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Enjoy on the go music with a new “friend” – KitSound Mini Buddies

 

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Do you enjoy listening to music? I do. I enjoy listening to tunes when driving and while cleaning around my home. There are times I wish we could listen to music at work, but that is not feasible.

I listen to music either online, on my car’s radio, my Amazon Echo or my cellphone. I do have a wireless Bluetooth speaker in my car in case I want to listen to music on my phone instead of on the radio. The only downside to my wireless speaker is that it’s big and bulky. I could not carry it around with my in my pocketbook unless I remove a few items. What I need is something a bit smaller and more portable.

I was recently introduced to KitSound Mini Buddies. They are small, portable speakers. They may be small but they offer great sound.

KitSound Mini Buddies come in a variety of designs including animals and other fun objects. I happen to adore cute things so KitSound Mini Buddies are exactly the type of product I would purchase.

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KitSound Mini Buddies come with an attached 3.5mm headphone jack plug that you plug into your device (phone, tablet, PC, music player…).

The Mini Buddies are very small in size (about the size of a golf ball, give or take) which means they are very portable. You can easily slip them in your purse, backpack, pocket or car’s glove compartment so you can enjoy your music where ever you are and whenever the mood strikes. They even have a key chain ring if you want to attach them to something.

The Mini Buddies speakers are rechargeable with their supplied USB cable and built in Li-ion batteries.

Another fun feature about KitSound Mini Buddies is that you can connect multiple buddies together with their headphone jack plugs. The more buddies you connect the more sound you get.

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KitSound Mini Buddies might look like a “kiddie” product, but they are not. Adults and teens can enjoy them just as much as kids. I’m an adult (most of the time – ha ha) and I love these. I think they are super adorable. I have the Bumble Bee and the Owl.

Whether you are heading off to the beach, lounging pool side or entertaining family and friends at your backyard barbecue – KitSound Mini Buddies can help you pump up the music.

You can purchase KitSound Mini Buddies on Amazon.

These would make great gifts for music lovers, students heading off to college and people who enjoy the freedom of listening to their music anywhere.

To learn more about other KitSound products visit KitSound.co.UK. You can also check out the brand on social media. The links are on the bottom right of their website.

What do you think about KitSound Mini Buddies? Would you enjoy owning one? Which Mini Buddy is your favorite?

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Kimberly

*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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A “must have” for summer travel and backyard fun

 

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It’s officially summer time – the time of year that many people look forward to. Vacation, trips to the beach, time off from work & school and lazy days poolside – there is so much to do during the summer months.

Whether you are traveling or simply hanging out by your backyard pool, it’s always a great idea to keep a camera close by to capture those special moments. Lugging around a camera isn’t always the most ideal situation, however carrying a cellphone in your pocket is easy enough.

Most cellphones on the market have less than impressive cameras. Most have a low pixel count.

What if there was a cellphone with a camera that had enough pixels to rival most cameras on the market?

Motorola has a cellphone with an amazing camera as well as other “bells and whistles” many people will find interesting.

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Motorola recently introduced the new DROID Turbo by Motorola in Gray Ballistic Nylon.

As you might already know, Motorola has always been a industry leader when it comes to smartphone innovation. Motorola phones have amazing speed and impressive performance.

Motorola has expanded it’s hugely popular DROID line with it’s DROID Turbo by Motorola which is now available in gray ballistic nylon with your choice of metallic orange, metallic violet  or metallic blue accents. I love the idea of being able to customize the phone with your choice of color accents. Its a great way to make the phone reflect your personal taste and style. If I purchased the Motorola DROID Turbo I would go with the metallic violet accents.

Check out these great features.

  • 2.7 GHz quad-core processor
  • Turbo Charger which will get you up to eight hours of battery life in about 15 minutes You can also enjoy upwards of a 48-hour battery life.
  • 21-megapixel rear-facing camera and the ability to record video at 4K
  • Voice commands that allow you to post Facebook status up date sand even take a selfie and share it with others. others.
  • Ballistic Nylon, add strength to the phone’s body. Reinforced with DuPont™ Kevlar® fiber for added durability. Scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 covers the 5.2-inch Quad HD display. A water-repellent nanocoating protects against spills and even an unexpected downpour.
  • Standby time up to 28 days

I am in love with the camera. My expensive camera (real camera, not a cellphone) cost me a few hundred dollars and it’s not even 21 megapixel.

