Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Shopping Shenanigans

I haven’t been shopping in ages. Seriously forever. I finally put myself on an effective budget at the start of the year and I’ve been sticking to it! What that means is I’d rather spend all my money on Starbucks which will last me all month, instead of one or two clothing items and blow all my allowance. You feel me?

I also have been trying to avoid buying clothes until I hit my goal weight, but that is just dragging. In the meantime I’m wearing baggy old clothes. Not cute. It’s getting to the point where David is noticing that I’m wearing not so flattering outfits – ha! Here was our conversation yesterday about my outfit.

David: “Babe that looks like a really old sweater”
Me: “I love this sweater! It’s from the Loft and I paid like $40 for it [4 ish years ago / it’s gray and white snakeskin pattern]
David: “You spent $40 on that?! It looks like it’s from 1988! HAHA”
Me: “Well I don’t have the money to blow on clothes, I’d rather buy Starbucks!”

Fast forward an hour or so, I’d been working on something and was getting stressed and he came in, told me he was heading to his softball game and that he was giving me $100 to go buy some new clothes. Whatever or wherever I wanted but the only catch was that I had to spend it all last night! We have separate accounts for non-bill stuff, like our own “fun money” so he was giving me his fun money. True love. I don’t give him my fun money. I give it to Starbucks.  

As if that wasn’t good enough, he called back en route to the game and said you better transfer $103 so you can get a Starbucks too. Good man I tell ya.

I promptly postponed what I was working on and flew to Target. I spent almost two glorious hours there browsing the aisles, sipping a Shaken Passion Tea Lemonade and purchasing myself some things. I was in Heaven!

Also, the super sweet cashier told me about the Target app called Cartwheel. Deals galore on there and mobile coupons! Holla.

Here’s my loot. Several new staple shirts, two new work pants, and some wedges. All (but the bootleg black fancy pants) can be for work or play so it’s a win-win!

 Women’s Favorite Tank (these are so freaking soft!)
Junior’s Boyfriend V Tee (again, softest material ever!)

Thanks again babe!! You rock my socks. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bathing Suit Shopping

I had a thought, why isn’t it called Recreational Swim Suit? I don’t wear a suit to take a bath. I guess it’s an “olden days” thing. Huh.

Anywho!

You know what isn’t fun? Recreational Swim Suit shopping. I kind of had a little higher hopes than usual this year shopping for a suit because I’m down 25 lbs from last year and my old suits are really baggy. I decided I'd go take a peek at some new ones. 

I tell you what, it wasn’t any more fun. In fact it was probably worse because I was expecting to feel better (okay, expected freaking hot!) and I didn’t resemble hottie with the body one bit. Ugh.

The only thing I was happy with in the dressing room was that my arms did appear to look a lot better than last year. My upper body has definitely toned significantly. So basically belly button up was cool. I was digging it. Except for the chesticle area but hey, can’t change that! At least not without 10 grand…

There was still a whole lotta work needed in the lower body department. The first official beach trip of the year is coming up and will be here before we know it. Memorial Day at Cape San Blas! 

Guess I know what area needs the most attention from here on out!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Craving Cozy

If there was one word to describe how I’d want my home and life to feel, it’d be COZY.

I just associate the word cozy with being wrapped in a hug.

With that being said, I’m always looking for ways to make my home cozier even with Summer right around the corner and the Winter months behind us.

Where does one look for inspiration pictures for anything and everything? Pinterest of course! I’m loving these images lately and felt like sharing.

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Homey and character-rich. Drenched in that vintage French sunlight that makes time slow down

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This kitchen is my very favorite. Those handles, that countertop, those beams. Swoon.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Snap Widget

Notice anything new on my page? That’s right, I’m sure you did! I was able to magically link my Instagram feed to the blog webpage. Score.

Hi Dad! Now you can enjoy my Instagram account without having to have one.

Want to know how I did it? It was easy even for a non-techy like me.

Step 1: Visit SnapWidget. It’s Free 99.

Step 2: Put in your IG account name and customize what type of display you want the feed to have on your website. Play with it and preview it right on the page. Here are my settings:

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Click GET WIDGET and copy the code it displays.

Step 3: On your blog layout page (Blogger in my case) click ADD A GADGET.

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Step 4: Then click + to add an HTML/JavaScript.

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Step 5: Paste your SnapWidget code into the HTML box.

