Thursday, January 31, 2013

Thirsty Thursday- Rum Runner

rum runner 

Today's drink is a Rum Runner. The photo above is by The Famous Ashley Grant and the recipe below is from Wikihow.

-1 1/2 ounces of Malibu Rum
-Ounce of Blackberry Brandy
-Splash of Orange Juice
-Splash of Pineapple juice
-Splash of cranberry juice

Add ingredients to a martini shaker. Shake with ice and then pour into a glass. Garnish with lemon and a cherry like the photo above or however you like.

Yields: 1 Drink

Monday, January 28, 2013

Motivation- Fiona Glenanne a.k.a. Gabrielle Anwar

Fiona Glenanne 1 
I've been saying for quite a while now that one of my biggest obsessions is the show Burn Notice. (Learn how you can watch seasons 1 through 5 of Burn Notice completely free). Part of that obsession is the desire to be as physically fit and strong as one of the characters- Fiona Glenanne played by Gabrielle Anwar.

  Fiona Glenanne 2 

Fiona Glenanne is strong, independent, smart, sexy and fashionable. I also love how she knows exactly what she wants and goes for it every single time. I wish I had her energy, her passion, her knowledge of guns and explosives, her ability to get people to give me everything I want when I want it and of course her amazing body! Who wouldn't want to be a strong female lead right?
  Fiona Glenanne 3

I can't say that I would want to chase a man that doesn't put me first, however! I'm glad that by season 5 Michael finally becomes Fiona's boyfriend again, but the way she had to chase him for four years would drive me insane. I'm glad that my husband loves me and was there for me from our first date! I can't deny though that many of the scenes of hot passion between Fiona and Michael do make me want to up my game in terms of passion in my own relationship ;)

Here's hoping that in 2013 I can take my favorite features of Fiona and apply them to my own life!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Moving Wallpaper and Background Noise

tv shows I like 

I have a weird quirk. I have to have the television on in the background while I work. Now, for a while this was just moving wallpaper but soon it became a work killer because I couldn't keep my eyes from looking away from the television screen when I should have been looking at my laptop screen! My solution? NETFLIX!!! I got myself a subscription to Netflix and began playing my favorite shows in the background so that it is JUST background noise and my eyes stay planted firmly on my blogging, my articles and my photo editing where they belong!! I love hearing my shows while I work. I helps me get and stay in the zone.

What do you do to get in the zone while you work?

Read about how you can get a free month trial of Netflix HERE!!!

Thirsty Thursday- Captain Jack Sparrow

rum drink 

In honor of Gasparilla coming to Tampa Bay this weekend, I thought a rum drink would be the most appropriate for today's Thirsty Thursday. Considering Captain Jack Sparrow is my favorite character from the movie Pirates of the Caribbean I couldn't resist posting a drink that has the same name! Enjoy!

Captain Jack Sparrow
Recipe from Drink Nation

- 1 shot Jack Daniel's
- 1 shot Rum, spiced
- Fill with Cola

Mixing Instructions:
- Pour shots into glass. Fill with cola and stir
- Garnish with lime and a sprig of mint like the picture above if desired :)

-1 drink

Image above is from Signature Drink Series

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

I am Right Brain! What Are You?

left brain right brain 

This ad for Mercedes Benz has been floating all over facebook. I LOVE this ad! I am soooooo right brain and my husband is left brain. Together we make up a perfect match :) 

What are you? Right brain or left brain?

Left Brain Text:

“I am the left brain. I am a scientist. A mathematician. I love the familiar. I categorize. I am accurate. Linear. Analytical. Strategic. I am practical. Always in control. A master of words and language. Realistic. I calculate equations and play with numbers. I am order. I am logic. I know exactly who I am.”

Right Brain Text:

“I am the right brain. I am creativity. A free spirit. I am passion. Yearning. Sensuality. I am the sound of roaring laughter. I am taste. The feeling of sand beneath bare feat. I am movement. Vivid colors. I am the urge to paint on an empty canvas. I am boundless imagination. Art. Poetry. I sense. I feel. I am everything I wanted to be.”

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Thirsty Thursday: Caramel Apple

caramel apple 

- Ice cubes
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1-1/2 ounces sour apple liqueur
- 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
- Caramel Syrup

Pour some caramel syrup into a martini glass, swirl it around if you want to or just place it at the bottom of the glass. Fill a martini shaker with vodka, apple liqueur, lemon juice and ice. Cover and shake for 15-30 seconds. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish as desired.

Serves: 1

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

11 Ways to Cure a Hangover


Who knew? Greasy McDonald's the day after a night of drinking is actually not the best thing for a hangover! Drinking water while chowing on toast or crackers is better for the stomach. Check out the other ways to cure a hangover HERE!

image above from

2013- The Year of More


This post originally appeared on my blog Living the Secret

I want my 2013 to be the year of MORE! I found a photo on facebook that had a list of things someone wrote they want more of so it inspired this post. Here are some of the things I want more of this year:

- More Exercise
- More Relaxation
- More Travel
- More Money
- More Home Cooked Meals
- More Friends
- More Happiness
- More Love
- More Freedom
- More Excitement
- More Passion
- More Organization
- More Traffic on My Blogs
- More Gratitude
- More Adventure
- More Road Trips
- More Laughter
- More Karoake
- More of My Dreams Coming True

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

May Your 2013 Be Filled with Happiness

 The Famous Ashley Grant New Year 2013 

Happy New Year To You
By Joanna Fuchs (Source for this Poem)
Happy New Year to you!
May every great new day
Bring you sweet surprises--
A happiness buffet.
Happy New Year to you,
And when the new year’s done,
May the next year be even better,
Full of pleasure, joy and fun.

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