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RED Chocolate – A Guiltless Indulgence with LESS fat, calories and sugar

 

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I LOVE chocolate. I really, really, REALLY love it. I have a piece of chocolate usually every day. I keep an assortment on hand so I can have a piece or two every day.

I know that chocolate has a lot of fat and calories. I also need to keep my sugar intake in check. For those reasons I make sure to only have a small piece or two. I also try and eat dark chocolate (85% or higher) because it’s a healthier option compared to milk chocolate.

I also consider myself a bit of a “chocolate snob.” I prefer quality chocolates over cheap chocolates.

If you are like me and you LOVE chocolate, but you don’t like to indulge in it too often because you worry about calories, fat and sugar, then listen up! I have something that is going to get your attention.

I was sent to review some chocolates from a brand called RED Chocolate. I am always excited when I am sent chocolate to review, but I was super excited about RED Chocolate. You see… RED Chocolate has up to 50% LESS calories and 30% – 40% LESS fat than other chocolate.

If that wasn’t great enough, RED Chocolate has NO ADDED SUGAR. It’s natural sweeteners comes from plants.

The chocolate is also Keto-friendly and Weight Watchers friendly too.

Now can you see why I was super excited to try this chocolate out?

I will admit that I was a bit skeptical. How can chocolate with less fat and sugar actually taste good? I honestly was expecting it to taste like chocolate “cardboard.”

RED Chocolate sent me their dark chocolate varieties to review. They do have milk chocolate varieties as well. My review is only for the dark chocolates.

I could not wait to try the first piece of this chocolate. I was anticipating it to be very bland, but I was seriously mistaken. RED Chocolate is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! You would never know that this chocolate is made with less fat and sugar. It tastes EXACTLY like similar chocolates.

I like the bitterness of dark chocolates, and this chocolate did not disappoint. Maybe it’s because the cocoa used to make this chocolate comes from the Ivory Coast of Africa. There farmers select, roast and grind the cocoa beans to perfection. And that is no exaggeration! These chocolates are incredibly delicious.

I have given pieces of this chocolate to my family members (husband, daughter and son). Not one of them could guess there is less fat and sugar in this chocolate. They all thought it was “regular” dark chocolate.

My husband is not a fan of dark chocolate (he likes milk chocolate better) and even he thought this was “regular” dark chocolate. He was surprised when I told him that it was made with less fat, less sugar and had less calories than other dark chocolates (the same applies to the milk chocolates as well).

RED Chocolate is available in;

  • 60% Extra Dark Chocolate
  • Dark Chocolate with Orange and Almond
  • Milk Chocolate
  • Milk Chocolate with Hazelnuts and Macadamia
  • Milk Chocolate Pralines with a Smooth Nut Filling
  • Milk Chocolate Pralines with a Coconut Nut Filling

Now I wish I had asked the brand if they could have sent a variety of flavors instead of all dark chocolate. The other flavors sound so good.

RED Chocolate is available in large bars (broken up into individual squares you can break off), and single bars (a few squares in one package).

Their squares look like faceted gems, which is a nice touch.

You can purchase RED Chocolate directly from their website, RED-Chocolate.com. They offer a flat rate shipping, which is nice. You can also purchase the chocolates from Amazon (this is NOT an affiliate link).

You can also check out the brand on Facebook (I did not find other social media accounts for the brand).

RED Chocolate has a new fan. I’ll be sure to purchase from them as soon as the chocolate I have is gone. It’s my new favorite chocolate – one that I don’t have to feel guilty about enjoying.

Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Welcome to #CampWarnerBros – Week #1 – Super Hero Week!

 

School’s Out! It’s summer time! It’s the time of year that most children look forward to. They can sleep in late, hang out with their friends and go on fun adventures with their families. Another thing that kids look forward to is summer camp. Sadly, due to the current state of affairs, summer camp might not be an option for many kids this year.

Just because your child can’t attend summer camp this year, doesn’t mean they can’t have a fun time this summer. You can have your own camp, right in the comfort of your own home.

