TEAL PUMPKIN PLEDGE: WE’RE IN

teampubkintease_2e5f4459393d837fb356284845d2d58d.today-inline-large2x

One of our favorite nights of the year is almost here…HALLOWEEN!  But what is the most exciting night of the year for some, can be the deadliest for others…and we’re not talkin’ about Ghosts and Goblins…We’re talking about, Food Allergies.  Peanuts, Nuts, Dairy, Wheat and more…being uneducated and unsympathetic to Food Allergies has gone out of style.  Check out some ‘haunting’ statistics below that ain’t no ‘boo’ crap:

  • Researchers estimate that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies.
  • This potentially deadly disease affects 1 in every 13 children (under 18 years of age) in the U.S. That’s roughly two in every classroom.
  • The economic cost of children’s food allergies is nearly $25 billion per year.
  • According to a study released in 2013 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies among children increased approximately 50% between 1997 and 2011.
  • Every 3 minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency department – that is more than 200,000 emergency department visits per year.
  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported that food allergies result in more than 300,000 ambulatory-care visits a year among children under the age of 18. Food allergy is the leading cause of anaphylaxis outside the hospital setting.
  • Teenagers and young adults with food allergies are at the highest risk of fatal food-induced anaphylaxis.
  • Individuals with food allergies who also have asthma may be at increased risk for severe/fatal food allergy reactions.
  • It is possible to have anaphylaxis without any skin symptoms (no rash, hives).
  • Failure to promptly (i.e., within minutes) treat food anaphylaxis with epinephrine is a risk factor for fatalities.
  • Eight foods account for 90 percent of all reactions: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish. Even trace amounts of a food allergen can cause a reaction.
  • A new wave of bullying has surfaced: Food Allergy Bullying.  Check out this article for the unbelievable new trend in bullying, that 1 in 3 kids with food allergies experiences.

There are plenty of naysayers on the food allergy front, which makes the allergies all the more dangerous.  Having a deadly allergy myself, to peanuts…life has been quite a bit more difficult to safely navigate than you’d think, due to Peanuts.  I feel like they follow me everywhere.

When I was little, Peanut allergies were NOT common, if anything-most people brushed my allergy off as an overreaction and I was even teased over it.  When I was little I had a group of boys in my class smear peanut butter all over my locker at school, because they didn’t believe my allergy…I remember they were actually standing and watching as I got up to my locker and cried.  My allergy was even put to the test by one counselor at a camp, who decided to give the little girl with the giant ‘NO PEANUTS’ label on her chest…a PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE.  Yep, you guessed it…it was me and my throat started to swell.  I was a freaking little kid, not even old enough to understand…and this idiot put me in the hospital for their asshole behavior, because they thought my allergy was a hoax.

So, my allergy is BAD.  Like, my now Fiancé, played baseball and it was hard to go to his games if they were crowded because of all the peanut shells, bad.  If they weren’t crowded, I had girlfriends that would sit with me in an empty corner of the bleachers away from everyone.  I even had designated ‘peanut contaminated’ chuck taylors i’d wear to his games and have to leave in my garage when I came home because of the risk of bringing remnants into my apartment.  Jordan, my fiance, would frequently clean off the bottoms of them with soap, water and the hose.  My allergy, became his allergy when we started dating…we’re talking he can’t eat it or touch it (yea, that teenage girl who died from kissing her boyfriend have he had peanut butter toast? Not an exaggeration, it’s real). When he flies Southwest and comes home, he has to remove his shoes, clothes, put them in the washer immediately before he comes into our house and has to shower before he can touch me because of any remnants that could be on his clothing.  Overreaction? I F’ING WISH.  All it takes for me to have a reaction is to merely touch a surface peanuts were on…I’m that sensitive.  I’ve tested so far off the charts, that Mayo Clinic had me in a study.  A mere whiff of peanuts/peanut butter is enough to make me get hives and have trouble breathing.  This made being a kid hard, and pretty scary sometimes…Halloween wasn’t just scary for my family and I for the Ghost Stories, but my allergy was a source of anxiety for my parents on this night.  ‘Will she accidentally eat something?’ ‘Will someone else eat something and touch her?’…you name it, they stressed about it.  Then as I got older and became more aware of my allergy, I did too.

