St. Louis Guide to National Donut Day

One of my favorite “holidays” of the year is almost here! National Donut Day! What a lovely excuse to eat donuts for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Who decided donuts were a breakfast food anyway? I need to give them a hug. I would have never tried fried dough covered in icing and sprinkles and thought “this should definitely be a breakfast item”. But I highly appreciate the person who did.

So here is my guide to tomorrow. Starting with my personal favorites and working my way down.

Duck Donuts – Chesterfield, MO – They are having a beach blast all day and one free donut for all! These are my absolute fav and it’s a fun kid place because they make your donuts fresh in front of you! They also have a popsicle variety pack to try for summer!

Krispy Kreme – Free donut for everyone! They have some fun looking pineapple and strawberry summer ones.

Strange Donuts – Kirkwood – No free donut deals, but they have a really cool St Louis donut day shirt available Friday and it’s “pay what you want” and all proceeds benefit Strange Cares.

Braeutigam Orchards – Belleville – this one is fun! Free Apple cider slushie with purchase of a half dozen of their amazing apple donuts. We had these for the first time last fall and the slushees and donuts are SO GOOD. They also have cherry picking right now and a fun play area for kids. If I were off for the summer, no doubt you would find me here Friday. (But I’ll just be at work stuffing my face with my other donuts 😂)

Donut Palace – Ellisville – Free glazed donut for everyone! So many fun varieties here.

Old Town Donuts – Florissant – 7.99 for a dozen in June with coupon from their fb page. They have some fun Blues donuts so stock up to celebrate the upcoming wins!

Dunkin Donuts – Free donut with purchase of any beverage.

Happy Friday St. Louis!! Start of the weekend, National Donut Day, and Play Gloria!!


West County Fitness Round Up

At the beginning of the year, I joined all the other people that vow to stop binge watching Netflix and start doing daily burpees, pushups and crunches in the New Year.  I was 3 months post-partum with baby #2 and definitely having a harder time losing the weight than with my first.  I’m sure the daily frappucinos and cake had absolutely NOTHING to do with it. 😉

I have a gym at my work, but the hours aren’t that convenient, the location isn’t great for weekend workouts, and I wanted to find something to get me motivated and enjoying working out again.  I’m also on a budget (have you priced preschool/daycare for 2 kids in West County lately?!) so I wanted to make sure I was going to get the most bang for my buck.

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I made it a mission to try out all the free day passes or trial memberships to the different gyms in the area to see what was going to work best for me, and I have rounded them all up here with my personal reviews, pricing, perks, and any other information I thought would be helpful.   I’ve also been able to get in some amazing workouts for free the past 2 months!  High five me!

I’ll start with my top picks and work my way down – I have a tie for the #1 spot…

BURN Boot Camp 14377 Manchester Rd, Ballwin, MO 63011

If you’re a women living in West County and on Facebook, I’m SURE you have heard of BURN and the “amazing community” they boast.  I have to admit, I was super intimidated to go in and try Burn for some reason.  I felt super out of shape and the workouts I saw on their Instagram page looked INTENSE.  They offer a free boot camp every Saturday at 8:30am and 9:30am, so I figured this was my chance to try it out!

Warning: The free Saturday boot camps get PACKED.  I actually didn’t mind that though because I was hoping to blend in and not get noticed by the instructors at all. 😉  Their workouts are intense, but also really fun!  You walk in and just choose a spot on the workout floor and the instructors are super high energy and guide everyone through a warm-up and then break down the exercises for the day and split you into groups.  This part is always super confusing to me on the weekends when it’s so crowded and I have definitely just guessed and joined a random group before.  Each workout is 45 minutes total and just the right amount of butt-kicking!  I am completely obsessed and in love with BURN!

Pros: BURN also offers a free 14 day trial if you sign up on their website ( which I ended up trying as well.   I can totally see what all the hype is about now!  BURN is addictive, fun, and a great workout.   It is tied for #1 on my list because I think it had the best workouts, friendly trainers, and childcare included, which is such a huge thing for moms and so hard to find.  I brought my 4 year old and he had fun in the childcare room.  It does get really crowded on the weekends, so I didn’t feel comfortable bringing my 4 month old.   I would have brought her to the less crowded classes during the week though.  They have a lot of class times available each day, as well as a cool app where you can view all the times.

