My biggest goal for 2020 is to improve my sleeping habits. I tend to wake up 3-4 times per night, only getting about 6 hours of broken sleep. Not being able to sleep through the night is hard on the body, and I feel the affect it is having on me both physically and mentally. I know that I need to strive for 7-8 hours EVERY night in order to feel my best. With a wedding coming up, I definitely want to reduce the amount of stress I put on my body, and improving my sleep will help with that.
Some benefits I'm looking to gain with better sleep habits include
+ Reduced stress levels and improved mood
+ Lowered risk for serious health issues
+ Improved productivity throughout the day
My story with CBD (cannabidiol) began in November of 2019 when I purchased a bottle of Crescent CBD Drops (1000mg unflavored) from Simply CBD in Mid-City. After a while, I noticed that when I was taking the drops, my sleep did improve. I experienced deeper and more restful sleep with less tossing and turning and waking up throughout the night. I was hooked on them, because of how it was helping me, but I would sometimes forget to take the drops at the same time each day or just forget all together. When I forgot to take them or did not take them at the same time every day, I felt the difference! It was subtle, but I did feel it. So, I did some research to make sure I wasn't totally crazy!
What I learned confirmed my experiences. I did not realize that taking them at the same time of day is imperative to gaining the full benefits of CBD. Not only is it important to take them at the same time every day, but it is important to be consistent and not forget! As with most things, consistency is key. My local retailer, SimplyCBD, confirmed to me that in order to feel maximum relief and benefits of CBD, I have to take them around the same time every day, so 9-10pm for me. Also, it takes about two weeks to feel a true effect, so stick with it and don't give up at first!
I have definitely had better sleep since taking the drops consistently. But my CBD story is not as amazing as Garrett's! He loves heavy lifting and working out. You can catch him lifting heavy weights at least 5-6x a week. But he experiences extreme joint pain, especially for someone in their thirties. It was so bad, he was having trouble just getting out of bed. Even taking over the counter pain relievers was not helping to alleviate the pain he felt. I suggested (well told lol) him to try the CBD drops (1000mg of Mandarin Lime) and see if it would help. Sure enough, the CBD drops alleviated his pain. If any of you have joint pain, you know how debilitating it can be. He is such a big fan and believer in CBD because of how much it has helped him (stay tuned for extra strength drops). Since November, I have encountered so many people who experience joint and muscle pain who have had success with CBD oil and drops.
There are so many science-backed, proven benefits from taking CBD, especially for certain conditions -
I also wanted to take a second and mention their CBD Freeze Roller! Unlike the drops, there's an immediate pain relief. A few weeks ago I hurt my wrist during a workout class. It was hurting so badly that I couldn't open my shampoo bottle. I knew I needed an immediate fix before seeing my Dr. about an X-RAY. The freeze roller is another reason why I'm hooked. I had immediate pain relief minutes after applying it to my wrist. If you're constantly working out, popping into various fitness classes, this isa product for you!
I know that some people are still pretty hesitant about using CBD oil. They don't trust that it is THC free or if CBD oil actually works. I was very selective and did my research before buying a product, and I am here to tell you that not only has my sleep improved but Garrett's pain relief has been the best result I could have asked for.
Here's a link to where I purchase my Crescent CBD drops and Freeze Roller. They guarantee high-quality, THC free products! Use my promo code: Milligan20 for 20% off your next purchase.
Sharing a few success stories that pulled on my heart strings!
I have constant headaches 24/7 which trigger migraines most days. My husband became quite ill 2 years ago and I became his fulltime caregiver which ramped up my anxiety and depression. Trying to maintain a cheery positive attitude to encourage my husband became almost impossible. A person on his support group had success with CBD oil so I looked it up for him but realized it might help me too. I tried micro-dosing the 1,000mg dosage bottle and when I got to the third drop my headache was completely gone. I thought I had found my ” sweet spot”! Half an hour later the migraine hit. I figured it was just a coincidence. The next morning I started with the 3 drops and I was hit with another migraine. So 3 drops all at once was too much for me. The next day I did 1 drop 3 times spaced throughout the day. The next morning I woke up without my normal headache and it has not returned. My anxiety is also gone. I have cut my anti-dpressants down to every other day and will continue to wean off them as long as I feel this good. After a week I did try to up my CBD dose to 2 drops 3 times a day but the migraine returned so evidently 1 drop 3 times a day of the 1,000mg is my “sweet spot” for now. Maybe in the future I can handle more and deal with the migraines but for now I am ecstatic to be headache and anxiety free.
