Mama Rucci

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Quit Smoking- Second Times the Charm March 27, 2010

Last month I wrote two posts- One about how I was about to quit smoking and the second about how I was smoke free for a week. I was doing really really good, and figured I kicked the habit! Yay Me!! I haven’t written about it since because I was ashamed and didn’t want to let those down around me who were cheering me on and supporting me. I didn’t want my readers to think I was a weak loser with no will power.


I’ve seen two people in family put the cigarettes down and never pick them up again. I measured myself against them….why couldn’t I be like that?? I’m here to admit that I didn’t do it, I had a couple things happen in my personal life (I won’t get into now) that pushed me over the edge. I said screw it and picked up that old friend who consoled me, calmed me, and made everything feel better for a little while. I know this is NO excuse- but the fact is- Nicotine is not the only addiction, it’s the whole act that you’re addicted to.


I still had it in my head that I would quit again, but this time it was a little scarier because now I knew just how hard it was. Then today I received a comment on my HotMess post and she told me I had given her hope….imagine that…ME…giving someone else hope. She made me see that it’s hard for others too. I want to take her hand and walk beside her, share our stories about our “old friend” who we need to sever this toxic relationship with. It turns out that she has given hope back to me!


I did get the starter pack of Chantix AGAIN and I will be joining my new friend Cindy and start my journey again. Tomorrow morning I take my first step to a “smoke free” life.


I will keep telling myself, I am a NON-Smoker! To those of you who cheered for, stood by me, and prayed for me…please don’t stop. I won’t be afraid to fall and I will look for your hand to help me up! Please add Cindy in your prayers as well. Then we will all celebrate together. Although I won’t be able to drink for a while as they go hand in hand :)

 

Italian Women are Short and Plump March 25, 2010

Most people think an Italian woman is  short with olive skin, dark hair and  pleasantly plump. Doing a lot of cooking, keeping quiet when it comes to her husband’s business, gardening, and taking care of the kids. Let me be the one to burst your bubble….that’s not how it is in today’s world.


Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t think my grandfather ever changed a diaper in his life. My daughter was the first baby he fed baby food. Once we were old enough to eat pasta (maybe 6months) he would happily put some on our highchair, along with a meatball (cut up) and a slice of Italian bread and talk to us about how great a cook grandma (Nonna) was!


Today, some of us are blonde (I’m mixed Northern and Sicilian), I would think I’m not round, and I’m 5’8″..OK so I’m 5’3″…..yeah I’m short…whatever…that one stands…and so is every one of the girls in my family. I like to think of myself as vertically challenged.


We Italian women do love to feed our family and friends, the more the merrier. We love our fresh basil, parsley, and veges from the garden to make the sauce. We do however, hold full time jobs and our husbands DO help with all aspects of raising the kids…..including changing diapers. If we stay home while raising children, sure we’ll do most of the work…but today it’s a team effort!


Our families are loud, they fight, they love each other and there’s certain traditions you need to keep. At holidays it would be blasphemy not to have at least 5 courses (Trust me, I’ve tried) Tell your mother you’re JUST going to make lasagna... she show up with 8 courses to go along with it and say she was cooking it anyway and made too much!


Line at Pepe's

Another tradition is going to the Italian Festivals (ah vest). One is in June on Wooster St in New Haven, CT. This is our Little Italy. I’ve been going for as long as I can remember. I’m sure you heard of Pepe’s or Sally’s Apizza.. Old Blue Eyes used to come to get pizza here. Everyone was related to someone on Wooster St. I would always visit the Sacco’s (Tony and Lucille’s). Maria or Sandy (Sacco) would call me over to give me fried dough…..they always made the BEST. I would stop in the club and poppy would hand me a couple bucks so I could complete the night with a Libby’s Italian Ice………..I felt like royalty. Today, Wooster St is still apart of lives and if you should ever come to CT…it’s a MUST DO!


