In this season of my life sleep has not come easy. I am often plagued with sleep deprivation because I just can’t turn my mind off. Due to a handful of added life stresses, my mind not turning off and having the bad practice of “working” in bed, my lack of sleep was starting to catch up with me.
Many top medical sites state that stress is the number one cause of sleep deprivation. And sometimes you just can’t help the stresses in life. Often times circumstances are out of my control and I just have to deal with them as they come to me. But that is just it. I have to deal with the stress and how I deal with the stress will dictate a reaction of other things like appetite and sleep.
If I handle stress correctly and keep with a routine that I know is better for my body, mind, and spirit then I will sleep better and not cause the painful cycle of sleep deprivation to continue.
And that’s when the Snoozecube bed comes in.
I had been sleeping on a mattress that had springs and over time those springs had worn out in the places I laid the most. This caused my body to have more stress on it in places that were already injured and in need of recovery.
My shoulder for instance. I have woken up timeless times after a very physical day at work with my shoulder in agonizing pain. And I assumed this pain was due to the fact that I slept on it wrong or in one position too long.
But after doing some research and partnering up with the Snoozecube bed I found out that my bed was the culprit. It was actually hurting my body more when I slept, not helping it rest and recover.
So here I am sore muscles, sleep deprivation trying to run a family with five children and multiple jobs on 5 or fewer hours of restless, painful sleep.
This was not a good combination.
But after sleeping on the Snoozecube bed for the past 30 nights I have seen a drastic difference in how my body feels and how my mind functions.
I have worked just as much physically and not woken up once with my aching shoulder. Plus I have made it a new rule for me to not work in bed. Cuz if I do my brain doesn’t shut off correctly. So even though my desk is 8 steps away it has helped me to settle into sleep easier. This along with the non-spring memory foam mattress has helped me get to sleep quicker and stay asleep longer.
Here are the 3 things that stood out to me about the mattress that I wasn’t getting from my old spring mattress.
*Bonus!! The cover is washable. Like I said, I have five kids. Sometimes that makes things messy and washing my mattress cover is going to be handy. I already had to wash it once and the zipper that goes around the brand covered mattress made it easier for execution. I was able to take off and put it back on my king size bed all by myself. The covers are replaceable as well. Just call customer service.
Partnering up with this company has been dream come true. No pun intended. This newly launched mattress company has given me a great night sleep and helped my body recover from many Mom-aches and pains.
Advice from a work-from-home mom of five...If you're in the market for a new mattress, get your snoozecube on!
This post is in partnership with Snoozecube Bed but the opinions are all my own.
Meet Helen King of Wine-O-Helen. Last month at our girls night out at Bar Louie in Stone Oak Helen won the Housewives Approved Business. All the guests voted and she came out on top. And it’s easy to understand why. Helen offers a great product delivered right to you door. No pressure, just fun wines and good times.
Here is a little more about Helen and how she is Leading Lady in the WineShop at Home industry.
Tell us about your business and how you became the successful business woman you are today.
I became a Wine Consultant with WineShop at Home last year after being a wine tasting host and customer for the last year. I have been in direct sales/multi-level marketing for several years with other companies and I was looking to add something new to my brand that had a product and company I was passionate about. I love sharing a unique and fun experience with others. That is what keeps me motivated to keep going. I also love using my business to support charities/causes through donations and fundraisers. It makes me feel good to do my small part of helping others.
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
Being able to donate $200 last year to the Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation and the Movember Foundation.
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
To help 3 people get started in this business opportunity, earn my companies 2019 incentive trip and donate to even more causes.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
I love to plan events so I think being some type of event planner/coordinator would be fun.
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
Scheduling out my tasks/week as much as possible. I remember better when I write things down and feel accomplished when I can cross things off my to do list so I keep a calendar/planner in my purse at all times. Sticking to the schedule is key.
What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in your city?
! love going down to the Pearl Brewery there are lots of great restaurants and bars. I also like Fiesta in April and I'm a big movie buff so I am at the movies theaters often (preferably a Santikos).
What is your goal for retirement?
I’m not sure if I will ever "fully retire", I always have to keep busy. I do want to be able to travel more and spend time with my love ones.
Do you have any advice for women who'd like to start their own company?
Go for it! Find your passion and skill set then utilize that to start a business. Set your own goals, don't be afraid to start small if you have to and work your way up.
