44 In Life



My mother-in-law always finds the coolest things, Bananagrams is no exception. Yesterday afternoon Morgan and I played a round and while she’s not quite “old enough” we still had a great time. It’s recommended forΒ  ages 7-97 but is a great way to provoke the mind of a 5 year-old.


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She didn’t quite grasp the “top to bottom” aspect of spelling and intersecting {although I do see “name” in there} but nonetheless she did a fabulous job and I loved watching her wheels turn.



The rules are simple and the game is very fun, calling for words to be shouted like “peel”, “split”, “bunch” and “bananas”. We ate 4 s’mores granola bars and had a wonderful time spelling words together. Then I had to go start a fire… it’s that time of year again!


Banagrams can be found HERE {for a little less} on Amazon and they also have Pairs in Pears or Appletters both of which look like they’re as much fun as the Bananagrams!

Thanks for your comments on the last post!

Happy Friday!

Have a great weekend!

Peace out!

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  • Sherry
    March 12, 2010 at 8:48 am

    we LOVE this game! and the great thing about it…you can throw it in your tote for a trip, a restaurant, or a visit to a friend’s house. fun, fun!! happy anniversary, btw! i love your blog and your sister’s. you are both adorable!

  • natalie @ this old southern house
    March 12, 2010 at 8:52 am

    i use those with my third graders (i’m a teacher). it really helps to expand their vocabulary. hooray for morgan for “getting it” so early. πŸ™‚

  • Carrie
    March 12, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Hi, I’m visiting from the other mama’s blog. I LOVE Bananagrams. My mom got the game for Christmas, and we have to play a few rounds every time I visit. It’s very addictive!

  • Ivy
    March 12, 2010 at 8:52 am

    What a cute game!!!

  • Kerri
    March 12, 2010 at 9:07 am

    We heart bananagrams in our house too! Love your blog, have a great weekend:)

  • Tam
    March 12, 2010 at 9:10 am

    First time commenting…I love your blog! My oldest, Ethan, received Bananagrams for Christmas from Bompa and Norma. It’s such a great family game and so portable.

  • mommasissy
    March 12, 2010 at 9:15 am

    I have this game! Tell Morgie we can play when she comes!!

  • Jenna
    March 12, 2010 at 9:21 am

    we will have to get this game! we play memory EVERY night and its getting a little old! πŸ™‚ thanks,

    Morgan is the prettiest little girl! love her hair cut!

  • Jill Cribb
    March 12, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Bananagrams look like great fun (and educational)! I am going to have to get those for my, Sophie. She has turned out to be a great speller (100 + on all her spelling test this year – had to brag, sorry). She will be 7 soon, and think she would love it. Thanks, for introducing it to us who haven’t some across it yet! Morgan is beautiful (as are Paige & John Martin). Have a Happy Weekend!

  • Jennifer
    March 12, 2010 at 9:41 am

    My parents bought this game on a recent trip to Sanibel Island and we played it just the other week…it was a lot of fun! πŸ™‚

  • Natalie McGough
    March 12, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Hey Darby, bananagrams looks like a fun game. We’ll have to try it one day when Emma Raines starts to spell. I have a round table that I really want to paint green and when I saw your table I loved that shade of green. Did you paint it? If so, what color is it? Thanks for sharing about Morgan coloring on Paige’s dress, I have so many times when I get on to Emma Raines and Tucker and wonder if how I handeled it was the right way. I’m so glad that we have a God that forgives and children that forgive so easily and instantly love you again. I hope y’all have a good weekend.

  • Krista
    March 12, 2010 at 10:23 am

    My husband and I recently discovered Banagrams too when someone gifted it to us for our long car trip from Colorado to Guatemala. It’s kept us busy for hours! It’s great that Morgan was interested even though it must have been certainly challenging at her age. As a speech pathologist that works with kids her age, I love seeing kids who want to play “educational” games!

  • Lindsey
    March 12, 2010 at 10:31 am

    I love Bananagrams!!! My friends and I loved playing it at the lake this summer. AND now it’s one of my families favorite games! By the way, your kids are just the cutest- my mom and I both LOVE your blog. πŸ™‚

  • Sarah
    March 12, 2010 at 10:48 am

    This our favorite game!!! I love it because you can play it for as little or as long as you like!

  • Kristine
    March 12, 2010 at 10:56 am

    First time commentor here….but I HAD to tell you I just saw your bathroom on Ohdeedoh! Holy ugliness until the transformation! I really do LOVE what you did in there!

    Never seen this game before so I will have to pick it up….my little girl if only.

    And actually come to think of it, I can’t remember HOW I found your blog…I just know I found your blog and your sister’s the same week!

  • Katie
    March 12, 2010 at 11:12 am

    so presh! it’s a great idea!


  • Mary Beth
    March 12, 2010 at 11:13 am

    We love this game it’s sooo cute! I actually found mine at a Walgreens!

