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Meal Prepping 101: The Easy Way

If there’s something I love during the week besides going to work (haha sarcasm), it’s already having dinner cooked and already having my lunch packed at the beginning of the week. Ugh. You don’t understand how much stress it takes off my shoulders to get home and not have to cook dinner. Meal prepping…. Is a life safer! So I’m going to teach you how to meal prep! Or maybe just give you some tips on how I do it. Well to the best of my ability. It’s easier, healthier, and saves you TONS of money! Need I go on for all the reasons meal prepping IS FOR EVERYBODY?! Remember, I am not a professional so I’ll show you what I’ve learned from research, friends, and practice!

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Review: Being A Mary Kay Consultant

So, a lot of people really wanted to know what it was like for me in the Mary Kay business. Although it is something I do not do anymore, it is definitely an experience worth sharing.

WHY I DID IT?

I decided to join this business after attending a MK party! I was so excited and because I love makeup and anything that means I can take care of my face and make it look better, I thought, why the heck not? Also, I needed the extra mulaaa for my wedding!

HOW DID I LEARN HOW TO DO EVERYTHING?

So you will have team members and a Director. Your director and team members are your go to! You get this package called a starter kit in the mail (which you have to pay $100 for to actually become an active consultant), and it looks like this:

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It is the cutest bag ever! And it has all the products that you will use for your parties. There are training guides, videos, and a bunch of other helpful things to help you and guide you in being the most successful in your sales.

You will also get a website where you can access even more information and do training courses online to learn everything about being successful.

Your director should/will help you with your very first Mary Kay party ever. Your debut. They will run you through how to throw a party successfully and show you how to make it fun and make it work to your advantage so that you can get more sales and referrals! So the great thing about Mary Kay is that you have a group of girls willing to help you every step of the way, you also attend monthly/weekly meetings that will help you find new ways to increase your sales!

DID YOU ACTUALLY EARN ANY MONEY?

Oh my gosh, YES! I earned a ton of money. Mary Kay was actually a really good and fast way of earning. You earn 50% of all of your sales, and let me tell you, that is not bad AT ALL! You also get commission for any team members that join under you as well as opportunities and competitions to win FREE CARS! YES. FREE CARS. I know multiple girls that were driving around in those free cars. Once you get really high level you can earn a free PINK cadillac! WHAT!!?? YES.

At the end of the day, how much money you make is how much you decide to make. If you stay motivated, push yourself, and don’t give up, you will make a good amount of money and you will move up in the business. If you are lazy and barely ever do anything with your business, then you won’t make anything. You ARE your business. You are what you make of it.




WHAT WAS THE MOST DIFFICULT THING FOR YOU?

Uhm, honestly, I would have to say it was keeping everything organized. There was one weekend where I had 4 bookings in one day and it was really stressful for me to reorder all of my  things, keep updating my papers for taxes, and keep all the stuff in the tote ready for the next party. It was insane. So if you ever start making a lot of money, I would recommend you hire a personal assistant or something. I’m not even kidding. It will go along way! Keeping up with everything was just a pain.

ARE THE PRODUCTS ACTUALLY EVEN GOOD?

YES! I still use the products and will continue to buy them because it has been so good on my skin. I absolutely love them and will vouch for them any day. My face has only improved and I rarely have breakouts anymore.

I use these products specifically:

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I also use some of the makeup, but because I switch makeup so often I will not be sharing about that. Their makeup is good quality, and I found that people love their foundation the most although it didn’t work great for me.

WHY DID YOU STOP SELLING MARY KAY?

I ran out of time. I started taking a bunch of college courses, and working long hours, and getting ready to move and this blog, and honestly, I just ran out of time for it. I was ready to move on to new things.

SO IT’S NOT A SCAM?

NO. Mary Kay is NOT a scam. It is a good business. It is fun and if you are a stay at home mom, or just have some free time on weekend then I would suggest you give it a shot! It’s not a company that I could ever down talk. And if you hear people down talking it, it’s because they were lazy and didn’t try. Any business you do will take time and effort. You don’t get rich for free. So if you are going to do this, you have to give it the best you can. Just like anything else in life.

SHOULD I SELL MARY KAY?

At the end of the day, that is up to you. I would recommend it to any of my friends trying to get into a business who love makeup and facial beauty. Mary Kay offers so many things that they try to make the experience pleasant. So the answer is up to you!

A FEW TIPS FOR NEW CONSULTANTS:

1.) Throw online parties! Those go a LONG way! I made a good amount of money doing those.

2.) Dress up when you go out. That’s the BEST part. Don’t break the MK dress code! Put on a nice skirt, and dressy shirt, a flashy necklace, some heels, some lipstick and go get ’em! People always buy more from you when you are dressed up, I promise!

