Isn’t it funny how one little thing can ruin your whole day? It’s just one of those days I guess. Where I feel completely defeated. I feel like my body is a stress meter and I can barely keep my head above it to keep from drowning.
Normally, I’d admit defeat. I’d just call it a day and wave my white flag. But today for some reason I’m celebrating those little victories to help me uplift my spirits. If you’re down, enjoy those little moments when you overcame something and came out on top. Have a great week friends!
Hello, everyone! Charlie here. I was browsing my Facebook™ page when I came across this cool little pocket book. If you’re like me, I think most guys are, you’re always forgetting something and just need a blunt reminder to get your shi.. stuff done.
These little guys are just 3.5×5″ and will fit perfectly into any jean pocket. They’re filled with 32 lined pages to jot down daily reminders, sketch ideas, or just enough to draw a flip-book short film.
Order yours today from shop.theawesomer.com! Browse their website for a lot of other great gift ideas. Spend $75 or more and they even offer free shipping.
Happy Friday dear Internet friends! Let’s talk food :)
Charlie and I love cheese. Not just love – we’re talking love. Ok, maybe I love it more than he does.
Every once in a while, we decide to stay in and have a wine and cheese night. We’ll get a cheese we’ve never tried before (or sometimes an all time favorite) and get a a bottle of wine (usually a staff favorite from Trader Joe’s) and make a night of it!
It was my last chance to grab this cheese from TJ’s since it was their “February Special.”
This was my first time trying Neufchatel Cheese. The first thing that drew me to this cheese was the graphics on the packaging. Gotta love me some typography. Don’t tell me that packaging doesn’t make a difference!
This cute little heart shaped piece of deliciousness was so yummy and creamy. We paired it with a cheap-o sauvignon blanc that was great with its strong and sharp flavor.
Are you drooling yet? The cheese had an amazing creamy center. When you sliced the cheese it would squeeze together just enough for that creamy cheese to ooze out. OMG. We had the cheese with some home made garlic-parmesan butter and Charlie’s home made pretzels.
Can’t wait for the next wine and cheese night! *AHEM* Charlie! :P
Almost a month ago, Charlie and I bought the Nike Fuelband SE. I converted from using the Fitbit Flex for about a year. The transition has been great and I’m looking forward to learning more about this new device and what it can do to take my fitness to the next level!
Since adopting the Fuelband into my lifestyle I’ve noticed a few pros and cons that I’d like to share in comparison to the Fitbit Flex.
- More intuitive band. I love that I can see more information on the band itself than just a few dots. It shows me the time, how many Fuel points I have, how many steps I’ve taken, etc.
- Easier to wear and clean. One of my biggest pet peeves with the Fitbit Flex was the pocket where the Fitbit devices fits into the armband. For those of you that have one, you know what I’m talking about.
Because that pocket is in direct contact with your wrist, sweat and all kinds of gross travels into that pocket. And it’s a pain to clean. I used to use disinfecting wipes all the time to get it clean in that little pocket. Even with my tiny fingers, it’s not as easy as I’d like it to be. With the Fuelband, a simple wipe all the way around the band suffices.
- More positive reinforcement. In comparison to the Fitbit, Nike has a ton of little badges that you can earn and when you earn it you get a mini-celebration on the app. I know this isn’t a significant selling point, but I like the idea of conquering obstacles one step at a time. :)
- The biggest seller for me? Sessions. Nike allows you to track a certain amount of time. I love this feature because I have a workout routine set. Tracking my workouts allows me to see if I am continuing to grow during every work out. A good example: Because I knew what my activity level was like during my Tuesday 2 hour gym workout from the previous week, I was determined to surpass my points even if it was a little. And I did! My previous Tuesday session I earned 2265 Fuel points and the next session I earned 2704. It feels good to know that you’re continually pushing yourself to be better every time.
- In a lot of ways I’m a creature of habit. And to me, if I have a system that I like why would I change it? I made so much progress with the help of the Flex. So this was a tough one for me. I tossed and turned with the idea of letting go of my good ol’ trusted Fitbit Flex.
- The Nike Fuelband doesn’t sync with Myfitnesspal. I LOVE MYFITNESSPAL. This was tough for me. The app that Nike syncs with is Lose It! and I personally think it’s a subpar app to Myfitnesspal.
- Battery life. This comes to be expected though since the Fuelband has much more display options. I just figured that the battery life would be shorter than the Fitbit and I was right. It’s not a big deal to me though, a simple charge won’t kill me.
All in all, I can’t truthfully say that I prefer one over the other to someone else. I think it really depends on what fits in to your lifestyle, what you want to accomplish, and what features you can do with or without. To be honest both devices aren’t as accurate as I’d like but my goal isn’t exact numbers it’s overall improvement. I think that where I am in my fitness goals leans more toward the Nike Fuelband and I don’t regret my purchase for one minute.
Hope you’re all having a great week so far! Let’s get active! :)xoxo,
I can’t believe it, I looked back at my blog archives from my old blogs and realized I’ve been blogging for 7 years. WOW, just wow. And though I’ve been blogging on and off for all these years, I’ve learned so much in all this time. Through trial and error I’ve found my voice, my writing style, a posting schedule, and all while I journey through self-realization and self-worth.
If you’re thinking of starting a blog, here are some tips that I’ve learned along the way:
- Be yourself. The whole point of a blog is to have a medium to express yourself, your true and authentic you. You’ll attract a like-minded audience that’ll value what you have to say.
