Friday, November 29, 2013

FUNNY PREGNANCY PICTURES (Announcing My Big News!!!)


So I've been keeping that held in since July! (It's the end of November as I'm writing this. Today is actually Black Friday. Just in case you are reading this way later after I posted this...) I was afraid to tell my parents, and that's why I kept it a secret. Weird of me, right?

Well, actually, with my first son, I was pregnant at 16 (like I said in my earlier blig post). My parents reaction was scary, so this time around, I didn't know exactly what to expect and debated for MONTHS on how to break the news. Although, I am 22, living on my own with my first child, haha! I guess I'm just a big wimp.

So FINALLY, I told my mom two days ago. She was actually REALLY excited! She just wishes I told her sooner, though, which I expected that. 

I am a little over 22 WEEKS, and Dave and I found out that we are having a BOY! We are overly excited, and cannot barely wait until we get to hold and see our little angel. I always wanted 2 boys, too. This is truly a blessing! 

ANYWAY! I am going to celebrate my announcement of my new addition to my family by making this blog post ALL pregnancy-related!!!

Here are ALL my FAVORITE funny pregnancy pictures that I have found and accumulated from all over the internet over time! :) Enjoy!


- Markie ;) 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

How to Get Off Your Butt and Get Motivated! (25 Ideas for Motivation)

Got a TON to do, but just can't seem to get it started?

Find yourself making up excuses to not do what you need to at certain times?

Are you a huge procrastinator, like me?

Well have no fear! Ideas to help you get motivated are here! ;)

These helped me a lot since I ALWAYS catch myself in a slump every now and then. These should help "perk" you up, and stay "perked" up, to get your shit together and taken care of!

These are some of my most valuable tips and tricks I have found from research on how to get yourself motivated. So, here, I will gladly share them with you! 

Hope they help! Good luck!

~*25 Ideas to Get You Motivated*~

1) Never give yourself too much to do at once! 
   Doing this will actually make it feel a bit overwhelming when looking at the big picture!

2) Get yourself EXCITED!
    Think about the outcome and benefits of accomplishing your goal or task at hand! Imagine a big weight being taken off of your shoulders. Also, remind yourself how good it will feel to get whatever it is done and over with, so you don't have to worry about it anymore!

3) Make an organized, neat list of the things you need to do! 
    For example, make a "To-do" list, and cross each thing you get done off the list. This will visually motivate you. Plus, the more you cross off, the better you'll feel about getting everything completed!

4) NEVER (and I mean, NEVER) think about the difficulties or any negatives of performing the task at hand!!!
   Think positive! Actually, thinking positively about EVERYTHING will do great wonders to how you feel in general! 
If you think of the most difficult roadblocks to your success before actually reaching them, this will really take a toll on your motivation towards the process. So stay positive!

5) Get a good night's sleep before a day full of productivity ahead of you.
  Make sure you have a good, peaceful, restful sleep! Also make sure you got enough of it (not TOO much though, which does the opposite of any good) to wake up feeling refreshed, energized, and ready to start the day! This will also help you maintain focus!

6) Start off small. 
   Instead of doing the biggest tasks first, start off with the smaller, easier ones! You can get a lot of them done, in a smaller amount of time, which will build up anticipation to keep on going up to the bigger tasks!

7) Hey! Why not reward yourself?
   If you set an award for yourself for completion of your goal, it just might motivate you to keep going! It could be any award, such as pampering yourself to a spa treatment, a day out golfing, have a restful "fat/lazy" day to yourself, or go buy that expensive pair of shoes you wanted! Whatever it is that makes you happy, use it as an award to look forward to!

8) Exercise!
   I think we have all heard at some point that exercising gives energy. That energy will go a long way in accomplishing your goal! It will also keep you in a better, happier mood. It was scientifically believed that excercising produces euphoria! 

Not an excercising-type of person, like me? That's alright! There's other, more settle, options that include walking, bike riding, cleaning the house, dancing to a favorite song, playing with the kids, etc. Whatever gets you up and moving will work!

