Sunday, November 23, 2014

Griddly Games: Show Me The Kwan #USFamilyGuide

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I am on a mission to expand my board game collection in order to have a wide range of games for my kids as the grow up. Until then, my husband and our friends will be trying these games out so we know how to play when they are ready. Here is one game that seems interesting.

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It's not quite a board game, definitely not a video game, and a whole lot of fun! It plays very quickly and works for any number of players (ages 10+ - can be slightly younger if simple spelling of words is not frustrating).

Show Me the Kwan is a fast-paced, dice rolling, word game. Given the chosen category the players must call out fitting words where either the first, second or last letter correspond to the lettered dice that were rolled. Each dice has an assigned point value. At the end of the 1 minute round, all players must count their points on the dice they collected. http://shop.griddlygames.com/ and use the codes FREESHIP for free shipping on Kwan ONLY, or code 10FORME for 10% off their entire order.

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#ProductReview: Wild Republic's Audubon Birds #wildrepublic #giveaway #Tomoson




Wild Republic is proud to continue it’s award-winning line of realistic birds with authentic sound. Licensed by the legendary National Audubon Society, with real bird calls provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, these birds have become one of the hottest collectibles in the toy market. They sell well to both children and adult bird enthusiasts. Each bird is carefully researched, and comes with an educational hang tag that includes information about its appearance, eating habits, habitat maps and sound information. Avid collectors will be delighted that we’ve introduced a new series, Baby Birds. Join the flock.

I signed up for this promotion because my grandma LOVES birds. She collects bird clocks, but I could see these musical birds becoming a big part of her obsession. I got this with the sole purpose of giving it to her for Christmas. The bird that was sent to me for review was a Blue Jay, which happens to be one of my favorite birds. There is a family of Blue jays behind my house in the woods. Occasionally we see them on the fence. I can't really say that I have heard them make any noise, but this stuffed version looks so accurate that I believe the chirp recording is accurate. I have pictures and a short video of the bird chirp for you to enjoy. It's a great quality and extremely cute bird. Makes me want to collect more. The tag attached to the bird was surprisingly informative. For someone that is collecting them, I can see you getting those tag protectors that people use on Beanie Babies to keep all this information intact.

These birds have been created to be informative play toys for children. While I do have children in my house that could enjoy this toy, my grandma will enjoy it more. I will note that it is a great texture that kids will enjoy and the birds sounds will be very educational for them to learn the different birds calls that they might encounter. The information on their tags would be great to read to them, but probably wouldn't survive very for very long with a child. So, take advantage of the teaching moment the tage presents immediately.

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Wild Republic Soars with Audubon BirdsTM

Twinsburg, OH - (November 19, 2014) - Wild Republic soars worldwide with its award-winning Audubon BirdsTM collection.

Licensed through the legendary National Audubon Society, the extensive collection of Wild Republic Audubon Birds (MSRP $8.00) are realistic plush birds with authentic sound, (actual bird calls provided by the Cornell Lab of Omithology).

The Audubon Birds have been a cornerstone product line of the Wild Republic for over a decade. Each year, the company looks to add more authentic birds to the line. Each bird is carefully researched, and comes with an education hangtag that includes information about its appearance, eating habits, habitat maps and sound information.

In 2013, Wild Republic extended its license with the Audubon Society to offer Audubon Birds Clasp Purses ($9.50 each), which do not have bird call sounds, as an assortment of different birds that engage and enthuse younger children and encourage their natural curiosity about the world's feathered friends.


The Wild Republic Audubon Birds and Clasp Purses are multi award-winning products, praised by independent evaluators and reviews. The Audubon Birds have earned several Dr. Toy honors, including Dr. Toy's Classic Products Award, as well as Best Green Products, Best Vacation Products and Top 10 Educational Products. The line has also been recognized by Mom's Choice Awards, National Parenting Publications of America and as the Creative Child Product of the Year.

