Monday, October 29, 2018

What Is Bubbling In My Cauldryn?

Coffee. The answer is always, always coffee.

Thanks, Captain Obvious!

No, that isn't an obvious spelling error. I really do have coffee bubbling in my cauldryn. My Cauldryn battery heated mug!

It is beyond awesome!

The Cauldryn battery heated mug is my new favorite thing in the world that I have been asked to review. This thing is just HANDYYou can keep your hot stuff hot, as well as cook, boil and freeze dry anything in it! With the optional blender attachment, you can even make smoothies in it. It is absolutely perfect for my on the go lifestyle! Never again will I have my tea or coffee go cold. I can have my soups right away, or just heat them up and keep them hot in my cauldryn. The small battery lasts about 10-15 hours while the bigger battery lasts twice as long. You can even carry it onto a plane, as it meets all carry on requirements. 

Don't even get me started on how useful this is going to be for camping/hiking!


I have been using it all week as I have been out and about, getting ready for the good old holiday season. Every sip of my coffee was like I had just poured it and I may or may not have stayed out shopping a little longer than I should have.

Maybe.




And so, because I want everyone to have this awesome mug, I have a $10 off coupon code for you! Please visit Cauldryn.com and type the code STEPHANIES2018 in at checkout to get your very own. 

Then, come back here and tell me what is bubbling in YOUR cauldryn!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The Art Of The Deal

We are first time homeowners and it has definitely been...different.

Last year, we were in the same city with our daughter for her first year of college, and then we found our dream house and moved in over last summer. However, we initially thought that we would be moving from there into an RV so before we moved into the tiny apartment in Richmond, I went through an entire two story, three bedroom house full of stuff and either sold what I could or gave away what I couldn't sell, thinking that we would be travelling around in an RV for a few years.

I got rid of everything.



Of course, I packed up all of the important things that you accumulate over a lifetime to put in a safe place for storage, but mainly, if it wasn't important or we couldn't use it in an RV, *poof* gone, buhbye, see ya!

And then, we found our dream house.

It is a great house. I love it here. I would've been seriously upset if we did not get it, but we did and now...

I have to buy all new stuff to fill it with.

Darn. I have to shop!


It's a tragedy, truly.

Once again, it's Dealspotr to the rescue! I have found a truly sweet deal to share! Right now, Overstock Art is having a sale! Overstockart.com is an online art gallery specializing in hand painted art with custom framing. I picked this gorgeous 36 x 24 painting Miranda - The Tempest by John William Waterhouse with the beautiful Burgeon Gold Frame





My terrible photography skills do not do this stunning painting justice, apologies!

A picture in my room, so you can see the true size

I would love to know which piece of art you like the best! Just make sure you add the code STEPHSTEB at checkout to get your 30% off everything on the site!
Meanwhile, I will continue on with my arduous task of shopping for more things for the house. I just don't know how I'm going to cope! Truly. 

Friday, October 19, 2018

Healing The Scars Of Addiction

This year, I am a full decade sober.

Now, there have been slips and slides during that ten year span and I am not too proud to admit that. However, since January 1, 2009, I have dedicated myself to sobriety.

Every now and then, though addiction comes 'round to punch me in the face again. Just to remind me it's still there...waiting.



Recently, I was sent Healing The Scars Of Addiction by Dr. Gregory L. Jantz with Ann McMurray. I absolutely DEVOURED this book in a day. It was that good and had so much useful information, I think my brain is still humming.

Dr. Jantz actually pioneered "whole person care" thirty years ago by opening The Center - A Place Of Hope. When I say "whole person care" I mean, your entire mental health, physical health, and spiritual health are treated along with your addiction issues.

I have always, always been a strong believer that mental illness and substance abuse/addiction walk tightly hand in hand. Often times, an addiction can begin because a person starts using substances to self medicate away the symptoms of mental illness. For example, if you're anxious all of the time and alcohol calms your nerves and takes that anxiety away, well you've just found a reason to drink any time you feel anxious and so the cycle begins...

Mental Illness and Addiction are totally bros.

Chapters 10: How Can I Put My Life Back Together?, 11: Do I Deserve To Put My Life Back Together, and 12: Who Am I Now?, were especially impactful for me. I would say that those have been the biggest issues in my recovery. For those chapters alone, I can't recommend this book more. It's just a wealth of information that I need in my life and now I have it to go back to any time I feel myself being swallowed by my soul quagmire.


If you find yourself struggling after getting sober or finding your way, I definitely recommend this book. Also, GOOD ON YOU for getting sober and realizing that you have a choice to relieve your pain in constructive ways instead of destructive ways. Your life is a journey and you are walking a good path.

You can find Dr. Jantz book by clicking here. I hope you will find it as absolutely incredible as I did as well! 

I'd love to hear your experiences about addiction and recovery in the comments. Let's chat about it!  

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Something Here

There is something
here

It whisps out from
there
between the lips of
sin

There is something
here

A quiet, sterile
painted gray brick 
in the way but
it weighs less than paper

There is something 
here


It's the familiar whispers 
on the bare floorboards
as he walks so silent so

purpose driven 
for the fourth time this week

There is something
here

And it wants to disappear.


Friday, October 12, 2018

THERE'S A GHOST IN MY SHEETS!


YOU GUYS.

I THINK MY SHEETS ARE HAUNTED. 



It has to be because suddenly I have the softest, most luxurious sheets made by the fine folks at Ghost Bed Sheets.

And, as I've written about before, we all know how much I love my luxury in my bedroom!

I am constantly struggling to find the perfect sheet set that is comfortable, durable, breathable and lightweight. Luckily, the Ghost Bed Luxury sheet sets, a product of GhostBed by Nature's Sleep mattress company (which has excellent reviews from Consumer reports), stepped right up and not only met my expectations, but exceeded them. 

Each set is an unique blend of Supima Cotton and Tencel Fibers that are breathable, lightweight and oh so comfortable. The fitted sheet is awesome because it is made with incredibly tough ends that will NOT pop off! That's my favorite part because I can't tell you how many times the ends of fitted sheet ends have come loose from my bed. They are secure, and believe me, I tested it thoroughly! Wash after wash, they stay soft and get even more comfortable!



The very best thing about your GhostBed sheets is that each comes with a three year warranty and free shipping! There's plenty of colors to choose from so head on over to GhostBed sheets and grab some for yourself. You definitely won't be disappointed!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Fitness Is Better With A Buddy

You better believe I have tried anyandeverything under the sun to get my weight and health under control.

I mean, everything.



The problem with all of the things I've tried, I've never really had a accountability buddy to keep me motivated!

Luckily, I have finally found the perfect new program for couples, The FocoBody 360 Plan for couples!

On a daily basis, each participant receives an email containing a daily reminder to access their Precision Nutrition coaching website to review their daily lesson, exercise and habit building reminders. Every week, participants will receive an additional lesson on where to focus and how to leverage their relationship as a couple to support each other in reaching their health goals, while accelerating their success!

You will also receive a monthly 1 to 2 hour coaching session with your mentors, along with 4 webinars to address questions and concerns.

***You will also receive 2 free Apple Watches in order to track your heart rate, exercises, and daily caloric usage.*** This helps the mentors monitor your progress.


If you are interested in learning more, you can find their free ebook here, Gut Matters, that can get you well on your way! My husband I really love it so far and hope you do as well!