Surviving Weekly XIX {7.30.18}

Do I Need a Social Media Intervention

Do you know how often you use Instagram? Because your Iphone can tell you.  Before I tell you how- are you sure you want to know? Personally, I don’t recommend doing it, because if you’re anything like me you probably will find out that you use it WAY TOO MUCH! But hey, who am I to stop you… Go to Settings > Battery and voi la! Feeling good about yourself?

The people who are familiar with Instagram, know that Instagram is this place we can go and pretty much just fall into a hole of other people’s lives in this way that is not quite normal or healthy for us, but we just don’t care. 

Just this weekend I went on Instagram to show someone a picture of my niece and ended up on Priyanka Chopra’s feed looking at her street style from May 2017.  I digress…

I truly love Instagram.  I can go on check out what news is happening in the world, find funny memes, see some fashion inspo, home decor inspo, catch some friend’s babies, and then get off and go about the next 5 minutes of my day before I check it again.

I’m breaking down Instagram and more… Hope the Blood Moon and Mercury Retrograde were nice to you this weekend.  We played it safe and just stayed in pajamas for 48 hours.  Slothish glory!

xx
Cristina

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Happy Birthday, Miami! 

Happy Birthday, Miami! 122 years ago, Julia Tuttle came along and had the foresight to establish this gem of a city at the tip of a peninsula.  She convinced her friend Henry Flagler to extend the railroad on down in exchange for some land and the rest is history.  For more details click HERE.  Also shout out to Miami for being the only major American city established by a woman!

Of course since 1896, a lot has happened.  In a nutshell: (thank you Wikipedia) it prospered in the 1920’s, weakened in it’s first real estate bubble burst in 1925, got hit by a Hurricane in 1926, Great Depression in the 1930s, during World War II played a big part in the battle against German submarines (which brought population to 1/2 a million), when Fidel took over in 1956 Cubans emigrated (also increasing population), the Cocaine Cowboy wars, Arthur McDuffie beating, Hurricane Andrew, the Elián González affair, it’s more recent real estate bubble burst, and yet Miami continues to grow and develop itself as an emerging international, financial and cultural hub.   

Irregardless… it brought us this: (click the image for full video)

For those who are interested…. the hilarious geniuses behind Shit Miami Girls Sayhave developed a podcast.  Find that HERE.

Instagram

Since we are on the topic of Instagram today… I have some IG trivia for you… who would you guess are the three most followed people on Instagram right now? I said: Beyonce, Justin Bieber, and Katy Perry.  WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

1.  Selena Gomez with 139 Million
2.  Cristiano Ronaldo with 136 Million
3.  Ariana Grande with 124 Million

Check out the rest of the list HERE

For being the three most followed people, I didn’t follow any of them.  So I guess the joke is on them.

Some people reading may not be entirely too familiar with Instagram, so for those people HERE is a quick tutorial.

Instagram can be a place that you go to for information, and if you happen to be a person with any self-control whatsoever it can be a positive thing in your life.   A place that you check once maybe twice a day to escape your day, and catch up on things and people that interest you. I get asked from time to time who I am following, or if I have any new good follows.  The answer is always yes- because as I have established in this newsletter is I use it WAY TOO MUCH! So here are a few suggestions of people to follow based on category:

Funny: they need no introduction:
The Fat Jewish
CurbYourLarryDavid
GirlWithNoJob

Positive Inspiration 
Cleo Wade : she just shines light and love into your feed
The Daily Stoic : daily reminders to keep your shit together

Business 
Marie Forleo: writer, life coach, and so inspiring.  Just offers great tips and insight for anyone starting their own business or just looking for guidance.
Tim Ferriss: he is a very controversial name in our household, but his books have been groundbreaking for both my husband and I- and is a great follow.

Celebrity BFF
Kristen Bell: Always hilarious and real.  One day she will realize I am the best friend she has been looking for
Chrissy Teigen: speaks for itself…. but if you aren’t o yourself a favor!

Home Decor Inspo 
Amber Lewis: one day when I become an adult, I will try to emulate what Amber does in all her projects
Emily Henderson: I second what I just said with Amber and apply it here.

News 
CNN:
National Geographic

Party Hosting 
FashionableHostess: she constantly gives you inspo for dinner parties you are most certainly never going to have but so pretty to look at
Christina Manso: party planner heaven, the parties she has thrown are so detailed and incredible

Fashion 
Something Navy (obviously) I have a box titled “things Something Navy told me to buy”
Maria Tettamanti because I am into fashion but she shows me a little variety and is HILARIOUS!

Health 
Julie Roth (PaleOMG)- healthy recipes that are easy to do and delicious
Amanda Kloots – her dance routine kicks my butt! And she constantly gives little moves you can do at home

Standouts 

Lebron James has just opened his IPromise School in Akron, Ohio.  I dare you to read the article and not get teary eyed.  Such a bold and creative move to help kids in neighborhoods with high drop out rates.  Lebron has built out a brand new school packed with every school supply they can need, and some of the best educators they could find.  Click HERE for more details.  Excuse me while I go buy my kids some Lebron memorabilia.

