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Posted on December 9, 2017

Fun drinking games for the party season!

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Fun drinking game never have I ever

Anyone who’s ever had a few drinks with me would tell you the same thing: I’m an absolute light weight. Two to three glasses of wine and I’m the life of a party. You can always count on me to be that person to eagerly shout ‘Let’s play Never Have I Ever!’ after I’ve had a few schoops!

There’s just something about party games that brings out my inner child – not to say that I was an alcoholic growing up – but I just find the very nature of party games to have a bit of boldness to them. It’s almost like we know they seldom end well, yet we’re inclined towards playing them anyways.

So whether party games are about unleashing your inner (non-alcoholic) child or breaking the ice at a staff party, here are some fun drinking games I would recommend 🙂

1. Never Have I Ever

Never Have I Ever

Never Have I Ever is one of those games that can go from zero to one hundred real quick! What often starts with innocent statements about things you’ve never done, usually ends with dirty confessions in hopes that someone else will to share your shame.

How to play: The first player in the group kicks things off by saying ‘Never Have I Ever…’ and then professes to something they may or may not have done.  Those in the group who have done what the player said takes a sip of their drink, along with the person who made the announcement.

Continue clockwise around the circle until everyone is relatively tipsy. Not sure there are any winner here, but the first person to get drunk usually has a lot of ‘life experience,’ to say the least….

2. Two Truths and a Lie

Two truths and a lie drinking game

Another game with a potential to turn dirty – this game was made for those who have a serious poker face! If you’re not versed at telling a white lie without having a bit of chuckle then you may not be going home with a trophy after playing this!

How to play: The first player in the circle makes up three statements about themselves – two of which are true while the one that remains is a lie. The other players have to guess which of the three statements are true and which one is a complete and utter lie! Too easy? Switch it up a bit – if the majority can see through your BS you take a shot! It might help you work on your poker face for the next round of tales 🙂

3. Charades

Funny charades drinking game

An absolute classic – you just can’t go wrong with Charades! The good thing about this game is that because it’s so popular and everyone knows it, you can throw in a few rules and add your own personal touch to it! i.e have a theme for what sort of films or tv series people can act out! You can even go so far as suggesting music videos and guessing the artists’ names – the ball is in your court with this one, just use your imagination! 🙂

4. Kings

Kings drinking game

There’s a reason why this game also goes by the name Circle of Death – it either ends in uncomfortable laughter or regretful tears! But since there are so many variations of this game, you can more or less make up your own rules for playing. All you need is a deck of cards and some very brave players!

How to play: Set the table with a deck of cards and an empty plastic cup (King’s cup). Make a cheat sheet so that everyone knows the rules of the game. This will help players remember what to action out when they draw certain cards from the deck. i.e if someone draws a 2 that player has to choose someone to take a shot with. If a player draws a 10, everyone must drink etc.

Be sure not to spill the King’s cup as  the person who draws out the last King in the deck has to drink the contents of the cup (this lethal mixture would have been poured by each of the players who drew out the other three  Kings, respectively).

This game requires a lot of alcohol, but an even higher tolerance for it!

5. Flip, Sip or Strip

The name of this game pretty much speaks for itself! While I have yet to play Flip, Sip or Strip, it does sound like one of those games you’d need to wear layers of clothes for (just in case you’re not the best at making judgment calls).

How to play: The first player in the circle has to flip a coin and guess the outcome before it lands. If they guess correctly, they pass the coin to the person on the right and if they guess wrongly then they pass the coin to the left before taking a sip of their drink or removing an item of clothing! Think you’ll be sipping your way to the finish line? I’m afraid there’s a catch!

Nobody is allowed to do the same thing more than twice in a row. So if you sipped in the previous round, you’ll have to strip in the next one – quelle horreur!

However, if you guess right three times in a row, you can retreive an article of clothing – so there’s hope after all!

What are your favourite party games!? I’d love to know! Tweet me @FilomenaKaguako and we can discuss our embarrassing party game moments! 🙂

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Guilty pleasure #2: Smoking

Appearance/ Guilty Pleasures

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I know this probably isn’t the best visual image against smoking, but like my first guilty pleasure post , I don’t intend to force any of my opinions on you, if anything, I just want you to become consciously aware of the affects it has on your appearance. Although you might think you’ve heard it all before, skin cancer, lung disease and so on and so fourth, I have one that might just surprise you!

Now I won’t say I’ve never tried smoking, because that would be a complete lie! Of course I’ve tried it once or twice, I think I might have even been hooked at some stage (I’ll say as much as that!) but with that awful smell that it kept leaving on my clothes, fingers and even my hair, it was enough for me to know that it wasn’t for me (not to mention the fear of being interrogated by the aul ones)
Now if I hadn’t chosen the route that I had at such an early age I would suffer from the following things (as if acne prone skin isn’t bad enough)
1. Good morning wrinkles!
According to experts, smoking speeds up the ageing process in a way that would make you look up to 2 years older than you are! So if you get offended when people think you’re a lot older than you are, don’t.
 2. A world of Yellow!
Nicotine causes your teeth to stain leaving you with what appears to be yellow teeth! Never an attractive look, especially if your teeth are one of the first things people see when they look at you.
It also causes your fingers to be yellow, again, not pretty! It might match your teeth but it could make things awkward when you go to shake someones hand!
3. Bye bye hair!
Not that I should worry about this one,with extensions being my best friend and all, but for all you non-extension wearers, experts say that the DNA in hair follicles can be damaged by the toxic chemicals in smoking! End result? Gray, thin and unhealthy looking hair!
4. Baggy eyes
Apparently smokers are 4 times more likely to feel unrested after a night out (don’t put the blame on alcohol! Smoking takes a fair share in this as well) End result?? Tiredness and baggy eyes.
6.Stretch marks!
Told you I might just surprise you! Cellulite is one thing, but imagine having stretch marks as well! Experts say that the nicotine(it’s always the bloody nicotine) damages fibers as well as connective tissue in your skin. This means your skin loses elasticity and begins to stretch. (I guess you haven’t gained weight after all……)
Among many other things these are just a few ways smoking can affect your overall appearance. If you’re interested in knowing more, find out here
If’ you’ve been smoking while reading this (which you probably have been) feel free to share this!

