Oct 30 2011

Loaded Questions...For Adults

Best Party Game Ever!

by: Lisa Thornbury

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I'm a play-ah. Not in a rapper kind of way. As in, player of board games. I adore them and force ask people to play with me. A girlfriend (who clearly knows me very well) gave me "Loaded Questions" as a birthday gift. It instantly became our go-to GNI game. I found the creator on Twitter and professed my love for his hilarious game. I also told him I planned on trying his newest version, "Adult Loaded Questions."

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Turns out Eric (the game's inventor) is not only fun, he's generous! He sent me a copy of Adult Loaded Questions to try. And I did just that, at a Girl's-Night-In last weekend. One of the players said, "This is way more spicy than the regular version. It's downright saucy!" Bah ha. I'm not making this up - direct quote. Another player said, when trying to choose a new game card, "Am I taking it from the front or the back?" Ahem. You can bet there were a few "saucy" retorts to THAT one!

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Here's how to play the game:

\"\" Gather a group of your silliest friends. Snacks and drinks are a must.

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\"\" Set up the board. It's simple and the game takes less than five minutes to learn.

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\"\" This ain't no Trivial Pursuit - there are no right or wrong answers. Well, there *may* be some that are wrong on a moral level, but I blacked those out as not to offend my more delicate readers.

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\"\" Shortest player goes first.

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\"\" Move along the board and match which player gave which answer to ridiculous questions. An example of a typical question: "What do you do in private that others would find disgusting?" One player needed clarification and asked, "Of the things I did today?" She had some difficulty narrowing it down. LOL!

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\"\" The first player to reach the WIN space (without choking on a potato chip from laughing) wins! Bonus points are earned by a) spitting your drink across the room b) making at least one player blush with your TMI answer c) not peeing your pants = 25 points

This game is so much fun, I want YOU to play it with your friends. Eric from FamilyandPartyGames.com has given me two copies to give away!

This contest is now closed. Congrats to winners Amy Boughner and Sarah (MrsGryphon)! Party at THEIR house!! Whoot whoot!

Leave a comment below and you'll be entered to win one of two copies of the Adult Loaded Questions board game.

Yummy Rules and Regs: You must be a Yummy Mummy Club member to win. Click to sign up!  It's free and filled with perks. One comment per member. Entries accepted until November 7th, 2011. Contest open to Canadian and American residents. Winners will be picked using www.random.org.

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Oct 20 2011

Preparing For Halloween

Ghoulish Inspiration

by: Lisa Thornbury

Halloween is coming!! Eeeeeeeek!

I'm not screaming from ghostly fear. I'm howling because I'm not ready! This holiday is one of my favourites yet I'm ashamed to say, I'm grossly unprepared. So, today I took a ghoulish tour around the inter(cob)web, on the haunt, I mean hunt, for some Halloween inspiration. Here's what I found!

 

Spooky Snacks

Eyeball Taco Salad

Killer Pumpkin

Scaling Skeletons

Snake Guts and Heart Ribs

Finger Invitation


Jacko Balloons

Sand Witches


Witch's Brew

Have fun! Party like the un-dead! Be safe and have a happy Halloweeeeeeeen!

Check out more scary secrets for making this Halloween terrific-ly terrifying.
Oct 15 2011

Halloween Fun On A Budget

Make The Celebration a Little Less Frightening

by: Lisa Thornbury

I love Halloween, but I clearly don't embrace the Halloween spirit as much as my friend Angela (@PartyMomma). Read her "Halloween On A Budget" tips below and check out how she and her ghostly posse scare up some spooky fun in their Mississauga, Ontario neighbourhood.

Remember when Halloween meant throwing a white sheet over your head with two eye holes cut out and knocking on your neighbours’ doors demanding candy?  Today, Halloween is slightly more elaborate and much more costly, with the average person spending over $55 on their costume alone (according to the 2007 National Retail Federation’s Halloween Consumer Intentions and Action Survey).  That doesn’t include the candy we dole out by the handful to all the witches and goblins who come knocking.  According to the figures presented in the survey, a family of 4 could easily spend on average between $100-$350 each Halloween on costumes, candy and décor (depending on how many family members and/or pets are dressing up). 

Here are a few ways you can make your Halloween expenses a little less frightening this year:

1. Make Your Costume Instead of Purchasing - Who says store bought costumes are better?  Rather than look just like 13 of your closest friends, why not dress up as a bag of jelly beans using only a clear garbage bag and some balloons? Or, go ahead and scare up any one of these inexpensive home creations!

2. Stick to Your Candy Budget - The average household gives away $21 worth of sugar every Halloween and spends an average of $26 on decor.   If you give out candy, limit it to one piece per child.  Remember Trick-or-Treaters are going to many houses and will end of up getting more than enough loot. If you don’t hand out candy, you don’t have to decorate your front yard either. Average Money Saved:  $47!

3. Enjoy Low Cost Entertainment - Apparently, we like to party on Halloween.  According to the survey, Halloween is the second biggest party night of the year.  They say the cause for the recent popularity is because people are looking to escape reality on Halloween by having some fun.  But, having fun doesn’t have to mean spending money.  Look around your neighbourhood for people who do love spending lots of money for Halloween and visit THEIR spooky houses! Some cater to everyone in your family, including your “this is boring” or “this isn’t scary” teen.  I dare you to join my family this year at Lou Cipher’s Insane House of Terror for a fun and free* spooktacular experience!

Have a safe and Halloween everyone!
~ Ax Weilding Angela

*Lou Cipher’s House is free and is run by Halloween-loving volunteers, but they do accept donations because, you know, Halloween is expensive!

Check out more scary secrets for making this Halloween terrific-ly terrifying.

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Lisa’s always loved a party. Having played bartender in a former life, this Party Mummy knows her way around a cocktail shaker and can shake her money maker. A sought after party guest, she’d jump at the chance to mix, mingle and be merry. Then she mixed, mingled and got married.

Now with two kids in tow, she knows firsthand how harried parents will often forgo being a social butterfly to stay at home and cocoon. But nothing would stop this Party Mummy...until her youngest was diagnosed with a serious medical condition. Then Lisa made the difficult decision to leave her teaching position after 10 years on the job and experienced a cocooning moment of her own. All of a sudden this Party Mummy was partied out. But she soon discovered that in the good times or bad, mummies still need to play and nothing could keep her from exercising her penchant for dreaming up playful, and practical, party themes.

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