9) Listen to your favorite music! 
   Nothing is better than putting on your favorite song and jamming out while being productive! This will help you get up and going!

10) (...In addition to #9) Make your own "motivational" playlist of songs.
   Even adding cheesy songs like "Eye of the Tiger" or "Don't Stop Believin'", whatever makes you feel pumped, why not?

11) Practice good self-discipline!
   This one is important. You need to focus on being able to tell yourself "NO" to any distractions or types of procrastination. Be able to demand yourself to get up and do what you need to do, when you need it done. You won't be letting yourself put things off.

12) Eliminate distractions from your goals or tasks.
  Ex.) Turn off all your electronic devices (except your iPod, because remember? You are using that for motivational music...*cough* #9 *cough*), tell your friends you need time away by yourself to focus on your duties, and eliminate anything out of the way that may pull you away from what you are supposed to be doing. Stay focused!!!

13) Drink some coffee (or energy drink) for that extra "boost".
    ...or anything highly caffeinated if you aren't much of a coffee drinker. Sometimes I'll start feeling sluggish halfway through the day, and coffee just seems to do perfectly for a little "pick-me-up" as needed.

14) Stop with the excuses!
   Do you see yourself making up reasons why you can't do something at a certain time? Admit it. Excuses like, "Oh, I'll do that after I'm done with this episode of Cake Boss." or "I can't do that right now, I just got home from work...". 
This is also where "self-discipline" should play a role. Start being responsible and prompt on your tasks that need completed! 
   Not meaning to sound like a lecture from your mother, but we all know it's true!

15) If you take a break from what you are doing, don't take too long of one.
   Make your break short and sweet. Too long of a break will actually put you in "relax-mode", which will damage your energy and motivation to do something. Trust me, I do this to myself all the time. It causes procrastination to happen and then starts that "lazy" cycle all over again!

16) Got any appointments/meetings to schedule? Schedule them early in the morning!
    If you do this, you can get up early (and not sleep in too late because you have no choice but to go), go to your appointment, and then by the time you come back home, you are already awake enough and dressed for the day! You also have the whole day ahead of you with an early start. Also, thinking about it, you already got something productive done for the day to start off with! Win-win, right?

17) Start your day with a great, refreshing breakfast.
   We've all been preached to at some point about how important breakfast is to start your day with. Food will give you energy and keep you focused! 

18) Start the day off doing something you enjoy. 
   Let's say you got a day full of events ahead of you (and you don't have any early scheduled appointments, haha), starting off the day with something you like to do will start you off with a good mood. Good moods help with productivity and motivation. Whether it's reading a good book, exercising, take a walk with your dog, watch a favorite tv show (without over-doing it!), play a computer game, etc...

19) Got some free time? Find some motivational quotes online and save your favorite ones that you find.
   I personally LOVE, LOVE, LOVE inspirational and motivational quotes! They help put you in the right mind-set that you need. Just try it! It really helps! :) 

20) Start your day being as happy as ever, with a positive attitude and outlook, and a smile!
   Again, this helps towards your mind-set for the day! Even better, happiness and smiles are contagious to those around you! :D 
  And think about it: You are most likely not going to do anything being a miserable, poopy, grumpy-butt, would you? Exactly. So, don't wake up hating the world, definitely if you got a lot to do!  ;)

21) Keep reminding yourself the importance of why you must complete your goals.
    Just keep telling yourself that you NEED to do this, and you MUST do this. Think about why it's your goal in the first place, and again, the benefits of the outcome!

22) Start your day off looking great!
    Looking good, and knowing that you look good, will make you feel good! It makes you want to go out and do things. For example, personally, I NEVER want to go anywhere if I am not dressed nicely or don't have my makeup on. I would feel like a bum, and keep thinking I look like a bum, which doesn't put me in a pleasant mood. 
But! When I get all dolled up and feeling gorgeous, I want to go here, there, the mall, run errands, etc..
See where I'm getting at?

