7.26.2015

It Turns Out My Metabolism Is Slowing Down [And Other Weekend Discoveries]

Well, a couple of things to mention. 

For starters - I'm going to be that blogger that everybody hates today. The kind that posts only photos that were already posted on Instagram which I know, so annoying. You come here to see something different and then you are all like "BUT I ALREADY SAW THAT PHOTO! THIS IS SO DUMB." I know only because I say the same thing. But here's the real problem. My husband won't let me buy this camera that has wifi and bluetooth capabilities. I've convinced myself that obviously if I had this camera I would take ALL of my photos on it (sorry iPhone) because I could instantly send whichever ones I wanted to my phone for good ole IG. But no, instead I only carry my phone with me these days meaning the only photos I have for this blog are the same ones I already used. Long story short, it's my husbands fault that my blog now sucks. MEN. The root of all evil. 

Just kidding hunny, I love you. But seriously - I would love you more if you just bought the freaking camera for me already. Don't make me tell these people about the birthday card that you have just sitting on the counter waiting for you to write in it to give to me. hashtag romance. 

Back to what I was talking about (I don't even know). Oh, the weekend. It turns out when you move to the water, the only thing you do is spend time on the water. As horrible as this sounds it doesn't really suck. However, I will say it does kinda make it hard when trying to add depth to your Instagram and/or blog posts because lets be real, how many "LOOK! A BOAT! ON THE WATER!" pictures can we tolerate? But look! Water pictures! 


Speaking of water pictures - with every new snapshot that's taken I'm realizing that this body isn't what it once was. And I'm not trying to get all "waaaaaaah" or anything but I mean c'mon old age. It's like one minute I'm inhaling mac and cheese like it's my job and my pants stay buttoned and then the next minute I'm inhaling mac and cheese like it's my job and I can't get my leg inside of my pants at all. Even with working out it's getting harder to get hard. And by that I mean my muscles. Weird sentence, sorry. Anybody have any tips on what has helped keep yourself looking and feeling great in your 30's? I need all of the help apparently because I have yet to find a thinning edit feature on any of my photo editing apps and it's real annoying. Thanks in advance.

Thankfully I helped my cause by eating 13 mini donuts at our county fair this weekend. Have you and two girlfriends ever headed to your local county fair wearing maxi dresses to ride rides at 10 pm on a Saturday night? Well we did. And I have never felt like I was trying to pick up middle school boys more in my life. I also had a panic attack on the Ferris wheel and didn't think I could breathe so that was awesome. Thankfully those donuts helped remind me that I was breathing as I stuffed my face into them while trying to forget I was dangling in a little cart way above the fairgrounds. Like why Ferris wheel, why? You're existence is cruel.


At least you make for pretty photos.

Okay, I think that sums up everything I needed to say. Remember, skinny tips. Ready, set, go. If you even say "stop eating mac and cheese alongside 13 donuts" I don't even want to hear it. I'm looking for real tips here people, not non-sense. Thank you.



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7.24.2015

SURPRISE! $200 STITCH FIX GIVEAWAY


In honor of Stitch Fix Friday I've teamed up with my favorite service to bring you all a fun surprise for the weekend! We all know how much I adore Stitch Fix (going on fix #38 over here!) and had the pleasure of visiting their offices last Fall. Because they haven't invited me to permanently move into their warehouse [not holding grudges or anything] I figured the next best thing is to give one of you the opportunity to experience Stitch Fix the best way possible...for nearly free!

That's right - today one of you have the chance to win a $200 Stitch Fix gift card. If you didn't pee just a little bit, we need to talk. The best news? This is for both new and existing customers! Here's how you enter!

All you have to do is complete your FREE style profile with Stitch Fix! Easy! This means those of you who have never filled out one before - all you have to do is click here. Remember that this is not a subscription service and you have full control over if/when you would like to receive a fix! For those of you who have already done this - you are all set, just enter in your email address on the widget below that is associated with your Stitch Fix account!

That's all you have to do kids! Use the Rafflecopter widget below to tell me you entered! Easy as pie.

