Monday, January 5, 2015

New Year, New Post.

I wanted to make blogging a resolution, until I realized that I don't make resolutions. However, I can make more of an effort to get back into writing. So consider this my first step in the right direction..

I'm beyond excited for 2015. It's already off to an amazing start. I'm in a relationship and I'm extremely happy. He treats me like a princess and loves to surprise me with cute and lovely things just to remind me how much he cares. The holidays were wonderful. We spent Christmas Eve with my parents then woke up Christmas morning and opened gifts, then spent Christmas with his family. 

Hanging our first ornaments we got for each other.

Laughing too much to be able to pose for pictures.

New Years Eve we decided to just have a relaxing and stay in. We drank too many beers and after our kiss at midnight, we cheers our favorite shot; fireball..

New Years day we didn't make an effort to get up or be productive until we were sick of watching HGTV and had to head back up to my parent's house for dinner. Much needed relaxation!

I'm very excited for everything that 2015 has to offer. I'll be celebrating my golden birthday, 23 on February 23rd. My boyfriend is taking my parents and I to see Garth Brooks on February 20th and then he's taking me to Nashville the following weekend and bought me tickets for the game so I can finally watch my Red Wings play in my future city! 

I'm so grateful for everything that happened in 2014 that led me to where I'm at in my life right now. I feel like the luckiest girl, everyday. It's absolutely a feeling I can get used to.

Hope you all enjoyed your holidays!! 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Stress and happiness update.

I wish I blogged more so I wouldn't be stressing over how to even write this post. I'm still overwhelmed with school and work. I still barely have time for myself. However, things are starting to look up and it's hard not to be happy lately.

About two or more months ago I completely gave up dating. I was so sick of hearing how I'm too busy. I was so sick of being lied to or mistreated. I was completely okay with not wasting my time with unneeded distractions. 

Then on my first day of class, I text one of my best friends telling her I was going to marry this guy in my class. I obviously assumed I'd never have the courage to speak to him. Every time he makes a statement during our family dynamics class discussions, every girl in the room instantly light up. An insanely attractive guy who completely respects women, it's clear I'm not the only one in that class not used to that combination.

Fast forward to two Sunday ago.. We went on our first date. It was honestly the best date I've ever been on. I've never been treated so well. All of the things that I've wanted from guys in the past that made them tell me I expect too much, he did. It was just such a nice change to feel happy and comfortable. 

We also went out this past Saturday. He was able to meet my mom and she completely approved. Although we just got food a few drinks and talked for hours, I completely enjoyed myself. I'm really looking forward to being able to spend more time with someone who is so motivating and positive. It's also been nice to have someone who understands my crazy schedule firsthand. 

So it might be the only time that I enjoy having the same class twice a week. It also might be the only time that I really don't enjoy how quickly my 10 week classes are going by. I'm not rushing anything, I'm just enjoying my happiness. I'm pretty damn sure I completely deserve this. 

I still want to be able to get back into blogging, it's been a stressful time and I plan on next quarter taking off a realistic amount of time opposed to trying to please everyone and having to really think hard about if I ate or if I slept more than 2 hours. My comeback will slowly happen. 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

"You never have time for me."

If my blog could talk, that's what it would say. That's actually what many people have been saying to me over the past month or two. On Monday I started school again. I'm not going to lie, I've enjoyed being there all day Monday and all day Wednesday. I get to take too many notes (I love physically writing) and I don't have to deal with work, or anything except class.

I've been saying I've wanted to come back to blogging and before school started, I had no time to sit down with my macbook long enough to focus on a post. I still don't have much time for myself, but I plan on making time during breaks between classes to work on blogging.

Lately, I've been really fed up with people making me feel bad for not having time to spend with them. I don't even have time for myself. "If you wanted to hang out, you'd make time." Really? I'm pretty sure I can't add more hours to the day. I'm over feeling like I'm a bad person because I work too much and go to school more than full-time. And honestly, I've been pretty numb towards the people who have been acting this way towards me.

I think that's what I miss the most about blogging. I can completely slack on blogging and when I show up, I have people who are actually excited to read a post. Thank you so much if you're one of those people.

Also, if you watch The Voice you may have heard the voice I've been obsessed with for years. I was beyond excited to watch him on the premiere.. they saved the best for last!

Anyways, I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend! I'm ready for some Fireball! Cheers!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Time to catch up...

Although I really should, I haven't quit blogging. I've been drafting posts and none of them seem to get the job done. I feel so far behind on just about everything. So if you're still sticking around I'll fill you in super quick on some of the things that have been happening in life. 

