2017 Holiday Gift Guide: WordSpiel

Does your family love games? We do. In fact, we’re pretty competitive. When we were given the opportunity to try, WordSpiel, we jumped at the chance.
I imagine that the first thing that caught your attention is its original name. It’s a combination of two words- just like you’ll be doing during play! Learning to play is simple. We only had to go over the instructions once (which is rare!). The cards each have a letter on them.
Shuffle the deck. My husband got to show off his mad shuffling skills! Deal the cards. Make words based off the word your fellow play just made. Set the timer. Everyone gets 60 seconds to form their word. Easy, peasy.
Play five rounds. When a player runs out of hand-held cards, the round is over. Everyone else adds up the cards in their hands- one point per card. At the end of five rounds, whomever has the lowest score win! Although Buster insisted on playing, we had to decline his efforts. ‘Ruff, ruff’ didn’t translate.¬†
Having 5 rounds makes the game last longer. Easy counting with one point for each card allows even those who aren’t math whizzes can keep score. Large print for the letters on the cards make sure that every card is read accurately and clearly seen from every angle around the table.
MY THOUGHTS: What I love about this word game is that, unlike other tile-based games, even elementary spellers can play. With little assistance, children who can articulate three-letter words can play. For example, an adult spells out ‘Houses’. A child can build on the ‘s’ and make ‘saw’. As a homeschooler, I love that it builds confidence in those who are struggle with Language Arts Skills.
It’s thought-provoking. Conversations are sparked when players inquire why some used a particular word. Younger children may ask for definitions and spelling affirmation. In fact, playing ‘WordSpiel’ may just count as a class for your homeschool.
Family-owned Set Games has absolutely done it again! They produce fabulous, family-centered games. Affordable and in a small package, ‘WordSpiel’ can be used as a stocking stuffer or as a stand alone gift. Personally, I’d use it as a gift to the family as a whole. With cold, wintry days ahead, you’ll love staying toasty playing ‘WordSpeil’! I highly recommend it. Full disclosure: I won at the end of 5 rounds. Yeah, me!!

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*We received the aforementioned product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.

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Mouthwatchers : Simply Better Toothbrushes

Not all toothbrushes are the same. But, if you’ve ever stood in front of the rows of them in a dental care aisle, there are enough types to make your head spin! First, there are electric vs. manual. Then, there’s different bristle types. Asking your dentist doesn’t always help. SOmetimes you get differing opinions amongst the staff. Bottom line is: everyone wants a quality toothbrush that does a good job at leaving your mouth feeling clean.

Most consumers don’t want all those gimmicks and bells & whistles. Give me a straight answer on a good toothbrush. Finally, a company has done just that! Mouthwatchers delivers a simple promise- ‘A Better Toothbrush For Better Health’. They offer a full line of toothbrushes: power, manual, and a folding travel brush. Developed by Dr. Ronald Plotka, what sets these brushes a part from the rest is the ‘antimicrobial dual flossing bristles’.

That’s a mouthful to say, pun intended, but it also means a lot when it comes to dental health. Unlike their competitors, the bristles on these brushes eliminates 99% of bacteria that accumulates between brushing. Honestly, the thought of bacteria developing on your brush may not have occurred to you. But, when it comes to dental health, it’s a big deal. Using Mouthwatcher allows you the freedom of knowing your brush is clean & ready for every use.

Now, as for the bristles, everyone has a preference. Usually, consumers chose between a firm or soft brush. What you may not have considered is the size of the bristles. I certainly didn’t. But, Mouthwatchers is 1 micrometer thin at the tip of the brush. This small size lets ut go super deep into the areas around your teeth. The result? More debris is removed, less plaque accumulates, and say goodbye to gingivitis. My youngest noticed a difference in the first use. He said he felt like he really brushed his teeth. Nice and clean were the adjectives he used.

For those who prefer a power toothbrush, the antimicrobial, flossing bristles are the same as with the manual. The only difference, obviously, is that the brush oscillates. This provides an even deeper cleaning. Most of the time, when a product is this good, it’s expensive. Not so with Mouthwatchers. With their MSRP of $4.99 for manuals to $24.99 for the power packs, dental care is completely affordable. I’ve paid more than this for lesser quality brushes.

