Archive for August 2012

An interesting fitness adventure..

Friday, August 31, 2012

Hey lovelies.

So all in all I consider myself to be pretty open minded when it comes to anything 'fitness' or even dance, even though I am NOT a dancer by any means.

Which is why, when we came across this little Groupon for something on the, ahem, exotic side, we just went for it.

'It' being...


Yep. That's right. Polesque. Emphasis on the 'pole'.

Let me just take you through the night play by play.

-We arrive. Well, we get lost, and show up 10 minutes late to be exact. I'm sorry but who would have thought a place called 'polesque' would be located in an industrial park? Not I.

-My friend Trish comes outside and the first words out of her mouth are. "You made it. By the way, the instructor has on really short (more like nonexistant) shorts. And she really shouldn't."

-We go inside and fill out our waivers. You know, incase something happens to us - on the POLE! Then we meet our instructor. And NO she shouldn't be wearing 'nonexistant' shorts'. (TMI but her butt was literally eating the 'shorts'. And I know alot of people have cellulite, but she was over. the. top.)

-So first we start with some 'sexy' stretching. Our instructor was really awkward the entire time. Not to mention that our class ranged from people in their 20's all the way up to 50's. Nice.

-Then, we proceeded the the pole portion of the class. We learned the 'fireman' aka flailing yourself around the pole. Next came 'pole crunches' where you held on and flailed your legs up in the air.

- I get asked if I have a dance background. Um, not even a little!

-Next, our instructor took off her tank top and did the rest of the routine in her bra. She said, "I love chocolate milk, so I'll never have flat abs. I drink a half gallon a day." Nothing says sexy quite like that.

I am in no way ripping on strippers, if you want to strip, more power to you! But this class sucked. I think our instructor must have been fired from her strip club before opening this joint.

Well, I'm off to practice my 'new moves'. Happy Friday!

xo
Sam









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Keep Calm & . . .

Thursday, August 30, 2012

So is the 'Keep Calm' saying worn out yet? I thought so until I saw this one on Pinterest ;)
 
 
And then.... I found this.
 
THIS website lets you customize your own t-shirts :) What do you guys think? Should I order it? I thought it would be a good casual t-shirt to wear & maybe a conversation starter. Maybe I'll even get a few new clients out of it, ya think?
 
xo
Sam


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Keeping it Classy

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

This, my ladies, I like to all curb appeal... or the lack thereof!

Keeping it classy! I'd love to see the interior decor of this gem. Saw this on the Tenlist facebook page. They always have funny stuff posted, thought I'd share. Enjoy your Tuesday... one day closer to Labor Day Weekend!

xo
Sam

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Monday, August 27, 2012

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Good:
-Keeping it consistent working out - Bodyrocking 5-6 days each week. Plus I'm still running with the 
 pup a few days a week.
-Setting up a plan for September to use only cash, to reign in my spending even more than usual, so  I can really focus on paying off my car before the end of the year.
- Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Sooo ready for these.
- Trying out Hot "Vanilla" instead of Hot Chocolate at home. Pleasantly surprised.
- Starting with cleaning a new clients house this week. It's a converted barn & HUGE, so unconventional but really neat.
- Got my new mailers sent out to real estate clients - each one comes with a 10% off Lowes coupon. Yay!

Bad:
- Skipping a friends baby shower & a friends wedding shower in favor of celebrating a friends birthday on the river. Fair trade off in my book!
- Invisible fence is broken - surge damaged. ( Sitting here as we speak waiting for the service man to arrive and charge me $89/hour.) Sweet!
- Car insurance. Health insurance. Ugh. Just UGH! I just hate spending money things like this!

Ugly:
- I have TWO bug bites... on my FACE! Literally got home from hanging out poolside with my friend Holly, looked in the mirror, and saw these huge bites on my face. One on my forehead, one on my cheek. Nice. What in the world do I do about this? My normal routine with bug bites is to scratch them until they scab - gross! - but I don't think that's a very hot idea for my face, huh?


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It's Ok Thursday

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Hey loves. Linking up with Neely for It's Ok Thursday..

Its Ok Thursdays
 
It's OK to shamelessly wander around your yard with an am radio, desperately trying to find the break in your invisible fence wire, because you are too cheap to have the invisible fence people come out at $89/hour.
 
It's OK to plan on making a special trip to Starbucks this afternoon. Word on the street: Pumpkin spice latte is baaackkkk.
 
It's OK to make up excuses on why you cannot attend friends baby/wedding/divorce/bridal/housewarming etc. parties and then just send a gift. I swear there is a shower for everything these days.
 
