Friday Feels #3

Happy Friday!

It’s already been a crazy morning here. I have a thousand things to do today. It was one of those mornings when I was in the shower making task lists to do before I even got to the office. Ugh.

TOMORROW IS MY RACE!!! <wish me luck> I’m excited and a little nervous. I have a friend coming down from Louisville to run it. I’m excited to spend some time with her, it’s been forever.

Here’s my Friday Feels for the week…

The best little snack. My only complaint, I wish they made these in a bigger container. I usually don’t like hot/spicy foods but these are so good.

Costco Street Tacos. Easy peasy winner winner chicken dinner. I need two of these though…family of 5 – they go quick!

This quote. (I stole this from my friend off Instagram)

Sand box. Target only had one left. I snagged him up quickly. My child loves being outside and I know she will love playing in this…if only she doesn’t try to eat the sand.

Rebate checks. It’s always nice to get money back from at store, this is from Lowe’s – I’ve spent lots of $$$ there in the last few months.

Have a great weekend! 🙂

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Girl, here’s my thoughts.

Have y’all read these books yet? I’m all over the “Girl” train these days. I read the first book in two days. Hook, line and sinker. I needed more and Rach, well she provided. Now with that being said, these self-help books are not the answer to your my problems. However, I do feel that these types of books help encourage and motivate those of us me who need a little pushing, guidance and assurance. “If she can do it, so can I.”  

I think that Rachael Hollis is very genuine. She admits first hand her struggles, self-doubts, tragedies and successes. Like everyone else she has to juggle so many hats at once; a wife, a mom of 4 kids and working full-time – she built her own company. Now hold on, I know she has a nanny, has way more flexibility with her job (since it’s her company) than probably most of us and a housekeeper. I’m not hating, I wish I had that kind of help. She admits she doesn’t do it alone. Here’s the tag line – “it takes a village”. That’s why I am fan. Preach girl! I am downing over here most days and I’m glad to know that others are too. None of what she says is rocket science, maybe more of a support group is how I see it. Bells didn’t ring when I read the books, but reading about her life, daily struggles and how she handled it helps us me to see that hey, I got this and this too shall pass. And just maybe she offers her insight like a friend would do over a glass of wine.

                       

In Girl, Stop Apologizing – it clicked. I get it. Now more than ever. I shouldn’t be sorry because I need 30 minutes to myself, I want to go to the store alone or even start running again. It doesn’t mean I don’t love my family. Mom guilt. I feel it every.single.day. I feel guilty if I stop at store on the way home and look around for an hour or so. That’s an hour I can have with my baby. I feel guilty that I send my child over to Nana’s house for a couple of hours on a Saturday or Sunday. That’s time I could be spending with my child, after all I am at work 40+ hours a week. I feel guilty when I have dinner with a friend. That’s time I could have spent with my husband. Why do we make ourselves feel like this?! It’s crazy! The book simply says stop apologizing for taking well needed time for yourself. You know, you can’t take care of everyone else when you are not at 100% yourself. No truer words. This is a struggle for all of us at some point in our lives. Taking care of your house, bills, children, aging/sick parents, spouses, work, animals, etc…we run ourselves ragged. I struggle with all of it. I think now since my baby isn’t so little anymore and she’s getting bigger along with more independence, I am able to find some of mine again.

Overall, I really enjoyed the books. I purchased them both and plan on re-reading again. I find her funny and it just helps bring a little perspective to my own struggles and resolutions. They resonate well with me. Simple as that.

Are you a Girl fan?

What books have motivated you?

How is this possible?!

Did I just PR on the treadmill? I don’t even know how this is possible. I’m sure the mileage is correct but the time?????????? 22:46 minutes. I was dying from my 5K at 30:56 minutes. I don’t think it’s accurate at all. (Being serious here) I even question this on Friday with my 10 miles – it took me an hour and 35 minutes. It should have taken me 2 hours. There must be some weird time warp on my treadmill. I did Google this and it seemed more people were actually slower on the treadmill than running on the road/track. If that’s the case, I found one magical of treadmill! 😉 Of course, we’ll see how I really do when I am hitting the pavement on Saturday.

Anyone else have any inaccuracies with a treadmill?

 

Drunk Elephant (30 days review)

Let’s talk skin care for a minute. I wish I had started a routine back in my 20’s or even in my 30’s. I didn’t. So here I am, in my early 40’s trying to salvage my skin. I will admit it, I love the sun. I do. When I was younger, I hardly ever wore sunscreen or a hat. Now, I am paying the price for my fun in the sun.

