This blog has been neglected. I know. Fortunately for me, that means my life has not. I’ve spent time doing other things, without feeling as though I had to document every little snippet for posting on the blog.
That being said, I did feel the need to remember lots of the things I’ve been doing, so here are a few brief shots of life lately…
Workouts have still been happening daily… first the elliptical to get my heart rate up (usually for about 20-40 minutes, depending how I’m feeling), and second, this Jillian Michaels Six-Week Six-Pack Workout which I’ve been doing now for about 4 weeks. I’m definitely seeing some definition in my midsection!
I was in desperate need of a hair change, being that I’ve had the same exact cut for about five years now… it was definitely time. There was so much anxiety about getting it done… I can’t believe I actually went through with it.
…This cut isn’t actually what I wanted. I wanted something more drastic but was too chicken to get it. I’ve also been told to go shorter in baby steps so you don’t have a minor panic attack when you see all of your precious locks falling to the ground. A week and a half later, I went back asking for a more obvious angled cut, and this is what I got…
…while this isn’t exactly what I was hoping for, it is tolerable 🙂 I asked that the length in the front stay the same, but it turned out much shorter than the picture I’d given my stylist… I’m okay with it. Plus, my hair grows insanely fast. My stylist actually told me that since the first time she cut it, it looked like it’d grown about an inch and a half (I think she was exaggerating a tad).
Now, I’ve got to add that before I decided to do all this crazy hair nonsense, I fully prepared myself with the proper tools to get the same look that I left the salon with. There’s nothing worse than leaving the salon loving your cut, and finding when you get home that you have no idea how to recreate it (if it’s even humanly possible)…can I get an AMEN?! 🙂 Anyway, I invested in a fabulous flat iron (thank you for the suggestion, Em!)–the RUSK Heat Freak, which quickly warms to a maximum of 450° and completely eliminates frizz & static (It retails for $169.99, but I found an unopened one on Ebay for $60!!) — EVEN if its humid outside, with the help of this pre-treatment…
Argan Oil. Never will I ever straighten my hair without this stuff again. It is a color and heat protector that emits incredible, instant shine upon straightening. I was actually on the hunt for Moroccan Oil, but this stuff is almost the same. The smell is amazing, too! Reminds me a bit of cocoa butter. Anyway, my hair hasn’t been the same since. I can’t tell you how many people have said that my hair looks “SO HEALTHY” now-a-days.
Have I mentioned lately how much I adore FALL?!?
Not only are nature’s colors gorgeous this time of year, but it’s FOOTBALL season! I hadn’t really planned on going back to my alma mater for a game, but when homecoming rolled around and I discovered that most of my family would be attending, Jarid & I decided differently 🙂
These two were cracking us up all night. I have a feeling they’re going to be best buddies like Bo’s Momma & I were growing up. They’re a bit closer in age than we were, but I will never forget all the priceless memories she and I had! She was and still is one of my nearest and dearest friends. I feel blessed to have those kind of relationships in my life! They run much deeper than the “friends” you have throughout school. Bran was probably the best influence I could’ve ever asked for growing up! I admired her (and still do) so, so much. I can’t wait to add some of our own little munchkins to this family clan.
…These gorgeous, fall-colored gerbera daisies were given to me by my amazing husband on our 1-year, 1-month, 1-day wedding anniversary. Most.thoughtful.man.ever. If I had it my way, we’d ALWAYS have some type of fresh flowers in the house… I’m actually excited that we have our own home to grow things outside, come warmer weather. The flowers are a nice addition to my coffee bean candles on the center of our kitchen table.
Anyway, I’ve embraced my inner craft nerd, and decided to do something about our less than exciting lamp shades recently… as anticipated, here is a DIY tutorial for an adorable Anthropologie-Inspired Lamp Shade made using plain ole’ coffee filters!
What you’ll need:
- hot glue gun
- heat-resistant (or well-tolerating) fingertips 😉
- 300 coffee filters (more or less depending on how large your shade is)
1- Take a single coffee filter, fold it in half length wise.
2- Fold the same filter in half twice more
4- Attach the tip of the filter to the shade & hold until the glue starts to set (this is where heat-resistant fingers would come in handy! Careful not to burn yourself — mine were quite blistered when I finished)
5- Put a dab of hot-glue on the side of the tip facing you (obviously, not the one that is already attached to the shade) and fold the flowered-looking top part back down.
6- Repeat until the entire shade is filled with ruffly looking coffee filters.
**Note: it’s best if you can get the coffee filters as close together as possible – layering is even okay! It’s better to have too much fluff than end up with a bare spot)
I’m pretty pleased with the way ours turned out! I love the texture it brings to the plain tan wall behind it. Now I’m on a mission to find other fun things to do with the two other shades! Can’t have them all being the same… how much fun is that!? 🙂 Stay tuned!
Oh, and I guess I shouldn’t end this “food & fitness” blog without the aforementioned, so here’s a lovely montage of the delicious foods I’ve been eating lately!
From left to right, top to bottom: Zucchini noodles with Sneaky Chef Smooth Red Sauce & Laughing Cow Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Mozzarella Cheese, No Sugar Added Chocolate BRUSTER’s Ice Cream (remember when I donated blood?! I finally claimed my prize), Wegman’s goodie box (roasted butternut squash is back!! yahoooo), Amy’s Organic Black Bean soup, lunch dessert one day: beets, apple cider vinegar, stevia, orange, and pear, CHICKEN PAD THAI from Chalit’s, my very first lemon cream pie QuestBar, BBQ shredded chicken + greens & spaghetti squash cheesy casserole, Biena Foods BBQ Roasted Chickpeas, and Clean Eating Bacon Cheeseburger Soup!
Tada. Happy Monday ❤