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San Diego Family's Holiday Toy Review

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Stumped for ideas on the perfect present to tuck under the tree or surprise your kiddos with this holiday season? Look no further than San Diego Family's 2018 Holiday Toy Review. From low-tech, classic wooden toys to ultra high-tech electronics and video gaming, our Holiday Toy Review is guaranteed to help you find that perfect present for kids big and little! Each item here has earned the stamp of approval from our local kid and parent reviewers.

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Updated: December 2018

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Father's Day Gift Ideas

Gift Ideas for Dads

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Looking for gift ideas for Dad or the other men in your life? Check out these great products they are sure to love.

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Helix Spinning Whiskey and Spirits Glass
$21.95; TheGrommet.com
The base of this glass is designed to spin in place without toppling users drinks. The spinning action helps aerate whiskey, which opens up flavor and aroma, creating an eye-catching effect with a purpose.

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Winter Winston Gift Set
$25; Harrys.com
This limited-edition set includes: a Winter Winston handle with a special two-color grip, three German-engineered blade cartridges, each with a flex hinge and lubricating strip, foaming shave gel for a rich lather, and a travel cover to protect your blades when you’re on the move.

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Lucky Tackle Box
Regular ($16.99), XL ($26.99), Tournament ($46); LuckyTackleBox.com
Lucky Tackle Box is the premier monthly subscription box in fishing. For one low monthly fee, Lucky Tackle Box will ship a box jam-packed full of the best new lures and baits every month. If you're looking to fish with the products that professional anglers use to catch big fish, then Lucky Tackle Box is the only monthly subscription box you'll ever want.

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Viking Professional Steakhouse Style Knife Set
$79.95; Amazon.com

The restaurant grade 6-knife set is honed from durable German stainless steel with a Pakkawood handle that is double riveted to give the knife balance and offer your favorite home cook a comfortable experience when chopping. The knives are also partially serated, so they are perfect for cutting through things both thick and thin. The set comes in a bamboo gift box and is available in black or red.

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Table Top Shuffleboard
$99.99; AreYouGame.com
Bring pub-style shuffleboard home with this realistic, high quality, wooden table top version. Perfect for any game or recreation room. Game board measures 62” x 10” x 1.5”. High-quality wooden production is sturdy and will last for years. Easily adjustable legs can level the board so any table can be playable. Separates into two main pieces and comes in a handled box for portable game play.

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C64Mini
$79.99; Amazon.com
It's 1982 and a new home computer graces the scene. Out goes the silent black and white experience and in with 64KB of RAM, color graphics, and synthesizer sound. Roll forward 36 years and kick nostalgia into overdrive with the release of THEC64 MINI. A tiny but perfectly formed officially licensed 50% scale replica of this much loved machine. Featuring high-definition output via HDMI, a classic style joystick and 64 built-in games including classics like California Games, Boulder Dash, Impossible Mission and Jumpman.

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Star Sport Backpack
$34.99: StarSportsBackpack.com
Star Sport Backpack, a unique, high-quality backpack where instead of the standard pouch on the back, there is a hard plastic shell in the shape of a football helmet. The company has licensing with more than 30 NCAA football teams (including Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, Clemson, UCF, Oklahoma and UF).

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Mixcder E7 Active Noise Canceling Bluetooth Headphones
$59.99; Mixcder.com
Employing Active Noise Canceling (ANC) Technology for a totally immersive sound, the Mixcder E7 provides premium noise canceling headphones at an affordable price for everyone. Mixcder’s ANC Technology continuously detects and reacts to outside noises, analyzing sound waves and blocking out ambient sound by creating inverse waves for a totally immersive experience for beautiful music and sound.

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JBL Clip 3
$59.95; JBL.com
Has an IPX7 waterproof design, durable carabiner and new colors that pop, perfect for the kids. With 10 hours of playtime, this small but mighty speaker amplifies your listening experience. Available colors: Midnight Black, Ocean Blue, Fiesta Red, River Teal, Stone Grey, Dusty Pink, Steel White, Forest Green, Mustard Yellow and Desert Sand.

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Watch Gang Membership
$29-$299/month; WatchGang.com

Send your favorite gift recipient a brand new, curated watch every month to keep and build a collection with. A dream for many has now become a reality at these accessible price points from $29 (Original tier - watches like One Eleven, Elliot Havok, Pulsar) to $99 (Black tier - watches like Citizen, Armand Basi, Grayton) or $299 (Platinum tier - watches like Out of Order, Maurice LaCroix, Mercer) a month.

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The Empire 6-in-1 Vinyl Music Center
$149; Victrola.com

This beautiful three speed turntable has wireless Bluetooth connectivity, a CD and cassette player, an FM radio with analog tuner, a 3.5 MM aux-in jack and headphone jack and built in stereo speakers. The perfect gift for vinyl lovers.

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The Nicholas Collection Martini Shaker
$64; CorkPops.com

Designed to deliver perfectly mixed cocktails with style and class, this stainless steel and copper shaker is constructed of premium materials both inside and out. A decorative rubber sleeve not only adds visual appeal, but also provides grip to prevent slippage during shaking, in addition to insulating the hand from an icy exterior.

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Azio Retro Compact Keyboard
$219; AzioCorp.com
This premium mechanical keyboard is designed for the modern lifestyle. Designed for a premium computing experience, Azio designed a centerpiece keyboard with properties comprising of high-quality material, timeless appearance and intuitive usability.

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Tuxy
$149; Tuxy.co

At first glance, Tuxy looks like a two-piece sweatsuit, but its unique design is actually one piece with a ton of built-in features made with a back zipper pocket for wallet storage, casual open side pockets for regular use, and an extra large cargo zip pocket with cell sleeve and audio port. Tuxy material is made for both indoor lounging as well as outdoor adventures such as camping, snowboarding, and a good gym session.

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Avengers: Infinity War Marvel Legends Infinity Gauntlet
$99.99; Megalopolis.toys

Bring one of the most powerful weapons in the Marvel Universe to life. This wearable Infinity Gauntlet features premium design and styling, as well as intricate detailing on the gauntlet and six light-up Infinity Stones. Features pulsating light effects, movie-inspired sounds, and individually articulated finger movement, as well as a fist-lock feature for display.

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Skechers Elite Flex - Wasick
$70; Skechers.com
Flexible and comfortable sporty sneaker with air cooled memory foam insole.

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TripleLite: 180 Degree Flashlight
$19.95; TheGrommet.com
Lighten things up with a wide beam flashlight that illuminates your natural field of vision. A curved design and three ultra-bright LED bulbs create a 180 degree arc of light, providing improved visibility in all directions—not just straight ahead.

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Mego Action Figure Line 
$14.99-$29.99; Target.com

35 years after introducing what would become one of the most popular action figures of all time, Mego is back. The first wave features 18 characters that fans know and love, with only 10,000 limited edition figures per character available. 8” and 14” action figures featuring a wide range of fan-favorite pop culture icons including: Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Wizard of Oz, Star Trek Mirror Universe and many more.

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Every Man Jack Holiday Gift Sets
$20; EveryManJack.com

Give the man in your life everything he needs and nothing that he doesn’t with professional quality formulas that are dermatologist approved. The line is formulated with responsible ingredients and identifiable essential oils and crafted in the USA. With six options to choose from this holiday season, Every Man Jack will be the perfect go-to gift. 

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Swig Combo Coolers
$25.95; SwigLife.com
Swig Vacuum Insulated tumblers will keep your beverages ice cold while enjoying the game with friends or at the beach on a hot sunny day. These Combo Coolers can be used multiple ways. Use the slide-closure lid to turn it into a cup, or secure any can or bottle with the twist-on holder to keep your hands dry and your drinks cold.

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Badass Beard Oil
$14.99; BadAssBeardCare.com
Beard oil will soften and relax dads beard, condition his skin to relieve itch and dandruff, and add a healthy shine.

