The Only Drinking Game You Need At Your Next Holiday Party

Twas the week before Litmas, and all through the city, not a bottle was opened, oh what a pity...

There is but a week before Christmas gets here and you know you're bound to stumble upon some last minute Christmas parties. Sometimes they can be drawn out but sometimes there is an open bar and it's not so bad of a time.  If you do feel like your time is being drawn out I encourage you to take this step by step guide to the host and propose a toast.  Man, I'm just full of rhymes today.

The Game

I'm sure you've seen New Girl, if not all seasons are on Netflix and get on that. For those that are true fans, there is a game they play pretty frequently in episodes. Can you tell me what its called?

Yup. My game is a game based off of True American from New Girl. It is the Holiday edition.

So, it's 50% drinking game, 50% life-size Candy Land. -Jess
Well, it's more like 75 drinking, 20 Candy Land, and by the way, the floor is molten lava. -Schmidt
It's actually 90% drinking, and then it's got a loose Candy Land-like structure to it. -Winston

First of all, what are we working with?

Picking Your Elves

Elves are optional. To pick elves, everyone holds up a random number of fingers against their foreheads. You are teamed up with anyone else that is holding up the same amount of fingers as you. Unmatched elves can team up as needed.

The North Pole

The North Pole is made up of cans of beer and a bottle of liquor (Mint liquor if you want to be SUPER festive). The container of alcohol is Santa’s Work Shop. The beers are Reindeer, which are the deliverers of gifts. The Reindeer are lined up in four lines radiating outward from the King.

The Workshop

There are four departments and each with five spaces where an elf can stand. There is a trail of chairs, cushions, tables, etc. through the departments (i.e., a chair, two pillows, a bench, and a Frisbee are the spaces). The floor is thin ice so you cannot step on it for it will crack under you. You must use these objects to traverse the departments without stepping on the ice. The North Pole is in the middle of the departments, and the spaces at the beginning and end of the departments are the farthest away from the North Pole.

Tis the season…

The game starts with a shotgun tipoff. Then, someone chants “Jack Frost!” and all other players yell “Nipping at your nose!” at which point all elves run to the center table, grab a beer and pick the nearest object to stand on.

Game Play

Elves take turns attempting to earn moves. There are three commands that can be called out when it is an elf's turn.

Guessing a common trait: The elf names two people or objects that have something in common. The other elves then yell out what is in common. For instance, “Michael Buble`” and “Mariah Carey” are both famous Christmas song artists. Elves who guess correctly drink and move.

12 Days of Christmas: The elf sings “On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me,” and on “me,” all elves put a number on their head, similar to how teams are picked. All those with the same number as the elf who shouted the command must drink and move a space.

Completing a quote: The elf begins a quote, and all other elves attempt to finish the quote. For instance, “I am a cotton-headed…“ and “ninny-muggins!”. Elves who complete the quote correctly drink and move.

Other Rules


When an elf finishes their beer, they yell “He’s making a list…” and all other elves yell “and checking it twice!” at which point empty cans are thrown into a designated receptacle.

A player may yell “Jack Frost” at any time at which point everyone must yell “Nipping at my nose” and finish their beer.

There you have it, folks. All you need is a little bit of space, a lot of beer, and a designated driver to make this shindig a go at your next holiday party. Please party, play and drink responsibly. I don't want any of you ending up on the naughty list this late in the game.

Add a Little Flavor To Your Food Lifestyle

A night out with food is always a good night out. The only way a friend can get me to leave my cocoon of a bed is if they mention anything having to do with free food. Considering the human race has a penchant for eating, and sometimes (or all the time) overeating, it’s a common activity a lot of us, our friends and family will do together. Over eating that is, not just eating. Don’t get it twisted. However, don’t let eating out get boring by trying the same things in the same venues all the time. Spice up your food outing plate with a little difference in scenery and environment. 

