Education, Gift Guides

Family Game Night – Break Free and Safe Breaker

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Family Game Night - Break Free and Safe Breaker

When was your last family game night? I remember when my son was younger and we introduced him to board games. He was so enamored and we played games so often with him. Now he is 9 and the games he wants to play involve video controllers. I want to take game nights back and so I needed a strategy…literally. He likes strategy video games so I needed strategy board games. YULU Toys sent me Break Free and Safe Breaker and our game night happened again.

Break Free is so simple yet addicting. First you insert a maze into the main cuff area then everyone puts a handcuff on. Now it is a race to solve the maze in a series of tweaks and turns and whomever solves it first breaks free.

Safe Breaker is similar yet different in that you have a safe instead of handcuffs and you solve number clues and race to not get caught instead of a physical maze. This is strategy in a few versions for a variety in you family game nights.

Break Free and Safe Breaker are part of the Spy Code games series. Take the #BreakFreeChallenge and record and share your race to escape on social media.

Tip: you can come up with different challenges each round, like playing blindfolded or race to escape after a series of relay races, making the game an endless amount of unpredictable and creative fun! Available on Amazon and Target stores.

Back to School 2017, Education, Gift Guides

Become a Scientist with Dr Beaker from Blue Orange Games

This feature is in partnership with Blue Orange Games


Blue Orange Games has long been a favorite game brand in my home. The games are fun and engaging all while creating a learning environment especially with games of strategy, critical thinking and judgement. Here is a new game called Dr. Beaker.


Dr Beaker will bring out the beaker-stirring Scientist in your child. Your beaker is full of ‘molecules’ and it rotates on a turn table inside the beaker. The challenge is to pick a challenge card and with only the stir stick, you have to move the molecules into the same order on the challenge card. It is harder than it looks.

Skills involved:


  • Visual Perception
  • Focus & Attention
  • Problem Solving
  • Fine Motor
  • Processing Speed

Visit Blue Orange Games and for the complete line of games. The newer games have the NEW logo attached. You can find these games at many retailers including Amazon. Think end of summer learning! This is a great way to introduce science.

2016 Holidays, Books Reviews

Water Bottle Flipping Games and Stunts

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water flipping book

Flippin Awesome: Water Bottle Flip Games, Tricks & Stunts For Everyone

Has you child reached for that bottle of water and caused you panic when they toss it in the air to let it land on the ground. I had never heard of bottle flipping before my 8 year old son and a friend staying the  night started throwing bottles. They were on the floor throwing bottles of water in the air right at my desk. When visions of water exploding all over my computer and electronics I sent them outside. It was raining so they were flipping bottles on the front porch. What is this? Why are they flipping water that my explode everywhere?

Blame You Tube because in a video they like watching the channel introduced them to the craze. I work at the local High School and in the cafeterias I would see kids flipping bottles. They needed somewhere a little more safe and more sensible to do this water bottle flipping stunt and a game board was the ticket.

In the book Flippin Awesome, there are 12 oversized game boards and more. Variations and how-to instructions, a little lesson in physics, bottle bling ideas, trick shots, creative moves, games, challenges and logs with score cards. The book is made available with Skyhorse Publishing and you can order on Amazon as well.

2016 Holidays, Gift Guides, Kids

OgoDisk RAQ Outdoor Play #HolidayGiftGuide

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This year we bought a toy hauler for ATV riding but also to do standard RV camping. I had spent the spring buying stuff and stocking it for the summer. I had thought that I had all we needed until the first camping trip that my son invited a friend along with. They got bored fast. I did not have enough outdoor fun packed in the RV. At home when we have groups of kids like at the holidays and celebrations, I have a deck box full of fun outdoor play. Gifting outdoor play for the holidays will help you tremendously when they want to get outside for any reason or on road trips and need entertainment available.


OgoSport has products that both encourage outdoor and indoor play. The OgoDisk RAQ is an outdoor toy and so much fun. It comes with 2 paddles and a Flux ball. The paddles have large handles that are easy for any hand to grip and adds some extra power to your swing. It has a sort of trampoline-like bounce to it when in contact with a ball. The Flux Balls have removable black tails so it’s up to you whether you want them on or not.



Head to OgoSport to see the full line of products. You can buy online or find in many specialty toy stores and museum shops near you.

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