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Cuisinart Professional Portable Gas Grill
$199.99; Cuisinart.com
Perfect for tailgating, impromptu summer entertaining, and more, this gas grill offers 20,000 BTUs of cooking power in a convenient, portable design.

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Casio PRIZM fx-CG50 Calculator
$118.99; CasioEducation.com
Boasts an enhanced new look and an improved catalog function to use commands more quickly. With 3D graphing, users can easily draw 3D graphs such as planes, cylinders, and spheres, and view them from various angles. Also equipped with Picture Plot technology which enables users to plot points on top of real-life pictures.

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Arc-1 Bluetooth Headphones
$199; Aiwa.co
Brings superb sound quality to a light, comfortable, and durable over-the-ear wireless headphone. Thanks to its class-exclusive 40mm biocellulose-diaphragm drivers, the Arc-1 delivers clean bass, accurate smooth mids, and a clear, well-extended treble with low distortion in high frequencies. The perfect gift for an aspiring DJ, video game enthusiast, or lover of a stellar listening experience.

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Flex Watches Star Wars Collection
$$40; FlexWatches.com

The Star Wars watches collection from Flex Watches features seven unique limited edition designs for the discerning fan. Flex Watch Bands are interchangeable - meaning there are 99 possible combinations you can create using the Star Wars themed watches faces and bands. Available in classic and mini sizes, are 5 ATM water resistant, and are made of light-weight, ergonomic silicon with a stainless steel backplate.

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Banana Phone
$39.99; https://bananaphone.io
Banana Phone is equally hilarious for the trendsetting middle schooler, the hipster teen, the ironic urban outfitters inspired college student or anyone in an office, on the golf course, or standing around the kitchen counter. Banana Phone is an amazing accessory for parents who want their kids to use their phones without having them scroll through their photos, order things on Amazon, or get their dirty sticky fingers all over their screens when talking to grandparents.

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Everlast Notebook by Rocketbook
$34; GetRocketbook.com
Provides a classic pen and paper experience that is built for the digital age. With Optical Character Recognition (OCR) features, the Rocketbook allows you to transcribe and search handwritten notes right in the Rocketbook App. Use the Rocketbook app to scan your notes into editable documents and automatically save them to your favorite cloud services including Dropbox, Google Drive, and Evernote, to name a few. Rocketbook allows everyone on your list to stay organized and efficient without wasting paper.

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Creative Outlier ONE Plus
$49.99; us.Creative.com
Keeping the superior sound quality, comfort and fit, the Outlier ONE Plus comes with enhanced Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity and a 4GB built-in MP3 player1 that allows you to play music directly — without cellular connection or your phone. Easily drag and drop your music files using the included data cable from your PC/Mac to the headphones. The 4GB built-in music player supports high-quality FLAC and WAV, as well as MP3 and WAV formats. Certified IPX4 sweat-proof for the toughest workouts with a long-lasting battery life of up to 10 hours2, Outlier ONE Plus is your perfect plus one for all activities.

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Sausage Making Kit    
$79.99; ManCrates.com

He’ll be churning out all the chorizo with this kit, which comes with a grinder/mincer, spice blends, sausage casings and a detail brush.

Updated: December 2018

Gift Ideas for Moms

Gift Ideas for Moms

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Gifts for Moms!  Looking for unique gifts for that special woman in your life? Check out these great ideas.

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Wine Cooler Beverage Tote
$25; Clevermade.com

This tote makes transporting 1-3 bottles of wine to your party destination a cinch. Removable ice pack, wine opener in a nifty pocket, adjustable and removable strap for versatility. Perfect for holiday parties, potlucks and your next tailgating get together (it even holds a 6 pack if wine isn’t your thing). Also available at Target.

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iHome Zenergy Meditative Light and Sound Therapy Salt Rock Genuine Himalayan Salt Lamp Speaker, Calming, Soothing, Sleep Easy, Crystal Large Salt Rock Lamp
$59.99; Amazon.com
Create a calming environment for sleep or an energizing atmosphere for waking. Designed to reduce the harmful positive ions in the air, and featuring eight different sound therapy tracks designed to calm and prepare your body for sleep, along with a gentle sleep timer and sunrise timer the Salt Lamp is the ultimate device to ensure you’re fully rested, refreshed and ready to take on the day ahead.

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PIQS Q1 Virtual Touch Projector
$599; Amazon.com
Features a patented Virtual Touch Remote Control that allows you to easily and quickly navigate menus and content from 10 to 20 feet away. It also features an inventive autofocus that fine tunes your image for crisp, clear video. Thanks to the Auto Keystone feature, your movies will retain a rectangular image no matter where you put the projector. The Q1 features native HD resolution, Android OS, Wifi and Bluetooth. It is the ultimate gift for the film snob in your life allowing them to watch cinematic-quality movies on a 100” screen in the comfort of their own home. Watching movies at home will never be the same.

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Karat Ditsy Petals Phone Case
$49.99; Amazon.com
Add a dash of spring to your device with this vibrant floral case inspired by ditsy patterns and prints. Genuine, dainty flowers are delicately pressed and suspended in resin with metallic flakes in a dazzling display. Available in Ditsy Pink for the iPhone Xs, Xr, Xs Max.

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The Big 3 Combo Pack
$30.95; NouBess.com
Treat yourself or someone you love the entire line of NouBess Gourmet Hot and Spicy Condiments. The high-quality herbs, spices, and blends of chiles will bring an explosion of exotic flavors to your dishes. This set contains: Hot and Spicy Original Herbs Blends, Hot and Spicy Pineapple and Herbs Blend and Hot and Spicy Mango and Herbs Blend.

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90th Anniversary Mickey Mouse Waffle Maker
$16.99; Available at CVS Pharmacy
Mickey has made a lasting impression on audiences for 90 years and will continue to do so with the help of this mini waffle maker. Simply pour batter over the Mickey-shaped plates, lock the lid, and enjoy a swell twist on a classic breakfast staple.

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GoodLight Gift Box Set with 3 2 oz. Scented Candles
$17.99; Naturalcandles.com
Three holiday-inspired scents, Noble Fir, Vanilla Nutmeg Cardamom, and Orange Clove Cinnamon, are available in this gift set. The perfect grab-n-go gift for your child’s teacher, co-workers, secret Santas, and anyone in your family. These cute re-usable tins are made from petroleum-free plant-based wax and lead-free cotton wicks, and are scented with blends of pure essential oils and botanical oils instead of synthetic fragrances. And each purchase supports social and environmental initiatives and the important conservation work of the Orangutan Land Trust.

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Body Cream Gift Set
$60; Malie.com
Take the invigorating scents of the islands wherever the road leads with this travel bag featuring four silky smooth body creams in Plumeria, Pikake, Koke’e, and Mango Nectar.

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Sugarwish Santa
Starting at $18.50; SugarWish.com
Sugarwish is the ultimate, modern day candy gift that provides a delight trip to the Sugarwish candy shop, where you get to choose your favorites from tons of delicious options. Sugarwish then delivers their top picks right right to their door. The Santa Gram arrives complete with Holiday inspired packaging that perfectly captures the magic of the Holidays.

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Fresh Bloom Set
$39; Flora1761.com

These noteworthy shades are delicate and feminine and make a great gift for any occasion. Featuring Sheer Camellia a beautiful nude that is the perfect everyday shade for all skin tones. Garden Rose, a beautiful warm sophisticated lacquer you never knew you could need so much, and finally Lily of the Valley, the quintessential white lacquer every nail polish collection needs.

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MALU Protecting Day Cream + SPF 30
$42; HonuaSkincare.com
Packed with vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and some of the most potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatories available, giving credit to Mother Honua, meaning Mother Earth, where all the healing Hawaiian Botanicals were born. They give back to Mother Honua by supporting local farmers, donating time and a portion of proceeds to non-profit organizations, using 100% recyclable and compostable packaging, and using ingredients that are safe for our bodies and our environment. 

