The Skinny On Free Screenings & How To Attend Them!

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The Maze Runner, Let’s Be Cops, About Time, Mortdecai, Focus, Insurgent, Age of Adaline, Hot Pursuit, Entourage, Spy, Inside Out, Magic Mike XXL, Max, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.

The above list is all the movies I’ve gotten passes to, in the past year, for a free screening. If you add up all those movies (averaging $10 per) that’s a savings of about $140! That’s a lot, y’all!

I frequently tweet about screenings I attend, and get responses from followers asking how I always end up seeing all these movies for free. Well, I’m going to share, because sharing is caring, right?
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Back On The Workout Train!

Man, it feels so good to be back in the swing of things!

Anyone who knows me that 2014 wasn’t a good year for me, in terms of personal development. My father passed away just days before his 65th birthday and I remained in a fog for the rest of that calendar year. I tried, a couple of times, to get back to working out, but it only lasted a couple of weeks or so. I thought I’d found something with P90X3, but even that couldn’t hook me like I expected it to.

And, come May, I usually run 3x per week until late October. Want to know how many times I ran last year? SEVEN TIMES, TOTAL! I told y’all I was in a funk, y’all!

I didn’t even hit the workouts hard before going to Hawaii. I was just stuck.

This year, after returning from Hawaii, I decided to finally shake off this stank, and get back after it. I started with shorter workouts for 2-3 times per week. From there, I upped the cardio to 5 times a week for about a month. And then I dove back into ChaLean Extreme. That’s been a workout I’ve relied on for many years now. The length of workouts, combined with my love of all things Chalene Johnson, was the winning combo I needed!

I just finished the 90-day program and I feel great! Not only do my clothes all fit wonderfully again, my self esteem has normalized. I’m a few weeks into my Couch to 5k podcasts and am back to looking forward to my post-workout high too.

The biggest decisions I have these days is which program to do next. I might do another round of ChaLEAN Extreme, or I might reunite with Les Mills Pump again.

Ahh, it’s good to be back!

Have you ever fallen into a huge workout funk? How did you shake off the dust? Would love to hear from y’all!

Product Rave: Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate

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Every time I use Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate, I fall in love. Again.

It’s that good, folks. It only takes 2 minutes, and when I rinse it off, my skin feels so baby soft and just wonderful. Even with using my Clarisonic Mia 2, I don’t get that type of exfoliation and my skincare products go on even better. The morning after I use it, I always say “I wish I could ExfoliKate every day!” I wake up and my face always has cleared up some. Blemishes that were starting to come in, were rebuffed, and ones that were lingering have started to recede.

This particular mix of chemical and physical exfoliants is absolutely perfect for my skin. I use it 2 times per week, but I’m upping that to three. My skin can handle it and I need the extra help.

It’s seriously like magic, y’all. And for someone like me, who has problem skin, it’s a Godsend. I need ExfoliKate in my life. I started with a deluxe sample (Thanks, Sephora). From there, I bought what is referred to as the “travel size.” (It’s not what I use as a travel size. I use the aforementioned deluxe sample size for that. It stays in my travel kit.) The .5 Fl Oz size is a pretty pricey $22, but with the help of SwagBucks and Perk TV, it aint no thang every few months. I’ve had my current tube since mid-December and it’s still going strong. When it comes time to replace it, I’ll happily do so because ExfoliKate might be the first Holy Grail skincare product I’ve ever bought. For real! I’ve been experimenting with with skincare for decades. To just be finding a really, really good one now is kind of sad, but also kind of exciting!

I might just try to stack some gift cards and go for the larger sizes, like 2 oz or 5 oz. I’ve been watching QVC, in particular, like a hawk lately. The second I see either of those sizes available for Easy Pay, I’ll be alllllll over it. Easy Pay is bae. And so is Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate.

I Tried To Buy Comic-Con Tickets Today. It Didn’t Work.

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“You can’t go if you don’t try!”

