Game board season is upon us!

Daylight saving time is right around the corner. So the days get shorter, and a little chillier. Outside playtime for the little ones gets shortened as well. Time to grab a board game!

We all have our mini collection of board games. Could it be time to spruce up the repertoire? Where to start? Have you heard of Rooster Fin Games? (www.roosterfin.com) They’ve combined learning skills with fun, fast paced games that everyone of all ages will enjoy.

Pictured above are just three of the many games they carry. Let’s take a closer look…

This one is called Lumpy Cubes – Hero Edition. The name will make you giggle, but just wait until you start to play. It can be played with up to four players, you can even play by yourself. When you first glance at it you might think it’s a “child” game. To begin, each player gets a color, all four cubes. There is a small stack of challenge cards, shuffle them before you start. On the challenge cards are a sequence of “stacked” cubes. Keep these face down in the middle of the table. Youngest player goes first! Turn over the first card, you get 10 seconds to memorize the sequence; I recommend having a timer for this. Put it face down again, creating a second pile. Players gather their cubes and on the count of 3 drop them on the table. The first person to complete their sequence correctly yells “Lumpy” and wins that round and gets the card.

Sounds easy, but the real fun starts when you drop your cubes and hope you remembered the sequence!!! It’s a great exercise for your brain!

One other game is called “Wizard Roll”. Two to six players can play this one. Wizards and such are always popular, from books to cartoons and pretend play. The object of this game is to “build” a spell. Partially game of luck, strategy comes in as the game progresses. This game is not as quick as Lumpy Cubes, But is just as enjoyable.

Personally, this next game is my favorite; from the name to game play- “Ninja Squirrels “!

Easy assembly, cards and acorns included. It is a four player game. All the cards are distributed among the players. Youngest starts by putting in their card into the center of the circle. Each player places a card, once the card placed matches the first card, it’s a scramble to grab an acorn before the others!

Each game is so much fun! You won’t even notice that it’s helping memory skills!

You may be wondering how did I come across these games? I joined Tryazon! (www.tryazon.com) In cooperation with Rooster Fin Games they sent me these games for free! Though it was free, the learning skills and fun from them are priceless!

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Fall”-ing “ into fun

October is almost ready to say “Goodbye “, but the fun doesn’t have to. And Chick Fil A knows that. Have you taken a look at your local Chick Fil A’s events calendar? Why? Just take a look at all the fun you and your family can have!

My local Chick Fil A Kids club host a creative craft night every second Monday of the month. This month the kids will be decorating their own masks!

It’s so wonderful to see the different colors and designs that each child brings to their masks. Not to be left out the Cow came to see all the great ideas the kids have.

All that creativity can make you hungry… Each child participating in the event received a free 4 count nuggets kids meal!

You didn’t think that’s all they did this month, did you?

October does mark Halloween. With that Chick Fil A wants to tap into their inner Super Hero. Kids, parents too, are invited to sport their favorite Super Hero costume and be prepared to have a blast!

This time no crafts, but their were a couple of fun games. Like Smash Hulk

How about creating a web like Spider-Man..

Can’t forget the “selfie” station, pictures are a great way to remember the fun.

All treats and no tricks this evening!

Kids love piñatas!

The Cow is a Super Hero too!

Oh no!! There’s a Super Villain Cow!!!

Goodness always triumphs!!!!

Topping of the night is a raffle draw- hold on to that ticket!

As a parting gift, each child was given a gift card for a Kids meal.

Make sure to stop by the Chick Fil A near you and ask about their calendar of events. November is going to be great!

http://www.chickfila.com

Eating healthy, not breaking the budget

School is in full force, and part of the daily routine is packing a good lunch for the kids. We want to pack them what they like, but has to be healthy as well. There’s a lot of things out there. Ideally we try to find non-GMO or possibly organic so we know they’re not getting something they don’t need.

I was lucky enough to receive free samples from My Magazine Sharing Network. These samples were from the product line Simple Truth Organic. They have a wide array of products, from snacks to lunch kits. You can find them at your nearest Kroger, check as well the sister companies of this grocery chain.

In the “care package “ were coupons for various Simple Truth products. Does this mean I need coupons because they are costly?

I was given a challenge to create a $5 lunchbox using only Simple Truth products, without the coupons.

This is what I came up with.

All kids love those little lunch kits where they can make their own little pizzas and such. And yes, they have a good variety of kits.

Going with items my kids like, I looked for some snacks to put in the lunchbox. They love those little animal shaped cheese crackers. Look- they’re little kangaroos!

Now, they need a little sweet, how about some applesauce!

I completed it with a bottle of water.

Here’s the breakdown:

Woohoo! I did it! All under $5!!!

The bonus? It’s all organic! Which means there’s nothing in there that was processed or a filler.

It’s good to know that a healthy lunch can be put together without breaking our budget!

Need more details on how I got my free samples? Go to:

http://www.mymagazine.com

Connect with their Sharing Network.

Oh! Before I forget, the coupons they gave me? They were for me to share with friends and family!!