Never Fails…

yes, i'm using my daughter's nebulizer and her dinosaur mask!

yes, i’m using my daughter’s nebulizer and her dinosaur mask!

Once I get into the swing of things w/working out, something comes along to deter me and it’s usually some kind of sickies, as I said in a previous post.

This time around?  The girls caught some kind of cough/cold..no fevers though so that’s good.  However, it got Razz back to using her nebulizer a couple of times and even me.  Yes, me.  I can’t find my inhaler (never can find it when I need it, but when I don’t need it, I see it everywhere).  We almost didn’t go to a holiday party over the weekend, but somehow, we managed to muster up enough energy to go and even looked spiffy for the evening.  Sunday, I was having coughing fits and finally used Razz’ nebulizer.  I was ok after that and spent my day off on Monday resting and baking w/my girls.  Then, this morning, I was up at 5:30am coughing away…for an hour and then I finally nebulized again.  I always thought you could outgrow childhood asthma, and I did for years…didn’t expect it to come back though.  It is EXHAUSTING to keep coughing!  I don’t know what’s worse, sneezing like crazy b/c of allergies or coughing fits…both are exhausting.  Did I say it’s exhausting?
This is putting a damper in my 4 week goals…especially the one where I said I would work out 4-6x/wk.  Last week, I got in 3 workouts before falling to the coughsies.  I am hoping that I will feel better by tonight so we can all go to the gym (thank you child care!).  I don’t care if I just walk on the treadmill instead of jog, I need to sweat and work out.  I need my cholesterol numbers down by next doctor’s visit and for good!

#asthmasux #asthmasexhausting

 

If only I had narrow feet

Well, that’s a catchy title, if there ever was one!

You see these lovelies?  They are shoes from Sole Society called “Margie” and I LOVE THEM!  Seriously, I posted on Instagram asking if it was possible to be in love with a shoe.

margie

I was so disappointed that Sole Society didn’t have my size in stock.  THEN, I saw Nordstrom did (*angels sing*) so I ordered and got them here by Monday.  I took them out of the box and I swear, my mouth couldn’t stop grinning.  I was THAT happy.  I tried them on and loved how they looked!   However, my feet are too wide (I guess?) and so they were pinching my pinkies.

I didn’t know if you could stretch patent leather so I called cobblers around and they said they could.  I also tried walking around in them w/socks on.   Still, I was hesitant to stretch, and possibly, damage such a pretty pair of shoes.  Plus, what if all that stretching still didn’t do anything ?  Would I be able to return them?  Being uncertain, I ordered a 1/2 size bigger yesterday from Nordstrom and chose Next Day Shipping (which is $25!!!!).  I figured they would get here on time and I can see if they would fit or not and if not, take 1 of the 2 to the cobbler and get it back on time for our Annual Holiday Party on Saturday.  When I ordered, they were in stock.  I checked today and the status said Estimated Ship Date was tomorrow, 12/14!!!  BOOOOOOO!

I did a Live Chat w/them and it turns they were on backorder and none in their warehouse so they had to find a Nordstrom that carried it.  They took off the Next Day Shipping fee (only right), but I still won’t get it here by Saturday.  I don’t think they ship on Saturdays…they said next Business day which would be Monday / Tuesday (depending on when it does finally get fulfilled).

So, it looks as if my lovies won’t be on my toesies on Saturday afterall.  I love the way they look, but I love comfort more.  Maybe I will take the ones I have to the cobbler to see if they can stretch enough to make them fit.  I kind of doubt it though (see bottom left corner pic).  I want my toesies to not feel like they’re going to fall off.  I don’t want to be sitting all night with my gorgeous shoes!  What’s the point in that?

WW: Thanksgiving 2012

I know, I know…everyone’s on full on Christmas/Holiday mode we are too.  However, I cannot let this Thanksgiving go unnoticed (I’ll probably also do catch up entries on birthdays and Jamaica).

This was our 1st Thanksgiving in our new house.  The rest of our family is in NJ and so it was just us 5 celebrating together this year.  I decided to try to make it “formal” and that way our girls could learn and get familiar with table settings and the proper ways to do things with grace, elegance and proper manners.  Besides, they’re always playing Princess Dress-Up, might as well learn etiquette too.  – side note – I wish they had some type of etiquette / manners courses in schools…how to set the table properly and know which fork does what, etc.  I know we, as parents can teach them, but sometimes it’s received differently when taught by a school teacher.

In any case, pDaddy and I agreed upon what we wanted to eat and so off I went doing groceries (almost everyday for a week, it seemed).  Everything was homemade with the exception of Shrimp Cocktail and Dessert.  I guess I could have  made desserts too, but that’s ok.  Turkey was marinated overnight and everything was ready and prepped for the next day.

I woke up early on Thanksgiving – I think I was just really excited to cook for my family.  I haven’t cooked a Thanksgiving Dinner since ’08 / ’09 and I remember being half-assed about it.  I woke up too early so I decided, to add to the formality of the luncheon, to make some menus.  I found a template on line I liked and I cut and glued and punched away.  I had to cut the papers by hand because my paper cutter was missing it’s blades (I hid them from the baby and I guess I hid them well b/c I still can’t find them).   I wanted to make place cards as well, but I decided not to…no place card holders and I didn’t feel like cutting by hand anymore (spoiled, I know).