It's OK to workout extra hard to justify eating cookie dough that night.
 
It's OK to DIY... and fail.
 
It's OK to drool when Ryan Lochte appears all the sudden on the Today Show.
(now let me wipe the drool off of my keyboard...)
 
It's OK to hold off on my iphone purchase & have a little hope that I'll get it for my birthday this month... hello boyfriend. haha. Maybe, just maybe.
 
It's OK to reign in your spending. This month I'm switching to cash (instead of debit card) to help eliminate unneccesary purchases. Then I'm throwing EVERYTHING extra at my car so I can hopefully get it paid off by the end of the year.
 
It's OK to have a twitter account that you use only to enter giveaways via the rafflecopter on others blogs.
 
What's OK with you lovelies today??
 
xo
Sam
 
 
 

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Because everyone is so obsessed with Fall...

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Go get some of this! It's amazing. It makes me a little obsessed with Fall making it's debut, too.

Other Fall faves:
Smores
Bonfires
Pumpkin Spice lattes from the dreaded SB
At home Pumpkin Spice lattes - much cheaper!
Sam Adams Octoberfest - to alternate with the above...
Fires in the fireplace
Runs outside & seeing all of the pretty leaves
Fall fashion - boots. sweaters. more boots.

Fall FAILS:
Winter's upcoming debut.

xo
Sam

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5 for Friday

Friday, August 17, 2012

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1. I perfected the bun this week. My hair is finally getting long enough to expiriment.
2. I splurged. I NEVER thought I would be caught dead in Sunglass Hut or any other foofy sunglass retailer. But I, my friends, have done it. I have lived in walmart & target sunglasses forever, and have been getting headaches lately in the sun, so I decided to make an 'investment'. Still feeling a bit guilty about these babies. I'll feel even more guilty if I happen to lose them in the river.
3. Starbucks pretty much loves me. Or actually, I guess they love Jason since this little sample package was addressed to him. I however, claimed it. Now to clean the Keurig...
4. Trying out new cocktail recipes. I like to call myself a mixologist in training. This here is the berries & cream cocktail. Also tried, the 'hottie' - with watermelon juice & jalapeno infused tequila.
5. New blog design :) I'm diggin' it.

Enjoy your weekend pretties! Mine started extra early last night with a Hank Williams Jr. concert. Now tonight we're headed to this cute little restaurant for 'create your own margarita' night. Pretty excited about that one! The rest of the weekend I plan to catch up on work, finish reading my book and spend some time outside (cocktail in hand).

xo
Sam

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Mah Free Website Y'all.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

I know you bloggers are super cool & surely know how to make your own website... but I'm just not that cool. Nor did I want to pay someone else to create a website for me. Sooo.... I made my own. Using Wix.com...
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I think it turned out pretty awesome, what about you?? See the whole site HERE. One day I'll be super cool and actually purchase the domain and everything.

So what else is new around here? I have a new blog design. BAM!
This I actually did pay for - priorities, you know. But it was very reasonable. I purchased it from the lovely Kathy over at Nudge Media on Etsy.

In other news... Michelle over at Making Sense of Cents had an awesome post today about purchasing a home... go check it out HERE & learn something!!

xo
Sam

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Berries & Cream Cocktail - Yummmm

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Made this amazing berries & cream cocktail over the weekend that I thought I would share. As seen on Bar Rescue... pretty much all of my cocktail recipes from now on will be from this show.


1.5 oz Smirnoff Whipped Vodka
.25 oz Smirnoff Strawberry Vodka
.75 oz Lemon Juice
.75 oz Simple Syrup



Combine, shake and pour into a glass. Garnish with fresh strawberry slices.

Perfect for an afternoon lounging on the deck, a day spent poolside, or an quite evening watching this...

Here's to enjoying the rest of this Sunday evening.

xo
Sam

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Every girl should...

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

I recently read this in an issue of Underwired magazine & wanted to share!

Every girl should...

Know how to hang a picture
          Know what grounds you
     Have a well thought out worldview and continue to let it be shaped by your life experiences
  Have a plan for handling your stress in a healthy way
                  Know how to be alone... to date and love yourself first
          Have at least 5 go to recipes
   Create a vision and a purpose of your own and pursue it
                   Love your body and know how to dress it
Know where to go to get inspiration
       Read a book that changes your life
                            Write beautiful, thoughtful thank you letters
     Know how to be acutely aware of your surroundings
               Know how to say no graciously or set other appropriate boundries
                                     Know how to ask for what you want/need
           Know how to sew
Know how to financially take care of yourself
   (Not only earn money, but understand how to use it)
                           Know how to improvise
            Know how to fall in love without losing who you are as an individual
                       Know how to jump a car, change the oil, fix a flat
   Know that you can create the circle of people you want close to you
                                        Know how to accept compliments without undermining them
             Listen and trust your own body signals and inner voice...
                    They somehow, already know the answer!

