Thursday, July 31, 2014

July Favorites!



July was an eventful month! I saw Dierks Bentley play at the Greek in LA, I celebrated my Mom's 60th with my whole family in Denver, I managed to giveaway gifts to all you awesome people for 25 straight days, and I won my first Diet Bet! However, I'm glad this month is over. Work was rough the past couple weeks and I have a fantastic feeling about August....mainly because I get to go to BeautyCon! Woopwoop! Here are my favorites for this month.

beauty product: Clinique Acne Solutions Foundation...y'all have heard me rant and rave about the greatness of all things Clinique. I should be the face of Clinique by this point. I can't stress enough how amazing they are. To have my 60 year old mom use their products and only their products since she started wearing makeup in her late 20s shows what a great company they are.

tv show: Cedar Cove...my parents and I got hooked on the Hallmark channel show on Netflix. We're just about done with season 1 and will have to play catch up on the currently airing season 2. It's a wholesome family friendly television shows--something you don't see much of these days.


book: The Fault In Our Stars....check out my July 15th post...tears included.

song: You Should See Her When She's On by Chris Young....can't believe I got to see this guy live and he didn't even play my favorite song! :(


time: Dierks Bentley concert


purchase: Minnetonkas...the one year old I watch started a fashion trend. I followed. Can't wait to rock those bad boys all winter long (If LA even sees a winter this year!)

Here's to an awesome August!
What are your plans for this month?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

August Budget

I decided this month I'm going to be very cautious with my money.

I took Financial Peace University by Dave Ramsey at my church several months ago, and while I retained the information, I didn't apply it. After hearing more and more Dave Ramsey success stories lately and looking sadly at my bank statements, I've decided I need to make this financial change...not only for myself, but for my future family.

Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University follows seven baby steps to bring each person to financial peace: 1.) $1,000 emergency fund. 2.) Pay off all debt using the debt snowball. 3.) 3 to 6 months of expenses in savings. 4.) Invest 15% of household income into Roth IRAs and tax-advantaged retirement accounts. 5.) College funding for children. 6.) Pay off your house early. 7.) Build wealth and give!

This month I'm tackling baby steps 1 & 2.

I've set out a budget for the month of August and decided that I am going to stick to it! By cutting my costs for one single month, I will save myself an EXTRA $1,000. If I did this every month, it could save me $12,000 a year. It's not necessarily going to be a fun month, but I will find entertainment through time outdoors, Netflix, and reading.

How am I doing this? I've decided to only spend my income from nannying. Everything else I make will go into savings. I have given myself $20 a week for food. Through research and self control I know I am capable of this. My parents always have some sort of food in their house. I usually do my own thing, but this month I will eat whatever it is they are eating. My goal is to try to save that $20 a week for one special night out with friends. I am only allowing myself $100 in gas for the month. This means I have to be careful with my driving and can't just go for drives like I do sometimes. When I'm careful about how much I drive, I can make a $50 tank of gas last a couple weeks. I've set aside money for my bills, which include my credit card, phone, and student loans. However much I have left over at the end of the month of the nanny money, I am going to put towards paying off my credit card and student loans faster.

It's going to be a frugal month, but I know I'm capable, based on the teachings of Dave Ramsey and through strength from Christ.

For more information on Dave Ramsey and his financial wisdom, visit www.daveramsey.com or check out his books such as "The Total Money Makeover" and "Dave Ramsey's Complete Guide to Money."

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cooking With Cate: Cheesy Chicken Lasagna

This weekend I made some cheesy chicken lasagna, in hopes it would last me the week. It's delicious. It definitely didn't make it through the week though. :) Here's how to enjoy:


Ingredients:
-2 (12 oz.) cans of evaporated milk
-1 (1 oz.) package of dry Ranch dressing mix
-3 cups of cubed, cooked, chicken
-1/8 tsp pepper
-1 (16 oz.) package of lasagna noodles, cooked
-1 1/2 to 2 cups of grated cheddar cheese
-1 1/2 to 2 cups of grated mozzarella cheese

How to make it:
1.) Cook the chicken and noodles (separately, but at the same time.)
2.) Combine evaporated milk and Ranch dressing in a 3 quart heavy saucepan. Heat on low, stirring frequently, until all dry ingredients are dissolved.
3.) Stir in chicken and pepper.
4.) Simmer uncovered for 25 minutes, stirring frequently.
5.) Layer half of lasagna noodles, poultry sauce, and cheese in well-buttered 9x13 pan. Repeating layers.
6.) Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.
7.) Let sit for 10 minutes until serving.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Makeup Monday: Girls Night Out GRWM

Today's Makeup Monday is another Get Ready With Me video! I promise this will be the last one for awhile. My old roommate and good friend, Courtney, and I hit up Taco Tuesday at a local bar last week, so I saw it as an opportune time to film a video a follower had requested. Enjoy!