For most kids, Halloween is all about collecting the most candy and going candy-comatose…for others, it can be epically disappointing.  Think about when you were little and how excited you were for Halloween, not having to worry what popped in your mouth, and the only sorting you did was for broken wrappers.  If you have a food allergy, this night is 110% different.

I’d go trick-or-treating with friends and people would toss candy in my pillow case and without a care i’d keep moving because I knew to eat nothing and that my mom would sort my candy when I got home.  The real danger for me on Halloween, came from the people I was with.  Thankfully, my parents were always in tow to manage things.  But, Imagine having my allergy and your best friend ripping into her snickers on the way to the next house…homegirl ain’t washing her hands and she’s little too, so she doesn’t understand the danger.  I had a friend get upset with me for telling her to not eat her candy because of the risk of the smell or her touching me.  For a little kid, that’s a lot of stress and responsibility, on top of it, add the nagging from people and friends questioning the validity of your allergy.

The next stress came when I got home.  My least favorite part of Halloween, and my brother and sisters all time highlight: the dreaded…SORTING OF MY CANDY.  We would all sit at the counter and while my brother and sister rummaged through their spoils…my mom would empty out my bag on the table, and she would read ingredient after ingredient and sort the ‘safe’ candy out of my bag.  Let’s just say, back then, I’d be lucky to end up with a sandwich sizes ziplock.  All the peanut candy would go, but any ‘may contain’ candy or tree nut candy would go to my brother and sister.  For me, this was ‘trauma, trauma, trauma’.

This is why we’re thrilled to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project.  To sum things up, we will be spray painting one of our pumpkins teal and placing it at our front door, to let trick-or-treaters know that we will have non-food goodies available for kids with food allergies.  We chose to spray paint ours because it’s quick…but if you have kids, this could be a fun time to paint pumpkins and give your kids a little education on the severity of food allergies, and the need to respect them.  We’ve chosen to give out bubbles and glow sticks.  We are still giving out candy, but it is all nut free and not manufactured in a facility that has nuts.  The Teal Pumpkin Project aims to take the danger out of Halloween for Food Allergy kids, while allowing them to still participate with their family and peers.  After-all, who would want to miss out on All Hallows Eve!?

Check out Teal Pumpkin Projects page for more information, and printable material to display to let trick-or-treaters know you’re a safe zone!  We hope you think about participating!

xx

B

Boos and Booze

Halloween is creeping closer and closer… and closer… While we wait for that ghoulish day our brains have been buzzing with different costumes, parties, and yes, drink ideas. What better way to scare the pants off someone than by handing them a glass full of black or green liquid? For those daring enough to try these scary concoctions we applaud you and hope they don’t turn you into a toad.

JUST KIDDING!

Below is a list of the most tempting Halloween cocktails we could find on Pintrest. Gather your friends and test these devilishly delicious drinks!

