September 30, 2016


This is exactly how I feel today. How is this week still going?



September 29, 2016

S&T 9/29 (More Fall TV)

Stuff, Things, etc.

+Other new shows I've watched...

The Good Place. It was okay. I like the cast. I don't love shows about a version of an afterlife though. They're really creepy to me (this is why I can't watch the movie Beetlejuice).

Speechless. Eh. I don't know. I'll probably watch if I remember.

I'm also looking forward to Conviction and Timeless.

+Shameless premiered a week early online! Loved it. I heart Lip. Also, I caught Once Upon a Time. Love.

+Also, I decided to try Outlander. I didn't like the book, but the show was...okay. I'll probably keep going. Claire is insufferable, though. She comes across exactly how she comes across in the book and that's why I didn't like the book. I think I'm three episodes in. This is my weekend project. #dreambig

+I check the weather compulsively. I want to say this habit came about in Alaska, but that's not true. It probably started when I was a teenager. In Alaska it was cold all the time, so that was likely the place I checked the weather the least. When someone dresses inappropriately and tells me they didn't check the weather, I'm flabbergasted. Like, why do you think it's on the news every 10 minutes? For you to know how to dress! I'm also sure this is 90% of why we still pay for cable. I need my morning/evening news.

++That being said, I went to the dashboard on my computer to use the calculator the other day and saw Anchorage's weather.

I'm kind of jealous. Back into the 80s this week.

+BUT it's fall, so I need to mention The Great Pumpkin Swap! Sign-ups are happening through NEXT Friday, if you want in on this fun tradition!

September 27, 2016

Why I Look For Cheap Haircuts

The best haircut I ever had was at Great Clips in Wasilla, Alaska. I remember the stylist's name was Clint, but that's about it.

I grew up with a cousin who cut hair so I always had an avenue to getting my hair done that was less expensive. I never, until I moved to Alaska, went to a stranger for a haircut.

I realized pretty quickly that hair was an expensive market, so I picked up the habit of going to Great Clips and it's something I've stuck with ever since. Then, I got into the habit of going to Veda Salon and Spa here in Colorado Springs a few years ago because I was given an overly-generous giftcard as a trade-off for dog-sitting. After going to a fancy salon for haircuts for a year or so, I got back in my routine of going to Great Clips every 6 months.

1. I don't go for the experience. I don't want conversation or a shampoo/style. If I'm going for a haircut, I realllllly just want my hair cut. Like, if I could do it myself, I probably would. This is why I highlight my hair myself; it takes less time and costs about $120 less.

2. They do what you ask them to do. There's no discussion about it. I've paid $40+tip in the past and they always talk me into a trim because why would you want to cut your hair? and then I paid $40+tip for a trim.

3. I hate making appointments.

4. My hair is easy to maintain. I know people who swear that a certain person is the only one who can tame their hair. I don't really believe that (sometimes I think it's an excuse to splurge), but I don't need someone who knows my case history.

5. I hate it when a stylist blow-dries my hair straight and slaps a bunch of product in it. I never blow-dry my hair straight. It gets so lifeless and stringy. Why do people do this on purpose? Even when you ask stylists to please not blow-dry it straight, they still do to an extent. Usually I just want to go home and wash it in order to get that product out and fluff it up again.

What do you think? Do you splurge on hair? I'd rather pay for a pedicure every month from May to September.

Slightly shorter hair and a look at that purse I got last week. 

September 26, 2016

Pumpkin Swapping, Year 5

These fall seasons are going by awfully quickly.

I spoke of of my deep-seeded love for all things autumn a few weeks ago (as good bloggers should), and now I'm happy to announce that Becky and I are at it again. We're hosting the 5th Annual Great Pumpkin Swap!

(This is a picture I took myself last year...I have a fear of getting in trouble for using the images of others for a link-up or swap promotion.)

I know blog swaps are a *bit* 2012, but it's FALL. We have to celebrate it, right?

In case you haven't been around, here are the stipulations:

1. Fill out the form to sign up for the swap! Sign-ups end on Friday, October 7th at 11:59 PM (EST)
2. By Monday, October 10th, you will get an e-mail from Becky or me with your swap partner.
3. Once you know your partner, please make contact within 48 hours (by Wednesday, October 12th) to get to know a bit more about each other.
4. Spend $15-$20 (excluding shipping) to put together a fun fall themed package for your partner.
5. Mail your package on or before Tuesday, October 25th.
6. Link up with us on Tuesday, November 8th to share your swap goodies!

Happy shopping, happy swapping, and let us know if you have any questions!

