Blogger’s Block

Blogger’s Block

It’s like writers block only it’s all things blogging, blocked. After a while of writing it seems like my life turns out to be even more boring than it already was and I just run out of having anything worthwhile to say (or at least that’s what I tell myself). Once I’m in that slump, if I’m not careful the slump turns into a complete departure. Sometimes the departure feels good, but most of the time I miss it (you).

Part of the block comes from my lack of feeling like I can be authentic. The title of my blog is Honestly Carrie. If I can’t be honest and true to who I am then what’s the point of all of this? I hate tiptoeing or taking extra time picking my words apart for fear of offending someone. We live in such a judgmental world but I think with time my skin will thicken…maybe? 🤞

Some days I want to just start all over with this thing and say here’s me. I’m sarcastic and shy with a weird sick humor, my weight fluctuates more times a month than you sneeze during allergy season, and I am the most easily distracted person on this planet, hands down. My new start would sound something like this:

Hi I’m Carrie. I’m going to offend you, I’m probably going to have an extra chin every other month, and I’m going to be all over the place because I don’t always take my ADHD medicine 🤷‍♀️

That was easy 😊

Truth is, I want to be here and I have to learn how to avoid my “blocks”.

I’m just going to be me . I hope you like it and I hope you will continue on this ride with me.

My Name is Carrie and I Need a Health Coach.

My Name is Carrie and I Need a Health Coach.

Happy Tuesday!!

I’ve been up and going since about 3:30 this morning so if anything here makes sense I’ll count it as a win.

I was going through Nordstroms winter sale earlier and came across a dress I bought for a Christmas party last year. I really love this dress. It’s one of those I’m going to be able to wear again and again (if I can get that zipper up). It’s 40% off right now 🙂

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Off The Shoulder Lace Dress by CHELSEA28 $89.40. Off the shoulder is so in right now and I love lace almost as much as I love chocolate. The sleeves are AMAZING:)

Mine is black but I’m not seeing the black available at this price. If you’re not in to the all over lace the black is offered with lace on the sleeves only. Very cute as well and also 40% off.

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I never fix my hair or put on makeup when looking for dresses (obvi) . I always think  if I can leave feeling good about what I purchased then I should feel 10 times better in it the night of our event. Weird 🙋 I cropped out my kids physically fighting over to the right.

If you like the peplum tops you have 5 color choices (solid and stripe) for $21. I love just about everything by BP ← click for link.

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Jeans on Sale, Jeans on Sale!!

 

From left to right:

Vigoss Jagger Mid-Rise Skinny $38.40

Wit & Wisdom Ab-Solution Skinny Jean $40.80

STS Blue Ellie Ripped High Waist Skinny $35.40

If you havent tried the Wit & Wisdom Ab-Solution jeans they are definitely worth a go! They are made to slim you up and camo the pooch. I think they are awesome. They offer a skinny boot cut style too 🙂

There are over 6000 clothing items alone in the winter sale. I havent checked out accessories or jewelry yet so if you visit the site take a look! As always with Nordstrom, free shipping and free returns.

Today is…

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Thank you for the topics again this week! I was asked this question last year while blogging, “How healthy do you eat” and last week a couple of you asked a similar question. A few suggested a favorite food topic so I’m combining it all into one.

I mentioned on yesterday’s post how I was going to be really honest here. This is the part where I put myself out there for you all to judge. Eeeek.

Hi, My name is Carrie and I eat like crap.

I pretty much always have. I know that eating better would make me feel better (apparently) and I know that my body would jiggle less if I would stop eating chocolate chip cookies (everyday). I’m fully aware that I could and should make changes but I’m not quite ready to make that commitment.

I will admit I’m not a great example for my kids and do not always provide them with the healthiest of options. Friday nights, we will have pizza. It’s what we do. For days like yesterday when my brain was fried my kids had ramen noodles. I felt a little guilty about it but I’m over it now.

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Welcome to my pantry.

I’m not a total loss. I do Juice Plus shakes and well that’s about it, I do Juice Plus Shakes. I love popcorn and goldfish and chips and more chips. That’s a cotton candy maker in the top left and all that amazing cereal just below it. I literally have a container for just candy. This I blame on my husband. I am not going down all by myself here 😉

I can get even more honest and admit that my kids do things like this all of the time.

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Definitely not my hand-writing.

In all seriousness I do try sometimes. I know that doing better isn’t an option and I am getting better slowly but surely. I will throw spinach in our smoothies and I always have fruit on hand. I love to bake chicken and steamed broccoli is pure heaven. You can’t pay me to eat tomatoes, cucumbers, or okra though. No way, Jose.

