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Since I’ve Been Gone…

So… I always make these empty promises about blogging more often.  I think the majority of my posts begin with a vow to make this more of a habit.  While I always have the best intentions actually living always gets in the way.  I always wonder how people who are living these large lives via social media do it… or how realistic it always is.

Let’s pretend that it hasn’t been an exorbitant amount of time  and jump right in…

(but first some things you should know that have happened):

1.  Adam and I are now engaged.  WOO HOO.  The first week of school I came home to a trail of my favorite things throughout our apartment with notes attached to them.  It was perfect and just indicative of who we are as a couple…  The idea of a proposal at a restaurant or in a public place kind of freaks me out a little bit, so that being said, it was perfect.  I feel fortunate to find someone who makes life fun, makes me sane and makes the bed each day awesome.

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2.  Adam recently began a new job so we have moved back to Green Bay.  I’m loving the shorter commute and being closer to friends, diverse groups of people and the ability to take Spanish classes 10 minutes from our apartment.

A Few Quick Tips (for those of us who are always in a rush)

As hard as I try to arrive to places on time and not stress myself out by being rushed, I somehow end up playing around too much and find myself running out the door like a hot mess tornado.

1.  Hang a hook on the front of your bathroom door with a few outfits on it.  Think of this as taking the whole picking your clothes out the night before just one step further.

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2.  Utilize Google Calendar or Outlook for Workouts, Meal Planning and grocery list.  If you’re doing the same workout every day of the week for a month you can set up the re-occurrence and also include the contents of the workout on your phone.   I’ll often create an event for meals and include the recipe on the date so that I can quickly look at it on my phone while at the store and use the recipe again when I’m making the meal.

After a day filled with way too many calories and  a lot of conversation I’m ready for a nap and some time to decompress.  Whew.

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A Lot Less Hair…

First off, let’s talk about hair.  I have a whole lot less of it.

new haircut

I took the plunge, I used a Groupon and I had my hair colored, deep conditioned and cut into a long(ish) bob.  She styled it with a round brush, flat iron and a little bit of backcombing. P.S. I always really watch how the stylist does my hair rather than sitting there awkwardly…ask questions and see if your stylist sections it when blow drying it, the angles they flat iron it, what types of brushes they use and what types of products they use.  Then you won’t be able to say to your friends “It will never look this good again.”

Prior to my appointment, I woke up that morning, had some coffee and showered.  I always debate whether or not I should do anything to my hair, leave it wet, dry or dirty when I know it’s just going to be washed and cut anyway…?

By the way, I’m not exactly pleasant in the morning…  I’m pretty much useless without my morning coffee.

Grumpy without coffee

Someday, I’ll post the products I use, how I style my hair and extensions I’ve used in the past. I recently heard about a product called Back Comb in a bottle… I think I’ll have to check that out.

TEXAS BIG HAIR

My hair is abnormal in that it’s not typical ethnic Asian hair.  I don’t have that gorgeous thick, jet black hair.  Instead I have a hot mess of wavy, fine hair that needs to be styled or sits like an afro on my head in the summer.  Awesome.

weave gurl

We went for a really hot and long walk this weekend.  Afterwards I was feeling dehydrated.  So I tried the Power Ice I had received from my Bulu Box Living Social Coupon.

Frozen ice pops

It reminded me of the frozen Gatorades I used to drink during the summers of my soccer playing days.  I may try and concoct something of the sort one of these days…

CIAO.

