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Hello Giggles – Item of the Day!

“You Can Do It, Bunny” is a Hello Giggles “Item of the Day”!

I sometimes feel like a dork about this, but I love Hello Giggles – it’s cute and positive without being overly-OVERLY so. And somehow, they know things about me – like that I used to collect Lisa Frank *everything* when I was younger, or that I was an avid reader of the Babysitters Club books. Sometimes their articles make me burst out laughing. Other times, I chuckle quietly to myself.

I am a fan.

Thank you Hello Giggles!!! This is a huge honor 🙂


by Kerry Winfrey

When I graduated from college four years ago (can I get a moment of silence for my youth?), the economy was just starting to implode. I moved back in with my parents, went on tons of interviews and occasionally wished I’d majored in something a little more practical than creative writing. The interview process was basically all of the bad parts of dating, like being anxious and getting dressed up, and none of the good parts, like free dinners and the possibility of making out (unless you’re on a really weird, inappropriate interview). In short, it was the worst.

Those of you who recently graduated are probably dealing with a lot of the same things. The economy is still no great shakes and I’m sure interviewers are still asking questions like, “So what’s your biggest weakness?” Job hunting is frustrating and sometimes it can feel hopeless. If you’re currently dealing with general unemployment malaise, you should check out You Can Do It, Bunny!: Tales of a Young Animal’s Job Hunting Adventures.

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My opinions on love as formed from being the child of high school sweethearts

By Gabriella Iarrobino

My parents went to prom together.

Several people can make that claim. But how many can make the claim “my parents went to prom together and still like each other”? I have yet to do any extensive research on this question so I really have no idea. All I know is that I certainly can.

My mother met my father when she was 15 and he was 18. Now if I had brought home an 18 year old when I was 15, my mother would have had none of that nonsense. Actually forget about my mother, my grandmother would have called the National Guard. You would expect my father to be the scary one, but that definitely goes to my grandmother. But that is way beside the point.

She may look like a sweet old lady, but she’ll chase any potential suitors down the driveway with a broom. Ask my father.

My parents were each other’s first and only loves. Granted they broke up a grand total of eleven times before finally getting hitched but I suppose those things happen when you get into serious relationships at a young age.

Contrary to what you may think, I do not walk around expecting every relationship to end in marriage. We all have those friends. You know exactly the ones I’m talking about. They are the friends who ask you if their current flame’s last name sounds good with their first name and have been morphing their faces together on that creepy baby generator website.

“I think she really looks like an Amanda.”

Really? Because it looks like something straight out of Prometheus.

This is actually cuter.

I digress. Again.

They have encouraged me not to marry young and often scoff at my friends who are in heavy relationships despite the fact that is exactly what they did. This has given me an interesting perspective on love. While many of my friends’ insecurities get the best of their relationships—to the point where I have to insist several times that no I won’t let you stand on my back for the extra boost to see if he’s really in his buddy’s apartment playing poker—I have more of a “no one is worth that much effort, there’s other fish in the sea” philosophy.  Thanks, Mom!

Vintage relationship stalking.

Finally, my parents’ relationship has lasted so long because of the respect they give each other. My father treats my mother with so much love and respect that you’d think he was still trying to court her. Due to my father being a respectful man, I don’t have any daddy issues. Zero, zilch. Sorry predatory older men. You will never find me with a man who disrespects me. I don’t want no scrubs! You better be able to pay your bills, bills, bills. Okay, that channeling of 90’s girl groups was a little much, even for me.

Sometimes I forget that I’m not actually a member of Destiny’s Child.

What I’ve come to realize is that being the child of high school sweethearts has shaped my opinions on love more than I thought until recently. I seem to think I have my head screwed on pretty straight when it comes to these matters. I guess it’s just a matter of time if I end up happily ever after with prince charming or a lot of dogs. Because let’s be real, I ain’t no cat lady.