A little background, I grew up on a farm and we raised cattle and tobacco. I was outside every.single.day. I loved it, not so much the work but being outside. I laid out in the sun when I wasn’t working – I had to even out my tan lines. I certainly owned a “farmer’s tan”. I used suntan lotion, baby oil and even tried butter in order to get that perfect glow. You read that right, I said butter. Yes, the kind of butter you put on toast. The same results every time, I burned to crisp and after my skin pealed, I had a nice little golden tan. I had plenty of vitamin D back then. My skin isn’t horrible by any means, but I certainly have evidence of wrinkles, brown spots and freckles and it seems like more and more appear every year. (*note, I now wear sunscreen daily, usually wear a hat/visor when running, no tanning beds period and usually don’t stay in the sun very long at all) I remember the first time I used a tanning bed, I wanted a tan for prom. I remember thinking this was one of the best inventions of all time. Year round I could keep a tan! Amazing. (you’ve seen me, I’m pretty pale and the thoughts of keeping a tan ALL THE TIME was magical)

I have been on a quest to find some products to help get my skin/face back to looking healthy. You know, bring back that elasticity that everyone wants. I consulted YouTube for some input. I figured that bloggers would be able to give me some suggestions on what is the best products on the market. They provided and I was overwhelmed. So many choices! I narrowed it down to about 5 or 6 products and then started to research through their websites and any additional information that I could find.

I choose to give Drunk Elephant a try. I’m not going to go into all the details of their products and philosophy. You can read about it here, I just want to share my experience with several of their top products.

I have tried the following (prices are listed in USD):

  1. Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser – $32.00
  2. Protini Polypeptide Cream – $68.00
  3. LaLa Retro Whipped Cream – $60.00
  4. C-Firm Day Serum – $80.00
  5. B- Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum – $52.00

Drunk Elephant offers The Littles for $90.00 – which are all the above along with several other products to try. The Little actually last a for couple of weeks. You only need a pump or two of the product. Finally, samples that are more than 2-3 applications. Nothing sets me off more than a sample that is only for an application or two. I want to try a product for a week or so before making a purchase. I need to see if I like it and how it does after several uses. As you see, buying these products are an investment. They are not cheap and I don’t want to waste my money. I didn’t purchase The Littles, I bought the sets (Out of Office, Rise and Glow Duo and the NightBright Duo) I should have just got The Littles.

For each product listed above, I used the little size and have now purchased the full size product.

Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser is a very mild, gentle cleanser. I use it all over my face and it even removes my mascara. It doesn’t burn my eyes, although I do try not to get it in them. You have to really rub it to get it to lather up though. The one thing I have noticed is that it doesn’t strip my face. It cleans fairly well and I only use at night. I usually just wash my face with water in the mornings. I don’t know if I will repurchase again only because of the price point. It’s $32.00 and I feel that there has to be something else out there cheaper and just as efficient. I would rather spend $$ on other products in the Drunk Elephant line rather than on the face wash.

Protini Polypeptide Cream. Here’s where I want to spend my money. I don’t know what’s in this but it does make my face feel amazing. It does not leave my face greasy at all. I use in the morning and in the night. I use it all over my face and around my eyes. My skin feels so soft when using and when I skip a night, I can tell – not as soft.

LaLa Retro Whipped Cream, this is another product that I really like and prefer to spend my money on. This is a light “whipped” moisturizer and it doesn’t make my face greasy either. Even layering with the Protini. It is a little heavier than the Protini. I use in the morning and in the night also and I usually apply after the Protini.

C-Firm Day Serum, I mix this with the B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum. 2 pumps of each, I only use these in the mornings. I think my face has cleared up from some unusual breakouts (minus my monthly ones) and when I do breakout, I don’t think they are as bad. I can’t actually tell if my face feels more firm (maybe??) though.

With that being said, I don’t know if it’s one product or all of them together. I haven’t switched my makeup or anything else. I have found that my makeup actually applies smoother and I have been using less foundation and concealer. I have used all the above every day for 30+ days now. Like I said, I even purchased the full size of each product when I ran out of the littles. (Not all at once, I bought one-two items every pay week) I can tell a small difference in the overall appearance and the way my face feels. I wanted to bust this product so bad because of how expensive it is, but I just can’t at this time.

Drunk Elephant is committed to using only ingredients that either directly benefit the skin’s health or support the integrity and effectiveness of our formulations. We never take into account an ingredient’s synthetic or natural status, but instead choose based on biocompatibility. You won’t find what we call the “Suspicious 6” in our products (Essential Oils, Drying Alcohols, Silicones, Chemical Screens, Fragrance/Dyes and SLS,) making them, in our opinion, appropriate for all skin. We believe that these six ubiquitous ingredients are at the root of almost every skin issue we see. When formulating the products, we focus on pH levels and safety, and always making sure that the active ingredients are at efficacious levels.

All products are fragrance free, so you are not mixing several different scents together. I don’t like strong scented products so this is a plus for me. They are 100% free of essential oils, silicones and fragrance and they are Vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free. <thank you DE!>

Additional products that I have tried include (from the sets I purchased):

D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops – only used a couple of times. It is a bronzi color and it blends well in the skin. For whatever reason, it just didn’t wow me.

Lippe Balm – The set came with the full size of the balm. I use in the mornings and night, when I am applying products. I don’t think it’s worth the $18.00 and it has a larger area and it just feels awkward to me. (mine has weird marks in it because my child tried to eat it – don’t judge…)

Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil – I use often, 1-2 pumps. I don’t want to over oil my face with moisturizers/oil but even when I use this I still don’t wake up with a greasy face. I have been using it around my eyes mainly.

