Monday, November 17, 2014

Thanksgiving Day Parade BINGO - 2014

  Several years ago, (2011 I think) I made some awesome customized BINGO boards to go with the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.  Well did you know that every year that the parade line-up changes?  So here they are, hot off the presses - BINGO boards for the Macy's 2014 Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Print your boards* (I like mine printed on card stock) and grab the fam - sit down at 9am on Thursday, November 27th and enjoy the show while making it a bit competitive.  You can use fun fall stickers, candy corns or even pennies as your markers (just plain pens & pencils work too).  Maybe even get a few prizes - like those yummy chocolate turkeys?  You can even have a booby prize for the "not winner" - maybe helping to do the dishes after dinner.  Or everyone can throw a dollar in the pot and whoever yells B-I-N-G-O first wins the moolah!

A few rules - the MOST IMPORTANT rule is to have fun!!!!

The second MOST IMPORTANT rule is the introduction to the parade where they show you ABSOLUTELY everything that you will see in next 3 hours including a glimpse of the Big Guy in the RED suit himself - DOES NOT COUNT!!!!  You only get to count your spots as you see them real-time NOT IN THE INTRO!

CALL OUT your spaces as you fill them - so when you see the Pikachu Balloon on TV YELL out PIKACHU and then give yourself the space.  First player to get FIVE in a row, either vertically, horizontally or diagonally (pretty sneaky sis) wins!

Don't forget to give yourself the FREE Space = FREE TURKEY POOP

*To print boards right click on each board and then OPEN LINK IN NEW WINDOW and print away!
These are boards are super portable you can print ahead of time and bring to Grandma's house!

Original post well modified in 2012 -

Friday, August 29, 2014

Sugarboo Morning Day Two

After a peaceful sleep (well not for a few of my bunk mates ~ apparently I sawed some wood in my sleep, SORRY...), we woke to a brand new day in our peaceful little paradise nestled in the foothills of the mountains- Sugarboo Farms.  Our schedule for the morning consisted of a healthy but DELICIOUS breakfast followed by yoga.


·         3pm check in
·         6:30pm appetizer party
·         8:30pm Farm Chic Gift Swap (bring your wrapped gift for a night of fun)
·         9:30pm firepit, smore's and games
Throughout the afternoon scheduled massages (don’t forget your cash plus tip)
Friday - Today is Arbor Day "HUG A TREE"
·         8:30am breakfast
·         9:30am yoga (bring your mat or towel)
·         12:30pm lunch
·         All day to do WHATEVER YOU WANT – when does that happen?
·         6:30pm dinner at "The Frosty Palace" (come dressed in your ugly prom dress I will have prizes)
·         8:30pm “PROM” Grease under the stars - bring your blankie to get cozy
Throughout the afternoon scheduled massages (don’t forget your cash plus tip)
·         8:30am Sugarboo Brunch/Breakfast YUMMY!
·         10am Hike (bring water)
·         12:30pm lunch
·         All day to do WHATEVER YOU WANT–when does that happen?(oh, wait it happened yesterday)?
·         6:30pm Pajama Pizza Passion Party (wear your PJs to dinner)
·         8pm moonshine tasting - Get Your Shine On!
·         8:30pm PARTY PARTY – bring your checkbook and or credit cards to buy FUN stuff!
Throughout the afternoon scheduled massages (don’t forget your cash plus tip)
·         9am breakfast

·       11:30am checkout and head home WAHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Breakfast was prepared with love by our INCREDIBLE Chefs from In Sisters Kitchen.  Chef Nancy and her crew made us delicious GREEN smoothies from kale, apple and spinach.  Accompanied by the most moist and tasty homemade turkey sausage and egg biscuit sandwiches that came wrapped in the prettiest floral paper I have ever seen (which just by chance matched our table arrangements).

It was iffy with the spring weather that Friday morning so instead of holding our yoga class out on the lawn we made the decision to move it inside the Farmhouse.  After moving a few tables out of the way and setting up our yoga mats.  The scenery was just as lovely looking out those big old garage doors that open up the space so outside is inside.  The class was delightful - we stretched, relaxed, learned and even giggled a little (yogis choice...).  Special thanks to Heather Devereaux from Mountain Yoga and Massage Therapy in Blairsville, GA for giving us the opportunity to relax parts of our bodies that we didn't even know we could relax.

Look at that "after yoga" GLOW!
As you can see by the schedule above that girls had the rest of the day to do WHATEVER they wanted (which really is what the whole weekend is about - all activities are optional, they can do as much or as little as they want).  In our regular lives whether it's work or kids or work & kids - life is hectic, so I do my best to make our weekends not.  I really try on ALL my weekends to keep the days as wide open as possible to allow them flexibility.  After all, it is THEIR weekend.  If we have a group outing or activity I try to schedule for only the morning and on only ONE morning of our trips.  Most often I do provide them with maps and brochures of stuff to do in the area (the local Chamber of Commerce is always my got to for that).

