My Beautiful, Crazy Life

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fall is Coming..

...and I couldn't be more thrilled to finally experience it. Texas is a great state, but one thing it lacks is all four seasons so to be moving to a state that allows you to experience this is a huge deal for me. I am so ready to feel the crisp autumn air, watch the leaves change colors, wear insane amounts of plaid, and drink inordinate amounts of apple cider/ pumpkin spice lattes while sitting on our back patio. I seriously look forward to building a fall wardrobe this season too considering I've never really had much of one, so consider this post a wish list of sorts. 

Friday, August 15, 2014


It has been a long time coming, but the day has finally come to announce we are moving! We will be moving to Richland, Washington where my amazing husband accepted the job of his dreams working with The Department of Energy as an Environmental Engineer. I never in my wildest dreams imagined that we would be that newlywed couple living thousands of miles away from everything we have ever known starting a brand new life in a brand new state, but here we are about to take on the adventure of a lifetime. It is still so surreal to me, but at the same time so so so exciting. The hubs and I along with his parents will be flying up there real soon to get a feel for the area + do a little apartment searching making me all that more excited to start on this new adventure. It may have been a long wait for this time in our lives to get finally get here, but God's timing is always perfect and we're extremely blessed to have been given such a great opportunity.  I am one proud wifey <3 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Beauty Box 5

It's already time for August's Beauty Box and I'm barely getting around to posting the last 3 months of products that I've received from Beauty Box 5, however, there is a legitimate reason for that and it's called wedding season. Although, I haven't reviewed these products I just wanted to take a second to show you all the great products that come with a Beauty Box 5 subscription incase you wanted to jump on this train and start receiving awesome beauty products yourself. It's not too late to sign up for August's box and receive the awesome full sized lip gloss as pictured below.

A Beauty Box 5 subscription is $12 monthly with free shipping.
If you'd like to get August's box make sure to sign up before August 21.

1. MaskerAide Hydrating Facial Sheet Mask || Full Size, Retail: $5.99
2. H20 Plus Aqualibrium Marine Cleansing Gel || Sample Size, Retail: $18.00
3. Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths || Sample Size, Retail: $2.97
4. Harvey Prince Hello || Sample Size, Retail: $55.00
5. Cattiva Precisione Eye Liner || Full Size, Retail: $20.00

1. Eslor Introductory Collection Calming Kit || Sample Size, Retail: $28.00-$65.00
2. Organix Coconut Water Shampoo and Conditioner || Sample Size, Retail: $7.99
3. Vita Bath Body Wash || Sample Size, Retail: $7.95
4. Nicka K New York Nail Color || Full Size, Retail: $4.99
5. Glam Natural Mascara || Sample Size, Retail: $28.00

1. Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara || Full Size, Retail: $7.99
2. HASK Argan Oil Intense Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment || Sample Size, Retail: $2.49
3. Body Drench Candy Licious Lips || Full Size, Retail: $3.99
4. Anna Naturals Glowing Mama Walnut Face & Body Scrub || Sample Size, Retail: $10.99
5. Starlooks Lip Liner || Full Size, Retail: $12.00

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Healing Through Kindness [Tommy's Stroke Recovery]

I have sat down in front of my computer many times throughout the last few weeks with intent to write this post, however, with each attempt I am quickly reminded of the reality that my dad suffered a major stroke.
Today, I want to share with you his story.

A stroke can happen to anyone, anywhere, but in some cases warning signs occur in the form of TIA's (Trans Ischemic Attacks) otherwise known as a mini stroke. That was the case with my father. He came home from work one evening feeling under the weather with a really bad headache that just wouldn't dull with any amount of pain medicine. He spent all that weekend in bed, which was very unlike him even for being sick. It was on Sunday evening that my mom took him to our small town emergency room where a CT SCAN was ordered to determine the cause of his lingering headache. Late that night we received news that the doctors had found what they thought at the time to be a "bleed on his brain" and airlifted him to San Antonio.

We spent a week in the hospital where nurses monitored his blood pressure and temperature. It was odd that he had a temperature because that meant infection. We learned after receiving the results from his blood cultures that he did in fact have an infection, a blood infection that was treated with antibiotics. In the mean time he had a MRI that showed he had multiple lesions on his brain in which case they then diagnosed him with having had TIA's rather than a brain bleed as previous doctors had concluded. He then went through a battery of tests to figure out the cause. The results from his Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE) showed that he had a blood clot in his heart; his stroke team immediately started giving him blood thinners to prevent future clots from happening and everything seemed to be going smoothly. In fact his fever had subsided, his blood pressure was under control, his headache had weakened enough that he could get out of bed on his own, and his doctor was ready to send him home.  It was a miracle he was still at the hospital that day because that morning he had a severe hemorrhagic stroke that resulted in him being paralyzed on the left side of his body.


It was by the grace of God that he is still with us today. It is still hard for me to accept the fact that my father's life changed in a blink of an eye. He went from being a hardworking, self sufficient welder to being in an in-house rehabilitation center where he is currently in the process of learning to walk again as well as regain movement in his arm. He has come a long way since having a stroke on May 18, 2014 but unfortunately he still has a lot further to go to get back to normalcy. He'll be having many more doctor visits between his cardiologist and neurologist to determine his future healthcare needs.

 It's been a difficult journey for all of us, however it's tough living 6 hours away and not being able to be there for my father. I know how financially and emotionally draining this has been on my family so I put together a fundraising giveaway to help support my parents during this tough time in their life. It's times like these that I am grateful to be a part of such a great blogging community full of people who care as well as full of bloggers who share.

I would be so appreciative if you would help share my dad's story by placing the button below on your side bar and helping to spread the word about a cause that holds a special place in my heart. If you would like to donate a gift for the giveaway please email me or if you would just like to donate funds for his stroke recovery you can find the fundraiser on my sidebar.

Please check out my sidebar to visit all the lovely ladies who are apart of this giveaway. Thank you for all the continued support and prayers!


WHEN: September 1-15
PRIZE: Prize Packages [Number of winners to be determined closer to giveaway date]
HOW TO DONATE: You can donate by visiting Tommy's fundraising page here or by using the sidebar widget.
FUNDS: 100% of the funds will go to my parents to help with medical expenses + out of pocket expenses.
HOW IT WORKS: The giveaway will have two entries: 1) A free entry because I have to follow the rules of giveaway protocol and 2) an additional entry for donating to my dad's cause.