‘Merica

Happy 4th of July to all of our (still) loyal friends and followers. We have been very absent lately and we want to apologize for that. A lot has been going on in our lives but we still want to make a commitment to all the Betties out there. Promise we will be getting back on our A game in the next week.

Have a safe and fun 4th! Remember, in the name of the Betties “Stay classy America”

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We Love you!’

xo,

The Ultimate Betties

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The Ultimate Cooking Website

Today, like any other day… we found ourself in the kitchen trying to prepare lunch. This becomes a daily battle. We enjoy cooking very much, its therapeutic and a skill every true Betty must have. However, we are NO Paula Dean. We literally go buy the correct amount of ingredients for whichever meal we are making. Leaving us with scraps leftover after only a few days. It’s like being in college ALL OVER AGAIN.

cheese….chicken….strawberry jelly…. onion and chive cream cheese…. and….. wait, is that a tomato? what in the hell kind of meal is this going to make?

 

What if there was a site that you could just punch in all of your household ingredients and WAH-LA…. a list appears! All of your problems would be solved! Well… do we have a surprise for you – go check outSuper Cook: Recipe Search by Ingredients. If we are late to the game on this, please keep your smirks to a minimum. We are very excited to have discovered this. Maybe now we can finally start mastering the art of cooking, one random ingredient at a time.

Xo,

The Ultimate Betties

 

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

St. Valentine, we’re coming for you.

In less than a week one of the most popular and dreaded holidays will be upon us. That’s right; Valentine’s Day. If you are ten or younger, this holiday is great. It’s rather ridiculous for adults (in our opinion). Why have one day a year to express your love? How about bringing your better half flowers just because you feel like it? Maybe we sound slightly jaded here BUT we don’t want gifts based on obligation. No thank you.

Anyways…. We did a little research to dig up the “real” meaning of this holiday. Apparently there are a few different tales of who St. Valentine is; mysterious little fella. One legend states that he was a priest who served in third century Rome. Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than men with wives. He outlawed marriage for young men. St. Valentine didn’t agree with this AT ALL. He went behind the emperors back and continued to marry young lovers in secret. Once this information surfaced the emperor ordered the saint be put to death.

To make a long story short, Betties. What we learned this week had no lasting impression on our anti-valentine’s day opinions. However, now we know who to thank for this god-awful holiday. The moment Steven Hawking confirms that time travel is in fact, real. We will be heading back to third century Rome and personally slapping St. Valentine across the face. We’re not kidding.

XO,

The Ultimate Betties

 

Not So Random Thoughts

Not So Random thoughts for 2013 from an Ultimate Bob.

Like many before, New Years fizzled for me this year. It wasn’t because I wasn’t excited to ring in a new year and wash away the old. I goofed up on the Ultimate Bob protocol for a proper celebratory transition into the New Year. My positive attitude knows I will do far better as we go forward into 2014.

Despite the gender swerve, we are all, at one level or another, alike no matter how different we envision ourselves. We love peace, dislike hate and intolerance and enjoy being respected; the list is long. We all spend multicolored money and we all bleed red blood. There is only one race…The Human Race and we’re all in it together.

Let’s all plan on making 2013 the year that each of us make a difference. If you go and volunteer in a soup kitchen, don’t wait. If you donate clothes or household goods to needy and deserving charities, do it sooner. There is no room for intellectual lethargy. Get Moving! Let’s not wait for the transition into 2014 to lament the important things we promised to do this year but didn’t. Good intentions are only a good start.

The Ultimate Bob…

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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Adorable Elf Napkin 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Paper Snowflakes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Hot Cocoa Dippers

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Pomegranate Mojito
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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

Be Kind

Every December, a story enters into my brain about a random ‘act of kindness‘ that a person decided to bestow upon our family about 18-20 years ago. Times were tough and my parents were struggling to raise three children under 10 especially at their young age of 28 and 30. One day, my parents went out to our old beat up Pinto that didn’t have much kick left it in to find an envelope in the front seat. Not sure what to think, they opened it and found $500 with a note instructing them to spend this money on our family for Christmas. Presents, a tree, lights, and whatever else one would need to make the holiday not go unnoticed for us children. To this day, we are not sure who it was that left that envelope. It was one of the best Christmases to date (at least for me) because I learned a valuable lesson.

I learned that being kind to others is very important. Every person is fighting their own battle. To be free from their past. To live in their present. And to create their future. We’re all in this journey together. If we can make it less stressful on each other, wouldn’t that make for a better world?

It’s easy to remember this during the holidays since we’re in a giving frame of mind. Being kind goes past December. Take baby steps. Hold a door open for someone. Smile at a stranger as you walk past them. Ask each person you converse with how their day is going. You will be shocked at the response. Kindness IS contagious.

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We challenge you to start TODAY to make it a point to do something friendly to either a stranger or someone you know each day. We promise you will touch many lives by doing so!

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If any Betties have stories like ours, please share! We love hearing how you have been affected by a person going out of their way to make you feel special.

XO,

The Ultimate Betties

Halloween Inspired Glitter Striped Candles

Can you believe Halloween is right around the corner? We can’t, but we are very excited! Betties love Halloween. Haunted houses, candy apples, costume parties, and of course the spooky decorations! If you’re a more subtle Betty and stay away from the grotesque part of this holiday; this is the perfect craft for you! We’re going to walk you through making these super cute glitter candles.

Supplies:

White Pillar Candles

Loose Glitter

Spray Adhesive

Spray Sealer

Masking Tape (Painters tape)

Rubber Bands

Paper Plates

You can buy some cheap pillar candles at any hobby store (Michaels, Hobby Lobby, or The Dollar Store)

Create stripes by applying painter’s tape to your candle! You can get creative here.. If you want thicker stripes or thinner – It’s up to you!

As you all can see in the picture above.. we created tabs so after you’ve sprinkled glitter, you can find where to pull it off!!! VERY HELPFUL!

After you have created your stripes it’s time to spray it with the Adhesive Spray! Make sure to use a good amount. Immeditately start sprinkling your candle with whichever color you choose! We wanted to create candles for Halloween, so we used Orange, Black, and Silver!

If you start noticing that you aren’t getting the coverage you want, go ahead and respray the candle with the adhesive spray and continue to sprinkle!! After you have the amount of glitter you want on, grab your Glitter Sealer and spray it on.

It takes about 20 minutes for the sealer to dry. You can go ahead and take the tape off (FIND YOUR TABS!) and let dry for 24 hours.

Now onto the rubber bands… you can use however many you would like. Since we used a smaller candle, we used three. Simply place them around the candle. Make sure they are placed nice and straight.

Follow the same steps

1. Spray with Adhesive Glue

2. Sprinkle with glitter

3. Spray with Glitter Sealer and wait 20 minutes.

4. For the rubber bands, take scissors and cut them off!

It’s a super fun project that doesn’t take much time! It’s a great way to add a little touch of fall to your house. Keep this in mind because you can make more for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or ANY occassion!