Thursday, July 23, 2015

My Weight Loss - 48 Pounds Down, More To Go!

Hello and Happy Almost The Weekend! I promised I was back and here I am again! 

I wanted to share part of my recent journey with you all. In December of last year, I made a decision to get my health back. My weight was out of control and I was concerned for my general health. Health issues in my family include cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. I had no desire to be diagnosed with any of these either now or in the future. While it's true, we can only do so much to fight genetics, I was determined to do everything in my power. 

On December 26, 2014 I took some of the money I was given at Christmas and bought a year's gym membership. I paid in cash, for the entire year of 2015. I figured what the heck, if it's paid in full, I would feel guilty if I didn't go and do the work.  

On Saturday, December 27, 2014 I went to my first gym classes in more years than I want to admit. I took Cardio Step - think old school Step Aerobics. I thought I was going to die. I couldn't keep up. I was out of breath. There were women in class that were much older than me - some in their 70's! - and they were keeping up. I was absolutely mortified, but damned and determined that I would finish the class. While I managed to finish that day's class, I had that "Rude Awakening" moment. I knew this would likely be the toughest thing I've ever attempted, at least in a physical sense. 

I kept going. I refused to give up or give in. There are days I still want to give in. The above photos were taken on March 28, April 18 and June 20, 2015. I have now lost 48 pounds from my starting weight. Maybe one day I will be brave enough to admit my actual starting weight, but I'm not there yet. I still have 30-35 pounds to lose before I reach my goal weight. 

Look for me to share some of my secrets to losing this weight. Keep in mind, I am no expert...but I love to discuss what's worked for me, and I'd love to hear what works for you! Don't worry, I'm not turning the blog into everything weight loss all the time - but let's talk! 

Drop me a line! Tell me about your weight loss successes. Can't wait to hear from you! 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I'm BACK - For Good This Time!

Hello my friends! It's been a long time since I blogged regularly and I have really missed it! I've made the decision to blog again, likely 3-4 times per week. I sure hope some of you are still with me and will read! 

What has everyone been up to? I left my job (which I really didn't enjoy) the day after Christmas 2014. Since that time, I have been blissfully unemployed and working on myself. I've been dieting and exercising and have lost some weight, and plan to lose a lot more! I have also been enjoying the summer with family and friends here at the beach.

My plans for future posts: diet and exercise tips along with what has worked for me, healthy recipes (we'll start with Meatless Monday and my experiments), fashion finds including my favorite current Lilly Pulitzer pieces, and much much more! 

Who is still with me? Take a moment to drop me a comment! Have a fantastic Tuesday, I'm off to Yoga. 

Monday, December 29, 2014

New Years Resolution: Use Ebates!

Happy Holidays! Hope Santa was good to you all - it was a crazy holiday for us, and now I can't believe it's almost 2015. Wow - where has the year gone? Seems like it was last week when we were all making New Years resolutions for 2014. 

Today, I wanted to talk about Ebates - the world's largest FREE website offering you cash back for online shopping. It's so easy - you sign up free (use my link HERE). Then every time you shop online, start at the Ebates website to link to your favorite retailer website. Often times, there are special or promotional cash back percentages for a limited time. In addition, you will occasionally find very nice coupon codes for your favorite retailer. All this helps to save you money - and that quarterly cash back check is pretty nice. :-) 

Speaking of that cash back check, you can opt for a paper check (this is what I do) or have your rebates sent to your Paypal. As a matter of information, you can see my numbers above. I joined Ebates several years ago and have earned over $700 cash back during the time I've been a member. I currently have $57+ "pending" cash back for the current earnings period. 

