Worn Out From Fun!

Isn’t it awesome when you’re exhausted because you’ve been having fun!?

On Friday my Glugster came home from work a smidge early, and we went grocery shopping. Once again we came in on budget, including dog food, cat food and meat. That always feels like a win!
After our shopping trip I had a cake to finish for The Cupcake Lady for a Saturday morning collection so I was up quite late…

On Saturday morning my mommy darling came with me to the Beauty & Wellbeing Expo at the Gallagher Convention Centre, which is around the corner from where I live… But because there was a bloody Amway Convention happening in the hall next door, we took over an hour to get there! It was insane! And there were actually people scalping tickets at the entrance like it was a rock concert or something!
The Beauty Expo was great fun. My mommy darling and I don’t often get to do things together with just us two, so when I won tickets from Wenchy, I called my mom immediately!
Here’s a view from the top… 😛

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Along with my two tickets, I also won a Wand-A-Brush set which I claimed at the Expo, and I got a little hamper with Himalaya Herbal Healthcare products in it.
Walking around the Expo was very interesting, and I couldn’t believe how many different stands there were for nail care and polishes! And my mom and I walked away shaking our heads, from a stand advertising a hormone injection that gives you a tan!!
We watched an aerobics demo, and a make up demo where the very flamboyant make up artist actually put blusher between the models’ fingers and behind her ears!

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Then we watched a gelish presentation and they were handing out samples of their Magneto lacquer! I got a pinkish-red “Electric Metal Lover” and my mommy darling got a silver-grey “Iron Princess“, and then I won a prize by answering a question – a gelish nail treatment at Sorbet and another Magneto colour, a green “Polar Attraction“.
I would have liked to do a couple of the other “freebies” that were available, like the skin analysis and having my make up done, but the queues got longer and longer so we didn’t wait. Once we’d seen everything we went home and played with our nail polishes, and I realised that I can’t even paint someone else’s nails properly! 🙂

On Saturday evening, we had a few friends over to celebrate my Glugster’s birthday. We had a lot of laughs and WAAAY too much tequila and strawberry liqueur, and we were done and in bed by 11PM. ‘Coz we’re old and thats how we roll.
And we only clicked the next morning that we hadn’t eaten the whole of Saturday, which was why we felt so horrible on Sunday!

On Sunday, mine and my Glugster’s parents came over for a birthday lunch.
While I was preparing ingredients and getting ready for lunch, my sweetheart delivered our Santa Shoebox to the drop off point and while he was gone I realised I hadn’t taken a picture of it!
Anyhoodle, when I asked my Glugster what I could cook for him for his birthday he said, “chicken pie”, so on Sunday I made my first ever pie! It was delicious, and a complete diversion from our healthy eating plan – even more so when I served it with grilled potato wedges!

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All in all we had a wonderful weekend, and early on Sunday evening I fell so deep asleep I didn’t even hear my darling husband cooking the leftover chicken breasts that I didn’t use in the pie (so they wouldn’t go off) and tidying the kitchen for me!
Do I have an awesome husband or what!

So how was your weekend?

How To Arrange A Phenomenal Baby Shower

Whilst merrily cruising Pinterest this morning, I came across a number of pins about baby shower games and decorations.
I’ve organised and thrown several baby showers, and they were pretty cool if I say so myself. And in throwing those parties I learned a number of things about the guests and the moms-to-be.

The most important thing to me is to ASK the soon-to-be-mommy what kind of shower she would like! Keep it in mind if she’s not one for dress up and party games. Keeping the guests happy is secondary to making sure the mommy has happy memories. If the expectant couple would like a joint party- especially if its their first baby- then do that! Arrange the kind of bash where men and women will be comfortable in celebrating the new baby.
And in my humble opinion, baby showers are about celebrating the pending birth of every child, not just supplying a first-time mom with baby goodies.
Tradition be damned!

When it comes to surprising a mom-to-be with a baby shower, keep in mind that she is most likely nearing the end of her pregnancy, and whilst it may seem fun to do- she may not feel like she’s “glowing” and dressing her up like huge baby may not go down well…
You can surprise her with a theme and decorations and gifts, but at least give her a heads’ up on the date so she can put on some make up. She is most likely going to be photographed after all.

With party games, there is a long list that can make a shower fun for the guests and for mommy, like Don’t Say Baby and Mad Libs, but remember that if you want to play games and hand out prizes- quizzes and crosswords and puzzles mean someone is going to have to sit and check them in order to pick a winner- missing out on the fun whilst they do. Games where the guest of honour can quickly choose a winner are best.
And personally, my least favourite game is Guess Mom’s Measurements!

Keeping track of who brought what gift for mom and baby can be tricky. You can get someone to make notes as the gifts are opened but if you’re getting mommy to guess who its from or what is inside this could get confusing. The coolest shortcut I ever came up with was getting the guests to write down their gift’s contents in the guestbook along with their wishes and advice for mom and baby! That way there will be a proper record for mom to look back on and write thank you notes with.

For the guests, there really is only so many times you can say “Aaaawwww…” and “Thats so kyoooot…” whilst mommy unwraps her gifts!
Try mixing it up! This does mean you- as the organiser- may have to keep an eye on the proceedings and play the role of emcee, declaring it game time or  stopping the unwrapping process to get everyone to top up their refreshments. Even if you aren’t playing any games, taking a break to fill teacups and cake plates means people mingle a little and get to talk to the baby mommy.
And if you’re not big on “public speaking” then perhaps ask someone to do it for you.

A happy guest of honour and happy guests is the aim of the game! Good food and mingling is a HUGE step in the right direction- you don’t need expensive party favours and decorations if you get the balance right!