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Hills Recap: Kristin/Cocaine

Posted in celebrities, lifestyle with tags , , , , , , on May 5, 2010 by jentonelli

Looking a little thin in the face there, K-Cavs.

Ok, I hope some of you watched the second episode of The Hills last night. The sad part is, that with the commercials and close-up long shots of the cast just sitting around doing nothing, the actual content of the show is only like 11 minutes. Also, every week they show “scenes from next week” and rope you in and make you think the show is going to be crazy, then you watch all 11 minutes of the show and nothing that happens in the previews actually happens. Huge let down, I would say. But, the show is still going to be successful and I will give you 4 reasons why: Kristin crazy-bitch Cavallari’s antics NEVER get old. Spencer’s crystals and psychotic breakdowns NEVER get old. Heidi 3.0 will continue to morph until we can no longer recognize her–will literally NEVER get old because she wants H size boobs and has taken fat from her thighs and placed it in her face….

So last night the episode, “Rumor Has It” discussed the tabloids covering Kristin’s drug accusations. They said she “parties all night, friends are worried, is it drugs? bla bla bla.” Kristin, who never actually denied the use of drugs, decided to instead confront Stephanie Pratt and Lo at the party she threw. She went right up to them and began flipping out, as usual, because we all know Kristin cannot have a civilized conversation, and she CANNOT be wrong. After sending Stephanie from the party in tears, Kristin texted her and wanted to “meet” in a bar…. the usual setting for these “serious” conversations.

Here is the bitch fight…. For the first time, which is hard for me to admit, I saw Kristin to be in the wrong. Way out line…. I was agreeing with Stephanie Pratt? What is the world coming to…

MTV Sneak Peak “Why Don’t you Trust Us?”


Anyway… Tune in next week Tuesday @ 10 MTV–I’m thinking Spencer might need to check himself into an insane asylum….

Crossfit Providence vs Cynergy Crossfit Throwdown!

Posted in fitness, health, lifestyle with tags , , on May 3, 2010 by jentonelli

Sign-up to join one of the CFP co-ed teams this Saturday, May 8, 2010 in Providence Rhode Island! First workout starts @ 11:30! If you can’t stay the whole time let us know and we’ll find a way to make the teams work. As with all our events, everyone is welcome, members and non-members! There will be scaling options provided the day of the Throwdown. BBQ to follow at 2:30.

Visit CrossFit Providence for more information!

Forever Young….? Yuppp

Posted in beauty, celebrities, health, lifestyle, sex, social media with tags , , , , , , , on April 20, 2010 by jentonelli

Just browsing through the April issue of Allure and instantly noticed a trend! The whole issue is about age, ways to look younger, ways to fake your age, actresses who played parts in films that were WAY off from their real age…. Some pretty good stuff in here. But what I found interesting was this quick piece called “25 Ways to Look Younger–Instantly!” Many of the tricks are really simple.. no Botox here! Now given I’m only 22, I don’t know how much younger I want to look, but in a few years I’ll definitely want to remember these. Here are a few I found interesting and almost ridiculous, but who knows.. Check it–

#1 “the easiest way to take years off your face? three words: wear less makeup.” Agreed.

#5 “get a pedicure at least once a month!” <– of course I love this one!!

#8 “spritz on a grapefruit fragrance… women who wear them are perceived to be ten years younger. seriously” … Hmm, maybe when the perceiver is blind folded?

#16 “wear nail polish or a ring. researchers have found that doing so makes your hands look younger.” Any excuse to paint my nails… but I neverrrr wear rings.

#20 “go to bed an hour earlier. you’ll reduce dark circles, perk up sallow skin and improve your mood.” I really need to start doing this… maybe after college!

#23 “have more sex. doing it three times a week makes women look up to ten years younger.” sure, why not?

One of my personal favorites who has definitely mastered the art of fighting age, which you should know by now, is Jennifer Aniston. There is a lot of gossip over whether she has had plastic surgery or not, and frankly, I don’t think it matters. She eats well, she exercises and she even used a few of Allure’s look-younger tips….

Jen looks even hotter now in her 40s than she did in her 20s….. Maybe because she used tip #3 “whiten your teeth,” #6 “add highlights to your hair,” #19 “warm up your make up,” and #22 “switch from lipstick to soft pink or rose gloss.”

