Thursday, September 18, 2014

Adovia Natural Facial Moisturizer [review]


Hello again, my lovely people out there in blogland!

Today, I'm bringing you another makeup/beauty product review post because, well, why not? I'm a makeup/beauty product junkie so I love reading reviews on all the different products out there that I haven't tried yet. And really, that's just smart shopping.



Anyway, so I finally received this product a few days ago but I must say that I'm already quite impressed. My skin can get pretty oily so I've never really used moisturizer until just recently and haven't really found one that hydrates and moisturizes my skin without it ending up oily but so far, this one seems to be doing the job.

The label refers to it as a "day cream" that is ideal as a makeup base and since I don't use any primer or base under my makeup I decided to test it out and it does make my face makeup look more natural and less cakey than usual and also allows for longer wear.

Since it has only been a few days, I really can't provide you with a full 2-week trial run review but I will let you know if I notice any breakouts (gross) or irritation I may get in the future.

One thing I must note for all my readers with extra sensitive skin: this product does have a scent to it. I know some people cannot use scented products so please take caution if you decide to give this a try!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

A major bump in the blogging road...and other confessions.

It’s been one hell of a week so far and we’re only three days in!  I still can’t believe we’re already in the third week of September.  Remember when I said I’d blog more in September?  Yeah, so far that hasn’t been happening.  After the craziness of August and the flash of September so far, I’ve realized that there’s a LOT of shit that I haven’t even filled you guys in on.  So what better way to fill you in on all the behind-the-blog happenings than with Kathy’s confessions, right?  Here goes…

//  Got off the waiting list for ipsy and got my first (and second yesterday) glam bag.  Best $10/month ever.




//  Went to the local zoo and saw animals I never thought would even be on Guam.



//  Got hooked on washi tape.



//  Got a new car.  (Thanks babe!!)



//  Got a new laptop as a belated birthday gift.  Thank you parentals!



//  Purged my closet (again) and then put away all the clean clothes I had lying around and ended up filling the closet back up.



//  I’ve been buried in paperwork all month.



//  Kids aren’t yet used to the morning schedule.



//  Tried out the youniqueproducts.com/frikkenduckie/party/557746>Younique 3D Fiber Lashes.  And LOVED them.



//  Ate more than my fair share of pepperoni and cheese.


 //  Became a Younique Independent Presenter because I loved the fiber lashes so much.  A full review to come soon!



And too add a bigger bump in my blogging routine, I just found out that blogger has now been blocked at work.  What.  the.  actual.  fuck.  So as of right now, until I figure out how I'm going to stick blogging into my regular schedule away from work, you've just gotta deal with sporadic posts.  Sorry!  I'll try to draft and schedule posts ahead of time...but you know how that usually goes...lol.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Can I Get a "TGIF"?!

Holy hell am I stoked that it's Friday!  This whole week has been a shit ton of tedious tasks - mostly printing tens of thousands of documents for work.  I've been printing hard copies of documents from a disc for the past two days and I'm not even halfway through it.  And here's the kicker - there's three more discs for the same file that need to be printed out.  Fuck.

I haven't worked out at ALL for the past few days and even skipped out on my morning yoga routine a few times.  The kids have gotten sick, had school projects due, and we've all just been struggling to make it through the week.  Tomorrow is a full cleaning day for us - the whole house needs an overhaul.  Hopefully it'll help us to refresh for next week.

In case you're not following me on Instagram (why aren't you??), here's the outfits of the week:






Okay, so I didn't manage to get a full photo of Wednesday but it was basically a rust orange blouse with black pants and boots.  The same black pants I'm wearing today.  No, I didn't wash them before using them again today.  So what.

And because I'm so drained and this post has been pretty mediocre so far, here's a few links of AWESOME blogs and posts that you should check out instead:

This girl is pretty much amazing.  I swoon over her style and her artwork...>>

Because I'm a kimono hoarder and aspiring designer...>>

Helene always knows how to make me think about how much my life was affected by others...>>

The fact that her gorgeous face is on this post is enough to make me love it...>>


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Seriously, wtf...and other confessions.

...I didn't confess last week because...I completely forgot.  By the time I remembered, it was kinda late so I said "fuck it" and just left it at that.