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Pakems Charmonix Shoes
$74; Pakems.com
These lightweight and comfortable shoes were engineered to be the perfect solution shoe for after sport, including giving your feet a break when getting out of those hiking boots while sitting around the campfire. The Pakems’ Chamonix is an all-weather, two-in-one solution with a convertible heel, allowing mom to switch seamlessly from slipper to shoe. These shoes also stand up to bullying. The words "be kind" are in every shoe as part of the Step Into Your Intentions campaign.

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Cream and Wash Gift Set
$60; Malie.com
Each chic gold bag houses Malie’s 8.25oz body wash and 7.5oz body cream in Plumeria, Koke’e, Coconut Vanilla, Pikake, Mango Nectar, or Hibiscus.

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Premium XL Deluxe Bath & Body Gift Basket
$59.99; PureParker.com
This Unforgettable Gift Basket Includes: Wooden Multi Purpose Brush, Long Back Scrubber, Mesh Bath Sponge Loofah, Nail File for Spa-like Manicure and Pedicure, Renew Foot Scrubber, Spa Toe Separators, six Rose Flower Soap Petals, four Large Lush Aromatherapy Bath Bombs, Luxury Bath Slippers with Loofah, Dead Sea Salt Bath Crystals, Super Skin Nourish Body Butter, Refresh Body Spray and Room Spray, Aromatherapy Shower Gel, Aromatherapy Bubble Bath, Body Lotion.

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Rumpl Original Puffy Blanket
$99; Rumpl.com
Made with the same technical materials found in premium sleeping bags and insulated puffy jackets. Utilizing a weather-resistant 20D ripstop nylon shell with DWR treatment, the blanket resists water, dirt, odor, pet hair, and other debris. The Puffy fits easily in an included stuff sack for quick storage or taking on the go.

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Eucalyptus Lavender Loofah Soap
$8; TashaHusseyBody.com
Made from 100% vegetable based kosher certified glycerin. The loofah sponge is slightly exposed on one side of the soap. Scented with eucalyptus and lavender essential oil, this luxurious handmade soap will leave your skin feeling soft and smelling fresh.

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PMD Clean
$99; PMDBeauty.com
This smart facial cleansing device uses SonicGlow technology (more than 7,000 vibrations per minute), deeply removing the skin’s impurities by breaking down dirt and oil within the pores. It can also be used as an anti-aging facial massage tool—massages your favorite moisturizers into skin for a more youthful look.

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WHERE Clothing Kiss Hoodie
$149; WhereYouAtBaby.com
Hand dyed 3-end French Terry, 100% cotton, printed and embroidered details, and slight distressing. Made in Los Angeles.

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Tree Hut Women's Wooden Watch (Classic)
$89; TreeHut.co
The bamboo all wood watch classic is equipped with high-quality Japanese quartz movement and a genuine leather strap. Its minimalist design makes it a fantastic everyday watch. 3 ATM water resistant. Durable and long lasting.

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Kit-Cat Klock
$49.99; Kit-Cat.com
Features the same beloved wagging tail, rolling eyes, and contagious smile that has been capturing hearts since 1932, alongside all-new stripes, spots, and patterns and a philanthropic mission. Each clock is made in California and one of a kind. When one of these cats is adopted, its owner can go online and give it a name, download a Personalized Adoption Certificate, and select a cause to donate to.

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The Weatherman Collapsible Umbrella
$59, Stick $65; WeathermanUmbrella.com
Designed by a meteorologist, no detail is overlooked: industrial-strength fiberglass defends against breaking and inverting, Teflon-coated fabric repels water, and vented canopies withstand winds up to 55 mph. The Weatherman app for Android and iOS notifies you of weather conditions, and syncs with Bluetooth technology so you’ll never leave it behind. There’s no other umbrella like it in the world.

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Island Ambiance Gift Set
$73; Malie.comlie.com
Bring the tranquil beauty of Hawaiian aromatherapy to the home with this set featuring three mini (2oz) reed diffusers in Koke’e, Plumeria, and Pikake.

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Volume Collection
$21-$24; Keratherapy.com
This keratin infused collection includes the volume shampoo and volume conditioner.  Sulfate and sodium chloride free, this collection uses nourishing and natural ingredients to create weightless volume and shine.  Hemp Seed Oil fortifies and strengthen the strands while Sea Kelp moisturizes the cuticle for fuller and healthier hair. Overall this collection enhances shine and smooths the strands for more manageable weightless volume.

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The Justine Silver Plated Necklace & Lip Balm Pearls Assortment Pack
$79; Lilulipcare.com
A new way to keep your lips healthy, hydrated and beautiful all day, and all evening long. It opens and closes quickly, easily and securely. And the feel of your jewelry in your hand is luxurious, so every time you freshen your lips is a beautiful experience. Comes pre-loaded with a Simple Shimmer Balm Pearl. A bonus assortment pack of four additional Lip Balm Pearls, in a variety of colors, is also included with your purchase.

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Adirondack Blanket in Twilight Serape
$128; FahertyBrand.com
Faherty's brushed cotton blanket in vintage inspired prints are the perfect mix of quality and comfort. They live at the end of the bed, draped over the couch, or thrown in the trunk for a weekend adventure. Each fabric is custom woven on looms with long staple cotton yarns then specially brushed for a time-worn, soft hand feel. Faherty's custom Twilight Serape design is inspired by the desert sunset horizon as seen from a distance. The cotton jacquard pattern fabric has a smoky blue background with pops of red, orange and green.

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Handmade Silkscreen Pouches
$11.99; Galison.com
Big enough to carry your pens, pencils, and cosmetics, yet compact enough to carry along everywhere, Galison’s London Handmade Pouch or Galison’s NYC Handmade Pouch, made from 100% cotton canvas, is perfect for a trip across the pond or around the world. A great gift for travelers and a lovely pairing with our matching handmade journal.


Updated: December 2018

Family Health and Fitness Product Reviews

Family Health and Fitness Product Reviews

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Health and Fitness Products! Check out these great fitness products to keep you and your family happy and healthy all year long!

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INKnBURN Activewear
$39-$99; Inknburn.com
Women love workout apparel they not only can exercise in but live in. With only Limited Edition styles available, you won’t be another carbon copy of athleisure walking down the street. Each piece features original artwork and designs handmade in Southern California, meant to inspire, strengthen and motivate runners, yogis, cyclists or busy moms on the go. All handmade in the USA, INKnBURN uses Dry I.C.E fabric that is light, stretchy and has a silky feel to keep you cool and dry. From capri leggings, shorts, skorts and more, INKnBURN has a style for everyone and a variety of occasions.

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iFITNESS Pulse
$39.99; itouchwearables.com
The perfect balance between fashion and fitness, this smart fitness tracker is designed for today’s connected life and is compatible with both IOS and Droid phone systems. Straps are interchangeable and made with water-resistant silicone in an array of colors and stylish patterns. Includes: heart rate monitor, smart notifications, connected GPS, sedentary reminder, calories counter, pedometer, camera remote, alarm and clock, and sleep monitor.

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Heated Chair by Chaheati
$115.95; TheGrommet.com

Stay warm anywhere with the heated, all-season chair from Chaheati. Using woven heating technology, the lithium battery lasts for hours and provides warmth throughout the seat. And with three heat settings, you'll be just the right amount of toasty in any season.

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Ellie Activewear Subscription
$39.95/month-$49.95/month; Ellie.com

Every month receive a new, high quality, stylish three piece outfit. Outfits include a legging, sports bra and seasonal tops ranging from tanks, tees, hoodies and lightweight jackets. For an additional $10, select the 5-piece option and get two fun fitness accessories to compliment a pre-styled 3-piece outfit. Apparel and fitness accessories for a variety of activity levels (low, medium, and high impact). Available in sizes XS–XL.