Helen’s favorite quote: “Being in business is a marathon not a sprint and "Don't compare your Chapter 1 to someone else's Chapter 20."
When I first laid eyes on this artist she captured me. She had taken to the runway stage for a quick photo by her husband. Not many probably noticed but I did. And then when I realized she was a designer at the fashion show it made a little more sense.
Giovanna DizZurita and I bumped into each other again at an International Fashion panel this spring. Everyone there was intrigued by this artist’s new twist on fashion. She creates art on canvas and has now started to screen print the images onto material for items to be made- Custom clothes and home decor. From dresses to t-shirts to pillows and backpacks she is spreading her art all around.
Gio is a gem to be around. She is charming and vibrant about her work. Her husband is sweet and supports his wife in all her efforts. Gio has a mixed media style all her own.
This past Saturday Grio’s Gallery highlighted some new artwork and some new duds. Complete with a catwalk, dj and ordering station this event showcased Gio’s originality and creativeness.
If you are ever down at the Alley on Bitters be sure to stop in her gallery. And next time she has a runway, don’t miss it.
You can’t go into any public place these days without hearing or speaking about the weather. It’s hot. I have only lived here three summers and this one takes the cake. I really fear my steering wheel is going to malfunction because of the melting factor inside the car.
All that aside our July Girls Night Out was cool, relaxed and a ton of fun. All the guests were spoiled by the dessert spotlight business Cakes with a Kiss and multiple business giveaways. So between mini-cupcakes and the drinks from an all day happy hour at Bar Louie it was a grand night as usual. And it was all in doors as well.
Starting a new trend this month is the Housewives Approved Business Spotlight. All the guests voted for their favortie business and this business wins an exclusive blog post along with a small token of my appreciation. Wine-O-Helen was the winner so you catch her story on how she got started in the wine biz on the blog in August.
If you missed the girls night out at Bar Louie in Stone Oak or if you would like to know what business were spotlighted here is our Local Ladies Roundup for July.
Online boutiques are all the rage these days. You can find them on Facebook and Instagram. Women are loving the ease of shopping for looks that they see others wearing through multiple social media platforms and blogs.
Plus, from a business standpoint, this has allowed entrepreneurs to get started in the fashion retail industry with little overhead and minimal startup costs. Alll you need is a “Shopify” (or marketplace) website, some inventory and a drive for social media and your boutique can be off and running. (I know some wholesale companies will even do the shipping for you. No inventory needed.)
And that is just how I came across our Fashion Friday boutique, on Instagram. I often peruse the fashion hashtags on Instagram ( #satxfashion, #sanantoniofashion #fashionblogger, etc) and this spring I came across My SAS Couture. With a clean logo and sweet dresses, this boutique spoke to my own personal style and what I thought you readers would love as well. So I reached out to meet the owner, Sirena.
Sirena is running her online boutique, of womens and girls clothing, out of her home office here in San Antonio. Her dream of owning a brick and mortar store is slowly becoming a reality as she builds a name for herself locally. My SAS Couture has been featured in two local fashion shows, EveryBody Beautiful and An Evening on South Beach Fashion Show, along with gaining exposure through her instagram account, @mysascouture.
San Antonio has some programs that help popup boutiques acquire a brick and mortar store after gaining a certain level of following and interest. Sirena is hopeful that this program, along with a possible kickstarter campaign, will help her get the storefront she has always dreamed of.
I loved visiting this little in home store with her cute summer dresses and off the shoulder tops. She has everything from leggings to jumpers, plus little girls clothing and dresses. She is even adding some plus sizes looks due to the demand and growing interest of that body type. Sirena has done a great job of keeping everything organized and new items coming in regularly.
My SAS Couture plans on having some pop up shops right in her own home and neighborhood this fall season. She will be featuring a Sip and Shop for her followers to try stuff on and enjoy an afternoon. Until then you can find all her stock on her website at www.mysascouture.com or follow her on Instagram @mysascouture.
If you love any of these looks click on the picture and you will be taken to the My Sas Couture shopping page. Let's show this local entrepreneur some love!
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Summer time just breeds more and more snacks at my house. It is rare for 60 minutes to go by without someone asking me for a snack (these moments are always mommy patient builders). We have a pantry full of favorite snacks that the kids can enjoy.
