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Hey, it’s been a while. I took a break. A long break, but now I’m back. Well sort of. I’m back on my blog, but it’s officially on it’s own now and has a new design! Still working on some design issues (ie. web banner, images, footer info, etc.), but it’s mostly done!

Please check it out here: & let me know what ya think!


Packing For Portland


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Traveling: What’s in My Makeup bag


This upcoming weekend I heading down south to Portland, Oregon to visit my sister, brother-in-law and my niece! It’s going to be a short, but exciting weekend seeing them as it has been since last Christmas when I saw them last. As I have always done the last couple of years, I’m taking the train down. It’s easier for me just to let someone else do the “driving”. I mean, I really don’t want to spend 5+ hours on the road with other drivers.

Since I’m only going to be there for the weekend and it’s suppose to be another hot and sweaty weekend, I’m only bringing the makeup and skincare that I’m been using since it started to heat up! I switch from my L’Oreal foundation to Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream in Dark and since I haven’t been wearing eyeliner (it just melts off my face) I brought my new dual mascara I got at Daiso. All my makeup are easy to bring along: Rimmel eyeshadow, Forever21 bronzer & L’Oreal brow pencil.

As for my skin care, its’ the usual suspects: Sephora matte moisturizer, face serum & Maybelline matte primer. All this including my tooth brush & paste, deodorant, makeup brushes, eye-care stuff & other bits fits in my Sonia Kashuk makeup bag.

Now that I’ve got my beauty care bag pack, it’s on to my overnight bag.

The Basics of a Home Gym

Home Gym Basics, Weights, Dumbbells, Workout, Fitness

When I lived on the island, all I had to workout with was a treadmill. But after a couple of months of just using that and random DVD my mother had lying around, I discovered some online videos using weights. Being so new to using weight again (I used them back in high school, but only at school), I started slow and with a manageable weight. 5-lbs to be exact. Dumbbells are the easiest to find and low cost to help build your home gym. Another piece of affordable strength training equipment: the kettle-bell.

Some other handy equipment to have around, especially if you have the room, a jump-rope. Excellent way for some good cardio. You might want to get a step-bench to do some high intensity plyometric exercises like high-knee step ups or side lunges. I don’t have one since I use my old college trunk instead. It provides the same kind of height and sturdiness but without me having to buy a bench. Also, it doubles as my coffee table at the moment.

My EZ-Bar and plates I found at a garage sale. It was a great find. I think I got them all for under $25. That’s 4 10-lb plates, 2 5-lb plates, and the bar. I can do a lot of different workouts with them. Along with some of my favorite DVD likes Jillian Michaels Kickbox FastFix and Boh Harber’s Ultimate Cardio Body, working out at home is a hard as working out at the gym!

Check out this article by Northwest Pharmacy about How to Build a Budget-Friendly Home Gym!

Full-Body Circuit


My new gym is really great! I love that I am to use all the equipment they have to offer and everyone is polite. One of my favorite full body workouts I got from watching an old Nikki Blackketter video. I think it’s an older one… or one that was made early this year. I did have to adjust it to my level by splitting it into three circuit splits rather than two: Dumbbell Circuit, Barbell Circuit & Full Body Circuit. I do about 5 to 6 sets with 12-15 reps each at a reasonably heavy weight, which currently for me is 15-20 lb on the DB & 30 on the Barbell.

Dumbbell Circuit

  • Underhand Row
  • Stiff Leg Deadlift
  • Alternating Bicep Curls

Barbell Circuit

  • Front Squats
  • Shoulder Press
  • Curtsey Lunge

Full-Body Circuit

  • Box Jumps
  • Burpees & Squat
  • Leg Lifts

This is what Saturdays workouts are made for! Afterward I try to muster enough engergy to do about 20 minutes of cardio. And once I get home & eat something, I’m drained and need a nap.

Simple Meal Prep on Sundays


Sundays are my meal prep and cleaning day. I typically wake up still pretty early, around 5:30ish. Though I spend a good hour or two reading before I start really getting hungry and make myself some breakfast. Right afterward I head over to Safeway and Fred Meyers to do a bit of grocery shopping. Since I prep most of my lunch for the week I always get the same things: chicken, frozen veggies (typically broccoli), egg whites, fruit (whatever is in season) and things I’ve ran out of.

My lunch for the week are pretty simple: baked chicken, brown rice and steamed or roasted broccoli. I season the chicken with some Mrs. Dash Onion & Herb seasoning and garlic powder. I also use a bit of the Mrs. Dash seasoning on the broccoli with a bit of black pepper & salt.

Nutrients wise (using MyFitnessPal App):

  • 125 grams of cooked chicken breast meat : 206 (cals) – 0 carbs – 4 fat (grams) – 39 protein (grams)
  • ½ cup cooked Brown Rice: 140 (cals) – 29 carbs – 1 fat – 3 protein
  • 1 cup steamed broccoli: 54 (cals) – 6 carbs – 0 fat – 4 protein

Total Calories for Lunch (including 8 ounce or so of water to drink): 400 Calories with 35 grams of carbs, 5 grams of fat and 46 grams of protein

Meal prep only take an hour or two including cooling for me. While the food is cooking I try to clean my place as much as possible and not get distracted by the tv or computer. Or, if I remember, work on the blog.

Working on New Things

I’m not gone. Just been focusing on different interests of my life more and trying to work in blogging is a bit hard. And some financing issues have came about. 

I need to cut my spending quite a bit since I have decided it’s time to be an adult and buy a new car. So, hauls like clothes & makeup will be sporadic. I’ve already started cutting back on entertainment like not renewing my Amazon Prime account and switching to a cheaper gym. 

So excuse me and the blog of it becomes more lifestyle and fitness focus. I’m working on some cool workouts that I was to post and going to try to write more about healthy meals/cooking!