Wednesday, December 17, 2014

So What Wedneday!?



As always, here we go, yo!


**SO WHAT if I've been watching YouTube videos on the zillion and one  ways to fully utilize my Erin Condren life planner?   The options are simply endless.  And the stickers and pens are beautiful.  And make me crazy all at the same time. 



**SO WHAT  if Christmas is a week away and I'm kinda scared?   About not having my shiz together.    These prezzy's ain't gonna wrap themselves.   Mama needs an elf.    An elf that smells good and arrives with Frangelico.



**SO WHAT if my last Fabletics get up arrived and I immediately put that outfit on, straight from the shipping envelope, and drove straight to the gym?     Y'all know I'm not the only one.  Pics of my latest goodies to come.



**SO WHAT if for a split milisecond, I contemplated buying a sewing machine and becoming crafty and posting my creations all over the Insta?     Then I remembered that I ask my mom to sew my buttons back on and decided to stick to running.   These Amazon lighting deals are killing me doe…



**SO WHAT  if my Target Cartwheel app and I are tizight?!   I feel like I practically work for Target corporate at this point.   I've been selling the Target Red Card, with a side of Cartwheel app like a boss.     If you don't have both of these,   you need them immediately.  You'll save a zillion dollars.   I'm cereal. Kinda like Ebates..only easier.  


**SO WHAT  if the last two weeks have been a flurry of holiday shenanigans and I basically need dialysis with a side of having my mouth wired shut?


**SO WHAT   if I've relapsed and got shellac on my nails again?   I know.   I was doing so great and had been clean for weeks on end.    However, somehow all is right in the world when I look down at my hands and see the perfection that is shellac.     Sorry that I made you guys by Vinylux.   I still love it but dang, this is still easier.     I feel dirty.



Happy Wednesday!   On deck… a post on damage control products.   'Tis the season.  Don't miss it.



















Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday Sentiments and the January Plan



Is anyone else shocked that I'm actually posting Sunday Sentiments on a real Sunday?  It's just like the olden days!


Weekend Workouts:


Friday-  5 miles in the a.m.   Crossfit Hero WOD in the p.m.   



Who does that?    I'm still sore….In a good, partially paralyzed way.  


Saturday-  

Legit rest and relaxation.      My body was barking and there was no need.  For anything.  Except for this…



OMG, umm…the Home Alone marathon is awesome.   And we were all super jelly of Kevin in NYC due to his genious ideas.   I'm considering stealing my dad's credit card and pulling the same stunt.   Kinda not kidding.
  #damnitfeelsgoodtobeaganster



Sunday-   6 miles at a slow easy, peasy pace.  




Highlights: 


Title Boxing Club Holiday Shenans..




Runnerdog and the big one….




You guys, Runnerdog is majorly out of shape.   Remember when he used to run 6 miles like it ain't no thang?   Yeah, he's dying now.   And it's all my fault.  Stay tuned for his New Years goals...… Runnerdog is gonna be svelte.  And his body gonna be banging again.  But in the meantime, he loves his girls.   Like a boss. 



Chirizo wants to be in my belly….


Pretty much every day.  


I can't turn this down.   


And once again, I felt like this guy was hiding in the corner…






Target  Shenans...






These candles are amaze.   Quality.  Like big time.   I became obsessed.  And felt like the names on the labels were gonna make me feel all the special things of the label names the second a fire hit the wick.   And I'm pretty sure that's gonna happen. 

But more importantly...


My priveledged, non-starving to death children were supposed to be choosing gifts for the giving tree.     
Uh Muh Guh.  Has anyone else done this task with Santa believing kids?    In the course of 5 minutes, they somehow convinced themselves that THEY…  are indeed the ones who have nothing to live for and are in need of toys.
Legit, I wanted to strangle them both in a non-Childrens Services way.  Right there in the hot toy aisle. With the rest of the parents who made the same mistake.  

But seriously.   We left without a toy.   And it made me want to immediately place giant lumps of coal under the tree. 

But I'm over it.  And I get it.  They're kids.  But dang.   They were a-holes for a second.  
Surely, I'm not alone.  (and don't call me Shirley).



Grant Hospital girls back in the house...






