Monday, February 1, 2016

What Is Love?

Baby don't hurt me.. Don't hurt me... No more... *Insert awesomely lame dance sequence here*

     Oh shit. How long have you been there? I wasn't dancing! Really. You saw nothing. Got it? Great, let's move on.

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, and lovey-dovey-make-me-wanna-puke crap is everywhere I turn, I suppose now is a good time to take a moment to reflect on Love. I think it's pretty safe to say that everyone has their own personal definition of love. While I think that "Love" is really a bit of a sadist, I'll play nice.. This is just my take.

What I think Love is:
  • The smile that you find plastered across your face every single time you think of that special person.
  •  Counting the minutes until you get to be in their arms again. And never wanting to leave once your safe and sound in them.
  • The fluttering feeling you get deep in your tummy when you see them. You know, the one that gets so intense you fear you may just projectile vomit live butterflies across the room. 
  • That tingle of electricity that courses through your body at the slightest touch. Especially when they take your hand in theirs. Even for the millionth time.
  • Looking into their eyes and seeing your love returned to you, ten fold.
  • Knowing that you will love that person just as much, if not more, when you are old and grey and screaming at them to turn up their damn hearing aide.
  • Wanting only the best for them, even if the best for them doesn't include you.
What I think Love should really be:
  • Waking your tired ass up with the baby so that she can catch up on some much needed sleep.
  • Not bitching at him for leaving the damn toilet seat up. Again. Even after you sit down and fall in.
  • Wrangling the lil monsters up so she can piss...in...peace.
  • Letting him have his "Guy Time" without texting or calling him every 10 minutes to see when he'll be home.
  • Offering to wash the damn dishes after she cooks you an awesome meal. Better yet? Buy her a dishwasher, damn it.
  • After a long hard day at work, bring him a nice cold beer and give him a nice long shoulder and back rub. Listen when he tells you about his day.
  • After a long hard day with the kiddies, bring her a cold shot of Jameson and give her a nice back rub. Ask her about her day. And actually listen, no matter how much detail she goes into about peas and carrots, or cheerios and puke. Better make that a double.
  • Not scrunching up your nose and asking "what the fuck died in here??" when he takes his shoes off.
  • Taking her into your arms and telling her how beautiful she is. Even when she has the aforementioned peas smeared across her shirt and cheerios in her hair.
  •  Pay him a compliment once in a while. Tell him how hot you think he is after so many years. How gorgeous his eyes are, how much you love his strong arms, how his smile makes you smile. We don't compliment our men enough. They do like to hear these things too, ya know!
  • Tell her how much you appreciate all that she does to keep your house running smooth. The cooking, the cleaning, tending to the kiddies. Cleaning up puke. Dancing like a goof to celebrate a lil one successfully taking a crap in the potty without picking it up to play. Too damn often we feel taken for-granted. And a whooole lot of trouble starts with that.
  • And ladies, tell him how much you appreciate how hard he busts his ass at work for you and your family. They need to hear that.
     Above all else: Yes, say I love you. Say it often. But try and SHOW it even more than you SAY it. Actions really do speak louder than words.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Some days just go like that..

 I love being a homemaker and a stay at home mama. And I am beyond grateful to my hubster for working as hard as he does so that I can have that opportunity. I truly wouldn't trade being able to be home with my kiddies for anything in the world. I've been the mama that works a job outside of the home and goes to school and then still has to come home and be mommy, and that's not easy. I truly don't know how some of you ladies do it! 

I have to admit tho, that whether you stay at home or you work, being a mama is sometimes not easy. In fact, some days it can feel downright impossible! There are those days where for every two things you pick up and put away, your toddler tears out seventeen. Sometimes, I swear my whole life feels like that.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Coffee!!!!

Is there anything better than coffee? I mean, seriously, I think not. Hot coffee, iced coffee, flavored coffee, plain black coffee, coffee ice cream, coffee all over your face and body...

...Wait, what? I'm not crazy, I swear. Tho it certainly may look that way in this pic, uh?
Covered in coffee. A dream come true!

Sugar scrubs are widely known and loved, right? But coffee? Hey, I'm not one to turn away from something made with coffee. So when I saw this on good old Pinterest, I started to research it a bit. And by research it I mean continued to surf the web, and by a bit I mean for hours. What I kept reading was that coffee (and caffeine) can help diminish the appearance of cellulite, tighten and tone the look of your skin, and serve as one hell of an exfoliant when used as a scrub. Now, maybe it's true, maybe it's not, but it has coffee in it. Coffee. So you know I just had to try it!

All you need is 3 Tbsp used coffee grounds (yep, what's left in your coffee filter after you make a pot of joe), 2 Tbsp cocnut oil, melted (or olive oil), and 1 Tbsp brown sugar. That's it. Just mix it all together really well and store in a sealed jar for up to 2 months!

Whether it does all it claims to do or not, (I mean, my cellulite is still hanging around) it's still pretty awesome to take a shower and have the smell of coffee surround you. And, my skin really did feel amazing after using it. Be sure to use hot water when using this so that the grounds don't clog your drain. Cuz that would suck.

Are you a fan of sugar scrubs? Have you tried it with coffee? What did you think?

Friday, October 30, 2015

Girls just wanna have fun...

