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The second season of “The Chase” airs

So I missed all news about “The Chase” when it premiered for the first time in the U.S. in August.

Now the Game Show Network is airing Season Two tomorrow at 8 p.m. Based on a British quiz show, contestants must go head to head against “The Beast,” AKA Mark Labbett, a British trivia quiz master genius with an IQ of 150. The previews are pretty convincing.

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Pass the parcel

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Last week, my daughter turned 4!

And she had her first big birthday party with her friends. There was a bounce house, a cake with whipped cream, fresh strawberries and princesses on it and a good old fashioned British game for the kids – Pass the Parcel.

I’ve never played the Pass the Parcel before, but the kids loved it. It’s one part Musical Chairs, one part Hot Potato, one part Russian dolls. You’ve got a wrapped present and the kids sit in a circle and pass the present around and around. When the music stops, whoever is holding the present gets to open it! But the present has been wrapped so many times in different types of wrapping (we alternated with wrapping paper and newspaper) that you’re never sure when or who will get to the actual present inside all of the wrapping.

My husband did an awesome job leading the game and he had wrapped the present nearly 20 times ahead of time, so each child who came to the party would have a chance to open the present at least once! You can only imagine the fun of finally getting to the bottom of it – it was a little apron with Paddington Bear on the front from our trip to the U.K. earlier this year and the lucky winner was a lovely 3-year-old girl who quietly beamed when she realized that could open the present and keep the gift!