September 2, 2014

Impressive Gift Ideas For the Special Man in Your Life

 


At some point in a long term relationship, you're going to run out of gift ideas for the love of your life. The same problem may occur with Father's Day and birthday gifts for male family members. In some instances, you may even draw a mental blank when trying to find the perfect first time gift for someone special. Circumstances like that make you appreciate fresh gift ideas like those found when you click on a site such as Classic Shaving. Chances are the products you'll find are items that you may have never have discovered had you not been desperately searching for a gift that is unlike any you've given him before.

Regardless of whether you're searching for gifts under $25 or if you're prepared to pamper him in high style where price does not limit the indulgence, it's always great to find a selection of quality gift ideas in a price range that fits your budget, Birthdays and Father's Day are times to make a man feel that the day is all about them. An ideal way to do that is to give him a gift that pampers him in some way. Shaving soap, a razor case, a horsehair shaving brush, a moustache care kit and various other grooming products and accessories are excellent gifts that can make a man feel special.




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5 Tips for Running in Fall

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Fall is here and it's important to keep up with your running routine so here are some tips to help you.
 
1. Use Lights
Since it's going to get darker a bit sooner each day, it's important to make sure you can still see in front of you and that you can still be seen by other people and cars while you run.  I highly recommend Knucklelights that you can wear right on your knuckles.



With the click of a button you can turn them on or off.  They are easy to hold and it makes it so much easier to see the road in front of you and avoid tripping or stumbling or sticks and other debris in the road. 
Now that I have Knucklelights,  I feel better about my evening runs and I won't leave home without them. They aren't bulky at all in fact they are very lightweight! 



2. Mind Your Midsection
Since I'm not really in a bikini anymore to swim, I still like to track the progress of my tummy and I do that with the Ozeri Body Tape Measure and Body Fat Test Caliper Combo Pack.  The tape measure is perfect for waist, thigh, arm, and more and the Body Fat Test Caliper is perfect for tracking weight management progress and my muscle grows!
The Body Tape has an awesome push-button lock and retraction and the Caliper is so easy to use! It even has a body fat chart for men and women to help you understand your specific body fat levels.

3. Pay Attention
There are going to be more kids playing outside right after school so make sure you are always aware of your surroundings.   This means look out for balls, scooters, bikes, college students in cars, and school buses.  Don't ever cross the street or pass a parked car without making sure you have some space and there aren't any vehicles coming.
4. Stay Hydrated
Just because you won't be sweating as much since the summer heat is slowly disappearing, doesn't mean you should cut back on your water intake.  Keep drinking water before and after your workouts.
5. Get the proper attire
Fall isn't just about a new wardrobe for work, it's about keeping your workout apparel updated for the new weather patterns as well.   Many runners like to wear capris around this time of year rather than shorts, just because it gets cooler in the evenings. 







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Yup// I'm Loving Kimonos Now

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So yes, I've given in to the kimono trend and I am absolutely loving it.  

Here I took a lightweight Black Tassel Chiffon Coat from BlackFive. I was doing my best to sport a kimono-inspired look.  This is perfect for Fall because it adds a layer but not too much bulk to my look!


I love this entire look and the floral pattern on the coat really tops it off.

I added the bright green cami undernear so that I could really try to make a pop in this outfit.  It actually really meshes well with the green detail on the flowers.

And the necklace was a gift from my blogger bestie Monica over at Jersey Girl Texan Heart! I love it because it makes another statement and it's so classy looking!

So What I Wore:
Black Tassel Chiffon Coat - BlackFive; Necklace - Gift from Monica at Jersey Girl Texan Heart; Cami - Express; Pants - New York and Company; Shoes - AMIClubwear.







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September 1, 2014

How To Stop Making Excuses + Get Stuff Done


I am a pretty productive person, if you haven't noticed already by my addiction to my daily routine and my obession with to do lists.  But everyone reaches a point whether it's daily, weekly, or monthly where they are in a slump and can't get things done that need to get done. I've blogged before about how to be more productive but what if you just can't get to that point?




Whether it's cleaning out a closet, doing a budget, or obnoxious tasks like cleaning the mesh filter on your hair dryer, here is how you can be more productive and kick you to do list's ass!

//Be Honest//
So you don't want to meet up with your aunt for dinner, but you know it's necessary because it's the right thing to do.  There are 2 ways you can be honest - to her or to yourself.

To yourself, you can ask why you dread it so much? Is it just because you don't want to take the time and spend an entire evening of your week doing dinner with her while you could be relaxing? Too bad.  Realize that you're being petty and commit to following through.

To be honest to your aunt, if you really don't want to go just because you have so many work deadlines this month, ask if it can be rescheduled, or if it can be a quick morning coffee date over a weekend. 

Sometimes when you realize WHY you keep putting something off, you can accept it and stop procrastinating.



//Set A Deadline//
If you have a to-do list this shouldn't be too hard because you can just add certain things you make excuses for onto specific days in your planner.
But if you aren't that organized on paper, just give yourself a mental deadline.  You NEED to redo your budget by the end of the week.  
When you stop telling yourself "I'll do it later" and say "I'll do it by Friday", you make yourself more accountible and more likely to follow through.



//Look At The Situation From A Different Angle//
Does your boyfriend say that you are stubborn and never want to do things with HIS family?   Instead of making the excuse that he's in the wrong, look at the situation from his eyes.
Really, is it killing you to sacrifice and do something for someone else in your life?  It's important to be realistic and make sure that you aren't being stuck in your own ways. 
Too often people think change is bad and that they shouldn't have to change.  If what you are being asked to change is going to bring good to a situation, then why the hell not?
Have you used any of these tips before? How did they work for you?







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My Month Without... Excuses





I'm participating in my own little project called My Year Without. Each month, I go without something different.  


January-texting and driving.  

February -cursing.
March- spending. 
April -candy.
May - Fast Food
June - Gossip
July - Indoor Tanning
August - Complaining


I kinda didn't do so well in August.  I did try to keep my complaining in check.  But for September I'm giving up making excuses.  I am actually pretty good with this already but I want to be even better.


What can you live without this month? 












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August 30, 2014

Exfoliate With Exfolimate

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One thing I can't stand is dry flaky skin.  Even when I use brushes and scrubs, I still have the same issue.   But now I use Exfolimate which is a whole new way of removing dead skin!





Exfolimate was inspired by the ancient technique of clearing the skin of impurities and build up by removing dead skin with a tool.  It's crafted to lift and remove dead skin cells and debris that harbour in the surface layers of our skin.   So an easy to handle tool was invented to glide across skin at a 90-degree angle to remove up to 98% of dead skin, dirt, and oils that clog the pores and causes blemishes.

A lot of traditional methods of exfoliating just coat the skin and then push debris all around but Exfolimate lifts and removes the debri and uses micro-groove technology to make sure no lingering oils or skin flakes are left behind.  It's like uncovering a whole new layer of skin that is softer and more youthful.  

With each set of Exfolimate tools you get a face and body combination.  The smaller tool is what I use for my face and neck and the larger one is great for the chest, legs, and arms.  It's also perfect for spray-tan prep or removal! Honestly, I'm so impressed with how will this works and it leaves my skin so beautiful and smooth!!!  Every girl needs this!












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