Wednesday, October 28, 2015

I'm Moving!!

Hi friend!  As you can probably tell, I haven't blogged in a long, long time BUT that will be changing very shortly as I am currently moving my blog to a new location -!  I am hoping to (re)launch my blog in the next few days so please follow me on Instagram (@nickyashleighblog) or Twitter (@nickyashleigh) for updates!  After I'm all settled in, I'll be writing about some awesome/interesting life changes which paved the way for my blog revamp and possibly hosting a giveaway as a part of this new beginning.  Stay tuned and thank you so much for stopping by!!

<3 n

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Yay for Juicing!

Tomorrow I am beginning a 14 day juice fast with the same buddy with whom I did the Lemonade Diet about this same time last year.  I am really excited and wildly optimistic as I already love juicing, it’s really easy, it’s very nutritious and - unlike the Lemonade Diet - we can use a vast variety of ingredients so we won’t get bored (to this day I still do not want to taste pure maple syrup ever again!!).

Juicing tonight was a lot of fun because of all the anticipation.  I made two juices - one apple, carrot, lemon, orange and ginger for breakfast and one kale, apple, lemon and ginger for lunch (I feel like there is another ingredient in that last one but I can’t think of what it is).  Before breakfast, I’ll be having hot lemon water which sounds pretty good.  I also bought coconut water and got my half-gallon water bottle ready.

I am employing my newly-purchased Organifi Green Juice Mix from FitLifeTV as well.  I received it in the mail yesterday (three business days after ordering - not bad at all!) and had to try it immediately.  While it doesn’t taste like some of the yummy combinations that come out of my juicer at home (thanks to sweet, sweet carrots, apples and other fruits), the taste is better than bearable.  It seems like it’s lacking flavor rather than exuding any unpalatable flavor which is a very good thing.  And, since it’s loaded with amazing things like spirulina, chlorella, wheatgrass and turmeric, it’s providing a powerful boost of goodness.

I’m not going to post my starting weight here because it’s just plain embarrassing.  Perhaps when I reach my goal weight I’ll be more inclined to share my current number, but right now I’m keeping that to myself.  Sorry guys!  I will however disclose how much I lose along the way so everyone can have an idea of my progress and I’ll also post a before photo and an after photo.  More importantly, I’ll be documenting how I feel because that’s more than half the battle really.  Feeling tired and unfocused is far worse than feeling flabby and frumpy in my opinion.  Those feelings are the main contributors to my physical flaws and eliminating them can only be for the better.

Writing this, I feel like I may just be starting another thing that I’ll only stick to for a while before giving up on it.  Maybe I’ll last the fourteen days but then stuff my face with horrible foods on day 15?  Fortunately, life is about trying new things and trying everything until something works.  So that’s my plan.  I’ll try, try again until I find the trial that makes my previous errors worthwhile.

Juicing?  Fasting?  Already done it?  Or just thinking about it?  Let me know!  I’d love to hear from you all and I’m sure your stories would be a huge motivation for me to write mine.  :)

<3 n

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Workout Day One

Today my body had a total WTF moment.  I had my first workout in I don't know how long and it was I was horrible.  The elliptical killed my knees.  The push-ups hurt my arms.  The squats burned my thighs.  And the sit-ups, well, I don't know what they did but it weren't right (Lol! Yes, I'm laughing at myself and yes I know that wasn't grammatically correct).  J was my trainer for the night (he goes to crossfit and brings home his WODs) and despite his merciful methods (he went so easy on me), I felt like a baby deer walking for the first time when I finished.  I am so completely out of shape and I feel like a failure.  When I shaved my legs tonight, I could barely lift my calves to an accessible height.

