Sunday, February 19, 2017

Golden Age of Hollywood Inspired Cocktails to Enjoy During the Oscars

It's that time of year again when winning an Oscar is on people's minds.  The 89th annual Academy of Awards Ceremony is taking place on Sunday, February 26, 2017.  Will you be tuning in to watch the glamor and glitz of Hollywood as the best of the movie industry are presented golden statues for their 2016 accomplishments?



Are you on the fence over who will win Best Picture?  Will it be Fences? Or maybe La La Land which with 14 Academy Award nominations has tied Titanic and All About Eve for a film having the most nominations for Oscars.  Embrace the Academy Awards by enjoying some cocktails that have a Golden Age of Hollywood vibe to them while you watch the ceremony on television.  My friends at Cascade Ice Sparkling Water have shared with A Geek Daddy some great cocktail recipes based upon the leading contenders for this year's Best Picture Oscar.  Cascade Ice is a sodium free, caffeine free, gluten free sparkling water that comes in over 30 varieties which is a great low calorie option for flavoring your cocktails making it a great replacement for sodas in your drinks.  Try out these Oscar Night drink suggestions featuring Cascade Ice products in the ingredients:

La La Lemon-berry Drop

Introducing your new favorite cocktail, the La La Lemon-Berry Drop! Start with 3 muddled raspberries at the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add a handful of ice, 1 oz of vodka and 4 oz of Cascade Ice Lemonade. Swirl the mixture around and strain into a sugar-rimmed glass. Garnish with a lemon slice or a couple raspberries if desired!



 Octavia's Orangesicle Float

This simple, kid-friendly drink is sure to be a crowd pleaser! In a tall glass, put two scoops of your favorite vanilla ice cream.  Next, pour Cascade Ice Orange Mango over the ice cream until the glass if full. Garnish with an orange slice if desired and serve with a spoon and a straw!



Throw in 1/8 of a can of BACARDI Mixers Fuzzy Navel mix and 1 oz of BARCARDI rum if you are in the mood to make an adults only creamsicle float instead.

The Mathmaticians Moonshine

This bourbon berry cocktail will get an Oscar in your heart. Start with 3 muddle blackberries in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and then combine 1 oz of Bourbon, 6 oz of Huckleberry Blackberry Cascade Ice into the shaker. Squeeze one lemon slice into the mixture and then give it a nice stir. Strain the blackberry goodness into a sugar-rimmed glass. Garnish with blackberries and a mint leaf and enjoy!



Enjoy the Oscars everyone! For more information about Cascade Ice products, please visit cascadeicewater.com

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Win a COMET TV Beasts of February Prize Pack

COMET TV is going to the beasts in February!  Whether you love the 1980’s classics Teen Wolf and Teen Wolf Too or prefer your beasts a little more out of this world like those in Species or Strange Invaders, COMET TV has you covered this month with a movie line up filled with odd, funny and scary beasts!

To celebrate the Beasts of February, A Geek Daddy is giving away a fun COMET TV prize pack.   For a chance to win you must follow @Geekdad248 on Twitter and retweet our original contest tweet embedded below before February 27, 2017 @ 11:59 pm EST.  Must be a US resident over 18 years old to participate.

The prize pack includes:

Two Limited Edition COMET TV Pint Glasses - Two glasses will be chosen out of four Limited Edition designs. If you can’t beat your inner beast, having a drink will soothe even the darkest soul!

One Heart Splatter Toy - There’s nothing a beast wants more than the heart of their victims, now you can beat them to the punch, just don’t squeeze too hard!  

Fire Ants Hard Candy - The beasts have invaded! But now you can fight back and have fresh breathe at the same time!

Oozing Candy Eye Balls - Perfect for the beast in your house, these candy eye balls with an oozing gushing center will have your pack fighting for more!  

Gummie Tarantulas - EEEK! Don’t be scared these Tarantulas aren’t coming to get YOU… You’re coming to get THEM! Unleash your inner beast and take a bite out of these former frightening foes. In delicious cherry and lime!


