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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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Show and Tell Tuesdays: Favorite Room in the House

Happy Tuesday Friends! How was your first day of the week? I hope it went well and your week is off to a great start! 

Today I am going to continue with the Show and Tell Tuesdays segment from Andrea at Momfessionals.  

Justin and I live in an apartment, so there really are not too many rooms for me to pick from, but if I had to pick just one room, I would have to say it is our living room.  Justin and I spend most of our time at home in the living room, so I had to share this space with everyone.

Our living room actually is a dining room/living room combination so at one end of the room we have a bar height square table, then along the walls we have our couches.  Opposite of that is our entertainment center and two book shelves filled with DVDs and books.  

I love this space because it meets all of Justin and I's needs.  On an average evening, I will set up my work table (like you see in the above picture) and work on anything and everything that I need to accomplish while Justin plays games.  It is nice because we can set up our T.V.s side-by-side so I can catch up on my DVR shows (or watch live T.V.) while he plays games, which allows us to be in the same room but working on different things.  

Plus, we have this awesome cat tower that Justin built for Frye and Leilah, so we can all be in one space together - the cats on their tower and us either on the couch or in our work spaces.  Our little family in one space brings me great happiness.

Question of the Day: What is your favorite room in your house?

I'd love to hear from you!

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Monday, March 2, 2015

March: Month @ a Glance

Happy March Friends!

Hello there! How was your weekend? Mine was filled with cleaning/organizing and a bridal shower.  I am having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that we are already in the month of March.  March is always an exciting month because of Spring quickly approaching.  Don't forget to spring forward your clock on Sunday!

March is going to be a busy month for us, but I like that! Business = fun times.

In Chronological Order:
  • My cousin, Amy's, Bridal Shower
  • Coffee with a Friend
  • Better Life Bag Kick Off Event
  • Nestie Get Together at Our House
  • Crafting Day with Mary
  • Bachelorette Party for a Friend
  • Saline Craft Show with Infantly Cute
  • Ladies Retreat with My Momma

Other Happenings in March:

I was not able to finish any books in February, so I have some catching up to do in March.  As of right now, the plan is to finish reading Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames.  Then after I finish reading that, I am planning to read the following: 1. The Four Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferris, 2. You Knew Me When by Emily Liebert and 3. The Tumble Inn by William Loizeaux.  Four books in a month is a hefty goal but I'm pretty behind so I am going to try and step up my game a bit.  

I am also starting (as of today) a fitness challenge of exercising 6-7 days a week with the goal of losing 40 pounds by the end of the year (or roughly 1 pound a week).  I've been really struggling with my weight a lot lately, so this seemed like the best time (if any) to get my butt in gear and start moving more. 

Since #JackabeeDaily2015 has been a bit of a bust, I have decided to forgo that and just stick to the #PhotaDayRWJ challenge for the month of March.  If you would like to participate, check out my Instagram for an opportunity to participate.  I love seeing everyones interpretations of the photo of the day!

Question of the Day: What fun things do you have planned for the month of March? 
I'd love to hear from you!

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Purex PowerShot Detergent: Review and Giveaway

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

Happy Thursday Friends! I hope you week has been going well! I actually was out of town until Monday and am now just getting caught back up in life from all of the excitement.  Don't worry, I will make sure to share my adventures in Iowa with everyone once I have a few minutes to sit down and go through my pictures.

Today I wanted to share with you a little bit about Purex PowerShot Detergent.

For this review I was lucky enough to be able to receive a bottle of this product to try in exchange for my review and I have to say that I am very pleased with the product.  One of my biggest issues when doing laundry is using way too much detergent.  I often feel that "more is better" when it comes to detergent, but I know that is not the case.  

Because I have sensitive skin, I was a bit wary to use this detergent as the scent is a little stronger than what I would normally use, but since I had no issues with the Purex Crystals I went ahead and used this on our clothing and sheets.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this product! It is super easy to use and it measures the precise amount that you need for each load of clothes.  You simple open the lid, pour our your detergent and flip it back over.  Seems simple enough right? But the coolest part is every time you pour some detergent out, it measures some for your next load of clothing.  How awesome is that?

As far as the smell goes, it is a bit strong for my taste (I tend to prefer more subtle smells) but my clothes smell wonderful once they are dried and ready to go.  

Want to Try it Out?

Question of the Day: What is your favorite laundry scent?

Disclaimer: I received this product free from Purex. 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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Thursday, February 19, 2015

At My House Survey

Happy Thursday Friends! I have seen this survey floating around on a few different websites and thought it would be fun to participate and to see what some of your responses would be as well. 

I really love participating in these types of surveys because they are fun and lighthearted.  Plus, you can learn a lot about a person with a survey like this.

Okay, here we go!

At My House Survey:

Household chore I actually enjoy:  Hmmm, a chore I enjoy? I think I would have to say decluttering the house.  I love going through things and organizing them and making the space more efficient. Probably my favorite thing is to go through the mail and shred the pieces we no longer need.  When I asked Justin what he thought my favorite chore is, he responded with vacuuming.  Funny that we both have very different opinions of what I actually enjoy.

