Friday, February 7, 2020

2020 Health Goals

Hello, friends. I have been getting a lot of comments, lately, on my weight loss. That is really shocking to me, and I love that it's working well enough for people to notice. I have been working on this since March of last year.

Since I have been getting a lot of "what are you doing?" I've decided I should just make an official post about it. First and foremost, the "diet" I am on is Keto. Technically, the way I am doing it would be called Dirty/Lazy Keto. What that means is that I still eat processed foods and such (as long as the carbs fit) and that I don't track almost anything or keep rigid macros.

I do, however, mostly just eat one meal a day. I don't fast specifically, like many do, but during the day, I only have one iced coffee, around 3:30pm, and then I eat dinner around 10pm. My dinner is usually a fairly large meal and will contain meat (chicken, ground turkey or ground beef, primarily) and a vegetable of some kind. And I often use cheese and/or sauce made from heavy cream.

I will usually snack after dinner, too. Something like sunflower seeds or, my favorite, cinnamon/Splenda toast on zero net carb bread from Aldi, when I can find it. That stuff is in high demand, though.

Keeping the one meal a day routine, I think, is what helps me not go too far over on calories, since I don't actually track them. If I tried to eat this way 3 times a day, with the portion size that I am accustomed to, I feel like that would be too much, and I would be unable to lose weight that way. As it is, I am already making slower progress than I would like.

I could probably up my results if I cut out the cheese and cream, and ate more veggies than seeds, etc. However, those things are the only thing keeping me sane, and the ability to satisfy myself in those ways (since I had to cut out so many other things) is how I am able to carry on. I would rather have slower results over time, then a quick fix that I can't keep to.

In the beginning, I had not "cheated" at all. Not for months. Recently I have had a few breaks, for traveling and special occasions. I always get back on track right away. I noticed that after small cheats I have actually lost a little more, on occasion, and I think it is from the "shock" to my system. It's a thing some people do, called carb cycling. My own will power, though, is not strong enough to do it all the time. I am more the "all or nothing" type.

I know that what works for me will not work for everyone, and I am not exactly a fitness influencer, but I just figured someone might benefit form my very limited knowledge. If you have any health questions for me, I would be happy to answer them.

I would love to hear all about your health and fitness goals, too. I think it is important for us all to support each other. Everything is easier with support and it's nice to have guidance from someone else who's been on the same journey. Stay healthy and happy, until next time.

Friday, January 24, 2020

(Thigh) High Fashion

Hello lovelies. I just realized that I have been writing a lot about fashion lately. Today will be no different, because I am super excited about my new fashion discovery. I am currently obsessed with Long Thigh High Socks. They are so cute. They have this "varsity" look that I am really into lately. I've been stocking up on varsity style jackets and sweaters, too - more than I will ever need in Florida.

But, back to these socks. They are so cool. They look awesome with dresses and skirts, but even with shorts. Perfect for when you want something higher than a knee-high sock, but you don't want full tights. They just add so much pizazz to an outfit.


Not only are these socks cute, comfortable, functional, and affordable, they are also made in the USA and guaranteed Fur Free. Chrissy's Knee High Socks has an animal friendly policy that shows just how much they prides themselves on high-quality, American made products, made with animal-safe, sustainable materials.

If you are looking for a fun accessory to add flair to any outfit, these long thigh high socks would be perfect. You're going to buy socks anyway, what not choose ones that pull double duty and act as a fun accessory too? And when you do buy these adorable socks, I want to see the fabulous outfits you put together. Please share in the comments. Have a beautiful day.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Why Dental Implants are a Great Option to Replace Missing Teeth

Dentists recommend dental implants to replace missing teeth. Some dental professionals even recommend that you get dental implants to prevent future decay and other tooth problems. However, finding a dentist you can trust to install dental implants can be more of a challenge than you might think. You may get the best dental implants in Lexington through referrals and research. Dental implants look more natural and are better than dentures and bridges if you have a missing tooth.

Here are some reasons why dental implants are a great option to replace missing teeth.

