Thursday, May 30, 2013

3 Things I Hate Eating {Link-Up}

For 3 Things Thursday this weeks topic is...
3 Things You Hate to Eat
1- If you have been reading this blog for any amount of time then you already know I am going to say...
RAISINS!
They include the word "sin" so naturally they are bad for you...right? See examples here and here, seriously this food hate runs deep! 
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2- Soggy Cereal. Um sickening, this really grosses me out. If my cereal isn't all gone within 4 minutes of milk hitting the bowl, then I'm out. When I was pregnant it would make me vomit, I better stop I'm gagging myself. 
*side note* I googled pictures of this but they grossed me out too much so I didn't post them, you're welcome end side note. 

3- Fruit on pizza, i.e. Hawaiian pizza. The sweet mixed with the tomato mixed with the cheese is too much for me. I really can't handle it. Whenever we have Hawaiian pizza I pick off all the pineapple and give it to my sister, who loves it. 
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Now it's your turn
Question of the Day: What is your least favorite thing to eat?

three things Thursday

The rules are:
*Follow your hosts on GFC or Bloglovin' {Myranda and Kristyn}
*Follow your co-host on GFC or Bloglovin' {Gypsy Queen}
*Link up your 3 things post, all other posts will be deleted. 
*Hop around and make some new friends
*Grab a button and post it 
*If you tweet please use #ThreeThingsThursday

Next week's Topic- Tell us about 3 things you wish you could pay someone to do.

Note: Only link up 3 Things posts, it is NOT a general blog link-up. I have been deleting multiple posts each week so please pay attention to that one,end note. 

We are recruiting co-hosts for the Three Things Thursday Link up! Fill out the form here
To see the full schedule go here
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You have a few more hours to enter the $30 Target GC giveaway from last week! You get 10 extra entries for linking up, so hop to it! 
Only 1 more day to enter my girl Britt's giveaway as well! 


Monday, May 27, 2013

Happy Memorial Day


Enjoy today and remember those who fight for our freedom and safety everyday. 

Freebies and Deals {Memorial Day Specials}


So today there are LOTS of sales going on and I am going to share some with you.


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I signed up for this series and I have learned a LOT. It is very helpful, and who can beat free? If you are questioning it's value sign up for it now while it's free that way you won't lose out on precious cash.

For all these deals make sure you sign up with Shop at Home to get cash back on your online purchases! You can find an explanation about Shop at Home here.

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Bath and Body Works has all these deals and they are offering up $1 shipping {when you spend $25}just use the code 
"SUMMERFUN25"
I bought 6 lotions and my total was just $34 shipped to my door! No braving the mall crowds today or any of that biz-nass! 

GYMBOREE

Gymboree has EVERYTHING $12.99 and under!! This is an awesome deal because their clothes are amazing quality and they have lasted me through all three girls and now my niece is wearing them. If you are a parent or know small children, share this deal! Ends 5/27/2013

A couple of my favorites:
Peach Romper
Normally $32.95 just $12.99


Friday, May 24, 2013

We Just Killed The Club {Grad Trip Recap 1}

This past weekend was cray to say the least, it was four days of nonstop fun and some really crazy stuff went down. Let's just start at the beginning
Friday morning I headed to the East coast to see my BFF graduate with her Master's degree in teaching. I headed to the airport around 7 AM and boarded my flight within the hour, my seat was the aisle seat in the very back row, needless to say I saw a lot of butts. Look for a more detailed butt post later...hint hint if you really want to laugh skip ahead to the pink section.

I arrived at the Dulles airport at 4:20 PM and Karen came and picked me up and we headed to her house, and finally we got there after enduring 45 minutes of traffic. The traffic there is worse then LA  it's awful!

We got to her house and her friend Melody was there, snoozing on the couch. She works nights and she hadn't slept yet so she was passed out for awhile. While Melody slept Karen and I just talked and relaxed it was nice for this mommy of three to not have to worry about little people for a bit.

