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Southern girl speaking her mind

90210…nanny style??

Ok, so I’ll admit it– Beverly Hills nannies premiered on ABC family channel last Wednesday night and I just HAD to watch it. Several reasons why:

1) I LOVE reality TV shows (its almost like a car wreck, you wanna look away, but you just have to see it)

2) I like seeing mansions and lifestyles that I can no way afford or even affordlic one day (unless I miraculously win the lottery without even purchasing a ticket)

and 3) I’m a nanny

Before we moved to Texas, I was a pharmacy technician. I liked the job responsibilities overall, just not really the work environment that my former company possessed. After I got word that we would be moving to Texas, I learned that my out-of-state pharmacy technician license couldn’t be transferred — (and found out that my company currently had one of the better working environments for pharmacy work around) — I nixed the idea of trying to obtain my current job in my new state. I have always loved working with children, taking care of babies and children of all ages, etc. I even did childcare work for free for a few families as a favor. I remember distinctly waking up in the middle of the night one evening with the thought “I wanna be a nanny!”. The next day I then created an account on http://www.care.com for a nanny position, found a family in my area in Texas, had a phone interview, then had a real interview once we moved here — and ta da! A couple weeks later I became a nanny to a wonderful family. This week will hit the one month mark with this nanny position and I must say I absolutely love it. I love this little girl that I take care of and I can’t wait for the mom to have baby #2 (due in January).

Needless to say, after I saw the preview for this new TV show, I knew instantly I had to watch. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this new show, a camera crew follows around the lives of several nannies in which they work for a family in Beverly Hills, CA. In addition to all the families being LOADED with their mansions, personal chefs, sports car, and overall fancy lifestyle, nearly ALL the mom’s are stay-at-home mothers. I think, really??, you are a stay-at-home mother (some with only one child too!) and you are seeking full-time nanny help? I guess between all their hair, nail, and tanning bed appointments, SOMEONE has to take care/raise their child(ren).

I see this and I think, “man, I’m glad I don’t have to deal with all of those crazy parents and an overwhelming chore list in addition to raising their children”. THEN I find out how much these nannies make… between $35-40 an HOUR! So then, I mentally retract my statement by thinking “okay, I could deal with all of that craziness for those big bucks”. I relay all of this to my husband who then states, “ok, well keep that in mind in case the Army sends us to California”. Today at work, as I’m playing with the most wonderful, sweetest, cutest 10 month old I’ve ever laid eyes on, my new mental statement “I wouldn’t change a thing!”.

So (for now, until the Army sends us to CA) I may not be bringing in big bucks doing my job, but the satisfaction I receive is priceless.

Goodnight from the southern heart!

P.S. — please check out Beverly hills nannies Wednesday evenings on ABC family!

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Everything’s bigger in……the US?

Today while scrolling through tweets posted by who I follow on twitter, @FactUP caught my eye by stating that “Boobs are getting bigger! The most popular American bra size is currently a 36C, up from 1991 when it was a 34B.” Since I was only in first grade in 1991 and I wasn’t really noticing women’s breast sizes at the time, I decided to do a little research about this statement.  According to a lingerie expert, ten years ago the average breast size was 36C and reported that today the new average breast size is a 36DD. Confused, I try to find another article to get a true answer, according to USA today from April 9th, 2012 — the average size is indeed a 36DD and the demand for larger bra sizes is increasing!

So what’s the culprit? We all know that the obesity and obese rate in the US is increasing as well, could this increase our boobs? Certainly can since women’s breasts are made up of fat in addition to mammary glands.  Is plastic surgery rates increasing? The guardian US version website states that plastic surgery rates are climbing despite the economy in it’s current state.  However, the most popular plastic surgery procedure is stated to be chin lifts — not breast enlargements.  Chin lift plastic surgery is up 71% since 2010 — really?? I don’t think I’ve ever seen or heard of a person getting a “chin lift” (except for maybe Heidi Montag). Breast enhancement surgery is up only 4% since last year.  Is this mere 4% the cause of the sudden increase in bra sizes? I certainly doubt it.

Is bigger ALWAYS better when it comes to boobs? What about those women who crave for a breast reduction in order to cure their back problems? Which type of women is more attractive (given that there aren’t a lot of women with the perfect combo –naturally– of a thin waist, thighs, hips with a well endowed breast size) a skinny woman with small breasts or an obese woman with enormous breasts?

Now, I’m not going to give you a lecture about how skinny/thin/whatever is better than a curvacious figure. I believe in being HEALTHY! Healthy individual inside and out.  I’m not saying to run to your grocery store and spend your entire pay check in the produce aisle and forget putting anything slightly unhealthy/comfort food into your mouth ever again. I’m saying to find out what size/weight/goal weight/whatever that makes you FEEL the best. Which foods give you the best energy, mental boost, emotional joy, etc and eat those! I highly doubt it’ll be a double cheeseburger from McDonald’s menu. However, when you enjoy fast food/restaurants/comfort food/etc eat in moderation — and enjoy life! Don’t go on a crash diet saying things like “I can’t eat chocolate ever again” simply just eat one candy bar a week/month/year whatever you want and not a million of them in the same week.

