Thursday, July 24, 2014

5 Products I Love

Happy Thursday! Today I want to introduce you to five of my favorite things that get me through most days, if not the weeks. 

I love trying new scents, and my best friend got this for me for my 30th birthday. I got this huge bottle, plus it came with a travel size roll-on bottle and also a makeup bag. It smells AMAZING. Obviously perfumes are hard because everything smells different on everyone and we all have different noses, but the best way I can describe this is as light, floral and citrusy. I get compliments every time I wear it.

 A few years ago, I started "training" my hair so that I don't have to wash it every day. First of all, it's not healthy for your hair to wash it every day, and second of all, I'm lazy. I hate washing my hair, mostly because it's such a pain in the arse to style it, even now that it's shorter. In any case, I was always on the hunt for a good dry shampoo and when I found this one for $5.99 at CVS a year or so ago, I was hooked. It smells good, and it absorbs even the most obscene amounts of grease on really bad days. A little goes a lot way and a whole bottle lasts several months. (I use it about every other day, regularly.)

Ok, here's the real good stuff. My sister started selling Rodan + Fields a couple of years ago and admittedly, I first bought some to show my sisterly support, but quickly became hooked when I saw what it does. RF offers several different lines depending on your skincare needs, but I opted for Redefine, which helps defend against visible signs of aging. (I bought it the year I was going to turn 30, hehe.) RF was created by the same scientists who made Proactiv. The results speak for themselves (I don't have my own photos, shame), but check them out here. It's an investment, but the products last for about 3 months if you use them properly, and you won't be able to stop using it once you start! Contact my sister for more information!

It's summertime, so I don't use this at all right now, but for those of you with full-time jobs who maybe can't
spend time in the sun (a nice perk of job searching is you can do it from outside at Starbucks!) BUT for those times when I'm lacking color and need some STAT, I turn to Jergens. I prefer the foaming kind versus the lotion. I find it doesn't streak, it doesn't smell and it gives me results after just a few uses!

 Benefit//Stay Don't Stray
Last but not least, this big problem-solver that comes in a little bottle. Stay Don't Stray is a primer for concealers and eye shadows that helps ensure your make up stays on all day long. On long days when I don't have time to touch up my makeup after work before happy hour, I put this on and my eye shadow lasts all day long. It's amazing, really. Plus when you use it with concealer, it prevents it from creasing and getting all nasty. "A dab'll do ya," they say, and they're right.
What are some of your favorite products?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Men Tell All: Bachelorette Recap

In case anyone was wondering, having to sensor yourself on your blog, which was intended to be a freedom of expression and thoughts, is not easy. Every day, I write blog posts that I have to keep sitting in my draft section. I'm just really trying to be careful since I'm job searching, and I don't always know who is reading and what will offend or turn them off.

Granted, my Bachelorette recaps are not always super PC, but those are written with the intention of being funny and making fun of a show - versus putting personal stuff out there, ya know?

In any case, I'm going to attempt a recap for last night's Men Tell All, although I think we can agree that overall, it was pointless, painful and full of promotions for everything from babies to scarves to Bachelor in Paradise.

Let's start with this sonogram business. I don't get what was happening here. To have an update on a Bachelor spawn is one thing, but let's get one thing straight. JP and Ashley did not find out last night they were having a boy. First of all, I follow Ashley on Instagram and back in April, they shared their news. Not to mention the article that ran on So I guess I don't get why they whored out their fetus for no real reason. At least Chris Harrison didn't ask them if they accept this baby.

See it here.

Next up was the first of many mentions about ABC's new summer show, Bachelor in Paradise, where if you find love, you can stay. For a show that preaches that people be there for the right reasons, this concept seems like something of a stretch, but whatever. It looks to be full of drama and drunk people, two of my favorite things. At least when it comes to writing blogs. Anyway, if I had to bet, I'm sure the season is filled with people hooking up with more than one person, someone has a girlfriend they didn't tell us about. I don't know what the promos were about with the handcuffs, ambulances and blood, but I'm sure if it was something crazy, we'd have heard about it, so it's likely nothing.

And then we finally get to the guys. At first, I was horrified when I saw two scarves in a row, but once I saw every single person wearing one, I got the joke. GOOD ONE, ABC. For the most part, I didn't recognize many of these guys, seeing as most of them were only on for a couple of episodes.

