A while ago my dad (step-dad), treated my mom, sister and I to a day of pampering. It came out of nowhere! No special occasion or event; he simply surprised us. My dad’s literal words were “Do you have to work Saturday?” I replied and then it was set. We all met at the salon and got the works (mani/pedi/hair).
It had been a long while since I’d been to a professional stylist as I do my own hair. However my dad was so sweet as to do this I viewed her Instagram page and went to the appointment knowing exactly what I wanted. I wanted the one style I was usually too lazy to do myself: flat iron!!
I’m no fanatic but I do treat my hair with special care before applying heat so I was extremely excited and nervous about my experience. I knew I couldn’t let a new person cut/ trim my hair plus I’d already done it so I declined that part. She started off by explaining the process, telling me about the products and saying something I’d never heard before. She told me I had a lot of hair but it was fine. I was shocked. I was always told how thick my hair was so this was news to me. However when I started thinking about everything I knew it made total sense. Curly it looked like it went on forever but straight or wet most of it seemed to disappear and that was why. Other than that shocking info the rest of the experience was as if I did it myself with regards to the care and attention given.
The results as well as the first wash after the service are above. I waited because I wanted to make sure there was no heat damage then I forgot… All in all it was great experience and I would (will) do it again!!
PS – The only reason I didn’t include her contact info is because I didn’t ask. If you’re curious then message me on Instagram and I”ll share
I finally decided to live and stop trying to take all of the pictures. I don’t have any pictures from the beginning of our trip but below is a snap shot of our date night, the zoo and the baseball game. We had a blast and my son was able to hang out with his uncle, aunt and fur cousins 🙂
Looking at Hotel del Coronado
Wondering around Waterfront Park Area
Werewolf in Gaslamp District
San Diego Zoo
Petco Park – Padres vs Reds
My sister-in-law said it best: You can capture the image but you’ll never be able to share the feelings you experienced so enjoy the moment!
Hubby surprised us with a day trip to Monterey! It was a complete mystery until we were about 1/3 of the way there. Then I found out while navigating. Even though I was getting over a bad virus and hubby felt awful, we had a great time. Here’s what the view looked like 🙂
PS – I might continue to update with pictures because I don’t have all of them
Do you remember her from my Motivation & Habits post? If not feel free to check it out!
NOTE: I asked the woman above for permission to post this screenshot.
Well I did exactly what I intended to do but with a twist. After checking out http://www.ryschyragz.com I decided to purchase motivation items. These are items I intentionally bought in a smaller size to inspire and remind myself to stick to my healthy lifestyle. This is also a form of financial motivation for me as I do not like to waste money.
I bought 2 shirts and pants.
I’m an XL or XXL depending on the shirt and pants size 16/18. The shirts are both medium which I didn’t plan but they were too cute to pass up. I originally bought a different pair of pants but they were out of stock. She explained what happened, apologized for it and sent me the pants below in 2 different sizes (L & XL). Not only was I pleasantly surprised by the customer service but she included a nice note saying thank you and acknowledging what happened. Now I don’t know about you but good customer service is getting harder and harder to find so when I get it I become a regular customer.
The surprises kept coming as I tried the clothes on. I tried it on to see how much I needed to lose before any of it fit. I mean they don’t fit correctly but at least I got them on! I’m wearing the XL pants in both pictures as I was under no delusion that the Large was going to go up far enough for me to take an appropriate picture.
The shirts are both soft to the touch and feel good on. The pants have great stretch so even if they don’t look like the correct size* trust me and try them on. I’ll have an update as I lose weight and can fit them correctly. But for now I will definitely be a returning customer so I can get something that fits now 🙂
*For my exact measurements please see my April 2018 Weigh In post.
If you’ve been reading my blogs you know I’ve struggled with motivation. I get inspired, do okay, get distracted, fall off, repeat. My wake up call came in the form of family pictures; see below.
Yup, all the hard work I was doing went completely sideways when I got sick. Instead of preparing something healthy and easy, I turned to junk food. Not only did we spend a lot of money but I’m pretty sure we shaved at least 2 weeks off of our lives. The final guilt was seeing how the family pictures turned out. I looked and felt bloated, my face was still healing from the infection and the antibiotics made my normally oily skin very dry to the point of peeling so I piled on makeup that didn’t turn out right. I spent the next morning sad and depressed. Then my support system kicked in.
My husband gave me an amazing pep talk and because he’s awesome and super supportive we went to Target at 10pm so I could buy containers to help me meal prep. We ate one more garbage meal then I got to work. I meal prep’d that night. Monday I turned to the internet to keep me motivated since hubby would be at work and I had an appointment near one of my favorite restaurants.
