9 Things You Need To Do With Your Lady Friends {Like YESTERDAY}

 

Girls Night Out Ideas

This post is for all you mamas looking for some solid girls night out ideas, or those that just need a quick kick in the pants to make it all happen.

Listen, maybe you’re all ready good at these things. Taking all the time you need for yourself, getting out for some ME time, taking care of YOU. For those of us lost in the motherhood hustle, here are some of the best ways to spend time with your lady friends!

One of the key components — it’s time to start saying YES. 

As moms, I think we’ve gotten used to saying NO all day long.  We end up saying NO to ourselves inordinately as well. Here’s your friendly reminder of things to SAY YES to. 

Potluck

Do I sound like my mother? Who does a “potluck” anymore. Me and my friends. And it’s the best (especially if you have friends who can cook  . . . or friends who know where to buy the good foods that they can’t cook).  We do an annual “Friendsgiving”, birthday dinners, or random get togethers just because. 

Dance The Night Away

For me, the opportunity might present itself like a rare eclipse — but when it does — YOU MUST DANCE! Don’t sit it out, hit the dance floor and request all of the best 80’s and 90’s songs to get your feet moving.

Will you wake up feeling like you are 120? Probably. After my most recent dancecapade in Whistler Canada, I woke up with sore knees, hips, neck and back. Ibuprofen was in order (and a trip to the spa was probably justified too).  

Hit Up A Concert

I just reignited my concert going a couple of years ago and kicked things off with an epic Coldplay concert. I’d forgotten how amazing concerts are. They do something for the soul and there’s scientific proof it will make you live longer

Plan in advance for your favorite bands or simply decide to say YES next time someone has an extra ticket. My new philosophy on concerts is to just say YES. 

Get Out Of Town

Ever been to Disneyland with your girlfriends? No kids? It’s life changing. 

Whether it’s Disneyland, an epic road trip, a work trip turned weekend getaway or a jaunt to a hotel downtown with your gal pals to get away for just a night, some vacation time with your girl besties is just what the doctor ordered! 

Eat All The Things

Let’s be honest, it’s easier to hit up all the best restaurants WHEN YOU ONLY HAVE TO PAY FOR YOURSELF. And really, we’re never going to drag our kids to those places. That foodie bucket list you’ve got should be shared {and executed promptly} with your besties. 

Say Yes To Questionable Spa Treatments And Experiences

I mean, use your best judgement right? But some of the best {and funniest} spa experiences with friends have been the most random things we’ve done. 

On a recent work trip turned girlfriend getaway we ended up in Jamaica at an incredible spa. They had a hydro treatment that required us to move through all sorts of different experiences including jumping in to an ice cold pool {screaming our guts out}. 

That Chinese massage parlor on a random corner in Portland was the best spur of the moment decision I’ve ever made. 

The weird float spa pods that I talked everyone into were magical. 

That one time I talked my friend into doing some sort of colon cleanse because all of the other spa appointments were too booked was the most epic comedy recorded in history. It’s too messy to discus here, but let it be know that I will laugh until I cry every time she retells the story. 

Take Up A Sport

Let’s be age and ability appropriate. You might still be ready to rock an indoor soccer team or maybe it’s a bowling league. Tennis or golf anyone? Swimming or yoga? Racquetball? There is something out there for EVERYONE and time making your body move is time well spent. It’s even more tolerable with friends. 

Play Games

I mean, choose your speed. Your crew might be perfect for Bunko or a simple card game . . . OR Cards Against Humanity might be more your speed (only to be played when your children are 1,000 miles away from ear shot).  This game is rated R for Rad {and adult language and inappropriateness}. 

A Tuesday Afternoon Movie

Yep. You’re right. The theatre will likely be filled with the iridescent swoops of the glowing grey hair of the retired community. And you. You should be there too. 

Grab a babysitter, get your kids to school, take the afternoon off of work, grab your friends and PLAY HOOKIE! Catch a cheap movie and grab some good lunch. It’s amazing. 

 

BTW This Post Is Brought To You By One Of The Best Ladyship’s Out There

Melissa and Maya. 

They are the FUNNEST combination to watch together on screen. Melissa McCarthy’s new movie “Life of the Party” hits theatres this weekend and there is plenty of role modeling for what good friends do for each other. Things like play raquetball together, represent each other in legal situations, throw the perfect one liners at your ex, and encouraging you to spread your wings and fly (right back to college).

Here’s the thing. I got super lucky and was able to attend the premier of Life of the Party. I got inches of make up applied to my face, curls in my hair, and hit the red carpet in Auburn Alabama with loads of college kids from Auburn University (Go War Eagles)!

