Did you freakin know?! Muh fav “iPad” & iPhone tricks….

I know I’ve been pretty much MIA lately. It’s that crazy thing called life again.

One thing that has definitely helped me in my hustle to stay adrift is muh new “iPad”.

I’ve picked up a few tricks & wanted to share them with ya’ll! most of these will prob work on the iPhones too.

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1. FOR SURE this is #1!!!

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Put your thumbs in the middle of keyboard & swipe them suckers to the sides…and BAM…it’s a whole new world!  Now you can type with your thumbs the same way you do on your iPhone.

2. Accidentally type an extra zero? That’s ok..simply remove it by swiping left to right!

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3. Doing some nighttime work? Invert the colors on your device for a better viewing experience!

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Inverting your colors will turn the screen black and the text white for less eye strain.Go to Settings > General > Accessibility. Turn on “Invert Colors.”

4. Need it to charge faster?? Put it on airplane mode & it will charge twice as fast! Say what?!?

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5. Just for the “iPad” users…did you know that…you can add up to six apps to the home row? AND you can add folders too?

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6. For you blog masters like me, getting your blog on when on the go can be made a tiny bit faster when you know this little trick…double click that space bar to add a period & a space & automatically capitalize the next letter. 

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7. What else can make you blog pros get after it quicker?? A blue tooth keyboard! I love mine! And here’s a dirty little secret…ALL blue tooth keyboards work with your gear! They don’t have to say “iPad” on the box!

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Oh ya’ll know…it works for iPhones too!

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8. Outsmart that pesky auto correct by adding an extra letter when you want to spell a contraction.

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9. This next trick doesn’t really apply to me since my “iPad” & iPhone are strictly off limits to kids…PLUS…my little monsters both got their own iPads for their b-days!

but I thought I’d share for everyone else…you can turn on “guided access” when a kid is playing on your iPad.

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Guided Access, once turned on, keeps users from errantly clicking or tapping within an app and ending up someplace they’re not supposed to be, or deleting something accidentally.

First, you need to go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access and turn it on. You’ll also want to turn on the Accessibility Shortcut.

Triple-click the home button in whichever app you want to turn it on for. From here, you can select any buttons that you don’t want clicked. Or you can also disable the home button while keeping the touchscreen on.

10. Those ear buds are pretty useful for something other than rockin out to your jams!

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Just click the volume + button on the remote on your Apple or Apple-compatible earbuds while in camera mode to click and shoot, or the middle button (play/pause) while in video mode.

Obvi…me being The Selfie Queen…this is useful.

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But…ya know…here’s a little trick for your jam sesh too…

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With the remote of your your earbuds, you can go to the next tack or the previous track while listening to music or podcats.

BONUS TIP FOR YOU Do It Yoselfers: There’s a level in the Compass app!

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Guest Post Mania: Lift Ladies!

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Hey, lovers.  It’s Aubrey Leigh from ALG Uninterrupted.

I’m lucky enough to get to take over Nina’s blog today.  Recently Nina did this awesome post that I loved on clean eating.  Check it out here.  It inspired me to do a similar break-it-down sort of post for y’all today on weight lifting.

Listen up, ladies.  YOU MUST LIFT ALL THE THINGS.  The days of doing hours of cardio and starving yourself are over.

I mean, you can do that, but you’re going to get a very specific result.  And it’s going to be a “skinny fat.”

Let’s go ahead and get this out of the way.  There are two primary reasons women don’t lift weights:

1.  They think it will bulk them up.

2.  They think it is the exclusive province of men.

I’m hear to tell you that neither is the case.  Take it from me, my body is the leanest it has ever been at 175 lbs. (which I have been several times in my crazy yo-yo life), because I lift weights.

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And the bros of the world do not have a lock on lifting.  I guarantee if you start now, you’ll find more and more women that swear by it.  I can’t ever remember being this satisfied with how I look at this weight.  Don’t get me wrong, I still have a ways to go, but my body is so much firmer (read: SMALLER) this time around because I’ve been lifting.

Alright, so let’s assume I’ve convinced you.  What do you do?  I don’t think you need a personal trainer (although they’re great) or a gym membership (although they’re awesomesauce). Here’s what I’d recommend you do:

Go to a discount store like TJ Maxx, Kohl’s, Marshall’s, etc., and find their fitness section.  I say this because, while you can go to Academy Sports or the like, they’re just cheaper at these places!  These discount stores will likely have awesome free weights, mats, medicine balls, foam rollers, weight bands, and on and on.  Every one I’ve ever been to has a decent selection.