Biggest house disaster: This one is a no-brainer: The Guest Bedroom.  For some reason, this space seems to be our catch all for all of the stuff we do not need.  Every few months, we take the time to organize the space and try to make it more functional, but we quickly fall into the routine of, "Just through it in the guest bedroom, we will take care of it later".  Whoops haha

Before company arrives, I hide: There are a few things I would say I hide - 1) any miscellaneous papers around the house {we really are horrible at putting them away} and 2) Our shoes.  There is a place for our shoes, but they seem to always end up in the middle of the hallway.

Most recent music download: I went through a kick and downloaded a bunch of music from the early 2000's: think Avril Lavigne, Simple Plan, All American Rejects... Talk about re-living my middle school/high school days.  

The last thing I bought online: This Lego Set for Justin as a Valentine's Day gift.  He is super excited that Lego has been coming out with more super-hero themed Legos than when he was a kid and it makes him super happy when I buy him the sets.  

I hate to shop for: Pants.  I seriously hate shopping for pants for myself.  I'm a curvy girl, with a wider waist, and I'm short {think 29" inseam} so it really becomes difficult to buy pants.  

Favorite family ritual: I love when Justin and I spend time watching t.v. together.  I know it sounds a bit lame, but I love when we cuddle up on the couch and the cats join us and we just watch t.v. - it brings happiness to my soul.

I sleep in: Capris and a t-shirt usually.  Depends on how warm it is out, but I definitely prefer capris to shorts/pants.

I have style crush on: I am in love with Shaeffer's Styel from Pinterest Told Me To.  Seriously.  It is everything I dream my style to be, but alas, it is not.  Someday... maybe. 

Link to Photo

I’m currently reading: Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames by Thich Nhat Hanh.  This book has been pretty awesome so far and I've been taking a ton away from it.  I mean, I actually have a page of notes quoting sentences in the book.  Once I finish reading the book, I will make sure to share my reaction with you all.

What’s up with the body shaming trend? I have seen SO many posts on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter about how everyone should love their bodies and on almost I see people shaming them.  It drives me crazy how people are so quick to judge someone for being too skinny or too fat.  I definitely live the by "live and let live" standard.  I do not know your back story so I have no room to judge you one way or the other.

How did I ever live without… My cell phone.  I hate to admit how much time I actually spend on my cell phone.  I considered giving it up for Lent, but then I realized that I may not make it! Haha

Question of the Day:
What is the one chore you actually enjoy doing?

I'd love to hear from you!

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

Happy Hump Day Friends! I hope all is going well and you are having a great first half of the week and you week only continues to get better.  Today I wanted to share with you a quick review of one of my January Books {I am currently working on my 3rd book for the year) 

About the Book:

Bernadette Fox is notorious. 
To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle--and people in general--has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.

To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence--creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book.  At first I was a bit confused about who Bernadette is and what was "wrong" with her, but once I dug more into the story, I realized that she is just a misunderstood person who is in the wrong place at the wrong time.  I had a hard time putting this book down and found myself spending several hours reading the book and not realizing how much time had actually gotten away from me.  I really appreciated that Semple took the time to do her research when referencing geographical locations and made sure the reader understood exactly where everyone was located while giving you the perfect visual.  

If you enjoy a bit of a mystery with adventure mixed in between, then this book would be a quick and enjoyable read for you. 

Other Responses to the Book:

Think You Want to Read the Book too? 

Question of the Day:
What good book have you read recently? 

I'd love to hear from you!

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Friday, February 6, 2015

National Wear Red Day

Happy Friday Friends! I hope you have enjoyed your day thus far and are able to have a fun and relaxing weekend.  

My day started off a bit weird to say the very least.  I had an early meeting at work today that required me to leave my house before sun up (or 6:30 am) so that I could arrive on time for my 7:30 meeting.  I am not really a morning person but I am proud to say that I was able to get myself up and get going to leave by 6:30.  Everything was going smoothly until I got to The People Mover and things just did not go as planned. 

About half way between the station I hop on and the station I hop off, the car decided that id did not want to keep going and stopped right in its tracks.  Now, if you're not from around here, it may not seem like a very big deal, but the platform is at least 1-2 stories up so we could not just hop off the People Mover.  I was fortunate enough to have some company on the train so we just sat and talked while we waited for someone to come "rescue us". 

I have to say, I was laughing because they would announce that service would resume in six minutes then five minutes would go by and they would announce, "service will resume in five minutes".  It would appear that someone is not great at estimating time. 

After about fifteen minutes, a man just popped up and opened up the door to come and fix the car.  He must have walked down the tracks you see in the above picture because there was no other way to access us than through that very route.  He fixed the car and we were on our way to our destinations.  

Did you know that today is National Wear Red Day? If not, that is okay! Several of my coworkers and I all made it a point to wear red today in honor of National Wear Red Day and the American Heart Association

Downtown Detroit is also sporting red and hearts in support of National Wear Red Day.

Both GM Renaissance Center and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan buildings were sporting some red in honor of today.  Plus, how cute is the heart for Valentine's Day?! I hope they keep it up for the next week to spread the love.  The Blue Cross Blue Shield always has these fun designs and it truly makes my day sometimes.  It is the simple things.  

Question of Day: 
How did you sport red today? 

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