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Get Your Family Game On with Hasbro

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As my regular readers and friends know, in
our house, board games and games in general are always fun and special shared time.

So many memories of family time involve board games (Monopoly, Life, and Clue to name a few) and now with my husband and our friends we’ve built upon that with Taboo, Funny or Die and the classic and oh-so-fun Twister!

Going out is indeed great fun with friends, but staying in and playing some classic (and trying some new) board games is always a fun time.

How do the best games nights go? Well, as much as hubby and I enjoy actually playing against each other, having friends over definitely adds to the fun.

Our ingredients for a Great Games Night:
Invite some great friends (or of course, have the family over)
Plan some yummy snacks (see the book in the picture for tips)
Pick some great games
Let the fun begin!

Games where teams form are always fun, but so are board games, it all depends on the group at the time. A few favourite board games of ours are Clue, Minion Operation and of course Monopoly. And a new couple favourites for even more fun are Funny or Die and Taboo. Hubby and I admit, Taboo when we tried it out was immediately acquired.

The last long-weekend of the summer is upon us, and what better time to have your own games night than this.

Which games will you choose? What’s your favourite party snack? I’m thinking outdoor Twister followed by some Funny or Die and Taboo with ‘Itty Bitty BLT’s’ :).

Like, comment and share and you may just win a fantastic ‘Get Your Game On’ prize pack ;). ***Canada Only

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Monopoly Turns the Big 8-0!

It’s well into a frigid so far 2015 and one way to deal with this (in fact my favourite as it avoids it altogether) is to have a games night with friends or family (or both!).

Which game to choose? That’s always a fun decision to make, and here’s a fun fact that might just help you out: This is the year that the mustached moneymaker Mr. Monopoly turns the big 8-0.

I know, I know, I agree, he doesn’t look a day over 60, but he, and the game, are in fact in their 8th decade of buying and selling hot properties and building business empires.

Hasbro Monopoly

Given that at this very moment there are seven different Monopoly boards in our home (plus we have it for PS3 and Wii), hearing about the 80th edition definitely got our attention.

The games night planning (and Mr. Monopoly’s birthday party planning) began and four aspiring tycoons and their tokens took to the board.

What’s awesome about this edition and why it deserves a place on your shelf starts with the tokens themselves. There are 8 and each represents a decade of the game. I of course decided to try out the newest of the bunch, the cat, and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I won Free Parking a couple times, but spent a fair amount of time in jail too. Nevertheless, much fun was had.

The board, cards, Monopoly money and even the houses and hotels have a lovely ‘art deco’ look and feel to them (the hotels and houses are wooden and so cool!).

We played a great game with great friends (and the snacks were good too), there is just something about this particular game and fun times. I suspect that we will be celebrating his birthday several more times this year ;).

The edition is now in stores and is well-worth a look.

With all of the different versions and variations on play, which is your favourite house rule?

My Monopoly, that’s right, make your own Monoply is here!

Have you ever wished you could re-name some of the spots on your Monopoly board? Well, now you can, and complete with your own fun pictures too.

This latest incarnation of the popular game (one of my personal favourites I assure you) allows you to add your own photos to the property spaces and cards. It adds a whole new level when you can own ‘Dad’s man cave’ or ‘Mom’s dream kitchen’. In our house properties could range from owning race car teams to cat food factories (the furballs like to be involved after all lol).

A game that is truly timeless, I alone have probably 5 different versions of it and play them all, it really is fun for families and groups.

What I love is that nothing about the game is sacrificed, but now the capability is really there to have a true ‘Family Board’. This would be perfect for weddings, birthdays and more. I am really excited about it and debate has been active in our home on what to make the properties for us.

That’s where you come in, and as my thank you to you, and Hasbro too of course, you can win your very own My Monopoly!

What do you need to do to win? Simply suggest either a fun idea for a property for me, or your best idea for your future board by commenting here or on the Facebook page. I will randomly draw a winner, open to Canada only. Contest starts now and ends midnight my time (EST) on September 18th.

March Break Review for a Fun Night In!

It is March Break, at least here it is, and while a lot are lucky enough to get away, a lot of us are still in town and should get to have fun too I think.

I am a Non, but that doesn’t mean I don’t notice this break. In fact I celebrate the lighter traffic, like a lot ;). But that’s not all. There’s something about this week that makes me want to relax and have a little fun too.

Nondad and I are big into games and we were given ‘Pointing Fingers’ from Hasbro to try out as a potential addition to our library of games with friends. We enlisted friends to help us out and check out the game and we agree it has potential for a fun night in for sure!

Hasbro Gaming Pointing Fingers

Everyone gets a foam finger, and this little indicator that has ‘never, once, sometimes, always’ on it. Then there’s a stack of cards – most of which are “Have you ever” and about a third of which are “would you ever”. Then each card has 3 possibilities on it. Whoever’s reading the card that turn gets to pick which possibility to read – some of them have blanks you can fill in on the fly. So the person reads the “have you ever ?” and everyone sets their indicator to their answer (no, once, etc). Each answer is worth points – no is 0, always is 3.

Examples are:

Would you ever…
Sport a mohawk
Learn a foreign language to go out with someone

or

Have you ever…
Color-coded your closet
Watched an entire season of a TV show in one weekend (Yeah I’m guilty of this one for sure!)

A fun party game for us adults (and I use that term loosely since I refuse to entirely grow up), I can see a fun night, especially for couples.

Party on!

Review: Monopoly Empire

Last weekend hubby and I finally got a night where we were both in the same place at that same time (it’s been a crazy fall), and we had been dying to crack open the box for the new Monopoly Empire game, so we did.