This was my mantra since signing up for a Comic-Con Member ID last year. I’ve heard the horror stories about how hard it is to get Comic-Con tickets. And the Big Bang Theory episode, detailing the guys’ obsession with trying to get set up and into the waiting room, did not help.

But I knew if I didn’t brave the on-sale craziness, there’s no way I’d ever be able to cross Comic-Con off my bucket list. It’s not like you just decide to go, buy your ticket, book your hotel, and voila! The demand is infinitely more than the available supply, and that is what creates the insanity and fan fervor over trying to grab tickets (or badges as they are referred to, officially.)

It’s all about luck. And if you don’t have it, you don’t get tickets. It’s as simple as that. Everyone who is eligible to purchase, sits in a virtual waiting room and are randomly selected to go on to buy whichever tickets they desire. Getting to the waiting early doesn’t provide an advantage. You’re simply at the mercy of a computer program. Yippee?

My friend and I didn’t have luck on our side this year, but we’ll try again next year. What we really need is a famous actor/actress friend to let us go with them. That would make things super easy, right? Or maybe we should start a blog dedicated to a film/project that regularly appears at Comic-Con. Then we could apply for press badges. There’s something to that method, because my former blog, SwimStars.org, gained me free admittance to the Olympic Trials in 2008. A ticket that is far more expensive than Comic-Con.

Oh well. It was quite the experience, even though I wasn’t triumphant this year. I will get there some day. Hopefully!

Review: Kate Somerville EradiKate

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Holy smokes!

I started this post in September 2014. Since then, I’ve finished one full bottle of Kate Somerville’s EradiKate and purchased another. And the only time I did not use this product was when I was in Hawaii for a week.

Bottom line: I LOVE THIS STUFF!

I’ve been making a concerted effort to reduce my usage of Benzoyl Peroxide, which is what I used to use on blemishes. I used to apply some sort of BP product twice a day. But I’ve slowly cut down on that to the point that I only use a small part of it every other day, and only at night. A big reason for that is because I found EradiKate. (more…)

Oh, Hi There. Remember Me?

I know it’s been a hot minute since I’ve made a post, but there are reasons for that. No, I mean it!

First, I was having issues with my webhost. Almost every time I got an alert from Wordfence, I would log in to block the offending IP addresses. After a couple of days or doing that, I would get an email that my account was suspended for using too many resources. Now, I just ignore those alerts and haven’t been suspended. I guess my strategy of blocking IPs for trying to login to an admin account that doesn’t exist anymore (and thus keep my website secure) is out. That’s what I get for being proactive. I’m just tired of getting hacked, ya feel me?

Then I was considering moving to a new webhost. I actually have two backups that I can move to, in extreme circumstances. So, I was waiting to be “suspended” again, so I could finally make the move, but it hasn’t happened. As a result, I didn’t want to post too much, only to have to pack up and move. I know, weak excuse, but that’s what I was telling myself!

Also, I was busy planning and taking a family trip to Hawaii. This is a life long dream that we’d always wanted to take with my Dad, but sadly, he wasn’t able to make the trip. We celebrated his life and birthday while we were there. I will blog about it and share pictures and videos. It was a trip of a lifetime!

Lastly, I’ve just been lazy. I have ideas, daily, for posts. I even have a good number of drafts saved. I just haven’t sat down, finished writing, or pressed publish. Is it indecision? I have no clue. But I’m back! I have several beauty reviews to share among other topics. So, stay tuned!

How Have I Lived So Long Without A Roku 3?

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By the time I’d only had my Roku 3 for a couple of days, it had already changed the way I watch TV. And for that, it was love at first sight!

About a month later, here are my full thoughts on the device.

We have Time Warner Cable in our household. I’m not a fan of them, but they do a couple of things really well; 1) their mobile app and 2) unlimited data. I took particular notice upon learning Roku included the TWC App in their channel store. Chromecast didn’t. Apple TV didn’t. And, to my knowledge, Amazon’s Fire TV also did not.