Mani/Pedi Anyone? OPI Summer 2010 Colors

Posted in beauty, lifestyle, shopping with tags , , , on April 19, 2010 by jentonelli

Hi Beauties! You didn’t think I would neglect those pretty nails of yours this summer, did you? The most important time of year to get manis and pedis?? Of course not!!! Seriously, summer is the perfect time for flaunting your fingers and toes…. beach trips, weddings, grad parties, girl’s night out, going dancing, sitting by the pool, all in peep toe heels, flip flops, open-toe wedges, I hope! You need bright colors to compliment those sundresses I imagine you’ve been shopping for. Fortunately, OPI didn’t forget you either. The OPI Summer Flutter Collection 2010 arrives this May… only a few more weeks! Check it!

Makes you want to dance in a field of daisies doesn’t it?

Here are the four hot new colors:

~*Flower-to-Flower* ~ *Flirt-a-Bit* ~ *Wing It* ~ *Catch Me in Your Net*~

I Heart ‘The Diaries of Adam and Eve’

Posted in beauty, lifestyle, love, relationship with tags , , , , , on April 18, 2010 by jentonelli

For the remainder of my Capstone class, we are reading The Diaries of Adam and Eve by Mark Twain. I was hesitant to even open the book because of all the other work I had piling on top of my life. I sat in our school’s coffee shop, Jazzman’s, deliberating this daunting task. Every single book I am assigned to read for classes such as Capstone, What it Means to Be Human, Seeking Wisdom, etc. is usually horrifying and leaves me miserable. I opened up the book and noticed how little text was on each page. I decided, this can’t be that hard. In 10 minutes, I had read like 65 pages. I then realized it was time for class and I didn’t want to stop reading. So, of course, I read it throughout the entire class instead of paying attention to the discussion on the book. I figured I was learning either way:

Picture from my phone of the easy-to-read pages of Mark Twain’s The Diaries of Adam and Eve

Before I go any further, I just need to tell you this book is great. Twain uses his knowledge of men and women and the ‘historical’ facts of the biblical story of Adam and Eve, and tells this remarkable tale of humanity. My teacher told me that the story is actually about Twain and his wife. Through his personal experience, Twain pin points even the most bare qualities of men and women that still exist today. It is playful, funny, romantic and well-written in short, hilarious diary entries.

Here is the first excerpt of Adam’s Diary:

MONDAY — This new creature with the long hair is a good deal in the way. It is always hanging around and following me about. I don’t like this; I am not used to company. I wish it would stay with the other animals. . . . Cloudy today, wind in the east; think we shall have rain. . . . WE? Where did I get that word-the new creature uses it.

The first from Eve:

SATURDAY — I am almost a whole day old, now. I arrived yesterday. That is as it seems to me. And it must be so, for if there was a day-before-yesterday I was not there when it happened, or I should remember it. It could be, of course, that it did happen, and that I was not noticing. Very well; I will be very watchful now, and if any day-before-yesterdays happen I will make a note of it. It will be best to start right and not let the record get confused, for some instinct tells me that these details are going to be important to the historian some day. For I feel like an experiment, I feel exactly like an experiment; it would be impossible for a person to feel more like an experiment than I do, and so I am coming to feel convinced that that is what I AM — an experiment; just an experiment, and nothing more.
Then if I am an experiment, am I the whole of it? No, I think not; I think the rest of it is part of it. I am the main part of it, but I think the rest of it has its share in the matter. Is my position assured, or do I have to watch it and take care of it? The latter, perhaps. Some instinct tells me that eternal vigilance is the price of supremacy. [That is a good phrase, I think, for one so young.]
Everything looks better today than it did yesterday. In the rush of finishing up yesterday, the mountains were left in a ragged condition, and some of the plains were so cluttered with rubbish and remnants that the aspects were quite distressing. Noble and beautiful works of art should not be subjected to haste; and this majestic new world is indeed a most noble and beautiful work. And certainly marvelously near to being perfect, notwithstanding the shortness of the time. There are too many stars in some places and not enough in others, but that can be remedied presently, no doubt. The moon got loose last night, and slid down and fell out of the scheme-a very great loss; it breaks my heart to think of it. There isn’t another thing among the ornaments and decorations that is comparable to it for beauty and finish. It should have been fastened better. If we can only get it back again —

The diaries were written separately and later compiled into one book. Each character’s entries truly touch upon the realities of love and the differences between men and women. There are hundreds of books, blogs, websites and articles discussing the ways that men and women behave differently. And while these theories of psychology, science and nature are all interesting, this book writes these differences in such a simple manner, that it seems to answer more questions than that other bull-shit relationship propaganda.