Look up there! There’s Melissa McCarthy and Julie Bowen, with a bunch of other amazing bloggers and lady friends. Melissa told me she liked me dress, so I guess we’re pretty much best friends. 

 

My only regret is that I didn’t have all of my lady friends with me. We would have died laughing together! Instead, I was dying laughing next to @FunnyAsianDude, one of the guys IN the movie — who was WONDERFUL but probably a little freaked out because I almost punched him several times as I was dying laughing (and clearly punch people when that happens to me). 

I saved photos of all the action on our Instagram page @TodaysMama — just look at our highlighted stories and you’ll see “Life of the Party” click through and you’ll see shots from the red carpet, the stars, the after party, the whole thing! {I’ll try to embed the video here but Instagram is being feisty and it won’t let me download it!}

Life of the Party is definitely the next Tuesday afternoon movie or Friday night out with your ladies that you need to schedule ASAP. {And if you are catching this late, it’s a great movie to pair with your potluck}! No excuses, get out there and have a girls night!

Bonus! Check out this fun interview with Melissa and Maya over on the LA Times! I heart them. 

 

ABOUT THE MOVIE

This Mother’s Day weekend, Melissa McCarthy is the Life of the Party.

Melissa McCarthy stars as an old school mom who creates a whole new life in
LIFE OF THE PARTY – a hilarious comedy no mom should miss – in theaters just
in time for Mother’s Day!

When her husband suddenly dumps her, longtime dedicated housewife Deanna
(McCarthy) turns regret into re-set by going back to college…landing in
the same class and school as her daughter, who’s not entirely sold on the
idea. Plunging headlong into the campus experience, the increasingly
outspoken Deanna-now Dee Rock-embraces freedom, fun and frat boys on her own
terms, finding her true self in a senior year no one ever expected.

Rated PG-13

Official Channels – #LifeOfTheParty

Visit the Official Website 

Like ‘Life of the Party’ on Facebook

Follow on Twitter

Instagram

 

 

Disclaimer: As I mentioned, I got to attend the Life of the Party Premier in Auburn, Warner Brothers covered my travel and hotel,  I loved the movie and wanted to share! 

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9 Things You Need To Do With Your Lady Friends {Like YESTERDAY}

 

Girls Night Out Ideas

This post is for all you mamas looking for some solid girls night out ideas, or those that just need a quick kick in the pants to make it all happen.

Listen, maybe you’re all ready good at these things. Taking all the time you need for yourself, getting out for some ME time, taking care of YOU. For those of us lost in the motherhood hustle, here are some of the best ways to spend time with your lady friends!

One of the key components — it’s time to start saying YES. 

As moms, I think we’ve gotten used to saying NO all day long.  We end up saying NO to ourselves inordinately as well. Here’s your friendly reminder of things to SAY YES to. 

Potluck

Do I sound like my mother? Who does a “potluck” anymore. Me and my friends. And it’s the best (especially if you have friends who can cook  . . . or friends who know where to buy the good foods that they can’t cook).  We do an annual “Friendsgiving”, birthday dinners, or random get togethers just because. 

Dance The Night Away

For me, the opportunity might present itself like a rare eclipse — but when it does — YOU MUST DANCE! Don’t sit it out, hit the dance floor and request all of the best 80’s and 90’s songs to get your feet moving.

Will you wake up feeling like you are 120? Probably. After my most recent dancecapade in Whistler Canada, I woke up with sore knees, hips, neck and back. Ibuprofen was in order (and a trip to the spa was probably justified too).  

Hit Up A Concert

I just reignited my concert going a couple of years ago and kicked things off with an epic Coldplay concert. I’d forgotten how amazing concerts are. They do something for the soul and there’s scientific proof it will make you live longer

Plan in advance for your favorite bands or simply decide to say YES next time someone has an extra ticket. My new philosophy on concerts is to just say YES. 

Get Out Of Town

Ever been to Disneyland with your girlfriends? No kids? It’s life changing. 

Whether it’s Disneyland, an epic road trip, a work trip turned weekend getaway or a jaunt to a hotel downtown with your gal pals to get away for just a night, some vacation time with your girl besties is just what the doctor ordered! 

Eat All The Things

Let’s be honest, it’s easier to hit up all the best restaurants WHEN YOU ONLY HAVE TO PAY FOR YOURSELF. And really, we’re never going to drag our kids to those places. That foodie bucket list you’ve got should be shared {and executed promptly} with your besties. 

Say Yes To Questionable Spa Treatments And Experiences

I mean, use your best judgement right? But some of the best {and funniest} spa experiences with friends have been the most random things we’ve done. 

On a recent work trip turned girlfriend getaway we ended up in Jamaica at an incredible spa. They had a hydro treatment that required us to move through all sorts of different experiences including jumping in to an ice cold pool {screaming our guts out}. 

