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Tuesday, November 08, 2016

5th Annual Great Pumpkin Swap

I was thrilled to participate in the 5th Annual Great Pumpkin swap with Becky and Kristin this year. I was paired up with Rose and I couldn't wait to go shopping for her. I was equally excited to receive the box she sent me. Here are the goodies she sent me:
*The coffee sign---I LOVED this! Any wall decor as cute as this is a staple in my home. I can't wait to put it up in our new home (we're moving soon).
*Pumpkin Spice Monkey bread---Rose sent this at the perfect time. I had to bring in treats for school for the staff on Friday. By the second lunch period, they were gone! Safe to say, they were a big hit!
*Be Happy coffee mug---Somehow Rose knew I love coffee and this adorable mug is perfect for me. Cute coffee mugs are my weakness.
*Candle---You can never go wrong with a candle. And this one smells amazing. I've already lit it and my house smells like fall; perfect timing for this amazing fall in Chicago.
*Cute pumpkin holder---This cute pumpkin decoration was filled with chocolate, my favorite! I'm not going to lie, all the chocolate is already gone since I took this picture.

And I think my favorite thing about my whole box was that she got something for my fur babies!!!
This is Tio with the ball Rose got him. He wouldn't let me play with it with him. He loves his balls!

And this little toy was a favorite of my little 4 pound dog, Mickey. However, it's on the table because it was the center of a doggy argument...they both wanted it at the same time. So, it's up here until my pups can learn to share :)

I'm so happy I was able to participate in this swap and I'm so glad I was able to swap with Rose. 
Thanks for hosting Kristin and Becky. :)



Monday, October 03, 2016

Book Review: Love Your Life, Not Theirs

This is just what I needed to read at this point in my life. This book was life changing!

I had the opportunity to review Rachel Cruze's new book, Love Your Life, Not Theirs. Now, if you're not familiar with Rachel Cruze she is the daughter of money guru, Dave Ramsey. However, she has a fresh new take on money and how society these days has certain expectations of us financially. 

In her latest book, she does an amazing job at conveying her 7 money habits in order to live the life you want. Everyone can relate to this book in one way or another; social media comparisons, dealing with the financial pressure of society, the power of creating habits with money and the importance of giving. 

A few of my favorite Rachel quotes from the book:
"Most of what you see on Facebook and Instagram is enhanced. It's a public display of our best self."
 “I believe that our culture is struggling with the diseases of selfishness and discontentment, and generosity is the only cure I know.” 
"It made me realize how important it is not just to be aware of your habit but also to take control of them if you want to truly take control of your life."

This is a must read book! I highly recommend it.

Monday, September 26, 2016

My Top 5 Podcasts

Lately, I've been listening to a lot of podcasts. I have about a 30 minute commute to and from work every day, so I have a lot of time to listen to podcasts. Here are my top 5. I'm always looking for new podcasts to listen to, so if you have one that you love, please share it with me!


1. The Lively Show---I recently started listening to Jess and I love her. She shares advice on living your life with intentionality and purpose. She talks a lot about how to find your passion. She is currently traveling the world to try to find her purpose in her life. I highly suggest it for any female in their 20s, 30s and 40s. 

2. Willow Creek Community Church--- I've been recently trying to figure out Christianity and how it pertains in my life. I wasn't raised super religious, but I've been curious about it and how it can benefit me. I love this church and how their sermons can relate to me no matter what day of the week it is. 

3. The Dave Ramsey Show---I've always been a weirdo-geek about money. Once I found Dave, all my finanicial questions and worries have been answered. He gives such simple steps and advice for getting out of debt and becoming wealthy. My husband and I are currently on baby step 2 and almost done. His podcast is an open radio show. People all over the US call in and ask Dave their personal finanical quesitons and he gives them his honest opinion. I just love Dave! 

4. Dear Sugar---This podcast is done by Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond. They answer questions from listeners that pertain to love, heart break, family and life sturggles. Readers write in and the "Sugars" answer their thought-provoking letters. It's a good listen! They have some amazing advice. PS. Cheryl Strayed is the women who wrote 'Wild', her memior. 

5. Serial---I listened to this podcast back when it was the big hit! I'm keeping it on my Podcast list because I'm hopeful there will be another season with a new criminal story. If you haven't listened to Serial, I highly suggest it. PS. I'm Team Adnan 

What are your favorite podcasts? Please Share!

Friday, July 11, 2014

My Itch....

to let it all out and write.



I haven't written for awhile mainly because I've had 1,001things to do and blogging was 1,002.

Whoever said that growing up is fun and easy...is lying. Well...actually, I've never heard that from anyone, but it's how I feel. Like I'm thrown into adulthood and I'm supposed to have it all figured out.

And... I don't.

I feel like I have all these responsibilities now...

I have so much on my plate right now; wedding planning/sorting, trying to get all this loan stuff figured out to build our first house, paying off my student loans, starting to think about the new school year and then a side business that the fiancé and I started a couple of months ago.

