Bourbon Beauty: Bridge Counseling & Wellness - Be Body Positive Series with Sammy-Jo







Bridge Counseling and Wellness is hosting a body positive series! This sounds like fun, I can't wait to partake.

Per their website:

As a society, we have been fed a whole lot of nonsense in regards to our bodies and for the most part, that nonsense was fed to us so that someone else could profit from our unending dissatisfaction. And that’s not cool.

But the truth of it is that we can be healthy and beautiful no matter what our bodies look like!

We don’t need to be magazine cover skinny to experience joy, we don’t need to have permanently clear skin to feel a deep connection to others and we most definitely do not need to be able bodied, or of a certain age, race or gender to know what it feels like to love.

The fact that we have bodies at all means that we get to experience life on Earth as humxns and that’s pretty epic and cool.
So we invite you to join Bridge Wellness and Sammy-Jo Hand for this gentle yet transformative (and most likely super fun) 4-week Be Body Positive experience!

Each week will weave together movement, breath-work, meditation and certain body positivity practices. All are welcome. All are celebrated. You don’t need to have prior experience, simply an open mind.



Tuesday August 13th – 7-9pm Authentic Beauty and How to Reclaim our Bodies
Tuesday August 20th –  7-9pm Health at Every Size
Tuesday August 27th  – 7-9pm Self-Love & Intuitive Self-Care
Tuesday September 3rd  – 7-9pm Pleasure, Shame, and Intuitive Sexuality
Drop-in for just one or join us for all 4, it’s totally up to you!
One session: $45
All 4: $160
Sliding scale available to those who cannot afford the suggested rate. Please reach out to us for further details. 

Which class are you interested in? 


Bourbon Beauty: Oprah Magazine celebrating Jennifer Lopez!






Birthday girl Jennifer Lopez turned 50 this month, and I'm incredibly excited to have taken part in an interview with Oprah Mag- in celebration of this style icon & influential Latina! Check it out here 

Thank you so much Irina Gonzalez & www.Oprahmag.com 


Which celebrity has had a positive influence in your life?


Bourbon Beauty: Stop Traffic Event! Dine with us at Le Moo





Join us for dinner at Le Moo July 21st 2019! 5:00 PM-10:00 PM, a percentage of sales will be donated back to Stop Traffic. 
Make your reservation at 502-458-8888

For more information on Stop Traffic, check out their website:

Can't wait to see you there!




Bourbon Beauty: Happy Summer Solstice - Morning Ritual

 


I can't begin to explain how much I love when spring & summer come around. While I don't care much for being outside in the physical wilderness (I don't like bugs or heat - true story...), I really do not enjoy long winters. The short days, the cold, it triggers me and unfortunately seasonal depression hits me hard.

This past winter was particularly difficult on me, and its refreshing to feel like I'm finally coming out of my shell. (Huge thank you to my mom for always being supportive and encouraging me to get a little bit of TLC. Side note: Never be ashamed to take care of your mental health as well as physical health. As women we tend to wear many hats - our health is important).

To celebrate, I thought it would be fun to write something up on enjoying and bringing in the sunshine, fresh air, & some self love.


Celebrating Summer Solstice - Morning Routine
  • In the morning - Steep some herbal tea | I prefer iced | & meditate/stretch (before kids are awake).
  • Enjoy iced tea while sitting outside - hearing the birds and enjoying the scent of the morning dew.
  • Ground bare feet on the earth- praying and thanking God (or maybe just reflecting) on everything I'm thankful for.
  • Make a point to go near or in water outdoors. 
  • Start and maintain a morning skincare routine - Do a facial massage after bathing.
  • Replenish your skin! Drink lots of water & fresh fruit. (Incorporate collagen into a fresh smoothie).
  • Begin the day with a happy soul and set great intentions for the day.


