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No Wifi :(

I have no Internet at my house currently so no WIAW post today. I am literally typing this in my 5 minute break at work. So instead I give you three things I am loving now……..

Dill havarti cheese
 
My homemade millet granola on top of sweet potato, topped with coconut milk!
 

My new sink!! If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook……..you saw my pic of my hole

 

It went down a couple of weeks ago. Here is a before………

 

And here is after…….

 

I am a happy, happy girl!

 

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My Very First Stitch Fix Fail….

Do you guys remember a few weeks ago when I shared with you my love for Stitch Fix? I am sure you do!

I have been using the service for about five months now, and I am totally in love with it.

Sadly this months fix was the first fail for me 😦

It wasn't because I didn't like the items in the box. Oh no! I was in love with the colors and patterns when I opened it. I just wasn't in love with the cut and fit of them…..,,,

Item número uno…..a very pretty skirt. I really loved the color of this skirt. What I didn't like – that it was a high waist skirt. I do not like anything with a high waist. Mainly because of my ridiculous “baby bump” that I still carry around, but also I must confess that I have a piercing which makes items with a high waist uncomfortable when sitting.

Up next was a very cute ikat print dress. It was a wrap dress, I hate wrap dresses :(. I really loved the colors/pattern, but I usually never buy anything that requires it to be tied around me. I will rock a belt with the best of them, but something that ties in a bow…..no thanks!

Then there was the maxi dress. Same story….awesome chevron print, beautiful colors, horrible cut. The dress was way to big for me, looked like a maternity dress (no offense to my expecting mothers), and was just really unflattering…..see for yourself!

Yep had to wear shirt under it……entire side of bra was showing!

I even tried belting it, and that didn't work either.

Now this little gem was my absolute favorite thing in the box! Until I put it on that is. While it,looks really cute the cut around the arms was just horrible, and if I raised my arms the shirt didn't fail back into place when they were lowered. I had to tug it back down and ain't nobody got time for that!!

The necklace was the only thing in the box that fit right, and in order to not lose my 20$ styling fee I kept it. Normally this little cutie would have went back due to price…..uh…..42$$. Now I do not mind spending money on jewelry, but I would have never purchased this on my own for that price. Since it was the only item in the box that worked it is what I kept.

So out of five boxes this is the first that didn't have any items to fit/keep. I say that is not too bad, but here is looking forward to a better box next time!!

p.s. if you would like to try the service for yourself I would appreciate it if you would use my referral code listed below, thanks so much!!

http://stitchfix.com/sign_up?referrer_id=3049712

 

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Yogi On The Lake – wordless post

 

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Sweet Sweet Summertime!

Howdy do to all of you!! I am hoping that your summer is gong as grand as mine. I really do love this time of year, not only because I am out of school, but also because there are so many fun things to do!

We spent Saturday on the lake with friends. They have a poker run every year for a local fire department fundraiser so we enjoyed friends, food, and very fun dancing 🙂

We are soaking in the sun on my new huge lake raft that I am so enjoying this year. One side is flat with a back piece that will lay all the way back with you for sunbathing. The opposite is a circle piece for people sitting up. It has to built in coolers and several cups holders……love it!!

Saturday night was spent on the dance floor…..and running back t the tv room to check on the game…..how bout dem tigahs!!!!!!!!!

LSU is headed to Omaha again this year, so exciting!!

 

Sunday the hubster and I spent the day together shopping, and eating a fabulous lunch! We went to a locally owned place in a neighboring town that has all Caribbean inspired foods…..so good! I enjoyed a shrimp rotis (wrap) that had shrimp, cucumber, tomato, avocado, and a super yummy sauce…..with Caribbean spiced sweet potato fries.

After lunch we went to academy to purchase bicycles for us. I am so excited that we now have bikes to red with the boys. I do not have a pic but I am sure some will be coming up soon since we are taking the camping this week. We leave today for “yogi bear campgrounds” in Pelahatchie MS. It is one of the boys favorite places to visit! Look for a recap post soon 🙂

So as you can see I have been busy with fun activities, spending lots of time with the boys, swimming, biking, and just plain enjoying myself! If only I could live this ah year round, lol! I hope that your summer is going as well as mine, and that man of you are getting out to enjoy all the fun seasonal activities.

The boys sure have with their “home made water slide”!!

