board game talk tuesdaypic2065568_tMfg. Age: 8+

Our Age: 8+

Length: 45 min

Players: 2-4

Become a character 1001 Arabian nights, build the most amazing palace, and you could become Grand Vizier of Sultaniya.

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modification mondayToday’s mod is a little different, okay a lot different. My sister started selling Mialisia jewelry and it’s super cool. It’s modification jewelry. One piece of jewelry can be worn as a necklace, bracelet, anklet, belt, boot bling, headband, and even more.

I should have taken pictures while she was here and I got to wear all her stuff, but I didn’t. I can’t wait to get some jewelry of my own, but for now I just have to remember wearing it this weekend. You can find her website here. Make sure you watch the video, it shows you how it works and some of the things you can do with it.

The next two pictures are of the charming style kit and 2 different ways of wearing it. STYLE KIT STYLE KIT

My favorite way to wear it is as a headband. I’d love to find more ideas for wearing them though. It’s expensive stuff, so I had to resort to doing a party to get some of my own jewelry. I’m doing a party right now so hurry over and get yourself something. Just click on Elizabeth’s facebook party and order. You can even have it shipped right to your house.


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flashback fridaypic1443212_tEight-Minute Empire is a small, quick, area control game. Some area control games can be quite time consuming so if you like that kind of game but don’t have a lot of time to play, this might be a good option. However, it’s my opinion that Eight-Minute Empire Legends is more fun.

Plus, it gets great reviews on Amazon.


List Price: $25.00 USD
New From: $19.30 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock




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thoughtful thursdayDoesn’t that sound yummy! I mean really, who doesn’t want chocolate chip ketchup. LOL!


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Mfg. Age: 10+

Our Age: 8+

Length: 40 min

Players: 2-4

I thought since yesterday I did the insert for Pastiche, today I’d do a review. And sorry for the review being so late. I promise, one day my life will slow down and I’ll get back on top of everything. Now, let’s get to the basics.

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modification monday20140825_162742It’s been weeks since I made an insert. I’ve hardly had time to do laundry and basic cleaning, let alone game modifications. I didn’t get one done last week, and there was no getting around going shopping this morning, but I was able to squeeze in a quick insert for Pastiche.


This is was a simple insert, took me less than 2 hours, but I’m glad it’s done and happy with how it turned out.


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flashback friday pic1604985_tQuarriors is a game that I really enjoy when we play it, but often gets forgotten. I always think it’s going to be so cumbersome reading the cards to figure out what they all do. It is a little bit, but it’s never as bad as I think it’s going to be. It only takes a few turns to get down what all the cards do and then it’s fun.

There is battling and taking other people out, so people can get their feelings hurt. It just depends on the person. Again, it’s not something we play a lot, but something I want to keep in our collection.


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thoughtful thursday20140821_073510The first day of school is always bitter sweet, and a time for contemplation. It’s nice to get back into a routine, and be able to clean the kitchen and have it stay clean for a few hours, but the kids are growing up so fast and I miss them. I guess it’s probably good to learn how to let them go for a while since I only have a few short years before they’ll start leaving home. It used to feel like the little ones would be here forever, and I’d get no quiet time, but now I think about Princess being in middle school, which is where Mr. Brown is now, and at that point my 3 oldest kids will be gone.

Well, that was depressing. Time for contemplation is over. Now, it’s time to concentrate on getting the house back together after camping, and kids over excited/anxious about school starting. Good luck to everyone and their kids going back to school.


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Mfg. Age: 6+

Our Age: 6+

Length: 20 min

Players: 2-5



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modification monday20140806_185708If you remember a couple weeks ago, on Thoughtful Thursday, I talked about my new piano. It’s amazing by the way. It has caused a problem though.

This is my couch the last two weeks. Our last piano had a storage bench, this one does not. Not that it solved all the problems anyway. We had music stored all over the place.

20140818_130422So, this is what we decided to get, at Target, to fix the problem.

20140818_132134Ta da! I actually had less books than it seemed like since they all fit on two shelves. Crazy! The magazine holders hold all the kids piano books for lessons, and the binders are full of sheet music. Each sheet protector has an entire song and I just pull the whole thing out when I want to play it. It’s working for now. I may need to change it up if I get too much sheet music.

20140818_132143I haven’t yet decided what to do with the bottom bins. For now, the one closest to the piano holds the headphones. I’d love to hang them on the the cool holder on the piano itself but with 6 children around the house I’m hoping for an out of sight out of mind idea, where they don’t touch them unless they need to practice. I know, I know, laugh your head off. I can dream anyway.

20140818_162229My favorite part though, is having a place to put some decorations. I hardly have any places to put decorations, so I’m loving the top.

20140818_132213And don’t you dare put any papers or anything up there. I just might lose it.

So that’s it. The last week has been crazy. We were gone camping for 3 days, went to the drive-in movie (love that there’s one only 20 minutes from our house), and have been crazy busy getting the kids ready to start school again.


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