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My Best Advice. Ever.

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Often, I get asked for my opinions.  A lot.  Typically on career development, since I’ve been back to school on several occasions and done a few different things professionally over the past 20 years.

Recent example–a 20-something-ish asked me about continuing her education.  I gave her a few hints or suggestions, then saved the best bit for last.  My best final advice was this:  Take people’s advice into consideration, but at the end of the day, listen to your gut.  Life is short.  Don’t waste it seeking external validation and/or living someone else’s dream.  Live your own dream.

I’m heeding my own advice in 2014.


Social Media Cleanup

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Generally, keeping up with social media is a never ending battle.  However, at the end of a calendar year, I find it is interesting and often a good time to clean up social media profiles, particularly professional sites like LinkedIn.

Relatively recently, I did something a little weird with the “endorsements” section of my own LinkedIn profile: I deleted some skills.  The primary ‘skill’ I deleted, where I had over 100 endorsements was: Pharmacy.  I’ll tell you why.

Pharmacy is a profession.  It’s not a ‘skill.’  Endorsements to me are for skills – not professions.

I also added some skills that I’m working on – stuff like, social media marketing.  I also got a little more detailed about stuff like “entrepreneurship,” and added niches in entrepreneurship that I care about – like social entrepreneurship, women entrepreneurs, etc.  I think it’s important to have niche categories over broad categories in one’s endorsement pile, because it describes you with more rather than less detail – and after all, isn’t that the point of endorsements?  Shouldn’t you be showing the endorsements that are uniquely yours?

Besides, I think the word of 2014 when it comes to social media, professional presence online, etc., will be “niche.”  It’s not going to be about 200K followers. Instead, it’s going to be quality engagement with 200 or 2,000 followers instead.

2014 New Year’s Resolutions Toolkit

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

I often get asked about how I make my New Year’s Resolutions.  Since I skipped it last year, I really want to get back to this habit this year.  So, here’s how I’m doing it.  They’re about 98% finished.  As well, I’ll include in this post some cool stuff I found while researching this service for myself–and hopefully cut down on your own shopping time for goals, and give you more time on actually WRITING and MOVING FORWARD with your goals instead.  Here we go!

1.  Start with a historical review – Now, you know I’m not high on context, but after a year of hearing futurists talk, they all say we have to go back in history in order to understand where we’re headed in the future.  I’m not exactly sure that history repeats itself, but I do now appreciate the review of the past in order to clarify the future.  That being said, I went through my instagram posts during 2013 and 2012, which really helped.  If you’re not a visual learner, go over your past documents to see what you already attempted.   This could be performance reviews at work, or goals listed out in the past.  What worked?  What didn’t?  What worked, but you don’t think you maxed out on?  These are the things to keep in mind while writing your future.

2.  Think about your big buckets – For me, that’s financial, professional, educational, health/wellness, spiritual/emotional/relationships, and travel.  I reorganized my buckets a bit for 2014. These buckets may be different for you.  If you don’t dig categories, check out more fill in the blank type resolution kits, like here, here are some general ideas, and here if you need some inspiration (even though this one was for 2013).  BTW, one thing the federal government actually did that I found HELPFUL (I know, right?!?), was a guide for a family emergency plan, here. After reading Five Days at Memorial – I think it might be time to squeeze in a family emergency plan this year too. Go, FEMA!

3.  When writing goals or resolutions, make them SMART – SMART stands for: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely.  If, for example, you just put “lose weight” down, that is NOT SMART.  Instead, you should try something like, “I will exercise on a treadmill in the winter months at home and outside in the summer by walking for at least 30 minutes per day, at least 3 days per week, every week in order to get healthier and lose weight.”  Here’s more on how to write SMART goals.

4.  Put them in print – Notice I didn’t say in writing.  But, if you’re a visual learner, start a Pinterest board for your goals this year.  (I did, but it is private – if you don’t want to share them with the universe, just make it a private board.  Furthermore, this is the first year I’m doing this, so I can’t wait to see if it helps – also guess I’ll need a red X and green check to put over the losing and winning pins for the year – ha!)  If you like the written word, put them in writing.  Print them out, and keep them with you.  For me, that’s my notebook.  For you, that may be somewhere else–your purse, your car, in your smartphone, etc., just keep them somewhere handy when you’re killing time to review.  Actually, I’m doing both the pics in Pinterest and the one pager in my notebook this year.

