Five Things Friday

This has been an exciting week for trips to the mailbox! It seems like all my free samples are coming all at once. Cat food, more cat food, coupons, body products, and more. Mail isn’t so great when you’re an adult because it’s mostly bills and ads, so it’s great to see a teal PinchMe box or a red Crowdtap box clogging up the small space.

Although I haven’t hit the big fitness goals I did last week, I’ve continued to reach my step goals for everyday this week. Let me tell you, I love the two week streak, but I just want to lay down and eat cake. Lots of it. Exercising everyday is hard.

Then Friday snuck up on me and someone reminded me that I have a blog post to write.

Five Things Friday

1. Olay Duo

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This came in the mail as a sample from PinchMe. I’m always open to trying new body products and I love exfoliating. The scent is Orchid and Black Current, which I love! It fills the bathroom with the aroma so that it always smells good. Plus, I can smell it on me a day after I use it. I might have to purchase one of these when I’m finished with my free sample.

2. China Glaze Nail Polish

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While strolling around aimlessly at the grocery store, I found some bottles of China Glaze nail polish on clearance. Half off! It didn’t look old and I haven’t tried it before. Gave it a shot. WOW! Wonderful color!

3. My Favorite Book Recommendation Guy

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A couple weeks ago I spent a good few hours reading book reviews and recommendations, desperately trying to find something new to read. I’m picky and nothing sounded good. Yesterday I stopped by Barnes & Noble because I was in town. My favorite bookseller was working, I was delighted! He’s gotten me hooked on a few different series that I love.

Now, I typically use the library more than buying outright, but I trust this bookseller enough to spend $10 on a book that I might only read once. Well, I was exhausted when I got home from my trip to the city, but I still managed to read the first few chapters of Storm Front, by Jim Butcher. So far so good.

4. The Chick-fil-A Experience

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I love my hometown of Lansing, Michigan. I love visiting my family there. Now they also have a Chick-Fil-A (I might have mentioned it before). Dining there is awesome. Great food! I had lunch with my mother and got to treat her since I had a gift card. Plus, the whole time we were there eating, employees kept cleaning empty tables, taking away empty trays and asking if you need anything. I get better service there than from some waiters.

5. I Own My Car!

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost five years since I first got my Chevy Aveo. What a great little car and this month I made my last payment on it! No more monthly payments, that’s hard to believe! I’m hoping my car lasts a few more years so that I can save up and buy a new car when I need one.

Have a great weekend!

-Kristina Wise

Five Things Friday: After Christmas

It’s the busiest time of the year. I have three family Christmas’s to attend within the next week. Thank goodness I’ve had all my shopping done since before December!

In the wake of some stellar gifts I’ve received, here’s my favorites from this last week.

Five Favorite Christmas Presents (So far)

1. Socks

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I love socks! They’re the best. They’re warm and fuzzy and make my feet feel awesome.

2. Winter White Dwarf Hamster

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This is my new little critter, Rey. I’ve always had hamsters since I was young, and on my Birthday last Friday I was able to get her. She has a fascination with running fast on her wheel, very fast…until she stops suddenly, flips, and falls off. Then she runs around the cage and does it all over again. Silly!

3. Coloring Books

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I got this beautiful coloring book called Creative Cats on Christmas day. The artwork is by Marjorie Sarnat and each picture is so unique and fun to work on.

4. Christmas Trees

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My Aunt and Uncle had an open house for people to come and see their Christmas Trees on display. How many trees? 34. That’s right. Thirty-four! They’re all lavishly decorated and themed. Hallmark, Grinch, Downton Abby, Purple, Green and Red, Teddy Bears, Angels and so on. I think that Better Homes and Gardens should know about them.

5. Biggby Coffee

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If you’re not from Michigan, then you won’t get this one. It’s kind of like Starbucks, but way better. My bestie got me Biggby coffee k-cups and my favorite flavor, Salted Carmel. The gift also came with a couple syrups, mugs and a blanket that’s as soft as a marshmallow.

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At my job we’ve had fall and Halloween merchandise out for about two weeks now. In another couple of weeks the Christmas stuff will emerge. Wow. So, before we get swept away in pumpkin spiced everything, here’s what I loved the most about my summer.

