Saturday, April 30, 2011

Royal Slumber > Royal Wedding

No, I did not watch the Royal Wedding. The only following I did since Kate and William's engagement was whatever CNN posted and whatever was on my Tumblr and Twitter feed. I was pretty sure that I could get by on the wedding day with just those resources and be pretty much in the know of the hot points of the day. Thanks friends! While you were up at 3 am, dressed up, having tea and cakes, I was knocked out on PM meds, battling my strep throat with antibiotics and sleep. I may have woken up for a minute or so from another one of the odd dreams that I've been having, but turning the tv on was the last thing on my mind; more so, it was shit, I have to be at work at 9, I am not losing these last 4 hours of sleep because I can't breathe.

The one thing that I did watch from the Royal Wedding was the dance that the wedding party did after the wedding. I FREAKIN LOVE IT!! Okay-my family and I are dance party royalty. If we are at a wedding or a bar mitzvah party, or I don't know...anywhere...there is some (off key, awful) singing or dancing going on at some point...I saw this..and I definitely need this to happen at my wedding if/when it happens. I searched for the video just now, I found out that it was all look alikes and was posted 2 weeks before the heart broke a little bit because I wanted it to be real...sad day, but anyway, I like the idea and I want it...and yall should watch it anyway because it's kind of really awesome (but obviously would be more awesome if it was really them)

Friday, April 29, 2011


I love shoes, soo I am going to join Friday's Shoegasm with Peace, Love, Applesauce and Boobies, Babies, and a Blog

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I love zebra printed anything and everything, always keeping it classy of course and not too much zebra at once...which is why i would love these shoes to dress up some jeans or even with a black, red, or grey dress
I got my first pair of Tom's a few months ago and I really want another pair! I love this pair

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  • strep throat...really...i hate always being sick and just what the fuck...go away!
  • acne...please stop attacking me...why now?!
  • technology not working..when systems are down, ashley is NOT happy and wants to stab phones that mute her and computers that don't go
  • searching for satellite signal...while in the next room, my signal is there and i can watch tv...i think that room is just f'd and now i'm going to have all these shows dvr'd of nothing

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Don't Fret the Sweat

I'm not going to lie-I overheat a lot and I sweat a lot, but I (thankfully) have never had a problem with awful body odor (and I would hope that someone would tell me if I did). The sweating can get embarrassing though. Who wants to walk into work all sweaty because they walked through the parking lot in Texas heat? No one wants to be that sweaty person in the restaurant, store, school, or anywhere.

I've always had this happen to me. I'd get too hot and start sweating in my sweatshirt at school, but I'd keep the sweatshirt on because I was afraid that I'd have sweat stains or that I'd stink up the room if I took it off. Being a teenager is already awkward and sweating is awkward at any age (blame that on society's standards that girls don't sweat or do any dirty work-lies)

Going through puberty, I was hyper aware of this and I know that my youngest sister is going through that same thing right now. I am not a parent, but I have seen the frustrations of some parents in trying to keep their children active while trying to manage odors and keeping the children confident in themselves. Believe it or not, sweating and body odor is a huge confidence buster.

Though it is so difficult to control sweat, we can use products that will keep body odor away and keep moist areas dry and clean. To help minimize some of these concerns and iffy moments, Unilever has created Don't Fret the Sweat. The Don't Fret the Sweat campaign is a way to help parents help keep their children confident through puberty. Parents don't always know what to say or how to say it but Don't Fret the Sweat has created a community to help out with some of these awkward issues.

Check out the Don't Fret the Sweat campaign on Facebook

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Pappas Restaurant's Lemonade Days

In Houston and looking to do some good in exchange for enjoying a glass of lemonade?

Go to any Pappa's restaurant from April 25-May 1 and buy a glass of lemonade. Proceeds go to a program called Lemonade Day which helps teach students about entrepreneurship. For more information, click here

Monday, April 25, 2011

Music Monday

On Musiqtone, check out Ericka's review of Augustana's self titled album here, an update from Fountains of Wayne here, Manchester Orchestra's new video for Simple Math here, and Stacie's review of Amely's new acoustic album, Live Under the Lights here.

Mike Robins released his EP, Something Good, to iTunes-buy it here

Download the Wax Museums new single, Sunburn, here

The Downtown Fiction released a new single, She Knows, buy it here and check out dates for the Let's Be Animals tour with He Is We, Cady Groves, and Amely here

From Noisetrade, download free music from Sandra McCracken, John McLaughlin, Jill Phillips, and Sleeping At Last.

