The Essentials For Every Girls Weekend

The Essentials For Every Girls Weekend

Yes, I did in fact go to a ski resort in the middle of July.

This past weekend, I packed up the five outfits that aren’t stuck in my dorm room at school (definitely not mad about it) and drove up north to Collingwood with four of my friends from high school. Before I start, if you are not from my hometown you’re probably wondering where on earth Collingwood is, and to be quite honest, I genuinely have no idea either. Still, I always hear people saying they are heading up north, so for this blog post, I have decided to also sound like a pretentious prick and say that I went “up north for the weekend.” In other words, if Collingwood is not up north please don’t come for me. I have no geographical awareness for any place that is past Toronto and am clearly just trying to flex on my peers.

Now would also be an excellent time to share the crucial information that Collingwood is in fact, a ski resort. Why did I pay money to go to a ski resort in the middle of the summer? Good question. But honestly, I’ll do anything to get me out of Niagara for the weekend.

I have only ever been to Collingwood once before on a family ski trip when I was younger and the only thing that I remember about it was the Beaver Tails (if you don’t know what a Beaver Tail is you are clearly not Canadian, so ignore this part). However, heading here in the middle of July, I honestly did not know what to expect from what is often referred to as “a Winter Wonderland” on Trip Advisor. Here are some tips and tricks to make every “girls weekend” a success no matter what gets thrown at you or where you are going.

  1. Make Jungle Juice

In other words, get drunk. For those of you who don’t know what Jungle Juice is, it’s basically just large quantities of hard alcohol mixed with fruit juice. There is no exact recipe for Jungle Juice, which is part of the fun of making it! Some of my favorite things to add to it include pink lemonade Svedka (yes, I only enjoy insanely flavored types of hard alcohol), Frozen Palm Bay, Lime White Claw, and a ton of Fruitopia concentrate. I promise you, this stuff goes down easier than water.

Pro tip: add slices of fruit, and gummies for extra sweetness

2. Have a “themed” dinner night

We decided that our theme for Saturday night’s dinner would be An Evening in Mexico, and you can bet that we went all out. We started in the kitchen, making chicken tacos and nachos. I recommend choosing something easy to prepare like this because you don’t want to spend your whole vacation cooking. We paired this with frozen margs (essentially Jose Cuervo’s Margarita Tequila, Minute Made Frozen Limeade, and ice blended.) Just make sure that when you’re ready to mix everything in the blender, the lid is on (can’t say that we were lucky enough to remember this.) Finally, enjoy! We played some authentic music (by authentic I am referring to the fact that I played Señorita by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello on repeat) and got dressed up.

3. Go with people that you enjoy spending time with

While this is probably the most obvious thing, I cannot stress how important this is. If you don’t enjoy the people that you are going with, you are essentially setting yourself and your trip up for failure. Save the drama and keep your guest list to your friends that you know you can have a good time with.

DIY “Guess Who?” featuring Everyone we went to High-School with: A Drinking Game

DIY “Guess Who?” featuring Everyone we went to High-School with: A Drinking Game

Because there’s literally nothing better to do quarantine than to relive your so-called glory days.

All the materials you’ll need

As we approach our second anniversary of graduating high-school, we can’t help but reflect on how different our lives are now. While we definitely would not want to go back, it can be fun to discuss our many shared memories. Normal people would reflect on their high-school experience by watching their grad video or looking at old photos. Instead, we decided to spend the afternoon printing out tiny pictures of our classmates and gluing them onto a DIY cardboard version of a childhood game.

Personalized “Guess-Who?” games are flooding the internet right now. While most people are using their photos to replace the actual photos on the game, neither of us has this game, nor do we want to invest in it. So, we decided to make a cheap tacky version that has no structural integrity whatsoever- super on-brand for us. We also wanted to share this process with you so you can recreate your version at home.

The actual game- just a heads up, our version looks like a kindergarten craft project in comparison

Materials we used:

  • A clothing gift box, or any two sheets of cardboard you might have
  • 30 blank flashcards
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • A pen
  • Pictures of 30 of the people you went to high school with (not creepy at all)

To start, you’re going to want to find pictures of roughly thirty of your high school peers. With these pictures, you will need to create a document with one large version of the image to put on a card and two small versions to put on the actual game. After you print these sheets out, cut out all of the pictures.

