It’s hard to believe that November is already upon us and the holidays will soon be here. If you’re looking for some great gifts, games or toys for your family this holiday season, you’re in luck! Tech expert, Mario Armstrong joined me for an interview to dish on his guide for family fun this holiday season!
Candace Rose: What do you have for families who love to dance?
Mario Armstrong: “Just Dance Disney Party 2. It’s made by Ubisoft. It’s the second Disney title in the best selling music video game franchise. Every Disney fan is going to love this, but even more than that everybody that likes to dance and sing with characters on screen is going to love it as well. It features more than 20 tracks from the hottest shows and music – things like from the Descendants, Teen Beach 2, and Liv and Maddie. The game play is really true to the original shows and the music as well, so it’s really an authentic and fun experience.”
Candace Rose: Is there anything new for family projects?
Mario Armstrong: “Yes, one of the things that we used to always run out of in the Armstrong house is ink for our printers because we start doing custom greeting cards, we start doing all types of things on the computer and we want to print all that fun stuff out, so we’re doing a lot on our printers, more than normal and we run out of ink easily. With HP’s Instant Ink we don’t have that problem anymore. Ink is basically delivered to your door before you run low. It knows you’re about to run low, HP then sends you ink right to your doorstep. It’s a subscription fee that you pay monthly for, as low as $2.99 a month for that. There are up to 17 Instant Ink eligible printers like the HP Envy 4520, which is only $99.”
Candace Rose: How can we make shopping fun for the family and less stressful?
Mario Armstrong: “Shop early and make sure that when you shop either online or in the store that you always check RetailMeNot to make sure that there are new coupons that you could be using. You don’t want to miss out on any discounts or getting money back for any of your purchases, so use Retailmenot.com or download the free mobile app. They have over a half a million coupon offers from 50,000 retailers, so usually there’s a coupon for something that you’re buying. You can save on average up to $20 on your transaction, and I’m talking about buying everything from gifts, toys, electronics, but also meals and holiday travel. The cool thing is I’ve used in the store before too. You can actually show the register the discount coupon on your phone and they can scan that bar code right there on the spot.”
Candace Rose: Are there any family game apps that are grabbing your attention?
Mario Armstrong: “Amazon Game Studios really has us covered because they have a couple of games that are out right now that are amazing. They’re affordable, they’re available on Fire devices, as well as Amazon and Apple devices. We’re talking only $2.99 for games like Til Morning’s Light, Tales From Deep Space, plus you can give these things as gifts as well.”
Candace Rose: What do you recommend for families with young children?
Mario Armstrong: “When Christopher was growing up I wish I would have known about the Worry Eaters from the Haywire Group when that was out. The reason why this is so cool is it’s an award winning plush and huggable friend for kids. Children worry too, you know. We think we’re the only ones carrying stress or we’re the only ones worrying, kids worry about stuff too. How does a parent know whether or not they’re really worrying? If they are worrying about something, how do you communicate that with the kid to get them to kind of loosen up? You use Worry Eaters. You basically use the little zipper here right on the mouth, the child draws or writes what they’re worrying about, puts it right into the mouth here and then zips it shut. It’s a really great tool and a fun way for parents to interact with their kids to get them to talk about what they’re worrying about.”
Candace Rose: What notes can you offer for family music time?
Mario Armstrong: “An awesome keyboard from Casio, but not any keyboard, the Casio Compact Grand Piano, it’s the CGP-700 model. This sounds amazing and it’s really authentic to the feel of a grand piano without taking up all the room and space that you would have to have in order to have a grand piano in your place. It’s jam packed with a lot of features with everything from balance, rhythm, tone, sound effects, even a mini recorder, an audio recorder with this and more. There’s lots of cool ways that you can use this piano and it’s really good for fun with the family to make some good holiday music.”
Candace Rose: Well, thank you so much, Mario. Where can we go for more information?
Mario Armstrong: “I would say hit up the website at ThunkNews.com/Family and you’ll find everything that I just talked about.”