Sunday, December 17, 2017

How To Survive A Work Christmas Party

My husband is in the Air Force and has a squadron Christmas party every year. I won't lie, the last time we went was five years ago.

This is because we aren't social people. We prefer to stay at home. And there's nothing wrong with that. But when my husband has skipped his Christmas party, people make comments like, "Man, why didn't you go?" or, "You really should support the squadron and make an appearance."

I don't understand. If he's doing his job, he shouldn't be made to feel guilty for not attending a party. This year we figured we'd go so he wouldn't get the comments. Plus he has a 0 week flight, which means there are brand new trainees, and if he went to the party, it meant he could escape the newbies who don't know how to do anything yet.

I do not like to dress up. I do not wear a lot of make up. I do not wear heels. Basically I am not girly at all. So having to dress up is a challenge for me. And having to socialize when I'd rather be reading is tricky.

But I have some tips if a Christmas party isn't your thing either.

1. Stay comfortable. Seriously. If you don't like heels, don't wear them. No one is forcing you to put on the torture devices. I walk like this in heels:

So I knew I'd prefer flats. And I found a pair.

2. Don't cake your face with makeup. I never understand the women who do this. It's distracting to me. Plus it seems like they're forever running to the bathroom throughout the party to fix it all.

My face was like this:

And if people can taste your perfume, you're wearing too much.

3. Enjoy the food!

There was a pasta buffet at the party. I love my carbs, so I loaded my plate. You don't have to eat like a bird or pretend you don't eat. I promise, pasta makes everything better.

4. Stay true to who you are.

I brought my book purse! Society might say that I should bring a fancy sparkly one, but I don't care. I love to read, I love books, thus my book purse joined me.

4. Say "ahhh" every couple of minutes to appear interested in the conversation even if you're not. 

You might get that person who goes on about her MLM business. "And if you join, you can get leggings for free and bonus, the leggings are made with quality fabrics..." It's okay to say no thank you. And it's okay to remind them that it's not the best place to talk about selling crap.

5. You don't have to join in if it's a themed party.

Apparently the Christmas party was a masquerade one. My husband failed to tell me this. He also failed to tell me what exactly the kids would be doing. We brought our ten-year-old because she's too young to be home alone and her 15 year old brother with autism wouldn't pay attention to her. There was a separate area for childcare so I was like, "What will she be fed for dinner?"

Husband was like:

I asked, "What will she be doing?"

Husband was like:

I was all, "Did you ask ANY questions about what our child would be doing and who will be watching her?"

Husband was like:

Ugh. Anyway, my daughter ended up having fun and eating pasta like us. And I did not put on the masquerade mask because quite frankly, I paid to be there and I didn't want to. Most people actually didn't put one on either. Don't feel pressured. There were also games and if you don't want to play and would rather observe, say it. No sense in being uncomfortable.

6. If all else fails, there's usually a bar.

Yup. Just don't completely lose it and embarrass yourself. Or your spouse. If you do, you might end up on YouTube or in a meme on how NOT to behave at a party. I'm just warning you.

And that, my friends, is how you survive a work Christmas party.

Do you enjoy work Christmas parties?

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Toca Life: Pets App Review

**I was given a code to download the game in exchange for a review. No other compensation was exchanged.**

Sometimes my daughter gets loud, so I need something to quiet her up.

This is why I'm grateful for apps.

She's always been a fan of the Toca Life series, so I had a feeling she'd enjoy Toca Life: Pets.

There are more than 120 pets to discover, and you can explore five locations: the pet park, a pet hotel, a veterinary, a pet shop, and a breeder's bungalow. Kids can go on many silly adventures with pets.

It's a really easy game to play, and it held my daughter's attention. Plus, she's been asking for a dog for Christmas, so technically she gets one in the game. This means I'm off the hook.

She liked all the various animals--she said one looked like Pascal from Rapunzel.

The pet rock and the sloth bat in the game were inspired by drawings and photos from fans. Pretty cool!

If you need some peace to wrap presents or read or you just need some quiet, download this app for your kid!

You can get Toca Life: Pets at the App Store, Google Play, or the Amazon Appstore.

To learn more about Toca Life: Pets, check out the trailer:

What is your favorite animal? 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Gift Guide For Tween Girls

This post does contain affiliate links which means if you click on a link and purchase something, I get a small amount. Like miniscule. But with enough clicks and purchases, I can buy a book! 

It can be difficult shopping for a tween girl. They still sort of like toys. But they sort of don't. They're on that strange cusp of being a young adult while still being a little girl.

While I used to wrap Barbies, baby dolls, and Disney Princess stuff, I find now things are changing.

Now she wants PopSockets, JoJo's Bows, and other odd things that I'm still trying to figure out. (Remember fidget spinners?)

I made a list of things that I will truly be putting under the tree for my daughter, who is 10.

1. A Marquee Light Box from Justice!

Kids can make their own messages. I can imagine Natalie will leave me ones like, "Please knock first," or, more blunt, "Stop bugging me." Justice has so many fabulous things for tweens! My daughter also loves their stuffed animal collection:

2. Shopkins.

My daughter has so many of these. When she first started getting into them, I didn't know what exactly they were. I'm still not understanding the point and I still find them all over the house. But she has fun with them!

3. A Selfie Snap.

Natalie is big on taking photos of herself. Plus she loves watching YouTube. With this, she can take photos with her phone with a press of a button.

4. Little Live Pets.

Natalie has tons of these and they're pretty cute. She's been wanting a bird, so I got this. That way if the cats attack it, there won't be tears.

5. Num Noms.

These are weird characters that smell nice. I don't really understand these either. But she wanted one in a jar. I know. I'm baffled too. What exactly is she going to do with it?

6. LOL Surprise

This is pretty popular with kids. My daughter loves these LOL Dolls. You unwrap different parts and in the middle is a doll. She's had others before:

I have a feeling I'm going to be irritated to find pieces of LOL dolls all over the house, but it makes her happy.

7. Oonies.

You can make you own balloon animals apparently. My daughter hasn't tried this yet, so I hope it works well. It looks small enough that the machine thingy won't take up so much space, which is a plus for me.

8. Slime stuff.

They have slime kits now, or you can just stick glue in their stockings and they'll know what it's for. I promise you.

9. Fingerlings. 

I recently did an honest review on my blog. My daughter shares her thoughts on these. Would she have put one on her list? No. But I know lots of kids want one.

So there you have it. Gifts for a tween girl. I know in a few years it'll be all about makeup, phones, and clothes and wanting to go to concerts where the latest boy bands are singing and gyrating in a horrifying manner.

Help me.

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