Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Em-Life: Keeping Up Appearances Day 7

**For 1 Week (and only one week, thank goodness!) Emilee and Marquette attempted to live a life that matched up to Social Media Standards, mostly just to show what that could look like in real life and how ridiculous the idea is. New to our Keeping Up Appearances series? See what all the fuss is about here, then catch up on what you missed on Day 1, Day 2, Day 3Day 4, and Day 5. Enjoy!**

Thank heavens Day 7 is upon us! It's my last day of the challenge and I could not be more ready to be done. I feel the things I had on my to-do list just sitting on the side lines and I can feel myself pulling towards my regular routine and my usual habits.
I did not get in all of my water today, I did not do my squats (for the 7th day in a row lol), I did follow my social media rules, I also washed my face, but only once today. I have really enjoyed waking up and reading something positive to start my day and I am happy to report I did that one all week! Woohoo!

As for the things I did accomplish today other than usual day-to-day stuff, here they are!
Here was my inspiration for my OOTD.

And my version!
Fedora: Target
Dress: JUNIEblake
Plaid Button Up: Target
Shoes: Converse

This outfit was crazy comfy! I wore it ALL day long, when usually I come home and I'm Misses-No-Pants the second I walk in the door, that says something! I get lots of compliments on this dress that I picked up from JUNIEblake, a clothing company from Thatcher, Arizona that I ADORE! Seriously their stuff is great quality, goes with everything, and is seriously comfortable.

I also did my nails day 7, I didn't really have a specific look I was trying to emulate but I got inspiration from a few sources on Pinterest. 

I took a little bit from each of these and came up with my own look!

I did a shellac top coat on these as well because I'm a shine addict.
Unfortunately because it is just polish with a shellac top coat (they aren't built for each other), I don't expect these to last the Shellac promised 2 weeks, but they are fall-ish and I love them!

Those were the two pins I completed today, I literally didn't have the mind power to make dinner tonight so we each scrounged for leftovers.

Today was 1 week into paleo so I weighed in and saw that I lost 3 lbs. by cutting out (most) sugar, grains and dairy! Woohoo! Small victories!

Tomorrow I will share my final thoughts on the project, what I learned and what's next for me so make sure to stay tuned!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Kett-Files: Keeping Up Appearances, Day 6

**For 1 Week (and only one week, thank goodness!) Emilee and Marquette attempted to live a life that matched up to Social Media Standards, mostly just to show what that could look like in real life and how ridiculous the idea is. Click Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4, or Day 5 to see how the week went so far.** 

Day 6:

I didn't journal at all today. I think it's interesting to see how it got less and less each day. It's tedious!!

I realized yesterday that while cocoa is definitely more yummy than lemon water, it didn't do much to help me feel energized or motivated to start right away. So I started today out with my lemon water instead and I did feel much more ready to get to work and to be productive.

Even though I was productive all day, I don't have much visual productivity to show you for Day 6. We've had a private "fake" blog to play with templates and color schemes for the relaunch so we could get everything just right and making the install in the real blog faster and more smooth. Day 6 was the day I had scheduled to update all the coding, tweak the template, install the new designs from Llisel, and troubleshoot. I started working on the blog at 8am and, other than taking food breaks and breaks to play with Darrow, that was all I did for most of the day. I can't believe how long it took!!

I was able to use pins I had found for adding in a contact form, uploading and using custom fonts for titles, and adding in a custom Pin-It icon on the photos. I learned the hard way though to only do those at the end after I was done tweaking the template in the blog editor because tweaking the template took those changes to the coding back out. So I did those pins a number of times. I spent a lot of time with GIMP open, tweaking photos we wanted to use, creating menus on the blog, moving things around, and installing Llisels work. My eyes were burning by the end of the day!

This was a hard day on Darrow. I tried to take good breaks and pay attention to him, but he still gets antsy when I sit at the computer because he knows I can't pay attention to him. He plays really well by himself, but I don't want to take advantage of that and push him away too much. I think that was part of the problem with Day 1. So we took breaks to play cars, "huggle", and to pull him off of tables and out from under things.

By this point in the week we had amassed quite the collection of leftovers, so I didn't cook us anything new. However, we did tweak one of the leftovers. We didn't follow the ingredients or instructions in this pin, but it was the same idea. Cameron took the mashed potatoes from dinner the night before and turned them into potato soup. He added chicken broth, the rest of the cream, a little bit of milk, some onion powder, and salt and pepper to the potatoes until it was the right consistency and flavor. That was yummy soup!! It was fun to get to use up leftovers out of the fridge without eating the exact same thing.

The rest of the night I spent working on the Pinstrosity social media accounts, updating profile and cover photos, updating links, and then completely revamping the Pinterest account. There's way more that goes into maintaining a blog/site, and relaunching than I ever imagined when we first started this Pinstrosity journey. It was really exciting though to see all the pieces coming together after months of planning and working!

By the end of the day my eyes were pooped and I was tired (which seemed silly because I'd literally sat most of the day). I didn't exercise at all, but I did get in all my water!