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Posted on May 19, 2013

Not so guilty pleasure: Dark Chocolate

Guilty Pleasures/ Nutrition

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I never thought I’d ever see the day I’d praise something that I don’t even enjoy eating! It’s not very like me to recommend the things I don’t like, but I guess I’d have to be fair once and a while so my promise to you is that I will not impose any of my personal feelings towards dark chocolate in this post (not intentionally anyways), instead, I will just give you cold hard facts on the benefits of consuming dark chocolate!

Just so we’re on the same page, I must say that if you really want to enjoy the health benefits of dark chocolate then you would have to be looking at the ones that contain over 70% cacao; the darker the chocolate, the less sugar and milk it contains and the closer it is to cacao, the secret behind it’s health benefits.

Cacao is probably one of the main sources of health benefits from the consumption of dark chocolate. The reason being that it produces neurotransmitters in the brain such as dopamine and serotonin which are associated with feelings of well-being and happiness…..

Do you see where I’m going with this???

It’s a natural anti-depressant! So don’t be afraid to indulge yourself with a bit of 70%+ if you’re feeling kinda down!

Alright so now you’re thinking, ”it might help me with my mood and I wouldn’t feel as down if I take a few squares of it, but what about the fat? Isn’t it as fattening as all the other chocolates out there???” I’m afraid not!! The fat that is in dark chocolate comes primarily from plants so it would be a lot healthier for you. It contains the fatty acid that is also found in olive oil and this promotes antioxidant activity and also prevents heart disease. So as long as you look for a dairy-free bar (which would contain more of the bad fat),  I can assure you that you have nothing to worry about if you’re taking these in small doses!

What about the beauty benefits?

Dark chocolate contains an antioxidant called flavinoid which are usually found in plants such as the cacao plant. These bad boys are associated with the anti-aging effects in the skin and the flavinoid found  in dark chocolate are greater than the antioxidants found in some berries. So if you’re feeling guilty about passing on the fruit salad the other day, you can forgive yourself!

Lastly, these flavinoids also absorb UV light which helps protect your beautiful skin from the sun. It also increases blood flow to the skin which improves your complexion and keeps your skin well hydrated.

Now that you know that dark chocolate isn’t all that bad, you no longer have to make this a secret pleasure. Just remember, the more bitter the chocolate, the higher the cacao content and the better it is for you! 🙂

If you’re not convinced, here’s a few more articles that you can read:

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Posted on May 1, 2013

Guilty pleasure #1: Caffeine

Appearance/ Guilty Pleasures/ Nutrition

Something tells me that there’s a few coffee worshipers out there who are now dreading to read the rest of this post. Not to worry, I’ll keep this as short as I can (which isn’t always easy for me to do, but I’ll try my best!)

We all know the list of foods/drinks which contain this addictive drug(yes it’s a drug,don’t look so surprised!). The list is endless really, to name a few, coffee, energy drinks and chocolate would be the most common sources of caffeine. Since my new respect for chocolate has motivated me to write a POSITIVE  ”guilty pleasure” post on it, I’ll leave chocolate out (For the most part anyways) and instead, I’ll focus on the other two (bare in mind that I’m a recovering coffee addict so there’s no judging here….)

Now, I can go on and on about how the consumption of coffee and energy drinks increase health problems for both male and female, how they increases blood pressure which leads to heart problems or how they both contribute to blood sugar problems. But that really isn’t my focus. (And I’m not exactly your doctor!)

My primary focus is on beauty (Surprise surprise!!) and here are the main reasons why I think you should avoid taking these products:

the affect of caffeine on your appearance

1.It speeds up the aging process.
Caffeine accelerates aging because it contributes to the decline in the production of hormones that are usually produced ‘in riches’ during youth. As well as this, it dehydrates your body which sucks all the water from your skin cells and as a result it causes wrinkles and sagging.

2.It affects sleeping patterns.
Because caffeine is a stimulant, it keeps you awake for longer which in turn makes you sleep less, and as Sleeping Beauty already informed us, no sleep takes a toll on your overall appearance and reflects very badly on your face.

Still not convinced? Well how about this one…..

3.Say Cheese!
This alone should be a reason to cut down! Not only is it visible on your face, but too much coffee/energy drinks reflects very badly on your teeth!! You might think that by adding milk or cream to your coffee, you would prevent your teeth from staining,but sorry to burst your little bubble there but white coffee would still contain the same pigments and acids as black so it doesn’t really make much of a difference!

Now that that’s all said and done, I’ll let you go enjoy your cuppa. After all, coffee addicts have always been the toughest to crack! Just don’t say you weren’t warned though!

Hope you enjoyed reading my post.  Feel free to comment below 🙂

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