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When I’m out and about with my family there are plenty of times I want to snap a picture. It’s easier to do with my cellphone. Besides, why lug around your camera if you don’t know for certain you’ll need it. At least with a phone in your pocket or purse you are ready to take pictures whenever something amazing happens.

I know a lot of people like to take selfies to share on social media. I like the idea of using voice command instead of those silly selfie sticks.

I also really like how durable this product is. When you are hiking, hanging out at an amusement part or taking part in activities the last thing you want to do is have to worry about your phone falling out of your pocket and breaking or your child splashing you poolside and getting the camera wet.

Gorilla Glass is very strong. I wish all phones came with it. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve replaced our daughter’s phone because she dropped it and cracked the screen. It’s expensive too, even with insurance.

The DROID Turbo by Motorola seems like the ideal “must have” for your summer adventures.

If you would like to learn more please visit the Verizon website at Verizon.com or you can go directly to the DROID Turbo by Motorola page.

What do you think about this phone? Does it sound like something you’d like to have with you when you go on your summer adventures? What feature do you like most about this phone?

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Kimberly

 

Get your DROID Turbo by Motorola in Gray Ballistic Nylon with your choice of metallic orange, violet and blue accent colors at Verizon.com.

Motorola sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Great gift ideas from Logitech for Father’s Day (giveaway ends 6/28/15)

 

My husband and children at Disney World.

My husband and children at Disney World.

Father’s Day is fast approaching – have you found the perfect Father’s Day gift for that special man in your life?

I always have a hard time finding a great gift for Father’s Day. It seems that moms are easier to buy for for Mother’s Day than dads are for Father’s Day. Do you find that you have the same problem?

Even though my husband is not my father, he IS the father of my children. Until my kids have jobs and can afford their own gifts I help them out to get my husband the perfect Father’s Day gift from my kids.

My husband is computer tech by trade. He enjoys “techie” things. He also enjoys doing fun and different things – such as going on an adventure. There are plenty of times where we’d just hop in the car with no destination in mind just to see where fate takes us. Usually it’s to a state or local park. That is fine with us since we enjoy the outdoors.

Does your father or that special man in your life enjoy the outdoors and going on adventures? If so I have some great gift suggestions for your. They are all from Logitech.

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Logitech X100 Mobile Wireless Speaker

For dad’s who enjoy being outdoors such as barbecuing in the backyard, hanging out by the pool or taking care of his car, a wireless speaker is an awesome idea.

The Logitech X100 Mobile Wireless Speaker is small and compact. It can easily be tucked inside a pocket, backpack or a gym bag. It even come with a little cord that you can use to hang it up.

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The speaker connects wirelessly to your smartphone or tablet allowing you to stream music or answer phone calls.

Set up is easy – even a “technologically challenged” person like myself can easily set it up.

It may be small but it “packs a punch.” The sound quality is amazing. I’m impressed. It even provides you with five hours of play time which is a decent amount of time compared to other wireless speakers which provide you with much less time.

My husband enjoys taking these speakers with him where ever he goes, whether it’s the office or just lounging around by our condo complex’s pool.

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Logitech Keys-to-Go (for iOS, Android or Windows)

I love this keyboard! It’s perfect for people (like me) who have a hard time typing quickly and accurately on a teeny, tiny keyboard (like the one on your smartphone).

The keyboard is thin and lightweight. You an tuck it into a tote bag, backpack, luggage or even carry it along with your tablet.

The keyboard connects to your tablet or smartphone via Bluetooth allowing you to type away on a bigger keyboard. It’s also more comfortable than trying to tab away on an itty bitty tablet keyboard.

When I travel I don’t like to bring my laptop with me. If anything happened to it I would be lost. I prefer to take my tablet because it’s lighter and takes up less room in my luggage. The only problem is that I can’t type too well on the tablet keyboard (on the tablet it’s self). I like the idea of using a separate keyboard that has more of a normal keyboard size and spacing. This is PERFECT for traveling.

If your special man travels a lot or enjoys using his tablet outside, this would be a great gift for him.

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Does your father, grandfather or husband enjoy watching things on his tablet, such as Netflix or Hulu?

