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Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday - Dresses - Funnies

I slept in - - - oh man, my dream finally came true! I woke up and it was WAY past the time when I was supposed to get up! Hahaha. I can't stop laughing about it - but, even though I walked through this door 10 minutes late - It's okay, because, honestly - I wasn't alone!

So, Friday - Holy Cow - We made it! I mean seriously, how did we make it? I'm so PROUD of us! Seriously, we rock!

I have a mountain of work before me - so I'm going to make this very short:

Weekend Plans -
  • Tonight: Bod4God volunteering
  • Saturday: House Cleaning, Spring Cleaning, Food Shopping, Get a dress for Bridal Shower, Help Emry with Project
  • Sunday: Bridal Shower Event

Did you all come over yesterday and see this post I did for eShakti? Go give it a read, grab the coupon code, and do a little shopping! You totally deserve it!

As said above I need to buy a dress for Lissa's Bridal Shower. We are doing a fancy dinner in the evening - - These are my top picks: 

all are from Forever21

I love them all, and they all are slightly different. The first one, I love the print, and I love that it's very ethereal. The second and third ones have kind of a rockstar feel to it, with definite class, and those SHOES - I mean, I might just get the whole outfit then (twist my arm, right?). The fourth one is va-va-voom and the fifth one is just kind of classy and simply elegant. I mean... Which one do you like?

Oh and I heard the most amazing version of "Bring Him Home" from Les Miserables. It is sang by Josh Groban... give it a listen! There is no denying that this man has an amazing voice:

 Without further delay - Funnies! 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Here it is - The Big Reveal - Check out the excitement!

Well friends, a couple of weeks back, I hinted on a big surprise that would be happening on my blog. And for me, this was a pretty big deal. About three weeks ago, I was approached by – the only online women’s fashion apparel company offering sizes 0-36W & custom clothing. The invitation was simple, pick a piece of our clothing, get it fit custom to your size and specifications, and write a post for us… pretty, pretty please? Okay, I may be paraphrasing, but that was the gist of the email. 

This is one of the first times I have been approached by a major company to do a review, and to be compensated (in any way) for it. In the past, I have been approached by quite a few companies, however, they did not want to provide me a product to review, or did not want to compensate me for my time in formulating a post., well, they are very different. They said: “we are happy to offer you a product of choice* from eShakti as a token of our thanks for your time.” And, if this seems a little forward of them, they also wrote me that “Hopefully, your eShakti experience will be so overwhelming you won’t be able to stop yourself from shouting about it from the rooftops!”
*- they sent me a link with a large amount of choices, but was not from their entire selection. This was so that other bloggers doing reviews for them, would also not review the same product.

So, here is my disclaimer:
I received this product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. process with eShakti was very simple – pick an item of clothing. Okay, let me tell you how hard this was for me; even though I had a limited selection of their collection, all of the items were “OoOh” worthy.  I finally picked a Navy, Gold and White - Floral embellished poplin full skirt. This high waisted beauty was exactly what I have been looking for in a skirt. It has a vintage feel, with a modern look, and also it’s cotton and machine washable!  So once I knew what I wanted, I had to go through the “Steps”.

 Step 1: was to find your “standard size” or “Custom Size” – the only stipulation from eShakti was their request that I customize my garment either for fit or style. I decided I would do both Fit and Style.  As a customer, if you choose the custom size option, you are charged an additional $7.50 – which, if you have ever been to a tailor, you will know is a small cost to have something fit you perfectly. First they ask for your Size Measurements (Hip, Hip Shape, Thigh, Waist) – It is recommended that you have someone take these measurements for you, and I was lucky enough to have a tailor department in my office, and was able to get her to take them for me.  

Step 2: was to enter your height – and no “short” wasn’t an option.

Step 3: was Custom Styling – for the skirt type the options were:
I picked the “as shown” option, because the skirt was described as “knee length”.

