5 Card Games To Play in 2019

5 Card Games To Play in 2019

Tired of Cards Against Humanity?

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When my family gathers together for the holidays, I always look forward to late nights where we laugh and play games together. In college, I tend to feel less homesick when my friends and I gather together for a game night. Although playing games like Cards Against Humanity can be fun, I enjoy playing games with my college friends that I can also play together with my family. So I wanted to share some games that are family-friendly but also really fun that you can play at your next college game night with only a deck of cards.

1. Spoons

SPOONS is a fun classic that I believe everyone should learn how to play. It requires only a deck of cards and as many spoons as there are players minus one. Like Go-Fish, the goal is to have four cards of a kind in your hand. After getting that then the player grabs a spoon, with the other players then having to be quick enough and battle it out to grab one of the remaining spoons. Like Horse, the person without a spoon gets a letter to spell out "SPOONS" so it can get pretty intense with people diving across the table for spoons.

2. Kemps

KEMPS is very similar to SPOONS in that the objective is to get four of a kind. However, rather than grabbing a spoon you play in pairs and must secretly, non-verbally signal your partner that you have achieved the objective. The partner must then see the signal and yell "KEMPS" before players from another team notice in order to win the round. This game can be really fun with players becoming more paranoid about what other teams are doing as time goes on.

3. BS

BS, Cheat, or also known as I Doubt It is a great a way to test your poker face if you don't know how to play poker. The goal of the game is to try and play all of your cards. The game is played in numeric order, with each round a player having to play the card that corresponds to that round. If you don't have the corresponding card, you can lie and lay down a random card. If a player catches you lying or even thinks you're lying, then they call "BS" and the liar if they are caught or the doubter if they are wrong must pick up the whole deck. My advice: Just don't get caught.

4. Speed

Speed is a game of speed and agility. The goal of the game is to play all of your cards by laying them down in ascending or descending rank on one of the cards in the middle. The trick is to lay your cards down before your opponent can.

5. Shanghai Rummy

Shanghai Rummy is similar to the popular card game Phase 10, but what is nice is that this does not require a special set of cards. Each round there is a different objective like getting two sets of 3 or a run of 4 and a set of 3. The game is based on points so the winners and losers vary each round. This game is perfect for when you have a long afternoon or a late evening with lots of friends or family.

These games like Shanghai would be perfect to stay up all night playing to ring in the new year. So have fun playing with your friends and family! Don't get too competitive though!

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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.

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1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten


Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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To My Little Sister, Don't Wish For Time To Move Faster, Soak Up The Stage Of Life You're In

Live in the moment and you will come out having no regrets.

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To my best friend,

Time goes by quickly, do not wish it away. Enjoy living in the moment you are in right now because you will never get it back. Stop wishing you were in college already because you have so much to live for right now.

I know all you want to do is get away from home and start over, which is normal because I wanted to do the same thing at your age. But as your older sister, and as someone who has gone through that stage already, I am here to tell you that it is not all rainbows and sunshine 24/7.

With the time you have left in high school, enjoy every second of it because eventually, you will come to miss it.

Graduation is just around the corner for you and it honestly freaks me out how fast time is going. And it only goes faster in college. As kids, all we wanted was to be in high school and be able to drive on our own and once we hit high school, all we want is to be in college. With almost being in college for two years, I can easily say that all I want is to be a kid again. We have been wishing our whole lives away since we can remember. Enjoy today.

I see so much potential in you and I am beyond excited for what the future has in store for you.

Many times, you have been the one to give me advice even though I'm the older sister and this shows how caring and loving you are. Life is going to treat you so well and it already has.

There is one piece of advice I must give to you though. Make sure to thank mom and dad and tell them you love them as often as possible. I know they can get on your nerves and may make you angry at times, but they have given us the best life. You will learn in college just how much they love us and how much they have given up just to make us happy.

You have a good head on your shoulders and I know life is going to turn out to be exactly what you wanted. Just don't wish it all away. Some of my favorite times were when I was a senior in high school.

I'm always looking out for you so don't ever think you are alone in this crazy world. Remember, I am just one phone call away.

I love you so much sis, you got this.

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