Gift Guide: Games

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Gift Guide: Games

I am so excited to share this games gift guide because we LOVE to play games! Luke and I spent a ton of time getting to know each other over card games when we first met and we have continued playing all kinds of games together over the years. It has been so fun to see which games our kids gravitate toward as they have gotten older. We own all but two of these games so you can trust that we are sharing things we really use and love. I hope you and your family enjoy them as much we do – they are such a great way to bond and make wonderful memories!

Gift Guide: Games

Tenzi– We have had so much fun playing this game since my aunt introduced it to us last year! It a racing dice game that you play against others. You can play using the games that come in the dice pack or you can buy a deck of cards with different ideas on them. You can find the deck of cards here.

Jenga Giant– We have been playing with our Jenga Giant for a few months now. It is really fun to play because it’s so big!

Monopoly Here & Now– My kids love this game but I have to admit I am not a huge fan, myself. We like to unplug on Sundays so they often break out the board games and this one comes off the shelf frequently.

Yahtzee– This is another board game we play often. The big kids are old enough to understand how it works and Hollis like rolling the dice so it makes for a fun time, especially when someone gets a YAHTZEE!!

Riddle Cube– Noa is probably the biggest fan of this game in our family. He loves anything where he can build and create and this game is perfect for that. You get to race the other players to form different shapes from a flexible cube. It’s fun to figure out how to manipulate the cube to make different things!

Gift Guide: Games

Lay It or Break It– My kids are ALL a fan of this one! I have to say that I’m a fan of watching them waddle across the room in a race to safely deliver their eggs to their nests!

Dimension– This game is one of my favorites. I discovered it at Sweet Suite at Blogger Bash this summer. Isca and I are the ones who like it the most. We are puzzle fans and this game uses strategy to solve different puzzles against the clock!

Magic 8 Ball– We don’t have a Magic 8 Ball but it is on Isca’s radar this year :) It’s such a classic sort of toy to have around the house and ask it all your deepest questions!

IQ Fit– This is such a fun little puzzle! It is perfect for travel as it is compact and comes in a plastic case. It has varying levels of difficulty which is great for the whole family!

Dreamworks Eye Found It!– I haven’t played this game yet but the kids love it. I asked the big kids what some of their favorite games are and they both yelled, “Eye Found It!”

Gift Guide: Games

Landmarks of The United States Jigsaw Puzzle– Isca and I are the puzzle people in the family and this is one of the puzzles we’ve done a few times this year. We actually have it set up on our coffee table right now and have been working on it REALLY slowly for a few weeks.

Scrabble Twist– We don’t own this game…yet! I first played it this summer and I think my big kids would really like it, especially Isca. She’s a bookworm/word lover so I think it would really appeal to her.

Checkers Reversible Rug– We got this rug a few years ago as a Christmas gift and the kids regularly pull it out to play checkers and tic-tac-toe. I love how it packs up easily and doesn’t take up tons of room.

Ubongo– This game is from the same makers as Dimension. It is another fun one where you race to solve a problem before your opponents. You are awarded points depending on how quickly you solve your puzzle.

Monopoly– Monopoly is probably my favorite board game of all time. It is such a great classic and we often spend a Sunday night around the table together playing this game. I know there are lots of editions out there but the classic version is my fave!

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Gift Guide: Toys Part I

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Gift Guide: Toys Part I

I can’t believe this year is almost over. 2015 has flown by for me, how about you? 2016 will be here before we know it and I sincerely hope it will be a slower year for us. I think it will be since we won’t be buying another home and trying to recover from that sort of shake up!

I really enjoyed working on last year’s gift guides (you can see them all here) and have been keeping notes about the things that have really stuck out to my kids. As they have gotten birthday gifts or mentioned toys to me I have been keeping my eye on which things they keep going back to play with over and over again. I don’t want to waste your time with products that haven’t been a hit with our own family.

To start this year’s series of guides we are going to do TOYS! This is going to be a two-parter so stay tuned for more fun toys in the next few days. We own every single one of these toys and each of them has been well-loved by at least one of my three kiddos…but usually it’s all three!

