The Struggle is Real

The struggle is real people, its real. What struggle? The struggle to create content that people want to read, that people want to comment on, that will make people besides your group of friends come back to read day after day (btw, thanks girls (and boys!)!). Today’s prompt for the Blog Everyday in July challenge is about why blogging can be hard.

Time to Write // Finding time in your day to blog is HARD. Sometimes I do it before work, sometimes during (shhh!) and mostly at night but take last night for example, the struggle was real and I was TIRED after a day of work, my first ever dance class, and my super fantabulous Smash burger adventure that the idea of blogging when I got home made my brain hurt, literally. I popped to advil and went to straight to bed.

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Time to Research // Luckily my day job does allow me the time to read your blogs during the day (yay for social media being part of the job!) and if one your posts tips of an idea in my head I can usually bang out a post in nothing flat because YOU’VE motivated me. But then there are the days where my ideas require research, a color scheme post (usually inspired first by a sale email!), or a thematic Read with Red post (which will return this weekend/next week!), or even just finding a good picture and sometimes time just isn’t on our side.

Being open // Now the plan for this blog is not for me to get ushy gushy about my personal life but there are some days where you WANT to write about that stuff but you also want to protect the anonymity of the people you are talking about or there are times where you DON’T want to talk about the stuff but you must elude to it to get your point across. I guess you could just simply not include those things in your blog, but I don’t know about you I’m just trying to keep it real.

Laziness // Sometimes blogging is like doing laundry or cleaning my room, I’d just rather watch hours of Real Housewives instead.

 

Bloggers, what keeps you motivated to keep up with your writing?

Readers, what do you like reading the most about? Anything I can start writing on? 

 

 

 

Allieology

Sorry I’m not Sorry

Sorry I’m not sorry that I missed the #sorryimnotsorry prompt of the Blog Everyday in July challenge. I was busy becoming a dancer…

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You see I’ve been trying to write my blog posts at night so that I am a good little worker bee between the hours of 9-5 and by the time I got home last night a post just wasn’t happening. I will be doing a full recap of what last nights activities (because of course we took lots of pictures) but lets just say that this white girl has no rhythm and after looking at this picture from the be-hind, this girl also needs some serious hours in the gym and there was lots of the dancing girls emojis used after class.

Later today I’ll be posting the last of the Blog Everyday Challenge and tomorrow we’ll be back to the our regularly scheduled program.

Did you like hearing from me everyday this month? 

 

 

Allieology

What I like about me..

This prompt for the #BlogEverydayinJuly challenge has come just at the right time. I told you all last week that a situation I had hoped would go one way unfortunately went another and it was a total blow to my ego and then over the weekend I made the decision to close some doors in certain aspects of my life (sorry for the elusiveness but something things just need not to be talked about it right now) so I thinking about what I like about myself helped me make that situation and that decision a little easier today.


(Does anyone else have the Amanda Bynes/Jennie Garth theme song stuck in their head while reading this/writing their own post? No? Just me?) 

My red hair // My red hair was a major inspiration for the name of this blog. As a kid I HATED that I was one of 3 gingers in my elementary school, it made me different, it always bothered me when people asked if it was real or natural and told me how beautiful it was. Yep, I hated people calling me (ok, my hair) beautiful. WAS I A NUT CASE?  Then four years ago I was nicknamed “red” by someone I really cared about and though they don’t call me it anymore to me it still was my best descriptor. While writing this post  I googled “red hair personality traits” and came across everyday health and learned that not only am I at a higher risk for melanoma ( i <3 sunscreen!!), gingers have more sex, it will be quite some time before I see regular grey hairs, I soak up more vitamin D thus having stronger bones than you blondes and brunettes, I don’t have a high tolerance for pain, that I’m not the only ginger that fears the dentist and that I can blame my hair color on my resistance of novocain! 

My laugh // Joe wasn’t kidding when he says I laugh at his not-always-funny jokes. I love to laugh, you probably sensed that because my tag line is from a Daughtry song, all that I’m after is a lifetime of laughter. It’s not a good day if I haven’t laughed so hard I’ve cried/had trouble breathing but don’t worry that usually happens at the lunch table at work, or whenever I am with my girlfriends, or my grandmother so most days are good.

