7.31.2012

Schlitterbahn 2012

Earlier this month we took a little trip west to New Braunfels for another long weekend vacay. 
And now that July is almost over I am finally blogging about it.
Procrastinate much?

Since Scott is still new-ish to his job he doesn't have oodles of vacation days yet so we worked this trip around his having Wednesday, July 4th off and the Friday following and he only needed to take one vacation day (the Thursday sandwiched in-between, obvs).
Some vital road trip fuel.
Annelise climbing on Grendel

We drove a bit further north so we could go to Natural Bridge Caverns.

Because what could be more fun than walking around underground for over an hour in 99% humidity in July?

Y'all.

I barely kept it together.
Some of the underground sights & a silhouette of Annelise.

I mean all the stalagmites and stalagtites and various rock formations and the occasional bat were totally cool but I had a hard time focusing because of all the sweat running down my face and body.

Ugh.

I just wanted it to be over. 
I think the heat got to us because we actually bought one of the *official* photos, and we never ever do that, but it came out okay even though we were delirious from the heat.

We recovered for a bit afterwards with an Icee and glorious AC before driving back toward New Braunfels.

We got up bright and early (okay, it was more of a medium early) to make our way over to the best water park ever, Schlitterbahn.
I coerced my people into posing for a self-portrait before we locked our phones up for the day.
We spent the next 8+ hours riding ourselves silly on all the awesome water rides at the main park.
Pausing occasionally to refresh ourselves with pizza, snacks and oh-so-healthy soda. 
We set up camp at one of the picnic tables near the arcade and one of the pools. And by set up camp I mean we left my tote bag and our beach towels there. We rented a locker for our phones and Scott's wallet, but left everything else in my tote bag. It's the strangest phenomena but no one messes with your stuff. It's like there's an honor code or something, which is nice. We probably could have left our phones too but I felt better knowing they were locked up.
After shutting the park down we made our way to the sleepy but oh so darling town of Gruene for supper at The Gristmill.
The next morning was eerily similar to the first, starting with the yummy breakfast at our hotel (a Hampton Inn) and a short drive over to Schlitterbahn.
Self-portrait, Day 2
We took the park shuttle over to Blastenhof, which is a satellite park. We missed this park on our first trip two years ago, so definitely wanted to check it out this time.
There are three big slide rides, a lazy river (that's actually not that lazy), a beach and a giant water play area. 

Scott waited over an hour to ride Master Blaster, which he said was a fun ride but not so worth a 1+hr wait.
Annelise and I hung out on the beach, floated on the river and she played in Hans Hideaway a bit.
I even got to read my book a little! Yay me!

This was also where I made the executive decision to delay applying sunscreen to just a get a little color first and ended up lobsteresque (at least my legs did, whoops).
Whoever invented Dippin' Dots is a genius, a very wealthy genius.

We ended up staying at Blastenhof for a few hours and then took the shuttle back to the main park, which is our favorite. We spent most of our time riding Whitewater, Cliffhanger, Congo, and Raging River. So, so much fun.
And here is our self-portrait as we shut the park down. Again.

I know this may sound lame, but I had seen a Taco Bueno and begged my people to eat there Friday night. We have all kinds of Tex-Mex restaurants near us but we have no Taco Bueno, which is a pity (it was my favorite place to eat in college). I imagine my severe chagrin when we drove up and it was shut down and for sale.

Oh the horror.

So we switched to Plan B.

Taco Cabana, on the patio (since we were still slightly damp after all).

It's nice to have options.
All too soon it was time to say goodbye to New Braunfels and head home.
Until next time.

7.28.2012

Six for Saturday

Just a few random tidbits from this past week. And what have you.

01.) I have been on a roasted veggie kick for most of the summer (maybe even a bit before the summer started). As you know I am in no way super strict with my diet, I usually have a pattern of pretty good days followed by some crash and burn days. I do try to get the good days to outnumber the crash and burn ones though and one way that works for me is to have a stash of cooked veggies on hand.
I always thought it was crazy hard to make this and, yes, you do have to wash and chop up everything, but as with most things, it's not as labor intensive as I thought. I usually make a large baking pan full about once a week and that gives me several lunches or sides the rest of the week. I never knew I liked Brussels sprouts until I started roasting them in the oven, now I'm hooked!

