Family Game Nights are Better with Blue Orange Games! (Review and Giveaway)

About Blue Orange Games:

At Blue Orange Games, we have been publishing and promoting award-winning games for over 18 years.

We prioritize quality and durability, and pledge to make games that will stand the test of time.

We make sure each and every game is easy to learn, fun to play, and engaging for all- it’s our not-so-secret formula to success!

Many of our games help children build important skills such as dexterity, memory, math, logic, and cooperation.

We pride ourselves in helping people unplug and bond for hours of good old fashion fun.

As a company dedicated to growing with families, we are confident there is a little something for everyone in our catalog.

We are strong advocates of the value of play and would like to thank all the retailers and players around the world who support our games and help to make play an everyday reality.

In addition to the 200+ awards our products have received, Blue Orange Games has won three prestigious industry awards:

• 2012 ASTRA Excellence Award

– Vendor of the Year

• 2011 Toy Collection Award

– Vendor of the Year

• 2011 Learning Express Award

– Best Store Support Vendor Award

The first thing I noticed about Blue Orange Games is that they have really cool and fun looking games. Totally different than the usually department store game selection. I couldn’t wait to get the games and play them with my two children.

The first game I played with my children was Pool Party.  What a perfect game for the hot summer weather we are having here in Florida! The box is colorful and fun, my kids couldn’t wait to open and play!

Pool Party ($21.99)

Ages 6 and UP
2-4 Players
 Summer is here, and so is pool party season! It’s time to beat the heat and cool off in the topsy-turvy pool. Better yet, join in on the cannon ball contest and form a team with your fellow party-goers. But watch out! Too many swimmers and this wacky pool can easily spill over, tossing you and everyone else out. Make big splashes by propelling your teammates into the unsteady pool, and be the first to successfully land 3 divers in to win! Unique components and high energy gameplay will make Pool Party your family’s new favorite.

This game is so much fun! My kids and I had a blast trying to get out swimmers in the pool! My kids said they could play this forever. It was the perfect game for my 7 year old who usually gets upset when he doesn’t win or doesn’t understand how to play.

The second game we played is called Maki StackMy daughter loves sushi, so when she saw the box she automatically wanted to play it right away.

Maki Stack ($27.99)

Ages 7 and UP
2-6 Players

Order’s up- it’s time for a sushi showdown! Put on your mask and grab your teammate, or prepare to use your fingers as chopsticks. Balance and arrange the sushi, plates, and soy sauce bottles, and make sure to execute the order exactly as shown on the card. But be careful, one wrong move and everything might tumble over! Race a friend or challenge as a team in this sushi stacking extravaganza. High-quality wooden pieces and crazy stacking combinations make Maki Stack perfect for a game night full of fun and laughs.

This game is so much fun! My daughter loved where you have to use a blindfold to stack the pieces. We both had so much fun playing this game.

 

The third game is called Who did it? If you have a child that loves emojis, especially the “poop” emoji, they will love this game.

Who did it? 

Ages 6 and UP
3-6 Players

In this hilarious card game, players race to get rid of their cards so they can avoid the blame of owning the animal that pooped. Each game is as funny as it is fast; quickly find your card, be the first to throw it down, and then blame someone else! Was it YOUR cat that pooped in the living room? Because it wasn’t my fish!

Break it out at the next family game night, social gathering, or cocktail party. Who Did It? is sure to bring laughs and just the right amount of potty humor. Plus the cute, plushy zippered pouch keeps all the cards and tokens safe, and is the perfect size for on-the-go fun.

This game had all of us lagging the whole time! A simple yet fun card game that was all about Poop!! So fun!

Last but not least….my absolute favorite out of all of them, Shaky Manor!!

Shaky Manor ($25.99)

Ages 7 and UP
2-4 Players

Local legend says the house on the corner contains hidden treasures… you find yourself taking a chance and entering to strike it rich, but it isn’t that easy to keep the treasures safe from the creatures that haunt the dusty rooms!

In this game, race to position your Meeple Player and 2 Treasure Chests into the room indicated on the Challenge Card by shaking and tilting your box. Each time you succeed in keeping the treasure safe, you win the card as a point and the player to your right adds a new spooky creature into your box to make the next round harder!

I love how you can start playing this game before opening the box! Start tilting!  Two of the rooms are together with the play pieces, so you can see through the box and start playing. This game was so much fun, I love games of skill and logic. My 9-year-old had a blast playing this as well did I!

 

I was super impressed with these awesome games from Blue Orange! These games would be a great addition to your family game nights. They would also make fabulous gifts!

To learn more and to purchase, please go to Blue Orange Games.

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*I received these games in exchange for my honest opinion. 

