7.29.2011

Conversation #95: Summer Fun Song of the Week

How about something a little light and laid back?

Jessie J's "Price Tag"



Have a great weekend!

7.28.2011

Conversation #94: The Frugality Lives On

Lately this blog seems to either be about my health goals or fashion (and maybe a fun song or two).  I guess for the most part that is attributed to the fact that the whole getting healthy thing and exercising has become a large part of my life, and then for some reason, I started reading a lot of fashion blogs.  I like fashion blogs.  They aren't really important or life changing, but they are fun and make me want to think of new ways to wear what I have.

However, they have also made me want to buy more.  Coupled with my weight loss and needing new clothes that fit, I think I may have gone a little overboard.  I have always been pretty good about the "one in, one out" rule, but now I was needing to maybe recover some costs of the new items.  Any of you who know me, know I love getting a good deal.  I typically only shop sales, and even if I "splurge" on something in my mind, it was still really on sale. 

I have found amazing deals this summer, but I have recently decided I needed to stop the shopping for a bit so I'm attempting to put myself back on a shopping ban.  I also know that I'm weak and will probably trip up, but I'm trying to lean on God to help me resist temptations.  Some days I have been really proud of myself for just deleting the emails full of great sales, others days I peruse and don't purchase, and still a couple of times I have purchased a small item.  I'm getting there.  I think a lot of it is the thrill of getting a good deal so I'm really trying to make myself say, "1. Do I need this?  2.  Do I love it more than other things I own?"  I'm getting better at it.

So he other day I was reading a magazine article about mini make-up makeovers, and it tempted me.  I love a "before & after" and one particular makeover snagged my attention.  I pretty much wear glasses 24/7 (okay really only 16/7) because between my allergies, birth control, and migraine meds my eyes are pretty dry.  I don't really mind.  My prescription is pretty light and I kind of like glasses as an accessory.  Sometimes I think I look better with them (personal preference).  I still plan to wear contacts occasionally, but this one article talked about glasses wearers choosing larger frames to open up around the eye more.  This is the part that caught my attention.

I have wanted to try larger frames, but I was a little afraid.  I still didn't want anything too overwhelming.  I decided to turn to my trusted contact source and now glasses source: Coastal Contacts (they have not paid me, do not know me, they have nothing to do with this post - I just like them and wanted to share).  I have purchased a pair of prescription sunglasses from them I love as well as my husband having a pair of regular glasses from them that he likes.  After doing some googling and searching, I learned that they were offering 10,000 free pairs of glasses starting yesterday morning.  I had picked out two pairs I liked, waited until yesterday, and I was able to score both for just shipping and handling and tax!  On top of that, I was able to use my FLEX spending account from work for it because it is a health item.  Now I'm just waiting for these two beauties to get here:
I think these fit the description of being a little larger than any of my current frames but not too overwhelming.  I hope they look okay on me!  I know I should see the eye doc every year, but I haven't found one I like down here and I can't always make it back home during business hours.  My eyes have been pretty stable (thank you God, I appreciate it!) so I wanted to take advantage of my current prescription before it expires.  Okay, that is all for now.

Anything you have found a great deal on that your little heart was desiring?

7.22.2011

Conversation #93: Summer Fun Song

Wow – I have so much I want to blog about, but I just can’t seem to make myself put it into words.  Lately, I feel like a lot of the things I would write about could offend people or make people I know feel badly and I just don’t want to do that.  I know this is my blog, but more than anything I like everyone to be happy.  Maybe I’ll figure out a way to share some of those things.

I have also been pretty busy too.  I threw a bachelorette party last weekend for one of my best friends, and it was a blast.  All of the other bridesmaids were just so sweet and fun, and now I can’t wait until the wedding when I get to see them all again!

Okay, so now onto the summer fun song of the week.  I LOVE this song and it is quickly becoming my summer anthem.  I couldn’t find the actual video on YouTube so this will have to do for now:

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Enjoy your weekend!

7.11.2011

Conversation #92: Do Better Mondays

So I’m not signed up for a Weight Watchers subscription anymore, but I still track my points in the little book each day and bought the point companion books and calculator and I may do this for the rest of my life.  I’m sure at some point it will become second nature.

Anyway, I figure I shouldn’t call it a Weight Watchers update anymore because I will at some point get these last 3.5 pesky pounds off and reach my goal.  However, I still want to track my goals to healthy living to hold me accountable.

On Sundays before church I’ll watch Fox News and they have a segment with Dr. Rosenfeld.  He always gives a health tip to start the week off right and do better this week than last.  That kind of stuck with me one week (no tip in particular, just that I can start the week over and do better).  My WW week starts on Sunday so I figure Monday is a good day to write my goals for the week.  Also, I have a bachelorette party weekend coming on Friday so I won’t to make sure and be good this week so I can splurge on Saturday.

My goals for the week:

I stepped up to level 3 of The Shred this week so keep doing that each morning (today through Friday).

Incorporate more dairy into my food this week – I used to drink a ton of milk but cut back on Weight Watchers.  Now I want to incorporate it back in because I know it is important.  Therefore, I need to get better at giving up some of my little treats during the day.  It is all about priorities baby!

Finally, I hope to lose 1 pound this week (okay really 2, but I’m trying to be realistic with a bachelorette party coming up).

So, what are you going to do better this week?

7.08.2011

Conversation #91: Summer Fun Song of the Week

I am so mad at myself that I haven't been doing this the last few weeks because I do have a long list of songs I want to share.  For today, this is a video from the show The Voice.  My hubby and I really enjoyed it, and I think all of the singers were much more talented than those on American Idol.  (Sorry if you love AI)

Anyway, Dia Frampton came in second and I was super happy because I loved her and Javier both so I'm glad they were 1 & 2.  I think this performance really sealed it for me on Dia.  She did a cover of Heartless by Kanye West, and I all I can say is AMAZING!

Enjoy and have a super weekend (and try to stay cool if you are experience the same 100 degree plus heat that I am)!