Sunday, July 27, 2014

Christmas is over :(

I crossed something off my bucket list this weekend! I've always wanted to see Dierks Bentley play...and I did! He shared the stage with Chris Young, Jon Pardi, and Chase Rice. We celebrated James birthday a few days early by going to a great concert. It's becoming a birthday tradition for him and I. (Last year we saw Kacey Musgraves, Eli Young Band, Eric Church, & Kenny Chesney.) Saturday I grabbed lunch with a friend in town from Seattle and then I finally took the plunge to get a new tattoo. Check it all out below in this week's vlog!


25 Days of Christmas in July is sadly over. I appreciate everyone who has entered the giveaways the past 25 days. It's been really fun to grow my relationship with all of you. I hope you will stick around for my big August giveaway which will be posted on August 20th.

Here is a list of the final winners. Please DM me your address on twitter (@kickbackwithcat) or if you won a Nature Box, comment below with your email address. All prizes are being sent out tomorrow. I waited to send anything until after all giveaways ended so that I wasn't sending out multiple packages to the same person.
Fault In Our Stars: Emma H.
Planner & Pens: Amber T.
Forever 21 GC: Paige R.
Panera GC: Cameron W.
Mom's Birthday Giveaway: Katelyn D.
NLA For Her Shred For Her: Cameron W.
Nordstrom Gift Card: Courtney
Beauty Sample Bag: Amanda R.
Nature Box: Katelyn D., Chantelle P., Tinley F.
Macy's Gift Card: Nicole F.

Congratulations to all winners!

This week's challenge to you all:







Saturday, July 26, 2014

Workout Challenge

This upcoming week I want to challenge each of you to join me in my workouts. A big part of my weight loss has had to do with planning. Before each week begins I decide what I'm going to eat and how my workout will go. Here is my workout plan for this week. If you have any questions, please leave them below. Also comment and let me know you've joined this week's challenge! I'd love to send each and every one of you personal daily motivation!

Sunday: 45 minutes of cardio

Monday: 30 minutes of cardio, 1 minute plank, 15 bicycle crunches, 30 second plank (right side), 15 bicycle crunches, 30 second plank (left side), 15 reverse crunches, 15 hip ups, 1 minute V sit

Tuesday: squats & lunges, 3 sets of 12 each

Wednesday: 45 minutes of cardio, 50 hip bridge with leg lifts, 100 donkey kicks, 100 glute kick backs, 50 sumo squats with leg raise, 100 side lunges

Thursday: 45 minutes of cardio

Friday: 30 minutes of cardio, tricep push, bicep & deltoid squeeze, deltoid back squeeze, right angle bicep curl, 3 sets of 10 reps each

Saturday: REST & HAVE AN ICE CREAM CONE :)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Fashion Friday: OOTW (Week of 7/14)

Here's my outfits of the week!







Sunday (Work):
  • Shoes: Forever 21
  • Skirt: Blush
  • Top: Kohl's
  • Locket: Angl
  • Bracelets: Alex & Ani
Monday (Work out):
  • Leggings: Old Navy
  • Top: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Nike Frees
Tuesday (Shopping):
  • Dress: Forever 21
  • Wedges: Reflections
  • Purse: Louis Vuitton 
Wednesday (ESPY Awards):
  • Dress: Kohl's
  • Wedges: Reflections
Thursday (Errands & Packing):
  • Leggings: Target
  • Top: Target


Thursday, July 24, 2014

#tbt Last weekend in Colorado (CLOSED)

As most of you know, I went on vacation with my family last weekend to Denver. We had a great time! We celebrated my mom's 60th birthday and enjoy lots of laughs and delicious food. I flew in Friday morning, and met my family for lunch. Then we went shopping at 16th Street Mall. That night we went to my Nonnie & Poppo's house for dessert and games. It was a blast! Saturday morning the guys played golf, the ladies got massages, and I went shopping. Then we walked around Pearl Street in Boulder, got drinks, and then had a delicious dinner. On the way home from dinner my mom and I stopped at park near our hotel and watched Father Of The Bride on a big screen. That's our favorite movie and it was a special time. Sunday I went home. It was a quick trip, but SO worth it.







While on our trip, we did a lot of snacking on this month's Nature Box treats. Today I've teamed up with Nature Box to give a free month of boxes to THREE of you.




Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Q & A (CLOSED)

Hi lovies! Here is my Q&A video that I had y'all submit questions for. I had a blast filming this and it's my favorite video I've done so far! If you have any more questions, ask them in the comments below & I will save them for my next Q&A. Filming this video and answering these questions has shown me just how much I've grown and matured in not only the past few years, but even in the past few months. I'm proud of myself and the woman I'm becoming and I pray the same for each and every one of you.






Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Transformation Tuesday: Diet Bet (CLOSED)

I first heard about Diet Bet back in April, when Shay Carl was doing a Shay Loss challenge directed at his followers. Participants have to lose 4% of their body weight in 4 weeks. That sounded like a lot and that was way too much work for a fatty like me. I got back on the Diet Bet website in June and saw that you didn’t have to be invited, you could join a random group. As a total tight wad, I decided I would join. I wanted my $20 buy in back (and then some) so I knew it would keep me committed. I joined and I won. But it wasn’t always that easy.

Growing up I was always very skinny. In high school I was thirty pounds lighter than I currently am and looking back at pictures I find myself appearing disturbingly unhealthy then. I would eat an apple for lunch and then whatever my family was having for dinner. When I did eat a lot, it was absolute junk, such as a whole bag of potato chips or a box of mac n cheese at 11 o clock at night. I thought this was okay since I appeared skinny. After quitting the track and cheer team, I put on weight, but still looked very skinny.

I started college at 118 pounds. I finished my sophomore year out at a solid 147 pounds. I had partied too hard, stopped working out, and eaten the greasy, readily available dorm food. I hated the person I looked at in the mirror, but I dealt with my lack of confidence by eating more and drinking more.

After finally deciding I needed help, I stopped drinking and started focusing on my own happiness. I lost 7 pounds within a month. I soon got off track and gained the weight back. In the 2 years since then I’ve gained the weight, lost the weight, gained the weight, and lost it again. This time I’ve lost the weight, but refuse to put it back on. That’s something I never did previously when losing the weight.

I also accepted the fact that the scale name isn’t that important. I’m not the 118 I was when I went away to college. And I never will be if I want to be healthy. When I started college I looked like I hadn’t hit puberty yet. I had an A cup. Seemingly overnight while away at school, my boobs grew along with my belly, thighs, and cheeks. I assumed it was all fat, but after losing the weight, I realize I was just a late bloomer. I can’t weigh 118 again simply because I carry other weight (healthily) in new places.

The financial commitment of the Diet Bet was what got me from quitting, but it is my own personal strength that has kept me going. I refuse to have to put my fat jeans on again. Some days I have an extra cookie. Some days I indulge in too much television and skip my run. And that’s okay! Losing weight isn’t about the number on the scale, it’s about your level of happiness and confidence.

I encourage everyone to decide how they can become their happiest and healthiest. If you need an extra boost, joining Diet Bet is a great way to do it. The people involved become great friends and amazing supporters in a short 4 week period. When you are having a rough day, they push you. They’ve been the ones to get me on the treadmill after so many long tiring days. But I couldn’t have done it if I didn’t truly want it and wasn’t ready for it.

That being said, would y’all be interested in doing a “Kick Back With Cate” family diet bet? It would consist of 4 weeks of us all pushing and supporting each other to become the best versions of ourselves. The buy in would be $20 and if you lose 4% of your body weight you get all your money back, plus you split the money of those who didn’t with everyone who did. I would do personal giveaways for all involved in the Diet Bet. Comment below if you are interested!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Makeup Monday: Get Ready With Me (ESPYs Edition) (CLOSED)





Giveaway #21

Panera Gift Card

1.) Follow my blog

2.) Watch my GRWM ESPY video

3.) Comment below with what other GRWM videos you would like to see

GIVEAWAY ENDS JULY 23 AT 4PM PST.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Weekly Wisdom & More Winners (CLOSED)

This week be sure to count your blessings. Don't focus on the greatness in the lives of others, but focus on the greatness in your life. Have an attitude of gratitude. The greatest lesson I learned last week, with hands on experience, is that you have no idea what internal battles someone is fighting. Someone very close to be who appears to have a picture perfect life opened up to me about an internal battle they've been fighting the past 15 years. I saw her in a whole new light, and realized that not everyone's life is as picture perfect as it may appear.
THIS WEEK'S WINNERS:
Holiday Housewife Box: Frank S.
iTunes gift card: Emma H.
Beach Bag: Katelyn D.
Cover Girl: Jade G.
Target Gift Card: Sean S.
Makeup Swag Bag: Cameron W.
Essie Nail Polish: Brittany K.Please DM me your address. Thank you to all who entered. Last week's giveaways that ended following today at 3pm, will be announced next Sunday, along with the winners of this week's giveaways. Be sure to continue to enter everyday through July 25th!
TODAY'S GIVEAWAY:
A bag of beauty samples! Featuring products from Philosophy, Koola, Sephora, and more!
Rules:
Follow my blog.
Comment below with what type of recipe you'd like to see in the next Cooking With Cate feature!
Giveaway ends July 23rd at 3pm PST.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Happy Birthday Mom! (CLOSED)


