Board Games You Can Play Via FaceTime

While the majority of us are practicing social distancing by leaving our homes only when necessary we could use some creative ways to interact with others. Here are some games you can play via FaceTime or other live interactive video chats. This is not sponsored in anyway, just my little brain and some photos from Amazon.com.

This first group can be played even without the actual game.

  1. Pictionary
    The Game Gal has an easy way to play without the game. Even the kids can participate with this one. If they can’t read yet but can draw, just have someone else whisper the word to them.

2. Guesstures
Okay, this is really charades. Totally playable without the boxed game. You can play similarly to Pictionary. Instead of drawing the word or phrase, you act it out.

3. Scattergories
This is one of my favorites because I love words. Sure it would be easier to play this game with the categories and special die but I found this category generator and everyone can just write down their answers on a piece of paper.

4. Bingo
It won’t look the same if you don’t have a set like the one pictured but there is a free bingo sheet builder that can make it super personal as well. For the traditional version go to the Classic 1-75 Bingo link on the left.

The next batch are games that you will want either one game total or one game for each household playing.

5. Trivial Pursuit
There are so many different versions of this game! You’ll need one house to have a version. To be a little interactive, if each house has a standard die to roll, each player can at least roll their own turn even if someone else is moving their piece for them. What a great way to use your brain too! I’m thinking for our older kids here!

6. Battleship
Both players will need their own game but it will be played the same way as if you were sitting together! “You sank my battleship!” will be yelled from houses across the world! 😉

7. Guess Who?
This classic game will be so fun to play on FaceTime! Both players need their own boards and then it’s all “does your player have glasses” and “does your player wear a hat” for the rest of the game.

8. Apples to Apples
This one will take a little bit of creativity and a set of cards at each house playing. Several people in each house and maybe even several houses playing together would be the most fun with this game.

9. Boggle
This was a favorite of mine with my grandparents. One household can have the game and everyone can write their own words wherever they are!

10. Word Games
I have no image for this but think back to your summer camp and road trips.

  • The Picnic Game
  • Two Truths and a Lie
  • 21 Questions
  • Last Letter – using categories, go back and forth saying a word in that category that begins with the last letter of the previous word (ex: category “states,” Georgia – Alabama – Arkansas)
  • Song Lyrics – hum a song (or play on a kazoo!) until someone guesses
  • Never Have I Ever
  • Only Rhyme – go back and forth using only words that rhyme

I hope this helps you and your loved ones stay connected while also staying safe and helping to keep our community safe as well.

What games are you playing? What is one of your favorite games?

Not as Scary as it Looks – NBC 26 Women Today

I got an inquiry in January to do an interview for a local news station. One of their talented reporters does a recurring segment called NBC 26 Women Today that showcases women who are making a difference in the local area. I am honored to be a part of this wonderful group of professional women and to be recognized for the passion and help that I bring to others. I do not love being in the spotlight. At all. And Paige Tucker made this process easy and comfortable. We had a conversation and then walked through a little of what I do together. She is a gem and I love what I do so it was a really enjoyable experience – despite the scared look on my face for the still shot on the video clip below.

What women in your life inspire you to continue toward love and good deeds? Who is setting examples for you for good? When was the last time you spoke words of encouragement to those people? I’d like to encourage you to write a note, send an email, use words to express your gratitude… even if you think they already know.

How Much Trash is in Your Car?

I recently asked this question in one of the #LRSOMG19 events. “How much trash is in your car?” The first two responses were that the cars had just been cleaned out so their answer was “little to none” but that this was “not the norm.” As I began to think about putting my car’s trash into words in the comments, more and more words came. Here is what I’d like to say about my personal car’s trash that may be helpful for you as well.

  1. I moved around a lot as an adult and my car was my constant. Having a tidy car helped me to feel grounded with my physical possessions. If my new house was ceiling high with boxes, I could just get in my car and breath into the empty, clean, uncluttered space… as I ran to the hardware store for blinds for the bare windows as night fell.
  2. I developed a habit a few years back of bringing out of the car whatever I brought in to the car. About 18 years ago I had a scare with dehydration that has kept me on track with drinking water almost obsessively. I carry a water bottle or have one in my car almost all the time. That could really add up if I only took water bottles out to my car and never brought them back in. BONUS: To help with this I only have 3 water bottles. It is less to clean, less to keep up with, and helps me to remember to bring them in with me because I have to use them.
  3. I have a trash bag that I keep in the front that hangs from my gear shift. When it gets full I take it off, tie it up, and throw it away. Sometimes that’s at my house, sometimes that’s at a gas station.
  4. Speaking of trash, if I am on a road trip or for some reason have take out food trash, I have found that almost every store you stop at (and gas stations, of course) have trash cans outside. So last week when I forgot to bring my lunch with me and had to stop by CFA for a meal and eat in the car (I don’t recommend this on the daily) I was able to drop the trash into the trash can outside of the Target when I was on my way in to pick up one quick thing (and I was successful on getting the one thing!).

