Saturday, March 29, 2014

Road Rage and Spring Cleaning Part 2


Ok.... so here is part two.  I actually did a quick car tour video for you guys so you can see how INCREDIBLY organized my car is now.  As I said yesterday... the "before" is just too gross, but the after is SO GREAT (click HERE to check out yesterday's post and my super organized glove box)!!!!  I actually feel like I can breathe in my car.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

After I watched that viral Florida road rage video yesterday, I had to wonder how messy that dude's truck was.  Is the timing of this incident MERELY a coincidence.... I mean, a messy car leads to stress and stress leads to road rage.  I'm just sayin, maybe there is more than meets the eye to this inexplicable spring clean of my car.  For those of you who haven't seen the video (because you are living under a rock.... but I'm not judging), here ya go.  It's titled Instant Karma, and that is NO JOKE!!!  Organize those cars!!!  The life you save could be your own!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Spring Cleaning.... My Car


I have no idea WHAT has gotten into me as of late, but I have had this overwhelming feeling that I needed to get stuff in order.  My house... well, that is still a work in progress.  My car.... THAT is finished I'm proud to say.  It took me a couple of days, but I'm all done.  And I'll "show you around" my car over the next post.  The reason I'm splitting this into parts is because I don't want to make this too long and tackling a big project like this is always made easier by breaking it up into smaller bits.  That is how I took on this project, and that is how I'll present it to you.  I'll start from the front and work my way to the back.

Spring cleaning is not really describing this project accurately.  While I did give my car a good scrub inside and out, the most important piece to this project really was the organization.  The inside being a mess of "stuff" is what led me to want to clean in the first place.  So I started in the glove box.

Now I love before and after pics just as much as the next person.... seeing someone else's "before" mess and judging them on their inability to run their life is always a blast.  What I'm NOT hip on is sharing my own inability to run my life and embarrassing myself by showing it.  So THIS spring clean project is only featuring the "after" pics.  That's what's really important after all, right?!?  Wouldn't you LOVE, LOVE, LOVE having a glove compartment that ONLY had 5 things in it (with a bonus 6th item)???  The before scene was GROSS, just trust me on this!  I counted 15 different things crammed into this tiny space.  Some of those things were multiples (how many pens does one person need?)!  Well, all the pens are removed and have a new home and now there's only 5 things with a bonus 6 numbered in the picture above (click on pics to enlarge):
1.  Imma Girl:  there is my Bath and Body Works body spray
2.  Earrings:  again, I'm a girl so I have a small box with a collection of different colored earrings because you never know when you might have an earring emergency.  I SERIOUSLY walk out of the house without earrings all the time.
3.  Car Manual and Warranty Info:  self explanatory.
4.  BRILLIANCE:  accordion envelop which now holds all other paperwork that I always piled into the glove compartment.  Of course, because there was never any "system" to the madness... when I had to find something car related, it was always a chore to sift through the contents of my glove compartment!  Now all my service tickets are together under "T", registration is under "R", tire receipts under "T" and I even found the lifetime warranty on my window tinting which is handy because I've been noticing peeling.  And I won't go into detail about the tire receipt that saved me $326 on a tire at Discount Tire.  Ok, maybe I will.... BECAUSE I had my receipt and decided to drive around on a flat tire, I only had to pay $26 for a replacement tire.... but that was after an entire day sifting through the paperwork crammed into the glove box.  Now it's nice, neat and pretty:

5.  Tire Pressure Gauge:  this is a GREAT thing to have.... IF you're going to use it.  If you're NOT going to use it, keep your tire receipts.... see above.

6.  My Leg:  Ok, this is my leg that got in the pic.  But my actual bonus item is napkins.  Now, I call this a bonus item because I don't NEED napkins here, but they were already in there and I didn't want to waste them.  You'll see in my post tomorrow that I actually have tissue AND paper towel stowed in different areas of my car.  Having those napkins in this super tidy glove box is NOT a necessity and when they are gone, I WON'T be replacing them (says the woman who thinks now that her car is finally clean and organized she's never going to eat in the car ever again).

Ok, that about does it for today.  Tomorrow I'll be back with more fun car storage ideas.... stay tuned.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Target: The Decorator's Paradise


I've looked EVERYWHERE for table settings that would match my tea set...the tea set that I got for my birthday some years back (see below), the tea set that not only inspired my love of tea but inspired the colors/decor of my entire home.  You really wouldn't expect that black and gold would be such a rare color combination, but apparently it is since I only JUST NOW found THE PERFECT 4-place setting...and of all places,  TARGET!  So these gorgeous place settings cost me all of about $40!  And that could have been lower if I would have gotten the stemware at the dollar store (seriously kicking myself for forgetting to check for the glass there first).  But regardless, 4 place settings for under $50 is a steal!

