Monday, February 29, 2016

List: Ten things in your life that you need to declutter.

One of my biggest annoyances in life is unnecessary clutter and the disorganization it creates.
Physical clutter takes up valuable storage space and makes it harder to remain organized.
Mental clutter makes it harder to remain focused and decreases productivity.
Not to mention, Spring is around the corner.  Removing clutter will make Spring cleaning cake!

Ten things in your life that you need to declutter.

1.  Your expired medicines.
If opening your medicine cabinet leads to an avalanche of pill bottles falling on your head, clean it out.
For the love of God, that tube of cream from 1975 is NOT good anymore.  Throw it away!

2.  Dated magazines and newspapers.
After you read it, toss it!  If there's something you want to keep, rip out the article.
Have you ever watched an episode of Hoarders?  Those old newspapers quickly become rat toilets!

3.  Your e-mail inbox.
If I don't clean out my inbox daily it gets flooded with unnecessary correspondence.
A great tip is to unsubscribe from all those pesky marketing e-mails.  I hate them!

4.  Your stock of beauty products.
If you haven't used a specific product in 3 years, it's time to toss it because you clearly don't need it!
I'm infamous for buying a product, not liking it, and then hoarding it in my vanity FOREVER.

5.  Wires without a home.
A few spare cables are good to have, but anymore than that is just clutter.
My husband has a bin downstairs that I call the wire and charger graveyard.  You don't need one too!

6.  Your social media friends and followers.
If you don't know them or don't like them, it's a good time to unfollow or unfriend them.
I keep everything pretty updated except for Twitter.  That site is just a clutter nightmare!

7.  Clothes you long retired.
People save clothes just in case one day they need them.  Give your clothes a time limit.
If you haven't worn it or fit in it for 5 years, I think it's safe to let go.

8.  The infamous mail pile.
Almost everyone I know has a pile in their house of all their mail that they need to go through.
Make a point to go through this pile weekly and eliminate the things you don't really need!

9.  The back of your fridge and freezer.
Things in the fridge go bad quickly so clean it out weekly.  Frozen food lasts longer, but not forever.
I date the things I put into my freezer.  This way I could have a good idea of when to toss things!

10.  Toxic people in your life.
Toxic people are poisonous.  There is absolutely no excuse or reason to keep them hanging around!
Delete their number, block their pages, and ignore their knocks at the door.  Buh BYE clutter!

What things in your life are cluttered and need to be cleaned out?

Monday, February 22, 2016

Life: Technical difficulties.


My computer caught a bug and is currently in the midst of a nasty recovery.
...and this is as much as I can stand to post on my phone...

Happy Monday!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Life: Friday Ramblings


I'm real thankful for...
...a husband that made me feel like a queen on Valentines day.
He spoiled me with a beautiful necklace, homemade breakfast, and dinner at my favorite restaurant!

I'm still in shock over...
...last week's episode of The Walking Dead!
What a great way to end our Valentine's day!

I'm praying hard for...
...my grandmother who is in the hospital battling a wicked case of pneumonia.
I don't want anyone sick, ever, but my nanny suffering hits me especially hard.

I'm still laughing over...
...the Jenga battles with my two year old daughter.
It's crazy how hard my Mushy rips out those blocks and the tower NEVER tips over.

I'll never again...
...cook a skirt steak on a stove top grill in the house.
My house still smells like burnt meat and I swear I still see little puffs of smoke in the air!

I'm wishing lots of luck...
...to a great manager that had to leave us earlier in the week.
As much as he'll be missed, I know that he'll be successful in all his career endeavors!

I'm very unimpressed with...
...Snap Chat.  I finally downloaded this app but I just don't see the hype.
In an effort to save space on my phone, that app is getting uninstalled today.

I'm looking forward to...
...my girl friend's wedding next Friday.
I can't wait to dress up, celebrate, and dance the night away!

What are your Friday ramblings?

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

List: Ten reasons I love social media.

