you can thank me later.

i have been a magazine hoarder these last few months, and a few days ago i finally decided to go through my endless collection of very informative magazines, and by informative of course i am talking about vogue, cosmo and self. if you want i can sit here and give you a synopsis of the do’s and don’ts in the fashion world, how to properly have a fight via text with your boyfriend and share about 47 recipes, and exercises that i plan to incorporate in my life sometime this millennium, or,  i can just tell you my absolute favorite discovery, an app. yes, as in an application for you cell phone (well only iPhone/ipad and android users) everyone else, cmon now… we are in 2013.

this app is unlike any app out there. this one is geared for the person who enjoys the fit life, needs some motivation while working out, or just wants to listen to some damn good mixes. i can promise you, this app will become your new best friend.

back in the day i used to download my own music, upload the songs to my itunes,  spend hours making a playlist that i eventually would get sick of and never listen to again. then, i thought with the discovery of pandora, my life was changed forever, but with pandora comes the same 20 songs and commercials every 10 minutes – yes time is saved, but the aggravation still lingers. about a week ago, while i was flipping through self (or was it women’s health, maybe it was fitness magazine)  there was a list of apps for the fitness junkie. i had most of them, since i always download the latest calorie counter or fad diet app, use it for a week then forget it exists. mixed in the list was FIT RADIO, an app for those who like to workout.

fitradiothe concept behind FIT radio, is like pandora but not, because it is so much better. NO commercials, just the best workout mixes in the entire world. after i downloaded the app i had to try it out, so i went for a run, and if you know me the stair master i’d die for, but a treadmill…. lets just say i would rather do 100 burpees!  i ran for so long that by the time i had realized i was running, it had been15 minutes! i almost went into cardiac arrest when i discovered i ran for so long with out a single negative thought and cursing the person who invented a treadmill in my head. it had to be FIT Radio. it was like a new romance had just sparked. i wanted to tell everyone about it, and this week  i found my self getting excited at the thought of doing cardio.

what is so awesome about FIT Radio? well, you can choose a genre geared to your target BPM. the application also offers stations targeted to a certain workout – 10k/5k run, zumba!, 90’s in the gym etc. it even offers a station for our beloved meat heads. FIT radio’s mission is to increase motivation, stimulate endorphins, and amp workouts, and i can testify, it does. OH, and did i mention, IT IS FREE.

i put it to test yesterday in my gym class. the instructor needed music, so i generously offered my phone. after each song that played i could hear people “omg this mix is awesome,” and i gushed to myself as if i was the dj that created the mix.

xoxo.

just don’t sniff it.

at my current job i am the social media director/guru/expert/princess/specialist/ruler … (that is what i go by in the office) and one of the clients i deal with, well three of the clients are wine bars. so as the social media queen i post a lot of interesting facts about wine. i think i might even start calling myself a wine connoisseur. i seriously spend the majority of my day looking up facts, articles and cool videos. as a gift to all of you, i would like to share my favorite findings to enhance your knowledge of wine and maybe impress a few people..  so please take notes ;].

lets start off with the healthy side of wine. who would have thought that an alcoholic beverage can actually do more good than harm. this intrigued me… i’m not going to go into full detail but i will list a few of the health benefits. in men, there is evidence that moderate wine consumption is associated with a significant reduction in cardiovascular disease and cancer. women, a study said that women who drink wine have fewer kidney stones, have higher bone mass and a glass of red wine a day reduces the risk of ovarian cancer by 50 percent. wine also cuts the risk of a stroke, anddd get this, it is like the fountain of youth, studies have found that you actually live longer, if that is the case i shall be around for my great great great grand kids! my favorite health facts: it improves memory! (thank god something that can improve my memory), also (this one is the best) people who drink wine on the daily are said to have lower body mass than those who indulge occasionally. whaaat uppp! aside from the health benefits, the amount of calories in a glass of wine was by far the ultimate fact. of course the calorie count is based on one glass of wine, but c’mon who really drinks just one glass. but at least you don’t feel as guilty compared to when you drink liquor. with that said, there are about 80 calories in a 4 oz. glass of white zinfandel, while there are about 80 calories in a 4oz. glass of red wine.

