Sunday, April 24, 2016

Aeromax Encourages STEM with a Youth or Adult Lab Coat

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Career Day at the School
This STEM lab coat from Aeromax was a big hit!
Lasts week my son had Career Day at his school, and this year he decided to go as a scientist! His awesome new STEM coat from Aeromax and some slicked down hair (because according to my 8-yr-old who is an authority on such things, that is how you must wear your hair in such a coat, ) was all he needed to complete the look. The outfit was easy, effective, and very cool! 

Science is my son's favorite class, and learning about all grade-school facets of it makes him very happy. I known STEM is a buzzword these days, and I'm really glad that it is, not just for the boys, but for the girls too! 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Kids Deluxe Art Table: One Step Ahead has Organizing #Solutions!

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He's 8-years-old and still one the best parts of a big item being delivered is the box (our new Kids Deluxe Art Table from One Step Ahead). Mmhmm... I said it, and I love it! :)

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Find It Games_Oh the Things You Will Find at the Beach!

This is one of many versions of the Find It Games.

The description on the website for the Find It Games says these will boost focus and concentration. I'm here to tell you that is true, but these games are also a great conversation starter, and they're fun! My good friend and his family were visiting us recently and I walked by with this in my hand. He asked what it was, and then everyone in the room wanted to get it in on it (not just his kids, his wife loved this one too!).

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Today is National Scrabble Day! #PlayLikeHasbro


Woo hoo!
Today, April 13th, is National Scrabble Day! 

Scrabble is a game I grew up with and still love to play. I remember my grandmother sitting around with me many a day (or evening) playing games or putting together puzzles. My memories from that time are very pleasant, and as such it is a tradition I have carried over for my children. Scrabble is often on the game day (or night) list!

The board above shows the grid you will play on. The first thing you need to do is set the board on a flat surface, where it won't get bumped. That last tip is important. You don't want to set this up on the bed or couch because I guarantee you, you'll spend more time re-settling the letters in their proper spots than you will playing the actual game (experience is a great teacher). ;)

Each player will then randomly select (7) letter tiles from the drawstring bag, being sure the others in the game do not see them.

The tiles get placed on a wood tile bar, facing only the player to whom they belong.

Each player takes their turn to create a word with the tiles they have, building off of the words created by everyone that are on the board. You can add one letter to an existing word, make parallel words, bridge two words, or create new words, IF all of the letters involved create real words (in every direction they touch). The words have to meet the rules... no proper names, no acronyms, etc.

As a long-time player, I have five tips to offer, that I'm sure many of you can relate to in an instant. 
  • Keep a dictionary on hand, the longer the game goes, the more challenging it will get. When tiles start running out, and the letters available to make words are scarce, someone (or more than someone...or someone on multiple turns is going throw out a doozey of a 'word'...and you're going to have to look it up for clarification.
  • If kids are playing, they're going to attempt to throw in acronyms even though they are, per the rules, clearly not permitted. Don't allow this even if the acronym is very popular...not even once, because the kids will run with it and no matter how text or social media savvy you are, you just can't compete with kids for knowing trendy acronyms.
  • Someone's going to try and cheat...and you're all probably going to laugh. When you get down to just Q's and Z's on your tiles, believe you me, everyone is racking their brain to think of something that will work and get them some points.
  • Blank tiles feel like you've won the lottery. You might be tempted to use them the first time you have a bit of a challenge. Don't. Hold on to those for when you get towards the end of the game and you have REAL challenges. Remember, patience is a virtue. ;)
  • The game is going to get competitive, and if your family is like's going to get loud. Have fun with it, and realize everyone involved is a winner because you're getting the biggest perk of all by playing: friend/family time!

Scrabble is sold in 121 countries, with 29 different language versions. It comes in the traditional style I've photographed here, and it comes in different versions as well. I'm thinking the electronic version might be fun to get, and we already have a bookshelf travel version as well (oh yes, we do love this game). Scrabble is intended for 2-4 players, ages 8+

You can purchase it in stores everywhere, or on the Hasbro website

Happy National Scrabble Day!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

What Do Visitors Pacifica Beauty, and the Beach Have in Common?

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Pacifica 7Free Nail Color Trio

We recently had family visiting from Georgia. So nice to see them all, and in the bunch of 'em were three teenage (growing up so fast!) girls. How do you make teenage girls happy who are visting old folks (like me) in Florida, when they really want to be at the beach? You break out the nail polish, that's what you do... 

Sunday, April 3, 2016

ZUS for Mother's Day! Double Charge It and Never Lose Your Car Again!

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This is Zus. He's a beauty isn't it?
 Lights up,finds your car without a cell signal, and he charges TWO electronic devices.

Oh Zus...I wish I'd had you when!!

I was standing in the parking garage at the Miami airport, returning from a trip up north, when I had that sick, sinking feeling... I couldn't remember where I'd parked. I remembered the general area (thank goodness), but not the number or row. If you have ever been to that particular airport, or any other very large airport, you must know my dilemma was real. On top of that, it was getting hmm, and my glasses were in my car (I can't see well without them when it gets dark).