How to be your own version of massie block


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Hello to my favooorite people in the world. Ever. (:

So it’s been what, three months? I missed you all so much, to be honest, and that’s why I’ve made the decision to post random updates to check up on you all everyone once in a while! I’d like to ask you all how you’re doing and how everything’s going! Also, I’m doing a few comment sprees tomorrow, just like the good ol’ days, so if you acknowledge this post somehow, I’ll be sure to give your blog a visit!

Unfortunately, ladies (and the everyday gent), I’ve been so busy with…well, everything lately. School started for me yesterday and as if I didn’t already hate it enough, I’m in no classes with my best friends, which is kind of killing me slowly. I have about four with my ex (do you guys remember him or…lol) and a “friend” that I seriously despise, no big deal. I’m not going to say any names, though, because my blog has maintained it’s approx. 60k views and it’s still on Google, sooo…

Writing personal stories has actually become an obsession of mine lately; that and music, but that’s an “as always” type of thing for me. I’ve written about twelve over the summer, including a certain One Direction fanfic (oh my gosh, though, I’m not bringing this up here. Those boys have taken over my social life) where Harry is my boyfriend.

I think I just heard the wind howl loudly in the form of text. Anyways…

I’m so sorry I haven’t been able to respond to your e-mails. 😦 I’ve been keeping up with my Facebook, Twitter & Tumblr, however, so if anyone wants one of those, I’ll be checking my Massie Block Gmail account for the rest of the week and I’d be happy to give you one or more of my account names via requests. I also apologize for completely leaving out of the blue. I had a freakishly busy summer and I did focus a lot of my time on actually living. And all I can say is that I have:

No. Regrets.

But seriously, lovelies, I’ve missed you all so much. I had such a heavy feeling of nostalgia when I logged back on here to check my updates and I saw some comments on my last post (which made me tear up happily, no joke.) I’m glad my school tips helped you guys and again, if you need any help for entering high school or something, just message me on one of my personal social networking accounts ^^. I really want to keep in touch with you all, because my years on WordPress were honestly some of my best, I swear. Some of my closest friends were made through here, actually, so pleeeease contact me! I love each & everyone of you so much and I really genuienly want to thank everyone for their support these past few years. ❤ I’ve had a great run and honestly I would come back here if I could, but to be honest, I’ve lost the edge. Like I can still write and stuff of course, but I’m not really feeling the spark Massie & I once had, if you catch my drift. It’s time for me to step aside, but I’m not even going to bother making a heartfelt post because this blog was pretty much dead for three months (lol)

Anyways, it’s “Welcome Back to WP” time, which is a new term I invented for the weeks I will randomly be on to check up on all of you because I feel like I should. (: In these posts, I will usually answer some FAQs, do shoutouts, post a few videos and maybe show you guys snipits of my stories/fanfiction? I will also do other things on request, if you guys want me to, but don’t blame me if it takes too long! I’m also going to start updating my YouTube, so it would be amazing if you all could subscribe/show your friends. I will be responding to messages on there as well! My account is AvaWasHere17 and I’ll post up a video from the channel at the end of the post!

Anyways, back to the post!


How’d you get to 50k+? Honestly, I just really loved doing what I did. I still do, in all honesty, I just don’t really have the time for it anymore. Try to be as creative as you can when it comes to making pages and be really sincere with your subscribers. Honesty and a sort of bond with your readers is really important!

How do you do good makeovers on your blog? I use photoshop (& I did use picnik a while back) for my trademark headers and I find vintage backgrounds for the blog in general.

What do you and Massie have in common? Well, I really do like fashion and so does she. I love animals and in fact, I do own a puppy myself. I can be really sweet and loyal at one moment, then backstabbing and kind of heartless at others (it depends on the situation.) I actually don’t know how to answer this? In all honesty, I’ve seriously changed since my last post…so yeah.

What are you like now, then? I am a lot more academic than I used to be, my sense of fashion has increased yet again, I take 4 professional dance courses and I play musical instruments for 20+ hours a week. I’m a lot more focused on maturing and growing up than I was before, if that makes sense. I’m really hoping for a good future. ❤

Do you still talk to people from WP? Well, of course! Mostly those who are on Facebook! They’re not really continous conversations, but if someone messages me on my personals, I always reply. Again, e-mail me for those accounts!


