Thursday, December 18, 2008

Shame Shame Shame!!!! We have all abandoned our little Bloggy Blog!
How sad.
Jenny is right - It is time to get this thing moving again! A way for us all to keep each other up to date, share thoughts, experiences ETC ETC.

GO!!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Bringing back OWN IT :-)


Ladies!!!

Wow, we are totally slacking w/ this blog, I say it's time to bring OWN IT back! :-)
How is everyone doing?

First off HAPPY HOLIDAYS! I just love this time of year...although here in SoCal, it's mostly sunny skies & beach so I can't relate to a white Christmas ;-). So what's new with everyone!?

ANNA...again, CONGRATS a hundred times over on your lil baby, sooo happy & excited for you!
You are due around my wedding so I'm not sure if you will be able to make it but I hope so!

So after CHRISTmas, New Years rolls around & we always have these New Years resolutions or goals for the coming year so I will leave you with a great quote I found...to help you all with achieving all of your 2009 goals.

Remember, always write down your goals!

Relationship goals for the year
Careeer goals
Spiritual goals
Physical fitness goals
Humanitarian goals

etc. etc. etc.

Love to all of you & please update us!

Jmay

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“I will act now. I will act now. I will act now. Henceforth, I will repeat these words each hour, each day, everyday, until the words become as much a habit as my breathing, and the action which follows becomes as instinctive as the blinking of my eyelids. With these words I can condition my mind to perform every action necessary for my success. I will act now. I will repeat these words again and again and again. I will walk where failures fear to walk. I will work when failures seek rest. I will act now for now is all I have. Tomorrow is the day reserved for the labor of the lazy. I am not lazy. Tomorrow is the day when the failure will succeed. I am not a failure. I will act now. Success will not wait. If I delay, success will become wed to another and lost to me forever. This is the time. This is the place. I am the person.”

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Well Hello!!

Hello It is Jane and Christina in computer class(October 21 2008 at 9:05 pm)

We were searching random things and decided to check out Maria B.'s blog. Then I remembered that I was an author and thought it would be fun to say hi!!!
We were reading through the blog and Jane particularly enjoyed the post titled " Read Ladies You Owe It To Yourselves" Jk Jk mmmmuwawawa
So class is ending in 3 minutes but we just wanted to say HALLER!

So I hope who ever reads this has a great day and always remembers to OWN IT!!!!

Love Always,
Bina, and J-rizzle

P.S. for those who dont know us I(christina) am Liza and Maria's little sister and Jane is my BFF and basically their sister too!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Summertime...

Hello ladies (and gents??),

How is your summer going? I am sad that is is half over. I just want to have summer all year round, but with less humidity than we have in NYC.

I'm not great at these posts... obvi. So, please contribute! Let us know what is going on in your life! Love? Relaxing? Trips?

I went to a pool in FDR state park this past Sunday and it was sooo relaxing. Although I just can't seem to get tan :(
Tomorrow night I'm going to see the Dark Knight with my ex-beloved Christian Bale. I just saw that he was arrested for beating up his mother! Scary stuff.

So, tell me about your life!

Love, Maria Grace, Uptown Girl

Monday, June 2, 2008

It's That Time of Year!


congrats to our lovely Brides!!! So far Rose has dazzled us with her wonderful wedding! and next up is Anna Zu!! in 26 days :)
then Anna will be followed by Steph in August!
I just want you girls to know how proud of you we all are!!!

You 3 never settled for anything less than the man of your dreams, and now you're marrying him!

Mazel Tov!!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

What Women Don't Understand About Guys

Contrary to what many women believe, it's easy to develop a long-term, intimate and mutually fulfilling relationship with a guy. Of course, this guy has to be a Labrador Retriever. With human guys, it's extremely difficult. This is because guys don't really grasp what women mean by the term relationship.

Let's say a guy named Roger asks a woman named Elaine out to a movie. She accepts; they have a pretty good time. A few nights later, he asks her out to dinner, and again they enjoy themselves. They continue to see each other regularly, and soon neither is seeing anybody else.
Then one evening, when they're driving home, a thought occurs to Elaine.

She says: 'Do you realize that we've been seeing each other for exactly six months?'

Silence fills the car. To Elaine, it seems like a very loud silence. She thinks to herself, 'Geez, I wonder if it bothers him that I said that. Maybe he feels confined by our relationship. Maybe he thinks that I'm trying to push him into some kind of obligation.'

