Sunday, January 10, 2010

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Pampered Pretty Sundays

I've noticed this girly thing doesn't take long to unravel. My nail polish chips, my skin gets dry, my attitude goes downhill. Instead of trying to remedy this on a daily basis while chasing four kids and keeping up with housework that never ends, I decided that I would take one night a week that the kids are in bed early, my husband isn't home, and my mom is working and pamper myself a little. That's why Sunday nights have become Pampered pretty Sundays.

If all goes according to plan, I will have big kids in bed by 8:30 and the baby shortly thereafter, and then I can grab a book, relax in the tub, use the sugar scrub, shave the legs, use my new stress relieving bath salts. That will have me all set to grate and sandpaper my feet, apply lotion, repaint nails, etc. I think once a week will be much more manageable to me than trying to fit something into every day when it comes up. Besides, what says day of rest better than a good book, a hot bath, and some time alone?

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

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A Challenge

I swore to myself that I wouldn't focus on my actual weight/weight loss this year because I am so afraid of failure in this area. However, my good friend, Tye, approached me with a challenge, a Biggest Loser of sorts, that he and some of his friends are running over the next six months. I know I need to get the weight off, so I agreed to play along with them. I don't like losing, so I suppose I should get serious, tomorrow. Anywhooo, I added a ticker at the bottom of this blog to keep track of my weight loss. I will try to update it each Wednesday when I weigh in for the challenge, and I hope to see my little flower inching forward soon. Also, I think this is a good opportunity to start training for the Komen Tri for the Cure this summer in Denver. I was supposed to participate last summer, but never managed to talk myself into training... Yeah. So feel free to check in here, catch me on twitter (@cassie_d_ape), or friend me on facebook. Let the games begin!

Sunday, January 3, 2010


A Revision of Resolutions?

I know we are only three days into the new year, but I have put a lot of thought into the New Year's Resolution I made. You know, the get girly one. Since I made it and went public with it, I've started to wonder if it is just silly. Should I be working on more important things instead? Is this a selfish act and not a resolution at all? I can think of so many other things I need to work on. Maybe I should have chosen being a better housewife. My domestic skills leave a lot to be desired, and that would bless my whole family. Maybe I should be watching less TV, or spending an hour a day in the gym. Volunteering at the animal shelter? Or in my kids' classrooms? Did I make the right choice? Should I stick with this, or choose something more life-altering? I wanna know what you think.

Super Soft Pigs and Fingernails: Take 2

As you know, I'm working on softening myself up, being a little more feminine, feeling more like a woman. My first step was growing out and painting my nails. While the growing part went fine, the fingernail painting was a disaster that made me want to quit the whole woman thing and eat a burrito. I have decided that I will keep going, knowing that this is an area I need to really work on, and will run with just a clear nail strengthener right now in the hopes of keeping my nails and my sanity. I will be keeping the Iced Merlot on my toenails though, as they turned out nicely.

Today's task was to make my feet softer and more girly, and I have to ask a question here. Do people really go through all of this? I bought this lovely little tool, the Dr. Scholl's For Her Smooth My Sole micro file. (Fun fact: You can use your medical flexible spending/cafeteria account to buy this product.) Who knew that it was going to be a small cheese grater and a piece of sandpaper cutesied up in pink???

First you are supposed to grate the dry skin off your feet, and then sandpaper them to a shiny gloss. This seemed wrong to me, but it's a new year, so I tried it anyway. What do you know? The thing works! After grating, sanding, and glossing I added a layer of ultra smoothing lotion and a pair of fuzzy socks. Now, I hate lotion being on me, but again, new year, girly me, gonna try it.

In retrospect, I probably should have done the soft feet step first, and then the nail polishing, but I didn't and the polish survived. It's a case of living and learning, and the next time I will know how a real lady would do it.

Saturday, January 2, 2010


Day 1: Painting the Nails

I counted Friday's task as a success for about twenty minutes. I got all of my finger and toenails polished, and they looked great. Then I went in to shower, and on the way out, I noticed that both of my thumbnails had chipped already. And this is why I don't usually put in the effort. It seems to me that if I am going to take the time to shape, strengthen, and polish two coats, it should be able to withstand the force of the shower! However, this is the year of girly, so I am going to patch it up, stop my whining, and move on.

Saturday's task: Softer feet. (Have I mentioned my serious dislike of lotions?)