Even though Eve and Adam have such seemingly different approaches to almost every single event that occurs, from naming things, to lifestyle choices to how they treat their children, I believe that the understanding of these differences is a good place for love to start. Throughout the novel we question Adam’s understanding of Eve. He resents her voice because he was used to quiet. He dislikes her attention because he enjoyed his peace. He does not like when she tells him what to do, names objects for no reason, cries when he might get hurt and cares for their child more than the other animals. All of these things begin as annoyances because Adam does not understand the need for anything she does. Later, in Eve’s diary, an extract from Adam’s diary is provided. It must be the first moment that Adam feels love:

Perhaps I ought to remember that she is very young, a mere girl and make allowances. She is all interest, eagerness, vivacity, the world is to her a charm, a wonder, a mystery, a joy; she can’t speak for delight when she finds a new flower, she must pet it and caress it and smell it and talk to it, and pour out endearing names upon it. And she is color-mad: brown rocks, yellow sand, gray moss, green foliage, blue sky; the pearl of the dawn, the purple shadows on the mountains, the golden islands floating in crimson seas at sunset, the pallid moon sailing through the shredded cloud-rack, the star-jewels glittering in the wastes of space — none of them is of any practical value, so far as I can see, but because they have color and majesty, that is enough for her, and she loses her mind over them. If she could quiet down and keep still a couple minutes at a time, it would be a reposeful spectacle. In that case I think I could enjoy looking at her; indeed I am sure I could, for I am coming to realize that she is a quite remarkably comely creature-lithe, slender, trim, rounded, shapely, nimble, graceful; and once when she was standing marble-white and sun-drenched on a boulder, with her young head tilted back and her hand shading her eyes, watching the flight of a bird in the sky, I recognized that she was beautiful.

An artistic remake of Adam and Eve – “Human Body Art”

I suggest you find a copy the next time you go to the book store, if anything for the comedy and endearing quality that this book evokes, but hopefully so that you learn a thing or two ❤

The Truth About Gender Roles….

Posted in friendship, lifestyle, love, relationship, social media with tags , on April 17, 2010 by jentonelli

HEY…. STOP what you are doing and watch this hysterical video! NOW. Then go to the website below to watch all of them.

Their Official Website! Harvard Sailing Team

Puppies > Thesis

Posted in family, lifestyle, love with tags , , , , , , , , on April 15, 2010 by jentonelli

I can’t express in words how miserable the past week has made me. I’m sorry, but between a thesis, applying for jobs, deciding where to live for the summer, a research paper, a group project, my stress levels are ridiculously high. I have argued with almost every friend I have over nothing. Fought with my boyfriend over… Nothinggg…

Legit–I’m a crazy bitch this week… so stay away if you can. But want to know what just happened? I smiled. You know, that thing your mouth does when you are happy–I almost forgot what it was like. I smiled because my puppy made the local newspaper for being so f*ing adorable… For Christmas, my family got a new pup, I got to name him. Bentley is a pekingese… He is the CUTEST thing everrr….

Lowell Sun Pets

With this in mind, I felt it important to let you in on a little secret…. There is an entire website devoted to photos of the cutest dogs ever. I don’t care who you are, where you’re from or how miserable you might be…. you cannot tell me that looking at pictures of cute puppies doesn’t make you smile. Here is the site:

The Daily Puppy

If you are stressed, seriously just go to this website, like this weekend for instance when you might be slaving over a terrible assignment, like your 30 page thesis for example.

Here are three of the thousands of photos on the site:

Darwin the Shepherd Mix


Lucille the Rottweiler Mix


Trigger the Golden Retriever

Shake what your mama gave you… or what I give you.

Posted in cheese, health, lifestyle, recipe, shopping with tags , , , , , , on April 12, 2010 by jentonelli

Ok so here it is…

I have been doing relatively well on keeping my diet clean of crap. Yesterday, I had a huge and delicious sandwich with bread and cheese and let me tell you, those two wonderful items ruin my life. Every time I eat something like that, I legit fall asleep afterwards and then feel tired, cranky and terrible. Basically, the food hangover I mentioned after my binge of cape cod chips and heluva good dip. Let me first tell you that, I did know going into the sandwich that I would enter a food coma after, but sometimes, it is worth it to give into your cravings.


But back to my clean diet discussion. For the past few weeks I have been making smoothies for breakfast every day. They are perfect for me because:

1. I can buy all the ingredients in one shopping trip and they last me all week.

2. I don’t need to cook.

3. I get a nutritious filling breakfast, and breakfast is supposed to be the most important part of the day.

4. It takes under 5 minutes to prep, cook and drink! Perfect for someone who likes to wake up and GO.

This awesome juice that you can find at the grocery store is already thick and and packed with fruits and vegetables, making it even easier:

Bolthouse Farms Fruit Smoothies! I love them.
Each is a different combination of fruits and veggies to support a healthy immune system. Each large container includes 8 1/2 servings!