Now, go here to bodybuilding.com and follow the steps to get a FREE fitness plan that will include all the details you need.  I love this website.  It has examples of how to do ALL the things.  Good form is key to avoiding injury.  I also really love shape.com.  It has tons and tons of free information.  Also, WebMD has a great Exercise and Fitness Center here. There is literally endless free information online about how to get started.  Just make sure you use a reputable and somewhat scholarly source.

So, if you do have a gym membership like me, and you’re just starting out, I recommend you start with the machines.  The weight machines have instructions on them.  In the rare case they don’t, ask one of the idle gym attendants who are normally standing around texting their boos or folding towels how to work the machines.  In the past, I’ve had a personal trainer.  She did teach me some good basics, but 9 times out of 10, the instructions on are on the machine.  Plop down and read them.

Here’s what I started with:

As you can see, I didn’t even know what everything was called.  I just made up things in my notes to remind myself of what exercise I did.

And here’s what I did last time I lifted:

 

 

I aim to either increase reps or increase weight (but not both), each time I go.  And each time I go, I get more and more confident in my form and my ability.  And each time I go, I build more muscle mass which is burning calories for me when I sleep.
And if all that doesn’t convince you.  Here.

Do it because Marilyn did.
Love y’all,



Weight Loss Tips from a Skinny Bitch…

This week I’m totally bailing on Weight. What?! Wednesday again. Not just because my life is super crazy busy between my demanding VIP job & my demanding VIP family…but mostly because I can’t get my shit together and don’t want to keep posting that the scale is up & not down. Let’s just say my New Year’s Resolution isn’t really going as planned….

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Dontcha just hate skinny bitches?

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Skinny Bitches can’t be real life right?

I mean c’mon….trying not to be fat is HARD & they act like it’s nothing.

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BUT…since I’ve joined the blogging world…I’m learning that even the skinny bitche’s struggle is real.

Since I can’t seem to get my blog butt in gear…

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…I’ve got an equally as awesome guest blogger for you today.

Queen Skinny Bitch herself, Rikki.

If you’ve never been to Rikki’s blog…you are missing some serious shit. I for real get giddy every time I see a new post from Momma’s Got a Dude’s Name in my Bloglovin feed.  She’s hilarious & her humor is just me.

Check. Her. Out. Stat.

And with that I  present to you:

Weight Loss Tips

Don’t tune out just yet. 

I may have a point. 

(but you are skinny and I hate you)

That’s okay. But honestly, do you want legal advice from a convict? 

Do you want math tutoring from a flunk out? 

Do you want financial advice from a poor person swimming in debt? 

I hope the answer is a resounding NO because anything else would be dumb. 

So here is my story: 

The most I have ever weighed is 150 lbs. That’s about 20lbs higher than I ever should have weighed but I didn’t feel bad about myself at 145. I just had a little extra cushion and a bigger trunk for my junk. 

I honestly did not think I really needed to lose any weight. I looked healthy. 

Then I went to the doctor for one of my check ups and he informed me I had high cholesterol. 

Say WHUCK?!

I have a normal BMI. 

I was 28 years old. 

What the hell? 

Immediately, I told the doc, “But I love eggs!” 

 

And I do  ya’ll. I could live on eggs and bacon. 

You know what he said, “Good. Keep eating them.” 

Say WHUCK?!

Yeah. He said the new research coming out is that processed foods are what is causing A LOT of our medical problems INCLUDING high cholesterol. Also, our body removes cholesterol that is ingested almost entirely. High cholesterol tends to be the body making too much, not ingesting too much.

So he recommended to me what I have now termed the reverse racism diet: 

No whites. 

No white flour. 
No white sugar. 
No white rice. 
No white potatoes. 

That’s right. 

I looked at him with big puppy dog eyes and said, “But the carbs! I loves the carbs!” 

He said, “How does Lipitor sound?” 

Dammit if he doesn’t know me. I don’t like taking medicine. Nevermind that I take what seems like a million pills a day, but I wasn’t adding another one! 

So I took his challenge. I had six weeks to re-test my cholesterol and see if I did a good job. 

Six weeks later: 

I had lost 15 lbs and my cholesterol was down 50 pts

I feel so much better. 

