Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Family Game Night


We're big on games.  We love game shows, athletic events, card games and board games.  In the winter we have family game nights and every spring and summer we relish the warm nights, playing family baseball and kickball until it's time to go in for bed.

It's tough to find time to reconnect as a family, and we like games because everyone (usually) has a great time.  We also get to teach valuable lessons about playing fair and learning not to be a sore loser. 

The Game Show Network (GSN) is bringing back the family fun game, "Minute to Win It" June 25th at 8/7c.  The new episodes will be hosted by speed skating champion Apolo Anton Ohno.  We're thrilled because we're huge game show fans.  Game shows are fabulous because our whole family can watch together, and I have no worries about suggestive or questionable content.  We can all kick back and enjoy, cheering on players or playing along.

A few nights ago, to kick off summer vacation, we setup our own Minute to Win It challenge, "Ka-Broom."  We needed a fairly easy challenge since we have younger kids, and we wanted everyone to be able to play.  "Ka-Broom" is a level 1 challenge, which was perfect for us.  Even better, we had everything we needed to setup the game right in our house.  To add to the fun we added prizes, winner choosing first and so on.

Kids love a good prize table.
For Ka-Broom, we setup a folding table with 10 paper plates.  On each plate we put a marshmallow toward the inside of the plate (the side closer to the inside of the table), and the outside rim of each plate had to hang a few inches over the table.

Using a broom, players have to catapult the marshmallows into a cup, catching at least 3 in one minute.  After we practiced with the broom, we realized the kids had trouble maneuvering it so we tried a baseball bat. 

And then we got to work.
Here is Hubby, happily challenging all the kids to "Ka-Broom."  He may have caught the most marshmallows in his cup, but he was not eligible for a prize.  Kit Kats and Hershey bars were for the munchkins only.
 

This summer, try your own family game night and consider using games from GSN's Minute to Win It.  My kids were excited to try new games and even more excited to be involved in the setup of our challenges.

Break down of our set was another story.  But cleanup is never as exciting as setup, and this time I did let it slide.

All new episodes of Minute to Win it hosted by Apolo Ohno premieres June 25th at 8/7c only on GSN. For more information, connect with Minute to Win It on Facebook and Twitter and visit the GSN website.

Happy summer everyone!

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153 comments:

  1. We love games, too, but it's really hard to find something that everyone can do! Do all of yours play nice? Is someone always the "winner"? {SIGH} I just have one kid who is SO much more coordinated and competitive than the rest...

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  2. My kids would like to play the Junk in the Trunk Minute to Win It game.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  3. tweet:

    https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/347417126723792896

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  4. I would play Speed Eraser

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  5. https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/347438375931879424

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  6. We would like to play Rapid Fire with the rubber bands and cans.
    reklaw422 at hotmail dot com

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  7. My family and I have a game night as well! It's a night that helps us bond and strengthens our unity. With the everyday digital distractions: smartphones, video games, laptops, and iPads it's nice to have time away from these devices. The kids and I really enjoy playing on the game tables that we bought for them last Christmas! They are actually trying to beat me in Ping Pong but I keep telling them, "I will forever reign as champion!"

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  8. we would play speed racer !:)

    vanitizebaby@yahoo.com

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  9. tweet

    https://twitter.com/MeandBells/status/347731717240520704

    vanitizebaby@yahoo.com

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  10. My kiddos would love speed racer. amypugmire@live.com

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  11. tweet amypugmire@live.com
    https://twitter.com/1amypugmire/status/347918911062302721

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  12. My boys would love the Rapid Fire game!!

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  13. tweet
    https://twitter.com/eswright18/status/348100691409133570

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  14. We would play Junk in the Trunk game to reconnect.

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  15. -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/349372699736412160

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  16. To reconnect, any fun game with cards or moving pieces on them, works to bring everyone together. For the outdoors, all of us playing Tag, is still fun.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

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  17. https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/349566046212063233
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

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  18. https://twitter.com/OneFrugalGirl/status/349588932943556608
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  19. We play a lot of scrabble in our house!
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  20. We like to play Scattergories at our house!

    roxannewv@yahoo.com

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  21. WE play so many: monopoly, scrabble, yam slam, all sorts of other board games... Thanks for a chance to win, too! kmassman gmail

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  22. We love game night around here- this would be so much fun! We like Wits and Wagers.

    chambanachik at gmail dot com

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  23. We love Scrabble and Ticket to Ride Europe!

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  24. We play a card game called Nerts.

    karinaroselee at gmail dot com

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  25. https://twitter.com/karinaroselee/status/349987763787014145

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  26. We like to play lots of board games. But, we're going to try a couple of these. They look like lots of fun.
    Thanks so much.
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

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  27. I tweeted: https://twitter.com/peg42/status/350391130065604609
    Thanks
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

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  28. We would like to play Rapid Fire.
    austma7@aol.com

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  29. My kids are grown, but we used to play Uno when they were small.

