As a woman, I can assure you, if you get UTI ‘s often, you are not alone.
Out of 100 women, 50 will experience a UTI at least once, in their lifetime.
See? You are not alone! I am one of the fifty, that at least get them twice a year. I am also pre-diabetic which ups my chances at getting them unfortunately. But lucky for me, AND YOU I have found the perfect vitamins that we can use to either reduce chances of getting a UTI, or ease or pain through it.
My secret weapon is: *drum roll please*
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Now let’s Cut to the Chase! My experience!
I have been taking these vitamins once daily for the past 14 days (2 weeks) and I have yet to experience any UTI symptoms! I will continue to use these, and update you guys on Instagram! Usually I experience a UTI once a month, but so far so good this month, maybe it is thanks to Happee! Just make sure you’re following me for the weekly updates on my story of this amazing product!
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Robert Jacob Lee Lamb proposed
to me September of 2018 right before he got admitted into the hospital due to
his BP shunt malfunctioning. Seeing him in the hospital was devastating, it was
too much, there were so many problems occurred personally as well. But we made
it. Our love grew stronger. I knew we could do anything and overcome anything
after experiencing that… and well, then the wedding came creeping up on us
and we were already behind on that so scratch out the part where we could get
through anything (JUST KIDDING – LOL). We thought going through each other’s
illnesses were tough, wedding planning was way tougher! My expectations of the
wedding were set too high considering the money state we were in, however, I
still dreamed our wedding was that of perfection, and just all-around that
beautiful fairy tale wedding that I had envisioned.
My vision looked something like this…
When I started planning my
wedding in a notebook, on paper, I had a list of vendors, a list of colours,
places scribbled out, and circled. Types of flowers, types of runners, and
different ways for unity such as a candle. In my head there were thousands of
people seated outside under a beautiful sky, in cute well-done chairs. Flowers
of all kinds that matched the themes, and everything! In my head the wedding I
had in mind was what I believed as, “perfect”. I already knew how I
wanted everything to be, and I assumed that is how it was going to be.
Someone should have slapped me back to reality.
My wedding was not exactly the way I had imagined it. But I am not the one to complain about it, because this day had so much meaning, and meant more than the number of people who decided to actually come.
Let’s get into the details and view pics from my wedding, shall we?
Even though not everyone who promised they’d be there didn’t show up, some that me and Jake thought wouldn’t show up, in fact, did! It meant so much to us too! We also didn’t use most of the decorations we had either. We were all kind of just stressing out and running out of time here and there.
We got ready at my uncle’s shop, and instead of a professional hairstylist as well as a professional makeup artist. My sister, Elizabeth did my hair while I did my own makeup. And I looked beautiful, and didn’t have to pay someone else to do it which was pretty awesome!
We had the wedding at High Bridge Pavilion located in Wilmore, Kentucky. It is a beautiful place. Very affordable as well though, you must be a citizen of Jessamine County, Kentucky to reserve it. They may have deals for others not living there, but you’d have to call the county clerk and see. They provided 100 chairs, and 25 tables that were perfect for our wedding! Our wedding was supposed to be rustic and southern, but we were in such a rush that we couldn’t finish setting up the wedding! We ended up not using them all.
The colours I wanted were:
And I got:
The wedding dress wasn’t quite
what I always dreamed it would be. I made the mistake of letting my mom
influence the dress I chose. Tip: don’t let your mom choose the dress for you.
But good thing is, once it was altered, my breasts were pretty perky and nice
in it! My mom thought it would be more conservative than my choice and boy did
it bite her in the butt! Made my day knowing my boobs looked nice at least. My
veil costed more than the dress. I got them both from David’s Bridal in
Lexington, Ky off of Nicholasville Rd. I was in love – still in love with that
The cake I wanted:
The cake I got:
May not be an exact match, but
it was more than perfect! I also had the cake made with buttercream! The
flowers were edible, and the dessert had three flavors in each tier:
strawberry, chocolate, vanilla! It was the perfect cake for guests that may be
picky! Jessica Dawn White was the amazing baker of this cake. I asked, she
delivered! She is @beachbumjessica on Instagram! She does an amazing job on any
cake you need! Birthday cakes are her specialty!