I look so much better. 

Would exercise help?

Sure. But I don’t want to. It gets in the way of my lying around time. 

Now, for a guilty snack I have some dark chocolate dipped in peanut butter. 

I’ll eat a hamburger plain or wrapped in lettuce instead of bread. 

I pass on cookies, cakes, etc. If I do indulge, I have very little or I have whole wheat (not pretend whole wheat. I’m talking Ezekiel bread). 

And to be honest I’ve never felt better about myself. 

And my body revolts if I eat the stuff now. Stomach cramps, feel nauseous… the whole nine yards. And I’m okay with that because it just proved to me how much it did to me before, I was just used to it.  

I am now down 20ish lbs and sitting at a lovely 125lbs. I have fun shopping now. I feel great. I have way more self confidence. 

Take it from a skinny bitch, this works.  

Ignore the mess. I’m skinny, not clean.

 

 

 

Because Tammy Jo is in the know…

I for real thought I was the only girl on the face of the this planet not all wrapped up in The Bachelor…I’ve seriously never seen an episode..only a bazillion and three clips on those shows that make fun of it…thank heavens Tammy Jo knows what’s up too so I’m not alone! I love everything about her guest post today because I can so relate!

Be sure to check out her blog and get click happy because you will love it! I mean hello look at that awesome blog name!

Hey guys!! I am Tammy Jo from over at You Wouldn’t Call It A Drinking Problem, I just love Nina and her blog and totally wanted to steal the spot light from her for a day 🙂

So I know that most of you are into the Bachelor, sadly I am not. Mainly because err time I watch it they never pick the ones that I know think they should pick which really just pisses me off. So this new guy I’ve watched it like 1 time for abouuuuut 10 mins and was over him and his accent buuuuut any who that is not the focus of today’s lesson.

Here are the top 5 reasons I could NOT be on the show:

5. I have a mouth like a sailor like FOR REAL!!! It’s bad every other word out of my mouth would be beep, beep, beep by the end of the first 5 mins of the show they would seriously just mute me.

4. I am  a hot mess when alcohol is involved (even when it isn’t) and is it just me or are they drinking like ALL THE TIME. Home girl would be a total hungover hot mess all day err day on that damn show.

3. I don’t like girls. I mean I have VERY few friends that are girls and I seriously could NOT live in a house with that many females under one roof. And imagine if it was that time of the month OMG just the thought makes me want to punch someone!!

2. Err body in my business. I do NOT have time for that, I have a mom and she’s a great one. I don’t need America being all nosy (says the girl that writes a blog).

1. I HATE to share!!! I don’t even like to share my gum I am NOT about to share a man with 20 other broads ummm no thanks!!

So there you have it guys the top 5 reasons I couldn’t be on the Bachelor!! Now if I could just go to all the cool places they get to go to like a chaperon I’d be all about that life!!

What the people love…

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Today I thought I’d tell ya what ya’ll love.

You’re obviously welcome.

 

In 2013 the 13 most popular posts on this little ol blog of mine…

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I know this is a complete shocker…but #1 with 355,151 views was Muh Bill Book.

A big big super puffy heart  thanks to muh BFF Pinterest for that. (ps…go follow me..I pin cool shit..mostly hilarious & completely inappropriate..but way cool …almost 5 thousand followers can’t be wrong.)

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#2: Crockpot Chicken Taco Burritos.

This continues to be one of my all time fav meals. It’s soo good & soo easy.  You dump it all in a crockpot & go to work…it doesn’t get any easier than that folks.

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Tres: Taco Casserole.

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Numba FO:  Lazy Mom Meals

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Five: Easy Crockpot Chicken & Dumplins.

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Six. Chicken Taco Chili. Umm. Yummm.

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#7: No Peek Chicken.

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Eight: Housewarming Partaaays. 

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9…Crockpot Taco Soup.

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Ten: American Girl Party & a Giveaway.

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#11-King Ranch Chicken.

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TWELVE….Girl’s Slumber Party.

 

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And the 13th most popular post in 2013??? Muh life long battle with muhself.

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Soo…what do the people love?

FOOD.

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8 outta the 13 top post were about FOOD.

That means my readers love food as much as me! Sometimes I feel like we just get each other ya know?

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Hey Ya’ll…

Wowza…where have I been?? Haha! Are ya’ll giveaway’d out yet?

