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Female Fiasco: Halloween Candy

Oct 20, 2014 -- 7:10am

When I was little and still in the phase of my life where Trick or Treating was one of the highlights of my year…me and my friends took it seriously.  I mean…seriously.


We worked hard to accumulate as much candy as we possibly could...and we were good at it!


We’d take the pillowcases off of our beds…because those plastic buckets shaped as pumpkins would just not cut it…we were major leaguers.


Trick or Treating was from 6-8 in our neighborhood.  At 5:59 we were out the door and were hustling.  Power walking for the whole two hours…we were perfectly orchestrated and our communication was on point.  We were champions of Trick or Treating.


At 8 o clock we’d lug our pillowcases, that were filled to the brim, to one of our houses…on really good years we’d stop at home halfway through and dump our pillow cases and head out for round two. 


We’d each sit in corners of the living room and sort our candy…in a circle around us.  This is one of my favorite memories of Halloween…sitting on the floor surrounded by my fortune. 


Remember in The Lion King when Mufasa and Simba are looking out at their kingdom and Mufasa says everything the light touches is your kingdom…that is kind of what it was like to sit in the center of all my candy!


Those were the days!


Well now in the world of gluten free, sugar free, dye free, preservative fee, blah blah blah…parent are now HORRIFIED at the idea of the massive amounts of junk and candy kids get during Halloween.


A survey reported on Female First.com is now saying that parents feel pressured to give out these unhealthy treats at Halloween. 


The survey says “reveals that 97% of moms think most of the food sold at Halloween contains high levels of artificial colorings and flavorings and that it is full of sugar.”


DUHHHHHHH. Of course it contains high levels of artificial colorings and flavorings and full of sugar! OF COURSE IT IS.  IT’S CANDY!


Here is the worst part!


72% of parents wish kids didn’t get all the candy and wish there were healthier alternatives!




It’s Halloween…the only day of year we ever have that much candy in our possession and we worked hard to get it!


Parents shouldn’t ruin this long time tradition for kids…no one ruined it for them when they were kids age!


Do you think Halloween treats should be healthier?!  Or should kids be able to have one night a year to enjoy all the candy!? Email me at Tory@1017thebull.com or tweet me @ToryTheBull!

Female Fiasco: Cough Medicine

Oct 17, 2014 -- 7:10am

With cold and flu season just around the corner, we are starting to get in to the mindset that we could be dealing with colds at any moment.


Every sneeze, cough and sniffle are alarming!


I frankly have no time or desire to be sick. Colds are extremely inconvenient!


The biggest thing that really grinds my gears about being sick is not being able to smell and taste food! It’s just horrible! Not only am I sick but now I can’t even enjoy my quesadilla! What did I do to deserve this?!


But I’m getting a little side tracked…


So if you are preparing for cold and flu season you’ve probably stocked up on DayQuil, NyQuil, cough drops, etc!


Well you are contributing to a 3 billion dollar a year industry…but now doctors are saying you are wasting your money!


They are dismissing store bought medications and are suggesting home remedies instead…specifically honey and lemon.


The Daily Mail reports that doctors are saying there is no sufficient evidence that over the counter cough medicines do not actually work and instead say that the simplest and cheapest solution is a combination of lemon and honey.


They are saying that these medicines help suppress coughs but do not actually cure them…rather coughs go away when your body is done fighting off infections.


So these medicines won’t hurt you…but they also won’t help you as much as we think they do. 


Here is the good news!! HOT TODDIES FOR EVERYONE!


Bring on the lemon, honey and whiskey concoction! Here is a recipe for Hot Toddies! 

Female Fiasco: The Holy Grail

Oct 16, 2014 -- 7:10am

I have to thank one of my dear fellow winos, Kelly, for bestowing on me the greatest, most valuable, Holy Grail of information I’m about to share with you.


My dear Kelly, thank you for never letting me down in life.


With Halloween just a few weeks away we are all gearing up to get chocolate wasted!


Kit Kats, Reese’s and Snickers OH MY!!


It really is one of the most magical times of the year!


The only problem is that I’m not sure which types of wine pair well with my Halloween candy!


I’m confused and lost and unsure what to do!


Thankfully, vivino.com came up with a beautiful diagram that shows which wines pair perfectly with each Halloween candy!