Those were the commenters of my previous post, whom I love. ^^ I also want to say hey to Annie, Jana, Crystal, Asi, Kelsey, Kaddie, Evon, Julia, Lilith, My Old Clique and anyone I haven’t mentioned! Please forgive me if I haven’t! There’s so many of you to keep up with, but I really do love you all! If I’ve forgotten you, just leave me a comment and I’ll put you up here, I promise! ❤

Here’s the video, for those of you who want it. Clicks and commentary would mean a lot to me! It is a slightly faster version of Adele’s Someone Like You, sung and performed by me!

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    Windows 10 has built-in parental controls that you can use to block undesirable websites through the Microsoft Edge web browser. This can help keep your kids safe when they’re using your computer unsupervised.

    But in order to block websites, your child will need to have their own Windows user account and sign in on their own — they can’t simply use your account, because you can’t block websites on adult accounts.

    Here’s how to set up a Windows account for your kids, and use it to block websites on Windows 10. Note that you can set this up using any internet browser, but once you do, the sites will only be blocked in Microsoft Edge — any other browser will be unaffected.

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    How to block websites on Windows 10

    Set up a Windows account for kids

    If your kid can already log into your Windows 10 with their own account, skip down to the next section. If not, you’ll need to start by adding a child account to your PC, so that Windows knows when they’re logged in.

    1. Create an email address for your child. After the account has been created and your child knows how to log in to check his or her email, add your child’s account to your Windows 10 PC. Start by clicking the Start button and choosing the gear-shaped Settings icon.

    2. Click “Accounts” and then click “Family & other users.”

    3. Click “Add a family member” and follow the directions to “add a member” and enter your child’s email address.

    4. After you’ve added your child’s account, click it on the Family & other users page and click “Can log in.”

    Block websites through Microsoft’s website

    1. In a web browser, go to and sign in with your adult Microsoft account.

    2. Find your child’s account on the “Your family” page. Under their name, click “More options” and then click “Content restrictions.”

    3. In the section labeled “Web browsing,” turn on “Block inappropriate websites” by sliding the switch to the right. You should now see controls for blocking and allowing specific websites.

    4. To block a website, click “Add a website you want to block” and then type or paste in the URL. You should see it appear in a list under the text box.

    If you prefer, you can choose to block all sites except for a few that you specifically approve. To do that, click “Only allow these websites” and enter the sites you want to allow, one at a time, in the text box labeled “Add a website you want to allow.”

    How to block websites across Windows 10, Xbox One, and Android devices

    Microsoft offers a way to block undesirable websites no matter where your child is — as long as they’re using a Windows 10, Xbox One, or an Android phone.

    Microsoft’s Family Safety app is an Android app you can use to filter the content your kids can access on their devices.

    1. To get started, install Family Safety on your Android phone and log in with your adult Microsoft account.

    2. On the home screen, tap your child’s name and then tap “Content filters.”

    3. Tap “Web and search.”

    4. To block a site, type or paste a URL in the “Add a website” field in the “Never allowed” section. It’ll appear in the list in the “Never allowed” section.

    5. Tap “Save” at the top right of the screen.

    You can also choose to block all sites except for a few that you specifically approve. To do that, turn on “Only let them use allowed websites” by swiping the button to the right and then and entering the sites you want to allow, one at a time, in the “Add a website” field.

    Now, these websites will be blocked or allowed on every device that’s logged into your child’s Microsoft account.

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    • Introduction
    • General Information
    • Blocking Calls
    • Blocking Text, Picture & Video Messages

    Page contents

    Get quick answers about blocking your number from showing in others’ Caller ID or blocking text or picture messages.

    General Information

    What is Caller ID?

    Caller ID displays the caller’s phone number (for all unblocked numbers) on your phone. It may also show the name of the person if it’s already been stored in your phone’s memory. Caller ID is included with all plans.