My favorite combination lately is broccoli, zucchini, Brussels sprouts (cut in halves or thirds), asparagus, mushrooms and tomatoes. I toss them with olive oil, sprinkle salt, garlic powder and Mrs. Dash, mix to coat and then bake at 400 for 20ish minutes. After they're done I sprinkle Parmesan on top and dig in.
02.) I am much more likely to eat fruit lately if it's cut up. This was always true with apples and pears, I'd much rather eat wedges, but now I find myself cutting up plums, nectarines, and peaches. It's weird though because I used to eat those as is. My teeth have been more sensitive too so I have to eat fruit at room temperature (unless it's like strawberries or blueberries on oatmeal or something).
03.) I know it might be hard to tell in this photo, what with my clever deep part combover and all, but my roots and greys are out. of. control. Can I hold out for three-ish weeks until school starts? Can I???? We shall see.

04.) Annelise and I popped into Target yesterday to get her a new backpack for school along with a few other necessities like flavored almonds, pretzel crisps (my favorite Everything flavor is back) (!!) and laundry detergent.
We actually weren't there that long, so not early as exhausted as usual, but we still felt we needed a little reviving just the same. Cue the iced coffee for me and a blue icee for her. I told her she could get a medium before I saw how big it truly was, but the small is t-tiny, so I caved and let her go ahead with the medium. I consoled myself a little with the fact it was not as big as the super sized large one she gets at Sam's Club when she goes shopping with her Pappo and Grandma.

05.) On a whim Annelise got her hair cut yesterday (there's a Great Clips next to Target). We told the lady a just-below-the-chin length bob and ended up with more of a bottom-of-the-ear length bob, but it's still really cute. Just a bit of a shock at first.
06.) We loaded ourselves up on fajitas at our favorite Tex-Mex haunt yesterday evening then nestled in to watch the opening ceremonies for the Olympics. This year Annelise is much more into the whole thing so it'll be really fun to watch events together. Of course she roots for the U.S. and Russia.

And? Did y'all love the Queen's entrance as much as we did? It was over the top but really fun at the same time. 

Oh, one more thing.

Why is Ryan Seacrest a part of my Olympic experience? Why?

7.26.2012

Clearly, I Am Losing My Mind

I know I have a tendency to get all fired up about things, rave about them here on the blog, and then hang my head in shame as they die a slow death in some dusty corner.

But since when do I let that stop me?

A handful of years ago, while in some hyped up fitness mode (Scott and I had both made it to the second phase of P90X and thought we were, you know, rock stars) (of course we got off track soon thereafter and never saw phase three), we decided to order Insanity, the crazy hard-core interval training  home workout DVD set.

Yeah.

I don't know what we were thinking. I tried the first two or three DVDs, following the calendar, almost died and promptly relegated the box set to the back of a drawer. As you do.

Don't get me wrong, I love, love, love my TurboFire and the occasional ChaLEAN Extreme (I'm not so faithful with that), but I do feel like should shake things up a bit. Or a lot. Confuse my body, burn more calories, challenge myself and hopefully shed some more poundage.

So.

This morning, in a fit of crazy, I dug through that drawer and found that Insanity box set.

I did, I did.

Then I actually put the first disk (plyometric cardio circuit--the name alone is enough to give you pause, I know) in the PlayStation and got my crazy on y'all.

I thought I might die. For reals.

But I stuck it out, took more rest breaks, modified some of the moves, and finished. For reals.

And?

I didn't puke.

And sweat? Can we talk sweat? Sweet Mary, I was a sweaty heap.

42ish minutes (though it took me longer--ha!) of crazy.

But the good kind of crazy. For reals.

I even keep telling myself I'll do the next disc tomorrow (cardio power & resistance, yikes!).

I'll keep y'all posted.

7.25.2012

My Fitness Pal Progress Report

I may have mentioned once or eleventy times that I have a love-hate relationship with MFP (My Fitness Pal), in fact we've almost called it quits a few times. I can't remember when I first started using it, I think around the holidays (I know, great timing, right?), but I was in no way committed. In late January/early February MFP and I renewed our vows. So to speak.

But I still wasn't seeing results, other than the yo-yo kind of lose one pound gain three variety, which, you know, isn't frustrating at all.

This went on most of the spring. Even though I wasn't losing consistently I liked that MFP gave me boundaries and some accountability. I liked plugging in my food and I especially liked plugging in my exercise (which meant I could eat more and you know, not starve) (1200ish calories a day is for the birds). I like having the app (which is free, BTW) on my phone so I can easily record things when I'm out and about and check certain foods before deciding to indulge.

