October 26, 2015

time hop

it's hard to believe that it's been 3 years since i've started my blog journey.  it's also hard to believe that it's been so long that i've devoted time to my blog.  life happened...

i thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane and take a look at what i was writing 3 years ago today.
i think it was a link-up.  friday's letters to be exact with the lovely ashley at the sweet season blog (used to be adventures of newlyweds)

let's have some fun:

october 26, 2012

this just in...

whoa biggest news to hit this little town in decades... super wal-mart finally opened today.  seriously think we are the last town on the planet to get a super wal-mart.

so anyway i'm linking up again today for friday letters.

dear snow

i hear you might make an appearance this weekend.  not so sure if i'm ready for that yet.  i love you, but i'm still in warm weather mode.

dear lil jon

super stoked that i get to see you this weekend.  kinda sad that you're not bringing the ying yang twins though.  and please excuse my husbands attire he will be wearing, he thinks it will be hilarious to dress like a hillbilly going to a lil jon concert.... 


dear super wal mart 

i'm going to try and avoid you at all cost this weekend.  

 dear katy perry

we get it... you're voting for obama.  but do you really have to announce it on your clothes? 

dear taylor swift

 i hear you and little kennedy have split.  did you need an excuse to write another breakup song??

 dear weekend

couldn't be happier you are finally here.  please be good to me :-)

my how times have changed.
i hope everyone has a fabulous monday!

October 23, 2015

oh hey friday! it's good to be home

i know, i know... you're thinking "whoa she wrote a blog post".  
it's been a while you guys.  i've missed my blog, and the wonderful ladies in this blog community.  
working in a doctor's office 5 days a week without much of a break during the day makes it difficult to get a blog post together.  
so on this beautiful friday, i've decided it's time to get back in the swing of things.  
i just got back from vegas last night, and holy cow i am jet lagged.  and 2 weeks ago i was in gorgeous cancun.  you would think i've become a world traveler or something, but let me tell you... 2 week long trips in a matter of 3 weeks is a bit much.  it's going to take a lot of sleep, maybe a few bottles of wine, and some major cuddle time with my hubby this weekend to get me back on east coast time.

to celebrate my first blog post in MONTHS i decided to link up with karli at september farm, who has given me baby fever today due to her adorable post... thanks karli ;)

 so i am sitting here in my pajamas with my hair in the messiest buns it's ever been in, my pup zoe sitting in my lap, with a free aloe mask on my face from the ispa conference i attended this week.

now put that image in your head... actually don't do that.

so anyway yes i just returned from one of the most inspirational vegas trips i've ever had.
my mom, my friend tiff and i attended the 2015 ispa conference at mandalay bay in las vegas this week.  my mom owns her own company where her and my grandmother create and make hot/cold therapy wraps.  her business is called luxury therapeutics, and it's really taken off in the past year.  i'm so proud of her dedication to this business.  she really has her heart and soul in it!  in the very little spare time i have, i help her with her marketing from time to time.  she just launched her new website, so go check her out!

the conference was absolutely amazing, and really made me want to open a spa... hey a girl can dream right?

we arrived in vegas on saturday and went right to work on our booth

our crate was waiting for us right outside our booth and thankfully nothing had shifted during shipping.

after about 2-3 hours we were exhausted and ready to call it a night.  we had most of it setup and ready to go, so all we had to do was come down first thing sunday and put the product out.  so around noon, it was a wrap.  it turned out great!

now it was time to go explore vegas.

we headed out around 3 and decided we would drive down to the venetian and make a stop at walgreens.  if any of you have been to vegas before you know how expensive it is...
so we had a brilliant idea to pick up some breakfast items, and snacks for our room so we weren't spending $20 on crappy starbucks pastries.  yes i said $20!  ridiculous!
so after picking up some breakfast items and some much needed alcoholic beverages, we headed back to the car to drop off our goodies, and then decided to walk the strip.  mom had never been to vegas before so i was excited to show her around.  we made a stop at fat tuesday to get some frozen cocktails, and then walked through a few of the casinos, and of course checked out the bellagio fountain show (my favorite).  we had a great time!

