July Buys

I think last month was the least amount of shopping that I had done in a long time!  We had some busy weekends so I didn’t have a lot of down time to make a trip to the mall or Target and mindlessly browse their stuff.  And guys, SOMEONE PLEASE STOP ME FROM BUYING BLACK CLOTHES.

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Old Navy Swing Dress |  I returned a different dress I had ordered online earlier and exchanged it for this.  After the return, I think I paid around $14 for it.  This style is probably my favorite out of all of their dresses so I was happy to see that they added some new colors!   

High Neck Swing Dress – $6.40 (this was when they had the major sale on dresses!!) |  This is pretty similar to some of their other swing dresses but has smaller straps & the material feels a little thicker.  

Mossimo V Neck Tee – $5.60 + 5% RedCard |  I’m always a sucker for these shirts from Target, especially when they are on sale (which is the only time I buy them!).

Merona Muscle Tank – $10 |  I love this top!  I need to get the other colors before they are completely out of stock too.  Muscle tanks are some of my favorites because I can wear a normal bra + I can get away with them at work because the straps are wider.  🙂  

Rimmel BB Cream – $6.49 |   This has always been one of my go to BB creams but I hadn’t used it in quite awhile.  I have been using this in place of my regular foundation this past month because it feels so much lighter!   

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Face Wash – $7.99 |  I completely ran out of the Neutrogena pore-refining face wash & went to purchase it again when I couldn’t find it anywhere in the store.  Not sure if Target just didn’t carry it or if they are no longer making it.  So, I decided to give this stuff a try & I’m really liking it!  I think I like it more than the other stuff too! 🙂 

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner – $4.99 |  I actually found this at Marshalls but since they don’t have an actual website with items, I’m including a link to Ulta.  Unfortunately, I am not a fan of this stuff.  I’m not sure how this is possible but it almost makes my hair feel more dry than moisturized.  I guess it’s possible that I got an expired or bad bottle since it was from Marshalls but I don’t know if I want to try it from another store.  

Kohl’s + Polyvore do not seem to like each other so I can’t add photos from the website to my collage.

Sonoma Huarache Sandals – $0 (paid with gift card) |  I love these sandals and have wore them SO much this month.  The only down side to these is that they are the same shoe for two different sizes — so 5/6, 7/8, etc.  I got the 7/8 which were a little snug but stretched out fairly quickly.  

Mudd Toe Loop Sandals – $0 (paid with gift card) |  I got these at the same time as the Sonoma sandals and have also been wearing these a lot!  They were also a little snug at first but stretched out nicely.  They are surprisingly REALLY comfortable and held up while chasing after the dog last Friday night.  

Mudd Sharkbite Tank Top – $0 (paid with gift card) |   Such a cute shirt!  I should have gotten some other colors.  This picture makes it look so much longer than it actually is.  Plus, I’m pretty sure it shrunk up a little when I washed it.  

Dr. Scholls Madison Slip On Shoes – $29.99  (similar newer style here)|  I saw these shoes at DSW a few months ago but could not pull the trigger on the $50 price tag (I know, it’s not much but I’m cheap & wanted to spend my money on dresses this spring, not slip on shoes).  I kept waiting for a coupon but never got one!  So when I saw them at Marshalls for $20 cheaper, I snagged them!  Especially since we’re closer to cold(er) weather now & I desperately need to replace my Roxy slip ons.  

 

Not pictured:  Tanwise Self Tanning Spray –  $10.49 |  A re-purchase of my tried & true self tanner!  

Returned:  Striped High Neck Swing Dress  –  I actually liked this dress but I decided to return it because white stripes right underneath my armpits + self tanner do not mix.  I knew it would be ruined within a few wears. 

As for this month, I am ONLY buying the essentials.  So, if I run out of something & don’t have a backup, then I’m allowed to buy it.  But no mindless shopping or anything like that.  I have plenty of summer clothes right now and have no need to buy any fall clothes!

  Hope you all had a good weekend & have a great Monday!  

