Enjoying Everyday Living

Are you “stuck” in a mundane daily life?  I will be honest with you guys……I have been!  I am working very hard to turn that around.

Just think about your daily life.  Your daily life is the ways in which you act, think, and feel on a daily basis.  Now think about the meaning of mundane – lacking interest or excitement; dull.  My daily life has been pretty dull.  Sure there have been days when I have had excitement.  Great things have happened, but let’s be honest those days are few and far between.  Day to day my life consists of the same routines.  The same outcomes.  Just the same…..but I am tired of feeling that my day is mundane.  I want to enjoy my life!

As you know I have been on a journey (yes a journey because this takes time and effort) to better myself not only physically; but emotionally and spiritually as well.  All is in an effort to simplify my life and enjoy everyday living.  So today I would like to share with you some of the things I have been doing daily to make my everyday not so mundane.  To be able to say that I enjoy everyday living!


I started by making a list of the things that I enjoy the most.  In order to enjoy your daily life it needs to be filled with the things that you love to do/have.  Here is my list:

  • Morning self-care routine
  • Waking an hour earlier to complete my morning routine
  • Enjoying a favorite coffee
  • Daily devotional
  • Daily bible reading/prayer
  • Stocking some of my favorite teas to drink throughout the day
  • Following a well-rounded, healthy, clean eating plan
  • Surrounding my space with things that make me happy – pictures, scriptures, quotes, etc.
  • Exercising/gym time
  • Evening self-care routine
  • Limiting social media
  • Evening reading
  • Journaling
  • Evening cup of Natural Calm before bed

Are all of these things basic, everyday habits?  Yes of course they are!  I have found that if I make sure to get all of the things that I enjoy into my day, it is no longer mundane.  While it is a routine (I am a creature of habit) they are all things that make me happy.

Before this I would just wake up, wash my face, make some coffee, go to get dressed, and head to work.  Then I would go through my day eating whatever I had time for, go home to start dinner, and immediately jump in to cleaning house/laundry.  Finally cleaning up after the day to jump into bed and do it all again.


I will be honest and say that this has taken time to put into action.  I started by sitting down and making a list of things that I would enjoy daily, or things that I would like to start incorporating into my day.  I also read several books on various topics to gain insight/ideas.  After making my list, I simply put things into action.   Here are some things that I did in order to ensure that I would follow my list:

  • I invested in some great natural beauty products
  • I buy my favorite coffee blends or flavored creamers just for me.
  • I buy my favorite teas (like matcha) so I can enjoy them daily.
  • I pre-plan my weekly meals to ensure healthy eating.
  • I purchased a new bible so that I could highlight/write in it instead of using an app
  • I try to get into the gym daily, even if it is only for 20-30 minutes
  • I have vision boards now in both my closet, on my fridge, and one hanging above my desk at work
  • I allow myself to check social media 4 times daily – morning, lunch, while having my afternoon snack, and once again while enjoying my evening bath.
    • Disclaimer: Sometimes I do check this more frequently if my day is not as busy, but I try to stick with this routine so I am not sucked into a world of negativity – because let’s be honest, social media is so full of negativity.
  • I have unfollowed many people/sights that are not fulfilling to my life on social media
  • I have made a habit of reading before bed – mainly concentrating on self-help books lately
  • Taking time to journal and reflect on my day – along with this I also have an ongoing list in my iPhone of something good that happened that day. Every night before bed I add something good from the day to the list.  At the end of the year I will be able to reflect on all of the blessings I had!

Most of these things are just second nature to me now.  If you are just starting this, and you decide to use my method of listing (I am obsessed with lists), you may find yourself having to actually check things off until they are habit.  I did have to make it into a to-do list when I started.  After some time, this list will become the norm. You will complete the list without even thinking about it, but it will make your day more enjoyable since you are doing/incorporating things that you enjoy!


Sounds simple right?  It does sound simple, but be prepared to have to consciously focus on this for a little while.  It is so easy to slip back into the same old routine of aimlessly going through your day.  You know the saying…..sometimes the simplest things are the hardest!

