September 1, 2014
Good Morning! I really and truly hope those of you who are celebrating Labor Day in the U.S. today are enjoying the day.
You can usually expect a weekend recap of some sorts here on Mondays, however, the time I allowed myself to do that last night and this morning I wanted nothing to do with using muscles in my body, especially my brain.
You see… Scott and I haven’t been home more than enough to eat and sleep this weekend. Well, mostly just sleep. So that’s what I did.
I’m pretty sure Roadie wants to trade us in for that couple who spoiled him with countless runs and trips to the dog park over the summer. Poor guy.
It’s funny. Ever since I got into the NBA back in 2007, I quickly realized that holidays are just another day on the schedule. Together, Scott and I have worked three Christmas Day games (in a row) in Orlando, St. Patrick’s Day games (and there is another one coming up this year!) New Year’s Day games, and numerous Thanksgiving Day events. The NBA All-Star weekend happens to fall on Valentine’s Day every year, so it is almost a guarantee that is where we will be or what our weekend will be centered around doing while watching from home.
The last thing I want to do is complain about it. It is what it is! There are so many wonderful and amazing opportunities the two of us have been able to experience because of the NBA, and working crazy hours and holidays is just part of the small portion I don’t love. Let me just close that thought by saying I feel very blessed and appreciative that – seven years later – both of us still have a home in the league and are able to stay active in it. We love it!
I have about five minutes until I need to get ready to head out the door for our last full day, so I’m not quite sure where to go here. Currently, I’m typing up this post while sipping on heated up day-old coffee. That’s about where my effort level is at, my friends.
I fully plan on recapping the happenings of our long weekend at Arts, Beats, and Eats in Royal Oak. It’s actually our favorite festival of the year, and if you are anywhere around the NBA Nation area be sure to stop by and say hello!
In the mean time, I’ll make a point to grab more photos of the festival and less of the courts and our entertainment teams to share with you. It’s amazing how my brain functions (or doesn’t) after standing in the sun for eight hours at a time. Don’t worry girls, shawty’s got this.
I promise much more interesting content later on (hopefully) tonight, if not tomorrow.
Until then, I wish you all a fabulous day doing whatever you do best on holidays! Enjoy the sales, enjoy the extra family time, and for the love of all of us… bask the day off if you’ve got it. Happy Monday!
August 29, 2014
Happy Friday! Today marks the start of a very busy holiday weekend for Scott and I. We are working an arts festival for four straight days and plan to stick around the venue to check everything out as much as we can.
The fun begins just after lunch time, so until then I’m partying it up… with coffee and study time. Woo hoo!
Per usual (and regardless of what is going on now or for the weekend) Fridays are meant for celebrating and sharing favorites. Below you will find a list of things that I have been loving this week and I invite you to tell me yours in the comments section and link-up as well!
Friday Favorites #52: Week of 8/29
• Younique 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara
A couple of weeks ago, a friend and former co-worker of mine sent me a sample of a mascara she absolutely swears by. It’s called Younique 3D fiber lashes mascara and comes in a fancy schmansy travel case.
Priced at $29 a kit, this stuff has to be pretty darn amazing to be the “new mascara that;s selling out at the blink of an eye”, according to AllParenting.com. Well friends… it is.
I have to admit that I had my doubts. I played along and tried out the product, but didn’t think I would feel comfortable promoting a mascara that costs more than three times the amount I am used to paying.
Before reading about how it works, I snapped some photos and assumed that one was the mascara and the other wand dried out, since it was fluffy and completely opposite of what I expected. So wrong.
Here’s how it works:
Step 1) Curl your eyelashes with an eyelash curler if you normally do (I don’t) and apply your regular mascara like normal.
Step 2) Apply a coat of the gel (the taller bottle) over your mascara coat.
Step 3) Apply a coat of the fluffy (the shorter bottle) fiber brush.
Step 4) Apply the gel one more time for one final coat.
It may sound like a lot of steps, but the whole process took the same amount of time I usually spend on fiddling with two or three coats of my normal mascara to make my lashes look their longest.
To show you the difference, I only applied my regular mascara on one eye, then used the Younique 3D fiber mascara over it on the other.
It looks like I didn’t even use mascara at all on one of them! Crazy, right?
