Wednesday, April 9, 2014

What's In My Purse

Recently I was invited to partake in a fun blog series called "What's in My Purse" by my friend Allison of A Glimpse Inside Blog. In case you missed it, you can now see the post here!

I am a wife, fur mama to 1 pup and 2 kitties, lover of college sports, and runner. I enjoy being physically active, lead a busy life, work 3 jobs, and am always trying to improve myself. I love to learn and am always looking for ways to enrich my life through new experiences.

I am excited to be sharing my messy purse with you today and really appreciate Allison inviting me to partake in such a fun blog series! Purses are typically so private. Nobody wants to go in somebody else's purse---> even a close friend's or family member's so this was particularly fun to write!

First, I carry quite a large bag. I am a Thirty-One consultant on the side and have a bazillion bags. The Cindy Tote is my go-to-every day work bag and I love that it holds so much and has pockets for little things and medium sized things like my check book. As you will see when I dump out my purse, I carry a lot around with me on a daily basis.
Complete with a lobster hairclip on the strap, my swiss dot Cindy Tote is ready to GO!
 I typically have my planner, iPad, iPad charger, notebook, pens, pens, and more pens, as well as other things stuffed in this bag! It is a wonder my shoulder doesn't fall off!

I really try hard to be organized. Sometimes I think I try too hard because I have so much with me at any given moment that is is very difficult to find what I am looking for swiftly.
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1. This pouch carries iPad or iPhone chargers, hand sanitizer, lip gloss, parking validations for the parking garage at work, hair pins, and sun tan lotion. The sun tan lotion is leftover from the summer. I should probably clean that out. hmmm.
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2. This pouch holds all my pens. I like pens and prefer to have them in many colors so I can write with whatever color strikes my fancy. I also carry highlighters with me. There are also a couple of Avon Glitterstick eyeliners in this bag as I forgot to take them out after receiving them. I tend to put things places; again thinking that I am organized, and then forget about them. 
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3. The Fold & Go Organizer has made my life so much easier. Inside, you will find a notepad that holds our weekly grocery lists, pockets full of coupons, and a zipper pouch filled with pens. I'm telling you, I really like pens apparently! Ha! I carry this with me everywhere. I never know when I am going to have some extra time to swing by the store and grab something on our grocery list. I also try to keep sale ads or other important money saving materials such as coupons in this organizer. It is all in one place and keeps me from going crazy trying to find coupons while in the middle of the check out line at the grocery.
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4. My wallet. Nothing exciting. I never carry cash. I go through it waaayyyy toooooo fast. AND I do not remember what I spend cash on. I of course have my debit card, credit cards, loyalty/reward program cards, and business cards in this wallet. It really does hold a lot and often times I feel like it is a filing cabinet because I tend to hold on to receipts. I am trying not to keep receipts as long as I have in the past. When I can, I request an email or text message receipt to eliminate so much paper. 
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5. I used to be a shop-a-holic which made this check book cover fitting. I have always liked it and thought it was cute. Ever since I married a CPA, I haven't really been the shop-a-holic type. We are on a budget trying to pay off my student loans and credit card debt. We are hoping to be debt free in the next year or so and that would be such an accomplishment!
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6. This white envelope is pretty special! It holds my airplane ticket and trip itinerary for Paris. My grandma and I are visiting Paris for a week and we leave on FRIDAY! I am so excited!
These are probably a couple of my favorite items in my LIFE right now. 
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A. My iPad is just fantastic. I love having it with me so that I can check email, blog, surf the web, engage in conversation over various social media channels, or google something. It really is a great tool to have on you at any given moment. 
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B. Erin Condren Planner. Need I say more? I adore this planner. If anything keeps me organized, it is this beast of a planner. I keep a lot of things documented in this planner. For example, the contents of my planner could range from my full-time job work schedule, Thirty-One parties, blog posts, fitness activities, and even meals to upcoming appointments, date night ideas, and birthday reminders. The Erin Condren planner is worth every penny.
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C. As much as I love pens, I love this notebook by Cambridge Limited. The pages are all marked with a "To Do" section and I enjoy checking things off my list each day. It makes me feel productive!
D. I always carry a hostess packet along with me wherever I go. You never know when you may run in to someone who loves Thirty-One and wants to earn FREE products! 
Just for fun, I thought I would show you inside my zipper pouch. Pens, highlighters, Avon Glittersticks eyeliner, and 2 containers of Advil. Apparently I am afraid I will get a headache and not have Advil handy. Ha! That is funny! Perhaps I should get it together! 
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Thanks for having fun with me today! I hope you enjoyed taking a little peak at my life through the contents in my purse! A little sneak peak into my purse probably revealed that I am far from as organized as I front and that I may be even a bit scatterbrained. I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at my handbag which also gives you an idea of the fast-moving, busy life I lead.

