I-Step Survival Guide…for TEACHERS!

Happy I-Step Week Everyone! 


I know- Teacher or Student, this is not your favorite time of the year. I think the only thing I remember enjoying at I Step time when I was growing up was the time that we got to eat “healthy snacks” during test breaks AT OUR DESKS (#bigdeal). To this day I think of standardized testing while snacking on Ritz Bits Cheese sandwiches and green grapes…




Anyways- several of my friends on Facebook are Teachers and one of them found a sweet survival guide on how to pass the time while your classroom kiddos are trying to figure out in what world is a Baloo a Bear and Yonkers is a Young Man.




What I didn’t realize was how painful this week is for teachers as well as students. One would think that sitting there watching students take tests and reading a script of instructions would be nothing, but according to this blog, teachers can’t have books, ipads, phones, magazines…can’t catch up on grading papers or other work, and they HAVE to be walking around watching the students. Ick. I’ll stick to my desk job thank you. 


I’ll share my favorite activities below, but the full post you can find here.


- Walk down the rows imagining you’re:
  • walking down the aisle to marry your favorite celebrity and all the students are wedding guests
  • on the red carpet in the most awesome dress/tux of your LIFE and all the students are paparazzi
  • walking the plank on a ship and all of the students are pirates
  • walking in a cemetery and all the students are ghosts
  • scuba-walking on the bottom of the ocean floor and all your students are sea creatures
  • a flight attendant and the students are passengers on the “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” Twilight Zone episode


SB: I wonder if my teachers ever did this? 


- The Active Monitoring Workout:
  • Abs: I read somewhere that one of the most effective ab workouts is simply exhaling all of your air, then tensing up your ab muscles as hard as you can.
  • Legs: Put ankle weights on during a break of at the beginning of the day, and do calf-raises when you get to the back of the room (students might get distracted and/or you might earn the nickname Twinkle Toes if they see you doing them)
  • Arms: Flex your bicep as hard as you can for various increments of time 


SB: These would work for sitting at your desk too!


Imagine what animal each student would be. Not personality-wise, but strictly based on facial appearance.  For example, the Mythbusters guy looks like a walrus.
- If your group of students somehow got stranded on a desert island, which job would each student have? (Ex: firewood collector, hunter, shelter builder, resident artist, town fool, etc.)
- Look at the items in the room and think about how you would use them for survival if there was a zombie apocalypse
SB: Another sign I’ve been watching too much Walking Dead…
- Use some Crest White Strips or other teeth whitening agent
- Buy three different kinds of gum and time all three of them to see which one loses flavor the fastest

-Dream up your Best Day Ever.  Best Day Ever means that you have 24 hours do whatever you want, whenever you want, and with whomever you want.  Try to plan out every detail. What would you eat for meals? You would stay in one place the whole day or jump around to different places in a teleport? Who all would you see—friends and family, celebrities, or a combination? Your imagination is the limit!*
Happy Standardized Testing Week!

OSCAR FASHION! 2014 Edition


Oh Award Season…you come and go so quickly….


(At least the fun Awards shows :))


Last night were the Academy Awards…and with being filled with some super close races (which Tim Green and I TOTALLY ROCKED AT PREDICTING!), you knew it was going to be a great show. 


I think this year’s Oscars was one of the best shows all around, and the Academy can thank this lady for this accomplishment:



Ellen ROCKED it! True, she can never live up to my besties Tina and Amy, but Ellen brought the Academy Awards back to that level of entertainment.


Between the selfie that broke Twitter:




To ordering nom noms for the noms….



and then making noms pay for the nom noms…..




She can stay. :)



Musical Performances were great too (P!nk KILLED IT!)… and Pharrell Williams made all of THIS happen….


The 27 Best Moments From The 2014 Academy Awards
The 27 Best Moments From The 2014 Academy Awards
He can come back too…just as long has he wears normal suit pants….


Speaking of FASHION….. (see what I did there? hehe….


Here are my faves, what the?’s, and NOPES from last night.


Once again- another fairly decent collection of good fashion choices. Of course there will always be some weird choices here and there, but that’s what makes this blog fun right? OK lets get to the dresses!




These ladies ROCKED it last night. Amy and J. Law looked beautiful in their similar silhouettes, and I love how Jennifer brought back the backwards necklace. I’ll be interested to see if it becomes a trend!  Sandra KILLED it in that Alexander McQueen (can I borrow that for the CAP Adult Prom please? ;)) and Lupita…what can I say? She’s been winning at fashion at pretty much every single awards show since the season started. Tim Green and I believe she is Hollywood’s next sweetheart. Good Job Ladies!



