Thursday, 5 July 2012

While the Cub's away the girls will play!

When the Cub Scout of the house goes on camp, there's only one thing for the girls to do: park Husband in front of an action adventure film and indulge in some frugal pampering, Girls' Book style!

I mentioned the Boys' Book of How to be the Best at Everything a while back so it's only fair to give the Girls' Book a shout out too.




My children and their cousins adore these books. I adore them too, and only partly because most of the activities cost nothing. There is a certain gender bias to the ideas but whilst the Girls' Book includes How to put together a school-bag beauty kit, it also includes How to survive a charging elephant and How to spot your friend is a werewolf, (none of which I have hitherto learnt how to do).

With her little brother out of the way, Daughter knew exactly what she wanted to do in his absence!  Meal out? No! Watch a DVD? No! She appeared with the corner of Page 31 turned down:



"Want to look fab but can't be bothered with lengthy beauty routines?"  I don't know the author but this chapter seems to have been written for me personally.

"Simple - just boost your looks while you're tucked up in bed.  You'll look beautiful in the morning."  Perfect for the plain lazy and the lazy plain, like me.




We added our own step one, a long candle-lit soak in a deep bath (which we shared of course, one after the other).

After that, we pretty much followed the Girls' Book, word for word.

We slathered brazil nut body lotion on our feet and then wore cotton socks to bed in order to wake up to softer tootsies.  

Handcream was generously applied to "work wonders on hands and nails" while we dreamt, and we slicked on the vaseline for smoother lips!

We chatted of this and that.  Then we slept.

Were we more beautiful in the morning?  I don't know and I don't care!  As with so much in life, it is the journey that's important, not the destination.  I got to spend a lovely, peaceful evening with my girl, without a nine year old boy bouncing on the bed, and that's all that matters.

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If you're wondering how to survive a charging elephant, stay downwind, check whether the ears are fanned (indicating that it is really charging), run away in zigzags, climb a tree and throw a decoy, such as a jacket or a sack of peanuts!  

You'll be able to spot whether your friend is a werewolf because he or she howls rather than sings, has red-tinged fingernails and hairy palms, never wears silver jewellery and gets restless around the time of a full moon!

So now you know!

2 comments:

  1. How sweet, how fun, how simply wonderful!
    And now I'm totally prepared to fend off a herd of elephants! Could happen. . .

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  2. I thought of your comment a while back that we are conditioned to believe we need to provide 'blow out' activities for our kids but they are just as happy with simple stuff!

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