Beauty · Collaborations · Ibotta · Lifestyle · Local · Reviews

Bodhi Body Progress

As y’all know, I’ve found my favorite massage studio ever and it’s only about 8 minutes away. Well, I’ve started going every two weeks to try and work some severe problems I’ve been having.

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When I was 5 years old I got incredibly sick and no one knew why until one Doctor came to the conclusion that I had bacterial spinal meningitis. I was urgently hospitalized and given a 50/50 chance to live (And if I did live was expected to have some form of disability). I lived and didn’t have any complications what-so-ever. The Doctor has since deemed me her “miracle child”. Years later, I am starting to discover that I do have a slight issue arising as I have a pinch nerve in my neck/spine that nearly disables either of my arms from use if I overexert either of them (Really tough for a parent with a toddler that loves when Mommy carries him!)

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So after going my first time to Bodhi Body I realized they were able to really work on a kink in my neck that may have a connection to the nerve problems as the more they’ve been working on it the less weak and tingly my arms feel! I never expected massage would be the answer to a medical problem like this but it’s been incredible seeing it slowly recover before my eyes. Alternative medicine/practices DO work (I’ve tried physical therapy and it never works, it actually exacerbates it!)

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Also, I’ve found a recent problem where I severely grind my teeth (Even during the day now!) and didn’t think it was something they could work on but they started rubbing my jaw and it hurt so bad I cried. It was EXCRUCIATING. But they’ve slowly been working on it every session and I’ve seen a drop in the amount I grind and just in the pain overall.

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Side Note: The wonderful owner, Stephanie, happened to hear I worked at Ibotta and she loved my CEO Bryan when she heard him speak at a conference so offered to do some free massage chairs for our whole office! So I made the arrangements and they spent the WHOLE day treating everyone to some well deserved massages! How awesome is that?! They’re the best! ❥

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I love this place and it’s benefits to my body. I’ll continue to go and continue to update on how this has been changing my life and aiding in my body’s healing. If you’re in the Denver area, check them out! You can get a free 30 minute massage using my code SIMPLY.

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Also; For Father’s Day I booked my Husband a 90 minute massage!! It’ll be a wonderful surprise for him – Dad’s work hard for our little ones so be sure to spoil him!

Beauty · Collaborations · Lifestyle · Reviews

National Eyewear Day

Eyeglass wearers.. June 6th is official Eyewear Day! It’s a day to celebrate your EYES and maybe treat yourself to a fresh pair of new frames (And maybe an updated lens prescription 😉 )

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I had to start wearing glasses because of how often I stare at my computer, the TV, gaming, my phone, etc. etc. I had gotten mine a few years back but hated wearing them so never did but because I’ve needed them so much lately I wear them every time I blog or work. I’ve really come to love them actually! personally believe they look cute, and are a fashion statement for people who don’t even wear them – So why not revel in the fact that we HAVE to wear them?! 😉

So, when I heard National Eyewear Day was coming up I decided to treat myself. I got myself TWO new frames from Zyloware (They’ve been around for 94 years, so I trusted their products!) One for driving (For my distance needs) and one for my home/work glasses (For blue light filter, eye strain, etc).

I decided I wanted to get something a little more sturdy (Now that I have a 1 year old tornado!) but also a lot trendier since I’ll be wearing them all the time! SO I chose the Via Spiga Paola and the Leon Max 4010 frames. I LOVE them both!! I really loved my Leon Max so I decided to make those my house glasses since they’re the ones I’ll be wearing the most – They’re just SUPER cute and frame my face perfectly 😉 And again aren’t flimsy at ALL so I love how durable they are since they’ll be face to face with a little Tasmanian devil 😉

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I’ve already got them sent out to have the lenses put in them and I cannot WAIT. Feels like Christmas.. So this National Eyewear Day, treat yourself AND your eyes at Zyloware!!

xoxox

Collaborations · Family · Lifestyle · Reviews

Pins+Needles Kits

I love subscription boxes. They’re so convenient and make for a nice treat for yourself, your pet, your baby, whomever! (We currently get Bluum boxes for Hudson and he loves them!) I have been looking for one for myself, though! So I recently found a cute one called Pins+Needles Kits that sends you a box on the 10th of every month and it’s got adorable sewing goodies in it!2296ca79ada24979b6102fca9429e952.jpeg

They send you a pattern/instructions on how to make that month’s theme and they send you everything you’ll need to make this and get working on your machine! This month was a sewing machine cover and pincushions, sooo cute!