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Save and voila! IG feed on your blog. Place wherever you want.

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Cool right?

Friday, April 11, 2014

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High Five for Friday

In the words of Big Al Mack from KKITM, “it’s the weekend baby!”

1)      144. That number. I am so tired of seeing that darn number on the scale! I cannot for the life of me get below it. Losing weight is weird. And mentally exhausting. I guess I’ll tell myself it is fat loss and muscle gain which equals the number on the scale NEVER MOVING AGAIN. Better stationary then up I guess?

2)      Tomorrow morning I’m going to a new-to-me gym to start a 7 day free trial. My gym is okay and dirt cheap, but it doesn’t offer any classes and it is 25 minutes from my house. I’m looking for something closer to home so I can make weekend visits and take exercise classes on non-routine gym days.

3)      This guy. I love that I still look at him and think that I’m such a lucky girl. I know looks aren’t everything but I’m smitten with my hunky hubby!
“Oh Eddie, you shouldn't have, you really shouldn't have.”

10 points to Gryffindor if you can name that movie. One of our favorites!

4)      Oh ma gosh you know how sometimes you really just need a jam session? Well I recently added the best station ever to my Pandora list. 90s Country Radio. You’re welcome. I know every word to every song and good gosh the 90s had the best Country music ever!!
5)      My clothes are boring me to death lately. Partly because things don’t fit right anymore and partly because I wear the same stuff week after week. If anyone would like to fund a shopping spree, hit a girl up mmk?

Happy Weekend!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

This 27 Year Old Face

Lately I’ve been noticing more and more that it’s probably time, at the ripe old age of 27, that I invest in some facial products in the form of makeup. Cue sad music.

I’m not a makeup wearer. I hate having anything on my face because I’m a rubber. Hands always on my face, in my eyes, smudging up junk. I’m really just a chapstick + mascara girl. I’m also extremely cheap frugal and let’s face it – makeup is freaking expensive! I’m also completely makeup incompetent and don’t know what to buy or how to put it on.

With that being said, some days I feel like my skin is a little cray-cray and I may be in need of some concealer or something. New marks and blemishes every day it seems. Whatever it is you ladies use to give you some even coverage, I’d love to know! I don’t want anything heavy or cake-like. And preferably with non-melting capabilities seeing as this is Florida and it’s hot as balls here. And humid. And it rains a lot. I’d also like something natural looking!

So…any suggestions on what a girl is to get that’s good and cheap?


Help a sister out. 

Monday, March 10, 2014

The Overstreet Wedding

This past Saturday we went to a beautiful wedding at a place called Dover Farms. The weather couldn’t have been better for an outside ceremony!

Quick outfit note: I had planned to wear my red wedding dress and didn’t really think to have a plan B…however, when I tried said dress on, sadly it was baggy in all the wrong places. This is good because after losing 25 lbs I’d hope that it wasn’t still skin tight. However this is bad because I really love that dress and I’ve only gotten to wear it once. So…I ended up in a pencil skirt and black top. Boring, but what’s a girl to do. I just don’t feel like spending money these days on special occasion dresses. Well, I should probably say I have other things I choose to spend my money on like Starbucks and workout clothes saving it.

Any who, the wedding was beautiful. The food was delish. The company was fabulous. The couple was joyous. Now for some pictures!

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This girl rocks my socks!

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Ryan sang to Alexis when she got to him at the end of the aisle. It was perfect!

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White hydrangeas and roses were in abundance. Love!

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James Party of Two

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Alana’s dress was so pretty…I need it!

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Fabulous cakes!

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Beautiful bride!

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Handsome groom!

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May they live Happily Ever After!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Red Hills Horse Trials

For the past several days the Red Hills Horse Trials have been going on in Tallahassee. I tell you what the first two days were the nastiest coldest weather and the last two were perfect, sunny and in the low to mid 70s.

I’ve only been one time to the trials a few years ago but hardly remember going. My boss is a coordinator of the event and she asked if I wanted to do the run on Sunday morning (today). I did a little research and signed right up. It looked like a blast! This run isn’t just a normal boring run. IT WAS AWESOME. The course was 2.2 miles long and made up of 24 obstacles. They are the actual obstacles that the horses have to jump. Including two water holes.

Me and one of my co-workers met at my house at 7 AM (the first morning of the time change no less…made for an early morning) and headed to the race.

