2.29.2012

Girl---You Be Weird.

**Before you start reading: Please know that Blogger is giving me a massive headache right now with it's spacing issues it has goin' on. I am about to throw my computer out of the window.
It's been good blogging friends. Sayanora computer**

So a lot of times on this blog I get comments that say “You are hilarious”
Or tweets that say “How in the world do you come up with this S-h-fill in the blank-t?!”
Really, I equate both to...
 “Girl—you are weird and how in the world does your brain come up with this non-sense?”
And you all need to know something right here, right now.
What you see on this blog is just a smidgen of how I am in real life.
In fact, I consider some of my greatest “writings” not on blog posts.
But instead emails.
And real life conversations.
Oh, and tweets.
Especially tweets.
I could blow that thing up like a mother if I stayed at home all day.
Just sayin’.
So I thought today—why not share with you some of my recent conversations?
Just so I can confirm that in fact, this weirdness travels with me everywhere and anywhere, not just on the blog.
We’ll start with a conversation that I had via email with my husband the other day
{it was about me attending a conference that Giuliana is going to be at}

Me: I pretty much decided that I NEED to go on April 15th to that event in Chicago.
Can I please please please?!??!?!? I will save up my own money to go!!!!!

Him: Haha, we will talk about it tonight. I doubt I'll have any issue with it, I just dont know what it is.

Him: All I see stamped all over this thing is "fundraise, fundraise, fundraise". IT'S $500.

Me: Hehehehehe I know…you don’t HAVE to fundraise you silly monkey.

Him: No way are you spending $500 on a seminar in Chicago...you failed to mention how much it cost!

Me: Oh brother. Guess I will have to fundraise for it ;)

Him: Only if it entails not asking anyone for a dime!!!!!! No blog mentions asking for money in any way, no physical talking asking for money, nothing of that sort.

Me: Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?!?!?
I WANTED TO DO EACH AND EVERY THING YOU LISTED!!!

Me: Oh, and I wanted to have a llama sale for it too.
I would go steal a bunch of llamas and then sell them.
HOW DOES THAT SOUND?!?!

Him: Haha, okay now the llama sale I can handle.

Disclosure: I do not own any llamas. Nor do I know what a llama is. But, I am going to find out—
and then rally up all the llamas I can get. And then sell them.
All to meet Giuliana. Act like that isn’t genius.

And then, there is this email conversation with my friend at work
(I would say she is equally as quirky. Or funny. Or crazy):
Her: Your goal for the week is to read the hunger games.  The end.

Me: oh crap. I don’t know if I can accomplish that. Sorry.

….insert small talk about how we need to do dinner.

Me: Okay we are in for tomorrow night. Woop Woop. What time do we need to plan on chicken head? I hope it is okay if I drink a bottle of wine.
Are we riding together or separate?

Her: We’ll have to go separate cause we have to drop off the kids and we wouldn’t be able to fit everyone in the car then…sorry!  It’s either that or buy a minivan.

Me: BUY A MINIVAN. JUST FOR TOMORROW. NOW.

Her: Ew, never.  Not even for you.  I would walk to work every day before I would get a minivan.

Me: Whatever. We can’t be friends if we can’t ride together. Sorry.

Her: Fine, well you guys can sit at the next table and we will talk smack the whole time and you’ll hear it cause you’re an eavesdropper. TAKE THAT.

Me: YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY I LOVE EAVESDROPPING.
BOOOO YA SUCKAAAAAA.
For the record—I love minivans. And want to own one.
And no, I do not have children. But think of all the friends that could fit in that baby.
 
Oh hey that's cool.
My husband just made me delete the funniest part in the whole post.
I think this calls for bed time.
Moral of the story to all of this is—well, I am not sure.
Oh right, I remember where I was going with this.
It’s a fact.
I am weird.
Speaking of—my husband told me to wear his shoes to bible study the other night.
While I may not have worked up the nerve to actually wear them out,
I had no shame in having a full out photo session in those bad boys.
Dang, I look good.

