Read What You Love Fifty Shades Of Aroused By Scarlett

With the Fifty Shades of Grey movie approaching, I’ve been seeing comments about it everywhere. There seem to be lots of opinions on whether these books are worthy of the success and attention they have received. I’m not ashamed to say that this book sucked me into a genre I was previously unacquainted with. These books were my first foray into the erotica/BDSM genre, and I was completely hooked by them, despite the criticism. There are good arguments on both sides, and I just wanted to give you a brief glimpse into some of my thoughts on the matter.

It’s fan fiction they say. I didn’t even know that when I read it, much less that fan fiction even existed. I had no idea Christian Grey started as Edward Cullen, whom I also adore. (Yeah, yeah. Judge not, lest ye be judged.) At the time, all I knew was–Christian Grey had a red room of pain, was barefoot, wearing soft jeans with tears in them, and he liked to punish her to classical music. Classical music. That’s all that matters, people.

Ana’s inner goddess was so annoying they say. Listen, I tuned that chitter chatter out the moment Christian slammed her against the wall in the elevator and kissed her. Because that’s how I want to be kissed. A kiss full of passion and unrestrained lust, preferably in an elevator.

The writing is elementary they say. Maybe so. I’ll re read To Kill A Mockingbird right after I’m finished discovering Ben Wa balls. Christian has them and this seems like something I might need.

He’s too controlling and this sets a false ideal of what a healthy relationship is to women they say. Honestly, I’m not delving that deep into it. All I know is, I am so turned on reading this book that I cannot move for fear of embarrassing myself. I had no idea that restraints, whips, clamps, etc. were this hot. I’ll seek therapy later for my apparent misogynistic enjoyment.

Ana is weak and disempowered they say. I will analyze Ana’s lack of empowerment as soon as I’m done reading about the vanilla sex Christian has with her. The vanilla sex he’s never had before, but has with her. Because that’s the power she holds over him. I am enraptured by that one simple thing.

It’s mommy porn they say. Well, sorry, but sometimes mommy needs some porn. Especially when she had no idea what she was missing out on.

Thanks to Fifty Shades Of Grey I now have a whole slew of erotica books under my belt.

  • Belt.
  • Sigh.

I read these books for pure enjoyment, and that’s exactly what they were to me; a pure unadulterated guilty pleasure. I saw a love story beyond the sex that, for whatever reason, clicked with me. I am not embarrassed that I enjoyed these books nor do I feel like they define me as a reader. They are one set of books in a myriad of books I have read. So, if you loved them like me, good on you. And if you didn’t, good on you too. I’m just glad we’re all reading.

Why Do Great Comedy Series Get Cancelled

I’ve seen too many hilarious tv shows getting canceled to not get curious about the reasons behind it. I’m talking about the shows that receive super positive reviews from the viewers, but still get cancelled. And there are probably so many more hilarious pilots that didn’t get picked up and we don’t even know about them. So i started my research, and picked Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared and Arrested Development as my test examples. Even Seinfeld, the most successful tv show of all time, was barely saved from cancellation after its first season.

The obvious reason for networks cancelling these excellent tv shows were low ratings. And low ratings were mostly caused by networks changing their time slots. When these tv shows didn’t seem to attract enough viewers, networks treated their promotion poorly, and shows ratings got even worse until they got canceled. So it is kind of similar to chicken and the egg problem. Undeclared even went off-screen for a month or two, and when it returned, it never had same ratings. So i think the networks are the problem. They should listen to the critics and when show is well liked, should focus on marketing it much actively than other poorly rated tv shows. Especially if a show is Emmy and golden globe winner like Arrested Development. David Cross, who played Tobias in Fox series, has put it perfectly : if you can’t get audience for golden globe-winning show, you should probably fire your whole marketing crew and get new one.

And main reason for watching comedies is to have a good time, but it’s not the only way. If you ever go ice fishing, you’ll need decent ice auger, and you can’t find those without reading the reviews.

Rarely, the problem is that show is too complicated for average viewer, which also happened in Arrested Development’s case. The running gags and subtle jokes were funny as hell, but even i didn’t catch most of them until i re-watched the series for second time. While on the other hand, more broadly popular tv shows have laugh tracks, which kind of serve as reminders to laugh. I personally hate them, but they seem to work well for gaining wide audience.

Even creators of Seinfeld, who took the world of comedy by storm, had to give up a lot of creative control to keep the series alive. Originally it was intended to be one camera comedy, but it was changed to three-camera and laugh tracks were added. Although Larry David, Executive producer of seinfeld, still got to make one camera comedy – Curb Your Enthusiasm. And it’s hilarious – if you haven’t watched it, i highly recommend it.

Seinfeld was saved by guy who wasn’t even working in sitcoms but in variety and specials. He saw the potential that experienced NBC executives missed. So experience can sometimes work against you – it can keep you from appreciating original ideas, the ones who don’t comply with what worked before.

Virtual addresses – why business owners find them useful

Many business owners nowadays struggle with deciding which address to use, especially when it comes to newly-released businesses. Should they choose their home addresses for all of their postal transactions or would it be better to pay for leased office spaces in order to benefit from recognition of an official business location? Well, know that you can actually take advantage of technology today and have a virtual office and websites such as can provide you more useful information. Here’s why you should consider going for a virtual office.

It is more cost-effective

One of the main reasons why business owners decide to invest in a virtual office nowadays is that it is a more cost-effective option compared to spending money on a monthly basis on renting office premises somewhere in the city. You can use that money in other purposes.

