Hoping back on the workout bandwagon!

So, an admission on guilt here, I have fallen off the workout wagon…I don’t know what my problem has been…I think Chris being gone for six weeks and just getting back on Friday put me in an unmotivated slump. However, I will prevail and get back on the workout wagon! I started today with some crunches and pushups and it felt good to get moving again! I have been considering doing fitfluentials diet bet but I don’t want to lose any money! I think that’s the point, you know money as a motivation! Anyways, breakfast was a bowl on fruit filled shredded wheat with nonfat milk..yum! And my workout looked like this…

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Now it’s off to work! On a side note, Chris and I still haven’t found a house…:( but it’s out there somewhere we just need to keep looking! But it’s getting darn frustrating!

What do you do to get motivated and stay motivated?
Do you feel guilty when you don’t workout?

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Blackberry Winter Review!

Wow…is all I have to say after this book! I am reviewing Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio for Julie’s book review over at peanut butter fingers ! This will be a spoiler so if you plan on reading this book exit now! This book is actually the book I had voted for and I am so glad it won! I really have been enjoying being able to really curl up with a good book lately and this was no exception! This book had me from the first page! Absolutely a thrilling book that kept me guessing until the very end! I enjoyed how the book went back and forth telling the story of the two main characters! I was trying to figure out what happened to that poor little boy that went missing throughout the story and honestly I thought that the awful landlord had taken him…I don’t know what made me think that but I would have never thought that the sister of the father had taken him. But then again the act that Eva kept giving the clue about the woman in the park watching them play …which clearly now is the aunt that abducted Daniel! I have to hand it to Sarah Jio she did a fabulous job of keeping the reader entertained and really engaged in the book and that is really what I appreciate about a good book is that I feel involved while reading. The ending….that was the true wow factor. I closed the book thinking I wish there is a sequel to see how this all pans out and to find out more about Daniels life as a child! If you have no read this book…run, don’t walk to your nearest library and get yourself a copy! This book is well worth the 286 pages!

Did you get the chance to read this book?
Have you read a book that made you feel truly engaged?
What books have you been reading lately?

Thrift Shopping!

I absolutely love shopping but what I love more than shopping is getting an awesome deal! I think working at TJ Maxx for 3 years sort of corrupt me and now I don’t want to pay more than $5 for a shirt or $10 for designer jeans! Working in retail allowed me to get the best deals on clearance items because I always saw them first! So this past weekend I had been watching some YouTube videos about peoples thrift hauls and decided to hit up my local goodwill stores! I actually found some awesome things! Of course there are plenty of things that I would never buy at goodwill but I can always find brand new items or items that look hardly worn! I took these pictures before I dropped them off at the dry cleaners (because of course you always want to get your clothes professionally cleaned before you wear them, from a thrift shop).

So onto my items!

Awesome sheer Ann Taylor shirt! It was only $4.99!

Awesome sheer Ann Taylor shirt! It was only $4.99!

Beautiful Calvin Klein shirt, comes with a double wrap around belt! I absolutely love the color and it will be perfect for Spring! Only $7.99!

Beautiful Calvin Klein shirt, comes with a double wrap around belt! I absolutely love the color and it will be perfect for Spring! Only $7.99!

Brand New Calvin Klein three quarters coat! Perfect white for spring! Only $9.99! The tag from the boutique that it was at says $129.50! That's just crazy!

Brand New Calvin Klein three quarters coat! Perfect white for spring! Only $9.99! The tag from the boutique that it was at says $129.50! That’s just crazy!

The tag on the Calvin Klein Coat that says the boutique was selling it for $129.50! That's just crazy!

The tag on the Calvin Klein Coat that says the boutique was selling it for $129.50! That’s just crazy!

 

So needless to say, don’t pass up thrift shopping! You can get some awesome deals, especially if you like brand names and don’t want to spend all that money!

 

What is your best thrift find? 

Do you like to hunt for good deals?

Little Black Bag….unboxing!

