February Photo Wrap-Up 2015

Hey everyone!

As quickly as always February has come and gone. You know what time it is! Time for my end of the month Photo Wrap-Up. See below what pictures fell between the cracks.

A nice walk in Tulsa's Heller Park. It's kind of off the beaten path, and that's why I like it.

A nice walk in Tulsa’s Heller Park. It’s kind of off the beaten path, and that’s why I like it.

The scene at the Chocolate Festival.

The scene at the Chocolate Festival in Muskogee. Sorry for the blurriness.

Trophies for everyone!!

Trophies for everyone!!

Some childhood fantasies never die...yes that is a Ninja Turtle singlet.

Some childhood fantasies never die…yes that is a Ninja Turtle singlet.

Dinner at The Cheesecake Factory; spicy chicken sandwich with a raspberry vinaigrette drizzled salad. Yum!

Dinner at The Cheesecake Factory; spicy chicken sandwich with a raspberry vinaigrette drizzled salad. Yum!

Playing in the snow on the last day of February!

Playing in the snow on the last day of February!

I hope your February was pleasant. Don’t forget to Like, Comment and Share!!

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Fellow Okie: John Baldridge

Fellow Okie Questionnaire

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Let me start by telling the story of how I met John Baldridge. While in college, years ago, I worked in the food court. I spent many weekends cooped up in that dingy bland food court (this was before they remodeled it lol). Besides working with some fun people nothing about that job was interesting. I don’t remember how or where I’ve met a lot of people I know but I won’t forget loyal food court customer, John Baldridge. He would order food from the food court often. He was always polite and never inconsiderate. Basically you never were in a bad mood taking John’s order. One night after a long day at work, me and friend/coworker Amber were “working” in the computer lab (and by working I mean scrolling through Facebook) when we both got a Facebook friend request from someone named John Baldridge. “Who’s John Baldridge!?” We both had no clue until we looked closer at the picture and realized it was our loyal food court customer …who also was sitting a few rows behind us laughing.  John has since moved on and has become a teacher and world traveler. He recently returned from visiting Russia.  I knew I had to see if he would give me the honor of being one of my blog’s Fellow Okies.

  • What’s your name?
    • John Baldridge
  • What is your profession?
    • High School Teacher: AP U.S. Government, Economics, World Geography, and Oklahoma History
  • What city in Oklahoma do you call home?
    • I currently call Oklahoma City home, but Okmulgee is my hometown. I was born there and lived there for my entire childhood.
  • What cities in Oklahoma have you lived in?
    • Okmulgee, Tahlequah, Norman, Edmond, Oklahoma City
  • What’s your favorite thing about Oklahoma?
    • The people—Oklahomans are so wonderful, generous, loving, and kind.
  • Where does your desire to travel come from?
    • My yearning to travel and dream of traveling the world originates from my sheltered and isolated childhood in a really rural and parochial environment. When I was in 1st grade, my grandparents took me on my first trip out of Oklahoma, to New Mexico and Colorado. I was mesmerized by the enchanting deserts, endless, wide-open skies, and majestic snow-capped mountains. While in Santa Fe, I encountered, for the first time in my life, people who spoke a different language than I (Spanish). I was amazed that this was still the United States and fell in love with travel. My dream of traveling this world and experiencing all of the amazing cultures and environments was born at this time and has continued to strengthen into the present.
  • Compared to other places you’ve traveled, what stands out most about Oklahoma?
    • The people
  • Where have you traveled outside of the United States?
    • 19 countries: Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Italy, Vatican City, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Croatia, Slovenia, and Russia
  • What has been the funniest thing you have experienced while traveling?
    • Hard to say—either the time I was participating in a formal, traditional Japanese tea ceremony live on television and started gagging on the candy while dressed in a kimono, or the time I was interrogated by the Russians because they thought I was a spy (not funny at the time, but laugh about it now). Or the time I was backpacking Europe and had been wearing the same shoes and socks for quite some time, and while in 1st class on a high-speed train in Germany, some guy sitting in the seat in front of me chewed me out in German (didn’t understand a word he was saying, but the message was implied)! Or the time I was eating lunch with middle school kids in Japan and noticed that little fishes—with heads, eyes, and fins—were mixed in with the rice. As I proceeded to pick one of the fish up with my chopsticks, the little Japanese kids—who up to that point were really quiet and respectful—started snickering, which then proceeded into laughter. Or the time I was in Mexico City with a female friend who was searing a really short red skirt, and she caused a multi-vehicle accident on a major highway because all of the male drivers were gawking at her instead of watching the road! Or the time I was eating dinner with my German friends at a biergarten, and I picked up what I thought to be a bread roll, only to quickly observe that it was really gooey and sticky. I instantly remarked, “WHAT IS THAT?!” in what my friends called the sweetest Southern accent they’d ever heard. Come to find out, it was a potato dumpling! I had never eaten or seen one before in my life—until then! My friends were rolling in laughter, and I think the entire city of Regensburg had a big laugh at my expense! Or the time I avoided taking a shower in a communal male shower in Japan by taking a private shower in an unoccupied communal female shower room. I had locked the door, and soon several young Japanese women started banging and yelling at the door to let them in. When I opened the door after my nice, relaxing, warm shower, the looks on their faces were priceless. They proceeded to tell me in broken English “You not supposed to be here.” I pretended to not know English and replied: “Lo siento mucho.” I had the biggest laugh in my life. And I have many other stories…
  • Where have you traveled in the United States? Which place was your favorite?
    • I have traveled to 39 states within the U.S. It is very difficult to choose a favorite. I have lived in Washington, DC, and have spent a great deal of time on the East Coast, especially Virginia, so that is one of my favorite states. I absolutely love Colorado and New Mexico, and visit those states every year. Utah and Montana are two of my favorite states as well. I have no top favorite state, but the states that have the most meaning and significance to me are New Mexico and Colorado because they started my life journey.
  • What advice would you give to someone who wants to travel and explore the world but doesn’t know where to begin?
    • Just do it! Nothing is stopping you. Don’t let fear hold you back. I am always nervous before embarking on a new journey, especially in a new country, especially if I am traveling alone. I have backpacked alone in 10 countries, including in places where English was not spoken at all, and in Russia, in the middle of winter! But every trip has been an incredible experience and so worth it. Step out of your comfort zone like I have, and you will have the experiences of a lifetime!