Despite all of that, today was probably the perfect Day One.  I'm beyond bloated, super crampy and extra fatigued as it's that time of the month so I don't think I could possibly feel any worse during a workout than I did today. 
Tomorrow I'm starting a food journal (within my planner) to keep careful track of what goes in my mouth.  We're also getting a small workout in at work.  A few of my staff members and I are alternating between one minute planks and one minute of squats every hour.  It's not much but it's more than I do now and it's a great mini break from sitting at our desks for most of the day.  I'm also going to attempt the gallon-a-day water challenge again since I failed last time.

Well, that’s all for tonight!  Stay tuned for more Nic Gets Fit posts soon and let’s hope I have better news in those future posts than I had today.  ;)

P.S.  I'm back after another long hiatus.  I'm throwing out the daily blogging idea because I just don't feel it was conducive to quality writing.  The pressure to churn out a specific type of post everyday was like a cold press juicer attempting to juice the same piece of fruit for a week straight.  After a while, I was all pulp.  From now on, I will be blogging less often but hopefully in a more substantial way that allows my creative juices to start and keep flowing.

<3 n

Monday, February 9, 2015

Now Seeking New Experiences

To wrap this post up in one sentence before I've even gotten past the intro, experience usually doesn't find you, you find it.  Week after week, I go from home to work and back again.  I rarely take alternate routes, make unnecessary stops or spontaneously change my destination.

This past weekend, I was reading a blog post by LaTonya Yvette which featured photos of her and her son in front of an amazing mural of a woman breast feeding a child.  Instantly, I thought how lucky she is to live in New York where there must be countless wonderful murals and street art to enjoy and photograph.  On second thought, I realized that I live in Los Angeles where there are countless murals and lots of street art and many amazing things to enjoy and photograph.  I just don't make the effort to seek those things out.

I often shy away from new experiences because new things give me A LOT of anxiety.  I often google new places I'm going to visit just so I can get a feel for what the location looks like and the general atmosphere in which I'll be spending some time.  It's super odd, I know, but it helps me feel less anxious.  And, if it's between cyber-stalking a new place and not going at all, I choose to be the creeper checking everything out in advance.  Most times, I have to force myself to do new things, but in the end it's usually very worth it.  The events I'm most freaked out about end up being unforgettable experiences that I'm happy to have had.

Here's the deal.  You're not going to find amazing if you're not looking for it.  You'll never explore the world if you're constantly hiding in your own little corner of it.  You have to go and find and try.  You have to seek new, exciting experiences and discover your own murals.

This week, I challenge you (and myself too!) to experience one new thing.  If you'd be so kind, come back afterward and share your experience in the comment section!  Thank you for reading and happy Monday!

<3 n

Friday, February 6, 2015

Greek-ish Salad-in-a-Jar

This salad isn’t truly Greek, but when in America, do as the Americans do and make it your own I say.  Yes, I know many a sacred tradition has been destroyed by the injection of American “culture” but bear with me - the recipe’s pretty tasty!  Here it is…

2 tbsp Greek Dressing
6 to 8 Kalamata Olives
1 medium Tomato
1/2 Yellow Bell Pepper
1/2 Cucumber
1/2 Red Bell Pepper
1.3 oz Feta Cheese (I used an 8oz chunk and sliced it in sixths for 6 salads)
3/4 cup Chick Peas
1/2 Red Onion
1 Grilled Portobello Mushroom (I marinated mine lightly in Worcestershire sauce)

Ensure each ingredient is chopped (if necessary) into bit-sized pieces, layer into your mason jar in the order listed and there you have it!  Since I’m a vegetarian, my meaty element was the portobello mushroom but for J’s salads I replaced the mushroom with bacon.  As I made three salads for him in advance and stored them in the fridge, I made sure to drain, squeeze and pretty much wring out the bacon to remove as much of its grease as possible.

In other news, I’ve been a big mason jar fan lately as have many others as a quick Pinterest search would attest.  Their classic classiness combined with their multitude of uses makes them both a form and a function.  I’m thinking of doing a future post featuring mason jars and the ways we use them around our house.  What do you think?

I hope you enjoyed this post!  Happy Friday and happy weekend!