That Chinese massage parlor on a random corner in Portland was the best spur of the moment decision I’ve ever made. 

The weird float spa pods that I talked everyone into were magical. 

That one time I talked my friend into doing some sort of colon cleanse because all of the other spa appointments were too booked was the most epic comedy recorded in history. It’s too messy to discus here, but let it be know that I will laugh until I cry every time she retells the story. 

Take Up A Sport

Let’s be age and ability appropriate. You might still be ready to rock an indoor soccer team or maybe it’s a bowling league. Tennis or golf anyone? Swimming or yoga? Racquetball? There is something out there for EVERYONE and time making your body move is time well spent. It’s even more tolerable with friends. 

Play Games

I mean, choose your speed. Your crew might be perfect for Bunko or a simple card game . . . OR Cards Against Humanity might be more your speed (only to be played when your children are 1,000 miles away from ear shot).  This game is rated R for Rad {and adult language and inappropriateness}. 

A Tuesday Afternoon Movie

Yep. You’re right. The theatre will likely be filled with the iridescent swoops of the glowing grey hair of the retired community. And you. You should be there too. 

Grab a babysitter, get your kids to school, take the afternoon off of work, grab your friends and PLAY HOOKIE! Catch a cheap movie and grab some good lunch. It’s amazing. 

 

BTW This Post Is Brought To You By One Of The Best Ladyship’s Out There

Melissa and Maya. 

They are the FUNNEST combination to watch together on screen. Melissa McCarthy’s new movie “Life of the Party” hits theatres this weekend and there is plenty of role modeling for what good friends do for each other. Things like play raquetball together, represent each other in legal situations, throw the perfect one liners at your ex, and encouraging you to spread your wings and fly (right back to college).

Here’s the thing. I got super lucky and was able to attend the premier of Life of the Party. I got inches of make up applied to my face, curls in my hair, and hit the red carpet in Auburn Alabama with loads of college kids from Auburn University (Go War Eagles)!

Look up there! There’s Melissa McCarthy and Julie Bowen, with a bunch of other amazing bloggers and lady friends. Melissa told me she liked me dress, so I guess we’re pretty much best friends. 

 

My only regret is that I didn’t have all of my lady friends with me. We would have died laughing together! Instead, I was dying laughing next to @FunnyAsianDude, one of the guys IN the movie — who was WONDERFUL but probably a little freaked out because I almost punched him several times as I was dying laughing (and clearly punch people when that happens to me). 

I saved photos of all the action on our Instagram page @TodaysMama — just look at our highlighted stories and you’ll see “Life of the Party” click through and you’ll see shots from the red carpet, the stars, the after party, the whole thing! {I’ll try to embed the video here but Instagram is being feisty and it won’t let me download it!}

Life of the Party is definitely the next Tuesday afternoon movie or Friday night out with your ladies that you need to schedule ASAP. {And if you are catching this late, it’s a great movie to pair with your potluck}! No excuses, get out there and have a girls night!

Bonus! Check out this fun interview with Melissa and Maya over on the LA Times! I heart them. 

 

ABOUT THE MOVIE

This Mother’s Day weekend, Melissa McCarthy is the Life of the Party.

Melissa McCarthy stars as an old school mom who creates a whole new life in
LIFE OF THE PARTY – a hilarious comedy no mom should miss – in theaters just
in time for Mother’s Day!

When her husband suddenly dumps her, longtime dedicated housewife Deanna
(McCarthy) turns regret into re-set by going back to college…landing in
the same class and school as her daughter, who’s not entirely sold on the
idea. Plunging headlong into the campus experience, the increasingly
outspoken Deanna-now Dee Rock-embraces freedom, fun and frat boys on her own
terms, finding her true self in a senior year no one ever expected.

Rated PG-13

Official Channels – #LifeOfTheParty

Visit the Official Website 

Like ‘Life of the Party’ on Facebook

Follow on Twitter

Instagram

 

 

Disclaimer: As I mentioned, I got to attend the Life of the Party Premier in Auburn, Warner Brothers covered my travel and hotel,  I loved the movie and wanted to share! 

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9 Things You Need To Do With Your Lady Friends {Like YESTERDAY}

 

Girls Night Out Ideas

This post is for all you mamas looking for some solid girls night out ideas, or those that just need a quick kick in the pants to make it all happen.

Listen, maybe you’re all ready good at these things. Taking all the time you need for yourself, getting out for some ME time, taking care of YOU. For those of us lost in the motherhood hustle, here are some of the best ways to spend time with your lady friends!

One of the key components — it’s time to start saying YES. 