After an emotional appointment (nothing bad just needed to plan better). I didn’t eat perfectly but I didn’t go to the restaurant either. Tuesday was tricky because I was running errands which meant I had to have breakfast, lunch and snacks with me. Thankfully my mom was able to come and helped with my son. Afterwards we were both very hungry but instead of going to fast food we went to the grocery store. I surprised myself by buying lots of veggies and some veggie based dips (guacamole and hummus) in order to make sure all of our dinners included veggies.
Tuesday night I still felt bloated and knew I needed to start incorporating exercise to encourage movement if you know what I mean 😉 Plus I wanted those endorphins! So again I turned to the internet. It was another late night but boy am I happy I started surfing. I found the post below and it fired me up.
NOTE: I asked the woman above for permission to post this screenshot and whenever possible I contact people BEFORE posting. If I do not get permission for a post or don’t receive a reply I will only reference what I saw or post the person’s handle so it can be looked up. The exception would be quotes from Pinterest but I NEVER remove any logo/ trademarks/ watermarks because I believe the originator deserves the credit for their creative work.
I found her post so motivating that I checked out her website (www.ryschyragz.com) and planned a workout for the morning. Wednesday I not only smashed a pilates workout but I cooked dinner for the rest of the week! I wanted to keep the momentum going so I watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. I was hit with something to the effect of you didn’t fail if you only did 7 days of a 10 day cleanse; You succeeded for 7 days!! This hit me hard because negative talk is how I would fall off. I now look at each day as a day I succeeded. On days I’m not perfect I look at each accomplishment individually: meals, workouts, personal time, etc.
I was going to include all the individuals that inspired me but this post is long enough. Rather than give up on shining a light on those who’ve motivated me I am going to blog about them and I will include specifics if I can get permission to do so.
If you’ve gotten this far because you need motivation, I hope this helps and I hope you come back in the future when I post more of what motivates me. If you made it this far simply to read what I had to say then THANK YOU 🙂
I’ve been searching for a protective style I wouldn’t get bored with and braids seemed to be the best option. I wanted to add fake hair but my mom convinced me not to so if I took it down quickly I wouldn’t be wasting money. Braiding took a while but it was well worth the time and effort. I was able to wet it as much as I liked and getting ready for the day was a breeze since I no longer had to worry about my hair.
This leads me to the zoo! My other parents aka my in-laws planned on taking us to the zoo and I didn’t want to be bothered with my hair so the braids once again proved to be very useful. I was able to wake up on zoo day with my hair already done so I was focused on things like making sure my phone and camera was charged so I could turn into the paparazzi. I took all the pictures and videos I could while still enjoying the moment. I even stopped to read up on each animal and their stories were fascinating. Turns out it wasn’t a regular zoo. This was more like a sanctuary than a zoo because all of the animals were rescued. We found out some enclosures were empty because those animals were rehabilitated and released! This just added to my enjoyment.
All in all braiding my hair was a great idea for numerous reasons* and seeing my son’s face when he finally saw real monkeys was priceless.
*I have allergies and windy days aren’t my friend especially if my hair is down because pollen and whatever else is floating in the air tends to get trapped in it.
My original post was about our family Penny Date. Unfortunately I messed up importing the pictures and now have to wait to see if hubby can fix it. If he can, I’ll post it later on this month. If he can’t, I’ll recap it with a series of funny Pinterest memes.
So here’s my very mushy backup post…
Today you walked your dog for the first time. Daddy helped you get started then the two of you took off. I couldn’t get in any of the pictures so I turned the camera on myself right as I was watching you walk away with the biggest grin on your face. This simple moment felt so special because I realized you were growing up. You’re no longer the infant I cuddled and stressed about. Now you’re the little big boy that puts a smile (and wrinkles) on my face. You made me mature in a way that I didn’t know I needed. You reminded me that crunchy leaf piles should be jumped in and stomped on not just raked into the yard waste bin. You’re helping me slow down and focus on what’s important; enjoying life while fulfilling mental, spiritual and physical needs.
Most important of all you’re showing me I only have a small window to enjoy putting tiny mask on you, pushing you in your Tonka truck and reading stories that you don’t fully understand. I need to stop trying to be the perfect SAHM I imagined and start enjoying being the imperfect mom that I am. You’ll continue to go through stages and I’ll continue to learn more and more as we navigate each one. But instead of picking apart everything I do I am going to simply chalk it up to experience and another lesson learned.
In the words of our favorite book Love You Forever by Robert Munsch:
I’ve been wrapped up in my feelings lately. From my own self-image to my titles (mom, wife, etc) to the state of the world. I feel caught up and unable to express myself so I choose to make a blog post of all the beautiful things I’ve seen recently. This is my random visual escape.
I am choosing to see beauty rather than drowning in sorrow.
I hope this post can be a relaxing retreat in this hectic world 🙂