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An epic board game created by a 16-year-old family friend

My friend’s son has created a game that I really believe in, and if you have teens or a spouse who is into gaming, it’s a great gift option. Noah Massaro lives across the street from me. He’s a smart and creative 16-year-old who loves fantasy and gaming. His parents, however, were frustrated with some of the elements of fantasy gaming . . . violence, hyper-sexuality, and an emphasis on screen-time or zoning out. Noah is home-schooled, and his parents encouraged him to try his hand at creating a board-game . . . one that combines the magic of fantasy, the strategy of chess and that avoids blood and gore or scantily-clad characters.

Noah rose to the occasion and created a really incredible board game called Andromeda Fight League. He built the game around a great premise that avoids pitting characters against each other with the aim to kill. Instead, the backstory involves warriors coming together after a time of war, using their powers to battle each other in an exercise to maintain peace. The characters include enchanters, creatures and engineers who exercise their gifts of combat, strategy, and skill.

Andromeda Fight League is a tactical two-player fantasy board game (with a four-player option) in which players battle for supremacy. To play, you strategically place your Fighters on the terrain boards and then move them into position to battle and destroy your opponent’s Fighters. The game uses elements of chess with the best features of card games like Pokemon or Magic. The game is played on an ever-changing board so you get a new game every time you play. It comes with a backstory in graphic novel form, that tells of a war-torn universe and their plan to broker peace through organized skirmishes.

My kids and their friends have really enjoyed learning to play, and it has done very well at gaming conventions. He’s also gotten rave reviews from several gaming websites. I love that Noah was able to be creative in his passion and create a product that absolutely competes with other board games in this genre.

You can buy AFL on Amazon here.

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Wednesday’s Child: Ricky

Every Wednesday I feature a child recently highlighted by a local Wednesday’s Child newscast to share the stories of children from around the country who are waiting for a family. My hope is that this can broaden exposure for the children highlighted, but also serve as a reminder that these children represent thousands of children currently in the foster-care system. Perhaps their stories will inspire you to consider opening your home to a child needing a family. For more information and to learn about other waiting children, visit AdoptUsKids.

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This #GivingTuesday consider a donation to maternal health in Haiti

Our never-ending adoption process from Haiti had one benefit, and that is the fact that we developed some amazing relationships with people who are serving there. Haiti is a very difficult place to try to effect change, because the issues there are so overwhelming. However, in the midst of that, we have friends who have seen a need, and are working hard to meet a need in that corner of the world. That need is maternal health. 
Maternal health isn’t something I gave much thought to previously. Like many middle-class moms in the U.S., my biggest concern in birthing children was making sure they were healthy, but I wasn’t worried about having a competent doctor or safe hospital experience. Those were a given. 
As I learned more about what my friends were doing in Haiti, I learned that the dangers of giving birth in Haiti are great. Haitians suffer the highest maternal mortality ratio in the Western Hemisphere, by far. Millions of Haitian women either cannot access health care, or cannot afford it. Those who can’t afford it are often left to go it alone. Even those who can afford it are often treated in conditions that are unimaginable here in the US. Women are left to labor alone, often in dirty rooms with no one attending until the baby is actually crowning.

My friends who run Heartline Haiti offer a very different experience for the Haitian women in their program. Each week the Heartline prenatal program sees twenty pregnant women. Most of them have never received pre-natal care. When it comes time to deliver their babies the women can come to the birthing center to have their baby. 

Heartline offers women in Haiti a safe, clean, peaceful and loving place to experience labor and delivery with trained midwives to assist the ladies throughout their labor and delivery. This should be a given to all women, regardless of where they live, but unfortunately it’s not the case. 

In addition to a safe birthing experience, Heartline offers holistic care to try to prevent orphans, by empowering mothers with the help and skills they need to parent their own children. Their education center provides literacy and job skills that enable them to start businesses, earn an income, pursue their dreams, and provide for their families.

A few years ago we made the decision to give to Heartline every month.  Haiti continues to need help rebuilding after so many natural disasters.  These are some of the people we trust will do that.  The mainstays of their ministry – a sewing school and a birthing center – will continue to help make a brighter future for the next generation in Haiti.  If you are looking for a place to give, I highly recommend Heartline.  They have been in Haiti for a long time, and your money will go to helping people directly on the ground. 

If you are a Heartline fan, or just like what they are doing, consider sharing this on facebook or twitter, too.  Haiti is not at the forefront of our news anymore, but the people still need our help.  Let’s keeping talking.

To learn more, or to donate, visit Heartline Haiti online.

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Green Beauty Recap – November

Ladies and gents, I am working on so many green beauty posts right now…lots and lots to tell you about! I’ve got a natural fragrance post in the works, my shower essentials, and the Annual Green Beauty Guide, which might just end up taking me 100+ hours to complete. So. Much. Information. (Last year’s post was a doozy!)