Or you can sit around at home and eat your big bucket of chicken, a 2 liter of coke, and a bag of chocolate in one sitting and instead of enjoying life — you’ll be “enjoying” your obese weight, type two diabetes, and your 44 GGG bra size.

The decision is yours, and LOVE who you are as a person inside and out! Feel HEALTHY (not only in food selection, but also remember any habits — I.E. smoking, excessive drinking, drugs, etc). I truly believe that loving yourself as a person and feeling healthy about yourself most definitely coincide. And if you are of those lucky women who have a size 4-6 frame and a C cup size — consider yourself just that, LUCKY (but still love yourself and your eating habits too 🙂 )

Goodnight from the southern heart!

P.S. — What do you think could also be a reason for the rise in bra size?

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It’s official — I’m a Texan resident

I’m officially a Texan resident and the process didn’t wanna make me kill myself, therefore Texas is now better than South Carolina.  When I was living in South Carolina, getting a drivers license at the DMV took at least 3 hours, vehicle registration took at least one hour, voter registration was another line, etc etc. It literally took ALL DAY! Last week, I went over to the DMV to get my Texas driver’s license — I went in, sat down, filled out the application for a new resident DL and my number was called about 30 minutes later. When my number was called, my response was “no way, what did I do wrong? I just got here.”  I was greatly satisfied that this was my number being called in order to give the clerk my birth certificate, social security card, proof of residence, and birth certificate — meaning that this was the whole process! I couldn’t believe it!! Twenty minutes later, I was walking out with my temporary driver’s license! 🙂 In South Carolina, it took at least two hours JUST for your number to be called! Let alone being addressed by someone who clearly didn’t want to work there, the clerk moving at the ultimate slow speed just for your patience to wear thin, then to wait AGAIN for your picture to be taken.

Today, I gear up to go to the county tax office to get my vehicle registered, license plates, and title transferred. I knew that THIS process would be sure take at least an hour or two. Low and behold, I went to the counter after waiting in NO line, with all of my paperwork, I stand there for a few minutes, write a check, and the receive my license plates and I’m told that my new title will be mailed to me in little as two to three weeks! This is incredible! I can’t believe how little time all of this took! (I was definitely procrastinating this process solely on the fact that it would take all afternoon).  Now, I get home and realize that I have NO clue how to put on a front license plate on my car. Oh well, good thing I have a loving husband to do this for me 🙂

P.S. — when I get my *real* driver’s license in the mail, my voter registration card will be with it. Really? Awesome.

Word from the wise, everyone move to Texas instead of South Carolina — it’ll be a painless process.

Good afternoon from the southern heart!

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How old/young do I look really??

I’m settling in to my new home here in San Antonio, TX. Recently as I was vigorously unpacking boxes (as my in-laws are coming into town in a couple weeks), the doorbell rang. My husband and I looked right over to each other and made eye contact with the thoughts “who could be at the door?” We already met our neighbors (whom are truly nice by the way), we don’t have any friends yet, and we haven’t done anything wrong (that we know of). I skeptically answer, “hello” with a questioned-tone to my voice.

At my door in a young gentleman, roughly 20-24 yr old range, and he responds “Good evening, my name is **** and I am your newspaper carrier.  Is your mother or father home?” I respond SHOCKED saying “ummm no, they live roughly 2000 miles away where I just moved from, is there something I can help you with?” As he continues on his memorized speech about how we can reduce our costs for subscribing to the newspaper on a daily basis, etc, etc, I’m thinking in my head “is this real? is this really happening right now? I know I look fairly young for my age, but come on I’m co-owner of this home!” I tune into his monologue by saying, “I’m sorry, but we are not interested” then acts surprised that I’m not buying into his newspaper selling motive! He asks “Are you the lady of the household? Or should I just come back another time to speak with one of your parents?” I am absolutely stunned that this is happening. I respond “Yes, I am the lady of the household and I live here with my husband. My parents live across the country and I have been married for almost five years. I know I look young for my age, but really…I look older than you.” I admit that this was not my finer moment (especially since normally I carry a southern charm), and in the midst of my ears steaming, I look over to my husband who happens to be snickering. Newspaper gentleman apologizes greatly and I genuinely feel bad for the guy, I mean, he’s just trying to sell newspapers! But on the other hand, how many times do I have to tell him that I am a responsible adult who was fully capable of purchasing a home with her spouse.

He leaves the front porch with his tail between his legs. I come inside the house, sweating profusely from unpacking, unpacking, and more unpacking/chores (not to mention it’s like 120 degrees here!) and my husband asks “hey honey, maybe you just should have shown him your drivers license?” I proceed to smile ear to ear and proclaim that we are having takeout for dinner. 🙂

Then he reminds me of how we went and saw “the hangover” in the movie theater when it came out and how funny it was that I was carded. He mutters under his breath “people must think I bought you off the internet”.

Oh, It’s a good thing I love him 🙂

and it’s a great thing that I love our new home and neighborhood.

Stay tuned for more Texan adventures and goodnight from the southern heart!

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