If you have been feeling kinda lonesome in my blog absence…then you need to get with the program & follow me on the IG.

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The end of the year/1st of the year is crazy nutballs for me at work…so you’ll have to excuse my lack of blogging…but stay tuned…b/c I gots some big time awesomeness planned for twenty-fourteen!

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I’m currently working on getting my shit together so I can make this blog blast it’s full on potential of straight up awesome.  I’m working on getting organized so that I can keep my chit together & bring ya’ll a steady stream of awesome. AND most of all…I’m trying to get muh head in the game to turn my eating/diet/exercise lifestyle around & back on track.  AWESOME is the word. Obviously.

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If you are all about Muh Bill Book…keep a look out b/c I am getting together an updated version…with new free printables, versions to buy, & a giveaway.

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Confession: I totally suck at the weight loss/fitness thing.  After losing 50 60 lbs…most of 2013 was pretty much a wash for me since I gained 10 lbs back, lost it, gained it back, ect ect. I just suck at it.

2014 is GOING to be the year of change for me & my family.

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Imma buckle down and get this weight loss/healthy lifestyle stuff UNDER CONTROL.

NO MO diets. Lifestyle change. Somehow…someway…I’m ganna make that happen.

Imma get my life organized and make it more awesome.

Imma get my mind and my body surrounded only by awesome, positive thoughts & people.

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Awesome. AwesomER. AwesomeNESS. Awesomesauce.

I only want 2014 to be filled with..you guessed it …

PURE: awesome

 

 

Come along for the ride…

 

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Follow me on Bookface & Bloglovin 🙂

 

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Holiday Hoopla Giveaway Winners!!!

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Winners were picked via Rafflecopter and prize pack order is the order in which Rafflecopter picked you. Winners have been emailed.

 

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Prize Pack #1: Kelly W

Prize Pack #2: Elena I

Prize Pack #3: Rikki T

Prize Pack #4: Jaimelee S

Prize Pack #5: Alicia A

Thank you so much to the 9,269 entries!! Our readers rock!

Ladies and Gentleman..I have officially arrived.

This is one for the history books folks. Seriously a monumental day for The Nina Show.

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Yesterday…. I emailed Daynie’s teacher about something and she displayed it on the smart board and Daynie said she knew it was from me because it said…”Nina Edwards Famous Blogger” and had my picture. I was freaking out..bc I emailed her from my personal email that has nothing to do with my blog…so I tried to google what Daynie said to see why it would come up that way and this is what I found….

 

Hells to the yeah people!

Remember when I guest posted back in September for Tim Bob & I announced my goal to have my very own thread on GOMI?

WELL…

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Bam Bitches. Check that shit off the list.

 

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I wanna give out a huge thank you to NotAgain aka: Laura…who is or is not really me…for making this all possible!

 

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I think I’ll start a thread about bitches who can’t get their shit together on hate posts and overcompensate with really detailed explanations for attention.

BTW “Laura”- I totally paid off  PP…I will have your IP address & GPS coordinates momentarily. Then I will go to you so we can take some awesome bathroom double selfie shots together.  We will shut alllll the hatas up by proving we are not one in the same. And you can finally get the cred you so badly want for starting the thread!

You know I was under the impression that only people that liked me & my pure awesomeness read my blog & stalked my social media….hmmmm…now that I know people that can’t stand me totally keep up with me on the daily…I will try to be more considerate of what you want from my blog.

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Haters or lovers…in the end you are alllll fans! You run my numbers up either way…and for that I thank you. And whether you are sharing my rad stuff on Pinterest or hatin away on GOMI…ya keep muh name in ya mouths and that just makes me more famous yo! #keepmetrendingbitches

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But to be totally honest…I blog for ME.

IF ya like me ya like me if ya don’t ya don’t. I’m going to be authentic no matter what.

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Keep hatin ya’ll! And thanks for providing me with juicy content for today’s post & a great idea for muh IG giveaway!

To say I’m excited to FINALLY have my own thread on GOMI is the understatement of the century!!

I’m just like a Kardashian now…so famous I have haters!  Watch out E!…here I come!

ps..ya’ll REALLY know a lot about my little blogosphere of bloggin buddies…we must be like you’re own real life realty show fix.  yayy us!   lame you.

pss…everyone else…if you are wondering if I responded…of course…I am me right.

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