Posts in Sam's Stories
Sweet Defeat 30-Day Sugar Detox

I am so excited to have started a 30 day sugar detox  on Monday. I am on day 4 now and really loving it!

Check it out over on my Instagram to get all the details. I made a permanent story on my Hi-lights titled Sugar Detox. (It has the little watermelon cover)

About once every two months or so, I start to feel like I need to reboot my system. I have always found that giving my body a little detox is always a grand idea and I feel so much better afterward. I feel so much healthier and have such a better grasp on making better choices.

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Affordable Modern Lighting From Gantri: Meet Zeppelin

If you have followed me for a while now you are familiar with Gantri. They are forward-thinking, design-obsessed innovators who are committed to creating original modern designs that are inspired, well made and affordable. They partner with talented established and emerging designers from around the world and help bring their unique visions to life and directly into your home. 

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San Francisco-Bernal Heights Edition Along With The Mission + A Food Discovery Trip Giveaway With Creminelli

To just think this time last year I was traveling down the coast making my way to my favorite city in all the land. July 20th 2017...Lin's birthday actually, we made it to San Francisco on our 9,000 mile Moto trek northwest. Seeing the Golden Gate Bridge was not new to us, but seeing it and traveling over it on a motorcycle-well I have no words. Not sure how any birthday will ever compare to that one!

I fell hard for San Francisco in my 20’s and I mean hard. I became infatuated with this place. I wondered for hours through the vintage stores on Haight, breathing in the dusty, musty vintage air. I returned back there a few years later and felt like I was home. The colorful culture of this city just captivates me like no other place in the world. 

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4th of July With Rachel Zoe's Summer Box Of Style Traveling Oklahoma

Do you dream of a place called home? Do you long for someplace, somewhere out there? Do you picture yourself on a lush, tropical island, on a quaint city street in San Francisco, in a hip ski town, or on a green hill top in the Mediterranean ? For a long while now, I’ve been telling myself that I need to move; that Tulsa is too small, too conservative, too . . . familiar for me. I feel so isolated and limited I am slowly slowly suffocating. The man of my dreams STILL has this invitation for me to move to Barcelona. And I am dragging my feet you all. Who drags their feet for an opportunity like this? What am I so scared of??? 

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Meet Your New Soon-To-Be Pilates Instructor Katie Corley

Could not be more excited to make this Q&A live today because it happens to feature one of my best friends!

I am so excited for Katie and her new Pilates career. 

Katie is our very own Tulsa girl with an infectious smile and genuine enthusiasm for the perfect Pilates move.

She discovered Reformer Pilates months ago while accompanying me for a class and it very quickly it became a passion. The principles of Pilates, the concentration and coordination came for naturally for her and she loved Pilates so much she decided to become a Pilates Instructor!

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Tulsa Blogger & Influencer Meet and Move Event At Club Pilates

For several months, I’d been toying with the idea of hosting a “get-together” for a bunch of bloggers and was never quite sure how I wanted it to play out. It had been a while since I hosted one and I wanted to make it super fun and exciting!  So I decided to combine my love of blogging, connecting, and Pilates to create a Pilates & Prosecco event with the fabulous crew from Club Pilates. I knew it will be such a fun way to kick off summer and visit with one another! It's amazing how little we actually get to connect even though we live in the same city

On Saturday mid-afternoon, I invited a group of ladies from The Tulsa area to join me for a social hour and workout at Club Pilates in Jenks. Take a look at my Facebook invite incase you need some inspiration to host your own Meet & Move Event. 

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Conquering Oklahoma City In 48 Hours With A Teenager //How We Made It Reign

Something I don’t share much about on here is my lovely 17 year old, Zoë (per her request) and the trials and tribulations that come with motherhood, especially in a co-parenting situation and the fact that we live in two different cities. I work full time on my blog and also help clients with their digital strategies and while I LOVE everything that I do, not a weekend/night goes by that I’m not working on it. Whenever I am with Zoë, we are also total homebodies. We love grabbing a pizza and watching Netflix on the sofa. We started watching Queen of the South a few summers ago with Lin and blew through the first season in one weekend. You can find details on season one here along with some great tips to slay the heck out of your day! They are practices I use daily STILL in my own career. And I still like to think Boss Babe Teresa Mendoza, portrayed by Alice Braga shares some of the same tips! We just binge watched season 2 and are now patiently awaiting season 3 which focuses on Teresa becoming Queen of her own drug empire. Although she’s obsessively hunted by Camila (Veronica Falcon), Teresa refuses to hide in a hole, continuing to live the luxurious lifestyle of a Queenpin. No longer the apprentice, Teresa enjoys being boss and the power that comes with it. Anyway, more on the exciting launch of the new season later on in the post! Super excited for my friend Krista to return home too. She has been gone for 6 months doing makeup and hair for Queen of The South. It's been fun seeing her Insta stories from behind the scenes, especially of the queen herself. 