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  30. Tweet
    https://twitter.com/clc408/status/350642622219550723

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  31. We play monopoly and numerous card games
    ky_grandma40@yahoo.com

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  32. We like playing Pictionary, Candyland and Chutes and Ladders.

    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  33. tweet
    https://twitter.com/kellysaver/status/350700475273846784

    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  34. Speed Racer! :)

    hillesha(at)twc(dot)com

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  35. twitted this today, 28/06
    http://www.twitter.com/myspotme

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  36. Love the show and play all the time in this house. hanky panky is our fave game!
    (except now I have Ziploc bags full of tissues)
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

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  37. We generally play cards. Mostly Pitch.

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  38. We love playing dance and karaoke games on our Xbox :)

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  39. Tweeted :) - https://twitter.com/Enter_Now/status/350956535381364738

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  40. twitted this today, 29/06
    http://www.twitter.com/myspotme

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  41. We like playing Zingo.
    tamarsweeps-at-gmail-dot-com

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  42. we play scrabble! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  43. https://twitter.com/DesMoinesDealin/status/351183664916332546 scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  44. we like monopoly and apples to apples

    hippopurplemonkey at yahoo dot com

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  45. fresh fruit, twitted this today, 30/06
    http://www.twitter.com/myspotme

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  46. Shauntea CrutcherJune 30, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    My family plays board and console games.

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  47. We like playing Uno and Yahtzee.
    Thank you.

    barbara dot montyj at gmail dot com

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  48. Tweeted https://twitter.com/JalapenoMama/status/351533992165650433

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  49. we play board games like sorry and life
    stigay at comcast.net

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  50. we like life and Sportcraft
    navygravy@hotmail.com

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  51. https://twitter.com/Merle0304/status/351776705729409024
    navygravy@hotmail.com

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  52. Speed Eraser looks fun

    freebiel0ve@yahoo.com

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  53. tweet: https://twitter.com/akronugurl/status/351786193551228928 .

    freebiel0ve@yahoo.com

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  54. twitted this today, 01/07
    http://www.twitter.com/myspotme

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  55. We play monopoly to connect. I'd love to do the ready spaghetti!

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  56. We play Sorry, Scrabble or Monopoly the most.

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  57. We love to play Shoots and Ladders, Sorry, Memory, Twister and they love outdoor games like horseshoes and hopscotch.

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  58. tweet
    https://twitter.com/abrightbabe/status/352431868248989697

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  59. my kids would like Face the Cookie if they got to eat it afterwards pry.school.1@gmail.com

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  60. https://twitter.com/holly_gardens/status/352433297961398272 pry.school.1@gmail.com

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  61. twitted this today, 03/07
    http://www.twitter.com/myspotme

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  62. We usually play board games, like monopoly, but this looks like so much fun!!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  63. tweet--https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/352721717753430016

    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  64. twitted this today, 04/07
    http://www.twitter.com/myspotme

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  65. we play board game and family kinect games

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  66. https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/353158965309358080

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  67. twitted this today, 05/07
    http://www.twitter.com/myspotme

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  68. My family likes to play board games like Scrabble and Apples to Apples

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  69. https://twitter.com/susan1215/status/353327896674316290

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  70. twitted this today, 06/07
    http://www.twitter.com/myspotme

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  71. With summer time here, we play Bocce' and Hillbilly golf.
    dolniaks at consolidated dot net

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  72. https://twitter.com/smilekisses/status/353699447793926145
    dolniaks at consolidated dot net

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  73. We like to play badminton!
    wbailey113 at hotmail dot com

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  74. https://twitter.com/myfolly/status/353859122556436480
    wbailey113@hotmail.com

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  75. speed ereaser looks great joseph gersch jtwark@mail.com

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  76. twitted this today, 07/07
    http://www.twitter.com/myspotme

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  77. Our kids are teens so it is harder than ever to connect these days - they are doing their own thing more and more. But, one thing that brings everyone together is shooting hoops in our driveway basketball goal.

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  78. twitted this today, 08/07
    http://www.twitter.com/myspotme

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  79. We love card games in our family. Just about any card game helps us connect.
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  80. tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/354411909308612608
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  81. sherricrawford70atyahoodotcom
    we usually play card games or board games

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  82. we like triominoes, chutes and ladders and war

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  83. My family loves all the games from the minute to win it show! The game that get my family reconnect would be Face the Cookie! They love cookies and all kinds of fun games.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  84. tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/uTry_it/status/354867411830325249

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  85. my husband and I like to play card games together!

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  86. My whole family loves Yahtzee! We have a rule that the loser has to clean up!
    smchester at gmail dot com

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  87. We play whatever we have in the game closet or on the Wii. Favorite board game right now is Pass the Popcorn and favorite Wii game right now is Mario Kart.

    Thanks!
    Samantha
    jamesmadison1974@gmail.com

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  88. we play board games like taboo!

