Totally Tubular Teens and Truffles

My daughter had a teen gathering last night… not a party, because apparently a party is “like 20 or more people… anything less is a … a gathering, mom!”

So she had a ‘gathering’ and I always learn something when teens gather. This summer everything was EPIC. Lots of things were FAIL. Then suddenly everyone, even people you know and love, are CREEPERS.

I like to pull out my newly acquired teen lingo when teen gatherings happen. My daughter patted my shoulder. “Mom, epic is so out.”

She looked around as if she shouldn’t be telling me then said, “Everything is BEAST now.”

And then we had to make these BEAST truffles that we made last year, because you know, they are so BEAST.

Nope, I can’t do it. EPIC FAIL.

Back to the truffles for flashback friday:

Step 1: Yell the calories out of the Oreos.

Step 2: Pound the remaining calories out of the Oreos.

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Step 3: Mix up with room temperature cream cheese, roll it into balls, chill for an hour, dip into something yummy like chocolate.

Step 4: Be very mad at the Oreos. The calories apparently snuck back in.

The Magic Room

True Confession:  When I agreed to read this book I thought, from the description, that it was going to be fiction!  Imagine my surprise when I found that this “story about the love we wish for our daughters” all taking place inside Becker’s Bridal in Fowler Michigan was entirely real!

At first, I was disappointed.  A guy writing about wedding dresses, I scoffed, until I read the introduction. I am one of few who had not heard of the columnist, Jeffrey Zaslow, but his name will stay in my head as he quickly earned my respect.

“What are you smiling about?” my husband asked.  I grinned at my husband with glistening eyes.  Because within that introduction I was thrust back in time to our wedding day and all the feelings leading up to it, as well as the first few years of marriage.  It was quite the time travel experience.

Then the book started.  There are so many layers to The Magic Room.  We see first hand how business and marriages began generations before us as well as those who are just starting their married lives now.  Zaslow ultimately chooses a handful of brides to follow and we see the intimate path they travel with their loved ones up until their wedding day.  Some of the stories had me flipping ahead several chapters to see what happened.   I actually used two bookmarks while reading.  I’m impatient that way.

Overall, I found the book engaging and eye opening in many ways.  It’s interesting to see how differently women look at a wedding dress and ultimately a marriage.  I particularly loved the story of four sisters who decided, without their parents’ influence, that it would be most romantic to wait for their first kiss until they were engaged.  Some of the statistics peppered throughout are scary, but some are extremely encouraging.  As I frequently pray for my children and their future spouses – whomever they may be- I enjoyed reading The Magic Room.

And I couldn’t help but pull out my own wedding dress and smile.

This was a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.

Got a Mug For Christmas?

My son got a funny mug for Christmas, and to our surprise it came with an instructional video!

So, if you ever wondered how to use a mug, check this out for What We’re Watching Wednesday:

And the holidays are times of sharing funny things. One of our relatives shared this with us and we can’t wait to make our own video trying it out!

Don’t Recycle the Holiday Cards Yet!

So many of you display your holiday cards creatively and beautifully only to recycle them after Christmas.  But wait!  There’s more fun to be had with the kiddos.

We noticed that most holiday cards don’t have writing directly behind the picture. So, we simply cut off the picture side of all the holiday cards, then attached them to each other like a picture book. It works perfectly when there is no writing on the backside because this becomes your place to put text next to each picture!

It doesn’t matter if some pictures are horizontal and others vertical, it’s not a big deal to turn the book. “Is for fun.”  (Name that movie.)

We did this last year and it was awesome silly story fun, until Mom left it on the table and it got soaking wet.

Anyway, as a family, come up with a silly story to link all the pictures together! It’s kind of like the game where one person starts a sentence and another has to finish it and so forth until a whole story is made.

Last year, we were lucky enough to get more than one holiday card with pictures of puppies or other cute animals on it. Our story involved naughty pets who stole some christmas presents and opened them outside to find ornaments. They thought the ornaments were chew toys and broke them. Their owners found out and put them outside in the dog house. The dogs were so upset they decided to travel far east to get advice on how to fix the situation from… the three wise men…

Well, you get the idea. It was very silly fun. The kind I like.  This year, the story is about Santa coming across poisonous poinsettia flowers at the base of every chimney.  Don’t worry; puppies save the day.  Ever noticed how many puppy Christmas cards there are?

Don’t dismiss the family photo cards you get!  That’s right –  I’ll protect their privacy here, but family and friends are fair game for characters in our book.

Lastly, if there are printed words on your card that don’t fit your story, cover it up with crayons/markers, or those stickers you get from Highlights Magazine.

If you were lucky enough to get a musical card, check out how your kids can recycle those too!