Happy Mother’s Day

Good evening lovely internet. It’s been so long since I actually wrote a blog post I don’t even know what I’m doing anymore!

I just wanted to stop in to say Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers, guardians, mother-like-figures, pet moms, and plant moms out there. Hopefully that covers everyone. I hope everyone had a pleasant day.

Here in Baltimore it was a tad windy but the weather was lovely aside from that. We had a cook out at my brother’s house with several people from our family and Austin’s as well. I love that we can use these “Hallmark holidays” to bring the family together. I especially love when I get to see my baby cousins. Those girls are hilarious and I can’t wait until they are angsty teens. Oh what fun!

The picture above is me and my mom, taken last fall in an apple orchard. My mom is so spunky and wonderful. She’ll drop everything to help you but beat your ass if you start acting a fool. She’s the mom that became the “adoptive” mom of nearly all of mine and my brother’s friends at some point. Alway there to listen and give honest advise. She never judged the gritty details or sugar-coated her thoughts. She’s what I like to call a “truther.” She’s probably the coolest mom out there and I just wanted to tell you all a little about her. Maybe she will be in a video one day!

I hope you all ease comfortably into your week and are enjoying Spring. Talk to you all again soon!

♥ Amanda

Checking In With My 2015 Goals

Checking In With My 2015 Goals

I set several goals for myself in the year of 2015. Some have been going great and others haven’t been going at all.

I had two goals in the beauty department: embrace lip liner and continue chipping away at my stash. I was doing great with lip liner at the beginning og the year and then I reorganized my desk and as the saying goes “out of sight, out of mind.” I need to pull them back out and keep them in view so that I remember to use them. My decluttering has been going great. I’ve managed to full cut off my makeup shopping. I’ve only been making repurchases when an item fully runs out so I’ve pretty much only been buying skin care, which honestly is wear the bulk of my money should have went in the past. The better your skin care, the less makeup you need. That’s just a fact.

I had one very simple hair goal – take better care of it. And to my own personal astonishment I went and chopped it all off to start anew with fresh healthy strands. All of the died and damaged hair is now officially goal and I’ve been doing my best to treat my curls with love and respect. I’m kicking ass with this goal!

My one fashion goal was to revamp my shoe collection. I haven’t really bought any shoes recently, but I’m quite happy with my sandals and wedges. I like to keep footwear simple in the summer. I have tan and black sandals and wedges and that’s good enough for me. I like to play with shoe style more in fall and winter so I’ll be keeping an eye out for fun new styles and classic staples.

Financially, I’m still struggling a bit with my goal to build my savings. I’ve been investing in building my blog and YouTube channel so not much to put aside at the moment.

My final goal was to get in shape. While I don’t feel I’ve dedicated myself to get the aesthetic results I was looking for I do feel a lot stronger. I can even run a mile, which is astonishing to me because I flat-out hate running. I still have a lot of soul-searching to do to find the strength to really commit. I just haven’t and I need to.

With just over half the year behind us I think I’m doing better than I though I would with working on my goals. My savings and fitness need more dedication but I’m not discouraged. I know I can do anything I put my mind and energy in to so it’s just a matter of actually doing that.

Life Lately

Life Lately

Hey yall hey! Long time no personal check in! It’s been a crazy busy few months.

It seems like we’ve been doing something different every weekend and I’m not complaining about that. I love keeping busy and doing something different and new all the time. It’s an absolute joy. We also went on vacation with my family to Hershey. We stayed at the Hershey camping resort in a cabin which was a fun and new experience. We’ve always went to Hershey for family vacations but for as long as I can remember we camped in tents. I can’t tell you how nice it was to be in that cabin while it rained over night. As much as I loved staying in a tent nothing beats having a roof over your head and air conditioning in the hot, humid July weather.

My Youtube channel has been growing so much over the past few months. As I type I have nearly 2,300 subscribers, which honestly blows my mind. Just wow. I can’t thank everyone enough for supporting me, my channel, and my aspirations. I’ve been wanting to get into vlogging more and more and the recent growth has really inspired me to work even harder. I’ll be vlogging weekends and weekly vlogs in the upcoming months as much as possible. Obviously, I’m working 40 hours a week to pay the bills and then filming and editing a ton once I get home so not everyday is super interesting. With that said any time something fun happens I will film and share.

I’ve also had the extreme pleasure of working with many fun Etsy shops and companies recently and it’s been such a joy to share amazing products with my viewership. I love having an outlet to share my opinions with so many people and I’m so honored that people actually care.

As far as fitness goes I’ve totally fell off the wagon. I’ve spent so much time working that I’ve made no time for the gym. I need to start intentionally carving out fitness time in my day and just make it happen. I’m still eating far more pizza than any one human probably should but that’s going to be a huge issue to tackle.I’m simply addicted. Aside from pizza I haven’t been eating too poorly and I’m been crazy diligent about drinking tons of water everyday.

Life has been great lately – a lot of hard work but so worth it.

Life Lately

Life Lately

Hey yall hey! If you follow me regularly you know I took the weekend off, which felt really weird, but it was definitely necessary. I’ve been sick for nearly a month now and I just can’t seem to shake it. So, aside from a few plans I already had I really wanted to take things very easy this past weekend. I napped a ton and I think it definitely helped a lot. I’m still not feeling 100% but hopefully as the weather stops fluctuating I will feel better and better.

Because I’ve been sick I really haven’t been working out. I think it’s rude and irresponsible to be at the gym coughing all over the machines that all the members use. That being said I haven’t given up on working out. I’ve been doing small workouts while watching TV and before bed. It’s not much but it’s better than being completely stagnant. I’m hoping to be well enough to get back to the gym this week.

