Wednesday, January 29, 2014


It's been FOREVER since I've updated this blog! I have a whole list of excuses I could make (new job, new hours, busy time of year, lack of inspiration, ...) but I won't give you all of them.
Just understand that I intended to come back....

and then I didn't...

and then I did....

now I've decided to give this space on the internet another shot -


- tasting - My sister coerced asked me if I wanted to do a 26 day detox with her. oh sure! why not? That won't be too bad.

Yes it was.

I learned a lot of things, made some great mental adjustments, and started slipping at about day 2 (or 1). Anyways, even though I didn't complete the "prescribed plan", I have made some good adjustments. I've added a LOT of salads (big deal for me) and added diet coke back in (also a big deal for me)

- feeling - Crazy weather. Like a good portion of the US, we went through the "polar vortex", then we bounced up towards the 50+. Then dropped back down to 1+. We got 4 inches of snow yesterday (with very little predicted) and are digging back out of that to face almost 60 this weekend.


I've been wearing a lot of comfy sweaters, boots & knee socks, and wrapping up in blankets.

- smelling - hmm. Food? During my food deprivation, food I don't generally order or eat smelled AMAZING!

Mexican? check.

Grilled Chicken Caesar? Check.

Rolls? Check.

- seeing -  pictures. I've been sorting pictures and preparing to work on preserving my memories. I also brought so many pictures of friends and family to work to hang up. Sometimes I just take a moment and get lost looking at them. I have the best friends and family! <3 p="">
- hearing - music at work (yay me!) and stories at home. I love to listen to a good dramatized story! Most of my downtime has been devoted to playing a game/browsing the interwebs, wrapped in a blanket, and listening to a story!


Sounds like a good plan for tonight! :)


I have so many ideas and plans rolling around in my head - here's to "un-procrastinating" in 2014 :)


I'm back!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Friday Fun-Day!

Friday Fun-Day is back! I hope you can read this post and find some humor in it! Let it usher in the weekend! :)

We really should! I brought my toothbrush, did you?? LOL!

I LOVE Miss Frizzle! I used to think that I would be a teacher just. like. her. 

I'm going to have to start living inside/outside my "awesome bubble"!

I love to read the fortune cookie and see what it says. It would be too funny to get one like this!!

Found at TJ Maxx. If you find yourself short of something to post, look no further, help is here!

What's making you laugh these days? Share in the comment section!

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!!


Wednesday, May 8, 2013



Monday of this week was "Melanoma Monday."

If you just happened upon my blog and don't know what happened, let me explain...
May is Skin Cancer Awareness month and Melanoma is the most life threatening form of Skin Cancer. Black is the "ribbon" color of Melanoma and due to it's severity/people's deisre to raise awareness, people created a day called "Melanoma Monday". On this Monday, we band together to wear the color black in support, recognition, and honor of the fight with Melanoma. 

Here are a couple facts about Melanoma, in case you didn't know:

*"People who use tanning beds once a month before the age of 35 increase their melanoma risk by 75%...
*Melanoma is the second most common cancer for women aged 25-29...
*Rates for melanoma are increasing faster than nearly all other cancers." (source)

With Melanoma being the reality that it is and because of the impact it's had on my life, I am a firm believer in spreading awareness.

So, I did my part!

I shared information on social media.

I encouraged others to wear black...

and I wore black.

Thanks so much for all who wore black with me on Monday, May 6, 2013!! I hope that the awareness we spread has a ripple effect!


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Movin' along, Goodbye March!

It's been real, March. 

Being jobless, does not necessarily mean I don't have things to do. 

So, March, we've been a busy couple - 

we tried the French Market (Amazing!)

Do you like Crepes? Do you like French decor? Do you like eating at locally owned places? 

Ok. ok. I'll stop

but if you're in the area, please say you'll try this place out??

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March, you helped me see my own city like I would look at other cities. 

I practiced looking for things to take pictures of. and edit. and post to instagram. 

and - 

you get the point!

So, the hashtag #touristeyes was born. 

Feel free to use it for your city. 

Try looking at your city through an outsiders eyes!

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March, you brought my good friends again.


From these pictures, it looks like all we did was ingest sugar. we didn't.

or did. 

But it was fun!

How was your March? What were you inspired to take pictures of? Did you get to spend time with any special friends? Tell me below, I'd love to hear about your amazing March!

P.S. aren't you glad spring is arriving??

Monday, April 8, 2013

Style 101: Part Two

Here's my second installment of my Style 101!

I created a Polyvore set/actual outfit before going to substitute teach in Kindergarten the other day - I was working with the little ones and it was important to look good! not.

I was more concerned about what the other teachers would think of me.

honesty people, honesty.

So, here's what I came up with!

I admit it.

I got one compliment!

hey. that's better than none!

I was pretty happy with it, I've worn it twice three times since then :)

What outfits are you loving right now? Anything giving you extra confidence? Tell me about it in the comments, I'd love to hear!


Friday, April 5, 2013

Friday Fun-Day!

Because everyone needs a little more happier!

BTW, if you're not using "happier", you should be!

*then you can follow me too!*

True love. :)

 This. is. so. me!

hahaha. animals are SO funny!

This  may not be your hair. *sigh* but, it might be mine!

Oh, yes.

I hope that you got just the amount of happy you needed! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Mela Reactions


I wanted to share a story, a scenario with you today. If you stay at The Hotel Melanoma, are a fellow Melanoma Warrior, or just know someone dealing with Melanoma/Skin Cancer - this may be a familiar story. 

My story is all too normal. I am a red head, who tanned nicely, and really did not like being pale, etc... I wanted to look nice, and after someone I knew tried the tanning bed, I decided to try it too. I did it for about a year, until advice was given and I quit.

Fast-forward another year or so, and I was being seen by a dermatologist for an "unusual" mole on my neck. Then, I got the phone call - "where are you?" "We got your results." "Dr. A wants you to call her at home." 

The rest is history. Just know that I learned about Melanoma, I reached out and found (still finding) a community of support, and now have a healthy fear of 

...sun damage cancer


Recently, I attended the Women's Expo, with my mom and nieces/nephew. We like to go to these events to see the booths, try the samples, and get FREE stuff :) We picked a route, headed in, and *BAM* I was accosted by a huge booth set up for a local tanning company. 

side note: believe me, I've seen tanning companies, advertisements, etc... since my experience. This was just, different. 

I didn't get too close, but they had a huge booth, complete with employees and a tan model. I was totally unprepared for how it affected me.

I was so bothered by it. 

I was so frustrated by what they were promoting. 

I was so upset by the booth. 

I'm pretty sure I was shaking with nerves/emotions. 

All those people needed to know about the dangers of tanning. The tanning company shouldn't have been casually promoting such a dangerous practice. One part of me would like to be a person with a megaphone, standing there, and telling the dangers to the crowd. 

I didn't say anything to them, even though I wanted to. I did talk to my mom and we thought I should share this. 

It still bothers me. It still makes me emotional. 

Because I care for me. 

I care because of Hillary Quinn Kind, and Jillian Hayes, and each of you.

Educate someone else. Lobby if you can. Volunteer. Do what you can to change someone else's future. Make it personal.