Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Monthly Mantra 2016: September

It's September already.  Another month down, three more to go.  August was busy.  Crazy busy.  Back to school, work deadlines, etc.

September has started with a whirlwind of productivity so far and I intend to keep that train moving.  Overhaul cleaning, lots of reading, killing my runs and workouts, reclaiming my creative side, and just all around bad-assery happening this month.

Let's do this.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Shit My Kids Say: Vol. 2

Driving home from Chuck E. Cheese's:

Trace:  I like this ball, it smells so good.
Aniyah:  Huh?  What smells so good about it?
Joey and I look at each other and start to laugh.
Joey:  Nai, that doesn't really make sense.  Try again.
Aniyah:  What doesn't make sense about it?
Joey:  You shouldn't say 'what smells so good about it', you say 'WHY does it smell good to you'.
Aniyah:  OHHHHH.  Trace, why does it smell good to you?
Trace:  It smells new.
Aniyah:  What smells so new about it?
Me:  Niyah, really?  'About it' again?
Aniyah:  Yeah, I don't know why I always have to say 'about it'.
Me:  Thank God school started again.  Now you can study up on your language arts.  You've spent too much time talking in text codes.
Joey:  Text codes?
Me:  Yeah, she always says 'Mom, BRB.  RQ.'
Joey:  What the heck does that mean?
Aniyah:  BRB means 'be right back', RQ means 'real quick', WAYD means 'what are you doing' and FR means 'for real'.
Joey and I both roll our eyes.
Trace:  Oh, I know what BFG means!  'Bad for girls'. 
We all start laughing.
Aniyah:  Okay Trace, so what does BFB mean?  'Bad for boys'?
Trace:  No.  'Bad for bitches'.

Another car ride:

Trace:  You guys have to call me Uncle Trace.
Aniyah:  What?  Why?
Chloe:  Yeah, Trace.  You're not older than us and you're not our uncle.
Trace:  Yes I am older than you.  I was born in 1998.
Chloe:  Trace, if you were born in 1998 you'd be dead by now.
Aniyah:  Chloe, if he was born in 1998 he'd only be 18, not an old man.

At a bridal shower, watching the 'toilet paper wedding dress' game:

Trace walks past and stares at the teams getting ready to start putting their toilet paper on their 'brides'.
Trace:  Well.  This looks dumb.

The day after the kids get a haircut:

Chloe:  Mom, I just love my hair.  Aniyah says it makes me look older.  How old do I look?
Me:  Umm...10?
Chloe:  Okay, what about now?
She parts her hair in the middle and brings it to the front.
Chloe:  Do I look like those people who like go to middle school?
Me:  What?
Chloe:  You know, the people who are older but they're my height?
Me:  Midgets?
Chloe:  NO.  Never mind.  You just don't get it.

For the Love of JustFab

Last month or so, I posted a few of my daily walks from my car to my office on SnapChat, which was basically a video of my feet walking.  It was just a way for me to say "Hello social media, I'm alive" but  then friends and followers started commenting on my shoes (where I got them, how much, are they comfortable, etc.) so I decided to put together a little post to answer those questions as well as give you a quick rundown of my experiences with JustFab so far.

I've been a JustFab member for a few years now (since 2014) and just about every shoe I own (with the exception of sneakers) is from JustFab.  That's 35 pairs of shoes that I've purchased from JustFab so far (plus 2 blazers and 5 bags), so I like to think I'm pretty knowledgeable when it comes to JustFab products.  I plan to do a haul/review post every time I get new items in the future and I'll also post a review of my last purchase sometime this week, in case anyone is interested in the same items.

What is JustFab?

It's basically a subscription-like service where you are charged a monthly fee of $39.95 to use towards an item unless you log in and "Skip the Month" or make a purchase by the 5th of every month.  Each month, you'll have new "picks" that you can choose from or you can browse the entire website to find something you like.  If you don't skip the month by the 5th, you will be automatically charged the $39.95 and your account will reflect the credit.