I'm supposed to be excited about planning our wedding and frankly, I'm not.

I'm supposed to be excited about (possibly) building and moving into our first house and frankly, I'm not.

The truth is, I'm a scared wreck. I don't feel prepared. I don't feel old enough. I don't feel confident.

I'm scared that my fiancé and I will have money issues. I'm scared my fiancé won't find a full-time job. I'm scared we won't get this house. I'm scared to be on our own.

However, I cannot stress about things I cannot control.

I just need to reassure myself everything will be ok.



At least I have a career I love. Times like these are when I wish we had year-round school. So, I don't sit and pity myself over the real world.

...I think too much.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Sunday Social....is back!

I haven't done one of these in a LONG time.

I thought I'd jump in this one because I haven't in a long time. It's early Sunday morning and I'm blogging with a cup of coffee in my hand...perfection :)


This week's questions:
1. What is the name of your blog? How long have you been blogging? 
The name of my blog is The Very Unofficial Adult. I have been blogging since October 2010! Holy cow!!
2. Why do you blog?
I blog as an outlet. Like most people that blog, I enjoy having my own space to write whatever I want to write. I also write better than I speak...I just hope I can become an even better writer.
3. What is the first blog you ever followed? 
Hmm...I wish there was a button on BlogLovin' or Blogger where it told you. I honestly can't remember. I think my very first blog was my (RLF) real-life friend, Erin's blog. And from her blog, I found Hanna's and from her's I found many many blogs I love.
4. What is your favorite post you wrote in 2013? 
5. What are your blogging goals for 2014? 
Blog more on things that are on my mind. Comment more. And look into a blogging conference...any tips?
6. Top 3 favorite blogs to follow? 
Only 3?!?!? FINE:
-Leah at S.I.F
-Hanna at Bouffee Bambini
-Erin at Two Thirds Hazel
...even though I read tons of great blogs!

Ok---off to school to get ready for the new week. I hope everyone has a great Sunday!

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Vitamins?

As a long user of vitamins, I never really noticed if they worked or if they did what they were meant for. I would usually just find the cheapest one in Target or even just the name brand kind. If I had never been exposed to Nutrilite, I wouldn't have known (or felt) the difference.

Until I started using their all natural vitamins, I genuinely FELT a difference. Not only can I feel the difference, but look at this demonstration I did for my friends and family.

The ones on the left are the vitamins I usually took. The ones on the right are my new multivitamin, Double X.
You can see the 2 different pills on the counter. I filled 2 glasses up with warm water because our bodies are made up of mostly water.

 These are the 2 pills in the water cups.

And this is the vitamin 8 minutes after I put them in water. Notice the lump of vitamin on the bottom of the left glass. The water is cloudy but it never fully mixes in with the water. Notice that the Double X mixed in better and faster. 

They have more than just multi-vitamins, so please go look around.  Nutrilite is the leading vitamin and supplement company in the world. Yes, you read the correctly....even before GNC. That means it has GOT to be a good company!!

Are your vitamins or supplements working for you? Let me know.

I'm looking for people that are interested in improving their health, trying something new, or someone who will just give me an honest opinion on the products. Let me know if you'd be willing to receive some free products?

In the mean time, how cute were my puppies today? Nap time!



THIS IS NOT A SPONSORED POST AND ALL THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS ARE MY OWN FROM MY OWN PERSONAL EXPERIENCES.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

BIG Changes and BIG Deals

First...look what happened December 8th, 2013!!!




YES!!! The Boy and I are engaged and we couldn't be happier. 

How he did "it": He put a red note on Bronx's (our dog) collar and The Boy told me to go get Bronx from outside and I noticed the red tag and I was asking The Boy why he had it on him. I finally got Bronx to get the tag off and on the front it said "To: Mommy" and I opened it and it said, "Will you be my mommy...forever?" I freaked out threw the cards in the snow and turned around and he was on one knee...and you know what happens after that!

Let the wedding planning begin. Any good websites or advice? I'm all ears! Ahhh.... I still can't believe it! I'm sooooo happy!!

Another big deal news, although not AS big of a deal as the engagement, we started our business and partnership with a great local team here in the Northwest Suburbs. 

The Fiancé (that'll be his new name) and I are driving business online to small and large corporations. We are partners with the Amway corporation. They have 3 exclusive products lines; an all natural vitamin and supplement line called Nutrilite, a top of the line make-up and skincare line called Artistry, and an all organic, safe and natural cleaning product Legacy of Clean. We are so excited to start this venture in our life. 

Check out our business page here. More on demonstrations, giveaways, and testimonials from friends and family. Please let me know if you'd like me to send you some free sample products based on a product line that looks most appealing to you in exchange for your honest reviews of the products.

Well, it's football Sunday around here. That means while The Fiancé watches screams and swears at the football games, I'm looking at Pinterest for wedding ideas and meal planning for the week and making my to-do lists for the week.

I hope everyone has a fantastic holiday week full of laughter, family, friends and fun!!!