Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Pinterest is the New Black

I was recently introduced to a very cool site called Pinterest. At first, I didn't quite understand what it was all about, but now that I get it I am absolutely addicted. And here is why you should be, too!

What is Pinterest? In the words taken straight from the site, which of course describes it best:

"Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard. Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.

Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests."
Pinterest Home Page
This site has opened my eyes to so many different recipes (for the husband to cook, of course), DIY projects, new places to travel to, decorations, awesome products, ideas I never would have thought about on my own, and even some great tips (i.e. photography) - basically anything of interest. The best part is that if the people pinning do it right initially (by grabbing it off the web), then when you click on a pin of interest it will take you back to the original website. This way you can shop for the product, see an entire recipe, or read information about the picture itself.

What's best about this site is that it's simple to use (once you figure it out). You basically have your own boards that you "pin" to. You can repin from other people that you follow, or you can choose the "Everything" option, which allows you to see what everyone on the site is pinning. You can like, tag and comment on other people's pins. It's a fun site that allows your creative juices to flow while seeing what other people are interested in.
My Boards
I also have enjoyed finding new quotes and photos that are absolutely hilarious. This has definitely allowed me to contribute to the daily humor email that I am on with some friends.

So request an invite and get pinning today! It definitely helps pass the time (along with Facebook stalking of course).

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Product Preaching: Toastabags

I recently learned about a product that I think every household should own. It's so simple and innovative that when I first heard about it, my first thought was why didn't I think of that? What is this amazing product? It's called Toastabags.

Toastabags make it easy to toast any sandwich mess-free. Their main example is grilled cheese sandwiches. Everyone loves them, yet they cause a huge cheesy mess in any toaster/toaster oven. The cheap and easy way to fix this issue is with a Tastabag. What the bag does is not only allows you to heat up your sandwich without the cheese drizzling out and making a mess in your appliance, but it also helps to evenly circulate the air giving the bread an even toast while still melting the cheese. Brilliant!
And what's best about this product is that it's not only reusable (you can use it 30 times to get your money's worth), but it can also be used with a number of food items - heating up pizza or tacos, grilling onions or fries, etc. Because let's face it - heating up items taste better in the oven versus a microwave, but we use the microwave for convenience. What's more convenient than placing your food item in a bag and hitting the on button?
Check out this video demonstration segment on NBC 11Alive: 

Other products this company offers are the Pizzamesh, Crispamesh, Ovenliner and my favorite, the Ovenguard. The best part about these products is that they are all under $10! Check out these amazing products and reply with your feedback on them. Happy mess-free cooking!

{Link to buy all of these products}

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Delta Incident: Fat Man in Two Seats

A few days ago a passenger arrived at their seat on a Delta flight, only to realize that she was sitting next to a man that was so fat that he was not only in his seat, but he was also in half of hers. Instead of Delta asking the large man to either purchase two seats or to take a later flight, the woman was asked to give up her seat. This incident made me furious! It seems like every other airline has a policy that if you are too large to fit into one seat, then you must buy two tickets. 

For example: Southwest Airlines requires obese passengers to purchase a second seat if they cannot lower the armrests between seats or if their body extends into any adjacent seating. If the flight has empty seats available, the passenger can request and receive a refund for the cost of the second seat; the airline reports that they refund the cost of the second seat 98% of the time.

Delta seems to be one of the few airlines who are attempting to be PC about the issue of obesity. However, just because the large person was in his seat first does not give him the right to take claim over another paying customer's space. I also don't believe that the woman  being asked to leave was the right thing for the airline to do just because they didn't want to deal with a potential discrimination lawsuit. If I was that woman, I would sue for being discriminated against for being healthy and in enough shape to fit in my seat. 

Fire Hazard?
While discussing this incident with a friend he brought up a very good point. If airline passengers are required to measure their carry-on bags before boarding the plane to ensure it will fit in the overhead compartments, than why aren't passengers who are on the large side not required to sit in a mock-seat to determine if they will fit? Sort of like you do with roller coasters at theme parks.

Test seat
The bigger problem I see is that Delta is treating obesity like it's a disability. Yes, these people are VERY unhealthy. However, it's not like they can't do anything about it. You aren't born obese. Even contestants on The Biggest Loser who claim that they have always been fat their entire life and nothing has worked for them thus far are proven wrong once they are put on a strict diet and exercise schedule.
Conclusion: I will start flying Southwest once their partnership is finalized with AirTran and they begin flying in and out of Atlanta. They seem to have the right idea about this issue: if you fit in one seat, you pay for one; if you fit in more than one seat, you pay for two. Seems logical to me!

 {Link to the CNN video on the Delta incident}

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Blog Redemption: Family Feud

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog on my awful experience as an audience member at the Family Feud. After posting my blog on a number of social media outlets, I was contacted by Steve Harvey, who is the host, through Twitter. Steve then asked me to give him my contact information, which he passed along to the producer, Gaby. Within ten minutes of messaging him, my cell phone rang and it was Gaby. I don't know if I was more happy that my voice was heard or that Steve Harvey and a long-term TV producer had read my blog. (Probably the latter.)

Gaby told me that she was so sorry and upset with our experience, and explained that the goal for the audience members is to have a great time. I told her that my friends who had previously gone to a taping all had a blast, and based on what we could see it looked like a lot of fun.  She then asked me if I would like to come back to the show, which I said that I would. She gave me her personal cell phone number and asked me to figure out a date with my group of friends and call her back, and she would set us up with priority VIP seating. This is exactly what she did for our group of four.

This past Saturday, I returned to Family Feud with a hopeful outlook on the day. While only three of the four of us went (our fourth was very sick that morning and didn't show), we were brought into the holding room immediately and didn't have to wait in the very long line outside. The holding room was much more organized than the last time we went, with the addition of a TV that was showing episodes of Family Feud to keep people entertained while waiting to go into the filming area. After waiting only 45 minutes (as opposed to the two hours the previous time), we were escorted inside in a very organized manner and were seated center stage in the front row.

I can't tell you how happy my husband and I were to be able to go back and have the true Family Feud audience experience (as well as our friend who we invited to come with us). We got to see two great shows, with a family winning the $20,000 in fast money. The energy was constantly high and the laughter never stopped, as Steve Harvey truly is a very talented comedian and TV personality. I was able to ask Steve a question during a break in taping, which he gave a great answer to. I asked him what was the worst answer a contestant has ever given. He said the question in fast money was to name your favorite fall holiday. The guy said, "Christmas." What made matters worse, he was only two points away from getting to 200 points and the $20,000 and actually thought his answer was going to be #1, which it obviously wasn't and resulted in them not winning the money.
Christmas in the fall, he is kidding?
Because of our prime seat location, I was able to personally thank Gaby the producer, who sat three seats down from us. I was extremely happy that I was able to thank her in person and tell her how great the experience was this time around. Gaby, Steve and the Family Feud audience staff all get an A+ in redeeming themselves from our previous experience. I would highly recommend to anyone in the Atlanta area to go to a taping if you get the chance.

{Click here to reserve your free audience tickets to Family Feud}