 

***Giveaway***

Blue Orange is letting me give away my favorite game, Shaky Manor,  to one lucky winner! U.S Residents only, giveaway ends on 8/3/18.  Please enter using the giveaway rafflecopter below. Good Luck!

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Marijean

My name is MJ. I have two wonderful children and work part time as well as volunteer at my children's school.

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Card Caddy-Playing Card Case Giveaway @thecardcaddy

CARD CADDY

The ONLY playing card case that turns into a discard tray so you can keep your cards safe, then play anywhere, anytime!
We’re all looking for ways to spend quality time with friends and family and a game of cards is a great way to do it.  But those paper boxes the cards come in fall apart quickly and then your cards are easily lost or damaged.  Then when it’s time to play a game, those draw and discard piles get knocked over and it’s tough to play if you don’t have a level surface.  The Card Caddy solves both of these problems, appeals to a wide market and is attractively priced at $5.99 for our Single Decker and $6.99 for the Double Decker. The 5-pack is available for $26.99. It has a wide range of appeal to parents who want a portable alternative to their kids playing on their devices; players of traditional card games like Bridge, Canasta, Rummy, casino games and countless others;  and tabletop gamers and collectors of trading cards.

The ONLY playing card case which converts to a discard tray so you can play a game of cards anywhere, anytime. The Single Decker holds a standard 54 card deck or up to 40 sleeved collectible cards. Available in 6 colors, or order 2 cases to mix and match your case for your own personal style. Now available in Camo swirl pattern, too (each swirl pattern is unique).

I think Card Caddy is a fabulous idea! I know when I buy my kids playing cards, or any type of card game, the boxes always fall apart. I love this idea and how it keeps the cards safe and you won’t damage or lose them. Card Caddy is great for any type of playing card or trading cards. Card Caddy would also make a fabulous holiday gift or birthday gift!

Here is information about the Inventor, Chris Nichols, and the Card Caddy:

My name is Chris Nichols the inventor of the Card Caddy. When my step-son was around 5 years old, he was obsessed with Uno. I grew up playing card games of all sorts with my grandmother and wanted to foster that same love of cards with him. We carried around a couple of decks of cards, bound with rubber bands, stuffed back into the box, or just scattered in the bottom of a my wife’s purse.  When it came time to play – often somewhere without a level, solid surface for the draw and discard piles – the stacks of cards fell over, blew away or slid down into the crevice of the car seat.

For Christmas that year, I made the original version of the Card Caddy in my workshop out of scrap wood.  It was bulky and clunky, but it was a big hit and solved my frustrations.  After a couple of iterations, I’ve put together an improved version and would like to the share the idea with card lovers everywhere. 

Whether you’re a harried parent who wants a mobile entertainment option other than “a device”, a hardcore Trading Card Gamer who has a lot invested in your deck, or just someone who likes to have a deck of cards handy for a game-on-the-go, the Card Caddy is for you.

 

**GIVEAWAY**

We are excited to partner with Card Caddy to give you the opportunity to win a 5-pack! Enter using the Rafflecopter below. U.S. residents only. Giveaway ends on 7/10.

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Marijean

My name is MJ. I have two wonderful children and work part time as well as volunteer at my children's school.

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“Snapables” Fun Clothing for Kids (review and giveaway)

 

Do you have little ones at home who love to play dress up? Do you have little ones who love to bring toys with them everywhere they go but they end up loosing them? I was able to review new clothing from a company called Warmables. Warmables makes clothing that are called “Snapables” that are so much fun for kids!

What are Snapables?

SNAPABLES Raglan T’s are finally here! We take 100% cotton fabric and sew a T’shirt. Then we glue emoji’s to snaps and press 4 receiving snaps into the shirt. And there you have a SNAPABLE, adorable T’shirt with exchangeable mini toys. 4 emojis, 1 large and 3 small bugs come with each shirt. 4 toys total can be snapped on to each shirt. Once completed we pack everything happily into a clear Chinese takeout container to make giving this gift ever so easy and fun. We make each shirt individually and all toys will vary, especially the bugs. Placement of the snaps on the shirts will also vary, we really make one by one and take our time giving each shirt it’s individual look. Boys and girls love them equally to play with, count and trade them or exchange and share on the playground. Available in sizes 3-6; please see size chart and measure your kids before ordering. Our chart is given in inches to make it real easy on everybody. More available SNAPABLES toys are listed separately to your children’s delight. Made with much love and a smile on our faces by Yvonne and your Warmables team in Jersey City.

 

 

 

Snapables offers kids clothing in Raglan style and T-shirt styles for boys and girls. A really adorable ballet skirt will be available soon (my favorite). I was able to review a t-shirt for my son and a ballet skirt for my daughter. My son is all about creepy crawly bugs and my daughter loves emojis so they are thrilled with their new Snapables clothing! Each order comes in really cute see through chinese take-out containers. They are perfect to hold all of your fun toy snaps!