Eat in the Big Cities

A lot of the time the more quirky restaurants, bars, and nightclubs will be found in capital cities. Take London in ol’ England for example.  Not that I go there on the regular but you can find plenty of great local spots within a few feet of each other, or if you have spare time and money you can take a tour around all 50 capitals of the United States. Las Vegas is the same way.

Cities are famous for food. Local cuisine is a huge contributing factor to weekend vacations. Sometimes there are more food variances within countries than between them. Treat yo’self between meals, shop around and have a great indulgent day amongst the locals.

Head to the Coast

What’s near the coast? Seafood yes, but that’s not what I’m hear to discuss. There’s also an impossible amount of ice cream parlors! Plenty of dairy creams, salted caramel varieties, and the odd ice lolly for those not into the soft serve variety. Your next trip should include a country famous for it’s beach life and dine in affordable style whilst sating your wanderlust.

Back to the seafood topic; oysters, fish and chips, and a bit of lobster can be found in all the beach hut cafes around the sands. You know what I’m talking about. Typically it is a shack on a pier or just off the side street at the beach. They’re great to sit down and have a drink, and typically these places keep the seagulls away from your food when because you’re sitting under an overhang. These little crab shacks think of everything.

Check Out Live Bands at the Same Time

I like to be surrounded by entertainment while we eat, or is it the other way around? We go to the cinema and buy popcorn, or we sneak in some snack, and we plan picnics for days out in the park. Either way, eating can be a whole activity unto itself! What a great time to be alive that we can focus our activities around food.

If I’m looking for a good night out with friends that’s away from my typical stoming grounds, I look into some restaurants with live music near me. This is the base of where I get all of my Apple Music downloads. You can follow me here. #shamelessPromo.

Eating out doesn’t have to be boring, and no food should ever be! Pick up the proverbial salt shaker and add some flavor to your activities… and palette.

Five Ways You Can Plan Your Vacation on a Budget

Hi, if you like traveling on the cheap then this is a post for you!

If you love exploring new places and enjoy mixing with locals, than this is the post for you!

I hope you read that in an infomercial voice otherwise please go back and reread it.

It is almost 2018 so I am sure you are setting some resolutions and goals for the upcoming year. If not, make a mental note to get on that. 

*Makes mental note because definitely not on that*

Thinking about all of the magical destinations you could travel to in the next year should cross your mind at least once. Doing it on the cheap should be the next thing to follow.  Travelers can save money by creating a custom itinerary and doing a tad bit more research to nail down the best deal. That can be half the fun. I love seeing how much I can get for how little money I can pay. It's like a game. TLC, where’s my casting call?!

Make your money go further and give yourself more air miles by implementing these tips for budget travel next year.  

1. Visit Friends and Family While Traveling

Would you like to visit a few places, but cannot afford the accommodation? If you have a tight budget, you might want to visit friends and family members on your travels. Ask your friends who live or work in your destination to come out for a visit, and they are likely to invite you as well. This is when you take them up on their offer. HOLLA for free accommodations and maybe even a free tour guide if you have some kind friends. If you have great friends, they might even jump in the car and take you around to their favorite places. Of course, don’t be a mooch. Offer up gas money or food funds for the day. You’ll still end up saving a ton.

2. Private Accommodation

If you don’t have friends and family members living at the destination you are looking to visit, you can make new ones by booking private accommodation. Instead of your usual hotel or rental home, stay with a local family, or book an apartment. This trend has been popping up more and more recently. The owner is likely to help you find the best places to visit and arrange transport. Check out property sharing sites and live a new life for a few days. Who knows? Maybe you will make a friend while visiting and then you can retreat to step 1.

3. Hire a Caravan 

If you want to stay flexible, you could hire a caravan at your destination and tour the country at your own pace. Look how cute this one is! Instagram worthy and savvy. If you visit a tropical beach, you are not likely to find cheap rooms, and we all want that ocean view, am I right? Get in touch with a company that has caravans and RVs, and start exploring everything, instead of being tied to one resort.

