Saturday, July 29, 2017

A Long and Happy Life

This summer has been nothing but crazy! Work has me bogged down, moving to a new town and getting ready for the ultimate adventure; university. Not to mention that T is back. I'm sure if you follow my Instagram you would already figured that out. I figured we could take this time to catch up on what you've all missed out on. So how are you? How's summer treatin' ya'?

At the end of May my old city apartment was full of boxes and a one way ticket out of town. I was ready to take on the next chapter of my life in Conway; single, ambitious and a little anxious. I had to work the weekend of Mother's Day so I didn't have a chance to go visit my mom, but I was also not expecting to wake up to "Hey Stranger?" My guards were high and my blood was boiling and my responses wasn't exactly inviting. What my mom was not expecting on Mother's day was a call at 8 in the morning with me freaking out and admitting that I was still in love with the guy on the other end of that text. I was also a little dumb founded in that realization.

It took a good week for me to realize that this is in fact the right thing to do. Take him back. I now realize that it was the best thing I could have ever done. We have both grown as people, relationally and mentally. I am not here to speak for him, but I do believe that he would agree with all of this. The one thing we both lacked the first time around was communication. Whoever said communication is key was no liar. We are still working on this, but I feel that we are doing a fantastic job at it thus far!

Meredith and I are finally getting settled in to our new home. I am still driving an hour in to work every day which is bound to change soon we all hope. This past week I celebrated my 23rd birthday with a couple of my close friends, family and T, of course! It was nice and laid back which I have very much so learned to love. In less than a month I will step foot back on a college campus and every bit of me is excited about this!

I guess the moral of this story is that its okay to give things in life a second chance. They may come back to bite you, or they may be the best thing that has ever happed. Either way trust your own gut. Don't let others try to steer you away from what you feel is right for you. It may surprise you in the end.

Until next time,
Stephanie


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Spring Favorites

A typical spring in Arkansas is just a less hot summer. Humid, sticky and in the 90s! We go strait from cold winds in the morning, rain in the afternoon, and a heat storm in the evening; good times! This post is not about the weather, rather the things that I have loved over the past few months that are "spring''. This might be a long one so brew a cup o joe and grab a granola bar, sit back and enjoy!

-Stephanie

Entertainment

For many of you that know me personally know that I am totally obsessed with Jackie Kennedy as a role model, wife, mother, trend setter, and as a brilliant woman. I finally jumped on the band wagon that is Amazon Prime and this was my first purchase and by far the best one! I am the worst person to give an accurate movie review being that I'm extremely bias. I am not the type of girl to cry during movies (other than Marley and Me, but honestly the fur babies get me every time)  and this film make me ball like a big ol' sack of potatoes! She was so supportive of JFK and all of his plans. It takes a very strong lady to go through what she went through and still be so classy and put together.

I was never a "Directioner" by any means, but these boys are turning out hit by hit and I'm a fan! I've had this one on repeat since the first day I heard it! I feel the need to wear heart sunglasses and a top knot. It will probably continue into to my summer playlist! 

I have been into plenty of self help books this season. This one has defiantly has done the job of its very blunt title. I am a person that cares too much about the little things and this has inspired me to let the little, and some of the big ones, go. If you are interested in a good enjoyable read and a little self help I suggest "The Life-Changing Magic of Not  Giving a F**K" and its sequel!


Beauty
I'll be the first to say that I have a horrible skin cleansing regimen, and my skin is not as young as it used to be. I didn't think that I would be buying Clinique at 22 though. I've thought of Clinique as a brand for more mature ladies, but they have really broadened their outreach! I am in LOVE with this! Also can we talk about their lip products? My lips haven't been this moisturized in soooo long!   

As most girls I am OBSESSED with this pallet! It smells amazing, it looks amazing, and the boys love it! Too Faced has really outdone them selves again.


Little Things

I've yet again spent money on things I didn't need, this time its the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8! Okay maybe I did "need" it! I'm too ready for the pictures and adventures yet to come!




Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Guess is Over

After a not so long debate of which school it's almost time that I share my official decision with you all, as promised! I of course made sure all of the people that I am closest to in my life knew before, because I'm not "that girl." Let me start off by saying that this is the school I've wanted to attend since I was a youngin'. The school of my dreams, you may say. So in July, fingers crossed, I will be making the move to Conway, AR to attend the University of Central Arkansas to compete my degree in Early Childhood Development (teaching)! Thank you all for your continued love and support in this decision! And since this post is going up on Easter I figured I would add an adorable photo from UCA's facebook page!

-Stephanie

 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Living with HIVES

*WARNING: this post contains some graphic pictures taken from my personal case of CIU*

So this isn't something I normally talk about, but it's really been bugging me lately. HIVES. Itchy little red sores that keep me up at night. My body can't fight them off no matter the amount of Benadryl I have poured into my body, or lathered on my skin. Oh maybe I should introduce what I'm meaning by all this medical babble; hi, I'm Stephanie and I suffer from Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria, or in a generic term chronic hives. You think when you are stressed and a small cluster of hives pops up you are annoyed well try having yours last for 7 to 12 days, turning into black bruises and your skin being paper thin. Let me just show you the journey.

Christmas Eve 2015 I came down with what stared as a stomach virus that lead to a fever during the candle light service at church and then the hives. After hiding out after the last Silent Night my mother looked over at a pail version of myself and knew something had to be done. So this begins the never ending cycle of ER visits, thyroid checks, gallbladder examinations, steroid packs, an unlimited amount of medicated ointments, and EpiPens.

 

Looks painful? It is. It burns, it's tender and can make you the most self cautious person on the planet. Working in the pharmacy I can't help but think that these people don't want me touching their medications because I'm "infected". People ask, "isn't there something your allergist can do to help you?" Yes, and she is following all the protocols for my insurance. We started out on Allegra and Zantac, yes a stomach medication can be used as an antihistamine, and the occasional Benadryl when needed. Well, Benadryl was still needed multiple times a day with the new medications. I felt like a zombie. Our next step was to have me sleep through the outbreaks so Doxapin was prescribed for sedation. This served its purpose but now I would wake up with swollen lips and not being able to breathe; meaning more trips to the emergency room. Our last step for medication was Singular. This did absolutley nothing and something had to change as the hives only seemed to affect my everyday life more and more. 

We've finally come to our last resort, Xolair. It's a fairly new drug that is used only for patients who continue to suffer from hives that can't be controlled by H1 antihistamines. I read multiple pamphlets that suggest all the worst possible outcomes like cancer and parasitic infections. Bug infections are not particularly something I want in life, but the hives are unbearable. I was tired of living my life indoors for the soul fact that I knew people would look or ask question or whatever, but also you have no idea the pain of hitting your leg ever so slightly on the corner of a table and now your pants leg is covered in blood because your skin was so fragile. Now I live a happy, hive controlled life that I am very thankful for. This is just something that I was compelled to share with the world. Why? I don't know, but I hope this helps someone in the world. 

-Stephanie