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Review: Bissell Steam & Sweep Hard Floor Cleaner

I have confessed before and I will confess again that I am a vacuum junkie. After our recent review of the Shark Vac then Steam, Bissell reached out to me to see if I might be interested in giving the Bissell Steam & Sweep Hard Floor Cleaner a spin.  My original steam cleaner happened to be the original Bissell Steam Mop and  I really loved it so I was excited to see what new features were now made available through this newer model.

As the name implies the Bissell Steam & Sweep offer both the steaming feature and the sweeping feature. What makes this model stand above the rest is that the steam and sweep features that are offered are done simultaneously rather than doing these two activities separately. What could be better than being able to get your floors cleaned & steamed at the same time with one tool?

As always, we offer our pros & cons list with this steam mop!

Pros:

  • The steam mop pads are easier to the put on then my old Bissell Steam Mop. This model offers Velcro pads that are easy to attach and detach from the steam mop. The model comes with two mop pads and washed up beautifully after using them on my floors.
  • The cord on this model is generous and I can do almost my entire kitchen and hallway using the cord without having to unplug and relocate.
  • The vacuum function on this model does a surprisingly powerful job. The rotating brush brings in hidden debris and was particularly great in hidden corners of my home and the edges of the room where debris is gathered.
  • The tank on this model is generous and enough to easily do two rooms without refilling. There are no extra parts to keep track of for refilling (like funnels and separate pouring containers) which mean you have fewer pieces to keep track of.
  • The biggest pro with this model is the fact that the vacuum and steaming can be done simultaneously. With a flip of the switch you are steaming and sweeping your floors at the same time.  For busy moms, this one feature alone makes it an ideal model for those of us that want clean floors, but don’t have time to drag out two separate vacuums to get the job done.  It does a very impressive job at both functions!

Cons:

  • As with past models of Bissell steam mops, this Steam & Sweep has a trigger to release the steam. While it offers more control over how much you steam in certain spots, if you are steaming for awhile it can be tiring on your trigger finger having to hold it down to release the steam.
  • The steam mop pads are very thin so the steam does come through at full blast which can get your floors very wet as you get towards the end of your steaming. Because of the thinness of the pads, it also makes it more cumbersome to push when the pads are wet. A thicker pad would definitely remedy this small issue.

Other than these two small gripes, I was really impressed at what an effective job this model does at getting your floors swept and steamed simultaneously. This would make a fantastic holiday gift for any mom that is burdened with the care of tile & hardwood floors.

Suggested Retail Price: $152.77

Website for More Information: Bissell Steam & Sweep Hard Floor Cleaner

This product was received as a review sample. The thoughts and opinions expressed will always be honest and heartfelt and no reflection on receiving a sample copy.  We promise to always do our best to also give away each of these products to our readers because it is always better to give than to receive!  Want to know more about how things are handled here at MomAdvice? Be sure to read our Disclaimer which clearly states how things work and know that we will always offer only the best reviews to our readers.

Review: New Carnival Games

One thing I remember as I kid is going to the 4H fair with my parents and being tempted by those enormous stuffed animals by the carnival games. You always saw them hanging, but you never saw anyone win one. That should have been my first clue that there was something fishy about the games.

Flash forward to when we got the first Carnival Games for Wii. The controls were difficult and some of the games nearly impossible. An accurate interpretation of those childhood memories, but for some reason, we just kept on playing. This sort of masochistic behavior is best left for therapy sessions.

So when the sequel, New Carnival Games: Return to the Midway arrived, we thought we were in for more tears and controller throwing. Fortunately for all involved, there have been improvements. Yes, some of the games are quite difficult, but these are balanced by others that are enjoyable to all ages

The overall concept to the game is the same as the first. You create a custom character, play games to earn tickets and virtual prizes, and then redeem tickets for crazy clothes for your character to wear. That’s all there is to it, but for a game aimed at younger kids the silly hats are enough motivation to keep on trying for those tickets.