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2.28.2012

I'm Not Going To Lie-I Love To Shop

Oh shopping.
The cure all.
{aside from wine, vacations, slippers, and prayer of course}
You see-yesterday was one of those mornings that the only thing I could say was
"I swear it has to be a full moon tonight or something...."
Translation:
It means that everybody and their mom was acting like an idiot.
Every single one of em'.
Well except you.
Your obviously cool and wouldn't think of acting a fool.
But for everybody else out there in the human population--
they were acting all full moonish on me yesterday.
And this girl can only handle so much full moon if ya know what I'm sayin.

So after secretly praying that I could bash my head into the cement..
I decided "A-ha. I know just the trick."
And that's when I found myself in the center of pounding music, cropped tees, and necklaces for $4.80
In other words, Forever 21.

I don't know what it is about handing over that credit card in exchange for 3 dresses,
 but dang it feels good.
Anyhow, to make a long story short--
I came out of my full moon
"I swear I am going to knock your teeth out" coma
and felt much better after I returned home with these brightly colored beauts.
{Okay so I would never actually think that I want to knock somebody's teeth out.
That's just mean. Unless they are acting like an idiot.
In which case I would totally think that.}
{Husband--Hi hunny. It may appear that I bought one cardigan, three dresses, two necklaces, two bracelets, two rings, and a set of earrings..but remember--that is just how it appears. Silly picture.}
Anyhow-
You know what else makes me happy?
Women who trust me and my blog to help grow their readership base.
aka sponsors.
I mean seriously, anybody who puts their future in my hands has got some balls.
{am I allowed to say that?}
And you know what makes me happier yet?
When you lovey dovey readers prove to them that they made the right decision.
Those girls and their balls..
hahaha.
I'm now laughing like a 12 year old.
Before I get too carried away, I will let them introduce themselves.
And then.
Then is when it is your turn to go formally introduce yourself to them.
How fun.
Oh, I just love meet and greets.
Especially when they involve lots of champagne...
Cheers to poppin' the bubbly.
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Hi there! My name is Leanne and I blog over at Fresh-Season.com.
My blog is all about exploring life and trying new things {from the closet to the world!}.
It is about looking and FEELING your absolute best {check out my beauty related and how-to posts!}, getting a little creative in the kitchen, and there's even a little bit of travel in there
{check out my posts fromlast summer-- I spent two months living in Russia!}.
So stop by and say hi, I want to hear about your adventures in life!
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I'm Nicole- the author and creator behind the blog Miss Mommy.
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I'm a wife, a mommy, a worker, a writer, a TV junkie and a wanna-be photographer.
  I also create Leather Wrap Bracelets and jewelry.
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Please stop by and visit:
PS. You remember that one time when I wore this fancy schmancy bracelet?
Nicole totally made it.
Talented with a capital T that one is.
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So there you have it friends and foe.
I mean friends.
What the heck is foe anyway and why would anybody want to be one?
Now would be the appropriate time to click off of this blog and onto theirs.
and
Catch ya later homeslices.

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2.27.2012

Life Is A Party {And A Ton Of Blogging Advice}

Boy oh boy.
Do I have a treat for you lucky dogs today.
Who doesn't love a good batch of blogging lessons?
Oh, right.
Those who don't give a bleep about blogging.
BUT.
For those that do care--you know they are the best thing since sparkly {anything}.
So today--I am over at Alycia's blog sharing my blogging lessons learned.
And today she is here.
Because sometimes hanging out on your own blog after awhile gets a little boring ya heard?
So welcome Alycia and listen to what she has to say.
Word to the wise: She is a blogging genius.
Genuis I tell you.
Take it away girlfriend.
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Hey everyone! My name is Alycia visiting over from the Crowley Party blog :)
My blog is a lifestyle blog where I blog about my life, and the things I love doing, which usually include food, fashion, and crafts. Since Erin decided to share some blogging tips on my blog today, I figured I would do the same here. Get ready for a meaty, novel of a post all about blogging!
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 What made me decide to start a blog?
I figured I may as well address this very important question first. What made me decide to start a blog? Well I have actually talked about this on my blog before. So first let me send you over there! So that is the longer version, let me give you the shorter version. I started a blog because everyone in my family had one, and my dad was giving me a hard time about not having one, and that he wanted to be updated on my life since I was away at college. So I started one. I hardly ever used it. It was called "Alycia's World" original eh? haha Then when I got engaged I started searching online for wedding ideas/etc. and got sucked into wedding blogs, and from there blogging in general. It wasn't until after I was married that I really started blogging. I love the world of creativity that blogging fosters, sharing ideas, and stories about each others lives. Blogging can be such an inspiring and uplifting pastime, and I am addicted to the "happy" it provides!
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Blogging Tips
Now usually when people ask for blogging tips it means they want their blog to go "somewhere." When I started blogging, I was in it for the journal keeping aspect and sharing my life for friends and family. Little did I know that my "family & friends" would grow to include people from all over.  ---that's YOU guys by the way! ;) Some people blog just for that, and others want to find some form of "success." Success is different for everyone, it is all about how you define it. What do you want YOUR blog to be? Do you talk about food, crafts, fashion? or do you not want to be defined and want to blog about whatever you feel like? I guess that is me, the "Lifestyle" blogger? But just like with anything, if you have a goal, you need to make a plan to get there. So if you want a "successful" blog, however you define that as being, then you need to set little goals to get you there. Here is some insight on what I think makes a big difference in blog-land.

