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    Friday
    Sep232016

    Make memories — and boost memory — with Gigamons from Blue Orange Games

    I used to have an amazing memory. I could recall faces, names, numbers, events, location of pictures and text on printed pages, a fair amount of trivia, and more. Age and MS have done a number on my noggin', though, so you won't hear me bragging about my sharp skills in that area any more.

    Instead, I seek out ways to continually sharpen my short-term memory. Playing games certainly helps. And is fun. Especially games enjoyed with grandkids. Double that when played with my grandkids and my adult kids.

    Which is exactly what I recently did with Bud (grandkid) and Brianna (adult kid). I received an intriguing game free for review from Blue Orange Games — Gigamons this time — and recruited Bud and Brianna to go a few rounds with me on the magical memory boosting game.

    gigamons game review 

    The official description of Gigamons, The quest for magical Elemons!...

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    Friday
    Sep092016

    Life Reimagined: Well on my way to unstuck

    Life can be sticky. And those sticky spots in life — unfun events, moments, circumstances — can lead to being stuck in unhappy, uncreative, unproductive places in myriad phases.

    life reimaginedI've been stuck in such a place for several months. I shared here about a month ago my hope that Life Reimagined, an online, subscription-based service helping millions of American's plan for the "what's next?" questions in life, could help me get unstuck.

    My progress report? It's working!

    In the past 30 days or so, I've used a variety of the many Life Reimagined tools to figure out what to do to move forward, get free of the sticky spots holding me back personally and professionally. In particular, I used what I learned from my initial quizzes and time with an online life coach to focus on reducing stress and finding more joy in my day-to-day in order to get back...

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    Wednesday
    Aug312016

    Top That! A mad dash to match the magic hat stack game from Blue Orange Games

    Not too long ago, my buddy/reviewer Bud helped me try out a new game from Blue Orange Games called Dr. Eureka. It was loads of fun... but a tad challenging for Bud because of the manual dexterity involved in moving mini balls about ("molecules") to match the winning formula on game cards.

    This game turned out a bit easier for my review partner.

    top that! from blue orange games

    Top That! from Blue Orange Games has very similar game play as Dr. Eureka — but was far more fun for Bud during our recent review play because the pieces (magic props) to be stacked and swapped and such to match what's on the game card before all the other players...

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    Friday
    Aug262016

    Cookbook review: 175 Best Air Fryer Recipes by Camilla V. Saulsbury

    Do you have an air fryer? I reviewed one last year, and it quickly became one of my favorite appliances. I was quite pleased with the way french fries, chicken tenders, BBQ drumsticks and much, much more cooked up fast and oil free. And delicious.

    Thing is, I had trouble finding recipes that went beyond the basics, beyond those things mentioned above. So I don't use my air fryer as often as I would like, as often as I could and should.

    Enter 175 Best Air Fryer Recipes by Camilla V. Saulsbury, freelance food writer and author of more than 20 cookbooks (including this one I previously reviewed). I received a copy of the glossy cover paperback for review and instantly fell in love with it.

    175 best air fryer recipes

    Inside the glossy cover of 175 Best Air Fryer Recipes the pages are primarily...

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    Wednesday
    Aug172016

    Shape Mags Magnetic Stick N' Stack Tiles: Innovative magnetic fun (Review)

    Before I delve into my review of Shape Mags Magnetic Stick N' Stack playsets, I must first apologize.

    I must apologize for using the "C" word here. That "C" word being, well, Christmas.

    See, if you're anything like me, you abhor the idea of considering Christmas before summer has even come to a close. But, as these nifty playsets are ideal, imagination-stretching gifts for girls and boys of all ages (well, age 3+ is the recommendation), I simply must note that Shape Mags are absolutely perfect for giving — and getting... for Grandma's playroom — for Christmas.

    There. I said it. Forgive me and let's move on... to the review.

    shape mags

    I received free for review the Shape Mags Magnetic Stick N' Stack Tiles Starter Set...

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    Friday
    Aug122016

    Life Reimagined: Seeking support to get unstuck

    I'm stuck. In my career, for starters. I used to be creative, used to be fairly prolific.

    Not lately. I'm stuck in a spot where I'm unable to write as well — and as often — as I'd like. Unable to even come up with creative ideas to put to paper or pixel.

    My stuck state applies to more than my career. I'm pert-near paralyzed personally, too, due to hefty medical, marital, and monetary hurdles I've clumsily crawled across in the past year.

    I'm stuck and need assistance getting unstuck.

    life reimaginedLife Reimagined to the rescue! 

    I was serendipitously invited to participate in a paid campaign about AARP's new online subscription-based service designed to help American adults navigate life — from bumps in the road to major transitions to full-blown makeovers of life missions and goals — at the very moment I was most overwhelmed by not being where I want to be in all areas of my life... and unsure of where I even really want to be in most.

    Life Reimagined has a plethora of tools to help...

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