These girls are my tribe.   And are responsible for 75% of the text messages on my phone.  #sns   And we can all basically say anything and no one is scared.     They're completely and utterly ridiculous.   Just like me. 







THE JANUARY PLAN!!!   
(part one)



Y'all ready!? 



I'll give you some hints…..


1.  We aren't spending money.

2.  We're gonna love it.

3.  We're gonna also hate it.  Big time.  

4.   We're gonna realize how much money we flush down the toilet without blinking an eye.

You're in and you don't even know it.

Kinda like you're so money and you don't even know it.  





Stay tuned for more deets!


Hope your Sunday went a little like this… 






And if it didn't, get your shiz together and pretend it did.





Thursday, December 11, 2014

Let's Talk Some More About Divorce







So my last post on divorce resonated with lots of you.    It's become one of the most read posts on this bloggy.    I was amazed, really.       And I hate that for you but love that you can relate.  

Because let's face it…when you're going through a divorce, you're pretty sure you're the only person in the first world that's experienced it.


But when you look around,  it's kinda everywhere.   Separated, currently divorcing, divorced…there are lots of us.   


Let's talk some more about the facts


1.   One of the most notable and descriptive incidents in our life, really, is that we're divorced.  Even if we're remarried and live happily ever after…we're still divorced.   It's a title that stays with us forever.   Love it or hate it.  It never goes away.


2.   Being divorced with kids is hard.  The best kind of divorce is the kind with no kids.    Kids shouldn't have to live in two houses.   They shouldn't.  But they do.   Lots of kids.    All over the place. A good relationship with your ex is key.   That and tons of organization and collaboration.   Because really, where is the damn backpack?


3.   Having your house to yourself is awesome.  It is.   If you're divorced and don't openly admit this, you're lying.  And if you're lying, I #gotchooboo and I get it.    But it is awesome a couple days a week and #iaintlying.  


4.  You can't listen to the noise.   Humans love to speculate.   Especially in situations such as this.  When I think back, I've been loosely accused of everything from turning lesbian (not hating on the lesbians, but a lesbian I'm not) to a sociopath (the serial killer kind, I think)  to a gold digger.   I like the gold digger theory best cuz I kinda make my own money and don't want yours.   Unless you're taking me the casino.  And letting me play craps on your dime all night.   Then we'll talk.     But that's another post.     So yes, you can't listen to the noise. 



5.   It makes you skeptical.   Of real love.     As we all know, this life can change on a dime.    We see amazing relationships but time, people, situations…they change.   And  when you're divorced, it seems like no relationship is secure.   No matter how good it looks from the outside.  



6.  You laugh at yourself more.   Not much is really a #bfd.   It's just not.   So act like it, people.   



7.   Life goes on.   You have a new normal and there are positives and negatives.    Time passes and suddenly things are "normal."   Your new normal.     And somehow you figure out your new normal and somehow its well…. "normal."


8.    You get special girl powers.    Being on your own definitely gives you a little sense of #girlpower like you've never had.   It's crazy but you really do figure stuff out.    And if all else fails,  call your dad.  Cuz dad's always know what's wrong with your dryer.




So yes, as I mentioned in my last post, it's not all unicorns and rainbows but it gets better,  my friends.     If you're currently going through the chaos, as I know some of you are, I'm sorry.   Truly, I am.   But just know that "this too shall pass."   It will.





Monday, December 8, 2014

My December StitchFix Review.. with a side 'o 10 jamz



Awww, yeah, y'alllllz.


If you read Friday's post, you know mamacita got herself a new fix.  

For the newbies, here's how this works….  For the non-newbies…#pleasedonthateme,iloveyou.  And non-newbies, If you still haven't created your free profile...do it HERE.    Are we still having this discussion?





Step One:    Go online and set up your profile.  It's super fun and easy peasy and you get to answer a bunch of questions about what you like and don't like.  You look at a handful of outfits and accessories and say yada or nada.  Even if you aren't ready to take the plunge, create a profile.   Because it's fun and I'm kinda sad mine is over.    To create your free profile, go here.  