FAVES part 2: The off-white collection:


These 3 women also looked gorgeous. Kristen Bell looked slightly bridal, but she was in Frozen so I forgive her.(Yes I know that’s poor reasoning but this is my blog not yours! :) )  Cate and Kate were STUNNING! Cate’s dress especially…I rarely like a nude dress on anyone, but she pulls it off effortlessly. As for the other Kate, I almost put her in the wardrobe malfunction category, but the way she carried herself and that dress you could tell she was “secure” if you know what I mean. WAY TO GO LADIES!


Next category….SEPARATES but Equal??


Meryl….well she’s Meryl. She can wear a paper sack and I’ll be ok with it because she is so flippin’ awesome. And she’s been to the Oscars what..18 times now? This is just another party for her. June Squibb is adorable. I had no interest in Nebraska, but then they showed the clip of her flashing her…ahem….womanhood….to the grave of a man who wanted in her pants and I about died of laughter. 


Emma on the other hand…not as excited about her dress. Her hair was adorable, and her moments with Joseph Gordon Levitt were just as cute, I think she could have done better. 


And now it’s time for a break to play….WHO ROCKED THE BABY BUMP?!?!





and the winner is….KERRY WASHINGTON!


I have no idea what Elsa Pataky was thinking in her dress choice. I do love the green and what the fabric was doing, it beats out the poor steam job on Kerry’s dress. HOWEVER…what is with that waistline under your bump?!? What made you think this look was attractive? You look like you are going to pop at any second! Whoever told you that this look was a good idea needs to seriously rethink their career in fashion. Or is holding a grudge against you. You may want to fix that. 



Our next game…WHO WORE IT BETTER?


If you were watching the show last night and saw Whoopi and thought…hey, I’ve seen that look before…it’s because you did. On Julia Roberts. 2 months ago.  Who ROCKED that look way better than Whoopi. Sorry Whoopi, but this was a bad choice. 



And now…the category you are all looking forward to…the NOPE category! 


Amazingly enough, I had to role my wardrobe malfunction, project runway, too matronly for your age categories all into one, because everyone looked THAT GOOD. 




Anna Kendrick: I was back and forth on this one. I think she is just in need of an “editing eye” from Tim Gunn. I think it’s the “slit” that is bothering me. So she is in the project runway category mostly. 


Jennifer Garner: Ugh. You’ve done so much better than this. It’s flapper girl gone wrong. What really sealed the deal were the SHOES. You can’t tell in the photo, but you could tell when she walked out to present. they were some serious chunky platforms that I’m pretty sure were from a 1995 prom…and I mean that in a bad way. 


And the worst…Angelina Jolie. I’m sorry girl. You are a wonderful human being. Going from weird goth girl to using your fame to make a difference and earning the Humanitarian Oscar for doing so, also being a mother of 6 with the ever beautiful Brad Pitt, you have a lot of great things going for you. This is NOT the dress for that. Where do I start?!? I’ve never seen a dress that was soooo matronly and yet at the same time worried about a wardrobe malfunction. Also, remember how I said that Cate rocked the nude look? that’s because she’s got the porcelain skin look. You girl, do not. You have that “natural tan” look and this deserves bold colors or jewel tones, not a color that fades into your skin! AND- we all know you still look great…so show off the goods while you still can! 



Well, there you have it! my opinion of the Oscars. Overall- great show. It was worth skipping a night of catching up on Walking Dead. 


What did you think of the show? 

Price Tag of the Oscars…

Leave it to Dave Ramsey to put the Oscars into perspective when it comes to money…


(Seriously though- he knows his stuff when it comes to overcoming debt! Take his Financial Peace University class…so worth it!)


Here are some fun facts about how much it costs to produce the Oscars…at least in previous years. Check them out!


How much do the Oscars cost to produce?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 2012 ceremony cost a cool $21.8 million to put on. Highlights include $260,000 for the nominees’ luncheon, $45,000 for the Oscar statuettes, $25,000 for the actual red carpet, and host fees between $15,000 and $25,000. On top of that, the Walt Disney Company spends $75 million annually for broadcast rights.


SB: So pretty much this is happening….





How much does the Academy Award statue cost to make?
Every time an actor/actress, director, producer, screenwriter, special effects person and so on picks up an Oscar statuette, chalk up $500.


SB: Through THIS Program, $500 could feed a family in Mexico for 5 months, give 5 families clean drinking water for life, or supplement families with blankets, bibles and pay for several kiddos to go to school. Talk about perspective!





What is the most expensive dress ever worn to the Oscars?
The priciest dress in Oscar history is believed to be Grace Kelly’s mint-green gown at the 1955 awards. She won Best Actress for The Country Girl and took the stage in a dress whose silk material alone was believed to cost $4,000 . . . in 1955. That translates to roughly $35,000 in 2014 dollars.