Monopoly Empire Hasbro

We are big Monopoly fans, we even spent about a day and a half just playing Monopoly’s version for the Wii a couple of Christmases ago, it was perfection.

This is a new version, but it doesn’t lose any of the feel of the original, in fact, we were both really impressed.

The object of the game isn’t to bankrupt your opponents this time, it’s to fill your tower to the top first! We of course modified the rules so that we put our property/brand money in the middle and it went to free parking (hubby won it).  Instead of properties, you buy brands, which we really thought was cool, and even the game pieces were based upon that. I was the Coke bottle, hubby was the Chevy Corvette.

The game has nice twists and turns that definitely keep you on your toes, but things like jail and money for passing go (which this time the amount is determined by how far up your tower you are with brands) remain.

Monopoly Empire Hasbro

We played just the two of us and enjoyed the pace, but with a full contingent, we could easily see this being a fun night with friends.

A great potential present for the aspiring business mogul in your family or circle, we REALLY REALLY enjoyed it.

*Note I did receive the game in order to review it, but all opinions are mine and Nondad’s*

Review: Minion Monopoly from #Hasbro

Minion MonopolyMore fun has been had with the Minions, this time, Monopoly style!

I love board games, there is nothing more fun on a summer night in than playing a good old board game, for me it evokes memories of my childhood and teen years up North. Love it!

Monopoly is one of the great classic games and it is now timeless because of this constant evolution which makes it accessible to even more audiences. Obviously, this versio is for the Minion and Despicable Me fans. And it’s really cute! And fun.

NonDad and I gave it a play the other night and even us, two adults (and there are days I use that term loosely), had a great time with it. This one is targeted towards the younger age group, but it’s still Monopoly, but on a level that’s a little easier for them to understand and enjoy.

As you can see in the pic the board is a little different, it actually assembles with the box, and to add some fun and whimsy to it, the properties reflect the movie and characters. Even the chance cards are based on the movie, it’s all very cute and fun.

Even using the Minions as your playing pieces is fun (I of course chose Tutu Stuart) and instead of a die, you spin a Minion on essentially a top and what number he lands on, you move that number of places. Even the board assembles with the box, it’s cute. It’s easy for the kids and still fun for the grown-ups too.

Overall, well done on blending Monopoly with Minions and staying true to the game. It’s fun for kids and adults! Check it out for a fun night in 🙂

#MarchBreak Ideas from #Hasbro and Nonmom!

That’s right, March Break is upon us and even as a Non, believe me, I notice it.

I must admit I even look forward to it.

It’s not because I go away anywhere, it’s not because I get time off, because I don’t.

But I freely admit I count down to it for one mega-reason: LESS TRAFFIC!!! LOL Sorry, couldn’t resist. 😉

I know that growing up we never did the big trip for March Break, but my parents and parents to this day, struggle with ideas of how to keep the kids busy during this time so that everyone can have some fun.

The weather affects a lot of plans for sure, but here are some indoor tips from my friends at Hasbro combined with some of my own that I really liked. I also really liked how they organized it by day. If it were me, and I’ve seen some of my parent friends do this so I know it’s possible, I would make a bristol board visual countdown for the kids on this. Oooh! Maybe like an advent calendar of sorts but for March Break? (For my crafty friends, it should have glitter….cause everything needs glitter right?)

Hasbro gave these suggestions, and I really like that they’re low-tech in a lot of ways. It’s all about being a kid and I really really like that. It makes me smile so much when I see the kids play with actual toys like we used to, I can’t help it, I want to join in constantly. I’ve also added my ‘two cents’ as it were….oh my, is that phrase going out of style soon in Canada with the loss of the penny? Sorry, back to March Break…… 🙂

Monday: Family Game Night! Kids pick the first game and maybe mom and dad pick the second and so on? I think that would be fun! It would also be the perfect cap for a day out at perhaps the zoo? That’s one of my favourites. I so love animals. The meerkats are my favourite. Love those guys!

Tuesday: Play-Doh fun! Seriously, who doesn’t love Play-Doh? I do. I keep a stash of it for when munchkins come over….but I also keep another stash for me LOL. Perhaps watch a movie and then make stuff from that movie with the Play-Doh and have a contest to see who gets to pick the next movie?

Wednesday: Host a Beyblade tournament. Ok seriously, I tried this out last year for the first time and I was HOOKED! This would be a blast! But it doesn’t just have to be for the boys either, the Dizzy Dancer fans can also have a tournament, maybe a dance-off? This could work well as a play-date too. You could turn this into a whole day thing too but making a ‘stadium’ and flags etc for the teams, or an equivalent stage for the Dizzy Dancers. For the girls, they could also make tutu’s. It’s fun. I made one for Halloween. Easy peasy too. Here’s the tutorial on how I made mine, took me all of 40 minutes.

Thursday: An Easy-Bake day for the girls! You could make this into a whole girly day and also have mani’s and pedi’s and make it into a Princess day! Add a couple Princess movies, tiaras (they have them at Target and also Michaels) and you’re set.

Friday: Building day with Kre-O and the Transformers! These kits will absolutely keep the kids busy for a few hours, and mom and dad too if they do one too.  Cap the day off with pizza night and a Transformers movie marathon. Why not make the pizza part even more fun and make themed personal pizzas? Yellow peppers and pineapple for a Bumblebee fan on a pita as a crust for example? Maybe strawberries, blueberries and yogurt parfaits for Optimus Prime? Have fun with it and you won’t go nutty on the budget either.

These are just a few ideas to get you started. This is one thing you miss out on as a Non but I am happy to brainstorm for my friends anytime!

Enjoy!!!