5.  Share your goals with someone you trust – I have a few goals that may scare the general population, so I don’t litter the streets with mine.  But, I do find a friend or two that I trust to share my goals with for the year.  That’s a pretty powerful step, because you’re not only committing to yourself the goals (on paper, as in step #4), but you’re now sharing it with the friend, AND setting your intention with the universe.  That’s VERY powerful.  The universe, as I’ve shared here before, can have creepy right timing when it comes to articulating your intentions.  Just be careful what you wish for!

That’s all I’ve got.  I’ll keep you posted on whether or not the Pinterest thing works out for me in 2014. Regardless of the methodology, I hope you might consider taking action on your resolutions this year. I’m not the only one who thinks this is important.  Just read this this or this, and may you have an AWESOME, best year yet kind of 2014!!!!

Top 10 Coolest Professional Moments of 2013

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

We are required to complete a performance management document for the calendar year at work. While there officially is no David-Letterman-Top-Ten-Hits-Section, I went ahead and created one the last couple of years anyway.  Here’s what I wrote for 2013, abbreviated.  I’m sharing this not as a brag sheet, but just to understand and reflect on what I need to kick up a notch for 2014 and beyond – because all you who know me well know that I dwell on the future, not the past.  But, in order to kick dupa in the future, we have to study the past…

Here we go:

Top 10 Coolest Professional Moments of 2013

1. Children’s book with Butler students – Published children’s book project across 4 colleges with 8 students and guided by other faculty mentors – He Huffed and He Puffed But…A Tale of a Wolf with Asthma. I love interprofessional projects with students and faculty in other colleges – this was so fun!

2. Wrote my own children’s book, and ran my own company’s Kickstarter campaign to give enough copies of the book to the 550 Indiana public libraries, The Amazing Adventures of the Princesses from Planet STEM.  I learned how to or improved my skills through this project in: video production, social media, crowdfunding platforms, storyboarding, children’s book publishing, and how to run a crowdfunding campaign.  This project also addresses the abysmal statistics particularly for STEM subjects in the state of Indiana for girls (See the St. Mary’s report on the Status of Girls in Indiana.)  It’s out 1Q14.

3.  Took on the role of Continuing Education and Preceptor Development directorship Jan. 1, 2013, and had a near-sold-out annual CE program for our licensed pharmacists in the community this year.  Also, co-created a preceptor development panel and CE within the live event to then offer an online homestudy learning activity for preceptors everywhere, free to BU preceptors.  Also planned and implemented a new CE program with Community Health Network, 21 Flavors: Ideas on How We Might Improve Medication Adherence in July, in which we offered CE to participants, put all the materials online for the universe to see, and published a summary of the event in Drug Topics.

4.  Passed the Indiana State Bar Exam and became a licensed attorney.

5.  Graduated from the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University – and now have a better understanding of law, policy, and how to run for office.  Also completed the Hamilton County Leadership Academy, so I have a better understanding of local and state government.

6.  Attended and participated in several programs during sabbatical to improve my teaching – including:

The New York Times Schools for Tomorrow Conference in New York – MOOCs, Khan Academy, and the new best ways to teach, please.

The Apps Developers Conference (ADC)/ Gaming Developers Conference (GDCNext) in Los Angeles – where wearables and smartphone apps ruled.

• Co-created the Inaugural Social Media Dames 13 Unconference with local social media professional, Amy Stark – for women in the state of Indiana to learn how to increase their brand and storytelling powers through social media tools.  More on this and how it impacts healthcare in 2014!

7.  Advocated for pharmacy as a profession in The Wall Street Journal blog in a semi-controversial article as the only pharmacist quoted.  Go pharmacy.

8.  Advocated for women entrepreneurs – Also had my entrepreneurial research and books featured in Forbes this year.

9.  Wrote a second book during my sabbatical.  More on this soon…1Q14.

10. Gave my first pharmacy law talk to licensed pharmacists about Case Law–including subjects and cases involving Social Media, HIPAA, and the Learned Intermediary Doctrine.

It was a good year.

Here’s to 2014 being even better!

