Your NEXT Full Body Workout!

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Here’s your Next Workout ~

Alright – 15 minutes to warm up and get some cardio in – run around the block, do some jumping jacks, dance to your favorite songs – then meet me back here pronto!!!

Grab your Water, a Towel, and 3 to 5 Pound Weights, a Resistance Band and a Mat, and some Rockin’ Music!

Start Now!!!

 

 

Grab those dumbbells (NOT your husband) and lean slightly forward at the hips. Do 20 triceps kickbacks (hold the weights at  your shoulders and moving ONLY at the elbows, straighten your arms, then return fists to shoulder height). After completing 20 reps move on to triceps extensions (hands together overhead start with elbows bent, then straighten elbows, return to bent elbow position for one count).

NO MORE THAN 30 SECOND RESTS!

Repeat this exercise for a total of 3 times!

Move on the biceps! Start with 20 reverse curls (arms straight, palms facing toward your body and bend only at the elbows. Your palms will be facing away from your body when your fists are at the top of the movement.) Move on to  20 regular curls (arms straight, palms facing away from your body and bend only at the elbows).

NO MORE THAN 30 SECOND RESTS!

Repeat this exercise for a total of 3 times!

Lunge backwards and alternate legs for 20 reps.

NO MORE THAN 30 SECOND RESTS!

Repeat this exercise for a total of 3 times!

Bend slightly at the hips for deadlifts, arms straight holding weights, and bend over till your back is straight, keeping your neck in alignment with your back. Stand up straight and bend again for 10 reps. At the 10th rep, stay bent over and pull your elbows back (squeezing your shoulder blades and your back muscles [lats] just below the blades) for 10 bent-over rows. At the 10th row repeat 10 deadlifts, at the 10th deadlift repeat 10 rows.

NO MORE THAN 30 SECOND RESTS!

Repeat this exercise for a total of 3 times!

Put your arms in goal post position with a weight in each hand and extend straight up for 20 shoulder presses.

NO MORE THAN 30 SECOND RESTS!

Repeat this exercise for a total of 3 times!

Lay on a mat or a bench with a weight in each hand and with your elbows bent at your sides and push straight up over your chest for 20 chest presses.

NO MORE THAN 30 SECOND RESTS!

Repeat this exercise for a total of 3 times!

Perform 50 reps of ab crunches in 3 different positions (raising at your shoulders, raising both your knees and your shoulders, alternating elbows to knees, etc.).

Now how do your feel? You did a great job! Don’t forget to stretch and come back here for other workouts by clicking on my WORKOUT TAB

Did You Know You Really Do Use Scotch Tape?

Last week I posted about a facebook group I’m in doing a weekly mani now, with links to all those that participated. This week’s challenge was to do a “Tape Mani”. I keep seeing all their eBay buys for the skinny little tapes and I’ve never done a tape mani, so I jokingly asked if I could use Scotch tape. Jeez, I didn’t know that’s what they all were using when they talk about it! Smile

  

Since I don’t usually have the time to go all out on manis I thought it would be fun to do these if I could do them quickly and not really worry about how great they looked or how long I’d wear them beyond picture taking for the blog. But like last week’s Water Marble Mani, this one was quite fun and actually much easier to do!

  

I had to read up a little on them, there are tons of YouTube vids and blog posts on how to do it. Basically what I learned is make sure your base mani is at least a day old so you don’t pull it off when you remove the tape. Other than that, your imagination is the limit! There shouldn’t be any polish you can’t use. I’ve seen them over holos, under holos, glittered, creamed, shimmered, and any other finish you can find. Use regular straight edged scissors, curved/design-blade craft scissors, hole reinforcements, blue painters tape, pretty much anything that will stick to your nails that you can paint around/over and peel off!

  

I started with my base which in this case was a couple day old mani of SoFlaJo Tequila Sunrise and Pink Lady, with Wilde Irish Rose as the top layer. Yeah I know, weird combo, but I was just experimenting with combos of my polishes and that’s the one I still had on. It was actually very delicate looking! So on my left hand I cut the tape lengthwise in half and striped horizontially with Pink Lady and Shirley Temple. The right hand I cut the tape in thirds and striped vertically with Blue Martini and Golden Cadillac. Yeah they turned out ok. I did wear them for another couple of days. You can see with the left hand with the reds I didn’t tape it tight enough and some of the polish ran under the tape. I did get a bit better on the right hand and it didn’t bleed much under the tape.

  

Tape manis can be really simple like mine, or very intricate like some of the girls in the link below. Would you try one? Don’t be afraid. This is a LOT easier than water marbling. So what do you think our challenge will be next week? And btw, another group I’m in now wants to do a weekly nail challenge. So maybe I’ll get better at all these techniques. Wish me luck!



