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Monkey Doing Pushups Video!

Why are monkeys doing human stuff so funny?

Who cares!  This is ridic.

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2.27.13 Nail Stickers - Love 'em or Leave 'em?

Hey ya'll! I'm a big fan of DIY manicures . . . and I love trying new methods of making them long lasting! Lots of people are into GEL manicures because they last 2+ weeks, but be warned ... to achieve that - you have to stick your hands under a UV light. ***Skin Care Tip*** this is not good and directly puts you in danger of developing skin cancer. Just don't do it. If you must, use sunscreen first. Anywho ... I tried Essie's new nail stickers this week and I think I love them. I like that they don't chip, but they did take twice as long to put on as painting my nails would have taken. What do you think? Are you a fan of these nail sticker things?

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2.25 Tray 4!

Hey all! Wanted to pop on here and update my progress with Invisalign and answer some FAQ's i've been getting by email about it. A little over a month ago I started INVISALIGN with Dr. Stephen Lawrence in Forty Fort. I had braces for 5 years when I was a kid and my teeth have since shifted. After thinking about it for a while, I finally called Dr. L for a consultation and got the ball rolling. I was really scared at first because I didn't know what to expect, but i'm SO HAPPY I'm doing this.

A lot of people who are thinking about getting them have emailed me and asked if it hurts. I'm so glad I can say - NOT AT ALL! Actually, the trays are REALLY comfortable and i'm getting to the point that when I don't have them in, I miss them. (You take them out to eat or drink anything other than water!) The only discomfort you MIGHT feel is on the first day of your new set of trays ... for me that's every Thursday. The trick is to switch your trays at night and take a couple Aleve. That way you get adjusted to the new tray in your sleep!

That's how it works - Every 2 weeks you get new trays ... and they are slightly different than the trays you wore prior. On Thursday I started my 4th set of trays. I'll have 18 total.

Another question a few people have asked is how long it takes. It's different for everyone, but Dr. Lawrence projected that i'll be finished in 8 months. Not bad, huh?!

I can't say enough good things about my experience so far and a lot of that has to do with how AWESOME Dr. Lawrence and his staff is. Everyone is SO nice there and make you feel comfortable. (Not like the dentist visits we used to dread as kids!) 2 of my friends are actually looking into Invisalign now that I've told them it's nothing to be scared of and it really IS invisable! (I was skeptical at first too!)

If you have any questions about my experience so far, feel free to email me -!

Dr. Lawrence can show you an animation of how your teeth with be from start to finish - just schedule a consultation! All the information you need is at!

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Weekend in Photos

A fun weekend started out with my monthly Big Brother event.  Joseph and I spent 2 hours racking up tickets at Chuck E. Cheese in Wilkes-Barre Township.

Joseph is schooling me in Air Hockey.


And as I say every month, Big Brothers/Big Sisters can ALWAYS use more Bigs.  There are WAY TOO MANY great kids like Joseph in NEPA that could use a Big Brother or Big Sister.

Can you give up a few short hours every month to make a difference in a young kid's life?  If the answer is YES, volunteer!!!

Want to find out about the program?  CLICK HERE!!!

Friday night Lissa, Freddie and I hosted the Incred-I-Bowl at Chacko's Family Bowling in Wilkes-Barre.  We all forgot how much fun bowling can be!  Good times.

My team of winners:  The Lebowski's, Hillary, Suzanne & Kathleen.

Here we are showing our winning form.
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My "MANIC MONDAY MENU" feature in this blog will RETURN on Monday, March 4th!
I've been extremely busy with some things, as well as planning a surprise birthday party for my mom, which went off without a hitch last night! :)
So check back on Monday, March 4th for a brand new recipe/tip!

If you have a recipe and/or tip you'd like me to feature in a future "Manic Monday Menu" or you have any questions you can email them to me at:
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~Manic Marc
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Zach's Farewell Song

Zach Sobiech is the high school senior from Minnesota we were talking about this morning.

When Zach was 13, he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.  Recently the prognosis got worse--doctors told Zach he only has until this May to live.

"The day I found out, it was a nightmare kind of thing," said Zach.  "You just didn't really want to accept it.  You are in complete denial."

Zach decided to take a positive approach.  He wrote and recorded a song called "Clouds" as a thank you to everyone that has stood by him during his battle.

We played a bit of "Clouds" on KRZ this morning, but I thought you needed to hear the entire thing.

Wow!  It's amazing song from a one-of-a-kind kid.  Quite the inspiration.

And good luck listening without shedding a tear.


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Don't Watch These Movies...

...with your PARENTS!!!

We’ve all been in this situation before.  You’re watching a movie with your parents and suddenly there’s a scene that makes you squirm.  Maybe you sit there an act like nothing is happening.  Or maybe you get up to get a drink or make popcorn.

A few years ago Sue’s parents insisted they wanted to see the Borat movie.

“We hear it’s supposed to be really funny,” they said.

Yeah, it’s funny alright!

