Total Basset Case

May 3, 2016

April Favorites

May! Finally!
I love May, I really think it is one of my favorite months.  The sun is finally shining, it's warm and it's just a happy month.

But before we get too excited about May, let's talk about all the things from April that were great.

First and most exciting, Mister and I jumped the gun on flower planting and starting on the yard and I couldn't be happier.  I've said it before, I want our whole yard flowers.  Mister is with me on this and has done an excellent job mulching and getting our yard prepped for all the flowers I want.  

Also this gave us a chance to put our metal anniversaries gifts to use.
See if you can spot them ;)

Other favorites this month included this Mexican mac and cheese dish. Totally not on my diet or what I should be eating but we had friends over and it was necessary.

Old Navy...I feel like they go through spurts there where things are great and things are terrible.  I ordered a couple things online and they were TERRIBLE but then I went in the store and gave them a large chunk of my paycheck.
I picked up some great spring/summer weekend items but am lacking spring stuff to wear to work.  Does anyone have any good suggestions where to look?

I recently switched to using BareMinerals Bare Skin foundation.  I haven't been using it consistently enough to give it a full review but so far, I really like it!  I haven't used a liquid foundation in years so this is a whole new world for me.  I picked up a (knock off) beauty blender to make the process even easier.  

And those were my April favorites...now let's do this, May!

Apr 28, 2016

5 tips for working out at a big box gym

First things first, my computer is all better!
I swear those guys at the Genius Bar are really, geniuses.  They explained a couple of really handy photo storage things to me.  I am happy to do a post on that if anyone is interested, just let me know.

Moving on...
Back in January a big box gym opened up literally across the street from us.  Previously I had been working out in our lower level but was craving a little more of a challenge.  I also wanted somewhere I could run on the dreadmill if the weather was not cooperating.
We stopped in one day and when they told me it was $20/month with unlimited classes and guest passes, I was immediately sold.
I was attracted to the gym because of the size (not too big and not too small), the amenities it offers, the classes and the friendly staff.

However, starting back at a big box gym was a little intimidating.  
What do I do? Where do I start?  What machines do I use?

Thankfully because of the amenities I mentioned above, this was all figured out quite quickly.

I put together some tips to help you feel more confident walking into a big box gym and making the most of your workout.

1.  Be friendly - Say hi and smile to the employees, fellow gym goers, instructors.  Chances are you will go to the gym around the same time each day meaning you see a lot of the same people, every day.  I am on a first name basis with the guys at the front counter and it just makes my whole gym experience more enjoyable and a more personal connection in such a big place.

2.  Have a plan - Whether than aimlessly wondering around the gym for 30 minutes, arrive with a plan.  It does not have to be a full fledged plan but at least a general idea of what your focus is that day.
For example I do-
Monday - cardio class and back
Tuesday - arms
Wednesday - legs
Thursday - abs and booty
Friday - light cardio and stretching 
I trickle in other classes I enjoy depending on the day and what time I get to the gym.  
This plan helps me stay focused and make the most of my time at the gym.  Because as much as I love working out, I love being home with my family more.  

3.  Observe - Still not quite sure what to do when you arrive at the gym?  Take a look around! While every single person may not being using correct form or something you think you can do, you can at least get some ideas.  Jealous of how ripped that girls arms are?  Watch what she does on her arm day.   Think that guy has the best abs in town?  Keep an eye on what ab circuit he's doing.  There are plenty of seasoned gym veterans that have plenty of work outs figured out so simply keep an eye on them.  
And if you are still stumped, stick to the basics.  You can NEVER go wrong with push ups, lunges, squats, bicep curls, tricep extensions, crunches, burpees, planks, etc and by adding weights, all of these can be taken up a notch.   

4.  Read the signs - Strength machines are a great place to start if free weights aren't your thing.  Luckily, they all come with detailed photos as well.  As many times as I have been to the gym, I still read the signs on the machines to double check I am using it correctly.  

5.  Utilize the resources - Thankfully my gym has great classes, offered at various times of the day.  I am paying for these classes each month so it is worthwhile to me to take them!  Some days I want to do my own thing and some times, I really enjoy that someone else has already planned my work out for me.  Even if you are not sure about a class or if you will like it, just try it out!  Most classes are about 30 minutes, you can stick out any class for 30 minutes.  You may even find something you really love! 

Apr 25, 2016

Short and Sweet

Short and sweet for a post today but I have a good reason...
however, it starts with some bad news.
My computer is having a hissy fit and not working like I need it to.
SO she is going to the Apple doctor soon.
Because of that, and the slowness at which she is running, blogging has been quite difficult lately.

BUT the good news is, this past weekend we were home celebrating the lovely Whitney's wedding with a beautiful shower.  AND Floyd was able to see his Gma and he went on about 47 walks.  
He also went on a very fun golf cart ride.  I think the only thing better to him than smelling the whole golf course is doing it at 15 mph cruising down the cart path.

He also staked his claim on the back 9.
Dis my golf course, Mama.

Hope your weekend was fabulous and beautiful! We can't get enough of this great weather!
I hope to be back later this week with more posts and a better working computer, fingers crossed! 

Apr 19, 2016

ATX

This past weekend was one for the record books.
It did not involve a lot of sleeping but it was fantastic. 

Let's back up to Friday though.
My alarm went off at 3am and after some eye rubbing, I was off to the airport.
You know how 6am flights always sound like such a good idea?  They really aren't.

Finally after a million hours of travel and 3 spent in the Atlanta airport, I arrived in Dallas, hopped in the car and headed to Austin.  
Austin has been on the books for months now to celebrate my bestie's bachelorette party.  We have SO been looking forward to the weekend and it was so great.  
The house we rented was ridiculous and we felt like rockstars all weekend.
Friday night was full of girl talk, wine, dinner and showering her with gifts.  

Saturday was the ultimate lounge day.  We hung out all day and had more girl talk than you can imagine.  
That afternoon Priv came to the house to make us beautiful.  Priv is a mobile beauty service that comes to your house full of services like mani/pedis, blowouts, spray tans, braided styles and more! GENIUS concept.  
I opted for a braided style and decided I want them to come to my house every day.
After more primping and a session with the photographer, we loaded on the party bus.
That evening we hit the town of Austin for dinner at Ranch 616 (delicious) and out for drinks and dancing our faces off.  So. Much. Dancing.  If you want to see some girls have the best time ever, give them some champs, a party bus and a playlist full of Justin Bieber.
The fun finally came to a close around 1:30 when I hit the sack and set my alarm for 4 to jump in a cab for the airport.  Yes, another 6am flight because I like to torture myself. 

Needless to say, after lots of travel, Sunday was full of sleeping and resting.  But not before admiring our beautiful yard that Mister had spent the weekend re-mulching and buying me flowers.  He is the best.  He even went to the grocery for me AND made dinner.  

Apr 14, 2016

Tiptoeing Through the Tulips

Earlier this week I had the fabulous opportunity to visit the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden for a Tulip Event.  

I didn't know quite what to expect when going but I love flowers and I love animals so it seemed like a win win to me.

And a TOTAL win it was.  
We had a guided tour around the zoo and were able to learn all sorts of fascinating information about the flowers and tulips at the zoo.  The Cincinnati Zoo plants 110,000 tulips bulbs every year.  Isn't that nuts?! And boy oh boy they are beautiful!
After the event (and a delicious brunch!) we walked around the zoo and all of the animals were SO active.  

09 10