Wednesday, October 31, 2018

No Spend November

No Spend November is upon us, well "me" more specifically.  I have elected to go hardcore on the whole "no spend" thing this month.  The entire premise is to not spend money unless it was pre- planned or for a Christmas gift for someone else.

"No spend" months are pretty easy, although they feel difficult at the time.  I can only buy absolute necessities, think toilet paper and groceries.  Yes it will be tricky with Black Friday and Thanksgiving, but I am holding myself accountable.

I do have two events planned, but both should be low on the money spent.  One is for a concert where the hotel room and ticket was paid for back in August.  The other is a Shop and Sip party I am hosting, BUT that doesn't mean I have to spend any money other than on snacks and a couple of bottle of wine... Hello Aldi!

I have also put myself on a budget for Christmas gifts.  I have done this in years past and it takes a lot of the stress out of Christmas shopping.  Plus, when you spread Christmas gifts out across multiple pay periods it is much easier to stay on budget and on track.  Did you know that Americans spend approximately $1000 at Christmastime, regardless of whether their income increase or not?  I don't know about y'all, but I don't get a Christmas bonus so that number is out of control for me!

How are you budgeting out Christmas?

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Fall Favorites

Weall have favorites, here are mine for Fall!  Some may even make great gifts for Christmas/ stocking stuffers.

Benanna Portable charger-  I bought this particular one in August for a a music festival up in the mountains,  I knew reception would be spotty which in turn kills the phones battery.  After much review of similar products and customer reviews I settled on this baby in Rose Gold.  I was extremely pleased and now carry it everywhere with me.

Wet 'N Wild Gel Polish- If you have been around these parts you know I am an avid fan of Wet 'N Wild nail polishes.  They are inexpensive and long wearing polishes that come in a variety of colors.  Megalast was my first love, now they offer Ultimate Wonder Gel, which is just as amazing!

Sunless Tanner- Yes it is Autumn, but I love being tan all year long.  I have a wide variety of sunless tanners in my bathroom cabinet, but the one I love the most is L'Oreal's Sublime Glow.  It is a gradual tanner with no icky smell.  I use it every other day to carry me through the days of Autumn, Winter and Spring.

What are a few of you favorites this Fall?

Friday, October 5, 2018

Hey, Hey!

Hey, hey! 

I bet you forgot about this space again, but I didn't.  The past month has been an emotional roller-coaster ride for me with the year anniversary of Route 91 on October 1st.  It was emotionally charged, but I made it through Sunday and Monday with the help of good people.  Texts and messages came in and it was calming to my anxious heart to know that people remember what I went through and felt it necessary to check on me.

As for everything else, life is good.  October 1st is now my "new year" where I will be reminded to be kinder, live fuller, love more and just enjoy my life here on earth with the people who love me and I love.  It is a weird thing, facing your own mortality, but I refuse to let evil ruin my life.

Here is a quick catch up-

I joined Rachel Hollis with her last 90 days challenge to help me become the BEST version of myself.

I have stuck with Keto and I am loving it.

Each day I make sure to move my ass along with either a 40 minute walk or treadmill session.

I have been making time to spend with my family and friends, but when I don't feel like it I stay in for my own reasons.  It is nice to take a breather and just be on the couch reading blogs, books or watching Hallmark.

Bulletproof coffee with Jordan's Skinny syrups is life.

What has everyone else been up to?

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Fall Decor

On Saturday the 22nd Autumn (aka Basic Bitch Season) officially begins and I won't lie, my inner BB is kinda stoked.  So much in fact that I have secretly been stockpiling fall decor...  Yes, I hate the early arrival of PSL, but I am a fall decor hoarder.  I don't think that makes me a hypocrite, it makes me prepared.

Don't miss these stores-

Target's Dollar Spot is one of the best locations for cheap and small decor.