I don't start school until the end of September because I have quarters (10 week classes) opposed to semesters (15 week classes). I've been working pretty much 7 days a week at both jobs. Exhausted? Beyond!

I took one of those wine painting classes with my mom a few weeks ago.. I think it's obviously that I'm not an artist..

I've been single for a few months and honestly, I'm sick of dating. I'm considering just worrying about my own schedule and my own happiness. Maybe I should make a post this week about how much dating sucks.

I did meet a guy. Our first date was absolutely perfect and I laughed and smiled more than ever. We talk every day and I was finally feeling really happy. However, I don't know that I can deal with his job. I've been trying, but it's hard. Go figure. 

The dude I dated for 3 years came over one night a few weeks ago to drop off beer. That turned into a few hours of catching up and me realizing why I deserve better. I haven't talked to him since, except when he tries to brag about things I don't care about. 

I finally changed my hair color! I've been wanting to go red, but always did a temporary brown with a red tint. When it faded it'd be super noticeable. So I finally had the courage to go permeant. Here's a before and after...

It might be hard to tell from the picture, but it's more of the color that Chelsea from Teem Mom has. 

I've been so busy lately and really lacking motivation to do anything when I have a little bit of free time. I promise I want to be back on here more regularly, I've been saying that forever. But, I've had some time to think of blog ideas and I really want to get the ball rolling.

As always, thanks for sticking around!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Business Cards

About 3 years ago I started making beaded bracelets. I had originally planned on opening an online shop, but never got around to it. I've been selling them at my mom's salon and they're still doing really well there. I get a lot of requests to make ones of a certain size or color. I've been really wanting to start making more and maybe even getting them online.

As I look around at different online shops for ideas on where to start I realized I'm missing one thing that I need even if I don't have an online store; business cards. I've been doing my research and have seen a lot of great reviews for different business card sites. Here's a few I found helpful.

Based on the reviews, I really want to try my luck with Moo. I like that they have templets available or you can create your own. Plus they seem to be very affordable. These are some of the designs I really like.

Have you made business cards online? What site did/do you use? Feel free to give me any more tips or opinions!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Can I just stay on vacation forever?

I have been dying to go on a vacation for MONTHS. I have also been dying to have more than a day off in a row. Then I finally got 6 days off in a row to go on vacation and it's already over. It honestly feels like I've been off of work for 3 days. Sadly, I just got back home and have a full to-do list before I have to work a double tomorrow. Which means I can't get into details of my vacation today, but I will leave you with some pictures and promise to share more and give details about my trip in the next day or two.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Clearing my mind...

I mentioned before that I've been overwhelmed with emotions lately. Since I'm on day 1 of my 6 day vacation, I really want to focus on clearing my mind and fully relaxing. There are many things that run through my head or keep me up at night lately. I'm allowing myself 6 days to free my mind and really allow myself the vacation I deserve.

Another thing I've mentioned recently was that I started using essential oils. When I first heard of essential oils through bloggers who sell them, my mind instantly went to those body wraps that everyone was trying and selling. I wanted to try oils, but I really wasn't sure if they would actually work and I wasn't going to pay $30-$50 for a small bottle of a blend just because everyone swears by the company. 

I began searching Pinterest for essential oil benefits. It can be frustrating because many oils recommended are the blends or the oil from those pricy companies. I started taking notes on pure oils and their benefits. Then I decided to start looking into buying those oils at a much more affordable cost. 

*At this point, I will note that this isn't a sponsored post. I wish it was, but I've paid full price for all of my oils.

I found a site called PipingRock and their oils are very affordable. I'm still trying them out and finding out which ones I like best. These are some of my favorites.

However, I have a good amount of oils and even have an order on the way..

I also recently found a shop called TheChilledPenguin and they have some blends, I placed an order and received it days later! My favorite part is that the blends come in a roller bottle and are extremely affordable. 

Although I'm not someone who thinks that essential oils can cure everything, I am a firm believer in them. They've helped when when I had a headache, anxiety, stress, no energy, or can't sleep. So I've using them to help keep me calm and happy while I enjoy my vacation.

Feel free to check out my essential oil Pinterest board I started for more info and tips.

Do you use essential oils? Do they help you? Please, feel free to give me any more suggestions or recommendations!

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Since March I've been working 50-60+ hour weeks and sometimes that's on top of going to school full time. The most time off I've had in a row was 2 days. As of 4:30 today I am officially on vacation and will have 6 full days off!!