Earlier this month, I posted this article about proper social media etiquette.
I thought this post was mostly common sense so you could imagine my surprise when I got hate mail!
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, R&W officially got HATE MAIL!

This person can't understand why I heavily participate in social media and then hate on it.
Please let it be known that I do not, by any means, hate or even dislike social media.
In fact, it's the opposite!  I think it's a great tool for both business and personal reasons.
I can't believe that I'm defending a post that was clearly about people who misuse social media.

Ten reasons I love social media.

1.  People who are far away seem very close.
We all have those friends and family members that we rarely see.  Social media closes that gap!
Two years past since I saw a friend.  Facebook made it seem like I didn't miss a beat!

2.  Long distance communication is free.
With apps like Facebook, you can call or message people from other countries at no charge.
My husband is always calling his aunts in Brazil and Switzerland through Facebook for FREE! 

3.  There are unlimited opportunities to meet new people.
From dating sites to blogging, there are millions of different ways to meet new people.
I've met many amazing people through social media including many of YOU!

4.  It's a great marketing tool.
You can market anything from your used clothes to your new business through social media.
Social media is really a very effective way to promote any service or good for sale!

5.  It opens many different doors for your career.
Social media tools like Linked In are great ways to find career opportunities and post your resume.
You never know who is going to find your page or what they're going to offer you.

6.  There is an unbelieveable wealth of information.
People are constantly sharing articles of interest on social media that educate others.
I've read many articles that I never would have even thought to research because of social media.

7.  There's always someone willing to help.
You can post a question on Yahoo answers, Facebook, or wherever.  Either way, someone will answer.
You just have to be able to filter through the reliable and unreliable responses!

8.   It's entertaining.
Whether it's a good conversation, looking at a long lost friend's pictures, or playing a game it IS fun.
And who doesn't like to participate in a good form of entertainment?

9.  It's like your own record of memories.
Social media is a great way to save all your photos, videos, and memories.
The best part is that all of those memories are usually stamped with a time and date!

10.  You'll find someone to send hate mail.
Because, you know, some people just don't have anything better to do.
Smh...

Why do you love social media?

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

List: Ten words men should never say.

 Sticking to the manly man theme this week I thought it'd be fun to bring this topic back.
This is the series where we picture a manly man and cringe at them saying certain things!
 
Men and women alike all have those certain pet peeve words that trigger inner turmoil.
These words make us do a double take to the person who actually said it out loud.
Sometimes these words even warrant calling them out for actually saying them!
For me, it's when obvious he-men say things that aren't very manly!
 
Ten words manly men should never say.  
 
1.  Cocktail
"Would you like to go out some time?  We could relax at a local bar and sip a cocktail!"
Really, dude?  A cocktail?!  No thanks...

2.  Panties
"I got you exactly what you wanted for Christmas!  I bought those sexy new panties you asked for."
Did you really just use the word panties?  Never again...

3.  Co-inky Dink
"You're an accountant too?!  What a co-inky dink!!"
Excuse me as I walk away slowly...

4.  Samzies
"Whats up?"  "Nothing, you?"  "Samzies!"
That one actually happened to me.  And, no, I'm not joking...

5.  Fabulous
"I just had the most fabulous piece of rib eye steak in my entire life!"
You just took a manly meal and turned it into a tea party.  Sigh...

6.  Divas
"I'm starring in this new film, but the lead actress is such a diva."
Oh really?  A diva!  Do you even know the qualifications of such a title, bro?

7.  Giggle
"I just heard the funniest joke.  It made me giggle."
Men don't giggle.  Chuckle, maybe, but they definitely do not giggle.
8.  Tummy
"I think the cheese in the fridge is bad.  It made my tummy hurt."
I could see a he-man with a stomach, abs, or even a gut...but a tummy?  Nope...
9.  Stinky
"Can you take out the trash?  It's stinky!"
There's a reason why Hefty didn't hire a man for their commercials!
 
10.  Smidgden
"Can you smear just a smidgen of that on the bagel please?"
Men don't do smidgens of anything.  Speaking of which, they shouldn't smear either!
 
