Thursday, May 31, 2012

TV: Best New Shows of 2012

Tuesday night was the season finale of New Girl.
Don't talk about it because I totally missed it!  Thank goodness for Hulu.com!
That was the last season finale episode for this year out of the shows that I watch.
All that's left for me to view now is the same Real Housewives reruns over and over again.

Typically I'm a very loyal fan watching the same shows year after year.
This year I've added a few new shows to my list.
That's what happens when you break up with your boyfriend and discover hybrid classes!

Which new shows did Jax add to her list for her viewing pleasure?

1.  Once Upon A Time
I instantly fell in love with this show!  It was an excellent season and I can't wait for next year.
Initially I refused to watch this show, but Brother and Madre pushed me to.
Anyone else spy a sexy Jamie Dornan in the background?  Yum!

2.  Scandal
This show started out slow, but as the season went on the juice came out!
Besides, the interactive texting with Peaches throughout each episode made it even better...

3.  New Girl
If I had to vote best new show of 2012, I would totally pick New Girl.
There wasn't one episode where I didn't laugh until almost peeing point.  The plot was also very juicy, unexpected, and one of my biggest girl crushes had the leading role!
I can't wait until next season because I really, really want Nick and Jess to hook up!
If that happened in the season finale, don't tell me because I still need to watch it...Keep the mouth closed!!

4.  The Secret Circle
This show was beyond juicy!  There wasn't a slow episode.  It passed with flying colors in terms of drama, romance, and character development.  It was the perfect show for the Thurs. night at 9 time slot on the CW.
Yes, I was put into a serious case of denial when I found out this show was canceled!  Grrrr!!!!!!

5.  Revenge
My GodMother suggested that I watch this show.  I tried to fight it, but gave in.
I ended up watching the first few episodes on Hulu all in a row.  It was so good!  There were a few slow episodes, but all in all it was great!!  This show also win's the Jax award for BEST season finale!!
You know it's a real good show when I'm watching it without any sexy beefcake to drool over!

What were your favorite new shows this season?

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Dating: How old is too old?


A few weeks back, I was in the office building restroom washing my hands when a coworker approached me for some chit chat.  I politely smiled and listened to my coworker's story.
For the record, this coworker is 78 years old and the sweetest, quietest woman I ever met!

"Jax, I've had a rough week.  My girlfriend told me to check out Home Depot for some rough, older men who know how to work a chain saw.  I figured what the hell and hopped in the car. I've gone every night this week and all I have to show for it is a pile of screws, pun intended!"

This coworker just went from the sweet, old lady who works with a magnifying glass to a woman on a mission!
You had to be there to completely grasp the naughtiness in her words.  Her eyes were shining!

I'm no stranger to older women finding a beau.
My Aunt Tootsie is 98 years old and seeing a "young boy" at the ripe age of 72.
You know you had a blessed life when you call a 72 year old man a "young boy".

Like many of life's adventures, this left me thinking.

Is there ever a point in life when an individual becomes too old to date?

Jax says absolutely not!  No matter how old a person is, they still can feel the ping of loneliness.  Whether they are seriously going out there to hunt for beefcake or just looking for companionship, men and women of all ages should be "dating".
Unless, of course, they are going to participate in a Facebook relationship with status wars.  This actually happened to a couple in their 80s that I know.  I swear, it's true!

How old do you think is too old to go on dates?

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Summer Is Here!

Memorial Day has come and gone.
Memorial Day is the landmark where Spring ends and Summer begins in NY.
Everyone in NY ventured off to the beach or an outdoor bbq to soak in the "summer" rays!
I know it's not the official date, but to me summer starts Memorial Day and ends on Labor Day.

In celebration of the start of the best 3 months of the year, here's a list dedicated to the summer.
Did I mention that I'm a summer baby?  I'm not bias or anything...

Here are Jax's top 10 favorite things about the summer!

10.  Beach
The beach is one of my favorite places!  It's peaceful and gives you a rocking tan!
Only thing is I skeeve the water and hate the sand, but that's why they make beach towels.  Right?!

9.  Windows Down
This is the season to roll your car windows down and rock out to some popping music!
You can also open your house windows for some relaxing fresh air.
Just don't blast the music too loud in your apartment.  Wouldn't want to piss the land lords off!

8.  Pedicures
Take off your shoes and rock those sandals!  Time to dust off your feet and go get a spa pedicure!
Not to mention the fun colors that are totally acceptable to rock this season!  Bright pink? Yes, please!


