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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Punderdome: A Pun Loving Card Game Review

Punderdome... A Card Game for Pun Lovers....

Are you looking for a fun card game you can play with your friends and family? This may be the one.

Appropriately called Punderdome, the game is designed to entertain your friends by making them groan at bad jokes as they all pun the night away. Our family loves to be witty, and loves to tell jokes. When I found out there is a game where you get to make up your own puns and learn new ones, then I knew I wanted to try this game out.

To play, one player draws two prompt cards and chooses one quick pun to read on the reverse side of one of the cards which contains a pun you have to figure out. For example "What made the frozen dinner so introspective?"..... He Thawed a Lot!

Whoever guesses the answer correctly gets an additional 30 seconds to make up a pun from the two words that will be given.

The prompter now reads the two words to the group. The rest of the players then have 90 seconds to figure out one pun that combines the two prompts. (winner of the quick pun round has 120 seconds)

Green card drawn represents a Situation for example "SEWING" and then a white card is drawn which represents a Topic for example "PRESIDENTS"

You will need to come up with a pun (a play on words, a word/phrase/sentence) that combines both topics, a joke where you use on word to mean another word to induce a groan from others)

When the time is up, the players share their pun with the prompter, who awards the prompt cards to the player whose pun they like best.

The first player to be awarded 10 pairs of cards wins the game.

WHAT DO THEY WIN? Well you have to option to play for prizes. Included in the game are two Mystery Envelopes and slips of paper to add your prize descriptions. Write down what you would like to give as prizes and the winner gets to keep what's in the envelope.

I played this with my family of 5 and we chose not to have prizes. We just loved making up puns, figuring out the quick puns and laughing the night away!

Fun for family, friends and whoever is a pun lover!!

I received a free complete card game set in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

A Beauty Refined by Tracie Peterson

Cover Art

A Beauty Refined
by Tracie Peterson

Book 2 Sapphire Brides Series

About This Book:

What Does It Take to Reveal the True Beauty of a Hidden Gem?
Phoebe Von Bergen, the daughter of a German count, is excited to visit America for the first time while her father purchases sapphires in Helena, Montana. Little does she know, however, that her father's intentions--both for her and the gemstones--are not what she thinks.

Ian Harper, a lapidary working in Helena, finds the dignified young woman staying at the Broadwater Hotel more than a little intriguing. Yet the more he gets to know her, the more he realizes that her family story is based on a lie--a lie she has no knowledge of. And Ian believes he knows the only path that will lead her to freedom.

Meeting Ian has changed everything for Phoebe, and she begins to consider staying in America, regardless of her father's plans. But she may not be prepared for the unexpected danger that results when her family's deception begins to unravel.

My Thoughts On This Book:

This is the second book in the Sapphire Brides series by Tracie Peterson. I read the first book and couldn't wait to dig into this one. Since I live in Montana this series intrigued me due to it's historical nature surrounding sapphires and the area. I couldn't put this book down. Read it in 2 days.. The characters came to life and the story started off strong and gripped me until the end.

Some stories are slow starters. This is not one of them. The best part, you don't have to read the first to love this book. They both have the same sapphires and Montana in common but can easily be read in order or separately..

Phoebe is a loveable character and you feel her toil with the reality of her mother and father and her living in America while her father is helping acquire sapphires. As she learns the truth about her parents will she ever forgive and can she move past the deception and find love and forgiveness..

Ian is a Helena, Montana native working his business until Phoebe shows up to town and turns his world upside down. Trust is a huge deal for Ian, and lying has no part in his world due to past hurts. Can these two find common ground or are their worlds too far apart?

About the Author:

Tracie Peterson

Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 novels. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana. Learn more at

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Family Photos

My daughter is home for the next week now that she's finished with Basic Training and Tech School for the U.S. Air Force. We take her to her first duty station in about 10 days. I wanted to take advantage of her being here to update some family photos since this may be the last time we are all together. Her being 21 yrs old and now on an adventure with the military, my two youngest are now 17 and 14 so it won't be long until the house is empty and it's just my hubby and me left..

I'm happy that two photos of the family and one of the kids together turned out good enough to print and frame.. YEAH!

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We also added a furry family member 8 months ago. Our baby mini dachshund Rosie.. She's my little sweetheart and she deserved to be in our family photos too.. She'll be 1 yr old on October 1st.

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Hubby snapped these two of us as we were walking ahead of everyone.. I'm so glad he did.. I love them..

Disclaimer: Pittstop Photography is our brand name for when we take our own photographs. You can check out our own blog website to see more of what we photograph for fun

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Phase 2 NRA Pistol Shoot Completed

For a couple weeks I've been taking an online course from the N.R.A called Basic Pistol Shooting. Since I got my conceal carry I wanted to be more knowledgeable with my weapon before carrying it on my person. This first phase taught me a lot. Everything I will need to know about the basics of pistols including semi auto and revolver, including taking it apart to cleaning it.

I 'graduated' this course online back on Thursday and then everyone in the group met up for Phase 2 of the course.. Hands on shooting. In order to pass this phase you needed to complete the Red Achievement Target. Get 5 shots into each of the red circles at 10 feet.

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Since this was my 4th time shooting my gun and it's been a good couple months since I've taken it out of my drawer, I did really well.. After all the techniques I learned including form, the fundamentals of shooting and positioning, I am now loving my gun. I thought I was going to have to get another one and after taking this course, I am in love with it all over again..

I passed the Red Test and have completely passed Phase 2 of this course. I do have the opportunity to try for the White and Blue Targets. White at 15 feet and Blue at 20 feet to advance my skills and training. I look forward to doing that in the coming month!

If you'd like to learn more about the N.R.A Training Courses they have online check out the link HERE

You don't need to be a member to take any of these classes..