Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Product Review: FAVI 100 Inch Electric Projector Screen

   The FAVI 100 Inch Electric Projector Screen comes nicely packaged in Styrofoam, and wrapped in two boxes.

   It is very well protected so the screen was perfect when we pulled it out of the box. It's not very heavy so it's easy to move around and unpack.

   There is a remote that is attached to the screen so when you mount your screen, make sure the plug will reach the outlet.

   It also comes with a remote control.

   My hubby was able to install the screen in about 45 minutes. It comes with everything needed to mount. You can either hang it from the ceiling or mount it to the wall.

   When you roll it up, it automatically stops when it gets to the end.

   We've used the wall previously when using our projector. It left the picture looking grainy and pixelated. The picture on the screen is now crisp and clear.

   This projector screen is amazing! It's lightweight, comes with everything needed to install, easy to operate and comes with both a remote control and an attached controller. The screen was smooth and wrinkle free. I highly recommend this screen if you are looking for one. It's well worth the money. The only bad thing I have to say about this screen is it's kind of smelly when you first set it up but that will vanish over time. We love having movie nights with our screen and plan on having many, many more.

I received the above product for free or reduced in return for my honest and unbiased opinion.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Product Review: TWOBIU Smart Watch

   I received a TWOBIU smart watch to review. It comes in this nice, thick cardboard box making it easy to give as a gift.

   The watch comes in either black or white.

   The screen is crisp and clear, making it easy to read.

   You can have the watch it either digital or analog. Both ways have the date and day of the week.

   There are 20 apps installed on the phone. There are four apps on five different screens.

   This watch works well. Some things I really liked about it are you can get notifications from your phone on it. This makes it so if you are busy you can take a quick glance at your watch to see if it is something important that needs to be looked at right away, or if it's something that can wait for a little. You can play music through it which makes it so you don't have to hold your phone to hear it. I also like that you can choose between having the clock either analog or digital. It's also kind of fun to talk into your watch when you take a phone call. Makes me feel like a spy.

   Some things I don't like about it. When you get a call it answers through your watch if you answer it on there or with your phone. This isn't a huge deal since you can switch it over quickly if needed, but I wish it wouldn't use the watch when answered on your phone. Another thing is it hooks up to your notifications. It will keep repeating any notification you haven't cleared out of your phone, no matter how old it is. I got an Instagram notification and I was busy so I couldn't check it. It reminded me every minute or so that I still had one. It was a bit annoying. I tried deleting it from the watch, but it kept coming back. Also, the directions are in very broken English making it a little difficult to figure out what you are doing but through some trial and error you can figure it out. It just took a while.

   I do have an iPhone and these aren't as compatible with an IPhone as it is with an Android, but enough of it works that it's still a fun watch to have. It's easy to read, the picture is crisp and clear. The watch is comfortable enough to wear and isn't overly bulky.

Overall, I the watch is fun to have and enough of it works with the iPhone to make it enjoyable.

I received the above product for free or reduced in return for my honest opinion.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Product Review: Soccer Ball Pendant Necklace

   I received a soccer ball pendant necklace to review. It's both black and silver with crystals on it. It has a silver chain and the inside is hollow.

   The chain is eighteen inches making it fit most people comfortably.

    There are a couple extra loops on it where you can tighten the necklace if you like it shorter.

   Overall, this soccer ball pendant necklace is good quality. My soccer playing kiddo loves that I have it and can wear it to his games. I may upgrade the chain at some point, but it's still a good chain for the price of the necklace.

   I received the above item for free or reduced in exchange for my honest opinion.

Yoga Cards Review

   Yoga cards is a fun way to get your family moving and stretching. It's for ages six and up and two to four players.

   Inside, there is a deck of 48 yoga poses, six mission cards and one help card.

   To begin, you will pass out one mission card to each player. Shuffle the deck of yoga poses and pass out seven to each player. The remaining cards go face down in a draw pile. Flip over the top card on the draw pile to start a discard pile. The first player will then decide if they want to play a card from their hand, the top card in the discard pile or discard one of your cards. If the player successfully holds the yoga pose for ten seconds, they get to place that card in their collection pile.

   The play then goes to the next player on the left.

   If you are the first player to collect seven cards, completing your mission, you are the winner!

   As you can see, my five year old has fun playing with these cards. They are fun to try and copy. So far just the two of us have played with them. It's always a lot of fun and feels good to stretch and bend. We are beginners when it comes to yoga, and these poses are easy to try. We aren't quite as flexible as the pictures on the cards, but we will get there. This is a great way to be introduced into yoga and a fun activity to do during the day when we need a break. I hope to use these cards to get my whole family involved in yoga. If anything, how cute is it to see little kids doing yoga poses?

   I received the above item for free or reduced in exchange for my honest opinion.

Math Dice Chase Review

   Math Dice Chase is a fun little math game. It comes with a rule book, four dice and a little bag.


   Play is simple. Everyone sits in a circle. Give one set of dice to two people sitting across from each other. Both players roll their dice then call out the math problem. Example: the purple player would call out "6x4=24." If this is correct, they will pass the dice to the player to the left. If it's incorrect, someone can yell "Challenge" which stops all play. The challenger then says the incorrect equation, followed by the correct equation. If they challenger is correct, the player that said the incorrect equation is out for the round. If the challenger is incorrect, they are out for the round. You can only challenge the current equation.