Today I only had to work 6 hours, but those 6 short hours felt like an entire day. I started getting extremely crabby towards the end of my shift and Discover kept calling me to tell me that my card had suspicious charges on it. Long story short, it was a really bad day. 

However, I was able to end my shift and start my vacation the right way....

Yes. That would be the beautiful Stanley Cup! I always wanted to see the cup, but I never thought I'd be able to say I drank a margarita out of it! Unfortunately I look like crap, but it doesn't even matter. 

I came home and enjoyed a much deserved beer. I will continue to enjoy a few drinks tonight then I need to be productive tomorrow before I'm able to fully enjoy my vacation to this gorgeous place...

I'll make sure to post many pictures on Instagram. Feel free to follow along username: MandyShippe


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I need to confess..

You know the drill.. Ready, set.. 

I confess..

--I no longer know what blogs do an I confess link-up, but today felt right.

--My mom's massage therapist is came in today just for me and I'm feeling absolutely amazing!

--I had planned on blogging this week.. however, I spilled a beer on my macbook and it had to be repaired for a wonderful $300. So happy it's back!

--Friday starts my SIX day vacation! I'm so excited to ignore the world, lay on the beach and even visit my favorite brewery! I deserve this. 

--Today I plan on writing in my new journal. I'm not sure what I'll write because I don't want to keep a diary. Maybe it'll be more of a positivity journal.

--Physically writing is something I love. I feel like I'm able to open up so much more.

--Lately I've been feeling a lot of strong emotions all at once and it's overwhelming. I hope I have the courage to open up about some of these things on my blog soon.

--My hair started fading to a light brown and I kind of liked it, but I've realized I'm too sassy for light hair. So back to dark red.

--I went to the mall because I needed new work pants.. then I ended up with WAY more than just work pants. Story of my life.

--I would of posted this earlier, but I somehow ended up cleaning the house. 

--Speaking of cleaning, my room will be worked on this week. When it's all clean, I'll show a before picture. Be ready to be horrified and understand why I'm not suppose to be shopping anymore.

--I'm slightly disappointed because I kept thinking tomorrow was Thursday, my last day of work before vacation.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Patio Nights

One of my favorite things to do is to spend a night out on my patio. I used to be able to do this a lot more, but now with work it's really limiting my patio nights.

I'm absolutely in love with our patio. It's a nice getaway without leaving home. 

The nights usually start out with some country music and something delicious to drink like a bottle of wine. I prefer white wine, and being a craft beer drinking I enjoy treating myself to great quality wine.

Check out more wines from JJ Buckley Fine Wines here.

Then somewhere during the night, after more country is being played and after wine is enjoyed.. things start getting really fun and we bring out our good ol' friend Fireball.

What's your favorite way to relax at home?

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

We never know when the bus is coming.

This past quarter I had a theories of counseling class. One night, my professor told us to write down our deepest secret and fold it up. She picked random people and asked if she could look at their secret and if she could read it out loud. I was okay with her seeing, I wasn't okay with her reading it. She never read any of them, it was a trust exercise.

Since that day, I have admitted that secret to 4 different people. The secret has to do with the way I feel about a certain situation. The way I've always felt about it. I don't want to feel this way, but I'm apparently not in control of that. It doesn't help that those 4 people have encouraged me to give it a shot and do what makes me happy. 

I've regretted losing things in the past because I pretended not to care. I don't want to have regrets. I want to be able to just go for things and if it doesn't go as planned, at least I tried. I want to give my all instead of holding back because I fear a negative outcome.

I actually was very hesitant to post this, but then I read my horoscope for today..

I can't think of a better day to start living life without fear of a let down. I need to just start going after the things I want and not stop myself. Obviously it's easier said than done, but effort is the best way to start. 

After all, we never know when the bus is coming.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

When your date sets you up with his friend.

For the majority of the life of this blog, I've been in a long term relationship or a few other tiny ones. However, this single girl thing is new. I'm embracing it and although I said I wasn't going to share dating stories, I knew this one was too great.

I mentioned going on a date last week. Sunday we decided to go to the beautiful (as you can see in the photo above) Detroit to enjoy some craft beers brewed in the D. We met his friend at Atwater and after enjoying a few beers we decided to grab a beer and food at Motor City Brewery.

After Motor City Brewery we decided to take our adventures to Ferndale, which is hipster town to the extreme. We met more of their friends and ate some food. I started noticing that the guy I was with constantly was wondering off with other friends, but his friends were very welcoming and it didn't bother me. When he came back his friends asked him about when he's moving to Chicago and apparently the whole process was about to begin the next day. 

