2016 Holidays, Books Reviews

The World Almanac® and Book of Facts 2017

World Almanac 2017

The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2017

Remember these from when you were younger? The World Almanac is still at it  by bringing us another year of facts as a memory and a great gift idea.

Included:

2016—Top 10 News Topics: the top stories that held the world’s attention in 2016.

2016—Year in Sports: Hundreds of pages of trivia and statistics that are essential for any sports fan, featuring complete coverage of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, the 2016 World Series, and much more.

2016—Year in Pictures: full-color images from around the world in 2016, covering news, entertainment, science, and sports.

2016—Offbeat News Stories: some of the strangest news stories of the year.

World Almanac ® Editors’ Picks: Time Capsule: items that most came to symbolize the year 2016, from news and sports to pop culture.

2016 Election Results: provides a comprehensive look at the entire 2016 election process, from the roller coaster of the early primaries to state and county presidential voting results and coverage of House, Senate, and gubernatorial races.

The World at a Glance: a quick look at the surprising stats and curious facts that define the changing world.

World Almanac ® Editors’ Picks: The Best Teams That Never Won It All: In light of Golden State’s unprecedented regular season success and eventual downfall in the NBA Finals, The World Almanac® takes a look back into sports history for the best teams that fell just short of championship glory.

Statistical Spotlight: A brand-new feature highlights statistics relevant to the biggest stories of the year.

Other New Highlights

You can find the book at many retailers such as Amazon.

2016 Holidays, Reviews by Anthony, Toy Reviews

Galaxy Zega Realistic Virtual Tank War Game Review

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In 24 years of raising boys from my 24 year old step son to our 8 year old, we have never had a car or tank set like this. It is new and right on par with the technology and virtual play that is popular and a growing toy category today. It is called Galaxy Zega and is a virtual tank war game with an arena to customize and an app for control and game play.

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To grasp how game play works, think of Pokemon Go (in a very roundabout way). By that I mean that like the popular Pokemon app, you can earn skills the more you play. Like in gyms, you can choose skills and battle another players (so long as they create a username on a separate device and have a tank too). Like in capturing Pokemon you earn coins and achievements, in this war game you also earn coins and achievements in the terms of skills that you can choose to enable before a game and these skills can be used to give you more power or manipulate your opponent. With a 8 year old, this was the analogy that came to mind that I know many can relate to although different in all other aspects, the game play style is relative.

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The controls-forward, backward, turning are largely displayed on your device so you can easily drive and steer your tank. You can even give your tank a unique name, although my son kept his tanks the names they came with, Leo and Gondar. Give yourself a username and when you log in to play, simply hold your device up to the car you wish to use for that game and it will recognize it and off you go.

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What do you need?

Most likely you want to be in 2-player mode for siblings or adults to battle so the best option is the Galaxy Zega Starter Kit that comes with enough tiles for a good size arena to build and 2 tanks. I also recommend 1 Galaxy X-base per tank you buy to open up even more games. If you need more than 2 tanks, you can buy more individually after the starter pack. Then you need access to 1 device per tank-each player needs their own device in their hand. My son uses my iPhone with the Galaxy Zega app downloaded and I use my husbands iPad also with the app downloaded. Both players create an account and log in then you will see an option to ‘Join other players’ to click on. Once you ask to join it will search and find your other player and you are now connected into the same game and battling each other. Available on Android and IOS.

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It is very clever and addicting. My son can’t put it down and already is asking for sleepovers so friends can come battle with him. It will surely be a hit in your home too-even for the adults who love interactive play.

2016 Holidays, Food, Giveaways

New R.M. Palmer Candies for the Holidays Giveaway

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Your favorite holiday candies have grown up a bit and by that, I mean grown big! R.M. Palmer has introduced a few new candies for the holiday season and the Bullion Bar is large and heavy. It is a big solid bar of Belgian milk chocolate. It weighs 1 pound and comes in a box great for gifting or stuffing into a stocking.

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These new candies below are mouthwatering just to look at. The Peppermint Bar is large and will be a huge hit inside a stocking. It is 1 pound of white candy and a peppermint crunch. Another 1 pound bar that is delicious is the Yoohoo® Candy Bar inspired by the favorite chocolate milk flavor.

The kids will also love the Snap & Share® Decorated Double Crisp chocolates. It comes in Santa or bear shapes and snaps apart into 7 pieces. Keep an eye put at retailers for these holiday candy choices from R.M. Palmer.

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Want to win this Palmer candy package? Enter below. Open to US and ends on 12/19. Good luck!

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2016 Holidays, Home

Keeping Your Home Safe While Traveling Over the Holidays with Vimtag

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If you are a home owner or even renter, do you have a bit of worry in the back of your brain about leaving your home unattended? I bet you do because you are not alone. Especially over the holidays when burglaries are on the rise and package porch thefts are too common, leaving our home while we travel makes us feel vulnerable. We have a home security, but it doesn’t record. It will sound loudly if someone breaks in and immediately text us for an OK to call police or fire. However, I wish it wasn’t so expensive or a hassle to add monitoring by camera. It is 1 camera and we had to choose only 1 location to monitor which is our front porch. That all changed when our Vimtag equipment arrived.

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Vimtag camera and cloud storage boxes gives you added office or home security with no monthly fees. Buy an S1 Vimtag Storage Box and store 60-plus days of digital video. It supports 4 Vimtag cameras at a time and offers local video playback via internal micro SD card. Connecting near my router was simple. I simply leave it plugged in and stores my monitoring. If you plan on getting a camera or two, I highly recommend the storage box for a free and easy-to access storage of all feeds. They do offer bundle deals also.

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Connecting the camera and storage box was easy to do through the app. Tip- just be sitting near your home router if connecting wirelessly for a faster and seamless connection then you can take the camera to any end of your home and set it up. The camera will connect via bluetooth and you would set up the storage box on that same wifi.

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As I type this post it is dusk outside and this is the image off my phone that my camera upstairs is picking up. I can set it to night mode automatically so it will change at dark. I can also take my finger and swipe on my phone-the camera senses that and the lens moves for you. It is the app pan and tilt function and I can also zoom in with my fingers on my phone to display a 4x zoom. From my phone app, I can also take a still photo or set it to record for different lengths.

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The camera I have is the Vimtag P1 Smart Cloud IP camera. It also has 360 degree audio pick up and 2 way voice function if using as a nanny or child cam inside the home. If you want to place a camera outside, I would recommend the B1 Waterproof Cloud IP Camera from Vimtag. I have mine in my bedroom window looking out.

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The set up I have which is the indoor camera and storage box will run you about $280 and there are no hidden fees after that. The bundle of these 2 items PLUS the outdoor camera will run you about $385. Such a deal for peace of mind when away (or at) your home. You can find Vimtag products at Walmart. Visit Vimtag to learn more.

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