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I Have An Addiction.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

I finally got a good night's rest last night and feel so much better this morning than I have the last few nights. I think I couldn't sleep well the last few nights because I've been pretty stressed about finding a good orthodontist who will address the issues my son has with tongue thrusting. It's been a frustrating experience, but I think we may have a winner now, so we're following through with his spacers and then a few days later his braces next week.

I have become an addict lately and the addiction is .........................................


emoticon (Okay this isn't technically make-up, but it's the closest I could find). The Dollar Tree is feeding my addiction with it's enticing $1 make-up by name brand companies such as Revlon, L'Oreal, Maybelline, Sally Hansen, etc. I don't feel too bad because when I bought some cuter than cute nail polish yesterday that my daughter picked out, the cashier told me she had over 100 bottles of nail polish and she was still buying it. No, I'm no-where near that addicted, besides I could find something nicer to spend $100 on than nail polish.

My daughter doesn't wear make-up because she is too young in my opinion, but she's loving the sparkly pink lip gloss and nail polish (she got her first pedicure and manicure with her cousin when my mother kept them for a week at Myrtle Beach) so of course I have to find an economical way for her to have cute nails for the summer. :-) I saw tutorials on You Tube on how to do your nails the way they do at nail salons, so I'm going to give it a try. I'm not a person who is crafty nor do I have any artistic ability whatsoever, but I think the tutorials look pretty easy and are something I can attempt to try.

It's nice mother/daughter time as well so it's going to be fun to do girly things together like that. My daughter is a lot like me in that she doesn't like garish or shocking colors so of course we went with pinks and colors like that although I tried to get her to try the "crazy" colored nail polishes such as the metallic greens, etc. but she gave it a "no way mom" look. I told her she was young and could get away with those looks, but she's too subdued (like me, who it took all the courage I had to get highlights a few months ago, LOL).

The Dollar Tree even has those cool art deco nail polishes with the skinny brush so you can paint on designs on top of your nail polish like they do in the nail salons, so maybe eventually my daughter can do mine as well. :-)

I hate to see when I actually get near my goal weight because if I become this addicted to make-up, can you imagine what will happen when I can fit into cute clothes too?

I'm a very frugal person which I'm sure you realize if you read any of my boring blogs and I'm always looking for a way to save money on quality items. I love Liz Claiborne and other name brand clothes, and have been lucky to find a lot of them at yard sales and thrift stores so I'm not worried about going broke, just worried about not having any room to store them all!!

It's nice though to actually care about my appearance again. I don't think I've really focused on it this much since I was a teenager so I'm having a lot of fun and my husband is noticing it as well and loves that I'm not ignoring myself anymore. I'm happy that I'm not spending mega amounts of money in the process, and kinda mad at myself for taking this long to take time for myself, but it's my fault only. I guess a lot of us wives and mothers do that, always put ourselves at the bottom of the stack and put our energy into taking care of other's needs and wants.

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KISSFAN1 7/30/2010 10:49AM

    Ceegie - I think I'm addicted to bargains too although I try to buy bargains that I will or my family will actually use. :-) I get that same high you mentioned when there is something that I've been wanting (or someone in my family has been wanting or needing) and I find it at a great price or I get it for free (with coupons).

Who wants to pay full price? Not me! :-)

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CEEGIE 7/29/2010 3:51PM

    I must be addicted to shopping for bargains. I actually get a rush when I find a super deal on quality merchandise. It feels like a great accomplishment to score an outrageous bargain. Had fun reading your blog. Keep up your diligent work, both bargain hunting and SPing!

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KISSFAN1 7/29/2010 9:43AM

    Irishgirl - Thanks, it's so much fun to get nice things at bargain prices. :-)

Armygirl - You sound like someone I would have fun with shopping together, too bad we don't live in the same area! :-) I'm impressed with anyone who can cut their own hair. I would be afraid to cut my own bangs if I had them.

I'm afraid I'm far from being one to make a business with make-up, I probably look like a clown figuring all this eye make-up out, LOL.

