Sunday, February 7, 2016

Gratitude Journal #2

Y'all, this week was hard. Like I cried 95% of the week, hard. So "adult" of me, right?
It was one of those weeks where I felt nothing was going right, I was doing nothing right, and in general….ALL WAS NOT RIGHT. I'm just stressed about 9,000 things that I absolutely shouldn't be.
Okay, I'm done being dramatic.

*insert some quote about being happy rather than upset*

Let's talk about the good things that happened this week:
- I found $15 while doing the laundry today.
- M is in Cali with his brother and a buddy and I feel thankful we (he) is able to do things like that.
We have life pretty dang good.
- I ordered a few books online, which isn't like me AT ALL.
- *ALMOST ALL* our laundry in the entire house is done.
- It was baby girls birthday and I am now officially a mother to a six year old. I'm still in shock.
Where have the last 6 years gone?!

After last weeks post I felt so great and like I could take on the world. After this weeks post I feel like I still want to cry and that this week is going to suck. Hahaha. I have problems y'all. I really really do. I feel like this isn't even worth sharing, but this is real life and it's "me" so…here ya go!

Here's to making this the best week possible!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Gratitude Journal

This isn't an easy post for me to write and that's not because I just got my nails done and typing is ridiculously hard. I knew at some point I wanted to talk about certain things going on in my life, but I never knew when would be the "right time". 

Though I don't want to go into massive detail right this second, life has been kind of crappy lately. By "lately" I mean the last 6 months or so. I can't get "happy". It's like I'm in a constant battle with myself to be happy. Sounds ridiculous, right? I know, you don't have to tell me. My life is beautiful, I am blessed with more than I could dream of, and all in all, I should never be depressed a day in my life. But the truth is, I am. 

Each week I am going to start doing a "Gratitude Journal". I think it is so so important to have positive thoughts and energy and this is something I truly want to work on. I want to work on ME. I want to be the best mother and wife I can be, and that starts with ME. I've got to change something. 

I thought about sharing something about this on Facebook, but it deserves so much more than just a status. Like I said, my life is beautiful. Why should I out of all people be unhappy?! We have a home, vehicles, jobs…etc. 
I so badly want to soak this all in and TRULY be grateful. 

So here goes a little story:
If you know me, you know I'm a little more emotional than the average person. I've talked about it before, but I cry… a lot. Too happy…crying. Too sad…crying. So lets talk about the times I feel MOST blessed. Grocery shopping. I know, I know. What?! But it's true. I go to the grocery story and truly get to buy anything I want without stressing. We get to eat good healthy food, we've never had an empty fridge, and if we run out of something we can ALWAYS go back to the store and get a refill. I feel so blessed that we get to live our life like that because I know so many others don't. 9 times out of 10 when I check out at the grocery store, I start crying. (Those poor cashiers.) Not a full blown bawling cry, but tears are shed. Every time I check out I can't believe I get to live the life I live and eat the food we do. (This sounds so much more silly now that i'm typing it out, but I still wanted to share!) 

With this "Gratitude Journal", I want to reflect on the week and just truly take time to be mindful and grateful for things that have taken place. 
So let's recap:
-Baby girl had her 6th birthday party and I am so grateful I have amazing in-laws who hosted it at their home and that so many of our siblings, plus both our parents got to be there. Family time is so special. 
- This past week at work went by SO fast. And for that, I am grateful. Hashtag blessed. 
- I took an ice cold shower tonight (after a hot bath), but for some reason I was so thankful for clean water and the bath was amazing. 
- The ability to "feel". This isn't a place I ever thought I would find myself in emotionally, but I am thankful for these emotions. I am thankful I am aware. I am thankful I am making changes.

I also would love to start reading some "self love/inspiration" books. Do you have any suggestions? I have a few I want to order, but I love getting feedback from others! 

I am so excited to be starting this "series". 
I hope to post every sunday night, in hopes of preparing myself for a good, positive week. 

I hope you all are doing well! I've been absent for some time, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. I love you all! Thank you for taking the time to read this. <3 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

How To Shop For That Picky Person

{Hey there! Today I have another guest post for y'all and I think it's perfect timing for the Christmas season! This sweet girl wrote an awesome post and you can find her blog HERE! Thank you so much, Rachel!}

So it's officially time to get ready for Christmas.  Every store, every parking lot, and nearly every street you drive down has decorations.  Christmas movies play back to back all hours of every day…..no really, I'm actually watching a Christmas movie right now as I'm typing.  Anyway, it's no secret that people get stressed out during this time of year.  I don't know what stresses other people out about Christmas, but for me, it's finding Christmas gifts for people.  Now, I don't care who you are, where you're from, or how big or small your family is.  We all have that one person that is super picky and a pain in the butt to buy for!  Am I right?!?!

