Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Circuit Maze

Circuit Maze is an electric current logic game for ages 8 and up and is for one player. It comes with 60 challenge cards from beginning to expert. The goal is to arrange the tokens to create a real circuit that lights up the different colored beacons. 

Challenge card

Solution is on back.

Our 4 boys ages 11 to 16 have enjoyed playing this and are at various stages of working their way through the challenges.

The game includes:

1 Game Grid
60 Challenge Cards from Beginner to Expert with Solutions
21 Game Tokens (1 Two-Part Power Source, 3 LED Beacons, 2 Straights, 2 Bridges, 2 Double Corners, 2 T-Shapes, 5 Corners, 1 Switch, and 3 Blockers)

It does require 3 AAA batteries which are not included.

Thinkfun offers so many fun and educational games. We've enjoyed playing many of them and Circuit Maze is a great addition to our game collection.

You can find Circuit Maze on Amazon.

* I received this game for free for my honest review. No other compensation was received. Opinions are my own.

If You Were Me and Lived in...Colonial America - Book Review

Books like If You Were Me and Lived in...Colonial America make history fun. We love to use this type of book for our homeschool learning. This book is interesting for adults and kids. The pages are glossy and full of great illustrations. The back has a glossary that is very helpful and there is also a 2 page spread of some of the people that were influential at the time. We really enjoyed this book.

An enjoyable way to learn a bit of history.

If You Were Me and Lived in...Ancient Greece was sent along as a surprise! It is also a wonderful book full of great illustrations and exciting facts about living in Ancient Greece. She also gives details about the gods and goddesses of Ancient Greece and a nice glossary which includes pronunciation. I love the way she tells it from a child's point of view yet it's not childish.

If You Were Me and Lived in...Colonial America and If You Were Me and Lived in...Ancient Greece can be found on Amazon.

The author, Carole P. Roman, has written several other books that are worth checking out too.You can visit her website http://www.caroleproman.com/ to learn more.

* I received these books from the author for free for this review. No other compensation was received. Opinions are my own.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Nortwill Hanging Outdoors Single Hammock w/ Tree Straps

There is nothing quite like relaxing in a hammock. This Nortwill Hanging Outdoors Single Hammock w/ Tree Straps is quick and easy to set up. 

Heavy duty aluminum carabineers and 6mm nautical grade rope allow this hammock to hold up to 400 lbs and survive in all sorts of weather conditions.

The hammock has triple stitched nylon for extra support. The nylon material is lightweight and breathable. It weighs only 19.5 oz so it makes it great for taking along on any of your camping or hiking excursions. 

It folds up easily into a carry bag. The smaller bag holds the tree straps.

We have been using ours in our backyard for now. The boys wanted this khaki olive color so it would blend in with the trees better. They do offer several other colors. The hammock is plenty big for one person and is very comfortable to relax in. It's a great option for your backyard or next outdoor adventure.

* I received this item at a discount for this review. No other compensation was received. Opinions are my own.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

OMG! FLAX BUTTER! (Madagascar Vanilla)

I love trying new foods and was excited to see how this OMG! FLAX BUTTER! (Madagascar Vanilla) would taste. It does have an acquired taste but it reminds me very much of when I first started using almond butter. After a few times eating it you get used to it and like it!

It's smooth & creamy.

It's tasty on sliced bananas!

OMG! FLAX BUTTER! (Madagascar Vanilla) is a great way to get your Omega-3's in. One serving contains 100% daily value of Omega-3's which is vital for your brain and heart health. They will thank you! It's also Gluten Free, 100% NON-GMO, Kosher Certified, contains no trans fat, no cholesterol, and is rich in lignans.

You can find OMG! FLAX BUTTER! (Madagascar Vanilla) on Amazon. They offer a Dark Chocolate flavor too. 

* I did receive this product at a discount for this review. No other compensation was received. Opinions are my own.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Lebice Popsicle Molds

Lebice Popsicle Molds are great to have on hand for making your own summer treats. This set comes with 6 molds, a folding funnel, and a cleaning brush. The molds are BPA free and dishwasher safe.

Coconut milk & frozen strawberries.

The funnel helps to not make a mess.

Ready to go in the freezer.

Pops out easy after running under bit of warm water.

The molds have a drip tray so you don't get messy.

These popsicle molds were easy to use and wash up. I just washed with soap and water by hand. I love being able to make my own healthy frozen treats. The kids have a list of ideas for making some more tasty treats of their own.

You can find these Lebice Popsicle Molds on Amazon. 

* I received this product for free for this review. No other compensation was received. Opinions are my own.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

RoosterFin Game Night

We were lucky enough to be selected to host a RoosterFin Game Night from Tryazon. They sent us 3 games to try out and also coupons to pass out to our party guests. We ended up having our game night during the afternoon since it worked out better for us.


