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I Before E (Except After C):
Hundreds of Memory Tricks You Learned in the Classroom: These ingenious, practical memory techniques abound in I BEFORE E (EXCEPT AFTER C) with its hundreds of curious sayings. In this clever -- and often hilarious -- collection, you'll find engaging mnemonics, arranged in easy-to-find categories that include: Geographically Speaking, Time and the Calendar, Think of a Number, The Sky at Night and by Day. Guarenteed to amuse and inform, this little book is a perfect gift for students of all ages.
Touchmaster 2 for Nintendo DS:
TouchMaster 2, the sequel to Midway's 2007 smash hit TouchMaster, offers a collection of 20 new addictively fun and exciting card, action, strategy, puzzle and picture games. These favorites are sure to please travelers and TouchMaster fans alike with hours of handheld fun on the road or at home. New games include Bowling, Billiards, View Finder, Scavenger, Picture Slide, Rampage Empire and many more!

Mechanic Master for Nintendo DS:
Undeniably entrancing, Mechanic Master offers 100 levels of puzzling genius that challenges players to build wacky contraptions to perform simple tasks, like turning on a light bulb or releasing a balloon, in seemingly indirect and convoluted ways using the DS stylus. This game calls for problem-solving ingenuity that flies in the face of logic itself!

Futurama: Bender's Game:
Park your hover-car and saddle up your unicorn for the most fantastical "Futurama" yet: Futurama: Bender's Game. With fuel prices skyrocketing, the Planet Express crew sets off on a dangerous mission to infiltrate the world's only dark-matter mine, source of all spaceship fuel. But deep beneath the surface, they discover a far stranger place... a medieval land of dragons and sorcery and intoxicated knights who look suspiciously like Bender.
The American Charity Calendar:
On December 1st, individuals and families can open the first numbered "window" on their Charity Calendar and find a surprise picture behind the "window." Audiences will also be treated to an entertaining daily Internet television series, "Holiday TV," (www.taccfoundation.org/youtube) that will interact with that day's paper Charity Calendar's hidden surprise picture. New segments will be released daily for viewing December 1 through December 25 on our website as well as YouTube.com.

Complete 15-Minute Gourmet Cookbook:
The offerings in your grocer's freezer case or the fast-food drive-through are rarely nutritious or satisfying. But fortunately, you don't have to sacrifice flavor or nutrition just because life is hectic. Paulette Mitchell provides the solution; her speedy meals are simple enough that even a novice can prepare them for the family on a busy weeknight. She also makes it possible to create sophisticated gourmet dishes to please the palates of discriminating guests - all in 15 minutes or less.

Cradle of Rome Nintendo DS:
Multiple game play Modes offer various degrees of challenges, as Players will solve puzzles to build the Roman Empire in Play mode and replay their favorite puzzles in Relax mode.Short- or Long-term Play Sessions- Play in long or short doses since the depth of the game does not waver according to the length of a gameplay session; each puzzle ranges from 5-15 minutes.

Meet Dave DVD:
There's something that makes Dave stand out from everyone else in New York City. It's that he's an alien! More accurately, he's an alien ship, on a mission to Earth to save his home planet. Torn between the voices in his head - a tiny alien crew led by a high-strung, miniature version of himself - and the world around him, Dave struggles to appear normal. But when he falls for an Earth woman, the consequences are hilarious in this "cleverly conceived... comedy" with "plenty of laughs for all ages."
Wall-E on DVD:
WALL-E is an out-of-this-world action-adventure filled with heart and humor that follows an extraordinary cast of characters on a fantastic journey across the universe. Oscar®-winning director Andrew Stanton's (won Best Animated Feature, Finding Nemo 2003) beautiful story of WALL-E is a love letter to the Golden Age of sci-fi films. The film's cast of exciting new characters has thrilled and delighted movie-lovers of all ages while once again showcasing Pixar's amazing abilities to create entire new worlds.

Wee Organics ~ All-Natural, American-made Toys:
Wee Organics just launched its first batch of organic, environmentally-friendly products, all of which meet or exceed government safety standards. Wee Organics offers fun developmental toys like teething rings, rattles, pull toys, puzzles, push cars, trucks, and tractors.

