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by Darisse
4 years ago
Preview of Skylanders SWAP Force

After visiting a friend's house, my son came home and excitedly told me all about Skylanders. At first, I did not understand what he was talking about because I had never seen a game of that type before. I quickly learned all about Skylanders and the magical world of Skylands. Soon after being introduced to 'Skylanders Spyro's Adventure,' I learned that the creators of the game were releasing a new version called 'Skylanders Giants.' I bought it for my son and he has been collecting more and more figurines over the last year. Now, just one year after the release of 'Skylanders Giants,' Activision is releasing a new game, with all new characters called 'Skylanders SWAP Force.'

Entertainment
by Darisse
4 years ago
Disney Infinity vs Skylanders Giants: Which Game is Best for Your Child?

Videos games are a multi-billion dollar per year industry. According to the entertainment software rating board (ESRB), 25% of gamers are under the age of 18[1]. Games like Skylanders Giants and Disney Infinity appeal to the younger gamers. These two games have many similarities and it can be difficult to decide which one is best suited for your young gamer. I will review each game and then compare the differences.

Travel & Places
by Darisse
4 years ago
Studying Abroad 101: What You Need to Know Before You Go

As an undergraduate, I had the opportunity to study abroad twice, one summer in Mexico and one summer in Spain. The two experiences were very different and I learned about traveling and study abroad through trial and error. Learn from my experiences and have a smooth transition into a life abroad.

Entertainment
by Darisse
4 years ago
American Short Stories: Six Must Reads

If you are a fan of happy endings in literature, do not bother reading any of the short stories recommended below. None of them end happily, but they are all unforgettable. The following six short stories are must reads for anyone interested in American Literature.

Travel & Places
by Darisse
4 years ago
Family Friendly Activities In Abilene, Texas

Every year we make at least one trip to Abilene, Texas to visit my husband's extended family. We do not get the chance to go on many vacations so I always try to find something fun for the kids to do while we are there. Here are some of the kid friendly activities available in Abilene, Texas.

Lifestyle
by Darisse
4 years ago
Plan a Chic Wedding on a Budget: Cost Saving Ideas

Weddings can get expensive quickly. However, there are ways to save money and still have a wonderful ceremony. My friends and I threw a wedding recently and it all cost well under $1,000.00. Read on to find out how we did it and get tips on how you can do the same.

Lifestyle
by Darisse
4 years ago
Dressing for Your Body Shape: The Art of Misdirection

Women come in all shapes and sizes, and most of us do not have the 'perfect' hourglass figure. However, every woman can learn how to best dress for her body type. Through the art of misdirection you can downplay your trouble spots and emphasize your assets.

Business & Money
by Darisse
4 years ago
Costs Associated with Becoming a Real Estate Agent

Real estate can be a lucrative industry. In many areas there is a lot of money to be made. However, before you decide to take the leap into real estate it is important to know what costs are associated with becoming an agent and retaining your license.

Lifestyle
by Darisse
4 years ago
A Beginner's Guide to Couponing

The first time I saw a show about couponing I was in shock. I could not believe that the people on the show were literally getting their groceries for free or almost free. It seemed almost too good to be true, but I decided to find out if it really was possible. I started reading as much as I could on the topic and each Sunday morning my husband or I would run out early to buy several Sunday papers. I made a coupon notebook and began my journey into the world of couponing. I learned a lot along the way so here are my top five tips for beginner 'couponers'.

Business & Money
by Darisse
4 years ago
The True Cost of Student Loans

When I started college at 18, I believed that student loans were just part of the college experience. The only people who did not get student loans were kids from extremely rich families, exceptional athletes, or geniuses. I did not fall into any of those categories, so I completed the student loan application without a second thought. My mom assured me that she would help me pay the loans back, and I was confident that I would get an amazing job after graduation. I took out loans to cover the cost of tuition and part of the cost of living. I did receive some grant and scholarship money, which added up to about $30,000 over the course of my undergraduate and graduate programs. The grant and scholarship money helped out greatly, but it was only about half of what I used to get through college. Now, four years after graduating, I am learning the true cost of student loans.

Lifestyle
by Darisse
4 years ago
Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos: Three Easy, Delicious and Healthy Recipes

As a mother of three small children, I am usually exhausted by dinner time. In order to avoid giving in to the temptation to just get pizza or fast food, I use my slow cooker. I do all the prep work early in the day when I have the energy, and the food is ready by dinner. We love Mexican food around our house and I have found three easy, delicious, and healthy chicken taco recipes.

Health
by Darisse
4 years ago
Weight Watchers-Is It the Plan for You?

I successfully used weight watchers to lose weight after having my children. I decided to use weight watchers because my mom lost weight on the program and it seemed easy to follow. I have been surprised how many people have an opinion on the plan. Some of the people with the strongest opinions against weight watchers have never actually used the program. I am going to address some of the arguments I have heard against weight watchers and present a clear explanation of the strengths and weaknesses of the program.

Health
by Darisse
4 years ago
Start Losing Weight Today-Ten Simple Steps

I am not the woman who pops back to her pre-pregnancy size within days or weeks of giving birth. I do not hate the women who lose the weight quickly, anymore. The fact is, for me, losing the weight has been a slow process full of trial and error. After three children, I am at a size that I am happy with and have developed ten strategies that helped me on my weight loss journey.

Lifestyle
by Darisse
4 years ago
Kindergarten: A Mother's Guide to Letting Go

As my first child starts kindergarten, I feel like we are stepping onto a runaway train. These five years have flown by and they seem to go by faster as time goes on. In some way, kindergarten feels like the beginning of the end. His entire world is going to begin to expand exponentially beyond the little world I have created for him, where I choose where and with whom he spends his time. He will have a whole world apart from me, and there are times when I am not ok with that. I have considered homeschooling but concluded it would not work for our family. I simply have to deal with the fact that he is growing up and kindergarten is just the beginning. I have decided to try and share in the excitement, remember that I do want him to grow up eventually and take the time to enjoy the ride.

Lifestyle
by Darisse
4 years ago
How to Prepare for a Family Photo Session: Eight Easy Steps

Family photos are priceless possessions, but there is a lot of work that goes into getting ready for a family photo session. I usually spend weeks planning all the details. Through the years, I have learned eight steps to ease some of the stress of preparing for an outdoor, family photo session.

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