[life lately]

…has been a whirlwind! I am so bummed that I haven’t blogged in over a week. #fail 
I genuinely try to keep this blog updated as much as possible. In a perfect world, I would post entries daily by 8am. But this world is not perfect and neither am I. I’ll try my best, but if I have an option to blog or run – I’m going to run. If the option is to blog or get to bed early – I’m in bed catching those zzz’s. Don’t get me wrong; my blog is very important to me. It’s just not as high of a priority as other daily priorities are in my life. I imagine if I didn’t work full time, this thing would be overly enriched with 1-2 posts per day. 
Here’s a shocker: last week was the hottest it’s been since last summer; hence I took 9 days off of running. No, I haven’t gone crazy but I do think it was for the best. My body needed the off-time. Plus, by the time I got home from work it was still 88 degrees outside. (Geez) At that temp, I don’t even consider a run because the heat triggers my migraines.  It seriously sucks, but its a fact about myself that I’ve learned to accept versus fight. 
Here’s life lately:
On Thursday 4/14, I ran a final run which seriously sucked and 100% kicked my butt. The running never gets easier although I feel stronger each run. It’s kind of hard to explain and I hope I’m not contradicting myself. The only way I know how to explain it is that I experience good and bad runs. ‘Good’ runs are when I feel energized and at a normal weight. ‘Bad’ runs occur when I’m trying to run but each leg feels like its 500 pounds. (Think of an elephant trying to run). Its almost like I’m running in water – not fun but I still force myself to do it. 
[4/14/16: my last run before a 9 day hiatus]

On April 16th, I got ready to have brunch with my mom, Michelle, Jamie, Danielle and baby Abigail. I was looking forward to it for weeks. That morning, C asked me what I wanted for breakfast and I said a banana sounded good – and my sweet man brought me this:

[the little things in life]
We had a wonderful time at Cafe Merlot 🙂 Look at us being all healthy with our salads lol. 
(Confession: I really wanted a turkey sandwich on sourdough bread with avocado and fries). But I didn’t order that because weight control is no joke.
Later that night, we went to El Comal with my mom and Jim. Such a weekly treat of good company and laughs. Side note: those margaritas will make the grouchiest of people happy 😉 

Sunday was basically laundry, relaxing and preparing for the work week. #adulting
The next picture in my camera roll are these flowers that C bought for me last Monday to brighten up my office. He knows how much I appreciate flowers and surprised me with them 🙂 

[Monday 4/18 flowers]
Monday night, we went to dinner with C’s mom and sister (Robin & Kyra). We found out they will soon be moving to Washington to be with Robin’s boyfriend (Anthony). Although we are saddened to hear them leaving, we are happy that they are happy with this decision 🙂
Tuesday 4/19 Zodi wasn’t feeling good – I thought she ate a spider while C thought it was the recent “senior” food switch. We still don’t really know what one is was :/ But I am thankful C was able to work from home on Tuesday to make sure she was eating, drinking water and going potty regularly. We made dinner easy and picked up Boston Market followed by Army Wives. Holy moly that show sure is entertaining. 
Wednesday 4/20 was a sleepy day. Zodi kept us up most of the night, so we both were walking zombies. It took everything in me to stay at work and push through. If that wasn’t hard enough, we needed food in the house. (To the point where we literally had nothing left to eat). I’m not sure why we pushed the grocery shopping THAT far…lol. We swallowed the horse pill and forced ourselves to venture to Ralphs to get groceries. I made an easy stir fry when we got home and then we pretty much fell asleep while we ate. A VERY LONG day to say the least 😉 
Thursday 4/21 was a normal work day and we were happy to see that Zodi was back to her usual spunky self. C went to Kyra’s swim meet while I continued the rest of the work day. Later that night, C’s mom and Nana stopped by to see our apartment. Nana hadn’t seen it yet and had expressed interest about 100+ times. She had me cracking up – I love Grandmas. 
Friday at work was very busy and productive. Teylor visited at work since she was shopping across the street at Home Goods. It was great to see her and a nice surprise. That night we had Rubios fish tacos and watched a comedy at home. Again, we keep Rubios in business as we are loyal customers. YUM. 
Side Note:
A recent obsession of mine has been gold, dainty jewelry so I try to take pictures when I like how they look with a certain outfit. 
Pictured below is a rose gold mini heart necklace paired with my gold ‘coco’ bar necklace.