1. Presentation. We have heard this all of our lives right? Your blog layout and design is the readers first impression, so you want it to be attractive. We all define attractive differently, but I have found that the less clutter someone has on their blog, the more appealing it is. Try and keep things clean and organized. Presentation is 50% of blogging in my opinion (maybe more!). Also, it doesn't have to be expensive. 99% of my blog layout I taught myself how to do through google search, and didn't pay anyone anything to design it. Now they have that great template designer, so there is really no excuse anymore when it comes to blog design!
---- Part of the presentation when it comes to blogs is PICTURES! We all LOVE pictures on blog-land, am I wrong?! While people love to read good content, a picture says 1,000 words. So try your best to have great quality pictures. Not everyone can afford a really expensive camera, and I am a big believer that you don't have to have one to find success in the aesthetics department of your blog. However you must understand people will judge your blog based solely on the quality of the pictures! Most cameras today are great quality, your point and shoot should be just find. Read up on how to actually use your camera so you are getting the most out of it. It amazes me how little people know about their cameras! (trust me I still am learning too! haha)! Just be aware that people like pictures :)

2. Blog for YOU. A lot of people start blogging and think it is going to happen faster then they expected. Well for some people their blogs just might, but for most of us gaining followers or getting comments takes time. I was blogging for almost a year before I got significant people commenting or following my blog. That is why it is important to be blogging for YOUR happiness, because if you are trying to blog for other people, that is no fun, and you will just end up being disappointed.  So don't get discouraged, if you are having a fun time blogging and you are enjoying it, others will start to enjoy it too! Stay consistent and put forth that effort and eventually the readers will come, if having readers is your goal.

3. Be consistent and sincere. You can't blog once a week and expect people to keep on coming back to your blog. When you are consistent, readers are engaged in your blog!  Some people say they run out of ideas to blog about. I am not really sure how to answer that one, except see above. Know why you blog, and where you want to go with your blog, and your content should follow. If you are really starving for ideas, see what it is you like to see in other people's blogs. What are they writing about that you love and are interested in or inspired by, and find ways to do that in your life and blog. Back to being consistent, some people find that a blogging scheduled helps. I have kind of applied that to my blog, but have also found I don't like being tied to or limited to a schedule that has been set. That goes right back to blogging for YOU and making YOU happy :) When you are happy blogging, you will also be sincere. People like to relate to other people, and by being genuine and sincere people will connect with that. This is the best part of blogging anyways, the connections we make with other people! Show people you are human, trust me, chances are... they are human too.

