Newsflash: It’s Easy to Do things as a Family

My family is a real connected family. I have this strong family unity bond that enables me to, without question, put my family before anything else in the whole entire world. I work around my family, it doesn’t work around my work. I always have and always will place my child’s needs before my own. This is why we are such a close knit, happy bunch of people. We all know and feel loved, no matter what.

I am here to share a few simple ways to spend time with your family, without spending any money. These simple things done together, on a daily basis, as a family, will seriously enable you to create a strong bond from now unto forever.

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I work from home, strictly from home and have since 2006. In March 2006 I left an administrative assistant job that I absolutely loved while pregnant with my middle child because I was always sick. I then ventured along the path I am on today, a work at home Mom path. From direct sales to now freelance writing, I support my family on a very small income. This small income is what has allowed me to teach my children that life is all about the simple things that money can’t buy.

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Board Games – We have accumulated a lot of board games in my household, mostly due to the fact that I get a lot of board games from Hasbro for reviews. One way for the average family to stock up on board games is to keep an eye out on yard sales during the warmer seasons, because we have scored deals on various board games at yard sales. Most recently we picked up a Mancala game for $1. Playing board games from an early age and forward helps to establish the life lessons of; good sportsmanship, taking turns, communication and patience.

Reading Together - We have a lot of books in our house and it’s not actually anything we have spent much money on. Over the years we have seen free piles and yard sales that have a lot of books for sale for cheap. Most recently I visited a yard sale that was selling a lot of books at only a quarter a piece. That’s pocket change you can easily find to gather a decent collection of books for your home bookshelf. Reading together from an early age and forward helps to establish the life lessons of; a love of books, ability to read & write on their own at an early age, and a love of adventure with a side of imagination.

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Being Silly Together – We have found that being silly together, creating our own unique pretend game play or just taking silly pictures of us being in our own elements has really been the cheapest version of family fun ever. At times you will find us with music blaring and the not-so-coordinated me dancing alongside my super awesome kids. We laugh, we cheer and we just have fun loving each other for our unique traits. Playing tag, hide n seek, dancing together, dancing while doing chores all teach the life lessons of; responsibility, love for themselves and their family, builds their creative side, and enables a love using their imagination.

From playing board games to being silly while doing chores or just being silly in general is a great way to spend time with your children from birth and up. I firmly believe that if you start young then you will find you have raised tweens and teens that have a bond to their family that is unbreakable during any challenging time of life.

What are some cheap or no cost things you do to keep it simple and enjoy your family?

 

 

Zynga’s Words with Friends Game from Hasbro #holidaygift #spon

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Looking for a way to give your college student or siblings who share a bedroom some fun? Check out this cute message board; Zynga’s Words with Friends Game from Hasbro would be a great addition to any college student’s dorm or siblings bedroom. Honestly, with our family being a board game type of family it would be great to have in our family area.

Words with Friends Magnetic Game and Message Board

Words with Friends magnetic game & message board is fun to play together or on your own time. Each game comes with a magnetic board and built-in hangers for off-the-table play. The titles are magnetic and locking so you can leave messages for each other and keep playing on and on as time allows. It can be left for the other person to see when they pass it by or have time to “take their turn”.

This is a great game where you can keep score and you have bonus spaces such as Double Word or Triple Letter that can let you get a bonus point up on your opponent. This was in most major toy stores nationwide as of August 2013 and will make a great holiday gift for your children or college student on the gift giving list.

Age rating is for 13 and up and the retail price is suggested to be $19.99+. Check out HasbroToyShop.com for more details. Also check out Amazon.com for this.

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Transformers Construct-Bots Elite and Bots Scout Action Figures Giveaway #constructbots

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Last night was a blast! The boys and I decided to drop everything as soon as we arrived home from school and check out the new Transformers Construct-Bots Elite and Scout Action Figures. Out came all of the pieces that were in the boxes…

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Let me tell you what, as a parent who is horrible at following instructions, I must admit my heart went a little bit into my throat upon opening and dumping out all of these parts! Pieces everywhere and two excited boys thinking their Mama was going to ROCK THIS!

