Rock Out As A Family With Rock Band Rivals

This is a sponsored post by KidzVuz. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Family game nights are a popular tradition in our house on weekends. Since I am on the computer for work a lot of the day, it is really important to me to have a dedicated day and time to give 100% of my attention to my kids and husband.

While we all enjoy board games, our age difference sometimes make it hard to find something that keeps everyone’s mutual interest. One hobby that we all appreciate is playing family games together on the PS4. Music games are our favorite and often times we take turns singing Karaoke or playing guitar games individually. But we can never participate at the same time.

Rock band Rivals is a super cool and interactive way to involve the entire family and it also incorporates a variety of musical instruments. My son is currently taking drum lessons so the drum pads on this kit are a great way for him to practice his beats.

What is Included In Rock Band Rivals?



The Rockband Rival kit includes Rock Band 4 game software and Rock Band Rivals expansion download code. The game is officially licensed for PlayStation4 and comes with the following:

  • Officially licensed Wireless Fender Jaguar Guitar Controller
  • Foldable guitar-a useful feature when traveling to Rock Band gigs
  • Drum kit with four durable and responsive drum pads/reinforced metal kick pedal

Setting Up Rock Band Rivals


You can get Rock Band rivals set up in a cinch with the auto-calibration. It took my son just a few seconds to get everything set up and ready to go. The drums and the guitar are both very responsive. You’ll want to open up Settings , then Bluetooth devices with a regular controller, then press the PS button on the instrument. After you see the blinking light, you hold the WiFi/Sync button on the instrument until the lights begin to blink rapidly. Then you should be able to view it on your TV screen, and activate it by press X on the regular controller. The guitar is easy to set up with just sliding the pieces together, sliding the lock down the back and syncing the same as the drums. The microphone however is not wireless and requires it to be plugged into the USB slot.

How Do You Play Rock Band Rivals?

It’s Easy! Just gather your family and put everyone on an instrument. the fun thing about this game is you don’t have to know the lyrics because they show them to you on the screen.

In rivals mode you can band together with friends to compete. Or you can play in a show in game mode. The better you play, the harder it gets. You can even challenge yourself you get 5 crimson stars in brutal mode.

It’s also super easy to express yourself by creating your own guitar solos in real time. No matter how you play you are sure to have a great time with your family. Here is a video of my family playing.

What Songs Are Included in Rock Band 4?

  • .38 Special – Caught Up In You
  • 4 Non Blondes – What’s Up?
  • Aerosmith – Toys in the Attic
  • Arctic Monkeys – Arabella
  • Avenged Sevenfold – Hail to the King
  • Benjamin Booker – Violent Shiver
  • The Black Keys – Fever
  • Brad Paisley ft. Keith Urban – Start A Band
  • Brandi Carlile – Mainstream Kid
  • The Both – Milwaukee
  • Cake – Short Skirt/Long Jacket
  • The Cure – Friday I’m In Love
  • Dark Wheels – V-Bomb
  • Disturbed – Prayer
  • Dream Theater – Metropolis – Part 1 – “The Miracle And The Sleeper”
  • Duck & Cover – Knock ‘Em Down
  • Eddie Japan – Albert
  • Elvis Presley – Suspicious Minds
  • Fall Out Boy – Centuries
  • Fleetwood Mac – You Make Loving Fun
  • Foo Fighters – The Feast and the Famine
  • Gary Clark Jr. – Ain’t Messin ‘Round
  • Gin Blossoms – Follow You Down
  • Grouplove – Tongue Tied
  • HalestormI – Miss The Misery
  • Heart – Kick It Out
  • Heaven’s Basement – Am Electric
  • Imagine Dragons – Bet My Life
  • Jack White – Lazaretto
  • Jeff Allen – Recession
  • Johnny Blazes and the Pretty Boys – Cold Clear Light
  • Judas Priest – Halls Of Valhalla
  • The Killers – Somebody Told Me
  • Lightning Bolt – Dream Genie
  • Little Big Town – Little White Church
  • Live – All Over You
  • Lucius – Turn It Around
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd – That Smell
  • Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
  • The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – The Impression That I Get
  • The Outfield – Your Love
  • Ozzy Osbourne – Miracle Man
  • Tijuana Sweetheart – Pistol Whipped
  • Paramore – Still Into You
  • The Protomen – Light Up The Night
  • Queens of the Stone Age – My God Is The Sun
  • Rick Derringer – Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo
  • Rush – A Passage To Bangkok
  • Scandal – The Warrior
  • Scorpions – No One Like You
  • Slydigs – Light The Fuse
  • Soul Remnants – Dead Black (Heart of Ice)
  • Soundgarden – Superunknown
  • Spin Doctors – Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong
  • St. Vincent – Birth In Reverse
  • System of a Down – Spiders
  • Van Halen – Panama
  • Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl
  • White Denim – At Night In Dreams
  • The Who – The Seeker

Click here to search the full tracklist of over 1800 downloadable songs.