And you really can't see how beautiful that tea set is from this pic.... so at the end, I'll post the original pic that Teavana originally had in their online store.  Unfortunately, you can't get this set anymore and that makes it even THAT more special.  It is fun remembering back to that birthday and how all my friends conspired to get it for me.  One friend was "anonymously" texting my husband with pics of what she knew I wanted for my birthday, then another friend gifted me the tea tray, another friend gifted me the sushi tray.  Then, once I thought I got the set as complete as I could get it, the hubs took me back to Teavana to pick out the cast iron leaf patterned coasters for each of the cups.  And then, as if it were divinely ordered, I located the bamboo print enamel coasters on close out in GA for $8!!!  It was the most amazing birthday and this Japanese tea set is one of my treasures.... and not for the set itself (although I THOROUGHLY enjoy it) but because of all the work my family and friends devoted to getting me EXACTLY what I wanted for my birthday.

Wouldn't I SOOOOO love to give THIS baby away for my Favorite Things Birthday Give Away!!!  But this year's birthday give away is ALMOST as good!  Click HERE to enter to win this year's Favorite Things Birthday Give Away goodie.  Seriously, this year's is a doozie!!!  I've used it every day since I got it!!!  And I just know you guys will love it as much as I do.... COME ON, your very own mobile gym!!!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Super Duper Springtime

It is not unusual for the Phoenix weather to be heating up right about now but the weather is actually downright gorgeous, so enjoying a healthful and delicious green juice on my back patio, soakin up some vitamin D this morning, is JUST what the doctor ordered so soon after my cleanse!  And WOW was it delicious with the sweet apples and kiwi... here's where I got the recipe:  Tattooed Martha.

The smell of this wonderful juice mixed with the smell of the fruit tree blossoms and sunshine made for a WAY MORE RELAXED me before entering morning traffic to head to work.  Dare I say that if I'm not careful, I could make a habit of this and my morning road rage might disappear altogether!!!  NAH....this is Arizona!  It will be blistering hot by next month.  Road rage is still on!


Saturday, March 22, 2014

I'm Giving Away A Portable Gym For My Birthday

Yesterday I got an early birthday present..... YAY!!!  You all know I ALWAYS do.  This gift I begged for after filling in for a girl at work who stashes hand weights under her desk.  Who wants to lug around hand weights???  The challenge for me has ALWAYS been, "What to do when I'm not at home?"  And, at the new house, my beloved Curves is nowhere to be found.  Coincidentally, that is where I first read about resistance band training... the Curves book.

The workout in the book utilizes resistance bands to get the 1/2 hour Curves workout at home (BTW I'm totally needing right now), which I never did because I had my Curves close by.  But then we moved and my husband had surgery and has been using resistance bands three times a week at his physical therapy appointments and swears by the workout he gets with them.  SOLD!  I HAD to have these for my birthday!

WOW.... no kidding these babies are INCREDIBLE and cost me (well, my husband) $30!!!  Click HERE for the set I got pictured at the top.  And check out THIS video! 

This is the workout I did last night when the bands arrived.  Warning:  These bands are SO GREAT, I couldn't do the whole thing and was sweating my butt off!!!  It was FUN trying to keep up with her.  Whoever the genius was who thought of using rubber bands for a workout deserves EVERY penny they earned from this invention.  To be able to have an entire gym for around $30 AND be able to take it with you everywhere you go AND a bag full of bands weighing less than 4 pounds.....WHY did I not have these sooner?  Maybe it is because I just didn't believe they could give me a hard workout???  Maybe because I envisioned them not being sturdy and breaking???  I was so wrong!!!  Did I mention there is a lifetime warranty on these babies???

So in honor of my birthday I'm giving away one of my newest favorite things!  Tell one other person about this give away and leave a comment on this post between now and April 5th and I will choose a random winner to receive the set you see pictured at the top containing 5 progressive resistance bands, two handles, a door anchor, an ankle strap and a carrying case.  Now I'm holding you to your honor to tell a friend!  I'm a firm believer in "Sharing The Health"!   The winner will be announced April 6th here on my blog and will have one week to claim their own portable gym.... good luck everyone!!!

