Saturday, December 8, 2012

Make Your Own Chocolate + Giveaway

My children and I had the privilege of reviewing a delicious "Make Your Own Chocolate" Kit . I love activities such as these and so do my children! The folks at Glee Gum give you everything you need to make a sweet treat. I loved that there were enough steps in the candy making process that all of my kids got to participate in the creation of their chocolate candies. They tasted a real cacao bean. They said it didn't taste like anything except for the small chocolate after taste. They had so much fun with this!

peanut butter cups & chocolate covered raisins.

They not only have a chocolate kit, but also "Make Your Own Gummies" and "Make Your Own Chewing Gum" kits. Your kids will love the hands on fun and will learn something they may not know.

Now, Glee Gum is also known for their GUM. Glee Gum is all natural chewing gum made with sustainably harvested rainforest chicle. It comes in 8 great flavors: cinnamon, peppermint, tangerine, bubblegum, spearmint, triple berry, sugar-free lemon-lime and sugar-free refresh-mint. Glee Gum is the #1 healthy alternative to synthetic chewing gum and bubble gum! No artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, or sweeteners (no aspartame). Chew with Glee, naturally!

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1 winner will receive a "Make Your Own" Kit 

Monday, December 3, 2012

"You've Been Sentenced" to Country Music + Giveaway

 McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds has given us another opportunity to review a different version of the game "You've Been Sentenced," and we were very excited to start playing! The You've Been Sentenced game has earned over 10 national awards. I was surprised this game was winning awards back in 2007. Where have I been and why didn't I know about this game sooner?! This game is great fun for the whole family! I have recently been given 4 extra children to care for, and a house with 7 children needs fun games that everyone can play. Also being a homeschooling mom, I'm always looking for fun, innovative teaching tools. This is great for our language art studies! This particular game is for ages 8 & up, takes 30-40 min to play, and takes 3-10 players.

 Here's What They Say:

The real fun begins when players have to read their sentences out loud and explain what they mean to the rest of players. They form the jury and vote thumbs up or down on whether the sentence and justification stand and the points are scored. 540 cards with over 2,500 words insure billions of possible sentences so the game is never repetitive and has unlimited re-play value. Multiple other methods of play are available on the website that turn "You've been Sentenced!" into not just a game, but a full game system! 

Socially interactive, players become members of the Jury and can ask a player to justify and defend the grammar, sense and meaning of the sentence. The player has a chance to convince the Jury to accept their often outrageous and hilarious sentences.

Never the same game twice
A word deck with over 2,500 individual words, plus Wild Cards, ensures an infinite number of sentences, guaranteeing maximum re-play value. "You've Been Sentenced!" offers unlimited play, without ever becoming stale or repetitive. 

What We Have To Say:
The sentences people come up with can be hilarious! So to play everyone starts out with 10 cards. They must use the words on the cards to make a grammatically correct sentence. You don't have to use all 10 cards but it earns you more points if you do. This country music version has great country words such as square dancer, fishing pole, and knucklehead.

We had so much fun playing this game! It didn't take long before we had to form a jury to vote on the crazy sentences we made up.
In the beginning of the game my son made some pretty crazy sentences that were not grammatically correct. By the end of the 5 rounds we played he was making some great sentences. We could not stop playing we were having so much fun. I think we played for a good 3 hours before we finally called it quits. My son was literally in tears because he was laughing so hard. OK, a lot of us were. I agree that this game is great for kids to learn on as well as adults. There are so many different ways to play this one game! Their website even has a lesson plan. Learning can be fun! We are so glad and thankful to add this game to our game closet because it will get lots of use!

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1 winner will receive their own game "You've Been Sentenced: Country Music Edition"
I received a copy of the listed game for this review. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Pinypon Party

The girls in my house were very excited to start playing with these new Pinypon/Nenuco toys. These little, but manageable dolls can transform. You can change their hair, clothes, faces, etc. All the girls loved it!

Go on a road trip in the super cool Pinypon Caravan -a fully loaded house on wheels! It even has a shower and mirror! Includes a Pinypon colorful friend and loveable pet, lounge chair, surf board, picnic table, picnic accessories and swimming pool for a day full of fun! Enjoy a great road adventure with Pinypon. Collect & create a whole Pinypon world!  
The caravan is pretty awesome in itself. There are plenty of wonderful pieces to share with each other. The top of the caravan converts into a boat with a slide. The rest of the vehicle opens up and has a working shower and storage for all the pieces.

All the girls got to pick their very own Pinypon doll. They come with their own accessories as well.

Changing the face
Transforming the caravan

This toy was definitely a winner with all the girls at my house. You can find these awesome toys in a Toys R Us store near you or on!

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Disclosure: Thank you to MommyParties for allowing our family this amazingly fun opportunity to try these products and share with our friends! I was not compensated for this post. We were provided the products shown above to review and giveaway during our party. All opinions are 100% mine.