My mom is 60! We're all celebrating together on vacation. There's no sweeter lady and I couldn't be happier to all be together to celebrate this gem. My siblings and I all made this video to prepare her for her birthday week. Enjoy :) 



Grand Caymans 2001: Chris, Me, Mom, Ryan, Dad, Kevin


Friday, July 18, 2014

Fashion Friday: Travel Bag (CLOSED)

It's travel time for me. I'm off to Denver to celebrate my mom's 60th birthday with family and friends. My carry on bag is from Target. My purse is Louis Vuitton. I'm bringing my Angels drawstring backpack to put waters and snacks in on our Sunday morning hike. My swimsuit is from Target. The dress outfit is for my mom's birthday dinner. The dress if from Cotton On, the shoes are Tory Burch, and the necklace is from a second hand store. My workout outfit features shorts from Forever 21, top from Old Navy, and Nikes. My Sunday flight outfit includes pants and tank top from Kohls and shoes from Reflections.
Today's Giveaway:
Forever 21 gift card
Rules:
Must be following my blog.
Comment below with your most favorite trip you've ever been on.
Giveaway ends July 20th at 6pm PST.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

#throwbacktag (CLOSED)

I love doing tag posts & videos, so in honor of #throwbackthursday, I'm doing the Throwback Tag! I tag each and everyone of you to follow suit and do the throwback tag on your own blogs and YouTube channels. Here we go....
1.) What year were you born?
1992
2.) Do you have any pictures of yourself when you were younger? If so, post them here.
3.) What TV Shows did you watch growing up?
7th Heaven, Full House, Lizzie McGuire
4.) What did you want to be when you grew up and do you still want to be that?
A teacher & a mommy....teacher I'm not so sure about, but being a mom is still my number 1 dream job.
5.)Show a video of yourself when you were younger.
Y'all will have to wait until next weeks life video for that :)
6.)What were your favorite toys to play with?
Polly pockets & American Girl dolls
7.)What's the most embarrassing thing you can remember doing?
I can't remember...which I guess is good.
8.)Read something that you wrote when you were in Kindergarten.
One time I was really mad was when....."I thot my brother Ryan stell my 50 cent."
9.)Three songs you loved to listen to as a child.
Aaron's Party (Come Get It) by Aaron Carter, Love Shack by the B-52s, and Bye, Bye, Bye by NSYNC
10.) What was one funny thing you dressed up as for Halloween?
Dora
11.) Tell a funny story of something you remember happening as a child.
When I was two years old I climbed into the (unlit) fireplace to rescue a Happy Meal Power Rangers watch.
12.) Are there any special things you've kept from when you were a child?
Try everything. I've inherited my mother's hoarding ability.
13.) What was something weird you used to do as a child?
I started making To-Do Lists in kindergarten...I haven't quite stopped.
14.)What's the scariest thing that happened to you when you were younger?
My best friend Jenna and I witnessed a ghost once when we were younger and having a sleepover. We were probably four or five and I know for a fact we both saw the ghost outside the window.
15.)How is the world now different from what it was like when you were a child?
There is a lot more technology. I think kids are maturing a lot faster which scares me a lot, especially for my future children and there generation. A lot more access to information and things now at a much faster rate.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Current State of Being: Mid Month Slump (CLOSED)

What a week it has been! I've felt like quite the busy bee between working 3 jobs, running my blog, spending time with friends and family, preparing to start school again, and all that fun stuff. I couldn't be happier with this chaotic thing called life that God has blessed me with. I thank him for vitamins, exercise endorphins, and ice cold water, because without it I'd be wiped out by 11am everyday like I used to be 20 pounds and lots of depressed feelings ago. I have a lot of awesome projects in the works for y'all and today I'm going to the ESPY's, so I hope you don't mind a laid-back post....don't worry there's still a give away!
watching: Cedar Cove. My family & I can't stop this Hallmark channel series based on the books by Debbie Macomber.
excited: for my trip to Denver this weekend. I'm looking forward to celebrating my Mom's 60th & spending time with my siblings.
loving: the Lord for providing me with all great things
annoyed: with Nick on The Bachelorette
missing: my CLU crew
obsessed: with DietBetter.com
craving: a Miley Cyrus shake from Millions of Milkshakes
enjoying: all the time I've been spending with my grandmother
wondering: when I'll get a new job
laughing: at all the clowns who come into my work
wishing: my trip to Colorado was longer than two days
wearing: a block dress, blue necklace, and Tory Burch sandals
drinking: water as always
wanting: a solid back rub
looking: for a new job
waiting: for my Nature Box & NLA For Her Uplift Pre Workout to arrive
smelling: old people and books
thinking: that I want Chris to be the new Bachelor
feeling: a little hungry
smiling: about this beautiful life I've got
GIVEAWAY #16
THREE NAIL POLISHES
RULES:
1.) FOLLOW MY BLOG
2.) COMMENT BELOW WITH WHAT YOU'RE OBSESSED WITH LATELY.
GIVEAWAY ENDS JULY 20th AT 7PM PST.
XOX,
CATE

