Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Perfectly Posh {First Impressions}

I've officially started my YouTube channel! This is my first video so don't be too harsh. ;) If you're on YouTube, comment your username. I'd love to follow you! My channel: Bombshell Wife Life

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Medical Road Bumps

The last few days i've been thinking about what to blog about. Nothing felt right. I typed things out only to delete them seconds later. Nothing was feeling natural about my writing. Then I realized what the problem was…I was trying to blog about things that weren't "me". I wasn't blogging about the real life things happening in our life at this moment. 
My blog has always been a place where i've come to express myself. Writing gives me a sense of relief and restores my sanity most days. In this process of starting my blog, I've posted a lot of great and happy posts. Things that make me happy, happy moments in our life, etc, etc…
Unfortunately life isn't always those happy things. It isn't always the picture perfect life we imagined in our head. Im ready to talk about the "not so happy things" going on in my life. It's whats relevant right now in my life. Im nervous, scared, and anxious to talk about these types of things on my blog. It opens up a whole new can of worms in the social media world. I'm afraid of the reactions from people, i'm afraid of what cruel things people will say, and i'm afraid because putting this out in the public makes it more real for me. But I want to be real and I want share the highs AND the lows. No matter what. 

If you're close to me, you know that for about the past two years I was dealing with some medical "road bumps" as I like to call them. I truly thought that was the worst of what I would ever go through. A few months ago I got tests back that said all that stuff was resolved and no longer an issue. Great! I was in the clear! I was seriously so excited and just thrilled that this wasn't going to stress me out any more. 
Rewind to a few months back. I was having the worst cycles of my life. I normally have a pretty painful cycle, however this was a new level of pain. Throwing up, curled in the fetal position screaming in pain, and overall just miserable. I knew something wasn't right. I thought it might just be an abnormal cycle so I waited for the next one. Same thing, same pain, same symptoms. 90% of the time I cry during the day just thinking about my cycle starting because I know what pain is about to start. This time I decided to make a doctors appointment. 

I get to this doctor and I see the nurse practitioner. She asks me a bunch of questions which all result in "oh it's probably nothing!" She talks with me for MAYBE three mins and ends with "here's a prescription for ibuprofen. see you when you're pregnant!" I remember thinking to myself…"what just happened?!" She didn't check ANYTHING, she kept ignoring ALL my symptoms telling me it was "probably nothing", and didn't even want to check on me in a few months if the pain didn't stop. 

I got home a knew I wanted a second opinion from another doctor. 
So I called someone else, made an appointment, and waited. 
I get to the new doctors office, we talk about all my symptoms, and I just really felt like he was LISTENING. I didn't feel like he was trying to get me in and out of the office. After a 10 min talk about everything, he wanted to do an exam. After he is done, he sits back down and tells me what I never thought I would hear from a doctor. "Well, from everything we've talked about and what I'm feeling/the pain you're in, I think its endometriosis." ….*big gulp* My eyes instantly started welling with tears. I didn't know what to say, or ask, or anything. I WAS NOT expecting that. 

We talked about things that will happen in the coming months but mainly focused on getting my pain under control. The pain is something intolerable. I started a new medication this last cycle and I truly feel like it has helped. Thank the Lord. I've also gone gluten free to try and help with the inflammation, which in turn should help with the pain. 

At 24 years young, I never thought I would have to deal with something like this. It never once crossed my mind. I truly thought when we were ready to have kids we would get pregnant without any hesitation. I know this isn't something that keeps us from having kids, but its a major setback that I wasn't anticipating. Its hard for me to pretend like i'm okay and none of this is bothering me. It takes everything in me not to cry every time someone new announces that they are pregnant. Not because i'm not happy for them, I just wish so badly it was me. If you've ever struggled with getting pregnant, you know how I feel. 

The coming months are going to be interesting, and difficult, and overall different. My posts might be changing seeing as my life has taken on a big change itself, but i'm not sorry for that. I need to talk about this for me. I need to talk about this to get my emotions out. I need to talk about this in hopes of finding other people who have gone through this and can relate and lift me up on my bad days, and vice versa. 

If you've read this far, thank you. 
This hasn't been easy for me to post. I hope you continue to read and follow along in this new journey of mine. Until next time, I hope you have a great day. XO

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Internet Pet Peeves

Ahh the internet. One of the greatest inventions out there. Sadly, not all people who use the internet are the brightest crayons in the box. The things said, done, and the ever-growing list of misspelled words on the internet truly make me cringe. 

