CBD, a journey

Today is Bob Marley’s 73rd birthday and I know it’s cliche but it’s a perfect day to share and educate my journey these past few weeks with CBD. For those of you who don’t know CBD is Cannabidiol is one of at least 113 active cannabinoids identified in cannabis. CBD is all natural, found in plants and is one of the best medicines. CBD interacts with our naturally occurring systems, but is non-psychotropic, it doesn’t cause a high.  This is completely legal in all 50 states and you can find it at your local smoke shop. Some times we need to be our own advocate, we have to educate not only ourselves but also educate the public. There are still alot of misconceptions of hemp, marijuana, and CBD.

I did a some research on my own, then I went to my doctor with my note-book and pen. I asked him a bunch of questions and what was best for me. I don’t usually share about my personal life but I do have epilepsy, so my doctor helped guide me in the right direction.  Lucky for me  I got my medical card! There is so much information available online, I suggest before buying anything you read a little on what is best for you. Also remember each person reacts differently. After lots of reading and lot’s of notes I finally got the courage and decided what I wanted.

Remember all of this contains no THC! I wanted to have a variety of different dosages and different ways to intake it. Some were great, some not so great. The same notebook I was keeping notes in I am documenting my journey with CBD. The gummies were not so great they are low dosages that are good, but taste not so great and are really chewy. The Just CBD tincture that goes under your tongue is not the best tasting but has high dosing I think is perfect for before bed. It doesn’t taste bad, just an herby taste. I like to use 4-6 drops on those nights when I can’t sleep. I haven’t been doing much vape-ing lately but I was interested in the cartridge and a pen. The tincture can also be used in my vape pen, although I haven’t tried it yet. The silver pen has been my favorite so far, and it tastes the best. Strawberry flavored and 5ml CBD oil, can’t beat that. The cartridge was also strawberry, I it used quickly. I use the vape pens through out the day. They help me relax in general. If I’m feeling anxious I can grab a pen, or if I’m having a bad migraine grab a tincture and maybe and hour or so later I can start to feel better. I have noticed the most feeling is with the tincture. I started my journey in November and since then my skin has cleared up, my headaches have gotten better, my anxiety has decreased, and  I am sleeping through the night. I have also been taking vitamins and drinking more water. I am adjusting here and there but I am keeping a close diary of my journey and hope to keep staying on track through out 2018!

 

CBD high times article

Lavender, Purple Bliss

Lavender is my personal favorite, I love everything about it. I love the color, smell, the way it looks, the benefits, I can go on forever. Lavender has been used for over 2500 years. Egyptians used it for mummification and as perfume. The Romans used it for baths, in cooking, and scenting the air. The name lavender comes from Latin lavare that means “to wash”. Today you can find Lavender growing in Southern Europe, Australia, and the United States. The essential oil is extracted from the fresh flowers of the plant and used for many purposes. This is the most used essential oil in the world today.

  • Some benefits include:
  • reduces anxiety and stress
  • helps heal burns and wounds
  • improves sleep
  • restores skin completion & helps reduce acne
  • improves eczema & psoriasis
  • alleviates headaches

These are just some of the amazing benefits associated with lavender. Researchers from China discovered that it can help your body produce three powerful antioxidants. This can help slow aging skin. It also used to treat stress, anxiety, depression, and migraines. Two different studies showed it helped with PTSD and postpartum depression. Due to its antimicrobial properties it prevents infections and combats fungal disorders. Another great use is for hair, helps with thinning hair and hair growth. As a person with chronic migraines lavender is my go to, inhale for about 15 minutes and feel some relief. When it comes to lavender and it’s benefits everyone thinks sleep. This might be one of its most powerful benefits. It can help with the length of sleep you get, time it takes to fall asleep, restfulness, and reduced symptoms of insomnia.

Lavender and Rosemary Hair Detangles DIY Recipe:

  • What you need:
  • 6-8 drops lavender essential oil
  • 4 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1-1/12 ounces purified water
  • 2 ounce spray bottle
  • small funnel (optional)
  • Directions
  1. Place the lavender and rosemary oil into the glass bottle
  2. Add the apple cider vinegar and water using the funnel if needed
  3. cap the bottle tightly and shake well
  4. it’s now ready to use! Spray after showering or before brushing to help detangle! Enjoy !