My Favorite Goal-Writing Tools for 2014

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

…believe it or not, as I work on my goals today for 2014, I’m finding that my FAVORITE tool to utilize for planning is…wait for it…instagram.



I keep going back to instagram to see what my feed is and was in 2013.  It lays out photos in sequential order during the year, and I can visually reflect upon all the cool stuff I tried during 2013. All the futurists say that you have to look backward twice as much in order to think forward or about the future half as much (they argue history repeats itself).  By reviewing my instagram feed, this helps me visualize what I can bring to the table that is new and even better in 2014 based upon my own checkered past.

This sounds weird, maybe because I never really thought of myself as a visual learner, but it has been a true blast seeing all the stuff that happened during 2013.  Can’t wait to see what my stream will hold in 2014…!

To the makers of this nifty little tool, I thank you.

(Oh, and if you want to watch the 2014 feed – my handle over there is @erinalbert.)

Also, I decided to try a vision board for 2014, on Pinterest.  I can’t wait to see if what I want to manifest will happen, with a little luck and a LOT of hard work.  I do, however, believe strongly in the power of a good vision board.

Cheers and happy new year!

“You’re a Ghost Driving a Meat Coated Skeleton Made from Stardust, What Do You Have to be Scared of?”

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

The trigger for this post is two-fold.

First, one of my instagrammy friends posted a picture of the following quote the other day, “You’re a ghost driving a meat coated skeleton made from stardust, what do you have to be scared of?”

(Interesting way to put it.)

Second, we lost a dear family friend from my youth this week.

(We will miss you, OM.)

Juxtapose those two events, and one begins to contemplate…her death.

When one starts contemplating death–religious stuff aside, allegedly, the legacy motive comes into play.  Apparently, when one starts to contemplate his or her death, s/he then is motivated to think about legacy, or what s/he wants to leave behind in this world…since, we’re all going to die, after all, so we might as well try and make the world a better place in the fleeting moments we are here.  Nobody’s getting out of here alive.

So, this post is here for a reason.  I’m going to think once again about what I want my own legacy on this Earth to be, while I drift through the illusion of life going on forever (since it won’t last forever).  And, I invite you to contemplate this too.  The end of a year is always a good time to pause and think about big picture items, like legacy, and purpose, and deep philosophical stuff.  Also, what’s holding you back from your full frontal legacy?

After all, you ARE made of stardust…so you have nothing to be scared of…


Top 10 Posts of 2013 –

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

OK, retro oldschoolers!  This post is just for y-o-u!

Here are the top 10 posts from this here tiny blog in 2013.  (I couldn’t resist – there IS perhaps a historian in me after all!)  Ready?

10.  Choosing Your Own College Way – Seriously, people, choose the right college for you based upon what YOU need and want from a college.  Don’t listen to the hype!  I’m GLAD you’re taking that advice!

9.  Lean In – On the Ides of March – The discussion guide for Sandberg’s Lean In was a hit this year.  Whatever it takes to get everyone to read this book and start focusing on equality in boardrooms and leadership in corporate America!

8.  40 Things About Me – Awh, shucks.  While I think my writing is interesting, I’m not so sure if my personal life is that interesting, but thanks for reading!

7.  Top 5 Things I’ve Learned Running a Kickstarter Campaign – One of the biggest lessons I learned in 2013 while running the #STEMPrincess campaign: Kickstarter is NOT for wimps!

6.  The Train to Awesometown Really Does Go Through Suckville – ALL ABOARD! – I love that the reporter in the Star article put this quote in the article.  It’s OK to suck, peeps, really! I do it on a daily basis.  If you’re not sucking enough, you’re not trying hard enough.  You’re not doing new things.  Get out there and SUCK!!!!

5.  The Nancy Drew Effect – Of all the training I had in 2013, my favorite wasn’t cramming for the bar (not going to lie).  Instead, it was attending #WCSYale, and I discovered a commonality in my sisters there – they all loved Nancy Drew as girls!

4.  My Best Advice to Smart, Young Women – Still some of my more controversial advice, this post still was in the top 5 for the entire year in terms of traffic.  And I’m STILL sticking to my guns on this – so much so that I included this advice in my next book (book 8) for 2014.  What’s that book about? STAY TUNED!!!!

