Monday, September 6, 2010
I gave up on the Couch to 5K program. The program taught me that I am not a runner... and that the only running I will likely ever do is when I'm running from something trying to attack me. So it's back to the ho-hum elliptical until SportsQuest (the new sports complex around here) opens. I'm hoping that they will have better equipment than the gym I currently work out at, or that they will have a greater variety of classes and times. Right now, I'm trying my hardest to get up and go to the gym at 5 am every morning, Monday through Friday, since the time I get home from work is typically so varied... but it's a tough go. I'm working so hard at work that I have found that I need sleep SO much more than when I did when I was teaching! Here's to trying though.... it has to burn some calories, right?!
So I'm hoping that in the coming week, I'll be on the road to getting my computer back. Once I do, I have loads of pics to upload. And, I want to follow in the footsteps of some of my fellow blog buddies and clear out my closet by selling some gently used clothing here. I have some stuff that is pre-Campbell that I just don't have the faith I'll fit back into ever again (thank you hips, for permanently moving approximately 2 inches wider). That being said, if you are a size 6(ish) and like Diane Von Furstenburg (spelling?) dresses and Citizens of Humanity jeans, be on the lookout hopefully in the next 2 weeks.... I'll be cleaning out my closet!
Friday, August 6, 2010
Let's see, what else? I can't remember if I mentioned way back when that we had our front porch and door painted. It turned out very nice, and I think it adds a little flair to the house (though I guess we'll see what the HOA says about it, since our door isn't technically the same as everyone else's.... oh well.). We've had some monster storms here in Richmond, and my front porch is covered in dead flower petals and leaves. So, let me get that cleaned up and I'll post some pics. We also have been working on dolling up the patio. I know I haven't posted on that either, so I'll work on catching up with some pics on that as well.
I've been keeping up with the Cto5K running program.... though, sadly, I'm only on week 3. I probably should be somewhere on week 5 I think, but I ended up doing 2 weeks of week 2 because of vacation (running on the beach is a B*!). Week 3 isn't too bad.... I did it 3 days in a row to catch up, so I finished it today and I can definitely tell a difference in my stamina. We'll see if I'm singing that same tune next week though!
It is shaping up to be a lovely weekend.... what will you be doing?
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Well, in the course of 2 weeks we had our digital camera die, along with my cell phone take a dive in the swimming pool, and Ryan's cell phone take a running leap off the roof of our car at 35 mph (which resulted in it being totally smashed on the side of the road). It was time for us to make some major purchases.
First, to replace the camera, I finally decided it was time to get something decent and go for the Nikon. I was sort of inching towards an SLR style camera, but decided that I needed something a little more sleek to fit in my purse or diaper bag. In the end, we decided on the Nikon CoolPix S8000 . I'm really excited about this camera! It has 14.2 megapixels, and a 10x zoom, all in a sleek little package. I haven't had anything to take pictures of lately, but that's my project this upcoming week, so I'll post some up here so you all can see how she works!
Next, we needed to do something about our cell phones. Mine had dried out and was functioning (sort of), but Ryan had no communication capabilities outside of a landline. Since we were out of contract with our current provider, we shopped around to see what we liked. Long story short, AT&T ended up having a great deal for us because of a discount through Ryan's employer. We are now the owners of the... iPhone! I never really thought I'd see the day when I'd sit in awe of my cell phone and play with it for hours... but that day has come, sweetie. It really is a fun phone! And, even cooler-- I finally got Ryan to sign up for a Facebook account (he said that since he has the iPhone, he supposes he could update his page through there if he wanted)!
It is as if we stepped out from under a rock and entered 2010. Amazing!
Side note: I've done 2 days of the running program I mentioned below. Still loving it! Had to take the weekend off, because frankly- I had no time to get to the gym! So tomorrow will be day 3 of week 1, and then I'll take Tuesday off, and start week 2 on Wednesday. Anyone else trying it?
Thursday, July 8, 2010
I need to run, however. I'm not pushing myself much in the cardio department at the gym, and I need a change. Unfortunately, I'm too embarassed of my lack of drive to join a running group, and I refuse to pay $50+ for someone to stand next to me at the treadmill encouraging me to run.
