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Salmon Run – I remember the first time Ryan showed me a video of this game. A game about salmon swimming upstream. I thought that was  a little weird. Then I remember when we got the game and played it and loved it. It’s a unique deck building game where you don’t buy more cards for your deck, but you land on certain spaces to get more, and better, cards.

I’m not quite as hip on the game as I was when we first got it. It was a lot of fun at first, and I know the kids still enjoy playing the game. For me, it’s something I’d be happy to play if others bring it out, but it’s probably not something I would choose. There’s a lot of options at our house. FYI, I was reading reviews on Amazon and although I’m not a drinker, it’s a fun drinking game if you use the fatigue cards as drinking cards. LOL

If you like deck building games, and especially if you like fishing, I think you’ll really like this game. It has some unique qualities, and nice components.

List Price: $39.99 USD
New From: $25.00 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

The Werewolves of Miller’s Hollow – This is a classic party game. If you know Mafia, you know Werewolf. It’s the same game. There are a lot of versions of this game out there. We’ve tried a bunch of different ones. This is my kids favorite version because they love the tiles, or it’s because it’s the first Werewolf game they played. I’m not sure which.

Ryan took this to school and played it with his high school students almost every day at lunch. I personally am not a big party game player so although I’ll play this game, it’s just okay for me. Although this particular version has gotten a lot of play at our house, it isn’t the one we use anymore. Ultimate Werewolf: Ultimate Edition is the one we use now. It’s cards instead of tiles, but all the cards have written explanations of what that character does. It really was a much needed addition to the game.

List Price: $12.99 USD
New From: $7.13 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

haba-my-very-first-games-first-orchardFirst Orchard – A super simple cooperative game for preschoolers. This is not a game where Mom enjoys sitting down an playing with the kids. However, every preschool kid I’ve shared this game with, loves it. It’s a $30 game for little kids. We got this for Seal when he turned 3 and I fought Ryan about spending that much on one game. It’s one of the best birthday presents we’ve ever gotten our kids. I’ve had multiple friends buy this game for their kids too, because their kids loved playing it. In my mind, it’s the best preschool game I’ve seen.

List Price: $28.99 USD
New From: $28.02 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

pic1600614_tHanabi – Still love this game. This is a game I would choose to play. It has such a cool mechanic, it’s always fun to play. The biggest problem is it’s so easy to cheat and if you play with someone that’s okay with that, it sort of ruins the game. As long as you’re not playing with cheaters, this is a great game. Plus, it’s small, compact and best of all, inexpensive.

List Price: $10.99 USD
New From: $6.99 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock


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thoughtful thursday“Once any of us conclude– ‘That’s just the way I am,’ we give up our ability to change.” Elder Donald L. Hallstrom

Oh! Dagger to the heart! I could give you a list of all the reasons I’m just the way that I am, but I don’t want the whole world knowing all my bad habits and weaknesses so I’m going to talk about just one today, my weight.

I grew up playing soccer and dancing and was always pretty active. I never loved the way I looked in high school, but at this point would love to get back to that. LOL, the irony. Graduating from high school and going to college I gained the normal freshman 5, or 10ish, but didn’t worry too much about it. I got married young and had our first baby right before our first anniversary. I didn’t love my body after having a baby, but looking back my body adapted pretty well, considering I didn’t exercise at all.

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Board Game Talk Tuesday

20140722_105736Great game of pirate ships, treasure, and a race to the finish. Being the first doesn’t mean you’ll win, but it will increase your chances.




Mfg. Age: 8+

Our Age: 6+

Length: 45 min

Players: 2-6

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Modification Monday

20140721_151708It’s modification Monday. Today I’m sharing my Stone Age foam core insert. I usually do some checking to see if someone’s already done an insert I want to copy, but I’m getting more comfortable making them and I didn’t even check. I’m pretty excited with what I came up with.





Here it is in the box.


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Flashback Friday

Along with Thoughtful Thursday, we’ll now have Flashback Friday where I’ll go back and look at the games reviewed a year ago and let you know if we’re still playing them today.


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Thoughtful Thursday

I haven’t spent a lot of time on my blog talking about who I am and what’s important to me. Obviously spending time with my family is important to me, and one way that we spend time together is through board games, but there’s so much more to who we are.

Every Thursday I plan to share something that I’ve been thinking about. It could be about struggles I’m having with my kids, super parenting moments, good or bad times between Ryan and I, or just something I’ve been thinking about. I’m starting with some super mom moments, because I don’t want to start off with my deep dark secrets.

I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling inadequate as a mom, as my children sit in the living room watching TV. I had so many plans this summer to read, work on the house, take the kids places, and so much more. The summers already starting to wind down and I haven’t done much of what I had planned. I didn’t get down on myself for long though. Without sharing these feelings with anyone in just the last two days I’ve had two different people share some things with me that made me feel much better.

The first was at a presidency meeting. She shared a quote from President Monson. “Our task is to become our best selves. One of God’s greatest gifts to us is the joy of trying again, for no failure ever need be final.” I’m not perfect, and I never will be, but I only fail if I give up.

The second was a video shared on facebook. It’s only 3 minutes. Watch it if you have time.

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20140715_142624I feel like I’m playing king of the mountain, or something similar, when I play this game, only in board game version of course. We’ve had this game a long time, and it’s one of those constants. It may sit on the shelf for a few months, but sooner or later, it just keeps getting played. So I thought I’d share our experience with the game.


Mfg. Age: 8+

Our Age: 6+

Length: 30 min

Players: 2-6

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pic422822_tI have to start off by saying, I love love love this game (you should really sing that line, because I am).

I spent way too many hours playing Tetris as a kid, and now I get to enjoy it with others as a board game. I’ve been anxiously waiting to get my hands on this one, and it didn’t disappoint me. I love it. I think my family, mostly the kids, are tired of me asking them to play it.

Mfg. Age: 8+

Our Age: 8+

Length: 45 min

Players: 1-4

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pic1743451_tIt’s every child’s dream to ride a rickety old elevator far under the earth to mine for coal. Yeah, not so much. In fact, I had nightmares as a kid about being stuck under ground. No, this game doesn’t give me nightmares. As of right now, I’m undefeated at this game, not sure I can get anyone to play with me again.


Mfg. Age: 10+

Our Age: 10+

Length: 70 min

Players: 2-4

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A few years ago, back in 2008 to be exact, I decided to start doing a photobook for each year. I’m not super organized though so I’m not always on top of getting them done, but I love having them. It was just a few months ago that I finished the 2012 book, and I’m still enjoying it. I don’t have any specific place that I buy them. Over the years I’ve bought them at Picaboo, Shutterfly, My Publisher, Artscow, and probably some others that I can’t think of off the top of my head. I just wait till I see a good deal and go for it. I often find those deals on Groupon, which gives me a little time to get it done.

Most deals, other than the Groupon ones, come and go fast and putting together a photobook takes time. Well, last Friday morning I saw in my email that Picaboo was having a deal, 60% off 2 books or more. That’s a good deal for a photobook and it just so happened that I needed/wanted 2 books, one for 2013, and one just of our 2013 trip to Disneyland.

I don’t know if it was worth it, but that’s all I did all weekend. Well I obviously still had to eat, and be a mom, and go to church and all that, oh and sleep, but I probably spent about 30 hours on the two books. Crazy!

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