Are You Letting Your Past Baggage Impact Your Present? It’s Time To Let GO

Hello Lovers, It’s a new week and I hope you’re off to a great start. Today I’m going to dive right in to things. Are you letting your past baggage impact your present? To me, this question is almost like opening an imaginary can of worms, ewwh. What do I mean by past? Well, everyone has hurts, right? Whether that be from a past relationship; cheating wife, husband, girlfriend, boyfriend. Sometimes those hurts are from past friendships; The experiences where you thought this person was going to be in your life forever, your “ride or die” then life happens and they’re no longer there, that can hurt. Maybe you have suffered from terrible abuses or health issues/scares. Or it could even be a past job that didn’t work out the way you wanted. Everyone carries hurt. EVERYONE.

I promise, it’s easy to feel like you’re alone in your hurt that nobody else could possibly understand the hurt you have, but in my opinion, feeling this way is only partially true and can ultimately trap you in a “woe-is-me” mentality . What do I mean by that? It’s true every situation is different, everyone’s circumstances are different, because of this, it’s nearly impossible for us all to have the exact same hurts, feelings, and or brokenness but what remains the same for us all (again, my opinion) is that we ALL hurt. We all have past’ and we all also have a CHOICE in how we proceed. Choose to “Grow through what you go through”

People make decisions that hurt people and don’t take the time to realize how that hurt impacts others lives around them. It’s not the most fun part of life but nonetheless it’s a very real part of life. Another part of life is that hurt could be caused by people or a person that doesn’t even seem to care that they hurt you or others. Then we have the self-created hurts created from self-doubt and the comparison game I touched on last week; What did I do to them to deserve this?, Why me?, I was good to them?, what did I do wrong?, Am I not good enough, pretty enough, handsome enough, skinny enough, sexy enough? etc.

My point here is, whether it’s a romantic relationship that made a turn for the worse or a platonic friendship between you and a person with whom you have a ton of history, toxic people in your life deserve to be expeditiously escorted OUT of your life. You may never get the answers to your infinite array of “why” questions, you may never get the apology you feel you deserve…..you know what?, that’s O.K!!

I know it’s not easy but in the words of the GREAT Madea aka. Tyler Perry “ain’t nobody said it was gon’ be easy but it’ll get easier when you learn to love yourself” Watch and listen to these amazing videos and please let this Madea wisdom wash over you.

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I bring all of these things to the table because of my own hurt I’ve had, my own past experiences. Because of my own past and hurts I haven’t always been the best person to be in a relationship of any kind with. I was the person hurting people and not realizing it. You have to make the choice to move past the hurt. Take responsibility. Let people go from your life. Don’t let those people win when they didn’t care enough about you to begin with. I’ve made that choice in my life and I’m a better person for it. It didn’t happen over night, it took time, I still have to make the choice over and over again….daily. I choose to LOVE without being tied to my baggage. I also know that it truly doesn’t matter what I, your friends, parents, pastor, tell you, you have to make the choice yourself. Choose to save yourself, your current, and future relationships by loving and healing yourself. I hope that this helps you to make that choice too if not now, someday soon.

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Last, but not least I would love to gift all you Lovers with 10% off of an order from www.allenbooth.com. Just use code:  loveall11 It’s just a little treat from me to you! Let me tell you, I love all of their kitchen products especially the cutting boards! They’re GORG! Plus enter for a chance to win a $250 dollar shopping spree by entering on this link: http://bit.ly/2toVGBh

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Until next time Lovers!

XOXOXO

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Can Whiskey Be Green?

Hello Lovers! Happy Fri-Yay!! How’s the week treated y’all?! I’m not going to lie, as I’m typing this I could really use a cocktail. Like I’ve said before “adulting is hard!” some weeks are awesome, others not so much. It should be noted; you’re probably reading this and it’s morning, no, I’m not an alchohalic 😉 I’m typing this blog as I often do, in the evening.

Speaking of cocktails, have you ever heard of Austonian Whiskey? I wouldn’t be surprised if you haven’t. They just prepared their very first shipment back in May. Austonian Whiskey is a new Texas, FIRST ever sustainably matured whiskey, created by two engineering masterminds.

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One night, 2 Austin engineers, Lawrence and Frank (the masterminds above) were at a local bar hanging out, drinking, and having conversations about the growing whiskey barrel shortage, I mean… what else do guys talk about?! Well, these two turned this conversation into an idea, that idea then turned into inventing a new “green” process in the making of whiskey, this then turned into a business and dreams coming true.

