Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Sephora Play- Monthly Box- February

I am pretty excited about trying out the Wander baggage claim eye masks but most excited about the Clinque eye pencil. It feels so creamy.

Everything else was kind of … blah. I've already had samples of this perfume and it is ok.  I had already tried the Bite brand lipstick and find it to be drying, and every color they send me is a very dark one. This one looks the same. I've also tried the Clinque lotion before, I think I am going to get my husband to use this sample.

I'm seriously considering cancelling the beauty box subscriptions again. Taking  a little break. See how I feel in six months or so...

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Flylady routines update

We hit a really busy week where we were both working long hours, falling asleep on the couch by 8p, with the 5 to 10 plan ignored, and the Flylady routines forgotten for more than a few days. No laundry getting done, no routines. Its clear they are working for me because it was VERY clear when they are not working.

Even the husband noticed and remarked, it gets dirty around here awful fast.

Although I was quite tempted to do an all-out- stay- up- half- the- night- get-everything- cleaned- at -a- frantic- pace- spree then forget it all again for a week or so,  the flylady system is the opposite of that mentality that I keep wanting to slip back into and  I am trying to embrace it, retrain myself and actually work this system of doing a little, often. Because clearly it works, if  it is actually done.

Its Saturday, and I am jumping back into it with both feet and trying to do it joyfully...…  and with a lot of coffee.

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I did not go back to bed when my husband left for work at 5:45a like I wanted to, instead I wrestled with the kitchen and got yesterday's dishes into the dishwasher and got that started,  took a pork roast from the freezer for dinner tonight, started  a load of laundry and wrote a grocery list for a trip to Walmart later this morning.

And as always, I was surprised at how fast it really went. In 20 minutes or so, I felt pretty accomplished.

Now, the weekly home blessing.

My basic plan:

These videos have been pretty inspirational as well, here 

Saturday, December 1, 2018

mani Monday- you dont know Jacque

An oldie but a goodie- Opi You don't know Jacques

One of my favorites!

Opi is a lot like Essie- really great colors but its not one that is known to be long lasting. At least not on me. I find it chips pretty easily.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

wiw- casual cold day

Cold day staying in the office.

Light blue and white striped sleeveless top from Talbots.
Black wool V-neck from Banana Republic
Cropped jeans from Laurie Felt 
Tory Burch flats
Sweater cape from Talbots

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

flylady weekly home blessing hour- little and often

I feel like I've been somewhat fighting against the flylady system more than embracing it.  Embracing the little and often method and leaving the marathon cleaning session mentality - its been a job and the flylady is trying to rewire my thinking.

The flylady weekly home blessing hour system is one system I had been avoiding putting into place, although now that I've been doing it I don't know why I was so reluctant to start it. 

The system is designed to all work together, and since I knew I wasn't doing the entire system, and I'm feeling bad about that, I didn't think this sprucing up would work to make a difference. I guess the only way we'll know is to start doing it and we will see.

So, I am already spending time questioning the system instead of spending time just working the system. This is the exact reason I need the system. 

I also wrestled with exactly when to implement this weekly home blessing. I finally settled on Saturday morning which is what she advises anyway. 

The basic system is in  this video  (and here is another example

The system is a 60 minute time frame to:

  • strip the bed and start washing the sheets (I usually do this on Mondays)
  • clean all mirrors 
  • empty all trashcans
  • vacuum all floors
  • mop the bathroom and kitchen (I ended up doing the dining room, entry way and bedroom as well)
  • dust (my least favorite thing to do)
  • pick up books and magazines
Of course, I had trouble with following directions. I added a few things and wanted to add a few more and had to stop myself.  The whole point is to do these little things often, (little and often) not to turn it into a marathon all day cleaning and exhaust yourself and keep you from doing it again next week. 

I did end up adding to the list filling all the outside bird feeders. It seemed like the right time to do this each week. I also added mopping all the floors and not just the bathroom and kitchen. Because it goes pretty quick with a fabreeze swifter, and when else am I going to do it?

I wanted to add  doing laundry, clean the bathroom and clean the kitchen but I know theses things are included in other routines, one of which (the morning routine) I have not started yet.

But I have started this one and the little and often continues on....

Monday, November 26, 2018

Black Fridy- the damage

No horror stories for me on Black Friday, my shopping adventures were pretty tame. I even had time to run into Whole Foods for some fruit and Joanna Gaines magazine.

I started late Thursday night when I hit up Sephora on line. I am not foolish enough to go to the Mall on Black Friday where the actual store is, and I know from years past, by the time I got there all the things I want on the deep discount sale would be gone.  Some of the things I wanted were still gone by the time I  hit the checkout button, but I still found plenty to do some damage.

I didn't find the crowds to be bad at all. It was a pretty pleasant afternoon. I hit Ulta, Talbots, Banana Republic, the Gap, Loft, Whole Foods, Michaels, TJ Maxx and a consignment shop.

I ended up with seven Christmas presents, two for my best friends (Kim and Pam), two for my secretaries at work (Kim and Ashley),  one for my oldest grandchild (by marriage) and one for the husband.

For myself, I bought three sweaters- all on sale for 50% off- from Banana Republic. I got one top from Loft - also on sale for 50% off.  I also got three tops from the consignment store. Not really on sale, but always cheap. I also got a few makeup items myself from Ulta. My favorite lipstick was on sale, so I picked one up as well as a few other things.