Wednesday, July 30, 2014

6 Ways To Help Me Deal With Baby Fever

C and I want kids. We both would love to have 2 boys. Wait, who am I kidding, I would love a girl. Either way, we both agree that the most important thing is that we have a happy healthy child. Boy or girl doesn't really matter when it comes down to it, but we want kids.

In just 3 short months, we will have been married for 4 years. We will both be 25. We both have great jobs, and we are working on finances, investing, savings, and buying a house. We want kids, but we know that having a baby will come in God's time for us. But sometimes I don't think that is good enough and I get a serious case of baby fever. It doesn't help when you have a friend with an adorable little boy or that a ton of the bloggers I follow have adorable babies or are pregnant! So I've come up with a list of how I deal with baby fever.  


1 First things first, I sleep in. Sleeping in when you have a new baby is hard from what I hear. So when I start to feel that baby fever coming on, I take a Saturday morning and I sleep in. I make sure the alarm clock is off and I have no plans so I can sleep as late as possible.

2 I head to the track for a nice walk/jog/run. Right now, all I have to do is change and jump in the car. When we have a baby, making sure we have everything for the baby and that stroller is ready to go is going to make me not want to attempt the track at all. Also, the inevitable will happen and baby will either be hungry, need a diaper change, or will have just thrown up as soon as we go to walk out the door.

3 We take a spontaneous trip. This trip could be a weekend get away, or something as simple as going out on the town for the night. When a baby comes, planning will have to happen more often. No more spontaneous getaways.

4 I remember I have less than 3 moths until I go on a week long vacation where I will spend a decent amount of time in a swim suit lounging by the pool with a fruity adult beverage in hand. I'm pretty sure that this won't happen for a while after baby is born, especially the swim suit part.

5 I decide to drink a bottle of wine by myself. I can't do that when I have a baby because downing a whole bottle of wine by myself means sleeping in the next morning and for that, see above.

6 I take a bubble bath and binge watch Netflix. Spending hours doing nothing, yeah not going to happen with a new baby. My time will be spent cuddling the new baby, and probably dressing baby up for any holiday I can.

Bonus!

7 This may be a little shallow, but I go shopping for myself/get a manicure and pedicure/get my hair done. These things are still possible when you have a baby, but when a baby come along, shopping will be done more for the baby, a mani/pedi won't last long, and I'm sure I'll be rocking the mom pony tail, so getting my hair done would be a waste. 

I really hope this list doesn't make me sound shallow/inconsiderate/rude... I love babies/kids and I can't wait to start a family. I want to be a mom more than anything, but in the right time. C and I are so excited to start a family when it is the right time for us. We both want to be parents, but we are loving and cherishing every moment as a family of 2 (humans).

How do you handle baby fever? 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Our "Last" Weekend of Summer

I believe everyone knows by now that I really don't like summer. So while this past weekend was not officially the last weekend of summer, I consider it to be our last weekend of summer. August 1st brings along autumn in my mind. Sure the temperature is still crazy hot, but August brings football Georgia Bulldogs season, and that is enough for me to say it is autumn. So how did we spend our "last" weekend of summer? We enjoyed it! 

Friday we relaxed. We relaxed so much that we didn't even work out, and trust me, that was horrible. I felt so bad for not working out, but I made up for it. Saturday we started the day off with smoothies and getting our water heater replaced. It was long overdue and we are much happier people now. Since the Crossfit games we on, we watched those and that made us feel really out of shape. We also did a little working out before we started the evening. 



When Sunday rolled around, we got donuts, which wasn't the best idea, and we obviously had to hit up Starbucks. Good thing we did because I finally got my Tennessee mug from the You Are Here Collection. When we got back home, we got some things ready, and had a few friends over for a small cookout. Too bad it was way to hot to be outside. Sunday ended with a pretty tough Crossfit inspired workout, and watching the last events of the Crossfit Games.