As moms, I think we’ve gotten used to saying NO all day long.  We end up saying NO to ourselves inordinately as well. Here’s your friendly reminder of things to SAY YES to. 

Potluck

Do I sound like my mother? Who does a “potluck” anymore. Me and my friends. And it’s the best (especially if you have friends who can cook  . . . or friends who know where to buy the good foods that they can’t cook).  We do an annual “Friendsgiving”, birthday dinners, or random get togethers just because. 

Dance The Night Away

For me, the opportunity might present itself like a rare eclipse — but when it does — YOU MUST DANCE! Don’t sit it out, hit the dance floor and request all of the best 80’s and 90’s songs to get your feet moving.

Will you wake up feeling like you are 120? Probably. After my most recent dancecapade in Whistler Canada, I woke up with sore knees, hips, neck and back. Ibuprofen was in order (and a trip to the spa was probably justified too).  

Hit Up A Concert

I just reignited my concert going a couple of years ago and kicked things off with an epic Coldplay concert. I’d forgotten how amazing concerts are. They do something for the soul and there’s scientific proof it will make you live longer

Plan in advance for your favorite bands or simply decide to say YES next time someone has an extra ticket. My new philosophy on concerts is to just say YES. 

Get Out Of Town

Ever been to Disneyland with your girlfriends? No kids? It’s life changing. 

Whether it’s Disneyland, an epic road trip, a work trip turned weekend getaway or a jaunt to a hotel downtown with your gal pals to get away for just a night, some vacation time with your girl besties is just what the doctor ordered! 

Eat All The Things

Let’s be honest, it’s easier to hit up all the best restaurants WHEN YOU ONLY HAVE TO PAY FOR YOURSELF. And really, we’re never going to drag our kids to those places. That foodie bucket list you’ve got should be shared {and executed promptly} with your besties. 

Say Yes To Questionable Spa Treatments And Experiences

I mean, use your best judgement right? But some of the best {and funniest} spa experiences with friends have been the most random things we’ve done. 

On a recent work trip turned girlfriend getaway we ended up in Jamaica at an incredible spa. They had a hydro treatment that required us to move through all sorts of different experiences including jumping in to an ice cold pool {screaming our guts out}. 

That Chinese massage parlor on a random corner in Portland was the best spur of the moment decision I’ve ever made. 

The weird float spa pods that I talked everyone into were magical. 

That one time I talked my friend into doing some sort of colon cleanse because all of the other spa appointments were too booked was the most epic comedy recorded in history. It’s too messy to discus here, but let it be know that I will laugh until I cry every time she retells the story. 

Take Up A Sport

Let’s be age and ability appropriate. You might still be ready to rock an indoor soccer team or maybe it’s a bowling league. Tennis or golf anyone? Swimming or yoga? Racquetball? There is something out there for EVERYONE and time making your body move is time well spent. It’s even more tolerable with friends. 

Play Games

I mean, choose your speed. Your crew might be perfect for Bunko or a simple card game . . . OR Cards Against Humanity might be more your speed (only to be played when your children are 1,000 miles away from ear shot).  This game is rated R for Rad {and adult language and inappropriateness}. 

A Tuesday Afternoon Movie

Yep. You’re right. The theatre will likely be filled with the iridescent swoops of the glowing grey hair of the retired community. And you. You should be there too. 

Grab a babysitter, get your kids to school, take the afternoon off of work, grab your friends and PLAY HOOKIE! Catch a cheap movie and grab some good lunch. It’s amazing. 

 

BTW This Post Is Brought To You By One Of The Best Ladyship’s Out There

Melissa and Maya. 

They are the FUNNEST combination to watch together on screen. Melissa McCarthy’s new movie “Life of the Party” hits theatres this weekend and there is plenty of role modeling for what good friends do for each other. Things like play raquetball together, represent each other in legal situations, throw the perfect one liners at your ex, and encouraging you to spread your wings and fly (right back to college).

Here’s the thing. I got super lucky and was able to attend the premier of Life of the Party. I got inches of make up applied to my face, curls in my hair, and hit the red carpet in Auburn Alabama with loads of college kids from Auburn University (Go War Eagles)!

Look up there! There’s Melissa McCarthy and Julie Bowen, with a bunch of other amazing bloggers and lady friends. Melissa told me she liked me dress, so I guess we’re pretty much best friends. 

 

My only regret is that I didn’t have all of my lady friends with me. We would have died laughing together! Instead, I was dying laughing next to @FunnyAsianDude, one of the guys IN the movie — who was WONDERFUL but probably a little freaked out because I almost punched him several times as I was dying laughing (and clearly punch people when that happens to me). 