Cons:  Really just one con for me, and that is a big one – the price tag!  I honestly felt my jaw drop when the girl told me pricing and I had to quickly rearrange my face to a “thank you, I’ll consider it!” look.  For a 12 month contract, it was $150/month.  If you can afford it and need the childcare component, I think it is an amazing place to join, but it’s definitely one of the more expensive gyms in the area.

Performance 7 Fitness – 339 Clarkson Rd, Ellisville, MO 63011

P7 is tied for the #1 spot on my list.  This place was actually located right across the street from me, so I knew I had to give it a try.  They were advertising a free trial week on their Facebook page and I believe that offer is always valid.

P7 is set up similar to 9 Rounds if you have tried that before, but without the boxing.  There are 7 centers set up and you are at each one for 5 minutes, making up one 35 minute workout.  Each day is completely different, which makes it fun.  The gym is pretty small – probably 1/5 the size of BURN, but it’s not nearly as crowded and they make great use of the room.  I got to try fun workouts I would never do on my own – I’ve always wanted to do the “gym sled” workout I picture the Rock doing on the reg and I got to try that!  (This is definitely exactly how I looked haha)

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Pros: No set class times, you can walk in anytime they are open and have a 35 minute workout waiting for you.  I enjoy going in and being able to turn my brain off for 35 minutes and just do what the trainers say.  The owner is there 90% of the time and is SUCH a nice guy!  To the point where I annoyed my husband talking about how friendly he was and how great the place is.  LOL He plans monthly outings for all members and it seemed like a great, uplifting environment. It’s also much more affordable than Burn at $79/month, with no contract commitment.

Cons: No childcare and the hours might not work for everyone.  They are closed Sundays and don’t open until 8am some days.  If the hours work for your schedule though and you don’t need childcare, I could not recommend this place more.

Anytime Fitness – 2450 Taylor Rd, Wildwood, MO 63040

My husband tried out Anytime first and convinced me to try it out.  I originally didn’t plan to give it a shot, since I’ve been to Anytime’s before and they all seem basically the same.  However, I have to say I really like this location.  It is never super busy, so you can always get on the machines you want to use and they have a large selection of equipment, including some I hadn’t seen at the bigger gyms.  The husband and wife that own it are very friendly and welcoming, and they have a big chalkboard they update with classes, top check ins, etc that makes it feel like you’re really part of a community.

Pro’s: Open 24/7, not crowded, something for everyone, and affordable (memberships start at $39/person/month)

Cons: Classes cost extra, no childcare.  This is a great gym if you are simply looking for a nice, clean place to get in, get your workout done, and get out.  I personally like (need?) that extra motivation that I get in a class format.

9 Rounds – multiple locations

A friend at work does 9 Rounds and I have heard great things about it, so I was excited to give it a try with her for a free class.  Walking in was kind of intimidating and I was glad I didn’t come alone for my first class – the trainer knew her and got us started, but if I had walked in alone I would have felt really self conscious about where to go/what to do.   You go through 9 centers of 3 minutes each to get in a 30 minute workout.  5 of the rounds centered on boxing, and the other 4 were warmup and abs.

Pro’s: Fun workout in just 30 minutes, no set class times – you can walk in anytime.

Con’s: No childcare, and the price of $99/month seemed hefty to me for a 30 minute workout class.

Title Boxing – 14944 Manchester Rd, Ballwin, MO 63011

Once upon a time, before kids, I had all the time in the world to workout and I did Title Boxing for about a year and got in the best shape of my life.  I hadn’t been to Title in about 5 years since I had my son, so I was really excited when I found a Groupon for $28 for 6 classes and decided to try it again.

I loved the format of Title when I used to go, which was a 15 minute “warm up” (that almost killed me every time), 30 minutes of boxing, and then 15 minutes of abs.  Now they have it set up in “rounds” which they show on TV’s in the gym and after 4 classes, I still don’t understand how the rounds work.  But they do offer 30, 45, and 60 minute classes now.

Pro’s:  Fun workout that gets your heart pumping and lets you get aggression out!  They also have a small open gym area where you can come workout outside of doing classes.

Con’s:  Specific class times that might not work for everyone’s schedule, no childcare, and can get repetitive after awhile.

