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Posted Jul 15 2010 6:15am

Growing up, my mom, sister, and I played a lot of games– mostly board games, but we also played cards and dice games, like Gin Rummy and Yahtzee. Another favorite was Monopoly. A lot of times, we’d start playing Monopoly on a Friday evening and not finish until sometime the following week. Of course, we took breaks, but most of our Monopoly games lasted for days and days.


Now that I’m older, I realize that my family didn’t play Monopoly like everyone else (or at least according to the rules). You see, my mom created a few of her own rules– probably to prevent my sister and I from fighting over the game. For instance, she told us if someone purchased two properties and someone else had only bought one, the person with more properties automatically got the final one. (I can definitely see how this would prevent fighting between sisters!) My mom also had the rule if you rolled “cats eyes” (aka “snake eyes”), you’d get one bill of every denomination from the bank. Why not, right? It also prevented us kids from crying about going bankrupt!

It cracks me up that my sister and I believed  everything my mom told us . I mean, why wouldn’t we believe her? (I’m sure she thought it was pretty funny!) I’m definitely going to tell my kids all sorts of random stuff and see what they believe! ;-)

I went to Body Pump this morning, so Mal made breakfast for us. He whipped up a batch of scrambled eggs with Romano, Parmesan, and Asiago cheese as well as a bit of salt and pepper and then folded them into a wrap. I had a serious craving for eggs (protein) after my workout, so this breakfast definitely hit the spot.


I also enjoyed a glass of S’mores iced coffee with vanilla soymilk.


I was recently selected as one of 5 bloggers to partner with Foodbuzz and Almond Breeze to take part in the Almond Breeze: Taste & Make a Difference program, which raises money for five charitable organizations. For my charity of choice, I once again picked Back on My Feet .

On the right-hand side of my blog, there is widget for the Taste & Make a Difference program, which gives you the option to make a difference by telling Almond Breeze how to divide $25,000 between the five charitable organizations. Please vote for Back on My Feet!!! At the end of the program, the percentages will be tallied up and the charities will receive its share of the money. Each time you visit my blog, you are eligible to vote.

Here are the participating bloggers and the charities they’ve chosen:

  • EatingRD – Live Strong
  • BranAppetit – Blog Away Hunger
  • The Healthy Nut – Donate Life America
  • Carrots ‘N’ Cake – Back on My Feet
  • Katrina Runs – Share our Strength

The Taste & Make a Difference program runs now through August 22nd, so be sure to vote for Back on My Feet every time you visit CNC! Back on My Feet is an amazing organization and every dollar helps their members get back on their feet through running and job training/placement.

What was your favorite game as a kid? Did you change the rules?

P.S. I am hosting a sweet overnight oats giveaway on Trading Up Downtown !

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