Saturday, September 17, 2016

Top Bloom Kraft Bags Review

About Top Bloom Kraft Bags
Forget those flimsy sacks that easily fall apart. Top Bloom Bags feature durable 65-lb paper stock & rugged twist-twine handles. Each 8" x 4.75" x 10" bag holds up to 8-10 lbs. With their flat stay-up bottoms & neutral white color, these versatile bags offer countless practical options. Use them for shopping, gift giving, party favors, arts & crafts & more!

Our Experience
These bags are a great blank canvas for lots of different projects. With four kids we go to a lot of birthday parties. We have used them for gift giving. They aren't too big. The handles are sturdy. We will also be using them as party favor bags for my sons birthday. They don't have any slick coating on them so my son was able to draw on them with markers. They didn't bleed through or smear. We are also homeschooling this year so I'm sure we will come up with some craft ideas too. Overall, these are very versatile bags.

You can purchase Top Bloom Kraft Bags here.

This product was purchased at a promotional price for an honest review. The opinion expressed is 100% my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

There is no shore in sight

We started homeschooling this week. Mr. O is in 5th and Mr. R is in 2nd. Mr. C is too young to be registered so we will do some Pre-K activities. He really wants to do what his brothers do so I’m going to try to modify some lessons to include him. No matter how much I could have prepared I don’t think I could ever be ready. I know I have lots of ideas of what I want us to do. But, I know we can’t to all of them at once, and I certainly don’t want to overwhelm them. So we will ramp it up over the next couple weeks. For now we will focus on math and reading. 

Making it fun by including some art time.

WatchMinder Review

About WatchMinder
The WatchMinder is a simple wristwatch that can easily be programmed to set up discreet vibrating reminders throughout one’s day.  Invented by a child psychologist, the WatchMinder was designed to aid children and adults with Attention Deficit Disorder AD/HD and others with special needs in staying focused, managing their time, and modifying their thoughts and behaviors. 

Our Experience
We are trying to use the WatchMinder with my oldest son. He has a tendency to get easily frustrated and have over the top reactions to seemingly minor events. I was hoping we could program reminders for him to stay calm. The difficulty is not knowing when he might need reminding. Setting the reminder too close together gets annoying and distracting. Setting it too far apart doesn't reinforce the message. It can be set at a specified time interval to repeatedly display one reminder, like 'be positive'. It can also used to schedule different reminders throughout the day. This can be rather time consuming to set. Also, I cannot figure out how to individually delete or change a reminder or scheduled item. So a couple times I had to reset the watch to it's original settings are start over. He says the watch band is comfortable. It is set on the smallest setting. So using it with an even younger child might be difficult. I found that it is something that distracts him more than helps him. We are going to keep using it and see if we can find the right setting to make it work for him. If not I think it might work for one of his younger bothers. It comes with a special charger that plugs into a wall outlet and is easy to use. I also like that it comes preloaded with multiple phrases, and it has the ability to add your own. Overall, the WatchMinder has a lot of great features that can be adapted to use with a lot of different behaviors.

You can purchase WatchMinder here.

This product was purchased at a promotional price for an honest review. The opinion expressed is 100% my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Gigamons Review

About Gigamons
Enter a realm where magic reigns and the world's elements are creatures with mythical abilities! On your turn, you will look at 2 of the face-down Elemons on the table, revealing them to all players. When you find a pair of Elemons, you will earn them and also invoke their unique special power, giving you an advantage for the rest of the game. Every three of the same Elemon you find, will summon the corresponding Gigamon to your side. And when you have 3 Gigamons, you win the game! Gigamons is a game artistically designed to engage the player's imagination and carry them away to a new world.

Our Experience
This is a fun memory game with an added twist. My three kids have been playing it nonstop for the past week. You can have up to four players, so even I can enjoy playing it with them. The rules are, when an Elemon match is made you get to do something special, like take another turn or peek at four of the cards. Each Elemon allows you to do something different. When you have collected 3 Elemons you get to take the larger Gigamon. Because my kids also really like Pokémon they say that the Elemons are evolving into Gigamons. Once you have three Gigamons on your side you win. The age recommendation is 6, but after explaining the rules to my four year old he was able to play too. He just doesn't quite have as much strategy as his brothers. The game pieces are sturdy and will hold up to lots of repeated play. Lastly, the art is absolutely beautiful! I enjoy looking at all the detail in each of the pieces. Overall, this is a great game that the whole family can enjoy.

Connect with Blue Orange Games

You can purchase Gigamons here.

This product was received in exchange for an honest review. The opinion expressed is 100% my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.