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Apple Cider Vinegar..What's the deal?

Apple cider vinegar.  
That weird smelling brown liquid that you always saw in grandma and mom's pantry and now, although you don't know why, you have some that sits there, too.  
Well....
If you're vegan you can use it for its leavening properties along with other baking products, or with soy to enhance dairy-like flavors.  (This was one of my favorite baking hacks when I was vegan)
If you just want a non-toxic biodegradable way to clean your drains, then baking soda, apple cider vinegar and hot water is all you need.
Out of your astringent? No problem...dab some on a cotton ball and wipe away.
But you didn't open this blog to hear about that.  You wanted to read about why people like Dr. Oz continuously promote drinking it. Why every time you turn around some famous person like Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas or musician Katy Perry has commented on how it has been part of their daily routine for as long as they can remember. 
The answer is not what you think.  It…
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I Got Fat For Christmas

The holiday season is officially over.

I'm not sure how I feel about that. 

On one hand, extra time spent with my family and friends is always something to be thankful for. On the other, so is getting back to my usual sleeping, working, eating routines.

Something you may not know about me is that I have massive FOMO and usually am one of the "last men standing" so to speak. If I'm with my seldom-seen friends and/or family, you better bet I'm staying up until the last joke has been told and the last sip of wine/beer/whiskey has been drunk, sometimes after...much to the detriment of the boyfriend.

A week spent back home amongst some of my favorite people and places is definitely going to wreak full havoc on my already substandard sleep "schedule." Add a whole lot of food and free time to that, and well, I'm sure you can understand how easy it is for the scale to move in the wrong direction.

Yep, I got fat for Christmas. Here's the story.



When I weighed …

Getting Mono Meant No Caffeine Ever!

Caffeine, one word, so many meanings.

Coffee, soda, tea, energy drinks, one shots, chocolate...caffeine is everywhere.  While this is a great blessing for most people, for a few of us out there it's terrible.  Especially when it's suddenly just taken away.  

Welcome to my world when I was just past 18 and getting ready for freshman year of college.

A little back story. 

We moved from Indiana to Kansas the summer before my senior year was to start.  So, as if the life of a teenager isn't already "hard" enough, add in all new everything before what is supposed to be the best year of school ever.  You guessed it, I hated everything and everyone at this point.  Not even a month in and my appendix ruptures. I spent over a week, up to the Fourth of July, in the hospital.  Summer really was awful by that point.  

First day of school, sent to principal’s office for wearing a spaghetti strap tank top and had to wear a very large ugly school mascot shirt over it.  (I had no clu…

I Was Hungover For Three Days: The Search For The Perfect Hangover Cure

The Hangover.

The most awful headache, dry mouth, can't get off the couch feeling next to the flu.  Sometimes worse.  

Well, I took three for the team.  For three nights, thanks to some previously unforeseen turn of events, I drank until I knew I would would be worthless the next day, and let me tell you, it was not easier as the days went on.  By the final night, my body and liver were ready for permanent retirement.

But you can't find a good hangover cure without the hangover part and this was my mission.

Here is the run down. 

Friday Night:

Home, back porch date night with the husband.  Portable heater, warm blankets, wine and a case of budlight.  (Don't shame me, it's all him on the beer choice.)
Start time 7pm.  
End time 12:30am.  
3/4 Bottle of Wine
4 Beers

Saturday Morning:

Talking, by anyone, was prohibited.  I didn't even have to request it, if someone even tried my facial expressions said it all. 

I know what you're thinking, why didn't I already have coffee …

I Tried Those "Easy" Nail Polish Strips And Here's What Happened

I am a low maintenance person.

I love all the hair and makeup products. I wish I could be one of those women who always looks airbrushed and flawless with that perfect winged eye liner and just the right shade of lipstick, but that's just not me and I've learned to accept that. 

I typically don't have the patience for a full, daily beauty routine as I'm trying to rush out the door, especially when it comes to my poor nails.

Whenever a special event or holiday rolls around, I have the best intentions to get a manicure or at least take the time to polish and sculpt my nails, but it usually doesn't happen.

I get busy trying to get my hair to cooperate, or not get liquid liner EVERYWHERE, or finish packing to leave, or cleaning if guests are coming, so the nails get put on the back burner.

If by some MIRACLE of time management, through no fault of my own, I actually get them painted, without fail, I'll remember something else that needs doing and, no matter how careful …