Since we are on the topic of Lebron James.. remember THIS when the Harlem Shakewas the viral dance heard around the internet?

Trying to be an Instagram Influencer? Well one of the biggest, @thefatjewish is here to tell you that the time to influence is coming to an end.  Click HERE for full article. 

Tesla was having a hard time turning a profit, so Elon Musk did a limited edition surfboard collection.  Each surfboard was only $1,500 and there were only 200 made, all of which sold out within 24 hours. Anyone of you get one? Want to invite me to try it out? No?  Full story HERE

Life of a TV Addict 

As we have established, time and time again, I watch too much TV.

What’s on my list to watch next? Right now I’m still in Money Heist, and just started Orange is the New Black (which is amazing by the way) But I’m not sure what to do next…
Have a suggestion? Let me know

HERE what is coming to and leaving  Netflix this month! Highlights:
Like Father: New Netflix movie starring Kristen Bell, Seth Rogen, and Kelsey Grammer.  She gets left at the altar and I would imagine chaos ensues… Check out the trailer HERE 

It’s Television Critics Association week, which basically means all of our favorite actors from all of our favorite shows gathered to pitch their current or new shows to the critics.  Anyone know someone, who may know someone, who can get me invited next year? Catch all the pictures HERE

Infomania:
a.  an obsessive need to constantly check emails, social media websites, online news, etc.: The fear of being out of the loop, not in the know, fuels infomania, especially among teens.
b. the effects of this obsession, especially a decline in the ability to concentrate
Ever wondered to yourself whether you get more or less wet in the rain depending on if you run or walk? Well apparently there was a whole study on this very question in the UK and the answer? You get less wet if you run, which is really devastating to someone like me because I’m a walker.

If you haven’t- do yourself a favor and watch Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee– John Oliver’s Episode Click HERE (19 minutes)

“How to NOT kill yourself pt 1
Avoid being around people who make you want to kill yourself”
James Corden has been on fire lately… so here is a new clip from this week and a little Britney came on Jimmy Fallon and well, #itsbritneybitch
James Corden goes sky diving with Tom Cruise and has all the feelings.
Jimmy Fallon + Britney Spears are camp besties in the latest #ew sketch

Surviving Weekly XVIII: {7.23.18}

Apparently, I’m a Werewolf Now

Has anyone else been feeling extra irrational lately?  Last week I was irate, and my husband was lucky enough to find himself in the same room with me.  He asked me why I was so upset (almost always a mistake) and so I proceeded to explain to him this annoying situation I was having with a mom from school.

My husband, then had the audacity to look at me and say “but why was that wrong?”

I mean can you believe this guy? Using rational thought to look at the situation and then question me? His wife? How dare he?!

So then I went to the gym, worked out for an hour, and when I got out replayed the situation in my mind and made a stunning realization.  Holy shit, I completely overreacted and maybe, most probably a tad psychotic.

God- don’t you hate that.  Now I have to go back to my husband and admit defeat.  Then even worse, go back to this mom and be…. nice.

So I figured there had to be a reason for my lapse in sanity.  I called one of my friends.  We lived together freshmen year of college, and she was very into astrology and psychic phenomenons and still is.  Anyway, we are both Aquarius and if I am being totally honest, which I’m pretty sure I’ve established with you, I like zodiac stuff (judge away).  I asked her point blank, “Shelly – were you a total crazy person yesterday?” and she just said “Cristy, I was a total psychopath yesterday.”  She proceeded to say something about an eclipse in the moon of Aquarius, that I don’t totally understand how, but I know it means that if I was crazy it couldn’t be my fault.
BOOM!

It can’t just be that I am just irrational now.  My period isn’t due for a few weeks, so it can’t be that.  It MUST be the moon.  Right because it can NOT just be that it’s me.  Right?

xx
Cristina

PS: Some of the names have been changed to protect their innocence.

Is it Groundhog Day?

It’s Monday again, and there’s a dance challenge that is out there that I can’t actually do but cannot get enough of watching.  This sounds so familiar… hmmm wasn’t this happening last week? Yes!  But guess what- the internet doesn’t care.

I have to be honest, I can see how this trend could get old but for right now I kind of love it.   Ciara, one of my favorite #inmyfeelingschallenge competitors, just sparked her own internet dance craze with her new song  #levelup

Click the image to check out her video 

I know what you’re thinking…. what civilian (non professional dancer) can even pull that off? For me, it’s actually been the beauty of the challenge.  People can dance.  Even people that I think, “oh no way she’s going to pull off that dance,” and then Boom she #levelsup

It also really makes me focus on how rhythmically challenged I actually am- but I guess this is not all about me.

