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Female Fiasco: Organizing the Refrigerator

Sep 30, 2014 -- 7:10am

I don't know how to tell you this...we’ve been storing things in our fridge wrong…WRONG.


I never even thought there might be a right and wrong place to put food within your refrigerator.


My method for organizing my fridge…put items where I feel like and where they fit.


Well apparently there is a right place to store everything in your fridge that saves you money and keep your food fresh longer!


Greatist.com came up with a great diagram that shows where you should keep all the different food items within your fridge!!


One thing that really surprised me is the door of the fridge…hold on to your pants people!!


According to greatist.com, “Doors
 are the warmest part of the fridge and should be reserved for foods that are most resistant to spoiling. Keep condiments, juices, and other foods that can stand up to temperature fluctuations here. (And remember that even condiments have a shelf life). Since fridge doors can get warm (particularly when they're opened often), eggs and dairy shouldn’t go here.”


I keep string cheese on the door!! I’ve been treating my string cheese so wrong for so many years!! I promise to change my ways!!


Here is what greatist.com says about the shelves and drawers in your fridge!


Upper Shelves
-The upper shelves of the fridge have the most consistent temperatures, while the lower shelves are coldest. One pro strategy from restaurant kitchens is to place foods that don’t need to be cooked near the top of the fridge. This includes leftovers, drinks, and ready-to-eat foods like tortillas, hummus, and deli meats. Herbs can be kept fresh by placing them upright in a vase or jar with water and loosely covering it with a plastic bag. You’ll also want to keep berries up here for easy access.

Lower Shelves
-The lower shelves are your best bet for raw meat, eggs, seafood, and other dairy to be stored at the coldest temperatures. To prevent raw meat’s bacteria from spreading to other areas, assign a particular section of the fridge as your meat locker. Keep meat in its original packaging, and place it on a plate or in and improvised bin that’s cleaned regularly.

Crisper Drawers
-The purpose of crisper drawers is to maintain moist conditions that help preserve fruits and vegetables. But don’t make the mistake of jumbling all your produce together in a fruit and veg free-for-all. Many fruits, including apples, peaches, plums, pears, and cantaloupes, produce ethylene, a chemical that helps them to ripen. Unfortunately the ethylene produced can also promote ripening in other plants, causing vegetables to go yellow, limp, or even sprout. For this reason, keep veggies in one drawer and fruits in another. 


I honestly think I’ve been living my life wrong…completely wrong.


Raise your hand if as soon as you get home from work today you will be completely rearranging the items in your fridge!?!?!


Read more about the right way to organize your refrigerator here!!


Talk about an ‘Ah Ha’ moment, my mind is blown! 

Female Fiasco:I hate birds

Sep 29, 2014 -- 7:10am

I’m not really a big fan of birds…actually I hate birds. I have no interest in bird exhibits at zoos and I think they are really useless creatures…I know they are useful, but humor me. Useless.


So for about a week…a long week…I’ve had a woodpecker…a woodpecker that is out to get me!


Every day, all week…he’s at my house…pecking away. Like Chinese water torture.


So one day last week, I decided I would show this woodpecker who is boss…While he was pecking away at my house, I went to the wall where he was and started pounding my fist on the wall right back at him…hoping to scare him…My fist just hurt…and he just kept pecking. Jerk.


According to the Federal Migratory Bird Act…I can’t…correction, someone I know with a gun cannot shoot the lovely gem of a bird…so there goes the only plan I had.


Thank goodness for the internet…the internet has provided me with some great advice on how to get rid of this unwanted guest.


Cornell University suggestions some of these visual deterrents…


-Aluminum foil strips or reflective tape, such as Irri-Tape, manufactured by Bird-X, hung from areas where damage occurs may scare away woodpeckers. The strips should be long enough to hang freely and blow in the breeze.


-Windsocks hung from house corners serve the same purpose as aluminum foil and may be less intrusive.


