Tuesday, February 25, 2014

4.4

In the last week, I've really kicked myself into high gear, without overly disrupting my life.

It's been good. Better than good. Amazing.

Back in January I made the goal to lose weight. While I didn't jump right on the bandwagon, I have now, and I'm dedicated to it.

I've been really focusing on my eating first during this last week. Tyler and I got a workout in on Sunday morning (where I had a burn of 911, not bad!) but for the most part, that's it. I usually like to nail down my eating, and then incorporate workouts shortly thereafter.

And I've realized if you focus, you can "treat" yourself a bit and not go overboard. On Saturday night, Tyler and I went out with a couple of his friends to the Green Mill (pizza place). Tyler ordered pizza, I had one slice of that and a house salad. I was able to treat myself a little, but not go crazy. And it made me appreciate that pizza a whoooooole lot more!

When I stepped on the scale this morning, I was pleasantly surprised.

I was down 4.4 pounds. 4.4!

I started out my mission by ordering a new one of these:

Buy one on Amazon Here


I've gone through THREE of these books in the past and I love them. I know there's all kinds of apps out there (and I've tried a couple), but there's something about actually writing down what you're eating and the exercise you're doing.

Here's my entry from yesterday:


Pretty simple stuff to fill out.

The other thing I'd recommend picking up is a food scale. I NEVER measure my food, I weigh it. Always. With a lot of foods, you'll actually realize you get MORE when you weigh than when you measure. Kind of cool.

Anyway, I'll get off my soapbox. I'm just excited, and motivated.

Tonight, I'll be hitting up the gym, going home to make dinner (chicky and sweet potatoes!) and then snuggling in for The Bachelor (by the way, I think Clare needs to leave).

Thursday, February 20, 2014

I'm the kinda girl who...

So I've been a little MIA. I've been busy, I haven't really wanted to write, I haven't felt like I had much to write.

HOWEVER! Catching up on the blogs I follow, I realized a theme. Everyone was doing this "I'm the kinda girl who..." thing. I'm going to go ahead and jump on the bandwagon, see where it takes me.


Here we go. I'm the kinda girl who...


  • Hits the snooze button TWICE, every day.
  • Loathes voice mails. Loathes. Unless it's super important, don't do it. I hate the icon that stays plastered on my phone and I hate logging in to check messages. I'll call you back, or shoot me a text.
  • Still listens to Hanson. And loves it.
  • Would rather stay in for a good flick than go out on the town.
  • Will always choose the "pink" option (if available) over any other color. Except seafoam green... sometimes that color gets me.
  • Loves roadtrips. I'd almost rather hop in the car and drive than get on a plane.
  • Likes to rub shoulders with the old grey-hairs at Bingo. And yes, I choose the pink dauber.
  • Is a realist. Some people confuse it with pessimism, but really, I'm just stating the facts.
  • Loves "food scents".... except vanilla.
  • Thinks magnets are awesome - they're the only thing I buy on vacation. T shirts are overrated, and I'm not big on knick-knacks.
  • Makes her bed every day.
  • Owns more shoes than necessary. Right now, I know I have three pairs new in the boxes in my closet.
  • Will cry during movies. Not like, hysterically cry... but I may shed a tear or two.
  • Likes video games. I'm not good at them, and they will frustrate me, but I have fun.
  • Isn't the greatest at showing emotions.
  • Is addicted to shopping on Amazon, ever since starting a Prime account a year ago.
  • Loves the smell of Play-Doh, gasoline, and blown-out candles. Yea, I'm weird.
On a roadtrip - in Louisville!

There you have it. That was only mildly embarrassing.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day. Ooftah.

To try to get myself in the spirit a little more, I found this short questionnaire over on Kelly's blog, Kelly's Kinda Crazy, and I thought I'd share my answers with you all!

I celebrate Valentine's Day by... Well, this year will be my first Valentine's Day in quite some time where I'm actually in a relationship. I'm not a huge "Woohoo, Valentine's Day!!!" kind of person, but I am looking forward to it. Tyler and I will be going out for dinner, and then doing something we both love (and do frequently), bowl.

My heart goes pitter-patter for... small, seemingly insignificant things. I don't want to be showered with gifts, I don't need to be wined and dined, I truthfully just want the attention. I crave the "just because" text messages, light touches, random kisses, hand holding, blah blah blah. 

When looking for romance, my best advice is... find someone who can be your best friend AND your partner. If you can't have a solid, really good friendship with someone, how do you expect your relationship to last?

My favorite love story (real or fiction} is... the one in the movie, Cold Mountain. Inman, a soldier in the Civil War, goes off to war shortly after meeting Ada Monroe. They don't spend a whole lot of time together before he leaves, but the little they do keeps them longing to be with each other once again. He fights his way back to be with her, and nearly dies doing so. They're able to spend a night together however, Inman is killed and dies in the arms of Ada.