before we knew it, it was time to grab dinner.
we found this amazing little restaurant behind the venetian called batista hole in the wall.  a little italian place where they give you free wine with your dinner.  free wine?!? i'll take it!

the next day was the first official day of the ispa conference.  we were nervous and excited not knowing what to expect.

we attended the seminar that morning and received some pretty amazing free products!  the speakers were amazing.  the keynote speaker for the day was rand zuckerberg (sister of mark zuckerberg) it was amazing to hear her story of the adventures she has had working with her brother at Facebook!

after the seminar it was time to head to the show floor.

it was just as we expected, a crazy show floor with an insane amount of people.  it was great!  we made so many amazing contacts!  it was a successful first day!
mom even had her first on screen experience ;) go mom!

that night we were invited to a party by eminence.  if you're not familiar with that company, go check them out!  all natural and organic skincare and they have an amazing purpose!

to get in to the party you were required to wear a pair of glasses.  i actually thought they were pretty cute.

after a few glasses of free vino, things started to get a little fuzzy lol.  but overall if was a fun night!

day 2 started out about the same... although we were a little exhausted from the night before.

we were very blessed to hear from amy purdy as the keynote speaker.
this woman is absolutely amazing!  she lost both of her legs at the age of 19 due to contracting bacterial meningitis, but has overcome her disability and done phenomenal things with her life.  she snow boards and won 2nd place on dancing with the stars.  truly inspiring woman!

the show floor was not as busy today, but that gave us time to walk around and see all of the other booths.  so many awesome organic skin care products!  i was in awe!

it was another successful day.  so successful that we actually went to bed early after a delicious dinner at double barrel at the monte carlo.  our plan was to drive down to freemont street, but were absolutely exhausted!

day 3 was a sleep in day... thank God!  it was also the last day of the conference and the day to pack up all of our stuff from our booth.  the show floor was a mad house this day!  3:00 came very quickly and before we knew it, it was time to pack up.
they brought us our crate after about an hour and mom and i got right to work on getting everything packed back up.

it's crazy how quickly it takes to undo everything.  i think it only took us about an 1 1/2 to get it all back in the crate.

and just like that it was all wrapped up.
after that it was time to celebrate at light nightclub!

it was such an amazing week!  we are so excited for what the future holds for luxury therapeutics, and can't wait for the ispa conference next year!

hope everyone has a fabulous friday!

June 13, 2015

life lately

remember when i said i was going to start blogging again? yeah that didn't happen. i know it's been about 6 months since i've updated the blog, but life has been beyond crazy. i started working at an ear nose and throat doctor, and let me just tell you... i will never ever speak rudely to a receptionist EVER again! it's touch work. so not only do i work the front desk full time, but i also help my husband at his store every other saturday and help my mom on friday afternoons. crazy is an understatement.

i've determined that i should just quit and be a stay at home dog mom. 
sounds great right? yeah i'm sure the hubs would go for that...

so anyway yes life has been insane.
not too much to update you on. we're still married, live in the same house, and have the same two pups. they keep us on our toes :)

the hubs did take me to a new kids on the block concert recently. i can honestly say i can die happy now. especially the moment when joey mcintyre took his shirt off. at 42 he's looking pretty damn good! they all are actually, and if you ever get the change to go see them. do it! they put on a great show!

i feel by not blogging as often as i used to, i miss out on gossiping about whats going on in the world. i missed out on the bachelor craziness, whitney was definitely my fave (sad they're over so soon). bruce jenner is a woman now (shocker).

so see i really need to start blogging again.
let's see if i can keep this up :)

but until then my blog friends, stay healthy and happy.


November 25, 2014

when you realize the job isn't for you

friday, november 28th...

that's the day.  the last day of being a newspaper sales rep.  some of you may be wondering "what? when did you become a newspaper sales rep?" um about 3 months ago, which makes this job the shortest career i've ever had.

let me tell you how this all got started...

i previously worked as a customer relations manager at our local chevy dealership, and i loved it!  i loved the people i worked with, and my boss was amazing.  but the money wasn't the best.  so i decided to start looking elsewhere.  a friend of mine was a sales rep for a local newspaper and was in the process of moving.  so after a couple glasses of wine, and a plate of nachos later, her job sounded like the best thing since sliced bread.  "the freedom, oh the freedom" she said.  and the money didn't sound half bad either.  so i decided that i would talk to the publisher.