    Other enhanced Caller ID services display the name, picture, city or state for incoming and/or outgoing calls*:

    *Varies by device.

    What is Caller ID Blocking?

    Caller ID Blocking blocks your number from being displayed through Caller ID either permanently or temporarily. It’s a free service.

    Note: You can’t block your number from appearing when calling certain numbers, such as 800 numbers and 911.

    What’s the benefit of using Caller ID Blocking?

    Caller ID Blocking protects your privacy by not displaying your phone number to the people you call.

    Blocking Calls

    How do I block Caller ID for a specific call?

    You have the option to block Caller ID either temporarily or permanently.

    To block your number from being displayed temporarily for a specific call:

    1. Enter *67.
    2. Enter the number you wish to call (including area code).
    3. Tap Call. The words “Private,” “Anonymous,” or some other indicator will appear on the recipient’s phone instead of your mobile number.

    You’ve successfully blocked Caller ID for a specific call.

    Note: Calls to 800 numbers and 911 won’t use Caller ID Blocking.

    I have to call a number that doesn’t allow blocked calls. How do I unblock Caller ID to a certain number?

    To deactivate Caller ID Blocking for a specific number:

    1. Enter *82.
    2. Enter the number.
    3. Tap Call.

    You’ve successfully deactivated Caller ID Blocking for a specific number.

    How do I block Caller ID on all my calls?

    You can turn on Caller ID Block with the My Verizon app or online to prevent people you call from seeing your mobile number.

    My Verizon app:

    1. Tap the menu in the top left to open it.
    2. Tap Plans & Devices.
    3. Find the device you want to add Caller ID Blocking to and tap View details.
    4. Tap Block specific services.
    5. Find Caller ID Blocking and tap the switch so it’s green.

    My Verizon website:

      Go to the Manage Blocks page in My Verizon.

    Note: If you have more than one line on your account, select the line you want to block Caller ID for.

  • Tap or click Block Services.
  • If you’re on a smartphone, tap Add. Otherwise skip this step.
  • Under Additional Services find Caller ID Blocking and select On.
  • Note: Only the Account Owner or Account Manager can block or unblock Caller ID. Learn more about account access roles.

    Can I block numbers that I choose from calling me?

    Yes, you can block calls from specific numbers using our Call and Message Blocking feature in My Verizon, or by subscribing to Verizon Smart Family™ . Call and Message Blocking is a temporary feature that lasts up to 90 days. After this period, the block has to be reapplied. For a permanent solution, subscribe to Verizon Smart Family.

    To stop frequent spam and robocalls from unknown numbers, Call Filter is our most effective solution because you can use a block list or spam filter to automatically block all unwanted spam calls from reaching you.

    Can I block a restricted number from calling me?

    Yes, if you subscribe to Verizon Smart Family, you can block a restricted number from calling you. To block a restricted or private number from calling you:

    1. Open the Verizon Smart Family app on your device.
    2. Go to a Family Members dashboard.
    3. Tap Contacts.
    4. Tap Blocked contacts.
    5. Tap Block a number.
    6. Enter the contact, then tap Save.
    7. Select Block private and restricted texts and calls to enable the block.

    You’ve successfully blocked restricted numbers.

    If an incoming call has a blocked number, can I see the number on the Call Detail section of my bill?

    No, this information isn’t available for privacy reasons. “Unavailable” will display instead of the phone number.

    Blocking Text, Picture & Video Messages

    Can I block text and multimedia messages?

    Yes, text and multimedia messages can be blocked. To block messages:

    My Verizon website:

    1. Go to the Manage Blocks page in My Verizon.
      Note: If you have more than one device on your account, select the line you want to set the service block(s) for.
    2. Tap or click Block Services.
    3. If you’re on a smartphone, tap Add. Otherwise skip this step.
    4. Under the Messaging section, choose the type of messaging block you want:
      • Block all messaging: Prevents the line from sending and receiving any kind of text message, including picture and video messages, PSMS (Premium Messages), EMS (Enhanced Messaging) and Mobile Web Alerts/other various alerts.
      • Block picture and video messaging: Prevents the line from sending and receiving any picture and video messages. You’ll still be able to send and receive text messages.