We started the "last" week of summer off yesterday with yet another Crossfit inspired workout. It was tough, but I really love lifting weights. At the same time, I hate burpees. Doesn't everyone? This girl even rocked some shorts. Shocking, I know. Some of you may have seen this on Twitter already, but after our workout, I figured it was about time to face my fear. I've been so scared to add weight to my lifts because I am terrified of another back injury, but I felt pretty good, I know proper form, and my body was already warmed up, so I decided to try. On Sunday my max dead lift was 75 lbs. Even before my injury, I didn't want to get into heavy weights for fear of hurting myself. Last night, C loaded the bar with all the weight we had, which ended up being a total of 145 lbs with the bar and weights. He did a small workout with that. When he was finished is when I had talked myself into trying to up my dead lift. I am happy to report that I did in fact set a new PR! I was able to dead lift 145 lbs with no problem on the first try. I did 2 sets of 5 and was feeling great. But more on that a different day. 



We are spending out "last" week of summer enjoying the early morning temperature, and staying inside as much as possible later in the day! I hope y'all have a great week! 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

9 More Days + My Fall Bucket List

9 days until what you ask? 9 pdays until I officially consider it Autumn. Crazy, I know. It will still be about 100 degrees here in Chattanooga, but something about August makes me think of fall. It is when I start decorating the house for football Georgia Bulldogs season, I break out the fall scented candles and Scentsy wax, and I hang a fall wreath on the door. It is my favorite time of year after all.

Like I talked about last year, this is the busy season for us complete with his and hers birthdays, apple picking and pumpkin getting in Ellijay, GA, our anniversary, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas Saturday, and of course Christmas. This year we are adding in a few things though, like C is doing a short triathlon, a mud run, and I need my tattoo touched up. Throw in some nights curled up in a hammock with hot chocolate, and I am as happy as a clam.

I'm hoping that this last part of the year is going to be as great as last year!










My Fall Bucket List
  1. Go to Burt's Pumpkin Farm in Ellijay and pick the perfect pumpkin.
  2. Make a Fresh Apple Cake from apples that we picked in Ellijay. 
  3. Go Camping. 
  4. Take Chaco for a hike on the Cumberland Trail.
  5. Go on at least 1 picnic. 
  6. Jump in a big pile of leaves. 
  7. Prefect my own pumpkin spice coffee. 
  8. Plan a FriendsGiving (if schedules allow)
  9. Go to Rock City for Rocktoberfest
  10. Celebrate Christmas Saturday complete with Christmas Tree Waffles and Christmas Vacation. (Saturday after Thanksgiving)
  11. Have friends over for Hot Chocolate and Smores.
  12. Dress Chaco up as a black cat for Halloween. 
  13. Bring a pumpkin spice cake to work for breakfast one day. 
  14. Eat an apple cider donut. 
  15. Visit 1 local winery. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Life Lately.

We have been fairly boring if you ask me. We finally got done with the deck and we aren't hosting any parties for a while, so we relax throughout the week. That means a whole lot of going no where. That also means that I have been drinking coffee like it is my job. 


Anyway, I finally got back into working out. It took longer than I wanted once I got the go ahead after my back injury, but I finally jumped back in. I took measurements and weighed on the 2nd of July, and I took pictures the 8th or so. Speaking of the 8th, that is actually when I really started to work out and eat better. After about 5 days, I could tell a difference in myself. I felt lighter and I knew I was getting smaller by the way my clothes fit. Sure 5 days seems like a short amount of time, but I just knew I was feeling progress. Finally on the 15th, I decided to measure my arm, waist, hips and chest. I also weighed. The scale didn't reflect what I was feeling. I had only lost 2 lbs. The measurements is what showed the results. Overall 5.25 inches. Keep in mind that this happened from the 8th to the 15th. When I weighed and took measurements at the beginning of the month, I was still eating crap, and I was not working out. It took me from the 2nd to the morning of the 8th to finally give myself the pep talk I needed. So I am very happy and excited! I know that losing that many inches that fast won't ever happen again, so I have mentally prepared for that. I am pretty pleased to announce that I have worked out for a minimum of 30 minutes every day, though most days it is over an hour. Tonight we are starting to get back into weights, and adding more cardio into the mix, and I am really looking forward to seeing how that changes things up! Also, puppy kisses are the best reward for a job well done. 



