Monday, December 19, 2016

Groupon Coupon Deals

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Do you know about Groupon Coupons? I have often purchased Groupon’s local deals, primarily for saving money when eating out, and have purchased from Groupon Goods as well. Until now, I actually hadn’t paid much attention to Groupon Coupons.

Actually, I’m not sure why. When I purchase online, I try to remember to search for any available coupons or deals that will save me money on my order. While browsing, I discovered quite a few great coupons, like 20% –30% off at Barnes and Noble, Walgreens, Sears, and dozens of other online sites. I noticed a coupon for 20% off an Angie’s List membership. I wish I’d seen that before I joined a few months ago. (I’ve been trying to get started on some long-neglected home repair and home improvement projects in the past few months and Angie’s list has been a  huge help in finding local service people and contractors that do quality work. I love being able to read reviews from other customers before I commit to hiring someone.)

While browsing Groupon Coupons, I came across some new sites, like looks like a very helpful place for people to find caregivers and related helpers, including child care, senior care, tutoring, or pet sitters. Caregivers can register on the site as well to be matched up with those needing services. Seems like a great idea!

Groupon’s Facebook and Twitter accounts provide a good way to keep up with the deals. I plan to keep a closer eye on the Groupon Coupon deals in the future.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

3 Seeds: A Game Review


I recently reviewed Commissioned, a cooperative game published by Chara Games. The company has a brand-new game out now called 3 Seeds that we also got to try. The company describes it as a “light strategy” game. It is designed for 2-5 players and is for ages 12 and up.

When I opened the box, I could tell that this was a bit more than a typical card game. The small box contained 4 kinds of cards: Harvest, Crop, Event, and Seeds. It also included a wooden turn marker, scoring cubes, plastic point tokens, and  scorecards.

Game play is a bit more complicated than many card games, but, as with Commissioned, once we started playing, we picked up the rules pretty quickly. It took a second play of the game to start incorporating strategy into our choices.













The basic game play is as follows:

Each player has one Crop card face up in front of him at all times. He also has a Harvest card that assigns a point value to that card. Each crop card requires a specified number of Seed cards (Time, Money, and Labor) to for that crop to be completed. Each player, on his turn, plays 2 seed cards on his on crop or on another player’s crop. When a Crop is completed, points are assigned to each player, depending on how many seeds he has placed on that crop and the number of the corresponding Harvest card. Event cards add twists to the game, allowing players to add to their harvest points, swap crops with another player, and so on.IMG_20161213_1317338_rewind[1]

Game play took us about 45 minutes for 2-3 players. I thought the game was quite unique—we have quite a few games, but nothing like this one. The Crop cards are fun to read as you play. They feature unusual “crops” like “Hyper Jalepenos: Heat that keeps you on your toes,” “Blissful Bamboo: Recommended by 10 out of 10 pandas,” and “Cautious Kale: A hyper aversion to the unknown. Side effect: No friends.” We enjoyed playing the game and I am sure we will play it again, but it’s really not one of our favorites. Game play seemed repetitive from turn to turn and, although there is some strategy needed for accumulating the most points, it didn’t feel very challenging, nor did we feel the competition against other players that makes some games a lot of fun.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

I love shopping from home!

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. #Groupon #ad

I’m really not a big shopper and one thing that I hate is fighting the holiday crowds. Over the past few years, I’ve done more and more of my Christmas shopping online and just love the convenience. I mean, how can you beat relaxing in your warm home with a hot cup of coffee as you choose gifts for your loved ones?

This year, I’ve found several great deals at Groupon Goods.  I found these adorable mini speakers (and there were hundreds of options to chooser from) and a set of Glasslock bakeware for the best price around.  I’ve been using Groupon for quite a while for their local deals, but am shopping there more often for the Groupon Goods deals. The prices are quite competitive and the selection is quite broad.


My recent orders all arrived within a week or so. I was excited to find the Glasslock dishes (Yes, they are for myself, not for a gift.) It’s hard to find the larger sizes and I since I make and freeze a lot of meals to eat later, I like to have a variety of sizes on hand.

The speakers are really cute. The reviews for them are good, so I’m hoping the recipients of the gifts will be happy with them!

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