We learn young to be loyal, give people respect, keep the family dirt in the family, always back your friends, but don’t take no crap! It’s still a no-no to live with someone or have a baby without being married. You will hear about it…with a pointed finger, a mama mia, and a glance up to God, but once the initial shock is gone…they will stand behind you!!!


We are not all “connected” with the MOB and if someone was they wouldn’t tell you. We are hard working, law abiding American citizens! Most important if you’re a good friend, you become family!

Ciao!!

Vivi bene, Ridi spesso, Ama molto




 

Big Y Family Meets Bloggers March 22, 2010

This past Friday I met with Big Y along with other bloggers and Peeps from Collective Bias. I was hired as a consultant to explain in layman’s terms, what blogging is, why I blog, and what the benefits of social media are. When speaking to someone who spends their day hopping from Twitter, Facebook, Whrrl, Friendfeed, and many blogs, the lingo flows and we understand each-other. When you think about it, it’s a foreign language. When I speak to family and friends who don’t understand, it can be frustrating. Now we have three hours to break this down into the ABC’s. How will we ever do this? Attending many meetings with corporate execs from my past jobs, I knew some of them could be arrogant asses and would never admit to “not getting it” but rather delegate to some poor soul under them and have the ol’ set up for failure…better them than me. I left corporate America and now I’m meeting with them….do I really want to do this? ………….Of course I do! I have that internal “Help Button“.


I was very excited! Why??? well…… this is where I shop, I really like the store, and I heard they buy from local farmers which impresses me. Another thing that impresses me is the two stores I go to have employees that deliver top-notch customer service. I’m all about customer service, especially since I trained, coached, and evaluated reps. I don’t know the Big Y company very well but I’ll listen intently so I can speak to it for my community both on and offline. It’s important to be able to tell the inside scoop of why They should go shop at their stores.



We met in the lobby to sign in. It was very secure, we had to give our license to be scanned and then received a visitor’s pass. We stayed in the lobby for a bit while we waited for everyone to come. There was a room with comfy couches adjoined to the lobby and it was decorated with what else…Big Y memorabilia, kinda cool, an old cash register what looked like pure gold…..it wasn’t or I’d be writing this from Hawaii…not that I checked. It had old pictures and fake fruit stands that separated the two rooms. Ok enough about the lobby, but I am a nostalgic person and it was cool.


On our way to the conference room we have to walk by all the cubicles of the employees. First check -do they seem happy? This is easy to tell…do they immediately smile when they look at you or, do they smile back if you smile first. As I walked by………everyone smiled and some said hello…this is a good sign! The food everywhere could have had something to do with their smiles. Points!


We now are sitting at the conference table and behind me is coffee, water, and food!- Points scored here, but truthfully I was hoping for some fruit…it’s Big Y…they have awesome fruit! Share some with us!!!


Ok so in come the Big Y peeps… Phil, Karen, Nicole, John, Merles, and Linda. Everyone was very pleasant and we started to go around and introduce ourselves. When they got to Karen and said how long she’s been with the company, I was ready to grab her and interview her so i can create my next Touch’d product. She looked fabulous, not that we exchanged ages, but women have this secret inner sense. I was ready to start a whole new meeting and make it all about ME! Simmerrrrrrrr… i didn’t, I stuck to what we were there for.. to educate. They all sat and listened patiently as we (us bloggers) talked all about ourselves, our blogs and why we loved it…. Passion…at least that’s what started us all. Ok so some of us had more to say and may have even got Shhh’d. Did you expect any less? I like to be thorough.


Phil spoke in between and started telling us Big Y stories. I wanted to stay an extra hour with my pad and pen and take notes. It was an inspiring story how two brothers started Big Y and there were little tid bits in there that were very interesting (you know…….the stuff that captivates you and gets lock in the useless information bank) Did you know Big Y is an actual family owned company? I heard the slogan “to your family from ours”, but when I worked at the post office they called us family…yeah right. You can read about the history of Big Y on their site….wayyyyy at the bottom. There’s no pictures of the family, I checked the whole site (They should really put some…hint hint) Anyway Phil also told about all the testing Big Y does on it’s brand products…again I thought this was cool. I totally want to go to the site and watch the testing….and of course blog about it. I’d like to be taste tester of the bakery department.. HAHA


After the three hours spent there, I can tell you that ALL the Big Y people (family) were very gracious and kept an opened mind as we flooded them with information. We joked and laughed throughout and the mood was very relaxed. If anyone did have jitters, they disappeared after a few minutes. Of course at the end I whipped out my camera and said Pictures! Not everyone was as willing as Phil and John but at least you get to meet them.