a few weeks later i was driving to my very first day as a newspaper sales rep.  to say that i was nervous was an understatement.  i hadn't sold a damn thing in my entire life, and now i was going to be selling newspaper ads.  something that most people don't want to buy.  what was i thinking?  i wasn't.

fast forward to a few months down the road...

so everything that i did to make myself look decent on a daily basis all went out the window.  i just didn't have time.  shaving my legs was not at the top of my priority list, and to this day i still have the same polish on my toes that i did before i went to mexico (that was 2 months ago).

so needless to say, i was stressed to the max.  i slept all the time, and when i was awake i wobbled around like a character on the walking dead.  i was also starting to despise my car.  being in your car all day every day gets to be a bit much.  i had to do something and quick.

for those of you that don't know, i'm not a quitter.  i hate quitting anything.  i feel lousy!  and the feeling of letting people down just sucks!  i kept thinking to myself, "just hang in there" but it just kept getting worse.  so i decided to do the unthinkable.  i quit...

i pulled my boss upstairs to the conference room and started bawling.  i'm talking big, BIG tears!  i was a complete mess.  he knew right away how unhappy i was.

i gave him 3 weeks.  and as soon as i walked out of the office, i felt like the weight of the world had been lifted.

never in my life did i ever think that i would be so unhappy at a job.  but in hindsight i'm glad i tried it out for that short period.  i learned quite a bit.  i now have a whole new respect for newspapers. i've met some pretty amazing people along the way, and i think i can say that i've toughened up a little ;)

so all in all, this definitely was a life changing experience.  i will be taking a week off next week, and then i start my new position as a receptionist on december 8th.  i will be working at an ear nose and throat doctor.  it will be less hours, which will leave time to assist my husband in his business when needed.

so a little word of advice for anyone who feels like their in limbo land with their job situation.  it's way more important to be happy, than it is to make money.

November 6, 2014

life changes

wow has it really been almost 5 months since i've written on my blog?
i'm ashamed :(

there have been a ton of changes lately.  i've changed jobs, not only to a different business but also to a different town.  i started working for the local newspaper in the next town over. it's been a crazy, stressful, and hectic change, which is why at the end of this month i have decided to move on to something different. i don't know where God will decide to take me next, but i'm willing to go wherever he might lead me.

i'm hoping to start writing again.  i've missed the blogging world and all of the amazing women i met through my blogging journey.  i hope all of my followers are doing great, and i look forward to catching up with everyone.

June 20, 2014

my thoughts on modesty

i don't know about you, but since warm weather has decided to show up, i keep seeing more and more posts on social media about modesty...

you know what i'm talking about.  the posts that ramble about women respecting their bodies, and how we as women should be wearing one piece bathing suits instead of cute skimpy bikinis, or my personal favorite, which is one i read recently, is about a wife who wants women to stop wearing clothing and bikinis that show cleavage or perfect cellulite free legs because she's afraid her husband will want to look...  and they all end by saying, i'm not judging anybody, and it's clearly not your fault, i just think you should stop wearing clothes and bathing suits that show anything at all.  but seriously, i'm not judging you!  um yeah i think you just did!

i'm all for women respecting their bodies, your body is a temple, and was created in the amazing image of God, but it's not my job to tell other women how to dress.  it's your job to decide what you wear and what you shouldn't wear.  there is a time and a place for certain attire.  i'm not going to wear a short dress with my cleavage showing to my office.  it's disrespectful to the people around me and to our customers.  it's unprofessional, however, if my husband and i are going out on the town for the night, you better believe i'm going to wear something i feel sexy and confident in, and if that means showing off a little cleavage and wearing a skirt that comes above my knees, so be it!  my body my rules!

i talked to my husband regarding this issue, and his response was that he enjoyed seeing me wear things like that when we go out.  truth is i enjoy wearing things like that.  i feel confident and sexy!  i don't think i should feel ashamed of that at all.  there's nothing wrong with a woman feeling sexy for her husband.  it keeps things interesting ;-)

now if you're worried about your husband getting certain thoughts in his head because a woman is wearing a skirt that comes above her knees, or a shirt that shows a little cleavage, i think you need to gain a little more confidence in yourself.  newsflash, men are going to look, hell even women are going to look.  we're human!  it's what we do.  i know my husband looks at other women, does that mean i have to nag him and tell him to stop, no!  i understand he's human and he's not perfect.  i also trust my husband!  and i know that he would never break that trust.