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Fault in Our Stars Review & Giveaway (CLOSED)

"The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green 
Review & Giveaway


I was at first hesitant to read The Fault in Our Stars because I work in a library and didn't want to indulge in the needs of a 14 year old girl. After all my friends got hooked, I put myself on the 18 person long hold list at my work and patiently waited. When it finally came, I completed the book within a 24 hour time period. I didn't think I could love a couple so much as I did Hazel and Augustus. 

While bearably unrealistic, the book is beautiful writing of the tale of two cancer ailed love struck teens. Augustus Waters is a rare species--a remarkable man. His love for life and Hazel is passionate and left me in awe. Many argued that these characters were unrealistic, but have you ever met a teenager with cancer? They live their life to the fullest and are wise beyond their years. They've been forced to mature at an extremely fast rate, and are realistically similar to the characters of Hazel and Augustus, even though they might not find a love as strong. 

Green is a remarkable writer whom I was first exposed to with the book "Looking for Alaska." I recommend people read this as well. I found it more relative to my own life than I did "The Fault In Our Stars," although TFIOS had me more sucked in.

"The fault, dear Brutus is not in our stars, 
But in ourselves, that we are underlings."
-Caesar

Giveaway #15
A copy of "The Fault In Our Stars" with popcorn & candy for when you see the movie!
Rules:
1.) Must follow my blog.
2.) Comment below with your favorite movie candy.
3.) Comment below with your favorite book.

Giveaway ends July 21st at 7pm PST.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Makeup Monday: What's In My Makeup Drawer? (CLOSED)

I've been wanting to do a post about all the different makeup products I own. I didn't realize until I pooled them all together in one location for this post just how much crap I have. I have so many products I've only used once or twice or that I haven't even opened. Honestly if you see something here that you like and don't mind it having been used once or twice, let me know. If it's something that I don't use, I'll happily give it to you.

Lotions

Hawaiian Tropic SPF 15, Vaseline Aloe Fresh Lotion, Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion, Clinique Even Better Hand Lotion, Coola Sunscreen, Clinique Even Better Moisturizer
Essential Oils

Focus Blend, Sleepy Time, Flu Blend, Hand Sanitizer, Owie Blend, Allergy Blend, Aching Blend, Belly Blend
Perfumes

Clinique Happy, Daisy by Marc Jacobs, Blvgari Omnia, Atelier Cologne
Eye shadows & primers

Smoked by Urban Decay, Naked 3, Urban Decay Primer Potion, Sephora Eyeshadow, NYC Eyeshadow, Clinique Eyeshadow

Everyday Product
Clinique Blush, Bare Minerals Powder Foundation, Clinique Acne Solutions Foundation, Nars Concealer, Urban Decay All Nighter Spray
Face Cleansers

Clinique Acne Solutions Foaming Cleanser, Clinique Acne Solutions Toner, Clarins Exfoliater, Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes, Glam Glow Hydrating Mask, Glam Glow Super Mud, Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Treatment, Dr. Dennis Gross Mask
Lip Products

Prestige Lip Liners, Cover Girl Chubby Stick, Cover Girl Lip Gloss, Clinique Chubby Stick, Vaseline, Smash Box Lipstick, Chapstick, Mac Lipsticks, Revlon Lipsticks

Brushes

Sephora, ELF, Bare Escentuals 
Mascaras & Eyeliners

Sephora, Maybelline, Covergirl, NYC




Sunday, July 13, 2014

TARGET IS MY HAPPY PLACE (CLOSED)

This week was a whirlwind of life. I finally hit my original goal weight and have officially lost 20 pounds since January 1. It's been difficult, but being exposed to Diet Bet has changed the way I look at my eating, exercise, and mental health. The people in the bets I'm currently a part of are so supportive and I couldn't have reached this goal without the extra push and motivation from kind strangers. I worked more than full time this week and spent a lot of time with my grandma. Overall it was a productive week, which naturally means there was NO relaxation. 
Check out some of the highlights of my week in the vlog below:


This week's challenge is for you to be the best possible version of yourself. What this means varies person by person. For me this week, it will mean sticking to my meal plans, exercise plan, not complaining, and helping my mom out with whatever will bring her stress level down. It also will mean that I will stick to my guns, follow my heart, and give myself ME time.