So leave me a comment below on things that you currently like or would like to incorporate into your daily life to make if more enjoyable.  I am always looking for inspiration from others, and I love to communicate with my readers!


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Waste Nothing

In an attempt to better myself I have been working hard to clean up my diet.  If you are a long time reader, you know that I was a big clean eating advocate.  After all that is what the start of the blog was based on.  However, life happened!  Job changes, schedule changes, babies turning into teenagers…..all the things that make slipping into old, yucky habits resurface!

So I went back in my archives, re-read some books that I had from the start of my journey long ago, and made my plan to become a healthier version of me.  Let’s be honest it all has to start with a plan.  As the saying goes – “If you fail to plan, plan to fail”.  Part of the planning process is writing out a menu, deciding what snacks will be needed for the week, and making your grocery list.  Without that list anything and everything will end up in the cart!

Now to make life easier I try to stick with the same breakfast for several days.  This is so I can pre-cook it to save time in the mornings.  I also have to eat pretty early in order to make my 3 hour between meals work with my scheduled lunch break at school.  Having breakfast in the refrigerator is key to my 5:15 meal time!


One of my favorite go to breakfasts is the breakfast bowl.  No not the one you get a Waffle House with eggs, hash browns, cheese, etc.  A much healthier version.  The varieties for this is endless.  Choose a meat, choose a veggie, and put that on a bed of greens!  I tend to stick with ground sausage, but you can use links as well.  Eggs are also a great addition if you eat them.  Veggie options are endless, but I will tell you know that sweet potatoes are my favorite, and of course you can add any toppings/sauces that you wish.


For this week’s bowls broccoli is on the menu.  I purchased a couple heads of broccoli to roast for dinner one night, and in keeping with my simplifying life attitude you waste nothing.  What do I mean?  Do not throw those broccoli stalks away!  Oh no, those stalks are good and nutritious!    So use them in other dishes like sautés, soups, and slaws!


You will need to cut the ends off.  They are kind of like asparagus, the very end of the stalk is tough and nasty.  Slice the stalk at the point of tenderness – in other words do not force the cut.  If your knife doesn’t cut through easily, then cut that baby a little higher.  Once you get the ends off take a vegetable peeler and give them a once over…..then chop, steam, or process.  Also makes a great broccoli rice J

  • Broccoli stalks (2)
  • Turkey sausage (ground)
  • Spinach & Arugula mix
  • Ghee
  • Salt
  • Pepper


Once my stems were chopped I placed them in a pan with some ghee, salt, and pepper.  Gave them a little sauté, added my pre-cooked ground turkey sausage, then divided the mixture into separate bowl on top of a spinach and arugula mix (my fav).  When I wake up in the morning I pop the bowl in the microwave, which steams the greens, and breakfast is ready in 1.5 minutes.  You can’t get any easier than that!

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  • Serious thought or consideration

You may be wondering why I am starting a blog post with a definition, especially one that is so commonly known to all???


Everyone typically spends time before/after the New Year reflecting on their life, goals, decisions, etc.  After all it is a new year and a great time to make a change.  My change goes a little deeper than evaluating one’s goals.  My change has to deal with evaluating my heart, my emotions, and my outlook on life.

I am so very sorry to my loyal readers for not posting in the past few months –I have to admit to you guys that my heart just was not in it!

As you know I had to endure the loss of my father last October.  This came after a grueling six months of watching him deteriorate from liver cancer.  Needless to say it was a very stressful and emotional year!

Losing a loved one is the most stressful event to have to go through, and it throws you into an emotional crisis.  I didn’t want to write any more.  I didn’t want to share.  If I am being honest I really didn’t want to do much of anything for a while.  I tried to ignore the pain.  Pretend that all was right in my life.  Carry on with my day to day activities as if nothing in the world had changed.  That was exhausting.  Just getting out of bed to go to work, try to have a “normal” day, and carry on my family responsibilities was a task.  To even think about sharing something on a blog was almost impossible.  I would sit at the computer with all intentions of typing out a post only to stare at the blank screen.  Absolutely nothing came to mind, and when things did come to mind I just didn’t want to “talk” about them.


