Minecraft: Story Mode – A Telltale Games Series Giveaway #CBHolidayGiftReview



Minecraft: Story Mode – A Telltale Games Series Giveaway #CBHolidayGiftReview

Both my children love Minecraft and play it often. When I heard about Minecraft: Story Mode, I though this would be excellent for my children to check out.

Minecraft: Story Mode


Minecraft: Story Mode is an all-new narrative-driven, episodic game series, developed by Telltale Games in collaboration with Mojan and members of the Minecraft community. Set in the world of Minecraft,the game series introduces new characters and familiar themes, but is an entirely original Minecraft experience inspired by the game that continues to inspire a generation.

In this five part episodic series, you’ll embark on a perilous adventure across the Overworld, through the Nether, to the End and beyond. You and your friends revere the legendary Order of the Stone: Warrior, Redstone Engineer, Griefer, and the Architect; slayers of the Ender Dragon. While at the EnderCon in hopes of meeting Gabriel the Warrior, you and your friends discover that something is wrong… something dreadful. Terror is unleashed and you must set out on a quest to find The Order of the Stone if you are to save your world from oblivion.

We received Minecraft: Story Mode for Xbox 360. As soon a my son saw it he was in his glory!

Spencer started playing it and was trying to figure out some of the quests. I liked watching him try to work through the quests that he had to get through to go on to the next area. There was one he was stuck on and worked on it for a bit. Then he said wait a minute I think I know what’s going on. Then he we figured it out. I love games like this because it isn’t about just playing but actually thinking about what you are doing and how to solve a problem.

The way you get to decide what you say to people or make the story by decisions you make, it reminds me of a “Choose Your Own Adventure” books when I was a child. The same affect where your actions make your story.

Both Spencer and Hayley enjoyed this video game. This isn’t just great for tweens but also teens to enjoy.


Developer/Publisher: Telltale Games

Retail Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360(Also available for download on iOS/Android – coming soon to download on Wii U)

Genre: Adventure

ESRB Rating: E10+ for Fantasy Violence, Mild Language

MSRP: $54.99 ($29.99 US)

Telltale Games is offering one Canadian Basics fan a chance to win a Minecraft: Story Mode PC Steam code.

Open to Canada/US 18+

Ends December 23/15

Minecraft: Story Mode Giveaway

I received the game listed above to review but the opinions expressed are my own. 

CB Holiday Gift Review ~ Air Warriors Ultra-Tek


CB Holiday Gift Review ~ Air Warriors Ultra-Tek



My son loves dart blasting toys. Over the years we have purchased many of them. He is the expert when it comes to dart blasting toys.


Spencer playing with Air Warrior Ultra-Tek Gem Dart Set #Review

Spencer playing with the Air Warriors Ultra-Tek Gem (2 pack). He loved the smaller dart blasters and you can give one to a friend to play with. (even was his cast he was able to use the dart blasters to play which made him happy because there wasn’t a lot of his toys he could play with when his “good hand” was in a cast.)

Both Hayley and Spencer went out and played with the Air Warriors Ultra-Tek dart blaster toys. They made their own score board on put it on the kitchen screen door where the glass was. You could make one easily using Microsoft Paint and print it and you are good to go. Make a fun game and add some small prizes even. A great time for even Mom and Dad to get involved with. Hayley made the video while Spencer aiming for the score board.


Ultra-Tek Gem 2 Pack is great for when you want to play with a friend or using both for yourself. It is a smaller dart blaster that is a 3 shooter. You work it by pulling the back pull and then pulling the trigger to have the darts go one at a time.


Ultra-Tek Brute blasts darts up to 20 feet through a motorized clip. All Ultra-Tek clips are interchangeable. A great toy for children 6 and up. Spencer loved how he hold more darts at one time with this dart blasting toy. Shooting the darts up to 72 feet was great fun for him. He would stand at the end of our street to see how far they would go each time.


Ultra-Tek Snipe is also a clip fed dart blasting toy but you pump the side and then shoot, so you aren’t required to have batteries to use it. Which is good because sometimes on Christmas morning, I never purchase enough batteries. The Ultra-Tek Snipe comes with a scope which is detachable and so is the barrel. Includes and 8 dart clip and comes with 10 suction darts. Spencer loved this when using the scoring board because he could look through the scope to find where to shoot at the target.


