June 29, 2015

Musings on Monday


We had a lovely weekend filled with celebrations -- a bridal shower, an engagement celebration, and a 2nd birthday party for our nephew, I didn't want it to end! But alas, here it is Monday again and it's time to hit the ground running on all of the projects that need to be completed. This might be a negative spin on things but once July 4th comes and goes, the summer is on a downward slope. I mean it's already less than 2 months until I go back to school! 

Really wishing I could hit up the pool today but I have a week left of grad school and two assignments to go, neither of which I've started and one that's due tomorrow! Procrastination at it's finest. I also have laundry that needs to be done, a dishwasher that needs to be emptied, a refrigerator that needs to be cleaned out, a grocery store run to make, and bathrooms that need to be cleaned. I'd also like to get to the gym or at least out for a long walk today. Lots to do so I'd better get started -- hope you all have a great Monday! 

June 26, 2015

Five on Friday!

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1. I've checked one thing off of our mile long to-do before baby list and purchased our nursery furniture about two weeks ago. It will be delivered next Friday, which is exciting yet scary because there is so much furniture in the guest room that needs to be moved before then. We went with the Gemma Campaign dresser and crib from Pottery Barn Kids. Scored them on sale, too! Now just keep your fingers crossed that a tennis ball cannot fit underneath either of these pieces. We have a dog whose absolute favorite activity is knocking the tennis ball underneath of furniture and then barking until we get it out and throw it to her. 

2. I swore I would no longer buy Ikea furniture but we are need of a new bed frame and given the dog's favorite activity, I'd really like one that goes all the way to the floor. Julia of Lemon Stripes  recently featured her master bedroom and she has the Ikea Brimnes bed frame and I think it looks pretty fab. Since this isn't really a need situation but rather one I'd like to tackle pre-baby, the price is a pretty big factor as well. Does anyone have any experience with Ikea bed frames? What is the deal with the slatted bed base? Is that a necessary purchase? We have a really nice mattress that currently sits on top of a box spring so not sure if this is something we would need to buy as well. 
BRIMNES Bed frame with storage IKEA The 4 large drawers give you an extra storage space under the bed.
3. In less than a month we are headed down to Puerto Rico! We had initially planned to head out to the Pacific Northwest for our vacation this summer but with a baby on the way, we decided a beach destination was a better fit for us. Further, with airline miles and hotel points, we were able to score our flights and hotel stay for free! Can't beat that :)  Anyone been to San Juan and have recommendations for us? We are definitely going into town and to the rainforest at some point but any other recs are welcomed and appreciated! 

I hope you all have a lovely Friday! I'm off to the pool with my mother-in-law and niece and nephew and then headed to pre-natal yoga- should be a good day! 

June 4, 2015

Thoughts on Thursday: Back again and big news!

Thoughts for Thursday

1. A return to blogging...and news! Right around the time I wrote my last post in March, we found out we are going to have a BABY! It's a pretty all-consuming piece of information, isn't it? It is crazy exciting and also, crazy scary. G and I are really excited and looking forward to this next chapter in our lives. Pregnancy so far has been a great experience for me. I've had no nausea, which I am thanking my lucky stars for! I have been extremely tired and still waiting on that second trimester energy to kick in but other than that (and some pretty serious food aversions) I have been feeling good. I can't lie, waking up with no hangover on a Saturday is pretty awesome as well!
 2. Baby T is a... BOY! I had a feeling that this baby was a boy but when it was confirmed last week, G and I were still like 'whaaaat'. Most of our friends have boys and my sister has two boys so we are excited to be adding to the crew! Giving birth to boys been the trend with our friends since people started getting serious about reproducing in 2013 and no joke, I know 12 people giving birth in 2015 and 7 of us (including me) are having boys! 2 of them had/are having girls and 3 are still unconfirmed, so I'll be interested to see how the proportions play out! It is seriously crazy how many people we know with boys, guess we're working on a 53 man roster! 
3. Summer break. I have 11 working days (2 of them half days) until summer break. I'm pretty sure I say this every year, but this year has been ROUGH. For reasons beyond poor student behavior and an extensive workload. I am happy to see this year end. There is so much stuff that needs to get done around our house before the baby so I am excited to have ample time to get some of those things completed. I'm pretty sure it goes without saying but I am so excited to get started on Baby T's  nursery! I think I already have the design narrowed down, can't wait to bring it to life!

That's all I've got for today, thanks for sticking around! I'll be perusing your blogs to get updates on you all as well! Happy pre-Friday! 

March 13, 2015

Five on Friday !

