Boundaries

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Sorry, it’s been a while! 🙂

Let’s get to it!

Everyone has boundaries. Whether they are social, personal or relationship boundaries…you have them.

As for me, I have a lot boundaries. It could be my crippling anxiety or my comedic distrust in people, but it’s quite evident when you have crossed my boundaries.

Over Christmas break, I was unable to go home for the holidays! 😦

But I got invited to a girlfriend’s house, whom I spent Thanksgiving with. It’s always drinking and laughs, so I did not mind.

So my friend has a very fun and very sweet, younger  sister, whom I have totally clicked with. We text all the time and she’s just awesome.

Well, her fiance was there for Christmas. There is only one word to describe him and that’s ‘blah.’  He just not someone I would expect her to date. To each his own.


Anyway….they have been together for 2 years and will be married in 3 months. I don’t know if they are still going through a phase or what but he can’t keep his hands off her. It’s pretty uncomfortable. I get it when people are in love and they just like touching each other and what not. I get it.

I’m no prude but when you are at a family gathering, as this one was, you’d think people would be a little more conservative.  I’m not saying they should sit 10 feet away from each other but damn! They were constantly kissing and sitting in each others lap and she had a tiny skirt on. I mean, her 95 year old grandmother was there. I was literally so uncomfortable with it. It’s like they have taken each others independence.


In a relationship, I need my own space. Her mother, who is a lovely woman, keeps her mouth shut about pretty much everything said to them, “do you guys just ever stop touching each other?” Even if this woman knows whats up.

Anyway…he literally has to touch her at all times. Have you ever met an annoying couple like that?

Am I making this into something bigger than it is?


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I Don’t Cook

There are probably a total of 3 things that I cook and 1 of those includes easy mac. And being snowed in yesterday (12inchs) I went in a downward spiral food absorption/binging. I’m not very proud of this but I did get a pretty awesome recipe out of it.

As I was looking in my cabinets and fridge for a decent meal, I thought everything was going to be lost. So I searched the internet for 3 ingredient recipes and I cam across one of my favorite and probably easiest recipes by far. Breaded chicken breasts.


 

Now, I know you are thinking. It’s just breaded chicken. Ha! No it’s easy as shit breaded chicken.

Ingredients

2 Eggs

2 Large Chicken Breasts

Ritz Crackers

Butter

Salt

Pepper

^Look at that! That is literally it!

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Whisk 2 eggs in a bowl.
  3. Mix crushed crackers, salt and pepper in a separate bowl (*I also added a little garlic).
  4. Dip your chicken breast into the eggs, then into the cracker combination.
  5. Place in pan.
  6. Sprinkle the leftover crushed crackers on top of chicken.
  7. Put 4 teaspoons (or how much you would like) of butter around the chicken in the pan.
  8. Pop that bitch into the oven for 40 minutes or until the juices run clear.

Then walah! You have breaded chicken! So freaking delicious! You can thank you me later!

Love,

T


How Much is too Much?

I don’t know why I’ve been talking about relationships so much lately but I feel like I needed to share this.

Have you ever been in a relationship where the guy or girl was very protective? My next question is, How much is too much?

In my previous relationship, there was a few instances where I questioned his “protective” instincts.  At first I thought it was an endearing quality that he wanted to protect me or wanted to know where I was, all the time. I thought, “awe that’s cute.”  As time passed, I started getting annoyed with the fact that every time he called or I got home, he would ask me where I was and who I was with.  My response would be “I just got off work. Where do you think?!”  It got to a point where is was constant. He was constantly nagging.

At one point he followed me to work and I saw him sitting outside during the day. I called him to see what he was doing and played like I didn’t know where he was. He said that he was at the store. Two minutes later, I saw him leave. Shortly after that, we broke up, on my terms. I still see him ride by my house here and there, which is another story in itself.

In hindsight, I should have noticed the signs. I really think his actions were a start to what could have been a very destructive relationship and possibly abusive. I’m very lucky that I ended it before it got to that point.

I want to believe that I was strong enough to leave but I know there are others that are not so strong. And it sometimes gets to a point where it’s too late. If someone that is reading this has experienced something similar or worse, you are not alone!