After a trip to the mall, and we finally got ready we headed out to the "club" around 12.
Karen and Melody were talking about going out and Karen said "Should we go back to Flossy Fly?"
Um...Flossy Fly, what kind of place is this a 70's dance hall? But no they said Velocity 5, which was more of a sports bar. Now when they said sports bar I was thinking something similar to Buffalo Wild Wings, but this place was nothing like that, but it was fun and a great place to people watch.


When we first walked in this man was on the dance floor giggin' all by himself, seriously he was making love to the dance floor, and he never stopped the entire night! He didn't even dance with anyone really, except when Melody started dancing with him he was in it to win it!




Now my hubby doesn't care if I dance with other people, because that is as far as it ever goes, no harm no foul, so I was out on the floor dancing away when someone came up to me so we started dancing, it went south real fast.
We were dancing and he was asking the normal questions so here is how our conversation went.
CG = Creepy Guy and M = Me of course

CG- Where are you from?
M- I am from Oregon, way on the other side of the country
CG- How long are you here for?
M- Just the weekend (I had already said too much...)
CG- We should hook up sometime this weekend
I immediately flashed the ring, except my face wasn't quite so smiley
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CG- Oregon's far away, I won't tell nobody.
Awkward silence
M- I am going to get a drink
CG-Yeah you better drink up *creepily licking his lips*
My exact thoughts were
1- Is this real life?
2- Does he have no class?
3- Do ladies really fall for this shiz? 
I tried to dodge him all night, but the dance floor was quite small and once again I was gettin' my groove on and he was there again whispering in my ear with his alcohol soaken hot breath...
CG- I love you baby
complete silence...
CG- I'll meet you in the bathroom girl
once again silence
He then proceeds to walk towards the bathroom and motion me over
WHAT??!!!! This is not really happening?!
Needless to say I did NOT meet him in the bathroom and we left shortly after that.
We then headed to Walmart grabbed some allergy meds and Krispy Kreme donuts and headed home and talked until 4 AM.

I realized 2 things that night
1- I haven't been out in a really long time
2- Some people will do/say anything for the hope of  some boo-tay!
Of course this post wouldn't be complete without some club pics




and of course since it's FRY-DAY I am linking up with Miss Whitney!





Thursday, May 23, 2013

My Favorite Movies and a Giveaway {Three Things Thursday Link-up}

This week we have a very special $30 Target gift card giveaway to celebrate our 3 Things Thursday link-up!!! You get 10 extra entries for linking up, so I really suggest you do :)

For 3 Things Thursday this weeks topic is...
3 of your Favorite Movies


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1- I would have to say that one of my all time favorite movies is Napoleon Dynamite. Please tell me you have seen this movie? It is hilarious! I have family in those super tiny towns in Idaho and let's just say I have seen a pair (or two) of moon boots in my day...One day I will do a whole post dedicated to this genius movie, I know you can't wait!
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2- I LOVE the movie Finding Nemo. I will never forget the day I saw it, we had tickets to a free preview and the whole family was there all 10 of us. My mom went into a little gift shop and saw the preview tickets on the counter, and of course each one admits 2, so she asked the lady how many she could take because she had 8 kids. The lady replied, "technically 1, but I'm going to be in the back for a minute, and I can't really stop you from taking more" *wink wink* So my mom grabbed 5 and we all got to see it! I love this movie, the animation and colors are amazing.
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3- For the third and final pick I would have to say Lilo and Stitch my hubby and I saw this movie on our first date, and I LOVED it ever since then! Funny thing about this movie is that it is the first movie they all watched and actually sat through the entire thing. Needless to say it's special and we all love it. 
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three things Thursday

The rules are:
*Follow your hosts on GFC or Bloglovin' {Myranda and Kristyn}
*Follow your co-host on GFC or Bloglovin' {Kelsey}
*Link up your 3 things post, all other posts will be deleted. 
*Hop around and make some new friends
*Grab a button and post it 
Next week's Topic- Tell us about 3 things you really hate eating

Note: Only link up 3 Things posts, it is NOT a general blog link-up. I have been deleting multiple posts each week so please pay attention to that one,end note. 

