Real talk: weight

by michelle on September 18, 2015 · 0 comments

Losing weight has never been easy for me. In the past, I’ve had to do crazy deprivation diets, or I’ve had to eliminate every sugar and carb out of my diet for weeks on end to see any results – things that are not sustainable. Deprivation diets leave me cranky and with blood sugar problems, leading me to not have any energy and therefore no energy at the end of the day to exercise or function. I’ve tried beach body, weight watchers, whole30/paleo. all of it. With short term results that are not sustainable. Just “eating less food” or “adding more veggies” like people talk about doesn’t work for me. I eat a lot of healthy foods and veggies. Just counting calories works for some people! I know it does. They tell me it does. But for me, and my metabolism, and it does not work at all. It was very defeating – this cycle of starving myself to see some results, and then going back to a normal diet (not all junk food – mostly healthy, whole foods!) and it all coming right back on. For a while I sort of gave up. I just felt like nothing sustainable was going to work for me. This has been a constant for my whole life.

So a few months ago I decided to take a leap of faith and try some ItWorks products. I did a ton of research on the ingredients in the ThermoFit supplement, and the majority of ingredients had published scientific research to back them up. So I went for it.

It does give me extra energy. And in the first month of use, I lost 6 lbs without changing up anything else that I was doing – regular healthy diet, some exercise a few times a week.

Then after using it for about a month, I started with a trainer at 3SFitness. I’m going to write a separate post about Abby and 3S fitness and the incredible training program and community online that she has going with that. The scale hasn’t moved much since starting but I am seeing real changes in my body this time. The difference this time I think is that now I have a metabolism boost from the ThermoFit and the extra energy to workout 4-5 times a week now. And the accountability in Abby and the community she has built.


I have only tried one wrap thing so far, and I can already see a difference in my stupid c-section baby pouch that irritates me to no end.


Anyway. I just wanted to share a little bit of my success story here, incase there’s someone else out there that has shared my struggles with weight loss and maybe wanted to try something that really did help boost my metabolism.


Favorite products, March edition

by michelle on April 1, 2015 · 0 comments

The theme for March products was “fast and easy”. There were lengthy foundation applications this month. I was tired, stressed, and run down. What you will see here are some tried and true favorites that get the job done.

  1. Elf Small Stipple Brush – at $3 I think I need more than one of these. This is the best brush for under eye concealer ever. I also tried applying foundation one day (the shade was too dark, I had to remove my makeup and start over. Travesty.) with this brush wet a little bit with some toner, and it was a nice application and not at all streaky. Recommend. Pair this with the next recommendation.
  2. Maybelline Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser in the lightest shade and the brightening shade. I dab a little bit of both shades under my eyes and blend out with the elf brush. This is fool proof and fast. (When I need more coverage or 12 hour coverage, I use Mac ProLongwear Concealer.)
  3. Tarte Amazonian clay Powder Foundation – This sort of wears off by the end of a long day, but it’s still a great foundation for fast application.
  4.  Tarte Glisten Blush. I LOVE this color. Honestly, this is crazy similar to Nars Orgasm, but BETTER on my skin. I don’t know what’s different about it but it’s much more flattering on me. Swatch this next to orgasm and it’s hard to tell the difference, but on my cheeks, there’s SOMETHING different about it.
  5. Ouidad Sea Salt Spray  makes for a quick morning hair wise. One mornings when my hair needs washing, I spray a good amount of this in my hair and I get soft waves all day. They’re not amazing Victoria’s Secret model beach waves or anything, but they’re good enough.

So, those were the products that got me through this last month. What you’ll probably start noticing if I do these regularly is that I’m starting to find my tried-and-true holy grail status type products. Finally. After years of being a makeup addict.


Drugstore Mascara roundup

February 28, 2015

I had coupons, there was a sale, and I had CVS extra-care bucks. So instead of buying my favorite expensive mascara last month, I bought some Maybelline that I have liked in the past, a new Maybelline mascara, and because I went to a funeral, I bought a waterproof that I saw some good reviews […]

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January makeup favorites.

February 5, 2015

I am and will never be any kind of actual makeup blogger. BUT. That doesn’t mean I can’t share what products I’m currently obsessing over. (I’m not calling these “beauty” favorites because, well, I don’t think they have anything to do with beauty. Anyway.) These are the things that fall into the realm of skincare, […]

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Books I’ve read lately

January 30, 2015

I’ve been reading and listening to audiobooks a lot lately, and I really enjoy knowing what others are reading and liking, and so maybe sharing is caring? The Raven Cycle by Maggie Steifvater – This is a YA series that sure, it’s about a search for a long-maybe-dead Welsh king, a family of psychic women,  […]

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7 quick takes

January 29, 2015

1. Night before last, Jonas woke up and had me up for a couple of hours. He first said he had a bad dream, and 1.5 hours later he said that his ear hurt. I gave him some zyrtec and advil, and within a few minutes he was (finally) asleep again. Then yesterday, he went […]

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One wild friday night.

January 10, 2015

Yesterday, late morning, Chris received a call from Jonas’s daycare saying that he was crying a bit because of pain in his hip and back. He had calmed down and ate lunch and took a nap, and Chris was going to check in a little bit later to see how he was doing.  When he […]

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My most loved makeup from 2014

January 9, 2015

  Kat Von D Tattoo Liner – I’ve used a million different eyeliners. I really do love a good gel eyeliner, but the new trend for eyeliner pens just makes my mornings so much easier. I prefer the formula of the Stila 24/7 liner to this one, but the KVD makes a little wing SO […]

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Here’s an attempt at a yearly wrap up.

January 2, 2015

1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before? Got a job as a librarian. That was pretty new. 2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I didn’t have any. I’m still thinking on what I want to do this year. 3. Did […]

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Things I need*

December 5, 2014

1. I think I need an extra hour in every day, or at least the ability to need less sleep to function daily. There’s exactly zero way I can work, do homework, keep us all in clean clothes, and feed us food that is not from a restaurant, take care of myself, keep the house […]

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