elite status!

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I am proud to announce that yesterday I was invited to be part of the Yelp Elite Squad. I am honored and thrilled! Basically, as you might know Yelping is a way to review businesses and otherwise. You have the ability to rate them 1-5 stars and write comments about your visit while you were there.

Because they can explain it from me, this is what Yelp has to say about their Elite Squad:

  • What is the “Yelp Elite Squad”?

    The Yelp Elite Squad is our way of recognizing and rewarding yelpers who are active evangelists and role models, both on and off the site. Elite-worthiness is based on a number of things, including well-written reviews, great tips on mobile, a fleshed-out personal profile, an active voting and complimenting record, and playing nice with others. Members of the Elite Squad are designated by a shiny Elite badge on their account profile. If you think you or someone you know might be ready to be Yelp Elite, visit

So what comes with being Yelp Elite? Sure you get that sparkly badge that you get to rock with pride on your Yelp profile page, but in addition to that you get opportunities to attend exclusive events, meet Yelpers from your community in-person, and discover a variety of local businesses you probably didn’t try previously From what I am told the these exclusive events are types of amazing soirees, bashes, dinner parties, even weddings that are taking place throughout our communities near and far.

I’ve been yelping since January of 2012 and it’s awesome to finally be part of this elite squad of people who love giving their opinions. I can’t wait for my first Yelp event to meet everyone and see what it’s all about. For right now all I can do is prance around and be thankful.

girls with tattoos

a reblog from Thought Catalog

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As a girl with tattoos, I couldn’t agree with this more. #preach Tattoos are personal things, and each holds a different meaning to the person whose skin it’s on. My body is my canvass, not yours. After reading this post from Ella on Thought Catalog, I wanted to share it because she states so eloquently why tattoos and women are what they are. It just goes to show that you should really never judge a book by it’s cover.

Originally posted on Thought Catalog:

1. Asking us what they mean is a great way to get to know us— but it’s probably best to make sure we’re already a little comfortable with you before asking us to spill the beans. Tattoos are personal things, and each holds a different meaning to the person whose skin it’s on. We’re happy to tell you what exactly each thing means to us — and trust me, even the smallest and seemingly pointless tattoos are often riddled with meaning — but to ask because you feel it’s your right is a step too far. If it’s deeply personal, we don’t have to tell you. Please respect that.

2. Just because we have a few in the spots you think are wild and crazy doesn’t mean we’re wild and crazy. Tramp stamps, hipbones, rib ink — whatever trend you think says something about us, probably really only means one thing:

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text 9-1-1

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Earlier this year it was released that you can now text 9-1-1 in cases of emergencies.  It seems simple, basically your text message will take place of a phone call. It’s important to note that ability to contact 911 using text is only available on a limited basis in a few markets. Right now, you should not rely on text to reach 911.

The following information is taken directly from the FCC website. This stuff is way too important to paraphrase.

How to Contact 911

IMPORTANT! If you use a wireless phone or other type of mobile device, make sure to do the following in an emergency:

  • Always contact 911 by making a voice call, if you can.
  • If you are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability, use a TTY or a telecommunications relay service, if possible.
  • Remember – in most cases now, you cannot reach 911 by sending a text message.

Bounce-Back Messages

The FCC has rules to help keep consumers safe during the transition to text-to-911. These rules are intended to minimize the risk if consumers attempt to send text messages to 911 where the service is not available. Specifically, beginning September 30, 2013, all wireless telephone companies and certain other text messaging providers are required by the FCC to send an automatic “bounce-back” message to any consumer who tries to send a text message to 911 where this service is not yet available.

  • Consumers who receive this “bounce-back” message will be advised to contact emergency services by another means, such as by making a voice call or using a telecommunications relay service (the latter for consumers who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability).
  • The nation’s four largest wireless telephone companies – AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon – have agreed to voluntarily begin sending these “bounce back” text messages across their networks as of June 30, 2013, a few months earlier than the September 2013 deadline established by the FCC’s rules.

When Will Text-to-911 Become Widely Available?

  • In a Policy Statement adopted January 30, 2014, the Commission expressed its belief that every wireless carrier and every provider that enables a consumer to send text messages to telephone numbers should support text-to-911 capabilities.
  • In an agreement with NENA and APCO, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon have voluntarily committed to provide text-to-911 service by May 15, 2014 in all areas served by their networks where a 911 call center is prepared to receive texts.
  • The Commission encourages wireless providers and interconnected text providers that are not parties to the Carrier-NENA-APCO Agreement to work with the public safety community to develop similar commitments to support text-to-911 in a timely manner, so that all consumers will be assured access to text-to-911 regardless of what text provider they choose. The Commission has also proposed rules that would require all covered text providers to support text-to-911 by December 31, 2014.
  • The Commission has encouraged 911 call centers to begin accepting texts as text providers develop text-to-911 capability. It is up to each 911 call center to decide whether and when to begin accepting texts. Some call centers have started to accept text messages already. We expect that others will do so and that text-to-911 will become available in more areas over time.
  • Nevertheless, even where text-to-911 is available, consumers should continue to contact 911 by making a voice call if they can, and use text only if voice is not a feasible or safe option.


I am excited about the possibility to text 9-1-1. It’s a smart move for them to make and to get this on lock down. It will be very interesting to see what happens in the future with emergency situations. But for now, can you believe we now have the ability to send a text message to reach 911 emergency call takers from our mobile phone?


booze to your door?

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Sit down wherever you are and read the following information. Folks, what you are about to hear is literally going to change your life. Let me introduce you to Ultra. Ultra is a new delivery service in the DMV area, but there’s an awesome twist. Ultra guarantees booze delivery within 30-60 minutes, with a flat fee of $5 and no maximum order. If you life in DC you are in luck (don’t worry Virginia, Ultra is looking to expand) because right now the service is available in most parts of Northwest DC, Capitol Hill and H Street NE.