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What sets Austonian Whiskey apart from the other whiskeys? Traditionally whiskey is typically aged in wooden casks/ barrels, generally made of charred white oak. Since Lawrence and Frank have created a magical (closely under-wraps) green technology to get the traditional vanilla oak-y taste of a “barrel aged” whiskey without the barrel, we can have cocktails AND save the trees! That’s right folks, do you get what that means?! NO trees are harmed in the making of this whiskey! (I need a shirt that says that btw 🙂 ) The impact can be HUGE y’all. Just think about it, if everyone switched their whiskey choice to Austonian Whiskey it would save about 95% of the trees otherwise used by “the other guys”

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It won’t just stop there though…. Do you know what happens when forests are cut down? it’s not just killing trees, it’s also displacing animals. The animals that live in the forests now no longer have their habitat, their homes. I don’t know about you, but that pulls on my heart-strings <3

Just think, there’s a barrel shortage right now; how many trees have already been cut down? How many animals have already been displaced? Now think about the fact that with Austonian whiskey we can directly impact this. We have the ability to help save our planet in more ways than just recycling at home or composting.

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I don’t want to sound like an infomercial here. I TRULY believe and like this product. I am not and have not been paid $$ to promote this product, however, I was given a sample bottle to try them out and hear their story. I want all you Lovers to know that I will NEVER promote something that I don’t truly love, like, use, or believe in. I will always have transparency and want you all to know that my blogs will always come from a very genuine place.

ALL that to say; I believe in this product. We need to get Austonian Whiskey out there!! Ask your bartender to add it to their bar program. Ask your local liquor store like Twin Liquors or Spec’s to pick it up. Follow Austonian Whiskey on Instagram to find out where they’ll be next. Let’s start our very own whiskey movement!! Whiskey can be GREEN!! even without food coloring and the luck of the Irish 😉

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Great whiskey. Great Cause. Go Green.

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Until next time Lovers!

XOXOXO

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5 Things I’ve Learned In 37 Years

Hello my dear Lovers! How are y’all doing? As for me, I’ve been having a stretch of contemplative days. A few days ago I celebrated my 38th birthday, so go figure that I’ve been evaluating/thinking on my life and choices. Could I be more basic?! 😉 haha! I guess I’d like to think that we all go through this on our birthdays.

Anyway, let’s do a little talking about the things we learn in our lives as we get older. For me the last handful of years have been, what I would say, the most fruitful thus far.

It’s been filled with up and downs, challenges, and successes, just as I would imagine yours has been too. In my 37 years I have learned a lot! but for time and attention sake here are 5 of the most important things I’ve learned:

  1. I’m a daughter of The King: My relationship with God is THE most important relationship I have. If God can close the mouth of lions for Daniel, part the Red Seas for Moses, make the sun stand still for Joshua, open the prison for Peter, put a baby in the arms of Sarah, and raise Lazarus from the dead, THEN He can certainly take care of YOU! NOTHING you’re facing today or any day is too hard for him to handle.
  2. The comparison game hurts: I doesn’t matter what walk of life we’re talking about; if you are a blogger like me, a parent, or even a college student … anxiety and comparison are real! Living in this day and age of social media, everyone’s lives seem so perfectly filtered. We don’t see the hurt, struggles, and brokenness on the other side of the lens. Truthfully, I deal with this daily. Sometimes I can allow myself to get lost walking down that very dark comparison road, it quickly turns into a never-ending black hole that’s incredibly hard to pull myself out of. Am I where God wants me? Am I doing what God wants me to be doing? Am I a good wife, step-mom, friend, person? Am I any good at this blogging? does what I’m doing matter? am I pretty enough? skinny enough?… the list goes on….. Turning off the noise in your own head and staying on track in any walk of life is difficult — but well worth the effort and it will most definitely result in strength. Comparison is a daily struggle – something to recognize and be aware of, and something that will only bring you down, not lift you up! When you feel yourself walking down that road turn the other way! Pray it out, talk it out, put the phone down, shut off the computer and give yourself some air! I promise you’ll see better when the smoke clears.
  3. Not ALL friendships/relationships are meant to last: You can spend years putting time, energy, and love into people and I promise you, they WILL disappoint you. It’s human nature, none of us are perfect. The number one thing that set’s us all up for disappointment and failure is putting our expectations on others. I’ve learned (finally, I have a hard head) that God doesn’t make mistakes. People are placed in our lives to teach us, grow us, and stretch us. Some friendships/relationships are meant for us only for a short period of time and others longer. Sometimes you get to a point in a relationship that you recognize the unhealthiness of it, that’s when you must have the courage and self-respect to walk away. Continuing to put energy into something or someone who is unhealthy and bringing negativity into your life isn’t good for any one not to mention a poison in your life.
  4. Adulting is HARD: Some “adults” refuse to grow up. They remain in high-school, some even in elementary; let’s ALL get out of the sand box people! Manipulation, lies, rumors, and just plain ol’ meanness is UNACCEPTABLE behavior for anyone but especially adults! Have you heard the saying “Hurt people hurt people”? So let’s deal with our hurt, let ourselves heal , and STOP the negative BS!!
  5. It REALLY is the little things: The “I love you’s” when leaving each other (even when running a quick errand), when your child does ANYTHING funny, loving, smart, or sincere 🙂 , the texts to say “I’m thinking of you”, holding hands with your person, holding hands with your child, the smell of grass after it rains, warm sand between your toes, dog kisses, growing something/anything yourself, dancing in the rain, road trips, beach trips, a great cheese, moist chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting, a good bottle of wine, a good whiskey…..With age you realize the little things aren’t so little.