I was exercising almost every day, mainly my TurboFire DVDs, but still not losing weight (at least as far as the scale, my clothes were fitting better, so there's that).

I don't have any explanation for what followed but one day in late April early May I decided to recalculate my daily calories and  weekly weight loss goals, switching from the ballpark of 1200ish calories and 2 lb. loss to the ballpark of 1450ish and a 1 lb. loss per week goal.

I finally started to lose weight.

(!!)

Granted, it was slow, like .5 or .8 lbs. at a time, occasionally a whole pound at once, never anything drastic, but seeing the scale actually move backwards was so exciting. I have no idea what changed but here are a few things I did differently:

*I added strength training (ChaLEAN Extreme) to my TurboFire workouts.
*I actually ate more, but mostly protein, more veggies, less carbs.
*I switched my workouts up a bit and added cardio intervals (from ChaLEAN Extreme) and occasionally did workouts from Brazil Butt Lift (yeah, I know).
*I started running again (in June).

I was in no way super strict with myself, I still had treats and the occasional junk/fast food, but I tried not to go all crazy with that (it's a slippery slope people).

So.

Since late April early May I have lost a total of 10.2 pounds.

(!!)

I don't think it's super noticeable, I mean hardly anyone has commented on it, but I can tell. I feel better and my clothes fit better, though I'm not at the point of needing to shop for new sizes or anything yet. I'm trying not to get all frustrated with the slowness of all of this and be content during the process, the journey.

Some days are better than others.

Here's what today looks like so far:
Can't wait to add in my TurboFire workout later and see those calories go up, I like having a buffer but I try to to eat them all back.

I might switch things up a bit and lower my daily calories again to hopefully not plateau. We'll see how it goes over the next week or so.

Have you tried MFP? Any tips to share?

7.23.2012

VLOG: My First OOTD (Outfit of the Day)

So.

I made another Vlog.

This time it's for an OOTD (Outfit of the Day) from over the weekend.

Just because.

And because I've been dying to share with y'all the coolness known as Twisted Silver jewelry.

I'm rather obsessed.

So here you go...


Whaddya think?

(Besides the fact that parts of the video are quite blurry and I have a humongo zit of course.)

Thanks for watching!

(This post is in no way sponsored or affiliated or anything with Twisted Silver. I just wanted to share my obsession with y'all.)

7.21.2012

Six for Saturday

Hey there y'all!

: waves :
01.) The other evening Annelise and I were stopped by a train on our way to church, making us later than the regular late we would have been, so I amused myself by snapping a few photos while we waited.

In late breaking hair news, I trimmed Annelise's bangs which turned out to be a rather unfortunate decision as I had to keep going shorter and shorter to try and get them even. When they're fluffed up they look fairly normal, but when you smash them down flat, which is how she keeps trying to style them (not sure why), you can certainly see my woeful lack of bang trimming skills.

In other hair news, my hair is almost shoulder length all the way around. (!!) This is exciting news since  I was doubtful I could stand waiting for my angled bob to grow out. I've been alternating wearing it straight and curly. I switched back to using my flat iron to make loose waves/curls, which I like that look better than the curly curls of a curling iron, but it's highly unpredictable. You have to get the angle of the flat iron just right in order to get a good curl, and, well...that's a bit tricky sometimes.

02.) Let's talk about books for a minute, shall we?

Earlier this week I finished Hero of Ages, which is book 3 in the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson, and while I enjoyed the series I was ready to take a break from fantasy fiction.

Thank goodness these two holds came available from the library!
What Alice Forgot was a fun, light-ish read but it also made me think about memory loss, infertility and my younger self vs. my present self. But in a good way.

This next book I devoured in a day and a half, and that would have been way less if we hadn't been gone most of yesterday. I did not want to put it down! So crazy good.
It's a bit disturbing to find yourself laughing at teenage cancer, or cancer in general, and I felt all kinds of guilty, but the author is spot-on hilarious and then all gut punchy truthful at the same time.

And I was totally bawling, like close to ugly cry, by the end. But in a good way, I mean it still left you hopeful after it tore your heart out, so there's that.

I even  (briefly) wished I had my own copy so I could highlight it, and am a little sad I have to return it to the library.

03.) Friday was a bit of a play day for us since it was one of Scott's every other Fridays off. As it turns out this is a really nice perk of his new job and it almost makes up for the days he crawls across Houston in rush hour traffic. Almost.

