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.

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

Preparation:
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

Blocking Games on Facebook!

bubble saga intro page 

I love a lot of the games on facebook but enough is enough! I have blocked all the games I have been playing on my business facebook page because I am not going to let this year be plagued with laziness and procrastination the way I have in so many years passed! 

I regret how I've let opportunities slip through my fingers so I decided it's time to act like a grown up and only play games when I have free time AFTER all of my work is done and only on my personal page. So, buh-bye Bubble Sage, Bubble Witch Saga, Pet Rescue Saga and Candy Crush! At least for now...

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!

Cookie on a Stick!


The other night my husband Jeremy and I met up with his sister and dad to go bowling (Get your bowling gift certificate from Creative Loafing more than half off HERE!) and after a brutal couple of games ended up at the Citrus Park Mall to grab some grub. Thanks to a buy one get one free coupon Jeremy and I snagged some cheap Philly steak and cheese sammiches. After our entree however we were not quite satisfied so we opted to get dessert. My eyes immediately turned to the Nestle Toll House cookie corner. As I wandered over there I knew I wanted a cookie with icing on it and was thrilled when I looked down to see this little guy staring back at me. I immediately purchased it and split it with Jeremy. As we devoured it we drooled a little and slowly slipped towards our sugar rush and let me just say- a cookie on a stick with icing is the way to go if you seek something sweet after dinner! Caution though- you should only get it if you are going to split with a pal because it is soooooo loaded with sugar that the consuming the entire thing by yourself could make you crash before your sugar rush even begins. So yummy!!!!


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


Ingredients:
- 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 :)

Yields:
-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.”
 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Total Timesuck: PetRescue Saga

petrescue saga 

I tried, HARD, to not get addicted to internet games like PetRescue Saga and other games like it from King.com. Oh my word it's easy to get addicted and they are a total time suck. How can I write an article or blog post when I have to save 14 pets on the next level?!? 

I signed up for a free trial of Rescue Time to see how productive I am, but sadly it didn't help me much because the collection of data about being on social networking sites didn't take into account when I'm using them FOR WORK. ha! Oh well, at least these addictive games did provide me with one thing that is helpful to my life as a freelancer- a blog post!  

What are your time waster addictions? What do you do to stop wasting time and get back to work?

I'm Considering Buying Twitter Followers

twitter icon 

Okay, I used to make fun of people for buying #twitter followers. That is until three days ago when Twitter warned me that I could no longer follow people until I get more followers. This broke my heart! How can I keep up with celeb gossip, humor from bloggers, witty posts from people trying to get famous (you know like me!) and freebie whores like myself if I can't follow my tweeps?!? WTF Twitter?!? How could you go and place a frikkin' restriction on my desire to keep up with everyone in 140 characters or less?!?

To combat this STUPID rule I am actually considering becoming one of those lame douchebags who buys twitter followers, not to make me look cool enough to to have a bunch of fake followers (ahem! Lady Gaga!) but instead to be able to follow more tweeps.

What do you think? Anyone out there? Response? Thoughts? Is this mic on? Check 1, 2, 1, 2!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Thirsty Thursday: Caramel Apple

caramel apple 

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


Preparation:
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

hungover

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 telegraph.co.uk

2013- The Year of More

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

Article Spotlight- About Gasparilla

Gasparilla knight parade image 

Gasparilla is a celebration of the buried treasure of pirates that is supposedly still hidden in Tampa Bay. Anyone who lives in Tampa knows that Gasparilla is loaded with beads, boats, parades, festivities and most importantly pirates. Some new residents and even people that have lived here all their lives may not realize just how many events Gasparilla is comprised of. Continue Reading...

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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