A Short, Purposeful Hiatus

Oh, hi. Christine here. :) I’ve decided to take a (hopefully) short hiatus to get some stuff straight. Blog wise that is. :) I’m planning a ‘re-launch’ of sorts and I hope it will be within the next two weeks. I may share some details along the way but for now just know that My Everyday Life is going to come back better than ever! :)

April Goals

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Ok, so I know we’re a week into April but I had a fit of inspiration this weekend and realllllly wanted to post some April Goals. And since fits of inspiration have been….lacking…lately, I wanted to jump all over it!

1. For real work on a new look for the blog.
I’ve been putting this off for a while but I’m really not loving how my blog looks right now. I hope to have my new look nailed down b the end of the month.

2. Finish cleaning the office.
My office was omgsoscary messy. I literally didn’t even want to go in there. So this past weekend I did all of the major stuff but it still needs a little work to finish up.

3. Exercise 3-4 times per week.
Ok so I’m not going 0-100 here but I do want to do some form of exercise a couple times per week. I’m going to start slow, some sit ups, light cardio and weights here at home. My hip and I are definitely not ready for a full on gym routine yet but I’d like to start doing something! (P.S. I’ve already done it once! :) )

4. Start using coupons again!
I used to really enjoy clipping coupons and saving a few bucks at the grocery store but when I get busy and overwhelmed that’s one of the first things to go. But now that life is getting back to normal I’m all over it! :)

That’s really all for now. I think I had one more goal but I really can’t remember it now. :) Side note, I ripped off my acrylic nails this weekend and I feel like my hands have been freed! More on that later. Also, start thinking about your favorite night cream because we’re going to have a whole conversation about that later this week. :)

HAPPY MONDAY!!!

Do More of What Makes You Happy {Follow Up}

After my post Tuesday on doing more of what makes you happy, my Dad sent me an email. The first line said “Your blog is deep today.” I laughed at fist but then I realized I had divulged something deep and very important to me (and everyone). His response was very thought provoking so I really wanted to share! He went on to say that we can generally categorize the things we do into one of two categories.

1. Time spent doing things others need/want me to do.
2. Time spent doing things I want to do.

He poignantly pointed out that if there weren’t some element of Category 2 in everything we do we really wouldn’t do it at all. For example, my dad works to take care of the family but also because he (on a super basic level) needs to provide food and shelter for himself as well. So yes, kind of Category 1 but certainly elements of Category 2 as well, especially since he enjoys taking care of his family, and it is necessary.

His next point was that it sounded like my problem lately is that I was misplacing certain things into Category 2 thus collapsing the two categories. The problem with that is that you lose your sense of self to a self that is defined by others. (Seriously, Dad knows some sh*t. ;) ) So anyway, how do you know if your categories are collapsing? I describe it as feeling blah. Dad put it much more eloquently…

That is literally the sound of your soul complaining to you that it is being ignored, and that the real “you” is being neglected.

OMG I’ve been neglecting my soul?! My very being? *le sigh* But seriously, that’s not a good thing to let fall by the wayside. Hence the whole “doing more of what I love” escapade. And I really hope it’s not an escapade. I want it to be a way of life.

There you have it. A little Friday morning wisdom from Dad. I hope y’all can have an awesome Friday and spend at least a little bit of time each day doing more of what makes you happy!

Kale Chips: A (sort of) Recipe

kalechips  Y’all. I have found a new favorite snack food. And I love snacks so this is really saying something! I’ve been reading about kale’s amazingness for a while now but I never did jump on the bandwagon. I mean, it’s just another green vegetable so what’s the big deal? I did a bit of research to find some “reliable” information on the benefits of this self-proclaimed super food and the article I liked this most was this quick read 6 Things You Don’t Know About Kale from Huffington Post. But back to the recipe. This thing has a simple-to-delicious ratio that is out of this world. In terms of simplicity it’s a 1 on a scale of 1 to 10…and on the delicious scale it’s a 10! Seriously. My husband looked at me like I was crazy when I brought this stuff home and said I was going to “bake” it and make “chips.”

Kale Chips ‘Recipe’

I will also willingly admit that I did not come up with this recipe and the original can be found here.

