the board game … celebrating family!


Congratulations HELEN R.!  

Email us with your contact information so we can send it on to Family Board Games and they can get your checkerboard in the post!

Jeanne here.

We play board games in our house.

Especially during winter.

When the days are shorter (it’s dark at 4:30 here in Montana) and we spend less time outside (the high today is 26 degrees).

When work demands are a little more lenient.

And even though the littles are still little, we use game time as an opportunity to laugh and bond and teach lessons like teamwork and good sportsmanship.  And because complex rules don’t often compute for a 3 year-old, we let it be a time when we let our imaginations run wild.  (The last time we played chess, our horse-obsessed toddler created a world that had the queen riding the rook to a castle to rescue her dragon from a frog prince.)

So you can imagine how excited I was when I got a call from a girlfriend who works for Family Board Games asking if we wanted to host a GIVEAWAY for our readers!!!  These guys make some amazing versions of the classic games you probably already love.

Like Chinese Checkers.


And Chess.


And Tumbling Tower (which doubles as a great set of blocks to build castles at Grammy’s!)


These games are GORGEOUS and CLASSIC and we are thrilled that they noticed our little blog and wanted to offer you all a chance to own one of their beautiful games!!!

So here’s the deal …

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The folks at Family Board Games will give a SET OF TRADITIONAL CHECKERS to ONE LUCKY READER!

Here are the details:

  • Prize: ONE GAME OF CHECKERS (the traditional version), sent to you directly from Family Board Games.
  • To enter:  Leave a comment here letting us know what games you love and why … 
  • Comments are manually approved, so it might not pop up right away. Then scroll to the bottom of the post (above the comment section) and share this post via Facebook or Twitter.
  • Prize ships in the USA only.
  • Nitty gritty: Only one entry per person per day. Giveaway starts right now and ends SUNDAY, December 23rd at 10 PM PST. Winner will be chose randomly and announced ON MONDAY, DEC. 24TH (CHRISTMAS EVE), here on the blog!

Remember you can enter once each day… so you can enter FIVE times before the giveaway closes on Sunday!

Good luck!

ALSO — We’ve arranged for a promotion at Family Board Games … use the code OMAMASBG at checkout from now until December 31, 2012, to receive 10% discount off any purchase.  Limited one per customer and cannot be combined with other offers.  Code must be used upon checkout and is not valid on previous purchases.

NOTE:  This is a sponsored giveaway!  So … let’s show our sponsor how much we appreciate their support!!!  Register to win a game that could bring your family closer together!


20 thoughts on “the board game … celebrating family!

  1. Scrabble is one of my favorites! The older we get the more fun it gets. Scrabble on line will never be the same as the original.

  2. I love board games! A true winter staple! I love the Traditional wooden games, they are so beautiful!! Perfect way to spend a winter evening!

  3. I love playing Tumbling Towers with my neice. She gets sooo serious and then when everything crashes we laugh our heads off. 🙂

  4. The first time my two daughters and I played “Clue” together, they were ages 5 and 9. These are not the optimal ages for playing this game, but the younger child could read and they had their hearts set on playing. As the game finished up, it was clear that the younger child had the guilty character. When accused (in her character’s name), she burst into tears and wailed that she would never ever kill anybody! Well, that is why it is important to play games with appropriate age groups. We still love playing Clue, and of course tease my daughter every time (she is now 16).

  5. I LoVE settlers of Catan!!!! It’s so competitive and you have to be thinking in advance! It’s goes quickly with two players but is a lot more fun with several players!

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