I’ll completely sold on a product if I know it’s good for my family AND they’ll use it. Being that our son enjoyed it, I know he’ll implement it into his daily, dental routine. I can also feel good about the fact that his brush is antimicrobial and cleaning his teeth better than ever before. I highly recommend that you give Mouthwatchers a try.
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On The Move With Beauty Box 5

August is only here for a few more days before we are all consumed with school, work, and activities that come with Autumn. Our theme of ‘Globetrotting’ fits because that’s all we seem to do in September. Before the leaves change and the school buses roll, we get a shot at one more beauty box.
Straight from our favorite subscription service, we get 5 great beauty finds. If you haven’t tried BB5 yet, the first question is why haven’t you? Seriously, it’s a fantastic, monthly delivery of 5 new, new-to-you, or perhaps oldies but goodies. Each month USPS delivers the coveted green box directly to your mailbox. Apparently, we’ve had some shipping issues this month. I believe it to be on my carrier’s shoulders. But, for the most part, you’ll receive the box by the 20th of the month. Never boring, the subscriptions start at $12 a month. No doubt, there will always be at least one item you will love and you can’t beat the price! Many times, the box contains full-sized products. This month we have 3 full-sized items.
Let’s get on the move! First up, we all want our tresses to move beautifully. No one wants a helmet or potato chip hair! To help us achieve this, Luseta Beauty sends along its ‘Argan Oil Hair Masque’. Argan oil is a plant oil from the kernels of the argan tree usually found in Morocco. It also sports wheat protein. Shampoo hair as usually. Generously apply. Leave it on for 5 minutes. Rinse. Easy, peasy. Unlike other, similar masques, it definitely rinsed out smoothly and easily. I’ve tried a few that either felt like a headful of oatmeal or just wouldn’t rinse out, leaving no choice but to re-shampoo. As soon as my hair dried, I noticed it to be much softer and smoother. I look forward to using it again. It’s a weekly product. I love every thing about it except its price. The MSRP is $29 and while it wasn’t supplied in the box full-sized, it’s a bit too rich for my blood at this time despite its size. If you can swing it, it’s a great product.
Our second item was from another, new-to-me company. Seraphine Botanicals generously provided its ‘Quince + Crimson Crayon’. Although it is plugged as a double-duty, cheek + lip crayon. Be advised. This product smears and stains like you wouldn’t believe. I skipped using it as a cheek product. I decided that it was never going to be flattering on my super-fair skin. However, I did use it for lips. Drinking water and giving the hubs a kiss didn’t budge the color. It ended up being a somewhat flattering lip shade for me. However, it definitely smudged and definitely smeared over the course of wearing it. Perhaps for a night out or special occasion. Take care when applying. One goof will cause you to redo most of your make-up. A second ouch comes from its $24 MSRP. It isn’t something I’d buy again. Manna Kadar Cosmetics has popped in frequently in our BB5 boxes. Their ‘Glo Illuminator’ is a highlighter to be used with foundation or to be dabbed wherever you’d like. Honestly, I could barely see it. I use a foundation that promises illuminating ingredients so perhaps that was the issue. I’m not sure, but, again no matter its actual size, a $29 MSRP is a bit much.
Nanacoco isn’t new to me or BB5. Each time they’ve sent along a full-sized polish, I’ve loved the color. Their ‘Rio II Nailpolish Collection’ is fabulous. I find it tp be long-lasting and always a bright, vibrant shade. With an MSRP of $3.95, I appreciate that we get a lot of bang for the buck!
Finally, we have our 3rd full-sized product. ‘Styli-Style’ is new-to-me. Their ‘Line & Seal Eye Liner’ came to me in a shade I like. It was a dark, black shade. Promising a gel type formula and smooth gliding, it failed to deliver. I experienced the direct opposite. When applying it without any additional eye make-up, I found it pulled and skipped. After applying eyeshadow, the result was somewhat similar and pulled- a lot. Perhaps I’m used to liquid liner or it was just me, I’m not so sure. I’ve been wearing make-up for well over 20 years, so I think I can honestly say it isn’t a smooth, glide. Although the price is a dandy $6.50, the product wasn’t a winner in my book.

Bottom line: The masque and polish are big winners. But, this is the fantastic thing about BB5. We get to try all these products in the comfort of our homes, having never left the house to shop. No lines, no hassles, no traffic. Just take it out of the mailbox and enjoy. Many months, you’ll love every single product. Regardless, the service offers us a wide range of products to try. This month alone, compared to buying each of these products individually, you save, $80.45! Holy cow! That’s a pretty close estimate considering 3 of the 5 are actually full-sized!
Start Fall off the right way. Sign-up for Beauty Box 5 today. You can find full product info and ordering info by visiting http://www.beautybox5.com . Until next month…………….

BeardGuys For A Perfectly Groomed Beard

All 4 of my boys have facial hair. My husband has had a beard & moustache since I met him. All three sons have followed suit. In fact, at 14, or youngest has more facial hair than any of his peers.

In all honesty, I never gave much thought to beard care. Shaving cream was about the only product that I’d really thought about. But, now they’re going to be spoiled. They’ve just discovered BeardGuyz Beard Care Products.
Being that my husband and youngest are the only two males (besides Buster) left still living at home, they got to experience all the benefits of BeardGuyz. Both tried all three products, the wash, deep conditioner, and beard scentz. Both had the same opinion- BeardGuyz Beard Care rocks!

