Start of Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred Challenge!

I am starting a new fitness challenge. It’s an old one, as the video was released in 2008. But, the reviews on Amazon are very promising!

I have used this video in the past, but not consistently. Now, I plan to take the 30 day challenge and see what results I get.

Now, I do plan to alter it a little. I’m not going to exercise on Sundays, so the plan will take me a little longer. My start date was yesterday, May 10, and the end date is June 13.

In addition, I am not going to eat any sweets (with the one exception being Mother’s day).

I think this is very doable -it’s only 20 minutes of exercise a day. I am excited to see how this turns out!

Here are my before pictures:

Here are my measurements:

  • Weight: 144.4 lbs
  • Jeans Size: 6
  • Arms: 12″
  • Waist: 30.25″
  • Stomach: 34.75″
  • Hips: 39.5″
  • Thighs: 24″

I will show updates on day 10, day 20, and finally day 30. Wish me luck!

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Birthday Freebies

One of my favorite things to do is get birthday gifts from Sephora and Panera. Obviously spending time with friends and family is the best, but a few gifts never hurt, right? 😉

From Sephora, I got a skincare set. It includes a jelly cleanser and a polypeptide cream from Drunk Elephant. It’s perfect for travel! (Last year, I got a bite beauty lipstick kit.)

I also got a free pastry from Panera Bread. I chose a cheese filled brittany. It was delicious! If you would like to sign up for a birthday gift -as well as a free pastry welcome gift -you can sign up here.


Disclaimer: I am not receiving any compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.

Our New Garden!

I have decided to make my blog a personal blog instead of a beauty/fashion blog. 🙂

So, for my first personal post, I figured I would share our new garden.

Ben decided to build me a raised garden bed for my birthday! He made the planter box from scratch. He used cedar wood, as it is weather resistant.

Since the growing season in North Dakota is short, we decided to go with starter plants, instead of growing from seeds.

In our garden we have marigolds, strawberries, chives, basil, bell peppers and tomatoes. Chives are my favorite herb.

I’m excited for the produce this summer! Ben has the green thumb, but I will help weed and harvest. 😉

No-Makeup Makeup

I can’t believe it’s already May! My birthday is right around the corner, and I can’t wait to celebrate another trip around the sun. Stay tuned for my birthday gift from Sephora and Panera. 🙂

Today I wanted to share two of my new finds for a nice, natural make up look. Sometimes, it’s nice to look effortless, but still put together. One is a delightful lip balm from Neutrogena and a quad eyeshadow palette from Covergirl. As you can tell, they have already been very loved.

I got the Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Sweet Watermelon. It is a dupe for the Clinique Chubby stick, which I adore. This, however, has a much better price point – I got it for $7.47 at Walmart. It is made with mango butter and shea butter, and is very moisturizing. It has the perfect amount color. It lasts for five hours, unless I choose to eat something, which is typical for lip balm crayons.

I got the Covergirl Eye Enhancers Eyeshadow Quad in Country Woods. This little gem cost me $4.68 at Walmart. It is the perfect wash of color for my pale skin -great for that no makeup look. It is buildable, and the eyeshadow lasts all day without eyeshadow primer.


 

Makeup Worn:

  • Loreal Infallible 24 Hour Fresh Wear in Shade 415.
  • Covergirl Eye Enhancers Eyeshadow Quad in Country Woods
  • Nars Blush in Orgasm
  • Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Sweet Watermelon
  • Maybelline Stiletto Mascara
  • Sephora Collection Eyeliner in Suntan


Disclaimer: I bought all products myself and am not receiving any form of compenation for this blog post. All opinions are my own.


 

Empties: Whole Blends Honey Treasures Shampoo & Conditioner.

Whole Blends Honey Treasures

I tried a new shampoo and conditioner set: Whole Blends Honey Treasures by Garnier. I loved it! To start with, the smell is heavenly. I feel like I’m drenched in honey and cream, but in a good way. I love the lather of the shampoo, and the slip of the conditioner. My hair looks soft, healthy and shiny after use.

When I went into my hair stylist, she told me that my hair was super healthy! In the past, I have used a variety of shampoos, from Herbal Essence to Matrix, and this is by far my favorite.

Since I liked the Whole Blends Honey Treasures shampoo and conditioner, I decided to try the Whole Blends Smoothing Shampoo with Cocoa Butter and Coconut Oil. So far, I still like the Honey Treasures shampoo better. That said, I will give you an update once I finish the bottles, like I did with this one.

(This post is not sponsored and I purchased the products myself. All opinions are my own.)

Meet an Indie Beauty Company: ReeRee’s Bath Bombs

1) What inspired you to start a bath bomb business?

I love taking baths and I love using bath bombs. I have bought a ridiculous number of bath bombs and have enjoyed every single one of them. One day, one of my youtube channels gave a tutorial for making homemade bath bombs. I used that recipe, tweaking it along the way, to make bath bombs for Christmas presents and for Easter baskets. My family and friends loved them. I then decided that since I enjoy it so much, I would start to sell them. Now my hobby has grown into a business I love.
2) What is your favorite part of creating bath bombs?
My favorite part is designing the look and smell of each bath bomb. I have several themed bath bombs, including Unicorn and Mermaid Tail. Coming up with the concept and then making it is so much fun!
3) Why do you think self care and pampering is important?
I believe self care is vital for mental and emotional well-being. We constantly have to give of ourselves: to our job, to our family, to our chores, and so on. However, people are like wells. You can give of yourself only so much before you run dry. That is where self care comes in. Self care and pampering refill your well. Bath bombs and shower steamers are a simple and easy way to take time for yourself and refill your well.

Feel Free to Contact Heather for more information on how to purchase!

Hello Again!

 

Hello, everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve written. So, I thought I would give you a quick catch up on my life recently.

Here are some of the things I have been up to:

  • Visiting Teddy Roosevelt’s house in Medora
  • Coloring and cuddles with Cecilia
  • Chalk painting a rock display box
  • Reading my new book, Tranquility Du Jour Anthology by Kimberly Wilson
  • Adding new rocks to my collection
  • Attending a chocolate exhibit at the North Dakota Heritage Center
  • Stopping by the Mandan Kite Festival
  • Visiting Buckstop Junction —Historic buildings were moved to a piece of private property, creating a ghost town that never existed!
    • The Foley House circa 1907
    • Bethel Lutheran Church circa 1915
    • Yagen General Store circa 1877
  • Enjoying all of the lilac and lavender blooming in Bismarck
  • Jumping in the Tardis at the Fargo-Moorhead Comicon
  • Getting a caricature drawn of Ben and me at iMagicon
  • Raising money for the Abused Adult Resource Center at iMagicon
  • Creating collages
  • Starting an art journal 100 day project and playing with washi tape

I have some fun posts coming up!

xo Dana Maye