Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Pinspiration Tuesday

Last week, I told you about how my mom and I were starting to take one day a week to actually DO something we pin on Pinterest, and not just dream about it.  This week, we took a different spin on this, but I'm super excited about it.

One of the first things we decided was to make some of the yummy food we've been drooling over.  This week, mom made dinner and I made dessert.  Next week, we'll switch and I'll do dinner while mom finds something sweet for dessert.  It was fun, and a huge success!  I think my dad and brother are going to really enjoy Pinterest day for the great meals we'll get to try!

**Sidenote:  We're actually calling this Pinterest/Food Network Day, since we're excited about trying out some of the things we're seeing on The Pioneer Woman's new show.  I'm also subscribed to Monthly Christmas FN Magazine that has HUNDREDS of delish recipes included!**

Mom made these Spinach Lasagna Rolls (I took the picture after we ate some...hehe):

The linked recipe was the inspiration, but she actually used alfredo sauce, and combined a bunch of different recipes she found.  She also tossed some ready-made frozen meatballs in the pan.  It was DELISH and surprisingly filling.  

She also tossed together this Marinated Tomato Salad with Herbs from Pioneer Woman's cooking show debut:

It was also super yummy and went really well with the pasta dish.

For dessert, I made these awesome Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars:

It already sounded yummy, but when I got to the bottom of the recipe and saw it was adapted from Paula Deen, I knew it was a good choice!  We couldn't wait to eat it, so dove in when it was still warm instead of waiting for it to chill.  Even warm, it was also a winner!

So, that was the meal for this week.  We also got some rosemary olive oil bread and stuffed mushrooms from Kroger.  I am totally full & happy as I write this!

The second part of today's Pinspiration actually wasn't inspired by anything on Pinterest.  I know, I know, I'm already breaking my own rules.  But I AM currently unemployed, so going to JoAnn's, Michael's, or Hobby Lobby each week to get supplies is not a great habit.  I'm hoping that will change in the very near future.  But for now, I needed to figure out a way to cut down costs on my crafting addiction.  So, mom suggested heading to Goodwill to find something to renew, upcycle, or change into something new.  I had a few doubts, but figured it was worth a shot.  I wasn't sure how many things I'd be able to find and/or how I could make something simple into something I could be proud of creating.

Well, We were not in Goodwill longer than 5 minutes and my arms were FULL of items I had plans for.  I actually had to start putting things back and deciding what to purchase and what to leave behind!  I found so many little treasures and my mind was racing with different ideas.  I've had many requests and suggestions from a lot of different people that I should launch my own etsy shop to sell some of the things I create.  So, my mind was going wild with what I could do.  Before I launch an etsy shop, I want to have a good stock of things to sell.  I think it's a great idea, because I love crafting and creating; it's definitely a deeply loved therapy of mine.  But in my little apartment, there's just not room for me to keep it all!  Walking around Goodwill, I got a ton of ideas of where I could start with that so hopefully my etsy will be up and running soon.  I'll keep you posted!  To start...here's what I got today:

A glass lampshade, four wooden painted letters, a wooden painted apple, two brass metal tissue box covers, a wooden box, a large glass plate, a tall rectangular vase, a frosted glass bowl, and my absolute favorite:  a wooden recipe box.  

Isn't she a beauty?  Well...she's pretty now, but with a little love and attention I think she'll be a star!  I love the vintage look, but the stain job has scratches, there are some nicks in the side, and it's a little dirty.  Nothing a little elbow grease and love can't fix!  I started on this project today, but don't want to reveal until I'm finished and know which direction I'm headed.  Most of my projects are a work in progress and ever-changing until the very end.  Stay tuned for how it turns out!

I'm excited about this new journey of creating things from my own mind an not necessarily copy someone else's creativity.  We'll see how it all goes!

AWESOME Giveaway!

Hey guys!  I'll be blogging later tonight or sometime tomorrow about today's Pinspirations.  For now, I wanted to fill you in on an amazing giveaway happening RIGHT NOW!

Caity Shinnick is the sister of my long-time best friend from high school.  She is very creative, and makes beautiful, classy, and elegant stationary, invitations, jewelry, and more.  I've been following her blog for a while, and am excited to tell you all that she has a brand new website up and running.  Caity's sister, Sarah gave me some stationary designed by Caity a few years ago and I love it so much that I only use it for very special notes and occasions.  Her stuff is just my style, and I'm anxious to see how far she goes now that the world is able to purchase her creations online.

