Empties Vol. 2

Happy Monday everyone!

Time to look at my trash again!  I’ve had this post drafted for a few weeks now and FINALLY getting it posted.  If you recall my goals for this year, I wanted to stop hoarding products!  I’ve been working through the stuff in our closet as well as makeup in my vanity.  There are some things that I needed to toss even though they weren’t completely used up.  I’m talking about makeup from 2012!  I figured it was definitely time to get rid of those products.

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Victoria’s Secret ‘Incredible’ Perfume  |   VS discontinued this perfume awhile back which makes me super bummed.  I love love love this stuff!  When we were in Chicago last year, the semi annual sale was going on & they had several bottles of this stuff on a table.  I bought 3 at that time & kicking myself for not buying more!

Tanwise Self Tanning Spray |  LOVE LOVE LOVE this stuff!  You can find this at any Sally Beauty Supply for about $10 and it lasts forever!  I mix this with my Banana Boat self tanning lotion to add a little bit more color.

Up & Up Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer (Firming) |   I know I raved about the Jergens Natural Glow lotion in my last post but I bought this because I wanted to save some money.  While this lotion isn’t terrible, I would still recommend Jergens over it.

Macadamia Deep Repair Masque |  This was given to me by a co-worker last year & I finally used it up.  I will say that this stuff wasn’t the worst hair mask I’ve ever used before but I think I’ll stick with plain old coconut oil when my hair needs some major conditioning!

Herbal Essences ‘Tealightfully Clean’ Shampoo |  I’ve been using this stuff since college & have it on hand for those days when my hair feels extra gross.  BUT… I just saw that Herbal Essences released a new line of products & looked like they were phasing their old stuff out.  I could be wrong but that’s how the Target shelves looked the other day!

L’Oreal Blow Dry It Primer Spray |  I have re-purchased this product several times & highly recommend it!  I’ve tried the Kenra primer spray & absolutely hated how heavy it made my hair feel once it was dry.  This stuff is super light and smells great too!  As for cutting down dry time, I think it helps a little but I also have very thick hair so it takes forever to dry no matter what.

Equate Cocoa Butter Lotion |  For being under $1 at Walmart, this lotion is pretty darn good.  I’ve used it several times over the past few years.  The scent is good & doesn’t feel sticky or greasy.  It soaks into my skin right away but that could also be because it’s the middle of winter right now.

Matrix Color Obsessed Shampoo & Conditioner Samples |   These were part of a Christmas gift so I tried these right after I dyed my hair dark red.  I probably wouldn’t purchase full size bottles of this stuff though as it really didn’t feel that great on my hair.

Tresemme Smooth & Silky Conditioner |  I bought this at the same time as the shampoo which I mentioned in my last empties post.  It’s not terrible but I would probably recommend something that is a little better quality.

Maybelline Eyeshadow Quad ‘Natural Smokes’ |  I was going through my make-up recently & realized that I have had this for-ev-er.  I’m talking over 4 years now (I remember buying this when Ulta opened in Lincoln in 2012.. hah) so I thought it was a good time to toss it.

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder |  I also LOVE LOVE this stuff and have used it for the past several years.  I feel like I go through it so fast so I’m constantly re-purchasing it.  But, the price is good as well as the quality!

Maybelline Super Stay Better Skin Foundation |  I wanted to try something different from my usual Revlon foundation so I gave this a try.  I don’t feel like it really did anything for my skin but I didn’t mind it.  Not sure if you can tell from the picture but there is still quite a bit left at the bottom.  I could not get the top off for the life of me so I ended up just tossing it.

Rimmel BB Cream (Matte) |  I haven’t been using BB creams as often as I used to lately so when I saw that this bottle actually expired in September 2016, I decided to toss it.  I really like this product as far as BB creams go & have purchased this a few times over the years.

Rimmel ‘Scandaleyes’ Eyeliner |  This is my go-to eyeliner that I have purchased & re-purchased at least 20 times, if not more.  I always go back to this one because a.) the price and b.) it lasts throughout the day!  The only thing I don’t like about this eyeliner is that it really starts to break apart when you close to the end.  This one still had some left but because it just kept breaking, I decided to give up.

NYC Loose Powder |  I’ve purchased this a few times & it lasts FOREVER.  I think the quality is really good compared to the price!

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge |   The best blending sponge!  I’ve purchased & re-purchased this many many times.  I use this every single day!