3.  The FINAL episode of…Did the STEM Princess Really Live Happily Ever After? Kate Gundlach – I’m THRILLED we got the copies of the #STEMPrincess project funded (thanks in part no doubt to y-o-u!) But, I’m also thrilled that the side project that supported the campaign – filming real women in STEM careers currently rocking it – was SO wildly popular!  This post has all of the video vignettes included – and I’m going to keep them up for awhile so WE CAN BE WHAT WE CAN SEE!!!!

2.  The 10 Commandments of Thy Sabbatical – Kind of surprised this was such a hot topic, but apparently it is among readers of thy blog.  I seriously hope ALL of you get a sabbatical somewhere in your career, as this has been one of THE BEST periods of my career thus far over the 19 years I’ve been a ‘professional.’

And the #1 most trafficked post of 2013 of this tiny blog is…

1. My Response to WSJ’s Article on “Ten Things Drugstores Won’t Tell You” – This post, far and away, by leaps and bounds, was THE most read post on this tiny blog in 2013.  While I was honored to be the only quoted pharmacist in the article, there was a &*^%storm of controversy around it.  I’m fine with that.  The profession of pharmacy needs the pot stirred just like every other profession.  It keeps us strong and moving forward, and that’s what I’m all about.

So there you have it!  I went retro after all.  Enjoy the posts, THANK YOU FOR READING, and let’s look forward to an even BETTER 2014 and beyond!!!!

7 Big(ger) Ideas for 2014

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

Slide1I thought about writing a post on my 13 favorite books of 2013, or best hits of 2013…but that was then, this is now.  The futurist in me always wins out over the historian – so here we go!  Here are 7 big ideas that are going to be big in 2014, or ideas that are going to get even bigger in 2014, at least in my mind…ready?

1. Wearables mashing with healthcare – Pucker up, healthcare, the wearables are coming! FitBit, Google Glass, etc. are heading this way, and with the costs of healthcare spiraling completely out of control, the wearables are going to be one way we can monitor patient care over the long haul, more affordably.  Healthcare, er, traditionally, isn’t very innovative, but again with the screws tightening with ACA and people paying more for their healthcare via exchanges, this is going to force healthcare out of the box.  What I’d like to see is more technology driven by the healthcare companies rather than the tech companies, however, for reasons I outline in #2.  (Aren’t I clever in getting you to read on?!? : )

ex: shoes with pedometers built in, google glass with a calorie counter and protein/carb/fat detector by looking at your next meal, etc.

2. Apps and glassware like #1 – Apps will accompany the wearables.  And when I went to ADC GDCNext, THE next thing is “glassware” or apps for Google Glass that all the developers were discussing.  One of the coolest glassware (apps) I saw was for real estate – but there’s literally no limits to what glassware can do to help healthcare.  Ditto for apps.  My concern with both #1 and #2, here, however, is that we don’t have enough knowledgable people in healthcare talking to the app and glassware developers about how to properly monitor patients, and the app and glass developers seem to be winging it.  I’m here to tell both camps that we MUST start playing together, pronto – to get QUALITY apps and wearables out there that are USEFUL.

ex: the apps that go along and track all your data from your wearables above.  Example for healthcare companies – are the diabetes blood glucose monitor makers working with app and wearables peeps to figure out how to track FBG with the smartphone instead of another device lugged around?

3.  Women entrepreneurs – Ladies, I’m here to say that I think 2014 will be our best. Year. Yet!  With more women graduating from college and grad schools, with the pay gap shrinking, I think the rise of women entrepreneurs will only be pushed steeper up the curve! YAY!

4.  However, main stream media needs to realize there are (huge) goal differences between men and women entrepreneurs – I hope and pray that main stream media FINALLY realizes that the reason many women-owned shops are smaller than a lot of men’s is because we WANT it that way! Not all women entrepreneurs are empire builders.  Instead, we want to design our entire lives by starting businesses – not become the next Darth Vader of enterprise.  I’m hoping THIS is the year mainstream media gets this.  And while we’re on the subject, one isn’t better than the other – they’re just DIFFERENT.

ex: I’ve researched and talked to many women with firmly established businesses that tell me they are GOOD where they’re at – they don’t want or need any more to feel or be “successful.”  Please RESPECT that point of view, main stream media!

