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Is That a Red Shirt In There? {Purex No Sort Giveaway}

When I was at bloggy boot camp one of the things that struck me the most is “if it isn’t a hell ya, it’s a no.” And we also talked about our worth and many other things. A lot of the bloggers want to be paid for their work and rightfully so. want to get paid for my work. But sometimes in my little frugal body I say hell ya to things even though if I went and bought it at the store it wouldn’t really cost that much. One of those things is Purex. Anything from Purex. I don’t really care what it is because quite honestly I spend quite a bit of my money on the brand. Oh, a new fragrance. Oh, a new formula. I’ve got to have it. Got. to. That’s why I love being a Purex Insider. It’s totally a hell ya. And not just a regular one, like pom-pom waving, cheerleading uniform, top of the pyramid kind of hell ya. Some might hold out for a million dollar diamond necklace (I’ll take that too if there’s a jeweler reading this) but I can’t stay away from the Purex. It’s like laundry crack. Only it’s good for you (and your clothes), makes you smell good, and never makes you look older than you are. I can’t guarantee that you won’t become addicted to it.

So naturally I was all over it when they offered me up some of the new Purex No Sort for colors. While I’m not going to stop sorting my laundry we all know that accidents happen. Oops! Totally forgot to take that red shirt out of there. In the old days (you know, before Purex No Sort) all of the clothes would have had a hint of pink, if not be totally pink. Which quite honestly is why I don’t own a lot of red clothes. Those accidents happen to me more than you’d think. Maybe it’s not really an accident, maybe it’s some sort of deep seeded need to have all my clothes pink. Not really. But it’s nice to know that if I’m in a hurry and I really need that red shirt with light grey pants that are both in the dirty clothes that I can wash them together. Time saver! Score!

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While I would normally take pictures of my bounty of Purex, I accidentally used all of my no sort up and haven’t gone back to the store yet. Ooops! But I do have a giveaway for you. Use the Rafflecopter form below and enter to win one of two coupons for your very own Purex No Sort.

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I Have No Money

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One of the first blogs I started reading was Want What You Have by Heather. One of the things that I’ve always liked about her is she just writes. About who she is, what she does, and loving what she has. She’s a frugal gal through and through. And despite my addiction to on-line shopping as of late, I too am frugal. My Old Navy Haul…I paid $4 and some change for it. I use hotel points to get gift cards for JCP and Old Navy. Along with Marshalls, Ross’s (seriously, that place is amazing), and Goodwill that’s where I get my clothes. And I rarely buy new clothes with my own hard earned cash. I’m already re-thinking the Stitch Fix thing because I’m having anxiety over how much it will cost. I don’t spend that much money normally, why should I start now? Okay, I cancelled it. It’s not worth the small coronary I might have if anything costs over $20. No, I’m not cancelling Julep. That’d just be crazy talk, right there.

Other than our house payment we carry no debt. We paid off our credit cards and student loans around the same time I started this blog (you know, when it had the hideous name Grandma’s Guide to Life). Then we had credit card debt again and we just now payed it off. Given our health, I think it’s important for us to have some money in the bank. Even with excellent health care insurance, hernia surgeries don’t come cheap. Or trips to the ER. Or the bazzilion meds Jason is on.  I expect us to pay for it. And pay cash for it. We’ve had debt before….a pretty marriage it does not make.

Oddly, having money doesn’t always make a pretty marriage either. Mostly when the definition of “having money” is not defined the same way by the married couple and the other people in their lives. Let me just tell you right now, as I define it…we have NO money. None. Zilch. Nada. First off, see the above paragraph. Secondly, we took our one and only car into the shop right after my surgery because it doesn’t always start. Problematic when I have to say..get to a job. It would be fine except over $600 later and it still does the exact same thing. We told the shop to give the car a tune-up (and yes, we only recently started going to this place) and they said it didn’t need it because we maintain it so well. They gave me some song and dance about what the issue is and said it was fixed. Even when we couldn’t start it in their parking lot they still said it was fixed. They took it in and tightened up a spark plug and said that’s what it is. Now, I’m no mechanic (but I am the daughter of one) and if it’s not the starter I’m thinking you should check the fuel injection system. Was that checked. Nope. Now I’m going to have to take it into our regular mechanic and pay three times as much (which is why we tried changing) but at least it will get fixed. And if, for some reason, it still doesn’t get fixed we may be in the situation of needing another car. Ugh!