It was fffreezing this morning (well, upper 40s) and I was in shorts and a long sleeve top. However I didn’t want to wear pants because there were some water obstacles and that just would not have been fun. I regretted my outfit all the way up until the start of the race, but then quickly found I’d made the right choice. I warmed  up when we started running and it was perfect!

My phone was in a ziploc shoved in my sports bra, so I didn’t get many pictures of the course. But between us we were able to grab a few photos.photo4Me, Kelly (best boss EVER), Shaness

We just went off that grassy island, ran across the water, and hurdled over the “sailboats”!

I borrowed a few pictures off the web of some of the obstacles.
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 After the race I went home and took a shower and got some breakfast. Then David and I headed back to Red Hills to do some spectating of the events! Apparently we missed the really exciting stuff yesterday, the horses doing the cross country course. But today’s events still had some jumping in an arena. It was a beautiful day and the horses were all so gorgeous. I really enjoyed myself!photo1

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We had an awesome Sunday. Now we’re winding down, it’s already 7:30 and I guess that means I should get ready for the work week!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Frisbee Golf

Have you ever played? Let me tell you, it is a lot of fun!

A few weekends ago we got to play for the first time in a very long time. We had softball practice on a beautiful Sunday and my family and some friends had planned to play afterwards. We didn’t originally plan to stay because we had a lot of stuff that needed to get done at home, but we figured what the heck, why not!
The day was absolutely GORGEOUS. I mean a perfect day to be outside. In fact I’m pretty sure all of Tallahassee was at the park too. Perfect day!

We spent several hours playing and had a wonderful time. My brother let us borrow some of his extra Frisbees but I definitely want to invest in some of our own.
Not only did we have a lot of fun, but we got in some killer exercise. It involved a lot of walking and hiking back through trails to get to the next hole. Fun all ‘round!


Here’s the course that we played at Tom Brown Park.

If you haven’t done it before and you can throw a Frisbee and aim at a basket, I’d highly recommend it!









Thursday, February 20, 2014

Tired

I’d always heard that once you start working out and living a healthier lifestyle, you’ll have this magical burst of energy. With that, you’re supposed to be able to take life by the horns and do all of these magnificent things with your new found energy!

Cue the womp-womp.

Ever since I’ve started, I’m tired, irritable, and hungry ALL OF THE TIME.

What does that mean? My coveted “after hours”, from approximately the 8-12 are now MIA. As in, I’m usually asleep by 9, 9:30 at the latest and don’t get anything accomplished at night anymore. Even on my precious weekend nights!

This includes cleaning, crafting, blogging, cleaning, cleaning, cleaning, laundry, etc…

As in, I’m being a pretty crappy human and more importantly slacker wife. Is it bad when your husband is so tired of looking at the dirty floors that he cleans them himself?

I have no desire or energy to do anything anymore. Something has got to give. I’ve got to keep getting up early to go to the gym as I have zero motivation to go after work. Yet I can’t for the life of me stay up late. Weekends are spent running errands or doing chores and even then I do the minimal to get by just so I can go to bed.

I’m so tired of being tired. And just not being myself. I’ve got all these projects I want to do and just stuff that needs done, but all I want to do is go to bed. I hate it.

So that’s why the blog has been suffering. Also, work has been taking a toll on me lately and I just haven’t had a lot of extra optimism to go around and sprinkle in blog land.

Blah.

Aren’t you glad you came by for this depressing post today?

In addition, I’m still stuck in the 145-148 lb range. I made a personal goal with myself that I want to get to 135. As an incentive, David said he'll be giving me a nice chunk of change from for a shopping spree when I hit it. In the meantime though, a lot of my go-to work pants looks like I have a load in the back and are saggy in the waist. Not a cute look and definitely brings me down a notch in the feeling great category. However I’m just not excited to buy pants at this size because I still want to lose some more weight.

First world problems I tell ya.

Any who, most is well with me I’m just tired of being an all-round slacker!

Any tips or advice for how to get over the tiredness and get some motivation back in my life?! 

Something to note too, I couldn't donate blood this past go-around because my iron was too low. I even let them prick me twice to double check it. I'm an every 8 week regular donater (sp?) so I was rather bummed. Since then, I've been loading up my mason jar salads with lots of leafy greens but I haven't felt any effect of it. Perhaps I'm encroaching on having an iron deficiency? Who knows! 


