Thursday, October 16, 2014

Firsts.


Bonsoir! 

Have you ever stepped back and looked at a certain situation or day in your life and think you should be the lead actor/actress in the newest sitcom?! No?? Just me? That's alright--cause that's exactly what I'm going to do. 

My life is hilarious. Blessed beyond measure but hilarious. Sometimes I stop and have a good laugh at my quirkiness, my randomness and the cast of characters I meet on the daily. 

I'm an Elite Yelper, I'm sure you've heard me make mention of it... here, here and oh yeah, here! 

I apparently blurt out this fact when I'm totally at a loss for words. That and my views on counties I've never resided in. 

Yelp is kind of my thing lately--for the past three years actually--and its given me the opportunity to meet some really fascinating people and to step a bit out of my comfort zone with cuisines and experiences that I'd otherwise pass on. 

As they did last year, my Yelp Community has put together a challenge of Firsts. From now until the end of the year, think of ten things you would really like to experience, learn or discover that you have not yet had a chance to. 

Rachel M's 2014 Yelp First 
1. Paddleboarding-- I live in SoFla and have seen and admired (from afar) all the novice paddleboarders and have toyed with the idea of a Groupon and the open waters. As it is I have balance issues on land so this will definitely be interesting. ::zips up life jacket::
2. Dine at an Ethiopian restaurant-- This year I've tried Vietnamese food for the first time and loved it. Thanks to Yelp my palate has expanded beyond rice and beans and I'm psyched to try a new cuisine. 
3. Reach Intermediate Level of Conversational French. Sigh. My dad has been trying for decades now to really get my French proficiency up and I'm happy to say I'm committing to it! "Fier de moi, papa?"
4. Take a dance class. Bachata. Kompa. Salsa. Would love to brush up on my dance skills!
5. Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and the Literacy Coalition. 
6. Ride a bike! No comments. 
7. Successfully grow a patio garden. Started earlier this year and it bombed. 
8. Evangelize with my church's outreach group.
9. Read the entire book of Psalms.
10. Take a historical tour of Broward/Palm Beach. 


I'll keep you all posted on the success of this endeavor! 

Are there anythings you'd like to try/accomplish before 2014 comes to an end??



 Until next time loves!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Vitality Vox Box: The Essentials!!

Hello friends!!


First things first-- yours truly celebrated a birthday 6 days ago!! While I didn't have a huge spectacular celebration, I had a wonderful time ushering in a new year and thanking God for another year and amazing family and friends! 

Secondly, I could not let the Vitality Vox Box campaign end without sharing my thoughts on the contents from this last campaign! 

A quick overview with photos to share with you all my thoughts and recommendations: 


First Degree Advanced Burn Cream
I literally laughed out loud when I opened up my Vitality Vox Box and discovered this gem. I visited First Degree's website and discovered their stat indicating that 70% of families experience minor burns---this could not be more true for my household! 

Just several months ago I burned my right hand and really wished I had this on hand. To be honest, I haven't used it yet cause-- knock on wood... no burns recently. However, I do like that it works well with all minor burns--grilling, cooking or burns from a curling iron--you know you've been there ;) I intend on using it to help heal scars quicker--still working on the one from my last burn. 

Playtex Sport Fresh Balance
Playtex<sup>®</sup> Sport<sup>®</sup> Fresh Balance™ Regular Absorbency


Tampons are one of the essentials that all women eventually need but we don't always discuss... I'm more inclined to say--"what shade of lipstick are you wearing" versus "what are you using for your normal flow days".  

I'm normally inclined to purchase the Tampax brand and this is one of the items that I'm brand loyal to but was pleasantly surprised by SPORT Fresh Balance. I don't run marathons but I'm pretty sure I could without feeling uncomfortable. 

Love the idea of an odor shield and all around protection. Essentials, I tell ya! 

Pure Leaf Iced Tea



Pure Leaf is not new to me. I've been enjoying this refreshing drink for some time and can't rave about it enough!! I love that its found at several stores and more importantly at a great price! 

Pure Leaf Lemon is perfect served cold and fresh from the bottle. It's not too sweet but the right amount of tea to not feel guilty and to have over and over again. The Lemon flavor is my favorite, although the Honey Green Tea is a clooose second. 


CUBE_Vanilla_Bean

Softlips Cube

This was my first experience with Softlips and I am a FAN!! Love the compact size and the cube container makes it easy to hold and apply. The Vanilla Bean flavor is not overpowering and glides on smoothly. Some lip balms leave a weird, filmy feeling but no such complaints with Softlips! 

I definitely plan on purchasing the Fresh Mint flavor, I have high expectations that it will be just as satisfying. 


As with the other campaigns, I received this complimentary box full of the fun products above to sample and share my thoughts on. All of the feedback and reviews are my own!


Try these items out and let me know what you think!! Would love to hear what your thoughts are!


Until next time, 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

#JoySnatchers || Day 2.

Good morning: 

Today is Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014. ::let that sink in:: Where has the time gone?!?

It's one thing to be away, its an entirely other thing to be absent--with that said, I've been away :)

September is always an interesting time for me. 

My birthday falls right in the middle of September. 

I start to ask myself the questions that many people do as they enter a new age, a new season. 

Are you certain, you're going to be _________ years old? (This "age line" is awkwardly long... LOL)

What does Buzzfeed say you should be doing/having overcome/or stop doing prior to turning ______years old?

How much can you check off of your Life Plan list? (Sometimes referred as The Bucket List)

While some of these questions are necessary for growth in all facets of life-- they can be stressful. We must be careful to not let these answers weigh us down. 

GG Renee of All The Many Layers has created a self-discovery challenge to help her readers truly identify who they are and who they would like to be. 

Now, I know that my blog posts are inconsistent-- while that is a fact I am so desperately trying to change, I'm going to keep it real and disclaim that you may not see a post everyday. Days when I don't make it to this space, I'll keep a record and share back with you lovelies at a later time. 



We are officially three days into said challenge and I'm just sitting down for the task but better late then never... 

I'll start here on the blog with Day 2. Joy Snatchers. 


When I think about the things, attitudes and lies that try and snatch at my joy, I think of 

* Comparison 
* Fear
* Insecurity
* Doubt 
* Hopelessness 

I am reminded of Habakkuk 3:18-19 that reminds us that even in the midst of chaos, destruction and uncertainty

"yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation. The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He will make me as surefooted as a deer and bring me safely over the mountains. 

What are the joy snatchers in your life? What things, thoughts and attitudes take your peace and joy? 

Identify them today and start denouncing them away! 

P.S. If you would like to participate in this month's self-discovery challenge, feel free to sign up on GG Renee's page through the link above. If you feel like sharing, leave me a message or comment below and I'll come by and visit! 


Always with love,