Monday, December 22, 2014

Motivational Monday #13

Happy Christmas Week everyone!

As Christmas and New Years approaches, things get more hectic. Its just the way it is! But as you are spending time with your family and/or friends, just remember to be present. It is very easy to get distracted or consumed by something that has nothing to do with what's going on right now.

Take this time to really appreciate the kindness from and to other. And especially with the family that you may not see any other time than right now, appreciate and cherish the time that you spend with your loved ones.

Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory

Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday Favorites

Hello, hello!

I'm sooooo sorry I missed Whisker Wednesday! It has been crazy busy at work (to the point of complete exhaustion) and I totally spaced it! But to make up for it here is a Friday Favorites post!

So the last couple posts have been about products, but today it is going to be about a store. When I first started going to this store years ago, I never really found anything I liked. The clothes are set up in a way that I just do not like (just racks of them that you have to go through) and they were never my style (crop top? NO thank you!). But I do have to say, for the last year or two, I am lucky if I can leave this place without picking up something!

So that store is.....TJ Maxx.<-- I mentioned this store in my last post!

If you have never been to a TJ Maxx before, let me tell you now IT CAN BE OVERWHELMING.

So the concept of the store is to get brand name items and sell them for a cheaper price. Granted sometimes you can get these items at other places if they have a great sale going on, but unless you catch the sale, you miss it! So here at TJ Maxx they always have those prices. I have to say that lately I have been finding really good hair and face products.

For example, when I was at one of the stores here in Anoka the other day I noticed a product that I have only ever seen at Sephora-GlamGlow. GlamGlow is a skincare product that helps with a multiple different things. There are a couple of different ones and three of them are the Supermud (white), Thirstymud (green), Youthmud (black). So onto what I saw!

I saw the Youthmud product at TJ Maxx for $39.99 while at Sephora the same thing retails for $69.99. Holy Crap. I did not buy it as I already have multiple items that I want to use up but I was super excited to see that product!

Now TJ Maxx is part of a group of stores. The ones that most people know are TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Homegoods. Each one has a variety of items but they are set up in pretty much the same way. One thing I should mention is that unfortunately these stores do not offer online shopping. The things that they get are sporadic and are usually not the same as their previous shipment so it would be hard to actually sell things online. I do enjoy spending a little bit of time wandering around seeing what they have.

What do you think of TJ Maxx/ Marshalls/ Homegoods?

What is one of your favorite places to shop for good deals?

So there you go! Have a great weekend and \m/ GO BISON!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Motivational Monday #12

Hello everyone!

There are so many times I hear myself saying, "I'll wait until tomorrow" or "I'll start on Monday" or "I still have time". I never really think about it either, that is until I am down to crunch time and I am disappointed or upset with myself for not doing something sooner.

Do you ever get this way? Is anyone else's middle name procrastination??

Take charge everyone. The new year is almost upon us!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday Favorites

Holy crap guys, I actually got around to writing this post for the second time! I told you I was going to keep up on it ;)

BUT back to the actual reason why you are here. What am I loving this week. I can honestly say that this week, my Eddy Camelbak has been right by my side the whole time. I made a pact to start drinking more water and with this I really have been able to.

I am a straw biter. Yes I admit it, I usually have to bite my straws when I drink or it just feels weird to me. This Camelbak allows me to do this without having to replace it all the time! I have actually tried drinking out of a regular cup and I just hate it without a straw. This probably has something to do with my sensitive teeth as cold water and ice cream really hurt my teeth!

I was able to buy mine at Target. I know that there are a lot of places that you can buy them. Also you should be cleaning your Camelbak.

From the Camelbak website:
         "The Fresh™ Filter in your CamelBak Groove reliably reduces contaminants for 300 refills of the bottle,             or approximately 3 months of use at 3 - 4 full bottles per day (48 gallons / 180 liters).  "

I was able to order a two pack of straws and bite valves on Amazon for about $6. Definitely worth it if you dont want mold growing in your bite valve or anything!

This water bottle takes a little getting used to once you first try it, but I can almost guarantee that because it is so easy to drink out of you will drink more water!!

Do you have one?
Do you like it if you do?
Where did you get yours?

Until next time, have an amazing weekend!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Whisker Wednesday #6

This week is not going to be a typical Whisker Wednesday.

As some of you may know, our beloved Pekingese Pearl was put to sleep. Due to having a mass on her spine and several strokes, she was no longer able to move or eat/drink by herself. This all start a couple of years ago when we started noticing that on somedays she couldn't move around as well or when the weather seemed to be drowsy, she was also. After learning about the mass on her spine and how it was inoperable, we tried to give her the best life possible. Of course our other dog, Prince, loved it because we couldn't leave him out of fun things going on!

