Update: 35 While 35 List

by agirlandhermutt on February 16, 2016

Despite having a less than stellar 2015, I did pretty good on my 35 While 35 list. There are a few items on here that I didn’t do in favor of doing other fun things, but fair is fair and I marked them as not done. Overall, I’m pretty pleased and looking forward to my 36 While 36 list!

1. Visit the arboretum.- Nope! I came close though. I drove by?!
2. Eat at all of the Barbara Lynch restaurants in town.- In Progress! Not all of them. I’m still working on this one!
3. Check out the Skywalk Observatory.- Nope.
4. Visit Nantucket.- Nope! But I did visit SEVERAL other New England spots.
5. Watch a Red Sox game at Bleacher Bar.- No. This was on the schedule twice and both times I had to cancel because of dr appointments. No kidding.

6. Learn to apply false eyelashes.- DONE! I’m just not into them.
7. Develop a solid night routine for face/body/skin. Done!
8. Do a capsule wardrobe for 1 month.- Nooooooo.
9. Create an inspiration board.- No.
10. Find the perfect pair of jeans.- DONE! Well, yes and no. Perfect for my current body, but not perfect in general.

11. Buy an original piece of artwork.- Yes! I bought a few!
12. Complete 2 pieces of artwork for the house.- In Progress! I have one down and one to go! I only got around to 1!
13. Purge! using the Konmari method.- Yes! I’m doing another round soon.
14. Frame and display family & Korky photos. Done!
15. Buy a car.- Done! I am a KIA SOUL owner!

16. Visit the Mystic Aquarium. Done! 7/25/15
17. See the Rocky Horror Picture Show at midnight.
18. See a musical/play. Done!
19. Visit the Grand Canyon.
20. Book Australia trip! Done!

Health & Fitness
21. Complete the TIU Bikini Series. Done!
22. Commit to 12 weigh-ins in a row at Weight Watchers.- No, I decided to discontinue WW.
23. Be able to do 5 PERFECT push-ups.- I can do 3!
24. Participate in a biking event.- No.
25. Try a totally new-to-me activity. Done! Aerial Silks Yoga at Ebb n’ Flow Yoga.

Everything else!
26. Learn to make pasta from scratch.- Yes! I made gnocchi!
27. Try 20 new beers and participate on Untappd.- Done! Finished 4/25/15
28. Learn to play guitar.- No.
29. Buy a camera and take a photography class.- 1/2. I got a camera, just no class yet.
30. Visit 3 new breweries.Done! Two Roads Brewing Co., Cape Ann, Ipswich and Riverwalk.
31. Take a couples class. Done!
32. Knit a sweater for Korky.- Well this just makes me extremely sad.
33. Hit 100 classes at one Pure Barre studio.- Ugh. NOOOOO. I have 100 total at a variety of studios, but not at one specific studio.
34. Host a brunch themed party. Done!
35. Create a gift/scrapbook of wedding photos.- Yes!

Completed: 19
Incomplete: 16

Not too bad. A good chunk of the items I missed were from the Local section. How sad is that?!

For every I item I completed, $5 will go towards a new pair of Oakley sunglasses. For every item I don’t complete, $5 will go towards a donation to the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

Total towards sunglasses: $95

Total to charity: $ 80

*Note: I give to charities throughout the year, but this is just a fun little way for me to give incentive to myself but at the same time benefit someone if I don’t cross things off the list.

My 36 While 36 list will be out later this week!!!


February 2016 Goals

by agirlandhermutt on February 8, 2016

A long time ago I wrote about my girls goals group, a group of my friends who email each other every Monday morning to share our goals for the week. I think we have been doing it since 2011? We have been doing an accountability group before Beachbody Coaches were even THINKING about bombarding you on your Instagram to join their Facebook accountability groups.

We usually focus on weekly goals, but I find that I really like when I have monthly goals too. It helps me to stick to my motto for the year, LIVE WELL.

Last month I had a goal of getting to at least 15 Pure Barre classes. I purchased the Pure Resolution package (unlimited classes for Jan & Feb) and wanted to get the most bang for my buck. Seriously. These classes ain’t cheap!


I was out of town for 10 days during the month, but during the 21 days I was in town, I went to 14 pure Barre classes. During my trip to Pensacola I went to another PB studio and rounded out the month with 15 classes total. BOOM. I felt awesome!


On my off days I took some spinning classes, CIZE and a good ol’ stretch video from P90X. Overall, January was a success!

So for February I’m making more goals. This is another short month for me being in town so I’m going to try to make the best out of what I got.


*I want to hit 150 miles for the month on my FitBit. Basically, I need to get moving more throughout the day. I get up from my desk at the end of the day and I’m horrified to see that I only have about 1500 steps. I’m pretty sure it is about 500 to get from my car to my office soooo….. I don’t want all my movement to just be from working out.

*Spinning took a bit of a back burner at the end of last month for me. I’d really like to get to at least one class before I leave town though. I LOVE spinning.

*Spending $$$= at least 10 PB classes. All this snow we are getting is kind of putting a damper on that so far, but I’m getting there.

*Get rid of at least 100 items I don’t need. My friend, Megan, has it as a goal to get rid of 25 items a week. I LOVE THIS IDEA! I’m all over it and hopping on to her goal wagon.

*So my birthday is on Saturday. EEEEEK! I need to update my 35 While 35 and then come up with my new list. YES!

