DS106 An update to my Digital Storytelling skills…………….

I know it has been a while-so over the next six weeks I will be blogging about social media as I continue my educational journey and learn some cool new skills 🙂 Be inspired, have fun, and ask any questions you’d like!

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Settled in and enjoying my “adult life”

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A year ago I was posting tips about finding the perfect job. This August I am writing to tell you that I have been at the most amazing job for a year. Last August I was hired on as a part-time event coordinator and it has been a learning experience, a total blast, and I feel really lucky to be enjoying my life after college!

Some things I have learned this past year:

  • Be respectful and polite to everyone. Being nice makes it harder for people to be mean to you.
  • Bubblegum in your son’s pocket will ruin clothes when it hits the dryer.
  • Invest in good fitting, well made, practical, and color-coordinated pieces of clothing.
  • Don’t call people who have been dead for two years. Know your information before picking up the phone.
  • There is always something to do.
  • Have fun, work hard, and be verbally appreciative of others hard work.
  • Smile.
  • Breathe.
  • You can have too much caffeine.
  • Your attitude is important. So is being genuine.
  • Balance, balance, balance your work and home life. Both are necessary.
  • Everyday is a new learning experience.
  • Do not stick your arm in-between two bars and try and tag your child (when playing tag at the play ground) he will fall and you will end up with a huge bruise.
  • Buy a garbage can with a self-closing lid after coming home a dozen times to your old garbage can knocked over and picked through by two adorable dogs.
  • Be thankful for where you are, where you have come from, and the possibility of where you are going.
  • Wear good looking (but cute) shoes!
  • Laugh at and with yourself when you do something silly.
  • Last, but certainly not least, Be open, communicative, and able to learn from daily experiences without feeling shame or regret at not being perfect. 

Best Wishes as the year progresses—

Heather

 

 

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The waiting part of the job search is really hard-Here are five tips to help you succeed!

Image“Patience is waiting. Not passively waiting. That is laziness. But to keep going when the going is hard and slow–that is patience.”

 

I knew that starting my job search right out of college would be a strenuous endeavor, but I didn’t think it would be this difficult. I don’t even think that I have it as hard as some of my peers-I’m only looking for a part-time position and they have to competitively fight for a full-time position that pays well, has benefits, and is in the area they live in or an area they don’t mind moving to. I’m just looking for an office where I can share my creativity, hard-working team-player attitude, and bubbly personality (with a reasonable salary attached of course!!) I have kept in contact with friends from school who instantly found positions, and others who are over a year out and still not working. Oregon doesn’t have the best climate for finding you dream job, but it certainly isn’t the worst. 

I read article after article about making myself more marketable, and I keep up with tweeting/fb/linkedin/pinterest (although that might count as a personal category-since I heart pinterest!!) and I’ve revamped my kick-booty portfolio to really reflect my abilities and style. I think that it is super important to let a potential employer see who you really are, in order to find the best fit for you and for the company. However, I understand the need to find a job to pay-off the thousands in student loans most of us are sidled with:)

Recently I went to an interview and I swear I feel so nervous, when I know I shouldn’t, and I can’t formulate the sentences the way I want, nothing seems to sound as intelligent or competent as I hope–and yet the interview was pretty successful. I found out that my references have been called, and I remembered to send the critical and polite (remember those manners people!!) thank-you note. I am really excited about the opportunity that might be mine. I feel like I’m on Design Star and it’s down to me and another girl and only one can win—I hope it’s me covered in confetti:) Plus I have decided that even if I don’t get the position I had a great experience and feel more confident about interviewing in the future. I just want the right position-somewhere where I can share and grow, interact with others, and really enjoy what I do, not asking for much am I?

What do you do to stay positive and continue growing while you search for a new job? I’d like to have an interactive “share” session where we can share our best ideas with each other on a globally available plane:) 

My first tip is to: Have a “digital application packet” ready at all times-in case you find a job you really want to apply for. Put it in the cloud so you can access it from anywhere. In my google docs I have a few general cover letters that I adjust for each job, a current resume, and a list of references. I plan on uploading a digital copy of my portfolio too.