For now, though! Here are some great additions to my collection from the month of November.


Tata Harper is always a favorite, and she just introduced the Multi-Masking Collection. Ohhhh, my goodness. Besides my go-to Regenerating Cleanser that I use every single morning, this set is absolute tops on my list. (Such a great gift, by the way. I can’t imagine anyone not loving it.)


The box is a nice touch, right? So, the Resurfacing Mask is fabulous – I actually use it in conjunction with the Regenerating Cleanser once or twice a week. When I do, I apply the Regenerating Cleanser first and then put the Resurfacing Mask on top. (I learned this trick from Tata herself, and it leaves an incredible glow.)

The Purifying Mask is a complete cleansing treatment…perfect for when your face feels congested, and also as a treatment for the T-zone. The Honey Blossom Mask is another glow-giver, but also provides great hydration. Tata says you can even layer all three if you want. Love how her products work synergistically.

Oh! Great Cyber Monday deal going on right now. (It lasts though Tuesday too…) When you spend $200, you receive a free, full-sized Luminous Glow Kit. Use the code ILLUMINATE.

Next up, this gorgeous Winter Warmth palette.


This has it all – neutral eye shadows for everyday wear, two wearable blushes, and an all-over highlighter for the face. Every single shade works – just the right amount of pigment and sheen for the day, plus an amethyst and slate color for more depth. If you are a palette lover or are just looking for a way to start your own green beauty cosmetics collection, look no further. The savings on this make it a steal, and it’s one of those rare palettes in which every color is wearable!

I’m hoping to create a look with this palette that I will either post here or my Instagram within the coming weeks. Also, the lip gloss shown in the photo is called Dahlia. Another winner and has already found its permanent home in my purse.


Next up, Kahina Giving Beauty. This luxurious skincare line is this month’s Beauty Discovery at Beauty Heroes. If you have heard about this incredible line and want to give it a try, you simply must go the Beauty Heroes route. The Discovery set includes a full-size Beldi soap in either Moroccan Rose or Eucalyptus, an Essaouira Body Serum, and a sample of the Essaouira perfume.

If you have never tried Beldi soap, it’s a treat. As you can see, it’s this amazing consistency that you apply all over your body with the accompanying kessa mitt. It creates an all-over pore-opening skin detoxification and exfoliation, and increases
elasticity and vibrancy. Plus, the Essaouira perfume and body serum smell so lovely. This is a limited time discovery, so don’t delay if you are interested!

Last but certainly not least, some new (and old) favorites from Mun.


You know how much I love the Aknari Brightening Youth Serum, right? If not, see my skincare video here. (Yet another post to come…my updated skincare routine. Wow, I need to get cranking.) The Aknari Serum has been a tried and true for me since day one of my green beauty transition. I highly recommend it, especially to those who prefer a lesser amount of ingredients in their products. Aknari has Argan Oil, Prickly Pear Seed Oil, and Rose Flower Essential Oil. That’s it. My skin loves it. (Oh! Use the promo code NEWMUN for 20% off sitewide.)

New to me – the Argan Oil for all-over hydration anywhere on the body, and the Akwi Purifying Cleanser. Akwi is an oil-based cleanser and super gentle. I don’t use oil-based cleaners very often, but when I do, I will reach for this one. This particular Argan oil is sublime. I put it everywhere – hair, cuticles, face, dry spots, you name it. Love it!

That’s about it for this month. As always, leave any questions you might have in the comments!

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Best cyber-monday deals from great brands

Okay, I’m not a fan of the Black Friday hysteria . . . waiting in long lines and tearing through the crowds on a holiday to try to get the best deals. But sitting at my computer on a Monday morning snagging the best prices on Christmas loot? That I can handle.

Here are some of the sales I’ve been shopping from some of my favorite stores.

Krochet Kids is 40% off sitewide, and their products empower women in Uganda and Peru.

Tea Collection, a great, globally-minded kids clothing company, is 30% off and free shipping.

FashionABLE is 20% sitewide. Their products benefit women in Ethiopia.

LegacyBox (which converts old photos and videotapes to digital) is 60% off.

Land of Nod is 20% off everything and free shipping.

Target is 15% off everything. Target rarely does these sales so this is a great opportunity to stock up on basics.

Old Navy is 50% off sitewide. EVERYTHING.

Use BLACKFRIDAY16 for a free box with a 3+ month GlobeIn fair trade subscription box.

50% off hundreds of items at West Elm. They are known for furniture but check out the “gifts that give back” tab for a lot of great gift options.

Minted is 20% off sitewide, if you are ready to order photo books or holiday cards.

ModCloth is 30% off sitewide.

Madewell is 25% off site-wide.

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Original Source of this article: Ruth Davis’ OC Blog , https://ruthrdavisblog.wordpress.com