Will You Join Us #UnPlugwithCarrom

This past weekend we trekked to the Rappahannock River to visit my grandparents’ home. My grandparents are no longer living, so this home has become a weekend getaway for our family: parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, sisters, brothers, nephews, etc. We are very fortunate to have a home away from home and love it.

Playing the original game

Playing the original game

Most of the time we spend our time outside of the house doing various activities, such as boating, fishing, swimming, walking, swinging, etc. There are so many things to do and it’s even nice to take a long nap on occasion.

On this trip, we brought another family with us who has a son around the same age as our kids. They are such an awesome family and go with the flow.

I made the mistake of not checking the weather before asking them to come with us. Wouldn’t you know it… it rained nearly the whole weekend. We were able to take a short boat ride when the tide rolled in, but it was gloomy the rest of the time. Thank goodness they were such troopers and really didn’t care whether it rained or not. And it also helped that they were a fun family to be stuck inside the house with!! (Wink)

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This is why I am so glad Carrom sent me their Carrom Board to review! What a treat to have these activities available to take place of the outdoor activities. When you read through the list of games you can play on this board, you feel overwhelmed at first. The options are endless! I’m pretty sure there are over 100 choices. We played Carrom, Checkers, Backgammon, Billiards and more! We were anxious to discover new games and the kids just loved Checkers. It made me feel guilty I hadn’t taught them this before.

We’re so hooked on our computers and games on our iPads, I’d almost forgotten the joy of the classics. It brought all of us together during those rainy days and took care of any awkward silences between the kiddos! They enjoyed whacking the discs across the wooden board. No more carpel tunnel from the keypad! (I feel ridiculous even writing that, but it’s true!) My youngest loved playing with the wooden sticks by herself.

The people at Carrom want more families to realize they can have fun without electronics too! They’ve designated October 16th as National Unplug Night! The goal is to create a virtual event, which will bring friends and families together at the same time across the country! All that is required of you is to unplug those electronic devices. Turn your phones and computers off. Don’t power on your TV for movie night. Gather around your family room or kitchen table and set up your favorite board game.

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I highly recommend picking up one of these fancy boards. It’s solid wood and is going to last our family a long time. As long as you keep track of those little pieces, you’ll be set. None of the parts are cheaply made. The feature specifications according their website are as follows:

“PLAY SURFACE:  Coated paper graphics and wood grain design on a two-sided board
IN THE BOX:  44 playing pieces, two cue sticks, number discs and full instruction booklet
MISCELLANEOUS:  Solid wood frame with hand-tied corner nets.”

I have no doubt that my kids are going to remember these times we’re spending together and hope they will pass it onto their own families.

“Disclaimer: I am a member of The Social Media Panel, LLC. who was given the opportunity to review this product. However, the brand or company has not influenced me in any way to provide any type of review other than my true and honest opinions. I am disclosing all information provided in this review according to the information provided in Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Thank you Carrom for sponsoring this review.

What do you do on a rainy day during the summer on vacation or over the weekend with your family? Will you join us on October 16th for #UnPlugwithCarrom and National Unplug Night?

Becky McNeer

Mom, wife, REALTOR®, Social Media Advocate, Food Blogger, Co-Author of The Blogger's Survival Guide

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