That is it! Small, obtainable goals that will help guide me through February and keep me sane.

Tell me one of your goals for the month!

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Top 15 of 2015

by agirlandhermutt on January 29, 2016

Is anyone else ready to mark February 1st as their new New Year’s Day? Remember those resolutions you set on December 31st? No? Heh. Me neither.

Kidding. But for real though…January is almost over and 2016 is well on its way. But how can you forget 2015?! I know I can’t!

Despite last year being total crap, I had a few bright moments. INCLUDING some really great products.

So get ready for it…Top 15 Favorites of 2015!

Top 15 of 2015


1. First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Daily Face Cream ($20)- Super light but moisturizing lotion. I use this at night during the summer and every morning before I put on my makeup.

2. Alex & Ani Bracelets (~$28)- Throughout the year I picked up and received a few Alex & Ani bracelets. They were the perfect way for me to have a little reminder of vacations we went on or daily reminders of things I love. The two bracelets that stood out this year were the Key To My Heart bracelet from my husband and the rose gold Hand of Fatima (worn in defense against negative energy) from my Dad.

3. Dry Bar Triple Sec 3-in-1 ($26)- Not only does this spray smell wonderful, but it serves as a great dry shampoo. I’m not a huge fan of the buildup that happens when I use most dry shampoos, but this one feels pretty good. Plus, did I mention how good it smells!

BONUS ITEM: Drybar has an excellent shower cap that is lined with terry cloth. For those of you non-daily hair washers out there (unite!), this sucker is a miracle worker.

4. Spinning!- Not really a product exactly, but last year was the year of spinning for me. It was one of the few workouts that didn’t bother my neck when I first started getting back to fitness after my surgery in February and I loved how I could just do my own thing in the darkness. In particular, The Handle Bar was a favorite studio. Love, love, love.

5. IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation– I hate cake face and this doesn’t foundation is never guilty of that. It goes on light but has great coverage. Plus, I don’t feel like a hot mess if I don’t exactly blend it correctly on early mornings.

TIP: Always check out QVC.com for IT Cosmetics before buying elsewhere. This foundation goes for $35 at Ulta and just $43.50 WITH a fantastic quality brush on QVC.

6. Vera Bradley Ultimate Backpack ($108)- This backpack was a gift from my Mom. Backpacks may seem really nerdy, but this sucker is so convenient. I wear a crossbody bag quite a bit but I found that it was pulling on my neck. My mom came up with the backpack idea, which I scoffed at, and sent me this one to prove that they can be cute. I’m sold. I ended up using it all year long as my work bag and it worked out perfectly when I was on crutches later in the year.

7. Hydroflask (~$28)- I think I own about 3 of these now in varying sizes. They keep everything cold and don’t leak.

8. Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick ($18)- The matte liquid lipstick trend was HUGE this year and I feel for it head over heels. One of my faves this year was the Jeffree Star brand. Great color, feels good on the lips (not too drying), and lasts forever. Best colors of the year for me were Unicorn Blood and Doll Parts.

9. New Balance 574 Sweatshirt (~$80)- Believe it or not, neon green/yellow goes with a ton in my wardrobe. Plus, the black and grey is the perfect neutral. I love these sneakers and got TOOONS of compliments on them. They aren’t sneakers to be work in Zumba, but they are perfect for running around town and just looking fresh.

10. It Cosmetics Vitality Lipstick Stain ($20)- I like every single color in this line, but my fave this year was Je Ne Sais Quoi. It looks like a balm, but works with your natural lip color to create a natural looking pink shade.

11. Kat Von D Everalasting Liquid Lipstick ($20)- Yes, more lip stuff. Yes, another liquid lipstick. This matte lipstick is the ABSOLUTE BEST you can get. It goes on super pigmented, stays forever and dries super fast. I have about 10 of them, but favorite colors this year were Lovesick and Bow & Arrow. Yesss.

12. Benefit Roller Lash Mascara ($24)- I have learned that this mascara is a love it or hate it type of product. It was definitely a love product for my miniscule lashes. It doesn’t go on too wet or dry, easily builds up, isn’t clumpy and instantly curls my lashes. Definitely a must for me!

13. Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Palette ($46)- At first I didn’t give this palette much thought. It didn’t seem to have colors that I was interested in or wear very often. Then I started watching some tutorials and hearing rave reviews and decided to give it a try. This was THE palette I used for the year. I love every single color in here. They are smooth, blend easily and can work for just about anyone.

14. First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser ($20)- FAB products totally won me over this year. This face cleanser is so wonderful. It is gentle, paraben & sulfate free, but gets all of my makeup off. I use this alone and with my Clarisonic Mia. I buy the travel tubes of it too so I can have it with me whenever I travel.

Tip: Also available on QVC!

15. Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW Pomade ($18)- Yet another thing my Mom introduced me too. When I’m looking to have my eyebrows on POINT, I use this product. The pomade not only makes my eyebrows look naturally filled in, but it keeps them in line without the use of a brow gel. They have a nice selection of shades for all brows and for the amount of product you get vs how much you use, this is a steal.


I hope you enjoyed the list of my 2015 favorites. It was hard to narrow everything down to just 15!

I hope you are having a great start to 2016. I’ll be back next week with a look back at how I did with my January goals and what my goals are for February (my birthday month!).

See you soon!