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Arbonne 30 Recipes

One of my favorite things is making delicious food healthier.  Who says that living a healthy lifestyle means eating chicken breast and broccoli every day?  I could not do it!!  I need variety and spice.  I’ve started a notebook with recipes to try and many of them turn our pretty good….others, not so much.  You can’t win them all, right?

I will be posting a series of recipes that are Arbonne 30 compliant.  Gluten free, sugar, soy, corn and dairy free…and coffee free.  Sounds horrible, right?  I promise it’s not!!

Follow along!  xo, L

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Vacation Blues

Do you get the blues when vacation is over?  I returned to work on Monday, and that also meant the return of my headaches.  Coincidence?  I think not!  I love my job, I really do, but I love vacation more!

Our trip to Jamaica was everything I could have dreamed of and more.  The weather was good, the food was great, the staff was attentive and my time with Aaron was perfect.  Our already strong bond was strengthened even more.  It’s amazing what time away can do for your soul and your marriage!!

I don’t think I could ever stay in another resort brand again.  Secrets St. James in Montego Bay was truly amazing.  We had the greatest view from our amazing suite.


Even before landing, you could see how clear blue the ocean was


We were greeted by staff when we arrived to the resort and taken to our suite.  I wish I had taken actual pics, because it was gorgeous.  I loved the soaking tub and the bed was so comfortable!


We had a nice little surprise waiting for us when we entered the room.  Aaron had told them that we were celebrating our honeymoon, which we were…a year and a half after we wed!


We were also gifted with a romantic in suite breakfast, which was totally yummy!


We woke early every morning, usually by 5:30-6am.  We took a walk every morning to watch the sunrise and then headed to the coffee shop.  This peacock was there to greet us every morning.  We were constantly trying to get good pictures of her!

We lazily laid by the ocean every day and floated around all afternoon.  I enjoyed my daily mimosas.


We would check out the pool scene in the afternoon.  The pool bar bartenders were really funny and livened up the day.  This view from what we called the quiet pool was spectacular!


The food was incredible.  I thought my favorite was the French restaurant, until I tried the Italian food.  Crazy, right?  Those Jamaicans can surely cook a mean steak, too!  Seriously perfect!  We enjoyed our dinners every night and dressing up.

It was truly a magical vacation and I’m already looking forward to our next trip away!  For now, the memories we made and the pictures we took will be at the forefront of my mind.

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xo, Lori

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Updated Studio!

At the beginning of the year, Aaron and I moved my studio/home office downstairs to the basement to make the room into a nursery.  It was a lot of work, with big heavy furniture and TONS of supplies and files, etc.  I created an adorable nursery, painted the walls a pretty gray and adored the new space.  As I said in another blog, we decided to end our foster to adoption journey a few months ago.  So this past weekend, while Aaron was working, I took apart the crib and moved all of the baby stuff downstairs to await it’s new owner.  I bought new, lighter furniture, and am absolutely LOVING my new space!  I’m working on a gallery wall and more space for displaying my jewelry.  I kept the nursery sign that I had made and the adventure rug, since my business is an adventure that I’m working on!  Plus it’s really soft, and sometimes I like to lay on the floor to create.  Aaron tried to snap a picture of that this weekend, but I threatened him.  LOL!  Tell me what you think!




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Aaron and I were married in May, 2017 and spent our honeymoon in Johns Hopkins hospital while Aaron underwent surgery to remove a Pancreatic NeurEndocrine Tumor (which was a success!).  After he was healed we tried, unsuccessfully, to have a baby.  It’s much harder at 40 to get pregnant and we explored all options before moving to foster care and adoption.  We spent about 8 months on training and certification and creating a new nursery, before deciding not to proceed.  Aaron’s health is good, but we have to keep it that way.  His spleen was removed during his surgery and he is way more susceptible to illness than before.  Our 18 year old left for college and our 11 year old bulldog had to be helped over the rainbow bridge and our lives were kind of at an impasse.  What else is there to do, but FINALLY plan our honeymoon.  We’ve taken a few trips here and there, to Rehoboth Beach, Ocean City beach, Maryland and a weekend in Philadelphia, but we wanted a REAL honeymoon.

One week from today we will be heading to Secrets St. James Montego Bay!!  We are so excited to be able to rest, unwind and enjoy everything that the resort has to offer.  Snorkeling?  YES!  Stand up paddleboarding?  Please!!  Unlimited food and drinks?  Well, in moderation.  We are working on a healthy future!

Where is your favorite place to vacation?  We’re already looking for our next getaway.  I’m thinking of an East Coast tour of bed and breakfasts.  Doesn’t that sound romantic??