So, after that, I got breakfast going and got to cooking our luncheon.  Here’s our Thanksgiving Day feast (no, we don’t do stuffing…I just never had it growing up).   I hope you all had a great one 🙂

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Holiday Party Dress – 2012 #1

affordable holiday party - 2012

I think this dress may be the winner…IF it gets here on time and fits.  I got my original order and it was too small so I ordered it again w/rush shipping.  Should be here tomorrow and I need to hope it fits bc I loved it!

So, which shoes?

 hmmm…long cardi, short cardi or blazer?

Accessories?  I need to go through and unpack my fashion jewelry now, I guess.

Windy City Dress in Forest – ModCloth.com
shoes from top left counter clockwise
Sole Society – “Stephanie” in black  | ModCloth – “Surprise and Shine Heel” in Gold  | Sole Society – “Stephanie” in Platino|  Sole Society – “Julianne”  |  Sole Society – “Margie” via Nordstrom

Losing Weight, Not Just for the Vain

4 Week GoalsYup, I need to lose weight and it’s not to look pretty or be skinny anymore. It’s nothing to do with vanity…nope. It’s for my health. I had some bloodwork done and my numbers were pretty high for cholesterol. In fact, the doctor said I should be on medication with my numbers, but she didn’t want to put me on medication until I tried to lose weight first. I’m not even clear on how much weight I need to lose.  She may have told me, but I think I was too dumbfounded at the moment and forgot to ask.  I think even losing 10 lbs would help.

Through the years, I have had my ups and downs with weightloss. I had stints of getting into working out, running, dieting, etc. I would lose weight, but would gain it back. I never got to my goal weight. Over the summer, I started one of the BeachBody programs (same company that sells/promotes “P90X”, “Insanity”, etc.). I started “TurboFire” and let me tell you, it is great! The instructor, Chalene Johnson, knows how to get you going and keep you going. I lost weight on it, but didn’t keep it off because I didn’t keep up with the program and at some point, fell off the wagon w/working out and eating.

My problem is 2-fold: Eating (not the best of foods and not in small portions) and Motivation.

I can be so gung ho about working out and getting in shape and my mindset will be in the right place, but for some reason, I end up getting distracted and losing that motivation. This time around, it was because girls and I kept getting sick with the change in seasons. Still, when we got better, I didn’t go back to working out with gusto like I did.

Same with food, I can be so healthy 1 week and then devour fast food and junk food the next week (and the week after that, etc.).

I need to stop this, I know it. I like how I feel when the inches come off. I love that my clothes get loose and I’m not “muffin-topping” like crazy.  I love that I have more energy when I workout and lose weight.   I love that even my skin benefits from me sweating (releasing toxins, I guess). I need to get going and make changes. I need to be healthy. High cholesterol at 35 is not cool. Being on medication is not cool and for what? Lack of focus and motivation?!?!

I need to start eating better, but dieting is not for me. Restricting myself from certain foods just makes me binge on them later on. I just need to eat clean as much as possible and/exercise more portion control.

I know what I need to do and I need to make myself accountable.  My #s need to go down and not just on the scale.  They need to go down for cholesterol and dress sizes.  I hate that I just had to buy an XL skirt because my waist is too big, but I have to get it hemmed because it’s too long.   Big waist and short legs are just not a great combo!

I follow Chalene Johnson’s FB page and she put on there to make 4 Week Goals. That was one of the 1st things I did today and I posted it on Instagram and on our Turbofire Challenge Group page on FB. pDaddy signed up for a family gym membership so I am starting to go there now…so far I went Friday and Sunday. I may not be following Turbofire workout schedules to the “T” anymore, but I will still use some of those DVDs. They are awesome workouts! I wish I could have had more focus and more determination/motivation to do the full 90 day program because I know I would have seen results. I saw results after the first 2 weeks!

So anyway, here is me…being accountable with 4 Week Goals (pictured above):

By January 10, 2013, I will be able to proudly say I:

  • have worked out at least 4-6x/wk (Turbo/Gym)
  • lost 10 lbs
  • am able to do 10 push-ups with no knees
  • am able to do 10 tricep push-ups
  • lost 2″ from my waist
  • drank 80 oz of water daily
  • can run 1 mile straight
  • can finish CORE 20* (floor work) without stopping
  • limited bad carb in-take
  • increased fruits and veggies
  • made daily TO DO lists and prioritized

There you have it.  4 weeks from today.  Wow, I just made “resolutions” before New Year’s!

 

*CORE20 is a TurboFire workout

Meet Parker

elfonashelfOk, we did it, we adopted an “Elf on the Shelf” little buddy.  I was hesitant at first, but as long as he’s not in my face when I wake up, I guess it’s fine (my sister shares the same sentiment).  After a gazillion names being thrown out there, we all settled on “Parker”.  Maybe it had something to do with the fact that we just watched “Amazing Spiderman” and well, his name is “Peter Parker”.Other names were:  “Woody”, “Eli”, “Sebastian”, “Hagrid” (yes, the big guy from “Harry Potter”)  and I don’t even remember the others anymore.