If you want to read about Sugarboo Day One click > HERE.

More to come-----

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Games, games, games - not your typical Monopoly or Life

I LOVE GAMES - I mean REALLY L-O-V-E Games!  Below are some of our favorites.  Not your run of the mill games like Life and Monopoly (no offense to Life and Monopoly).  Some are perfectly suitable for the entire family while some are barely suitable for convicts (those are the real fun ones).  I LOVE portable games that I can throw in my bag.  I even store my LCR dice right in the change pocket of my wallet so that I am ready for a game at a moments notice.  I actually BOUGHT a game while pulling this post together.  I think I have a problem - is there a GAMERS anonymous I can join?  I will let you know if it is any good -

Click on the title of each game to check them out further.....

  • Mensa Select Mind Games 2002
  • Ages 12 and up (although we play with ALL our kids ages four and up)
  • Hours of fun
  • Players draw curse cards with specific instructions the goal is to continue the command or combination of commands as long as possible
  • Crazy combinations of curses for a variety of hilarious performances

Cards Against Humanity is a party game for horrible people. Unlike most of the party games you've played before, Cards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends.  The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a Black Card, and everyone else answers with their funniest White Card.  Kind of like an ADULT version of the game Apples to Apples ~ like really ADULT! (Don't forget your expansion sets)
DISCLAIMER - ONLY play with people you know really well and those that are not easily offended and maybe play after you have loosened up a bit (not like from yoga).

  • For 2-15 players
  • Takes 1-5 minutes to play
  • Great party game
  • The most aptly named game ever. In this exceptionally silly and awesome game, your objective is to win. Simple enough.

  • LCR/Left Center Right is a fun, fast-paced dice game that you won't be able to put down
  • Game includes three LCR specialty marked cubes, 24 chips and instructions in a Special Tin
  • For 3 or more players (I have played with as many as 20 women before! - this is a STAPLE game on my Teacher Getaway Weekends - But we ditch the plastic chips and play with COLD HARD CASH!  Three single dollar bills gets you in --- You could be the winner winner chicken dinner of some dough-re-mi!)

  • Laugh harder than you ever have, with this quick question game of "What am I?"
  • An outright hilarious adult game where you fight the clock asking creative questions to determine whether you're a person, place or thing
  • Hedbanz delivers non-stop entertainment that keeps everyone laughing from start to finish;
  • Host a party or take it on the road; Hedbanz is perfect for 2-6 players ages 14+
  • Comes with 200 Cards, 6 Adjustable Headbands, 24 Scoring Chips, 1 Timer, 1 Instruction Sheet
  • GREAT GIRLS WEEKEND FUN! - photos of headbands in use at the end of the post

  • Play Smart Ass from University Games, the game where it's OK to yell out the answer even when it's not your turn
  • Be the first to answer the Who, What, and Where Am I questions, and move closer to being the ultimate Smart Ass
  • Includes game board, 8 Smart Ass playing pieces, 490 questions, 1 jumbo die, and instructions
  • A fast-paced party game for 2 - 8 players, age 12 and up

Pickup lines
  • 150 pick up lines provided.
  • Game comes complete with instructions plus 6 plastic martini glasses, 6 plastic olives, 1 martini shaker, 75 game cards, 50 kiss tokens, and 1 red answer pad.
  • For 3-6 Adult players or teams.
  • SO FUN with a group of couples!

The Joke Game

  • Great party game - a real fun game when played with real funny people
  • For 3-6 people
  • Takes 30-60 minutes to play
  • Move your chicken across the road to win the game
  • If you don't know the punch line, make one up

Pass the pigs
  • 2 pig dice, score pad, score guide, 2 pencils
  • Attractive plastic carrying case - So portable!
  • Fun for all ages!
  • GREAT for a BIG group - we usually put a little wager down to liven it up a bit!

Toss Up

  • a whole bunch of dice-tossin' fun in this new and addictive game
  • Game contains 10 Toss Up! dice, a reusable plastic storage click-case
  • For 2 - 6 players.
  • Instructions in both English and Spanish.
  • Ages 8+
  • ONE of our FAVORITES!  - We even gave it to everyone we knew for Christmas one year!

I've Never Bar Cards
  • Outrageous card game dubbed "The outrageous drinking game of hidden secrets."
  • Perfect ice breaker, or game idea for bachelor and bachelorette parties - girls weekend giggles have come from this game - 
  • Play based on hilarious true/false questions
  • For adults ages 21 years and older ONLY!

Seeing Double

  • Here's an old favorite with a drinking party game twist. Players try to find matching cards from a deck of 54 and make their opponents perform wacky stunts!
  • Do a trick, chug a drink, sing like Barry Manilow or get naked! It's the wild new card game that will have everyone "Seeing Double"!
  • Seeing Double, the drinking game you'll flip over!
  • A game of quick wits and dulled senses! Mix'em, match'em, drink'em down!
  • Loads of outrageous challenges!

