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I Tried Those "Easy" Nail Polish Strips And Here's What Happened

I am a low maintenance person.

I love all the hair and makeup products. I wish I could be one of those women who always looks airbrushed and flawless with that perfect winged eye liner and just the right shade of lipstick, but that's just not me and I've learned to accept that. 

I typically don't have the patience for a full, daily beauty routine as I'm trying to rush out the door, especially when it comes to my poor nails.

Whenever a special event or holiday rolls around, I have the best intentions to get a manicure or at least take the time to polish and sculpt my nails, but it usually doesn't happen.

I get busy trying to get my hair to cooperate, or not get liquid liner EVERYWHERE, or finish packing to leave, or cleaning if guests are coming, so the nails get put on the back burner.

If by some MIRACLE of time management, through no fault of my own, I actually get them painted, without fail, I'll remember something else that needs doing and, no matter how careful …
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I Live Outside My Means On Purpose

The Christmas season always seem to spark the debate of finances.

Whether it be about how much to spend on gifts, how much one has already spent during the year, what trips they need to save for so they can have another get-a-way, etc.  While I would be lying if I said these didn't happen in my home, I can honestly say, I don't care.

I don't care if it seems like a lot of money has been spent and I don't care whether or not I am going to spend more.  If I want to buy a little, or big, something for my husband, child, friend, or whoever, I am going to.  Buying stuff is kinda what I do. (I'm a coupon fanatic and I'm pretty darn good at it...but more on that later.) What I do care about are memories and time.

We have a limited amount of time and memory space compared to the actuality of how long we live.  So, I spend the extra time on the phone with my bff when I should be cleaning, drop whatever I am doing if my child wants to go play checkers, say "go for it&q…

Intermittent Feasting

Well, we made it through Thanksgiving. 

This was my first while practicing Intermittent Fasting. A holiday based around eating is usually a source of stress and panic when one is working on weight management, but not this year for this girl!

I went into the holiday feeling great, having just recently surpassed my goal weight and lost 22 pounds (yes, an extra pound since I wrote this post!). Some of my family was able to make it up to Colorado for a couple of days and I'd already made the decision that Thursday would be a "Planned Indulgence Day." 


A Planned Indulgence (you can read more about it here) is when you plan on having a shorter fasting window or longer eating window...or no fasting window at all. 

I didn't want to concern myself with windows, especially while surrounded with my loved ones and all the delicious food the holiday entails. PLUS Courtney and other friends were kind enough to share some very special family pie recipes with me, and darn it, I was goin…

Toothache Tea

Yes, I know you thought we had already given you every tea imaginable in our recent Tea Series...

Sore Throat Tea, Cough Tea, Breathe Easy Tea, Cinnamon Apple Hot Tah-Tea, and Tummy Tea, if you'd like to revisit them.

BUT, the power and usefulness of tea is so expansive that I'm constantly remembering and learning its uses.

Today, that comes in the form of Toothache Tea.



Today, the boyfriend woke up with a massive toothache. It's something he's been battling off and on the last few weeks thanks to an errant wisdom tooth just now deciding to come in. 

While we wait for his surgery appointment, I give him some ibuprofen and re-run through my list of home remedies, trying to remember what has and hasn't worked for him in the past.

Me: "Salt water gargle?"
BF: "That didn't really help last time."
Me: "Want to try a peroxide rinse?"
BF:"Babe, I'll try anything."

I love that he's open to letting me help him. I mixed equal parts 3…

California Fires

Tragedy has been striking the west coast left and right this year. 

Every time you turn on the television, it seems like you’re met with images and videos of thick black smoke and dancing flames.
Always followed with little hope that Mother Nature herself will provide help with diminished winds or much needed rain.  

According to Wikipedia, the California Dept. of Forestry and Fire Prevention has listed 2018 as the most destructive wildfire seasons on record, with over 7,500 so far laying waste to over 1,650,000 acres.  

Think about that for a few minutes.  
Imagine the wildlife that is gone, or soon will be, with nowhere to call home.  The acres of forestry that will take more time than we have in our lifetimes, and maybe even our children’s, to grow back.  Think about the affect that just those two things have on the ways our rivers flow and the type of climate changes those areas will now see and how this affects families that rely on hunting and fishing practices to feed their families…

I Slept Funny And Now I'm Dying

Okay, maybe not "dying," but omg.
I woke up and realized it hurts to turn my head. TURN MY HEAD. 

I have such a massive knot in the left side of my neck, it would make a sea captain proud...or at least my old Girl Scout troop leader.

And why, you ask? Why am I in such horrendous pain? What is the cause of this completely over-dramatic post? 

I flipping SLEPT WRONG. 

Seriously.

My neck hurts, because I apparently slept standing on my head while breakdancing. That's the only position I can think of that would make any sense for how I'm feeling right now.


I really don't mind aging, I just mind the "my body is falling apart" part of aging. As a kid, I could sleep on just a blanket on a concrete floor with no pillow and wake up the next day feeling AWESOME. Now, I basically need to have a heating pad on top of a Tempurpedic on top of another Tempurpedic on top of a fluffy cloud just to wake up feeling like I may've been human at one point in my life.

Okay, I may…