Currently [ August ]

Snacking (On)  |   I feel like anything & everything these days!  But, as of right now, I’m a huge Skippy peanut butter bites kick.  I love these things!

Anticipating |  The day that I get to sleep an entire night.  We have had Bud since July 13th and I think he has only slept through the night twice since then.  He seems to have an issue with nighttime because he’ll sleep for a few hours, wake up anywhere from 12am-3am, and then spend the rest of the night pacing, barking, and whining.  I can’t even imagine what it’s like having children because this is awful.  I’ve felt like a complete zombie the past two weeks! 

Perfectly calm during the day….

Borrowing |  Books!  My reading has slowed down A LOT this past month only because I’d much rather spend my free time sleeping.  I’m about halfway through ‘Every Last Lie‘ by Mary Kubica and determined to finish it before it’s due.

Admiring |   The kindness of complete strangers.  If you caught my post on Monday, then you already know all about this.  Long story short, Bud slipped out of his collar in the parking lot at the vet and ended up in a (very shallow) creek about a mile away.  A guy who was on the bike trail stopped, got in the water, and was able to get him out.     

Purchasing |  Curtis’ birthday is next Wednesday and I still need to get a gift!  I have a few ideas so just need to do some shopping.  🙂  

Have a great day everyone!  Linking up with Anne & Shea!

Weekend – The time the dog ran away, poison ivy rash, and hacked account.

Happy Monday everyone!

Holy moly, can I have a do over of this weekend?  Even an extra day would be nice!  Friday evening started out just fine.  Curtis went to Arkansas to visit his grandparents with his mom and I had an appointment for Bud at the vet at 6:00.  He had to get a re-check of his urine to make sure that he didn’t need to be on the antibiotic anymore.  So we got in the car and headed over there.  He doesn’t like to ride in the back seat with me so he sat up front with me the entire ride over there.  

Once I parked, I knew as soon as I opened my door that he would want to come out the driver’s side.  He’s still extremely skittish about everything so I grabbed the leash (attached to his collar) before I opened the door just in case he tried to bolt.  Well, he did exactly as I thought.  Unfortunately, the end of the leash had gotten stuck in between the seat & the seat belt somehow which freaked him out as soon as he got on the ground.  He jumped around because it was caught + kind of choking him so I got on his level to pet him & calm him down before I tried to get the leash unstuck.  Well, as soon as I got back up to grab the leash, he started jumping around again and just losing his mind.  Before I knew it, he had completely slipped out of his collar — something that I was afraid would happen at some point.  I went to try to grab him before he could run away but he was too fast & snapped at me.  The vet techs must have seen the whole thing from inside because as soon as he ran from the parking lot, they were chasing him with a leash.  Dodge is the busiest road in Omaha and it was 5:45pm on a Friday evening so you can imagine the traffic.  He ran across all six lanes of Dodge TWICE without getting hit somehow.

So, it’s me & two vet techs running east down Dodge to try to catch him.  And I’m absolutely losing it.  I’m not a hysterical person at all but I was bawling, cussing, you name it.  Not to mention that I’m running in knock off $8 Birkenstocks but my adrenaline was pumping so it didn’t even phase me.  I ended up finally having to stop at 78th street while the vet techs continued running.  A guy in a pickup kept asking me what was going on and if we needed any help.  He kept telling me to get in the truck which I was honestly kind of hesitant to at first (hello, stranger danger!) but I did anyway.  Bud ended up going behind a strip mall along 78th street and the guy in the pickup kept yelling at me to get in to try to get ahead of him.  Since it was a busy time of day, there were a lot of people around & were able to direct us to where Bud was running because man, he was fast!  The guy in the pickup drove all the way to the apartments (in the grass, mind you) where we got ahead of Bud.  I got out and started to go after him because he finally slowed down but as soon as he saw I was behind him, he started sprinting again.  In hindsight, I should have had the leash or some kind of rope to lasso around him because trying to go up to him just scared him even more.