 

1. They function just like natural teeth


Dentures and bridges lack normal functioning, stability, and form that dental implants provide. The dental implant has a root and crown above the gum that looks and functions like natural teeth. The root is fixed on your jaw and anchored on the jaw by a porcelain crown to ensure that it functions just like natural teeth.

2. Versatility


Dentures and bridges can be problematic especially if they accidentally slip or slide in the mouth. With dental implants, they are crown-topped hence such accidents can be avoided. Again, you may also use the implant structure as an anchor for dentures and bridges to avoid sliding. There is much functionality of the dental implants and your dentist will recommend the best option for you.

3. Easy to maintain


Dental implants are cleaned just like you clean normal teeth. You may also floss to maintain good oral hygiene. They do not require tedious maintenance procedures like dentures which have to be removed at night for cleaning. Dentures and bridges also sometimes require overnight soaking to thoroughly clean them, and that can be a bit too involving, and most people do not appreciate that.

4. Cost-effective


Considering the consistency in functionality, and satisfaction that you get from dental implants, you will get value for your money. Proper care for the implants ensures that they last for a long time. Some people maintain dental implants for a lifetime. A professional dentist will recommend and advise you on good oral hygiene and proper care of your dental implants. To understand more about the cost-effectiveness, you may compare the cost of dentures and bridges and maintenance procedures too.

5. Helps maintain healthy gums and other teeth in place


Teeth support each other, so when there’s a missing tooth, the neighboring teeth may loosen up and slide into the gap. The alignment of your teeth becomes crooked; hence you will not maintain your beautiful smile. Dental implants also help to prevent snag, thereby ensuring there are no spaces for bacteria to breed and cause gum disease or tooth decay.


6. Jaw health and strength support


If you want to maintain a young-looking face structure, then you should ensure that your jaw remains strong. When you have a missing tooth, the jawline shrinks making your face structure change too. But with dental implants that are made of titanium, they will fuse with the jawbone to offer more support to your teeth and the facial structure too.

Maintaining good oral health has many benefits. Whether you are doing it for cosmetics, or you simply want to replace a missing tooth, seek professional advice from a dentist. You will gain more confidence when you restore your beautiful smile.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Nadine West - 9th Shipment

It's my favorite time of the month, once again. The time to check out my latest shipment from Nadine West. This is my first shipment of the new year. Nothing starts a year of right like new clothes. This shipment has a few less items than usual, for some reason, but it is still quite nice.


So, I am still getting primarily long sleeves, since it is still winter in most states. The first top is a long, puffy, sleeved green shirt. It has a high neck and and hits high on the waist. I prefer longer shirts that come down to bottom level, since my tummy is my biggest insecurity. But this top is still cute and I will wear it sometimes.


Next is another long sleeved top. This one is thinner fabric, longer (which I love) and has a cute criss-cross pattern on the neckline, which is a v-neck. The gray color is great, nice and neutral, but not too dark or drab. I love it.


Next is a dress. A fabulous burgundy color. I think my stylist made note that I like burgundy, because I got a burgundy dress last time too. But this one has 3/4 sleeves and is more flowy, like a tunic. That is exactly how I will wear it, too. I feel more comfortable if my dress has leggings underneath. This dress even has pockets! Nadine West is great about that, actually. Most things I get have functional pockets.


On to bottoms. The first pair is these stretch "sweat pant" jeans. I adore this material. They are soft, and warm and stretchy. Super comfortable, while still looking nicer than sweat pants. They are super cute.I got a pair similar to this before and I live in them. The other ones have buttons, these don't, so they will be smoother underneath the shirts.


I also got these fabulous light blue stretch denim skinny jeans. I have capris like this from an early shipment and I adore them. I love these because I can wear them and get a similar style to the capris even when my legs are not shaved, lol. The are super comfortable, too.


That's all for the clothing pieces. But before we move on to jewelry, I'll show you the outfit pairings I put together from these clothes. It's all super versatile this shipment.