...Maybe it's because my Mirena is wearing off or maybe it's just the weather, but I've been having really bad cravings lately.  Currently it's chocolate and pickles. 



...It's the 10th day of September and I have done ZERO workouts this month.  Besides my regular morning yoga routine (thanks again, Kenzie), I haven't had the energy or motivation to do my nightly HIIT workouts or go running or anything at all.  I just printed out the September Squat Challenge calendar so going to try to at least do that when I'm not in the mood for anything else.



...The house is a certifiable mess right now.  The only thing I am looking forward to this weekend is CLEANING.  That never happens.  Ever.



...Since I mentioned weird cravings I might as well confess this too, and I'm sure that most of you will be more than a little judgy about it - I know I would be.  Anyway, so last night I had a deviled egg sandwich for dinner.  I was fine and satisfied until I started getting hungry again at around 9:30pm.  Since I was already in bed I didn't want to go out and get something and it was too late to be cooking so I had to improvise with what we had.  I didn't want another sandwich.  I didn't want Pringles.  I didn't want Oreos.  I was craving something salty.  I thought about popcorn but decided getting kernels stuck in my already aching tooth wasn't worth it.  Then I spotted the container of Montreal Steak Seasoning on the counter.  As soon as I saw it I just KNEW I would be shamed for it but I had to have it.  I've never done crack, but I'm pretty sure what I was feeling was the same way an addict would feel.  I took that container into my room, poured some into my hand, and proceeded to eat it.  I know.  I KNOW.  I just couldn't stop myself.  I felt so stupid/ashamed/disgusted doing it, but I couldn't resist it.  It tasted soooo good.  Like eating a steak - without the steak.  It satisfied my craving completely and I was able to sleep after that, which is something a crack addict wouldn't be able to do.





Your turn to confess!  GO!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Surviving Monday

Oh, hey!  Haven't been around these parts lately.  Sorry bout that.  Last week was pretty much our rest week to get over the craziness that was August.  The weather was crazy this weekend (extremely hot and sunny, then pouring rain, then hot again) and we had no plans so it was a sign for us to stay home and do nothing for once.  No cleaning, no events, just plain ol' laziness.  It was a nice little break, but now it's Monday again and we're back in action trying to get through the week.

A little while ago, I was contacted by a representative from ManCrates.com with a post idea about survival kits and I thought it'd be fun to give it a shot.  I also dragged Joey in on this because, well, why not?


//  ESPN - He HAS to watch SportsCenter every single day.  He just HAS to.
//  Lighter - Joey smokes on and off, but more than that he's always burning something.  Leaves, cardboard boxes, dead snakes, etc.
//  Sports - Without sports he'd probably die.  Though baseball is his main thing, he also plays football, basketball, volleyball, and has also done a few fights in the ring.
//  Cellphone - He's always got his phone handy to call teammates, confirm game times, and to check the stats on his fantasy sports players.
//  Coffee - Royal Mills Iced Cappuccino is pretty much the only thing he drinks in the morning.  Once in a while he'll grab a bottle of Starbucks, but it's usually this brand or nothing else.


//  Cellphone - This is just a must for me.  I can't go a day without chatting with my sister or cousins.
//  Fiber Lashes - The Younique 3D FiberLash has just recently become a necessity for me.  This stuff is the shit.  I've always believed that lashes are the most important part of your beauty routine and have tried many different mascaras, false lashes, and even extensions.  NONE of that compares to this product.  I will go more into detail about it later, so be SURE to come back for that.  [Hint:  I'm going to be distributing it soon!]
//  Coffee - Fresh coffee.  Hot, iced, blended - it doesn't matter as long as its fresh.  I cannot do canned coffee.  It does not sit well with my stomach.
//  Planner - I always have my planner handy, even though sometimes I get too busy to jot things down in it.  Don't forget, you can download and print this planner for free here!
//  Internet - I just HAVE to have the internet to stay connected with everyone, find creative inspiration, and to blog - duh.

