It has officially been one week since we moved in to our new home! Mr. Darling and I are completly ecstatic and proud of our new place. I am so excited to share with you the details, of our living room thus far. As we add more things, I will share them on the blog. For now, this is what we have completed. I LOVE our bright and open space that is so cozy and a place we can call home. So excited for our new beginning here in the darling home. I will be adding new things to the blog weekly. I look forward to decorating and adding the final touches to our home. It has been a dream of mine to create a space like this and design everything the way I wanted it to be. I feel so grateful and blessed for what God has given me. We need something for over the couch. Any suggesstions?Everything is linked and I look forward to you following along.
We wanted to keep the living room neutral with pops of grey and beige. It was so much to see our living room transform into this neutral-toned space. The coffee table is VERY affordable and $100. It is the perfect rustic grey with a darker grey tabletop. The flower arrangements were made by moi. It honestly was a random after-thought. The table needed something to make the room pop and I had trouble finding an arrangement I wanted. I knew the exact colors I wanted and decided to take it into my own hands and make my own. Tutorial on that, will be coming shortly. It took me about ten minutes to make. The couch is the perfect size for us and the neutral tones were perfect for our aesthetic. Would you believe me if I told you the couch was under $600? The pillows came with the couch, except for the HOME pillow. I can’t link that, but found it in HOMESENSE. The tray and tic-tac toe board made the perfect accents for the table. Clearly, I love anything rustic! The wall clock was one of the FIRST decor items I picked up from TJMAXX. I am unable to find it online, but linked a similar one here. The blanket ladder was a perfect idea for us to store our cozy pom blankets. Mr. Darling has the sectional side of the couch, so clearly I needed something for my feet. I fell in LOVE with this pouf. Last but not least, is the rug. I knew EXACTLY the rug I wanted for my home. It fit perfectly and we are loving the pop of grey.
I loved making my own floral arrangement. A tutorial will be coming soon.
This post is going to be very real, emotional and honest. I have endured some of the hardest months of my entire life, but also have had some of the BEST. I launched my own brand, I am currently working with brands I LOVE and working in a career that I ABSOLUTELY love. I also have been extremely unhealthy, emotional and visited more doctors with names I cannot even remember. I have not been on an audition or sung since Christmas. There have been so many amazing highlights, but also living with so many unknowns, fears and struggles. On social media we only see a small percentage of someone’s life. We rarely get the opportunity to see the WHOLE picture. I am not here to ask for pity, but rather here to inspire, share light and positivity; that even in the darkest of days we can achieve great things.
Where I’ve Been?
I have received more DMs than I thought, asking where Ive been? Why I am not in NYC everyday? Why they don’t see me performing or auditioning anymore? Unfortunately due to the circumstances of my health, it was very important that I took a break to focus on healing, getting well so that I may continue to perform. I need to get to the root of what has been causing my illnesses and what I need to do to feel 100% myself again. There have been so many disappointments and frustrating days where I wanted to give up. Days I felt that I wasn’t enough, that I couldn’t do my try-on hauls. But, You know what? That is a SILLY way to think. I decided to re-center myself, stop focussing on the what-ifs and live in the present. I decided to fully let go and give my life to god. To allow God to guide me, hold my hand and lead me where I belong. Once I realized that, I was able to find happiness and joys in the small things. I started to have faith and I started to find ways to cope with my illness. I also realized that God has me exactly where I need to be. If I was not home sick and I was away traveling doing a show; who knows if I would have had the time to start my line? For that, I am grateful.
There are many things that have been helping me to cope with my struggles such as Himalayan Salt Caves, cryotherapy, Reiki, board games and puzzles (lot’s of them), CBD oil (huge advocate of this), Vitamin D and B12, my family, Taylor, friends, my blog, my line, and most importantly Jesus. I recently joined a new church (Genesis LI) and I LOVE it. I feel at home, I have found a community that supports me, is there for me and has welcomed me with open arms. These things worked for me and they are not for everyone. I can only hope that if you are struggling you can find things that help you cope with whatever you are dealing with.
Wow….that is all I can say. I woke up one day from a dream of my Grandma speaking to me. She said, “Floral and scrunchies” in the dream. I remember calling my mom screaming, “Scrunchies! That’s what I am going to do! Scrunchies!” I felt that it was a sign from above and what I needed to do. I was so sick and pushed myself to make it happen. I stayed up for days designing, creating, contacting the right people to help me make my vision come to life. Last week, I achieved one of my lifelong goals and dreams. With the major help of my mom, Taylor, Melissa and Ciara; this was possible. It happened! I launched SHOPYDS ! We sold out of a pattern in just 7 hours. It was so cool and it made me feel so grateful and blessed for the opportunity. God has opened a door I PRAYED for. It was exactly what I needed in my life. And he knew that.
Where am I going?
I am continuing on the path of healing, attending doctor visits, creating, blogging, working and most importantly living. It truly is SO important to think mind over body. The more I tell myself I can, I actually can. It may not be easy, and it may be SO hard, but in the end I will look back and be stronger because of what I went through. This has all made me so appreciative of even the small things. I will NEVER take anything for granted and I want to live life not in fear, but in gratitude, excitement and adventure. I hope this inspires you to continue on your path and to not give up. I know I will be back up on that stage singing, sharing my light and dancing until I drop. Until then, I will continue to live.