Right? I'm supposed to stay off of my foot as much as possible right now since I messed up my foot. How is it possible that I play Roller Derby and yet I injure myself simply walking?!? No cool derby injury story to go along with it or anything. Hahaha

Anyways, time off my feet just means more time to play with my make-up. I had been really playing with Fall colors and different techniques, but since Halloween is quickly approaching I thought I'd see what I could do with my everyday makeup.

Please note two things:
1) These were done very roughly and quickly. (Kinda like the make-up equivalent of a rough draft?) Whichever one I decide to do for Halloween I will take my time and try to improve it.
2) I am by NO means a make-up artist. (As you can plainly see!) I'm just a girl who loves make-up. (and gets paid to play with it. Score!)

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

It's Fall Y'all!

I love Fall.The cool crisp air, the hoodies, the bonfires, hot chocolate, and the colors... my gosh, the colors. Beautiful colors at every turn. And that includes makeup! I'm really digging rocking Fall colors on my eyes and lips. Do you love Fall? What's your favorite part? 

My favorite Fall look:

Monday, October 26, 2015

Who Are You??

Many of us stumble through this thing called life, just trying to put together the pieces and figure out who we are.

So to help figure this question out, for myself and for you, I created this. Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I can't believe how accurate this really is!

**Disclaimer: Please be sure to do the math correctly, otherwise your answer will be WAY off!!

If your result was accurate, please feel free to share! ;)

Monday, October 19, 2015

The BEST alarm app EVER!!

Ok, so in the past I wrote about the only thing that gets me up in the morning: drinking a BIG glass of water before bed. That way, my only option is to get out of bed NOW or pee the bed. Lol My body has finally gotten used to drinking the recommended amount of water each day, so that doesn't wake me up anymore. 

Needless to say, I was right back to struggling to wake up in the morning.
SIX alarms set every night. Five on my phone and then the main alarm clock in my bedroom. And I'd hit snooze every time. Or I'd shut em off and go back to sleep. I tried moving the main alarm clock across the room so I'd have to get up and turn it off. Nope, just walking across the room isn't enough for me cuz I'll go right back to my bed and snuggle back in. I even downloaded an alarm app that makes you stimulate your brain by solving math problems or typing a random string of letters correctly in order to wake you up. After a while tho, my brain was able to solve the problems and still let me go right back to sleep. 

*click* *uninstall*

Lately, it's been even worse. I am not even hearing my alarms go off at all. I'm sleeping right through them!! It doesn't help that they only play my music for about a minute or less before they automatically snooze themselves.

Whaaaaat is a tiiiired mama to doooo?

Enter my new BFF, an app called Alarmy.

 Alarmy is quite different than most other alarm apps out there. You have a couple wake up options but the one that works best for me is the photo option. You take a picture of something and set it as your wake up pic. Then when your alarm goes off, the only way to shut it the hell off is to take a picture of that same object. Since I need to actually walk around to wake up, I set my picture as a picture of my coffee pot. My coffee pot, like most coffee pots, is in my kitchen. My kitchen is downstairs from my bedroom. So of course that means that I have to get out of bed, trudge down the stairs, open my camera, and focus enough to take a pic to match it.  This is my exact wake up pic:

 SUCCESS! WOOOO HOOOO!!

 And of course it doesn't hurt that after I snap the pic to shut my alarm off,  I'm now standing right in front of my coffee pot. Which, unless I forget to set it up the night before, is ready and waiting to assist in waking me up the rest of the way. I call that a score, for sure!

Goooood mooooooorning! 


 If you are morning challenged like I am, I strongly urge you to give it a try! Then come on back here and let me know if it worked for you!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Who Are You?

I don't know about you, but sometimes I tend to get a bit too down on myself. I start seeing all the negatives about myself rather than the positives. I start focusing on the countless things that I didn't get done during the day rather than feeling good about all that I did do.

This can really take it's toll on you! Do we really need to put more stress on ourselves? Society tries hard enough to make us feel bad about ourselves. Why do this to ourselves? So every so often, when I find myself doing just that, I stop and declare five positive things that describe me. Or 5 positive things that I love about myself. If I'm feeling a little creative, or need more of a visual, I'll turn it into a picture and make it my cell phone's home screen for a while.

Sometimes, if I'm being particularly negative and down on myself or my body I will turn the negatives into positives. For instance, I may be thinking:
  • "My legs are so huge." Nope!! Turn that trash around and turn it into "My legs are STRONG. They carry me throughout my day and never give out on me." 
  • "UGH!! My belly is so fat." Nooo. Turn that into "My belly housed three beautiful lives that grew inside of me. My belly has made a very comfy pillow for my beautiful babies."
  • "Sheesh! Look at these flabby arms!" Know where I'm going with this one? "My arms have rocked my beautiful babies to sleep. They have snuggled them as they so sweetly slumbered. They have helped pick my kiddies up after a fall and hugged them tightly while I showered them with kisses. They have hugged friends or family that were feeling down. My arms ROCK!!!"

Positivity really is a state of mind. And when you embrace positivity and project it out into the universe, even more positivity comes back your way. Changing the way I think has changed the way I see things. And changing the way I see things has totally changed my life. Try it and see if you don't feel sooo much better!

Love and Light!
XOXO
RyanAnn