Fun and Games – A Snake Oil – Party Potion Game Review

Out of the Box Games Review

Do you incorporate game night at your house? We have been doing a better job at playing more games lately as a family. So when given the opportunity to reiew  Snake Oil – Party Potion from Out of the Box Games, we were excited!

Snake Oil – Party Potion is a fun game for 3-6 players. Though it is recommended for ages 8 and up, if you have a younger reader, this game works for them too. The game includes 112 word cards, 14 customer cards, and a plastic card holder.

I must admit, I was intrigued by the name of the game and wondered what the kids would think. Of course my 5 year old didn’t care what it was called, he thought it was cool that it was called Snake Oil – Party Potion because the title had “snake” in it and sounded cool. My daughter was interested in why the game was named what it was. We discussed where the term “snake oil” came from and discussed the history behind it.

In case you don’t know, back during the days of the Transcontinental Railroad (the 1860s), the Chinese workers used snake oil to relief sore muslces. Soon, it was the “cure all” and everyone wanted snake oil; therefore, everyone wanted to SELL snake oil and get in on the lucrative side of snake oil. This, of course, led to fake snake oil being marketed. Therefore, the term “Snake Oil Salesman” was born and used to describe someone trying to sell you something questionable. Thus the title of the game :)

Out of the Box Games Review

It didn’t take long to catch on how to play the game, which was nice. And the game takes only about 30 minutes to complete, which is also nice. This gave us a chance to play the game more than once to give different players a chance to be the customer. The idea behind the game is to pick 2 words to make a “product” and then “sell” the product to the customer. The customer chooses a customer card to find out what kind of customer he or she is – like firefighter or nurse or camper. The players then try to “sell” a product to the customer. For instance, if the customer is a firefight you might try to sell him “mist chair.” The customer chooses which player made the best pitch. The person who had the best pitch get to keep the customer card from that round. The game continues as each player takes a turn as the customer and the winner is the player with the most customer cards at the end of the game.  It was actually pretty fun and we each got a chance to “sell.” It definiately made us laugh!

Out of the Box Games ReviewWe got to “sell” things like galaxy uniforms and spider rugs.  The kids loved the funny pairing of words. Even though my son doesn’t read yet, he caught on quickly and participated in the fun. He would pick the cards randomly and ask us to read them to him and then try to sell the product. My daughter, a solid reader, really enjoyed combining the words and coming up with creative products to sell. We all really laughed with this game.

Snake Oil – Party Potion can also be used as an add on to the Snake Oil game for ages 10 and up since the cards are all different allowing even MORE fun with the Snake Oil game.

This is a great family game and would be fun for adults to play as well. I will probably break out this game at some of our family get togethers this holiday season. We look forward to playing this game time and again.

You can purchase Snake Oil – Party Potion from Out of the Box games for $14.99.

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Purposeful Design: Understanding the Creation (Review)

Purposeful Design Review

We recently had the opportunity to review a wonderful book explaining creation and our “purposeful designers” work in creating our beautiful world from Purposeful Design.

Purposeful Design: Understanding The Creation is an award winning book by Jay Schamacker. The book is written for all ages but written with the intention of bringing the wonder of God’s creation to children. The book discusses who much thought and purpose was put into the design of the world.

Throughout the book, each day of Creation is discussed in detail including beautiful pictures and diagrams demonstrating and revealing the beauty created each day by God. The author includes scientific explanations and details about our beautiful Earth including the earth’s rotation, the rain cycle, and bird migration. Additionally, each day of creation is supported with the words of Genesis and other Bible passages.

Just like you would think with 7 days of Creation, there are 7 chapters of the book:
Chapter 1 – The First Day: Creation of the Heavens and the Earth, the Foundation of it All
Chapter 2 – The Second Day: Creation of the Atmosphere and Water
Chapter 3 – The Third Day: Creation of the Dry Land and Vegetation
Chapter 4 – The Fourth Day: Creation of the Sun, Moon, and Stars
Chapter 5 – The Fifth Day: Creation of the Birds and Fish
Chapter 6 – Creation Day Six: Creation of Land Creatures and Humans
Chapter 7 – The Seventh Day

A wonderful compliment to the book is the Purposeful Design: Young Explorer’s Club. The Purposeful Design: Young Explorer’s Club is a 30 page downloadable and printable workbook that compliments book each chapter in Purposeful Design: Understanding the Creation. There is also a downloadable and printable teachers manual and even a fun completion certificate to print off for your kids when they have completed the Creation study with Purposeful Design. All these materials can be downloaded FREE of charge on the Purposeful Design website.

The workbook breaks down each chapter with question, bible verses for reflection, and exercises like drawing and writing opinions about what was covered in the corresponding chapter. The addition of the Purposeful Design: Young Explorer’s Club workbook take this beautiful book to a complete science and Bible study for you and your students.

Purposeful Design ReviewThe book is a beautiful work to include in your home whether you choose to use it as a Bible and science study or just a book to read as a family. We began our journey with Purposeful Design: Understanding the Creation by reading a chapter (or most of a chapter) each night before bedtime. The kids looked forward to it each night. The pictures, illustration, Bible verses and scientific support make the book so fun and engaging your kids will barely know they are learning. My kids loved the book and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it to them. We look forward to reading it again and again as we explore God’s creation and His “Purposeful Design.”

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5 on the Fifth – 5 Great Blog Posts (November 2014)

This month I’m starting to hook up with a great group of blogging women who are going to be highlighting some of the great blogs and posts they find during each month in a series called 5 on the Fifth. I’m looking forward to highlighting some of the great reads I find during the month with all of you and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
Since its fall and we are at the cusp of the cold and flu season, i’m getting prepared for winter sniffles (and some other worse attacks, though praying for nothing more serious). Anyway, as we have moved toward more natural living, I thought this article from Keeper of the Home was good sharing natural ways to prevent and treat colds and the flu. Hope you find something helpful like I did.

Cure Coughs Naturally & 30 Other Home Remedies {}

Though only October, we are thinking about Fall Activities and will be getting ready for the Holiday season soon. Since we LOVE making a thanksfullness tree every year, I loved the idea of this Thankful Wreath from Meaningful Mama. I think it would be great to get a jump start on this so it can adorn our front door throughout the entire holiday season.
Though the majority of what I will share WILL be a homeschool or parents blog, Michele Shaffer is likely the reason that I blog. That I have continued to blog and has been an inspiration to my blog. I have learned SO much from her blog and, if i were ever in her “neck of the wood” (or frozen tundra) I would LOVE to have coffee with her and tell her in person what an inspiration she has been. And recently she had a post that really touched me so I just HAVE to share it. I hope you find it as inspirational. And i’m sure I will share more from Michelle and her great blogs throughout the course of this fun posting series
I love finding clever ways to repurpose things. Though we use cloth wipes at home, I do tend to get wipes occasionally for one the road and this article is is great from one of my favorite blogs, 123Homeschool4me, about repurposing wipe containers. Makes me want to buy the containers just for the sake of repurposing !!
17 Clever Hacks with Baby Wipe Containers - super clever ideas for moms with lots of practical uses for kids stuff
We love our dog and love that homeschooling means we are home with her all day as well. However, sometimes she gets a little neglected in the hussle and bussle of everyday so I love that I found a great post to make her some good-for-doggie treats from my favorite all natural mama, The Wellness Mama. Looking forward to teaching the kiddos how to make these as well.
Homemade dog treats with coconut oil Homemade Dog Treats (With Coconut Oil)

Be sure to check other great posts posted through 5 on the Fifth.

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