Even though my husband and I had more pressing things to tend to this week, we spent many evenings trash-talking our way through games of Monopoly Deal. If you're a fan of the board game, this might be a great alternative to those day-long games that drag on, and on, and on. It has all of the components that make Monopoly so fantastic - the properties, the money, and the greed, but this time in a card game that will only take you about fifteen minutes to play. For about $5 at Wal-Mart, we have found some pretty cheap entertainment. By the way, my favorite Monopoly properties are the light blues and the oranges. You can have your Boardwalk and Park Place.

Bring back family game night - it's great for adults and children ages eight and up. It's fun with two players, but would be even better with four...more heckling and more property stealing.