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  89. We like to play monopoly
    addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com

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  90. We play monopoly and scrabble.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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  91. With the small ones, it's "Chutes and Ladders."
    jvmwordsmith@gmail.com

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  92. Tweeted.
    https://twitter.com/Jayne_Martin/status/356449902802386944

    jvmwordsmith@gmail.com

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  93. We play candy land...over and over
    Diane Baum
    esldiane@gmail.com

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  94. we're into pictionary and sometimes charades

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  95. i tweeted
    https://twitter.com/kolpin4680/status/356531594896482306

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  96. We love playing UNO and Monopoly :)
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  97. https://twitter.com/disneyfan40/status/356943847667933184
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  98. I think we would have a blast playing speed racer

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  99. https://twitter.com/eaglesforjack/status/356946529782726656

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  100. My mom is 82 so we mostly play card games and board games :)
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  101. https://twitter.com/LAMusing/status/357002614275194880
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  102. We like to play Twister when we all need a good laugh!

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  103. We like to get a family game of Clue going!!!
    mintstatesportswear(at)juno(dot)com

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  104. We usually play games like touch football or soccer in the yard. My boys are super energetic and rarely have the patience for board games and such.

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  105. My family loves softball, we all play!
    onecheaplady@yahoo.com

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  106. We love sitting down and playing board games. I had never seen minute to win it before, but I am going to try some of these with the kids. I think they would love them!!

    brat52101 at yahoo dot com

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  107. We would play Junk in the Trunk game

    FunkyColdMadena@hotmail.com

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  108. https://twitter.com/Hotsnotty2/status/357269281752350721

    FunkyColdMadena@hotmail.com

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  109. Overall games would include Uno and Battleship. Games from this promotion would be Stack Attack.

    ky2here at msn dot com

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  110. we love to play pictionary it always gives us a night of laughter and fun

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  111. https://twitter.com/klp1965/status/357311144089751552

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  112. https://twitter.com/ky2here1/status/357311207545384960

    ky2here at msn dot com

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  113. https://twitter.com/wallindeb/status/357343133375266817

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  114. My family is addicted to Wrap It Up :)

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  115. The boys in the family would love Mad Dog. I think it looks pretty fun too.

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  116. Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/357393350493601793

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  117. KaBroom looks fun - but I think, like you, we will opt for KaBat :) Thanks!

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  118. My family is just me, my hubby, and our cats. LOL We don't really play games to reconnect. But we do do this intimacy thing that is sort of a game...not really but sort of...each night. It is called "Goodnight Sweetheart" and is a series of cards, one for each night before bed, where you are given a topic or question to ask your partner that helps create intimacy and positive feelings between you two. We love it and look forward to it every night.
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  119. I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/357509143088742401
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  120. I haven't ever played before, but I think we would have a blast playing What a Racquet.


    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

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  121. My older children and I love to play Monopoly to reconnect and my youngest loves Candyland.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

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  122. I Tweeted: https://twitter.com/lisalmg/status/357539859340075009
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

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  123. We play Scrabble and Monopoly! lexbaylor17 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  124. tweeted!

    https://twitter.com/lieutcrunch17/status/357546700447035392

    lexbaylor17 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  125. We've had a minute to win it game before at work...was a blast.
    Noodling Around is fun.
    ericacarnes(at)gmail(dot)com

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  126. We play scrabble

    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  127. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/357606990895251457

    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  128. we play poker.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  129. https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/357608035151134722

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  130. I think Noodling Around would be lots of fun to play. Not too hard, but fun.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  131. https://twitter.com/slehan/status/357625963003125760

    slehan at juno dot com

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  132. we like to play Monopoly as a family with our own extra rules.

    eugeniewu [at] gmail-dot-com

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  133. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/FernGlade/status/357639766579228672

    eugeniewu [at] gmail-dot-com

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  134. We like to play Scrabble and Cranium when we get the chance to get together!
    abuninoven athotmaildot com

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  135. tweet
    https://twitter.com/abrightbabe/status/357645935192457216
    abuninoven athotmaildot com

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  136. We like playing monopoly and battlefield

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  137. https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/357649480776036352

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  138. we really like to play word games like Scrabble or Boggle.
    hlee99 at gmail dot com

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  139. I tweeted this at https://twitter.com/leedhowell/status/357651126780313600

    hlee99 at gmail dot com

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  140. We throw a softball around. My family is all about softball. Our lives revolve around it and the team my daughter plays for. Thank you!
    crystalfaulkner2000 at yahoo dot com

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  141. love the Ka-Broom!

    daxkimd@ gmail dot com

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  142. https://twitter.com/shopwithmemama/status/357682612380241921

    daxkimd at gmail dot com

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  143. Monopoly and scrabble are the faves! I also like yahtzee!

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  144. https://twitter.com/electricstar/status/357683551350689792

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