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    My Top 10 Favorite Games

    Who doesn’t love to play games?

    I know I do. My family is a huge supporter of all varieties of entertainment, from digital gaming consoles to board games to in-person action games. If you’re like me and find playing games essential to any in-home social gathering, I have some favorites to share with you.

    It took me forever to narrow down a list of games into my top ten favorites, but here it is:

    1. Cards Against Humanities/ Apples to Apples

    If you love regretting every decision you ever made, then these two games are for you. No, but really, both are card games that offer “fill in the blank” spaces. The person with the funniest response wins that round. The regret part comes from realizing too late that you had a perfect answer for that round after the turn was up. The Cards Against Humanities game is the adult version of Apples to Apples. So, depending on the crowd, you can choose the censored version or the free for all version.

    To Buy: https://www.target.com/p/cards-against-humanity-game/-/A-51078183?ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=google_pla_df&fndsrc=tgtao&CPNG=PLA_Toys_Priority%2BShopping&adgroup=Toys_Priority+TCINs&LID=700000001170770pgs&network=g&device=c&location=9012499&ds_rl=1246978&ds_rl=1248099&ds_rl=1246978&gclid=Cj0KCQiA597fBRCzARIsAHWby0G7cIt_jiZiUUvz9LfJ3s-YweOTaTzKOUBW3oJaMxnsLSJkhR8jjFEaAgt2EALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

    To Buy: https://www.target.com/p/apples-to-apples-game/-/A-15745307

     

    1. Heads Up!

    Want to jump around like your crazy and get in a heated battle of charades? Then play Heads Up!. This game can be played on from an App or the card game version. You start by picking a category. Then someone is chosen to be “it.” Whoever is it will shake the phone or pick a card, allowing a specific topic, item, character, etc. to pop up. Without looking at the answer, the person that is “it” places the phone or card on their forehead, revealing the answer to everyone else. Then, it becomes a heated battle of charades to get the person who is “it” to guess the answer stuck to their forehead.

    You can also play this game with sheets of paper if you don’t have a smartphone. Have everyone write topics down on small pieces of paper and draw from a pile to play.

    To Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Continuum-Games-Heads-Party-Game/dp/B00HXCHCAY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1543034575&sr=8-1&keywords=game+heads+up

     

    1. Clue

    Get ready to suspect everyone in this game of murder mystery. I love guessing games, especially if a little detective work goes into it. For this game, a series of characters, weapons, and rooms are divided amongst all players, and one card from each category is placed in a center manila envelope. The cards in the center of the board are the answers to who killed someone, with what weapon, and in which room. Each player is given a sheet of paper with all cards listed out, and they get to go around asking who has which cards during their turn. By the end of the game, someone has deduced which cards are in the center.

    To Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Hasbro-A5826079-CLUE-Game/dp/B01JYVHMVA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1543034658&sr=8-1&keywords=clue+board+game

     

    1. Mario Kart 8

    My family lives for this game. Whether it is the original Mario Kart of the latest version (Mario Kart 8 for Nintendo Switch). Each player gets to choose which character from the Mario world and races the other players in the game. If you’re not that into racing games, there are also battle segments you can play in. For battles, you get to drive around either stealing balloons, throwing explosives, or avoiding being captured by giant plants.

    To Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Mario-Kart-8-Deluxe-Nintendo-Switch/dp/B01N1037CV/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1543034683&sr=8-2&keywords=mario%2Bkart%2B8%2Bdeluxe%2Bnintendo%2Bswitch&th=1

    1. Scene It: Disney 2nd Edition

    Every year for Christmas, Santa would leave a Scene It board game on our piano. This was the beginning of our family game night obsession. This game is a great mix of a board game, card game, and television game.  Each player rolls the dice and has a chance to be asked trivia questions from cards, have to watch a small clip from a Disney movie, play against the other players during “All Play”, and many other things. It’s always fun to see who remembers the most Disney related material. Unfortunately, the Scene It games were discontinued, but can still be purchased through second-hand suppliers.

    To Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Scene-DVD-Game-Disney-2nd/dp/B000OC5Z9A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1543034710&sr=8-1&keywords=scene+it+disney+2nd+edition

    1. Trivial Pursuit

    This game requires the brain of someone who reads encyclopedias for a living. There are questions ranging from the late 1960s to the late 2000s. One card could ask a question about a Disney Character, the next one could be about who created the General Motors car company. Good luck with this one!