We went over to another bar to watch the USA soccer game. At this point I don't even think I talked to the guy once because he was socializing with other people. We move to one last place which had an awesome patio where we all people watched and made fun of people driving souped up cars who clearly thought they were far too awesome. Once again, I found myself only socializing with his friends and not really him.

We all decide to call it a day and we walk back to our cars. I drove with the guy who then asked me if I wanted his friend to drive me home. At first I started thinking that maybe I came off flirty or something and he was annoyed. So on the way home he asked me what I thought of his one friend and mentioned that we really hit it off. I was confused and he explained that he's moving and that he can tell there was really great chemistry between his friend and I.

So the night ended with him flooding me with compliments and telling me that he was going to talk to his friend for me. 

Oh, dating.. you have the craziest surprises. 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Thoughts for Thursday... on Friday.

Is it really already Thursday?! Well, here I am attempting to post after who knows how many days. I have a lot on my mind so this link up is perfect!

Thoughts for Thursday

--My most recent ex has this awesome talent at making me feel like something was wrong with me or that I was crazy. I've finally realized that anything I ever question was because I knew I was being lied to. I also realized that I don't have a single thing to prove to someone like that, or anyone else who is guilty by association.

--I went on a date with a guy a few months back and it seemed like a good time. I didn't have much time to hang out after.. which apparently means I "lack drive" which is probably a thought that stems from his lack of ability to mention the girl he's dating.

--I went on a date Tuesday evening. It was so wonderful. I enjoyed being able to have conversations, laugh and just feel like myself. We have plans for this weekend and I'm really excited. It's nice to have good people in my life.

--I've been using essential oils lately and I'm really loving them. I always thought people who used these oils were crazy, but I guess I'm jumping on the crazy train. 

--This Father's Day was the first Father's Day in years that my dad has had all of his kids together to celebrate. I had such a great day and I know my dad really enjoyed it.

--It's 2:15am and I'm typing this.. I'm trying so hard to finish this up because I know if I decide to save it and go to bed I won't finish it.. just like 100 other drafts I have saved.

--I did not finish the post, I went to bed. So here I am 10:33pm rushing to finish before thoughts for Thursday turns into thoughts for Friday.

--Oh, crap. Look what time it is. Hello Friday.

--I need a vacation. I've been looking into different places and now I just need the time and the right people.

--As stressed out as I've been, and as stressed out as I still am.. I feel happy and grateful for the way things are going in my life. I have a lot of things to still figure out, but I'm off to a great start. I think I'm finally getting back to me.

--Thursday I didn't have time to eat so t ordered food to go before leaving work tonight and I'm too lazy to re-heat it. A mushroom, zucchini and squash quesadilla is good cold, right?

--I have to be up in 4.5 hours and even though I'm exhausted I have enough energy to stay up a few more hours. Oh, the joys of working too many long hours.

--I put off posting this one again because I was going to attempt to sleep. Working on 3 hours of sleep was nothing short of hell and this beer in my hand is absolutely needed!

--I think I want to spend the rest of my evening relaxing, doing laundry and working on my blog. I'm not going to have much time for anything this weekend and I don't have a happy hour buddy today. 

Have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Do you have a blog?

This was the first thing my boss said to me this morning. Instantly, I assumed she saw it. However, she just thought that I'm someone who should have a blog for fitness or beauty. This got me thinking about how much I've been slacking at something that used to make me so happy. 

I miss blogging. I miss connecting with so many amazing people. I have a lot of things I'd love to do with this blog, I just need to devote some time to finishing up posts and reviews and start getting my foot back in the door in this lovely world of blogging. 

I know I've been saying this for a while now, but I'm ready to make the effort to get back here. For all of you who have stuck around, thank you! 

It's time for me to start doing the things that I enjoy and things that make me happy. I've been proud of how much I've been working on top of school, but I can't forget to be a little selfish every now and then. 

I hope to be back blogging within the next few days!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Ain't it fun, living in the real world?

This song has been stuck in my head all day long. It's making me extremely excited for my full TWO days off on Sunday & Monday. This is a pretty big deal since I've been doing 60 hour work weeks and school full time. At 9pm on Saturday I'll be done with my 36 day steak of not having a single day off.

Do I deserve some Fireball and craft beer? ABSOLUTELY. Bring it on. I honestly can not handle this insane schedule. It's even harder because I met an incredible human who was the easiest person to talk to and someone who made me feel so positive. However, my schedule made me extremely unavailable and made me seem very distant. 