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They had an array of fabrics, a cutter (Incase you didn’t have one!), wire, and really thorough instructions! I LOVE the box I got this month.. But still not sure whether I selfishly want to keep it for myself or give it to my Mom for Mother’s Day..

Decisions, Decisions! 😉

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Highly recommend this to anyone who has a crafty Mama who is looking for a wonderful gift for Mother’s Day – Whether it’s one box or a monthly subscription! It’d mean a lot showing the thought that was put in as it’s something she can use many times over! ♥

 

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)

Beauty · Collaborations · Lifestyle · Reviews

Migraine Magick

When I was younger I was always around essential oils, I remember my parents had a cabinet FULL of all different scents and my Mom would put them in my bath every night and it always put me at ease. Once I moved out I didn’t realize how much of an impact it had made on me. It always made me feel more relaxed and calm.

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It’s been almost 10 years now since I last used essential oils (WHY did I wait this long if I know it’s something I love?!) but recently my step-daughter has been having headaches almost EVERY night. So much so they’re keeping her up at night and making her feel “hot” – Poor thing. Although she has been taken to the doctors they always down play it and believe it’s happening for different reasons every time so I decided to take it into my own hands and find a natural remedy for her pain.

I found an amazing natural product from Migraine Magick – It’s just that. MAGIC for migraines. Using essential oils and natural ingredients it aids in healing physical pains, providing relaxation and more!

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I personally sourced the highest grade of natural ingredients that have the healthiest, nourishing, replenishing and therapeutic vibrational frequencies for healing in order to ignite your inner you so that you can feel super radiant!

When I told her about it she was ECSTATIC – When a child hears there is a magical spray that can help them feel better at night (Or whenever!) whether it’s a headache, tummy ache, can’t sleep, whatever!it’s like a dream come true. She asks for a quick spray for whatever is ailing her and not only is it making her actually feel good but it’s helping her not get into her own head, allowing her to sleep peacefully at night and play during the day without interruption!

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I LOVE to use it when my head is hurting as well or when I just need relax! It’s such an amazing spray. It smells DIVINE and feels even better – Sometimes I get a little tingle from it too. I’ve also been using it as a perfume if I’m feeling a little earthy 😉

 

This stuff is amazing and we’ll definitely keep using it as it seems to make a huge difference for us all! (Especially my sweet step-daughter’s migraines which was my biggest concern!) 

It’s also amazing for a little spray on the pillow before bed.. Smells amazing and the lavender scent is supposed to be beneficial for sleep as it allows you to fall asleep faster, sleep better and wake more clear and refreshed!

Thanks Migraine Magick!!

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)

Collaborations · Family · Lifestyle · Reviews

Ungrip Your Phone

I take my phone to the gym with me to use my favorite timer for my Tabata workouts and for the longest time would just place it on the floor which grossed me out! But since getting these Ungrips I have been able to slip them on my finger and keep a better eye on the time I have left.

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I got three so my Husband and step-daughter could have one as well and they love them! They both game on their phones and comment that the grip is really convenient for the landscape orientation!

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My favorite use for it though would be taking my photos. There are so many times where I switch between holding my phone horizontally and vertically to get different camera angles and my phone slips out of my hand due to my slick case. I haven’t done this at ALL since getting my Ungrip.

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Me taking a photo of my FIRST LuLaRoe piece of clothing – Using my Ungrip!

It’s handy as a mother who can slip this on her finger without having to worrying about it falling when carrying around her VERY heavy boy who wants Momma 24/7 😉 It’s just 3M VHB tape that adheres to most surfaces and leaves no residues when removed and it’s a VERY strong hold!

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We will not be removing these anytime soon as I can’t imagine not slipping my finger through this every time I pick up my phone! It’s a comfort now 😉

 

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)

Beauty · Health Tips · Lifestyle · Local · Reviews

Bodhi Body Studios

As a Mom (Or any parent that is) you know how exhausting every day can be. FUN. But exhausting.. My body has been really aching lately, my legs and feet in particular. So I was really happy to hear there was a place nearby, Bodhi Body, literally 7 minutes away!! And I’ve never had a massage so with Mother’s Day coming up so fast I decided I was gonna treat myself!

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When I came in I was pleasantly surprised by how adorable and serene their little studio was. I was greeted by my therapist for the session, Kaley; She was so welcoming, sweet and soft spoken (Which really made it a peaceful experience from start to finish) She explained all of the details to me and asked if I would be interested in a new calming THC/CBD lotion. It is a topical, cannabis-infused lotion that only absorbs through the skin to provide localized relief for pain, inflammation and soreness. It smelled amazing and sounded really unique so I was absolutely interested in giving it a go!