We started with a late-ish breakfast at IHOP. 
04.) Followed by this:
We liked it!

I really liked the message and liked the feisty spirit of Merida (this may or may not be due to the fact we have a feisty little tomboy ourselves), but did think some of the scenes were pretty intense.

05.) We finished up the day in what pretty much turned out to be the 7th circle of Hades, otherwise known as shoe shopping for age appropriate sandals and/or flats. I know I have whined about this before, but seriously, why is it so stinkin' hard to find shoes for children that aren't just trendy adult styles modified for kids?

All we wanted was a pair of sandals, preferably white or silver, that would be suitable to wear with dresses/skirts for church. A slight heel would have been okay, but it had to pass Annelise's test, which was could she still run in them, that was a deal breaker.

After circling the mall and popping in 5-6 stores to no avail (really Macy's, why are your children's shoes only online? How is that helpful?), a fruitless Target pop-in, we tried a Hail Mary pop in at Marshall's.

Score!
No, they're not sandals but they fit, they're simple yet cute, were only $15.00 and most importantly, she can still run in them.

Whew!

06.) I know I need another TV show like I need a hole in my head, but I found one anyway. Have I ever shared with y'all my love affair with The West Wing? (At least until the last two seasons, but still.) When I heard Aaron Sorkin had created a new series, The Newsroom, I knew I had to check it out. It's really smart and witty, though the language is unnecessarily salty (boo, HBO, boo) but it also reminds me a tad of Broadcast News, which is also a longtime fave (love, love, love Albert Brooks) (One of my favorite lines is when Aaron (Albert Brooks) tells Jane (Holly Hunter) that he'll meet her at the place near the thing where they went that time and she know exactly what he means.

So, um..yeah, I like The Newsroom.

Happy Saturday, my friends.

Have you seen Brave? Whatdidja think?
Have you seen The Newsroom?
What are you reading lately?
Does kid shoe shopping make you cry too?

7.18.2012

DooDads

Yes, I have now resorted to giving titles to my  blog posts based on late 70s - mid80s snacks.

Do y'all remember DooDads? They were like kind of like Chex Mix and were the preferred snack of my of my childhood. With a Coke, in a bottle.

But that's neither here nor there.

Annelise has tennis camp this week and is loving every minute of it, even though it means early mornings and buckets of sweat.
I've been a little bit of a wimp though and have been sitting in the AC for a good part of the 1.5 hours she is there (I do manage to brave the heat and watch her a bit at the end, which works out as a win-win for us both).
My habit this week so far is to enjoy my coffee, do my bible lesson (still on To Live As Christ which is Beth Moore's study about Paul), eat my hard boiled egg and read my book. Then I watch some tennis.

I can't sit outside and drink my coffee, I might self-combust.

And on a blatant out of the blue side note, but speaking of coffee, I can't stand it when actors on TV or in movies are handed  to-go ups of coffee, filled with invisible coffee and they fake drink it, except they fake it all wrong. There's no heft, you can totally tell the cups are empty. That bugs.

In other news, our home AC unit was fixed on Monday (praise and glory) and now all is right with the world. Amen.

I went for a run yesterday evening and was rudely assaulted by oppressive heat and humidity. Instead of three miles I only made it 2.5ish. Blerg. But at least that was something.

And?

It's really hard to run after Chick-Fil-A for supper. Just so you know.

Today though I went back to ChaLean Extreme Burn Intervals (a mix of cardio and weights) and a TurboFire HIIT workout. It was hard after a couple of weeks of, you know, not working out, but still really good. And sweaty.

One last doodad, did y'all notice I changed my blog header? I did, I did. Don't get me wrong, I still liked my old one, especially since it had photos from our NYC trip last year, but wanted a little update just the same. I made it on PicMonkey.com which is free and easy to use like Picnik was. Y'all should check it out if you're looking for an easy and quick photo editing site.

What are some of your doodads lately?

7.14.2012

Six for Saturday

Instead of doing several separate posts that each have a particular cohesive theme, I am once again calling upon my trusty go-to format, the random, list-ish type post because, well, that's just how my brain works lately.

01.) Our AC is on the fritz. Again. In July. In Texas.

But like Gloria Gaynor, I will survive because the service company will be out Monday morning to install a new thingie, which is in fact an expensive coil and some other important parts I think, so help is on the way. Eventually.