Great news! I stumbled upon a running podcast that was totally free! I've never paid much attention to podcasts, but I found this one and I really like it! It is a 9 week podcast called "Couch to 5K". Now, don't let the name fool you... I have no intentions of actually running a 5K or any other type of marathon. I just want to break past the mental block that I have when it comes to running. This program seems to do just that by slowly easing you into running through interval training. I started with week 1 today (despite my best efforts, today was my first day of week 1... baaaaah), and I truly enjoyed it.
The gist of the podcast is this.... a man (named Robert Ullrey) coaches you along... tells you when to run, when to walk, and encourages you along the way. There is some really cool house/techno music in the background that I actually enjoyed (surprise!). Week 1's workout is about 30 minutes long, and I was honestly shocked that it went by as quickly as it did. I plan on doing all 9 weeks and seeing what happens to my running mentality (and perhaps weight loss goal??). I'll post updates each week.
If you want to try it out, or even try it along with me, you can go here to download the podcasts to you iPod or MP3 player (or whatever else plays podcasts).
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
Yes, it was not a long, hard decision for me. But it was the best decision I could make. I have no idea what I will do for a full time job come the fall, but that's ok.... something great will come along. And if something great doesn't come along, well then I'll just settle for something that pays (some of) the bills while I'm still searching for greatness.
The closer I get to June 18th, the more I feel like a little kid on the last day of school. I'm so very much looking forward to getting rid of this jaded, constantly irritated parent of everyone else's child that I've become. I'm ready to be back to the old Tiffany-- fun loving, more relaxed, cool and collected under pressure, and know that I'm a valued and successful part of a team! :)
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
At any rate, it got me thinking.... what else do I have or use that is tried and true for me? I can be a creature of habit and use the same thing over and over again. A few of the things that came to mind were:
1) Benefit's Boi-ing concealer in medium. -- I was introduced to this concealer sometime after 2003 by my sister, Celia. It has been the ONLY concealer I have used since! No matter my skin tone or the season, this concealer works. It covers the hereditary dark circles under my eyes, as well as the occassional blemish. Plus, it lasts forever! I'm about 25% through my current container, and I think I purchased it sometime last summer.
2) Bath and Body Works Tahiti Sweetie body lotion -- I started using this sometime in 2004, and the only vacation I took from it was after Campbell was born (I was told to use unscented lotion to help with breastfeeding... something about staying true to my natural "scent"...). I just love how light and crisp the scent is.... it is like a little tropical escape! Plus, it moisturizes like no one's business, and gives your skin a little glow. The hubbs is a big fan of the scent, too! :) The downside is that whenever I put it on, I have this insatiable urge to grab a margarita and sit in the sun.
3) Dr. Scholls Zodiac Sandals in black-- I purchased these in 2006, and they are still going strong. I don't know that you can purchase the original ones I own (the textured leather with the buckle on the top), but I see at DSW that you can buy a newer style with the buckle on the side. As soon as I saw the Zodiacs, I wanted them! I rarely have to have a pair of shoes, and rarely will I purchase them right away at full price (momma needs a sale or a coupon, or they have to be todiefor). They are super comfy, and they are just the right bit of dress to wear to work or with a nice dress or skirt, but casual enough to wear with shorts. I love that they have held up for four years (I wear them starting in the spring, through the summer, and into the fall), without any need for repair!
4) Nellie & Joe's Key Lime Juice -- I started making Key Lime pies sometime in the summer of 2007, and this is the only stuff I use to make them. Sure, I can juice a bunch of key limes, but have you seen how tiny those things are?! Who has the time for that? Plus, you only use a teeny bit of the bottle to make a pie.... so I like to have it on hand to add to my summertime adult beverages. ;-) I always have a bottle of this stuff in the fridge so I can make a pie at a moments notice.... they are quite a hit, if I do say so myself. :)
I'm sure there are others.... but what about you? Are there some products that when you stop and think about it, you realize that you've been using for years? What about clothing?
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Merona® Collection Women's Tegan Tunic Top - Blue Print : Target, $27
Old Navy Womens Perfect Khaki Shorts (3), $20
Merona Evelin Ruffle Thong Sandals (gold), $15
Birthday Cupcake Bath Soap, $15
Domino Happy Birthday Domino Mounted Rubber Stamp, $6.50
Monday, May 3, 2010
Campbell: "Mommy, I want snack. Milk milk milk.... MILK!"