Though alcohol delivery in general is not a new phenomenon in the District because several liquor stores have offered an in-house delivery service for years. However, Ultra functions as a technology provider and marketing tool for local alcohol purveyors, with a website where orders can be placed. The plus side to Ultra is they will be launching a mobile application soon, too!

Keep in mind that, DC delivery is available starting Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The service is not available on Sundays.

If you happen to be out of the DC area, check out Ultra’s delivery coverage.

Jersey City
Washington DC
Boston (Coming Soon)
Los Angeles (Coming Soon)

REBLOG: 23 Pictures Of Women That’ll Inspire You To Feel Great In Your Skin

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This is something that just needed to be shared. Over the years, a few of my friends has also been getting really into Thought Catalog articles which I love! I wanted to share this because I know there are still a lot of you out there who don’t size the opportunity to appreciate and read a Thought Catalog article unless it comes across your docket. So, check this out.


thank you

for being my friend

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Here’s a shout out to all of my friends. Now, if you’ve never had the opportunity to watch Golden Girls, I’m sorry.  The Golden Girls is a true American sitcom. Let me give you a little recap, the Golden Girls is based on the lives and interactions of four older women whom have all been divorced/widowed, and are now roommates. One of the main character’s, Dorothy, main goal during the series is to find a companion who she can relate to while her mother Sophia adds her comical outlook and frequents “Picture This” stories.  Another character, Rose, who is from St. Olaf has many cliches which make her a little corny but lovable. One thing that changes nearly every episode is whom the last main character, Blanche, is dating.

This is one of the best American sitcoms that came into our homes. With a great theme song, “Thanks For Being My Friend,” I can’t think of a better way than this to say thanks to my friends.

right & wrong ways

bobby pins

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Up until very recently, I’ve been doing it wrong. Did you know there is correct way to wear a bobby pin? Take a look at the picture.cos-05-hairpin-de-5016518 For better grip, you are should flip the bobby pin over so that the wavy side is against your head. Flipping them over, helps if you have a hard time keeping your bobby pins in place. The straight side is slicker and won’t grip as well as the wavy, more textured side.

Yeah, I know it’s mind blowing.


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Maybe it’s a coincidence, but maybe it’s not. The other day I was cleaning and I came across some papers and one happened to be a card from my sister. She mailed me a card a few weeks after I moved into my freshman dorm. Screen Shot 2014-04-26 at 10.21.05 AMRereading the card it brought back many memories. My sister is heartfelt and sweet, and you can see that in the card.

After watching Frozen last night, it brings home the point of the movie that true love can come in any form. The love of a sister can be true love, too. I’m lucky to have a sister like Lauren.

I love you, sissy!

embrace it

& be proud

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I bleed red and white, green and gold, and blue and gold. I will never be able to shake those long “O’s.” Despite the season, the Badgers, Brewers and Packers are always on my radar. I can never get enough cheese, and PBR is my kind of beer. I can pronounce any place you point to on the map, and I will argue that we have more lakes than Minnesotawisconsin pride.

Folks, Wisconsin is my home and it always will be. For the past three years, I have lived in DC and I still get butterflies when I land in the motherland. I still get excited when I see a fellow Wisconsinite walking around DC repping my state. Wisconsin has state pride like I’ve never seen or experienced before. I know Texas would argue they have the most state pride, but I respectfully disagree. Wisconsin has camaraderie.

I’m sure it’s evident that I have undying state pride and love for Wisconsin, and frankly, that’s a burning passion that I will always have.

Over the weekend, I got in a heated argument with a friends’ friend I met. As we were making introductions and creating small talk, (let’s call him) Bill asked me where I was from and I proudly exclaimed, “WISCONSIN!” I countered and asked him where he was from. After much hesitation he answered, “New York…City.” With his response, this was something I was not pleased with or something that I was going to let stand by the wayside, I again asked again, “No, where are you really from?” Bill again hesitated and finally responded, “Chicago.” The conversation goes like this for a while and I finally get Bill to tell me where he is from after I told him I was very familiar with the “Chicago-area.”

I will give you the same talk that I dished out to Bill on Saturday night. Be proud of where you are from. Take pride in your upbringing and where you came from. Where you are from has a lot to do with who you are now. And truth be told, being a coward about your roots is almost an insult to your parents and how they raised you.

When you think of Wisconsin, what comes to mind? Probably the Green Bay Packers and cheese, and with good reason. The Packers are a storied NFL franchise, but as the foam cheese hats the Packers fans wear indicate, the real pride of Wisconsin are the people, the sports, the seasons, the beer, the cheese and the list will only continue.

Until the day I die, I bleed Wisconsin through and through. If it wasn’t for my Wisconsin and Midwestern upbringing, a lot would be different and I sincerely take pride in being from the great state of Wisconsin and being a true Midwestern.

work hours

is there a time limit?

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I thought it was a silly question to ask if there was a time limit on working hours, until yesterday. France is making it possible to enforce non-working hours. What a concept, eh? French labor unions have signed a law requiring employees to shut off their smartphones at exactly 6PM, preventing bosses from hounding workers after they have fulfilled the hours they are responsible for.

Out of the country’s total workforce of about 40 million, the agreement currently affects only 1 million workers, including those working in the French arms of Google, Facebook, Deloitte and PwC. But those who favor the law say that the model can be extended to other sectors as well.

It’s pretty interesting to see how France works so differently than the United States. Currently, working for a French company, maybe this will change the impact of my company, too.

What are your thoughts on clocking out at 6PM and really meaning it?