Friday, May 6, 2011

Date Night {IN}--Drinking Games (spicy but non-alcoholic!)

If you went to college or have seen any "teenager" movies (Animal House, To Save a Life, etc.), you've probably witnessed or played a drinking game or two.

For tonight's date, challenge your husband to a few drinking games (minus the alcohol).

What you'll need:
  • 20 plastic cups
  • 2 ping pong balls
  • long table
  • 2 juice glasses
  • 2 quarters
  • The Princess Bride (the movie)
  • TV/DVD and cushy spot to snuggle and watch a movie
  • Bar food: sodas, peanuts, pretzels, popcorn ...
  • "All Night Long" station on Pandora
What to do:

1. Set up your Pong area.   At each end of a long table, set up 10 cups (in a triangle like bowling pins) filled 1/3 of the way with water.  They should look like this:
    2. Explain basic rules to your spouse (if he doesn't know them).

    Essentially, you each stand at one opposing ends of the table.  You have to try to throw the ball into the cup of water at the other end of the table (no bounce).  If you sink a ball into the cup, your spouse removes the cup and one piece of clothing. (Oops, did I forget to mention it was strip pong?). Switch turns until one spouse has removed all the cups (and clothes) of the other spouse.

    Want more info? Click this link for a video (WARNING: video shows drinking)


    3.  Now, move on to quarters.  The basics premise of quarters is to bounce a quarter into a glass.  Yep, that's it.  Want to see a video on how it's done?  Click here.

    Now for the date-night rules.  Every time you (or your spouse) gets the quarter into the cup, the other person has to give one compliment.  If one person gets a quarter into a glass three times in a row, that person gets to make a rule.  Rules can be: anyone who smiles has to give their spouse a sexy kiss or if anyone talks with their hands they have to remove one article of clothing .... you get the picture.

    Play this until you are ready for the most relaxing part of the date (or until you are out of clothing).

    4.  Finish off your date by moving to the couch to enjoy a cheesy show.  Pop in The Princess Bride and play this fun game.
    • Every time a character says, "as you wish," pick one person to get a shoulder rub.  Switch who is giving/getting the shoulder rub every time this is said.
    • Every time a character says "true love" give each other a kiss.
    • Every time someone says "I'm not left handed" give each other a high-five.
    • Every time someone says, "I'm not left handed either" give each other another high-five.
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    5.  Enjoy a silly evening of non-alcoholic drinking games!

    Thursday, May 5, 2011

    Things I Love: A Good Teacher {A Gift Idea}

    I'm an educator which means I love teaching.

    I'm a mom which means I love a good teacher.

    Hip Hip Hooray for National Teacher Appreciation week!

    If there is a good educator in your life, please take an opportunity this week to THANK him or her for all the hard work that goes into educating your children.

    Now, since I've been a teacher, I know what it's like to get too many cookies, bears, and apples in appreciation.  It's not that I didn't appreciate my gifts; it's just so darn hard to figure out what to do with a ceramic bear in modern decor scheme.

    Please let me encourage you to make a gift for your son's or daughter's teacher that will go a long way!

    Photo Source (this is a stamp!  Follow this link to order it!)


    What you'll need:
    • A mug
    • A gift card to a coffee shop
    • Some candy (Kisses, chocolate covered Espresso beans, M&Ms ...)
    • Tissue paper
    • A thank you card
    What to do:
    1. Put a $5 gift card in the mug.
    2. Fill with chocolate so the gift card is "hidden."
    3. Top with tissue paper (so nothing falls out).
    4. Have your child write or decorate the inside of the card.  Make sure as the parent you add a personal thank you as well (along with "enjoy your gift card" to make sure the teacher digs into the mug).
    5. On the thank you card envelope write "Thanks a Latte."
    6. Attach to mug with tape, riboon, etc.
    7. Give to the teacher (who might not need another mug but who will love the gift card instead of her seventh plate of cookies).
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      Wednesday, May 4, 2011

      What I Think About: When to Step In {Advice Ladies!}

      Last Tuesday my uber-delightful mom's group had a meet up at our local library (you can read about why I love my mom's group and why I hate Motherbitches here).

