Tuesday, March 3, 2015

@SpongeBob HeroPants (Xbox 360 Review & Giveaway)

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS!

My kids are huge fans of the hit television animated series, Spongebob Sqaurepants. Even if you're not a fan or don't watch the show, I can almost bet that you know the theme song. Kids are always singing it, adults sometimes too.

We had the opportunity to review the new video-game, Spongebob HeroPants, based on the new movie, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, that was released last month. My kids were super excited when the game came in the mail and went straight to our Xbox 360 in our game room to play it.

SpongeBob HeroPants is an action game with a focus on exploration, light puzzles and combat. Each of its six playable characters–SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, Sandy, Mr. Krabs and Plankton–can morph into a unique superpowered champion to solve challenges, unlock new areas and defeat SpongeBob's crazy imagination. The full adventure features boss battles, upgradeable skills and a treasure trove of hidden items to unearth. It also includes four-person local drop-in/drop-out cooperative multiplayer on Xbox 360.

My kids found the game fun, easy and exciting. What I love about the game is that you can play up to four players and right off the bat you can choose which one of your favorite characters you want to play as, My two older kids had a blast playing together. Since we only have two controllers for the Xbox 360, the hubby and I took turns playing as well. We found the game really easy, but it was awesome to see each character morph into their superpowered self.

There are three worlds to complete with 15 levels that aren't too long to get through. While you're completing the levels you can collect coins that will allow you to upgrade as well as earn trophies. The game was really easy to complete, which is great for a younger kids playing. It was a great family that the entire family enjoyed. I think the only thing I would have liked to see on this game was a bit more better graphics. Other then that, I thought this was a great game for my kiddos.

Spongebob HeroPants is now available on Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS and Playstation Vita. For more information about this game be sure to head over to www.activision.com/games.

One Just Us Girls reader will win a copy of Spongebob HeroPants video-game on your choice of Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS or PS Vita. Leave a comment below letting us know who's your favorite character from the show.

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Spongebob HeroPants on Xbox 360 at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

Taking Care of Your Dog This Winter #Petcurean

Hello my lovely readers. I'm very excited and happy to announce that Just Us Girls is teaming up with Petcurean, a Canadian owned family business that brings their customers premium pet food for dogs and cats. Over the next several months we'll be sharing with you tips and recipes to help keep your fur family members healthy and safe.

If you've been a long time reader here at Just Us Girls or a follower on Instagram, you'd remember that we use to have a Boston Terrier named Izzy. Sadly she is no longer with my family. We do however have a new fur family member, a Blue Heeler, puppy. His name is Max and he is just over a year old. He was born last February. We received him in April, so our anniversary with him is coming up. My kiddos are very excited to make special dog treats for him and I'm excited to try some new recipes with him thanks to Petcurean.

Winter may be almost over, but those of us that are on the East Coast know that we still have to worry about the cold weather and snow. It doesn't seem like it will be getting warmer any time soon. Although Max is an inside dog, he still loves the outside and he's outside more during the warmer seasons. With the weather being this cold we try not to have him out more then 20 minutes at a time during the day. It's normally less than that because he is not a fan of the cold, neither am I. Twenty minutes gives Max plenty of time to take care of business and to run around for a bit, he loves playing in the snow.

It takes more energy to stay warm when it's cold outside for animals, so make sure they have plenty of water to stay hydrated and also make sure to not leave their water outside. It can easily freeze and no dog wants to chew frozen ice to get to their water.

Dogs that are mainly outdoor pets eat more during the winter and those that are mainly indoor dogs have different needs when it comes with feeding them. Indoor dogs conserve energy by sleeping more. Dogs also exercise much less when they do go outside, so you may need to adjust the amount of food you give your pet so they don't gain too much weight.

For information about choosing the right food for your pet, be sure to head over to www.petcurean.com

Disclosure: I am part of the Petcurean Blogger Advocate Program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Transformers Rescue Bots: Jurassic Adventure DVD Review

The small, happy town of Griffin Rock has a mystery on its hands. Make that five mysteries! And it’s up to Chase, Heatwave, Blades, Boulder and the Burns family to solve them. Do they have the sleuthing skills for the job? Join the suspense and the fun as Cody and the TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS confront ghosts, search for the legendary Maine Ridge Monster, chase gremlins and more!

