Journaling

I have been wanting to blog for years now.  I’ve started a couple of them, only to delete them after a while… I kept thinking, “How do I want to say it?”  Not so much what to say, I have lots to say, it might not be worth a shit, but I have stuff to say… I like to share the latest & greatest thing I’ve found, or a quote I’ve heard, or something crazy that’s happened in my life, and I’ve resorted to sharing it on Facebook, which is fine, but then I think, what I really want to do is journal – but “Who’s going to give a crap about reading MY journal?”

So, I’ve decided, I’m not journaling for everyone, I’m journaling for me.

The thing about journaling for me, is I’ve always been afraid of writing it down.  What if I say something so revealing that it hurts people’s feelings or gets someone in trouble?  What if my journal is found & my secrets are opened wide open?  What if I just journal about things that are simple & won’t cause any issues – why the hell would I bother, then?!?!?  Not that I’m out to hurt people, but I’m all about being honest.  And frankly, sometimes honesty hurts.

I’m vowing to be honest & as forthcoming as I am in person.  I want to finally write down my thoughts, honest feelings and beliefs.  I want to get excited about the latest things I’ve found and share them here, so whomever finds this blog interestingly enough to read – they’ll get some insight into this restless, crazy, fun-loving spirit of mine.  And hopefully, along the way, I won’t piss anyone off.  eeeeek

Purple Rain

Prince’s death was devastating, period.

I hadn’t listened to his famous lyrics in yeeeeears… other than the occasional muzak-type melody that came across the speakers while shopping.  When news of his death swept across Facebook on April 21, 2016, I had a sinking feeling, along with a flood of flashbacks that rolled through my mind.

1986.  I was ten years old.  Cool enough to be taken under the wing of my Aunt Michelle and her friend, Lori; hanging out in her bedroom plastered with posters of all the great rock stars of that time.  Prince was no exception.  It was crimped side ponytails, leg warmers & parachute pants.  It was dress up & pose for pictures (pre iPhones), it was the Le Click days.  Playing on the record player, in the background, was 1999.

Boy, oh boy, we didn’t think that year would ever get here!  1999.  It was the time we thought would be futuristic.  Vinyl records led to 8-tracks & cassettes, then cds – what would 1999 hold in store for us?  I know I certainly never envisioned MP3 digital music files.

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I glanced at my phone while I was out running errands.  I see that Prince has died at age 57 and I just paused.  I went out to iTunes and immediately purchased The Very Best of Prince.  The best purchase this year!  I have had the songs playing for hours on end, ever since.  With each song, a bunch of emotions & memories come flooding back.  I Wanna Be Your Lover… I didn’t even know what that meant back in the day, but I knew know every word.

 Little Red Corvette.  I mustarded my way through the melody, because I never did know those words. ha ha ha

Raspberry Beret.

“…That’s when I saw her, ooh, I saw her
She walked in through the out door, out door
She wore a
Raspberry beret
The kind you find in a second hand store
Raspberry beret
And if it was warm she wouldn’t wear much more
Raspberry beret
I think I love her…”

When Doves Cry.  The steel guitar at the beginning of that song, along with the drums… you can’t help but bounce to the beat!

“Dig if you will the picture
You and I engaged in a kiss…”  Sing it with me

Let’s Go Crazy.  “Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life.”  Seriously, who DOESN’T know this one?!?!?

Kiss.  “You don’t have to be beautiful
To turn me on…”  “…Ain’t no particular sign I’m more compatible with
I just want your extra time and your [Muah muah muah muah muah] Kiss.”  Julia Roberts did it best in the movie, Pretty Woman.  If you haven’t seen it, you’ve either been living under a rock or you’re just too young and for the ladder, I have to admit that I’m old & I refuse!  So, if you haven’t seen Pretty Woman, you live under a rock.

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I Would Die For You.  Surely you know the sign language for that song?!?!?

“…I’m not your lover
I’m not your friend
I am something that you’ll never comprehend
No need to worry
No need to cry
I’m your messiah and you’re the reason why
‘Cause you, I would die for you, yeah
Darling if you want me to
You, I would die for you…”

You Got the Look.  “…You’ve got the look, you’ve got the hook
U sho’nuf do be cookin’ in my book
Your face is jammin’
Your body’s heck-a-slammin’
If love is good, let’s get 2 rammin’
U got the look, U got the look”

And last, but certainly not last… <tears are welling in my eyes>  Purple Rain.  I hear the solo guitar intro now…

“…I never meant to cause you any sorrow
I never meant to cause you any pain
I only wanted to one time to see you laughing
I only wanted to see you
Laughing in the purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
I only wanted to see you
Bathing in the purple rain…”
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1985, in all his Glory… belting out Purple Rain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsdR8eycRys
April 21st was a very sad day.  While his musical melodies play out in my mind, with flashbacks of my childhood (good & bad), I will never forget, the one, the only… Prince.
Sadly, I never got the opportunity to see Prince in concert.  These images are from google photos.

Iron | It’s not just for tired people!

So, I go to the doctor because I feel like I’m LOSING MY MIND!  I was mad at everybody, everything and so obviously irritated I could feel it in my fingertips!

And the doc suggested an anti-depressant.

I don’t want to be on an anti-depressant, I feel like there’s something wrong & I want to get to the root of the problem, so I contact my trusted health guru, Maria Emmerich from KETO ADAPTED.  She suggests I have a list of blood work drawn.

B-12, Ferritin (for Iron), Vitamin D, and Full Panel Thyroid with Antibodies

So, the first doctor I went to requesting these tests told me, there was no reason (because I wasn’t complaining of being tired) to do a Ferritin test, and she would run a Full Panel Thyroid, but there was no apparent need for her to run it with Antibodies.

