Harry Potter Magical Beasts Game Review #ChristmasGiftGuide

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Calling all Harry Potter Fans! If you weren’t aware the Harry Potter Magical Beasts movie is out in Theaters. If you haven’t seen it then put it on your list to go see. It’s a new spin off of the Harry Potter movies and from what I have heard the movie is as amazing as the other Harry Potter movies so you won’t be disappointed. So you can enter another world again and see all the mystical creatures that are running amok. Then we have a game that is a must have for Harry Potter fans as well.

The Harry Potter Magical Beasts Game isn’t like any other game that you have played. It has a game board but it’s not just one sided, you can flip the board to go from the interior of Hogwarts to the grounds to continue to play and find the clues and elements to capture the beasts that are running amok. You can choose which player you want to be from Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, or Ginny Weasley. Your favorite wizard can be yours to play the game with and you can always switch wizards as you start a new game, so your not always going to be one wizard if you do not want to.

I have to say that I was soooooo impressed with this game when I saw it at the Toy and Game Fair in November. I couldn’t believe that the board was able to go between the grounds and Hogwarts with a simple flip of the game board. They really pulled out all the stops with this game. It will get Harry Potter fans completely excited about playing. My oldest son is a HUGE Harry Potter fan, he has all the movies and has wore them out so much that we had to purchase new Harry potter movies. So when I showed him the game and he was so excited that he wanted to play right away.

So we set up the game board and we started to play. My son loved that he was able to be his favorite characters in the movies. He was Harry Potter and I was Hermione when we played. It was such a great adventure to play with him and get clues as we played so that we could capture the magical beasts. We loved that it had the Hogwarts interior and the grounds, it made if feel like you were apart of being in the movie as well. We have been playing the game over and over again as my son’s just love the game. We will be playing again today as it’s cold outside and the boys requested another game day. So I told them that after we shovel the new snow that we got last night that we would come in for some hot chocolate and play games.

If you have a Harry Potter Fan on your Christmas list they are going to love playing Harry Potter Magical Beasts Game. It’s really fun and creative with the swinging boards so your not stuck with just one board to play on. I have to say that it’s a great game that even I like to play with my son’s. Let the games begin and have your wands at the ready! The fun never ends with the Harry Potter Magical Beasts Game.

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Rummikub Game Review #ChristmasGiftGuide

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Rummikub is a wonderful game for the whole family to play together. It is a family favorite here, from my son’s to my mother, we all love to play. It really helps with learning to count, colors, and having a great time together. The tiles come with numbers in different colors and smiley faces which are your wild tiles.

To start the game someone needs to be able to “Meld” which is where each player lays down the value of 30 points or they can not play and they will pick a tile and then it goes to the next player if they can not “Meld”. Then once you have “Meld” you can lay your tiles down in any points that are available on your tile holder. You continue to play till all the tiles are laid out. We have had so much fun playing this game. You can lay 3 of the same numbers but in different colors. The other tiles that you can lay down are the sequenced numbers but they must be in the same colors.

It has been so much fun watching my son’s learn to play and having a fun time playing. It has really helped them with their math skills, it’s a great Stem game for them to work on their small motor skills as well. My granddaughter’s have used the tiles to learn their colors when the kids play. We just have a lot of fun when we are playing. The boys favorite part is when they have titles that match the ones that we have all already laid down. So when I played the 6,7,8 in orange and they have the 9 orange they can play that tile on my tiles and get points for it.

You can play and keep score of you can play without keeping score. When we play with my son’s, I normally don’t keep a points sheet, we go by who ever runs out of tiles is the winner. The boys love playing the game and they have been asking for us to keep playing it because they love it so much. I can see us playing it a lot over the Christmas break when it’s to cold to go outside. I have already talked to my son’s about having an unplugged Christmas vacation. So we will be playing a lot of board games, science experiments, baking, and other fun activities.

