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I have to say that sometimes I enjoy seeing the signs that churches post outside advertising their christo-wares. Some of them are ridiculously offensive to heathens such as myself, but others make my inner-child-raised-on-corn-and-Jesus chuckle. This is a pair of neighboring churches of different denominations having a tête à tête of humorous proportions. “Enjoy,” thus sayeth the lord, Elvis Presley, king of kings and rock & roll.

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Comedy Crushes

Here we go into one of my favorite, and most varied, Crush subjects: my Comedy Crushes. These were the top laugh-riots that came to mind. Now while some of these men & women are just attractive in their own rights, they are even more attractive because of their razor wit, biting sarcasm, or witty quips. And I love a good quip 🙂

1. Joe Rogan. Long before Fear Factor & hosting UFC, Rogan was a struggling comedian. Ok, so not really struggling. His brash, ballsy and sometimes offensive humor had earned him a devoted fan base. He has stepped away from the comedy mic for awhile to pursue his other passion: ultimate fighting and mixed martial arts. And somehow that just makes him sexier.

2. Seth Rogen. Jew-fro and all, I just think he’s cute. Thick, quirky, great timing… he just looks like he would be such a blast to hang out with. And isn’t that all most of us really want? Someone to make each day better than the last and someone who can make us laugh on even our worst days? I believe so.

3. Kathy Griffin. Come on, now. Bitchy, brazen, fearless and humble enough to laugh at herself. I not only have a crush on her, I secretly want to be her when I grow up. Minus the publicity stunts and plastic surgery (because, well, I hate cameras and will never have the money to get the surgeries. Lol).

4. Stephen Lynch. Guy with guitar? Check. Incredibly hilarious lyrics? Check. Catchy melodic lines you find yourself humming even when it’s inappropriate? Double check. I have gotten caught singing “Caught Me Spankin’ It” more than once under my breath when I worked at Dish Network. This guy is an epic win.

5. Brian Callen. I first saw this guy when he guest-starred on the TV series Reba. He was hilarious and charming. And had a heart of gold. I’ll admit, the character and the voice hit me first. Then I saw some of his comedy and realized he was even funnier as himself. Always a plus.

6. Daniel Tosh. This one had to grow on me. I always thought he was cute, but his comedy didn’t magnify his beauty until I was forced to watch about 3 hours of Tosh.0 by a friend. Boyishly cute and devilishly handsome all at once.

7. Bo Burnham. Another singer-comedian. But this one plays guitar & piano. Double plus! I think he started out on YouTube and then got his own Comedy Central special. His delivery and lyrics are hard to surpass, and New Math is one of my favorite comedy songs ever. It always makes me laugh, even if I just listened to it.

8. Adam Ferrara. Funny, NY Italians are a weakness of mine, too. They are just sexy, in a neurotic sort of way. And Ferrara lives up to that legacy. Most recently seen on the big screen in Definitely, Maybe, he showed he has dreams that extend beyond boob tube comedy specials.

And that rounds out my first installment of Comedy Crushes. Even if you don’t find them attractive, just listen to ’em. I promise, by the end you’ll want to sleep with them. Or at least make out with them. Lol.

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Top Voice Crushes

Again, let me preface this by saying that this list will change too. I will continue to love all of these artists, but others may trump them in the future. I also had to do some hefty editing to come up with the short list. And without further adieu, here is my list of top voice crushes (those that I value, and/or find attractive, because of their unique and amazing vocal talents)…

1. Stevie Nicks. This woman’s career has spanned several decades and she is still producing relevant music today, even if she is sometimes paired with questionable duet partners (i.e. Taylor Swift). No matter my mood, I can always find a Stevie song that fits or helps me, whether a solo song or one from my favorite band, Fleetwood Mac. Not to mention how incredibly sexy that voice is. And look at that angelic face. I only hope that I’m as cool as she is when I hit 60. Hell, I hope I’m as cool as she is when I hit 30 (minus the coke addiction of course).

Which brings me to #2.

2. Lindsey Buckingham. He’s been there with Stevie since the beginning. Before there was a Fleetwood Mac, back when they were a couple writing and recording under the name Buckingham Nicks. This man not only has a distinctive and amazing vocal instrument, but he can play the hell out of a guitar! Sexy in the 70’s and still sexy today. Get on with your AARP self, Lindsey!

