The Average Girl's "How To" Guide

Advice on how to live a well-balanced lifestyle

Month: August, 2013

How To: Ruin My Mood

by Rachel

Go into a phone store. I don’t know what it is, but it just completely ruins my mood.

‘I love going phone shopping with my wife’ said my husband sarcastically

What’s Yo’ Beef Friday #3

by Rachel

It’s that time of week again!


My beef is dish drainers made of metal, that aren’t stainless steel. It’s going to get wet. And if it’s not stainless steel, it’s definitely going to rust! COME ON!



My beef this week is eating vegetables. I know they’re good for you, but COME ON!

How To: Eat MORE Vegetables and LESS Bread

by Rachel

First of all, Shannon would NEVER condone this post. I had to wait until she went to Amsterdam to write it!

All you do is use bell peppers instead of bread. See below,



pepper tuna melt pepper taco


Exhibit a) Tuna Melt in a pepper, b) taco in a pepper

Would also work with Philly Cheese steak and even a fritata! (Just make sure it’s a pepper that sits evenly so the egg doesn’t spill out!)

Mmmmmmm delicious!

Make Taco’s, Not War


How To: Make Your Own Slip and Slide!

by Rachel

We will never be too old for slip and slide, but we might be too old for the teeny tiny skinny little kid slip and slides. Unfortunately, slip and slides are made for children and an adult ultimate version hasn’t been produced (at least not to my knowledge). So what do you do? Make your own!

What you’ll need:

  • Tarps (make sure they are finely woven tarps to reduce friction) OR sheets of plastic
  • Dish soap OR baby shampoo (no tears!)
  • Pegs (to pin down your tarps and plastic so it doesn’t fly up)
  • A source of water (a hose and sprinkler is easiest)

If you are really adventurous, you may want to find a hill too.

Step 1: Set up your tarps. After setting the up the first one, put the edge of the second one underneath the first one, the edge of the third one under the second one, and so on.

Step 2: Put lots of soap all over EVERY tarp.

Step 3: Hose it down.

Step 4: Put a little bit of soap and water on your body to reduce friction.

Step 5: Slip.

Step 6: Slide.

Step 7: Repeat.

slip and slide 1dawn

This is the first version, the white tarp was perfect, the blue tarp too rough and kind of stopped you dead in your tracks. The yellow is just kind of off on it’s own, too short and no one wants to go on it. For this one we used DAWN, which worked pretty good until….

slip and slidebaby shampoo!

We upgraded the slip AND the slide, making it slightly more challenging and more slippery. We used the yellow to our advantage; it’s narrower so you have to try and stay on it until you get to the wider, which we kept the white tarp, and added a sheet of smooth plastic. We switched to baby shampoo (we ran out of dish soap) but it was good because it stays slippery longer, and you also get clean in the process. So, collect your things and adjust as needed!

Next year, we upgrade to bigger, longer, slippery-er and slidey-er…

Bounce N’ Splash

What’s Yo’ Beef Friday, #2

by Rachel

It’s Friday! Which means time to relax for the weekend, but also get off your chest something that might have been bothering you this week. It’s What’s Yo’ Beef Friday!!!


My beef is when you see a really sweet craft online, or in a magazine, or on a tv show, and then you try to do it and it’s soooooo hard and looks kind of crappy. COME ON!


My beef is when you are so busy with work that you don’t pack until an hour before you leave for the airport (to go to Amsterdam no less), and are afraid you’ll forget something important, like your passport. Or hair product. COME ON!

How To: Wonder If You’re Cursed

by Shannon

The day before you go on vacation, you wind up at the optometrist’s with an eye infection.

This is the second time it’s happened.

How To: Know You’re Working Too Hard

by Shannon

When it’s only Wednesday but you’ve definitely already surpassed a 40 hour work week.

The early bird gets the worm, but the employee in the office until 10 p.m. hears the weird reggae music playing from next door.

How To: Save Your Eardrums

by Shannon

For quite some time now, I’ve been freaked out about my hearing, and how shitty earbuds are for your ears. However, I still plug ’em in and listen to music at work everyday, because as mentioned in a previous post, I can’t get enough of Justin Beiber, apparently.

That’s when I decided to invest in a pair of these bad boys:


These bad boys are, with tax and shipping (which is totally free, and totally fast), less than $40. I’ve only been wearing them for a few hours, but Coloud, I am exceptionally pleased so far.

Plus, they look bitchin’. So invest in a pair of headphones that let you listen to the sweet, sweet dulcet sounds of Justin Beiber The National and treasure your hearing for years to come.

How To: Occupy Children for Hours in the Pool

by Rachel

Attach the two ends of  one noodle to the two ends of another noodle (we stuck the tubes of cheap snorkels in the center holes of the noodles to attach). This creates a big enough ring for a flailing, jumping kid to fit through. Have a really good swimmer hold the noodle a few feet from the diving board (or use a third noodle to keep afloat). Then, the kids jump off the diving board and aim to jump through the hole! It’s a good way to get kids afraid of the diving board to start jumping off. Especially if there are adults doing it too and making it look super fun! My 3 year old niece was afraid to jump off the diving board all day until we invented this game. Eventually my husband was just lifting her out of the pool and directly onto the diving board, she couldn’t get enough! It’s fun for adults too, since kids play in pools for HOURS it can get pretty boring. For an adult to fit through you pretty much have to do a 10 out of 10 dive, but it’s challenging enough that you’ll be fighting for a spot with the kids on the diving board!

You’re Never Too Old to Do Goofy Stuff -Ward Cleaver


How To: Outsmart Your Dad

by Shannon

While eating dinner at The Mongolian Grill.

Dad: So, to prepare you for your trip to Amsterdam, I thought we should go Dutch on the bill.

You: But Dad, we’re not in Amsterdam, we’re in Mongolia.

Dad proceeds to pay for dinner.

When the going gets tough, the tough ask for help from their Dads, because Dads are awesome.

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