Weeny Opens his KitNip Box!

Happy Caturday furriends! We are so thankful for the lovely folks over at KitNip Box who have sent goodies! Weeny had a blast just opening it! This one happened to be rock n’ roll themed, and his first pick was the little “Hiss” T-shirt. KitNip Box is a kitty subscription box that offers high quality goods and healthy treats for your fur-babies! It comes with a list of all the goodies inside, so you know exactly what your little one is getting. Here’s the list for Weeny’s box:He absolutely loves everything so far! The little T-shirt and crinkle pillow seem to be his favorites. They even included some healthy treats! Click right here to visit their website and grab your own KitNip Box subscription!! Follow their Instagram at @kitnipbox and tag your posts #kitnipbox to show them some love!!

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My Squish Collection Begins!

Phew! Big apologies to all my lovely readers! I haven’t posted in wayyy too long as I have been so busy. Totally unacceptable, of course! Free time has gone mainly toward naps and that will be changing very soon! I want to make a brief post featuring my preciously adorable Teeturtle Minis that I have become obsessed with as of this spring/summer. It began when I picked up the lil blue guy at Heroes and Villains fest in Chicago this spring. I recently grabbed the lil rainbow guy in honor of pride month 2018 at Wizard World Columbus. I plan on grabbing a new one at each con to represent each city! However, if you aren’t that patient, you can grab them all right here! Don’t forget to show me pics of your sweet lil plushies on Instagram by tagging #urbanmermaid and check out the Teeturtle page at @teeturtle and @teeturtleminis

Happy summer!!

xoxo

Stephanie

@stephaniepiix

Unpopular Opinion: I’m a Size 0, I HATE IT, and This is Why!

Happy Saturday guys! The weekend creeps upon us once again! As I’ve been so busy and thinking of a different sort of post to write, I’ve decided to take a step back and take the filter off, so to speak. Maybe the winter is just getting to me, maybe I just want to start off 2018 being a bit more “real,” but I figured it was time to give the pretty glittery stuff a little rest for a moment and talk about something hard for a change!

Not a single one of us is without body issues. Some of us may hide it better than others, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t hidden underneath the surface. That’s totally okay, because it’s part of the human experience. We all have them. That being said, I wanted to bring a different perspective to the table…one that isn’t usually talked about and often swept under the rug.

I am a tiny size 0 (in US sizes, at least). I know there’s many people out there who see that as ideal and beautiful, but I want to make it clear that it’s not all it’s cracked up to be and that if I had a choice, I would’ve never wanted this. If there was anything I could do to change this, I would do it without a second thought. My genes happened to mix up a certain way and come out in the combination they did, and I’m stuck with the results whether I like it or not!

You’d be shocked how many people I encounter IRL who don’t seem to understand this, and I wanted to put some facts out there to clear things up.

First and foremost, I LOVE food! You’ve probably guessed that if you’ve been reading the recipes I’ve posted. I spend A LOT of time thinking about what I want on the menu in our house for the coming week, what new things I want to try next time I go shopping, and so on. I would say I have a very healthy relationship with food. It’s not weird, hostile or an otherwise messy issue in any way. Therefore it’s hard not to get offended when someone accuses me of having an eating disorder, which SO MANY A**HOLES DO!! And I wonder, just…WHY? Is there that many people that have just never seen a thin person before? Or never seen anyone who doesn’t look just like them? That doesn’t fit their definition of “normal?” The world is a tough place for some of us who forget that not everyone is as open minded and as tolerant as we are. We often think everyone is as nice and kind as we are, but the sad reality is that it isn’t the case. There’s all kinds, good and bad. All we can do is teach others to be tolerant in the best way we know how. Chances are that if you read here regularly then you already do this, but I hope this prompts you to encourage even one person to be a bit more open minded.

“OMG…do you ever eat?!”

That’s a stupid question.

I know, I wish I could say there are no such things as stupid questions but unfortunately sometimes, there can be. This is one of them, and it’s one I get asked more often than I ever thought possible!

Doesn’t every living thing HAVE TO eat to LIVE? Us, animals, plants, everything?? Even little amoebas need to get energy in some form. Asking someone if they eat is like asking if they breathe oxygen! So yes, I am a living being that eats and breathes oxygen just like everyone else!

“You need to EAT MORE!!!!”

