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Blog-It 52 | 05 | My February Goals

1/25/2015



So, how did I do on my January goals? Well, not as well as I would have hoped. I keep telling myself not to beat myself up. Change takes time. The goals I kept were, project 52, blog-it 52, and reading my bible daily. The ones I didn't? A more healthy life style. It is a working progress. It took until the 3rd week to get going on that. So, here are my February goals.

1. Keep up the 3 goals I did well with in January.

2. Exercise 6 days a week. We got our rowing machine this week. So, I am pretty excited to start working out with that. I think 6 days a week is a pretty lofty goal. Going from zero to six days. I wanted to set a hard goal, for me, though. Something that I can feel super proud of myself when I am done.

3. Actually read my January and February book for this year. Yep, behind on that as well.

4. Keep up with my food diary. I seem to work a lot better with the healthy thing if I can do that. So, I plan on doing that every day (including the weekends!! I suck so much at that!)

So, that is my February goals. What are yours?

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Blog-It 52 | 04 | 5 Favorite Phone Apps

1/18/2015




Good morning! I am not a real techy person. I do have a few apps that I visit, play with, and use every day! So, with this blog-it 52 post, I am going to show you those apps. Most, if not all, you probably already know and use yourself. If not, you are welcome! :-) 

1. Timehop

I LOVED this app when I had my iPhone. I loved not having an iPhone better. The only thing I missed, was this app. They didn't have it on the android platform. Then...they did! Let me tell you. For this habitual photo taker, this is a great app. I get to see Bug when he was a tiny guy, every morning. This stinkin' app has actually made me want to have another kid (for a half a second) more than once. Looking at Bug that little will do it to me! 

Description (copied from the store):
(Requires Facebook Login) Timehop helps you celebrate the best moments of the past. It's like #tbt every day! What were you doing a year ago today? Two years? Three years? Timehop brings together your old photos and posts from your Phone, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Foursquare and replays your past a day at a time. You'll quickly fall in love with checking your daily Timehop. Give it a try today!

2. Pinterest
Because...well, duh. I love pinterest. There is a day that goes by that I don't pin something. I use this for my wishlist and my scrapbooking gallery. I've made a many of dinners and deserst from here. I send funny texts to my sis and mom and dirty funny ones too, to my hubby. Love it!!

Description (copied from the store):
Welcome to Pinterest, the world's biggest collection of everybody's favorite things. Join Pinterest to discover ideas for all your projects and interests, hand-picked by people like you. With Pinterest you can: 
• Plan projects—home decor overhauls, car restorations, garden redesigns and other DIY efforts 
• Dream up your next travel outing—outdoor adventures, road trips with friends, family outings and exotic travel 
• Collect your favorite things—illustrations, ideas for tattoos, hilarious quotes, jewelry designs, the latest technology and inspiring art and architecture 
• Save great ideas—articles to read, movies to watch, gifts to buy, art for your home, fashion and beauty how-tos, food and recipes to cook, fitness tips and great hair looks 
• Get organized for a party—wedding decor, birthday themes, dresses for the dinner party and recipes for game day 
Use Pinterest today to discover things you you’re interested in, and let Pinterest inspire you to do those things

3. Castleville

I spend too much of my down-time playing this game! I've spend hours playing it and talk to my sis & mom through this game. I never really get addicted to games. Not much of the "gamer". I do enjoy this game though. If you are looking for a fun game, I suggest this one!

Description:
Build a magical fairy-tale kingdom with this charming fantasy game. Castleville Legends is a Free to Play game where you Explore, Build and Expand your kingdom into the realms of Dragons, Pirates, and Fairies. 
 • Build enchanted workshops, Harvest beautiful crops, Tend cute animals and Craft magical items to earn Gold Coins for your Kingdom 
• Explore the lush fantasy world of the Legendary Lands by pushing back the dreadful Gloom cast by the Dark Wizard 
• Buy and sell goods to other players by sending ships using Sea Trading 
• Save Heroes from their crystallized confinement, and earn new fantastical creatures like Dragons, Unicorns, and Fairies 
• Send your favorite Castleville characters on adventures to Places of Legend 
• Play on your mobile device anywhere, anytime; internet connection is not required

4. YouVersion Bible App
This app is keeping me up on reading my daily bible. It is quite convenient to have the bible with me at all times. You can read just the bible if you so want. I usually go with the devotions. Well, I always go with the devotions.

Description:
(copied from the store. There is much more I didn't copy)

On more than 130 million devices around the world, people are reading, listening to, watching, and sharing the Bible using the #1 rated Bible App—completely free. Hundreds of Bible versions, hundreds of reading plans, and hundreds of languages. Add your own highlights, bookmarks, and public or private notes. Customize your reading experience. Access everything when you’re connected, or download specific versions for offline use. Now, Bible App 5 brings you brand new features that allow you to explore the Bible with your closest friends. Share honest conversations about Scripture with a community of people you know and trust. Learn along with them as you see what they’re discovering.

