Archive for March, 2014

Lil Bub Is The Cutest Cat You’ll Ever See!

Lil Bub

Have you met Lil Bub? This little cutie has taken the Internet by storm, and her fame has led to a book deal, a movie (which won Best Feature Film at Tribeca), and devout followers on her Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram accounts!

BUB has many unique characteristics that make her a very special one of a kind critter. BUB was the runt of an otherwise healthy litter from a stray outdoor mother, and was born with several genetic mutations that make her special. She is just one of nature’s happy accidents. Her foster family had a hard time finding her a home, but she now lives happily with a dude that feeds her only the best food and treats her like a queen.

BUB is a “perma-kitten”, which means she will stay kitten sized and maintain kitten-like features her entire life. She is also a dwarf, which means her limbs are disproportionately small relative to the rest of her body. She has very short, stubby legs and a weird, long, serpent-like body. Her lower jaw is very short compared to her upper jaw, and her teeth never grew in (yes, that’s right, she’s toothless!), which is why her tongue is usually hanging out. Don’t worry, BUB has a very healthy appetite and eats dry and wet food with no problems.

Additionally, BUB is a polydactyl cat, meaning she has extra toes, and in her case, one extra toe on all of her four paws. Her front paws each have two opposable thumbs. And then of course there are her big, bulging, wonder-filled green eyes. Some think she can see into the future with those things.

BUB squonks, squeaks, gurgles, snorts, hiccups, purrs and sometimes even growls. She also occasionally meows, but even those sound kinda funny.

Despite her weird looks and numerous “deformities”, BUB is a healthy, happy cat. She may not be able to jump on and off stuff, but she manages by climbing using her 22 claws. She also can’t quite run or walk very well… but she is a fantastic waddler. Even though she has no teeth, she has a fierce appetite, and can take down half of a bowl of dry food without any problems (the other half winds up scattered on the floor). Just like other cats, she poops and pees in the litter box, likes to chase bugs and is always cleaning her luxurious coat and sometimes even her dude’s beard.

Visit Lil Bub’s YouTube page, and you’ll be hooked in no time! đŸ™‚

Review: T3 Featherweight 2 Hair Dryer

T3 Featherweight 2 Dryer

The T3 Featherweight 2 is a top-of-the-line dryer that styles your hair up to 75% faster than regular dryers and is healthier for your hair than air drying, dramatically improving your hair’s health, body and shine.

The secret? Proprietary T3 Tourmaline and enhanced SoftAire Technology that generates a greater volume of air and weaves it through the dryer at the ideal temperature and velocity, enriching it with negative ions and healthy infrared heat along the way. This allows you to dry larger sections of hair at a time, faster and healthier.

The Featherweight 2 is clinically proven to be healthier than air drying, with up to:

  • 73% Reduction in Frizz
  • 86% Increase in Body
  • 19% Increase in Shine
  • 33% Increase in Comb-ability
  • 48% Increase in Style Retention

Given my long thick curly hair, this was all I needed to hear.. If it even lived up to half of those claims, I’d be happy. And let me tell you, the results really blew me away!

When I first picked up the Featherweight 2, I couldn’t believe how light it was! No wonder they call it the Featherweight. It’s a huge difference from my old hair dryer, which was a beast that would leave my arm sore after 20+ minutes of use.

The biggest draw for me was the reduced drying time, and again the T3 lived up to the hype. The Featherweight 2 cut my dry time in half, from 20 minutes to just 10 minutes! And I could really see a difference in my hair, less frizz, more body, and a nice shine.

This video shows you the technology behind the T3 Featherweight 2:

My husband appreciates the fact that the dryer is nice and quiet, as the noise from my old dryer would sometimes wake him up in the morning. đŸ™‚

The dryer has 3 heat settings (Hot / Warm / Cool), a cold shot button, and two speed settings. It’s versatile enough for all hair types. The switch/button placements are well thought out and easy to operate.

T3 Featherweight 2 Dryer

 
The T3 Featherweight 2 completely exceeded my expectations. It’s like the Rolls-Royce of hair dryers, and there’s no way I’ll ever be able to go back to a lesser dryer. Now I see why Miranda Kerr, Solange, and Octavia Spencer used the T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i for their big night at the Oscars.

If I had one complaint, it’s that the SoftTouch 2 Diffuser doesn’t come with the hairdryer. Considering that the T3 Featherweight 2 costs $200, you’d think they could include that. Regardles, I’ll be ordering one shortly, as a diffuser is a must-have for me!

Is the T3 Featherweight 2 really worth $200? In my opinion, absolutely!

Panera Bread’s New Cupcakes Are To Die For!

Panera-Cupcakes-1

Did you know that Panera Bread recently started selling cupcakes?? I was super excited when I saw them in the display case, and last week while my husband was out of town, I decided to treat myself to one of these decadent treats.

They have three different varieties of cupcakes to choose from: Chocolate, Vanilla, and Red Velvet. Since I am a chocolate lover, it wasn’t a hard decision to make.

WOW! I have not had a cupcake this good in awhile. I loved the fact that it was so moist, and when I bit into the middle of the cupcake, a bunch of chocolate oozed out.

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The icing had a nice texture, and it was loaded with chocolate shavings. The cupcake was priced right around $3.00. When I went, they were doing a deal where if you buy a meal and drink, you can add a cupcake for $0.99.

If you’re a cupcake lover, give the Panera cupcakes a try, you won’t be disappointed!

I’m Totally Addicted To Candy Crush Saga

Candy Crush Saga

A few weeks ago, my husband started playing Candy Crush Saga on his iPad, after seeing a bunch of his Facebook friends playing it. While he’s normally not much of a gamer, this game had him hooked almost immediately. I watched him play for a few days, not really sure what the big deal about it was.

Then one day, I decided to install it on my iPad. BIG MISTAKE!

We’re both totally addicted to this game, playing it as often as possible. He’s been stuck on Level 65 for a good week now, and he’s going crazy. I just beat Level 35 last night, and now I’ve got to beat these 3 quests so I can continue on to the Chocolate Mountains.

This eCard made me laugh, because it’s so true:

Candy Crush eCard

If you’re looking for a time-killer, there’s nothing better. But be warned, you might just become addicted to it!

How To Sneak Alcohol Onto A Cruise Ship

Carnival Drink Of The Day

On most cruises I’ve been on, I stick to the occasional Diet Coke, and maybe a Drink of the Day or two. But I have friends who spend a TON of money on alcohol during their cruise, not realizing how fast those $8 drinks add up.. Then they get a $600 alcohol bill, and it almost ruins their vacation!

In the old days, it wasn’t too hard to smuggle alcohol on board. Or better yet, you could just buy alcohol from the duty-free store and bring it back to your room. But it’s not that easy anymore.

Still, some people have found ways to get alcohol past security, and I thought it’d be fun to share a few tips:

1) One of my favorites is using a mouth wash bottle and food coloring. Fill up your Scope bottle with clear liquor and put some green food coloring in it to make it green.

2) Gift wrap a case of Heineken or other premium beverage, and just walk right on in with it. Dressed appropriately, it works. If anyone asks, the answer is “It’s a gift for the captain”. No one ever has.

3) Replace the water in water bottles with alcohol. Some people say security has been shaking bottles looking for bubbles, so you might want to consider using a Sprite bottle instead.

Here’s a video showing you how to do this:

People’s creativity will never cease to amaze me! đŸ™‚