I’ve recently developed a major addiction to Pizza Hut stuffed crust pizza which certainly doesn’t help with the whole fitness thing, but luckily (sorta) my wallet doesn’t allow for me to order out often so it works out. Seriously though, stuffed crust is so good. They should make a whole pizza pie that is stuffed. That would be amazing. Aside from pizza, I haven’t been eating too bad.

As for makeup and beauty, I haven’t been buying hardly anything. The only purchase I’ve made recently was the MAC x Cinderella Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow palette, which I’ve reviewed and actually really like. I’m hoping to create a tutorial with it soon. I’m also hoping to find the time to finish my Urban Decay On The Run palette tutorial series and do a series of tutorials using the Tarte Tartelette palette.

Since the weather will be nice again soon I would like to do lots of home DIY projects I’ve been putting off because I don’t want to paint indoors. This is not a definitive list but here are just a few things I want to work on:
~give my $2 flea market wine rack a fresh coat of paint
~repaint my small white book which will either go in the closet to organize shows or in the living room to functions as an entry way table
~spray paint flea market find picture frames and have my friend’s artwork matted
~a few of these jewelry organizers – so simple and smart!

So that’s all of the projects I have in line so far. I also want to work on finishing the gallery wall in our living room because it’s been half-assed for quite some time. I saw a tutorial on YouTube for creating pillow covers with cute second-hand sweater fabric. I’m planning a thrifting day to find fun things to use for crafting projects. We have a lot of great thrift shops and second-hand furniture stores in our area so I’m excited to browse around for some hidden gems.

I’m sure if you’ve follow me on any platform you know I’ve been planner goodies obsessed lately. I’ve really got in to it. I’ve always been someone who enjoys being very organized and excessively embellished so when I found the planner decorating community I immediately felt at home. To say I’m obsessed is probably an understatement. I seriously stalk the Target dollar section almost daily when I find out new stationary is released which is mildly insane.

I’m really excited for Spring and warmer weather. I hate Winter and I can’t stand being cold. Being cooped up indoors is so depressing and really kills my mood. I’m looking forward to filling our balcony with plants, going on hikes,  soaking in the sun (wearing SPF of course).

What’s been going on with yall lately?

My Fitness History and A ClassPass Trial Deal

highschool

This is a pretty terrible quality photo but it was the only one I could find at the moment. Anyway, today I wanted to talk to you guys a bit about my fitness history. I’ve been posting once in a while about going to the gym and trying to incorporate healthy habits consistently into my daily routine. I thought it might be helpful if yall knew where I was coming from.

As kids I remember my parents signing me and my brother up for sports at our local recreation center. I played softball and soccer. Though I don’t recall being particularly good either I do remember having fun. I also took dance classes every year. They were never very strict in format, but, once again, I remembered having a lot of fun. I can’t recall us ever doing any of these activities because it would keep us fit, but rather because they would be fun.

At home I’m pretty sure I never saw a single family member exercise ever. Aside from occasionally seeing someone on TV in their fitness gear, working out was really a foreign idea to me. It wasn’t until I was a bit older that I figured out people actually stayed active for a reason. I know that might sound crazy, but it’s true. The idea of fitness wasn’t something instilled in me, or I don’t feel like it was.

Fast forwarding a bit to high school, which is when that grainy winner of a photo was taken, I played soccer every year, did the dance team for a year, and played badminton for 3 years (its way more physical than you would think). I also danced once a week at a really fun studio. At this point in my life that’s the only physical activity was getting aside from long romps around the mall with friends.

My activity levels definitely dropped in college. I still danced but that was it apart from walking all over the campus. I had free access to my school’s really nice gym but I only went a handful of times. I had never been in a gym before and didn’t know what the heck to do there.

And that brings us here, to post-grad life. I was a member of the gym in the same building as my old job but I hardly ever went once I started dating Austin since we were always spending time together. I’ve heard that when you’re smitten you gain weight and well that is certainly the truth. Austin loves cookies so I baked a ton of cookies and we ate a ton of cookies. Besides the occasional hike we really weren’t active at all.

Last month we joined a gym and I partnered with ClassPass and I’m already noticing a difference in my body. Visually I’m not looking much different, but I’m not huffing and puffing going up the stairs in my apartment building and my jeans are fitting much better. I’m a lot more comfortable. I’ve been starting out really slow at the gym so I don’t burn myself out. I do at least a half hour of cardio and then focus on a section of my body.

Through ClassPass I found a yoga studio that I really love, with beginners classes so I don’t feel out-of-place. Having tried ClassPass for a month now I think it’s definitely a great program for many people. If you are new to a town it’s the perfect way to find a great studio for whatever fitness program you prefer. It’s a perfect way to find out which classes you enjoy if you are new to fitness. And, if you are someone who just requires a lot of diversity in your fitness routine it’s the an incredible value.

ClassPass deal

If you are interested in ClassPass but want to sample the program before you really commit ClassPass is running a special for the Baltimore area. If you click this link right HERE you can purchase a trial week of ClassPass for just $10. That’s unlimited access to all of the ClassPass studios in Baltimore for only $10. It’s really an amazing deal for the number of studios you gain access to.

I know taking charge of your health and your fitness is difficult because I’m in the thick of it right now. If  you want to take control of your life just do it. Do it now. Don’t wait until the first of the year or for the weather to get warmer. Just start today. The sooner you try, the sooner you’ll succeed.