5. A Beautiful Mess

This app is like the timehop one. (although I didn't miss it as much.) There are other photo editing apps out there. This one is my favorite though. It is super easy to use and gives me the outcome I want, every time. I didn't use it a ton in 2014. I plan on using it a lot more this year. 
A little example of what it can do: 

Description (from the store):
Your life is beautiful. Your photos should be, too. All-new for Android! The photo app from A Beautiful Mess App has been reimagined and rebuilt from the ground-up. The easiest way to make pretty photos and to share them with friends! 
This incredible app includes: 
• High-Resolution Photo Editing & Export 
• Unique, Easy-to-Use Photo Collages 
• Amazing Fonts
• Hand-Drawn Doodles 
• Easy Editing • Bright Colors (including neons!) 
• Simple Sharing on Social Media 

So, there you go. Most, if not all, you already know about and use. However, these are my top 5 apps. My "can't live without" apps. What apps do you use? I would love to know. I am always in the market for new apps. Filled my iPhone up to capacity with apps and photos. Might as well do the same to my Samsung! ;-) 

link me up!

xo, 
La'Shawn

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Blog-It 52 | 03 | What Makes you Feel Beautiful?

1/12/2015



I've spent my life being my own worse enemy. I am never pretty enough, slim enough, relevant enough, or teeth straight enough. It has only gotten worse as I've gotten older. I've been told that you become happy with who you are the older you get. It has been suggested that I have body dismorpic. I wouldn't be surprised if I truly did. So, what makes this self deprecating woman feel beautiful? 

One word, Jeremy. I know there are people out there that say that you shouldn't rely on other people to make you feel beautiful. That really isn't what it is though. Jeremy never lets a day go without telling me that he loves me, that I am beautiful, or chasing me around the house all touchy-touchy. 

Seriously, not a day! I am not going to lie. Sometimes it gets on my bloody nerves! I will push him away. Deep down though I love that he finds me just as beautiful now as when we were 20 years old. In fact, he tells me that I look better now than I did when we 1st met. 

He looks at me like I am stupid whenever I mention something that I think is off or wrong with me. Those things that, probably only my critical eye sees and, point out he says, "so what?!" I love my husband and I love that he thinks I am beautiful and loves my curves. 

Maybe I shouldn't rely on someone else's opinion of me sway the way I think. Negatively or positively. I am beyond thankful for the way Jeremy sees me and that through him, I feel beautiful! 

What makes you feel beautiful? Doesn't have to be a person. I would love to know! Link me up, below. 

march to december


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Blog-It 52 | 02 | Reading List for 2015

1/05/2015



Good morning!! Welcome to week two of Blog-It 52. I know it is only week two, but I hope everyone is holding strong to their resolutions and projects. So far, so good for me! :-) I probably should have mentioned in last week's post about my reading project too. Sheesh! I have a lot to do this year! :-) This is pretty simple though. I am going to read, at least, one book a month. I have January to June already picked out. I will come back here with my review of the book for you all. Like last year, which I didn't complete, I am trying to read some books that are out of my comfort zone....you know, historical fiction. So, here are my 1st six books for 2015. (images are linked so you can check them out yourself!)

1. Borrower of the Night by Elizabeth Peters


2.  My Name is Resolute by Nancy E. Turner



3. The King's Curse by Phillippa Gregory
Yep...this is a historical fiction book. Not only that, but Tudor historical fiction. :-) I gotta read a few that really interest me from the start!



4. The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison


5. The Queen of Tearling by Erika Joansen


 6. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge



So, there you go. There is half of my reading list for 2015. I would LOVE suggestions for the rest of the 6. The reason I only did six to start out with, was due to wanting suggestions and books coming out later in the year. I don't want to base my list just what is out at the start of the year.

They are a bit different than what I normally read. Going with that theme, please send me some suggestions. I will pick and chose from those and add them to my list. I will come back month to month with a review.

xo,
La'Shawn

march to december
  
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Blog-It 52 | 01 | New Year Resolutions

1/01/2015




Happy New Year everyone!! I am pretty excited about a new year being here. My 2014 wasn't a bad one. Wasn't the best either. I had one full year of working 1st shift, having a job, and just being wife and mom. If that was all that happened, that makes my year wonderful! The only bad thing is that I packed on the weight. :-( My PCOS kicked into high gear and all the small things that I did to maintain weight or lose weight, just isn't cutting it. So, I packed on the weight and because I have PCOS, it makes me feel terrible. So, that being said this is my 1st Blog-It 52 post and it falls right into what I am talking about.

Usually I do not make new year resolutions. I do have projects. Some, I have followed through with and some I haven't. I have 4 main goals (resolutions) for this 2015.

1. Get healthy!
I have a set weight goal in mind. I am not going to post it. My main goal is just go get healthy. Live a healthier and more active life. My hubby is buying a workout machine and I am starting Weight Watchers. I just need something, for a bit, to help me learn to eat better. To eat right!! I am sick of being sick. At this point, that goes hand in hand with my weight. I will be using this blog to help hold myself accountable. I am excited!!

2. Read my bible, everyday.
I actually have been reading my bible pretty constantly. However, I want to read it every single day. I am using the Bible.com app. I will be picking study out of that app to read every day. At this point, I don't think I would, truthfully, be able to read the whole bible through in a year. I just want to read it everyday and grow my relationship with God.

