Bits and Pieces

Hello lovelies. Last week I was taken out by the worst sinus infection. Actually almost all the camp here was suffering through something, allergies or asthma due to the change of weather. Needless to say between that and class I was very unproductive when it came to here which is why I just putting together some bits and pieces from last week for today’s post (this post is full of Squish pics, be warned).

Being sick and a mom doesn’t mean mommy duties stop. While the Mr did let me rest and took over when he was home, I still had to attend to the kiddos when he wasn’t.

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Squish was all about playtime, and even with a pounding headache how could I say no??

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The middle child and the Mr. worked on his Pipboy for New York Comic Con next week.

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The oldest turned 15 (man time flies!!) so we took him to Red Robin. I was pretty miserable there because of a sinus headache and it was so loud. Judging by this pic I think Squish thought it was too loud too.

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I tried enjoying my Banzai burger but again when you’re sick your tastebuds don’t function properly. Overall we had a good time and the oldest was pleased.

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Lastly I’m super excited for the return of The Walking Dead. Here’s a bit of my Funko collection, I’m still working on completing TWD minis and regular sized Pop! sets.

While being sick sucked it made me realize something, I need to schedule more posts and keep some drafts on hand. Had I had something thought out, or scheduled already I could’ve just published those instead of attempting to blog while sick and coming up with nothing. So that’s another thing I’m adding to my to do list.

What are some of your blogging tips or to dos?

Desiree

Confessions of a Blogger

Today’s post is inspired by Megan’s link up on her blog The Nerdy Girlie. If you haven’t read her blog you’re missing out. Since she’s made her post on Friday other bloggers have made their confessions and I’ve really enjoying reading them. As I read some of them I can totally relate to some of the confessions being made by the other fabulous ladies. Without further adieu here are my confessions of a blogger.

 

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1. I feel like I don’t fit in…….

Most of the blogs I follow tend to fall into categories: Beauty, Fashion, Food, etc., and here I am all over the place. I blog what’s interesting to me. One day I might post recipes or fitness content, another I may talk about my current fave beauty product or current show obsession, and other times I might just post about my life. I just can’t put myself in a box and focus on one thing. I’m not sure if this hurts me or not, but I don’t see it changing anytime soon.

I do feel like I have found a community with other “geeky/nerdy” girls, but even then I sometimes feel like I don’t completely fit in. I am late when it comes to discovering most shows, I love playing video games but I can’t buy every game I want nor do I have time to dedicate to it, I love cosplay but have yet to try one of my own (my family works as a team helping the middle child with his), so basically at times I don’t feel like I fit the “geek/nerd” mold either but it’s one of the one’s I can relate with the most.

2. I wish I were more consistent……..

But wait didn’t I just say I didn’t fit in and that’s okay? Yes I’m okay with not being consistent in being focused in one area, where I want to be consistent is in how many posts I put up a week. In my perfect world I would love to post 4-5 times a week or at least every other day. However at the moment I haven’t perfected my schedule yet, but I’m working on it.

3. I need to brush up on my skillz…..

I’ve been blogging on and off for about 7-8 years but I feel like I still have so much to learn. I don’t know much about HTML, my photography and photoshop skills need a lot of improvement, and I need to network more. Being a mom of 4 boys means I don’t have loads of extra cash so I don’t want to have to constantly pay for services, or things I can do myself. I don’t have a problem admitting my weak areas and asking for help, and I’ve been lucky enough to come across people who are willing to help or point me in the right direction. So bear with me as I improve my skillz.

4. Promoting myself, networking……..

I hate talking about myself, funny right? It’s not that I’m not confident in what I do or my abilities, I just have never liked talking about myself. I feel weird promoting my blog, I haven’t even told most of my friends or family that I have a blog. I know there’s nothing wrong with promoting yourself, how else will you make connections and get the word out there. I’ve been working on this and it’s feeling less icky.

 

So there you have it, my blogging confessions. What are some of your confessions?

 

Desiree

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Hola, I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. I know I looked forward to it all week and it’s just lovely. It was made even lovelier when the amazing Aimee Jaine nominated me for The Sunshine Blogger Award. Thank you Aimee, I delighted to be nominated.

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So what is the award? It’s an award given to fellow bloggers who inspire others, spread positivity, encouraging, or are creative and entertaining with their writing. But here are the official rules.

The Rules:

  • Thank the persona who nominated you.
  • Answer the question the person who nominated you asked.
  • Nominate a few other bloggers
  • Ask the same amount of questions for the bloggers you nominate.
  • Notify the bloggers you nominated on their blog.
  • Put the award button on your blog.