7.  Yellow Bikinis
My Saturday and Sunday wear will now involve a yellow bikini all day long!  Wether it's to rock at the beach or just under a sundress, my yellow bikinis will surface from the back of the drawer all over again!!
That's a great reminder to get back on that diet to lose the Winter chub.  Yep, back on that!


6.  Walking
My summer days and nights include traveling to all different villages just for walks.  Maybe along a boardwalk or through a town filled with boutiques.  Either way, it's great bonding time with a girlfriend!
This also assists me with confidently rocking my yellow bikinis!


5.  RoadTrips
This is the season for road trips.  I already have 2 or 3 in the works and I can't wait!
Hello more summer memories!


4.  Brand New
Soco Amaretto Lime will forever be my summer song and ringtone.  It always makes me smile!
You can listen to this song here.  Totally one of my favorite songs and worth a listen!


3.  Energy
Maybe I'm crazy, but I seem to be full of energy all throughout the summer.
If you're going with crazy, then just move along to #2...


2.  Fruit
The summer is full of the yummiest fruits!  Hello peaches, plums, melons, and berries!
I already made my lunches for the week packed with fresh blackberries and blueberries.  Yum!


1.  Time
College is on break.  The days are longer.  Vacation days are just sitting there.
The best part of the Summer is all the extra time you have to do the things that you love!
...that would totally include everything in this list and then some...


What is your favorite part of the summer?

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day


Happy Memorial Day!

Memorial day is not all about barbecues.
Memorial day isn't just the day everyone opens up their pools.
Memorial day is not just another long weekend.
Memorial day isn't just an excuse to indulge in tri-colored pasta.
Memorial day isn't just an ok to start wearing white clothes again.
Ok, so maybe it's a little bit of those things, but it's mostly something else.

Memorial Day is a set day for American's to recognize and appreciate all the men and women who served our country.  These are the men and women who sacrificed their lives for the United States of America.

How will you be spending Memorial Day?

Friday, May 25, 2012

Sexy Accents

If there is one thing that can change a guy from average to smoking hot, it's an accent.
Accents just make girls melt into a puddle right onto the floor.
There's something real sexy about someone who is foreign, new, and exciting.
It's like an adventure in a body!  I mean, a man with an accent is the next best thing to traveling.  Right?

Since it's Friday, I thought we would do a fun post about something hot!
Anyone else thinking "Chris Hemsworth" and "yum" at the same time??




Here are the top 8 sexiest accents according to Jax.


8.  Swedish
Imagine Arnold Schwarzenegger except a little less harsh.
Will you get that Swedish Muppet Chef out of your head?  It doesn't sound like that at all!


7.  Irish
This accent is completely enchanting!  It really makes the ladies swoon.
My Irishman friend was usually drunk and mumbling nonsense, but it was still totally hot!


6.  Australian
There's a reason why there are so many famous Australian actors.  It's the accent!
In honor of #8, scroll up again and drool over Mr. Hemsworth.  Yum!!!


5.  Zimbabwean 
Have you ever heard this one before?  If not, it's totally worth Youtubing!  
It's very delicious!


4.  Italian
Something about a man saying Mozzarella that way really does it for me!
A man with this accent is allowed to leave me messages saying any random word he pleases!


3.  Puerto Rican
A Puerto Rican can make anything sound sexy.
It's the way they roll their "R"s, pronounce their "A"s, and just add sexiness to anything!


2.  British
This one is a total classic.  It makes everyone swoon!!
Think of all the men you've heard talk British.  Did you melt?  My point exactly...


1.  French
My all time favorite sexy accent is French!  It's just hotter than hot!
Anyone else get hot and bothered anytime a French person talks?  Think Gilles Marini ;)


What accents do you think are the sexiest?

Thursday, May 24, 2012

JaxGame: Childhood Stories

In honor of Madre's birthday week, I thought it would be fun to play a little game.
Who doesn't love a Jax game?  I know you all do, so shush!!

Have you ever been sitting around in a group setting amongst your closest friends and family when someone decides to open their big, fat mouths?  Out comes one of those childhood stories that you wished stayed in the vault with a triple lock.
You see where I'm going here?  You might want to get that vaults key...

For this game, let's all share one of our infamously embarrassing childhood stories.
Aim for a story that would make you cringe while trying to yell a quick deterrent from the climax.
Come on guys, make it juicy!!!
I'll start.