PongCano was a huge hit! Some had beginner's luck and made it in on the first try while others just didn't have the luck. A few did improve on their shots and it got to be pretty competitive. Really a fun game just be sure you have space cleared on the table for a bouncing ping pong ball that doesn't always find it's way inside the volcano.

Monkeys Up

At first glance we thought Monkeys Up was some sort of stacking game but that was not the case. The monkeys all have numbers on the bottom of their feet. This one was played by flipping, stealing, and switching the monkeys. Whoever ended up with the highest score won. It was fun!

Turtle Flip

Turtle Flip is sort of a memory game but you are using tokens that keep things moving left or right or flipping. Whoever ends up with the highest card when it's time to flip wins. This one took a little bit to get the idea of the game but once it was figured out it's a fast moving game.

The kids had fun trying out all of the games. We liked that all of the games could be played with several people at once and they are great for a variety of ages.

Of course no party is complete without food so we did have snacks after everyone had worked up an appetite from all the game play. It was a great excuse to have friends over and share some new games with them. It was also 95 and humid out so it was a good day to be inside!

You can find all of these games and others from RoosterFin on Amazon.

* We were given these games for free to review for this party. No other compensation was received. Opinions are my own and that of our party guests.

#tryazon  #roosterfingames

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Fast & Fresh Anti-Inflammatory Cookbook -Review

Fast & Fresh Anti-Inflammatory Cookbook is full of 150 recipes to help reduce inflammation and make you feel better. There is a section at the beginning giving information about inflammation, what causes it, symptoms of it, and what it does to the body over a long period of time. It talks about the benefits of eating anti-inflammatory foods, what foods to avoid, cooking methods, and gives a 7 day meal plan to get you started.

The book contains a good variety of recipes. A few that stuck out to me were the Meditteranean Vegetable Frittata, Middle Eastern Chicken Salad, and the Spicy Shrimp & Zucchini Noodles.

Overall this is a good cookbook. I do wish it had more pictures of the finished recipes. I like to see what I'm making. Just looking at a recipe doesn't always lure me in as much as a picture. There was also a part at the beginning that listed Foods to Buy but there was nothing listed. It just jumped to Cooking Methods. Not sure what happened there.

You can find Fast & Fresh Anti-Inflammatory Cookbook on Amazon.

* I did receive an ebook version for this review. No other compensation was received. Opinions are my own.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Premium Watermelon Slicer and Melon Baller

The Premium Watermelon Slicer and Melon Baller set seem to be pretty popular kitchen tools at the moment. I was not really sure what to expect with the slicer. My mom had mentioned she had seen someone use a similar one on a cooking show and she said it looked pretty neat. I wasn't sure I was going to know how to use it though. Big surprise - it is super easy and definitely pretty neat!

 It cuts through easy and quick.

 It cuts a nice straight piece.

 It lifts out easily.

I just need a bit more practice.

The slicer feels sturdy. It's made with stainless steel 18/10. I'm just impressed how fast I could get the slices cut. The only thing I wish this slicer had is some sort of a silicone grip on the handle or tongs part. It is a bit uncomfortable to hold and almost feels like you could cut your hand if it slipped or you hold it wrong. 

The melon baller makes two different sizes. I know a lot of people like to make pretty fruit bowls with all different kinds of melons for parties and such but I just found it so time consuming. I don't know that I'd really use this very often. Maybe if I had a really special occasion or if I could get my kids to do it! It is really easy to use though and good quality.

You can find the Premium Watermelon Slicer and Melon Baller on Amazon. 

* I received this set for free for my honest review. No other compensation was received. Opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Leopard Outdoor Products 24 Can Outdoor Soft Cooler

The Leopard Outdoor Products 24 Can Outdoor Soft Cooler has a lot of space. It has several pockets on the outside of the bag also so you can store things you don't need to keep cold. It has the 2 front pockets with zippers and then also mesh pockets on each side. It also has a pocket at the back for storing things or you can unzip the bottom part and use it as a loop to slip over the handle of a carry on piece of luggage. The dimensions of the bag are 13"L x 9"W x 11"H. It can hold 24 cans like it says.

I've found that it's really easy to wipe clean. The material of the bag inside and out feels like it should hold up for quite awhile. It's made from durable ripstop polyester. My husband used it for work for a few days and the dust wiped off the outside really easily.

The cooler has a few options for carrying. You can use the soft handle on top, the padded over the shoulder strap, or the handles on the sides. It also has 2 zippers on the lid for easy access into the bag.

This is a really great cooler bag for taking along for a day at the park, a road trip, or even just lunch for work. My husband carries a lot of water bottles along with his lunch when he uses it so it's perfect for him. 

* I received this product at a discount for this review. No other compensation was received. Opinions are my own.