5.  STEAMED education uprising – The mojo is getting strong around Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education as our country quietly slips down the lists of competitiveness globally around education and these 4 domains – but here’s hoping the focus shifts not only to these 4 quadrants of education, but we also keep an eye on Art, Design and Entrepreneurship in that education equation too.  That switches our acronym from STEM -> STEAMED.  True creative souls need all types of education, not just the trendy acronym of the day.  I also think we’re all artists, designers and entrepreneurs now, but in order for us to stretch our muscles in those areas, we have to show students and the next generation what good looks like here.  And, live schools: if you don’t start providing value in live courses with this – guess who’s picking up the ball and running with it?  Yup, the MOOCs will continue to be big, esp. for didactic learning.

ex: there are a few really good programs afterschool that develop a child’s interest in art, entrepreneurship and design, but we need more!

6.  The full-time, 40 hour work week continues to lose weight – Whether or not you agree, more and more people are ‘patching’ their careers.  The most negative term here is “income patching” the most positive form is “entrepreneuring/intrapreneuring.”  Whatever you choose to call it, more people now than ever are freelancing and looking for project-based work rather than full-time cubicle posting jobs.  From freelancing to social entrepreneurship, there’s an entire portfolio of careers people now have, and I think the days of the 40 hour full time day job gig are going to continue to diminish.

7.  Social media’s ubiquitousness – If you DO interview for those part time or full time gigs, I think in 2014, more than any point in history, you’ll start to be asked about your online presence as well as offline.  What do I mean by that?  I mean that employers are going to start asking you about your Klout, Kred, clout and cred – both the big K and the little c. What is your influence online and off? What was the last project you leveraged online with your network to turn something into value for your brand, your employer, or to better the universe?  Do you blog?  What are you passionate about through social media?  Mark my words…we’re all going to get asked this stuff.  Are your answers solid?

ex: Read The 2020 Workplace.

Carpe Editum

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Yesterday, as I unfriended a stranger (note: I didn’t say friend) who kept posting ridiculous comments on my wall, I was reminded of the best thing about the Faceplace, which is this:

It is not a democracy.

While (I think) the United States of America (technically speaking) is still is a Democracy, where we have the right for everyone to voice their opinions and be heard, the thing I love about Facebook is–that I don’t have to listen to all the opinions.  And while I’m all for free speech and an open forum in my government, I am not required to listen to it on my social media.  That is, I have the power to edit in social media, and I dig that.

The said person was irritated that I had unfriended him (again) and wanted to know why.  I told him basically I didn’t really know him, therefore didn’t really value his opinions, and was tired of his opinions showing up on my wall, therefore, I had to cut him off.

(Shame on me for accepting his friend request, when I don’t know him.  Lesson learned. Thank you, Universe, for the valuable lesson, along with this post!)

While I’ve discussed here that I appreciate all opinions (even from the haters), I don’t necessarily want to hear them from people I barely know, in a forum where I have the opportunity to create and edit my own world. Faceplace is such a place.  So, my fab 13, I will challenge you to think about how you operate in your own world–both online and offline–moving forward in 2014, as I will, while I think about my own goals for the new year.

Are there places where you HAVE to listen to the media, opinions and rhetoric?  But, are there also places where you get the opportunity to surround yourself with people you actually care about, whose opinions you value, and to whom you respect?   Are there places where you have a choice, and are you seizing that choice?

I say, the first world has enough garbage in it.  Do yourself a favor, as I did in the faceplace yesterday – and edit.  Life is too short.  Besides, you are most like the 5 people you hang around most…

…so choose very, very carefully.   And celebrate that in some places, you actually have a CHOICE on what and whom to listen to!  Seize the edits! (And maybe I really do love editing after all…)

(OK, I know my tense probably isn’t right for this post when in Latin – but the language IS dead…)


Monday, December 9th, 2013

Screen shot 2013-12-09 at 8.35.54 PMI’m not a huge fan of many traditions.  As you know, my fab 13, I dig change and the future.  I’m not one to be stuck in the past.