This one gets 500 High Fives!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Day 15

Welp today's the day.... Day 15 ended with broth from this YUMMY vegetable soup.  Tomorrow morning will be orange juice for breakfast and soup for lunch.  Is that weird that I'm BEYOND excited for this soup???  Typically I end my fasts abruptly giving in to some ravenous craving totally skipping the vegetable soup that is meant to ease you back into eating after going so long without food.  This time the vegetable soup is what I am craving.  Well, that is certainly convenient and MUCH better than the HUGE bowl of guacamole I consumed at the end of my last Master Cleanse.  WOW... THAT craving was something else!  I literally ate 5 bowls (entire bowls) of guacamole that week.  And I'm all set for the breakfast casserole I will be making for Wednesday's breakfast.  Now the fun begins..... PORTION control.

The beauty of this fast is that my stomach has shrunk.  Portion control when you first get off a fasting cleanse is always super easy, but then you push it a little more and a little more until you're back to your old eating habits.  The goal for this week is mindful eating, food journaling and portion control.

Let the games begin.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Thanx Matthew McConaughey


For anyone who has ever done a fasting cleanse, you know that it is a big deal to get to day 10.  Anytime I can make it to the 10 day marker is a HUGE triumph for me (if you really knew me, you'd know that getting to day 3 is like a small miracle and I've only made it to day 10 a few times in the years that I've been cleansing), but this time around I discovered a little trick that seems to be making this whole process SOOOOO much easier.... and it was given to me by non other than Matthew McConaughey!  That's right, the actor...

Alright, so he didn't DIRECTLY give me this trick, but I came about it after watching The Dallas Buyer's Club.  I googled (that's a real word now right?) interviews with him discussing his weight loss and I picked up on a little something he said about his transformation:  he said that he spent a lot of time reading and writing.  In other words, he occupied his mind!  BRILLIANT!!!

I'm not going to lie here... I stopped being a couch potato about 5 cleanses ago, but when you're looking for something to do with all the extra time you have while doing a fasting cleanse (did I REALLY eat that much???), zoning out on movies was always my go-to that allowed me to kill some precious time.  But that's just it.... time really IS precious.  Do I really want to "zone out" when I have an opportunity to expand my mind while my body is taking a break????  And then he said something in another interview that REALLY tipped the scales, "Whatever energy I lost from my neck down, I gained from my neck up."  HOLY JESUS.... HE'S RIGHT!!!!  This isn't news to me. I've experienced the SAME thing every time I manage to get past day 10!  I needed to pick up something deep and heavy. 

Ok, so reading is generally something "fun" that I do.  I'm all for a fun self help or romance novel (and more recently PORN with 50 Shades of Grey... yes, I finally conformed).  WHY did I never think of giving my brain something to chew on (pardon the pun) during a cleanse when my brain is so focused and clear???  Enter the beloved Dr. Dyer and the wisdom of the Tao!!!  This awesome book cover you see above is the little nugget of gold that I'm working on right now and it is WONDERFUL.  I hope to fill the next few weeks with some great works and see how far my mind can take me.  Wish me luck (your prayers wouldn't hurt either) and if you have any suggestions for some GREAT mind bending reading, leave me a comment and let me know.  Please note that I'm not really into sci-fi.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

To Celebrate Inspiration

GLUTEN FREE CHOCOLATE CAKE to celebrate the inspiration to do it again.  To cleanse and clean my body, mind and spirit with another Master Cleanse.  If anyone's kept count, I DID NOT complete my February cleanse and also missed my cleanse back in August.  But it is time.... better late than never.  So tomorrow I get to spend the day with an amazing person who inspires me.  She's been through "stuff" and has come out the other side BETTER for it.  So to thank her for that inspiration and to kick off my MARCH MASTER CLEANSE (that sort of has a ring to it), I baked her a cake made from raw cacao powder, coconut flour, coconut oil, coconut nectar, maple syrup, vanilla extract, coffee and eggs.  The frosting is cream cheese, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cacao powder and coconut nectar.  This is an all-natural chocolate cake and completely gluten free.  Click HERE for the full recipe.  I'm gonna be eating light and tomorrow night I'll drink my first Senna Leaf Tea before bed so Monday morning will kick off the festivities.  If anyone out there is a "pray-er", please say one for me.... I would SO LOVE to make it through a 40 day cleanse.... just one!

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