Ultra-Tek Sidewinder is a really interesting dart blasting toy because it has rapid automatic barrel. Holds 30 long-distance darts. This dart blaster doesn’t require batteries either. Spencer enjoyed it because it was nothing he has seen before in any of his dart blasting toys. It is a good thing that we have a large yard that he could shoot his darts all over with his friends and recover them. The Ultra-Tek Sidewinder was Spencer’s favourite. (even though he said he loved them all this was the one he kept going back to play with.)

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Air Max Boss comes with 3 large foam darts and a clip. It is great that the Air Max Boss darts still goes up to 80 feet even though it is a smaller body than some of the others we reviewed in this post. It has a futuristic design to it that Spencer liked. He is into Sci-Fi shows so this was a fun dart blaster for him to use. This dart blaster also has a front grip to hold it.


The best part of the Air Warriors dart blasters for me as a parent? The price. You will not break the bank with these gifts and you will make your children happy seeing them under the tree on Christmas Morning. The other best part about these dart blasters? Gives your children an excuse to go outside and play. It doesn’t matter if it is warm or cold out. It is fun anytime! If they are playing in the snow they won’t lose their darts. But if they do, you can purchase replaceable darts for them.

After the review he took all the dart blasters over to his friend’s house to play with his friends in the area. He had a great time.

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Have a Sweet Tooth? Check out the Candy Adriatico Review & Giveaway


Have a Sweet Tooth? Check out the Candy Adriatico Review & Giveaway


Candy Adriatico Review and Giveaway ~ open worldwide ~ ends Dec. 14/15 #contest #win #giveaway


Do you have a sweet tooth? Or what about someone you know among your friends or family?

Do you like trying treats from other countries?

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I received a Candy Adriatico subscription box and was excited to open it. I have never tried candy from another country before other than German chocolate which I admit is my weakness.

I was excited for the package from Candy Adriatico to experience what I would receive from it.

When I opened up the box I received a Post card with a letter written on it. It was nice to receive a postcard and it made the box more personal. It made me feel like this box was made for me.

In the November Box, I received:

  • Fiesta Cake ~ from Italy ~ Soft Chocolate Sponge Cake with Orange Cream
  • Kinder Choco ~ from Italy ~ Milk Chocolate Candies
  • šumi Apple ~ From Slovenia ~ Hard Candy with Powdery Fruit Filling
  • Togo Classic ~ from Italy ~ Cookie Sticks covered with Milk Chocolate
  • Tortica Jardo ~ Croatia ~ Mini Wafer Snack with Chocolate and Milk Cream
  • Ringo ~ Italy ~ Chocolate Biscuits Filled with Soft Cocoa Cream




The candy I tried first was Togo Classic from Italy. I have to say this is my new favourite. I ate half a package before I tried any other. By the end of the day, I had the package finished. The cookie sticks with chocolate covering is a perfect match. I let Hayley have a few. See I share.

togo classic from Italy


Then next we tried Ringo from Italy. I liked the chocolate biscuits with cocoa cream. I enjoyed them. They reminded me of the cookies you can get in the store with cream filling. Hayley said it needed more chocolate. I ate the rest with my tea this morning. I would purchase them often if they were in the store. I think sometimes you want a cocoa taste without it being overpowering. Perfect with a cup of tea.



We tried the Tortica Jadro from Croatia next. I thought the wafer was good. It must have been a favourite of Hayley’s because she ate it all pretty quick. Maybe Santa should put another in her stocking!

Tortica Jadro


I didn’t get a chance to try the Kinder Choco from Italy because as soon as Hayley saw there was 3 Kinder Choco, she ate it. I have had them before though. Hayley loves Kinder Choco. If you order a box from Candy Adriatico, you might want to keep these for the kids.

Kinder Choco


šummi Apple from Slovenia was the perfect candy dish candy. They have a green apple taste with almost a sour taste in the middle. If you like sour candies like I do, this is a great part of the package. I love the taste of green apple so I enjoyed this and so did Hayley.