You’ll play games of the same style you would expect to see at a fair: skeeball, make baskets in a moving hoop, bag tossing, and shooting targets. These are similar to what the first game offered, but the controls seemed a little easier and less frustrating this time around. What really sets this second game apart are the more unusual activities. The family favorite is the haunted house, when gives you a first-person perspective as you aim for and shoot targets on ghosts that pop up. The other would be the tractor pull which, being from Indiana, is something I’ve witnessed in person. This version has all the fun and none of the ear-bleeding.

Overall, the game is aimed at younger kids starting around first grade. Though older kids would enjoy most of the games the first few times, I don’t think it would hold their interest over the long term. If your kids enjoyed the first version of this game, the new one is certainly worth a try.

Suggested Retail Price: $37.99

Website For More Details: New Carnival Games

This product was received as a review sample. The thoughts and opinions expressed will always be honest and heartfelt and no reflection on receiving a sample copy.  We promise to always do our best to also give away each of these products to our readers because it is always better to give than to receive!  Want to know more about how things are handled here at MomAdvice? Be sure to read our Disclaimer which clearly states how things work and know that we will always offer only the best reviews to our readers.

Giveaway Results: Shark 2-in-1 Vac-then-Steam

Sorry! This giveaway is now closed! We would like to congratulate Stephanie (Commenter #169) on winning this super cool cleaning tool! Please check back for more great giveaways in the future!

It is another great giveaway for our readers that I am so happy to share with you! I am a cleaning tool junkie. That is not to say that my house is fabulously clean, but it is to say that I love a closet full of cleaning tools to make the job easier.  I am particularly obsessed with floor cleaning tools which is why I just know you are going to love this giveaway today!

Shark, a housewares innovator and market leader in the steam cleaning category, has announced an exciting new product that will change the way people clean their hard floors.

The 2-in-1 Vac-then-Steam is a first-of-its-kind product that combines a vacuum and a steam mop for two-step functionality, and will significantly impact consumers’ daily cleaning with faster, better and more efficient results. According to tests conducted by Shark, the Vac-then-Steam cleans hard floors up to 120% faster than traditional methods.

Powerful suction picks up even the finest particles from hard floor surfaces, leaving them prepped for mopping. A simple flip of a switch and steam pad attachment allows you to quickly and easily change from vacuum to steam mode.  Super-heated, sanitizing steam combined with microfiber cleaning pads loosens, lifts and locks in dirt, leaving surfaces spotless and eliminates 99% of germs and bacteria – including the viruses that cause H1N1.

Today we are offering one lucky reader a Shark 2-in-1 Vac-then-Steam to make cleaning your house a little easier and a lot more fun!

Leave one comment for each item that you complete to enter:

  • First Entry: Take a peek at our review of the Shark Vac Than Steam and let us know what is one feature you love about this product and why you need to add it to your cleaning tools arsenal.
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One winner, chosen at random, will receive the Shark 2-in-1 Vac-then-Steam . Please submit your entries by Tuesday (09/28) at 8PM EST.  Our winner will be drawn at random. Good luck, everyone!

Review: Shark 2-in-1 Vac-then-Steam

I am a huge fan of steam cleaning products because of their eco-friendliness and the streak-free shine you can get by not using a lot of products on your home.  I have had a Bissell Steam Mop for a long time and really loved it for my hardwood floors. My only caveat with having the steam mop though was that I had to get out the vacuum and then get out the steam mop when I was done. I wished that there was a product that I could use that would combine the two for storage space and to make the process easier.

Shark 2-in-1 Vac-then-Steam is just that. It is a quick vacuum and it also contains the steam mop in one product. I was intrigued how effective this would work, but it is actually very smartly designed. The base of the vacuum has magnetic pieces that line up to the steam mop attachment and it grabs the mop attachment when it is time to switch from vacuum to steam mop without a lot of effort.

With a house full of laminate flooring and tile, I wanted to share with you the pros and cons of this product!