It's running but not really blowing cold air since all the freon has leaked out from our cheesecloth old coil that we've just been band-aiding (official term) the problem for the last few years. We're trying to move as little as possible, utilize our ceiling fans and spend more time upstairs (that unit is still okay, knock knock knock on wood) (baby).

02.) So I was all set to have an awesome return this week to clean eating and daily exercise after our little vacay last week (that I still need to blog about).

Can I get a do-over?

And that's all I'll whine about that.

03.) I did manage to get out and run twice this past week, so that counts at least a teeny tiny bit.
Once in the wee early hours of the morning.
And the other in the waning hours of the evening.

If I can get up and out the door I really like morning runs better because that way I'm done for the day, however, I run a bit faster in the evenings.

Weird.

It's really hard to come home from a run and find your people nestled in on the couch eating ice cream.

Really. Hard.

04.) The Girls and I had a fun night out for dinner at The Melting Pot earlier this week.
So yummy and so different, since you basically cook your own dinner but in a totally cool way.

Of course dessert was my fave.

That and the girly chit chat.
05.) This morning was our first Mugs and Muffins for the ladies at church and it was FABULOUS.

Really. It was.

In a nutshell, it's a monthly breakfast for the ladies that provides a time of fellowship, encouragement and a lesson from God's word. You bring your own mug for coffee (or juice or soda, whatever is your thing), enjoy breakfast with your sisters in Christ (with a goal to form/strengthen connections with one another) and have a short devotional together.
This morning's topic was based on the passage in Titus 2 about the older women teaching the younger women and three wise and wonderful ladies from across the age spectrum each shared an inspiring message. Another neat thing was that there were young ladies there from age 7 (and Annelise) all the way up to, well, like The Golden Girls, so that was really encouraging.

06.) Today was like the fifth (or sixth?) day in a row that we've had rain. Since we had such a terrible drought last summer I am NOT complaining (well, just a tiny bit because I miss the sunshine). To lift our spirits we resorted to a fail safe cure.

Tex-Mex at our favorite joint. 
It was, of course, just what the doctor ordered.

And yes, my fingernails are painted green and I think I like them.

Essie Mojito Madness.

I've never had a mojito but I'm guessing they're green.

Fun. And a bit funky.

Happy, happy Saturday, y'all!

7.11.2012

Wednesday (Or Guess Who Couldn't Come Up With a Clever Title Again)

What do you do when it's another dark and stormy morning after a girls' night out the evening before?

You sleep late, that's what.

And dear daughter, your usual alarm clock, sleeps late as well due to her late night with daddy (Lego building and House Hunter viewing) and not quite feeling 100% these last couple of days (ear ache).

This joint snooze fest results in a certain little someone skipping VBS and the newly empty morning schedule plus pesky ear ache results in a doctor appointment.
I am not a fan of pediatrician waiting rooms. They make me want to shower in anti-bacteria gel or wear a Haz-Met suit.

But they have a fish tank, which is cool.
Who is this gangly girl?

It seems like she was just a peanut propped up on the paper covered table waiting for her shots, what was it, oh...yeah, like yesterday.
It took approximately 4.7 seconds for a middle ear infection diagnosis, which thankfully hasn't been too painful for her, at least so far. The miracle chicken scratch cure calls for an antibiotic twice a day (he asked if she was up for pills but we chickened out and opted for liquid) and ear drops three times a day. I hope this does the trick quickly.

Since she wasn't in pain or feeling puny she agreed to be my sidekick on a very important errand.

My first ever threading experience!
I usually get my brows (and upper lip) waxed, which has been okay even though I get really red and irritated for a good while afterward. The last couple of times either the lady has rushed or the wax wasn't the hottest or something and she's missed lots of baby fine hairs, especially those on my upper lip. It's super annoying to get home and feel kind of cheated. I'm not brave enough to go back and complain and risk them talking about me in Vietnamese viciously, so I've just been feeling like a chump.

Enter threading.

I was a little scared but also curious to find out what threading would be like. It was a little painful, but not terrible and it was surprisingly fast. I didn't get as red as with waxing and the redness went away faster. The great thing is she got ALL those teeny tiny baby fine hairs on my upper lip and around my brows, my skin is so smooth and clear.

Threading. I am a fan!

Annelise thought it was pretty cool too.

The brow lady did comment on how thin my brows were, and uneven, so that was nice.