To kick off the big launch of her website, she is having an AWESOME giveaway with some things we all love!  I encourage you guys to head over and enter (I'm entering as many ways I can).  Then, check out all her cute stuff...you can place an order right on her site!  GO NOW...HERE!

Check in later tonight...I'm excited to share some things with you guys that I'll be working on the next few weeks!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Finally Fall Argyle Wreath!

I am super thrilled to announce that I am FINALLY back to doing monthly wreaths!  I had to take an unexpected hiatus after doing only four: December/January, February, March, and April.  When I began blogging, I had high expectations that I would be able to keep up with making one wreath per month to keep my front door happy and refreshed.  Once wedding season got underway, my schedule got a little uncontrollable, but I feel like I finally have the reigns back!

My mom and I are both unemployed and applying for jobs like crazy right now, but have decided to take one day a week until we get jobs to do something crafty/pinspired.  So, we decided to both make a wreath for our first of many weekly pinterest-inspired crafts.  (Once one/both of us are employed, we still plan to do this weekly, we'll just have to move it to an evening instead)  Here is my Pinspiration:

Now, this was a wreath someone was selling on etsy, so there were no tutorials.  But it looked simple enough, so I gave it a try.  I loved the argyle design, the simplicity, and the fact that it is a reminder that sweater weather is hopefully just a few weeks away.  I headed to our local JoAnn's and bought the following:

  • 2 skeins of Wool-Ease worsted weight Lion Brand Yarn in Wheat (number 402).  It was on sale at JoAnn's 2 for $5.  The texture didn't matter much since I was just going for the look, not the texture.  I ended up only needing one skein to wrap the entire wreath.
  • 1 skein of Lion Brand "Vanna's Choice" Yarn in Magenta.  (You don't need a whole lot, so if you have extra scraps of yarn at home, you could just use that).  
  • 4 sheets each of two colors of felt.  I actually only needed one sheet of each color I wanted, I don't know what I was thinking when I bought 4 of each!  I got an olive green and a chocolate brown
  • 1 14-inch straw wreath.  Typically, I use styrofoam wreath forms for my wreath projects, but since I was wrapping this wreath, I went for the cheapest option.  The straw wreath was only $2.99 and a 12-inch styrofoam wreath was $4.99.
  • You will also need some straight pins, but I didn't need to buy those since I already had them on hand.  
 To start this project, you need to wrap your wreath form in your base color.  Mine, as mentioned, was wheat.  I chose it because it was neutral and had little bits of darker fiber woven into the yarn.  This process takes a LONG time, but it's very easy.  To start, just tie the loose end of your yarn to the form in a basic, simple knot.

Then just wrap, wrap, wrap, wrap.  Make sure when you do this that you hold the yarn TIGHT to each piece you've already wrapped.  You also want to make sure you pull it tight.  With the gauge of this yarn, I had to pull it super tight and keep it tighter together, but if your yarn is thicker, you could probably leave it a little looser.  It actually would give it more of a cozy & cuddly look.   

Like I said, wrap wrap, wrap, wrap.  It gets boring.  And it gives your arm a workout.  I got into a rhythm of pulling the yarn tight, tossing the yarn ball through the center hole onto my lap, pushing the yarn close to the yarn already wrapped, and repeating.  It took me about an hour and a half to do the entire 14-inch form without a break.  With a cozy corner on the couch, a good crime show, and sleeping dogs at your side and your feet, it goes by pretty quick.  I even had a good bit of yarn leftover.  So now, I have an extra skein of wheat I need to find a project for...

When you're finished, you should have something that looks like this:  

You might notice there are some places where the straw form peeks through.  I left the plastic wrap on the form to keep it from poking out.  If I was not covering the whole wreath with detail, I would have been more of a perfectionist while I was wrapping to prevent "bald spots" or even wrapped it a second time.  But, I wasn't worried about that since this was really just the base.  

The next step is to decide on the size of diamonds you'll use for your argyle pattern.  I cut these three to choose from:  

After putting them on the wrapped wreath (and adding up how many of each I'd have to cut and attach) I decided on the largest size, which ended up being 3 1/2 inches tall and 2 1/2 inches wide.  

