Catching Up On “Me Time”

I know, I know.. I’ve been MIA for almost a month now. It was much easier to attempt to update this during the winter when I didn’t have quite as much going on. But I’ve been doing SO much for work recently and I’ve been trying to stay outside as much as possible with the dogs on nice days. So my dear sweet blog has been neglected.. which I kind of knew it would. Hopefully I can get myself together and motivated and actually make this blog something real, but it’s been so hard lately!

So this update is going to be a random collection of what’s been going on in my life lately..

1.) My hubby’s aunt has a habit of collecting random items.. and happened to have a very old, very large pool table in her basement. It’s a Brunswick, which is supposedly a really good brand. Needless to say, we have since become the new owners of this pool table and have been working on fixing it up for the last week or so.  We’ve finally cleaned and painted everything, now we just need to wait for the billiards place to finish everything else and come back to put it together! And yes, it’s going in our garage. We both have SUVs and they won’t fit in there together, so we decided to just stop using it as a garage and turn it in a mancave/bar for my hubby. He’s SUPER excited.

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In his aunt’s basement.

 

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All taken apart, ready to be painted.

2.) I’ve been attempting to eat healthier. If you know me, you know I eat junk food and fried foods like there’s no tomorrow. So I’ve decided to try one new vegetable a week! So far I’ve discovered brussel sprouts, chick peas, and kale.  I can officially say I’m obsessed with brussel sprouts! Sauteed in a littleeee butter and lots of lemon pepper, yum yummmm.

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3.) April Beauty Boxes! I didn’t take pictures of my Birchbox, so we’ll just have to wait for my May box. I’m going to wait until the Nail Files Friday for my Julep box. So that leaves me with.. Ipsy! April’s box had a pink theme to it. Pink bag, pink blush, pink eyeshadow, pink nail polish.. and then a non-pink hair product. I plan on trying the hair product tomorrow. I’m not a huge fan of pink eyeshadow, but the colors were pretty. Anddd I love the blush, it gives me such a pretty rosy glow 🙂 and while I haven’t used the polish yet, I love the color. As always, I’m not super in loveee with my Ipsy items, but I was definitely happy with the contents.

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It all came in pretty boxes too!

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Inside the bag.

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4.) I received my first BzzKit! I’m going to make a separate post to give my actual review of it.. but I was super excited to receive my first box in the mail! Who doesn’t love receiving free items?!

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5.) As you may know, I’m a nurse on a renal unit. Well, one of my coworkers discovered these awesome pins for our badges and she ordered a whole bunch of them so we can all have one. How cute is this little guy?! This company is super awesome and has pins of almost ANY organ. All nurses should seriously check it out 🙂

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The little kidney is the actual pin.

 

Well, that was random but my doggies are cuddling and I need to start the laundry. Until later!

Anddd More Snow..

WELL apparently, my last post about what happened at work was not a fan favorite. C’mon people.. not even one like?! Lol okay, just kidding, anyway..  IT’S SNOWING AGAIN.. AND THERE’S ICE EVERYWHERE. Ughh, I don’t want to complain, but.. wahhh.

((Linking up with Tara from Fabulous but Evil and Vicki from My Vickilicious Life))

I actually have my nails painted.. and I did them myself so they’re not quite as fabulous as before. But I finally got to use one of the awesome new colors I received in my Julep Maven box. This color is called Alfre and the website described it as ” a metropolitan purple metallic.” It’s basically a purple and silver combined – not usually the type of color I use, but it’s super pretty 🙂 and it dried really, really quick (which is awesome).

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Julep – Alfre

And since I’ve been slacking in updating my 30 Day Challenge questions.. I decided to throw in a few at the same time. Is that considered cheating?

30 Day “What If” Challenge

Day 14 :  What would you do if you found the wallet of your next-door neighbor who you hated?

Some of these questions are too easy. I’d definitely return it. I’m not THAT person who would keep something just because I didn’t like someone. Even if it was my worst enemy. It’d be even better if the person equally hated me because then I could be the bigger, better person for returning their wallet! Karma!