FREE TAX DAY SHIPPING!

Hey! It’s TAX DAY and that can’t be good…or can it? As promised earlier this week on my Facebook page – its giveaway time! I’m giving away FREE SHIPPING both domestic and international on ALL SoFlaJo polishes. You asked for it to return and what better time than now!?

All purchases MUST be made through my SHOP tab up there ^^. ALL polishes are included! FREE TAX DAY SHIPPING ends at Midnight tonight!

 

 

LMAO My First Water Marble!

OMG! I’m in a group on Facebook that wanted to have a Water Marble Monday blog today, so of course I thought, why not? I’ve always wanted to try it. Well, Idk if I’ll be trying it again. What a funny and fun time I had, tho. I first tried using polishes that were too shimmery and glittery. Altho they looked great in the water dispersing like they do, they don’t make for a good water marble. At least not till I’m better at it and know what I’m doing. I read a lot of blogs and watched a lot of vids trying to figure out my best plan of attack. I saw China Glaze, Zoya, and Sally Hansen among others mentioned as being good choices. Since I figured I’d be making a mess (and I did), I went with my cheapest option – Sally Hansen. Below are my photos. Please feel free to join me in LMAO!!

I started off here with Shirley Temple from my new Happy Hour Collection.

     

Then that beautiful little girl met the Monster! hahaha

One suggestion I liked and did was to put cuticle oil on my finger up to my first knuckle and under my nail. It was a quick swipe so it used very little product. I also had a small alcohol wipe I used to wipe each nail just before I took the plunge. The cuticle oil works great! I was able to wipe the polish off with a cotton pad quite easily. The fingers that still have polish on them are ones I didn’t get to fast enough, but the polish came off really quickly with my fave Zoya Remove+. Another tip I learned after I did it is to also put a dab of oil on the stir stick (I used a toothpick). That would probably help IMO!

 

And the final picture is my Helmer drawer full of Sally Hansen’s I have to chose from!

OK so now that you’ve seen that I can do it, I did get better by the end with my thumb, what do ya think? Would you try it? You know you want to! DO IT!! Smile And here are the group’s Water Marbles!

Kids with Disabilities Polish/Makeup Charity Drive

Many of you may follow Megan’s blog Painting Rainbows. She is doing an internship right now working with children with disabilities. I’ve known Megan for quite some time and this is a subject that is dear to my heart. Growing up, my best girlfriend’s older brother was severely disabled and I know how much heartache and hardship the family went through. It was a real eye opener as a little kid to be around this and because of it I have a very big soft spot for wanting to help Megan out. I asked her if I could also send Makeup and she lit up telling me that they do indeed want NEW only Makeup for prom that is coming up. The polishes can be used but please make sure you send only new makeup if you plan to include that, too.

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 I have a lot of used polishes that I won’t use. So I sent all of them. I also have a lot of new Nick’s Sticks that I thought would be good for the kids that could handle them could use to paint their own nails. Again Megan lit up when she found out I was sending those and new Sally Hansen Chrome Pens. She said they could use an adapter so that the kids could handle them and use them themselves. How awesome! I also sent a lot of eyeshadows that I had which hadn’t been used (I’m a sucker for eye makeup).

 I ended up using two of the USPS priority padded envelopes. It was cheaper doing that then sending a medium rate box! I also taped the envelopes up really well. One time I sent a padded envelope to someone and all the polish was gone but all the candy and note was there. So to avoid that from now on I always TAPE TAPE TAPE!!! LOL

 

If you would like to send packages to Megan, you can click here to go directly to her blog, or you can email her at itsrainingstars13@hotmail.com  to contact her about the polish you want to send and get her address. Please do not send the polish to me! LOL

OK, there you have it! Doing a good deed and getting rid of polishes you won’t use! What’s better than that?!

Love that International Swap!

 

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I was involved with two international swaps last month and they were both so amazing! One was from Brazil (oolala) and the other was from the UK (yummy). Both ladies are super super super(!) sweet and are two of the best swappers I’ve ever met. Even though I sent what they asked for I feel that my boxes to them were so inadequatre compared to what I received from them! I’m waiting to hear back from both of them because I cannot believe that my boxes didn’t get to them yet. In both swaps we each shipped to each other on the same day. I just hope they are as happy with what they got as I am with what I got. If they aren’t, trust me I have no problem sending them moar! LOL

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So from Alice in the UK, and what started our whole swap was that awesome Max Factor Fantasy Fire! When I asked her what she would like and sent her my swap list, she said “All of it” (haha not quite), so I had to get busy finding other things I’d like to get from her. Since I’m not extremely familiar with UK brands except the MF, Gosh and Models Own, she gave me some ideas and what great ones they were! I also got MF Graffiti, Blue Odyssey, and Moon Dust; Models Own Gold Rush and Mixed Up; 17 Fury, Revenge, Sulk; Gosh Purple Heart, and she gifted me with George U the Sea and MUA Shade 10. Everything is so rich and gorgeous looking. From looking at all this it’s pretty obvious I’m not really into cremes! Yes the Max Factor are little, you can see all four of them in my hand.

