It’s a Real Nail Biter!

You can call me a pathological groomer, OCD, or perfectionist but it all translates into one particular action: nail biting. I come from a long line of nail offenders (Both my Mom and Grandma were known to gnaw away) and have had the habit since before I can remember.  I have tried everything: stopping cold turkey, keeping my fingernails painted, the stuff that tastes bad when you put it in your mouth, even fake nails  – but give me an edge on one of those things and I will go to town. My manicurist loved me, but talk about a strain on the pocket book! Continue reading “It’s a Real Nail Biter!”

Transformation Tuesdays

Every girl wants to look fabulous for their birthday, especially when they are entering their thirties.  I am no exception and mine is right around the corner.  There is one problem though, we are finally out of the holidays and now it’s Girl Scout cookie season.  Who can resist the taste of delectable thin mints after they have been in the freezer? Crispy, chocolatey, refreshing, melt in your mouth delicious thin mints. Cleary, I can’t!  So, I need to counter act it and step up my workout game.   Continue reading “Transformation Tuesdays”

New Way to Make Resolutions

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Every January people get so excited (or dread – depending on your mood) to make their New Year’s Resolutions.  So while it’s still January – I thought I would weigh in on this subject. One of my friend’s summed it up nicely the other day while brunching saying “I don’t need a New Year to make changes for my life.”  While I do agree with her – I also recognize that the new year is a great time to take stock of your life and what you want to achieve.

I feel like most resolutions are made with an underlying tone of self hate:  I’m too fat, I’m too thin, I hate my job, I don’t make enough money, my cat hates me, blah blah blah. Let’s make 2016 the year of love and acceptance of the most important person in your life, YOU. Here are some tips to make your resolutions something you are actually excited about:   Continue reading “New Way to Make Resolutions”

The Luck of the Irish is NOT with me!

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This past week Los Angeles decided to not just stir from the “winter” months, but do a full on sprint to summer. Being the fair skinned Irish that I am, I was not prepared.  I went on my weekly hike to Griffith Park and decided to push myself a little more to do a longer course.  Since my birthday is coming up, any added workout is essential to not being flabby for thirty.  Unfortunately, I did not bring my sunscreen. The result? Scorched.

I felt a little warm on the hike, but thought I’d be alright.  My skin just kept cooking.  When I got home and saw the final damage, I knew I could not make that mistake again.  I had legitimate blisters forming and of course my Aloe was on low supply.  (A staple for any fair skinned beauty).  My mister saw me and immediately made me go to Target.  He said we couldn’t mess with me and the sun anymore and had me get extra sunscreen to keep in my bag at all times.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am proud of my Irish heritage. But as everyone celebrates St. Patrick’s Day today, the only green I want is Aloe Vera (Maybe I’ll take a Guinness too)!

xoxo-

Suzanne

Four-Eyed Frustration

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For well over a month now, I have been having eye issues.  It started as a double eye infection and has just continued to get worse.  I have been reduced to having to wear my glasses almost exclusively.  The other day, I could barely drive because the light was affecting me so badly.

I’ve worn glasses since the first grade and contacts since the 6th, so why am I having this issue now?  This got me to thinking… Is there a point where your body just turns against you? In the past few months I have had to add an iron supplement and Metamucil to my daily regiment on top of my daily vitamin.  This is to help with exhaustion and gastro problems.  I also have a theory that my liver needs a little boost (an accident in high school injured it and I have had health issues ever since). With that I am adding two additional supplements to the mix:

  • Turmeric – a plant that is the main spice in curry.  It’s used to treat many ailments including: stomach pain, diarrhea, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, liver problems and gallbladder disorders.It is also used for headaches, bronchitis, colds, lung infections, fibromyalgia, fever, menstrual problems, and cancer. Basically a cure-all.
  • Milk Thistle: (silymarin) – a flowering herb related to the daisy. In addition to helping with liver problems, it is also used to reduce cholesterol and is a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.

Once I get my eyes back and these herbs kick in, I will be ready to conquer the world (or at least be able to drive safely).  Small steps.

xoxo,

Suzanne