The guide you never knew you needed, but aren’t quite sure how you managed without it!


Kit Kat Queens should stick with sparkling wines like champagne and prosecos!! 


For the sassy Snickers lovers, the best wine to compliment that wonderful delicacy would be medium red’s such as a merlot or a zinfandel!


And for you ravishing Reese’s rock stars…a trio of wines that will enhance that chocolate peanut buttery goodness by the way of a light red like a pinot noir, a bold red like a malbec and/or dessert wines like ports! Look at you having options! Don’t limit yourself have all 3!


To easily break it down…candies such as starburst, skittles and nerds go better with white wines and the chocolate candy work best with the reds!


Now go forth and be chocolate wasted! 

Female Fiasco: Stain Database

Oct 15, 2014 -- 7:10am

Red wine, oil, nail polish and a plethora of other types of stains that plague our every day life.


We all have those pesky stains that just will not come out of our carpets, clothes, couches, etc.


The Internet has numerous sites that give advice for removing stains…but there is one that is the King.


The University of Illinois Extension has come up with a Stain Solution Database that has removal tips for pretty much any type of stain you can think of!


Book mark this website STAT!


This database has everything…coffee with cream, coffee without cream, clay stains on baseball uniforms, eye drops, iodine, maple syrup, mouthwash…THE LIST GOES ON AND ON!!!!


This is fantastic for people who are prone to clumsiness coughmecough!


Not only does the database have every type of stain you can think of…it breaks each category down with the different things you could’ve stained.


Wine for example-the database gives solutions for clothing, carpet and upholstery!


This is saving grace for all of us that are in no way graceful and somehow are able to stain our clothes with maple syrup!


Do you hear that?


The sound of life getting easier!


Thank you University of Illinois Extension, thank you!

Female Fiasco: Eating in Bed

Oct 14, 2014 -- 7:10am

Going through college I was big on eating in bed…especially living in the dorms where my bed was my couch…I’ve also done it if I’m in a rush, or if I’m watching a movie…or drowning my hate for Valentine’s Day in bed with chocolate and wine-don’t judge, we’ve all been there.


And while I don’t do it every day, I still occasionally eat in bed…once in a blue moon.


I’ve honestly never thought too much about it…until now!


The Huffington Post posted an article that made me want to jump out of my skin.

While I make sure to not spill and clean up whatever I’m eating in bed…as well as not leaving anything in my room…the chance for bugs in your bed greatly increases. 


If you leave crumbs in your bed, ants and cockroaches will appear…is your skin crawling yet?


Cockroaches only need a little bit of food to survive.  Your skin has to be crawling now!


There is something very unsettling about ants in your bed compared to ants in your kitchen.


Depending on your living situation, your bed might be the only place you can sit and relax…for example, a dorm room…or if you have roommates you don’t want to always be around… which is understandable…we’ve all been there.


But there is something eye opening about the thought of having bugs in my bed that makes me reconsider all my life choices that resulted in me chowing down in bed!


You don’t want to be known as that person who has bugs in their bed!!!!!!


Maybe I will just stick to eating in the kitchen from now on!

Female Fiasco: Synced

Oct 13, 2014 -- 7:10am

Randomly last week I said to Drew, “If you were a girl, our times of the month would totally be synced since we spend so much time together!”


Drew did not find that statement funny, interesting or even necessary to discuss. 


I’m pretty sure some choice words were thrown out…something along the lines of that being TMI and something he never wanted said out loud ever again.


I’m not sure why?! HA!


Anyway, this then made me think about how women’s times of the month seem to get synced up with the other females we spend a lot of time with in close proximity!


There is a scientific term for when this happens…Menstrual Synchrony!


However there isn’t a definitive answer and science can’t really prove whether this is a real occurrence among women.


According to Shape.com, there is research that proves menstrual synchrony is a real thing and research that proves its not…but variables such as stress, birth control, etc also factor in to the syncing of cycles.


The research also say that because of the duration of cycles and the time between them, it could be just coincidence that cycles sync and that they really just overlap. Not sync.


Regardless of what science says…I’m confident this is a real thing! For years, I’ve been in sync with the women I’m closest too in my life!


Ladies, you know its true! We’ve all experienced it!


And if Drew were a female, we would be in sync too. Fact. 

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