 

Five Fondest Summer Memories

1. Hunting Pokemon

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It’s been too much fun exploring my city to find all of the poke-stops. I know the best course to hit them all and which gyms to battle so that I can snag a high daily bonus. I haven’t walked into oncoming traffic or walked into a wall or tripped…yet. Although my enthusiasm for the game is wearing off, I’ll still look back on this as “pokemon summer.”

2. Lake Michigan

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I love our salt-free beaches here in Michigan, it’s the next best thing to vacationing in Florida. Sitting out in the warm sun, enjoying the waves and spending time with my hubby. A wonderful day.

3. Dog-sitting

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I’m more than happy to take the dog off my parents hands anytime they wish. Chancey the corgi is super well behaved and loves playing catch. I love this dog!

4. Ice-Cream and Walking Around Downtown

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There’s nothing like a soft-serve cone on a hot day.

5. Canada

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Oh, Canada. London was once again a fun town to visit with my friends. I’d love to go back and visit Niagara Falls. I’ve already seen them twice, but it’s worth seeing multiple times.

Sadly we will soon say goodbye to summer and hello to fall.

Truth be told, while I sit here roasting in my hot apartment, cold temperatures, blankets, hot chocolate and leg warmers sound appealing.

-Kristina Wise

Canada Road Trip

One of the many perks of living in the Great Lakes State is that it’s within driving distance of Ontario, Canada. If you wake up at the ungodly hour of 6am, you can make it across the border before noon. That’s what I did with my friends and we had a blast.

I LOVE how patriotic Canadians are! The maple leaf is EVERYWHERE! Plus Km/h makes it feel like you’re driving faster than usual.

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One of my favorite things to do in Canada is to visit downtown London. The Fire Roasted Coffee Co. is a must. The London’s Farmers Market is two floors of fun. I love exploring all the old books at Attic Books and seeing whatever else I might stumble upon. Oh, and I found the Canadian version of the Millennium Falcon Puzz-3D…and I’ve been searching comic-cons and stores for years!!!!

 

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The lighthouse is located at Port Huron in Michigan. We saw it while crossing the bridge back into the U.S. and decided to see it up close. There was a beach area, and once I saw the entrance I took off running with my arms flailing. I was too excited. I jumped over the stairs into the sand, took two uneven steps forward and fell face first into the sand. Classy! But I got back up and kept running until I hit the water. I LOVE Michigan and the Great Lakes, and Canada is pretty cool too.

 

-Kristina Wise

Summer Fun To-Do List

I spent about five minutes trying to remember if I wrote a summer bucket list for 2015. Then I remembered that I didn’t have one because I got married in July. I couldn’t have done anything better!

In 2014 I had an extensive list of close to 50 things and I completed more than half of them. They turned out to be mostly juvenile – I did some of them with the kids I babysat, some felt weird while doing them (marshmallows and tooth-picks), and flying a kite turned out to be awesome!

This year I want to do SOME things, but make each of them worth doing.

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  • Library reading program
  • Go swimming in Lake Michigan
  • U-pick blueberries
  • Watch a meteor shower
  • Enjoy ice-cream on a hot day
  • Danish Festival
  • Eat S’mores
  • Grand opening of Chic-fil-a in Lansing, MI
  • Make iced-coffee
  • Write 10k words
  • Find a job

The last one is not a joke. As much as I enjoy binge watching Netflix and walking 10k+ steps a day at the gym, I need something more to do. And it has to have some sort of income.

Writing 10k words is by far the hardest goal on the list. I haven’t yet started my next novel, so that will be a huge challenge! While I have unlimited free time, now’s the best time to get cracking on that project.

Not on the list is my goal to get fit. For the last couple of weeks my daily step count has gone up to an average of 8,000 steps. It’s hard losing weight! I never understood that before now. I’ve been blessed with a fast metabolism, but the medication I’m on is countering that, which is frustrating. So, with the help of a fun playlist and a gym membership, I’m making progress.

Yay, summer!

-Kristina Wise