Friday, February 17, 2017

Things I Suck At

Typically, I'm not very modest. I mean, I can be, at times, but I know my strengths and I have no problem telling you that I will spell you under the table or can fold a fitted sheet like I'm Martha Stewart's kid. 

Life is all about balance though, and there are quite a few things that, plain and simple, I suck at. 



Reading blogs 
It's no secret that I'm a terrible reader... and writer for that matter. I am so freaking inconsistent it amazes me I have any clue what's going on in this little corner of the web at times. I have categories in Bloglovin that help me keep up with all of you but I'll go weeks without reading and then comment-bomb you. Sorry not sorry?

Washing my face at night
Did I really just admit that for all of the internet to see? Yup. I'm beyond horrible about this. As in, I never do it. I could do it as soon as I get home but what if I randomly go out? Then I have to do my makeup all over again. Sure, I could do it when I realize I'm not going out for the night but then the couch cuddles me too hard and I don't get up. The fact of the matter is I never do it and I'm blessed with good skin {see? not modest} so I wake up like this 

Humble brag: I took this pic TODAY... at 3:05am

Dressing weather appropriate
I really have no excuse for this one now that I have Alexa. Every day I ask her what the weather looks like and she's pretty accurate in her information. Life PA (pre-Alexa) was another story. It basically went like this:
Me: looks outside; sees a sunny winter day; wears a light sweater and pea coat. 
Walks outside:



Eating well
There is no way around this. I'm horrible. I will always choose the carb/butter/fat/FLAVOR loaded option over veggies and greens any day. I try to balance. For instance, yesterday I had 2 small pieces of pizza and a large salad for lunch. However that was also followed by 2 cookies.

Math
Seriously. Do not even think about asking me for any type of numerical assistance. I will fail you. I am absolutely horrendous when it comes to anything relating to math. And yet somehow I always managed to pass after failing all year. And the thing that pisses me off about this is that MATH NEVER CHANGES. 34 + 57 will always be... 91 {according to the calculator} so it's really just a matter of memorizing it.



Being on time
This is something I'm really, really working on, but it's a struggle. I wish it weren't. It sounds so ridiculous to admit that I'm usually late everywhere I go. Not even sounds. It IS ridiculous. And I guarantee it's not even for anything good. I always think I have more time than I do. 



So here I am, airing out some dirty laundry. I think it's a fine balance. So tell me, what are some of your flaws?


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Fab Fit Fun

This post contains affiliate links.

Back in January Nikki posted about receiving her first box from FabFitFun. It was something I had been seeing pop up on Facebook for several weeks so when her post came it was the kick I needed to go ahead and give it a try on my own. 


Upon signing up I was told I'd be receiving the Editor Box. Apparently this is the first box that all new members receive. I was perfectly fine with this because after seeing Nikki's, there were a lot of items I was hoping to get. 

As with any of these subscription services, there's a brief survey you fill out. I'm not really sure why because I don't think it has anything to do with what you actually get, but what do I know! This box retailed at $257.98 so it's definitely a good value for how much the subscription is. Here's what I got:


The Created Co. Travel mug 
I use this constantly. It's black, which I like and the phrase is perfect for my morning commute. Added bonus, the company donates 10% of its profits to a charity that helps bring clean water to those in need. 

Loch and Key Blanket scarf by Modcloth
A girl can never have too many scarves, right? I haven't opened this because we're nearing the end of scarf season {I'm hoping} and also because I truly don't need another scarf. I'm thinking it will be a nice Christmas gift... 

Jook & Nona "Happy" bar necklace by 
This is cute and I like the idea of it. I'm still deciding whether I want to keep it or not. And even as I type that I can hear Steph in my ear telling me to get rid of it if I'm even debating whether I want it or not. 



"Rue" nail polish by Zoya
Zoya is a great 5-free vegan polish. I won't use this though because I only get gel manicures. Anyone want this? I will happily mail it to you! It's a pretty beige-pink color. 

Beach Butter Body Cream by Anderson Lilley
This smells amazing. I wanted to hoard it because that's just what I do, but I've been trying to use it before bed. 