Pros:

  • The steam mop pad stretches the entire base of the vacuum and is attached with Velcro to the head of the vacuum. There is no need to stretch or try to fit the steam mop pads over anything which has been my biggest gripe with my Bissell Steam Mop. It comes with two pads and the pads are reusable and can be thrown in your washer and dryer to clean.
  • The cord on this model is generous and I can do almost my entire kitchen and hallway using the cord without having to unplug and relocate.
  • The functionality on the vacuum is smartly designed for ease of switching from the vacuum to the steam mop. Two separate switches are designed on the panel so you know which one to switch to for cleaning your floors.   You operate the vacuum without the base attachment for the steam function and then when it is time to steam, it magnetically grabs to the bottom and you are ready to go.
  • The steam mop functions beautifully and with ease. It takes roughly thirty seconds for the steam to heat up and then you lean the arm of the vacuum down and push across your floors to steam them. You don’t even have to hold down a trigger to start the steam function; it automatically goes when you have switched to the steam mop.  The steam is not a heavy steam and the steaming is pretty consistent throughout without bubbling or any wet spots on the floors. With heavier spots, it might require another once over, but for the most part the steaming works very effectively!

Cons:

  • The steam mop comes with a separate container and funnel that you use to pour the water into the reservoir in the back. I really did like the separate tank  that my Bissell had because I didn’t have to keep track of extra parts. The reservoir is not very big too, but did do a surprisingly good job with a very little amount of water used. It only took about half the tank to get my entire kitchen and hallway clean.
  • The vacuum is not great- it is definitely a quick vac. This will work beautifully in areas with lesser debris like your bathrooms and maybe a quick vacuuming after the kids are done with lunch, but it seems to struggle picking up larger debris.  I wish it was cordless too because a vacuum like this feels like a charging base would be more ideal for the quick vacuuming under my kitchen tables and requires a bit more effort when a cord is involved.

Other than those two cons though, I am really impressed, particularly with the design of this product. It would make a wonderful addition to your cleaning tools and if you haven’t tried steaming your floors before, I swear that you will never go back to those expensive one-use products!

Suggested Retail Price: $149.00

Website for More Information: Shark 2-in-1 Vac-then-Steam

This product was received as a review sample. The thoughts and opinions expressed will always be honest and heartfelt and no reflection on receiving a sample copy.  We promise to always do our best to also give away each of these products to our readers because it is always better to give than to receive!  Want to know more about how things are handled here at MomAdvice? Be sure to read our Disclaimer which clearly states how things work and know that we will always offer only the best reviews to our readers.

Giveaway Results: Oneida Chef’s Table Sixteen Piece Dinnerware Set

Sorry, this contest is now closed. Congratulations to DjsGirl (Commenter #383) on winning this beautiful set of dishes. Please check back each Tuesday for a new giveaway on MomAdvice and thank you all for entering!

My favorite thing that I get to do on our site is to share giveaways with our readers. Today I am sharing a very exciting giveaway from the Oneida’s new line of Chef’s Table dinnerware. Hurray, for a fancy new set of white dishes!

From whimsy to fanciful, Oneida has something for everyone’s dinner table.  Oneida recently launched its Chef’s Table line of porcelain white dinnerware, which is available in 3 shapes; hard square, soft square and round.   There’s also plenty of entertaining accessories in the line, like serving platters and dipping dishes to accentuate your favorite family dishes.

We had the opportunity to review a set of these dishes and share our thoughts with the company and now we get to give away one set to a lucky reader for a service for four.

Today we are offering one lucky reader a sixteen piece service for four of the Oneida Chef’s Table Dinnerware (valued at $142.00) to encourage your family to gather around the dinner table in style this year! There are four easy ways to enter…

Leave one comment for each item that you complete to enter:

  • First Entry: Leave a comment and let us know what feature you love about the new Chef’s Table line from Oneida and why this would be perfect in your house!  You can learn even more in our review on the pieces we received!
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One winner, chosen at random, will receive a sixteen piece set of Oneida’s Chef’s Table Dinnerware (in your chosen style). Please submit your entries by Tuesday (08/24) at 8PM EST.  Our winner will be drawn at random. Good luck, everyone!