WOW!  A doctor is standing IN MY WAY, when it comes to me trying to figure out my health issues!  I was furious, after the shock wore off!

So, I found another doc.  A nurse practitioner, actually.  She ran all the tests, but guess what?  The tests all came back NORMAL.  My levels were smack-dab in the middle of all the lows & highs that consider me “in the normal range,” so, you’re fine – here’s an anti-depressant.

I then ask my trusted health guru to examine my results and my FERRITIN level was NOT NORMAL.  Yep, that’s the test the first doc wouldn’t even consider running!

I was low and significantly low, so it was recommended that I take a liquid iron for three months & retest:

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Three days, yes THREE WHOLE DAYS (when I’d been going CrA-cRa for 18 months!) and the fog was lifted, my irritation level minimized, my crazy world was coming back to normal – all because I was low in iron!

Lesson 1.  Trust your instincts

Lesson 2.  Do NOT let anyone stand in the way of you controlling YOUR BODY’s health

Lesson 3.  Find a trusted health guru who knows their sh!t

Apple Watch | iWatch

I’m an APPLE fan!  I love Mac products!

Once ya go Mac, ya never go back!  I heard someone say that once… or, at least that how I think it goes… 🙂

And I waited MONTHS for the Apple Watch to come out!  February 2015, it arrived.

The options… ugh… what a disappointment.  Silver aluminum $350, Stainless Steel was more, and the 18K Gold was a whopping $17,000 – yep!  I did not typo that sucker… it’s $17,000!

But I like GOLD!  It’s MY color.  It matches my mixed-blood skin tone.  Ya see, I’m ½ Mexican, ½ Caucasian.  I tan orange and gold looks better on my skin than silver, no matter what metal is IN STYLE, I’m a stick-with-gold kinda gal.

So, when mid-October rolled around and I received an email from Apple that the new styles of watches were NOW available, I almost screamed out when I saw this baby:

Apple Watch | Gold Aluminum
Apple Watch | Gold Aluminum

Oh yeah… gold aluminum… she’s beautiful!  Although, I decided on the 38mm, it was still a bit large to begin.  I went from not wearing a watch at all, to this honker of a device strapped to my wrist.  But, it’s been a few weeks now and I think it’s a great size.  I love it!  It tracks my exercise, or ha hum my lack of it.  It shows me alerts and my lazy ass doesn’t have to pull my iPhone out of my pocket to view them.  It can call my husband on a voice command and text my sister with a “Hey Suri, text Jaclyn!”  I could even send my bestie my heart beat from across the country, only if she had her very own Apple Watch!  hint, hint...

I love Apple and I’m not going back!

Lacquered Up Nail Polish

My nails have gone from nasty bitten to acrylic tips and everything in between.

I go through phases of wanting pretty nails or reviving them from my latest massacre of ripping off shellac! eek!

I have my collection of formeldahyde free polishes by

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That include some of my favorites:

Yummy Mummy
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Royal Navy
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The 444
The 444

…and I anxiously await the trial of

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You can find a plethora of colors & other products on their website, http://www.LondonButter.com

A fun blog site I like to follow is ALL LACQUERED UP – This woman knows her polishes!

Blender Bottle

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The coolest lil’ invention…A water bottle with a blender in it!

A whisk in my cup?!?!?  Cool!

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This little thing shakes up a smooth drink in seconds!  It’s found online, at our local Wally-World and some I’ve seen have signature logos on them by other smart companies who have been wise enough to spend the extra $$$ to go for the every popular, Blender Bottle™

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Shake it up!

note: all photos from the website of Blender Bottle®, visit them here: http://www.BlenderBottle.com

10 years of Dave Ramsey

My husband has been trying to beat it into my head for the 10 years we’ve been together… DAVE RAMSEY!

“Beans & Rice, Rice & Beans”

“Cash is King”

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I’m finally on board.  His radio show podcast is on the TUNEIN app on my iPhone and it’s motivational to hear these people call in with what seems to be the most ridiculous financial stories – most of them make me think, “I don’t ever want to be in those shoes!” So, I’m finally on board!

Show me the envelope system, Dave!

There’s also a nifty budget program online, http://www.EveryDollar.com and it’s handy as an app on my iPhone, too!

You can visit all the neat-o products that Dave has to offer by visiting his website, http://www.DaveRamsey.com

100% Pure

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I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS LINE OF COSMETICS!

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I know I signed up as a consultant at BEAUTY COUNTER, but that doesn’t mean I’m not on the search for other GOOD FOR YOU brands of cosmetics!  I love the fruit dyed makeup colors of this brand.

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I always get compliments when I bring this Honey & Virgin Coconut Shampoo & Condition on my travels – it smells divine!

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And polish without formaldehyde… Awesome!

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I keep promising myself, I AM GOING TO MAKE IT to their Woodfield Mall location (outside Chicago), soon!  HERE IS A LIST OF THEIR RETAIL LOCATIONS, until then… it’s online shopping for me…

VISIT THEIR WEBSITE | Phone 1 (844) PURE100

POO-Pourri

While on vacation in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, I came across an adorable little gift shop selling, of all things, Poo-Pourri (a bathroom deodorizer) with an incredibly clever name!  I purchased two yummy smelling sprays and immediately came home to check out their website, because with a name like Poo-Pourri, scents named “No.2” & “Poo La La,” they had to have some hilarious marketing and I was correct!

SEE HOW IT WORKS HERE

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YOU CAN PURCHASE YOUR POO-Pourri HERE