Do you Groupon?

OK, so we may be a little late on reviewing our thoughts on this but better late than never right?

groupon      So, with all the buying and selling websites these days: Ebay, Amazon, Etsy, Wanelo, etc. also came a few websites that feature the selling of products, getaways, goods and services. All of this at a discounted price. Seems legit:

    Groupon, Inc. offers online retail services. The Company provides daily deal on the stuff to do, eat, see and buy in more than 500 markets in 44 countries. It has offices across North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and other parts of the world. The Company provides an online service that lets groups of people create campaigns to pool resources, including money and personal commitments to take action. It allows users to sell products and transact business online.” –CNBC

If you care enough to research it before you whip out that shiny AMEX, you may find some negative talk about the website. However, we are not here to debate what’s right and what’s wrong. We happen to love Groupon and have definitely bought our share of goods.

You can get anything from a an hour massage for $29 dollars at your local salon to a six-night Ireland vacation with airfare, accommodations and rental car for $999. Worth it! They also offer things like hair and car services, jewelry, clothes, electronics and so much more.

Check it out Betties..but don’t blame us if you get addicted. This is your warning, shop with caution.

XO,

The Ultimate Betties

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The Real Dope on Valentine’s Day

So February 14 2013 is around the corner and all you Bobs are feeling the pressure to
give gifts, chocolate, diamonds, roses, heart-shaped anything and who knows what. There are two ways to look at this day. Old school is chocolate, diamonds, roses and hearts. Give and ye shall receive. Here’s a new perspective. There are 364 other days in a calendar year (that’s 8,736 hours) and we ‘Bob’s’ should not be judged by how we perform on any given day or one ‘special’ day lasting only 24 hours. We should give love to our partners each and every day.

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So as the story goes, Saint. Valentine gave his life for love, the love of others and the
love for a woman. Let’s all resolve to redefine Valentine’s Day and share the love with more than just your partner, male or female. Do a good deed. Bring joy and happiness to a true stranger, that is indeed a form of love worthy of universal celebration Lets all redefine this day for lovers as a day for sharing universal love, love of our fellow-man (or woman) especially the love of a stranger or group of strangers. Do something anonymous and feel the love emanate from within.

Certainly these random and anonymous acts of kindness would get a big thumbs up
from the long deceased Saint Valentine. Heck, even Hallmark would come out with some new cards and figure out how to monetize this newly defined Holiday!

Peace,

The Ultimate Bob

Let’s be appropriate people.

I suspect that my latest event was not unique. I recently went to a social event, not a
network or business development mingle-thing. Apparently half the people who attended
figured this was not a social get together but indeed a networking function and tried to sell me professional goods and services, insurance, real estate services, you name it, they pedaled it.

I’ve been to network marketing things and they have a legitimate purpose in the proper
time and place. My wish for the rest of the year is that people act ‘place appropriate’. In more spiritual terminology; Be Here Now!

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This 100% all the time, anywhere and everywhere guerrilla marketing thing is too much. I
am reminded of some wise old Wordsworth; that; the world is too much with us. It’s not rude and for decades people speak of mixing business with pleasure, I get it. I just don’t care for it.
So Bobs, think about where you market your ‘stuff’ and if you really care for your market share and your customers, give me some space.

Peace,

The Ultimate Bob

Catfishing Mondays

It’s Monday night which means fresh episodes of ‘Catfish‘; a Betties favorite MTV hit series. For those of you who don’t know – the show is a spin-off from the movie ‘Catfish’ released in 2010. Two young men help people meet their online love interests.

Nine times out of ten the people behind their Facebook profiles aren’t who they say they are. Whether it’s to seek revenge or feel accepted; every person has a unique story.

Of course delusion is the first word that comes to mind while watching each episode. In the back of their mind, don’t they wonder – is this real? Especially if they have never spoken to this person on the phone. It’s 2013, everybody and their dog has a cell phone.  Even if they question it they still see it through. It makes us believe there’s some hope in this world. The positive side to this show is how much hope and faith these youngsters have in love. It’s actually quite cute. It shows our world isn’t completely jaded.