SB: The original article didn’t have a picture of the dress…I had to look it up. It’s very pretty, and I’m sure fashion forward for the time…and now a timeless look. That asside, it’s hard to believe that this dress was THAT expensive, unless Edith Head (the designer) used gold thread to sew it.









What is the value of the gift bags given to the stars at the event?
The SWAG (stuff we all get) gifts handed out to nominees who didn’t win in 2013 were the cheapest—ahem—in five years, with a value of “only” $47,802. Think that’s jacked up? Back in 2010, the price tag was up to about $90,000. The bag included a $45,000 safari in Africa and a $14,500 trip to Monte Carlo.


SB: This puts the whole “I’m just happy to be nominated” into perspective…because they know they are going to AFRICA and MONTE CARLO after the show! Ummm….can I get nominated and not win? 





How big of a money impact does an Oscar win make for an actor or actress?
From 2007 to 2011, Best Picture award winners took in an extra $14 million in box office revenue. Hollywood talent agents and managers have ballparked that their clients who win Best Actor/Actress will get a 20% boost in pay for their next film.





What is the cost of a TV commercial shown during the awards?
Of course, nothing tops the Super Bowl in terms of price tags for a 30-second commercial—$4 million in 2014. But Oscar spots are nothing to sneeze at. ABC is seeking between $1.8 million and $1.9 million each.



How much were tickets to the first awards show?
They’ve come a long way, baby. At the first Academy Awards show from the Blossom Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in May 1929, tickets to the event were $5 and admissions to the movies themselves were 25 cents.


So as you are watching the Oscars this weekend (aka my Hollywood birthday party that they forgot to invite me to :) ) you can spout out all these fun facts to your friends. 


Find the Original article HERE.

Walking Dead and Toy Story: Same Plot Line?!?

So my husband Dan and I have been getting into AMC’s The Walking Dead. 

I know, we are tardy to the party, but better late than never right? 



See? Rick’s happy that Dan and I are on the bandwagon now! :)


I was really reluctant to get into this series. I’m really not a fan of blood, guts and gore. Dan wanted me to give it a try though with him and so I reluctantly sat with him through the first few episodes. Then I agreed to watch it with him just as long as we limit it to one episode a day… and then I became hooked. I LOVE the questions of humanity that are addressed and the super deep character development. 


I still turn away from the blood, guts and gore. That will never change… :) 


SO- we just finished Season 3 last night…and I feel like I can search the internet with a little more freedom now researching fun facts and trivia about the show. Yeah I’m a nerd like that…

While doing so- I came across this amazing theory that the Walking Dead is the same plot line as the Toy Story trilogy. OK- maybe not exactly the same, but the similarities are freakishly close!

How so you may ask? Well this video sums it up quite nicely. I did see this theory on Buzzfeed too, but this video has a few more similarities listed and overlaps both in fun ways. Check it out!

SPOILER ALERT: Only watch if you have seen seasons 1-3 of Walking Dead and Toy Story movies. 

Also- not exactly a family friendly video since there are scenes of blood guts and gore. Parental Discretion advised. 

PS- I’m pretty sure the Govenor and that Teddy bear have THE EXACT same voice! haha!

Also- does anyone have the first half of Season 4 of Walking Dead we can borrow? :) 


The 8th Deadly Sin…

So I’ve officially seen the 8th deadly sin. 

Right here in the QMIX Studios.

It’s ugly kids…..very ugly.

Brace yourself. 


For those in need of a review, The 7 deadly sins are as follows:


1.) Lust


2.) Gluttony


3.) Greed


4.) Sloth

Awww isn’t he a cutie? He’s not the actual deadly sin, but you get my point :)


5.) Wrath


6.) Envy


7.) Pride


And now the 8th deadly sin…..


Leaving a Texas Roadhouse roll unconsumed. 



You can’t tell by the picture, but this roll is now a hockey puck. 





Let’s take a moment and mourn this lost opportunity to enjoy a Texas Roadhouse roll….



PS- Texas Roadhouse did not put me up to writing this blog. They were sweet enough to share some sweet rolls with us, and we are always grateful when they do. Thus the reason I am sad this one roll didn’t get eaten.


PPS- If Texas Roadhouse DOES want me to write about them, send over more rolls and we’ll talk…I can be bought with good food! :)



Friday Favorite things!

Don’t you just love it when entertainment/internet/pinterest/anyone brings together several random elements and they all happen to be your favorite things? 


Like that time Kermit the Frog was on 30 Rock?


Or every pin on pinterest that involves raw cookie dough?