-Handheld windmills, especially those with reflective vanes, can be attached along areas of damage. The motion of the revolving vanes may discourage woodpeckers.


-Plastic owls hung from the eaves of a house will generally frighten off woodpeckers for the first few days. However, birds often acclimate to the same visual stimulus in the same exact place every single day.


Cornell also recommends some sound deterrents…but the noise of the pecking is bad enough, I’m not going to add more irritating sounds…my neighbors will hate me for sure!


So I will try Cornell’s suggestions. Stay tuned.


If you have any suggestions on how to easily get rid of this dumb bird email me at Tory@1017thebull.com or tweet me @ToryTheBull!

Female Fiasco: Our Prayers Have Been Answered

Sep 26, 2014 -- 7:10am

Do you hear that?


The sound of angels singing! Hallelujah, Hallelujah!!!!!








*pauses to soak in this glorious moment*


Thank you Merlot, Thank you Malbec, Thank you Cabernet, Thank you, Thank you!


*wipes tear from eye*


The bad news is that non-red wines don’t have the same effect.


But if all I have to do is drink a glass of red wine a day and mark it down as an hour work out, then give me all the red wine!!


“Jason Dyck, the principal investigator for the study, tells Science Daily that resveratrol can also offer the same benefits working out does: “I think resveratrol could help patient populations who want to exercise but are physically incapable. Resveratrol could mimic exercise for them or improve the benefits of the modest amount of exercise that they can do.” 


This just keeps getting better and better!! 3 cheers for resveratrol! Hip Hip Hooray! Hip Hip Hooray! Hip Hip Hooray!!


Now it doesn’t apply if you drink the whole bottle…well shucks. I’m not picky though, a glass is just fine as long as I don’t have to run on that demon treadmill!


I’ve got to get a work out in today…*pours some cabernet in to a glass*


This is just perfect!



Female Fiasco: Heart Attack Symptoms

Sep 25, 2014 -- 7:11am


Ladies, we are at risk for heart attacks…I know men are too…but this is about us for a few minutes.


Unfortunately heart attacks happen…but its good to know the symptoms so we can prepare and have the best possible outcome!


The symptoms for heart attacks in women are different from those in men…


Positivmed.com lays out 7 symptoms women should look for that may indicate a possible heart attack.


According to Positivmed.com here are the symptoms you should look for…


1.Unexplained Fatigue-
More than 70% of women suffer from extreme fatigue before a heart attack. They suddenly feel exhausted even after small tasks like getting up from a chair and going to the kitchen. Flu-like exhaustion is also experienced by women. This fatigue is different from chronic fatigue that is caused by hormonal imbalance.


2.Struggling while sleeping
-If you are unable to fall asleep it may indicate a heart attack. It’s difficult to detect this sign as it may be due to many other reasons, if you notice any unexplained reasons or prolonged disturbance in your sleep this may be warning you of a heart attack. One study found almost half of women who had a heart attack experienced sleep disturbances beforehand.


3. Pain-
If you are experiencing mild pain in your jaw, back, shoulder, neck, or ear, these might be signs of heart attack. Women usually don’t feel the numbness in chest and shoulder like men, but may feel tightness running along their jaw and going down the neck. These mild pains can expand down to shoulders towards left side. Pressure in breastbone and upper back are also signs of heart attack in women.


4. Short of Breath
-Difficulties taking long and deep breaths is a bad sign. More than half of women suffer shortness of breath before the heart attack. They find it difficult to talk from inability to catch oxygen. This is one of the most common early heart attack signs in women.

5. Indigestion or Nausea-
Dizziness or nausea is a sign prior to heart attack women often display. They may have indigestion or vomit shortly before their heart attack. The chances of experiencing gastrointestinal problems double in women before a heart attack.

6. Anxiety and Stress
-Women often feel anxious, stressed, and keyed up before a heart attack. Anxiety is a common sign of heart attack in women, more than 30% of women get this symptom. This has been described as a feeling of impending doom by several women.

