If you're a beauty junkie who loves Facebook juggernaut Cafe World, you might want to give Spa Life, the new game from Clarins, a try. It's exactly what it sounds like: you become the new manager of a Clarins spa, and you're responsible for making sure clients get their services quickly, that business grows, and that your spa gets the choicest accouterments. It's fast paced, so you can definitely end up addicted in no time, and it's not overly branded, so you don't feel like you're playing a Clarins ad. Next time you're waiting on a TPS report, this could definitely be worth a try.
We're looking back at all of our Best of 2010, like the features that you couldn't get enough of. Our Ikea or Designer game tested your abilities to tell the difference between a bargain furnishing find and a designer décor item. Considering how many of you are both "Ikea hackers" and haute home décor shoppers, there were plenty of all-stars in this game! Click here or below to start — enjoy!
In an article on The Atlantic, Hank Shaw, the Hunter Angler Gardner Cook, talks about his recent experience of eating bear. First Shaw points out that "bear hunting has been part of American life since we arrived in the 17th century." Recipes for bear were included in the 1957 Gourmet Cookbook, and bear appeared on many state dinner menus. Then he goes on to describe the bear meat: "it looks like lamb" and tastes "rich, earthy, and savory." While I found the account to be fascinating, I'm not sure if I could stomach bear. How about you?
There are famous authors (think Danielle Steele or J.K. Rowling), and then there are celebrity authors: part-time writers recognized more for acting, singing, or reality-TV stardom, who use their fame to sell books. Hollywood tomes range from tell-alls, to thinly-veiled memoirs, from cookbooks, to children books. To celebrate National Novel Writing Month, we created this game that will test your reading skills — kind of. See if you can guess which of these famous females is also an author and start playing now!
One woman's ugly is another girl's hugly. What is "hugly," you may ask? A hugly dude is an unconventionally hot guy. Some might say he's ugly, but he's also hot and huggable — hence, hugly. Who's hugly, however, is a heated debate, so we've made it interesting. Play our Who's Hugliest? Faceoff Game for a chance to win $500.
Chris Martin or Jemaine Clement? Javier Bardem versus Russell Brand? Which unconventionally hot guy is your hugly choice? Playing the game gets you entered for our $500 monthly prize; check out the official rules here and click on the photo above to play.
Talk about a new spin on a classic — check out this Nintendo-themed board game! Nintendo Monopoly ($35) is the NES version of one of my favorite board games. Instead of properties, collect names of your favorite Nintendo characters, who are grouped by game, including favorites from Zelda, Super Mario Brothers, Donkey Kong, and more! The game tokens have changed too; you can steer a Koopa shell, Mario's hat, and a classic NES controller past Go, buy Power Ups and Invincibility instead of houses and hotels, and draw cards from "? Block" and "Coin Block" card decks, which replace the traditional "Chance" and "Community Chest" cards.
You can also adapt the game in the spirit of today's high-speed technology; directions include a special 60-minute speed play version of the popular game.
Can you tell which wingback chair is an antique, and which is currently for sale in your favorite shop? Do you have an eye for discerning the difference between a real midcentury lamp and its modern update? Put your design savvy to the test with my new game, Old or New Design.
I've handpicked some tricky home accents and furniture pieces that could be either antiques or current on-the-market products. See if you can figure out the difference. It's harder than it looks! Take the challenge now.
With romance in the air, why not spend time with your first two loves in life, food, and wine? Thankfully, there's no shortage of celebration for that this week, with numerous wine and food festivities around the country. Right now, I'm pondering a date-night cooking class — a fun date and an ideal way to get him cooking.
If we've left anything off our list, feel free to chime in below!
- Miami, FL: Miami Spice — Feb. 10-12
- San Francisco, CA: SF Beer Week — Feb. 10-15
- New York, NY: NYC Restaurant Week — Feb. 10-27
- Delray Beach, FL: Delray Beach Garlic Fest — Feb. 13-15
- Lansing, MI: Michigan Deer & Turkey Spectacular — Feb. 13-15
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You taught your wee one how to pick up her room, but now it's time to teach her how to pick-up a few new words. The educational game, Pick-Up Words ($16), is a great way to get your child engaged in learning basic words while improving hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.
You'll be happy to know that the game is also environmentally friendly as the sticks are made from bamboo and the packaging is made from 100 percent post consumer recycled paper. The nifty lil game plays similar to the old favorite Pick-Up Sticks, and will make a great stocking stuffer for your lil scholar this holiday.