Starting with the wash: they first thing you’ll notice is the scent. It is fabulous. If you think regular face wash or shampoo is good enough for beards, you’re sadly mistaken. This beard wash is a daily use product. Containing 35 natural and organic ingredients. That may seem like a lot, but it’s a winning number. The product description will tell you how it removes impurities and gently cleans. I can say with certainty that my husband, a contractor, ends up with sawdust, paint, and other chemicals, in his beard. After using the wash, he could see and feel a difference. I could, too. Being that he & our son have sensitive skin, they have to be careful with skin care products. Both of them were able to use it without issue.
Next up, we have the Deep Conditioner.
Each of my guys has coarse beard hair. My husband has touches of gray throughout( they drive him bananas). So we were excited to see that the conditioner is geared for both these issues. It contains 25 oils, butters, extracts, vitamins & conditioners. I most definitely noticed a difference, especially in my husband’s beard. His is much thicker than our son’s, but even the younger one’s beard looked more groomed and smooth.

My favorite of the products was the Beard Scentz. The fragrance is AMAZING! It’s perfectly sized for back-to-school, gym bags, or office drawers. It’s easy to use and convenient. Containing Tea Tree, Thyme and Manuka Oils for moisturizing, it’s an extra boost for keeping beard hair smooth. I think it’s cutting edge time-release technology is fabulous. Eliminating odors and bacteria will keep them fresh & smooth throughout their day.

If you’re creating a care package for a son who’s going to college or getting a high schooler ready for the new year, BeardGuyz has some phenomenal products. Surprise your husband or boyfriend with a complete grooming collection. Visit the BeardGuyz website for full details & product info.
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Book Spotlight: Stitching With Jane Foster


Stitching with Jane Foster includes 37 quick and easy cross-stitch sewing cards with punched holes for easy stitching, as well as a 36-page project book featuring instructions for designing your own unique stitching patterns and color combinations. Gather all the tools and materials you need to get started and learn stitching basics, including the straight stitch, cross-stitch, back stitch, and more. A project gallery then shows examples of how to use your adorable stitched cards: everything from bookmarks and journals to greeting cards and ornaments. The simple stitching patterns taught in this book promote growth and development, hand-eye coordination, and creativity and imagination. Includes 37 adorable punch-out templates to get you started! Color them, stitch them, press them out, and play with them; Stitching with Jane Foster will entertain and delight crafters of all ages and is sure to inspire a lifelong love of embroidery.
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Quarto Knows has tons of quality books that promote hobbies and ideas for children. No technology required! Get back to basics and give kids an opportunity to exercise hand-eye coordination.

We were provided with a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Adventure Awaits with Beauty Box 5

Summer is all about adventure. Although, admittedly, our sense of what is adventurous changes as we age. Whether you’re flying down a zipline or trying a new flavor of iced coffee, you want to look good doing it. Beauty Box 5 wants to help. As our favorite subscription service, BB5 delivers 5 new, new-to-you, or old friends, directly to your mailbox every month. They make seeing the mail truck exciting again! You can’t beat the price either. Nowadays, there isn’t too much that $12 can buy. But, for $12 a month, you get 5 beauty products. Many months’ boxes even contain full-sized products. June’s box has 4 full-sized treats. Buckle up! Here we go!
Jesse’s Girl was the one Rick Springfield wanted in the Eighties. It’s also a delightful cosmetics brand. It’s not a new brand to me, but I hadn’t tried their liquid eyeliner before this. Full disclosure: the box contained blue eyeliner which I haven’t applied since Springfield’s song. However, while the color was an epic fail on me, the product wasn’t. I agree it dried quickly. I did like its precision. I would purchase it in a different color despite what the fashion gurus may call ‘seasonal’. For, $6.99, it’s worth it. Prestige Cosmetics throws in a full-sized version of their mascara known as ‘My Biggest Lashes’. Kudos to them for it being in ‘black’. Although it’s $7.50 price tag isn’t bad, I found it to be a product I would not buy. One of their selling points was its ‘plushy’ brush. I call it cumbersome. It’s way too big for me. Two coats later and my lashes looked no different from before it was applied. Alas, my search for the perfect mascara continues.

Did Hair delivers their Jeweled Hair Tie Set. This two pack is adorable. Since hair ties aren’t usually all the rage, it’s hard to find ones that don’t make you look like you’re trying to be twelve again. These are different. They’re feminine without overdoing it and leave the focus on the hair rather than themselves. They also appear to be built to last. We all remember those horrid rubber band ones that would snap and zing across the room to God knows where. These don’t do that & don’t crease your do when they are removed. I like them & the $7.50 MSRP is a good deal.
Laritzy is a new-to-me brand. They sent their Lip Liner in Nude. I liked the color. I also tried it as a liner and as full lip color. Both seemed to last without any additional color help. Their ‘nude’ was a little different from what I’d call nude as it seemed a bit on the coral side. The only deterrent is the $18 MSRP. That’s too much for me to make it a permanent make-up bag resident.