Step Two:    Schedule your "fix."   Scheduling your fix will set you back twenty billzzzz….  However, this $20 goes towards your styling fee and more importnatly is a credit towards anything that you happen to keep from your fix.    Either way, #winning.


Step Three:    Rip that box open like a kid on Christmas morning.  But wait, before you do that, post the sealed box on the Insta and proclaim to the entire first world that your StitchFix is here!  Oh wait, that's just me.   #predictable.


Step Four:     Try on all 5 pieces in the comfort and privacy of your own home…with your own shoes, accessories, etc.  Loved this.

It comes with a special little card like this, which gives you awesome ideas on how to wear your loot.  Absolutely loved this and will keep the card for further assistance.   A great reference to have on hand.



Step Five:     Log into your account and "check out."   Decide what you want to  keep and what you don't.    Give feedback about what you liked and didn't.  This helps your stylist figure out how to best suit your desires for your next "fix."  Within three business days,  put your rejects in the postage paid envelope and drop it in your nearest mailbox.  No big.


Step Six:     Strut your yes's like the boss that you are. 


Sooo…What did I get!? 



1.  Olive & Oak Alyah Abstract Tie Dye Latttice Cutout Detail Top -KEEP


As always, I wasn't sure about this one outta the box.  However, I threw it on with leather jeggings and black wedge booties and somehow I liked it.   I'm not a huge fan of cutouts but kinda dug this.    I also tried this on with skinny jeans and again, cute.   So yeah, keep.



2.   Kut From the Kloth Harrison Faux Leather Textured Jacket-  RETURN



I did like this.  However, I already have something almost identicial in my closet.   Plus, I felt like it was a tad too tight across the shoulders.  If it were slightly cheaper than the $120 price tag,  I may have wavered.    At any rate, it's a super cute basic.



3. Mavi Gold Ruxin Distressed Boyfriend Jean- KEEP



You guys, these weigh in at the equivalent comfort level that your typical pajama pant would bring.    Only they're jeans.   But not pajama jeans.    Because they're cooler.  Oh and because they have a button and zipper and stuff.    I could wear these for days.   Slightly distressed.  Would look super cute with flip flops all summer.  No brainer.  


4.   Collective Concepts Forester 3/4 Sleeve V-Neck Printed Tie Waist Dress- RETURNNNNNNN!  




I have no words.    BUT... we all know that's not true…
 I mean, this dress has basically been beaten with an ugly stick.   Everything about this was horrifying.  The cut, the fit, the print, the length, the material.   It was basically a maternity dress in disguise.  Only worse.   I felt like I could have fit a family of four plus possibly a next door neighbor or two in this dress.    Then I got sad because I felt like my stylist and I were practically becoming besties and suddenly I felt like we didn't even know each other at all anymore.    So I sent her a long email.  I did.  Yes I did.      #mostunflatteringdressinamerica #rip


5.  Jill Michael Gracie Stone Bead & Nugget Bar Necklace-  RETURN

I can't even believe I didn't snap a picture of this necklace before I returned it.    It was your everyday gold, thin chained necklace with a few black beads.  I wasn't impressed.   No big.  I popped it right back in the envelope and off she went.



So yes, overall, this wasn't my favorite Fix.  Not gonna lie.  However,  when I look at my closet, some of my favorite pieces are definitely from StitchFix.  


Lo and behold, my next one comes in 2-3 weeks so giddy up, yo's.  





Let's talk music.  Y'all know my 5 zillion playlists are ever changing.  Whatchoo got?   But first, let's talk about my current faves.

10 of em.


1.  Lips Are Moving-  Meghan Trainor -  Universal.  Everybody loves this one.  Errrbody.

2.  I Bet My Life- Imagine Dragons-  Yes, I agree this sounds like it should be a track in the Lion King but I can't help that.   I love this song.  