Now it's GIVEAWAY time!

Last week's winners:

Michael's Gift Card: Megan Thompson
Clinique Kit: Chantelle Phillips
Chai Fizzie Powder: Emma Hopp

Please send me a DM on Twitter @kickbackwithcat with your mailing address.


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Beach Bag DIY & Giveaway (CLOSED)

What's better to do on a Saturday afternoon after a morning at the zoo than arts & crafts? I'm headed back to school in a couple weeks to get my CNA and I decided that I should make myself a tote. Most over summer would use these as beach bags, but no beach time for me! :( These were SO easy to make. I got the plain canvas totes at Michaels, and used a stencil, painter's tape, paint, and a brush. For the sailor bag, I cut out an anchor that I printed off google and taped it down, then painted it. With the striped bag, I just used to tape to create stripes. After both dried, I peeled the tape off and voila! 

Now....
Win yourself one of the bags full of beach time goodies (sunglasses, sun block, makeup remover wipes, and other fun treats!)


Friday, July 11, 2014

Baby You're My Summer Jam (CLOSED)

Road Trip Playlist

*Tip It On Back by Dierks Bentley (who I get to see in concert in exactly 2 weeks, NBD)
*Sharp Dressed Man by ZZ Top
*How She Rolls by Chase Rice
*Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac
*Country Roads by John Denver
*Swoon by Timeflies
*When I See This Bar by Kenny Chesney
*Replay by Zendaya
*Beverly Hills by Weezer
*Helluva Life by Frankie Ballard
*Treasure by Bruno Mars
*Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen
*Roar by Katy Perry
*Wagon Wheel by Old Crow Medicine Show (the ORIGINAL version not Darius Rucker)

Giveaway #11
Kickstart your own road trip playlist with an iTunes gift card!


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Holiday Housewife Box Review & Giveaway #10 (CLOSED)

Happy Thursday love bugs! You all know by now how OBSESSED I am with subscription boxes. This month I tried out The Holiday Housewife Box. It was created by Autumn, a wife and mother who realized to be the best possible version of herself, she needed to take care and pamper herself. She empowers other women to do the same. Each month the box has a theme. July's was "Girls Night In." 

A monthly subscription costs $24.99, while a one time box is $29.99. This is beyond worth it considering the value of my box this month came in at well over $60. The theme for August is "Summer Fun." Be sure to order yours before they sell out! Also like The Holiday Housewife on Facebook and enter my giveaway below!


Included in July "Girls Night In" Box
Soap-- Kathyinozarks
Lip balm-- Star Search
Sugar Scrub-- Symbolic Imports
Chai Fizzie Powder-- Triskele Treasures, LLC
Charm & Bracelet
Nail Polish
File
Popcorn Bags
Popcorn

$64.97 value can be yours for $29.99 with the Holiday Housewife Box!

Giveaway ends Thursday, July 17 at 3pm PST.
Big thank you to Autumn from Holiday Housewife for gifting these fun treats!



Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Feelin' Crafty & Giveaway #9 (CLOSED)

Recently we moved my grandmother into an assisted living facility. It's going better than anyone could have imagined. I love going to spend time with her and seeing her socialize with others with similar abilities. Many of the residents in her building have door hangers. Some are just plain placards with their name on them, while others have cute designs they made. After seeing her door bare when visiting her last week, I decided my latest craft should be one for her door. After searching on Pinterest for ideas, I finally took bits and pieces from several and made up one of my own.

Supplies: Everything used was purchased at Michael's for a total of $18, courtesy of COUPONS! :)
  • wreath (mine was heart shaped!)
  • wooden letters
  • paint
  • paintbrushes
  • ribbon
  • flowers



Steps:
  1. Paint letters, let them dry.
  2. Hot glue letters on to wreath.
  3. Hot glue flowers onto wreath.
  4. Hot glue ribbon on to wreath.
EASY AS PIE & SO ADORABLE!



25 Days of Christmas in July
Giveaway #9
Chai Fizzie Powder from Holiday Housewife Box 
Baking soda & citric acid that soften the water & your skin.
Smells like a slice of heaven (as my grandma would say)
Rules:
1.) Follow my blog
2.) Follow my instagram @catedimmitt
3.) Comment below with a post you want to see from me in August.