And Roger is thinking: 'Gosh. Six Months.'

And Elaine is thinking: 'But hey, I'm not so sure I want this kind of relationship either. Are we heading toward marriage? Toward children? Toward a lifetime together? Am I ready for that level of commitment? Do I really know this person?'

And Roger is thinking: 'So that means it was... let's see... February when we started going out, which was right after I had the car at the dealer's, which means... lemme check the odometer... Whoa! I am way overdue for an oil change here.'

And Elaine is thinking: 'He's upset. I can see it on his face. Maybe I'm reading this completely wrong. Maybe he wants more from our relationship—more intimacy, more commitment. Maybe he senses my reservations. Yes, that's it. He's afraid of being rejected.'

And Roger is thinking: 'I'm going to have them look at the transmission again. I don't care what those morons say—it's still not shifting right. And they better not try to blame it on the cold weather this time. It's 87 degrees out, and this thing is shifting like a garbage truck, and I paid those incompetent, thieving cretins six hundred dollars!'
And Elaine is thinking: 'He's angry, and I don't blame him. I'd be angry too. I feel so guilty, putting him through this, but I can't help the way I feel. I'm just not sure.'
And Roger is thinking: 'They'll probably say it's only a 90-day warranty. That's what they're gonna say. '
And Elaine is thinking: 'Maybe I'm too idealistic, waiting for a knight to come riding up on his white horse, when I'm sitting next to a perfectly good person who's in pain because of my self-centered, schoolgirl fantasy.'
And Roger is thinking: 'Warranty? I'll give them a warranty!'
'Roger,' Elaine says aloud.
"What?" says Roger.
'I'm such a fool,' Elaine says, sobbing. "I mean, I know there's no knight and no horse."

"There's No Horse?" says Roger.
"You think I'm a fool don't you!?" says Elaine.
'No!' Roger says, glad to know the correct answer.

"It's just that...I need some time" Elaine says.

There is a 15-second pause while Roger tries to come up with a safe response. "Yes" he finally says.
Elaine, deeply moved, touches his hand. 'Oh, Roger, do you really feel that way?'

"What way?" says Roger.
"That way about time" Elaine says.
"Oh" says Roger, 'Yes.'

Elaine gazes deeply into his eyes, causing him to become very nervous about what she might say next, especially if it involves a horse. At last, she says, "Thank you, Rodger!"
'Thank you,' he responds.
Then he takes her home, and she lies on her bed, a conflicted soul weeping until dawn, whereas when Roger gets back to his place, he opens a bag of chips, turns on the TV and immediately becomes deeply involved in a rerun of a tennis match between two Czech players he never heard of. A tiny voice in his mind tells him that something major was going on back there in the car, but he figures it's better not to think about it.
The next day, Elaine will call her closest friend, and they will talk for six straight hours. In painstaking detail, they will analyze everything she said and everything he said. They will continue to discuss this subject for weeks, never reaching any definite conclusions but never getting bored with it either.
Meanwhile, Roger, playing racquetball one day with a friend of his and Elaine's will pause just before serving and ask, 'Norm, did Elaine ever own a horse?'


We're not talking about different wavelengths here. We're talking about completely different planets in completely different solar systems. Elaine cannot communicate meaningfully with Roger because the sum total of his thinking about relationships is Huh?

He has a guy brain, basically an analytical problem-solving organ. It's not comfortable with nebulous concepts such as love, need and trust. If the guy brain has to form an opinion about another person, it prefers to base it on facts, such as his or her earned-run average.
Women have trouble accepting this. They are convinced that guys must spend a certain amount of time thinking about the relationship. How could a guy see another human being day after day, night after night, and not be thinking about the relationship? This is what women figure.
They are wrong. A guy in a relationship is like an ant standing on top of a truck tire. The ant is aware that something large is there, but he cannot even dimly comprehend what it is. And if the truck starts moving and the tire starts to roll, the ant will sense that something important is happening, but right up until he rolls to the bottom and is squashed, the only thought in his tiny brain will be Huh?

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Say NO to Sun Damage!




Girls...I love being tan more than anyone!..But i am ULTRA scared of skin cancer, and sun spots..etc etc

So what's a girl to do!!???

Don't waste your time, money and skin on fake & baking!

