Every so often, I find the need to explain something “Obvious” to my kids. When I say “obvious” that refers to MY impression of it. Unfortunately, it’s a sign of my age and nothing more.

To me, “dialing” a phone makes perfect sense. To my kids… Not so much.

Time changes things. Technology changes things. I get that. There are lots of phrases in life that we take for granted as being obvious but they aren’t. I still refer to the “enter” key as the “return” because that is how I learned to type. There are other phrases that people use without realizing it. When was the last time you saw an ice in the shape of a cube? We pump gas, hang up the phone, tape a show and roll down the car window. They all meant something at one point in time.

Some things don’t change though. Classic games like Scrabble, Parcheesi, Clue and Risk get some face-lifts along the way but the premise is still the same. General Mills decided that what’s old is new again and went Retro with some of their cereal boxes in conjunction with a vintage game promotion at Target. Each of the marked boxes contains a $5 coupon toward one of the Hasbro vintage games!  Coupons for the cereal are available also so be sure to print them before heading to Target!

I have fond memories of playing Risk with my brothers when I was a kid and am looking forward to when my girls are old enough to play. Parcheesi was one of our favorite family games when I was a kid and Clue was a hit when hanging out with my cousins. Scrabble… well… it was never my strong suit. We received Parcheesi as part of our gift pack and we’re looking forward to our schedule slowing down enough for us to play as a family!

It’s always fun getting stuff in the mail to check out and review.When we get something that my daughters recognize… and already know they love… it makes it even better! I had to laugh when they both noticed that the cereal box contained a coupon! Like mother, like daughter(s)! They’re both old enough to dish up their own breakfast but when I know they’ll be eating cereal a lot, I like to keep a smaller milk container in the fridge for them.

Lucky Charms got a thumbs up from both of them. In subsequent days, they had Cheerios while yours truly took the liberty of eating some Lucky Charms. You know, because the blog made me do it. What kid couldn’t sing along with the Lucky Charms jingle? Until, of course, they changed the shapes of the marshmallows!

Big G cereals participating in the retro packaging include: Cinnamon Toast Crunch® (16.2 oz.), Lucky Charms® (16 oz.), Honey Nut Cheerios® (17 oz.), Cheerios® (18 oz.) and Cocoa Puffs® (16.5 oz.)

It’s funny how something as simple as seeing packaging from a cereal box can conjure up so many memories of my childhood and how the visuals of the vintage games make me remember playing with my family!

If you have fond memories that you want to share with your family, here’s a great chance to enter. The prize includes 2 boxes of participating Big G Retro cereal, $10 Target gift card and 1 Hasbro Parcheesi® Deluxe Vintage board game. Entry is easy using Rafflecopter!

For more information on Big G Cereals, visit their website. For a behind-the-scenes look at the design process for the Retro packaging, visit the General Mills Blog! Check out their social media presence on Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and LinkedIn.

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