Lotties Loves

Don’t worry about April showers

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Wow, 1st May where did you spring from?  You snuck up on us and in a blink of an eye we are five months in to 2014. 

April passed in a blur with Easter and school holidays and let’s face it the weather wasn’t the best.  We had a few warm days but nothing to write home about.  Having no garden and a much smaller house than we’re used to can mean that Roo and I often have days where we feel like we’re on top of each other and no room to play.  A good solution for us is board games but when you’re only 5 it’s finding a board game that is a) understandable (for her as much as me) and b) doesn’t take an age to play (most kids can manage about 40 minutes).

One game that we love to play on a rainy afternoon is Party Monopoly.  Party Monopoly is a junior version of the classic Monopoly game aimed at children age 5 and up.  The idea is to throw yourself a party with this fantastically fun edition for kids!

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Players travel around the board with your crazy cupcake movers, and count and spend your cash along the way.  In the game you collect party cards and prepare for a super surprise when you open the Party Box.  It’s really simple to play, well designed and most importantly fun.  We will often bring out our own party food whilst we play such as popcorn, fairy cakes and a few sweets and Roo gets pretty competitive at this one which is great to see (let’s not start on the making your child competitive debate please). 

A game usually takes us about 35 minutes and it’s become a firm favourite in our house to while away an afternoon and is also a good game for us to do some together time over as we have a giggle and talk about what our ultimate party would be.  Not surprisingly right now Roo would love a ‘Frozen’ party so guess what I am being tasked with sourcing for her birthday in October….real life Frozen princesses and the ever elusive Elsa Frozen costumer (joy!).

Best thing about a board game is that on a rainy April day they can get the whole family involved, lift the mood of a house and get everyone laughing even when the weather is dull.

The other thing I love to do on a rainy evening when all is quiet in the house is put my feet up, get a good glass of wine and watch a movie.  I love snuggling up in my blanket on the sofa and thoroughly enjoyed The Desolation of Smaug last week when I got it on DVD.  I love The Hobbit series on DVD and still want to be an elf.

The Desolation of Smaug

What’s your favourite game to play with the kids and how do you relax for an evening when it’s ‘your’ time?

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Disclaimer: This is a guest post on behalf of Intellicig for their #AprilShowers campaign about having fun in whatever the weather and adheres to and has been posted in accordance with my PR Guidelines. The views expressed in it are my own and the article cannot be reproduced without prior permission. Interested in getting a review, competition or guest post for your product? Contact me Charlotte Harborne for details

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