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Nickelodeon Dance 2 – Review

We are big video gaming family. The one thing we like better then a puzzle solving game to play together, is something we can get up and move with. So when we saw Nickelodeon Dance 2 I was just about as happy as my four year old. We were expecting greatness from this game, and I think it reached our expectations.

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The game features 29 (weird number, why not take it to 30?) kid friendly songs and dance along buddies from popular Nick Jr. shows. My son doesn’t watch very much Nick Jr. but was still able to identify the characters from Bubble Guppies, Dora, Fresh Beat Band, Backyardigans and Team Umizoomi. We were a bit disappointed there was no Yo Gabba Gabba.

The first thing we noticed about this game was that it was somewhat hard to find. Our local Gamestop, Fred Meyers and Kmart didn’t have it. Only Walmart had it on Wii but we are 360 gamers. Luckily we were able to grab the last copy at Target. Hopefully other parents will have an easier time finding this game, or you can always keep an eye out for a used copy from Amazon for a bit cheaper. New, the game price was a nice surprise. We paid $39.99, about $20 cheaper then we expected to find it for.

On to the game.

We found the kinect controls very simple. Our son was able to start and navigate the game all on his own. (Which is something we have had trouble with in other kinect games in the past)

On screen you will see three dancing cartoons and along the bottom of the screen there is a list of dance moves that scrolls as you do them. The directions were easy for our son to follow. As you dance, you earn stars to fill a star meter and unlock new songs.

There are three levels of difficulty from “Starting Steps” to “Fancy Footwork” so if something was too easy or too hard you are able to change the levels to fit your needs.

After dancing you are rewarded with your stars and a few silly screen shots of your amazing dancing!

This game was a lot of fun. It was easy for my son to play on his on and even more fun to play together. The songs do get stuck in your head and make sure your not scrunching up your face while laying down some tricky dance moves because you will have to see a picture of it afterwords. HAHA

Overall, we loved this game and it has become a regular pick for gaming time in our house.

Have you played this game? Let us know what you thought.

Is there something you would like to see reviewed?

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Thrifty Thinking – Making That Yogurt Greek Style

We are big yogurt eaters in our home. Yogurts are made using active, good bacteria. Probiotic, which literally means ”for life,” refers to living those organisms that can result in a health benefit.

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In fact, we love yogurt so much was have replaced all sour cream usage in our home with a dollop of plain yogurt instead. And cream cheese? We substitute it for plain greek style yogurt.

We love greek style yogurt, but at $1.50 a single serving container? Come on now, for just a few cents more I can buy the 32 oz container of the regular ol’ yogurt.

Luckily after some research and a bit of experimentation I have come up with a easy way you can buy the cheaper, regular ol’ yogurt, and turn into the amazing greek style yogurt we all love, for a fraction of the cost. It even tastes better then what i’ve bought in the store.

The only difference between greek yogurt and regular yogurt is that greek yogurt is strained removing much of the whey, which is the water content, leaving it thicker. So really all you need to do is strain the yogurt and add some flavor.

BUT! the whey in yogurt is amazing. It is full of calcium, potassium and vitamin B-2. It also contains several amino acids and other compounds identified with boosting immunity, (including casein and immunoglobulins.) So I will also show you how I save that whey and what I use it in.

I started this blog after I had already strained my yogurt (note the whey covered collection bowl and filled container), so I don’t have pictures of it actually straining. Sorry.

So here is how i make that yogurt greek!

You will need

  • 1 small strainer
  • A bowl that the strainer will not fall down into but rest upon
  • Cheese cloth, or even paper towels work! (I’ll show you with paper towels, thinking thrifty here.)
  • 1 32 oz container of regular (not lowfat) yogurt
  • 1 small tupperware container (to save the collected whey)
  • Fruit, juice, jam… (whatever you want to flavor your yogurt with.)

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Start out by lining the bottom of your strainer with two paper towels and then set your strainer on top of the bowl for the whey to drip through.

Next, fill the strainer with the entire container of yogurt. Spread it around to make sure its evenly spread out and not in just one giant lump in the middle.

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Now you need to wait, for about 4-6 hours. You can set it in the fridge, but I find that can slow down the straining process. When yogurt warms up it separates faster, so I leave mine on the counter and refrigerate immediately afterwords.

You will notice that yellowy water is straining from the yogurt and after a few hours the yogurt will start to look thicker.

After the straining is done (the yogurt will look and feel like soft cream cheese and your collecting bowl will contain yellow, watery, whey)

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You now have greek style yogurt!

Put the yogurt back into its container and pour the whey into the container to store in the fridge. (You can ring the remaining whey in the paper towels out into the container as well.)

At this time I take a couple spoonfuls of the greek style yogurt to store in a separate container to use as a healthier substitute to cream cheese.

You can keep your yogurt plain or add in fruits and juices. (I like to add some pineapple juice and a spoon of marmalade.)

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Now what to do with that whey?

You can toss the whey, but I wouldn’t. Like I said before it’s full of healthy goodies.

I add a couple tablespoons into our milks and juices. Once mixed its tasteless, add it to anything you can think of! It’s a good little health boost.

Are you a big yogurt eater?

If you try this, let us know what you mixed into your yogurt. I am always looking for new flavor ideas.

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Embracing The Geek In You!

 

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Being a geek was something I tried my best to hide throughout my teenage years. One day I made the realization that a teenage girl who’s crush was Batman and favorite past time was Simming (Playing The Sims) was not regarded as being “cool”. So I did my best to keep it to myself and fit into this mold of what the other kids expected. I think we’ve all been there at some point in our lives. I am a very expressive person and I hated not feeling free to be exactly who I was. But that all changed when I had my first son. My homebirthed, blond hair, blue eyed baby boy. I then realized that he too would be a geek, there was no way of avoiding it and that his geekiness, in part, was going to make him who he was. I promised myself that I was going to embrace it and make sure he knew it was nothing to ashamed of and I think I succeeded.

 

By the age of three he could name more obscure Marvel heroes and villains then he had fingers and toes, along with their powers and weaknesses. He has his dad and I read comic books and Wikipedia entries on Superheroes and Star Wars characters more then picture books. Now at the age of 4 he can even name and number the 11 actors who played his favorite hero, The Doctor and is an endless fountain of nerdy knowledge.

 

Simon Pegg was quoted as saying that “being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something. It’s basically a license to proudly emote on a somewhat childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult. Being a geek is extremely liberating.”

 

I couldn’t have said it better. My first wish for my children was to always be honest, especially with themselves. One thing embracing my son’s geekiness did for his father and I, was force us to embrace our own. It has been extremely liberating to not only express my geek again but to be geeky with my little ones.

 

Wither you are a geek or just raising a geeky kid, it is important to show support, interest and help your child grow into who they really are with all the interests they enjoy and love them all the way. Maybe if we can teach our children to wear GEEK with pride and embrace it, the term will no longer be something to grow up and be ashamed of.

 

How do you embrace and support your child’s inner geek?

 

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