    My Verizon app:

    1. Tap the menu in the top left to open it.
    2. Tap Plans & Devices.
    3. Find the device you want to add Caller ID Blocking to and tap View details.
    4. Tap Block specific services.
    5. Choose the type of messaging block you want and tap the switch so it’s green:
      • Block picture and video messaging: Prevents the line from sending and receiving any picture and video messages. You’ll still be able to send and receive text messages.
      • Block all messaging: Prevents the line from sending and receiving any kind of text message, including picture and video messages, PSMS (Premium Messages), EMS (Enhanced Messaging) and Mobile Web Alerts/other various alerts.

    Published on April 18, 2018 by Courtney Gahan. Revised on March 9, 2021.

    Paraphrasing means formulating someone else’s ideas in your own words. To paraphrase a source, you have to rewrite a passage without changing the meaning of the original text.

    Paraphrasing is an alternative to quoting, where you copy someone’s exact words and put them in quotation marks. In academic writing, it’s usually better to paraphrase instead of quoting, because it shows that you have understood the source and makes your work more original.

    Every time you paraphrase, it’s important to cite the source. You also have to be careful not to use wording that is too similar to the original. Otherwise, you could be at risk of committing plagiarism.

    Table of contents

    1. How to paraphrase in five steps
    2. Paraphrasing tips
    3. How to cite a paraphrase
    4. Paraphrasing vs. quoting
    5. Paraphrasing vs. summarizing
    6. Avoiding plagiarism

    How to paraphrase in five steps

    1. Read the passage several times to fully understand the meaning
    2. Note down key concepts
    3. Write your version of the text without looking at the original
    4. Compare your paraphrased text with the original passage and make minor adjustments to phrases that remain too similar
    5. Cite the source where you found the idea

    Paraphrasing example

    Original passage
    Paraphrased version
    • The text is rewritten in your own words
    • The meaning of the text did not change
    • The source is cited correctly according to APA in-text citation rules

    Paraphrasing tips

    The five steps to paraphrasing may seem straightforward, but writing an idea in a different way than the published version can be difficult. These are four tricks you can apply to help you do so.

    1. Start your first sentence at a different point from that of the original source
    2. Use synonyms (words that mean the same thing)
    3. Change the sentence structure (e.g. from active to passive voice)
    4. Break the information into separate sentences

    We have applied these four tips to the example below.

    Original quote:
    Paraphrased version:

    1. Start your first sentence at a different point from that of the original source

    In the example, you can see that we started by introducing the context (the hearing) followed by the last part of the original sentence: the expectations of creators, regulators and users. In fact, the key pieces of information are mentioned in a completely different order.

    2. Use as many synonyms as possible

    Synonyms are words or phrases that means the same thing. Our example uses several synonyms:

    • “exposed a critical turning point” → “made it apparent”
    • “outpaces” → “rapidly eclipsed”
    • “power” → “immense influence”

    If you’re struggling to think of synonyms, a thesaurus can be a useful tool. However, don’t overdo it! It’s perfectly acceptable and often necessary to use some of the same words as the original text. In this example, it would be unnecessarily confusing to use synonyms for words like “technology”.

    3. Change the sentence structure

    For example, if the sentence was originally in the active voice, change it to passive. The active voice is when a sentence is led by the subject (the thing doing the action). When the object (the thing receiving the action) leads the sentence, that sentence is written in the passive voice.

    • technology outpaces what users, regulators or even its creators expected” → “the expectations of creators, regulators and users have been rapidly eclipsed by technology

    In this example, technology is the subject; the expectations of creators, regulators and users are the object. The original quote was written in the active voice, while the paraphrase uses the passive voice.

    4. Break the information into separate sentences

    Although paraphrasing will usually result in a word count roughly the same as an original quote, you may be able to play with the number of sentences to make the text different.

    In this example, one long sentence was broken into two. The opposite could also be the case, i.e. if the original quote is comprised of two sentences, you may be able to combine the information into one.

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    How to cite a paraphrase

    Once you have your perfectly paraphrased text, you need to ensure you credit the original author. No matter what citation style you use, you always paraphrase in the same way. The only thing that is different is the in-text citation.