In my life, this impossible to buy for, super picky person is my mother! You see, my mom is not like other moms.  My mom doesn't wear perfume because she says it stinks.  She doesn't use candles because they smell and leave dark marks on the walls/celling where they are lit most often.  She wears the same exact makeup products every day in life and any time I buy her a different makeup product as a gift, she won't use it.  She doesn't like lotion because she says it's slimy.  She doesn't wear jewelry unless she is going to a fancy dinner or some other affair (I can count the times on one hand per year that I see her wear a necklace).  When it comes to clothes, we have complete opposite taste!  I like everything girly and she likes things she can throw in the washer and drier.

Now, many of you may be thinking my mom is a total snob or a complete weirdo!  I assure you she is not and we have a great relationship.  My mom is amazing!  She has helped me in so many different ways and in so many different aspects in life.  From helping me write a paper, dealing with my boyfriend problems, and deep life conversations, my mom is a saint!  So naturally, she deserves a few Christmas gifts that she will not only like, but things she will actually use.

So what to get mom (A.K.A. the picky person!) for Christmas.  Hmmmmm…….first I start out by asking myself, "What does she like?" or "What does the picky person like?"  My mom and I both LOVE the ocean and the beach.  So anything beachy is definitely a yes!  Her favorite color is green, so I usually hit up Nordstrom Rack and look for things that are green (it also helps that I get her style and know what she likes).  She also likes to garden, so anything gardening related is good.  Hmmmm……what else?!  So far that's all I've got.  Beach/ocean, green, and gardening.  Very specific and very narrow when searching for gifts.

Let's see what I've come up with so far!

First thing…….
It's a soft beachy throw blanket!  I am pretty sure she will have no complaints about this gift!  It's soft, it's beach themed, and who doesn't need another blanket?!

Second thing……..

For only $2, an ocean-beachy mug!  Who doesn't love a $2 item?!  (Look mom, I'm Christmas shopping and saving money!)

Third thing………

A Christmas decor item!  Now, I know my mom will love this one 100%!  It has starfish on the tree!  When I purchased this, I actually had 2 different people stop me in the store and ask me if the store had another one of these Christmas trees!  I guess this was a desirable decor item.  

Fourth thing……..
Another mug!  This one was $4, but my mom loves her black cat, so every Christmas I try to find her something with a black cat!  I have succeeded and can scratch this one off my list.

And the fifth thing(s)………
2 pullover/sweaters in mom's favorite color along with a cute tank.  Here in Southern California, this is what winter wear looks like.  Just add leggings and some Ugg boots or flip flops and you're good to go!

So there ya have it, when you have a picky person to buy for you may be limited, but when you spend time in discount stores, or in the home goods section, you can come away with a few things you know the person will like and use!  Add a sweater, scarf, or graphic tee in the person's favorite color or style and you can rest at night knowing you have the picky person out of the way!  So remember, when shopping for a picky person ask yourself these questions:

  • What does super picky person actually like?  
    • The super picky person will most likely have very limited or totally off the wall hard to find things.  Tip: Search the internet for gifts related to things they like.
  • What is the super picky person's favorite color or colors?
    • If all else fails, get something in their favorite color!
  • Does the super picky person have a pet?
    • If so, look for something relating to their furry friend.  Does this person have a particular breed of dog?  Look for a sign, mug, or even a magnet with that particular breed of dog on it.  Look for a tee shirt or a tote bag or something!
  • What is the picky person's lifestyle?
    • Is this someone who is outdoorsy?  Get them something related to whatever their outdoorsy sport is - hiking, surfing, fishing, running….whatever!  Is this person a business man who wears a suit & tie?  Get him a new tie!  Anything related to their job or profession can be turned into a gift

Now Christmas shopping for Dad…..THAT is another story!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Day We Became A Family

This is something I haven't really talked much about on the blog because I didn't know if it was "appropriate". I was afraid someone would be mad that I was sharing this part of our life. However, this summer one of the biggest moments of our life took place and with it being National Adoption Month, I wanted to share our story. Although our adoption story isn't like the "traditional" stories, it's OURS and I wanted to share it. 

I wrote a post awhile back called The Dad He Didn't Have To Be. All of that post is still true to this day, except one major thing has changed since writing that post. M officially became a dad, on paper, as of July 16th, 2015. Baby girl was adopted and it was one of the best days of my entire life. We have always been a family. Since day one, we've been a family. Something about having it "official on paper" was life changing. All three of us now share the same last name. How exciting is that?!