<3 n

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Very Thankful Thursday: It Could Always be Worse

This Thankful Thursday post will be short and sweet as I’m very tired today.  This week has been slightly rocky, but I’m trying desperately to look on the bright side as there are so many things which I know my family and I are lucky to have - most of all, each other.  Things can always be worse (knock on wood).  So when it seems like all is lost and you don’t see a way out, focus all your energy on what you do have, the resources you can find and the people who love and support you.  Don’t give up ever for that is the surest my to secure the fate of which you are most fearful.

<3 n

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Valentine's Day Outfits 2015!!

As Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, I put together three outfits inspired by our little ones and all the love I have for them.  Make sure to click the numbered links below each photo to shop your favorite items!

1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5

1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5

1 - 2 - 3 - 4

<3 n

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

My January Favorites 2015!!

Welcome to my very first monthly favorites post!  I really love watching monthly favorites videos and posts because they're like a bunch of mini reviews stuffed into one tidy package.  That is why, this year, I’ve decided to do my own monthly favorites blog posts.  I hope you enjoy them too!  Let’s begin, shall we?

First up, we have the Clarisonic Mia 2.  I must confess I am not kind to my skin and I know it’s a terrible, terrible sin indeed.  I often fall asleep in my makeup and the deep-cleansing ritual I formerly employed included a lot of harsh scrubbing with rough wash cloths.  No more!  I love how clean the Mia 2 gets my skin and how quickly it completes the task.  It truly killed two of my baddest birds with one stone.  It’s quick and easy so the once-daunting task of removing my makeup in the evening is now a breeze and it’s so effective I don’t need to abuse my skin to feel completely clean.

Next is Urban Decay’s Naked on the Run palette.  I have used this almost everyday since I received it from J for Christmas.  The eyeshadows are well-pigmented and the blush and bronzer are great.  The reviews I’ve watched have agreed that the palette could do with the addition of a darker shade, but I think it’s an awesome little kit all the same.  I would highly recommend it to someone just starting out with makeup as it offers a good sampling of neutral shades and it contains everything you need (minus foundation and concealer if you partake of them) to create a beautiful, natural look.

I don’t always buy nail polish, but when I do I am on a quest to find the perfect neutral-y baby pink color as well as any product that helps my manicure last.  I am not a girly girl when it comes to my nails.  I wish I was, but my life just doesn’t allow for it.  I do a lot of cleaning, scrubbing, outdoorsy tasks, etc and it all takes its toll on my nails.  I really want to start getting regular mani/pedis both for the sake of my nails and as a little bit of ritualistic pampering.  Anyway, back to these favorites.  I picked up a beautiful soft pink, a base coat and a top coat from Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure line.  I was very impressed with how long my nails stayed chip-free and shiny and I will definitely be purchasing other colors from this range.

As the state of the packaging may tell you, this product has been with me for a while.  I purchased it some time ago and gave it couple tries, but for some reason I drifted away from using it (I don’t remember why).  Within the past month, I revisited Neutrogena’s Shine Control Primer and I’ve been loving it.  It feels a bit gritty upon application, but I believe sacrificing a super smooth application for a shine-free face is pretty worth it.  I apply it under Neutrogena’s Nourishing Long Wear Foundation and I am very pleased with the combo.

This brilliantly pink purse is a little summery for the current season, but I love it sooooo much!  And, hey, I live in California.  No one can accuse us of having a winter.  This beautiful bag came from Target with a small price tag and a big discount (I got it for 30% off last month I think and someone told me they are 70% off currently).  I Instagrammed a photo of this purse along with a couple other pink items today.  Check it out here if you’re interested. :)

Next up we have an oldie (as tech standards go) but a goodie - my iPhone 5S.  I’ve had this phone for a little over a year and I’m still as happy with it today I was when I first unboxed it.  I am featuring it as a favorite this month due to its performance despite many unfortunate moments lately.  In early January, on a rainy day, I dropped my phone into the gutter which had turned into a small rushing river due to the rain.  A moment passed before I even realized I’d dropped it and another couple moments passed before I finally found it, made an effort to shake it dry and then waited for it to die on me.  It never did!  To my surprise, my phone was still working an hour, a day and now a whole month later.  My phone has also endured plenty of other drops including a face plant in the parking lot and a swim in the shower.  Except for the damage seen above, my phone remains unharmed and I remain a happy iPhone user.

