Recently, my husband and his good friend opened a 25,000 square foot sports facility in New Rochelle, New York called A-Game Sports. The space is pretty amazing with indoor turf for soccer, lacrosse, baseball, softball, strength training and more. If you play on a team sport, there's always something for everyone. But what I happen to love about the space is that there are tons of places for parents, grandparents and kids to hang out or in the words of the world's largest table tennis brand Killerspin...it's time to #UnPlugNPlay!
The team at Killerspin, which had sent us a portable table tennis set for our home, set up a professional style table at A-Game Sports and it's been a huge hit. The really cool thing about the table is that it's super easy to assemble and you can even split it in two so if you don't have anyone to play with, you can literally push it up against the wall and play yourself! The Killerspin paddles are also super cool and my son says when you play it actually seems like the speed is faster than with one of the older tables we had been using at home. Take a look and check out this recent match between father and son...
Killerspin is the world's only luxury table tennis experience brand. They have tons of great options for families and businesses and what I love is that they are encouraging families to spend time together with a fun game of ping pong.
So far, we've found the Killerspin table to also be a hit with kids, parents and the coaches at A-Game Sports who have played several high energy matches in between their sessions. Honestly, the thing I love most is not seeing kids glued to their tablets or phones when they are at A-Game Sports. Finally, we have an indoor space for kids to run around, get some great exercise and #UnPlugNPlay! A big thanks to Killerspin for adding even more fun to the newest home for sports enthusiasts!
To find out how you can find the ideal Killerspin table for your family, visit their website today for some really amazing deals!
Disclosure: Killerspin provided my family with a complimentary ping pong table for review. All opinions are 100% my own.
Perhaps your family received the magazine at home each month or read it in the doctor's office. Either way, Highlights for Children has been a part of many of our childhoods. Devoted fans know that the Hidden Pictures puzzle has always been on Page 14. It's still there after 70 years! Can you believe no two puzzles have ever been repeated?
A new Highlights Hidden Pictures mobile game was just released in the app stores, and the game has been reimagined for our kids' mobile play habits. It was designed in partnership with Fingerprint, the top expert in children's edutainment apps. You can try it with your kids and see who's quicker at finding the toothbrush, banana or pencils! Odds are that your kids will find the objects faster than you!
The new mobile game includes timed and challenge modes to let kids test their search skills against the clock. The puzzles have a range of themes from sports and amusement parks to travel and history are added regularly.
Anyone wanting to check it out, can download it for free for 7 days on either their iPhone, iPad or Android phone or tablet. Afterward, it costs $2.99 a month, and new puzzles will be delivered regularly.
Can you guess what the top 3 hidden objects have been over the past 70 years?
The total number of toothbrushes hidden since the beginning of Hidden Pictures is 1478! Maybe the new game, will give us a new way to talk to our kids about brushing their teeth?
To check out the mobile app and download it, visit the iTunes store today!
Recently, I was introduced to an amazing company called Killerspin which offers a diverse array of ping pong table options for enthusiasts and professionals. The team at Killerspin was nice enough to offer two different options to try out. One was a professional table that we'll be sharing details about soon, but the first is a portable table that's perfect for living rooms, dens, basements and even when you're visiting friends and family!
Forget the XBox and the Wii - it's time to go back to doing the things we all used to love as kids where we can get up off the couch and start playing. Take a look...
Killerspin is the world's only luxury table tennis experience brand. Killerspin produces highly designed table tennis products and experiences that allow institutions and individuals to connect with people they care about. Family, friends, co-workers and customers can #UnplugNPlay with Killerspin.
One of my favorite things about my family is that we are totally old school - we love playing games that are fun for everyone and we don't spend hours on end with video games. That's why getting the chance to play ping pong in our living room was just the trick for a snowy day at home.
This winter, Killerspin is encouraging families to #UnplugNPlay - turning off those electronic devices and turning any room in your home into a full fledged ping pong tournament. Considering we are in for another 10 hours of snow, my family is going to be gathering around our Killerspin table where the four of us will face off in a Blizzard of 2016 ping pong match!
So this winter, why not convince your kids to put down the devices, pick up the paddles and play ping pong. To find the best Killerspin table for you, visit their site today.
We're also offering an awesome giveaway for our readers. Sign up today and you'll be entered to win your very own portable Killerspin table that you can use in your home, at family events and even at the beach -- if you live in a warm weather climate or counting the days until summer!
I recently joined a fancy new gym that's the size of two city blocks and I was really psyched when I first tried it out. The place was enormous and there's never a wait for any of the cardio equipment and at first, I really liked it.
The next time I visited, I decided to try out the classes and that's where the gym-timidation reared it's ugly head. I was taking a Zumba class and was falling all over myself trying to figure out the steps and was out of breath within minutes. Plus, the place was packed and I had a hard time finding my own personal space. And let's not even get started about all the LuLu Lemon wear in the room. I was wearing a pair of tight yoga pants and a CMA Awards t-shirt from 2002 - not my most attractive moment.
Another time I tried out a class, I was really looking for the cycling room and never found it so I took cardio barre class instead. At one point, when everyone had to walk over to the ballet bar, I was squeezed out of a space by a 60 something woman with the body of a 30 year old and then had to go to the front of the room and use a smaller bar with two other people. I never went back.
