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Before photos of my house, plus my dog has ADD

I know I haven’t written anything personal on my blog in months, but I can assure you I have attempted to multiple times.

For example, I have three of four drafts that just are labeled “UPDATE”. They just look at me every time I start another post, reminding me of my shortcomings as a blogger.

It has been so hard to sum up the last 6 months in an update because so much has happened in my life. In my last personal post about my anxiety journey, I talked about how I was in an uphill tick.

Good news – I am still in the green. I have very few unreasonable spazz-out moments compared to a few years ago.

This is because of so much positive change that keeps flowing into my life. I have wanted to talk about it with y’all so badly, but it has been so difficult to put into words. Besides getting a new dog and a new house, I really have grew so comfortable and happy in this place in my life.

I’m just going to organize this update as if I was filling writing a blog post.


As you may know, I bought my first house at the end of January. You also might guess (since it is my, it is a little bit of a fixer upper.

Since I have moved in, I have discovered plumbing issues, tile issues and appliance issues. Because I have a slow-budget, I am learning to just deal until I am ready to make the right upgrades.

Don’t get me wrong, I strongly believe I got the best home with my budget. I am in a great neighborhood, and I have close to 2,000 square feet.

Here are some photos from Zillow of the home before I purchased it:

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I have already made a lot of progress on the home with my family. We have done a lot of painting and patching walls.

Keep a look out for future posts! I really want to do a before and after of each room when we complete it!

I think the biggest negative in this move has been yard work. Yard work is hard – especially if you have no idea what you are doing!


By family, I mean myself and my two Australian Shepherd children.

Fiona is now 7 months old, and she has been pretty mild when it comes to chewing. She has only destroyed 4 of my things, which compared to other puppies – is nothing.

During her first few months with us, she cried every night, all night. I didn’t get any sleep, and I had no energy for anything. She is now at the point where she cries only in the early morning to let me out.

Now that I have the new house and the new yard, the dogs are in heaven. I feel bad for Fiona, however, because I haven’t found time to bring her to the dog park or teach her to use a leash. The two of them go crazy in the yard, so they get plenty of exercise without it.

I know I will need to leash her eventually, so my little goal for myself is to start taking her on short walks.

We will see how that goes because she literally bounces off walls. I am so convinced she has ADD.

Schmidt loves his new sister and his new yard. Well, he doesn’t love the fleas that came with the new yard. He still is eating the trash every time I leave. If you have any advice on how to stop this, please let me know.


Work is still taking all of my energy.

Little thought about fact – when you are in severe weather and rush home to stay safe, journalist rush to work to start informing the community.

If you know anything about Texas, it is severe weather season. This is when we get our damaging hail storms, tornados and flash floods. There have been multiple weeks where I have worked 24 plus hours straight, and I can promise you, I am exhausted.

On top of severe weather, being in charge of all digital platforms constantly strains you. As you know, technology is always evolving and changing. So I am always having to do trainings and adapt to new ways of doing things.

I love my job, but lately, it has been wearing me out! This is the main contributing factor in why I haven’t posted consistently and have taken a break from Youtube.

Please bear with me!


I love this blog, and I have not been giving it the attention it deserves.

I am trying to find a groove, and once I get it, I will push forward! I plan on doing a lot more house posts, so if there is anything in particular you would like to see, let me know!

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What’s in my Bag with LIFEWTR

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and LIFEWTR. All opinions are mine alone. #ThirstInspiration #CollectiveBias

I know you guys get tired of me saying I am busy – BUT GUYS, I AM SO BUSY! I spend so much time at the 7-Eleven near my work because I never have time to make food, buy food, buy supplies, etc.

On top of a demanding job, I am trying to work on my house, love my dogs, put quality work into my blog and maintain my social life!


I thought I would give you a look into my bag and see how I handle my busy schedule. Luckily, I got to partner up with LIFEWTR in my post, and it fits perfectly into my bag and has a secure nozzle so I don’t have to worry about spills.

Plus, it’s conveniently at the 7-Eleven near my work, so I am always able to enjoy my favorite water!




One the most vital things in my bag is my beauty bag. I depend on this after I work out, while I am at work, at the dog park, etc. In the bag, I have bobby pins, ponytail holders, disinfectant, concealer, lip balm, compact hair brush and a small mascara!

I also have tissues and ibuprofen packets for when my body decides to be working against me.



I always carry a spare pair of glasses and sunglasses. It is Texas, and the sunlight will kill you here. I always wear my sunglasses – even in the winter.

Also, I have my regular glasses. I do not wear contacts because my vision isn’t terrible, and they freak me out, but I have a hard time seeing at night. With these in my bag, I don’t have to worry about going home to grab them if I need to dart somewhere after work when it gets dark.


LIFEWTR is such an essential for me. I am the worst at staying hydrated, and I love how the design and packaging inspires me to drink more. Every single drop of LIFEWTR is purified and pH balanced, with electrolytes for taste!


Plus, I need the electrolytes in LIFEWTR to keep going all day. I drink way too much coffee, and without my LIFEWTR, I would be so dehydrated. When I talked to the 7-Eleven cashier about LIFEWTR in my latest purchase, my favorite thing she told me was that she loved LIFEWTR because it looks good with her nails! The packaging really fuels you to be creative and adventurous!

I drink LIFEWTR when I walk my pups, chill out on the porch, work all day, take a long drive and work out on the treadmill to expel all the stress. I love how just a little time alone and LIFEWTR can refuel me and give me so much energy! My mind feels so refreshed when I stay hydrated with LIFEWTR.

I don’t know if you can tell, but the blue bottle is my favorite! I carry it every day, and it keeps me inspired in every aspect of my life. I love how simple things like the bottle’s modern design can help me stay creative and motivated. Bloggers usually surround themselves with creative-fueling objects, and LIFEWTR is definitely one of mine!






