Posts in Sam's Stories
E-mail Marketing Solutions With Emma

Anyone else receive a trillion Black Friday emails?! And now a trillion sale holiday emails for Christmas?! Anyone hitting the unsubscribe button?!

Ohh..I am definitely guilty as charged! HA!

But in all seriousness this got me thinking about my own brand and newsletter which I really need to get back into the habit of sending again especially for some of my email marketing campaigns. If I may 100% frank, I stopped a year ago because as soon as I sent them I would have at least 2-4 people unsubscribe and it really hurt my feelings, especially if one of the un-subscribers was a good friend whom I support in business. OUCH! Have you had that happen too? It is the worst feeling. Like the world is already cruel enough and I did not need to self inflict pain on myself….am I right?!

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Visiting Boston’s Seaport District In November//New England Fall

Every time I visit Boston, 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.

Lin and I have family there so this is our third trip to New England and we look forward to it every year. If you are looking for a guide to Boston’s most “Instagrammable” places, you can find it here. It’s still one of my most read travel guides to date. We decided to travel Maine’s coast prior to our Boston trip and I highly recommend everyone seeing this part of the world! Read my 7 day Maine itinerary before you plan! Cape Liz and Kennebunkport are must sees!

There are so many areas in Boston but we really wanted to explore The Seaport District this go around and of course I wanted to spend some time in The lovely North End too. I just have so many favorites there so it’s hard to not just spend all of my time there.

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INN BY THE SEA: A LUXURY RETREAT IN CAPE ELIZABETH, MAINE

In early November, Lin and I spent 7 days traveling The Maine Coast which you can read all about here. On day 6 we met the beautiful Cape Liz for the first time and ya’ll….this special place has just stolen a piece of my heart. It's natural beauty at its best!

Cape Liz is stunning. We spent some time exploring the area’s most picturesque lighthouses and their picturesque surroundings in the freezing cold rain! We began at  Two Lights State Park (free admission), where Maine’s first "twin" lighthouses were erected on the rocky shore in 1928. (The scenery inspired Edward Hopper’s painting Lighthouse at Two Lights.) Then we made our way to Fort Williams Park next and climb into the tower of Maine’s oldest lighthouse, Portland Head Light. Just see for yourself…..

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Scenic Drive Traveling Maine's Coast To Boston In The Fall// 7 day Maine Itinerary

On November 1st Lin and I landed in Bangor Maine to travel the coast down to Boston. This trip had been on my bucket list as long as I can remember and I am so happy that we followed through. Maine’s Route 1 road trip is as quintessential New England as the West Coast’s Route 1 drive is classic California. While this itinerary starts from Bangor Maine and heads down the coast to Kennebunkport, it can certainly be enjoyed in the opposite direction too. There are two ways to go about this ride: Make a lot of stops on the way up and then power home. Or, pick a few pit stops for the way up, and save a few for the way back. There are so many various options.

A lot of planning went into my itinerary and I really hope you enjoy seeing Maine’s beautiful coast through my eyes—the must-see’s and must-do’s and the amazing culinary scene…OMG. This was such an incredible 7 days and I will forever remember every second of Maine’s endless cute towns and all the lobster rolls!


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Naturopathic Approach to HPV//An Interview With Dr. Elizabeth Goldspink, ND

Friends, I just got back from a two week long Thanksgiving trip to Houston and was able to unplug for a bit!! I so needed that too!

I am so excited to really get the Q and A portion of my blog going again and I am thrilled for you to meet Dr. Goldspink today! She is a healer and is inspiring the heck out of me.

Dr. Elizabeth Goldspink (Stavros), ND graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, Canada, where she completed a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine (ND). She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Ottawa. As a Clinical Intern in both general medicine and adjunctive cancer care at CCNM, Dr. Goldspink focused her training and research on disease prevention, longevity, and naturopathic oncology.

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An Affair Of The Heart 2018: My Recap!