Beans is 7 now and is the most excited out of everyone.  The other morning she squealed and laughed so hard when she found him – hanging around our tree!  I was upstairs and heard her!  I love this age…when the spirit of Christmas is so alive and the age off innocence is full on kicking!   Beans was the one actually asking for it all the time since the week of Thanksgiving, but that doesn’t mean that the other 2 gals don’t have fun looking for him either…

 

While the girls were making ornaments, I read them the story and that started our little guy’s adventures!

He was too tired to move one night, but I think he’s got himself rested up goes back to report to Santa every night since.

Here’s where we’ve been finding him lately…

I can’t wait to see where else he ends up!

New Year’s Resolution – 2013: #1

MIA for almost 1.5 months and I’m back with a confessional type entry…here goes…

New Year’s Resolution #1 will be to limit myself with shopping.

I’m not sure by how much yet.  Maybe 1 or 2 shoes per season, 1 outerwear, etc…or maybe by a dollar amount.  I’ll have to think about it.  It just can’t be ALL of this in ONE week.  This is all because we’re going to a Holiday Party next weekend and one thing led to another.

Exhibit A:

TJMaxx - DKYNC Dress

TJMaxx – DKYNC Dress

DKNYC Dress purchased at TJMaxx – Fits ok, but a bit loose on the shoulders (built in cami straps keep falling) and waist.  I’m afraid I’ll forget to suck in mah belly and I’ll look pregnant all night.

Exhibit B:

modcloth "Windy City Dress"

modcloth “Windy City Dress”

“Windy City” Dress from ModCloth.  Wasn’t sure about the Forrest Green color, but it is the holidays…and a bit more subdued than a red, but more than a black.  Besides, the shoes coming up would all look great with this…yes, that’s PLURAL on the “shoes”.

Exhibit C:

modcloth - "Essential Elegance" skirt

“Essential Elegance” skirt

Lot of Fashion Bloggers out there have nothing but love for this skirt sold by ModCloth.  Who am I to argue?  I thought I could pair this with a gold sequin top that I got on clearance from Target last year as a possible ensemble for the holiday party.

Exhibit D:

Sole Society’s “Margie” Studded T-Strap (purchased at Nordstrom).  What is not to love about this shoe?

sole society "Margie"

sole society “Margie”

It is feminine, sexy, femme fatale and a take on a pair of Valentino’s I saw at Nordstrom’s.  I was almost very upset because I had these as my FIRST Sole Society purchase, but there was some problem with processing my payment.  I had to wait until 7am PST to talk to a rep and by the time that happened and it got all sorted (which was fairly quickly once I finally was talking to someone), it was no longer available…as in SOLD OUT in my size.  Now, it’s rare Sole Society re-stocks and even if they did, I don’t think it would be before our party next weekend.  So, I was desperate and googled it.  Lo and behold, Nordstrom had them and saved the day!

Exhibit E and F:

Sole Society’s “Stephanie” cut-out heel…I mean come on, I had to, that’s my name!

sole society "Stephanie"

sole society “Stephanie”

I was looking for a gold shoe and I liked the look of this and that the platform wasn’t too much.  I’m pretty over all the platform goodness of years past.  If it’s more than an inch, I’ve started to look away.  I think I’m just getting too old to rock those (mid-30s, in case you were wondering).  Even these I had to think about longer than usual.  Anyway, I was looking for gold to pair w/the skirt and gold sequin top.  Now I can see this with the green dress as well!  Now, my problem is that none of these clothes are in my possession and I’m not sure how they’ll fit so I ordered these in black as well to wear with the DKNYC sequin dress…but now, I’m not so sure they’ll go together anyway.

Exhibit G:

Last, but not least, Sole Society’s “Julianne“:

sole society "Julianne"

sole society “Julianne”

When this first came out, they featured the cobalt/royal blue color which is gorgeous.  Problem is, I’m not young enough or confident enough to pull off such a bold color.  Besides, I’m trying to limit my shopping and am afraid I would have had to buy outfits for that blue suede lovey…I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’ve built outfits around shoes plenty of times, but I’m really trying to just work with what I have…at least after today 😉

So, I can’t figure out how to justify any of this except that dangit, I love them all – at least online.  I’m actually hoping they don’t fit right or are not comfy, etc…so I can return some of them because I think I would keep them ALL!  Mind you, 1…1 holiday party.  I work from home and can be in sweats all day long if I wanted.  I am not a Fashion Blogger…just someone who wants to have access to the fashion she likes.  I know I’m ridiculous though – I still have a pair of booties and a pair of riding boots STILL in boxes and I’ve had them for over a month now!  I also have other heels, flats, etc.  either just worn once or none at all.  I think I may have to sell some on eBay again…Really, I need to cut the shopping down or I’m going to need a second job just to fuel my clothes/shoes/home decor shopping addiciton!

By the way, these can also be found on my Pinterest Board: Style & Fashion