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Games to Give this Holiday Season

Games to Give this Holiday Season

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When you are an employee for an awesome board game company, such as Blue Orange Games, holiday gift shopping is made a little bit easier! Blue Orange team members share their top gifts that they will be giving this holiday season!

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“I’m giving BraveRats to my cousin Meghan because it is light, portable and offers multiple styles of play–perfect for when she is waiting in line anywhere. Plus, who wouldn’t want to own a game featuring plaid wearing rats? I’m obsessed!”
Teresa, Customer Service Rep

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                      “I am giving Doodle Quest to my
nephews because they like to draw
and it is something that we can
play together!”
Renaud, Regional Sales Manager

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“I am giving Battle Sheep to my
friend’s niece because she loves
games, but mostly because she
has always wanted sheep of her
own!”
Michelle, Office Operations Associate
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                                   “I am giving Bendomino
to my Best Friend
because we have played dominoes
together  since we were in junior
high–plus I know that I can win!”
                                     Keyva, Accountant Assistant 

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“I am giving Gobblet Gobblers to
my brother because I know that
I will beat him every time.”
Jonas, Sales Trainee

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“I will be giving WuzzIts to
my friend because she has
a wacky sense of humor.”
Stephanie, Art Director 

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“I will be giving my son
Tell Tale Disney/Pixar Toy Story
because he is obsessed with
Tell Tale and with Toy Story!”
Viyada, Marketing & PR

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                 “I will be giving Spot it! Camping
to my mom because she does
not like to go! But I know that
she will if Spot it! is there!”
Francois, Sales Trainee

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“I will be giving NIYA to
my girlfriend because it is
in such a pretty tin that fits
in your purse to play anywhere
and is such a clever game!”
Corinne, Marketing Manager

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“I will be giving Fastrack to
my friend because I am the
best at this game–I will get
guaranteed bragging rights.”
Yann, Regional Sales Manager

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“I will be giving Pengoloo
to my nephew because he lives
where it snows and the theme
of the game is so wintry!”
Kinga, Operations Manager

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“I will be giving Fastrack NHL to
both of my brothers! They love the
Pittsburgh Penguins and air
hockey was one of our
favorites to play together as kids!”
Rachel, Marketing Intern

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“I will be giving Longhorn to a friend
who introduced me to my favorite two
player games and I wanted to return the favor.”
Brandan, Marketing & Product Development Associate

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Giving Thanks!

Giving Thanks!

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[typography font=”Lobster” size=”26″ size_format=”px” color=”#030303″]Gobble, Gobble![/typography]  It is time to head to the store, grab the turkey, make the stuffing, & pour the gravy! But before the Thanksgiving cooking & Black Friday shopping begins, the Blue Orange team pauses to share what we are most thankful for:

Teresa

“I am thankful for the [typography font=”Lobster” size=”17″ size_format=”px”]rain[/typography]
that is finally falling in California!”
Teresa, Customer Service Rep

Brandan

 

“I am thankful to live in the
beautiful city of [typography font=”Lobster” size=”17″ size_format=”px”]San Francisco[/typography]
& for all of the nature that surrounds it.”
Brandan, Marketing & Product Development Associate

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“I am thankful for my [typography font=”Lobster” size=”17″ size_format=”px”]loving[/typography] parents who
taught me everything that I know.”
Rachel, Marketing Intern

Kinga

 

“I am thankful for my
smart, beautiful, & loving
[typography font=”Lobster” size=”17″ size_format=”px”] daughter[/typography] .”
Kinga, Operations Manager

Renaud

 

“I am thankful for
[typography font=”Lobster” size=”17″ size_format=”px”]Espresso[/typography], especially
on Monday mornings.”
Renaud, Regional Sales Manager

[typography font=”Cantarell” size=”14.5″ size_format=”px”]Here at Blue Orange,
we want to wish you a[/typography]
[typography font=”Lobster” size=”18″ size_format=”px”]safe & happy holiday[/typography]
[typography font=”Cantarell” size=”14.5″ size_format=”px”]filled with love, laughter,
& overstuffed bellies![/typography]

Family Game Night

Family Game Night

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The sun is setting way too early, the clouds are rolling in with a fall chill, and the holidays are right around the corner. This means that there may be much more time that your family is beginning to spend indoors and with each other.

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So…how do you draw those little eyes away from the TV and IPad? Bring out the good ol’ board games and gather around for a family game night!

Blue Orange would like to suggest some game night tips and ideas to make this as close to a family success as possible.

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Don’t stress about the rules! Yes Yes, structure is important, but if someone comes up with a new way of playing, try it out! This will help to keep everyone interested and spark creativity. After all, laughing together is what we are trying to achieve!

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Nothing brings people together better than food, but then when food and games are mixed together– a good time is always guaranteed. What types of food are good for a game night? Keep the messiness at minimum and the bites small!

Veggies and dip and meat, cheese, and crackers trays are always a good idea to begin with. Foods like pepperoni rolls, sliders, and artichoke bread bowl dips are easy to prepare, easy to eat in small bites, and better yet—easy to clean up!

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[Head over to A Mom’s Take to read about her Food & Family Game Night Ideas!]

