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 Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thursday Thoughts: Do You, Boo

Since the beginning of August I had been itching for the kids to go back to school.  This is Trace's first year in school (Kindergarten, whoop whoop!) and the first time that ALL three of the kids are in school.  Now that the kids are getting used to the schedule (wake up, eat breakfast, brush teeth, get dressed, go to school, do homework, clean up, eat dinner, shower, get to bed, etc.) and doing more things on their own, I'm slowly finding more time to do things for myself.

Now don't get me wrong, I love my kids and Joey.  I'd do anything for them.  But a lot of times, when you're a mother or a wife or both, you kinda get so caught up in that role that you forget that you're still YOU.  Between work, kids, cooking, cleaning, etc. it's hard to find time to do something totally selfish that doesn't involve making other people happy or wiping butts that aren't your own.  Hell, sometimes even taking a shower or dropping a deuce without getting interrupted or having someone screaming for you can seem like a vacation.

This week, after finally dipping my toes back into the blog pool, I was inspired by posts from Lisa and Meagan to reclaim my life as an individual and be a little selfish and create a ME list.  Ten things that I want to do just for me:

1//  Take a trip somewhere with my sister and cousins, even for just a weekend.

2//  Create and sell handmade beachwear (bikinis, kimonos, board shorts, etc.).

3//  Join a paddling team/club again.

4//  Take dance classes.

5//  Generate a source of monthly income from my blog.

6//  Sing again.  Publicly.  Not just in the shower or the car.

7//  Have a girls' night and a date night.  And then have a lot more.

8//  Plan and have my dream wedding.

9//  Go back to school and finish my degree and then go back again for another degree in fashion marketing.

10//  Be able to live in the moment more.  No over-thinking, no freaking out about little things, no stressing out about the future 'what ifs'.

Now it's your turn!  What's on your ME list?  Link it up over here!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Selling Out...and other confessions

...I didn't watch the VMAs.  I started to watch it last night but didn't finish.  Maybe I'll have time to finish watching it tonight.  Mostly to watch my main bitch.

...I've had a toothache for the past two days so I've been self medicating with alcohol.  It gives me an excuse to drink a little earlier and stock up my bar.  Win/win.

...This month has been horrible for me on the blog.  I've only published 7 (8, if you count this one) posts this month and 4 of them have been sponsor/review posts.  Wtf.  I don't even like me right now.

...I had planned on posting an update on what's been going on in my real life while I've been MIA from the blog, but it's still in draft mode.  I'll probably post it later this week.  Like tomorrow.  Maybe.

I don't know about you, but I'm so ready for August to be over.  Now it's your turn!  What do you have to confess today?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Eating my words + a Firmoo review

With this crazy ass weather we've been having lately, there have been no beach days, no bikinis, and no sunshine.  Thankfully, the sun returned to Guam this weekend, if only for a little while, and I was finally able to try out my new sunglasses from Firmoo!

Now if you're an avid blogger, you've probably heard of Firmoo already.  There have been quite a few bloggers, vloggers, etc. who have done reviews on Firmoo eye wear before.  I've read and watched several reviews before Firmoo contacted me about doing a review so I thought I knew what to expect from them.  I was totally wrong.

What I expected was a simple pair of sunglasses, with a quality similar to the ones they sell at those kiosks in the mall.  You know, the "compare to _________ designer" ones that are like $12 a pair or 2 for $20.  Yeah, obviously I've accumulated my fair share of bargain sunglasses because I am not about to pay upwards of $100 for a pair of sunglasses.  No sir.  I had assumed the quality of the glasses would be the same as the cheap ones and would come in those little nylon baggies.  I didn't set my standards too high because I've seen my fair share of disappointing products.

What I received went well above and beyond my expectations.  The sunglasses came in a sturdy, hard case with a little cleaning cloth and the quality of the sunglasses themselves was amazing. Yep, those assumptions I made about the company and the product were so wrong.

Sorry mall kiosks, but I'm gonna have to break up with you now.  You can have your loyalty card back.  Me and Firmoo are totally a pair now.  We even made a GIF together.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Getting Creative with Creativebug!

Okay, so I've been holding out on you guys for the past month or so.  Remember how I was complaining about being stuck in a creative rut because July was soooo crazy?  Anyway, the gang at Creativebug helped me out.