3.) Smile a lot, it helps attract people, and people will ask you questions!

4.) Accept the gifts with kindness! Mary Kay will reward you with free things for making a certain amount of sales. I mean NICE free things. Like clothes, or jewelry, or even a pot set for your kitchen, I’m not even kidding. Accept these with kindness because they make you stay motivated!

5.) Learn more about makeup and cleaning your face! Actually read the training modules and stuff. People will ask questions and you want to be prepared!




6.) Practice what you are going to say on the phone before you make the phone call!

7.) Being said no to is going to happen. And it’s going to hurt. I cried tons of times because of it. And it’s OKAY! I promise. There’s always going to be a bunch of yes’s to the no’s.

8.) Do your taxes! It’s important.

9.) HAVE FUN! Make up and beauty is so much fun! Breathe, take it easy, and enjoy it! Practice makes close to perfect!

If you have any questions or you are looking for a consultant to talk to feel free to contact me and I will hook you up with a consultant! I know plenty of those!

 

Netflix and Ch…..allenges

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Every now and then I run into some challenges. With Netflix anyway. I just don’t know what to watch. I hate it because then I’m sitting around for about 20 minutes just looking for what to watch next and I find myself saying, I’ve already seen everything on Netflix, oh my gosh. But!!!! I have a few binge worthy shows that I have personally watched and truly enjoyed that I am willing to share with you. I’m doing this because I’ve gotten a few messages from friends asking what I think they should watch a Netflix next. And we have all been at that crossroad haven’t we? It’s truly a challenging one, and we wouldn’t get through it without our friends! So feel empowered with this list!

So if you are in a Netflix Binge type mood, and you are having some challenges with what good shows to watch, here is a good list to get you going! (These are not in order by rating)

1.) Law & Order SVU

2.) Jane the Virgin

3.) One Tree Hill

4.) 90210

5.) Criminal Minds

6.) Reign

7.) How To Get Away With Murder

8.) Scandal

9.) Grey’s Anatomy

10.) Person of Interest

11.) Friends

12.) Gilmore Girls

13.) NCIS

14.) The 100

15.) Switched at Birth

16.) Prison Break

17.) Orange is the New Black

18.) Arroz

19.) Army Wives

20.) Beauty and the Beast

21.) Bones

Some of these shows take a few episodes to really get hooked onto it, but they are all definitely worth watching! So good luck, and tell me what you think about whichever ones you choose to binge on below!!!!!

Broken hearts and all that stuff

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I remember the first time I had a broken heart. It felt like my heart dropped into my stomach, I couldn’t breathe, and everything was gray instead of black and white. I kept playing the same songs over and over again reminding myself of the silly boy that broke me in the first place so that I could keep crying about it. Almost like if I enjoyed the tragic feeling. I remember the very next day, I stayed in bed and my radio still had the same songs playing over and over and I continued to cry. I didn’t want food, I didn’t want to take a bath, I didn’t want to move. My friends came to visit me, they tried to talk to me, give me advice, tell me it would be okay, but I wasn’t hearing it. I didn’t care. Anything they said felt like a waste of time. I felt like I was worthless even. My boyfriend of just over a year had been unfaithful with one of my closest friends. So yes, I felt pretty worthless. I remember my sister bringing me a tub of chocolate ice cream and I remember putting the big spoon in my wide open crying mouth as I complained to her. Pathetic is what I felt.

But I also remember the day I got over it. I woke up, got out of bed and realized how stupid I was. I was so tired of laying there and just crying over a silly boy. Broken hearts are all the same almost. They’re broken, they feel pain, they hurt. Some more than others. Some sharper than others. I promise, that I know it’s the worst pain in the world. It’s the worst thing that is happening today and right now, and that is probably why you are reading this. But because you are reading this that means you are also one step ahead from yesterday. One step ahead from laying in bed, and mourning the pain. So here are somethings that helped me get past this heart break:

1.) I let myself cry. A lot, for a whole day. Because that’s what I wanted to do. Be that pathetic person that people tell you not to be. You need to let it out, you need to mourn. So cry, lay in bed, listen to that same song over and over again, don’t take a freaking shower if you don’t want to. Call in sick to work, or school. Do it. You need to. Tell yourself it’s your fault if that’s what you feel. (Yes, terrible I know). This process may take a day, or maybe even a few weeks. I’m not saying call out everyday but take a day or two to call out.

2.) Eat some ice cream. I’m telling you. The cold hits your brain, and it just numbs something inside. Imagine the ice cream making your heart cold like a rock. You need it to make your heart cold like a rock. Besides, it also gives you a reason to be unhealthy because you deserve it after what you just went through.