Fill out this Google Form to sign up:

September 23, 2016

Friday Favorites...

I miss posting on Fridays. It's just exhausting to post 5 days a week, you know? But there's always things I'd like to give a shout-out to.

1. I do totally love the way Nordstrom Rack saves my card info. I went to order something the other night and thought Oh, I don't want to get up to get my wallet. Then Oh, wait. What's this? Done and bought.

2. I am loving that the weather is finally cooling off this weekend. I see some pumpkin cookie baking happening.

3.  I saw this on a friend's FB page and saved it immediately. It's so comforting.

4. I've been keeping up with new fall TV this week. I've watched...
This Is Us ----because social media wouldn't shut was okay...I'm not sure how it's going to be a whole season? Seems kind of like a movie.
New Girl  -------somewhat promising
The Goldbergs --------LOLOLOLOL...seriously, watch this show LOLOLOLOL
Designated Survivor ------Interesting

Up this weekend: Once Upon a Time!

5. Pumpkin Swap Sign-Ups are starting Monday!

September 22, 2016

S&T 9/22

----TGIF...Thank God It's Fall. 

----Alright, who watched Coupled this summer? I was late to the game and watched it on Hulu last weekend.
It was intriguing.
If you haven't heard of it, it's a classier and less produced version of The Bachelor/ette or BIP. (Wait, is that a thing?)

-----I've been having some strongly opinionated thoughts lately. I don't know why this video is saying this is why we need Common Core. Common Core has led to this kind of coddling. The spoon-feeding is still happening, regardless of "common core", because it's still a test that's being taught to. Basically I agree with the video, but the title is not right.

-----I took this OCD test that I don't really feel was at all scientific. I don't know that I have these tendencies all that much. I think it would depend on who I was being compared to. (I do know that ending sentences with prepositions reallllly bothers me, but I do it all the time on this blog...but not in my actual profession.)

However, I clicked too fast on one of the questions and knew it was not the right answer and that kind of bothered me. I would never classify myself as a Type A/OCD afflicted person, but I know I have my tendencies.

---I saw this written by another Rodan+Fields consultant. It's SO true. This is my paraphrased version, but I can send you her exact words if you'd like to see the source of this analogy...

If a friend says they have a headache, and you have a stash of Tylenol in your purse, you offer them one. I do this at least once a week at work (uh, we get a lot of headaches). 
I would never just walk around with Tylenol, offering it for no reason. 
But if that friend says they have a skin issue...acne, rosacea, eczema, dark spots, lines, wrinkles, sun damage, etc...I'm going to offer them Rodan+Fields. 
It solves problems! I would never try to convince you that you *need* it. I try to share what it has done for me, what it has done for others, and what it can do for you. 

---I've been working on catching up on season 2 of Undisclosed. I gave up about halfway through season 1 because it got too in-depth and I don't love legal jargon. I also got burnt out on that case because I thought he was innocent and Scott thought he was guilty and I couldn't wrap my mind around that.
I like specifics, but I also like interesting, and it had stopped being interesting at some point.
Anyway. Season 2 is good. Give it a listen!

Stuff, Things, etc.

September 20, 2016

How long do Rodan+Fields Products actually last?

When people try Rodan+Fields, I want to say that missing a day here or there won't make a difference and that's probably true. But my biggest secret as a consultant (and as a customer) is that I want you to use the products. I don't want you to buy them and never use them. You and I both get nothing out of that. I want you to love them and see results and become loyal to them the way I have. Most of all, I want them to heal your skin the way they healed mine. That won't happen if you never use them, or only use them once a week, or just once in a great while. In order to get these products to work, you have to go all in.

We go all in on 21 day fixes, and cleanses, and workout routines...and we often get them to work for awhile before we stop for one reason or another. (and unless you turn it into a lifestyle, you will, in fact, stop seeing results).

Life happens and that's okay, but literally all Rodan+Fields is asking us to do is wash our face every day. It takes minutes and it can change everything.

All that being's what I currently use:

Disclaimer: I buy my own products. But since I have somewhat of a scaffolded schedule of how/when I use the products, they don't need replenished all at once, which makes it affordable. Also, I'm linking to the products, but they aren't *quite* affiliate links. You'd have to actually buy the products to make them such. 

I use the Sulfur Wash, the Clarifying Toner, and the Dual Intensive Treatment in the morning. Then I put on the Multi-function Eye Cream. I carry the Triple Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30 moisturizer with me, in case I have any dryness. However, if I know I'm going to be in the sun all day, I put it on before I leave the house. 