 It is almost the weekend and I couldn't be more excited about that! Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

5 Minute Make Up

You can usually find me on any given day not wearing make-up. Why? I cherish my few extra minutes of sleep, and well, we only have 2-4 other people in the office on any given day. And I usually have exactly 0 interactions at work with anyone other than those 2-4 people. Occasionally I will put on some mascara and lip gloss, but those days are few and far between. Does that mean I never wear make up? No. I do wear it for certain occasions like church, date nights, a get together, and other important events like weddings. Good news is that if I ever can force myself to get up 5 minutes earlier, I could do my make up for work. 5 minutes people. That is how long it takes me to put make up on. So I figured I would share my make up favorites that help me with my 5 minute face.



Step 1 : While putting all my make up out on the counter, I clean my face with these face wipes

Step 2 : I use this Smashbox primer all over my face. I use this MK brush

Step 3 : I stumbled across this Garnier BB cream, and I just love it. I've used lots of other foundations, but this BB Cream takes the cake. It doesn't feel heavy and it gives me great coverage. As shown above, I use the same style brush that I use with my primer. Shade : Light/Medium


Step 4 : I apply this Smashbox blush with this MK brush (mine is actually the old style). If you want a cheaper version of this blush, here is the Mary Kay and E.L.F. colors. Shade : Paradise


Step 5 : I use this Mary Kay eye primer. I've not tried many other eye primers, so I have just stuck to this one. 

Step 6 : I use this MK brush to apply this Sephora shadow in the corner of my eyes. I apply very little. This helps my eyes appear bigger. Shade : White Shimmer


Step 7 : I use this Maybelline eye cream color across my eye lid and up to my brow bone. I use this MK brush. Mary Kay also has a color similar. Shade : Barely Branded


Step 8 : My go to look is a light smoky eye. Browns don't look as good as gray, silver, blacks, do. So I stick with this Maybelline set. I actually only use the top 3 colors. A quick once over most of my lid with the lightest color, then the 2nd lightest color goes on. I use this MK brush. Then the 3rd lightest (or 2nd darkest) goes just on the outside edge of the crease. I use this MK brush for the crease. Shade : Charcoal Smokes


Step 9 : I apply this Smashbox eyeliner to the bottom only. My eyes are so tiny that using it on the top would just be too heavy, so I use this starting from the outside corner of my eye, and I bring it in only about 2/3 of the way. I do not line the entire bottom part of my eye. Below is a better look at the liner. It is a black liner with gold pearl. I hardly ever use straight black liner. Shade : 3D Sparks

Step 10 : This Maybelline mascara is my go to mascara. I apply it to both my top and bottom lashes. Depending on the day, I curl my lashes with this Sephora curler

Step 11 : I use this MK brush on my eyebrows to remove any lose make up and to shape them. 



 Step 12 : I always use this Yes To! lip balm before I apply anything else. Next up is lip stick. I don't stray too much from this MK lipstick. I'm really conservative with my lip color. Once I apply the lipstick, I go over it with a light layer of this Smashbox gloss to give it a little extra shine. (I've only found the gloss in the Try It Set from Smashbox)

Once that is all done, I'm ready to go. This seriously only takes me 5 minutes, which makes me think I really need to get up earlier. Since I wear glasses, the pictures I took last night didn't work out so well for this post, do a final picture will be added later.

Do you have any favorite make up products?
Do you use any of these?
If you tried this, did it work for you? 