 

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Recouping….

 

This past week/weekend was my good friends bachelorette trip to the beach. Which means that today I am unpacking, washing, and organizing.

I do not ave any pics to share with you guys. First, I didn't know most of the ladies on the trip so I will not post pics without their permission, and secondly I honestly left my phone alone for most of the time there.

I can however share this weeks menu plans with you since I prepared it last night!!

  • Monday – meatloaf meatballs, fresh green beans and potatoes
  • Tuesday – lasagna with roasted summer squash and zucchini
  • Wednesday – squash casserole and salad
  • Thursday – tilapia with roasted veggie salad
  • Friday – leftovers
  • Saturday – tuna salad

I am not sure what my workout schedule will be this week. I am hoping to get the new class schedule and attend some morning classes now that summer is here. I will probably keep things a little low key today since my legs are sore from the weekend. We literally walked the beach the entire time we were out there Saturday, followed my a very late night of dancing 🙂

 

In other exciting news the hubster and I are getting bikes this week before our camping trip next week!!!

 

 

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Life changing?……

Such a loaded question wouldn't you agree? What makes something life changing to you?

For myself many things can be life changing. Even the smallest, simplest of things can be considered life changing. So today I am going to share something with you that I consider life changing!!

The lovely little product above is something I stumbled across because of a friend selling it. I was very skeptical of the claims. Until I tried it!

Nerium is basically an age defying serum that was stumbled upon through research for cancer treatments. It contains the Nerium plant which is wonderful for so many things. I could go on and on about. The science and research behind it, but I will not go into that the blog. I do however hope that you guys will go the the website listed below and read up on the product for yourselves!

So back to my story – my friend is selling the product and wanted me to try it. I will admit I was very skeptical. Do you know how much money I have wasted on face products????

Well I finally gave on and tried it. Guess what? I really like and can see a change! I will share some pics with you only if your promise not to LSU and ridicule my horrible, no make up, end of school year face!

 

 

You see Nerium is used for fine lines, wrinkles, stretch marks, age spots, discolorations, acne, etc. So I tried it for a week and a half. Took the after pics and was shocked to see the difference a week and a half made!!

I absolutely love this product! So much so that I am now wanting to start selling it as well. The product cost 110$ for a bottle, or you can sign up as a preferred customer and it will be shipped to you automatically every month for 80$ plus tax/s&h.

Now I now this sounds like a lot of money, and believe me I know it is. However, it replaces all serums, creams, eye creams, etc used. So if I add up how much I send on severs products for a nighttime routine then it is the same.

You simply was your face at night, and then you apply the Nerium. While skin is still damp, let it dry, go to sleep. That easy! When you wake up in the morn you wash the areas that the Nerium was applied, apply your daily moisturizer, with SPF please, and go about your day.

Your skin will feel slightly tight after it dries, and it has a funkyish smell, but I promise you get use to it!

So if you are interested in the product please visit my site listed below. A 30 day money back guarantee is offered as well. You can basically use the bottle and send it back empty for a refund if you are not satisfied with resu,to, who can beat that?

http://www.hgarner.neriumproducts.com

Please let me know via email [helennaturally@gmail.com] if you are interested in trying the product so I can get you set up with your order.

Beautiful skin lasts a lifetime and is a wise investment!!

 

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Confessions

Yep, it's that time again! Time for me to make a confession. I have been holding out on some great things!

Now I am not going to put all of them in one post…..no I will break them into two different posts. Because you know they each have a need for their own!

While imam normally very good at sharing things that are important to me, things that I love, and just random tidbits of info Here, I have fallen slightly behind.

I am in love with some new things lately. Now many of you will know about the first topic at hand. Stitch Fix!!!

Many of you have probably heard of this company by now, it is all over the blog world, but for those of of hat haven't let me share!

Stitch Fix is a personal styling service that delivers a curated box of accessibly priced items directly to doors across the United States. Stitch Fix hand picks pieces for each client, to ultimately help them look and feel their best.

So the basics are you join the site, fill out an extensive style profile, and the company will ship clothing items and accessories straight to your doorstep. Now there is a “styling fee” of 20$ that is charged to your card, but the money will be deducted from the total price of the items you decide to keep. Which of course means that I always keep a least be item…..who am I kidding I keep more than one! The items you do not want is placed in a prepaid bag for you to return to the company. Then you simply go online, check off if you are keeping/returning items, the reason why, and any additional comments you want to leave. Then you check out your final purchase. You can choose to have a monthly box shipped to you, or you can go online and schedule a fox as you want them!!