This game will be hours of family fun to play, or you could play a quick game as well. If your looking for a great game for the family to play at Christmas time Rummikub should be on the top of your list. It is going to be a great time and a great change of pace if your looking for a new game to play. It would also make a great gift for anyone on your Christmas shopping list! Trust me they will be thanking you for the game. I know we are going to be bringing Rummikub camping with us as well! We love to stay at a cabin during the summer and we unplug for a week and just have a great time fishing, playing games, being out in nature, and having together time. It is something that we look forward to every summer.

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Harry Potter Tri-wizard Maze Game Review #ChristmasGiftGuide

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I received the Harry Potter Tri-wizard Maze Game to review with my family. My oldest son is a HUGE Harry Potter fan and has been since he was little. We have watched every Harry Potter Movie at least a thousand times each! No, that is not an exaggeration by any means. He just loves the movies and anything to do with Harry Potter. My other son, is less of a Harry Potter fan due to my oldest son’s love of Harry potter. So we were excited to play the Harry Potter Tri-wizard Maze Game together.

I loved that it was made different then the game it’s a little modeled from Sorry. The twist of the game is that it has a deck of cards that you use that can instantly change the game and where the players game pieces are. We started to play the game and my younger son went first. He landed on the “draw” space so he was able to take one of the cards from the deck and move his piece to anywhere he wanted on the board that was open. He chose a space that had another “draw” space so he could choose another card. The card he chose let him move another piece out into the start space.

We were having so much fun playing the game and waiting to see who would get a “draw” card and what they would have to do next. My youngest son was having a blast playing as was my older son. We played several games as we didn’t want to have the fun end. My cousin and her son’s came over to visit so they all continued to play while my cousin and I visited. My cousins son’s just loved the game as well, they told my cousin that they wanted the Harry Potter Tri-wizard Maze Game for their family game nights at home. So my cousin is going to go buy it. Her son’s aren’t usually into playing a lot of board games but she was thrilled that they really liked to play the Harry Potter Tri-wizard Maze Game.

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The boys kept playing the whole time they were visiting. They were laughing and having a great time. Every time they made it around the board and to their “home”, they would all cheer. It was so adorable to watch and my cousin and I were able to visit while we knew the boys were busy having a great time. We lost track of how many times they played the game.

The Harry Potter Tri-wizard Maze Game would make a great addition to your family board game nights. You can purchase it for a great gift as well for a birthday or the holiday season. The child who receives it will just love it. There really is hours and hours of fun they can have while playing this game! We will be playing it for a long time to come as our family loves to have unplugged days and do other fun things to occupy our time with and just spend time together making memories. This game is helping us to make some wonderful memories that we will all cherish.

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Rebe Pink Pearl Necklace Review #ChristmasGiftGuide

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I received the Rebe Pink Pearl Necklace to review for our Christmas Gift guide. I had looked at so many of Rebe’s beautiful pieces they have so many beautiful pieces that your sure to love! They would make amazing Christmas Gifts.

I know at times we women can be difficult to shop, so men let Rebe help your holiday gift “shine”. I’m sure you will find the perfect gift from the beautiful scarves that they have to the beautiful jewelry collections. Your sure to find that perfect gift for the woman in your life. I have to say that from the precious pieces of jewels to the brilliant scarves that they have I found something that the women on my Christmas shopping list would love.

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I really was impressed with how much knowledge they have about gems and they travel abroad to find the perfect gems, crystals, pearls and silk farms to find only the finest items. I can tell you that when I received the Pink Pearl necklace that I was highly impressed with the quality of the pearls! They are just so brilliant, the weight of the necklace you can feel the quality of the pearls, it is stranded together very well so that your necklace will last a long time. There is nothing cheaply made about this necklace at all! The beautiful chain as well that makes the pearls just perfectly rounds off this beautiful necklace.

If you love pearls then your going to fully appreciate the beautiful lush pearls that Rebe has used to make this beautiful necklace. The way that they have stranded the pearls is just beautiful as you can see from the photos. If Turquoise is her favorite then you will love the Turquoise Sunray Necklace. This Garnet Leopard Animali Necklace would be perfect gift. If her favorite is Red Onyx Animali Necklace will get her eyes sparkling. Your sure to find the perfect gift for all the women on your list.