Ingredients

1 bunch kale
olive oil
salt

Directions

Wash kale and thoroughly dry. Cut off stem and pull of leaves and tear into bite size pieces. Lay out on baking sheet (well, you all know I used my baking stone) and drizzle with olive oil and then sprinkle with salt. Bake on 350 degrees until edges are brown but not burned.

Note: I baked mine for about 13 and 1/2 minutes and I really should have let them go for the full 15. I also saw another recipe later that said to bake them at 400 so I might give that a try as well.

There you have it, the most ridiculously easy delicious snack I’ve ever had the pleasure to make. :D

Do More of What Makes You Happy

So lately I’ve been trying out a new mantra. Do more of what makes you happy. I know, the title was kind of a giveaway. I was going to save this post for later and thought about making it my singular April goal but I just couldn’t wait to share!

A Little Confession

I have not had the best time recovering from surgery. Physically I’ve been rocking it but I haven’t done a great job with the emotional/psychological aspect of it. Maybe it’s because I was totally unprepared for the fact that there was going to be a psychological component to the recovery. (As a former healthcare professional, I really should have known better.) I kind of glossed over the fact that I was going to be very dependent on someone else for a while. And while that someone is my husband and he has willingly and awesomely risen to the challenge, it’s me that’s uncomfortable giving up so much independence, even for a short while. The result? Me feeling less than spectacular lately. I’ve been in a funk and I just couldn’t shake it. There are small glimpses of excitement like riding with the windows down on a rare warm and sunny day but I’ve just been feeling a lot of blah lately.

How is this relating to ‘do more of what makes you happy’ again…?

Oh yeah, so my point is that I knew I needed to do something to try and pull myself out of my funk. I’m not going to lie, being cleared to drive a couple weeks ago and then being cleared to walk with no crutches! has been a huge help. This past weekend was the first time I’ve been really mobile since surgery. :) So I cleaned my house, went to the grocery, and basically had an awesome time. But I know the shiny newness of being able to vacuum ;) is going to wear off soon and I don’t want to forget those other things I enjoy doing….

Which finally kind of brings me to my point…

…I’m going to make an effort to do more of what makes me happy. Not what other people think should make me happy. Not what I think I should do so that other people think the things that I’m doing are making me happy. Actual stuff that makes me happy. Have you ever just sat down and thought about that for a while? What, without any outside influence, makes you happy?

Do you read classic literature because you like it or because you’re an intellectual and you think you should?
Do you run because you like it or because people think you’re a runner?
Do you wear makeup because you enjoy taking care of your appearance or because you think that people think that you should wear makeup?
Do you blog because it’s trendy and you feel like you should or because you genuinely love writing and the relationships you form with other bloggers?

Whatever it is that you genuinely love, do more of it. Even if that means doing more of something that other people think is weird or “isn’t like you.” Well, yeah, maybe it is like me! :) Let’s also be clear that I understand that we’re all adults here and sometimes very often have to do things that don’t make us happy at all. Like paying bills, ew. Who enjoys that? Not me, I’d like to have more money to spend at Sephora, thanks. But my point is that we do have all these obligations and must-dos so for that precious free time, do only the things that truly make your little heart happy.

February Birchbox Review

In early February I finally jumped on the Birchbox bandwagon and could. not. wait. to get my first box! When my first box arrived in late February I literally jumped up and down like a small child (well as best as I could on my crutches). Now that I’ve tried almost everything in it I figured I’d share with y’all as well!

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Included in my February box was this tinted top coat from OPIeye cream by Benefitbath milk by Mox Botanicals, a hair treatment from Agave, and finally these Reviver dry deodorant wipes for clothes.

OPI Sheer Tints Color-Tinted Top Coat (in Be Magentale with Me)

Tried It? yes
Liked It? yes!
Thoughts: If you follow me on Instagram or know me in real life you know I’m kind of obsessed with nail polish so seeing this in my first Birchbox was super exciting! I tried this two ways, on bare nails and over a red polish. On bare nails it gave a nice subtle pink-ish sheen and I really felt like it gave a little extra pop over my red nails. I love it and can’t wait to use it again! :)

Benefit It’s Potent! Eye Cream

Tried it? yes
Liked it? yes
Thoughts: So the package boasts that this will get rid of even the darkest of eye circles. Well I have to say I haven’t noticed a huge difference in the appearance of dark circles but I don’t usually have terrible dark circles in the first place. However, I have been on the hunt for a good night/day eye cream and this definitely fits the bill! I have super dry skin and that makes my late-20s wrinkles way more present than they really should be. So for that purpose, being a good, moisturizing under eye cream, this stuff is awesome!!