My second tip is to: Only email a pdf copy of your information so that it is more secure and can’t be changed easily.

My third tip is to: Have a few seasonally appropriate and business attire appropriate outfits ready to be put on with a short lead time. I’ve been asked to come in for an interview four hours from the time the company called me. I didn’t have my dry-cleaning back and I wasn’t prepared. Be prepared!

My fourth tip is to: Practice giving answers to general interview questions. Highlight your strengths, your experience, and start to feel confident that you will use the wording you want without flubbing it up!

My fifth and final tip is to: Realize that this is a process, and not an easy one. But, you are a confident and capable person who deserves to find just the right niche at just the right company, at just the right time. Every time you interview you get a chance to improve, to start over with people who don’t know you-but want to, you’re possibilities are endless if you will open yourself to the experience.

As always, I welcome your comments and look forward to hearing from you! Best of Luck on your search!

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Ready for your job search Class of 2012?

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As a new graduate I have officially started my job search and I’m always looking for ways to stand out from the crowd of applicants as I spend the time and effort in my pursuit of the best career fit possible. I’ve scoured the web and found the top things you should be doing and should not be doing as you interview for your first out-of-college job experience:

 

 

 

1. Do NOT encourage your parents to call on behalf of you. This ploy does NOT work and should be avoided at all costs. It may seem like a no-brainer but recruitment consultant James Callander says that it is a, “growing trend that he cannot understand what they are hoping to achieve.” Not only does having your parent’s call- make you look incompetent to an employer it also undermines your achievements and lessens your accomplishments. Be an adult. Stand on your own two feet and show this world your moxie.

 

 

 

2. DO apply for positions you are interested in. You have no chance of getting the job you want if you don’t try. However, it is important to apply within a timely manner and make sure that the resume or application packet is tailored to the position’s requirements. You’ll have a better chance at that first interview if you’ve done your research and meet or exceed what the company is looking for.

 

 

 

3. Do NOT L-I-E! Many candidates feel the need to “enhance” or straight out lie about the qualifications they possess in order to get through the pre-screening process. If you don’t have the skills-don’t say that you do. Use integrity. Employers will check your information and you don’t want people in your industry discussing (discretely or indiscreetly) your unsavory character. Be strong, Be honest, it may take longer to find the right fit but it will be yours because you earned it. Just remember that old saying, “Cheater’s never prosper.”

 

 

 

4.Do dress appropriately for the interview and be polite to everyone you meet. When I worked as an administrative assistant part of my duties included greeting potential employees and then giving my opinion of the person to my boss. You never know whom you are meeting and I believe in treating everyone with excellent manners. That person sitting in the receptionist chair could be the boss’ wife, son, or sister, and you can bet that if you are rude to her/him your chance of that position just went out the window. In that same position I sometimes couldn’t believe what people would wear and then I’d hear the office gossip after the candidate left. Be professional, but appropriate for the company.

 

 

 

These are my top four. I encourage you to not be discouraged as you step into one of the worst job markets this country has seen. But rather look at the road as a journey of possibilities, with the stones of failure and success touching the bottom of your feet as you walk into your future. Best of Luck-my fellow graduates.

 

 

 

As always I appreciate your feedback, comments, or any questions you might have.

 

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Fall in love again…..

Sometimes, as we age, we forget to notice the little things that can bring joy; the smell of a sunshine filled day, the sound of laughter, a project that used to intrigue us but now is so “normal” it barely hits the radar, a crisp Granny Smith apple, or the endorphin rush a good workout fills us with. We have stopped living an authentic life and instead we are cruising on auto-pilot waiting for the next day filled with tasks and commitments. Some people might tell you to look at the life you have and be grateful for it, and I agree with that sentiment, but I also think that it is important to look at what is causing you to check-out and miss-out on the things that used to make you smile and then find a way to renew your passion for life and fall in love again with who you are, where you are, and find a renewed sense of purpose for the short number of years you have here on earth.