Images courtesy of Google and my own iPhoto library (not confessing to which ones are which)

Want a full preview of the book before you buy the real thing?

“You Can Do It, Bunny” is 100% self-published. Without a marketing budget, the only way that people can learn about my book is through word of mouth.

Want a full preview of the book before you buy the real thing?

Just ask! send me an email at (subject: free PDF), and I will mail you a .pdf.

And then, please tell your friends 🙂

xo! Tina

Pictures of the paperback book

Excerpts from the Book – a sample

The book itself is 38 pages long. The slideshow features only a sample of the book (some pictures from the beginning, some from the middle). Many pages are omitted.

It’s a Mad Mad World: Life Lessons from Mad Men *SPOILERS*

WARNING: There are enough spoilers in this piece that if you’ve never seen Mad Men, you’ll never have to.

By Gabriella Iarrobino

Being that I am a marketing major and hope to one day go into advertising, it is not surprising that one of my favorite shows is Mad Men. When people used to ask me what my major was, I’d usually reply “Don Draper,” until I realized that joke was no longer funny/ was really never funny. It’s not like I’m learning how to steal identities, drink Canadian Club like it’s water and cheat on my spouse. However, watching Mad Men has taught me a few things about advertising and life in that I would never have learned in a classroom. Here are the top ten.

1. It’s okay to get drunk at work as long as it is in the spirit of being creative, celebrating an achievement, or drowning the sorrows of (but not limited to): losing a client, not winning a big account, having a client hate your pitch & the guilt of cheating on your wife.

2. It’s a smart idea to write an open letter bad mouthing your former client in a one page advertisement in the New York Times, acting as if you are the moral compass for life even though you have had more mistresses than anyone can count through the duration of five seasons.

3. When your secretary turned wife turned junior copywriter quits her job to pursue acting, the elevator in your office building will probably not work and will serve as a metaphor for life that no one will ever really get without the help of Wikipedia.

4. Taking LSD ends in divorce and/or thinking you are at the 1919 World Series game. It also will inspire you to buy psychedelic/ugly art to hang in your office as an homage to your mind altering experience. May also end in the wearing of Hawaiian shirts when drunk or standing stark naked in your office window after hours overlooking New York City.

5. If your life ends up being an episode of “I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant” and the shock of the event ends up with you being institutionalized for a period of time–your mother and sister will end up raising your child. Its okay to care about more trivial things like why you aren’t the lead copywriter on the Jaguar account than why you refuse to acknowledge your child’s existence. It’s also a plus to act morally superior to everyone and not tell the child’s father. The child also will never be mentioned or seen again after season 2.

6. If a man dies in the Korean War, its okay to steal his identity. You’ll probably end up going to California to meet his wife who really doesn’t care you did this. You’ll end up paying for her home and visiting her every year. She’ll end up being the only woman you ever actually love completely because she knows your name is actually Dick Whitman. The name Dick will end up being painted on her wall which will make it awkward for you when your daughter sees it and asks you who Dick is. You’ll give her ring to your secretary turned fiancee post coitus in Disney Land.

7. Sometimes, even though the theme of an episode is so glaringly obvious, you need to have an irrelevant character from season 1 reappear and blatantly say it in an elevator with your protagonist.

8. Orange sherbet is a great source of conflict.

9. When you end up marrying an incredibly nice and handsome man who treats you better than anyone you have ever known, you’ll probably still be jealous of your womanizing ex husband and his new wife. You’ll use your daughter to cause conflict with them. When that doesn’t work, you’ll throw groceries in your kitchen.

10. When you can only afford to buy the rights to an old French song, have an attractive woman sing it to her her much older husband and all his coworkers in lingerie. It will end up in the iTunes top 10 and you will be able to press it into vinyl and it will actually sell. Zou bisou bisou!

Images courtesy of Google.

This is “Ugh” working for “Rock Bottom”

You think your job sucks? Try being the person cleaning up after c. love’s dirty laundry.

source: jezebel