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The kids were home all week this week. ALL 4 KIDS. We are in the midst of a move (yes, again – but happy dance because we’re moving into our new home!). Thanksgiving and loads of family are in town this weekend, but the last 5 days while typically I would be pulling my hair out – well it’s been full of DANCING with our new favorite xBox Kinect game – Just Dance 4.
If you are looking for a way to keep the kids busy (and active!) – check out this game!
Just Dance 4 xBox Kinect Game Review
This is our first Just Dance game and it has given me a whole new level of appreciation for the xBox Kinect! This thing is amazing and amazing at making me look like a NERD. More on that later…
Let’s talk about Just Dance 4:
Featuring over 40 tracks from a variety of top artists, Just Dance 4 will have you dancing your socks off. This is the ultimate party game that will have everyone moving and grooving and laughing your head off.
This game isn’t just a game. Be prepared to SWEAT.
Just Dance 4 Songs
- 2 Unlimited “Tribal Dance”
- A.K.A “Hot For Me”
- Anja “Crazy Little Thing”
- Rick Astley “Never Gonna Give You Up”
- Army of Lovers “Crucified”
- The B-52’s “Rock Lobster”
- Justin Bieber feat. Nicki Minaj “Beauty and a Beat”
- The Blackout Allstars “I Like It”
- Boys Town Gang “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”
- Blu Cantrell “Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!)”
- Dancing Bros. “Everybody Needs Somebody To Love”
- Kat DeLuna ft. Busta Rhymes “Run The Show”
- Europe “The Final Countdown”
- Flo Rida “Good Feeling”
- Nelly Furtado “Maneater”
- The Girly Team “Oops!… I Did It Again”
- Selena Gomez and the Scene “Love You Like A Love Song”
- Halloween Thrills “Time Warp”
- Hit The Electro Beat “We No Speak Americano”
- Carly Rae Jepsen “Call Me Maybe”
- Las Ketchup “Asereje (The Ketchup Song)”
- Jennifer Lopez ft. Pitbull “On The Floor”
- Marina and The Diamonds “Oh No!”
- Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera “Moves Like Jagger”
- Ricky Martin “Livin’ La Vida Loca”
- Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life”
- Sergio Mendes ft. The Black Eyed Peas “Mas Que Nada”
- Nicki Minaj “Super Bass”
- One Direction “What Makes You Beautiful”
- Panjabi MC “Beware Of The Boys (Mundian To Bach Ke)”
- P!nk “So What”
- Elvis Presley “Jailhouse Rock”
- Rihanna “Disturbia”
- Rihanna ft. Jay-Z “Umbrella”
- Sammy – “Some Catchin’ Up To Do”
- Skrillex “Rock NRoll (Will Take You To The Mountain)”
- Will Smith “Wild Wild West”
- Alexandra Stan “Mr. Saxobeat”
- They Might Be Giants “Istanbul”
- Carrie Underwood “Good Girl”
- Barry White “You’re The First, The Last, My Everything”
- Stevie Wonder “Superstition”
PLUS! There is a Just Dance store that allows you to buy additional tracks. For all of you who are PSY obsessed, Gangnum Style is available for download. The Just Dance 4 Gangnum Style download will cost you 240 Microsoft Points, approximately $2.99. It’s worth it.
Just Dance 4 Features
Battle Mode – Challenge your friends in 6 rounds of dance battling!
Bring Your Crew – Songs that feature 4 concurrent dance routines give each player a chance to shine with unique moves for each member of your dance crew.
Just Sweat It Out – Just Dance 4 features new workout sessions, personalized programs, live feedbacks and a calorie counter.
Alternative Choreographics – Unlock alternative choreographies.
Dance Quests – Win up to 6 challenges per son and unlock more rewards.
Dancer Card – Create and personalize your own dance card to track your dance stats.
Just Can’t Get Enough – Your favorite Just Dance features are still here! Duet Mode, Mash-Up Mode with 45_ mash-ups and more!
Where to Buy Just Dance 4
Just Dance 4 retails for $39.99.
Our lives are a whirlwind. As any parent knows, the days fly by and life just doesn’t seem to stop. If it’s not one thing it’s another. Downtime seems non-existent. Chores, tasks, work – but where is the FUN? Is this REALLY what it means to have a family???
Yes. Family means non-stop.
Non-stop love. Non-stop noise. Non-stop life. It’s never going to stop so what you have to do is make the most of the time that you have.
We have 4 kids, 4 times the fun right? Sheesh, yes (and love, noise and life!). Over the last year, as a family of 6 we have found various ways to make sure that we stay connected. Here are a few tips to stay connected in a quality way that I hope help!
Spending Quality Time With Your Family
No Family Politics at Dinner
We try to make it a point at least 3 nights a week to all sit down and do dinner together. During this time, we turn the TV off – as well as keep all smart phones and tablets AWAY from the dinner table. No family politics are discussed, no tattle telling, no nit picking – we just try to have a discussion about life. We get each child’s good and bad for the day and talk thru both – it’s one way we try to keep an open communication line between us and the kids. We really try to listen and be attentive because we all know what happens after dinner! CHAOS.
Schedule a Family Movie Night
Since getting our Samsung ES8000, we’ve made it a point to watch family movies together regularly. While typically we use the Netflix app to find a family friendly show, sometimes we’ll use VUDU to download a recent release. We pop popcorn and try to make it as drama free as possible. The little ones don’t typically make it very long, so we will do this right about their bedtime.