Your sure to find and choose the perfect gift at Rebe. The most beautiful gifts and they will be cherished when she wears them to show them off to everyone with a glow on her face. Your going to make her whole next year with the perfect gems or silk scarf. I can’t even begin to explain how excited I am to tell you all about Rebe. Don’t wait till the last minute order your special holiday gifts order now so you know that you will have them in time for the holidays!

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STASH Folding Kids Chair Review #ChristmasGiftGuide

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I received the STASH folding Chair to review. I have to say that I was excited to receive it because I wanted to see if it could really do the folding well. You know how some products make claims but then you purchase them and they do not work as well as stated. So I was wondering was this chair really 21 lbs, did it fold well? Was it the perfect chair for my little prince and princesses when they visited?

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When it arrived I unboxed it and it was just as adorable as shown, it is made very well also. I was really impressed with the quality of the chair, the construction, it was just so adorable! Then I tested how well it folded. I was not difficult to do, it went down without having to push really hard on it so a child could fold it with no problems and I have a shelf system that it actually fits on when it’s not use if I need the floor room as well or I can put it in the closet as well if we need more room. It is really just so adorable and it gives the kids not only a great seat for them to sit in, it folds to be stored away if l need to AND l ast but not least it has a storage area under the seat as well.

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I have set up the STASH chair as a reading area for my grandkids. I have it in a corner of the room, it has been filled with books for them to enjoy reading. I also have the books that read it to them in the chair as well for the little ones that can’t read yet. The kids all know that they books are in there and that it’s their special reading spot. So when they come over they will take turns sitting in the chair and reading books to each other or letting the little ones have the books read it to them. It has turned into the grandkids favorite place in our house. Which I have to say that I just love! It’s getting them reading more and they have a great place to sit and do it and it makes clean up very easy all the books just go back under the seat when they are done reading.

We also have special nights when the kids stay over we like to do a movie night with popcorn, hot chocolate, and a few other goodies. One of the kids will sit in the STASH chair and then the others will have cuddle time with me, Great Grandma or one of their uncles. Then they trade places so that everyone gets some cuddle time and then they don’t fight over where they are sitting. So everyone gets a turn with where they want to sit or who they want to cuddle with. It has really worked out well having the STASH chair for the grand kids while they are visiting! They all love it and want a STASH folding chair at their house! It has made a great reading adventure chair and helped to get the kids reading more.

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Vivitar DRC-330 Air Defender Drone Review #ChristmasGiftGuide

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We received the Vivitar DRC-330 Air Defender Drone to review. I told my son’s that I had a surprise for them to help me with. So of course as always they wanted to know what they would be helping with and what was in the box I was holding. I told them we would open it after lunch. So we sat down to lunch and they ate really quickly and said “Okay, we are ready to help mom!” I had to laugh because it was about 5 minutes and they were done with lunch. Can you tell they get excited to help me??? lol

So we took the box outside and I opened it. The boys were so excited about seeing how the drone worked. I took out the batteries that I had already charged and the Vivitar DRC-330 Air Defender Drone. I got the Drone ready and they were so excited that they were going to get to try it. I gave the remote to one of my son’s. We have a field that is just a block or two away from our house so we went there to fly the drone because it was their first time and I didn’t want it to land on top of the house. So I told them how it works and what they needed to do. It was simple enough for them both to use with no problems.

My son had the Drone flying and I had put in the Micro SD card as well so that I could have him take some photos. They were having so much fun! They had the whole field to fly the drone over so they were just having a blast. They were amazed at how high the drone would go and how easy it was to land it. They were taking photos as well, those did not come out so well. Not by any fault of the drone’s camera, the boys were still trying to figure out how to fly it and use it so they came out blurry because it was moving all over the place when they were trying to take pictures. So I wasn’t expecting great first photos by any means. The boys were just having so much fun with the Drone, I was loving watching them play with it.

I did take the Drone out by myself, because you know that I had to try it for the review. Yes, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. LOL! So I went to the field and I was flying the drone. I had no problems flying it or landing it. I was able to take photos from the drone camera as well and they came out great. I had both batteries with me so I was having a lot of fun with it! I was able to land it on the field with no problems, since it was my first time I figured I would crash it but no, it landed easily. I have used it several times and each time I get better and better with flying it and the pictures are coming out great! I’m thinking of trying to take some fun fall photos of the family with the drone and seeing how they come out. I have some personalized gifts that I would love to use the pictures for!