This last week my parents made the decision that it was time. It is possible that she had another stroke last week making it impossible for her to move at all. She was also going deaf and blind which caused her to not really trust anyone. While we are all sad that she has moved on, we know that she is up chasing her toys and loving the wind blowing through her fur again.

She was truly loved and I know that she knew that.

RIP Baby Girl <3

Monday, December 8, 2014

Motivational Monday #11

I will not lie, today came way too fast and I was not motivated AT.ALL. I even got dressed this morning for the gym and had my pre-workout ready to drink just to fall asleep in my chair before leaving the house. WTF? So today wasnt really a Motivational Monday but I still wanted to do a post. Why? Because it helps me really think about things that motivate me. It helps me put things into perspective and really gets my mind into gear.

With that being said, this quote really stuck out to me.

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Even though it's not much today, it's something that you will think about the next time you put pants on :)

Until Next Time!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Friday Favorites

Hello everyone! After throwing ideas around about different things to blog about I have decided to start this new blog post every week.

I wanted to start a new segment called Friday Favorites. I love being able to test out products/things and let you all know what my thoughts are on them so that you can have an idea! So I am going to start adding this to my weekly routine. And I promise I will really try to keep up on it (unlike my Whisker Wednesday posts ;)!).

But anyway my first Friday Favorite is this:

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. Here is a picture if you have never seen/heard of it before.

Sephora states:

        "What it is: A liquid eyeliner with an innovative brush tip for effortless, precise application
        What it does: Achieve eye perfection with this high-pigment, waterproof liner that stays put all day for a fade-,melt-, crack-,and run-resistant finish. The superfine flexible brush tip glides across the lashline for incredibly fluid application, allowing you to create a variety of looks with ease. Unlike traditional felt tip liners, this brush tip will not fray."

As a person that wears contacts and touches their eyes, there are very few eyeliners that don't smudge on me. I actually came upon this product by accident. I happened to get a sample at Sephora (why? for something that I don't remember). It was so tiny and cute but once I actually used it I was in love! The tip applicator is not actually one piece but multiple little pieces. It is very flexible and allows for manipulation where the regular felt tips don't. I actually really like this as I usually screw up with the felt tip liners as they are not as flexible! 

One of my favorite things about this product is that it doesn't budge at all. Once you put it on it will be on there all day. It may dull a little, but you bet your bum it will be there at the end of the day/night! The other thing that I really like is that it is BLACK. I have had others that are a dull/don't really look like black. The price tag on this bad boy is $18 which is a lot I know, but I have had mine for about a year now and am finally getting to a point where I should maybe invest in a new one! Also, you can find it at Sephora. I have also heard that if you have a Marshalls/TJ Maxx/Ross by you that they may have them there, but I haven't been able to find any so don't count on that!

So I am not sure if you all are going to like these types of posts but I really like sharing my opinion about deal with it ;) Just kidding--you don't have to read them if you don't want! Also if you have any suggestions for things you'd like to hear a review about or anything, let me know!!

Have a great weekend (we are heading up to Fargo to do a little tailgating/cheering on the bison and looking at a wedding venue--wahoo!) and I'll see you on Motivational Monday!

**These opinions are my own and I used my own personal money to buy the item**

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Whisker Wednesday #5

I've only made 5 of these posts? I feel like I have enough pictures for at least 50...ha!

So the last blog post talked about Bruce attacking us. That evil look in his ears as well as his mouth.

Wellll, I think we were able to take it down a notch by investing in a 5 foot cat tree. After looking in stores and realizing that they are EXTREMELY over priced, I decided to hit up Ebay. Granted I looked for a very long time before biting the bullet, I decided on this one:

We have placed it in our kitchen right by our patio door that overlooks the field behind our house. I can honestly say that anytime we can not find Bruce, he is sitting on one of the levels creeping on whatever is outside. He usually comes by us to warm up after sitting by the window for so long.

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Just being King of the Kitchen
Also, I believe has grown attached to Bill. Whenever Bill is around, Bruce loves cuddling with him! I'm sure he'll come back around to me soon enough ;) 

Other than that, hes our baby kitty--no matter how old he gets!

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Motivational Monday #10

As you go through life, there are many journeys that you will embark on. There are many times you will fail and many times you will succeed. Whether this be in your personal or professional life, each failure feels like a dagger on your heart and each success is the soreness of smiles. But do you ever look back on those failures and understand why you failed, or how it has helped you become the person you are today?

Guess what? Every one fails at something and even though its a failure, it has allowed you to take a step further up the mountain. It may be a different route than you were hoping or maybe take you on a journey that you weren't expecting, but guess what. It happened for a reason. 

So my lovlies, I challenge you to take on your own mountain. Take those steps needed to reach the top. As December begins today, make a promise to make steps towards the top of your mountain. May they be big or small, they are still steps. Close the 2014 mountain with the soreness of a lot of smiling instead of a dagger on your heart.