Wednesday, February 25, 2015

How to Get Rid of Winter Blues

I don't know about you, but every year without fail, the winter blues hit me hard.

Snow is rare here, so it seems like everyone is always ill-prepared for it. The roads become dangers from lack of salting, and we all basically have to sit cooped up in our houses. It really makes no sense considering I'm the biggest homebody I know. There's just something about not being able to leave the house that makes me frustrated.

It's not just the snow. Even the colder temperatures get me feeling down. I don't have the same motivation to get up in the morning for work, and I have to fight the urge to constantly lay around doing nothing. I've also been stuck feeling I just can't get warm enough regardless of the amount of layers I have on.

Nothing de-thaws or de-stresses me like a nice relaxing bath. If you know me, you know I love Village Naturals Bath Soak in Aches & Pains Relief. 
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However, I didn't feel like braving Wal-Mart during between snowmageddons. I'm not a glutton for punishment. 

I've been a huge fan of Bath and Body Work's Stress Relief eucalyptus spearmint smoothing body scrub for years, and have been recently using the body cream in the same scent.

I was meeting a couple of people for lunch last week, and had a few minutes, so I swung into BBW where I saw the luxury bath and body wash in the eucalyptus spearmint scent. I asked a clerk the difference between the two. But before she could finish, I knew I was getting both. 



After lunch, I had to wait in line at the supermarket for a half hour because of shabby middle aged woman haggling with a cashier over the price of frozen broccoli florets. (Why???)

Cue relaxation. 



How do you fight the winter blues?

Stay classy,

Jessie

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Valentine's Day 2015

This year, Valentine's Day fell on Saturday. It really messed me up. I kept thinking retailers would be closed, and where was I gonna get a frozen pizza from, and what day is it again?

Micah, per usual, outdid himself.

 


Roses are my favorite flower if you didn't know.


Will you just look like this beautiful china cabinet? I think I'm in love. 

Check out this hardware.
I had originally planned to paint this mammoth, but after painting the dining room, I feel like I may have hit my painting quota. 

Mich also bought me a 39" TV because my Netflix addiction is real. 
Remember my Sperry boots? I've been getting some good use because....

We've been hit with a severe winter storm. The roads are pretty clear, but people in the east Tennessee area lack the skills to drive in any sort of inclement weather. (Including a partly cloudy sky.)



Maggie the magnolia is holding up pretty well.



Our vehicles have been carrying around these baby icicles for a couple of days now. 


I also somewhat hastily took these photos because I was in fear of falling branches. 


I think the dogs might be cold. 

Hope everyone is staying warm.

Stay classy,

Jessie

Friday, February 6, 2015

Trying New Things..

I did a thing...

On a whim....

I bought art supplies...

..to make the art...



If you know me at all, you know my artistic abilities amount to doodles of fat cats with disconnected body parts. This year, I decided to try to let my creative flow, or at least exist. I've been keeping cheap sketch pads at my desk to encourage myself to think creative thoughts. So far, I did a simple Christmas thing.



I'll get there.....

Stay Classy, 

Jessie

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Fitbit Frenzy

Remember when you were a kid and made a Christmas list? I feel that at 21, it's probably a little too narcissistic to make a Christmas list. Even when Micah asks me what I want for Christmas, I shrug, and ramble on about how I don't need anything (truth), and anything is fine (also true, I appreciate everything. Cat cheese spreaders, I think yes.)

But, I usually have an unspoken Christmas list. On that unspoken Christmas list, a Fitbit was on the top of it. My in-laws took all of us to look at Fitbits, and they asked me what I thought. I thought it was for them. :)
Fa la la la la it's Fitbit time
I could write volumes on how much I love my Fitbit, but I'll try contain it to this post.

One of my favorite features on my Fitbit Flex is the ability to track my sleep. It really is amazing how crappy I sleep at night.


I have my daily steps goal set to 10,000, but it makes me so happy when I get in 12k or more. 



Something really great about the Fitbit Flex is that you can order interchangeable bands. There's several affordable options on eBay.



 1. French Bull for Fitbit at Best Buy // 2. My all time favorite band on eBay
3. Cute Floral Print on eBay  // 4. Every band is under $3! on eBay
5. Navy band with peonies on eBay // 6. Pretty purple band on eBay

  

But, more than cute bands, and step goals, I'm starting to think that my Fitbit might be controlling my life. They say that if something is important to you, you'll find a way, and if it's not, you'll find an excuse. I can tell that I've definitely made getting in my daily steps a priority. I've been parking farther away in parking lots. I've been taking stairs. I've been walking way out of my way just to get in some extra steps.

Fitbit offers several challenges you and your friends can participate in. My in-laws and I do the Workweek Hustle which takes place every Monday through Friday. Usually, my father-in-law wins by a landslide. This week has been difficult to say the least. We had a funeral, which put me at only 3,000 for the entire day. I kicked it into overdrive Friday. 

21,194 put me in the lead between the four of us, so I decided to call it a night, and put my phone on charge. (As you can see, after 3 hours on the treadmill, the battery was low.) I decided to crash on the couch, and this happened. 
Cats for days.
So I'm chilling out on the couch, and decide to glance at my phone. Lo and behold, my father-in-law had passed me! With 30 minutes to go before the hustle ended, I kicked into high gear, and ended up with this.



Definitely my best day ever. And......

I won!

Finally

I've never been the competitive type at all. Like ever. But something has definitely gotten into me with these Fitbit challenges.


 David Sedaris wrote an article over on The New Yorker that I think sums up the #fitbitslave mentality. Even after I've reached my daily goal, I feel the need to continue to keep pushing myself harder and harder. This might device may actually be overtaking my life...

Anyway, if you want to be friends on Fitbit, you can find me here

Stay classy,

Jessie

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Dining Room Update #2

One of my goals for this year was to finally paint my dining room. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I actually did it. In January of all things! Below are some progress photos. NOTE: I'm (obviously) not a professional painter.


First, I cut in using Kilz 2 Latex Primer.



Then, I covered the whole wall. (Excuse second wall not covered.)


After two coats, the walls are officially primed. 


Excuse the lack of progress photos for the gray paint. I really wanted to get the painting over and go to bed. I used Pantone's Charcoal Gray.  



I could not take a decent photo to save my life.


I love the way white really contrasts with the gray. 



This excuses me from the rest of my goals, right?


Stay classy,

Jessie