Clean Hair, Don’t Care

Let’s talk hair products.

I’m very, very picky about what I put on my hair. Once, when I was in high school, I took a box of dye to my mane and my hair over-processed. My hair was literally snapping off. I was crying and vigorously washing the devil’s potion out. I went to my aunt, who is a hair stylist and she cut all the bad parts out and also put some hair restorative conditioner to help with what hair I had left. Now, I would share a picture of this but for obvious reasons, I have burned all the remaining evidence of this horrible time in my life. So I found this sweet picture that is very close to what was happening on my head.

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So picture this but a little more choppy.  Oh and add braces AND glasses. Yeaaaa.

I was cute. So since that traumatic experience, I cannot stress that I’m very careful who cuts/colors and what products go on my head.

So with that, I kept seeing advertisements for Shea Moisture as well as a the product itself on the shelves at stores. I kept thinking, well that looks interesting…let me do some research. After doing my research, it fit my criteria…so sulfate free and color safe. It also has raw and a lot of certified organic products. Winning. I found where you can get FREE LARGE samples here plus a $2 off coupon! It also looks like they are restocking some so keep checking in for your free samples. Double Winning.

So I got my sample 2 days ago and have been using it daily (which I tend to wash my hair daily anyways because I can’t control all this madness and super thickness).


Can I just say, it’s totally going on my top 5 product list…I’m not even kidding. This stuff is good.

It’s the Shea Moisture- Raw Shea Butter

This is what the label says! “Moisturizes and repairs lifeless dry, damaged or over-processed natural hair. Intensive care, healing treatments and styling aids perfect for transitioning chemically treated hair to healthy natural hair.”

Pros

  1. My hair is friggin soft.
  2. Smells like the beach…a good beach.
  3. The smell stays all day.
  4. My hair is shiner.
  5. It didn’t frizz up after blow drying and straightening.
  6. You really don’t need to use much (Saving!)

Cons

  1. Although it smells amazing…it is very strong (still not totally a strike for me).
  2. I had to really make sure it was washed out. I know with previous sulfate free shampoos, it takes a minute to wash out.

So all in all, I give this stuff an 9/10. I’m totally going to order more samples of the other Shea Moisture line, just to see what the other stuff is like but I WILL be buying this one!

 

 

Gym Etiquette


I had a recent experience at the gym that has left me to write a PSA. Now we all know the basic public etiquette but do we know gym etiquette…totally different.  Here, I will layout do’s and don’ts at the gym so you and the others around you can have a great gym experience.

DON’T

Lay your mat right next to someone….  C’mon! Guys, you wouldn’t use the urinal right next to someone in the restroom, would you?  Same applies here. I don’t really know the equivalent for girls but you get the idea.

DO

Lay your mat a healthy distance away. I would say 5 feet is a good starting point.  If the gym is empty…make the distance a little longer.

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DON’T

This is very similar to the one above.  Don’t jump on the treadmill or bike right next to another person when there are 20 others! Personal space please!

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DO

Grab one about 2 down. That would be fine with me!

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DON’T

Do not take a million selfies while people are trying to workout. You are really getting in the way and although your insta-followers love seeing your toned tummy, people in the gym could care less.

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DO

If you want to snap pics of yourself at the gym, make sure you are not surrounded by people actually working out. Just don’t get in their way. It’s rude. Do it in the locker room or find a space where no one is around.

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DON’T

Please don’t be a gym hoarder. This is totally one of my biggest pet peeves! UGH! They take all the equipment and don’t share. So obnoxious! Just don’t do.

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DO

Take 1 or 2 pieces of equipment and put them back immediately after finished. And if you must use a million pieces, please share when someone asks.

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DON’T

Do not take pictures of girls and/or guys while they are working out.  Just don’t do it. It’s gross! There is no DO for this one!

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These are just a few of the things that irritate me at the gym. I’m sure others have experienced similar situations! Please drop a line in the comment section below about your gym experiences!

 


21 Day Fix

10 Best Practices for Inner Peace

Between work, home and just life in general, it is really difficult to take some time to just BREATH! So…I have outlined 10 of my best practices for inner peace! These small things really help me and I hope they help you!