Giveaway ends 7/12 at 3pm PST.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Bachelorette Boys & Giveaway #8 (CLOSED)

The guys on this season of The Bachelorette haven't impressed me. Every season I'm able to pick the winner (or at least runner up) on the first night. This season, my streak is still intact because Josh M. is still around. I have a gut feeling he's going all the way. If he doesn't, I call dibs. The guys this season are so vanilla and make for B O R I N G tv.

Here's my order of my favorites, of all 25 this season, ranking from least to most snoozeworthy.



25. Nick V
This guy is a certifiable nut job. He's manipulative, and thinks he's strategic. Andi has fallen for his charm and good looks, thinking that he's so in love with her, but I think he's got serial killer eyes. I have a feeling he'll be in the final two, let's just hope she doesn't get stalked and murdered by him if he isn't the one to get down on one knee. If I hear one more time how we wants to be alone with Andi...no. His outfits make me want to slap the douchebag out of him.



24. Andrew
He's racist and flirted with other females off camera. If he was there for Andi, he wouldn't have been picking up on the waitresses out at dinner. This isn't 1954, so referring to Marquel as "blackie" doesn't fly. He may have found it funny, but no one was laughing. BYE FELICIA.

23. Eric
I know I should rank him higher because he passed away while the show was still being filmed in a tragic accident and the season was dedicated to him, but Eric just rubbed me the wrong way. He rudely attacked Andi, accusing her of being fake. I'm glad she didn't waste a rose ceremony on him.

22. Jason
Who the hell is Jason?

21. Rudie
Rudie went home in the first episode, so I really know nothing about the guy. He has creepy eyes and seemed old. I would've sent him home week one too.

20. Patrick
Another guy who I know nothing about. I'm surprised he made it to the 5th episode, but was not surprised he went home. Handsome dude, but yawn.

19. Josh B.
This guy was WAY too devastated when he got sent home. It was the first week. Tears don't need to be shed over a woman you've known for three hours.

18. Bradley
Creepy opera singer. No other words.

17. Nick S.
Creepy killer eyes. I know nothing about the guy. I can see everything in these guys eyes though. Andi should have consulted me on night one.

16. Craig
Craig looks like a really annoying guy I had law class with in college. If I was Andi and any guy on the show drank the way Craig did, I'd send him packing before he was sober.

15. Carl
There's nothing I know about Carl except for that he's a firefighter, and that's enough for him to get a few points in my book. It was obvious in the first episode he would be the token boring guy to go home quick.

14. Steve
I don't remember who Steve is. Big impact he had on my heart.

13. Mike
Go away Bruce Jenner.

12. JJ
I'm sorry, but WHAT is a pantsapreneur?

11. Brett
He needs to come out of the closet. Andi was looking for love, not someone to do her nails and hair.

10. Cody
Cody meant well, he really did. He had a good heart, but he looks like he's pumped full of steroids. He got a tad creepy in the final episode as Andi was trying to send him home. She was crying and he STILL wouldn't stop talking.

9. Ron
I really liked Ron. He was handsome and kind, but every season has to have a guy who leaves because of "personal reasons." This season belonged to Ron. He left in the third season and I think he would've made it til at least episode 6 or 7.

8. Emil
Emily was so handsome! Those eyes, those muscles, mmmm. I never saw him going far, but I did expect him to last until the final 8 or so.

7. Marcus
I really don't have thoughts on Marcus. He's another one who flew under the radar this season, but his hometown strip tease creeped me out.

6. Brian
He's so sweet, handsome, and genuine. He seems a little immature though. The fact that he's afraid of pickles adds to his adorable factor. Overall I think Brian is a great guy, but Andi needs someone who is more take charge and has life figured out.

5. Marquel
What's not to love about the cookie monster? Marquel was a genuinely sweet guy who has a heart with a big capacity to love. He just didn't have the chemistry with Andi. He is what my friends would call a H.A.A.M. (Hot African American Male)

4. Dylan
Besides the fact that he looks like Lord Farquad from Shrek, Dylan is a good dude. He's had a rough life, but isn't letting it ruin his future. He has a good head on his shoulders, wants to start a family, be a great dad, and has a successful career.

3. Tasos
They didn't even give him a proper rose ceremony. What the heck! I thought Tasos was my kind of guy. He's charming, sweet, handsome, and fun. I'm not sure why Andi didn't want him, but if I ever move back to Denver, I call dibs.

2. Chris
I like me a cowboy! His secret admirer notes melted me heart, and I did not expect them to be from him. Watching his hometown date made me want to pack up all my stuff and move to Arlington, Iowa. However, Chris has DUI arrests on his record and that is something that would be a deal breaker and then some for me.