Let’s talk about the ceremony!
I’m a deist, but Jake is a full-on
Christian! That is why we compromised and went with a preacher. I’m not going
to go into too much details on the beliefs part, however, many couples struggle
to agree on a preacher or prime minister or whatnot when it comes to the
ceremony. I grew up in a church and Pastor John Ritchie, and he has been there
for a while, he even visited Jake while he was in the hospital. He is a
dedicated man, that is for sure, and that is why I agreed upon a pastor! I feel
it is very important to agree about this part of the ceremony because
everyone’s religion is important to them and finding that happy medium is what
is best for the couple! Just my opinion though, I am sure others can agree! Oh,
and instead of doing the unity candle or whatever, we chose to do the sand! So,
it was a great compromise, cause now i have a cute vase I can put fake flowers
I kind of wish the photographer didn’t capture the seats that were empty. Everyone chose to sit either in the back, or on one side which was kind of disrespectful in my opinion. Looking back on photos, it truly does bother me. But oh well I guess, at least we got beautiful moments of me and my husband!
How did we choose the bridal party? It is a long-complicated story, so I won’t go into much detail on that – LOL!
I chose my bridesmaids carefully, also tip: do not choose people as your bridesmaids just because someone else wants you to choose them, for example, your husband or mom. This day is yours, you deserve those you truly love and are always there for you, by your side!
Mary Varie Adams – She has been one of my top best friends since 2018. We knew each other in elementary school, but lately we’ve just become best friends! We eat together all the time, so food is a basis of this awesome friendship honestly!
Anna (Annie) Maria Dailey – I met her at Asbury University and has been one of my besties since 2016. We even worked at a summer camp together! I love her just as much as Mary and I just had to have her by my side too!
My Maid of Honor:
Elizabeth Ashton Perry – My sister, and my number one best friend! Obviously she was bound to be my maid of honor!
Our Flower Girl:
Mylee Lamb – Jake’s younger cousin! Isn’t she so cute?
Jake didn’t have an issue picking groomsmen one bit, and I applaud him for that!
Dallas Michael Murphy – He is my cousin, but he’s also basically, my brother (from another mother, haha LOL, anyways…) and Jake wanted to honor me by having his as a groomsmen.
Josh Lee Young – My step father, Jake has gotten very close to him the last few years, and chose him not because of me at all, but rather because it is someone he cares about as much as I do!
His Best man:
Donivan Ray Headrick – Someone he has known for a long while, works with, and loves as his brother. They are super close, so I knew he’d be his best man!
Our Ring Bearer:
Charles M. Cheek – My younger cousin! Isn’t he adorable as well?
I wanted all the bridesmaids/and
maid of honor to walk in and out with all the groomsmen/and best man. That is
what I always wanted, and I got it! Despite what others thought.
The Ceremony was one for the books though, I have to admit, I was so nervous! I was very anxious. Which explains this next picture of me. Warning, I look scared, but don’t worry because I was just anxious something would go wrong, plus this was a huge commitment.
Here comes the Bride…
I had my grandfather walk me down the aisle. He raised me alongside my mother, his daughter, Mary Ann. It was such a magical moment! Not only magical, but emotional. My grandfather just turned 69, prior to my wedding I was so afraid he wouldn’t be able to walk me and “give me away”. I was blessed to have him by my side. I love you papaw, Eldon Cheek Sr.!
Something that else that really upset me though was the lack of guests. On Facebook, the event had marked over 100 going, on top of people we invited via physical invitation. We had planned for 200 or so to attend and got less than half. We basically wasted money on food. We had Canes’ catered which costed us $200; people need to make sure to let couples know at least a week before if they could make it or not. I was highly disappointed in some that didn’t even stay for the reception and those that meant a lot to us, not even show up. I didn’t let that stop me from smiling ear-to-ear though. It was my day, and nothing was going to ruin that! Not even those who promised to show and didn’t. At least we had tons of chicken to eat for the next few days!
