February 8, 2017 Laura

Oysters are notorious for being a natural aphrodisiac, so much that they lose some of their clout for being a powerful health food. Get your romance on and stay healthy with this wonderful treat.  1. Boosts metabolic activity. 2. Helps lower cholesterol levels. 3. High in antioxidants. 4. High in protein. 5. Energy boosting. 6. Promotes healthy skin. 7. Mood boosting. 8. Improves brain function. 9. Good for the eyes. 10. Promotes blood circulation. 11. Beneficial for healing wounds. 12. Helps prevent osteoporosis. 13. Strengthens immune system.  14. Improves heart health.  Get Cooking with these Oyster Recipes from Food Network. * Disclaimer:…

February 8, 2017 Laura 4Comment

Memories…… We carry so many with us, it makes me wonder where they all stay. Some locked away only to be recalled by a certain spark. Some that bring strength, some that bring joy and just the slight smile, and some that still sting like the prick from the sharp edge of a dagger. I would not return any of them though, for they make up a part of me.  I still remember the steadfast words that my grandmother told me while I sat by her hospital bed, “Everyday just do your best and that will always be enough.”  -…

February 7, 2017 Laura

Do you ever have those days where you just can’t seem to get motivated? That was me today. Maybe it was the rainy weather or the becoming calmness of finally shortening my to-do list but the drive just wasn’t there. I managed to get my blog post socialized (thank goodness I wrote it last night!), I forced myself to shower and to do my daily exercises and I started with the most tedious task from my to-do list for the office, Facebook Posts. And let’s just say thank you for the frozen potato skins in the freezer or I might not…

February 7, 2017 Laura 38Comment

On the Monday he had texted me crying, I dropped everything and ran to him. A month prior he had told me he needed space because he didn’t know what he wanted. The whole drive there my body was shaking from the anxiety that filled it. I didn’t listen then, but that was my intuition telling me not to go, but instead I pushed on…six days later, I sat at home once again heart broken.  It wasn’t that I was losing him that hurt the most, maybe it was the disappointment that I couldn’t save us, maybe it was the…

February 3, 2017 Laura

Valentine’s Day is coming soon…have big plans? Get your pretty and fabulous on with these great date night styles from Little Mistress.  Sweet and Sassy. Be sensual yet tame in this pink hued lacy dress. Paper Dolls Pink Stripe Lace Bodycon Dress Fun and Flirty in this little number. Paper Dolls Tomato Red Lace Detail Fluted Swing Dress. Cute and Casual, perfect for a romantic brunch. Girls on Film Navy Plunge Neck Jumpsuit.   Feel Fantastically Floral in this piece. Paper Dolls Floral and Polka Dot Sleeveless Dress.   Make a statement in this LBD. Girls on Film Black One Shoulder Split Midi Dress.  Check out…

February 1, 2017 Laura

My pup with her new snake toy. Today was National Serpent Day…On this special day I am reminded of the great power that this animal represents for us in our lives bringing about healing and change, growth into a new beginning. It brings forth great self-awareness and spiritual guidance leading to an awakening of our life force, nudging us forward to our destiny and abundance.  It symbolizes the shedding of an old life and old habits and unleashing great personal power. It gives us the ability to sense our surroundings more sensitively so that we may…

January 31, 2017 Laura 2Comment

I’ve been spending some time reading over old posts and it’s been enlightening seeing how far I’ve come. Nothing brings me more comfort than knowing that I am continuously growing and moving towards become more like me and working towards creating a life that I love and am destined to live.  In 2014, I wrote a list post “If I knew what I know now (in reference to if I knew what I knew then when I had been nineteen) some particular things stuck out to me: “I would have spent less time trying to “fix” other people and more…

January 29, 2017 Laura

One of my favorite recipes from my Grandmother’s Recipe Box is her classic shortcake recipe. I love this with milk and strawberries over it! This dish always brings me warmth and joy.  Ingredients Needed:  2 cups flour 2 tablespoons sugar 3 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup shortening 1 cup milk 1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees and grease a 8″ baking pan. 2. In large mixing bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.  3. With pastry cutter, cut in shortening with dry ingredients. 4. Stir in milk until well blended. 5. Spread dough into (should…

January 28, 2017 Laura

We’ve all been there, as an artist, as a writer, as a blogger…creative block sometimes gets us. I get it at least once every few months. I know there’s awesome things there waiting to burst out but I can’t get the door to open. So I kick into gear on busting down that wall and getting those creative juices flowing again!  1. Read – Dive into a fantasy novel, drift off into a good story. 2. Revisit your work – Look at old paintings, read old blog posts, review & edit the novel you’ve been working on. 3. Meditate. 4….

January 27, 2017 Laura

Why Wear Stripes? They’re bold yet classic. They’re a neutral pattern. They layer great with other fashion pieces. They never go out of fashion. They work in every season. How To Wear Stripes? Choose simple color palettes. If you want to make sure they don’t add bulk, wear diagonal stripes or choose fitted styles. Layer a simple striped tee under a fitted blazer for a polished casual look. A striped blouse with a crisp pencil skirt for the office. Pair an asymmetrical striped cardigan with loafers and jeans for a laid back weekend. Shop My Stripes Picks: Friday Fashion Picks -…