*Tip:  Try to budget for the $39.95 charge so that you can save up your credits.  JustFab has sales pretty often, so keeping those credits for an epic sale is really the best way to get the most out of your budget.

What kind of quality should I expect?

For me, the shoes and bags are well worth the price.  I've only had one heel break on me but I assume it was due to something else and not the quality of the shoe because I order the same shoe in two different colors and only that one shoe broke.  As with any online order, sometimes the fit of a certain item can be a little off so ALWAYS read reviews before purchasing so you know what to expect as far as the fit goes.  I'm normally a size 7 in flat shoes so I always go a half to a full size down when purchasing heels since your feet tend to slide forward more.

*JustFab has recently started adding extra rubber heel soles so you can replace them when they get worn out.  This is so awesome because my heels get worn out fast walking through my office's parking area and now I don't have to throw out or replace my shoe when it does.

As for the clothing, I've only purchased 2 blazers so far and the quality wasn't really all that great.  One was a crepe polyester material that looked more green in person than the dusty brown it appeared to be online.  The other was polyester material as well but it was just okay.  Both weren't really things I would have paid $40 for had I seen them in an actual store, but you win some, you lose some.  And no, I didn't return them, I just kept them.  I don't like returning things and have never returned online purchases because I can't deal with the hassle of shipping it back.  I usually just keep the items and either resell them or gift them to someone else.

How do I sign up?

Head over to JustFab (yes, that is an affiliate link), take the style quiz, and start shopping.  They usually have new member promos going on (20% off your first item, buy one get one free, etc.) so your first purchase is pretty much a steal.

Anything else I should know?

You earn points for every dollar you spend and reviews you write on their website.  Points can be redeemed towards items such as jewelry, nail polish, fun accessories, beauty items, and extra discounts so remember to review your items when you receive them to rack up those points!

P.S.  For a quick rundown of the items I've got so far, check out my JustFab Pinterest Board.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Shit My Kids Say: Vol. 1

Pulling out of the drive-thru at Wendy's.
Me:  Niyah, where's the drinks?
Aniyah:  Right here, hold on.
(Passes drinks to the front.)
Aniyah:  Oh, and sorry I had to drink a little from them because they were spilling.
(I look at my cup and it's only 3/4 full)
Me:  So, it was overflowing so much that you had to drink one fourth of it?
Aniyah:  Umm...haha.  Yes?

Fixing myself before getting out of the car.Chloe:  Mom, let's go.
Me:  Hold on Chloe, I just need to fix something.
(I reach into the glove compartment and pull out a pair of scissors)
Chloe:  Mom, what are you doing?
(I start trimming a couple overgrown eyebrow hairs)
Me:  What?  Chloe I'm just making it straight.
Chloe:  Oh.  Em.  Gee.  Can we just get down already?

Gripping my son's shoulder before crossing the street.
Trace:  Mom, can you quit crinching me?
Me:  What?
Trace:  You're crinching me.
Me:  What the heck does crinching mean?
Trace:  See, pinching is like this (he makes his pointer and thumb do a pinching motion) and crinching is like this (he curls and opens his fingers into a claw shape, like grabbing a handful of jellybeans).
Me:  That's not a real word.
Trace:  Well, just stop crinching my shoulder already.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Sunday Sweats: Vol. 20

Wednesday:  1.67 miles + Sweat Week 8 Arms&Abs day:  (2 rounds each) 15 drop pushups, 60 second plank, 20 tricep dips, 25 bent leg raise on bench, 15 dumbbell squat press, 15 straight leg raise on bench, 20 raised leg sit-up + twist, 20 straight leg raises.

Where has my motivation been lately?  Tried to get back my douchebag fitness mojo back but I couldn't find it anywhere.  I blame the gloomy, rainy weather we've been having lately.  Boo.

This week hasn't been any better, unfortunately.  It's still raining and wet and super windy outside.  I'm planning on cleaning out the back so I can at least do my workouts there until this weather clears up.  But then again, I've been saying I would get around to doing that too and still haven't done it so...