I took the liberty of pulling a few of my favorites again…

Well first we have Ciara herself in a bath robe and head scarf. Click HERE

Kenny Clutch, a civilian, but father to a little boy fighting leukemia and they just got some good news (I’m not crying- you are!) Click HERE

Little Martyna– have to be honest I doubted her ability to be able to #levelup and she showed me Click HERE

Chris Brown’s dancers– not as impressive as Martyna because well- they should be able to do it- but still cool Click HERE

Random Shit From Around the Internet

Sacha Baron Cohen is back on TV, where he belongs (agree to disagree) with Who is America, which premiered last Sunday, July 15 on Showtime.  In less surprising news, he is already sparking major controversy.  Click HERE to see what he did to Rep. Jason Spencer (Georgia)- really makes you wonder how anyone can be duped into do that, but who am I to judge?
Things That Make my Heart Explode: France’s 19 year old prodigy, Kylian Mbappé is donating his World Cup winnings, totaling more than $500,000, ot a charity for children with disabilities.

Calling all smooth operators… Sade is working on a new album.  I can’t tell you what it is called or if there is an anicipated release date, because Sade is an artist and as her collaborator told Stuart Matthewman told Rated R&B , “She likes to put out art. So when it’s ready, it will come out.”

In honor of Shark Week one of the most viral shark pictures of all time.  Check out the full story behind this photo HERE
Last week Drake’s unplanned internet takeover aka #inmyfeelingschallenge took his song to #1.  To celebrate he took Shoker, the challenge originator, out so they canmeet and celebrate.  I hope Drake bought him more than just a night of drinks #justsaying

Also the internet found Kiki and have been sliding into her DM’s (did I say that right)

TV Addict Update 
As we have established, time and time again, I watch too much TV.

Currently continuing my obsession with Money Heist if you haven’t heard of it, it’s a Netflix series centered around a bank robbery in Spain.  There is an English version, but it is a little dull (sorry not sorry).  Must watch in Spanish as it was originally intended because there is so much more passion, and use English subtitles.  My husband and I are hooked.

Shark Week is upon us check out the full schedule HERE

Orange is the New Black: Keep an eye out it will premier this Friday, July 27

Stranger Things: Just released a new promo for Season 3.  I can’t tell you what it means yet.  To an amateur it just appears to be a commercial for a new mega mall coming to Hawkins, IN- but we know better.  Something wicked this way comes in the form of a super mall. 

What’s on my list to watch next? DowntON Abbey, I want to send a special apology to those who were offended when I spelled it DowntOWN Abbey last week.  As I learned very quickly- I was wrong.  Very wrong.  There is no “w” in the name.  I am now aware- very aware now.  Apparently fans of the show get very upset- so HERE is the explanation for the title.

Have a suggestion? Let me know

Bachelor Nation- Assemble! Last week on the Bachelorette we had the hometowns and I want to tell you that this episode was super exciting and maybe the rest of the season will be incredible- but let’s be real.  Becca is so nice but a little bit of a papa sin sal (directly translating to a potato without salt).  I know you catch my drift.

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déjà vu

1a the illusion of remembering scenes and events when experienced for the first time
a feeling that one has seen or heard something beforeEx: Ciara’s #levelupchallenge gives me the eerie feeling of deja vu.

2something overly or unpleasantly familiar
Ex: When I watch Who is America it gives me that same uncomfortable deja vu feeling I had watching Borat.

“The universe is on our side, I’m so excited.” 
Another slow week but in honor of Mama Mia here is Jimmy Fallon segment and a throw
Jimmy Fallon and Amanda Seyfried sing #mamamia songs but as translated by Google Translate- and well you have to watch it to understand
#throwback Mean Tweets Vol. 7 – I don’t know why but I just love these Ryan Gosling, Kate Hudson, Zac Efron, Hugh Grant, and more getting roasted

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Surviving Weekly XVII: {7.16.18}

I Am #InMyFeelings 

Every time my house is messy I think to myself, “ugh, I have three kids, of course it is messy,” and that helps me sleep better that night.  Each time I go a day or two too long without washing my hair, I whisper “it’s OK Cristy you’re tired- you have three kids maybe you’ll have more energy tomorrow.”  When I show up 30-45 minutes late to an event I say, “I’m sorry. I just had a hard time dressing all three kids and myself.  Time just slipped away.”  The person, who arrived on time to the event,  always replies that my lipstick is on my teeth or that a button is off on my shirt because as we just discussed- I have three kids and I just can’t keep my life together.

So today, I want to thank Kate Middleton for ruining this excuse for me forever.  What did she do? She released photos from her son, Louis’ baptism.  Sounds innocent enough, right?  Well it has forced me to take a long hard look in the mirror and realize that perhaps it’s not that I have three kids that makes it difficult to keep my life in order, but that I’m just clearly a hot mess.  So I’m going to wash my hair today.

Have a great week!
xx
Cristina 

PS One with Meghan because I’m still obsessed

Kiki Do You Love Me
#inmyfeelingschallenge #dotheshiggy #kikichallenge

Drake released his new album, Scorpion, last month.  This album already had a viral song featured, if you remember his God’s Plan video where he took a nearly million dollar budget and handed it out to people who needed it most.

Well Drake’s new song In My Feelings  [click HERE to listen} just came up and stole the show.  It wasn’t even planned to be his new single.  Drake had released Doesn’t Matter(feat. Michael Jackson) but the internet knew better and Drake had to act accordingly.