Finally, and our only sample-sized product, is from Coastal Scents. They’ve made many BB5 appearances. This time they brought their ‘Revealed 3 Palette’. I was surprised at the last power of these shadows. The colors were spot on: one black, one dark plum & one lighter version, and an off-white. Used together they came out fabulous. I wore it utilizing all 4 colors and they stayed from day to-night without touch up. For this reason, I can deal with its $19.95 MSRP. I think the ‘Reveal 3 Palettes’ are winners.

Now, if we add up the box’s products, we get $59.94. That’s pretty accurate considering that 4 of the 5 are full-sized. We’ve saved $47.94! Plus, times, gas, and aggravation to go buy them. You can find full product info as well as subscription prices by visiting http://www.beautybox5.com

Have a great Summer!

*Due to no one’s fault, my box didn’t arrive until 6/24. Usually, it’s here by the 20th.
I received the aforementioned products in exchange for honest review. All opinions are mine.

Make Summer Sizzle with Beauty Box 5

Our theme for May is ‘Summer Date Night’. Whether you get out weekly or monthly, date night is important. In fact, it becomes almost essential for married couples. Beauty Box 5 wants to help you glam it up for a fun night out!

If you haven’t tried Beauty Box 5 yet, you’re missing out! For only $12 a month, 5 new, new-to-you or old standbys will be delivered directly to you via USPS. Whether you fall in love with the products or not, you get to try before you invest time, money, & effort in something new. If only the rest of our lives were that easy! Often, the boxes include full-sized items. This month ALL 5 products are full-sized! You can’t beat a deal like that. Three are new-to-me and two are familiar faces for BB5 customers. This month is especially awesome considering we get a bonus product. Let’s take a look!
NANACOCO has made an appearance for BB5 prior to this month. Here the give us their ‘Jumbo Eye & Lip Pencil’. With an MSRP of $5.50, it plays a dual role for beauty routines. It is most definitely a bright pop of color. While it is available in a variety of colors, the one sent to me would not have been my pick. Called ‘Mysterious’, it is a deep purple stick; however, when applied, it looks more like a pastel pink/lavender. Regardless, it was way too light for me. It goes on very light. In order to achieve the actual color that the pencil itself suggests, you’d need to heavy-handed when applying and perhaps layer it. It won’t work for me on the lips, either. Another color would be better. The product itself is fine. I had no issue with it excluding the color. Plus, the price is definitely reasonable.

Next, we have a new-to-me company. Cougar Beauty brings us ’24 hour Liquid Lipstick. I agree with the product info- you can never have too many lipsticks. I would recommend using a liner with this lipstick. Going on like a gloss, it did seem to bleed a bit past the lip. However, I love its scent. To me, it smelled like those butterscotch candies my Grandma used to have. Delightful! The color wasn’t named, but, I’d call it a rose shade. It boasts a long-lasting formula which I kind of agree with. The application lasted through a drink in a glass but I lost it after eating lunch. Still, that’s pretty decent. With an MSRP of $12.99, it’s not crazy expensive, but not a bargain either.

If a lip moisturizer is what you need, Jersey Shore Cosmetics offers its ‘Mongongo Lip Conditioner’. Try saying that super fast! This balm is organic, all-natural, & coconut scented. This was a new-to-me product as well. It works like most comparable, lip moisturizers. No more. No less. But, it has an MSRP of $10 which, to me, is a bit pricey for a balm.

Jelly Pong Pong (another tongue Twister) moves us from lips to eyes with their ‘Bare Necessities Highlighter Pencil’. This one is a triple threat for use as a concealer, eyeshadow base, and/or highlighter. While the peach color of the pencil is pretty, I just didn’t see any difference when I used it. It got ‘lost’ on my face. Perhaps it’s best for specific complexions or specific ways that make-up is done? I’m not sure, but it’s pass for me especially with its staggering $17.95 price tag!

After playing around in the sun, we need to wash the day away. Daily Concepts gives us their ‘Exfoliating Body Scrubber’. I think it’s neat that it has a label that fades when you need to replace it. What a smart little bugger! It definitely does it job and its $5 price tag makes it even better.

We can’t forget the bonus item! It’s the only item not full-sized, but it does sport a coupon if you fall for it & want more! Arnica Salve is perfect for summertime skin issues.

Being that the products are all full-sized, we can honestly say that if you bought each of these products at your local retailer, you’d pay $51.44! This month, we have a savings of $39.44! That’s a nice chunk of change to spend on summer fun.

You can find out full product info & ordering details at http://www.beautybox5.com. You’re experience with the products may differ from mine.
I received the aforementioned products in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.