Happy New Year everyone! I hope you've had an amazing holiday filled with family and friends. I just wanted to drop a quick vlog to kick off 2017. My plan for 2017 is to focus on "stepping into the light". I typically am a "behind the scenes" type of person. I always have felt comfortable just doing what I need to do, and moving on quietly. But, I'm learning that the call on my life is too big for that.
I'm learning that my journey can help someone, so I can't be afraid to share it. So, I want you to take the journey of "stepping into the light" with me. To kick things off, here are five tips to help you get started. Let me know what you think, and anything I can share that will make it easier for you. We're in this together :-).
2. You're the happiness that you seek. When you're happy, everyone will be happy. Be open to being happiness, and make yourself a priority.
3. Take care of yourself physically. Do whatever you need to do to make your body/health a priority. Be proactive about your health.
4. Take the time to connect with people who will pull you into the light. Don't be afraid of people who make you step outside of your comfort zone.
5. Just step out. Take a chance on yourself, and do the things that you never thought you could do. Don't let the end of 2017 look like the end of 2016.
We've got this! This is just the beginning of our journey, it's not about perfection. It's about living our best life. Let's thrive in the sun together. I can't wait to hear about how you're doing. Until we meet again!
Hi everyone! Are you ready for the holidays? I’m still shopping; but I’m almost done. Thank you Jesus!! My budget and spirit are especially happy . I can’t wait to sit down and spend time catching up with my mom and sister. I know I see them everyday. But, it’s so hard with all of the demands of work and life to spend true quality time catching up. I really love those times.
That’s when I get to hear all of the stories of my mom’s childhood. It’s so inspiring to hear all of the love, and the simplicity of things back then. I also love getting the good “deets” or “tea” on how my mom used to act when she was younger . My mom was a quite a pistol back in the day, so I don’t want to miss anything. That’s why I was so excited to partner with Miracle Ear.
We really take our hearing for granted. I spend over 50% of my day listening to loud music in my car or through my headphones, and I couldn’t tell you the last time I got my hearing tested. Unfortunately, it was something I didn’t make a priority. So, imagine how surprised I was to find out that Miracle Ear offers FREE at home hearing tests. Yep, you can do it at home.
All you need to do is sign on to your computer, and go to the Miracle Ear website. Once on the site, you’ll click on the hearing test feature; and begin the test. The test is super easy; it mimics different scenarios where you’re having a conversation with someone in a public place with background noises (e.g. home, coffee shop, train station, etc.). The goal is to make sure you’re able to follow the conversations, and you’ll be asked questions to make sure you captured the conversation. Gone are the days of listening for the beep. This test uses real-life situations to evaluate your hearing levels.
Your results are available immediately after the test, and you’re given tips on things you can do to preserve your hearing, or advised if you should be evaluated further for a hearing device. The information is presented in a way that shows Miracle Ear wants to be your partner in ensuring your hearing is enhanced and/or preserved. You’re even able to email the results to yourself to review later, or share with your family.
Miracle Ear really wants to make sure we’re living our best lives possible through preserving or enhancing our hearing. I would totally give this test to mom. Mom tends to get nervous when we go to any doctor’s office. But, this at home hearing test gives me an easy way to get an idea of her hearing levels in a non-intrusive way. That can be a god’s send when dealing with seniors. Their independence is so important to them, and they’re scared of anything that jeopardizes that.
Hi everyone! I can’t believe we’re thirteen days away from Christmas. I still have shopping to do, and I’m super stressed out about what we’re going to do for dinner. After Thanksgiving, I made a vow that I wasn’t cooking. My mom & sister finally told me that they’re not leftover people. After day one, they’re done. So, a big elaborate Christmas dinner is not happening for us.
My original plan was to make it a takeout kind of Christmas. You know like Ralphie and his family had in “A Christmas Story”. But, luckily I’m partnering with Stella Cheese, and there will be dinner.
Pasta is a perfect dish for the holidays. It’s such a hectic time, and it’s always great when you can put together a meal that is hearty and filled with love quickly. I put my heart and soul into my pasta, especially since I make my sauce from scratch. I have a food allergy to all tomato-based products, so my Alfredo sauce has to be on point. That means I don’t skimp on cheese.
I need good cheese, and Stella’s Black Peppercorn Romano totally fits that bill. It’s shreds so easily, and it’s so creamy and flavorful. I totally could imagine just shaving it, and using it in a bowl of Zuppa Toscana, or making an amazing mac and cheese. Stella’s Black Pepper Romano has so many uses, and will make cooking a pleasure for you.
Hi everyone! I hope your week has been amazing. It’s time to talk about the one thing that I struggle with, and I think a lot of people struggle with too. It’s time to talk about my journey, and how I took the leap to be transparent at all places, Blogalicious 8.
Be Blogalicious is a multicultural influencer organization that strives to create a place of inclusion, connection and collaboration. They have so many resources & the community is so inspiring. So, when I had a chance to attend their annual conference I knew I had to do it. With this being my “Year of Yes” too, I also took the chance and signed up to volunteer. I’m lo-key shy, so this was a big leap for me. But, the leap paid off, and I was selected for the “Social Squad”.
The fried pickles are amazing, and you must try them with ranch dressing. They’re fried to a perfect golden brown, and have a delightful crunchy sour flavor that is heavenly. I could’ve eaten a basket by myself. But, I shared . I also fell in love with “The Hot Chick”.
“The Hot Chick” is a fried buffalo chicken breast that is topped with fried jalapenos for a nice bit of heat, and then she is balanced out with coleslaw mixed with a touch of their buffalo wing sauce for a bit of sweet heat. She’s saucy, and I’m totally here for it. It was so good. If you love buffalo chicken anything, then you need to try this one.