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Games room essentials: how to play ping pong

by Blogger ‎10-23-2014 01:52 AM - edited ‎10-23-2014 02:04 AM

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"Ping Pong." Strange name isn't it? It's meant to represent the sound that the ball makes from the time it hits the table and is subsequently hit (in rapid succession) by the paddle, sending it back over the net where the process, and the sound, begins anew. I'm not so sure it really works... It's hard to put a sound like that into words. I do love the game though. I haven't played much over the last few years, but I used to play a lot when I was younger, and it was always great fun! I even invented my own special serve, which I call a spike serve, as the ball barely clears the net and comes in really fast. And that is why I'm really excited to bring you this blog! In it I'll give you a brief overview of how to play the game (i.e., the rules). And, I'll show you some really great PPP (Ping Pong Products) that are online right now at Future Shop. Winter's coming fast, and it's time to set up your very own games room. So get to reading!

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Child Car Seats: Do you know the expiry date on your child's seat?

by Blogger ‎10-22-2014 06:49 AM - edited ‎10-22-2014 06:52 AM

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Believe it or not, car seats do expire. And while you may be thinking it’s all a marketing tactic to pressure you into splurging more on your little one, rest assured it’s all with good reason. It all comes down to keeping your child safe. As a parent, or as someone who cares for children, it’s your duty to stay up-to-date with the latest information on child safety. One of Transport Canada’s biggest recommendations for keeping kids safe on the road is to pay close attention to the expiry date on your child’s car seat.

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With Step2 toys it's Ready, Set, GO! for your toddlers

by Blogger ‎10-17-2014 06:37 PM - edited ‎10-17-2014 06:41 PM

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As a new mom, I know my little one will be growing out of her baby toys quickly, and needing more challenging toddler fare.  Luckily I discovered Stage 2!  Here are some of my favourites:

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Crayola Artist Toys: Trace, Sketch, Doodle, Draw, & Paint Your Way to Some Serious Creative Fun!

by Blogger on ‎10-15-2014 11:11 PM - last edited on ‎10-16-2014 11:35 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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I've recently had the opportunity to thoroughly test out 4 different toys from Crayola that were specifically designed to bring out the artist in kids of all ages. These toys are unlike anything I've ever had a chance to work with before, and on the whole they were really quite fun. They allowed me to create art of a much higher quality than I ever would have thought possible, and they did it in a way that was both fun and unique. Some really neat ideas here! Read on for full descriptions and reviews of each toy and to find out which ones are most worthy of a purchase.

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Back to the basics - Melissa & Doug toys review

by Blogger on ‎10-12-2014 11:45 PM - last edited on ‎10-15-2014 12:55 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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The world of kids' toys nowadays is ever evolving: smart watches, tablets, robot dogs etc. It’s overwhelming. I wish for some simpler toys for my child, for toys that won’t blink or talk. That’s exactly why I got excited to review toys made by Melissa & Doug. I’m a big fan of their toys as they are mostly made out of wood, are great quality and are educational ... and definitely appeal to the part of me that wishes for the simpler times. Previously I was the one who decided what I purchased from Melissa & Doug. Today, I’m about to test three random toys, which I didn’t pick. Let’s see if Melissa & Doug toys still pass the test …

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Review: Sphero Ollie App-controlled Robot

by Blogger on ‎09-30-2014 10:46 PM - last edited on ‎10-09-2014 11:01 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Ollie - now that’s a word I haven’t heard in a while. My skateboarding career was short-lived: I smacked my chin on the pavement and ended up with three stitches, much to the chagrin of my mother. This Ollie isn’t a Tony Hawk maneuver though, it’s the latest robotic toy from Sphero. With dual-drive tank tracks and some serious horsepower, the question is: is it fun to play with? Read on, true believers.

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Review: MOSS Robot Construction System

by Blogger on ‎09-22-2014 02:56 PM - last edited on ‎10-02-2014 01:39 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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I had the pleasure to spend some time over the past week playing with a robot. Yes, that’s right. I was playing with a robot. A childhood dream come true really. I always loved robot stuff. Back when I was a kid we had Robotix and other robotic building toys but nothing quite like the MOSS Robot Construction System. Playing with this thing was like my childhood imagination manifest. As fun as it was, I never found myself thinking It was just a toy. This was an arsenal with which I could craft all sorts of robots limited only by my imagination.