3. On to the Broadway portion of the program. First up, Matthew Morrison. Most known for his character on the hit television series, Glee, Matthew has been performing on and off Broadway for years in such shows as South Pacific and Hairspray. Killer voice, adorable smile, dimples and serious acting chops. What more can you ask for?

4. Christian Borle. Dork meets talent. Adorably cheesy, Christian played Emmett in the Broadway production of Legally Blonde. He has also had relative fame from the being in the original cast of Spamalot. Very unique voice, but totally cute!

5. Aaron Tveit. Aaron played Fiyero in Wicked on Broadway for a time and has also co-starred in Next To Normal. I don’t know much about him personally but boy does he just have the looks going for him. And a crystalline, emotive voice to boot.

6. Michael Buble. So once he was known as a crooning trumpeter, but he has since apparantly dropped the trumpet schtick because I cannot find recent recordings of him playing anywhere. But no matter, his voice can stand all on its own. A throwback to the days of Sinatra, Martin and Como, his sultry and silky voice is once again gracing the airwaves after a hiatus. I was worried when he came clean about a drug/alcohol problem, but it seems things are looking up for Mr. Buble.

7. Justin Guarini. My original American Idol. A seasoned performer of Disney parks, this talented vocalist can sing about anything. His genre-bending vocals helped land him in the top 2 of the original season of the show, which lead to a spin-off movie with Kelly Clarkson. I’ll forgive him for that atrocity. He has had several albums in the works and I’m looking forward to hearing more of him once again.

8. Ace Young. That hair, that smile, those teeth, that voice. An all around guy. He graduated from Idol to the Broadway stage in the revival of Hair. Some friends saw the show and sent me pictures of themselves with him. If I could have gone through the phone, I would have run over all of them just to get at him. Lol.

9. Casey James. Oh. My. God. That is about all I can say. I really love men with long hair, and I love guitarists. Some people think his vibrato sounds like a goat but I love how vulnerable he can be. And he can wail on his guitar. And I instantly fell in love with him when he went and picked up his neice during his exit song on Idol and sand/talked to her. Beautiful inside and out.

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Top Man Crushes (For Now)

As promised, here is a list of some of my favorite men. This list will constantly evolve and update, some will get shuffled out and others added. But I’m sure you’ll agree with my picks, even if you would have made different choices.

Now I had to narrow it down, so I kind of just picked my top 10. Kind of. (About halfway through you may begin to notice my penchant for Polynesian/Samoan/Maori men.) So fasten your seatbelts; here… we… go!

1. Ryan Reynolds. All I can say is that this guy made my list back when I was  “tween” before the word had even been coined. Back when he was on You Can’t Do That On Television. Now he’s a full-fledged star and fully grown as well. Gorgeous face, beautiful body and a killer sense of humor help him top my list (even though the list is not in any order).

2. Colin Morgan. This handsome Irish actor is just amazing. Most recently, he gained fame in America as Merlin in the fantasy series of the same name. He is so cute and talented and is just an everybody’s guy. Beautiful smile, cute rather big ears, and a great sense of humor.

3. Bradley James. A British actor who has also gained American face time in Merlin. Bradley plays Prince Arthur in the show, and is kind of the opposite of Colin Morgan in life and on screen. Beefy, rogueish, handsome and super funny. No wonder they’re both on my list.

4. Andy Whitfield. A Welsh actor/model this time. I do tend to like those foreign men, huh? Andy has been in several Australian sitcoms and a low-budget movie. However, in his title role of Spartacus in the new Starz series, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, he shows just why his appeal has jumped the pond and finally broken into the American market. I mean, just look at him.

5. Manu Bennett. Ok, now this one is kind of special to me. He’s also from Spartacus: Blood and Sand and plays Spartacus’ on-again-off-again enemy. But, let me preface this by saying that I have this fantasy man in my head that I was convinced just could not exist. This man would be a Maori or Samoan man, who sang/danced/acted, played rugby, and taught at a university in his ‘spare time.’ No man could have so many varied insterests and traits as this dream guy, right?. Oh how wrong I was. I ran across Manu Bennett on the show and was pretty damn sure he was Maori, but I investigated to see for sure. And yes, of Maori descent, sings/acts/dances, played rugby in college and routinely speaks at the university level. Holy crap. Yep, he’s pretty amazing.