Uhh…No.

I do not.

That’s another one I get pretty often, and one can’t truly know how frustrating it is unless it happens to you. I eat until I am full, just like any other person who has a healthy relationship with food. Sometimes it’s a little, sometimes it’s a lot. I’ll eat as much as I can handle without over-stuffing myself. “Eating more” won’t do anything besides make me sluggish, so why should I do that and waste food that I could be saving for later? Again, very few people understand when I explain this. They insist I could just “eat more” and *POOF!* As if they know anything about MY body. *facepalm x10000* Trust me, if “eating more” was an option, don’t you think I would have done that a lonnnnggggg time ago?!

My only “restriction” (if you can call it that) is that I do my best to avoid GMOs and weird ingredients I can’t pronounce. I encourage others to do the same and to look for the shortest list of ingredients on their food labels when grocery shopping. If there’s a whole effing long ass paragraph on the contents label, I think it would be in everybody’s best interest to pass it up for something with less mystery ingredients if possible.

People these days are usually pretty understanding when I explain this, but once in a while I’ll get that person who says “You don’t NEED to eat healthy stuff!” As if losing weight is the only reason to eat healthy? *sighs.* Then I have to explain that everyone should eat foods that make them feel good, whether they’re “dieting” or not!

“Oh you like healthy food, THAT’s why you’re so skinny!”

No, it is not. My desire to eat good food has nothing to do with being skinny!

By the way, I want you to try something. Go on Instagram and search the hashtags #skinny #thin and #thighgap. A WARNING pops up! GRAPHIC CONTENT you guys!! Because thin women are just OH SO OFFENSIVE they will make your eyeballs bleed!!!! Ugh. The #fat hashtag however, is totally okay you guys!!! #bodypositive

Yes, I get that there’s a lot of girls who do starve themselves and go on social media looking for further starvation inspiration and documenting their progress. Yes, those girls need help. But should they be lumped in with ALL skinny people whether they can help how they look or not? I say HELL NO!

Which brings me to my next point. I have a “thigh gap.” I do not want nor did I ever ask for a “thigh gap.” I did not roll out of bed one day and decide that obtaining a thigh gap would be one of my goals. But I have one whether I want one or not. But wait! Thigh gaps AREN’T REAL! REAL women don’t have those silly stupid fake thigh gaps you guyssss!!! Only fake photoshopped women have thoseeee!!!!

Oh, and my favorite…

“OMG Guys ONLY like big girls!!!!! Guys don’t like skinny girlsss!!!!”

Oh, do kindly f*** off! Guys like whatever the hell they decide they like. Some like black hair, some like blond. Some like green eyes, some like blue or brown. Some guys like girls and some guys like guys. Different guys prefer girls of all different skin colors. Some even like imperfections, like moles or messed up teeth. But NOT ALL guys have to only like “big girls.” They do not all have to prefer big girls over any other body type, and to go around telling women that only big girls are desirable is damaging.

Aside from being asked questions so frustrating that you don’t know how to manage an answer anymore or being told you don’t need to eat healthy, imagine growing up as a skinny kid and being told by people (including your family who should know better) that you should gain weight because you would be more attractive, more desirable, and just overall better because you clearly aren’t good enough the way you are. Imagine seeing ads showing “real women” (Dove, for example, which I will bitch about in a separate post) and none of them look like you. But OMG those women are REAL U GUYZ!! That’s what REAL WOMEN LOOK LIKE!! Not those fake skinny bitches that don’t even exist in real life…these are REAL WOMEN!! *bangs head on wall*

See that adorable outfit on that mannequin you just have to have? Tough s**t, the smallest size is a medium. You can try it on just to see, but as badly as you want to make it work, it doesn’t look hopeful. But do not bother complaining about your clothes shopping issues around other women, OH NO, you don’t get to do that. Your problems are not real. Only “big girls” get to vent about their problems, and if you try to, you will get called “anorexic” and told to just shut up. Because, ya know, you must not have any legitimate problems like other “real” women have. You aren’t real and neither are your problems. Woohooo!