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Linking up with ladies again today!

I don't even have words to describe this week. I am so happy it's Friday and looking forward to the weekend to relax and recharge. But first, let's discuss our favorites of the week!

1. Favorite Tank: There are still a few more weeks until I'll be able to rock a tank top outdoors but while perusing Forever 21 last week during one of my snow days, I found the perfect tank top. I would describe my style as being very much on the casual side so I am sure I'll be wearing it a ton this summer. I got it in both gray (my weakness) and light blue. At $5.90, why not?

2. Favorite Pizza: Pizza is my love language and tied (with sushi) for my most favorite food in the world. I also love making it at home. Yes, it is time-consuming but one of my greatest joys is spending hours in the kitchen cooking-- so therapeutic for me! The Three Cheese Peach and Prosciutto Pizza with Balsamic Reduction from Cooking Classy looks amazing! Can it be summer now so can peaches can be in season and I can make this pizza? 

3. Favorite Getaway: My sister, mom, and I are heading to St.Pete Beach in Florida at the end of April and I am really looking forward to it! I don't think we've ever been away just the 3 of us so I am excited for beach time, shopping, and relaxing! Anyone have any recommendations for the area? 

4. Favorite Snap: This picture of my best girl makes my heart melt. This was taken during our snow days last week after a rousing game of fetch (yes, I was throwing the ball from my bed down the hallway-- it was way too cold downstairs) and she was ready to relax! She goes from 60 to 0 in like 5 seconds. She will be running around like a maniac playing fetch and then just plop down on the bed. She cracks me up. Love her so much. 

5. Favorite Funny: I love browsing because you can always find one that is applicable! This one definitely reflects how I am feeling about Friday this morning! 

Happy Friday, friends! I hope everyone has a splendid weekend!

March 10, 2015

Tuesday Trend: Skincare Essentials

Skincare Essentials

L to R: frank original body scrub//frank original body balm//soapwalla almond luxe body polish//kiehl's original musk body lotion//crabtree&evelyn lavender hand cream//aveda hand relief creme

Years ago I saw an Oprah episode about women who looked several (and I mean SEVERAL) years younger than their actual age. No joke, one woman was 75 and she legit looked 40. She said everyone thought her son was her husband when they went out to dinner together. The one thing the women all said they did to keep their youthful glow? Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Not just your face, they said. Your entire body needs to be hydrated at all times.I was a teenager but it has stuck with me all of these years. The skin is the body's largest organ so it makes sense, right?

Here's the thing, though: I HATE moisturizing. It is so time consuming and tedious but I make myself do it anyway because I know it's good for me. Using products like the frank body scrub and Soapwalla Almond Luxe Body Polish are great at helping to keep skin moisturized so if I do miss a day here and there my skin doesn't suffer too much. These products are on the pricey side so I do not use them everyday and sometimes I choose an area that needs it the most and skip other areas. The frank body scrub and body balm is an excellent combination and such a treat to use! The almond luxe body polish smells heavenly and leaves my skin so soft it's unbelievable!

My mom gave the Kiehl's Original Musk body lotion a few weeks ago and I have to say, it is the best lotion I have ever used! It is light so it dries relatively quickly and doesn't leave behind a greasy or sticky feeling on your skin. The smell is also a huge plus! I try to put this on right after I've toweled off so it feels like a part of my shower routine and not like an extra step.  I am a recovering nail and cuticle biter so hand cream is a must in my book. I haven't bitten my nails or cuticles in almost three months but they are still ravaged from 20+ years of habitual biting. Ugh. Such an unsightly habit but I am not going to lie, it has been really hard to kick! I alternate between using the Evelyn and Crabtree hand cream and the Aveda Hand Relief cream. Both moisturize really well and dry quickly so it's usually a matter of scent preferences that decides which one I use on any given day!

What skincare products do you use? Any tips or tricks to make moisturizing easier??

March 6, 2015

The Friday Five

Back again with another Friday Five!