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Pakems Charmonix Shoes
$74; Pakems.com
These lightweight and comfortable shoes were engineered to be the perfect solution shoe for after sport, including giving your feet a break when getting out of those hiking boots while sitting around the campfire. The Pakems’ Chamonix is an all-weather, two-in-one solution with a convertible heel, allowing mom to switch seamlessly from slipper to shoe. These shoes also stand up to bullying. The words "be kind" are in every shoe as part of the Step Into Your Intentions campaign.

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Glasstic Bottles
$19.99; GlassticWaterBottle.com
Glass on the inside means there’s no risk from toxins or BPA. And you can stop worrying about breakage because they are coated with a protective outer shell ensuring they won’t break. Shatterproof, easy to clean, change up your style – with the insert packs you can create lots of different looks, including coloring your own, wide mouth, large spout.

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Oteksport Pull Up Bar
$76.99; Amazon.com
The pull up bar turns any doorway into a personal gym, no need to assemble. Simply hook right into the doorframe, get a full body workout, and fold away for storage. Suitable for tall people and holds up to 400 lbs (200 kg). Heavy duty design prevents movement of the bar during exercise. With non-slip foam, our pull up bar not only prevents you from scratch caused by your door frame, but prevents sliding and interruption during your exercise.

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Infrared Heated Neck and Shoulder Pain Relief Wrap
$119.95; VentureHeat.com
This heat therapy wrap offers an effective remedy to stiff necks and sore shoulders with Far Infrared Rays (FIR) which penetrate deep below the skin to ease the pain. The safe, low voltage wrap comfortably conforms to the upper back and neck to loosen up knots and relieve aches and pains.

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iTOUCH Air2
$59.99; itouchwearables.com
Designed with a slim, elegant profile that features a durable glass display and metal casing, choose between two case sizes and a variety of colorful interchangeable straps. Features include a camera and control of your music player from your smartphone, with 20 other essential features for everyday life such as a calendar, weather app, calculator, phone dialer, bluetooth capabilities and more.

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Flex It Pink Subscription Box
$29.97; FlexItPink.com
Healthy is an outfit that looks different on everybody. Flex It Pink offers stylish activewear that include extended sizes ranging from XS up to XXXL. The apparel collection is made up of tanks, tees, leggings and more- all featuring fun statements such as “Unicorn Mode” and “I’m Not Strong For a Girl, I’m Just Strong.” The F.I.P. Box is a fun way to keep subscribers motivated. Each box contains a tank top, a healthy snack, your virtual 5k packet or 30-day challenge details, and fun fitness accessories like headphones or shaker bottles.

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Roo Jr. Camping Hammock
$49; Kammok.com
Built for camping and backyard play, the Roo Jr. is built for the smallest campers. Its tear-resistant and water-repellent fabric is ready for rough-and-tumble adventures. With an industry-leading load capacity of 400 lb and no-tip design, the Roo Jr. sets the standard in safety.

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Umbro Running Diamonds Hoodie
$70; UmbroPremeir.com
Throw on this fitted hoodie before, during, or after your workout. Umbro’s running diamond hoodie is the everyday garment that will touch up your wardrobe with a sporty flair. Features a minimalist look with logo taping on the shoulders and central embroidery that is perfect for any athletic or leisure activities. Made from a poly rayon french terry fabric, this sweatshirt provides a thin layer of close fitting warmth that doubles as a layering essential.

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Umbro Classic Jogger
$60; UmbroPremeir.com
Look good, and be comfortable while doing it in umbro’s classic jogger. This jogger is made from poly rayon french terry fabric that ensures easy movement and bending. Features right side logo embroidery, an adjustable waistband, and bottom cuffs that create the perfect fit for training.

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S’ip by S’well
$14.99-$19.99; sipbyswell.com
Double walled to keep liquids cold for up to 24 hours or hot up to 12 hours, perfect for staying hydrated throughout the day. The wide variety of whimsical prints ensures that anyone can find one that suits their personality. The 10 oz. size fits easily in packs or lunch boxes and comes with a colorful cap holder so lids won't get lost. The 15 oz. is the perfect size for everyday hydration. 

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RaesWear Printed Capris
$72-$77; Raeswear.com

Go Hands-Free anywhere in these fashionably functional capris. Invisibly store your phone, keys, id, and other essentials comfortable, safely, and conveniently with the patented 360 degree waistband pocket. The waistband doesn’t shift or sag, items don’t bounce or move, and the shorts don’t ride up.

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Bindle Bottle
$39; BindleBottle.com
Keep your necessities close while working out. Great for the beach, gym, office, and more. Holds 24 ounces of your favorite beverage as well as small necessities such as chapstick, keys, or headphones. This 2-in-1 bottle features: dual-walled and vacuum-insulated construction, keeps drinks hot or cold for hours, keeps the outside of the bottle “sweat-free”, liquid capacity: 24 fl. oz. and a waterproof and scent-proof storage compartment.

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Pack-It Active Duffel 
$29.95; EaglePeak.com
Duffel can be stuffed into its external side pocket for compact storage. Adjustable webbing shoulder strap. U-shape zipper opening for easy access.

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Spire Health Tag
$15-pack ($299), 8-pack ($199) and 3-pack ($99); https://spire.io/pages/healthtag

This is the only health tracking device that adheres directly onto your clothing to make your everyday outfits smart — zero charging required. Simply stick it on and forget that it’s even there. Health Tag stays charged for 18 months, can be thrown into your washer and dryer, and resists water, sweat, dirt and all other manner of abuse. Paired with your smartphone, Health Tag provides daily health insights that you’ll actually find useful: Breathing Patterns, Sleep Quality, Heart Rate and HR Variability, Stress Levels and Activity.

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Under the Weather Original Pod
$99.99; UnderTheWeatherPods.com
Perfect for anyone who wants to sit on the sidelines and enjoy the game in comfort. Enjoy shade from the sun, shelter from the rain. Lightweight and easy to carry, the pods come in a vast array of colors and pop-up  and fold down in seconds. Each comes in a circular bag which you can keep in your car or grab on the go for easy transport. Water and wind-proof, each pod is treated with a coating that helps prevents the harmful rays of the sun getting you, and each pod has transparent sides on all 3 sides so you can see everything. 

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Armitron Digital Round Dial Watch
$35; Armitron.com

This watch is guaranteed to fit your every mood, style and workout. Features include chronograph with lap time, alarm, 12/24 hour time and backlight with three second fade. Available in four color variations.

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LEUS Yoga Mat Towel
$39.99; LeusTowels.com
Six standout styles – from watermelons to lunar landscapes. Yoga Mat Sized - 68” x 24” to cover a regular yoga mat. Suede microfiber with anti-microbial coating, ultra-plush feel, raw cut edges. Super absorbent, slip resistant, grips with moisture.

Updated: December 2018

KidFit

$49.99; X-Doria.com

Wireless activity and sleep tracker promotes a healthy lifestyle for kids ages 5-13. One size fits all slap bracelet. KidFit motivates through consistent encouragement and fun, challenging goals for real world awards. Parents set activity goals and see stats and trends via the KidFit app. Bluetoth syncs with your smartphone or tablet. iOS and Android compatible. Available in black, aqua, pink or yel

Family Travel Products

Family Travel Products

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Family Travel Products! Whether you are traveling by plane, train or car, these travel products are sure to make any family trip more enjoyable.

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5v Heated Travel Pillow by Volt
$69.95; VoltHeat.com

Puts heat right at the base of your neck to help provide soothing warmth and comfort while traveling. The backbone of this pillow is high density memory foam that contours to your neck as it heats up, to cradle and support your head as you sleep or relax. Choose from three power level settings with the push of a button using the built in thermostat controller. When you aren’t using the battery to power your Volt product, you can use it as a charging device for your cell phone.