Warner Bros. wants to help make your child’s summer experience super fun, whether they attend camp or not, with their first ever Camp Warner Bros.

I was lucky to be chosen as a Camp Warner Bros. Camp Director. Each week, for the next several weeks, I will share with your some fun summer camp ideas, crafts, games, movies and more, compliments of Camp Warner Bros.

This is the first week of Camp Warner Bros. The theme for the week is Super Heroes.

What kid doesn’t love super heroes? Even girls like super heroes, or at least in my experience they do.

Growing up I LOVED Wonder Woman (Linda Carter… yeah… I’m giving away my age). I thought she was the coolest person on the planet. I wanted a golden lasso and an invincible jet plane.

Whenever me and my friends played super heroes, I was always Wonder Woman. It didn’t matter that I looked nothing like her. In my mind I did.

I work with children, and I know how much they love super heroes. So much so that they like pretending they are their favorite super hero and acting out action scenes. Even my 6th graders last school year pretended to be super heroes and have “battles” with their super hero nemesis.

I have a special video for all Camp Warner Bros. campers (you and your child!), from Batman himself. I hope you will check it out with your child. Batman has some fun games he wants to play with your child and other Camp Warner Bros. campers.

 

What did you think if Batman’s fun activities? How did you do with the memory game? I did really good (I got them all correct!).

I’m sure now that your child has watched Batman’s special video for all Camp Warner Bros. campers, he or she is probably looking forward to some fun pretending to be their favorite super hero. Or, he/she might want to create their very own super hero.

One thing we’ve done with the kids I work with is provide them with scrap pieces of material, old clothing, craft glue, embellishments and cardboard and let them creature their own super hero costume. Not only is this a creative activity to help pass the time away, it’s also a great way for your child to utilize their creativity and imagination. Plus what ever they create they can wear and play with all summer long.

Here are a few examples the kids I worked with made.

Old clothes and wings made out of cardboard make for a fun costume.

Old pajamas and a super hero mask make great costumes too.

Tie Dye pants, fabric painted shirt and a mask made out of foam board.

The above photo is an actual costume. If your child has a super hero costume, they can always use that to play around in as well.

You can also check out Pinterst for more fun ideas to create your own super hero costume.

Go ahead. Gather up all your old clothes, scrap pieces of material, tie dye kits, cardboard an anything else you can think of and let’s see how creative you and your child can be. I would LOVE to see your photos. Feel free to share them at Kimberly “at” SheScribes “dot” com (replace “at” with a @, and “dot” with a .). I would love to add some reader’s photos to this post. I would love to see what kind of awesome super hero costumes you can make.

Speaking of super heroes, after your child has finished with their one of of kind super hero costume, why not wear it while watching a move about super heroes? A great choice would be LEGO DC: Shazam! Magic and Monsters.

As a camp director, I was given the opportunity to see the movie for myself.

I love the LEGO movies. Not only are they a lot of fun to watch, I think it’s really creative how the film makers made everything in the film look like it was made out of LEGO bricks. LEGO movies are also really funny, and this film is no exception.

This is the first time that the Justice League gets to meet Shazam!

Unbeknownst to the Justice League (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman…), Shazam! is really a 10 year old orphan boy named Billy Batson.

Billy has always wanted to be a super hero. He’s always admired them, even when he was younger.

Thanks to the help of a wizard, Billy can transform himself into Shazam! simply by shouting out his super hero name (Shazam!).

The Justice League is quick to ask Shazam! to join them after he helps them fight off Mr. Mind’s minions. Soon they find that Mr. Mind is not the only bad guy in town, and they need Shazam! now more than ever. The only problem is, Billy is afraid that if they learn he’s only a boy, that they won’t want anything to do with him.

It soon becomes apparent tot he Justice League that age is only a number, and even the youngest person can be the mightiest of heroes.

I loved this film. I thought it was a lot of fun. It’s just as good as the other LEGO films that were released in theaters.