cb2ba7869afc39cf22c10809524f22c5

Witches Brew Cocktail

Ingredients 

1 oz. Grey Goose Vodka

1 oz. Triple Sec

1 oz. Blue Curacao

Juice of one Lime

Black Sugar for coating the glass

Instructions 

Pour alcohol and lime juice into a shaker over ice

Coat rim of a martini glass with back sugar

Shake, then strain into a chilled martini glass

SH1111_Swamp-Water_lg

Swamp Water

Ingredients 

25 oz. Wild Shot Silver

25 oz. Apple Pucker

.75 oz. Simple Syrup

Splash of Midori

Sweet and sour mix

2 limes

1 cherry

         **Gummy worm

Instructions

Mix all alcohol together in a shaker

Pour over ice

Add a splash of Midori and sweet and sour

Garnish with two limes and a cherry

         **Optional gummy worm garnish

ca-n-recipe

Purple People Eater

Ingredients

1 1/4 oz. Captain Morgan Lime Bite

1/2 oz. blue Curacao

1 splash cranberry juice

1 splash Sprite

1 splash pineapple juice

Lemon

Lime

Instructions

Mix all alcohol in a shaker and shake vigorously

Pour over ice

Garnish with a slice of lemon and lime

         **Optional black sugar rim

Bloody-Brain

Brain Hemorrhage

Ingredients

1/2 – 3/4 oz. Peach Schnapps

1-2 Tbl. Baileys

1 tsp. grenadine

Instructions

Pour Peach Schnapps in a shot glass

Float Baileys on top of the Schnapps

Drop 1 tsp. of grenadine through the Baileys

Unknown

Voodoo Cocktail

Ingredients

4 oz. Apple Juice

2 oz. Gold Rum

1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

1 oz. Basic Simple Syrup

1 oz. Spiced Sweet Vermouth

Lime

Instructions

Add all ingredients into a shaker

Shake vigorously with ice

Pour contents into a glass over ice

Garnish with lime

For more of our favorite Halloween drink recipes visit our Pintrest page!

Have a safe and happy Halloween!!

BRCA Gene Testing: Get It Off Your Chest

‘THE ONLY PERSON WHO CAN SAVE YOU, IS YOU’

-SHERYL CROW on being diagnosed with Breast Cancer

It’s that time of the year that strives to make us women, a ‘titty’ bit wiser…Breast Cancer Awareness month.  I wanted to take the time with this blog post to explain why I got tested for the BRCA Gene and why I think all women with a family history of Cancer should be tested.  It all started for me about 4 years ago.

I am quite blessed in the fact that my family goes to Mayo Clinic in Rochester for our yearly checkups.  It was at this point that my Doctor began asking about family history etc.  I started listing off the Cancer history in my family as if it would have no relevance to me:

Dad’s little sister/My Aunt: Diagnosed with Breast Cancer at 32, Died at 39

Dad’s Mom: Died of Colon Cancer

Dad’s 3 Aunts: All Breast Cancer Survivors

My Maternal Grandmother: Breast Cancer

My Doctor became very concerned about a possible genetic mutation on my Father’s side of the family.  She began to explain the BRCA Gene Testing (It was pretty new at this point) of course I knew nothing about, and began to make recommendations for me to begin a long process of getting approval for testing.  I talked to my parents about it and somehow, at 24 and not having a realistic care in the world, the testing took a backseat until later that year.  Insurance at the time also made it incredibly difficult to get tested without spending

I randomly decided to do a breast check in the shower after seeing Giuliana Rancic from E! had been diagnosed.  I was really on top of things and doing them almost once a month, a few months down the road, towards the top of my left breast, it felt like I had a little seed under my skin.  It didn’t feel deep, didn’t hurt and it moved but I still felt like I should get it checked out by a doctor, because obviously it was a change that I hadn’t noticed before.

I got into my family Doctor that week where they decided to perform a breast ultrasound first based on my age and size of the ‘lump’, before deciding to go forward with a mammogram.  Thankfully, it ended up just being a cyst, which my mom is prone to getting as well.  Now, breast Ultrasounds as a solo screening today are not considered a good tool, due to the many false positives and negatives.  Thankfully, in my case, the ‘seed’/cyst was shallow enough that it wasn’t in the breast tissue, so it was more clear to determine.  Today, the Ultrasound is just considered to be a useful addition to other more primary screening methods.  As I left the office that day, the screening counselor I met with determined I was ‘high risk’ with my family history, and said I should seek genetic counseling.

My ‘seed’ actually went away a few months later, but I decided after that to stay on top of monthly self-exams and then asked my doctor to continue with her referrals to begin approval for the BRCA testing.  I got the initial approval from my Physician, but from there you are referred to a ‘Genetic Counselor‘, who is basically the gatekeeper to getting the test.  I had several meetings with my Genetic Counselor.  The first meeting, she took me back into a small room where we sat at a round table, with what looked like my overdue homework piled on top from High School.  She started with my Mother’s family history (I brought lists I had made with my parents before, you should include: Family member relation, Age of diagnosis, and Age of Death is applicable/if it was or was not from Cancer), after reviewing my Mother’s side, she determined no genetic links.  My Grandmother would get Breast Cancer a year later, however, since she was in her 80’s it is not considered a genetic mutation.