I never used it (eye make-up) growing up so learning how to apply it correctly and be creative as well. I actually bought black eye shadow the other day which is shocking for me since I am very fair, but saw a cool tutorial on how to get a smoky look with that color. Hopefully I won't look like someone punched me in the eye when I try it!

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ARMYGIRL1968 7/29/2010 9:17AM

    Good for you!
You can be frugal and still look good. I am walking proof of that! My husband loves my new body, but makes these faces when I show up with a few bags of nice clothes. I reassure him that they were either Target or on sale at Kohl's or wherever. I also ask my friends and family to give gift cards to my favorite stores for Christmas and birthdays. I also love getting gift certificates for manicures and pedicures. I usually cut my own hair and do my own nails, but it is a treat to go those things done professionally.
Maybe you should get a career in make-up. Department store, Avon, Mary Kay or a make-up artist working at home!
I think you would be great at it! Making money at doing something you love is a total dream! My husband and I do wood crafts and painting, but only as a part-time hobby.

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IRISHGIRL74 7/29/2010 8:49AM

    That's great that you are finding more economical way to treat yourself and your daughter! Keep up the good work!

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KISSFAN1 7/29/2010 8:35AM

    Oh my gosh, I couldn't survive on liquids only either. I'm a big crunchy eater (love things that crunch) so liquids only diet would be a nightmare!

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J2740LOU 7/29/2010 8:27AM

    I guess I'm addicted to chewing.......I need a salad a day; a big salad, and a hard pretzel as a treat/snack in the evening. I could never survive only on a liquid diet plan.

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Hit Another Plateau. :-(

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

It rained this morning and right now (late in the afternoon) it is thundering again so I'm sure we're getting more rain which is a good thing.

The kids had a wonderful time at the library yesterday. Of course they had games, snacks, prizes (my daughter won the prize for her group) and they got to all play a little Guitar Hero on the Wii before we left.

My local thrift store had 50% off all their clothes and shoes today, but I didn't get lucky finding myself any clothes at all. My daughter got yet another pair of brand new pants with the tags on them for around $1.75 and that's all we found there today. I refuse to pay a lot for clothes for me right now until I get down to my goal weight or at least near it.

I think I'm stuck in a plateau again and I'm sure it's because I haven't been exercising like I should since we have been going non-stop with different orthodontist appointments and other things going on that have kept us busy.

I haven't strayed anywhere near the top of my suggested calorie intake, so that's not the issue at all. I'm no longer on my period so I should see weight loss now, not the same weight I've been for a while.

We don't have many errands to run tomorrow since we did so many today, so I plan to exercise for sure.

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KISSFAN1 8/3/2010 7:39AM

    SPMOM - Thanks so much!

Suzy - I think I have finally moved past the plateau since my weight finally went down, but who knows, I may be back in another one. Hopefully not. I hope yours has passed as well.

I bet you had fun shopping for Daniel. I bought so many notebooks one year when they were around 5 cents or so that I don't think we'll have to buy any for the rest of our home schooling years, LOL.

I did the same thing with pencils, etc. when they marked them down to super low after public school had been in session for awhile and the stores wanted to get rid of the excess.

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SUZYMARC 7/30/2010 8:08PM

    Join the club on the plateau range! I am not sweating it and am staying consistent with my own exercise. For me it I think I need to play with my exercise routine and calorie intake. Since I do so much I may actually be eating too little.

I just did school supply shopping for Daniel and some school clothing shopping so that's done. I went for sale items, but can never find the deals you do. Oh, well something to aim for.

Don't get discouraged just keep moving forward. You will break the plateau too. I plan on doing some more SparkPeople article reading to find other ways to get the old body moving in a positive downward mode.

Keep on smiling Girlfriend. emoticon

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SPMOM2 7/28/2010 10:13PM

    just keep doing what you are doing you will break through the plateau.

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Bathing Suit Too Big But Had Fun Swimming.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

We had a great time at the pool yesterday although it was so hot that the water was very warm, so not quite refreshing but fun regardless.

