Saturday, December 12, 2015

Well, It's Been A While...

Goodness, do I even remember how to blog? My last post was September (obviously you know that...) but I've been so busy! Since September, I've switched jobs, had my first spin on the highway into the ditch, started training for my first half marathon (!!!), celebrated some birthdays, and we got some work done on the house.
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It's so nice finally having a house to call our own, that I can decorate however I please. Money's been tight, so the dollar store has been my go-to place for decorations. I got into the Fall spirit, as any blogger does, and loaded our place up with pumpkins and had some harvest spice melts going on our warmer for the last 2 months. I did some fun foot painting with our nephews and niece, and they turned out really well! They're supposed to read "Trick or treat, small [name]'s feet." It's nice having their footprints while they're still so young. We don't have any kiddos of our own to make those memories yet, but we can focus on just being a really cool Aunt and Uncle for now.
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As you can tell by our Halloween costumes, we really love each other. I was originally planning to be a butterfly (as I was for work, complete with my sequin black blazer), but Rob came across this Cards Against Humanity costume on the internet and finally agreed to do a couples costume with me. It was a simple last minute DIY of poster board, chalk pen, and some yarn/twine. I was in the middle of my 4th round of Whole30 and may or may not have gave in that night to the spinach dip. Oops.
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We finally got some pictures done!! Rob's sister is a photographer (Treasured Forever Photography) and her business has grown SO much this past year, and I was glad she could fit us in. She did such a wonderful job, and we had some decent timing. The leaves were almost all gone and the snow was definitely on it's way! She sent me a photo to use for our "new home/address" cards...which are still sitting on our kitchen counter, waiting for stamps. It's only been a year, what's another month? Haha! Also, Rob loves me. He doesn't love getting his picture taken though. Hence his expressions in said photos ;)
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Rob started his 2nd year schooling for his electrician apprenticeship in October, and he has since completed it. Work doesn't want him back until after the new year, so he's had some time to do some work on the house over the past couple weeks. We finally painted the side entrance and are now just waiting for a steady income again before we decide on some new tile and getting the stairs done. Rob's been working on the baseboards too, and the living room already looks nicer with them on! Our floor is apparently terribly uneven, so there's more work to do. We have a few projects to finish up before his parents come out in April and I can't wait to have it all done.

The biggest change since September has been me switching school divisions. I definitely miss the old school, students, and staff, but I don't miss the 45 minute commute. I switched to our own town's school division and I'm finding the 10 minute walk a lot better on my self care, and our bank account. No more filling up the gas tank twice a week and I have an extra 2 hours in my day to fit in my exercising...and FarmVille, ha.Things are definitely working out, and I don't regret the switch at all!

Well, that's it for today. I'll be sure to update on my fitness journey and Whole30, along with whats going on this month. I really want to get back in to blogging, it's one of my resolutions for the new year...along with continuing my healthier lifestyle, but I'll be sure to share my list of goals for the new year :)

What have you been up to? I really need to catch up, so link me to your posts or just let me know in the comments!!

xo. Nicole

Monday, August 31, 2015

A Fresh Start

I officially went back to work last Thursday, but it was just prep work and staff meetings. Today marks the first day the kids are in school, and my first real day of work for this school year. I'm a little anxious, but I'm also excited! I enjoyed having my Summer off, but I'm looking forward to being in a routine again, and obviously the paychecks ;)
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I totally had no idea what to do with myself yesterday. I wanted to be productive, but I also wanted to just sleep in and relax. Sleeping in didn't really go as planned and I tried to force myself to go back to sleep, so I was just even more tired. I cleaned the house just the other day, so I only had 2 loads of laundry to get through. Usually cleaning the house makes me feel productive and accomplished, but not yesterday. Both dogs and Koshka laid around all day. It was hard to get Gunner up, but Spencer was his usual energetic, puppy self, haha!
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Today and tomorrow, September 1st, will be the beginning of a fresh start for me. I'm on day 22 of my 4th round of Whole30, but I plan to continue clean eating until at least Rob's birthday in October. I find it a lot harder to say no to certain foods (and wine) when I'm on day 31 or above because technically Whole30 was "over". I could do a Whole45 or Whole60, but I find it doesn't help with finding that balance. We also have a few events coming up that I won't have meals prepared for, like Thanksgiving in October.
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My fresh start will include me actually going to 30 Minute Hit and having a generally more positive attitude towards work and other things in general. It was exhausting to have a negative attitude waking up for work, so that is definitely going to change. 
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I've also been getting very bored with the regular foods I've eaten on Whole30, so I decided to stir things up a bit and actually try some of the recipes in their new book. Above is a breakfast, egg-free hash and it is SO good! My cousin and her boyfriend are starting their first round on September 10th and I am so excited! I really wish everyone would do a full round to feel how amazing they can actually feel. I made them dinner on Saturday night and made the sausage patties from the Whole30 book - they were actually really good! I didn't mix the ingredients well enough so we'd get mouthfuls of sage and garlic powder, but you live and learn, hahaha! 
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I've put so many tabs in the book, and I'm determined to make each recipe in there. I'm looking forward to Fall and when the weather cools down for those yummy crock pot dinners. It's just not the same in the Summer, for me. My first crockpot meal is going to be those pulled pork carnitas *heart eyes for days*. I've heard such good things about them, they can only be delicious.

My new favourite thing is to infuse water. Pictured above is the water I've been addicted to for the past 4 days. It has frozen raspberries and torn, fresh mint leaves. So, so good!

Do you have any big plans for Fall? 

xo. Nicole

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Ipsy - August Glam Bag

You guys, I don't know why I waited so long to sign up for Ipsy. It's seriously amazing. I love that it's relatively cheap too, for the amount of product you receive. Since starting and actually following through with my fitness journey, my self confidence has grown. It went from being basically non-existent to wearing tank tops and not thinking about my jiggle the entire time.
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With my self confidence growing, so has my love of make up. I'm usually just a mascara and white-eyeliner-in-the-corner-of-my-eyes kind of girl, but that's changed. I really don't know how to do my make up actually, and I refuse to wear concealer or "contour" (whatever that is). I'm good with how my skin looks, thanks. I just really like that I'm comfortable wearing lip stain or lip stick now!
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How convenient was it that Ipsy sent me a lipstick sample?! I love the colour and I'm happy that I got to try another shade, but I'm not really a huge fan of this one. It didn't last long and felt like I was wearing play lipstick. Do all lipsticks also taste like plastic or...lipstick, or do some actually feel weightless and are tasteless? I'm not sure I can really judge on that right now because I just don't know. I'll wear it again though because I really do love the colour on me!
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I'm glad that they added a nail polish in my bag! Purple is my favourite colour and it went on really nice. It's been about a week and it just started chipping a day or so ago. It's definitely time to redo my nails, but that's a pretty good time frame for polish!
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I haven't looked up this polish, so I'm not sure what colours there are and what their prices are like, but I plan to take a gander!

After everything, I'm looking forward to my next bag! Did you receive an Ipsy bag? Tell me what you think/thought!

xo. Nicole