6. Dwayne Johnson. I admit, I hate wrestling. I think it’s dumb and violent and really offensive sometimes. But, Dwayne Johnson is the best thing to ever come out of wrestling. Bar none. Beautiful polynesian features, great build, and that smile. Damn. Plus, the tattoos are an added bonus.

7. Taylor Lautner. Please forgive the Twilight banner at the bottom, but this was one of the best photos of him I could find. I normally really love long hair on a man, but with this kid, not so much. It pretty much reminds me that he’s a kid and that I should not find him attractive. But being the “cougar” I am, he’s really attractive. That body should not belong to someone his age. And yet, it does.

8. Temuera Morrison. I first saw him in Once Were Warriors. A haunting, strong film about a Maori family and the struggles they endure. I watched it as part of my research for my first overseas trip to Australia and New Zealand. Little did I know, this trip would give birth to my lifelong love of NZ and the Maori people.

 I still find polynesian men of pretty much any descent to be among the most beautiful men on earth.

And now a parade of Samoan/Maori eye candy to round it out 🙂

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A New Blog Series

This week, I’m going to start a new post series dedicated to the many varied men and women that I have a thing for. Lol. It’s my Crush List, revamped. Ok, so let me explain…

When I was young, I kept this little flip notebook that I recorded all the men/boys I had a crush on. I kept this list from about 7 to about 15 and wound up racking up close to 500 names in my pad. I went back years later and read through the list, realizing that some of the attractions had faded, some had carried through to those current years, but that none of the names were repeated. And I also had a strange way of categorizing my crushes. There were talent crushes, face crushes, voice crushes, total package crushes, body crushes, etc. I was always a very organized child when I wanted to be. 🙂 So, I kind of wanted to revisit this idea. I still have a great love for many people for many reasons & these people have made the short list.

My next post will be one of my favorite lists: The All Around Man Crush. Get ready to feast your peepers on some serious eye candy. You can thank me now. Trust me. Oh, and you’re welcome 😀

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DIY Fun!!!

A friend of mine has started a new blog and asked me for some recipes for crafts and projects for her kids and the blog. I ran across some really great recipes from my years of babysitting and taking care of my neices and godchildren & thought I would share them with all of you! You can also find them on Michelle’s blog, Mommy Magic. It’s awesome and she’s amazing and I highly recommend that you check it out!!!

Victorian Salt Clay (can be used to make beads/small objects)

2 c. salt
2/3 c. water + 1/2 c. cold water
1 c. cornstarch
Food coloring (optional)

1. Mix salt & 2/3 c. water in large saucepan.
2. Stirring constantly, heat over low heat 4 minutes. Do Not Boil (In my craft notes, I wrote this instruction like this: DO NOT BOIL!!! Lol).
3. Remove from heat and stir in cornstarch and cold water. *You can add the food coloring at this point for a large batch of the same color, or keep reading for my little tricks :)*
4. If the mixture is not a thick paste (think bread dough consistency), place back over low heat for approx. 1 minute. Again, Do Not Boil.
5. Remove from pan; place on working surface dusted with cornstarch. Knead as you would dough until pliable & smooth.

*Heather’s Tip* I like to take small portions of the dough and add a different color to each one. You can then knead them individually and mix them together when making your beads or objects for awesome patterns and textures.

This dough can take up to 3 days to completely dry at room temp. or you can do a Quick Dry: Heat oven to 350 degrees. Turn oven off & place model on pan in oven. Wait until oven has cooled. Remove and paint if desired.

Ice Cream in a Bag

1 Tbs. sugar
1/2 c. half and half or milk
1/4 tsp. vanilla
6 Tbs. rock salt
ice cubes
1 pt. & 1 gal. ziptop bags or 1 sm. and 1 lg. metal coffee can

1. Fill lg. bag or can 1/2 full with ice cubes. Add rock salt.
2. Place milk, sugar, & vanilla in sm. bag or can. Seal well (if using a can, put duct tape around the lid to prevent leaking).
3. Place sm. bag or can into large and seal securely (again using duct tape if necessary).
4. Shake about 5 minutes or play Kick the Can with the kiddos!!

*Heather’s Tip #1* Try replacing the milk with fruit juice and the vanilla with a fruit extract. I like using pineapple juice and coconut extract. Smells and tastes like summer, even in the throes of winter.

*Heather’s Tip #2* Invent your own flavors! This is an endlessly customizable recipe and I would encourage you to come up with your own flavors. Or you can try one of my inventions:

Mocha Chip Freeze: Add up to 1 tsp. instant coffee or espresso powder and 1/4 c. mini chocolate chips. This one is great if you replace the vanilla with peppermint extract!

