Tuesday, April 30, 2013

One Year Older

I know I haven't posted in a while and yes, you're complaints have been heard :D I've just been so busy and lazy and well...sorry :D

So yesterday was my birthday...and it was one of those birthdays that I really wanted to skip.  Turning 29 is not something you really want to celebrate, especially when you feel that you haven't gotten to where you want to be with life (I know people are rolling their eyes right now...it's all relative ok people...sheesh!).  All last week I was in this daze of denial about turning one year older, and when it actually hit me, I broke down crying.  So depressed and frustrated with myself and bla bla bla.  It's kind of pathetic I know.  Yes mother, I know, it's not the end of the world. Yes, I know...this is just the beginning of life...bla bla bla...you're going to tell me that when I'm in my 50s too, but when you remember turning 21 thinking, wow, you're such a grown up now, and then the years pass by and you're one year closer to being 30, it's just this weird horrible feeling.

Anyways, so I decided there was no point in feeling sorry for myself.  It's going to happen...just don't think about it and move on.  So about 2 weeks ago I decided, enough is enough.  I'm going to do something for me this year that I really want.  I've been so lazy about working out and I've been feeling so ucky in my own body, it's time to change.  So I've officially (I think I've done this, I've officially thing a few times and haven't stuck with it), but this time I'm dead serious.  I don't care how long it takes for me to look how I want, I'm going to eat healthier and exercise more and get TONER. I've been to Pure Barre every other day over the last few weeks, I've been eating salad for dinner, really holding back on the sweets (oh it's been so hard) and although I don't look any different (I ask my husband every night..."do I look thinner, do I look toner" he's so annoyed, haha :D)  but I feel better and I feel my muscles are tighter and as though my body is sucked in.  It's this weird feeling I can't explain.  I've tried to stick with pure barre before, but it was so hard with timing and then my injuries acting up that I kept getting lazy.  But, this time around, I'm more focused and really being careful with what I can and can't do.  I've also been squeezing in cardio time at the gym, so it's been really good.  

Yesterday I woke up feeling kinda whatever about my birthday and just decided I wouldn't think about it at all.  And it was actually nice.  I woke up to a lovely text from a friend, got a few ecards and phone calls from family, a stream of sweet texts from friends throughout the day, and most importantly a phone call from my little boyfriend (my husbands nephew who is 4) wishing me a happy birfday. His little sweet voice made my day and made me so happy, nothing else could spoil it.  The hubby surprised me with a night out that ended with a tea picnic at the beach (it's exactly what it sounds like) :D, and I got a lovely pair of pearl earrings (so spoiled!).  All in all, it was a lovely day (minus work and this stupid stats class I just had the urge to take...idiot!). So turning 29 hasn't been all that bad as long as I don't really think about it :D haha! 

I also realized while I was writing out the date on my agar plates in lab that I will only be 29 on April 29 once in my life.  Weird thought...but something worth celebrating :)

Yes, I had pizza last night.  So what :D  
I'll be having salad tonight...sigh.

Hubby surprised me with my favorite cupcake from Sprinkles - carrot cake.  I savored every last bit! It was so windy at the beach though, it was hard to keep the candle lit. 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

41 Olive

The other day, the hubby and I made a visit to this new store that I've been wanting to show him for quite some time now.  We are a big fan of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, so when I came acoross this place, I knew it was made for me :D In case i'm ever lost and you can't find me, I will be here, sampling all the various oils and vinegars and just enjoying myself.

41 Olive is a specialty store that is lined, wall to wall, with a huge variety (41 to be exact) of flavored extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars.  If you are a lover of oil and vinegar, this is a place to check out.  The most amazing part, besides the variety of options to chose from and free sampling with bread, is the ability to mix and match flavors to make something unique and fabulous.  This place is amazing and to die for, and if you ask me, the price is worth it.  Definitely makes for a great gift for someone (or even yourself, hehe). 

We bought the smaller sample sizes (for now, cough!) which seem to only be available in store.  It was a hard decision, but we finally decided on 2 oils and 2 vinegars. 

1. Cranberry pear white balsamic vinegar
2. Pomegranate balsamic vinegar
3. Organic persian lime olive oil
4. Meyer lemon olive oil

So far, i've only tried these on salad, but you can use them to marinate chicken or fish or just have them with bread alone.   

The mixes we've made are:
1 and 4; cranberry pear white balsamic vinegar with meyer lemon olive oil
2 and 3; Persian lime olive oil with pomegranate balsamic vinegar.

So, if you ever find yourself making your way to this store or even buying online, try these options if you can't make up your mind.  I promise you'll love them.   




Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Must Have Gadget - Progessive Slicer

OMG, do I have a super cool gadget to show you.  Introducing my new, super cool, must have, totally in love with, progressive (anything you want that's squishy) slicer!  Welcome to my new new, lazy womens tool! AKA, the Progressive Compact Egg Slicer.

Basically, it can slice through anything that is soft.  It comes with 3 different slicer plates.  So far, I have sliced through eggs, mushrooms, olives (3 at a time) and strawberries.  Just be careful, the metal "blades" (which aren't really blades) aren't secured that well into the orange piece (whatever it's called).  It works great, but the little slicer metal "blades" can break away easily.  But, other than that...it's SUPER AWESOME and TOTALLY MAKES MY LIFE SO MUCH EASIER/FUNNER/ORGANIZED.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Invisible Man

I came across these really cool photographs of paintings by Chinese artist Liu Bolin who paints himself to blend in with any surrounding.  Camouflage at it's finest, human style.  Apparently, it can take up to 10 hours to prepare himself for one shot.  Amazing talent!!  Super cool art! The message however, behind his art is even stronger.  

 Check out this link for a video interview with the artist.
More on the artist and his work here and here as well.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Style Inspiration: Flowy Chicness

I love these long flowy dresses and skirtsOh, closet, why can't you be bigger! Oh wallet, can't you be fuller. 






Shop Bop

 My Amethyst

  I love this color and I love the color of her shoes!!


My Amethyst Dress from: EDZ


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