Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Grab My BUTTon :: Now Working!

I FINALLY got my 'Grab My Button' widget working, so now I can trade banners/buttons with you, and your blog, website, home business, etc.. Just post the link to your site/blog, and I'll come check it out! I'll then contact to you get the HTML code for a 125x125 Button widget, and you'll be on the Small Town Sexy Blog!
Looking forward to seeing your blogs & businesses!


FREEBIE~ Free Sample of Dove Daily Treatment Conditioner

Free Sample of Dove Daily Treatment Conditioner
Dove freebies are always good, they generally last a while so everyone should be able to sign-up for this one.
Available while supplies last. Allow 8-12 weeks for delivery, available to US residents only.
 
 
Happy Sampling!
 
 
 
 
 

FREEBIE~Slim-Fast Peanut Butter Crunch Time Snack Bar

Here's a Freebie I found, for anyone looking to try Slim-Fast Peanut Butter Crunch Time Snack Bars! Enjoy!
Click the link and look for the blue "Get a Sample" button. Sams Club Membership number is NOT required for this freebie!



Happy Sampling! And let me know what you think!  :)


O'Learys Trading Company.. and Pawn?

Since opening O'Learys Trading Company in 2008, I have become more & more hooked on the idea of expanding that idea, and integrating a Pawn Shop! I'm a treasure-hunter, so this hs been a fun venture for me!
I started OTC with the idea that people had quality items to sell, but had limited knowledge, or were intimidated by selling online. This idea has been proven to me time & time again. I would like to expand my online sales into a store, and eventually, a full-blown pawn shop! I watch the excitement on shows, like Hardcore Pawn, and Pawn Queens. I know my day-to-day wouldn't be quite as exciting in our small town, but I'd be excited to see what people had to pawn, ore interestingly, how much they thought it was worth. I'm a bit of a treasure-hunter, so resales, pawns and antiques are right up my alley. I love finding valuable items for cheap prices at thrift stores & rummage sales, and have developed a good eye for finding treasures. What's better is turning my find into a profit!

Of course, this will take some time. (ugg, I'm soooo not patient!!) In the meantime, look for more auctions, items for sale, and keep in mind; while you're cleaning out your basement, attic, shed, parents house, wherever, and you end up with piles of junk? CALL ME! I'll be there! Boxes of stuff, furniture, art, books, anything! I will take it off your hands, or offer cash for your item(s).

I'll be treasure hunting~ Talk to you soon!!




Monday, December 27, 2010

Hair Review

HAIR REVIEW:
So, I'm usually pretty picky about who cuts my hair. It's rare that I go all out & try something new, but I figured I would for my birthday. Heidi Ernest, at Hair Designs in Silver Bay, did my amazing updo for my wedding, so I figured if I could trust her with my wedding hair, I can trust her with everyday hair; Good call, Nikki! My new cut is FABULOUS! It's exactly what I wanted, and I'm so happy I went back to her! I will definitely be trusting my locks to Heidi from now on, and I HIGHLY recommend her! Thanks, Heidi!

My fabulous new look! (channeling my inner Nikki Sixx lol!!  \m/  )

To Re-Gift, or NOT Re-Gift...

Re-Gifting: It's that time of year. Personally, I've never re-gifted anything I've received. It's more of the thought that I like. But, it's not an uncommon practice. So, just for fun, heres my little Re-Gift Survey!

1. Have you ever re-gifted?
2. Do you think you have received a re-gifted gift?
3. What was the item you re-gifted?
4. Have you ever been caught re-gitfing?
5. Would you NEVER re-gift? Just not into it?

Feel free to post your answers below... unless you're afraid of getting caught re-gifting LOL!!

Hope you had a great Chistmas!



Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Birthday Resolutions

I know all about New Years Resolutions; the list of things you want to achieve, but never do. (come one, how many have YOU kept up with??) Face it, by the end of February, you've thrown 'em out the window. (it's ok, we all do). I actually don't take those as seriously as I do my Birthday Resolutions.

Every year, right before my birthday, I write out my Birthday Resolutions. Now, they aren't all things like "Quit Smoking" (which I don't anyways), but more things I want to accomplish over the next year. Things I wan to to learn, places I want to go, events I want to see, etc.. kind of like a yearly Bucket List. (I'm a list person) 

Some things on my list this year? Learning to play the guitar that Jake bought me 2(!) years ago, getting to a fluent level in German, go to the Renaissance Fair, have booths at Tori/Booya, etc,. go fishing on the big lake, check out Ely Steakhouse/Texas Roadhouse, expand my jewelry line, become eBay Powerseller, and expand my Avon downline to 10 Reps. This isn't the whole list, but just an example. I even list simple things, like new places to eat. It's fun to check things off, and it's like my year-long birthday scavenger hunt.

Try it out- whats on YOUR Birthday Resolution list?

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Nikki's Mad Hatter Un-Birthday Party

OMG, 2010 has been QUITE a year. After all that, I'm DEFINITELY ready to cut loose with some birthday fun!!
I always have such anxiety when my birthday nears. I want to celebrate with my friends, but with it being so close to Christmas, it's hard for everyone to get away. That's why I'm looking forward to this party - it's a few days earlier, hopefully helping more people to be able to come have a drink with me for my birthday! Even if it's just for one (lol), I'm still glad when someone stops by my party- means alot :) Always fun to whoop it up with my friends!
Can't wait to see you all there! (and you're crazy outfits & hats LOL! Remember, Mad Hatter-styles - Even if you don't dress up, you can still stop by, haha)

See you there, Love Ya's, Cheers!


Monday, December 20, 2010

Welcome to Small Town Sexy!

I have put some major work into my blog lately, so if this is your 1st time stopping by, WELCOME!!
I blog about fitness, fashion, local dining, outdoors, shopping, product & services reviews, local events, health, coupons, weather, recipes, businesses, freebies, lodging, books, movies, music, men, home decor & MORE!
Don't forget to 'Like' my blog on FB: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Small-Town-Sexy-Blog/163344627042461 for exclusive FB Fan giveaways & online events!
I give product reviews on any service, product or event, so contact me with details, and I will give you a 'blog-spot' shout-out! (plus, I love freebies!)

Again, welcome to living fabulously in a small town!


Attention, Last Minute Shoppers..

Yes, yes, I know there are still people doing Christmas shopping, myself included. So, in that spirit, I've compiled some great shopping site on my blog, the Small Town Sexy Virtual Mall. Guaranteed to have something for you.
Flowers, Perfume, Gift Cards, Clothing, Jewelry, Watches, Collectibles, Diet Products and more.
You still have a couple days to shop, and I'd look for overnight shipping at this point, just to be safe.
I also want to know; Where did YOU shop online? Would you shop there again? Comment here!

(and don't forget my birthday on Thursday the 23rd, & I LOVE zebra print & Hello Kitty ~ haha!)

Happy Shopping!

N's Movie Reviews

Alright, so the last 3 new movies I've watched were: Alice in Wonderland, The Bounty Hunter, and Killers. This is the part where I tell you what I thought, and then you can tell me!

Alice in Wonderland: Ok, I obviously liked this one, but my favorite part is Johnny Depps character, the Hatter. I love when he plays such ambiguous characters! You don't really know if he wants to help you or not. Also Helena Bonham Carter as Red Queen is great, too. Solid character. And the scenery is amazing. LOVE this flick! I give this one 5 Stars *****

The Bounty Hunter: with Gerard Butler (not a fan) and Jennifer Aniston (big fan!). It has it's funny parts, for sure, but I get so tired of it working out in the end. They should've split ways, but that's the anti-romantic side of me. Maybe if they had cast someone as instead of Gerard, I would've liked it more. But, if you're an Aniston fan, it's worth watching. 3 Stars ***

Killers: Ashton Kutcher, & Katherine Heigl. OMG, I LOVE her character in this movie! Nerdy, straight-laced, nervous.. just great! Ashton Kutcher awkwardly stumbles through some serious & romantic scenes in this movie, but he somehow recovers overall, and you love him all over again. Plus, he's topless. :)  OH, and  did I mention Tom Selleck?? (check out the power-'stache!) And Catherine O'Hara as Heigl's delightfully drunken mother. I give this one a solid 4 Stars. ****

Sunday, December 19, 2010

You'll Hate Me After This..

