My Vintage Birthday

This past week was my birthday and we had quite a week of celebrating. To start off my birthday week, my husband, cousin, her boyfriend, and myself went to an antique show in Oklahoma City. We had a wonderful time. My cousin found some really nice vintage luggage and a vintage apron and her boyfriend found a really nice travel bar set. I got a blue cardigan, square navy scarf, purple apron, turquoise doily, and purple doily.

We also ate lunch together in OKC, showed my cousin around Norman/the University of Oklahoma (she is from California and hadn’t been to the OKC/Norman area before), and when we got back to town we ate dinner together at a local Italian restaurant. My cousin’s boyfriend’s, who happens to be one of our friends as well, sister was having her birthday party later that night so we met back up for that after a wardrobe change. We ended up out really late for that and had a lot of fun.


My birthday was on Tuesday (July 1st) and Tuesday’s we normally go to trivia at a local bar. Several of my friends and my parents joined us and it was a lot of fun. My parents got me a circle skirt (they had also given me money for the antique show), two friends got me some body products, and one of my friends got me a sweater clip (because she knows my love of cardigans) and a cute vintage inspired hair pin. My in-laws gave me money for shopping, a lot of that went to ModCloth clothing during their 50% off sale, and a Lego Cinderella’s Castle, because who doesn’t like Legos? Earlier that day one of my friends sent me an amazing organic fruit and snack basket. My friends know me well! Oh and my sweet husband got me a blue vintage purse with matching gloves (pictured above). My grandma also gave me a vintage gift but I’m going to share more about that later.

On Wednesday, my husband and I went to the nearby town of Sulphur to a hotel, the Artesian. It’s a beautiful historic hotel that the Chickasaw tribe has rebuilt. The original hotel was established in 1906. It was sadly destroyed in a fire in 1962. The Chickasaws did a beautiful job rebuilding it to look like the original hotel. (click here to see a photo of the original hotel) It features a very nice spa, indoor/outdoor pool, restaurant, casino, and even several nice shops.

View of Sulphur

My husband and I have gone to the shops and restaurant several times but this was our first time staying in the hotel. Last month my mom, grandma, and I went there for lunch and to shop and we asked to see some of the hotel rooms. They showed us some of their themed suites and I fell in love with the one they call the Hollywood Suite. It’s an art deco themed suite. I had told my husband how much I liked it and he booked it for us for the night. (Sorry about the fact that I didn’t turn my iPhone, I was just thinking about posting it on Facebook.)

Before we went to the hotel we went to the town next to Sulphur, Davis. There is an antique store we enjoy going to because they also sell sports cards, so my husband looks at those while I look at antiques. I didn’t find anything there but we also went to one other antique store in town and I did find some vintage bangles there.


Once we got to Sulphur we went to this adorable 50’s themed cafe and I got a chocolate soda float. After that we did some shopping  at the hotel and then we went to dinner. After dinner we went to the hotel bar and hung out there for a bit. And back in the room I took advantage of the giant jacuzzi tub, it even had color changing lights in it. The rest of the night we just relaxed in the amazing room.


The next morning my husband went to the gym and I went to breakfast (not sure why he has to make me look bad like this). I was just looking for some hot tea, this is a requirement for me in the morning, but I also found pancakes. It was a very nice breakfast. After breakfast and the gym, we checked out and headed south to Frisco, Texas.


In Texas we did some shopping and then met up for dinner with my cousin and her boyfriend, she is living in the Dallas area right now. We ate at a nice restaurant, Silver Fox. It was wonderful! It was nice to get dressed up and go out for the night. After dinner we went to Dave & Busters. We were a bit overdressed for it but it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed, right? We had a blast and stayed until they were closing.

The view from our balcony at our hotel in Frisco.

The view from our balcony at our hotel in Frisco.

The next day we just did a bit more shopping and had lunch in Allen, Texas. The next day we went to Norman again to do a bit more shopping and to have lunch. My husband had taken most of the week off so we wanted to take advantage of that. We came back home and had dinner at a local restaurant. It was a very nice week and I had a wonderful birthday.

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Mint Blended Coffee Drink

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! While it’s tempting to go get one of the many mint drinks being offered today the ingredients are questionable at best. However, this mint drink is one you can feel better about drinking.