You could also be strolling down the street minding your own business when a random stranger who happens to have an empty soul full of evil and contempt decides to tell you to “eat a cheeseburger.” Yes, this has happened MORE THAN ONCE. What is going through these awful people’s minds, I have no clue. I will never begin to understand what makes them think that is acceptable behavior. I mean, shouting insults at random people?! Come on! But unfortunately, if your a thin woman people think this is okay to do to you. We all know they wouldn’t dare go up to a heavy person and tell them to stop eating or “cut out the cheeseburgers” because that would be OH SO MEANNNNN!!! You can’t say thatttttt!!!You’ll hurt their feeeeelllinngssss!!!! But skinny girls have no feelings and no real problems so it’s totally okay to say whatever horrible things you want to them, right guysss??!

Another one is, “Have you been to the doctor?”

Or “Are you healthy?”

Yes and yes. No other explanation should be needed here.

Also, your friends are posting their ski trips on Instagram but alas, you have to pass on the winter sports because the cold is literally unbearable for you. I myself don’t mind this one too much since I’m a summer person anyway. I’ll take the warm sandy beach!

It’s also somehow acceptable for weirdos to grab your wrist with their thumb and forefinger in a circle, and look at it as if you are some kind of alien. But prepare for war if you retaliate by poking their stomach or something, which is just as bad, but you would totally never do that because that’s OMG SO MEANNN!

Go somewhere with only hard chairs? WOOT! Your ass is about to hurt and I hope you brought a pillow, because they will not make accommodations for your tiny butt.

And let’s not forget the whole “body positive” movement! You get to be “body positive” ONLY if you aren’t skinny. Because thin women don’t deserve to be “body positive” guys! *barf*

You may not complain of any ailments either, because there will always be THAT person who attributes your problems to being “too thin” or having “no meat on your bones.” I’m a very sweet, kind, patient and tolerant person 99.9% of the time. I do my best to ignore things that rub me the wrong way and focus on the positive. But the next person that says anything to me about “meat” and “bones” is going to be dragged by their hair into a world of pain! Because of this, I have to keep quiet most of the time when something is bothering me. Cold? It’s because there’s no meat on your bones! Got a headache? It’s because your skinny! Got a bruise on you leg from bumping into a table? It’s because your so skinny! Hungry? Tired? Stressed? Need a joint, a beer and a nice long nap? It’s because you’re so thin and must never eat! I could go on, but I’m sure you get the idea. It’s tough feeling like you can’t speak up when something is wrong, for fear of being judged. God forbid you ever end up with a serious health issue, or it will be ignored and attributed to being “too skinny.” I am so so thankful for the few girlfriends in my life that I can say these things to without judgement. They are what keep me sane.

The only real possible solution to any of this is to lift weights and do squats every single day (which I would LOVE to be able to do) but don’t we all get busy? Keeping up with a regimen is hard for anybody, even with all the time in the world and a personal trainer to light the fire under your butt. Even after a pretty long successful streak, the second I skip a few days I shrink back to tiny size! But then again, would it make me go up a clothing size? Would it make the cold more bearable? Who really knows, only time will tell. Maybe the mean comments would stop, maybe not. But as tempting as it is, we must make improvements to please ourselves and better our own lives, not to appease others who don’t truly matter. Oh well, gotta pick yourself back up. That is, after some much needed winter hibernation, of course! *huddles up under covers*

Biting Into Some Yummy Tide Pods!

Well, 2018 has brought the Internet from drinking bleach to eating those tasty-looking Tide Pods. I know, I know! Shortly after scrolling through Instagram and seeing the memes, I had an idea pop into my head! Sorry guys, I just could NOT resist!! Here’s how I whipped up some quick (but tasty) Tide Pod candies! And I’m sure you all know this but…don’t eat the real ones!!!!!

1. White chocolate

If you aren’t familiar with melting chocolate chips, here’s a little tip. If you are familiar, feel free to skip my rambling!

Boil some water in a relatively large pot. Place the chocolate in something that sits ON TOP of the boiling water, such as a bowl you can heat up or another pot. I happened to have a perfect metal bowl!

2. Forming the chocolates

White chocolate is a bit more difficult to melt than regular chocolate as it doesn’t get as smooth. Therefore it’s harder to shape. I did what I could with it as far as shaping it on the tray. Chocolate molds will also work! At this point, you can pop it in the freezer!

3. Mix some icing!

I couldn’t find gel icing in the right colors (I know, I was being lazy) but I decided to use this kind anyway because it tastes better. You need some blue coloring for a blue batch, and red-orange for the rest. I divided a can of vanilla icing in half for this.