Big Lots has stepped up their home decor game.  I am talking teals and grays for colors; ornate glass pumpkins, doormats, wreaths, mantel pieces... It is amazing.

99 Cent Only stores have the ribbon for your mantel or doorway as well as the cutesy Halloween decorations perfect for tying onto the ribbons.

You cannot miss with TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, or Marshalls.  They also are sporting the teals and grays of this fall season along with your pumpkin spice candles and coffee syrups.

One thing I haven't been able to find are the pumpkin decorating kits.  Years ago Target has cute felt stickers and ribbons for the pumpkin decorating season, taking your pumpkin from Halloween to Thanksgiving.  I am contemplating creating my own version this season.

Have y'all started decorating or are you holding out until the 22nd?

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

PSL- That's Gonna Be A NO!

Is it just me, or does it seem like the revered Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL) is making its debut earlier and earlier each year?  I know it is the 5th of September, BUT it has been out for almost a full week!  If I am not supposed to wear white after Labor Day, which I totally do, then PSL should not be hitting Starbucks before Labor Day!

I love coffee.  I love fall.  I love pumpkin flavor.

I HATE PUMPKIN SPICE LATTES.  Especially the ones at Starbucks.

I know,  I know... How can I be a basic bitch if I hate them SO much?

Truthfully, I think I am losing the parts of me that make me a basic bitch... That is until I look in my closet.

Uggs- Check
Northface jacket- Check
Black leggings- Check
Plaid blanket scarf- Check
Aviator sunnies- Check
Booties- Check

This basic bitch is ready for Fall, but NOT for PSL!

Friday, August 24, 2018

I Wish I Was Trendy

Let's be honest, some of us are born with an eye for fashion, others learn, and some do not.  While I won't say I am a mom jean, sweater vest wearing person; I will say I have gotten lazy in the fashion department.  Classic fashion staples are items I have always leaned toward- little black dresses?  I have about 10 of them.  Flannels?  Yep, there's probably 25 in my closet.  Figure flattering boot cut Levis?  There are approximately 16 pairs on my shelf... and don't get me started on black pumps, wedges, or boots....  While I love a good heel or wedge they just don't apply to my life that much anymore.... Man I miss my stilettos on a Friday night!

While browsing through Pinterest the other night I have realized I have a strong opinion on a few high fashions statements traveling the internet currently that I am obviously going to share with y'all.

Jumpsuits/ Rompers- Ok so here is the deal, some of these are SUPER cute, some are not.  For me, I love an adorable summer romper on a lady, but personally I cannot wear one.  I am too long-waisted.  The romper rides up so hello wedgies!  In a perfect world companies would design a "tall" aka long-waisted romper.

Loafer Slides- While I love a good pair of clogs and I like the aesthetics of a loafer, I just cannot get into loving the loafer slide trend that is currently hitting the racks.  I am not entire sure what it is about the shoe, but I find them sloppy looking.

Crop Tops- Midriff bearing tops have always seemed so 90's to me, but not in a good way.  The good parts of the 90's were the platforms, little purse backpacks, plaid skirts with knee high socks (talk about a look that needs to return!).  There is just something about a crop top that looks like you are trying too hard.  Again this is just my personal taste here, you wanna rock the crop top- you rock that damn crop top.

On the other hand, I am loving the kimono look, the maxi dress with a jean jacket look, the platform sneakers, and I really love the off shoulder tops that are circulating the internet lately.

What is one trend you love to hate or just love?

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

I Forgot How...

As I sit here with four ginormous books in front of me, it has struck me... I have totally and completely forgotten how to study.

How did that happen?

Am I so used to multi-tasking that my brain no longer knows how to sit calmly, read, and retain that information to answer questions?

I have tried quiet.
I have tried music.
I have tried timed studying.
I have tried note taking, but the truth is... This shit isn't working.

I refuse to believe I am too old, so I have written out a study mantra and I will repeat it until the dang cows come home.

Until that works out, please send study thoughts my way.