I Spy: A New Year’s Game (and Day 10 of 7+ Giveaways)

Everyone knows all best games get expansion packs from time to time.

Like Catan: Cities and Knights.

And Ticket to Ride: Europe.

But you may not be aware of this critical piece of information: Completely Unheard Of Games get expansion packs, too!

Like Space Hulk Death Angel: Deathwing Space Marine. ( <– this is a real game)

And Rogue Trader: Citadel of Skulls ( <– also a real game), which, as far as I can tell, is a role-playing game about parenthood where “the great beast” is clearly Sleeplessness, as in “a great beast has awakened, hungering to fulfill its dark purpose. Before you and your fellow Explorers can attempt to seek it out and ultimately destroy it, you must uncover what and where it is. Finding the answer is a nearly impossible undertaking…” 

And I’ve gotta hand it to those Rogue Trader folks, ’cause that’s about as accurate a description of Parental Sleeplessness as I’ve ever read.

But I have a point, and it is this: games get expansion packs! And it’s time for one here.

Remember when we played I Spy: A Thanksgiving Game? The game played by moving the living room couch, finding massive heinousness underneath it, photo documenting it, and then forcing you, our friends on the internet, to identify what might be in the giant pile of gross? 

This fun game?

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Yes. Me, too!

Good times, friends. Good times.

Well, because I love you,

and because I wisely let 10 children have the run of our house on New Year’s Eve,

and because I braved the kitchen on New Year’s Day anyway,

and because I reveled in the gloriousness they left behind,

it’s time for…

I Spy: A New Year’s Game

Here’s how this will work.

I’m going to share pictures of the stunning mess that was our kitchen, and you’re invited to identify one thing by making an I Spy comment in the comment section below, like this, “I Spy enough sugar, simple carbohydrates and empty calories to power New York City for 47 days; how many tubs of frosting can 10 kids eat, Beth??”

OK, then. Ready?

Here we go.

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In other words, Happy Schadenfreude, friends!
From our family to yours,





And because games are more fun with prizes…

Today is Day 10 in 7+ Days of Giveaways

I invited the 5 Kids Blog advertisers (see the column to your right) to join me for 7 (and more!) days of giveaways. CHECK BACK for a NEW GIVEAWAY EVERY DAY. ( <– Lies. I’m not this organized. So check back periodically, instead, for new giveaways. We’re almost done with these, but we’ve got a couple more coming!)

DSCN0200Today, our friend Emily is giving away a little something for Happy Hands for the Winter! A nourishing, patented lotion which kicks winter-dry skin to the curb, and a hand-wash dish liquid soap that cleans the dishes without harming your skin. Two of the over 350 products in our non-toxic line of everyday items! Your hands will thank you for it. For both products, a little bit goes a long way. Buying club prices: $9.99 for the 8 ounce lotion bottle and $3.79 for concentrated dishwashing soap.

From any comments that correctly identify something in the Pile of Awesomeness, I will randomly draw 1 winner to receive Emily’s Happy Hands set

Have messes to clean? 
Want safer products at home at better-than-grocery-store prices?
Like shopping online anytime?
Contact Emily: typhoon.emily {at} gmail.com

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our Happy Hands winner, Sarah T who wrote “I spy a paper towel roll that miraculously isn’t empty!” 

TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this blog post by 11:59pm (Pacific Time) on Sunday, January 5th. One entry per person, please. A winner will be selected using a random number generator and posted on Friday.

This giveaway is open to international participants. International shipping provided by me.

Note: The 5 Kids Blog advertisers provided no additional compensation for these giveaways. Emily is paying for the cost of the giveaway and U.S. shipping. She paid me for her ad only, and this just seemed like a fun way to work together for your benefit. OK? OK.

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52 responses to “I Spy: A New Year’s Game (and Day 10 of 7+ Giveaways)”

  1. I spy….. the kitchen bench, which officially makes your kitchen tidier than mine! Congratulations!!! Your prize is the satisfaction of knowing that you are not alone.

  2. I spy the spray hose extended and it’s head buried under the cutting board in the sink… I keep mine there, especially if my son has been busy with rubber bands. (holding the trigger in the “on” position in order to soak anyone who might just want a glass of water…)

  3. I spy . . . enough crumbs to fuel a family of Borrowers for a good long time, and enough frosting to adorn the crumbs for a birthday party!

  4. I spy the makings of a good night sleep…..wine glass, frosting, and what looks like partialy eaten cookies.

  5. I spy two used (and if things are like they are at my house, licked clean) kitchen aid attachments and the remnants of happy memories being made.

  6. I spy a lived-in, loved-in house! My babies are now 20 and 17 and it is getting quieter and quieter here, and neater and neater… 🙁

  7. I spy a clean spot by the stove!!! good job! start small and then build up! 🙂 (we had the stomach bug for New Years… would rather have this kitchen!)


  8. I spy the cutting board over the sink. Based on my own experience, I’m guessing it is hiding what we like to call in our house a “sink salad” caused by people that never scrap plates and consider the sink equivalent to a trash can.

  9. I spy a full roll of paper towels–which obviously means they haven’t yet been used. I also spy a coffee pot, which means everything will be OK.

  10. I spy a kitchen that looks like our floor does every day. for some reason, there are ALWAYS cups, bowls, plates, cutlery all over the floor of the lounge along with the mess and crumbs from all the meals. I could clean up after every single meal and half an hour later it will look the same. It’s as if a vacuum is created on the floor which must be filled with mess the moment it is cleaned up.

  11. I spy a stack of plastic, colored, kid cups that I also have at my house. I also spy closed cupboard doors and drawers; that never is the case here.

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