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Live Unplugged

Try to live unplugged as much as you can! By unplugged, I mean leave the phone alone. Don’t take it to dinner with you, leave it on the charger in another room while watching tv! Just leave it! You’ll feel instantly better and people will enjoy your company as well as your undivided attention.

Take a New Fitness Class

Whether it is Yoga, Pilates, or Crossfit; find out what works for you. Even if it’s, pole dancing! Do it! The extra energy will feel great and your body will look awesome too! Bonus!

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Try a New Hobby

Always wanted to make your own clothes? Do it!! Take a cooking class! Try surfing. Do something that you find enjoyable!

Read More

This could go under hobby so it’s sorta cheating…oh well! I enjoying reading and nothing feels better than getting absorbed into a story and really connecting to the characters! Here is one of my posts above about my favorite Summer Reads!

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Sleep In

Feeling drained all the time? That’s your body telling you that you need to catch up on some zzzz’s. On your day off, don’t set your alarm and just let your body naturally wake you up! You’ll be glad you did! And don’t forget, sleep cures almost anything!

Treat Yo Self!

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Take a personal day and just pamper yourself. Get a massage or a facial. Do something that makes your feel good! I’m not girlie girl but getting a mani/pedi always makes me feel pretty!  (Thank you Parks and Rec for that sweet gif!)

Meditate

This isn’t for everyone but I’ve heard that once you get in to it, then you’re able to control your inner peace. But if you’re anything like me, where you have a constant rap song playing in your head or just an up beat tempo, clearing your mind can be a little tricky. So go back to taking up a new hobby!

Look for a New Work Adventure

Boy, have I had some bad jobs! Going home super stressed thinking about that stupid job and barely being able to sleep because a million things are running through your head. I swear, my last position, I went through a bottle of wine a night and I don’t even care for wine that much! It really takes a toll on your body and mind and it’s just not worth it! So find another job that you love! Say “peace bitches,” to that ungrateful boss that doesn’t appreciate you or your work ethic!

Just Dance

One of my favorite things to do at home is blast some music and do stuff around the house. Which usually involves me dancing. And sometimes I don’t even complete the work I was set to do. Instead, I find myself performing and just dancing around my house. When I’m finished I’m usually laughing and smiling. Can’t dance? Who cares…you’re home alone, just do it, even if you’re in your birthday suit!

Travel Often

Go away for the weekend! Even if it is an hour away.  Just go somewhere and clear your head! If you have the ability, go somewhere farther, preferably a beach with a cold one in your hand! I try to travel as often as possible to keep my sanity!

Easy..right?!? Now, take some time for yourself and relax!

Love ya’ll!

Taylor


Hey Skin, We Need to Talk…

(Update as of 09/09/2016: I have started using Rodan and Fields Unblemish and am currently on week 3 and will keep you posted on the results!)

The Struggle

So, I’m in my late 20’s and I’m struggling with mild adult acne…well sometimes mild. I don’t get it. I literally can’t control my skin. I have used so many different products, as well as changing my diet.  I wash my face daily and I always make sure to take my makeup off before bed or before/after the gym. I also try to go as long as possible without putting any makeup on.

Stop That

My skin wasn’t this bad when I was a teenager. It’s so unnerving. I remember it being such a big deal in High School. “Oh my gosh, I hope no one stares at my giant pimple!” or “there’s no way I’m going to school today with this thing on my face!”  I remember those days…

It doesn’t bother me as bad as it use to or so I thought (I guess I wouldn’t be writing this if it didn’t)….It just keeps getting worse. I’ve been to a dermatologist and lost all hope once my face got scarred from the doc. So I gave up.


The List

Here is the list of products I’ve tried:

  • Dermatologist (prescription meds)
  • Neutrogena
  • Clean and Clear
  • Aveeno
  • Dermalogica*
  • Proactiv
  • Boots No. 12
  • Ulta Face Line
  • Mac Face line
  • Philosophy
  • Clinque
  • Murad

So…here is the short list.  The only real results I’ve had was dermalogica but on the flip side of that, I swear my skin gets use to products…anyway, that lasted a few months.

Help

So here I am reaching out to this wonderful community! Any suggestions? Prayers? Haha! What has or hasn’t worked for you?