I really liked the new characters (monsters), especially the batman monster (not to be confused with the real Batman).

Seeing your favorite super heroes as children is funny too. They bicker and act just like kids would do. They also have to get creative with their super hero vehicles since they are turned into pint sized versions of their adults selves.

I liked the ending of the film too. I honestly didn’t see it coming. Let’s just say that it’s a VERY happy ending for Billy Batson.

Check out the film’s trailer.

 

This is a great film for super hero wannabes, fans of DC comics, and fans of LEGO movies. I was pleasantly surprised.

I hope that you’ll check out my site next week for week #2 of Camp WB Bros., where I’ll have more fun ideas you can do with your camper this summer.

You can see what other Camp Warner Bros. Directors are doing by checking out the hashtag #CampWarnerBros on social media.

Kimberly

*I received a free digital download in order to do this review, as well as free goodies in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Tech Aids for Home-Based Caregiving

The next decade promises to bring challenges and opportunities for seniors and their caregivers. As Baby Boomers pass retirement age, they’re joining a growing demographic that will need assistance. The caregiving market is almost 300 billion dollars, and all signs point to it continuing to grow.

Caring for seniors at the home can be challenging. This is particularly the case for people who have restricted mobility or medical complications. However, assistive technology is rising to this challenge. There are more options on the market than ever before, and this tech can support both caregivers and seniors.

Ride Booking Services

Ride booking has become a vital service for people of all ages, and seniors are now joining this trend. These services are especially useful for people who live in the suburbs or countryside and don’t have their own car. It allows the senior or their caregivers to go for groceries, attend theater productions, meet up with friends, and more.

However, not every senior wants to use an app. Lyft and Uber, along with lesser-known companies like GoGoGrandparent, also offer ride booking via phone. It varies by the company, but some of them offer more than just driving services. For instance, some companies will text caregivers when the senior is picked up, with a follow-up text when they arrive at the destination. Options like these help seniors stay independent while also giving caregivers peace of mind.

Smart Home Sensors

These devices are tiny, inexpensive, and blend into the background. They’re also palm-sized powerhouses that quietly monitor and manage the home. You can find sensors that:

turn on the lights when someone enters the room
alert caregivers when the senior leaves the bed
automatically lock the doors at night
shut off stoves and burners
adjust the thermostat
record when the medicine cabinet is opened
alert the authorities if a fire alarm goes off

Most of these sensors can be controlled from a central hub. Once they’re properly set up, they’re easy to manage. The beauty of smart home sensors is that they automate many of the small tasks that fall on a caregiver. This relieves some of the mental weight of caregiving. With these small details handled, a caregiver can focus energy where it’s needed the most.

Medication Tracking Devices

At one end of the scale here are smart phone apps, that may beep when it’s time for medication. They may also have features like showing pictures of which pills are to be taken, which helps seniors who are managing their own medication. Certain apps may take things a step farther, for instance by updating calendars with medical appointments and monitoring blood glucose levels.

However, phone apps aren’t the only option available in this field. You can also find specialized pillboxes. These store and dispense medications and may track when they’re taken. This creates a record which can help doctors monitor how the senior is responding to the medicines.

Medical Alert Systems

There’s been a trend in recent years of consolidating technology into one device. That’s very apparent in medical and life alert systems. Despite the name, many of these devices are capable of much more than simply detecting a medical emergency. These systems can:

record falls
monitor activity levels
track movements via GPS
connect to a response team via two-way voice
remind the wearer to take medications

There are many such systems on the market, available at a wide variety of price points. It’s a good idea to check out medical alert system reviews before buying one. This will help you choose a reliable product with the right features for you.

Videoconferencing and Telemedicine

Going to the hospital for non-urgent tasks like medication updates can be an all-day ordeal. This is especially true for seniors nowadays, as Covid-19 potential puts them at greater risk.

