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Monday, March 23, 2009

Laundry Room - Check!

We finally finished our laundry room! We added wainscotting, painted stripes, and painted the horrid cabinets white. I still need to find some decorative accents to completely finish the space. I found some cute blue and white vases at Big Lots I think I might go back for to put on the shelf. I'm also thinking of a cute wall decal or something...

Or shall we say, in the process? My carpenter at work. He decided to start while I was at work, so I made sure to hurry up and snap some "before" shots while home for my lunch/dinner break.


Thursday, March 19, 2009

Spring is definitely here

Spring has definitely made it's mark here in good ol Phoenix, AZ. Actually I can already see summer. It's 90* today. And it's been about 85-90* all week, actually. It's going to be a long, hot summer. I can feel it. That's okay though, I am going to get so much use out of my pool this summer! I know Gizzy can't wait. I hope he teaches Lily how to swim. I've put her paws in the water a bit to see her reaction, and she just does the swimming motion, thankfully not freaked out. She seems very curious. I hope she likes to swim as much as Gizmo does. That will be very interesting. More updates on that once the pool is warm enough, which if the weather keeps going in this direction, it won't be too long.

This weekend I plan on getting a head start on my tan. I bought this awesome lounge chair.

By the way, online it showed the prices as $69.95. I bought it from Tuesday Morning for a mere $19.99. What a difference! I tested it out on Tuesday, and it was great! My only complaint... I wish it was a little higher from the ground, because my arms touch the ground and I don't really like that.

I also started reading this...

I know, I know. I jumped on the bandwagon. I was at Wally World looking for Chelsea Handler's book before jury duty on Tuesday. Not surprisingly, they didn't have it. Well, this was on sale, so I picked it up to see what the fuss was all about. I like it of course. I'm not a big reader. I have A.D.D. (diagnosed by me, of course) and it's really hard for a book to keep my attention. This does the trick. So this weekend I will be laying out on my new chair, lubed up in tanning oil, reading my book. So relaxing. I'm about as white as one of the vampires in the book right now. I'm pretty sure my skin glows in the sun just like Edward's. haha

Monday, March 16, 2009

New Workout Routine

I'll be completely honest here. I haven't worked out in months. I mean, I've done Tae Kwon Do twice a week just about every week (testing for my green belt soon!) which is a great workout, but other than that, my butt has only seen the gym once probably in the last 6 months. And I did 30 Day Shred ONCE too. Other than than, just the TKD twice a week. I just HATE the gym. I hate it. The thing that sucks is, if I don't have anyone pushing me to go, I don't. I just don't. I can't push myself. Before when I worked normal people hours Husband and I would go together, or I'd meet my BFF on the way home from work. Now, it's all up to me. Plus since getting Lily it's made it hard. Girlfriend has so much energy and I hate putting her in her crate more than she has to. If I go to the gym for an hour she goes in her crate. Then I come home and let her out while I get ready for work and she goes right back in.

Anyhooters, there is a point to my post... My BFF sent me this workout challenge. It goes like this:

It’s a 4 week work out plan. If you have “On demand”. Go to “Freezone”, then “Health & Wellness”. Try each work out each day. They’re shorter work outs but you feel like you get a good work out. The category is under the name of the work out. So you’ll go to the catergory, then the work out name. Some days they’ll have to u do 2 videos, but they work outs are usually only like 20-40 mins each at the most.

As you can see this will only work if you have Cox On Demand. Here's the schedule for the first week:

Day 1 - Less Is More Cardio - Less is more in this 30 minute calorie burning workout. Cindy takes you through a dynamic cardio series that benefits the entire body. From pushups, to core, to marching, to jump steps you’ll efficiently work and tone each body part

Day 2 - Fat Burn &
Quick Trouble Zones
Category: 2 Weeks,New You & Jillian Michaels
- his is fat burning at its best. Cindy’s sequence alternates between easy-to-follow cardio intervals to up calorie burn, and weight training moves to help increase lean muscle mass. You’ll shrink fat during the workout, and keep your metabolism firing 24/7, thanks to Cindy’s full body resistance training and basic plyometric moves. Light to medium hand weights are required.
A quick workout to get rid of your trouble zones with TV’s kick-butt trainer, Jillian Michaels. Tackle problem areas with her circuit training formula, combining upper and lower body sculpting moves. Say goodbye to saddlebags, muffin tops and wobbly arms!