1. STOP LIVING IN THE PAST

Someone who is stuck reliving “glory days” or memories cannot be fully present in the “here and now”. At some point you have to let those bits go so that you can focus on what you have now, where you are now, and how to obtain your goals in the future. No-one ever said letting go of your past would be easy, but by engaging yourself now you are open to the possibilities that are available. Let go of the past and live now, love now, find the things and people that make you better and enjoy the gift you have been given.

2. READ A BOOK BEFORE BED

Studies show that in order to truly shut our brain down for the night and encourage a good sleep pattern we need to disengage from electronic stimulation. By reading a book, you are encouraging your body to slip into a more relaxed state. Plus there are a ton of great books available ( I prefer borrowing from the library but you can also purchase them via online-I appreciate the deals you can get at Amazon for new or used books or at a retail store like CostcoWalmart, a local thrift shop where most books will be a few dollars!!, or join abook swapping group.)

3. UNPLUG

Everyday, including this moment right now, you are “plugged in” to an electronic media device and in some ways these instruments have taken over our ability to engage with ourselves and with other people. On Facebook I have friends who will post that they are taking a “break” from online living, kind-of like a vacation, and then when they come back they post all the wonderful things they had time to do, and each time I read one of those stories I am glad for that person that they found something to draw them out, out of the comfort of a recliner with a remote and computer! Unplug from your cell phone for a whole day (preferably not a work-day:) )-I’m not asking you to get fired!! I’m encouraging you to remember what it felt like before technology was mobile, when a cell phone was huge and a luxury most of us didn’t have, forget about the notebooks or ipads, and turn off the tv-just enjoy yourself. Take a hike, take a walk, visit a friend, host a fire pit party, wash your car, do something, anything that requires you to get out and moving.
4. FIND A HOBBY

Pretty self-explanitory-find something you like to do, have wanted to try, have a friend that already does, something you see on the internet, or read about. Find something new or old to try and go for it. Use sites like Groupon and Living Social to find inexpensive ways to do a trial run of a new activity at a reduced cost.

5. VOLUNTEER

It is scientifically proven that volunteering or engaging in altruistic activities enhances mood, helps and encourages others, and can give you more self-confidence. Plus, who doesn’t like to find an organization that they have a connection to or are passionate about. Be a member of your community. Be a beacon of shining inspiration and enjoy the rewards that you receive from being kind to others while in turn utilizing your skills to help others.

6. ADOPT A PET

I advocate for adopting pets from local animal shelters and non-profit organizations if you are in a stable position with time, energy, finances, and appropriately sized pet for you living condition. There are over 327,000 pets available on Petfinder right now. Local animal shelters are desperate for forever homes for dogs, cats, bunnies, guinea pigs, rats, snakes, and more. Shelters nationwide have seen a 30% increase in number of animals being surrendered as the economy became more difficult. By adopting a pet you are not only helping save an animals life, you are also prolonging your own. Pets are great companions, terrific workout partners who won’t care if it rains or not, and can become a part of your family. Pets ROCK:)

7. SAY YES

Frequently I find myself saying no, I just don’t have time, I’m too tired, not my thing, blah blah blah. What I really need to be saying is YES to opportunity, YES to the learning experiences being offered, and YES to living my life to the fullest. I look at people who live that way and I admire them, sure I feel a little jealous of their freedom, but I also realize that I don’t have to be extreme. It could be something as simple as my husband asking me to go to Home Depot with him-all I have to do is say YES! Making changes can be stressful, overwhelming, and uncomfortable but by saying YES we are giving ourselves permission to enjoy the unknown, the freedom to trust ourselves, and the gift of an open horizon.

8. LISTEN

Stop talking so much and listen to what others are saying. Listen to your mate, your partner, your best friend, your elders, your children, your co-workers, the bus driver, the checkout lady, the doorman–find out what they have to say and who they are. See the world through a different set of eyes and appreciate the beauty of the gift of expanded sight.

