Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday Favorites: Nail Polish Colors

Happy Friday Friends! I hope you had a wonderful week and have some fun things planned for this weekend! 

Tonight I am heading out to a Bachelorette Party for a friend of a friend and I am excited to have some fun with some lovely ladies.

Before I get started with today's Friday Favorites post I wanted to announce the winner(s) of the Dial Miracle Oil Restoring Body Wash Coupon! Congratulations to Johanna B. and to Ashley K! You have an email waiting for your in your inbox with instructions on how to get your prize.

Today I wanted to share some of my favorite nail polish colors with everyone! As most of you know I am a huge fan of Essie Nail Polish.  Like  Over the past few years I have a built up a nice collection of some okay several of Essie's Polishes ranging from nude colors all the way to black.

Blossom Dandy from Essie's Spring 2015 Collection

I bought most of Essie's Spring collection last week when I went shopping with Christina and I am happy to report that this is my favorite color from the bunch.  I think it closely represents a Tiffany Blue and looks great with other Spring colors like pale purples and greens.

Play Date from Essie's Resort Collection

If you like purple colors, then this totally is the perfect color for you.  It goes on super smooth and is a fun and bright color.  Perfect for Spring or Summer and transitions nicely.  

Imported Bubbly

Imported Bubbly is a fun nude color with a bit of a shine to it.  It is perfect for a wedding or a beachy look as it is more neutral.  You will for sure need to put at least two coats on of this color to get the full effect of it's beauty, but I recommend it for a fun nude with a twist

Butler Please

Isn't this color fun? I love the shine it has to it and it is one of the more fun blue colors that Essie carries.  If you're looking for a bright color for a fun night out, then this one is perfect! I am loving this shade and two coats really does the color justice.

Question of the Day:
What is your favorite nail polish?

I'd love to hear from you!

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

My doctor is a jerk....

... But not really.

Hi All! Happy Thursday.  Today I wanted to talk to you a little bit about health and wellness because I clearly am not doing well (according to myself and my doctor).

The Story

So last Friday I had my dreaded physical - you know, the one where you hope that the scale has a number less than last time you were there and your blood pressure sits exactly where it should be - yeah that one.  And let me just say, it did not go well.

^ This sums up what my doctor said pretty nicely actually.  

To be precise, she said, "At the rate you're gaining weight, you will be 300 pounds by the time you're 30".  Harsh right? The sad part is that she is right somewhat right.  I have not been doing well with my body image - weight, skin, etc. and something really needs to change.  Where she is not 100% right is that I will NOT, under any circumstance, allow myself to go any further at this weight.  

You are probably wondering why I am telling you this, right? Well it is because I need to make a change.  I can no longer be 200+ pounds and I am forcing myself to be accountable by sharing (rather publicly) what I plan to do to make a change in my life.  And I am hoping that by some miracle someone reading my blog will be inspired by my journey or maybe a reader could inspire me because you all are such a wonderful inspiration.

The Plan 

So here is what I am planning to do - Instead of having an Adoption Story Page {because there is not going to be any updates for possibly a long time} I am going to replace this page with something geared toward getting healthy.  Every week (I'm thinking Fridays) I will post an update to the page as well as a brief recap on a blog post.  I'm hosting 5 Things Friday again so I will probably do a quick weigh in for you all to see.  The goal is to do a #ShowMeYourScale post on both the blog and Instagram so you all can see my progress as well as participate if you would like.  I will take a picture of my scale so you can see the weight loss difference.  I will also be taking measurements but not every week - I think the change will be more drastic if I look at it from a monthly basis versus a weekly basis.  

Once I get everything up and going, I will make sure to share a post with everyone so you can all see what plan I have come up with and provide me with feedback on what I can do better.

Question of the Day:
Should I create a Facebook Group for people to participate in?

I'd love to hear from you!

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Show and Tell Tuesdays: Most Embarassing Moment


Happy Tuesday Friends and Happy St. Patrick's Day!'s Show and Tell Tuesday with Andrea over at Momfessionals and today...we're all sharing our most embarrassing moments.  To be honest, coming up with just one embarrassing moment was a bit harder than I would like to admit, but that being said, I chose the classic ripping my pants bit.  And of course, I can't share a story about ripping my pants without first sharing this SpongeBob Video.

