Thursday, February 21, 2013

Five weeks

Maybe you have all been wondering where I have been these past few days/weeks ... or maybe not. I will let myself think you have been worried sick and didn't have my e-mail address to check on me. Ha!

For the past five weeks or so I have been putting most of my time in at the gym. Wednesday evenings I meet with a personal trainer and get a good hour in. On the off days I have been getting on the elliptical machine, the treadmill, doing lots of crunches AND I am taking classes at the local gym like spinning and boxing.

You could say I am "making things happen" and I couldn't be more motivated and excited. LOL I can't even make the photo rotate ... too tired! In these five weeks I have lost over 15 inches around my body and shed just over 8lbs. Gone - never to come back.

I am extremely lucky to work for a company who cares about their employees by going above and beyond to help us achieve our goals. Cooking lessons, trainers of all sorts, any class you can think of - all of these things and more are made available to us to take advantage of practically anytime we want. My company also allows to have 30-minute "wellness" breaks where we can get up and walk the indoor track, stretch, or combine it with our lunch and get in a full workout.

May sound like I am bragging - well I am bragging. I am in such a happy place these days that I have a constant smile on my face. Oh yea, and we have a steam room and a sauna on premise. You can hate now.

Would love to hear your workout routines, what works and what doesn't, and even some healthy recipes. Please share!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Dawn Budgie

Did anyone happen to catch Identity Thief recently?

I am curious to know what you all thought of this movie. I was hoping to be laughing through the entire movie and I just didn't. It had slow parts and that disappointed me. Your opinions?

Not only did we have yesterday off from work I will also have this Friday off as well (oh how I adore short work weeks). Eric and I will be traveling to the border of NH & ME to celebrate my brother's birthday. Lobstah! My parents are leaving early Thursday and taking our dog with them while we will hit the open road after work. Not looking forward to such a long drive (about 4 hours) in the dark. Cross your fingers that the weather cooperates for us.

What were your plans for this past weekend? Did you have yesterday off? Wow I am so full of questions today ... it could be all the pent up

Thursday, February 7, 2013

My mother

My mother's facts:
She is 69 years old.
She has Rheumatoid Arthritis.
She loves to shop.
She adores my dog.
She loves riding the motorized grocery cart.
Her mother passed when she was in her 20s.
She had all gray hair in her 20s.
Her first name is Nadia.
She loves going to the casinos to gamble.
She buys and sells antiques.
Her favorite recording artist is Roy Orbison.
She drinks Brandy Alexanders.
She was a homemaker most of her life.
She has one close friend, Barb.
She has a beautiful smile.
She is my mother.

Don't forget to enter the giveaway here for a beautiful pair of earrings from Sweet Fashion Deals.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Sweet Fashion Deals giveaway!

Sweet Fashion Deals is an awesome company that hosts weekly buying sessions of all the hottest jewelry via Facebook. I have bought numerous pieces from them and their customer service is outstanding to say the least. I get tons of compliments on all of their pieces.

From their Facebook page: Amazing deals on fashion forward, chic jewelry and fashion accessories. Everything is $30 or less. Sales events are held right here, on our Facebook page, every Monday and Thursday at 8pm EST.

SWD is offering a fantastic giveaway to one of my readers. Up for grabs is a pair of Turquoise Chain earrings. The drop measures 3 1/4 and have a fish hook wire. These beauties are valued at $18. Bargain! These earrings would be a compliment to any day or evening outfit.

Be sure to check out their buying sessions and enter the giveaway below.  Good Luck!

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Absense makes the heart grow fonder

I hope that is the case anyway.

As you may have noticed there hasn't been any new content from me in a few days. A million apologies!

Work was crazy hectic for me so by the time I arrived home I just didn't have the energy to open my laptop much less compose a thoughtful entry. I mean look at the commute I deal with - accidents left and right causing backups for hours.

To make it up to you my friends there will be a giveaway coming up on Monday. A little token of my appreciation and simply because the store owner rocks.

XOXO to all my friends and hope that you have a most wonderful weekend!

Monday, January 28, 2013

What does your Sunday look like?

So I washed my favorite workout pants at THE last possible moment before the cutoff point to where they would dry in time. This is how I speed dry them.
Of course I am using my tripod as a holder for the hanger!

Next up is my view after I get home from a nice workout ... after I shoved a cup of Chicken & Broccoli down my throat that was made fresh as I walking to my local grocery store.