I would love to see what's in YOUR purse! What do you carry around with you every day?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Sick & Tired.

Back to regular scheduled programming soon enough. I went to Paris for Spring Break and had a wonderful time. While away, I reflected on how privileged I am to have even had the opportunity to travel abroad for a week. It was quite magical and such an amazing experience. I told D before I left for Paris that by going abroad I was going to get the itch to travel more often. This could not be more true. I came home with a greater appreciation for Paris and French culture and want to continue to learn more about other cultures. Traveling abroad challenges me to step outside my comfort zone and I end up growing beyond my wildest dreams.

I plan to write several posts on my Paris excursions but first I am on the mend. I felt great, although tired, the first couple of days back in the states but now I have caught a virus. I have a sore, scratchy throat, headache, and stuffy nose. I hope that these symptoms will pass soon enough so I can get back to my regular schedule.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

currently + a giveaway

what I'm doing: sitting on the couch. contemplating giving up using capital letters out of pure laziness. thinking about how on earth is it almost 8pm?

Reading: I tend to read more than one book at a time and turn to whatever suits my fancy in the moment. Currently I am reading the Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer. Dark. Crazy. Sad. Unreal how politics can turn ugly with a splash of influence.

Watching: The Philadelphia 76ers play the Indiana Pacers. I have always enjoyed basketball and do so even more so now that Dave and I go to the 76ers games every now and then. The other night we went to the game and sat in the front row, on the actual basketball court. It was so much fun.
Being silly at the Sixers game
On my mind: Work. Thirty-One. Paris. Running. My weight. My long list of to-dos. Feels like everything is on my mind...
SHOP the Flash Sale

Looking forward to: Paris in a couple of weeks! I am so excited to be visiting Paris for a week! I feel so lucky and blessed to have the opportunity to go to Europe with my grandma. We are bound to have a fantastic time.

Hosting: An amazing giveaway! My friend Rebecca from The Roo Pouch has partnered with me to give one lucky Hiya Luv reader one of her newest handmade items; a handmade leather key chain. I just adore my handmade one of a kind canvas and my leather heart Hiya Luv key chain. Check out the giveaway and win something for yourself!
Personalized Key Chain from the Roo Pouch


Friday, March 14, 2014

OOAK Art by the Roo Pouch + a giveaway

Friends! I have a treat for you today! My dear friend Rebecca, handmade shop owner of The Roo Pouch has generously agreed to team up with me to offer a lucky Hiya Luv reader one of her newest creations! I have always been in awe of Rebecca's creativity and crafty talents and am so pleased that she is taking time out of her busy schedule to spend some time with the Hiya Luv community! I of course asked Rebecca to introduce herself and share a little bit about her with us!

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Well hello! My name is Rebecca  - Mother to Joey (3) and Emil (2), and Wife to Joe, a Philosophy PhD student at Purdue. Each day a new adventure awaits, but not without coffee first, lots and lots of coffee :) 
 
Rebecca, handmade shop owner of the Roo Pouch

Words are powerful. Ive always been inspired and motivated by quotes, both in times of victory, as well as during more challenging times. 

One of a kind canvases by the Roo Pouch
My mixed media canvases share a message of inspiration, joy, or welcome a new loved one. Each piece is unique and completely handmade. 

You Are Loved Canvas by the Roo Pouch, $5
 I recently decided to dive into the world of stamping and I am loving this new challenge! 

Personalized leather heart key chain by the Roo Pouch, $15
Currently, I'm stamping pre-cut leather heart shapes, and preparing them as key fobs. I made one with each of my sons' initials and each time I see it I get a huge smile. My role as a Mother and Wife create many daily moments of pride, but to be able to look around my home and say "I made that", or to prepare something to ship to a customer, fills me with an immense amount of pride. 

I am honored to share my small shop with you, perhaps you might find some handmade cheer to brighten your soul. Finally, a huge thanks to my dear friend Regina for her continued love and support, xo.
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Isn't Rebecca lovely? She is truly very talented. I have one of her canvases hanging in my office and it is a constant reminder to try to be the best self that I can be. When I am having a bad day, I look up and it makes me smile. When I am having a good day, I look up and it makes me smile. It is always a great reminder to work hard, be kind, and be the best self everyday.