Rock Band Rivals Makes The Perfect Holiday Gift

With the holidays just around the corner, Rock Band Rivals is the perfect holiday gift. We surprised our kids yesterday with this kit because for the first time in years we did not celebrate Thanksgiving with immediate family and wanted to keep the kids occupied.


Who says girls can’t rock out in pink elf pajamas?


I don’t think they had any fun with it. Do you?


I found this game actually helped my kids all play together peacefully because they were so concentrated on their instruments and it encouraged them to work as a team.


Even husbands can join in on the fun! Mine got a kick out of testing out his vocal skills.


Where Can I buy Rock Band Rivals?

You can Purchase Rock Band Rivals at

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New and Improved Legoland Mobile App


New and Improved Legoland Mobile App

Next time you are at Legoland, don’t forget to download their new and improved app on your smart phone!  Their new and improved Mobile App is the ultimate adventure tool.  Even better, you can enjoy the convenience of their App in the Park by connecting to the FREE Resort wifi.  Mobile App Features include…

  • Ride wait times
  • Interactive map makes exploring easy
  • Exclusive dining and retail offers
  • Daily entertainment guide so you don’t miss any of the fun
  • Ride information, including height guide
  • Park hours and directions
  • Car Finder marks where you parked
  • Helpful in Park tips

For more information visit

Make Father’s Day Royale With Picpal

This is a sponsored post written by me.

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Father’s Day is only 8 days away! Have you thought about what you’re getting for Dad? A mug? He’s already got tons of them. A tie? Kind of boring. How about pictures! Those never get old. Even better, how about a collage of pictures where you can live chat?

With the app Picpal you can create shared experiences with family and friends. In real time. No matter where you are!

How Does It Work?

PicMonkey Collage

  • A group of friends can snap selfies, build collages and chat in real-time, regardless of distance
  • While Picpal users can post their collages/photos to other social networks, one of the benefits of Picpal is the private group chats (You can keep your conversations private among friends instead of broadcasting to your entire social network).

Step 1:

First, you download the app from this link:  You need to have at least 1 friend for the fun to begin, so ask hubby/dad to also download the app on his phone. If you want a bigger collage (up to 3), have some of the kids download the app on their smartphones too! You can only invite friends through Facebook via WhatsApp or through text message.



Step 2:

Now you are ready to start adding friends. If your friends do not have the app, picpal will send them a link to download it.


Step 3: 

Take turns adding a picture to the collage. Once you take your picture it will send it to the friends you have selected, and then it will ask you to snag a “selfie”. That actually means take a picture yourself. I struggled with this until I figured it out. I assumed I was supposed to get the incoming picture.


Step 4:

Use the text feature to add some words or use the enhance feature to edit your photo. You can also post a comment to the collage and chat in real time! This app is super interactive and a lot of fun! It’s the perfect marriage of snapchat and instagram combining social media, real-time collages, and the ever important selfie into one App.


  • If you choose 1 friend you will have a 2 person collage
  • If you choose 2 friends you will have a 3 person collage.
  • Take your pics vertically or your pics will show up sideways if you take them horizontally.
  • You can update the collage in real time with new photos so your collage is always new and exciting.

For more information visit picpal on Facebook and on Twitter.

Free Apps For Kids That Explore Emotions And Friendships


Free Apps For Kids That Explore Emotions And Friendships

The award-winning games are a FUN way to nurture a child’s emotional intelligence. The educational apps feature five quirky animal friends who embark on exciting adventures and learn about emotions and friendship. Whether they are happy, sad, scared, or angry – you can help! Young kids and parents will love the animals’ detailed animations and unique personalities, and there’s no text or language.

The three games are Peppy Pals Reggy’s Play DatePeppy Pals Farm, and Peppy Pals Beach.




Video of Peppy Pals


Ditto says Don’t miss out!


Ditto is  a new product by Simple Matters that tethers to your cell phone and alerts you to phone calls, texts, emails and anything else you set it to remind you about. So you can still be present in the world around you without constantly looking at your phone. It will give you a gentle nudge to let you know someone is calling or texting so you can decide if you want to look at your phone or just let it go to voicemail.


Ditto back

Ditto will vibrate when you receive a call so that if your phone is in your purse and you don’t hear it you will know you have a call. It will also vibrate when you get a text message or email. Once you download the app you can set it up to vibrate differently for different people so you know who is calling or texting. There is a silent alarm that vibrates you gently awake at the time you set. If you are one of those people who leave your phone behind, ditto will vibrate when it is out of range letting you know that you left your phone before you even leave the building!

Ditto on wristband

Ditto is small and discreet and comes in either black or white. It is small enough to fit in your pocket or you can attach it to the wrist strap that comes with it. I chose to use the wrist strap and it fit snuggly and didn’t bother my wrist. It also has a clip that you can clip on your bra strap so you can still have a night out on the town without th black wristband messing up your look.

Ditto has an awesome video on their website that shows all the super cool features. Head on over to to check it out!

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