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Female Fiasco: Tipping Etiquette

Oct 23, 2014 -- 7:10am

 

I text my mom at least once a month with the same question…”Do I tip (fill in the blank)?”

 

I never know who I should tip and who I shouldn’t!

 

I definitely don’t want to be rude and not tip someone I should but I also don’t want to throw away my money!! *cue she works hard for her money*

 

I won’t lie, when I’m faced with the uncertainty of tipping someone, I have a mini panic attack.  TEXT MOM, TEXT MOM, QUICK. WHY ISN’T SHE RESPONDING?! AHHHHH HURRY MOM! DO I TIP THEM OR NOT?

 

So other than the obvious people you should tip; wait staff, hair dresser, manicurist…Business Insider.com breaks down who should and shouldn’t be tipped!

 

In restaurants, I always wonder about if I’m grabbing take out…do I tip then?!

 

BI says there is no obligation to tip but 10% is fine if it’s a curbside order or a complicated order.

 

What about someone working on my house? Like a contractor, exterminator, plumber? This one always gets me! Hello mini freak out!

 

BI says that tips aren’t expected but $10-$20 is fine, especially around the holidays.  A gift card would also be generous.

 

Cab drivers always get me! I don’t ride in cabs often so I always freak out when it comes to tipping!

 

Yes you should tip cab drivers 15% and 1-2 dollars more if they help you you’re your bags!

 

Read the full table here!!

 

Thank goodness for this! 

Female Fiasco: Edible Greeting Cards

Oct 22, 2014 -- 7:10am

People don’t send hand written cards or letters much anymore…there is a special kind of joy that comes along with getting mail that isn’t a bill, ads or junk mail!

 

My mom, best friend and I still occasionally send greeting cards for holidays, birthdays and sometimes just because we miss each other!

 

There is a new type of greeting card that I’m not sure I will be sending to them though…

 

An edible greeting card.

 

Yep.  This is where we are at in 2014. Edible greeting cards.

 

The company, Eat the Fine Print, has created edible greeting cards in blueberry, key lime, orange and strawberry flavors. 

 

According to the Huffington Post, “Each card is made from a mixture of potato starch, palm oil, fruit extract, sucralose (the artificial sweetener found in Splenda) and food coloring. And if you were concerned, each card contains 42 calories, is vegan, gluten-free, sodium-free, soy-free and dairy-free.”

 

Vegan, gluten-free, sodium-fee, soy-free and dairy-free? Oh thank goodness for that…otherwise I wouldn’t have eaten it?

 

While the card is edible, you need to use edible ink…which we know everyone has laying around.

 

The Huffington Post says eating these cards will make you feel closer to your loved ones.

 

Oh really? Will it now?

 

The only way I would eat this is if the flavors were better…cookies n’ cream, peanut butter chocolate, crème brule, snicker doodle…see where I’m going with this?

 

Even then I’m not sure I would eat a greeting card…never once have I been reading a greeting card from my best friend and thought, “Gee, I really wish I could eat this card to feel closer to Bethany!”…never. not once.

 

This is hands down one of the most random things I’ve ever heard of…but I would suggest to Eat the Fine Print to make holiday specific cards…turkey flavored for Thanksgiving, peppermint around Christmas, etc…you’re welcome for the good idea Eat the Fine Print. 

Female Fiasco: All kinds of creepy

Oct 21, 2014 -- 7:10am

This is all kinds of creepy…kind of tempting…but mostly creepy…I’m just going to dive right in.

 

A guy and a girl are dating.  They plan a vacation together.  They are going to Venice! How fabulous will that be!! 

 

Not fabulous at all because the girl broke up with the guy.  So sad. The poor guys name is Jake.

 

But the vacation is paid for! So the Jake did really the only thing he could do…he put an ad on eBay to try to get a new female to fill the spot…clearly the only thing you can do in the situation.

 

The ad said…

 

I'm looking for someone to travel to Venice with me. (This isn't something I'd normally do but I'm left with no choice!)

This includes the flight, tickets and hotel stay for four nights!

The hotel is a 4* hotel in San Marco. I'm a 21 year old male and looking for FEMALES ONLY between the ages of 18-30 to join me!

I bought this holiday to Venice and it is non-refundable. I checked and for a small fee a passengers name can be changed.

The flights are from Garwick – San Marco airport.

The trip is from December 3rd and coming back the 7th.

I will need to see a few photos of the bidder to make sure you are between the ages of 18-30!! (will be adding photos of myself later)

 

I don’t care how good looking this guy is…and he is quite nice looking…or the fact that it’s a trip to Venice…THIS. IS. CREEPY.

 

We normal people know this is the making of a Lifetime Movie.

 

Apparently not everyone is as smart as we are…the bids have reached over $146,000!!!!

 

Ebay has taken down the post and Jake said of the whole situation that when life gives you lemons you make lemonade.

 

According to the story, as of yesterday Jake had 600 friend requests on Facebook…so I’m sure he will find someone to go on vacation with him.

 

Good luck with that Jake. Read the full story here!

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!

 

THIS IS RIDICULOUS!!!

 

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! 

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