I was so excited a few days ago when I received my Little Black Bag “box” in the mail! Although I did not actually get a little black bag I did get an awesome bag for the spring! If you want to learn a little bit about Little Black Bag read about it here. Also, if you would like to sign up for little black bag click here.

So lets get to my box!

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Little Black Bag Box!

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Little Black Bag Box!

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Opening the little black bag box! Everything is individually wrapped!

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This ring was cute but it felt really cheap so I sent it back and when I open another bag tomorrow, I will have an extra item in this months bag!

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This was my “main” item and I didn’t trade it at all! I absolutely loveeeee this bag! It is so big and is so great for spring and even fall! Alice and Olivia is great quality too!

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I absolutely love this necklace! I have no idea when I will wear this but I had to have it! It retailed around $60!

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I really like this bracelet when I first saw it but I returned it because it hung funny on my wrist and wasn’t practical for my wardrobe!

So that is my little black bag unboxing and I have to tell you I will absolutely be continuing with this subscription box service! I love shopping but being able to trade items is a whole lot of fun! If you have some extra money or are looking for a gift for yourself this is an awesome gift! If you have any questions about the site feel free to ask!

Bzz Agent! Schick Hydro and Glade!

I absolutely love being able to try new products for free and being able to give a review about them! I joined the site bzzagent.com in order to be able to try new products and give a meaningful review that companies are actually paying for! 

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This month I am reviewing Schick Hydro razors. I have used these razors prior to this review and I absolutely love them! There is nothing worse than using a razor that just cuts up your legs and leaves them feeling dry! This razor is the total opposite! I absolutely love how my legs feel when I am done using this! I gave one of these razors to my mom a few months ago and this weekend when she was visiting I gave her another and some refills and you would have thought I had given her gold! We absolutely love these razors and I love that I can get them for pretty cheap with a sale and a coupon! 

The next product I am reviewing I haven’t had a chance to purchase yet but I have a coupon for free items for these! 

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I have actually tried the air spray and love the tropical one but haven’t had a chance to try the Oil Diffuser yet! The air spray smells absolutely wonderful and totally masks any nasty smells in the air!

I highly recommend if you enjoy testing new products to check out bzzagent.com! You won’t regret it!

Yikes… two weeks since a post! Update!

Wowza! My last post was on February 9th, life really hasn’t been that crazy but every time I went to sit down to do a post I just wasn’t feeling like I had anything interesting to say or write about! Anyways a brief summary of what I’ve been up to…
I fell off the gym routine this past weekend because Chris came home and we had so much to do, Friday we had three houses to look at and we think we may have found “the one”…Saturday we took his parents to this wonderful (and expensive) German restaurant for their 20th wedding anniversary. Sunday I had to work and now Chris is back on travel but will thankfully be back in two weeks for good…hopefully!
I did pick up this months book club book for Julies book club for this month but I haven’t been able to crack into it yet. If you aren’t sure what Julies book club is all about check it out here…I participated last month and it was a lot of fun!

I’m also expecting my “little black bag” to come through tomorrow so when it does I will d

Snowed IN!

So after my post yesterday I headed out to try some shopping, I made it out to two stores and the got to the third and it was closed! Wahhh…the snow really didn’t come and hit us until after 11pm yesterday because when we woke up this is what it looked liked…please enjoy these snowy pictures!

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These are all taken out of our hotel window, we haven’t gone out yet because we still have a blizzard warning until 7pm and nothing is open! We aren’t even sure what we are going to do for lunch! Ahhh!

Anyways, after shopping yesterday I met Chris for lunch at Amatos, my favorite sub restaurant! I got a small original italian.

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We hung around the room until about 5pm yesterday and then headed out to a local Mexican restaurant…it was okay but I like the ones in our town better… it was lacking flavor for sure! After dinner we went to the grocery store because obviously if a blizzard is coming you need to have ice cream on hand! We bought Ben and Jerry’s Strawberry Cheesecake! It definintely made up for the fact that dinner was sub par! Also, we got two cookies at the front lobby! And hot chocolate because the hotel has a hot bar all the time!