And for this reason we have designated snack times for the kids. But for me...it's always snack time and this past month I have tried some new treats at local restaurants along with revisiting some classic favorites.
First off on the Favorite Snack List this issue is a new treat from Trader Joe’s called Shooting Stars. They essentially are a sugar-wafer cookie with a chocolate bottom covered in “popping candy.” Also known as, Pop Rocks. This classic kid favorite has been combined with a delicate cookie to make me and my kids giggle. We all sat around the counter and munched this treat while whooping and hollering over all the action that was in our mouths.
I love that Trader Joe’s brought this fun treat to my kids without all the food coloring and preservatives. The popping candy element is simply baking soda. When it is mixed with something wet (like your saliva) it pops. If they still have these in the store next week when I go back I am going to stock on the fun.
Serious two thumbs up Trader Joe’s.
Cheese is always a winning snack for me and the kids. But Brie cheese is a special mommy snack that I have been indulging in for the past month after having my last run in with it at the Austin favorite 24 Diner. I found some rice crackers at Trader Joe’s (since I am now going Gluten Free. That’s for another post) and paired it with a standard double Brie(from Trader Joe’s) and topped it with a Cran-cherry Chutney (since I can’t find pecan jam anywhere in a 200 mile radius. I will have to make it and post the recipe) from H-E-B.
This snack is rich and filling and a handful of them is all I need. I try to round-it-off with some cucumbers to make it a healthy momma snack. In which I always end up sharing with kiddo’s. And honestly I don’t mind. I am glad to build up their favor pallets.
Pool time and moives in the park bring snack opportunities as well. On the 4th of July we visited a small town near us where they featured a movie, a water-bounce-slide and free hot dogs, chips and drinks. And as you can see my dear daughter was highly enjoying her Lay’s Potato Chips. I usually vear toward the Deli Style but you can’t lose with Classic.
And lastly on my snack list this go-around, is a little chip and salsa discovery I made after visiting the Pearl Farmers Market (Another reason to visit Historic Pearl. Read more here on that.) After My mom and I enjoyed a lovely late morning mosing around the farmers market on a Saturday, we breezed over to a little old house turned restaurant called Josephine St. It is a one room cafe (with some additional outside seating as well) with original warped wood floors and antique tables and chairs to match.
We stopped in for a quick snack and I fell in love with the crispy tortilla chips (hoping they were gluten free. I didn’t ask) and a yummy Tomatillo & Avocado Salsa to dip. It had the perfect amount of spice to complement the avocado. I am going to try to copycat the recipe this month too.
So cheers to snacking this summer.
Share with me some of your favorites in the comments.
One of my favorite place to hang out, eat, shop, catch a movie, etc. here in San Antonio is the Alamo Quarry Market (aka The Quarry). So it only makes logical sense that we should have a Girls Night Out there. If you missed it, last week we were at Canyon Cafe on the North side of the shopping complex.
Canyon Cafe is popular for their "out of the box" specialty dinners such as Bison Meatloaf and Corn Crusted Calamari. I vier more towards seafood, so I enjoyed the Calamari. The ladies got to enjoy margaritas all evening along while doing a little shopping, networking and supporting the Center for Health Care Services. You can learn more about them here and PLEASE continue to donate to their cause that helps families here in San Antonio.
Here is our June’s Local Ladies Roundup. It's a place where you can find the vendors that were with us at the girls night out in case you couldn’t make it or if you need a quick reminder of where to find them.
And many thanks to our lovely photographers.
Its no surprise that San Antonio’s favorite food is tacos. We love taco Tuesdays. Taco food carts and taco bars.
Since I moved here two years ago I have learned to make all kinds of different tacos. I didn’t even have taco radar till I moved here. (We use to put everything in a burrito back in Colorado)
But I have found that tacos are easier and just as versatile if not more. So I am going to share my favorite quick and easy taco recipes with you so you can jump on the taco band-wagon.
Last week I tried this one for the first time myself. A friend had made a similar version at retreat I went to last year. I couldn’t remember exactly what was in it so this is my rendition of the Quck and Easy Shrimp Taco Recipe she made up (Shout to you Ms. Debbie!)