   Continue rolling, calling out the equation, then pass them to the left. If a player gets caught with both sets of dice, they are out. Keep going until there are two players left. Each player takes one die and rolls it. The two numbers are multiplied together. The player that calls out the correct answer first is the winner!

   This is a great game to help kids learn math! I have changed it to just adding the two numbers together to help my five year old practice his math. My older two boys can use them for multiplication. With the set of two dice, they recommend you play with four to six players. You can add more players with more sets of dice which would be awesome for use in a school setting.

   This game would be a great help for teachers, homeschooling, or anyone that has kids that love math or may need a bit of help learning. The dice are high quality, easy to read and big making it a great addition to any home or classroom.

   I received the above item for free or reduced in exchange for my honest opinion.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Product Review: 1 by one Multi-Function Jump Starter

   I received a jump starter to review. It comes in this case making it easy to carry and use. 

   It comes with both a wall charger and a car charger. The battery pack can be used for jump starting your car. 

   There are different ports on the battery pack making it easy to use for charging all kinds of electronics. 

   When we went camping over spring break, we used it to inflate our air mattress. This made it easy and we didn't have to drag our air mattress from the car to the tent. 

   This is a great product! We haven't had to use it to jump start the car yet, but we have used it while camping. It's very handy and easy to use. It's small enough you could keep it in your glove compartment if you don't want to keep it in the case. It slides easily under a seat or fits in the trunk without taking up much space at all. Overall, we love it!

   I received the above item for free or reduced in exchange for my honest opinion. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Table Top Day Mat Giveaway

   It's time for my annual Table Top Day mat giveaway! This year's mat is blue and orange.I will post an updated picture as soon as I get it finished. I added the other mat so you can see how it will look when finished. Please read all of the rules before entering.

   The finished product

   The details:

      - The giveaway is from April 5th through April 11th.

      -This giveaway is only open to residents of the US. If you are chosen and do not live in the US, a new winner will be chosen. No exceptions.

      - If you are chosen, you will have 48 hours to reply to my email or a new winner will be chosen so please make sure you leave an email that will allow my emails through.

      - I will check to make sure the winner has completed the winning entry.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Machi Koro Review

   Machi Koro is a game for two to four players that plays in about half an hour.

   Inside, you will find cards that have a number(s) one through twelve, two six sided dice and some coins. When you set up, these will go in the middle where everyone can reach them.

   Each player will also have three coins, two establishment cards and four landmark cards.

   The landmark cards will go face down in front of each player.

   You are now ready to play.

   On your turn, you are going to roll one die. It the number on the die matches a number on a card in front of you, you will do what the card says. If the card is blue, it's a card that gives each player some money. The red ones take coins from your opponents when they roll that number as long as they had the money before the die was rolled. The green ones you get coins if you rolled that number. The purple ones you get coins from others if you roll that number.

   After you collect your coins (or give them away), you get a buy phase. This is when you can purchase cards from the middle of the table or you can flip over your landmark. Landmarks give you special abilities when rolling your dice. The Train Station makes it so you can go from rolling just one die to both if you choose to. The Shopping Mall makes your red and green cards worth extra coins. The Amusement Park you can take another turn if you roll doubles. The Radio Tower gives you the option to re-roll your dice.

   Whoever gets all four of their landmarks flipped over first, is the winner!

   There are a couple upgrades we have done to this game that are not included in the box. My husband used his 3D printer to make coin holders. He found the file on Thingiverse. These work great! If you have a 3D printer, I suggest looking into printing some. We love using them!

   We have also purchased some double six dice to use instead of the six sided dice that came with it. These roll a lot better. We have started switching out the dice in a lot of our games.

   This is a fun, light game we enjoy playing both with our kids and just us after they have gone to bed. It plays pretty quickly so it works great as a filler game or if you don't have a lot of time. I like pulling this game out if I want a game that maybe doesn't have much strategy to it. A lot of it is luck of the dice, so that may turn people away from it. The art is cute and cartoon like but doesn't really jump out at you. The coins are cardboard but work well for what they are. The cards had a slight curve in the middle when we got it, but we've now played it enough that they are flattened out. The insert has plenty of room to add expansions to the box. Overall, it's a game we enjoy and play pretty often.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Product Review: Apple iPad Mini 4 Case

   I received an Apple iPad Mini 4 case to review. It has a hard plastic insert that snaps around your iPad. Once you have that on, there is a rubber case that goes around the outside of the plastic case. This helps buffer when dropped. There is no screen protector on this case.
   There is a kickstand on the back making it easy to use at the table or on a desk. It works both horizontal

    and vertical so you can use it for all of your tablet needs.

   This is a great little case. It's easy to use and comfortable. The camera and all buttons and features are still easily accessible. The back is textured which helps keep it from slipping out of your hands. The stand is helpful when doing things such as homework, where you need to see your tablet, but not necessarily work on it. If you are looking for a case, this one works well. I wouldn't really recommend it for younger kids since there is no screen protector. Other than that, we love it!

I received the above product for free or reduced in exchange for my honest opinion.