So, I've ALWAYS wanted to go to Nikki Beach in Cabo San Lucas because HELLO, it's Nikki Beach, but besides that, look at this menu! OMG, all that fresh seafood just makes my mouth water! I think it's funny that it's all in peso's! (I KNOW why, but I can still giggle!)

Here are some of the menu items that I thought sounded good..

Nikki Beach Special
7 rolls, vegetables ,anguila, camaron, cangrejo, salmon, atun, atun picante and 12 pz de sashimi

Sea Food Salad
Mix vegetables, olive, calamari, shrimp, mussel, scallops marinated with white wine vinaigrette and olive oil.
 
Provolone Beef Medallion
With Wild Mushroom Ravioli, Asparagus and Merlot

St Tropez Wild Salmon and Crab Cake
Stir fried vegetables, herb and garlic aioli.

Pankoco Shrimps
With risotto rice, shitaki, and fresh coconut accompanied with mango sauce and horse radish

Lobster Roll
Maine lobster, roasted fennel, mango, avocado and masago.

Grill Chicken Paninni
Swiss Cheese, Roast Pepper, Spinach and Lemon Alio li Dressing

(BTW, If your mouth isn't watering now, I don't know what's wrong with you!!)

Prosciutto and Mozzarella Foccacia
Dried Tomato, Basil and Garlic Pesto.
 
Chicken Satay
Sesame marinated Chicken Strips sauteed with Asian Vegetables in a Spicy Peanut Sauce, served with Bamboo Steamed Jasmine Rice

SO, I can tell by the list of good foods that it's time for me to sign off, and start Googling recipes...
 
(P.S I said you'd hate me... LOL!!)
 
 

Friday, December 17, 2010

Denise Austin, My Abs Hate You...

Ugg!! I personally am NOT a fan of crunches. Seriously, who is?? If someone tells you they do 500 crunches a day, run away immediately. Because they are insane. Anyways, anything but crunches, please! I'm always looking for an ab workout that doesn't include 'em. Aren't many, BTW. But, I am a big fan of my fitness ball, which I got with a Denise Austin: Hit the Spot Core Complete DVD (found in Parade section of Sunday paper for FREE+$4.95S/H.. watch that section, I've gotten 3 South Beach book for the same deal!)

The 18 minute full-body routine on this DVD is awesome! (After about 20 minutes, I lose my focus anyways!) Every move engages your abs (love it), and they all focus more than one muscle group at a time. which feels great! (abs hate it lol!) It also has 4 other sections, but the full-body is my fave 18 minute way to torture (I mean sculpt) my abs. And because I'm a glutton for punishment and a tough Personal Trainer, I use 5# weights instead of the little hand weights she uses. Plus, I warm-up with a mini-power walk, and some jumping jacks.

So, try this one out, or try out a fitness ball. I'm a fan due to the versatility & effectiveness. Watch your posture, do moves slowly, and keep those abs tight. You'll thank me. (your abs won't.)

Happy fitness!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Small Town Sexy is Product Review-Friendly!

Small Town Sexy is Product Review-Friendly!

I am 100% willing to try, review & blog about your product or service!
 For each review, I ask you send me the following;

* Item/product you are looking for a review on, or
* Directions to your event/location
I am willing to review all types of products, including fitness, nutrition, DVD's, restaurants, fitness equipment, home parties, clothing & accessories, store, lodging, jewelry, art, bags, supplements, books, crafts, cosmetics, and more! Just call my your own personal critic, for whatever your product!
 I also plan events, and network, so this is a great opportunity to make new contacts for that little black book!
Contact me at blondie_fabulous23@yahoo.com to get started!





Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Nikki Cocktail (Happy Happy Hour!)

Mmm.. Happy Hour.. for those of you who will be cocktailing this evening, here's one to try. Warning: Not Too Many...

The Pink Nikki Cocktail:
Bacardi Limon / Absolut Citron (your choice)
Grenadine (a splash)
Over plenty of ice. Serve with a cherry, and pink umbrella. :)

Cheers!
Nikki

Ch ch ch Changes

WHEW this has been a long year!! Up, & down, & back up, & back down.. what a coaster 2010 turned out to be! I really need a change of pace here, SO, time for some changes! Everywhere!

It's definitely time to re-arrange & re-decorate my house. I had a good start on my German kitchen, no I'm looking to expand to the rest of the cabin. Maybe I just need someone else to come over and take a crack at it. I need a fresh approach to the somewhat dismal decorating opportunity. (Did I mention my cabins about 8 sq feet? I'm ALMOST exaggerating...)

HAIRCUT TIME! Seems like no matter what, I'm always disappointed with the cuts I get at salons. I had ONE lady who ever cut it right for my face, and she's too far away now. I need someone who can A) Take the Style I want, and B) Make it work for my face type. Seems simple, right? YA- I can't remember that last time I didn't cry after a hair-cut. SO, maybe it's time to try again. (looking for suggestions, ladies)

I've been pretty crafty lately, exploring my 'domestic-side' - (I DID have one, who knew??) I for sure need to make a new quilt AKA Blankie. Mine is pretty ragged. (but soooo comfy!) And I'm looking for old furniture. Buffets, wooden items, etc.. I've been decoupaging.. hehehe... which seems to keep my attention longer than crochet LOL!!

Oooh oooh.. and maybe a puppy.   :)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Whats Left of Me..

Well, by now, some of you probably are wondering whats going on. I've talked to the people who have text'd me, so they know what happened, so for those of you who I haven't spoken with, this is for you.

2010 has by far been the most emotional year I've ever had. I got married (positive!), and, sadly, lost 4 family members within the last 8 months.

My stepmom died unexpectedly in a hiking accident at Palisade Head in April. This (obviously) a huge shock, since she'd been there so many time before, proving accidents do happen. I miss her so much. She taught me so much about life, finances, all the adult-things in life. (Even shaving my legs!)

Next, I get a call from my sister, informing me that my Grandpa Ramon (Mom's Dad) is in the hospital with complications from tumors in his brain. She said he probably wont be coming back home. And he didn't. Many of you don't know this, but my Grandpa served as some inspiration for the book True Blood.  He had met the author in Vietnam, and spoken with him. This was the conversation where the name Rambo came from. I have my Grandpas autobiography, if anyone is interested. My Grandpa was a proud member of the Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, and taught me what I know about my Native American culture.

And only days later, my Father-in-Law, Harold, passed away next, from complications with lung cancer as a result of exposure to Asian Orange during his time serving in Vietnam. He was such a great guy, with lots of heart, stories, and a laugh you'd never forget. We'll miss you, Big H.

And, Saturday morning, I got a call from my mother, in tears. My Oma is gone. She passed away in her sleep from her heart problems. (I have to stop for a moment..) And, like so many time already this year, I dropped the phone, fell to my knees in tears. Not sure if I will ever emotionally get back up off my knees. Every person I've lost this year taught me so much. I feel like I keep losing pieces of me. It's making me such a paranoid person, like the last time I see someone will be the LAST time I see them. My Oma & I were so close. She was at my wedding, many of you got to meet her. My German-doppelganger, was had a bond that no one else in our family had. It was a bond of honesty, and trust. She taught me cooking, sewing, rummage saling, you name it, we did it together. DAMMIT, I will miss her so much.

So, this is where I'm at. Definitely not ready for life yet. I feel so overwhelmed, and a bit empty, and lost. I'm hoping a 'mental health day' on the couch with help, complete with reality TV & junk food. Wish me luck. And THANK YOU, for all the FB Hugs, and messages! It really really helps, because it reminds me that I DO have other pieces of me left; the friends & family that ARE still here.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Nikki's Fave Smoothie Recipe :)

I am SUCH a smoothie girl, and this is definitely one of my favorites!