Monday, July 14, 2014

I Didn't Know I Was Training For A Triathlon

Our weekend was supposed to be full of relaxing fun, but instead, it wasn't, well not for me. We had plans this weekend, so we only got a little bit of spare time. And in that spare time, we went to the local farmer's market. Talk about yummy. We love fresh grown produce, and supporting our local community is my favorite thing. We got most of our veggies for the week, and an extra special treat of blueberries! Talk about yummy. We ate through basically the entire bag this weekend.


With the other little bit of spare time, we trained for a triathlon that C is doing. Since it is his first, it is a short triathlon. I am certainly not participating in it, but I support my husband, so we train together. Riding a bike, swimming, and running are not my idea of fun. However, getting to wear bright colors out in public makes for an entertaining grocery store run, especially if your husband is wearing bike shorts. 


I am happy to report that we worked out every day this weekend, and we made smart food choices. While grocery shopping, we had a pizza in our cart for dinner Saturday night. After stopping and talking about it, we decided to not get it. We have been doing so good on our eating, and we didn't want to ruin it with a pizza. We also prepared lunches for this week, and I've got a ton of things to snack on. Here is to staying on track! 

Do you meal prep for the week?

Friday, July 11, 2014

It Is A Great Friday!

Today is a great day, and not because I am going on vacation next week because I'm not and it bums me out. No, today is a great day because it is Friday and this Friday is especially great because for the first time in months, we have no deck to build. We can sleep in. We can stay up late enjoying the back deck while drinking a glass of wine while hammocking and reading a good book. We can get up tomorrow and make waffles. Who knows, we might even go on a date sometime this weekend! Whoa. 

In honor of this being such a great Friday, I figured I should share some things I am just loving this week!

First off, I have found my new favorite workout outfit. Thanks to Old Navy, I found these compression capris and this cut out mesh tank. Sure the pink is a little bright, but I was only wearing black for a long time, and I was sick of black capris. So this was a huge step outside my comfort zone. Spoiler Alert : It wasn't that bad.



I love that both the capris and the tank come in several colors. I would be lying if I said I didn't want them all.

Speaking of working out, yesterday marked day 3 in a row that C and I have worked out since my back injury. While I had to roll out of bed and almost fall on my face to get up, I can honestly say that I love that I feel this sore again. #sorenotsorry. I have needed a good burn to get me going again, and well, I got it!

I also got a nice surprise yesterday at the chiropractor's office. After my physical therapy and back adjustment, as I was getting ready to pay my co-pay and leave, I was told I still had a massage scheduled. Win! With being as sore as I was, I really needed it. Next thing about it, my insurance covered yesterday's visit and I was only out $20.


And finally. It felt like fall this morning! To be honest, every morning this week has felt like fall. That makes me happier than anyone knows because that means we are just one more day closer to boots and leggings, pumpkin spice lattes, foot ball season, apple picking, and hot chocolate on the back deck. I'm so ready for fall. It is my season! Plus as of today, we only have 98 days until we leave for our 10 day vacation which includes a 7 day cruise to the Caribbean! Hello 4th anniversary!

Do you have any big plans for the weekend?
Are you ready for fall?

*Cait

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Why We Don't Have A Gym Membership



Don't get me wrong, the gym is a great tool when it comes to a healthy lifestyle. However, for us, it just isn't worth it at this time. We had a gym membership last year for a long time, and it was great while we had the membership. However, I was using the treadmill and stair climber, a few hand weights, and the lifting bar and weights. After sitting down and thinking it through, C and I decided that we could actually invest the $70 a month we were spending at the gym on equipment for at home. I didn't need the treadmill or stair climber since we could go to the local high school and use their track and stadium stairs. Before long, we had purchased a few bars, some weights, and other odds and ends.

For me, I need as few excuses as possible to work out. I love the results of working out, I just hate that actual act of working out. I hate getting sweaty because I feel like I stink, and I hate to stink. I have a love/hate relationship with the day after a workout when I am sore. I'll find every excuse not to work out. If I have to go change into workout clothes, it is too much work, so don't even think I am willing to drive to go to the gym.