---another aspect to this is people who blog simply to make money, get famous, get free stuff, or get invited to places. Those who get into blogging solely for those reasons are destined to be disappointed. As mentioned before, people can tell when you are being genuine or not. Readers can tell if people are blogging for the joy or are solely in it for the perks. This isn't saying people can't enjoy the perks that can come from blogging, but it shouldn't be the only reason they do it! Also don't rush into accepting sponsors! I didn't even think about accepting sponsors until I had over 1,000 or so followers. Even then I was afraid, I mean why would anyone want to pay me to put their buttons on my blog?!  But people had started to ask about it, so I figured, if there is a need for it and people want it, I can provide that for them. I still feel weird about it today! When you start to put a price on your blog you're also turning it into a business. People are paying for something and expecting that in return, you can't blog whenever you feel like it if you have people counting on you. You have made a commitment with someone. That doesn't mean you have to post every single day, I take days off all the time. But I usually never go 2 days without blogging. At the start of this year I was so busy with school work right before I graduated. I probably went two months without hardly blogging.  I just did NOT have the time.  Trying to blog and do school and managing it all at that point was too much for me. I took a much needed break, because trying to get things done because I thought readers wanted it, made blogging not fun for me anymore. That would not have been a good time to have sponsors on my blog, it wouldn't be fair to them, right? I didn't get sponsors until I knew I could commit the time for my blog, me, and for them!

4. Be Respectful. Your readers and sponsors are the ones who come back every day and read your blog! Don't write them off or treat them poorly! You can do things to show your gratitude with an awesome giveaway, or guests posts. Not everyone can do this, but who doesn't love a good giveaway from time to time?! If you have the time, respond to questions and comments. I really do try to do this, but it can be hard when you get so many and have things to do during the day. But people like to know their not being ignored. (I swear I read every single comment people! THANK YOU!)

5. Source Content. Part of the "respect" mentioned above is sourcing where you borrowed or took anything offline. Sometimes people are worried they will loose followers if they have links to other people's sites and blogs, but your readers are not going to leave you because of that, in fact they will probably appreciate you sharing the wealth with them! If you don't know the original source for your pictures, etc, be open to someone sharing it with you. Then link appropriately!

6. Network! Get your name out there! Don't be afraid to say hello or email your favorite bloggers. If there is someone you want to interview, ask them! Go ahead and trade buttons with someone with a similar readership as you and even taking out sponsorships on larger blogs that have a following you wish to have! Don't be afraid to branch out to other "genres" of blogs... crafting, recipe/food, fashion, mom blogs, etc. The more the merrier! Pass it around! If you are not active in the blogging world, commenting, talking, sharing, how do you expect anyone to know who you are? Very few people will just "find" you!

7. Don't be annoying. Don't spam people's blogs with your link. No blogger likes when people are just trying to get you and your readers to their blog and leave their links and other sites attached to their comments. Just by leaving a comment you leave a trail to your blog if people want to read it. I don't think it is necessarily bad to leave links in the your comments leaving, BUT just make sure you are not coming off as trying to fish for followers! It all comes back to being genuine. If you leave comments, you should be genuine as well! Another aspect of being annoying, is some people are turned off by auto-music playing on blogs. Some people don't care, others do. I say, do what YOU want for your blog. Just a tip if you are trying to take your blog "somewhere"--- it does bother some people. So if you care what other people are thinking, you might not want to have it, but change the setting so it doesn't just start. But again, let me reiterate, do what YOU want!
 
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Sorry for the novel people! haha I hope this helps people to find/achieve whatever it is they are looking for when it comes to blogging. I know that for me, blogging became an outlet at a time of my life that I didn't even realize that I needed it... and boy did I need it. I thoroughly enjoy creating, reading and being inspired by all of you. I enjoy the friendships and words of encouragement, jokes, just all of it. I think you know what I mean, or you wouldn't be here right now reading this, right? haha


So since I just jabbered on for forever (this has probably been one of my longest posts in terms of writing!) haha Why don't YOU guys share some of the tips/frustrations/whatever you  have to say when it comes to blogging or people's blogs?!
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Now be the nice little ladies that your momma's raised you to be, and say hello to Alycia.
You will not be sorry you stopped by her blog.
{Have I told you yet it's one of my faves? So much so I am sponsoring her in March.}
Holler.

Now go have the best Tuesdays ever you braniac bloggers you.

Oh PS. If you are visiting from Crowley Party--Whaaaaaat's up.
So glad you made your way over to these parts.
I would promise that you made an excellent decision, but I'd rather you be the judge of that.

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2.26.2012

A little bit of everything all rolled into one.

