Archive | September, 2011

Winning, DUH!

29 Sep

Just found out that I am the winner of some Sweet Pillar & Co. chocolate covered dates from a giveaway off of Courtney’s blog. Very excited to be looking out for this in the mail! Thanks Courtney!

Don’t you just love getting stuff in the mail other than bills??? I know I do.

So today has been a day full of meetings at work so I have not had much time to do anything until now. I have been sitting ‘on the go’ all day so I managed for breakfast to have a White Chocolate Macadamia Clif bar for breakfast.

I did however bring something amazing for lunch, even if I couldn’t really enjoy it the way I wanted. Sitting in a room full of people watching presentations isn’t the way I had in mind to eat this:

White Chicken Chili! yumm I am in love with this stuff. Sooo simple to make. I just followed the directions off the back of this:

and that was that. Sorry I don’t have any pictures of the actual making of the chili. Please excuse me, I seem to sometimes forget to take pictures in the midst of cooking!

Went and took a walk outside last night with my son and our two dogs. It was nice. I walked our boxer, Cat (yes my boyfriend named his dog Cat BEFORE I met him) and my 4yr old son walked our little dog, Dawg (yes he named his dog Dawg BEFORE I met him).

I might try and head up to Dicks Sporting Goods tomorrow to find some new hand weights bc the ones I have are Lukes old ones from highschool and they are ANCIENT. Yes, a weight is a weight is a weight but I just want better. I’m always afraid they will fall apart lol. I don’t think I’m going to get on the treadmill or elliptical tonight but am going to try going for another walk after I get home. If I don’t have enough time to do that, I’ll probably just do an exercise from the On Demand Network because when I get off of work I’m GOING SHOPPING!!!!!!!!!!!

I love to hear those words. Oh those sweet sweet words. I am going to pick out a dress for the bachelorette party on Saturday and a bra to wear with my dress for the wedding.  Plus I’m sure I’ll find some other things; I always seem to do that.

Well gotta finish up some more work before peacing out of this place!

Holy Paycheck Batman!!

28 Sep

I just saw my paystub online (we can view our paystubs on Wednesdays and won’t get paid though until Friday) and I received a lot of money! But I guess working 30 hours of overtime will do that to a check too huh?

I get to take all some of that overtime money and spend in Atlantic City! So excited about that, and so excited to show you guys when I get back!

Thats me on the right back in 2003. I was a bridesmaid in my friend Beth’s wedding (thats her on the left). 

That me in the back and my friend Meghann up front…end of the night on the way home…being dumb and holding beer bottles between our ‘girls’. Hey, I was 22!! Don’t judge me!!!

That’s me and Meghann again (meg on the left, me on the right) at HER bach party in 2007. I look so young there. Oh the memories. Thats when i worked for MAC cosmetics.

Throwback pix!! Gotta love ’em!!

So anyway, I signed up for the Body Pump class and the Hip Hop Core Class here at work. They start the first week of October and run through the end of the year. Classes are both on wednesdays, one in the afternoon, one in the evening. Figured that would give me a good work out halfway through the week.

Well everyone, my day is finished at work. Off I go to fill the car up with some gas and head home to my son.

California Mix

27 Sep

Good afternoon!!! I honest to goodness have never been on the West Coast before. I would LOVE to go one day. I’m actually eating ‘ California Mix’ dried fruit and nuts right now for my lunch snack. It’s got big pieces of pineapple and oranges, dried banana’s, coconut, raisins, walnuts, almonds..oh my!

SIDENOTE: I took a picture of my leftover ‘California Mix’ and the quality is horrible as well as the picture so please beware!

I have some great news!! A friend from work, Julie, is moving about 15min away from me! She used to live about 45min away and we have always talked about working out together and have tried even taking classes at work together but our work schedules and home schedules never match to be able to stay later at work on the same days. So now she is moving so close, we can have a lot more time outside of work to exercise together.

Not sure what I am having for dinner tonight, my belly is pretty full right now so probably something small. I usually never cook on nights my son eats at one of his grandparents houses (mainly tuesdays and thursdays).

I’m not sure what is going on with me…I get so tired at night but I won’t fall asleep, and then I can’t wake up in the morning and I get up late and won’t get in to work til the last minute possible. I hate that but I’m not sure what is going on with my body. I mean, by 9:00pm my body feels exhausted, but I won’t actually fall asleep til AT LEAST 12:00am if not later. So I can normally function with 5-6hrs of sleep but for some reason that is IMPOSSIBLE lately. Not sure if it has to do with the crappy rainy weather outside or what.

