Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Enter to #win a Mythical Creatures Find It Game! #giveaway

It's Game Day today, in my son's classroom!
Photo taken early this morning, on the way to school.

Today is Game Day at my son's school. That means everyone gets to bring in something fun for the class to play with during their break time (recess is what we called it when I went to school). Why so early in the year? Because it's HOT outside and the kids voted for inside recess. I've been out there in the heat of the day, and I can't same I blame 'em. Smart of the teacher to even think of the 'inside game' idea. My son broke the news to me early this morning that he needed a game (insert parents laughing here because this kind of thing always happens). Fortunately he has a new game in the house, that he just loves...the FIND IT Mythical Creatures Game, and that's what he decided to take.

Everyone who sees this game (we have another version) asks what it is, and then wants to try and find some items on their own. It doesn't matter who they are, or how old they are, this game is an instant hands-on conversation piece! I think it would be fun to have one on your desk at work too (in addition to the kids having one at home).

There are various ways to play, or you can make up your own. We do all of the above. ;) The set comes with a small deck of player cards, a list of items and a cannister (with the items listed on the non-removeable lid).

You can see in the photo above that when you shake up the cannister a bit, or roll it around, the pieces inside start to become revealed. The object of the game is to basically find the items listed, but how you do so will be up to you. 

The game is also a great conversation starter and a fun way to introduce or elaborate upon teaching with your kids. For example...have them locate the shpinx (the character with the head of a human and the body of the lion), and then go into a history of the culture it came from, or offer up some fun facts on it and other mythological items. 

There are some items everyone will know (like the mermaid) that you can still find and then share fun facts about that they might not have known Then there will be items to find that may be completely new to the players. That's where an extra dose of teaching/learning can come into play. Either way, it's a fun way to incorporate teaching at home, or in the classroom.

They have quite a few versions of this game (Eww, GrossPiratesOriginal and more). Take a look around the website and see what you think. Everyone really seems so drawn to these games. They're like slinky's were back in the day: impossible to resist. :)

Hint: Keep these in mind for the upcoming holidays too because they'd make excellent gift ideas.

You can learn more about the Find It Games by visiting their website
You can also follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter.

One lucky winner gets a Find It Mythical Creatures game to call their own. US entrants only.

Monday, August 22, 2016

These PlayMobil Carry Cases are FUN! with #Giveaway

Disclosure; This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

What's baby girl so excited about? PLAYMOBIL Carrying Cases!! She has good reason to be excited too, because these little kits are crazy cool awesome. These came the day before my little one came to visit grandmama for a few days. It was perfect timing.

Winner Announcement

Congratulations to JoAnna whose name was randomly selected by Rafflecopter as the winner of the I Love You Because book giveaway.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Decorating with Replica Furniture Can Save You a Bundle!

When I'm shopping for furniture I like to find items that are classic in style but still look oh so comfortable. Usually those pieces are too expensive for my current budget, unless I get lucky and find a great piece of replica furniture that I can afford. Items like the French Provincial armchair you see above make me really happy. I can see myself sitting there to read a good book, preferably facing a window with a beautiful nature view. And it is a replica, so it's not too cost-prohibitive to consider. In fact, I'd like to have a few of these to pepper around the lounging areas of my place.

That being said, I do appreciate coming across a more modern look too. I have a good friend who always has the more modern pieces in her home, and they are definitely great conversation starters at family parties! This replica Lem Piston barstool would be right up her alley, and I have to admit it is pretty amazing.

Replica furniture allows you to recreate your favorite kinds of looks, even when you are working on a budget. I say if you can, decorate the way you want to from the get-go. All of the pieces you put in your home are items you're going to look at and use for a long time. Might as well make them selections that you love!

Do you have a favorite decorating style?

Winner Announcement

Congratulations to Patrycja whose name was randomly selected by Rafflecopter as the winner of the Baby Magic Giveaway.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Coco Key Water Resort: Everything You Could Want in a Family Hotel and More! #Orlando

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

THIS is a great place to celebrate back-to-school OR
one last hurrah before school starts (depending on where you are located). :)
This is a hotel review for Coco Key Water Resort in Orlando, Florida, but let me tell you right from the get-go, this is not an ordinary hotel!!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

CollegeSpeak and a Ten Dollar Gift Card from Bed Bath & Beyond! #ad

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

Today we headed over to our local Bed, Bath & Beyond store to stock up on Procter & Gamble health, beauty & laundry items for back to college campus time for my son. We chose this specific destination because they have a great in-store deal going on right now where if you purchase $40 worth of the participating P&G items, you will recieve a $10 Bed Bath & Beyond gift card. I always love when you can get a gift card just for purchasing items that you're already going to be buying anyway. :)