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Jet Set Gift Set
$39.50; Malie.com
Holiday travel just got dreamier with this TSA-friendly set that features a body cream, body wash, shampoo, and conditioner nestled in a travel bag. Choose from two aroma options: Koke’e or Mango Nectar.

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Mini Buddha Board
$13.95; Buddhaboard.com
Fun for both parents and kids, the mini Buddha Board lets you paint with water and then watch it disappear and then start again. Keep the kids entertained while traveling. Easy to take on the go and fun to have at home too.

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Evolution S3 Pillow
$39.99; Cabeau.com

Keeps your head from falling forward by attaching to the plane seat wings. The body of the pillow is designed with a high performance quick-dry fabric to keep you cool and dry in almost any climate, so you can rest and relax on your journey. The pillow's high-quality plush memory-foam will make you feel like you are sleeping on a cloud, while the adjustable clasp will ensure the pillow fits your neck size. The Evolution S3 pillow, which comes in five colors, eliminates travel discomfort connected to head falling forward and sideways, and uneasy sleep.

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Eagle Creek Wayfinder Waistpack Small
$30; EagleCreek.com
Seriously playful. Totally organized. Fleece-lined electronics compartment for tablet, e-reader, or phone. Main compartment has zippered mesh pocket with key fob and organizer pockets for pens and small items. Reflective hit on bottom lash point for low light visibility. Side webbing loops for gear attachment and top grab handle. Adjustable waistband adjusts up to 56 inches with strap keepers to keep excess length from dangling.

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nodpod
$29.99; nodpod.com
This uniquely shaped, microbead filled eye pillow will make your trips more comfortable as you doze off on your way to your destination. By delivering the power of Weighted Sleep Therapy, nodpod allows you to sleep comfortably in any position. Each pod is weighted with soothing microbeads. Pull through slit for upright comfort with no straps or snaps. Jersey cotton side cools while fleece side warms.

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Pluggerz Travel
$15.86; EarPlugStore.com
Pluggerz Travel are made to ease descending and climbing by regulating the pressure on your ears while also filtering out unwanted noise. These high-tech filters are also incredibly comfortable and available in kids’ sizes, making them the ultimate travel accessory for all.

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Regalo Baby Play Set
$109; Regalo-baby.com

Creating a safe play area for your child in seconds, the lightweight, foldable, play yard is ideal for at home, when traveling, at the park or a day at the beach. Boasting an all-steel construction, this attractive play yard measures 62” wide and 26” high and was built with durability in mind. Equipped with soft, ventilating mesh sides and an easy to clean nylon bottom, the yard easily accommodates children between 6-24 months. The extra width of the eight-panel play yard gives your little one more space to move around. Taking only a minute to set up, the portable play yard is ideal for indoor and outdoor use for the on-the-go family.

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Aria Kit
$79.99; AriaKit.com
Perfectly organized and full of everything you need to stay comfortable on the plane and on layovers. Hand-picked, high-quality materials to make your travel experience incredibly comfortable. Includes handmade face and body moisturize, lip balm with essential oils, all-natural deodorant, natural toothpaste with colloidal silver, alcohol-free, gentle wet wipes that remove makeup and more.

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Wander Wet Bags
$32; WanderWetBags.com
Wherever you’re headed this holiday season, travel in style with the beautiful, on-trend cotton prints from Wander Wet Bags. Made right under the SoCal sun, these super cute, high quality accessories make the perfect gifts for those friends who love to travel. Add this to your carry-on bag as you travel to your next destination. Eco-friendly and water-resistant, simply stash phone, keys, wallet in a Wander Wet Bag and they’ll be ready for any trip this season.

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AirTamer A310
$149.99; Filterstream.com
The AirTamer A310 is the world’s most effective personal rechargeable air purifier. AirTamer’s Advanced Ionic Technology emits a constant stream of healthy negative ions that force airborne pollutants away from your personal space giving you a zone of cleaner, healthier air. AirTamer’s state-of-the-art electrostatic purification creates a 3 foot sphere of cleaner, healthier air around your head. It cleans the air of atomic sized pollutants (e.g. viruses, pollen, smoke, molds and dust mites) that traditional air purifiers leave behind. It is silent in operation and it’s extremely energy efficient technology provides 150+ hours of run time on one charge.

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The ReliefBand
$94.99; ReliefBand.com
The ReliefBand is a wearable, drug-free, clinically proven device to alleviate the nausea associated with motion sickness. The reusable device works within minutes helping you arrive at your destination calmly and ready to enjoy yourself. It uses accurately programmed pulses with highly specific waveform, frequency, and intensity to stimulate the median nerve on the underside of the wrist, the Reliefband taps into the body’s natural neural pathways to block the waves of nausea produced by the stomach.

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Case + Drift Bundle
$95; CaseAndDrift.com
This travel set makes the perfect gift or personal treat for any traveler. Includes the drift wet bag, drift pouch and drift towel. The wet bag is used to store wet items or toiletries, keep valuables dry during beach days, boating or any outdoor adventure. Great for travel and everyday use. The drift pouch is a travel essential to make your journey a little easier. Pack and organize shoes, bras and undies, bikinis, laundry and more. The towel is an all-purpose quick drying travel companion.

Updated: September 2018

Fun Family Board Games

Fun Family Board Games

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Nothing brings a family together like playing games. Put the phones away and connect with each other -- plan a family game night! Here are some of this year's fun games for kids of all ages.

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Cut the Wire
$24.99; 6+
Yulu.com
A device is ticking and it’s about to go off. Players compete to see who cuts the right wire, defuses the device, and saves the day. Use secret clues for hints to help figure out how to avoid cutting the wrong wire and losing the game.

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Kingdomino
$22.99; 8+
BlueOrangeGames.com
Dominoes with a kingdom building twist. Each turn, connect a new domino to your existing kingdom, making sure at least one of its sides connects to a matching terrain type already in play. Make sure to secure tiles with crowns- these royal treasures help to multiply the worth of your kingdom at the end of the game.

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Disney The Nightmare Before Christmas 25 Years Collector's Chess Set
$69.95; 8+
USAopoly.com

The ultimate must have strategy game for fans and collectors that feature the most popular characters in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the film release.

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Drop It
$29.95; 8+
ThamesAndKosmos.com
One at a time, each player drops a shape into the vertical game board’s drop zone. Players earn points for the highest level that their shape reaches when it lands and extra points for touching bonus circles. But be careful: Don’t break a landing rule. The shape you dropped is not allowed to touch matching shapes or colors after it lands.

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Kitty Bitty
$19.99; 4+
BlueOrangeGames.com
It’s nap time for the itty bitty kitties, but they just want to play. Help them jump, bat the yarn balls around, and race to the basket without catching a look from the watchful eyes of the mommy cats. Each turn, roll the dice, look for the mommy cat matching their colors, and lift one. The first kitten back to the basket wins. Players must correctly identify colors, and remember which mommy cat eyes will catch the kittens in this memory game.

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Blank Sate
$19.99; 3+
USAopoly.com
Pick one of over 250 word cue cards (with 500 total cues), write the word you think best completes the phrase – and try to match it exactly to another player’s word without giving a single hint.

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Fluff
$19.99; 8+
Bananagrams.com
Clever and crafty, this liar's dice experience is an evolution of the classic bluffing game. Fluff features palm-fitted rolling cups for poker-style peeking and critter adorned dice for "wild-style" play to inspire bolder bidding. Fluff up the bids, or challenge the calls. Be the best fluffed to outlast the other cast of characters.