My personal life motto—you are never too full for dessert! Make dessert easy– but do something out of the ordinary! This will help to make game night even more memorable. Maybe add some chocolate goodies to the popcorn or make root beer floats!

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Having fun rules for the winner and loser can help to keep your game night competitive, but in a light way! Perhaps the winner is dubbed the game night Queen or King for the week, maybe they are out of dish washing duties for the night, or get to pick the next movie for family movie night.

[typography font=”Cardo” size=”20″ size_format=”px” color=”#091599″]Know Your Crowd:[/typography] 

You probably have a good grasp on your family and friends that may be attending your game night. Some may prefer a good sit down strategy game, such as Battle Sheep, while others may enjoy a shorter high speed game, such as Spot it!.

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Keep in mind that having a sit down game to play does not make your event more or less of a game night. Game night can consist of a speedy game of Fastrack while the lasagna is cooking or a sit down game of Aztack.

[typography font=”Cardo” size=”20″ size_format=”px” color=”#091599″]Team Up:[/typography] 

Even though a game may suggest that it is for two players, there is nothing wrong with teaming up! Maybe Mom and daughter play against Dad and son in a game of NIYA and then switch partners.

Game night is a great way to gather your family around the table in an economically friendly way. But always remember why you are having family game night, while winning is fun; the goal is to create stronger family bonds with lots of laughs.

Halloween Safety Tricks & Tips

Halloween Safety Tricks & Tips

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Here are some safety tips to keep your ghouls & goblins safe this Halloween!

1. Costumes: Make sure your little ones can see well through
their masks & that they will not trip on their capes!

2. Be Seen: Use reflective gear on costumes and trick or treat bags!
Remember to stay in lit areas while walking!

3. Charge up!: Make sure that your flashlight has new batteries &
that your cell phone is fully charged…
cameras too!(you don’t want to miss any memories)

4. Plan: Pre-plan routes that are safe for trick or treating.
Go over the routes with your ghouls and goblins so they are familiar!

5. Only: visit houses with porch lights on & never go inside a home or vehicle!

6. Big Ghouls & Goblins: Make sure they are going in a group
& set a time for them to be home or at a meeting spot.

7.  Candy: Review before consuming!
Never eat candy that is open or looks suspicious!

8. Bad Candy?: Have some healthy options (dark chocolate/organic sugar cane)
to trade bad or unwanted candies for!

9. Too Much Candy?: Have a some presents or games, maybe a witch doll or a Spot it! Halloween,
to trade in some candies for! (more laughs and less belly aches!)

Do you have any Halloween Safety tips or traditions? Share with us in a comment below!
Blue Orange wishes you a safe and happy Halloween!

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Improve Focus with Two Easy Tips

Improve Focus with Two Easy Tips

When we are kids, we are told that we can be anything we want to be as long as we put our minds to it. But realizing our dreams is no easy feat, it requires focusing on our goals with a clear and steady mind. It takes practice to improve focus and it’s an important lesson for kids and adults alike to learn. Just like your physical body needs exercise to stay healthy, your mind also needs exercise to train it to be more aware, mindful and focused. Unlocking and harnessing this control at a young age can set the foundations for a bountiful life whether in school, arts, sports or the workplace.

So how can you develop a more focused mind for you and your kids? Here are two suggestions for how to improve focus:

Practice breath meditation to improve focus

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Exercise: For 10-15 minutes (if this is too long for you or your child try 5 minutes and work your way up to longer increments of time.) Take deep breaths focusing only on the sensation at the tip of your nose or the sensation of your breath on your upper lip. These are places where you can physically feel your breath the best. Try your best to only focus on the sensation of your breath, and you will in turn calm your mind of all the other thoughts that often pour into our heads. Although your mind is bound to wander, try your best to notice when it does, and then refocus all your attention back to the sensation of your breath.

Benefits: Breathing is something we do without thinking, but spending 10-15 minutes (or more!) a day focusing on your breath has been proven to decrease stress and increase attention. Learning how to focus on something so simple as a self-regulated breathing opens up your entire pathway to motivation and focus. In a 2004 survey of mindfulness programs in schools by the Garrison Institute in New York, their report found that simply focusing on your breath can help prime a more positive learning environment. (For those athletes out there, consider the analogy that you should always warm up and stretch before you play a sport. Your brain needs time to warm up and focus for the day too!)

Playing games helps to improve focus

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Benefits: Board games have also been proven to help develop focus in kids and adults. Engaging in in mindful play requires problem solving and stimulates brain development. It creates more neural connections which in turn benefits important brain functions like concentration, consistency and focus. Games like Spot it! promote a wide array of cognitive processes that help sharpen attention and focus, which can be particularly useful for the millions of kids who suffer from ADD & ADHD. The great thing about playing educational games weave important skill building exercises into fun play experiences.

As we learn more and more about the brain, science tells us how important it is to purposefully strengthen our minds throughout our lives. With technology’s constant chatter it is very important to periodically unplug our brains and let them settle. The hyperactive, over-stimulated lifestyles of modern society keep us running all day and night, so it’s important for our minds and bodies to take a break every once and a while and refocus on what is important in our lives.