Times They Are A-Changin’

Oklahoma HB2022

Sometimes I wonder how the lawyers and auditors in this state keep up with the ever changing regulations and laws regarding cannabis. Although I don’t agree with every initiative or even some of the newer bills that have passed (looking at you SB 445 👀) I think any conversation regarding cannabis is a step in the right direction.

I was so misguided and uneducated before moving to a medical market, I can only hope that more conversations enlighten more people or at the very least shine a light on what areas we all need to be better educated on and start to erase some of the pesky stigmas.

Working in the cannabis industry I am very obviously pro-cannabis legalization, both at the state and federal level. Question is when or if the USA will get to the latter.

That being said… House bill 2022 in Oklahoma would allow medicinal patients from ALL 50 states (See y’all Texans here in a minute). The House of Representatives approved the measure last month, I’m pretty sure the tourism committee has it now (?). If it goes in effect next year then patients from other states would have to get their recommendation, apply for a temporary medical license and pay a $200 fee to OMMA, AND it would be valid for two years. Insane. It could benefit people who live across the border in other states but work in Oklahoma massively.

It would still be illegal to travel with your medication though. So people wouldn’t be able to drive across state lines with whatever MMJ products they purchase in Oklahoma. Seems like a clusterfuck, but as far as I’m concerned that’s not my problem. You wouldn’t be hard pressed to find people already traveling back and forth between medical and non-legal markets. Just the other week I had a vendor stop in the store and show me samples of her product, which she then openly told me she was going to consume and drive back to Dallas with immediately after our meeting. 🙃

Pregnancy Rage

Pregnancy Rage

I honestly had no clue it even existed until I found myself angry at the entire world, slamming doors, throwing dishes into the dishwasher and wanting to scream bloody murder for no apparent reason. Most days it is manageable and then there are nights like last night when I get home from work and have to clean up around the house, put the dishes up, and cook myself dinner at 9pm while Ben is fast asleep and it bubbles up inside of me like the nightmare that I know is waiting to happen.

I’m really hoping that the hormones will settle down after birth, because if this is a long term thing then Ben might want to consider living separately LOL.

Has anyone else experienced pregnancy rage? What did you do to combat it in the moment?

Breathing exercises are not enough for me and honestly sometimes on the road I feel like I should pull over and calm myself down because I can’t see straight enough to drive with all the other idiots on the road in OK. I thought Texas drivers were bad, but they’re something else up here. It was a trigger before I got pregnant and now it’s almost every time I get in the car. Which obviously isn’t safe for me or baby girl.

When I’m not experiencing rage everything else seems manageable, but it always comes out of the blue, VERY unexpected. I’ve never really had anger issues so it’s an entirely new emotion for me to be dealing with on a regular basis.

I’m going to start implementing a bit more meditation, as well as trying some prenatal yoga and getting proper “me time” before the baby arrives.

Fast growing

I caved and purchased some maternity clothes online today from Shein. Never bought anything from them before, and although I’m not an advocate for fast fashion, it felt very fitting to purchase some cheaper items I’ll only be wearing for the next couple of months. Ya girl ain’t made of money.

As I’ve started growing quite quickly now, I realized that summer is fast approaching as well. If I don’t drown in my own sweat hopefully these outfits will help keep me cool… and look cool 😛 (side note: are mom jokes a thing? I feel like that was a mom joke.)

Super excited about the color of this shirt. I also have a sneaking suspicion that I may still be in love with wearing it well after my pregnancy. It also comes in several other colors.

This came as a set and I’m really hoping it’s as comfortable and cute as it looks. The bottoms are also adjustable so they can keep up with little one’s demand regarding space in my belly. I may be living in this get up come June.

I showed this dress to Ben and he started laughing. I asked what was wrong with the dress and he goes “what in the heck is a ruffle cuff?!” I think he thought the name was more entertaining than the thought of me looking cute in the dress. Boys and their priorities 😉

I wasn’t entirely sure about this one after I had placed the order. Definitely not my typical color scheme, but a colleague of mine reminded me how cute it would be with my YRU white platform sneakers. Can’t wait to see it in person!

Now these are the ones I am most excited about! My first thought went directly to the neon biker shorts from American Apparel and how cute those are paired with a bigger tee. Thinking I can do the same with these. My work uniform has been adjusted while I’m pregnant and I wear long leggings at work. I think these will be the first thing I change into when I get home from work on a daily basis though!