9. DE-CLUTTER YOUR LIFE AND HOME

Clutter on the “outside” is a sign of clutter on the “inside”. We live in a society that is disposable. Everywhere you look you are encouraged to purchase a new item, to upgrade, to buy buy buy. But, in reality we don’t need more stuff, what we need are useful items that ease our lives without overtaking us. Do an inventory room by room and see if you can get rid of a few items from each space. Do you have 15 bottles of partially full shampoo? Do you have clothes you don’t or probably won’t wear? How much are you kids playing with the toys enveloping their bedrooms? Simplify. Get rid of the clutter and feel lighter, feel cleaner, and less stressed.

10. DANCE

Put on music that makes your heart sing and wiggle it. It doesn’t matter if you suck or are great at dancing, there is just something about movement that encourages a smile, a laugh, a silliness that kids have that we adults seem to have forgotten. It’s not lost, you just misplaced it. Find it. Then Dance in your living room, your bathroom, your kitchen, on the way to the subway, in a club, wherever the mood strikes you-let the music lift your spirit and bring that beautiful smile back to your face.

Find your inner happy and fall in love again with yourself-because you are pretty great, you deserve to be happy, and by living for now and for your future, you give yourself the greatest gift of all-the ability to be happy and the freedom to enjoy living a more authentic life.

As always I welcome your questions or comments-I love hearing from my readers!

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You may have noticed some changes….

Hey all-

You may have noticed that i have recently made some changes to my blog. I’ve updated the background, tried to fix any errors I’ve found, and am rebranding myself with a common name through many multi-media channels. You can now find me by looking for ORheatherlee. I liked my HeatherLee77 name tag but found that because it was such a popular name in the 70’s (yes-I know I’m dating myself!!) that it is hard to brand myself across a broad spectrum of channels. ORheatherlee seems to be a better option and it applies to me in every sense:) 

Thanks for your patience as I navigate this transitional time.

Heather

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Quick Update from Mwah

Hey all-

 

Sorry for the gap between postings. I actually started a few but never finished them, and then I was busy finishing up my last bits of school, worked as a temp, family stuff, yada yada:) But, I am going to try to post at least once a week by Friday about a variety of topics and as many original pictures as I can take. I am in my last term (with one class) at the University of Oregon and I am so excited to finally be “almost done”. I’ve started expanding my social media profile even more to become more well-rounded, and have added a twitter account (find me #ORheatherlee) (I thought it would be a pain in the behind, but I actually enjoy sharing quick blurbs of info and seeing others blurbs/links). Next up I want a Pinterest board:) and am hoping that by June I will find a “work” home. I feel really positive about the upcoming opportunities and can’t wait to meet more people and garner real world experience as I continue on my journey. So enough with the quick catch-up. It’s time to blog……………………

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Holiday Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Hey all-
I wanted to give a quick list of my go-to stocking stuffer ideas. Since I’m a parent I don’t like to load my children up on candy (I know, I know-total meanie!). I also don’t want to spend a ton of money on stocking stuffers. When I was a kid my parents put oranges, nuts, socks, small toys, a chocolate santa, hair ties, and other small inexpensive items in our hand knitted (by my grandmother) stockings. My children don’t have hand-knitted stockings but I try to keep to some of the traditions I learned as a child. I believe in tradition and love the spirit of Christmas as it is shared. Here are some of my tried-and-true best (inexpensive) stocking stuffer ideas:

1. Stainless Steel BPA free water bottles. Everyone can use one of these, kids love to have their own color, and you are gifting an earth-friendly product. This will take you to the manufacturer website  but Costco  has a three pack (red/silver/blue) with optional neoprene covers for only $9.97! You can’t order them online through Costco’s website, but there are warehouse locations across the United States.

2. Nail polish. My daughter is a girly-girl so I love to put in fun items that I know she will get a lot of use out of. Buy a good polish that won’t easily chip and has a good amount of coverage. There are lots of options in every price range. Here are my top three pics.