Day 15 :  What if you could stop a bad habit that you have, what would you stop?

It depends on what you’d consider a bad habit. My worst habit is that I procrastinate. A LOT. If I could stop procrastinating, I would definitely, absolutely do it. But my annoying bad habit is twirling my hair.. and I wouldn’t want to stop doing that! While it might be distracting to some people, it’s calming to me. Some people chew their finger nails (which I stopped in 7th grade).. I just twirl my hair. I do it when I’m stressed, when I’m sleepy, when I’m annoyed, etc. You get the idea. It’s how I calm myself down. 🙂

Day 16 :  What if you found a suitcase full of $1,000,000, what would you do?

Ohh goodness, this is my dream come true! (Well, I’m sure it’s everyone’s dream come true.) But first, I would start jumping up and down and screaming and then call my hubby. Then I’d probably go shopping and buy lots of clothes, shoes, bags, weird kitchen gadgets, and so on. I’d pay off our mortgage and renovate our house. I’d pay off our cars and our student loans. I’d give my momma a few thousand. I don’t think I’d go and buy anything outrageously expensive, except maybe a Hermes Birkin bag. 😉

Feel free to answer any of the above questions!

What I’m Doing Wednesday #2

Woohoo, it’s Wednesday! HUMP DAY! And here’s what I’m doing today..

What I’m Reading

“You’re the One That I Want,” which is book #6 in the Gossip Girl series! As I mentioned last week, I’m reading the entire GG book series. It’s still not as good as the show.. but it’s definitely keeping me entertained.

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Book #6

What I’m Missing

PENNSYLVANIA and SNOW! Ahhh. My mom sent me these pictures this morning and it made me so homesick. Don’t get me wrong, I love living in North Carolina.. but sometimes a girl just wants a winter wonderland!

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A Winter Wonderland!

What I’m NOT Loving

Bleh.. this Sleepytime Tea I bought for my Keurig. It has way too many weird flavors going on – and I’m definitely a dark and strong tea person, not a herbal, minty tea person.

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Not my cup of tea.

What I’m Watching

The hubby and I have started watching American Horror Story (Season 1) on Netflix. We’re only up to episode 6, but it’s getting better and better. I was really hesitant during the first few episodes – I’m telling you, this show is WEIRD – but it’s growing on me. So I guess we found another show to watch together!

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From Google Images

And now.. dun dun dun.. time for another edition of What I Wore Wednesday – while linking up with The Pleated Poppy and Mrs. Burnett 🙂

Unfortunately, I have to work tonight.. so my outfit is less than exciting.

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Uh, yes my eyes are closed.

Monday Already?

Well, I didn’t update yesterday for two reasons..

1. I was lazy.

2. Date night with the hubby!

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#BCBG #orange #isthenewpink

So with that being said, I ran 800 errands today and decided to make fajitas for supper. Fajitas are definitely a favorite in our household – and they’re super, super easy to make.

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Chicken, onions and peppers for the main stuff.
Tomatoes and cilantro for pico de gallo.

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These tortilla strips are #thebomb.

And then the most important part – THE SAUCE. This stuff is seriously amazing! I always make sure to shake it up really well, because all the seasoning is at the bottom of the packet so you gotta make sure you scoop all the good stuff out.

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Oh, heavenly sauce.

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NOMS!

Lastly – the pico de gallo! I’ve pretty much perfected my recipe, but I don’t really have measurements for the ingredients because you just add everything to taste. Diced tomatoes, garlic (minced really, really small), cilantro, salt, pepper, and lime juice. You could also just add garlic powder if you don’t have fresh garlic. And then let it sit in the fridge for about 15 minutes. (I prefer mine to be cold – for the contrast in temperature – so I always make sure my tomatoes are in the fridge for awhile before I even make it).

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Yummy, yummy pico.

((I forgot to take a picture of the completed meal because it smelled so, so good and I couldn’t wait to eat!))

In other awesome news – I received my January Birchbox today!