Quick and Easy Shrimp Taco Recipe
1 lb of frozen small-medium size shrimp (detailed and veined), defrosted
1 bag of shredded cabbage
1 cup of plain greek yogurt
1 bunch of cilantro, leaves chopped
1 lime (you will only need the juice)
1 T of garlic
2 T of butter
S & P to taste
1 package of tortillas of your choice
*note extras at the bottom
Heat the butter and garlic up on a skillet (cast iron is all I will use) on Med-low. Once melted and fragrant add the shrimp to cook slowly
Meanwhile add cabbage, yogurt, lime and cilantro to a medium bowl. Mix well.
Stir shrimp till they all turn pink and are cooked. Turn off heat.
While shrimp is cooking, heat tortillas on another skillet.
Add a bed of shrimp to tortilla, top with slaw mix
*add avocados and sriracha to make it a SATX Housewives original!
Do you like your shrimp in a taco?
One of my mottoes is Shop Local. Thats a big part of why I host the girls night out events once a month. To empower local women and give them an outlet to support other local women in business and friendship.
Because as we all know, when you buy from a local business an actual person does a happy dance. Plus this creates a stronger community of customers and friends who are supporting each other and not competing.
The same happens when you support a local designer on Kickstarter who has a great story about designing sustainable clothing and empowering women.
Meet Dina. A charming, quiet darling of a woman who has been in the fashion industry for 10 years. Previously she owned a boutique in Austin, Cypress Vanguard, with a handful of other designers back in 2011-2012 after she studied costume design at The University of Texas-Austin and then Fashion Design at The Academy of Art University for costume design.
Tragically, at the same time, Dina’s sister was diagnosed with cancer. So she left Austin to be with her family. Sadly her sister passed away. It was then, Dina started researching more about cancer and found that fashion was one of the top industries that harmed the environment which in turn causes more occurrences of cancer.
Driven by this tragic event, Dina wanted to start a line of clothing that was not only more sustainable, known as slow fashion, but also better for the people who would wear it and the environment. SixChell was born.
She launched a Kickstarter campaign and is hoping to reach her goal this week. If everyone just gives $10 she is sure to reach her goal and start rolling out her designs this fall.
Dina currently has three samples all made of vegan leather, Bamboo organic cotton, and Tencel Twill. You can learn more about supporting this local designer here in the video and donate to support her on Kickstarter here.
.Who said you can’t fly?
Because now days you can. I tried it.
Ifly here in San Antonio collaborated with me to come out and experience a flight with them and some of my other blogger friends. It was by far the most exhilarating experience I have had since I climbed a fourteener in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
First off, I was set up for some training video's and to learn safety standards to be sure I didn’t wreck myself or any of the fly equipment.
But let me paint this picture for you.
This is what they say to me in the video.
Stay flat, head up, relax….uh, what?!!
I can’t walk and chew gum. I thought for sure that I was not going to be able to fly. Or that I was going to slam my face into the clear plastic walls. Because doing all three of those things is surely going to end in disaster.
But it didn’t. It was way easier then I thought. Thomas was our official “fly guide.” He was gentle to let me in on this whirling wind tunnel. How he stayed grounded I have no idea because I was all “limbs up.”
Laying flat and keeping my head up while in “flying arm and leg position” felt pretty natural for the way the wind blew by. Plus with all Thomas’ direction, he made sure that I was at my optimum position for flight. And I was....see my photo below.
This experience is amazing. Flying through the air, circling and weightless. On the second flight I got a little in my head and had a hard time relaxing but I was still able to hold on to the position long enough for Thomas to send me whirling up the tube with him guiding.
It was breathtaking.
Literally breathtaking. I had to catch my breath once I left the tube. It pretty much feels like sticking your head out the window at 65 mph. It’s not hard to breath but it definitely helped to stay relaxed and to breath through my nose. (which you can see by this video that I didn’t do.)
All the ifly staff was great too. I got to chat with them about about their field trips that teach the STEM logistics of the wind tunnel. Plus they have a great little party room for birthdays or corporate parties. What a great way to celebrate with a gift of flight.
You can find all this info here on their website. They have many opportunities for flight. You can even fly if you are already certified as a skydiver.
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I was compensated for my post but the opinions experessed here are all my own.
After spending many years in rual Colorado, SATX has become my family's home. And we LOVE IT! I'm the mother of 4 boys & one sweet girl. I'm silly & loud but usually on time. I love coffee, all things made with rice and most anything organic & LOCAL ;) #SATX