But not.

But still true. She told me to use castor oil (really?) on my brows morning and night to condition them and help them grow and then she could shoe them better. I'd really like for them to fill in some, but maybe I can substitute coconut oil instead.

Since we were already at the mall, and Sephora was only a short walk from The Brow Bar, we had to do a quick pop in. How could we not? As I mentioned in my last post there were a few things burning at me to check out. The Laura Mercier mineral powder foundation goes on smoothly (at least on my wrist) and I liked the colors, but there was shimmer in the two I tried and I am not a fan of shimmer in my foundation, so I'll stick with Bare Minerals for now. The Kat Von D lipstick in Agatha was a very pretty pinkish nude, but as fate would have it, it was out of stock. I ended up with a tiny Sephora sack containing a Bare Minerals concealer in Summer Bisque and...

wait for it...

a new lipstick.

Ever since I caved and bought my first YSL lipstick (Rouge Volupte #1) a few weeks ago I had been thinking about one of its sisters, #2, which is a softer pink-y nude. They were out of stock a few weeks ago, but as fate would have it the Rouge Volupte #2 row was full this trip, so one came home with me.

We finished up our mall excursion with a quick pop in at Vicky's Secret (it's right next door to Sephora). Nothing scandalous, I promise, just some good ol' undies.
No trip to the mall would be complete without a bag of pricey popcorn (butter flavor) (for Annelise) (there's a new kiosk right across from Sephora & VS and H&M) and a pricey coffee (for me).

After all of that shopping for essentials (smirk) we dropped off her prescription at Walgreens, used the 30 minute wait to grab a quick lunch at Esteban's, picked up her meds and stopped for one more essential.
Ouch.

Happy Wednesday, y'all!

Have you tried threading?
What's your favorite flavor of popcorn?
How much is a gallon of gas in your neck of the woods?

7.09.2012

Monday Miscellany

I still don't know what's up with my need lately to decompress through blogging.

Though I have a sneaky suspicion it might have something to do with the cute but persistent chatterbox shadow following me around.

Said chatterbox has VBS this week, so I'll have a 3 hour respite from the running commentary each morning. Praise. And glory.

What did I decide to do during this morning's respite?

Brace yourselves.
I went to HEB.

I know, the stuff of Moms Gone Wild, right there.

But it had to be done.

Especially since I served Annelise a snack thing of applesauce with her pancakes and sausage this morning because we had no fresh fruit. She, of course, thought that was pretty cool but I knew the truth, lame.

By the time I got home, put away the groceries, made my veggie scramble (oh asparagus and avocado, I've missed you dearly) and watched half of the latest Food Network Star while eating said veggie scramble, it was time to pick up Annelise. Of course it was.

We stopped by Half Price Books so she could turn in her reading log for June and get her $5 gift card she earned.
After perusing her options of chapter books, a drawing book or a blank journal she decided on a leather-like journal to use as a diary. I was okay with that, especially since this time there weren't many chapter books she was all fired up about.

We frittered the rest of the rainy afternoon away with a bit of reading (The Whipping Boy out loud, together), a bit of TV (Phineas & Ferb), a bit of Lego construction and a bit of nail polishing (she chose mint green). 

In other news, I have a confession to make. Y'all know I love my make-up and beauty stuff, and even though it's silly and superficial, I just love it. I always seem to think that the best lipstick, gloss, eye shadow, polish, etc. is just around the corner and while I like what I'm using at the time, I'm always up for improvements (the next best thing).

So.

I've become hooked on a few new-to-me YouTube channels (like this one) about style and beauty. Mostly they make videos about their latest shopping hauls, whether make-up or clothes, they do some tutorials and often show their OOTD (outfit of the day). They're fun to watch and I've picked up a few tips here and there, but I can tell watching them is really igniting my Must Go Get This _____ Right Stinkin' Now gene that I try to keep dormant, but it flares up from time to time. Okay, it flares up a lot lately.

I know I should be perfectly happy (and I am, mostly) with my 8-12 MAC lipsticks and various glosses, most of which are in the same nude or soft pink family and my crazy expensive YSL lipstick I recently had to try, but when I see someone recommend their favorite peachy-pinky-nude lipstick I have a hard time stopping myself from hopping in the car and making a beeline for Sephora (or wherever).

I should just STOP watching, I know. I know.