A random assortment of makeup that I’ve had in my collection for too many years — Essence Eyeshadow Single in ‘Party All Night’ (one of my favorites but they stopped making it, of course), Nyx Liquid Eyeliner in ‘Glam Black’, Essence liquid eyeliner, Covergirl bronzer, a perfume sample, Benefit Roller Lash mascara (this was the birthday month free gift from Ulta TWO years ago!), Maybelline taupe eyeshadow (I’ve had this for-ev-er and have only used it a handful of times), and ELF eyeshadow primer.

Have you used any of these products?  What did you think?

Weekly Workouts #5

Workouts for the week of March 18th through March 24th

Saturday |  Rest.

Sunday |  Gym & Walking
It had been a minute since I went to the gym on a Sunday morning to do my own workout.  I skipped the gym last Sunday + I was doing Body Pump prior to that.  As much as I love laying around & drinking coffee, I also love getting my workout done for the day & not have to run errands until 4:00pm or later.  I got to the gym a little before 11:30, did a quick warm up on the elliptical + some stretching before doing a quick 25 minute HIT workout.  I found my inspiration from Pinterest & tweaked it a little to fit the equipment I had (perks to having the entire small group fitness room to myself).

Go through each set of moves 3 times before moving on to the next one:

10 KB Swings 40#
8 Bent Over Row (barbell)
8 Pushups

10 KB Swings
8 Clean & Press
8 Single Arm Push Press

10 KB Swings
10 Squats
10 Windmill

10 KB Swings
10 Good Mornings
30 Second Plank

In the evening, Curtis & I went for a 2.5 mile walk since the weather was beautiful!

Monday |  Cycle
Oof.  I only did 16.3 miles in the 45 minutes but felt like I did double that by the time class was over.   Possibly from my workout on Sunday.  I did pretty good during the first 15 minutes but then the instructor decided to do ‘Paradise By The Dashboard Light’ and I think we were all dying by the end of it– it’s 8 1/2 minutes long!

Tuesday |  TBC
We did a quick circuit– two rounds for 12 minutes each– and holy moly!  It left me feeling pretty gassed by the end of it all.

Round 1
1 Stair Run /  12 Crunches  /  12 Pushups  /  12 KB Swings  /  12 each Lateral Box Jumps

Round 2
8 Burpees  /  12 Goblet Squats  / 12  Tricep Dips  /  12 Supermans

The last part of class was spent doing partner ab workouts that I don’t even know the names for.  We did plank hand taps, push your partners feet down & laterally, and then trying to knock a ball out of your partners hands while standing on one leg.

Wednesday |  Rest.
Kind of planned but also kind of unintentional which you can read about here.

Thursday |  TBC
We did a workout that was pretty similar to ones that we have been doing recently.  There were three rounds– cardio, strength, and core.

Round 1
5 Burpees
15 KB Swings
5/5 KB Snatch
8 Mountain Climbers
5 Box Jumps
1 Stair Run

Round 2
8 Clean + Press
8 Good Mornings
8 Renegade Row
8/8 Rotational Lunges
8 KB Biceps Curl to Overhead Tricep Extension

Round 3
4/4 Windmill
8 — I don’t even know the name for this because the instructor made it up– it was like a plank/body saw/mountain climber.
8/8 One Leg Bridge
8 Leg Lower
8 Russian Twist

The finisher was a 5 minute circuit around the room involving an agility ladder, broad jumps, balance board, and crawls.

Friday |  Rest.
So, I completely spaced last week’s post.  I don’t think I even started a draft.  I am SO ready for some nice weather to be able to get outside during work more often.  I was really hardcore into walking on my lunch breaks + working out in the evenings to make sure I fit into my wedding dress but I’m thinking about doing it again this year.  I have an hour for lunch which is plenty of time to do something.

Another thing– I’m thinking about giving up cycling.  As much as I’ve enjoyed it the past few months, I think I need to change things up again.  I haven’t decided exactly what I’m going to do but I feel like I need to get back into more weightlifting.  We will see…

TGIF… And 7 Years Bad Luck.

Hello!  Blogging at 8:00pm?  Sure, why not!  I’ve been completely MIA this week from the blog world because this week has been a little crazy.  

Monday & Tuesday evenings were pretty busy and I didn’t get home until late so that left very little time to do anything blog-related once I ate dinner, showered, and packed all of my bags for the next day.  And then Wednesday…..

Wednesday morning didn’t start out too good, obviously.  We have a very awkward driveway which means having to awkwardly park in our garage.  Our cars have to be at a certain angle so they fit properly as well as being able to back out without running into the concrete step on the side of the house.  So, I’m backing out of the garage like usual and I noticed that I was pretty close to the right side.  However, I’m always close but can usually get by without any issues.  I thought I could make it but clearly, I had a pretty poor judgement in distance.  Not to mention that I was also looking to my left to make sure I wouldn’t run into our fence.  Ugh.  I left work early to get a few estimates on it which ranged from almost $800 to a little over $400.  🙁  So, I think I’m going to be driving around with a broken mirror for awhile!  I never realized how much I used my side mirrors until I was driving in rush hour traffic on the highway & thought I was going to die.