To be completely fair, I do have considerably long eyelashes. I also wear false lashes from time to time for big events or special outings, and have to agree with the reviews that this mascara gives the illusion of eyelash extensions. I’ve never had them, but from what I remember from friends on my dance team getting them, the results are very comparable.
So is it worth the price? Well… it’s a heck of a lot cheaper and and more convenient than eyelash extensions! You can check out more Younique products and purchase the 3D fiber mascara at www.batandwink.com.
• How to Style Your Hair Before Bed via Howcast
For those days you actually spend time on it and want to keep it fresh for the morning.
I tried it the other day and barely had to style it the next day! Genius.
• BANDED headband + BANDED2GETHER
I received this BANDED Charcoal Sparkle headband (retails at $9.98) in my welcome bag at IDEA and laughed to myself when I saw that it was the same grey sparkly design I already have at home. I tried it on, loved the fit, and didn’t want to part with it.
It’s 1″ thick and a lot more obnoxious and sparkly than it looks in the photo. (I’m also wearing it in the mascara photos above!)
Plus, each band purchased provides three meals for a child in Uganda, which makes me want all of them. I just might order more since they have skinny, wide and plenty of patterns to choose from.
Looks like a great company!
• MapMyDogWalk app
(Do any of you use this? I do every time I run!)
I was intrigued by the title and decided to utilize the free download .
It was great timing since I was starting to think that both Roadie and I need some kind of tracking for all of the walks we go on…
(Don’t worry… the cocked head is a standard on all walks. He has to know what is happening all around him at all times.)
I use MapMyRun when we go running, but it’s nice to keep a log of our walks this way when we want to slow things down and enjoy the scenery.
(Using screenshots from the app for privacy reasons.)
I had it running yesterday afternoon while I was on the phone catching up with friends, and we ended up walking 3.45 miles in 1 hour and 15 minutes. I guess I need to start logging these into my dailymile!
There’s also a water feature that supposedly tells you where there is access to water. I haven’t actually found a water site yet, so if you have used this app, I would love to know how accurate it is.
• This mini-Friends reunion that happened on Jimmy Kimmel.
(Thanks for telling me about it, Olga!)
Scroll to the bottom video to see the full skit! I died.
• Reebok Yoga gear
I have mentioned this specific collection of fitness clothes several times on the blog, and as a thank you, received a surprise box from my friends at Reebok that also included a collection of burnout tanks and tees.
Ya’ll, I’m obsessed. Or should I say YO, I’m obsessed?
GA(H)! I seriously just keep wearing, washing, and re-wearing them. (Notice the tops in both the mascara and walk picture?) It’s almost embarrassing. But, considering my job requires little clothing outside of spandex, sports bras, and tanks it works out.
I would highly recommend all of these pieces to any yogis, fitness enthusiasts, or anyone that likes to wear awesomely comfortable clothing whatsoever. Word to the wise though: order up a size in the studio tank and burnout tee. I probably should have, and have been keeping those items far away from the dryer.
Thank you, Reebok!
I have no idea what took me so long to jump on the Spotify train. I downloaded the app a couple of months ago, but went on a grand total of two times before just a couple of days ago.
I knew you could create and share playlists, but I didn’t like that you couldn’t download the songs to your computer and make hard CD copies of your music. (Or can you do this with an upgraded membership?)
For whatever reason, I felt the urge to check it out again yesterday and fell for it within a couple of quick searches. I love that you can play entire albums and save them as well as hand-selected playlists to listen to whenever you want!
I’m sure I will still be rocking out to iTunes when I want to download tracks, but for now I am enjoying hearing songs I like without having to pay for them. I hope the group of you who have been nudging me into creating playlists here are pleased!
I don’t have many, but I certainly started out with a bang by grouping a couple of throwback favorites playlists from the 90s. Heck yes!
Anyways, I really do love Spotify and finally joined the world you all seem to have been living in for a while now. Let’s be friends.
• This Taylor Swift video I can’t stop singing (and dancing) along to.
I know… I’m a little late on this one, but it’s still the best. And I can’t even take her contemporary dance moves. She’s hilarious.
• favorite HWG posts
>> How To Approach Brands & Sell Yourself (tips from the pros who work with brands and hire bloggers for campaigns!)
>> A Day of Honey Roasted Almond Recipes (<- already dreaming of making more chicken “fingers”!)
>> AND… a guest post on how to get motivated to work out featured on South and Style. (<- love, love Andi!)
Have a wonderful holiday weekend! xo
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