The company’s image and credibility are improved

Another great reason why a virtual office address is a must nowadays is that it helps you improve the image and credibility of your company. If you take a look at those companies that have used their home addresses as their main location for all postal transactions, you may notice that those companies do not seem quite reliable or credible and you yourself may feel reticent to working with them. It is generally agreed that perception has a great influence in business. Owning a virtual address will allow you to access a mailing address that is fully functional and with the aid of which you can conduct business.

Communication is not going to be a problem

You may start as a small company, but in time you may grow and extend so much that it may be quite difficult to keep in touch with every employee. As you move to other larger premises and expand your horizons, you do not have to worry about your virtual address because it will always remain the same. This way, your clients will not get confused when they have to send you checks, not even after you change your location.

Professional and personal are kept apart

For business owners who operate from home, the line between professional life and personal one is extremely fine and they tend to mix them sometimes. Experts advise to have a virtual address for such businesses in order to avoid any unpleasant situations from occurring. By using virtual addresses, it is a lot easier for business owners to make a clear distinction between office and home.

Finally yet importantly, a virtual address offers you access to a variety of helpful resources. Contrary to what many people believe, these virtual addresses do much more than receive and send emails. They can help you improve credit worthiness, provide you 24/7 access to every virtual office location on earth, a quiet space to work and so on.

With these in mind, you can turn the Internet into your advantage and use virtual addresses to redesign the entire workday in order to perfectly fit your needs and interests.

How To Make A Diaper Cake

Spring is Baby season and, in my thirties, there are a lot of people having babies around me.

Baby gifts are often on my mind out shopping and are seriously fun to buy. There’s never any objection from the kids if we roam around the toy/baby section a little.

But, sometimes it’s hard to know what to buy. If you’re in that situation where you aren’t sure what to get, I highly recommend making a diaper cake for your baby gift. I love diaper cakes, they decorate and provide all at once! Plus, it has never hurt any mom EVER to have a few disposable diapers around, especially for the size 1-2 stage. The diaper change stage that stories are made from and from which memories will forever live on.

For a family friend, I put together a simple little boy’s diaper cake gift along with this post:

How To Make A Diaper Cake.

And of course, then I needed a gift tag so I’m sharing some of those too! Free printable included for L&L exclusives!

Even a mom who is choosing cloth can benefit from back up diapers (or some for grandma’s house). We all know backups are a MUST!

How to Make a Diaper Cake.

This is a super practical gift and can be personalized in so many ways! They are easy to make but easier with a few tips:

What you need:

  1. Cake base or sturdy cardboard.
  2. Box of 100 diapers, size 1 or 2 (number of diapers will vary according to your assembly 😉 ).
  3. Small baby gifts: clothing, gift cards, blankets & toys.
  4. Ribbon
  5. Glue gun
  6. Dowel (optional, see below)

Start by making the base. For the base, this baby blanket wrapped (and pinned) perfectly around a scrap of cardboard. I’ve used cardboard cake bases before, they work perfectly. This was just a nice way to include the blanket while keeping it from getting crumpled.

Size out the “cake’s” bottom layer with diapers all facing the same direction. Try to curve them as much as possible into a circle, spreading the diapers out in the problem areas that are more tightly packed.

Loosely tie for a temporary hold. I had streamers on-hand, I used that. I found it easy to remove when I put my ribbon on.

I pulled the circle tightly then spread the diapers out to create a smoother look.

Then I assembled the diaper layers, hot gluing the decorative ribbon ends together, more tightly then the streamer was holding.

A larger bow on the bottom layer would’ve looked so good, but I ran out of ribbon. 🙁

If you have a baby toy or outfit that can roll up, or an actual dowel for up the center the cake it will be a lot sturdier. If not, you can make a craft stick dowel by hot gluing a few sticks together. You don’t want layers shifting and separating!

Are you using a dowel? Remember to hot glue it to your base!

I shopped for small baby gifts and then chose some handmade knit/crochet items I wanted to include in this cake.

I wish you could touch that puppy toy, he is super duper soft!

Then you pin…

and you tie…

…and hot glue gifts onto the “cake.” It’s as easy as that.

Plus, you can tuck gift cards into the diapers, or hide items inside! I have a mini puzzle glued to the ribbon on the back as well as knit mittens and booties (pinned).

Remember to decorate the back too! Diaper cakes should still be pretty when spun. 😉

Forget about a bulky card, a simple tag is a perfect touch for a diaper cake. But, I didn’t have any…

Baby Gift Tags.

Yeah, I had my mind set on a cute little tag to finish off the gift and couldn’t find anything that felt right so I designed these tags, to celebrate simply.

I printed onto glossy photo paper and finished with a quick spritz of glitter spray.

Go now, put spray glitter on everything! lol.

Of course, a picture can’t do glitter justice, but the extra shine adds a lot to the appearance of a gift tag.

DON’T spray the back of the tag, glitter all things but that. 🙂

A glitter surface really isn’t the nicest thing to write on.

There’s nothing like a custom tag for a custom gift to finish it nicely! Maybe you’d prefer a torn-edge paper note, it always pairs nicely with twine. The possibilities are endless for your diaper cake and your tag designs!

Please share your diaper cake creations in the comments!!

Meanwhile, enjoy these Free Printable Baby Gift Tags for your gifts!

Happy Snuggling to all the babies in your life!!