4. Camping Sites Around the Country

We all know I’m not a camping person, but if you can take your car to your chosen destination, you can go camping. I'm not opposed to car camping. It's the outdoorsy stuff that gets me. For those that don't mind sharing the environment with bigs and critters, you can get close to nature and don’t have to wake up for breakfast, either. For a  less than a few hundred dollars per week, you can stay in comfort and enjoy mixing with locals or other campers. Camping is a right way of learning more about the natural beauty of the place you are visiting, and you will have a chance to go to off beaten path towns and eat local food at small restaurants; something you couldn’t do if you stayed in a resort.

5. Look for Cheap Activities Online

Instead of signing up for a guided tour, you should plan your days using online tools. Search the Internet for free or cheap days out. Visit here at to find events and night entertainment, and find out what the locals like about the destination. Which, in my experience, finding the local spots is always the hardest part. "I want to be where the people are." - Ariel. But honestly, tourist spots are great, but local areas contain way more culture and are typically less expensive. No matter where your curiosity takes you, you can explore.

Whether you are a comfort lover, or you like traveling for the experience, you can save money on your vacations by choosing alternative accommodations and local experiences.

Christmas Traditions: Now an Adult Forever a Kid

I think each family has a tradition of their own they see through each Christmas season. Sometimes you don't even realize it is a tradition until you no longer partake in it.

As I was putting up my Christmas tree, I realized some habits I did without understanding why I did them other than the justification I've always done it like this. Some families bake cookies, some get pajamas on Christmas Eve, and some gather around the piano and sing Christmas songs. None of those are my family traditions though. A few of them have changed a bit over the years, but the gist of them is still present. When I have a dog someday, I plan to pass down these traditions as well. Keep them in the family, yenno?

My longest lasting Christmas tradition is the annual signing of the tree box. Ever since I was a little tot, my parents would always have me sign the Christmas tree box and date it the day we put it up. It was neat seeing my signature evolve over the years from what was a scribble to a defined, carefully placed cursive signature. So when I went to put up my Christmas tree, I signed my name, on my box and at 23 I realized this is a Nelson holiday tradition. Fake trees can provide a little magic too haha.  tree box signing

So an orange walks into a stocking...

Getting an oddball item in my stocking was not uncommon in the Nelson household. It all started with an orange. The last thing I remember pulling out of my stocking was an orange. I don't even like oranges, well I didn't, were on the same page now, but I did like that I could always count on it being there. That orange slowly turned into a can of olives for some odd years, and then I started getting a toothbrush and other various items. Santa has a sense of humor.  Each year it would flip-flop, but I could always count on having an orange, a can of olives, or even a toothbrush by the fireplace. Chestnuts roasting on an open fire are overrated anyways.

One gift on December 24th is a typical family tradition so I enjoy that we have one "normal" tradition that I can explain to my friends. This started at a very young age. We would go to Christmas Eve service, come home and be allowed to open one gift. My brother and I would plead and beg to open one more (sometimes that is still true), but we only ever open one.

Most recently our stocking tradition has had a bit of a changeup. Santa has his work cut out for him, so my family tries to lighten the load and take care of stuffing the stockings, so he doesn't have to. In true las vegas fashion, it's the luck of the draw. We draw names out of a hat and as long as no one gets themselves

It's always fun hearing Christmas traditions. Especially when there is no rhyme or reason as to why they exist.  Some traditions have been passed down for generations; others are newly started with hopes to continue.

What are your holiday traditions? Old and new.

Qui Vivra Verra: She Who Lives Shall See


I went to France back in 2011 (and clearly I'm still talking about it). This place was the Bee's Knees. France was my first out of country trip so maybe I am a little biased but it was such a magical trip for me I think the world should know about it. Plus, theres some pictures in here of me back when I was 17. Those will be a good laugh. 

Oh wow look, I haven't changed my "look at this view" photography style in eight years. Ugh, somethings just never change, friends. Fun fact: I took three years of French before going on this trip and I learned way more in 2 weeks immersing myself in the language than I did in three years via textbooks. 