As soon as I returned from Boston I was so happy to kickstart the holidays at An Affair Of The Heart in Tulsa. If you haven’t heard of An Affair Of The Heart, it’s a truly unique event that happens several times a year in Oklahoma and a few surrounding areas. And if you have been following me for a while, I featured ten amazing gift items in a holiday gift guide for you to discover at the show in this post and also this post. An Affair Of The Heart brings together the creators of the world who have an especially strong sense of community, creativity, and soul, and all of the exhibitors I got to talk to were incredibly friendly and talented. While I was there I spotted some amazing entrepreneurs that I thought I’d share with you today of course with huge emphasis on the ten I have already included! I hope you enjoy the pics from the event too as well as pics from the blogger event I co-hosted with Lisa and Kristin! I feel confident your other favorite Tulsa bloggers will be working with An Affair Of The Heart in 2019 too!

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My Favorite Woman-Owned Small Businesses// Lilly + Oak

Today is Small Business Saturday, an opportunity to join in and support the small businesses in your neighborhood and across the country by shopping small!!! And I do not know about you but I feel very blessed to be alive during a time when many of my favorite small businesses are owned by women. So many amazing boss babes are pushing boundaries and showing just how strong and successful women can be. As a person who has had my own small business I can tell you that it’s not easy to go out on your own and start something from scratch. It’s a huge risk but if you have a network of likeminded women who can support you, advise you, and grow alongside you, that makes all the difference. I’m proud to say that I have a network like this of my own: We attend each other’s events, shop for each other’s products, show each other some love on social media, and support each other in any way we can.

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Doggy Birthday Party//Melvin Turns 6

Happy Almost Thanksgiving everyone! I cannot believe this is only my second blog post to publish this month but in my defense, I left town November 1st for 2 weeks traveling the Maine coast and had a huge event I worked as soon as I returned! Now I am in Houston getting settled for the holiday and have some free time to get lots of things published for you!

Just in case you have not been watching all of my insta stories, right before we left we had a little birthday party for Melvin. The party needed to be during the week midday which was not the ideal time for many of my friends with dogs whom Melvin loves and I could not host anything at my house because we had a window installation happening. Our local dog park was not ideal either because you cannot bring any perishable items. So my friend Brooke had the perfect solution to my problem!

We both board our dogs at Noah’s Bed and Biscuit in Kiefer and when we talked to them about hosting a little “puppy pawty” ! They have plenty of fenced-in yard options! And plenty of doggy companions who can attend!

Problem solved!

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DIY Modern Floral Pumpkin Centerpiece With Whole Foods Market

Looking for simple, elegant Halloween and Thanksgiving table decor ideas? This pumpkin floral centerpiece combines sage green and a softer, romantic color palette that screams all things fall.

I will totally admit that this fall I’ve been struggling with inspiration. Everyone was decorating pumpkins and making cornucopias and it was all I could do to bring out some of our festive decorations. So I headed over to Glitter Guide’s website (something I always do when I need some good inspo) and I found these beautiful pumpkin floral centerpieces that Baba Souk shared on their site! I fell in love with the look of them and was so intrigued by how easy they seemed to put together!

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Farm Sweet Farm Oklahoma: Local Spotlight

Happy Sunday!

I am so excited to take you behind the scenes today!

I have talked about these beautiful products before when I launched my holiday gift guide a few weeks ago and I am so thrilled for you to meet the wonderful people behind Farm Sweet Farm Oklahoma. You will have the opportunity to meet Nina in person too at this year’s An Affair of The Heart show in November here in Tulsa. If you have not grabbed your tickets..I highly suggest getting them now! I am also hosting several ticket giveaways over on my Instagram over the next few weeks prior to the show!!! So tune in for that too.

When Nina invited me to her farm to meet the goats..well how could I resist?! My dear friend Brooke joined and took these lovely photos too!

