Monday, March 23, 2015

30 before 30...turns into 40 before 40.

30 before 30? Probably not going to happen since I am turning 30 in a few days. That doesn't mean however, that these goals can't be turned into a 35 before 35 or 40 before 40 though right? 
Wow. Typing "40 before 40" just gave me chest pains. Why am I so afraid of getting older? 40 is the new 30 right? So...30 is the new 20? I have heard that 30's are much better than your 20's. I guess we will find out. Am I too old to blog? You're never too old to blog right? Yep. Typing "40" made all those random thoughts run through my head at about 100 miles per hour. Yikes.
Okay, let's turn this into a "40 Before 40" list. Eek. I wonder if I can get my husband to make one too? Of course, I have 10 years to complete mine, he will have only 2 years. I have a weird comfort in that - ha. Love you bade. Okay, here we go:

Weight Loss/Health Goals:
1. Lose 50-100 lbs
2. Run a 5K
3. Run the Color Run or Warrier Dash (a second 5k)
4. Buy a bicycle 
5. Find a gym routine that works (i.e. go 3x's a week)
Finance Goals
6. Pay off 1/2 our debt
7. Have $10,000 in savings

Travel Goals
8. Go on a honeymoon
9. Visit Las Vegas
10. Travel to Italy
11. Road trip across America
12. Go on a cruise

Home Goals
13. Remodel our bathroom
14. Remodel our kitchen
15. Landscape the front yard
16. Landscape the backyard/build a deck
17. Take a cooking class
18. Plant a vegetable garden
19. Cook my way through an entire cookbook (channel my inner "Julie and Julia")
20. Bake my way through an entire cookbook
21. Sell my house and buy or build my dream house

Career Goals
22. Finish Grad School 
23. Find a teaching job
24. Attend a nursing conference out of state
25. Take a travel nurse assignment with my husband
26. Obtain a degree in something other than nursing

Random Goals
27. Re-vamp an old piece of furniture
28. Take a photography class
29. Own a DSLR camera
30. Learn to french braid
31. Get another tattoo
32. Buy an expensive purse
33. Buy a piece of jewelry from Tiffany's
34. Learn another language
35. Have a boudoir photo session
36. Hug a Koala bear
37. Take a dance class
38. Swim with dolphins
39. Buy a saxophone and re-learn how to play
40. Watch a Tigers game at another MLB stadium
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Monday, March 16, 2015

March 2015 IPSY Glam Bag Review

It has been awhile, but I am still a loyal subscriber to the IPSY glam bag. I love every month and find that is well worth the $10/month. What is the glam bag, you ask? Allow me to enlighten you:
IPSY glam bag is a monthly subscription service, that provides the member with a cute bag filled with deluxe and full-size beauty samples. The glam bag samples are tailored to each member based off of a quiz that take when you first join. If your style preferences change, you can re-take the quiz at any time! The bag is $10/month. Members can share their glam bag with other members, swap tips and tricks, and you can buy full size products at discounted prices. It's fantastic.

This month's glam bag theme is: Flower Power - which makes sense, since spring is right around the corner!

1. Boo-Boo Coverup Concealer - Medium Shade - 4mL sample - Retail Value $8.00

I used this today and it worked pretty well. It went on smooth and covered up blemishes and scars. I'm not sure I would pay the retail value for it, because I have other concealers I like that are cheaper...but I will keep trying out the sample to see if I like it more...sometimes these things grow on me.

2. Acure Day Cream - 30mL (1 oz) Retail Value $19.99

I have tested this one out yet - stay tuned!

3. NYX Butter Lipstick - Pops - Full size Retail $6.00

I like the color of lipstick I received - Pops. I like a more subtle look to lipstick and this is pretty subtle. I hope you enjoy my close-up below. It went on smooth and the colored stayed for awhile. 

4. Pixi by Petra Mineral Duo in Apricot Glow 0.03 oz - sample retail $1.95

I liked this bronzer - I think I might buy the full-size option. It is also subtle, but gives you a nice glow.

5. Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels - 2 packs - Retail $30 for 8 pairs ($7.50 for 2 packs)

I haven't tried this product out yet either - but I have to be up in 3 hours to work a 12-hour day, so it is likely I will have a reason to try them out tomorrow!

Total Retail Value of glam bag: $43
Not too shabby for the sweet price of $10! 
Also, since I did state in my previous post that I would be focusing on weight loss for the next year, I signed up for a 6-month subscription to BuluBox - my first box is set to ship on April 15th...I will share my goodies with you! 
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Saturday, March 14, 2015

spring break and other nonsense

Hello faithful friends!

I can't believe I still have readers even though I post so infrequently. To be honest, after a year or so of blogging about my problems, musings and what not, I kind of lost topics to discuss. Or inspiration, I suppose. However, after a recent vacation I have found some more inspiration! 

First, the vacation. If you recall (I think I wrote about it?) last year, my brother and I went to Florida for spring break to attend some Detroit Tigers spring training games. It was the first time we had been to spring training and we loved it! We had so much fun attending the games and escaping the cold weather for awhile that we decided to do it again this year. 

This year Bob was able to go with us, so it was extra special because it was my and Bob's first vacation together! We are finally gaining more control of finances so were able to swing it this year. Here are some pictures from the trip:

Chillin' on the berm at the Tigers game

I got to see one of my bff's from high school, Bryan!!

All you can eat crabby legs - yuuuummmmmm!

My Aunt Shelley, Bob, Me & my brother, Brian at the Tigers game

Enjoying bloody mary's and some sunshine!

And then of course...we had to leave the beautiful state and return to cold Michigan. Boo.

But first...let me take a selfie!
It was so much fun. I can't wait to go again next year. Which brings me to what I will be blogging about for the next year...I recently started yet another diet, so it will come to no one's surprise, that I am starting another. For the next year, I will be trying to lose weight. I think it will be motivating to post pictures of me from next year's trip next to this year's to see how much weight I can lose. 

Plus, over the next year, Bob will be in nursing clinical. He is about halfway through his first semester, and when I post about our trip next year, he will be halfway through his last semester. The next year will have many up's and down's, as we work towards budgeting while he is no longer working full-time and me trying to lose weight.

We are once again...big, beautiful & broke...

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