I cannot get enough lavender. After finding out so many of the amazing benefits I can see why everyone loves it. It smells amazing and is good for you too. That doesn’t come around often!

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Sources:

Dr. Axe

University of Maryland

 

my fur-babies!

When it comes to pets the most important thing is ADOPT DON’T SHOP!  Christmas is a time where families are often given puppies or kittens as gifts. This is all fine and dandy until they grow up, most families don’t prepare for the responsibility and unfortunately they end up at the local shelter. That is where you come in, adopt don’t shop!

I have so many fur babies and I love them all so much. Most of them have been adopted from the Miami Dade Animal Shelter or Out Reach centers. At my home I have 2 dogs and a cat. At my boyfriends home he has 2 dogs. Like I said lot’s of fur babies! They are so happy to be adopted and feel right at home !

 

Let me introduce you to my crew ! Starting with the newest additon Sherrwood.

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Meet Sherwood. He is a Goldendoodle, currently staying with my boyfriends family. He is a beautiful puppy, who loves to play. As seen above he loves tenis balls. He is so smart and cuddly. Just look at those curls! You can say it was love at first tail wag.

 

 

 

 

Next up is my forever puppy.

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Meet Nana. This beautiful cockerspaniel keeps boyfriends abuela(grandmother) company at home. We call her a forever puppy because she stayed the same size she never grew up! We named her after the dog in Peter Pan, Nana. I know dogs are not supposed to eat popsicles but who could say no to this cutie?

 

 

 

 

 

Next up is Reeses, a true rescue story.

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Reeses was rescues from Miamia Dade Animal Services right before Christmas in 2010 by myself as a Christmas gift for my brother as he always wanted a German Sheppard. As I  brought her home we noticed she was sick we took her to 3 different vets that told us she was terminal and we had to put her down. I refused to listen and put down a dog on Christmas so I went back to the Shelter and there they were able to help bring her back to health. Here we are years later and she’s happy healthy and riding in the back of my brothers truck. She sleeps in my brothers room and will not leave his side

 

 

Then we got the oldest of the bunch, Coco.

cocoYeah that’s the only picture I can get of her. She’s old but still fiesty. A jack russell that we have had for about 14 years now. She has been the most fun and the most unpredictable dog. She can surf in our pool. She can also tear apart lizzard in half a minute if you let her. In her prime age she would swim and chase you down the pool. Even in her old age she chills out with my cat Bruce and Reeses.

 

 

 

 

 

Last but not least Master Bruce Wayne.

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The Lion in my bedroom. Master Bruce Wayne, named after of course Batman. He lives with me in my bedroom. He is my first cat, it’s a learning experience, and I love him. He has helped me so much with my anxiety I cannot beging to explain it. He is weird like me I guess. Always remember cats do not abide by the laws of nature( if you catch that reference you are totally awesome).

 

 

All my animals are amazing. I have been lucky to be able to adopt these wonderful animals. I encourage you to do the same. It will not only save the life of an animalin need it will give so much more to your life. I can’t imagine my life with out these guys in it. They make day to day life happier one tail wag  or purrrr  at a time.

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Polaroids of my babies

*sorry Sherwood you weren’t born yet*

 

 

Holiday Hangover

 

 

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Shirt: Kylie Shop Leggings: Victoria Secret Pink Boots: Uggs Cat: Master Bruce Wayne

Are you still feeling a holiday hangover? Maybe gained what feels like a hundred pounds over the holidays? I feel like all I did was eat and drink! I know it’s been a few days but school is still out and I know I am still in a food coma. I have not worn all my lovely new clothes but I have eaten everything in my house.

