If only it tasted as good as it looks….I’ve been trying to get a little better about my habits this year (any every year), but I can’t seem to get on board with water. I know…I know… it’s something I shouldn’t compromise on, and I don’t, but I still HATE it. It’s nasty and tasteless. I’ve tried it infused with herbs, fruit, powder favors you name it. I still can’t even deal.
A friend of mine gave me one of the best suggestions that I’ve yet to try but another friend who despises water just as much as me tried it and loved it. Pellet Ice! She advised I visit Sonic and order a cup of ice and she’s 100% positive it will make it a little more bearable. Typically when I do drink water, I add in a lime slice, or two, or the whole thing to drown out the blandness. Most times I find myself throwing it out and grabbing a Vanilla Coke (which happens to be my absolutely favorite). So I need your help on this one. What do you love to put in your water? I need suggestions and tips on how to make my water drinking more enjoyable because right now, water and I are on the outs.
I had to travel to Chicago for work earlier this week and had the opportunity to spend the whole day Wednesday sight seeing in the Windy City. Thankfully, Wednesday was about 47 degrees, a little rainy but tolerable so I thought I’d take advantage.
I took off walking from the beautiful Hilton Chicago, and found myself at this cute breakfast spot called Wildberry Cafe. The Berry Bliss Pancakes were the staple on the menu, so of course I tried those and they were everything!
Berry Bliss Pancakes from Wildberry Chicago
My next adventure took me to the Chicago Bean in Millenium Park. I was told a company leases office space in the Bean?? Not sure of the validity of that, kind of a small space. I took the obligatory tourist photos, admired for a bit and moved on.
The Bean Millenium Park
Next up, Magnificent Mile. I walked at least 5 miles easy, hitting up some of my favorite spots, Dylan’s Candy Bar, Nike, Zara and Louis Vuitton where I snagged my first LV!!
Louis Vuitton Chicago
I was adventuring alone so I tried not to bring too much attention to myself, so I didn’t get too many pictures of the beautiful city! Secondly I bought this bag which came in a huge box and I again didn’t want to bring too much attention to myself, so I ended up Taxiing back to the hotel to drop it off! One of my friends brothers owns a restaurant in Chicago called The Vig! So I made a dinner stop there with an old colleague and it ended up being so worth the trip! Check it out if you’re ever in the area.
The Vig Chicago
Chicago was so good to me and I know I’m definitely going back soon. My family will have to tag along next trip but we will make sure we go when it’s a bit warmer!!
I’m just a girl who loves all things luxury, skincare included! With the winter months upon us, I find it important to take extra care to keep my skin supple and moisturized! At that same time, I don’t want to break the bank. Here are my favorite winter go to’s!
After my shower or bath, I lather on this amazing hydrating body oil by Measurable Difference called Amaranth that’s infused with apricot (it’s smells so yummy y’all). Next I lather on my favorite body moisturizer of all time R+F body moisturizer. The two of these combined keep my skin super hydrated as my skin can be flaky and itchy in the winter.
There’s nothing that makes my heart happier than snagging a day off during the week and spending an afternoon shopping. I’ve always been a thrifty shopper, and I’ve become quite skilled at buying low priced items and pairing them with new or old pieces in my closet.
Today I spent around 45 minutes dashing through the aisles of Marshalls and Ross located in my neighborhood (Had to be home in time to meet the Internet installer😁). I came across some really nice inexpensive pieces. I found this super cute blue and white striped Stella Luce top for $12.99 that I plan to pair with my favorite white denim and a heel or sandal. I live for tops like these. They make you look so polished if you wear it right! I found this black and white A-line striped skirt for $11 at Ross!! YOU READ THAT RIGHT! Paired with a bold top, heels and a statement necklace, this will be an eye catcher for sure. The cognac booties (which are classics for fall and winter) I found at Ross for $22!! I snagged the last 7.5 they had (lucked up on these for sure). And they are super comfy! I’m big on under garments, and they crisp white ones I found at Ross were $2 each!! (See pic below, excuse the wrinkles…)
All in all, I call this a successful shopping day. Added some amazing pieces to my wardrobe and didn’t break the bank. And the cherry on top, I had a nice shopping experience without the crowds. I could get use to this mid-day shopping thing!!
There’s nothing quite like it. The day you touch down on some exotic land to completely check out from your real life! My family and I recently took an amazing vacation to the Western Caribbean for Spring Break. We are big cruisers, so naturally, we opted to cruise the Norweign Getaway (for the second time), they never disappoint. Our itenerary took us to Ochos Rios Jamaica, Cozumel Mexico, Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas and my new favorite, Georgetown Cayman Islands.