So my wish this year is for the strength to live with grace, love, and compassion! Cheers to another year of learning, growing, and being stretched!

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Until next time Lovers!

XOXOXO

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Can a TeaTox Work? and Amazon Prime Day!

Good Monday to you lovers! How was your weekend? Who else is excited about Amazon’s Prime Day?! Hopefully you know WHAT Amazon’s Prime Day is??! Or have you been living under a rock? 😉 Welp, think Black Friday in July, but better, and only on Amazon.

The idea behind Amazon Prime Day is to entice people to sign up for Amazon Prime by offering INSANE deals – said to be better than Black Friday or Cyber Monday combined. To score on Amazon Prime Day you do have to be a Prime member, which is $99 per year, but they do offer a 30-day free trial. If you are interested in learning more about signing up for Amazon Prime, check out this link. If you’re not all about the online shopping with Prime Day, I do suggest at least taking advantage of their 30-day free trial to score some Prime Day deals! and I’m sure that your mind will quickly change.

Amazon Prime Day officially starts at 9PM ET TONIGHT!! July 10th and runs for 30 full hours. July 11th 2017 is the day they are advertising as “Prime Day”, but I would log on the tonight to try to get some early bird specials. I would absolutely suggest reading Amazon’s official guide on how to make the most out of your Amazon Prime Day shopping.

I have heard that there will be a lot of Amazon specific deals such as on the Echo, Kindle, etc. but you can also expect deals on things like TVs, gaming consoles, and so on. They are also offering an additional 20% off Amazon Home services, I’ve never utilized this aspect of Amazon Prime but I hear it’s pretty rad.

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Now, let’s talk about a “new to me”, Teatox, have you ever heard of it? It’s a detox but with tea! I’m a hot tea girl through and through. I’ve been drinking hot tea’s since I was around 5 years old and my grandma would pick mint from the backyard for our tea. Anyway, going back to glorious Amazon, I was checking out hot tea’s on Amazon and stumbled across all sorts of Teatox options. I’ll admit when I first came across these teas I was a skeptic and thought “Ew!” but to be honest, I already have very personal dark issues with any sort of detox. My issues with lots of detox’ are that a lot require not eating and when I don’t eat I get HAngry! After reading reviews and checking out ingredients, I decided on Zen Organics, 14 Day Teatox, Natural Cleanse.

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Zen Organics 14 day Teatox is entirely natural! When I say entirely, I mean ALL 13 ingredients! the tea itself contains, Senna leaf, Lotus leaf, Chamomile, Pu’erh leaf, Sencha green tea, Lemon grass, Garcinia Cambogia Extract, Rhubarb root, Fennel, Marsh Mallow leaf, Holy thistle leaf, and Malva leaf and that’s it 😉

As soon as it arrived I was excited to give it a try. It comes in a resealable bag to help with freshness, and also included is it’s very own cute little silicone “pea pod” tea infuser.

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Let me tell you, it’s delicious! Surprisingly delicious! I added a bit of organic pure blue agave to it for a little sweetness but it wasn’t necessary at all.

When on this Teatox you drink a hot cup every morning for 14 days on an empty stomach.

Day 1-3: I was loving the taste so much! but wasn’t really feeling much different with the exception of not being overly starving in the morning (I normally wake up so hungry I could eat Jeff’s arm off) and I’m also getting used to the new routine.

Day 4-7: I have more energy and focus and sorry for the t.m.i but…. I also noticed my “bathroom business” was becoming not just more frequent (for me) but also more regular.

