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. 

Friday, August 5, 2016

What's New With You: July Recap

What's New With You

July was an uncommonly busy month for us.  We had so many things going on!

We went to Onward Waterpark for the baseball team's end-of-season celebration and had a blast.  It was nice to see the boys having fun after working so hard this season.  Last year they only won about 4 games and this year they were the undefeated champions!

Proud that I worked out a lot this past month.  I don't really have any photos to post here, but I have been posting my sweaty, post-workout selfies on SnapChat.  Really toned down my tummy a lot but I still have more inches to go to get to where I want my body to be so I'm pushing for more cardio and toning this month.

I read five books in July (review post to come) which was nice since I read zero books in June.  I guess being energized after my evening workouts makes for good reading nights.  I also began my addiction to Grey's Anatomy too, thanks to those sleepless nights.

Bought a lot of things.  Things I shouldn't have bought.  Pool floaters, 7 pairs of shoes, clothes, etc.  I don't even remember everything I purchased in July.  I think my brain is repressing the memories out of guilt.

Wrote a post for every day in July.  I think that was the most I've ever posted in a month and I'm surprised I actually did it.  My goal last month was to write more and document my life and I pretty much kicked that goal's ass.  Booyah.

Rekindled my Pokemon obsession thanks to Pokemon Go!  I'm not as obsessed with it as a lot of the hard-core trainers, but I do love playing the game.  My goal right now is mostly to collect every Pokemon (either by catching or evolving) there is.  Battling and training, not so much.  I also love how the app lets you take photos because how cool is that picture of Trace hanging out with Squirtle!?

I really did not stick to my wheat-free goals in July.  I ate all the wheat things.  Cakes, pastries, pasta, crackers, burgers, etc.  And I also whipped up some super easy, super cheesy enchiladas that I have dubbed the "Busy Bitch Enchiladas" because the ingredients are so simple and there's really only like 3 steps to this recipe.  Honestly, it tastes AMAZING and it's crazy how simple and quick it is to make.  I made it twice in July and told my coworker how to make it and so she made it twice in July too.  It's that good.  I'm planning on posting it here maybe...anyone interested?

I've always wanted to try the Sip 'n Paint events since I'd seen a lot of stateside bloggers posting about them a few years back, so when the trend finally came to Guam I was so excited.  Chloe's the artist in the family so she attended The Pink Elephant's 5-day Spring Break paint camp back in March and she loved it.  I ended up taking Chloe and two of our goddaughters to the class and while the crowd was obnoxious (really, really obnoxious), we still had a lot of fun.  I highly recommend checking them out as they are very accommodating and friendly.  They also do private events and on-site classes too!

And that about sums it up I guess.  August is my No Spend month so I'm hoping I can stick to it and not buy all the things.  So, what's new with you?

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Fashion Wishlist: Bag Lady

Okay, so I know I'm on a shopping ban right now but these bags were just too good not to share!  I caved last month and bought 7 pairs of shoes (we'll get to that in another post) and now I'm realizing how I don't have enough purses and bags.  Third world problems, I know.

Now, I've never really the type to splurge on a bag.  I've always bought cheap purses which end up falling apart on me sooner rather than later.  You get what you pay for, right?  Well, since turning 30 (still can't believe it) this year, I figured it's about time for me to start treating myself to things that are a step up from my usual.  And, while I still can't justify spending $300 on a single purse, $50-$100 seems pretty reasonable for something sturdier (and still cute) that will last me a little longer.  Plus, I think knowing it costs more that $25 will make me want to take care of it more.

I've always been a fan of structured handbags and Kate Spade continuously has me swooning over their products until I look at the price tags.  They had a surprise sale last week and even though the sale prices were much lower than regular price, I still couldn't do it.

So, I did what any smart shopper would do: I browsed the internet for similar styles.  Thankfully, I eventually stumbled upon  They have SO.  MANY.  BAGS.  I'm not even kidding, they have 31 pages of unique handbags.  Totes, backpacks, cross-body, shoulder bags, clutches, wallets...and in all sorts of colors and patterns!  I browsed through all 1,477 of them and picked my top ten favorites to share with you.  Swoon with me, won't you?

That fringe one is one of my absolute favorites!  I have a dusty beige fringe bag already, but black is my color.  And you just KNOW I am absolutely going to buy that cute little pineapple purse eventually, because how can I go to sleep at night knowing that I don't have a pineapple purse?  And that light blue color looks so luxurious, while the deep burgundy will be perfect for fall.  Sigh...

If you can't tell from my picks, I like big bags and I cannot lie.  When you have three kids, you kind of have to be ready to carry everything with you all the time.  Plus, with me being a makeup hoarder and planner addict, I need lots of space to carry 7 shades of lip stick, 3 eyeshadow  palettes, 24 colored pens, and about a pound of stickers with me everywhere I go.  You know, essentials.

So tell me, what does your bag wishlist look like?  Which ones are your faves?

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Shopping Ban: August 2016

It had to come to this.  I've been spending way too much lately on who-knows-what and now that school is starting soon, I really need to take control of our finances and crack down on budgeting.  So, this month I'm placing our family on a shopping ban.  No unnecessary purchases, only absolute essentials.

Approved purchases:

-School shoes for Trace (his current shoes are tight on him)
-School uniform shirts for all three kids (tops only - last year's bottoms still fit fine)
-Backpacks for Chloe and Trace (Aniyah already has one) 
-Doctors appointments, emergencies, fuel, bills, etc.

No spending on:

-School supplies (my parents buy the kids their supplies every year)
-JustFab, Fabletics, Fabkids, Julep, and other subscription services
-Clothes, shoes, accessories
-Lavish lunches, dining out
-Toys, games, non-school related items

I've never done a shopping ban or spending freeze before so this will be a learning experience for me.  I've downloaded YNAB thanks to Steph's advice and will be actively looking for ways to cut down my spending this month (packing lunches, unplugging everything before leaving the house to keep the electricity bill down, reusing or selling old items, etc.).  So, if you have any tips or advice for me, I'd really appreciate it!  Wish me luck!