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7 Fun Outdoor Games To Host ‘Backyard Olympics’

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With summer in full swing, I found it very fitting to share all my favorite outdoor games with you all, so that you too can get in on all the fun. About mid-quarantine, when the boredom became all too much to handle, my family and I turned to the almighty Amazon to cure our bored minds. We had already binged everything there was to watch on Netflix and Hulu, played every board game we owned, covered every hard surface in the house with puzzles, and read more books than we had in years, so needless to say, we were tired of being cooped up inside. Even if all it meant was going outside and playing games in the backyard, we didn’t care, we just needed something to do. So, we bought all the backyard games we didn’t already own and hosted the “Quarantine Olympics” right in our backyard. There’s no doubt in my mind that we will host another Olympics with these games again, hopefully next time it’ll be for a much better occasion. Either way, these are some great games to play at the beach, at a BBQ, in the backyard, or really anytime you get together with all your family and friends. Lastly, they’re a great excuse to get your kids (and yourself) away from all the electronics and outside to play!

  1. Kan Jam Original Disc Throwing Game, $39.99
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If you have never played Kan Jam before, you’re truly missing out. My old soccer coach used to bring this to our soccer tournaments for us to play in between games. We had a lot of fun with it to say the least. So when quarantine came around, I suggested it, knowing good and well that it would soon become a family favorite. My phalanges added together couldn’t account for how many times this was played at my house during quarantine. If you’re worried you can’t throw a frisbee, don’t be. Games are meant to be fun, remember? I can actually throw a frisbee decently well, but I once almost took out my own mother who was sitting 90 degrees to my left (the goal, of course, is to aim for the kan straight ahead of you). Thankfully I missed, so we all just got a good laugh out of it. Like I said, fun.

  1. Spikeball Standard 3 Ball Set, $59
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Spikeball is another great outdoor game that I most commonly see played at the beach, but obviously could be played in someone’s yard as well. This is a 4-player game, and once you learn how to play, it’s quite simple and loads of fun. This is a perfect game for those who tend to lean more towards the competitive side (*cough cough* my entire family), but competitive or not, I can guarantee you’ll have fun. 

  1. Slam Ball Game, $39.99
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There are three noticeable differences between “Slam Ball” and “Spike Ball.” Those are the name, the color, and the price. As you can see, “Slam Ball” is $20 cheaper than “Spike Ball,” and as far as I can tell, they’re the exact same game. Some people might prefer the original version of this game and are willing to spend the extra money for it, but if you don’t fall under that category, then here you go. 

  1. Beach/Lawn Game – 4 Player Bocce Ball Set, $12.99
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I’ll start off by saying that this is not a standard bocce ball set, but I’ll include one of those for anyone who turns their head at this one. This is the set my family has had for years and I love it. It was definitely designed for children, so I definitely recommend this set for families and those with small kids, but really anyone can have fun with it. The balls in this set are lighter and smaller than the standard bocce balls, so they’re much easier to handle and lug to the beach with you, and less dangerous to throw around for that matter. I will say that the little black ball is sometimes a little hard to see, especially in the sand, but that just makes the game a little more interesting.

  1. GoSports Backyard Bocce Ball Set, $33.49
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As I promised, here is a standard bocce set. As you can see, this one is about $20 more than the other one, but if you insist on having the large, heavy resin balls, then this 5-star product is the best bang for your buck. Not only is it “Amazon’s Choice” for bocce ball, but if you get it now, you’ll also save $6.50! 

  1. GoSports Bullseye Bounce Cornhole Toss Game, $29.32
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Yeah cornhole is fun and all, but with this set, you get three games in one. Plus, the boards for this set aren’t nearly as heavy and bulky as the cornhole boards are. With the entire set weighing only six pounds, they’re much more convenient to take on trips and significantly easier to carry on the beach with you. This is yet another game on this list that is especially good for kids. It’s definitely easier and less intimidating to play than cornhole and considering there are multiple ways to play, it’ll be hard not to make everyone happy. 

  1. GoSports Solid Wood Premium Cornhole Set, $127.67
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Did I forget to mention how expensive cornhole was? It is very fun though and if you play it enough, then you will get your money’s worth. I wanted to include it though, just in case you’re prepared for this big purchase. Although a lot of people prefer having their favorite sports team on their boards, this set allows you to be creative and personalize it however you want! Plus, this set comes with eight bean bags as well as a bag to both your boards and your bean bags in, so it’s probably the best overall choice as far as cornhole sets go. 