ARE YOU SO EXCITED? Good. ME TOO! Lets do this thing!



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7.23.2015

"I Used To Read Your Blog"

In effort to prevent more and more people saying "oh your blog? yeah I used to read it! remember when it was funny and stuff? so what happened?" I figured I should do something crazy and write a post. Also, that conversation happens semi-regularly so that's cool. I then punch their face and say "remember when your face used to look normal? because it did. so what happened?" It always ends well.*

So what's new you ask? Well for starters, remember here when I mentioned I joined the Fitbit club? One day after writing that I lost said Fitbit meaning I owned the thing for a total of 4 days. Thankfully their customer service is freaking fantastic (buy a Fitbit just to lose it and see what I mean!) and they ended up sending me a brand new one. All of that to say I am now working out again because apparently you can't workout if you don't have a Fitbit. I apologize if you didn't know that until now, you should probably become the monkey emoticon with its hands over its eyes, because wow - embarrassing. I also apologize for just saying Fitbit 5 times in one paragraph. Fortunately each mention is an affiliate link to Amazon so that will probably roll in a solid 11 cents to go towards dinner this weekend. BLOGGING IS SO LUCRATIVE SOMETIMES. 

Speaking of being lucrative, lets talk about what I've been eating. And no I don't mean the fried chicken I had for lunch. I'm talking about the freaking Edwards Key Lime Pie every single day of my life. I forget if I already talked about this before, but if I have - I'm sorry. If I haven't - I'm sorry. You'll now be eating it every day too. 


Unfortunately Amazon doesn't sell key lime pie. 

Lets see what else. OH! Our local fair starts tomorrow so bring on the elephant ears and country concerts. I'll be singing my heart out to Cole Swindell [and trying to ignore his douchey CS hat he always wears] and Montgomery Gentry. Obviously the real reason I'm excited is because I get to wear country-ish looking clothes so that's fun. I just picked up this little lace tank from my favorite for the festivities. 


Here's a fun fact - I was born with a dent in my leg. See that thing up above? Always been there, always will be. I'm not really sure what my leg scraped up against when inside my mom's uterus or wherever I was but she should probably get that checked out. I may have fallen off my bed in the last couple of years and landed on a dresser knob that brought the dent more to life. Unfortunately I'm not kidding. It was a weird way to wake up, let me tell you. Typically I use the wrinkle remover on my best friend picmonkey.com to remove that but ain't nobody got time for that right now. Long live the dent! 

I think that concludes today's blog post. All things you never needed to know and now you do. Congratulations, you've just earned yourself nothing. I take that back. Enjoy that key lime pie. You're welcome.

*I have never punched a face in my life nor will I ever. I am the world's largest coward and would pee in a corner if somebody tried to come after me. 

ps. I haven't had wine in like 3 days. I KNOW. 

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7.21.2015

Stitch Fix Reveal - #37

I swear it seems like just about two short paychecks ago that I was writing one of these Stitch Fix posts. Speaking of paychecks - I have now been putting a portion of them (during the past 74 pay periods) to this monthly service with zero regret or guilt. I know it's no secret by now that I adore Stitch Fix and the items I receive in my box every month. My favorite part is knowing that what I am wearing is not something that somebody else in my circle of influence will be wearing. As much as I love Target I hate matching every other person I pass on the street. Not to mention the quality. I have this weird thing where I actually like wearing things for more than a year or two [sorry fashion gurus], I still wear items I received in my very first fix. Because these posts are no stranger to this blog, I'm going to get right into it [but first - my regular filling in on what this service is...]

Also, if you are not familiar with Stitch Fix and how it works, let me break it down for you in 3 quick points: 

1. Start by filling out your style profile - you will complete all sorts of questions on sizing, pricing, preferences, colors, etc. You can also write notes about likes/dislikes. Make sure to link your fashion board on Pinterest so your stylist can see what you like! 

2. Order your first fix! Your card will be charged a $20 styling fee however, if you keep any item [one or more] you will be credited back the $20. Because of this I always recommend keeping at least one item or you are essentially giving away $20 for nothing in return. You will receive 5 items [made up of clothing, jewelry, and handbags]. I personally only want clothing in my fix so I just always let my stylist know! 