Do you realize my title is a line right out of a classic Alanis Morissette song?
Did you also realize that when I was in second grade, I bought the Alanis Morissette CD
just so a boy would ask me out?
Hey, it worked.
He somehow looked past my haircut that was chopped clear above my ears,
and fell for me because of my taste in music.
{I have told you that I used to get asked as a child "Are you a boy or girl" haven't I?}
Anyhow--you gotta do what ya gotta do people.
With all of that being said, here are a few things to start out your Monday morning.
1. Friday night was deemed
 "let's stay in and make a romantic dinner and then do absolutely nothing"
in our househould.
I love when we have incredible ideas like those.
So that's exactly what we did, and it went a little bit like this:
I mentioned it was incredible right?
2. I have decided to make it official--I am writing my own column.
The name?
"Dear Erin,"
Please tell me you have read "Dear Abby" before.
Here is the deal though--I need YOU to make this happen.
Every Tuesday I am going to answer 1, 2, or 3 reader submissions.
Yes, this means that you need to submit questions.
They can be funny/serious/random, I don't care.
All I promise is that I will answer them in true Living In Yellow style.
Say for instance you want to ask:
"How do I get my man to view me as a sex kitten and not just as a woman
who makes his dinner every night?"
or..
"I can't stop dreaming about giraffes--
What do you think causes this and what should I do to stop?"
or heck maybe you are battling this in your life--
"I am addicted to Twitter. Help a sister out!"

You ask. I will answer.
Easy as that.
One of my genius guy friends suggested I do this back when I started this blog.
I figured it's about time to listen to that genius suggestion.
Please tell me you like this idea because well, I kinda do.
And seriously.
Who wouldn't want to take advice from this girl?

3. I didn't wear pants most of the day on Saturday.
That is really here nor there, but it was fun and that's really all that matters.
I did however, wear this on Sunday to run in.
#NoShame.

4. While I was wearing no pants, I thought I should probably clean out my closet{s}.
Yes, closet is plural.
I use 4 in this household.
"That is ridiculous"
I know, tell me about it.
All you local readers--be on the lookout.
I will be begging asking politely for your clothes in the next couple of months so we can tackle our 2nd annual clothes drive.
Holler.
5. If you follow me on Facebook and Twitter, you knew all of the above.
Minus the no pants part.
Oddly enough, I didn't put that on any type of status update over the weekend.
I really need to stop spoiling all of my blog posts.

6. Last but not least--three fun facts for your Monday.
1. I have the cutest niece ever.
2. My "I'm talking to a two year old" voice is rather annoying.
3. Side profile shots are my worst nightmare.

Okay, my job is done here.
Yours has just begun.
Email me your "Dear Erin," questions pronto.
This is going to be fuuuuuuuun.
Happy Monday Kitten Britches.

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2.25.2012

If I Had A Baby..Its Name Would Be Pickle Doodle.

I mean really, how cute is that name?
I can picture it already
"No, no little pickle doodle..no pooping in the bath tub!"
"Auww..I know Pickle Doodle. You love your mom more than dad. I understand"
or
"Pickle Doodle--wait! You forgot your peanut butter and jelly!!"
So, you can understand my excitement when I saw the cutest Etsy shop ever--
When I say cutest designs ever, I mean the cutest designs ever.
Lizzy {the owner} does an outstanding job creating this, that, and the other.
I would say she specializes in invitations.
But then I would have to say she specializes in Monogram Prints.
And then I would have to say she specializes in Address Labels.
Really, what I am trying to say is she specializes in EVERYTHING.
Not only does she have a vast array of Premade Templates--
Lizzy also will do CUSTOM {anything} for you.
Say for instance..
a sign to hang in my office ;)

I am in love.
Yes, love.
Let me tell you how this process went down.
1. I emailed Lizzy and said something along the lines of
 "I want a sign for my office that says Living In Yellow Established February 2011"
I included a color pattern that I was going for
{found off Pinterest of course}
2. Within 24 hours, she emailed me the print.
3. I jumped for joy and said "Oh my gosh--peeeeerfect!!!!"
4. Went online to the nearest office supply store (Office Max) and printed it.
95 cents baby.
5. Bam--I have my beloved print.
Easy as that.
Anyhow--today Lizzy is giving YOU the chance of owning anything of your choice
for 15% off.
Have I mentioned yet that her prices are already great?!
Just enter the code:
LIYSPRING15
Oh, but it gets better yet.
Want a FREE Spring Printable for your cute little self?
Awesome.
All you have to do is "Like" Pickle Doodle Designs on Facebook
and "Follow" Pickle Doodle Designs on Twitter

Just tell me in the comments section below that you did.
Oh and hey, leave your email address so Lizzy can get that printable emailed to you mmk?
You guys, I am excited about this.
I can't wait to think of what I want her to make next.