Last, but not least, is jewelry. Only one piece this time, but it might just be my favorite one I've ever gotten from Nadine West. And I've had many great pieces. This locket-style necklace looks like a dream catcher. I love it so much. It is big and bold, but not at all tacky or cheap looking. Gorgeous!


And, lastly, I will again show you how one of these looks on a real, very flawed, body. I went with the blue skinny jeans and the gray top. Here it is.


So. Another great Nadine West shipment is in the books. I can't wait for the next one. It will probably still arrive later in January. I love when I get two in the same month. I will, of course, be right back to share it with you all. In the meantime, you should order one for yourself. No fees. No commitment. Only pay for what you keep. And the prices are super affordable. No more than you'd pay at Target or somewhere. You can't lose.

*Although I receive these shipments at no cost, to facilitate my reviews, all opinions are 100% my own.*

Friday, December 20, 2019

Sticky Trap Review

Living in Florida has many pros and cons. Some of the positive aspects are that there are really no earthquakes or blizzards, that it is close to the ocean, and there are some nice attractions nearby (like Disney World.) There are also many negative aspects. There are hurricanes. It is almost always hot, even in the winter months. Along with heat and rain, comes other pests, like mosquitoes and other bugs.

I always feel embarrassed talking about it, even though it is very common around here. We have problems with bugs. The ground under our home was apparently not treated for ant before construction, so we have ants sometimes. They go in spurts, so they will be inside every day for two weeks, no matter how many you kill, and then they will go away for awhile, to return when you fall into a false sense of security.

And, even worse than the ants, there are roaches. They even live outside, like the ants, so it's hard to get rid of them. The heat and humidity is what they thrive on, I guess, so Florida is heaven for them. Having roaches in my home is something that I will never be comfortable with. I don't care how common it is, it makes me feel gross. So I do everything I can to combat them.

I just recently found a new tool to aid me in this fight. Happy Cornerz Sticky Traps are such a big help. I prefer traps to sprays and such, because traps can, hopefully, get roaches before you even see them, where with spray you have to wait to see one. Plus sprays smell bad, and get a nasty residue on everything.

The only main problem with traps is that they are not a good fit for all areas. That is, before now. Happy Cornerz is great. The sheets can be used in full, as a large sheet. That is perfect for sliding underneath a refrigerator or oven. You can break it into three, smaller, flat traps. Or, you can use the center piece as a corner trap.

I love this option. It can be use in upper lower corners or upper corners in any room or in cabinets, drawers, and more. Anything with a corner. That is awesome. Upper areas are almost always off limits for bug traps, so I am really intrigued by this.

Another thing that I really like about these traps is that they don't smell bad. In fact, there is a faint, sort of fruity scent that is actually quite pleasant. It is not something that any visitors to your home would notice, and certainly not something that would be offensive or off-putting at all. That is such a great change of pace from those pray insecticides. Those smell very strong and very unpleasant.

They are very easy to place. I love the versatility. I will be using them in multiple ways, all over our home. I have just placed one in the corner of our master bathroom, and I recorded it so you guys can see how easy it is, and I am going to check on it in a week or two to see the results. I am going to do another video (or update this one) with the results.



I never really thought I would care so much about bug traps, but I hate bugs, and these could make my home feel much more comfortable for my family and for any guests that we may have. If they work as I anticipate, it will save me a lot of time and headaches. I love that they are safer than those sprays, that can get in the air and all over everything. My kids have ended up stepping in, or touching the spray residue, which is dangerous to them. 

Another thing I already love is that the corner design makes it so that you don't have to see the bugs. As I mentioned before, I get embarrassed at the thought of bugs in my home, and I would be mortified if I had a person come to visit me and see dead bugs lying around. I just really like that it's so discreet. If someone saw it, you could probably even say it was an innovated new type of air freshener or something. It really doesn't look bad at all. The white color really works well.


Happy Cornerz Sticky Traps are priced very reasonably, as well. When it comes to removing pests from my home, price is not that much of a concern, but it is still nice when an effective product is priced low enough that almost anyone can afford to use it.

