Lifestyle: Early Morning Hikes

I can’t sleep in anymore, it is a proven fact. So instead of sitting around on my butt, I decided to be active. So loading the dogs and my husband in the car we set off for an easy hike. The trail we went on was only 2.7 miles so if we added it up we only hiked 5.4. It’s been almost a year since I’ve hiked anything so we took it slow since we are trying to get into the groove of it.

While the scenery was not much to look at, as it was mostly hills with bushes, it was really the cool fresh air I was breathing and the conversation that was the main focus. Just taking time out to enjoy nature and the simple things in life is what makes times like these special. The only time I had my phone on me was to quickly take these pictures and then I just put it away. I almost snapchatted, but I decided not to. I just wanted to live in the moment and enjoy. I did a post on Instagram but that was much later.

Sometimes we need to remember that there are simple things we can do to make ourselves happy.

I Chopped my Hair!

So Monday I made a very spontaneous decision to cut my hair and I don’t mean just a trim either I mean 5+ inches to lob off. With summer approaching and just the desire to have a low maintenance hair, while also making sure I keep it healthy I decided to cut it off.

As you can see the ends were a lot lighter which is the result of various dye jobs. The ends were also split and because I had some layers it was all uneven. I also kinda just wanted to start fresh, sort of like a blank slate for my hair. My natural hair color is just a mousy brown, which I don’t usually like but while this sort of natural ombre was nice it kept getting tangled.

While the stylish went shorter than I asked and went a bit too liberal on the layers in the back, I’m old enough to know that hair grows back and to not be upset. I actually like it now that I have had a couple of days to really get used to it and make it me. I think I look funny with bed head because my hair literally sticks up everywhere.

What do you all think?

Fashion: Guilty Pleasures – Sunglasses

 

As you can see I absolutely love sunglasses! While yes they are made to protect your eyes from the sun, they are also the perfect ways to accessorize. Sunglasses have so much character and color and it can be one of the first things people notice when they see you. I love having a variety of Sunglasses at my disposal, so I can wear what ever matches my outfit or mood. I have silly fruit sunglasses, cheap sunglasses, designer, different colors and designs. I absolutely love em all! It doesn’t even matter what price (although I do stop myself if they are too expensive, like jeez I’m not that crazy) or style they are. I want to them all!

 

Let’s Make Friends Update #3

Hello, Hello!

So Friend-wise I still have yet to meet anyone face to face, which leads me to have questions like:

Am I taking things to slow?
Do people even want to be my friend?
Should I just ask?
How long does one even wait until you ask someone to meet?

It’s just so hard trying to make friends when your no longer going to parties, around people the same age as you at school, or you know hate your job… but I am trying. I just didn’t realize how insecure you start to feel when you really want something as simple as making a friend.

I’m still having chats with people though, while some have fizzled out I still have quite a few that I keep up a steady stream of chatter with. Hopefully next week I will have an update, something that will give me (and you) hope that this whole internet friendship stuff works.

 

Fashion: Wild Diva – Slip on Sandals

Who wants to wear shoes when you’re hot and sweaty? With summer coming up and a puppy who has just figured out that mommy gets mad when you eat her shoes, I decided to order some sandals. Now I like shoes and sandals that have character, I’m a big fan of anything unique or fun and when I saw these Wild Diva Slip Ons on Zulily I knew I wanted them. Now If you are not familiar with Zulily then you know that it is sort of like Hautelook, where they have discounted name brands that you can buy if you like, The shipping does take a while, however. I received these within 2 weeks so I was not too upset about the long shipping.

They really need to be broken in as they are super stiff and it is a bit hard to shove my feet into them and go. If you have wide feet you may want to stretch these out a bit before any long wear time. I was a bit hesitant about buying white sandals as white does show dirt easier than other colors.  I decided to just bite the bullet as it is all about trying new things and just making myself happy.

The heart and thundercloud designs are colorful and creative and give the sandals a fun twist. Plus it’s sewed on surprisingly well so I am not worried that they are going to fall off.

 

Beauty: Sally Hansen – Instadry Nail Color in Sugar Poppy

It has been a while since I’ve given myself a manicure, much less paint my nails. Recently, however, I wanted to make sure I take better care of my nails, especially with summer rolling around my nails should be at least a little nice. While I did not go get a mani-pedi, I purchased a new nail polish and painted my nails. I actually don’t have very many Sally Hansen nail polishes, but when I saw Sally Hansen instadry Nail color in Sugar Poppy I needed to buy it. The color is such a happy one, that is perfect for spring and summer. Plus insta-dry is good especially since after I paint my nails I find myself having to do 10 million things with my hands.