    To Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Hasbro-Trivial-Pursuit-Family-Exclusive/dp/B00NQQTXNK/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1543034732&sr=8-5&keywords=trivial+pursuit

    1. Monopoly

    I’m sure you know by now that you aren’t supposed to play this game with loved ones. It ruins relations. You have to be willing to steal land and money from your family and friends. But luckily, it’s just a board game so eventually, they’ll forgive you. Or not. Who knows?

    To Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Hasbro-C1009-Monopoly-Classic-Game/dp/B01MU9K3XU/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1543034765&sr=1-1-spons&keywords=Monopoly&psc=1

    1. Wii Sports

    I’m throwing it back to mid-2000s with this one. My family still plays the Wii gaming console to this day, especially to throw some tennis balls around and see who can pretend hit a baseball across a field. Who doesn’t love sports where you don’t actually have to be physical? In all seriousness, this game does require some physical exertion if you don’t cheat, but it is still a fun game.

    To Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Nintendo-CS95SMB-BRK-Wii-Sports/dp/B0017Q4DGI/ref=sr_1_3?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1543034824&sr=1-3&keywords=wii+sports

    1. Super Mario Party

    The Mario universe is a gold mine. The company who created it really knew what they were doing. This is the second Mario game on this list, and I failed to mention that we also have a Mario version of Monopoly. In Super Mario Party, there are several gaming options with the main one being a digital board game to compete on against other players. The goal is to get the most starts by the end, which can be pretty tricky when the board changes every on occasion.

    To buy: https://www.amazon.com/Super-Mario-Party-Nintendo-Switch/dp/B07DJY81FP/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1543034441&sr=8-1&keywords=mario%2Bparty%2Bswitch&th=1

    1. Scrabble

    Last, but not least, Scrabble. This is my all-time favorite game. Whether it be a board game or a digital version, I love playing it. You get to test the limits of your vocabulary by connecting opposing players words to your own. If you have never played before, I recommend doing so.

    To Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Hasbro-A8166-Scrabble-Crossword-Game/dp/B00IL5XY9K/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1543034851&sr=1-1&keywords=scrabble

  • DIY, Fun, Misc, TRENDING

    Last Minute DIY Halloween Slime

    Looking for a last minute Halloween DIY? We’ve got you covered. This super easy slime can be used for any kind of holiday decoration. Just add holiday decor or glitter to get your desired look.

    This is fun activity to do with frieds and so easy. You can find these ingredients at a Michaels, Hobby Lobby or any local craft store.  What DIY activites do you want to see next? Comment below.

  • DIY, Fun, Holiday

    12 Cheap and Easy Ugly Christmas Sweater DIYs

    1. Advent Calendar

    An Advent calendar sweater will give your holiday ensemble some more glitz and glam.

    2. Upcycled Old Sweaters

    Upcycle old sweaters and make them go from drab to Christmas fab with this sweater DIY.

    2. Christmas Present and Tree

    Make your tree sweater creation complete with a present counterpart.

    4. Bow Sweater

    Just find the absolute biggest bow that exists and stick it on your sweater. Add a string of lights for an even more eye-catching effect.

    5. Chimney Sweater

    The chimney plays a pretty important role in Santa Claus’s Christmas duties, so build one out of cardboard or paper and deck out your sweater.

    6. Bow Sweater

    If you are short on time (or cash!), then simply stick some holiday-colored bows on a sweater you already own.

    7. Illuminated Sweaters

    Light up the room (or blind your friends and family) with Christmas sweaters completely decked out in multicolored twinkle lights.

    8. Abominable Snowman Sweater

    When in doubt, sew on holiday-themed characters from movies to your ugly Christmas sweater.

    9. Present Sweaters

    One of the easiest ways to DIY an ugly Christmas sweater is with some wrapping ribbon. Make yourself the present!

    10. Christmas Cat

    Plaster your beloved pet’s face on your sweater this year. The uglier, the better.

    11. Ugly Christmas Dress

    Make your tacky ensemble more fancy with an ugly Christmas dress DIY.

    12. Bottle-Cap Sweater

    Don’t get rid of your old bottle tops! DIY a Christmas tree or wreath out of your extras.


    Click Here for more DIY Ugly Sweater Ideas

  • Fun, TRENDING

    The “Pretty Little Liars” Finale- SPOILER ALERT!

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    So, if you’re anything like me, you’ve spent the past 7 years of your life watching “Pretty Little Liars” like it’s your job. I mean, I feel like Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer have become a part of my life! I fell in love with the show when it first came on, when the 4 friends were mourning the loss of their best friend, Allison. However, over 7 seasons later, the show took more turns than I can even remember. But the biggest turn was in the finale last night!