What is Creativebug, you ask?  Creativebug is your one-stop site for all things creative!  Okay, duh, right?

Let me put it this way:  You know how you see all those cool crafts and DIY projects on blogs and Pinterest and you say to yourself, "I want to do that!"  And then you realize that you don't know the first thing about paper crafts or crotchet or sewing and you don't have the time to go to some class to learn how to do it because you have a billion other things going on in your life.  You know what I'm talking about, right?  Good.  That's where Creativebug comes in.

Creativebug is a website full of lessons, tutorials, and work along projects for you to do at your own pace, in the comfort of your own home.  Pants are totally optional.  Paper crafts, sewing, knitting, painting, kids crafts, even jewelry making!  It's like the holy grail of crafting.

Here are a few photos of some of my favorite projects (that I'm also planning on doing):

Oh, and you see this:

Yeah, I already started working on one of my own.  I had NO crochet experience at all and look what I was able to whip up in just a couple hours:


The best thing (in my opinion) about Creativebug and what sets them apart from random tutorials on YouTube or Pinterest is that all of their videos are broken down into chapters, the quality of the videos are very professional, they provide you with a full and complete list of materials needed, and the instructors are knowledgeable and accessible in case you have any questions regarding a project!

You can either choose a monthly subscription of $9.95 to get access to all of the different classes (best value, of course) or you can just purchase the classes you want.  In my opinion, you really can't go wrong with the monthly subscription.  I mean, $10 for a month's worth of creativity?  Fo' sho.

Now I know you want to check it out, so what are you waiting for?  They've got a bunch of free classes you can try out as well as a 14-day free trial!  Go on, you know you want to.

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

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I just ate a bowl of pepperoni...and other confessions.

...we had an earthquake today and I freaked out.  It's been years since I've felt an earthquake and this one was pretty strong compared to all the other ones I've felt.  I didn't go running around screaming, but the look of panic on my face was apparent because even the clients were pity laughing at me.

...I have not had any coffee or caffeine at all yet.  By choice.  It's 4pm right now and everyone around me is still alive, so that's a good sign.  I was craving a cold glass of water this morning and that's all I've been drinking today.

...the 10 Jell-O shots I had last night may or may not be the reason for my sudden water cravings. starts next week so this week and next week will be crazy busy for me.  I apologize in advance for any posts I may miss or any comments or emails that may not get an immediate response.  I may also need a bottle of vodka to get through it.

...I'm still working on my DIY planner to make it super frikken awesome.  I took concepts from my blog planner and incorporated them to make one epic get 'er done planner.  I'm going to add cute graphics and stuff to it because right now its...well...

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Thursday Thoughts: Wedding Flowers

With all the craziness over the summer, I haven't had much time to do anything and even less time to do anything wedding-related.  Now that things are slowly calming down, I'm finally able to get back to planning our wedding and while I was chatting with my cousin the other day, the topic of flowers came up.

If you know me, you know that I love a good bargain and would always rather do it myself than dish out some skrilla to someone else.  Wedding flowers, however, are not something that I can do myself.  First off, I seem to have two black thumbs.  And secondly, even if I were able to grow my own flowers, I'd need a field full of different flowers to create the look I'd want.  And lastly, how the hell do I put them all together without it looking like I just picked a few flowers out of the ground and just tied them all together?

Well, as luck would have it, I stumbled upon a genius solution to all our DIY wedding flower woes:  Bloominous!!  The idea is simple:  you find the arrangements that you like and Bloominous ships you everything you need to make it happen.  Simple, right?

They have the cutest collections (my favorite is the Party Pop but the Bohemian Desert is a close second), the prices are all under $100, and they provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to arrange everything to make it look exactly how it is in the pictures!  It's like finding a flower arrangement on Pinterest and then instead of asking a florist to put it together or going out to different shops to find the right supplies to make it yourself, it all comes directly to your doorstep.

So, if some time in the near future you see me post photos that look similar to this one:

You know exactly where it came from.  Seriously though, I think I'd order one of those centerpieces just to have it on my desk.

Where'd you get your wedding flowers from?  Are you a bride on a budget?  Would it be weird to have a wedding centerpiece on my desk at work?