If I had to pick my favorite type of food it would be Mexican and my one most favorite thing to eat is easy, chocolate chip cookies. 🍪

Now, I want to know if anyone elses pantry resembles mine at all??? 🤞

Thank you again for your support!

 

Enjoy the rest of your day

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If this isn’t a Monday.

If this isn’t a Monday.

Monday.

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I’m definitely blaming the guy that charged up my bank card this morning. This is an experience and lesson I have zero interest in. Why can’t people just behave? A thief makes my top 5 list of things I can’t stand. At least he entered his shipping address. That part makes me smile 🙂

Because this gentleman (or complete loser, whichever you prefer….I prefer the latter) has taken up my entire day,  im going to have to cut todays post short. I’ve got other life stuff to do, unfortunately.

But before I go…..

Its giveaway day!

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Last week I posted this mini set from First Aid Beauty and listed how it could be yours. Thank you so much for playing along with your shares and likes. So much appreciated!!

Congratulations Kristen C !

You are the lucky winner!  I just emailed you and look forward to hearing back from you!

I will be back tomorrow for #TopicTuesday. Thank you for sending over ideas! I narrowed it down last night and I’m going to be getting really honest with this one. See you then!

Enjoy the rest of your evening.

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What Helps Me Sleep?

What Helps Me Sleep?

 

 

U5dtMCiB3JowSsehfhH6ywek9UTBM8n_1680x8400It’s Friday, friends!! Whoop!!!!

There’s a really good sale going on right now that I want to share with you! Nordstrom Rack has an extra 20% off all CLEARANCE items now-Monday!

These pj pants by Make + Model are currently in my shopping cart 🙂 The reviews are great and they have multiple prints to choose from. Only $7.98! Treat yo-self!

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Frye shoes are always outrageous, but they are so gorgeous (unfortunately). If you are a fan of gladiator sandals THESE are marked down from $298.00 to $59.60. Only a few sizes left.

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Ok, I could do this all day and link 45,052 items from the sale that I think some of you would like. Just trust me, it’s a great sale so go check out Nordstrom Rack!

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It’s Friday so let’s get to another item I couldn’t do life without. Like last week and the week before that, its nothing incredibly exciting. It really is awesome though 🙂

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I love sleep. Love, love, love it. Since my hysterectomy sleep has been something I dread. There have been nights I never once fall asleep. How is that possible? Some nights I fall asleep and by 2:00am I might as well get up and do laundry because there’s zero chance of falling back to sleep.

One night a couple of years ago my husband had the light on so I covered my eyes with something (I cant remember what) and I went out faster than ever. After that night I bought a sleep mask and it’s been life changing.

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It’s like handing a baby her pacifier. It just soothes me and I love it. It’s not a miracle cure for my sleep issues, but it definitely helps. Chances are still good that when you get up for your overnight bathroom run, im awake playing Candy Crush.

You can find these little miracles just about anywhere.

I checked Nordstrom Racks site and they have a few on sale if you’re interested (and why wouldn’t you be?).  $7.98. Click HERE for link.

Thank you for taking the poll about blog time preferences on my last post! Right now it’s a tie between you don’t care and 6:00am. I can work with this 🙂

Don’t forget about the First Aid Beauty giveaway this Monday!

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Refer back to THIS post on how it can be yours!!

Thank you again for following!

Enjoy the rest of your night.

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Feeling the Love

Feeling the Love

Happy ❤ Day!

I woke up a little bit earlier than usual this morning so I could get everyone’s gifts together.

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It’s crazy but……part of what you see was already there!! There’s that effort that makes my heart happy. 🙂

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He knows me well  ♥ Thanks LP

Question. Why do we (or is it just me) feel obligated to purchase the same thing (junk) every single year?  I do not love my kids more today than I will tomorrow. Or do I? I don’t know. I guess I will let you know how tomorrow goes.  In all seriousness, It’s the same box with raspberry (gross) chocolates when you thought you were getting caramel, the same bears they’ve marked up 50%, and the bags that end up costing more than what’s inside. Is it not a racket or am I all by myself here?

Next year, I’m buying a cookie cake and telling everyone how much I love them.

I would love to get your opinion.

Obviously (I know for the bazillionth time) I’m still trying to figure this blog life out. I originally planned on (and am currently) posting at 6:00pm EST.

How does this work for you?

Would you rather it pop up in the morning? If so, how early?