From the classic adolescent werewolf trials and tribulations of Teen Wolf to the outer world invasion of Species, catch a month full of beasts airing this month on CometTV.com

Species (1995)
Monday February 27 at 6/5C
Tuesday February 28 at MIDNIGHT/11C
 
Species II (1998)
Thursday February 23 at 4/3C
Tuesday February 28 at 6/5C

Species III (2004)
Thursday February 23 at 6/5C

Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf (1985)
Friday February 24 at 4/3C
Tuesday February 28 at 10am/9C  

Empire of the Ants (1977)
Saturday February 18 at 10/9C

Teen Wolf (1985)
Wednesday February 22 at 4/3C
Monday February 27 at 4/3C  

Teen Wolf Too (1987)
Saturday February 18 at 8/7C
Wednesday February 22 at 6/5C
Tuesday February 28 at 4/3C

Strange Invaders (1983)
Friday February 24 at 8/7C
Saturday February 25 at 8/7C
Monday February 27 at MIDNIGHT/11C

Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)
Sunday February 26 at 4/3C

You don't need a subscription to watch these movies ... they're airing for FREE on COMET TV.  Its content is available to view as an over-air broadcast Digital HD channel in select markets plus streamed online at CometTV.com so you can still watch its programming if not available locally.

 A Geek Daddy has not been financially compensated for this endorsement or hosting the giveaway but was provided the same items being provided as a prize for personal use. The prize is provided by COMET TV and A Geek Daddy is hosting the promotion as a benefit to our readers. Must be a US resident over the age of 18 to participate.  One entry per person and winner will be randomly selected from all eligible entries.  If you have already won this prize through another blog participating in this promotion, your entry will be disqualified.  By participating in this promotion you waive any liability of any kind against the publisher of this blog. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. No P.O. Boxes allowed for delivery of the prize. COMET TV will be responsible for shipping the prize to the selected winner.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

I've had a lot of fun recently introducing my kids to one of my favorite video games characters from the '90s, Crash Bandicoot; who was recently added to the Skylanders video game along with his arch-nemesis Dr. Neo Cortex as part of the new Imaginators edition's lineup of Sensei characters as fully-playable toys.  Now I'll be able to replay the zany marsupial's classic video games with my kids as well because Activision is releasing Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy which is a fully-remastered high definition collection of the Crash Bandicoot™, Crash Bandicoot™ 2: Cortex Strikes Back, and Crash Bandicoot™ :Warped video games from my youth.  Spin, jump, and wump your way through the epic challenges and adventures that started Crash Bandicoot mania when the updated video game collection is made available for Playstation4 launching globally on June 30, 2017 for $39.99.

Crash Bandicoot® N. Sane Trilogy has brand-new lighting and recreated cinematics in stunning “N. Hanced Fur-K” and PS4 Pro HD.  New animations, visual effects and environmental details let players spin, jump and jet pack their way through the lush—and furriest—Wumpa Island yet!  Here are a few more updates that highlight how these revisions are enhancing the games:
 
Bringing Back the Beat – The new collection features a fully-remastered game soundtrack, packed with all the didgeridoos, xylophones and thumpin’ bass lines fans can handle!
 
Original Story, New Tech – Full analog stick support, a unified save system and unified checkpoint system make it easier than ever to enjoy the classic adventure. Plus, improved bonus levels and time trials everywhere will make this an epic trilogy for the hardest of the ‘Coot core!
 
New Cinematics – All the beloved cinematics in this trilogy are being lovingly re-crafted. In the intro cinematic, Crash Bandicoot’s origin story shows our villains, Dr. Neo Cortex and Dr. Nitrus Brio, try to evolve Crash into an evil mutant general, but it doesn’t go quite as planned!

Say What? – Fans of the Crash Bandicoot games may recognize some familiar voice actors appearing in Crash Bandicoot® N. Sane Trilogy, such as Jess Harnell and Lex Lang



For those of you who may not be familiar with the original Crash Bandicoot games here is a summary of what you'll be experiencing when playing them in the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy:

Crash BandicootDr. Neo Cortex has a plan to take over the world, and he wants to create genetically engineered animals to do his bidding. To create his minions, Cortex kidnaps as many animals as he can; Crash Bandicoot’s girlfriend just happens to be one of his victims. Take control of Crash as he runs, jumps, and spins through 30 levels of intense action on three different Australian islands. Only you can help Crash save the animals, save his girlfriend and foil Dr. Cortex’s plot.
 
