Valentine’s Day Gifts For Your Man

Hello Darling,

   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!

 

  1. 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. 
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. Video Game- Mr. Darling is DYING for the new Disney Kingdom of Hearts Game…..hint hint Meghan lol 
  5. Sports Tickets and Jersey to a game of his choice- This is such a thoughtful and the perfect experience gift idea.
  6. Nike Joggers and Sneakers to match- I mean you can’t go wrong with Nike…
  7. Record Player with a hand written note inside saying you owe him a home cooked meal and wine with music.
  8. Slippers- Ugg makes the BEST slippers for men. These are great for the homebody and weekend cuddles.
  9. 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.
  10. 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 ;).
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My Fave Cozy Items + Self Care Tips

Hello Darling,

 

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.

 

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Self Care Tips

  1. 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.)

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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)

  7. Reading/Journaling while taking a Bath- This is SO relaxing and perfect for a night in. Take the time to REST, HEAL and RELAX!

  8. 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.


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Palm Beach House Tour

 

 

Hello Darling,

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.

xo,

M

 

 

Here’s a closer look at the house! Added a photo gallery with some shots.

 

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How To Style A Bar Cart W/O Alcohol

Hello Darling,

 

   For those of you who have been following me from the beginning, know that I do not drink alcohol. Give me all the sugar and hot chocolate LOL! There are so many cute ways to style a bar cart, booze free. You will see Bar carts everywhere and they are quickly becoming the latest home decor trend. I recently added one in our bedroom, to give the space more of a trendy, chic vibe. I was originally going to use it as a nightstand, but now use it for my holiday decor area.

 

 

         This circular bar cart is SO trendy and priced very reasonably. To be honest, when I googled “bar carts”, this was one of the first pieces that came up. I IMMEDIATELY fell in LOVE. I think the rustic gold and circular design gives it a cute vintage vibe. I plan on changing the decor each month to correspond with the current holiday season. Right now, it is decorated for Halloween/Thanksgiving. This “Fall inspired” bar cart will give you all of the fall, cozy vibes. Call me basic, but this is pumpkin spice and everything nice!

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A Few More Ideas On How To Style A Bar Cart:

  • use as a nightstand
  • use as a coffee table
  • use as a birthday celebration table
  • use as a station for a bridal shower or event
  • use in the bathroom for decor and or storage
  • use as a hot coco bar (my personal favorite)
  • use as your office display table

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Self-Care (Guide to Feeding the soul, spirit and body)

Hello Darling,

     First off, if you are new to my blog, thank you for reading. Many of you requested that I share my self-care journey from this past month. It is no secret that I am constantly on the go- running from one audition to another. Sometimes I run myself ragged and forget how important it is to take the time to take care of myself. There is only one you. Don’t ever forget that.

  This past month, I experienced some major curveballs, disappointments and things that were just thrown at me. I needed support, love and peace. Sometimes we don’t understand why things happen, but they do. While climbing over this mountain of disappointment, I found things that lifted my spirit, fed my soul and cared for my body. I am excited to share my spiritual journey with you all, and I hope you take the time to CARE for yourself and give it the love it deserves.

SOUL:

Community– Being an actor, I’ve always felt that I needed to be a part of something. I love the feeling of being surrounded by other people that share the same passion as I do. I think it’s important to surround yourself with other human beings that are genuinely there for the same reason. Whether this be a support group, a bible study, an art class, book club or new class. Find something that you are passionate and can share with others. I joined an online women’s support group and it’s a beautiful community.

Hobby- Investing so much time into theatre and my craft can sometimes drain my soul. I needed to find something else that was a creative outlet, but excluded theatre. Hence, why I started to blog. Blogging gives me the opportunity to create, express and explore. Find something else outside of your norm, that brings you joy.

Facebook Detox- I know, I know. How can you be a media influencer/ fashion blogger and delete Facebook? I deleted it for a week and it was the most invigorating experience. I needed the detox and needed to escape. We find ourselves comparing and criticizing when we see other’s posts. These little reminders can cause anxiety and or feed out positive thoughts. For me, the detox was much needed. I want to create a positive environment, not a negative one filled with politics and battle fights over equity vs. non- equity LOL.