Vishnu Chandran, President of Wild Republic, said, "Our Audubon Birds are one of our perennial best-selling product lines. We continually add more authentic species to the collectible plush line each year."

Wild Republic, the nature toy brand of K&M International, Inc., is a preeminent brand of action-driven, nature-themed toys designed to spark a child's imagination and educate about the wonders of the wild through creative play. K&M International, Inc., headquartered in Twinsburg, Ohio, near Cleveland, is the leading provider of nature-themed toys to the specialty toy and gift markets. The brands' consumer Web site is located at www.wildrepublic.com. For the most up to the minute information about Wild Republic, follow the company on its social media outlets: Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.




I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

FoxMind Presents the Gift No One Else Can Give - Fun

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What does every child want? An I Pad? Xbox? Maybe, but what is the one thing that every child wants, needs and deserves? At FoxMind Games they believe they know the answer and today announced the international availability of its new Time in a Box.

The new product, the brainchild of child psychologist and writer Rute Moreira, is more than its contents. It's a gift of dedicated time; an opportunity to try new things; a way to explore art and science; a chance to plan for the future and to consider the past; and a way to tell a child in your life that they matter to you - more than anything!

David Capon, President of FoxMind, explained, "The benefits of Time in a Box extend beyond the product itself because it creates uninterrupted quality moments with the family and reinforces social-emotional connections. It also aims to reinforce the child's feeling of connection to a larger community such as the neighborhood or the town where he or she lives."

Time in a Box

When you give Time in a Box, (MSRP $17.95 for 2 players ages 6 and up) you are offering a child you care about the gift no one else in the world can give them: your time. Inside the box you'll find 96 activity cards that allow a child to momentarily shift your priorities and focus on doing a special activity together, such as playing a board game; solving a puzzle; starting a family tree; making a blanket fort; or carrying out an act of kindness that will bring a smile to a stranger's face. Time in a Box includes a simple written agreement between you and the child that sets the ground rules by which you'll both abide. Adults should switch off their smart phones and get ready for some quality time!

"Season-by-season, Time in a Box is a gift that inspires activities that provide a wealth of ways to make memories together and the unique and beautiful box can serve as a memory chest where pictures and notes can be collected and treasured," Capon said.

Order yours today! http://www.foxmind.com

My Holiday Gift Guide #HolidayGiftGuide

Dream Team Pets

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After Halloween, my son started having nightmares. We saw one adult trick or treating for his kids that had one heck of a face painting job done. We somehow ended up crossing his path three times and for the life of me I could not figure out if he was a zombie or a goblin. My husband asked him why he was trick or treating when he came to our house and his reason was that he was doing it for his kids whom he couldn't get to go. Anyway, after seeing him, my son had a pretty serious nightmare. I had not anticipated this happening before ordering his new Dream Team Pets puppy, but we couldn't have had it arrive at a better time. He really loves this little puppy.

His first reaction was that his puppy, whom he keeps changing his name, was just another stuffed animal. Then I explained that he was to help chase the bad dreams away. We read through the story and I told him that each night that he doesn't have a bad dream, the puppy gets a star on his certificate. We have three stars, but that is because a few nights the puppy slept in the truck. When he got up in the morning after not having a nightmare, he took him into the truck on the way to school. After a few nights, he had another nightmare and realized that his puppy was not in his bed. He felt like the puppy needed to go back to the start before gaining more stars (his idea not mine). It seems like he is more comfortable with his new friend and he is at least not coming out of his room a bunch after having nightmares. Great idea and I definitely recommend trying this if you child has chronic nightmares.


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Mrs. Cavanaugh's Chocolates

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Oh my gosh. I am so happy to presenting this review to you. Mrs. Cavanaugh's Chocolates have earned a reputation for unquestionable excellence and for good reason. These might be the best chocolates I have ever had and I am a chocoholic. I was give an 8oz sample box and four chocolate bars to try out.