Last but not least was Fiesta Cake from Italy. If you love orange with your chocolate, you will enjoy this. I am not a fan of orange in my chocolate but Mike likes it. So I let him have it. I figured it was only fair since Hayley and I cleared out the rest of the box. (haha)

fiesta cake


You can order Candy Adriatico for different monthly packages from 1 month, 3 months or 9 months.  Save when you order the bigger subscription.

You can also order a Sample box that will be shipped within 72 hours plus Free Worldwide shipping.

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Candy Adriatico wants to offer a Canadian Basics reader a chance to win a Special Mixed Box 

Open Worldwide

Ends Dec. 14/15 11:59:59pm est


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I received the product above but my opinion is my own. 

Giveaway Disclosure 

Secret Clinical Review





Secret Clinical Review 

Since I have had my kidney transplant, I find that I sweat more thanks to the medication I am on to prevent rejection. I find I over heat also when it is warm out which is weird for me because for as long as I could remember I have always been so cold. Now my body temperature is normal so I feel the heat more.

That’s why I love trying the Secret Clinical antiperspirant. It keeps you dry no matter what you are doing.

If you love playing sports or working out this would also be the antiperspirant for you!

Secret Clinical Review

The light scent makes of the Completely Clean is good scent.  It is a nice clean smell. Not over powering like some other products.

Secret Clinical antiperspirant gives 4X Stress Sweat Protection.

What is Stress Sweat?

Think of all the stuff you’ve got going on in a day, both good and not-so-good. Every one of these moments triggers unpredictable changes to your sweat vitals, which are things like your heart rate, skin temperature and speech rate/pitch. These unpredictable changes can cause you to sweat up to 35 times more than regular sweat! Not only that, but unpredictable sweat can almost double the odour of normal sweat.

Secret Clinical uses Adapts & Responds Technology to adapt to these unpredictable moments, big or small, and respond with personalized sweat and odour protection. That means you can confidently handle your body’s unpredictable reactions to the day’s unpredictable moments!

I recommend Secret Clinical if you are someone who needs to stay dry doing activities that regular antiperspirant will not help you with.

I received the product above but the opinions in this post are my own. 

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Oragano Gold Review & Giveaway






Just like most people, I need a coffee in the morning to get myself going.

I am truly a coffee or tea person. Even when we go out to eat, I request coffee with my meal.

So doing a review with Organo Gold for coffee and tea was a great review for me!


Organo Gold is made with Gandoderma.

Gandoderma is a type of mushroom that has been used in Chinese medicine since the Ming Dynasty.

Gandoderma is organically grown, gently dried, sterilized and processed into fine powder and then mixed into the tea and coffee of Organo Gold.





The products I tried from Organo Gold were:

  • Gourmet Hot Chocolate
  • Gourmet Cafe Supreme
  • Gourmet Cafe Latte
  • Organic Red Tea
  • Organic Green Tea
  • Premium Gourmet King of Coffee
  • Gourmet Cafe Mocha
  • Premium Beauty Soap


There is something for everyone with Organo Gold.

My favourite was the Premium Gourmet King of Coffee. I found that it was rich tasting coffee. Great for a morning “pick me up”.  I really enjoyed it and couldn’t taste a difference between that and regular coffee.


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The Gourmet Red Tea was my favourite to relax in the evening enjoying a nice tea. I drank it at night while relaxing and getting ready for bed. Organo Gold also has Green Tea available for you to enjoy.  A little bit of honey makes it sweet enough without any extras. The added benefits of Gandoderma and Honey in a warm cup of tea!




For those that don’t enjoy coffee or tea, there is Oragano Gold Gourmet Hot Chocolate. My teen daughter, Hayley, enjoyed it. She said it had a nice chocolate taste. Add some marshmallows to it to make it fun for the kids. A great treat after a cold day out in the snow.




Oragano Gold also has Gourmet Cafe Latte and Gourmet Cafe Mocha. Both a great drink for any day. When you feel like having something different than coffee. Add a bit of milk and it makes it creamy!

Oragano Gold also has personal care products available for your family. (Soap and toothpaste)


To order products on the Oragano Gold website CLICK HERE


Oragano Gold wants to give one Canadian Basics fan a chance to win a similar prize pack that I received for review.

Open to Canada 18+

Ends May 20/15

Enter in the giveaway tool below

I received the product to review but the opinions on this blog are my own.

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