Mint Blended Coffee

Makes 3-4 servings


  • 1 cup cold strong coffee
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 cups ice
  • 1/4 cup sugar (add more or less to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon mint extract (you can add more if you want more of a mint flavor)
  • Optional: You can replace some of the sugar with chocolate syrup or add a little bit of cocoa powder. You can also top with whipped cream


Mix all of the ingredients in the blender smooth. Top with whipped cream, if desired.

And be sure to skip the plastic straw and use glass instead.

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Why I Disappeared

It has been almost a month since I’ve blogged. This year has been off to a crazy start. If you follow me on Facebook you likely know I didn’t even get my Christmas tree put away until the very end of last month. This wasn’t because I wanted it out that long, I was just too busy to get it put away.

I’ve been dealing with extra fatigue, I already have a lot from Fibromyalgia, since the fall. I was starting to get concerned and I was thinking about going to the doctor to see if something was wrong. I was putting it off because I had found out I was vitamin D deficient and my doctor had put me on a pretty high dose and I wanted to see if that would help. I also struggle with a B12 deficiency and at times low iron, these can also cause fatigue.

However, in November I was eating at a local restaurant with my husband when I got really dizzy, felt like I was going to pass out, and my vision got really blurry and everything was really bright. We went home and I checked blood sugar and it was normal. I have food allergies but my breathing was fine so it didn’t seem to be an allergic reaction. I took my blood pressure thinking it was possibly too high, high blood pressure runs in my family, and it was very low for me. After taking it for a few days I noticed it was dropping quite low, at one point it was 85/56.

This has meant having an echocardiogram, 24 hour heart monitor, an EKG, blood work, and other testing. So far all we know is I have sinus tachycardia (which we already knew but it’s worse than we thought) and my blood pressure drops seem to be random. My doctor can’t find the cause so I’m currently waiting to get into a cardiologist to have more testing. With one of my doctor appointments lasting around 4 hours this has been pretty time consuming.

I’m also now working on a new business. Soon we will be launching and I will share more about that. It’s exciting and a business that is needed in my area but starting a new business is a lot of work. With meetings and all of my responsibilities for the business it’s been crazy the last couple of months, it will be worth it though.

Yesterday I did finally got pretty much caught up on housework. It’s finally back to the point where I can just do a little bit everyday to keep up with it and when I have time I will tackle bigger projects that aren’t urgent. Now I’m working on getting caught up on blogging and with Green Oklahoma.

Once I’m caught up on everything I’m wanting to create a schedule so I can stay caught up. I’m not a big fan of schedules but with so many responsibilities I need one. When I create one I will be sure to share it. And hopefully it will mean I will be back to regularly posting here.

If you have great advice for how to stick to a schedule or being more productive, please share. I’m excited to finally be back to blogging and have lots of things I want to share with all of you. Thanks for sticking with me while I have been gone!

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Eco-Friendly Holiday Cards

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It’s time to start thinking about ordering your holiday cards. Here are some great eco-friendly options to help keep your holidays green.

recycled cards


1. Tree-Free Greetings– Made using 100 percent post-consumer recycled materials. Also made in the USA.

2. Abbey Press Fundraising– Assorted holiday cards made with FSC-certified, 100% post-consumer fiber using soy-based inks.

3. Note-ify– Christmas note cards printed on 100% recycled kraft paper.

4. Paper Culture– 100% recycled photo cards.

5. Happy Dappy Bits– 100% recycled and stylish cards.

Do you have other favorite eco-friendly holiday cards? Share in the comments below. Also be sure to follow the Green Holiday Guide on Pinterest for more great green holiday tips and come back here for more holiday posts now through Christmas.

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July Grocery Haul

This month’s grocery shopping was a bit strange. My mom ended up having to take an unexpected trip to California to be with a sick family member so we didn’t end up shopping together. I also really needed to get things done at home so my husband ended up doing our grocery shopping this time. He also had already gotten some things because I hadn’t been planning to go up to Whole Foods and he was already up there. I forgot to save that receipt so don’t remember what he got. I know he got lettuce, meats, grapes, cheese, and things like that.

Anyway, here is what he got us yesterday, of course I made the list for him but he added a few things. We also ordered some refined coconut oil from Amazon because he couldn’t find any at Whole Foods. Oh and he only went to Whole Foods and I got some vinegar at a local store.