Since I let my papaw walk me
down the aisle, I had the father-daughter dance with my stepfather, Josh! It
was another emotional moment of the evening! I think the dances were honestly
my favourite part! The bridal party dances, the father-daughter dance, and the
first dance for bride and groom were so fun and meant so much!
I change my mind, the best part was having those that love us, come and celebrate two lives becoming one!
Thank you to the bridal party,
my mother, Josh, Jake’s grandparents, my grandparents, Pastor Ritchie, and
Candice Cheek for helping to make this amazing day happen! We appreciate you
If you’re reading this that must mean you are interested in taking a trip to good ‘ole Tennessee! Well buckle up and keep your feet in the ride at all times. Keep reading to find some awesome activities that me and my husband can give honest feedback on. Nothing in this blog is sponsored, or an ad. Purely honest information. Enjoy!
Let’s talk about where we stayed…
We ended up staying in a hotel in Franklin Tn. The hotel was, Days Inn by Wyndham – Franklin. Below is a gallery of photos that I took inside the room. Our room that I reserved via Booking.com, was a non-smoking king room. It had a stench, but most hotels do in my opinion. I made sure I checked everything even the couch and under the bed in the seams and it was clean. No bugs, thank the universe! The microwave was odd, and we burnt popcorn the first two times unfortunately, but we got the hang of it by the third bag. The fridge kept things cool, and the TV was fuzzy but alright. The ‘walk-in’ shower was pretty sweet, the water was always hot, and never “ran out”. Having one sink was annoying though because my husband would hog it for no good reason, but it was tolerable. I will say, I am not a fan of hotel beds and pillows. Our necks were stiff and our backs ached for our own bed at home the entire time. Breakfast at the hotel was from 6 a.m until 9 a.m which was very inconvenient, but understandable. There food was’t really hot by the 8:00 a.m mark which was disappointing. The pool was pretty nice though. I would give this hotel, a 7/10 honestly. They were great employees with awesome manners.
Let’s talk about Day One…
The ride from Nicholasville Ky, to Franklin Tn was about four hours that day which was a Friday so understandable, and tolerable though I’m pretty sure I annoyed Jake with all the rock music I blared and sang to. Once we got there, we were early and couldn’t check in to our hotel yet so we went and had a late lunch over at Nashville Pizza Co. In Nashville Tn. Below is a picture of the pizza, and bread sticks we got. I told y’all I was going to be honest, and I am sorry if this hurts feelings, but here was my take on the place:
“Nashville Pizza Co. – It was trash. We ate there for under $25 however, the bread sticks weren’t garlicky enough and not many alcoholic options other than beer selections. The pizza was flat crust, and it’s not my style. 5/10.”
Let me add, this was right after I was dissatisfied, I will definitely let y’all know they had amazing service and very polite employees and a decent crowd that day for 2 p.m so don’t just take my word for it! This was just my opinion.
We finally checked into the hotel at around 3 p.m and we sat and chilled until the Williamson County Fair started which was about 6 p.m!
The county fair in Franklin Tn. – It was awesome, but so expensive! Like, in Jessamine Co. Kentucky and other surrounding areas you just pay one fee and you get unlimited rides. The fee is anywhere between 10 to 20. No admission fee either. In Franklin Tn, the admission fee was $9. But to ride unlimited rides it then costed $25 more. I think that was a little excessive for a county fair however, I can’t complain too much considering the fair was a blast! It was so fun! I paid like $10 for henna on my wrist and that was pretty chill. We played balloon darts and Jake played the basketball games. Unfortunately, they milked more money out of us that way, but I now have three super cute stuffed animals! Sadly near the end, we had to leave cause everything was being moved inside due to lighting and a storm. Oh did I mention, no refunds? Williamson Co. Fair: 9/10!
