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:





BOOM.

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 Tomoson.com. 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.



...school 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?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Getting serious about drug dealing...and other confessions.

...Last week was so crazy that I couldn't even think of any confessions to write about and I hated not being able to link up.



...I've got so much shit going on that I've been having trouble keeping up with it all.  Work, school starting, blog stuff, trying to make more products for my business, bills, etc.  By the end of the work day, I'm so drained out that all I do is go home, take all my clothes off and lay in bed dreading that I have to do it all over again the next day.



...After all of the hype I've been hearing about Erin Condren's planners, I finally went to see what the big deal was and now I WANT ONE!  But, being the cheap ass I am, I'm not about to pay $80 for a planner when I can make my own for free.  Say hello to my newest DIY project:
 

...And because I saw the cute office supplies from Kate Spade, I created and printed my own little note pad too.  Now all I need is tacky glue to keep it all together.  It was so easy to make and I saved the template so I can customize it with different images/logos/colors too.  Thinking about making coordinating stationary to go with it as well.  Hello, new Christmas gift ideas!



...I have not been working out for the past two weeks.  And I've basically been eating whatever the hell I want, so my body is not happy right now.



...That detox tea that I'd been dying to try out?  Well, I haven't been drinking it consistently so the results haven't been showing.  I'm gonna try again though and be more consistent about it to see if it does make a difference in my weight.  It kinda sucks though because it doesn't taste that great, you have to drink it warm, and you're supposed to drink it before or after a meal so I have to plan my food hole stuffing time around drinking tea.  Borrrrring.


...Trace's bill from Naval Hospital came in over the weekend and I'm FUH-REAKING OUT about it.  Like, I could buy a brand new car with that same price.  Let's just say it's less than $27,000 but more than $25,000.  Yeah, at first I thought they placed the comma a digit off, but nope.  And, that's just for one day of inpatient services.  ONE FRIKKEN DAY.  Oh yeah, and he's still got another surgery in December.  That drug dealer gig is looking better by the day.


...If it weren't against the rules, I'd totally enter my own giveaway just so I can get another one.  It's really that good.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tuesday Tips: 5 Best iPhone Apps for Bloggers



With all the talk about my new iPhone last month, I decided to put together a list of my 5 favorite apps that help keep my blogging game on point.

Wunderlist  //  You know how much we bloggers love lists?  Well Wunderlist is like the holy grail app for lists.  You can create lists and sub-lists, add tasks, set deadlines and reminders, share your lists with others, and so much more.  I've got a list for blogging, work, fitness, groceries, cleaning, etc. to help keep me on task.

PartyParty  //  By far my newest favorite photo app.  Created by the bloggers of A Beautiful Mess, this app allows for you to take multiple photos, edit and filter them, and save them as a collage or a slideshow.  One of the coolest things about it that separates it from all the other slideshow apps is that you can change the speed AND also save a copy of it as a GIF image.  Hells to the yeah.



BlogGo  //  Another blogger-created app by Wonder Forest, BlogGo is a MUST download for all Blogger users.  Post, edit, read, review comments, and insert photos all from your iPhone or iPad.  I've done several of my posts (like this) from this app alone and though it is harder to type on the iPhone/iPad keyboards, it's still great for posting on-the-go especially when you need to get a quick post up.

TimerCam  //  For quick and easy outfit photos, this app is it.  Simple and to the point, you just set your phone down, press the button and pose.  Great for fashion blogging or fitness before and after photos and I love that I can still see myself while getting in position, not like using a timer or remote on a regular camera.

Mail  //  This one is a no-brainer.  My post comments are set up to be sent to me via email which means that I can read and respond to comments whenever and wherever my phone and I happen to be.  And yes, I do respond to comments and emails while I'm dropping a deuce.  You're welcome.

And there you have it peeps, my 5 favorite bloggy apps.  Do you use your phone to help with blogging?  What are your favorite apps?