Nikki's Breakfast Smoothie

Ingredients:

■1 cup of frozen berries (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and/or strawberries)

■1 scoop of whey powder

■1 Tbs. flaxseed oil

■1 Tbs. ground flaxseed

■2 tsp. lemon juice

■1 tsp. unsweetened plain cranberry juice

■1 pack of Stevia/Splenda(to taste)

■8 ice cubes

■1 cup water

Blend until smooth and if needed you can add a few ice cubes to thicken it up. Make a bit over 16 ounces. And Enjoy!

Nikki

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Here's your sign, Sarah Palin...

This just opens a whole can of worms with me, haha! And off we go...

First, not a SP fan. End of story. So we won' get into all that. (today). I have also checked out her new show, & it would be much cooler if I didn't have to listen to her annoying voice. However, the hunting & fishing parts are cool to watch, being I do, & I support. Especially for eating.

Second.. um, DUH, SP!! You "anticipated animal activists would not respond well to her going caribou hunting.." REALLY?? It's PETA!! They oppose PETS, from their leather couches. Why would you choose to be a spokesperson for an organization like that?? And then hunt caribou anyways? Your intelligence never fails to amaze me. Must be where she learned how to spend money that isn't hers..

..And this has been your Daily Political B*tch Session w/ Nikki.

Ciao-

Here's the link to the article for the source of this blog.
http://popwatch.ew.com/2010/12/07/peta-sarah-palin-caribou/

Twitter: Cooler Than You Think (I promise!)

Tweet Tweet! Good morning! So, for some reason, there are those of you who haven't yet discovered the miracle of Twitter. To those people, I have to ask WHY??

First, there is no reason to become "Twitt-addicted" like some people. I'm am not an addict. :)

Second, I LOVE Twitter for getting all my EVERYTHING in one place. All the views, all at once. Sports, too! I have Duluth News Tribune, CNN, CNNBrk, Fox, NY Times, Huffington Post, The Onion, etc..
Other fabulous follows?
If you're a trivia buff, you'll like OneCoolThingaDay, OMGFacts, etc.. I'm learning Japanese & German on Twitter (DailyGermanWord, ispeakjapanese). Like words? Follow Websters, WordoftheDay, and Wordspy.
Or how about celebs?? I follow (a ton!) Kardashians, Kendra, anybody you like! I also follow SuzeOrman for financial tips, eBaydailydeals for shopping deals on eBay, RealSimple for household tips, Sesame Street (for fun!), Foodimentary to learn all about, you guessed it..food!
Come check out my Twitter page, check out all my Follows. Even if you just use it for news, or whatever! I have alot of Tweets sent to my cell via SMS so I'm always updated, & learning on my phone LOL!! VERY handy when someone teases you about Twittering.. "Screw you, did you know that...(insert rndm fact here) and now you look smart! :) I'm MissNikki2308 on Twitter. Seriously, just browse through it.. you'll probably be surprised!
(Did I mention Dolly & Willie both Tweet??)
Ciao! Nikki

Monday, December 6, 2010

Blog Gets a Makeover!

I haven't been blogging very much lately, so I decided to give it a new look.. Let me know what you think!

I added a few new widgets, and I'm still looking at adding some more, so let me know which widgets you use most. :)
I will be posting more often, so feel free to share my blog with your friends, I would really appreciate it! I will be glad to share your link right back!

Ciao! Nikki

P.S Also looking to add a few new business opp's, so if you have an at-home business, let me know!

Looking for Junk... DIY time!

As if I need ONE MORE PROJECT... oh well! My creative streak is pretty dominating of my personality lately, must be time to feed it, DIY-style!

I've always been a decoupage fan, so I'm looking for anything you are looking to get rid off. Chairs, desks, lamps, frames end tables, dishes, fabric, old broken watches & jewelry, etc.. Any random little trinket you've got laying around. I crochet, so yarn is good, too.

I also want to start my first quilt soon, with the help of Therese, of course. I have lot's of old t's, etc.. to use, but I'm always looking for ideas, so if you have a quilt (or any other DIY) you're pretty proud of, post the pic here for me. :)

And, I love to find new ways to re-use just about anything, and I'm pretty damn good at it, too! Looking to hit the jackpot, & find someone who just doesn't have time for crafts, and wants to clean out their inventory LOL!

Cheers! Nikki

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Free Weight-Loss Tips! (now that I have your attention..)

So, being that I'm a C.P.T (Certified Personal Trainer), I get asked ALL the time about slimming down quickly.. what works best, do I have any P.T secrets, etc.. And so, I figured that I would blog, just for you, my top 'secrets' for a quick, safe slim-down.
(following these tips will help you to reduce bloat & belly fat - you will not experience a large weight-loss at one time- there is no way to safely do this, as weight-loss shuold be gradual, about 2 lbs/week. Your pants WILL feel slimmer, and your digestive system will be working at it's peak.)

Ok, so these are things that I've found to work pretty well, and fairly quickly..


*Yogurt - Make sure it's not loaded in sugar, and it has active cultures in it. MELTS belly fat, seriously. Eat 2 servings (about 1 cup) a day.

*Cucumber/Lemon Water - Add lemon & cucumber slices to water, and drink a ton, because the next tip is..

*Water, and LOT'S of it!! I carry a water bottle w/ cucumber'lemon water in it all the time. Lemon cleans out your liver & stuff, and cucumber cuts bloat.

*Cut way back on salt, yeast & carbonation - All make you retain water & bloat.

*Protien - Lean & plenty! 2 o.z of nuts a day is they key amount to shoot or with nuts, that number has proven to be effective with weight-loss.

*Fiber - Supplement, preferably, since some veggies high in fiber can cause you to bloat. Take supplement with plenty of water.

*Proper Supplements: Vitamin D3, Calcium, Fish Oil & Multi-vitamin = VERY effective combo

*And don't forget a daily treat! Shoot for about 100-120 calories. I'm a big believer in rewards, so reward yourself! Dark chocolate is good, full of antioxidants.

So, I hope this helps! This is my advice from my personal experience and research. And remember, changing your eating habits is only half the battle. Contact me to schedulae an Initial Fitness Eval (required before starting any fitness program) and get the exercise part covered, too!

*(This blog isn't a substitute for medical advice, although your Doc would probably agree with me.)*

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

My Real-Life FarmVille

Next summer will be an AWESOME summer!! Decorating a new place, getting set up in our new 'Mansion', more pets (hehehe!), more new business ventures, and I can't wait until I can FINALLY cultivate my huge garden that I've been wanting, because I have BIG plans! Basically, Nikkis own Real Life FarmVille!
 I would like to be able to go out into my garden, and 'pick' dinner. Then, head over to my happy chicken or turkey coop, nab a little protien. Or my trout pond, or maybe some of the fresh venison in the cooler. Pick some fruit for dessert. Season all of the above with herbs from my own herb garden, and wash down with home-brewed beer made from hops grown (you guessed it!) on my shed, while sitting on the swing next to the koi pond and rain garden. Oh, and did I mention that herd of dogs that I have following me?? Like I said, I cannot WAIT to get moved out of this teeny little mini-Mansion, and into our new home! !

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Gettin' Fit... with Farmville!!

Yup, I said it. That's right. Gettin' fit with Farmville. =]  First off, let me explain one thing; I am not the die-hard Farmville-ian. If I have some spare time, & feel like playing a game, FV is one of my three 'go-to' games. (..just so you're not thinking I'm a daily-obsessive-FV-freak.) So, being a Personal Trainer, I'm always looking for new opportunities to sneak in some fitness, which brings me to Farmville...

