Nintendo Wii Mini Has A U.S. Release Date Of Dec. 7th!

Nintendo Wii mini

We hope Apple didn’t think they would get away with selling a mini version of their iPad without a lil’ competition. Nintendo has yet another treat baking in the oven that’ll get lots of play under the X-mas tree this holiday season. With a crazy low price of $99, cherry-crimson red housing, and a U.S. release date of  December 7th, 2012, how could you not want to throw a Wii Mini under your Christmas tree?

The only con with this new kid on the block is the lack of Wifi and internet connection. Additionally, older Nintendo GameCube games aren’t compatible with the Wii mini. I think this console was designed specifically with young children in mind that are just focused on playing games, pun intended. Find out more about the Wii Mini here: Wii Mini info

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19 Days til’ CHRISTMAS : Santa Hat Cupcakes

This is one of these cupcakes that you look at and say, “How cute and how simple! How did I not think of this?” Well, I’m certainly glad that Diane at Created by Diane dreamed these up AND showed us how to do it!  Serve these at your next party and they’ll be sure to be a favorite, then be sure to tell Santa to put Diane at the top of his list!

Santa Hat Cupcakes

1 box chocolate cake mix (plus required eggs, oil)
1 batch buttercream frosting (many recipes listed here)
Red food coloring (I cannot recommend AmeriColor’s Super Red gel coloring enough — buy a bottle, it’s well worth it!)
A large round pastry tip and a small star tip

1. Bake cupcakes according to box directions.
2. Tint a portion of the buttercream frosting red. Pipe large “blobs” of red frosting onto each cupcake using a large round tip.
3. Pipe white frosting around each hat using a star tip. Also pipe a bit of white frosting at the top of each hat.

That’s it! Simple, right?

P.S. You actually have to put some holiday spirit into to get the best out of this project.

Best iPhone Christmas Apps to Get into The Christmas Spirit!

Best iPhone Christmas Apps to Get into The Christmas Spirit

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It’s almost here. This Christmas is going to be special (if you remember 2012, the movie) because we’d have outlived that misjudged Mayan prediction of doomsday. Anyway, Christmas is a time for gifts, gift ideas and of course, the best Christmas apps for iPhone.

Having been into iPhones and iPads, I’ve seen how the iOS ecosystem actually gels so beautifully well with this season. There are countless apps build around Christmas – ranging from simple little apps that play carols to highly interactive fun apps where you get to be Santa Claus.

With over several hundred thousand apps, it’s tough to find the right app but if you’re a little adventurous, you’ll find loads of amazing iPhone apps for Christmas.

Here’s our list of top 5 Christmas iPhone apps. This is just the beginning though. We’re sure we’ll find a lot more and post about it too! Be sure to check out the blog often(or better, follow!)

1. Christmas Sticker Book!

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Price: Free for a limited time!
This amazing little app lets you create your own Christmas sticker book with about 40+ stickers to use and a lot many customization options. This is a perfect app for kids what with options like crayons to color the pictures, add text, share on social media, and a very simple interface to begin with.
The app is currently free for a limited time so grab it right away!

Download Christmas Sticker Book!

2. Best Christmas Stories

Best Christmas Stories iPhone App

Price: Free
What’s a Christmas night without stories before bedtime? But then, where do you go for stories? That’s where the Best Christmas Stories app comes in. It’s a full-feature app with a lot of stories around Christmas. You can search for phrases too with the advanced text search function. Even though the app is old, we think the developers might update the app with more stories this season. Nevertheless, a great resource for a ton of stories.

Download Best Christmas Stories

3. Thoughtful Gift Finder

Thoughtful Gift Finder iPhone App

Price: Free
This app is not really built specifically for Christmas but it will give you the best ideas for Christmas gifts and then link you directly to where you can find these gifts so you can buy them instantly. The app is really useful if you’re running short of time and would want to do some really quick shopping for gifts. The app is also particularly useful if you don’t know where to start with gift ideas this Christmas.

Download Thoughtful Gift Finder

4. Christmas 5

Christmas 5 iPhone App

Price: $1.99
Christmas 5 is a visual treat for someone who’s totally into the spirit of X-mas. The app is all about wallpapers, slideshows and pictures in HD. With an optimized app like this, you can turn your iPhone 5 into a Christmas gadget with all the colorful HD wallpapers that come in the app. We also hope that the developers will make this app free for a limited time!

Download Christmas 5

5. Merry Christmas Around the World

Merry Christmas Around The World iPhone App

Price: Free
How does “Merry Christmas” sound in different countries across the globe? Learn to say that in a 100 different ways using the Merry Christmas Around the World app. Links to YouTube videos make the app even more authentic, fun and entertaining.

Download Merry Christmas Around the World