Really, these Happy Cornrz Sticky Traps are just exactly what I have been wanting. Easy to use (even if I did a poor job placing mine), affordable, safe, long lasting, and multi purpose, in the fact that are effective for so many different kinds of pests. Not just ants and roaches, but also flies, spiders, bed bugs, wasps, and even mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are the bane of my existence. I hate them. They hate me. I can't wait to catch all those evil little vampires. They picked the wrong house, now.

But really, these sticky traps are very promising, so far, and I am going to place a few more around the house later on. I'm going to keep an eye on them (while actually also kind of ignoring them, which is part of the appeal of these fabulous contraptions), and see how well they do the job. I'll be back with after photos and another video (or an updated video) showing the results from the sticky trap that I placed in the master bathroom.

I can't wait to see the results. I bet it is going to gross me out, but, at the same time, it will feel so good to know that all those awful creatures will no longer be roaming free in my home. Until next time, be well.

*Although I received the product at no cost, as well as payment for this post, all opnions are 100% my own.*

How to Have An Epic 4/20 Party

Every year, thousands of smokers around the world get together on the 20th of April to celebrate a cultural phenomenon unlike any other: 4/20. While the origins of this celebration are subject to much dispute, it’s largely celebrated in the same way—by smoking a ton of cannabis. How people decide to achieve this end varies from group to group. We here at EF420 are experts when it comes to all things cannabis consumption. Over the years, we’ve gathered a few tips and tricks to throwing the most epic 4/20 party imaginable. Let us walk you through what it takes to throw the best party when the 20th of April rolls around next spring.

Invitations

Invitations are key. In the digital age of Facebook invites and group-chats, the art of sending out a beautiful and intriguing invitation has pretty much been relegated to weddings and up-scale fundraising events. Think of your next 4/20 as the perfect opportunity change things around. Get creative with it! Use flashy paper and vibrant colors! Don’t be afraid to make it your own. And of course, the customary weed leaf on the front cover is always an appreciated feature on any 4/20 invitation.

 

Think competitions

What’s a little bit of competition among friends? The whole year long you’ll hear people you
know bragging about being the best roller, or making the best edibles, Etc. Well, we think it’s
time you all put those claims to the test. Organize a number of friendly games that will put
those questions to an end for good. Here’s a short list of a few different contests you can have at your next 4/20 party:
  • Rolling competition: this includes both speed rolling, and style. For an added bonus, have a competition to see who can roll the most creative joints! (I.e. cross-joints, twisters, tulips, etc.)    
  • A bong making contest: the parameters of such a competition are entirely up to you. Do the bongs have to be made out of fruit? Do they need to be made out of scraps found around the house? The choices are seemingly endless. See who can make the most creative bong—that also packs the hardest punch!
  • Best edibles contest: have any friends that claim to have the perfect recipe for the perfect edible? Put their claims to the test by having them bring a batch to your epic 4/20 party. Who better to judge their treats than a group of seasoned stoners?

Decorations

Every decent 4/20 party needs a decent set of decorations. Think of something visually stimulating to put up on the walls. Holographic posters, streamers, beads—basically anything with a weed leaf on it. Also, consider putting up lights to create a lovely ambience for all those in attendance. 4/20 themed cups and plates are also always a welcome addition.

Different smoking paraphernalia

Be prepared for your guests by making sure you have a wide variety of tools for them to smoke from! Different people always have different tastes when it comes to which piece they prefer to smoke from. Be sure to put out all of our different glass pieces for your party-goers to use. If you don’t have an abundant selection of pieces yourself, arrange to have your friends bring theirs and crowdsource a varied collection for everyone to use. Some pieces to include are: Traditional bongs, hand pipes, bubblers, long neck bongs, vaporizers, an assortment of rolling papers and even a few different flavors of blunt wraps!

Music

You’ve gotta have the right kind of music at your 4/20 party. Some music just isn’t conducive to smoking up. Make sure you have an equal distribution of mellow tracks, trance music and all the old smoking classics. Don’t discount all that wonderful psychedelic music from the late 60’s—put it in the mix!