Me: "Ok, you want milk? Where are your manners?"
Campbell: "MILK!.... Pweeze."
(leaves to prepare sippy of milk, return, and hand sippy to Campbell)
Me: "Manners please."
Campbell: "Tank yooooooouuuuuuuu!"
Me: "You are welcome!"
Campbell: "Teddy Bear want drink. Teddy Bear want juicemilkwater."
Me: "Which one? Juice, milk or water?"
Campbell: "Juice. Milk."
Me: "Hmmm... how about juice?" (come back with prepared juice sippy)
Campbell: "No! Milk!"
Me: "Teddy Bear said he wants juice."
(a bit of time to process this....)
Campbell: "Teddy Bear wants drink."
Me: "Teddy Bear has a drink."
Campbell: "Teddy Bear wants snack. Butter!"
Me: "Teddy Bear wants butter?! That's silly!"
Campbell: "Teddy Bear wants pancake! Cookie! Chips!"
And I sit in utter confusion. :)
Monday, April 26, 2010
1) this is my FIRST polyvore, so it's somewhat bland and I probably didn't do it right, but oh well.
2) I don't have an IRL photo of the outfit.... Campbell was sick with a fever and Ryan was running on about 1 hour of sleep (as was I) from being up literally all night with her. So no photos.... maybe another time?
Sunday party day by tnorwood featuring Cynthia Vincent shoes
Merona® Collection Women's Tegan Tunic Top - Blue Print : Target, $27
J.Crew ankle toothpick jean in twilight wash, $98
Cynthia Vincent for Target® Cognac Wedge Sandal - 7.5 : Target, $30
Everything listed in the polyvore is right, except for the pants. I actually wore a pair of Gap 1969 cropped jeans from about 3 years ago... but they look just like the ones in the polyvore.
I liked the outfit, and the tunic is so comfy! I wish that it came in more colors or designs though!
I'm really wanting to style the CV's more, but I'm coming up with a lot of "not appropriate for work" outfits, such as fun (shorter) skirts and shorts.... any ideas?
Friday, April 23, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Excuse me while I sit in my darkened classroom and enjoy a little bliss.... yes, I did bring a little zip bag of a perfectly measured out single serving portion. :)
Thursday, April 15, 2010
- gardening! (yes, more.)
- decorating the patio with fabulous furniture!
and who knows.... maybe other fun stuff too! :)
Monday, March 22, 2010
I like the look of this sweater, especially in the grey. I can see this working nicely with a pair of chino shorts for cooler summer evenings. I also think it would look super cute with a pair of cropped jeans (or for you skinnier gals, boyfriend jeans) and some heels, paired with a some layered necklaces.Poplin Skirt... $65.00 (also in prints of red and blue here for $69)
My only concern about this top is that it looks a little short. I have a long torso, so my fear is that this might come untucked as I move around all day. The description says it falls at the high hip..... might be worth a try.
Lightweight cotton plaid tunic... $65.00My mom is gaga over this. I'm not much of a tunic girl myself, but I can see the appeal. Perhaps with a pair of skinny jeans and some wedge sandals?
Rebecca Cork Wedge... $99.00
Ugh, I reeeaaaallly wish these came in black. I really need a nice, reasonably priced pair of wedge sandals in black for the season. The neutral tone is pretty, and these also come in red, so it may be on option if they go on sale.
So those are the things that I'm pondering upon from the new Signature collection. Between LLBean Signature and Lands End Canvas collection, it looks like there are a few new options for the JCrew/Banana/Gap crowd. LLBean is offering a $10 gift card for every $50 you spend, so it might be worthwhile to try out some of the new offerings. There is a note both on the website and in the catalog to definitely do take your measurements for the Signature pieces, as they have a more tailored "close to the body" fit than the typical LLBean stuff.
Thoughts? Anyone thinking of checking into the LLBean Signature collection?
Thursday, March 18, 2010
So, I'm thinking about it. I need to get a full length mirror anyways, so this may be my motivation. Of course, the blog will still focus on my family, but I think we can find a way to fit fashion in on the blog, too!