Mox Botanicals Bath Milk (in Calendula & Oatmeal)

Tried it? yes
Liked it? yes
Thoughts: I was a little skeptical as I’ve never tried bath milk before and I honestly thought it sounded a little gross. But I had it and I haven’t been able to take a bath in ages due to surgery and I thought it might be nice to relax in a bath. At first I was a little disappointed because the smell wasn’t super potent like bubble bath. But the longer I sat there the more I appreciated the subtlety of it. And when I got out, my skin was super soft, I didn’t even put on lotion!

Agave Healing Oil Treatment

Tried it? no
I am slightly ashamed to admit that I haven’t tried this since I received my February box almost 3 weeks ago. Oops. I really want to try this stuff though so stay tuned for an update! Go like my Facebook page and be sure to follow me on Twitter to make sure you catch the update!

Reviver Dry Deodorant Swipes for Clothes

Tried it? no
This is something I haven’t tried and am not sure when I will. I’m not sure how much use I’ll have for it since I don’t spend as much time in smoky bars as I did when I was 21. (I’m looking at you 4th & 23rd!) These days when my clothes get smelly I generally just wash them. ;) Though I wonder if they work well for traveling?…. I guess I’ll have to let you know if I ever do try them.

 

So there you have it. Somewhat a day late and a dollar short but finally reviewed February Birchbox. I hate to admit that the arrival of my March box spurred me to finally get my you-know-what together and finish this post! I promise you won’t have to wait until mid-April for a review on my March box!

Rule of 3

Oh hey, y’all! Apparently I haven’t been around for weeks at a time again. *le sigh* Sometimes I wonder if I will ever get into a “good” blogging schedule. Oh well. But today, I don’t want to worry about that. Today I want to tell you about my new “Rule of 3.”

Backstory

If you’ve known me for any length of time you know I can be a little bit of a clutter bug. HA! Let’s face it, I’m basically a Stage 1 Hoarder. Ok, not really, but, yeah, kind of. My problem is that in my head I really like things to be hyper organized and then when they aren’t I get easily overwhelmed by tackling the problem/mess/stack/pile. (I’m famous for putting stuff in a semi-neat pile and calling it good.) I digress, my point is that I have a problem with clutter and I’ve always been crap at keeping up with a good “housekeeping schedule.” You know, clean the bathrooms every Wednesday and mop the kitchen every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday kind of thing. Usually I do no cleaning during the week because I’m “too tired.” But the truth is I just come home and lay down and then am too lazy to get up again. ;) SO, inspired by my recently acquired ability to sort of walk again (well, with one crutch rather than two) I decided that I want to start doing a little bit around the house every day to try and keep up with the cleaning and the clutter. Thus, the rule of three was born.

Rule of 3

I decided that each day either during the workday or on my way home I will think of three household chores I want to get done that evening. Wednesday I did them as soon as I got home (wash dogs, clean bathrooms, 1 load of laundry). Yesterday I did them after dinner (sweep/vacuum den, clear off dining room table, 1 load of laundry). I know it’s only been two days but I’m loving this new system!  It helps me feel like I’ve accomplished something and I’m not super overwhelmed by how much there is to do because even in just two days I feel like I see a marked improvement in how our house looks!

They key for me is having these tasks mapped out in my head before I get home. Once I’m home I’m too distracted by whatever is going on and then I think of the omg-so-many-things that need to get done and then I do none of them. This way, I can complete my list and then not feel bad about relaxing for the rest of the evening (or even doing some blogging!).

How do you keep up with all that needs to be done around the house? 