 There was one more field for another free option, which was to remove the pockets. Which I did not select, because, who doesn’t want pockets in a skirt? I mean, that’s the only thing I don’t like about skirts in general – not enough pockets! submitted my order, and waited - - and waited - - it took just about 3 weeks from my order to receiving my skirt in the mail, via DHL. I wouldn’t say that the wait was too long though, I mean, I have waited longer for shipping of clothing items that were not made to my specifications.  When I saw the package, I just about leaped off the ground! I ran upstairs, dropped everything that was in my arms, and opened the package like a freaking mad woman as carefully as possible. color is very vibrant – the stitching impeccable, the zipper works smoothly – it fit like a glove. Seriously, I have never ever put on a piece of clothing that didn’t require me to fuss, and twist just to get it on. That’s the problem when you have a curvy hip – you have to do that dance the jump and twist. Does anyone know what I am talking about? Well – know “jump and twist” necessary with eShakti! That’s a big deal for me.

However, I have one complaint – for this skirt. When looking at the product description, it describes the skirt as “Knee Length” – as stated above, I clicked the as shown option for Skirt Type – and was slightly disappointed when the skirt came to me as a “below knee length”.  But, after trying it on, and wearing it – I really do love the below knee look – it adds to the vintage 50’s flare of this skirt.

With a skirt such as this, I do recommend a petticoat though. That will keep the skirt looking full, especially when you walk. I know you are thinking, who owns a petticoat? The truth is, I do – I actually own 2 – one for shorter skirts and one for longer skirts – I use the petticoats a lot in the Steampunk and Renaissance cosplay. You can find reasonably priced petticoats online – and even at Party City (for short skirts).

A lot of people have complimented me in this skirt, for its style and for how it fits on me. And I’m not going to lie – I feel absolutely stunning in this skirt. You can dress it up with cute wedge sandals (the ones I am wearing are care of Old Navy), or you could dress it down for a more country feel with some ankle boots. I can also see this skirt working well with a nice ballet flat.  

This skirt sells for $64.95 (and is currently on sale for $51.95) – and once again, you are paying for a beautifully crafted piece of clothing – so before you go “Whoa, that’s a little expensive for a skirt!”

Price and Quantity 
is always outweighed by 
Price and Quality.

They only thing that I ask for you to forgive are my personal pictures – I am not, by any means, a fashion blogger – I do not own a fancy camera and the only camera at my disposal is the one on my phone. So please forgive the raw footage, so to speak.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Hashtag Confessions - Cliffhanger - PB&J - Love affair - Txt Spk - Hotness

I am working on a special post for you guys - and am hoping to be able to publish it tomorrow - I just need to take a couple of pictures, and format the whole post. So - keep your eyes out for something special tomorrow!!!!! #cliffhanger #arentyoucurious

Last night, we went to TKD and I'm starting to get serious compliments from my instructors. That I am definitely getting back into the flow of training - and I should be reacquiring my black belt sometime in the near future. I can't tell you how happy that makes me! I'm truly enjoying getting this aspect of my life back. And that is a beautiful thing. #everybodywaskungfufighting #kickingassandtakingnames 

Last night, I confess, I wanted to eat my way through the shelves of my snack pantry - but, I stopped at a few Doritos Xtreme - Only because, if I opened the box of PB&J Pop Tarts (yes, they exist) - then I would have to explain it to my son, as they are his. #couldhavebeenworse #pbjanything

I also confess, that it makes me more than a little happy to wear all of my new clothes to work this week - Old Navy, I know your Super Cash is a very clever ploy to get us to spend oodles of $$$$ - but, seriously girlfriend, your clothes fit me so well - I can't even be mad at you. #loveaffair #dontjudgeourlove #ilookfabulous

It's April 15th - I mean seriously when did that happen? I mean, I am glad we are getting into the warmer months and all that - but, seriously, can time just slow down a little! #warpspeed

My writing isn't necessarily 100% grammatically correct. I misspell words from time to time, and there are sometimes I will do the dreaded there for their or similar fails. However, what is it with the new digital age,  where ppl wrt lk ths? Oh, I'm sorry, you can't read that - I'll translate - where people write like this - I mean, this is a thing. People will forgo any vowels just to make the typing faster. I mean, it's not my style, and when I used to take minutes during my time as a secretary - I used to forgo vowels - however, I would type up the minutes correctly, when I got back to my desk. Is this type of "shorthand" the norm now? Does it bother anyone else? #ineedvowels #makesmyheadhurt