However, there are exceptions to every rule. Such is the case on what I’m about to share with you. There is one tradition that I in particular look forward to this time of year, every year.  Friends, I’m talking about the annual bake & b*tch with my friend, Sissy.  (All of you with virgin eyes on the second “B” word – kindly look away!)

Sissy and I have been planning and attending our annual B&B for over a decade now.  We used to be colleagues, and we starting baking…and b*tching…(I suppose a nicer way to say it would be “solving all the worlds problems,” but that just doesn’t have the same ring as B&B, sorry) together way back years ago.  Subsequent to me moving on and changing jobs (more than a couple of times), we’ve managed to stick through year after year with this foundational holiday tradition.

When I describe B&B to my other girlfriends, their first question is: “Can I come?”  Well, my answer back to them is, “Why not start your very OWN B&B and spread the love?” To wit, they then ask me how to go about setting up a solid B&B.  Here’s what I recommend:

Kit for the Perfect Bake & B*tch:

1. Blocking a full day sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas - (earlier in the year, before Thanksgiving, if you want to send your baked goods to the troops – something Sissy and I did for a few years…)

2. All your ingredients for all the items you want to bake – start hoarding early, so you don’t end up like me stalking all the major chain stores that have already ran out of all the cool candy and ingredients.  #Annoying

3. Sprinkles, sparkles, colored sugar – you know, to make all your cookies cheery and bright! (You ARE making sugar cookies that you have to frost and decorate, right?!?)

4. Your creativity – Bring on the fancy cookie design!

5. A friend with a massively large kitchen – and preferably a double oven with a lot of countertop space.

6. Adult beverages – Just drink responsibly, peeps, especially when you’re dealing with a hot oven or two. This may or may not aid #4 above, depending upon when you imbibed….

7.  Holiday music – and if you forgot the CDs, just turn on the Pandora Christmas channel on your iPhone or Spotify on the laptop instead.

8. Your favorite recipes – OK, this is where Sissy and I converge a bit.  She likes to stick with the traditional recipes – tried and true, every year, same stuff, works great.  I, on the other hand, LOVE to try NEW recipes.  I think it may drive her crazy, but this is where the Gemini comes out and I have to try something new–besides, my experiments are entertaining (hint: they don’t always ‘work’ but they are fun to try)!  DOUBLE THIS now that Pinterest has the bar set even higher! #NoPressure

So, here are the nominees for new cookie to bake this B&B, 2013 – let me know what you think:

a. White trash – While technically not new because my gma used to make this, I may try it this year, because I’ve never made it.
b. Chocolate Pistachio Cookies – However, these look a little complicated.
c. Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats – I’m beginning to think anything with salted caramel on top of it is a vast improvement to many of the world’s problems.
d. Nutella-Stuffed Brown Butter + Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies – One of my other friends on the faceplace described this as “food porn.” Enough said.
e. Grinch cookies – probably won’t end up making these, but how cute are they!?! I may save this one for Valentine’s Day!
f. Kiflis – OK – another cookie not really new to me.  If you grew up anywhere in South Bend, IN, this was a holiday staple. However, I will state that it is a high maintenance cookie – in that they are kind of annoyingly complicated to make.
g. Austrian Chocolate Balls - So, I went to Austria this fall for the first time ever, and they had these little treats called “Snowballs” everywhere – they were round fried doughy things that had different coatings on them.  I’m thinking I may need to try these to pretend I’m actually back in Austria, because it was an amazing country!

Now, everything else is optional.  I even in the past purchased custom-made T-shirts for the momentous occasion (and if I do say so, get compliments all the time when I wear the T-shirts in public afterword – everyone starts with the questions and it’s quite the conversation starter.)

At the end of the day, you divvy up all types of cookies.  I will caution you, that this makes a TON of cookies–when you have 2 or more girls baking and…well…you know…in the kitchen.  This is when I play cookie fairy and hand them out to others as gifts – they make GREAT gifts, and people appreciate homemade awesomeness.

Friends, we solve a lot of the world’s problems, have a great time, and ultimately spread a little holiday cheer with our annual B&B.  If nothing else, it’s become a tradition that I look forward to each and every year.  Time comes and goes, so do friends.  But I’m glad I have my Sissy with the particular tradition of B&B every year!

Now, go start your own baking and b*tching, and let’s all have fun out there!!!!