Marrakesh Argan & Hemp Hair Oil
I was excited to see this because I'm obsessed with this scent. It's technically "fragrance free" but I feel this oil has its own scent and I love it. it's not as thick as I was expecting it to be, which is good since it's a spray, but for my hair, I feel like I could easily go through the entire bottle in a week. It left my hair feeling soft and had a nice scent but I didn't notice anything remarkable. 



Manna Kadar Liplocked Priming Gloss in "Lucky"
I was excited to try this because I've been trying to branch out and where things other than ChapStick. Unfortunately, this isn't for me. It goes on smooth (satin) and feels great but this color and I do not get along. 

FabFitFun Coloring book and colored pencils
Although I think this is cute I have absolutely NO use for it and will be donating it to a friend who has a planner group with her third graders.

O.R.G. Skincare Mineral Peel
I haven't tried this yet but I'm looking forward to it because it's easy to use. You spray it on and then massage it off. It's said to extract dermal debris and dead skin in seconds".


I'll be honest, as of typing this, I haven't really used anything I received except the coffee mug, lotion, and the hair serum. I immediately decided to give them another shot to see what I would receive in box #2 but ultimately, I anticipate cancelling. At $50 the box is more than I want to spend for products I've never heard of or used. 

Are you a FabFitFun member? Are you considering it? 


Monday, February 13, 2017

Will I B Mine?

Ever since I can remember I've disliked Valentine's Day. It's not because I never had a valentine or had bad experiences, I just think the day is ridiculously unfair.

To start, we put all this pressure on our significant other to show the most perfect outward display of affection - buy chocolates and flowers; take us to dinner; buy us jewelry.... for what? Shouldn't the man or woman in your life be doing these things on the regular? And then when the other person fails to meet your unreasonable expectations you get mad and snappy for no reason. Personally, my ideal valentine would suggest we stay home on the couch, with pizza and beer. I know... different strokes for different folks.

However, I do have one suggestion for you. Something that might make this and future V-days a lot more fun.


One of my favorite quotes is from Sex and the City when Carries says "don't forget to fall in love with yourself first." I don't care what anyone says, if you can't love you, no one else will either. Highs, lows, perfections, and flaws. You need to accept it all. I spent a good portion of 2015 focusing on self care and I am nothing but happier for it. I have pretty high self esteem to begin with but there were parts of myself I needed to forgive, learn to love, and accept completely. It caused a lot of tears and even more a-ha moments.  

I know it's the "in" thing to be mindful and present but if you've participated in that in ANY way, you know how freeing it is. I observe. I see. I notice. 

I think and feel that people as a whole put way too much importance on outside factors to gauge their internal feelings. We care too much what others think; how others will feel or react to our decisions. What about how you feel? What about what you think? 



I challenge you to write yourself a love letter. Talk to yourself the way you'd talk about a crush. Talk to yourself the way you want someone to talk about you. 

It doesn't matter if you're married for 5 years or 50, the relationship you have with yourself is the one that matters most. Be good to yourself. Treat yo'self. Take yourself to dinner and a movie. Buy yourself flowers just because. Wear the good underwear. Dress up. Impress yourself. Love you. 



Friday, February 10, 2017

Alt-Life: That Time I Ended Up at a Swingers Party

I'm just going to say it - sometimes weird things happen to me. And I'm ok with it. This particular "thing" I went along with simply because I wanted to write about it.

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A few weeks ago you wanted a drink. Sure, you had beer at home, but you also wanted to go out. A Yelp acquaintance was supposed to meet you but, as predicted, he bailed. No bother. You're a big girl and you're trying to step out of your comfort zone more. So you head off to the bar... alone. 

You walk in and find a seat at center bar. It's a dimly lit place that immediately transports you back in time. From the faux water stained ceilings to the distressed mirror bar back to the "crumbling" exposed brick you feel like you're in another time period, prohibition perhaps. 

You browse the menu looking for a new porter or stout that you haven't yet tried as their menu rotates regularly. You order your drink and start a tab. it's time to settle in and embrace the discomfort. 