3.  Thinking Out Loud-  Ed Sheeran -  The shiz.  His voice is buttah.

4.  Shotgun Rider- Tim McGraw-   4 seconds in, several moons ago, and I loved it.


5.  Beg for It-  Iggy Azalea-  Title Boxing peeps, giddy up.  Playlist.  This week. Be there.


6.  Hallelujah-  Leonard Cohen-  Have you guys heard this?   Crazytown.


7.  Ain't Worth the Whiskey-  Cole Swindell-  Loving Cole lately.


8.  Clean- Taylor Swift-  Yes, we've talked about this before.   However, I simply can't get enough.

9.  Get Low- Lil Jon-   OMG, I recently rediscovered this oldie but hellza goodie.  So bad.  Yet, so fabulous.

10.  Night Changes- One Direction-   Cuz 1D can do no wrong.  #sns #39yearoldteenager


So yeah, if you don't have these.   Get 'em asap.   And I wanna hear what you've got that you're loving and I don't have.  I do.   We all do.

Hope you're Monday was funerdful!

Laters Babes. 

















Friday, December 5, 2014

It's Friday and We've Got Lot's to Discuss!



But first… Can we all agree on this?





And this???   Dying.   I wanna make this white girl pug all mine.    Cuz she's an awesome white girl pug.






Let's discuss things.






before/after

Remember how I used to be in love with this?   I kind of forgot all about it.  Well last night, I whipped it up and let's just say I couldn't resist leftovers for breakfast.

If you haven't made the "pizza" bake before, do it.   It's all the deliciousness of pizza, only you won't feel like a linebacker after you eat it.   So.dang.good.   And if you buy low sugar sauce and forego the parmesan, it's completely cleanse/ challenge friendly.     So yeah,  you're gonna need to make this asap.





2.   Another Race??





For the love of the Lord.   Nothing about this race looks appealing.   Nothing.   Yet I have reason to believe I'll be running it.      I'm doing the half.  The End.  Don't even try to talk me into anything further.   Yes, crazier than me running friends, I'm looking at you.








This little beauty was on my stoop last night.   She glistened in the soft glow of my headlights as I pulled in the driveway.    I nearly drove through the garage door wall and locked the kids in the car in a speedy attempt to have this baby in my arms.     Just kidding.   Kinda.  


Stay tuned for a review of my latest goodies within the next 72!




4.     My PreWorkout Concoction






I'm loving this little "cocktail" lately.  I've been using it for everything from boxing to Crossfit to strength training on my own.


Here we have….


Most of you are already Spark drinkers but if you're not…read my post on Spark and why you need it immediatley.  



Love this product for helping to increase physical endurance and overall muscle building.  It contains a little creatine, which in essential in muscle building.      Mass Impact also helps to preserve muscle glycogen, which promotes muscle volume, strength, and mass.    In a nutshell, it kinda makes me feel #BA.




Ahhh…BioCharge.  For starters, this will give you a little non-caffeinated boost of energy and who doesn't love that?   But that's not why I love it.     This tiny little pack  contains a ton of good shiz.  Everything from your happy B-vitamins to our BCAA's (branch chain amino acids for the newbs) which are awesome in aiding in muscle leaness.    It's also amazing in recovery.  I can be taken pre-workout or intra-workout.  I always take pre-workout because it's part of this little cocktail in my book.


Loving this combo.  






Hope you all have an an awesome weekend and I'll catch ya back here on Sunday!

Laters Baby.



Monday, December 1, 2014

It's December. And Monday. Cyber Monday, that is.



Word on the street is that it's December.   And Monday.   How did that happen?    You know when you have 4 days off work and think you're going to accomplish a zillion and one things but all you do is eat, drink, and be merry?       Yeah, that  accidentally just happened.



Sooo…who is getting down on some Cyber Monday???


But first, if you missed the Virtual Turkey trot drawing, head on over to the Facebook to find out the winner.  



Back to Cyber Monday….


FYI, before you order a thing…go through Ebates to find your store.   I never, ever buy anything online without going through Ebates.    Over the past couple of years, I have recieved over $300 in cash back.  All for going through Ebates.  It's truly free money.  If you don't have an account, do yourself and immediate solid and set one up.   Some stores are not on Ebates, including American Girl.  However, these days, most are.   


Okay dokey…here we go, yo.


***American Girl is having a huge 60% off sale.    Enter code 179780 for an extra $10 off.   If you have a red blooded daughter under the age of 14, you know that American Girl makes us poor.    This sale is pretty legit.    Be patient with the site.  It's slow.   However, I saved a small fortune so muscled through.    