Thanks to Borat’s accent, they didn’t pick up on most of the dialogue but they did SEE the nude wrestling scene with Borat and his obese friend/movie producer.

We still laugh about it.

How about you?

When I was 15 I begged my Dad to take me to see “A History of Violence” because I was a big fan of the lead actor. I had no idea that there would be oral sex scenes. Can you say awkward?
Porky's the first one I was 13 watching it with my mom.... Ugh!

Ted!!! My 14 year old tricked me into it and said it was about a magical teddy bear.

Flight w my dad.... The opening scene was of an alarm clock going off & it zooms out 2 show half of a naked lady & u can see her boob. Then it pans out again so u can see her back & i was "well that was interesting" to fill the gap & my dad was like yeah. & then she gets up off the bed & walks to the camera! She was totally naked & u could see EVERYTHING! I was like oh my gosh

I saw Unfaithful in the theaters with my parents... I guess we didn't know what it was about.... bad idea

My great aunt and uncle took me to see There's Something about Mary when it was in theatres.

OMG took my 17-year-old niece to see Black Swan. I was mortified

With my mother--The girl with the dragon tattoo.

The sex scene in 300.. I watched it with both my parents and I'm 15. Ridiculously awkward.

I watched the girl with the dragon tattoo with my dad. The rape scenes... Can you say awkward?

Eddie Murphy delirious!! I was pretending I didn't know what the bad words meant!!

Love and other Drugs was an intense movie to watch with my 50 Year old parents!

My mom, my sister and me went to see Sex and the City 2. The shower scene with Gilles Marini, I think my Mom said something like, "Hmmmm, okay, that's interesting." lol!

As far as violent films go, the best had to be Robocop. My grandfather & uncle took me to the Casino Theater in Mt. Pocono when it came it in '88 ... I was 12 ... I don't think they knew how bloody & violent it was before going to see it lol

Zack and Miri make a porno came on tv when we were watching as a family. My parents kept it on. Awkward.

9 1/2 Weeks, I'll never live down the all the sexual content that was continuous haha!!!

Definitely "American Pie" when I was about 14 years old.. you could actually feel the awkward in the room at the time.

The Adam Sandler movie "That's my boy " with my 91 year old grandma. She had her hands over her eyes.

Die Hard with a vengeance when I was like 10. Too much cursing!

The Color of Night with Bruce Willis. I was 13 and watched it with not only my mom, but our PRIEST as well.

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Feb 19, 2013 ~ to help the Yoder family

My heart is breaking for the Yoder family who lost their little two year old boy, John David in a fire over the weekend. I can't imagine. I know we're all praying for them, but many of us would like to help in a concrete way too, because they have three other kids to provide for. And they lost EVERYTHING in that fire.  

If you'd like to help out, monetary donations can be mailed here:

Global Tungsten and Powders
Attn: Janet Otis
1 Hawes Street
Towanda, PA 18848

Or, if you want to donate something tangible like clothes or baby formula, the following businesses will accept those:

-Who Knew Consignment on Route 6 in Wyalusing
-Chrizma Salon at 200 Thomas St in Towanda
-Julie's Country Kitchen on Route 6 in Troy
-Dee's Tax Service on S Elmer Ave in Sayre


**There will also be a benefit on March 3, location to be announced - I'll keep you posted on that!    ~Lissa
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What the Kale???!!!

I got into a big debate last night on my Facebook page over the above pic of Kale.

So called veggie "experts" were claiming what I sauteed WAS NOT Kale. :)

Kale is one of the healthiest veggies on the planet.  It's very high in beta carotene, vitamins K & C and rich in calcium.  Some think eating Kale on a regular basic could provide significant health benefits, including cancer protection and lowered cholesterol.

I'm trying to eat more of this so-called SUPER FOOD.

And yes, veg heads, what I cooked last night WAS indeed BABY Kale.

That being said, anyone have any killer Kale recipes to make this stuff easier to eat?  My Kale, red pepper, jalapeno, carrot & white wine sautee was ok, but it needed something to jazz it up.

What the Kale do you do with this stuff?


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2.15 Love the Love

Happy Valentine's Day . . . a day late! We had a crazy day here yesterday filming our HARLEM SHAKE video. A ton of fun - check out the link! My Valentine sent me flowers at work yesterday and when I got home . . . I found this little guy waiting for me! A teddy wearing Tory Burch sunglasses! God I love him. I feel bad for John because I love Valentine's Day a little more than the average person . . . probably  because my birthday is just two days later and it's always been a BUNCH-THEM-TOGETHER-AND-MAKE-IT-BIG kind of thing. I love the teddy, love the shades, and loveee my soon-to-be-HUSBAND! How crazy is that to say? Weird!  He's cooking dinner tonight . . . we'll make a fire . . . and drink wine. My idea of a good time for sure! :) Hope you had a great night with your Valentine as well! :)

Today . . . this arrived! My mom sent me BIRTHDAY BAMBOO! An awesome surprise . . . and thankfully, BAMBOO is VERY hard to kill! :) XO Thanks Mom!

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