I got henna done at one of the booths too as well as some lemonade from a cute lemonade vendor! Oh, and BMX TRICKS! It was a blast. We also went to the fair on our day 3 to have some more fun. On day 3 at the fair, we seen a dinosaur show meant for kids, and we walked inside a butterfly garden! So much fun!
Later that night after the fair we ate at a local Steak’n’shake!
Steak’n’Shake in Franklin off of Carother’s pkwy – Super great service! And super cheap but yummy food! 11/10.
We went out into the Music City, of Nashville Tennessee! And had an even more awesome time! It was super crowded though which made it intolerable, especially with the heat at 90 degrees Fahrenheit! We walked into Tootsies, and could barely breathe with all of the people, it was so overwhelming and too crowded for my liking so we went for a drink at Jason Aldean’s Kitchen and Bar instead! A day in Nashville or even a couple hours? I give it a 7/10. Just because the bars overcharge for drinks, but I get it!
Prior to the bar hopping, we went to an historical site in Franklin Tn! I wish I could say it was a very fantastic time, but we do plan on trying again next year.
The Carnton 1864 battle site – it wasn’t that great of an experience for me, so you will have to take my review with a grain of salt. I got sick and was about to faint and had to step out after the tour guide finally after what felt like twenty minutes explained how the family was caught in shock and their home turned into a hospital within a few minutes of the battle. She said she’d keep the door unlocked but after I got a bottle of water and was feeling better, I couldn’t go back in because the door wasn’t unlocked and basically the $36 I spent on our tickets were wasted. I was beyond angry and wanted to cry at that point. We left. But if you are a fan of history especially civil war history, I suggest you visit this place. It is really interesting and the property was just beautiful. I give this place 7/10 stars just because I didn’t get to enjoy myself to the fullest. Yes, I get that’s my body’s fault… but it would have been nice if tickets weren’t so expensive and i didn’t get locked out. Just saying!
We went to the fair once again, but we also went and visited downtown Franklin, and had a great time eating lunch at 55 South on their main street! Parking wasn’t that bad, but waiting at the cross walks were!
55 South – Crowded, but right in the historical downtown district of Franklin Tn! It was so much fun, and the drink I had was called the Category 5 which was very bourbon-y. It wasn’t my favourite, but as far as day drinking goes, I would recommend it! I had their friend chicken salad which was spicy, but it was definitely yummy and hit the spot at brunch. My husband got a burger and fries, which their fries are sooo bomb! 8/10.
After brunch, we went to the Farmer’s Market in Franklin! And I found a T-shirt from a local artist. I did pay $25 for the shirt, but I had to have something that proved I was there, right?
Let’s Talk About the Last Day now!
We left, but before we did we had to visit the Nashville Parthenon! It was a fun sight, gave me an excuse to say I was in Greece, but not really. 10/10.
I recently have just begun to understand myself more and am falling in love with my self more and more every day. Yeah I guess that sounds kind of self-centered or absorbed, but loving yourself isn’t of that nature. Genuinely loving yourself, is a gift to yourself, the best gift you can ever give yourself. Putting yourself first, or treating yourself like a queen/king doesn’t make you, “self-centered” or “absorbed” and we need to stress that more in this generation and life in general as well. Repeat after me, “LOVING YOURSELF ISN’T A SIN, NOR IS IT VANITY” or if you prefer me not to be so ‘religious’ then repeat this line instead, “LOVING YOURSELF DOESN’T MAKE YOU SELF CENTERED” in fact, it makes us brighter human beings, with a more positive outlook on our lives.
As you read through this blog and the steps to loving yourself ‘completely’, keep in mind this may or may not work for you, but if it does you can find more content like this on my Instagram @lifewithcaitie or simply subscribe to my blog below or click the about me tab and find the subscribe form there. If you need to contact me, go to that tab and fill out the form. Please feel free to email me with any questions, concerns, or simply if you need an ear to vent to. I hope you receive great value from this blog, enjoy.
Steps to loving ones’ self:
I recently found a website that basically stated that loving yourself comes in 4 steps. At first, I felt that was super silly, but after taking it personally and literally I found that that statement is almost true. At least, it is definitely true to me.