It never fails, every time we travel I always end up falling in love with the one place I least expect to. Now it’s settled, the Caymans are my new spot! I snapped this pic of myself watching Bean play in the crystal blue ocean while I drank my coconut water and enjoyed the breeze. This ladies and gents is how you do vacation. I got to spend the day reflecting on how incredibly blessed my life is! There was once a time in my life when we didn’t have 2 nickels to rub together. And now this! This is my life!! We’ve definitely come a very long way! I just wanted to share this little moment with you. When I’m feeling stressed, and when life has me overwhelmed, I always open my camera roll, find this photo and savor in the moment that was. Sometimes all you need is a coconut and and breeze, or at least a photo to remind you of it!
Birthday #31 is right around the corner and I’m finally figuring me out. It’s crazy how the older you get the more things fall into perspective. Last year I was battling with excitement and disgust of turning 30. Who imagines themselves turning 30 right…ugh!! You may as well be turning 40😝. It feels like I was just 17 and I had the damnedest time dealing with it. I had it embedded in my head that 30 made you old. You lose your mojo, you’re now in the lame crowd. You’re no longer youthful because you’re leaving your 20’s behind. You’re now “that person” all the 20 something look at as out of place. What I’ve come to learn is growing older isn’t that bad. It’s a privledge denied to many, and it’s more of a blessing than a bad thing! Last year I had a month long celebration to bring in my 30’s, it made me feel better about the milestone. But this year, I’m turning 31 quietly. Having a few friends over for some good food, a good game of Cards Against Humanity, and maybe even splurge on a bottle of expensive grown woman wine. No big celebrations needed. I’m comfortable with myself and honestly, I’d take 31 over 21 any day. Cheers to another year!🎉
When I was half way through my 29th year of life, I found myself in an awful rut! I hated my day job, I was sitting on top of a pile of student loan debt for a degree that wasn’t serving me, and I often found myself missing out on so many precious moments of my 10 year old daughters life because I couldn’t tell my employer no. I often put my husband on the back burner because I felt like he knows what I’m going through, so right now my needs are more important. 😕 I’ve always been a hard worker and literally climbed my way to the top of the hospitality food chain in 6 short years! (From front desk minimum wage to running my own sales department). But in doing this, I lost my sense of purpose, I looked down that ladder I ferociously climbed and realized I lost sight of what was important. I didn’t know how I was going to change my circumstances but I did know I was very, very, very, unhappy. I knew I couldn’t spend another 35 years of my life working a J.O.B. But I didn’t know where I should start, or even what I was looking for. I remember praying a specific prayer asking God to place me on the path I’m supposed to be on because somehow I had gotten off track! I waited…and waited…and waited.
One day, while wasting my life away on social media, I stumbled across something that at the time, I didn’t know was going to totally change my life! I’ve always been an open minded person, but direct sales was never on my radar. So, I took a chance are reached out to this complete stranger on Facebook as I was fascinated at how a full time job in her world meant 20 hours a week🤔. I was intrigued at how she was partnering with the Proactiv Solutions doctors!! Who and the heck lands this kind of gig? But the amazing part, she told me I had the opportunity to partner with them too. I’ve always been a business woman, and this conversation I had with her made complete business sense to me! Although I didn’t know much about skincare, I knew a great opportunity when I saw one. I took the leap and what a ride this has been!!
I’m sharing this with you to say, don’t knock anything until you try it. You never know what lies on the other side of chance, fear and your comfort zone. I’m happy to say that I love my little side gig and I am not only paying down my mountain of student loan debt, I’m funding vacations, braces for my Bean, paying my car payment, building a savings account and most importantly, I am getting to help others completely change their lives in the process. AND…drinking wine, hanging out with some of the smartest, beautiful, and encouraging women of RF is what I get to call “work”. I would take this any day over a 50-60 hour work week! Plus, I’m getting amazing skin out of the deal. I look forward to the day when I can completely free myself from corporate America 100% and live my life on my own terms! It’s coming!! You just wait on it!!💋
It’s 68 degrees and Rainey here in Knoxville, TN on this Christmas morning. I’m blessed to have my family from Kansas City here in my home this holiday. The house smells of turkey, and there’s enough coziness to go around! I am truly feeling blessed this morning. I wish each of you love and happiness this holiday and remember that our Lord is the reason for the season.
I recently had this crazy idea to start my own blog. I’m excited to share my love for food, fashion, travel, and fun finds with you!!! I am an Independent Consultant with Rodan and Fields and I am excited to document my journey to early retirement from my “other job” with this blog as well!
Please feel free to ask me questions or leave comments on my posts as I would love for you to engage with me.
This is going to be so much fun and I am looking forward to sharing with you!