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back The evil Dr. Neo Cortex is back…out this time to save the world? And he’s asking for help from his arch nemesis, Crash Bandicoot? Is this just a conniving plan to lure Crash into Cortex’s next dastardly experiment? Can Crash win again or will he join Cortex’s mindless zoo? Bigger free-roaming 3-D environments, all-new animations and a whole host of colorful characters – watch as our hero Crash, ice-skates, rodeo-rides a polar bear and jet-packs through zero-gravity in the continuing adventures of Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back – This time he ain’t joking!

Crash Bandicoot Warped Oh yeah…he’s back…AND he’s ready! It’s a Whole New Time-Traveling Adventure! All new-style gameplay action – scuba dive, ride a motorcycle or a baby T-Rex and go free-roaming airborne in a plane! Play as Coco! Gallop along the Great Wall of China on a tiger, go extreme on a jet-ski and other high-flying surprises! Prove your skills with the new Super-charge Body Slam, Super Slide, Double Jump, Death-Tornado Spin and a Laser-Guided Bazooka. All new enemies include a new Big Boss, Uka Uka, N. Tropy, a menacing Dingodile and of course, the return of some favorites like N. Gin and Tiny. More Action. More Fun. More Puzzles and Secret Levels. And you didn’t think it could get any better!

Don't miss out on the looney, wacky, fast paced fun Crash Bandicoot's video game adventures when they become globally available to play on Sony's Playstation4 beginning June 30, 2017.   


Friday, February 17, 2017

Take a shot at winning an incredible Skylanders adventure at Chuck E. Cheese

To celebrate Chuck E. Cheese's 40th anniversary, the arcade pizza joint for kids is giving away an incredible Skylanders adventure to 5 lucky families!  Between now and February 22, 2017 visit a participating restaurant and purchase a large soda for a chance to win a prizes in the Chuck E. Cheese Rip It & Win It -- 40 Years of Fun Contest ranging from free game tokens to an expense paid trip to visit the Toys for Bob (the creators of the Skylanders video game and toy franchise) design studio in Novato, California.  Every cup is a winner!  Just rip off the tag on your cup to see what you won.  CLICK HERE to see all the contests rules and a list of available prizes for the Rip It & Win It -- 40 Years of Fun Contest.

Each of the contest's grand prize winners will be provided a three day / two night trip for up to four people to visit Toys for Bob including round trip airfare and two nights hotel accommodations.  The trip includes a VIP tour of the studio, meet and greet with members of the Toys for Bob team, and the opportunity for the winner and one guest to design his or her own personalized Skylander character and receive a 3D printed version of their creations.  This trip is valued at $5,000 but is a priceless opportunity for any true Skylanders Portal Master!  Please visit chuckecheese.com/rip-it-win-it-40-years-of-fun-contest for more information about this promotion.

Did you know the "E" in Chuck E Cheese stands for "Entertainment"?  Since the Skylanders video game and visiting Chuck E Cheese to play in the arcade are two of my kids favorite ways to be entertained it is fitting they've come together for the Rip It & Win It -- 40 Years of Fun Contest. To celebrate Chuck E Cheese's 40th Birthday and to help get the word out about the incredible Skylanders trips they're giving away, A Geek Daddy is hosting my own special giveaway where I'm going to provide someone with a fun family entertainment opportunity.  I have a Chuck E Cheese GUEST PASS courtesy of Toys for Bob to provide to one lucky individual.  The GUEST PASS upon redemption provides 1 large pizza, 4 soft drinks, and 30 game tokens for FREE when the winner visits a Chuck E. Cheese pizzeria.


For a chance to win, you must follow @Geekdad248 on Twitter and retweet our original contest tweet embedded below before February 22, 2017 @ 11:59 pm EST.  Must be a US resident over 18 years old to participate.



It is the time of year when kids are off school for either Winter Break or a long weekend for the President's Day holiday.  I hope everyone heads over to Chuck E Cheese for some family fun at the place that is know to be "where a kid can be a kid." Wouldn't it be awesome if one of our readers won one of the incredible Skylanders getaways that Chuck E Cheese is giving away!  Remember for a chance to win either A Geek Daddy's Chuck E Cheese GUEST PASS giveaway or the trip to the Toys for Bob Skylanders design studio in the Rip It & Win It -- 40 Years of Fun Contest, you need to get your entries in by February 22, 2017.