Review: Adorable Kinders Rag Dolls

Alise DollI was contacted by the Granza company to see if we would be interested in receiving an Adorable Kinders Rag Doll to review for our site. With one little girl who adores dolls in our house, we were more than happy to share our thoughts on the product and to get the opportunity to share one of these dolls with our readers.

I still have rag dolls from my childhood that my daughter plays with so I was excited to see this classic doll making a comeback! After browsing the 26 different dolls that were offered, we selected the Alise doll for our daughter. Our Emily really resists getting dressed and prefers wearing her pajamas all day so I knew Alise, complete with furry slippers, pajamas, and her teddy bear would be the perfect doll for Emily.

The doll came beautifully wrapped in a sturdy box and was nestled in tissue paper. The details on this doll are what make her absolutely special though and a true family heirloom. From the details in the stitching to the thoughtful inclusions of underwear, socks, and shoes, it is a doll that your daughter will positively adore.

The doll is super soft and has beautifully woven yarn hair complete with hair accessories.  Each of the Adorable Kinders Rag Dolls  is made of 100% soft cloth, with no hard or plastic parts, which makes them the perfect companion for naptime and nighttime. These dolls also weigh less than 2 lbs so it makes it the perfect buddy for trips away from home too.

I am extremely impressed with the quality of this doll and you can see the love and care that goes into each doll. What makes these dolls even more special though is the legacy behind them.

Aranza Zamora-Goodenbury began hand-making rag dolls at age 16 in her native Puerto Rican home. They were such a hit, she began making rag dolls regularly, and each was better than the last. Despite her passion for making the dolls, motherhood and other careers soon took over. In her free time, Aranza still created rag dolls and was interested in producing a line of dolls and computer games based on her dolls. It wasn’t until her son Ivan got involved that the idea took off, and the two of them began to work on the product full-time.

Just as the product design and concept was coming together, Aranza’s son Ivan passed away from an undetected heart condition. Struck with grief and missing her business partner, Aranza tabled the rag doll project.

A few years later, Aranza gave one of her rag dolls to a friend’s daughter for her birthday. Everyone at the birthday party, including the dads, fell in love with this simple yet extraordinary rag doll. Future business partner and husband, Greg Goodenbury, was at that party and saw everyone’s reaction to Aranza’s doll. After more than a year of planning, Greg and Aranza decided to proceed with the rag doll project.

Together they formed GRANZA, Inc.— a name created by combining the names Greg and Aranza, and developed a line of 26 doll characters and the Adorable Kinders eSchool. They decided to keep operations based in the U.S., to help create local jobs. The 26 characters they created represent a wide range of ethnicities, hair colors and personalities—much like you would find in any kindergarten classroom.

You have to love a story like that behind the product itself and we know that our Alise doll will be loved and a beautiful gift nestled beneath the Christmas tree for our daughter!

Editor’s Note- Please do not enter here for the contest! This is our review and thoughts on the product, not an entry form!

Suggested Retail Price: $59.99

Website for More Details: Adorable Kinders

This product was received as a review sample. The thoughts and opinions expressed will always be honest and heartfelt and no reflection on receiving a sample copy.  We promise to always do our best to also give away each of these products to our readers because it is always better to give than to receive!  Want to know more about how things are handled here at MomAdvice? Be sure to read our Disclaimer which clearly states how things work and know that we will always offer only the best reviews to our readers.

Giveaway Results: Sorel Hoonah Boots

Hoonah Boots

Sorry! This giveaway is now closed! We would like to congratulate Commenter #106 (Kelly) on winning this prize pack. Thanks so much for your entries and happy holidays!

This is one giveaway that I know you will not want to miss! I can think of nothing that should be wrapped under your Christmas tree more than these beautiful Hoonah Boots by Sorel. It is the ultimate indulgence for a busy mom and would keep your feet toasty warm as you are out running all of those holiday errands.

