Mara, From HTX to PDX

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Sep 18, 2017


I've been a little busy not only with just taking time for my mental health and adjusting (still, I know... It's obviously not really going too well.) that I haven't been blogging as much. It's also been a really beautiful summer so I wanted to take it in and I didn't really share as much. I'm working on a few new projects that are taking some time. BUT ANYWAY, it's music Monday. Here are 5 songs that are on my current workout playlist!


Sep 11, 2017

LOVE BUG: Probiotics for 30 days

If you follow me on INSTAGRAM I mentioned early last month that I would be trying out Lovebug probiotics. This is not sponsored but they did send me these for free. You can buy individual bottles at Target or other retailers or have a box like the one pictured above be delivered to you monthly. My box featured 3 different specific probiotics but in one month I only made my way though the "Here's the skinny" bottle. I will take on the vitamin C bottle next because FLU SZN is coming. 
So lets just get this out of the way: NO, PROBIOTICS DO NOT GIVE YOU THE SHITS. I think a lot of people were worried about me at first but if anything it makes you regular. I have been taking probiotics since I was younger in the form of yakult ( a yogurt that was originally an asian thing but slowly became American as I got older). 
What are probiotics for? In short, they are a good bacteria for your gut. When you think about it, most of your body is determined by what does on in your gut. Eating something bad can make you feel sick, actually get sick, effect your skin, and other health issues. Probiotics help keep your gut healthy. There are many foods that are loaded in probiotics but this pill is fail proof and is an easy way to get them all at once. 
I feel a lot better taking them. I am less bloated and feel less sick throughout the day. A fun annoying fact about me is that typically around 3 I start to feel sick. My doctor told me its just heartburn. Its much better now that I don't live in Houston, but every now and then I get this feeling. If I am consistent with my probiotic I don't have it. I heard there are some strains that help while traveling so my probiotics will come with me wherever I go now.

For maximum potency keep your probiotics in the refrigerator and take them before eating. Its easiest to just start the morning with it. They stay in your system for about 10 hours, you could take one at night too if you felt inclined, but I stick to just mornings. 
Would you try probiotics? I will be filming a Youtube video on these as well pretty soon!


Sep 5, 2017

Fenty Beauty | YASSSSS

We all acknowledge Rihanna is beautiful and a style icon, so I am really excited that she is launching a makeup line. I''ll just cut to the chase, Rih has said that her line includes 40 shades of foundation! I swear by CoverFX but I am really excited to come across another brand that has many skintones in the range. Now that I am living somewhere with no diversity, I am really hypersensitive to pointing it out when I see it. I applaud Rihanna for putting more than "Light , Medium, and Dark" tones in her collection.

Sep 2, 2017


Its September, summer hours are almost over and I have almost made it a whole year in Portland on my own.

Back home my city is drying out and finding a new normal. I know many people effected by Harvey and it is crazy to think what things would be like if I was still in HTX. I knew from the second I left I would be in for an interesting journey but whatever it was, it would be the right move. So far, I think everything is ok. As sad as I can get sometimes, I feel mostly ok. I put together a small collage of hi-lights this month. I haven't been blogging as much but I am working on a few projects at the same time. I do have some posts lined up for the rest of this month, I needed the headspace and trust me, it has paid off.
Have a happy Labor Day weekend!


Aug 28, 2017

Heartbreaks, Hurricanes, and Hope

It makes me so sad to sit by and watch what is happening in my beautiful city. I've been streaming fox26 because CNN and the weather channel are so dramatic. Local news is what I needed. So it typically rains about 50 inches a year... almost 25 inches have already fallen. An additional 20 are coming. This is over a span of 7 days.... this is bad. I see a lot of comments on social media that say things along the line of "Well it rains all the time you should have been prepared." No infrastructure is prepared for 50 inches of rain. Every creek, bank, reservoir and bayou are full. A years worth of rain is falling in one week. I can't wrap my head around it. I keep seeing places that I know just submerged and we are halfway through the storm.

While my friends are stuck, I want to give you all a playlist of things to binge watch because when I was less dramatically snowed in, humor on TV was the one thing to lift me up when I was alone and dealing with something that scared me. It's a good break from the news:

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