A Geek Daddy has not been financially compensated for this endorsement or hosting the giveaway but was provided the same items being provided as a prize for personal use. The prize is provided by Skylanders/Toys for Bob and A Geek Daddy is hosting the promotion as a benefit to our readers. Must be a US resident over the age of 18 to participate.  One entry per person and winner will be randomly selected from all eligible entries.  By participating in this promotion you waive any liability of any kind against the publisher of this blog. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. No P.O. Boxes allowed for delivery of the prize. A Geek Daddy will mail the prize to the selected winner via the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) first class postage.


Win a BLAZE & THE MONSTER MACHINES + PAW PATROL Book/DVD Gift Set Courtesy of Nickelodeon


Two of Nickelodeon's most popular TV shows for preschoolers are returning to DVD included in fun gift sets that are sure to delight kids.  First, race into action with Blaze and The Monster Machines: Blaze of Glory, Nickelodeon's STEM (Science Technology, Engineering & Math) focused animated series with an auto racing / monster truck theme to it.  The Blaze and The Monster Machines gift set includes a DVD features a mini-movie and a bonus episode from the television show, plus a book portraying an adventure with the characters from the show.  Join AJ as he drives monster truck Blaze through super-charged STEM adventures as they try to beat their rival Crusher in the cartoons contained on the DVD and illustrated pages of the included book of this gift set.

The pups of  PAW Patrol also have their own gift set out now from Nickelodeon as well.  The PAW PATROL animated television series follows the high-stakes adventures of a team of four-legged heroes who protect the residents of the Adventure Bay community.  This gift set includes an Itty Bitty Kitty Little Golden Book along with a DVD containing five episodes of the TV series.

Nickelodeon has provided A Geek Daddy with each of these Book/DVD gift sets to giveaway to one lucky winner.  For your chance to win just follow the instructions below in the rafflecopter form.  The giveaway starts on February 17 and ending at 11:59 pm ET on March 3, 2017.  Nickelodeon will be responsible for delivery of the prize to the randomly selected winner.  Good luck everyone!

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A NEW WAVE OF SPLASHLINGS HAS ARRIVED

Wave 2 of the colorful Splashlings collectible toys has just arrived on store shelves.  After being one of the most sought after collectible toys during the holiday shopping season, Walmart will now be joining the ranks of retailers selling these toys as Wave 2 rolls out this month.  TPF Toys generously sent my daughter some of the Wave 2 assortments for free to play with and they've been a big hit.  She has been playing with them every night after she's done with her homework.  She's also been taking taking extra long baths lately having fun in the water with these mermaid themed toys.  Of course collecting these miniature figurines is also half the fun as she and her friends have been keeping track of who has the most unique collection and trading the toys among themselves ever since Wave 1 came out last year.

Invented by the famed Pound Puppies creator, Mike Bowling, Splashlings provide kids with an ocean full of friends.  Over 100 new mermaids, ocean creature pets, gems, shells, and treasures join the Splashlings family in Wave 2 doubling the total number of collectible items that are now available in the toy line between the two waves.  Wave 2 also is debuting a series of ultra-rare color changing characters for kids to look forward to finding in the Splashlings toy assortments.  When dipped in icy cold water they amazingly change colors.



Splashlings are designed for children ages 5 and older and are available in 12-pack, 6-pack, and 2-pack assortments.  The 12-pack includes a Mermaid, seven displayed Splashlings, 2 hidden mystery Splashlings, and 2 sea shell storage cases. The 6-pack includes 1 mermaid, four Splashlings, and one sea shell.  The 2-packs are mystery bags where you won't know what Splashlings you have until ripping open these foil packs.

 There is also a Splashlings playset available called the Coral Treasure Park.  My daughter has been having a lot of fun playing with this.  I have to say whoever designed it did a very nice job in thinking out the layout for this toy.  It is compact so the Coral Treasure Park doesn't take up a lot of space but has plenty of nice features to keep kids entertained.  It has a lot of pegged spaces that fit with holes on the bottom of Splashlings toys so kids can display and store their collection without worrying about the figurines falling all about.  Plus parents will appreciate there is no assembly required!