Some of you may know what I’m talking about here.  But for those of us who have been watching random celebrities or maybe even some of your own friends on your feed doing a dance, or hopping out of a car to do a dance, and wondering what is going on.. here is the deal.

An internet comedian named Shoker of The Shiggy Show, who is constantly doing hilarious dance moves and making epic rants on his Instagram, free-styled this dance when he was in his feelings (like that?) listening to the album and the challenge went viral.  I am talking over 2.5 million people tweeting and completing the #inmyfeelingschallenge or the #dotheshiggy or the #kikichallenge

Click the image to see the original dance.

I have to be honest.  I wasn’t into flossing, but this- this I tried. Shiggy was kind enough to break it down on a tutorial for all of the people without rhythm HERE. Go ahead and click it, try the dance.  You don’t have to put it up on the internet, but if enough of you want me to post mine I will.

If you haven’t had a chance to see all your favorite celebrities getting into their feelings here are some of my favorites all of them are pretty AWESOME!
Drake himself got in on it
Sterling K. Brown & Susan Kelechi Watson (Randall & Beth Pearson- This is Us)
Shay Mitchell & King Bach
Cast of Queer Eye
Ciara and Russel Wilson

BUT no one, and I mean NO ONE beat Will Smith

Even Drake hit up the comment section saying, “Wow. The video is done.” Justin Timberlake also commented saying “FTW” which for all of us who like words spelled out means, “For the Win.”

France Beats Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup

You can read the full story HERE.

Random Stuff From Around the Internet 
Happy Prime Day ya’ll! At 3 PM today begins 36 hours of adding to cart and saving BIG! You know because they trick you into shopping on a day when you otherwise wouldn’t have shopped.  Anyway, don’t let me stop you.  I have my cart ready to checkout- I’ve been scoping this out for days.  Check out this article from Forbes giving you the rundown on the best deals.

Other stores are having major sales on Amazon Prime Day, and since I love all sales HERE is a list.

Speaking of Forbes… Did you wake up feeling good about yourself and where your life was heading? Oh good then this news will do the same for you that it did for me- gut my soul.  I’m kidding it didn’t guy my soul- completely.  Kylie Jenner was just named #27 of the 60 richest self-made women in the US.  Coming in just shy of $1 billion with a new worth of$900 million. For the full list click HERE

Have you recovered yet? Well when you sit back in your chair, and close your mouth- here is some lighter news.

John Legend is officially on the way to EGOT. His adorable wife, Chrissy tweeted the news earlier this week when Emmy nominations were released.

For full list of nominees check out my TV Addict Update.

Serena Williams had a baby 10 months ago, and proved that she is the actual GOAT by making it to the Wimbeldon final where she lost in two sets (6-3, 6-3) to Kerber. 10 months after having my baby I could barely put pants on.

Into Astrology? Well then you know this past Friday, the 13th was the new moon andHERE you can read what that means for you.

TV Addict Update 
As we have established, time and time again, I watch too much TV. 

Currently Watching:  finally started Money Heist and I am hooked.  It happened quickly about 10 minutes into the first episode.  Make sure you watch it in Spanish with English subtitles.  It’s much more powerful that way.  In English it was a little soft.  Let me know what you think!

What’s on my list to watch next? Downtown Abbey- I know, I know! I haven’t watched.  It’s almost blasphemous.  I am on it!

For the full list of nominees click HERE.
I think the nominees this year were kind of on point with a few notable snubs. 
It’s a shame that Emilia Clarke and Kit Harrington were not nominated for their work in Game of Thrones.  Seems almost impossible. 
The Good Place should have grabbed a nomination for best comedy.   This show is genius and absolutely hysterical.   If you haven’t seen it- you MUST!
More in depth analysis HERE

Orange is the New Black: Season 6 is upon us.  It is set to premier next Friday, July 27.  While we wait check out the new trailer HERE

Glow: (Netflix) I finished Season 2 over the weekend and I loved it! The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling are hilarious.  It’s a light and quick show, so it is perfect after something as heavy as The Handmaid’s Tale. I like the direction the show took this season, and think they left it off perfect at the end for a big change.  

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you are not caught up

The Handmaid’s Tale Rant:  (Hulu) This season of Handmaid’s Tale was grueling. I cried, I cheered, I yelled at the TV, and when June did not get on that truck at the end I literally threw my remote.  For a solid two days I was angry about it.  At one point I  vowed to not watch the next season, because this was bull shit.  

Then in a rare move, I calmed down.  I started to come around to the idea of her staying in Gillead.  I started to understand how it would be impossible for any mother to leave a child behind in these circumstances.  But what I finally understood is that maybe June saw hope.  Hear me out. 

At the beginning of the season, June is pregnant and living in a Gillead where there is not even a sliver of hope for change.  Getting out is the only way.  She hasn’t seen Hannah in years, and the chances of finding Hannah and getting out of there are slim to none.  But slowly over the course of the season things start to shift.  

