23 May
I’m Ready to Give Flaky Friend the Boot!

Dear Mouthy Housewives,

This is the second time a friend has cancelled last minute with a lame excuse (and no apology). And initially she’s the one that asks me! I have too much going on to hold a date for someone like this. What do I say the next time she asks me to make plans? I’m done.

Signed,

Frustrated Friend

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Dear Frustrated Friend,

I was just about to answer your question when I realized that I have come down with a slight cold and just can’t muster the energy. Or maybe I’m too busy rearranging my flatware and just can’t make the time.

Is that the kind of excuses you’re talking about?!

I certainly can understand your annoyance, especially if the excuses are weak and the apologies are nonexistent. That said, I think you are getting yourself too riled up about this.

As far as I’m concerned, when someone cancels plans with me, I’m elated. I put on my sweats, pop myself some corn and fire up the ole DVR.  I think you should look at the sudden free time as an opportunity to relax or maybe get done one of those side projects. I personally haven’t put a photo album together since 2005 but I have big dreams!!

Or make yourself a back-up plan in case she flakes.  Know ahead of time that if she bails on drinks, you’ll go see a movie on your own. That way you’ll be less annoyed.

What I have noticed about people is that they don’t change all that much. If your friend is one of those people that cancels at the last moment, then she probably always will be. If that drives you crazy, then it’s time to let the friendship go.  You can tell her the truth and just say, “I hate when you cancel on me at the last minute so I’d rather not make plans.”

Friendship finito.

Good Luck,

Kelcey, TMH

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22 May
I’m Not Ready To Date, But Damn, This Guy’s Gorgeous


Dear Mouthy Housewives,

I recently broke up with my boyfriend of 4 years and just met a ridiculously, ridiculously good looking man. I went on one date with him and it was okay. We have since tried to arrange to meet up twice more, but I have cancelled both times. I don’t know why. I just get scared that we will be going too fast or I will feel pressure to sleep with him.

I keep stringing him along because I don’t know if I want to see him because I like him or because I’m just lonely and he’s really good looking. I haven’t dated anyone for so long that I have no idea what I’m doing and I don’t want to throw away an opportunity.
He lives in another city, so would have to stay at my place if we did go on a date. I need to decide if I like him or not, but I have no idea how to do so. Help!

Signed,

Dating Dilemma

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Dear Dating Dilemma,

“Electronic mail, commonly known as email or e-mail, is a method of exchanging digital messages from an author to one or more recipients. Modern email operates across the Internet or other computer networks. Email servers accept, forward, deliver and store messages. Neither the users nor their computers are required to be online simultaneously; they need connect only briefly, typically to an email server, for as long as it takes to send or receive messages.”

Problem solved!

Signed,

Wendi, TMH

Ah, crap. Hold on.

The rest of the Mouthy Housewives are now telling me that I can’t just skate by with that lame answer and I have to write more or they won’t let me have my daily happy pill. FINE. WHATEVER. WHY CAN’T I JUST DO WHAT I WANT TO DO EVER? GAWD IT’S LIKE I’M A PRISONER AROUND HERE! JUST WAIT UNTIL I TURN 18!

Where were we?

Ah, yes. Dating! Well, it sounds like you’re not quite ready to get into a relationship, but yet you’re enticed by this guy’s good looks. Therefore, my advice to you is to just take it slowly and get to know each other over the phone and via email (see above). That way you can discover if you like his (yawn) personality without the distraction of his (wheee) hotness. If he pressures you to meet in person, simply tell him that you have the Swine flu or something else that might make him die a slow death while still looking ridiculously gorgeous. (Full disclosure: “Ridiculously gorgeous” sort of makes me think of Daniel Craig in a rainbow afro wig.) (Which still works for me—am I right, ladies?)

If he’s attracted to you for more than your looks, he should be happy to do this non-physical contact thing for awhile. Let him know your situation and why you’re so hesitant to jump into anything. If he doesn’t understand, then no harm, no foul. Chances are you’ll meet someone else who’s fits the bill when you’re ready.