Yes, I have designed the simple, sweat-free, break-through workout that will change your life! No, I'm kidding. (don't ever fall for that, BTW!) I did, however, make a mini-routine that I run through anytime I do anything with FV. That includes; logging on, & accepting or sending gifts. And, if for whatever reason (long, boring day) I happen to log in twice in one day? Mini-routine reps are doubled. Here it is, my FV mini-routine:

Pushups: Until muscles completely fatigued (That determines your # of reps to shoot for in each exercise)
Lunges/Wall Squats: Until muscles completely fatigued
Crunches: Until muscles completely fatigued
Bicep Curls: Until muscles completely fatigued


..And that's it. Simple as that. Takes all of 4-5 minutes. Feel each move, from start to finish. Full movements & good form will give you the best results & prevent injuries.. which will lay you up, and you'll play MORE FV lol! Maybe it sounds silly, but you can do this with any game, or activity. (Status update workout, anyone??) Just have fun with it!     (..and be my neighbor in FV lol!!)

<3 Nikki Rosina

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Chuck Norris Fun

..some more random Chuck Norris facts:


I shot the sheriff...Chuck Norris shot the Deputy.


Chuck Norris is so tough he went skydiving without a parachute twice


Chuck Norris CAN in fact "raise the roof". And he can do it with one hand.
 

Chuck Norris can do a wheelie on a unicycle


 
There are now five cup sizes at Starbucks: Short, Tall, Grande, Venti, and Chuck Norris.

When Chuck Norris peals an onion, he doesn't cry. The onion does.


Friday, October 15, 2010

Who would have thought you'd miss the 80's and 90's so much.

Who would have thought you'd miss the 80's and 90's so much.


Scrapes & bruises were kissed & made better.It was a big deal to finally be tall enough to ride the 'big people' rides at the fair.When playing Nintendo was the hardest thing ever.When Ninja Turtles ruled the world.When Lisa Frank was the raddest thing ever.When a candy bar at the grocery store was the highlight of your day.When coupons collected all year could get you a prize in your class auction.When the only thing you cried over was your mom being late to pick you up.When stress was addition and subtraction.When friendships were as complicated as who's house to sleep over.When shaving cream was just meant for play.When a first kiss only lead to cooties.When Valentines Day meant cards for all.When birthdays were a class event.When a friend moving away was the saddest day of your life.

Before Facebook and Myspace.Before the internet & text messaging.Before Sidekicks & iPods.Before MIKE JONESSSBefore PlayStation2 or X-BOX....Before the 5 hours of homework you put off every night.WHEN LIGHT UP SNEAKERS WERE KOOLWhen you rented VHS tapes, not DVDs.When gas was $0.95 a gallon & Caller ID was a new thing.When we recorded stuff on VCRs & paid $3.50 for a movie.When we called the radio station to request songs to hear off our walkmans.When 2Pac and Biggie where alive.When the Chicago Bulls were the best team ever.Way back.....Tag.Hide-n-Go Seek at dusk.Red Light, Green Light.Heads Up 7 Up.Playing kickball & dodgeball until your porch light came on.skip it.Chinese Jump ropeHopscotch.Slip-n-Slides.Tree Houses.Hula Hoops.Reading R.L. Stine's Goose Bumps.The annoying Nano Pets & Furbies.Running through the sprinklers.Crying when Mufasa died in the Lion King.Happy Meals where you chose a Barbie or a Hot Wheels car.Getting the privelage to sit in the front seat of the car.Drinking Sqeeze It "Squeeze The Fun Out Of It."But wait....Watching Saturday Morning Cartoons in your PJ's stillwrapped up in your Garfield comforter.Hey Arnold, Doug, Rugrats.The original Power RangersOr what about....The Secret Life of Alex Mac.The GnomesGummi BearsRen & Stimpy.Double Dare.Rocko's Modern Life.AAAHH!! REAL MONSTERS.Wild & Crazy Kids.Clarissa Explains it All.Salute Your Shorts.Are You Afraid of the Dark?The original cast members of All That.Kenan & Kel.The Magic School Bus.Flash Forward.Pete and Pete.Legends of the Hidden Temple.Hey Dude.Dinosaurs.Pinky and the Brain.Blossom.Hangin' With Mr. Copper.Wishbone.Bill-Nye the Science Guy.Kablamm.Who could forget Snick? & Nick @ Nite with Bewitched, I Dream of Jeanie, The Facts of Life, & I Love Lucy.Where everyone wanted to be in love after watching TheWonder Years.Or Nick Jr. with Face.Gulah-Gulah Island.Little Bear.Under the Umbrella Tree.Eureka's Castle.The Busy World of Richard Scary.The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.Kool-Aid was the drink of choice.Wearing your new shoes on the first day of school.Class field trips.When Christmas was the most exciting time of year.When $5 seemed like a million, & another dollar a miracle.When you begged to go to McDonalds for dinner everyday.When Toys 'R' Us overuled the mall.Go back to the time when.....Decisions were made by going 'eeny-meeny-miney-moe'.Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming 'do over!''Race issue' ment arguing about who ran the fastest.Money issues were handled by whoever was banker in 'Monopoly'.It wasn't odd to have two or three 'best' friends.Being old referred to anyone over 20.A chance to skate as a couple at the local roller rink was like winning the lottery. Who would have thought you'd miss the 80's and 90's so much.

Nikkis Sloppy Does Recipes

This is the time of year when we get all kinds of vension in our fridges & freezers! I'm always looking for new vension recipes, and here's one that I've perfected! =]

Nikki's Sloppy Does
1 lb ground venison
1 med. onion, sliced
1 bottle hickory-smoke flavored BBQ sauce
1 tsp. worchestershire sauce
1/2 c. finely diced green pepper
Burger Buns
Sliced onion
Pickles

Brown (DO NOT OVERCOOK!) venison with onion. Add BBQ sauce, Worch. sauce and green pepper and heat until boiling. Spoon onto buns & serve with cold beer!  (LOW-FAT meal in less than 15 minutes!)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Nikkis Grilled Venison BackStraps

Ingredients


2 pounds venison backstrap (tenderloin), cut into 2 inch chunks
1 quart apple cider
1 1/2 pounds thick sliced bacon
2 (12 ounce) bottles barbecue sauce, your choice
 
Directions


Place chunks of venison into a shallow baking dish, and pour enough apple cider in to cover them. Cover, and refrigerate for 2 hours. Remove, and pat dry. Discard apple cider, and return venison to the dish. Pour barbeque sauce over the chunks, cover, and refrigerate for 2 to 3 more hours.

Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat. Charcoal is best, but if you must, use gas. Remove meat from the refrigerator, and let stand for 30 minutes, or until no longer chilled. Wrap each chunk of venison in a slice of bacon, and secure with toothpicks.

Brush the grill grate with olive oil when hot, and place venison pieces on the grill so they are not touching. The bacon will kick up some flames, so be ready. Grill, turning occasionally, until the bacon becomes slightly burnt, 15 to 20 minutes. The slower, the better. Enjoy! I like mine with a little horseradish.

Nikkis Skinny Ranch Recipe

The ranch addict like me will appreciate this recipe! I'm very picky about my ranch - If it's not Hidden Valley, forget it. But this is amazingly good!!

Nikkis Skinny Ranch
1 c. fat-free sour cream
1/4 c. buttermilk (non-fat)
1/4 fat-free mayo (not Miracle Whip!)
1 1/2 tsp. onion powder (not salt)
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 Tbsp of each; Minced scallions, Chopped parsley, salt & pepper.

Whisk together in a bowl. I funnel mine into a kitchen squirt bottle (like a ketchup-style) and it's easy to use. Enjoy!!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Nikkis Spinach & Ricotta Stuffed Shells

Sooo very simple, and soo gooey and cheesy.. nom..nom..nom...

1 box frozen chopped spinach
1 (15oz) container Ricotta cheese
1 lb. ground beef
1 box jumbo shells
Parmesan cheese
2 cups Mozzarella cheese
Minced garlic / onion (add what you like)
Parsley
Salt/Pepper to taste

Homemade tomato sauce*
*Sauce:
Combine 1 lg. can diced tomatoes, cooked ground beef, 2 T. Italian seasoning, combine and simmer on stove while making pasta. (this is where I add my secret ingredient, not listed in this recipe.)