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Michelob ULTRA Father's Day Tribute//Life Lessons From My #ULTRADAD With A Taco Stuffed Sweet Potato Recipe

There are plenty of fantastic dads out there. My Rodge is one. My grandfather Kelsey is another. And my dad Mark tried the best he could even though we do not have a relationship currently.  I’ve known dads who’ve have fatherhood thrown upon them at a young age and yet have handled it with grace and maturity beyond their years, but this Father’s Day I want to say a big THANK YOU to all the dads that didn’t have to be. I’m talking about parenting a child that isn’t biologically yours. This post is dedicated to the dads that choose not just to parent someone else’s child, but chose to love them as their own. I want to dedicate this post to my step father Albert because he deserves recognition this Father’s Day for being the unsung hero of fatherhood. I grew up with him in my very difficult younger teenage years and he was the one fighting in the trenches, helping me with homework (he is so great at math and I am the worst) ,driving me to and from everywhere, and in general doing the heavy lifting of parenting for most of my life, especially to my younger siblings.

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Self-Care Weekend Featuring Osea Bath + Body

Anyhow I decided to do some things for me yesterday as I gave myself a mental self care day! And plan to keep the lovely self care going all weekend.  I guess you could say this is going to be the weekend of me! As women, and especially as mothers, we always tend to put everyone's needs above our own. I have learned over the years that by taking care of myself and doing things that make me feel good I am a better girlfriend, mother and friend.  You cannot constantly run on empty. It's simply a recipe for disaster. The saying that you can not love someone if you don't love yourself is so true. Self love, self happiness-it matters. So from now on let's make an intention to put ourselves first every once and a while and NOT feel guilty about it. 

Really hope you try some of these feel-good things!

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Perfectly Packed Gym Bag

So excited to be kicking the month and summer off with a Fitness post for you. A few weeks ago I had a few appointments get shuffled at the very last moment and had wished I had my work out attire with me as I could have easily made it to Pilates or Indoor Cycling. I even could have joined a friend at her kickboxing class had I been prepared. So I came home and immediately packed a ready-to-go gym bag with all the needed essentials to just keep in my trunk at all times. Now there really is no time for excuses for your daily sweat session. Lol! Below, I’ve put together a little cheat sheet of items that I keep in my gym bag so that there’s nothing standing between me and my summer bod and hopefully it will inspire you to keep a little gym bag in your car too!

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Favorite Whole30 Hashbrown and Sausage Breakfast Casserole (Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free)

And I am quite obsessed with Cheryl's recipes from 40 Aprons. She is this beautiful writer and photographer and 40 Aprons is a Whole30 + paleo blog with lots of personality and flair. She makes eating healthy easy by sharing delicious paleo recipes for food-lovers. I have loved every single one of her recipes and find them quite easy to make! I will link her blog and social channels at the end of the post because I highly recommend you keeping up with her. She's pregnant right now and hilarious!

So today I wanted to share her hashbrown and sausage casserole. I made this early this morning and it's the perfect breakfast for us to have for the whole week with our busy schedules. 

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The Goddess Of Lady-Like (Channeling Natalie Wood)...My New Favorite Fragrance

When us goddesses spend so much on makeup, hair products, and clothes, it can sometimes be hard to spend a little more on a good perfume. After all, it’s not something you can see like a bold gloss, a fabulous new handbag or a new dress. But that’s the beauty of perfume. It’s invisible but it can make or break an image. I’m sure we all have a mother, aunt, grandma, or even a bestie in our lives who has a signature scent. You associate that smell with her, and it says so much. Maybe love, or caring. Maybe power and boldness. To me, Natalie Fragrance says CONFIDENT WOMAN-and embodies everything lady-like. This fresh, sparkling floral scent opens with an alluring combination of freesia, neroli, bigarde zest and rose oil.

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Choosing The Perfect Art For Your Home Featuring Orth Contemporary And Tara Thacker

Choosing the right piece of art to complement your space can be one of the most challenging things in decorating. Unless you’re an art curator, gallery owner, or artist, chances are that buying art does not come very naturally to you. How do I choose? When do I invest? How do I educate myself? Should I go for black-and-white abstract art or colorful photography?

So I am going to share our story with you and we really hope it helps!

 On a recent visit to Orth Gallery in Kendall-Whittier a few months ago, I stumbled in and fell in love with TaraThacker's  sculptures

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Non-Surgical Facelift-"The Vampire Facial" Featuring Revolution Medical Spa

The vampire facial, otherwise known as a PRP (platelet-rich plasma) facial, has been widely debated ever since Kim Kardashian West underwent the procedure during an episode of the Keeping Up with the Kardashians spin-off, Kim and Kourtney Take Miami. ... 

And I have been curious for a whole year and finally decided to try it a little over a week ago.

Note: The facial procedure was offered complimentary to me by Jenna Case. The review is 100 percent my own, candid experience.

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