Wisdomantics DVD Board Game Review

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Thanks to FlyBy Promotions, I had the opportunity to review "Wisdomantics", an interactive DVD board game. I really do not like posting less than positive reviews, but I am going to be honest and tell you up front that this game was not a good fit for my family. In all fairness, between the time I received the game and the time this review was due to be posted, I had 2 days in which to play and review the game and during those two days my family was (and still is) suffering from the flu. Please take the time to read my review though, as it could turn out to be the "best game ever" for you and yours!

About the game:
Requires 2-4 players, ages 12 and up.

Wisdomantics is an interactive DVD board game that helps test your knowledge of King Solomon's proverbs, utilizing the New King James Version of the Bible and can be played by followers of various faiths. The game consists of 2 interactive DVDs (double-sided) containing 400 questions, score cards, blessing cards, advancement cards, colored tiles, the game board, and directions, game piece, and question card. 

Directions on how to play the game can also be found on their website here

Learn more about the game by watching the video here:

What we thought about the game:

My six year old seemed to enjoy the game more than the rest of us but even he did not like the voice of "King Solomon". I knew ahead of time that the game was the NEW King James Version, rather than the KJV that we use so some of the verses were a bit different as we knew them. That really did not seem to be too much of an issue. There was an error in the wording of one of the questions (incorrectly inserting the word "the" before the word we were supposed to fill in) which caused us all to incorrectly guess the answer. Another thing none of us liked was that the arrows did not line up with the choices of A,B,C,D as pictured below.

This just made it a bit confusing as we kept wanting to press the wrong arrow at times. 
I did like that the game pieces were bigger and easy to handle to move around the board and it was exciting to be competitive trying to get the colored tiles in order to be the first to complete the temple score card. The RESTORATION and GRACE/MERCY cards were a nice aspect to the game as were the "blessing" cards. I found myself thinking of my blessings each time I took one of the cards. It was certainly a blessing being able to sit around with my kids playing a game, laughing and enjoying our time together. (We were laughing because King Solomon reminded us of one of the FP Rescue Heroes.) Even though the game is intended for 12+, if a child can read and knows scripture, he can play.

I prefer games that don't take forever to play, and this game just seemed drawn out to me but if you enjoy longer games (such as Monolopy) then you may enjoy this one. The next time we play, we may forgo the actual board part of the game and just use a tally sheet to keep score while using the DVD with the Bible verses. 

All in all, really, a game that reinforces learning the Word of God and hiding His word in one's heart can never really be a waste of time. I cannot put my finger on exactly what it is causing this to be a bad fit for us, but I think it is just several things put together. We would really enjoy it if actual trivia questions were mixed in with the Bible verses. I do definitely recommend visiting www.wisdomantics.com and checking the game out for yourself. You may just have a new family game night favorite! 

*I apologize for the lack of game play photos but considering we are all ill, none of us were exactly "camera ready". 

Angels4Epilepsy, Inc. & ASTHMA TOO- An interview with Danielle & iTunes GIVEAWAY!


Many of you have read my previous posts about my cousin's charity, Angels4Epilepsy, Inc. Earlier this year, "& Asthma Too" was added to the name of the organization in recognition of my little cousin Danielle, who has asthma. 

Meet 7 year old Danielle:

Hundreds of children with asthma and epilepsy have received gift bags containing various items such as stuffed animals, medical bracelets, books, and more through the work of Danielle, Jamie, and other Angels4Epilepsy, Inc. & Asthma Too volunteers. Danielle loves to make others happy, and has a very giving heart. In the future, she would like to make a greater impact with children who have asthma. I would like to dedicate this post to her and to help all of you get to know her better! (Danielle and I have a little giveaway for readers to enter after her interview. )

About Danielle, written by her mother Judy:

"Danielle was born in 2007 in Honolulu, Hawaii and had to be taken via emergency c-section due to placenta previa and no amniotic fluid.  She had trouble breathing and was immediately taken away upon birth and kept in the NICU for 10 days.
Right before her first birthday in 2008, she had her first asthma attack.  On Halloween 2008, she contracted a cold while trick or treating that landed her in the hospital for the first time.  She was given too much albuterol at the Army hospital in Augusta, Georgia while waiting to be transported to Savannah.  The transport team gave her too much IV fluid to lower her heart rate and by the time she arrived at the Children's Hospital of Savannah, her lung was collapsing and her heart and lungs were saturated.  They intubated her and told us to expect the worse as they had no idea why she crashed so rapidly and didn't know how to treat her.  Every specialist was called in to examine her but nothing turned up.  She had a bronchoscopy which is a procedure during which an examiner uses a viewing tube to evaluate a patient's lung and airways including the voice box and vocal cord, trachea, and many branches of bronchi. Bronchoscopy is usually performed by a pulmonologist or a thoracic surgeon. Although a bronchoscope does not allow for direct viewing and inspection of the lung tissue itself, samples of the lung tissue can be biopsied through the bronchoscope for examination in the laboratory.  Nothing turned up from that.  After seven days, she pulled out of it and the doctors had no idea why or how.
After that, every cold she contracted resulted in hospitalizations and since her sister kept bringing home colds, I decided to homeschool.  Danielle has been hospitalized and/or trips to the ER over 20 times.  Her last cold was November 2012 that only required several trips to the doctor and one trip to the ER.  It was the second time she did not require a hospitalization.  The key to keeping her out of the hospital was receiving the rescue medication in the form of predisone which is a steriod.  Her pulmonologist also feels she will continue to fight colds better as she grows and her lungs develop.  She does react to the seasonal changes with red eyes and stuffed/runny noses but it does not affect her breathing."  