In large skillet, brown meat. Cook jumbo shells and rinse thoroughly until cool to touch. Combine ricotta, spinach, garlic, Parmesan and 1 c. mozzarella and mix thoroughly. Stuff shells. While boiling/stuffing pasta, make your sauce. Simmer burger & tomatoes. Cover bottom of pan with meat sauce arranging shells in single layer. Top with sauce, and Parmesan & remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake in 350 degrees oven until heated through, about 30 minutes. Serve w/ garlic bread.
 
Tip: I use a disposable pan. Easy clean-up!



Monday, September 27, 2010

Baby News!

..And the news is?? We're not having one. Or two. Not now. Or ever. Since getting married, the ONE question on everyones minds seems to be "When are you having kids?"  (good grief!)
When I was born, I was a very sick little baby. I had a 'knot' in my intestine, and had many serious surgeries at 3 weeks to to help me survive. As a result of complications with one of the surgeries, I can't have babies.(still get monthly gift tho, how pointless is that ?? LOL!)  Jake knew this a long time ago, so it wasn't a surprise to him at the last minute or anything, don't worry.
YES, we know we can try adopting, or a surrogate. YES, we know we have options if we do decided to try & become parents. And YES, I am sick of answering questions about it. We are going to be happily married sans kids, just accept it. YES, people can do that! It's totally legal, and our choice. We have plenty of friends with little ones for those days that we want to punish ourselves (JK, guys!) Kids are great, and growing up the oldest of 3 kids, I don't feel like I 'missed out' on being maternal. I always have been.
We have our 2 dogs, Tao & Yukina AKA Fidget, and those are our kids. So, yes, we will we getting more dogs! (I have a list of dogs I want, WITH names, lol!)

..Just wanted to blog this, in hopes that's a few more times that I don't have to explain why no babies. Thanks for taking the time to read.
Have a great day, my lovelies! =]

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Mmm, raspberry white zinfandal!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Who knows how to play Bunco?

Monday, July 26, 2010

Lemonade Recipes - NEW!

I love lemons, & lemonade, so I was THRILLED to find these new twists on an old classic!

http://www.bhg.com/recipes/drinks/seasonal/lemonade-recipes/

Smokey Green/Gold Eyes

I LOVE this look!! And Kandee Johnson is a genius!! Check out the vid! <3 Nikki

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBxG_cTXwHY&feature=PlayList&p=7E1385811629D055&playnext=1&index=2

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Dwarf Lemon Tree

I absolutely LOVE Gurneys, & these Dwark Lemon Trees are the cutest! They have a couple different Dwark Citrus trees available, & are not expensive. I use lemons for everything, & this little guy would be a good addition. Plus, they smell awesome! Here's the link!
<3 Nikki

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Cravin' SUSHI!!

Mmm.. I usually can only get Jakey to go to Zen House once a year, on my birthday. And I'll usually try something new. Last year was Tempura-Battered Squid! (It was super delish, BTW!)So, now if I can get Therese to find something she likes there, I can get more sushi-dates! See you for sushi!

BWW Sauce Recipes!!

Since I've discovered Buffalo Wild Wings, I've become a woman OBSESSED!! SUCH yummy food, and more TV's than a Sony Store!! AND, I found the copycat recipes for the sauces! (YAYY!!)

Laughing at You - BAHAHAHAHA!!

Ok, who DIDN'T hear about Facebook becoming a paid site starting in July?? (whatta crock!) I'm laughing at all the ppl who joined the group, cause it's probably another virus! So, here's the rest of the story..

Applebee's Spinach Appetizer 'Za.. YUMM!!

This is my Dad & I's favorite appetizer at Applebee's- Sooo creamy, & Delish! It wasn't on the menu for awhile, so I HAD to find the recipe! And now you can try it too, my lovelies!!


Applebee's Spinach Appetizer Pizza (copycat)

6 whole pita breads ( I seem to remember them being on a tortilla, though!)
1 package (10 oz. size) frozen spinach
1/3 cup yeast
1 medium onion
6 plum tomatoes
1 package (8 oz. size) fresh mushrooms
4 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon each: basil, parsley, cayenne pepper
(I'd also add some chopped artichokes!)
1/2 cup milk, more if needed
4 tablespoons flour

Thaw spinach completely, press out all water. Heat milk in saucepan, when hot but not boiling stir in flour. Stir until sauce begins to thicken, turn heat down. Add yeast and spinach. Stir constantly until thick and gooey, only about 3-4 min. In separate pan, sauté onion, garlic, until onion is tender. Stir in tomatoes, mushrooms, and spices. Sauté until just done. Preheat oven to 425°. Using a very sharp bread kni fe, split each pita bread so that you have two round flat pieces instead of one thick one. Place each piece of bread on a cookie sheet or pizza pan. Spread spinach sauce over each. Top with tomato mixture, being careful to avoid the juice. Bake for 5 to 7 min. Watch closely so that the edges of the pita don't burn. Makes a nice crunchy crust.

Donate My Dress

Ok, I am a SUCKER for a good cause, & I came across this the other day- Whatta GREAT idea!! Who doesn't have a closet with a no-longer-worn special occassion dress in it?? I know I do! This gives other girls the chance to feel like a Princess for the night! I'm thinking of maybe hosting an event after the wedding! 

Check out their site at;

Mrs. O'Leary-Cronquist vs the Job

So, after the wedding, I'm planning on possibly looking to pick up another part-time job. I'm still at Four Seasons, but their 'legal process' is moving soo slow. Maybe Avon again, that was fun. I know that I'm absolutely NOT interested in serving food, or cleaning rooms. I already serve food at Seasons, and I REFUSE to do Housekeeping again! Blech! Hoping I can find Front Desk, Customer Service-type job- That's my forte anyways, so I'll stick with that! AND, I'm still selling on eBay, but that's on hold because my PayPal may have been hacked into.. again! Also looking to pick up a couple more photo shoots.

And my school is on hold too.(I'm working on my Degree in Marketing). Between planning the wedding, summer (no excuse there LOL!), and not having enough hours at work, I'm a bit behind :( Wheeeew! Been a busy girl- let's add more BAHAHA!

Keep your ears open for me!
Talk soon-
LOVE - N

Saturday, July 3, 2010

4th of July/MJ Memorial Party 2010

Me and T at the Annual 4th of July Party! OMG, sooo much food, major croquet game, friends & family, and the fireworks were amazing! Already outfit planning for next year! The weather was amazing- hot with a bit of a breeze. I LOVE the 4th!!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

My Fave Drugstore Buys!

So, I ABSOUTELY love Wal-Greens! I could walk around that store for hours... and I HAVE!! (AND Target! LOL!) There's just soo much there, with a cure or fix for just about anything! Here are some of the MAJOR great products I've found there, & here they are;

Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask - Best for blemishes! And smells soooo minty, and feels major refreshing!

Burt's Bees Lip Balm - Just the plain ole stuff in the yellow tube. Works good for dry skin patches too,  if you don't have lotion.

Vaseline - For moisturizing, removing makeup, blending makeup, protecting skin from hair-dye, ... the possibilities are ENDLESS!!

Veet Hair Removal Kit - If you're as bad at shaving as I am, you'll love this kit! With a bladeless razor & thick formula, this kits rocks!

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer for Body / Face - Daily tanning w/ no harmful rays .. ALWAYS good!!

One a Day Womens Vitamin Packets - LOVE these! Nommy flavor, & vitamins are good!

Q-tips - ..Just like Vaseline, the possibilites are endless!

What are YOUR favorite drug store buys?

Nikkis Pork & Shrimp Eggrolls

Nikkis Pork & Shrimp Eggrolls


1/2 lb. ground pork
1 clove minced garlic
1 tbsp. cooking oil
2 c. finely chopped bok choy
1 c. chopped fresh mushrooms
1/2 c. finely chopped onion
1/2 c. finely chopped celery
1/2 c. chopped water chestnuts
1/4 c. shredded carrot
1 (4 1/2 oz.) can shrimp
1 beaten egg
2 tbsp. soy sauce
2 tbsp. sherry
1/2 tsp. sugar
1 pkg. egg roll wrappers

In skillet stir-fry pork and garlic in tablespoon hot oil (drain). Add vegetables and stir-fry for 3 or 4 minutes more. Drain shrimp and chop. In a bowl combine shrimp, pork-vegetable mixture, egg, soy sauce, sherry, sugar and salt. Mix well and chill.

