Harry Potter Magical Beasts Game Review #ChristmasGiftGuide


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.

Shark Bite Game Review #ChristmasGiftGuide

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I received the Shark Bite Game to review with my family. I read the instructions before calling the kids to play the game. I then put the game together and they were so excited to play, they love playing games as a family. They also love fishing so I was looking forward to what they thought of the game.

I placed all the fish, crabs and other pieces into the sharks mouth. Then we took turns with the youngest going first. She picked which piece she wanted to fish for and pulled up a crab. So I asked her what it was that she pulled out. She didn’t know it was a crab, so I explained it to her. She was all excited that she pulled the crab out. My other granddaughter played her turn and pulled out a fish, she was so excited that she got her fish without the shark taking it back by closing his mouth on it. We all went around and took our turns fishing. When the youngest granddaughter went to take her turn again the shark closed it’s mouth. Her reaction was just priceless! Her eyes got huge and she told the shark that the piece was hers not his! lol

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I set the game up again and we continued to play. I loved that the piece that would close the sharks mouth was always changing so you never knew which piece would cause the shark to close his mouth. The kids just loved the game and they were having so much fun playing and giggling while playing. It also was a great way to get the kids learning new animals that they hadn’t seen or heard about before. My youngest granddaughter just loves the crab so she goes to fish for it every time it’s her turn. The rest of the kids just choose one and then go fishing for it. We kept having so much fun and the kids wanted to keep playing. I really liked the game as well, it was easy to set up, the family had so much fun with it, it really kept their attention during the game they didn’t wonder off when it wasn’t their turn. You can purchase Shark Bite at Target, Walmart, Toys R Us, Amazon and your other favorite stores.

I also used the Shark Bite Game for educational purposes as well. We pulled out books that were about sharks, crabs, and different fish. I then let them pick about what they wanted me to teach them. We ended up going through just about all of the books because they were so excited to learn more about who lives in the sea. I love when we can play a game and I can turn it into an educational experience for the kids as well. It opened their eyes to a whole new world and they loved learning about them all.

Shark Bite is a great game for everyone in the family to play. It would be a great game for homeschoolers as well to use for education as well. The perfect gift for a birthday or the holidays as well!

Rummikub Game Review #ChristmasGiftGuide


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.

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.

Sweet Potatoe And Apple Bake #Recipes #SweetPotato #Thanksgiving

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This easy dish is filled with amazing flavor that your family will love. The flavors are swirled throughout the dish, and even if your family will normally not eat Sweet Potatoes they will love this dish. It’s so simple to make and it will be gone in a flash. If your making it for a holiday dish I suggest doubling the recipe so that you will have enough for everyone.


3 Large Sweet Potatoes
5 Gala Apples
Ground Cinnamon
Brown Sugar

* Boil your Sweet Potatoes till they are Soft and your able to Peel the skin off about 20-30 minutes

* After you let your Sweet Potatoes cool, peel and cut in half, then cut into large slices and place to the side

* Peel and cut your apples into slices and place to the side

* Use a 9 X 13 Pan to place a row of slices of Sweet Potatoes and then top with a row of Apples

* Sprinkle cinnamon over the top and drizzle Honey over the top of the cinnamon and top with a light layer of Brown sugar

* Continue to layer the ingredients till your pan is full

* Cover with Foil and bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes till the apples are soft, then it’s ready to serve

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!

Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies #GlutenFree #CookieRecipe #ChristmasCookies

I have to say that I just love baking and eating these cookies. Not to mention they are very frugal and are sure to please your families cookie cravings. I make these on a regular basis and the kids just love them and it’s a great way to get more protein into them.

1 cup peanut butter
1 cup white sugar
1 egg

Preheat the Oven to 350 degrees
Mix all the ingredients till the dough is smooth
Drop by the spoonful onto a greased baking pan and bake for 6-8 minutes. Be sure not to over bake them as they are the best when they are soft still.

Now I would suggest making a double batch for larger families because they will disappear quickly! I have to say that when I make them they don’t last long we usually have them as a movie treat and by the end of the movie we are wondering where the cookies went. lol

Napier SUV/Mini Van Tent Review #ChristmasGiftGuide

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When the Napier SUV/Mini Van Tent arrived I was so excited to review it, even though it was 25 degrees outside it didn’t stop the excitement of seeing the tent attached to the Suburban. My son’s were so excited to see what it would look like and how fun camping would be with the Napier SUV/Mini Van Tent. We like to do a lot of outdoor events and activities so the Napier SUV/Mini Van Tent is great for all the events that we love.