It only gets cold in Miami for about 2 days out of the year. That happened to occour on NYE this year. To avoid the craziness that is Miami Beach on New Years my boyfriend and I decided to stay home like old people. Thanks anxiety. It’s not like we haven’t been to every club in Miami anyways, no thank you to extra high prices. Stayed in and watched Dick Clark, thanks Mariah Carey for a good laugh! Thanks to the cold weather I got to bring out my boots! I think Bruce likes them better, or is it the flower…

Inspite on the New Year, I have not decided to lose weight. I want to gain weight. A little odd I know. It actually is doctors orders. I have been eating everything and drinking ensure(protein shakes). I am a basic bitch AKA starbucks regular. I also have discovered uber eats, SO MUCH FOOD SO LITTLE TIME. This week I had a place deliver ice cream. That’s right. My favorite has been as their catch phrase says “highly addictive” nitrogen ice cream delivered right to your door. Made fresh still frozen, What more could you ask for?

*basic bitch face and brain freeze not included*

To go with the New Year I did make one chage I am not sure if you can tell in the pictures. I do belive in new years meaning new beginings so I did dye my hair. A little change never hurt no body. I did miss being a red head, back to being BIG RED. So time to dive into 2017 and leave the holidays behind. I still don’t want to as you can tell, but time to polish off the eggnog and get back to work. Get inspired!

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Christmas foreverrrrrrr

 

Happy Holidays !

 

 

Vest: American Rag Dress: DollsKill Lipstick: Kylie Cosmetics-MaryJo

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! I hope every one had amazing holiday weekend because I know I did! I was lucky enough to spend Christmas Eve or Noche Buena as we call it in Miami with my extended family and Christmas with my close family. Nothing says holidays like family, anxiety, lots of food and drinking. My mom comes from a big family so we all get together for the holidays. Even though holidays can be stressful at times family is what holds us together, no matter how crazy they can be. Trust me no one is crazier than my family.

Now on Christmas we had a smaller get together at my house with my close family. What is Christmas with out some gifts and cookies? We had my cousin come over and so did my grandmother. Don’t tell anyone but she’s my favorite. I don’t know what I would do with out her. She is the best gift, I’m telling you holidays are all about family. Me and my cousin drive her crazy. My cousin is my mini-me, even though he’s almost my height. He couldn’t be more like me if I gave birth to him. You can’t forget my little brother AKA my best friend. He holds it down for me. BTW I say little brother he’s 6’2 and I’m 5’0 and I’m the older one. Can guess who got the good genetics here? My favorite material gift was a Kate spade purse and a Pandora ring.

Shirt: Adidas Shorts: Hello Kitty

The 26th or day after Christmas my mom had a pajama party at the house for all the family at the house. This was quite interesting. There was karaoke and a lot of drinking. I did not sing to say the least. Again lots of family and more drinking. MORE DRINKING. I stole a box of chocolates filled with liquor, I was pretty excited. I was also excited to see cousins of mine that I had not seen in years. I was not so happy to hear them sing but that’s another story. I thought with all this family in town and all these parties my anxiety would be through the roof, but it was quite the opposite. I don’t know if it was keeping my mind busy or if they were keeping me happy but I was actually happy. At the end of the day blood is thicker than water. No matter how crazier they may seem family is the greatest gift of all.

Pajamas: Betsey Johnson and my victory face

PS What’s a holiday with out a bath? bath potion courtesy of witch baby soap soap courtesy of stardustfunk

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Hope Gone Viral

via Discover Challenge: Hope Gone Viral

This post really got to me. Hope is everywhere. Quoting starwars, no spoilers “we are built on hope” I feel without hope we have nothing. Especially now with all the bad going on in the world, not just in the United States, all we have is hope. Hope is every where we just have to open our eyes.

As an epileptic 24-year-old living in Miami that cannot drive working full-time living at home with her parents aka “room mates” running a blog and a business part-time its easy to feel hopeless. Being sick so young is not fun, especially not having a car. Having anxiety doesn’t help. Living in Miami is a blessing and a curse. Like I said hope is all around us we just have to look!

I have hope that I will soon have my car and be able to drive. I have hope that I will overcome my anxieny one step at a time. I am inspired by my mother who last year was able to overcome breast cancer. She is still fighting everyday, she gives me hope to overcome anything. She is just one example of hope being right in front of our eyes. We can take everything for granted.

Amazon what we use to order literally everything, they now give you the option to donate to a cause. Just use Amazon Smile and choose what cause speaks to you. Each time you make a purchase you will donate to the cause of your choise. I chose ASPCA and I couldn’t be happier to donate each time I order. No matter how small anything you do helps. That is hope.