Of course, I have a wallet. No need to explain here.


I love this mirror! It’s super large, and I can use it on the go to apply mascara, concealer, etc.


I would be useless without my planner and notebook. My planner has every due date and event that I have to attend, and my notebook is full of ideas and random lists.

What do you keep in your bag?

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How to Self-Tan at Home

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MyJergensGlow #CollectiveBias

When you are a pale lady, it can be so irritating when you want to have tan skin! I shy away from tanning beds because of cancer concerns, and I don’t have a pool to lay out on now that I have bought my own house.

Over the years, I have fell in love with self-tanning at home! Originally, I was nervous I would streak or it wouldn’t look natural. I was so wrong! When I started self-tanning in 2011, it was a little taboo. I had to play with different products and learn the best way to use them.

Self-tanning has came so far over the years, and it is easier than ever – especially with the new JERGENS® Natural Glow® Wet Skin® Moisturizer. JERGENS® Natural Glow® Wet Skin® Moisturizer is located at Walmart in the aisle with the lotion (different than with the other self-tan products).

How to Self-Tan at Home


How to Self-Tan at Home

I get all my supplies at Walmart with JERGENS®! I have used JERGENS® since I was 17 years old, and I 100 percent believe it is a classic staple brand.

The products you will need are:


The first step is to make sure you are well exfoliated. I start by using my exfoliating sponge to buff away rough skin patches (like knees, elbows, etc.) while I am in the shower. Afterwards, I use a body scrub to buff the rest of my skin.

During this process, don’t scrub until you irritate your skin. It will mess up the self-tan. Also – make sure you shave!

Once you are dry, apply regular lotion to rough patches such as elbows, heels and knees.


The first round in this self-tanning process is to use an instant product. Self-tanning is split into two different types – gradual and instant.

Instant shows the results immediately, while gradual shows results over time.

I use JERGENS® Natural Glow® Instant Sun® Sunless Tanning Mousse with a tanning mitt. Simply squeeze the mousse onto the mitt, and then apply using smooth, long strokes. Try your best to make sure you are applying the product evenly.

If you want darker results, wait 5 minutes and then reapply the color.

Once you are done, wash your hands thoroughly. I always make extra sure I get in between my fingers washed.

Do not shower for 4-8 hours after application!


There are several ways to make sure you maintain your color over the next couple of weeks.

My favorite is to use the JERGENS® Natural Glow® Wet Skin® Moisturizer immediately after I shower every day.

Once I am done showering, I turn the water off and grab my JERGENS® Natural Glow® Wet Skin® Moisturizer. I use a dime-size amount of product on each arm, and a quarter-sized for each leg.

I get out of the shower and towel dry. Even though this is a wet skin product, you still need to wash your hands to prevent streaking.

Another alternative is to use JERGENS® Natural Glow® Daily Moisturizer as a daily lotion. If you choose this method, apply sparingly to rough patches.

For face, I exclusively use JERGENS® Natural Glow® FACE Daily Moisturizer. I always make sure I don’t put too much product in my eyebrows, and I use it at night.

How to Self-Tan at Home

How do you stay tan in the summer months?

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REVIEW: RealUnderwear Wire Free Bra and Underwear Review

Recently, I was sent the RealUnderwear Wire Free Bra and Underwear to review, and I was very impressed.

REVIEW: RealUnderwear Wire Free Bra and Underwear Review

I am probably the most picky person when it comes to bras. Personally, I do not like wire or padding at all. This is because I am on the bigger side when it comes to breast size.

Unfortunately, I have found it hard to find a cute bra that fits my requirements. Usually all the bras that are super cute and attractive have tons of padding – which I am not fond of.

In a previous post about swimwear, I mentioned how much I love the new strappy trend.

REVIEW: RealUnderwear Wire Free Bra and Underwear Review

This underwear is exactly that, and it so comfortable.

The straps are secure and do not slide off easily. I had to order a cup-size down from what I normally I wear because they do run a little large.

Plus, I love the simplicity of the black with the strappy edges. It makes the bra so much more attractive, but you can wear it everyday without feeling like it’s too much!

What is your favorite bra style?

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REVIEW: RealUnderwear Wire Free Bra and Underwear Review



International Delight One-Touch Latte First Impression

Every once in a while, something new and interesting is at the grocery store, and I have to try it. Recently, I saw that International Delight created a one-touch latte, and as an avid coffee drinker, I had to try it for myself.

Also, this is not sponsored. I was just curious and wanted to give it a go.

international delight one touch latte review

First, I headed to the grocery store. There were two different types at my grocery store, and I am caramel girl – therefore, I had to try it!

During my first impression, I used a lighter french vanilla coffee, and I added some Truvia to the coffee.

On the bottle, there is a step by step instruction list. This was very helpful and easy to understand.

After using my Keurig, I left about 2/3 empty at the top. This is so you can add the creamer.

International Delight One-Touch Latte First Impression

International Delight One-Touch Latte First Impression

After shaking the can for a second, I added the creamer to my coffee and let if free for about 5-7 seconds.

This is what my coffee looked like after:


To be quite honest, I wasn’t very impressed with the taste. I think I should have used a darker roast (like Folgers Black Silk) to really intensify the latte.

Plus, I honestly could not taste the caramel at all. I don’t know if it was because I didn’t shake it well enough or what happened. When I try it again, I think shaking extremely well will be key for elevating the taste.

Since I wasn’t impressed, I drank the coffee slowly and the froth kind of hardened up on the bottom. This can easily be fixed by drinking your in a timely manner.

I am not giving up on it yet, I will try to shake the can harder.

Stay with me for an update on what my last thoughts are!

Have you tried this yet?

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