We are recruiting co-hosts for the Three Things Thursday Link up! Fill out the form here
To see the full schedule go here
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Slackin' on my Mackin'

I just spent yesterday waiting at the airport for over 4 hours, then being on a plane for over 5 hours, so needless to say I feel a little tired...Regularly scheduled posts will start tomorrow come link up for Three Things Thursday and tell us about 3 of your favorite movies, and there is a giveaway involved *hint hint* it's Target, so come link up with us!

This past weekend I went to see my BFF Karen graduate with her Master's degree, holla!!! Go shawty!  I am so proud of her, it makes my heart hurt she is amazing! 

That trip was a super fun whirlwind and the recaps will be coming soon, trust me you will want to read all about it! While we were there we spent about 2 hours watching You Tube videos with her friend and her sisters so today I am sharing some of my favorites, because really these are super funny!
Question of the Day: Have you seen any of these videos?


Saturday, May 18, 2013

I LOVE My Post!

Co-Hosts wanted!! If you fancy co-hosting with us drop pop an email through to: sarah@lifeinabreakdown.com
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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Funny and Inspirational {Three Things Thursday Link-up}

For 3 Things Thursday this weeks topic is...
3 of your Favorite Quotes
Movie quotes, celebrity quotes, any words you find inspiring.

1- This line from Tommy Boy, in fact just about any line from this movie cracks me up!!! Not too inspiring but at least it was a good laugh!

2- This is so very true and really goes along with my post about sippin' haterade, don't do it!
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3- Yet another great one. Don't compare yourself to other people, you truly have NO idea what they are going through. Especially as bloggers, people think everything is revealed and it really isn't never judge others based on what they choose to show you.
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For more awesome quotes follow my Pin-spirational board on Pinterest!

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The rules are:
*Follow your hosts on GFC or Bloglovin' {Myranda and Kristyn}
*Link up your 3 things post, all other posts will be deleted. 
*Hop around and make some new friends
*Grab a button and post it 
Next week's Topic- Tell us about 3 of your favorite movies and why you love them! There will also be a giveaway, so come check it out!

We are recruiting co-hosts for the Three Things Thursday Link up! Fill out the form here
To see the full schedule go here
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Your Beauty Questions Answered

Come link up tomorrow for Three Things Thursday tomorrows topic is 3 of your favorite quotes!

Today I have a special treat beauty questions answered by a beauty expert, I know you will love it!
Meet Sequoia Leopold 

Sequoia is an entrepreneur, which is awesome, go ladies who are small business owners! She owns Flawless Beauty Bar which is currently open in Washington and will soon be expanding across the West Coast. 

Here is a little background about Sequoia: 

"Born on a commune in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri, Sequoia was raised and named by my hippie parents, so naturally she grew up to love all things having to do with artificial beauty.  She later married a republican capitalist to complete the rebellion.  Sequoia moved to Seattle after college and quickly became a member of the Seahawks Cheerleading Squad, teaching her all the fabulous tricks of looking your very best.  She finally found her true home in the beauty industry; opening Flawless Beauty Bars in 2007, specializing in sunless tanning and airbrush make-up.  Earning a reputation in the industry for high standards and beautiful work, her advise on beauty tips and trends is highly respected. Flawless Beauty Bars is her passion but it comes second to her true love, Beta (i.e. the cutest Pomeranian)!    Animals are a huge part of Sequoia’s life and her chosen philanthropy." 