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They had so many different options for services. There was aromatherapy, hot stones, herbal balls for Thai Massages and so much more. Definitely will have to be back to try them ALL.

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I was escorted into a very tranquil room that was dark and calming with gorgeous, relaxing music playing on loop. I was already feeling so peaceful.

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Once on the bed I felt completely at ease and was quickly tended to. Kaley (Like all of the other therapists, graduated from the Denver School of Massage Therapy) was INCREDIBLE. It was so relaxing, the lotion was DIVINE, and Kaley was able to find every trouble spot and make the pain melt away. It was the most relaxed I have ever been in my entire life (I totally drooled a few times and 80% sure I fell asleep at some point)

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As you can see I was VERY comfortable 😉 And red! Which she was a good thing as she was helping me rid my body of toxins.

I am never going to deny myself of this incredible treat ever again. It is SO beneficial and so amazing to have a little “me time”. Thanks SO much to amazing Kaley and Bodhi Body for such an incredible experience – This is perfect for Mother’s Day coming up, y’all! Treat those Mamas! 😉 I will be back and cannot wait for next time – I already wanna go back!

Use promo code SIMPLY here and receive a FREE 30 minutes massage!

xoxox

 

Family · Lifestyle · Paleo · Reviews · Travel

Pueblo, The Hidden Gem

My Husband and I had only driven through Pueblo, CO to get to Texas and maybe for a pee stop.. But never had I actually ventured into this city. I am so regretting I hadn’t yet. This little town is AMAZING.

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My Husband, Hudson and I decided to stay the night over in Pueblo because I had an eco-friendly Earth Day segment on KOAA News 5 EARLY in the morning the next day! Our drive down was LONG but we made it – And JUST in time to have some amazing Bingo Burger! This place is SO good. It’s like Five Guys, but better.. YES, I said it! They had SO many amazing and healthy options!

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We were able to enjoy some of their signature burgers WITH the option of making it a lettuce bun to keep it paleo and we had some of their DELICIOUS sweet potato fries with their unique lemon-rosemary aioli and thai chili ketchup dipping sauces! SO good and SO much food! (We JUST finished their sweet potato fries we had brought home!) The manager Steena was so very sweet and welcoming. We’ll definitely be by again next time we’re down that way!

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After our much needed and delicious dinner we headed to our hotel. (Best Western Plus – Was so incredibly displeased with their service unfortunately. We will not be staying with them again in the future) Despite the frustrations with the hotel, our next day was SO much fun. I was super nervous about being on live TV for the first time but the staff at the station was SO friendly, understanding and helpful!

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I breezed through each eco-friendly item thanks to their support and then I felt sad after it was all over – I wanted to keep going! You can watch my segments here!

Although I wanted to keep going, I had a full day of fun planned with my guys – I LOVE Riverwalks (If you’ve seen my San Antonio post you’ll know I can never go back now that I’ve experienced them, I have to see them ALL!) so I wanted to visit the Arkansas River Pueblo Riverwalk. It was breathtaking! There were historic buildings surrounding an amazingly, beautifully planned walkway with mini waterfalls, artistic touches and sculptures everywhere. I felt as if I was in an art district – Something that was so unexpected but I cherished and loved every moment of it!

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We built up quite an appetite walking around in the warm weather so we headed to a highly recommended local restaurant called DC’s On B Street. I had seen their reviews and food photos online and was INSTANTLY intrigued. We walked in and were pleasantly greeted by gorgeous vintage feels and the sweetest woman, Sara. We were also greeted by the fun and talented owner DC!

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Their restaurant was beautiful but their food was EVEN better. They had GORGEOUS presentation with AMAZING flavor. DC is a MASTER cook and Sara has the best recommendations! Brent decided to get some fresh Halibut (From Alaska!) and I got an amazing strawberry and walnut salad. The Halibut was cooked to buttery perfection and the salad was DIVINE.

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After dinner, Sara told us their pies are homemade by her talented sister! We could NOT say No!! So we got a pecan pie with a side of ice cream.. Just couldn’t resist and I am glad we didn’t it was PERFECT. And we know our Pecan Pies – Two southern folks 😉

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We decided we’ll be back here EVERY TIME we’re in town – Not just because of their amazing food but because of how amazing Sara and DC are.

This ended our Pueblo trip and it was bittersweet. There’s no place like home, but we really enjoyed being here, even if just for a day! Like my title suggests, it’s a hidden gem that we’ll be HAPPY to come back to 🙂