Mask Off – Trick or Treat Yo Self

octoberHey what’s up everybody? Welcome back to another edition of #DoubleFML and greetings from a hot and muggy Atlanta!

Seriously, it’s like 80 degrees outside today. It sure doesn’t feel like October yet so you might want to skip the Uggs and make that a pumpkin spice iced coffee instead.

I know that many of you were probably looking for an excuse to be half naked on Halloween though anyway, so if this weather holds up, you just might get your wish!

I always preferred for it to be warm and sunny on Halloween back in the day too though because it was always the worst when my mom used to make me wear a coat to go trick or treating! Seriously, how tough can Dracula look while wearing a raincoat, bright rubber boots and holding an umbrella?

Anyway, hey, do you know what Friday is?!

13Okay yes, it’s Friday the 13th in October for one of the first times in many years…yada yada yada yeah we get it, but that’s not what I was talking about.

Besides, that’s no unlucky day my friends because do you know what else October 13th is?

If you’re a fan of the show, Parks and Rec, you may already know the answer because Friday is Treat Yo Self Day!

For those who never watched the show (shame on you), allow me to explain.

In the infamous, Treat Yo Self episode, a few of the main characters spend an entire day they dubbed “Treat Yo Self Day” pampering and showering themselves with lavish gifts.

You want a cupcake? Treat Yo Self. You want a new shirt? Treat Yo Self. It’s hard to really do it justice in print but the premise was hilarious.

14370008_1610497972582048_5953245563254634020_nAnd since the episode originally aired on October 13, 2011, many viewers have turned this into a real event held annually on October 13th.

As many of you know, I’m also a hip-hop artist so I actually wrote and recorded a song based on this concept entitled “Treat Yo Self” (my adorable little nephew Domonick also makes a few cameos in the song as well!  Check out the video below).

Since the song was inspired by the show, how cool would it be if we could get the cast back together for a mini-reunion to create an official music video for Treat Yo Self?

I know, incredible, right? The problem is that I don’t actually know anyone from the Parks and Rec cast or production crew. However, my goal is to harness the power of the internet by inviting all of you to join me in an epic game of 6 Degrees of Separation (6 degrees of Amy Poehler perhaps?)!

imagesThink about it. Somebody reading this, knows somebody who knows somebody. It’s just a matter of asking around and sharing it until it finally reaches one of the cast members who can help us make this happen!

Please watch the following brief video explanation of the goal (including a cameo of my amazing pizza tank top!) plus you’ll be able to hear the song! 

Oh and don’t worry Mr. and Mrs. Short Attention Span, the entire video is only 5 minutes.  Even if you didn’t watch the show, the song will still make sense so check it out!

Okay now that you’ve heard the song, couldn’t you imagine the video for this already? It would be hilarious so hopefully we can pull this off!

If nothing else it’ll be a fun social experiment to see if we can get this all the way to the cast and crew so here’s the direct link to the video for you to share: https://youtu.be/wOHXX7dBJ-c

Please post it on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and don’t forget to tag your favorite cast members to get their attention! Also make sure to share this mission with all of your friends who are fans of the show. Let’s make this happen people!

Oh yeah, and before we move on, let’s take a closer look at that hat.

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Yes, it’s my 8-bit Super Mario snapback!

mario_plumberDid you hear that Nintendo announced that as of last month, Mario is no longer a plumber? They never announced what he does for a living now though. I mean, the guy travels the world, drives expensive race cars and hangs out with a Princess and exotic animals so whatever he does, clearly, he’s loaded. It must be nice… Treat Yo Self Mario, Treat Yo Self.

Phonom nostripe

 

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O…where art thou?

 

 

Speaking of loaded, this is where I was going to post a review of Oprah’s new healthy comfort foods line “O That’s Good.”

They just came out in August and consist of healthier takes on soups and sides. I was hoping to give these a shot but I struck out trying to find them at 3 separate grocery stores! It was just like the wild goose chase I ended up on last week hunting for those Snickers shakes.

Only this time, I nearly got run over by some old dude on a motorized shopping cart at Publix so I took that as a sign to put that review idea on hold.

Instead, I ended up exploring the other end of the health spectrum by visiting Lattea Bubble Tea and Mex-Grill to get a burrito…or so I thought.

That’s until I witnessed 4 separate people in line ahead of me ordering their loaded (loaded must be the word of the day eh? Oh yeah, speaking of “eh” here’s hoping that all of my Canadian readers had a great holiday weekend!) fries.

19961421_846576055495937_6364137426949141528_nI had seen these advertised before but figured they weren’t anything special. That is until I finally saw them in person and realized that I had been missing out!

It starts off innocently enough with a layer of French fries (hence the name genius…). But from there, you essentially build a burrito bowl on top of it by adding rice, beans, veggies, protein (chicken, steak or ground beef), salsa, sour cream, guacamole – you name it!

I don’t know if Lattea is the only place that makes this but I had never heard of this concept before. It was pretty awesome though! It was also hilarious that they gave me 2 forks (I don’t give 2 forks…)…as though I was going to share!

If you’re ever near Duluth, GA you should come try them for yourself! Anywhere else in the country though, you might have to make your own version by dumping a burrito bowl on top of a basket of fries…Treat Yo Self.

Do you have a restaurant location that we should all check out or a recipe that we should try? Tell us about it in the comments below! Also make sure to join our Facebook Foodie group Phenomnomnomenal by clicking here!