This is my newest gadget purchase - the Intuos Pen & Touch Tablet.  My dad bought me a similar device when I was little and it was one of my favorite things all those years ago.  I remember one of the first things I drew with it - a bowl of fruit.  This time around, I was just as excited as I was back then.  I haven't had a moment to really work with it, but the few test drives I’ve done have been quite promising.

I’ve used mason jars for almost everything this past month from food storage to gifts and everything in between.  They’re clear so they perfectly showcase whatever you fill them with, they’re inexpensive (I purchased a pack of twelve 32oz jars for $9.99 at Target) and they have a wonderful homemade look.  I have a foodie post coming up on Friday featuring a mason jar so be sure to look out for that!

Looking back on the impromptu trip to Bath & Body works that led me to purchase this candle, I could kick myself for not buying every last one they had.  I believe the scent has been discontinued save for their wallflowers product which is cool and all but I’m a candle girl.  The Sunset Beach scent smells like what you'd imagine the perfect beach to smell like on the best day ever - warm, sweet and just enough sand to let you know you're at beach but not enough to get stuck in your swimsuit.  It's wonderful.

Lastly, I have another scented favorite which also has beachy qualities.  This Febreze spray smells like sweet, sunny, salty sea air.  Lovely!  I'm not sure why I've been so attracted to summery things lately.  The season won't be here for months and I'm not even a huge fan of summer.

Well, that is it for my January favorites!  Thanks so much for reading!!  If you enjoyed this post, please comment below and if you have a January favorites video or post to share, please leave me the link below!  Thank you!

<3 n

Monday, February 2, 2015

Motivational Monday: Try, Try Again

There’s a reason the old adage above has stood the test of time.  It is some of the best advice that’s ever been uttered.  As humans, our failures always outweigh our successes.  It’s simply in our nature.

To say I didn’t succeed this past month would be an understatement.  January was a complete fail for me.  I was sick and subsequently got others around me sick.  I didn’t complete the gallon-a-day water challenge.  I haven’t blogged consistently.  The list goes on…

I thought about quitting my blog altogether because I don’t want to be one of those people who makes promise after promise to do something big and then ends up disappointing again and again.  Although my posting history says otherwise, I really care about blogging.  I love writing and creating.  I’ve just let life get in the way which I know is unacceptable.

At the risk of failing once more, I am setting out to make this new month a great, goal-fueled and accomplishment-filled period of time.  I know the only thing worse than failing is giving up and refusing to try, try again.

If you’re having a hard time reaching a goal (or multiple goals for that matter), please know that you are not alone!!  I am in the same seemingly sinking boat.  I’m highly disappointed in myself, completely lacking in commitment and experiencing an overload of self-doubt.  I’m going to try again however and I encourage you to do the same.

Please comment below if you’re going through a similar slump or if you’ve got some great advice on how to dig oneself out of a rut.  I’d really appreciate it!

<3 n

P.S. The photo behind the quote was taken from our balcony last week! :)

Monday, January 26, 2015

Do Everything You Can...

…because there are so many who can’t.  Two weekends ago, I watched a documentary about impoverished families in Guatemala.  It really got me thinking about the opportunities I have that so many other people don’t.  And how I turn them down.  Or let them pass me by.  Because I’m tired.  Because I’m afraid.  Because I “just can’t”.  I can’t?  That couldn’t be further from the truth.  Individuals who don’t have access to the resources, people and finances that I take for granted on daily basis, they can’t.  I can.  And I owe it them to do everything I can.