The Vivitar DRC-330 Air Defender Drone would make a great Christmas gift! Not only for Children but also for adults! You can find the Drone at Walmart, Target, Staples, and several other stores. It’s a great gift for that hard to buy for person because there are so many ways to use it!

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DIY Stained Glass Looking Ornament #KidsDIY #DIY #Christmas

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I have always loved the look of a stained glass window and I like to find different ways to make a stained glass look to my craft projects. This is no exception, I tried to find a easy way for children to make stained glass looking ornaments for the Christmas tree. We make a lot of our ornaments for our tree together as a family.

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This is a perfect ornament for the family to make together and you can make the designs any way that you would like. Your not limited to the designs that can be made with this ornament. I made this one a little simple so that it would be easier for the real little ones to take part in. They come out so adorable and so pretty when the Christmas lights twinkle on them. It just creates a beautiful stained glass look when the lights are on.

Materials:

* Ceramic Tile (Lowe’s Item #
* Alcohol Ink (I used Red, Blue, and Green) you can use whatever colors you like
* Alcohol Ink Applicator pads
* Twist tie from garbage bag
* Chalk board vinyl (Get in School Supplies aisle) or black Vinyl at craft store for wall decals
* Modge Podge
* Plastic gloves (Dollar Tree)
* felt (I get the felt 4/$1) at Craft store
* Metal D Ring hangers for hanging pictures
* Hot Glue gun and glue sticks
* Ribbon

Step 1: Cut very thin strips of Black Vinyl you will need 3-5 strips per ornament

Step 2: Measure how much vinyl your design will need as you design it. You will push down with your thumb where you want to cut the vinyl against your ornament. Then cut so that you have enough vinyl to make your design.

Step 3: remove the backing off the vinyl and place them where they will go on your ornament. If your making the same design as I did it will be an X with a strip through the middle.

Step 4: You now have your outline of where your going to go with the Alcohol ink. Alcohol ink dries quickly! So you will want to have your twist tie pushed in half and then bend the bottom of the twist tie so that it’s a little flat to help you use it with the application pad to get it in the areas that you would like them.

Step 5: Put your gloves on and you are going to want to dab the alcohol ink in the areas you want them. You do not want to keep the ink placed on the ornament or it will run into the other areas. So you want to be sure to dab and continue to the areas colored.

Step 6: Continue to ink the areas as well as the sides of the ornament. Once they are done you will let it dry for 10-20 minutes.

Step 7: Now you can open your modge podge and use a foam brush to dab on your modge podge. You do not want to brush it over or it will take the ink off again. The modge podge will seal the ink and keep it on your ornament. Now you will allow it to dry for about 20 minutes moving the ornament every 5 minutes to make sure it doesn’t stick to your work surface.

Step 8: You will trace the ornament design onto the felt that you will use for the back of your ornament to cover it. You will need to do a little trimming to get it down to where you would like it to be and not show around the edges of the ornament when your looking at it.

Step 9: You will now hot glue the D ring hanger to the back of the ornament. Let it sit for a few minutes to ensure it has enough glue.

Step 10: Now you will hot glue your felt in place on the back of the ornament. Again let it sit and cool.

Step 11: You will now take some Ribbon and cut it as long as you would like the ornament to hang on the tree. Now you will tie a bow so you can hang your ornament.