I haven't quite conquered all of these bad boys yet, but I'm confident that I'm well on my way!

xo
Sam

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Simple Pleasures

A great cup of coffee..
Fresh fruit..
A run with your pooch..
A simple sketch..
Red wine..
White wine..
Cheap wine..
A good laugh with a great friend..
Creating something..
A relaxing bath..
The smell of a brand new candle..
A long hike through the woods..
A swipe of bright fingernail polish..
A handwritten note..
Fresh outdoor air & sunshine..

Just a few things that make me smile! Whenever I'm feeling overwhelmed I like to focus in on something simple and just breathe. We could all stand to enjoy these little things a bit more.

xo
Sam

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Get Inspired!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

A little bit of Wednesday inspiration!




Source: via Samantha on Pinterest

Enjoy & make the day memorable. Do something productive. Do a good deed for someone you don't even know. Eat something delicious. Take in the sunrise, or sunset. Write. Draw. Better yourself. That's what I'll be doing.

xo
Sam

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F the vaca prep - on to the recap!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Oh heyyyy. Remember me? I'm backkk. You may remember me running off and leaving you guys with these 'Vaca Prep' posts (such as here.) You may wonder why I just left off & didn't carry on posting about my 'healthy habits' in my last few days before departure. Long story short - I failed. While I did workout (some) I certainly didn't continue eating super healthy those last few days. Do you know how hard it is to eat healthy when you are trying not to purchase any fresh food before you leave? Uh, hard.

Anyway - here I am, back home in the lovely OC. Oh, and when I say OC - I certainly don't mean 'Orange County'. More like 'Oldham County'... although much to your dismay I'm sure, no, it is not pronounced 'Old-HAM'... more like 'Old-UM'. And yes I've totally thought we Oldhamer's should create a spinoff of Real Housewives of OC. Anyway... we spent today driving home. Once we got home, after our little reunion with Kobe & rat dog, we realized we had zero food. But the absolute last thing I wanted to do after a day of driving 10 hours was to go to the grocery. So we picked up a Papa Murphey's pizza instead - Thai chicken pizza = amazing! And why not carry on those lovely vacation habits for one more night, right? Back on the wagon tomorrow.

So as I was catching up on everyone's blogs - I thought I'd give you guys a little recap! Though this recap is likely not what you are expecting because...

I took literally ZERO pictures this entire trip. We went to Destin, FL for those of you who don't know. Jason's parents have a cute little condo there & we've been quite a few times. So this time, I decided to focus on relaxing & take a break from my picture taking! So here's a little recap for you minus the photos.

Number of hours spent driving to Destin - 10

Number of suitcases packed for 5 people - way more than 5. (Although one did house a margarita machine)

Number of cocktails consumed - too many to count. They included - Irish wakes, kool aid shots, margaritas, black cherry mikes hard lemonade, lemonade & vodka... the list goes on.
however...
Number of hangovers - ZERO! you know you are getting old when this happens!

Number of unneccesary items purchased - 2. Very good. Leopard heels from Target, white linen shorts from Gap outlet.

Number of games played - many. (keep in mind we had our friends & thier 6 year old with us)
- Hula hooping on the beach. And in the condo.
-I Spy. If you don't know this game, ask a 6 year old.
-Bumper cars.
-Go Karts
-Mario Kart (Cart?) I despise video games. 6 year olds do not despise video games.
-Hair fixing. Another game with the 6 year old. Boy did this turn out good.
-31. A card game turned drinking game.
-Kool Aid shots. The game went like this - make a huge container of Kool Aid shots (kool aid & vodka) Drink all of the shots.
-The quite game
-The tanning contest. The 6 year old & I played this game of who could get a better tan. He won. He is guatamalan, though, so I say it was rigged.
(This 6 year old is named Kyle by the way, and he pretty much is an awesome kid)

Number of workouts completed - 4 (better than I expected)

Number of photos taken - zero!

Number of walks on the beach - 2

Days spent people watching on the beach - all of them. Man is that fun.

Sunburns - zero :)

Number of sushi rolls consumed - ummm we sort of went to this sushi buffet recommended by the locals, so alot.

Number of laughs - too many to remember!

All in all, a fantastic trip! If you go to Destin, I can recommend a place to stay & great places to eat & visit so just give me a shout :)

Glad to be back :)

xo
Sam

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