Sometimes it’s easier to prop up your tablet to watch a movie or television show instead of holding it in your hands, especially if you have other things to do.

The Logitech AnyAngle is a must have for those who enjoy watching things on their tablet. The AnyAngle case allows you to set up your device at the perfect viewing position for hands free viewing.

There are even hidden magnets that help to keep the stand secure allowing you to pick up and move your iPad without disrupting your viewing angle.

Here is the keyboard and AnyAngle in action. Please excuse the faux iPad. I have NO CLUE where mine is. My teens have it and it’s most likely under their bed or some place else where it shouldn’t be.

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Check out this great video showing the Logitech AnyAngle in action.

 

If you would like to learn more about these Logitech products please visit Logitech.com. They have many other great gift ideas for Dad.

You can also find the brand on social media including Facebook and Twitter.

Logitech is also hosting a social contest on its Facebook page to celebrate five different types of dads – the living room king, the hardworking professional, the gamer, the trendsetter, and the adventurous and outdoorsy. Anyone who votes for the photo that best represents his/her dad will be entered to win a Father’s Day prize pack to gift their dad this year. I’ve seen the prize packages. They are awesome! I hope you’ll enter.

Logitech has generously offered to give a lucky reader a special Adventurous/Outdoorsy Dad prize package. Thank you Logitech!

The prize package includes the following products;

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on June 28, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me which Logitech product in this prize package you are most excited about?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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Kimberly

*I received the same prize package in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Bake perfectly every time with Perfect Bake

 

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I would consider myself a decent cook. I can follow recipes or make up my own with no problem what so ever. I’m also good at taking whatever we have in the pantry and fridge and whip up a meal at the last minute.

Sadly, when it comes to baking I’m the total opposite. I can never get baked goods to turn out too good. I even mess up pre-made cookies, the kind you plop on a cookie sheet and bake.

I don’t know what it is about baking that I can never get right. Even when I follow recipes exactly I mess up. You should have seen the mess after I tried to bake cake inside ice cream cones. Oh my! Was that ever a catastrophe.

Baking, for me, is also very messy. There are so many things that need to be weighed and measured. I also have a teeny, tiny counter top space and no room for multiple bowls, measuring spoons and cups, ingredients and so forth. I’m not kidding. My available counter space is the size of an average placemat. Maybe if I had a large counter top or kitchen island I could be a great baker.

I was recently asked if I would like to review a product called Perfect Bake.

Perfect Bake is a special scale that can weigh the ingredients exactly all in one bowl. There is no need for extra measuring cups or spoons. Simply pour the ingredients into one of the Perfect Bake bowls and the scale and accompanying FREE app will tell you when to stop, pour, bake and so forth.

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It almost sounds too good to be true. I was excited to give Perfect Bake a try.

Here is some additional information about Perfect Bake.

  • No more measuring. Perfect Bake tells you when to stop pouring
  • Smart Scale connects to your phone or tablet
  • Free app for iOS or Android devices guides you through baking each recipe*
  • Place a bowl on the scale and Perfect Bake lets you know exactly how much ingredient to add
  • Tell Perfect Bake the number of cookies you want to make, and it automatically scales the recipe
  • Choose from hundreds of recipes, or create and save your own
  • Pantry Feature gives you lists of delicious recipes from the items you have on hand
  • NEW recipes are added without having to update app
  • Includes scale, phone/tablet stand, 3 mixing bowls (small, medium and large), oven thermometer and 3.5mm cable
  • Requires 3 AAA batteries (not included)

I was concerned that we would have to set Perfect Bake up on our router. Our router is set up where we need to include every device’s MAC address in order for it to connect to the internet. Not everything has a MAC address. Sadly there are devices I couldn’t set up because of that. Thankfully Perfect Bake doesn’t require set up on your home’s router. It connects directly to your smartphone or tablet via a plug that is attached to Perfect Bake.

I’m not always good when it comes to technology. With Perfect Bake I had it up and ready to go in minutes. Set up is a breeze and really only requires batteries and connecting to the free app that you need to download.

Perfect Bake comes with hundreds of recipes to choose from. You can even add your own favorite recipes. But remember, this is for baking, not cooking.

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Perfect Bake has recipes for muffins, cookies, breads, snacks, ice cream, cupcakes, pancakes, scones, waffles, biscuits, brownies, bars and my personal favorite – Mug Cakes.