Unfortunately, color is pretty, the formula was not so much. It was really thick, because they only want you to use one coat, the brush was really wide so I kept getting the polish all over my fingers. The polish did go on smoothly and dried really quickly which is great. I noticed though, that after a day the polish on my right hand did chip, which made me sad.

I did like it though, not sure if I will buy another color or not though.

Beauty: BH Cosmetics – Solar Flare Palette

So, I’ve been rediscovering my love for makeup recently and I can’t believe how much I have missed it. Just applying the primer before doing anything brings happiness to my inner soul. I am not even kidding either. I am now remembering why I go gaga and try to spend my entire paycheck at Sephora. If this is a good thing or a bad thing I honestly don’t care because it makes me happy, and my happiness is of the utmost importance.  In shopping through my own makeup I noticed I have quite a few products from Bh Cosmetics, and there is a reason. Their products are affordable, Vegan and Cruelty-free, and gorgeous. That is why when I saw this Solar Flare palette I fell in love.

This palette is gorgeous with 18 brightly pigmented colors. The colors are very warm, which I thin compliment my brown eyes, but also would go well with any color eyes.  The eyeshadows also had very minimal fall out with applied, which I think is due to them being baked. I’ve used other baked eyeshadows from different brands and they do not go on as smooth as the Solar Flare palette does.

Now, I can’t really say how long these last as I always use primer when applying shadows due to having more-than-normal oily lids, but I can say with the primer I used they lasted all day. You can use the shadows wet or dry which is a plus. There is also a little mirror attached to the palette which is cool, but I never use those mirrors.

My favorite colors are Galactic, Fireball and Gamma Ray but all the colors are great. For the price of $18, this palette is a huge steal and a must-have for any shadow lover.

 

Lifestyle: Weekend Traditions

Since moving to Idaho we have tried to make our new house feel like a home. It’s just my husband and me, so we try to make each other feel special. In order to do so, we have adopted a couple of traditions to make sure we don’t get homesick. Some we do together, others we do separately.

Saturday Morning Breakfast.

This is a huge breakfast that we make and eat together. It usually involves coffee, pancakes, bacon, and eggs. Sometimes we switch it up with some bagels and lox, pastries, or a quiche. We always eat together though, with no phones around and talk. This is the most important part.

Taking the dogs for a long walk

Now that we have Auri it’s really hard for one of us to walk the dogs. Auri is still a puppy and not used to the leash so she ends up winding it around the person walking her. This annoys the walker and Tesla, our other dog. We make sure that after breakfast we make time for the dogs as well. Taking them on a long walk around the neighborhood gives us a chance to go out, explore our area and exercise the dogs.

Taking time for a bath and audiobooks

I am not usually a big fan of audiobooks, but I am a huge fan of baths and reading. I don’t trust myself not to get the book I am reading wet so turning on an audiobook is the next best thing. The bath usually consists of a bath bomb, bath salts, or bubbles (because you are never too old for bubbles!). This is a time I have for myself, no cats, dogs or husband. Just me relaxing. Trust me it is great for your mental health.

This list isn’t very long but it is something we do every weekend that is sort of becoming a tradition.  Do you have any traditions you do on the weekends?

Let’s Make Friends Update #2

Another week has past by and I am here to update you on how my friend making process is going…

Slow.

That seems to the word of words for this process. I know that it would be long and drawn out before I can meet and make anything resembling a friendship but an impatient person! Why can’t I just have a BFF overnight! Let me let the rational side of me take over before I start crying and kicking up a tantrum on the floor.

GirlFriend Social

so DB has not gotten back to me since my last update. She is currently having some personal issues so I understand if she doesn’t have time to talk to a stranger. Right now I think this is going to go no where, but I will stay positive that and hope that when she solves these issues we can continue to talk again. HF and I have been texting back and forth trying to get to know each other. We have some things in common, but it worries me that she seems like a huge health nut and I’m over here trying not to spend all my time thinking about nachos… They say opposites attract right?

HEY! Vina

I’ve ran out of people to match with, which is really disappointing. I also only matched with one person and she hasn’t tried to even contact me at all. It does say that 5 people are saying ‘Hey!’ but I cannot view who they are or know who they are because of how the app works. So disappointing. I keep checking another week before dropping this app.

Girlfriend Circles

I still think this site is a bit weird to use and much more of a networking site rather than a friendship finding site. I haven’t used it much, but I won’t drop it yet until I have actually tried to use it to find friends.