That video makes me laugh so smile every time I watch it.  I know, I know, I'm a child at heart. haha

Today I want to regale a little story about my ripping my "pants" at the Friendsmas 2014 Get Together.  At some point during the night, I felt it would be appropriate to put on my elf onesie and dance around it it while taking pictures with the girls.

The funny thing about this onesie is the belt is basically in your butt crack - I mean any lower and the belt would be below your butt.  So of course the belt loop is right in a very inconvenient location for anyone with curves (i.e. myself).  Well at some point during all of the excitement, I bent over and the belt loop decided to let go which then ripped a giant hole in the backside of my onesie.  And, under normal circumstances, this would not be a big deal...

...except I was wearing underwear with no cheek coverage.  So my friends got a full-moon and a really great laugh.  Honestly, as embarrassing as it was to have that happen, it is pretty funny to look back on and giggle.  And my onesie was not ruined, just needs simple {and sturdier} stitch to fix that hole right up.

Next time on Show and Tell Tuesdays....

Question of the Day:
What is your most embarrassing moment?

I'd love to hear from you!

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Dial Miracle Oil Restoring Body Wash and a Giveaway

The following is a sponsored post, which means I am compensated in some form for writing it. 

Happy Monday Friends! I hope you had a great weekend and your week has gotten off to a great start! This morning I had to run to get my blood drawn before work (boo) and then headed quickly into the office.  I am impressed that even with a late start, I still made it in by 9:10.  In another post I will be sharing a bit about what's going on with me (physically) but let's get to the fun part: A GIVEAWAY!

Today I wanted to share a bit with you about Dial's New Body Wash: Miracle Oil.  I was super excited to try this out because my skin has been soooo dry lately that even daily lotion, with Shea butter, application was not cutting it.

As always, I always have have a little apprehension trying something with a new scent because my skin is sensitive, but Dial has exceeded my expectations with the quality and the smell.  

My Thoughts:

After several uses, I have to say that I am very happy with the Miracle Oil Body Wash! The product smells so very good - think a sweet scent with a hint of honey too it.  My skin feels so much nicer after one wash and I look forward to using it over my other body washes.  

The good thing is the scent is not too strong so a man could use this body wash and not feel self conscious about the smell! I would definitely recommend this product to anyone suffering from dry skin! 

Want to try it for yourself? 

I'd love to hear from you!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this product free from Purex Insiders. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Read my full disclosure policy here.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Friday Favorites: T.V. Shows

Happy Friday Friends! I hope you had a wonderful week and you are looking forward to some fun things this coming weekend! Justin and I don't have too many plans and I am glad because I am going to be busy every.single.night next week.

Saturday I am getting together with my friend, Mary, to work on some crafts and I am planning to work on a St. Patrick's Day craft from my roundup I post on Tuesday.  If I have time I will make a few of them, but at this moment I am only focusing on one - the Irish Coffee Mugs.  I'll make time to share a post next week once I get the project done.

Okay who watches The Bachelor?! I am not sure why this show is so addicting to me but I love watching all of these people date the same person.  It seriously is cause for drama and I cannot take my eyes off the television when I'm watching the show.  What did everyone think about the finale? Did you like who Chris (Prince Farming) chose?

If you have not seen this show yet, I would recommend at the very least checking it out.  I was a bit skeptical about it at first (based solely on the name) but I can say with all honesty that I really enjoyed the show.  In fact, I ended up binge watching like six episodes in one day I enjoyed it so much.  It's about a woman who struggles with PCOS (poly cystic ovarian syndrom) and the show is all about her journey to losing weight and getting healthy.  Let me just say, girlfriend has some awesome moves and is an amazing dancer. 

I am so happy that Downtown Abbey has been signed on for another season.  I have been an avid watcher since the first season came out and I really enjoy watching it.  I think I enjoy it so much because of the history behind the show - and their amazing outfits of course! I wish we lived in a time when women wore those types of outfits and everyone got dressed up for dinner every day.  Then I remind myself that I hate dresses and would be sad to have to wear one every day.

Pretty Little Liars is definitely a guilty pleasure of mine.  If you didn't know, the series is based on a book series by Sara Shepard.  I have not had a chance to read any of them (they're on my reading list for this year) but from what I've heard the show mimics the books pretty well.  If you love high drama, high mystery shows, then I would for sure check this one out. 

