Skylanders is “mixing it up” with the newest game in the award-winning, top-selling franchise. Skylanders SWAP Force builds upon the success of the franchise’s signature gameplay and collectible toy experience, adding an all-new dimension to the “toys to life” innovation. The game introduces a compelling play pattern — dynamic swapability — that lets gamers transform 16 SWAP Force inter-action figures into more than 250 unique characters by swapping the top and bottom halves of the toys. Now, Portal Masters can mix and match characters’ powers and moves and experience an unprecedented level of choice never before seen in a SkylandersTM game. Fans also can play Skylanders SWAP Force with their entire collection of 100+ characters from Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure® and Skylanders GiantsTM.
This is the only family-friendly game for the next generation consoles coming out (PS4, Xbox One)… And it comes out on just about everything – 3DS, iOS (iPad), Wii, Wii U, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and more!
Skylanders SWAP Force features new abilities – such as flying, climbing, digging, bouncing, or teleporting – which can be used in previously unexplored areas of Skylands centered on these play mechanics. Additionally, the game features 16 new core characters, eight new LightCore™ characters and 16 new versions of fan favorite Skylanders from previous games. Now kids will have more than 100 characters from which to choose. The game’s high-resolution graphics brings detailed characters and richer environments to life, immersing players in the game like never before.
Dynamic Swapability – Skylanders SWAP Force features 16 new SWAP Force inter-action figures with new powers and a fresh play pattern – dynamic swapability – that lets kids create more than 250 unique character combinations, giving them more choice than ever before over how they fight and move in the game. With each new addition to their Skylanders SWAP Force collection, Portal Masters unlock an exciting world of possibilities. ll-New Characters – More than 50 collectible characters including 32 never-before-seen Skylanders heroes each with unique powers and personalities.
Assortment of Gameplay Modes – Players will be able to experience various Survival and Battle Modes, all featuring vibrant, action-packed arenas and environments where Portal Masters can test the true strength of their Skylanders.
Don’t just take our word for it, see what USA Today, AP and Common Sense has to say!
Exclusively for our Role Mommy readers, enter for a chance to win a Skylanders Swap Force Starter Pack for the XBOX 360!! Simply enter a comment below with your email address for your chance to win. Just in time for the Holidays, you can make someone very happy. We will pick the lucky winner on Monday November 25th. Good Luck!
The largest display of LEGO® art ever assembled is at Discovery Times Square right now with brand-new, never-before-seen masterpieces
I was fortunate enough to join a group of bloggers for a tour of the incredible exhibit, Art of The Brick at Discovery Times Square in New York City. The creator of the exhibit, Nathan Sawaya, gave us a private tour of his masterpieces. When Nathan was a little boy he loved playing with LEGOS and making new creations from his imagination. Nathan continues to take LEGO® where it has never gone before by doubling the size of the show CNN claims is one of the “must see exhibitions” in the world, THE ART OF THE BRICK® The critically acclaimed collection of creative and inspiring art constructed using only LEGO® toy bricks by renowned contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya is in New York after enjoying record-breaking runs to sold-out crowds in Singapore, Taiwan and Australia. “I want to have the broadest impact possible to inspire people to change the way they view the world and the way they think about art,” said Sawaya. “What better way to do that than in the heart of New York City, at the crossroads of the world – Times Square.”
The Discovery Times Square collection is the world’s biggest and most elaborate display of LEGO® art ever. Sawaya will be creating brand-new, never-before-seen works exclusively for this New York City premiere with more than 100 works of art made out of millions and millions of little LEGO® bricks. “This will be my largest showing of artwork to date and I’ve got some very exciting surprises in store for New York, of course, being it’s my hometown,” said Sawaya.
Here are a few of my favorites. It wasn’t easy to narrow it down, everything was amazing…
THE ART OF THE BRICK® is the first major museum exhibition to use LEGO® bricks as the sole art medium. Sawaya transforms them into tremendous and thought-provoking sculptures, elevating the toy to the realm of art. “These works are very personal to me, since they reflect my growth as an artist as I strove to discover my creative identity,” said Sawaya. “THE ART OF THE BRICK exhibition is accessible because it engages the child in all of us while simultaneously illuminating sophisticated and complex concepts. Everyone can relate to the medium since it is a toy that many children have at home. But my goal with this exhibition when it first debuted in 2007 was to elevate this simple plaything to a place it has never been before.” I think children ages 6 and up will LOVE this exhibit, not to mention adults of all ages!
THE ART OF THE BRICK® at Discovery Times Square runs until January 5, 2014.