I guess I don't really have a point, other than I've been struggling a bit with resisting the urge to shop, whether for make-up or clothes or a new rug or whatever instead of being content with what I have (and what I have is fine and there is plenty). I don't mean that shopping is inherently wrong, it's not, but it can snowball, that's all.

That said, I'd really like to get my hot little hands on Essie's Bikini So Teeny polish (a light blue), see what Kat Von D's lipstick is like in person (I'm thinking of Agatha, which is, you guessed it, a nude) and compare Laura Mercier's mineral powder foundation to Bare Minerals (which I've been using).

You know, the really important stuff.

7.08.2012

I Hate Coming Up With Titles Sometimes, So I'll Just Skip It, M'Mkay

It's getting late and I should NOT be doing this.

I really should just brush my teeth, read my book and try to drift off to sleep, but my brain is spinning and I feel some decompression blogging is in order.

Just a little.

Plus I want to move that WIWW post a little further down on the ol' blog because what seemed like a good idea at the time got stale (at least to me) rather quickly. I don't know, I think I am so out of practice with those kinds of posts and I keep waffling back and forth about fashion/style blogging. Sometimes I like that kind of stuff and other times it feels so silly and frivolous.

And speaking of frivolous, I painted my nails this evening and felt so happy. I hardly ever take the time to mess with them, but when I do, I remember that I like making them look nice. Today I used Essie Muchi, Muchi which is a pale pink. I know, how adventurous of me. I do have my eye (actually both eyes) on an Essie blue but haven't quite committed yet.

So...we're home from a quick little vacay that I'll be blogging about soon I'm sure. It was loads of fun to get away, but it feels really great to be home too. I really am a homebody who likes to travel only in short bursts when given my druthers.

We didn't take the computer (aka my second daughter, Apple), which was actually nice (I didn't even bother to lie to myself that I'd use it for my TurboFire DVDs), but we did take the iPad, our phones and Annelise took her Nintendo DS.

Do you think we have enough screens and technology at our fingertips? Good gravy!

Don't get me wrong, I love it, but I kind of hate it at the same time. But of course I got all twitchy when I had to put my phone in a locker for the majority of two days and couldn't post photos on Instagram, but then I calmed down (surprisingly fast). Of course we were all happy to have them back at the end of the day (Annelise too since she plays games on both of our phones), but I know we are all too attached to the silly things (but don't go trying to snatch them out of our white knuckles either).

You know how you think you just want to get a bit of sun, just a glimmer of color and you make that risky decision to abstain from spraying the SPF 50 stuff for, oh...just a little while? Of course you then realize too late that your glimmer of healthy sun-kissed color has crossed over into painful sunburn.

And by you, I mean me.

Ouch. Is what I'm feeling.

Mainly on my legs.

Which is more bearable than some other places would be, so I guess that's good.

In other news, I am looking forward to getting back to my clean-er-ish eating (at least compared to vacay food) and my workouts. I missed them! I may have to rethink my running goal for July, 60 miles was way too optimistic. I tried to run the morning before we left and both my feet were hurting so I only managed a whopping 2 miles (that I got up at 4:45 for! Ugh!). Either I had tied my shoes a little too tight or I had strained my feet from all the out-of-the-blue running I had done the week before. So next week I'll try again.

I'm also wondering if I should try more minimalist running shoes, like maybe the Nike Free. Have y'all seen these? They're super bright and cute (!!) and look like a throwback shoe of the early 70s, very Steve Prefontaine-esque.

I would get up and run before church tomorrow, but 1.) it's almost midnight and b.) I'm having a pretty good straight hair day and don't want to start the whole process over until I have to.

That's right.

I'm lazy.

And vain.

Goodnight, y'all!

7.04.2012

What I Wore Wednesday

Y'all.

I have strayed, strayed I tell you, from the fashion-y folds of What I Wore Wednesday for far too long.

So here I am again, repentant and recommitted. Ish.

Sunday dress for church:
Zebra print dress: Target (a couple of years ago, this past Sunday was my first time to wear this dress. I know! Somebody slap me.)
Chunky red necklace, bracelet & earrings: Kohl's
Shoes: Target (On clearance for $7.48 last week, FTW)

Monday:
Blouse: TJ Maxx (a couple of years ago)
Jean shorts: Joe's Jeans, 6PM.com
Ambersand necklace with initial charms: Lisa Leonard (this was a little 17th anniversary gift from Scott)
(!!)
Silver loop earrings: Lisa Leonard (these were free y'all, free, with any purchase that day because she's awesome like that. I wear them all. the. time.)
Blingy flips: Yellow Box

A variation of jean shorts, tops and flips are pretty much my standard summer look because it's 1.) easy and comfy and b.) it's HOT here in Texas.