Telemedicine through videoconferencing tech is becoming a widespread and accessible option in many hospital systems. Software like FaceTime, Skype, and Zoom can be used in virtual doctor’s visits. Here, the caregiver and senior can connect with a medical team in real time. It functions just like a visit to the hospital, but with all the convenience and comfort of home.

Virtual Assistants

Virtual assistants like Alexa and Siri act as great hands-free tools for both caregivers and seniors. The voiceactivated commands mean that a caregiver can easily multitask, putting in delivery orders or controlling door locks remotely while they work. Meanwhile, seniors can cue up audio books and music. They can also connect with loved ones through virtual assistants without having to fumble with small buttons.

Mesh Wi-Fi

Several of the assistive technologies listed above depend on a strong and steady Internet signal to function. This can be a tall order, particularly in rural homes and areas with spotty coverage. Mesh Wi-Fi systems use several routers that have been strategically placed around the house. This creates a strong signal in every room, a signal that often extends to the surrounding yard. Samsung, Google and Amazon all offer mesh systems that support a wide variety of assistive tech.

Caring for a senior can be a difficult job. However, there are tech aids on the market that can solve many of the problems that caregivers are juggling. Assistive technology can keep track of complex medication schedules, detect accidents, call for medical help and allow videoconferencing with doctors and more. This new wave of technology takes over some of the tasks of caregiving, freeing up time, energy and quality of life for both caregivers and seniors.

Introducing Suki Skincare

 

One of my favorite things about being a blogger is that I am introduced to brands and products I might not otherwise get to know about. Some of my all time favorite products (ones that I purchase again and again) were originally sent to me to review. I loved them so much that I became a fan and a repeat customer.

I enjoy reviewing beauty products. The older I get, the more concerned I am about my skin and taking care of it. I wish I knew back when I was younger what I know now. I would have used sunscreen daily and moisturized every day.

When it comes to beauty products that I use now, I use ones that have made a visible/noticeable difference in my skin. I also prefer ones made with ingredients I know and can trust, and products that are affordable.

A while back I received to review a product from a brand called Suki.

 

Suki believes in the power of science and nature to create skincare that’s powerful, safe, and sustainable. They believe in radical transparency; giving their consumers all the information they need to truly know their beauty.  And most importantly the brand believes that our home, this earth, should not pay the price of our innovations and lifestyles.  With Suki Skincare you can feel good about the collection on so many levels!

Suki has a unique formulation strategy.  They  tap into bioactive cosmeceuticals, potent phytoconstituents that are proven to provide nonreactive, sustained benefits.  They use proprietary botanic complexes, which leverage the synergy of ingredients in concert with skin’s dynamic processes.  All this research and science come together in the most beautiful way.

The philosophy at Suki Skincare is simple: formulate brilliantly to develop clean products that are clinically proven to work.  84% showed dramatic improvement in skin’s overall appearance when using Suki strengthening products and 73% showed overall drastically clearer looking skin while using Suki clarifying products.  Impressive to say the least.

Suki has several different skin care collections (Rescue, Care, Renew). They also have products designed to address problems such as dry skin, oily skin, blemishes, Eczema, aging skin and and combination skin. Their product line includes cleansers, moisturizers, oils and toners.

Suki is cruelty free, vegan, synthetic-free, toxin-free, organic ingredients, Leaping Bunny Certified, contains organic ingredients, sulfate-free, paraben-free, petro-chemical free, natural fragrance, natural, pure, clean, and safe for sensitive skin.

I was sent to review Suki’s Concentrated Clarifying Toner.

To be honest, I don’t use toners. I have used them off and on over the years, but I found that they are not worth that extra step (in my opinion). That is until I tried the Concentrated Clarifying Toner from Suki.

The toner;

  • balances oil & bacteria production
  • improves overall clarity
  • purifies pores & detoxifies complexion
  • reduces the appearance of redness & evens overall tone

The toner is made from the following ingredients;

rosa centifolia flower water†∆, alcohol (from sugar cane denatured with lavender oil)†, salix alba (willow) bark extract, water (aqua), lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil†, phospholipids, ascorbyl palmitate, aloe barbadensis leaf juice†, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) leaf oil, ascophyllum nodosum (atlantic kelp) extract, anthemis nobilis flower oil, leuconostoc/radish root ferment/filtrate, limonene*, linalool*.

