Monday, April 29, 2013

Why Mondays are Awesome According to The Buried Life

cute happy Monday image 

#TBL  #TheBuriedLife
Found this on the facebook page of The Buried Life and loved it so much I HAD to share it- “I know today is Monday and you assume it’s going to suck, but according to statistics, there will be over 5,000 weddings, 10,000 childbirths, and 42 million hugs occurring today throughout the United States. Also today, there will be at least 4 people that will win the multimillion dollar lotteries, 600 people will get promotions at work, and 3,000 people will lose their virginity. There will also be 600 dogs adopted, 35,000 balloons sold, and 800,000 skittles eaten. Plus, the words 'I love you' will be said over 9 million times. So again, I know today is Monday and you assume it’s going to suck, but just smile, because according to statistics, it should actually be a really nice day.”

Have you heard of the show The Buried Life? The premise is simple. What Do You Want to Do Before You Die? This simple question spawned what is now a more than 6 year journey of four young guys trying to cross items off their bucket list. One of the coolest things to me about their journey is that for every item they accomplish on their list they have to help a stranger accomplish something on the stranger's list.

I just finished watching Season 2 last night and immediately went online and purchased their book and I can't wait to get it and read it!!! These guys are a massive inspiration to me.


Like them on facebook and while you are there, like me too :)



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Friday, April 26, 2013

5 Things I Learned From Sarah Jenks

 

Have you heard of Sarah Jenks? I confess, I only recently learned about her. However, now that I know who she is and what she does, I'm a fan!

The Reader's Digest version about Sarah Jenks is that she is an advocate for the empowerment of women who teaches them to "Live More, Weigh Less". Regardless of where you are now in mind, body and spirit, her goal "is to change the landscape of the way women relate to their bodies and to redefine what it takes to be happy."

Do you see why I became an instant fan? Ah, she is amazing. Watching her free training videos got me pumped up enough to make changes in my own life too. Check them out HERE and I'll bet you will feel just as pumped as me.

Here are 5 Things I Have Already Learned From Sarah Jenks

1. You should not wait until you have lost weight for your dreams to come true. Instead of focusing so much on all the things you will do "when you are thin" do them now! Why wait on the weight?

2. You should not be working out. Instead, you should be moving and having fun and getting in tune with your body. Why pump iron and hate it when you can go out dancing and have a blast? Why get bored on a treadmill when instead you could join a friend for a walk on the beach. Moving your body is way better than "working out". If it's a chore, it'll be a bore!

3. Diets don't work. Sure, you can lose weight but eventually you will give up on your diet and possibly gain all the weight back, if not more.- I can DEFINITELY relate to this. I was on a crazy diet last year and once I could no longer stand being on it, I went right back to my old eating ways and gained every last damn pound back. No! I'm not proud of it, but it proved to me that Sarah is right, diets simply don't work.

4. You can make a change right now! You can begin doing things to make your dreams come true regardless of where you are in life.
5. Getting spiritual can help you "find the magic in everyday life". Connecting with a higher power, meditating and just getting in tune with your mind can help you find your happiness regardless of your situation.

Want to learn these lessons I've learned and more? Then you have got to check out the Sarah Jenks website. Check out her free training videos on how to Live More, Weigh Less. They are inspiring and quite eye opening!


Monday, April 22, 2013

My First Attempt at Fiverr

my fiverr gig 

I'm trying out this website I keep hearing about. Fiverr...For those of you who don't know what Fiverr is, "Fiverr is a place for people to share things they're willing to do for $5."

After much contemplation about what I could do for $5 and get completed quickly for the customer, I settled on painting letters "graffiti style" on 8X10 canvas boards. A boy I had a crush on in middle school taught me how to paint the letters in this fashion and I've been doing it ever since. Anytime I would draw my own name I would get dozens of people asking me to do theirs too on notebook paper, computer paper, I even did it on a napkin once. I remember trying to get names done before the bell would ring and scrambling to complete that last name on my list hoping not to get caught by the teacher but also wanting the name to look good.

For my "gig" on the site I offered to paint these letters in black on a white canvas so folks could color them in themselves. I haven't gotten any orders yet, but hey- I am trying to put my art out there and make money too, so at least I'm trying right?

Would you like to order your name in "graffiti style"? Check out my Gig on Fiverr.com HERE!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

I Just Deleted What I Wrote...


