Blog Anniversary! Pink for Days is 3 years old today!

Woo-hoo! Happy birthday dear blog!

3 years is a long time.

I know I haven’t dedicated as much time and attention to my blog as I’d like to, but I can still vividly remember writing that first post. My thoughts were something along the lines of “I hope my English is good enough”, “I hope no one makes fun of me” and “I’ll be super happy if get 10 followers”. Well, no one has ever complained about my language skills, I’ve had no issues with trolls and I managed to get 2000+ followers, though I have no idea how. But the best of it all: friends. I made beautiful friends. That is what makes it all worth it.

What about you? How old is your blog?

Bonus – my first post:

https://pinkfordays.wordpress.com/2017/01/24/oscar-nominees-and-more/

Have a lovely day,

Chey

If We Were Having Coffee – Part II

If we were having coffee…

I’d tell you that my hair is falling like crazy. I mean, I must have lost about 50% of my hair in the past year. I had some blood work done and it turns out I have an iron deficiency, meaning I’m close to being anemic. My doctor thought that might be the cause and that an iron supplement would stop my hair loss. Nope. Keeps falling. I have a dermatology appointment booked for this week and hopefully they’ll figure it out. Should I have gone about 6 months ago? Yes, but I procrastinate.

If we were having coffee…

I’d tell you I’m sort of suffering from adult acne. I never had any pimples as a teenager but I’ve been getting them for the past couple of months, mostly on my forehead. It’s not bad, just a few here and there (except for that one time a couple of months ago when it looked like I was having an allergic reaction which coincided with my first makeup trial for my wedding) but it bothers me that my skin is changing right now, at 27.

If we were having coffee…

I’d tell you that my best friend and maid of honor (sort of, that’s not exactly what we call it here, it’s like you have a pair of godparents for the bride and another for the groom. She’s my “bridal godmother”) is coming here to visit in June (she lives in Vienna and I never get to see her) and I can’t wait. I’m so excited and wish June would just hurry up and get here. She’s one of my absolute favorite people in the whole world and I miss her so much.

If we were having coffee…

I’d tell you Rui and I are attending a wedding in May and are very exciting. We’ll be among his friends from high school whom we happen to be very close with right now (life is very funny because we all ended up living in the same city, which is about 300 km away from where they all went to high school) so it will be so much fun. I should say they’re my friends too, otherwise they get mad. It’s so nice that we’ll share the year we got married with that couple.

If we were having coffee…

I’d tell you that it’s less than 6 months until our wedding. October 5th. We’re very excited. Everyone around us is very excited and looking forward to it. I’m so glad we decided to have a “big” wedding. I thought I’d be fine with a very small civil ceremony but I think I’d regret not doing something more traditional.

If we were having coffee…

I’d ask you if you’re married and then I’d ask about your wedding day and hopefully get some wedding advice 🙂

Love,

Chey

If We Were Having Coffee – Part I

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If we were having coffee…

I’d tell you that I wear glasses now. Not always, but I need them to watch TV, go to the movies, drive (I don’t drive but if I did), etc. I’m short sighted and it’s not that bad but the glasses make a huge difference. First couple of times I wore them I keep taking them off and putting them on to see the difference. Literally. I think I began to see there was an issue, again literally, about 6 months ago. I could have been before that. I was at the movies and kept asking Rui if the screen was blurry or unfocused. It looked fine to him. Then it started to get worse while watching a movie or a TV show at home. Everything was blurry, even faces. And God help me if any letters or signs came on the screen. Then I was at work and it was hard to focus someone’s face at a distance. I could see them but their face was a blur. Same for street signs. I could go on. A couple of weeks ago I finally got tested and they confirmed I needed glasses. What a HUGE difference it makes. Do I think I look good wearing glasses? I mean, I don’t know yet. It’s weird. They keep getting dirty and I’m kind of obsessed with them being spotless. Rui thinks I’m crazy and that I’m going to end up scratching them from cleaning them too much.

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Yes, I’m wearing pajamas. Don’t judge

If we were having coffee…

I’d tell you that I quit sugar. I won’t eat anything with added sugar or add sugar to my coffee or tea. I do eat sweeteners because I’m not that good. I have a major sweet tooth. I’ve had a slip up or two but one of them was accidental. I had no idea my stevia had added sugar. WTF? It’s very hard to be sugar free, honestly. Not in the sense that I’m constantly craving it because it has been easier than I thought but it’s definitely harder to find food you can eat. Your options get pretty limited. EVERYTHING has sugar. Why does BREAD need sugar? We are lucky that our bread, Portuguese bread, is not that sweet so we can find a few varieties with no sugar added but in general, most bread contains sugar. I’ve been getting creative and trying to come up with sweets and desserts with no sugar, using vanilla extract, applesauce, ripe bananas, coconut milk and cinnamon to add flavor. Sometimes I do use some sweetener as a substitute for sugar because again, most recipes ask for sugar. I’ve actually been trying to cook a lot more lately. Would you like a list of recipes? Some of them I find online and adapt, others I kind of make up myself. I’ve discovered this very easy 2 ingredient pizza dough: Flour and plain Greek yogurt. The pizza (I made the sauce too) turned out pretty yummy.

