Saturday, September 15, 2018

#gameweek With Sequence

A Brand New Game:

I've never heard of, or played Sequence before. I am a card game lover, and there's lots of cards in this game.

Sequence is my boy's favorite game lately. I've played it five times just today. Once with Mica and Isaak, another time with Isaak, and three times with Travis.

We're making memories for sure.

Game Contents:
  • 2 Decks of Cards
  • 135 Sequence Playing Chips: Red, Green, and Blue
  • Instructions
  • A Fold Out Board
  • A Storage Box 
How to Play:

This is for two to twelve players. Ages 7 and up.

Remove the Jokers from the playing cards. Shuffle the cards well!

The amount of cards vary with how many people play. We started with 7 cards. Each player can look at their own cards.

Each player gets a different color of tokens.

We had the youngest go first.

You place a card down on the table that you want to played, then place a colored token in that spot on the board. Your objective is to get 5 tokens in a row.

Jacks are special in this game. The 2 eyed Jack is a WILD Card. You can put a token wherever you want, if you have one of those. The 1 eyed Jack allows you to kick off another player's token.

Once the player lays down a card and a token, they draw a card.


Like I said the objective is to get 5 tokens in a row. That can be horizontal, vertical, or diagonal.

Encourages STEM or STEAM:
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Art
  • Math
Sequence is about pattern recognition, and planning skills.

I like this game because it's similar to playing cards, but they changed things up a bit. It's a favorite at our house.

What's your favorite card game?

Disclaimer: I got this product for free from Goliath Games | Pressman Toy Company in exchange for an honest review. Pressman did not tell me what to say for this review. All opinions are my own. 

Friday, September 14, 2018

Random Tid Bits

  1. I got a new assignment ready for my students. Every year I take a photo that I've taken, add things to it, cut it up into pieces, and they have to recreate it. There are times where I use a preexisting photo I've found online. The results are pretty fun. 

  2. This year I went with a few vacation photos, and added old Warner Brother characters to it. I figured they'd be perfect for desert land. My co-worker must not be familiar with the desert. She told me I needed cartoon flowers in there. The desert lacks flowers. I agree it could use a bit more, but with the time I have it will have to do.

  3. Our convention center got renamed. It got bought out, so they have to change everything along with it. It's quite the controversy! Who bought it out? CHI Health. Why is it a controversy? This place is about their medical care. They charge an arm and a leg. Then turn around to spend $$$$ on a convention center, and have to have their stupid name on it. Cher is coming to preform at CHI Health Center Omaha. She may get confused, and go to a local hospital instead. LOL  

  4. Source

  5. Mica was in class talking to someone about something. He went to grab his books, and noticed his library book was gone. Instead of telling his teacher he came home to tell me. He was pretty pissed. I was pretty pissed that he didn't say something to his teacher. He thought they were too lazy to deal with it. So me, and outsider can really take care of this? Nope! I was getting more mad, but stopped and thought - He's not the asshat that took the book.

    I said, "You need to go to the library, explain what happened, and ask the procedure to buy the book. If possible could I buy the book on Amazon? Then you'll have to pay me back. You aren't in trouble for taking anything, but you need to learn how to better deal with situations when they happen."

    He went to school, walked to homeroom, and saw his book on the floor by a trash can.  He didn't have to talk to a Librarian after all.

    But he was instructed by me to talk with his teacher (he has her every other day). He had to tell her what happened. Part of his problem is time. He feels like there is no time to talk to teachers, which sadly there isn't. In situations like this he needs to make time. He did it. She had a talk with the class. The joy of middle school. 

  6. Mica will need some therapy someday. Travis turned on his emergency horn today when Mica was walking home - by the car. He walked around the car to see if one of us was there, nope. Then it started honking again. He kept jumping back, and looked to see if he did something wrong. Isaak was inside laughing so hard. We all were really. Are you a prankster? Travis so gets it from me. I'm the worst. I'd hide behind every wall to jump out at people if I could. 

  7. They never introduce new people at work. It annoys the crap out of me. We're so small. Really you can't introduce people that work there? Yet when the group came that comes once every five years to grant us our accreditation we're all the sudden important enough to introduce. Ha! 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

#gameweek With Tri-Ominos


I have never played Tri-Ominos before. I have great memories of playing board games with my family when I was a kid! I do remember playing a Domino Game called Chicken Scratch. This game seemed similar.

Mica and Isaak have some great friends that love game nights. I was hoping to include them in some reviews, but one of them just had brain surgery. Right now the one kid's eyes are bothering him from surgery. We'll soon have them over to play games soon.

Tri-Ominos is a great game for ages 8 and up! With the boys getting older, it's important to find games that are not too elementary.

Game Contents:
  • Four Racks
  • 56 Crystalline Deluxe Pieces With Brass Spinners
  • Instructions
  • A Fun Triangle Hard Cardboard Case

Set Up:

This is for two to four players. Ages 8 and up.

Scramble the fifty six triangle tiles up. Playing with two players: Each player will take nine Tri-Omino tiles and place them in their tray. Playing with tree or four players: Each player will take seven Tri-Omino tiles each.