I wrote out a lengthy and meaningful post and then immediately deleted it. As soon as I wrote it out I regretted it and knew that posting it would be even more depressing. I've been trying to make a serious effort to make this blog (and every blog I run) as positive as possible and what I wrote was filled with so much negativity I could not bring myself to publish it. So, instead of anything negative below are 10 positive images to make you smile :) I found these on facebook so if you own the rights to them please let me know and I'll give proper credit where it's due :)









There, now don't you feel better. Smile, tomorrow is a new day and it WILL get better!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Movie Marathon Day

channing tatum

It's been FOREVER since my husband J and I have been to the movies. So, armed with a $25 gift card, we went to the movies. Now, between you and me and everyone reading this, J and I went to 3 movies. (I used to work at this theater so no one seems to mind when we theater hop- I don't recommend doing it though- way awkward if you get caught.)

We caught up on our action flicks by watching G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Olympus is Down and the new Tom Cruise flick Oblivion.

Out of the three my top pick for best action was Olympus is Down my pick for best story line was Oblivion. I like movies that make you think so Oblivion was a great flick to watch. Unfortunately I wasn't too impressed with G.I. Joe Retaliation because it had a pretty predictable story line and the action just seemed overplayed, overdone and well blah. At least I got to watch Channing Tatum...GROWL!!!

***Spoiler alert!!! quit reading if you don't want to read what happens in G.I. Joe: Retaliation or Olympus is Down***
It really pissed me off that they killed Channing Tatum off in the first 20 minutes of the damn film in G.I. Joe Retaliation!!! Oh, and they killed Ashley Judd off in the first 20 minutes of Olympus is Down- what the hell?!? Since when is it okay to kill big name artists off in the first portion of a big budget film? GRRRRRRR!!!!

Anyway, after the movies J and I went to Red Lobster and split the shrimp linguine, a Caesar salad and of course those amazing cheddar biscuits. Nom nom nom!!!

It was one of the best Saturdays we have had in a looooooooong time. If only every day could be this fun...once I have my million dollars in the bank I vow to have more days like this =)
 
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Friday, April 19, 2013

My Burn It Book

burning book 

I have a journal I write in that no one will ever read. It's what I lovingly refer to as my "burn it book". It's filled with things in my mind, things I would never say to anyone, letters to people I'll never send, miscellaneous things I feel guilty for, judgements of things that have happened and so on... I shred or burn the pages of this book frequently and once it's full and completely empty, I'll get another journal and do it all over again.

Why? Simple- some thoughts were never meant to be shared with anyone. EVER! I simply need to get them off my chest and out of my head and writing it in a journal is cheaper than getting a therapist.

There is an amazing sense of freedom from writing things down that I know no one will ever see. Now, if I haven't put the current pages in the paper shredder or atop a fire soon and something happens to me or I leave the book in public, sure, there is a chance that these pages could be viewed but I am hopeful that this won't happen.

Typically right after I write something down in this journal it's destroyed, but sometimes I get a little reckless and put it off a few days. However, for the most part I write freely knowing my thoughts can freely escape my mind and then go into the abyss and feel secure that no one will know what I have written.

Imagine being able to tell your boss EXACTLY what you think of them, tell your spouse exactly how awful that meal they spent four hours trying to cook REALLY tasted or tell your kids that you sometimes wish YOU could run away from home. It could feel great in the moment but you might regret it as soon as the words leave your mouth. Everything you are not supposed to say can be said and probably should escape your mind so that you don't blow up later and actually say these things to these people ...that is what the "burn it book" is for me. No one gets hurt by it and I'm instantly left with an overwhelming sense of calm once I've put pen to paper.

Want to start your own burn it book? It's so easy to do. You can get a really fancy journal like this one, this one or even the journal that looks like the one from Cruel Intentions. Since your going to be burning/shredding it though, you could just get a spiral notebook from the dollar store. Then, all you do is write. Anything, everything, even things you don't think you should write down or say out loud.

The most important thing is to make sure that as soon as you write down what you don't want others to see you destroy it! Don't be the fool that ends up getting a divorce, getting fired or being ousted from your family because your thoughts became public! In fact, do yourself a huge favor, keep your paper shredder by your bed or your writing area and as soon as you finish your page, SHRED IT IMMEDIATELY ;)

What do you think of the idea of a "burn it book"?

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Ongoing and Upcoming Projects

projects 

I thought for today's blog post I would just tell all my readers about some of my ongoing projects I'm working on and some upcoming ones too.

- Three years later I'm still working on my website Tampa Bay Freebies. Nothing makes me happier than getting something for free. I just LOVE free stuff!!! In March 2010 I posted my first freebie onto the website and on 10-10-10 I purchased the domain http://www.tampabayfreebies.com/ and I've been posting to it ever since. I've got a long way to go before I have the site exactly how I want it, but I'm getting closer every day. My goal is to have the site be a place that Tampa Bay residents can come to to find out how to eat, drink and go to the movies completely free. I also want to hire several writers to help me update the site more frequently and be able to pay them all a nice fee so that we are all making money on the site.