THERE ARE YOU HAPPY, NOW LADIES?

Good luck,

Wendi, TMH

 

 

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21 May
Talking to Your Children About Firsts

We here at The Mouthy Housewives always strive to help our readers with every kind of problem -divorce, Facebook, in-laws and yes, shaving too.

We’ve dealt with the issue of shaving many times, even the weirdness of shaving husbands. But we’ve also talked about knowing when our daughters are ready to shave because it’s important to find a balance between accepting our bodies and making young teens feel comfortable with the changes they are experiencing.

As a mother, however, I was a bit taken aback when my own daughter brought up the subject of getting a razor so she could start shaving.

Shave?! I thought. But she’s my baby!† And isn’t shaving the first step toward adolescence and growing up and going to college and moving out of the house and me getting super old and wrinkly and OMG, I’m practically dead, aren’t I?† Why would my baby do that to me?! Why?

But then I took a deep breath. Because I was hyperventilating. And also because I realized, like so many mothers before me, that my daughter talking to me about this was a good thing. It meant that she trusted me.

As mothers, we want to make sure that our daughters start with us when they want information about things like health care and hygiene and the plethora of other choices they will have to make down the road. And shaving is a great way to start those lifetime conversations.

My daughter and I discussed the many reasons to shave, whether it makes sense that our society expects women, but not men, to shave their legs and underarms and safety issues like not sharing razors.

We talked about razors made for women, like the Venus Embrace. With a soft grip, five blades, and a Ribbon of Moisture, the razor provides a close, comfortable shave.

And since I don’t want her to experience the razor-on-leg scrapes of my young adulthood, I told her about shave gel like Passionista Fruit Satin Care so her skin can actually feel smooth when she’s done.

I am so grateful that I could have this conversation with my daughter.

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18 May
Mouthing Off: Why are Celebrities So Annoying?!

You know what we Mouthy Housewives just love and I mean, love about some celebrities?! That they never miss a chance to tell us how much better they are than us. Take actress Jennifer Connelly for example. Let’s see… she’s rich, famous and oh guess what, her kids don’t fight. AT ALL.

Yes, in a recent interview she said,

“They never fight, they look after each other. They are loving.”

Jennifer – OMG – We should be best friends because my kids never fight either. EVER!! Well, I’m not sure if I mean ever exactly.  Maybe more like – 14 minutes.

But seriously it was an awesomely quiet 14 minutes around here.

And Connelly credits her children’s congeniality to her and her husband Paul Bettany’s ability to spread the love.

Ohh…. maybe that’s why two of my kids are screaming in each other’s faces over a Justin Bieber sticker right now – I just don’t know how to spread the love.  Was that a seminar in college? I must have missed, “How to Spread the Love” when I was doing Sex on the Beach shots off my boyfriend Damian’s chest at the local university dive bar.

Connelly does admit that a huge age gap between her kids might also be part of the reason. Her kids are 14, 8 and 11 months. Okay, my children are close together in age but somehow I bet my kids could even overcome a big age gap to fight with each other. They are overachievers like that.

Anyway, I can’t wait for Connelly’s next interview where she talks about her house always being immaculate even though she’s never hired a housekeeper in her life! Stay tuned.

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17 May
I’m Freezing and My Husband is Sweating.

In honor of our 3rd birthday, you all have been giving us some rock star advice all week. But enough of  Wendi, Kristine and Marinka, how about me! And my problems!!

Dear Mouthy Housewives readers,

I love when summer finally rolls around. Because I adore warm weather. Throw me in the Sahara desert with a fleece jacket and some wool slippers and I am in heaven.

But here’s the issue. My husband has some kind of weird condition where he likes to be cool. So as soon as the temperature outside goes above 70, he cranks the air conditioning. And I am forced to endure cold, windy drafts and frostbite. (Well, I haven’t gotten frostbite yet but it’s really a matter of time, people.)

I don’t want to spend another summer freezing in my own home. Do we need some kind of marriage counselor with a specialty in meteorology?

Signed,

Kelcey, TMH

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