I may not know what all of these ingredients are, but I do know what more than half of them are, which is a good thing if you ask me.

I spritz this tone on my face, neck and décolleté after I wash my face. I use it twice a day – in the morning and in the evening when I am getting ready for bed.

First and foremost, this product reminds me of autumn. It must be one of the ingredients that is giving off an autumn vibe. EVERY TIME I spray it on my face I instantly think about fall. That is not a bad thing at all. In fact, I really enjoy it. Autumn is my favorite season.

This product will last a long time. I mentioned above that I use it twice per day, but I have so much left in the bottle. This bottle will last for months.

I use this product twice a day, every day, and look how much I still have left.

You can also apply this directly to your skin using a cotton ball or pad. I prefer to spray it on. I feel like it’s more refreshing that way, especially on a hot and humid day.

I can’t say that I’ve noticed much of a psychical difference, but I have noticed that my skin is not dry, and is feels soft to the touch. I also don’t think that my skin looks as red and blotchy as it normally does. I guess that would go along with what the brand says about the product – that it ” evens overall tone.”

Even if I don’t wear make up or do my face each day (why bother when I am stuck at home all the time), I still enjoy spraying this product on my face.

I also think that this toner lays down a nice “foundation” before applying other beauty products.

Overall I am very pleased with this product. It’s one of those products I mentioned in the beginning of this post that I love so much that I plan on purchasing more once I am done with the bottle I am currently using. I am now a Suki fan for life.

If you would like to learn more about this or other Suki products, visit SukiSkinCare.com. The brand can also be found on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom of their website.

Kimberly

*I received a free product in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Artisan-crafted soaps and more from Soapcreek Company

 

I’m all about simplicity. I’m a simple person and I like simple things. It’s not that I don’t appreciate technology (I do!), it’s just that I don’t see anything wrong with getting back to the basics.

Have you ever looked at the ingredients list of your favorite products? Take for example a simple bottle of shampoo. I have no clue what 90% of the ingredients are, let alone what they do for your hair. Why can’t shampoos be made with something that just cleans your hair and nothing fancy (and certainly no chemicals).

Whenever possible, I like to look for products (beauty, cleaning, foods…) that contain simple ingredients.

Artisan crafted soap maker, Soapcreek Company,is making more than another pretty soap. They’re soaps are made without synthetic fragrances, dyes, and other harsh chemicals. They replace them with sustainably-sourced essential oils, natural clays, minerals, butters, and herbs.

The meaning of natural doesn’t stop at the ingredients used. Soapcreek abandons the ideals of modern soap making with complicated, technical processes for handmade products. Their products are crafted in a labor-intensive way being hand-poured and hand-mixed. There’s an actual person overseeing every step of their soap-making process from making sure the right ingredients get added at the proper time and in the proper amounts, to verifying that the mixing is thorough and complete. The end result is an original, artistic product.

Soapcreek Company’s products are also made right here in the U.S.A. They also use minimal, recyclable packaging, to encourage people to conserve, re-use, recycle, and make the world a better place for all.

I have purchased and used handmade artisan soaps over the years (most especially from our local street fair). What I love about handmade soaps is that they are sometimes to pretty to use. I love it when soap makers made soaps with different colors, patterns and designs and/or add decorative embellishments like visible flower petals.

Soapcreek Company soaps are equally as beautiful.

The brand sent me some of their soaps and other products to try out for myself.

The Soapcreek Company sells soaps, heel balm, lip balm, body butter creams, bath bombs and more.

I was sent to review some of their beautiful soaps, lip balm, heel butter and body butter.

I received the brand’s Lavender Honey and Provence Lavender soaps. They both were way too pretty to use, but I did.