Discovery Times Square is open seven days a week. Tickets are available for $17.50 (child 4-12), $22.50 (adult) and $19.50 (senior = 65). Special savings for groups of 10 or more are available with advanced reservation. Visit http://www.DiscoveryTS.com/ art-of-the-brick, call 866.9.TSXNYC (866-987-9692) or visit the Discovery Times Square box office. DTS is located at 226 West 44th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenues).
*For our Role Mommy readers, we are offering a family 4 pack so you can enjoy this fantastic exhibit! The tickets can be used at any time during the exhibit until January 5, 2014. To enter, just go to the RaffleCopter link below. We will be in touch in a week if you are selected as the winner!
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ABOUT NATHAN SAWAYA & THE ART OF THE BRICK
Nathan Sawaya is an acclaimed New York-based artist who creates awe-inspiring artwork out of a toy. His art focuses on large-scale sculptures using only LEGO® bricks. Sawaya was the first artist to ever take LEGO® into the art world and his touring exhibition – THE ART OF THE BRICK® – has entertained and inspired millions of art lovers and enthusiasts from Australia, Taiwan, Singapore, China and around the world. Originally from Oregon, Sawaya’s childhood dreams were always fun and creative. He drew cartoons, wrote stories, perfected magic tricks and of course also played with LEGO®. His days were filled with imagination. When it came time for college, Sawaya moved to New York City, attended NYU and became a lawyer. But after years of million dollar mergers and corporate acquisitions on Park Avenue, Sawaya realized he would rather be sitting on the floor creating art, than sitting in a board room negotiating contracts. He walked away from the law and took an artistic risk on LEGO®. Now Sawaya is an author, speaker and one of the most popular, award-winning contemporary artists of our time. For more information about Nathan Sawaya and his artwork, visit www.brickartist.com.
There are many things I detest about winter. At the top of my list is my super dry skin. No matter what I do, when the weather gets cold my skin gets dry, flaky, itchy and looks terrible. Here is something new to try and you could even win your very own!
Suave® is reinventing its body lotions from the inside out with improved formulations and sleek packaging. Suave® Skin Solutions Body Lotions are dermatologist tested and provide silky 24-hour moisturization with a new richer formula1.
Additionally, Suave Naturals® Body Lotions will feature a new look, with improved long lasting fragrance and the same great moisturization as before. Suave® Body Lotions have a unique, silky smooth formula that glides on easily and absorbs quickly for skin that is soft, smooth and delightfully fragrant! Suave® products offer great quality beauty solutions for the entire family to help you look good, smell good and feel good every day.
You can buy these lotions at drugstores, mass merchandisers and supermarkets nationwide for a suggested retail price of $0.99-$4.99. OR you can win the lotions right here!!
THREE of our lucky reader will win a new Suave® Skin Solutions lotion and ONE lucky reader will win all three of the new products. Here are the products you could win!
Suave Skin Solutions Products:
· Suave® Skin Solutions Advanced Therapy Body Lotion
· Suave® Skin Solutions Smoothing Body Lotion with Cocoa Butter & Shea
· Suave® Skin Solutions Soothing Body Lotion with Aloe
All you need to do is comment below with your name and email address and let us know your “winter skin care secret”. Winners will be chosen randomly on February 14th, 2013. Hey – it could be a nice Valentine’s Day gift to yourself… soft, smooth skin!
For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/SuaveBeauty or follow @SuaveBeauty
Fingerprint is the first kids’ mobile learning and entertainment platform, providing sharing and engagement opportunities between kids and parents across mobile devices and the web. The Fingerprint platform invites kids to explore and discover learning game apps on their own and then share the fun with their grown-ups via the one-of-a kind, in-app Mom Comm.
Every Fingerprint Play app, whether first-party or ‘fingerprinted’ by third-party developers, is selected to promote academic, social, and emotional skills with a heavy dose of just plain fun. Fingerprint offers an easy-to-integrate SDK that allows 3rd Party Content Developers to participate in the network.
Most Fingerprint Play apps are free to play, with an option to enhance and extend the experience for an additional charge as your child further engages with the App. Fingerprint is currently available on iOS platforms (iPhone, iPod touch and iPad), and will expand to Android devices in early 2013.
There are currently 15 Apps available including top titles like – Big Kid Life Firefighter with non-stop logic and math action, Whole Wide World which introduces kids to history, culture and geography, and DoReMi 1-2-3 which inspires creativity through music. Every Fingerprint Play App whether first party or ‘fingerprinted’ by third party developers is selected to promote academic, social and emotional skills with a heavy dose of fun.