Here are items I have kept so far………..

 

 

 

They even include a style card with each item of suggested ways to wear the items……

So go,check out the website at http://www.stitchfix.com for more info. I promise you will not be disappointed.

P.S……. Oh and for my lovely friends that read, if you decide to try the service you can use the following code which gives me a referral credit 🙂

http://stitchfix.com/sign_up?referrer_id=3049712

 

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The light…

Well hello all!  It has been a while, a week to be exact.  I didn’t get around to posting last week since I was so super busy with end of the year work stuff!

But the end is very near.  I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  It was very dim last week, but that little light gets brighter and brighter every day.

I have four (counting today) days left until my summer break begins!!  Woohoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Can you tell I am a little happy??  So what have I been up to lately?  Work, work, and more work.  I have also been working on my workouts and where to go from here.  I am still having problems in my hip and outer thigh area on the right side.  I am not sure what is going on, and I am the type of person that hates going to doctors.  I have been told that I need to take ibuprofen daily to help with the inflammation and swelling so I can get back to running, but I hate taking meds.  So I am not taking them.  I have been doing a lot of walking and elliptical workouts for cardio.  I am considering acupuncture to see if maybe that could help??  Until then it will be no running for me 😦

I am really excited about working out this summer since it will be the first time that I will have the ability to go to the gym in the morning.  I tend to like morning workouts better when I have the chance to get them done, and I will be working out more with the hubster!  I am also excited about all of the adventures I have planned this summer.  So far I have a long weekend in Destin, FL with the girls in two weeks for a friends bachelorette party, a cabin trip for the boys in June, possibly a beach trip in July with the boys, and  the hubster and I will be celebrating our anniversary at the beach in St. Augustine, FL.  Of course we will also spend plenty of time taking the boat out on the lake too!

So as you can see I have a lot of things going on, as well as a lot to look forward too!  here is to a fabulous week, here is to summer break, here is to family fun 🙂

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Two for Tuesday

I took the day off yesterday.  Not just from the blog, but from work as well.  I had an orthodontist appointment that would require me to miss most of the day from work give or take an hour or two.  Which means I am super duper crazy busy now.  Oh and it is the end of the school year so that is always super duper crazy busy!  I did however want to pop in and share something with you guys really quick today, and since it is two for Tuesday here is a little humor for you!

This mornings breakfast was basically one of my go to meals of oat bran with cottage cheese, banana slices, and peanut butter…..with a little twist.  You see I purchased some cherry almond vinaigrette from an oil and vinegar store a while back.  I haven’t really used any of it except for one time on a frozen yogurt.  It is a a sweet vinegar which is perfect for desserts.  Well I noticed that lovely bottle sitting on my table this morning and thought why not??

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Phenomenal!!  I am serious people, if you are a loaded oats kind of person then you have to get some “dessert vinegar” ASAP!  I believe I have found my new go to topping 🙂

Happy Tuesday 🙂

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And the winner is…..

I am down and out with a nasty little tummy issue today.  It seems that I have developed most of the side effects to the meds I have been taking for the shingles.  I have anti-viral meds, two tablets, five times a day for a total of like 4000 mg of crap going through my body!  No joke they are 400 mg tablets…..

Of course the side effects are nasty ones:

  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • throwing up
  • loose stools/diarrhea
  • severe abdominal/intestinal pain
  • headache

I know, I know it sounds like a little tummy virus too.  I have been told that all morning, but I always have fever & body aches when I have a little bug.  This does not feel like a little bug.  I am hungry and want to eat, but so yucky feeling that I do not want to eat.  Oh and I have had some variation of these symptoms for a couple days so no I seriously do not think it is a virus.  So please keep me in you thoughts and prayers through the weekend.  I have stopped taking the meds at this point, I can’t see taking them for another four days if they are bothering me so bad!

But for better news the lovely winner of my blog giveaway is…….

FARRAH @ Fairy Healthy Life

Congratulations!  I will have your little package in the mail to you soon 🙂

Happy Friday – 15 more days til summer break!!

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