Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Yoga + Wine... IN GARNER!

Yes, you read that wonderful combination right and I'm just as surprised as you are to find out it's only a few miles from my house.

I checked out a warm yoga class a few Saturday mornings ago at Zin Yoga Wine and I can't wait to get back in the studio soon. I hate to already be booked on Saturday and not making this great event, but it doesn't mean I can't share the details with you local readers...

Vino and Vinyasa Saturday, January 31st: 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Yoga with friends, wine and chocolate will sure to make a memorable night out. The night will start with a long gentle practice and end with a glass of wine, delicious tapas, and Togomay truffles and gluten-free cookies. This is the true experience of Zin Yoga Studio and Wine Lounge.

$35/person. Must Preregister by Thursday 29th.
www.zinyogawine.com (events tab to register)

Namaste, y'all. :-)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Manfriend Meals: Texas Caviar

Texas Caviar. Redneck Caviar. Southern Caviar. Redneck Salsa.

I've seen recipes of this variety called a lot of different names. No matter what you call it, or what combination of flavors you include, it's probably going to be ridiculously addicting.

While not a "meal", my manfriend would gladly make a meal of this recipe: Texas Caviar

A few cans of beans, several cut peppers, herbs, garlic, red wine vinegar, olive oil and boom. Delicious mixed up in a bowl and no cooking required. Put it in the 'fridge for an hour and it's ready to go or leave it overnight to really marinate. We snack on it for days and while it doesn't last more than two days due to constant enjoyment, I'm not sure it would really even go bad for a few days long as long as you keep it chilled.

This is a tailgate must and a quick mix for anytime in between football seasons. It's delicious with tortilla chips, as a salsa/relish, as a side dish... practically any way.

Cheers, y'all!

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Weekend Rental: Tammy

Ignore the IMDB.com ratings for Tammy and rent this movie for a dollar at Redbox this weekend - it was hilarious!

Johnnie Bud and I had a Redbox night this past weekend and picked this one because we're Melissa McCarthy fans - we enjoyed Identify Thief so we picked this one up without even seeing a trailer for it. What we had no idea we were in store for was the awesome cast that filled this comedy with a happy ending: Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Allison Janney, Dan Aykroyd, Mark Duplass (recognized him from The League) and more... all so funny!

In typical Melissa McCarthy fashion, what made this movie so funny was her. Her lines, her body language, her expressions.

There was nothing incredibly intelligent about the movie, but I can't remember the last time I've laughed so hard, so many times in a movie.

If you're looking for a cheap laugh, this is the rental for you. Enjoy!

PS: It's not kid-friendly. Enjoy it for date night, not family night.

PS 2: Watch through the credits for a funny blooper!

(Image via IMDB.com)

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Life Tip: OptOutPreScreen.com

If you're like me and despise getting all of those "you're pre-approved" credit card offers in the mail (waste of printing, waste of money, waste of trees, waste of my time!), then this is a website you must check out: OptOutPreScreen.com

What you need to know:
Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Consumer Credit Reporting Companies are permitted to include your name on lists used by creditors or insurers to make firm offers of credit or insurance that are not initiated by you ("Firm Offers"). The FCRA also provides you the right to "Opt-Out", which prevents Consumer Credit Reporting Companies from providing your credit file information for Firm Offers.
What this website does for you:
It allows you to opt-out of the selling of your information for this purpose for five years if you fill out the form on the website, which requires your social security number (submitted securely). If you take literally two extra minutes and the cost of a stamp, you can permanently opt-out via postal mail. I did this years ago and it has cut the crap in my mailbox in half.

So worth repeating - go to OptOutPreScreen.com and get off those credit card offer mailing lists once and for all.