Event Review: Launch Bloggers Conference 2019

Just wanted to following up on my day trip to OKC the other weekend! My friend Cassie from True Agape hosted the very first Launch Bloggers Conference in Oklahoma City and I am so glad that I invested the time to attend. As you know I really wanted to step out of my introvert box and do new things in 2019. I normally would not attend something like this all by myself due to my severe social anxiety. I know it sounds silly but if you deal with anxiety, you will fully relate and if you don’t ..you will never truly understand how debilitating this condition is. I battle it every second of everyday.

Our conference took place at the beautiful OKC Museum of Art which is one of my favorite places to pass time when I am in the city. The Museum’s permanent collection covers a period of five centuries with strengths in European and American art from the nineteenth through twenty-first centuries, contemporary art, and one of the world’s largest public collections of glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly, whom I adore!

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Travel Guide: Houston Texas And It’s Most Instagram Worthy Spots-Sip & Play Edition

I know so many of you have been so eager for this 2nd part of this travel guide to be published and I am so thrilled to finally share all of my favorite Houston gems with you today! I launched the first edition a few weeks ago and I highly recommend reading it too so you can eat your way through Houston. Find it here.

Considering just how close and accessible Houston is to Tulsa and of course Lin’s family living there, I have spent my last seven Thanksgiving holidays there and have yet to share. (well there have been a few things here and there) But it was time to really put a good itinerary together for you! And while this one is a bit long and picture heavy, I promise that you will get so much out of it for your Houston travels so bookmark this one! We have grown to love this picturesque and interesting city very much. In fact every time I visit The Magnolia City, I enjoy it more and more. As a creature of habit, I do tend to visit a lot of the same places because I love them, but always add something new to my trip each time. And thanks to my friend Karen who lives there, she is always keeping me in the loop of the newest and greatest! But I definitely have my Houston staples as I like to call them! Each and every one is highly Instagrammable too! We all know it’s for the gram!

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An Interview with Brooke Marshall — Club Pilates Tulsa

I always love a good Q & A and it’s something you all really love too because these posts always get the best readership. So happy you enjoy interviews with my peers, mentors, and Pilates greats. For it’s maiden voyage, it’s an honor for me to be interviewing one of the sweetest girls I have ever met, Brooke Marshall. We met in the Club Pilates South Tulsa studio and really connected through our love of getting a good workout in and writing and photography. She loved Pilates so much she is now an instructor and I could not be happier for her!

So while everyone is figuring out which way they're going to get fit in 2019, we've had our answer for a while now.

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Paleo Bar-B-Q Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Anyone else spend their Sunday with friends eating amazing food and screaming at the top of your lungs at the tv at two football teams last night?! Surely I am not alone here!

Traditionally, Super Bowl food is a day for pizza, fried chicken wings, rotel, and beer but this year I really wanted to stay on top of my 2019 goals . The result? AWESOME. Did anyone complain? No way. Not when you’re eating Bar-B-Q. chicken stuffed sweet potatoes with Head Country Bar-B-Q sauce. Incase you need to be reminded of how much I love their sauce…click here. Bar-B-Q chicken stuffed sweet potatoes are an easy, healthy, gluten-free, and dairy-free weeknight dinner recipe the whole family will enjoy too. I have never seen grown men devour something so quick actually so this recipe is even hubby approved. Plus sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamin A, C, and B6 which plays a key role in maintaining healthy skin and hair ladies. They are also loaded with fiber and potassium and they are one of the most delicious foods on the entire planet! I *might* be slightly addicted to sweet potatoes.

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Learning French/Apprendre le Français

I wanted to make 2019 the year where I focus on trying new things. And the one question I get a lot having a blog called Go French Yourself is if I speak French. So I am thrilled to inform you that I have started French lessons and am committed to learning how to speak this beautiful language. I love the language and am always having a total love affair with France and am obsessed with the je ne sais quoi of the French woman.

And me being such a Francophile-it’s just time to fully embrace it. I am only three lessons in but have been doing a lot of home study and I have been watching french films like crazy as well as listening to French music. Today, I even writing out post it notes with French words and placing them all over the house. I will be taking you on my delightful journey through my experiences of learning French at the age of almost 39. I will be sharing my joys and frustrations with learning a new language, and delving into the nuances of French. So far..there have been a lot of frustrations as I am having a tough time with the phonetics, especially since I somewhat know Spanish and cannot seem to shake my “okie-tex-mex” accent which is so not sexy. LOL! Anyhow, it’s not as easy as it may appear.

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In The Kitchen With Shannon Smith From Beads & Basil/Along With Her Red And Green Shakshuka Recipes

I have been following the lovely Shannon from Beads & Basil for a few months and was so intrigued by her food, and travels so when she reached out inviting me to her kitchen to make one of my favorite dishes, well of course I said OUI! I was eager to get a closer look at her personal and professional life. A jewelry designer, a chef, a teacher, and a wife and mother on top of it all, Shannon does a little bit of everything. She has a meticulous yet laid back approach to life, which comes across in the work she creates and in the way she speaks about it all.

She is a wonderful human and such a fantastic chef to boot, (and here I though I was a decent cook) and her Shakshuka’s are out of this world delicious! I had no idea how simple it could be to create my own so I am so thankful to have learned with Shannon. I knew we were going to make a red Shakshuka but when I learned that we would make a red AND a green…well pitter patter went my heart! Two is always better than one, no? 