23) In case your goals/tasks are cleaning/chore-related...Throw on your comfiest clothes to run around in.
   A nice comfy pair of sweats and a roomy t-shirt is my preferred choice when it comes to cleaning. Being comfortable while doing something is always good! Got long hair? Pull it up! Got slippers? Put them on! You aren't going to want to do something if you aren't comfortable, like being squeezed into a tight pair of jeans where it hurts to just bend over, or wearing a low-cut shirt that's so tight, your sweater puppies are popping out and catching a breeze! Right?

24) My personal favorite: Wear your favorite pair of undies, and socks.
  I have a hard time explaining this one, but it goes with bringing up your mood that you need to accomplish what you need to. 
  For some reason, throwing on my favorite panty and my favorite pair of socks puts me into a better mood. This is also a great tip on how to make your Mondays seem better.
 So, if you somehow get why on this, good! If you don't, I highly suggest you try it! It does wonders for me!

25) Don't hang out with the "lazy-type" of friends you have.
  These friends might distract you to relax and put off what you need to do. Energetic and excited friends seem more of a better crowd! 
 Also, people who always seem like "Debby-Downers" aren't the greatest to be around. ALWAYS remember: 
It only takes one bad mood to ruin everybody else's moods! 
And like I said before, if you aren't in a good mood, you're not going to want to accomplish anything!!! :)


Well guys, I hope these helped! Some are my own and some I found and reinvented from researching this topic many times in the past, looking for ways to motivate myself, too, when I needed it. Try them out and see what you think! :D

Best wishes! xoxo

-Markie :)

As always, I usually include a random "funny" at the bottom of each of my posts...
But this time, I'm going to include a bonus "F.Y.I." instead:

(F.Y.I.) Did you know that if you drink a tall glass of cold water after waking up, it helps you wake up faster and gives you energy? It also starts off your metabolism for the day, AND of course it's healthy! There's actually MANY good, healthy benefits to do this! ;)

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Things (And People!) on Facebook That We All Silently Hate

Facebook, obviously, has it's pros. We can keep in touch with friends and family from a distance, play games (even with people on your friends list joining you), stalking people without being caught (we all probably did this at least once...looking up that old ex-boyfriend/girlfriend that we still hate with a passion, just to see if their life is miserable or suffering in any way...), follow our favorite celebrities and their events, keeping updated, socially, by friends and family, letting others know "what's on your mind" and what you are up to, etc...

I can go on and on about the many positives!

We must admit, though...Despite all that great stuff we associate with on Facebook, there is also just about the same amount of stupid crap we despise about it! So, I made this blog post about everything we all hate about Facebook.

We all use Facebook as a method of procrastination sometime throughout the day.

If you actually think about it, there's really nothing actually productive within Facebook, anyway. We get on it, when there's always something more productive we could be doing instead, no matter what it is. 

But, what I'm saying is that there are people who stay on it for hours on end, caught in the vicious "I'll-be-off-in-a-sec" cycle (including me!). Every time they try to get off, something 10 times more interesting than what they were already looking at pops up, and then they'll say, "Ok, after this! Then, I'll get started on the laundry...".

 Then, guess what happens? Yup! Another stupid-but-interesting thing pops up and we repeat the same statement and process all over again. Sometimes, the only way to get off, is to lose track of time, look out the window and realize it's dark out, and be like, "Dammit! I just wasted my whole day! Guess, it's time for bed now! I'll just do the laundry tomorrow...". 

If this were to get any worse, the same thing happens the next day, resulting in consistent, repetitive procrastination...

Why must people think we would be ok with them sending us a million game invites to the same f*cking game?

That should be considered the same as asking someone, in person, if they want to play Monopoly with them. We say "No", but then they ask again, again, again...*10 minutes later*...AGAIN...
OR...just like sending us a million letters in the mail, asking us to RSVP to their child's birthday party! 

No one does that if real life, so why do they think it's okay to do it on the internet?

It also causes us extreme disappointment, because each invite gives us a Facebook notification. We first think that someone liked your status, commented on something, or you know, anything interesting... But no! It's just a game invite, inviting you to a game you honestly don't give two shits about and would not even ever play in real life.

The couple that gets into a simple argument, gets mad at each other, and changes their relationship status to "Single" in an instant. Before you know it, an hour later, they get over it, and change their status back to "In a Relationship".