    Finally, Rosewood (and our liars!) is at peace! The finale began with a 1 year time jump, where the 5 girls are chatting. “AD” comes up in conversation, and the girls reminisce on the days they were tortured, and even talk about how they never figured out who AD was. (What??? After years of being tortured, they just forgot about it??) Anyways, it quickly pans to Mona, who we see is still at Radley Sanitorium. (Poor Mona!)

    Ultimately, the episode revolved around the fact that Aria and Ezra are getting married. (Remember- Hanna and Caleb already tied the knot, and Alli proposed to Emily!) Everything seems to be going fine until Aria realizes she’s unable to have kids, and wants to call off the wedding. Her friends talk her off the cliff, and they go to bed excited for Ezria’s wedding!

    Turns out, Ezra was kidnapped (along with none other than Spencer!) and is unable to make it to the wedding. The camera pans to Spencer in a cell, where she knows she has been kidnapped with AD. And the moment we’ve all been waiting for… we come back to face with AD. And it’s Spencer???? (Well, not really, just her psycho identical twin she didn’t know existed that has been torturing her and her friends for years out of jealousy.) AD, also known now as Alex Drake, explains to Spencer why she has been torturing her and her friends as Spencer listens in horror and confusion.Ezra is being held captive as well, as the friends start to wonder if this is because of AD.

    None other than Jenna (the blind one) is the one that realizes Spencer’s twin isn’t actually Spencer! News spreads fast as the liars speed to the location, and ultimately save both Spencer and Ezra from her evil twin.

    The episode ends with the Ezria wedding (Thank God! We’ve only been waiting 7 seasons for this!) and all of the liars finally happy.

    Ezra and Aria finally had their wedding surrounded by friends and were off to their honey moon, with plans for adoption in the near future.

    Emily and Allison have twins and are happily engaged to be married.

    Hanna and Caleb are still married, and we find out in the very end finally pregnant!

    Spencer ends with closure of AD, and hopes with Toby!

    And as for AD and her mother, Mary Drake? Don’t worry they’re safe- in a real life doll house, being controlled by Mona for the rest of their days.

  • Articles, Fun, Portfolio, Tips, Travel

    10 Activities to Do This Summer with Your Family

    Ideas for Summertime Adventures with Family

    Summer is the time for unwinding and relaxing. We all love summer because it means no school and no responsibilities for a few months. However, sometimes we may wonder what we can do with all of this time that we now have on our hands. One of the best things you can do this summer is to spend time not only with your friends but also with your family. Here are some activities you can suggest to your family that you can do together this summer. You will have fun and bond with those you love.

    1. Go hiking – This is a fun way to get out of the house and explore nature. You can unplug for a little while and see beautiful sights that you wouldn’t see every day.
    2. Go kayaking – Kayaking is another excellent way to get out into nature. It can be relaxing at times and other times it can be scary and exciting.
    3. Visit your favorite amusement park – Everyone loves amusement parks. It is one of the best places to go as a family.
    4. Go fishing – Warm summer days are the best and most enjoyable times to go fishing with the family.
    5. Visit a museum – Museums aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but, if they are, then going to a museum is the perfect family-friendly activity for the summer. It can be especially fun if you have younger siblings to take with you.
    6. Go on a short road trip – Summertime is the time to get out of the house and explore. Whether it is as far as your backyard or to the beach 6 hours away, getting out and going to places you haven’t been before will create lasting memories.
    7. Go camping – If camping is something you like doing, then summer is the time to do it and enjoy the beauty of nature while doing something you wouldn’t usually do.
    8. Watch a movie at a drive-in movie theater – Whether you are going with family or friends, everyone loves drive-in theaters during the summer. It isn’t expensive and is fun for everyone.
    9. Go swimming – This is the most obvious one, but you can go swimming in more than just a pool. You can go to a river, a lake, or even a waterfall. Everyone loves swimming because it is the perfect way to cool off on a hot summer day.
    10. Make s’mores by an outdoor fire – Whatever you decide to do with your summer day, the best way to end it is by a fireside with hot s’mores and friends and family by your side.
  • Fashion, Fun, School, TRENDING

    7 Back to School Outfits That Will Get You Voted “Best Dressed”

    Girly Gingham


    Clockwise: Pink Ruffle Sleece Gingham Crop Top, $38, Missguided; Oslo Sunglasses (Similar), $11, Sunglasses Warehouse; Pom Pom Heart Keychain, $13, American Eagle; Mini Embellished Backpack, $28, ASOS; Blue Contrast Wrap Around Frayed Denim Skirt, $48, Missguided; Keds x Kate Spade New York Champion, $60, Keds