In the beginning I told you I was paid to attend this meeting, however, I was NOT paid nor was I asked to write anything about the meeting or Big Y. As bloggers don’t we want to share all??? If i didn’t like Big Y would I have wrote this? You bet!  I want you to know when you walk into the store, know a “family” who probably gets together for picnics, fights with one another, and loves each other very much, has grown this company and are running it together.


Do you shop at Big Y? What do you like or dislike about it? Does it make a difference that you now know it’s a family run business? I want to hear your thoughts. Also here’s a link if you like coupons, my friend puts together coupons with their weekly ad to help you save money http://www.wickedcooldeals.com/

 

Hershey’s Donates Baskets to the Domestic Violence Shelter March 19, 2010

Hershey’s doesn’t just have great chocolate, they also give back with BIG hearts.


I received a gift card from Hershey to create  Easter baskets that I could donate to whoever I chose. I decided the children at the local Battered Women’s  Shelter were more than deserving! So off I went to Walmart and I filled my cart with hershey’s candy that is only sold at Walmarts and not at other retail locations.





I called the shelter and found out there were four       children, so i put together four baskets and of course included other goodies for them like crazy straws, jumpropes, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and coloring books.


The best part is that the children will be told that this was given to them from Hershey’s! I think Hershey’s just made four children very happy this Easter!   

I had a few helpers and I think we created wonderful Easter baskets!

Now don’t YOU want to HELP???????

Keep reading and see how you and Hershey’s can make a difference this Easter!


Hershey’s has partnered with Children’s Miracle Network and they are hosting this #BetterBasket Blog Hop. Hershey’s will donate $10 per blog post written using the specific rules up to $5,000 to the Children’s Miracle Network. It’s so easy to participate and will only take a few minutes of your time.




So please take a minute and make a virtual basket and keep passing this on so we can raise some money to help the kids!

Here’s what to do:

* Make sure you copy and paste the following rules into your post.

HERSHEY’S BETTER BASKET BLOG HOP RULES

* Create a blog post giving a virtual Easter Basket to another blogger – you can give as many Virtual Baskets as you want.
* Link back to person who gave you an Easter Basket.
* Let each person you are giving a Virtual Easter Basket know you have given them a Basket.
* Leave your link at BetterBasket.info/BlogHop comment section. You can also find the official rules of this #betterbasket blog hop, and more information about Better Basket with Hershey’s there.
* Hershey’s is donating $10 per each blog participating to the Better Basket Blog Hop to Children’s Miracle Network (up to total of $5,000 by blog posts written by April 4th, 2010).
* Please note that only one blog post by each blog url will count towards the donation.

I’m sending my virtual basket to:

Erin @ErinJeany at pyleoflove

Shellie @Blog4mom  at Blog4Mom

Carissa @CFerrucciBeam at TheBeamerBuzz


 

Cheap Date Challenge with Blockbuster Express March 17, 2010

I decided to accept the Cheap Date Challenge with Blockbuster Express because I love “cheap“. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Louie and Seven jeans, but I feel like when you go to the movies, it costs an arm and a leg! To go out for dinner and a movie it’ll cost you minimum $75. Besides, who doesn’t love a great deal!

I’m a homebody, I don’t like to leave the Ferrucci compound (as my friends say). I do like to shop and come home and spend my nights with my husband. We’ve been together for over 25 years and I like to spice things up. Follow my lead and have an amazing Date Night!

Let’s start with the preparation- we can do this from home, from our computer….Who knew???