For your enjoyment, a few of my biggest internet pet peeves…

1. "Follow for follow"
I absolutely LOATHE when someone gets on an instagram picture of mine and proceeds to comment "follow for follow?" GO. AWAY! You people are SO annoying. I don't follow people on ANY social media to get "follows back". I follow people because I genuinely like what they post, in this case, pictures. So NO, I will not "follow for follow", get a life. 

2. Grown adults who don't know how to spell
This goes without saying. I truly believe this annoys everyone out there (besides the people who are the culprits) I can understand an error here or there, or when big words might be hard, but there are simple words that should NOT be written the wrong way. You as an adult should KNOW the different between KNOW and NO. That's all there is to it. 

3. The irrelevant hashtagger 
Over-hashtagging (is that a word?) and irrelevant hashtagging are two separate things. I hashtag a lot. Like a lot a lot. BUT! The types of people who hashtag the most irrelevant things on their pictures REALLY irk me. For instance, a picture of a sunset…. #america #china #shopping #makeup #arizona #twitter #cheeseburger #blanket #california #newyork #bestdayever #coffee #couple #ilovefall 

4. The unfollower/refollower 
Have you ever had someone follow you? Then unfollow you? Then follow you again? About 10 times? 
In the matter of 3 days? 

5. People who alert you that they are unfollowing you 
"Ugh, you are so annoying, i'm unfollowing you"
………………do you want an award? A cookie perhaps? Why is it necessary to TELL someone who are unfollowing them?! So irrelevant. So so so so so irrelevant. 

6. Play by plays of your ENITRE day
I get it, you want to keep up to date with your family on Facebook. But if you have a novel for a status and it includes EVERY SINGLE THING you did today, just stop. Pick up a phone, give whoever cares to hear that much a call, and tell them. Because trust me, your 500+ Facebook friends MOST LIKELY don't care too much about what you had for breakfast, and lunch, and dinner, and snack, and what you did on your break at work, and the drink of water you just had, and the pee you took an hour ago. 

7. "So and so has sent you a request to play Candy Crush Saga"
This one needs no explaining. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Ginny Bakes: Review

{I was sent this product for review however all opinions are my own. Thank you Moms Meet and ginnybakes for this opportunity!}

I am by no means gluten-free, but I am wanting to attempt a 30 day "wheat free" diet. We'll see how that goes. Nonetheless, my thoughts on gluten free food has always been the same. Boring, tasteless, weird textured foods. But alas, I have found something delicious!

I was sent this amazing box of treats. Yes, ALL of this. Four for you, ginnybakes. (And four for YOU if you get that reference)
Honestly, I wasn't expecting things to taste that great. Haha. I know, I know, I'm a terrible human being. BUT I'm a sweets lover. I have high expectations. DON'T JUDGE ME.
My favorite thing so far as been the Coconut Oatmeal Cookies. And don't tell anyone, but I think my husband even likes them too! 

I also made up a batch of the brownies. MMMM! MMM! So delicious. 

I was shocked at how much FLAVOR was in these bad boys! 

If you're in the market for gluten free options, I would check out this company. 
Are any of you gluten free? How long have you been eating gluten free? What changes in your body have you seen?! 20 Q's for my readers. My apologies. ;) 

Let me know if you've ever tried a ginnybakes treat before or if you try it out! 
I hope each one of you are doing well! 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Reception - A Bombshell Wedding

Okay, I know it's been over 6 months since we got married, but I still want to blog about a few other things from the wedding. If not for your entertainment, at least for mine. 

The reception was everything I could have hoped for and more. The venue was beautiful, the food was delicious, and the party was more than I could have hoped for. 

We had our reception at the same place as our ceremony, Trilogy Golf Club at Power Ranch. I thought the place was beautiful and I loved that there was a bar inside the venue space. 

We had our cake done by a friend of mine, Whitney, and we were SO in love with it. It wasn't your "traditional wedding cake" but I just loved the way it looked with all the other decorations! Our music was done by M's awesome cousin Mitchell, and our pictures done by the AMAZING Holly! Thank you ALL so much for all the effort you put into our special day. It truly meant the world to us. 

Here are some of my favorite pictures from the reception. Thank you to EVERYONE who came and celebrated with us. It meant so so much to us! 

