Thursday, March 10, 2011


Always one of my favorite days of the week! Sometimes it seems like the best times are those unplanned, unexpected moments of fun that often seem to happen on a Thursday! For example, this is my birthday week (OK, let's just tell it like it is....I actually celebrate my birthday all month long!) and so this Thursday I will most definitely be partaking in THIRST-DAY!

So the featured drink for this edition of Thirst-Day will of course be..... the BIRTHDAY DRINK! The Birthday Drink is a good excuse to enjoy a cocktail I might not usually order. My friends and I have found a drink called the "Birthday Cake Martini". This is the perfectly decadent, yet celebratory drink to toast another year of being 29.......yes, hard to believe my 30 year high school reunion is this year and I am STILL 29!  One of these sweet drinks is perfect, like dessert in a martini glass. If you are making these drinks at home, get the birthday girl the Birthday Cake Martini glass made by Lolita for that "icing on the cake" touch!

Here is one recipe, although there are a few slightly different versions out there.

Birthday Cake Martini

1 1/2 ounce vanilla vodka
1 ounce half and half
1/2 ounce Amaretto
a little lemon zest

Pour all ingredients into a shaker full of ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


xxoo Shelly

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Your Question Answered: What Women Want

What do you think real women (not the cosmo reader women) desire most in a man? And what things can a guy work on to make himself the best future possible?

Lauren says...

Okay, first, great question, but next let me just say that this must mean you have never picked up a Cosmo yourself have you. I'm guessing you've only read the headlines and seen the overly done up celebrity on the cover. Let me just break down Cosmo for you. It is a magazine geared towards women by writing articles and lists about sex, men, dating, beauty...etc. Most of it is for entertainment purposes, if women take it literally, the mistake they are making is that obviously most of the information is written BY women. There is some input made by men but I'm highly skeptical about the amount of "real" men they poll and talk to. The only real problem I have about Cosmo is the done up celebrity on the cover. Watch the attached video and you'll get a picture of what they do to make them look like that. It's gross.

So anyways, if anything Cosmo helps women by offering inspiration for their sex lives. I happen to read Cosmo but I take it at face value and it's definitely far from my "bible".

However, I understand where you are coming from with all this because we women can be pretty damn confusing sometimes when it comes to the "what we want" department.

When it comes right down to the barest possible explanation for what we desire most in a man, I think it is... to be loved and desired. This can further be expanded to be personalized by each woman because everyone wants something different, that's why we are so confusing. I think the best way to explain this is to have a list of things women like most in a man.

The goal is for the women to like being around you just because you're you.

1. Grow up: Stop being a "guy" and start being a "man". Guys are immature, unmotivated, twenty-somethings with no drive to find a significant other and start a family or move on to the next stage of their life that is after college. A man takes charge, goes after what he wants and isn't afraid to be a man. Men are powerful and highly sexual but learning how to harness that is the difference between attracting women and pushing them away.

2. Confidence: Have confidence in yourself! This is huge because there is a line between being confident and being cocky. Cocky is usually a negative. And while the woman may be all over the map with her feelings and her signals to you, don't lose your confidence, she'll figure out what she wants eventually, but if you give her a strong and steady person to lean on and follow, the majority of the time she'll like you for it. Also, to be confident you have to embrace your insecurities.

3. Actually listen to what we say: Don't just pretend you're listening. Being interested in us makes us more willing to reciprocate and be interested in you.

4. Sense of humor: Be able to laugh at yourself, be funny and make us laugh. If you make us laugh, that's a huge advantage.

5. Communication, Trust  and Security: The trifecta of dating/relationships. Learn to be a good communicator, learn to trust and receive trust in return (this would include honesty) and be able to offer security in a relationship.

6. "Nice guys finish last" syndrome: The guys who complain about this are still young and have taken to chasing the women who don't know what they want. Women can have this problem too, so let's not point fingers. The solution? Understand that you will win in the end. Women don't want to settle down with those unstable bad boys, they want a nice guy. So stay strong, keep doing what you're doing and she'll figure it out eventually. Why is this in my list? Because there are not enough "nice guys" out there!

7. Shared values: If we aren't on the same page, there is no way you have a chance.

8. Know how to love: Love is about being vulnerable. To truly love someone you have to be willing to let them into a part of yourself that no one else gets to see and giving them the power to hurt you but trusting them not to. Men often don't know how to be vulnerable so it stops them from fully loving a woman the way she wants to be loved. Women tend to give their entire selves to men in a relationship and because of that they expect the same in return but men don't work like that.

"Unless it's mad, passionate, extraordinary love, It's a waste of your time. There are too many mediocre things in life Love shouldn't be one of them. "

"Love... We think about it, sing about it, dream about it, lose sleep worrying about it. When we don't have it, we search for it; when we discover it, we don't know what to do with it; when we have it, we fear losing it. It is the constant source of pleasure and pain. But we can't predict which it will be from one moment to the next. It is a short word, easy to spell, difficult to define, impossible to live without."

