Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Cinco de Mayo Festivities

It is May and that means it is time to fiiiieeeesta!

Every year my family celebrates Cinco de Mayo, because we love Mexican food, we live in California, and any chance to party is a good one.  Typically we host a potluck-esque BYOB shindig with people who are closest to our hearts (friends, family, neighbors).

This year is no exception.  What is even better you may ask... It is on a Saturday this year.

We haven't party prepping for long, but I found some adorable fiesta decorations and accessories, plus a few tasty recipes I wanted to share with you all!

From table coverings to plates and napkins- go visit this link to the Creative Covering Serapa!

What are your fiesta plans?

Monday, April 30, 2018

April Recap

April has flown by, mostly because it was such a busy month for me.  Here is what I was up to:

Therapy-I finished up with my PTSD therapy sessions from Route 91.  I am not "cured", but I am more aware of healthy ways of coping and getting through traumas.  I cannot say enough good things about the therapist I found and I am so grateful for the tools, tips and tricks she gave me.

Concerts- I attended 5 concerts in April.  There was Michael Ray, front row Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean's record release party, Morgan Wallen and Hal Ketchum.  I had attended a few concerts in February, but was still skittish so I decided it was time to take them by storm.  The Michael Ray and Morgan Wallen shows were full of other Route 91-ers which made it easier and it is truly amazing how a group of people have come together to support one another and just hug it out when anxiety and fears are running high.  I took back my concert loving life and I am really proud of myself for that.

Dating-I said "bye bye" to Bumble because it just isn't the way I want to meet someone.  Yes I met some cool dudes, but I hate the feeling of being an "option".  While my friends and I had fun on it, we all agreed it is practically summer so it's lame to keep it around.  Plus it seems that guys are really only interested in one date and then disappearing completely.

Keto- I was so down for Keto and I will say that I had amazing results when I went full, hardcore, peeing on a strip Keto, but life happened and I wasn't prepared the way I should have been.  Since then I have been doing low-carb or what some consider "dirty"/ "lazy" Keto and I am still having good results, just not as fast.  Basically I am all about low carb 92% of the time.  Also I watched "The Magic Pill" on Netflix and I will tell you this, it has totally changed the way I view food, what we are suggested to eat and how to change it.  

Adulting- I went out and bought myself a new kitchen table and couch.  They get delivered next week and I have to say I am VERY excited about this stage of adulting.  While I spent more than what I had wanted to spend, I got items that I fell in love with and luckily for me, the couch was a clearance item so I saved some dough there.  

I hope April ends on a happy note for y'all and cheers to May.

Friday, April 20, 2018


On Tuesday, Yahoo shared an article with a brand new dating term -Serindipdating.  This was added to a long list of other dating words that describe the dating scene for us singles out in the world including, but not limited to:


There are a few others and this article here tells you all about them and their wonderful descriptions.

Back to "serindipdating"... Here is the short break down, you basically avoid making dates or commitment for fear of missing out on something better; you complain of no spark, while seeking a spark that may never come; you plan your white picket fence dreams on a significant other whose perfection isn't realistic; all the while, good guys are right in front of you and you "just don't feel it".

Won't lie, I am very guilty of this and so are many of the single people I know and have dated.  I have gone on dates that seem great, only to be "ghosted", "benched" and whatever other lame term there is to describe men who have absolutely no balls to tell you they are not interested and I have completely stopped talking to guys who come on too strong.  In my defense, most of them didn't take "no" too kindly so there was no other choice.

A few weeks ago I went on a date with E and we had, what I thought was, a good time.  Good enough for him to hand over an expensive bottle of wine at the end of the date... The date that ended so awkwardly it seemed surreal...   Have I heard from him?  Yes he texted me when he trekked back down to the city and made it safely home.  Other than that, no.  I have texted a couple of times and he has responded, but I don't have the energy to chase a dude around who is seemingly not interested, or rather looking for something different.

Did he come out and say that?  No, but in today's world with texting, Instagram, Snap, Bumble, and Tinder, among other things, his silence has said enough.  There hasn't been a suggestion for a second date other than my own suggestion, which he said "sure" to but I have yet to see that come to fruition.  I mean, he really could be busy, but after three weeks I am not buying that.  What will be will be.

As a society, dating apps and texting have ruined our chances at an actual connection, because we are constantly seeking something more meaningful, while only getting to know people superficially.  This is why I have a two date minimum.  I won't make a decision on a guy until the end of the second date, because first dates are awkward as hell, but "serindipdating" is preventing many second dates or even first dates from occurring.

The only way I see these dating trends ending is for people to go back to values and morals instilled in older generations where we respected ourselves enough to not want a bad reputation; where we respected other people's feelings enough to be honest; and where we made true human connections beyond looks, social status, and really looked for happiness and laughter.

We have all gotten so caught up in the next "match" and "like" that most of us have forgotten who are and until we come back to ourselves we will never be able to find a person we deem worthy enough to settle down with.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Bath and Body Works Free Candle

This deal is too good NOT to share- Right now when you spend $40 or more, you not only get FREE shipping (which is a huge deal since they never give free shipping) but you also get a FREE 3-wick Peach Bellini scented candle!  All you have to do is buy $40 before tax and use code "PEACHY" at checkout. PLUS... ALL 3- wicks are $12.95 ( normally $22.50-24.95)!

Here are a few of my must haves!

