Pinky’s Pick : Most Stellar State


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So here’s the skinny, my peaches —

I know, I’m definitely a southern girl at heart (born and raised), so my obvious choice for “favorite US state” is the beautiful state of Georgia. If you’ve never been to the peach state – it’s absolutely remarkable.

Stone Mountain Marketplace

Stone Mountain on Easter Sunday

 

PINKY’S TOP PICK ATTRACTIONS IN GEORGIA

*There’s always so much to do in Atlanta, Athens and beyond.

*Georgia (especially, Atlanta) is the new Hollywood.

*The weather is beautiful.

*It’s full of friendly people too, if you like that sort of thing. This girl DOES.

*It’s even fun to drive in the peach state for so many reasons.

 

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FUN THINGS TO DO

 

*Georgia Aquarium

*Stone Mountain

*The World of Coca-Cola

*Centennial Olympic Park

*Atlanta Botanical Garden

*Six Flags Over Georgia

This is a great link of just 30 of the amazing things about Georgia (not your typical tourist spots). http://www.movoto.com/blog/opinions/photos-of-georgia/

 

THE NEW HOLLYWOOD

Atlanta and surrounding areas all throughout Georgia are catching major attention, in terms of filming locations. Of course, if you watch the Bravo Network – you’re familiar with The Real Housewives of Atlanta and Married to Medicine, both filmed primarily, in Atlanta. But if you don’t, there’s a more comprehensive list here or I’ve made a quick list of some of the shows and movies that were filmed here:

Fried Green Tomatoes, The Hunger Games, Fast and Furious (most recent), The Walking Dead, Driving Miss Daisy, Family Feud (Dad, E, Lyn, if y’all come down here together — we’re ALL signing up for this), Party Down South (season two) and Jack Black has been filming for the new Goosebumps movie just a short drive away from where I live…I could go on and on, but I won’t. This is supposed to be the short list, y’all.

(Most of these I just recently discovered were  filmed in Georgia.)

 

Here are some pictures from a recent trip to Juliette, GA, the primary filming location for “Fried Green Tomatoes” — not far from where I live…

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WEATHER

Athens, Georgia

Athens, Georgia

If you like nature, outdoorsy kinds of things or spending time outside — Georgia is the place to be. The weather, in my opinion is warm and pleasant. Georgia has mountainous regions, islands off the southern coast, gorgeous tall trees and pines that stay green all year. There’s so much beauty in Georgia. Honestly, what more could a nature-loving girl (or guy) ask for?

PEOPLE

The people are even super nice, to boot. In this girl’s opinion, they’re rated an ‘above average friendliness’ status over the entire US population. People are considerate, down-to-earth and helpful here. For a girl who’s starting over, this is a welcome breath of fresh air, the freshest.

DRIVING

It’s a big state. So that means more driving for this chick.

Northern Georgia Highway

Northern Georgia Highway

When I lived Indiana, driving was a less than pleasant experience.

Here, it’s all about the open road, country or highway, both happen to be pretty enjoyable for me.

With the exception of Atlanta where it’s “drive faster or be driven over”, which can be exhilarating, in it’s own way. My original trips to and from Atlanta were still pretty terrifying, at first.  Now I’m kind of starting to dig it. 🙂

Stone Mountain Entrance

Stone Mountain Entrance

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, I love the state of Georgia. What’s not to love? I mean, where else can you buy…… “Peches”? 😉

Peches. That's right. Peches

Peches. That’s right. Peches

 

 

Love, Pinky

Love,
Pinky

Pinky Sees The Light


 

Helloo blog..again. How I’ve missed you.

 

I took some time off from updating my blog. But after advisement from my Dad – I’ve decided to try dipping back into the much-missed ocean of words, again.

 

 

EXPRESSIONS

The written word has always been one of my most favorite means of expression. It was something, I thought I’d always have, too. Up until about 2 months ago, I had invisible restraints keeping me still and silent for quite a while. I was living in a world of secret thoughts and fear of saying anything…but now, Pinky has gotten her voice back and is going to town…

 

PINKY SPEAKS OUT

Quick briefing: For the past year, my 9-year relationship had not been on the best of terms. I had fallen out of love, and I had fallen out, fast. Even though, I felt better by telling him my feelings – giving him the information I told him was, in hind sight, probably more hurtful than helpful. The truthfulness affected both of us in a very powerful and terminal way. The distance between us grew further and further, until we were both lost in a downward whirlpool. We were drowning, never to return to the surface again. But not letting go, maybe for fear of going under alone, I’m not sure. Even though we held on tightly – the loneliness we both felt was staggering. During that year-long struggle, we could always both, sense the heaviness of our relationship, which was our existence.