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Word Slam
$29.95; 12+
ThamesandKosmos.com
In Word Slam, two teams each have a storyteller. The two storytellers are given the same answer term. Playing at the same time, they must give clues to their teams so the teams can correctly guess the answer. But it’s not that easy. Speaking and acting is absolutely forbidden for the storytellers. They must tell their stories using only 105 cards, each with one word on it: a noun, verb, adjective, or preposition. The team that correctly guesses the answer first gets a point, and the team with the most points at the end of the game wins.

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Hackathon
$29.99; 8+
Yulu.com
One player, the operator, is trapped in a virtual room trying to hack into a top secret government hard drive. The other players are the ‘Experts’ who must give the hacking instructions to break through the eight different modules by deciphering the information found in the instruction manuals. But: the experts can’t see the hard drive and the operator can’t see the manuals.  So everyone will need to talk it out – fast.

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Tumball
$24.99; 5+
UniversityGames.com
Carefully place all your white beads on top of the suspended colorful balls using the wand. With every bead you add, the colorful balls become more unstable. If you push your luck too far or make one false move….TUMBALL!

 

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Domino Jr. Friends Deluxe
$29.99; 4+
GoliathGames.com
The easy-to-use domino spacer tool simplifies set up, and the stunt dominos have been re-engineered to make setting up easier for little hands. Add in your dino friends to create cool chain reaction stunts.

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Flip, Slide, Match
$19.99; 8+
MooseGames.com
FLIPSLIDE  is  a  hand-held  electronic  pattern  and  color  memorization  game  with  a  unique  twist-and-slide  feature.  Players  must  flip  and  slide  the  colored  blocks around  the  center  screen  so  that  each brightly-colored  cube  matches  with  the  corresponding  center  lights. Modes  include:  Speed  Mode,  Level  Mode,  Memory  Mode, and  Multiplayer Mode. 

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MacGyver: The Escape Room Game
$29.99; 12+
Target.com
This multi-scenario escape room in a box is perfect for MacGyver fans and escape room fanatics alike. Players use the tools they’re given to solve the puzzles and diffuse the bombs – all leading to a final scenario that will require everything they’ve learned to stop a familiar opponent.

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Trivial Pursuit: World of Harry Potter Ultimate Edition
$49.95; 8+
USAopoly.com
Harry Potter fans test their knowledge of all eight Harry Potter movies. Move around the board with House Mascot movers as you answer questions and collect “wedges”. Includes 1800 questions to challenge the ultimate Harry Potter fan. Categories include Slytherin House, Death Eaters and The Dark Arts; Objects & Artifacts; Animals, Magical Creatures and Magical Beings; Witches, Wizards, Ghosts and Muggles; Hogwarts, Other Locations and Transportation; and Spells, Potions and Other Magic.

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Clue Master Detective
$19.99; 8+
HasbroToyShop.com
In this suspenseful game, players have to find out who's responsible for murdering Mr. Boddy of Tudor Mansion in his own home. Get the scoop on the mansion's rooms, weapons, and guests and start detecting. Eliminate information throughout the game in this whodunit. When a player is ready to make an accusation, they secretly press the button on the mirror to reveal Who, What, and Where.

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Maki Stack
$27.99; 7+
BlueOrangeGames.com
Balance and arrange the sushi, plates, and soy sauce bottles, and make sure to execute the order exactly as shown on the card. But be careful, one wrong move and everything might tumble over. 

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Shadows in the Forest
$24.99; 8+
ThinkFun.com
You are deep in a dark, ancient forest with only your lantern to guide you. Tall, looming trees cast shadows all around. Off in the distance you hear a faint rustling sound and your heart begins to race. Could the legend be true? Will you finally discover the creatures who hide in the forest shadows?

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EXIT: The Game
$14.95; 10+
ThamesandKosmos.com
In each EXIT game, your team starts out locked in an imaginary room, or trapped somewhere. You must solve a series of riddles and puzzles in order to unlock doors and reveal new riddles. Each correct solution brings you to another riddle and eventually to freedom. The clock is ticking: You must solve all of the puzzles as fast as you can because the faster your team escapes the room and the fewer hints you use along the way, the more points you earn.

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Pie Face Cannon Game
$24.99; 5+
HasbroToyShop.com
One player will step up and put their face in the facemask, while the other player aims the cannon and tries to launch whipped cream onto their opponent’s face. The player behind the mask can try to avoid getting “pie-faced” by using the included blocking hand.

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I Spy Dig In
$22.99; 5+
UniversityGames.com
Race the clock, it’s not so hard. Dig out six objects, place on your card. When each player has gone all in, match one more for the win. Practice literacy, coordination, and social skills as you race to match the images on their cards with objects from the bowl.

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MONOPOLY: Cheaters Edition Game
$19.99; 8+
HasbroToyShop.com
In this updated version of the classic MONOPOLY game, players are permitted to bend the rules and “cheat to win” as they travel across the gameboard in an effort to own it all. For the first time, “borrowing” money from the bank, skipping spaces, and avoiding rent are welcomed. Complete the “cheats” as assigned by the game and get a reward, but get caught and you’ll pay the consequences. Pretend handcuffs will leave offenders “chained” to the board until they are released.

Published: October 2018

Home Products

Home Products

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Home Products. Looking for ways to make your home more organized or maybe you just want to check out some great new products? We asked local families to review several home products and these are their favorites.

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ErgoErgo
$100; ErgoErgo.com
Perfect for working and relaxing. Use it in offices, schools, libraries, dorms, hotels, healthcare facilities…the possibilities are endless. ErgoErgo is great public seating. And it’s compact enough for the smallest space. ErgoErgo compresses slightly when you sit on it to the height of a standard chair, which makes it perfect for a standard desk height.

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SYLVANIA SMART+ Lighting Accessories 
$12-$120; Amazon.com
Perfect for anyone who is looking to make their life easier through a smart home. SYLVANIA SMART+ has one of the broadest portfolios of indoor and outdoor smart lighting products that provide beautiful illumination to complement your home décor, while also giving you full control through your smartphone, tablet, wireless switch, sensor, Siri, Amazon Echo or Google Home. Set up schedules to turn lights on and off while you are traveling, or at work.

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Earthquake Emergency Kit
$299 ; Sustain.com
Each year there are thousands of earthquakes in California alone, yet relatively few households have acted to mitigate losses and reduce injuries. Having emergency supplies on hand is critical to a family’s and individual’s safety. Two and four person emergency kits available. The premium, space-saving bag and includes: up to 24 servings of food, up to 6 liters of purified fresh water, 3 sources of dependable light, top-rated water filtration device, cyalume industrial-grade SnapLight devices, essential first aid kit and emergency blankets, portable wood-burning stove, bowls and utensils and a high-grade survival knife.

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KaiKai & Ash Canvas Storage Box
$15-$20; KaiKaiAsh.com

These adorable 13” canvas toy storage boxes are functional, playful, colorful and a great way to organize children’s bedrooms, playrooms and even dorm rooms. These applique toy storage boxes feature 40+ designs including cities around the world, cupcakes, cute animals, unicorns and more. They are wrapped in natural-tone, cotton canvas to complement any room with pops of color.

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Duop Starter Set
$29.99; TheDuop.com
Duop combines ergonomic design with the cleaning benefits of microfiber. The Duop used the quick ball system so you can easily change the cleaning head to fit the task. The cleaning head will stay in any position and glides around table and chair legs saving time and the struggle of moving heavy objects. For hand-held cleaning, remove the ball from the socket, the quick ball becomes a comfortable hand grip and saves effort by cleaning more with each swipe than paper towels, rags, and sponges.  The professional grade microfiber pad lifts and traps dirt and bacteria. And when you’re done the microfiber pads are easy to remove, wash and reuse.