7. Sudden Sweat
-Sudden pallor for no apparent reason is not a good sign and may be an indicator of heart attack. More than 40% of women feel dizzy and break into a cold sweatbefore a stroke. You should call 911 when you experience abrupt lightheadedness or dizziness, these signs should not be taken lightly.


These are also symptoms of a ton of other things we women have to deal with!


Stress, menstruation, menopause, etc.


Hopefully you don’t have to experience any of this…but just in case, it helps to be prepared.

Female Fiasco: Sleeping in your Bra

Sep 24, 2014 -- 7:10am

Ladies, you know there is no better feeling than taking your bra off at the end of a long day…or a short day…there is just no better feeling!


This includes sleeping in our bras…I’ve done it a time or two and boy do I regret that. Soooo uncomfortable!


We all hear rumors of what will happen to us if we sleep in our bras…we will develop breast cancer, we will weaken the tissue, etc etc.


When you are young and you hear this…you were terrified…don’t act like you weren’t!


But are there really any negative health affects of sleeping in our bras?!


Well good news ladies!! According to the Huffington Post…other than being uncomfortable to sleep in...there are no health risks associated with sleeping in your bra. PHEW!


The rumor comes from “the 1995 book Dressed to Kill, which included claims that daily wear of tight-fitting bras increased risk of breast cancer by constricting the lymphatic system, thereby trapping "toxins" in the body, Shape magazine reported. But there is no actual science whatsoever to back up this claim.”


“Amber Guth, M.D., an associate professor of surgery and director of the Breast Cancer Surgery Multidisciplinary Fellowship at NYU Langone Medical Center, previously told HuffPost Style, “there is certainly no evidence that sleeping in bras is either helpful or harmful.””


That’s from a MD…so ladies we can rest easy!


There are also no health benefits from sleeping in your bra either…they will not keep the girls perkier.


Ladies, you work hard, give yourself a break…let the girls be free and rest! You deserve it!

Female Fiasco: Hiccups

Sep 23, 2014 -- 7:10am

Last night, I was watching TV, just minding my own business…when all of a sudden, I got the hiccups! UGHHHH Hiccups are the worst.


Am I the only one who gets to irritates when hiccups start?  There is nothing worse that trying to speak words while having the hiccups.


Words words words hiccup words words words hiccp words hiccup. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH


I’m going to rip my hair out!!


You always here of what you should do to cure hiccups…stand on one foot, hold your left hand out parallel to the ground while drinking a big glass of water really fast upside down.


WHAT?? No, I’m not doing that and you look odd doing that.


And I do not have the time to spend minutes or even hours trying to get rid of hiccups…I want this nightmare to end as quickly as possible.


So when I get hiccups my cure all is peanut butter…a spoonful of peanut butter is the KEY to curing hiccups in less than a minute.


I guarantee it. Peanut butter works 100% of the time…100%!


Hands down the best cure.


Unfortunately for me it was 8 pm-I did not have any peanut butter and I was not about to go get some (because than I’d eat the whole jar and hate myself)...tragic!


I went to bed and they went away. Thank goodness.


If you don’t have a go to as to how to get rid of your hiccups I’ve found


There are a lot of possibilities…


-Hyperventilate…who can do that on command?

-Scream as long as you can…no, my neighbors will probably call the cops.

-Fart/Burp…again who can do that on command?

-Say ‘Pineapple’…I’d really like some pineapple right now.

-Jump out of a plane…Are you kidding me?

-Balance something on your nose…I know I don’t have the coordination to do that.

-Massage the back of your mouth with a cotton swab…ew that makes me want to gag.

-Put ice bags on the side of your throat…???


Read more of the hiccup cure suggestions here!

What are your best hiccup cures?!?! Email me at Tory@1017thebull.com or tweet me @ToryTheBull!

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