out of the box, yet enjoyable gift idea.

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AirHockeyTable.jpgWith the holidays fast approaching, gift giving can be really easy, or really hard depending on whom you're buying for.  Then there are the gifts with dual purpose - Maybe you want to give it to your teen, or maybe you want something you can all enjoy as a family.  Maybe it's even something that might flash you back to when you were their age?  Here's a list of some of those fun products that might do just that.

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Kidkraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen

by Blogger on ‎11-08-2013 12:26 PM - last edited on ‎11-26-2013 02:44 PM by Editor in Chief

 

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It is amazing how my two girls are so different: their temperaments, eating habits as well as the toys they like.  When I had asked my two girls whether they would like a new kitchen or train set, my older daughter replied “I want a new kitchen” while my younger daughter replied “I want a train set”, so I was desperately looking for space in our home to house these two new KidKraft toys that I was asked to review.  In this article, I will discuss the KidKraft kitchen. Overall, I am very impressed with Kidkraft creations: in my opinion there’s no comparison to the Kidkraft kitchens sets.  

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Leap Pads, the best tablets for young kids?

by Blogger on ‎11-08-2013 11:41 AM - last edited on ‎11-26-2013 02:45 PM by Editor in Chief

 

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Are the Leap Pad Ultra & Leap Pad 2 the ipads for younger kids?

 

 

I was given a few Leap Pad products to test and try out. I wasn’t sure if my kids would actually use them or not since we already have 2 ipads & an ipad mini at home which both my girls use daily.  So going from an ipad to a leap pad ... I thought it would be a bit of a stretch to get the girls to try something new.  But surprise, surprise, leap pad does have a way to lure the kids to try their educational toys.  Read more about my adventures testing the Leap Pad Ultra, Leap Pad Power and the Leap Pad Monster Bundle.

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Gifts your boyfriend secretly wants

by Blogger on ‎10-30-2013 01:01 AM - last edited on ‎11-08-2013 02:50 PM by Editor in Chief

mindstorms.jpgAs one of the self-admitted hardest people on the planet to buy a gift for, it's sometimes helpful to have a list of some of the things we secretly want or think would be great to receive.  Some of us have simple tastes.  Some of us have expensive tastes.  Either way, this list might provide insight into some of those bits and pieces of technology we're secretly interested in, but might not let on as much as we should.

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Review: Traxxas LaTrax Rally 4WD RC Car

by Blogger on ‎10-27-2013 11:20 PM - last edited on ‎11-06-2013 09:53 AM by Best Buy Best Buy

Latrax-Rally-Blue-rear-3qtr_med.pngA more serious line of RC Vehicles catering to older racers, Traxxas blends sophistication with toughness and puts forth the LaTrax Rally car.  With waterproof elements and full 4 Wheel Drive, this vehicle (done in the spirit of real rally cars) is capable of powering through the rain, leaves, sand and even snow.  How does it hold up to some of these tests?  Read on for more.

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Havoc Pro Scooters available now at Best Buy

by Blogger on ‎10-25-2013 01:36 PM - last edited on ‎11-26-2013 02:46 PM by Editor in Chief

HavocProStorm.jpgCanadian Pro Scooter manufacturer, Havoc, have brought their line of versatile scooters to Best Buy!  Havoc Pro Scooters can support riders from ages 8 to 88 (up to 100kg) and cater to all different skills and experience levels.  Whether the rider in your family just wants a scooter to take around the block, or to the skate park to show off the latest tricks, Havoc has something for them. Havoc scooter are also customizable!  lRead on to learn more about Havoc's scooters.

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