      While we were there, our children were playing with a giant checker set.  About five of our kids were taking turns sharing the giant foam checkers while building buildings (which is technically frowned upon by the librarians but come on--they are kids!) and pretending to be nesting birds.

      Then another girl, similar in age, joined the group.  There was no parent watching this little girl and she slowly took over all the foam checkers--stealing them left and right from our group of kids who had been sharing.

      My friend's daughter was pretty bold and said, "Hey, that's not fair!  You have to share!" (and to be fair, our children were trying to share but the other girl was opposed to it!).

      Even after my friend's daughter said that, the little girl kept taking checkers.  The other children in our group moved to the side and sort of let the "mean girl" take over.

      My friend and I looked at each other.  When should we step in?

      I mean, we want our children to stand up for themselves and to fight injustice BUT we also want them to know that we have their back and that we'll stand up for them.

      So where is the balance?  Should we have stepped in and told the girl who wouldn't share that she needed to?  Did we do the right thing by letting our kids handle it?

      To be honest, it doesn't feel like we did the right thing because all of our children, but one, got "bullied" away from the toys and the one girl who stood resolute, lost all the checkers because she didn't have any support.  She looked at her mom and I with big eyes as if to say, "Is this okay?"

      What a tough lesson because sometimes the people with the worst intentions and the worst attitude and who treat people the worst--WIN! 

      I hate that.  But at the same time, I don't want my child to be a constant tattle-tale.  I want her to use her voice and her actions to stand up for herself.  How do I cultivate that?

      What I think is it is difficult to know when to step in and when to let kids handle a bullying/unjust situation.

      Your thoughts?

      When do you step in, when do you stay out, and how do you know what step to take?

      Please, share your advice.  My friend and I would love to know.

      And P.S.  BOO HISS to the parents who, by not watching their child in a public place, put my friends and I in an awkward position to have to "parent" a child we didn't know!

      Thanks to Shell at Things I Can't Say for hosting my random Wednesday Rants!

      Tuesday, May 3, 2011

      Days of Play--Mother's Day Crafts and Gifts

      We're at that critical week before Mother's Day so I've scoured the internet to find fun Mother's Day craft projects you can make with your children (perhaps for Grandma).

      I know it is easy to get wrapped up in what you can BUY for the mom in your life but sometimes the best gifts are those you can make.  Enjoy some quality time with your children making an easy yet sentimental gift.

      First up, this super cute foam-flower picture "album."  All you'll need are photos, foam, pipe cleaners, stapler, tape, flower pot and paint.  To get the directions, click this link.

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      Here's another "sweet" twist to a home-made bouquet!  Get some DumDum suckers, cute paper out into the shape of hearts and WaLa!  A sweet bouquet.  Want the directions?  Click here.
      Photo Source
      Finally, here is a card that you could make for mom (or grandma) but I think you could make one a bit larger and make it a small wall or door hanger.  Who doesn't love curlicues? Click here for directions.
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      Now if you just have to buy a gift to celebrate the occasion, then can I suggest ETSY? I love Etsy stores and here are some delightful, unique, and affordable gift options!

      One of a kind earrings from Design Ambition:

      Whimsical artwork Blendastudio:

      Ruffled Scarf from 2littlefriends:

      Happy crafting with the kiddos.

      Happy Etsy retail therapy.

      Happy Mother's Day.

      Monday, May 2, 2011

      Sick

      Mac is sick.

      Really sick.

      His software is cabobbled but luckily the hardware is fine. 

      If only Reagan knew where she put his utility CD then Mac could start feeling better and Reagan could do actual blog posts.

      Until such time, WITMIM? might be on a short hiatus because hey, Reagan doesn't like to work when she's sick so she doesn't want to force Mac to work when he's sick.

      Please leave Get Well Soon comments below.  It'll make Mac feel better.

      Please leave notes of concern below as well (you know, if you are concerned that Reagan has such a good relationship with her computer that she calls him by his first name and stops blogging when he is ill).