Golds Gym – 15890 Manchester Rd, Ellisville, MO 63011

My husband and I went to try this Gold’s out on a free 1 day pass on a day we were both off work.  We went at 11am on a Wednesday and it was crowded even then.  It’s a very nice Gold’s with a lot of classes offered, a hi-tech body fat machine, smoothie bar, cardio theater room, pool, etc.

Pro’s: All the extra’s people look for in a gym they offer.

Con’s:  The salespeople there are INTENSE.  I know they work on commission and have sales quotas, but they seriously hounded us via email and phone calls daily for months.  I felt they were expensive considering Lifetime is right down the road and more impressive.  Memberships started at $80/person/month.  They could quickly get much more expensive though if you add on additional people/perks (childcare, certain classes, the body fat machine)

Lifetime Fitness – 3058 Clarkson Rd, Ellisville MO 63011

This is another one I was intimidated to try out and my first visit there was actually for a birthday party for one of my son’s friends.  Which was a really great, well organized experience if you’re looking for b-day venues!

This gym is just so FANCY.  No other words for it.  You feel like you’re in a LA fitness center or something.  They have an awesome smoothie bar/cafe with terrific food, a spa inside, basketball courts, an outdoor waterpark, classes…really anything you are looking for in a fitness center.  Pricing starts at $89/person/month.

Pro’s:  They offer EVERYTHING.  I have heard the childcare is amazing and the room looked really clean and fun.

Con’s:  Very busy all the time and the price.

Club Fitness – Chesterfield Outlets

Club Fitness falls to the bottom of my list.  I tried out a 3 day pass there and when I went in my first day, the front desk employee basically just took my picture and said “you’re good”.  Usually you get some sort of tour or at least asked if you have any questions/need help.  I sort of wondered around for a bit looking for the changing room and equipment I wanted to use.  They have a nice cardio section full of different machines, but I felt the free weight section was a little small and over crowded. The smoothie bar and classes are actually in a different building, which I had to ask someone in the changing room about to find.

Pro’s: CHEAP ($19/month), childcare available, classes offered

Con’s: Very busy, not the most helpful staff, not a lot of weight training space.

I hope this is helpful for anyone looking into all the different options in our area!  I have several more places on my list to try out – OrangeTheory (another one that intimidates me), Wild Horse Fitness,  Wildwood YMCA.  Are there any others you are interested in or recommend I try out?  Let me know if you have tried any of these and your thoughts!

Hospital Bag Affordable Finds

I can’t believe next week I will be having another baby!  It was only 4 years ago I was packing a hospital bag for Easton, but it feels like so long ago and I can’t remember anything I packed or needed.  I knew I wanted to find some really comfortable, but cute pajama pants that could ideally fit while I was pregnant and afterwards.  I also knew I needed a nursing friendly bra and shirt, and anything else I could find to make me as comfortable as possible!

I found these pajama pants on Amazon and they had amazing reviews so I decided to go for it.  They are usually $15.99, but they do have “lightning sales” every so often and I think I got mine for $12.99.  Totally worth the $16 though!  They are sooo soft and have a drawstring waist so they fit me perfectly now under the big belly, and will still be perfect after baby.  I ordered a size medium and found them pretty true to size.  They’re also SUPER long so perfect for us tall ladies.  I ordered the black ones, but there are several color options and I am debating ordering the yellow for fall.


I also found a nursing bra on Amazon and love it!  They come in TONS of colors and you can get an even better deal than I did if you order a multi-pack, but I was nervous about the fit and quality so I only ordered one.  They are super comfortable, and the fit is true to size (I got a medium).


I found these cute, cozy socks at one of my favorite stores – Five Below!  I swear I could go in there with $100 cash and spend it in 5 minutes!  I have seen these all over though for much more money, and these are fleece lined and good quality.

This shirt from Old Navy is made of my favorite material they have – their “Luxe” line.  Usually I wear a small in Old Navy, but this is really fitted and I wasn’t going for a fitted look, so I actually sized up to a large in this and it’s perfectly flow-y on me!  Perfect pajama shirt, or under cardigan shirt, and breast feeding friendly.  Another reason I love fall fashion – pajamas can become casual wear! Regularly $19.99, but it’s 35% off today so $12.99.