I have found 2 more apps to try making friends on

Patook

Unfortunately this does not have too many people in my area but it is easy to use. How it works is if you want too skip people you swipe them over (yes kinda like tinder) and if you do you like them. This is better than Hey! Vina because you can see who has liked you and if you want you can like back! Woo!

Bumble BFF

Most people know Bumble as a dating site, but you can also use it to find friends. This has been the most successful friendship app I have already been matched and have started conversations with a couple of people. I won’t share anything yet, because I want to see who lasts and who gets voted off the island… wait this is not survivor. I don’t even watch that show. The one thing I don’t like about Bumble is that if your matched you only have 24 hours to start a conversation or respond before it expires. That is a little weird and makes me nervous.

Favorite T.V. Couples

I decided to try a different post today than I usually do. I think lists are fun and favorite lists are even funner (yes, I know that is not a word) and I want this blog to be fun, not only for you but for me as well.

I don’t watch too much television, mostly because I am realist and most shows baffle my mind on the situations characters get themselves in. However, every once in a while I do stumble across shows that capture my attention and forces me to invest my precious time. It even less likely for me to invest in loving a relationship between two fictional characters, but guess what? These relationships made me do it and I loved watching every step of their relationship.

Oh and in case you didn’t know, *spoilers ahead*

Dwight and Angela – The Office

Oh were you expecting Jim and Pam? Yeah, no. I did like their relationship, but you always knew they were going to be together. There was no surprise, even when she was with Roy you knew it was coming. Dwight and Angela though, they were entertaining. They seemed to always love each other even when they were apart and their strict attitudes and opinions just complimented each other. I am so glad that they finally got together in the last season and their wedding was one of the highlights of the last season.

J.D and Elliot – Scrubs

I absolutely love Scrubs. It had everything I needed, Comedy, Drama and a T.V. Couple I absolutely adored (No I am not talking about Turk and J.D. That is another list for another day). Elliot is a underestimated character and one of my favorites, her neurosis made me related to her in a way I never had with a character before. When they first got together I knew it was not going to work out, characters needed to grow and mature and that is exactly what they did. By the time they really truly got together towards the end of the show, I knew they were the one for each other. I loved them so much that when the season finale aired I almost cried, and I never done that before.

Willow and Oz – Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Love this little geeky couple to death, so much so that when Oz got wolfy with that girl whose name is completely forgettable I was crushed. How dare he break my poor Williow’s heart, but their quirky love made me believe that I could have a relationship that was simple and sweet. Then he left the show, and I was even more crushed because no matter how much I wished he would come back so they could be together again, I knew he wouldn’t. I got over it though because…

Willow and Tara – Buffy the Vampire Slayer

This couple is why I was able to get over Willow and Tara. Their loving and giving relationship helped get over my initial Oz heatbreak, up until of course Tara was killed off in the most horrible and stupidest way. You thought I was crushed about Oz? well at least he is still alive… My heart went out to Williow and I thought it was pretty understandable when she went to the darkside. Honestly when they introduced Kennedy as a love interest I rebelled and hated it. There is only one girl for Willow and that is Tara.

April and Andy – Parks and Rec

I almost went with Ben and Leslie, because Leslie is my fictional television BFF and Ben is Fictional Husband, but ultimately April and Andy won out. Why? because they compliment each other so well and they remind me of My husband and I. April is always supportive of Andy no matter what he does (as long as he doesn’t get hurt) and Andy’s kindness is a great balance to the rage that April can bring. They mesh so well together and stayed together for so long, still completely head over heels in love with each other that I enjoyed watching as their love matured.

Dan and Blair – Gossip Girl

I’ve never abhorred a show more than I did with Gossip Girl. Why I started watching in the first place is a mystery, why I continued watching it even after they went off the deep end with some of the story arcs? Well I think it is because I was temporarily insane, or it could be because I was waiting for these two to get together. Was I the only one who thought they would have been great together since their first on screen meeting? I hope not. When they finally did get together my heart was happy, of course it didn’t last long because the writers of this show do not understand that happy, non abusive relationships are better than toxic ones. Think of the message you are sending to young girls! I should stop before I ranting…

Monica and Chandler – Friends

This is couple I based my future relationships on. Why because they are perfect. I was never happy with the Ross and Rachel will they, won’t they plots and while yes I am happy that Rachel got off the plane. I am even happier that Monica and Chandler decided to stay on London Time. Their foundations were so solid and stable and just plain wonderful. Yes, they had their ups and downs, with not being able to have children and what not but it was okay because they knew they could get through it together. #relationshipgoals

Don’t agree with my list? Have some favorite couples that you love? Let me know!