Before anyone got in "the hot seat," we talked about the race issue for what seemed like forever. Andrew didn't make things better for himself when he called Marquel "Ron" (you know, the only other African American). I don't believe that ABC didn't have audio of whatever Andrew said to JJ. Don't all these guys wear mic packs? They probably just wanted the squabbling on the show, but either way, someone is lying and there's your drama. Whatever, I'm sick of talking about this. Let's talk about how drunk JJ looked during that whole scene. Either that, or he was going to cry. His eyes were bloodshot and glazed over and he had trouble talking, the math.

Marquel comes up to the hot seat and all the women in the audience start crying when they replay his journey of lost love. What is wrong with the world, specifically, the women in this audience? I'm not going to spend too much time with Marquel; I thought he was boring during the season and I think he's boring now. Moving on to Marcus in the hot seat, which basically focused on how early he told Andi he loved her and if he could possibly find love again. Anyone with a brain could sense this was foreshadowing to his time on BIP. He's already engaged to someone he spent three weeks with on that show, so I think we know that he can love again. Or at least propose to someone after lots of sex for three weeks.

And then there was Chris. Do they have to make it so obvious when they're talking to the next Bachelor? His time was focused on how he's going to move on and find love in small town Iowa? "Well, duh, Chris Harrison, you're gonna find me 25 women who don't have an issue living on a farm with a millionaire, that's how." Also who DAFUQ was that chick in the audience? That whole encounter was so scripted and awkward, it hurt. Anyone want to bet she shows up on Chris' season as the Bachelor?

Finally Andi shows up to show everyone she's not pregnant like the tabloids say, and basically admits that she picks Josh when she has the chance to find out his lies and instead says she is going to "trust the process." Did anyone else think her time getting questions was over way too soon? Basically we were just reminded that she says "like" a lot, and that even though she says it wasn't the reason, when it comes to Chris, #blameitoniowa. I got the impression none of these dudes cared that much anymore about what happened, considering its been 2 months and half of them are back in the saddle and the bedroom as a result of being on the show. 

Chris Harrison has lie detector results and the only interesting thing I learned from that is that Marcus is a man-whore. More than 20 girls, eh Marcus? Good on ya, bro. 

Finally: Those bloopers sucked.

Monday, July 21, 2014

What I've Been Up To ...

Monday, we meet again. Thought you might be interested in what I've been up to the past week. As I told you, I went home last week to spend some time at home with family while my hubby was out of town. But before we both left, we went out with our good friends, Kate and Matt, to dinner at a popular Mexican restaurant called Big Star.
Don't mind my hot pink bra... 
Check out Kate's blog, Pursuits of a Perfectionista!

In Iowa, I helped my brother-in-law out with my niece, Sloan, since my sister was out of town. I took her to day care every morning, which meant she woke me up every day by crawling out of her crib and coming into my room. You should know that this is not allowed, as she is in a CRIB and could hurt herself. In any case, we spent some QT together in the mornings before day care before I dropped her off and spent the days job searching.
 Sloan wanted to take a selfie before we left. 

Addy is begging for some "nuffins," as Sloan calls them. 
Ridin' in style to daycare.

Some days I had lunch with my dad or my friends. In the afternoons, I'd either pick up Sloan from day care or visit with my new nephew, Tate, and my other niece, Aly. I had family dinners and friend dinners. I saw Sloan at gymnastics. I picked Aly up from daycare. All in all, a great visit!
Little man Tate and his sister, Aly, plus he and I snuggling!

Me and all my favorite little people!

I came home on Thursday morning to prepare for an interview on Friday and also for my in-laws arrival. I spent most of the night on Thursday preparing my portfolio, which needed to be done anyway, but I should have completed it earlier. Regardless, my interview went well on Friday, as did my portfolio presentation, and I feel good about it! Send good vibes my way, as a few things are in the works.

My mother and father-in-law arrived on Friday afternoon. I've said before I lucked out in the in-law department. We get along great and I never dread seeing them or spending time with them, so I was looking forward to the weekend.
Pure Michigan

We went to dinner on Friday night and kept things pretty low key, since we had a big day planned for Saturday. Since we've done most "tourist" things with them in the city, we decided to take a day trip to Michigan for some lunch on Lake Michigan, some shopping and some wine tasting. All of the wineries were playing live music, it was perfect weather and we had a great day!

 Sunday, we just kind of relaxed and did some errands during the day before heading downtown for dinner with Bryan's aunt and uncle, who were in town on a cross-country road trip. They'd never been to Chicago before, so we walked around the river and down Michigan Avenue before getting some dessert at Ghiradelli.

And that brings me to today, where I've been handing some more job search stuff today and recouping from having house guests. Now it's off to the gym before The Bachelorette Men Tell All. Should be interesting...

How was your weekend?