SpinMaster Toys Are Fun

This was supposed to be a party atmosphere with the Spinmaster Stitch & Style automatic sewing machine and the KumiKreator Bead & Braider, but as it happens (and has happened for the last three years) Covid reared its ugly head. So the two of us that were not in quarantine, decided to play and let you know about these cool toys!

I will start with the Stitch & Style. It is well made and definitely easy to use. It sews automatically. This sewing machine runs on 4 AA batteries that are not included. The material, sponge to apply the stickers, the clips and elastic, as well as a bunch of awesome stickers, are included! You do have to make sure the threaded cartridge is inserted correctly or it will not sew. The presser foot is low enough that little fingers cannot get under it, which is a very nice safety feature. There were only a couple hitches and these were easily figured out. 1) it would not sew. Fix; the cartridge was not inserted correctly. 2) the thread and material were hard to get out from under the needle because the machine stopped sewing before the end of the material. Fix; lift with the presser foot and pull slightly to cut the thread. We decided to make the sunglass/glasses case. we applied one of the supplied stickers with the sponge that is provided also. The instructions were clear and easy to follow, however, I feel that it would require some adult help with the younger children. All in all, this was fun, easy, and of great quality. I would recommend to anyone to get this for your children 8 and up.

Now, onto the KumiKreator Bead & Braider! This one was truly a cool machine! We had fun with it, it was easy to follow the directions, and mostly everything worked without a hitch. The stickers for the ends don’t hold as well as they should, and one end fell off when we were closing the clip and connection to wear the bracelet. No biggie! We just put another piece of sticker on and redid it. This part might very well require some adult help. I think that some stronger tape would be in order. the little cartridges come fully ready to use. Each one is a bracelet when combined with another color or two. There are also cartridges of a different color to use for making the necklaces. The machine is easy to assemble no tools are required, and no batteries are required just connect the arm and get the spools ready, then turn the crank until the red lines match up. Then you apply the stickers and put on the connections to each end. Voila! You have a beautiful bracelet that is ready to wear. I was super impressed with this machine and can see that it would be a great gift for a child 8 years and older. Bravo!

coolmaker #Spinmaster #Spinmastertoys #Tryazon #Party

Family Fun Game Night

Playmonster games

How long has it been since you and your family and friends sat down to a roaring game night? Well, it hasn’t been long for me, we just played Farkle and Five Crowns from Playmonster, and let me tell you it was SO fun!

Both of these games are easy to play and most age groups can play them. There can be a crowd too. I would suggest making sure you have a lot of time to play and that is all you want to do because both of these games take a while to get to a “winner”. During the time you are playing them, however, you will be laughing and having a blast!

The instructions are fairly easy to follow, and there is no extra equipment needed, except a pencil and possibly some paper. Since these are also in compact boxes for storage, these games will be perfect for putting up with all the other ones without taking up too much room.

I loved these games and I can see a future of them being the highlight of our family game nights from here on out!

If you are interested in buying these games and want a deal to boot, use code TRYAZON25 for 25% off your total order at  https://www.playmonster.com/

#Playmonsterfun #Tryazon #Farklegame #Fivecrowns

H2OGo SlideNGlide

Fun even in the spring. We only had 65-degree weather, but we had a few troopers who said yes!

This H2OGo SlideNGlide was easy to set up. We used our hand pump for the air chambers and then hooked up the water to fill the rest! A nice spray of water to soak the tracks, There are 3 of them, and the players were ready to go! It wasn’t the warmest day we have had, and it is still a bit nippy out, but they were ready to try it and have fun. Have fun is exactly what they did! It was laughs all around, and even the dogs were getting in on the act. I don’t recommend letting the dogs on the slide with their nails, but if they happen to put a hole in it, there is a patch for you to fix it.

After all the fun sliding the dogs were there to help everyone up. The adults and kids alike loved it!

#Tryazon #Bestway #BestwaySlideNGlide #BestwayUSA #H2OGO 

Ready to slide
After the slide getting help from the dogs

Wiley Wallaby Licorice Party

Can’t you just taste the yummy goodness?!