Now, this isn't a sponsored post or review or anything like that but I must say that I was HUGELY impressed when I hopped on over to ManCrates.com to see what they were all about.  I know I mentioned before that Joey and I aren't really the gift-giving type of couple.  We don't do anniversaries or Valentines (except for this year) or even birthdays but when I saw the kind of stuff that comes in the Man Crates, I had the urge to buy one (okay, more like three) for him just because.  Seriously, it's THAT good.

And just in case you don't believe me and think "no, I could never find the perfect gift for my _________ (hubby, brother, dad, uncle, son, etc.)" check out a few of these crates that have got you covered:

For the athletes:

For the gamers:




For the beer lovers (customizable):



For the zombie hunters:


Now tell me, because I'm curious and nosey:  What's in YOUR survival kit?  5 things that you absolutely cannot live without - GO!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A Stationary Surprise [free printable planner]

Welcome to the first day of September!  I know I probably say this every month, but isn't it weird how quickly the year has gone by?  Seriously.

Anyway, as most of you probably know, I've been on a organizing/planning kick recently and since my cheap ass isn't about to spend $80 for a fancy-shmancy Erin Condren planner, I went ahead and made my own.  I'd say "because I'm crafty like that" but it really wasn't all that hard and the only thing I really used was Microsoft Word.  Not even a fancy-shmancy software program.

It was a little stressful trying to get my tables and images aligned and everything, but it was actually one of the simplest and smartest projects I've taken on.  The whole thing only took me about a day to design and all I had to do was print it out, stick it in a binder, and start using it!

If stationary turns you on as much as it does me, you're in for a real treat because I'm sharing my super awesome planner with all of you thrifty bitches!  All you have to do is click the file to download it, print it out, and bind it however you like.

It consists mainly of three parts:  1) the monthly spread, 2) the blog schedule/notes, and 3) the weekly spread.  Here's what my September looks like so far:





So if you'd like to get a copy of your own, just click this link here to download.

The file is in PDF format so all you have to do is print it out (2-sided) and bind it however you like.  The whole thing is set up through January 2016 so you don't have to worry about another planner until next year.  I printed out only up through December 2014 for now and will add on the other months and pages as I go along so it's not so bulky.

Please feel free to print it out and share it with others.  And, if you have any comments on how I could make it better or what pages or features you think should be added, please let me know and I can try to add them!  I'm hoping to create another one next year to sell for a small fee (maybe), so any feedback I get from you guys would help tremendously!

And because I'm in LOOOOOVVVVE with my new washi tape, I highly recommend you hop on over to Paper + Cloth to get some washi tape to go with your planner too!  Seriously, it's a must.

So what are you waiting for?  Get to planning!!  Like, NOW.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Hold Up, Weight a Minute - Ozeri Weight Master Scale Review


Confessions were two days ago, but I've got another one for you:  Before this month, I'd never owned a scale.  Tracking my fitness/weight loss cycles consisted of just what I saw in the mirror and it wasn't accurate or very motivating at all.

When I was given the opportunity to review a digital scale, I was really excited to try it out.  From not even owning a basic scale to being able to score a glass top digital scale?  Hells to the yeah.

Once I finally received it I couldn't wait to set it up and try it out.  My whole family was really surprised and excited about it because everyone wanted to weigh themselves.  Yeah, we're that easily entertained.

The scale itself is gorgeous.  It's got a glass surface and is surprisingly sturdy seeing as how all 5 of us (the three kids, Joey, and I) have been using it for the past month and it hasn't broken yet.

I think my favorite part about it is the personalization options.  You can set up to 5 users (which is just perfect for us) by stepping on and weighing yourself and inputting your height.  By adding your height, the scale is able to calculate your BMI with your current weight.  Also, once you've added yourself as a user, the next time you weigh yourself, the scale will automatically which user you are and will also tell you the difference in your weight from your previous reading and will highlight the screen in red or green depending on if you gained (red) or lost (green) any weight.  No more having to write down or remember how much you weighed the last time and doing the math in your head.  #aintnobodygottimeforthat

Pretty, right?

Height: 5'1.8", BMI: 22.4, User: 1


 Current weight: 121.6lbs, Gain of 0.8lbs from last weigh in.  Crap.

So what about you?  How do you track your fitness results and weight loss?  Got any tips to share?  And is the "give or take 5 lbs." rule true when it comes to weighing yourself?

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.