This week, I received so many DMs asking me to round up some Valentine’s Day gift ideas for your man. Now; I’d be kidding if I said I have Mr. Darling’s Valentine’s Day gift ready…I clearly do not. I think I have made my final decision on what I am getting, today. Below are Mr. Darling approved Valentine’s Day gifts; so y’all know these are good picks. On another note, I picked up my final samples of my line! I am OVERFLOWING with excitement. Things are about to get so real and SO BUSY!
Scrapbook with InstaX fujifilm Printer and stickers. Okay, so I showed y’all this idea on my stories this week. This has been a HIT! I just bought a blank notebook from Michaels and printed our photos from my phone using my Insta fujifilm printer on polaroid paper. This is a cute, vintage and sentimental idea for you and your man.
Puzzles and Board Games- How cute would it be to make a basket of his favorite games and a puzzle to work on together. Mr. Darling and I are very into Clue and Trouble right now.This is perfect for a date night in!
Duffle Bag and matching backpack-I love the brand Herschel. I bought Taylor this for XMAS and he LOVES LOVES it. It’s great for work, travel and everyday.
Video Game- Mr. Darling is DYING for the new Disney Kingdom of Hearts Game…..hint hint Meghan lol
Sports Tickets and Jersey to a game of his choice- This is such a thoughtful and the perfect experience gift idea.
Nike Joggers and Sneakers to match- I mean you can’t go wrong with Nike…
Record Player with a hand written note inside saying you owe him a home cooked meal and wine with music.
Slippers- Ugg makes the BEST slippers for men. These are great for the homebody and weekend cuddles.
Hot Sauce Making Kit- This is the COOLEST thing for your man if he LOVES to cook. I know this will be a hit with Taylor. Shhh don’t tell him. It’s too too cool not to share with y’all.
Engraved Watch- If your man works corporate or always on the go, this is the PERFECT idea for him. Engrave your anniversary date on the back or initials. Such a cute idea and a timeless classic ;).
If you watched my stories recently, you saw that I am undergoing a lot of medical testing the next few weeks. I have been feeling off the past few months and have put this off for so long. Just trying to get to the route of some health things that have been slowing me down and keeping me from the things and people I love. I will be focussing on self -love, care and rest over the next month. Sometimes, you just need to take a step back from everything, breathe and rest your soul. Florida was relaxing and I felt rejuvenated, but there is nothing like home sweet home. So many of you shared with me your favorite brands for all things cozy. I ordered a bunch of stuff and it came the next day! I already have on my new joggers and I am OBSESSED. If I can’t go out and enjoy the outdoors, than I want to look cute and cozy at home. They say when you look good, you feel good. I LIVE by this motto.
Self Care Tips
Something that has been helping to ease my mind and keep me calm is Magnesium CALM powder. I like to do this two to four times a day in just hot water. I find that nighttime is the best time to drink this. It definitely makes me sleepy. (Warning, it can upset your tummy…so take with caution lol.)
Meditate- This is something I NEED to do for myself every morning and evening. Whenever I begin to feel anxious. I turn on the “Simply Meditate ” App, sip some magnesium water and take deep breaths.
Cryotherapy- No joke, this has SAVED, healed and changed my soul. Cryotherapy works from the inside out and helps reduce inflammation. If you want to learn more on cryotherapy, click here.
Applying heat to my back or shoulders to reduce stress. I LOVE doing this before bed. Not only does this help relax and reduce stress/inflammation it calms me down. I LOVE doing this for 15 minutes.
Salt Cave- Breathing in Himalayan salt has been proven to shorten the duration of colds, viruses, bronchitis, and upper respiratory infections. This in the past has completely taken me off my asthma inhalers. I like to sit in the salt cave for 30 minutes to an hour. If I am ill I will go 3-5 times a week until I feel relief. I HIGHLY recommend this if you struggle with asthma or any upper respiratory disease. You can also pour Himalayan salt on your food to help open your airways. I always find mine at Marshall’s for less.
CBD oil- This is something I just started…so I will get back to you with results. I have struggled with severe Asthma and anxiety and willing to try anything. CBD is proven to reduce inflammation and infection. (Planning to do an entire post on anxiety soon)
Reading/Journaling while taking a Bath- This is SO relaxing and perfect for a night in. Take the time to REST, HEAL and RELAX!
Vitamin D and B12 Complex- Vitamin D is NEEDED to boost immunity, energy and brain function. I have suffered from low vitamin D for years. I add 10,000 to my water everyday to get enough. As for the Vitamin B12, this helps calm your nervous central system down.
I hope this was helpful, as always- I am not a doctor or nutritionist. This is MY advice and personal suggestions. Stay happy, healthy and rested in the New Year.
Happy Monday! I am so excited to share my family’s Palm Beach House tour video with you all! We moved in about five years ago and visit every few months and stay for weeks at a time. We LOVE it here and love our community. I am so excited to head back in the Spring again. I have promised you guys this entire week; for the house tour. It took me a while to do it, because I hurt my back very badly. This is a fast version because we were packing up to head to the airport. I wanted to spend as much time outside as I could; soaking up all the sun. I’m sharing photos of the inside and outside of our second home. MY favorite spot, is the Tiki Bar/hut. It’s my favorite when we play games at night and watch tv under the stars. Can’t wait for you to see and exclusive look at our little getaway place.
Here’s a closer look at the house! Added a photo gallery with some shots.