You guys! The battle for a work/life balance is REAL, and it’s been affecting our ability to cultivate our domestic sides. We love having people over, but with our nests struggling as of late, we decided to call on some intellectual experts from St. Ruggles Institute of Social Studies (part of Struggs University) to provide us with recipes for success.
Here are the top ways to polish your social reputation as a domestic god or goddess to a perfect shine, with minimal long-term commitment.
That time we took treadmill desks to the next level.
Do you ever wonder what to talk about at a 4th of July party? Does the pressure to be patriotic make you sweat like the ice-cold American beer you’re freeing from its oppressive can? Want to sound as confident and clever as a Founding Father writing a “GTFO” letter to the King of England?
If you eat one thing this Independence Day, it should be these 3-step cupcakes (or as we’ve dubbed them, edible firecrackers). Easy, delicious, and guaranteed to make you the hit at any party. It’s win/win/win!
(Original recipe via Make Bake Celebrate)
What You’ll Need:
Step 1: Using a small spoon, carve out a little spot on top of the cupcakes for the pop rocks. Keep the tops!
Step 2: Fill each little spot with pop rocks. Then place the cupcake top back on.
Step 3: Frost your cupcakes as usual and add sprinkles!
Oh, and one more tip: maybe don’t serve these crackly little guys with Coke… we never figured out if that urban legend was true or not. Enjoy!
The craft beer craze can make it challenging to navigate the beverage aisles, particularly with all the current summer seasonals. We’ve done you a solid and rounded up our personal favorite brews from across this great nation, perfect for partying on America’s birthday!
Plus, you know what they say… the way to a new friend’s heart is through sharing your delicious beer with them.
(We actually just made that up, but it’s usually true. Party on!)
Ah, we can hear it already: the tinkling chant of silverware on crystal, the gentle fluttering of matching chiffon dresses, and the raucous hooting of drunk bros, mashing into a dance circle that just won’t die… it could only mean one thing - wedding season is officially in full swing.
We suspect you’re attending an average of twelve weddings between now and Labor Day, for your old roommate, cousin, boyfriend’s sister, and/or preschool best friend who you once saved from controversial Big Wheels accident. Because we’ll take any excuse to talk social tips and celebrations, we’ve put together a guide to navigating the nuptial zoo.
Assuming you’re not in the bridal party, you’ll want to wear something that stands out. Within reason, of course. But depending on how many ceremonies you have lined up, you may end up having to repeat dresses or suits. Swapping out accessories is key, so we went ahead and prowled the web for your convenience:
Psst: you already ARE the fun table, you might just not know it yet. Every other table is going to gaze longingly at you guys, wishing they had a team captain who led them to wedding nirvana. So if you want your tablemates to boast your name at weddings for years to come, here’s how:
If you can dance, then go dance. If you can’t dance, then DEFINITELY go dance. Weddings are a sanctuary for the choreographically challenged - the more ridiculous your dance moves are, the more fun everyone has.
…What’s that? Our favorite moves?
These tips should help eliminate some of your serial-wedding-guest stress, and help you master every reception. In the sage words of the true wedding experts, there is really only one, universal rule for weddings, and that’s #76: No excuses. Play like a champion.
Fact: you are part of a socially-networked, mobile-optimized, hi-tech, low-emission, gluten-free world. So while living as slaves to our screens, when do those dream serendipitous meetings get a chance to happen? Don’t get us wrong, we’re not trying to have every Chuck, Jim, and Mary on the street interrupt us and come a-chatting, but unexpectedly meeting cool people is the best.
Allons! These moments don’t have to be lost on the modern age! It’s all about giving new potential friends or dates an opportunity, so here’s how to be more approachable, every day.
Literally wear your heart on your sleeve - common experience is the easiest conversation starter ever. Remember that shirt you got at the Phish show last year? You know, the really heady one where Trey totally melted your face? Well friend, put that bad boy on, and you’ll quickly realize you weren’t the only blissed-out phan in attendance. And don’t forget your incomparably unique college experience that only your fellow alumni understand. Or your baffling life-long devotion to the Cleveland Browns. Next time you fetch groceries, go to the bank, hunt for your escaped cat, or retrieve takeout because you forgot you can’t cook anything worthwhile, throw on a garment that speaks to something you love - you may find yourself happily bonding with someone new.
If you suspect that your natural countenance could possibly be described as “venomous” or “glowering,” this is one to consider. We struggle with this ourselves - it’s usually unintentional, and only rarely because we’re in a murderous mood. But at the risk of sounding like a Disney princess sing-along, it’s surprising what a difference a smile can make. While acting like a cackling clown may scare others, maybe just try a slight upturn in mouth corners. Not only will it project an attractive positivity and optimism to others, but you’ll actually be happier and less stressed as well.
Being a one-man stampede rarely leads to relaxed conversations. And sure, we’ve all been late for work and had to go full marathon for a few blocks. But this often goes beyond occasional tardiness, and becomes power-walking everywhere for no reason. Next time you walk somewhere (and don’t have a commitment), take a moment to admire some architecture. Peep a creative window display. Saunter through a farmer’s market. You might notice some other (potentially cute) people doing the same, because bottom line: no one’s going to chase you down to say hello. Unless they are actually chasing you down, in which case, probably go full marathon.
This is something of an animal lover’s add-on to the previous advice, but we’ve seen it work a thousand times. While you’re strolling instead of sprinting, you may notice more fascinating beasts than usual - specifically, Canis lupus familiaris. Not only are dogs excellent companions and garbage disposals, but they’re the perfect vehicle for striking up a charming conversation with someone new. And actually, also the perfect vehicle for babies to ride around the house, which is something you could discuss with your new friend.
Eyes off the iPhones! Go forth and socialize.