Step one consists of treating yourself as if you were your spouse or someone you cared about. It is putting yourself and your needs first, and treating yourself how you should.
What you should do in this step:
Set Boundaries. Set some boundaries! Remove anything and ALL THINGS TOXIC in your life whether it be people, activities, or habits you may have. For example, this could simply be you removing friends from you friends list that are not adding any positive influence in your life, or quitting smoking. I had to block some people on Facebook and Instagram, and let me tell ya… one of the BEST THINGS I’ve ever done.
Prioritize sleep! Even I cannot stress this enough! Your body cannot function correctly if you do not have enough sleep! Please plan on 8-9 hours of sleep each night. What I have been doing is I have been going to bed at 9, sleeping at 10, and waking up at around 7 or 8 o’clock during the week. I do realize a lot of us have nine-to-five’s and need to be up and ready by 7, well, simply go to sleep around 9, and you can wake up at around 5 or 6 am instead, that should give you 8 to 9 hours of sleep. But look, even if you cannot set a good sleep schedule, at least sleep in a little on the weekends, and go to bed early if your’e a morning person. Night owls, maybe try working later, and sleeping later if that makes sense? Either way, make sleep a priority! Your body will thank you.
Meditate or Exercise! I have met people that are basically on their feet all day, so they tell me that they choose to meditate throughout the day, and more often than they choose to exercise. I prefer to exercise, but you should do what you feel you should. Honestly, my advice would be to set aside time for both. I am not good at meditating whatsoever, so I kind of keep a balance between both, but I definitely lean more towards exercise!
Eat healthy. Eating healthy is definitely something everyone should do, or practice. I am not saying you should cut out all the sugar in the world and become vegan or anything extreme, I just advise people to have a balanced diet/meal plan. I try to incorporate almost all food groups in each meal. Here is an example of my meal plan: Breakfast – One Meat, Eggs, and Fruit with Milk. Lunch- One Meat, Veggie, Fruit, and a choice between a Bread item or Yogurt. Dinner- One Meat, Veggie/Fruit, and a choice between a Starch or Bread Item. I normally don’t drink soda, however, when I do, I choose a diet or a zero calorie soda such as Coca-cola Zero or Diet Coco-cola. I have had so many people tell me that it is bad for you but a nutritionist I met said they are claims, not proven 100% fact. I do agree though, try if you can to stay away from aspartame and artificial sweeteners.
Express Gratitude often. Start and keep a gratitude journal, or simply add that part into your journal! I usually take about 10 minutes and use my mental health journal (if you would like a blog post about how to start and what goes in a mental health journal let me know) to write down 3 to five things I am grateful for each night. Others choose to do theirs in the morning, but I prefer night because I actually remember to do it. Another way to express gratitude would be to let people in your life know you are thankful for them!
Have Fun! Sometimes, adults just want to have fun (also including young adults)! Make a play date with one of your best friends or you significant other and go have fun! I’m sure you can find quite a bit of fun places to go to in or surrounding your city! For me (in Lexington Ky) there is an indoor trampoline park (on Brannon Crossing) and I love unwinding and relieving all my stress there with my friends!
Step two consists of you realizing that we are human. You are human. And humans have their flaws that we need to recognize and sometimes even, embrace.
What you should do in this step:
Forgive Yourself. Forgive yourself for all the mistakes you have made. I had to learn this one the hard way. Sometimes, we all do. Darling, just forgive yourself, even if no one else can. You deserve forgiveness no matter what.
Let Go of Grudges! It is time to move on! You owe it to yourself to let go of things that are no longer relevant. I recently had just let go of a grudge I was holding against one of my family member’s ‘spouse’ and it honestly was such a wholesome feeling. Not only do I get to see ‘my little baby’ but now I can have conversations with her like a civil adult without dread.
Remember that you are Human. Humans can be pretty messed up from time to time. Sometimes we have messed up thoughts, or we have messed up actions. Good thing is we can always be the bigger person and refrain, or apologize for our actions.