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CouchBed
$299-$449; CouchBed.com
Comfortable, cool-gel memory foam mattress with the functionality of a bed and a couch. Memory foam fixture doubles as comfortable lounge sofa and mattress. Features standard Twin and Queen sizes for optimal sleeping convenience. Ample seating space and back support offer great comfort for studying, playing video games and lounging. Sturdy design serves as platform base, with no need for a box spring or stand support. Infused with cool-gel for optimal sleep temperature. Washable, interchangeable covers make cleanup easy, in case of spills or stains. Available in Charcoal, Limestone and Navy.

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CleverMade’s CleverCrate
$57.99; CleverMade.com
Available in 46 liters; can hold up to 75 lbs and a 62L, which holds 100 pounds. Equipt with a lid that locks in place on top or on base of crate. Rugged, all-purpose utility crate. Collapsible, easy to store. Slim design with ergonomic handles. Offered in a variety of color combinations.

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Kassa Chalkboard Contact Paper
$10.95; KassaUSA.com
Add a customizable chalkboard to any flat surface of your home. Cut the blackboard vinyl into the size and shape you desire and adhere to a wall, door, mirror, fridge or other flat surfaces. It easily sticks almost anywhere. Make a grocery list board, a chores list, a calendar, an art wall, a welcome sign or countless other projects. Also available are their Liquid Chalk Markers ($9.95-$14.95). They are the ideal tool for drawing or writing on chalkboards, glass, windows, and almost any imaginable surface.

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Rowenta Silent Comfort ECO Energy Heater
$130; Rowentausa.com
Designed with the optimal combination of powerful heat and silent performance, this sleek, six pound electronic heater features ceramic heating elements, powerful airflow, fast heat-up with two settings making it capable of easily heating a whole room. The heater’s small size, sleek exterior and easy-to-read buttons provides an aesthetically pleasing addition to any home. Complete with a cool fan setting, it circulates and ventilates the air even in summer months.

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Full HD Home Theater Projector
$549; BenQ.com
BenQ's MH530FHD delivers movies, TV shows, sports, and fast-action video game content in 1080p resolution with 3,300 ANSI lumens and a high contrast ratio of 15000:1. The projector ensures brilliant color performance for any home theater space for screens up to 120". With a 3-year warranty, this projector delivers great value, perfect for families who would like to enjoy big-screen entertainment without breaking the bank.

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Canary Flex
$199; Canary.is/flex
Canary Flex is a weatherproof, HD security camera that can be used day or night, allowing you to see live HD video of your home or yard. Wire-free or plugged in, able to withstand rain or shine, the Flex is designed for versatility, allowing users to watch live or recorded video from anywhere, ensuring that the places and ones they love are safe.

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Honeywell CO301PC Portable Evaporative Air Cooler
$429.90; myhomeclimate.com, HomeDepot.com, Walmart.com, Amazon.com
Unlike traditional energy and budget-draining air conditioning units, evaporative coolers harness the existing air flow to cool evaporating water molecules. The hotter and drier the temperature, the better. Ideal for spot cooling medium spaces such as BBQ areas, patios, garages and backyards. Weather resistant- for outdoor use. Recommended for areas up to 460 sq. ft.

Updated: October 2018

New Kitchen Products

New Kitchen Products

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Kitchen Produts. Here are some of our favorite reader-tested kitchen products to help make mealtime easier.

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Asobu Portable Cold Brew Coffee Maker 
$49.95; TheGrommet.com
Combines a brewer and storage container in one system, streamlining the coffee-making process. Made from Tritan, a BPA-free plastic that won’t hold onto stale flavors. The double-walled, copper-insulated carafe is detachable, so you can take your joe to go—or store it and keep it cold for up to 24 hours.

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Bialetti Titan Cookware 10 Inch Pan
$19.99; Bialetti.com
Features a micro-divot interior coupled with a triple layer of titanium infused nonstick, which allows oil in the pan to distribute evenly. The Micro-Divot interior also creates a textured cooking surface that allows for superior food release because there is less total contact between the food and the pan. The result is more even cooking and easy food release from stovetop to oven.

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Bialetti’s Gooseneck Kettle
$49.99; Bialetti.com
Provides precision pouring at your finger tips. Pourever coffee demands a kettle with a precision spout in order to properly pour that special cup.  Featuring a heat resistant handle for convenience, it is the perfect pairing for any pourover.

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GoodCook Cooking Rack Set
$8.99; Amazon.com
Features a nonstick, easy-to-clean coating and is dishwasher safe.

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GoodCook Sweet Creations Ugly Sweater Cookie Cutter Set
$9.99; Amazon.com
The set includes a sweater detail roll-stamper that creates holiday patterns onto your cookie dough, to make it easy to add icing and decorate after baking. The stamper comes with two extra pattern rollers that fit neatly into the handle. Oversized for optimal decorating space.

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T-fal Airbake Copper Color Cookie Sheet
$14.99; Amazon.com
Features a unique Micro-Dome technology that distributes pockets of air to provide even heating, better browning, decreased bake times, and practically no burning. Made from durable, carbon steel with a copper-colored coating, it prevents burning, provides even cooking results and feature a non-stick surface for easy release.

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Yonanas Classic
$39.99; Yonanas.com
Yonanas turns frozen fruit into soft-serve textured treats. Yonanas produces desserts that contain no dairy, no added sugar and no artificial ingredients. Yonanas is safe and easy to use. Take turns placing thawed fruits through the chute and watching in awe as “nice cream” is created.

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Glass Pourover
$39.99; Bialetti.com
Bialetti's Glass Pourover has a reusable double mesh filter that allows the natural oils from the coffee grounds to pass through creating a more robust cup of coffee. The heat resistant handle allows for an easy pour without feeling any type of heat. Its design provides for a controlled brewing process, that highlights the unique characteristics of the coffee's aroma.

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Kitchen Herb Garden (Can 3 Pack)-Herb Growing Kit
$19.99; BackToTheRoots.com
Growing organic herbs indoors and at home has never been so easy and fun. This is the perfect way start your windowsill herb garden because it comes with everything you need to grow – including unique biochar technology that lets you grow from the can without draining. No chemicals, no transplanting, and no messy drainage holes. Set comes with basil, cilantro, and mint.

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13” Heavy Duty PRIMO Ceramic Baking/Pizza stone
$53; PrimoGrill.com
Maximize that homemade pizza taste in your conventional kitchen oven or use on any traditional size BBQ. Authentic wood-fired pizza when used on a charcoal grill. Made of ceramic for ultimate flavor and evenly browned crust. Bake bread, casseroles, cookies, pies and more.

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GoodCook Nonstick Slide-Off Cookie Sheet
$7.99; Amazon.com
This heavy-duty 15x14 rectangular steel sheet features an easy to clean nonstick coating. The elevated, no-lip sides allow you to easily slide your cookies right off the edge and onto your cooling rack or platter when done.

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GoodCook Sweet Creations Decorating Pen
$6.99; Amazon.com
A baker’s essential for writing something special or decorating cookies, cakes, cupcakes and more. Features a silicon tube that can be filled with icing or chocolate. Simply hold like a pen and squeeze to write or decorate. Two round tips provide options for creating messages, and the pen is easily disassembled for easy cleaning.

Published: October 2018

STEM Toys and Games

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Educational games and toys that support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are all the rage. Check out some of this year's great products that support STEM learning at home.

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The Curiscope Virtuali-Tee
$29.95; 8+
Curiscope.com
This augmented reality t-shirt allows children to learn about the human body…on a human body. The free Virtuali-Tee app lets users explore the circulatory, respiratory and digestive systems and view 360 videos for a completely immersive experience that will transform the way a child experiences science.

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Boolean Box
$149.99; 8+
BooleanGirlTech.com
This self-contained computer engineering kit for girls (and boys) encourages them to code, build, invent, and animate. Includes Raspberry Pi, a keyboard, and a mouse, and is ready to use once connected to any HDMI-capable monitor—parental supervision not required. It comes preloaded with Scratch, an introductory programming language.