Crafted for the woman who refuses to compromise between fashion and function, the equestrian-inspired Hoonah offers a higher standard of both.

With its tall cut and finely tuned details, the confident style of the Hoonah is equally at home on urban streets and country lanes, inside and outdoors. Complimenting its versatile design is a cold-weather construction that combines waterproof leather, 100g Thinsulate insulation and a soft knit wool lining that keeps you warm from knees to toes. The easy-on/easy-off closures, removable and molded footbed and midsole, and traction outsole all contribute to a finely crafted boot that’s sure to become your go-to winter favorite.

FEATURES:

  • Waterproof full-grain leather uppers
  • Easy on and off medial zip closure
  • 100g Thinsulate™ Insulation
  • Rock Pile fleece lining
  • Removable molded EVA comfort footbed
  • Traction enhancing multi-directional rubber lug outsole
  • Imported

To enter to win, head over to our review and read more about our thoughts on the Hoonah Boots. Then just come back HERE to enter and tell me why you deserve these boots as a special holiday treat. Entries will be taken through Tuesday (11/24) at 8PM EST. Our winner will be drawn at random. Good luck, everyone!

Review: Timberland PRO Renova Series Shoes

timberland pro renovaThis week I received a pair of Timberland PRO Renova Series shoes to review from the Timberland company. The best part though is that we will be giving away a pair of these shoes next week to one lucky winner! After all, it is not half as fun to talk about a product as it is to give it to you so be sure to watch for this giveaway coming soon!

I was not familiar with the Timberland brand and had no experience with their shoes before, but many people swear by the quality and endurance of their products. The PRO Renova series is intended for people that are on their feet all day and help to reduce foot fatigue.

There are many occupations that this PRO Renova series would work for including nurses and doctors. I can think of one underappreciated and misunderstood profession though that could benefit from some anti-fatigue and that is definitely my friends in the mom community. We are often on our feet running errands, driving the carpool, and running the laundry up and down the stairs. Shouldn’t there be a product especially designed for us?

Admittedly, ever since learning about FlyLady, I have made it a point to get dressed and throw on some shoes in the morning. The simple act of putting on a pair of shoes makes tasks that I didn’t feel like doing (running out the recyclables, laundry, the annoying cleaning routine) just seem more doable. Unfortunately, I have been doing all of these activities in a poor pair of shoes that I found at Goodwill that didn’t offer the support that I needed. And yes, I am that cheap thankyouverymuch!

These PRO Renova shoes have become my new shoes for accomplishing all of life’s little tasks. The shoes offer ample support, particularly in the heel region, and offer that cushioning that prevents pain in my back from being on my feet all day. Women that are standing on tile or hardwood all day could really benefit from a pair of shoes like these as they add that bounce and cushioning you need to throw a baby on your hip while you stick the dishes in the dishwasher. Hey, I never said we lead the most glamorous life, but our shoes can at least be functional for accomplishing the tasks at hand.

I worried that the shoes would look too much like nurse shoes, but with two women in my family in the medical field, I knew I could pass these on. The sneaker-style shoes look more like a walking shoe and are a great basic tennis shoe that won’t clash with your wardrobe.

For the technical specifics, the Renova series shoes are slip-resistant, easily washable and feature Timberland PRO’s exclusive Anti-Fatigue Technology, which provides superior shock absorption and exceptional leg and back support. Through long days at work or running around town, these shoes offer all day comfort, all day long. While comfort may be the priority for the daily grind, women also -choose footwear based on their individual style preferences. The Renova series offers three silhouettes, ranging from clogs to athletic styling in its three distinct lines — the Caregiver, Provider and Professional.

Of course, all of those fantastic features do come at a price, but the shoes are comparable to most well-made shoes and sneakers as there is much technology that must be paid for. Thus, why I continue to wear those tired Goodwill shoes.

