We, at Cobra Enjoys a Little Fun

th (18)This weekend was a blast. It was relaxing and entertaining. My husband is away for a few days, deer camp. Actually, he has been gone for about a week now and will be returning tomorrow. As the last weekend with him away, I decided to have a girl’s weekend and invited some friends and my sister over for an old school slumber party. Just like, I had when I was a kid. It was a nice throwback to easier times. In addition, I think everyone else enjoyed herself.

There are some many things to do when organizing a party or get together for friends. When I host my Winter Slumber Blast Weekend, there are a few things that are staples. Without them, it would not be a slumber party. No, I do not mean extra pillows for a pillow fight. I honestly I have never participated in a pillow fight in any slumber party I attended. Not now as an adult or when I was a child.

Anyway, here are my sure fire tips to planning a great slumber party. However, be forewarned your guest my not want to leave your house, please keep this in mind when deciding.

Board games

I love boards games, I always have. Whenever I have a party at my house I like to make sure, I have a few board games that are very interactive like Pictionary or Scattegories. Both are great at breaking the ice and loosening people up. More importantly it creates a lifetime of memories that will be carry one for years. This is also necessary if you have guests that may not know each other or do not know each other well. Wonderful icebreakers.

Plan an easy menu with lots of snacks

Food is crucial to any party no matter what it is. Plan you menu to be fun and easy to eat. Try a bake potatoes bar or sliders. Something that is easy to carry and not sloppy to eat. Make sure you have lot of snacks of the savory and the sweet kind. Of course, it is good to have a little vegetables and fruits to help break down all that food. I like to make a fruit bowl and vegetable tray. Then I lay it out buffet style, making sure to replenish as the night goes on. It has a given, everyone expects to leave a slumber party full and bloated.

Have to have movies

Movies are necessary in any slumber party it does not matter if you are seven, thirteen, or thirty. Fun, comedic romances are what every slumber party must have. With the advent of streaming shows and movies. This is easy. Just turn on Netflix or Hulu and you are in business. You can watch movies and television shows as much as your heart desires. On the other hand, your guests heart’s desire.

The next you are looking to host a fun and festive slumber for you and your girls use these sure fire tips for a great time for all. Trust me I have been having slumbers parties since I was eight years old. Each one, which off without a hitch and to this day folks still mention my slumbers, parties with a smile on their face. In addition, a longing to return.

Coincidently, I use the same formula for office parties.  No matter what type of social gathering these tips will go over like butter on a hot piece of toast!  I guarantee it!

 

Black Friday Tips to Success

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One of my favorite times of the year is drawing closer with each passing day. I cannot wait; I have been planning, saving, and stargazing my route. To ensure that I hit up all my favorite places, break for lunch, then continue again. While maximizing my funds and fun and limiting wasted time and energy. It is almost like you have to be a military generally to pull this off and I may not be that but I am ready. I have my lists made, map drawn out, and my estimated time of arrival all calculated. For the biggest shopping day of the year, at least in my book, you can never be too organized and prepared.

Black Friday here I come.

If you want a successfully run Black Friday shopping venture then you must implement my go to rules and etiquette. If you do then you complete the day knowing that you got the most out of it and spent the least amount of money possible.

Research

Before you even decide to leave your house, research what deals are going on and where. There is not time to walking around without any directions. After creating your list of the things, you need for yourself and your home or gifts for other people. It does not matter, know the deals and who has them. This will also play into the traveling agenda. I like to start a month my research a month before the big day, then revisit two weeks before and again a few days before. Always leave room for door busters and unexpected sales that they may not advertise.

With your research when make sure to include the price of the item and at what store in your list. As I said before some stores have sales and door busters on things that were not advertised. IF this item is on your list for a comparative or cheaper price then you will know.

Coupons, discounts, and price match

Always check for manufacture and in-store coupons and discounts. Combine with the already slashed prices you may walk away with steals after steals. Go online to the store website and other coupon website, print, and then organize each of these coupons by store then item. You will not have time to fumble around you bag, purse, or wallet looking for coupons. On the other hand, worst you misplace it and cannot find it when you need it.

Always check and see if different stores honor price match. Some stores will match or even beat the price of the same item advertise cheaper in another store. By utilizing price match, you can cut down on the number of stores you must visit. If you are able to get the same item at the same price at one store. This is a logistics dream move.

Early bird gets the early worm.

It really does pay to be early on this day. Many stores have deals early in the morning so those that over sleep will miss out. Some deals only last as long as the item is in stock. IF you oversleep and miss something then ask if you can get a raincheck. You never know you may be able to come back at another day and purchase the item at the same low Black Friday prices.

Shop Online

Why bother to leave the comfort of your home? Stay home, enjoy your cup of tea or coffee, no need to get out of those comfortable pajamas, or even comb your hair. Go online and shop until you drop or have to go to the bathroom. This is a great option if you are shopping for gifts for other people and they live out of town. You can buy and ship all in one swift click of the mouse. You maybe see deals that is not available to those shopping in store. I cannot count the number of online only deals I have taken advantage of.

These are just a few of my go to moves for Black Friday. I hope you able to put these into place yourself and have a safe and wonderful Black Friday.