Several of the blogs I follow post early in the morning and I enjoy waking up to those emails.

Can we take a quick poll?

Thank you!!

 

Last night I was reading over a couple of your messages which led me to thinking about how awesome and supportive you all have been.

So, I want to say thank you. And how else can I thank you other than a giveaway?

You know the products I was bragging on the other night that I received from Sephora? I want to give one of the sets to one of you. Y’all truly make my day, everyday ❤

First Aid Beauty has always been good to my skin. I struggle to find things that don’t turn me red and dry me out. This 4-piece mini set is great!

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It includes:

Pure Skin Face Cleanser

Facial Radiance Pads

5 in 1 Bouncy Mask

Ultra Repair Hydra-Firm Sleeping Cream

Here’s how it can be yours!!

  1. Subscribe by entering your email at www.honestlycarrie.org .
  2. Follow Honestly Carrie on Facebook and Instagram .
  3. ‘Like’ Facebook and Instagram posts.
  4. When todays post goes on Facebook SHARE with your friends ← my favorite 😉
  5. Let me know how I’m doing in the comment section at www.honestlycarrie.org

Pick one or pick them all. The more you do the more your name will be entered to win this awesome skin care set!!

I’m going to post early today because I’m anxiously awaiting your feedback on blog times!

Giveaway winner will be announced Monday 2/19!!!!

 Share, Like, Comment, and Subscribe!!

Enjoy the rest of your day

 

 

 

#TopicTuesday

#TopicTuesday

Hey Tuesday, Heeyyyyyy

My brain is full of things to talk about today. I will try to spare you, and break it up over this week.

**Hang on to the end because I have some important following info for my social media friends!!!

If you have been following a while you know how much I love to shop and try new things. You also know I like to post a good deal but what you may not know is just how hard I search for deals of my very own. The thrill of a bargain is like me at 5 on Christmas morning.

 Example: I needed new mascara.

  *In case you missed my post last year on my favorite mascara (yes, still loving the same one) you can find it HERE

My mascara is $23. I’m always going to shop around.

I go from site to site pricing, then I start a coupon code search. This time, not much luck.

I hopped on Sephora’s site and realized I had over 1000 accumulated points to cash in for “stuff”. This was fun. I was adding one thing after another to my basket. Sephora always has “Spend this and get that” promotions which can be fun if they have fun things to choose from. Of course, it was spend $25 when what I needed was $23 so I had to search for something cheap because I REALLY wanted to try this hair mask they were offering.

I may be bragging but……

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There’s my faithful mascara. The little hot pink box is a face mask I added for $4 to up my price so I could get the purple tube of hair mask. The rest is cashed in points or free samples they are always offering !! I’m most excited to try the Laura Mercier primer. I already use the tinted moisturizer and I know it doesn’t bother my sensitive skin. I’ve heard a lot of people talk about primers with shimmer (which this one has). I’ve never thought I would be a fan but after reading reviews I’m open and looking forward to seeing what it does. I will report back 🙂

But hello…….!!!!!!!.

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I still struggle with not finding a free shipping code 👎

I get it, “technically” this isn’t a steal because I had to spend money to have those points to begin with.

 For me, it’s a win.

I talked about having a day of the week for your topics.  Thank you so much for sending those to me. It was a lot of fun going through them and I narrowed it down this week to the popular vote.

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We’ll call this #TopicTuesday.

The most requested topic was “What are my favorite TV shows right now”? This is an easy one for me but I’m not sure how well it will go over because I only watch complete trash (minus the Olympics ❤️). If you follow on social media or if you want to comment below this is a great topic for everyone to share so we can all add another one to our list. Because we all have nothing but time, right?

I am currently watching:

Celebrity Big Brother– I am the biggest BB fan. I am so obsessed with this show I even record the hours and hours of what goes on overnight in the house. I wasnt sure how I would feel about a celebrity version, but it’s really good, except the Omarosa part (insert cringe face emoji here).

The Bachelor– I wont miss a season of these people fighting for the attention of one person. Never. Ever.

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills– I just want to be Kyle.

The Challenge Vendettas on MTV– For years I watched The Real World and Road Rules. Now I watch The Challenge. Two words – Johnny Bananas.

Teen Mom OG– Dont judge.

Live PD–  I missed my calling.

Dateline– This one is my favorite. No contest.

Our dvr stays full because I rarely catch anything when it airs. But yes, I watch every single one of these. All reality. All trash. All good.