Fresh Cut Lilac Candle

Fresh Balsam

Washed Ashore Hand Soap Bundle
Don't forget "PEACHY" at checkout and come back and let me know what you picked up!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Good Reads- 52 Book Challenge

I love reading, which shouldn't be surprising as I love writing.  For me, the two go together like peas and carrots... I also love Forest Gump, but that is another blog for another day.  Anyways back to this post, because I love reading, but haven't really done a whole lot of it lately I decided to sign up for Good Reads's book challenge of 52 books by January 1st, 2019.

This may not seem like a lot, but I signed up in March, which means I lost a few weeks. So far I have 11 books done and I am sure 3 of them were counted twice, but I am taking it... For now.  I could legitimately catch up... fingers crossed!

So far I have read mostly smutty romance novels which is completely okay with me as they are a quick read and typically easy to set down and come back to when time allows.  I have also signed up for Amazon's Kindle Unlimited.  That was hands down the best decision I could have made, because I can "rent" books and return them which means I don't have 500 million books on the cloud.

Basically, I’m begging y’all for good book recs!

This reading challenge has also made me realize how much I would love to be a part of a book club again. However, I have NO intentions of taking that bull by the horns, so if anyone has an idea of an online one, please let me know. 

Friday, March 23, 2018

Going Keto

Well the time has come to admit that I am really going to commit to 30 days of Keto (at the very least).  If you haven't heard of the Keto way, here is a quick breakdown- You limit yourself to 25 grams of carbohydrates at most, up your fat intake, and maintain about 135 grams of protein.  Basically it is a high fat way of eating to put your body into Ketosis which makes your body produce ketones from the liver and help you burn fat and stored fat rather than the carbs you take in.  Don't worry, it doesn't seem all to difficult to figure out Ketosis, especially when you can buy strips to pee on to verify that you are in Ketosis.

The reason I chose Keto is because as much as I love Whole 30, I miss my cheese like a fat kid misses cake.  It is my one true dieting weakness.  Also, Whole 30 tells you to avoid counting calories, because everything "whole" is considered good.  For me in summer that is great, but right now it isn't so hot.   I am not sure that Keto is necessarily good for the rest of my life, but it is worth a shot, especially because I have struggled with weight my entire life.  I know calorie counting and exercise are the key to maintaining weight and living a healthy lifestyle, however, I have plateaued and all I can blame is age... Hahahaha.

I will miss tortilla chips and watermelon, but truthfully I don't eat either of those as often as my mind thinks I do.  I know it is going to be difficult and there may be days when I don't do as good as I plan to, but the thing that matters the most is that I keep going and remember there is a reason to my madness.

Anyone else doing Keto or have tips and tricks?

Thursday, March 1, 2018

South Dakota Chronicles: Day 3 and 4

Saturday was our third day in South Dakota.  We woke up with slight hangovers and to snow serenely falling from the sky.  As with any trip, late nights call for late to mid afternoon mornings, which meant we didn't even leave our hotel room until close to 11 a.m..  We moseyed down Main Street looking for a place for brunch.  The best thing about this town is that you do not need a car to get anywhere, everything is in walking distance.

We weren't sure what we would find, but down at the end of Main Street lies The Nugget Saloon with a sign that read, ""best Bloody Marys in town" so naturally we had to go in.  The Nugget Saloon is a quaint bar with s tore and a dinner attached through side walls.  We grabbed a table and Liam served us the BEST Bloody Marys along with a pizza, a few appetizers and a few too many beers.  Our entertainment came in the form of the digital juke box and the bachelorette party that was wasted by 2:00 p.m..  Sitting in the bar, watching the snow fall outside was the perfect way to spend the day.

After losing all day to The Nugget, we headed back to the Deadwood Distillery where we picked up our moonshine and souvenirs and listened to a few more of Paul's stories.  That man in and of himself is reason enough to go to Deadwood.  You will not hear more colorful and intriguing stories than those of Paul's life.  I told him he needs a blog or better yet, a book!

We dropped our loot at the hotel and headed down to the winery/brewery in the middle of town.  We tried a local selection of brews and were fascinated to hear how beer and wine are sold in South Dakota.  It is an interesting process and a bit pricey for the small guys to compete with the big guys.

Next we found ourselves at the Deadwood Social Club for dinner.  It was AMAZING!  We ordered the bruschetta and scallop appetizers, ribeye special and the seafood pasta.  Everything was delicious and the pasta was an absolute work of art.

 After dinner we found ourselves back at The Bloody Nose Saloon since it was our favorite.  The bachelor party from the night before and the tree of us were the only patrons and it turned into quite the hilarious evening.  Somehow the three of us decided a 4-legged race was in order.  I can tell you, all those boys from the bachelor party got pretty excited when we pulled out the tape... Pervs.  From the pictures it looks like I could barely walk, haha.

We headed back to our room as the bars were closing, made snow angles in the streets and were surprised by how much pizza Deadwood sells as soon as the bars close.  I am not even kidding, every singel place sells pizzas by the slice or whole.  For me, I was a bit behooved as I personally would take some 7-11 nachos at 3 a.m. after drinking all day long.  Thank goodness for our Walmart outing where we supplied ourselves with plenty of snacks.

Sunday morning we hit the road and ended up at Mount Rushmore.  It is still as breathtaking as it was the first time I saw it.  A person can't help but stand in wonder at how one man with a vision created one of our nation's greatest masterpieces.  I truly prefer ending my trips to South Dakota with a visit to Rushmore, because it feels like a great place to give thanks to America.

Not long after we were on a plane bound for home. 

South Dakota feels like home and I miss it immensely and I truly cannot wait to get back to that gem of a mountain town tucked away int he Black Hills.