Use approximately 2 heaping tablespoons for each egg roll - deep fry until golden brown. Serve warm, with Sweet and Sour, and Soy Sauce. Also, Wasabi if you like!! (I do!)



Nikkis Southwest Eggrolls w/ Spicy Ranch Sauce

Nikkis Southwest Eggrolls w/ Spicy Ranch Sauce

Ingredients


2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 skinless, boneless chicken breast half
2 tablespoons minced green onion
2 tablespoons minced red bell pepper
1/3 cup frozen corn kernels
1/4 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
3 tablespoons frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
2 tablespoons diced jalapeno peppers
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley & cilantro
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/3 teaspoon salt
1 pinch ground cayenne pepper
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
5 (6 inch) flour tortillas
1 quart oil for deep frying

Directions

Rub 1 tablespoon vegetable oil over chicken breast. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, cook chicken approximately 5 minutes per side, until meat is no longer pink and juices run clear. Remove from heat and set aside.

Heat remaining 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in green onion and red pepper. Cook and stir 5 minutes, until tender.

Dice chicken and mix into the pan with onion and red pepper. Mix in corn, black beans, spinach, jalapeno peppers, parsley, cumin, chili powder, salt and cayenne pepper. Cook and stir 5 minutes, until well blended and tender. Remove from heat and stir in Monterey Jack cheese so that it melts.

Wrap tortillas with a clean, lightly moist cloth. Microwave on high approximately 1 minute, or until hot and pliable.

Spoon even amounts of the mixture into each tortilla. Fold ends of tortillas, then roll tightly around mixture. Secure with toothpicks. Arrange in a medium dish, cover with plastic, and place in the freezer. Freeze at least 4 hours.

In a large, deep skillet, heat oil for deep frying to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Deep fry frozen, stuffed tortillas 10 minutes each, or until dark golden brown. Drain on paper towels before serving.
 
Spicy Ranch Sauce: Combine Buttermilk, Ranch Dressing mix packet, cumin, pepper, garlic, cayenne, black pepper & paprika.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Sorry I haven't blogged in awhile! With the wedding less than 6 WEEKS away, I've been CRAZY busy! I'll post some new vid's soon, I promise!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

thesecretdaily: "All that we are is a result of what we have thought" Buddha

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Just saw a commercial with my Betty White playing Beer Pong!! Gotta watch Jay Leno tonight!!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Ggwgpjat
thesecretdaily: What you think about the most or focus on the most, is what will appear as your life.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

OMFG I'm wayyy more sunburned that I realized!! Even my bum!! Ow! I need a cupcake!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Cool New Fave!

Great spot! Lot's of tips, & recipes! Check it out!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pink-of-Perfection/306248720540?v=wall

DIY Beauty

So, I am a big fan of DIY Beauty Recipes! Here are a few of my favorites! Enjoy!

Oatmeal Yogurt Mask (For All Skin Types)
1 tablespoon oatmeal, finely ground
1 tablespoon plain yogurt
a few drops of honey
Add the yogurt to the oatmeal in a small bowl and mix together. Warm a few drop of honey. To do this, warm a spoon under hot water for a minute, then add a few drops of honey to the spoon. Stir the honey into the yogurt and oatmeal mixture. Apply the mask to face. Leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse off with several splashes of warm water.
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Banana Mask for Oily Skin


1 banana, preferably ripe (you can keep ripe bananas in the freezer. Let it thaw before using)
1 tbsp honey
an orange or a lemon

Mix the banana and honey together in a bowl. Add a few drops of juice from an orange or a lemon. Apply to face for 15 minutes, then rinse.
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Classic Eye De-Puffer

2 chamomile tea bags or 2 slices cucumber

Make a cup of tea for you and a friend. Remove tea bags and place in refrigerator until chilled. Place cool tea bags on closed eyes for 10 minutes. Or put cucumber slices in fridge until chilled and place over closed eyes for 10 minutes.
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Face Scrub (Brightening)

1/2 lemon, cut in half.
Bowl of sugar

Dip lemon into sugar, and gently exfoliate your face!

Hits4Pay

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Monday, May 24, 2010

thesecretdaily: "The future is not something we enter. The future is something we create." Leonard I. Sweet

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Sorry I haven't caught up w ya in awhile, but SOON!! Promise!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Saw my 'Elinor' today!! Chevy S10SS!! W the 454! LOVES IT!!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

thesecretdaily: When you can maintain peace within you despite any situation on the outside, you have become the master of everything.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Post-Employment Survey

So, you may or ay not have heard that I quit my job at (***). And I'll bet you want the story behind it.. (without mentioning names)
1. Scheduling Games - If it's not on the schedule, how am I supposed to know that you want me to come in and work?? Nor can you tell me the day before that I'm scheduled to work on a day off! I received a list from my co-worker with the dates of all the days she was taking off (days I would need to come in). My boss instructed me to 'disregard' that list, because he would be making the decisions on which days I would be working, and NOT TO EVEN MENTION IT TO HER!
2. Stating to me that I'm owed a raise, but they don't have money to give it to me, so in June, I may (or may not!) receive a differential check. It's been back & forth so many times, who even knows anymore??
3. I've been working there since last June. I'm on 2 closing shifts a week. HOWEVER, APPARENTLY I am not smart enough to know how to lock a door at night, or I must be planning on robbing the place, because I STILL HAVE NO KEY! I'm educated, with no criminal record whatsoever. My boss drives in on Tuesday nights for the last 15 minutes & 'baby-sits' while I close, then he locks up. Could you BE any more demeaning? I'm not an idiot. And I know it's not a SAFETY thing, because...
4. Being harassed - Yes, there is a customer who comes in repeatly drunk, & harasses me. My boss has seen this, he said that he told him not tom come in anymore. He's STILL coming in, he's STILL harassing me, and I had to threaten to call the Sheriff on him. Told my boss again..and the guy came in again the next day. Did my boss ask him to leave? No. Was the customer drunk & harassing? Yes. Do I feel like my boss was doing his job, & making it a safe, harassment-free workplace, for the employees? Not anymore. Have I come home in tears because of this? Yes. Is it worth it? NO!

And THIS is why I quit my job. I feel pretty relieved now, like a huge black cloud has passed over my head. Now I can focus on school, wedding & my photography. It's not as if I don't have other jobs, or income. Au revior!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

thesecretdaily: Envy brings you lack and limitation. Gratitude brings you abundance.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

thesecretdaily: Happiness doesn't depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude. Dale Carnegie

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Just got done 'playing' my guitar, WOW do I need to practice!! Poor Keith has been lonely!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Starting to have alot oof fun with this 'Real Housewives' thing! Kinda makes you feel like a celeb lol!!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

If You Paint a Turd gold, You Still Have a Turd.

'Our' cabin is being painted today. Nevermind the fact that it's damn near falling apart inside, complete with countertops from 1972 & a hole in the floor of the front breezeway. BUT, as long as it looks good on the outside, I guess that's all that matter, right?!   (ggrrr...) It will be SOO nice to finally move outta here, out to Baptism, to our OWN spot, & out of 'Parent-Central' LOL! I've been looking at decorating ideas, paint, etc.. I'm getting excited! Jake says we should be in this summer. (happy dance!) I'm really into Japanese-inspired decor, plants, zebra, Feng Shui, etc.. so that's the type of thing that we're registered for at Target. NOT TO MENTION camper season is here! Time to get up to Itchy-Belly & give our 'Love Shack' it's annual once-over. That camper is about my favorite spot in the summer! I can spend every spare second there. Not looking forward to the ticks & skeeters, but you can't have your beer & drink it too, I s'pose! It'd be nice to get garden up there, maybe more lawn furniture, hmm.. picnic table maybe? AND A SLIP n SLIDE!! All about the Slip n Slide!