When Jax was about 11 years old, she decided that she wanted to be British.  
She would drink English breakfast tea, rock a knock off Burberry scarf, and obsess over scones.
The worst part of this "phase" was the fake British accent she would speak in for well over a year.  Imagine this large Italian family with a little girl talking in an English accent.  The Viking decided it was best to ignore the "phase" and let it fade out naturally.  
I want to know how my parents kept a straight face when I answered them in British!

What's your embarrassing childhood story?

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I mean, you all know I love a good excuse to yap...


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Happy Birthday!: Madre

This past weekend was Madre's birthday.
She turned 49, but decided to celebrate her 50th birthday instead.
She called it her "unbirthday".  It was a very merry unbirthday.
Wishing you a very happy birthday, Madre!


While Madre and I partake in our share of bickering, we have a great relationship!
We're Italian.  We're supposed to bicker.  It's how we say "I care about you"!

This post is dedicated to my mother, her real birthday, and her celebrated unbirthday.
Here are 10 ways a mom says she cares without actually using the words!

1.  Yelling
Mothers yell at you because they love you.
Besides, sometimes that's the only way they can really be heard!

2.  Food
Mothers shove food down your throat because they love you.
There's something comforting about Madre always trying to feed me and others.

3.  Nicknames
Mothers call you pet names out of pure love.
Madre likes to call us "asses", but we know it's  her equivalent of "sweetheart".  It is.  I swear!

4.  Pharmacy
Mothers let you treat their medicine cabinet like a drug store because they love you.
Who goes to the store for Band-Aids when you can just stop at Madre's house instead?

5.  Tea
Mothers make you tea with love.
Besides, think of all the great conversations held over a cup of tea!

6.  Phone Calls
Mothers call 5 billion times a day with messages of love.
Those phone calls are how Madre knows I'm alive, well, and in good spirits!

7.  Dramatize
Mothers exaggerate stories because of love.
After all, they don't want you to make the same silly mistakes that they made!

8.  Punish
Mothers punishments are acts of love.
How else would you become an acceptable member of society?

9.  Warnings
Mothers warnings are told with love.
It's not nagging.  It's solid advice that you should take!  Madre almost always knows best.

10.  Wake Up
Mothers give wake up calls out of pure love.
Madre knows if she don't wake me up 3 hours ahead of time, there's a 50% chance I'll be late.

How does your mom say "I Love You" without using words?

Monday, May 21, 2012

Happy Birthday Muffin: Winner!

Today is the day that you all have been waiting for!
Seriously, I know you've all been dying to know!
Today I announce the big winner from my Happy Birthday Muffin contest.

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For those of you just joining us (or just too lazy to click the link), here's a run down.
A Happy Birthday Muffin is a great gift for anyone's birthday!
It's a unique, fun, and personal way to wish someone a very merry birthday.
It comes with a delicious muffin, a keepsake box, a fun spork, a reusable coaster, and a birthday card printed on a magnet.


All of that is yours for just one price without the hassle of paying tax or shipping and handling.
Happy Birthday Muffin takes care of all that for you.
No, it's true!!  You can put the calculator down...
It's one of the nicest gifts that you can send someone on their birthday for the set price of $25.

HappyBirthdayMuffin is giving my readers $5 off from now through the end of june!
All you have to do is type in the coupon code "JAXMUFFIN" at check out.
So easy and a great deal!  I mean, it's cheaper than flowers and you can't even eat those!

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Now for the big winner.
The winner of the Happy Birthday Muffin contest is Caitlin.
Congratulations!!  I'll be e-mailing you the coupon code for your free muffin today!
Can't wait to hear your acceptance speech below!  So, who are you sending it to?  Who?!  

Thank you all for participating!  It's been so fun to share my muffin story with you.
Now, go check out Happy Birthday Muffin to create your own!

Friday, May 18, 2012

I Skeeve: Reusable Bags

I'm that person who carries around a pocketbook the size of luggage, another bag with my day's goodies, a second store brand reusable bag of "just in case"s and a coffee cup.
On a rainy day, add an umbrella.
My family and friends always tease me by calling me the bag lady.


Why am I filling your head with all this useless knowledge about myself?  I'll tell you!
It turns out that these reusable shopping bags are the cause of massive virus outbreaks such as the norovirus epidemic in Oregon.  These bags happen to be a germ fest!!!