Anyway, France was a grand time for me. From the food to the shopping (my bank account still hurts), to the markets and sightseeing. There are so many opportunities for a visiter in France.

France has history. Some of the buildings are older than America alone. The Eiffel Tower, Arc De Triomphe, and other landmarks make for loads to do when you’re paying a visit. When I went, I landed at night and saw the Eiffel Tower all lit up with Twinkling lights and I’ve never been so amazed by a view than in that moment. It’s a popular land mark for a reason so I think it’s worth going up the rickety elevator to see the city from up top. Also, the Palace of Versaille was incredible. They say it would take someone three months to explore the grounds in its entirety.

With France being around since 1453 ( as their own entity) it has had a great chance to develop a rich and intricate history over the years. One of the greatest ways to see this is through the various museums and galleries scattered across France. Le Louvre is a huge museum dedicated to art from all over the world and France’s history. I was only there for like 6 hours but it could easily take you 3 days to explore the grounds. 

But let’s talk about the important stuff. Food. I’m not talking about snails, although if that’s on your bucket list, France is the place to try them. Cuisine is one of the greatest things to come out of France. Inspired by a unique take on European food, this part of the world is truly singular, and this makes it a great place for munch lovers to meet up. If you would like something new and trendy or a classic french meal you will be able to indulge in both in the city.

Being the spiritual home of wine, you won’t find many places with a wider selection of quality drinks for you to try from. Also, France is home of the Champagne caves. True champagne must come from France as they are the real harvesteors for the drink. Anything else is, well, phony. The French are also very passionate about lagers and ales too. Sit down at any bar and you will find something on the menu you like. 

Most people like to go on vacations to relax and have some alone time. Away from the troubles of their world. That is all fine and dandy but I’d recommend the Congo where no one will bother you because France has very active touristy areas. If you're nit walking, you're not trying. Options like Les Bartavelles chalet in Meribel can put you into a frozen paradise ready to go skiing or snowboarding, followed by some time in the sauna. This is perfect for anyone with a taste of the adventurer’s bug. Plus all of the tours and sight seeing, you’ll need your strength. The French don’t stop so neither will you! 

A country like France is never boring. With such a rich history, diverse population, and range of things to do, it’s impossible to find yourself sitting on your thumbs. Instead, if you plan your trip correctly, you could find yourself rushing around. You will definitely get your steps in. 

I put visit France back on my bucket list because I've been longing to go back. I made myself a deal though. I need to re-learn French before I can return so wish me luck!.

Crowd: Bonne-Chance!

Au revoir!

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Travel Often & Spend Less

I have an insane calling to be where I am not.
My 2016 New Years resolution was to travel someplace new each month. It might seem as though traveling your heart out and keeping your bank account happy is impossible to achieve, but with a little imagination and some forward-thinking, you would be amazed at how easy it can really be.

Traveling is always going to cost you a little something, but it can be truly incredible how little it can really cost you on the whole. If you are clever about it, you can make traveling much cheaper than people tend to think it needs to be. Im always on the hunt for a deal. This where I need to take a moment and thank my algebra teachers because this is where formulas come into handy with how craft people get on saving money.  Satisfying your wanderlust while keeping your bank balance as happy as possible is a science because these numbers (aka dollars,) actually matter. 

Know How To Shop Around

Most people will go to one, maybe two websites to check for flights and then be done with it. Do not be one of those people. If you want to really save as much money as you can, you will find that it is essential to use a comparison service like In this way, you can expect to find the cheapest possible flights to anywhere in the world. What does that mean? A huge chunk of your trip has just been saved. Buy yourself something pretty when you go. You can do this with accommodations too! Knowing how to shop around will mean that you come out on top every time, and have saved money even before you set foot on your land of destiny.

Rent Out Your Home

Maybe you want to spend a little more and have a particularly luxurious trip, but you still want to keep your finances in check. Fortunately, there are a number of ways in which you can make this happen. One of the most popular is to rent out your home for the duration of your trip abroad. Using services such as you can rent out your home in a safe and reliable way, and save some money on the whole. Depending on your home and its location, you might even be able to make back the money you spend on accommodation for your holiday. There is nothing that feels better than knowing that your holiday was almost free of charge.