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Face cream x2, shampoo, perfume, highlighter/blush in one, and lash lengthening serum – all for $10!

30 Day “What If” Challenge – Day 8

Day 8 : What if you could choose how you were going to die, what would you choose your death to be?

Well, honestly, I think this question is kind of silly. Would anyone really want to die a painful death? Hopefully I have many, many, MANY more years left, but if I had to choose, I guess I’d just choose to die in my sleep. Peacefully, without pain. Simple enough.

What would you choose?

A Good Day of Purchases

Well, I noticed I’ve been quite random in my updates lately.. but apparently my life is quite chaotic. So let me begin with this (only because it’s currently the #1 annoyance in my life).. some people think that having curly hair is so cute and EASY. Everyone assumes that you put in a little product and blow dry with a diffuser and BAM, you have luscious, curly perfection.

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Not my hair.

Well, I’m going to share something with you all.. something that might scare you a little bit.. the picture below is what REAL curly hair looks like after some product and some blow drying. (I only use about 2-3 hair products a day, but I feel the need to frequently and obsessively alternate them). Yep, this is what I deal with on a daily basis. I get my hair trimmed religiously every 6 weeks. I buy hair products that are way too expensive. Hair products that when I tell my husband how much they cost.. I only tell him 50% of the real cost. Seriously. It’s like Medusa meets Mufasa! After blow drying, I have to let it “settle” for about 10 minutes before I can even make it slightly manageable. Ugh.

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Only some of my hair products.

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Apparently I have a lazy eye in this picture.

Someday I’ll learn to deal with – and successfully manage – this scary mop on my head. Until then.. Ugh.

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From Pinterest.

And Realization #2 – I realized my boot addiction has reached a new high.. especially since my mom has been in town visiting. I’ve purchased THREE pairs since Friday. Yep, three pairs. I’m too lazy to go upstairs to take a picture of the third pair.. so I’ll only share two of them with you right now. The first is an awesome pair with tassels from Ninewest that was on CLEARANCE. They’re dark brown and super comfy.

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Ninewest.

The second pair is a camel colored bootie with a little bit of a heel and some buckles. Super comfy and beautiful! I’ve been dying to try this camel trend but I wasn’t really sure of what to pair them with.. apparently anything matches! LOVE! And again, super awesome sale from Rue21. Just because I’m almost 26 doesn’t mean that I can’t find awesome deals at Rue21!

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Rue21.

Next stop in our journey was Costco. Again.. LOVE! Picked up another set of stemless glassware – supposedly they’re meant to be used for wine, but I love using them for just plain ol’ southern sweet tea (you can find the PERFECT recipe right here).

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Wine is always yummy.

We also found an awesome set of ceramic knives by Kitchenaid. It’s a set of 3 knives and a peeler. I didn’t take an actual picture (and again, I’m feeling particularly lazy right now), but I found this picture (below) of the exact same thing on Google images. You can read about ceramic knives here.  I can’t wait to actually use them!

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Oooh, sharp!

AND THE BEST PART OF THE DAY.. THRIFT STORE SHOPPING! I found a whole bunch of baskets for about $2 a piece that hopefully become something awesome. I’ll keep you updated!

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Not quite a Longaberger..

Found these ideas on Pinterest.. looks adorable and seems super easy!

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Not my baskets.

And then.. dun dun dunnnn…  A Keurig machine for $10!!! Neither my husband or I drink coffee, but there’s all sorts of delicious teas and hot cocoa flavors that I’m super excited to try. And since I have an (awesome) habit of buying random vases whenever I see them on clearance.. I found this perfectly sized vase in my storage closet. My little K-cups look adorable.

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I feel fancy!

So there you go.. a crazy, blabbering, excited post of everything random. Which seems to be my habit. But I think I like it that way – because it’s exactly how I actually talk to my family and friends. Enjoy!

 

And lastly.. I’m not sure about the exact lingo, but let’s put it this way- no one has paid me to talk about any of these products.  (Although, I wish someone would!)