So, this whole thing has left me in a pretty rotten mood this week & I’m struggling to shake it.  I spent nearly 30 minutes after work today trying to find my badge so I could get out of my parking garage.  I walked back to my office to search my cubicle, dumped out my purse, and still couldn’t find it anywhere.  I waited around a few minutes for the security guy to see if anyone turned it in but he never showed up so I went back to my car.  And then found it in between the seats.  *enter face palm emoji*

We splurged on dinner tonight & hit up the Runza drive-thru which we haven’t had in ages.  And took Sophie along for the ride because she needs to get out more!  I’m planning to take her to Petsmart this weekend to walk around & get her around people since she’s terrified of them.

Side note:  Along with the car causing my awful mood lately, I’ve been dealing with the worst cold sore I’ve ever had for over a week now that I know is going to leave a scar.  🙁 

I don’t know about you guys but I need some sunshine & consistent warm weather right now.  I know it would help cheer me up a little bit.  I was sitting outside at lunch on Monday while right now we are getting freezing cold rain that doesn’t appear to be ending anytime soon.

I’ve been working my way through ‘All Is Not Forgotten’ which is due in a few days so that is how I will spend the rest of the evening.  Sorry for being such a Debbie Downer but it has been one of those weeks, ya know?  I need a do over!  Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday! Birthday, Flowers, and Foster Pup Progress

Happy Friday!

Feels good to have the weekend again, right?  Although I will say that this week wasn’t too bad, especially starting out on Monday with my birthday!  I still went to work that day although this was the first year that my desk wasn’t completely decked out as soon as I got there.  It was kind of nice, in a way, as I wasn’t distracted by people always stopping by to wish me a happy birthday.  🙂   I went to Cycle after work & came home to a beautiful bouquet of tulips, gift card to Ulta, and a mini cake!  Oh, and we had breakfast burritos from D’Leons for dinner too.  The only down side to the day was that it SNOWED in the morning & was absolutely freezing!

The celebration continues into this weekend as my mom & I are going to see Beauty and the Beast tomorrow night and then going out to dinner with Curtis’ parents on Sunday.

And… speaking of tulips, the bulbs I planted back in October are starting to come up!  I’ve never planted anything in my life (other than those school projects where we planted seeds in little plastic cups) so I’m amazed that these have survived, haha.  I’m excited to see what colors come out too!

I’m SO bummed.   I ordered the Nike Air Max Thea shoes last week after I saw they were on sale at Foot Locker.  I’ve had my eye on these shoes for a LONG time.  Plus, I’ve been wanting another pair of bright blue shoes after I donated my other Smurf shoes last summer.  While these shoes are beautiful, I can’t imagine working out in them because they are so narrow!  The reviews on these shoes were mostly positive so I thought they would be fine but I think I’ll be taking them back this weekend.

Sophie has been doing great since her heart worm shots earlier this month.  She finished then pain pills & muscle relaxer but is still on the prednisone until the end of the month.  She has been so funny lately so I’m thinking that she is finally starting to gain some more confidence & learning how to be a “normal” dog.  Up until a few days ago, she hated her kennel & would not go anywhere near it.  Now she will go in there on her own, lay down, and just hang out.  I think she is learning the word “kennel” and to go in it when we say it.  This is kind of hit & miss but is still progress!  She is finally figuring out that toys are pretty cool too.  We keep them in her kennel & she will carry them out or bring one with her into our guest room (which has become her new favorite hang out spot).  It’s so cute to finally see her playing with a toy when she was SO scared of them before!

For some reason, she is still so terrified of Curtis.  If he walks up to her, she cowers & tries to run away but if I go up to her, she doesn’t budge.  She has also decided that she doesn’t want to lay in our bed if he’s there also but she will lay on it if it’s just me.  She doesn’t act like this all the time as he will take her outside or let him pick up & hold her for awhile but it’s just strange.  I think maybe she just prefers women over men?  She freaks out if Curtis’ dad is around but doesn’t get as scared around his mom.

Anyways, time for me to wrap this up!  We aren’t doing anything for St. Patrick’s Day other than eating some Irish food & planting myself on the couch.  And I think this meme is pretty fitting for the weather forecast the next few days.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Linking up with Andrea, Erika, Narci, Amanda, and April!