I saved photos of all the action on our Instagram page @TodaysMama — just look at our highlighted stories and you’ll see “Life of the Party” click through and you’ll see shots from the red carpet, the stars, the after party, the whole thing! {I’ll try to embed the video here but Instagram is being feisty and it won’t let me download it!}

Life of the Party is definitely the next Tuesday afternoon movie or Friday night out with your ladies that you need to schedule ASAP. {And if you are catching this late, it’s a great movie to pair with your potluck}! No excuses, get out there and have a girls night!

Bonus! Check out this fun interview with Melissa and Maya over on the LA Times! I heart them. 

 

ABOUT THE MOVIE

This Mother’s Day weekend, Melissa McCarthy is the Life of the Party.

Melissa McCarthy stars as an old school mom who creates a whole new life in
LIFE OF THE PARTY – a hilarious comedy no mom should miss – in theaters just
in time for Mother’s Day!

When her husband suddenly dumps her, longtime dedicated housewife Deanna
(McCarthy) turns regret into re-set by going back to college…landing in
the same class and school as her daughter, who’s not entirely sold on the
idea. Plunging headlong into the campus experience, the increasingly
outspoken Deanna-now Dee Rock-embraces freedom, fun and frat boys on her own
terms, finding her true self in a senior year no one ever expected.

Rated PG-13

Official Channels – #LifeOfTheParty

Visit the Official Website 

Like ‘Life of the Party’ on Facebook

Follow on Twitter

Instagram

 

 

Disclaimer: As I mentioned, I got to attend the Life of the Party Premier in Auburn, Warner Brothers covered my travel and hotel,  I loved the movie and wanted to share! 

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10 Things That Made 90s Summers All That (And a Bag of Chips)

It was 1996. School was out for the summer. And there we were, red Squeez-Its in hand, taking a much-deserved break from our latest MC Hammer trampoline choreography. I’d seen a million days like this—though we did throw some No Doubt, Will Smith, and Aqua into the dance mix for good measure—and I’d see what felt like a million more.

But then the 90s ended and things changed. Frosted tips were out, and so were my perfect childhood summers. But if I could bring just 10 things back from those beautiful days, you bet it’d be these.

90s summer fun

1. Rollerblading—Duh. The quintessential form of exercise, mode of transportation, and reason for road rash of the 90s.

2. Trampoline sleepovers—Waking up sweating in your sleeping bag, smashed on every side because the eeny-meeny-miny-mo gods condemned you to the middle spot…again. And—bonus—there were no concerns about four young girls being snatched from the un-fenced side yard.

3. Boy Meets World—Because let’s face it, Girl Meets World just isn’t cutting it and nothing could ever represent the definitively 90s neighborhood vibes better than Eric yelling Feeeeeeeeeney out the back door.

4. Land lines—Yes, the prank calling was best done with the provocative risk of a parent answering, but what I really want back is the idea of not being at everyone else’s beck and call 1440 minutes a day (that’s all of them, by the way) because of the blessed/cursed mass propagation of the cell phone.

5. All-day play dates—That were never called that. It was called life. You left in the morning and, so long as you came home at night, what you did in between was a time warp left to your imagination. So many adventures that could never happen with today’s structured “play” regimen.

6. The community pool—Do these still exist? I mean, the way they used to? With the entire family there, picnicking between high dives and underwater somersaulting contests?

7. The Skip-It—Obviously the ankle cuts were worth it, but “the very best part of aaaaaaall, there’s a <pause> counter on this ball!!” I’ll never forget that jam. And was there a greater accomplishment than outskipping your BFFs? I think not.

90s summer skipit

8. Reasonable pay for family chores—There was over half an acre of grass on our property and if I mowed the entire thing, I earned $9. That would now be a job for professionals with a trailer full of equipment and they’d charge $100. Ugh. What has happened to slave child labor?

9. Caboodles—How else would you carry your Polly Pocket collection, LipSmackers, and Pogs all at the same time??

10. Innocence—And not just mine. But the world’s. Sure, there was OJ. And the Lewinsky stuff. And… Well, maybe it wasn’t all the best, but as a kid, it wasn’t shoved in our faces like today. We were ignorantly blissful for the most part, like kids should get to be.

 

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10 Things That Made 90s Summers All That (And a Bag of Chips)

It was 1996. School was out for the summer. And there we were, red Squeez-Its in hand, taking a much-deserved break from our latest MC Hammer trampoline choreography. I’d seen a million days like this—though we did throw some No Doubt, Will Smith, and Aqua into the dance mix for good measure—and I’d see what felt like a million more.

But then the 90s ended and things changed. Frosted tips were out, and so were my perfect childhood summers. But if I could bring just 10 things back from those beautiful days, you bet it’d be these.