Instead of watching mind-numbing reality shows after the kids are tucked in, I should be writing.  I should be drawing.  I should be learning.  I’m trying to improve.  It takes a lot of reminding myself to push along in spite of the temptation to curl into a little ball on the couch and flood my mind with useless television that drowns out the sound of the real things that beg my attention.  Of course, light silly things have their place, but when they take precedence over hard work and commitment, they become a hinderance, nay, a detrimental act.

This week, let’s focus on those who are not only less fortunate but less capable.  Let’s think of the people who can’t and tell ourselves that we can.  Act and choose, remembering that so many others have limited choices as to their actions.

Happy Monday!

<3 n

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Very Thankful Thursday: All the Small Things

I am not content with where I am in life.  I have so much to change and so much growing to do.  I desire so much more than I have and want to give so much more to the world than I have given so far.

Lately, despite this discontentment, I’ve realized how many things I have to be thankful for.  I am a lucky girl.  I have three beautiful, healthy children.  I have the love of an amazing man with whom I laugh, cry and share a happy life.  I have amazing, supportive parents and an equally amazing family.  I have an ex who is one of my best friends and a great father and I have his fianc√© who is one of the kindest, sincerest people ever.  It is a privilege to know her and have her in our family.  I have a good job which allows me to work with great people including my best friend.  I have a home which while small is filled with all the love I can imagine and more.

I am not content with where I am in life.  I have so much to change and so much growing to do, but I am thankful for my current state.  Everyday that I wake and see the sun is another day for which I must be thankful.  Although I don’t have as much as some people have, I have more than a lot of people have and for that I must rejoice and be ever so careful not to take it for granted.  Because I have been given so much, I must give just as much to those who do not share my same luck and I am thankful for any opportunities to do just that.

What are you thankful for this week?  What are the small things that amount to huge gratitude?  If you’re in a place in your life where it’s hard to be thankful, don’t worry.  Everyone has felt that way at one time or another, including me.  Sometimes, however, it is those moments of darkness that shine light on the things we are fortunate to have.  Seek them out, hold them close and be thankful.

<3 always,

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Little Ones Wednesday: January Update

Happy Wednesday!! I was going to do a Valentine's Day outfit post today, but as I was unsuccessfully scouring online shops for heart-themed attire and accessories, I discovered it may be a little early for that. Instead, I've decided to write a little about what our little ones have been up to in the last week or so. Here goes...

Ella returned to school on Monday after weeks of winter vacation. We straightened her hair which she was so excited about and couldn't wait to show her friends. She's been really responsible lately, doing chores without any whiny moments and volunteering to help with her brother and sister. She's loving her new iPhone and although we have had to tell her a few times to unplug and rejoin the living, she's been pretty responsible with it so far. As the days start to get longer once more, I'm hoping to get her outside and active soon. J wants to put her on a local track team while I'm leaning more toward soccer. We'll see what Ella says!

Hendrix is growing up too fast. He's learning new things (mostly mischievous things) daily. His favorite activities are drawing, playing on his LeapPad 3, watching videos with Ella and chasing Sadie around. Speaking of his LeapPad, he has a brand new one as of tonight because he chucked his old one in the bath (he just got it for Christmas!). That was his retaliation for my allowing Sadie to bathe before him. He's been very cheeky lately and is very much in the terrible twos stage now. He's been testing boundaries and our nerves. He's still very kindhearted though. I call him our sour patch kid because the motto fits him - first he's sour then he's sweet.

Last week, Sadie learned how to climb my and J's bed. While she does know how to get down as well (she learned by watching her big bro), she's extremely reckless when she's up there. She bumps into walls and launches herself from side to side. I can just see her flying off the bed or into a wall. Other than that, she's just been following Hendrix around and learning a lot from him. She's also learned something very cool recently. She can catch her Nemo stuffed animal when J throws it to her. We start her from across the room, she runs toward him and then he throws Nemo. She laughs as she catches him each time.