Monday, August 11, 2014

How I Run An Online Wrap Party

One thing I love about being an It Works Distributor is the ability to reach so many people via social media. I'm by no means a pro at what I do, but I have seen some patterns when it comes to online parties and I want to help any one else out who might be thinking of throwing an online party! 

Tip #1:
"Groups" instead of "Events"
I like Groups for a few reasons. I like that I can see how many people each post has reached. I can gauge how interactive my party guests are being and I can see what types of posts are doing better than others. Also, with events people need to say if they are going or not, with groups, everyone sees the posts until they physically delete themselves from the group. 
One downside to Groups vs. Events is Groups can't be deleted (Or I don't know how)

Tip #2:
Post more at night than during the day
Most people are going to be on Facebook after work or after dinner sometime. Although posts during the morning/afternoon are good, I feel more people are reached at night. With that being said, know your audience. If you are on west coast time, and you are throwing a party for someone on the east coast, you will want to keep time changes in mind. 

Tip #3:
Pictures are your best friend and worst enemy 
I like the "one picture in the morning and one picture at night" rule. No caption, no explaining, just one before and after picture. When people post 10 photos in one post with a 500 word essay of why the products are the best, no one wants to read that. Sorry if that's blunt, but it's true. One before and after picture in the morning, and one before and after picture in the evening. Give it a try. 

Tip #4:
This is my BIGGEST tip. People, go off the party pad. We have it for a reason. 
My parties might look a little something like this:
Day 1- Introduce myself and my involvement with It Works
Day 2- Talk about the CRAZY WRAP THING, ask if anyone has used it, talk about different areas you can wrap, etc. Just focus on the wrap for one whole day.
Day 3- Feature one (or some) of your favorite products. Share your own results. Talk about your own experiences with the products. 
Day 4- Talk about the Loyal Customer Program. REALLY TALK ABOUT THE PROGRAM. Talk about the perk points, the discount, the ability to change your order.
Day 5- Talk about different packs we offer and again feature one of your favorite products 
Day 6- Talk about this amazing business opportunity. Talk about your WHY. Talk about your love for this company. Talk about the potential to grow with this company. 
Day 7- Open it up for questions. See if anyone has any last questions, open things up for ordering, talk about your website. If you are hosting any type of giveaway, do this on the last day. See if anyone in the group wants to host their own party. And last but not least, THANK YOUR HOST! 

Again, I am NO professional when it comes to It Works, but I know a thing or two about social media. I have a combined 10,000 (and counting) followers on various social media sites and I like to think I know what I'm doing. If you need ANY help with anything, please feel free to reach out to me. You can find me on Facebook at Wrap With Kaylin or you can email me at bombshellwifelife@gmail.com 

I hope this helps at least one person in mapping out an online wrap party. Things are totally versatile and you by no means have to follow my tips, but I hope they are somewhat helpful. Best of luck to ALL you Wrap Stars! I'm rooting for all of us! #otom 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

25 Before 25

Well, it's that time of the year. That time of the year where I turn another year older. (Well, tomorrow)
I want to do 25 things before I turn 25, and here is my list:

1. Run some sort of marathon, even if it's a half

2. Learn the art of canning

3. Start & finish a scrapbook

3. Get pregnant

4. Have a VIP weekend in Vegas 

5. Make "Diamond" with It Works Global

6. Attempt to Scuba Dive

7. Grow my blog 

8. Meet one blog friend in person 

9. Blog every day for one month straight 

10. Grow our savings account/shrink out debt 

11. Have a getaway weekend with my husband 

12. 25 random acts of kindness 

13. Do a wine tasting at a vineyard 

14. Start a YouTube channel for this blog 

15. Create an office for myself in one of our spare bedrooms 

16. Learn to use all the manual settings on our camera

17. Guest post on 5 different blogs 

18. Get fit/healthy 

19. Save up enough to get our kitchen re-done 

20. Master the art of homemade bread 

21. Make an outfit from scratch using my sewing machine 

22. Treat myself to a new outfit/purse/shoes

23. Do 10 crafts from my Pinterest boards 

24. Go overboard with holiday decorations 

25. Treat myself to a mani/pedi 

I know some of these things seem so little, but they are things I personally want to do/accomplish. Stay tuned for updates throughout the next year! Have you ever done anything on this list?! I'd love to hear about them!