It took us only 30 minutes to put the tent up and attach it to the Suburban. My son’s were so thrilled, the top of the tent is just over 7 foot tall, and is able to sleep 4-5 people, you can have a table in the tent for a tail gate party, have your coolers in the back of the Suburban for easy access and no one will trip over it, you can go camping, a fun day at the beach, the things you could attend and use it for are endless. We are looking forward to using it at Country Thunder, which is a country music concert that is held here every July.

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It was very easy to put together for us, the color of the tent is so vibrant, and it’s very spacious as well. Even though it was 25 degrees outside my son’s wanted to stay inside the tent and play. The tent is able to be used for 3 seasons, I love that it has an Awning to keep the sun out of the tent, it also has large windows that can come down on the sides so you can see what is going on around you and not be eaten by mosquitos a huge plus where we live as they are pretty bad in the summer. I also love that the tent weights about 36 lbs and comes with a carry bag so everything can be easily be put back in the carry bag for the next adventure. Another of my favorite features is how it attaches to the Suburban, so you can easily put an air mattress inside the bed and still see into the tent or put all your gear in the bed and be able to get to anything that you need.

Napier has taken this tent to a whole new amazing level! They offer other tents as well like the Sportz Truck Tent 57 Series, Sportz Dome To-Go Tent, Obersee Kids Butterfly Luggage With Integrated Cooler, and the Sports Cove SUV/Mini Van Tent. Napier has just made road trips easy and so much fun! You no longer need to search for a hotel when you get tired, just put your tent up and your home. It really doesn’t get any easier then this! Plus it doesn’t take up much room so you will have plenty of room for the luggage and other gear that you need for your trip.

The Napier SUV/Mini Van Tent would also make a great gift for a birthday, Christmas, or just a treat for your family. You will get so many uses out of it, don’t forget it is perfect for the deer hunter in your life as well! They offer some great Camo options! What’s not to love!

Rookie Chef Children’s Kitchen Island Review And Black Friday Deal #ChristmasGiftGuide

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I received the Rookie Chef Children’s Kitchen Island from Rookie Chef to review with our family. I have to say that it is just to adorable! Our regular readers know that I have two son’s who are special needs and 5 grandchildren as well. So since it’s the holiday season, and I’m going to need a lot of help in the kitchen this Kitchen Island is perfect for all the kids to use. It’s actually the perfect height for my grandchildren and for my son’s as well even if the boys need to sit they can do it and use the Kitchen Island to help me cut up fruits, veggies, cutting out cookies or any other fun that we are creating in the kitchen.

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I was so excited to put the Rookie Chef Kitchen Island together and get the kids started in the kitchen! We usually use the kitchen table when they help me but we have had some close calls with falls with the grandchildren. So it at times makes me nervous to have them sitting on the chair and reaching. So I couldn’t wait to see how they did with the kitchen Island. I didn’t find the Rookie Chef Kitchen Island difficult to put together. I used this great
Video to help me put it together. It’s so beautiful when you get it together and very sturdy as well. Which is very important when you have children that will be using it. The kids were so excited to see the Island together and their facial excitement was just priceless! I was also highly impressed with the Slicer-Dicer, The Mixer-Upper and The Handy Slicer. They are perfect for their little hands as well as for pre-teens and teens. I even love using them myself!

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When I brought it into the kitchen I already had a plan to make cookies with the kids. I figured that I had better have a game plan ahead of time or I was going to be in trouble. So I had already made up some sugar cookie batter and it was in the fridge waiting for us to be ready to make cookies. So I put the Island in it’s place and then brought out the cookie dough. The kids were so excited. We rolled out the cookie dough on the Island and it was just the perfect height for all of the kids. They could reach the top with no problems. We got all the cookies cut and put in the oven to bake. I then cleaned off the top of the Kitchen Island and set up the frosting and all the decorations for them. They then decorated their cookies after they cooled. There was so much fun and laughter in the kitchen. It was so wonderful that all the kids could reach what they wanted and I didn’t have to worry about them falling and getting hurt.

After the cookies were decorated the kids and I cleaned up. I have to tell you it was a breeze to clean up the Kitchen Island as well. Which as a parent is very important to me. When you have children they want to go from one activity to the next and not wait for clean up time. So making this Kitchen Island easy to clean makes cooking even more fun! You won’t dread bringing the kids into the kitchen they can have all kinds of fun baking and the easy clean up will thrill you parents as well.

Now for Black Friday, Rookie Chef is having a great sale on the Rookie Chef Children’s Kitchen Island starter kit will be on sale and you can save $100 on this great kit and receive the same items that I did! It will make the perfect gift this holiday season!