Joanna’s Top 3 – Birthday Party Edition

My birthday is coming up in a few days and I’m at that age where, as much as I would like to, it is no longer appropriate to have a birthday party that involves cute comic book invitations and cheap party favors. As I’m thinking about how I actually want to celebrate with friends and family, I am also trying to stay aware of money and such. 

 

So, here are the Top 3 birthday party ideas for someone who shouldn’t have a dress up princess party anymore: (these are also in order from most to least expensive)

 

#3 Buy tickets to somewhere you’ve dreamed of going. It’s always a good idea to be more adventurous (especially as you get closer to getting over that hill). Plan a road trip for yourself, buy a plane ticket to go visit your sister in Germany, or even splurge on tickets to a concert or event that you’ve always wanted to go to. This will give you something to look forward to AND you get to actually enjoy it later. So it’s like TWO things! ;)

 

#2 Go to a wine/beer tasting. Broaden your taste bud horizons and of course bring your friends and family along with you. Everything seems fancier when you’re drinking wine.

 

#1 Host a game night!! This is is my favorite, birthday or no birthday. Any game will do: Jenga, Dungeons and Dragons, Charades, that Battlestar Gallactica board game that you got last Christmas and have yet to play. Just invite your friends over, make up some food and you’re all set. (Fun Fact: Alcohol is proven to make any game funnier. Must be 21 to participate)

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What is your favorite birthday party memory?

Joanna’s Top 3 – Burger Edition

Prepare to drool.

Time Magazine conducted interviews with burger historians and experts (yes, those are real things) to compile a list of 17 burgers that have influenced the burger industry and our taste buds over the years.

Here are the Top 3…

#3 The In-and-Out Burger – This burger debuted in 1948 and has a reputation for being delicious. Who wants to join me in a petition to get one here?!

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#2 The McDonald’s Burger – We can never escape it. 

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#1 The White Castle Burger – Technically, it is a slider soooo can it really be on this list? I kid. The White Castle Burger is classic and tasty. I agree.

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Here’s the full list of all 17 Influential Burgers. What do you think? Would you add or remove any of these tasty burgers from the list? And who else is hungry now?

Week 5 at F.X.B. kick’s off today

Well week 5 is in full swing. I can’t believe that we are about 5 weeks into the program and we only have 5 weeks left. I’m so excited to see what my results will be on Saturday as we do a retest on push ups, sit ups, check our weight, B.M.I. and run the mile again. I can already see a big difference in the way my clothes fit and how I feel. A big thanks to everyone at Farrell’s Extreme Bodyshaping in Columbus for all of their support. They are a first class training facility. Also a big thanks to my co-workers and to my wife. Who’s put up with all of the complaining about being sore the past few weeks. I will post another blog on Monday with my results. Until then I will see you on the QMIX 80′s Saturday Night!

Farrell’s Extreme Bodyshaping Update

Well week 2 started at 5am today. All I can say is that Finally I can feel my legs after last weeks workout. Great day today, all I’m saying is FIRE HYDRANT. Now I know why my dog just leans into it! HAHA! Looking forward to another great week at Farrell’s Bodyshaping in Columbus. More updates later this week. If I can move my fingers. FEELING GOOD! :)

SWISHING SODA?

pouring-a-glass-of-colaA spoonful of sugar makes the willpower go up, according to a series of studies that have suggested fueling the brain with sweets can strengthen self-control. You don’t even need to swallow to get the benefits of sweetness. Simply swishing a glucose-laden drink in the mouth and spitting it out boosted self-control and willpower for tasks from squeezing a handgrip to completing impossible brain teasers.