Friday, February 28, 2014

High Five For Friday 2/28 + Giveaway

This week I had a couple of days off to get some stuff done before I start working full time. It was much needed, as it is hard to run errands when some places are only open 9-5. I was able to get our taxes done, do some projects around the house, do yard work, walk to dog lots, and do lots of blogging. I was also able to get our JCI done for one of our cars. A JCI is the Japanese Compulsory Insurance. It is an insurance and tax that comes with an allover inspection of the vehicle once every two years. It is a dreaded process here in Japan because you can end up paying a ton of money to get little things fixed in your car. It is not fun, but it is also what keeps cars in such good shape here. I was worried about it because our car is a 1998. I was sure that it was going to have tons of problems and take a few days and a good chunk of change to figure out. Thankfully, it only had one minor, inexpensive fix and took less than 2 hours to finish the entire process. I am thankful to be done with it and not have to deal with it again for awhile!

Here is what else is going on this week:

The only good thing about Jake being gone(besides less laundry and a cleaner house) is that I can eat whatever I want. I don't have to buy all of the junk food he craves or work hard to plan healthy meals that he will enjoy. The minute he was out of the door, I threw out everything in the entire house that is not conducive to my clean eating plan. I plan on eating clean 3 meals a day for 5 days a week while he is gone. I am going to start it out with the Dr. Oz 3 day cleanse starting tomorrow. I am going to do a full review on how it went as soon as I'm finished. Wish me luck!

Threw all of this out or gave it away. It felt so refreshing!

Oh and remember this post last week?? Well I worked out every day this week and plan on going to cycling in the morning. Who the heck am I? Let's just see if I can stay motivated!

One of my favorite things to do is run errands. I just love having a list, running around doing things, and crossing things off my list. I love being able to wander around stores and take my time getting things done. That is one of the main things I miss about not working during the day (along with binge watching shows on Netflix). I kind of felt like I was running around like a crazy person this week trying to get all of my errands done. I did have time to meet up with a new friend I have met from this wonderful thing we call blogging at a curry place she wanted me to try. It was fabulous and I always love meeting new people! I was also able to try to Sakura Chocolate Cream from the Starbucks here. I avoid Starbucks here on the island because it is super expensive and the drinks are really small. Sakura is a unique seasonal flavor to Japan, though, so I thought it would be a fun experience to try it. Sakura is cherry blossom and is really popular here around this time. It was pretty good, but very sweet. I could barely drink 1/3 of it. It was fun to try, but I probably won't be getting it again any time soon. Not to mention, the tall was almost $5!


This week I found out that our wedding was featured on the Kentucky Bride Magazine website. It was so fun to see our special day featured! Go check it out HERE

Yesterday I announced that I am now accepting sponsorships. I already have some wonderful ladies up on my sidebar that I am so excited to be working with! I have one swap spot left and lots of other openings. Go check out my sponsor page for more information!  

Recently, I met Elora, who blogs over at Out My Front Door.  Her blog is so interesting and unique. She shares interviews with travelers, authors, and sellers, as well as personal posts and photography. She also has an awesome Etsy shop, Transcendence Designs, where she sells travel-inspired jewelry that she makes. Her love of many different cultures and trends inspires her creations. She has lots of wonderful bead and seashell earrings, necklaces and bracelets. Seashells can always win me over! Go check out her shop, she is offering 50% off right now. She is also generous enough to offer a set of Nomad earrings to one lucky winner. Enter using the Rafflecopter below!

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Linking up with LaurenDarciRebeccaCasey, and Jennie


  1. I can't wait to hear your review on the Dr. Oz cleanse, I have been interested in it for awhile. So much easier to eat clean with the man out of the house, one of the few benefits I think.

  2. I can't wait to hear what you think about the Dr. Oz plan!

  3. That Dr. Oz plan looks like it wouldn't be too bad to follow, can't wait to see what you think of it

  4. Your wedding was featured?! That is so exciting!!

  5. That cleanse looks intriguing and that drink looks amazing!!!

  6. I would love to try that diet. Maybe one day when our kitchen isn't torn apart.

  7. I love earrings so I'll be checking out elora soon. Also, I've been wanting to try a cleanse but can't seem to get my husband to leave long enough to do it (jealous). When I finally get around to it I'll have to check back here.
    Whit from Raspy Wit

  8. i look forward to eating healthy foods my husband would not like when he is gone too! silver linings. Good luck with work this week :)

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