There are also recipes that are Gluten and Dairy Free.

Perfect Bake is so easy to use. Simply connect the scale to your tablet or smartphone, connect to the app and choose the recipe you would like to make. Perfect Bake tells you all the ingredients you’ll need. Simply follow the instructions exactly (starting from the bottom of the screen and moving up) and Perfect Bake will guide you step by step. There are even brief videos to show you how to do things if needed.

The scale is very sensitive and pick up even the tiniest ingredient. I was very impressed by that. You can even see the graphic filling up as your fill the ingredients in the bowl so you know when to stop pouring the ingredients in.

If you pour in too much of an ingredient, don’t worry. Perfect Bake will automatically adjust the other ingredients to allow for that so you won’t have to worry about ruining the recipe.

A feature I really like is that you can tell Perfect Bake how many baked goods you want  and it will automatically adjust the recipe and tell you how much to scoop or pour out. For example, if you want 18 cookies instead of 12, Perfect Bake will adjust accordingly. Or if you want 8 muffins instead of 12, Perfect Bake can also help you with that.

I’m pretty impressed by this feature. This is a great feature if you bake for school (for a bake sale or classroom party) and need to make a lot of baked goods. No more guessing. Perfect Bake does all the recalculating for you.

The Perfect Bake app also has a grocery list option where you can create a grocery list of all the ingredients you’ll need to bake whatever delicious recipe you are interested in.

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Another awesome feature is the pantry section. You can scroll through the pantry section and mark off the ingredients that you know that you have on hand. Perfect Bake will then show you recipes you can make utilizing what you have on hand. There is no need to go out and purchase a lot of extra ingredients and it’s a great way to use up ingredients you already have on hand. In addition its a great way to try out new recipes you might not otherwise have tired.

Please note that the app for Perfect Bake works with iOS 6.0 or higher and Android OS 4.1 or higher. It is not compatible with Kindle Fire or Google Nexus 7 (1st generation).

Perfect Bake can even weigh cookies to make sure you are measuring out the correct amount and not making them too big or too small.

Where has Perfect Bake been all my life? All these years of messing up recipes, baking cookies that were way too big or too small and other baking catastrophes could have been avoided by using Perfect Bake.

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I currently have many recipes starred on the Perfect Bake app. I’ve also tried a few recipes including Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies and Nutella Mug Cake. I LOVE the mug cake recipes. They are super simple to make and my kids enjoy them too.

Speaking of kids, Perfect Bake is easy for kids to use too. In fact it could turn your child/teen into a great baker.

If you would like to learn more about Perfect Bake please visit PerfectBakeApp.com. There is a tab on the site to show you were you can buy Perfect Bake. I know it’s available from Brookstone, as well as other retailers.

What do you think about Perfect Bake? Does it look like a product you would like to have?

I think this would make a great house warming gift, gift for newly weds or a gift for someone who simply loves to bake (or who can’t bake).

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Kimberly

*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Countdown to Jurassic World & LEGO Jurassic World Game Giveaway (ends 6/25/15)

 

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Jurassic World comes to theaters in just a few days! June 12, 2015 to be exact. I have not been this excited about a film in a very long time. I have been anxiously waiting to see this film for months, ever since I saw the trailer.

The original film, Jurassic Park, had the most amazing special effects. The dinosaurs looked so real. The newest Jurassic film, Jurassic World, was made 22 years later. Film technology has grown by leaps and bounds. I’m sure the special effects for this film are spellbinding. I can’t even begin to imagine what the dinosaurs look like in this film. This is why I MUST see it in the movie theater so I can get the full effect.

I have posted a few times this past week about the film where I shared the official trailer, world trailer and an television spot. I have another great clip for you -Jurassic World – Featurette: “A Look Inside.”

Check it out.

 

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As you can imagine there are going to be A LOT of Jurassic World merchandise and branded products where ever you go. I’ve already seen plenty of Jurassic World things when I’m out and about and the film has not even been released yet. I have no doubt that this coming holiday season anything related to this film or dinosaurs is going to be a “hot” item.

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Did you know that LEGO has made a game out of Jurassic World? The game include parts of the original Jurassic Park films including Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park III and of course the highly-anticipated Jurassic World, all in one game. It’s appropriately called LEGO Jurassic World Game.

