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Reasonable and kind tips for bros. Together, we can beat this thing. #hope

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YES.

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Beauty: Bathtime relaxation on the cheap

One of my favorite things to do to relax is take a bubble bath, sip on a glass of wine and listen to music. The best part is that it’s a very cheap relaxation ritual!

Bubble Bath

Hells yeah doggy. You're doing it right. Photo via my.firefighternation.com
Hells yeah doggy. You're doing it right. Photo via my.firefighternation.com

Bubble baths are amazing. Really. I am a huge fan of bubble baths, as they are so luxurious for literally spending pennies on allowing yourself to wind down.

The great thing about bubble baths is that you really don’t have to spend a lot of money on them. I’ve always used random ones from Target or Walmart, like Lander that is around $3. Bubble baths that I’ve bought at Walmart have been better than expensive ones from department stores.

I actually tried some ‘designer’ bubble bath that I bought at Macy’s, thinking the bubbles would be like, the silkiest and biggest bubbles alive and that I’d probably drown in them from sheer luxury. I picked out Philosophy’s Raspberry Sorbet 3-in-1 shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath for $16, and it turned out to be the most lackluster bubble bath of my life. So in the case of bubble baths, the cheaper, the better.

Wine

Frontera wine is imported, amazing and reasonably priced. Photo via fronterawines.com
Frontera wine is imported, amazing and reasonably priced. Photo via fronterawines.com

Another great addition to inexpensive bathtime relaxation is wine. I’m a firm believer in wine for all occasions. What better way to unwind than with a bubble bath AND wine?!

One really great wine with a reasonable price is Chilean wine from Concha y Toro. Their FronteraCabernet Sauvignon runs around $10 a bottle and is really good imported wine for the price. I used to buy a bottle for $4 when I lived in Chile. Sigh!

Music and Podcasts

If you’re like me and need something to take your mind of the day or your schedule tomorrow, playing relaxing music or a podcast is a great way to further your relaxation escape. Depending on my mood, I would choose classical music when I was feeling regal, ambient when I wanted to get lost in music and podcasts when I wanted to listen. You can find music for free through pandora or last.fm and podcasts are always free on itunes.

Last Touches

Grab a book or a magazine, light some candles and just relax. After all, it’s nice to break away from everyday stresses and technology if only for 20 minutes. Sometimes I find it difficult to relax, but it is such a necessary part of our routine. I hope you find time to relax and spend on yourself, because your serenity, even on a budget, is important.

Television: ENTIRE ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT CAST IS CONFIRMED!!

OMG. Photo via Getty Images
OMG. Photo via Getty Images

YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!! A resounding cheer of joy is heard around the world as we learn that the whole cast of Arrested Development is confirmed for the new season. That means Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Jeffrey Tambor, David Cross, Michael Cera, Portia De Rossi, Tony Hale, Alia Shawkat and Jessica Walter.

Writer Dean Lorey tells us via his blog that the new season of AD will premiere sometime in 2013 with 10 episodes exclusively airing on Netflix.

“We’re really doing this thing.  Mitch Hurwitz, Jim Vallely and I are off writing the new season of ARRESTED to premiere on Netflix in 2013.  The original cast is back.  There are offices and parking spaces.  We’re shooting this year.  I wish I could give more specifics but, for the moment, even the schedule is being kept under wraps.  But it’s happening and it’s great to be back with my pals from the show.  More later as it becomes okay to release further details…”

The new season of Arrested Development will act as a sort of gateway into the movie that will follow the end of the upcoming season. I can’t wait to see what the Bluths have been up to for the past 7-8 years, because I’m betting they’ve gotten into some pretty weird shit.

YESSSSS!!!!!!!!!!

Music: Jack White to release new album!!

Hello, Jack. Photo via youtube.com
Hello, Jack. Photo via youtube.com

It’s been a while since we’ve had an album from Jack White, in any of his multiple forms (White Stripes, Raconteurs and the Dead Weather to be exact!) It has been reported that our fave White will  be releasing a solo album this year.

White comments on his new body of work, titled Blunderbuss, saying that:

“I’ve put off making records under my own name for a long time but these songs feel like they could only be presented under my name. These songs were written from scratch, had nothing to do with anyone or anything else but my own expression, my own colors on my own canvas.”

According to his youtube channel, the album will drop April 23/24. To tide you over you can download his new single “Love Interruption” on Jan. 31. EEP!

Television: Party Down

Are we having fun yet? Photo via amazon.com
"Are we having fun yet?" Photo via amazon.com

I first was made aware of Party Down in early 2011. If you have Netflix and have yet to see this show, it is an absolute must.

It follows the lives of caterers in Hollywood, all hoping to make it big someday, but stuck waiting at crazy events. The show, insanely, got cancelled after only two seasons on Starz. However, the show was so popular among fans (despite getting axed) that a movie is said to be in the works, a la Arrested Development.

Our fave Adam Scott, who you may know as the amazing Ben Wyatt on Parks and Recreation, plays Henry Pollard in Party Down which is, in my humble opinion, Scott’s best character to date.

Other stars of the show are Jane Lynch before she was stolen to be on Glee, Lizzy Caplan, Ken Marino, Ryan Hansen, Martin Starr and Megan Mullally.

The show was created and written mostly by, John EnbomDan EtheridgePaul Rudd (!!!!!) and Rob Thomas. John Enbom is said to be working on the movie script as we type this. YAY!!!

Photo via thecinemasource.com
Ryan Hansen is super hot. Bring him back please. Photo via thecinemasource.com

Celebrité: Christina Aguilera just can’t catch a break

That sucks. Photo via thesuperficial.com
That sucks. Photo via thesuperficial.com

Oh good lord. Pictures and videos have been running around the internet showing Christina Aguilera getting her period while singing at Etta James’ funeral. Oh. My GOD. Middle school nightmare come true!

That’s pretty much the worst thing I’ve seen in a while. Because it’s really not a big deal, but it’s still embarrassing to the point where millions of people have not only seen her be kind of a hot mess for the past couple of years, but also fudge up the lyrics to the National Anthem, be made fun of for her weight gain and then get your period at a legend’s funeral. She needs a new album of Stripped caliber like, yesterday. (Her best album eva!)

It seems like in terms of bad luck in Hollywood, the greater the crazy and misfortune, the faster the return. At Xtina’s rate, she’s gonna sneeze and shart in a white dress on live TV any day now.