The revolution is beginning.  There’s an explosion taking out several Generals and Commanders.  Serena, with June’s help, begins writing laws and giving out orders while Commander Waterford is in the hospital.  The wives of the Commanders come together to petition for girls to be able to read.  June is seeing all of these pieces come together over the course of her pregnancy.  So when she arrives at the truck and sees that Emily is also there, and she was escorted by Commander Lawrence, the architect and leader behind Gillead – she knows the tide has turned.  If Lawrence is on their side…  If Serena is on their side…  If the Martha’s can orchestrate such an elaborate “Underground Railroad” escape…  If Nick can stand up to the commander….  Then maybe there IS a way for her to save Hannah and everyone else who is oppressed and imprisoned in Gillead. 

I think it’s bad ass.  She could have gotten on the truck and never looked back.  But she’s a mother.  She’s a warrior.  She’s going to light this place on fire. PRAISE BE BITCHES!

Bachelor Nation- Assemble! Last week we made it to that part of the season where Becca pretends to struggle over who she is going to pick for hometown dates.  We have 6 guys and two have to go home between Colton, Jason, Garrett, Blake, Wills, and Leo…

To read the whole recap:

  
Blessed Be the Fruit:
” 
Gileadean for “hello.” Handmaids use this line to greet each other to encourage fertility. The common reply is, “May the Lord open.”

For an entire Handmaid’s Tale Glossary click HERE

“Whenever you’re feeling down bored irritated or disgruntled just say… thank god I don’t have a sinus headache … they feel like the episode of black mirror when the bee went into the guys ear…”
Another week with no new late night shows but we have #throwbacks for anyone who needs a solid laugh.
Celebrities reading mean tweets will never get old
Jennifer Lawrence stands in for Kimmel and interviews Kim Kardashian West in a fangirl interview of your dreams

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Surviving Weekly {7.9.18}

You’re Going to Judge Me- And I Don’t Even Care
I conducted a little poll this past Friday on Instagram asking people if they thought Rod Stewart was sexy.  You see at a girl’s dinner recently- my friend tried to argue that he was and still is “so so sexy” and the other women and I were just not having it.  The poll came back that 91% of those polled agreed with me.  This left my friend feeling a bit sad and somehow shocked.

The last thing I want to do is make a friend feel bad.  So I decided I would admit out loud, to the world, my most embarrassing crush.

You see, about two years ago I began re-watching The West Wing.  I don’t know if it’s because I’m a mother now or what but somewhere in the middle of Season 1 I found myself being attracted to… Leo! Those who have seen the show stop it right now. 

Stop.  I can feel your jaws dropping.  But it’s true.  So many thoughts.  Rob Lowe is there, why wasn’t my attention being drawn there.  Or literally anyone else age appropriate?  Do I have unresolved daddy issues? Probably.  I can’t exactly tell you why.  The heart wants what it wants.

xx
Cristina 

Think You Can Pass the Marshmallow Test

The answer to this question may depend on your generation.

I recently read an article that said I was not a Millenial, as I had been originally designated, but that I was actually a Xennial.  I oddly felt relief. Not to knock down Millenials, I used to be one of you, but the reputation that “those” people have is not exactly great.  Which brings me to my point, what is this ongoing silent war happening between generations.  I get it we all want to be “The Greatest Generation” we just all didn’t have Tom Brokaw to crown us with the title.

 

A good break down of all the generations can be found HERE.  

Why can’t all the generations get along? Perhaps like this article tells us, we all have pros and cons

So what is Marshmallow Test? The Stanford marshmallow experiment was a series of studies on delayed gratification  led by psychologist Walter Mischel, then a professor at Stanford University. In the study a child was offered a choice between one small reward provided immediately or two small rewards if they waited for a short period, approximately 15 minutes, during which the tester left the room and then returned. (The reward was sometimes a marshmallow, a cookie or pretzel.) In follow-up studies, the researchers found that children who were able to wait longer for the preferred rewards tended to have better life outcomes, as measured by SAT scores, educational achievement and even body mass index [insert eye roll].

What it means for you:
Generation Z (those born after 2001) is apparently way better at delaying gratification than Generation X (born 1965-1980).  Which means all those Gen Xers making fun of Millenials- should probably stop calling the kettle black.

But speaking of Millenials, and not to stereotype here {what everyone says before a major steretype is thrown out}, Millenials are also terrible at this experiment.  However there is a reason for it, and it’s not so bad.  Apparently Millenials are saving less, indulging more and basically throwing away our future in order for a better today.  Clearly- they canot wait to eat the marshmallow.   But- it’s because they are adapting to the environment and learning from what hasn’t worked in the past.  Check out this article HERE.  But also Millenials- bad tippers.

Also- after all of this seems the original Marshmallow Test had a very serious flaw…. it didn’t take into consideration the child’s socioeconomic status.  You can read that HERE.

