Mickey Mote Now Available For Christmas 2010

The all new Mickey Mote is a child sized remote control that provides hour of fun for your preschooler. Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment released the Mickey Mote on November 16, 2010 with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Number Roundup and Handy Manny: Big Construction Job. Mickey Mote more than likely gets its name from the unique shape of Mickey Mouse’s face, ears and all. As seen in the video below my children enjoy this all new Mickey Mote…

How To Use The Mickey Mote

First you will need any Disney Preschool DVD that includes Discovery Mode™ because the interactive “Watch & Play” feature found in bonus features on the DVD is what you will need when your preschooler wants to use the Mickey Mote. The remote control will need to be programed using your DVD player and the DVD player remote, if you don’t have a DVD player remote any universal DVD remote that is programmed to your DVD player will work to program the Mickey Mote. The Mickey Mote has four options in four different colors and shapes that allow your preschooler to press after the DVD asks a question such as “How many feet does Mickey have on the ground?”. Your preschooler will be asked to press yellow for one number, blue for another and green for another until all four colors on the Mickey Mote have been assigned a number. Your preschooler will determine how many feet Mickey has on the ground and press the corresponding button on the Mickey Mote for the right answer.

Happily Blended Opinion and Experience with Mickey Mote

The Mickey Mote was tested with both my 2 and 4 year old sons, my 2 year old isn’t quite old enough for utilizing the Mickey Mote to it’s full potential, however, my son AJ at four years of age has enjoyed testing out the easier Stage 1 and harder Stage 2. My eight year old daughter quite obviously is a little too old for this but she did have fun sitting and helping her brother AJ determine the correct answers. Our family had a blast with this Mickey Mote and I think it is a great way for my sons to enjoy Walt Disney’s preschool DVD’s while learning at the same time. A win-win for any family this holiday season!

Mickey Mote Can Automatically Be Used with Any of the Following DVD titles:

  • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Road Rally
  • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Choo Choo
  • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie’s Bow-Tique
  • Handy Manny: Manny’s Motorcycle Adventure
  • Handy Manny: Manny’s Big Race
  • Little Einsteins: Fire Truck Blast Off
  • My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Super Duper Super Sleuths
  • My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Bedtime With Pooh

Click Communications provided me with the products referenced in this review in order for me to fully experience the product and relay my 100% honest opinion with you all. All opinions are that of my own & based on my family’s experience with the product.

Looking for Black Friday Deals

I haven’t ever really been a Black Friday shopping kind of person but this year I thought I would check out some of the Black Friday Deals on Amazon. I love shopping on Amazon most any other time and with some gift codes built up I am thinking maybe I could get my daughter a new Wii game since most of the games we have are for her brother.  I know that Miss Ki would like all three of the following Wii games:

  • iCarly: iJoin the Click!
  • Kidz Bop Dance Party
  • Pac-Man Party

I don’t know if I will actually buy anything tonight online with all the deals starting early online or if I will be the normal last minute shopper I always am but for now I am suring and trying to find all the deals to see if anything catches my eye …. I know I would love to find an awesome deal for a flat panel TV that is 40″ or bigger so that we can see the TV from our couch better! That is one thing that is on J’s wish list every year!

So are you shopping on Black Friday at the stores or you are shopping online instead? What about Cyber Monday, do you wait to do shopping then?

Tis the Season For … Chocolate

I am not a super huge chocolate addict, but when I am craving chocolate I best have some. Which is why I enjoy stocking up on my favorite chocolate items from chocolate chips to munch on to Butterfingers, I enjoy keeping a hidden stash of chocolate around.

It is now that time of year where families are getting together, eating sweets, treats and meals. Sitting down and giving thanks and talking about Christmas being just around the corner. I love Christmas, more so than Thanksgiving. It’s pretty, there are lights lit up everywhere, you can visit Santa Claus’ home in a nearby town here and you get chocolate in your stocking! Santa treats me good with that stuff!

I enjoy the holidays and love sleeping all day really, but I don’t get to sleep all day tomorrow. My mother in law is on her way as I write this and she will be spending a couple nights here. My mother in law will also be doing a majority of the cooking, that is her speciality, I am certainly not a bad cook but I will let her do her specials! I would probably over cook the turkey and burn the side dishes, she’s way more creative and I love her cooking!

So enjoy your time together as a family, the holidays are a coming and so is … chocolate! Delicious, yummy, heavenly … chocolate!

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A Yummy Recipe with Pumpkins & Butterscotch

I get a Disney Family.com newsletter every so often and I usually delete it because my inbox is so full and my to-do list keeps increasing, I quite simply don’t have time to read it, but that is not to say there are not times when I keep it in my inbox hoping to have time to read it. Well today I got some recipe ideas from the newsletter and let me tell you what; with my mother in law coming to visit for a few days I wanted to try to do something … maybe make a dessert since she is an awesome cooker I know I won’t have to cook a lot but since I will have guests I want to do something. I thought this recipe sounded delicious so I am sharing it with you all …

Pumpkin Butterscotch Cookies

By Alison Needham

Hands-On Time: 10 minutes
Ready In: 30 minutes
Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Ingredients
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 extra large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup butterscotch chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Sift together dry ingredients into a bowl. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in pumpkin, egg and vanilla. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix to combine. Stir in butterscotch chips.
  3. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto greased cookie sheets. Bake for 18 minutes, or until firm on the edges. Remove to a rack to cool completely.

What do you think? Sound delicious to you too?

This recipe was shared in full here, and is where I found it, but I wanted to share it because it sounds so yummy!

Cars Toon: Maters Tall Tales for Wii #CarsToonGame

My family received a copy of Cars Toon: Maters Tall Tales for the Wii console. When this video game first arrived in it’s package I held it in my hands and my four year old looks up at me to say “Mama open it up I think it’s my game for the Wii”. Mind you this boy has been saying that a new Mario Kart game is heading our way and will arrive in a box for at least a month, so he’s certainly on the gamer mindset.

I placed Cars Toon: Maters Tall Tales for the Wii into my game system after we were done enjoying outdoor play time and oh my gosh!!! My four year old was super excited and so was my eight year old daughter. This game has become a family favorite, not to mention Mater is totally cool.

The kids get to play different modes on the game to enjoy fun times together, unlock various levels and earn trophies. This is all what I gathered form watching them play. I am not a big gamer person, I enjoy watching them play and cheering them on while laughing at some of the cute little cartoon type scenarios in the game too! For instance, there is one part where Mater shows off and tips this big monster over by literally clipping a chain to the arena area and driving off, very cute! Here is the monster I am talking about …

I know this is a great game for any family who enjoys a game now again on the Wii console! Fun times, laughter and smiles for sure when you play Cars Toon: Maters Tall Tales.

Learn more about Cars Toon: Maters Tall Tales on their website. Purchase this Wii game on Amazon.com if you have a gamer on your holiday gift giving list this year.

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Disney Interactive Studios and received the Cars Toon: Mater’s Tall Tales Wii game to facilitate my review.”

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