Oompa.com: Classic Toys That Don’t Need Bells, Whistles or Batteries

Oompa Toys carries a large variety of European wooden toys, baby toys, soft dolls, play food, ball tracks, play mats and other beautiful, high quality wooden toys – as well as baby gear and furniture. You will find no bells or whistles here – and no batteries either – instead you get pure, simple quality with the work of play and imagination at the heart of each item sold. I found their product selection refreshing and expansive. Their inventory is so large you could literally spend days just browsing all of their merchandise. The products I received for my son’s birthday were high quality and unique – definitely not the same old kid’s toys that everyone else will get.

If you are looking for non-character branded, quality toys that are designed to withstand generations of use, Oompa products are for you. Oompa states:

We believe baby toys should be natural, safe, non-violent and from manufacturers who provide safe and nurturing environments for their employees. We believe in fair, competitive pricing and strive for 100% customer satisfaction.

In addition to their online store (which offers free shipping for most orders over $65 and competitive shipping costs for those spending less), Oompa also has a retail location in Middleton, WI. So if you are in the Madison area, you can experience all of the great Oompa products in person – for the rest of us, their online shop offers everything you need to pick out the perfect gift for a loved one. You can shop by age, category, brand and country of origin – and the menus on oompa.com are very easy to navigate. You’re shopping experience will be safe and secure, tax free, with a 30 day return. They also have a rewards program for frequent shoppers which allows you to earn points redeemable towards future purchases every time you shop, review a product or submit a photo of your purchases.

Check out Oompa’s company blog here.

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Family Game Night Fun at Mommas Review

Family Game Nights are important to us here at Mommas Review. We are always trying to find new and fun games to enjoy during our nights together. I find it important to play games with my children, it’s a good opportunity on those rainy days to turn off the television and interact with each other. As a family, we try to do this at least once a month.

Sometimes a new game is needed to kick start game night in your household. There are so many games on the market right now that it is difficult to find a new one that will entertain everyone. Our family pick for this month? Pictureka.

Pictureka is all about finding things fast, and finding them first. The game challenges it’s players to find objects on the ever-changing game board in an allotted amount of time. It is like the I Spy books or even Where’s Waldo but in a fast paced game format.

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Try out this Hasbro game with the online trial version.

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How to do Family Game Night at your house

Pick a set day / time each month

Picking a day each month to have family game night is the most important factor. If you don’t set this in stone it won’t end up happening. Put it on your calendar. Post a bulletin on the fridge. Remind your family a few days before. You want everyone there and everyone excited. Pick a time when the kids won’t be tired or grumpy. I know it can be difficult when everyone has conflicting schedules but it’s important for all the family to be there.

Rotate who picks the game

We love doing this at our personal family game night and also at the Mommas Review team game night (where all of our families get together for fun). By changing up who is choosing the game it is never monotonous and everyone gets the chance to have their voices heard.

Choose games that will suit all the family

If you are worried about what games your child will pick, give them options. Let them pick from say three games that you know are suitable for the children and the rest of the family.

Turn off distractions

The hardest thing you have to do. Turn off the television, shut down the computer, and turn off the phones (yes, even your cell phone). Now, this doesn’t count if you will be playing games using the television or playing gaming systems like the Wii as a family. Our family gets distracted so easily that if we do not take this important step, Family Game Night will be a failure.

Start a collection

If you only have a few games and they are ancient you all will lose interest instantly. It’s important to build a collection of games that the whole family can enjoy! We find that games by Hasbro are great for the whole family. Be sure to look at the age ranges on the box! Some recommendations we at Mommas Review would like to make are:

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Partini– This game is a fun one for adult family game nights! We occasionally have adults in one room gaming and the children in the other room running around like crazy and playing with each other. Partini is a mixture of a 6 games and is for sure a game that does not bring boredom.  It is a party in a box! It feels like Cranium but more light weight and easy for a quick play. A minimum of four players is needed.

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Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader– Jeff Foxworthy hosts this DVD interactive game. For ages 8 and up, the game is for 1-2 players or more if you do teams. This game is probably the best for your children ages 8-14 to try with their friends.

A few other recommendations for your gaming shelves: Clue, Cranium, Monopoly, Apples to Apples, Pictionary, Scrabble, Sorry & Sorry Sliders, and the Game of Life.

Family game night promotes family fun and learning for everyone. It helps build good communication skills and teaches everyone how to be good sports (especially in winning and losing). Most importantly it brings the family together without all of the normal distractions to be just be together and enjoy each others company.

Organic Cotton Joobles Review – Jiffy

my-pictures6Our house is absolutely full of stuffed animals yet they are barely ever played with. The dolls mostly just lay in a pile heap being very lonely. Jiffy the Giraffe came to our door and that did not happen to him. Adorable Jiffy with bright vibrant colors and an organic cotton exterior became an instant hit! He has come with us everywhere. In the car Jiffy gets buckled in next to the children and at night he is always by their pillows.

Fair Indigo carries these fantastic Organic Cotton Joobles that include Jiffy the Giraffe, Icy the Penguin, Pip the Dog and more. The Joobles line is made of soft organic yarns and eco-friendly dyes.  The soft and cuddly stuffed animals even have matching outfits that are too cute to pass up. I want to buy a Jooble and a whole matching set for each of my children!

Fair Indigo also carries Fair Trade Clothing for Men, Women, and Children. The products range from the beautiful Sleeveless Wrap Dress to a mens recycled Fleece Jacket which is made from 50% recycled soda bottles. Be sure to check out Fair Indigo for you next Fair Trade purchase.

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