My new travel must-have: #YahtzeeWithBuddies

Disclosure: Scopely, creators of Yahtzee With Buddies, is a client of my company, BSM Media. However, all thoughts, opinions, and true love for Yahtzee in this post are my own.

Yahtzee is without a doubt my family’s favorite game to play on game night. We take it very seriously! We’ve played Yahtzee on family vacations and road trips. We’ve played by lantern during hurricanes, and most recently, while visiting my daughter in Cameroon, we played Yahtzee in her village by bushlamp.


I love traveling with Yahtzee because it’s so portable, and that’s why I was so excited when I learned about the new Yahtzee With Buddies app! My favorite game is even more portable as the family board game classic connects friends and family for a fun, multiplayer game of dice on your phone or tablet. If you see me in the airport, you’ll probably see me playing Yahtzee With Buddies on my phone. I love that even though my kids are living in different states and countries, we can still play each other in Yahtzee! Let me warn you that this app is fun and ADDICTIVE, but I love being able to connect with my kids and friends for some friendly competition.


I even got everyone in my office to download the free app so we can take breaks to play. Can you believe I have colleagues that have NEVER played Yahtzee? I couldn’t believe it, but after they realized how easy it is to learn the game, they all became addicted too!

Yahtzee With Buddies is great because you don’t have to commit to playing an entire game at once. You can check in, play a couple of rolls, and come back to the game when you have a few minutes. I find myself getting my Yahtzee fix in by playing a few rounds in line at the grocery store, waiting to board airplanes, and before going to bed at night.

You can play with your friends by easily connecting to Facebook and challenging your Facebook friends. Don’t worry, you won’t randomly spam people to play with you like some of those other game apps. Once you get the hang of it, I recommend playing some of the other Yahtzee With Buddies players that the app pairs you with, and even entering daily tournaments and challenges to win in-app prizes.

The app is free with ads, but you can pay for bonus rolls if you’re THISCLOSE to getting Yahtzee! You can also play in daily tournaments to score Bonus Rolls, custom dice, vanity frames, and more – no purchases needed.

So, what are you waiting for? Are you ready to download Yahtzee with Buddies and challenge me to a game? If we’re friends on Facebook, connect to Facebook and challenge me. If you don’t want to connect with Facebook, comment with your username below and I’ll add you. Pick up your phone, roll dice, and get ready to shout, “YAHTZEE!”

Need more info? Visit to learn more about Yahtzee With Buddies.



Are You Santa? Lands’ End Offers Chance To Be Santa For a Day #santaforaday

One of my favorite brands is hosting a fabulous holiday promotion with great prizes! Read more here:  The holiday season is here and Lands’ End will once again embrace the spirit of giving through the Santa for a Day campaign. The generous giving initiative will award sacks of presents and an abundance of gift cards as well as offer incredible product promotions and the chance to personally win $10,000 through the Santa for a Day sweepstakes.


“Santa has always represented the true spirit of giving and through the Santa for a Day campaign we are able to extend that magic and give others the chance to be as generous as our old friend from the North Pole this holiday season,” said Matt Trainor, SVP of Brand Creative at Lands’ End. “Whether it’s through incredible personalized gifts and unique promotions, an engaging social initiative or events in local markets where the search is on for ‘Santas,’ we are on a mission to celebrate the spirit of giving this season and continue to be ‘Holiday Makers’.”


Santa Goes Social: #santaforaday

Aspiring gift givers can participate daily in the #santaforaday social campaign from November 28 – December 17 on Twitter. Each day a unique Santa interview question will be asked at @LandsEnd; participants can answer using #santaforaday and #LandsEndHoliday to be entered for a chance to win a $100 Lands’ End gift card. Winners will be selected at random. The gift card prizes are an effort to help aspiring Santas fulfill gift lists this holiday season.