3. Decide what you want and what you want to send back [in a postage paid envelope]! You have 3 business days to do so - use this time to try everything on, see what you have in your closet that pairs well with it and don't be afraid to yes to something that you wouldn't normally. That's what makes Stitch Fix so fun! 

It should be noted that while I have chosen to receive monthly fixes, this is in no way a subscription service and you are able to decide when you want another fix, whether that be in 6 months or 2 years from your first fix! As always, if you ever have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments section below. I know some are curious on the pricing, All of the items you see below were less than $90 with several in the $40 range. 
 
Here we go! Remember - If you see anything that you like below, feel free to pin away and/or ask your stylist in the notes section of your next fix for something similar! 

1. Papermoon - Kualo Bow Back Knit Top - Small - Kept
 

It's striped - it's navy - and it has a fun back. What is there not to love about this top? Perfect with jeans or work pants. It was a keeper for sure!
 
2. THML - Abriana Geo Detail Shift Dress - Small - Kept
 
 
This dress reminds me so much of one that I kept here [and am totally obsessed with]. I knew I was keeping this one before even trying it on, but then after trying it on I knew I was keeping it even more [if that's a thing]. I love that it isn't too short and could be work appropriate if your work is into crazy things like no sleeves and such.
 
 3. Sweet Rain - Toledo V Neck Blouse - Small - Kept
 

This top had me at the colors. I love how light and airy while fun this print is. Total keeper. Shocker.

4. Gilli - Mitchel Maxi Dress - Small - Kept


Well, it had the word "maxi" in the name so naturally I had to keep it. Aside it from being the most soft dress in the world, it also fits the body in all the right spots. Throw in the criss cross in the back and cha-ching, winner.


5. Liverpool - Kolten White Denim Jacket - Small - Kept

 
Last but not least, this jacket. I wear my denim jacket all of the time so I was so excited to receive this white one to pair with items for the Summer. The quality on this is superb. I had to keep it.

Well, as you can see I ended up keeping all 5 because I apparently can't say no. Sorry husband.
 
Which do you like the best?
 
Want give Stitch Fix a try for yourself! If you do, let me know how it goes! I always love hearing from readers who give it a go!


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7.20.2015

Weekend Shenanigans

As Monday morning is officially here, all I can say is this my friends, was a good weekend. Whenever your birthday falls on a Friday you know the whole weekend is going to just roll into one giant celebration and that's exactly what happened. The night of turning 29 a few friends of ours headed to a local restaurant for a fun filled dinner with a side of great live music [what up Samuel <-- check him out, amazing]. A few hours in I found myself whipping my hair all over the place while stuffing my face with a sparkler topped cake so you know, I think it went well. 


Saturday morning Shawn and I headed to the windy city for a day full of spa treatments and dinner. 


Chicago will always be one of my favorite cities and to have it at our fingertips is so fun. Because he hasn't had a massage since our wedding, I figured he was about due for a little pampering himself. I also figured I wouldn't be allowed to swing a few hours at the spa alone so dragging him along seemed like the next best option. Fortunately I don't think he minded getting rubbed down for a few hours. 


And then my blog got blocked from your work's internet. 

If you're still with me, for dinner we went to RPM Steak for the first time - RPM Italian is one of our favorites so we figured it was time to take in this phenomenom. Surprisingly [not at all] it didn't disappoint. If you do go, please order the millionaires potato and proceed to eat all of it. Even if that means polishing it off at 11 pm in your hotel bed. Not that I did that because hello carbs that late at night are not something I would ever do, but I could imagine such a moment would be lovely. If you were into that whole potato thing of course. 


Before heading home I partook in cake pops in bed because biiiiiiirthday.


Sunday we were lucky enough to return home to no power on what turned out to be the most humid day of the year [hooooray!] so our only option was beer on the boat. Bummer I know. Somehow we survived having to live that horrible lifestyle. Thankfully my sister rescued us and had us over for more pie and a trampoline jumping session. I may be 29 but not one squirt of pee came out thank you very much. And people said getting older sucks....


