Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Monopodolla bills!

Last month, an intruiging invitation pinged into my inbox from the lovely team at Joe Blogs Network.  I've been to a few of their events and have always been impressed at both the way they are run and the brands and activities involved, so of course I opened it to see what might unfold.

Beer and bargaining = weeknight winning

I was cordially invited to a games night, hosted by Legal and General to promote their investments strand.  Thise of you who know me will be aware that I am a) a board games nut, and b) fond of maths, savings, budgets and spreadsheets (seriously.  Numbers make me happy).   So I quickly shot back a reply and looked forward to some board games based fun.

On arrival at Joes Bloggers HQ (sidenote: their office is awesome.  More offices should have vintage style jukeboxes), we were greeted with prosecco and the game du jour was revealed - MONOPOLY. This is where I should out myself as a little bit of a Monopoly fan.  I love it - the strategy, the bargaining, the strange obsessions we all seem to have with particular properties (I am all about the stations).  So as you can imagine I was thrilled!

My lovely table - some great girls and hardheaded bargain-drivers to boot!

We split into tables of six or seven (I was with the lovely Catherine from Perfectly Polished, Natasha from Dance Flow Lift, Stephanie from Nerd About Town, Hollie from Pretty Big Butterflies, Babs from Working Girl London and  Katie from Toodalookatie) and after some rules chat we were off.  The game was fairly level for a fair time, but just as the pizza arrived (the lovely Charlie from Charlie, Distracted and I had been tweeting all day about the impending CARBAGEDDON!) the tide was starting to turn...

Babs striking a deal.  Hollie doesn't look convinced...

Getting all the stations is my joy.

Properties were bought, deals were struck, at at 9 p.m. it was time to add everything up.... I (somehow) managed to come second overall, and won Matthew a remote control car.  Wife points to the max!

It wouldn't be a blog event without a selfie!  Here with the lovely Katie.

Thank you so much to both Joes Bloggers and Legal and General for a fun evening, which was both entertaining and tied in well to the whole idea of saving and investing.  Thank you also to all the bloggers who made it such a fun event to attend.


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