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I also need to get our back yard fixed. It is unusable and full of ruts. It’s not something that can be mowed without great stress, anger, and tons and tons of cursing. Saying the f word repeatedly doesn’t really get the lawn mowed any easier but it does make me feel a bit better. So I’m finally getting quotes to get it fixed. The thing is, when friends and family hear you talking about finally getting it fixed after five years (FIVE) they think you must have money and they tell you all about their money woes. Let me just assure you. I have no money. I can maintain my body, my car, and my home but not anything beyond that. If I had money, I’d go on a damn vacation, not just fix my rutty ass back yard. Yes, I’m getting a little angry about it. Sorry. Not sorry.

For goodness sake, I dig through trash cans to get tickets to earn the points that I need to buy household items that other people would just pay cash for. And despite the fact that I’m considering getting the yard fixed, I’m still doing it. Not only is it stupid to spend money on something I can get free but, good Lord, we need a back up plan. What happens when Jason gets sicker? Or if I lose my job? I really shouldn’t have to feel guilty for having a friggin’ savings account with a few bucks in it but for reasons I can’t specifically site here but I do. Let me just say if I don’t have any savings and Jason gets any sicker, then I’m going to have to be knockin’ at these same peoples door begging them for money to help me save my husband.

So in closing. Yes, I’m frugal. There’s a valid reason for it. And in case it wasn’t abundantly clear. I have NO money. At all. Zip. Zero. Nada.

  • Do people in your life assume things they shouldn’t?:
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Five on Friday! #5

Hello to all the snickerdoodles out there! You know who you are. It seems that I let my Five on Friday get away from me and it’s a little lack-luster this week. But life isn’t always rainbows and unicorns. Sometimes it’s just kids, cats, and regular crap. In my dreams I’m one of those exciting people with perfect homes, clothes, crafts, and food to show you. But in reality it sounds rather exhausting to me to do all those things. So I don’t. Here’s a little what’s, what of my week.

[1]

On Saturday I let my boys take my heavy weights out to the garage as they need to find a permanent home not in my house. Or I will lift them. Repeatedly. I was seriously crying over this and it was so hard to watch them go but I know that it is what is best for me. Although they say that the third time is a charm (and it worked for me with husbands) I don’t think it really applies to hernia surgeries.

[2]

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I think I’ve developed an addiction to on-line shopping and subscription boxes. Amazon. Check. Old Navy. Check. Julep. Check. And now I’ve ordered a Stitch Fix for the end of May. I might just have to start making posts with all the crap I buy. Only it’s not crap. It’s beautiful and glorious. And pretty. Yes, oh so pretty. Not to mention that quite a bit of it is free or almost free. I’m ingenious that way.

[3]

I’m kind of on my beauty blogger/vlogger kick again. It’s what I’m real into now. I’m always jealous of their thick, gorgeous hair. Turns out that a ton of them are using hair extensions. I knew deep down that God didn’t only bless regular folks with thin hair. I only wondered for about 5 seconds if I should get extensions. Seems like I have other things I should be spending my money on. See above.

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For various reasons in my life, I’m loving this quote ….

always be happy about others good fortune and do not take advantage of them

 

[5]

I got a second opinion on the heart murmur from my primary. He said he didn’t hear diddly squat. Well, his exact words were “I don’t appreciate it.” (he explained that he meant he can’t hear it). I said I don’t appreciate it either. She scared the crap out of me.

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  • Tell me something good. Tell me, tell me, tell me.
  • Camo pants…yes or no?
  • What is one of your favorite quotes?