things you should know:
– an Italian study argues that women who drink two glasses of wine a day have better sex than those who don’t drink at all.
– a “cork-tease” is someone who constantly talks about the wine he or she will open but never does.
– California, New York, and Florida lead the United States in wine consumption.
– Oenophobia is an intense fear or hatred of wine.
– top three imported wines sold in the U.S. are Yellowtail (Australia), Cavit (Italy), and Concha y Toro (Chile).

personally, i am a red wine drinker. i love a merlot or a cabernet sauvignon, but blends are my favorite. both bottles of red wine that i prefer are reasonably priced.

yellow tail, a cabernet merlot blend is the best.
this bottle can be bought at a local cvs, windixie, publix.. $6 (soooo cheap and sooooo good!)

Ménage à Trois Red – a blend of 3 different red wines.
also found at a local cvs, publix or windixie. $12

tips when ordering/ways to impress a girl:

at a restaurant, let the sommelier (waiter/server) pour the wine into your glass. gently swirl the wine, i repeat, GENTLY… use those muscles for something else! sniff it. sip it. hesitate. don’t say yes until you have maybe tried it a second time.

the waiter sommelier, most likely will present a cork to you when you order a bottle of wine. moment of truth, what the eff do you do? look at it to be certain that it is intact and not dried out, and that is it. please do not sniff it.

some people have trouble pronouncing names of wines, so stick with labels you can pronounce, and if you want to choose a wine you can’t pronounce, just point. (i  know i know, your mother always told you not to point, but in a situation like this, anything goes!)

don’t look nervous.

remember: white wine with fish, red wine with meat and champagne with anything.

just call me betty crocker.

if you know me, you know the kitchen and i don’t mix, unless of course i am making myself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. i can count the amount of times on one hand that i have cooked a meal for myself other than eggs, and pasta (which i didn’t know how to make until i got to college.) college was a big four years for me in the learning to do things on my own phase of my life. freshman year, i learned how to open a can of tuna with a can opener.. junior year, i learned how to cut an onion, these may be very simple things for most people but i, the spoiled child that i was growing up had no idea how to do anything. i used to be in-charge of the sweet potatoes with marshmallows on thanksgiving, but that quickly ended when the marshmallows caught on fire. i am notorious for being clumsy, and my roommates in college new this, so you can imagine the trust they had in my cooking. with that said, 2012 has been all about learning how to cook – or bake. i have started this thing where i bake cakes for my friends on their birthdays. these cakes are straight from the box, you know the just add water and some oil and voilà you are done. (and if you think these cakes are dummy proof, well you are wrong my friend i have also some how, shape or form managed to forget to add oil. you can just guess how that cake turned out – one giant disaster.) of course my cakes have gotten better the more i do them, but this time i wanted a challenge. i had stumbledupon a recipe for chocolate chip cookies with an oreo in the middle. the picture made them look absolutely delicious that i HAD to try it out. this was my very first time ever baking something from scratch so please please please bare with with me.

Ingredients:
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large egg
1 (12 ounce) package NESTLE® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels (i used milk chocolate..)
1 pack of oreos

not all the ingredients are pictured..

how to make them:

pre heat the oven to 375. (of course i completely forgot this step when i was baking)

COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl.

Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy.

Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

(when doing this i wouldn’t use the mixer, use wooden spoon because it was extremely difficult with that contraption)

Gradually beat in flour mixture. stir in the chocolate chips.

caution, the wooden spoon might break.

now, get an oreo, put one scoop of the cookie dough on top of the cookie and one scoop on the bottom.

it might get a little messy.

don’t forget to put butter on the baking sheets.. (i almost forgot that too)

stick the cookies in the oven, wait about 12 minutes… and there ya go.

okay, i know i know this is the prime example of expectation vs. reality. i was so disappointed when i took them out of the oven. i was like WHAAAT! this is not what the picture looked like. but as i was eating one these delectable cookies, i realized you are supposed to take the excess cookie that is around the oreo off.. so it is kinda a perfect cookie.. you get some delicious oreo/choc. chip cookies and you also just get a bunch of plain ones too.

when i was done baking, i rushed over to a friends house and handed out my goodies. they didnt last til the next morning. so i guess that was a sign they were good. whoooo hooo! i was so happy until i received a text the next morning saying that i gave everyone a tummy ache. ;\ but i think it was because they ate too many!

oh well.

don’t let that discourage you on trying out the recipe for yourself. i promise, they were scrumdiddlyumptious.

gtl babbyyy

the gym. i have plenty of things to say about the gym. one, why do guys think it is appropriate to hit on girls while they are at the gym. we are sweaty and smelly and look gross, the last thing i want to do is to be asked for my number while i am doing squats or leg presses. there is a time and place for everything and the gym is NOT the time or the place. complaint number one.

attire. i don’t know if i should start with women or men. who is the genius that started  the “sandal wearing trend” at the gym. SERIOUSLY, i hope a weight falls on your foot. why in the hell would you ever wear sandals to them gym! it is like a girl wearing heels to the gym, completely inappropriate. then there are the jean shorts. i cringe when i see a guy wearing jean shorts at the gym. i know very well you have basketball shorts in your house, so why do you opt for the jean shorts.. cmon.

next order of business, this is for the ladies… why do some girls go to the gym with so much makeup on that they resemble a clown. you do know you are at the gym, and you do know you sweat and make up tends to run.. personally i think girls who wear a considerable amount of make up to the gym look absolutely ridiculous. but that is just my opinion.

then there are the girls tend to wear those biker shorts that are so far up their ass that they spend the majority of the time they are at the gym picking their wedgies. they then complain and get loud with guy when they stare/make rude comments. if you don’t want to get attention don’t dress for your night job on the corner of 49th street

 

what i love.. seeing older woman completely decked out head to toe in the same color. you know those 50 some year olds that never left the 80s. They wear red tights with a red tank with red shoes and then as if that isn’t enough they wear a red scrunchie! i love  it. i always smirk when i see this and think to myself, i hope this never happens to me, unless of course i look like jane fonda. 

it’s as simple as something that nobody knows

do you ever have those cravings (ladies, you know what i am talking about, especially when it is that lovely time of the month) and all you want to do is grab a bag of cheetos, a chocolate bar, preferably ones with almonds in it —yum, and any type of bread you can put in front of a girl! of course anything you are craving means you really shouldn’t be eating it (ie: bags of chips, cookies, brownies and anything else that adds size to your waist line instead of decreasing the inches). i first came across these “eat this when you are craving this instead of that” in the latest issue of cosmo (i think, i read a lot of magazines). i noted what it said and continued on with my day. i now came across another list while i was on my oh so favorite website stumbleupon.com and it lists the dos and the don’ts, so i am passing along this new bible and sharing it with all of you.

memorial day weekend..

2 weeks away && the florida keys are calling my name. with memorial day weekend quickly approaching i have decided to go on a STRICT diet. meaning, no bread. just water. and of course my daily consumption of veggies. (i am on day one so this will prob last a week lol) why is eating healthy so hard? i feel like everywhere you go you are consumed with the smell of fried delicious food or cake. CAKE seems to be everywhereeee! ugh.

but to hold me over i usually eat the following as snacks:

celery + peanut butter

popcorn

pretzels

nuts

yogurt

yogurt + granola cereal

fiber one 90 calorie chocolate peanut butter bar

any suggestions? recipes? websites?