These shoes now sit at the foot of my bed and are slipped on in the morning and stay on my feet until I kick them off at night to cozy up with my hubby. They are my new go-to shoes as a busy mom and I would highly recommend these to any person that has to be on their feet all day.

This product was received as a review sample. The thoughts and opinions expressed will always be honest and heartfelt and no reflection on receiving a sample copy.  We promise to always do our best to also give away each of these products to our readers because it is always better to give than to receive!  Want to know more about how things are handled here at MomAdvice? Be sure to read our Disclaimer which clearly states how things work and know that we will always offer only the best reviews to our readers.

Website for More Details: Timberland

Suggested Retail Price: $80-100

Review: Select Comfort True Silver Sheet Set

silver sheetsI received a set of True Silver Sheets to review from the Select Comfort company and I am looking forward to sharing a giveaway of the same sheet set with our readers tomorrow.

We began our relationship with Select Comfort by reviewing a set of their memory foam pillows. At that point, I can say that I really didn’t think the cost of these pillows was justifiable. I am a frugal girl and products like these seemed “too good to be true.” Having said that, the cost invested in a set of these would be totally worth it after discovering that I no longer need to visit the chiropractor weekly. My co-pay for those visits was really adding up, and since I have used their pillows, I haven’t had to visit the chiropractor since. Just throw me in an informercial for the company and I could spout off all the awesomeness that is my life since these pillows.

Justifying sheets that cost almost $300 is a bit trickier than the pillows though. Select Comfort offers True Silver Sheets that  are chemical free and offers anti-microbial, anti-odor and anti-static benefits. All-natural 280-thread-count, 95% cotton with 5% X-STATIC®* silver fiber helps regulate your temperature while you sleep.

After sleeping on these for this last week, I want to share with you our experience with the sheets and who we believe this product would be good for!

Pros-

Generous Sizing- We have a pillow top mattress and it is difficult to get sheets that have generous enough pockets and that will fit nicely on our mattress. There have been many nights where we have somehow lost the corners of our sheets because of the improper fit. These sheets have a beautifully gathered pocket that is roomy enough for even the largest mattress. Just to make sure they never come loose, there is an elastic band that goes underneath to anchor the corners further so you can enjoy a perfect night’s sleep.

No Smell- For family’s that suffer from allergies or sensitivities to fabrics, these sheets are absolutely ideal. Even after a spin in the washer and dryer, the sheets had zero scent. After a week of sleeping on them, they remained odor-free. The fact that they are anti-microbial is great for anyone who suffers from allergies and has difficulties with the allergens that are trapped in other sheets and bedding.

Temperature Control Extraordinaire- The real question to these sheets for me was if they actually are temperature controlled? I am constantly freezing at night and my husband is hot at night. We both agree that we were both comfortable and have slept great in these sheets. I can tell that they are working because if I get up at night, the sheets stay nice and toasty when I slide back in my spot. It is quite extraordinary that they do this and so effectively too. Because of their temperature control, they are perfect for couples like us that run at two different temperatures and would be ideal for women that are suffering from hot flashes or hormonal changes to help them sleep more comfortably at night.

Cons-

Wrinkly & Loud-  When I got the sheets, I threw them immediately in the washer to freshen them up and take the packaging creases out of them. After a quick run through the dryer, they looked like a wrinkly ball. The packaging says that they can run through the dryer on low, but they did not wash up very nice for me. That being said, I need to experiment to see if fabric softener or white vinegar would have made a difference on the wrinkling, but did not want to deaden whatever properties were in the sheets that keep them temperature controlled.

Because of the fabric being anti-static and the silver blend, climbing into bed is a little…loud. It almost sounds like a package being ripped open when we climb in bed. I can hear my husband climb into bed and the sounds of wrinkled tissue paper as he settles in. Once we are settled though, the sound doesn’t bother me as much.

No Smell- It depends on what side of the smell fence you are on, but having a freshly washed scent is exactly why I love washing my sheets. I love the smell of sheets that have been hanging on the line or the smell of my fabric softener. Without the smell, things just feel less homey, but the fact that I am toasty seems to make up for it!