There are more things that I could say about my car’s trash especially since I frequently donate items on behalf of clients but I’ll end at 4 today. How do you deal with the trash in your car?

Will I Wear This Tomorrow?

Are you ready for your closet to stop causing you stress in the mornings? Fabulous! One way to do that is to cut down on the number of decisions you have to make in the morning. And one way to cut down the number of decisions you have to make in the morning is to cut down on the amount of clothes you have to decide from.

Those of you who know how I work know that I’m not trying to get you down to just 30 pieces of clothing. Well, not today. Or ever… if you don’t want to do that. But I can all but guarantee you will find great relief and freedom in owning less than what you currently have.

More times than not, you can look at an item and know right away that it can leave your home. Sometimes you need some questions to think through. Having these questions in the back of your mind or literally in front of you can help you make the decision.

Below are 10 questions to ask to help you decide what clothes to keep or get out of the house altogether. These questions are asked in two ways: what to KEEP and what to LET GO OF. A different perspective can make all the difference.

Questions to help you think of what clothes to keep

  1. What would you wear tomorrow?
  2. What makes you feel good when you wear it?
  3. What clothes are appropriate for your current lifestyle?
  4. What clothes communicate the appropriate thing about you?
  5. What would you buy again?

Questions to help you think what clothes to get out of your home

  1. What do you often or always pass up to wear something that you like better?
  2. What haven’t you worn in a year?
  3. What clothes are too big? (and you don’t want to revisit that size)
  4. What clothes are too small? (and you aren’t actively working to get to that size)
  5. What clothes are just out of date?

Remember, these are your clothes so think about what you want to keep up with and what you enjoy and what serves you best.

What other questions do you ask yourself to decide what clothes to keep and what clothes to let go of?

How to Prepare Meals and Not Go Crazy Doing It

It’s Tuesday night and you’ve already run out of steam. A cry comes from the front door. “Whaaaaaat’s for dinnnnnner????” You have no idea. The pantry scramble comes and something that resembles dinner is on the table. Sure, you’ve filled the bellies and probably even satisfied the taste buds of each one in your home but your brain is probably stresssssed. Let’s talk about a few ways to make this scenario end with a little more sanity in your head and household.

Before we move into the tricks I want to let you know that the best first step is to have an organized pantry, fridge, and freezer. That way you can see what you have and use it.

If you need to declutter and organize your pantry, do that with these questions in mind.

  1. Is it expired? If it is, why do you still have it? (You might not care about expiration dates. In which case I would say, go ahead and use it up ASAP. See challenge below.)
  2. Do we like this food? Will we eat this food?

I love a good challenge! Do you? How many meals can you make without going to the grocery? Exception: fresh produce. If you use AllRecipes.com’s ingredient search it is amazing what you can find. (This post is in no way affiliated with or sponsored by allrecipes.com.)

The rule of thumb for this is:
Plan what you eat, buy what you plan, eat what you buy.

So here we go, let’s see what some of these tricks are for figuring out how to prepare meals and not go crazy doing it.

Make a written plan for each meal and snack.
You may choose a week or more. It’s totally up to you. If you are just starting out with meal planning, try a week.
If you have just cleaned out the pantry, fridge, and freezer for the first time in a while, you’ll want to use up all those expired or almost expired items. (For the record, I’m in the “throw it out” expired food camp.) So look at the items you want to use up and make meals around those items.

Make a written grocery list.
Since you’ve planned meals around the foods you want to use up it’s as if you have already done some of your shopping and you didn’t even have to leave your house or tip the grocery delivery person! Hooray!
Okay, now’s when you see what else you need to buy based on the meals and snacks you have planned. Put those things on your written grocery list. When you get to the store, buy only the things on your list. Be strong, you can do it!

Make your meals. Prep your snacks.
Now that you’ve bought what you’ve planned it’s time to eat what you bought by making your meals and prepping your snacks. You may choose to do all of this on one day and prep for the week. You may choose to make and prep as you eat. Different things work for different households at different seasons.

And just like that you have streamlined your eating for you and your household!

BONUS SIDE-EFFECTS:
You will save money.
Less food will go wasted.
You may actually lose weight. If you plan, buy, and eat food that is good for you in appropriate portions.
Once this is a habit for you, you will end up with more time and less stress.

Yes, these take time to do. Yes, it will take time to develop into a habit. Yes, you can help teach the other people in your family to help. Yes, it will pay off in the end.

Happy Meal Planning!

 

 

Just for fun, here are some other names I thought of for this article.

Food Tricks – makes me think of a circus with fruit and veggies doing acrobatics
Food Organizing – this screams “pantry” and that’s not what this article is about
Meal Planning – again, that totally gives it away, well, mostly
Meal Organizing – that gets the job done but how boring