Back On The Wagon


Check out my girl Megan’s post on getting back on track. That is the hardest problem for me. My weakness? Holiday sweets….darn them!

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I have fallen off the wagon. And unfortunately it has taken me too long to really see and acknowledge I have. My eating habits through the holidays have been awful. I have fully enjoyed sweets and indulgent food and my waistline has definitely been showing it.

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Single During the Holidays – It Really is OKAY


To all my single ladies….

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Today I had the privilege of taking care of one of my favorite patients. He is an older gentleman and often forgets what he asked me the week before. As a result, some of his questions repeat themselves, including his advice. It is a regular question to ask me if I am married and when I answer no, if I am dating someone, I then say no again. His response is always “and that is okay!”

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Be With Someone That Makes You Feel Nothing Short of Amazing




“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” Brené Brown

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I often find fear is the root cause in terms of what makes people settle…fear that we will not come across something better than the status quo and therefore we succumb to lounging in misery and even convince ourselves that we are content with it. Brene Brown, an acclaimed researcher who examines issues like vulnerability, has previously been featured in TED talks and brought up an interesting point. In efforts to not take away from her brilliance, I will briefly summarize. She points out that we take quite a bit of time (in my case 25 years) to truly accept and love ourselves. We are our own toughest…

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Beauty Gifts


Here is my latest post ‘beauty’ post…if you are in need of some ideas for your female friends and family, here are a few ideas that might help!

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There is nothing I love more than to come across a good gift for an amazing price! The holiday’s are expensive enough let alone trying to purchase the perfect gift for your loved ones.

Being in the Beauty Industry, I want to find items that are a little more personalized than the generic items that seem to plague the stores this time of year. I know that beauty items are in themselves so expensive, but here are a few gift ideas to help you out.

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Kids are Thankful for the Darnedest Things


What are you thankful for?

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As Thanksgiving quickly approaches I am reminded of all that I have to be thankful for: God, family, friends, a home, food on the table, and a plethora of other things.

thankful My heart is so full of gratitude.

I considered writing about all the things I am thankful for, but decided that there is another group of people who have a different and maybe more pure aspect on thankfulness. Our children.

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What Dating Has Taught Me About Commitment


Erica’s post on commitment is definitely worth the share!

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What Dating Has Taught Me About Commitment. Or rather, “What Online Dating has Taught me About LACK of Commitment.”

It’s no secret that I’m single ; I’ve written frequently about it on this blog. I haven’t always been single, but for the majority of my life I have been. To me, being single is comfortable.

That doesn’t mean I don’t desire a relationship, though. No, I have a DEEP desire to find the one I want to spend my life with. Marriage is one of my biggest dreams, and I truly do hope it is in my future.  But the journey to whoever my knight and shining armor may be, has been quite the bumpy road , but I’ve learned a great deal (spoiler: he might not be a knight in shining armor).

Heart in the woods

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Ridiculously Quick & Easy Basil Bean Dip (& a Simple Sandwich)


This looks amazing! Anyone else want to try this recipe with me?

The Grateful Grazer

Ridiculously Quick & Easy Basil Bean Dip - The Grateful Grazer

Between work, family, friends, travel, and spending some QT with my pup, life can get pretty hectic.  Sometimes it seems like a struggle just to get food on the table…and I know I’m not alone. A 2011 study looking at 34 mostly Western countries found that Americans spend the least amount of time preparing food (30 minutes compared to an average 2 hours and 8 minutes). We also spend less time actually eating it (1 hour and 14 minutes compared to an average 1 hour and 41 minutes). Between our busy-is-better corporate culture, abundance of fast food restaurants and the dominance of packaged “convenience foods” over “real food” in grocery stores, I can’t say I was surprised by these results. But what impact are our busy schedules having on our health (and our waistlines)? Notably, this study also concluded that Americans are twice as likely to be obese, have a…

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Halloween Party Mix


Happy Halloween!

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Not only is it Friday…it also just so happens to be one of my favorite holidays. IT’S HALLOWEEN!

“…This is Halloween, Halloween, Halloween…” (The Nightmare Before Christmas, 1993)

Halloween, for me, has so many fond memories. We would have family parties where would be contests of which family had the best costumes. The creativity really flowed. We would try to come up with the biggest and best costumes because that was totally awesome. I mean, if you didn’t have a great costume then you weren’t really celebrating Halloween properly.

HalloweenCostume2014 Dave and Sara’s Halloween Costume (my little brother and his fiancé)

My family would watch scary movies. We would take over the kitchen and carve pumpkins. We would make scary treats to share. When we would go Trick-or-Treating, my parents always made sure we went to our Grandparent’s houses first. This was where we had a mini photo shoot and even…

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Week 7: Oh for the Love of Coffee!


Yep…Week 7 Recap….stay strong and laugh long…

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This week emotionally was incredibly rough.  Don’t worry, it is OK.  In life you will have weeks like this.  It is through these weeks that you can say, “Catie-girl, this week will come and go and what is most important is that you survived!”  This week is the last week I will be at the salon.  I have chosen to step away from something that I love very much.  I was too stressed trying to balance everything.

So in the course of the last month here is what all has occurred:  I had a break-up with a friend I started dating, I broke-up with Starbucks, I stepped away from the salon and I still feel blah.  My current full-time job is what is allowing my bills to be paid, insurance to be covered, and I do like what I am doing.  I just recognized the stress inevitably was going…

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