Monday, September 18, 2017

Popcorn Time!! Support Scouts

Nolan is selling popcorn to support his Cub Scout pack. Funding for the year round program relies heavily on this once a year event. He's doing his part by working store front sales and visiting neighbors but has a personal goal to try and sell 10 military donation popcorn items. The military donation popcorn is $25 and delivered directly to our troops!! Watch my sweet boy and his personal plea. Those grimaces he's doing are supposed to be smiles haha!
If you're interested in supporting Nolan through a popcorn purchase or military popcorn donation purchase, you can send me a message. For every $25 donation he receives we will be purchasing one military popcorn donation. You can send an order electronically through paypal as "friends and family" to me at https://www.paypal.me/MirandaLeMaster/ or good old fashioned checks through the mail work too!!

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Scouts provides such great structure for boys teaching them about kindness, respect, being trustworthy, and doing their best. It engages them in activities that help them get their energy out in a productive way. Nolan went to day camp this year and while it left me one tired mom (I was a Den leader) it was worth the chaos. Support Boy Scouts!! Both my husband and myself volunteer our time weekly for our Pack and help support scouting every chance we get. 








Monday, September 11, 2017

Djubi Fun at Scout Camp

Thanks to Treason I was able to bring along a great party pack from Djubi Games to our recent Cub Scout camp out. Along with all of our planned activities there is a lot of down time for the boys. They love staying active and playing games and as leaders we often need activities that will capture their attention without requiring ours. Djubi was perfect!




What's Djubi you ask? Djubi makes sling ball games and products. In short, a fun new way to throw and catch. My boys LOVE anything they can sling, shoot, throw, launch or rocket off to play. These fit the bill perfectly.


As you can see in the picture above the net catcher has a small lip on the top. That lip grabs the blue rubber band from the ball and lets you fling it to your buddy. It's safe, soft, but fun too!

At Cub Scout camp we had boys from 2 year old siblings up to teenagers playing with the products and having a blast. Parents got in on the game too.

We used our Dartball which come with an easily storable target to play a little competitive launch.




Blue Orange Games sent along party packs with lots of small easy to pack games. Our boys played with them and LOVED the creative games. They were challenging enough for our 5th graders yet could be modified to allow the kindergarteners and young siblings to enjoy too.





Djubi products can be purchased directly from their website here.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

OgoSport Water Play Day

I was lucky enough to be able to try OgoSport's new water play toy, the OgoDisk H2O thanks to Tryazon.

Headquartered in The Brooklyn Navy Yard in Brooklyn, NY, OgoSport designs award-winning toys to get kids and families to "Move. Think. Play.”

So what is an OgoDisk you ask? It's simple. 



The OgoDisk H2O is designed specifically for bouncing water balloons. I love how the disk, made of nylon-spandex and rubber lets kids use their imagination and be active. In just a few moments mine went from bouncing water balloons to pretending is was a shield. This lightweight disk flies much like a frisbee and even floats. 

Great for target practice

...and maybe even as a chew toy haha. 

The weather has spoiled two of our recent water playdate so my three boys have turned creative. Air balloons in the house with their disks!!







Friday, May 26, 2017

End of School!!

How is it May already??



On to 2nd grade N goes. "So Long First Grade. It's Been Fun. Watch Out Second Grade. Here I come!" was his shirt of choice on his last day. 

In other news, like so many other young children on the planet, Carter is obsessed with watching other families or other kids on YouTube. He told me his best friend was a boy he watches on YouTube the other day. I promptly made him this shirt.... and encouraged a new App instead of stalking random YouTube people!


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Ubongo Game Time

I recently got to try out Ubongo, a fast paced spatial learning game by Thames & Kosmos, thanks to Tryazon. This is right up Nolan's alley. At school, they play ST Math on iPads and computers which isn't any numerical math but rather spatial puzzles, brain teasers, and such. He begs to do activities like ST Match at home so I'm always on the hunt for fun. He's a whiz at this stuff and way better than any 7 year old should be. He beat me in our first game!



Ubongo uses a gem stone reward system which is a huge hit with elementary school boys. Think Minecraft and Skylanders gem stones and more! You have a minute or so (hourglass timer) so solve a quick tangram puzzle and you're racing your peers. Then the puzzles reset and it all starts over for 10 fast rounds. It doesn't involve reading so although it says ages 8 and up our four year could also slowly work out puzzles and be included. The cards always change and there are two levels of difficulty so it is not a game JUST for younger kids. If you're looking for a game your child will love and you will be happy to play along with them too, this is it!








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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

SyncScores

 My iPhone using friends....... Have you downloaded it yet?? Here is my hubby's newest app. This is an iMessage app, a new type of experience for the latest iOS.

Download it here: SyncScores

Once downloaded (it's FREE), you'll use it from your text/iMessage area. When you're in a text message/iMessage in the new iOS you'll notice that universal symbol for app (in blue on the image below), when you click there you'll see all your new iMessage Apps!! Fun stuff!



So what's it do, you ask? SyncScores is a fun way to keep your family and friends informed of the latest “scores” from any of your favorite sports. Are you at your son's soccer games while your spouse is off at golf? Send him junior's game updates in real time. Like to brag how your favorite NFL team is doing? Update your friends as you chat about the plays. You can get creative too! On my birthday I was exploring the new app and sent the latest "score" to hubby. 34 to 40 to my OLD man hehe.

How's it work? When the first person uses the app to insert a scoreboard into their iMessage chat interface they can update the "parts" of the scoreboard. Here you see the basic scoreboard. Additional sports scoreboards have the necessary parts for their sports like what "Down" it is for football. All of these fields are editable and update-able. 

 Here you see the Football scoreboard as it looks in my texting app. Want the rest of the details, like what Down it is and which yard the ball is on? Just click to view the expanded Scoreboard.

Once updated with a "new" score by your friend or yourself, the previous scoreboard image shrinks up, not taking up your whole chat field and the new updated one is front and center. In the above image you can see this.

New sports scoreboards are on the way! Check back soon!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

EQtainment Fun - Emotional Intelligence Improvement for Kids!

Do you like to practice better behavior and social skills with your young children? Do you struggle with fun methods for teaching them to explore their feeling while also learning better ways to react? If so, check out EQtainment and their products. I was able to explore a fun packet of many of their offering thanks to Tryazon and hosted an in home playdate using their game, Q's Race to the Top as a fun activity.



Starting at around age 3 Q's Race to the top is an interactive board game that helps kids explore their emotions, communication, manners, social skills, creative thinking, balance, and coordination. It's fast paced so even when we let litter sibling join in they were able to stay entertained!

I love the offerings this entire brand has from coloring books that explore more than just crayons to the Q Wunder app boasts being the first app to improve the world's social and emotional intelligence through entertainment. 

You're probably asking what emotional intelligence even is. Emotional intelligence includes: reading social cues, self-motivation, delaying gratification, coping with life’s ups and downs, managing relationships, decision making and problem solving. Research has shown that kids who score higher in emotional intelligence are better able to adapt and thrive both at home, school, and of course in the future.  

Carter was excited to try it out!!


Carter explores movement after landing on a "Do" card.
EQtainment has an On the Go Pack of fun where you can pick cards to quiz your kiddos on their ideas and feelings. It's small and portable but offers lots of entertainment or should I say EQtainment. This set is a great discussion starter and with us has led to really interesting conversations! I love that I can word the questions different with my 4 year old versus my 7 year old so everyone gets the most out of it.