Monday, February 8, 2016

List: Ten ways to be a nice guy.

The company I work for has me surrounded by many different men at all times of the day.
It's not as amazing as it sounds, ladies, trust me on that one!!  haha 
 The one thing I learned during this time is that all of the "manly" stereotypes are completely false.
Men have cliques, they talk crap, they enjoy a juicy story, and they're real competitive.
It's crazy when the majority of company rumors all start with the gossiping manly men!

The ladies of the office have each taken a group of these men under their wing. 
I, too, am guilty of being a part of my own clique of co-working men.
I jokingly call our clique "the nice guy list"!
  Truth is I gravitate to the nice guys.  You know, the chivalrous, good guy with a baby face!

A close co-working buddy of mine always jokingly asks "How do I get on the nice guy list?".
It's real simple, boys!  But, no worries, I'll spell it out for you with a real NICE list.

Ten ways to get on the nice guy list. 

1.  Be chivalrous.
  It's all about holding doors open, doing the heavy lifting, and being a natural knight.
Yes, there are still men that hold doors open and walk you to your car in the dark.  I work with them!

2.  Limit the wandering eye. 
Keep eye contact and don't be blatantly obvious about checking out the woman next to us.
There's nothing more awkward then when you're talking to men who aren't looking at your face!

3.  Genuinely offer to help.
   There's nothing more nice guy-ish then someone who really goes out of their way to help people.
 Last week, one of my nice guys voluntarily pushed out BY HAND everyone that was stuck in the snow.

4.  Be polite.
It's obnoxious when men forget common decencies such as "please" and "thank you".
It irritates me to no end when some men think they're justified in demanding instead of asking.

5.  Don't be obnoxiously conceited.
There's nothing wrong with being a little confident, but conceited men that only brag kill me.
You know the type!  The ones that only converse about how amazing they are at everything!

6.  Be attentive...
Nice guys have a tendency to notice things that other men don't.
It could be as simple as noticing a hair cut or as complicated as recognizing a job well done!

7.  ...but don't demand attention.
I'm all about conversation and joking around, but there's a fine line between friendly and obnoxious.
  Don't be that guy that needs constant attention and validation.

8.  Know how to keep a secret.
A nice guy is someone you can trust to keep your secrets and keep others.
The man that's always spilling other people's dirty laundry is most likely going to spill yours too! 

9.  Have a sense of humor.
A nice guy likes to laugh and also enjoys to make other people laugh.
   I  mean, how could you not put the man that makes everyone smile on the nice guy list?!

10.  Don't be offended by being a nice guy.
Believe it or not, some men just don't want to be nice.
Chances are that if they don't want to be labeled as nice, then they're just not.

What are your "nice guys" like?

Friday, February 5, 2016

Life: Friday Ramblings


Currently fuming over...
...the spilled wine and coffee on my brand new freaking area rug!
Rant:  I don't bring food or beverages into YOUR living room, why are you bringing it into mine?
I was so worried about the couches, I didn't even think to cover the carpet with throw blankets!

Currently grateful for...
...the best friend ever!
She's the girl that waits for everyone to leave and stays until all the pieces are back together.
She's also talked me off the ledge a time or ten!

Currently relieved that...
...I finally found a dress to wear to my girl friend's wedding in a couple of weeks!
Let's just say that I went up a dress size and developed a body part I never had; a butt.
I tried on about 200 dresses from 7 different stores and only found ONE that I liked.  Thank you BCBG!

Completely baffled by...
...crazy co-workers that can't live without gossip and drama.
We're talking bat crap crazy that will make stories just to stir up some juice!
I love me a good story, but please stop trying to ruin reputations for your own entertainment.

Currently playing...
...Words with Friends.  Remember that game from like 3 years ago?
I've recently been challenged and now I can't seem to put the damn game down!
Part of this may be because I can't seem to beat the other person.  I will win.  I will!

Currently debating...
...whether or not to empty out my voicemail box.
I mean, I never listen to voicemails so maybe it's good to just keep it full.
Is going through over 300 voicemails really worth it to just stop my mom from complaining?!

I'm completely and absolutely obsessed with...
...these HOT new pair of shoes I surprised myself with.
They are the perfect addition to my closet and pair magically with my new dress!
Although my husband wasn't a happy camper.  But, then WHY take me into Kenneth Cole?  Smh...

Currently beaming with pride...
...because my 2 year old little mushy learned how to spell her first word; Car!
I almost eeped myself to death after hearing her say "Car, car, C-A-R".
The school she attends really is amazing.  Now if only they can get her to go on the potty!

What are your Friday ramblings?

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

List: Ten tips for proper social media etiquette.

Recently I've been waking up in the morning and grabbing my phone to view drama.
A very close and dear family member of mine has been getting into what I call Facebook wars.
Facebook War:  A battle that should be fought in private, but is displayed on Facebook for all to see and chime in!

