Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Techie Tuesday: It’s New, It’s Here, It’s 3D!!

Hello Techie Tuesday followers. Sorry for the delay. I know I promised the next Techie Tuesday would be about finding computers, however, I think you’ll be glad that it’s not. Today on Techie Tuesday, I am pleased to announce that I have fully demoed and are ready to review the brand new Nintendo 3DS system. So, without further adieux, here you are.

Nintendo has always been seen as breaking new ground. They were the first console since Atari to really make an impact on gaming. They made the first handheld console to take gaming on the go. They were first to make a system completely dependent on motion. And now, they are the first to make 3D gaming affordable.

The 3DS is revolutionary in the way it handles gaming. And, after having some hands-on time playing the system, I am fully able to review it.
3DS1The system I played was demoing the game Pilotwings Resort, which was one of my favorite past times on the Wii Sports Resort game. For those who don't know, this game is all about flying an airplane around a fictional island. It was amazing on the Wii, but completely mind-blowing on the 3DS.
Now, let me break down my review into sections and grade accordingly.

1. Picture (5/5) 3DS3This is the biggest part of the 3DS: the picture. Now, the size of the screen is comparable to the DSi, not the DSiXL. But this is not a deterrent. Now, at first, it is a little jarring, and you might find yourself wanting to adjust the depth using the 3D slider on the side, even going so far as to completely remove 3D. I hope you don't do this, but give yourself a couple of minutes playing. Once you get used to it, you won't even notice anything except how amazing it is to have your plane in the foreground and your objective actually looking far away, while the ground actually has depth to it. This is what 3D is supposed to be. It reminds me of seeing the movie Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader. That movie is what 3D should always be: subtle, but noticeable. That's the same as the 3DS: the 3D is there, but it's not all in-your-face about it. It's amazing, and the execution can only get better, especially if Nintendo does a 3DSXL (hint, Nintendo).

2. Control: (5/5) The new control feature is the analog pad. This gives you a better range of control than the traditional d-pad. And on Pilotwings, it does work wonders. I'm able to be more precise in my movements than I ever was on the Wii. Combine that with the 3D screen and the game plays amazingly smooth. Which brings me to my next feature:

3. Smoothness (5/5) I had to include this separate from picture because it is so important. The 3D effects happen so smoothly, they seem natural. After a few minutes, you'll be wondering where this was all your life. There was no lagging, no slowdowns, and no bad pixelation on anything I was doing. I honestly feel as if I could have played this game for hours (unfortunately, I had to share the system).

4. Comfort (5/5) This system was incredibly comfortable in the hands. It feels roughly the same dimensions as the DS Lite or the DSi. It's amazing to think that something so powerful comes in a package so small. You'll be able to spend hours playing your games and be held in awe all the time you do.

5. Potential (10/10) This system opens up so many new doors beyond games. Even though gaming is the primary focus, like it is on most Nintendo products, there is so much more potential for this. For example, Netflix could be put on this system, and then Netflix could begin streaming 3D movies, which you'd be able to watch on the 3DS. Or Nintendo could do like the PSP and come out with movies on a cartridge or for download, and those could likewise be in 3D. The camera allows you to take 3D pictures, and imagine being able to post those photos online and allowing other people to see your images on their 3DS or 3D capable device. And, beyond gaming, the technology itself makes it possible that we may be seeing things like 3D laptops and 3D tablets and even 3D cell phones (which are coming, by the way), and making it all affordable. Which brings me to my last point:

6. Affordability (3/5) This is the only point where I have a gripe. Right now, the system costs around $250.00, which is a lot of money in this economy. It's especially a lot considering that full consoles that play on big screen TV's cost less than this handheld one. Add into the fact that the games are $40.00 each, and on day one, you could be shelling out over $300.00 just for a system and a game. Comparatively, the Nintendo Wii costs $200.00 and it includes 2 games, one of which is Wii Sports Resort, which has the same game as Pilotwings Resort, as well as a bunch of other games. But, for a 3D system, this is the most affordable 3D gaming device out there. I predict, though, that in a few months, maybe even by the holiday season, we will start seeing 3DS coming down to a more reasonable price range, around maybe $200.00.
All in all, the 3DS is a powerhouse gaming system, offering the first affordable 3D gaming we have seen yet, and it will get people talking about 3D games. Depending on where Nintendo goes with this technology, the 3DS may be the start of a new revolution, and, once again, it is begun by Nintendo. I will be getting a 3DS as soon as I can afford to do so.

In two weeks, I’ll be back with my original Techie Tuesday of finding a computer and how to go about it. Hope this Techie Tuesday is worth it to you.

Flexi8 Review and Giveaway


So being a stay at home mom my hair is almost always in a pony tail. Well then when Jon gets home from work he wants me to run to the store, or go get a movie from blockbuster, or go here with him etc. So I I have fallen in love with a new hair accessory!I like the Flexi8 because it allows me to have a ponytail, but a MUCH prettier more put together one.

Flexi 8 has 6 different sizes perfect for you to mix and match based on hair type and the style you want to create. After you choose your size browse through dozens of different bead types, colors and styles.