    Tackle troublesome garden weeds the sustainable way.

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    Even in the best of plots, weeds will grow. And why wouldn’t they? You’ve provided inviting soil and the sun shines on even the most reviled plant. If you are fighting the good fight against those unwelcome visitors, there is no shortage of chemical options for clearing the decks, but many are now seeking alternatives to commercial herbicides as we enjoy a long-overdue trend toward “greener” living.

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    A solution of vinegar, salt, and dish soap can be a cheap and effective tool against some weeds.

    A solution of vinegar, salt and dish soap can be a cheap and effective tool against weeds.

    A solution of vinegar, salt and dish soap can be a cheap and effective tool against weeds.

    Pulling weeds by hand is always the most reliable solution, but I accept that there are times when herbicides may be the practical choice. For small outbreaks or perimeter weeds, though, I prefer to seek out a response other than the use of synthetic chemicals. Fortunately, a cheap and easy natural alternative using ingredients from the pantry will get the job done. To a point.

    Natural Weed Killer Recipe

    • 1 gallon white vinegar
    • 1 cup salt
    • 1 tablespoon liquid dish soap

    Combine ingredients in a spray bottle and treat weeds at the sunniest time of day for best results.

    When looking for a natural alternative to herbicides, a cocktail of vinegar, salt and liquid dish soap has all of the ingredients needed to quickly kill weeds. Acetic acid in the vinegar and the salt are both very good at drawing moisture from weeds. Dish soap acts as a surfactant, which is an agent that will reduce the surface tension that can cause the weed-killing concoction to bead on the leaves instead of being absorbed by the plant. On a warm, sunny day, the results of this homemade spray will be obvious in a matter of hours as weeds turn brown and wither.

    Depending on the weeds and the season, the results can be speedy and effective. But there are downsides. Unlike some chemical solutions, this formula is not built to work its way into the root system, meaning multiple treatments will probably be necessary to keep weeds at bay. Additionally, when looking for a quick fix, sunshine makes a big difference and the 5 percent acetic acid in most household vinegars may fall short of expectations against hardier weeds.

    Shortcomings aside, keeping a spray bottle of this homemade solution on hand is an inexpensive and often effective weapon against weeds that may pop up along walkways, fences or house foundations. Spray the targeted weeds and avoid dousing the soil or nearby plants. This weed killer doesn’t have its Master Gardener certification and can’t tell the difference between weeds and the plants you’d prefer to keep around.

    Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on March 22, 2021.

    You’ve probably heard how the latest relief bill also gives those with unemployment income a break on taxes. What’s probably unclear is exactly how to claim the unemployment tax break.

    As the details for your federal and state taxes emerge, know this. H&R Block is here to help. Whether you’re wondering how to claim the unemployment tax break if you already filed or are getting ready to do so, Block has your back.

    What you should do now

    Already filed? The IRS announced it will automatically issue refunds for the unemployment tax break. These will start going out in May and continue into the summer. The IRS will start with taxpayers who had up to $10,200 in exempt unemployment income first, then look to Married Filing Jointly filers with up to $20,400.

    This adjustment means previously filed returns do not need to be amended for the unemployment exemption. There may be some situations where an amendment may be needed, such as if the unemployment income exclusion makes you eligible for a credit (ex. Earned Income Credit) or deduction that was not already claimed on your return. For now, you should not file federal or state amendments until further guidance is provided. We will add IRS guidance here as it becomes available.

    Haven’t filed yet? Please know that we’re ready to file your federal return and claim this new benefit on your federal return. For state taxes, adoption of the new rule will vary—and information is changing frequently. See below.

    File and claim your unemployment tax break today

    File your taxes to claim your federal unemployment income exclusion with H&R Block. Our tax pros can help you file in person or virtually, or you can file on your own online.

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    2020 unemployment tax break

    Let’s recap what we know. Normally, unemployment income is taxable on the federal level and in most states. However, the American Rescue Plan Act changes that and gives taxpayers a much-needed unemployment tax break.