Bare with me on these links/photos, I’m still trying to figure out the whole “blogging” thing and the best way to share things. Speaking of that, what is the best way for you to see links to products? Posting on the blog, a Facebook page, or Instagram posts? Open to any suggestions!

Also, any must have’s for the hospital bag?! I swear I don’t remember anything from my first delivery so spam me with any advice! 🙂

Fall Fashion Finds

Well, once again it’s been FOREVER since I’ve updated this blog!  I’ve been kind of trying to decide what I want to do with this, and how I want to use it.  After 9 months (really 10, it’s so cruel everyone says pregnancy is 9 months and it’s totally 10!) of dressing a baby bump and not being able to buy all the new clothes I want, I’ve realized how much I really do love shopping and finding deals and putting together cute, affordable outfits.  So I figured no better time than now to get started sharing again! Especially since fall fashion is probably my absolute favorite.

I’ve had some terrific cheap scores lately! Primarily at Target and on Amazon.  I always get weary ordering clothes on Amazon, so I am excited to share the links to things I’ve ordered and been happy with.

I also started an Instagram page specifically for this blog and fashion finds/sales, so please give me a follow if you’re interested. 🙂

I wore this outfit to the pumpkin patch today and I will admit I got a litttttle warm, but that’s why I love me some layers!  This whole outfit was Target and they have a 20% off sale going right now!

Booties – super comfy, go with everything, and 20% off right now! Regularly $34.99

Cardigan – The perfect “pumpkin spice” color, but they have several other colors available.  Regularly $22.99

Hat – Regularly $19.99, but also 20% off.  I’m OBSESSED with fall hats right now!  I’ve seen so many I love, but they’re all Nordstrom and like $50+ which I just can’t get myself to spend on a hat.  Especially when I’m constantly questioning if I’m pulling it off or looking like a scarecrow. 😂

I’m planning to do another post this week of my recent Amazon finds!  Follow me to get updates.  🤗


Charlottesville…so many thoughts. I don’t even know why I feel the need to put my thoughts online. I guess hoping someone else either 1.) feels the same way I do and can discuss or 2.) someone says something that really “clicks” to me and helps solidify my traveling thoughts that too often go in circles.
On one hand, I think “why is the media giving so much attention to these morons?!” I feel like there is such a tiny fraction of our nation that would want to side with these people, and maybe if we jut ignore them completely, they will quietly die down since they aren’t getting the attention they are seeking.
But then I think…can we afford to be silent? I have read so many books the last few years about the Holocaust, just TRYING to wrap my head around HOW these events actually happened and in the not so distant past. I still can’t understand how an entire nation of perfectly normal people decided it was OK to murder babies and children and families. But I think one thing that stands out to me in each book is that everyone thought “that can’t happen here” or “we are safe, it’s only a few people targeting a small group”. And we know the deadly results of that type of thinking.
Another thing that is making my mind go in circles is the people posting things like “if you voted for Trump, you are a racist horrible person”. 1.) That is completely hypocritical to be so judgemental of an entire group of people based on a voting decision they made based on many factors and 2.) That would mean approx 50% of our nation is racist, which I refuse to believe. I stand by the fact that almost all the people I know who voted for Trump did it out of desperation and lack of a viable option, not out of a sense of admiration for Trump and everything he does.
Part of me wants to bury my head in the sand, delete all social media, and pretend these things aren’t happening because it is SO hard for me to comprehend people that honestly want to wear Nazi symbols and want to hurt other people based on their skin color or religion. I will never be able to understand it. But a bigger part of me can’t look away, because what if that’s how it all started in the Holocaust? Was it regular people like me who have the privilege of deciding if I want to pay attention or not that let things happen the way they did? I want to talk about it. I want to help others. I want to make everyone understand that the division between Trump supporters and Trump haters does nothing to help anyone. I want to strive every day to talk to someone with different views than me and understand where they are coming from. I want to make it known that I think what happened in Charlottesville is absolutely disgusting and not acceptable and needs to be stopped.
That’s my thoughts for the day. Welcome to my brain 24/7.

Dress Obsessed

I haven’t updated my blog in months! I have been so crazy busy with a new job, trying to eat healthy/meal prep/get on a workout schedule, and also trying to get our house ready to sell. I am definitely feeling this meme lately.


