Friday, June 24, 2016

Life: Friday Ramblings.


I'm ready to move after...
...a real life, living bat decided to make the window above my front door it's home.
After two days of sneaking out the back door, I finally called animal control.  This is NY, not the woods!

I covered each and every crack in our house with...
...duct tape!!  I don't how or why these bugs keep getting in but I WILL stop them!
Ever wonder what makes my man angry?  Coming home to a house covered in duct tape does...

I'm currently searching for...
...a safe and secure place to store my pictures and erase them from my phone.
It's filled with 3 years worth of memories, but I'm out of room for more!

I'm getting ready to cook...
...my baby girl's first harvest!!  We got home grown raspberries, peas, and broccoli.
You can't get much more organic than the back yard and she really enjoys it!

I realized that I became a 24/7...
...security guard protecting my furniture!!  Keep all dirt, sharp objects, and wetness away !!
My husband rolled his eyes when I yelled stop because he was going to sit with his keys in his pocket!

I'm sick to my stomach from...
...watching the news.  I don't want to hear about the alligator attack or the Orlando tragedy.
Call me an idiot, but I just want to live in my bubble where we are all safe.

I found a new bribe in...
...cookie monster ice cream!!  The baby girl will do almost anything for it.
It's bright blue ice cream with little pieces of cookies in it.  So cute!

I'm really, really nervous about...
...applying for a promotion at my job!  It's a big time gig with lots of day trip travels.
The travel part makes me conflicted on whether or not I want to actually get it!

What are your Friday Ramblings?

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

List: Ten simple signs that you're getting old.

***I'm away for work the next couple of days so I decided to do a fun re-post.  I'll try my best to stop by my favorite sites.  Just in case I get tied up, have a fabulous weekend!"

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I know what you are all thinking.
“You are only 27 years old.  How can you call that old?”
Well, let me tell you about my epiphany.

I find the song “Jealous” by Nick Jonas extremely s e x y.
He is also pretty yummy himself…
After admitting this to myself, I felt a little bit like a cougar.
There is something about being attracted to a Jonas Brother that feels very wrong.

Source - For the love of god, he's beautiful.


Other epiphanies that make you feel o l d.

1.  The songs you listened to as a child are now “oldies”.
Since when have the Spice Girls been classified as an oldie?  Ug!

2.  You can no longer lose 5 pounds in one week.
I know the not eating diet is very unhealthy, but at least it used to work in emergency situations!

3.  You develop a sudden appreciation for real lipstick.
Goodbye clear lip gloss!  I’m not sure when you became tacky, but you did!

4.  You host dinner parties.
...and you actually cooked…and bought a bottle of wine…and put out real dishes…

5.  Brand name china actually impresses  you.
I mean, I love my Dooney & Burke bag, but is that tea cup Royal Albert?

6.  You actually care about politics a little bit.
Who do I need to vote for to make the taxes coming out of my pay check to decrease?

7.  You have a favorite brand of everything.
Dove sensitive skin bar soap and Clinique foundation make for a zit free Jax!

8.  …and you get really pissed when they discontinue or change your favorite product.
Why did Neutrogena add sunscreen to my favorite facial moisturizer?  Ug!

9.  You are suddenly really aware of your breath.
I’ll save the Cheetos for when I’m walking distance from mouthwash.

10.  Being tired now always wins.
One more episode of Prison Break?  Um, no, unless you want to be real cranky tomorrow.

What made you realize that you’re getting old?

Monday, June 20, 2016

List: Ten myths about gay people that need to be squashed.

By now I'm sure that each and every one of you heard about the tragedy in Orlando.
For those living under a rock, last week was the largest mass shooting in US history.
I'm not going to talk about the event or even comment on it.
To be honest, if I see an article or post about it, I scroll by as quickly as possible.
Reading about this tragedy makes me beyond sick.
Especially now in the world of SnapChat and texting.  It brings the tragedy to life.