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The very first one I tried was the Stand-up Caramel. Caramels tend to get hard and when I first took it out, I thought it was going to be really hard to chew. The inside was not as hard as the outside of it though. It was creamy and didn't stick to my teeth like most caramels do. It was just sweet enough not to be overpowering. An amazing caramel indeed.

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The second thing I tried was the mint chocolate truffle bar. Oh my god this was the best mint chocolate I have ever had. I love Andes mints, but you have to eat a ton of them to satisfy your mint craving. York peppermint patties are too strong for my liking. This had just enough mint to taste good and satisfy. I could eat one every day.

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I could detail my thoughts on every single chocolate that came in the gift box, but I wasn't able to keep them all to myself. Once we all tasted them, they disappeared. I heard no complaints and everything I tried was amazing!

About Mrs. Cavanaugh's Chocolates: Yes, there really is a Mrs. Cavanaugh! Marie was born in West Jordan, Utah, and raised in the little Southern Utah community of Green River. Marie always had a knack for cooking and learned while just a youngster to provide delicious meals and desserts for her large family of seven.Mrs Cavanaugh
Marie left home to attend college and there met her future husband George. After their wedding the newlyweds moved to George’s cattle ranch in South Dakota. Marie found that she had a talent for business and started making fine chocolates in their ranch home, the rest is history. Marie learned early that quality pays big dividends.

She discovered early that people are willing to pay for quality and that they will come back again and again to enjoy that quality.

Now over forty five years and thousands of tons of chocolates later, Mrs. Cavanaugh, with the help and support of her husband George and their wonderful, outgoing family and loyal employees, continue to create some of the world’s finest chocolates.

Check Out Mrs. Cavanaugh's Chocolates

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#ProductReview: Mrs. Cavanaugh's Chocolates #USFamilyGuide

Mrs. Cavanaugh's Chocolates

Oh my gosh. I am so happy to presenting this review to you. Mrs. Cavanaugh's Chocolates have earned a reputation for unquestionable excellence and for good reason. These might be the best chocolates I have ever had and I am a chocoholic. I was give an 8oz sample box and four chocolate bars to try out.

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The very first one I tried was the Stand-up Caramel. Caramels tend to get hard and when I first took it out, I thought it was going to be really hard to chew. The inside was not as hard as the outside of it though. It was creamy and didn't stick to my teeth like most caramels do. It was just sweet enough not to be overpowering. An amazing caramel indeed.

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The second thing I tried was the mint chocolate truffle bar. Oh my god this was the best mint chocolate I have ever had. I love Andes mints, but you have to eat a ton of them to satisfy your mint craving. York peppermint patties are too strong for my liking. This had just enough mint to taste good and satisfy. I could eat one every day.

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I could detail my thoughts on every single chocolate that came in the gift box, but I wasn't able to keep them all to myself. Once we all tasted them, they disappeared. I heard no complaints and everything I tried was amazing!

About Mrs. Cavanaugh's Chocolates: Yes, there really is a Mrs. Cavanaugh! Marie was born in West Jordan, Utah, and raised in the little Southern Utah community of Green River. Marie always had a knack for cooking and learned while just a youngster to provide delicious meals and desserts for her large family of seven.Mrs Cavanaugh
Marie left home to attend college and there met her future husband George. After their wedding the newlyweds moved to George’s cattle ranch in South Dakota. Marie found that she had a talent for business and started making fine chocolates in their ranch home, the rest is history. Marie learned early that quality pays big dividends.

She discovered early that people are willing to pay for quality and that they will come back again and again to enjoy that quality.

Now over forty five years and thousands of tons of chocolates later, Mrs. Cavanaugh, with the help and support of her husband George and their wonderful, outgoing family and loyal employees, continue to create some of the world’s finest chocolates.

Check Out Mrs. Cavanaugh's Chocolates

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Buy 1 lb Get 1 lb FREE of Mrs. Cavanaugh's Chocolates use promo code: usfamily2014

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