Songs That Make You Cringe

The Vulgar Contest

Songs That Make You Cringe


A little while ago, I posted this on my Facebook page:

And it does.

Then yesterday in the car, she told me that she now indeed understands why I change the station in the car everytime it comes on.

"Do you know what that song is about, Mom?" she asked, with a horrified look on her face.

*sigh* "Yes, yes, I do."

I had to grip the steering wheel extra hard, in order to not go off the road, as she and my 8-year-old told me what they had learned at school that day. And there it is. Thank you, Flo Rida. My prepubescent daughters now have the 101 on the down-low, thanks to you.

To be fair, I asked them to tell me what they thought it was about. (Helpful tip moms—best to know if they really do know what it's about, before you offer up your explanation.) Heck, they could have thought it was really about whistling.

With lyrics like this, though:

"go girl you can work it
let me see your whistle while you work it
i’mma lay it back, don’t stop it
cause i love it how you drop it, drop it, drop it, on me
now, shorty let that whistle blow (ohohohoh)
yeah, baby let that whistle blow (ohohohoh)"

It's hard to think it's about anything else now, isn't it? It's vulgar. Catchy tune, but vulgar nonetheless. And it makes me wonder where it's all going to stop.

I've written about song lyrics before. I'm always genuinely surprised when the next shocking song comes out, even more appalling than the last. I think it just can't get any worse, and yet it does. Like this little gem, from Neon Hitch:

"She's prettier than I'll ever be
Got yourself a beauty queen, yeah
But there's one thing i gotta say
She can fuck you good, bet i can fuck you better"

Okily dokily, then. That pretty much covers it.

The topper for me, though, came when a friend sent me a link to this video, complete with lyrics, from Usher:


And then I laughed my ass off. So utterly frickin' ridiculous. Thankfully, I don't think this dud will make it to the Top 40.

These guys just don't know where to stop, do they?  So, here's a thought for musicians out there—write good music and it'll speak for itself. Nobody is winning the vulgar contest. Least of all our kids.


How to Load Your Dishwasher

Just Follow These Ten Easy Steps

How to Load Your Dishwasher

When the very kind people at Frigidaire sent me a new dishwasher I jumped on the opportunity to show my husband how to properly load a dishwasher. 

I truly love my husband. He's this fantastic mix of Grizzly Adams, MacGyver, and Gordon Ramsey. It seems there's nothing he can't do, except load the darn dishwasher correctly. And if that's the only thing that's keeping him from being perfect, then I can handle it.

Sort of.

The truth is it drives me batty. So I'll be emailing this post to him since he never comes to visit this space unless I lead him to it ;) Feel free to share with your spouses too!

A Day's Worth of Dishes


Loading Your Dishwasher in Ten Easy Steps

1) Don't worry about rinsing! That's so old school and so wasteful. A good dishwasher *ahem* like the Frigidaire OrbitClean will not require you to rinse. Just scrape and load.

2) Make sure you're using the recommended detergent from the manufacturer. My Frigidaire dishwasher came with samples of Finish.

3) Load cutlery in the cutlery basket with the handles down. This is important because you want the part that goes into your mouth to be extra clean. Just a thought.

4) Glasses go in the top rack. Same with plastic. Putting these things on the bottom may cause damage.

5) If it has an open end, place it face down. Yes, I had to put this in here. *shakes head*

6) Big pots and dishes go on the bottom, yes, facing down again. The Frigidaire Gallery also has this really cool feature that allows you to fold the tines down at the back so larger items don't have to be squeezed in or worse, washed by hand! (Dear Husband, ask me about this feature)

7) Run a full load. Even though the Frigidaire is incredibly efficient—costing only $23 a year to run—we have University tuition to think about.

8) Lay long utensils down flat on the top rack or in the Versa-Tray Frigidaire provided.

9) Keep delicate items away from each other in the dishwasher to prevent breakage. Think wedding gifts.

10) Don't overload it. It's a very good dishwasher but it doesn't have ninja moves.

Finally, the dishwasher does not empty itself. This is not really a step, so much as it's a statement. And a hint.


If you're in the market for a dishwasher, I'd like to point out some very cool features of the Frigidaire OrbitClean Dishwasher that I'm currently loving.

  Time-delay start. This is important in today's age of conservation. In Ontario, it's cheaper to run appliances like this after 7pm. Now I can set the timer and not worry about forgetting it.

  It's super quiet. This means I can run it while entertaining and not worry about shouting.

  Sahara Dry feature means that my dishes don't come out drippy, but dry. Really dry, so they can go right into the cabinet.

  The tines fold down at the back on the bottom rack. Loading the dishwasher shouldn't require complex manoeuvres.

  Top rack adjustment. The top rack adjusts up or down to provide more space for larger, delicate items on top.

  Orbit Clean Technology provides 4X the water coverage and cleans unlike any traditional dishwasher on the market today.

Check out our Dream Kitchen section full of tips, tricks and advice to turn your kitchen from drab to fab—whether you want to transform it from top to bottom or simply update it and get organized.

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Garnier Ultra-Lift Challenge

Put Your Wrinkles To The Test

Garnier Ultra-Lift Challenge

*Big Sigh*

Time is marching across my face and leaving telltale signs everywhere. Just between you and me, I'm not such a big fan of wrinkles. Frankly, aging gracefully is nice and all, but who says you have to enjoy crow's feet or laugh lines. There's nothing wrong with trying to beat them back.

As if sensing my frustration, the people at Garnier sent me a challenge. The "Ultra-Lift Challenge" to be exact. Try their Ultra-Lift products for 14 days and watch the clock work in reverse. Hmmm. Ok, I like that idea.

So, they sent me a wrinkle ruler. Let me just say that a wrinkle ruler is not fun, especially when you’re sitting on the upper half of that baby. I measured a 7. ACK!! That’s like only 3 away from as bad as it can get apparently. Also, this picture made me painfully aware my eyebrows were out of control!! Thank goodness they didn't ask me to measure those.

I diligently used the program for the last 14 days and yes indeed there is a difference. Is there a 6.5 on this ruler? While I don’t see a huge difference in 14 days, I do see where my crow’s feet don't appear to be quite as pronounced as they were when I took this photo.

The scent of Garnier Ultra-Lift products is not overpowering and I do love the feel of it on my skin. It feels rich and since I have dry skin I definitely liked that.  I did find that the eye cream swelled my eyes a bit, so I had to be careful to just apply just to my ever annoying #7 crow’s feet and avoid the under eye area.

Nothing is going to stop time from moving forward, that’s inevitable, but at least with the Garnier Ultra-Lift products, you can make it appear as if the clock is moving backwards just a little.

And while you’re busy looking young on the outside, remember to balance it with a good attitude, like this:

To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent - that is to triumph over old age.
Thomas Baily Aldrich