  • NYC– (1-2$ per bottle!) bargain basement price, great color, quick dry, and available in major retail chains across the country!
  • Nicole by OPI– (7-9$ per bottle) great long-lasting color, love the mid-price range, lots of fun colors, available at major retail chains, and excellent coverage!
  • Dior– (19-22$ per bottle) smooth application, great colors, available online, and still not too expensive!

3. Toothbrushes! I always give my children extra toothbrushes in their stockings. It’s a fun inexpensive item they will definitely use, and they always get a new color.

4. Chapstick/Lip balm/Lip gloss- Another small useful item that can be personalized (by flavor and brand). My fav. lip gloss to give is Victorias Secret-(5-7$ tube) not too sticky, tastes great (fun flavors like bubble gum/ coconut/ cherry blast/ lemonade), and it lasts!

5. Lego kits-Lego is a name we have all grown up with and the company keeps coming up with great ideas. I like the small sets (there are different kinds to choose from, ie: Ninjago/Pirates of the Carribean/Constructor/City) The small sets range in price from 5-12$ each. Your little (or big) builder will enjoy adding to their collection.

6. Itunes giftcards! Super easy to purchase (sold in major retail stores and grocery stores nationwide) and with kids and adults so computer and internet savvy now, the itunes giftcards are something I find to be a big hit:)

7. Wristbands (3-8$ per pack) My kids and their friends are crazy for these synthetic rubber bracelets. I’m listing the Oregon Duck bandz, but they can be found online with all sorts of teams, causes, and messages.

8.Chocolate Santa. (6-13$ each) We have a local chocolate company that makes the best chocolate out there:) I highly recommend Euphoria Chocolate company, located in Oregon. Or, hit up a local chocolatier in your area for the best selection!

9. Picture mousepad. I’ve never heard a complaint when someone receives one of these. Costco photo center ((I swear I don’t represent them in any way-I just shop there and find the photo services easy to use:) )makes it easy to order a photo mousepad with the uploaded picture of your choice delivered directly to your home. The entire transaction happens online and cost under $10 shipping included! If you don’t have a Costco card-many other retail outlets and online companies like VistaPrint offer similar services.

10. Thank You notes- I still believe in the joy and social nicety called “thank you notes”, yes, handwritten. If you include them in the stockings then you won’t forget to buy them after the holiday. Nothing gets put off, it’s easy and convenient. Plus, anyone who gave the kids a gift will appreciate the time and care the kids put into writing and mailing a note. Manners still count:)

Hope this list has helped inspire you to make your stocking stuffers fun, colorful, and useful!

Happy Holidays from our family to yours—-

Heather

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Are you ready to interview?

As school is nearing the end for me (light at the end of the tunnel) I am facing the daunting task of interviewing for a “real” job. I’m scared. I have seen the unemployment statistics, heard the interview horror stories, heard my friends who have hired people laughing about mistakes the interviewees made, and know that when it comes time for me to interview I need to be prepared. I need to be more than prepared, I need to rock it outta the house and back– Marie Raperto, a corporate headhunter, has great tips on what you should think about for interviewing and then I added a few comments at the end of each of her suggestions:

  • Respond to questions briskly and concisely. (Nothing is more annoying than someone who sits there saying “uhm…”)
  • Be certain you understand the question. Don’t be afraid to ask for  clarification. (Better to ask and understand than miss the question entirely.)
  • Respond to the question asked. Don’t volunteer information. (Do not ramble on! Remember the 7 second rule-a lot of employers will sit quietly after you finish answering the question just to see if you will cave under the pressure of silence and start rambling on. Don’t do it.)
  • Watch for opportunities to ask questions, especially those that show you have done some homework on the company. (Employers like to see that you have taken the initiative and time to learn about their company-it shows dedication.)
  • Be sensitive to the interviewer. Take stock of their style and try to respond to questions naturally. (Some interviews will be formal, some not so much-you can miss out on a great opportunity by being inflexible with your style of communication.)
  • Strive to develop a natural dialogue and rapport with our interviewer. But, remember, they are in control. (Be calm. Be polite. Compliment something about them or the company-this helps ease tension and hopefully gets them talking!)
  • Avoid the use of negative terms in your answers. Instead of problems, talk about challenges or opportunities. (Never use negative comments, not only is it a complete turn-off to most employers, it also shows that you may not be a team player or difficult to work with.)
  • Get as many relevant details about the position. This way, you can determine if it is a position you truly want. ( Don’t waste your time or theirs if it is not something you are truly interested in.)
  • Prepare, but don’t over-do it. Your answers should come naturally, not sound like a script. (Practice interviewing techniques with a friend.)
  • Thank the interviewer the end of an interview. (Don’t forget to send a handwritten/email thank you note. It shows that you are classy and polite and that you have social skills-like manners! I always write thank you’s and I’ve only ever heard how much they were appreciated-so take a minute and write one.)
Remember to be calm, try your best, and know that you win some and lose some, and that every interview can have a kernel of education you can analyze afterwards. But, don’t beat your self up for mistakes, just try not to make them again. One last thing…..Good Luck:)