Day 8-11: I noticed less of a “heavy /bloated” feeling and oddly enough I felt less anxious. I’ve suffered from clinical anxiety my whole life and I can’t really stand being overly medicated so I prefer all natural homeopathic remedies to anything else. I’m no doctor so I’m not trying to offer any medical advice here, I’m just saying I felt a small difference in my daily anxiety and the only thing new I was doing was using Zen Organics Teatox. When living with anxiety ANY difference is pretty substantial.

Day 12-14: I’m feeling more healthy, lighter, less anxious, and cleansed!! At this point I think it’s safe to say I’m feeling pretty awesome about this product and also kinda sad that it’s ending.

I’m not sure if Zen Organics will be offering a discount for Prime Day or not but it’s definitely worth the purchase. Check them out!

Since I’m on this Amazon and Prime Day kick and it’s just a few short hours away 😉 I’d like to talk about one last thing. If you’re a follower you’re aware of my partnership with JORD Wood watches and how much I love them. Well, I have GREAT news if you’re in the market for a new watch. JORD is now on Amazon!! For Prime Day they are also going to be having great deals! Check out the beauty below that I gave Jeff for his birthday last month.

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I know I’ll be checking out what JORD has to offer us ladies tonight for Amazon Prime Day. They make for fantastic gifts and the customer service is incredible! You can’t go wrong here.

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I’d like it to be noted I’m NOT getting paid to endorse these products, I just genuinely loved my experience with these brands and HIGHLY recommend them. I most certainly will be ordering more Zen Organics Teatox in the future. If you try out any of these products please share with me what you think. If you have any questions please be sure to reach out in the comments.

Good luck with your Prime Day shopping y’all! 

Until next time Lovers!

XOXOXO

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I’m Baaaack….A Re-Cap

Helloooooo my dear dear lovers! Oh how I have missed you all! Have you missed me?! Or maybe I’m alone on this island 😉 either way, I want you all know how grateful I am that each and every one of you exist. I also hope y’all had an amazing 4th of July long weekend packed with fun and fireworks to celebrate the birth of these amazing United States of America.

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The past couple of weeks there’s been so much going on in life and I’m sure I’m no different from you and what you have going on. Let’s be honest, adulting is hard. Anyway, I’m not sure if any of you have noticed but, I’ve been off the blogosphere and mostly off social media for the last few weeks; this bit of  “radio silence” has some to do with a busy life, the rest is due to me being “Shadow-Banned” (if you don’t know what that means, you’re not the only one, click on the link for more info) being “Shadow-Banned” can essentially be a “death sentence” for someone like me, a full-time blogger and Instagrammer. I’ve lost followers and majorly dropped in my engagement and even lost potential partnership opportunities, all in all, it SUCKS! All that to say, I have a favor…if you’re a follower on ANY of my platforms, PLEASE, LIKE AND COMMENT and this will help me so much in recovering from this, not to mention I would forever be grateful <3

Now let’s move on from the BS of the “Shadow-Ban” and on to a fun family 4th of July re-cap. We spent last weekend celebrating with family in the small town of Pipe Creek right outside of Bandera, Texas. Let me tell ya, this family pulled out all the stops. From our beautiful American flag decorated everywhere, great BBQ, over $1k in fireworks, and a great lake view, we didn’t want for anything.

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Let’s back up a little and repeat…. OVER 1 thousand DOLLARS of fireworks y’all!!! I have NEVER seen so many ding dang fireworks with “normal” (I say that loosely) civilians ever 😉 and we even had “Baby Chuck Norris” aka Cousin Caden putting on the show for us, hahahaha!

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We also had to figure out how to get all these fireworks onto a rock island without getting ruined by potentially falling into the lake. And how, you might ask did we achieve this?! with 6 slow trips back and forth on a water trampoline!! Der!

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YUP, that really happened. All that “work” truly did pay off. The guys put on a good show.

This family is filled with characters that would entertain the masses in a sitcom any day and I say that with such a smile on my heart, I wish each and every one of y’all were able to get to experience just one afternoon with them. I mean, just check out one of the sweetest little lambs I’ve ever seen below, plus family, and some obligatory firework pictures.

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For those of y’all who have taken the time to read through this re-cap, again, THANK YOU for your support!! I appreciate you more than you know. Also, HAPPY FRIGGIN FRIDAY!!

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In the next few blog posts to come I have sooooo much to share, new partnerships, new deals for you and yours, and lots of new things to try. I’m so excited! Make sure you stay tuned and help me to spread the news. Follow, Like, Comment, and Share!

Now go! Be free! Enjoy your weekend!

Until next time Lovers,

XOXOXO

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