My goals for this week are to workout at least twice and run at least once.  Hopefully I can push myself to do more, but I'm not very optimistic about that.  This weather and my motivation = same.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Sunday Sweats: Vol. 19

 Monday:  1.65 miles + Sweat Week 8 Leg Day (two rounds of: 15 sumo jump squats, 15 weighted sumo squats, 15 burpees, 30 weighted step-ups, 30 jump lunges, 16 weighted crab walks, 24 weighted walking lunges, and 100 skips/jump rope).


So last week wasn't great as far as my fitness goals go.  It started raining hard on Tuesday and the rain continued throughout the rest of the week so I wasn't able to go outside and run or do my workouts on Wednesday or Friday.  And, I've been sick for the past few days and stayed home Monday, so I'm already off to a bad start for this week as well.  Womp womp.

Also, since I'm posting these to hold myself accountable and document my accomplishments as well as my short-comings, I figured I might as well admit that I've been eating HORRIBLY.  I kinda let myself slip on the wheat-free diet in July and I'm back to being wheat addicted.  It's bad.  I ate a little bit of a burger on Saturday, pasta on Sunday, Hot Pockets and pillows on Monday, shrimp patties and cheesecake last night, and I just about polished off a Baconator for lunch today.  See, I told you.

Now that the weather has cleared up and I'm feeling a little better, I'll be able to workout and run tonight - no more excuses, dammit!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Books Lately

Tidewater: A Novel, by Libbie Hawker
This book is a historical fiction based on the true story of Pocahontas and the Jamestown Colony.  The story was a little slow going for me at first but in the end I really learned a LOT and I also really enjoyed the story line.  Pocahontas has always been one of my favorite Disney princesses, but this was no Disney story.  I really rooted for Pocahontas in this story.  Her people were treated horribly and even though the Pocahontas in this story was not the gorgeous, well-loved princess that we all know, she was still someone I ended up loving in the end.

Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
There have been so many reviews on this book so I'll keep this short.  Hated Nick throughout the entire book and Amy irritated me until the second part when she revealed her true psycho.  All the sappy stuff she did in the beginning made me cringe.  Do people really do those scavenger hunt things and like them?  I mean, it'd be cute once or twice, but every year?  No thank you.

The Girls, by Emma Cline
An eerie, yet captivating story inspired by Charles Manson and the murders committed in 1969.  While the book is inspired by these murders, the main character in this story is Evie, a bored suburban girl who eventually falls in love with Suzanne, one of the main cult followers.  Because she is in love with Suzanne, Evie fails to notice how messed up everything else around the "ranch" so she follows Suzanne and Russell (the cult leader) blindly.  The pace of the story was actually really good, slow and stretched out, just like the summer it was set in.  I had expected it to be more gore-y and creepy, like a horror story, but it wasn't like that at all.  The author wrote it in a way that makes you connect with Evie and understand how a smart, normal teenage girl could easily get caught up in a cult.  If you liked The Virgin Suicides, you'll enjoy this book.

Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes
I cannot believe how much I loved this!  I didn't have very high hopes for this as 1) I'm not the romance story type and 2) I don't like to rely on other people's hype about a book as everyone has different opinion.  The book had been in my Kindle for a while because I was hesitant about whether I would like it and when I finally sat (okay lay) down to read it, I almost finished the entire book in one night (3am still counts as night if you've read into the next day)!  This book made me laugh out loud and cry and even though I hate unrealistic happy endings, I was like Louisa, hoping until the very end that things would change and Will would change his mind and a miracle would happen to make Will better.  This book gave me all the feels and I would definitely recommend it, especially to those, like me, who aren't the romance novel type.  ;)

Star Sand, by Roger Pulvers
Okay, this one had me confused at first.  Part One is written like a diary but in the final entry, it's obvious that it couldn't have been a real diary if the Hiromi (the girl who owns the diary) is writing about her own death.  Part Two is supposed to be a military report of the findings of Hatoma Island (where Hiromi lived) after the war.  Then in Part Three, the author introduces an entirely new character who discovers new information about Hiromi and the diary.  It was a nice story, but I found it hard to believe that a teenage girl would just help two male soldiers so openly.