We personally commend  participants on the show. It’s heart wrenching to watch the disappointment. However, we think you should all be cautious of online dating. Everybody seems interesting and fabulous behind a computer screen. Your imagination creates the person you want. Let’s get back to being confident enough to seek out love the old-fashioned way. Face-to-face.

XO,

The Ultimate Betties

Our Language on the Move

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Like so many other institutions, the dictionary business moves with trends and fads
which embed themselves into our culture. Our language moves with that process, sort of a diction evolution. Our language evolves to keep pace with our current conventions and cultural events. The newest version of the Oxford English Edition of the Dictionary has added about 1700 new words and meanings as we pull into 2013.

These words are great. Some are obvious (Man Cave and F-Bomb) and some quirky and remote like the one I heard on my 13 year old daughter’s fav radio show; A man being called a Mitch. The female version would be a bitch. Women run with Bitches, men with Mitches. It’s not yet made its way onto our list for the next dictionary edition but it is, I fear, eventually headed that way.

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Our language is rich with opportunity to string great words together and make poetry
out of prose. Let’s take some pride in our spoken word. Words are awesome. I’m not high-
browing it here, but we should have some standards. I could not fathom using a dictionary,
even on line, where the words Vajazzle and Blootered were recognized and allowed to take up some space. So my final thought is that you go look them up and figure out what they mean. One’s a noun and the other an adjective…

Peace,

Ultimate Bob

 

Men and Manicures: When is Much Just Too Much?

First things first, I’m a bit uncomfortable with the title of “The Ultimate Bob”.  Bob is a tiny bit too masculine for me, so let’s stick with something a tiny bit more attractive.  Just call me … “The Ultimate Bobby”.  We’ll go with that.  Speaking of masculinity (see what I did there?), that’s kind of what I’d like to talk about: men and manicures.
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Personally, I don’t mind men getting manicured, in fact I’m one of those who gets them.  However, I find that most people, men and women collectively, disapprove or find humor in men getting manicured.  We live in the year 2013, and gender roles and their relevance are on their way out.  So it’s hard for me to believe that this proves to be an issue today.  Are men and manicures just too much?  My answer: No.
There are several reasons why:
1) It’s hygienic, an important trait in the work place AND in a relationship
2) It improves the strength of the nail itself
3) It’s shiny!
4) It shows that the man is comfortable enough with himself, and he’s open-minded
5) It’s shiny!!!!
So when you’re looking at a Bob with pristine nails, don’t pass judgement on him.  Instead, praise the Bob for his hygiene and for his open-mindedness.  Besides, don’t we all want a man who cares just a TINY bit about what he looks like?  Is it not true that any good Bob always wants to look his best?
So Betties [and Bobs], men and manicures aren’t too much, they’re just enough.  I’d be more worried if they’re enjoying some retail therapy and asking how your older brother is — THAT’s too much.
By the way, HOW is your brother?  😉
XO,
“The Ultimate Bobby”

Healthy Alternatives

The holidays are over and the blues begin to set in. Only three more months until Spring Break. That means, we have very little time to get rid of what we packed on during all the lovely festivities. It doesn’t help when you work full-time, go to school, and the gym seems to get pushed further and further down your priority list.

We’ve put together a list of 25 healthy snacks you can take to the office to jump start getting trim & slim.

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If there’s anything missing that you enjoy, please comment and let us all know!!!

xo,

The Ultimate Betties

The Choice is YOURS

Each morning when you start your day you embark on a series of ‘choices’. Much like ‘The Butterfly Effect’, each choice will create a different journey for you in life. The best part about this, Betties, you are in control. YOU CHOSE. You can either be like the biddies in the back, playing it safe through life or YOU can channel your inner Betty – buckle up, pull your skirt up, hold on to your hat and enjoy the ride. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Make smart choices but never lose sight of why we’re here; to laugh and have the journey of a lifetime.

