Monday, August 3, 2015

Essential Oils Saved My Saturday...And I Need To Know More

I know what you're thinking, but before you "X" out of this .. hear me out.

I have been a chronic sufferer of migraines all my life and any sort of stress or anxiety only heightens my experiences. What starts as 2-3 per month escalates to around 5. Long story short, it's been a real pain party over here...

Saturday morning I woke up with the migraine from HELL. I opened my eyes around 2AM and felt the notorious tightening in the back of my neck (the first sign of them for me), so I immediately got up, took my MAXALT and tried to go back to sleep. Around 7AM I woke up and the tightening had progressed to the back on my entire head and was creeping toward my temples. I knew I was doomed. I took three ibuprofen and put a cold wash cloth on my forehead and laid in my pitch black room. Nothing. I ate a crunchy bowl of cereal. Nothing. I put ice on the roof of my mouth. Nothing. I squeezed pressure points in my hands and feet. Nothing. At this point, I was nine hours in with no relief in sight. 

Then, I remembered the tiny bottles of peppermint and frankincense oils in my nightstand that an old neighbor had passed along to me. You can re-read my first experience with them here. I felt stupid for waiting so long to remember this tiny detail, whipped out those oils and slathered them on the roof of my mouth, all over my temples and on the bottoms of my feet. I laid silently in my dark bedroom with my eyes shut for an hour and I'll be damned...the migraine that Satan sent was gone.

I'm going to be honest -- MLM companies don't usually appeal to me, but I'm now 2 for 2 on the essential oil miracle and I need to know more. If you've ever used oils, tell me about your experience. What was wrong? What did you use? And how did you like it? Did it work?

As you can see, my questions are endless. BUT NOW I AM A BELIEVER.

**If you were wondering, I was able to get up, shower and attend the 4PM baptismal mass for my God son. See? Oils really did save me, him and the day itself.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Chronic Resting Bitch Face & Other Life Trials

How is it the last Friday in July? This month seemed to bypass me in the worst way possible -- I don't know where the time went and I'm wondering what I did all month. Before we kick off this weekend, let's get down to business...

That's right.. It's time for 5 on Friday!
1. Has anyone else become obsessed with Tonkey the dog? Blame internet sensationalism, but I'm a huge fan of celebrity dogs. And because Tonkey and I are now Instagram friends, we're practically BFFs. In other words, he's probably on a flight to visit me in Hawaii now.

2.  And while we are on the subject of dogs, #judyhanson has been a total itch monster recently. I don't know if it's the extra hot temperatures we've been experiencing here OR WHAT, but her itching is just downright pathetic at this point. Homegirl has serious allergies and we've been contemplating trying DinoVite to relieve her a little bit (shots, pills, steroids---it's not working). The real meaning behind this short saga is -- has anyone tried this slightly odd method to treat dog itching? Let me know!

3. What does one do for storage space in tiny half baths? This question has plagued me for years. I have looked from here to the inter-workings of Pinterest hell to find the answer and none of it is cutting it. I am calling all creatives, because I just need something other than this...
4. Someone please tell me I'm not alone when it comes to chronic RBF. You know what I mean -- Resting Bitch Face. It seems I just can't stop when it comes to this and I need some 1. reassurance I'm not alone or 2. tips to improve. I'm all ears.

 5. Now that we've asked the important things today like the meaning of life bathroom organization and dog itching, I need to tell you all something very important. It's about my girl crush on Robin Wright. Of course I love her on House of Cards (Claire Underwood is my spirit animal), but she is such a boss woman in so many other things (Forrest Gump, Princess Bride..hello!?). I love her style, grace and wit. But enough about that, and more about this:
Have a fantastic weekend, friends!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Watermelon Feta Summer Salad [recipe]

In summer it can get HOT, so when I'm searching for easy appetizers, I look for recipes that will seem refreshing. When we were in Thailand, we enjoyed watermelon and feta on a stick. Heck, I can recreate this easily at home, I thought!

And recreate it, I did...

You Will Need:
1/2 of a Thai watermelon
1/2 of a red onion, sliced
1/4 cup feta cheese
1 tablespoon lemon-lime olive oil
balsamic reduction for garnish

1. One hour prior to serving, slice onions into a bowl and pour the lemon-lime olive oil on top. Set aside.
2. When ready to serve, use a melon baller to hollow the watermelon so you can use it as a bowl! Place the watermelon balls in a separate mixing bowl.
3. In the separate mix bowl, mix together watermelon balls, red onion (and excess olive oil) and feta cheese.
4. Place it all back inside the halved watermelon "bowl", drizzle with balsamic reduction and enjoy!

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