               

Monday, January 27, 2014

Thoughts on Losing Weight

Hey hey Happy Monday! So I’ve been thinking lately, about my weight loss.

That junk is hard! Ugh.

I started trying to drop some el-bees in June of last year. My starting weight had ballooned to 171.2. YIKES. By December I successfully dropped 25 of those suckers through healthier eating and regular exercise. However, for the past month or two I’ve been hovering around the same zone of 147-150. The lowest weight I saw was 146 but that was on a day I stayed home sick and hadn’t eaten much so I’m attributing it to that. My goal weight is 135 and then I plan to work hard on toning up and maintaining. So I’m about 15 pounds away from my goal weight. I tend to really be stuck at 148 most days. MUST BE MORE DISCIPLINED!

Now, for some random thoughts:

-       - My three day a week routine consists of 90% weight training. That really makes it hard to lose weight because I’m gaining muscle while trying to lose fat. I’m okay with gaining muscle but I hate that it’s making it hard to reach that “magic number” in my head of 135. I know it’s not all about the number on the scale, but that’s where I want to be. I’m at a plateau right now and struggling to break through.

-      - Putting weight on is super easy. We should really switch to this method rather than losing. I’d definitely reach that goal! For real though, I can work super hard for two weeks straight and lose 4 pounds, then have one really fun eating weekend and it’s all back. Grrr. On a side note, Texas Roadhouse’s Grilled Shrimp EntrĂ©e is AMAZEBALLS. That’s all.

-       - Some days, even though I’ve lost ~25 lbs., I still feel like a busted can of biscuits. The only area I’ve seen noticeable toning has been my arms. However, I only see that when I’m flexing. Unfortunately I can’t walk around flexing all day every day. People would get jealous. So instead in my non-flex state I still have a flabby looking arm. I vow to have tank top worthy arms come warm weather season! I’m kind of obsessing over having toned arms.

-       - Clothes are fitting better. When I cleaned out my closet recently, I tried on a bunch of my favorite jeans that were shoved in the back because I planned to fit into them again “one day”. One of them is a pair of skinny jeans from AE that I loved. I tried them on thinking they wouldn’t go up my thigh (like last time) and they not only went on but buttoned!! Now I can’t go having anyone besides my thighs hanging out in them because they’re not roomy, but by God they went on and I even wore them in public. SCORE. They’re a size 10 (see below) and I really hope to not fit into them in a few months (as in they’ll be too big) but I’m not sure if that’s going to happen due to a perpetual donk. I did however recently experience the back of the jeans gap. I’ve never had that because my butt is just big and didn’t perk up much, but apparently the squats are working because my booty was sticking out causing a small waisted gap! SCORE #2.
 

-       - Punching extra holes in belts makes me vedy vedy heppy!! Thanks Dad for acquiring a belt hole puncher for your ever-shrinking daughter (ha!)

-       - I’ve started randomly riding my bike around the neighborhood. I’m super enjoying it. I would like to invest in a nice bike with changing gears but for now, I’ll ride my beach cruiser and curse the hills! Oh and sometimes I have to go for a ride when I get home so I can eat dinner. Whatever works…calorie counting!

-       - I’m obsessed with being tiny and cute. Which I’ll never be. It’s just not in my bone structure. When I see girls with skinny little calves in boots with lots of room to put an extra set of calves in there, I seethe with envy. I’ve noticed mine have gotten smaller (which led to a very expensive rainboot purchase!) but no matter how many calf raises I do, I’ll always be a big calved girl. Oh well, at least I have a great head of hair. And I’ll get picked first for Kickball. Take that scraggly haired girls with skinny calves!

-        I’m having fun(?) trying to figure out ways to eat healthy. I tried mason jar salads (Pinterest, I love you) last week and they were easy, convenient and healthy. I tried some different recipes this week, all prepped on Sunday. I’m loving them! 

Okay, that’s all I’ve got. Until then I’ll be truckin towards that dream bod because I’ve got a loooong way to go! And lest I forget…I’ll focus on how far I’ve come instead of how far I have to go. Take a look at this gem circa early 2013!              

Buzz, your girlfriend…WOOF!  January 2013, 160 ish, Size 10.

         

Much better! January 2014 @ 147 lbs. Size 10

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