I keep having the reoccurring dream that I am late to work - and cannot get there, no matter how I try. I think this has a lot to do with the fact that I am leaving the house later and later. I always get to work on time - I'm just never more than 10 minutes early anymore. I'm trying to relax certain areas of my life - because the micromanaging every minute of it - was putting way to much stress on me. I mean, even through my OCD, I still know that I was going a little too far with the whole thing. I think that means I am making progress to being a calmer person. #babysteps #breathemore #stressless

And since it is only Wednesday - I leave you with the following: 

And just because this day needs a little hotness:

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Recipe - Work Stress Unlocked - Bus Stop - Jergens

Today I want to talk to you about my:

Korean BBQ Beef Stew yes - I show you how to make your very own Korean BBQ sauce! It really is a simple dish - however, if you are super busy, and just don't have the time to make a sauce, I can recommend Campbell's Slow Cooker Sauces. It tastes very similar to my recipe - it is just ready to go - the only difference is, you are getting a few extra calories, and lots of extra sodium. And since we are using soy sauce to begin with, that is a huge deal. SO - it's up to you as to which sauce you want to use! Please feel free to pin this - and share it around. I love a good, mostly healthy, low maintenance dish! This is what we are eating in my house for the week, whether it be lunch or dinner. You can serve it over rice/quinoa/barley/bulgur, eat it on it's own or even place it over a bed of crisp romaine lettuce! There is limitless possibilities! stress of work yesterday has been alleviated, for now. I do see the problem resurrecting, because in my opinion, we didn't point out the error that was being seen. So, just telling someone "please review the document" - is a little condescending in my opinion, but I just complete the document - I am not the one that sends it out. Ah - the chain of command working so effectively! *sarcasm*

Yesterday was absolutely gorgeous. It was 75 degrees by time I got home last night, so I decided that it was National "Go out for $3.49/small Hoopla Sundaes!" I took a picture of it - but, alas, I had eaten all of it before the picture was taken. Total Blogging Fail - I know.

Today is sort of hazy - however it is supposed to be just as warm today - so I am totally ready to skip out of here - and enjoy the warmth. I, also need to mention - that the Moose, my Alaska Jane - hates the warm weather - It's not even here a week, and she's already a drooly mess. Poor girl, we are going to have to get her a little buzz cut some time soon!

This morning my husband sends me a picture of Alaska riding in the car - up to the bus stop to get our son on the bus. 1) She loves the car 2) She loves the car and 3) She needs to see where Emry is going. When it gets warmer I am hoping hubby will walk her up the hill - instead of the three of them slammed in his Mitsubishi Lancer. Such a sight!
this would be awful!
I am pleased to report that I picked up the Jergen's Natural Glow - 3 days to glow - Moisturizer, and it is really doing it's job. My legs are already matching my arms, and it's only the 2nd day. I am thinking that I may be able to get an all over healthy glow by time Lissa's wedding hits. Yay for small victories. But, I need to say, that like all of these tanning creams - you need to make sure you apply it evenly. Because I do have a mild streak on my calf. Not horrible, I'm sure it will even out tomorrow - but - you know - don't want to look like a streaky Oompa Loompa.

That's all I have for today - What are you up to today? What do you think of the recipe? 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Short Weekend! I want a Do -Over!

Weekends are just too utterly short. And, this post is going to be, as well. I walked into a crazy morning, with my work (and accuracy) being called into question. So, I want to be prepared for the impending meeting.

Friday Night -
If you remember, a while ago, I helped at work with a group called Bod4God. It is a weight loss program that puts emphasis on your Spirituality. Using God as your strength when approaching the overwhelming task of losing your physical weight. Well, I have volunteered to help a coworker with the same type of group in her local church. I am doing the weigh ins - and just being her assistant. The only downside this time? The class is 2+ hours long, whereas when it was at work - it was an hour. My coworker is a really sweet lady - and I think she really appreciates my support - but 2 hours?