Bachelor Nation- Assemble! Last week brought us to Richmond, Virginia.  I have decided that the Bachelor franchise either really hates Becca, or they have spent their entire budget securing the cast of Bachelor in Paradise.  In the over 10 years I’ve seen this show, never has there ever been such a boring city selection outside of hometowns.  So what is it guys? To read the whole recap:
 
Random Stuff From Around the Internet 
A list of the 30 most influential restaurants from around the world was just released.  How many have you been to? Check it out HERE

Last Friday was #NationalFriedChickenDay and there was no way I was going to miss out on the fun.  So my dad and I thought it was time to bring out his Cuban Fried Chicken recipe, and shit went down.  I put it on my Instagram story (are you sensing a pattern here- are you following yet?!), and was told that I must share the recipe.  HERE it is, as promised.

50 State Road Trip: Bucket List Places to see in the US: Check this out HERE

Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are engaged. 


Justin Timberlake just dropped a new song.  It’s called “Soulmate” and you can find it rightHERE.

 

TV Addict Updates 
As we have established, time and time again, I watch too much TV.

A Handmaid’s Tale: Season Finale this Wednesday!  It’s guaranteed to blow us all away.

What’s on my list to watch next? Money Heist (Netflix).
Have a suggestion? Let me know

Panther:
female who likes older men.ex: OMG, Julia’s boyfriend is 17 years older than her, she’s such a PANTHER!

“Chasing validation is like putting your soul in a plank position.” 
This week was a little slow so here are two #throwbacks for anyone who needs a solid laugh.
James Corden and Julia Roberts act out her entire film career and try not to laugh! She defies all generations
Jimmy Fallon, Seth Rogan, Zac Efron in “Ew”

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Dad’s Cuban Fried Chicken

July 6 is my grandmother, Yaya’s birthday.  Since she passed 8 years ago, it has typically been a day my family and I still mourn.  However this year, turns out July 6 was National Fried Chicken Day, and we couldn’t help but laugh.  You see when Yaya was alive, my parents typically hosted a lunch for the entire family to celebrate both 4th of July and her birthday and they always made it Fried Chicken.  

It felt like this year, what would have been her 80th birthday, she was saying it’s ok to be happy.  So we decided to do a lunch and honor our favorite lady. My dad’s fried chicken is not the traditional.  He has put in a little Cuban kick that adds a big punch.

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 3 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 3 teaspoons pepper, divided
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 bottle of Mojo
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 broiler/fryer chickens (3-1/2 to 4 pounds each), cut up*
  • Peanut Oil for deep-fat frying

*or you can get a pack of drumsticks, wings, or just bone in chicken breasts- whatever your preference

  1. 12- 24 hours before you plan on making the chicken gently season it with salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder.  Place it all in big zip lock bags and cover it in Mojo marinade.
  2. Begin heating oil until it gets to 375 degrees
  3. In another large zip lock bag place the flour, remaining salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder and paprika.
  4. Remove the chicken from marinade and place flour mixture.  Dust it off and begin to fry for about 5-6 minutes on each side or until golden brown and juices run clear. Drain on paper towels.

 

Surviving Weekly XV: {7.2.18} Party Like It’s 1999

Summer Time and the Living is Easy
So they say…

I don’t want to brag, but the reason there was no newsletter last week is because we were on vacation! Before you roll your eyes for my not so humble brag, you must know it was with my kids, so technically I lived the same life I live in Miami just in New England.  I did three loads of laundry in one week– I never do laundry.  I still had to cut steaks, hover over distracted kids who didn’t want to eat and try to keep it sober before dark.  This was less vacation more work trip.

But it was AWESOME! Truly just to step out of 100 degree weather and routine, and spend days and nights with our little circus was heaven on earth.

All good things must come to an end.  Back to real life.  I have a 90’s theme going on for today.  I just love that the 90’s seem to be making a comeback.  Probably too much, I probably love it too much.  Hopefully it keeps you entertained for a minute.

Also Happy 4th of July! Hope you all enjoy your random, not weird at all, day off in the middle of the week.

xx
Cristina

All The Things I Love About the 90’s

I fell into a pit of nostalgia, which if I am being honest- I’m still in.  I loved growing up in a time where fashion was dictated by MTV, music was transitioning into something more diverse and you had more variety to choose from.  One day I could blast Pearl Jam and the other I can sit in my room and blast Mariah.  Bliss.  Read more about this 90’s journey click below.

Want to Feel Old AF

Watch these kids who were born around 1995 listen to 90’s music and react.  I don’t want to mess this up for you, but some of their reactions hurt, bad.  Shout out to the kid Carlos who is wearing the DARE sweatshirt. #poorCoolio #ariannaisNOTmariah #greendayisWAYbetterthanpanicatthedisco #somethingthatcomesonmymomspandora

Random Stuff From Around the Internet

Yes way Frozé! Jennifer Garner posted her recipe for Frozé the other day on Instagram, and she’s become my favorite social media chef (Sorry, Ina).  Check it out HERE just in time for your 4th of July BBQ.

Since we are full 90’s theme- HERE is the article I wrote when I was looking back trying to figure out how we even made it out alive.

Dear 1995: You know how if you kept a diary during your most adolescent obnoxious time in high school and found it as an adult you would probably be mortified?  Well not Gwen.  Gwen is a very smart, hilarious adult who has stumbled up on her diary from 1995, but rather than duck her head in shame- has made it into a podcast.  Each segment Gwen reads a diary entry and then proceeds to make fun of how ridiculous little Gwen was plus other amazing things that were going on in that year as it was the 90’s. Check it out HERE

Zack Morris is Trash is a compilation of videos on Funny or Die that argues that Zack Morris was actually the worst friend ever.  Sigh, my dreams of joining Zack Attack are dashed.  Click HERE to check out the immense pile of evidence against our little Zacky.

Did you read that article I wrote about all the Teen Beat Heartthrobs and where they are now? Well you can do that right now.

Speaking of 90’s Teen Beat Heartthrobs- did you catch the Leo DiCaprio Instagram post seen around the world.  It features Leo and Brad Pitt in character for their movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood which is directed by Quentin Tarantino and stars basically everyone including Margot Robbie, Burt Reynolds, Emile Hirsch and Dakota Fanning — movie is set to come out August 2019.   So God bless Leo for giving us this little sneak peak.

Since I can always continue discussing heartthrobs, did anyone catch the Backstreet Boys singing with Jimmy Fallon and the Roots “I Want it That Way?”  As we know I was always more of an *NSYNC girl myself, but I can’t resist a group of men, dressed in white, and playing classroom instruments singing a song I never truly understood.

Paul McCartney is not exactly from “the 90’s” but since he is timeless this counts and therefore on theme.  For those who haven’t had 24 minutes to spare, may I make the argument to take them now.  Paul and James go around London singing all the classics but with excellent backstory.  In these times, it’s always good to come across something that is just pure joy.  Click HERE or on the Image.

TV Addict Update 
As we have established, time and time again, I watch too much TV.

Glow– is back for Season 2 on Netflix.  It’s not quite 90’s but is set in 1985 Los Angeles so it’s close enough.  If you haven’t seen season 1- get on it.  It’s about the start of women’s wrestling and is straight up hilarious.

I thought that I would give you a list of some of my favorite 90’s shows available for binge.

  • Felicity (HULU)
  • Friends (Netflix)
  • Dawson’s Creek (Hulu- and yes I KNOW I have a problem)
  • Seinfeld (Hulu)
  • ER (Hulu)

Some of you follow me on Instagram, and some of you don’t (no hard feelings- but what are you waiting for CLICK HERE ).  For those that do- I am proud to report that I caught up on Jane the Virgin and WOW! We will not discuss how quickly I did it.   Also found out that Gina Rodriguez (Jane) is kind of an amazing human being who just funded college scholarship for an undocumented high school student.  Read more HERE.

What’s on my list to watch next?  I am trying to get back into Westworld because I’ve heard it’s absolutely insane and I haven’t made it past episode 2.  Anyone have words of encouragement?

Have a show that you think I must watch? Contact me HERE! Or just reply! I love to hear from you.

Bachelor Nation- Assemble! Last week I didn’t watch.  I promise to watch this week.
Crunk:
To get crunked is “to be amped up about something.” Whether you are excited about an upcoming concert or a new pair of shoes, using the word crunk to describe your enthusiasm will surely show the hype.
For more 90’s words that we miss click HERE
Jennifer Aniston didn’t love her Friends haircut, the Rachel—in fact, she called it “the ugliest haircut I’ve ever seen”
90’s Throwbacks By All Your Favorites
Friends cast reprise their roles with special guest star, Jimmy Kimmel starring as Ross
It isn’t the 90’s if the Red Hot Chillipeppers weren’t on the radio
Jimmy takes on Bayside High and I’m so excited! I’m so excited! I’m so.. I’m so….
Alicia Silverstone reprises her role as Cher in this epic Lip Sync battle vs Mena Survino and I’m totally buggin

Can We Bring Back the 90’s

It’s Friday night, and the moon is bright, going to have some fun show you how it’s done- you know you wanted to finish that line.  If you have no idea what I’m talking about then you cannot claim child of the 90’s. #sorrynotsorry.  Click image for a stroll down memory lane.

There was nothing like getting home after school on a Friday.  My family typically went to a restaurant called Dalt’s which was a peek 90’s style diner.  It was black and white and had neon signs everywhere. The floor was a little sticky from coke that had been spilled and lazily mopped, and there was the smell of fried food everywhere.  I would always be eager to make it through dinner because I wanted to race home and catch the first episode of TGIF because as we all know back then there was no rewind, or playback.  You either caught the show or you didn’t. Unless you were one of the lucky households that had a VCR.

That is definitely one of the things about the 90’s I’m so happy we have evolved from.  Having to be in front of the TV at the exact time your show was airing was a lot of pressure for little Cristina.  When we did finally get a VCR, I always managed to record over things, or think I was recording and it never did- and then I was never to know how Steve Urkel turning into Stefan went.

Timeout.  Can we even have a well rounded 90’s TV conversation without mentioning Saved by the Bell.  The Saved by the Bell episode where Jesse gets hooked on caffeine pills followed up by their don’t do drugs episode did more to keep me off pot than any D.A.R.E. program ever did.   Catch the famous Jessie clip by clicking the image. 