Well that's all for tonight! Sweet dreams everyone! It's Thursday tomorrow so I'll see you here to talk about all things thankful. :) Until then...

<3 n

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Early to Bed Tuesday

Tonight’s blog will be short and sweet since I am determined to get to bed at a decent hour.  For the past few weeks, my sleep schedule has been a mess.  I've been going to bed as late as 3am some nights (or mornings!).  In the morning, I'm dragging and I can't wait to climb into bed in the evening.  When bedtime does roll around however, I find myself unable to sleep.  Most nights, I just can’t seem to shut my brain off.  I often come up with really great ideas around midnight so choosing between staying up and getting some sleep is difficult.  Should I really sacrifice my moments of epiphany for some extra shut-eye?  I am also guilty of snuggling up with my iPhone in bed which I know is a huge no-no if you’d like to get some quality Zzz’s.  Although, if I peruse Pinterest long enough, I usually drift off.

In the last few days, nothing has really helped.  I've tried reading various things, swallowing valerian root tablets, taking a hot shower and drinking chamomile tea.  Where's the sandman when you need him??  Is anyone else having this issue?

Tonight, I'm talking NyQuil to combat the headache and some lingering congestion I'm experiencing.  Hopefully, it will also help me get some much-needed sleep.  Sweet dreams!

<3 n

Monday, January 12, 2015

Drink More Water!!

Beginning last Monday, I am participating in a month-long water challenge during which I will be drinking one gallon of water each day.  That's A LOT of water and about 75% more water than I have been consuming on my best water-drinking days.  It's going to be a challenge for sure, but with the added accountability from the others involved, I think I'm up for it.

Here are my half-gallon containers.  They make drinking water easier because they're pink!

Since I'm one of those weird people who doesn't care for the "taste" of water, I'm drinking a lot of infused water.  One of my favorite combos is orange and mint.

Here's the end result!  I've seen (and want to try) water bottles made specifically for creating infused water, but these bottles work fine for me.  I've yet to experience any interruption in water flow due to ingredients getting stuck in the nozzle.

Below I've listed six of the wonderful benefits of water along with notes on how I'm currently feeling in regards to each of these categories.  At the end of the month, I'll be back to talk about my updated feelings and results.

Fights Fatigue
Dehydration is a total energy killer and I am and have been dehydrated for quite some time.  I never drink enough water and - big surprise - I often feel tired.

Improves Cognitive Function
Lately, I've been extremely scatter-brained and my memory has been very poor.  As the brain is about 75% water, chances are I've been thinking with a raisin. 

Eliminates Headaches
Headaches can be caused by dehydration and I do suffer from headaches maybe two or three times per week.

Supports Immunity
I've often joked that I have the immune system of a sponge, but it isn't funny (I just had the flu last week!).  My body soaks up any sickness to which it comes close and colds usually hit me pretty hard.  The benefits of water in regards to immunity and overall body system functions are a huge plus.

Promotes Weight Loss
I could lie and say all the other benefits are super important and weight loss is just one more check box on my list, but I won't.  Losing weight is a big focus for me right now.  After having Sadie, I haven't gotten back to my pre-baby body (which I wasn't 100% happy with anyway) and it's been a huge confidence crusher.  I am certain that I've been feeding my body when really it's begging to be hydrated so drinking more water will definitely help.

Creates Healthy Skin
I suffer from adult acne which is a cruel trick of nature indeed.  I’m not 15 anymore!!  Hopefully, the increase in my water intake will help clear my skin and leave me with a healthy, smooth complexion.

Well, wish me luck on my water quest!  I hope you had a great week and a happy Monday!

<3 n

Saturday, January 10, 2015

I'm Back!!