(Please continuing reading! The giveaway is after the interview. )

My interview with Danielle:

How long have you had asthma?.
Right before I turned one in June 2008

What is the scariest part of having asthma?
When I get sick, I probably will have to go to the hospital and get poked with needles.

How do you deal with being scared?
Sometimes when I cry, it helps.  It has been awhile since I was last sick with a cold.

What kind of things cause you to have an asthma attack?
Colds, cigarette smoke and dog and cat fur.

What happens to you when you have an asthma attack?
When I get a cold my nose runs, my eyes water and I have trouble breathing.  I get a bad cough.

Do you take medicine to prevent attacks and to help control your asthma?
Yes, I take daily doses of Flovent and Singulair.  When I have an attack, my mom gives me a steroid and albuterol. 

How long do your asthma attacks last?
The attacks usually are immediate but the effects can last for a couple of months. My mom has to give me albuterol every four hours for as long as the cold lasts.

Because you have to stay away from people who are sick, is this hard for you?

Do you feel you miss out on a lot of things?
Yes. I don't get to go to school and I sometimes don't get to go to things if there are sick people there. I also have to walk by people who are smoking fast as it causes my breathing problems.

If you didn't have asthma, what is one thing you would do or go?

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I want to be a author. (Danielle wants to write a book about her own experiences with asthma!)

Biggest pet peeves?
People smoking in public places and those who are sick not caring if they contaminate others.

What is your favorite food?
My favorite food is cheese cake
My favorite color is light blue. 
My favorite hobby is writing storys. 
My favorite animal is a puppy.
My favorite movie is Mr. Magorium's Magical Wonder Emporium. 
My favorite toy is Barbie. 
My favorite song is Shake It Off by Taylor Swift.

I want to thank Danielle for letting me feature her on my blog. Having asthma is not fun, yet she has not let it get her down. She constantly has to be aware of her surroundings in order to keep her asthma under control. Having asthma myself, I know how difficult this can be. Just walking past the perfume counter in a department store or getting a whiff of cigarette smoke can cause me to have to immediately use my rescue inhaler. Many people don't realize how serious asthma can be but if not managed properly, it can lead to death. Asthma is actually the third leading cause of hospitalization in children under 15. Learn more about these facts and others at www.lung.org.  

Visit www.angels4epilepsy.org for more information about this wonderful charity that delivers smiles to kids! 

Now for the giveaway! Danielle and I would like to give my readers a chance to win a $10 iTunes e-gift card to download Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off" or any other songs of your choice! Please enter by using the Rafflecopter form below!

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It's Giving Tuesday!

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Today is Giving Tuesday, a day dedicated to giving back. What better way to start off this season of gift giving than by taking the time today to donate to your favorite charity? 

One of my own favorite charities is my cousin's non-profit, Angels4Epilepsy, Inc. & Asthma Too. Thanks to Amazon Smile, I can support them every time I shop Amazon and purchase any of the tens of millions of AmazonSmile eligible products. When I do this, Angels4Epilepsy receives 0.5% of the purchase price. While this may not seem like much, it does add up. 

Whether you support Angels4Epilepsy by signing up for AmazonSmile and selecting this charity to support or you simply donate to their cause, your gift can be a tremendous help! ALL donations go to purchasing items for gift packages for children with asthma and epilepsy and the postage cost to send these packages. 

Regardless of what charity you choose to support on Giving Tuesday, or throughout the year, make sure you do your homework. To learn more about local and global charities and for tips on giving, visit Charity Navigator for more information. To learn more about Angels4Epilepsy, Inc. visit them on FACEBOOK or at www.angels4epilepsy.org

To donate or to shop AmazonSmile, please click on the buttons below. Thank you for your support!

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Baby's Brilliant for Military $500 Cash Giveaway

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The holidays can be a very difficult time for our military families, especially when a deployment is involved. Many moms and dads do not even have the opportunity to do something as simple as reading a bedtime story to their children. As a way of saying "THANKS" to those who serve,  Baby's Brilliant is giving them the opportunity to read to their child no matter how far from home they might be, by offering a free Soldier's Read Along Book! Click on the link to learn how to sign up for this special offer for military families only. 

Baby's Brilliant is a great app to use for your infant or toddler, especially on the go. All materials can instantly be downloaded to an iPad or iPhone via iTunes. Download the app for access to:

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