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7.16.2015

29 Years Young



It's official -- I am now in my last 365 days of being in my 20's. This is both somewhat crazy and a tiny bit exciting [also read: very depressing]. With the turn of any big event I like to get all reflect-ful and dramatic about things. As I was walking into the bathroom today at work [to pee thank you] I had this mantra playing over and over in my head how 29 is the year that I'm going to be in the best shape of my life. Unfortunately I returned back to my desk and crushed a bag of chips and queso dip so there goes that goal. But here's the thing. I kinda love chips and queso. And the more I have lived the more I realize that if I keep doing the things that I love and making the every day "little" moments awesome - I am slowly creating days, weeks, months and years of awesome. 

All of that to say, bring on the chips and queso. 

Here's to a million awesome moments this 29th year of life - thank you for being a part of the journey. Without you, my life would be a fraction of what it is..xoxo


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7.14.2015

How I Upgraded My Daily Schedule [And Gained A Husband Back In The Process!]


Without trying to sound like every other person in America, life has been busy around these parts recently. And I get it, we are all busy. A lot of you a lot more so than me because well, team no kids over here. However, the past couple of months have been particularly busy on the home front. It really all stems back to my recent[ish] job change. Awhile back I decided to make a switch at my job and took a position that required a few more hours than I had currently been working. One would think that an 8 hour workload increase wouldn't change your weekly routine much, however one might also be wrong. With balancing more hours at my job outside of the home, running this blog and working as a project manager for a media agency I found myself feeling like I was constantly working. And while I thrive on keeping a full plate, I start to feel empty and lonely when it's just me, myself, and my desktop inside my office. I was tired of running home from a work office only to return to my home office while my husband and dog kept to themselves. You know how fun it is talking to nobody? It's not. I knew it was time for a change... 

Recently I discovered the all new HP Pavilion 17” notebook from HSN (goes on sale 7/18) and knew this could be just the ticket to get me out of my office and out into the real world, also known as our living room and/or kitchen. Because of the notebooks large display I knew it would be a laptop that I would actually be able to utilize well for photo editing, blog writing and all of that other stuff that used to keep me confined to my office. Thankfully we have this fun little cut-out between our kitchen and living room that we turned into a bar after moving in. This has become my new "work spot" in the evenings which means I'm back in the heart of the action. Maggie lays on the couch behind me while I work and I can actually converse with my husband again before 10 pm which is a miracle. 



The thing(s) that drew me into this option were for starters [and most important] the color options. Girlfriends gotta be looking good while working if you know what I mean. The HP Pavilion comes in 5 great colors (Silver, White, Blue, Red, Purple). I went with white because it matches our kitchen counters, which obviously is the most important thing when deciding. 


Even better than the color and large display [I like it big], it has touchscreen capabilities, stores a ton - we're talking 2 TB of storage, and best of all - it comes loaded with Windows 10. What's so great about Windows 10 you ask? Well let me tell you. Lets begin with that good ole start menu. It's back! And the angels started singing, I know. It also conserves powers, allows you to instantly snap between apps to show two things on the screen at once and work between them, is fast and responsive thanks to the InstantGo technology, and so many more awesome features.


This model is exclusive to HSN for only $699.95* [free shipping and handling] and also includes free lifetime tech support thanks to HSN.


It feels so good to feel like I have a life at home again. It's amazing what a little change of scenery and a new piece of technology can do to improve the quality of your work week.

Are you ready to upgrade your day? Get shopping now ;)

*If $699.95 seems like a lot to shell out at once [totally understand], HSN does offer Flex Pay which allows you to break up the price into several payments. With 6 payments of under $120 you can have the laptop shipped to you right away meaning you don't have to wait until the payment is made in full to start utilizing this awesome piece of technology!

The model you see throughout the post is the HP Pavilion 17” notebook Intel Quad-Core 8GB Ram, 1TB Hard drive and can be found here

Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Collectively and HP, however all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

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