What do your Sundays look like?

Saturday, January 26, 2013

In need of fashion help.

I am the first one to admit that I have hardly any fashion sense (although I did get some great finds - shown on the blog next week). Fashionally challenged you might say.

This might be the most easiest concept ever but I just can't seem to get it right. I want to roll my jeans but not sure on how to actually do it. Do I have the right jeans?

This is the look I am going for. Are those skinny jeans? Can this look be accomplished with regular jeans? So many questions!

Just how does one get the perfect jean roll? Please tell me. Is there a tutorial floating around?

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Time for a coffee break ...

A Coffee Break With Brittany that is!

Brittany is one cool cat. She offered up a guest spot to me and I jumped at the opportunity. I think she is just a sweet doll. Canada is lucky to have her a resident! She is a shop-o-holic just like the rest of us and she pins some of the most darling projects on Pinterest.

Read her blog here which includes a special giveaway attached to it from me!

You are welcome.


Again, in an effort to be more "put together" in 2013 I have purchased two Chanel eye shadows. LOVE how smooth they go on especially over Stay Don't Stray.

The first is Safari. Simple and beautiful. I will let the color speak for itself.
Up next is Fauve. Depending on the light it could be a purple and other times it becomes more neutral.

What are your fave eye shadow brands/colors?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


The graphic shows current temps (-1) in my neck of the woods.

By the time you read this the temps will have dipped down to nearly -25 degrees. The Northern parts of New York could have reached -40. Yikes!

Every year we get the week of deep freeze so I should be used to this but for some reason this year is different. I can't seem to get warm.

How cold is it in your part of the world?

Friday, January 18, 2013


Try not to be jealous of our lives. This is what our life looks like around our parts these days. We are FINALLY both over our illnesses! For me I was going on four weeks.

My husband has been curling up on the couch after work and of course Lincoln can't be left out. How pathetic is he? My little snuggle bug.

Lincoln either snuggles up with one of us or he makes himself comfy in his bed in front of the fire. Can't say I blame him.

Ohhh the joys of life.

By the way have you found your way over to Danette's blog, All My Love for All My Days, lately?
While you over there be sure to enter her giveway and tell her I sent you!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


We are not talking the delicious summer drink boasting of red wine and chunks of fruit. Wait wait ... don't leave!

Let's discuss my newest obsession these days. I find so many awesomtastic items on Basin. Who else has heard of this company and/or have used their products? Tell me your favorites.

My latest addiction is to their Sangria Lip Scrub and Sangria Lip Balm.  I swear everyone should have super soft and velvety lips.

Welcome new friends! Thanks to Danette's awesome blog and giveaway I am making some wonderful new connections. I hope you find my little piece of the blog world as entertaining and informative as I do. Stick around and by all means please introduce yourself!

Monday, January 14, 2013


41 - The final score for the New England Patriots against the Houston Texans.

Here is to their win against the Baltimore Ravens next weekend. We got this! We can do this! Another superbowl please and thank you.

Now I love all things New England not just the Patriots. From lobstah dripping with butter to the coastline. New England is just wonderful. I could sit on the front porch of a beach house all summer long sipping iced tea and watching the world go by - just as long as it is in a New England state. The air - something about the air. The clean crisp fresh ocean air. Oh and maybe the fact that you can buy liquor at highway rest stops in New Hampshire. Ha!

Who is everyone routing for next weekend?

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Stay Don't Stray

On my journey to being more "put together" in 2013 I bought another makeup must have.

This bad boy helps my eyeshadow stay in place all day and NOT crease. Score! Nothing worse than having that embarrassing crease and/clump half way through the work day because my eyeshadow decided to travel down my lid. 

Would love to know what must haves you keep in your makeup arsenal. Please share.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

VS makeup

Not much has been happening in my life lately so that means no new updates. Still just trying to get healthy again. Took down our holiday decorations this weekend and just getting tax paper work together so we can file early this year.

So ladies ... have any of you tried Victoria's Secret makeup? I bought a few items and so far I am impressed by them. I mean they are from VS after all ... a company known for lingerie.

Luminous Mineral Blush Duo

Baked Mineral Bronzing Powder

PRO Radiant FX Face Illuminator

If you have any products you love let me know.
Also what do you all think of the Benefit line? Saw a few items that I want to pick up.