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Pom Pom Wow Ultimate Variety Pack Review #ChristmasGiftGuide

Have you seen the Pom Pom Wow Products? I received a Pom Pom Product to make so that I could tell you all about it. I received it at the Chicago Toy and Game Fair where it was an amazing time! Pom Pom Wow was there and they had the huge “cave” that was covered in Pom Poms that took literally over hundreds of hours for them to make but I think it was well worth their time! It came out amazing! The pom pom Wow were so soft to the touch as well. When you went inside the cave it showed you what Pom Pom Wow were and all the amazing things that you could make with them. They also had tables of items that were made with the Pom Pom Wow on display. I have to say I was just amazed at all the things that you can use them to create things with.
I thought they looked a little difficult to make but when I tried the kit that I received I found it wasn’t difficult to do at all. It was fairly easy to do and they were so adorable when they are finished. You can turn older things in your home from lampshades to pillows into a whole new look with Pom Pom Wow. You could also purchase one of the many kits that they offer and make a great new project. I have to say that these are just genius for girls to make something that they love their own. They can let their creative juices flow or they can just do as directed on the instructions that are easy to follow.
There are so many creative ideas that they have come up with that any girl is just going to love their products. You don’t have to be a girly girl to just love the products. The Pom Pom Wow are just so cute and the way you use them is very creative that they can create so many different looks and make great additions to their room with the Pom Pom Wow. They could create their whole room with a Pom Pom Wow make over so that it’s their own style and it is made by them. I had my niece help me to create my Pom Pom Wow project and she is just hooked on it. She now wants to do her room in Pom Pom Wow products. She loves being crafty and creating her own style so she is just in love with their products.
Your child could also make their own Christmas gifts with Pom Pom Wows Ultimate Kit, designs for their friends and family. They could do purses, lampshades, and so much more. The possibilities are really endless. At the Chicago Toy and Game Fair they even made a dress for the fashion show that was held there out of Pom Pom Wow as you can see in the photo below it’s one of their staff with me and she is wearing the dress and wings with it. So even those creative girls who don’t want to wear the tradition Prom or homecoming dresses, you could make your own Pom Pom Wow dress for your special event and it will have your own special flair. No one will be wearing that dress to the event! You will be stylish and as colorful as you want. The sky is the limit with Pom Pom Wow as you can see from all the great photos. I would love to see how creative our readers get so if you purchase Pom Pom Wow be sure to share it on here so that we can see your amazing designs as well! I can hardly wait to see how creative you are with them.

Pom Pom Wow’s can be found at Target, Walmart, Amazon, K-mart and Toys R Us. So be sure to grab their products for the crafty people on your Christmas Shopping lists.

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Klask The Magnetic Game Of Skill Review #ChristmasGiftGuide

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I received the Klask Game to review with my son’s. It’s a table top game that has magnetic pieces that you move as you play the game. It reminds me of a tabletop Ice Hockey game. Now, when I first saw this game I had to get in on the action as there were so many people playing this game. So I watched some of them playing and then I had to get a game to play with a friend.

So we sat down and we got our magnetic game pieces ready to go. There are two other magnetic pieces on each side that you send the piece around or through to score with the game. We were having such a great time laughing and playing. When a person gets it through into the other person’s “pocket” they score a point. Now, I have to say the game is not as easy as it sounds. There are challenges to the game!

Your not going to score every time you push the ball across trying to get into the pocket. The other person can block your shot, it can go in a different direction then you had wanted it to, and the pieces that you put on both sides can also make the ball go into another direction. So, if you think your going to be bored with this game think again! There are always challenges but those challenges will have you and the person that your playing with laughing at where the ball is and where it’s going. You and the person your playing with will want to keep playing because your having so much fun.

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I let my son’s play Klask as I had already played it so I wanted to get their point of view on the game. They just loved it! They were battling and keeping score on the score board that is on the side of the game. You slide the score wheel to the next point if you earn one. Once the boys played a few times with the ball, the boys just enjoyed it so much that when their cousins came over they had to play with them. They also loved it just as much as my son’s did. Now, I should say that the boys range in age from 7 years old to 16 years old. We let the kids play for a while and then the adults took over and the boys played a different game. We all just had so much fun and as we were playing we were calling ” I play the winner!” and we put our names on a dry erase board so we knew who was suppose to play next. We played most of the day with the kids and adults having a great time. We also played on Thanksgiving as well, it was a non stop fun day of games and everyone had a great time.
Klask would make a great gift this holiday season for a child or adult. You can purchase Klask at . You will be thrilled you did! I do have to warn you that it is an addicting game! So when you become addicted to playing the game you can’t blame me you were warned! lol

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