Do you have any suggestions for interviewing techniques? Tried and true practices that have always landed you a position? Have a website or article to share? I welcome your comments, questions, or suggestions.
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Not Ya Mama’s Baby Shower: A modern girls guide to choosing fun baby shower games.

Ok, we have all been to more baby showers than we probably care to think about. The common theme to most of the ones I have been to is that they are all pretty boring and I can’t wait to exit. Now, I have used my powers of perusing hours and tons of websites devoted to choosing fun games to enhance your a-maz-ing baby shower. Every friend is unique, and when throwing a party to celebrate their happy moments you want it to be memorable (in a good way) and fun for guests, plus you want to show your bff how special she is to you.

My least favorite baby shower game I ever EVER ever played included someone handing around diapers with baby food smeared inside to look like poop, and we were supposed to use a spoon to scoop a small bite out and eat it. Yes. Gross. Not only did I not want to play, I can be a bit germ-a-phobic about sharing food with 25 other strangers all dipping their spoons in too. So-lets find some games that can not make your guests feel queasy 🙂

1. How Many Baby Items Can You Name: (Materials- pad of paper and pen for each woman). Have each woman write down as many baby products as they can name (bottle, blanket, pacifier, etc) within 3 minutes. Sure it is easy at the beginning, but towards the last few minutes, the women will start racking their brains for more 🙂 Give a prize to the woman who gets the most baby products named!

2. Who Can Make The Mother-To-Be’s Baby: (Materials – Baby magazines, Scissors, Glue, Paper). Have the women group up into teams of 3 and give each 3 baby magazines. Have them cut out pieces of different baby qualities and put together a picture of what they think the Mother-To-Be’s baby will look like. Have the Mother-To-Be pick which baby would possibly look like hers the best! Give prizes to the winning team! A quick tip to be frugal is to purchase the magazines at a thrift shop. Typically they sell the magazines for under a quarter each!

3.Baby Bingo: (Materials- Pens, Pre-Printed Bingo cards that use the numbers of how many people attend the baby shower) Prior to opening the baby shower gifts, number each gift on the box starting with one. If you know that 15 people will be attending your shower, pre-print bingo cards with numbers 1 through 15 and randomly place them on 15 cards. When the mommy-to-be’s decides to open the presents, she grabs the present she wants to open and reads the number out loud. As soon as someone receives bingo, they win the baby shower game and the baby shower prize.

4.Baby Shower Lotto (Materials- Calendar with large calendar month dates, highlighter pen, and normal pen). Have the calendar of the month that the mother-to-be’s baby is due at the front door for guests when they arrive. Each day is divided into two parts: am and pm for the guests to choose from in picking the date and general time the baby will be born. Make sure to have the due date highlighted. Guests can “buy in” to a lotto ticket for a certain day (am or pm) that they think the baby will be born. The guest who guesses closest wins a baby shower gift, of course given after the baby is born. The fun part of the game is that the lotto tickets can be purchased by using something other than money that is useful to the parents. Instruct guests beforehand that a lotto tickets may be purchased with a diaper pack, baby bottles or baby wipes, etc. (Thank you to our visitors who gave us this great baby shower game!)