I didn't realize until I got wet that my bathing suit is really baggy on me. I was afraid I was going to "flash" people because I was constantly adjusting it everytime I got out of the pool after going down the slide or jumping off the diving board. It was very baggy in the front as well as other areas that I hadn't noticed when I tried it on the other day, but being in the water really showed how loose it was.

I commented about it to my friend (the same friend who has not mentioned one word about me losing weight) and she told me it wasn't noticeable, but trust me, it was very noticeable because even my son commented on it. I knew it was not tight on me when I tried it on the other day and didn't fit close like it used to, but didn't expect it to be that loose in the water.

I really don't want to purchase another bathing suit yet because I have another one that was worn when I was at my lowest weight (129) and while I can get it on now, it's not very comfortable so I may be stuck with "baggy" versus "tighty", LOL. The older one is two sizes smaller than the one I wore yesterday so it may be a while before I can fit in it.

Bathing suits are so expensive and I hate to buy one just for this summer if I'm fitting into my older bathing suit next summer, so I'll maybe wear a shirt over it or something to avoid indecent exposure. :-)

I know we got a good bit of exercise yesterday because it was a constant climbing up the steps to the top of the slide, swimming to get out and over and over again so it felt great. I was so exhausted when we got back home and fell asleep pretty fast, but unfortunately woke up in the middle of the night and have been up ever since. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!

The kids have a party to go to today at our local library that is in honor of the end of the summer reading. The kids are excited because they get to play Guitar Hero, Wii Sports, etc. as well as other fun things the library has planned.

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KISSFAN1 7/28/2010 6:39PM

    I know I should be happy that my bathing suit is big (and in some ways I am) but not happy in another way because they are so expensive and since I have a hard time finding one to fit me and usually they end up being around $40-$50 I'm not wanting to buy another one only to find out it's also too big later.

I've never heard of the shoe lace trick, I'll have to do a search online to see how you do that, LOL. My biggest issue is in the front (middle) that is very baggy so it makes the rest of the suit at the top come down more than it used to.

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THEBATGIRL 7/28/2010 2:13PM

    Bathing suit toooooo big? Not such a bad problem to have as long as you are careful:)! Remember the old shoe lace around the shoulder straps trick?.... that takes me back...

boo hoo on the friend that hasn't noticed yet. She will one day:)

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Bills, Bills, Bills!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

I just heard on the morning news that it was 101 degrees yesterday, so I think today is going to be challenging to deal with being outside even though we are supposed to go swimming with friends at a local pool. This seems to be one of the hottest summers we've had in a long time and our air conditioning system is either rebelling or just simply is failing. We were warned it would happen after we got it serviced due to the age as well as the coolant keeps leaking.

I hate when multiple things go wrong at around the same time. We just replaced our washer/dryer, have braces coming up, just bought our home school curriculum and probably will have to buy more, and we really don't need yet another expensive bill demanding our hard earned money, LOL. I know we'll probably have to replace it this year since it's probably very inefficient and costing us more because of that, but I'm praying it will hang on until we get past some of these other bills.

I had to run to Wal-Mart yesterday and saved around $15 with coupons. I did some price matching on the grapes I bought (Wal-Mart will price-match local competitor's ads) so saved additional money that way.

I also got a free container of new Gain dish detergent that they were handing out along with a coupon for a future purchase. I grabbed a few snacks to take with us today to the pool to save some money since I know my oldest especially will be moaning and groaning if I don't bring something "new", LOL.

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CEEGIE 7/29/2010 3:55PM

    I could have written this blog. When it rains it pours, doesn't it?! Sometimes it seems like it just won't stop. I used to coupon when I lived in the L.A. area, but now in Nor. Cal. it isn't as prevalent. I am not aware of any stores that double your coupon and stuff like that. But I need to shave a significant amount off of my monthly grocery bill, so I think I better start. Any advice?

