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Raising a helplessly weak generation

When I say weak, I’m not talking about physically weak but weak in character. I was sitting at a lunch, joking around with my friend’s 9-year-old daughter who had a wiggly tooth. I stated that I could get her more money quickly if she really wanted to add to her candy drawer. With excitement she asked me how. I told her I’d tie her tooth to a door or a car and quickly pop it out. I assured her she wouldn’t feel a thing and that I did that once as a kid. She cried, I got in trouble for the conversation. This isn’t the first time I’ve said that to a kid with them almost in tears or actually in tears. There have been other children, younger actually who thought that concept is great because for a second of inconvenience they saw that the return was worth it. Anyways, my first point Why are we creating a world that is terrifying to children. We’ve created a world where children are afraid of everything. No …

Our wedding story

Our wedding story Mike and I had only been engaged 4 months previous to us running off to elope. We knew what we wanted and we wanted it as soon as possible. My parents always joke that we eloped with “the courtesy of letting everyone know the ceremony date”… I just always say, “ when you know, you know, and we knew” WHERE/LOCATION: Pt Dume Beach, Malibu California WHEN: June 8th 2015, 5 pm WHY: We knew we wanted to run away somewhere together and Vegas was a contender as the wedding planners in Hawaii were very expensive. We ended up deciding that we wanted to treat ourselves to a relaxing, indulging wedding trip rather than a “ party trip “. Getting married in the state of California was very important to me and I’m glad we ended up choosing my home state to intertwine the rest of our lives together. So we decided on Los Angeles (my dream forever home city) rather than San Francisco (where I was born) to lay down new roots. HOW: …

Mastro’s Steakhouse Beverly Hills

Maestros Beverly Hills Where do I begin? Maybe with MEH… We chose Maestros for our wedding night dinner because of the history and rave reviews but we experienced the exact opposite of what had been listed on yelp and other various review sites. Which lead me to believe that many of the reviews had been changed. HIGHLIGHT : Live music Love going anywhere with live music, both nights we went ( will explain more in a moment) the music was incredible and made the poor service bearable because at least we could listen to some awesome covers for 20 mins while waiting for someone to come by and take our drink order…. Wedding night – Was extremely busy which was great, especially for a Monday night. Full of business people, cougars, celebrity agents and Beverly hills residents . No one paid attention to us, you could tell we were wed that day because I came in wearing my wedding dress, holding the ring boxes ad bouquet. We were first seated alone outside on the balcony, …

Sol Pasta

I always use the app MyFitnessPal for Iphone when cooking meals while on a diet because I find it is the most accurate in determining calorie/nutritional value of your prepared meal. Below I have posted photos of the ingredients used, including amounts, and calorie intake of each item. On medium heat, heat pan and tablespoon of organic extra virgin olive oil. Add chopped onion and garlic until the onions become translucent Turn down heat to medium-low and add in chopped Zucchini, sliced cherry tomatoes, and sun-dried tomatoes. Cook for 10 mins Bring water to boil in separate pot Pasta base mixture should start to reduce, add in capers, Basa and Italiano seasoning. Continue to cook back up to Medium for 5 mins Cook pasta according to directions on the back of the bag, I prefer my pasta more on the al dente side, I cut the cooking time down by two mins as rice pasta tends to get soggy quickly Remove Basa pieces from pan, place on a baking sheet and cover with tinfoil, place in an oven that has been heated to 275 C. …

Confessions of a cheater

It’s taken me awhile to put this piece together, procrastination? Possibly, or maybe just the fact that it’s sometimes hard to face the facts and admit that you’ve been a piece of shit in your past. Young and dumb is the easiest way to explain my take on my past cheating ways. Let me begin with this statement, I didn’t always cheat on my past boyfriends, there were a few circumstances where I did and whether they “deserved it” or not, it happened. I have had relationships where I fully respected the other person and never even looked at another man, funnily enough, those were the relationships that I got cheated on and in return ended up having a hatred for cheaters (call it a double standard if you will but it did teach me to stop and think about my actions first. I hated how I felt whenever I found out I got cheated on and never wanted someone else to feel that way ever again) I would be lying if I said I’ve …

The passengers guide to proper airplane etiquette

Last October while traveling to New Zealand from Los Angeles I had an interesting run in with a fellow passenger on my flight who was, lets just say, less than becoming… Which inspired me to gather some information from fellow travelers and friends, about their experiences with the less than becoming airplane neighbor. I’ve been putting it off for awhile now, then low and behold my late night comedian crush Jimmy Kimmel releases a mini skit re-enacting many of these moments we all agree are the absolute worst, taken from a poll Expedia created on “the most annoying types of airline passengers” (See video below article) Without going into further detail about the video, I have listed my findings on what proper airplane etiquette is to being a good neighbor during your flight. Personal hygiene You’re sharing personal quarters with 100+ other passengers, make sure you’ve showered, taken your activated charcoal (natural way to reduce gas) and not over sprayed the perfume/cologne. When I was young, I flew alone as an unaccompanied minor, constantly. My …

Getting home safe: How trusted taxi drivers may not be so trustworthy after all

One of my closest girlfriends and I always talk about our horribly weird encounters with taxi drivers we’ve had over the previous weekend, (We both work in the industry, late nights and also enjoy our nights out on the town. We also both take taxis at LEAST once a day because we do not own cars). After hearing the same stories over and over again, but in different circumstances, I wondered how many other women were subject to the abuse and unwanted advances by these men who are employed to get women and people in general home safely, my friend inspired me to reach out and do my research, gather information and share the stories with you all. Let me begin with my first hand experience. My first unsavory encounter with a taxi driver in Vancouver BC Canada was at the age of 11, I was standing at a bus stop in the summer time, after a matinee on Granville street (when Granville 7 cinemas was still open). The bus stop was full of people …

Bartender Rants: The most annoying pickup line I get

Bartending at a nightclub on the weekends, every shift without fail I get ear fed with close to 100 pick up lines. All lame, some more inappropriate than others. A few recent examples are “ You look like a porn star, I love porn stars” (I was wearing a long sleeve top and jeans with my Js and he wasn’t talking about Porn Star shooters) “You a bad girl? You look like a bad girl with all those tattoos” ( 1 of 50 other tattoo related pickups) “Is that real?!!!” (In reference to my behind and usually my breasts as well) “I’ll get a glass of water, and your number” Me “ what can I get for you” Him “ what would I call a taste of you” “What are you doing after work?”-“Sleeping”-“Sleeping with me?” These are only a few of many, I deal with plenty of drunk dumb dumbs all night and it really doesn’t phase me, sometimes it makes me laugh. Most of the time I just pretend I don’t hear it …