I know you have been waiting for this party! It is here! Well, actually we already had it and it was a blast! NOW, Get out there and get some of this Yummy Licorice and have a party of your own!

This is Gluten-free and with only 1 G of sugar, it is guilt-free! It has a thick and chewy texture with a deep berry flavor. It was a hit at my party and I am sure it will not only be a hit at any party you throw but also with your family.

Check out the pictures below to see the fun we had at our party! I hope you have as much fun at yours!

Happy Eating!

This is it!

#wileywallaby #solittlesugarsomuchyum #wileywallabylicorice #lowsugarglutenfreewileywallaby #Tryazon

What A Party!

The crew!
The games!

We got these games from Tryazon and Skillmatics. I loved these games, the kids all enjoyed the games and guessing. I definitely saw the value of being educational and fun for them. I would like to collect all of them in the future.

The rules are easy to understand even for smaller children, and there aren’t a lot of pieces so confusion is minimal. Take it out of the box and set it up, and you are ready for a fun time had by all! Everything you need to play the game is in the box, and it is also easy to put it all away into the box after you are done playing.

The whole family had a blast! Wow, Wasn’t That A Party! (as quoted by someone somewhere at some time!) #tryazon #holidayfunwithskillmatics #gamenightwithskillmatics @tryazon @Skillmatics

Pixicade Party


Total concentration!

This party was so fun! I was supposed to get a group picture but everyone was so intent on their coloring and drawing that they wouldn’t get up for one.

This is a #BitOGenius because all you have to do is draw a picture (any age from at least 4) snap a picture with the free app, and use the pixicade board to make your picture a video game! It really is that easy! You get the pixicade board from Amazon and Walmart and look around there might be more! You can get the free companion app on the play store and the apple store! You are pretty well set after that. Bring out the paper to draw on and either use the markers that are included in the Pixicade kit or get some of your own and draw away. Be sure to scan the QR code on the box with your app so that you can use all of the parts of this wonderful app!

This is so easy even a child can do it! My four year old grand daughter was drawing and playing with it. There were adults ranging from age 19 to 72 and not a one of them thought this was too boring! It is a perfect way to get out of the phone and make something of your own. This could be the start of a coding and gaming career for some of the younger ones that haven’t exactly decided yet. After this party our 17 year old grandson was talking about how fun this was and wanting to be able to build games for himself. See? A start!

This was a fun day and a great way to get together and do something. I enjoyed watching and participating and my guests were so intent they didn’t even look up when I was taking pictures! Way to go Pixicade!

#Pixicade #tryazon #BitOGenius #DrawSnapPlay

This Game is a blast!

This new OP game Hues and Cues is just a blast! It kept us guessing and laughing for the whole time we played it! If you think it is going to be easy you might just think again! It will have your brain thinking and twisting like you have never done! Try to come up with a one word clue that will give your players an idea of what and where the color you have chosen is! If they don’t guess in the first round with the one word clue, you then get to come up with a two word clue that will give them a better hint!

We laughed when the answer was revealed, and saw how close or far away our guesses were. The game is set up for up to ten players and is easy enough for the crowd I had playing. Our ages ranged from 5 to 61 years old. The five year old needed help from her parent, but she was eager and happy to just sit there and play with us. The rest of us were racking our brains for clues while the players guessed what the color might possibly be.

The game is very well set up and has everything you will need to play. The pieces are small and the game board is large. It folds up easily and fits into an nice square sturdy box so that you can play again on another family game night.

This will definitely find it’s way on our table again and again! I reccommend this highly!

#theopgames #tryazon #huesandcues


This is a beautiful and well made solar lantern. It has a 600 mAh battery that is charged from the sun, and a rotating light inside that changes colors and projects out the sides of the iron lantern. The light turns on automatically in the dark and off during the day to charge.

The lantern is waterproof and painted with patriotic colors. It says USA and God Bless America when it projects out the side, as well as making a star pattern. It has a hemp rope handle that you can hang the lantern from or just for decoration.