Hello amazing! Seqouia has answered some of my beauty questions today and I am here to share the expert's answers

How do you cover up dark under eye circles?  “I actually prefer to brighten and highlight the inner corner of my eyes and the top of my cheek bones instead of cover the dark circles.  But, when I do use  product, I use MAC Select cover-up and add a little MAC Strobe Cream mixed in to make sure that it looks dewey and fresh.  I like to apply with a brush but using your fingers warms the product and can help it go on smooth without the cakey look.

Where should I really be putting on bronzer?  “Along the hairline of  the forehead and then across the cheeks and a little on along the chin.  Think a 3 on one side of the face and an E on the other side.  Anywhere the sun would naturally tan you, however it must be used with a very light touch. Bronzer is different then contouring and should  give a 'sun kissed' look not a 'tan' look.”

Is foundation for everyone?Or only if you have spots to cover up?  "I don’t think it depends on the person, I think it depends on the occasion and situation.  Television, photos, and high definition foundation is for everyone, even the young with perfect skin.  Red carpet events yes probably...dates maybe just a BB cream...daily office looks maybe a tinted moisturizer or mineral makeup.”

What is the best mascara for length?  “I actually like the mascara that makes the little tubes...it kind of coats the lashes.  I have lash extensions so I don’t wear a lot of mascara.”

What eye makeup colors work best for highlighting green eyes?  “Plums or purples usually bring out green eyes...however telling people to  wear purple eye shadow can be scary for them and for the outcome.  So I usually say plum tones and then contoured with eggplant or rich browns that will keep the purples muted.  Remember all of these colors should be matte! Shimmer only belongs on the lid.”

FAVORITE PRODUCTS

What is one item you can’t live without? “I can’t live without my Kari Gran Lip Balm!”

What is your favorite thing in your beauty bag? “My favorite thing is my MAC Concealer for sure!”

What do you use everyday? “I use my Smashbox Photo Finish Primer and MAC Strobe Cream every day without fail!”

Lashes, daily glue on’s or extensions? “Extensions for sure! I get my extensions done at Wink Lash Extensions in Bellevue off Main St.  I don’t know what brand they use, but I like them because my eyes look polished and striking even without makeup…I’m so vain I want to look pretty even when I workout or go on my runs…so this is perfect for that;) Plus being blond, I don’t  have dramatic features…everything kind of blends together…brows, lashes, lip color.  This gives me a little extra something.”

What beauty items do you use on a special occasion? “ I only use my Airbrush Foundation on special occasions.”

What are you longing to add to your cosmetic bag? “A travel size blush and brush.”

Do you have any tips for saving money on your favorite products without sacrificing quality? “Buy things in Tubes and then when you are almost out, cut it in half and use a q-tip to remove the excess product. Cover the exposed ends with Grab and Seal Glad Wrap and it will last you another full week or more.”

What is your favorite splurge? “Good brushes are my favorite splurge in my beauty bag! They really make a difference when applying cosmetics.
Do you have anything in your beauty bag you've used since you were 16?
Sequoia:  I don’t have a specific product I have used since then, but scented hand cream for sure is an absolute must. I use it constantly and I love smelly lotions!”


BACK TO BASICS!
Favorite Concealer?  “MAC Select cover-up.”
Favorite Mascara?  “Lash Blast waterproof mascara, by L’Oreal.”
Favorite Blush?  “MAC in Dainty.”
Favorite Chapstick? “Burts Bee or Kari Gran Lip Balm or MAC Lip Conditioner. I keep one of these everywhere, accessible at all times.”

You can find Seqouia on Facebook, Twitter or her website (Flawless Beauty Bars). Do you have a beauty question? Ask her, she loves answering fan questions!

I personally can't wait for a Flawless Beauty Bar to be open in Portland. If you live by the Washington Flawless Beauty Bar go check her out!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Facts of Me

There have been a lot of giveaways going on around these parts, so to all the followers that stuck around, and all my readers I just wanted to introduce the facts of Myranda

Me and my girls at the mustache b-day party

1- I hate raisins. If we are ever to be friends never offer them to me, not in cookies, cakes, breads, nothing I will not eat them and I will not be your buddy. If someone really said to me "raisins or death!!" it would be a tough choice.

