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Patch Products {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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Once my son turned 3, my husband and I decided he was old enough to start playing games, so we got Candy Land and Chutes and Ladders for our family for Christmas. We had fun playing for about the first 10 times. After that, my husband and I would both cringe when he would ask to play either game. It wasn’t necessarily the game’s fault–he was young and would make up his own rules or would get really mad when he wouldn’t win–but the games definitely got real old real fast. Now he’s almost 4 and can handle more complicated and mature games, like card games. One of my favorite  card games that I played with my dad growing up was Go Fish, and Patch Products has put a new spin on this classic game with Go Oink® and Go Ape®!

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Patch Products sells games, construction sets, educational toys and puzzles, all with the main goal of families having FUN! They began making just puzzles in 1985 and since then have grown to produce hundreds of games and toys for kids and adults alike. Some of their more popular games include Farkle Frenzy®, The Game of Things…®, Bed Bugsâ„¢, Malarky® and Shark Attackâ„¢. They also have a huge line of  brand-licensed games including Dora, Clifford, SpongeBob and Where the Wild Things Are.

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I was sent a copy of both Go Ape® and Go Oink® to review. Both games immediately became family favorites! We play Go Ape® at least once a day, and we rotate in Go Oink® every few days. Both games are similar to Go Fish, but instead of asking for a specific card to get three-of-a-kind, you have to act out what is on your card. So, in Go Ape®, you act out the action that the monkey is doing on your card. There are some really funny ones, and playing with a 3-year old is even funnier. We definitely have some favorite cards that, when one of us picks, make us giggle in anticipation to act it out. Of course, just like in the regular game, if the other player doesn’t have the card you asked for, you say “Go Ape” and they pick from the pile. Go Oink® is similar, except there are cartoon pictures of animals on the cards and you have to make the corresponding animal noise to ask for a card. We found that, before you play, you should go through all the cards and designate sounds for each animal. Most are very straightforward, but a few, like the lion and the bear, can sound similar, and it’s best to establish your “house rules” before you play to avoid confusion.

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These games are definitely fun and hilarious to play together as a family. My 3-year old was able to pick up the mechanics of the game after about 3 games, though he still has a hard time holding his cards without showing them to us, so we have to employ a little creative cheating/non-cheating when playing with him. My 1 1/2-year old can even play Go Oink® with us when someone is helping because she can make the animal sounds! The cards are sturdy and mostly durable; we’ve only had one get permanently creased after being sucked on for about 5 minutes by my teething daughter. The illustrations on the cards are colorful and cute and for Go Ape®, are fairly easy to mimic.

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I would HIGHLY recommend these games to anyone who loves to play games as a family. They are playable for ages 3+ and would even be funny with a group of adults. We have LOVED both games and will continue to play them as long as we can. Seriously, I don’t even mind playing them multiple times a day, unlike some other games I’ve already mentioned 🙂 You can purchase them online or at select brick-and-mortar retailers (JoAnn Fabrics and Sears are some I saw in a quick online search). The games are $9.99 in the cute Ape– or Pig-shaped carrying case, but just the Go Ape® cards by themselves are only $6.99–what a deal! Seriously, go check these games out and have fun with your family tonight!

Enter below to win either Go Ape® or Go Oink®!

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** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of August 26th, 2013, and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Patch Products, but all opinions are strictly my own.

iScream Shop {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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One of my favorite segments from Jerry Seinfeld’s stand up is the one about Halloween.  He explains how the only “one clear thought” you have when you’re a kid is to “get candy!”  I thought it was funny (and probably true, for my sweet-toothed self!), but I have certainly seen that to be true in my 4-year-old over the past few months since he went trick or treating for the first time.  🙁

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The iScream Shop, though, is a great way to indulge your sweet tooth while remaining healthy and cavity-free, and they some fun products for all ages.  While I would certainly say that the shop is geared toward girls and young women, I was able to find some fun things for my boys to enjoy as well.  Here are a few of my favorite items:

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Of course we can’t do anything without taking the My 50 States Activity Book for my geography-loving little boy!   bedtimeThis Boys Bedtime Activity Book has been our FAVORITE addition to our bedtime routine and has provided a good opportunity for him to start writing each day.  There are lots of prompts, questions, pictures, etc. to get him thinking about recording his favorite thoughts of the day.  And, it comes in a girl version too:

girls bedtimeThese Hot Chocolate Poly Plush Pants are fun all season long:

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I really can’t get over all of the adorable cute owl items (that became trendy after I already bought my second son’s bedding, of course!), and the Owl Vintage Wristlet is cute for lots of girls.owlThere are lots of fun cards on CLEARANCE that would be perfect for a special Valentine next month, like this Camuoflage Heart Flip Card with Stickers.

cardsAnd plush blankets like this Airheads Poly Plush Blanket are my favorite for cozy nights on the couch watching movies with the family.

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One Dandy reader will win his/her choice of blanket, sham, or pillow from the iScream Shop to enjoy at home!  Enter to win below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.
** The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Saturday, January 19th and emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by iScream Shop, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Bye Bye Baby

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Our little “Ruby” is getting too grown up.  Isn’t she adorable and doesn’t this photo of her make you smile?  Am I a proud momma or something???  😉

It’s pure happiness.  This was from right around her 6th month.  And now….

My 8 month girl:

Seriously where does the time go?

She’ll be crawling any day now!

Here she was as just a wee newborn:

One of her newborn photos was showcased so perfectly on the announcements we received from Paper Culture.  They have so many adorable birth announcements to choose from, so you really can’t go wrong with any of ’em, but let’s play a little game shall we?

Name the announcement!

Which one did we choose to announce our Ruby?

Stay tuned to life at the Dandy to find out the answer…

 

Thanks again Paper Culture for sponsoring this post by providing us with baby Ruby’s birth announcements!  🙂

 

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