Spinning the merry-go-round also causes the swing on the other side of the playset to rock on its own.  Pressing a button activates a launcher that allows Splashlings to sail down a twisting slide on an inner tube into a sea shell pool.  The sea shell pool also provides another storage option for kids Splashlings collection.


The Coral Treasure Park includes a Mermaid, two Splashlings pets, and one inner tube along with the play set structure.  If your child is going to be playing with Splashlings you really should pick them up a Coral Treasure Park.  It is great for both encouraging imaginative play with Splashlings, letting kids display and showoff their collection as well as for keeping these small toys together so you aren't finding them laying in a variety of places all around your house.



If your child enjoys this toy collection, check out the Splashlings youtube channel where you can stream a digital series that can be viewed for FREE.  These animated shows follow five mermaid guardians of the sea as they encounter adventures, fend off dastardly Mer-Pirates, and make new friends while protecting the underwater kingdom of Orabel.  In the first episode, the Mermaids receive a mysterious treasure map and are challenged to retrieve four special treasures throughout the Kingdom of Orabel.



 Splashlings toys can be found at Walmart, Toys R Us, Justice Stores, and on Amazon.com.  Since my daughter's enjoyed her collection so much these toys get A Geek Daddy nod of approval.  For more information, please visit splashlings.com.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

HAVE A HAPPY BIRTHDAY AT GOLDFISH SWIM SCHOOL

**A Geek Daddy is a brand ambassador for Goldfish Swim School**

I've found since my kids started taking lessons at Goldfish Swim School that it is the personalized touches that really makes the place stand out.  Allowing parents to reschedule classes their children have to miss to a more convenient time without any hassles or extra fees, instructors who enthusiastically provide you with progress reports after every lesson, and students receiving a card in the mail that lets them pick out a free treat from the facility's Snack Shack really go a long way in promoting customer satisfaction and loyalty.  Being able to choose a handful of candy, a bag of popcorn or a granola bar may not seem like a big deal to the average adult but for the children who enthusiastically turn in these birthday cards and relish the snack they choose it is something really exciting commemorating their special day.

My kids actually take lessons at the very first Goldfish Swim School which opened in 2006 at a location that is just a few miles away from our suburban Detroit, Michigan home.   Based upon the success of that first location, over the last decade Goldfish Swim School franchises have expanded across Michigan and into 14 other states (Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Oklahoma & Texas).  CLICK HERE to see if there is a Goldfish Swim School located near you.  Each of these locations incorporates a Snack Shack into its layout.


The Snack Shack features a kid-friendly menu of treats ranging from dum-dums lollipops and tootsie rolls to boxes of cereal and of course goldfish crackers.  As the parent of kids with peanut and tree nut food allergies, I appreciate the candy selections that are on the counter at the location we go to  are all brands that don't have ingredient or contamination issues we need to be wary of.  In fact most of the snacks they have available are food allergy friendly and they are all individually wrapped and labeled so people can make their own decisions what may or may not be a fitting option for them.

 If you are heading straight to a swimming session right after elementary school has let out like we have done on several occasions the Snack Shack is a great option to fuel up before jumping in the pool.  For later in the evening grabbing something from the Snack Shack after a class can be a nice reward for a child's hard work in the pool.  Plus if mom or dad need a pick me up the Snack Shack has coffee, soda and tea available.  Families who are juggling busy schedules and a ton of responsibilities will appreciate the Snack Shack which is a nice time-saving convenience that is one of the ways the swim school strives to provide an exceptional experience and environment for its students and their parents.

Want to make more of a splash for your child's birthday?  Consider having a party at Goldfish Swim School.   Their special Birthday Party package includes up to 24 children (ages 4 months to 12 years old) exclusively enjoying a 90-degree swimming pool decked out to celebrate the occasion.  The party package includes:
  • Two hours of private access to the facility;
  • Certified lifeguards on duty to oversee all pool activities;
  • Invitations to the party that include a map to the location;
  • Table coverings, plates, cups, napkins and forks;
  • Balloons, tropical decorations & centerpieces;
  • Cupcakes and beverages for the children;
  • A Goldfish T-shirt for the birthday child.



For more information about Goldfish Swim School lessons and utilizing their facilities to celebrate a special event with a party, please visit goldfishswimschool.com

 ** A Geek Daddy is receiving free products and services to review from Gold Fish Swim School as a brand ambassador. Views expressed are honest and my own **