4. Icing bags! YAY!

A bag of red and a bag of blue! I used plastic wrap and my smallest nozzle.

5. Decorate!

This is where you’ll make the swirl pattern before popping them back into the freezer! Leave them in until the icing gets hard.

6. Plastic wrap

Wrap each one with small cling wrap pieces until you get that plastic shiny look. This will also keep the icing from smudging until you are ready to serve them.

7. Party!

Serve them to friends for some LOLs! Enjoy!!

For The Shelter Cats on New Years…

Happy New Year’s Eve, guys!! 2018 is closely creeping upon us! This year went by WAY too fast for me, but I must remind myself of how blessed I am with what I’ve done, learned and experienced this year!

I am writing this post for a special reason. Sure, I could post glittery New Years pics of me “partying” (which I may), or pics of me and my friends being black-out wasted (which I won’t)! But to all who read this, there is something I want you to do. There is an issue in this world that, if you’ve kept up with me in the past, you know is hugely important to me.

As you ring in the new year at midnight tonight, please take a moment to think of the animals that are currently in shelters and in need of rescue!

I ask you to add it to your list of resolutions for 2018 to bring a new family member home from a shelter. If that isn’t possible for whatever reason, please make it a priority to donate to a local shelter or pledge for the rescue of an animal that needs your help! I promise you will find deep satisfaction in doing so!

To give you some place to start, I’ve included a list of cat rescues that take donations and places that you can go to adopt. You may remember my previous post here about cat rescues that you can donate to from anywhere. Some of those are on this list too, some are new ones. So here they are:

  • Bronx Stray Cats

Instagram: @bronxstraycats

PayPal.me/bronxstraycats

This is a cat rescue/foster in (you guessed it!) The Bronx. They have an Amazon wishlist here and if you are in the Bronx area, you’re in luck! They have sweet babies available for adoption.

  • Ziggy And Friends Cat Rescue

Instagram: @ziggyandfriendscatrescue

I’ve mentioned this one before, but decided to add it again because I feel strongly about their mission. They give cats on “death row” a second chance which is so wonderful!! Their website is here and if you are in the SoCal area, you can rescue one of these precious kitties and take one home!

  • Downey Rescue Network

Instagram: @downeyrescuenetwork

This is a serious one because they network cats from the high-kill Downey Shelter in LA. They work to find fosters and permanent homes for the cats that come into this horrible shelter! If your are outside of the Los Angeles area, you can still make pledges towards the shelter cats for rescues.

  • Street Cats of LA

Instagram: @streetcatsofla

This is another lovely street rescue that also networks cats from the high-kill Downey Animal Shelter. They have an Amazon wishlist as well.

  • Shelter Cats of LA

Instagram: @shelter.cats.of.la

This one is also in LA, so if you’re in the area there’s plenty of resources for you to utilize when deciding to bring a shelter baby home! They work with several shelters in the area, including Downey.

  • Paul The Cat Guy

Instagram: @paulthecatguy

PayPal: paul@paulthecatguy.com

This is a rescue located in NYC, and I love seeing the heartwarming rescue and recovery stories he posts about the cats that come to him!

  • Baldwin Park Shelter Cats

Instagram: @baldwinparksheltercats

This one is also located in LA. They have a Facebook page here and contact information can be found on either Instagram or Facebook! They network cats from the Baldwin Park Shelter.

And of course, keep your local shelters in mind when looking to add a new addition to your family this year! Rescue a cat with an urgent need for a home if possible, and donate to support your local no-kill shelters!

To wrap this up, I also want to remind you that black cats, unfortunately, are the most overlooked cats in shelters and the least likely to be adopted. With that being said, please consider giving a little black bundle of fluff a forever home! It’s totally NOT bad luck!!!

Have a save and happy New Year’s Eve and remember to adopt, don’t shop! 💕

Stuffing-Style Turkey Meatloaf

I hope everyone had an awesome holiday and got all the goodies you wished for!! Now is that weird time between Christmas and New Years when I’m in limbo and feeling like a total blob, yet wanna get motivated for all the fab things we have planned in 2018! As I write this, I’ve got my ass parked on the couch in my fluffy robe looking at some leftover holiday mess that seems to creep back no matter how many times I attempt to clean it. The good news is, I’m bringing you my meatloaf recipe I made on Christmas Eve as promised on my Instagram post!