2- I LOVE a good deal. I love using coupons and saving money, sometimes it sucks the life out of you, but really when you have 85 tubes of toothpaste who cares? Kidding, I only have like 17 right now calm down!

3- I love hip-hop music and I can spit some mad lyrics to prove it. I recently found the Back Dat Azz Up radio station on Pandora (from the recommendation of the ever fabulous Whitney) and it is a wonderful high school flashback. 

4- I, often, inappropriately use commas, if, you, don't like, it, I don't have much to say really. This is my space if I want to put 12.2 commas in every sentence I just may do it, but you have, been, warned. 

5- I don't have a fancy DSLR camera, but I really want one. 

6- I recently got a smart phone, after having a dumb phone for over 2 years and all I can say is...

7- I love giveaways, until 6 months ago I had no clue blog giveaways existed and now I'm like
I have won an iPad Mini, a $250 Visa gift card, a $100 Sephora gift card, ad space on 18 different blogs and tons of other things, needless to say if you enter them you will WIN! 

8- I am struggling with 10 facts..

9- I LOVE shoes, more specifically heels. I have about 12 pairs of heels and I wish I had 1200. Just take a look at my Pinterest "Shoes" Board to see all the cute shoes I have pinned, and I wish I had them all. 

10- I love to cook, seriously I am considering a culinary career.

Now tell me some facts about you, leave a comment and I will come check out your blog, if it's not already one of my faves!

Peace out girl scouts!


Monday, May 13, 2013

Top 5 Downfalls of Being a Couponer

So as you know I LOVE to save money and I LOVE coupons!! That sentence deserves about 50 more exclamation points, but I don't want to yell at y'all. Did that only feel awkward for me, I don't think I will use "y'all" again.
Back to the post, today I have decided to share the downside of being a couponer so I bring to you




You find yourself in Target trolling the end-caps (where the clearance usually hides) and you see it, there on the shelf an item at 70% off, such a good deal, but wait it could be better! You know there is a coupon somewhere, but you don't have your coupon binder. What do you do, purchase it at 70% off? Wait and bring back the coupon? Full scale anxiety attack in Target over a $1.58 bottle of shampoo, it's   rough.


You will never be able to pay full price again once you start couponing. $8.99 for a pack of diapers pfffft, no way I only pay $5 or less. Then the moment comes when your diaper stockpile has completely dwindled, you thought you had more under the crib but the stock is depleted and you just put the last diaper on the baby. Once again anxiety attack over being forced to pay full price for diapers.


Everyone, their mom and their granny will come to you for the best deals, extra coupons and lotion anytime they need it. Also be prepared for the post-coupon anger that comes when you didn't let them know something was on sale and they bought it full-price. You will hear this a LOT, "why didn't you tell me you had a coupon?!"
"I'm sorry mom, I didn't know you were going to Target last Wednesday for shampoo..."
Total joke mom ;)


I mean when someone pays you to take items out of the store why not right? That is what my crazy-couponer self would have said, now I have relaxed a bit and tried to realized that if you won't use it, why buy it? Because this time 2 years ago I had roughly 1200 bottle of Beano in my cupboards and I never used the stuff. I really didn't have that many calm down folks, but I had too many for sure.


They may take away your binder, simply so you can shop without a full scale operation simply to save a few dollars. Seriously though it may drain you a bit, because gathering, sorting, clipping and organizing all those coupons can get old real quick.


I really LOVE coupons and saving money, but a couple years ago I was a bit of a crazy person. I know saving a few dollars is literally a necessity for a lot of people, so that's not a joke, but if you find yourself a little coupon crazy you may want to reevaluate. 

Question of the Day: What do YOU think of couponing/couponers? 





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