Next, cut your gift box in half and reinforce the sides using glue.

For the smaller pictures, you’re going to use on the boards, cut your flashcards into four different strips. Bend each strip in half and glue each person’s photo onto a separate strip. Glue the base of each of these strips onto the cardboard to create two game boards- one for each player.

Finally, to make the larger cards, cut your flashcards into thirds and glue on each large picture. Make sure you write the person’s name as well just in case the picture isn’t enough to identify them. It’s been a couple of years. People forget things.

The instructions are pretty self-explanatory- look at the pictures below, and we’re sure you’ll figure it out.

The big cards

Our DIY cheapskate version of the game

After tediously assembling your two game boards, you can start to play. If you don’t know the rules, here’s a PDF of the actual “Guess Who?” instructions. But if you need to look at these, you were genuinely robbed of your childhood:

However, playing this won’t be too nostalgic, because the most exciting part of our version is the types of questions you can ask. The whole point of our version is to not use basic questions like “Does this person have glasses?” or “Is this person a girl?” like you would in a real “Guess Who?” game. Essentially, the more controversial the question, the better.

Our game was literally made with a Mexx Kids giftbox, you should’ve seen it coming.

Here’s a few examples of questions you could ask:

  • Did you ever speak to this person in high school?
  • Has this person ever blocked you on any social media platform?
  • Would you say “Hi” to this person if you saw them today?
  • Did this person unfollow you on Instagram after graduation?
  • Did you ever have beef with this person?
  • Do you still have active beef with this person?

These are pretty general, but as you narrow down who your opponent has, feel free to get exponentially more specific.

Finally, the last set of rules arguably concern the most important part of the game: drinking.

  • If your opponent says “No” to any of your questions, you have to drink
  • If your opponent says “Yes” to any of your questions, they have to drink
  • If you guess the person’s name incorrectly, you have to take 3 drinks
  • The player that loses has to finish their drink

Was this a huge waste of time? Maybe. But at least it was fun. We guarantee if you create this game, make a quick stop at the LCBO, and gather up some of your high-school friends, you’re set for a very interesting evening. You’re welcome in advance.

Vineyard Picnics For Dummies

Vineyard Picnics For Dummies

Bored of sitting in a parking lot with your friends? Try this instead!

Living in a small town, there is a VERY limited number of things to do (some of my personal favorites include neighborhood drive-by’s and prostitute hunting). However, the pandemic has temporarily put my enjoyment of these activities on hold, forcing me to get creative on how I should spend time with the five people from high school that don’t hate me (kidding, but like not really). This is how I came to discover my love of picnics.

If you are anything like me and are not trying to pay $12 for an Aperol Spritz on the Johnny Rocco’s patio, then this is the perfect alternative for you. It’s cheap, fun, and abides by social distancing guidelines (we LOVE a public health queen!)

What you’ll need:

  • A blanket
  • Your favorite snacks (I enjoy bringing Stacy’s pita chips, guac, grapes and cheese)
  • An alcoholic beverage of your choice
  • A speaker
  • BOTTLE OPENER (I cannot stress enough how hard it is to try and open a bottle of wine with a fork)

Disclaimer: I do in fact realize how cringe it is that I am drinking Girls Night Out, but you’re lying to yourself if you don’t think it tastes good

To start, you are going to want to find an open field. If you are from the Niagara Region I would recommend checking out Ravine or Two Sisters’ Winery. Once you’ve found a spot that you are happy with, you are going to want to set up your blanket and pull out your food. While it is tempting to set up your cheese, crackers, and fruit in an attempt to make an Instagram-worthy charcuterie board, I advise against doing that unless you are trying to get attacked by ants and mosquitos. Instead, keep all food in its original packaging or wrapper and use a knife to cut small pieces at a time.

PRO TIP: plan ahead and set your picnic up for around 8pm for the added bonus of watching the sunset (just don’t be that person who puts the sunset on their snapchat story because I promise you nobody cares)

You are now officially all set! Happy picnicking, and you can thank us later for all of the money that you have saved on watered down drinks from the patios this summer 🙂