Salted Caramel Freeze: Add up to 2 tsp. of caramel ice cream topping to the original mixture and shake an extra minute to incorporate. Transfer to your serving dishes (or just straight in the bag if you want it all for yourself!) and top each serving with a sprinkle of coarse sea salt. You’d never know this trendy dessert was made in a coffee can!

Flubber
(Make sure your little ones are past the “I have to stick everything in my mouth” stage or surpervise them with this activity)

Mixture 1:
3/4 c. warm water
1 c. Elmer’s glue
Food coloring

Mixture 2:
2 tsp. Borax
1/2 c. warm water

Mix each mixture in separate bowls. Combine Mixture 1 into 2 & work about three minutes.
Instant Fun!

This has been safe for kids with sensitive skin in my experience, however, with Borax you may want to have some extra moisturizing lotion on hand for after clean-up.

@–v– DIY Solid Perfume –v–@

1 unscented tealight, broken into small pieces
8 Tbs. petroleum jelly
1 tsp. fragrance oil or about 3 drops of essential oil (perfume grade only- available at most co-ops and health food stores)

Heat petroleum jelly over low heat in double boiler. Stir in tea light until all has been incorporated and melted.
3. Remove from heat. Allow to sit 1-2 minutes then stir in fragrance.
4. Pour or spoon into small containers.

*Heather’s Tip #1* I always save my empty tealights after I have burned them. I wash them with warm soapy water and then reuse them for crafts like this one! Pour your mixture back into the clean tealight, let cool, cover in saran wrap and package in sheer colored fabric to give away as gifts!

*Heather’s Tip #2* Use a floral fragrance like lavendar, rose or lilac and wrap in pastel colored sheer fabric for Easter basket stuffers… or peppermint oil and green fabric for St. Patrick’s Day…

This is a great project to let the little ones exercise their creativity. Johnny wants to make licorice-scented tins? Sure, why not? Little Susie wants to make pineapple jelly bean? If you can find the scents, they can smell like anything! (If you can stand it, that is. Lol.)

 
~*~*~*~*Body Glitter *~*~*~*~

1/2 c. clear aloe vera gel
1 tsp. glycerin (the liquid kind, not the suppository kind. :P)
2 tsp. fine glitter
Metallic or shaped glitter (optional)

1. Mix gel and glycerin together.
2. Sprinkle in glitter(s) and blend.
3. Store in empty baby food containers or other small containers.

**Make sure the children have no allergies to any of the above ingredients, as with any product that will stay on their skin**

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So today, treat yourself to an at-home spa day before you (if you even do) opt to clean the house. Follow my tried and true recipe for a spa day & you will feel refreshed, relaxed and invigorated.

Start out by making yourself a healthful meal line up (like one you would get at a fancy shmancy spa). It would be preferable if you could do this a day in advance, or do all your cooking before you start your treatments. The goal will be to flow from one “treatment” to the next with minimal interruption.

Try this meal plan:

Strawberry Sunshine Smoothie– Blend 2/3c. frozen strawberries with ¼-1/2 c. vanilla soy or almond milk. Add one packet of no calorie sweetener if desired. About 45 cal. Per smoothie.

NBC’s Biggest Loser® Ginger and Lemongrass Sliders in Lettuce Cups (from SpaIndex.com)

1 – 20 oz package of Extra Lean Ground Turkey
1 clove garlic, minced fine
1 Tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped fine
1 Teaspoon fresh lemongrass, grated super fine
1 Tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped rough
2 Tablespoons low sodium soy sauce, divided
6 drops toasted sesame oil, divided
Fresh cracked black pepper to taste.
½ Cup orange juice
1 cup red cabbage, cut into ribbons
1 large carrot, finely grated
8 whole leaves iceberg lettuce, washed
Whole cilantro leaves for garnish
Toasted sesame seeds for garnish