  • 2 Organic Frozen Broccoli Florets
  • 2 Organic Green Beans
  • Organic Shoestring fries
  • Chocolate bar (this was my husbands, I know it’s almond and chocolate but not sure past that)
  • Organic Yukon Gold Fries
  • Organic Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Organic Medium Salsa
  • Peppermint Water
  • Popchips Cheddar
  • Organic BBQ Chips
  • Organic Sea Salt Chips
  • Annie’s Chocolate Chip Bunnies
  • Organic Chicken Broth
  • 5 Baking Soda
  • Annie’s Pizza Snack Mix
  • Annie’s Strawberry Fruit Bites
  • 2 Organic Whole Wheat Pasta
  • Organic Raw Coconut Flour
  • Dr. Bronner’s Citrus Castile Soap
  • Raw Fiber
  • Chicken & Sage Sausage
  • Chicken & Maple Sausage
  • 2 Organic Salami
  • Organic Cheese Blend
  • 2 Organic Cheese Sticks
  • 3 Organic Cheddar
  • Organic Smoked Gouda
  • Shaved Parmesen
  • Organic Muenster
  • Grated Parmesen
  • Fran’s Salted Caramels
  • 2 Chocolate Jerky bars (don’t ask, my husband says this is great, sounds nasty to me, ha)
  • Whole Wheat Sandwich Buns
  • 2 Organic Whole Wheat Bread
  • Organic Romaine Hearts
  • 3 Organic Lemons
  • Bag of Organic Limes
  • Several Organic Pink Lady Apples
  • Organic Blackberries
  • Organic Bananas
  • 2  Jalapeños
  • Unsweetened Organic Coconut Milk
  • Unsweetened Organic Coconut Milk Ice Cream Bars

Next week I pick up my coop haul and I will be sure to post that when I get it. If you post grocery hauls, I would love to see it, just post in the comments below.

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Google Reader is Going Away

I’m super sad that Google Reader is disappearing. It has been my favorite way to read blogs for a few years now. I pretty much freaked out when I saw it was no longer going to be available. I have found another option and while I don’t like it as well, it does have some nice features and gets the job done.

The site is Bloglovin’. They do make it pretty easy to switch your blog list from Google Reader to their site, which is really nice. You will find my blog over there and I’d love if you would be sure to follow me there. Readers are a great way to get all of my posts.

There are some other options for following my blog if Bloglovin’ isn’t your cup of tea. Check out my FeedBurner page for more options, including email and several other readers. I hope if you have been following me through Google Reader that you will continue to follow me in another way.

You can also follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+.

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We Got a New Car

The other day we got a new car. I’m sure most of you won’t be surprised to hear it’s a Prius. However, if you know my husband you may find this surprising. When we were dating he drove a 2002 Trans Am (sorry for the terrible photo below, my husband isn’t home and he has the good ones). He loves fast cars but he commutes around 30 miles (both ways) to work. He was tired of paying for gas on his Camry SE, which was sporty but had good gas mileage for that kind of car. He got around 30 MPG but with gas prices and a wife telling him all the time that they will only get worse, he decided it was time for a hybrid. Of course I’m quite happy.


We looked at a Ford Focus electric car but the range just wasn’t long enough with the number of charging stations in Oklahoma. We really want a Tesla but we can’t afford one. (Hey Tesla, if you read this, why not give me one to review or something? That would be really nice!)prius
So we choose to get a Prius. We looked at other hybrids but Prius is well reviewed, reliable, comfortable and most say one of the, or the, best hybrid. My parents have had a Prius for a long time now and love it. Their next car will be another Prius.

My husband misses the power but likes a lot of the gadgets and such. And really loves that he got 58.8 mpg on the way back from the town where we bought the Prius!

So any of you have a Prius or other hybrid or electric car? Do what do you think of it?

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Why You Should Shop Local or Why I Don’t Shop at Walmart

localGrowing up we had several great locally owned grocery stores around me. We had a Walmart but it wasn’t a “Super Center” but we ended up getting a “Super Center” and slowly our locally owned grocery stores closed. Now we are left with Walmart and two locally owned grocery stores. People have gotten so used to getting everything at one store and having endless choices that when people hear that I don’t shop at Walmart they are shocked.

And I have to say, I do have to go out of town once a month to go to some locally owned natural food stores. But if I wasn’t trying to eat organically I could shop here. You have to rethink how you shop and be willing to not have two rows of cereals to choose from, but really do we need that many choices? I’ve learned we don’t. Now I go to a big chain grocery store and feel overwhelmed with all the choices.

After people ask how I do it, they ask why. There are many reasons.

