Emilee Speaks

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

First month in my Erin Condren planner

As you know, I've been using a Limelife planner for over 2 years now.  I recently was given the opportunity to try an Erin Condren for free.  I decided to change things up and give the EC a test run.  I know... I know... I'm a little late to the planner game on that one.  Honestly though, I've been super happy with my Limelife for so long.  That being said, it's time to try something new.

I was lost at first.  When you've planned the same way in the same layout for 2 years, it's a shock to the system!  I feel like midway through April, I finally got my groove.  But we're looking at March today.  

The first week I jumped right in with true EC style and went with a "no-white space" layout.  I always enjoy laying down stickers for a no white space layout, but NEVER EVER EVER end up enjoying them.  They just don't work with my brain visually for planning.  However, these stickers were absolutely adorable.
[MissSabineElise on Etsy]

The second week I turned to my trusty stamps & Paper and Glam stickers.  I love love love Paper and Glam.  Please go check out her shop if you aren't familiar with her already.  Lisamarie puts together the most cohesive sticker sets on the market.  I struggled with stamping at first.  I struggled with a lot at first in my Erin Condren...

By the third week I was starting to feel more of a groove and went with a simple organized theme.  I continued on this week with a mix of stamps & Paper and Glam stickers.

The final week of March, I went all out with the stamps.  Decorative stamps AND functional stamps.  I also carried over a couple of full box stickers from Paper and Glam.  I loved stamping again, but also missed how quick stickers were during the planning process...

Currently I'm full on Paper and Glam sticker planning.  I've been super busy in my Etsy shop building inventory for faster shipping times.  I've also had quite a lot going on at my non-planner job.  Stickers are easiest for me when life gets hectic.

A few thoughts.......
I hate the paper in my EC.  It's terrible quality.  I do very much miss the quality of my Limelife planner paper.  I love the extra lines at the bottom of the page.  As you know my Limelife planner layout had 3 vertical boxes similar to EC.  I also love the space in between the rows.  Honestly, I'm in love with the layout.  I still think the paper quality would be a deal breaker for me if I had to spend my money on a choice between EC and Limelife.

[As always: all planner clips in the photos can be found in my Etsy shop]

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Current Gym Playlist

I am OBSESSED with the playlist I made for the gym.  Nothing gets me more pumped up than music.  I hope you find some inspiration & motivation from my current gym playlist!

||Gym Playlist||

Truffle Butter- Nicki Minaj (feat. Drake & Lil Wayne)
Trape Queen- Fetty Wap
Erbody But Me- Tech N9ne
Black & Yellow- Wiz Khalifa
F*ckwithmeyouknowigotit- Jay Z
A Milli- Lil Wayne
Collard Greens- ScHoolboyQ (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
F**kin' Problems- A$AP Rocky
Bugatti- Ace Hood
Ni**as in Paris- Jay Z
7/11- Beyonce
El Chapo- The Game & Skrillex
Work B**ch- Britney Spears
Bad and Boujee- Migos
Holy Grail- Jay Z (feat. Justin Timberlake)
Tom Ford- Jay Z
Run This Town- Jay Z (feat. Rihanna & Kanye West)
Wild for the Night- A$AP Rock (feat. Skrillex & Birdy Nam Nam)
Blah Blah Blah- Yo Gotti
Dark Horse- Katy Perry (feat. Juicy J)
Runaway- Kanye West
Famous- Kanye West

It's no secret that I love hip hop.  I have an incredibly diverse taste in music.  For example, if you read this list would you guess that my favorite band of all time is Pink Floyd?  Ha.  It is!  Or that J and I occasionally listen to the Showtunes channel on satellite in the car?  

There's just something about hip hop that really amps me up and gets me motivated and moving.  Okayyyy so Britney Spears is on there and she's not exactly hip hop.  BUT the lyrics to that song is incredibly motivating!  

What are your current favorite songs to listen to at the gym?  I'd LOVE suggestions!
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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Always believe in yourself

Hello friends!  I've had a pretty life changing couple of weeks and I can't wait to tell you about it.  

Friday the 24th of February 2017: The beginning of the end for me.  The end of what?  The end of bad habits, sedentary days, and negative thoughts.  I woke up that Friday determined to change my outlook on many things in life, including myself.  I realize we're now into March, but that moment I declared '2017' to be the year of 'ME'.  I'm always giving giving giving my time and energy to everyone else and putting myself on the back burner.  This has been detrimental to my health and spirit.  Please, don't get me wrong, I'm not making a choice to be a selfish asshole, I'm choosing to focus on myself.  I don't think there's anything selfish about that!  I think more moms and wives need to.