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If we were having coffee…

I’d tell you that I began having my eyebrows threaded and I’m never going back! It’s the perfect method for me. It’s relatively painless (definitely less painful than wax or tweezers), natural and they look so perfect and well defined. The lady I go to is awesome! She has being doing this for 10 years and she only charges 8€. I had never tried it before because I thought it would be too expensive but I’m so glad I did.

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Awkward photo so I can show you my eyebrows…

If we were having coffee…

I’d tell you I’ve been getting gel nails and it’s great. I bite my nails to the bone and they look so miserable all the time. Even when I paint them they still end up in my mouth. It’s a horrible habit and this seems to be the perfect solution for me. They last 3-4 weeks, they’re not terribly expensive and my hands look so much better. I instantly feel like a lady and more put together. I feel way more confident if my nails are done. It’s the third time I’ve got them done and they look more natural each time because my nails can grow freely since I’m not munching on them.

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First time – I may or may not be sitting on the toilet here.
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Second time – Looks kind of black but it is dark blue
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Now – That’s my driver’s hand. I’m marrying him.
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Now – The red is slightly sparkly but my shitty iPhone SE didn’t pick that up

If we were having coffee…

I’d tell you that we got our wedding bands last week. I absolutely love them!! I can’t wait to marry the love of my life so we can wear them together, even tough Rui has this phobia of getting a ring stuck on his finger and having to get his whole arm amputated. Or both arms. I’m serious, the guy can’t even try on a ring without asking “what if it doesn’t come off????” Now he’s gonna kill me because I’m sharing too much. Or maybe he won’t because if he tries I’ll put a very tight ring on each one of his fingers and watch him cry and call emergency services. Phobias are weird, aren’t they? I’m always afraid I’m gonna fall in the shower and die. I’m not 80 years old, but still. Don’t like to shower when I’m home alone.

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I won’t show you our wedding rings yet so here, take a photo of our pupper begging for the hamburgers I was making for dinner.

If we were having coffee…

I’d tell you that between November 27th and today, I’ve read 41 books. I’m currently reading book 42 and 43 (yes, at the same time). I’m so in love with reading right now. My goal for 2019 is 100 books and I’ve only read 24 so far. Better hurry. Do you follow me on Goodreads? https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/25856029-cheila-cruz 

A few favorites from the past couple of weeks:

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If we were having coffee…

I’d tell you about the movies I’ve watched lately and ask if  you’d seen any of them. If you’d like to check how I rated them you can follow me on Letterboxd: Chey23

Finally,

If we were having coffee…

I’d ask you to tell me all about you. What’s happening, what you’ve been doing, how’s life, what’s making you happy or sad. I’d ask all the things. I’d love it if you’d share what you’ve been up to in the comments.

This post is now longer than I intended. Anyways, if you do get to finish it, thank you for coming by and putting up with my randomness.

Love,

Chey

***All book and movie covers were stolen from google images***

***Spelling mistakes may be present because I don’t have glasses for my brain***

 

Meet my new friend – Courtney. Everyone, let’s welcome her and introduce her to our awesome community. ❤️❤️❤️

Hey there!

I need to tell you about this awesome lady!

Her name is Courtney and she blogs over at:

Home of the Croslands

Here’s her about me page:

All About Me

I’ve been following and reading Courtney’s blog for a long time. It has been a favorite since the beginning. We had never actually “met” until very recently, and it was so special for me to finally be able to connect with her.

She has been blogging for 9/10 years but she has never really gotten to know other bloggers. She really wants to be part of our community and wants to meet everyone, after I told her how awesome you all are.

She has the most beautiful family and blogs about her daily life. Her husband and her 3 beautiful children are often mentioned in her posts. I love the way she does her meal prep, meal plan, pantry organization, among other things.

Courtney is so relatable because she has been dealing with a few issues that are so familiar to many of us her whole life. I’ll let her tell you all about it. Or you can go over to her blog and read about her journey.

I would be very happy if you would check Courtney’s blog, give her a follow, read, like and comment on her posts.

Let’s sho her what a supportive community she can find here, shall we?

Thank you so much, everyone.