We're a big fan of the Transformers and with little ones in the house, Rescue Bots is a great series for the younger generation. My son is seven and he still loves watching all the Rescue Bots come together to save the day. So when he got to watch Jurassic Adventure, he loved it. Not only did the new episodes include all of his favorite Bots, but they also included a dinosaur, Trex, which he absolutely loved. He's watched the DVD a few times now and still loves it. If you have any little ones that love both dinosaurs, robots and transformers, Rescue Bots is a great series for them to watch. This DVD comes with five great episodes that will have your little guy or girl glued to the screen and is now available retailing for $14.93. For more information about Jurassic Adventure and other Rescue Bots DVD's be sure to head to www.shoutfactory.com

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Jurassic Adventure on DVD at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

Gladiators of Rome DVD (Review & Giveaway)

Gladiators of Rome tells the hilarious story of an unlikely hero during the golden age of the Roman Empire. The delightful animated adventure follows Timo, a student at the Gladiators’ Academy in Rome, who has no desire to become a legendary gladiator like his stepfather. That is, until the mesmerizing Lucilla walks into his life. With the help of an unlikely band of sidekicks, Timo is determined to be the gladiator of her dreams and embarks on an action-packed journey to become the Colosseum’s first victor!

Gladiators of Rome was a great family movie to watch with the kiddos. Filled with lots of adventure that kept my entire family entertained. Timo, the main character was hilarious as him and his sidekicks try to help him become a legendary gladiator to impress the beautiful Lucilla.

I absolutely love movies that can keep the entire family laughing and excited. Gladiators of Rome did just that. My son was especially a fan of this movie. He loved seeing all the hilarious training and fighting scenes. He's been mimicking some of the moves for days now.

I love how this movie gives the message to kids that anyone could become a hero with enough determination and will power. Definitely a great movie for a family movie night. Gladiators of Rome is out on DVD.

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Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Gladiators of Rome on DVD at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Slugterra: Slug Fu Showdown DVD Review

In Slug Fu Showdown, Eli has added some awesome new slugs to his arsenal: the ELEMENTALS. But the Elemental Slugs are ancient, extremely powerful, and temperamental, and Eli can’t control them. Junjie, the newest member of the Shane Gang, has the solution: Eli must learn SLUG FU, the ancient and mysterious form of slugslinging that Junjie mastered when he lived in the Eastern Caverns. The Slug Fu training won’t be easy, and it’s something Eli and Junjie must do alone. That means leaving Kord, Trixie and Pronto behind—and all of Eli’s slugs, too! 

Things get even tougher when Eli’s training is cut short by a mysterious new villain with a seriously insane plan to rock Slugterra to its core. The villain needs only one thing to unleash his evil plan: the Elemental Slugs! Luckily, Eli left them with the rest of the Shane Gang, so they are safe…or they would be, if Pronto hadn’t annoyed them so much that they hopped off and ran away. As Kord, Trixie and Pronto struggle to keep the wily Elementals out of the wrong hands, Eli and Junjie engage in a showdown with the madman before he can reduce the 99 caverns to rubble!

My kids absolutely love Eli and the gang from Slug Terra. Slugterra is an epic sci-fi comedy adventure set deep underground, where the ammo’s alive and only the quick survive! In this luminous, high-tech, underground world, every cavern holds a new adventure, a new battle and weird little slugs to be discovered.

When the latest DVD, Slug Fu Showdown, came out on DVD on February 10th, I knew they would like it. A series that still reminds me of Pokemon from when I was younger, in Slug Fu Showdown Eli and the slugs meet all new Elementals slugs that are much faster and harder for Eli to control. Not only is Eli trying to train these new slugs, but they also get hit with a new bad guy right in the middle of training.
Both my kiddos were glued to the screen. Even my husband loves this show and watches it with the kids. I love that this is a show that is for both girls and boys, that way everyone watching will be interested in the show. The fast action/adventure packed show is awesome and can be enjoyed by the entire family.

Slug Fu Showdown retails for $14.95. For more information about this DVD and other Slug Terra DVD's be sure to head over to shoutfactory.com
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Slug Fu Showdown on DVD at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.
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