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Little did my sons realize that I have no clue when it comes to following instructions for stuff like this, by the way these are rated for ages 6 and up but my 5 year old is used to small parts so he was able to complete one of the Transformers Bots with my supervision with success!

Transformers Bots

I simply gave both boys their parts and the little instruction booklet that came for both packages and said “have at it”. That is when the 5 year old said “But I can’t read instructions”. I giggled and showed him the instruction booklet, which is all pictures, step by step he could follow along with pictures to work on building his own Transformers Construct-Bots. Finally, in a rather quick time for a five year old he had his Construct-Bots all built while I was still struggling in helping the seven year old.

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My five year old showed me up last night and he was shockingly proud about that fact. With our heads hung low, the seven year old and I attempted to keep on going and get his Transformers Construct-Bot built based on the instruction booklet, but alas I had to call in the big guns and have my boyfriend help because I was lost and so was my son.

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Finally we had the seven year old’s Transformers Construct-Bots ready for show time … and the boy was super happy and proud to have it completed!

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What a fun family event for sure! After we had our little play time, the seven year old gladly sat at the dining room table to complete his homework. It was a win-win evening for Mom and sons!

Since we had such a great time with Transformers Construct-Bots, we wanted to share the family time with you, one person will be randomly selected out of those who enter using the Rafflecopter form below to win their own Transformers Construct-Bots Triple Changer Set.

Transformers Construct-Bots Triple Changer Figure Assortment – Approximate value $24.99. Rated for ages 6 and up. You can build your own Bot and transform between three different models. Customize Bumbleebee into a race car, a robot to a jet! This includes a robot frame and lots of armor as well as weapons accessory parts. There is nearly no limit to what your child can do with this kit!

Enter for your chance to win one Transformers Construct-Bots Triple Changer Figure Assortment

Giveaway Starts today and ends 12am EST on November 28, 2013. Open to USA only. Winner will be announced live on site and emailed directly. Winner shall have 48 hours from announcement post and email to claim prize otherwise another random winner shall be chosen using the random generator through Rafflecopter.

** one entry per person, while you can tweet once per day, all other entries are ONE TIME per PERSON. 

Using the Rafflecopter form below is easy; use name/email to log in or Facebook for login. Rafflecopter will not use your email or access for anything other than giving me a way to contact you should you be the randomly chosen winner! Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize or another person will be randomly selected.

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Bop It! Tetris Game Review and Giveaway

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My family recently received Bop It! Tetris for review purposes. Our Bop It! Tetris has become a ride along fun game for all of our family. Ages 13 down to 5 have been competing against each other to get the highest score. At the current moment our high score is near 300 points. That’s well beyond my 43 I believe I am at. This version of Bop It! it is fun once you get the hang of it, as my tween daughter said “it’s just like Tetris Mom, all you do is match up the blocks into the empty squares. It’s not that hard!” But it is hard. For me. Obviously.  My score sucks.

Bop It Tetris

With Bop It! Tetris you can think about the normal Bop It! but with lights and puzzles and shapes. Each challenge gets faster and faster, testing your coordination skills. Mine suck. Clearly a score of 43 versus the near 300 the children have proves I am not so good at this.  There are hundreds of puzzles and social play so that you can enjoy endless fun. With an approximate retail value of $24.99 you can purchase Bop It! Tetris in most any store nationwide that sells board games. Bop It! Tetris is rated for ages 8+ and is able to have one or more players.

Learn more about Hasbro games by Connecting with Hasbro Game Night on Facebook and Following Hasbro Game Night on Twitter.

Below is your chance to enter to win one Bop It! Tetris from my site.

One person will be randomly selected as a winner  of one Bop It! Tetris from the entries using the Rafflecopter form below.

Giveaway Starts today and ends 12am EST on November 15, 2013. Open to USA only. Winner will be announced live on site and emailed directly. Winner shall have 48 hours from announcement post and email to claim prize otherwise another random winner shall be chosen using the random generator through Rafflecopter. ** one entry per person, while you can tweet once per day, all other entries are ONE TIME per PERSON. 

Using the Rafflecopter form below is easy; use name/email to log in or Facebook for login. Rafflecopter will not use your email or access for anything other than giving me a way to contact you should you be the randomly chosen winner! Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize or another person will be randomly selected.

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