Hey now and Happy St. Patty’s day lads! I am wearing green today even though I’m not Irish. Does my boyfriend being half Irish count? I think everyone is Irish on March 17th so enjoy your Irish soda bread, corned beef and cabbage, and libations. Sorry I’m a bit late on the TOP 5s this week…okay a lot late. It may not be obvious but I try REALLY hard to have a variety of TOP 5s choices each week . I typically like what I like and keep it in my routine. That doesn’t mean that I don’t try to love new things either. I love trying new products and have new obsessions all the time but it does take effort and consideration to realize what I really enjoy so I can post them each week. I know what I LIKE but I don’t know what I WANT. I’m a walking contradiction. There I said it lol. Anyways, this past week has been Fan- freaking- tastic. I do not mean that in a sarcastic way at all. Really. I’m serious. It has been a good week, legit.
I lost 4 pounds this week so I guess the m&ms for breakfast wasn’t so bad after all. I also got the job at the hospital! I’m so grateful. I have a ton of testing next week and a couple of orientations coming up. I’ve decided to keep both jobs for now so I can have a steady income. Unfortunately, this means I will NOT be able to march the 10th year anniversary for Fusion Core Drum and Bugle Corp. It is truly bittersweet. I am happy I will have my summer off to do more and work. However, I did want to have that last year even though I was totally DONE from last year. Oh well you never know. Perhaps I can fill a hole towards the end of the season. We shall see. I also finally upgraded my phone from the Samsung Galaxy S4 to the Samsung Galaxy S7. Yeah I know, it’s been a long time coming. Also my bestie came back from Ecuador, had a lovely bday dinner for my mother on Monday, and I finally added some furniture/decor to my place. Everything is coming together. Now that you’re all caught up, here are the TOP 5s of the week.
1. Samsung Galaxy S7– As previously mentioned I have FINALLY upgraded my phone last Friday. So far I am really loving the new model. It is a bit slimmer than my old S4 so it fits in my hand better. The way you can organize apps is very reminiscent of the Iphone but it still has that Android customization ability. It also has the fingerprint lock which is pretty sweet. I also like that you can insert an SD card in this version as the previous S6 did not have that capability. The S7 is also waterproof… well, as waterproof as a phone can get nowadays. This constitutes as be able to be submerged in water for about 20 minutes before having water damage. The only setback i think of the S7 is the camera. The quality is not as sharp as the previous S6 so pictures and videos turn out fuzzy. Samsung justified the lowered quality to allow more light to come in the lens for darker settings but I just find it annoying. Though I will say it does smooth out the wrinkles teehee ;). I got lucky and only paid $240 for this brand new spanking phone with my upgrade and 2 year contract. ANNNNNDDD I forgot to mention I received a voucher for a free Virtual Reality Headset with purchase so I’m really excited for that to come in and test it out. I like this phone A LOT and recommend it to any Samsung and Android lovers.
2.Coconut Chips– My food obsession of the week is coconut chips. One of my favorite You-tubers MIMI IKONN has raved about them in her videos and blogs. I purchased a bag of organic coconut chips at Big Lots on Saturday and ate the whole bag in one sitting. They are absolutely delicious.If you like coconut, give them a try.Crunchy and sweet, they will be your new go to snack.
3.Society 6– I recently purchased a tapestry for my place on Amazon from Society 6. Though it was a bit pricey, the quality is impeccable. The material of the fabric is high quality as well as the screen printed image. I checked out their website and they have so many choices of prints and images you can put on practically anything. I am in love with a lot of their products and will definitely be purchasing some more decor items for my place. If you haven’t seen their stuff check them out. You will not be disappointed.
4. Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in the color LOVECRAFT– I had received a sample of this product from Sephora about a year ago. I loved it so much that I purchased a full size. It seems, whenever I hear about a KVD lip products it’s all about LOLITA. LOLITA this, LOLITA that, and while LOLITA is a beautiful color I think LOVECRAFT is underrated. For me LOVECRAFT is a “your lip color but better” product and who wouldn’t want that. It is subtle and natural but gives a put together, “hey I tried” look. This is now one of my staple and everyday must have products.
5. Hooping– So I picked up hooping after finding a donated large homemade hula hoop. The large size is meant for beginners and boy am I novice. After going to PDF ( Playa Del Fuego), I learned the better you are the smaller the hoop. While I am no hooping professional I do enjoy the activity. Lately I have been hooping weekly instead of going on the treadmill. I will hoop for 30-35 minutes with an approximate calorie burn of 250 calories according to my Fitbit. While that doesn’t seem like much. Hooping 5-7 times a week for 30 minutes can help you lose 1-2 pounds a week. You can even hoop for 1 hour three times a week and it will have the same effect. I think hooping is fun and easy. I tend to do it as I am watching tv and the time just flies by. I find it way easier and more enjoyable than being on a treadmill for 30-60 minutes. If you want to try something fun that helps with cardio I suggest giving it a try. There are many tutorials online on how to make a homemade hoop or you can also purchase them online. The handmade ones are better because they carry more weight and that increases your aerobic activity. I recommend using a Fitbit or like product to accurately account for your calories burn or you can also do it according to your heart rate and doing some math. But who wants to do that? Certainly not me lol.
Please let me know if try any of the TOP 5s or have any related questions. I also want to mention that I am not paid or sponsored to endorse any of the TOP5 products mentioned. I simply like to share things that I am loving in hopes that others may like them as well or try something new. I try to include links to make some of the items and sites easier to find. As always thanks for reading. Enjoy your week fellow bloggers!