For me, the root of any hate crime is the hate behind it.
Whether it's a prejudice against a skin color or a stereotype about sexual orientation, 
the hate needs to stop.

Many of my closest friends and family members consider themselves part of the gay community.
As a result, I've spent the majority of my life dancing in clubs that you may refer to as a "gay" club.
I'm being completely honest when I say, those make up some of the best memories of my life.
A night of carefree dancing without the constant jerk trying to rub his ding dong on you?  Yes, please!

I was in the middle of a group text with my best friends and my cousins.
These four people are currently in gay relationships and took this hate crime personal.
The topic of "gay myths" came up and they shared some of the cruelest comments they've endured with me.
In an attempt to end the hate, I'm going to share ten of these comments with you all.

Ten myths about gay people that need to be squashed.

1.  "You chose to be gay."
To say someone chooses they're sexual orientation is not ignorant, it's flat out dumb.
Did you choose to be straight?  Did you choose to be asexual?  Of course not.  So why would they?

2.  "I get gay.  I get straight.  But being bisexual is just being a slut."
To say bisexuality in itself is a myth is ridiculous.  But to word it in such a hateful way is crime.
Kudos to my girl who resisted the urge to punch this hateful person right in the face.

3.  "Gay people want to make me gay too."
To say someone wants to change your sexual orientation is insane.  Refer to #1  to see it's not a choice.
I mean, who do you think you are?!  A Hemsworth brother or something?  SMH!

4.  "You can't be gay because you're not feminine."
A man coming out doesn't mean he wants to be a women.  It means that he's attracted to men.
My BFF is a man that likes men and doesn't act feminine.  Consider that dumb myth debunked!

5.  "Same sex couples put a strike against their kids."
An abusive relationship may harm children, but not a gay relationship filled with love.
This ignorant comment ruined a relationship between a mother and daughter in my family.

6.  "Same sex couples will teach their children to be gay."
Once again, please refer to #1 where I state that being gay is not a choice.  It's not a learned behavior either!
At the end of the day, does it matter if your child is attracted to the same sex?  I would hope not!

7.  "Gay people have less success in relationships."
Fact:  In 2013, the divorce rate of same sex couples was significantly LESS than heterosexual couples.
Yes, I totally resorted to Google to squash this myth with factual statistics!

8.  "You can fix that."
Imagine building the courage for years to tell your parents that you're gay to only hear that stupidity.
You can not "fix" your sexual orientation.  Furthermore, being gay is not being broken!

9.  "The gay scene is all about drugs."
First of all, what exactly is a gay scene?  Secondly, any person can become a victim of drugs.
What may drive a person to drink is all the hate in this world, not who they love!!!

10.  "Being gay is just a trend."
This is one myth I hear frequently.  It's not that gay people didn't exist years ago.  They were scared!
Imagine the amount of people forced to living unhappy lives during less accepting time periods.  So sad!

I'll let you all ponder on that for a little while.
Meanwhile, I'll be waiting for the day that the headlines read "CLUB" instead of "GAY CLUB".
In the words of a very wise family member, labels do nothing but stamp you to be hated.

What myths about gay people would you like to squash?

**This list came from the heart of my closest friends and family.  Any hurtful comments will be deleted.**

Friday, June 17, 2016

Life: DIY Patio Set


At least once a week I have to hear a story from a co-worker about their current DIY project.
I usually laugh in my head  and belt out the brutally honest truth, that I don't DIY.
...not because I'm too lazy or because I'm too good for it.  It's because this girl ain't got NO skills!

That being said, I do have an unrealistic expectation that my husband can DIY anything.
The electric isn't working?  No worries, my man is on it!
The roof is caving in?  That's no big deal because my hubby can fix that real easy!
Get the picture?  And, yes, this does aggravate him but I'm totally working on fixing this mentality.

