Tuesday, March 13, 2018

We have made a change...

My last post talked about how I have been sick so much this year and how my migraines are taking over my life YET I appear to be doing everything right as far as being healthy. I mean I have another appointment with another neurologist scheduled, a botox for migraines consult with a neurologist scheduled and I am switching pills again. It is a never ending cycle. 
Let me say that I do not believe that I will ever be 100% migraine free, I do believe there must be a better way to live with this illness and still have a happy productive life. Matt is also in a rut, he works out and still he complains he just feels unhealthy. For YEARS we have toyed with the idea of going vegan and we have incorporated vegan meals into our life occasionally. One of his agents had migraines and after switching to vegan she is 75% better. 
So what are we waiting for? Is convenience worth our health? WHAT IF this could help with 50% of my migraines and give Matt a healthier and happier life.... WHY wouldn't we try this? And so we have.... This past Saturday we started and today is Day 4 completely Vegan!
Last Thursday we watched the documentary What The Health on Netflix and that was the final straw or push if you will to make us make the change. And for those of you who think I must have talked Matt into this, no..... he was the one pushing. He wants to try anything for me to get relief from my migraines and he is desperate for a change as well. We highly recommend this documentary and even if you have no desire to go Vegan watch this and think of ways to change up your diet. 
 I also loved this documentary which is another eye opening look at our food industry.....
Now we have no qualms about occasionally eating an egg or fish but we are really giving this our full effort to have an untainted experiment. This Friday night will be a free food day because a month ago we booked a St Pattys day cooking class with friends. But guys, WHAT IF this could really have an impact on my life and my health? I have hope it does, I hope that I will be one of the people with a positive outcome and then when I am feeling pain free I will not be missing that steak.

Wish us luck, and I will keep you all updated!

Thursday, March 8, 2018


Hi Everyone, sorry I have been away but so far 2018 has not been very good to me. I want to update and vent to you all today!
Some of you may recall that I do a word of the year and this years is Wellness, you can read that post HERE AND so far I am doing everything I have set out to....
* Yoga 2xs a week since Jan 7
* Acupuncture 2xs a month
* Cutting back on fast food, only 1 pop per week
* Cut back to only having wine maybe once a week
* I have had a complete blood panel done
* trying new migraine meds

You see I am following my plan, I am proud of myself. But the thing is that this year has been horrible to me. For starters I have had a cold, a severe sinus infection and the flu which combined have put me down for literally like 3+ weeks of this year. My migraines have been OUT OF CONTROL bad. The new medicine I tried isn't for me so I am currently tapering off of that which is making me ill. I mean you guys it is very very discouraging and if I think about it too long it can make me very blue. How ironic this is my year of wellness and I am sicker this year than I have been in recent memory. It's not fair, you know... it isn't. I feel like how in the heck is it March, where did the year go? Oh ya, a fog of not feeling well.
I am going to get off this medicine and find a new start point hopefully in 3 weeks to try something else. I am going to continue to do yoga when I am not a flipping incubus of plague and I am going to focus more on eating healthy and just have HOPE that things will turn around. That is why I haven't been blogging much because I am honestly a bit of a Debbie Downer lately and I don't have much to say.
I have this dream that I win the lottery and instead of money I am given the option of never having another migraine ever again and I choose that. I honestly do not know what it is like to open my eyes in the morning and feel good, ready to get up and start the day. I would kill for that (maybe no literally but you never know how desperate I can be LOL)


Friday, March 2, 2018

Romantic Getaway

Hey Everyone! A friend of mine is headed to a relaxing and romantic weekend getaway and I was so excited to style her for the weekend! She deserves a great weekend and guy! This is last minute and on a budget so I only shopped 3 stores.... Macy's, Target and Old Navy! She already has great skinny jeans and black booties so I planned around those items, I also kept the jewelry simple using the same piece throughout the weekend.

I love this look for a travel day, distressed sweatshirt with or without a tee under it and the simple black booties! Comfy and Chic!
Travel Day Look

She is going to a romantic steakhouse dinner and I love this subtly sexy look. The heels are not too high because she is tall which will also help for comfort! I love the look of black on black and she should pair this with a red lip!!!
Date Night in Dallas

I assume there will be some sight seeing, maybe some shopping and I love mixing prints. This look will also be great to rewear throughout spring!
Sight Seeing

Saturday night will be a Hockey Game Night and I love the look of an easy jacket paired with a simple tee. I have given her two options both from Old Navy that I love.... Camo or this pink suede! So chic!
Game Night

Lastly I wanted something casual for her to lounge in the hotel, sexy but not silly and I think these pieces will be good for a weekend away with a new boyfriend!
Hotel Lounging