***Target is offering this huge Crayola color block for $12, plus free shipping.   200 pieces and perfect for your little arteeest.



***Nordstrom has their BIG bottles of Philosphy bath/shower wash for $10!   Plus free shipping AND three free samples.    #winning!   Time to stock up, buttercups.   AND Nordstrom is offering 10% cashback through Ebates.  I can't make this up.    Remember how I told you that you need Tom's wedges?   Yeah, those are 25% off, which hardly ever happens.   



***Amazon is having amazing deals on their GPS watches.   Basically illegal to run without one if you're training for a race.       



***Gap / Banana / Old Navy has 40% off, sitewide.  Use code CYBER at checkout.   Lots of good deals on kiddos pajamas, coats, and winter wear.   




***Victoria's Secret  is offering TWO free secret reward cards with any $10 purchase.    The cards are worth a minimum of $10 but could be worth up to $500.   Almost like gambling, but not quite.   Looking for an easy way to spend $10?   These little perfumed ornaments are right on the money.    At any rate, you're kinda making money with this deal.



***LOFT is offering 50% off sitewide.   Enter code MONDAY at checkout.  I kinda want this pretty little lace peplum.   Also, lots of great jewelry deals that would make for great gift exchange items or stocking stuffers.   



***Athleta is offering 20% off sitewide, which never happens.   Use code CYBER20 at checkout.  Loving their plaid chaturanga capris.




***Kate Spade is offering 30% off sitewide.  Enter code CYBER30 at checkout.   Can we please talk about the adorable, easy peasy Cedar Street Monday?   At 30 percent off, I'm super tempted to make her mine.   I am.




Just a few of my favorites.  Don't forget to check deals on local gyms, yoga studios, etc.  If you've been wanting to try a new class, chances are your place is offering something.  Anything.     Feel free to add your favorites as well!


Clearly I'm going to need to know what you all bought.   Go get em and happy shopping!










Saturday, November 29, 2014

I'm Here!



Hi Friends!


I'm here but have been super busy in these parts.     Do you follow me on the  Facebook and Insta?   Cuz if you do, you probably know what I've been up to.   But if you don't, you're gonna wanna.     At any rate, allow me to summarize.  


Things like…



1.  Harrassing young, innocent Target employees for $30 tablets on Thanksgiving night.


This poor, sweet soul didn't have a chance.   After I basically cornered him, he was nice enough to do some investigating and drum up another one of these for me.  ps-   I'm really hoping this janky tablet passes for an Ipad Mini for the little one.    Surely she's not big enough to discriminate yet, is she???  (and don't call me Shirley).  



2.   Running Turkey Trot's




7th in division-30-39 year olds.  Not my best 4 miler but not bad, considering I'm tipping over with  the 40-49 year olds here in a hot second.   #40isthenewblack

32:10

Splits:

Mile 1-  8:04
Mile 2-  8:11
Mile 3-  8:15
Mile 4- 8:40

Loved this race.  Right here in my community.   #winning




3.  Taking family pictures

Ummmm…does anyone else find themselves with a sweating butt crack by the time pictures are said and done?    I'm real sorry that I have to share such graphic content  but  I can't be the only one.    Pretty sure it should be a universal rule that photographers should provide parents with something of this nature on picture day.




  Everybody happy…




4.   Getting spoiled by the monkeys.  

Can we talk about the breakfast in bed in which I was served?   I heard rustling and shuffling in the kitchen followed by…"lay in your bed and don't come out!"


They then proudly present me with….   A "nut platter" and a bottle  of water.    So basically we have….
a copious amount of peanut butter on a spoon with a side of dark chocolate almonds.    I mean????   Be still, my heart.  







5.    Getting ready for the big game!  


Hollah!






So yes, GO BUCKS!





I'm loving your pictures to the first annual Virtual Turkey Trot!!    Keep 'em coming!    We draw a name for the Spark / 02 Gold winner tomorrow night.   




Questions for you…

1.  Are you done with your holiday decor? 
2. Have you started shopping?
3.  Who is running/ working out this weekend?

I want answers.



Have a fabulous Saturday and I'll see y'all back here tomorrow night!