February Goal Review

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**EDITED TO ADD: Ack! This was supposed to go live on the 28th! Enjoy…even if a few days late!**

Sooo….a few days ago I took a look at my goals to see if I’d gotten anything accomplished in February. hahahahaha. Honestly, I don’t know what I was on when I wrote those (oh, yes I do, I was only 3 days post-op) but had-de-har. Recovering from surgery has taken a lot more energy than I expected. Sometimes even though I feel like I don’t do a whole lot during the day, I am exhausted by the end of the day. For example, a few days ago I had Monday off (after already having the whole weekend off) and I still managed to take a 2+ hour nap. Healing is exhausting. Anywayyyy, let’s take a look at the February goals just for kicks. ;)

1. Work on blog theme.

Define ‘work on’… ;). I spent some time thinking about this while in Ohio but have not actively worked on it at all. I did create a Pinterest board for color inspiration so that helps right? ;)

2. Work on calligraphy.
Yeah, still haven’t even bought more ink for my pen. :( Maybe when I can drive again…

3. Work towards a good posting schedule.
This I feel like I have actually done! Even though I haven’t been posting a lot (again, because of how utterly exhausted I’ve been) I have been recording ideas for posts and weekly features and trying to get organized blog-wise! Just wait until I’m on two feet again…it’s on!

4. Finish two books.
Um, no. I basically did not read at all while I was in Ohio and pretty much anytime I lay down these days I fall asleep.

 

*sigh* Not so good. But I really don’t feel bad about it either. :) How did you do on your February goals?

Master Bath Remodel {THE BEFORE}

Ever since we moved in our house about a year and a half ago, we knew a master bath remodel would eventually be on the agenda. But we put it off for a while in favor of less time consuming (and less expensive) projects. But then a few things tipped the scale.

1. No matter how hard I tried or how thoroughly I cleaned, the bathroom was gross again within a couple days. And there were some parts that no matter how much you scrubbed just never looked clean.

2. A few weeks ago a tile literally fell off the wall while I was in the middle of washing my hair. Not exactly the way I wanted to start my morning especially since there was mold behind it. *vomit sound*

So we covered the hole and contemplated when would be a good time to do the Great Bathroom Remodel. And by we I obviously mean, the husband because you know I just yelled for him and told him something gross happened in the bathroom.

When I first took these ‘before’ pictures, Manny asked me if I was really going to post them. They are gross. You’re going to think I never cleaned my bathroom. But I promise I did and do and am not a disgusting person. Prepare yourself. ;)

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Yeah. That’s what the floor used to look like. It was the crappiest bathroom floor I’ve ever seen. If you stood on it with wet feet, the tile would stick to your foot when you tried to move.

two

This brown sort of glue looking stuff was in several spots on the floor. I have no idea what it is but it kind of looked like some glue got on the wrong side of the ’tile’.

three This is probably the most embarrassing picture. It looks like I haven’t cleaned my bathroom ever but the grout was basically stained that color. #ew No amount of elbow grease or Ajax would remove all of the stains.

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Remember earlier in the post when I said a tile fell off the wall while I was in the shower? Yeah. That used to be a hole that Manny covered with duct tape.

five That’s a close up of what used to be our mirror/medicine cabinet. I can’t even.

So there you have it! The absolutely gross before pictures! We’re about 1/3 of the way through the remodel now and I can’t wait to take some update pictures!

Sunday Social: 2.23.14

Yikes. If it weren’t for the Sunday Social I wouldn’t be blogging at all these days. Unlike the last time I took a blogging break, I have tons of ideas but have just been utterly exhausted. Being on crutches and unable to put weight on my right leg, everything takes me at least twice as long as it used to. My entire day feels like a cardio workout and by the time I get home from work I’m too tired to do anything except lay on the sofa. Thankfully, I only have a little over two weeks left on the crutches! *phew* Anyway, let’s get to socializing!

sunday social

1. Favorite breakfast food.
McDonald’s sausage biscuit. This biscuit and I have a long history.

2. Best way to spend a free day.
Blogging, napping, watching guilty pleasure TV.

3. Airline ticket to anywhere in the world.
Rome. It is one of my favorite cities in the world and I can easily get to the rest of Europe from there. ;)

4. You can only leave the house with one thing…what is it?
My phone. I could call for a ride and do almost anything else I needed to.

5. How do you take your coffee?
Usually brewed at home with some flavored creamer. If I get coffee on the go I get it with Half and Half and two Splenda…unless I splurge on a fancy White Mocha.

Hope y’all have a great Sunday!