"Good relationships balance over time. This means that at any particular point in time, the relationship may appear quite unbalanced: One partner may be more nurturing; one may be more needy; one may be providing all the financial support, etc. But if both partners are loving, understanding, giving, dedicated and flexible, then the relationship can handle all kinds of ups and downs, and still be strong, exciting and, yes, romantic. The best relationships are well balanced. Not a delicate balance; not a static balance- but a dynamic ever-changing balance." - Gregory Godek

Shelly says...

Really, after that intelligent, insightful, and passionate post by Lauren, what more can I possibly say????

As I read what Lauren has written with a more "experienced" outlook and perspective, I still find myself nodding my head and shouting, "AMEN Sister!!" Especially the answer to "what do women desire most in a man?" I mean really, when it's all said and done and the years are rolling by, that is what we all want isn't it? To be loved and desired? And in addtion to the emotional fulfillment of feeling loved, there is no more powerful aphrodisiac than feeling desired.

The other important point that Lauren makes, and this is one that takes alot of mindfulness and practice to master, is her #8...Know How to Love. In fact, from this point on I am referring to this concept in my daily life as #8.


I have to say this isn't limited to men only. The idea of making yourself vulnerable and letting another person into the innermost sanctum of your heart and soul is not necessarily gender specific. Giving someone not only the power to hurt you, but the trust not to. That is one of the most profound things I have ever read.

So when the reader asks how to become a good future husband, if you can master #8 you are well on your way in that department. And know that to be a good husband for the long haul it also takes finding a willing partner in all the areas we discussed to make your efforts successful and worthwhile. Love is never a one-way street and if we are blessed, we find that person who allows us to become our best selves as we help them to do the same. An open and willing heart will lead you in the right direction!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Your Question Answered: Long Distance Relationships

"Do you think distance relationships are doomed to failure? If they aren't please give some tips on how one goes about keeping the passion despite distance."

Shelly says...

I am reminded of the old adage, "Never say never!!!" It's not in my personality to admit that ANY relationship would be doomed, particularly with something like distance as the obstacle. What I would say however, is that it really depends on where you are in your life that would decide if a long distance relationship is feasible. I tried to make a long distance relationship work while I was in high school, and that was disastrous. We both lacked the maturity to stay the course through the inevitable challenges that arose, and of course as teenagers needed to date others as a way to grow and learn about relationships.

I did manage a distance relationship successfully during the summers between college, as my now-husband and I were separated by thousands of miles due to my Dad's military transfer. That was before the age of cell phones and email and texting and........ok, now this is getting depressing! I'm really not THAT old!!! I am feeling nostalgic as I think back on those times because we relied on the good ole' love letter to keep us connected. I'm sure I have saved those letters, all of them beginning "Dear Pretty Green Eyes...." I won't go into more detail since Lauren is probably shouting "lalalalalalalala" at the top of her lungs right now, but suffice to say, we kept the passion alive with some pretty smokin' narrative......;) Of course with the technology available today, there are soooo many options for staying connected and close.

For a distance relationship to be successful, I am reminded of our earlier posts on the topics of Communication and Trust. Stay connected through consistent and meaningful communication, and be a trustworthy partner. Make a point to see each other in person at regular intervals and every so often re-evaluate the situation to make sure that the relationship is meeting your needs.

And....Never Say Never!!!

Lauren says...

Lalalalalalalalalaalala----- Oh jeez....but adorable nonetheless :) And way to reference Justin Bieber lol.

But I do agree with my mom on this. I think that it's possible but I think that it depends on the level of trust that there is between a couple. Today it is easier to achieve that because of all the technology but I also think there is danger in that too because our lives are no longer as private as they used to be. If you have  Facebook your life is as observable as you make it and sometimes in a long distance relationship that can put a strain on the trust factor. Back in the days before technology, you didn't have all these ways to "spy" on people and all these new ways to cheat on people and I think that technology has made it both harder and easier to have a long distance relationship. But that just comes back around to trust and how you need a lot of it.

Also, I think a long term relationship will work if you really love the person and have plans to be together eventually. If it's just a frivolous relationship then it is easier for those to fail because you both aren't committed to moving to a mutual destination eventually.

Basically, I think that if you have trust in your partner, can stand being apart for long periods of time and are good at communicating, then long distance relationships are definitely possible.

A list of ways to keep the passion alive while apart...
1. Skype -- web cams and face chat are great ways to stay connected
2. Phone calls -- texting is all well and good but nothing beats a phone call
3. Texting --- standard
4. Facebook -- use with caution, soooo much can be misinterpreted on FB
5. Emails -- Send an email love letter
6. Send gifts to remind your other how special they are
7. Be creative! And visit each other often. :)