We had both begun to feel the effects and tried to repair the remnants of our relationship. For him, the best way to handle the situation was to keep me under his thumb, as much as possible. In my case, I felt like something was eating away at every part of me, especially my soul. I was literally, torn apart in every way. I didn’t want to stay, but couldn’t live with leaving him with nothing. His daily pleas and building anger began to break down what had once been, my very strong determination and confidence to start a new life (without him).  Under a heavy burden of guilt, I stayed longer than I should have. Perhaps staying by his side had established some sort of moral victory, I’m still not sure. I do know, it almost destroyed me and drove me into a world of silence and despair. But, I’m so happy and so thankful that this story has a happy ending.

Back to the story…

Throughout all of this, I had completely lost my voice. I was afraid to talk to anyone else about it and I couldn’t talk to him. I spent many sleepless nights debating over whether I should end it and how to do it. Ultimately, it came down to my Dad (and my brother) who I am forever grateful for — they helped me to find my way out of this overwhelmingly tragic relationship.

On April 18, ’14 I left Indiana and moved to Georgia. The decision to leave was a difficult one. I had to leave everything I had known for the past 9 years behind me. When I say ‘everything’, I mean, ‘everything’. I left with a bag that held enough clothes for a 9-day trip. I left my dogs, my babies. I had no other choice. I had to look boldly in the face of my fears and doubts and all of those fun things and keep right on going. Although, the decision was not easy to make – once, I made up my mind everything else just flowed and I knew I had made the right decision.

I couldn’t be happier about moving to Georgia and making this transition. I see a very bright future ahead of me. Now, I’m looking forward. I’m spending my time growing and accomplishing my goals. I’ll save my goals/plans  for a later post. 🙂 Right now, I’m seeing the world and all of its treasures through brand spankin’ new eyes — and loving every glorious detail. I couldn’t be more grateful for this re-birth and a chance for a new life.

 

 

 

Pinky Ponders: The Power of Music


The music scene is abuzz about the release of TLC’s biopic, Crazy Sexy Cool. Reviews call it a truly, authentic interpretation of the group’s struggles and victories throughout the past 20 years.

This film captures the heart of their style (and grace) throughout the ups and downs they faced.

The most memorable of those struggles was when Lisa “Left Eye Lopez”, an integral part of their trio was tragically killed in an accident. I still remember when it happened — it was such a shock. Sudden and unexpected.

I also remember watching the remaining two Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas suffer a deep loss that we as fans could only imagine what it felt like. To be going so strong and then have it all come to a screeching halt..

We could only view them as outsiders, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t feel the heartbreak.

Chasing Waterfalls

Pinky wonders — Why do we mourn for performers, musicians in particular? We’ve never met them, spoken to them, but yet, we feel like they’re a part of us.

They open themselves up through their music and lyrics.

They bare their souls to us. 

We believe that we understand their pain, their joy and everything in between — we feel it, what they feel because music is just that powerful.

& we subconsciously appreciate this “peek” into the expression of their souls.

TLC Lives on
If you’re a TLC fan, like Pinky — they just released (on Oct.15th,2013) a “Greatest Hits” CD 20  that features classics like Waterfalls, Scrubs and Creep PLUS, brand new tracks like Meant to be featuring T-Boz and Chilli. The new songs are reminiscent of their self-defined style that helped them rise to fame 20 years ago.

Check out this song, “Meant to be” written by Ne-yo (one of two previously unreleased songs on their 20 album) performed by T-Boz and Chilli.

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I think that if I had been alive when John Lennon was shot — it would have been a devastating day. I love the Beatles. It’s probably best I wasn’t born in the 50’s and a teenager in the 60’s. Pretty sure I would’ve been a tad bit obsessed with these Legends.

Gone Too Soon

But the singer that most struck me when she died was probably Aaliyah. It seemed that she had only gotten started. She died so suddenly, she was so talented and beautiful and had an amazing future in front of her. I love this song, “Rock the Boat”. Try Again, One in a Million, I Miss You and All I Need.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Thank you so much for reading!

Good night, good afternoon and good morning, wherever you are : ).