  • I get stressed at Walmart. People are rushing and often rude, this can be stressful.
  • It takes forever! Need a few items? It will still take forever because the store is huge and the lines are always long.
  • You will end up find more things you “need” because of great product placement.
  • The parking lot is a mess and if you don’t want harm to come to your car you have to park a mile away.
  • When you shop chains very little of the money stays in your community.
  • You have no idea where the food came from, try to ask and someone will give you an “are you crazy” look. (I get these often!)

That last one is a BIG one for me. I try to only use animal products if I know where they came from and how they were treated. Labels like “free range” and “cage-free eggs” mean little to nothing. But when I know who produced the food I can ask questions. The other day I found a local farm that sells bison through the coop I’m a member of, it didn’t had info on the treatment of the animals and didn’t say if they were always grass-fed, it’s common for grass-fed meat to be corn fed for a few months. No looks for asking these questions, the producer was thrilled to answer my questions. I can’t tell you how many farms and ranches will invite you to come check out the farm if you ask questions. Farmers and ranchers take pride in their products and want to show them off, unlike factory farms which work very hard to keep us from seeing what goes on.

It’s not just Walmart, that just happens to be what we have in my town. While I do still go to Target at times for non-food items, these trips are rare and small. I also try to give more of my money to the locally owned natural food stores and just use the chain natural food stores for sales and items I can’t find in other stores. Over the years I have even become friends with many store owners and employes. This has been very nice, I have often walked into a store to have someone tell me there is a new product they know I will love, or even Facebook me to tell me they got something in that I may want. A chain isn’t going to do that!

The advantages to shopping local are endless. And overall I just feel happier going to small locally owned stores where everyone loves their jobs. When I picked up my coop order this week we had a bit of trouble finding somethings and the ladies volunteering apologized, I told them it was find and “still quicker than Walmart.” And it was much more enjoyable. We always enjoy chatting about all the yummy food and other food related issues, not everyone in this area is passionate about local food so we always have lots to talk about.

So this Earth Day, I urge you do to do some research on local businesses in your area, not just grocery stores. Even if you already use some, see if you are missing out on some. Shopping locally is good for the environment, economy, and even the soul.

What’s your favorite thing about shopping local? Share in the comments below or join the converation on Facebook.

If there is an eco-friendly item you are looking for that you can’t find locally, check out Abe’s Market and their Earth Day/Arbor Day sale.

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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!


Today is Theodor Geisel’s, better known as Dr. Seuss, birthday. I grew up reading Dr. Seuss and having it read to me. My favorite book is The Lorax. I still enjoy Geisel’s stories as an adult. I watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas every Christmas and The Lorax is one of my favorite movies. My husband even gave me a copy of The Lorax for Earth Day a few years ago.

Geisel once said, “I don’t think spending your days surrounded by kids is necessary to write the kind of books I write.… Once a writer starts talking down to kids, he’s lost. Kids can pick up on that kind of thing.” That’s one thing I love about his books, they aren’t “dumbed down.”

While Geisel didn’t want his books to be predictable or to be like other children’s books at the time where they had a didactic tone. Though his books did often have messages, The Lorax with it’s environmental and anti-consumerism message, How the Grinch Stole Christmas which criticized consumerism during Christmas, The Sneetches shared a lesson on racial equality, and so many more.

Geisel passed away in 1991 but continues to inspire generation, after generation. His books are truly timeless and are a must for all families. Today is a wonderful day to celebrate this amazing man. I plan to watch The Lorax today, it’s available on Netflix streaming for anyone that wants to join in. If you have kids they may enjoy the site Seussville today.

Are you doing anything special for Theodor Geisel’s birthday?

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Favorite New-to-me Blogs of 2012

Rachel Held Evans–  While I’m not religious, I do find her take on Christianity refreshing and interesting.

Green Lady– Francesca Olivieri blogs for Martha Stewart’s Whole LivingThe Family Groove and Scenic Hudson; and contributes to Daily Candy Kids, YogaCity, Citiscoop, and NRDC’s Simple Steps. So you can guess how much great info she has to share.

Conscientious Confusion– I love her mix of personal type blogs, DIY, and green blogs.

Everything’s Abuzz– Michelle is super sweet and posts lots of green parenting information.

These are just a few of the great blogs I found this year. I would love to hear what some of your favorite new-to-you blogs are from 2012. Be sure to share below or even share a link to your own blog.

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