I literally sang my heart out in the shower practicing for a hopeful chance to join Zack Attack. Click the image for a refresh reminder of how awesome they were [but how could you forget]

Side piece of trivia, I can basically sing off hand every 90’s theme song there is, and can even go further back into the 80’s.  Try me. It’s a gift and a curse as this actually eats up my memory to remember simpler things like what I need in the grocery store.

While I do not exactly miss appointment viewing, there are things about the 90’s that I wish we could bring back.  Anyone hear the new “Zombie” cover. I’m not even sure I like it but I’m just so happy to have a piece of the Cranberries back on the radio in regular rotation.  

At a dinner recently one of my most insightful friends posed the question “Was 90’s music truly great music or are we just nostalgically attached to it?”  The table gave a resounding “Fucking Great Music!” answer.  The 90’s brought so much heart.  In my humble opinion, it was such a great transition period for different bands and it brought so much variety.  Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Radiohead, Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soundgarden, Foo Fighters, Oasis, R.E.M., Sublime, A Tribe Called Quest, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Green Day, Boyz II Men and on and on and on.

Geez remember answering machines! My answering machine message always had a song but most notably and for longer than it should have been it was  No Doubt “Sorry I’m not home right now, I’m walking into spider webs, so leave a message and I’ll call you back,” and I dare you to say you didn’t do that either. 

Then there were the movies.  I mean the 90’s was everything you needed movie-wise and I can prove it with one name, Keyser Söze . It was the rise of “No one puts baby in a corner,” and Julia Roberts was just a young prostitute in the right place at the right time.  We learned that people could have 8 abs instead of 6 when Brad Pitt was beating the shit out of Edward Norton in Fight Club. The birth of The Dude (The Big Lebowski), and Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman blew us away in the Shawshank Redemption.  REALITY BITES.   I can say “it does  not say RSVP on the Statute of Liberty” and you know exactly what movie I’m talking about, and then you also probably just sang “Rolling with the homies” because Clueless was life.

If I close my eyes I can still see Sebastian in a royal blue button down on the top of the escalator waiting for a sad Annette to reach him with “Colorblind” from the Counting Crows (Adam Duritz is another 90’s treasure) playing in the background. OMG I can do this all day.  

If you wanted to call someone you either had to have their phone number by memory, or you had it written down in an Address Book.  Gasp! Does anyone still have one of those? But do you actively use it? I would spend hours in my room on our landline phone, gossiping with my best friends, and sometimes with two friends because we would double line.    If you wanted to talk bad about someone [not me, never]  you did it behind their back, not on social media for the entire school to see. Such.  A.  Simple.  Time.

Now- if my friend calls me I freak out and send her to voicemail.  What does she want? Can’t she text me? Ew. What is that?! It’s terrible.  But seriously- always text me.

How about taking your camera out with you to capture the moments? Never knowing if the pictures you were were actually good until you went to Eckerds to pick them up with the super creepy film guy, who gave you that “I definitely looked at your pictures vibe”.  I had a box full of pictures under my bed. I even would get crazy and make scrapbooks, album s and collages.

Now I have an Iphone that has over 14,000 pictures on it, because I do not trust the cloud and have no idea what is on it.  Are the pictures there? What if storage is full, and my credit card doesn’t charge and then all of it is gone. I clearly do not understand the cloud- I’ve become one of those old ladies who doesn’t understand the technology.  I’m a modern day hoarder.

Clearly I am wearing rose colored glasses. For me the 90’s and early 2000’s were the simplest times.  In the last 20 years we have evolved so much and so fast it’s nice to remember a time where you were just bored and dare I say, present.  

I watch my kids growing up now with endless options.  They aren’t the only ones. We have endless options, and so many times I miss what is happening right in front of me because I am checking my email or how a post is doing on Instagram.  In all this 90’s nostalgia- it makes me realize that while I did love the fashion, music, movies, and TV (obviously) what I miss the most about that time is actual conversations. Being bored.  Less options.

So I am going to go now and try to be more present and more connected to people.  But seriously don’t call me.

 

Yes Way, Frosé! (Frozen Rosé)

Nothing quite screams summer like hanging by the pool or the ocean with a cocktail.  Lately, I am loving rosé.  It’s light and doesn’t make me feel bloated, and it keeps me sober enough to still function in my motherly duties.

However being that we live in Miami- some summer days are too hot for just regular rosé.  It calls for something more- and that brings us to Frosé.  I have had it before at a few hotels, but recently saw Jennifer Garner post a simple recipe on Instagram.  Here’s what I got:

    • 1 bottle rosé chilled- give it some time in the freezer if you can
    • 2 cups chopped strawberries
    • 1/4 cup vodka
    • 1/4 cup lemon jice
    • Ice
Put half of the ingredients into the blender, and add about 2 cups of ice.  Blend until slushy, adding ice until you find the right consistency.  Repeat with remaining ingredients.
Jen Garner says she got this via Delish.  I made it this past weekend and thought it was delicious, but I would go lighter on the lemon juice.  Also try to find a rosé with a darker color, so it still looks pink after blending.
Enjoy!