We are the hope. We can inspire hope. As writers, as readers is it our duty to bring hope to our community. Hey I’m not saying to go out of your comfort zone. Every little bit can help. With all the bad things going on be the good you want to see in the world. Hope is what we need.

 

DIY Last Minute Christmas Gifts

So if you’re like me you are still scrambling to get last-minute gifts for some of those

special some ones on your list. If you’re really like me you want something on a budget and that comes from the heart not from the mall. I got something easy and won’t break your bank. One project is for the females in your life, the other is for the bearded males in your life. Don’t think you can hack these projects? Don’t fret you got this, I have made sure that any one can handle these easy instructions and these ingredients. The first recipe makes a lot so you will have quite a few to give out. The second recipe is so yummy I want to steal it from my boyfriend and use it on my hair.

So first what you need. I made two stops for everything I needed. Fist stop Walmart, second stop Hobby Lobby. I tried to get everything I needed at Walmart and everything I couldn’t find I got at Hobby Lobby. It all depends on what you are willing to spend and the look you are going for. Hobby Lobby has really pretty bottles and the essential oils. Walmart has the epsom salt and mini mason jars at really great prices. I grabbed what I needed from both stores and hurried home to make the gifts.

EASY BATH SALTS

What you need:

1: 2 lbs Epsom Salt (8 lb bag available at walmart)

2: 2 Oz Lavender Essential Oil

3: 2 Oz Rosemary Essential Oil

4: 3 OZ Lavender Buds

5: Glass Bottles

Directions:

1: Add salt in large bowl.

2: Add essential oils and lavender buds and mix together.

3: Once mixed together bottle into glass bottles or 4 oz mini mason jars.

EASY BEARD OIL

What you need:

1: 6 Oz Sweet Almond Oil

2: 2 Oz Jojoba Oil

3: 2 Ml Buckthorn Extract

4: 0.5 Ml Essential Oil

(you can use lavender or cedar wood or a combo of both!)

5: Glass Bottles

Directions:

1: In a container combine oils (almond and jojoba)

2: Add extract and essential oil

3: Pour into glass bottles

Pretty Simple huh? I told you so! These are some easy DIY ideas to give as little presents to your loved ones. . You can always tweak the recipes and make them your own, or to use whatever you have in your home. I love making these as much as I love using them. I think gifts from the heart are more special than store-bought gifts but that’s just me!

 

 

**pictured above are the easy bath salts with added rose petals**

Can’t, I Have to Charge My Crystals

 

 

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Yesterday December 13, 2016 there was not only the most beautiful full moon out but it was also the last full moon for 2016. The moon affects us in a lot of ways. Not only the tides but us as people too. I was having the shittiest day in the longest time. I just keep reminding myself I’m only one panic attack away from the holidays being over. With the full moon out I knew there was only one fix for my winter blues. So with no hesitation I put my crystals to charge under the moonlight, and began to draw up a bath.

This was no ordinary bath, since this was the last full moon I decided to bring out some special bath bombs with crystals in them. The seasonal wolf moon bath bomb smells like apples and pine trees and contains a  crystal. The rune stone bath bomb smells earthy and contains a stone that has a rune on it. Between the moon and my bath i was determined to get myself out of this funk. I dropped in the bath bombs and the rooms instantly smelled like christmas and apples. I opened the window so I could look up at the moon. I started to meditate as I gazed up at the moon. I also used the hex breaker scrub and did an in shower meditation “As I wash off this scrub I was off all negative vibes, and all negativity projected onto me, from this moment on only good will come.” After feeling like a prune from soaking and starting at the moon I grabbed my new crystals excited to find out what the meant and exited the bath.

The rune stone I got means fertility. Not exactly what i was hoping for, last time I got joy. Witches use runes in their practice as a form of divination, and to for tell the future. The crystal in the wolf moon bath bomb is a citrine crystal. Thank you so much to Marlaena at Witch Baby Soap for the kind words and the information! These crystals are known for personal power, and drawing in positivity. I did and do feel a lot better after meditating under the moon, charging my crystals, and taking that bath.

all products purchased from : witch baby soap