I was completely ignorant of my dirty little habit until I stumbled across this article.
Thank you, Glamour, for once again saving my life!
My Sunday Skeeve-Fest will now include bleaching my keys, sanitizing EVERY door knob, and scrubbing the ever living crap out of all my reusable bags.

I'm all for saving the environment, so I won't be taking this skivatzo lesson too far.
I'll continue to ditch the plastic bags for my reusable Target bags in attempt to save landfills.
Besides, they make an awesome lunch bag!

Have you been washing your reusable bags?


Don't forget to join in on the fun with the Happy Birthday Muffin giveaway!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Cheap Dates

Someone dear to me has finally gotten the courage to ask out the girl of his dreams.
I'm ecstatic to say that this story has a happy ending!
Mind out of the gutter people.  Ok, thanks...
Things have been going well, but the person dear to me has run out of date ideas!
There is just one problem.  This person cannot afford to constantly dish out hefty sums of dough in order to keep his woman happy.  That's when he came to me for some solid advice!
Guess he got word about my awesome and extremely helpful lists!  ;)

Here are 10 Cheap Date Ideas.

1.  Walk
I know, it's totally cliche, but it's a classic for a reason!
Taking a girl for a walk around a nice, scenic area is not only romantic, but it's great exercise!  She'll love you for pumping the communication juice and be grateful for those calories burned.  

2.  Car
Washing the car may not sound like a great date idea, but it's actually loads of fun.  It opens doors for play and flirting!  Clearly, this idea is dependent upon nice weather.  Don't make the poor girl do this in the rain. 
Besides, in the end your cars will be shining!!

3.  Coach Potato
Put on the PJs, pour the wine, and bust out the movie marathon!
Want some extra fun?  Pick out a favorite actor or theme with your dvds.
Hellooo snuggle time!

4.  Monopoly
Being the extremely competitive person I am, I totally enjoy Monopoly dates!
Bust out the wine and dip.  Then lay out the stakes!  Loser has to do something naughty.
Don't like Monopoly?  Try Battle Of the Sexes!


5.  Farmers Market
Fresh fruit and cheese samples in the midst of a great atmosphere sounds like a lovely date!
Be adventurous and dare each other to test new foods.


6.  Adventure
Pick a nearby city that neither of you have ever been.  Get in the car and drive!  You can do a walking tour and really grasp the feel for the city.  You never know, you could stumble upon a new spot!
Some of the best times are the result of a spontaneous adventure!


7.  Cooking
Pick a random recipe and then divvy up the duties.  Cook a fancy meal while blasting the music.
I mean, who doesn't like to bust into song and dance after chopping up veggies?  I do!!


8.  Amateur Comedians
Some schools or comedy clubs have amateur comedians put on shows for practice.  They are free to view and fun to attend!  I mean, if they are bad, you may end up laughing at how horrible their jokes are!


9.  Darts
Go to that little, hole in the wall bar in your town.  Order a cheap drink and play a competitive game of darts!  Have fun with the winner's prize as well.
Once you start hitting the wall instead of the dart board, you may want to put the drink down!


10.  Haunted
Drive around to all the different "real" haunted houses in your area!  See if you can spook each other out.  Some of the best times on a date happen b/c someone got a little spooked!
In high school boys used to take me to "haunted" cemeteries or the Amittyville Horror house.  Freaky!


What are your favorite cheap date ideas?


Don't forget to join in on the fun with the Happy Birthday Muffin giveaway!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Scandalous: Birthday Suit Massage

I'm sure by now you have all heard the crazy allegations against the beloved John Travolta.
If not, you can read all about the juice making headlines everywhere here.
This post is not about the John Travolta scandal.  Personally, I think it's absurd and totally not true! 
However, it did make for a great discussion between Peaches and I.


 Let's say that your boyfriend or husband was offered $12,000 to massage another man fully nude.  You know the possibilities of what that could include.  Now let's say that your partner approached you considering the offer and asking for your advice and/or permission.
Gentlemen, take the same situation but make it flip it around.

What conclusion did Peaches and Jax come to?

If you want to go massage another man nude for 12 grand, go right ahead.  Just make sure you bring that money home.  If you want to do it again next week, there will be no complaints either.
I mean, we're talking 12 grand for a massage here people!!  Cha Chingggg!

If there are other more inappropriate things at play here, clearly that would change our mind.  Maybe...  But for a simple back rub while flashing the goods, why not? 