What words do you think men should avoid? 

Monday, February 8, 2016

List: Ten ways to be a nice guy.

The company I work for has me surrounded by many different men at all times of the day.
It's not as amazing as it sounds, ladies, trust me on that one!!  haha 
 The one thing I learned during this time is that all of the "manly" stereotypes are completely false.
Men have cliques, they talk crap, they enjoy a juicy story, and they're real competitive.
It's crazy when the majority of company rumors all start with the gossiping manly men!

The ladies of the office have each taken a group of these men under their wing. 
I, too, am guilty of being a part of my own clique of co-working men.
I jokingly call our clique "the nice guy list"!
  Truth is I gravitate to the nice guys.  You know, the chivalrous, good guy with a baby face!

A close co-working buddy of mine always jokingly asks "How do I get on the nice guy list?".
It's real simple, boys!  But, no worries, I'll spell it out for you with a real NICE list.

Ten ways to get on the nice guy list. 

1.  Be chivalrous.
  It's all about holding doors open, doing the heavy lifting, and being a natural knight.
Yes, there are still men that hold doors open and walk you to your car in the dark.  I work with them!

2.  Limit the wandering eye. 
Keep eye contact and don't be blatantly obvious about checking out the woman next to us.
There's nothing more awkward then when you're talking to men who aren't looking at your face!

3.  Genuinely offer to help.
   There's nothing more nice guy-ish then someone who really goes out of their way to help people.
 Last week, one of my nice guys voluntarily pushed out BY HAND everyone that was stuck in the snow.

4.  Be polite.
It's obnoxious when men forget common decencies such as "please" and "thank you".
It irritates me to no end when some men think they're justified in demanding instead of asking.

5.  Don't be obnoxiously conceited.
There's nothing wrong with being a little confident, but conceited men that only brag kill me.
You know the type!  The ones that only converse about how amazing they are at everything!

6.  Be attentive...
Nice guys have a tendency to notice things that other men don't.
It could be as simple as noticing a hair cut or as complicated as recognizing a job well done!

7.  ...but don't demand attention.
I'm all about conversation and joking around, but there's a fine line between friendly and obnoxious.
  Don't be that guy that needs constant attention and validation.

8.  Know how to keep a secret.
A nice guy is someone you can trust to keep your secrets and keep others.
The man that's always spilling other people's dirty laundry is most likely going to spill yours too! 

9.  Have a sense of humor.
A nice guy likes to laugh and also enjoys to make other people laugh.
   I  mean, how could you not put the man that makes everyone smile on the nice guy list?!

10.  Don't be offended by being a nice guy.
Believe it or not, some men just don't want to be nice.
Chances are that if they don't want to be labeled as nice, then they're just not.

What are your "nice guys" like?

Friday, February 5, 2016

Life: Friday Ramblings


Currently fuming over...
...the spilled wine and coffee on my brand new freaking area rug!
Rant:  I don't bring food or beverages into YOUR living room, why are you bringing it into mine?
I was so worried about the couches, I didn't even think to cover the carpet with throw blankets!

Currently grateful for...
...the best friend ever!
She's the girl that waits for everyone to leave and stays until all the pieces are back together.
She's also talked me off the ledge a time or ten!

Currently relieved that...
...I finally found a dress to wear to my girl friend's wedding in a couple of weeks!
Let's just say that I went up a dress size and developed a body part I never had; a butt.
I tried on about 200 dresses from 7 different stores and only found ONE that I liked.  Thank you BCBG!

Completely baffled by...
...crazy co-workers that can't live without gossip and drama.
We're talking bat crap crazy that will make stories just to stir up some juice!
I love me a good story, but please stop trying to ruin reputations for your own entertainment.

Currently playing...
...Words with Friends.  Remember that game from like 3 years ago?
I've recently been challenged and now I can't seem to put the damn game down!
Part of this may be because I can't seem to beat the other person.  I will win.  I will!