Anyone have any ideas?

Giveaways!

22 Sep

Wanted to inform you all that my friend Deuce Beauties  is giving away some OPI nail polish to 2 very lucky people. The polishes are the newest OPI collections from Halloween and more!

She also has some lovely stuff for sale as well so DEFINITELY check out her page Blog Sale. You don’t want to miss out. A girl HAS to love looking pretty….at least once in awhile!

So I am still reading the Skinny Bitch book. I like the books sass quality for sure. I know some people are not crazy about that but I am the type of girl who tells it like it is. So I love that about these women. (the authors) They don’t sugarcoat the unsettling stuff. I knew a little about factory farming and so on, but never in as much detail and it makes me sick.

So I still have a lot to think about regarding this book and I am not quite finished it…ALMOST!

I also want to say how friggin excited I am as of yesterday….and it is all thanks to this lovely lady. Courtney has just taken on the 10lb slimdown extreme 28 day challenge.  Apparently some of these exercise tapes are found On Demand under Exercise TV.

It just so happens that I have Direct TV with On Demand and NEVER SEEN THE EXERCISE TV!!! Well thanks to Court I have now found a reason to NEVER make an excuse to not work out again.

So although I may not try the 10lb slimdown challenge the way it is designed, I will try out some of the exercises.

Personally, I need to lose more than 10lbs so I am not sure if the diet part of this is beneficial for me because I do like the diet I have been on. But I know these videos will definitely come in handy.

You know how people say that you gain weight normally in the winter because you are less active because of the temperature loss? Well not this gal! I thrive in the winter on losing weight (when i put my mind to it that is).  I guess in my mind, that is all there is to do. Can’t go out and play with my son, lay out, swim, etc. so why not work out?

Big changes are happenin’ O ya!

Skinny bitch

16 Sep

So I’m currently reading the book…skinny bitch. Anyone read this thoughts about the book? I am only on chapter 6 but have a lot to discuss and talk about. I will write a poat on the book when I am finished the book. Just wanted to hear some thoughts and opinions on it.

Please share!

I love me some Thursday night TV!!!

15 Sep

Well season 3 of Vampire Diaries starts tonight and I am stoked! I have told my MIL to have my son ready and waiting by the front door at 7:30p so I have plenty of time to get home and be ready for the show to start at 8:00p. Big Luke HATES when this show is on because I swear, I DO NOTHING during that hour. I don’t even want to talk to anyone…my eyes are glued to the screen. Please don’t peel them away!!! haha that was corny…I know!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am also going to be watching a new show that comes on right after VD at 9p (also on the CW) called The Secret Circle. It looks okay but I’m not sure how I am going to feel about this one but I will definitely give it a shot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Right after that show will be my Jersey Shore love!!! Tonight looks like another crazy night with Snooki and Deanna making out and dancing so hard their “underwears fall off” (notice that ‘s’…she says that on a commercial and it drives me nuts)

Since we are talking about TV shows, I also am interested in watching the new show on FX called The American Horrow Story. I’ve seen previews of that and let me tell you, it looks freaky. I am a horror movie junkie. I love them. Big Luke doesn’t like them so I rarely watch them anymore. I honestly don’t like watching them alone. Its not that I get scared being alone (I admit it was this case a few times) but its just not the same. I like how u can cuddle up with your man,and put your head in his arm/chest so he can ‘protect’ you from the not  scary frightening parts!

 

 

 

So this morning for breakfast I had my normal Kashi, Go Lean Mixed Berry Crumble cereal but I had no more greek yogurt left. waaah 😦  so since my daily coffee as of late has been royal farms, I figured I’d pick up one there. Turns out they only sell yoplait regular yogurt for $.89 or the new parfait ones w/ granola for $2.29  A PIECE!!!  that is robbery! you take a guess as to which one i bought!

My lunch wasn’t to bad though. Big Luke ate my last Smart Ones frozen meal, so I found myself trudging down to the cafe here at work. Made myself a nice side salad and ordered 6 wings. The food here at work is questionable in its taste. I work for a health insurance company so everything they make is healthy…which is a huge plus…but when I cook, I like alot of flavor and mix-in’s with my food. Eating in the cafe reminds me of eating at an old town diner. People always say if there are a lot of older people that eat there then you know its a good place to eat!