Saturday -
Since I was out at B4G until 9pm, I did the grocery shopping on Saturday. And I also did the housework. Emry had his friend over - and I made sure to pick them up a pizza on the ride home from the grocery store. Pizza took 30 minutes to make (even though the lady said 20), and when I got it home, there was enough cheese for 3 pizzas on it, and most of it had slumped off the pizza. Pizza was completely uncooked. Never EVER going back to that pizzeria - they've been slacking for awhile now - and this was really the last straw. $13 bucks for a medium pie - and it isn't even cooked right? UGH - nope nope nope. We had dinner from the Taco Place - and Klay watched Cosmos on Netflix - while I slept next to him. Really - nothing glamorous occurred.

Sunday -
Sunday was a lazy day until about noon. Then, I got dressed, and took Emry down to the ball field, so he could play with his friend (same one from Saturday - they have a bromance going) on the playground equipment. I walked Alaska to the field with us - and she loved all the people she could on the walk. I left Emry with his friends Mom - and they hung out for the rest of the day. With my sense of freedom - I went to Old Navy and redeemed all of my Super Cash. Snagged a really cute hat, and lots of other stuff that I didn't need. And I also got summer stuff for Emry and Klay! Total win.
 Sunday night we went out for BBQ with my dad. And I had raspberry chipotle smothered Ribs. So tasty. Just saying.

This week in food - I made a Korean BBQ Beef Stew in the Slow Cooker. I'll share pictures and the recipe tomorrow!

That's it - a short weekend!

Also - go on to my instagram and tell me who you think "wore it better!"

Friday, April 10, 2015

Friday - More Moose - Sauna

This has definitely been a week to battle through. It hasn't been particularly bad with work, and I haven't exactly gotten over the baby debacle from last Saturday, however, I have numbed it enough that I can function normally and/or see something baby related without bursting into tears. Sorry, that sounded very dramatic after I have re-read it, but it's the truth. Never, in my wildest dreams, did I ever think I would be this upset over the chance of not having a baby - I mean, seriously - when did this happen? Haha

Yesterday, I wrote two posts, one about my fun experience at 54 Below and the other about my bff, Alaska the Moose Pyr. I just wanted to add a little about Alaska, because she obviously knew I had been talking about her. Last night, Klay tells me that Miss Moose likes to help him and Emry get ready in the morning. Like, when Klay puts all of their bags in the car, before leaving for the bus stop, Moose will follow him into the garage, and make sure that the process is going smoothly. I didn't even believe him - but, this morning, she did the same thing with me! Followed me right down the stairs, and into the garage. Because she did this, Klay actually walked Emry to the bus stop and brought the Moose along. She just loves being involved. Yeah, I really love my rescue pup!
This is actually how big she appears!

 In very recent news, they just UPPED the heat in the office, I mean, it's 45 degrees out - I don't need the heat to be this substantial - I feel like I'm sweating like a sinner in church! Jeez Louise, Sauna anyone? Or building has a trade store, I am considering buying a short sleeve Polo - This is ridiculous. And I cannot complain about the heat to the Facilities department - because then they will turn it off - - and it will never return. Yes, it's that serious.

I have become the soliciting mother - I used my facebook account today to ask my local friends/family to purchase these "Ultimate Discount Cards" for my son's recent Fundraiser. Now - seriously, these are awesome cards - All the local stores participate - and they are only $12/card. Emry really wants to sell 15 - so he can get some decent prizes - If he sold 20 - they actually give him cash. So - I scanned all the card options - and tagged everyone in the local area. Hahaha - No shame. Not sorry about it either.

This weekend there is really nothing on the agenda - so, I plan to clean and rest - and hopefully start out next week really strong.

Lissa's wedding is 21 days away, and I need to start figuring out what I'm going to do about my legs. This is seriously a problem, I had figured that the spring would come a little earlier, and I would have been able to sun my legs just a little - but, that has not happened; like at all. SO - I'm going to have to find some type of Fake tanner, that won't turn me orange. Because, my arms - are still pretty tanned from the summer - but my legs have absolutely lost ALL color. They are practically see through - It's a problem. Aveeno makes some great products, I'm going to buy one of them, and use it religiously in hopes that I get some tint before May 1st! Do you know of anything better? And I'm not one for the tanning bed thing!

And I leave you all with the following pictures and GIFs: