What I’m Reading…

One of my 2017 goals was to read more and to get through this pile of books I’ve been working on.    In making this goal, I was not quite sure where I was going to find the extra time in my already packed schedule to accomplish this feat but I then realized just how much time I was wasting each night before bed on social media.  I thought to myself maybe if I dedicated just 30 minutes of that wasted time each night I could finally make my way through the books on my “need to complete because I started reading it 9 months ago list”.

The first book on that list, which I have now successfully completed was

Living Well Spending Less by Ruth Soukup

A little about the book…

Ruth shares her experiences with finances, juggling the chaos of life, motherhood and being a wife.  While the book is generally speaking, a book about how to be frugal but still having a good life, a lot of the book focuses on other aspects of our lives that we are not giving enough attention.  While using her real life examples, she provides solutions or steps for you to do your own soul searching to find ways to manage the chaos of your life more effectively.  Managing said chaos will then help you achieve your financial goals and be able to do this thing called adult life a lot easier.

My thoughts on the book…

Before reading the book I thought the book would be filled with a few good ideas here or there if I was lucky but that in all honesty I was probably not going to be dedicated enough to incorporate those ideas in to my own life.  However, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I got out of this book.  It’s also a super easy and quick read with some homework assignments here and there as you progress though each chapter.  I like that because it made me focus on one topic at a time with a dedicated time to reflect on what I just read.

Reading this book couldn’t have come at a better time because I (as a wife & Foster Mom) felt I was slowly falling down a metaphorical spiraling hole.  This hole was full of a lack of organization, piles of laundry and just a chaotic and messy life in general with no clear direction, path or tangible goals in place.  I was feeling lost, stressed beyond belief, and longing for a simpler way to stay ahead of all of my responsibilities in my daily life.

Through reading the book I not only was forced to spend time thinking about my short-term goals, but also our long-term goals as a family as well.  I got great ideas on how to:

  • Simplify my schedule and my overwhelming to-do list and have actually incorporated those ideas in to our day to day life.
  • To develop a day to day and weekly cleaning schedule that isn’t overwhelming
  • Tackled the task of organizing our pantry closet (although that’s still a work in progress)
  • I was forced to get rid of excess in our home
  • I began more successfully utilizing a day to day yearly planner to stay organized
  • Re-developed a weekly budget (although I’m still struggling sticking to it)

 

I still struggle some days with these things but I’m doing much better and am really glad I read it.

What book(s) have you read that has positively impacted your chaotic adult life?  Have you read Living Well Spending Less by Ruth Soukup?  What did you think of the book?  Leave your thoughts, questions or comments below!

Until next time,

XOXO

Crazy Jess

Ulta Online Discount!

Good Saturday Morning blog friends, just a heads up that today online only at Ulta.com you can use the code 3JXRZ4BU8MB for 20% off your entire purchase and that even includes fragrances and all prestige brands of cosmetics and skincare. Brands like Urban Decay and Too Faced and so much more!  This is huuuuge as it is rare for discount codes for the prestige brands!  

Hurry up and check it out. Don’t forget to comment below to let me know what you got!  Happy shopping! ūüėė


Until next time,

XOXO Crazy Jess 

Boxycharm January 2017

Welcome back to my blog, or if you are new here, I’m so excited you stopped by. ¬†I hope you stay a while, laugh a little and maybe even like, comment and subscribe so you don’t miss out on future posts/vlogs & utter randomness.

Today’s post is about the January 2017 Boxycharm subscription box. ¬†If you haven’t been following me for too long you may have missed the post where I reviewed all of the beauty subscription bags/boxes I’ve tried.

Check that out here

If you are not familiar, Boxycharm is a monthly beauty box subscription in which you will receive 4 to 5 FULL SIZE beauty items instead of the delux mini or sample sizes you typically receive in the many other subscriptions. ¬†The items are mostly make up related but can also include skincare and beauty tools, etc. ¬†Not only are the items full size but the box has a minimum value of at least $100+ and the brands are a mixture of new brands to established brands you may already recognize. ¬†The total cost is $21 per month and that includes shipping and you can cancel at any time. ¬†I have been subscribed for 7 months and have not regretted it! ¬†I’ve included a link so you can check it out and subscribe, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Sign Up For Boxycharm Here!

So, let’s talk about what was in this months box. ¬†I have not tried anything out yet as I just got the box in the mail last night, ¬†but here are my thoughts…


Vintage Highlighter Double – Chocolate Diamond & Rose Quartz ¬†– $35 value¬†–¬†I am so excited to try the Vintage Highlighter Double. ¬†I already have one of their highlighters in Rose Gold that is so beautiful on the skin so I’m hoping these duo colors will be just as amazing.


Pur Mineral Glow Bronzing Powder – $25 value¬†¬†–¬†Pur is a brand I know and love and I’ve never tried their bronzers before so I’m super happy about that being in the box this month. ¬†I also just hit pan on my ride or die bronzer Physcians Formula Butter Bronzer so that was pretty good timing.


So Susan Fan Brush Р$18.95 value РI was not overly excited about the fan brush as I already have an E.L.F. one that I love, however this brush feels like such a good quality brush, much better feeling that the ones i currently have, so I will give it a shot.  Really you can never have enough make up brushes right?!


Gorge Amazing Konjac Sponge – $18 value¬†– This item¬†couldn’t have come at a better time because I just had to trash the konjac sponge I was using because it was so old.

NOTE: I can’t verify the info or value of this item¬†at the moment as their website says they are under new management and there are tons of recent customer complaints/negative reviews stating they were charged for products that they didn’t receive and that they have received no answer from customer service for resolution or refund… (hmmm, even if I love this konjac sponge I will NOT be buying anything from them as that is already sending up red flags to me as a consumer but I’ll try it out since it came in this months box)


English Laundry Pour Femme Deluxe Roller Ball ¬†– $25 value¬† – I was a little unhappy at first to see a roller ball perfume in the box because I was so worried it was going to be a fragrance that I wouldn’t love as I’m very particular when it comes to perfumes and fragrance. ¬†Surprisingly I love the scent! ¬†I’m packing it in my gym bag today and am planning to try it out since I will be showering & getting ready at the gym this evening. ¬†(That process is a whole blog entry by itself but I digress)

NOTE: I can’t find the option to buy this roller ball in this particular fragrance by itself but it is a part of a $45 roller ball set that is available for purchase on their website.

Now on to the total value of this months box…

Basically according to my research and the product info card that comes in each box, this box has a total value of $121.95 worth of beauty products that I only paid $21¬†for! ¬†I feel that is a total steal deal and after using the products I will really know if I love or hate them. ¬†I have found in the past when you get a sample size or delux mini size that there isn’t enough product for you to try to¬†really know if you love or hate it and¬†if it works for you.

Once again Boxycharm didn’t disappoint. ¬†I have yet to have a month where I was completely unsatisfied with the box. ¬†Maybe there have been a couple of items here or there that I already had or knew wouldn’t work for me but that’s true of any subscription. ¬†So for month 7 I am still satisfied and have no plans to cancel by subscription anytime soon.

So have you tried Boxycharm yet?  If you have, what do you think of it?  Have you been happy with what you have received and the value?  If not, why?  Fill me in!  Comment below or leave a link to your review posts.

If you haven’t tried Boxycharm¬†yet, you so should! ¬†Click the link above or click here if you are interested.

NOTE: I’ve heard that it’s difficult to get if you aren’t in the US so if you are outside of the US I apologize for raving about something you may not be able to get easily or affordably.

Until next time,

XOXO Crazy Jess

 

What’s In My Travel Makeup Bag?

Welcome back to my blog, or if you are new here I’m so excited you decided to stop by. I hope you like, comment and subscribe so you don’t miss out on any future posts.

Today’s post is all about what is in my travel make up bag. I recently was reading an issue of US Weekly and became fascinated with the “what’s in my bag” feature article they do with random celebrities. For some reason I’ve always been fascinated by what other people are using and loving or hating. I have also always found it to be challenging to know exactly what beauty products to pack when traveling because I’m a beauty/makeup addict and have way too much stuff to choose from.

Up until recently I was packing a huge makeup bag when I traveled every single time.  A huge bag of just make up, as that didn’t even include the additional bag that I would pack that included my toothbrush and toothpaste, skin care products, night cream, shower stuff, hair stuff etc. It was insanity I tell you!

So in an effort to minimize my bags when I travel I have been a lot more thoughtful on what makeup I am packing. My plan of attack is to try to choose the things I know are tried and true and that won’t let me down.  My one golden rule is to never bring a brand new product that I’ve never tried before because trying a new look or product can be risky when traveling. No one wants to end up looking like a hot mess when they are away from their full makeup arsenal now do they?

Here is what was in my bag on my most recent trip out of town…


I’ve included links below so you can check them out. Obviously not everything fit in the photo but you get the idea! ūüôā

For the details on what made me choose said items check out my vlog post below as well.

Primer: Smashbox Photo Finish

Concealer: Younique Skin Perfecting Concealer (color Organza)

Under eye concealer: Urban Decay Naked Skin  (color Warm Light)

Foundation:  Younique Mineral Touch Powder Foundation (color Organza)

Bronzer: Physcians Formula Butter Bronzer

Highlighter & Blush: MAC Nutcracker Sweet Peach Face Compact (Tutu/At Dusk) – this was limited edition and is no longer available unless you buy it on eBay.

Eyeliner: Jordana Easyliner retractable pencil (color Jet Black) – this is available at Walgreens

Mascara: Benefit Roller Lash & Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir 

Brows: Younique Moonstruck Precision Brow Liner and Brow Gel

Lips: MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil (color In Control), Urban Decay Cream Lipstick (color Naked), and Too Faced Sweet Peach Creamy Peach Oil Lip Gloss  (color Peach Fuzz)

Eyeshadow: L’Or√©al Infallible in Endless Pearl and a Bareminerals duo called Curtain Call (colors Matinee and Opening Night) – this duo has been discontinued and is no longer available sadly

Brushes:

Luxie 522 Tapered Highlighter 

Luxie 504 Large Angled brush

Luxie 205 Tapered Blender

Luxie 237 Blending

Luxie 229 Tapered Blending 

Dior 15 Flat Top Powder Brush

Marc Jacobs The Shape blush brush

In the effort of full disclosure I must admit that I went back and forth on a lot of these items countless times and couldn’t make a decision because naturally I have sooooo many favorites!

What’s in your travel make up bag?  Do you pack everything but the kitchen sink when you travel like I used to or are you good and just choosing the bare minimum to take with you?  How do you decide what to take?

Until next time,

XOXO Crazy Jess

Post Op WLS (RNY) Post-op Week 8 Update 


Welcome back to my blog, or if you are new here, welcome!  I hope you like what you read and will subscribe! 

Today’s post is a new topic that I haven’t blogged much about. I have made a couple YouTube videos about it on my vlog channel though (so follow me on YouTube as well if you are interested in random beauty/WLS/foster parenting topics and other such randomness)

Ok enough self promotion (that is so annoying and I apologize in advance)

If you don’t know already, I had WLS (weight loss surgery, for those new to the lingo) 11/7/16. Although there are four types of surgery options, I had RNY aka standard gastric bypass. 

For the last two months I have been trying to get used to my new normal. I have also been hesitant to post or vlog much about it. I think for me the hesitancy was due to me being in denial that this surgery was going to work for me. I kept thinking “ok great, I’ve had surgery but will I really loose any weight?” That is completely ridiculous to think that way but apparently it’s totally normal. 

So as it turns out, I will (and have) lost weight and I figured it could be helpful for others considering the option of WLS if I honestly chronicled my journey through my vlog and blog. I may not always be consistent but I will randomly be posting my progress, set backs, NSVs (non scale victories) and more. 

Don’t worry, my blog (and vlog if you follow me on YouTube) will still continue to be beauty/makeup and foster parenting related too and not all about weightloss and post-op life to keep things interesting.  That’s the beauty of following me, you never know what you might get as my topics are all over the place, but that’s me and this is my life. 

My hope is that someone out there finds me relatively entertaining and laughs at my sarcasm and decides to follow me on this journey we call life. That they can relate, get a laugh or two and be motivated to take charge of their life and health to be the best they can be as well is my ultimate goal. 

So as I stated my surgery date was 11/7/16, and I am two months out or 8 weeks basically.  Now that I’m adjusting to this new way of life, so many things in my life are different and those things are happening really quickly. 

I posted a vlog about it, as well as went over my WLS food product empties for the month of December. Check it out below. 

Regarding total weight loss see stats below:

Pre Surgery: 280 lbs

Day of Surgery: 270 lbs

1 Month Post Op: 251 lbs

2 Months Post Op: 241.6

Total lost since surgery: 28.6 lbs (38.4 overall) 

I’m very proud of the lbs lost but I struggle and work hard at this every day. Struggling with battling old behaviors, not always staying on plan and not always counting calories and measuring out my food just to name a few. I will always be honest about what I’m doing well and what I’m not doing so well at along the way to be as open and honest with you all as I can be. It’s so important to understand that WLS is not a magic wand that will take all your weight problems away.  It is simply a tool to help you reach your weightloss goals that requires a lot of hard work, dedication, and self control. 

So that’s my progress update for now. Don’t forget to comment, like and subscribe for all my future updates and randonmness!

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Until next time,

XOXO,

Crazy Jess ūüėė