The Counselor then asked about my father’s side, she became really concerned with the prevalence of Breast Cancer on his side, and especially his sister’s case with her age and having died from Breast Cancer at 39.  I was sitting there pretty much pitting out my sweater as she ‘doodled’ on her pad, of what looked to be playing a game of Hang Man to me, waiting for her response.  You know when you give your Doctor or Health Professional your symptoms or background you can tell which they are concerned by?  It’s like they’re trained to do the ‘mmm’, ‘oh’, ‘ah’, ‘mmkay’ ‘wow’, after each concerning symptom/health history you give them.  So finally, the Queen of doomsday ‘ahhhhs’ and ‘oooo’s’ finally simmered down to explain her plan for me outside of the gibberish I’d been listening to for 4 minutes, that seemed like 20.  The conclusion?  I needed to have the testing done…should I want it.  She asked me to come back for another meeting, but to bring someone with me this time, so she could explain what the process would entail and to prep me for what they would recommend should I come out positive.

My mom was out-of-town for when I could get the soonest appointment, so I brought my then boyfriend, now fiancé Jordan, with me.  If you haven’t been dating someone as long as I’d been dating Jordan, or are single, I’d recommend taking a best friend.  Even though we’d been together already for years, I think the meeting was pretty overwhelming for him as well.  So, same deal different day…only when we got into the small room with the round table, my ‘high school homework piles’ were replaced with folder after folder on BRCA testing, Breast Cancer and Ovarian Cancer.  Looking through the folders waiting on the Genetic Counselor to come in, was torture.  The numbers for being positive were terrifying, and some of the images of the pro-active surgeries were enough to make you want to cry just looking at them.  The fact that I was 24 years old and sitting there in the first place was enough to make me feel nauseas and realize that, this is real life, and life doesn’t care if you’re 24 or 54, shit happens when it happens…and here I was, on the cusp of finding out my future.

The Genetic Counselor came in, and for about the next two hours she went through every piece of information she could possibly give me should I test positive.  Just a warning to all of you thinking about getting tested, this meeting is overwhelming, I cried multiple times, and I didn’t even know if I was positive yet.  Just knowing that I was close enough that they wanted me to take the blood test to see if this was my future was enough to scare the shit out of me.  As I was sitting there, my mind went a little blank, the thoughts of making my body into Sushi over the higher possibility of getting Breast and Ovarian Cancer was horrifying but so was an 87% chance of getting Breast Cancer AND Ovarian Cancer by the time I was 70.  She explained that if I tested positive, she recommended having a Double Mastectomy as soon as possible, and an Oophorectomy by the time I was in my early 30s at the latest (I remind you, this was almost 5 years ago, so some of these recommendations could have changed).  It made me wonder shallow things like, would my boyfriend be attracted to me with a chest full of scars?  Would he want to marry me if I went through with the ‘Oophorectomy‘ and couldn’t have children?  Forgetting the shallow thoughts, how was I going to feel if I test positive?  Would I just be paranoid all the time wondering if/when I’d get Cancer?  Is it better to just live my life and get in the ‘High Risk’ program with extra screening and deal with it if it happened?  It was A LOT, especially for someone at my age.

After a long meeting, I decided I would get the testing done because it was better for me personally, to know and be proactive with my options.  They took us from the small room to a lab where they took my blood and basically said ‘adios, you’ll get a call in about 3 weeks’.  Off to Myriad Labs in Salt Lake my blood went, and off I went home to be absolutely paranoid for the next 3 weeks.  It was a horrible 3 weeks.  I cried a lot, the thought of the impending results drove me a bit mad, the possible changes my body could go through at 24 was horrifying.  3 weeks rolled around and I hadn’t heard anything, driving me a bit crazier by the day.  Finally, the call came and thankfully I was BRCA Negative.  Hallelujah.  Unfortunately, my negative test didn’t mean a negative for my little sister, she would have to go through the testing herself.  Thankfully, my dad ended up being tested before her, which meant he didn’t have the gene to pass down to us.

I’m glad I went through the process.  I learned the importance of being proactive about my health, and that the only person who can look out for myself is me.  I’ve tried to get better at monthly screenings, I slip up now and then but at least I’m doing them often.  Check out this referral site on the best way to give your self-exams and what to looks for:  Self Brest Exam…My Physician compares it to looking for a ‘raisin in a bowl of oatmeal’, and I’ve always found the self exam easier to do in the shower.

