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Hello cupcakes…:

Wow it’s been a long time!! Life has been busy busy. As you can see or maybe you can’t (I’ve been having issues with my redirect), my blog and URL name have changed from GeekyGlamFit to XoMermaidKisses. I’ve also switched over my IG and Twitter handles to the same. Why? Well because I kinda wanted a fresh start and honestly I just fell in love with the name. With that being said I should be updating on a more regular basis, I hope. In the meantime I’m just going to post some of my currents.
  Reading: Radical Self Love: A Guide to Loving Yourself and Living Your Dream by Gala Darling. I’ve been following Gala’s blog for years now and simply love her. This book is just full of love and positivity. A nice little pick me up and reminder to stay focus. If you want to get your hands on it I suggest you do so quick. If I’m not mistaken this week is the last week it’s going to be sold.
Watching: Well I’ve been watching so many things! So here’s the thing for some reason I’m going through some phase where I start shows and stop halfway and move on to another. Not cause I don’t like them, honesty I don’t know why. So here’s the list of shows I’m watching now.

Oranges is the New Black: I know, I know how can I have not finished it the first weekend it was out?!

Daredevil: I love it, just have to get around to finishing.

Sense 8: This is sorta sci fi I guess. It’s 8 individuals that are somehow linked telepathically. They’re from all parts of the world and all walks of life. It’s pretty interesting and I’m really enjoying it. I do warn you there’s a bit of sexual content which doesn’t bother me, but people tend to mention that a lot when talking about this show.

Between: I only started watching this a few days ago and so far have only seen 3 episodes. Again a sci fi kinda vibe to it. Basically with out going into details is people start dropping dead, no idea why, town is quarantined, and I haven’t gotten too far. Won’t get into too many details but it’s made more interesting by the population that is being affected but this phenomenon.

Doing: What have I not been doing? Oh so much. Attempting to enjoy summer. Spending time with the family, and my adorable little niece who is now 1 month!! Oh and I started Vlogging! Yay! I have 3 videos so far with a new one hopefully coming up this weekend. I’ll also be attending the Latina beauty expo this upcoming weekend so if you’re there and see me say hi. Please comment, share, and subscribe.

I’ve been using the Sony A5000 as my vlogging camera and let me tell you I’m so happy with it. I do have a Canon DSLR but when I don’t feel like carrying that the Sony is perfect. I know there’s a newer model but honestly I’m more than pleased with this one. It has a pop up screen that makes it so convenient. If you’re looking for an everyday carry camera to vlog I suggest you check this one out.


Playing: I’m still hooked on Animal Crossing New Leaf and trying to make my town oh so pretty. If you play send me your friend code so we can visit each other. I also picked up a PS4 along with the new Batman game but have yet to play. The Mr has started and says he really likes it so far. I’ve watched some gameplay and I have to say it looks really good.

Randoms: I’ve been back to doing my makeup more often. I have picked up some products I’m so happy with. I’m not sure yet if I’ll do a post about them, a video, or maybe both. If there’s any products you want to recommend, feel free to put it in the comments. Also I’m always looking for book recommendations, even though I’m so behind on my to read list. Shoot them my way.
What are you into currently? Have any fun plans coming up? I love hearing all the cool things everyone is up to. 

Let’s connect:

Twitter: @XoMermaidKisses

Instagram: Xo_MermaidKisses
Thanks for stopping by.

Xoxo

Mermaid kisses and starfish wishes. 

Oh hi

Hello dolls. I know I know I’ve gone and disappeared again. While I’ve tried to stay on top of blogging and reading blogs I have failed miserably. School takes up so much time. But I didn’t want to make a quick update of some of the current things going on in my life.


Watching: Daredevil, I’m sure most of the world is also watching this. It’s SO good. And while I would usually binge watch I’ve actually paced myself with this series. Also it’s just been renewed for another season so yay!!

I’ve also been watching Bloodline, which is a Netflix original series. I’ve only watched 3 episodes and I’m still not sure how I feel about it. I like it but there’s something that is just not letting me love it. We’ll see how that goes.