3.) If the ice cream made your heart get cold. That means you are angry. Anger is good. Because you are one step forward. Be angry. You deserve better. This isn’t your fault. You don’t need this. So go ahead, buy some plates, grab a few friends, and break them. Throw them as hard as you can and shatter those things. (Do this away from kids and wear some shoes). Break plates, cups, glass. (Not your favorite china though.) Go tear your room apart too while you are at it. (Don’t break anything in there though because then you have to buy and replace it and you will be even more upset). Get angry. You deserve it. It helps soothe the pain.

4.) Go pamper yourself. Get a massage. Get a mani, pedi, wax if you need it. Make yourself look good. Get a new hair cut. Do something different. And be HOT. Look HOT. Because you are HOT! This other person that hurt you, betrayed you, left you, will miss you. And it will feel so good. And go buy yourself some flowers! Love yourself. You deserve that chocolate. You deserve those flowers. Do it for you.

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5.) Clean your closet. Weird I know. But organize your closet. By color, by shoe type, by item. Start by taking everything out completely. Get rid of stuff you do not need. Get rid of stuff that you haven’t worn in forever. And put all the empty hangers together on one. Spray some air freshener in there as well and put some baby powder in those stinky shoes. When your done with that closet, maybe move on to the next. Like a storage closet or something. Organizing your closet is like a fresh breath of air. It reorganizes your heart as well. It works in funny ways.

6.) Take a hot shower in the morning. Shave. Brush your teeth. Eat breakfast. A good one. It’ll wash off all the bad things.

7.) Whenever you feel that pain, that hurt, take a deep breath and count too four. Tell yourself you are breathing in good things, good vibes. And then swallow and breath out and count to four again. Breath out all the bad things, all the pain, all the hurt, all the bad vibes.

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8.) Laugh. Youtube funny compilations and laugh. A lot because oh my goodness laughter is everything.

9.) Get a pet. My dog always senses when I’m sad. So a pet for comfort is always a great thing that helps. Replace the old with something new.

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10.) Look at a list of descriptive words so that you know exactly how you feel. When you see that word there’s something about it that is so… just relieving.

11.) Meet new people. No, not a rebound, that is not what I mean. But meet new people, make new friends. Meeting new people makes you want to have a good first impression, and makes you want to hang out and go out! It’s something new, different and it feels like an improvement. Your adding things to your life in places where you feel empty.

12.) Look in the mirror and tell yourself how great you are and smile at yourself. It’s weird and awkward but when you do it everyday you actually start to believe it. And you have to believe it because it’s true.

13.) Walk. A lot. Exercise hard and tough. Energize all your pain into that specific step, or that specific squat. It is so good for you. Hike and feel that reward when you get to the top of that mountain and see the beauty.

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14.) Talk about it. Write about it. It helps so much to just let it out. Don’t hold it all in. Talk to a someone. Go to a coffee shop, write it all down. Take a break from the real world.

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Heartbreak isn’t anything easy to go through. It’s tough, and it sucks. But until you can move on from it and feel stronger, and until that pain becomes less there are just so many things you can do to help. It might feel like the world is ending, and there are people around you moving forward like nothing happened but I promise it gets better. You will look back and realize how much stronger you are because of it.

XOXOXO

 

 

 

 

The Time We Got My Dog A Cat

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Every time I looked at Migo, my dog, I couldn’t help but feel sorry. For a while, he had been walking around looking so lonely and sad all the time. He would slump his head on the floor and sigh this really loud, cute dog sigh that really gnawed at the guilt  I felt inside. Feeling more optimistic about the situation one day, I ended up telling Eric, my husband, to go out and get a cat for Migo. I wasn’t trying to get my dog a cat that he would eat if that’s what you are thinking. I was trying to get him something more like a friend, that he can hang out with… I guess?

See, the weird thing about my dog is that he isn’t really a dog. He is like a cat trapped in a dog’s body. While I spend a lot of time laughing about this, most people think it to be rather odd. It’s why we love him though. So we got the cat.

Not even a week had passed when we gave the cat away. Leo. That was his name. So that night, we were laying in bed and I turned to look at Eric. His eyes were closed and they seemed to be shut unnaturally tight. I knew he was only pretending to sleep. “Do you think we made a mistake by giving Leo away?” I whispered over the whimpering cries of Migo, who hid under the bed.

Leo was given to us by a friend of a friend. He was white with black spots all over his back and had fur that was so soft it made silk feel like sand paper. He was only a baby, 6 weeks at most, and Eric and I argued a lot about his gender. I complained that Leo was a girl while he and his friend of a friend argued that Leo was a boy. I gave him the name Lea but that was cut short once I realized it was an argument I could not win against two men. So Leo it was instead. When it was just us though I secretly called him Lea. He was a crazy cat though. So crazy my dog could not handle it.

