Horse Haven World Adventures – App Review #UbiStars

How often do your kids ask to play games on your phone?

At my house it’s almost a daily occurrence.  For the most part, I don’t mind letting my kids play on my phone.  But there are plenty of games that take up too much space, aren’t kid friendly or just plain don’t work.

Horse Haven World Adventures Start Page |

When the folks at Ubisoft asked if I’d review Horse Haven World Adventures, I agreed.  I wanted to make sure the app was a functional and kid-friendly addition to our games folder.

Horse Haven World Adventures |

About Horse Haven World Adventures: 

The world is yours, make it the perfect horse haven!  Create and manage a dream horse farm spanning multiple exotic sites all over the world.  Raise the perfect horse companion and join together in fun steeplechase races and activities!

 – Create your dream horse haven around the world: a majestic ranch in the USA, a charming stud farm in France.

 – Raise the best horses: pet, nurture, feed, and groom your equine friends to help them grow from foal to adult!

 – Breed dozens of horses from the most famous ones: Standardbred, Quarter horse, Mustang, Appaloosa. 

 – Mate your champions with your friends to unlock the rarest and best horses!

 – Customize your horses with stylish saddles and fancy leg wraps.

 – Capture and share their best looks with your friends.

 – Run steeplechase around the world and compete in the most gorgeous backdrops: Mexico’s pyramid valley, Russia’s snowy plains, Japan’s cheery blossoms.

 – Challenge your friends to win trophies and climb the daily leaderboards!

Horse Haven World Adventures Horse |

Horse Haven is a fun game – and really rather addicting.  I played up to level 8 (at which point I was out of coins and stuck!) in just a few hours.

This video does a great job of showing how to play the game.

I really like how easy it is to play Horse Haven.  There are plenty of visual cues as well as written directions. I haven’t given my kids a chance to play yet but I think they’ll like it, too.

Colin might have a hard time with parts of the game just because some of the words are too big for him.

Horse Haven World Adventures Racing |

Once your horses are grown, you can race them in steeplechases to earn coins.  But make sure they have energy or you’ll have to make an in-app purchase to be allowed to race them.

The girl on the left side is where you’ll find the quests.  When you finish a quest, you can claim your ‘prize’ – in the form of coins and stars.  I can’t figure out what the exclamation point is for because there isn’t one when you click on the girl.  It’s not enough to deter me from playing, though.

Horse Haven World Adventures Layout |

Horse Haven is a large app, but I think it’s worth it.  The game works well and it’s very family-friendly!

Do you know someone that would enjoy Horse Haven?

Horse Haven World Adventures is free to download for your iOS and Android tablets and smartphones.

3 Double-O Nine: A Family Restaurant & Bar

**Full Disclosure: I attended a media event to sample menu items at the 3 Double-O Nine.  All opinions are my own.

3 Double-O Nine Restaurant |

Dining out is something I enjoy.  I am a pretty picky eater, so I don’t always try new things but I’ve been trying to get better at it.  Earlier this week, I was asked to visit 3009 (3 Double-O Nine) and sample some of their menu items.

During the four-course sampling, I tried: Green Chili Mac & Cheese Balls, Fried Green Tomatoes, Korean Fried Chicken, Creole Shrimp and Grits, Marble Fudge Brownie a la Mode and Texas Pecan Bread Pudding.  Each was delicious – even if you don’t eat seafood!

3009 Collage |

About 3 Double-O Nine:

HEB is opening 3009 as its fourth chef-inspired restaurant.  They will offer a seasonal, savory menu in a casual, family-friendly atmosphere.  3009 will offer a comprehensive menu, including grilled beef, turkey, veggies, cold and hot sandwiches, street tacos, pizza, salad, kid’s meals and desserts.

Outdoor Seating at 3 Double-O Nine |

3 Double-O Nine focuses on highlighting all things local – everything from the meats to the beer.  You’ll also find they have 12 Texas beers on tap, many of which are brewed in San Antonio.

Beer on tap at 3009 |

The restaurant offers indoor and outdoor dining as well as a completely enclosed green space for kids to run and play.

3 Double-O Nine will be open 7 days a week.  Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. | Friday – Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. | Sunday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Additionally, they will serve brunch on Sundays from 10-2.  It’ll include Eggs Benedict with house-smoked salmon or brisket – served traditional or southern style, French toast and fruit, and a breakfast sandwich with sausage and bacon served open-faced on focaccia; as well as Korean Fried Chicken and Waffles.

Join 3 Double-O Nine for their grand opening on April 17.  They are located at 17460 IH-35 N., Schertz, Texas (inside HEB).

Which of the above menu items would you try first?

Connect with 3 Double-O Nine on Facebook.

Wordless Wednesday: Happy Birthday, James!

I can’t believe my oldest baby is 11.  James has lots of snark and a little bit of my attitude.  He likes Mine Craft, fun facts and bugs.  He wants to be an entomologist when he grows up.

James 11th Birthday Collage |

James 11 |

James 11 |

Babies born on 4/14: 

  • Were likely conceived 7/23
  • Is a Aries
  • Has Diamond for their birthstone
  • Has a Sweet Peas for their birth flower
  • Has a half birthday of 7/3
  • Share a birthday with Loretta Lynn (1935), Pete Rose (1941), Adrien Brody (1973) and Sarah Michelle Gellar (1977)

On this day in history: 

  • J.C. Penney opens his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming in 1902.
  • Noah Webster’s An American Dictionary of the English Language is first printed in 1828.
  • NYC subway fares jump from 5 cents to 10 cents in 1948.  (The fare was $2.75 in 2014.)

Babies born the same year as James will start kindergarten in 2009, be old enough to drive a car in 2020, finish high school in 2022 and graduate college in 2026, give or take a year.

Interesting, huh?

Happy Wednesday!!

JANINE. {Children’s Book Review}

**Full Disclosure: I received JANINE. in exchange for my review.  There may be affiliate links (*) but all opinions are my own.  

JANINE. Children's Book |

I have a niece I don’t share much about.  Not because I don’t want to, but because there is a struggle that’s out of my hands.  But I love to send her books, clothes and shoes that make her feel good about being her.  JANINE. fits my criteria perfectly.


Janine is a sweet and personal story written by Maryann Cocca-Leffler and inspired by her daughter’s life as a child with disabilities.  Janine is a fun-loving girl with a contagious upbeat attitude.  Janine is one of a kind.  She talks to her imaginary friends, reads the dictionary for fun, uses lots of big words and remembers unusual facts. Some kids think she is strange and don’t want her to come to their ‘cool’ party unless she changes.  Janine stands up for her spectacular self and ends up changing the attitudes of her classmates. 

Cocca-Leffler wants to encourage kids to celebrate their differences and stand up for themselves as well as inspire all children to stand up for those who are left out or bullied.  

JANINE. is written for girls ages 4-7. 

Inside JANINE. Children's Book |

The illustrations are colorful, incredibly cute and perfect for kids.  The story is short, adorable and shows kids exactly how they can be themselves and still be cool.

I think JANINE. would be a great addition to any personal or school library.  It’s a book every kiddo should read at least once.

A page from JANINE. |

Purchase JANINE. for under $14 on*!

Who do you know that would benefit from JANINE.?