My Favorite way to make Jasmine Iced Tea
  • Dragon Pearl Jasmine (My favorite brand is by Harney & Sons)
  • Boiling Water
  • Mexican Raw Sugar Cane Crystals
  • 2 ice cubes + enough to fill a tall tumbler
Before Teavana shut down their local store, I could never make a good cup of tea! I loved my Jasmine tea from restaurants, but mine always tasted burnt. One day I asked the woman how she made it, and it was life altering (and my bank was happier lol). The trick was the ice cubes so I wouldn't burn my tea - otherwise making it bitter.
Method- Bring water to a rolling boil. Carefully, pour boiling water over tea sachet in a deep cup, quickly adding to ice cubes, and stirring in sugar to taste. Let steep for 2 minutes. Fill tumbler with ice, and pour over tea.

Do you do anything to ease stress? What's on your bucket list this summer?




Bourbon Beauty: Stop Traffic Fundraiser 5-16-2019


What's better than eating while raising money for a great cause?? Mark your calendars! May 16th, from 5pm-10pm, bring in this flyer, and 20% of your meal will be donated to Stop Traffic Kentucky!




I hope to see you there! (don't forget to print this page, or save it to your phone before you go!)

For more information: check out www.StopTrafficKy.org



Bourbon Beauty: Find 'em Scent Safe

A couple of weeks ago, "Find'em Scent Safe" asked me If I would like to try out their product. Their "Scent Safe" is a product to help you find a loved one, if God forbid they were ever lost.

My oldest son was diagnosed with Autism at around 3 years old. The thought of any child getting lost is disheartening, but having a child who can't communicate magnifies those worries 100,000,000,000 times more. My biggest fear is him getting lost, and statistically speaking, its not an unfounded worry.



According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, there were 424,066 reports of children missing in 2018. Almost half a million children in 2018 alone (!!!).. Between 2007 and 2017, 952 children reported missing had autism, and 43 children were unfortunately recovered deceased.

My heart breaks for those families, and it makes you wonder, what can we as parents do? I've searched for GPS devices, name tags, I've even gone as far as researching micro-chip tracking (its crazy to me that we have a way to track pets, but ZERO ways to immediately track people who are mentally disabled...) I've been desperate to find something to keep my child located at all times.



While I don't personally have all of the answers, (and we are still navigating our life with Autism in this big world.) I'm happy that a product like this exists so that you have a back up plan in case something does happen.

Scent Safe is a product that was created by a police officer to "help you locate your loved one". The idea is to get the scent of your loved one, & store it safely for up to a year in case of an emergency. When people go missing, they sometimes utilize a dog to smell the scent of a person to help track them down. It is extremely important for the scent of the loved one to be uncontaminated, so that the canines know exactly who they are searching for.

Per their website:

Dr. Webb is a decorated Captain of the police force and an accomplished handler of bloodhounds. She knows how devoted handlers are to their dogs and vice-versa because she has trained the best of them. Dr. Webb also knows that these handler/dog teams are here to serve people in need. They have devoted themselves to the rigorous training required to develop the tools to achieve success in search and rescue operations. These handlers, officers and military personnel often put themselves at risk, along with their dogs, in the line of duty. She developed the Scent Safe to give these brave teams the best advantage they can have when tracking a lost loved one, a pristine, uncontaminated scent item.


I opened up our carefully wrapped Find'em Scent Safe Box:


  





Here is what their instructions list:

       



I noticed that per their instructions, it said something to the effect of "scents collected after rising body temperature/ perspiration is optimal". I waited until after my son was done with his heavy work exercises on his trampoline to collect his scent.

The instructions also say that the gauze has to be held for 5 minutes. To pass the time, I gave him the stuffed puppy as we watched puppy videos on his ipad, we were done in a pinch. It is extremely important you read the instructions before use so as not to contaminate the product.





In our case, we do have a child with special needs, but I do see how this could be useful for any family member in your home. I hope that we never have to use this, but I'm grateful that we do have a product in case of an emergency. I highly recommend getting a product such as this, as another added layer of protection in your home.

For more information:

https://findemscentsafe.com/


Thank you Find'em Scent safe for sending me a product for review. I commend you for looking for new ways to protect those that do not have a voice.