Now why was this life changing?  Well I'm overweight.  Very overweight.  Last year I did well on weight watchers and lost 20lbs in 3 months.  Then we went on summer vacation and I didn't get back in the groove once we returned home.  Then it was excuse after excuse until the holidays came and went.  I've been paying for weight watchers that entire time and every month I'd feel the pang of guilt when it was deducted from my bank account.  This $19.95 reminder of what I failed to commit to.  Speaking of failing to commit and monthly reminders... I have paid $32 each month to the local YMCA for 4 years.  I've only been a handful of times in that 4 years.  Friday the 24th of February 2017, that all changed.  I decided no more.  This is insane.  I either need to commit and be proud of myself, or cancel these memberships and just continue to be fat.  I could no longer sit in the limbo of "some day".  I woke up Friday the 24th of February 2017 and had a healthy breakfast (I never eat breakfast) and counted my points.  I worked all morning then at noon, I put on my gym shoes, grabbed my headphones, and took off to the gym.  

Going into the gym, I had a plan.  I'd do cardio today for 45mins, then lift for 15mins.  I got on the treadmill and I walked.  Slowly.  I walked at a speed of 2.0-2.7 for my 45mins and I walked a little over a mile.  I work at a desk all day and haven't had a very active lifestyle in ages.  So THIS was a big accomplishment for me.  Then I worked out on the weight machines, and went home to shower.  I made a smoothie and light lunch, counting my ww points.  And you know what?  I wasn't tired!  I was energized!  That evening we went shopping and I walked all over the mall, Target, Michael's, etc etc.  I purchased a few new outfits to wear to the gym, and a new pair of Adidas.

Saturday the 25th of February 2017: I wasn't able to go to the gym due to my work schedule.  I felt sad about this.  After one day of feeling the rush of endorphins and pushing myself, I was sad that I couldn't work out.

Sunday the 26th of February 2017: I worked from 7am-4pm at my corporate job.  I wasn't in the mood to work out after work.  It was a crappy day and I just wanted to go home.  I did go home.  I went home and changed into my gym clothes, grabbed my headphones, and went to the gym.  The minute I walked through the door, I felt proud.  I felt energized.  I got on the treadmill and I walked 2.2-2.7 for a mile and a half in my 45mins (notice the little increase here?). 

Monday the 27th of February-Sunday the 5th of March: I went to the gym every day except for Tuesday & Saturday.  I got up to 2.7-3.2 for my 45mins and I'm going a little over 2 miles!  I love it.  I love how good it makes me feel, and I love how proud of myself I am.  I love seeing my body endure and adapt.  I love seeing myself be able to do better every single day.  It's addicting.

As of Monday the 6th, I am down 10lbs.  From February 24th to March 6th... 10lbs.  I'm doing it!

I will be committing to weekly blogs about my progress.  I fully INTEND to do daily "What I Ate On Weight Watchers" videos, but I keep forgetting to film my meals.  I'm working on it... I promise!

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

DIY Pedestal Dog Food Bowl

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How adorable is my baby?! Ahh I can't take it!  Calliope is now a big girl, she turned 1 this month.  Since she turned one it was time to transition her off of puppy food to big girl food.  I also wanted to make her a new super adorable food bowl for her new food.  So I'm going to share that DIY with you today!

I took off to Walmart to get the supplies I needed, along with the daunting task of picking a new food.  It's so overwhelming some times to purchase new food for pets.  You want to get food that is good for them and readily available at the same time.  I know I can spend forever standing in the pet food isle reading labels and trying to make a decision.

Right away I was drawn to the new CESAR® dry with meat-first recipes.  That is one requirement I have, the ingredients must have meat listed first.  After all, mealtime is just as important to my dog as it is to me.  CESAR® lets you feed your dog like family, but keep them healthy at the same time.  I was very happy with CESAR® Dry Filet Mignon with Spring Vegetables after reading over the packaging and ingredients list.

I like to make sure I have both wet & dry foods for Calliope.  So I also picked up a 24ct variety pack of CESAR® Pate.  She likes the variety and for bigger dogs you could use the CESAR® pate as a treat!  

||DIY Dog Bowl Pedestal|| 

Supplies: Candle Stick Holders, Bowls, and strong glue

While I was at Walmart I picked up a couple candle stick holders and some new bowls.  Calliope is a little girl and she doesn't eat a whole lot at a time, so I purchased small bowls.  You can get whatever size fits your needs.  I had in my head that I would purchase spray paint and spray the candle stick holders a fun color.  However, I was in love with the look of the wood on the holders I purchased so I left them as is.

All you need to do is affix the bowls to the candle stick holder with the glue of your choice.  Let it dry for 24hrs, wash it, and present it to your pup.  It's better for dog's digestion to not look down while eating.  Pedestal or raised bowls are much easier on their tummies.

You can check out Callie enjoying her dinner in her new bowl at the end of this short video!

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What's your favorite way to spoil your furbaby?

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