Don't even get me started on yoga. I would love to try the class but I know the instructor from a past life and am so gym-timidated to set foot in her class that I don't think I'll ever try it out.
On day six, I met with a personal trainer who gave me the grim news about my BMI and shocked me with my current weight on the scale. The following week, he scheduled a private session with me at 7am even though I explained that I had to go to the city that day and it would be a bit difficult for me to swing it but he made me confirm the appointment since he didn't work the days I actually work from home. He then took me through the paces, showed me how to use the equipment that would be best to get my butt, thighs and arms back in shape, taught me a little TRX and ended our session by trying to up-sell me with more personal training sessions. Since I am already paying $159 per month for the membership, I told him I needed to hold off on additional personal training sessions and he gave me the stat that most people who start training without a trainer fall off the wagon after two weeks.
Two weeks later, I am still going to the gym. And truth be told...I hate it. I do see some results since I've been using the cardio machines and took a little bit of the advice that personal trainer shared with me but frankly, I am tired of all the show offs at the gym. If you don't take a class and are in the weight area with muscle heads, they give you dirty looks if you attempt to bust into their circuit. And I absolutely hate when they drop those weights on the floor - they are not supposed to do it, but they do and nobody polices them ever. Plus, the women in the strength training area are literally climbing the walls because they are all doing that insane cross fit stuff that makes it seem like everyone is on steroids. I was even gym-timidated by a heavily perfumed woman on the rowing machine next to me. While I attempted to do a respectful 1000 meters on my machine, she kept giving me dirty looks as she was determined to stay on her rower until I finally dropped the rowing handle and vacated the premises. By the time I hopped off my machine, she had already logged 3000 meters and wasn't going anywhere anytime soon.
The only redeeming quality about this new gym is that I have been able to catch up with one addiction - HGTV binge watching. Since my family hates that channel, I can watch The Property Brothers uninterrupted while I'm on the elliptical and frankly, that makes me happy.
There are a lot more amenities at this gym - an Olympic sized swimming pool which I will not swim in because I do not wear bathing suits in the winter (or the summer for that matter). A rock climbing wall that I will never try because I have already failed miserably with my own kids when they were little.
Meanwhile, the worst part of my gym-timidation experience is the fact that everyone who used to go to New York Sports Club who I didn't like because they were gym-timidating whenever I walked into the space, have all now joined the new gym. When I was in the locker room today, I was wedged between one chatty woman who I remember from my old gym but doesn't acknowledge that she's ever seen me before. A few rows down is someone else I remembered who used to ignore me at NYSC too. And how could I forget the "Guido the killer pimp" guy from my old gym who also can't stop talking and struts around the gym like a peacock. He's busy chatting up the other muscle heads and prancing around like a peacock at this gym too.
The final straw are the kids. These days, parents have no problem shelling out hundreds of dollars each month for everyone in their family to head to the gym with them. That means that the cafe is overrun with preschoolers and I have lost my patience with them already. I don't need to have a three year old push me out of the way for a bag of Pop Chips. And far be it from their parents for disciplining them ever. They are too busy climbing the ceiling, bench pressing their spouse and doing 3000 meters on the rowing machine.
So what's the verdict on my gym experience? I think I need to quit the fancy gym, go back to my no frills gym where everyone has left, hit the elliptical and turn on HGTV. Or maybe I should just order a Peloton bike or join Planet Fitness since they have a no gym-timidation policy and they only charge $10 a month so how could you go wrong with that! I just know that I can't keep going to this gym. I think it's time to go back to basics and spare myself from gym-timidation for good!
When it comes to computer usage in our home, I have to admit, we are all hopelessly addicted. My husband and I rely on our computers for both of our businesses (yes, two entrepreneurs living under one roof can be stressful to say the least). My daughter, who is a junior in high school is always using her computer for homework, research, group chats, Netflix streaming and much more. And then there's my son. As an eighth grader, we've made it clear that we won't be investing in an expensive computer for him until he heads to high school but he does still need one to complete homework assignments and projects.
Thankfully, I was recently contacted by the PR team at Acer who introduced me to a brand new affordable computer that's less than $200 that comes complete with Microsoft Office. When they offered me the opportunity to try it out, I jumped at the chance and knew exactly who would be super excited to give it a try.
Acer Cloudbooks are ideal for anyone who wants an online-oriented notebook with a full-fledged Windows 10 experience. The Cloudbook includes a full version of Windows 10 along with a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal and OneDrive online storage. The Aspire One Cloudbook 14 features a 14-inch HD display, Intel Celeron processor and 32GB of internal storage. It also provides up to 14 hours of battery life and weighs just 3.5 pounds, so it's a great solution for kids who may want to carry their notebook between home and school. The model I received for review (AO1-431-C8G8) is priced at just $199 and is available at Walmart.
So far, my son has really enjoyed the new Acer Cloudbook and has already used it for his homework assignments and he even took advantage of the games featured on the computer. He also showed me the option where we could connect our XBox to the computer so that he can play his games on the Cloudbook and not monopolize one of our TV's. Overall, the Cloudbook is an affordable option for kids in elementary and middle school and I'd highly recommend it to families in need of an extra computer for their kids.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary Acer Cloudbook for review. However, all opinions are 100% my own.
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