Now if only I had my real little Pickle Doodle....

Happy Weekend drooling over everything at Pickle Doodle Designs.
xoxo.

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2.23.2012

Short Story.

Yesterday morning I was driving along minding my own business.
And then, all of a sudden I felt my car acting a little funny.
I remembered my husbands recent drilling of my head saying
"If your car ever acts weird..tell me right away"
{instead of  waiting a solid 3 weeks like I normally would do...}
So, I did what any good girl would do.
I picked up my phone and dialed.
"Hey hunny--you told me to tell you right away when my car acts funny"
"Okay, so what's going on?"
"Well, every time I turn..my car slides and its weird"
"Uhhhh...there is ice on the road."
{insert hard, hard laughter from the Mr}
Hang up.

Dear husband,
You are never, ever, finding out again if something goes wrong with my car.

The End.


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2.22.2012

So You Wanne Be Fit And Trim, Now Do Ya?

So a week or two ago, I was over writing at The Momma Bird.
For some strange reason I volunteered to write in her Health & Wellness series.
Anyhow--I got to thinking a little bit.
If I spent all this time whipping up that blog post, why not use it on my blog as well?
So that's what I am doing today.
You may call it slacking off.
I call it being a genius.

I apologize if you read this over at Michelle's blog originally.
But if you haven't--today is your lucky day.
Or something like that.

By the way.
I really don't feel like editing any of the below--so you are getting it just how it was presented on her blog.
Formal introductions and all.
Now, have at it :)
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Hello you Momma Birds.
My name is Erin, or in this case Baby Bird.
Yes, that means I have no children.
I write over at Living In Yellow.
A blog dedicated to absolutely nothing which makes it pretty easy to write.

Anyhow--today I am here to share with you some of my "Health & Fitness" tips and tricks.
I'm not gonna lie-I feel a little hypocritical writing this post.
For crying out loud, my lunch just consisted of pizza and wine.
And it's a Tuesday afternoon.
Anyhow.
I'll give it my best shot.

You see-I have to have some "healthy" things that I do,
because there are entirely way too many un-healthy things that I do.
And quite frankly, would rather do.
Say for instance--macaroni and cheese.
I dominate that stuff like it's my job.
You think I'm kidding.
I think it's an addiction.

So here is what works for me.
My hope is that 1..maybe 2 of these tid bits will work for you.
Here we go.

1. Warm Lemon Water.
I swear up and down by this stuff.
And I don't even swear.
Its amazeballs.
In fact, I wrote an entire post about the benefits.
To save you the time--I'll let you check it out on your own time.
What you need to know now is that it is an Au natural way to get all the toxins out of your system.
A fancier way to say this is that it will make you crap.
Regularly.
True story.
{Betcha anything my husband now hates me because I just said "crap" on live blog world.
 He can be so tactful sometimes}

2. Write It Down.
And I don't mean what you are eating.
Or how much you exercised.
Although I do hear good things about doing both of the above.
I mean, write down how you FEEL after working out.
Document how impressed you are with those triceps you've suddenly developed.
And how amazed you are that those jeans actually look stellar all of a sudden.
And that butt that just showed up out of nowhere?!
Document it.
Whenever you are questioning whether you should workout or not--READ THIS STUFF.
It's very hard to not hop on the treadmill after you are reminded of how good your calves looked last Summer.