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Light Racer Adventure Kit
$24.99; 8+
TechWillSaveUs.com
Kids will learn and experiment with electro-magnetic wireless power while building their own wheel lights that flash as they ride. An interactive online manual will take them through all the steps to create the light. Once the light has been attached to their bike, they are ready to hit the road.

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Growing Crazy Crystals
$19.99; 5+
Store.TheYoungScientistsClub.com
Young scientists explore sugar and salt crystals, grow rock candy, make a crystal star, create crystal art, grow a salt crystal garden, make Epsom salt crystals, create a geode, grow a crystal tree, and much, much more.

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Mega Slime & Putty Kit
$29.99; 8+
Shop.NationalGeographic.com
Kids will love studying the science of slime with these eight amazing varieties of the squishy, stretchy, slippery stuff. Includes slime, laser light, magnet and a 16-page learning guide.

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Discovery Galactic Fizzing Dig
$14.99; 12+

Michaels.com
Create a fizzing reaction to excavate six real gemstones. Use a combination of water, the mallet, and the chisel to unearth your gemstones. Use the included magnifying glass to take a closer look at the patterns and colors within each gorgeous stone.

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Pixel Kit
$79.99; 8+
Amazon.com
Simple story book guides you through building Pixel Kit, and then teaches you to code via step-by-step challenges using the Kano online app. 40+ creative projects guide you through building games, creating artwork, making animations, and using the built-in microphone to code with sound and color.

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Slime & Polymer Lab
$39.99; 5+
Store.TheYoungScientistsClub.com
Young scientists take polymers out of milk, make slime, create goop, produce a snow eruption, melt snow, grow super-absorbent flowers, germinate seeds in polymers, perform a polymer trick, dehydrate polymers, and much, much more.

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YOU*NIVERSE Cosmetics & Compounds Chemistry Lab
$19.99; 6+
Amazon.com
Create glowing experiments, shimmery lip balms, and glittery perfumes, all while feeling like a real Chemist. Use your laboratory station to conduct all of your experiments, and use your UV glow light to watch your reactions.

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Motion Sensor Kit
$29.99; 8+
Kano.me
Build and code a sensor that captures motion in the real world - a hand waving, a leg kicking - and sends the information to your computer. Step-by-step challenges guides you as you learn to code by creating games, making music, and drawing with motion.

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Ooze Labs Chemistry Station
$39.95; 5+
ThamesandKosmos.com
See how much fun chemistry can be as you do slimy, fizzy, colorful, and bubbly experiments. This cool laboratory setup has lots of different vessels and pieces of lab equipment so kids can play the role of chemist while doing real, safe experiments.

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Super Sweet Sugar Lab
$19.99; 8+
SmartLabToys.com
Kids will conduct experiments using glucose strips to test for hidden sugars, perform osmosis through an egg membrane, and even create chemical sparks from candy. Edible experiments include making rock candy, toast candy, and gummies. Science principles explored include photosynthesis, enzymes, carbon dioxide production, hydrogen bonding, density, triboluminescence, polymers, crystal formation, osmosis, and more.

Published: November 2018

Travel Games

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Family Road Trip Fun! If you’re traveling by car on your next family vacation, keep the kids entertained between sights and rest stops with these travel games.

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SmartGames Asteroid Escape
$14.99; 8+
SmartGamesUSA.com
Navigate your spaceship through the asteroids. Asteroid Escape is a galactic sliding puzzle with 60 missions, from beginner to expert. Includes a compact travel case and 60 challenges.

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Rubik’s Tactile Cube
$14.95; 8+
Amazon.com
This 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cube has been enhanced with embossed shapes. By adding shapes to the colored sides of the cube, the Rubik’s Tactile Cube is now playable (and solvable) with your eyes closed.

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BrainBolt
$21.99; 7+
Amazon.com

BrainBolt is a blazing fast light-up memory game. Tiles light up in random order on the handheld, wireless, screen-free game console. Identify and press each newly lit tile on the board to play, and see how long you last. Perfect for solo play and ready for head-to-head mode with a friend, timed mode, or advanced mode for expert players.

BasicFun The Oregon Trail Handheld Game

The Oregon Trail Handheld Game
$24.99; 8+
BasicFun.com
Fill your covered wagon with supplies and prepare to cross rivers and mountain ranges along the way - hunting for food and trading for supplies as you go. Monitor your traveling pace, supplies and the health of your party closely to make sure everyone arrives safely and to avoid the dreaded message "You have died of dysentery."

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Mini Arcade Games: Ms. Pac-Man and Tetris
$19.99; 8+
BasicFun.com
Mini Arcade Games are scaled down versions of classic games featuring authentic game play and nostalgic appeal, with retro-styling and sounds just like you remember. Ms. Pac-Man features the beloved character moving through the maze to eat pac dots while avoiding the ghosts. With the Tetris game, players move and rotate the shapes as they fall to build complete lines and score points.

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Magic Pad
$19.99; 3+
BuyMagicPad.com
Magic Pad is the fun light-up drawing pad that illuminates your art. Magic Pad's unique screen is crystal clear. Simply press the button to see your art glow super bright like magic. Choose from eight different and colorful light effects. When you're done simply wipe the screen clean to create all over again. The portable design is hours of fun on long car rides.

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20Q
$17.99; 8+
Amazon.com
Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, 20Q is the game that is (still) smarter than you. This unique game powered by up-to-the-minute Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology is super cool, bright and slightly addictive all at the same time! In this original version, 20Q guesses whatever players are thinking – and amazes them by how accurate it can be.

Published: November 2018

San Diego Family's Holiday Toy Review 2018

San Diego Family's Holiday Toy Review 2018

Stumped for ideas on the perfect present to tuck under the tree or surprise your kiddos with this holiday season? Look no further than San Diego Family's 2018 Holiday Toy Review. From low-tech, clas . . .

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Gift Ideas for Dads

Gift Ideas for Dads

Looking for gift ideas for Dad or the other men in your life? Check out these great products they are sure to love. Helix Spinning Whiskey and Spirits Glass$21.95; TheGrommet.comThe base of thi . . .

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Gift Ideas for Moms

Gift Ideas for Moms

Gifts for Moms!  Looking for unique gifts for that special woman in your life? Check out these great ideas. Wine Cooler Beverage Tote $25; Clevermade.com This tote makes transporting 1 . . .

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Family Health and Fitness Product Reviews

Family Health and Fitness Product Reviews

Health and Fitness Products! Check out these great fitness products to keep you and your family happy and healthy all year long! INKnBURN Activewear $39-$99; Inknburn.comWomen love workout appare . . .

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Family Travel Products

Family Travel Products

Family Travel Products! Whether you are traveling by plane, train or car, these travel products are sure to make any family trip more enjoyable. 5v Heated Travel Pillow by Volt$69.95; VoltHeat.co . . .

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Fun Family Board Games

Fun Family Board Games

Nothing brings a family together like playing games. Put the phones away and connect with each other -- plan a family game night! Here are some of this year's fun games for kids of all ages. Cut . . .

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Home Products

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Home Products. Looking for ways to make your home more organized or maybe you just want to check out some great new products? We asked local families to review several home products and these are th . . .

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New Kitchen Products

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Kitchen Produts. Here are some of our favorite reader-tested kitchen products to help make mealtime easier. Asobu Portable Cold Brew Coffee Maker  $49.95; TheGrommet.com Combines a brewer a . . .

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STEM Toys and Games

STEM Toys and Games

Educational games and toys that support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are all the rage. Check out some of this year's great products that support STEM learning at home. Th . . .

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Travel Games

Travel Games

Family Road Trip Fun! If you’re traveling by car on your next family vacation, keep the kids entertained between sights and rest stops with these travel games. SmartGames Asteroid Escape$1 . . .

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