I found the best Self tanner! I am serious...it looks like u havea nice tan, NO orange color..and is FAST!

One is for the body..and one is for the face. They are LANCOME..Do it and your skin will thank u later :)

http://www.lancome-usa.com/

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Ummmm

Ok people, I'm not much one for posting. I would rather YOU post and then I can respond!
Soooo please go to it and I promise I'll reply to your post.
How are you? How is life? love? work? co-workers?

Ok, I will start a poll (since I'm posting anyway)

Since we are here to OWN it... do you consider yourself more HOT or FIERCE?

my answer: totally FIERCE!

Friday, March 14, 2008

What an Amazing role model of a REAL WOMAN.....One of my girl friends just shared this poem with me recently and i thought i would share it with you all : ) enjoy!!

ANYWAY by Mother Teresa

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered.

Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.

Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you may win some false friends and some true enemies.

Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you.

Be honest and frank anyway.
Transparency may make you vulnerable.

Be transparent anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, others may be jealous.

Be happy anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.

Build anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.

Do good anyway.
People who really want help may attack you if you help them.

Help them anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough.

Give the world your best anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God.It is never between you and them anyway

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Read...ladies, you owe it to yourself.




This Blog is such a fun idea! This is for you Liza Lanny ;-)

I have read a couple of the past posts regarding men...or should I say boys, haha.
Everyone is in a different situation...

Some are engaged (Big Congrats by the way!) Maybe you are separated, in a relationship, not happy, "settling", single and loving it, or single and desperate...the point is everyone is at a different stage/journey and it's up to us and ONLY us to make the best out of every situation. I myself have my own insecurities, fears, etc. but lately I have really embraced them and decided to OWN IT.

My favorite quote is "The first and best victory is to CONQUER SELF."
I love this saying because I believe we can be our own best friend or our own worst enemy. We know what our shortcomings are but every day, every decision we make we need to OVERCOME and do the best thing.

My grandpa used to say something that was simple but always rang in my ear when I was going to sin...He said, "Always, Always, Always, do the right thing." Thats just good advice for life...Say it out loud, write it down on a post-it and put it on your computer at work, etc.

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Well in regards to the men...er boys ;-) situation...

Here's my advice in a nutshell...

Confidence, Confidence, Confidence. ...It's sexy ladies!!! We have to believe and feel that we are amazing in order for others to believe it.
NOT COCKY though, b/c that is oh so much a turn off.

Independence...Men love it when we are passionate about our work, beliefs, and causes and put them to action. They want to know if for some reason, they fall...you wont break, that you can hold your own. Don't play "the game" but being unavailable from time to time makes you more desirable, FYI.

I was reading Cosmo (I know, I know but this was on a plane and the magazine was left, haha).
I skipped the whole 'try these positions' part...INAPPROPRIATE ;-)...
I did however come across a page, "What Men Want" ...I thought it would all be about sex but surprisingly made a lot of sense. It was a survey thousands of men wrote in and agreed upon. I riped the page out and I wanted to share it with you ladies.



1. Men want a fun and exciting (female) companion.
2. Men want great sex (consistent, frequent, and passionate lovemaking score high with men).
3. Men want to share meals with their woman companion (especially when she cooks for him).
4. Men want you to support them in their work and boost their confidence.
5. Men want you to look great, keep in shape, and express confidence about your body.
6. Men want you to listen to them and treat them with respect.
7. Men need private time, to unwind, to engage in sports and hobbies, and to spend time with other men.



Now this list may seem a little shallow but most of these I think are fair. Are we really doing those things to/with our significant other?


Let me just say real quick... #5 Looking great does not mean you have to be a trophy doll.
Watching our weight, drinking healthy food and water benefits to our own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual health. It is important to love our body.

I could go on and on about what I think WE should work on...Guys, well let's face it, they have endless things that they need to work on!!! But let's not point the blame and just work on ourselves for now...I need to take my own advice now :-)

I just hope my post helped someone. Get some perspective, inspire, etc.

I leave you with a funny quote...


Can you imagine a world without men? No crime and lots of happy fat women.
~Nicole Hollander


OWN IT!!!!!

JMay xxx





Friday, March 7, 2008

Enough is Enough!

Seriously..what is the deal...One girl after another it seems this past week or 2....is broken hearted...is devastated..is confused...is SO discouraged...and over what>?? Men!!