[playing around with necklace layering]
Saturday morning I had a hair appointment followed by a car appointment. Errands on Saturdays aren’t my favorite, but they are necessary. 
We enjoyed ourselves Saturday evening and I think these pics pretty much sum it up:

[Saturday 4/23 wine & cheese platter before we cooked dinner]
We look super tired in this picture and thats because WE WERE. Such a busy day on not a lot of sleep. But we are troopers. 

[quiet Saturday evening at home: movies, wine and each other]
After breakfast on Sunday morning, C went to the gym while I ran in the freakishly hot sun. It was the hardest run after 9 days of no cardio. The heat didn’t help, but I kept telling myself its only 45 minutes…you’ll live. Sometimes an attitude adjustment (and a tall bottled water) goes a long way.

[4/24 run complete – chalk legs and all]
C and I met up afterwards for lunch at Rubios followed by a visit to Dr. McKnight. Later that night, we joined my mom and Jim for dinner to end the weekend right. I love love love spending time with family.
I took a pic of my necklace because thats kinda my “thing” lately 🙂 Super random, but the sunlight was pretty on our way to dinner.

That’s life lately – until next time xx

[oil names and uses]

A girlfriend initially introduced me to the Young Living essential oils. At first, I was skeptic thinking these “magical oils” were overly priced and wouldn’t work. As a migraine sufferer, my mom finally put her foot down and secretly ordered me Peppermint & M-Grain. To put it lightly, I am loving them – so much that I became a member. I ordered the premium starter kit which included a home diffuser. A couple months later and I’ve gravitated towards a few favorites (Peppermint, Lemon, M-Grain & Purification), but I wanted to do some of my own research to find out how I can use the other oils I’m currently barely looking at.

My oil kit came with the below oils(+) and I recently bough three more oils(^) to add to my collection. Below are the uses I found online to be informative and helpful.