The best relationship/love/dating advice I ever received was...communicate, communicate, communicate. Communication is such a key part of any relationship (I think). Open and honest communication really strengthens a relationship and shows the trust you have in eachother 

Tonight, I can't wait to spend the evening with main squeeze, Tyler. It's going to be a good day.

@ our second Wild Game last week!

Happy Valentine's Day, all!
 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Phone Case of The Month Review

A couple weekends ago I picked up a new, shiny white Samsung Galaxy S4. I couldn't help but say "yes" when I heard they had some in stock.

When it comes to phones... I love phone cases. Especially when there's a plethora of styles available at the click of the mouse. I'm also a subscription box addict.

Enter Phone Case of the Month.

Phone Case of the Month is a subscription service available to iPhone and Galaxy owners. The styles of phones supported are:

  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 4s
  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 5c
  • Samsung Galaxy S3
  • Samsung Galaxy S4

The premise behind this subscription is each month, you get a new, surprise case in the mail.

I had to check this out and see what it was all about.

To my surprise, the case shipped quickly from Las Vegas and when it arrived, I was really pleased with the quality and the design of the case (they only  make about 200 of each design).


I love that they keep the case hidden in these little bags


Boom! And I love it. I'm a biking fan so it works well for me. Even if you aren't, the photo is terribly cute.

I'm pretty excited to get next month's.

Now, here comes the fun part. Here's a link for my referral: Katie's PCOTM Referral Code

Take it or leave it. But here's the benefit: If you use my link, YOU get $5 off your first month, and I get $5 off my next month. There's a benefit for both of us here. But like I said, take it or leave it. I know some people are weird about using referral links (no idea why) but it's here if you want it.

I wasn't paid to do this review, PCOTM hasn't given me anything. I simply stumbled upon their service, gave it a try, and I love it! There's no minimum commitment, so at least for $5 (shipping included) you can give it a shot.

Enjoy your day!!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Liebster Award!

Good morning, all and Happy Wednesday!!!

I surprisingly got a message the other day from Jessica Noelle over at Epiphaneia notifying me that she nominated me for a Liebster Award! I've never communicated with Jessica Noelle nor visited her blog so I was a little shocked! But, I'm definitely looking forward to participating



The Rules:
  1. You must link back the person that nominated you.
  2. You must answer the 11 questions given by the nominee before you.
  3. You pick 11 nominees with under 200 followers to answer your questions.
  4. You cannot nominate the person who nominated you.
  5. You must tell the nominees that they have been nominated by you.

Jessica Noelle's Questions:
  1. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Hmm. That's tough. I think I'd say Australia, but I know that's a HUGE stretch.
  2. Who is your celebrity crush? I honestly don't really have one. Of course, there's a lot of eye candy out there but I don't really have a "crush".
  3. What alcohol can you never drink again and why? Gin. It tastes like pine needles. Enough said.
  4. If you could shop free at one store, which store would you choose? Probably Target. Why? That's the ONE store I can never walk in and out of without spending at least like $50
  5. What smell reminds you of your childhood? Wet basement. Sounds weird, but it reminds me of my grandma Lola's basement and there's some GREAT memories at grandma Lola's
  6. What is something new that you would like to try this year? I really want to try Spin class at the gym. I love biking outside, I want to see what Spin is all about.
  7. For what reasons would you block someone on Facebook? I've only ever blocked a few people. I've blocked people for being not who I thought they were.... people who have changed their attitude, have become sudden jerks. Ain't nobody got time for that.
  8. What is your go-to karaoke song? I don't sing karaoke. Ever. And you don't want me to.
  9. What is the meaning behind your blog name? My blog is strictly a lifestyle blog. I came up with House. Life. Girl. because my intentions are to share stuff around my house as it changes, my life, etc.
  10. What is your guilty pleasure reality show? It was Sister Wives until I ran out of Netflix episodes. Then Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Now it's Teen Mom. Ugh.
  11. What quote do you live by? There's a lot of quotes I like. "Guns don't kill people. People kill people" and "Que sera, sera"
My Nominees!:
My Questions:
  1. What is your go-to song when you need a pick-me-up?
  2. Where is the WORST place you've ever visited and why?
  3. Do you add people you really don't know on Facebook? Why/why not?
  4. What is your favorite "kind gesture" a person can do for you?
  5. Coke or Pepsi?
  6. What album is on your phone/ipod or in your car that you really wouldn't want to admit to having?
  7. What is your favorite scent and where is it from (candle, perfume, food, etc)?
  8. What is your sports team of choice?
  9. Tell me your favorite wintertime lipcare product.
  10. When is your birthday?
  11. What's your favorite holiday and corresponding memory?
 I look forward to reading everyone's answers! Thanks again to Jessica Noelle for nominating me!!