I'm usually the bossy one around here. But it's the weekend and I've decided to let these four smartypants ladies get all teacher-y on you. Here are my very favorite how-tos of the week that I'm just going to strongly suggest with stern eyebrows and pouty lips that you follow to the T.
How to fall in as much love with "The Hunger Games" the movie as the books - Friends, my mother has been all over me to read these freaking books even though I am not a science-fictiony type of reader-lady because she insists it will help me understand this generation. Since I've read nary a word of Harry Potter (GASP!) or Twilight (what the--?!), it's looking like I am stuck back somewhere in The Greatest Generation at this point. But reading Kristen Howerton's review of the costume-glorious "HG" movie over at Rage Against the Minivan actually made me stop ignoring my mother's literary pleas for ten minutes. If the movie is that good and I need to see the movie then clearly I have to first plow through the books. Plus, Kristen writes, "And the casting...oh my word." Frankly, anyone who says "oh my word" is a credible critic in my book, which is apparently now cracked open to page one of the effing Hunger Games.
How Michelle Obama can help us end all this misogynist right-wing bullshit - Let's be honest: The first lady is a giant star in the presidential crown. Super-smart Pundit Mom Joanne Bamberger outlines her ideal strategy for Michelle Obama to really shine in this election, pulling in women voters at a time when reproductive justice, health care, employment and other issues are too big and scary to ignore.
How to throw a minimalist birthday party for your kiddo - BostonMama's Christine Koh is inside my head on this one. I am all about letting the kid set a theme (which is sure to be something un-simple like Lego Tae Kwon Do Boogers) and choosing five elements to go along with it (favors, cake, activity, invites, balloons). Food is always the same Costco deliciousness. The time is always a weekend early afternoon. The guest list is never more than 10 kids. The end. And now on to Christine's awesome advice...
How to decide whether or not to have another kid - Two of my newest, coolest married folk (see? I'm not so bitter as to hate ALL married folk) are Serge Bielanko and Monica Bielanko. I love their He Said/She Saids. In this one, Monica's concern about another BooBoo Bielanko involves body explosions, southern-facing bewbs, and the obligatory minivan purchase. Serge is just worried about the cops. Click, read, watch.