I am not made for heat so I am hoping that being pregnant during the summer isn’t too difficult. If anything it gives me a full year to get my beach body back, right? LOL as if that’s going to be my priority.

Oh Baby!

Oh Baby!

Ecstatic and blessed to announce we’re having a baby girl late July/early August of 2021!

Currently halfway through the second trimester so things are definitely looking up compared to the first trimester where I spent the majority of the time with my head in the toilet. After the loss of our pregnancy last spring, I have been dealing with some health issues so combined with the morning sickness we were unsure how we were going to fare this time around. I decided to keep the pregnancy to myself for the entire first trimester due to sheer fear of not having a baby to announce after all. Look at us now! Ben + Me = 3 😉

Ben and I both cried the first time we heard her heartbeat. During the sonogram it was mind blowing to see her spine had begun to form. And those cute little feets 🥰

From Dad to be: We just know it takes a village and are thankful for any and all help we’ve received in this journey and just know we can’t thank you enough for the wisdom, advice, and items that will help us in our newfound daily lives.

Super excited for this next chapter and to finally be able to share with you all my pregnancy among other things to come!

I Don’t Think You’re Ready for This Jelly

I Don’t Think You’re Ready for This Jelly

I guess I should start off with a disclaimer; I live in a state where medical marijuana is legal and I have a valid medical card to purchase cannabis.

This strain is called Tropical Jelly and it’s grown by Flower of Life, bred by Pheno Addicts. Just look at those flecs of purple and you can imagine the linalool smell coming at you. Linalool is one of my personal favorite terpenes so when I saw the testing I had to purchase an eighth for myself.

Like I mentioned, the smell when you open the jar on this one really comes out at you, it’s semi sweet paired with some citrus notes. Once I loaded myself a bowl and smoked it, I could thoroughly taste the flavors on the exhale. That is why I purchase flower grown by Flower of Life. It is not just because it’s clean medicine that’s been grown pesticide free in organic soil but also because it’s always so smooth on the exhale. I never feel any sort of throat or chest pains after inhaling, and the lack of coughing fits after is an added bonus.

You can find a list of places to get you some of this jelly or if you’re located in Moore and have your OMMA card come visit me at Living Leaf Dispensary.

Easy Orzo Salad

Easy Orzo Salad

This has been one of my favorite dishes to make ever since my sister introduced me to it. I’ve struggled with eating disorders in the past, so cooking hasn’t always been one of my favorite pastimes. In fact, I still have a hard time cooking because I over analyze the ingredients going into the dish. Anyways BESIDES THE POINT. This orzo salad is super easy to make, and doesn’t take too long, which is why I manage 😉

The ingredients I used are:
– Orza pasta
– Sun-dried tomatoes
– Cherry tomatoes
– Baby bell peppers
– English cucumber
– Red onion
– Pitted kalamata olives
– Parsley
– Feta cheese

Start by cooking the orzo, and once it’s been strained I like to add some of the oil from the sun-dried tomatoes to keep it from sticking. Depending on how much orzo you make increase the amount of oil accordingly.

But note that this recipe is just a collection of what I like. There are many other options and you can add or subtract any of the the ingredients you don’t like. I haven’t put an amount on the vegetables either because I think it’s all up to taste. Ben hates tomatoes so I always put less in if I know he’s going to be eating as well.

I just chop up the veggies and throw them in with the orzo. Sprinkle some of the parsley on top and stir it all together. I usually cook some halloumi to go along with this, but my online order hadn’t come in time so I used feta cheese instead! Use whatever amount suits you best.

This is such an easy meal to make, and the best part is it keeps well in the fridge so you can easily bring some lunch with you to work!

It’s Okay To Not Be Okay, OKURR?

Nervous, anxious, and excited all at the same time! 💜🙃✌🏼

This is a cause that I hold dear to my heart. I’ve struggled with binge eating and bulimia since the age of 13, and I’ve yet to win the battle. Mental illness truly has no cure… help me support others who are suffering as well as raising awareness for #nedawalk by making a donation to my team! 

Not only was I held inpatient at Children’s Medical of Dallas who are sponsoring the event, but I also bought and read a book by the event speaker, Jenni Schaefer. Her book “Life Without ED,” helped me help myself, and helped my support network support me. 

YOU ARE NOT ALONE!