3. Blog-It 52!!
Yeah!! You should know about this, by now. If now, you can check it out HERE. At the very least, I will be blogging once a week. I usually get on these blogging kicks and just stop. It shouldn't be hard at all to blog once a week. So, I am doing just that.

4. Project 52 | 2015
So , I had a project in 2014 and failed half way through the year. I really just wasn't interested in what I was taking photos of. 2012 though, I took a photo a week for Bug. Watching him grow up week-to-week. My husband actually asked if I would do that again this year. So, I am! I am excited to do it to. You can keep up with that progress, HERE. If you want to take part, please do! I will be updating my Project 52 link at the top with my photos every week. Then just a blog post a month with all of them.

So, there you go. Blog-It 52's first post & my goals for this year. What are yours?? If you are participating in this project, I would love to see your posts. Link up below. I will leave loving on everyone's!

xo
La'Shawn
march to december
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PCOS & ME | A Hair of a Tale

12/31/2014


Good afternoon. Good last day of 2014! Can you believe it? We will be starting the new year in just hours. New projects. New resolutions. New Year! I hope you are going to partake in Blog It 52 with me! I am looking forward to what everyone has to say in 2015!

I wanted to start a little series on my blog about living with PCOS. What is PCOS? It is Polycystic ovary syndrome. If you want to know more about it, here is a good starting point. I will start a little bit about my journey with PCOS.

I've always had cysts on my ovaries. The first time I went to a gynecologist, I was told that I had the cysts and it might be difficult for me to conceive. I was around 17 years old. "conceiving" was not on my list of concerns. I had difficult periods, but other than that, nada.

Fast forward 14 years, a child, and a lot of little health problems later. I had no problem conceiving my son, btw. I started noticing changes. I was 30. Yes, I thought my body would change. Not this much! I started to feel like I was going through "the change". I will discuss these changes in more details in later posts. One of the 1st things I noticed though, was my hair!

By hair...I mean ALL OVER MY BODY. I have always been a bit on the hairy side. It is magnified by the fact that my hair color is probably about as dark as you can get on a white girl. My hair on my head was falling out though. I was kinda vain about my hair. It was long, thick, and did whatever I wanted. I lost about half of my hair's volume in about a span of 6 months. WHAT THE HECK WAS GOING ON WITH MY HAIR?! I had no idea.

What was not falling out the hair on the rest of my body. I was driving home one day and the sun hit my arm. um...was my hair on my arms, thicker? seriously?! (side story, I shaved my arms when I was about 20. For a guy. Never again!) Then I noticed hair growing elsewhere growing super fast. Then my eyelashes falling out. My eyebrows were growing like weeds and wait...is that a effing CHIN HAIR?! Was I dying?!

Nope. I went to have my normal yearly done. Was told I had PCOS. I remember thinking in my head, "I think I knew that." I took my diagnosis and went on my merry way. It wasn't life threatening. I didn't really care. Then I turned 31 and my already changing body went into changing over drive. I've had to change my diet. That is the main thing to help PCOS. I already started noticing a difference. About a month into it. My hair stopped falling out where I wanted to keep it and growing like a damn weed where I didn't.

Moral of the story, listen to your body. It starts doing crazy stuff....GO TO THE DOCTOR! Also, if you are living with PCOS and your hair has a mind of it's own. You are not alone!!

That is my 1st story of living with PCOS. Do you have PCOS or any other kind of life changing illness/syndrome/whatever? What was the 1st thing that made you sit up and think, "hum?!"


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Gearing up for the New Year!

12/27/2014


Good afternoon!! I hope this finds everyone well. I thought I would come back here and give the people who missed this a chance to read up on it. If you read about it, read it again. :-D Get excited!! The new year is coming and this is a fun and easy project to do. Something to feel proud about by the end of 2015. Read up on it a little bit. I've also given the 1st two month's topics. You know....if you want to pre-post. ;-)

Blog-It 52!! What is blog-it 52? Well, it is a lot like a project 52. A photo a week kind of thing. However, it isn't photos. It is blog posts. I know there has to be bloggers out there, like me who struggles with consistent blog posts. So, for at least one post a week, I got you covered!!

I will post two month's of prompts at a time. That way, you can blog ahead if you want. Every week, whatever day you want, take that prompt and blog about it. I would love if you came back here & linked up with everyone else. You don't have to though. There are NO RULES with this project. I just want to help other people blog. So, without further adieu, here is the 1st two month's prompts.


I am really looking forward to this!! They are all simple prompts. Nothing that you are really going to have to wrack your brain with. Just fun, light, and easy blog posts. If you forget what to blog about or want to go back and look at past posts, you can do so HERE. If this is successful, we will do it again in 2016 and posts picked out by not only me, but you.

There you go. Get your blogging brains ready & brush up those blogs. In just a few short weeks ( can you believe the year is over in less than 2 months?!) we will get our blogging on!! If you happen to want to put this button with your posts, or on your blog, have at it! (This is a no rules project though...so, not required!)

march to december


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