After posting many statuses about how evil and how much they hate the other during their 1-hour break-up period, they make up, then proceed to post a billion statuses about how much they love the other and mushy crap like that.

Most of the people that I see who does this are the teenie-boppers on my Facebook. The ones who still have "puppy-love" relationships, and only date people for a few weeks at a time. 

There's even some that date someone for THREE days, break up, and end up crying all over everybody's newsfeeds about how badly they just can't live without that person, and that life has lost it's meaning because of it. 

I even see 12 year olds do this! Aren't they too young to be dating?! Shouldn't they be watching Spongebob, or having sleepovers or something? Are they even "mature" enough yet to truly fall in love to experience real heartbreak???!

I wish kids didn't want to grow up so fast and try to act like they're adults while they are still just kids. I think all of us, as kids, wanted to be an adult and have our freedom. But now, I wish I could go back and take time to enjoy my childhood, not try to rush through it.

 Days were good and simple as a kid. Maybe kids these days just don't realize how complex it is to be an adult, and aren't looking further into detail about it. :(

~Moving on!~

We all wish that we didn't "like" so many pages on Facebook back when we first started one. 

It gets to be too much..., to the point where every 5th post on your newsfeed is actually by a friend, but every post in between is some stupid advertising post from a TV show or business that you liked from back in 2007. 

If we don't like commercial breaks, then why do these pages think we want to see their advertisements? 

But hey, I guess we put that on ourselves right? Nobody held us hostage and pointed a gun to our heads threatening us to "like/follow" their page!

Facebook asks for too much information!

My personal facebook keeps prompting me to add my address, phone number, work address and employment history, etc. Some of these I never put in, but it keeps asking me to do it way too much. As if your computer will blow up if you don't! 

I'm sorry. I just don't feel like being stalked and possibly killed by some creeper who found out where I was through my Facebook...

What really sucks, is that some devices, such as Apple and it's apps, won't work to their full extent without forcing you to connect to your Facebook with it to access your personal information! 

*Did you even know that some online applications for employment prompt you to link your Facebook account to your application? 

Like I want to ruin my chances of getting hired because of the employer seeing my status on Facebook complaining about taking a sharp, painful shit that morning or seeing that embarrassing picture that my friend posted of me passed out drunk on the bathroom floor? Geez.

The people who make every status of theirs as lyrics to a song.
Yeah, nothing else, just lyrics. And 70% of the time, it's lyrics to a song nobody's even heard of. 

If we wanted to hear a song or music, we would just play it ourselves!
But, I will admit...I'm actually guilty of this one, too. Don't lie! You've probably also done it!

This is mostly on Instagram, but it happens too much on Facebook, too: Girls who post a pointless picture of an object or food dish they were currently associating with. 

I've seen pictures of Starbucks coffee cups, sunglasses, a dish from Red Lobster (or even their own gross dish from their attempt of cooking at home), shoes, a picture of their friend on the toilet with her pants down to her ankles (not an object, but yeah, seen it...a bunch of times, unfortunately), girls standing in a circle and it's just a picture of their feet in that circle-shape, a picture of the word "Love" written in chalk or marker in a random spot/place, etc...

Are they trying to be..."artistic"?
So basically, I can take a picture of ANYTHING in my house, even a roll of toilet paper, and be "artist"? :D

I don't know if you guys seen this yet, because it's not too, too common, but on my newsfeed, it is. Maybe my "friends" are just f*cked up...

Guys who take a picture of the most enormous, disgusting, repulsive dump they've ever projected out of their nasty bodies and POST IT on Facebook.

 They even put captions on the picture:
"Isn't she a beauty?" 
"My biggest prize, yet!" 
And some even hold the massive shit they gave birth to in their hand to give you a better comparison of its size.

This one's for the girls: 

That random guy, who you don't know AT ALL, that keeps messaging you the same message every 5-10 days desperately trying to get your attention. That message typically consists of just one or two words such as: 
"wats up."