- In November 2009 I started the website We Are Full of Bull. This website began as just a place to sell a shirt I had designed but now several years later I'm trying to decide what I want to do with it. I would like for it to become a place for tailgate recipes, tailgate pictures, fan craft ideas and more. I'd also like to feature an athlete of the week and a Business Bull of the month and things like that. I plan to make the decisions on what all I will do with the website by football season. Again, I also want to hire several writers to help me update the site more frequently and be able to pay them all a nice fee so that we are all making money on the site. I also want to hire photographers to take pictures at the various USF events and place them on the site 100% free for fans to enjoy and download.

- In 2009 I began posting to a blog inspired by the book The Secret, but I've taken it down, put it back up and then finally purchased the domain http://www.receivingmiracles.com/ for it less than a year ago. I'm getting more serious about posting to it. I started posting The Prosperity Game onto it pretty frequently and want it to be a site people can go to to become inspired for their dreams to come true and have their wishes fulfilled. I also want it to be a diary of the abundance coming into my life and the accomplishment of the items on my personal bucket list.

- I got accepted by About.com to be their Tampa Guide in March 2011 and I've enjoyed every minute of being their guide!!! I just signed my 2013 renewal in March 2013 for another year and I look forward to working another year with the site and hopefully being renewed for many many many more years to come. Check out my site with About HERE. My goal is to build and grow the fan base for my site and get the community to submit more events and story ideas and make into a viable option for finding about things that need and want to know about the Tampa Bay area!

- Other projects: I own several other domains that I'm debating about what to do with. I am working on research for four eBooks and have one eBook done that is in editing now. I plan to self publish the eBook that is being edited right now by the end of this month if all goes well. I just want to be writing and taking pictures more than ever before and ultimately end up traveling the world and document my travels online and in eBooks and anywhere people want.

The more I work the more excited I get. I am a professional blogger in that I'm getting paid to do it, my next goal is to be a 6 figure per year earning problogger and world traveler with my husband. Beyond that, I'm not sure exactly what else I see in my future but every day that I get closer to accomplishing the goals I currently have makes me happier and happier!

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

My Go-to Cookie Recipe

cake mix cookies

I love cookies! I know they are not the healthiest thing to love, but we all need an indulgence now and then and homemade cookies are definitely mine! Anytime I'm craving freshly baked cookies I have one recipe that is my go-to if I don't want to put too much effort into the task of having some fresh baked awesomeness!!! It's cake mix cookies.

Why is this my go-to recipe? Because it doesn't have to just be yellow cake mix made into chocolate chip cookies! The recipe is soooooo much more versatile than that. Just a few of the combos I've made with the recipe below are carrot cake mix and raisins, chocolate cake mix with white chocolate chips and the ultimate indulgence- devil's food cake mix with ground up candy bars. omg!!! So good. Here's the basic recipe:

Ingredients
- 1 Box Cake Mix
- 2 Eggs
- 1/2 c oil
- 1 cup Filler Item ex. Chocolate Chips, White Chocolate Chips, Raisins, Crushed Candy Bars, Nuts, etc

Directions
1) Preheat oven at 350 degrees
2) Mix Cake Mix, eggs, oil and filler item together. Form into little balls
3) Bake for 4 – 10 minutes or until edges have turned light brown.



Saturday, April 13, 2013

In Case You Need a Laugh

Anytime I'm in a bad mood, in a funk or just in need of a laugh I find myself hunting for goofy, stupid and funny videos on Youtube. Luckily, a bunch have been coming up in my news feed from friends on facebook and usually when I watch one from there I get suggestions that lead me to hours of entertainment. In case you need a laugh, here are some videos that have had me laughing until it hurts lately:

1. How Animals Eat Their Food
2.Official Video: Cat Bath Freak Out -Tigger the cat says 'NO!' to bath
3.Stalking Cat
4.Marissa: The Extreme Couponer
5.Perform This Way (Parody of "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga)
6.will.i.am - "Scream & Shout" ft. Britney Spears PARODY
7."The Hunger Games" — A Bad Lip Reading
8.What if Animals Could Talk :)
9. Funniest Videos - Top Ten
10.funny crazy cats ))

Friday, April 12, 2013

How to Lose a Customer to a Corporate Competitor

bad customer service 

In an effort to be a local shopper I've been making it a point to buy from a local cafe for breakfast in the mornings instead of going to the big corporate chain that actually charges less money and is within minutes of the local mom and pop owned business. Well, sadly I think that ends today. The photo above is an extreme example of bad service and I didn't take it, but what I experienced today was just as annoying....in fact, it's something I've experienced so much lately that today's incident was just the final straw.