Old stoner comedies

Depending on the kind of party you’re planning on having, picking out some of your favorite 4/20 comedies is a great way to get together and have a few laughs at your party. For a more laid-back approach, put together a list of three or four of your all-time favorite stoner flicks and spend the night sitting around, enjoying a multitude of different strains, and enjoying some good company.

There you have it—everything you need to focus on to make your 4/20 party a smashing success.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Nadine West - 8th Shipment

My favorite time again. Time to explore my fabulous fashion goodies from Nadine West. It may be almost Christmas, but it's always just like Christmas when I get one of the bad boys. Seriously, it is so much fun to open up a shiny pink package full of gorgeous clothes and jewelry picked just for me.

Let's Begin:


This was a really cute shipment with a lot of variety. Not my favorite (My favorite so far will be quite hard to top), but really nice. It's still fall/winter, so naturally, there are some long sleeves and such, but I was happy that there are some short sleeves as well. They are great for layering in cool weather and stay functional in warmer months.

First up is this super cute black and grey long sleeved shirt. I love the neutral colors, it can go with anything. The black is actually a mesh-like fabric, that is translucent, so it has a little extra pop if whimsy. I love the double stripe design on the arms. It reminds of kind of preppy varsity type style. I love that style.


Another super cute long sleeve top is this fabulous floral. The colors are gorgeous and the pattern is very fun without being too busy. The cut is nice, too. What I really like is the flirty criss-cross in the back.



And these flared leggings are fantastic! I love flared bottoms. I'd totally still wear bell bottoms all the time if I could find them more easily. But I also live in leggings, for comfort, so these are my dream come true. Plus the pattern is great. Fun but very versatile.


The last of the long sleeved pieces is this adorable cardigan. I am super into cardigans, but this one is so cool. I love how it looks with all the snaps. Kind of a (very mild) military feel. I love things with lots of buttons/snaps. The long "cuff" on the sleeves is a nice detail, too. And the color is so pretty.



On to short sleeves, we have a fun patterned dress (more like a tunic, in my opinion). This will be great with leggings and even jeggings or skinny jeans. I'm sure it would be great alone, too, but I don't like to show a lot of leg and I always worry about bending, wind gusts, etc, so I feel more comfortable with bottoms underneath.


Another darling short sleeved dress. I like this one even better than the first. It's a (gorgeous) solid color, more fitted and flared, and it has pockets! This is a beauty. (The photo does not do it justice at all.) I love it. The way it fits, I feel like I will wear it even without leggings or pants.



Now for the bottoms. The green pants are so sleek. They are like a cross between skinny pants and leggings. The color )not as bright as it looks in the photo) is different enough to be unique but still neutral enough to match well with many pieces.



And these flared leggings are fantastic! I love flared bottoms. I'd totally still wear bell bottoms all the time if I could find them more easily. But I also live in leggings, for comfort, so these are my dream come true. Plus the pattern is great. Fun but very versatile.


All that awesomeness and we are not even finished. Now on to jewelry. This shipment had double jewelry. And all the pieces are lovely. There are two necklaces and two bracelets.



But that's still not the end. These are some of the outfit parings that I came up with from the pieces in this shipment.


And, of course, the photo of me wearing one of the outfits. Generally, I will show a photo including my face, and legs, ect., but I am not feeling well today and I could not get a photo that I was comfortable sharing in full. The outfit, however, looks great.


So, if you are looking for a gift that keeps on giving, for yourself or any other woman you know, Nadine West is a fabulous choice. Not only are the items chosen by a stylist to match each individual's taste, but you never pay for anything you don't want. Only pay for what you keep. No styling fees. Not even a shipping fee. There is literally no downside.

Seriously, what are you waiting for? Get your style profile created, and try Nadine West now to get a fabulous new holiday outfit, chosen by an actual stylist. Only pay if you keep it. Rock the holidays, in style. I know I will. In any case, I hope you all have a great holiday season. Stay beautiful, lovelies.

*Although I receive my shipments at no cost, to facilitate a review, all opinions are 100% my own.*