Me night– You’re probably wondering what on earth does this mean? This is a night where you literally shut off all electronics and meditate. I typically take a shower and listen to my favorite playlist; baths are awesome too. Turn on some Celine Dion, light that pumpkin spice latte candle, close your eyes,  just breathe & relax. Practice breathing exercises too. This helps to take in more oxygen and release more negativity/ anxiety.

Putting phone in airplane mode– Oops—you’re mad because I responded to your text five hours later? Not sure about you, but I get overwhelmed sometimes and bombarded with messages. I will then continue to put my phone in airplane mode. This sounds harsh and I used to feel VERY guilty doing this, but it works for me. It’s okay to “un-plug for a little while.” Of course, I get back to everyone.

BODY:

Cryotherapy- Okay, I was SO skeptical at first. I actually didn’t think “becoming Elsa” for 2 minutes would work. If you are dealing with allergies, inflammation, anxiety, stress, struggling with weight loss, an immunity disorder; than I HIGHLY recommend this. I would suggest this to all of my dancer ladies. I visit Cryology in Babylon, Long Island. This place is AMAZING. Cryotherapy is not just your everyday sports ice bath. When you ice your skin, it simply penetrates the skin, which just cools the tissues and muscles, causing blood vessels to constrict. This can be uncomfortable, and can actually freeze and damage the muscle. The cold sensation of cryotherapy does not penetrate the skin, but the body still responds as if it is freezing, and immediately activates a recovery response. This is my new healing magic. I SWEAR by this. If you have any other questions regarding this, feel free to message or email me!

http://www.cryologyny.com

Salt Cave- If you think this is a myth, then you are 100% wrong. I am obsessed with salt caves. I had this lingering asthma cough; and after one hour in the salt cave I wasn’t coughing. This is a magical place of healing. I went home and took a nap and slept through the night. I had been struggling with sleeping for the past week. It is very relaxing and the salt actually helps loosen mucus. If you have been struggling with asthma, allergies and or upper respiratory issues; try this. Salt therapy is risk-free and patients, merely sit back in one of the salt cave treatment rooms. In the 55 minutes you sit there, the healing micro-climate of a natural salt cave is reproduced by the most advanced device called Breeze Tronic Pro and clears lung passages.

https://www.peconicriversalt.org

(Please note, I am in no way shape or form a medical professional, these are just things that worked for me.)

Nutrition– They were not kidding when they said, “you are what you eat.” I have always had a fast metabolism. I would finish an entire personal pizza and be ready for another meal. I was known for keeping snacks and candy in my purse. I would eat some type of candy every single day. Until one day, it caught up to me and affected my health. This past month, I cut out sugars and greasy foods. I suddenly felt a huge change and energy. Nutrition is just as important as working out. I finally learned that.

Magnesium– Did you know that magnesium is a natural supplement to heal anxiety, asthma and upper respiratory issues? I add two tsp of Magnesium into my water bottle every morning. This actually has kept me calm and feeling at peace. I highly recommend this natural supplement. Of course, as always check with your doctor first.

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MIND:

Reading- Put those scripts, study guides and textbooks aside. Pick up an actual book and read. I personally needed to read something besides my script for a few days. I have been reading The Let Go life by, Joseph Prince. Get lost in a book. Embrace the adventure; jump into the story.

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Spiritual Faith– Whatever this means to you. Whether you need to meditate, attend church or read inspiring  quotes. Find where your faith stems from. For me, my faith is in God. I read my daily devotionals every single day and spend time in the word. I join in on Elevation Church live, every Sunday. I NEED that to fuel my soul. It’s very important to me, and it keeps my focus on the right things. We all have different beliefs, but embrace your own and rest in it. Faith is the things unseen.

 

 

See, it becomes this rotation cycle for me. Free the mind, fuel the body and cradle the soul. Once I find things that free the mind, do things that take care of my body; my soul is happy. A happy soul = a happy life. Thank you for reading and I hope this inspires you to do a little self-care this month.

 

Xo,

M

 

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