90s summer fun

1. Rollerblading—Duh. The quintessential form of exercise, mode of transportation, and reason for road rash of the 90s.

2. Trampoline sleepovers—Waking up sweating in your sleeping bag, smashed on every side because the eeny-meeny-miny-mo gods condemned you to the middle spot…again. And—bonus—there were no concerns about four young girls being snatched from the un-fenced side yard.

3. Boy Meets World—Because let’s face it, Girl Meets World just isn’t cutting it and nothing could ever represent the definitively 90s neighborhood vibes better than Eric yelling Feeeeeeeeeney out the back door.

4. Land lines—Yes, the prank calling was best done with the provocative risk of a parent answering, but what I really want back is the idea of not being at everyone else’s beck and call 1440 minutes a day (that’s all of them, by the way) because of the blessed/cursed mass propagation of the cell phone.

5. All-day play dates—That were never called that. It was called life. You left in the morning and, so long as you came home at night, what you did in between was a time warp left to your imagination. So many adventures that could never happen with today’s structured “play” regimen.

6. The community pool—Do these still exist? I mean, the way they used to? With the entire family there, picnicking between high dives and underwater somersaulting contests?

7. The Skip-It—Obviously the ankle cuts were worth it, but “the very best part of aaaaaaall, there’s a <pause> counter on this ball!!” I’ll never forget that jam. And was there a greater accomplishment than outskipping your BFFs? I think not.

90s summer skipit

8. Reasonable pay for family chores—There was over half an acre of grass on our property and if I mowed the entire thing, I earned $9. That would now be a job for professionals with a trailer full of equipment and they’d charge $100. Ugh. What has happened to slave child labor?

9. Caboodles—How else would you carry your Polly Pocket collection, LipSmackers, and Pogs all at the same time??

10. Innocence—And not just mine. But the world’s. Sure, there was OJ. And the Lewinsky stuff. And… Well, maybe it wasn’t all the best, but as a kid, it wasn’t shoved in our faces like today. We were ignorantly blissful for the most part, like kids should get to be.

 

See More on TodaysMama.com!

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Cake Mix Cookies The Monster List of Recipes

Planning a Family Vacation – When Should You Begin?

The post 10 Things That Made 90s Summers All That (And a Bag of Chips) appeared first on TodaysMama.

10 Things That Made 90s Summers All That (And a Bag of Chips)

It was 1996. School was out for the summer. And there we were, red Squeez-Its in hand, taking a much-deserved break from our latest MC Hammer trampoline choreography. I’d seen a million days like this—though we did throw some No Doubt, Will Smith, and Aqua into the dance mix for good measure—and I’d see what felt like a million more.

But then the 90s ended and things changed. Frosted tips were out, and so were my perfect childhood summers. But if I could bring just 10 things back from those beautiful days, you bet it’d be these.

90s summer fun

1. Rollerblading—Duh. The quintessential form of exercise, mode of transportation, and reason for road rash of the 90s.

2. Trampoline sleepovers—Waking up sweating in your sleeping bag, smashed on every side because the eeny-meeny-miny-mo gods condemned you to the middle spot…again. And—bonus—there were no concerns about four young girls being snatched from the un-fenced side yard.

3. Boy Meets World—Because let’s face it, Girl Meets World just isn’t cutting it and nothing could ever represent the definitively 90s neighborhood vibes better than Eric yelling Feeeeeeeeeney out the back door.

4. Land lines—Yes, the prank calling was best done with the provocative risk of a parent answering, but what I really want back is the idea of not being at everyone else’s beck and call 1440 minutes a day (that’s all of them, by the way) because of the blessed/cursed mass propagation of the cell phone.

5. All-day play dates—That were never called that. It was called life. You left in the morning and, so long as you came home at night, what you did in between was a time warp left to your imagination. So many adventures that could never happen with today’s structured “play” regimen.

6. The community pool—Do these still exist? I mean, the way they used to? With the entire family there, picnicking between high dives and underwater somersaulting contests?

7. The Skip-It—Obviously the ankle cuts were worth it, but “the very best part of aaaaaaall, there’s a <pause> counter on this ball!!” I’ll never forget that jam. And was there a greater accomplishment than outskipping your BFFs? I think not.

90s summer skipit

8. Reasonable pay for family chores—There was over half an acre of grass on our property and if I mowed the entire thing, I earned $9. That would now be a job for professionals with a trailer full of equipment and they’d charge $100. Ugh. What has happened to slave child labor?

9. Caboodles—How else would you carry your Polly Pocket collection, LipSmackers, and Pogs all at the same time??

10. Innocence—And not just mine. But the world’s. Sure, there was OJ. And the Lewinsky stuff. And… Well, maybe it wasn’t all the best, but as a kid, it wasn’t shoved in our faces like today. We were ignorantly blissful for the most part, like kids should get to be.