 



Working for “The Man”

I signed up for Mary Kay not once or twice but four times. Yes, four. In my defense I’m pretty okay at it without putting in much effort. I’ve signed up for Avon once. And after I realized you could make money blogging I briefly thought that I could make that into a full-time career. But here’s the thing…I actually like working for “The Man”.

It’s almost embarrassing to admit. I’m not a doctor or a lawyer. Nor do I have some sort of social services position where I’m out helping the world. I’m an Executive Assistant. And truth be told, I’m totally okay with you calling me a secretary. Heck, I even call myself that sometimes. And even though I work in a business casual environment, I still sometimes go in totally rocking the sexy secretary look. If Joan would sell me her entire wardrobe (and if she wasn’t a character on a TV show), I would buy the whole thing. I’ve got the boobs for it.

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I enjoy the benefits and the fact that I don’t have to manage them or work extra hard for three months so that I can enjoy two weeks off later. I still get to work my regular 40 hours. And get all my time off. Sick time too. Which seems like something I’ve been needing a lot of lately.

I enjoy leaving my house, getting dressed up, and not seeing my family for a while. Sorry. I love them dearly but sometimes I just need a freakin’ break. And I bore easily. Despite all the pain I was in last week, I was bored. Out of my mind. Sure, I could have used the time to grow my blog but then that feels like work and it totally would suck the fun out of it. I’m not saying that I don’t enjoy my day job because I do. I enjoy it because it’s not in my house. To me a house is for fun and family and enjoyment. Not for work.

Having my boss tell me I did a good job brings me joy that I’m sure is bizarre to many. I like getting compliments. And I can say thank you (most of the time) and move on. Having coworkers and customers compliment me on my nail color brings me glee and I might even tell them that I got it from Julep if they seem interested (I’m on pins and needles now waiting for my Specked for Spring 100% Mystery Box. Totally lost my train of thought thinking about it). And I can feel good about the conversation because I haven’t shoved a business card in their face and asked for their phone number. Although I may need to rethink the business card thing. If I did not have a job to go to, I honestly wouldn’t leave the house. And I’d be stuck here talking to my husband and the cat. They don’t compliment me that much. And when they do it’s not the same, they have to tell me nice things. Either because they love me or because they want me to shut up. And, yes, Jeffrey the Cat talks. Seriously, people.

I like having people rely on me. It’s gotten worse since the kids are grown. Yes, Jason and Jeffrey rely on me but see all of the above statements. I just like knowing that I’m bringing value to something/someone.

There are other reasons, and I can go on and on about this but it’s getting late and I have some mangos to eat. Anyway, with the emphasis on self-employment as of late, and the many benefits of it (because I truly agree that there are many), I thought I’d share. Perhaps there is one more person out there like me who happens to just like having a regular job. On the middle rung. Just kinda hangin’ out.

  • Self-employed or working for someone else?
  • If you’re self-employed or working on being self-employed how do you keep work and home separate?
  • What are your career goals?


Weight Loss Interview: Kasandra

Today I welcome Kasandra to Real Into. She enjoys running and taking bootcamp style classes at her gym. She’s been in a magazine and on Shape.com. If you know anything about me you know I love magazines everything about them. Color me jealous. Of course, I’m sure being on Real Into is a game changer for Kasandra. LOL Thanks for sharing your story with us, Kasandra! 

Weight Loss Interview Kasandra #weightloss #beforeandafter #motivation #inspiration

 What got you motivated to move to a healthy lifestyle?

It pretty much began in the spring of 2010. I was 25, extremely overweight (let’s be real, obese) and I had difficulty even going up a flight of stairs without being short of breath. I worked for a law firm that helped people get disability benefits and I would read tons of medical records where people had a plethora of health issues due to being overweight and needing to file disability and it terrified me. I couldn’t let that happen to myself. So I got a nutritionist and a gym membership.

What types of positive changes have you seen as a result of living a healthy lifestyle?

I am much happier and confident. I used to have really low self-esteem and a lot of shame. I was really depressed (clinically, probably, looking back at it) and unhappy. Seeing what my body has been able to accomplish in such a short period of time is very powerful.