Obviously, testing negative does not mean I will never get Cancer, let alone Breast Cancer…but, I have a new respect for being proactive about my health after going through the process and being prepared to take action with results when it comes to my health.  All in all, whatever your history, whatever your future…stay proactive and informed, take care of yourself the best you possibly can, and always, always, always…’fight like a girl’.

XO, B

My favorite awareness act to date: The CoppaFeel Flashmob

BLAINE BOWEN PRODUCTS THAT GIVE BACK to Breast Cancer!

Shop our Products that give back to The Pink Ribbon Project this month!
gxl_55f2f5a3-fd2c-4c1b-8a48-35af0a771fd0InStyle October 2015-pg2-BCA BB

TheLAFashion.com 10.13.15-BBStyleFiles AZ Foothills 10.5.15Fashion&Style Press 10.6.15-BB

This is Howl-O-Ween

Blaine Bowen is a dog friendly environment, to say the least and most days we love our four-legged friends more than our human ones. With Halloween right around the corner, we’re featuring how to keep your fur-baby safe while still having a howling good time.

Creative Costumes

We surfed the internet for dog-friendly costumes and unanimously voted these to be the ones that left us laughing till we cried. How cute are these?! Plus you can make them right at home!

Dog Costumes

Don’t Fetch for These…

We’ve all heard, “Don’t give your dog chocolate!” but what about the other things your pooch should avoid? Here are some food safety tips to live by on Halloween and every other day of the year.

  1. Beware of Sugar-Free! Sugar-free candy on Halloween, who does that?? Well just in case some slips into your trick or treat bag, keep it away from your pup. Xylitol, a natural sugar-free sweetener, can lead to low blood sugar and liver damage if ingested by dogs. Avoid mints, baked goods and gums, as they can contain a large amount of this ingredient. Signs of ingestion can include weakness, vomiting, lethargy, collapsing, and a racing heart.
  2. Raisins are a big no-no for Fido. Again, who decided to hand these out on Halloween? Well for those ‘health’ conscious neighbors handing out the dried fruit, tell them no thank you. Raisins, grapes and other currants can cause acute kidney problems when eaten by dogs. Keep an eye on your dog if this accidentally happens, because clinical signs may not show up for a few days after ingestion.
  3. Wrappers belong in the trash! Tin foil and cellophane can be extremely dangerous to dogs if swallowed. Call your local vet or ASPCA if ingested.
  4. Decorations are just for looks. Eating decorative pumpkins or corn isn’t necessarily toxic to dogs, but will cause a very upset stomach.
  5. It’s Electric! We all love twinkle lights and spooky enhancements, but make sure to keep the cords hidden and out of reach. If chewed your beloved Buddy could suffer cuts, burns, or even life threatening shocks!

Safety First!

  1. Of course you’re taking your fur-babies out to trick or treat — especially if they’re all dolled up in one of those cute costumes. However, streets can be poorly lit and crowded with other trick-or-treaters. Don’t loose your cool or your furry friend this Halloween by lighting them up! Well, at least their leash. Dog Glow offers a variety of glowing collars and leashes.  light up collar

2. Make sure your dog has an ID tag attached to your glowing collar in case they do get lost. Petco offers a variety of fun tags that you can customize online and in-store!

No Tricks, Just Treats

Kids shouldn’t be the only ones filling up bags of treats on Halloween, dogs deserve something special too! We’ve found some fun dog treat recipes that are safe and nutritious for the furry friend in your life.

pumpkin (1)

Three Ingredient Dog Cookies

  1. You’ll need sunflower see butter (nut-free friendly!), whole grain brown rice flour, and pure pumpkin puree.
  2. Preheat the over to 350 degrees.
  3. Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Mix 1/2 cup of sunflower seed butter and 1 cup of pure pumpkin puree.
  5. Slowly add in 1 3/4 cup of rice flour. Stir until the dough is no longer sticky.
  6. Roll out the dough and use desired cookie cutter to cut the dough, then place the cookies on the prepared pan.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let cool completely and then let your sweet pup enjoy!

