Chasing (reading) Maria Menounos



A couple of months ago I ordered Maria Menounos’ book for only $2.99 on Amazon.

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It was a quick read and I mostly read it on the treadmill.  If you read it you will quickly learn and hear quite often how she interviewed the Obamas (okay we got it).  Also, she does everything herself (yeah, sure).

Besides those annoying things I think it is worth the three bucks.  It’s similar to a blog but it’s a pretty, rich girl’s blog who is an overachiever so there are a lot of good tips.  Here are my favorite:

  • Getting organized in every way is so important.  Especially in your closet.
  • There is such a thing called a face primer for makeup.  Who knew?
  • Use handtowels to wash your face.
  • Keep an inspiration board in your closet.
  • A Thai massage incorporates stretching (I totally want to try one now).
  • Use a hot water bottle, wrap it in a towel and place on your chest to calm you.  (still need to try this)
  • Create a life and career plan.
  • Have a back up plan to help you be more courageous and confident.

I always considered myself organized but when you have to start over and buy everything new then a laundry sorter is low on the list.  I lived for almost a year without a laundry sorter.  Our clothes just hit the closet floor which made my cats very happy.  Seriously, why do they love laying on stinky clothes and shoes?

Here’s the closet before.  There is a huge pile of dirty clothes that Sadie is enjoying.

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After I finished the book I finally broke down and spent $50 on the Seville laundry sorter from Amazon.  It was so worth it.  It’s now on sale for $41.53 here.

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Tag, our ragdoll cat, of course had to check out the new sorter.  This is a great model.  I looked at a couple of stores before choosing this.  It has a shelf under the bags to support it when the bags are full.  It’s on wheels so it’s easy to move to vacuum.

Another great tip she had was to use towels to wash your face.  I read that and thought DUH!  Why am I washing my face and splashing water all over the bathroom?  So I immediately headed to (yes you guessed it) Amazon and found these beauties.  I got a pack of 6 for $9 and they are now on sale for $8 here.

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I keep the towels next to my sink and rolled up in a basket that I found at Target.

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I had never heard of a face primer but I love this stuff.  She recommended this brand and of course Amazon had it for $25.  I ordered the tinted one with bronzer which next time I will go with the non tinted primer because this one is orangy.  I love the way it feels and the smell is amazing too.

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It actually went up in price to $35 on Amazon here.

There is a lot of good advice in the book and I’m glad I have it on my kindle.  I highlighted my favorite things so I can go back and read it.  I really enjoyed the section on a life and career plan.  I’m still working on mine.  It’s in my life plan file.

She has a new book coming out about diet and exercise.  I’ll probably buy it when it is on sale next year.  She covered diet and exercise in this book so I can’t imagine how much more she is adding.  Although seeing her in a bikini makes me reconsider.

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Maybe I should pay the $10 to see what she has to say on the subject.  Although I will not be following her advice on belly bling.

Cleansing this weekend

We have been out of power from an ice storm here in the suburbs of Philly. I have power back but no cable or internet. Just wanted to give a quick post that I am making a list for groceries and creating a cleanse of sorts for my husband and I for 3 days.

I am thinking if skipping the tofu scramble (not a favorite).

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I want to do more more smoothies, salads and yogurts. Our blender died a couple of months ago and I found this personal blender and mini ice trays on Amazon.

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Of course they are delayed by the ice storm and I hope they get here today. I was really wanting to add the Breville immersion blender to my cart but it was $100. I am sure I will get my $14 out of the Hamilton Beach blender.