It's a big step to decide to adopt someones child. You are stepping up and taking on all responsibility for that child, NO MATTER WHAT. M told me that he never second guessed his decision. I know God brought him into our life to not only be my husband, but to be the fully devoted and present father baby girl deserves. 

I missed out on a lot of things having a baby at 19. One of those things were newborn pictures. Everyone these days has the cutest pictures of their new baby cub in adorable poses and cheesy outfits. With big changes happening in our family, such as baby girl getting officially adopted, we wanted to do something special to commemorate the occasion. So, we staged a newborn photo shoot. With a five year old. HAHA! I may not have gotten these pictures when she was little, but we have them now that we're a family of three. Yes, this is meant to be silly. But we also got some amazing family shots out of it and we love them SO much! 

We have loved this process, we have loved the changes, and we loved doing this shoot. 























Monday, November 9, 2015

All About Essential Oils!


I have such a fun post for you guys today and I can't wait to share it! I've been interested in essential oils for i'd say a little over a year now and I truly love learning about their amazing uses. My friend Jessica is here to guest post today and I am so happy to introduce you all to her! The following post is from her, enjoy! 

You might have recently seen posts about people using essential oils in various ways,
or maybe even know someone who has been using them. 
I started using Young Living oils a few months ago and have had quite a few people ask for more information about what essential oils are and how they can use them in their daily lives. GREAT QUESTION!

First, just a little background about myself so you understand where I am coming from and then we will jump right into the fun stuff. I am a graduate student in a Doctor of Physical Therapy program pursuing a career to make an impact on the health and wellness in the lives of others. I am really passionate about treating our bodies with clean eating, vigorous and empowering workouts, and toxic free substances. When we treat our bodies with love and respect we feel better physically, emotionally, and cognitively. Essential oils have made a huge impact in my life. They’ve helped my fiancĂ© and I with immunity support when we are feeling sick, substituted our cleaning and beauty products that are full of toxins, enhanced our quality of sleep, and have supported our emotional well being!
“HOW?!” you might ask! Well you are in luck because I am going to start with the basics and build from there!

What the heck is an essential oil?
An essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid (hydrophobic molecules can permeate through your skin and cells easily) containing aroma compounds from a plant—roots, seeds, bark, etc. This specific compound provides vital support and structure to ensure the success and health of its raw plant material. Through a precise steam distillation process and/or cold pressing, the purest essential oils formed are far more powerful than the botanicals from which they were extracted. Although they are recently starting to gain worldwide recognition, their uses are far from new. History tracks back to the use of botanicals as healing agents as early as at least 5,000 years ago!

Why Young Living?
After doing hours of research across the many essential oil companies I was easily sold with Young Living.
*By far have been around the longest, since 1993 and created by a DOCTOR
      *Seed to Seal promise!! (Which means that they own and oversee all of the farms for organic crops. No middle man. No tricks up their sleeves. Just the way I like it!
*They only create 100% therapeutic grade oils which is the highest and purest form. After using them for a few months I can tell a HUGE difference in quality compared to other companies.

How to use them!?

How to get started with essential oils!?
When I first started looking on how to dive into using oils, I felt overwhelmed with how many different varieties there were. A close friend of mine recommended starting with the premium start kit and it was the BEST. DECISION. EVER! It came with the 11 most popular oils, a stress away roller bottle, sample oils, travel bottles, Ningxia to-go energy drinks AND a diffuser of my choice. This kit has been life changing for my fiancĂ© and I and I plan to incorporate YL oils in my day to day for the rest of my life. 
Even better, when I signed up with the starter kit I automatically got WHOLESALE price for life. No catch. They are just that awesome!

If you are interested in getting started with your own kit you can follow the link below. Make sure to choose the WHOLESALE account to receive that discount for life. They also take some personal info from you in case you ever decide to share young living with others…. because we know your friends will want to dive in to oils too!
 (You get a $$ bonus!!)
If you are interested in getting a kit AND becoming a distributor and sharing the powerful benefits of oils with others while making extra money from home…Email me! live2giveYLEO@gmail.com


Monday, November 2, 2015

Vacations I Want To Take

After another fun and eventful Monday in corporate America, I thought what better way to sulk in my misery than to list a few of the vacations I want to take.
(Because let's be honest, if I listed them all, we'd be here all day. And no one wants that.) 