Reading: The Haunted, it’s a book based on one of Ed & Lorraine Warren’s cases. Ed and Lorraine are the demonologist who have investigated several hauntings including the Annabelle case which has been made into a movie.

I’m also reading The Devil in the White City, which is about a serial killer in Chicago. It revolves around a huge World’s Fair that is being built there.

Mood: Tired, so very tired. And a bit bummed due to some news I received to day, but I’m choosing to not focus on that.

Health: Well I’m living! I signed up today for a “Biggest Loser” challenge at work. Everyone who signs up pays $20 and at the end of 3 months the person who looses the most weight gets the pot. I figured even if I don’t win its a way to help motivate me. Now I need to find time to get back in the gym.

Listening: I listen to a lot of Slate podcasts, but also The Indoor Kids, The Nerdist, The Read, Stuff You Should Know, Bizzare States, and This American Life to name a few. Oh and Fake Goth Girls by Liz and Mia. They’ve made two episodes so far and they’re great.

Obsessed With: My hair, well wanting to dye it again. I just don’t know what. I’ve done red for so many years, and while I switched to this blondish brown two months back and I like it I would like something new. Skincare, I’m on the search for a new routine/products. What I’ve been doing no long works.

Thinking of: So many things!!! Awaiting the arrival of my niece in about a month. So excited for that. Wanting to get into vlogging and podcasting myself. Tips are welcomed.

Working on: Besides school stuff I have been working on launching a Geek Girls Brunch chapter here in Jersey. I found a lovely co-officer and we’ve been trying to recruit gals for our first event. Ideally we would like to be up and running by the end of summer. So if you’re a geek gal in NJ or know of one send her our way.

I’m also looking to have someone make me a logo. I may attempt to make one on my own bit doubt I’ll be able to sit and do so until after the semester is done.
So those are some of the things surrender occupying my time. Kids, work and school take up most of it, but I try to keep up and do other things when possible.

What are some of your currents? As always recommendations are always welcomed. 


Xoxo,

Desiree 

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

Motivation… What’s that??

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Motivation, it can be a fickle thing. Sometimes we wake up and are ready to conquer the world. Sometimes we need some fuel to get us going. It may fizzle out halfway through or be enough to push you to the end. Whatever the case may be we’ve all come across at time (or 2, or 50), when we just don’t have it in us. I’ve been feeling like this since Thursday.

Last week was my first week back to work after being off for 4 months on maternity leave. I started the week off with a bang. I was ready to go and had all these plans to work, come home, tend to the kids, and workout everyday. Boy was I wrong. I completely disregarded the fact that while I wasn’t sleeping in and slacking off during my leave, it wasn’t the same as working and doing all my regular tasks. Midway through the week I felt just like Homer, “Can’t someone else do it??” I pushed through and worked out at home, something light but at least it was something. By the time Friday rolled around I was completely drained. I came home and passed out. I woke up hours later upset that the Mr. let me sleep. I felt disappointed in myself for not sticking to my “plan” of being this kick ass beast and demolishing my workouts.

Over the weekend as I was at the gym doing some reps I was looking in the mirror and thought to myself don’t beat yourself up, you tried, you stayed as close to your plan as possible, and hey at least you did something. I was motivated to an extent, but my body just wasn’t. It wasn’t prepare for all the plans I had for it.

Here it is Monday, week two and I’ve revamped the game plan. I’ve set some realistic expectations and am aware of what my body is capable of and the adjustment period it’s going to need. I won’t lie as I sit here typing this I’m tired and ready to call it a night, but I knew if I put off this post I wouldn’t have the same words for it tomorrow. I have a funny feeling I may wake up tomorrow with a little less motivation than I had this morning, but I know I’ll get a second wind and push through.

Here’s to staying motivated and getting through our day/night/workout. It’s not easy to keep going at times, but you’ll feel so much better if you do.

Desiree