XO,

The Ultimate Betties

Thank You

Back in the “Betty” days when cellphones, computers and most of the technology we use today wasn’t available, writing a letter was the best way of communication.

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Yesterday I got a thank you card from my best friend, Miss West Coast Betty. It was a Thank You card for the present I sent her for Christmas. She contacted me when she initially got the gift and thanked me. However, receiving that card and knowing she went that extra mile, made my day that much better!

Along with always saying Thank You, Letters or cards are never taken for granted nowadays. It’s so genuine not only to receive one but to write one as well. We try to make this a habit, you should too!

Operation Pay It Forward should be in full effect being the second week of 2013. Keep making this year great.. We are!

Xo,

The Ultimate Betties

Things We Love: Knock Knock Products

Every now and then we come across products that we absolutely love and of course we want to share them all with you!

Knock Knock products are for the comedians, the passive aggressive types, the dysfunctional ones and of course the writers. We say this with love and well, because it’s true. Once you look through some of their products you’ll love them.

They offer; journals, notepads, stamps, sticky notes, stuff for your dorm room and more!

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They make their products so fun and unique that even if it is a note that starts off with “things you do that really piss me off” it’s still lighthearted.

We originally found one of Knock Knock‘s mini journals at Pier One. While flipping through it and laughing at the random quotes and sarcastic nature we decided we had to find more products and more products we found!

The office products are sure to help ease some tension when your boss tells you something you don’t want to hear.

Check out their site (Knock Knock Stuff) for even more fab finds. Another great idea for a Christmas gift!

XO,

The Ultimate Betties

Silver Lining

As a Betty, there is one thing that doesn’t sit well with us; failure. That F word is our least favorite, even seeing it makes us cringe. Unfortunately, it is apart of life. Why spend hours beating yourself down about not achieving a goal? Did you give it your all? Of course you did! A true Betty doesn’t half-ass ANYTHING. Instead, try to find the silver lining in your so-called ‘failure’.

“Success comes through rapidly fixing our mistakes rather than getting things right first time.”

Imagine getting everything you wanted the first time. Would the word ‘success’ have any meaning at all? Would you be able to really appreciate those moments of accomplishment? Probably not. As cliché as “everything happens for a reason” sounds, it’s 100% true. Life is a serious of lessons. Things happen because it’s apart of your journey.

If you are now feeling down on yourself; you have two options: sulk, regress, and live in fear that you will never succeed OR keep fighting. Have faith that your purpose in life is bigger than one situation that didn’t go as planned. Keep this in mind.

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This may seem very hard to see, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s true. The journey you are on right now was meant to happen. Take this time to re-evaluate if what you were trying to accomplish was something you wanted. Whole heatedly. If it wasn’t; seek out the opportunities that will soon arise.

Out of clutter, find SIMPLICITY. From discord, find HARMONY. In the middle of difficulty lies OPPORTUNITY.

It’s Monday, Betties. Start your week off fresh. Let go of past mistakes. Acknowledge your worth and understand what lies ahead is far better than what you left behind.

XO,

The Ultimate Betties

Our Top 10 Gift Ideas for Her

Yesterday we featured the top 10 gift ideas for him. Today we will do the same but gifts for your wife, girlfriend, aunt or best friend instead! All under $100.

1. Forever Friends Necklace. $69.99. A new spin on the “BFF” necklace.

2. Wine-Opoly Board Game. $19.00. Need we explain further?

3. Sephora Favorites Party Sampler. $45.00. Perfect for the make-up girl and such an awesome deal.

4. Passive-Aggressive Notes. $11. We love these, hilarious and useful.

5. Tabletop Cosmetic Organizer. $30. Have a OCD organizer or neat-freak in your life? You’re welcome.

6. Recharge and Renew. $39.99. Coffee enthusiasts rejoice, a whole package dedicated just for you.

7. Personalized Poem and Canvas. $47.95. Sweet gesture for your best friend.

8. Lomography Dreamer Camera. $65.00. For the avid photographer as a unique gift.

9. Show Me How:500 Things You Should Know. $16.49. A book that everybody should have.

10. Insulated Wine Glasses. $25.95. Set of two.

This one didn’t make our list but it should be noted:  UGG Earmuffs with Speaker Technology. $94.99. For the city girl with a cold winter.