Start by reserving your movies online at http://blockbusterexpress.com/ and yo can pick it up at the kiosk. I went directly to the Kiosk to do it. While I was there I picked up my dinner that I would be making for “Date Night“.  To rent a movie at Blockbuster Express it costs $1.00, all you need is your email address, zip code, and your bank card. That’s right I didn’t miss anything… You don’t have to dig to the land of the lost misplaced cards, no store card is needed!!!! Now for the best part….. Because I like you soooo much I’m sharing a Buy one Get ONE Free movie code! CODE: 175G13B

You heard Right! FREE CODE (expires 3/31) hellooooo, does it get better than this? well yeah, cause I’m also going to give a fast, cheap, and easy meal.

You can see my Whrrl when I got my DVD from Blockbuster Express here http://whrrl.com/x/hgUjc

Now for the dinner and all for under $25

Start with boneless chicken breasts, cleaned.  Stab them a few times with a fork, place in a bowl or large baggie. Add Italian dressing, swish it around. Take out the George Foreman (You DO have one of these, right?) Grill your chicken. Once throughly cooked, slice the chicken in strips. Mixed Greens, add shredded carrots, tomatoes, and shredded mixed cheese (I’m not on a diet so I love to add cheese). Yo can also add sunflower seeds, peppers, or anything else you love in a salad. Top off the salad with the pieces of chicken and Wala! Done… Yummy, and cheap. I usually use a ranch or vinaigrette dressing! I spent $18 on my total groceries and movie, I had a bottle of wine (yeah baby) that I added. Clear off your coffee table, throw a couple pillows and thick quilt on the floor and eat while your watching the movie, when finished slide the table out of the way and kick it into cuddle mode…. (this works best with a chick flick)

I had a great time doing this and I received a gift card from Collective Bias for participating in the Cheap Date Night promotion for Blockbuster Express, would love to hear about YOUR cheap Date Night and of course tell me what movie you rented.

 

Southwest Airlines Forced to Make Emergency Landing March 15, 2010

On March 7, 2010 a friend of mine was on the Southwest Airline 1091 flight out of Ft. Lauderdale, heading to Providence and a couple rows in front of him a woman had a heart attack. The flight attendant rushed to the woman and called out to see if a doctor was on board as her training kicked into gear. A few rows back there happened to be a doctor and in another section there happened to be a cardiac nurse. They both rushed to the woman as the flight attendant within three minutes had the woman hooked up to a heart machine that she ran to the back of the plane to get, sending all the patient’s information to the nearest hospital, in Baltimore. The plane made an emergency landing meeting the ambulance on the runway. The ambulance already had all the information it needed to begin working on the woman immediately.


Of course because the plane had to make the emergency landing, it needed to be refueled and they had to get back in line for take-off. All the passengers were amazed at the quickness and efficiency of Southwest’s staff and didn’t mind the delay.


The captain, as my friend said, was a young lady maybe in her early forties, kept everyone informed of what was happening the whole time. When they finally took off again to head to Providence, the captain got on the speaker and sang to the passengers a song she wrote for them while she waited to refuel and get the OK for take-off. She also informed them that the woman would be fine!!


I thought this was a great story with a happy ending and I wanted to share it. I always worried about what would happen to you if something went wrong during a flight. This goes to show that Southwest Airlines has top notch training for their employees and they go above and beyond with their customer service. I believe they say their the airline who cares!


I can’t imagine what that poor woman must have been thinking when all of this was going on and I’m sure she is very thankful to have been on that flight! I will be looking for my next flight on Southwest!

 

Free Movie Rental from Blockbuster Express March 13, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Rachel Ferrucci @ 4:03 am
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Thanks to Collective Bias Blockbuster Express is giving a free movie rental for this weekend!

Buy your popcorn, candy, and soda and spend the weekend in. Grab your hunny or a friend and enjoy movie night.
Free rental code: Gy131
Go online find a location near to you and you can reserve the movie online and use the code to pay for it.
Link to find a location near you: http://blockbusterexpress.com

Have a Wonderful weekend! :)

 

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