Airplanes and hotel keys

My airline of choice
My airline of choice

I have been trying to get much better with blogging.  I had a blog which I updated quite frequently for 3 years.  I took a two month break came back and my blog had been suspended by wordpress and was gone into the ether.  Since then I haven’t really been able to get my groove back.  I’m working hard to do so:)

My preferred hotel reward program
My preferred hotel reward program

My job requires constant travel and I almost NEVER blog when I’m on the road.  I have been on the road since Tuesday which is why I have had no new post.  At some point in time I might try to actually get my life together and try to figure out how to blog from my phone.  That would actually be great seeing as tho I come across some really great stuff on the road.  I eat like I’m a teenager and there is no danger of me gaining weight.  I can’t say my hotels are all that fabulous because I’m not really in them that long to be fussy.

Once I do get my life together I will start sharing my experiences:)  I will call it, Airplanes and Hotel keys.

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Regular run of the mill butt injections..

The goal.
The goal.

A friend of mine posted this video on his facebook page and I reluctantly decided to watch it.  It’s short, disturbing, and to the point.  I am certainly no member of the big booty club and while yes, at times I’d like a little more junk in my trunk; I could not imagine going to a hotel room and paying someone $2000+ to inject my butt with $1.59 mineral oil.  That just sounds ridiculous!  Ridiculous as it is, that’s what’s going on.  Mineral oil, caulk, silicon and all sealed up with crazy glue.  You could literally be on the street with your gluteus MAXXimus the next day!

Click here for the video Buttloads of pain.  It is 16 mins long.
Click here for the video Buttloads of pain. It is 16 mins long.

On the one hand I actually get it.  Nowadays you can actually make a living off of your assets.   The amount of money that strippers take home makes a college educated career woman like myself question why I went to school when I could just shake my ass.  Ah that’s right I don’t have one to shake and while I don’t judge other people’s choices.  That would not be the life that I choose.  I went to school in Atlanta which is the home of the strip clubs and I would watch some of these women take home $3000 a night!  In the video one of the strippers talked about how her butt paid for itself in one night.  Imagine that?  I would love for that to apply to something more practical like groceries!  How awesome would it be if they paid for themselves?  Like, I come home, cook dinner, and then magically the grocery money appears back in my bank account.  Voila! Instant gratification.

buttloads 2

before and after butt implants
before and after butt implants
Before and after
Before and after

If you are thinking about butt enhancements this is definitely good for you to watch.  Make sure you go to a licensed professional because the results can be irreversible if not done right.  Nobody wants a booty they can Frisbee with.

Skylanders are ruining my life

the skylanders! (well 1/4 of them)
the skylanders! (well 1/4 of them)

Being the mother of a boy really is like opening a box of cracker jacks daily.  Since I am not a boy, nor do I have brothers, I’m just not really that familiar with a lot of boy stuff.  The kid is currently obsessed with skylanders.  I had no idea what the hell those things were and he just kept asking me to buy him some.  Generally I research things before I buy them for him but he caught me right after Christmas when I was tired and my brain was melted.  Score for him!  He also had money from his grandmother so I didn’t have to actually pay for said skylanders.  Double winning!

skylander display at Toys R Us
skylander display at Toys R Us

Off to toys r us we go.  When we get there we are greeted by a small skylanders section of figurines, lunch boxes, and some other random stuff I don’t remember.  Then the very helpful sales person says “Oh the sylander section is in the back”.  I walk the kid back there and low and behold there is a whole wall of this stuff!  Once he starts picking up stuff I realize the skylanders are actually video games toys so to speak.  You put them on a a pad of some sort and they come to life in your video game.  What sucks for this kid is that his controller is not working to his xbox so none of these would work.  As I’m telling him this another kid about 10 comes over and says “oh don’t worry you can use these with your Xbox, I have one and they work in the Xbox” so the kid looks as me like I’ve just lied to him and says “See mommy they do work”.  I had to explain to him again that his controller wasn’t working and I needed to figure that out first. We left toys r us with a spiderman toy and a unfullfilled need for skylanders.

this is what they look like in the video game
this is what they look like in the video game

Everyday for the next two weeks he asked about his skylanders.  He has convinced his godmother to buy him some so she purchased two starter kits for him.  When they finally arrived I was able to get his remote working and all was well until he turned it on.  In the first 3 mins there is shooting which I do not allow him to play games with shooting in them.  He says “oh don’t worry mom it’s fake. It’s not real”  Not much I could do now.  I should have looked before I let him get them.

the kid's skylander beginner collection
the kid’s skylander beginner collection

He has 6 skylanders and apparently there are like 100 so he is doing very well in school and I mean VERY well in an effort to get us to buy him more skylanders.  They come with trading cards some sort of stickers I don’t know what I’m supposed to do with.  I mean the closest thing I have to compare to this is me trading garbage pail kids on the playground!  My world is now run by skylanders and I figure it will only get more intense and we really figure out how to work these things and what is all available to work with.

pray for me….

My 2 ingredient pancake disaster.

My sister sent me a post on gluten free two ingredient pancakes.  While I have no need to be gluten free I was intrigued and thought I would try them.  If there was really a way for me to make pancakes with two ingredients then I was all for it!

2 ingredient pancakes
2 ingredient pancakes

Here is the recipe from www.topwithcinnamon.com

1 large banana, mashed (should be around 1/3 to 1/2 cup when mashed)
2 eggs
optional add ins:
1/8 tsp baking powder (see notes)
2 tbsp nut butter, pb2/peanut flour, almond flour or dessicated coconut (see notes)
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup blueberries/ raspberries/ chopped nuts
2 tbsp mini chocolate chips

Peel and mash the banana, stir in the egg. Mix in any non-chunky add ins that you want (e.g. nut flours or butters, baking powder…).