After a few beers and some b├ęchamel mac n' cheese it's time to head home. Suddenly, the couple to your left starts making small talk and you find yourself intertwined in casual conversation. You decide to have another. 

Now, you're a bright girl. You're a casual observer. You listen, you notice. Experience is telling you what's happening and part of you is equally shocked, as it's never came up, and curious. If you're anything like me, you love a good train wreck. 

The couple next to you is talking among themselves but you can hear everything. You sip your beer to keep from outright laughing at this moment. They turn to you and in that backwards roundabout way ask if you'd be interested in going to this party that they're heading to. You immediately know what's happening and you continue to go along with it because blog fodder.

You leave the bar, hop in your car and follow the couple to a close by Holiday Inn. {I know it sounds sketchy as hell but it's a public place and I was fine.} You immediately call your best friend because he's the only person who would understand what's happening, encourage it, and be upset he isn't right next to you. You agree to fill him in on your way home. You proceed to the hotel bar and what do you find?

A bunch of middle aged people drinking and dancing. 



Your BFF and you have joked around about attending a swingers event for YEARS and now you're actually at one and it is the most NORMAL thing ever. Not that it would be abnormal, but if you had no idea where you were, you'd never know.

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I'd love to say something interesting happened {I think?} but it didn't. I went, made small talk with a couple people, one of who was a year my junior and also went to MSU, and then I drove home. I think the part that kept me in internal hysterics was when I'd get asked how I got into the "lifestyle". Oh sir... you're old enough to be my creepy uncle. Trust me, I'm into a lot of lifestyles but this is not one of them. 

It was purely amusing to me. I have absolutely zero judgments about this sort of thing so for me, it really was just a bunch of middle aged people drinking and dancing. It's like the time I was in Tybee, GA and stayed out in the water hoping to get stung by a jellyfish. I had never been stung and wanted to know what it was like... so I stayed until it happened. I wouldn't do it again but I have the experience. 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Three on Thursday

I'm taking a page from Steph's blogging almanac and participating in her Three on Thursday series. Blogging is for nothing if not sharing, right? 

Here are the three things I'm currently loving and recommending. 



I've been using Home Chef since... last October. I probably order a box once a month and I absolutely love it. For me, it just makes sense. I am one person and I live alone. I'm busy and I'm not always in the mood to meal prep or even make dinner for that matter. So for me I'm guaranteed dinner and lunch for the next day. And since three meals come in a box, I'm essentially good for the week. These meals are always quick {under 45 mins max} and delicious. There are several that I know I'll make again. 


I'm not sure about you but I'm very intrigued by dystopian societies and all things "end of the world" {2012 anyone?} I was told about this show back in December and then forgot about it. After I bought the Fire TV I was browsing to see what was available and the first sentence of the description for episode 1 immediately caught my attention: "it's 1962, America has lost WWII; the east is the Greater Nazi Reich, and the west, the Japanese Pacific States". I burned through all of season 1 in about 3 days. I'm halfway through Season 2 but have slowed it down because Season 3 is a long ways off. 


I have a friend who's a makeup junkie and she's always raving about finishing sprays and setting powders that she uses. I decided to give this one a try because for $6 I wasn't going to be upset if I didn't like it. Turns out she knows her shit and this stuff is awesome. I'm not a huge makeup person but I definitely notice a difference when I use this. 

Do you use/watch/have/do any of these? What are YOU recommending this week?

Friday, February 3, 2017

Signs You Might Be a Hipster

There's no denying that although I can be a creature of habit (typical human), I'm also constantly intrigued by new things (still a typical human). Since December I've been on a mission to try new things. When the new year rolled in I pretty much threw it into high gear and haven't looked back. 



You only drink craft beer
Don't get me wrong, I've liked craft beer for several years but in the past 60 days (exact) I've drank nothing but dark craft beer. Dark, looks like tar, delicious, coffee and toffee infused beers. And this is coming from the girl that went from drinking Jack Daniels to Bud Light (for shame!) to Sam Adams and thought that was good. I'm scared for summer when it's IPA time. Of course by then I'll be drinking hopped up IPAs so it doesn't even matter.



