8 gadgets to make the most of family time this weekend

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The weekend is just about here which means you get to relax however you want. Whether you want to stay inside and watch movies or get outside, the options are endless. How will you spend your family time this weekend?

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Whether you decide to spend your family time inside or out, spending quality time together is always special. Family time lifts your mood, drives away stress, and gears you up for another fresh week at work. However, even with the most planning, a weekend with the family never goes according to plan. Instead, here’s a list of things you can do have more family time this weekend (that takes little planning):

A sous-vide meal

Fun, quick, and foolproof, this style of cooking means you can spend more time together and less time slaving away. In addition, you can save money (and calories) from yet another night of takeout. The Mellow Intelligent Sous Vide Machine does the legwork for all your recipes to ensure you get the best flavors. Mellow has the capacity to fit up to six portions at once so you can serve the entire family. All you have to do is fill it with water and use the included bags for your food. Once they’re in the water, Mellow gets to work evenly cooking it all while locking in the flavors. You can use tried and true family recipes or use the app for some inspiration.

Entertaining board games (that aren’t Monopoly again

There’s a reason family game night is so popular: it’s endless fun. While Monopoly and Life top our all-time favorite list, spicing things up only adds to the fun. Whether you keep a running tally (bragging rights are a thing!) or it’s all fun and games, here are two recent board games to mix things up this weekend:

Jackal Archipelago Strategic Board Game

This island-based game features pirates, gold, and so much more. Your journey begins as you disembark on Treasure Island. In search of the Jackal’s gold, each player has access to three sailors each. Move them strategically around the island and have them search for gold, fight your battles, and even find new adventures.

Jackal Archipelago Strategic Board Game

Jackal Archipelago Strategic Board Game

Tortuga 1667 Pirate Game of Mutiny

You and your crewmates must work together to pilfer the goods of the Spanish Galleon. With each play you make, you get one step closer to the treasure. Unfortunately for your crew, you don’t plan on sharing the treasure once you get it. But unfortunately for you, your crew is plotting a mutiny against you. With the Tortuga 1667 Game, you must always stay a step ahead.

Tortuga 1667 Pirate Game of Mutiny

Tortuga 1667 Pirate Game of Mutiny

Next level card games

If board games are too competitive for your family, card games are for you. We’re not talking about a traditional deck of cards, although they can be perfect for passing time. Here are two original games to keep everyone entertained and involved:

DOS! Social Card Game

This deck of cards features words and phrases for you to complete sentences. Taking a bit of skill, memory, and humor, the goal of DOS! is to use all of your cards first. Everyone gets ten cards. With each turn, you add a card to create and continue other players’ sentences.

DOS! Social Card Game

DOS! Social Card Game

Noises At Night Deduction Card Game

Up to four detectives have to work secretly yet efficiently to solve the mystery in Grandpa’s spooky house. Designed for kids six and older, Noises At Night gives each detective a secret identity. From there, the detectives take the protagonist Leo through a series of clues in order to figure out the suspect. As cards are drawn, each player has the ability to win points.

Noises At Night Deduction Card Game

Noises At Night Deduction Card Game

Maxing and relaxing

After the fun and games, it’s time to relax. Rather than spend another night on the couch, cozy up outside to spend even more time together. A hammock is just the thing to help you find your zen.

TiiPii Bed Luxury Transportable Hammock
When it’s time for some R&R, this hammock sets up quickly and easily. Then, when it’s not in use, the TiiPii packs down just as easily into a highly portable canvas bag. The TiiPii is clever yet minimalist in design and can handle use both indoors and out. Versatile and spacious, the TiiPii can fit up to four adults or up to six kids.

Classic movie night

If the weather isn’t in your favor (or if the little ones are off to bed), watching a movie is a great way to unwind together. With a projector, you can bring the big screen right to your living room.

LG PF1000U Ultra Short Throw Projector

With the ability to deliver ultra-clear images from just five inches away, this projector has full HD 1080p resolution to display all the details. The 1000 lumen brightness and 150,000:1 contrast ratio make the 60 to 100-inch screen range as bright and as vivid as can be.

Ultra Short Throw Projector

Ultra Short Throw Projector

Do you have any fun activities that your family loves to do together? Let us know in the comments!

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Meet Ashley Timms

Ashley Timms is the Editor in Chief at Gadget Flow where she gets to write about the most incredible products in the world. When she’s not writing, she’s producing fine art dog photography.

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