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My love for my nephews // Before my nephews were born I wasn’t always positive I wanted children and its the time, the hugs, the laughs, the mario kart races I have had with them over the last six years that has made me realize how much I want a family of my own and have made me realize that I can care about another human being as much as I care about them.

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My ability to admit I am wrong // I am the type of person who more often than not can see both sides to every story and I love that I can admit when I am wrong or that can see why another person feels the way they do. I think it makes me a good person to talk about the big decisions in your life – whether it be a job, a conversation you need to have with a loved one, or its rehashing an argument you had with someone.

My sangria making skills // I am the McGyver of sangria making. I can make sangria using any type of red wine, white wine, juice, carbonated beverage, fruit you have on hand. Red wine and gingerale, I know the perfect amounts. White wine and pineapple juice and peach? I can do that too. And you’ll enjoy every last drop of it.

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Now what is it that you like about YOU? 

Allieology

 

Blog Everyday in July: Favorite Photos

I think Allie, Juliette, and Faith now that we are all struggling for some content to finish up the #BlogEverydayinJuly challenge because we’ve got two pictures posts in 3 days. But I’m not complaining, this was one of my favorite posts because  I got to search in the depths of my facebook and instagram to find the perfect photos to share with you!

Challenge: a favorite photo, a photo you took, and a selfie

We Won the CUP!

 

WE WON THE CUP!! Last summer our bad news bears kickball team from 2012 came back with a vengeance (and some new players) to go 8-0 and bring home the cup! I spent 7 Wednesday nights in a row with these ballers and their Mighty Kicks (our team name) and it was literally like I’d won the superbowl when we brought home that W!

 

Turkey Morning Cartoons

 

Doesn’t a selfie also count as one I took?  Here’s a real selfie of my nephew Charlie, certified best hugger ever, and I watching cartoons on Thanksgiving morning.

My Favorite Photos

Two of my oldest and bestest friends in Chicago in April!  Both Jenn and Lauren were in Chicago for work and I tagged along to be a tourist! This photo was by the “Bean” that  I made them walk a million blocks to so we could have a photo op, they thanked me later.

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ThredUp

If you follow Life with Red on Facebook or Twitter (if you’re not, start!) then you know that I received my first “Clean Out” Bag from ThredUp last week! I first read about ThredUp from Tina at Carrots ‘n’ Cake back in June and so when I called a local consignment spot two weeks ago to see if I could get an appointment to come in with my summer clothes and they couldn’t see me until mid-August (kept the appointment, but I’ll be bringing my Fall clothes!) I decided to give the online consigner a try!

Ordering a “clean out” bag is super easy, all you do is log onto ThredUp select the green “Sell” tab in the navigation and hit order bag and ThredUp will send a clean out bag free of charge for those of you worried that you’d have to pay the freight to get it back to the ThredUp offices have no fear the bag includes pre-paid postage, so it can be picked up from your home (via USPS), dropped in a mailbox or brought to the post office! 

Then the fun part begins, cleaning out your drawers and closet! If you’ve been following along with my 101 in 1,001 in one goals, you know that goal #66 is to get rid of 1,001 things over 2.75 year and its not throwing away paper, its legit things (clothes, accessories, kitchen supplies, bedding, etc.) so I was happy I was going to be able to use this opportunity to knock that number down slightly!

I received my clean out bag less than a week after I ordered it and had already set aside my summer clothes to attempt to consign so getting it all packaged up was super easy.

ThredUp Mailer Front ThredUp Mailer Back

The envelope your “clean out” bag arrives in also has handy directions with reminders on how the program works.

Thred Up Folded Clothes 25

The 25 items I included (shirts, pants, jeans, dresses) were from retailers like Gap, New York and Company, J.Crew, London Times, Tahari, Loft, the Limited

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All 25 items fit nicely in the clean out bag, I would estimate there was actually room for another 5 to 10 more items.

ThredUp Clean Out Bag

I used the self adhesive tape provided to close up my bag and left it at reception at work for our FedEx man to pick up!

All and all I think the decision making process of what to keep and what to consign  took 10x’s longer than 5 minutes it took to fold everything up and send it off!