"The Flexi 8 is a completely unique, flexible barrette that holds thick, thin, curly, straight, fine and coarse hair. The Flexi 8 comes in a variety of sizes and hundreds of ever changing styles. Flexi 8 uses an ingenious patented locking mechanism to secure it in your hair. It's such an attractive and unique accessory for your hair, once you try the Flexi 8, LOOK OUT! (you're in love)."

Features I love about this clip are simple. Besides being ultra stylish, they are very well made, so simple to use and it's only one piece! The patented locking chopstick like piece is actually linked to the whole thing so you will never lose a piece and not be able to use it. I have used similar concepts but they are 1) not flexible and 2) are multiple pieces and I always seem to lose one, which is why I stopped buying them. Those are not problems with Flexi 8.


John Dorsey is the creative mind behind the Flexi 8. 18 years ago he started by making beaded chopsticks after being fascinated by the expensive ones his wife had purchased at Nordstrom. Friends and major retailers made these beaded chopsticks a success selling several million pairs nationwide.

Over time like many of us there were ups and downs. The economy took a turn and sometimes made it hard for them to make rent (boy do I know that feeling). That is when Johns wife Missy said "pull out some of your old beads and wire, make something and go sell it...NOW or else!" Out of this need to follow his wife's "or else" orders the Flexi 8 was born.

It does not matter how long, short, thin, thick, curly or straight your hair is, anyone can use the Flexi 8!

BUY IT: To check out all of the Flexi 8 styles and sizes, visit http://www.flexi8.com/. Here are a couple of tips to ponder before buying:

- Most women over-estimate what size they need, read the sizing guidelines

- You should try out different sizes for different hair styles

- Take a look at the sizing video before choosing your size


Flexi8 has offered one Family Treasures reader the chance to win a set of Three(3) clips of your choice.


Head over to Flexi8 and let me know which 3 you'll choose

Please include your e-mail address in format name @ domain dot com. Otherwise a new winner will be chosen!


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DISCLAIMER: I was sent the Flexi 8 products by O'Dorsey Inc to sample and write an honest review. All opinions expressed in the above post are mine and mine alone and are unbiased.

Cheerios Spoonful of Stories!



PrintIf you’ve ever dreamed of seeing your words in print, you’ll want to enter the Cheerios® New Author Contest! They’re on a quest to find the next great new children’s book author, so this could be your chance to make your publishing dreams come true! One Grand Prize Winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize and a possible publishing deal with Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, in addition to having your book featured inside Cheerios cereal boxes nationwide.
Cheerios’ New Author Contest is ongoing now and runs through July 15, 2011. Entrants must write and submit an original story (in either English or Spanish), which is suitable for children ages three to eight. If you think you have the “write” stuff, visit www.spoonfulsofstoriescontest.com for more information and to enter.


Also, in conjunction with the New Author Contest this year, Cheerios plans to donate 100,000 new books through its charitable partner, First Book. As part of its Spoonful's of Stories® program, Cheerios works with First Book to get high-quality, award-winning books in the hands of children in need. Since the program’s inception in 2002, Cheerios has given away more than 50 million children’s books free inside cereal boxes. Cheerios has also donated $3.5 million to the nonprofit First Book® to get books to children from low-income families.
How Do You Hug a Porcupine? by 2009 New Author Contest Grand Prize Winner Laurie Isop, of Renton, Wash., will be featured inside 3 million specially marked boxes of Cheerios this spring! Isop’s charming story was selected from more than 8,000 entries, and will also be available in bookstores nationwide as of July 26. Ron Rauss of Warrenton, Va., is the Grand Prize Winner of the 2010 New Author Contest and his winning story, Can I Just Take a Nap?, will appear inside Cheerios cereal boxes in spring 2012.
You could be next! If you dream about being the 2011 New Author Contest Grand Prize Winner and seeing your original children’s book in print, head over to www.spoonfulsofstoriescontest.com for more information, and then get writing! I’d love to announce you as the next winner!

DISCLOSURE: I received a copy of How Do You Hug a Porcupine? as a thank-you for sharing this valuable information with you. No financial compensation was provided.

Yoplait Light’s Two Week Tune Up

Like everyone else I’ve vowed this year to try and be more fit, possibly lose weight and just be healthier than last year. I’ve made lots of changes in my diet and habits to attain this goal so I was just over the moon when I was given the chance to try the “Yoplait Light Two Week Tune Up” Challenge!

This year, Yoplait Light is giving women a great new way to get ready for special occasions with the launch of the new Two Week Tune Up plan. Whether it’s for a class reunion, a birthday, or your best friend’s wedding, Yoplait Light’s Two Week Tune Up could help you lose five pounds in two weeks by:

  • Replacing your breakfast and lunch with a Yoplait Light yogurt, a whole grain,
    and a fruit
  • Eating a diet rich in lean protein and non-fat dairy, including a sensible dinner, beverages, and snacks
  • Walking 30-40 minutes daily


Yoplait_Light_WEBI got my Yoplait Light yogurt gift pack in the mail

It included….