To the detriment of my weekly blogging dream, my sick day turned into a sick week.  I was in bed Sunday through Wednesday feeling horrible.  Thursday, I returned to work feeling still a bit under the weather.  Yesterday was much better and today I’m feeling almost myself.  If anyone is following my blog, I’m sorry.  I’ll try to see to it that this does not happen again (at least not for so many consecutive days).  I probably could have used some posts I have partially written, but my mental capacity wasn’t really down for it and, out of respect for my job, I thought it would be wrong of me to be present on my blog but not present for work.

So, we’re starting fresh!  Come Monday, things will be business as usual here.  If weather permits, I have a couple fun things I’d like to do this weekend which will show up on my blog this coming week.  Looking out our patio doors, it is a gloomy mess.  The green of the trees is sharply contrasted by an almost white sky.  Everything is still.  No light breeze.  No puffy clouds in motion on their way to who knows where.  Earlier in the week and last weekend, we had some beautiful California weather that I didn’t get enjoy being sick and all.  Just my luck I guess.

I hope you’re having a fabulous weekend filled with lots of fun!!  Once again, I apologize for my absence and hope to make up for it in the coming week.  I have to go straighten my hair, paint my nails and groom my brows a bit now as Ella’s dad Danny and I have a business-y meeting later this evening.  Thanks for reading!

<3 n

P.S. It’s starting to rain!  I’m going to have to purchase another umbrella because Hendrix and/or Sadie destroyed my nice, pricy one J bought me. :(  Why, babies, why??

Friday, January 2, 2015

We're Getting Married?!

Let the pinning begin!  As I stated in my Gifts from J post, we are officially engaged and planning to marry. After a bit of consideration of whether or not to just save money and elope, we've set a tentative date for an actual wedding.  In the end, it came down to our desire to have our family and friends be present when we exchange our vows.

I am excited, scared and anxious all at once.  I have a thousand ideas bouncing around in my mind like a pinball machine on the fritz.  It's only been a matter of days and already I've subjected J to more wedding-related conversations than any man should ever have to hear.  I've also asked him at least ten times if he's sure he wants to marry me.  Finally, he responded, "If you ask me that again, I'm not going to marry you."  I haven't asked again.  Yet.

So far I've downloaded two apps from and I've been on Pinterest everyday (although I'm trying to be very conservative and not pin everything I come across).  I have a couple dresses that I'm in love with but as my taste is rather fickle, I won't be making a decision for quite a while.  And not before I try on at least a couple dozen dresses of course.

I will most likely be writing more pre-nuptial posts in the months to come, so check back if you're interested to see how it's all going.  Thanks for reading!!

<3 n

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Weekly Blogging in 2015 :)

Yesterday marked the end of my daily blogging in December.  Since I did miss two days (Christmas Day and the day after) I'm not completely satisfied with myself but I am happy that I became more consistent and committed.

It took a few days for me to decide whether to carry on blogging each day throughout 2015 or return to a less demanding (read: more sporadic) schedule.  What I really loved about posting daily was the feeling that I had to do it.  I didn't allow myself to think that not posting was an option.  The downside was the limited time in which I had to churn out another post.  I wasn't proud of some of my posts because I was simply too tired and too rushed while writing them.

The year 2015 will see a happy medium on my blog.  I've decided (this was actually J's idea) to post each weekday and take the weekends off to experience, write and photograph the things about which I will be blogging.  Having a schedule that consists of consecutive days but still allows for some downtime sounds perfect to me.  This also leaves room for something neat I'd like to do in the future.

In addition to consistent weekly blogging, I want to start doing monthly favorites posts.  I love watching these types of videos on YouTube so I think the topic would make for great blog posts.  Since I'm not a beauty guru and I have kids, a job, a fianc√© and loads of other things to juggle, my monthly favorites will be a big blend of products, places and whatever else I'm loving at the moment.

Well I work tomorrow so it's best I head off to bed now.  Sweet dreams and happy New Year!  I hope you had a wonderful New Year's Eve and Day.

<3 n