Restaurant City

Ok, so I've pretty much eliminated/blocked the FB games/apps that I'm not into. (No Fishville, haha!) But 1 that I still love? Restaurant City! Come be my neighbor! I'm trying to get as many of the Salmon, Rice, Wasabi & Seaweed to get my Sushi Bar - Help me out?

Score Freebies

Ok, I'm kinda of a 'freebie junkie' - I <3 freebies & samples! So here's a couple ways that I found to get your hands on some, & try some new stuff!

Facebook & Twitter - Just search 'free stuff, samples, freebies, etc.. Daily freebie posts
Google 'Free stuff, samples, etc..'
Sign up to be a BzzAgnet at bzzagent.com - Consumer WOM site to try & give feedback on new products.
Follow freebie blogs.
Become a 'Fan' of certain brands on Facebook for a freebie. Check their tabs. Aveeno has one :) Bumpits too!
So these are just a couple of the easiest ways to score freebies & samples. If you know of any cool freebie blogs or link, post them. Sharing is caring LOL!!

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Nikki's 'Intro' Blog

Well, since Therese did an 'intro' blog, I suppose I will too. Hmm.. where to start? It's really quite simple.. I'm me. A little of this, & a little of that. (I feel like I should be on a TV screen, with my name under my face, speaking to a camera LMAO!) So, I'm engaged to my best friend, who I laugh with almost every second we're together. That really is the basis of our relationship - Humor. He's inside my head, always saying things just as I was thinking them. He says I do the same to him. We love music, celeb gossip (OMG SOO glad he's not reading this!!), fishing, camping, dancing, bonfires, & being w/ our 'people'. We're planning on building a house, on Baptism Lane in Finland. The ginormous garage is there now, with a loft where we'll (hopefully) be living after the wedding at the end of July. (SOO excited, BTW!) My favorite household chore? The chores that Jake does! (wink) My least favorite chore? DISHES!! I don't have a dishwasher (only Jake on a part-time basis LOL), so dishes are the worst. And I always have tons! I'm constantly cooking (Not much of a baker tho.) I don't like rude, ignorant or arrogant people. Nor do I surround myself with people I don't trust. I'm currently working on my Associates in Science Degree in Business Mgmt, with a major in Marketing. I' love school! What can I say.. I'm a Lifer! I have 2 fan-tabulous dogs, Yukina & Tao, who I just adore! My babies! I love penguins, tigers, dancing, purple, Star Wars, Disney Pixar movies, tacos, comedy, sushi, & Captain Morgan (wink wink!) I love photography & am pretty good with a camera. (Hmm.. this would be easier if someone was asking me questions, reality-TV styles LOL!) I can be a pain in the ass (ask Jake), but I'm worth it (again.. ask Jake!) I'm a freakin' K-L-U-T-Z!! My stepmom Margie (who recently passed) said I could 'trip over air' & nicknamed me 'Dizz-Butt'! So, don't follow me, because I'm run into & trip over everything!! (You've been warned LOL!) So, I guess that's Nikki in a Nutshell (now available on eBay, & makes a great gift!) You're welcome ;-)

Friday, April 23, 2010

Starting to feel better! Getting out of the house was great today. Now lets see if I can continue this to have a Happy Champagne Friday!

North Star Networking

North Star Networking on FB! Business Networking - Join today!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/manage/#!/pages/North-Star-Networking/369800973633

FF on FB

FORCE Fitness on Facebook! Become a Fan & join the fit fun today!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Finland-MN/FORCE-Fitness/110200642353054

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Nest.com ; LOVE it!

I L-O-V-E this site! The Nest.com is simply fabulous! The Nest -
Buying a Home
Money Advice
Decorating Ideas
Easy Recipes
Message Boards

Blogs
Money
Decor Tricks
Food/Recipes
Buying Guides
Love/Sex
Pets
BabyTools
Quizzes & Games
Videos

http://www.thenest.com/

Yumm Snackies!

Sometimes all you need is a PJ & J sanny! My fave? Blackberry Jam w/ Crunch Peanut Butter on Light 12-Grain Bread! SOO yumm!Add a glass of (lactose-free) milk.. HEAVEN!..Nom..Nom..NOm..!!

Lend A Paw (WalMart/ASPCA)

Here is a great link where, by simply clicking on the picture, you can donate $1.00 to Land A Paw!

http://www.facebook.com/LendAPaw?v=wall#!/LendAPaw?v=app_108731642498305

HG Shamrock Shake

Hungry Girls Shamrock 'n' Roll Shake


PER SERVING (1 shake, entire recipe): 176 calories, 4g fat, 142mg sodium,

29.5g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 16g sugars, 7.5g protein -- POINTS® value 3*


Ingredients:

1 tbsp. Coffee-mate Sugar Free French Vanilla powdered creamer

3/4 cup light vanilla soymilk

1/2 cup Breyers Smooth & Dreamy Creamy Vanilla fat-free ice cream

1/4 tsp. peppermint extract

2 drops green food coloring

1 no-calorie sweetener packet (like Splenda)

1 1/2 cups crushed ice (8 - 12 ice cubes' worth)


Directions:

Combine Coffee-mate with 1 tbsp. hot water and stir to dissolve. Transfer

mixture to a blender and add all other ingredients. Blend at high speed until

mixed thoroughly. Pour into a glass and enjoy!


MAKES 1 SERVING


Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!"

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Rest peacefully, Margie. We will miss you and you will live on in our hearts.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

About to meet with the Justice of the Peace!! Sooo excited! Cant wait to marry Jake!!

Friday, March 19, 2010

OMG check out swagbucks.com. Earn bucks! Soo fun!
Happy Friday!! Friday Night Date night for me and the Hubbin2B !! Now, what should we do... ?

Sunday, March 7, 2010

I'm soo happy with everything I got done this week! Its been very productive, and I have more big plans for this new week! Lots to do, just one day at a time... !!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Wow! As of tomorrow, I havent had a drink in a week!! Thats pretty good, considering how much Jake and I go out, like 3 days a week! Too much wasted money!

DIY Network Hair Accessories

I love DIY Network!! SoOo many projects, so little time.. Here's some hair accessory ideas;

http://www.diynetwork.com/decorating/decorating-hair-accessories/index.html

Make Your Own Mineral Makeup

Order the supplies & view the 'recipes' for making your own mineral makeup! I LOVE playing ad Scientist!

http://www.pvsoap.com/mineral_makeup_ingredients.asp

DIY Fashion from CosmoGirl

DIY Fashion from CosmoGirl!

http://www.cosmogirl.com/fashion/diy/

Homemade Beauty

Another great DIY spa recipe site::

http://allnaturalbeauty.us/hbr_mainpage.htm

DIY Spa Night

This site has recipes for DIY Spa Treatments for Face, Body, Lips, Hair, Hands, Feet, Bath, Men, Teens, Family & Household! A TON of recipes + links! Definitely click on this one, my lovelies!



YES I am seriously looking for the Yoda toy from McDonalds Happy Meals right now! I love love Star Wars, and Yodas my fave! Please? Hook it up?

Biting Off More..

Well, here I am. Almost 3 years later, still in Finland. Now, it hasn't been awful, but Jake's the only thing that kept me here. I work 2 jobs, Personal Trainer, FitBlogger & sell on eBay. Busy, right? APPARENTLY not enough LOL! NOW, I've decided to start w/ Avon (again), publish a FORCE Fitness Cookbook, AND design a jewelry line .. to sell on eBay, etc.. OH, NOT TO FORGET THE WEDDING IN JULY!! That Therese & I are 'D-I-Y-ing' it up! Yup, if I gotta stay here, I gotta stay BUSY!! Much Love - Nik

Secret Daily Teaching 3-3-2010

The Secret:: Beliefs are created by thinking thoughts over and over - until they become beliefs. Beliefs are a constant frequency that you are transmitting, and our beliefs are the strongest things that create our life through the law of attraction. The law of attraction responds to what you BELIEVE! That is why when you want to cr...eate something you must ask and BELIEVE, and then you will receive (The Secret Daily Teachings)

Saturday, February 27, 2010

3 F-A-B Bridal Links I've Found

Favors, Paper Supplies, etc ::
http://www.efavormart.com/

Everything Bridal Sites ::
http://www.brides.com/

Micheals Wedding Page ::
http://www.michaels.com/wedding

Nik's Wedding Dress Idea

Minus all the lacy-detail around the edges, I am L-O-V-I-N-G the style of this dress. Maybe a drapey-scoop neck w/ spaghetti straps even.. Now, where do I find my dress??
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2 Cool DIY Blog Posts I Found!!