Would you give your man/woman the ok to massage someone in the nude for a hefty sum of cash? 



Don't forget to join in on the fun with the Happy Birthday Muffin giveaway!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Happy Birthday Muffins

Have you ever been completely lost as to what to give someone as a gift for their birthday?
Join the club!  Everyone loves picture frames or candles, right?  Right?!  Maybe not...

I have no need to worry about shopping for a clever or unique gift anymore!
I discovered the Happy Birthday Muffin.
It's a fun, totally different gift that is guaranteed to put a smile on the birthday person's face!

How does Jax know how amazing this gift really is?
Last week I received my very own Happy Birthday Muffin!





This wouldn't be a R&W post without a list...
Here are 8 reasons why a Happy Birthday Muffin makes an awesome gift!

1.  Delicious
The double chocolate chip muffin that I ate was so yum!  It was fresh, moist and very chocolaty.
Think brownie but in a surprisingly delicious muffin form!  Ok, stop drooling on the computer...

2.  Spork
It came with its very own bamboo spork specifically designed to chow down on a muffin.
The spork even comes in its own little package with a napkin!

3.  Coaster
The muffin pleasantly sits on a reusable, fun coaster as it's wrapped beautifully in cellophane tied together with a colorful ribbon.
My coaster has quickly become a staple in my cubicle.  Hello new resting spot for my coffee!

4.  Special
The package is designed to make you feel special.
I mean, who shares a muffin?

5.  Magnetic Birthday Card
The gift comes with a birthday card printed on a high quality magnet.  You can personalize this card with any fun message you want!  This is a message the receiver can stick on the fridge and read for life!
Want to laugh?  Check out the clever messages prewritten for you on their website!

6.  All Inclusive
Each order is so easy to place!  The price includes everything, even tax and shipping.
Did I mention the order process is real user friendly??  Trust me.  I'm tech challenged!

7.  Box
The muffin is delivered in a box that's meant to be saved.  It's a great keepsake.
Mine has been stuffed with knick knacks and put on display!

8.  Unique
I mean, who would ever expect a high class muffin for their birthday?
Put the boring, overplayed fruit creation down!!

Here's the fun part!!!
The lovely people at Happy Birthday Muffin agreed to give away a free gift for you to send to anyone your heart desires!  Talk about an easy out on buying a birthday gift!

The winner will receive a free muffin to send to their birthday person of choice.
It comes with the delicious muffin, a keepsake box, a reusable coaster, a fun spork, and the magnetic birthday card that will be saved for life.


The winner will be announced next Monday, May 21.
HBM can only ship to an address within the continental US.

The rules to enter this contest are simple.
There will be a maximum of 4 entries per person.
Each entry will be submitted by doing one of the following 4 options.
No cheating people!  Jax will be checking!

1.  Follow HBM on Twitter.
2.  Like HBM on Facebook.
3.  Tweet about the contest or RT this.
4.  Make a Facebook post about the contest.

For each entry please notify me in the comments below.
Also include your e-mail address and twitter name.
Best of luck to all of you!!

Will you be entering the Happy Birthday Muffin contest?

Friday, May 11, 2012

Chivalry: Opening The Door

Holy season finales!!!!!!!!!!!
Who watched Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle last night?
If not, I envy you because you can watch them all new for the first time!!!

I cried more than usual while I watched these shows.  Juicy and smoking hot is an understatement!!
In honor of a whole 4 months without any VD or TSC, here are the 2 men that make my Thursday nights sizzle.  Are you high yet?  I am!  Yum...





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A few days ago, a few of my friends were discussing the act of a man opening the door for a lady.

Buddy says that he doesn't open for strangers anymore because the ladies don't say thank you.
Neighbor says that a man doesn't respect women if he doesn't open the door.
Tab always opens the door for ladies because his mother told him to.
The Viking and Brother always open all doors for me.  Just sayin...

What does Jax think about this act of chivalry?

If you asked me this 3 years ago I would have told you that it's awkward and uncomfortable.  It makes me feel useless and like some dainty little princess.  Why should I stand there motionless while I wait for some man to open a simple door for me that I'm capable of doing myself?
I guess that's how one thinks when they spent their life as one of the boys...

Now I realize that it's an act of respect and a form of chivalry.
I think all men should open doors for women.
Besides, don't you want to give off a great first impression, gentlemen??

What do you think about men opening doors?  Is a chivalrous do or a control freak don't?

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