I used my sample diamond (which I cut out of cardstock) to trace directly onto my felt.  Like I said, I only needed one sheet of each color.  I like to line my shapes up with the already cut edge if possible to limit how much I need to cut.  That way, I can focus on cutting fewer lines and making them super straight.  I find the easiest tool to use when tracing onto felt is a ball-point pen.  It even shows up on darker colors because the ink leaves a little sheen.  

You'll end up having a bunch of cute little diamonds like this:  

Pictured is only six of each color, but for my 14-inch wreath I actually needed 7 of each color.  Once they are all cut, I laid them out, alternating colors and trying to line up the side corners of the diamonds by visualizing an invisible smaller circle.  Make sure when you do this that each diamond is "face-down" so that any ink lines from your pen tracing are not facing forward.  

The next step is to stick a straight pin in each of the diamonds at the top.  I chose to stick them on the outside edge.  You will remove these later, they are really only used to mark and hold each diamond for correct spacing.  

This part is the trickiest part of this wreath, but it's the FINAL STEP!  You will take your accent color yarn (in my case, the magenta).  To start wrapping this, you will need to tie it just like you did for wrapping the wreath form.  I rotated one of my diamonds to "hide" the tie underneath.  

Now, the tricky part is to start wrapping the wreath diagonally, trying to center the line on each diamond you pass over.  This is tricky to line it up so that it all looks symmetrical and even, but with some precision and focus, it's possible (and actually not as hard as it sounds).

As you can see, the way the back of the wreath looks really doesn't matter.  It will be against the door, so if the lines there are crooked, it's no big deal.  Once you get all the way around the wreath and have crossed over each diamond once, you will basically start going the opposite direction to cross over again diagonally.  You do not need to tie it again at the back.  If you have been keeping your yarn pulled tight, it should hold without tying.

The goal now is to cross over each diamond a second time, making the "X" across the center of each shape.  Something that also helped me keep things close to symmetrical and even was to try to make a smaller "x" between each pair of diamonds inside the center of the wreath (towards the bottom point of the diamonds).

Once you get all the way back around, you will tie your yarn off.  I chose to also pick up a couple pieces of my base yarn to make sure it was really secure.  I was really nervous that it would all fall apart once I let go!

Once you have tied it off, you can pull out each of the straight pins because the magenta "x's" will hold the diamonds in place.  Finally, I used extra magenta yarn and just layered a bunch of it for my hanger.  I cut one piece that was probably about 4-5 feet long, and just kept "folding" it until I had a good, thick bunch I felt could hold the weight of the wreath.  I also looped this yarn under the base (wheat) yarn to make sure the magenta wouldn't snap and cause my entire wreath to fall apart.

And you're done!  Here's the completed wreath:

I think it's a perfect transition wreath from summer into fall.  I didn't want to get too fall-typical with pumpkins and corn husks just yet.  That's why I chose these colors, too...so that I wouldn't have orange and red on my door for the next three months!  I also like this one because it's adjustable.  Just since looking at pictures on my computer for blog posting, I noticed some un-even spaces between my diamonds, off-centered "X's"...at least I can slide things around until I like it.  Oh, the life of an OCD perfectionist!  :o)  Total time to make this wreath was about 2 1/2 hours, start to finish.  Total cost was about $10 (if you count only what you really need, not the surplus of yarn and felt I bought)!  Hope you can use this tutorial, or at least get inspired to make something fun for Fall.  I can't WAIT for it to get here!  I miss my hoodies, rosy cheeks, football Sundays, and nightly hot chocolate!

Monday, August 22, 2011

College or BUST!

I realize I may be a little late with this list, but I'm hoping it will help someone somewhere.  Recently, I was cleaning off some files on my computer and ran across this list.  I know there's got to be some anxious moms and/or OCD new students getting ready to start college, so I figured I'd share what I have.  A few years ago, a family friend of ours had a daughter getting ready to go off to college.  The mom asked for my help to compile a list of what I thought was necessary for a college student to have on campus if they are away from home so that they can feel comfortable and prepared.  Well, if you know me (or have been keeping up with my blog), you probably have learned that I am someone who likes to be ready overly prepared for just about anything. On top of just having what I need for life at college, I also was  Resident Advisor (RA) for two years.  So, that gave me a self-appointed responsibility to have anything a girl would need should someone come to me for some help with something.  So, after looking back on my original packing list from my Freshman year and adding to it things I've collected/added to my "stuff"/found necessary for life as a co-ed, I compiled this list to send to our friend (who loves being prepared and organized as much, if not more than I do).