And yes, I fixed my hair (i. e. curled) and then promptly put it up in a messy ponytail, see above statement about it being HOT.

So there you have it, short and sweet this week.

I'm linking up with Lindsey, be sure to pop over there for oodles more fashion-y fun & inspiration.
pleated poppy
Happy Wednesday and Happy 4th of July, y'all!

7.03.2012

The Eyes Have It {My Current Eye Make-Up Look}

Y'all may have gotten a slight hint in my first ever little vlog last week that I have a weak spot for make up.

As in I like it. A lot.

But I try to keep things fairly natural most of the time.

Just for fun I thought I'd share my new-ish eye routine with y'all. It's mostly a mixture of muted browns, a hint of smokey eye and a dash of black eyeliner.

See?
And here's another view.
Here's how I get this look.
1.) I start with MAC Paint Pot in Painterly (a beige/putty color) as an eyeshadow primer. I usually just dab this all across my eyelids with my  fingertips but have started using a brush because my paint pot is almost empty. It's creamy, goes on easily and acts as a base for your powder shadows to cling to. Paint pots are around $17.50 but I've seriously had this for almost three years and use it every day.
2.) Eyeshadow comes next. I picked up Maybelline's Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze (bottom center of photo) over the weekend and have fallen head over heels in love with it. It's a cream shadow so I just apply it across my lids, into my crease with my fingertips. It has a hint of shimmer and is something you could wear all on its own if you were rushed for time.

Next I add MAC Wedge (center, top row, medium matte brown) over the tippy top of Bad to the Bronze and blend just over my brow bone.

I follow that with MAC Satin Taupe (far tight, top row) in a side v-shape along the outer edge of my eye and blend across with  windshield wiper brushstrokes.

Finally, I brush a bit of MAC Brule (far left, top) just under my brows and into my inner eye area (which makes your eyes appear more open and bright).

I've been using MAC Brule and Wedge for a few years, they are great neutral colors, I just started using Satin Taupe a couple of months ago, it's a nice warm plum-ish brown with a bit of shimmer.

That might seem like a lot of steps, and it probably is, but once you get the hang of everything it doesn't take that long at all, I promise. If you're in a hurry you can just brush on one or two colors (if any) and a dab of mascara and hit the road.
3.) Eyeliner is up next.

Don't be scared of liquid or gel eyeliner. Just don't. You can do it. For reals. It just takes a bit of practice and then you're golden, Pony Boy.

I've tried both the pen style liquid liner and the gel pots and prefer the gel pots. That's just me.

To add a bit more depth and to give yourself a line to follow, make a shadow line first along the top of your lash line using a small angled brush. I used MAC Print, which is a grey shadow, for today's look. I sometimes use MAC Carbon, which is a matte black, for a more intense look and MAC Handwritten for a brown liner.

I then go over the shadow line with Buxom Lashliner in Leatherette, which is a black gel liner. Sometimes I extend it out for more of a winged, cat eye, but I usually just line along the top of my lash line, making the line a bit thicker as I reach the outer edge.

I also line just under my lower lashes with the powder shadow. Sometimes I'll use an eyeliner pencil, I really like MAC Smolder (black) and MAC Teddy (a nice smokey brown). When I use a pencil though I apply it first and then go over that with shadow to set the pencil and keep it from smearing.
4.) I then fill in my sparse eyebrows with MAC paint pot in Quite Natural. I do this with a small brush using light strokes, kind of build up as I go so I don't get too much. Then I brush over my brows to blend in the color better and sometimes I finish with a swipe of clear mascara to hold my brows in place.
5.) I finish my whole eye look off with a quick lash curl followed by a coat of mascara.

If you don't curl your lashes, well, you should. It really opens up your eyes and makes your lashes stand out more.

I recently picked up Rimmel Scandeleyes at the drugstore and have been really happy with it.

I don't usually add mascara on my lower lashes. For me, and I know this might sound funny after all these other steps, I feel like mascara on my bottom lashes is just too much. Plus it flakes sometimes.

So there you have it, my go-to eye look.
Here's looking at you, kid.

What are some of your favorite, go-to eye make-up products?
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