Price- Not many people would be able to afford these sheet sets. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to review them and share them with my readers though because of this very reason! That being said, if you are someone suffering from allergies, hot flashes, body odor, or are severely freezing all of the time, this would totally be worth the cost so you can get a comfortable night’s sleep!

Suggested Retail Price- $279.99 – $329.99

Website for More Details- Select Comfort

This product was received as a review sample. The thoughts and opinions expressed will always be honest and heartfelt and no reflection on receiving a sample copy.  We promise to always do our best to also give away each of these products to our readers because it is always better to give than to receive!  Want to know more about how things are handled here at MomAdvice? Be sure to read our Disclaimer which clearly states how things work and know that we will always offer only the best reviews to our readers.

Review: Swinxs Game Console

swinxsIf ever there was a family that was perfect to test out a new game console, then it would have to be our family. With the original Nintendo, the Wii, a Sony Playstation, and a Nintendo DS, we have tried all sorts of gaming platforms for ourselves and for our children.

The new Swinxs Game Console is different than those systems though. What makes it different? There is no television involved and no zoning out to a miniature screen. This game console is as close to a fun board game or an outdoor game as it can be, but has all of the splash of a fun gaming system with new games added all of the time.

Here is a breakdown of what parents will absolutely love about this gaming system.

-         The game console itself is lightweight and portable. It is intended for both indoor and outdoor play. The unit comes with a cord that can be used to add a two-prong (or three prong adapter, depending on your country) to charge in the wall and it can be hooked up to the computer to download new materials for the game console. It does not require additional batteries and requires nothing more than it being plugged into a wall for charging. The console has three buttons and that is it. It is easy to use and easy to set up because of the minimalist approach to the console. This unit is simple and makes it easy to store or to take when you travel somewhere. The only thing that a parent would need to keep track of is the wristbands which are brightly colored and easy to find.

-         There are no hidden and additional costs. Usually when you buy a gaming console you find that it requires additional materials or you constantly have to buy new games to keep it fresh. Just head to the Swinxs Games page and hook your USB cable into your computer to download new and free games. They are constantly updating it and there are no charges to update your system. You have to love that!

-         These games are not mind numbing  and require active play and interaction between friends and family members. Old school games like tag, hide-and-g0-seek, quizzing or trivia, and charades are implemented into this gaming system. The announcer adds humor to each game and the child interacts by waving his wristband over the unit to answer questions or to announce his presence in games like hide-and-go-seek or tag.

-         This would be the hit of every birthday party. Raise your hand if you lack the ambition to set up party games at birthday parties! I know I do! Put the Swinxs in the center of the room and give each child a wristband and let them enjoy the delights of this game inside or send the kids out to play in the backyard and never hear the words, “I’m bored!” again. It can be played solo or you can add up to ten players, although the unit itself comes with four bands and adding more kids would require the purchase of some extra bands.

I will admit though that my kids have yet to test my theories on this system. You will find ours neatly wrapped under the Christmas tree for them. Oh, to have had a camera as my husband and I slipped on our wrist bands and played some rounds of hide-and-go seek and charades late at night while the kids were sleeping…while drinking a little vino. Yes, that was like a little party in a box and kept us entertained for a good hour! Forget the kids, we now have a new date night activity!

In all seriousness, wee can’t wait to share this with them and we can’t wait to share this gaming system with one lucky reader this month.  Skip the mind-numbing games and zoned out gaming system. Get your children this one and watch these old school games come to life in a new way!

Website for More Details: Swinxs

Suggested Retail Price: $150.00

This product was received as a review sample. The thoughts and opinions expressed will always be honest and heartfelt and no reflection on receiving a sample copy.  We promise to always do our best to also give away each of these products to our readers because it is always better to give than to receive!  Want to know more about how things are handled here at MomAdvice? Be sure to read our Disclaimer which clearly states how things work and know that we will always offer only the best reviews to our readers! After all, it’s only what we know you have come to expect from us!