Let me begin my telling you I am SO NOT a meatloaf person normally, nor was I ever until I discovered THIS! I can’t take credit for the bread idea myself, but this is my version! It’s turkey meat, so much better for you than beef, and unlike other meatloaf I’ve tried before it is so so smooth!! So here it is…

  • 2 packages of ground turkey (antibiotic and hormone-free!)
  • 4-5 slices of bread (I use wheat bread)
  • 1 Large egg
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • A dash of hot sauce
  • A dash of liquid smoke
  • A pinch of Himalayan pink salt
  • A pinch of cumin
  • 1/4 onion, finely chopped
  1. Preheat your oven to 350
  2. Throw the ground turkey in a large mixing bowl
  3. Tear the bread up into small pieces and add it to the turkey mixture
  4. Add the egg, olive oil, cumin, salt, hot sauce and liquid smoke
  5. Chop the onion and add it to the mix
  6. Using your hands, mix all the ingredients together until you have a smooth mixture (I prefer gloves when I don’t want to get my fingers sticky).
  7. Coat a baking pan with butter or coconut oil spray
  8. Form the mixture into a “loaf” on the pan
  9. Cover it with foil or a lid and pop it in the oven for 1 hour or until it’s cooked through the center
  10. Remove the foil toward the end to allow your loaf to “brown” a bit on top if you prefer
  11. Slice and serve!!

Show me your healthy turkey loaf with your fav side dishes on IG @stephaniepiix #urbanmermaid💕😋

Kokie Cosmetics “What’s the Mauve?” Bundle Review

From the dictionary:

MAUVE

mōv,môv/

adjective

1 1.
of a pale purple color.

noun

1 1.
a pale purple color.”a few pale streaks of mauve were all that remained of the sunset”

2 2.
historical
a bright but delicate pale purple aniline dye prepared by William H. Perkin (1838–1907) in 1856. It was the first synthetic dyestuff.

Purple is my fav color!! There seems to be something so magical about it! It’s not quite blue, not quite pink, and when taking art class and learning about color theory, I’ve actually been taught that it doesn’t really exist on the color spectrum. When we say “purple,” or in this case “mauve,” what we really mean is a mixture of blue and red. We often confuse purple with violet, which is it’s own color on the spectrum.

It’s the end of the rainbow. It sits between blue and invisible ultraviolet light. It’s the shortest wavelength our human eyes perceive. It’s the color of royalty, individually and the crown chakra.

So I was very excited to receive this mauve bundle from the lovely Kokie Cosmetics to share with you all! This is my first time trying this brand and I just love it so far! This bundle in particular came with nail polish, lip liner, a solid lipstick and a liquid lipstick (I’m wearing the nail polish and liquid lipstick in the pic).

1. Mad About Mauve (Kissable Liquid Lipstick)

This is such a lovely liquid lipstick! It goes on smooth, it’s matte and stays on like a champ all day! Sure, a little came off on my coffee cup, but nothing too noticeable.

2. Mauve Nude (Lip Liner)

Everyone needs a good reliable lip liner! This one goes on so smooth, blends great with the liquid lipstick, and stays on! The only downside is that you have to sharpen it (I usually prefer the click pencil kind). But maybe I’m just lazy!

3. Mauve Along (Cream Lipstick)

This one is very pretty too, at least in the tube. But the color is not as saturated as the liquid one when I put it on. It looked more translucent than I’d hoped, so I prefer the liquid lipstick over this one unless I’m looking for just a small hint of color.

4. Mystic Mauve (Nail Polish)

As I write this, I’ve had this polish on for several days with little to no chippage so far!! The color is lovely, it dries rather quickly and looks high quality for polish I applied at home. It’s a nice break from the salon gel I normally get and a good chance to allow my nails to “breathe.”

My final rating for the full bundle:

It’s beautiful and mauve, very good quality, and I am pleased with Kokie Cosmetics and will keep using their products! The solid lipstick didn’t stick like I’d hoped, but the liquid makes up for that I believe!

Tag #urbanmermaid on IG and show me your favorite mauve products! 💟☮️ You can also grab Kokie stuff here!

😘 XO