I truly love traveling. It might be one of my favorite things to do. However, my bank account does not agree. And lately, neither does my five year old because she's "offended" that we DARE not invite her to places. 
But that's a whole other story for another day…

In no particular order, I present to you some of the vacations I'd LOVE to take some day. And if i'm lucky, my ridiculously handsome husband will pick up on this and surprise me in 294 years when we can afford a lavish vacation. ;) 

Napa Valley
Something about Napa Valley really appeals to me. Like really really appeals to me. The wine lover in me wants to be overlooking the gorgeous vineyards, sipping on wine, and forgetting that I actually live the life of a peasant. I mean really, who wouldn't want that?! I've seen the pictures, and yes, every single one makes me jealous. It's cool. Keep on sipping your wine with your floppy hats, i'll just be sitting here wishing I was you. 
Some day i'll go there. Who wants to join?!

Bora Bora
If this ISN'T on your dream vacations list, who are you?!?! Have you not seen the over water bungalows? They are perfection. I want to be able to jump off my private porch into the crystal clear ocean, see that same ocean from inside my bungalow, and bask in the amazingness that is FSBoraBora. (That's Four Seasons. I like to know what i'm talking about.) Shelby, hook it up, would ya?!

New York City
Yes, this is a place I haven't been. I know, I know…it hurts my heart, too. There shouldn't be much explanation as to why this place is on my list. I mean it's NEW YORK CITY! 

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
If you follow us AT ALL, you know that we love Mexico and we go quite often. However, Cabo is one place we haven't been. I want to go there and experience the whole "deep sea fishing" nonsense that is hyped up about that place. If that doesn't scream a good time, I don't know what does. Oh and i'd also love to go on a catamaran ride! (Is that what those boats are called?!) We did Cancun on our honeymoon and now it's time to cross Cabo off the list! 

A Cruise
I've wanted to do a cruise for some time now. We are going on one in January and this will be our first one so any advice is greatly appreciated! :) 

Of course my vacation list is a mile long, but this is just a glimpse into a few of the ones I am dying to take! 
What are your favorite vacations you've ever taken? What's your DREAM vacation?! Hope you all had a great Monday and you have a fabulous week! 







Sunday, October 25, 2015

Send Your Mom Flowers On YOUR Birthday

{This is a SPONSORED post and I am so grateful to The Bouqs Co. for this opportunity!}

If you know me, you know I LOVE traditions. (Like really really really love them)
I would have a tradition for every week if my husband wouldn't sincerely judge me. 

One tradition my husband DOESN'T think is crazy is sending our mama bears flowers on OUR birthdays. I know, I know. Your birthday is for YOU to be spoiled, but hear me out on this one…

Every year for the past few years (since I could start affording my own things and didn't need to ask my mama for money), I love to send my mom flowers on my birthday. It is something unique and special in my eyes. (Unique until everyone starts doing this and I set a massive trend!) I mean if you think about it, you owe that woman everything. SHE BROUGHT YOU INTO THIS WORLD! And i'm sure she has reminded you of that a time or two. AM I RIGHT?! We love you mamas! ;) 

Let's be honest, I'm a sucker for flowers. M knows this. Flowers can make me smile in ANY situation and I just absolutely LOVE them displayed at my home. 

Who orders flowers online? Come on….raise your hands! I know I do. Flowers are my "go-to gift" because we live in the middle of nowhere and it's not easy for me to run and grab something for people or go visit them in the hospital. Happy, sad, just because….flowers are good for literally ANY occasion. 
So if you've ever ordered flowers online…keep reading! 

Have you ever heard of The Bouqs Co?! You're in for a real treat with this one, friends! Have you ever wanted something MORE from your flower company?! What about farm fresh, cut to order flowers?! 

The Bouqs Co is bringing you the next BIG thing with flower services. Not only can you order flowers through them, you can do next day delivery as well as use their subscription services or wedding packages! Like I said before, I send my mom flowers every year on my birthday as well as sending M's mom flowers on his birthday. How simple is it that I can set up to have flowers delivered on those days each year?! Boom. Simple. Done. Sold. 

Y'all, these flowers are GORGEOUS. So much so that after I signed up to do this campaign (WOAH. GASP. A BLOGGER DOING A SPONSORED POST.) I ordered some flowers. I don't just sign up to talk about companies, I sign up to talk about companies I truly use. Do you want an awesome deal from this company?! When you use THIS LINK, you get an entire  bouquet free when you order one! You seriously can't pass that up! I can't wait to get my flowers and show to off to y'all! Follow the 'ole instagram to see those photos. 

Do any of you love ordering flowers for people online? Go give this place a look. I promise you won't regret it. And if you DO go order something from them, drop me a line and tell me fun things about your order! Who are you sending to?! What's the occasion?! LET'S TALK ABOUT SOME BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS AND BEAUTIFUL LIFE STORIES! Just spice your life story up with flowers first. ;)