Some of us even get more than one guy that does this shit. You know what we do? We ignore it. That is, until it gets to the point where we get so irritated by it (since it's like someone standing there constantly poking you in the shoulder), that we end up replying back one hell of a nasty message that basically threatens a brutal, bloody, thoroughly planned, clever murder if they don't shut the f*ck up. 

These guys are very repetitive, consistent, and never get the damn point that we don't want to talk to them.

**This is a REAL screenshot of my own inbox from MY own facebook! Think I was joking??!!**

When you message a friend, but they never reply back to you, even if it was a question...and then you realize it says at the bottom of your message "Seen at 6:15pm" (meaning, duh of course, that they read it), which ends up pissing you off even more.

Now, I'll admit, I'm guilty of doing this to people, but! I'm smart enough to not even open up the message in the first place so it never signifies that I've read their message (because I didn't). That way, it doesn't piss them off too bad, it just looks like I didn't get around to it yet. I do this because I either don't feel like talking to that person, or because I know that once I do, it'll turn into the never ending conversation where they will never stop replying back. 

Call me Satan, but, at least I'm being honest...right?

As soon as you get comfortable and used to the latest Facebook website update, the Facebook crew comes out with yet, ANOTHER update. And usually that update is changing way too much at one time, throwing off the whole F.B. community, pissing off everybody all at once!

You can NOT say you don't know what I am talking about! The FACEBOOK TIMELINE thing is one hell of an example!

Do you remember when they literally had to FORCE everybody to convert over to it? I held on to my original Facebook set-up with dear life for the longest time...before they snuck up behind my back and just updated it for me without me knowing

Yes, they do shit like that...

And usually when there's a new update, it changes ALL your settings back to default!
So without you KNOWING, until you go to your settings and realize it manually, your privacy settings are back to "PUBLIC" viewing instead of the "JUST FRIENDS"/PRIVATE viewing setting you had it on. 
So EVERYTHING on or about your profile was COMPLETELY visible to the entire universe to see for the amount of time it took you to realize it.
Personally, I check my settings every now and then because of that bullcrap to make sure everything is right. Isn't that ridiculous, though?!

People who get on someone else's account, and update a status for them saying, "Haha, you just got HACKED by your BFF!"...

F.Y.I., getting on someone else's account just because they accidentally forgot to log out on that same computer/device, DOES NOT MEAN YOU SO-CALLED "HACKED" THEIR ACCOUNT

You didn't break any technical codes, or decoded his/her password, or whatnot. You're not a genius of computer software, or most likely acquired ANY advanced-level computer knowledge what-so-ever, so SHUT THE F*CK UP, because nobody really cares...


Alright, last one for now, for this post!

We all hate those "Facebook THUGS". 
Don't know what a "Facebook thug" is?
I love Urban Dictionary. So here's the definition of "Facebook Thug" I found from there: 

*Facebook Thug: 
-Someone who only talks a lot of shit on Facebook, but would not talk a lot of shit to your face. 

Here's the link to Urban Dictionary:

Now, let me give you an example. Someone who is really pissed off at someone would put as their status on Facebook something like:

"Jenny, you're a fat f*cking whore, slut, bitch...I'm going to beat your ass when I see you! SKANK!"
*Except you would probably see a lot of grammatical errors in that status instead, since most who post these aren't intelligent enough to spell and punctuate accurately.*

And honestly, they would never say anything REMOTELY close to what they actually wrote to that exact person in real life, to their actual physical being...

And sadly, most of the time they are "ballsy" enough to post that on Facebook just because that other person isn't on their friend list, so they can't see the status AT ALL. 

So, going from my example, Jenny doesn't know that she's even being threatened. (Unless...a friend of hers can see it and would tell her about it.)

People like that seriously disgust me. Especially the ones who talk behind someone's back, but act completely different to the person when they face them. 

Also, their Facebook audience probably don't appreciate the retarded drama like that on their newsfeeds. It's annoying.


Anyway, I'm pretty sure that there is going to be a "Part II" to this blog post! :) So, keep an eye out for it! <3

- Markie ;) 

...and my "every-blog-post-gets-an-extra-funny" ritual: