Travel in Time with Raving Rabbids and snag a copy for yourself

Last Christmas, our friends gave us a Raving Rabbids game for the Wii and I eyed it suspiciously. It looked kind of ridiculous, promised to be too loud, and seemed a bit juvenile.

Is it any surprise we liked it?

So now the kind people of Ubisoft have sent me a copy of the newest in the “Rabbid” family: Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time. And for those of you who love ridiculous, loud and juvenile like we do, I think you’ll dig this new game.

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First, to explain: The Rabbids are pretty much rabbits, albeit with big googly eyes, loads of attitude and lots of sound effects. And in Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time, the Rabbids are using a washing machine to travel back and forth in time.

Like most video games, I have to be upfront and say I understand very little of the overall objective, which drives my kids crazy. I will run around in circles for ten minutes until one says, “Mom! You are missing the big clue RIGHT THERE”, and I’ll realize I was supposed to scoop up the blinking gem or do some other important thing. So, although I played this game for a while, don’t turn to me for indepth commentary on the main objectives.

And, as a rule-follower, it took me a little while to realize that whenever a warning came on the screen to say “do not push A to scream” or “do not smash”, the point is to DO those things in order to progress through the game. This game will make a sick-to-death-of-rules tween very happy especially if they also giggle uncontrollably over fart noises.

No, highbrow this is not, but I sure had fun stretching my “wings” and flying through space. And I also stretched my brain a bit in a quiz where I was asked questions about history, the game itself and video games in general. Let’s not talk about how I did.

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I do wish the transition between the “minigames” was a little quicker since I’m very impatient with anything computerized. And there is only so long anyone of us can handle the Rabbids level of energy. Toddlers and younger kids will definitely become frustrated, and since many of the instructions pop up on screen in small letters, readers with decent eyesight will get the most out of this game.


But my kids call it “cool” even though some of the game is beyond their ability. And they definitely think the farting noises are hilarious.


WANT TO WIN A COPY? If you’d like to win a copy of Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time, please leave a comment below before 5pm on Wednesday, December 15 naming one of the costumes your Rabbid can be customized to wear (see Amazon listing). I’ll pick a winner at random. Contest is open to Continental U.S. residents only.

CONTEST IS CLOSED! Congratulations to Janice (commenter #11) who was selected at random. Thanks to everyone for commenting!


Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time is available at Amazon or Toys-R-Us. It is rated 10+ for alcohol reference, crude humor and mild cartoon violence.

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While Ubisoft sponsored this review, the opinions I’ve expressed here are solely my own and represent my honest viewpoint. Thanks to Ubisoft and Clever Girls Collective. I promote Blog with Integrity.

Let’s go shopping!

(check out the giveaway at the end!)

I usually avoid taking the kids clothes shopping like the plague: Isn’t that why online shopping exists?


But Thursday, I brought the three kids to check out the new OshKosh B’gosh store opening not too far from where I live.

Why? To see these people:


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I also went because my oldest has been lamenting she has nooooooo clothes. And when I switched her bureau from “warm-weather clothes” to “cold-weather clothes”, I found out that she wasn’t kidding. One shirt. No pajamas.


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We call this “restocking”

I didn’t forget my other bambinos. They got stuff too. Though they were too busy making faces in the fun-house mirror next to the changing room.


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OK, so I did too:


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Fun-house mirrors add 10 pounds to your hips. And to the top of your head.

Admittedly, I had no idea what OshKosh clothing looks like. . . it just hasn’t been on my radar screen. I’d now described it as easy-going, every-dear wearable clothes for kids that are somewhere between affordable and “Oh-My-This-Is-Only-How-Much?Give-Me-Two.”

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And check out this little guy! If only my six year old wasn’t past the age of letting his mother dress him in cartoon reindeer. Sigh.

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Holy Overalls! Too cute for those little half-pints out there.

In the end, we left with four shirts, three sets of pajamas, a button-down shirt and a pair of gray boys’ pants for about $120; OshKosh kindly gave us bloggers $50 gift cards* when we entered the store, surprise!, so my total was even lower.

The prices are great, just make sure you pay attention to the many signs that list what the discounts are (percentage off vs buy-one-get-one; if I had paid attention, my shopping bag could have included an additional set of pajamas for the same price). Most of the discounts I saw on the signs were upwards of 40% off, so get ready to do some calculating!

I was also given a $25 gift card to give away to one of you. It can be used at any OshKosh B’gosh store, or online, so no need to live in my area. I’ll select one reader randomly to get the gift card—just leave a comment below and let me know the one thing you saw on the OshKosh B’Gosh website that you’d love to get for your child. (CONTEST IS CLOSED: Congratulations to Commenter #4, Mami2jcn, for winning the gift card!)


*OshKosh B’gosh gave all invited guests a $50 gift card for spending and a $25 gift card to give away, as a thank you for coming to the store. No post was promised, nor did I even know we were getting a gift card before we agreed to attend.

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Greater Boston area peeps, listen up! Visit the new OshKosh B’Gosh store opening event in Braintree’s South Shore Plaza tomorrow, Saturday, October 9th between 11am – 2pm. Bring a pair of your child’s outgrown, gently-worn jeans or overalls and get a new pair for only $7! This Denim Drive benefits Cradles to Crayons. And your wallet.

Whether you need a crib or not, a little Tax Day gift for you


When I first found out I was pregnant, I went into information-gathering mode, reading everything I could about birth plans and baby care, products and gear. But I still remember my first trip to the big-box baby store: where was brand XYZ that was so highly recommended in my baby books? What do you mean they only have 12 brands? I wanted to compare 15!

Do you know how happy my research-y heart would’ve been to find CSN Store’s Baby Cribs Plus with 600 cribs and 800 strollers and 40 billion other baby doodads? OK, maybe that last number is inflated slightly, but only slightly, because Baby Cribs Plus is part of the entire CSN empire. This is the kind of empire I want to enter if I ever need to furnish my entire home top to bottom.

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Now you may be thinking, Christina! Your kids didn’t even sleep in a crib!, and you are right. But, I still bought a crib naively thinking my kids would use it, and I would’ve loved to have drooled over this beauty from Stokke (above) or this more budget-friendly modern crib from Argington. And my sister would’ve been even more thrilled to get my barely-used hand-me-down.
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It’s been a while since I had an infant, evidenced by the fact that I can’t believe how much the Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper has evolved since the light-blue eyesore I had in my bedroom holding books and a water bottle for years (check it out above).

And I would’ve gone bananas looking at all the baby room decor they have. How long until I have grandchildren? (ha, just kidding! stop looking at me like that!)

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Now, here comes the fun part: I get to give one of you a little gift. Just take a look at CSN Stores’ Baby Cribs Plus, or peruse any of the 200+ CSN stores, like cookware.com, toysandgamesonline.com or allmodern.com (my fave), and pick out something you like in the $100 range (including shipping).

Leave a comment below with a link to that item, and make sure you leave an email address where I can reach you (that’s very important, Anonymous).

I’ll select one winner at random on Monday, April 19th at 8am to receive the item listed in your comment. This contest is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only. (North American FTW!)

And, dear FTC: I have not been compensated for this review in any way. I just like giving stuff away from sites I actually shop.

We have a winner! Congratulations to Erin who has won the dollhouse of her (daughter’s) dreams! Thanks everyone for commenting!

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