1. Favorite Dessert: I try so hard not keep sweets around the house but then I go to Whole Foods when I'm starving and somehow Steve's Salty Caramel Ice Cream ends up in my freezer. This is the stuff dreams are made of! I should preface this by saying that I am admittedly obsessed with sea salt caramel anything so this ice cream is right up my alley. The perfect blend of vanilla ice cream and salty caramel. I could eat this for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You also gotta love that this ice cream is straight out of Brooklyn.
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2. Favorite Planner: I've been through my fair share of planners, Kate Spade, Erin Condren, and Whitney English. I used to be all about the WE Day Designer. This year, however, I couldn't bring myself to pay $70 for a planner. I mean, let's be honest, some weeks I completely forget to even write in it so shelling out a lot of money wasn't happening this year. I still have to have a planner though, so I bought one of the Sugar Paper for Target 2015 planners for 9.99. I love this planner! The way the weeks are set up is perfect for me. The rigidity of the Day Designer just isn't my style, I like being able to write different times and to-do lists in the day space. Plus, it gave me anxiety whenever I wrote a task on the wrong line and then had to cross it out and put it next to the correct time. I don't need that kind of stress in my life, ha!
Sugar Paper 2015 Daily Planner - 8.5"x11"
3. Favorite Podcast: Ever since listening to Serial, I've become obsessed with podcasts. I love listening to podcasts on my way to work in the morning, such a nice change from the radio or silence! I really, really enjoy the TED Radio Hour podcast. Each podcast is a different subject like success or learning and it is basically TED talks that deal with that subject adapted for radio. The host, Guy Raz, interviews the TED Talk speakers during the podcast as well an it makes for a great show! You can listen here on the computer or download the Podcast app and search for NPR Ted Radio Hour. Some of my favorites have been Simply Happy, Unstoppable Learning (prob my number #1 fave!), Seven Deadly Sins, Success, Brand over Brain, and How We Love. Check them out if you're looking for something new for your morning commute or workout!
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4. Favorite Bag: For my 30th birthday, my mom gave me the Gigi New York Olivia Shopper in Saddle Pebble Grain and it is the prettiest and nicest bag I've ever owned. It is big but I like that in a purse! It holds everything I need so I'm never worried about forgetting something! A real plus is the fact that it can be worn on your arm or as a crossbody. I was initially worried that it would be too bulky as a crossbody but I wore it out to a pretty crowded bar on a Friday night and it was perfectly fine :) 

5. Favorite Weather: I know most people in my area are completely sick of the snow but since I'm working on a four day weekend, I am pretty happy! I can't complain that I only worked one full day this week. A lot of people get bent out of shape thinking we'll have to go well into June but since I teach P.E. all of our units at the end of the year are outside so I'll take some days off from being stuck in a gym with 60+ kids!  

Not really.. but maybe a little :)

Happy Friday, friends! 

March 5, 2015

Thoughts on Thursday: Confession

I have a confession to make and it make get me kicked out of blogland. I do not like Lululemon clothing. Yes, the founder is a dingbat who makes stupid comments but that is not even one of the issues I have with this company. Every single girl in my barre class is shrouded in Lululemon and I truly cannot understand it. Although, I do find it kind of funny that barre class is a row of chicks all in black leggings. Group think, I guess. As someone who wears workout clothing on a daily basis, I can tell you with certainty that Lululemon's quality and price are not worth it. To find out what else irks me, read on:
The reusable bag that Lululemon gives you when you make a purchase says "friends are more important than money" on it. Really? Because I am pretty sure I have to work 2 jobs in order to afford your $64 tank top. Ergo de facto, in order to afford Lululemon I would have to spend more time making money and less time with my friends. Lower your prices or take that shit off of your bags. Either one would make me like you more.

I own a pair of Wunder Under pants. I thought long and hard, asked around, and did research before I bought these pants two years ago. I have taken meticulous care of them. I legitimately wash them all alone on delicate cycle. ALL ALONE. Every single time. For two years. And yet, they pilled almost immediately.  They are pilled along the waistline and the leg seams. For $82, these leggings should still be in impeccable shape. So disappointing,
I do not even wear these leggings to work out because they are not tight like workout leggings should be. I mainly wear them around the house and running errands. To me they are useless as workout leggings. And what is up with the length? I get it that they offer complimentary hemming but why make them so damn long in the first place? My legs are pretty long and these leggings go almost to my toes! Make two lengths if you are worried about them being too short on long-legged ladies. I think a lot of people would appreciate that, rather than paying a boatload for a pair of leggings and then having to hand them over to be hemmed. 
I am all for buying quality clothing but it truly does not need to cost an arm and a leg and if it is expensive, it needs to hold up to years of use. Yes, Under Armour can also be expensive but I have UA gear from years and years ago that look brand new. My favorite running leggings are from UA and cost me 39.99. The Zella Live-in Leggings are also a great pair of leggings for the price and have held up incredibly well through wear and washes. Same goes for Nike apparel. My favorite running tanks are from Nike and cost around $30 or less (on sale currently!). I also have several pieces from the Danskin line at Walmart that have held up really well and cost me less than $15 dollars. 

What do you think of Lululemon? Worth it or not?

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