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Do you like board games?  Do you like silly physical challenges?  Do you like laughing hysterically?  If so, you are probably going to like this game, which I received free as a U.S. Family Guide blogger in exchange for my honest review.

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So Watch Ya’ Mouth, Throwdown Edition, is a game that makes use of mouthpieces, which judging from a recent trip to Walgreens, is apparently a thing.  Who knew?  I don’t watch t.v., y’all, and my kids ask for things like statues of Egyptian gods and rare stuffed animals from eBay, so I’m not exactly up on the trends. 🙂

You can get more information about the game, and even see a video of it being played, on my original post.  I’m going to share a more detailed explanation of how it works in this post.

So first of all, I’m kind of misspeaking when I call it a board game because there isn’t a board.  There are cards, and balls, and mouthpieces, and straws, and party horns, and a timer.  Plus you may need some common household items like spoons or tissues.  But don’t worry–if a particular challenge calls for something that isn’t handy, you can improvise.  In fact, improvising and having house rules are encouraged in this game, which doesn’t take itself too seriously.  This isn’t Trivial Pursuit, y’all.

Without going into too much detail, when it’s your turn, you roll the die to determine who you are challenging, then both of you insert mouthpieces and perform the challenge on the Throwdown card.  Whoever succeeds first wins the card. There are several possible categories of challenges.  In the “Picture Perfect” challenges, players must draw objects by holding pencils in their mouths.  The “Ping Pong Pop” challenges involve passing balls around on spoons held in mouths.  “Suck It Up” challenges use straws to–yes, guessed it–suck things up.  This is only a very small sampling of the challenges provided.

In addition to the Throwdown cards, there are Phrase cards which are used in some challenges.  For example, in the “So Much Drama” challenge, players must recite a phrase from a Phrase card in a particular emotion.  Other challenges simply involve guessing the phrase, not super easy to do when considering both the mouthpiece and the obscurity of the phrases, for example: “Bar Soap Bubbles Up” and “Fairy Flower House.”

In case you were wondering, a game lasts four rounds, a round being complete when every player has had one turn.  Whoever has the most cards at the end wins.  You can see the game in action below:

So now what you’ve all been waiting for:  my honest opinion.  The game has lots and lots of cards with many creative options and a wide variety of challenges.  You won’t do them all in one sitting and then get bored.  If your family likes this kind of game, then you will enjoy Watch Ya Mouth Throwdown Edition.

Me, I don’t like this game.  But it’s not the game’s fault, it’s mine.  It’s just not the kind of thing I enjoy and if I’d been paying more attention on the front end I would not have asked to review it.

Many people do like this game very much, including Toy Insider and Amazon.  Throwdown Edition was already been awarded Top Holiday Toy of 2017 by Toy Insider and was selected for the 2017 Amazon Holiday Toy List.

So if you are like those people and not a boring party pooper like me, and you want a hilarious family game to play during the holidays, your search is over. Just click here and use code 15WYM for 15% off!

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So, I’ve been told by at least one reader that y’all don’t like it when I post reviews.  And I get that I’ve posted more reviews lately and less non-branded content.  That’s because when someone provides a product for me, I really have to follow through and tell you what I thought of it!  There’s only internal pressure for me to share my brilliant original ideas. 🙂  And never, ever enough time.

Yes, this is a review.  For sunglasses!  And before you tell me it’s the wrong season for reviewing sunglasses, let me just say that I’ve been using mine more than ever lately.  The afternoon autumn sun is absolutely blinding right now.

LotFancy is a San Francisco-based company founded in 1999, and they offer a lot more than just sunglasses.  They sell everything from high-tech products to kids’ items, all of it on Amazon.

I was especially excited to review these sunglasses because this is the first time that a company reached out to me with an offer for a product in exchange for a review.  That was pretty exciting.  I got to choose three pairs–two for me and one I gave John to try out. Here are links to the ones we tried:

Ladies’ Black Sunglasses

Ladies’ White Sunglasses

Men’s Aviator Sunglasses

My glasses were mailed to me directly from the company, so I can’t personally speak to the level of customer service one would receive by ordering through Amazon, but the customer ratings and reviews seem to speak for themselves–the company has a close to 100% positive rating.

What I can speak to is the quality of the glasses themselves.  I was very pleased, and so was John.  These are well-made, attractive sunglasses and they don’t cost much.  At these prices you can afford to have more than one pair, so I was able to be a little frivolous and try some styles I might not go for normally, which was fun.  The case they come with is really high quality.  If you are conscientious about putting them away after wearing them they are going to last forever.  I have one complaint only.  The pair of sunglasses I already had are kind of rounded in such a way that they go all the way around the sides of my eyes.  I’m not explaining this very well but these glasses aren’t made that way so sun can come in at you sideways–not a lot, but that is a disadvantage to these compared to my others.

However, one thing I like better about these is that the lenses protected my eyes from the sun while not distorting the colors of the real world as much as some other pairs.  I don’t like the brown or greenish cast some of my past pairs have had and these don’t do that.

Oh my gosh, y’all.  You have to have pictures for a review, right?  Don’t laugh at these.  I know they are not the most professional thing I have ever done but I think they show off the sunglasses well.

So there you have it!  If you are looking for some cute and reasonably-priced sunglasses, I can recommend LotFancy.  And although I was provided three pairs to review for free, that is my honest opinion.

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