Friday, June 26, 2015

Who is up for a challenge??

I've been in a terrible rut lately. I know that exercise is so important, but when things get crazy busy for me, guess what the first thing to get pushed to the back burner is? Yup, it's my workouts. My middle kiddle and I wanted to come up with a challenge. Something that would really push us to move our butts regularly. And what we came up with was this challenge:

101 Days of Workouts.


Now, before anyone freaks out, this does NOT mean that you have to do a balls to the wall workout every day for 101 days. My goal isn't to drop you all like flies. My goal is to simply get you ACTIVE every day. You know we need rest days, I know this, too. So, on your rest days, simply do 10 minutes of Yoga. Or go for a 15 minute walk. Break out into a random dance party for 5 minutes here and 5 minutes later in the day. WHATEVER you want to do is fine! Just aim to up your activity level and do SOMETHING every day. 

Each day you do it, feel free to post a pic to facebook or instagram and use the hash tags ‪#‎Moveit101‬ and ‪#‎Daywhateverdaydayitis‬. LOL Miss a day? Shit happens! Pick yourself back up and get active the next day.

WHO'S IN?!?

Thursday, May 28, 2015

A little cheering up goes a loooong way...

I was having a pretty crummy day today. The teen and I got into a huge argument that just seemed to never end. That was directly followed by what I suspect was a blood pressure headache. It happens. So, after he had some time to think about everything I said, he noticed I was still pretty down in the dumps. He then decided to cheer me up by dressing my youngest in his wrestling gear and having a wrestling match with her.

"Mom! Mom! Come here! Come look at your kid!"

Can I just say "Awwww, what a great big brother!!" Well I just did. Lol Of course you know I snapped pics of it all. 

Dirty toddler alert!! Dirty Toddler Alert!! Don't judge. She had been playing outside all day and hadn't had her bath yet.

 Let's get it onnnn!


One....Two....Three... PIN!!!


Winner winner Chicken Dinner!

Uh oh..





It may or may not be a good idea to decide to run harder than your mascara does. Especially if you use Younique's Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lash Mascara.

Why? Well, because this stuff doesn't run. It doesn't budge. Period.

Uhhh ohhhhh!


Friday, May 22, 2015

Need to cover up a tattoo?

Have no fear, Younique is here!!

And talk about coverage, right??!

My hubster came home and we had a full on conversation before he reeeally looked at my arm and exclaimed "what the hell?!? where did your tattoo go??"

It then escalated to "Holy crap, MAKE UP did that? This is that stuff you sell, right? WHY isn't everyone buying this? You should be rich right now!" lmaooooo

There is a reason that our compacts are often referred to as "Photoshop in a compact".

  I used were ☆Glorious Primer for extra staying power, ☆Touch Mineral Cream Foundation for the amazing coverage, and ☆Touch Mineral Pressed Powder to set.

If you need this in your life, please feel free to order from my link: www.vixenglam.com  or get ahold of me on facebook: www.facebook.com/ilyra


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Weight Loss Progress For April...

WOOOO HOOOO!!! I just weighed out for the month and I'm craaazy stoked!

....Wait, did I really just say that?
 
 I really buckled down this month and am so happy to be able to say that for the month of April I am down exactly 19 lbs! Kinda miffed that I didn't hit my 20 lb goal, but how can I be upset with that loss?? I mean, really. LOL

Excuse me while I take a celebratory selfie..

Bring it, May! You're going DOWN!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A more natural look...

Some days you just want to rock a more natural look. 
Today is definitely one of those days. 


Face: ☆Glorious Primer, ☆BB Flawless Moisturizing Foundation in "Honey", ☆Mineral Touch Pressed Powder in "Cashmere" ☆Beachfront Bronzer in "Sunset".
Eyes: ☆Splurge Cream Shadow in "Elegant", ☆Precision Pencil Liner in "Perfect", ☆3D Fiber Lash Mascara
Lips: ☆Stiff Upper Lip Lip Stain in "Sappy"

Sunday, March 29, 2015

AHHHH!! I don't suck!

As you may or may not know, I joined the Vindicated Vixens in September of 2014. As you may recall, prior to joining, I hadn't skated in 17 + years. After a couple months tho I started showing improvement. I was feeling much more comfortable on my skates, and I was able to skate a lot faster than I had previously been able to.

But suddenly it stalled. Big time! I found myself struggling to skate. Still struggled with a lot of the most simple things. It felt like I was constantly trying to skate through mud. 

My body (and my mind) just wanted to go go GO, but my feet and left ankle (not quite the ankle tho, it is more so the top of my foot where it bends and runs up the outside of my calf) betrayed me every chance they got. The most basic of movements felt like I was trying to fight my way out of quicksand.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

My "Why"...

Aside from my "Easter Shopping Haul" and my "get paid 3 hours after every order placed" posts on Facebook, I very rarely talk about the financial side of my business. I never felt comfortable putting that stuff out there. BUT, sometimes we can't grow until we step out of our comfort zone. If this helps just one mommy put food on her table, it will have been worth it. Here goes nothing. 

Having a "WHY" is a very important thing, especially in running a business. It is your driving force. It's what you turn to on those rough days. It's what pushes you to get shit done.
I hear a lot of "whys" like "to get my dream home." "To get my dream car." "To go on my dream vacation." Those are GREAT whys. Mine is a little more simple than that, but in some ways, just as BIG.


 My WHY is to help provide for my family. We've struggled a lot over the years, especially financially. We've never had credit cards or even savings of any kind, so when unexpected things would come up we were left to panic and scramble like hell to borrow money, knowing it would be almost impossible to pay people back for a long time. NO ONE should have to choose between getting much needed new shoes for their kids or getting groceries for the week! We've been there. More than a handful of times.

My WHY is also my hubster. Mike works long hours and busts his ass 6 days a week, more often than not. He rarely takes his day off because he knows that we simply cannot live off of his paycheck when it's a day short. I want my man to be able to take his day off and relax. I want to help take some of the financial stress off of his shoulders. My ultimate goal is for him to actually be able to take his vacation time while knowing that our bills will still be able to get paid. 

Many people have said to me "If you really want to help your husband, why don't you just go out and get a real job?" If only it was that simple, friends. See, for me to get a job outside of the house, that means daycare. My "skills" would land me a minimum wage job at best. Just about every penny I would make would wind up going to cover the daycare costs. I've done it before. It doesn't work for us. So why not work from home so I can be here to tend to my kiddies and take care of the house?

Am I bringing in a ton of money? No. Or should I say "not yet". Lmao BUT, in just shy of 2 months as a presenter, I've earned enough extra money to get the kiddies their Easter stuff early and without stress. That hasn't happened in yeeears.  I've gotten groceries with it to feed my family. I'm signing my Lucy up for soccer with it next week. I've got our Christmas Fund started early for the first time EVER, aaaand I've even managed to put a small chunk away for unexpected situations that may come up. Certainly better than nothing! My next goal- (and hopefully VERY soon) is to pay back the last person we owe money to.
 
I am JUST getting started and am working towards BIG things, but knowing that I'm helping provide for my family, even if only a little bit for now, is the best feeling ever. Peace of mind is a wonderful thing. THANK YOU, YOUNIQUE!