I'm ashamed to admit that in the beginning I was entertained by reading the drama.
While I never actually participated, I still read line by line out loud to my husband.
By the end of the week, my feelings shifted from entertained to completely embarrassed.
I realized all of the people that this war was reaching and quickly got mortified.
 People judge you based on your social media and my family member was totally being judged!

Instead of engaging in following the drama, I put this person on a social media time out.
I also laid out some very serious social media guidelines for them.
Since I'm shocked at how far this war went, I'm extending this list to all of you!

Ten tips for proper social media etiquette. 

1.  Be open to seeing other people's opinions.
It's guaranteed that you will be bombarded with other peoples opinions from politics to beauty tips!
Remain willing to see other people's opinions without getting offended or bothered.
You don't have to agree with their opinions, but it's ridiculous to feel the need to debate all of them.

2.  Be conscious of offensive posts.
This totally goes both ways!  I've seen everything posted from racist comments to parental bashings.
Try to not be sensitive to offensive posts you will see.  Try not to post offensive posts.
If you're constantly offended by the same person, for the love of god, unfriend them!

3.  Do not make your cell phone public.
I never understood why people feel the need to post their phone number.
Simple REFUSE to post your phone number or any contact information publicly.
I love when people post their number and then complain when they get unwanted calls!

4.  Keep posts age appropriate.
Children love to look through pictures.  Remember that young children may be exposed to your posts.
Be sensitive to your social media friends that have children and don't post anything X rated.
Once again, if someone is constantly posting inappropriate things, then just unfriend them!

5.  Keep your personal drama personal.
As entertaining as those posts are, nobody needs to know all of your business.
Do not publicly post any of your personal drama or people will publicly judge you.
It's crazy how people post their life for the world to see and then complain people are talking!

6.  Limit your friends list.
Your personal page should be limited to people you feel safe being connected to.
Eliminate the "friends" that make you feel uncomfortable or that are complete strangers.
After you clean out your friends list you're going to feel surprisingly amazing!  I swear!

7.  Refrain from any form of bullying.
Bullying comes in many forms and you need to not participate in any of it.
Do not perform any act that can be considered bullying whether it involves friends or strangers.
This goes hand in hand with NOT publicly bashing your friends in posts.  Sigh...

8.  Only ask for advice when you really want it.
Many people put posts begging for advice and tips on all aspects of life.
Do not ask for advice unless you really are open to hear what everybody has to say.
I never understood those people that ask a question and then bug out when other people respond.

9.  Don't allow social media to become your life.
Way too many people live on social media.  Get off of it and start to live your REAL life. 
Limit your use of social media so that you can enjoy your real life and not just your virtual one.
A huge pet peeve of mine is when you're out and people are glued to their phone.  Get off of it!

10.  Don't ever screenshot personal conversations and post them.
For the golden rule of the day:  Don't publicly display personal conversations.
If someone trusts you enough to have a convo with you, don't post it for all to see, judge, and comment.
I know that this last one should be considered common sense, but trust me when I say it's not.

What are your social media tips?

Monday, February 1, 2016

Bloghop: Question of the month.

The very entertaining and talented Mike from A Life Examined has graciously decided to host a party.
Well, it might not be a party exactly, but it’s at least considered a gathering!
He has initiated a bloghop called Question of the Month and I’m honored to a part of it.
It was open to the world, but Jax can pretend that it’s an exclusive “gathering”, right? RIGHT?!


When have you lost or found love?
**Michael has made this month's bloghop in honor of Valentine's day!**

1.  Watching Growing Pains.
   My first love was Kirk Cameron from the show Growing Pains.
Ever look him up now?  Let's just say he isn't a Caeser anymore!
2.  High school.
My first serious relationship was my high school sweetheart.  After 3 years we thought each other was "it".
He eventually gave in to his family who expected him to marry someone of the same culture. 

3.  Visiting my aunt.
It was instant attraction between myself and the property manager of my aunt's apartment complex.
We were on and off for years, but I just couldn't get past the fact that my father didn't approve. 

4.  A nursing home.
While my mom was going through muscle rehabilitation at a nursing home, I fell for the maintenance man.
While I adored him, I don't think he ever took me seriously.  Either way, we have lots of memories! 

5.    Watching Supernatural.
I've been in love with Sam Winchester since season 1!  I'd do anything for that fictional character!
Ladies and gentlemen, I know it's true love because the show is still on and rocking season ELEVEN! 

6.  Dodgers.
 This bar is where I met my Swedish boxer.  He was sexy as hell, but dumber than dumb.
I wouldn't call this one love, but it certainly was lust! 

7.  My land lord's son.
He was my second serious relationship and another one that I thought was "it".
While it turned out that he was bat crap crazy, he did put the waterworks in R&W! 

