Thank You, Gracias, Danke, ありがとう(How to say “Thank-You” in a Card)

As I prepare to write close to 100 Thank-You cards for my daughter’s 1st Birthday, I get overwhelmed with gratitude.  I am truly a thankful person and the generosity of others amazes me.  The problem when I write thank-you cards is that I write too much, they take forever and I never end up sending them which is completely embarrassing to me. It is so important to give thanks!  A few tips/tricks I am using for this go around:

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“You Should be on HGTV”

My aunt’s mother passed away in 2009 and in April of 2010, my Uncle suggested I consider buying her townhome.  We had so much going on at the time, I was due to have my daughter the following month and buying a home seemed IMPOSSIBLE.  We didn’t think we had enough money or credit to even entertain it.  After viewing the townhome which was VERY rough on the eyes Ryan (my husband) and I talked about our options and thought it wouldn’t hurt to apply for the loan.  Although the townhome wasn’t “move-in” ready, my uncle assured us most of the work him or my other uncles could help with.  We loved the layout and neighborhood. It was 2 blocks from downtown Mt. Prospect and the Metra train station, we couldn’t ask for a better location.  It was 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths with a basement.  “What’s meant to be, is meant to be” was the way the next 6 months went.  We were approved for the loan while I was on maternity leave and from that time in June it took over 5 months to actually close. On 11/9/2010, we signed on the dotted line and became first time homeowners.  We started work on the house the last week of December.

Dining & Living Area 

Dining Area (Before)

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My Life in the Fat Lane

I have been on a diet since I was 13 years old.  A kid actually called me fat when I was a size 2 in Jr. High and ever since that moment I have been striving for a more perfect body. I have tried the following to lose weight over the last 17 years: Dexatrim, cabbage soup diet, slim fast, Metabolife, Xenadrine, Hollywood Diet, Weight Watchers, HCG, Atkins, Cayenne Pepper Cleanse, & the Isogenix Cleanse. I even  tried my “hand” at throwing up after I ate (due to a rapid weight gain in highschool). That lasted about a day. (Good thing I never committed to that method) Most of the diets I tried-worked, but I could only adhere to the them for 30 days at the most and then I’d go back to overeating. Since I graduated highschool I have ALWAYS worked out and to be honest, I love working out. I was a great, healthy weight throughout my 20’s, the sad thing was-I didn’t appreciate it and still thought I could spare to lose a few lbs.  I would give the nuts I don’t have to be at the weight I was in my 20’s.  I ranged from 128-138 throughout my early 20’s and 138-154 in my late 20’s.   My clothes always fit and when they started getting tight, I would endulge in 2 day Hollywood Diet to lose 6-10lbs. Maybe this is how I ffffed up my metabolism so horribly.

I am 2nd from the left, (Red Skirt & Striped Shirt) at 128lbs at 23 years old

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R.I.P. Customer Service (Part 2, The Resurrection)

You would think all of us would be scared shitless that the automated robot would steal our jobs and we’d be doing whatever takes to please the masses in our respective service industry, but my experience as the customer hasn’t been pleasant for a long time. In fact it is so rare that I receive good customer service, that I can remember every detail when it actually happens.  What makes an awesome worker?  I am not trying to toot my own horn, but I take customer service very seriously and I think I go above and beyond for my customer’s approval.We can resurrect customer service from the dead.  If you are in this industry or plan to be, take notes.

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Zumba Songlist

For a white girl who learned basic spanish in highschool and didn’t retain much, it was tough to find the majority of my Zumba songs online.  I was able to Google certain phrases and eventually found a good amount of the music I hear at my weekly classes. There are still a few I can’t find, but the following songs are awesome not only for Zumba, but to jam to in the car. I encourage you to leave a comment with your favorites!

  1. Latinos by Proyecto Uno
  2. Candelo by Papo Mc & Sandy
  3. Hasta el Fin by Monchy & Alexandra
  4. On the Floor by Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull
  5. Cali de Rumba by Fruko y Sus Tesos
  6. Calabria 2007 (Radio Edit) by Enur
  7. Motivate al Baile by Baby Rank
  8. Pam Pam by Wisin & Yandel
  9. En la Disco (Studio) by Olga Tanon & Tito El Bambino
  10. Que Te Pica by Notch
  11. El Bombon Asesino (Dance) by Ninel Conde
  12. Mueve la Colita by Los Callejeros
  13. Cuando Volveras by Martin Lopez
  14. Fuego by Kumbia Kings
  15. El Rompe Cintura by Grupo Arena
  16. Movie It Up by El General
  17. Mi Puerto Rico by Aventura
  18. Lets Get Loud by Jennifer Lopez
  19. Calle Ocho by Pitbull
  20. Abreme la Puerta by Guillermo Davila
  21. Stereo Love by Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina
  22. Mueve la Pompa by DJ Kuri
  23. La Batidora by Azul Azul
  24. Zumbalicious by Zumba Fitness
  25. Hella decale by DJ Mam’s
  26. Zumba He Zumba Ha by DJ Mam’s
  27. Cumbia pa la Nena by Bachaco
  28. Rabiosa (feat. el Cata) by Shakira
  29. Loca (feat. el Cata) by Shakira
  30. Danza Kuduro by Don Omar Arcangel & Daddy Yankee

I’m always looking for new music! Leave some comments with your faves 🙂

R.I.P. Customer Service (Part 1)

My recent service experiences as a customer lead me to the cynical conclusion that we live in a world of assholes and assumptions. I posted this as my Facebook status yesterday and many people commented on their own gripes of the new millennium help standards. I have 16 years practice  in the service industry.  Each year I learn how to improve my level of assistance when working with clients.  At the risk of sounding high and mighty; I feel when I am the consumer and have a complaint, issue or question there are very few reps who meet my expectations on how they handle my concern. I shouldn’t have to elaborate that the title of this blog is an indication that customer service is dead. Some of the reasons for the demise are

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Jennifer Hudson….Weight Watching

WOW. 80lbs lighter, Ms. Jennifer Hudson looks unbelievable. After revelaing her weight loss on an Oprah appearance, I was inspired. I gained 60lbs when I was pregnant with my daughter and so far I have only lost 20lbs of that.  My daughter is now 10 months old so I will think of Jennifer’s journey while I continue working on myself.  Personally I thought Jennifer was gorgeous before she lost the weight, but the clothes she has been rocking are PERFECT for her new body and she looks ecstatic to model them.  I love this story so much because it reminds me of my own weight loss struggles & accomplishments.  Jennifer Hudson puts such a “Smile” on the face of weight loss. She was able to shine beautifully when she was heavier and she still has the same warm, can-do attitude as a size 6.   Continue reading