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My swap from Brazil was already predetermined on the Hits! Heck yeah I knew I wanted some of those after seeing everybody’s beautiful swatches all over the internet! Glitter Forte, Unconventional, Artsy, Cutie Pie, Hestia, Apolo, Dionisio, Hefesto, Atena, and Zeus. What a gorgeous selection of polishes they are! But wait, there’s more! Ludurana Aurora Boreal; Rivka Carrie and Ellen Gold Cinza Chumbo (I love that name!), Prata, Roxo, Vermelho, and Rosa. She also got me 2 lovely bracelets, a convertible shopping bag and since I already carry several on my purse you’d think she read my mind! Carolina also gave me darling little note cards, emery boards (with cats and cheeta prints), and the neatest stamping plate with hearts, cats, teddys, dogs, bunnies, and other cute symbols on it.

These girls really made my collections come alive! I don’t know that I’m really a person with lots of lemmings, but if I was, they certainly filled those spots! And I also got a bottle of Savvy polish (from Sally’s) that my good friend Jane gave me when we went out to dinner the other night. She said, Well it was purple and all the Savvy are now 99c, so I bought them for you, my daughters, myself. Hmmmm Jody, now I’m starting to sound like you! LOL Yep, we converted another one ladies! Welcome to our Polish Kingdom, right?

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All of the international polishes were pretty small actually! The smallest were the Max Factor which are 4.5ml. The rest ranged in size from 6ml for The Hits, MUA, and maybe George to 8ml for 17, Ludurana, and Gosh. The largest were the Rivka at 10ml, Ellen Gold at 12ml, and Models Own at 14ml.

So what swaps have you done lately? For a couple of international ones (I have done two with Australia previously – oh yeah – Glitter Gals and Ozotics), I am really beyond words at how gorgeous their polishes are. Who is with me in thinking US makers need to step up their game?

My Secret Bunny Loves Me!

I am in a Facebook group that did a Secret Bunny swap (like Secret Santa). I already have so many polishes that I couldn’t think of a whole lot that I needed. I really got into the swap so I could gift some things and fill some lemmings that another might have. But as fate would have it, the wonderful gal that got me knows how much of an animal lover I am, and is one herself. We both have cats and we’ve talked to each other about how much joy they bring to our lives and what excellent companions they are.

One of our cats, Sgt Joe Friday

The organizer of the swap got us all to join elfster.com. It’s a pretty cool site that you can input things you want for gifts and your family and friends can look at it and get you stuff you actually want on your birthday and holidays! LOL I entered that I didn’t need anything, and to please make a donation in my name to your favorite pet charity.

What's in the bag? There's some bubblewrap!

 

There's some bubblewrap!

When I got my swap package it is was nice and compact. So I was thinking to myself, Yes, she didn’t get me a bunch of stuff. When I opened it there was one of my favorite things ` CHOCOLATE! Haha, I think that she had asked me a question about my snacking and I said I love chocolate, actually milk chocolate. She did a fine job of filling up the bag with some real winners including Lindt and M&Ms. Yummmm But there was even more goodness in that swap bag! Some very nice Milani polishes that I didn’t have, and Sinful Colors Green Ocean, which I’ve been lusting after for over two years! Why has it never made it to Fort Lauderdale? I guess I lamented about it enough because she knew I wanted it and sure enough, I now own my very own bottle!

Oooooo pretty polishes!!

So yes I did very well from my Secret Bunny. But there was one more thing I was to find. When I opened the adorable card, there inside was a note thanking her for the donation to Cat’s Cradle pet rescue. I was bawling by the time I got done reading the note! She touched my heart and made me so happy for doing that. Our four cats are all rescues, so I know how much the shelters need revenue. They certainly need it more than I need a dozen new polishes! I want to thank my friend and Secret Bunny Michele for being such a sweet soul and giving, what I expect knowing her, was a very generous donation to them. And also to let you know that yes, I’ve eaten most of the chocolate WITHOUT sharing it! hahaha And I’m going to be wearing one of my new polishes this week for Easter! YAY

So what do you think about how very special my Secret Bunny swap haul was?

 

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