Here are the new apps being released throughout the month:
Scribble My Story (ages 3-8): Based on the award-winning Scribble Press app for iPad, this new app lets the youngest readers write, illustrate, and customize their own stories. Kids can customize their very own audio stories or create a book based on Fingerprint’s wildly popular Big Kid Life or Whole Wide WorldAdventure. (iPad only)
Green$treets: Unleash the Loot! (ages 5-8): The brainchild of Neale Godfrey, creator and leader in the “Kids and Money” field and bestselling author, this app teaches kids goal setting, budgeting, the value of money, and financial decision making while saving the planet. (Available now)
Panda Panda No More Mess (ages 3-6): A fun sorting game and interactive book that teaches shapes and colors. Children help Panda, a happy little bear armed with a vacuum, clean up by dragging and dropping toys, blocks, clothes and even snacks into the right toy chests.
Step-by-Story: The VeggieTales Collection® (ages 3-6): Featuring the beloved characters from VeggieTales, this Step-by-Story collection helps kids associate words, sounds and pictures in preparation for reading. Plus, the apps focus on key character values (i.e., share your gifts, use your imagination, make new friends). The new collection includes The Goofy Gift, Thanks for the Franks, Larry’s Missing Music, and I am That Hero!
For your chance to win this great prize, simply go the website, fingerprintplay.com and enter! The winner will be picked on December 7th, so enter now!
Fingerprint Digital is a San Francisco-based mobile entertainment company for kids. It was founded in 2010 by Nancy MacIntyre, a former executive at Leap Frog, and K2 Media Labs. They launched their first kids’ edutainment platform, Fingerprint Play, in December 2011, with a mission to help kids grow through learning made fun. To date, kids have played over 34 million minutes on the Fingerprint platform.
Congratulations to Stacy B. from Deerfield, IL! She is the lucky winner of the $50 gift certificate to Amazon. They have adorable back to school clothes for your kids… check it out! www.amazon.com
The summer has flown by, school will be here before we know it! Growing up I always loved back to school shopping, and now I love it for my kids. They feel differently… they do not enjoy shopping for clothes (yet). So, I end up doing a lot of my shopping online. Did you know that Amazon has fabulous brands for kids ages two to fourteen? For girls they have everything from Splendid, Ella Moss, True Religion jeans, Lilly Pulitzer and more. For the guys they have City Threads, Charlie Rocket, Levi Jeans, Tea Collection and so much more!
Now, for our role mommy readers you can win a $50 gift certificate to the Amazon Kid’s Fashion Boutique. All you need to do is fill out the form below for your chance to win. A winner will be chosen at random on Monday, August 22nd 2011. Please visit www.amazon.com and check out the latest back to school fashions so your kids can be too cool for school.
Here’s an example of an awesome boy’s top…
And here’s a great dress I know my daughter will love…
Even though Christmas comes along once a year (and I’m Jewish), I have to say that it feels like it’s Xmas in August. The reason? Some of my favorite books have been turned into movies and they’re all coming out this month!
First up was “The Help,” which opened in theaters nationwide this week. My mom and I read the book in a matter of days and after we caught and advanced preview we felt the film absolutely stayed true to the novel and we totally loved it.
Another book I read last summer that I couldn’t put done at all was “One Day,” a novel about a British couple who meet during a one night stand in the eighties who carry on an on again off again friendship and romance that spans twenty years. I remember last year when I was reading the book and falling in love with the characters that it was being turned into a movie and even back then, I couldn’t wait until it came out. Well, as I said, the holidays for me have arrived early. On August 19th I’m taking a movie holiday and “One Day” will be one of my gifts to me. Take a look at the trailer…
Directed by Lone Scherfig (director of “An Education,” Academy Award-nominated for Best Picture), the motion picture “One Day” is adapted for the screen by David Nicholls from his beloved bestselling novel One Day. After one day together – July 15th, 1988, their college graduation – Emma Morley (Academy Award nominee Anne Hathaway) and Dexter Mayhew (Jim Sturgess of “Across the Universe”) begin a friendship that will last a lifetime. She is a working-class girl of principle and ambition who dreams of making the world a better place. He is a wealthy charmer who dreams that the world will be his playground. For the next two decades, key moments of their relationship are experienced over several July 15ths in their lives. Together and apart, we see Dex and Em through their friendship and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. Somewhere along their journey, these two people realize that what they are searching and hoping for has been there for them all along. As the true meaning of that one day back in 1988 is revealed, they come to terms with the nature of love and life itself.
And now, get ready for a cool prize pack valued at $170 compliments of Focus Features.
One (1) winner will receive a “One Day Summer Beach Kit” that includes:
· $25 Fandango Gift Card
· Copy of the book (movie tie-in edition)
· Beach Tote
· Beach Towel
· 4-pack nail polish
· Clear cosmetic case
· Moleskin® Journal
Comment below with your name and email address right now and one winner will be selected via Random.org. One Day opens nationwide in theaters August 19.
