February 2015 Goal Review

Financial:

Stick to the backwards 52 Week Challenge ($1,379) but bump it to a total of $1,500
Completed my transfer for February ($186)
Research and create a house budget for unfinished items
This way take a back seat already…I’m having roof issues. 3 years into home ownership. Sad eh.
Save $250 in rolled change by December 31, 2015
Have yet to roll the change in the jar for Feb.
Pay off $5,000 of car debt by December 31, 2015
$500 for February is set aside

Personal:

Make the gym/getting healthy a priority
CHECK! 3x a week I am going.
Create a work schedule for Job #2 and stick to it
So far the schedule is working out!
Treat myself once a month
I wouldn’t call this a treat, but I needed new runners for the gym as my DC runners don’t cut it, so that’s where this treat went to.
Lose 15 pounds by July 31, 2015
2.5 pounds down + 6 inches
Take a week off from Job #2 in the summer (July or August)
Cottage in July is booked (saving up for it now) and possibly a trip back to Europe in August.
Read 12 books by December 31, 2015
Currently reading “Gone Girl” … still. Oops.

Garnier Color Styler Review

3 words: DON’T DO IT!

Garnier Color Styler

I seriously wish I had googled this product before purchasing it. It would have saved me so so much stress and heartache.

Let me start at the beginning..

So, this past Friday was crazy hair day at school and I’ve been leaning towards wanting to put purple in my hair for many days now, so what better time to do that they now. I decided to try out the Garnier Color Styler Intense Wash-Out Haircolor since it’s something that isn’t permeant and if I didn’t like the look no harm done right! WRONG! My poor poor hair. I ended up purchasing the Pink Pop version because on dark hair it goes in purple and the purple color option wasn’t available.

So Garnier Color Styler is an Intense Wash-Out Color with Revolutionary Color Coat Technology. It is an ultra-easy application. It uses Clay-based pigmented formula which creates a thin color-coat on the surface of the hair fiber without damaging it. When it dries there is no rubbing off or staining. And it washes out in 2-3 shampoos. Or so they say.

Now the color part of this product did work. However it didn’t actually turn my hair purple. More of a red with slightly purple undertones. You can sort of see in the images below. After the product was in and dried I decided to curl my hair. They stayed perfectly. I even slept on them and only had to touch up a few. They even stayed without any hairspray which was fantastic but the knots in my hair were unbelievable when I tried to bush it out later that evening.

Garnier Color Pop

As for damaging my hair, well I believe that this product did damage my hair. Hopefully once the product it out it will go back to normal, but during the application process I noticed my hair was starting to become straw like. I would assume that this is due to the clay based formula coating my hair. 3 shampoos later and the product is still somewhat in and my hair is knotty and still straw like. I’m unable to wear it naturally curly so I’ve had to straightened it after every shower and I can feel a difference. It’s not a silky smooth at it usually it. Normally when I run my fingers through my hair there aren’t many knots but since this product is still in my hair there are.

Overall I would caution you against purchasing this product. Hopefully a few more showers will remove the product and my hair will go back to normal.

I’m not an option kinda girl.

No one ever tells you how hard dating in your 30’s is. Maybe because no one wants to admit that they are single and over 30. Well let me tell you that being single and 31 years old BLOWS!

I’ve started to realize that guys see me as an option instead of a priority and it kinda sucks.

Guys only want to see me at night when their kids are sleeping, or when they don’t have plans (very last minute late at night) or they tell me that they want to see me and they end up texting me at 1am.

My date options usually consist of meeting at Tim Hortons or Starbucks. No one wants to plan things to do because if there isn’t a connection right off the bat they want the opportunity to bail.

So for now I’m taking a break; and yes I’ve said that before many times but I’m going to focus on myself because I’m tired of being someone’s option and not their priority.

January 2015 Goal Review

Financial:

Stick to the backwards 52 Week Challenge ($1,379) but bump it to a total of $1,500
Completed my transfer for January ($202)
Research and create a house budget for unfinished items
Working away. So far I want to do:
– Backsplash
– Back Deck
– Living Room
Save $250 in rolled change by December 31, 2015
Saved $49
Pay off $5,000 of car debt by December 31, 2015
No payment in January. Not off to a good start.

Personal:

Make the gym/getting healthy a priority
I have a trainer that I see 3x a week. Down 6 inches total.
Create a work schedule for Job #2 and stick to it
I have a work schedule and am training a girl to take over the database, so while it means a little bit of a loss in income it means less stress for me. So that’s a win.
Treat myself once a month
new TNA Hoodie
Lose 15 pounds by July 31, 2015
Down 6 inches. No change in weight
Take a week off from Job #2 in the summer (July or August)
Going away in July to a cottage, however I will probably work some days, so will figure out another week.
Read 12 books by December 31, 2015
Currently reading “Gone Girl”

Snow Day 2015

It’s the first snow day of 2015 and I honestly didn’t think I would see this day happen. I knew that there was a bad storm coming but my board is notorious for just cancelling the buses. So bravo to them. Even if it did take them a long time to call it. Thankfully my dad and brother were looking out for me and pretty much banned me from leaving my house.

Soo, since Snow Day’s don’t happen often I want to take full advantage of this one. I’ve already completed my morning online job (5am-6:30am), had my breakfast and cleaned up; which never happens. Usually I leave my breakfast dishes to do in the evening after I’ve had dinner. My budget was completed last night, I don’t have to do that either, so I might work on a review of my yearly goals. I also might read. I’m working on completing “Gone Girl” and lately I’ve been exhausted at night so I haven’t been keeping up with my reading. I also might decide to shovel my driveway, but since I don’t have to be anywhere (considering my road isn’t plowed) I don’t actually need to do it anytime soon.

Right now I’m just going to chill, relax and enjoy the snow day.