The clothes are offered in sizes 3T-6T. Each article of clothing comes with 4 permanent snaps on them. They also come with a variety of fun themed toy snaps to snap on to the permanent snaps. You can snap as many as 4 on at a time. I love how my kids can run around and these never fall off. The shirts are 100% cotton and machine washable. Very stretchy and comfy for my kids. My daughter loves to twirl in the skirt and my son loves showing off his cool shirt to his friends. Your kiddos are sure to love these stylish and fun shirts/skirts as well!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These would make great unique gifts! Check out all of the styles they offer at https://www.warmables.com/snapables

*GIVEAWAY*

Warmables is graciously giving away TEN shirts!! There will be 5 size 3T winners and 5 size 4T winners in choice of boy or girl styles. All you have to do is go on their site and let me know what size you would want if you win, and also for a boy or girl.  Follow their Instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/warmables2001/?hl= and make sure to comment below with your Instagram name to confirm. Good luck! Giveaway open to U.S. residents only. Giveaway ends on 6/12/2018.

 

 

 

Marijean

My name is MJ. I have two wonderful children and work part time as well as volunteer at my children's school.

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Simple Wishes Signature Hands Free Pumping Bra Giveaway

Mommy Has To Work is excited to partner with Simple Wishes to host a giveaway for their Signature Hands Free Pumping Bra! Do you have a baby or are you expecting a baby? Are you a working mom or a mom on the go? Read all about how this Hands Free Pumping Bra will make your life a lot easier on the go! *Please note that a beast pump is not included in this giveaway, just the pumping bra. 

7:00 AM – Get Ready For Work While You Pump

Simple Wishes makes it possible for you to do two things at once. Get a little extra beauty rest now that you can save time pumping while you get ready for the day.

2:00 PM – Only Have 20 Minutes? No Problem

Simple Wishes makes it easy to complete your pumping while you are on break. Eat a snack or read a book while our bra holds the pump securely on your breast.

3:00 AM – With Simple Wishes, at Least One of You Can Sleep Like a Baby

Pump comfortable at night without needing to wake your baby to nurse. You could even find a book or magazine to help pass the time.

 

This pumping bra would also make a great gift for a baby shower/new mom gift! Check out the Amazon listing here!

 ****GIVEAWAY****

One lucky reader will win the Simple Wishes Signature Hands Free Pumping Bra in soft pink color and their choice of size (XS-L or L-PLUS). To enter, please comment on how this pumping bra would make your life easier as a new mom? U.S. residents only. Giveaway ends on 2/12/2018.

 

 

Marijean

My name is MJ. I have two wonderful children and work part time as well as volunteer at my children's school.

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You Child will love a letter from Santa from SantasLetters.org (Review and Giveaway)

If your family celebrates Christmas, there is nothing more exciting to a child then receiving a letter from Santa in the mail. My kids love receiving letters from Santa. Make the Christmas season really special and magical. You can now order a letter and have it sent from “The North Pole” right to your mailbox! Check out Santa’s Letters.

Santa Claus Letter Service

What can bring a child more happiness and delight than a letter personally written to him/her from the big guy himself? For the last few years Santa Claus Letter Service has been providing just that. The joy a child receives while opening a written letter from Santa himself is magical. All our letters include personalized details of your child, including name, possible gift ideas and the city they live in, enabling them to feel the magic that Saint Nick has given all of us at some point in our lives.

All our letters are written by Santa Claus and are not printed. Santa takes great pride in writing each and every letter knowing that it will be reaching somebody very precious and special.

 

The website is super easy to use and the prices are very affordable. Each letter is personalized for each child. Your letter will be mailed to your child in an attractive envelope with a special North Pole Postmark. It really does look like it is from the north pole! Each envelope also has a Santa’s Official Wax Seal on the back. My kids thought that was super cool!

There are 3 different packages to choose from. I chose the “Rudolph Package” which includes a personalized letter on choice of letterhead on sale for $12.99. There are five different letterhead designs to choose from.  Once you choose, it will prompt you to add certain things about your child such as name, date of birth, gift your child wants to receive, city, and a friend’s name.  There are 5 letters you can then choose from, all with different sayings.

The kids were so excited to open their letters and read what Santa wrote to them. Even better was seeing the gifts they want and each friend’s name on the letters too!

 
 My readers can get 25% off their order with code:  mommyblog25

 ****GIVEAWAY****

We are giving away Santa Packages! To win, please comment below the answer to the following question: “What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions?” Winner’s will be chosen on 11/28. U.S. residents only.

*I received two Santa’s Letters in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own.

Marijean

My name is MJ. I have two wonderful children and work part time as well as volunteer at my children's school.

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