 

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Fortnite: The Video Game Craze You Don’t Need To Worry About

If you have a gamer in the house, chances are you’re familiar with “Fortnite”.  It’s taking gaming households by storm.  Fortnite is the new video game craze capturing excitement of kids, and adults, everywhere.

EPIC Games

Fortnite is a survival game that drops 100 players on to an island. You skydive out of a plane… (err…battle bus…my son just corrected me) and are thrown immediately in to survival mode.  Last man standing is the winner.  Although this is a hunger-game type battle to the death, the cartoonish characters and landscape make the game fun and lively.  This game is rated T for teen due to mild violence, but truly this feels more like a paintball game than a bloody battle scene.

Why is Fortnite so fun?

I don’t fully understand it, but I do know I can’t pry my boys off the xbox without a fight or  desperate plea of “After this round?!?! PLEEEAAAASE?!?! There’s only 10 of us left!”.

<insert eye roll and angry-mom-sigh>

Parenting Tip: Rounds can take up to an hour so don’t let those little rugrats drag you in to approving “just one more round” 20 minutes before bed. Let me tell you, I have been known to pull a power cord here and there.

 

Another piece of the game that gleans giggles from even my toughest teenager: dance moves. So many dance moves. If only my life could garner the same excitement as it did for my children when they discovered the “floss” had been released as a dance option in Fortnite. In fact, a lot of dance moves have been hijacked from our favorite characters and shows. 

 

 

As gamers try to survive they will collect weapons, build structures and even work as a team to survive as long as possible.  All the while a “storm shield” inches closer and closer to the middle of the island, forcing players closer together for a battle. And you don’t want to get stuck outside the safe zone because then… you guessed it, you die.

 

 

There are a lot of explosions and references to real-life guns and weapons, but no blood.  It’s all fun and games.  There is a fair amount of “taunting” from other players via emotes (aka actions of other players such as slow claps) but nothing terrible — just a little bit of playful banter.

Be aware that like any other online game, your gamers can converse in real life with real people.  These individuals can be added to a friends list or online party. Based on settings and the gaming console (or computer) you are on, anyone can join a “party” which allows real time conversation (like being on the phone together). Be sure to check your privacy settings if this is a concern of yours.

 

Epic Games

With constant updates and additions to the game (new dances, outfits, etc) your kids won’t be getting bored of Fortnite any time soon.  All in all, it’s just good fun; a strategy game that makes them think and work as a team to survive. My kids even convinced their Grandma to play online with them. Best. Day. Ever.

 

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How Movies Can Cultivate Character in Your Kids (and Ones That Do It Well)

By Caroline Knorr, Common Sense Media

Has your kid ever misbehaved like Alvin from the Chipmunks movies? Or mean-girled her friends like the Bratz dolls? Don’t feel bad. Kids pick up all kinds of things from movies. But they can just as easily absorb positive messages. The trick is finding movies that teach the stuff you want your kids to learn. And, if you know a little bit about how kids learn from movies, you can make sure they’ll get the right lessons.

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Fortunately, you don’t have to look far for character-building movies. Plenty of popular picks have lessons such as gratitude, humility, and integrity embedded in their story lines. And if you’re concerned that self-absorption, immediate gratification, and lack of empathy seem to be the prevailing characteristics of today’s digital kids, these movies are the perfect solution. (Learn more about using media to promote social-emotional learning.)

It’s important to choose movies that impart lessons designed for your kid’s age and developmental stage. You can reinforce the movies’ ideas by talking about them, asking questions, and sharing your values. These tips can help you spot movies that help kids absorb character-building messages:

Little Kids (age 2–7)

  • Pick simple story lines. Little kids learn best from movies with one main idea that’s central to the plot and supported by the action.
  • Make it obvious. If it were in print, the lesson would be in bold, capitalized, and underlined three times. Little kids need it to be that blatant.
  • Look for human characters. Although animated movies rule the box office, little kids actually learn best when human characters demonstrate the lesson. Think of the 1960 Disney movie Pollyanna, whose lead character was so empathic that her name came to mean “someone who finds the good in everyone.”
  • Try: Dear Dumb DiaryThe Indian in the CupboardVeggieTales: Madame Blueberry

Big Kids (age 8–9)