Ignoring the pain was getting me nowhere.  You have to acknowledge the pain in order to heal.  As I sat in a restaurant on a date night with my husband shortly after Christmas I realized I couldn’t ignore it anymore.  Half way through our meal something was mentioned that made me think about the state my life was in, it took everything inside of me to make it through the remainder of that meal before the water works were turned on.  I cried……..for two days!


That is when I realized that ignoring my feelings was only prolonging the grieving process.  I had to accept it and face it in order to get myself back on track.  I had to REFLECT on what had happened, and the affect the loss had on me.  Which is what I did.

I have taken the past couple of weeks to really work on getting back to a better version of me.  I have read a couple of books, started opening myself to God again, and really doing my best to move forward.  I have made several changes with my daily routines that have helped me to move forward.  For the most part I feel that I am finally at peace with the loss. I am ready to get back out into the world.  To share, to love, and to enjoy everything that this life has to offer.


The emotions will still creep up on occasion, like when a certain song is playing, but now I allow myself time to be sad.  I allow myself to cry and not fight the tears.  Then I say a small prayer thanking God for giving me grace, being by my side, and for calling my dad to Heaven with him.  Because if I am being honest – that is the absolute best place he could be!



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Fall Bucket List

Happy fall ya’ll!  So in my last post I talked a little about fall fashion, and posted a link to some of the items I have purchased for the upcoming season.  Which I have not been able to wear since that post!  So to keep the fall theme going in my life – because you know I am a little jealous of those that actually get to experience fall – I have decided to make a bucket list of all the “fall like” things I want to do I am able to do in Louisiana!

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  1.  Decorate the house/porch/patio
  2. Go to a football game
  3. Make apple cider
  4. S more’s by the fire-pit
  5. Go to a corn maze
  6. Paint pumpkins
  7. Make homemade apple sauce
  8. Go on a picnic
  9. Have a chili bar for dinner
  10. Make caramel apples
  11. Bake pumpkin bread
  12. Take a family bike ride
  13. Homemade hot cocoa
  14. Host Thanksgiving
  15. Give thanks and be greatful


As you can see it is a very short list with a lot of cooking type activities……this is what happens when you live in a place that doesn’t have cool weather, changing leaves, or apple orchards!

Hopefully you guys will be able to enjoy some awesome fall activities with your families!

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Fall has arrived,

But truth be told it will be gone soon.  For my long time readers you know in past posts I have often talked of how Louisiana basically has one season……HOT!

We will have a few weeks of actual fall like weather, it will turn hot again, and then we will have a very brief winter before it is…….you guessed it – hot again!

This very bipolar weather doesn’t really give this girl much of an opportunity to have a fall or winter wardrobe.  I basically concentrate more on lighter-outer layers as opposed to sweaters or thick outer wear.  Chances are I will be shedding those sleeves by noon, but my love for fashion makes me drool over the winter options my fellow bloggers and out of state friends/family get to wear.

So in honor of our two weeks of a breeze fall season I wanted to share a few of the pieces I have purchased recently, as well as some that I would LOVE to have if only it was practical for me!





I hope you like some of the pieces I have recently incorporated into my wardrobe, and that they could be an option for you in your fall season.  You can find all of the pieces (and many that are similar) at NORDSTROM!

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Grievance & Support

I would like to thank those of you that know me personally, and that have offered your support during such a difficult time.  For my readers that are not aware, my father lost his battle to cancer on October 2, 2017……just a short six months after he was diagnosed.  For this reason I have been absent from the blog world during the month of October.  It was more important for me to spend time with family, and to help support my mother during this difficult time.  I was not comfortable with writing a post about his passing at the time, which is why only those that know me personally are aware of what was going on.  It has taken several weeks for me to get to a point of being ready to share my loss.

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October has always been known as the breast cancer awareness month.  While I have personally known people who have fought (and some lost) battles with the horrible disease, it is also liver cancer awareness month.  This is the battle that my dad had to fight.  I wanted to take a moment to show my support for liver cancer before the month is over.  This is for you dad!

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Let’s talk skincare

If you are like me you have been using some type of skincare products for the past few 25 years.