I know what you’re all thinking. Where is This Is Us!?!?!?!? I watched the first season. It’s amazing. I’m sure I will eventually catch back up. Maybe? No doubt I’m going to get hate mail over this (BRING IT) but, I got tired of crying. Every. Single. Episode. And stop leaving me hanging. Maybe that’s the brat in me but I need to know. I can’t wait and be pushed just to the tip of the ledge. I need to know. Now.

So, we parted ways.

Ok guys this is important! If you follow me on Facebook I’m talking to you. If you don’t, why not? 😉

I’m asking a favor.

The “Community” page for Honestly Carrie on Facebook is really cool. It tracks all activity and lets me know how the site is doing. I know how much traffic comes through and which posts do better than others etc. Keep in mind I don’t know exactly who visited the page, just when 😉 One part that I particularly like is that it shows me how many people are reached with each post. This just means it popped up in your feed when you logged on. I’ve noticed from time to time that the totals do not make sense and I have my theories but I will let you come to your own conclusions.;)  You see, Facebook is constantly wanting me to “Boost” my page. This will make sure my page reaches a larger audience than just the people who have liked/followed. This cost money. I’m not ready to do that just yet.

The favor → Would you mind clicking on “following” (for those of you that are) and select ‘See First’ from the Facebook page?  When you log on this just means if I have posted something it will pop up first vs the order it came in like everything else. This will for one help me learn more about how many people I’m (for sure) reaching and also you won’t ever miss a post!

Thank you for reaching out and asking about Bella!! Y’all are so awesome. She is still doing great 🙂 Crazy dog.

Keep sending topics for Tuesdays !!

As always–comment, like, share, subscribe!

Enjoy the rest of your day

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Monday’s NEED discounted Urban Decay

Monday’s NEED discounted Urban Decay

Happy Monday, Friends!

When my blog posts at 6:00pm it’s usually because I have completed it earlier in the day and scheduled it for that particular time. This is ultimately my goal but while im still figuring most things out I post when and however I can. Or, like Friday when I schedule and it never posts at all.

I WILL get this mastered!

I just decided to start over today.

How about we just get right to what Friday’s post was all about.

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I’m pretty sure this item is going to be just as boring as last weeks but it’s something I can’t do life without so it has to be mentioned. This was another easy decision. I use it every single day and have for years.

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There are several grocery/drug store brands and ive probably tried them all. They all work just fine for me but since my dermatologist recommended I use the Cetaphil brand for my face wash and moisturizer I usually buy these. I have to admit the Oil of Olay wipes are really good too. If they are ever on sale I grab them instead. I added a link if you want to see which one I use.

I love having this option to quickly remove my makeup if im too tired to go through the face washing process. I know it’s always best to wash your face with soap and water and really get those pores cleaned out vs just cleaning the surface. But, it’s better than leaving your makeup on all night, right?

This is usually how washing my face goes down at night.

  • First, I have to mentally prepare myself so I stare in the mirror for a good minute.
  • Next, I search the house for a hair tie because there is never one where I left it (talking to you Caleigh bug).
  • Then I start by removing my mascara.
  • While I’m doing that (using my magnifying mirror) I see a few spots on my skin that could use some attention.
  • I grab my little tool and begin to mutilate my face for the next 15 minutes.

It’s only after I’m certain I will have a few scars that I panic and get busy washing my face🙄  This process takes me foorreevveerrrrrr.

I found this deal at ULTA and wanted to share!

I love Urban Decay and this is definitely something I want to buy (while it’s on sale).

Urban Decay ‘Naked on the Run‘.

This pallet seems like it would be great to have on hand if you’re traveling. One piece that has just about everything. Yes please!

  • Six shades of eye shadow
  • bronzer
  • blush
  • mascara
  • eye liner
  • lip gloss

It’s all really good stuff too! Right now, $27.00! Orig. price $54.00. If you have this let us know what you think!

You know that procedure I had last week? Well, I didn’t have an overnight miracle. In fact I spent much of my week with a headache and hovered over the toilet. Rough. Stuff.

My doctor had ordered my medicine (something new he wanted me to start on) and had it delivered to the house. Well……………We have a gate at the entrance to our property. Our delivery people always leave all of our packages just outside of the gate. I am not sure who delivered this package, but they put it over the gate   and Bella intercepted it.

Can you imagine what went through my head when I saw a shredded box, a chewed up bottle, and pills everywhere (some which had been thrown up)!!!? After I made phone calls and realized we weren’t going to lose her I started thinking about how she was going to get me my $150 back. 😡

Who’s watching the Bachelor tonight? 🙋

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Enjoy the rest of your day!!