“The baby’s heart rate is down.”

This post on my 12-hour labor and delivery serves as a follow-up to my post, My doctor recommended I abort at 8 weeks. If you haven’t read it, I suggest you start there.  For those of you ready to continue, I suppose it’s best we begin with my first encounter with Dr. Gloria Martin. I…

Celebrating 6 Years

My blog turned 6 today. Considering all the domain changes, theme makeovers, topic shifts, and periods of inconsistency, I’m just grateful that for whatever reason, I decided to maintain this space. Over the past 6 years, several worthwhile friendships and fun brand partnerships materialized from this space, and for that I’m grateful. I suppose I…

My doctor recommended I abort at 8 weeks.

I think I was somewhere around 8 weeks along when my then doctor — in so many words — recommended I terminate my pregnancy.  When I walked into his office for the first time, I had a 17-cm fibroid tumor in my womb and a history of miscarriages. He ran down a grocery list of…

Cypress Essential Oil for Longevity’s Sake

Although you may see the cypress plant in and around your local cemetery, this plant’s oil is truly life-giving.  Cypress plants also referred to as trees, are used for their ornamental value as shrubs.  While there are various plants that are said to be cypress, we are going to focus on that with the scientific…

With these thoughts I wrestle.

How you do one thing is how you do everything. I heard someone say that, many moons ago, and every so often life will present me with evidence to support that notion. Let me explain. When I redecorate a space, I remove everything from its original place, put it all in a large centralized pile,…

Saved by Matcha at Coffee Religion

Good morning lovelies, A few days ago I spent my lunch break at Coffee Religion, a cute café down the street from my apartment. I’ve been wanting to check it out since they opened in 2019. I was greeted first by a sanitizing station and then a nice barista who walked me through the menu…

Expression over algorithms.

1-11. What a wonderful date to take it all in and appreciate this gift called the present. I can barely recognize my own life right now, but I mean that in all the best ways. I’m a new mother to a beautiful baby girl. I live in an exciting city that almost never sleeps (things…

In 2021, I believe in magic.

Happy 2021! I spent the better part of my Christmas vacation streaming cheesy holiday films with my mom and newborn daughter (more on that life-changing event soon). Some were good. Some were so cringey that I felt physical pain trying to make it to the end. But in almost every movie, the overarching theme seemed…

A Look Back at Gilcrease Orchard

“Las Vegas: all the amenities of modern society in a habitat unfit to grow a tomato.” Jason Love In case you didn’t know, Las Vegas — with all its neon signs and bright lights — is in the middle of a desert. You know — hot, dry, and very little precipitation desert. So, it may…

Diversity in Beauty — Inclusivity vs Entitlement

When you walk into an Italian restaurant, you expect to see a menu of Italian dishes. It wouldn’t frustrate you if the restaurant didn’t serve Vietnamese cuisine or Cuban pastries, because you expect Italian food at an Italian restaurant. When it comes to the food industry, specialties are accepted and expected. But something very different…

A Look at Vitex

Growing along the banks of the southern Europe and the Mediterranean regions, is a shrub called the chaste tree. Blooming with either purple, pink or white flowers in summer months, the chaste tree’s dark brown or black peppercorn-sized fruit is collected in autumn. Why is the chaste tree important you ask? Historically the chaste tree,…

Black Seed Oil – The Miracle Herb

In Eastern Europe, the Middle East and western Asia, grows a small flowering shrub called the Nigella Sativa. This shrub produces a fruit that has tiny black seeds that are quite powerful! These black seeds are known for remedies dating back several thousand years. In fact, it is reported these very seeds were found in…