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KISSFAN1 7/27/2010 5:22AM

    Thanks everyone, it does seem like it all happens around the same time which is the frustrating part.

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    It all comes at once, doesn't it? Hang in there! Hope you had a good time at the pool!

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LYNNDE 7/26/2010 9:31AM

    I hear you...{{{hugs}}}

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IRISHGIRL74 7/26/2010 9:16AM

    Boy, I do hear ya. I'm trying to conserve on the energy too, but I"m still dreading the bill. Plus, we're trying to prioritize things so we have enough to pay for everything. Stay cool!

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JRDIAMOND4 7/26/2010 8:32AM

    I know how you feel about the everything coming at once. In January of this year, our truck broke down, then my DH2's. We were so thankful the mechanic worked with us and allowed us to break the payments up.

My daughter is trying to teach me to coupon. She is saving 50 to 75% on groceries. She has started buying all her personal care items at our local pharmacy CVS and it saving almost 95%. She homeschools too. So this helps in the purchase of the curriculum.

Have fun at the pool. Sounds like a good time.


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Have To Wear the Bathing Suit, Yikes!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

I feel like a brand new woman after a great night's sleep (finally). Yesterday had me so exhausted not only from the heat and high humidity (it was close to 100 degrees) but of course those female issues that exhaust you add to it.

A group of friends and their kids plan to go swimming at a public pool near me tomorrow if it doesn't rain. To prepare I tried on my bathing suit to make sure it still fit me. It does fit which is a relief in a way because I paid a lot of money for it, but it sure doesn't fit as closely as it used to which is wonderful since even with a bathing suit I can tell my body has changed since losing weight.

There's no chance of my bathing suit coming off, but the shorts I used to wear over it (I have serious saddlebag issues that I'm hoping will be the next area I start to lose as well as my tummy.) fell off me, so they were added to the bags of too baggy clothes that I took to Good Will yesterday.

I went through my closet again and got rid of more items that were too big, out-of-style, or just not very flattering. I deserve clothing that looks flattering to me and since we don't have a huge house, I also have to be picky about what I keep due to storage issues.

I always feel so "naked" in a bathing suit, no matter what my weight, but of course I feel better about it if I'm not looking like a beached whale, LOL. I'm so fair-complected and that on top of spider veins which show up big time on fair skin as well as being blindingly white that I probably reflect the sun and blind people, it's never something I'm comfortable with wearing in public.

My husband keeps encouraging me to look into spider vein removal, but I'm still holding off because I'm sure it's expensive and we have so many bills coming up including potential braces for my son as well as perhaps a new air conditioning unit.

I may do it eventually but I'm always one of those people who has to do research and get a lot of information on something before I make a decision. I hate walking into something completely clueless.

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KISSFAN1 7/26/2010 6:34AM

    Caroline - Thanks for your comments. I have no desire to put on a bathing suit either even though I've lost around 25 pounds so far. I know I have to look better in one than I used to, but it doesn't mean I look good in one, LOL.

I told my husband that I wanted to continue losing weight before I went through with the spider vein removal. That also gives me time to save money as well as do some research. :-) I know there are so many things I would have done if they weren't painful and expensive. No amount of weight loss is going to make me happy with my body, but I am thankful to look better due to that weight loss as well as be healthier.

You should do the same and make it a reward for getting to your goal weight. :-)

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    Congrats on the bathing suit!! You are doing great!

I haven't had to put on a suit yet this summer--and have no plans to do so. Thankfully, I can drop my kids off at the park district pool now. However, next summer, David's annual management meeting is going to be in Florida with families invited. That means bathing suit time--and having to be in front of really skinny executive wives. Guess that needs to be my new goal.

As for spider veins, maybe you can make that a reward for hitting your final goal. If I ever (and this is doubtful) make it down to my final goal weight, I'm going to have the furrows in my forehead filled in. I can't believe that is what I want. I've always been anti-cosmetic surgery. But I hate those furrows (especially the two deep vertical ones). They make me look mad even when I'm happy!

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