Here's a little background just to set the scene.  When I was going to college, I was moving two hours away from home (Franklin, TN) to a small little college town (Murray, KY).  Murray is a very small town, and at the time I went there, there was only one Wal-Mart within driving distance.  If I forgot something I needed from Target, Bed, Bath & Beyond, the mall, etc. I'd have to wait until my next trip home.  So, I tried to get as much as possible before moving.  My best friend from high school was my "suite-mate"...we had different roommates, but our rooms shared a bathroom.  So, we had a little time to talk and coordinate what we were bringing.  I later roomed with her, and it wasn't until my junior year that I lived on my own.  As an RA at Murray State, I had the privilege of living in my own room with my own bathroom.  So I started by just bringing the bare minimum, but once I got to living on my own, I needed EVERYTHING.  So, if you are using this list for yourself or your own college student, you may want/need to bring it down a couple notches.  Just wanted to give you that warning so this list doesn't completely overwhelm you.  Ready?  GO!

Refrigerator - Check with your residential hall for any size restrictions they might have.  
Hot Plate/George Foreman grill - Check with your residential hall on restrictions.  We  weren't allowed hot plates at Murray
Microwave - Check these rules as well.  Most colleges will have wattage restrictions.  
Plastic set (4) of bowls/cups/plates 
Coffee maker and mugs
Can opener
Chip clips
Dish scrub brush
Dish towels
Oven Mitt
Pizza Cutter
Plastic containers (Tupperware, Gladware disposable containers)
Water filter
Bowl for popcorn, chips, etc
Plastic pitcher
Favorite recipes from home
Cookie Sheet
Saucepan (3qt or 4 qt), other cooking utensils

Basic Foods:
Bottled Water
Packaged Foods
Favorite Snacks
Peanut Butter & Jelly
Granola Bars
Ramen Noodles
Easy Mac

Shower tote
Shower flip-flops
Hair products
Shower gel or bath soap
Face soap
Traveling-soap containers
Toothpaste and toothbrush
Dental floss
Nail Clippers/file/polish
Razor and shaving cream
Hair dryer
Hair straightener/curling iron, etc
Facial moisturizer
Cotton balls and cotton swabs
Bath towels (2-4)
Hand/face towels
Shower cap
Possibly shower caddy or over-shower head shelves for storage
Bathroom cup
Shower Curtain

Medicine to have on-hand:
Aspirin or ibuprofen
Vitamin C
Stomach relief (Pepto-Bismol)
Cough drops
Cold medicine (like Dayquill/Nyquill)
Vapor rub
Eye drops
Ice packs
Heating pad
Basic first-aid kit
Rubbing alcohol
Hydrogen peroxide

Drying Rack
Iron and Ironing Board
Laundry bag/basket
Laundry marking pen
Stain stick/stain remover
Sewing kit
Rolls of quarters
Lint brush
Clothes hangers
Safety pins

Two sets of sheets and pillowcases
Two pillows
Two blankets
Mattress pad
Stuffed animal
Alarm clock
Bedside lamp (some clip onto the bed)

Clothing Guidelines
Socks (more if you'll be playing sports)
Shirts/blouses…casual and also dressy for going out
Slippers and/or flip-flops
Sweaters and/or sweatshirts
Light/heavy jackets
1 pair of boots
2 pairs of sneakers or comfortable/walking shoes
1 pair of dress shoes
1 set of business attire
1 set of semi-formal attire (optional)
Dress Clothes
Jewelry & Watch
Swim Suit
Workout Clothes

School Supplies
CD–ROMs/Keychain Flash Drives 
Phone/address book
Assignment book
Heavy-duty stapler and staples
Pens and pencils
Pencil holder and sharpener
Notebook Paper
Pocket folders
3 x 5 cards
Post-it® notes
Paper clips
Rubber bands
Scotch tape
Masking tape
Highlighter pens (multiple colors)
Dictionary and thesaurus
Internet Access / Modem
Mouse & Pad
Phone Cord
Printer / Printer Paper
Printer Cartridge
Surge Protector
Cell Phone / Electronic Services
Desk Lamp
Three-hole Punch
Waste Basket