Pick a scorekeeper to write down each player's name, and points throughout the game.

Start the Game:

The player with the highest number starts by placing it on the table.

If three of the same number can be can be played, that player earns 10 bonus points.

The Scorekeeper keeps track of the points earned throughout the game.


The first player to get 400 points wins the game.

Encourages STEM or STEAM:
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Art
  • Math
The boys liked this game! It was fairly quick. While there is some strategy, some of it's chance - what tiles are picked have to do with their chances of winning.

Have you played Tri Ominos before?

Disclaimer: I got this product for free from  Goliath Games | Pressman Toy Company in exchange for an honest review. Pressman did not tell me what to say for this review. All opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

WW: B is for Buckeye and Bananas {Linky}

We went to Lauritzen Gardens last weekend. I really liked my "B" shots.

A Buckeye Seed that Isaak found:

Bananas in their huge green house:

When was the last time you went to a Botanical Garden?

#gameweek With Rummikub


One of my favorite games is Rummikub. I played it a lot growing up at family gatherings. It most certainly brings back memories. My Aunt Becky introduced it to us, and My Grandma that is no longer with us loved to play!

Everyone would sort of get annoyed with me because when I was around 10 (Isaak's age) I'd dismantle the whole game just to try and figure out how to get my tiles played.

I tried to get my kids to enjoy Rummikub like I did. They didn't seem to take to it. Possibly it's because I played so much growing up that I won every single time!

That's until lately! Even though I won most of the time, I taught the kids how to play too. I just played the boys and came in last place! Yep my ego is heartbroken. Ha! I'm just glad they finally learned how to play well enough to kick my butt!

Game Contents:
  • Four Wooden Racks
  • 106 High Quality, Durable Tiles, Including Two Jokers
  • Instructions
  • A Wooden Case 
How to Play:

This is for two to four players. Ages 8 and up.

Scramble the tiles up, pick 14 tiles.

Organize the tiles by runs (same color in number order) and three of a kind (same number, different colors). You have to have 3 tiles in both sets and three of a kind to put them on the board. You can have more than three, but not less than three. Don't let your opponent(s) see your tiles.

We play youngest to oldest, but you can draw a tile to see who goes first. Whoever has the highest tile starts the game off.

You can play if your tiles = 30 points. If you have a joker, it can equal any tile, and equals 30 points right away. If not you can not play, draw, and it's the next player's turn. You can not go after you've drawn.

Once you've laid out, and it passes one more round you can lay tiles on other people's runs or three of a kind to equal a four of a kind, You can steel a fourth tile to add to two of your tiles to make another three of a kind, or run. You can split in a run up to play more tiles within it.

Anything goes!

Three or four of a kinds have different colors, and more than three tiles. Runs have to have the same color, and at least three tiles.


The objective is to get rid of all your tiles.

Encourages STEM or STEAM:
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Art
  • Math
Rummikub is about pattern recognition, and planning skills.

I love this game because it makes the players think!

What's your favorite board game that includes numbers?

Disclaimer: I got this product for free from  Goliath Games | Pressman Toy Company in exchange for an honest review. Pressman did not tell me what to say for this review. All opinions are my own. 

Monday, September 10, 2018

#ad Sandals

These sandals come in 3 colors: 

  1. khaki
  2. brown
  3. black

They are super stylish.

They fit Mica really well. He loves the style of them!

They do have great treads, I love how they can be tightened up with their toggle laces.

You can get them on Amazon for $29.90. Cost does vary base on color and style.

Disclaimer: I got this product for a discounted price in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Travel Make-Up Case Review

I love having suitcase and cosmetic bag options when I travel, or go camping!

This one is really compact! There's two velcro bars that come with it, so it can be split up however it works best with the user. I fit a lot in the main part of the bag.

The pocket up at the top has a velcro as well. It splits apart in two different ways, to reveal 3 different compartments.

One: A Big Mesh Pocket

I just put a few make-up brushes in there. I do kind of wish I had velcro or a zipper to help hold those things in place. They slipped out every time I'd try to get to another pocket behind it.

Two: Another Big Mesh Pocket

I put a wooden comb in there. I don't really use a comb, but it's just for this review. I mainly have a comb for combing out hair out of a bigger brush I do use. I think Isaak uses it on his hair as well. This pocket is tighter than the first one featured, so nothing would slip out.

Three: Small Mini Pockets

Lipsticks, lip glosses, chapstick, fingernail polish, or even small pill bottles could go in these. I have lipsticks in them right now.


I don't know exactly what I'll use it for to be honest.
  • More than likely it will get used for make-up. I don't use a lot of makeup. Certainly some for sure. 
  • I could use it for medicine. My nasal wash salt, neti pot, and meds eat up space when I travel. I'd love to have a bag just for that stuff. 
  • I go through times where I wear a lot of hair things. 
  • A man case. Mica is getting older. They may want a case to carry a razor, soap, shaving cream, and more.
What would you use it for?

You can get this travel make-up case on Amazon: for $20.59

Disclaimer: I got this product for a discount in exchange for an honest review. The company didn't tell me what to say. All the words in this post are my opinion. 


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