(Ack!! September!!! Fall!!! Pumpkin!!! All the things!!!!)
I haven’t joined this linkup in a while, but I’ve missed it. I finally took some time tonight to read a couple of the magazines that have been in my “to read” pile. There’s nothing better than reading fitness magazines while eating pizza and cookies, right?
This month’s inspiration comes from the August issue of Runner’s World. After I cleared the crumbs off the page, I took a picture of the 5K training plan they included. It uses the walk-run method made famous by Jeff Galloway.
The plan is geared towards beginners who have never done a 5K, but since it’s been so long since I’ve participated in one, I’m practically a beginner again! Now that the weather seems to be cooling down (now watch it jump back up to the 90s again…), I think it’s a good time to start training for one. Plus, my brother works at the Under Armour distribution center now and gets a really nice discount on Under Armour stuff, so I can get new workout gear!
The article is available on the Runner’s World website, so check it out if you’re interested in joining me on my journey!
Hello again! Time for another project inspired by a magazine. Like last month, this month’s inspiration will be slightly boring but one of those necessary evils in the world of being an adult.
This month’s inspiration comes from the June issue of Real Simple magazine. I used to be a huge fan of Real Simple and even had a subscription for a while, but then I started noticing that they were featuring products out of my price range and some of their “life hacks” were anything but simple. I stopped reading it regularly until my library got a digital subscription to it. It seems like they’re kind of returning to their roots, so maybe I”ll read more often again!
The June cover features a teaser that says “Get It Done! Genius shortcuts to check everything off your list.”
Sign. Me. Up.
Some of the genius shortcuts don’t seem very genius, and some don’t apply to me, but there are two things in particular that caught my eye: deal with the giant pile of mail and get all of the laundry done.
I don’t know about you guys, but to me, laundry feels like a never-ending task. Will did three loads today while he was home, and the pile is still huge. The magazine suggests giving yourself cues, like putting an empty basket in your favorite chair that way you’re reminded to put wet laundry in the dryer before sitting down to relax. It also says to make things more pleasant by clearing clutter out of your laundry room. I’m fortunate enough to have a laundry room at our current house and at our new house, so I’ll definitely implement these ideas!
Sorting mail is not as much of a drudgery as laundry can be, but it’s still something I struggle with. I’m embarrassed to admit this, but my mail “organization” system used to involve just throwing everything in a pile and forgetting about it. I do not recommend that system to anyone! The article about mail sorting suggests immediately discarding obvious junk, then putting bills in one location and anything that needs to be processed, such as invitations, in another location. Then, and this is the part that I need to work on, set a time, once a week, once a month, whatever works for you, and actually go through the bills to pay them, respond to invitations, etc. I know this seems so simple to some people, but it was a duh moment for me!
Anyone have any other genius shortcuts for me? I could use all of the help I can get!
Back in March, I participated in a cool linkup called “Glossies Made Me Do It.” I completely missed it last month, so I’m glad to be back at it!
This month’s post is a little boring, but it’s also practical. Our car insurance company sends out a magazine, and I flipped through it at lunch today. One of the articles in it talked about discounts that the company offers. I won’t mention the name of the company, but here’s a clue…
After reading that, I wondered if there were any other discounts that we could get each month. I looked through their website and found that they offer a bundle discount if you use them for your car and home coverage. Since we do, I had to ask about it!
Sadly, it’s not offered in our state for some strange reason, but I did see the other discounts that we receive each month. I would’ve never thought about looking at this if I hadn’t read that article and wanted to find something to post about for this linkup. Maybe I should try these money saving tips more often…
In another post, I talked about how I want to join more linkups. If you’re not familiar with what a linkup is, it’s basically when a blogger or a group of bloggers all post about the same thing and leave links to each others’ blogs on the host(s) blog(s). Clear as mud for anyone? 😉 I’ve been participating in the monthly “Currently” linkup since January, and now I’ve found another fun and interesting one to join, called “Glossies Made Me Do It.”
A little backstory: I was reading a blog that I found on a Currently linkup, and it had a post called “Glossies Made Me Do It” about an idea from a magazine that she tried. There were a couple of other bloggers who did it, and then they decided to make it a monthly linkup. I think this is a fun one because I’ve always enjoyed reading magazines and saving ideas to try “someday,” but I rarely ever do anything beyond that. Now I’ll be forced inspired to actually try some things!
Alright, with that out of the way, let’s get to it!
The library I work at recently added a magazine browsing app called Flipster, and I have really enjoyed it! Earlier this week, I loaded 5 magazines on my iPad! Can you imagine how much space 5 actual magazines would’ve taken up in my purse? (Librarian note – many other libraries have Flipster or similar services so check your library’s website to see if they do!).
I was browsing the March 2017 edition of Glamour magazine when I found my inspiration : an article called “How to Look Less Tired”.
Sign. Me. Up.
A couple of the ideas in the article were ridiculous. Get more sleep? Wow, earth shattering, life-changing info right there. But, one portion suggested faking it with makeup application. I’m pretty makeup challenged, but the suggestions in this article seemed easy enough, even for someone like me.
Here I am in my natural state last Friday morning:
Also, let’s take a minute to admire my majestic morning hair:
The article outlines a number of steps to go through, including using an undereye cream/primer, a couple of different concealers, and eyeshadow suggestions. I didn’t have all of the necessary makeup/tools, so I followed along the best I could.
Here are my final results, in the glowing natural light of my car in the driveway:
A few answers to the burning questions I know you all have:
Yes, my earrings are cassette tapes
Yes, I do need something else to cover that spot on my forehead
Yes, my hair actually did look better before I tried to “style” it
So, do I look less tired? Maybe. I felt like I had a lot of makeup on, and at one point in the day, my undereye concealer looked like it was melting off my face. Always pleasant.
I’m glad I tried these techniques, but it probably won’t become a regular thing for me. Now on to looking for next month’s idea!