Having equipment at the house has helped me not use as many excuses. I always change into workout clothes when I get home, even if I don't think I will get a workout in. We leave our dumbbells upstairs, so when I do a workout DVD, I don't have to walk all the way downstairs to get them. I keep workout DVDs in the DVD player so that I don't have to get up to put it in the DVD player. It is all about making it as hard as possible to make excuses. So obviously, you can get the picture that I was in fact making an excuse to not go to the gym because it was just too much work. Crazy, I know.

Working out at home also gives me the freedom to feel more comfortable when I work out. At the gym, I get really self conscious so I tend not to push my self as hard. At home, I know that no one is watching, so I can push myself harder. In front of people I am so afraid of failure, so I try and keep myself from anything that could possible cause me to fail. At home, it is just me, and I push myself to get better, even if it means failure.

I'm not saying that we won't ever have a gym membership again, but until we make a habit out of working out, we have decided to just stick to working out at home. Thought I really miss having a pool.

Do you have a gym membership? Why or why not?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

I need coffee.

So I realized that I haven't blogged in almost a week. Thanks Independence Day. No, I'm kidding. I loved our 4th of July! We had a blast. But, talk about tiring. We hosted the 4th at our house for C's family, and it doubled as a surprise birthday for my father in law. I'm sure he didn't envision that, and to be honest, I wish it had turned out better, ya know, for his sake. But we ended the night with a ton of fireworks.

I, however, have been exausted since the 3rd. Trying to catch up on sleep is near impossible. We spent the rest of the weekend hanging our with C's borther, and his wife and son. Then we went to my mom's house since she is leaving again. Monday I passed out super early, then last night we were out working out super late. And I basically say all that to say that I have had such a hard time finding time to blog. And that sucks because I love this blog. It is my place. Than and I had great posts planned. Oh well. I guess that means I will throw them back into the blog topic mix.

Just a quick reminder that I am looking for 5-7 bloggers who are interested in being a guest poster in late Ocotober while I am on vacation. The only thing it will cost you is a little bit of time to write a post, or the time it takes to send over a post from your archives. What can I say, I like to plan ahead.

Happy Wednesday!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Being Married To Someone With ADHD

When C and I met in high school, I knew there was something about him that was a little, well odd, but not in a bad way. He was just really hyper, and couldn't focus on anything. Eventually I figured out he had been diagnosed with ADHD. And yes this was before it was every doctor's go-to diagnoses. C really had, well has, ADHD. Most of the time people take medication for this, but C and I figured out early on in our relationship that he just wasn't the same fun loving person when he was on medication. So together we decided to opt of of him taking anything. We knew that it meant we had a few challenges ahead of us, but we would get through them, and we have. While what happens with us may not be the case with others that are in a relationship with someone who is ADHD, I figured I would share a little about our life and how ADHD has changed me.



There was never really an adjustment period in our relationship. C had always been a little hyper, and honestly it was one of the reasons I fell in love with him. He was different than everyone else, and he hadn't gotten serious about every little thing. He still looked at the world like a child did, with wonder and amazement. He knew how to have fun, and how to have a great time no matter what. I noticed that he couldn't focus on one thing for too long, and a lot of times, our conversations would make "jumps." We would be talking about the wedding for example, and in the next sentence, he was talking about his childhood cat, or swimming, or dirt bikes. In the beginning, I got lost quite a bit, but now I have learned the "art of the jump" and I can make the jumps with him.

Being married has made things a little different though. While the day to day life is still the same with the randomness being a little extra hyper, the weeks are what is really different. C has hobbies, and not just a few hobbies. He has a lot of hobbies. We call them the "2 week" hobby. I love my husband dearly, and I would not change anything about him for the world, so please don't take any of this as me wanting to change him.