- Don’t worry about how many people are reading your blog. They keyword here: patience. Just do your thing. Trust me here, patience is key. Readers will come as long as you’re consistent and posting good content which leads me to my next point…
- Good content. This is a very subjective piece of advice. Good content means a lot of things to a lot of different people. But the main thing I want to get across is promoting yourself, your products, or your services isn’t going to cut it. Neither is copying and pasting a press release. What people want to read about is you. What you think about things, how things make you feel, your personal experiences.
- Share the lime light. This goes along the lines of good content. Share products and services you enjoy. Reach out to other bloggers and collaborate on a project, product, or contest. Cross promotion and taking interest in other blogs is such a big part of blogging.
- Come up with a schedule. Consistency is key. This is the hardest thing for me to do. I make up excuses of why I didn’t have time to post or how I’m too busy to do it. But for me, blogging is my way of venting, expressing myself, and letting loose; it’s almost therapeutic. When I don’t blog I feel like I have so many thoughts running through my head. Blogging allows me to let my fingers do the talking and it helps me to sort through all the mumbo-jumbo. Once I realized that a blog schedule would help me sort through my ideas about posts and when to post it, it helped with the consistency. I realized that I needed this time for myself, to type what I’m going through and what I’m feeling. Putting it on a schedule gives my blog consistent new content, and it has grown this blog exponentially as well as given me some me time every other day.
The truth is, blogging isn’t easy and it’s not for everyone. As a writer, you need to figure out why you do it. But more on that later :)
Have a great week everyone!
I tend to be a daydreamer. I can’t help but think about about my goals, where my goals could lead me, how it could change my life. I always think about progress. Always. The thought about tomorrow is something that goes through my mind constantly, I guess I just can’t help it. Lala land is where I belong.
But lately, I’ve been learning to appreciate the present. What today has to offer and how today is the first day of the rest of my life because tomorrow might never come. It hasn’t been easy for this daydreamer but I’ve tried to exercise my mind to think this way. I started using the Gratitude Journal app and it has been helping me appreciate every day and live in the moment, live for today.
Sometimes, the pressure of making progress gets to me. I always tell myself that staying still is not a good thing and that I need to be constantly changing and evolving. And while that may be true, I also need to remind myself that sometimes I’m right where I’m supposed to be. Enjoy it. Let’s live for today, friends!
Have a fabulous weekend everyone!xoxo,
Happy Humpday my friends! Cuz of my retail industry job, Wednesdays are actually my “Monday” and Friday is “Humpday.” But for all of you lucky people out there with weekends off, Happiest of Humpdays to you!
This edition of Wishlist Wednesday is actually not just a list of wishes for me, but more of a shopping list of things I’m going to buy sooner than later. Enjoy!
- Deodorant Cream by Soapwalla Kitchen is a must try for me. I’ve read great reviews on their Etsy Shop and I’m an avid shopper of all things natural especially when it comes to deodorants. I’m snagging mine the moment my current deodorant runs out. Get yours here.
- This gorgeous clutch bag is by PYRITESKY. The muted colors with a touch of gold is just my style. Love it! Grab yours here.
- Charlie upgraded my iPad2 to an iPad Mini with retina recently and I take it with me everywhere! This case is handmade by Bertiescloset. This one is one of my favorite (she has so many great patterns) because if its unisex fabric choice, the pocket to put my stylus and the cushion just in case I drop my iPad (knock on wood!). Check out this product and the rest of her shop here.
- I love my “love” ring from Lovesuite. Sheryl and I were dance mates quite some time ago and Facebook has helped us reconnect. I found out she had an Etsy shop and asked her to make custom rings for me – a faith, hope, and love set. I love her work! You can check out her shop or request something custom from her here!
Happy Friday my friends! Life has been great lately, not all good things coming our way but definitely still counting our blessings. It’s wonderful to see the brighter side of things isn’t it?!
If you’ve been reading our blog or catching up with us for a lunch date you’ll know that Charlie and I have been working toward a lot of change this year. We dubbed this year the year of simplicity. And while that can mean a lot of things to a lot of people, to us it really meant figuring out what makes us happy and pursuing those things. So we thought long and hard about this and asked what made us truly happy? What are we passionate about? What makes us get out of bed in the morning?
For us, entrepreneurship is our true passion. Career-wise, Charlie’s dream has always been to be a chef, and his dream is to be in charge of a restaurant some day. My dream career is to run a successful stationery company. Personally, our dream is to live a wonderful God-fearing life filled with happiness, friends, and family.
Now a little bit of back story on how we got to this point and decided to pursue this. A lot of things have happened in our personal life the past few years that have really opened our eyes to what feel is really important. We realized that the material things that we wanted, the picture of a “perfect family”, and the idea happiness = success isn’t true. If you’ve been following our blog, you’ve seen me write about a few very dark times within the past 2 years. But through those dark times we realized that material things aren’t important. There is no such thing as a “perfect family.” And happiness definitely does not equal success. When we realized that, we wanted to make changes to work toward the right things; and we wanted to make those changes immediately. So we did. We discussed what we needed to do to reach our goals and slowly but surely we’re getting there.
Charlie and I decided that our success lives within each other. He and I have been working together since 2005 and I must say, we make a great team! We each possess skills that the other lacks, and we understand that we need each others’ talents to succeed. That being said, we know that both our dreams won’t become a reality without both of us working toward them. He’s going to be in charge of graphic design for business for CO full-time, and I’m going to be the store manager for Ninong’s (which he will be head cook) full-time.
It’s with an open heart that we embrace this new challenge before us. It’s not going to be easy, we know that for sure. But we also know that the journey toward our goals personally and professionally will be the road what we truly want: to be happy.