1. Josh M.
Josh is my dream man. He's beautiful, honest, family-oriented, sweet, charming, and the definition of perfect. His family bothered me a bit in the hometowns, but they grew on me once the conversation transferred from Aaron's pro day to Josh and Andi. I picked him in episode 1 to take the whole season, and I stand by this thought.

25 Days of Christmas in July
Giveaway #8 
$25 of Cover Girl products!
To enter:
1.) Follow my blog
2.) Follow my instagram @catedimmitt
3.) Comment below with who your favorite Bachelorette guy is this season 

Giveaway ends July 12 at 6pm PST


Monday, July 7, 2014

Makeup Monday: Updated Skincare Routine & Giveaway #7 (CLOSED)


As I'm sure many of you know from reading my blog, I've struggled with acne since high school. I feel like I've tried everything under the sun and nothing helps. It's caused me a lot of anxiety and depression, especially in recent months. 

Last week at work, a woman came in and told me she had something for my face that helped her and she felt would help me. I was really taken aback. I didn't know who this woman was or why she would bring up my face. It made me feel more insecure knowing that my 18 pounds of makeup I wear daily wasn't hiding my skin problem and that it was clearly noticeable to others. It made me self conscious thinking that the only thing people notice about me is my terrible skin. Then I realized, she understands my struggle and she just wants to help me feel better about myself.

I've started a new skin care routine this week and have already seen drastic results. I know my skin isn't going to become perfect over night, but there are actions I can take to make it the best it can possibly be for me at this time. 

Here is my routine:

-Clinique Acne Solutions Cleansing Foam
-Clinique Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion
-Melaleuca (made by a friend, can be bought though)
-Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector
-Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20

That being said.....
giveaway #7 is a Clinique Acne Solutions Clear Skin System Starter Kit!!
It includes the cleansing foam, clarifying lotion, and all over clearing treatment. ($36 value)
 To enter:
1.) Follow my blog.
2.) Follow my Instagram: catedimmitt
3.) Comment below with a question you have for me. (I will be doing a post with 20 questions!)

Giveaway ends July 11 at 6pm PST.



Sunday, July 6, 2014

English Bulldogs & Handmade Soaps (CLOSED)

A look at my week! Carnival, rapping in the car, playing with the puppy, barbecues, fireworks, and lots and lots of smiles!

This week's wisdom:

Winner of the Starbucks Gift Card is Kellie's Camera! 
Kellie, send me a tweet with your e-mail address so I can send a treat your way :)

Giveaway #6 is handmade soaps from Kathyinozarks on Etsy, courtesy of Autumn at the Holiday Housewife. To enter you must:

1.) Follow my blog.
3.) Comment below with a screenshot that you've liked Holiday Housewife!

Giveaway ends Friday, July 11 at 3pm PST.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Cooking With Cate & Giveaway #5 (CLOSED)

Swirly Crustless Quiche


It doesn't look good. It doesn't sound good. It doesn't smell good. But I promise, it was good.

Ingredients:
1 large zucchini, grated
2 large carrots, grated
1 teaspoon rosemary-sage salt
12 eggs, beaten
1 tablespoon coconut oil

How to:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Grate zucchini and carrots.
Mix together with rosemary-sage salt and eggs in a large bowl.
Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish with coconut oil and pour egg mixture into pan.
Use a fork to create a circular pattern for swirled effect. (I skipped this step cause I really didn't care how it looked.)
Bake for about 45 minutes or until edge are brown.

It's Paleo!!
It would taste delicious with some added ground meat or sausage.

Giveaway #5
BVLGARI Omnia Crystalline L'eau de Parfum
1.) Follow my blog
2.) Follow my Twitter account: @kickbackwithcat
3.) Comment below with your favorite scent. (Mine is vanilla!)
Giveaway ends July 9 at 5pm PST.

Friday, July 4, 2014

4th of July Crafts & Giveaway #4 (CLOSED)

Happy 4th of July!
I had really hoped to be able to have a 4th of July craft available to share with y'all today. Unfortunately my work day was spent in the hospital. All is now well with me, but I wish I could've made these adorable 4th of July mason jar pieces, instead of being hooked to an IV and having a CT scan done. 

Here are some of the adorable crafts I wanted to share, all using mason jars:





All Courtesy of The Mom's View

In honor of crafting, today's giveaway is a Michael's Gift Card!!

Rules:
1.) Must be following the blog.
2.) Must be following me on Pinterest: Cate Dimmitt
3.) Leave a comment below with your favorite 4th of July memory.

Giveaway closes July 8 at 9pm PST.