5. Fingertip Feel: (Materials: rice, a bowl, small baby pins) Fill a small bowl with uncooked rice and mix 20 small closed diaper pins in. Then the guest is blindfolded and has 1 minute to pull as many of the diaper pins out (without the rice) as possible. It sounds easy, but without being able to see it is very difficult to feel the difference between the pins and the rice!

6.Baby Shower Thank You Card Draw – (Materials: Thank you cards and envelopes, pens, bag) – . Once the baby shower attendees arrive, give them each an envelope (that goes with the baby shower thank you cards you purchased) and have them write their name and address on it. Put them is whatever you would like and draw an envelope for a baby shower prize. Now momma to be has all the name and addresses and can send out Thank you cards more easily!

7. Baby Shower “Guess What’s In The Bag” Game (Materials: Paper Bags of different sizes to fit different size items, items listed below, pen) –

You will need 10 paper bags. For fun, use colored ones. On the front of the first bag put a letter “B”, the second “A”, third “B”, fourth “Y”, and so on spelling out “B A B Y S H O W E R”. Inside each bag is an item for the baby beginning with the letter on the outside of the bag. Guests cannot pick up the bags. Display them on a table so they can see how big the bags are. Whoever guesses the most correctly wins. Here is an example of what you might put in the bags:

B – Bottle, brush, booties, burp cloth

A – Aspirator, apple sauce

B – Bib

Y – Yellow Rubber Ducky (you may have to give a clue for this one)

S – Spoon, soap, shampoo

H – Hat, hanger (baby size), headband

O – Onesie, oil, Ora-gel

W – Wipes, wash cloth

E – Ear syringe, ear ache medicine

R – Rattle, receiving blanket, rash medicine

8.Baby Shower Memory Game (Materials: Poster Board, paper, candy bars, pen, tape) – Take a large piece of poster board with 20 small (3×5) pieces of paper lined up in number order (1, 2, 3…) with five across and four down. Under each paper was a word has a match under another paper. Example: 1 was “Baby Girl” and 20 was “Baby Girl”. The players choose two numbers, trying to match the words. Each match was given a prize. “Baby Girl” received a Baby Ruth candy bar. “Laundry” received a Mounds candy bar, “Daddy” received Sugar Daddy candy, “Breastfeeding” received Milky Way, “Contractions” received Good and Plenty, “Epidural” received Lifesavers, “Bottle” received Baby Bottle Pop candy, “Crying Baby” received Screaming Sours candy, “10 pound baby” received Whoppers. (Find candy at the candy store, and make up your own words!) Everyone loved this game! We didn’t know what candy was going to be given out, so it was fun to guess while people were playing the game.

9.Baby Scrapbook (Materials: Scrap book, ribbons, stickers, colorful pens etc) – A real neat baby shower activity is to make a baby scrapbook for the parent’s to be. Give everyone a page to create borders, pictures, and little sayings so you can place them all in the book for the mother to be to use when taking pictures of the birth and on. It is a great way to have everyone participate in the memories. It is even fun to take a picture at the party of every baby shower participant and place it on the back of the page so you know who did the page for you and who attended the baby shower. Plus we all know how hard it is to make time to put together an album after the baby is born! This gives the parents-to-be a place to put photo’s without any work at all:)

A separate idea that can be a fun reminder of your event is to use twitter. You could even give a prize to the person who tweets the most updates during the party.  If you and the friends attending the party like to use twitter, then you could ask each of them to post updates about funny comments, pics, or nice thoughts as the party ensues. Now, Melissa Miller posted stats on Twitter users across the country and she found that the top three states to twitter (per capita) are: Massachusetts, Washington, and Oregon. So, if you live in these three states-tweet about the party you are at! It will be fun for the hostess and the baby-momma to read all her friends nice comments and funny stories after the event is over.

I hope you have enjoyed some of the ideas listed above and I hope that your next baby shower is filled with fun!

As always I welcome your comments, ideas, or suggestions. Thanks!


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