All of the above was true up until about three weeks ago.
I decided that I wanted a patio set so I started shopping around.
Once again, I had another unrealistic expectation. I assumed patio sets were cheap.  Um, wrong!

The people who owned the home before us left behind a wooden patio set that was shot.
I thought my husband tossed it until he told me he stored it in the garage just in case.
We dragged it out and learned that the set is actually made from teak wood which is super expensive.
Don't believe me?  Google it and see that they're forgotten set is about 3 grand!

That's when my hubby looked at me and said "you're going to restore this".
After a week of protest, I busted out the electric sander, a staining brush, and a new can of teak oil.
The protest settled when he agreed to make teak wood benches for my restored table!

My husband pulled out the patio umbrella that the previous owners also left behind.
He set up the back yard with our new, beautiful patio table and hosed down umbrella.
He put his arm around me, looked at it with pride, and said "Didn't that feel good?".
I immediately responded with "No!  My body's so sore that you need to get your arm off of me!".
Although I did go to work that following Monday and totally bragged about my first DIY!

Have you ever or will you ever DIY?

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

List: Ten pieces of advice from my grandmother.

That good looking couple also happens to be two of my favorite people, my grandparents.
Nanny and Papa are the essence of stability that keeps our family together and our lives in order.
Their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren owe them everything.
I'm pretty sure that if you asked anyone in my large family they would totally agree with me!

That being said, today is my nanny's 75th birthday.
I'd like to wish my grandmother many more years filled with health, happiness, and love.
Happy birthday, Nanny!


In honor of nanny's milestone birthday, I'd like to prove that I have been listening all of these years.
Here is a list of my grandmother's greatest advice.
You're welcome for sharing my family's greatest secrets to life!

Ten pieces of life advice from my grandmother.

1.  If you ever feel like you need to hide something from me, then don't do it.
I can tell my nanny anything, so chances are if I need to hide something, this would be true!
I remember the day she told me this.  It was after she found out I hosted a love love toy party.  Eep!

2.  A man that knows how to work with his hands will never starve.
When people were hard on me for marrying "below my status", my grandmother was the one supporter.
It's still crazy to me how brutal people can be when it comes to income and status.  Puh-lease!

3.  Don't be afraid of the dead.  Only fear the living.
I still shake in fear from every creak and noise I hear.  This is something that used to consume me.
Although I still have serious anxiety when it comes to death and anything to do with it.

4.  Don't ever lay in a bed without checking the sheets.
I'm not sure what she's looking for, but I've witnessed her find bugs and even sometimes crumbs.
My papa endearingly calls her Inspector Clueso, but he knows that he always got clean sheets!

5.  Don't fight with a man.  Use those mistakes to persuade him in the future.
Obviously she means this to avoid a fight over those relatively insignificant things.
Lord knows she'd fight if necessary.  It's funny though that papa don't make many mistakes.

6.  Don't fear the truth.  Whatever it is, you can deal with it.
Every time I have a hypochondriac meltdown she responds to my "what if"s with this nugget.
I find myself saying these words to myself often.  We can't change what happens, but we can react.

7.  Never allow yourself to be addicted to anything.
My grandmother despises anything that can control your life, including any type of addiction.
She even frowns upon a caffeine headache!  I mean, I know coffee isn't good for you, but really?!

8.  Don't allow something minor to ruin something great.
She'll always revert back to her wedding when the florist brought the wrong flowers.
Her uncle told her, "If this is the worst thing that happens today, you're one lucky lady!".

9.  You have your entire life to do anything.  Do what's important to you now.
Surprisingly, she always tells me this when I stress over my degree.
Maybe she feels that at this point that I don't need it.  I have a career, a family, and a good life.

10.  When your sauce is watery, turn up the heat.
This is true figuratively and literally.
I mean, who likes a watery sauce?  Um, no!

Please join me in wishing my Nanny a real happy birthday!

Monday, June 13, 2016

List: Ten unique Father's day gift idea under $75.