Guinness World Records: The Video Game:
Guinness World Records: The Videogame (Wii and DS): Your kids have a chance to break a world record and get their name into next year's Guinness World Records book! Featuring 40 real-world GWR stunts and facts from locales across the globe, kids and families alike can enjoy hours of record-breaking fun.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian:
In The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, the Pevensie children face a perilous mission and a greater test of their faith and courage. They find a world in which 1,300 years have passed. The White Witch is gone, the realm is ruled by a cruel tyrant and Aslan has been missing for over a thousand years. The four children embark on a remarkable journey to restore magic and glory to the land. Accompanied by Trumpkin, a valiant dwarf, Reepicheep the talking mouse and a suspicious Black Dwarf named Nikabrik, they raise an army of Narnians to rise up against the evil king Miraz.

Tornado - Nintendo DS:
Tornado lets players join forces with Toki and the other members of the Cosmic Cleaners as they set out to restore all of Earth's buildings, vehicles , inhabitants and other obscure objects that have been stolen by the envious Prince using his mischievous "Black Hole Device." Using a combination of stylus and microphone activated controls, players will travel across Planet 69 as they level up and max out their " Tornado Machines " to literally uproot everything in their paths in effort to take back what Prince ha s wrongfully stolen and return it to Earth.

Metal Slug - Nintendo DS:
First revealed in 1996, the Metal Slug series has continuously dazzled legions of fans with its awesome variety of frenetic action and superbly balanced, non-stop gameplay. Its unique art style and memorable boss battles have been lauded as sheer artistry and have been acclaimed by game fans of all genres.

Project Play Books for Children:
Project Play books share games with young readers. In the spirit of fun and adventure, the books tell the tale of young friends who reside in the neighborhood of Edgebrook. The kids use their imagination and creativity to play games while they navigate growing up together. Their stories are meant to teach the reader new ways to play with their friends. The text is casual and light-hearted and allows the reader to become friends with the Edgebrook gang.

Zazzle Customizable Greeting Cards:
More than any other gift or item to buy this season, the holidays insist that consumers have a stockpile of holiday cards and postage handy - and Zazzle is here to help. Instead of frantically searching everywhere for the perfect holiday card and unique holiday postage stamp, Zazzle offers everything the consumer needs at one place with the Zazzle holiday card and postage center.

36 Cube: A Puzzle the Whole Family Can Enjoy:
It's the puzzle version of a wolf in sheep's clothing - or moreover, an innocent-looking puzzle with a challenging solvability factor. Simply snap 36 boldly-colored plastic tower pieces, six each of six colors, into a square base with 36 welcoming receptacles. Make sure the finished puzzle forms a perfect cube, each color appearing only once in each row and column, all the same height. You've just solved 36 CUBE, the latest mind bender from ThinkFun, Inc.

The Nutty Professor on DVD:
The once-buried secret potion to being cool is rediscovered when The Nutty Professor debuts on DVD November 25 from Genius Products, Rainmaker Entertainment and The Weinstein Company. Featuring the voice talents of the original Nutty Professor, comedic icon Jerry Lewis as Julius Kelp and three-time Kids' Choice Award* Winner Drake Bell (Superhero Movie, "Drake and Josh") as his grandson Harold, The Nutty Professor is the modern animated sequel to the beloved 1963 classic and one of the great family franchises in movie history.

Mamma Mia! on DVD:
Overflowing with high-spirited fun, Mamma Mia! The Movie is the perfect film to enjoy at home this holiday season, and great for gift giving. Joining Streep and Brosnan onscreen are Amanda Seyfried ("Big Love"), Colin Firth (Love Actually), Stellan Skarsgard (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End), Julie Walters (the Harry Potter films), Dominic Cooper (The History Boys) and Christine Baranski (Chicago).

Animal Planet: Growing Up Gift Pack DVD:
Discover why Animal Planet viewers have made the "Growing Up" series one of the most beloved shows on the network when the Growing Up 5 DVD Gift Set debuts on DVD December 2 from Genius Products and Animal Planet. Featuring episodes from the series in a five-disc collector's set - "Growing Up Arctic", "Growing Up Wildcats", "Growing Up Safari", "Growing Up Wilderness", and a bonus disc, "Growing Up Primates" - experience the amazing stories of these diverse baby animals as they embark on incredible journeys into adulthood.

