We Prefer Monopoly Empire Over Regular Monopoly { Review & Giveaway }

Free ProductI am in all honesty excited to be sharing this review and giveaway for Monopoly Empire because it is such a FUN board game to play with the family! Every person in the household from the “man of the house” down to the seven year old { the 5 year old doesn’t have attention spam to play board games long just yet}, loves this version of Monopoly.

Monopoly Empire Board

Monopoly Empire is available now and is rated for ages 8+, my seven year old can play it because he has been playing board games and even learned how to play chess at age 4, so he’s quick to play higher level games with us. This retails for $19.99. I do see that Amazon.com has it for sale but I am sure you can find it in local retail shops now since it arrived on shelves this past Summer.

Billboards Monopoly Empire

Start the game by placing all of the billboards on the appropriate place markings on the Monopoly Empire board. You have famous named brands such as eBay, Xbox, Yahoo and McDonald’s plus more that you can “purchase” and “own” to get rent and other benefits from owning in this version of Monopoly. The setup is not as quick as the other versions we have played for Monopoly as you have to set the billboards all the spaces of the board, then give out money but after you set it up once you become a pro at knowing where the brands are listed on the board.

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School Being Restored But Kids Still Learning

Salary Career and House Cards in LifeIt was a sad day when I learned that a water pipe had burst sending thousands of gallons of water through my two younger children’s school, leaving the old building of the school in shambles. The library was full of wet books, the office and the cafeteria where a few places in the school I had heard were full of water and showing signs of damage from the water pipe bursting. I literally cried. Yes, I am an emotional lady these days, but this is a school I went to as a child, the old part of my children’s building is the same place I went for first grade up through third grade. This is a great school, with amazing teachers and students!

Due to the school having to be restored, the kids have been out of school, a whole week of school is being missed due to the restoration and water damage. This made me sad too, for multiple reasons; the fact that so many students will be without education that week and my work schedule/routine will be in a funk while I have my two sons full time, minus a couple mornings when they go with their Dad.

Boys in Front of Plane

I am not the type of parent who is like “school is out, what the heck will we do”, I just realize how important it is to keep my kids moving forward in learning at all times. I am also aware that my boys are not the type to want to sit down and “play school”, so that is when my creative mind had it’s wheels in motion. The game of Life and even Monopoly is a family favorite and it uses math skills as well as counting skills. Both boys can use their piece or car to count how many spots they move on the board. My six year old enjoys being the banker in both Life and Monopoly, so he practices his math skills while enjoying a family board game day.

The boys enjoy books, so we practiced reading some of the easier level books I own, having story time and board game time seems like good ole family fun but the tricky part is that my boys were actually practicing their school skills to ensure when they go back to school next week that they did not lose all that their teachers work so hard to teach them!

What tricky ways do you teach your kids at home through play time?

Vacation Week vs Work Week

Last week Sheila came over from Florida, do not ask why she chose to visit NH in the Winter but she did & one day it was completely freezing outside for me let alone her.  The week started off with me picking her up at the Manchester Airport and let me tell you what – please never let this chick drive alone. I got lost AT THE AIRPORT. Seriously.

I had to drive a ways down the road and pull into a store parking lot to ask where I go to pick up passengers at the Manchester, NH Airport. Boy did I feel real slow because I have been to this airport two times before. Finally I was able to get to the cell phone lot and await Sheila’s text to say she had landed and was ready for me to pull up to the terminal to pick her up.

We spent our week with the kids mostly, as it was Christmas vacation. One plus being home with another female is that I could have some much needed girl talk and quality time with another adult. I am one who seeks adult time yet never really gets that time. Sheila and I spent time playing Monopoly with the kids, doing craft time fun and she even was able to head over to meet my Dad and my sister as well as my sister’s boyfriend. At night when the kids were asleep Sheila and I spent time chatting, watching movies and had one girls night out the first night she arrived.

I must admit the week was a pretty good week, but one thing I realized is that I am not good with having company and working so I had a week long vacation for the most part and spent this week playing catch up. I am happy that Sheila and I met in person for the first time since forever ago when we first connected online and look forward to meeting more new friends this New Year.

Cheers to week long vacations with friends!

Trade In and Trade up With Hasbro @familygamenight

A newsletter hit my inbox last week and it was something that completely appealed to me! As a mom of kids who love to play board games together on family game nights I know that most of our games end up with lost pieces and missing cards. I actually had to throw out my Sorry board game recently and after reading this information I had wished I never tossed it because I could have traded it in!

GREAT GAMES TRADE IN:

Is your game of Sorry! looking, well, a little sorry? Or maybe the Cavity Sam in your game of Operation looks like he needs to take a trip to the ER. Whether you’re missing some money in your Monopoly game or letter tiles from the Scrabble game, it may be time to replace that worn and well-loved game with a brand new one. Luckily for you and your family, the Great Games Trade-In is here to make recycling and upgrading games as easy as can be! Throughout the month of September, visit FamilyGameNight.com to print up to $83 in coupons, as well as prepaid shipping labels to easily recycle your old games. You’ll learn how to recycle your old, worn-out games with Recyclebank to make plenty of room in your freshly cleaned game closet for brand spankin’ new games! The 22 Great Games Trade-In coupon offers can be redeemed at mass merchandise retailers nationwide through October 9. And with all of these savings, you’ll even have extra spending money for treats and decorations for your big National Family Game Night celebration!

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