Awkward Family Photos Contest Winners!

We're so excited to have the Awkward Family Photos Game in our store that we partnered with FamilyAndPartyGames.com to run a contest to give away copies of the game!

On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, we posted awkward photos from the game along with caption prompts. We asked you to post your best responses to the prompts in the comments. Now, after much deliberation, I'm proud to present our three winners for each day!

And the winners are...

What would be a perfect caption bubble for the person in this photo?

1. "At least it's not a Sousaphone... Now that would be dorky."
--submitted by Nathan

2. "Aw, man... that song's gonna be stuck in my head for ETERNITY!"
--submitted by Amy

3. "See the clarinet, Danny... be the clarinet."
--submitted by Jody Jordan

What was the last thing said by the person in this photo before it was taken?

1. "I’m right behind you, whatever you do, don’t fart."
--submitted by Wayne_Stevens

2. "I don't care if it's a kid's chair. My butt fits in it perfectly, which means I'm not too big for it!"
--submitted by Tinkerschnitzel

3. "You two are dangerously close to the fire! I'm going to move back and so should y..."
--submitted by Foogie

What words of encouragement can you offer the person in this photo?

1. "That's OK, Mitt, you can run for President someday."
--submitted by RobertSeattle

2. "Lookin' good, champ! Maybe tomorrow we'll take off these foam weights and add real weights!"
--submitted by dreamer55

3. "Imagine you're Darth Maul preparing to battle Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan on Naboo, you Sith Beast!"
--submitted by John

Congratulations to all the winners!

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Are You Eco-Conscious? You Could Win a Trip to the Dominican Republic
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Do you love lounging on the beach but also want to take action to save the planet? You'll be able to do both if you're chosen to serve as a "sustainability advisor" for a luxury resort in the Dominican Republic, Lonely Planet reports.

The worldwide contest is sponsored by Eden Roc at Cap Cana in Punta Cana. The winner and one friend will receive a five-night stay at the Relais & Châteaux hotel, where they'll partake in specially curated activities like a food-sourcing trip with the hotel's chef. (One caveat, though: Airfare isn't included.)

You don't need a degree in conservation to enter, but you will need an Instagram account. Give the resort's Instagram page (@edenroccapcana) a follow and post a photo of you carrying out an eco-friendly activity on your own page. Be sure to tag the resort and use the official hashtag, #EcoEdenRoc.

The only requirement is that the winner meet with hotel staff at the end of his or her trip to suggest some steps that the hotel can take to reduce its environmental impact. The hotel has already banned plastic straws and reduced its usage of plastic bottles, and the sole mode of transport used on site is the electric golf cart.

Beyond the resort, though, the Dominican Republic struggles with deforestation and soil erosion, and the nation scored poorly on the 2018 Environmental Performance Index for the agricultural category.

Entries to the contest will be accepted until August 31, and you can read the full terms and conditions here.

[h/t Lonely Planet]

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You Could Design Cadbury’s Next Chocolate Bar
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Get ready to channel your inner Willy Wonka. Cadbury is asking the public to invent a brand new chocolate bar to complement the confectioner's current crop of Dairy Milk products, The Independent reports.

As part of the contest, would-be chocolatiers can select up to three ingredients to create a custom Cadbury chocolate bar. There are more than 90,000 possible flavor combinations, so if you want to invent a bubblegum-spearmint-coffee chocolate bar, you can knock yourself out. Some of the more unconventional ingredients to choose from include popping candy (as in Pop Rocks), tomato, rose, and dijon mustard. There are also more traditional dessert flavors available, like almond, toffee, and cookie dough.

After you choose your flavors, you'll need to name your candy bar. (If past public naming contests are anything to go by, you'll win points just for keeping it clean.) If you want, you can also provide a short explanation of what inspired your recipe.

A panel of judges will create a shortlist of the best fan-created chocolate bars based on taste and creativity. Three finalists will receive a trip to Cadbury’s headquarters in Birmingham, England, where they’ll have the chance to taste their creations in person. All three finalists' chocolate bars will hit store shelves in the UK and Ireland for a limited run sometime in 2019, and the winning bar—chosen through a combination of sales data and public voting—will stay on shelves for at least a year. The lucky chocolatier who created the bar will receive a yearlong supply for free.

To design your own bar, visit Cadbury’s website and submit your entry before July 31.

[h/t The Independent]

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