Monday, January 13, 2014

Black Hills Bucket List - Snow Skiing

Remember my New Year's resolution about our Black Hills bucket list, where I talked about grabbing the bull by the horns, and getting out to see and explore the playground we live in called the Black Hills?

I had a couple bonus days off from work last week.  I have wanted to learn to snow ski for a long time, so I took the opportunity to do so! I'm a really independent person, so going by myself wasn't a worry or intimidation to me at all.  I had an awesome time, and just made conversation with others around me.

There are two ski resorts around us: Terry Peak and Mystic Deer Mountain.  I went to Terry Peak.  They give beginner ski lessons twice daily, for both kids and adults.  I signed up and took the 10 am class.  There were 5 other people in my class.  The instructor was really nice, and followed the general pace of the class, and answered our questions well.

I learned how to make a wedge in order to stop, and put weight on the opposite foot of the direction I wanted to turn, and change the size of my wedge to control speed.  

We started by going up "the carpet'" which is basically a long conveyor belt that takes you up to the top of the chute, which is a not-very-steep grade for learners, beginners, and warm-ups.  There, we learned very basic skills that I mentioned above: turning, speed control, stopping, etc.

After that, we got on the lift and took our first run down the mountain.  Ahhhh it was so fun!

Our class ended after 2 runs down the mountain, but I hopped on the lift 3 or 4 times more by myself before heading home due to very sore calves and shins and frozen fingers! (NOTE: next time, invest in much better gloves.)

I only fell once, but got right back up and took another go at it!

Ski Boots!  (Not sure if I did something wrong, but my shins and calves hurt SO bad by the end of the day!)
Where you rent your equipment.
Not sure if you can see it well or not, but that tube going up the right side of the picture is the "carpet," and the snowy area straight ahead is the chute, on which we practiced before heading up the lift.
The 3rd grade class from Spearfish.  Those kids were rocking the skis!

How amazing would it be to get a group of friends together and rent one of these cabins?  Spend the day on the slopes, then the evenings by the fire with a nice drink in hand?  That might need added to future year's bucket list.  Haha.

I had forgotten that I'm afraid of heights until I got up the lift.

I had such a great time skiing!  I'd love to meet other skiiers around here who are on the same skill level as I am to have some serious fun a couple more times before summer arrives!
Thanks for a great time, Terry Peak! 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Mission: Organization - Take 1

I wish I could say that my house is always kept clean and organized.  But since I'm a keep-it-real kind of lady, I'm not even going to lie to you!
Here are a few pictures of what our larger bathroom (the one that the boys and I use for showering/bathing and getting ready in the morning) looks like on any given day.
*Cue embarrassment.*

Well, as kind of an unspoken or unwritten (until now, I suppose) resolution, I want to do a deep clean, purge, and organization of our apartment.  I jumped right in on New Year's Day and tackled the big bathroom!
I emptied everything from under the sink and off the counter.  I removed all shampoos, body washes, and soaps from the shower.  Then I basically gave the whole bathroom a bleach bath.  My little gentleman aren't exactly graceful when it comes to using the bathroom.  (Eep.) I scrubbed and scoured.  I used bleach water and elbow grease.  I cleaned the shower, the toilet, the counter top, and the mirror.  Then I swept the floor and mopped it with bleach water also!  Those germs didn't even see it coming!
Then I put things back under the sink in a new and organized fashion.  I put lotions, extra shampoos, deodorants, and body sprays in little baskets.  I put my hair dryer and straightener in a tote along with hair brushes.  I used that 5-drawer organizer for my make-up.

The under-sink organization allowed the counter top to look awesome and clutter free!

While I had the motivation, I also decided to re-organize our linin/medicine closet out in the hallway.  I put all oral medications in one basket, non-oral medications like creams, ear drops, etc in another basket, and then filled the third basket with non-medication items like sun screen, toothpaste, extra deodorant, etc.  All of these things went on the top shelf where 3-feet tall little boys can't reach.
On the second shelf is all of our diabetes supplies.  Self-explanatory.
Third shelf are paper products: Kleenex, toilet paper, and paper towels.
Fourth shelf are towels and wash rags.
And on the floor are extra bed sheets, which you can't see in this picture.
It looks much nicer than it did, and it will hopefully allow us to find things quickly and easily when we need them!

So my New Year's Day was super productive in my house, and I have plans to finish the massive cleaning and re-organizing over the coming days and weeks.
How do you feel about cleaning and organizing? Love it or hate it?
How often do you go through your things and purge?
Getting organized is one thing.  How do you manage to STAY organized?

Friday, January 3, 2014

Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

I was asked to review a mascara product, and as one of my previous posts stated - I'm looking to boost my makeup collection, so I jumped at the chance!
The mascara is called Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes, and it's made by a company called Younique.  From what I understand, it's a fairly new company, founded in 2012 (don't quote me on that, I can't find this fact on their website, but feel like I remember reading that somewhere.)

This mascara has two components to it - the Transplanting Gel and the Fibers.  You first put on the transplanting gel, and while it's still wet, you apply the fibers, then another coat of transplanting gel to "lock" the fibers in place. But don't worry, this mascara comes off easily with your evening cleansing routine.

You can repeat this process as many times as you want for fuller lashes.  I repeated the process twice.  My pictures aren't awesome, as they were taken with my iphone, but this mascara is seriously pretty great stuff!  It's pricey - by my standards, anyway - at around $30.  But if you have the money to spend on cosmetics, I'd definitely recommend this be one of your more urgent purchases!

First, my naked eyes. :)
Next, my eyes with a thin coat of my normal drugstore mascara on them.

Next, after the complete process of gel - fibers - gel.  I'm sure you can tell which eye I applied it to!

More evidence.
(P.S. My nose looks huge.  Wow.)

Again - it's obvious which eye I put the mascara on - my left eye.

Here's a picture with the entire process completed on both eyes.

I don't have magical eyelashes, but with Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lash Mascara, my eyelashes definitely stood right out!  I felt really feminine and pretty all day long!

So - final verdict: pricey, but worth it!  This stuff is awesome!
You can visit my friend Wendy's website to purchase this Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lash Mascara here!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

January 2014: Goals

As you read in my New Year's Resolutions post, I have a few resolutions that I plan on working on all year.  But I also plan on setting some monthly goals for myself throughout the year.  I'm hopeful that a specific time frame, as well as setting more seasonal goals (holiday d├ęcor, getting outside for things in the summer, house cleaning and organizing during the colder months, etc) will help me be more focused on achieving them.

I have three main goals for myself for January.
1) Learn my DSLR camera.
I am going to try and watch youtube videos, and perhaps borrow another book or two from the library to learn more about aperture, ISO, shutter speed, and all the other bells and whistles that currently really intimidate me!

2) Study, learn, and overcome my fear of the Dexcom G4 and get Jameson started on it so that we can better track his blood sugar patterns.

These are the inserters for the transmitter site.  Get where my fears are coming from?

3) Make at least 1 craft item - with intent of giving it to someone as a gift for Christmas 2014.
After too many years of scrambling at the last minute, I'm starting Christmas even earlier than usual this year!  Hahaha.

Do you have any goals for the first month of 2014?

Is there anything you do to help you achieve goals?  Like setting aside a specific time each day to work on something, maybe?