So one night, Eric was away from home and I was alone with both pets. In a total of 5 minutes, Leo had taken down the whole apartment it seemed like. He climbed up the curtains and brought them crashing down, scratched at the carpet and tore it apart, bit into the couch and made the fluff pop out, scratched at the brown dining room table and left it with scars, ate the dog’s food, climbed on the brand new Playstation we had bought and broke the eject button and scratched the sides of my favorite Ibanez guitar. Migo sat next to me on the couch and sighed once again. Our heads moved in sync as we watched Leo destroy the apartment.

Later that night, laying in bed I felt something yanking at my hair. No. Way.  I feel that crazy cat crawl onto my face and dig his claws deep into my cheek before he jumped off to grab Migo’s tail on the floor. I hear Migo screech like a girl (literally) and feel him jump on the bed to hide his face under my leg. Leo climbs his way onto the bed and begins clawing at my face. I screamed. “I JUST CAN’T DO THIS ANYMORE. You destroy my house, you destroy my dog’s life, and you destroy my face,” I said to the cat. “Meow,” he blinks at me and tilts his head to the side. Ugh. I lay my head back and then I hear Leo playing with my charger under the bed. My phone suddenly vibrated, and guess what broke now? My charger. Great. At around 2 in the morning, I decided to take Leo out of my room and leave him in the living room. So, I slowly lay him on the couch, scratched his head until he purred himself to sleep, and slowly backed away without making any noise into the room. Shutting the door behind me, I throw myself in bed and feel a rush of happiness as it’s finally quiet. Crrrrrkkkk. crrrrrrrrrrrrkkkkkk. My eyes shoot open and a tear falls from one of my eyes. The cat is clawing at the door.
The next day, I hear Eric opening the door to come in and I rush over to where he is. The cat is running around the apartment and everything is either scratched at or broken. He takes a look around and then laughs when he looks at my red, angry face. “I can’t do this anymore. I won’t. I don’t want the cat. GIVE HIM AWAY NOOOOOW,” I yell at Eric. I turn around because I hear something fall on the floor and shatter. Migo is racing away from the kitchen with the cat right behind him. I see him making a leap for the couch but his calculations on the distance from the couch and his speed are way off and he hits the wall behind the couch falling to the floor. Eric bursts into a fit of laughs and giggles. This was when I realized that I made a mistake in getting a friend for my dog. I was over it and it was time to give him away. I realized I made the wrong decision in getting a cat. I am not a cat person. My hopes in dreams in having a nice, fat, friendly cat who sits at the window every now and then were gone.
A few days went by, I had called a friend that I carpool to work with and asked her if she wanted a cat. Her kids were thrilled to get a new family friend. She would be picking him up that weekend. After I hung up the phone I walked over to the living room where I saw Migo playing with Leo. They were jumping around and chasing each other around the room. I think I saw him smile. I know you don’t believe me, but it was this adorable, toothy grin that I couldn’t help but smile back at. Migo was so happy. He had stopped sighing and was actively running around and barking again. My heart sank a little and every day after that it sank a little more.

That weekend my friend showed up with her kids to pick up the cat. They stood by the front door as I got them the litter box and Leo’s toys. “He’s a crazy cat, but he cuddles with you and he will definitely make you laugh. He’s litter box trained and by the end of the week he’ll destroy everything in his path,” I said to them. Her kids laughed and rubbed at his head. As I told them everything about Migo and Leo their eyes got wide and they laughed loudly. They thought the pet’s relationship was amazing. I closed the door after saying good bye and my heart broke. What had I just done?

Migo cried loudly every day. The sighing got louder and he never wanted to do anything. He just slept or cried. He refused to eat anything and he wouldn’t even go out to use the bathroom. He just blinked when you said his name and sighed his loud dog sigh. When it was especially late into the night, his whimpers would get so loud and he would hide under the bed where you couldn’t reach him. I knew he was mad at us. He wouldn’t even eat his treats. I realized that day that I made a mistake yet again. I did not think about the way Migo was feeling before I made decisions that would affect him. Why do owners do that? We make decisions for our pets never really stopping to think of how happy they are or how unhappy they are. We move their beds, we let them stay at flea infested friend’s houses and we change their dog food when something is on sale. Have we ever stopped to think how we would feel if someone moved our home around for us and we couldn’t find it? Or if someone changed the way our vegetables tasted every month? We now have a pretty grumpy dog in our house. He plays, he’s a bit happier, but he is sad sometimes. On the way to work that Monday, my friend turned around in the car and said, “By the way, Leo is actually a girl. We named her Zoe.”

 

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