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What to Expect at Your First Mammogram/ Sam’s Personal Story

Today is NATIONAL MAMMOGRAPHY DAY and I wanted to share a personal story with you all…

National Mammography Day is observed annually on the third Friday in October as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

This day serves as a reminder to all women that the best defense is early detection. A mammogram can often detect a problem before there is any outward physical sign. Make sure you get your regular checkups.

The story of my mammogram…

Let me start off by saying, breast cancer does not run in my family.

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5 Reasons Why I Left Great Lengths And Came Back To PerfecTress® Hair Extensions

For the majority of my life I have always had long hair but have also always worn hair extensions! And it’s no secret! But if you are a new reader, let me bring you in on a little secret of mine: I wear extensions more often than not! While I wish that my hair could grow five inches overnight, I’ve come to terms with the fact that extensions are the only way to make this dream a reality. Don’t get me wrong, I love wearing my hair natural too, well okay, I am totally fibbing…I hate my natural hair. I’m lacking in volume and length so I make up for it with my hair extensions. You can search hair extensions on my blog and have a whole weekend’s worth of reading material. Two years ago I made a big decision to leave the brand of extensions I had been wearing for a long time for Great Lengths hair extensions and while I was very happy with how they looked, I was not happy with a lot of things about them! (The major thing being the price and the longevity of them)

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Ten Must Have Items From An Affair Of A Heart Tulsa

One week ago today I launched my holiday gift guide with my top ten gift items I was most excited about from the upcoming An Affair of a Heart show in Tulsa! If you missed that post find it here. It’s such a beautiful curated selection of one-of-a-kind gifts just in time for the holidays to fit anyone’s taste and budgets!

It’s getting closer and closer to the shopping event of the year where we will all explore miles of aisles of beautiful items to purchase for ourselves and loved ones! Attendees will have the chance to browse—and purchase—everything from clothing to artwork, ceramics, gourmet edibles, bags, apothecary, and more. And as promised I want to show you my top ten picks in my natural environment! I truly adore every single one of these pieces and just cannot wait for you to meet the vendors behind them! And I cannot wait to jumpstart the Thanksgiving holiday with my friends and family at An Affair of The Heart-the funnest curated shopping event in Middle America.

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Sam's Top Ten Gift Items From An Affair Of The Heart Tulsa

And I don’t know about you but I am so fed up with mass-produced merchandise and stuffy, crowded stores! I really would love to avoid shopping mall options and big department stores this year all together if I am being 100% frank.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve got quite a long list of ladies (and gentleman) to shop for and the idea of finding the perfect present for all of your family and friends can be a little bit overwhelming. So today, I am here to help you get your gifting done all in one place. 

And that is why I have partnered with An Affair of The Heart Tulsa and their vendors this year! They do so many great shows all year long (I attended the summer July show and just loved the concept) and I am so excited for this November show November 16th-18th in Tulsa! This event is on trend and so chic! Not only is this the place to find unique gifts but An Affair of The Heart is just the best weekend to get together with your family and/or best girlfriends and spend some time together shopping and doing something off the beaten path.

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The Hottest Hoisery To Try This Fall

Happy fall everyone!!!

I could not be more excited for this special time of year and just because it's cooler out doesn't mean that you have to trade in your shorter dresses, right? Pairing separates and dresses with the season's hottest tights style is the best (and one of the most affordable!) way to easily update your wardrobe. Tights will keep your legs cozy and make them look sexy. Plus tights can be worn under basically anything.

Hosiery is making a big comeback for fall and there were plenty of examples at New York Fashion Week that I was absolutely drooling over!! Basic black tights are fail-proof,(and I think every gal needs a few in her drawer) but the season’s best offerings involve a bit more risk taking, with colors, embellishments and the perennial fishnet. I mean Blake Lively is always wearing fishnet stockings with sexy mini tight slouchy dresses and tailored coats!

So that’s why I teamed up with Berkshire® Leg wear this season ! They are a USA manufactured and a leading department, specialty and online brand and they have designed its best collection yet with many fashion innovations.

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