Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wine Tasting in Ojai

Last weekend Derek and I had a little stay-cation at his parents house in Oxnard.  There is nothing more relaxing than waking up with a view of the water. love.

Saturday we went Wine Tasting at the Old Creek Ranch Road Winery in Ojai. Such a perfect day to sit outside with a glass of vino.  It's a small winery but so gorgeous and peaceful.  I obviously took the opportunity to add 2 bottles to my personal stash.

Wine makes me happy. Time to go pop a bottle…. Yum. Happy Hump Day to me!

Friday, March 28, 2014


I may have a new slight obsession with Revlon ColorBursts.
I love them all. I can't get enough.  They have become a staple in my morning routine.  I started to realize that taking the time to do eye makeup in the morning just wasn't going to happen anymore.  Plus, by the time I got to work I'd forget about the time spent on my eye makeup and give my eyes a good "i'm still sleeping, leave me alone, where is the coffee" eye rub. damn.
Solution? Lip color! Its so easy and adds a little sass to any outfit!

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Simply Balanced

Nothing about life is simple or balanced.  Recently, I've learned to take a moment and relax with my simply balanced cup to tea and everything seems to be calm for a minute.

Life doesn't come with a handbook (although these days I wish it did).

Each day, take a moment to stop, breathe, and be grateful for all that you have... It's too easy to focus on the negatives and not enough on how great life truly is.

A few things (of many) to be grateful for today:
my mom and how amazing she is
that its Thursday and almost the weekend
the weather is perfect
my family (related or not..)
blogging; connecting with new people and hearing new stories
overtime pay (because lets be honest, it was worth the extra few hours)
and lastly, my simply balanced tea... because it is a little reminder to be calm and remember.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Fundrasing

My friend Courtney is one of the nominee's taking part in the Man and Woman of the Year fundraising event for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

A few years ago, my mom won her battle against stage 4 lymphoma only to find out she would shortly after be diagnosed with another form of Lymphoma called Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma (CTCL).

On top of the medications, my mom sits at the hospital 2 days in a row, once a month, for hours, cleaning her blood of this awful disease.  There is no cure for this.  There is only a way to contain it.  It takes away the awful itching and scabbing and other side effects on the outside due to the disease inside.

Courtney, among others, is raising money for research grants for different blood cancers.  Although this money may not go directly to a research grant for the type of cancer my mom suffers from, each dollar will be going towards grants for blood cancers that effect families the way that mine has been.
Please help by spreading the word and taking a moment to donate HERE.  Every dollar counts in our efforts to cure these awful diseases that have hurt so many.