Directions

  1. Preheat a grill or grill pan on medium high heat.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the turkey, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, chopped cilantro, 1 Tablespoon soy sauce and 3 drops sesame oil. Mix well until fully incorporated and season with fresh cracked black pepper.
  3. Form the turkey mixture into tight balls of approximately 2 ½ ounces each – there should be 8 balls. Flatten them into patties about ½ inch thick.
  4. Brush the grill lightly with oil and place the turkey patties onto the grates. Grill for 3-4 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 165F in the center of the burgers.
  5. While the burgers are cooking, mix the cabbage and carrots in a separate, medium sized mixing bowl. Mix in the remaining soy sauce and sesame oil along with the orange juice. Mix well and season to taste with black pepper.
  6. Remove the burgers from the grill and let rest for 2-3 minutes. To serve, place a burger into each lettuce leaf or cup and mound a small amount of the cabbage and carrot salad on top. Garnish with cilantro and toasted sesame seeds. Serve immediately. 195 cal. Per serving (2 burgers)

Fruit Sushi

1 firm, ripe honeydew or cantaloupe melon
1 fresh pineapple, papaya, and starfruit, peeled and julienned (or fruit of your choice)

Peel, halve and seed melon. Using a potato (veggie) peeler, obtain thin, long and straight slices from the flesh. Lay melon strip down and place a few julienned pieces of fruit at one end. Roll strip and secure with a toothpick if necessary.

Your preparation period being done, now you are free to move on to the most relaxing part… the spa treatments

  1. Your spa day begins with your most overworked body part; relax your brain first. As you release all of your stresses and anxieties, your body will surely follow. Play some music (try my Snow Day Spa Playlist!!!), light scented candle in a relaxing scent (like lavender or chamomile), dim the lights, and meditate or try to achieve “no thought” or a blank mind.
  2. Now, onto the face. Our faces are the way we greet the world and, though we may not often realize it, people generally make assumptions about us based on this feature, whether we like it or not. So put a fresh face forward with this delectable mask:Chocolate Facial Mask
    This creamy mask is an excellent moisturizer, leaving your skin baby soft. Recommended for normal skin.
    1/3 cup cocoa powder
    3 tbsp. heavy cream
    2 tsp. cottage cheese
    ¼ cup honey
    3 tsp. oatmeal
    Mix all ingredients together (I use my Magic Bullet) and smooth onto face. Relax for ten 10 minutes, then wash off with warm water. Follow with a gentle toner and sweet smelling moisturizer.
  3. Next, move to your hands and feet. I like to do a soak, then a scrub, then slathering on a moisturizing cream or oil. Sweet Feet Spa Treatment

INGREDIENTS

1 cup epsom salts

1 cup apple cider vinegar

4 drops peppermint essential oil

several marbles or smooth stones

DIRECTIONS

  1. Boil a large pot of water. Using a large spoon, stir in the epsom Salt. Add the vinegar and essential oil and stir. Pour the mixture into a basin or a footbath that you’ve already filled with warm water. Add the marbles or smooth stones. Put your feet into the footbath and swish your feet through the water, allowing the marbles to massage your feet.
  2. Now that you’re in the thick of it, we’ll move to your crowning glory: your hair. Whether you have short hair or long, curly or straight, color processed or natural, everyone could use a little follicle pampering J For an ultra-moisturizing hair mask: Mash the flesh of one avocado with 1/2c. of honey and spread on dry hair. Leave on hair for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse with water. Follow with gentle shampoo.
  3. And… the piece de resistance… the body scrub & soak!! I prefer to soak in a dimly lit bathroom, with a  few candles and mood music playing; after about 20 minutes, I let the water out & apply the body scrub (made earlier). I follow all this up with a nice warm shower and then slick on a liberal amount of body butter. I like to make mine a mocha routine (just a little nod to my addiction to both coffee and chocolate!).

CHOCOLATE BUBBLE BATH (from SpaIndex.com)

1 cup of unscented bubble bath
1/3 cup of unsweetened soy milk
3 oz. of grated or powdered dark chocolate

Heat the soy milk and add in the grated or powdered chocolate. Stir well until melted and blended, but do not boil. Allow to cool.  Mix well again just before adding to your bath.

 Morning Buzz Coffee Scrub (from Veria.com)

INGREDIENTS

1/2 1 cup used coffee grounds from your coffee pot

2 tablespoons coarse salt

1-2 tablespoons of olive oil

DIRECTIONS

Empty out your coffee filter into a bowl or container that will be safe in the shower. Add the salt. Drizzle in the olive oil and stir with your fingers to blend. Take it with you into the shower. Scrub gently, being careful to avoid the eye area.

 Now that you’re all lubed up and relaxed, you will be better able to face any challenges that await you during the week. Or maybe even… those dishes you didn’t do before the spa J

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