Monday, December 14, 2015

So It's Been Awhile...

I have had a bit of an absence from my blog for the past few months,  Managing my injury and new job, along with 1 year old and other family demands was just crushing every part of me, from my spirit to my drive for success.  It was even more uncharted territory than I'd faced before, even in some very tough times.

Since I was unable to take care of myself and was dependent on my husband and friends for so much, I felt trapped and isolated, even though I was never alone.  Sound strange?  Yeah, I think it does too, but it really isn't that strange.  Imagine never having any freedom to do whatever you pleased, whenever you pleased.  No more meeting friends out for lunch.  No more stopping at Target on my way home from work to pick up a few groceries.  No ability to participate in happy hours or other clubs or meetings.  That's been my life.  The timing never worked for picking up my kiddo or my husband's schedule, so these things just couldn't happen, and my life turned straight to survival mode.  In short, it sucked.  I have been ready to get better for quite awhile now, but the pain was awful and my fracture was not healing.

However, over the past month, things have been getting better over the past couple of weeks, now that physical therapy has finally led to signs of physical improvement--I'm back to driving my car again and I can lift my daughter up, even if it's just for short periods of time or in certain positions.  My little girl has instantly warmed back up to me, too, which is the very best feeling of all.  While I'm not fully independent yet, as I still need Hubs to wash my hair, lift heavy things and do other types of tasks for me, progress is a wonderful feeling!

You'll be seeing more of me again, and I can't wait!

I hope everyone's holiday season is going fabulously!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Scotties & Blo Blow Dry Bar Event

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending an event for local bloggers hosted and sponsored by Scotties tissues at Blo Blow Dry Bar.  While this review and event were sponsored by Scotties, my thoughts and opinions in this post are entirely my own.

Scotties facial tissues classic tissues that have been a staple in homes, offices, cars and purses for years. Soft and sturdy, they stand up to even the fiercest of cold or flu symptoms (I know because I've recently been hit with a cold and these came in quite handy!).  They're widely available, most notably at We are available locally at Walmart and online on  Scotties is an environmentally conscious brand that plants 3 trees for every tree it uses, resulting in the company planting over 944 million trees in the past 50 years.  To read more about Scotties, check out their website,

Scotties products are wonderful, and I was given several boxes of tissues to try.  Look at these beautiful boxes below... Gorgeous, right?  The designs are more visually interesting and exciting than standard graphic designs from other brands' tissue boxes

The event itself was lovely, and I learned so much about the Scotties brand's local outreach efforts with the Tampa Bay Human Society, which has helped place approximately 500 cats into loving forever homes over the past 3 years via sponsored adoptions.  Many of you may recognize that the Scotties mascot is a kitten, hence the support of the adoption of shelter cats. I love this charitable giving mission and its impact on my local community.  Animals are a particular soft spot of mine, especially since I have a rescue dog that I adopted from a Humane Society shelter many years ago.  It's great to see companies supporting the placement of shelter animals in loving, forever homes.

At this event, I received a complimentary blow-out and my stylist at Blo was phenomenal!  Since my husband had been washing my hair since early September, the thought of having someone else wash my hair was heavenly, and my stylist did not disappoint.  She really scrubbed my scalp and massaged it in the most relaxing of ways.  Afterward, I chose a mix between their standard blow-out look and their blow-out with a lot of body, so it was bouncy and fresh looking, and it looked gorgeous for three full days.  I spruced it up in between the days with a light spritz of dry shampoo, and it was back to it's gorgeous original state.  I was so impressed!  

Day 1, Front

Day 1, Profile

Day 2, looking just as great as Day 1

I was so impressed, in fact, that I've already been back for a another blow-out (on my own dime, of course) because I just had to have another!  

Many thanks to Scotties for the great learning experience about their products and charitable giving programs, as well as for the lovely blow-out at Blo Blow Dry Bar!  My hair  truly hadn't looked or felt this wonderful in months!

For additional information, check out the Scotties Facebook page at and Twitter account at

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I'm a wife, daughter and amazing twin sister. I'm a mom to my adorable dog, Bella. Loves: Shopping, cooking, baking, good grammar and Dave Matthews Band. I'm also a Bath and Body Works addict, a Michigan State Spartans fanatic, and an iPhone aficionado. I see beauty in simple things and little things make me ever-so-happy. Welcome to my world!

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