 

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J.J. Abrams' Millennium Falcon Teaser Trailer (HUNKA JUNK) & STAR WARS LEGO Are Here!

by Blogger on ‎09-19-2014 09:31 PM - last edited on ‎09-22-2014 10:09 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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It's never too soon to start getting excited about upcoming STAR WARS films--even if their release is still over a year away! And this has never been more true than right now, what with the awesome new teaser trailer from J.J. Abrams that celebrates one of the most iconic space vehicles in the entire space opera genre--the Millennium Falcon! To see this short video (entitled HUNKA JUNK) and some fun STAR WARS themed LEGO sets that similarly help to feed our STAR WARS enthusiasm, simply click on through and read my blog!

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Review: Innotab 3 Plus and Innotab 3 S Plus: Education through fun

by Blogger on ‎08-31-2014 11:41 PM - last edited on ‎09-02-2014 03:22 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

Innotabs.jpgIt’s exciting to watch your kid learn new things.  It’s just fascinating how little kids absorb information. Everyday I observe my daughter learning new things using the latest technology. Needless to say I got quite excited to test the Innotab 3 Plus and Innotab 3 S Plus, as they combine what I want for my daughter (developing her skills) with what my daughter wants from her toys (that she can pretend to be like mommy or daddy having a tablet like toy).

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Search the stars with a new telescope or set of binoculars

by Blogger on ‎08-12-2014 11:48 AM - last edited on ‎08-17-2014 10:28 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

 

PerseidMeteorShower-Flickr2i.jpgTelescopes and binoculars never go out of style but they do improve over time. There are a now a wide variety of telescopes and binoculars available that are great for everything from helping bird watchers make their Big Year possible to watching natural phenomena like the Supermoon and meteor showers like Perseids.

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Review: Parrot MiniDrones Rolling Spider

by Blogger on ‎08-10-2014 07:53 PM - last edited on ‎08-11-2014 10:22 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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It may have been a foregone conclusion that Parrot would attempt to miniaturize its popular AR.Drone, and indeed it has — sort of — with the MiniDrones Rolling Spider. A quadrocopter like its larger cousin, the Rolling Spider can fly around, but also roll on the ground, up and down walls and along ceilings. Its limited range keeps it close to you at all times, but this is an indoor gizmo that is sure to be fun for everyone.

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Wide selection of Swiss Gear backpacks, luggage, and tablet/laptop cases available!

by Blogger on ‎07-09-2014 07:01 AM - last edited on ‎07-23-2014 11:03 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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From the maker of the Genuine Swiss Army Knife, Swiss Gear by Wenger has sure come a long way to be more than just an active outdoor brand. With an expanded product line, Swiss Gear now offers a unique mix of multi-functional products crafted for our everyday lives. With a strong reputation for durability, comfort, and style, Swiss Gear has become an easily recognizable brand on the street. Whether you’re looking for the perfect back to school backpack, luggage for an upcoming summer trip, or laptop/tablet case to protect your precious tech, Swiss Gear has you covered. Here’s a glimpse at some of their neat products that we carry online:

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It's the Oyo Sportstoys Green Bay Packers Gametime Set!

by Blogger on ‎06-20-2014 01:09 PM - last edited on ‎06-22-2014 11:23 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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This new football themed building block set from Oyo is both NFL Licensed and LEGO compatible, meaning you can mix and match pieces and blocks from your actual LEGO sets to make ever more and cooler creationswhatever your imagination can conjure up! But, the set may not be suited to just anyone, as rather specific tastes and interests are involved. For the right person, this could make a great gift item or personal purchase, but just who exactly is the right person? Read on for full details of this interesting new product and my ultimate recommendation of just who might most enjoy having one!

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Meet the New MiP Robotic Companion from WowWee!

by Blogger on ‎06-04-2014 01:43 AM - last edited on ‎06-23-2014 09:56 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

 

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This fun little robot from WowWee is set to knock your socks off! He works via hand gestures (using the new GestureSense Technology) and BLE (Bluetooth low energy) to talk to your wireless device (Note: MiP is compatible with newer iOS and Android smart devices). There's even a free App to help you control your MiP robot, and he's really quite a lot of fun once you've had a bit of practice using him! If you want to learn all about just how this little guy works, here is your chance. Click through and read on! 

 

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It is not yet a National holiday but we can celebrate it like it is, right? "May the 4th" is a day to celebrate all things related to Star Wars and Future Shop is going to help. After all, in the future when Jedi are looking for parts to create their first light-saber, Future Shop will be the first place they go. For now, you can enter this fun contest and try to win great Star Wars prizes.

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