Earn As You Go

If you are looking to travel for a particularly long time instead, and you want to make some money in the process, then one great way to do that is to get jobs as you move around.  Thankfully, this is relatively easy to do, but it does depend largely on where you plan to be traveling and what your own skills are. Something that anyone can do, however, is teaching English as a foreign language, and you will find that there are countless places wanting teachers of that kind in many countries around the world. In this way, you can travel extensively and earn money at the same time, and in so doing you can make your travels - and your money - last much longer.

Taking Control Of Your Season Selection

Ever sit there in the middle of summer wishing it was Spring again? Or find you wanting to wear just a few extra layers when it’s not quite cold enough yet?

Coming from a desert I take any chance I get to experience some other type of climate. Most people out there have a favorite time of year. Mine is autumn because I’m a basic B, but there are various weather and climate types that others would like to experience more than their homeland can offer them.  Thanks to the Wright brothers, we can now whisk off to any part of the world we like for any season at any time.

The other day I told my dad I wanted to go to Peru in October. He asked me if I checked what the weather was going to be like. I looked at and thought, “It’s Peru, isn’t it always tropical there? Why would I have to think about the weather?”

Referring back to 5th-grade science, I hit myself in the head as I realize all the places I want to go are in different hemispheres and climates. Not every place rotates the same way as my homeland. I know guys, sometimes I can be pretty impressive.

Anyway, no, I did not check the weather for Peru in October and I am glad dad told me to because October is when the rainy season picks up. If I want to get washed away while hiking the Inca trail that would be the time to go otherwise may through September are Peru’s driest months and would make my experience a little more pleasant.

Some places around the world will have huge fluctuations in their weather, with one day being nothing like the next and even vaster changes between the months. In other places, though, the climate will largely stay the same.

*cough cough* Las Vegas. It was 78 degrees a week ago, just saying.

Do your research before you decide to travel abroad or to foreign lands because each area will reflect different seasons and it’s just smart travel advice if you’re more aware.

For Example…

Spring: Ushering in new life, better weather, and active animals, spring is one of the best times of year for those who love to be outside. I can see the picnic basket hiking tour groups now! During this time, the weather will stay very pleasant, and usually out of the four, spring takes the silver in favoritism for a lot of people. To capture this in your travels, countries like New Zealand have a very moderate climate throughout the year, and always have enough greenery to make you feel like spring has sprung. Focus your travels in the southern hemisphere for spring weather destinations. Places like Ecuador, Columbia, and Mexico are also popular.   

Summer: For a lot of people chasing the sun will be a great way to enjoy a fun trip, and you have loads of options to help you out. Beaches are pretty warm year round for the most part and outdoor activities like zip lining and waterfall repelling become more enticing. Generally, the closer a country gets to the equator, the warmer it will be. In the northern hemisphere, the south will take you somewhere warm. In the south, though, you’ll need to go north for a better climate.

Autumn: AKA, my favorite season as stated above. Pumpkin spice & everything nice... When the trees start to run red, orange, and brown, the world starts to take on a very mysterious quality. The natural world starts to shut down for winter, and an amazing transition occurs. Unfortunately, capturing this is impossible without traveling through time, and you’ll need to find other aspects of autumn to enjoy. Canada is a great country for this, offering a landscape which will send most people to this time of year.

Winter: Looking for winter isn’t at the top of most people’s bucket lists. Of course, though, to be able to get warm and cozy, you first have to get cold, and this can make a winter vacation house the best option you have. There are loads of cold places around the world. Most of them are beautiful so it may be hard to choose where exactly you’d like to go first. Scandinavian area is one of my top options and Greenland has a tundra feel to it as well.

With the world of modern travel, it is very easy to decide where you want to go at a moment’s notice. Of course, we cant turn back time but we can jet off to a place that feels like we did.