Check out Susan Enan's tour dates here

The top 10 tracks for free download on Tweet for a Track are

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Thunder from Down Under

Thunder from Down Under-wow, talk about being "woo girls". When we were in Vegas, SP, SF, and I went to a Thunder from Down Under show at the Excalibur. Thunder from Down Under is HOT to put it lightly. It's an Australian Male Revue with a lot of audience participation. There's no nudity in the show,but there are extremely hott men; if you're squeamish about sex, don't see this show. If you like having a good time with your girls and love hott men-GO..NOW!

Thunder from Down Under has all of your fantasy men; each routine showcases a common fantasy man (uniform, pirates, the bad boy...) brought to life by a ripped, sexy Australian man with dance skills and a body that will make your jaw drop. Get noticed by them and you might even get a lap dance in the audience or even get pulled up on the stage and become part of their show.

For $20 a person afterwards, you can meet the men and take a picture with them to preserve the sexiness and a fun night with your friends.

In addition to their nightly show in Vegas, they have a traveling show that may be coming to a city near you soon!

For more information, check out Thunder from Down Under

Friday, April 22, 2011


I love shoes, soo I am going to join Friday's Shoegasm with Peace, Love, ApplesauceandBoobies, Babies, and a Blog

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So I have decided that i NEED Sperry's...Topsiders...whatever you want to call them...I need them-I live in the south, I already did Uggs in the north, so it is definitely time for me to invest in some Sperry's.

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  • GREY AUDI AND GREEN KIA FOR MAKING A WRONG TURN ON A ONE WAY STREET TO TAKE A SHORTCUT..oh my freakin GOSH! i have been bitching about this all week and even left a note on grey audi's car because it is NOT cool and so annoying and HOLDS ME UP and is NOT FAIR
  • people who speed up so they don't have to let you in a lane...not beneficial, especially when its a merge situation
  • matzah-i hate you and the digestive issues that you cause
  • Sirius Satellite-they have called me twice a day EVERY DAY for 2 months AFTER i told them that i was not interested

    Tuesday, April 19, 2011

    All American Nightmare-Hinder [album review]

    Back with their third album, Hinder brings fans another slice of their grunge, metal rock sound. All American Nightmare brings the realism of life together with a glam metal themed album. The band from Oklahoma has not always experienced great critical successes with their albums, but as they have developed as a band, their albums have evolved into cohesive rock anthologies that chronicle the realities of life with the raunchy side of rock.

    Monday, April 18, 2011

    Music Monday

    On Musiqtone, check out a new video from Noah and the Whale here, the video for Bruno Mars' The Lazy Song here, and a spotlight on Kidd Russell here.

    Outasight is releasing their Figure 8 EP on April 26-listen to their single, So What, here and watch the video here

    Green River Ordinance has released their Songs We Like From Before We Were Born EP, get it here

    Grab a free Coachella mixtape download from Spin! here and read about the 25 Coachella artists that you must listen to here and get complete coverage of the event here

    From Noisetrade, get free music from The Damnwells, Sleeperstar, Sleeping At Last, Caitlyn Canty, and O'River Pirates.

    Amely released a song on Altpress, listen to it here

    On Daytrotter, check out new sessions from Mike and the Moonpies, Burnt Ones, Shapers, Yuck, Small Black, and Sondre Lerche

    The top 10 tracks for free download on Tweet for a Track are

    Saturday, April 16, 2011

    Shrimp Scampi with Pasta, Spinach, Cherry Tomatoes, and Olives

    So being a good little Jew, I really shouldn't eat shrimp, but it's...SO GOOD! I love any type of pescatore or frutti di mare pasta-delicious! Before I made this dish, I had never cooked with shrimp before; I did use frozen shrimp because the fresh ones with the eyes and the antennae freak me out, but the dish was still amazing. The combination of the vegetables with the shrimp really bring out the flavors; whole wheat pasta is a great base for this dish. I also like it because it's on the lighter side but is still filling and delicious.

    Shrimp Scampi With Pasta, Spinach, Cherry Tomatoes and Olives

    Serves 1


    • 2 oz whole-grain angel-hair pasta (of an 8 oz. box)
    • 2 teaspoons extra light olive oil
    • 3/4 pound medium shrimp, shelled (tails intact)
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 tablespoon finely chopped black olives
    • 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
    • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
    • 1 cup fresh baby spinach
    • 4 cherry tomatoes, halved
    • 1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
    • 2 tablespoons white wine
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon reduced-fat grated Parmesan


    1. For pasta

      Cook pasta 1 minute less than directed on package; set aside.

    2. For shrimp

      Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle shrimp with salt. Cook shrimp until pink, 5 to 6 minutes; transfer to a plate.

    3. For vegetables

      Reduce heat to medium; add olives, parsley and garlic. Cook until garlic becomes fragrant but does not brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Add spinach, tomatoes, broth, wine and lemon juice. Cover and cook until tomatoes soften, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in half of shrimp and half of pasta; sprinkle with Parmesan. Serve. (Place remaining cooked shrimp and remaining cooked pasta in separate resealable bags and refrigerate until Monday's lunch and dinner, respectively.)