Have you ever used ThredUp to consign clothes? 

Have you ever bought clothes from ThredUp or another consignment store? 

 

You can earn $10 off your first ThredUp purchase!

 

 

Blog Everyday in July: Photo Every Hour

I almost decided I was going to skip this challenge because I didn’t remember I was supposed to be photographing my day one day last week until 2PM on Saturday, the day I was supposed to be posting all about it.

But I had made it this far in the #BlogEverydayinJuly challenge that I couldn’t skip so you my readers are getting the incredibly boring glimpse into my weekend.


In preparation for the move I posted some stuff on Craigslist and already sold that end table (x2) in the picture! (Don’t mind the blackoutness of my computer screen, a friend did the Party Rock Anthem across my bedroom floor two years ago and stepped on my computer a new one is on the wishlist for 2014)

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Apparently I’m having some sort of love affair with Target’s Up & Up Cleaning Products

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Packed up our dishes while binge watching Season 3 of Dallas. #wildsaturdaynight

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unday morning trip to Wholefoods: bagels, cream cheese, tomato, and guacamole #staplesunday

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Standard Sunday Night Dinner this past month.

How did you spend your weekend? 

Allieology

Blog Every Day in July: Day 27 – Interview Someone

Today’s prompt in the #BlogEverdayinJuly Challenge is to interview someone and I thought it would be a perfect way to introduce my co-worker and friend Joe to my readers! You see a few weeks ago when I created my Life with Red Facebook Page Joe came running (he’ll deny that) over to my desk after hitting like to tell me he really thought he wanted to take a stab at blogging himself, I told him if he wanted to guest post on LWR a few times to figure out if blogging was something he was really interested in he was more than welcome – two hours later he sent me the below.

Joe’s known for his witty comments (see #6 in the interview questions) and has an opinion about just about everything and if he pulls the trigger on starting his own blog he wants to write about sports, humor, fitness, women, people that piss him off, and his hatred for vegetables. If you like what he’s written, leave him a comment below!

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But first his interview questions:

What’s your hidden talent?
I can clap one-handed

What’s your favorite TV show?
Game of thrones

Name someone you admire.
Steve Guttenberg (from Police Academy)

Do you prefer cake or pie?
Cake. Definitely

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Pizzer

What’s your favorite memory of (or with) me?
Laughing at my hilarious jokes in the lunch room

Quote a movie, any movie, right now.
“If it bleeds, we can kill it”- Predator

Did the last question give you a little bit of anxiety?
No

Name something inappropriate you always laugh at.
People who trip and fall in front of me

 

And now his rant, er, I mean blog.. 

Ok so those of us who frequent the gym know (or should know) about the rules of etiquette while working out: no slamming weights, no cell phone use, making sure you wipe down the machine, etc.. . However there are some people who just don’t f’n get it.  These are the same people that Natural Selection should have weeded out a long time ago but for some reason they are still walking the earth.  If you’re one of these people please cancel your gym membership right now and start walking outside or some shit, that way you don’t bother those of us who are actually putting in work. Hell, stay home and throw that old Jane Fonda workout in the VHS, that way you can gossip all day long to your friends and family while not driving other people insane

–        The lady next to me on the treadmill who is talking on her cell phone loud as hell. I realize that you are entitled and have no concept of how to act in a public place, but spare me the gossip about which one of your friends makes a shitty casserole, or when you’re going down the cape for vacation, or about how your 15 year old son dresses up in women’s clothing (he likes the way a thong feels, get over it lady). How are you even able to concentrate on working out when you won’t shut the hell up??

–        The guy on the treadmill on the other side of me who has the incline all the way up and looks like Sly Stallone in f’n Cliffhanger. Bro, know your limits. If you need a f’n Sherpa to complete your workout on the treadmill you’re doing something wrong. Do the world a favor and move to Tibet, maybe all that practice walking on the treadmill on level 10 incline would help when your scaling Everest.