3. Change Your Mindset
How many times have you told yourself
"I must run 30 minutes a day 7 days a week. No excuses"
Yeah me either.
But if I did, I would imagine it wouldn't pan out so well.
Which is why I like to think differently about working out.
Back in 2010 my New Years Resolution was to run 700 miles for the year.
This meant that I could actually take days off.
I didn't have to do x amount this day, this day, and that day.
As long as I was focused on logging the miles, I could workout whenever I wanted to.
Which happened to be in the mornings before work.
Don't worry, I got over that crazy phase.
{Sleep is way more important clearly}
But you guys--it worked for me.
I kept my mind on the end goal.
700.
So every day that I would run--I would simply write down how far I went.
And I kept a running total.
And it became fun.
Running+Fun?
I know, I can't believe I said it either.
But it worked.
And I reached that 700 miles darn it.

4. Jillian Michaels.
Enough said.
You want your butt kicked?
Go to Jillian.
My husband would hate me even more if I mentioned he can't even finish these videos.
So I won't say it.
But seriously--she has a great variety of DVDs out.
All of which are challenging and will show you results.
Trust me.
If you aren't sweating like a stuck hog by the end, you weren't doing something right.

Your arms will get cut.
So will your hands but thats besides the point.
What I'm getting at is do fun things that don't necessarily make feel like you are about to die.
Your right.
I look like I was about to die.

6. Limit Your Meat Intake
This is a new one for me since the first of the year, but I'm a fan.
It is amazing how limiting your meat makes you choose healthier options.
I almost forgot that vegetables and fruits are something people eat.
And now I can't get enough.
And seriously--I have never felt more full in my life.
That may because I am eating the heck out of beans, but honestly.
It has made a big difference.
Just some food for thought ;)
Pun intended.

....And there you have it.
Six {simple}yet effective things that have worked for me.

Will you be trying any of them?
Do tell.

Until next time....
I am off to partake in one of the healthiest things known to mankind.
What?
It has nuts.
AND a cherry on top.



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2.21.2012

The Night I Had To Pinch Myself

Once upon a time there was a girl named Erin.
And everywhere that Erin went, her Ipad seemed to follow.
On Sunday, February 19th Erin and her Ipad fell asleep on the couch together.
Those two sleepy heads woke up around 10 pm and naturally--
Erin had to say hello to her Ipad.
So she turned it on--
opened her email--
and thought
"Hey that's weird. Why is Twitter blowin' up my inbox?!"
So naturally--Erin clicked on a random email from Twitter.
And this is what she opened it up to:
This caused Erin to only be able to yell one thing.
"SHUT UP"
"SERIOUSLY. SHUT UP"
{Because whenever Erin gets excited--she tells whatever made her excited to shut up}
And then she proceeded to yell to her husband
"Guess who is following me on Twitter!!!"
"Seriously. Guess"
"No like oh my gosh, you will never believe who is following me on Twitter"

But then it gets better-
Erin opened up her Twitter account and wham bam thank you ma'm.
This is what she saw:
SHUT UP.
Miss Queen G just tweeted--me?

I'm over the 3rd person talk for the remainder of the post--
we are now referring to Erin as me.
There is something about 3rd person talk that gets creepy real quickly.

Okay back to that tweet--did you catch the part that said
And then the part that said "I'm hooked on your blog"
but what about the part that says
"You have the sweetest "About" I have ever read?!"

Say whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?

Instantly I freaked.
And then I exclaimed "Oh my gosh, I have to tweet her back!!!"
So naturally--I grab that Ipad and I start writing all sorts of things to Giuliana.
I think my first tweet went a little bit like
"I AM A HOT SWEATY MESS RIGHT NOW"
and then I switched it to something a little freakish to--
"I SERIOUSLY THINK I AM GOING TO GO PUKE"
but then that husband of mine saw what I was typing and piped in instantly
"No. No. No. No. You can not act like a obsessive freak about this"
"You need to act cool, calm, and collected"
Oh.
Right.
I need to act like I have A-list celebrities follow and tweet me everyday.
Duh.

So then being the smarty pants that I am, I said to that husband of mine
"So what? I should respond with something like--
 "Oh. That's neat."
or maybe something a little simpler like
"Cool."
or heck, if we are playing real calm and collect maybe I should just say
"I am sorry--Giuliana...Giuliana who?!
 I don't think I am quite sure who you are?! Please introduce yourself."