The problem with the local cafe? The people that work there are just plain RUDE! They complain all the time, roll their eyes when you walk in complaining they would rather be home and can't wait til the end of the day, they bitch about the cost of running their business and don't like it when you ask simple questions. Even worse? They have a television they watch during the day that is in full view of the customers that is NOT behind the counter and on several occasions has been tuned into soft core porn. I'm all about expressing sexuality, but I don't need boobies and "sausage" with my eggs and croissant thank you.

Today, as I said was my final straw. I got into the cafe about 9:30 a.m. and was going to order my usual sausage, egg and cheese on a croissant sandwich but noticed they were out of eggs and that the single piece of sausage left was burnt. I inquired if they had more eggs and got a snappy response that they were making more. Ok- that's fine. "What about the sausage? Will you be making more of that?" I was hit with a bunch of comments about how sausage was already available and that if I expected fresh and non burnt sausage I should have shown up earlier in the day.

Now, this company has a sign that says breakfast is available until 11 a.m. It is not MY fault that you burnt your damn sausage! It is not MY fault that goods cost money and that corporate chains get price breaks because they buy in bulk. It is not MY fault that you have been so rude to me for the past SEVERAL times that I tried to give you my hard earned money that I now choose to make it my mission to do everything possible to avoid being a customer of yours EVER again!!!!

If I want breakfast now I WILL go to your corporate competitor or bring something from home.

So, there you have it folks. Being rude and treating your customers badly is a great way to lose a customer to a corporate competitor!!

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Tax Day Freebies 2013

taxes due 

This post originally went live on my Tampa Bay Freebies site earlier today, but seeing as how everyone hates Tax Season and loves free stuff, thought I'd post it here too as part of my Ultimate Blogging Challenge :) Enjoy! Feel free to check out Tampa Bay Freebies as well!


1.Free Curly Fries and Potato Cakes at Arby's "Enter your name to print a coupon for a free value-sized curly fries or small potato cakes from Arby's. You can redeem the coupon anytime on April 15th to get your free fries or potato cakes. Arby's is also having a sweepstakes where you can enter to win one of ten $500 tax relief payouts." (via Freebies.About.com)

2.Free Samarai Surf & Turf at Panda Express "This tax day freebie is happening a few days after tax day.Print out a coupon to get a free single serving of Panda Express's Samarai Surf & Turf for free on Wednesday, April 17. No other purchase is necessary and this is limited to one coupon per person." (via Freebies.About.com)

3. Free popcorn at AMC (via STLMommy)

4. Office Depot: FREE Shredding on April 16th (up to 5lbs) with Printable Coupon (exp. 5/1/13) and FREE Black & White Copy of your Tax Return with Printable Coupon (exp 5/1/13) (via STLMommy)

5.Free Birthday Cake Cookie from Great American Cookie Stop into Great American Cookies on Monday, April 15, and get a free birthday cake cookie. (via Freebies.About.com)

6. 7-Eleven is providing a medium Slurpee for free when you text “Slurp7″ to “711711″ (ends April 30). (via AARP)

7. Chili’s is giving you a free appetizer or dessert when you “like” its Facebook page. While you are there, be sure to "Like" Tampa Bay Freebies too! (via AARP)

8. Pinkberry is giving away Pinkberrygreek yogurt from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Wednesday until April 24. (via AARP)

9. Subway’s deal: Buy one 6-inch sandwich before 9 a.m., get a second one for free (ends April 30). (via AARP)

10. FREE HydroMassage Experience on Tax Day – April 15 – 19 (via Freebie Depot)

Monday, April 1, 2013

I Hate April Fool's Day - It's Not Funny Anymore

april fools 

This holiday used to be about harmless pranks for me. Whoopee cushion on the chair? Funny! Fake dog turd on the floor? Also funny. Dumping me and then saying  "April Fool's"? Not funny! Claiming to have been in a car accident? Also not funny! I even had a teacher tell me once I failed a massive exam because she thought it would be funny since I used to freak the hell out over my grades.

So, needless to say- me and April Fool's REALLY don't get along because people have made it too serious for me.

I will say my husband made me laugh this morning when he informed me HE was pregnant. Funny, silly things are all good...but when you try to make a joke out of something serious it REALLY pisses me off. Even worse is when businesses do it. Worse than that? When media does it. I remember several years ago a radio DJ that claimed NSync's members had all died in a plane crash while touring- this was back when they were at the top of their game so it was really distressing especially since I was a teenager obsessed with the band at the time. To "April Fool's" anything about death, cancer, tragedy, etc...just angers me.

To the critics of me that think I just need to lighten up I say, "NO! I don't." The jokes need to be light for me to be laughing. With all this said can we please go back to the harmless pranks of whoopee cushions, fake turds, fake vomit, toilet paper that has no breaks and other goofy stuff like that? Please and thank you!
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