How to Make a Vintage Apothecary Jar ::

http://totallytutorials.blogspot.com/2010/02/tutorial-how-to-make-vintage-apothecary.html


How to Make a Lamp froma Wine Bottle ::

http://totallytutorials.blogspot.com/2010/02/tutorial-how-to-make-lamp-from-wine.html

Baked Halibut with Sour Cream, Parmesan and Dill Topping

Baked Halibut with Sour Cream, Parmesan and Dill Topping


2 pieces halibut or other mild white fish, thawed if frozen and patted dry with paper towels

salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

3 T low-fat sour cream

1/4 tsp. garlic powder (can use 1/2 tsp. finely minced fresh garlic, but the garlic powder was easy)

1/4 tsp. dill weed (dried dill leaves)

2 T finely ground Parmesan cheese

3 T sliced green onion (about 3 green onions)


Thaw frozen halibut overnight in refrigerator, then place in baking dish and blot dry with paper towels. Let the halibut come to room temperature while you prep other ingredients. Preheat oven to 375F/190C.

Slice 3 T green onions, then measure 2 T and finely chop them. Reserve the other 1 T sliced onions to garnish the cooked dish.

In a small bowl, stir together the sour cream, garlic powder, and dill weed. Stir in the finely grated Parmesan cheese and green onions. When fish has come to room temperature, use a rubber scraper to spread an even coating of this topping over each piece of the fish, using all the topping mixture.


Bake fish until the internal temperature reaches 145F/62C, or until fish pieces feel firm but not hard to the touch. (Use a fork to press down to test.) Serve hot, sprinkled with remaining sliced green onions.
Timing will depend on the thickness and type of fish you're using.

Salmon with Tzatziki Sauce

SALMON WITH TZATZIKI SAUCE

Cook salmon, either on the grill (my favorite method) , in your stove top grill pan, or bake it, and then serve it with the Low-Fat Tzatziki sauce for a delicious combination.

Yummers!! This sounds SOOO good!! I'll let you know when I try it out!!

Gt Xpress 101 Recipes

Gt Xpress 101 Recipes via :: Cathy Mitchell:

1 Box of Jiffy corn muffin mix (8.5oz.)
Small can of mixed vegetables or your choice
Perdue pre-cook chicken or leftover chicken

Pour small amount into wells then toss in the amount of vegatables and chicken.pour alittle more on top. then shut lid.About five minutes.
remove to plate
Mix hollandaise sauce and pour over.

A Winter Olympic Sport in the Making

A Winter Olympic Sport in the Making

Friday, February 26, 2010

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Ahhhh having a Bloody Mary after our trek throught the woods!! I am LOVING my new snowshoes!!

Hungry Girl

Hungry Girl: "Today, February 25th, is National Chocolate-Covered Peanut Day. There are about 11 calories in each Peanut M&M. Feel free to use this information for assembling your own 100-calorie packs! Er, make that 99-calorie packs...;

St. Urhos Weekend

So, March 12-14 is St. Urhos Weekend!! We picked 'The Wizrd of Oz' for the theme! I am MEGA excited! All weekend, get to seel t's, be in parade.. gotta love local holidays!! See you there!

Alice Jewelry Line

I am L-O-V-I-N-G this Alice in Wonderland-inspired jewelry line!! I love the Mad Hatter - he reminds me to not take like too seriously because we are ALL a little Mad.. :-)


http://www.zeeberry.com/tarina-tarantino-alice-in-wonderland-l.cfm

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

OMGFacts: Your earlobes line up with your nipples. http://omg-facts.com !! OMG too funny!! Who woulda known??
Wish that Finland had more of a nightlife.. Wednesday night and I need to get out! Humpday is for dancing.. And humping!! Wink wink! Oh well- movie night is good too!

'Patronus Charm' Drink

"AWESOME drink from POM Wonderful : : 'Patronus Charm.' Patron Tequila, Grand Marnier, fresh lime juice, and, of course, Pom Wonderful. Like Harry Potter, the toast is 'Expecto Patronum!' It wards off the evil dementors and any other bad vibes. J.K. Rowling might even approve!"

'Patronus Charm' Drink

"AWESOME drink from POM Wonderful : : 'Patronus Charm.' Patron Tequila, Grand Marnier, fresh lime juice, and, of course, Pom Wonderful. Like Harry Potter, the toast is 'Expecto Patronum!' It wards off the evil dementors and any other bad vibes. J.K. Rowling might even approve!"

Monsterquest

One of my fave shows, being an 'Amateur Freelance Cryptozoologist' who has SEEN Bigfoot, & KNOWS he exits! Even as a little girl, I was obsessed w/ things like crocodiles & things that scared me!

http://www.history.com/content/monsterquest

Get Musky Social Site

Love musky fishing? Check this out.. ! See you on the lake!!

http://www.getmusky.com/

Pop Culture MADNESS!

OMG this site ROCKS my SOCKS OFF!! I could play here for days.... If you're a pop culture junkie like me, you will appreciate & love it!! Look up the #1 Song on the Day/Year you were born.. mine was 'Maneater' Hall & Oates!! Oooh ooh here she comes..

http://www.popculturemadness.com/index.html

Blow Outs Made Easy - VIDEO

I love ehow.com!

http://www.ehow.com/how_4906255_give-hair-perfect-blowout.html

Me vs My Gall Bladder: The Battle Continues...

So, this is what the doc's have narrowed it down to. Acute Cholecystitis.Sounds like a whole lotta fun, huh? (NOT REALLY!!) But hopefully by sticking w/ my low-fat diet & keeping up with my H2O intake, I can relieve the painfull GB attacks! (W/O having to take it out via yet ANOTHER surgery!)

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000264.htm

Foursquare

I am L-O-V-I-N-G this site! And the app is on FB, too!!  I love checking in and trying to become the Mayor of places!!

Foursquare
http://www.foursquare.com/

Here's my profile:
http://foursquare.com/user/missnikki2308

Add me as your friend! Lets compare notes!

99 Things You Should Have Already Seen Online!!

OMG this list is HILARIOUS!! I'll admit, some I haven't seen yet, but there are some classics! NumaNuma anyone? LMAO!!

http://www.youshouldhaveseenthis.com/

Jake & I ice-fishing Winter 2010

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OMGFacts: Fred and Wilma Flintstone were the first couple to be shown in bed together, and it wasn't until 1960. http://bit.ly/9rjUr4 #omgfacts
Trying out my mobile blog updates!! I love technology! When its working, that is!! Kisses! Nik

Brides.com

Ooooohhhh I Love it! Brides.com is GREAT!! SOOOO many dresses & ideas! If you're planning a wedding, seriously, check this one out!!

brides.com

2 Great Quotes!

"I don't mind living in a man's world as long as I can be a woman in it." - Marilyn Monroe

"I have too many fantasies to be a housewife. I guess I am a fantasy." -Marilyn Monroe

Wedding Planning

OMG I have been CRAZEEEE busy wedding planning! Not to mention working 2 jobs + personal training!! I'm looking for any good resources you found during planning for your wedding. I would SoOo appreciate that!!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

1st Time Ice-Fishing

! YEAY My 1st time ice-fishing today, and I caught 3!! I love going out w/ Jake and doing fun stuff that I haven't done yet!! He's the best- That's why he's mine!