DVD/VCR player
Radio/CD player
Phone with answering machine (cordless is best) - Most buildings will have a phone system so you'll need this to call room-to-room.  
Extension cords
Surge protectors
Portable vacuum cleaner
Camera and charger
Batteries (AAA, AA, C, and D)
Flashlight with batteries

Room Needs, Decorations, and Storage
Milk crates or other sturdy storage cubes (a collapsible crate also comes in handy for carrying laundry or other things)
Stacking baskets
Under-the-bed storage trays
Adhesive hooks, tacky adhesive, and mounting tape (3M brand)
Bulletin board and push pins
Dry erase board and markers
Area rug
Family Photos
Holiday Decorations
Folding chair/bean bag chair
Fly Swatter

Cleaning Supplies
All-purpose cleaner
Toilet cleaner/brush
Rubber gloves
Windex wipes
Air freshener (spray, and plug-in)

Miscellaneous Needs
Beach Towel
Board Games
Bug Spray
Duct Tape
Sports Equipment
Water Bottle

Important Documents to Have
Bank Account / Checks
Pre-Paid Credit Card
Driver’s License
Financial Aid Forms
Medical Insurance Card
Registration Information
Renter’s Insurance
Social Security Card
Student ID

Buy when you get there:
Ziploc Bags (sandwich and gallon size)
Paper Towels
Trash Bags
Light Bulbs
All-purpose cleaners
Laundry Detergent/Fabric Softener
Dish Soap
Hand Soap
Wet Wipes
Toilet Paper

I'm sure some of this seems like common sense, but I guarantee if you shop without a list, you'll miss something basic.  It's overwhelming to shop and make sure to get everything you need, so using a list will give you something visual and concrete you can check off as you go.  

Something else I wanted to share with you is a few pictures of my room.  Dorm rooms are GROSS and plain and small.  It's hard when you walk in on that first day and see this:

 ...to imagine that it will be any kind of cute and comfortable.  But, with some creativity and hard work, you can make it unique, homey, and your own little oasis.  There are a TON of great ideas out there.  I've seen lots of great ideas on Pinterest for organizing and making your dorm room nice.  Here are some of the ways I made mine work for me (Most of these are from when I was an RA and had my own space, but you can still transfer some ideas to a shared space):

The TV stand was actually a cheap find at Goodwill that my mom restored for me.  She hand-painted the flowers and added some detail to match my "shabby-chic" look.  As an RA, I was able to set up the room the way I wanted, so I pushed my beds together.  This was perfect for movie nights and card games with a bunch of friends.  You can fit a LOT of people on that bed!  Plus, it gives you TONS of under-bed storage...a need at college!  Some girls did this even if they were roomies to give them more flexibility in their room.  

I got the sheer single-panel curtain and beading valance on clearance at TJ Maxx.  Since my window was so narrow, I only needed one, so clearance was the best place to look for cute stuff that didn't have a partner.  The signs above my bed are metal...I got them at a shoppe I worked at in the summer.  They are just hung with ribbon on 3M hooks.  My college had an annual poster sale, which is where I got the print of the famous Wars End Kiss.  I just stuck it on the wall with sticky tac.

Don't forget to bring closet hanging shelves!  They were a HUGE space saver and kept me organized!  It's also important to have a trash can with a lid.  That's a small space and you don't want your leftover lunch to be stinkin' up the joint.  For me, I was able to fit one of the tall plastic drawers under my pedestal sink for extra bath storage.  That laundry hamper was great, too because you could detach the bag and carry it straight to the laundry room!  If you notice, I got a couple of large binder rings and hung them on the wall with another 3M hook to hold my necklaces and bracelets without getting tangled.  

Here you can see my mom's awesome painting detail better.  :o)  Also...I brought lots of picture frames.  Not all my loved ones where in KY with me, but I still got to look at their beautiful faces every day!  Also...most colleges have a candle restriction.  The tea lights on top my TV were glass holders with battery-operated flameless lights.  Perfect for the candle vibe without the fire hazard.  