From now until December 31, they are having an After Christmas Sale and many retailers are offering double cash back. An example:

Brooks Brothers - was 2.5%, now get 5.0% Cash Back
American Eagle - was 2.0%, now get 4.0% Cash Back
Sears - was 3.0%, now get 6.0% Cash Back
Sephora - was 4.0%, now get 8.0% Cash Back
Nike - was 6.0%, now get 10.0% Cash Back
Lands' End - was 3.0%, now get 6.0% Cash Back
HSN - was 3.0%, now get 6.0% Cash Back
Macy's - was 3.0%, now get 6.0% Cash Back
Bon-Ton Stores - was 2.0%, now get 4.0% Cash Back
Horchow - was 3.0%, now get 6.0% Cash Back
Walmart - was 1.0%, now get 2.0% Cash Back
L'Occitane - was 4.5%, now get 9.0% Cash Back
REI - was 2.5%, now get 5.0% Cash Back
Home Decorators Collection - was 3.5%, now get 7.0% Cash Back - was 3.0%, now get 6.0% Cash Back
eBay - was 0.0%, now get up to 5.0% Cash Back
Amazon - was 0.0%, now get up to 8.0% Cash Back

In addition, there are some fantastic coupon codes available for your After Christmas shopping...

Target - $10 off $50+ or $25 off $100+ Bedding order. 
Expires: 01/03/2015
get up to 2.5% Cash Back

Sephora - Extra 20% off Sale items
Expires: 01/01/2015
was 4.0%, now get 8.0% Cash Back

Old Navy - 25% off Styles for Women
Expires: 12/30/2014
get 2.0% Cash Back

Banana Republic - Extra 50% off Sale items
Expires: 01/06/2015
was 2.0%, now get 7.0% Cash Back

The Children's Place - Today Only! Monster Sale: Extra 50% off select clearance styles plus FS on every order and 20% off savings pass.
Code: 20SAVE3
Expires: 12/29/2014
get 2.5% Cash Back

Macy's - Private Sale - Extra 20% off Week of Wonderful
Code: WOW
Expires: 01/01/2015
was 3.0%, now get 6.0% Cash Back

Kohl's - $10 off $30+ order
Code: SAVE10
Expires: 01/01/2015
get 3.0% Cash Back

What are you waiting for? The After Christmas sales have been awesome - and it's a great time to get on board with Ebates! If you're not a member yet, please use my link HERE to signup for your free Ebates account. 

If you're a big Ebates user, I'd love to hear about your experience and how much Cash Back you've earned! Tell me about it in the comments, and have a fantastic Monday! 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Black Friday Beauty Bundle from Younique

Happy Thanksgiving! How are you celebrating the day? We are visiting family in Mobile. My house smells wonderful this morning, as sweet potato souffle and corn casserole are currently in the works. Those two dishes are always my contribution to the family Thanksgiving meal.  

Have you started holiday shopping? I have to admit, I'm a little later than normal getting started this year. Over the past two days, I have picked up a few gifts. It's finally setting in - Christmas will be here very soon! 

Throughout the holiday season, I will be blogging about my favorite things and sharing deals with you all. Hope you enjoy the posts - it's going to be a lot of fun for me. I have missed blogging and am glad to be back. 

Today I start with the Black Friday Beauty Bundle from Younique. Many of you might recall, I am an Independent Presenter with Younique and use all of their products. The 3D Fiber Mascara is the product that started it all for me - I tried it once and was hooked! Now I am in love with everything and am so excited about this Black Friday Beauty Bundle

Here are the details: 

Offer begins: November 27 at 1:00 a.m. PT
Offer ends: December 1 at 11:59 p.m. PT
The holidays are around the corner, and that means it’s time to get gorgeous! Play up the beauty of your skin, your eyes, and your lashes this season with Younique’s exclusive Black Friday Beauty Bundle. Snag the set for 40% off retail!
The Black Friday Beauty Bundle* includes:
-Your choice of Illuminate Facial Cleanser (Clean or Clear—your preference)
-Moodstruck Minerals Pigment Powder (choose your favorite from 32 colors)
-Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes
-Eye Brush Set (3-piece)
Retail value: $125.50 US
**Your Cost: $75 US
* Offer available while supplies last. Some exclusions apply.