Thoughts? Is anyone even interested in seeing what I wear on a day to day basis?
In addition to the five million and one things going on, I've been observing and thinking. For Lent, I really tried hard to give up judging others or forming opinions of others based upon their outward behaviors. Sadly, I haven't been very successful. I think it might just be my personality... and sure, it warrants change, but at the same time in fighting my observant nature, I've come to see that some of the things I observe are just plain ridiculous.
For example.... everyone and their mother uses the phrase "I'm/We're so blessed to be (insert mundane situation here)". Sure, it is wonderful that people can identify even the smallest blessings in their lives, but tell me this..... what is so "blessed" about a child's poopy diaper? Or what is so "blessed" about a child who doesn't sleep at night? Perhaps people can see the blessing behind what I might find to be less than a blessing.
I also have noticed that the same people are constantly claiming their blessedness over the same things.... such as their husband, their child, their job, etc. To me, say it once to the world, and then privately acknowledge your blessing. Don't blather on to me (or Facebook, or your blog, or where ever else) about how blessed you are because your husband put the toilet seat down.
No, I'm not bitter. And no, I don't feel as if I'm less blessed than anyone else. I have a lot of wonderful in my life, and for those things I'm thankful. And in noticing others broadcasting their blesssings, I came to this question.... Are those individuals who feel so obliged to go on and on about their blessings really feeling blessed? Or are they trying to convince themselves that they ARE blessed by finding the slightest of a silver lining and then broadcasting it to everyone else 24 hours a day? To me, I think that if you are blessed, you don't have to yell it from the roof tops. Anyone who is around you would notice how blessed you are because you are happy, living your life to the fullest, and loving those around you.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
I set up my UL blog, so please head over there.... I don't have too much on there yet, but as the days go by and I get my hands on more supplies, I will! You might also want to follow me... I'll be doing giveaways and contests in the coming months! So clicky-click here !
I also decided to add the online shopping feature to my UL website ! Happy shopping! :)
Sunday, January 10, 2010
So you might have a TON of questions... let's see if I can answer a few....
1) WHAT is Uppercase Living?
- Uppercase Living is a direct sales company that provides vinyl lettering and embellishments for your home, office, school, car... and just about anywhere else you want!
- Honestly, I stumbled across UL by doing a Google search a few months back for home decor. I was tired of all the same ol' stuff in all the big-box retailers. I couldn't commit to a random painting or piece of art that really had no bearing on my personal style... and at price tags of $50 and up, I just had a really hard time finding anything I liked. Well, if you see the post below, I came into contact with vinyl wall lettering through a purchase at Target. I liked it enough, but I could tell that the quality wasn't really what I wanted... and I wanted more selection than just the 3 or 4 phrases available at Target. I found an item I liked through UL, ordered it, and was then invited to a catalog launch party for the new spring/summer catalog. I fell in love with the items, and as I kept looking through the catalog, all I could think was of all the people in my lives who were looking for the SAME things. Of course, I could just host parties every once in a while... but becoming a demonstrator would allow me to be in people's homes and help them realize their decor dreams.... so I made the decision to become an independent demonstrator!
- So glad you asked! ;-) I do have a website through the company, and you can view products on the website. I will say, however, that the physical catalog is so much more expansive than the online catalog. There were designs and ideas that I hadn't even thought of! But the website gives you enough to wet your whistle until you want to host a party (which provides lots of great rewards and freebies!). Check out my website here . (I am considering upping the ante on my website and putting in an online shopping cart... it isn't there yet, but if you find that you see something you are absolutely dying to have, let me know and I will make your order happen!)
So that's that! I will be starting another blog for just Uppercase Living stuff. It will highlight new design ideas, promotions, hostess/party rewards, and just all things Uppercase! I'll keep this blog going, too, but just need a place to keep the Uppercase Living stuff separate. Once that blog is up and running, I'll let everyone know through here so you can follow me there too!
Thursday, January 7, 2010
I had seen these Wall Quotes in Target, and after much thought, finally decided to give it a try....
After rubbing all over the lettering, you are supposed to peel off the white backing (or fronting?) very slowly and carefully. As you can see in the picture below, we had some difficulty with that.