This morning we woke up to 2 feet of snow and still snowing! We hit up the hotels breakfast buffet and have literally just been staying warm in our room until we decide to venture out! What I think is awesome is that the hotel gave all of their staff member and families rooms for the night so that the staff could actually be here for work today!
Here is breakfast from today, french toast sticks, bagel sandwich, fruit salad, maple sausage! Yum!

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Did you get snow today?
Hows the weather where you are?

Blizzard Warning!

I hope all of you in the Northeast, like me, are getting ready to hunker down for the next couple of days as we get tackled with two feet of snow! And I thought it was going to be a mild winter…silly me! Right now I am sitting in Chris’ hotel room as he finishes up his work week! This morning I woke up around 7:30 and headed to the hotels gym, which I had all to myself! I really enjoyed this gym, even though it was small it had great equipment and a TV attached to every machine! I miss that, in college my freshman year they built a brand new recreation center with an indoor track and the equipment each had an individual TV attached! After my workout which looked like this…

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I hit up the breakfast buffet! I had three turkey sausage links, a glass of apple juice, and a western omelet!

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In a little while I’m going to head out and check out the shopping scene up here before the roads get too bad and then I’m going to meet Chris at my favorite sandwich shop, Amatos! Amatos has the most outrageous pickles you have ever tasted, and I am a pickle connoisseur! The really bad, blizzard conditions, aren’t supposed to start until about 7pm EST so we should be able to head out for dinner too! If not we will be walking across the street to the other hotels restaurant!

Stay warm everyone! I hope you didn’t have to go to the grocery store yesterday! I went just to pay my electric bill and it was mobbed!

Did you have to go to the grocery store yesterday?
Are you a Northerner? Are you ready for the storm?

Received my Nature Box! …and packing!

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Yesterday I got home around 8:50 pm and opened my mail box to find that I had a package to pick up at the club house which closes at 9:00pm so I had to run up there to grab my box! I made it just in time and I’m so excited to try these snacks! If you don’t know what Nature Box is check out my post about it here! Here are a few pictures of what I got!

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Snack Card (details what snack you received in you Nature Box)

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Berry Bunch

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Ranch Peas

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Masa Chips

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Citrus Crunch Granola

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Cranberry Almond Bites

The snacks are ranch peas, cranberry almond bites, citrus granola, masa chips, and berry bunch! I’m so excited to crack these open and give them a try! I’m headed up to Maine today to be with Chris so I will be bringing them along so we can try them!

In other news… I hate packing! I don’t like having to plan outfits! I prefer to have a whole closet of clothes to pick from in case my mood changes, which apparently I think influences what I wear! I’m headed up to Maine tonight instead of tomorrow because the North East is expecting like two feet of snow and I really don’t want to be caught in it! So I should get to Maine around midnight! I’m excited to swim in the salt water pool they have!

Do you hate packing?
What makes packing easier for you?
Have you traveled lately?

Best place to do vacation research?! And my workout!

So like I said yesterday I am heading to Bangor, ME on Friday for a mini vacation and last night I was trying to do a little research and figure out what to do up there for three days. Chris and I have already planned our restaurants out but what to do in between eating is the question! I started using tripadvisor.com which is also an app as well as a web page. I really like it because you can enter the city and state and them once you do that it breaks it up into categories.

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What to eat, what to see and where to stay! You can click on the recommendations and see actual reviews which I especially liked! Although there is not a lot to do up in Bangor in the winter except for freeze your butt off, I think we will figure something out! If anything well just camp out in the hot tub at the hotel for three days!

This morning I had to wake up to help a friend out by watching her son until his daddy gets out of work at 8:30 AM! Followed by an awesome workout! My resistance to running is definitely getting a lot better. I’m not fatigued after five minutes which is awesome and it really lets me know that this program is working!

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Also, my friends (the ones I babysat this morning for) just got a Great Dane puppy named talula and she is adorable but huge! She’s only three months old!

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Off to work I go! Only until 5! Great short day! 🙂