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    Review: Turing Tumble

    What in the world is a Turing Tumble? you might ask. Well, you might. Because I did. Turns out it's a logic game named after Alan Turing. According to Wikipedia he is "widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence."

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    Review: Dot-to-Dot Philadelphia

    Since I live “out west” I haven’t had many opportunities to visit historical and cultural sites on the east coast. In fact, I’ve only ever been to Pennsylvania once. We spent one day in Philadelphia and visited Independence Square and other sites with significance to early American history. When I was offered the opportunity to review the We Are Connected…

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    Review: String Art Kit

    One of Lyle’s hobbies when he was a teen was string art. This was, of course, back in the late ’70s/early ’80s. It’s not a craft that I ever did, but I can see that it would be interesting. Lyle made a number of pieces and brought several with him when we got married. More recently his mother gave me…

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    Review: Haba Palette of Pegs

    Apparently I’m old enough to be a grandma. Even though many friends my age have grandchildren that really hadn’t occurred to me until our little friend, Ella, age 2-and-a-half, started referring to me as Nonna this past weekend. (That’s what she calls her mommy’s mother.) We thought that was hilarious… and adorable. Does that make me an honorary grandma? Lyle…

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    Review: Waboba Outdoor Play Kit

    With all the camping we’ve got going on this summer I was excited for the opportunity review the Waboba Get Out and Play 3-in-1 Outdoor Active Play Kit. Timberdoodle sent it to me in exchange for my honest review. Actually, it has nothing to do with camping. Except. It’s just the very kind of thing I like to take along…

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    Review: Economics for Everybody

    When Laura was a senior in high school I wanted her to take an economics course. Math is not her strong suit, so she didn’t do the math portion of a typical economics course. However, we did read several books on the subject together, so she would have a basic understanding of how economics works. During Rebecca’s senior year we…

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    Review: Bloxels

    Today I’ll be talking about another product Timberdoodle sent me to review as part of Rebecca’s continuing education. This one is a build-your-own video game kit called Bloxels. The kit is made up of two main components: 1) the 13×13 plastic design board with little cubes of various colors, and 2) the downloadable Bloxels game app. Bloxels is a complete game…

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    Review: Extraordinaires Design Studio Pro

    For the past few months I’ve had some time to work on developing my graphic design skills. This is something I’ve always enjoyed and I’m finding that it comes in very handy at the print shop. I’m actually being able to do some simple projects for customers now, which I find very rewarding. One of my first projects was quite a challenge,…

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    Review: Watercolours Made Easy

    Yes, I know “watercolours” is not the American way to spell watercolors. But neither is “aquarelle” which is the name on the box. This is a multi-cultural project, don’tcha see? The facts are these: Watercolours is the Brit spelling. Aquarelle means “watercolor” in French. Ravensburger (the maker of this kit) is a German company. The artist Claude Monet was French.…

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    Review: Tenzi Game

    In the midst of our moves over the past few years, I’ve whittled down our table game collection to just our very favorites. We like to play games as a family when we’re camping and during the holidays. The girls play games with each other and with their friends on winter evenings. And so we enjoy a wide assortment of…