    Friday, April 15, 2011


    I love shoes, soo I am going to join Friday's Shoegasm with Peace, Love, Applesauceand Boobies, Babies, and a Blog

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    This is Apepazza's Las Vegas's unique and kind of sexy.and i want it
    This is Geema by Steve Madden...and I am lovinggg this

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    • MDU communications for making me pay for a service installation after i paid the fee to NOT have to pay for service
    • to places who don't have my bra's not THAT uncommon yet it's not normal so you forget about us. thanks. not
    • tape for peeling off my nail mani was so pretty!

    Thursday, April 14, 2011

    Want a Free Bumper Sticker?

    It's easy! Build A Sign is giving away completely free bumpers stickers. You don't have to pay anything; all you have to do is share your design through the design tool on Facebook. Got something that you want to say to those tailgaters, or have some laughs you want to share during rush hour? Go to Build a Sign's and get to work on that free bumper sticker!

    Monday, April 11, 2011

    Music Monday

    On Musiqtone, check out a spotlight of Clever Words [Unread] here and Stephanie's interview with Damato here,

    Check out Spin's choices for the 25 best spring tours here and their 5 need to know artists for April here,

    The Downtown Fiction released a new single, Thanks for Nothing; buy it here

    From Noisetrade, download free music from The Damnwells,

    Matthew Perryman Jones released his full length album, Until the Dawn Appears, buy it on iTunes or his website

    The top 1o tracks for free download on Tweet for a Track are

    Gas Prices are Absurd

    I literally spent about 45 minutes this evening after work (aka AFTER my half hour commute) driving around trying to find the lowest gas prices in the area. I pretty much drove myself out of gas (I needed to fill up anyway)-yes, I am a dumb ass. I had used Gas Buddy to find the best prices, but the one I found changed between this morning and when I got off of work (boo!). The address of the next closest cheapest gas station that I had written down did not exist on my GPS in my car so I just decided to drive down the service road to see what I could find. I then resigned to going to the Exxon near my house for $3.67 a gallon when my Poynt App on my phone told me that there was a Chevron with gas for $3.49 (the gas I wanted to buy was $3.55-which i could have had if I had a Costco card). So I drive, and even with my GPS I manage to get lost...because I'm a dumbass...and I'm hungry and I get to this Chevron and see the sign for $3.49 and get so excited, because that is the cheapest gas in Dallas near me...WELL THIS CHEVRON IS ALL BOARDED UP. What fuckface decided it would be cool to report a gas price of a station that IS NOT IN SERVICE. Strike 1. Then I find one for $3.61- okay, not $3.55 but lower than $3.67; I have about 15 miles left in my car now and this station is 8 miles away. Well I get lost again because I'm a dumbass, frustrated, hungry, and tired. That gas station ACTUALLY was at $3.89. Strike 2, Poynt-NOT COOL! With 0 miles left, I find the other Exxon that I had passed on the way to that gas station and get my gas for $3.67 a gallon.

    THIS SUCKS, and to be honest, I don't see it letting up and I don't really think that there is a way for us as consumers to bring the prices down. Yes, I did RSVP yes for "Don't Buy Gas on April 15" event on Facebook, but that's because I bought my gas today and I don't anticipate needing to buy gas in 4 days. Gas prices are not increasing because station owners thing that they "can", they're increasing because crude oil prices are increasing, so consumers not buying gas for a day or for a week will not do anything to fix prices. The only thing it will do is create a surplus that these same consumers will use up once their "don't buy gas" period of time is over. Prices will not be affected.

    So basically I, Ashley, the ultimate leadfoot, am now going to STOP SPEEDING. For those of you who know me personally, you're probably calling bullshit on this. I really am going to make a legit conscious effort to stop speeding more than 5 above the speed limit. This ends up meaning that I have to be more prompt in getting ready and getting places-this will be life changing and it will save me money. I will speed no more! I will be one of those annoying slow ass fuckfaces that I yell at when they're going slowly in front of me, and I will own it!

    Sunday, April 10, 2011

    KISS at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

    A couple of weeks ago, I got to cross another item off of my bucket list. Call me crazy if you want, but I have been determined to see KISS live ever since I was around 10 years old. Along with a very small relation to the band, I have always loved their music. I also find Gene Simmons and the rest of his family hilarious on Family Jewels, even if parts (if not all) of it are staged in some way.

    KISS came to Houston for the rodeo this year (no, they didn't come to Dallas, no, that's not I went to Houston for a night). I went to this show with my dad, stepmom, and my friend, J. It's rare that I'll go to a concert with my parents, but this one was too good to pass up. My stepmom was rocking out, my dad was attempting to sing and dance; we all had such a blast!