 

Why did you start a blog?
writing has always been a passion of mine. I’ve blogged on and off for years,however recently I decided I wanted to give it another go and really stick to it. I love to be able to get my thoughts out and connecting with others. It’s something I will continue to do as long as I can.
Tea or Coffee?
Tea is my top pick, but I can drink a good cup of Joe every now and then.
Cats or Dogs? 
I’m a dog lover through and through. I have a Yorkie named Star, a Maltese named Dallas, and a Morkie named Bane. I would love a hairless cat though. Something about them intrigues me so much.
What is the meaning behind your blog name?
It’s a mash-up of some of the things that make me. I’m a geek, love video games, Comic Con, and geeky out over Harry Potter among other loves. I love all things glamorous, and fitness has become important for me.
Do you have any special skills?
My special skill is being a mother to 4 boys ranging from the ages of 15-6 months. I tell you no one really prepares you for motherhood, but I’m loving every minute of it. I’m also extremely good at coming in last on Call of Duty, one day I’ll be on top of the leader board, one day.
Lipstick or Mascara? 
Mascara, never leave the house without applying mascara. It makes the biggest difference with my eyes. Even when I’m tired and wanting to climb back in bed a bit of mascara opens up my eyes a bit more.
Hair up or down? 
Usually up in a bun I have to take down and redo a million times a day. The struggle of having long thick hair is real y’all.
Favourite annual holiday and why? 
It has to be Thanksgiving. There’s family and friends at home, tons of amazing food, and football. How can you not love a day filled with pumpkin pie, good conversation, and the Cowboys.
Favourite quote?
What can’t you live without?
Oh wow this is a tough one. I want to say bacon but I know I would get use to that eventually. I’m going to say my phone. It has everything, pictures/videos of my family, ideas I have for upcoming posts, all my social media accounts, email, and texts. I think it would take some adjustment to be without it.
Favourite TV show? 
Another tough one!! Well The Walking Dead of course. I’m also into Downton Abbey, The Strain, The Leftovers, Silicon Valley, and Hannibal right now. There are others but now these are the ones that occupy whatever free time I have.
My Nominees:

Kiersten

Karen

My questions to you.

What’s your favorite season?

One thing you wish you knew when you started blogging?

Any movies, TV series you’re looking forward to?

What’s your favorite book?

If you could wake up tomorrow with one new learned skill what would it be?

You’re given a 100K to do what you like, what do you use it for?

What’s the meaning behind your blog name?

What are your favorite topics to blog about?

What’s your most treasured possession?

Are you happy with your blog, what would you want to change?

Burritos or tacos?

This was fun, and again I’m delighted to have been nominated. I look forward to everyone’s post.

Desiree

Happiness Is…

So after the last post I didn’t want to stay hanging on a bummed out note, which is why I decided to write something more upbeat and happy. Here is a list of what happiness is to me right now.

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Happiness Is……
1. A good book and nice cup of tea.
2. Going into the gym and it’s empty.
3. Vanilla scented candles.
4. The smile on my kids’ face.
5. Having time to play some Call of Duty/Bioshock (yes I’m late to the Bioshock party).
6. New York Comic Con being 28 days away.
7. The start of football season
8. Hitting a PR on the leg press.
9. The perfect red lipstick.
10. Watching Hannibal

What’s making you happy? Share what happiness is to you.

Desiree

Down in the Slumps…. And all the Negative Feelings That Are There

So this past week has just been a bummer. I didn’t workout at all! Not one day did I make it to the gym or attempt a home routine, and I feel so guilty. I was stressed and running around all week. I had a very important interview on Friday which I’m pretty sure I bombed. That in turns has added to me feeling worst about myself. Let’s just say this week was the week all my doubts and negative thoughts decided to come out. Now I know we’re human and entitled to these days here and there, but I’ve literally been feeling like this all week. This weekend was worst since I then had the bad thoughts from my interview added to it. I’m trying to shake it off these negative feelings, but it seems like every time I’m not occupied my mind just goes to, “Yeah Des you really screwed that one up, kiss that job good bye.”

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So how does one shake this feeling? Well for me is to keep occupied and eventually it goes away. I also just redirect my thoughts as soon as the negativity starts to creep in. I pick up a book, turn to my spirituality, or just go over my schedule for the next day in my mind. I know I’ll be better and this week will just be another dot in the past. I just hope I can shake it off sooner rather than later. For now I’ll just continue reading my books, planning my gym routines for this week (I have to make up for last week), and give myself pep talks.

 

How do you deal with the negative committee? Do you have an instant pick me up? Remember you’re never alone, and while sometimes it gets overwhelming it gets better.

 

Desiree

 

 

Currently…. Saturday Edition

Hello. I’ve recently seen on Instagram a few of what I’m calling “currently” posts in which people lists what they’re currently watching, doing, listening to, et cetera. So I’ve decided to incorporate that idea here. Every now and then I’ll make a “currently’ post and list a few of my currents. I think there may be a link up for this also and if so I would love to be get linked up. If you know of it, or are involved with it let a sista know.

 

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Listening to: The thunderstorm outside

Just finished: My health homework

Weather: Disgustingly humid with on and off thunderstorms.

Anticipating: The first day of school. My oldest starts high school, and the middle child begins middle school. I will be a ball of emotions Monday morning.

Entertained by: Baby Squish is trying to crawl. He gets up on his hands and knees and rocks back and forth until he tires himself out. My baby is trying so hard.