Reverse Charades

  • Multigenerational Fun - creates memories
  • Perfect ice breaker - for parties or team building
  • Active -imaginative play - great for kids
  • Easy to learn, fun to play
  • A hilarious twist on charades

also comes in Girl's Night In edition - LOVE THIS, played on SEVERAL of our Girls Trips - always a blast!

and Holiday edition 
- made for one of the BEST Christmas Parties we have EVER had!

Loaded Questions Adult version

  • Looking to expose a little more of yourself
  • The Adult Version (emphasis on the ADULT) of the game is more than suggestive and more than funny
  • It just might make your cheeks as red as the box top
  • For 4 to 6 players (we have played with more) - another fun couples game with funny couples


(like I said I will let you know how it is)

I could do an whole new post with Games I use on GIRLS WEEKENDS alone!  There are so many great conversation starter games out there.  Games are a great way to get to know new people but they are also a great way to get to know those that you thought you knew well - BETTER!


Monday, July 21, 2014

Sugarboo Farms - With all my Sugarboo Babes

This past April we had our TENTH Girls Weekend with my girlfriends group (honestly didn't even realize it was our 10th one until now).  The location for such a special trip?
Sugarboo Farms in Blairsville, Georgia!

There were 32 wonderful women in attendance.  All came so ready for an incredibly relaxing AND FUN time in the country.  I had stumbled across the property while searching LARGE vacation rentals on VRBO.  I was immediately intrigued by the quaintness of it, the rusticness (word?) of glamping and the just plain old AMAZINGNESS (again a word?) of it!  The owners are local Atlantans who have a company Sugarboo Designs that makes and sells funky fun rustic art and home furnishings.  Thus the farmtastic interiors to Sugarboo Farms.  Sugarboo Designs is even available at Target these days - HOW AWESOME IS THAT?

Anyway, the ladies arrived on Thursday afternoon with suitcase(s) and cooler(s) in hand.  I had sent them packing lists ahead of time with little reminders - like pack comfy clothes for yoga, bathing suit for the hot tub and sneakers for hiking or don't forget your wrapped $15 farm chic gift for the gift swap.  That was Thursday night's activity following the Welcome Appetizer Party.  We ran the Farm Chic Gift Swap kind of like a Chinese Auction but did it at night after dinner with drinks and s'mores in hand around the fire pit!  (ps- have done beach gift swaps and country gift swaps before on other GWs  all worked out SO fun!)

The property is just precious - you feel like you have this whole other little world ALL to yourselves (Sugarboo Farms can only be rented as an entire facility not by the cottage).  I loved watching the girls find their cottage and either stroll down the hill or take the MULE (a golf cart on steriods - true farm equipment).  We had use of the Mule all weekend long!
The "MULE" with us posing in our UGLY Prom Dresses - I'll get to that later....
I got smart and at the recommendation of a few of the girls made a RULE - NO DRIVING THE MULE AFTER DARK!  One it's dark AND two some of them had had many Dirty Arnold Palmers and/or Spicy Jalapeno Pineapple Margaritas (link includes a video on how to infuse your own Spicy Pineapple Tequila!) by the time the sun went down.
Drink Station
Each girl got one of these sweet LARGE mason jars to personalize and use all weekend (it was theirs to bring home - ps~ i drove to about 500 TJ Maxes and Marshall's to accumulate 32!)  

In each girl's cottage were fun farm welcome bags awaiting their arrival containing items like - dry shampoo spray, colgate wisps, mini flashlights, cleansing cloths, mini moonpies, branch pencilsUdderly Smooth Udder Cream, chocolates, headbands, packets of seeds, Sappo Hill Oatmeal Soap (oooo so yummy), cozy socks from the dollar store and so much more!  

Little signs with farm humor and/or inspirational messages were placed in all the bedrooms, bathrooms and common areas.
Just a few of the table tent style signs that could be found in all the cottages and farmhouse!

The room signs (indicating who slept in which cottage) were so farm funky - I used chalkboard paper, wrote on the with chalkboard marker and hung on jute twine! (don't mind my crappy handwriting)

After a VERY casual appetizer filled Welcome Party (fantastic food provided ALL weekend long by Chef Nancy & crew from In Sister's Kitchen - will post more about fun food ideas in future posts about our Sugarboo weekend), the girls grabbed their farm chic gift swap gifts for the Gift Exchange around the fire pit.  Before each chic's turn she had to introduce herself, tell either her favorite memory from a past trip if she had been on one of our weekends before OR tell what she was MOST looking forward to or why she needed this "getaway".  This was a terrific way to get to know each other a bit and the chalkboard name tags we wore the first night helped too!  We laughed into the night then slept well in the fresh mountain air with stars overhead while visions of day two danced in our heads.

The End - - -
until day two
coming soon!