The Lavender Honey soap has soothing Aloe and French Clay, with another layer loaded with Raw Honey to hold moisture to the skin. The top layer is a purple’ish color, and bottom layer is a honey color. The honey layer has a honeycomb design on it (the bottom of the soap). On the lavender side of the soap it’s topped with what I suspect is orange rind which gives it it’s touch of citrus scent.

The texture of the soap feels good on your skin too. I find it invigorating.

The Provence Lavender soap is a layered in dark and light purple. It’s made with relaxing lavender essential oil, and soothing Aloe Vera, with Clay straight from France. It’s topped with a sprinkling of lavender flower pieces. Of the two soaps, this one is my favorite as far as the scent goes.

 

Both soaps feel lovely on your skin. They rinse of fully and leave your skin looking good and feeling wonderful. These are far better than commercially made, mass produced soaps. The difference is very obvious.

The Lavender Lush Lip Mend that I received is also nice. It is lightly fragranced with lavender. I’ve used many lip balms over the years, but never one that was scented with lavender.

The lip mend/balm is made with coconut, jojoba seed and sweet almond oils. It’s oily instead of waxy like most lip balms. At first it took a bit of getting used to (I am used to a popular lip balm that is waxy). After I got used to the feeling of it, it’s not so bad. It does take a little bit to fully absorb, so I would hold off eating or drinking until it does (only because you don’t want it to wipe off).

I LOVE the Lavender Honey Body Butter Cream. Not only does it smell lovely (and relaxing), but it also feels good on  your skin and leaves your skin feeling so soft and soothed.

I use the body butter cream every time I shower and shave my legs. This body butter cream is excellent on freshly shaven legs. It soothes them and leaves them feeling so soft.

I also use this body cream all over my body, concentrating on places where I tend to get dry skin more often such as my arms and elbows.

This product is made with exotic butter, raw organic honey, and nourishing olive oil. A little bit goes a long way too.

I also received to review the brand’s Heel Butter. It’s currently only available in a Lavender Eucalyptus scent.

I do not see any ingredients listed for this product on the brand’s website, but ingredients listed on the side of the tube list shea butter, cocoa seed butter and sweet almond oil as some of it’s ingredients.

This product comes in a tube that you push up to access the product. I like that you don’t have to touch the product to put it on your feet. Simply push up the product from the tube and rub it on your feet.

I recommend using this product at bedtime because it takes a while before it fully absorbs into your skin, especially your heels. You don’t want to chance slipping on the floor.

I didn’t find that this product helped to “cure” or “fix” dry, cracked heels, but it does make your feet feel great if you first remove the dead skin (using a pumice stone or a product like Pedicure). Once dry skin is remove, this product is ideal for maintaining your skins moisture and preventing cracking from happening.

Did I mention that this smells wonderful too?

Overall I have been very pleased with all the products I received to review from Soapcreek Company.

If you are interested in learning more about the brand or checking out their products, visit Soapcreek.com. I don’t see any social media accounts listed on their website, but I was able to find the brand on Facebook.

Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Learn to use a Yo Yo like a pro! (Giveaway ends June 30, 2020)

 

When I get bored and I have nothing much to do, I enjoy searching on Ebay for toys that I used to have when I was a kid. I’ve been known to bid (and win) a few of them too. I simply love retro-toys.

When I was a kid, toys were simpler. They weren’t crazy like today’s toys, which can be so “high tech.” I prefer the classics like Lite Brite, Etch-a-Sketch, Jacks and Mr. Potato Head. Even a good old Frisbee is just as fun as today’s toys, and it doesn’t required batteries or a complicated set up.

Another great toy to play with is a Yo Yo. A Yo Yo can be played with alone, or with someone else. They require no batteries and are one of the easiest toys to bring with you where ever you go. It easily fits in your pocket.

I’ve had several Yo Yos when I was a kid. I found it very relaxing to watch it spin up and down, up and down, up and down.