No need to jump to conclusions. I'm not looking for someone to date, but I wouldn't mind having time to spend with this person. I blew it. Well, I guess my schedule blew it. But, long story short.. I have two days to pretend that I don't have responsibilities and such a hectic life. 

I have many blog drafts that never get finished. Maybe I'll have some time during my two days of fun to work on them. I miss blogging. I promise I'm not disappearing!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

I'm a little sad today that I wasn't able to get the day off work to be able to take my mom to the Tigers game. Especially since I've been working 60 hour weeks along with going to school full-time and I haven't had a day off since Easter. However, it makes me happy to know that my mom will be having a wonderful time at the game with my dad. 

My mom is an absolutely amazing person and an incredible mom. I wouldn't be who I am without her. She gave me the best life and has supported me through every struggle along the way. I'm so grateful for her. I'd be lost without her.

Happy Mother's Day to all of you moms out there! I hope your day is wonderful!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Life Lately..

This 'blog' of mine has turned into an online diary. I don't pull my weight trying to grab all the readers I can or blog about all of these awesome adventures I go on. 

Well, let's be honest.. I don't have the time. 60+ hour work weeks along with school is causing me to have the most uneventful life. So if you're looking for an exciting post of all the amazing things I've been doing, this isn't it. If you're looking to catch up, you're reading the right post.

I'm working too much. It's wonderful for my bank accounts and for all the bills I've gotten a few months ahead of. However, I need some time off. 1 or 2 full days a week or even every other week. I just can't keep working myself this hard. My free time is dedicated to homework, sleep and laundry. 

I guess I have myself to blame for this. I became single and decided to devote myself to making money and going to school. I wanted to stay busy. I went overboard. I need time to go to the movies, dinner or just grab a beer.

A few weeks ago, I went out with a guy friend for 2 beers. Normally, when I go out with someone, one on one, for the first time I'm extremely shy and barely talk. I probably talked way too much that night. It was such an amazing escape. It's nice to have someone listen to you and give their honest input. It's nice to just feel like myself. I need another night like that. 

I have some absolutely amazing co-workers. I've never had that at previous jobs. I can be having a really bad day and they'll do anything they can to make sure I'm happy. I'm so grateful for them.

Somedays I spend too much time thinking about the past. I still sometimes think about how things would of been if I would of done something differently a year or two ago. I know there's no point in that. I know that everything that happens in life will lead me to where I need to be. I also know that one day all of this working too much and going to school will all pay off. 

However, I deserve a vacation. Running from my own mind by staying busy really isn't healthy. I need to be selfish for a while. 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Morning Meal Planning

Lately, I've been working so much and eating very little. I simply haven't had time. It's been really taking a toll on me. I feel dizzy often and even sometimes get worried that I'm going to pass out. I've been trying to eat protein bars, but I really need to start planning meals. Especially in the morning because I find myself running out of energy by the afternoon. I've turned to Pinterest for some help.

Check out some of my food pins by clicking on the picture above.

One of my favorite things that I found were these from Fine Food Specialist, which would be perfect in the morning or even afternoon with some toast.

I've tried something similar before and loved it. I have such a hard time wanting to eat breakfast, but toast with marmalade is quick yet not too much for those mornings when I'm really not that hungry.

What do you normally eat in the morning?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Radical Skincare Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads

I've posted a review on a different Radical Skincare product that I absolutely loved.  I was very excited to be able to try another one of their products after being so impressed with the previous one.

This product comes with 60 pads and retails for $75. I've mentioned before that the price tag of these products were a little intimidating at first. The first time I tried one of their products I held it to a higher standard just based off of the price. After trying the exfoliating pads, it's clear to me that Radical skincare knows what they're doing. Worth every penny!

Here's all the information you need to know about the product which can be purchased at Sephora.

Every time I use these pads my face feels brand-new. It honestly feels like I have completely different skin. Winter has been brutal on my skin, I've never been more grateful for a product. I've tried so many other exfoliating pads that dry my skin out or irritate it. I was nervous about trying these, but I can't say one negative thing about them. 

I realize that I'm only 22 years old and it might seem crazy to use any kind of anti-aging product, but I firmly believe that anti-aging products should be used by adults of any age. 

I plan on purchasing products from Radical Skincare after being so impressed by both products I've tried. My skin feels tighter and looks much healthier and fresh. I wake up feeling confident about my face even without makeup. 

Have you tried any Radical Skincare products?