One thing I haven’t been too busy for is shopping!! Of course I can always find time for that. I am so excited for Spring weather and wearing sundresses and maxi dresses every day. Dresses are seriously the best thing ever. Pants are so overrated – dresses feel like big comfy nightgowns I can get away with wearing to work.

I scored all 5 of these dresses for under $70. I love a good bargain! TJ Maxx has so many cute dresses right now – tons of floral prints (which my mom insists is there because no one would buy it, but I absolutely love all the flower prints), lace, and cold shoulders. I got this black floral maxi to wear to an upcoming wedding, but I think it will also be perfect for winery days. $19.99 (dressing room selfies for the win – anyone else do this anytime they try something on?!)


Did you know TJ Maxx sells everything online now too?! I had no idea until very recently. I still love the thrill of searching in store though and finding a good deal. I couldn’t find this one online, but I also love this off the shoulder dress that is similar for $16.99! dress

My other TJ Maxx find was actually from last fall, but I bought it for this summer. I got this for $13.00 and love it for pretty much any occasion. The first time I had it on to wear out though my husband was kind enough to point out you could see right through it (thanks hubs!). So definitely need to get a slip for this one.


This dress is super simple and perfect for summer for under $10.  Give me alllll the off the shoulder dresses.


I just bought this lacy off the shoulder dress last weekend from Forever 21. I always feel so weird going in there, especially now that I’m not even in my 20’s, but they have such great deals of simple pieces like tee shirts, their jewelry, and I love to buy dresses there that I know I will probably only wear once or twice. This is another dress for a wedding I am going to, but also would be great for a country concert. I got the last one in the store and actually had a lady ask me if I was for sure buying it because she wanted to take it from me. Haha. $22.90 (P.S. Shopping with a toddler is such a challenge! I brought lots of snacks as bribes to let me try things on ha)


They had so many cute off the shoulder dresses that are great for any upcoming summer vacations!

Old Navy has had some great sales going on the last few times I have been in. I got this simple black and white striped swing dress. I got it for our upcoming vacation, but I know this is one I will wear on repeat all summer – I can top it with a blazer for work or flip flops for a pool day.  I got it for $11.00 – Wait for a 40 or 50% off day in stores or online.

My last find I totally stumbled upon last week and I could not be more excited about it. The Goodwill by my work evidently gets ton of Target items that are BRAND NEW! Clothes, jewelry, rugs, curtains, etc. I got this adorable aqua (shocker, more aqua in my closet!) dress to wear for Easter this year. Price (drumroll please…) THREE DOLLARS. Holla. I will definitely be hitting this Goodwill up once or twice a month now. I have heard a lot of Goodwill’s that are near Target’s get these items, so check your local one.


So that is my recent round up of dresses.  Not included is the $5,000 worth of dresses I have in online carts that I want to buy.  Here are a couple of my favorites from some boutiques I love.      – $29     – $32     – $39

Oh!  And one last find – this exfoliator from TJ Maxx is UNBELIEVABLE.  I picked it up on a whim since it was only $5 and I used it Sunday night and oh my gosh, my skin felt baby soft.  I am planning to go back and stock up on any they have left.  It also smells amazing – coffee, coconut, and almonds.  It also supposedly helps with cellulite, but I didn’t really notice that.  Still 100% worth it.


Happy Shopping!  Where are your favorite places to find dresses?  Share away!

10 Items every girl needs in her closet for Country Concert season!

Summer has become synonymous with Country Concerts in the last few years and I am ready to get this season started!  My line up this year includes Tim and Faith, Eric Church, Jamey Johnson, and Luke Bryan so far.  Here are some finds to get you started on shopping for those summer nights.

1.) These adorable, affordable cowboy boots from Southern Fried Chic Boutique. Every girl needs a pair of real cowboy boots too, but these are just too cute to pass up for boot stomping and booty shaking to some Luke Bryan. Only $29.99, plus get 50% off with coupon code “SHOE50”


2.) This classy flask to throw in your bag and spruce up your drinks.


3.) Support all your main men with this cute and easy tank.


4.) Dainty Hooligan is one of my favorite sites for affordable, trendy tops.  Check out this white fringe crop top and off the shoulder flowered top.  Both under $30 and easy to style.

5.) A cheap, trendy cross-body bag. Keep your hands free for holding your $15 margarita and cell phone with this $9.99 purse.