Santa for a Day in Minneapolis and Chicago Area

Lands’ End will spread holiday cheer in Minneapolis and the Chicago area by offering the chance to be Santa for a Day. Event attendees in each city will be invited to call the Santa Hotline in an iconic red phone booth and speak with Santa for a chance to be selected as a Santa for a Day.  Selected “Santas” from each city will each receive a sack of presents and have the chance to share in the spirit of giving.

Win and Give Santa for a Day Sweepstakes

Lands’ End is also offering one lucky winner the chance to truly be Santa for a Day through a holiday sweepstakes. Now through December 17, 2017, everyone can enter for a chance to win $10,000 in cash, as well as $5,000 for a charity of choice (to be approved by Lands’ End).  To enter daily, fill out the form at

Santa For A Day Instant Win

From now until Dec. 17, 2017, shoppers can also play the Lands’ End Santa for a Day Instant Win Game Sweepstakes for a chance to win a $1,000 Lands’ End gift card each week. For more information or to enter visit





New ZhuZhu Pets Are Here!

Discover the newest line of ZhuZhu Pets in hot styles and colors. Playsets sold separately for hours of fun! Perfect for birthday gifts, play time and any time! Available and major retailers and on


New Kids Toys from LeapFrog

Get a sneak peek at two new toys from LeapFrog, the LeapFrog Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart and LeapPad Ultimate tablet. LeapFrog products are available on

The Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart, for age 2+ children, makes role play so much fun! This toy ice cream cart delights and surprises with a range of buttons, lights, sound effects, music and fun phrases. It also features eight scoops of ice cream, three toppings and three flavors of syrup to teach kids 10 colors and flavors. Kids can create tons of delicious looking and imaginative combinations!


The new LeapPad Ultimate tablet is child-friendly, durable and safe. Plenty of memory and processor speed make it an educational, fun tech toy for kids. Featuring more than $100 worth of pre-loaded learning apps and videos, the LeapPad Ultimate helps kids build core skills in mathematics, reading and science as well as music, problem solving, logic and creativity to help prepare kids for preschool and beyond. LeapFrog is also launching three new cartridges featuring this year’s hottest licenses, including a new mathematics game for kids ages three to five featuring PJ Masks, a PAW Patrol problem solving game for kids ages four to seven and a colorful Trolls creativity game that will foster imagination for kids ages four to seven. Learn more at

Hot, New Toys from VTech

Discover the latest toys from VTech’s Go! Go! Smart Friends line. Offering a comprehensive, multi-faceted play experience while delivering manipulative play features and charming details, the new fantasy-themed Go! Go! Smart Friends play sets are designed to captivate young children. Kids can explore a magical mermaid world with mermaid Pearl and her sea friends in the Go! Go! Smart Friends Shimmering Seashell Castle™, featuring three MagicPoint locations for children to interact with, boosting their imaginations and encouraging social play. Learn more at

VTech’s Monster Trucks and Vehicles: Press and Race trucks and stunt vehicles provide hours of play for children ages 12 months to 5 years old.

VTech’s Race & Play Adventure for 12 months to 5 years old is a roller coaster ride of fun!

Play Calliope Games For Family Fun!

Calliope Games offers a variety of tabletop games for today’s busy families. Two games were featured at Toy Fair ’17. Roll For It! is everything you want in a game. It’s fun, it’s easy, and it’s fast!  The rules are simple. Roll your dice, match a card, and score some points! Be careful, though—other players may challenge you for the card you’re after. The first player to collect 40 points wins! Available on


 Create your own journey with Tsuro: The Game of the Path! Place a tile and slide your stone along the path created, but take care. Other players’ paths can lead you in the wrong direction—or off the board entirely!

Mixin’ Up Fun with Magic Kidchen

Kids will love to get creative in the kitchen with Magic Kidchen products. A Popsicle Station, Brain Freeze Slushy Maker and Popin’ Corn maker are a few of the cooking items available for young foodies. Leah Maycraft of MadebyMommy demonstrates the Slush Maker in this video from Toy Fair ’17. Find Magic Kidchen items on Amazon.