    Specifically, the rule allows you to exclude the first $10,200 of benefits (up to $10,200 for each spouse if filing jointly) from your income on your federal return if you have an adjusted gross income of less than $150,000 for all filing statuses in 2020. Any benefits you report over the $10,200 threshold will be taxed as normal.

    On your return, you’ll figure the exclusion and report the amounts on Schedule 1 (Form 1040), lines 7 and 8.

    How to claim the unemployment tax break for your state taxes

    For state taxes, adoption of the new rule will vary—and information is changing frequently.

    • Is your state adopting this new $10,200 tax break on unemployment income?
    • Can you claim it now? If not, what are your options?

    Find your state’s information and determine your next step. (Software users, see below.)

    • If your state is ready to file today, you can prepare and file your federal and state return today!
    • If your state is not ready today, you can file your federal return today, but you may want to wait to prepare your state return.

    H&R Block Online users: You’ll want to follow these instructions.
    H&R Block Software users: Review this document to understand if your state is ready.

    Check back often! As we learn about how the states will apply the rule, we’ll update the information in the linked document above. As always, it’s good to check to see if your state has guidance on how to handle the unemployment income exclusion.

    Get help claiming your unemployment income exclusion and filing your return

    H&R Block is ready for you – virtually, online, and in-person.

    • H&R Block Virtual: Get matched with a local tax pro, take a pic to send your documents and sit back while our team prepares your return.
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    Learn how to build a Giant Jenga Game. This Giant Jenga game is the perfect yard game and we built this for my younger brother, Sam, and sister-in-law’s, Lindsay, wedding.

    This Giant Jenga Game is an easy DIY project that you can accomplish in just a couple hours and can be built out of recycled 2″x4″ boards or a few new 2″x4″ boards.

    In this tutorial you will learn how to make a DIY Giant Jenga Game that is surely fun to play. Be sure to watch the video (above), as it shows a lot more of the how-to steps and details of this project.How to be your own version of massie block

    Supply and Tool List for Giant Jenga Game

    3/4″ plywood 18″x18″
    6 – 2″x4″ x 8′ pine boards to make 54, 10 1/2″ pieces
    1 – 2″x” x 6′ pine board to make the sides for 18″x18″ plywood base
    Cost: The 2x4s cost under $19 and plywood piece would be around $2

    Sandpaper (120 to 180 grit)
    Cost: $4 worth of sandpaper for this project

    Threaded Feet for base
    Cost: About $3 for a pack of 4 from local hardware store

    15 Kreg Screws
    Cost: Smallest box you can buy is 100-count for around $4


    Tape Measure, Pencil, Ear Protection, Eye Protection

    Step 1: Build the Giant Jenga Game Platform

    Cut the 3/4″ plywood to 18″x18″ using a circular saw or even a table saw. Then make a frame out of 2″x4″ boards. Cut two boards to 15″ and two boards to 18″ using a circular or miter saw. Then, using a Kreg Jig and Kreg Screws, we attach the 2″x4″ cut boards to the plywood and to each other to form the base for the platform.

    How to be your own version of massie block

    We then screwed holes and attached the threaded self-leveling feet on the platform.

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    Step 2: Gather 2x4s and Cut out the 54 Jenga Pieces

    With the 2″x4″ boards, we cut 54 Jenga pieces at 10 1/2″ each. I’d recommend setting up a ‘stop’ on your miter saw to make the process go much quicker.

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    Step 3: Sand the Jenga Pieces

    Using either an orbital saw or a benchtop belt sander, we sand each piece smooth on the ends and the sides. We had a pretty good assembly line going between me cutting the pieces and passing down the line to my brother and his fiance who were sanding.

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    Step 4: Stack the Jenga Pieces up

    Place your constructed plywood and 2″x4″ platform on the ground and stack up the 2″x4″ Jenga pieces in rows of 3, alternating the direction of stacking every layer.

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    Step 5: Play Jenga!

    This is a great, fun project to make with a friend or family members. This Giant Jenga Game is a hit at wedding receptions, family reunions, bbq’s, or any other get together. See how long you can play until it all falls down! Have fun and build a DIY Giant Jenga Game!