Speaking of food, check out some of these crazy foodie costumes I found!
Ha, some of these are hilarious.

Hmm, is it shameful that I’d still consider eating this slice of pizza?

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Hey, #yolo (you only live once) right?

images5PUOM2AVYou already know that I approve of wearing these year-round, not just on Halloween (see my trick or treating in May story here)! 2017 is all about inclusion and being who or whatever you want to be. So, if you identify as a sprinkled donut, by all means, you should be that sprinkled donut whenever your heart desires. Treat Yo Self.

For those of you who are dressing up this year, what are you going as? And if you’re not dressing up this year, what were some of your best costumes in the past? Comment below!

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Although Treat Yo Self Day was created for comedic purposes, it’s actually a great idea. Not necessarily to buy expensive scarves and cupcakes, but taking a day to relax and pamper yourself is a great way to recharge both mentally and physically.

So, go for a long walk on the beach, listen to music, take that bubble bath, get a massage or buy some new gym clothes to help motivate your workouts.

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And sure, you can throw in a cheat meal or 2 if you’d like – just get back on the wagon the next day! In the meantime however, Treat Yo Self.

 

 

Oh yeah, before we move on, check out this crazy new water bottle I bought last week!

Ha, this thing is great! It’s BPA free and holds 2.2 liters of water so maybe I’ll actually hit my “gallon a day” goal for a change. And best of all, yes, it’s shaped like a dumbbell! Hmm, perhaps I should have bought 2…

Do you have a fitness question you’d like to ask or an accomplishment you’d like to share? Tell us about it in the comments below!

Today’s Soundtrack

Treat Yo Self – ®Fat Darrell (let’s make this music video happen people! Share! Share! Share!  If you haven’t already, click the video above to check out the song)

Hot in Herre – Nelly (seriously, why is it a thousand degrees outside right now?!)

Mask Off – Future

Hungry Eyes – Eric Carmen (Hungry eyes for those loaded fries…)

Do you have another song that fits today’s themes or that’s just so great we should check it out anyway? Tell us about it in the comments below!

Before we close this one out, I’d like to send a Happy belated birthday shoutout to my sister-in-law Bobbi!

#DoubleFML contributor Chelsea Brooks also has a title MMA fight this Friday as well so here’s wishing her the best of luck (check out the incredible self-defense video that she helped us put together here)!

Okay, that about does it for today but before we go, you already know what to do… drop a comment below and click the social media buttons on the side panel to follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and more!

maxresdefaultMore importantly however, you know your mission folks. Let’s get that Treat Yo Self music video idea to the cast and crew of Parks and Rec! This idea is just crazy enough that it might actually work so share the video and tag cast members on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Let’s make this happen!     

In the meantime, let’s make it a great week everyone and May the Fork be With you…

-Darrell

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14 thoughts on “Mask Off – Trick or Treat Yo Self

  1. Great post!!!!Thanks for educating me on Treat yourself Day. I was not aware of the show, but now that I do, here’s hoping your efforts are successful in bringing the cast together for a video. Enjoyed your soundtrack and plan to share, share, share.

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    1. It’s a pretty funny show, you’ll have to catch it on Netflix one of these days! Hopefully we can get the cast back together one last time. Yes, share, share, share! Let’s make this happen!

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  2. After reading this post, I am looking forward Friday the 13th. I plan to “Treat Myself.” Love your water bottle and those crazy foodie costumes. They are really hilarious!!!!

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  3. Your Treat Yo Self music video idea with the cast and crew of Parks and Rec. is a great idea!!!. If we all join in his effort, you might be able to make it happen! When the cast hears your soundtrack, I am sure they will want to come together in this mission because obviously they have a lot of cool fans like you.

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    1. Hey thanks! Hopefully we can spread this video and get the cast to make the video – it would be hilarious. Thanks for your comment and definitely share so we can make it happen!

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  4. Is that you singing? I was dancing in my chair !! You mention “lobster n steak!”, lol
    Treat yo’ self day can’t come soon enough. 👍🏼 Cause I’m gonna do it!
    Halloween costume of past: I went as a pregnant nun, my husband a priest holding a “fake” bible. 🤣
    Love your new water bottle! I want one. 😜
    Finally, the concept of nacho fries is an awesome idea…making them this Sunday for the Patriots game, yes, I am a Pats fan… lol
    Have a great day and TREAT YO’ SELF❤️

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    1. Yes, that’s me singing the song! Hopefully we can make an official video with the cast from the show! And yes, lobster and steak is delicious lol. Your Halloween costume sounds hilarious! I’m sure that you got a lot of looks with that one! Have you decided what you’ll be this year? Those loaded fries were incredible so yes, try them out and hey, I have no problem with the Pats, they’re good! My poor 49ers though…ugh it’s going to be a long season lol. Thanks for your comment and yes, Treat Yo Self!

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  5. Love it! This song/video itself is AWESOME!
    I’m in hope w/you to find the cast! It’ll happen😉

    I’m loving your new water bottle too! And the Pimp glass in the video😂

    I’ve never seen the show but, Thank Theee Lord for NETFLIX! I’m gonna check it out ….
    Now that you got me walking around w/the beat and song in my head! Lol
    TREAT YO SELF! 🎧
    Love it! 💃

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    1. Thank you Sheri! I’m glad you like the song! Hopefully with your help and others, we can get this song and music video project idea spread all the way up to the cast! And yeah, that water bottle is pretty sweet – you should get yourself one. You know…(wait for it)…TREAT YO SELF! 😉

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