It seemed like we had tried everything for our son. At 4 years old the Dr said I was crazy for wanting a behaviorist to meet with my son. Come kindergarten he was kicked down to half a day within the first 2 days of school and will repeat kinder this year. He gets so angry, hits his sisters, can’t focus or follow directions without multiple prompts, studders or repeats all the words of a sentence until he gets it out (it’s like you can his brain moving too fast for him), not to mention night terrors and bed wetting. When we saw the behaviorist she said he has extreme ADHD. I’m not ok with putting my 5yr old on pharmaceuticals, so we started looking into CBD. It had helped SO much! I started by just watching a few FB groups and reading all the info I could find. We decided to go with full spectrum as that seemed to work better for most with ADHD. He won’t take medicine on principal, so we do drops in a small cup of juice. We started small and worked up, .3ml 2-3 times a day worked very well for about 3 months. No more studdering, night terrors gone, not so easily aggitated. Then it seemed we needed to adjust his dose so we did a total reset with no CBD for 4 days. Holy cow was that crazy! We had forgotten how bad his anger and defiance could get. We started him back on at .6ml which seemed to be another sweet spot, we have gone up and down from here but .6ml in the morning and .7 in the afternoon, another .6 in the evening when needed. He is still himself, just less flustered at everything. I’m so glad we tried CBD, it really has helped more than I expected.
Two and a half years ago, I was diagnosed with a rare primary immunodeficiency disease called CVID (Common Variable Immune Deficiency). I will have to do immunoglobulin infusions for the rest of my life. Nine months after that diagnosis, I was also diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. That was on top of already suffering from migraines for 35 years and fibromyalgia for 25 years.
I was needing prescription pain medication 4+ days a week and felt like I was barely functioning at that point. Honestly, I felt like giving up. That was when I decided to try CBD Oil. I was hoping at the very least, I would get some minor relief from my migraines or back pain that I also suffered from. To my complete surprise, within just a couple of weeks, I got tremendous relief from ALL of my pains: back, fibromyalgia, bone and migraines. After slowly working my way up to a dose that was good for me, I was able to reduce my need for prescription pain meds by 75%. I still have my diseases but CBD oil has made it possible for me to have a more functioning life. I don’t even want to imagine what I would be like right now if I had never tried CBD Oil.
All selections and opinions in this post are my own. Special thanks to Crescent Canna for sponsoring this post.
For some reason my computer/internet would not let me upload ALL of my picks. I will upload everything on my Instagram stories and save them to a highlight!
Here our my favorite jackets this season that are less than a $100!
All selections and opinions in this post are my own.
My first trip to California was about three years ago when Garrett and I traveled to his hometown in Huntington Beach. Since that first trip, I have been five or six times, so I feel like I am becoming a California expert (just kidding)! But every time I venture out west, I do like to compile a list of places I really enjoyed. One of my favorite places in California is Joshua Tree. It's a gorgeous desert with an endless view of the mountains. Also, it just so happens to be where Garrett’s grandmother lives. She lives on five acres of desert land with an airstream just yards away from her front door. It’s actually very common for residents to own airstreams. I've added a silver airstream to my Christmas list but Santa hasn't come through just yet!
In true Gemini fashion, I think both the desert and beach oasis are paradise in my book. There is something about the desert that feels perfect. Maybe it's the open space, dry sand, and beautiful plant life. I like to think I am a minimalist of sorts, and the desert really gives me beautiful minimal vibes. The desert also is indescribably peaceful. I love feeling so present without the lights and noises of the city. But on the other hand, the crystal clear waters and white sand of the beach are just as amazing! I feel like when I am at the beach I also feel a sense of peace and relaxation. There is no way I could pick between the two, which is saying a lot, because in the past I would have always picked a beach vacay over anything! Both have their own characteristics that I am drawn to, and luckily, in California, I can experience both!
During my trip to Joshua Tree, I made a list of the places we visited so I could share them with you (and remember for my next trip):
First and foremost, Joshua Tree National Park is an absolute must! It looks exactly like my photos but you HAVE to experience it for yourself in person. It stretches for miles, and the views are just out of this world. For me, I felt so lucky to experience this natural, unadulterated space. It is such a beautiful part of the country unlike anywhere else. And maybe you are thinking a desert doesn’t interest you, but trust me, you will enjoy and appreciate it. I want to go every time I'm in California, and y’all know that I love traveling to a new location every time I leave NOLA.
There are so many great, unique places to visit in Joshua Tree, so here is a run down of my faves. We visit Crossroads Cafe for breakfast every time we're in Joshua Tree. Both the food and the coffee are delish. We have only had excellent service and amazing food. Joshua Tree Saloon is one of the only night life venues in the city, and it is super fun! There’s usually live music, in addition to amazing burgers and a fully stocked bar. They also have a pool table for those wanting to play a game while sipping on a drink or while waiting for a table. The atmosphere is upbeat and fun, and the staff is friendly. We were looking for something fun to do on a Friday night and went to Yucca Bowl. It is several decades old, with true vintage decor. I've heard it's being renovated, but it’s the perfect place to spend the evening and have some friendly competition. I love a good, old school bowling alley and Yuca Bowl is definitely that! If you visit and see the new renovations, let me know what it’s like! I can’t wait to see the new look when I go back.
