We love this card game I bought for our trip a few weeks back—Timeline. I picked it up in Portland at the excellent Cloud Cap Games shop in Sellwood. It's really simple and totally addictive. You have these wonderfully illustrated little cards each depicting an invention. On the back side is the date of the invention/discovery. You have to place the cards next to each other in historical order without looking at the date on the back, taking turns. Whoever runs out of cards first wins. It's brilliant!
The girls are pretty good at this, especially when we get to the 1700-1900s which is when they can reference all the American Girl historical characters and their stories. I couldn't believe how many they got right the first time we played it. We all love it and I am hooked. The cards from the 1800s are really splitting hairs so it gets pretty challenging, but it's all pretty quick to memorize, which makes it even cooler for learning. Talking about it all and debating where the cards could go is the best part. There are a lot of questions—the 2 minute explanation of Das Kapital we gave was pretty funny. Grammie is an ace, of course.
Chunky glittler nail polish is quite popular in this house but taking it off is a total drag, so I was quite excited to see this handy method (thanks for the tip, Egg!) using elmer's glue as a base coat for easy peel-off removal. I haven't tried it yet, but will soon. The 12 year-old in me is very excited to use elmer's glue on my nails for any reason.