His 2 week hobbies range anywhere from painting, to working out, to rock climbing, to cigars, to craft beer, to gardening, to triathlons, to sailboats, to building things and everything in between. It is fun most of the time, but it gets a little frustrating sometimes. Do you need paint supplies? We have you covered. Need a place to work out? Just come to our garage. We have tons of equipment. Wanna go rock climbing? We have all the gear you need. Throughout the years, we have collected quite a bit of things for C's hobbies. I'm not complaining at all. I love that C is so well rounded, it just makes shopping for his birthday or Christmas a little harder because we have basically everything. Currently we are on the triathlon kick. I assume we will be on this hobby for a little longer than the average 2 weeks though because there is a short triathlon in August.

I love C with all of my heart, and I love the way he is. He still finds the joy in everything, and he has taught me that even though we are growing up, we can still have fun. He has this amazing excitement for learning new things, and he dives in head first. Thankfully, I have gotten on board with all his 2 week hobbies except one, the sailboat. I am happy to admit that I am now on board with the sailboat hobby for the next time it comes around, though I am really not looking forward to telling C that we are not buying a sailboat any time soon.

These hobbies aren't just things he does. The wonderful thing about this is that my husband teaches me these hobbies, so I am learning lots of new things. I am learning things that no one will be able to take from me. I am learning things I can teach my kids. I get to experience new things all the time. Most importantly, we are learning together, and we are doing things together.

While being married to someone with ADHD poses a few challenges, but it is seriously so much fun, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I love the outlook on life I have now all thanks to my husband. It has been such a joy to learn these new things with my husband, and I am looking forward to learning even more as the years go on.

Are you married to someone with ADHD?
How has it changed your life?

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Skin Care Favorites

I'm by no means a fashion or beauty blogger. If I am being completely honest, my daily outfit is a pair of jeans, flip flops, and a company t-shirt with my hair pulled in a bun with no make up. Obviously I love sleeping until the last minute don't I? I do take my skin very seriously though. My teenage years were full of acne, and while I have mostly grown out of it, if I don't take extra care of my face and skin, I will break out again. So while this may not work for others, it works for me. I love reading about other blogs that share their favorite things, so I figured I would share my favorite skin care favorites. The list is long, and I don't use all of these daily. Most of the time, I mix and match so to speak. Thankfully though, I have found brands and products I love and I stick to them.



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First up is sunscreen. I use this for overall coverage whenever I am outside. I know, I know. the 100+ SPF does nothing extra, but I like it, and I have yet to get burnt while using it, so I stick to it. I use this for my face. My big problem is finding something that won't make my face feel icky, or make it extra oily. I just recently started using this one, and I love it. I always make sure I keep a bottle of this in my purse so I can add a little if I am out in the sun too long. 

Next up is lotion. I have a ton of bath and body works lotion, and I use it, but for every day use, I use this. I've been using it for years. I even keep a mini bottle in my car. I use it after every shower, and most nights before bed. I also use this on my elbows, hands, and feet before bed. I don't remember how I ended up with it, but I love it. My feet are always extra dry because I hate wearing shoes, so this is really great. I also make sure to use this nightly around my eyes. 

As far as my face goes, I love the Yes To! line. I have used most all of their products at one point or another and I love most of them all. For my face, I am a huge fan of the Yes To Tomatoes line though. I keep the scrub in the shower and I use it daily. I use the gel cleanser in the evenings. 

For the face wipes and freshen spray, I use the spray when I have a little more time on my hands, and I use the wipes when I am crunched for time. You can also bet that the wipes are packed away in my work out bag. I have tired all the Yes To! face wipes, and the blueberry are my favorite. They do a great job at removing my make up as well. 

I usually only use the moisturizer a very little at a time, and I use it usually every other night, or every third night. If I use it too often, or I use too much, my face becomes oily fast. I also like to treat myself and use the mask every so often. When I buy the scrub at target, they usually are including one mask free. Since my husband and I both use the scrub, we go through it twice as quick as if it was just me using it, so I keep a little collection of the single use face masks, and when I get a little me time, I pamper myself. 

What are some of your skin care favorites? 

*Cait

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