If you end up staying the night in Joshua Tree, you have to take a moment and look up at the sky. The stars are so big and bright, it truly is beautiful. Living in the city, I don’t get to see a “true” night sky, and all I can say is that it is breathtakingly beautiful. Getting to see a sky lit up by stars is another reason why Joshua Tree is one of my favorite places in California. To wrap this all up, being able to experience a desert oasis and all it has to offer during the day and at night is incredible, and you won’t be disappointed. I'll link where we stayed. If you want to see more, visit my Instagram Story Highlights!
All selections and opinions in this post are my own.
Hey guys! So I’ve already shared some of my favorite boutiques in the Mandeville/Covington area. If you missed it, I linked it here for you to read! I honestly never thought I would spend so much time on the Northshore AND like it. Both my best friend and Garrett’s best friend live across the lake so we’re there pretty often. We always get asked about moving and our answer is pretty consistent, NO! I love the Northshore; it’s safe, clean, and peaceful, but it’s a little too far from the city. I don’t want to say NEVER to moving there, but right now it’s a hard no. We love being right in the middle of everything, and I can’t imagine living so far from all the excitement of the city. So for now, I’ll just enjoy my trips across the lake and share all of the wonderful places it has to offer with you! When I’m on the Northshore and I’m looking for a good workout, I have a few favorites...
It's a regular gym. You purchase a membership and have access to their pools, cafe, childcare, spa, locker rooms, fitness classes, and gym equipment. It is super clean, and the layout is really nice and organized despite being such a large gym. I’m usually there with Erin. We love starting our workout on either the elliptical or spin bikes. Then, we finish with BURN, one of their scheduled workout classes. I love that once I’m finished working out, I can head to the locker rooms, sit in the steam room and shower before leaving. They also offer a TON of fitness classes, which I love. Body pump, cardio blast, and killer core are just a few of my favorites. I’ll link their Instagram page here!
Oh Evolve, I’m sore just thinking about the workout. Their studio space is new, inviting and very clean. They have a second location in Baton Rouge, so it’s good to know that I have a place to workout if I’m ever staying the night in BR, which Garrett and I do. They have a pilates studio as well as a HIIT studio space (offering sculpt and yoga classes). I love pilates classes and for those of you who aren’t familiar with it or new to it, here’s a little explanation. At Pure Barre, we would tell clients that you use small muscles during isometric movements to help tighten and tone. So basically, while you’re on the reformer, you’re using muscles you don’t normally use in a “regular” workout with resistance. It’s a more intricate and targeted workout. You have to focus, breathe, and push past your comfort zone. You can’t really cheat during this type of workout. If you’ve been working out for a while and you feel good about your progress but you’re not as toned as you’d like to be, add pilates into your workout regimen. You do need cardio, but pilates will define your muscle groups way more than any other workout. I’ll link their Instagram page here!
Hot Worx recently opened on the Northshore, and I could not be more excited! Did someone say Infrared sauna?! Sign me up! I didn’t realize how beneficial or how much of a boost using a sauna and a steam room would be until I started dating Garrett. He sits in the sauna or steam room after every workout (and he’s been doing it for years - which makes me jealous). There are so many health benefits from being in the sauna. Some of the benefits include an increased metabolism, boosted immune system, shorter recovery time after workouts, and flushing of toxins built up in the body. What makes Hot Worx so unique is that you actually workout in a sauna. It’s pretty amazing! They offer spin, row, yoga, barre, bands, and booty workout classes. The saunas can fit up to three people, and they have 10 infrared sauna rooms. They also have an open space in the back for any free style workout, a full weight room, and a nice place to shower. I’ll link their Instagram page here!
I know this post is about my favorite workout places, but I just have to shout out one of my favorite spots to eat at in both Mandeville and Covington - Coffee Rani. My mom's aunt is one of the owners! They have such a fun atmosphere, because they’re always hustling and bustling. If you’ve ever eaten there, you know just how amazing the food is. It’s the perfect little lunch spot. My go-to lunch is the margarita chicken salad but I ask for it in a wrap. SO yummy! Cafe Rani is so good and popular, I’m sure some of you guys have been. I’d love to know what your favorite meal on the menu is?! Comment below!
All selections and opinions in this post are my own.
Here are my top picks from the Amazon Prime Day Sale! I already own most of these products so I decided to just stock up on the items I know I'll use. What are your top picks?! Comment below!