I used to be able to just one trick with a Yo Yo, “walking the dog.” It’s probably one of the easiest tricks to do with a Yo Yo, but that is certainly not the only trick.

You can see that trick here.

 

You’d be amazed by how many tricks you can do with a Yo Yo. Simply letting it roll up and down on the string is boring compared to what else you can do with a Yo Yo.

Sadly, these days children are not able to play and interact with friends and other children like they used to, due to the pandemic and social distancing. Now is a great time to pick up a Yo Yo and learn how to do some fun tricks with it. That way when kids return to school, they will know some amazing tricks to “wow” and entertain their friends.

Yo Yo has a fun program that encourages kids to practice and complete different skill levels. As they gain skills they earn FREE badges signifying their skill expertise. The program was originally created for the Scouts, but it is so successful and popular, Yo Yo decided to open it up to all kids. Check it out here, www.yo-yo.com/scouts,

The brand’s primary goal is to provide today’s youth with an easy to learn sport that promotes positive emotional development, fun, and friendship. Over time they have watched generations of kids pursue yo-yoing as a regular sport. It’s a fun sport that ultimately helped kids improve in their academics, social relationships, and self-expressionism.

Yo Yos are not just for children. Adults enjoy them just as much as children do. My husband has a Yo Yo. He’s had it for years. I see him playing with it from time to time.

Here are some fun facts about the Yo Yo.

  • Yo-yoing has helped kids find a place to belong, fight depression, manage ADD and ADHD, and other emotional struggles, like overeating and social anxiety.
  • It is a sport that can be carried in one’s pocket and played individually or as a group.
  • Yo-Yo play helps develop fine motor skills and brain functions including hand-eye coordination, bilateral integration and crossing mid-line function to name a few.
  • The origins of the yo-yo have been dated back as far as 440 BC. To Greece
  • From King Louis XVII to Napoleon, and to the Space Shuttle Discovery mission, the yo-yo has been a popular pastime throughout history.

Yo Yos are available in a variety of colors and styles. You can even create a custom Yo Yo on the Yo Yo’s official website, Yo-Yo.com.

You can find a lot on the Yo Yo website, including tutorials, contests, Yo Yo’s and more.

I received a couple of Yo Yo’s to review, and to try and learn to do some tricks with, thanks to the videos I found on the Yo Yo website. I learned a few things, most especially that when you have six cats, playing with a Yo Yo is easier said than done (ha ha).

The Yo Yo on the left is self-returning, meaning the Yo Yo will return to your hand automatically. That makes is ideal for novice or new Yo Yo players.

The Yo Yo on the right is a more advanced model. It comes with a piece you can use to have a better grip on the Yo Yo (the piece that looks like a die).

My husband has the more advanced Yo Yo. He keeps it in his work backpack. He tells me that he plays with it on break and when he’s bored (he has a lot of “down time” at his job). I have the one that is made for novice players. I honestly haven’t had a chance use it much. I need surgery for a tear in a tendon in my arm, so moving  my dominant arm (right) around is not that easy for me at the moment.

If you would like to learn more about Yo Yo, or check out some of the latest and greatest Yo Yo’s (including professional level ones), visit Yo-Yo.com.

You can also find Yo Yo on social media. All of those links are found at the bottom left of the brand’s website. You can also check them out on YouTube for fun instructional videos.

Yo Yo has been kind enough to offer a really cool giveaway. One lucky winner will receive the following;

  • Duncan Survivor Kit – Retail $25
  • Plus a 30-minute private yo-yo lesson via zoom with a Duncan Yo-Yo Champion & Pro Instructor!

Total prize value $50

Thank you Yo Yo! I love the idea of getting a private lessen for a champion & pro instructor.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on June 30, 2020. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator. The winner will be contacted via email and will have three days to reply, or a new winner will be chosen from all eligible entries.

To enter, please comment on why you would like to win this prize package, and who would it be for (you or your child)?

For extra entries, please use the Rafflecopter widget (below).

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Kimberly

*I received free Yo Yos to review in exchange for this post. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.