There is a 180 days protection policy that will give you a great peace of mind when buying this. If there is a problem you can contact the seller and they will work with you to fix the problem.

Isolation.. so far, safe

I have been in isolation with my significan’t other since March 19th, 2020.. A date I will not forget. This is a year I won’t soon forget..

Isolation was many things in the beginning, scary for one, disheartening for an other, just plain depressing mostly. The thought of not seeing my grandchildren, my children, my fur grandbabies, my friends, going out to eat, doing anything normal.. is … well.. depressing! But then again, so is the thought we could die from this virus!

From the beginning, if we had to go out for anything, we wore masks and gloves, from the beginning, even when no one around us was taking this seriously, we did.. and we are safe, so far.

We are in the list of compromised, the high-risk category, the ones that if we got sick with this Coronavirus, we would probably not make it. So we took every precaution we could. We stayed home, no visitors, and when we did have to go out, we wore gloves and masks and brought clorox wipes to wipe down surfaces like grocery carts. And then…

They started opening up our state little by little about a couple weeks ago.. Not my county, but parts of the state.. So, did the people of my county take a hint and stay in their county and wear masks? No, they did not…

In the wisdom of small children, who do not think that rules apply to them, the people of my county decided to go to open counties, and states and enjoy the fruits of the residents good behavior, and then come back to our county.. the people of my county (and many others in many states) decided that wall-to-wall packed protests were safe.. most did not wear a mask and almost all were not following the 6-foot social distancing rule.

Now, after all of the galavanting around state-to-state and all over our state in the open counties, (and this was going on in all the states, not just mine) There is a huge uptick in cases. people are suffering again, and for some who got sick early on, still. I am still in isolation, still wearing my mask and gloves if I have to go out, and still not going out unless it is essential.

Am I afraid? yes… more so than I show at any given time, and I cry for the ones lost, some very famous, some just regular people like me, but all were worthy of living. Covid-19 is not racsist, it doesn’t attack by color or creed or religion, it wants everyone.. young, old, and in-between.. Please be safe out there.. stay safe…

… I am, so far…

No Place Like Home

Theres no place like home


I know I have said it a thousand times. Felt it in the bottom of my soul, but there it is, there really isn’t any place like home! But I think I have jumped too far ahead of myself…  there.. let’s go back, far back… back in the day before ketchup back! (Okay maybe not THAT far but you get the idea!)

Growing up I was moving all the time. There never seemed to be someplace stable for very long. we lived all over the United States and in several other countries. Yes, you guessed it military! I am forever grateful for the opportunity that I had to see the places I have been to, but moving and always being the new kid wasn’t easy. Every time we arrived someplace new there was a new school and a new bully. Every bully had to test me for whatever reason. I am not a pacifist, however, I am not a fighter either. So there you have it! It became a battle of the wills. Sometimes I would fight, only once, and that would settle it. Most times I just tried really hard to avoid the fighting. All Times it made me feel tainted in some way like there was something wrong with me! Why else would they want to fight me?

The places I have seen were wonderous in my eyes. The people and the dress were magical. Market places full of fascinating and awe-inspiring items to make a child’s mind spark with imagination. There were also some things that were dark to my mind, but normal to the indigenous people who lived there.  All in all, I look back at that time with a sense of longing and wonder. The places I traveled and lived for short periods of time are places I may never get to see again. I am not sorry about the traveling and seeing, only that I never had a place I could call home.

Home, that is the place you feel safe and loved in. It may be a town or maybe it’s a house you live in that has been your home for years. A sense of longing to come back to. A place that when you leave it, you miss it. Through my years, no place really felt like this until now. I have been here where I am for 42 years. NOW I have a home. The house I am living in has been my home for 21 of those 42 years. This is home. This is the place I long to be back in when I leave. This is the place I think of when I am away, and this is the place I am glad to come back to. No matter how you look at it, cut it, slice it, analyze it, there really is no place like home!