Transformers Energon: The Ultimate Collection:
Ten years after the epic Unicron battle there is finally an unsettling peace between the Autobots and Decepticons. Working together they form a secret alliance with human kind to find the rare and precious substance Energon which they soon discover on Earth. Lurking in the distance are mysterious forces that have honed in on this discovery and will stop at nothing to gain control of the Energon at all costs and only an elite team of Autobots empowered to combine their robotic forms and strengths into an ultra force can save the planet from total destruction.

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PYCLOPS iPod Cases for Kids

The new PSYCLOPS product line combines first-of-their-kind iPod nano protective cases with an interactive web-based music and dance community for a thrilling iPod product/online community like no other available today. Currently in open beta service, PSYCLOPS HeadQuarters provides kids with an immersive music and dance experience where their creativity can flourish.

The quirky, colorful PSYCLOPS iPod protective character cases unlock the kid-friendly virtual open beta community where visitors can create their own original customized PSYCLOPS avatars and put them into a video complete with hot music beats and spectacular dance moves. With each iPod protective case, users can create and share unlimited music and dance videos, even while PSYCLOPS HQ is in open beta testing. The website also provides a truly multi-platform experience where kids can share their killer video creations by uploading them to their iPods, sharing them via their social networking page or emailing the videos to friends and family. This is the first time an iPod-centric product has offered such capabilities.

You can check out the Psyclops iPod Covers here

You can also enter to win 1 of 10 of these here!




The Painted Pretzel

The Painted Pretzel is a gourmet company that makes delicately handcrafted chocolate covered pretzels topped with a variety of delectable toppings. We cater to many different communities which include families, businesses, schools, private parties and individuals.

Let The Painted Pretzel add a touch of originality and fun to your special event. Allow us to help you personalize your special occasion with chocolate covered pretzels made just for you!


Amanda's notes: DELICIOUS!! These pretzels are divine, what a fabulous flavor, chocolate is wonderful and toppings are to die for. Would be a fabulous gift!

You can check out the Painted Pretzel items here



SanDisk's 16GB mobile memory card

During this tight economic time, many people will continue with the devices they already have maximiz ing their devices for max enjoyment, productivity and functionality. Perfect for these people (and most everyone has a mobile phone or mp3 player today!) as either a stand alone gift or a stocking stuffer is the world's largest memory card from SanDisk for mobile devices.


SanDisk's 16GB mobile memory card wakes up most any portable device with a microSD slot. Store and transfer all your digital music libraries (thousands of songs), your favorite video and digital games, and take digital pictures (up to 8,000) without worrying about filling up the memory. Plus, this huge capacity card, that is as tiny as a fingernail, travels anywhere easily and makes transfer of such content to and from your PC to your mobile phone a snap. All this for just under $100!

You can check out the SanDisk 16GB Memory Card info here



Bolt Plush Toy

Bolt Plush (SRP $14.50, available at www.DisneyShopping.com, Disney Store, Toys"R"Us) Bolt the action adventure super-dog could be your new best friend with cuddly plush inspired by the highly anticipated theatrical release starring John Travolta as the voice of Bolt and pop superstar Miley Cyrus. Collect Bolt's friends, jaded housecat Mittens and TV-obsessed hamster Rhino are also available.

See more of Disney's new releases:

2009 Disney Princess Calendar
Disney Princess & Cars Cocoa Sets
Tinker Bell ornaments
In the Realm of the Never Fairies
Walt Disney Signature Tabletop Collection
Hannah Montana Rockin' Dream Journal
Princess Crayola Color Wonder Activity Set

You can check out the Bolt Plush Toy here



PopStar Guitar

PopStar Guitar from XS Games is sure to be on everyone's wish list this Holiday season!

With cheering fans and backstage passes, this rhythm-action game gives you the chance to welcome to the stage your inner PopStar. In PopStar Guitar, players can adopt the role of a lead guitarist, help band-members become stars and eventually win the "Battle of the Bands" worldwide contest. The game features popular licensed music, performed by the original artists like Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, Maroon 5, Fall Out Boy, Rihanna and many more! PopStar Guitar is complete with 25 visually stunning venues, 60 pop songs, 12 playable characters, 3 difficulty levels, and VIP vehicles to ride in style.


Released on November 18, 2008, PopStar Guitar is now available for the Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 2.

You can check out the PopStar Guitar info here



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Look for a hidden word! Be sure to browse the products listed in this newsletter as we have included a BONUS word worth 500 points! Bonus word expires on 12/14/08.
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