6.) Support the original main men of country with this sweatshirt that is great to throw on for bonfires or the early season night concerts.   This site specializes in cute southern tees/sweatshirts.


Legends – Ladies, Wide Neck, Fleece Sweatshirt

7.) Perfect Daisy Dukes are an obvious must have.  Toss these on with any cute tops and you are ready to go!  American Eagle has a great selection from “can you see my cheeks in this” to a little more full coverage.


8.) Dress up your look a little with this lacy mint boho dress.  Perfect for date night out at a concert and dinner after!


9.) This sweet and sassy cooler tote is a must have for concerts in the lawn where you can bring your own drinks, food, and fun! Reese Witherspoon’s boutique in Nashville has the best selection of upscale country style.


10.) Of course, not all concert venues are open to BYOB, so be a little sneaky with these under the radar flasks for $5.00.


Cheap Finds this month

I have had so much luck this past month with bargain shopping!  You know that rule that anytime you go shopping with money and a list, you find nothing, and every time you go with an empty wallet or looking for gifts for someone else, you hit the jackpot?  Totally true for me once again!

We ran to Marshalls this past weekend to find my husband some new clothes.  He left with an athletic tee. I ended up trying on 10 items, lovingly carrying around multiple pillows, and exclaiming every few minutes “OMG, I need this” and holding up another aqua colored home accessory.

I scored an amazing pair of booties for $20.  Regularly $60.  I’m planning to wear them with my new $10 black jeggings I scored!

Seriously, the most amazing pants I have ever purchased, hands down!  They feel like wearing maternity pants!  Stretchy waistband, snug fit, and so comfy, but they look like nice black jeans.  I might never take them off. $10!!

I am currently obsessing over these cowboy boots and debating if I need to order them for my upcoming Nashville trip!  This site has the cutest clothes and shoes and all the shoes are 50% off with coupon code “SHOE50”.

I also had some great luck at Rue 21 of all places!  I know their reputation is kind of cheap and for young girls, but for trendy items, I love shopping there and getting something I might only wear for 1 season.

I scored this cold shoulder, ruffled blouse for $19 and got soo many compliments on it!  They also have it in red, which I think would be perfect for a Valentines date night.

I also got this sweater that I originally saw on Red Dress Boutique for around $40 for $20.

That sums up my best budget finds for January.  Share with me some of the deals you scored this month and some of your favorite places to look for steals!  Also, do my bank account a favor and convince me I don’t need to buy those $29.99 boots! 



Potty Training Party!

Starting this blog, I thought it would give me an outlet to post all my responses I wanted to post on Facebook to political and philosophical debates.  What I didn’t think about is I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings in any way!  So for now, I will stick to a breezy topic and just write.  Hopefully in the future, I can put my thoughts about all the political debates into words that hopefully won’t hurt anyone I consider a friend.

When I was pregnant, I jokingly (half jokingly) told everyone that I wished I could give birth to a potty trained 2 year old.  I knew I wasn’t a baby person and I knew I would hate potty training.

I was right about one of those things.

I ended up loving having the newborn stage – I still wish I had taken more advantage of those few short months where you can take your baby basically anywhere and they just sleep for hours in their car seat.  Plus the feeling of looking into your newborn baby’s eyes simply can’t be explained.  It’s intoxicating.

Potty training is crap.  My personality is just not good at sticking to things I have to do daily and routines like that.  We stayed home all day Sunday and Monday to do the potty training and I was going crazy with cabin fever.   Easton did really well though, and I was excited he seemed to be catching on fast and thought maybe it wouldn’t be as horrible as I expected.

This morning we got up and started the back to school/work routine.  While I was blow drying my hair, he went downstairs to get his Mr. Potato Head.  He was really quiet for about 5 minutes, which anyone who has ever been around a 2 year old knows is really scary.  I went down to check on him and was hit with the smell.  He decided instead of using his awesome little potty he would like to take care of his business on the wall/carpet.  I have a weak stomach and seriously gagged my way through the rest of the morning.

So potty training is everything I imagined.  I wish I could pay someone to just come do this part for me!

I am trying to keep in mind, this, like all things, will pass.  One day soon I am sure I will look back and barely remember what a crappy (pun intended) experience this was.