Well not in this case, everything taste bland so you can’t complain…its got to much of this, and not enough of that. So back to my original point. The wings. I got 6 wings because of all the lunches in the cafe the wings are THE BEST. Fall off the bone chicken, mmhhmm. (they also have a buffalo chicken wrap that is amazing too)

Right now I am debating on whether I want to do some over time or not. I most likely will because I can use the extra money, but i kinda want to go home and just relax, take a little nap before I go get my son from his Nana’s house.

I am excited to say that in October I will be joining the Body Pump class at my work’s gym!! I can’t start in September because the hours do not fit within my work schedule so I am signing up starting in October. I am super excited, I’ve taken similar classes before in the past so I know what to expect. Only thing that is a bummer in my book is that the class is ONLY offered in the other insurance building which is about a 2 mile drive from my building. Whereas  if they offered it in my buildings gym, its a 1minute walk. I can’t wait to report back here on my experience!

Something I wanted to ask, how can I get more followers?? I know I should advertise on my facebook and twitter but here is the thing: I don’t want to share this blog with my friends and family. Not yet anyhow. So I am not sure how to get other people to read my blog everyday like they do others? Guess it will take time.

I also want to know how some people make this and other writing things a full time job! I AM A FRIGGIN ENGLISH MAJOR TOO!!!!!!!! I want companies to give me products to review on here, and freebies to giveaway to help promote….I love that sort of thing. Just not sure how to get started.

Tomorrow I will be working for 16hrs straight and then waking up Saturday morning and work til 5pm!! Last attempt for overtime, extra money, and to get a chance to win an Ipad. (my work is giving one away each day. You get a ticket stub for every hour you work and then a drawing is held on Monday to find out who won). That would be amazing to win an Ipad however I am never that lucky.

Well I am leaving work…peacing out of this jizzoint!! Decided to go home and get some rest before the next 2 days of work til my eyes fall off!

Everyday I’m shuffling

13 Sep

So I feel like someone pushed my ‘overload’ button. I have 193mil things to do, I keep forgetting things,  or doing the…not-so important before the oh-so important. But I haven’t gotten stressed, I am still smiling and in a WONDERFUL mood!

I really owe it to my life changes. Really, I do.

So this past weekend was a blast!! Sunday we had my BFF’s surprise bridal shower…that I organized! (I am very proud of that). I have a ton of pictures but with my hectic schedule I haven’t had time to upload them to my computer. But I can show you one thing….

That was the desert table. The cake was supposed to feed 30 people and we have at least 35 people RSVP’d with about 2 possible so I decided to get a dozen cookies JUST IN CASE. Doesn’t the cake look soo yummy?? I was going to have a real fancy cutsie cake for her bridal shower but I thought about it and well that seemed more like something I would want…not the bride. So, I toned it down a notch and just made it simple. But isn’t that sometime’s the best? I chose to have the writing in red because her wedding colors are black, white, and red…using the red vs black seemed to pop out a bit more.

So let me begin to tell you about this amazing cake. It was made from a place up the street from me called Starry Night Bakery in Westminster, MD. I will get back to them in a minute second but the cake had a raspberry filling with butter cream icing and a peanut butter cake. Let me tell you, it was so delicious. The peanut butter was not to powerful, just enough flavor that you knew what it was. The raspberry filling was sweet, but not overpowering. Icing was amazing. I can’t say anymore than it was melt in your mouth delicious.

Now on to the Starry Night Bakery. This wasn’t the first time I’ve had there cake. I had it for a house warming party once and have even gone into the bakery to buy some sort of treats.  Although each time I went, I would try to go outside the box and get something different, nothing ever tasted bad. It just wasn’t my thing, ONLY reason I wouldn’t buy again. 

So, on August 28th the Starry Night was featured on the Food Network’s show Cupcake Wars. Unfortunately I was not able to watch the show that night but the wonderful Green Turtle Restaurant was kind enough to open their entire restaurant to the public to view the episode and have a ‘viewing party’

They also will be selling in the store the cupcakes that they had made on Cupcake Wars. Not sure how I feel about trying any some of them out. Here is a list below:

Kona Coffee
Canned Ham Taro Root Slider
Energy Drink Ginger Poppy Seed
Pineapple Coconut

Not really sure how I would feel about the canned ham one or the energy drink one!

Disclaimer: I am in no way, shape, or form receiving compensation for this blog post. I am simply stating my opinion regarding the bakery.

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