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Giveaway Results: $50 Hasbro Gift Card

Play-Doh Burger Builder

Sorry! This giveaway is now closed! We would like to congratulate Melinda (Commenter #71) on winning this gift card! Happy Holidays!

Whether building imaginary worlds or exploring new shapes and textures, there are endless possibilities for creatable, colorful, makeable fun with Hasbro’s PLAY-DOH compound! Building on the success of last year’s popular Magic Swirl Ice Cream Shoppe playset, fun is on the menu for the PLAY-DOH brand this year with two exciting new food sets: the oodles-of-fun SPAGHETTI FACTORY set and the “beefed up” BURGER BUILDER playset.

PLAY-DOH Burger Builder

(HASBRO/Ages 3 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $14.99)

The PLAY-DOH BURGER BUILDER set is back and better than ever! Interchangeable molds offer everything kids need to create the perfect PLAY-DOH hamburger including tomatoes, lettuce, buns, and more. In addition, kids can crank out pretend potato or pickle chips with the exciting TWIST-A-CHIP Super Tool. Set includes five 2-ounce cans of colorful PLAY-DOH compound. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on

PLAY-DOH Spaghetti Factory

(HASBRO/Ages 3 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $9.99)

Order up! This fun filled playset will have kids ‘cooking’ up an impressive variety of PLAY-DOH pasta and noodle creations. Simply place the bowl or plate atop the noodle factory, push down the arms, and a big portion of PLAY-DOH pasta appears. Add ‘yummy’ looking toppings like PLAY-DOH meatballs, tomatoes or shrimp using the selection of handy half-molds. Set includes four 3-ounce cans of colorful PLAY-DOH compound and a play mat. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on

In honor of these great new PLAY-DOH sets, we would like to offer one lucky reader a $50 gift certificate to to do some of your holiday shopping this year. To enter to win,  visit and name one product you like. Entries will be taken through Tuesday (12/01) at 8PM EST. Our winner will be drawn at random. Good luck, everyone!

Giveaway Results: Walmart Gift Card for Your Family Night

game night

Thank you so much for entering our giveaway. We would like to congratulate Jenn (Commenter #140) on being our winning entry. Jenn said:

“We love to use a family fun night as a reward system for our daughters good grades and behavior. She of course has no idea that they just as important to us as they are fun for her.

We start the day before with her giving us her list of movie choices, we decided on a dinner that we can all three prepare and make together as well as enjoy. After dinner we play a board or card game and talk about what has been happening lately at school and our work. Then we pile in the living room together in our pj’s with a bowl of popcorn and enjoy a movie together. For us, it’s all about the listening. We learn so much more about our daughter and what she is thinking on those nights then any other time.”

What a great entry, Jenn! We loved hearing about your family  nights and hope to offer many more great giveaways here each Tuesday!

I am so excited about this giveaway and getting an opportunity to share a fun family night opportunity! Walmart has started a great program called, “Family Moments,” that encourages families to spend an evening together at home instead of spending money out on the town. With an affordable line of board games, family movies, and fun snacks, you can now enjoy a family night at home for $40 or less! The best part about it though is that this family night can be repeated over and over again once you have the games and movies on hand.

They sent our family a $40 gift card and we had a fantastic night together. I picked up Ratatouille and Blokus for our family night. In honor of our theme, we cooked a pizza together, watched our fun movie, and then had popcorns and homemade slushies for our snack. After the kids headed to bed, my hubby and I enjoyed playing Blokus and spent some time together over our board game. It was a wonderful evening that we can enjoy for many years and I was able to keep under the $40, even with a fantastic Disney movie and a more expensive board game.

Walmart also has set up a Family Game Night Center at their Walmart stores. This display offers savings on several board games, movies, and snacks including:

  • $8 board games- Candyland,Chutes and Ladders, Yahtzee
  • $10 board games- Jenga, Monopoly,Trouble
  • $15 board games-Life, Operation and Twister
  • $18-Bop It, Monopoly Championship, Pictureka, Sorry Sliders

and $10 movies include:

• Camp Rock
• The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
• Dinosaur
• Enchanted
• Hercules
• High School Musical (1 and 2)
• Homeward Bound (1 and 2)
• The Game Plan
• National Treasure (1 and 2)
• Pirates of the Caribbean (all 3)

We want to give away, to one lucky reader, a $40 gift card to Walmart to create your own fun family night. The contest is a quick one so you can experience the Family Game Night Center. Leave me a comment and tell me your favorite family night activity by 09/23/09 (Wednesday) at 8PM EST. The more creative the entry, the better!

Noodleboro Pizza Palace Listening Game

I recently posted about some of our favorite family board games and Hasbro contacted us to see if we would be interested in reviewing some of their products. They sent over some really great classic games like Operation, Trivial Pursuit, and the Cranium Family Edition.

Tucked in there though was a perfect game for our little children  called Noodleboro Pizza Palace that I had not heard of before. This game was a unique game that works on building listening skills through a fun preschool board game.

The concept is simple and straightforward. You can give your kids little plastic pizzas and then you have a deck of cards that you can draw from to pick your toppings for the pizza. Depending on the age of your child, you can pick as many or as few of toppings as you feel they can remember. The toppings you can choose from can be the traditional pizza toppings, but they can also be silly toppings (like a shoe) which is a surefire way to get your children giggling.

For the game, you show your child the cards you have drawn and then you flip them back over so they can’t see them. This is when they look through their box of toppings and find the toppings that you requested and have to remember what you said you wanted for toppings. Listening skills are the focus of the game so you are trying to see if they listened well enough to remember your topping requests.

There are other elements tucked into the game like a story that shows what can go wrong in a pizza palace if people don’t listen. There is also an audio disc that the children can listen to and build on the listening skills focus.

This game is geared towards children between the ages of three to six years old.

Thanks Hasbro for adding your great games to our family nights.  We truly believe board games are a great frugal way for families to enjoy time together and can’t wait to spend evenings incorporating your wonderful games in our collection.

Suggested Retail Price: $9.99

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