TLC Sukari Baby Facial (sold only in US) – I have only tried this in a sample from Sephora. I have used it twice, I may have another 2 uses. It scared me the first time I applied it. My face was on fire, just for a couple of seconds and then it was fine. You leave on for 20 minutes and then wash off. Apparently tingling (although I’m telling you it was on fire!) is normal. It’s suppose to brighten, improve skin’s elastic feel and reveals the look of a more even, radiant baby-soft complexion. I don’t know yet, I need to try it more to confirm. The reviews on it have been good and highly recommended. It’s $80.00 and I have already spent a small fortune. I’ll have to see in the future if I still want to try it.

I may do a follow-up post after I finish the full size products to see if I still feel the same. I’m really curious. I’m still waiting for someone else to notice a difference too. There are more products I want to try. Again, the price of these products influence when and how I get them. So, I’m committed until I finish what I have.

Have you tried Drunk Elephant?

What skin care products do you like?

 

 

 

*This is not a sponsored post. Drunk Elephant did not send me any items to review. I purchased all products with my own money and all thoughts and opinions are my own.*

 

 

 

 

 

Mother’s Day weekend.

Good morning! How is everyone this morning? Good here, so far. I am working from home today. I have a doctor’s appointment this morning, so I am getting caught up on some things until I have to leave.

To all the mom’s out there, I hope you had a wonderful day yesterday. Saturday, I spent most of the day with my mom. We had hair appointments, lunch and did a little shopping. I even got in a pedicure for myself. Yesterday, us girls were treated to breakfast by the men and kiddos (myself, mother-in-law, sister-in-law and my mom). It was a nice, relaxing Sunday.

This is my bunch. They keep me busy.

IT’S RACE WEEK!!!! My race is SATURDAY! If you checked out Friday’s post – I got my long run done. That was 10 long miles on the treadmill. I’ll admit it, I actually surprised myself. I can’t believe I did the full run on the treadmill! I planned on splitting the run up. I was going to do 5 miles in the morning and then 5 miles later during the day, hopefully outside. I worked from home on Friday so after I got to a good stopping point, I took my lunch runch break. I felt good, mentally and physically strong. My legs started getting tired around mile 8 but I was determined to finish at 10 miles. After I was done, my body felt like jello. Legs, hips and feet were done. I stretched, took a hot shower, ate and finished up my workday. I felt so accomplished. I rested Saturday and Sunday. I do plan on running later today.  I may run with someone tomorrow at the park. Since I haven’t followed any training plans, I don’t want to overdo it this week. I may run a mile or a couple but nothing too extreme. I need to be injury free and keep my mental thoughts positive.

10 miles!

The medal reveal. I can’t wait to add it to my collection.

How was your weekend?

 

 

 

 

 

Friday Feels #2

Happy Friday! It’s been a busy day. Before I forget, here’s my Friday Feels for the week.

Whiskey in a Tea Cup. I made Reece’s Cornbread Chili Pie here and my family has requested it again. I have to admit, it was so good. From that post, I said I would take a pic if there were leftovers the next day. Here it is and as you see, we devoured it. I enjoyed reading about Reece’s life and how she grew up so Southern. She’s so down to earth and country. I think she and I could be besties. I already have several recipes picked out to try, so stay tuned.

Flowers blooming. These are from my house and at my mom’s. Everything is so green and blooming right now. I love this time of year, except that my allergies are killing me.

This little guy. He lives in my mom’s yard. He’s the fattest groundhog I’ve ever seen.

Long run is done. I killed those 10 miles today! I needed that boost of confidence for my race next week. Got it!!!!

Have a great weekend. I get to sleep in tomorrow, maybe depends on my sweet child. 😉

Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms. That includes those biological, adopted, steps and anything that has four-legs. Enjoy your day.

Running goals.

I keep thinking it’s time to set some running goals. Although, I don’t have any races on the calendar for this Summer and Fall yet. I have some I am interested in but haven’t registered for them. I hate to commit 4-5 months out, but I hate even more paying $$$ to run races last minute. Oh, the struggles.

As for goals, I would like to actually train for a half marathon and see if I can get a PR. I think my best time for a half is 2 hours and 20 mins. (I’ll have to see if I can find my stats on this but pretty sure it was around that time) As you know, speed isn’t my thing so I would really like to focus on speed and being able to finish a race strong. I always feel like I never can finish strong. I run out of gas and when I see the end, I’m like there’s the end and I will finish and get my medal. Which is great, but I’m wanting to accomplish a little more now. Since I didn’t get to run a marathon for my 40th birthday, I would like to do another one. I just don’t know when and where.

Here’s a little video for you. (By the way, I am still waiting on the confetti. I have a feeling it’s not going to happen. Bummer.) I ended up with 2 miles (20 minutes total)

Upcoming races:

5/18/19 – Horse Capital Half Marathon

Potential races:

9/7/19 – The Lake Cumberland Half

9/22/19 – The Iron Horse Half Marathon

9/29/19 – Indy Women’s Half

10/5/19 – Historic Haunt 10K

10/19/19 – Urban Bourbon Half Marathon

11/10/19 – Louisville Half Marathon

11/28/19 – Wild Turkey 5K

 

Do you have any races on your calendar this Summer or Fall?