  • Keep it simple. To learn lessons from movies, elementary school-age kids still need to see the basic cause-and-effect sequence of how a character’s motives are connected to actions and consequences.
  • Find the funny. Kids learn when they laugh. The challenge is finding movies that don’t mock the lesson you want them to learn. Some character traits, such as curiosity, can be dealt with humorously, as in the Curious George series.
  • Forget fables. While movies with an implied (not obviously stated) moral seem obvious to parents, they’re lost on kids (until about age 9).
  • Emphasize the positive. Look for mostly positive examples of the lesson rather than negative examples. If you want kids to learn courage, for example, they need to see attempts at courage and courageous acts being repeated and rewarded throughout the movie.
  • TryThe Tale of the Princess Kaguya, The NeverEnding StoryCharlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

Tweens and Teens (age 10 and older)

  • Look for relatable characters. Tweens and teens are more engaged when they can see themselves reflected on the screen. Cher, the main character in Clueless, for example, is far from perfect, which is why older kids can relate when she ultimately learns humility.
  • Seek out complexity. Tweens and teens can understand plots and subplots. As kids get older, they enjoy sorting through complex ideas to figure out what a movie is really saying.
  • Dismiss the obvious. Tweens and teens will reject a movie that’s clearly trying to teach them a lesson. They can understand, for example, a loner who learns the value of teamwork (such as Indiana Jones) or that perseverance takes a lot of failing.
  • TryMcFarland USAHe Named Me MalalaBridge of Spies

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‘I Feel Pretty’ Movie Review

For those of you saying “I mean I hear it’s good and seems to have a solid message, but it’s Amy Schumer, would you take your daughter?”

This review is for you. 

 

Here’s the deal — I’d say I have a moderate threshold for inappropriateness, but in years past I’ve had a mixed relationship with Amy Schumer. Sometimes she has me laughing out loud, sometimes she has me contorting my face and saying EW! Like when I was reading “The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo” on a long flight and I’d literally make a disgusted face and then turn and look around the plane as if fellow passengers were reading over my shoulder. And then I’d be laughing again a few minutes later. 

We’ve Netflixed a few Amy Schumer movies that we’ve ultimately turned off (and note to self, I was warned, they were rated R, I’ve got no excuse).  

Having said that — I went into “I Feel Pretty” hoping it was great but expecting that the humor would go a little too far leaving me disappointed (and unable to share what was hopefully an inspiring message with my 14-year-old girl). I was wrong and happily surprised.

To be clear, the movie is PG-13 {you can check out the IMDB parents guide here}. There’s some language, drinking, and the parents guide calls out that the movie makes mention of the word “vagina”.  All things we’ve comfortably talked about at our house.  

 

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The overall message shines, and this group {of mostly Mormon moms might I add}  give the movie 2 thumbs up and have gone back with daughters in tow. I’m taking my girl next week and excited for a solid girls night followed by some good conversations. 

 

Here’s what the rest of our crew had to say about ‘I Feel Pretty’:

“My teenagers loved LOVED it! All of my teenage nieces and my daughters went on Friday. They asked for baguette (bagetti) with dinner last night. My daughter Abby loved the body positivity. She keeps talking about how nice it was to see Amy Schumer in a role that wasn’t vulgar.”

— Wendy

“I laughed out loud, a lot. It reminded me of the fun rom coms I grew up on!”

— Carina

“I thought it was really funny. I don’t always like Amy Schumer — but I laughed out loud many times. It has a great message and I can’t wait to take my teen!”

— Lindsey

“I laughed hard! A better version of a rom com!”

— Kalli

 

We weren’t the only ones in the theatre laughing, the whole place was cracking up. I might have even shed a tear a time or two. 

Bottom line?  We could all learn a thing or two from “I Feel Pretty”. Time well spent!

{P.S. Check out her recent interview with Oprah on the Super Soul Podcast! It was fantastic!}

 

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Scientific Proof That a Beyoncé Concert Could Literally Change Your Life

concerts are good for your health

Or Eminem. Or Yo-Yo Ma. Or PJ Masks Live.

Or whoever it is that you saw when you were 16 and have seen a million times since.

Because apparently, going to live concerts helps us live our best—and longest—lives.

Some research done in Britain by O2, owner of some of the biggest music venues in the country, has shown that attending live music concerts every couple of weeks could possibly help you live up to 9 years longer. Dude, I’ll wave my hands in the air for that.

Okay, so the study may not have been perfectly scientific or impartial, but it’s not the only study of its kind, and many others have pointed to music in general being able to increase individual positivity and longevity.

Participants in this particular study showed an increase of mental stimulation by 75%, which seems pretty obvious to me. You can’t watch a 90-minute Beyoncé dance party without some serious neurons firing.

But the coolest part was that the participants actually increased in closeness to others and self-worth by an extra 25%, too. I’m not sure why or how, but I can get on board with anything that makes me realize how awesome I am by that large a degree.

And if those feelings of self-worth then translate into almost a decade more of a healthy, satisfied life…well, encore.

 

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