Plan Regular Family Outings
With each season, we have regular family activities we do. Then there are always the one off’s, like this past week – we surprised the kids with an evening trip to the state fair. We do try to throw the surprise element in, makes the complaining less 🙂
Find a Way to Connect With Each Child Individually
Each weekend when I go do errands, I pick a kid to spend the afternoon with. I try to include them in the grocery shopping, well at least the older ones. I’ll sneak something in off their endless “can we get this list” and try to do some extra activity like going to lunch or getting our nails done – just to have that 1 on 1 time that we don’t get enough of with 4 kids.
Make Memories Wherever You Go
It’s not about money. It’s not about the creative adventure ahead. It’s about making memories that your child will cherish. So whether it’s a trip the park or a vacation to Italy (see me roll my eyes) – just make the best of it.
How do you spend quality time with your family?
A special thanks to Samsung TV for sponsoring this campaign. Check out the Samsung ES8000 Smart TV (it is amazing! make sure to check out SKYPE – yes you can SKYPE from your smart TV!)
HP 3052a Inkjet All-in-One Printer vs Color Laser Printer
We were recently sent a HP 3052a printer to review. My first thoughts, ink jet? hrm.. See, for the last few years, I have loved my color laser printer. The printer is quick and the colors are fabulous, but OMG when you need a new laser cartridge, be prepared to empty your savings to buy new ones! But alas, blogging and providing you reviews of technology is my job, so yes Hewlett Packard I will be happy to review your inkjet.
Print From Your iPhone and More!
The HP 3052a printer offers not only an inkjet printer, but a scanner and copier as well. The scanner works fabulous and the copier works great (I just realized I haven’t copied my hand yet! I must get on that!). These are great features that minimizes space and increases usability of the product… but you know what rocks about this Hewlett Packard printer? It’s wireless and you can print from your iPhone, iPad, Android as well!
I did a short video to give you an overview of what the HP 3052a printer does, as well as a demo of how the printer prints from the iPhone. (more…)
Samsung ES8000 Smart TV Review
The Samsung ES8000 Smart TV was designed with the family in mind! In addition to the great features for adults – there was special attention given to creating elements for kids.
With kids ages 9, 7, 2 and 1 – each have varied tastes, but Samsung has thought about everyone when creating this TV.
Your Samsung smart TV will come preloaded with multiple options for entertaining and educating the kids. Check out the Kids icon on your Smart Hub. Don’t think those are your only options! By accessing the Samsung apps, your ES8000 will give you endless options for entertaining your children with both educational and fun programs, games, apps and eBooks. While some apps do cost money, the majority of the apps that we use (and list below) are FREE! (more…)
MISSING TODDLER TEETH. Scary thought, right? Wanna know something even scarier – IT HAPPENED TO US. Crazy story that I have to tell you about our toddler, Izaiah. I’ll give you the whole run down, but the Cliff Note’s version is that he knocked his teeth into his GUMS. That’s right, insane. Keep reading…
Missing Toddler Teeth
OMG, what a week it has been. Well actually, since last Thursday we have been in a downward spiral – grasping at any positive we can get.
Last Thursday, Izaiah had fallen asleep for his nap on the floor. He hadn’t been feeling well – and anytime this boy will sleep – we take it, even if it means it’s on the floor. And you don’t move him because well – he won’t go back to bed.
I am on the couch talking to our realtor when I hear a blood-curdling scream. I am running thru the house trying to find Izaiah. I find him on the floor of the kitchen, crying. I pick him up, still on the phone and go to tell our realtor I’ll call him back when I notice my arm is covered in blood. Oh the panic in both me and him was too much.
It appears that Izaiah was half awake when he went to sit on the chair (something he does several times a day) and fell (which he has done before). Poor buddy!
The first thought I had, was Izaiah must have hit his head. We experienced staples in the head before with E, so immediately jumped to that conclusion. Nope. No bleeding from the head. Oh, he must of bit his lip or tongue. I go to look in his mouth and sheer horror when I see that Izaiah has missing teeth. It looks like 2 or 3 of his teeth are broken off. I am in a state of FREAK OUT at this point.
Fortunately, my husband was working from home and Zeke was napping. We scoured the kitchen floor looking for his teeth – our toddler’s teeth were nowhere to be found.
Teeth Knocked Into His Gums
We made a few phone calls and rushed Izaiah to the pediatric dentist. The pediatric dentist was amazing. There was a room
There was a room set up for us in the back to not disturb other patients. They must have known he can be a screamer. This gave us have privacy while being treated, which for this kid – is essential.
Izaiah went thru x-rays to find that his teeth actually were still in his mouth. The white spots that I thought were broken teeth are actually his baby teeth just knocked back into his gums. His gums were just EXTREMELY swollen as well due to the injury.
Izaiah’s baby teeth were knocked into his gums. They are still there, and what I was seeing when I thought his teeth were knocked out were his teeth. CREEPY. CRAZY. PAINFUL. Yes. Yes and more YES. KNOCKED into his gums is the last thing I could ever imagine.
So if you are the praying type, please say a little prayer for Izaiah.
The dentist explained that the teeth should re-emerge when they want to. He is on antibiotics to help prevent infection. Poor buddy is dealing with this better than I thought but is not liking having to be on a “soft” diet for a week. (He learned the hard way when he snuck a Frito why he shouldn’t eat chips!!)
My poor little boy, with 2 missing front teeth, how my heart hurts for your pain.
Have You Experienced Toddler Teeth Terror?
Toddler Teeth Knocked Out (Or So We Thought!) is part of the Digital Mom Blog series Toddler Talk