Pinky Chai’s All-Natural ‘Boo’-Licious Beauty Blends


If you follow my blog, you know I love food. I’ve discovered a few more uses for food — beyond just feeding your face. Here is my list of all-natural beauty tips, remedies and regimens…Halloween-style:

Face lines from evil cackling?

WHITE GRAPES

Squeeze juice from 2 white grapes and mix with 1 teaspoon of sugar -- Leave on skin for 15 minutes & rinse. Repeat 2x a week.

Squeeze juice from 2 white grapes and mix with 1 teaspoon of sugar — Leave on skin for 15 minutes & rinse. Repeat 2x a week.

Smooth wrinkles, crows feet and laugh lines with white grapes. This super fruit contains alpha-hydroxy acids (much like expensive acid peels) that dissolve and exfoliate the dead outer layer of skin.

WHITE TEA

You don’t need expensive collagen implants. White tea wards off evil wrinkles and keeps skin soft and youthful-looking by boosting skin’s natural collagen.

Sip 1 cup of white tea a day to keep skin smooth from wrinkles and to keep skin soft and supple.

Sip 1 cup of white tea a day to keep skin smooth from wrinkles and to keep skin soft and supple.

PUMPKIN

Pumpkin works as a softener to skin, especially when combined with other yummy ingredients like, yogurt (an all-natural exfoliant) and oats (a great skin moisturizer). Keep skin soft and smooth with the witches’ brew below.

Monster mash 3 medium strawberries together with 1 tablespoons of honey. Spread onto face and let sit for 10-15 minutes to reap the benefits of this breakout banisher.

Monster mash 3 medium strawberries together with 1 tablespoons of honey. Spread onto face and let sit for 10-15 minutes to reap the benefits of this breakout banisher.

Need to “scare away” breakouts?

STRAWBERRIES & HONEY

Strawberries banish dry skin and honey works as a natural astringent by making blemishes disappear. The yummy concoction below, scares away blackheads, pimples AND dry skin — like poof!

 

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Need a sleep potion for restless nights?

CHERRY JUICE

Drink a glass of cherry juice for restful sleep before climbing into your coffin at night.

Drink a glass of cherry juice for restful sleep before climbing into your coffin at night.

Cherry juice contains a natural pain-killing ingredient, which promotes more restful sleep. Research suggests and The Count agrees — you’ll get a good 17 more minutes of deep sleep by drinking this wickedly good nightcap.

Feel like a zombie from lack of sleep?

 

GINGER TEA

Ginger offers a variety of benefits among soothing evil tummy troubles and easing achiness to promote a more restful sleep.

Mix up a wicked brew of ginger tea for a good night's sleep.

Mix up a wicked brew of ginger tea for a good night’s sleep.

Scratchy throat from shrieking and howling at the moon?

FLAX SEED

Bring 1 teaspoon of flax seeds and 1 cup of water to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes. Strain seeds and sip while warm.

Bring 1 teaspoon of flax seeds and 1 cup of water to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes. Strain seeds and sip while warm.

Flax seed is an all-natural ingredient that loosens pflegm. Use the witchy spell below, to get back to howling, pflegm-free! As a bonus, flax seed helps to curb mood swings.

PEPPERMINT TEA

Put peppermint tea in your cauldron and inhale.

Put peppermint tea in your cauldron and inhale the steamy, peppermint goodness.

The natural menthol in peppermint tea releases sinister pflegm (better than over-the-counter expectorants) and gets you back to your old self, again.

vinegar bottles

Bring this unsightly affliction to a dead end by mixing 1 part vinegar and 2 parts warm water for a “fungus-freaking” foot soak. Soak feet for 15 minutes daily to banish the evil fungus banshee, for good.

Nail fungus creeping up on you?

VINEGAR

This common household product stops fungus and athlete’s foot in its’ tracks. The acid in vinegar destroys fungus, like garlic does to vampires.

Flat, dull hair got you feeling witchy?

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Combine 2 tablespoons of fresh rosemary and 2 cups of water into a pot. Boil. Simmer for 3 minutes. Cool and transfer the elixer into a spray bottle. Spritz on hair to make it glisten and shine.