  1. Frankincense+
    • Colds
    • Acne
    • Infections
    • Anxiety
    • Skin problems: moles/skin tags/warts
    • Poison ivy
    • Headaches
    • Wrinkles
    • Depression
    • Hormonal imbalance
    • Dry skin
    • Nervousness
    • Concentration
  2. Lavender+
    • Cuts/scrapes/rashes – diaper rash
    • Eczema
    • Dermatitis
    • Dry skin/Lips
    • Bee Stings
    • Insect bites
    • Sunburns
    • Calming
    • Cold sores
    • Restful sleep
    • Stops bleeding
    • Dandruff
    • Blisters
    • Fungal/itching
  3. Peppermint+
    • Stomach discomfort
    • Nausea/vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Migraines & headaches
    • Alertness/concentration
    • Memory
    • Bad breath
    • Hot flashes
    • Morning sickness
    • Rodents: ants & cockroaches
    • Curb appetite
    • Tea/flavoring
    • Stress relief
  4. M-Grain*
    • Severe migraines
    • Stress headaches
    • Nausea
    • Depression
    • Place 2 drops in palms of hands, cup over notes and breath deeply.
    • Apply on temples, forehead and back of neck
  5. Lemon+
    • Antidepressant
    • Air Purification
    • Fights UTIs
    • Cleanses skin/acne fighter
    • Disinfecting
    • Bathroom/Laundry
    • Kitchen counter tops
    • Gum/grease removal
    • Furniture Polish
    • Common Colds
    • Hangover
    • Uplifting
    • Antioxidant/Antiviral
    • Water purification
    • Lemonade
    • In water: stomach, heartburn, phlegm
    • Inhale: memory & driving at night
  6. Copaiba+
    • Infant teething
    • Insect bites
    • Poor circulation
    • Sore throat
    • Tumor
    • Skin disorders
    • Herpes
    • Urinary tract health
    • Constipation
    • #1 anti-inflammatory in the world
  7. DiGize+
    • Indigestion
    • Heartburn
    • Bloating/Gas
    • Stomach cramps
    • Morning sickness
    • Kills parasites
    • Relieves digestive problems
    • Constipation
    • Diarrhea
    • Food poisoning
    • IBS
    • Gastritis
    • Apply to area of discomfort or add 1 drop to water and drink.
  8. Thieves+
    • Freshen and eliminate odors
    • Supports dental health – put 1 drop on toothbrush
    • Household cleaner
    • Infections: cuts, scrapes and scratches
    • Anti: -virl, -septic, -fungl, -bacterial, -infamitory
    • Apply to feet to boost immune system
    • Gargle 1 drop for sore throat
    • Diffuse to remove germs & boost immunity
    • Use in wash cycle to remove odors from laundry
  9. PanAway+
    • Headaches
    • Swelling
    • Sprains
    • Migraines
    • Inflammation
    • Arthritis
    • Bone aches
    • Cramps
    • Bruising
    • Joints
    • Shin splints
    • Cooling sensation
  10. Stress Away+
    • Anxiety
    • Worry
    • Tension
    • Panic
    • Restlessness
    • Stress
    • Fear
    • Headaches
    • PMS
    • Mood swings
    • Sleep enhancer
    • Mental balance
  11. Purification+
    • Bug bites
    • Mold & Mildew
    • Acne
    • Insect repellent
    • Air freshener
    • Yeast infections
    • Anti-bacterial
    • Cuts & Scrapes
    • Sore throats
    • Odors
    • Cold/canker sores
    • Ear ache – do not put oil in ears – put on cotton ball and place gently on ear
    • Eye infections – do not put oils into eyes – apply carefully to bones around the eye
    • Apply where needed/diffuse in room
  12. R.C.+
    • Bronchitis
    • Sore throat
    • Colds & flu
    • Coughs
    • Lung infections
    • Mucus
    • Allergies
    • Cold sores
    • Congestion
    • Surface cleaning
    • Stuffy noses
    • Relives respiratory congestion
  13. Orange*
    • Encourages relaxation
    • Helps decrease depression/anxiety
    • Feel more energetic
    • Helps insomnia
    • Constipation
    • Skin completion/wrinkles
    • Drink in water to cleanse colon, aid weight loss and promotes regular bowel movement
    • Uplifts mind
    • Supports immunity
    • Supports feelings of peach and well being
    • Contains d-limonene
    • Supports Normal Cellular Function
  14. Cinnamon Bark*
    • Room freshener
    • Mouth freshener
    • PMS cramps
    • Yeast infections
    • Colds/flu
    • Skin infections
    • Comforting, warm aroma
    • Lightens the mood
    • Inhale to kill weakness, depression and exhaustion
  15. Nutmeg*
    • Digestion support
    • Enhance concentration
    • Sweeten breath
    • Fatigue
    • Kidney issues
    • Nerve pain
    • IBS
    • Stomach gas
    • Nourishes adrenals

My girlfriend who sells the oils provided the below blends for Fall 🙂

  • Fall/Christmas Blend: Thieves & Orange
  • Cider & Doughnuts: Cinnamon Bark (3 drops), Orange (2 drops) and Stress Away (5 drops).

I’ll be back to update! xx

[migraine madness]

It’s no surprise to anyone in my family if I fall off the face of the earth for a day or so. They know what it means: migraine. I’ve been getting them for years but am finally getting them under control. Here is what I know thus far about them:

Triggers:

  • Stress
  • Bright lights/ the sun
  • Loud noises
  • Anxiety
  • Overly strenuous workout exercises

Remedies when having a Migraine:

  • #1 – SLEEP! If possible.
  • Peppermint & M-Grain oils via diffuser and topically on temples/back of neck
  • At least 60 oz. of water
  • Dark, quiet environment
  • Relaxation
  • Cold ice packs
  • Head massages
  • Healthy diet

How to Avoid:

  • At least 60 oz. of water every single day
  • Magnesium 500 dosage daily
  • Remain calm – keep stress & anxiety levels low
  • Wear sunglasses when going outside
  • Turn volume down on phone, TV, etc.
  • Healthy diet
  • Work out more often yet less strenuous

I’ll be journaling about my migraine experiences, remedies and research.