And this continued through the neighborhood.  He would get tired, slow down, but then take off again as soon as someone was near him.  There were random people trying to grab him or stopping to see if we needed any help but it was no use.  I chased him through back yards while pickup guy followed along on the road.  

 

The highlighted part along Western Ave. is where he finally stopped.  That is the Papio Creek where he ran all the way down the embankment and into the water.  At this point, it was just me & the guy in the pickup going after him.  One of the vet techs showed up shortly after and then another girl who was in the area stopped to see if we needed any help.  I was on the grassy side while the other side was the Keystone Trail so there were a lot of people running/walking along it & stopped to see if they could help.  At this point, it had been about 30 minutes and I hadn’t called Curtis or the rescue yet because we hadn’t stopped moving!  I called both of them & was completely hysterical on the phone.  Then I called the Humane Society but they said it was a “low priority” call so they weren’t going to send anyone out to help. 

For a dog that is afraid of everything, he was completely fearless & went straight into the water where he swam up & down the creek for almost an hour an a half.  He would stop swimming and stand on along the edge of the water near an area that looked a LOT deeper and also had what appeared to be a culvert on one side which I think freaked him out.  So, he would turn around and start swimming back towards Western Ave.   The vet tech ended up getting in the water and tried to lasso him with a leash but he was too quick.  After a good 30 minutes or so, she ended up going back to work after I called the humane society while we stayed to keep an eye on Bud before more people showed up.

Shortly after that, a few people from the rescue showed up.  One of them had a leash & ended up getting in the water also!  I called the Humane Society a second time and said that he was in the water but all they could tell me was that it was still a low priority and they “don’t get in the water to catch an animal”.  There were quite a few people around the area by this point that helped out or at least helped point us to where he was going.  If he would turn around & start swimming one way, we would throw rocks in the water or yell at him to get him to turn around and swim the other way.  After what felt like forever, they were able to get him cornered in the creek.  I didn’t get in the water but I was along the edge of the creek.  There was a guy that was biking down the trail & stopped to help us.  He ended up getting in the water & kind of chased after him to help get him cornered.  Bud finally started to get tired & slowed down A LOT.  The biker guy was able to sort of lasso him and get him off to the side of the creek.  The embankments were SO steep and Bud was really tired so they had to kind of walk down the creek close to Western Ave. where it was less steep.  They were in the grass along the side so I was able to get a second leash around him and he walked up the side on to the grass right by the small pine tree in the last picture.  Another person with the rescue showed up just as soon as he was out of the water and helped transport him back to the vet where he got checked out (and also checked for the original reason he was supposed to be there!)

Other than shaking like a leaf and being completely soaked, the vet thought he looked pretty good and didn’t want to keep him overnight because of his anxiety with kennels these days (that is a story for another day).  She prescribed xanax to give him to help him relax also.  I was able to get him in the car and home without any problems.  I ended up parking in the garage rather than the drive way so if he tried to run, he would only be in the garage or the backyard.  Once he was inside, I only let him in the kitchen because he was still wet & I was by myself so I didn’t think I could give him a bath on my own.  He gobbled down a bowl of food and laid on the bed in the kitchen while I tried to relax from the craziness of the night.  I did end up giving him a xanax around 11 because he has been getting very anxious during the middle of the night so I wasn’t sure how he would do.  Thankfully he ended up sleeping until about 5:15 before he woke me up to go outside.  

We took it easy on Saturday.  Bud was moving pretty slow the entire day so I imagine that he was pretty sore from all the running & swimming as he didn’t act like he was in any sort of pain.  I would let him outside & he would just lay down in the grass after he did his business.  Normally he does laps around the entire back yard but he wasn’t about that at all!

I, on the other hand, woke up to what I think is poison ivy rash (I’ve never had it before but I Googled it and it looks pretty much the same).  It’s mostly on my right leg but I also have it on top of my left foot, parts of the backs of my legs, and part of my left arm.  It also started showing up on Saturday night just above my left ankle!  My left elbow also started swelling up throughout most of the day Saturday which I have NO idea why.  Oh, and I’m pretty sure I have chigger bites on my legs as well.  UGH.   Thank goodness for Benadryl, hydrocortisone cream, and clear nail polish because this is miserable.  