During the day...
I also carry the Essentials Lip Shield and the Soothe Sunscreen. If I'm outside for more than 10 minutes, I put the sunscreen on my face. It's matte and completely non-greasy. It can go on under or over make-up depending on your needs. I admit that I didn't used to love the Lip Shield, but I pulled it out to use again one day and, all of a sudden, I did love it. I can't explain this. But now I have a tube of it stashed everywhere. If I'm going to be outside, I put on the Essentials SPF 30 Sunscreen. I keep my tube of it by the door or I take it with me if I'll be outside elsewhere. 

At night...
At night, I wash my face with the Redefine Daily Cleansing Mask, usually in the shower. The smell of this alone is what keeps me using it. It is the freshest, cleanest, most pleasant smell out of all the products I've ever used. It's spa-like and heavenly. If I could truly recommend one thing to the general population, it's this! 
Sometimes I use the Microdermabrasion Paste either before or after. As you can see, I'm a fan of mixing and matching! After that, I use the Clarifying Toner, the Dual Intensive Treatment, and the Multi-function Eye Cream....those are my three MUSTS twice a day, every day. 

This seems like a lot of products (I never said I was low-maintenance), but here's approximately how long each product, that I use every day, lasts me:

Sulfur Wash---3 months
Clarifying Toner---2-3 months
Dual Intensive Treatment---2-3 months
Eye Cream---1 year
Triple Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30 (moisturizer)---1 year (I don't use it every day.)
Daily Cleansing Mask---I've been using it once a day or every other day since February-ish and I'm halfway through the tube. 
Microdermabrasion Paste-1 year

This is not a 30-day supply, as you can see, so I think you do get your money's worth!

How long do your current products last? I'm kind of curious. I used to buy Proactiv and Neutrogena every couple of months. 

September 19, 2016

Screenshots and Funny Stuff

Because it's Monday.

I can't remember if I mentioned it here (because I mention a lot of inconsequential things on this blog), but I've turned into Jojo when it comes to dogs. I see a dog, I reach out my arms for it, and I start talking to it. 

I don't like Halloween. It's on a Monday this year. 

By the end of the week, I have a nicely dramatic effect going on. 



September 15, 2016

S&T 9/15

Stuff, Things, etc.

I wish people wouldn't add me to their sales groups on Facebook. I don't want LuLaRoe or Younique. I would never be gutsy enough to add someone I barely know to a direct sales group without their permission. And my feelings on Younique are complex...I'm into healing your skin and fixing it, not covering it up.

A suggestion: Can we cut the weekends down to one day? If I could eliminate all of the Sundays between now and ______, time might speed itself along more quickly. Also, I don't need two days. I need Saturdays to run errands and clean and grade papers. Nothing's open on Sunday anyway. I need extra time to go to the post office, not sit around the house. We're wasting productive work time with this "two day weekend" thing.

Now that you know how I really feel (and probably hate me...), now seems like a good time to plug away...

Sign-ups start in a week and a half!

And speaking of fall, I got these boots on DSW's website for a steal. They are comfortable. They are attractive. They are the third pair of combat boots I've tried and the only ones I've loved.

And, fall again...I love the Steelers so much. Plus, I went on an online shopping spree last week (makes me feel better) and got a new Steelers shirt. I can wear it on "Broncos days" at work. need of recommendations...a book and a TV show. Supernatural isn't doing it. I plan to read allll the Show Us Your Books posts this weekend, but if you have a favorite from the last month or so, just drop the title in the comments!

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September 14, 2016

More Actual Confessions

There was supposed to be an outfit picture shared today. That did not happen. 6:30am is too early for that (and let's be honest, I was running late) and I changed at school so I couldn't do it later. It's a shame. I liked my skirt.

I'm very happy it's getting dark earlier. The dogs can't convince me to walk them at 8pm now. When it's dark, they know it's time to lay down.

Sometimes I feel the best use of my time at 6:20am (when I'm supposed to be getting ready for work) is to online shop. This is why I run late.

I will never, ever go to one of my high school reunions.

Moscato tastes like deployment and disappointment.

I had to buy individually wrapped candy corn packs in order to keep track of how much I eat.

There are candy corn "stains" inside one of my kitchen drawers from where I hide my stash from Scott.

I was ready to buy a new vacuum because ours wasn't working right. My friend told me to call Dyson and I was all No, no...and she was all Give me the serial number. I'll call. My laziness has reached a first-world level. Also, I bought a new vacuum.

I jabbed myself in my own eye last week when I was putting on eye cream.

Every single one of these teaching memes is ridiculously cliched but they are cliched because they are 110% true.

Any confessions today?