Okay, who has seen this show already? I am a huge fan of comedy shows and often find myself drawn to Modern Family (I really should add that to the list too) when I'm having a bad day.  So when I started hearing about this new show about the last man on earth, I started getting excited.  So far I have only seen one episode, but I can say that I think I am going to really enjoy this show.  The humor is right up my alley, and I love the two actors they chose for show.  I will have to follow up at a later time (a little further into the season) to let you all know what I'm thinking, but right now I am pretty excited about this show.

Question of the Day:
What is your favorite T.V. Show? 

I'd love to hear from you!

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

St. Patricks Day 2015 Roundup

Happy Tuesday Friends! I hope your week has gotten off to a great start and you are feeling ready to take on the week.  With St. Patrick's day just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to share some neat crafts you could do before St. Patrick's Day.  I am particularly excited about the coffee mugs and I am hoping to make them this weekend with my girlfriend.

St. Patrick's Day Wreath from Just a Girl in the Hawkeye State

St. Patrick's Day Printables from The 36th Avenue

Shamrock Button Art from By Stephanie Lynn

Gift Basket from The Todd and Erin Favorite Five

St. Patrick's Day Wreath from StringnThings 

St. Patrick's Day Dress from Red Tricycle

Clover Topiaries from Lil Luna

Irish Coffee Mugs from It All Started with Paint

See any crafts/projects that catch your eye? I sure hope so! I will be making the coffee mugs and topiaries for sure! 

Question of the Day:
What is your favorite part of St. Patrick's Day?

I'd love to hear from you!

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Would You Rather?

Happy Thursday Friends!

The winner has been chosen for the Purex PowerShot Giveaway! The winner has been contacted via email so they can receive their prize.  I am excited to report that I also have two extra coupons to giveaway and the two people with the highest  number of entries will be receiving emails for their coupons as well! Congratulations to Hillary D. and David Lintz! Be looking for an email shortly!

Today I thought it could be fun to do a little "Would You Rather" Survey that I came across on Quibblo.  I always love playing the "would you rather" game with my friends because it is always very amusing to see how everyone responds to the questions.

Would You Rather:

1. Would you rather...
        Chew Like a Cow
        Laugh Like a Goat 

2. Would you rather...
        Have a diet heavy on grease
        A diet too heavy on sugar

3. Would you rather...
        Be trapped in a cave full of bat vampires
        Put a jar full of bees (opened) in your pants

4. Would you rather...
        Wear 5 hats all the time
        Always wear a big fluffy rabbit's tail

5. Would you rather...
        Have your house hit once every 6 months with graffiti vandals
        Have your house hit once every two weeks with toilet paper vandals

6. Would you rather...
        Have X-Ray Vision
        Have the power to read minds

7. Would you rather...
        Wear the same outfit of your least favorite color every day for 1 year
        Knock on your crush's door asking for toilet paper

8. Would you rather...
        Wear the same pair of unwashed socks for 2 years
        Wear the same pair of unwashed underwear for 1 year

9. Would you rather...
        Have eyebrows that make a complete circle around your eyes
        Have flat eyelashes that stick out 12 inches and can't be trimmed

10. Would you rather...
        Get on the really good side of Bill Gates
        Or your favorite actor/actress

Question of the Day:
What is your favorite Would You Rather Question?

I'd love to hear from you!

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Amy's Bridal Shower

Hey there? How is it going?! I hope your week has been going well so far and you have really been having an excellent week. 

Today I wanted to share a quick post about my cousin, Amy's, bridal shower.  I was very excited to be invited to her shower because we have not seen each other in a long time.

Growing up, Amy and I would spend one to two weeks every summer at our grandma's house hanging out, baking cookies and building forts in grandma's back yard.  So, of course, I am super excited that she is getting married and going into this amazing journey.

Amy's shower was held at Ike's Restaurant and everything was so lovely.  They had beautiful decorations with cute pictures of the bride and groom when they were little, with beautiful flower arrangements.  

For brunch we had delicious scrambled eggs, hashed browns, bacon/sausage, french toast with fresh fruit.  I am pretty picky when it comes to scrambled eggs and these were some of the most delicious eggs I have ever had. 

After eating, the bride and groom opened up their gifts and boy were they were blessed.  I always love going to bridal showers because you can really feel the love for the bride and groom as they are surrounded by loved ones and showered with love.

Happy Bridal Shower Amy! I cannot wait to celebrate you and Matt at your wedding in April!

Question of the Day: What is the most original gift you have seen at a bridal shower?

I'd love to hear from you!

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