I have to admit that my first introduction to skincare was not “love at first use”!  I loved my makeup from the time I was allowed to wear it, but having to wash my face at night with anything other than my bath soap was absurd!  Oh wait, then you also want me to wash it in the morning…..um, why?  Shouldn’t my face still be clean from the night before?

I have tried many – MANY – different products over the years.  Starting with basic face care products from trusty old Walmart, then on to direct sale companies like Aloette/Mary Kay, on to department store products, back to box store products, designer brand products, then dabbling into some DIY products, and back to my brand names because who has time to make stuff?…..and the cycle would just continue.  Never really truly finding anything that I absolutely loved and would stick with.  Trust me when I say this is probably one area that I have wasted the most money on!

As I am trying to really live my best life now, and I am doing my best to be more conscious of what I put on and in my body, I knew that skincare was my top priority.  I didn’t want to keep using the same old products that are filled with chemicals just because some magazine/celebrity swears by them.  Let’s be honest, the products made your skin feel great right after use……but they never really made it feel great all the time!  Oh and let’s not forget the endless amount of break outs or skin reactions from using them!


I longed to find something effective, non-toxic, and that made my skin feel just as fabulous hours after using as it would as soon as it was rinsed off.  So I started my research, and that is when I came across the best skin care products I have used to date!

Tata Harper is a luxurious skin care line that uses non-toxic ingredients.  As a matter of fact, she owns the farm where most of their ingredients are grown, and all of her products are made in small batches at the farm in Vermont!  So not only natural and non-toxic, but they are also made in the USA!


Guys……I am so in love with these products!  They feel wonderful when you use them, have very pleasant smells, and make your skin look fabulous!  Honestly, for the first time in years I am starting to love my skin again.  I will actually go out in public without a full face of make-up now!


I am currently using the regenerating cleanser, concentrated brightening essence (I could bath in this stuff), rebuilding moisturizer, and the restorative eye cream.  These are the products that I use in my daily routine.  I have been using them for about 2.5 months now, and I still have half (or more) of the products left…..so they will last you for a while.  This is with twice daily use!

You can check them out at Amazon

You can also check the products out at Nordstrom

I really like to order from both of the above websites due to the additional perks and rewards program you get from the companies!

*p.s. It also helps that they are in such pretty bottles 😉

Disclosure:  This post contains affiliate links.  The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

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A Life of Simplicity

I have been contemplating writing this post for so long now!  It is after all one of the things that made me want to get back into blogging in the first place.  With so much going through my thoughts, and going on with my life lately……I have just really been craving simplicity.


The realization that I am craving simplicity in my life didn’t happen overnight.  It has been and will continue being a process.  If you know me personally then you know that I live life at 100 mph. All. The. Time!  I have always been constantly doing something, going somewhere, making plans, etc.  I started 2017 off with the same mindset and habits.

Then I boarded a plane in July with my husband, and we spent a week on the island of Grand Cayman for our 10th anniversary.  Life is different on an island.  It is simple.  Peaceful.


No one cares about busyness.  As a matter of fact the only thing you are required to do on the island is liming.  Which simply just means the art of doing nothing! Everything moves at a much slower pace. People aren’t in a huge rush to get somewhere, they take time to savor and enjoy life.   All the stress and anxiety from life at home just melts away.

I lay on the beach day after day listening to the peaceful sound of slow waves rolling in, enjoying time spent with my husband, and time spent with people we met at our resort.  It all began to wear on me, I was exhausted with life.  I was tired of being tired.  I wanted change……something has to change!  I longed to have that same simplicity in my day to day life.


Over the past several weeks I have been really looking at my life.  Everything from habits I have (good and bad), material things I have, what I put in my body, what I put on my body, and how I spend my time.  I started thinking of things that needed to change.

Designing a simple life means having fewer distractions in your life, so you can focus on what matters.  As I work to simplify my life, I want to be intentional about choices that I make.  I want to remove what I do not need in all areas – home, food, products, schedules, thoughts, etc. – and add things that are meaningful to me, loved, and valued.

I decided that I would chronicle my baby steps to simplicity here.  After all this will be a process, and all processes usually start with “why”?  So step one……..