"Is he really out there?"

Some are trying to cling to relationships that are broken for the mere fear of being alone! Some are utterly shocked and betrayed by the revelations of the one guy they thought they knew! And some girls are giving them selves away ...hopelessly...to guys who don't deserve them....and barely even notice them. This is a sad yet epidemic problem.

So what do we do? As women, what should do here? Should we keep begging for scraps of attention from a selfish jerk? Should we run back into the arms of the one who only inevitably hurts us...just bc NOW he says all the right things? OR...Should we despair completely? Should we look in the mirror and tell ourselves how ugly and undesirable we are? Should we put up walls so that we can never be hurt like this again?!

no no and NO!

Sometimes it is SO easy for us to give advice to our friends, to see the problem in another relationship, or to see the beauty in our girlfriend. But for ourselves....we fall so short. We lie to ourselves.,."I'm fat" "I'm too old" "I messed all this up"..."what did I do wrong"..and on and on and on!!

Stop and THINK!

Whatever situation you are in right now...if it wasn't YOU....if it was a friend...what would u tell her??

So LISTEN to you Head..NOT your heart....especially if that heart is broken!

YOU WILL be ok..You will get over this....If you are reading this...I know you...so I can say with confidence that you ARE beautiful...and amazing...and WORTH IT!

Guys are not who they were meant to be. Maybe it's the culture, their age, maturity ETC....but it makes me sad to see how few REAL men there are out there...but there ARE some. And you're not doing yourself ANY favors by settling for one who is NOT.

I just want people ..women specifically to be happy...to realize their worth....and to above all OWN IT!! As trivial as that may sound ladies ...I couldn't be more serious. To Own it...is to love yourself...your looks, your quirks, and all your imperfections....

To own it is to be strong..to stand firm...and to stay true to your beliefs.

To own it means...you will NOT be shaken...you KNOW who you are, and what you need...you know that you are loved..and deserve SELFLESS and true love.

To Own it..is to have faith! Faith that you were made to be loved, faith that your true love WILL come, faith that no matter what hardship you are dealing with RIGHT this second..that YOU can and WILL get past it...you will be OK....and if you put that faith in God you will be BETTER than ok...you will be marvelous...because HE really is the only one who wont let you down.

Bottom line ladies...Stop dwelling & start living, Stop hating on yourself...and start LOVING yourself. love life, and don't look back. Own it today and don't worry about tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Pilates Reviewed

SO... I went to Pilates again last night with my friend Christina. You know how last time I came home and ate 4 oranges, well last night I had a different kind of craving. I came home and ate cookes and ice cream :-/
Just thought you would want an update on this important matter.

Monday, March 3, 2008

I Kissed Dating Goodbye....

Have you all heard of this? It was new to my ears. This guy wrote a book with this title a while back now, and got heated responses. Despite its sometimes lofty use of protestant lingo, this book has some points worth noting. It has helped me relate concrete means and reasons, for the right kind of dating to my high-school RC team. He has some concepts that really lit some lightbulbs for me.....

http://www.joshharris.com/i_kissed_dating_goodbye.php

IE: "The Seven Habits of Highly Defective Dating"

The titles and subtitles alone got my attention:

1. Dating tends to skip the friendship stage of a relationship
2.Dating Often Mistakes a Physical Relationship for Love
3. Dating Often Isolates a Couple From other Vital Relationships
4. Dating can Distract Young Adults From their Primary Responsiblity of Preparing for the Future.
5. Dating Can Cause Discontentment with God's Gift of Singleness
6. Dating Can Create an Artificial Environment for Evaluating Another Person's Character
7. Dating Often Becomes an End in Itself

Friday, February 29, 2008

hmmm...How fitting



Not to be a "man hater" but...it seems appropriate.. based on current situations some of u are having....and lots of girls feedback I have been getting lately re: their "men", I mean Boys!

Own Your Size!!!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The One Flaw in Women---


By the time the Lord made woman, he was into his sixth day of working overtime. An angel appeared and said, "Why are you spending so much time on this one?"


And the Lord answered, "Have you seen my spec sheet on her?

She has to be completely washable, but not plastic, have over 200 movable parts, all replaceable and able to run on diet coke and leftovers, have a lap that can hold four children at one time, have a kiss that can cure anything from a scraped knee to a broken heart-and she will do everything with only two hands."