(can someone make this for my birthday please? :) )



Well that’s what Jimmy Fallon did the other night with Will Ferrell, “Ice Skating,” and Downton Abbey. 


Watch below…


Thank you Jimmy….thank you!

Guys! Here’s how you REALLY can woo us!

Don’t get me wrong, ladies still appreciate the flowers and chocolate on Valentine’s Day…especially if it’s her favorite chocolate and her favorite flower. (In case Dan is reading this…I’ll take all the Gihradelli dark chocolate/raspberry squares you can find and tulips please! :) )


And we also love that big romantic date of a steak dinner, tickets to the theater (movie or live) and even that hotel room you rented for the night away from the kiddos…yeah- don’t cancel any of that. :)

But if you REALLY want to show her how much you care….AND stay on a budget? Check out this list of 15 Unromantic things that men do that we women swoon over.

Below are a few of my favorites…and maybe a few comments I’ve added…


Making the bed – “When we head upstairs to get dressed and see a freshly made bed staring back at us, it’s like a huge weight has been lifted off our shoulders.”


Scooping the poop – “Whether it be cleaning the litter box without being asked, walking the dog, or picking up the leftover dog droppings in the front yard — we totally heart our dudes when we’re off poop duty for once.”


Taking care of our cars – “Whether it be filling up the gas tank, putting air in our tires, taking them in for maintenance, or simply scraping the snow and ice off our windshield on their way out — handling car stuff reminds us that we’re loved.”


Emptying or loading the dishwasher – “With the amount of times we have to do this during the week, even getting off the hook once is like some kind of vacation.”


Cooking dinner – “‘Nuff said.”


Bringing us a hot cup of coffee – “Nothing says, “I love you” quite like noticing our cup is empty and getting up to refill it so we don’t have to move from the couch on a Sunday morning.”


SB: Extra points for going to Starbucks and treating us to our favorite handcrafted drink! 


Folding the laundry – “Ohhhh. Swoon.”


Doing any sort of cleaning – “We even get butterflies when they spray the counters and wipe them down after dinner.”


SB: For my birthday last year Dan helped me clean the house. Guys holding a dust rag and bottle of pledge is very comparable to a six pack and biceps! 


Doing ANYTHING without us prompting them – “It doesn’t matter how small the household task. If he takes it upon himself to do something simply because he knows it is going to help you out in some way, shape, or form — he’s being a total romantic.”


And guys- if you REALLY want to earn swoon points with your sweetie- do these things throughout the year! Don’t limit your love to Valentine’s Day! 


Oh! Almost forgot one!


Dedicate a song to her during “Pentzer Printing presents QMIX Love Songs for Love Chapel!” You’re expressing your love for her AND helping a great organization feed those in need in Bartholomew County. You really can’t go wrong. You can find out more about this HERE. 

Who is Gus Kenworthy? Doesn’t matter…he’s wonderful.

Gus Kenworthy is an Olympic freeskier for the US Olympic Team.

Adorable, right? :)


He also loves puppies. 

The adorable meter just climbed 200 notches.  

He apparently found a litter of puppies and their mom in the Sochi Olympic Village.


Not only is he sharing the photos, but he is proactively searching for homes for the pups- whether they stay in Russia or come back to the States with him. 

“Gus gets the Gold!” -anyone who loves puppies (which is everyone). 

This winter Olympic Sport needs to come back right now!

This may be the most wonderful sport ever….Ladies and Gentlemen….I give you….




According to Wikipedia:

Ski ballet (later renamed acroski) was a freestyle skiing discipline from the late-1960s until the year 2000. It is no longer a part of competitive freestyle skiing. Ski Ballet involved a choreographed routine of flips, rolls, leg crossings, jumps, and spins performed on a smooth slope. After the mid-1970s the routine was performed to music for 90 seconds. For a short period of time (in the 1980s) there was also pair balletcompetitions, a variation of ballet, where two people performed tricks that not only included spins, jumps and leg crossing but also lifts and synchronic movements. A panel of judges scored the performance.


AKA: All the stuff you love about Figure Skating on skis!



WHY DON’T I REMEMBER THIS??? True, I may have been to wrapped up in everything Kristy Yamaguchi / Nancy Kerrigan  at the time, but still! This sport is wonderful. It needs to come back.

Especially the gold puffy sleeves. 


According to Buzzfeed, it only appeared in the 1988 and 1992 Winter Olympics, and even then was only a “demonstration sport,” which means it was only added as a trial run to raise the sport’s popularity.


Ugh- All that talent….just down the toilet….so sad!


I am all for bringing this back… just as long as the tacky outfits come back with it!



What do you think? Should Ski Ballet come back?



Totally worth the 4 minutes…enjoy!