Tried Out Houlihan’s Inspiralized Menu Tonight

I got an Influenster VoxBox at the beginning of the month, inviting me to visit Houlihan’s and check out their new menu items, created by Ali Maffucci of Inspiralized.com. The 3 special items are a substitute spiralized veggies in place of noodles and are lower in carbs & sugar.

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Another Free Movie Screening Partner!

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My post on how to attend free movie screenings is one of my most popular posts on this site. I’m glad! I’ve gotten to see a lot of movies in the past year and a half because of tracking the right keywords, and signing up with as many screening partners as I possibly can.

I got several AdvancedScreenings.com alerts today and they directed me to a new screening partner for the upcoming movie Hardcore Henry. This new site is stxtickets.com. I registered and claimed my passes. Now whether or not I go remains to be seen, but I can make that call next week!

So, if you’re also always looking to maximize the number of free movie screenings you can attend, it probably couldn’t hurt to sign up for an account at STX Entertainment too!

Have my tips helped you? How many free movies have you scored? Let me know in the comments!

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Pardon The Dust

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I promised, in 2016, that I’d knock the dust off this place and get back to blogging, and that’s what I’m in the process of doing.

It’s weird, I have plenty to say (as evidenced by my Twitter account), but when it comes to pulling up my blog and typing it out, I just get lazy. I mean, I haven’t published a post since June 2015. That is completely unacceptable and I’m going to be better!

I am still going to refresh the Couch to 5k podcasts, as well as fix the download links on those pages. I know they’ve been wonky and inaccessible to a lot of you for a long time. And with it being a New Year, I’m sure plenty of you want to get working on your fitness, as part of a resolution. I hear y’all, and I apologize.

I’m also going to share more pictures I take because I got two new cameras last year. I love them, named them Ethel and Agnes, and have been slowly purchasing accessories for them.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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