Betties, we hope you enjoyed these gift ideas and that you and yours have a great holiday!

XO,

The Ultimate Betties

Our Top 10 Gift Ideas for Him.

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Today we will be showcasing our top 10 gift ideas for him all under…$100 and all from Gifts.com(which very well may be our new favorite website!)

1. Outdoor Survival Crate. $79.99. Perfect for the adventure man!

2. Bootleg Whiskey Barrel Kit. $99.99. For the Whiskey drinkers.

3. Old School Shaving Kit. $44.95. Awesome idea for the father in your life.

4. Trunk-it: Golf Gear Case. $29.99. For the every-weekend golfer.

5. World Class Cigars. $29.99. 20 cigar samples.

6. Variety of the Month Club. $94.85. 3-6-12 month subscription to a gourmet gift of the month club.

7. Custom Cell Phone Skins. $14.95. Take a favorite picture and have it transformed into a skin for your phone that is sure to be one-of-a-kind.

8. Personalized Family History Crest. $74.99. Perfect find for the history lover or deep-rooted family man.

9. Personalized Coupon Book. $9.95. For the romantics.

10. Makey Makey. $40.00. This one must be checked out, especially for the electronics lover!

Betties, these are only 10 of hundreds of ideas from Gifts.com. Check it out and let us know if you are going to buy any of these ideas we’ve given you.

Check back with us tomorrow for the top 10 gifts for women!

XO,

The Ultimate Betty

P.s. Check out This is Why I’m Broke, for other unique gifts for him!

The Ultimate Holiday Party Musts

OK Betties – Get ready for a list of oober cute things you must have for your next holiday party. December’s filled with events and gatherings for friends and family. We want to make sure you are prepared for yours and have everyone leaving in absolute awe!

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Grab small stockings to place inside drinking cups that will hold cutlery and a fun little candy cane treat for your guests!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drinks & Treats:

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Your party will surely be a hit with these goodies! If you have anything you would like to share with us, please do! We’re always looking for new ideas.

XO,

The Ultimate Betties

Eyes: 86 Black Circles

OK Betties, it’s now Tuesday. You got through the fateful Monday and your week is progressing until you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and wonder where those dark circles came from.

Trust, this Betty gets plenty of sleep but my hours are awful, I work nights and truthfully I don’t think it matters what hours you sleep as long as you get 8 hours a night on average.

Here’s the thing, if you get enough sleep what are the other solutions, besides make-up?

1. The standard cucumber method or one of those masks you can place in the fridge/freezer, placed especially underneath the eye.

2. Used, cool tea bags. Rest them on your eyes.

3. Keep hydrated! Water is MUST!

If none of those work out, it’s time to break out the wallet.

4. The black circles could very well be the cause of allergies.

  • “To determine why your circles happen, gently stretch the skin under your eyes. If that area becomes darker, the circles are probably due to genetics or aging. If the color doesn’t change, UV rays or allergies are probably the cause.” –www.realsimple.com

5. If thin skin is the issue, use a collagen building cream. (ROC products at local drugstores)

6. If it could be caused by a vascular problem, use two pillows under your head at night.

For quick circle camouflage: apply eye cream and let it dry for a few minutes. Then pat on a creamy concealer that matches your skin tone. Top with a layer of loose powder, which helps prevent makeup from caking in creases.” -www.realsimple.com

Now that you know these easy tips, you better be the best looking Betties in that office tomorrow!

XO,
The Ultimate Betties