Rebecca always inspires me with her creativity and ability to think outside the box. I look forward to seeing her new products and she continues to raise the bar! When she first posted the leather personalized key chain, I had to write to her and let her know that I wanted one specifically with Hiya Luv on it! She sent me one and it is gorgeous! I promptly put it on my key ring and have been so happy with it! Do you want one?! Rebecca has teamed up with me to offer one lucky Hiya Luv reader a heart shaped leather personalized key chain or a key fob personalized leather key chain! So exciting!
WIN YOUR OWN PERSONALIZED KEY CHAIN from the Roo Pouch!
Can't wait?! Rebecca is offering 15% off your purchase from NOW until TUESDAY with code LUCKY15
Visit the Roo Pouch NOW!

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Hiya Luv's New Look + What I Wore

I recently realized that it has been quite some time since I invested in the appearance of my blog. I tried over and over to design a new look that would be clean and professional. After hours of watching youtube video tutorials, reading html articles, and messing around with picmonkey to not get anywhere I wanted to be, I finally hired a professional to recreate and redesign my blog. Jane from Poppiness Designs did a lovely job, don't you think?

While brainstorming, doodling, and generating ideas for what I wanted Hiya Luv to look like, I was also working on my self confidence. It has been quite some time since I have felt comfortable in my skin with my weight and appearance. My mom once told me that "weight is something that I will battle my entire life." She could not have been more right.

After gaining a great amount of weight in 2010 because of a stressful job, I joined Weight Watchers and over a year I lost just shy of 30 pounds. Now, happily married and loving my job, I have gained a big portion of that back.

Most people say they can't tell, but I can. I can tell in my face and in the way that my clothes fit me or don't fit me for that matter. I dread the summer months coming because I fear that my weight is going to challenge me in how I feel about myself.
Black Top by Love & Haight :: Red Velvet Pants by Lauren Conrad :: Boots by Dana Buchman :: Leopard Belt from Kohl's
A coworker has helped me get more comfortable with my body and how I look in my clothes by encouraging me to take photos and blog with them. Whether I am wearing an adorable sweater, a cozy warm coat, or breaking in new running shoes, I am starting to feel content with the weight I am at and not fret about the scale. Granted, this is easier said than done, but I am making baby steps.

Photo Credit: Caress McKenzie

 

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Getting Motivated + What I Wore

Every winter I go through a phase of sluggishness. I find myself wanting to hibernate, sleep, and be a couch potato and not do anything productive. Ok, may be that is not entirely true. I do the minimum--clean the house, grocery shop, and put the laundry away after my husband washes and folds everything; but I don't do anything real productive. I guess maybe I am so productive throughout the rest of the year that I need a break when it is cold and gloomy outside?

On this particular Saturday, I woke up early. Made D breakfast before he left for work and promptly began cleaning the house. After doing a few things around the house, I put on my running clothes and went for a 3 mile run. Oh it felt marvelous! Refreshing. Motivating!! As I ran I vowed to do it more often. I told myself that I needed to get into gear and start being productive again. The spring will be here soon and I have nothing to show for my winter!

Perhaps I am being vain but in 6 weeks I will be traveling to Paris. I can. not. wait. to visit Paris! I plan to take lots of pictures and I want to look like I was productive all winter; not a slug on the couch!

I am really looking forward to Paris and can't wait to wear some new clothes that I have been accumulating over the past couple of months. New clothes tend to motivate me and get me excited for an upcoming trip (in this case Paris), or a new season. While preparing to pack for Paris, I began looking for warm items that I could layer. I love this new jumper by Joules Clothing! Soft and comfortable while being trendy and unique, this sweater makes me feel fun and fancy-free on cold, gloomy days.

I picked this sweater because of the pup. I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve, but in this particular case, I am wearing my heart on my chest. I love pups; especially my own and although Polo does not have a trace of dark fur, this pup reminded me of my sweet Polo. I received so many compliments on this sweater when I wore it to work that I was quite pleased.
 What I wore: Baxter Sweater by Joules :: Button up blouse by American Eagle Outfitters :: 
Black slacks by New York & Company :: Black boots by Dana Buchman

What motivates you in the cold winter months?
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