Not only will your dog love the taste of the pumpkin, but the fall squash also has health benefits for them. Pumpkin oils found in the seeds and flesh can support urinary health and canned natural pumpkin is an excellent source of fiber that will aid in regular digestion. Need something to wash down those pumpkin cookies? Here’s a recipe from Lola the Pitty for dog-friendly Pumpkin Spice Puppuccinos!

Handing out treats for your trick or treaters, two and four-legged alike? Here are some adorable and FREE printable treat bag labels for pets! Print them out here

Social Butterflies

For all of you who can’t go anywhere without your dog, there is BringFido.com, a website full of dog-friendly adventures. Locate events near you for you and your dog to attend, or check with hotels to see if they’ll accommodate you and little Fluffy. You can even make travel plans for your furry clan! We’ve searched Halloween events on the site and found a list of spook-tacular events across the country, to learn more, click here.

Happy howling and haunting from our furry friends to yours! We hope you all have a safe and fun puppy filled Howl-o-ween!

Xoxo

Pumpkin Spice + Everything Nice

We fully embrace the “basic-ness” that comes with this holy season that is Fall. We love anything pumpkin that we can get our hands on, we live in our comfy Ugg house shoes, we adore oversized sweaters and even more, we love the cool, crisp air that seems to hit the refresh button on life. It’s a season of tailgates, cozy days spent on the couch and the fashion trends we wait for all year. We’re welcoming Fall with open arms – and open mouths as we stuff our faces with PSLs and Halloween candy. Here’s our list of Fall Favorites and the things you need in your life RIGHT NOW:

fall blog

  1. Fall is a fun time to play around with dark hues and bright berries. Try out these luscious matte lip looks this season.
  2. Pumpkins are for more than carving and PSLs. See how pumpkin can make you prettier here.
  3. This is the last weekend to catch the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, so what are you waiting for?
  4. #MeatlessMonday anyone? Fall delivers some of the most delicious veggies of the year. Currently obsessing over this recipe from Whole Foods Market.
  5. We may be a little biased, but ear accessories are so hot right now! You can feed your addiction with our little loves on the site.
  6. Temperatures are dropping and we’re finally able to enjoy being outside. So forget the gym! Head out to the park for a new workout routine in the great outdoors!
  7. Fall allergies in Texas can be pretty brutal. Blaine swears by her Neti Pot and stays stuffy-nose free by using it several times a week.
  8. Pumpkin Carving 101: Because admit it, we could all use a little help.
  9. Sweaters over dresses, sweaters under jackets, oversized sweaters with no pants on…. We love sweaters. These are the styles every gal needs in her closet this fall.

Happy Fall Y’all!

XO

ANTI SOCIAL WEEKEND

girl-texting-elite-daily

Did anyone hang anywhere interesting on their phones this weekend?  I most definitely did not, and let me tell you…it was liberating.

As we kicked off our first weekend of our ‘B Here Now’ Campaign (learn more HERE), I of course took the plunge as well on Social Free weekends.  After doing it, I truly believe this is something everyone should make a point to try, at least once.  No Instagram, No work email checking, No SnapChat, No Facebook/Twitter, etc.  I didn’t hike Mt. Everest or write a novel, I didn’t venture out anywhere new in Dallas I’d never been before…I actually did, well, absolutely nothing.  IT. WAS. AMAZING.

I stopped my social on Friday morning and did the same for our business accounts.  While I had a few slip ups on browsing here and there, I only did it twice the whole weekend, before Id quickly remember to hop on off.  This weekend, I didn’t work the whole weekend for the first time in as long as I can remember, it is not often a luxury you get when you run your own company, but I’m trying to make a point of having my own life and taking time for myself.  Friday night I went on a run, made dinner for me and my 3 fluff nuggets, did some Fall Cleaning/anti-hoarding and went to bed early.  For anyone who knows me, going to bed early/before 3am is just not in my repertoire.  If you wake me up early, you best have a puppy or pancakes with you, if you want to live.

Saturday was amazing, or perhaps amazing with some ‘ermahgerd’ sprinkled on top…ERMAZING.  I did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.  The extent of my physical activity was taking my 3 dogs on a walk, which is normally more of a comedy routine for my neighbors.  Yea, I just totally don’t have this walking 3 dogs at once thing down.  I was supposed to take a City Surf workout class in the morning, but recently it appears I’m getting Carpal Tunnel from all the jewelry making I do, so it sidelined me for the weekend.  If anyone else has Carpal Tunnel, God Bless you.