    Obviously the band has aged and changed since their prime in the 70's and 80's, but through all of this, they have still maintained the talent, humor, and charisma that defines KISS. Some say that they're ridiculous, still performing in their face paint, leather, and skin tight costumes, but that's their shtick; more power to them! Yes, Gene is still slobbering all over himself with that tongue, but that's part of his thing, and he still lets the tongue loose throughout all of his shows. They play with the crowd, strut around in their sky high platforms and belt it out just like the old days.

    It wasn't the best concert that I've been to, but it was fun, and the turn out was amazing. I never would have thought that the KISS Army would be in to a show at the Rodeo, but I guess the Rodeo is kind of part of our culture down here. I only wish that I had painted my face too!

    for more KISS videos and videos from other concerts, check out my YouTube channel.

    Saturday, April 9, 2011

    Ty Mayfield [Spotlight Feature]

    I first saw Ty Mayfield play in Dallas last year when he opened for Ryan Star. I had never heard of him before, but was so wowed by his set...

    Wednesday, April 6, 2011

    Bellaboo Skincare

    Let me introduce you to my new bestest, Bellaboo. Bellaboo is a, Australian line of all natural skincare products. I contacted Snezna, the creator of Bellaboo, and was sent a facewash, a facial exfoliator, a face mask, and a moisturizer in mini sizes in return for a fair and honest review of the products.

    I was more than impressed by this skincare line. Though my skin is neither problematic nor particularly greasy or dry, I do break out before and during my period, and I am a picker. I will pop my pimples or pick at them incessantly because I cannot stand them.

    The mini size Bellaboo comes in a cute carrying bag complete with descriptions of the products and the best ways to use them.

    I have replaced my normal skincare routine (washing in the shower, exfoliating every other day and moisturizing every morning and night) with Bellaboo products for a month so far. During my cycle, I have definitely seen that the products have helped keep my skin clean and less prone to break outs. I use the mask every Sunday night and it does a really great job of drawing out impurities and even improving some of the acne scars that I have given myself recently. My skin always feels clean after using these products. I have also gotten compliments about how good my skin looks.

    The products are made of all natural ingredients and have a clean and natural smell. They did not irritate my skin at all during or after application. The moisturizer is a little thick which I think is perfect for an overnight moisturizer. I prefer to use moisturizer with SPF in it during the day, so I used the Bellaboo product at night only.

    These products are also perfect for travel. I spent 10 days in Israel recently and brought Bellaboo mini sized products with me. Bellaboo did not take up a lot of room in my suitcase and also did not explode in transit. I hate bringing huge bottles of anything with me while I travel, so I really appreciated Bellaboo's perfect packaging.

    If you are interested in learning more about Bellaboo or buying any Bellaboo products, check them out at, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube,

    Monday, April 4, 2011

    Music Monday

    On Musiqtone, check out Justyna's review of Panic at the Disco's new album, Vices and Virtues here, get to know Katie Cole here, check out an interview with Tay and Jordan from We Are The In Crowd here, read my review of The Strokes newest album, Angles, here, read Alexandra's review of Josh Kelley's newest album, Georgia Clay, here, watch new videos from Katy Perry and The Nationals in the Premiere Box, and read Jackie's review of Britney Spears' newest album, Femme Fatale, here.

    At Spin! check out coverage of SXSW here, download a 17 song mixtape here, and check out picks for the 23 spring albums to listen to here,

    Check out Kelly McRae's full tour schedule here

    Download Sara Swenson's new album All Things Big and Small on iTunes, CD Baby, and Amazon.

    Listen to Sparks the Rescue's new single, She's a Bitch and I'm a Fool on Absolute Punk; like it? Buy it on iTunes.

    Watch the World Alive's video for 2012 here and Every Avenue's video for Mindset here

    Listen to I Love Monsters' new single, Close Enough on YouTube

    Death Cab For Cutie announced tour dates, check them out here

    Andrew Ripp is on tour, check out dates here

    Check out Joe Brooks' tour dates with Ocean Grove and Tyrone Wells here

    The top ten tracks for free download on Tweet for a Track are

    I'm back!

    Well hello again, I have just returned from a 10 day trip to Israel with my family. My cousin was Bar Mitzvah'd at the Western Wall last Friday. For the rest of the trip, we had a crash course in the history and politics of Israel/the area in the Middle East. The country is beautiful and the trip was awesome. I honestly hope that everyone (regardless of history, culture, or religion) has the chance to visit Israel.

    I know that I have some Vegas blogs left to do, and a lot of Israel blogs will be posted as well, so bear with me, I have a bunch of other stuff to post too.