And I was SORE AF.  I went to the gym on Saturday morning and just rode the bike for 30 minutes because everything else hurt too much.  

Sunday morning, I woke up to Curtis calling me and asking about a pending $72 transaction for some sort of movie/concert ticket place.  Of course I had no idea what that was all about so he called the bank & found out that my debit card had been hacked.  Wonderful.  This also happened last year right before our wedding but it was for plane tickets to Thailand for over $1,000 so it could have been worse, right?  (They never got the $1,000 thankfully).  WHY do people do this???  

It took everything in me to go to the gym in the afternoon.  I had slept in until 11:30am and didn’t make it to the gym until after 2!  I was still pretty sore from Friday night so I walked 20 minutes on the treadmill and did about 30 minutes of lifting.  I needed that even though I was so exhausted.  I made a trip to Target for some groceries, did some meal prepping for the week, and lots of laundry.  Curtis got home from his trip around 6:00 so we gave Bud a bath (because he still hadn’t had one after his adventure on Friday…) and spent the evening prepping for the week.  

As for Bud, he seems to be just fine.  He was still moving pretty slow on Sunday but didn’t seem to be as tired as the day before.  I got a new collar for him from the rescue which he shouldn’t be able to slip out of &  we are going to get a harness for him as well.

Lesson learned folks!  Keep your dog on a tight leash… or a harness!  Have a great Monday everyone!
Linking up with Biana.  

What’s On My Phone – Show & Tell Tuesday

Happy Tuesday!

I thought this was a fun topic for Show & Tell Tuesday as I don’t think I’ve ever shared anything about my phone before!  My folders are looking a little bare because I removed a bunch of apps to make room on my phone for pictures while we were in St. Louis.  And…. I haven’t gotten around to adding them back.  Anywho, here is a list of my favorite apps!  

1. Spotify

Spotify is my life saver, especially during the work day.  I’m thankful to be able to listen to music at work so I keep a playlist downloaded to my phone at all times (since we don’t have unlimited data womp womp).  I also have to have music while I’m working out so I have certain playlists for the gym as well.  Basically, I use this app more than anything else on my phone.  

2.  Instagram

This one is pretty self explanatory.  I am guilty of spending far too much time scrolling through my feed.  I don’t post as much as I used to, mostly because I just don’t take very many pictures any more these days, but I enjoy seeing what everyone else posts!  

3.  TimeHop

I’m a sucker for nostalgic things so I love seeing what pops up every morning!  It’s mostly entertaining for me to look back on all the crazy Facebook posts from like, 9 years ago, or random pictures from college.

4.  Tabata Stopwatch Pro

If you enjoy HIT workouts, get this app!  You can set it up however you want so it’s not always your basic 20 second on, 10 second off tabata.  I use this almost every single time I do my own workouts at the gym.

5.  OneDrive

I am not technology savvy at all.  Since I have an iPhone, I downloaded a Cloud program so that my phone would sync to that but cannot figure it out for the life of me.  My laptop is Windows so I use this app to get my pictures to my computer.  

6.  NextDoor

This is a fairly new app for me & I really enjoy it!  If you’re not familiar with it, it’s basically an app for your neighborhood.  Most of the people post about things they are selling, services (lawn care, etc.), or to alert people of break-ins or just plain weird things happening in the area.  The down side is that it CAN show your address unless you have your settings updated which is something you have to manually go in to fix.  

7.  Ibotta, Shopkick

I’ve been using ShopKick (<– referral link) ever since I got an iPhone in 2012.  It’s an easy way to earn some gift cards if you shop at those places regularly.  I was able to get $50 off a brand new TV at Best Buy after redeeming a bunch of my points!  Ibotta (<– referral link) is pretty similar but I can use our local grocery store rather than a big chain store.  I like using it even though it’s been a rather slow process to earn enough rebates to be able to cash out.  

Do you use any of these apps?  What are some of your favorites?