Forbidden Island Board Game

April 23, 2018 by  
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This is another great family board game, probably more suited to a little older kids with parents.  Team strategy (this is a cooperative game so everyone wins) and just overall great fun!  We really like this one!



Carcasonne – Great family game!

April 23, 2018 by  
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Amazon’s got some great board games on sale today. Get ready for a few of our favorites starting with this one:
Carcasonne is a fabulous family game that our family loves. When we first got it we’d play several rounds in an evening but I think we burned ourselves out on it (or at least some of us!) Now we play every other night or once a week and have a wonderful time. The game changes each time you play it and the strategy is exciting and fun, even for younger players. Super family game! Highly recommended. (Expansion packs are available too but hold off until you’ve had some time to get used to the original game.)
On sale today 4/23/2018 for a great deal!

Urban Adventure Quest – Fun City Scavenger Hunt

January 30, 2018 by  
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I really love this idea.  Great for a homeschool adventure or small group or family fun!

Turn your city into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure. Combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three-hour city tour.

Guided from any smart phone, teams make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history.

Play anytime during daylight hours. Start when you want and play at your pace. Great Family Fun.

Save 20%- Only $39.20 for a team of 2-5 people after Promotion Code: FGBLOG. Sign up online at

Turngram – Instagram photos delivered to your door

November 17, 2017 by  
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TurnGram is the perfect gift for everyone on your list…from your closest friend to that hard to buy for relative!

For a few bucks a month, TurnGram will select photos from your Instagram feed based on instructions you provide and deliver them directly to the door of your friends and loved ones.


30 Days Free of the Most Unique Holiday Gift – Get your first month FREE when you sign up for TurnGram today!

No coupon code required. 100% money back guarantee if you are dissatisfied with our service in any way. Don’t miss out!

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Grow Your Own Avocado Tree at Home

October 6, 2017 by  
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Save 20% on any AvoSeedo avocado grower or other product and enjoy FREE shipping too. Visit the AvoSeedo Shop today and get growing today! Visit: Use Code: sp20 #avoseedo

AvoSeedo avocado tree germinator bowl that makes it easy for everyone to grow their own plant at home from a simple avocado pit. Easy to use for all ages of amateur avocado arborists,

clever AvoSeedo bowl design keeps the avocado pit immersed in just the right amount of water to grow effectively. Made for durability from recyclable, non-toxic materials and is reusable for other vegetables like lettuce, celery, carrot tops! Germinate and grow an avocado tree in your own home, whatever the climate. Fun family (Millennial parents, their young kids, grandma/grandpa) project to make a tree sprout and watch it grow from the pit of a common avocado. Increase kids’ understanding of ecology, interconnections in nature, responsibility and care for the environment in a participatory and concrete way

Save 20% on any AvoSeedo avocado grower or other product and enjoy FREE shipping too. Visit the AvoSeedo Shop today and get growing today! Use Code: sp20 #avoseedo

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I Love My Hickies

October 3, 2017 by  
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So I’ve posted a few times about the Hickies shoelace system because I really think they’re great!

I just got another set … and a set for kids too. They’re easy, adorable, and make it simple to get in and out of your shoes so you can get on your way.


Why I love them:

  • They’re fun!  Such a great idea
  • They’re handy!  Makes it so simple to get in and out of your shoes
  • They’re cute!  Even the plain ones look great in your shoes!
  • They’re adjustable!  Depending on how you insert them into the eyelets of your shoes, you can make them tighter or looser.
  • They work!  Once they’re in, you’re done. No undoing and redoing laces anymore!
  • They’re discounted!  25% off w/ code USFAM now thru Oct 31st here (click)


HICKIES products turn any pair of sneakers into convenient, comfortable, and stylish slip-ons that are perfect for any activity from recess play to Mom and Dad’s triathlons.




  • Works in any shoe with eyelets.
  • One size fits all.
  • Elastic material keeps shoes secure and comfortable.
  • Never tie again! Play uninterrupted.
  • Fun look, without messy knots and bows.
  • Adjustable tightness.
  • Quick and easy – simply slip on and off.

Get 25% off w/ code USFAM now thru Oct 31st! Click HERE to find the coupon .


HICKIES Jumprope_12Sec from HICKIES – love your kicks on Vimeo.

Fandango + Groupon = YAY!

August 29, 2017 by  
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*Sponsored post*

Ask kids of all ages what their favorite family activity is and many of them (most of them) will reply “family movie night!”  When our daughters were young every Friday night was Pizza Movie Night and we all looked forward to it. We even looked forward to it when our girls went through a phase of watching White Christmas for about 8 weeks in a row.  Phew!

It was the “family” part of family movie night that made it special. And it was extra special when there was something at the theater that we’d all enjoy – the big screen, popcorn, and all of us together.  I have so many fond memories.