Want to cook: I want to try a cauliflower alfredo sauce recipe I came across. I’ll be sure to post it here once I do.

Feeling: Anxious! I had an important meeting yesterday and am dying to receive feedback.

Watching: Hannibal season 1. I am finally getting around to watching this and I’m so excited. Anyone who knows me knows I’m a horror/suspense fan.

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There you have them a few of my currents. I may add a few more categories in future posts.

 

What are you currently doing? Tell me about your current TV shows, things you’re looking forward to, anything you’re currently excited about or looking forward to.

Desiree

Hello September

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So here we are again September. Summer has come and gone, and now we prepare for autumn and all it’s festivities. Bust out the pumpkin spiced everything, big comfy sweaters, and football jerseys. While I myself am a lover of the warmer clients I do have my favorite fall rituals I partake in. Apple picking, the beginning of football season, and Halloween are just of the few things that put a smile on my face. So while I’m sad to see summer end, I embrace all the wonders of the new season.

To help welcome September I’m going to list a few goals for the month.

1. Get outdoors as much as possible.
2. Run outdoors more as oppose to the treadmill. Running the paths and taking in the changing of the leaves is a perfect way to welcome September.
3. Try different workout routines.
4. Smile! On those days when the cold creeps in and you dread getting out of bed, just smile.
5. Set a blogging schedule and stuck to it.
6. Network/mingle more, get to know and make connections with people.

How do you welcome fall? What are you looking forward to? Do you have goals for September? Tell me all about them.

Desiree

Goodbye Summer

Here we are at the unofficial end of summer, Labor Day. This summer flew by, but then again I feel like every summer does. Since I’m an outdoors person and lover of the sea I cherish every moment I can be outdoors. I love summer, and besides the humidity I can’t complain much. Except for this summer. I feel like I didn’t get to do much. I didn’t go to the beach half as much as I usually do. I didn’t grill enough, I never once got to go hiking. I still have a little time to do some of those things since it won’t be too cold for awhile, but still I feel like I missed out.

You can say we celebrated Labor Day yesterday with an outing to the beach, so I’m okay with not doing anything today. While all across the US people were grilling and swimming, or partaking in some sort of outdoor celebration, my poor skin couldn’t take another minute in the sun. I got wicked sunburn yesterday that wiped me out and has me in pain. So all I did today was sleep, clean, read, finish my homework, grocery shop, and prep my meals. Yeah pretty boring to some, but I’m perfectly happy with my day.

How do you celebrate Labor Day, or the end of summer? Hope everyone had a fantastic day.

Desiree

No Sugar, No Problem. Maybe…

So about three weeks ago I decided to cut out sugar as much as possible. So no sweets, soda (which I barely drunk to begin with), juice, or other sugary stuff with the exception to use some in my coffee. Now I thought this was going to be easy, and my biggest challenge would probably be chocolate or if I came across some amazing looking cupcake. However that hasn’t been the case. Since I started some days are a breeze. I walk by my beloved Reese’s no problem. Buy some days, wow I really want sweets. The funny thing is it’s not even the normal sweets I crave. I find myself wanting ice cream and whip cream, or soda. However I’m happy to report I have not given in. My will power has overcome and I’ve just said no.

Now I’m not sure exactly how long I’m giving up sugar for. Originally I said about two months or so. I know at the very least I’ll keep it up until October and see then will I continue. If I don’t continue on an all out ban on sugar I may just have a super strict limit.

Have you given up any food? If so why and for how long?

As always sending everyone positive vibes and cheering you on as you go out I to the world and kick butt.

Desiree

Random Update

Hello gals and guys, how are you this fine Monday? I’m doing pretty good, well as well as one who’s gotten barely any sleep in 4 days can be. Two out of my four boys haven’t been feeling too well, 1 being the baby. So needless to say sleep has been lacking. However what hasn’t been lacking is my gym time. At first I felt bad heading to the gym for a hour and a half while the boys were sick, but then my family told me I deserve a break. So I took my break and got my gym time in.

First I wanna talk about some progress I made in the jogging (I don’t consider what I do running) department.

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This may be slow and not much to some people but to me this is so much progress. A month ago when I began my journey back into jogging I could barely do a quarter mile. Now here I am a month later and this is what I’m doing, 2 1/2 miles in 35 minutes. It hasn’t been easy but man does it feel good to see the improvement.

My second update is that I’m down 2.2lbs from last week. Also I took my measurements and I’m down 1/2 inch to an inch in all areas. After the breakdown I had in the doctor’s office I needed this. I was thinking of keeping track of my weight and measurements here but don’t know if I want to keep it on my About Me page, do a weekly quick post about it, or a little if both. Any suggestions are welcome.

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The Mr went to the Warhouse for a fitness camp and bought me back some awesome Flag Nor Fail swag. So happy with my gifts and can’t wait to buy more.

Well I have to get going. I just wanted to wish you all a fantastic week. I’ll be posting a new recipe later this week, and a little review on Guardians of the Galaxy, so check back for that.

As always remember to try your best, at the end of the day that’s all that matters.

Desiree