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This O’Keeffe’s Deal Could Not Have Come At A Better Time

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At the time of this writing, a variety of O’Keeffe’s topical treatment products are on sale as part of Amazon’s early Black Friday deals. These include their acclaimed “Working Hands” and “Healthy Feet” creams, as well as “Lip Repair” balm and “Skin Repair” moisturizer.

The opportunity to get nearly 50% off on O’Keeffe’s skincare products is one you should not miss out on, especially at this time of year. The air is getting colder and drier, which inevitably results in cracked skin. I discovered Working Hands a few years ago, and ever since it has been a major part of my life each fall and winter. The Healthy Feet cream is also incredibly helpful, and although I cannot recommend the Lip Repair and Skin Repair treatments from personal experience, I have no doubt O’Keeffe’s hit home runs with those products as well.

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O’Keeffe’s Working Hands Hand Cream Value Size, 6.8 Ounce Jar, (Pack of 2) on sale for $14.89

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O’Keeffe’s Healthy Feet Foot Cream, 3.2 ounce Jar, (Pack of 2) — $9.79

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O’Keeffe’s Cooling Relief Lip Repair Lip Balm for Dry, Cracked Lips, Stick, (Pack of 4) — $10.49

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O’Keeffe’s Skin Repair Dry Skin Moisturizer, Pump Bottle, 12 ounce, (Pack of 2) — $15

Whether you are reading this post in the days leading up to Black Friday 2021, or you happened to stumble upon it well after the expiration of the discounts, O’Keeffe’s gets a “strong recommend” from the We Know Products team.

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This Top-Selling Space Heater Will Help You Weather Winter

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The most famous quote from Ernest Hemingway’s novel The Sun Also Rises is a character’s response to the question “How did you go bankrupt?”

“Two ways,” Mike said, “gradually then suddenly.”

Such a description could also be applied to the weather so far this autumn. The temperatures where I live did gradually drop from the 90s to the 80s to the 70s and so forth, but the transition to daily temperatures in the 40s still feels sudden. I have not even had time yet to locate all my winter clothes.

All this is to say, I found myself in immediate need of warmth. Apparently, I am not the only one. The #1 new product on Amazon right now is this impressive little space heater:

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Dreo Space Heater – 70°Oscillating Portable Heater with Thermostat, 1500W PTC Ceramic Heater with 4 Modes, 12h Timer, Safety & Fast – Quiet Heat, Small Electric Heaters for Indoor Use, Bedroom, Office — $49.99

A space heater has become a necessity in our current age of working from home. When you alternate time spent in your bedroom, your office, and your living room, ideally you want the heat to come with you from place to place. The Dreo space heater makes that a reality.

At just $50, it is definitely affordable, and it has all the features you would want in a modern space heater. Of course it oscillates 70°, and in addition to having a programmable thermostat, it will auto-adjust depending on the temperature of its surroundings. You can also choose from four environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient modes (high, low, ECO, & fan)

If necessary, this space heater will shut off by itself to prevent overheating. You also do not have to worry about it affecting your sleep, since it is built with an extremely quiet DC motor and 9-blade fan. What more can you ask for?

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The Infinity Cube Is The Next Step In Fidget Toys

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Fidget toys are going to be a popular gift for kids this Christmas. But there are only so many Pop-Its you can fill your house with before the multicolored monstrosities start driving you insane. I get that the fidget bubble pop toys were designed with sensory stimulation in mind, but why did one of those sense have to be sight? Those things are an eyesore, and you should not feel bad for wanting your child to play with more aesthetically pleasing fidget devices.

That’s where the Infinity Cube comes in.

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Infinity Cube Fidget Toy, Sensory Tool EDC Fidgeting Game for Kids and Adults, Cool Mini Gadget Best for Stress and Anxiety Relief and Kill Time, Unique Idea that is Light on the Fingers and Hands — $8.95

The Infinity Cube is a fidget toy from the future. (One YouTube reviewer even calls it “Luxury EDC Fidgeting,” which seems a tad melodramatic.) The Infinity Cubs is a sleek black color, and instead of incessant popping it hearkens back to the early days of fidgeting by allowing for constant hand rotation. It features eight interlocking ABS plastic blocks that you can manipulate in various directions. In a way, it is reminiscent of a Rubik’s Cube, without the frustration that comes from not being able to find a solution.

It comes with all the usual benefits of a fidget toy, helping relieve anxiety and stress while improving focus. Believe it or not, it is even the subject of several ASMR videos.

Just watch the company’s product video, and you will see why. This thing is mesmerizing!

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