Father's day has been a complete circus the past few years.
We have so many rocking dads in our family that we feel the need to acknowledge them all!
We usually do breakfast with my father in law, lunch with my dad, and then dessert with my papa.
Luckily my husband is perfectly fine with sharing the day.  He never complains about sharing the spotlight.

This year will be the same circus act that is every year.
We'll spend the day rushing from place to place taking out our favorite fathers.
Except this year I'll be swapping my cute sandals for my best running shoes!

Ten unique gift ideas to celebrate Father's Day under $100.

1.  Stained Bat House - $44.99


Most men strangely think that bats are real cool.  Bats also eat mosquitoes which means less in your yard!
Can be bought here.

2.  John Pinette's Still Hungry on DVD - $12.99


John Pinette (RIP) is the definition of hilarious.  Give your dad the deserving gift of laughs!
Can be bought here.

3.  Espresso Maker - $29.99


One thing the men in our Sicilian family and Cuban family share is their love for espresso!
Can be bought here.

4.  Humidor with thermostat - $30.35


I never understood men's fascination with cigars, but who am I to judge?!
Can be bought here.

5.  Stress Relief Care Set - $37.50
The scent is manly and the message is written on the bottle.  Trust me, he'll use it and get a good laugh.
Can be bought here.

6.  Monogrammed Whiskey Decanter - $59.95


He will feel super manly serving his favorite whiskey from this decanter adorned with his family crest!
Can be bought here.

7.  Beer Cap Map - $35.00
Perfect for the beer lover's man cave, office, or maybe the garage.
Can be bought here.

8.  NFL T-Shirt - $29.99


A t-shirt with the name and number of their favorite NFL player will be a definite hit.
Can be bought here.

9.  Bocce Ball Set - $25.00
As a kid, my father loved to have some serious bocce matches all summer long!
Can be bought here.

10.  Pizza Grilling Set - $30.89


Many people don't know this, but pizza made on the grill is real delicious when done right!
Can be bought here.

What are you Father's day gift ideas?

Friday, June 10, 2016

Life: Friday Ramblings


I'm totally in love with...
...my summer hair!  My hairdresser/goddess perfected the shade of red and the shorter style.
I always loved being a red head but the upkeep is brutal!  The effects on my skin tone make it worthwhile.

I'm beaming with pride because...
...my baby girl is out of pull ups!!!  She's been rocking her Frozen and Little Mermaid big panties.
Not only is this less work for us, but BUH BYE unreasonable expense of diapers!!!!!

I feel so much lighter now that...
...we consolidated the majority of our debt into one loan with 0% interest for 18 mos.  Yes!
How frustrating is it to make a large payment only to see 3/4 of it go right to interest?!

I made an unbreakable promise with...
...my husband that we would be more frugal so that we can enjoy life more than we pay off things.
I do have a weakness for pretty things.  I need to close my eyes and think of future experiences.

I'm constantly surprised by...
...the powers of Windex!  It cleans without streaks, takes the itch out of bites, and removes dye stains!
 I got hair dye on my blouse and soaked it in Windex.  The stain disappeared.  Yes, ladies, like gone!

I'm totally appalled by...
...the amount of solicitors that somehow find out we're new home owners and try to take advantage.
Screw you chimney random people that tried to play the biggest scam on me when my hubby wasn't home!

I can't stop eating...
...the new chicken stir fry recipe that I kind of, sort of made up.
I put my own healthy twist on a recipe and it's yummier than ever!  Even mushy says so...

I finally ate my pride and...
...allowed my hubby to install the AC window unit.
Only because he agreed to the duct tape perimeter to stop any creatures from sneaking through!

I almost smooched...
...our exterminator!  He found 3 hornet nests, a yellow jacket nest, and way too many other bugs in our home.
He spent TWO hours making sure our home would be bug free for the rest of the season.  #inlove

What are you Friday Ramblings?

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