In fact, now that the girls are grown, we still love a good movie night together, both in front of our small screen with Amazon Prime or a DVD, or on the big screen at our local theater.  When we find a movie that’s at the theater that we’re looking forward to seeing, the first thing we do is jump over to Fandango to get our tickets.  Not only can we see all the options at multiple theaters in our area, but, even better, now that many of our local theaters have prereserved seats (love those recliners!) we can secure our favorite spot for the evening and not get stuck in the first or second row and neck pain for the rest of the night!

Fandango is easy. You can print your tickets at home and, with prereserved seats anyway, you can even skip the annoying previews and show up right when the actual movie starts.  (Side note, I timed the previews the last time we went – it was almost 40 minutes! Ouch!)

Here’s the other great benefit of Fandango:  If, for some reason you can’t make it to the theater for the show you reserved, you can get a refund up until the minute the actual movie starts.  So if your kids get sick or you just change your mind, you can pop over to the site, cancel your tickets and either bank your credit for the next movie night or get a full refund (minus the processing fee).  It’s that simple!

And I just got an email that shows how Fandango and Paypal have started working together so that it’s easy for you to buy multiple tickets and have your friends pay you back!


Going to the movies isn’t the “cheap” night out it used to be when I was a kid, but thanks to Groupon Coupons, you can save a bit on your ticket prices with Fandango.

So, have you started your own family movie night tradition?  If not, why not give it a try!


FYI: This is a sponsored post. The stories, opinions and thoughts about what’s listed here are completely my own.

VidAngel – Movie filtering your way!

August 28, 2017 by  
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This video speaks for itself. Our family is SO thankful for VidAngel and we’re excited about this new way to watch movies – our way! You’re not limited to pre-decided filtering – you can choose which scenes to skip or watch individually and you can even change the filters mid-movie if you change your mind.

Give it a try. Your first 30 days are free.

Click here to try VidAngel yourself!  Your first 30 days are FREE!


Vidangel works with Amazon, Netflix, and Amazon HBO.  Filter movies your way. Every time.





Baby Shower Idea

November 11, 2016 by  
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screenshot-2016-11-11-at-08-23-26Finding the right activities and games for a baby shower can be somewhat daunting.  At least in our circles, most people attending aren’t really fond of the typical baby shower games, but, naturally, play along because that’s what you do.

We’re hosting a baby shower this weekend and one of the things we’d like to do for our first-time mommy is have a little book of encouragement for her at the end of the party.  The problem with this is that, like with the baby shower games, most attendees don’t really enjoy thinking up those notes of encouragement on the spot.

You can avoid this by sending out a quick email to those coming to the baby shower suggesting that they prep something in advance – even write it on some scrap paper so they can just copy it into the guest book when they arrive.  But, to be honest, most people are just too busy or forgetful to actually do something like this.  I’m guilty of it too!

So, tomorrow, at our shower, I’m trying something new just to see if it helps to actually fill up a book for the new mom.

I’m setting up a small table with the supplies near the entrance of the room where we’ll be holding the shower.  The booklet will be made up of individual sheets of paper, not a pre-bound book. Doing this will free up each attendee to take a sheet of paper with them to wherever they are sitting and write freely throughout the allotted party time.  I’ll put a basket on that table too for the finished sheets and compile the book toward the end of the shower or even afterward.  There are so many ways to make individual sheets of paper into a nice booklet – I’ll save that for a future post.

But what to do about the brain freeze that tends to happen when a request to fill out something like this is presented.  For the life of me, I can think of 10,000 things to say to a new mom when I’m not under pressure, but when put on the spot to write it out during a 2-hour shower, I just can’t think of anything!

My solution … at least this is what I’ll try tomorrow … is to put out small slips of paper with bible verses, quotes, poems, etc.  If soscreenshot-2016-11-11-at-08-20-48meone is having trouble thinking of what to write, they can choose one of these slips of paper and either tape it onto their page (I’ll put out some fun Washi Tape too!) or copy the verse or poem by hand.  This can serve as a starting point for what to write or be all that’s on the page with a “we love you” and signature.

I’ll include several colors of pens and maybe even a few decorative accents so those who are uncomfortable with a bunch of blank space on the page can fill in with pretties.

What do you think?  Do you have any ideas for a baby shower book?


Hickies – great “shoelace” alternative

November 7, 2016 by  
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These look so handy!  For kids and adults alike!!!
Turn any pair of shoes into custom-fitted slip-ons with HICKIES lacing system. Perfect gift for any age from kids to adults.

HICKIES are great for any adult or kid with a wide range of colors.

An unexpected, fun and extremely functional product.



One size fits all!
Amazing stocking stuffer prices at $11.99 (HICKIES Kids), $14.99 (HICKIES Adult) and $17.99 (HICKIES Metallics)

The travel, parenting and fitness hack that you never knew you needed, until now.

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