My Saturday consisted of a marathon movie session with my dogs and an ice pack aka ‘THE BOO-BOO BEAR’ when I was little; it could not have been a more amazing day/night.  I put my phone on ‘do not disturb’ and put it on the floor next to my bed, so I wasn’t tempted to look at it.  I watched SO many movies.  I started out with King Solomon’s Mines with Patrick Swayze (I miss him in movies), Honey I Shrunk the Kids (no joke, this happened and I loved every minute of it), A Little Princess (If you have never seen this movie you’re committing a life crime, and should probably Netflix it ASAP if you know what’s good for you) and then finally I ended my evening with Age of Adaline…THREE TIMES…KID YOU NOT.  I can’t remember the last time I fully paid attention to a movie, let alone watched the same one 3 times in a night.

Blake Lively first off, is my all time favorite and life icon.  I think everything she does is amazing and I love how business-minded, family oriented and private she is.  She is not caught up in Hollywood and the social media frenzy, and is known to be one of the most down to earth celebrities out there.  She is actually closing her lifestyle website ‘PRESERVE’ because it is ‘not serving its original mission and purpose’ and she wants to start over…with all the internet haters, and snarky commenters, the increasingly boundary-less space between social media, forums, tabloids, and other forms of rapid-fire hot take journalism.  I mean, HELLO-HOW BRAVE to admit a roadblock and take it head on.  She doesn’t care what others think, because it’s about her and her vision.  So Buh-Bye Wild West of Online, Anonymous haters, Blake Lively don’t give a hoot.

Just another reason a break from social was absolutely amazing.  It can be so exhausting to see all the hatred and negativity spewed across a platform that can and should be used to do so much good, but some just use it to be, well…just plain mean.  No one is immune, not even myself and I’m a small brand.  We’ve had people comment about my make up, how they hate a certain style, and one commenter said they noticed the stretch marks on my legs…Well Bravo inspector gadgets…I do have stretch marks and I like my make up and our styles…but I hope it made your day that much better to put it all out there on social 🙂 But now you can Bugger Off!  Honestly, the comments section of Instagram can be enough to want to give yourself a life enema for people.

Anyways, back to the real important things in life, Age of Adaline…This movie was INSANELY GOOD.  Michiel Huisman, my Game of Thrones and Dutch Dreamboat…I mean, this movie has my Man Crush and Woman Crush in it…if you haven’t seen this movie you totally need to.  If anything do it for Blake Lively’s wardrobe which she helped style, it’s unreal.

I woke up Sunday and felt so revived.  Spending the day before just hanging out with myself, my dogs, doing absolutely nothing and being 110% beyond happy with that, was so cathartic.  This social media/work free weekend couldn’t have started at a better time as this was also my LAST WEEKEND as a Bachelorette.  My Fiancé, Jordan, is currently as I type, driving from Las Vegas to Dallas to move into our new home.  So taking the time for myself this weekend to really enjoy my last moments of female freedom (let’s be real, I can’t be tamed and have no intentions of giving up my ‘freedom’, just a little closet and bathroom space 😉 ) and living on my own, in my own space, was really important to me.  So to really have disconnected from the world this weekend and focus on myself and whatever I WAS WANTING at the time, was so amazing.  The quiet and just ultimate peace that I found by being so beyond happy with just the company and entertainment of myself (and of course my pups), is extremely empowering.

IMG_3284

Peace and quiet at my parents house with my pup Moglie.

To land my plane, this weekend went pretty damn well without any distractions, self-inflicted work stress, social media obligations or browsing of social media.  I am actually finding myself dreading a bit getting back into the social hustle and bustle.  Doing something so small really did have a huge effect on me, and I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am for Friday.  I really would LOVE to hear if any of you are taking an, ‘ANTI-SOCIAL’ weekend with us, and be sure to tag #BHERENOW #BANTISOCIAL with your thoughts on your social free weekend, for a chance to win our awesome swag gift bag and $100 BB gift card!  If anything, forget the goodies, the best gift you can give yourself is by going social free one weekend, I promise, you’ll like it 🙂

XX

BB