Friday, February 16, 2018

Because I Said I Would

 Yesterday I got to do something really cool, I got to speak to 2,000 High Schoolers in Colorado Springs on behalf of Because I Said I Would. I met the 2 sweet girls below in November when they reached out and asked if they could get involved with our chapter in Denver even though they are in High School.... and OF COURSE they can. They heard our founder Alex Sheen speak at a DECA conference in Philly and it really resonated with them!
Over the past few months Matt and I have had the pleasure of getting to know these girls and they went to their principal and presented their idea to bring the heart of Because I Said I Would to their High School. They want all the student body to make and follow thru on promises which will better themselves, the school and the community!
 They even made it happen where we had 15 minutes at the Winter Sports Assembly yesterday and they asked me to speak and show a video! I think everything went so well and we got a really positive response... I just wanted to live up to the girls expectations. I was just so proud of them. I planned my speech out during the week, practiced, memorized and made sure that it spoke to teenagers and resonated with them.
After yesterday it wasn't goodbye for me with this school or these girls, I am excited to continue the relationship and help foster their budding desire to volunteer!
Check out the Because I Said I Would website to learn more about this humanitarian group HERE

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

I wanted to drop in a wish you all a Happy Valentine's Day friends! Maybe your day is just a regular normal day or maybe you have something special planned but either way I hope it's a great one!
I am finally getting together with my cute preggo friend Britt today for lunch, it will be so nice to catch up! Then I am getting a massage and NO it has nothing to do with Valentines day, who knew my lady would be open today! I need her to work on my neck to hopefully alleviate some of the pressure leading to my migraines and my back is super sore from yoga! Anyways enough about my day today!
BUT Matt and I are gonna go out to eat on Friday for a little belated Valentine's.... in fact we are going to Colorado Springs to eat at one of the current contestants on Bravo's Top Chef Brother Luck! YAY, super excited!!!

Have a great hump day..... no puns intended wink wink

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Great Alone

Alaska, 1974.
Unpredictable. Unforgiving. Untamed.
For a family in crisis, the ultimate test of survival.
Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.
Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family. She is desperate for a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if it means following him into the unknown
At first, Alaska seems to be the answer to their prayers. In a wild, remote corner of the state, they find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women. The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the Allbrights’ lack of preparation and dwindling resources.
But as winter approaches and darkness descends on Alaska, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates and the family begins to fracture. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own. In the wild, there is no one to save them but themselves.
In this unforgettable portrait of human frailty and resilience, Kristin Hannah reveals the indomitable character of the modern American pioneer and the spirit of a vanishing Alaska―a place of incomparable beauty and danger. The Great Alone is a daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss, the fight for survival, and the wildness that lives in both man and nature

I love Kristin Hannah, there I said it. There has not been one book of hers I haven't loved and in fact she has written some of my favorites like The Winter Garden and Firefly Lane. I have been counting down the days until her newest book came out which was finally last week, YAY! And the day it came out I picked it up! This book is so vivid I felt as if I was in Alaska in 1974, I would really love to know how she researched so much of this book because it was so technical in many ways. This is a family drama that spans over 20 years of this family. It wasn't what I was expecting in many ways but I loved it. I read this book really fast because I just had to know what was going to happen next. Kristin Hannah has said that she has already sold the movie rights to this book and I can honestly see not just a Book to movie with this one but a truly Oscar caliber film. The actors will have to be very vulnerable and once that is translated to screen I can only imagine how much I will love it.
Since this is set in Alaska it is also the perfect Winter read, I highly recommend it!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018


I am a sucker for haunted house scary movies and even better if it is PG-13 because then I know the gore factor is limited which makes me a happy camper er.... movie goer! EVEN if I hadn't been to the actual Winchester house I would have wanted to see this movie BUT because Matt and I have been to this house and taken a tour made me super excited!
I look like a baby by the way, we went in 2008 to tour the Winchester house in San Jose on our way to Monterey, CA and I loved it! Sarah Winchester said this is the house spirits built and she had construction on the house 24/7 hence weird things like the staircase to nowhere.
The house is literally straight out of a scary movie and the fact that the real Sarah did think she was haunted by all the victims here Winchester rifles took just amps up the weird, and the house totally had a weird vibe when we took the tour.
I also love that not only has Ghost Hunters but my fav Ghost Adventures have all done shows here capturing proof that this home might actually be haunted. And if you know me then you know I am a believer and I believe this home has some connection to the other side for sure. If you are ever in San Jose you really should take a tour and the history of the home and the family is incredible as well. And there is a Winchester rifle museum on the property as well.
Back to the movie..... sadly this was a total renter. Not scary at all and a little on the silly side, it could  have been so much better heck it had great actors in it. It was a fun Sunday afternoon movie but what until this is at Redbox!


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