i believe that if you have confidence in your marriage and in yourself, seeing a woman wearing something a little revealing shouldn't bother you.  i see women like that and applaud them.  their confident and that's awesome!  i also believe that some women can go a little overboard.  there is such a thing as showing too much, and i'm sure you know what i'm talking about.  but again, it's not my place to judge them.  and it's certainly not my place to tell them to cover up because i'm afraid my husband will look...

i guess what i'm trying to say is use good judgement.  as adults we should know what's appropriate and what's not.  respect yourself, and your body, but most importantly be confident in yourself and your marriage!  and if you want to show off a little leg, go for it!  you're a woman and you can do what you want! 

June 13, 2014

introduction to essential oils

i was recently introduced to the young living essential oils, and i have to admit that i've become pretty addicted.  if you haven't heard of these amazing oils, i suggest you start doing some research.

i came down with a head cold this week, and instead of heading to the local drug store to load up on meds, i turned to my good friend stephanie who swears by these. 

i had been thinking about these for a while, and figured now would be better than ever to just try them.  so that's just what i did.  she gave me a bottle of thieves, peppermint, and lemon oil.

that night i filled a big pot with warm water, olive oil, and thieves oil, and soaked my feet in it for about 30 minutes.  i also mixed peppermint oil with coconut oil and rubbed that on my throat.  i woke up the next morning with my sore throat completely gone, and i could breathe easier!  and i didn't even have to take over the counter medicine.  after that i was hooked!  i told stephanie that i needed more of this amazing magic oil, so she put together a box for me with lavender, lemon, stress away, and many others!  i now use virgin coconut oil and lavender oil for my nightly face cream, and for my daily face cream i use lemon oil with the coconut oil.  just in a matter of 3 days i've seen a HUGE difference in my skin, and not to mention i'm sleeping better as well.  here is a list on some of the oils i have and what they can be used for.

. use 2-3 drops in a spray bottle of water to cleanse and disinfect.
. mix with a carrier oil such as coconut or olive oil and use as a daily moisturizer.
. use it to marinate chicken or fish.
. mix 1 drop of lemon oil with half a teaspoon of raw sugar and a teaspoon of coconut oil to make an energizing face scrub.
. rub a drop of lemon oil on your hands for a quick sanitizer.
. put 1-2 drops in your glass of water.

. mix 1-2 drops with a carrier oil (coconut or olive oil) and use as a nightly moisturizer.
. mix 2-3 drops into a spray bottle of water to use as a room re-freshener.
. run a drop on the back of your neck to use as a sleep aid.
. place a drop on the tip of your tongue to reduce nausea
. help reduce the swelling of a cold sore by place a drop onto the affected area.
. mix it with butter to make an amazing tasting spread.
. helps with acne! (major plus for me)

stress away
. i put this on my temples, behind my ears, and on my wrist to help with anxiety.

. inhale to improve your mood
. disinfect cuts or scrapes
. place a drop onto a bug bite to help the itch.
. place a drop on a difficult pimple to reduce the swelling.
. apply 1-2 drops onto the lower back to help relieve pain during labor!

. place 1-2 drops onto open wounds to prevent infection
. mix 2 drops with a carrier oil and rub on chest to help with the common cold.
. put a couple drops directly on the soles of your feet to help prevent cold and flu.
. diffuse in your home to help kill mold and keep the germ count down.
. apply orally to help maintain healthy teeth

. use to calm an upset stomach
. put a drop onto your temples to help with a headache
. mix with water to use as a mouth wash.
. mix 1-2 drops with coconut oil for a chest rub when you are having respiratory issues.
. put a drop in your hot tea.
. put 2-3 drops in a warm bath to help you relax.
. use in a carrier oil and rub on achy muscles.

i could go on and on about these oils.  truth is, they're magic!  no really they are.  i can testify to this.  if you have any questions please feel free to email me bowen106@gmail.com :)

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