What was the biggest struggle when you started on this journey?

Food! It still is. Temptation lies around every corner and sometimes it was a struggle not to pass on the office donut. Food is hard because you need food to live. It’s just a matter of picking the right foods – and that’s not to say you can’t ever have a donut. Sometimes you got to ask yourself if you’re that hungry? Do you need it? Is this going to make me feel bad after? Chances are it’s not worth it.

Also maintenance – it’s not as easy as I imagined it would be.

Who has inspired you most on your healthy living journey?

Tara Costa from the Biggest Loser really inspired me with her dedication. I resonated a lot with her. Also other bloggers out there – some kick butt and take names while dealing with other issues, like cancer or MS. If they can do it, so can I.

What is your healthy living philosophy?

Treat your body the way you want to be treated. Be kind, be forgiving. Choose things that will make you feel good both inside and out. Take care (of yourself).

Weight Loss Interview Kasandra #weightloss #beforeandafter #motivation #inspiration

What has been your greatest accomplishment as related to fitness?

Running a marathon. I ran the Long Island marathon as my first marathon to prove to myself that I could after so many years of being unhealthy and being at a heavier weight. I then ran six months later, the NYC Marathon. Growing up, I lived along the course and when I was 5, I told myself, I want to do that one day. 24 years later, I did. It was hard and it took forever, but I did it.

What are you upcoming fitness goals?

To get back to my wedding weight, give or take 5lbs. Also to run a 5 hour marathon.

How has your food choices played a role in your lifestyle?

I used to think to be healthy, food had to be bland and gross. Not true at all. When I was a kid, I ate vegetables and fruit but then as I got older, I turned away. So when I started this journey, I rediscovered fruits and vegetables along with other foods I would have never considered before. I no longer crave junk food as much as I used to (I still have a sweet tooth though!).

Can you provide an example of what your meals might look like?

I go through meal phases… which will last for a bit and then change to something else. I get bored. Currently:

Breakfast: Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grains with almond milk and blueberries OR an Ezekiel tortilla with almond butter and a banana. And a cup of coffee with skim milk (or if it’s iced, then I take it black).

Snack: a Lara bar or a Gnu bar.** sometimes I don’t have a snack mid-day

Lunch: Quinoa with dried cranberries, grape tomatoes, feta, some spinach and an avocado.

Dinner: I have to cook for both my husband and myself, so I try to make things we both would be happy with. For example, if we make chicken parm, I will make regular pasta for him and I will have spaghetti squash in place. Or if I make a more traditional Puerto Rican dish, like rice and beans, he will have rice and I will have quinoa.

What does a typical day look like for you?

No day is typical, especially since my schedule is super crazy busy. But I’ll go to work, go to the gym at lunch for an hour, and go back to work. If I am training, like now I am, I’ll wake up early, go for a run, go to work, still hit the gym for another workout, and then go back to work.

Weight Loss Interview Kasandra #weightloss #beforeandafter #motivation #inspiration

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What do you want to pass onto your children about living a healthy lifestyle?

Ignore social media and its brainwashing tendencies. A lot of children are now stating that they’re so fat, and they’re 8 and 9 year olds. They shouldn’t be preoccupied with being fat or skinny; they’re children. Also exercise does not have to be “boring” or a “chore.” Running, playing outdoors, swimming, it’s all exercise.

What are your three top tips for living a healthy life?

1. Do not go to the grocery store hungry – and shop the perimeter of the store for food.

2. Do not let the number on the scale dictate your day. I used to be so hung up on the number and let it ruin my day. It’s not worth it.

3. Fail to plan, plan to fail. Prep your meals for the week ahead so you’re less tempted to make poor food or meal choices. Want to work out in the morning but hate waking up early? Lay your clothes out the night before, so it’s right there first thing. Look at menus ahead before going out and make your choices then rather than getting to the restaurant and feeling super overwhelmed.

Weight Loss Interview Kasandra #weightloss #beforeandafter #motivation #inspiration

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