Ditching Negativity

I have been rehearing weekly for my role in the New Jersey Renaissance Faire! Because of this, I have been reviewing the miraculous power of Yes, And! Not only is it imperative to really embrace and utilize the power of Yes, And in the Ren Faire community, but it’s also important in my LARP life, as well as my everyday life. The very basic jist of Yes, And is that rather than saying “no” or otherwise not being receptive to an interaction, instead, you accept it (the “yes”) and then add your personal flair to it (the “and”). Doing your best to embrace the “Yes, And” not only makes your improv acting easier, but it will also make your regular life interactions easier as well.

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Whatever You Do, Don’t Say Something…Weird

The amount of times I’ve been told to “just be myself” is pretty astronomical. Most of my friends can deal with my ramblings about TV shows I watch, shows I’m in, or my favorite music (Hamilton, my favorite music is pretty much still just Hamilton.) But as a Grown Ass Adult, sometimes, it’s necessary to tone down my weirdness and be the “cool, unique person” rather than the “absolute psycho we should probably stay away from” Especially being a parent. As a mom (or dad…or guardian) sometimes, you have to interact with normal people, who may have younglings that interact with your kids regularly. This can be a daunting task, so much so that I usually fail. Either I don’t commit enough to the conversation, and then I’m distant and unengaging, OR I just speed along that line and become the person who is just WAY to into the conversation. Or, even worse…I pretend to know what someone is talking about, thinking they’re merely making small talk, only to find out that they’re going way further into this conversation and now I’m way deeper down the rabbit hole than I ever wanted to be.

So here’s my gift to you: Some phrases you can use in casual conversation that will help you portray a normal person, and help you keep the conversation at a level you’re comfortable with.

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Our Healthy Habits

In our March 28th stream, we talked about the apps and sites that keep us active and healthy! Here’s the list of resources we promised you!

Zombies Run: A story you can participate in, where you are a runner in the zombie apocalypse. You gain items to help your town, and have the option of engaging in Zombie “Chases” that encourage you to speed up along your way!

US Quidditch: Find a team by you, and play this full-contact co-ed sport! Not for the fearful or faint of heart, but definitely for Sports Lovers and Harry Potter lovers alike!

Geocaching: There are millions of geocaches hidden around the world—there are probably some near you right now. For all ages and skill levels, and fun to do with a group!

Virtual 5k: There are plenty of races and teams to join, and you can finish at your own pace!

Charity Miles: Open this app in conjunction with other movement trackers to contribute money (via sponsors) to the charity of your choice!

Have any other nerdy fitness things that you do to keep healthy? Let us know in the comments!

Milk, Bread, and Eggs

Maybe a few other things! Everyone always goes out for Milk, Bread and Eggs during snow storms, but why? DO we all anticipate a craving for French Toast? Maybe…but here’s some other ideas (along with our Grown Ass Adult Things to Keep Stocked In Your Pantry and a few other ingredients to make your snow day food unique!

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Grown Ass Adult Things to do on a Snowday!

Here in NJ there’s snow on the ground! (Even though yesterday it was 68degrees…climate change, much?) But whether you’re snowed in (or just pretending) here’s some great ideas on how to have fun during cold and snowy weather!

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Grown Ass Adult Things to Keep Stocked In Your Pantry

I honestly think that the Grown-Ass-Adultiest thing to happen is when you’re pretty darn broke until payday, and also, you have no food in your house. It’s the WORST. What I do to preemptively combat that situation (no, it’s not make more money or spend money better, lol!) is to stock up on good pantry stuff as the year progresses, so when I’m totally out of money, I still have food to hold me over until I get money. What follows is a list of my out-of-funds food list, and during the month of January, I’ll post some easy to follow dump recipes to make meals from those ingredients. (Keep checking back, the list is pretty dynamic!)

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Inexpensive FIRST Dates

Peruse Pinterest or Google, and you’ll definitely find yourself some good dates for already established couples who know each other and need to do something cheap. There are fewer plans for broke-single people who are looking to invite a special person out on a first date…without giving up eating for a week to do so. So, here’s a list of ideas for those looking for an inexpensive first date, that doesn’t come off as cheap…

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