After much debating and thinking, my tweet back went a little something like this:
Anyhow.
The remainder of the night was spent blaring old school Juvenile--
"Move it slow motion for me..."
Bouncing around like the biggest freak of nature you've ever seen--
and pinching myself.
Yes, this was the first time I've ever pinched myself.
But people--it was a much deserved pinch.

Kids--this kind of stuff doesn't happen to me.

Needless to say--
Sunday, Feb 19th marks one of the top 5 moments of my life.
Right behind:
 The day I discovered mac & cheese--
Oh and the time that I found a chunky necklace at Banana Republic for $4-
Can't forget about the day I became potty trained. That's pretty important stuff-
And one other thing. What was it? Yes, I remember now--

Okay your right--I might have been more excited about this than any of the above.
Minus the wedding people, calm down.

Now if you will please excuse me, I am off to continue floating on cloud nine...
...and picking out my outfit for the first date I have planned for Giuliana and I. 
I'm thinking shopping--pedicures--cocktails--and some type of red carpet event.
G--your life just got a lot more exciting ;)

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Weird. My Eyeballs Get Heavy When Tired.

Have I mentioned I am tired yet?
Oh right.
My title gave that away.
But seriously--Lord knows what may come out of my mouth right now.
One thing I've learned--never write a blog post when half asleep.
Also never record yourself dancing after a few cocktails and think you should post it on the Internet.
Actually.
On second though--do post it.
Just don't let your husband see it because he will delete it like it's hot.
All because you were droppin' it like it's hot.
Oh husbands, they can be so silly like that sometimes.
But seriously--I am really tired.
Insomnia has decided it should be my best friend all of a sudden.
I'm not really diggin' its friendship, but hey--you take what you can get right?
Because of this fact--I'm letting other amazing people do the talking for me today.
Please oh please get to know them.
You know my life motto--you should become friends with at least 3 amazing people a day.
Your right, I just made that up but it has a nice ring to it doesn't it?
Now go live out that motto.
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Hello friends!
I'm Natalie and I blog at Living & Learning 
My blog is a place to share all of my moments, the good and the bad, with the world.
It's filled with tons of happy, crazy, ridiculous things, and the occasional sad post, but mostly,
 it's full of me.
I am a daughter, sister, girlfriend, and a huge goofball. 
 I'm from the great state of Texas
Currently, I'm an interior design student at Texas Tech 
As for the rest of it, God has given me a pretty great little life and I couldn't be happier. 
 I hope to see all of you soon!
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Hi Y'all!  My name is Susan!
You can find me and all my adventures over at 2 cats & chloe.
{Yes, I have two cats and a Chloe.  All of which are proud rescue animals!}
 
So you may ask what kind of adventures I partake in... 
I travel.  
A lot. 
 Road trips, mission trips, backpacking trips, business trips... lots of trips, sometimes falls.
I eat. 
 Paleo foods mostly.  No, I don't eat dinosaurs.
I craft.  
Usually as my creative release at the end of a stressful day.  (Along with red wine!)
I blog.  
About life with my 2 cats and chloe.
(And my friends, family, and boyfriend - don't worry,
I'm not some crazy cat lady who only talks about fur balls and litter boxes.  Eek!)
I would LOVE IT if you took a little trip over to my blog, looked around, and dropped me a line!  
Oh, and did I mention I have an awesome giveaway going on?  
But you have to stop by the blog to see what it is! :) 
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Hello lovers!  I'm Rachel from My Happily Ever After!
I'm a puppy lovin doggie mama and a major Hubby lover, who adores crafting, dressing up, drinking wine, wasting endless amounts of time on Pinterest and taking ridiculous amounts of photos.  I'm also totally and unequivocally obsessed with my slow cooker and love to put together simple, cheap, delicious recipes that are ready to wow the Hubster and I the moment we get home.

I recently opened the My Happily Ever After shop,
which features handmade home decor for the wine lovers like moi. 
I use corks, bottles, labels and other mediums to make fabulous custom decorative pieces, just for you!


So stop by, say hi, and let's be friends!
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Told ya they were amazing.
Have fun getting to know them :)

PS. The other reason I'm so tired?
This girl and I have spent the past hour tearin' it up on the dance floor.
Or office floor.
Whichever.
That little girl loves to back her thang up.
Can't say I blame her.

Happy Tuesday Maniacs.

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