I got the matching shower curtain to go with my shabby chic sheet set.  I also hung a ceramic "love" sign with pretty ribbon using...you guessed it!  Another 3M hook!

I don't remember where I got them, but I put up these vintage bath signs for a little extra decor in the dull bathroom.  

If you are going to have a bathroom attached to your room, you will DEFINITELY want an over-the-toilet shelf for extra storage.  You'll notice not only here, but in my room also, that I used vintage doilies and table covers to soften the space.  Also, a sign I got at TJ Maxx and more pictures.  The bowl has fresh lavendar in it.  I kept my cleaning stuff on the floor on either side of the toilet.  

Be creative with your room set up.  Not everything has to go up against the wall.  I turned my desk and put my fridge on the other side to leave more room close to my door.  Any blank space on the wall should be filled with something colorful, whether it's a poster, pictures, or clothing.  I used more vintage prints above my bookshelves and a beach print in the tiny space between my shelves and my closet.  Put a 3M hook right inside your door so you always know where your keys will hang.  I HIGHLY recommend some kind of calendar, too.  I put a dry-erase one on the back of my door with two months, and couldn't have survived without it.  The back of the door was also a great place to put class calendars, due dates, sports schedules, and reminders of campus events.

 I was fortunate enough to get a hand-me-down loveseat from my parents for extra seating.  I can't tell you how many textbooks I read, phone conversations, counseling sessions, roommate debates, and gossip sessions were spent on that couch!  I got a jersey-knit slip cover to match my room.  It didn't perfectly fit, but did the job!  If your college sells sweatshirt blankets...GET ONE!  I still use mine to this day, it's one of my favorites.  The little iron shelf next to the couch is actually for the bathroom, but I got it cheap at Goodwill.  It was the perfect size for a side table, and held a couple more blankets for friend that came to visit.  I tacked paper lanterns on the wall.  You'll want as much lighting as you can manage. I hardly ever used the harsh neon lights and would just turn on all my lamps.  Nothing makes a place feel more like home like soft lighting.  :o)

WHEW!  That ended up being a lot longer than I expected!  Hopefully it will help you college kids get started and at least inspire you to think outside the box.  You CAN make it your own...you just have to be creative!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

MORE Bachelorette Party Games

A couple months ago, I shared this post to tell you about the games we played at my friend, Beth's Bachelorette Party/Lingerie shower.  Well...I had another Pre-Wedding Bash for my sister two weeks before her wedding, and I'm not one to do the same thing twice (unless of course, it's really good).  So, I have NEW BACHELORETTE GAME suggestions for you!

I did this same activity at Beth's party, but like I said...I'll repeat games/activities if they're a hit.  I like the Personality Panties idea because it gives the bride some extra pairs of panties for daily wear.  Also, (even though it's kind of strange) she's reminded of all her loving friends and the variety of personalities they have every time she opens her panty drawer.  To read the explanation, check out the previously mentioned post with more bachelorette ideas.

I didn't want to give my sis the same panties I gave Beth, so I picked these cute navy polka-dot lace-trimmed ones up at Target.  If you know me...you know I love polka dots!

I honestly don't remember where I saw this idea, but I made my own spin on it anyway.  The idea is to give the bride-to-be (and her groom) some kind of decorative pot or vase - empty.  The couple will add a quarter (or whatever change they have) every time they "do the deed" during their first year of marriage. Whatever money they have at the time of their anniversary, they can use to go out to a nice dinner, get a couples massage...whatever they wish.  I got this cute and simple round vase at Michael's pretty cheap, and then just made a card to explain what they'll do and attached it with tape:

I like this vase because once they remove the card, it can sit in their bedroom (or anywhere in their house) and collect change, and no on would know what it was.  I also used this to send home Kim's panties in, so it worked out great!

This is another repeat, and is explained in my first bachelorette games post.  I love the idea though, and was planning on doing it anyway when my sister suggested that we do it at her party.  Basically, we name each lingerie gift and after the party, I made a menu for their honeymoon.  

Some brides like to name their pieces something that sounds like food.  Some like to just use silly names that describe something about the way it looks.  We chose to use fantasy-type names for Larry's Menu.  Kim also had some lingerie she received before this shower, and even more at a shower after this one, so here's the completed menu:  (When I've done this before, people always have trouble getting started, so I thought it might help to see some of the names we used as examples)


Kim is the one that suggested adding the chili peppers after each selection.  I think it's a great idea, because like she mentioned...guys have completely different ideas sometimes than girls do about what these names would mean.  So, adding the spice rating after each one gave Larry a better idea so he can choose what he's really in the mood for, not what he's expecting.