ROSEMARY

Don’t shy away from the light just because your hair isn’t shiny and lustrous. Make it shine and glisten in the sunlight (AND the moonlight) with this clever concoction.

rosemary and mint conditioner

or…try my fave cheap conditioner EverStrong Sulfate-Free Fortify System Reconstruct Conditioner by L’Oreal Paris. It costs $6-8 at any department store or drug store. It is one of the best conditioners I’ve ever used. Not only does it strengthen my hair (after just one use — according to the L’Oreal Paris website), but the rosemary makes my hair super shiny and the mint keeps my locks smelling fresh and clean. The rosemary-mint combo also works as an aromatherapy to invigorate the senses. Try it — it’s seriously great. No one is paying me to say this, I just LOVE this product enough to promote it. It’s de-liciously cheap and seriously good for your hair.

Pinky Chai’s Horror, Haunts and Zombie Boo Flicks Top 25 List


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Here it is: Pinky Chai’s Horror, Haunts and Zombie Boo Flicks Top 25 List:

25. Amityville Horror

24. Whatever Happened to Baby Jane <Classically Wicked>

23. Rosemary’s Baby

22. Dawn of The Dead

The Bone Tingling Trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZGLRIOQHOY

21. The Haunting in Connecticut

20. Scream

19. The Craft

Cult-Classic of Pinky’s Generation:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoM4OXQVCcE

18. The Happening

17. Gothika

16. The Glass House

A thriller, but heart-pumping just the same : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wknrgJlv_Y

15. Silence of The Lambs

14. 28 Days

13. Friday The 13th

12. The People Under The Stairs

creeeeeepy… :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEyQIcuGwDw

11. Stigmata

10. Final Destination <Pinky couldn’t cross railroad tracks, fly on a plane or walk under a hanging sign for a solid week without cringing!>

9. Tales From The Crypt

8. The Others

7. Psycho

The Infamous Shower-Knife-Murder Scene : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VP5jEAP3K4

6. Mothman Prophecies

5. Copycat  <scared the holy sugar out of Pinky!>

4. Jeepers Creepers <They progressively get worse with each sequel, but it’s funny..it’s too fake to be scary — that’s why it’s on the Pinky list!>

Jeepers Creepers (original) : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouUO42AkZV0

Jeepers Creepers 2 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpXSm55yKgQ

Jeepers Creepers 3 Cathedral : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iiic88JXwg

3. Otis <Watch ‘Otis’ Pinky’s favorite horror-comedy>

Sick & Twisted: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBiHlW29-dU

2. Zombieland <Pinky’s fave zombie movie!>

1. Halloween

Halloween (Pinky’s Fave — Le Originale) : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5unH8gOhydY

 

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Pinky’s Scary Movie Spoof Pick:

A Haunted House

Contact Pinky::

<<Stay Tuned Next Week My Pretties — ‘Pinky’s Top 13 Stephen King Horror Flick List’. Yes, he requires his own list.>>

Who’s Afraid of Pinky Chai?


Check out what your biggest fear says about your personality —

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Spiders – You, cunning trend-setter, you…

You notice the small things about your environment and surroundings, allowing you to spot trends before they’re mainstream. You’ve got style, baby!ID-10070560

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Ghosts – Ghouls and Guys, you’re confident AND ambitious..BOO-yah!

You’re strong and secure in your convictions (even in terms of ghosts, which many dismiss with disbelief). You are a bold leader that believes in their own abilities —  rock on!

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Heights – “You know what I did last summer..” — you’re perceptive

If climbing ladders scares you, you probably have a hyper-sensitve nervous system. This means you’re more in-touch with what others are thinking or feeling than most. ID-10075457

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Horror Films – You’re oozing with creative energy!

If fright flicks freak you out, that means that you have an extra high response to stress and a vivid imagination. Higher stress levels mean more stress hormones, which boosts energy level making you ghastly good at multi-tasking.

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Snakes – You’re one smart (and adaptable) Halloween cookie!

You have a keen sense of survival and find you adapt easily to many different situations. This isn’t only useful when keeping an eye out for venomous snakes in the wild, but in the wilderness that is, your career, love life, etc… If danger is brewing you’re quick to spot it and sidestep it.

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Tight Spaces – Wildly independent

You don’t like being confined. You push the limits past the boundaries that keep others held back. Your self-reliant attitude will get you out of “scary” situations and on the best (and most exciting) path possible for you. ID-10096105

 

 

 

 

 

Pinky’s ‘Best of’ Mutt List: Top 7 People-Pleasing Dog Breeds


Bruiser, beagle mix

Every breed of dog has its own unique and lovable traits that dog owners find endearing.

This is pinky’s personal list of the dog breeds that are the most eager to please their humans. But first…

Bruiser’s Story

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Bruiser at MCHS

This is my dog, Bruiser (aka, Chubbs, Monkey, Fat Boy, etc.) and a plethora of other nicknames.