Here at Role Mommy, we always love offering something special for our readers and today, we’ve got the deal of the summer! My Publisher, one of the leading publishers of photo books in the world, is giving away free My Mini photo books! Get ready to carry a photo book in your pocket, purse or wallet, with these fun, easy and portable creations. The new My Mini book is the size of a credit card and perfect for baby announcements and brag books. Plus, they make great birthday party favors and gifts for relatives….did I mention I have a Bat Mitzvah coming up in May 2012? Looks like I’ve just found the perfect goody bag option!
For the price of most baby announcements ($2.49 each including shipping) it makes a great alternative to traditional baby announcements. Now here’s the best part…if you visit the My Publisher Facebook page today, select Like and enter your email address, you can receive a free My Mini photo book.
So what are you waiting for? Your free My Mini photo book is just a Facebook click away!
We are happy to announce the five winners!
Congratulations to: Monique Rizzo, Josh Hamudot, Amanda Berrios, Noelle Cameron and Stanley Bondell!
What kid doesn’t love video games? Just in time for those long car rides or plane trips to your summer vacation destination, FIVE lucky winners will receive a DS Lite and six games! The games are: Mario & Luigi Bowser’s Inside Story, New Super Mario Bros., MarioKart DS, Mario Party DS, Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-land Mayhem and Super Mario 64 DS. These games represent some of the best-selling fan-favorite Nintendo DS games of all time.
Just in case you don’t win this awesome contest, the portable Nintendo DS™ Lite system is getting a new suggested retail price of just $99.99 in the United States. The Nintendo DS family has become the best-selling video game system in history. More than 48.9 million systems in the Nintendo DS family have sold in the United States alone. Also, now six Mario™ games for Nintendo DS will receive new red packaging, making it easier than ever for consumers to identify these hit titles in stores.
“From the moment it launched, Nintendo DS Lite hit a sweet spot for consumers in terms of value, experience and fun,” said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. “This new price point will introduce Nintendo DS Lite to even more consumers, and the new red packaging will make it easy for them to find their favorite Mario titles.” Mario is one of the most beloved video game characters and the top video game franchise of all time. For more information about Nintendo DS Lite, visit their website now!
All you need to do for a chance to win, is fill out the form below. It’s a cinch and well worth it! FIVE lucky winners will be chosen via random.org on Friday August 5th. What are you waiting for? Just picture your kids’ face when you hand them their new DS and six games! Good luck.
You may not know this, but I pride myself on finding the best outfit that’ll get someone to sit up, take notice and exclaim, ‘Wow, I love that dress, where did you get it?” So imagine my surprise when I received a fancy new pair of sneakers from New Balance (the new 871 series to be exact), and I started getting compliments on my aerobic shoes!
As a huge purple fan, I was psyched to discover that my new sneakers were white and purple with purple laces. I’m sure Donny Osmond would have a field day with these shoes. But more importantly, when I took them out for a walk in my neighborhood, a bike ride with my daughter and workout at the gym, what I found was they were so incredibly comfortable and lightweight that I could wear them all day! Of course, they may clash with the new red dress I snapped up at LOFT, but these days, when I’m busy commuting back and forth to Manhattan, I say, comfort is key.
Since I’m in the giving mood, I figured, why not share my love of my new sneakers with one of our lucky readers. That’s right – someone who reads our blog is going to get the chance to win a pair of New Balance 871’s. Here are some more details to get you excited to enter!
This lightweight, low-to-the-ground trainer is perfect for fitness boot camps and other aerobics. The 871 is constructed with superior stability in the upper, and the versatile Ndurance® outsole with its pivot point is suitable for a variety of activies both in- and outdoors. And we’re not the only ones who think this shoe’s remarkable: the New Balance 871 was named “Best for Fitness Classes” by Shape magazine.
Best for Fitness Classes??? Seriously – who knew? It’s also best for grocery shopping, commuting, driving, climbing hills and barbecuing. But I digress. Time for the giveaway rules. All you need to do if you haven’t done so already is Subscribe to Project You Magazine and comment on this post. Please make sure you include your email address and/or Twitter handle. Otherwise, we won’t know how to get in touch with you once you win. One lucky winner will be selected at random via random.org.
For more great sneaker options from New Balance, visit their website today!
May is “Woman’s month” at Modell’s.
Here’s what you could win…
When comfort’s the name of the game, count on this 100% polyester women’s T shirt by Champion. Soft technical fabric, tag free for non-chafe softness and sleek contoured seams provide flattering shape definition.
Exclusive for our Role Mommy readers, you can win this new Champion t-shirt from Modell’s.
Simply comment below with your name and email address and tell us your best work out tip. One lucky winner will be selected at random via www.random.org. Plus, we’ve even got a special coupon from Modell’s below for our readers…
Stay tuned next week for another Champion product giveaway!