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I hope this Fellow Okie feature ignites the little travel bug inside of you!

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Throwing Weight Like It’s My Job…2015 NASA Natural Nationals

There are so many marvelous and whimsical places that a couple could celebrate Valentines Day weekend. I highly doubt that sitting in a hotel conference room and watching people lift things up and put them down –>insert Planet Fitness Lunk joke here<– would be considered one of them. But guess what…that’s how this girl spent her weekend and I enjoyed every minute of it. If you’ve been reading my blogs or following me on Instagram for a while now then you would know that my boyfriend is a powerlifter. You may even remember my August post of his first full powerlifting meet which was also through the same powerlifter association, NASA. This past weekend we set out to Oklahoma City to attend this competitive event.

The weekend was not all heavy metal. After the boyfriend weighed-in for his weight class, we both headed over to a nearby Mexican restaurant (sorry I do not recall the name and can’t seem to find it on Google maps). The food was very good and the strawberry margarita was delicious.

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Yummy

We stayed at the Comfort Suites located about a mile up the road from the meet location, Wyndham Garden Hotel. We got a good nights rest, after chatting it up with my brother and his girlfriend who came to support (Yay!). The next morning was time to get to work!

There was a pretty good-sized crowd at this event. There were plenty of competitors ranging from novice to experienced. These events go typically for about 6-7 hours, depending on how many people compete. If you ever attend one of these events be prepared to sit, sit and sit some more. The meet is non-stop with short breaks between categories.

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I am very proud of my boyfriend and his friend and fellow competitor Toby. They put many months of training into this event and it really paid off. Powerlifting isn’t something to do flippantly, you have to train hard and constantly plan ways to meet your personal records. It’s so awesome to be in a room filled with people working towards their own personal goals. I had an awesome time this weekend.

Very proud of him! Of course he had to represent for Keith's Ice Cold Beverages!

Very proud of him! Of course he had to represent for Keith’s Ice Cold Beverages!

I hope your Valentines weekend was fun. What did you do?

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I have a golden ticket...I have a golden chance to make my way....and with a golden ticket it's a golden dayyyyy!! lol I got carried away.

I have a golden ticket…I have a golden chance to make my way….and with a golden ticket it’s a golden dayyyyy!! lol I got carried away.

A Chocolate Lovers Paradise–Muskogee Habitat for Humanity Home Sweet Home Chocolate Festival

The 9th Annual Muskogee Habitat for Humanity Home Sweet Home Chocolate Festival was held on February 7th at the Muskogee Oklahoma Civic Center.  The event is an opportunity for the community to come together and raise money for a good cause.  A silent auction was put on with all money raised going to Habitat for Humanity.  The entrance was $15 in advance and $20 at the door.  The entry allows for all the chocolate treats and beverages you can handle. The entertainment for the night was the band Reversing Radio. Companies sponsoring the event set up booths and handed out chocolate goodies of all kinds, from petit fours to chocolate covered bacon (which was not too bad). Some of the businesses that participated were BancFirst, Creek Nation Casino, Georgia-Pacific, CASA, LIMU Energy Drinks and American Cancer Society. I got the opportunity to get some information about upcoming Oklahoma businesses. There was a great turn out. It was good to see so many people show up. This will be something on my to do list for next year. I apologize for not taking enough pictures…my hands were full and I was grubbin’!

The is just a small sampling of what we had...yummy

The is just a small sampling of what we had…yummy

Reversing Radio

Reversing Radio

Some of the auction items. I threw my name into the loop...and I actually won something!

