July 26, 2015

Review of the 21 Day Fix - my first round

Lookin' hot.

I wasn't excited to partake in the 21 Day Fix.

On one hand, as a marketing director at my day job, the name turned me off. The idea of "fixing" anything in 21 days just seemed insensible. On the other hand, I knew that I'd be confronting the elephant in the room if and when I committed to the program... nutrition.

(It's always easy to find a problem and mock a potentially awesome solution before you try it, right?)

More truth? I had no desire to change what I was eating.

I enjoy donuts, bark thins (those bags of dark chocolate and almonds/coconut/pretzels/peppermint found at Costco. Please see below for that gorgeous array...), cheese, english muffins and granola.

July 15, 2015

Yep - I'm still here.

It's been a whirlwind week, friends.

Less than a week ago we flew to Dallas to stay with our family there until Sunday. Then we flew to Ohio where we have been knee-deep in going through the contents of our storage units - that would be from nearly TEN years ago. We've been to doctor's appointments, seen friends who are going to Canada and moving to SINGAPORE and we're just now catching our breath. OH, and did I tell you that I got to go to the VERA BRADLEY headquarters today and take a private tour and got THIS awesome swag?

(Thank you, Michelle!)

Tote bag, umbrella, small cosmetic and fleece blanket!

So anywho, I promise I'm here. Follow me on Instagram for all of the little details. A bigger blog post is coming. :)

Until then... I have to tell you, I am LOVING coaching. You guys, my 21 Day Fix coaching group challengers have ALL lost weight and inches and they are confident, happy and feeling good and I am LOVING being a part of this process. Think about it. If you know it's time to get in shape, please, please join me. Email me. KyleeATtwopretzels.com.

I'd love to have you. I'd love to cheer for you like you cheer for me.


July 8, 2015

...SCHOOL is FINALLY (for the love) out.for.summer.

FINALLY school is over with.

You guys. Vacation commences tomorrow. It includes Dallas, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin and we are all beyond excited. (People who live in Cabo year-round fly to the midwest for summer. And they love it. :)

But seriously, look.at.how.much.they've grown.

Where or where have my babies gone?


July 5, 2015

PSA: A new mascara that I quite like. (NOT a paid post)


This ain't my first rodeo. I've talked about Mascara so many times on this blog since I began writing.
And my current favorite is this Tarte's Gifted. (I wrote a retraction extolling it's virtues over Lancome's Grandiose, here.)

So on a whim I decided to try Benefit's Rollerlash.

(Hello, my name is Kylee, I am addicted to mascara buying.)

First off, the whole operation is impressive. When I removed it from the box I asked my husband, "I wonder if every mascara recipe is exactly the same and we're merely paying for different packaging..."

He gave me that, "Duh, you just figured that out look"... but didn't say a word.

I digress.

THIS mascara is FANTASTIC.

I always use a lash primer (my favorite is Lancome -- this one and I do not like Urban Decay's, it's ALWAYS clumpy. ALWAYS) - but with this one? NO primer needed!

Buying it SAVES you money becuase you no longer need a primer.

(You're welcome.)

It's unbelievable. I don't know how that wand works, but it's magical. Perfectly spaced, non-sticking-together lashes that look lovely and do not ever flake.

I like it. A lot.

Ignore the hair.


July 1, 2015

Oh, to be 16 again...

One year ago. Us. Being cool. Like we are.

Sweet, Chloe...
I want to scoop you up in my arms, cuddle with you on the couch, eat mashed potatoes and watch Charlie and Lola and close my eyes and remember when you were my teeny sweetie.

But that seems strange now that you are SIXTEEN.

You're sixteen.

How did this happen?
Wait. I know how this happened. It's life. It's the way.things.go.

I'm ok with you getting older, only because I am on.the.edge.of.my.seat waiting to see what you choose to do with your life. Because now, my dear - your life, well -- it's yours. Sure, you still live under the roof of your Mom and we can hear her saying, "Look up. See that roof? Whose is it? Mine.", but every decision you make from here on out? Well, it affects no one but you.

SO, with that in mind, I will tell you, my much-cooler, much-more sophisticated, much-more socially graceful than I was at your age, niece - what I wish I knew at 16.

June 30, 2015

How to train your hair - Stop washing it everyday.

No photoshop or any of that tomfoolery here; I don't know how to do all of that.

I wash my hair once a week.


I actually stretched it last month and got to 10 days without even trying. (To confirm, I do shower daily.)


Go ahead. Consider that.

Here's what you may be thinking:

June 28, 2015

We all need to do it our *own* way.

So a while back I wrote a post about how I felt great. (It was called, "Unapologetically Me." It's here if you want to read it.)

I think that everyone has their own lightbulb moment... there are moments in life when something just clicks.

For me, it was after my Mom died. I was heart broken. I seriously felt as if my heart had been ripped from my chest and was physically broken. The pain was oppressive and intense and heavy. During that time, I started exercising mindlessly because I thought that
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