Gift Guide: Toys Part I

Playmobil Fire Engine with Lights & Sound Set– This is a great set for older kids (5-10). It was a bit difficult for my 10 year old to put together but I think he just got impatient with it. Once I took over and finished he was excited to check it out and start playing with it. This set can be combined with Playmobil’s RC set (find it here) to convert the fire engine to a remote controlled vehicle, which Noa was really excited to hear!

Here’s a video the kids made with ours if you’d like a tour!

Playmobil City Life Playground Set– The girls (4 and 7) LOVE this set! They haven’t outgrown the playground in the way that Noa has so they love having their own mini version to play with now that that the weather has grown too cold to go to ours daily.

Here’s the video the girls made to give you a close-up view of this adorable playground:

Qixels– I was introduced to this DIY toy at Blogger Bash earlier this summer. I got a sample at the conference and Noa was a big fan! I love that you can put the cubes together with water and that you can easily stick them back together if they break. Also, it’s a hands-on toy that encourages kids to build and design their own figures and accessories.

Legos– I know. Everyone knows about Legos but I have to include them because my kids, especially Noa, NEVER PUT THEM DOWN. EVER. There are Legos in every nook and cranny of this house and it’s because it is one of the greatest toys ever invented. They also get lost (okay, maybe I vacuum them) easily so a variety kit to replenish them never hurt anybody.

BoomCo Farshot Blaster– This is one of Isca’s favorite toys. I think Noa got it for her for a birthday or maybe a Christmas? Either way, she is a fan. And so is Noa. She is always complaining about him using it without asking!

Gift Guide: Toys Part I

Puppy In My Pocket Blind Bags– Hollis is probably my biggest blind bag fan. She loves watching YouTube videos of people opening them up! These make great stocking suffers and are a fun collection for kids!

Zing Fire Tek Zeon Bow– Noa and Isca are big fans of this bow! I am amazed at how quickly Noa was able to get comfortable with it and start hitting targets. Isca is a bit more awkward with it but she still likes to practice! I like the fact that the arrows have suction cup ends. Nobody has lost an eye and all of my walls and window are still intact thanks to those little suction cups!

Thames and Kosmos Solar Car Set Science Kit– Noa recently got this toy from a friend for his birthday. The girls were a bit interested in it but he is the one that really loves it. He is really into building things, especially things that move so this has been a great toy for him. He has been excited to explore and learn about solar power recently so he is thrilled to see it in action with this kit!

Hexbug Inchworm– Noa saw this in our Blogger Bash swag box and immediately claimed it! He loves tinkering around with robots and remote controlled toys so this has been right up his alley. I often hear him playing with it when he’s supposed to be cleaning his room :)

VTech Flipsies Sandy’s House and Ocean Cruiser– The girls have been playing with Sandy and her rad house for a few months now with no signs of getting bored. I love that it is engaging enough that they will play with it for long stretches of time!

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Do your kids have a toy or two that they play with more than others? I’d love to hear about them!

Nikko VaporizR 2 Radio Control Car Reveiw

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Tween Boy Gift Idea - Nikko Nano VaporizR 2

Noa, my oldest, was VERY excited to get to try out the Nikko VaporizR 2 Radio Control car from Toy State! He is starting to get to the age (9/10) where he’s kind of hard to shop for. Does he still want toys? If so, what kind?

Noa still likes toys but mostly ones that keep him active or outside. He has had his eye on the Nikko VaporizR 2 for awhile now after he read that it is amphibious. Yep, you can drive this car through puddles, snow, it can even drive on top of water! Here in Maryland we seem to get a lot of time off for snow days and I have a feeling this car is going to see a lot of action come January.

Here is Noa’s video review – we had to film it over two days because sometimes life just gets busy! Enjoy and be sure to subscribe to our channel if you are looking for more toy reviews. We have several coming soon!

You can buy the Nikko VaporizR 2 at Target, Toys R Us, K Mart, WalMart, and Amazon!

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