The angel was astounded at the requirements.


"Only two hands! No way! And that's just on the standard model?

That's too much work for one day. Wait until tomorrow to finish."


"But I won't," the Lord protested. "I am so close to finishing this creation that is so close to my own heart. She already heals herself when she is sick AND can work 18 hour days."


The angel moved closer and touched the woman. "But you have made her so soft, Lord."


"She is soft," the Lord agreed, "but I have also made her tough. You have no idea what she can endure or accomplish."


Will she be able to think?" asked the angel.



The Lord replied, "Not only will she be able to think, she will be able to reason and negotiate."


The angel then noticed something, and reaching out, touched the woman's cheek. "Oops, it looks like you gave a leak in this model. I told you that you were trying to put too much into this one.'



"That's not a leak," the Lord corrected, "that's a tear!"


"What's the tear for?" the angel asked.


The Lord said, "The tear is her way of expressing her joy, her sorrow, her pain, her disappointment, her love, her loneliness, her grief and her pride."


The angel was impressed. "You are a genius, Lord. You thought of everything! Woman is truly amazing."


And she is! Women have strengths that amaze men. They bear hardships and they carry burdens, but they hold happiness, love and joy. They smile when they want to scream. They sing when they want to cry. They cry when they are happy and laugh when they are nervous. They fight for what they believe in.


They stand up to injustice. They don't take "no" for an answer when they believe there is a better solution. They go without so their family can have. They go to the doctor with a frightened friend. They love unconditionally. They cry when their children excel and cheer when their friends get awards. They are happy when they hear about a birth or a wedding. Their hearts break when a friend dies.


They grieve at the loss of a family member, yet they are strong when they think there is no strength left. They know that a hug and a kiss can heal a broken heart. Women come in all shapes, sizes and colors. They'll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you to show how much they care about you. The heart of a woman is what makes the world keep turning. They bring joy, hope and love.


They have compassion and ideals. They give moral support to their family and friends. Women have vital things to say and everything to give.

HOWEVER, IF THERE IS ONE FLAW IN WOMEN, IT IS THAT THEY FORGET THEIR WORTH.

Cool Site from our friend Dave :)

Hey girls... Dave Craige has this whole online mall designated to buying and selling designer jeans..it is very cool..but he needs some honest feedback to help make it better for his users...and don't forget to pass this site on to your friends

Honest Mall

Feedback please :)

So after many months of toiling over this...I have published out new company website..now up and running...and feedback is welcome !!:)

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  • Tuesday, February 26, 2008

    don't forget to breatheeeee

    i crack up every time miss winsor reminds me of this...like i'm going to forget to breathe!!!!??!?!

    so we are in the home stretch of winter and i for one, am sick of it!!! it's getting harder and harder to hit the pavement...going outdoors is just not that fun anymore...but to help keep some extra lbs from making a home on my thighs before picture perfect spring weather hits--pilates does the trick.

    give it a whirl---so good for body.mind.soul.  my momma and all my sisters and even little niece lucy are all sold!!! here's an article on the man who created and my fav, the winsor pilates


    Monday, February 25, 2008

    Predictions

    Ladies, I would lOVE to know your predictions for the 2008 elections. I am just curious considering all of us are in different regions with somewhat tainted media coverage. Did anyone notice the countless pre-meditated comments by Jon Stewart in the Oscars last night? Sadly, whatever the outcome, I doubt I will be too confident in this years outcome.

    Friday, February 22, 2008

    Settling


    What does it really mean to settle? For a woman in 2008 it is practically a crime if we are caught settling. To Settle for a guy that is "less than we deserve" or is NOT a perfect match. But how does one really know? How do you determine the difference between Not Good enough and asking Too much!? A wise woman (aka my sister) once told me..."every expectation is a premeditated resentment!" Therefore, if we have countless expectations for our men to be exactly what we want & need, how can we ever be satisfied?! Please advise on the difference between settling and just accepting the reality of MEN!

    Millioniare MatchMaker

    I'm a Fan! Miss Millionaire Matchmaker (Patty)...is so fun to watch! She has great dating tips, and good rules for her contestants...like No sex unless you are in a monogamous committed relationship!..I think she has a present day approach to old fashion matchmaking. Watch it..on Bravo, and tell me what you think!