Heat a non stick skillet and lightly spray with oil. Tun the heat down to medium-low.

Pour a circle of batter into the pan (I used about 1 or 2 tbsp of batter per pancake).

Cook until golden brown on the underside (around 1 minute) sprinkle on any chunky ingredients (e.g. chocolate chips, fruit, nuts, if using), then use a metal spatula to flip and cook until golden brown on the other side (30 seconds to 1 minute).

Serve warm with whatever the heck you want

Here is what I used:

eggs and banana
eggs and banana

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I followed the directions and did a few add ons as suggested. Here they are:

my add ins.
my add ins.

This is what I got:

fried banana egg sheets
fried banana egg sheets

At this point my kid is starving and there is no way I could serve this so I went for french toast.  I butter the bread in mango butter, dipped it in my egg and banana tango mix and made it work.

Mango butter
Mango butter

The end result.

banana french toast
banana french toast

I am absolutely never going to try this again every in my life.  Eveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeer!

So I tried my body at Aerial/Anti Gravit/Air Yoga. Maybe never again…

This is me before class.  Happy, and goofing off
This is me before class. Happy, and goofing off

Last night Christie over at www.livingsimplisitcally.tumblr.com and I decided to take an Air fitness class.  It sounded like a wonderful idea so as soon as I saw the classes open I knew just the person to call for what I thought would be a super fun flying trapeze class.  What I got was my ass kicked.  As “fun” as that class looks, it is just as hard.  I don’t know why I expected different.  It’s not like I do regular yoga on the ground well.  At one point we had to do a handstand and the instructor came over to me sternly encouraging “use your core, use your core” finally I just shouted back “I have no core!” She said “ok then” and walked away lololol.  Ay man, truth hurts literally.  I gently tumbled out of my hammock because I had no muscles to get me out!  That is the only time that I actually fell so I”m proud of that.

me just hangin around.....
me just hangin around…..

If you want a challenging workout I definitely recommend that you try this class.  There are two new locations in Chicago and they are giving free classes for the rest of this week.  You can check them out at www.airflow.com.  They have two locations one in river north, and one in lincoln park.  Here is a video of what air yoga is supposed to look like lol

me during the class expressing how I feel about Christie taking pictures of my non participation
me during the class expressing how I feel about Christie taking pictures of my non participation

The class was 50 mins of aerobics, Pilates, yoga, and sweat.  In my mind I’m saying absolutely never again, but I have a little feeling under the nail polish on my pinky toe, that I might just indeed go again!

www.shophappymango.com

 

Being Mary Jane….

Being Mary Jane
Being Mary Jane

I’m sure by now most of us have seen the new show on BET called Being Mary Jane; starring Gabrielle Union.  For most of us this show fills the void of Scandal during its off season.  To me this show is just as scandalous with a nice amount of eye candy in the two leading men.  The main focus of the show is Mary Jane who is 38 successful, single, and has no children.  Ahh the life of the single successfuls, definitely a tale told many times and it usually has the same twist.  At some point or another they end up with a married man either voluntarily or unbeknownst to them.  It happens.  As you get older and the men in your age group get older, there are a lot less “single” men to choose from. I mean real single, not single with a “friend”, or live in girlfriend that they don’t mention because they are not married.

I used to be in that number, that 49% of black unmarried women, oh wait I still am lolol!  I forgot.  I am not married, I am cohabitating and do have a child with my cohabitor but we are not in fact married so I am still a statistic.  Whaddya know!

well this doesn't look promising....
well this doesn’t look promising….

We find these life’s fascinating and pitiful at the same time.  We watch as Olivia Pope porks the married president and we flip flop between cheering her on and being appalled at the affair.  With Mary Jane we feel so bad that she is in this situation that was not her choice, yet we look at the Porsche, the nice house, and wonder if we weren’t covered in applesauce and poop what would our lives be like?  We watched Carrie as she navigated her single life in her fabulous shoes and we loved every minute of it!

I know what my life was like when I was sans bebe and yes, some of it was a 24 hour champagne diet complete with Louis Vuitton cups and advil.  Then there were times when I was sick and needed someone to just come over and take care of me and my shoes and purses did not march out of the closet with blankets and chicken noodle soup as I expected.  My life was pretty fun for the most part.  Not to many complaints. I was never the “ohhhhhhhhhhh can’t wait to have a baby type” so not having one or a husband for that matter didn’t worry me one bit.  I was also in my 20s at the time so who knows what my thought process would have been at 32, 35, 37 and so forth.

yup, we like to watch
yup, we like to watch

When I turned 30 my little bundle of chocolate arrived and my world changed.  I longed for nothing that I had left behind in my sans bebe life.  I will trade in playdates with kids for “play”dates with dudes any day.  I love being a mom and wouldn’t want any other life.  Except for maybe the same life with lottery winnings.  Since I’m still not married I’ll have to leave that conversation to the folks who either are married or are completely single.  I’m floating in the grey zone for now.

Since this is such a fascinating thing for us to watch I decided to have some real live Mary Janes on my show on Saturday so I could get their stories on what their lives are really like.  Do they only cook popcorn in Christian Louboutin shoes?  Do they spend hours at the gym with wine in their water bottles, do they date married men? Do they actually want a family?  Do they care that we care?  I’m looking forward to this conversation with these successful, single, women.  You can tune it online at www.urbanbroadcastmedia.com click on listen live and then talk.  If you are on a mobile device you can download the freestreams radio app click on talk and then UBM talk.