The link to order from my current Younique party is HERE - all you have to do is click the link, and then click "Shop from my party now". I am confident you will love this set! Please feel free to comment or message me with any questions. 

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Shopping this weekend! 

P.S. These are my personal results with the Younique 3D Fiber Mascara - you can see in the picture how it helps me add volume and length to my lashes.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Shopaholic Returns - Anyone Out There?

A big hello to you all! How is everyone doing? It's been so long since my last blog post...

I am planning to return to regular blogging, but I wanted to ask a question first. Do you still read blogs? Has Instagram replaced a traditional blog? I would love to blog again, but I don't want to talk to myself! HA! And I have lots of things I'd like to throw out there for discussion. Comment and let me know! I can't wait to hear what everyone has been doing. 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Sex And The City - 10 Years Ago?

Happy Monday! Just dropping in for a moment to say, I can't believe it's been 10 years ago since the series finale of Sex and The City. Wow - where does the time go?

Of course, we've all seen both of the movies that Carrie Bradshaw and friends have produced since the series ended. I always wanted Carrie and Big to have their happy ending, and was so glad they did. 

Thanks Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha for all the fun memories! And a big thank you for reminding everyone of various fashion crimes - the "scrunchy" was always one of my favorite SATC moments. 

More than anything, thank you for reminding us that relationships with spouses, boyfriends or girlfriends, and significant others may come and go - but our friendships never go out of style. Cheers to having a fantastic group of girlfriends, I'm so thankful to have mine. 

Have a wonderful day. 

Monday, February 17, 2014

3D Fiber Mascara by Younique

Hello Everyone! Hope this post finds you doing great and staying warm. Who is else ready for Spring?!? Down here on the Alabama Gulf Coast, we are anxiously awaiting warmer weather. It's been a crazy winter for us all, we were impacted here in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Who'd have thought we'd have an ice storm at the beach? Not me! Never thought I'd see the day.  

You might wonder where I've been, since I haven't updated in forever. Well, you know --- working, working, and working some more. Cleaning out closets, dealing with mortgage loans 10 hours a day, 4 days a week, commuting 10 hours per week, doing Couch-to-5K training, trying to get the house ready for spring and beach visitors, etc, etc. Sounds fun, doesn't it? I am going to be updating more frequently now, as I have really missed blogging. I hope you will still read and haven't totally forgotten that I exist. Blog land can be a strange place sometimes, so please stick with me. 

I'm excited to share one of my new Favorite Things with you today. Have you heard of 3D Fiber Lashes by Younique? This is an amazing product you use on top of your regular mascara, and can get up to 3X your natural length and volume. As some of you might remember, I was a big Latisse user for almost a year. While I loved the results, I hated to spend over $100 per month on it, and was a little concerned about the potential side effects. With 3D Fiber Mascara from Younique, I have no concerns. The product is all natural, hypo allergenic and water resistant. Younique's products are sold through virtual or online parties, and I'm hosting one! The mascara is only $29 and lasts approximately 8-12 weeks (depending on your usage level of course). So many of my friends and family members have jumped on the 3D Mascara and I'm betting you might want to try it as well. Here are some pictures of results - first, my results:

One of my favorite eye looks, with the 3D Fiber Mascara and Younique's Moodstruck Minerals Pigment Powders.
Results from other Younique Presenters and customers...

If you are interested in having the appearance of longer and thicker lashes, you should try the 3D Fiber Lashes by Younique. The link to my party is HERE - I know you'll be thrilled. After you fall in love with the product (because trust me, you will), contact me to host your own Mascara Party. The hostess benefits are very generous and who doesn't like earning free makeup?!?! 

Have a great Monday, President's Day. If you're off work, enjoy the holiday! If not, don't feel bad, I'm working as well! 

It's good to be back! :-)  
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