Monthly Archives: August 2015

7 Misconceptions About Gen Con

7 Misconceptions About Gen Con

Awe. That’s the one word that comes to mind when I think of Gen Con. I had watched videos, seen a lot of pictures and read tons of articles about the event, but nothing could prepare me for what it was like to actually be there. This ...
It Was a Good Night to Die

It Was a Good Night to Die

As of late we’ve been playing a lot more cooperative games. These types of games build teamwork skills and require solid social interaction – perfect lessons for our two pre-teens. We’ve killed zombies and rescued people f ...
Wear Your Personality on Your Feet

Wear Your Personality on Your Feet

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not one of those people hip to the latest fashion trends. Frankly, I’m more about how things work for me. How they look with my body shape. Whether they are comfortable. If the colors ar ...
Thrift Treasure: Jishaku

Thrift Treasure: Jishaku

Jishaku is the Japanese term for magnet. So it is only appropriate that our latest Thrift Treasure is named after the components included – magnetic hematite. But there is more to the game than just playing with magnets. From the inst ...
This Dice Game Drove Us Nuts

This Dice Game Drove Us Nuts

Some of the best game values we’ve found tend to be in the under-$20 category. Not only are they usually small and thus great for travel, but the fun-to-cost ratio is very high. It seems to be true that “good things come in smal ...
Fairs, Festivals and Summer Fun

Fairs, Festivals and Summer Fun

Are you one of those people who looks forward to lounging by the pool all summer? Not me. Some of my favorite activities involve the multitude of festivals that take place during the warmer months. Here in Iowa, we have to cram as much of t ...
Semi-Annual Top 5 Games Roundup

Semi-Annual Top 5 Games Roundup

How did we decide which were the best? We didn’t! Cost, replayability, quality of construction and timelessness all play into our decision of whether or not to feature them here on SahmReviews. This list is derived from all the games ...
The Cheapest Music Lessons Around

The Cheapest Music Lessons Around

While neither Nicole nor I have any musical talent to speak of, we’ve been fortunate to be blessed with two girls who not only enjoy listening to nearly every genre of music, but also love to learn new instruments. Both have been invo ...
School Supplies Go Beyond Pens & Paper

School Supplies Go Beyond Pens & Paper

I can’t believe it. In a few weeks, I’ll have a daughter headed off to junior high school. The thought makes my stomach turn. She’s growing up. They’re both growing up. Where did the time go? Like any frugal mom, I h ...
Thrift Treasure: Battleship Express

Thrift Treasure: Battleship Express

I don’t think there’s an American child that hasn’t played a version of Battleship at some point. If you’re younger, you had the luxury of an electronic version that kept track for you. But if you were like me, you h ...