I’ve never played a LEGO game before, but I have seen the LEGO movie and other clips with animated LEGO characters. They are adorable and make me laugh.

Look at this fun trailer for the LEGO Jurassic World game.

 

I love this! I really want to play this. We only have a regular (original) Wii. My husband has talked about getting an Xbox. Now would be a great time.

The game will be available starting June 12, 2015 (the same day Jurassic World comes to theaters) for the following platforms – PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, 3DS, PSVita and 3DS.

If you are interested in the game you can pre-order the video game now at http://bit.ly/LJW-GameStop.

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Be sure to like LEGO Jurassic World Game on Facebook, follow on Twitter and Instagram @LEGOJurassic.

If you would like to purchase tickets to Jurassic World today and avoid the long lines this weekend go to: unvrs.al/JWtix.

You can also check out the official website and follow the film on social media.

Official Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | #JurassicWorld | #TeamJurassic

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I have a copy of the LEGO Jurassic World Game for a lucky reader. The winner can choose from the available platforms listed above.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on June 25, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me which game platform you would like if you were the winner (choose from PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, 3DS, PSVita or 3DS).

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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Kimberly

*I will be receiving the same prize package in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Farming Simulator 15 Giveaway (ends 6/20/15)

 

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Video games have come a long, long way since when I was a youth. Growing up I had an Intellivision set. I wanted to get an Atari, but my mom bought me Intellivision.

I have to admit I was addicted  to playing games on my Intellivision set. I had a ridiculously high score on Astrosmash because I played non-stop for HOURS one day.

Some of my favorite games to play were Astrosmash, Utopia, Major League Baseball, Carnival, Centipede and Stampede to name a few.

This is the way video games used to look when I was a kid.

Utopia (Intellivision) - Photo Source: Wikipedia

Utopia (Intellivision) – Photo Source: Wikipedia

And this is what they look like today.

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I am in total awe of today’s video games.  They are incredibly realistic. It’s like you are literally watching things unfold right before your eyes and not on a television screen (tablet or smart phone).

One such game is Farming Simulator 15. It was released last month.

I’m not a “gamer.” Sadly we don’t even have a video game console except our Wii that we’ve had since it came out and we haven’t touched it in years. My husband keeps talking about getting an Xbox or PS, but every time he thinks about picking one up and a few games to go with it something always pops up (dog needs grooming, car needs tires…). One day we’ll get a new gaming system.

This is what I do know about Farming Simulator 15.

Farming Simulator is a worldwide bestselling franchise. In the new addition, Farming Simulator 15, players will develop and manage their own farm over two huge environments – a NEW Nordic environment, as well as a renovated American farm. The game invites you to create the farm of your dreams – planting and harvesting crops, breeding animals, selling fresh produce in a local market, and taking part in the NEW activity exclusive to Farming Simulator 15 – woodcutting! This new industry can take your farm to the next level, as you use new tools and machinery dedicated to this new trade. You will also have access to over 125 real-world tractors and farming vehicles from well-known brands like New Holland, Case IH, Deutz-Fahr, and more.

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I’ve Googled this game and even found a few YouTube videos about it.

WOW! I’m not kidding when I say this game is so realistic you’ll feel like you are on the farm. I really want to try this game out in person.

What I really like about this game is that it’s not a “bang-bang-shoot-‘em-up” type of game. It’s not violent. There are zombies or aliens trying to blow your head off or eat you. There is not beating people up or blowing up cars and buildings. It’s just a calm, casual, dare I say even relaxing game.

It looks to me like a game people of all ages can enjoy.

My son enjoys games where he can drive vehicles around. He plays a few on his phone via apps, but he too would like a gaming console so he could play games on the television. I’ve showed him Farming Simulator 15 and he loves it. It’s exactly the type of game he would like to play. Now we just have to get the console.

Farming Simulator 15 is available on the following platforms – Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, and PS4.

Check out this trailer for the game.

 

Seriously, how cool is this game? I love it!

If you would like to learn more about Farming Simulator 15 please visit Farming-Simulator.com. You can also check them out on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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I have a copy of Farming Simulator 15, as well as a gift basket full of goodies, to give to a lucky reader. Winner can choose from Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3 or PS4.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on June 20, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win a copy of Farming Simulator 15?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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Kimberly

*I received a free game copy and gift basket in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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