A little background: I have basic cable in my room. And Time Warner takes a couple additional channels away from “basic” every year. Usually if I want to see everything our subscription has to offer, I have to relocate to a TV with digital cable, or whip out my iPad. I’m a lazy individual, so that hasn’t been an ideal situation. (more…)

Hackers Suck!

In the wake of the celebrity nude photo hacking scandal, I’ve been dealing with my own “hacking” situation. No, there aren’t nudes of me floating around the net. Of course, I’d have to have taken some for that to happen. Nevertheless, I digress.

I’ve been dealing with routine hackings into this very domain for the past few months. Every time I think I’ve got it under control, they find another way in, and start right up again. This weekend, I completely deleted my website from my web hosting account, and did a fresh install. That means, I only uploaded my old pictures and posts. I did a mass deletion of user accounts, and installed a fresh copy of all my plugins and themes.

I’m also looking into addition security through premium services such as Wordfence (I use the free version) and Sucuri. They’re pricy, but desperate times sometimes call for desperate measures!

So, I just wanted to let y’all know what’s been going on with the site, if you’d been trying to access it this past weekend. Things seem to working smoothly thus far. I’m still bracing myself for the next attack. Ahh, the life of a blogger!

P.S. Sorry for the serious drought of posts. I have ideas almost every day, and think I’ll write one, but don’t. I’m so easily distracted. It’s out of control! I’ll get better! Maybe I need to do a 2014 version of the #31WriteNow challenge to get out of this funk.

Bare Minerals Creeping Into My Skincare Routine

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Will you take a look here? Suz has been buying Bare Minerals products that don’t fall into the “makeup” category!

Y’all know I’m always glued to each and every QVC presentation of Bare Minerals. Well, this year, they introduced some new products that have caught my attention. I’m already a fan of the new liquid foundation (1, 2), but now some skincare items have made their way into my collection; the Biolucent Minerals Brightening Treatment and the Mineralixirs Facial Cleansing Oil.

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The Great Barefoot Turbo Fire Experiment

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It’s a Fitness Miracle!

Ok, let me back up get y’all up to speed on the situation. I have been putting off doing another round of Turbo Fire, my soul mate workout, because some of the HIIT workouts were hurting my feet. I took that as a sign to replace my workout shoes. It’s long overdue, and I don’t need any injuries slowing me down.

As I was researching shoes that would be good for my mostly flat feet, I came across a post on Shaun T’s website, where he talked about what he uses for his own program, Insanity. Turns out he often goes barefoot. And, as I read through the comments I noticed that a lot of others did the barefoot thing too. Shaun T recommended a “minimal” shoe, and lots of folks revealed that they wore Vibram 5-fingers for his workouts. A specific shoe Shaun mentioned was the Reebok CrossFit Trainers.

So, after the seed was planted in my head about barefoot workouts (in terms of impact, Turbo Fire is pretty close to T25 and Insantiy, especially the HIIT workouts), I paused my shoe researching and committed to a week of barefoot Turbo Fire workouts. Today was Day 1 and I did the HIIT 15 workout. This is a short one, but the 3rd segment of the workout always, without fail, makes me feet hurt. Doesn’t matter the shoe I use, without fail, the balls of my feet ache. Usually to the point where I have to either stop or heavily modify the moves. No bueno.

After finishing my workout, I am pleased to report that my feet feel fine. During the combo, where they’re usually on fire, I kept anticipating when the pain would start, but it never did! I was able to jump higher and didn’t have to take it easy at all. Pivoting was pretty easy as well! My knees don’t hurt, nothing hurts! As I write this post, 3 hours later, I’m still in shock.

I’m looking forward to doing some more workouts to see if those results are similar, but I gotta say, so far, so good! If my findings hold, I could save myself close to $100!

Do any of you do workouts barefoot? How’d it go for you?

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