Since it's all about where you went to High School around here I thought it would be fun to keep a list of upcoming area Class Reunions. If you have one coming up please e-mail info at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My friend Nicole had several of the girls over for a holiday get together. It's as if she too brought Pinterest to life. Check out her Santa Hat Brownies. I know you too can pull this one off. So cute....
More great ideas for the holidays...let's follow each other on Pinterest here is my link....
Loved watching "Godzilla" as a kid and looks like May 2014 there will be a new "Godzilla" movie. Check out the trailer.....only thing is you don't get a good look at him or her. The fun of those old school movies was the cheezzzy factor so I'm wondering if "Godzilla" will be all high tech.....I'm pretty sure that will be the case.
'The 12 Days of Christmas' would really cost you even more this year. PNC Financial just released their annual study on what it would cost to buy everything from the song. And this year, you'd have to spend . . . $27,393.17. That's up 7.7% from last year, when it cost $25,431.18.
But that's only the price if you buy everything ONCE. Technically, if you want to go by the song, every day you have to RE-BUY everything from previous days.
Like, on day three, you'd give three French hens . . . but also two more turtle doves and another partridge in a pear tree.
So if you follow it that way, you'd spend $114,651.18.
The cost increase this year comes from a 10% rise in the price of hiring 10 lords-a-leaping . . . apparently men who can jump are at a premium in late 2013? Also, the price of four calling birds is up 15.4% and nine ladies dancing is up 20%.
For the full price break down click here
Did you already shop to much for yourself?....LOL. Here are six cheap, easy Christmas present ideas, just in case . . .
1. Put some cookie mix in a jar. Take a mason jar, layer the ingredients inside to make cookies, put a ribbon on it, and attach the baking instructions.
2. Fold some $1 bills into origami shapes. Then, if you give someone $10, it looks way cooler than just a $10 bill or a check.
3. Make a big batch of homemade cookies. No one can be totally disappointed by a ton of cookies.
4. Buy a bunch of lottery scratchers.
5. Burn a CD mix. Older relatives and coworkers might still appreciate CD mixes, and it shows that you put some thought into it. For someone younger, you can put it in a thumb drive.
6. Make a photo collage from their Instagram photos, or other photos they like. You can do it online, and have them printed cheaply at a Walgreens. Photo printing costs have gone way down since there's no real demand anymore.
Oh boy bringing a new special someone to a family holiday can be stressful sometimes down right scary so here are a few tips that might help.....
1. Communicate. Tell your boyfriend or girlfriend ahead of time how everyone your family is going to react. Like, if you KNOW your grandfather is going to say something inappropriate, it'll make it less awkward if they know that going in.
2. Discuss Any Topics That Are Off-Limits. Obviously it's good to avoid politics and religion. But if there are any other hot-button issues, let them know BEFORE they put their foot in their mouth.
3. Get on the Same Page. Especially with your "how we met" story. If you told your mom you met at a museum when you really met at a bar, your date should know.
4. Bring Something. If you're not cooking dinner, bring a bottle of wine or a dessert. It'll give your family something to focus on, and it'll help break the ice.
5. Don't Apologize. Don't apologize to your date about your crazy family, or to your family for your date. They're part of you, and everyone should respect that.
6. Relax. Spending holidays with each other's families can be stressful, so the best thing both of you can do is relax. If you're nervous, you're just going to make everyone ELSE nervous, and that's when things get REALLY awkward.