Some of the auction items. I threw my name into the loop…and I actually won something!

Shoes: Rue21, Skirt: Target,  Shirt: Wal-Mart,  and earrings: Romancing the Stone (gift from the boyfriend)

Shoes: Rue21, Skirt: Target, Shirt: Wal-Mart, and earrings: Romancing the Stone (gift from the boyfriend)

This was a great event. I had a wonderful time. I’m glad I didn’t eat myself sick lol.

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My Sugar Sisters Product Review

Sugar Sisters travel set

Sugar Sisters travel set

Scrolling through Instagram one day I came across the Instagram of Oklahoma’s own Sugar Sisters. Of course as soon as I read they were from Oklahoma I had to find out more so I went to their website. I looked through every tab on the website including the bio, and yes they are sisters. I looked through the products they offer and decided on the travel set. I mean it just made sense to try the travel set since I have a travel blog and it would allow me to sample the products without the risk of buying a full size item that I may not like. Alright let’s get down to the nitty-gritty!

What I Ordered

As mentioned above, I ordered the travel set. The travel set is composed of:

  • Full Body Exfoliator Sugar Scrub
  • Body Butter
  • Body Mist

You can choose which scent from their selection that you would like your travel set to come in. Based on the scent descriptions I chose the Birthday Suit scent.

Presentation/Packaging

First I should start by saying that I noticed the packing in the initial Instagram photo that I looked at. It caught my eye right away. I think for an upcoming company they made a good choice on the design aspects. Everything is soft and feminine without being juvenile girl-ish (does that make sense?? I hope so). When I opened up my package I got exactly what I expected. The products came in a cute mesh bag with a ribbon closure. The containers were the perfect trial and travel size. Sometimes when purchasing travel items you end up with products you can only get approximately 2 to 3 uses out of. From the first glance I knew based on quantity alone I got my monies worth. For the three 2 ounce containers it was $20 (minus shipping).

Verdict

Body Mist

  • Sight: I’m not sure if it’s the color of the body mist container or the natural look of the body mist but it was an opaque liquid.
  • Application: I sprayed the body mist on before I left the house for a full day of work.

 Body Mist: The body mist was what I expected. I sprayed it onto a few places, making sure it contacted my skin. There’s not much to say about the feel of it because well… it’s a body mist.

Sugar Scrub

Sugar Scrub

Full Body Exfoliator Sugar Scrub

  • Sight: This was my first time using a sugar scrub. The consistency of the product looked thick but also soft and fluid.
  • Application: I chose to take small amounts of the product in the palm of my hands and rub it onto my body while in the shower.

Full Body Exfoliator Sugar Scrub: This product was softer on my skin than I expected it to be. The sugar scrub felt so good on the areas of my body that are prone to dryness and itching (shoulders, lower back, knees and my feet). I chose to not use another soap along with this product so I could get the full effect of it. I would recommend that you use this after you wash with your preferred soap. The product did leave a somewhat oily residue (it contains grape seed oil, coconut oil, sweet almond oil and meadowfoam seed oil). I believe there was residue because I didn’t thoroughly rinse it off in the shower. So I went back over my body with a damp wash cloth to remove some of the excess oil.

Body Butter...You're my boo

Body Butter…You’re my boo

Body Butter

  • Sight: The body butter appeared very rich and creamy.
  • Application: I applied the body butter to my arms right after I showered (using the sugar scrub).

Body Butter: Out of the three products the body butter is my favorite…for now lol. I tend to stick with the same lotion (Vaseline Aloe Vera), so I’m always a little hesitant to try anything new. Some lotions and butters are too thick and some are too runny and don’t moisturize. This body butter has been perfect. It dissolves easily into my skin. If you remember my birthday blog post my feet have been struggling this winter. I applied the body butter to them post shower and it made my feet super soft and moisturized. It has to be the combination of oils in this product that provide such softness (jojoba oils, hemp oil and borage seed oil).

 Finally to answer the questions you’ve probably been wanting me to finally get to…

How does it smell? I spent the first 20 minutes sniffing and then re-sniffing these products trying to figure that out. The website describes the Birthday Suit scent to have a honeydew and strawberries with a hint of coconut fragrance. After long contemplation it finally hit me…Kool-aid! Yep the scent reminded me of being a kid, when you are making Kool-aid and you rip open the package, pour it in, and you get the first whiff of the powder. In this case it was strawberry Kool-aid lol. Does it last? The fragrance did last most of my day. I think if you’re looking for something strong and robust that will stay noticeable all day then you might need to apply a heavy amount.

That’s it y’all! I encourage you to visit the company website at www.sugarsistersscrubs.com and see what they have to offer. They have plenty of scents to choose from like Lil’ Black Dress, Common Sutra, Daydreamin’ and Pillow Talk to name a few.

Oklahoma made!

Oklahoma made!

Have you tried any Sugar Sisters products? Did you like them?