  • coupons for Yoplait Light yogurt.
  • a gym bag,
  • a reflective wrist wallet
  • and a pedometer



All these things are there to keep me moving and motivated!

If you want to find out more on how you too can participate in the Yoplait Light Two Week Tune Up, go to

www.Yoplait.com, where you will find the full plan details as well as robust online tools to help you lose weight and boost your confidence over two weeks. Yoplait Light has provided tips and advice available on Yoplait.com, along with valuable online weight loss tools such as a meal planner, healthy recipes and a daily food and exercise tracker. With 33 delicious flavors of Yoplait Light to choose from, you can switch up your diet menu as often as you like.

I am happy to say that I get to  give away the same prize pack pictured above, to one of my lucky readers . Please note that your winner’s prize pack will include only one VIP coupon* for a free cup of Yoplait Light yogurt.
*This coupon offer for Yoplait Light yogurt is not valid in some states, including California, Idaho, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Jersey, Nevada, North Dakota and Tennessee.

All you have to do to enter is to # 1 be a family treasures follower and #2 leave me a comment and tell me which Yoplait Light flavor you are most looking forward to incorporating into your two week tune up.

It’s that simple!!

Disclaimer: Yoplait provided me with the free product, information and giveaway through MyBlogSpark

Progresso winner

well its that time again where I get to announce the winner of my latest giveaway.

drum roll please… Anyone?, No? Ok well I guess no one wants to know who won the Progresso Souper You giveaway. souper_logo

Walking away….

OH Ok, I guess you guys deserve to know who won so here you go……


Cathy W you are the winner! Congrats!!!!!


please contact me with you info so I can have you prize shipped to you.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Oompa toys giveaway!

Recently I came across a unique children's online toy store. And I want to share it with you. oompa_logo_solid_bkup


I’m giving away a $25 gift card to Oompa.com.



All you have to do is be a Family Treasures follower and go to Oompa then come back here and tell me what you would like to purchase.


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Anyone want NUTELLA?!

I recently received a party package through Mommy PartiesMomSelect and Nutella. I was pretty excited to have been chosen to host a Nutella party. My family had never tried Nutella but I had heard great things about it and wanted to try it. I was provided with everyting I’d need to host a party featuring Nutella. I was given a large jar of Nutella (plus I went out and bought 2 more!), lots of fun facts about Nutella such as Tips and Trivia for a Balanced Breakfast, and the gift bags for my guests.
I’m glad to say that Nutella is a new favorite food staple in our home!
My children and party guests really enjoyed the Nutella Brownies! YUMM! The Kids were covered head to toe in Nutella and everyone had fun Baking eating at our party!
All guests were provided with a gift bags filled will Nutella Products including a Nutella Travel Mug, Nutella Spreader,  a personal Sample, Coupon & 3 recipe cards and More!

I made sure there was lots of Nutella filled snacks on hand:


    • Nutella Brownies!
      • You can find the simple recipe here.


    • Animal crackers with nutella,


    • celery filled nutella,
      • (pictured center)


    • Nutella and fruit on whole wheat sandwich thins
      • From Recipe Provide to Guests


    • Breakfast Roll-ups
      • Whole wheat tortillas filled with nutella and fruit!
      • From Recipe Provide to Guests

Nutella has a yummy chocolate/hazelnut flavor and is great to have for breakfast, snack or even dessert. Everyone loved it and the Children were begging for more!

Here are a few guests showing off there Nutella goodies.


If you didn’t get a chance to attend a Nutella party near you and want to try Nutella, Click here for a $1.00 off coupon on a 13oz jar or larger.
Want your own Cool Nutella Merchandise? Learn how by going to their Boutique. While your there enter to win a case of Nutella in the mouthy sweepstakes.

Disclosure: I received a Nutella Party Package through Mommy PartiesMomSelect and Nutella; no other compensation was received. All opinions expressed are my own!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Getting my GLEEk on

ok I get to show my Geeky side today or since I'm being a geek I'll go all the way and say it! Yep I'm a GLEEk. I just had to post this one. I Loved tonights episode!

and one more!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Nutella anyone?



I have been given a chance to host a Nutella house party and I’m super excited!

The party is scheduled for March 20th. I cant wait to share this great product with a few other friends and moms out there. And to top off all this fun I will be posting about it after the party.

I wish all of you readers could be here and share in all the fun and goodies but don’t worry you can download a coupon for a $1 off a jar of Nutella and be here in spirit. Also try our your luck and enter the Nutella Sweepstakes on their site.

Upcoming review and giveaway

Remember my Gourmet Gift Baskets post last month? Well I have good news be on the look out for another chance to win a great basket from them soon!


Yoplait winner.

the winner of the Yoplait Kids giveaway is …..



Congratulations Misty I hope your child enjoys all the great prizes provided by Yoplait and My Blog Spark.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Snapware winner!

The Winner of the Snapware goodies is  Ashley.

Ashley wrote -

Ashley said...

blogged about ya!

Enjoy baking and storing all your yummy treats in your new snapware products!

I will post the Yoplait Kids winner soon.