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Spiced Baked Apples, Pears and Mandarins

These Spiced Baked Apples, Pears and Mandarins topped with Nuts and Pomegranate are a simple vegan dessert or topping. In less than 15 minutes you can have a fresh and flavorful fruit topping for yogurt or oatmeal. This roasted fruit is good enough to eat on its own. This recipe is vegan, Paleo, dairy free and gluten free. Plus it’s just so colorful and will brighten your winter dining table and feed.

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Travel Guide: Houston Texas And It’s Most Instagram Worthy Spots-Stay & Dine Edition

I know so many of you have been so eager for this travel guide to be published and I am so thrilled to finally share all of my favorite Houston gems with you today! Considering just how close and accessible Houston is to Tulsa and of course Lin’s family living there, I have spent my last seven Thanksgiving holidays there and have yet to share. (well there have been a few things here and there) But it was time to really put a good itinerary together for you! And while this one is a bit long and picture heavy, I promise that you will get so much out of it for your Houston travels so bookmark this one! We have grown to love this picturesque and interesting city very much. In fact every time I visit The Magnolia City, I enjoy it more and more. As a creature of habit, I do tend to visit a lot of the same places because I love them, but always add something new to my trip each time. And thanks to my friend Karen who lives there, she is always keeping me in the loop of the newest and greatest! But I definitely have my Houston staples as I like to call them! Each and every one is highly Instagrammable too!

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Styling A Bedside Table In A Modern Guest Room Featuring Gantri

Actually putting things on a nightstand in the guest room that your guests could/would enjoy?!!! Oui, please!!!

No matter who your guests are, there are a few items that are great, essential pieces to have on hand.

A bedside table-light is a great piece to start with when you are trying to figure out what to place on a side table or nightstand. It provides light if your guests need to get up in the middle of the night or perhaps they are readers and there is nothing worse than having to get up from bed sleepy eyed to turn off a light-switch. We love this Paris light by Javier Martinez from Gantri so much. Like all things French, Paris is simple, stylish and sophisticated. Its elegant design evokes the vintage and minimalist aesthetic of the French New Wave yet reimagined for the modern era.This versatile light adds character, culture and a soft, warm glow to any bedroom, living room or kitchen. It’s très chic, for nostalgics and modernists alike. It also comes in three colors!!

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Whole30 Breakfast Salad With Bacon And Hard-Boiled Eggs

Busy bloggers and creatives like us at Go French Yourself are constantly on the go. Between writing endless articles, staging photo shoots, and crafting some delicious recipes, there is hardly time to sit down for a relaxing meal during the week. Breakfast is especially tough for me on these busy days. And a Whole30 breakfast..well the cards can sometimes feel stacked against you here if you have not prepared beforehand. When I’m rushing out the door in the morning, the last thing I want to do is prepare a time-intensive meal. That said, I’ve recently been researching a few ways to make a delicious and quick Whole30 approved breakfast for on-the-go girls like myself! My belief is that if you’re going to eat breakfast on the move, at least whip up one that’s healthy—and tasty too! Today I’ll be sharing 1 of my favorite tried-and-true Whole30 busy girl breakfasts. And it really fits in a lunch dinner category too!

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Getting to know Gloria : An Esthetician Who Connects Health, Wellness & Personal Development With Self-Care + Beauty To Help Others Feel Beautiful Inside And Out.

The first interview of 2019 is all about high vibrational beauty with the lovely Gloria from Ihloff Spa in Utica Square. And we have partnered with a great giveaway for one of lucky ducks too so be sure to catch the deets over on this Instagram post.

Gloria has always been propelled by whole body wellness. Years before health and wellness became the popular mainstay that it is today, Gloria understood what true health and beauty was about: balance, self-love and feeling connected to your own inner spiritual being. She is sharing her favorite recipes, rituals, and magic with us today!!

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A SIMPLE AND MODERN TABLESCAPE

ward season kicks off all the best celebrations of the year and I get most excited about entertaining for them! I like prioritizing simplicity in decorating not only because that’s just my thing and I love it most, but because I’ve found it’s generally less fuss and less stressful, which is what I imagine most of us appreciate this time of year. I mean, we just almost strangled ourselves during the holidays. Whether you want to achieve this style or apply a few of these concepts to the plans you already have, read on for 5 simple tips for a modern minimal tablescape I’m sharing in partnership with West Elm Tulsa.


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Fuller, Thicker Hair In Less Than 60 Seconds

If my hair could speak, then mine would definitely be screaming, “I’m oily! And I am thinning!”. The older I get..the more I struggle with the epic battle of thinning hair and even hair loss. I have extensions and that is a great solution for thicker fuller hair but when you start thinning at the roots at the very top of your head—well extensions cannot fix that. I part my hair in the middle too and when I keep seeing that middle part get wider and wider I literally want to hide and cry.


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Girl Talk//Tips & Tricks On Avoiding And Managing UTI's

Hellloooo Ladies! Happy 2019!!

I am so excited that my first post of the new year is one that is health related as I cannot think of a better time to start taking care of business and by business, I mean a healthy urinary tract! Sometimes life throws us curveballs which makes our bodies throw us curveballs and suddenly nothing is working right. I'm talking about getting a dreaded urinary tract infection, which is one of the most common bacterial infections. And for me, my very own stress levels trigger urinary tract infections. (Our bodies struggle to flush out UTI-causing bacteria more when we're stressed and our immune system is compromised than when we're feeling healthy.) It has been this way for years and years too. I admit it. I have suffered from chronic recurrent UTI’s my whole adult life. And my personal vow when suffering from a health discomfort is to always try and heal naturally first so today I am sharing some tips and tricks to reduce the re-occurrence of UTIs among sufferers. These tips will help you maintain good urinary tract health in the new year and beyond.

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