The Fruit Smoothies come in the following flavors:

Strawberry Banana
Contains strawberry and banana pieces. 100% natural.

C-Boost
Contains camu camu and acerola cherries for high doses of Vitamin C.


Berry Boost
Contains 5 types of hand-picked berries, plus apple juice and banana puree. 5 essential vitamins!

Blue Goodness
Contains blueberries, blackberries and elderberries. High in antioxidants!


Green Goodness
Includes 8 delicious juices/purees and packed with 14 powerful nutrients!


The Simple Smoothie:

1 banana

3 large strawberries

1 tsp. of organic wildflower honey

3 ice cubes

1/4 cup of any Bolthouse Farm Fruit Smoothie you desire!

–Place all ingredients (minus the honey) in blender. Blend on high for a minute. While blending, open the small opening for adding ingredients (if your blender comes with this) and squirt the honey in so it gets completely mixed around–


Pour. Sip. Enjoy.
XOXOX

Listen Up… Aloe Blacc hits the spot

Posted in celebrities, lifestyle with tags , on April 11, 2010 by jentonelli

This song is too good not to share…. Aloe Blacc “I need a Dollar” — Enjoy…

Go Organic or Go Home.

Posted in cheese, fitness, health, lifestyle, social media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2010 by jentonelli

Hi! I was following Self Magazine on Twitter, and found this link called “3 Ways to Munch Meatlessly” It details the menus you can follow if you are interested in leading a meat-free lifestyle. Whether you are Vegan, Vegetarian, Flexitarian etc. your options are very broad. Here is the link to the menus varying by the food lifestyle you might lead:

Self Magazine

Speaking for myself, I eat meat all the time, but what I wanted to share was the breakdown of the different types of food lifestyles out there these days. We often only hear about vegetarianism or veganism. But there are many variations available for your particular needs and preferences. Just because you hear about few eating lifestyles lately doesn’t mean those are the only available, or that they are perfect. Everything is created for a reason, mostly because there are enough people out there who agree. It can get confusing… so here is your vocab list of the week 😉 If you are going to make a decision about the things you put into your body, make it an INFORMED decision. Read up on all the options, know what you are actually agreeing to. It is YOUR lifestyle after all. Even if you do want to eat meat, find a environmentally and body-friendly way to do so…. Here is what I found in about 5 minutes of research. Imagine what you could find in an hour. Just one hour devoted to the rest of your life as a conscious eater…. Think about it:

Vegan is a philosophy and lifestyle that seeks to exclude the use of animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose. Vegans endeavor not to use or consume animal products of any kind. Products include meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, dairy products, honey, fur,leather, wool, and silk. Common animal products also include gelatin, lanolin, rennet, whey, casein, beeswax, isinglass, and shellac.

Vegetarian does not eat meat, including: red meat,game, poultry, fish, crustacea, shellfish, and products of animal slaughter such as animal-derived gelatin and rennet.

Pescetarian a diet that includes seafood and excludes mammals and birds. In addition to fish or shellfish, a pescetarian diet typically includes some or all of vegetables, fruit, nuts, grains, beans, eggs, and dairy.

Pollotarian is a semi-vegetarian diet in which a person only eats vegetables, fruits, and poultry meat (particularly chicken), but does not consume meat from fish or mammals. Pollotarians tend to include non-flesh animal products such as dairy and eggs in their diet, as well.

Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarian is a vegetarian who does not eat beef, lamb, pork, poultry, fish, shellfish or animal flesh of any kind, but is willing to consume dairy and egg products.
**A Lacto Vegetarian will add only dairy, an Ovo Vegetarian will add only eggs.

Flexitarian is a semi-vegetarian diet focusing on vegetarian food with occasional meat consumption. A self-described flexitarian seeks to decrease meat consumption without eliminating it entirely from his or her diet. There are no guidelines for how much or how little meat one must eat before being classified a flexitarian.

Paleolithic a way of eating in the modern age that best mimics diets of our hunter-gatherer ancestors – combinations of lean meats, seafood, vegetables, fruits, and nuts.

I’m sure there are a million others I haven’t even heard of or thought of yet. If you know some you’d like to share, please do! And one final tip…. be cautious of substitutes. Just because it isn’t meat, and it isn’t terrible for the environment, doesn’t mean it is good for your body! Be mindful of processed goods! SERIOUSLY….. If you want to give up cheese, give up cheese. Don’t sub in that fake shit, whether it ‘tastes’ like it, ‘looks’ like it or even ‘smells’ like it…. Fake is Fake in my book. Go organic or go home.