Daily Planner and Journal – 08.02.2018 “Dreaming about Excel Spreadsheets” Edition + My nightstand contents

Good morning dear friends,

As a friend of mine was saying the other day, Thursday is wonderful because then comes Friday and then comes the weekend. She’s definitely an optimist. How do you feel about Thursday? Friday eve? One more day you have to drag and suffer before the weekend? It doesn’t bother me, honestly. It did last week because I was exhausted and emotionally drained but, this week, as I’m doing well, I’m not desperate for the weekend to come.

I’m having breakfast and coffee at my desk, while writing this post. Some oatmeal with rice and coconut milk, banana slices, a bit of honey and some cinnamon. My coffee with rice and coconut milk and a pear. Oh, and my water.

I only have to be at work from 5 p.m to 7 p.m but I have plenty to do in the meantime. You guys know I do freelance work, right? Right. I have to write this huge list of beauty product descriptions for a new Portuguese online store. Believe it or not, I’m not used to writing in Portuguese lol Anyway I have to do this massive work, which means 1500 descriptions. I’ve done 300 since Sunday. It’s not a problem because I could have about 2 weeks for each 150 descriptions if I wanted to, but I just want to be done with it. I cannot look at the excel spreadsheet any longer. I wake up thinking about it. I dream I’m inserting data and such. Are you like this? When I have a project to finish I don’t relax until it’s just done and over with. I’ve been working on it non-stop, sacrificing the pool, reading, TV shows (No, I haven’t watched the saddest This is Us episode ever but I’ve read some spoilers because people cannot keep their mouths shut on the internet) and some sleep. Even my beloved true crime podcasts are being neglected.

So here I am, sitting at my desk, debating whether I should get a second cup of coffee. I think I should write a post about my work as a freelancer, shouldn’t I? It might be useful for some people, if they’re looking to make a few extra bucks or for a second job. I would write about it, explain what I do, offer some advice (I have learned from a few mistakes) and tell you about the best websites to find work. Tell me if you’d like that.

There’s some serious pink for days happening at my desk. Do you feel like you drink more water if you use a straw? I have no idea why, but it works for me. Oh, I’m also wearing pink pajamas and a pink robe. I look like that crazy lady whose house is all about pink, even her toaster and toilet. She only wears pink. I’m joking here, I wear every single color except for yellow and orange because I hate them. And not all of my possessions are pink. I might have a light blue toilet but that’s not the same.

I was just looking at my planners I’ve kept since 2010, just so I can remind myself I haven’t been productive or organized in 8 years. Well, at least, if I need an alibi, I know where I was on May 19th, 2013. As you know I taught private lessons. Sometimes I open an old planner and see “2 p.m – class with Maria” and I’m like “who the fuck was that?” because I do forget about people things (and people) that easily.

I just took this random picture of my nightstand and realized I should publish it and inform you about the contents of my nightstand because it’s very (un)useful information. So let’s see:

  • Ikea lamp. There used to be another on Rui’s nightstand but we broke it and I’m the one who reads so…
  • Picture of us. Mostly me. 10% him.
  • 3 books I’m not reading but want to.
  • A notebook.
  • Things I need to clean my face and remove my makeup, otherwise I don’t. Since my routine doesn’t require water, I keep my products nice and close so I don’t have an excuse. There’s an eye makeup remover, micelar water, face cream, hand cream and lip balm. Also a little basket with cotton swabs.
  • A pocket mirror.

There’s usually a glass of water to, at night, as well as my charger and earphones. There’s a little shelve below where I keep tissues, baby wipes (you know, for when I spill my coffee, which happens a lot) and my power bank so I remember to charge it.

I guess this is where I say goodbye, leaving you with a very important question?

What do you keep on your nightstand?

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Blogger Talk – Let’s Share Experiences

Questions:

  1. Have you ever thought about deleting your blog?
  2. How many people do you follow? How many blogs do you read/comment each day?
  3. Do you have blogger bff’s? Do you guys talk outside of the blogging/WordPress community?

My answers:

1. I’ve been thinking about it lately, that’s actually why I’m asking.

2. I have know idea. I follow a bunch of people but I haven’t been reading or commenting at all for the last several months, which is very strange for someone who used to read everyone every single day and comment on everything.

3. I do. I have 4 blogging bff’s and we talk a lot and have become quite intimate and inseparable last year. I feel they are the best thing that’s happened to me through my blog. I do love my blog, but I would delete it in a heartbeat if I had to just so I could keep them. They’re just some of my favorite people and best friends and I love them. I don’t think they’re less important because we’ve met online or because we’ve never met in person. They’re mine just the same.

How about you? I’d love to read your answers.

❤️

Chey

Oh my God, Oh my God!!

When I started this blog 7 months ago, I never thought I would get this far. If you had the chance to read my bucket list, maybe you remember that one of the goals was “Create a blog and get 100 followers”. Who would know I would surpass that number in just a few months? Or at all?

Thank you so much to every single one of you for sticking with me.

Love you all.

Cheila