This is a popular game, but I LOVE the result.  It takes much more planning and preparation than any of the others, but I think the laughter and conversations that result are totally worth it.  I met with Larry, Kim's groom-to-be, a few weeks before the party.  I video-taped his responses to the following questions:

1.   What day did you first meet?  Where?
2.   Where was your first date? 
3.   Where was your first kiss?
4.   Who first said, “I love you”?
5.   Do you have a “song”?
6.   What is his favorite meal that the bride has made?  Worst meal?
7.    How old is his oldest pair of underwear?
8.    What day did he say is their anniversary?
9.    What exact words did he say when he asked her to marry him?
10.  What does he like on his pizza?
11.  What is your favorite thing about her?
12.  What would she say is her favorite thing about you?
13.   What is the bride’s guilty pleasure?
14.   Who is her celebrity crush?  Yours?
15.   If you were ordering drinks for both of you, what would you get?
16.   What is your most annoying habit?
17.   What is the last thing she says/does before bed?  You?
18.   If you could throw out one item of her clothing what would it be?  What would she throw out of yours?
19.   What does she keep on her nightstand?  You?
20.What is the nicest thing she’s ever done for you?  You for her?

These are a collection of different questions I found online/tweaked to fit Kim & Larry and what I thought would be fun to hear the answers for.  After I interviewed him, I edited the clips and made a slideshow video for us to watch that night.  I would let the question scroll on the screen and then pause while giving Kim a chance to answer.  After she answered, I played Larry's response.  If they said the same answer, we cheered and clapped and moved on to the next one.  If they disagreed on an answer, Kim had to chew a piece of bubble gum.  I really, truly thought that she would get most of them right.  But it's amazing how different people's perspective can be, even if they're really close.  And I didn't just pick up any bubblegum...I got the jumbo Bubblicious pieces.  Here's Kim at the end of the game...with all her gum:

She wanted to bring her big wad of gum to show Larry how much they disagreed on their answers!  It was fun (for us) to watch, and we laughed a LOT.  But, I don't think Kim is looking forward to chewing anything bubblegum flavored for a while now.  I've also seen where people use marshmallows, but I didn't want things to get too gross and slobbery since we were going out that night.  

I don't really know what else to call it.  But it's REALLY funny to watch.  And SUPER cheap. You need a pair of stockings (I found a pair in clearance at Target for like $0.98 or something like that...it doesn't matter what they look like), a tennis ball, a ribbon, a bottle of water (I had a 1 liter Smart Water bottle from the day before, so just saved that instead of buying a new one), and a stopwatch (We used an app on my phone).  You cut the leg off of the stocking (I suppose you could just leave it together and use one leg to tie it around your waist...but my guests were all different sizes so I wanted to make sure everyone was comfortable).  You will fill the water bottle with some water.  I added some red food coloring to make the water pink...just for fun.  The tennis ball goes in the "toe" of the stocking leg, then tied close.  I tied the stocking to the ribbon I was using after that.  Each guest will take a turn.  They tie the ribbon around their waist like a belt, with the ball stocking hanging behind them like a tail.  The water bottle stands on the floor in front of them.  Then, they are timed to see how long it takes to knock over the bottle of water.  At first, they were doing it with their legs together and doing it from the side, but I added the rule that they had to straddle the bottle of water and hit it with the ball between their legs. It is HILARIOUS to watch, because basically the girls are humping to try to hit this bottle...and HARD.  The other girls were all good at it (I think the record was something like 7 seconds)! You can also play this game with more players.  We had a small group, so we went one at a time.  You could also play on teams, and see which team can have each girl knock over a bottle of water the fastest, or score a point for whoever does it first between two against each other.  I have also seen where there is a large party and there are four girls running around with balls between their legs, trying to hit a larger ball into a goal.  There are a TON of variations on this game...and a bunch of videos on youtube to preview what kind  of laughter it brings.  

So, there you have it!  More fun and excitement for bachelorette parties!  Hope they're helpful!


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