Day 3 - Biggest Loser Cardio Max
- Rev up your fat-burning engine with Bob’s boot camp workout that challenges every major muscle for a total body slim down.
(NOTE: I will be skipping day 3 and 5 for Tae Kwon Do)

Day 4 - Carpet Body &
Biggest Loser Power Sculpt
Category: Hollywood Body &
Biggest Loser
- Ready to look sexy, sleek and glamorous like you’re favorite celeb? Jennifer has a workout that’s fit for the stars. Using a resistance band, hand weights and a mat, she’ll show you how to sculpt strong sexy shoulders, a long lean torso, and shapely legs. Get ready for your close up now!
Incinerate fat with Jillian’s calorie-burning combo moves that strengthen several muscles at once for a total-body sculpt.

Day 5 - (Skip for TKD) Less is More Cardio
Category: Most Popular
- same as Day one.

Day 6 -Incredible Abs
Category: Abs -
This is not your typical ab workout. One look at Cindy’s abs will get you motivated to give her routine a try. Target your obliques (sides), rectus abdominus (center), transverse (lower) abs, plus all the tiny, supporting muscles with this 20 minute belly zapper. Freshen up your usual ab routine with Cindy’s standing abdominal moves that target your abs in several different directions.

Day 7 - Rest

Whew. Wish me luck. I hope I can and will stick to this. Summer is coming. I have to keep telling myself that. Summer is coming. Summer is coming. Summer is coming..

**UPDATE*** I just got done with the "Less Is More Cardio" and holy moly! That was hardcore! I couldn't even finish the 30 minute workout. I did finish 20 minutes of it and still feel like i got a pretty decent workout. If you have Cox cable I definitley recommend this.

Friday, March 13, 2009


I'm sitting here in the office minding my own business when this flies right by me...

Now I know these Mosquito Eaters were put on the earth to kill disease carrying mosquitos, but god damnit these things freak me the fuck out. They're like flying spiders. ::::shudders::: They're so big I feel like they're going to eat me and the mosquitos! And spring time is here and they're EVERYWHERE.

So I got up, ran to get the fly swatter and chased it down. I think I got it, but it fell behind the hub's snowboard that's leaning against the wall. If there's one thing in the world i hate it's bugs. Any kind of bugs. Even butterflies and lady bugs. They're still nasty ass bugs and i'm scared of them. I scream like a little girl. AAAAH!!!!

:::shudders five more times and looks around the room paranoid that it's crawling in my hair:::

Speaking of mosquitos, I am hoping our mosquito problem isn't as bad as it was last summer. I have never had so many mosquito bites in my life. I think it was because how nasty the pool was when we moved in. I think I am going to get a mosquito killer to be safe. Anyone know of a good one?

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Polyvore Galore!

So ever since my first idea board below, I have been going Polyvore crazy! I don't know why, just been having fun with it. Here are some of my creations...

Trying to think of an outfit for an upcoming 10 year vow renewal in May
possibly an outfit for wedding
possibly an outfit for wedding - by on

Inspiration board for guest bedroom... We are getting some furniture from my dad, so I finally get to put together that room that is currently being used for storage. Now my guests can sleep on a real bed instead of a blow up mattress! I am going for a girly theme. Gray walls with red black and white accents. I have a ton of Marilyn monroe framed pictures that I'm going to hang... you get the idea.
Guest Bedroom Idea Board
Guest Bedroom Idea Board - by on

Summer Love
summer love
summer love - by on

Yes, I would totally wear outfits showcasing my dogs.
Gizzy - by on
Lily - by on

and just for fun
summer love
summer love - by on

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Master Bedroom Take Two

A couple weekends ago I decided that it was time to redo the master bedroom. My idea for the first time around was a big FAIL! I had a good idea in my head, but it just didn't turn out right. Not right at all. The wall color was a lot brighter than the sample looked, we couldn't find the right bedding, it was just a mess. It was plain ugly! The hubs went out of town a couple weekends ago, and I had nothing else to do, so I went up to the Home Depot and got a couple gallons of paint. After staring at paint swatches forever, I finally decided on Classic Taupe by Behr. It's a little boring, but I give up on trying to be bold. When I try to be bold it ends up looking like this:

I'm so embarrassed to even show that. Ugh. It was all my fault too. The hubs is completely innocent when it comes to that mistake. But I'm not a decorating/design expert. I'm learning as I go, so give me a break, okay?!

Anyway, Here are the new pictures:

I got new bedding too! A great deal at Big Lots.

Close Up

I would have to say this is much improvement. Much more relaxing too. I think I redeemed myself. WDYT?

Anyway, off to watch the season finale of America's Best Dance Crew!

Woo Hoo!

I got my camera back! And I had to check it to make sure it works...


Monday, March 2, 2009

My first Idea Board!

I finally figured out how to make an idea board. Yay for me! The hubs and I picked out new cabinets this weekend, so I wanted to put together an idea board so I can visualize what we're seeing in our heads. Appliances will have to wait, but this is the look we're going for.
kitchen idea board
kitchen idea board - by on