–        Old people in the free weights section: sorry gramps, you’re no Jack Lallane so give it up dude. I realize you won the arm-wrestling competition in 1945 when you were in the Merchant Marines, but that was a long f’n time ago. You’re better off sipping some Metamucil on the porch while your wife DVR’S the latest episode of Murder She Wrote. If you want some exercise do what every other grandpa in this world does: start golfing. Or hang out with your grandkids

–        The hot chick with the amazing ass: you’re not doing anything wrong, except using the elliptical machine that is not directly in front of me. Pleas move promptly so I can get a better view. Also, when you’re on the elliptical don’t do the “Riverdance’, where you have your hands on your hips the whole time. We’re not in Switzerland or some shit and there’s no need to show off, your ass is already amazing and that’s good enough for us guys

And  there we have Life with Red readers, Joe’s take on the gym. What do you think?

Allieology

There’s an app for that..

We are down to the wire, only 6 more days left in the #BlogEverydayinJuly challenge! Yesterday I organized my apps so  I could do a screen capture to show you my favorite apps and of course my iPhone hated me for that and froze for like 10 minutes and then right after lunch I read Allie’s blog and decided all of my apps were a joke and that I want to download all of hers (especially Whitagram and Afterlight) and it reinforced my need for a new phone like yesterday.  But alas, I’m still showing going to tell you what my favorite apps are despite how generic they are : )

 

My Favorite Apps

I shazam probably more than the average person and if the song leads to a #carkaraoke session that usually goes on instagram and is shared on facebook and twitter.

I read my horoscope at the end of each day to see how it related to the day and after that I usually spend about 10 minutes too long scrolling through Pinterest trying to find something to bake, wear, or create.

When I don’t need a replacement battery for my fitbit (yep, still haven’t gotten it!) I love that the app works in conjunction with my fitness pal!

And those are the apps that cause my battery to go from 100% to 0% before the end of the work day #chargerproblems.

Up tomorrow is the picture a hour challenge and Sunday I’m finally interviewing Joe and sharing his rant about gym goers (and probably admitting I do most things on his list!)

What are your favorite apps? 

 

 

 

Allieology

The Look // C. Wonder + Animals

I love a good ironic statement piece whether its a piece of jewelry or Jenn’s beloved J.Crew sweater from 2013. To me ironic pieces typically feature an unexpected animal/image or phrase in an otherwise normal setting.

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Jenn’s Sweater

 

Which is why I am loving what C. Wonder is doing across all of their product lines #ironicanimalsforthewin

 

 

Enamel Printed Camel Bangle

C. Wonder // Enamel Printed Camel Bracelet // $68.00

Cotton Giraffe Intarsia Sweater

C. Wonder // Cotton Giraffe Intarsia Sweater // $88.00

Printed Zip Top Pouch

C. Wonder // Printed Zip Top Pouch // $48.00

And I couldn’t leave this sale serving dish out because ya’ll know I love monkeys

Animal Rectangular Ceramic Plate

C. Wonder // Animal Rectangular Ceramic Plate // $18.99 

 

What do you think of the ironic statement trend?  

 

I love the 80’s: 1984 edition

Does anyone else get sucked into VH1’s I love the —- specials?!!? I do. E.V.E.R.Y.T.I.ME.  I loved today’s super easy prompt for the #BlogeverydayinJuly challenge because all I had to do was dig up this picture from the depths of my Facebook and use trusty Google to fill in the blanks! Happy reading!

This picture is from Christmas 1985 - sorry I didn't have anything older!
This picture is from Christmas 1985 – sorry I didn’t have anything older!

Birthdate: October 19, 1984

President: Ronald Reagan

#1 song during the week you were born: Prince  “When Doves Cry”

Average gas price: $1.21 a gallon

Superbowl winners: Los Angeles Raiders

Most popular TV show: The Cosby Show

Average movie ticket price: $3.46

Popular movies: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Dome, The Karate Kid, The Terminator, Ghostbusters, Gremlins, The Never Ending Story, Footloose

Fashion trends:

Average price of a new car: $6,294

Average price of a new home: $110,000

World Series winners: The Detriot Tigers

Celebrating their 30th birthday in 2014 as well: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Tetris, The Cosby Show, the Mac computer, MTV Video Music Awards, Alex Trebeck on Jeopardy, and the Muppet Babies

 

What was the coolest thing about your birth year? 

Allieology