    Hollo Everything


    Clockwise: Give ‘Em Lip Sequin Tee, $36, Nasty Gal; Stud Muffin Sunnies, $30, Free People; Tiara Headphones, $60, Skinny Dip; Hi-Rise Slim Jean, $50, American Eagle; Pool Party Phone Case, $40, LuMee; Hop To It Shiny Snakeskin Slide Sneakers, $21, GoJane; Palm Backpack, $60, Skinny Dip

    Bright Fruits


    Clockwise: White Striped Trim V Neck Short Sleeve T-shirt (Similar), $13, Make Me Chic; Mini Skater Sundress In Fruit Print, $40, ASOS; Love Wins Tote Bag, $20, Society6; Winnie Blue and White Knotted Slide Sandals, $29, Lulu’s

    Sleek Prepster


    Clockwise: Yellow Frilled Sleeve Top (Similar), $48, Missguided; Decree Statement Necklace, $9, JCPenney; Suzette Knee Slit Jeans, $44, Francesca’s; Tiger Patch Velvet Slip On Sneakers, $20,T.J. Maxx; Lemonade Laptop Sleeve, $36, Society6

    Stars and Stripes


    Clockwise: Chaser Saturday Washed Red Backless Sweatshirt, $79, Lulu’s; Statement Ball Choker Necklace, $19, ASOS; Lace Up Mini Skirt in Stripe, $48, ASOS; Solar Flats, $69, Betsey Johnson; Gold Liquid Glitter Notebook, $24, Skinny Dip

    Western Florals


    Clockwise: Raw-Cut Denim Jacket (Similar), $48, Forever 21; Moon River Dottie Red Floral Print Dress, $79, Lulu’s; Best of the West Studded Boot, $80, Nasty Gal; Girls Gingham Rucksack, $28, Boohoo; Cherry Liquid Key Charm, $13, Skinny Dip

  • Articles, Fun

    Teen Choice Awards 2017

    The Teen Choice Awards are this Sunday, August 13, 2017, and it has got people buzzing.

    First of all, the awards will be hosted by John Cena and Victoria Justice. John Cena is known for wrestling, rapping, and acting. John Cena’s most prominent recent role is in the upcoming movie Ferdinand as the titular character, Ferdinand the bull. He is joined in that movie by Ghostbusters and Saturday Night Live star Kate McKinnon, lead actress from Jane the Virgin Gina Rodriguez, and Hamilton’s Daveed Diggs, among many other stars. Victoria Justice is a singer and actress, and is probably most well-known for her starring role in the Nickelodeon show Victorious. Most recently, Victoria Justice has been in a film called The Outcasts, which also features Avan Jogia, Eden Sher, and Claudia Lee, among others.

    Already the awards seem to be great, just from the hosts. In addition, former One Direction member Louis Tomlinson will be performing his new single Back To You, which features Bebe Rexha, who you may know from David Guetta’s song Hey Mama, G-Eazy’s song Me, Myself, & I, or Cash Cash’s song Take Me Home, along with other original songs.

    Louis Tomlinson and Bebe Rexha are not the only performers, however. Clean Bandit, whose song Rather Be was super popular last year, will be performing Rockabye and Symphony, the latter of which will feature Zara Larrson, a Swedish singer-songwriter.

    This year, as always, there will be plenty of celebrities presenting awards as well. Among them will be Lucy Hale, the actress who brought Aria Montgomery to life on Pretty Little Liars; Chris Pratt, who plays Peter Quill or Star-Lord in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies; Tyler Posey, the leading actor on Teen Wolf who plays Scott McCall; the cast of Riverdale (need I say more?); Janel Parrish, who you may remember as Mona Vanderwaal on Pretty Little Liars; Yara Shahidi, or Zoey Johnson from Black-ish; and so many other great celebrities.

    This year is different from others due to new categories having been added to the list. My personal favorite is “Choice Changemaker.” Each celebrity nominated has done their best to change the world. For example, Rowan Blanchard is an outspoken feminist and human rights activist. Shailene Woodley, another actress nominated in the category, is a huge environmental activist and protested the Dakota Access Pipeline last year. The other celebs in the category (Ian Somerhalder, Yara Shahidi, Selena Gomez, and Ariana Grande) are great philanthropists as well. It is important to acknowledge people who are trying to make change and to encourage it if it is change you believe in, so it’s wonderful that they are doing that with this award.

    The Teen Choice Awards is always a fun awards show to watch, whether you know who all these people are or not, so don’t forget to tune in Sunday night.

    Are you going to watch the Teen Choice Awards? Leave a comment below with who you hope wins what category!

    (Written by Megan Flint.)