 

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Nanny Shenanigans, a Confession and An Attempt at Dude Food

The weather this summer has been unusually hot.  While I love warm weather and hate the snow, when it’s been in the 90’s and the humidity is high, taking the kids outside can be rough.  Since nannying, I’ve definitely learned to appreciate my parents and all young mothers out there.  Juggling two toddlers close in age can be a lot of work but overall it’s more fun than work.
The other day we found a happy medium; warm enough to go outside but not so hot that the kids would get burnt out.  Because I had seen the recipe on Pinterest and all over the blogging world, I decided to make Shaving Cream Paint with the kids.
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nanny paint set up
The big kid (4) really enjoyed the paint and went to town.  Yet, the little nugget (2) struggled with the paint because he doesn’t really enjoy getting dirty (weird, I know).  Over all the paint was fun and it was something different for them to do.
So because I’m a student I’ve had to learn how to live on a student’s income.  Prior to being a nanny, I had a full-time salaried, benefits job.  Because I’m living on less, I’m no longer able to indulge in the little extras.  In my case this means fewer:  overpriced espresso drinks, Sephora ventures for no reason and occasional impulse shoe-buying.
While Urban Decay, Benefit, Lorac and MAC are some of my favorite makeup brands, I’ve recently become addicted to finding YouTube gurus who focus on drugstore makeup brands (ahem, because of the reasons listed above).  Here is a quick video from one of my favorite makeup gurus…

Here’s an idea of the makeup situation that is going on in my bathroom…
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Confession… I have a bit of a makeup vice and I’m sure there are other ladies out there in much deeper than I am but whenever I run out of a product or buy something new Adam says, “You mean there is other makeup in the world than what’s in that drawer?”
In case you’re wondering here is a list of my favorite products:
Benefit Hoola Bronzer-matte bronzer, no sparkles
L’oreal True Match liquid foundation
Urban Decay’s Naked Palette-this is a cult favorite for many reasons.  It’s a nice neutral palette and the colors can be used for everyday or an evening out.
MAC Fix+ makeup setting spray
ELF Studio Blush in Candid Coral $3—> I ran out of my NARS Orgasm Blush and this is a pretty good dupe thus far…
Garnier BB Cream great for summer, super light-weight
The Body Shop body butters in Satsuma scent, it smells like vacation
Jessica Simpson’s Fancy Love fragrance, a secret I tried to keep because it smells amazing.  It’s a light, fresh scent.  If you like:  Victoria’s Secret Halo, Burberry Brit, or Lucky or Philosophy’s Amazing Grace it would be one to try.
PROBLEM:  My skinny boyfriend.
Living with a boyfriend requires adjusting in a variety of ways.  However, like many of my friends or other girls out there, living with a skinny boyfriend can be rough.
While we all slip up from time to time, I try to make a valid effort to eat healthy and to cook decent meals during the week.  If it were up to Adam we’d be eating fast food, hot pockets or frozen pizzas.  (However he does cook from time to time when he’s able, his job has weird hours, so I’m always home first)
How do you find the middle ground?  There exist a lot of different blogs and Web sites out there that feature great healthy food that is also boyfriend-friendly.  For us, I try to make healthy, subtle substitutions when possible.  ie:  ground turkey in lieu of ground beef, greek yogurt instead of sour cream, egg whites rather than eggs, or brown rice over white rice.
I purchased some reduced fat crescent rolls awhile ago that were sitting in the fridge for quite awhile because I was doing the 17 Day Diet thing…  We both had off the other afternoon so I decided to be creative.
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Cheeseburger Rolls
-1 can reduced fat crescent rolls
-1/4 cup of reduced fat sharp cheddar
-1 laughing cow cheese wedge
-Ground turkey (I used half a package of Jennie O’s lean ground turkey)
-one tablespoon of low-sugar ketchup
-pepper to taste
*Brown the ground turkey and drain any of the grease.  I always season my ground turkey with varied seasonings (but a salt-free seasoning salt would work great).  Next, mix together ground turkey with ketchup and laughing cow cheese wedge.

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*Please excuse the dirty cookie sheet, sometimes I forget about the nonstick business.
***In retrospect, I wish I had used an egg white wash and rolled the dough into some panko crumbs.  Oh well!
I topped mine off with a plum and some Greek yogurt.  I can’t express how much I missed carbs however I need to make a genuine effort to eat more complex ones.