Currently debating...
...whether or not to empty out my voicemail box.
I mean, I never listen to voicemails so maybe it's good to just keep it full.
Is going through over 300 voicemails really worth it to just stop my mom from complaining?!

I'm completely and absolutely obsessed with...
...these HOT new pair of shoes I surprised myself with.
They are the perfect addition to my closet and pair magically with my new dress!
Although my husband wasn't a happy camper.  But, then WHY take me into Kenneth Cole?  Smh...

Currently beaming with pride...
...because my 2 year old little mushy learned how to spell her first word; Car!
I almost eeped myself to death after hearing her say "Car, car, C-A-R".
The school she attends really is amazing.  Now if only they can get her to go on the potty!

What are your Friday ramblings?

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

List: Ten tips for proper social media etiquette.

Recently I've been waking up in the morning and grabbing my phone to view drama.
A very close and dear family member of mine has been getting into what I call Facebook wars.
Facebook War:  A battle that should be fought in private, but is displayed on Facebook for all to see and chime in!

I'm ashamed to admit that in the beginning I was entertained by reading the drama.
While I never actually participated, I still read line by line out loud to my husband.
By the end of the week, my feelings shifted from entertained to completely embarrassed.
I realized all of the people that this war was reaching and quickly got mortified.
 People judge you based on your social media and my family member was totally being judged!

Instead of engaging in following the drama, I put this person on a social media time out.
I also laid out some very serious social media guidelines for them.
Since I'm shocked at how far this war went, I'm extending this list to all of you!

Ten tips for proper social media etiquette. 

1.  Be open to seeing other people's opinions.
It's guaranteed that you will be bombarded with other peoples opinions from politics to beauty tips!
Remain willing to see other people's opinions without getting offended or bothered.
You don't have to agree with their opinions, but it's ridiculous to feel the need to debate all of them.

2.  Be conscious of offensive posts.
This totally goes both ways!  I've seen everything posted from racist comments to parental bashings.
Try to not be sensitive to offensive posts you will see.  Try not to post offensive posts.
If you're constantly offended by the same person, for the love of god, unfriend them!

3.  Do not make your cell phone public.
I never understood why people feel the need to post their phone number.
Simple REFUSE to post your phone number or any contact information publicly.
I love when people post their number and then complain when they get unwanted calls!

4.  Keep posts age appropriate.
Children love to look through pictures.  Remember that young children may be exposed to your posts.
Be sensitive to your social media friends that have children and don't post anything X rated.
Once again, if someone is constantly posting inappropriate things, then just unfriend them!

5.  Keep your personal drama personal.
As entertaining as those posts are, nobody needs to know all of your business.
Do not publicly post any of your personal drama or people will publicly judge you.
It's crazy how people post their life for the world to see and then complain people are talking!

6.  Limit your friends list.
Your personal page should be limited to people you feel safe being connected to.
Eliminate the "friends" that make you feel uncomfortable or that are complete strangers.
After you clean out your friends list you're going to feel surprisingly amazing!  I swear!

7.  Refrain from any form of bullying.
Bullying comes in many forms and you need to not participate in any of it.
Do not perform any act that can be considered bullying whether it involves friends or strangers.
This goes hand in hand with NOT publicly bashing your friends in posts.  Sigh...

8.  Only ask for advice when you really want it.
Many people put posts begging for advice and tips on all aspects of life.
Do not ask for advice unless you really are open to hear what everybody has to say.
I never understood those people that ask a question and then bug out when other people respond.

9.  Don't allow social media to become your life.
Way too many people live on social media.  Get off of it and start to live your REAL life. 
Limit your use of social media so that you can enjoy your real life and not just your virtual one.
A huge pet peeve of mine is when you're out and people are glued to their phone.  Get off of it!

10.  Don't ever screenshot personal conversations and post them.
For the golden rule of the day:  Don't publicly display personal conversations.
If someone trusts you enough to have a convo with you, don't post it for all to see, judge, and comment.
I know that this last one should be considered common sense, but trust me when I say it's not.

What are your social media tips?

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