What is my why?  To have a stress-free, meaningful life.  To live intentionally, to have peace, and to have more gratitude.

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Let’s talk essential oils!

What are essential oils?  Well to very briefly sum it up they are naturally occurring compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants.  They usually have a strong smell because they are highly concentrated, and they can be pleasant or downright nasty smelling depending on the person.  I have oils that I love or hate that other people I know think the opposite about!


I am not here to lecture you on essential oils, to teach you all about them, nor to pretend that I know what I am talking about when it comes to these little bottles of goodness.  Oh no!  We all have the internet and know how to use it…..I mean if you are reading this post you know how to use the internet, right?  Right!  If you want to know more about them I will leave the research up to you!  I am simply going to share some of my favorite oils & their uses with you.


I will first start of by telling you that I am by no means a promoter of any one particular brand of oil.  I do not sell them at all!  I have tried several different brands, which all have been great, but I mainly order my oils off of amazon from the NOW Foods line.  They are high quality oils for a much cheaper price than others.  I have also used Young Living and know a few people that use doTerra.  Both of those brands are great as well…..I really like to save money, and the NOW oils are the same quality with a much cheaper price tag.  The only thing I will warn you about as far as ordering from online sources are to do you research.  Please make sure that you are getting a very good quality, organic, authentic oil.


I must first start with one of my favorite & most used oils.   Peppermint!  You will find that most people that use essential oils go through this one the most…..it will be a close race with lavender.  I use this oil for so many different things.  One of the main things that we use this oil for in our home is just for the dang scent.  I love the smell of peppermint oil!  Outside of freshening the air we use it for headaches and muscle soreness the most.  Just a little dab on your temples can help to relieve headaches, and when mixed in with some oil/lotion it can do wonders for muscle aches.  I also very often place several drops into a cup of Epsom salts to soak in after workouts!  It can also be used for digestion, but I do have a blend that I use specifically for that reason.


As I stated the second most used oil in my house is lavender oil.  I love this for so many reasons.  Aside from the obvious use of helping you to sleep, I have used it for achy legs at night, bug bites, cuts, and bruises.  So many nights my legs have been achy and restless from a big workout.  I simply rub a little lavender oil onto the legs and they calm right down!  It does wonders for mosquito bites as well!


DiGiZen is a blend that I order for…….you guessed it digestion!  I have ridiculous digestive issues that I will not go into detail about, I know you are thanking me!  This oil is a lifesaver!  It is a blend of peppermint, tarragon, ginger root, fennel, anise star, and lemongrass.  This oil is a dupe for the DiGize from Young Living oils.  You will have to mix this with a carrier oil (jojoba, coconut, olive, etc.) because it is a “hot” oil.  Basically it has a burning sensation, but it will not actually burn your skin.  Anytime I have a little tummy issue I just roll this blend on and let it work its magic!


One of my very favorites from NOW foods brand that I use every single night…..peaceful sleep!  I mean the name just says it all!  It has a floral-citrus aroma.  I find it to be a very pleasant smell, but I have had one person that ordered this on my recommendation that doesn’t care for the scent.  Unfortunately that is a chance you take regardless of the oil you purchase.  It is a blend of orange, tangerine, lavender, chamomile, ylang ylang, and sandlewood.  I diffuse this every night while we are sleeping.  It truly does help!  If there is a night that I forget to set up the diffuser, my sleep is always restless that night!


Nature’s shield is one that we have started using again recently with all of the yuckies going around. If you are familiar with Young Living oils this is a dupe for thieves.   This blend is formulated to promote a healthy environment.  We use it to purify our rooms, as well as to clean with.  It is a blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus, and rosemary oils.  Mix this will a little orange oil and it smells like Christmas!


Eucalyptus is usually always in my collection, especially during cold season.  Many of you already know that it is highly recommended to use this scent when you are sick……of course many of the things you can purchase in stores with eucalyptus are synthetic fragrances.  If you have ever tried this in a bath wash, lotion, etc. that didn’t work for you – PLEASE buy a pure eucalyptus oil and try again!  It truly is amazing how it will help with the stuffies!  Another great oil blend for sinus/colds when you are stuffy and coughing is the RC Blend from Young Living.


Tea Tree oil is a must for cleansing and purifying.  This oil is used most often for cuts/scrapes.  You will need to dilute it with a carrier oil if applying to a wound.  It is reported as a great oil for fungal infections; however, I cannot attest to how it works with those.  It will also help dry up acne breakouts.  With that said, I only have hormonal breakouts few and far between……if you have a teenager with serious acne I would do more research before using the oil.


Last but not least is lemon.  I mainly use my lemon oil for my DIY cleaners.  Other than cleaning, it is used for freshening up the air.  I have a bottle of this as a room spray that I will use when things smell a little funky……which happens when you have teenage boys, lol!

Those are not the only oils that I use/have used, but they are the ones that I always have on hand at any given time.  Some of the ways that I use them besides in a diffuser or topically are; making my own cleaners, dryer sheets, hand sanitizer, room sprays, bath salts, etc.  There are so many things that you can do with them.  Just a simple google or Pinterest search will give you a ton of ideas.  I travel with my oils as well.  Just remember that if you take them on a flight, the liquid rules do apply for checked luggage.

**p.s. if you can only purchase a couple of oils at a time I highly recommend starting with peppermint and lavender….and lemon if a third oil is an option for you.  These three are power house oils that you can do so much with!  I purchase all of my essential oils from //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=tf_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=helennaturall-20&marketplace=amazon®ion=US&placement=B002N0PY8S&asins=B002N0PY8S&linkId=06ca54ee1c66a83cc24cafbc279d06ca&show_border=false&link_opens_in_new_window=false&price_color=333333&title_color=0066c0&bg_color=ffffff“>here!

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Sometimes a break is all you need!

Well hello lovely readers!  As you can tell I have been on a long hiatus from the blogging world…..or really just from writing blog posts.  I have continued to love, follow, and read blogs daily.  I was just so “done” with writing my own.  I am not sure why?  I was at the point where I didn’t post frequently due to time and schedule.  I just wasn’t able to keep up with the dailyish posting.  So like most things, my little corner of the internet was placed on a back burner.

I will admit that I have gone back and forth several times on returning to the writing/blogging world.  I just wasn’t exactly sure if I really wanted to do it again, but after typing a new post several (and I do mean several) times throughout the past several months – I have decided to start back.  With that said, I have also told myself that there will be no pressure for daily posts.  It was great when I first started.  I had so much to share with my new lifestyle change.  If you have been around since the beginning, then you know that this started as a healthy eating blog.  From there I started throwing in various posts and topics that I enjoyed.  With my clean eating lifestyle being so new, I had so much content in my head.  I also had so many new & different recipes that I was trying out.  I guess after a couple of years, I just wasn’t as into it anymore!

Pressure!  I think it is surely what caused me to give it up.  Not pressure from anyone else, but pressure from myself.  I have now realized that I do not have to blog daily, every other day, or even weekly if I do not want to.  I can blog on my own frequency terms.  I still have so much I am passionate about, so much that I would love to share.  So I am giving myself the freedom to blog when and about what I want…..which is the whole point of having your own blog right?  So this will be my little piece of the internet that is about my passions and lifestyle.


While I still like to live a healthy lifestyle…..I will be a big girl and admit that A LOT has changed.  I did fall on and off of the eating wagon a lot.  As well as the exercise wagon!  I was so done with not allowing myself to have things that I enjoyed.  I was burnt out on my lifestyle……or what I thought was a lifestyle.   However, over the past couple of years I realized that a lifestyle should be joyous and happy.  Now don’t get me wrong, I know life is not always rainbows and sunshine!  I have my ups and downs just like everyone else, but dang it if a glass of wine makes me happy…….then I should drink the damn wine!

I decided over time that I would enjoy all of the things in life that make me happy.  Like wine, chocolate, dessert, Louisiana food, etc.  So I have added a few inches back to my body, it is not the end of the world……because you know what?  While someone is out there obsessing over a 5lb weight gain, and a 1 inch increase…….I am drinking the damn wine and loving it!

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