8.  My God son.
 I never thought I would love someone as deeply as I do this is little boy.
He's taught me that there's enough spots in your heart to have a special place for everyone! 

9.  At work.
I met my husband while exercising at work.  His job is to fix the building that I used to word in.
This is the man who won my heart and shares a love with me that continues to bloom. 

10.  At the hospital.
    In April 2013 I took a trip to the hospital to bring my baby girl into this world.
 Words can not even describe how this gorgeous, little bratty angel has become the love of my life! 

  Where have you found or lost love?

Friday, January 29, 2016

Life: Friday Ramblings

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I'm totally, completely in love with...
...our new, electric fireplace!  It's gorgeous, heats up the room, and serves as a TV stand.
Thank you, nanny and papa, for the best new home gift ever!  We love you!

I'm very much obsessed with...
...the new TV show Colony on USA.  It has action, mystery, and lots of juice!
And you all know how much Jax loves the juice!  It also stars the sexy Sawyer from Lost.  Yum!

I'm blessed with...
...a hardworking husband that would stop at nothing to make our baby and myself happy. 
He worked 36 hours straight in a blizzard, shoveled us out, and still joined us for my dad's birthday cake!

I currently feel the need to...
...teach people about social media etiquette.  Recent events have left me horrified.
I've placed one of my closet and dearest people on a social media time out!  Until then, I see a post coming on!  

I'm feeling overwhelmed with...
...all of the extra work at my job.  People have gone and their tasks are all making their way to my desk.
I'm all about being busy and well rounded, but this is getting ridiculous!

I realized I've been missing out on...
...DVR!  It's amazing to record my favorite shows and watch them on my own time.
Why hasn't anyone told me about this?!  Thank you, Verizon, for introducing me to it!

I'm on the hunt for...
...the perfect throw blanket to protect my couch.  We're on number 3 and none seem good enough!
I'm still contemplating using plastic covers or making signs that read "DO NOT SIT".  Hmph!

What are your Friday ramblings?

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

List: Ten cheapskate date ideas for you and your toddler.

It's no secret that my husband and I are constantly on the go trying to make a decent income.
We both work long days, my hubby starting at the crack of down and me finishing late into the evening.
I've also started the newest evil of my life:  working from home on days off.

While it is this very mindset that allows us to support our family, it requires sacrifice.
One of the many things we sacrifice is having sincere, genuine family time on a regular basis.
Unless you count our nightly routine of watching a movie and falling asleep as a family.

That being said, I try to make Saturday afternoons a fun time for my little mushy and I.
While my husband is continuing to hustle, I feel the need to make these afternoons a little special.
I also feel the need to keep it low key.  Spending the money as he's making it defeats the purpose!

Ten cheapskate date ideas for you and your toddler.

1.  Have a home karaoke contest.
Line up their favorite dolls as the judges and bust out your karaoke machine.  Let the best man win!
It's amazing how our favorite stuffed Sponge Bob never likes my take on Elsa's Let it Go!

2.  Visit local museums.
 We're fortunate enough to have many local museums that are free of charge and lots of fun for kids!
I'm all for any type of activity that stimulates my baby girl's brain.  It's all about intellect!
  
3.  Set up a scavenger hunt.
Print out a few pictures and hide them around your home.  Make them lead to a small surprise.
This is fun for both of you and it makes things like a new toothbrush actually exciting!

4.  Bake goodies.
You add the ingredients and your toddler can mix them all together.  Then, you both can eat them!
If you're rocking healthy swaps like me, make something fun and healthy like granola bars.

5.  Visit your local library for free activites.
They always have fun things going on from reading time, to crafts, all the way to puppet shows.
We still need to sign up for new library cards.  My baby girl really enjoyed our old library's events!

6.  Rock a dog park.
You don't need a dog to visit a dog park!  Your toddler will love to run, play, and talk to the puppies.
Our local dog park even has a trail that leads to a beach just for the pooches.  How fun is that?!

7.  Prepare a show.
Make a simple show using toys and household objects as props.  Then perform it on camera!
You'll be suprised to see how much your toddler LOVES to see themself on video.
  
8.  Make Soup.
You cut the ingredients, your toddler puts them into the pot, and then you all eat dinner as a family.
Fun and productive sounds like a double win to me!  My mushy even made up a soup song.  lol

9.  Make a garden.
  This could be a simple herb plant to sit on your windowsill, or a full out, hardcore garden.
My brother and I have such great childhood memories doing this that I'd love for my mush to have!

10.  Tell camping stories.
Shut off the lights, turn on a flashlight, huddle toghether and make up spooky stories.
My mushy's stories are always the same "Once a upon time, there was a not nice MONKEY..."

What are your cheapskate date ideas for you and your toddler?

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