I adopted him from the Madison County Humane Society in October of 2011 (he was rescued from a local kill shelter and brought to us).

As you can imagine, this adorable little face captured my heart instantly and it didn’t take long for him to show his equally sweet personality either, which is what completely won me over — leaving me defenseless against his charm.

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Jetta

I had no other choice but to adopt him into my family. A family that, at that point, consisted of 8 indoor/outdoor country cats and one dachshund with an “only-dog mentality”.

Surprisingly,..very surprisingly, in fact…he fit right in.

 

He had won me over, and my fiance over and even my finicky, jealous Jetta girl.

Bruiser and Jetta

Bruiser and Jetta

Now, he’s such a perfect piece of the mixed-up puzzle, that is my family. It’s hard to imagine life being any other way, but with Bruiser in it.

He’s part beagle, part chihuahua and part something else…his beagle tendencies are the strongest and most endearing, however. He rolls over submissively, follows me around religiously (he’s sleeping right beside me as I type), he’s obedient and learns tricks quickly. An all-around loyal, good-natured people dog.

Although, the chihuahua in him does come out, on occasion.

<If you were wondering — chihuahuas are NOT on this list. Unfortunately, they don’t always show their good side to ALL people, just THEIR people. Not on the list, but they’re loveable, just the same.>

My point is — the fact that Bruiser is a beagle mix made it so much easier when it came to adapting to our crazy clan — even the cats liked him. Some did. Or at least they tolerated his presence, which was shocking, in and of itself.

 

 

More about Pinky’s silly fur babies later. Let’s get down to business…

I think mutts tend to be the most people-pleasing of all. But when it comes down to dishing, actual breeds — here’s Pinky’s top 7 people-pleasing dog breeds, at random.

  • Beagles

    Beagle

    Beagle

As mentioned above, beagles are for the most part, very eager to please their people. They’re a cheerful breed that is brimming with charming personality (& I can attest to that). This breed is a great companion dog to people of all ages. Beagles make great therapy dogs by handling meet-and-greets with flair. Their huge personalities and cheerful nature are just a few of the loving qualities beagles can boast.

  • Pugs

Pugs don’t just have faces with character — they’re oozing it (character and personality, that is). They’re one of my favorite small breed dogs for this very reason. Pugs are also charming and endearing and full of character. They make new friends easily (kids and adults) and love to follow their owners from room to room — something Bruiser does religiously.

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Pug

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<side note: slight possibility Bruiser may be a “pug mixture” or part pug, if you have any input on this matter – after viewing his pics – I’d love to hear it.>

  • Maltesemaltese 2

This little charmer loves attention. These white, fluffy furballs of fun learn tricks quickly to please and charm their owners. They’re affable and have a way of charming their way onto your lap with their cuteness. This cheerful little dog makes a great pet for seniors, adults and older children.ID-10025454 ID-10087180

  • Cavalier (King Charles Cavalier Spaniel)

Pinky thinks this sweet, gentle breed was born (& bred) to be a companion to humans/lap dog. They give lots of love. They love to be petted. And they make the perfect companion to all people, young and old. The adorable, little cavalier goes with people like milk with cookies. (hmmm…I’m hungry now and wish I had a cavalier to hold).

  • Flat Coat Retrieverflat coat2

This happy, spirited dog is about as carefree as they come. He loves to play and the more humans that are involved in the fun — the more fun he’ll have. This active breed craves attention from people. And when they’re not running, swimming or jumping — they’re busy sticking to their owners, like glue.

  • Irish Setterirish setter2 irish setter1

These boisterous boys and girls are a ball of fun and love being the center of attention. They love to have their people as an entourage while they’re romping and playing. Owners with lots of energy and an excellent sense of humor will be the perfect match for this happy breed.

  • Collie

    Collie

    Collie

TV dogs like Lassie are an ideal snapshot of the collie breed. These beautiful and caring dogs are smart, valiant, and have a special knack for understanding people. In pinky’s experience with this beloved breed, they’re always happy to show love and affection to any and all humans who are around.

Pinky’s honorable mentions that didn’t make it to the list include: golden retrievers, golden doodles (shout out to my boy, Calvin!), boxers, bichons and English labrador retrievers.

Calvin, the super golden-doodle

Thank you for reading! Bruiser

Yours Truly,

P.Chai

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