  • Lori
    March 12, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Hi! I’ve always wondered what those Bananagrams were – thanks for the explanation. My 5 year-old would probably love them too. Your daughter is adorable – great pics! Looking forward to checking out your blog. πŸ™‚ Have a great day!

  • Kaela
    March 12, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Yay for bananagrams, but I can’t believe no one mentioned those s’mores granola bars! Aack, so delicious! (I tried making some homemade but my mixture was too marshmallow-y and they wouldn’t cut, but still delicious!)

  • Josie
    March 12, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Love Bananagrams! If you miss playing with someone once everyone is in school or in bed, you can always play online through Facebook.

  • jesslee
    March 12, 2010 at 11:50 am

    we got this game for christmas and love it. it’s very travel friendly and of course super fun!

    fire’n up your grill makes me want a hot dog. yummy!

    i’m having my first ever give*away if anyone wants to enter!

  • Hillary @ The Other Mama
    March 12, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    I have heard wonderful things about Bananagrams and actually fought over it at an office party/ giveaway in the fall. That was some lovely teambuilding, for sure. πŸ™‚ “Give me THAT GAME!” Now, I just need to break down and go get it at Tar-jhay… that AND some smores ingredients.
    Thanks for linking up today! πŸ™‚

  • Angela Pea @ Keeping the Faith
    March 12, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    We have Bananagrams, too, and LOVE it! I’ve thought about getting a second one and trying to completely cover the kitchen table with words.

  • Tara McClendon
    March 12, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Fun times! Can you believe our girls will be in Kindergarten soon?!

  • angi
    March 12, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    looks like so much fun

  • Kathy
    March 12, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    We love this game. It is a great game to take on vacations. Never know when it will come in handy!

  • melissa stover
    March 12, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    better than scrabble?

  • Jennifer
    March 12, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    My mother-in-law just gave us that game too! She’s also a super gift giver.

  • Kara
    March 12, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    LOOOOOOVE this game. I’m in college, and on any given weekend, you can walk into our apartment and find a group of 21 year olds playing Bananagrams. We think of it as the ultimate alternate to college weekends! Glad you guys are enjoying it at such an early age.

  • Allison @ Alli 'n Son
    March 12, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    What a fun game (and cute packaging). I’ll have to pick one up for when my kiddo is older.

  • Jennifer Y.
    March 12, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    How is it possible that I have loved Scrabble my whole life, and yet never heard of this game?! I’m totally buying this to take on vacation with our family this summer. Thanks!

  • Devon
    March 12, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    My entire family is slightly obsessed with Bananagrams. I never knew my Brother-in-law could talk so much trash until we started playing this game. And I never thought I would put all of the kids in front of a TV…just so that I could play. We are mad about this game!

  • Brooke G.
    March 12, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    How cute is that game??? I have to get that for my son – he is really getting interested in spelling (5 also) and I think it would be right up his alley. Again, the photos are priceless! Thanks so much for sharing – your posts always, always make me smile!

  • Angela
    March 12, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    My mom bought this game too! We love it.

  • Melissa
    March 12, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    I cannot WAIT to get to the spelling age! It looks like a great way to pass the time.
    On another note, I wanted to tell you how much your post from two days ago meant to me (about Morgan.) I’ve struggled so much this year with my emotions and my children, and your post hit home, made me cry, and strengthened my resolve to change the things about my heart that need changing. Thank you.

  • mag
    March 12, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Looks like Morgan has gotten over her scolding and is having fun! I hope you arent being too hard on yourself, we all lose it sometimes:)

  • Rachel
    March 12, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    I love this game! We bought it for my MIL for Christmas, and I need to buy it for us too! It’s a fun one πŸ™‚

  • Katie
    March 12, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    I love Bananagrams!!! I play alot with my SIL when we get together, and we are about the same level…so it’s always close…usually down to one tile. We also plays Pairs in Pears (I think that is the name???), but Bananagrams is my fave.

  • Melissa Multitasking Mama
    March 13, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    First time I am hearing of Bananagrams- thanks for the heads up. We are always looking for fun games to play with our kids.

    March 14, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Seeing this post on Bananagrams makes me want to pull it out again!! Last summer this was the game we played all the time, I even got my Mother hooked on it! Thanks for the refresher!!

  • Taylor Wise
    March 14, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Darby- Our small group is obsessed with banana grams, except for some reason we call if funky monkey. whenever there is a break in our small group curriculum or we are between books, we have a night of some funk in the monk, as we like to say. it is always followed by ice cream, which we keep in ready stock at our house. I hope this makes sense, because I had a baby seven days ago and have corrected so many errors in my typing that I am not sure it is coherent.

  • the domestic fringe
    March 15, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    My daughter and I LOVE this game!


  • Coco
    March 16, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    this is a favorite in our house!

  • Amy
    March 18, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Love this game – I’m totally addicted!