You only listen to "Indie" music
If you were to look at my day-to-day Spotify play list (the one I save all songs I like to) it screams hipster. Most of it is all new to me within the last 6 months. Just to give you an example:
  • The White Buffalo
  • Kaleo
  • Explosions in the Sky
  • The Strumbellas
  • Halsey
  • Lord Huron
  • Catfish and the Bottlemen
  • Flume
  • The National
I'm ridiculously obsessed with Kaleo, The White Buffalo and EITS. Like, O B S E S S E D! 

Flannel/Plaid all day
I've pretty much decided that my "going out" uniform is a flannel shirt with a vest. It meets all my "requirements" in that it's comfy, cozy, casual, and presentable. It's perfect. I went from having one vest thanks to Stitch Fix to having 6 before the end of 2016. I apologize for nothing!



You routinely attend hot yoga
I've been interested in yoga for quite some time (meaning 2-3 years) but have only in the last year taken up a semi-regular practice. My zen of choice? Hot yoga. Put me in a 100+ degree room and let's get bendy. I know a LOT of people out there do yoga (both hot and non-hot) but there are just as many people who still think it's "bougie". Excuse me while I go drop my paycheck in Lulu...

Saying things like "too mainstream"and "I've known about that"
This literally happened. I was texting with Dani and Alyssa and asked for a suggestion. I was given one and replied with "too mainstream". What in the actual fuck?! 

You drink kombucha and Kevita water
In my defense, I started drinking kombucha last summer but I really liked it and I still drink it pretty often. I was introduced to Kevita water last month and now I have a new favorite way to give Whole Foods all my money. Side bar: Does shopping at Whole Foods count towards this list? Probably. {In my defense I only go to the food bar}. 

You wear fake glasses
First and foremost I do NOT wear fake lenses. However, I do own 2 pair. One was for a costume and the other were from Firmoo. Again, I don't wear them but.... I do look good in them. #justsaying



So after careful consideration I should probably come clean with you guys... I'm a hipster. I'm not sure when or how it happened. I suppose I should re-title this to all the reasons I'm a hipster but I'm not. Because, you know, that's the mainstream thing to do. Instead, I'm going to rock with it. You won't stop being my friend right... right?!



Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Operation: Save a Lot

A few weeks ago I was emailing with someone (probably Steph) about needing to do a true freeze this month. I've been spending a lot lately and if I want to stay on track for the year I need to reign it in and keep my goals in mind. 



The last time I did a freeze it was an absolute disaster. As in, on day one I had to spend $30 for a new outfit because of some freak pen accident where I drew all over the side of my dress. Not the best way to kick of a no-spend. 

This time, I have a very good idea of what my monthly calendar looks like and I'm able to really plan for success. Obviously things like co-pays for doctor visits, etc. don't count. 

Pitfalls

There are some areas where I know I struggle no matter what. Particularly, eating out, going out, and stickers. Seriously, why is that last one still a thing?? As such, I've built these slip-ups into my no-spend so that it will be smooth sailing. 

Allowances

I already know {for the most part} what's in store for this month. I've made space in life and the budget for these things:
  • Feb sticker kit. These will be the only ones I buy all month. 
  • Going out with W the first weekend of the month 
  • Super Bowl Sunday 
  • 50 Shades movie {guilty pleasures need love too!}
  • Grand opening at my hairstylist's salon {I plan to go and enter raffles, but I do need new product and I think this is the time to get it}
  • Mardi Gras wine tour at the end of the month. The ticket is paid for and I'm allowing 4 bottles max
  • Tattoos #9 and #10 {I have a credit so this may end up being free}
  • 2 happy hours
  • 2 lunches out
  • 1 dinner out

Wait until March

  • clothing
  • shoes
  • home decor {unless with a gift card}
  • treadmill
When I read back over the allowance list I feel like I've "allowed" everything but realistically, that's what's going on this month and it's what I know will work for me. If I say no dining out at all, that's a recipe for disaster. I'm feeling food about the next 28 days. Now it's time to



How do you do with no-spends? Are you doing one this year or are you in the middle of one?