Step three consists of you going through a time machine back into your childhood or past in general. You will definitely discover a few things, and understand.
What to do in this step:
Just think about you life so far and what you can do to keep going.
Step four consists of self-acceptance.
What you should do in this step:
Embrace all you have to Offer! If you have a talent, share is in a positive way! My talent is writing, and singing. Often times I will either sing at my home church or I will come on here and write blogs for you guys! I am choosing to use my talent to serve others, and that is why I truly believe the universe gifts us with the talents we pick up.
Share your Story! Do you have a ‘story’? Something you can share with the world, or perhaps even help others by sharing? In 2017 I released a very personal article which you can view by clicking: here. The article is my #MeToo story, and it talks about the abuse and the rape encounter that happened to me in my abusive relationship and how I dealt with it. I am also currently working on a book about my story as well to keep up with that subscribe to my blog and follow my Instagram.The point is, if you want to heal, and if you feel up to it, sharing your story can help millions. I highly suggest it. You can create a free account on Vocal which is a website where you can write articles and poems, etc. You can also get paid depending on the views you get per article!
Keep Going… Loving yourself completely, may or may not ever be achieved, however, it is possible. It is a process, and will take time. Just keep going.
Before you go…
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Oh, and if you are not a girl, I apologize (:
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Seen others win something you wanted? Or are you just not having any luck with them at all? Here is some ways and guidelines that can help you win some in the future!
Why should you listen to me? Well, here’s why:
I have won multiple giveaways these last couple of years. I was like you, never could find any, never came across them, never had any luck… but somehow my luck made a 180 degree turn around!
One) Following Accounts & Entering
I don’t often enter them since I mainly focus on building my personal brand on Instagram, but I do enter them. I have noticed they pop up on my feed more since I have been following more companies, and entering more giveaways. That could be a way through the door to more chances! In fact, that actually is a way through the door, for MORE CHANCES!!!
Two) Keep an Eye Out in IG Stories
Keep an eye out on Instagram stories. Many of those who host giveaways offer extra entries for those who share the giveaway post to their stories, some accounts on Instagram that may be local to you who are bloggers, may also often share giveaway posts to alert their followers on giveaways as well! I do this to enter, and to alert my following, because who doesn’t love extra entries? WHO DOES’NT LOVE A TEAM PLAYER? (LOL).
Three) Follow LOCAL Boutiques
I have noticed that boutiques and spots that are local to me host more giveaways than the international ones. For example, I follow a couple of local boutiques on Instagram (not for giveaway reasons), and I often times see small contests or giveaways as I scroll through them all or just my feed. Local boutiques want to attract more customers, and some even want to expand and start selling internationally, or start selling MORE nationally/internationally to attract more followers, and customers. Even when their giveaways close, they offer amazing deals too – especially those who participated!
Four) Follow Giveaway Hashtags
There are so many hashtags on Instagram, but don’t go searching, #giveaway, luck will not be in your favor if you find them through this overused hashtag. Instead, search hashtags that include a local shoppe for instance I may search up #LexingtonKyGiveaway since I am local to Lexington, and may want to enter in giveaways that are local to me. Or you could search up hashtags like, #SunniesGiveaway if you don’t mind it not being local, but want to enter a giveaway that has a specific product being given away. Either way, you’ll have more luck by searching in those hashtags!
Five) Don’t Unfollow the Host(s)
Just don’t, not only is it rude, but it will definitely ruin your chances at winning future giveaways with that particular brand. When I hosted mine with Raluca Skincare, I had quite a few unfollow me, and so then I unfollowed them and even blocked them so they couldn’t try and take advantage in the future. So, don’t unfollow them any pint during the giveaway, or AFTER. Just because you didn’t win that time, doesn’t mean you won’t later on.
Six) Have a Good and Positive Attitude
When you change your overall outlook and attitude in life, the universe gives back to you, if that outlook reflects a positive image. This goes for giveaways too. Don’t be a bad seed, instead wish others good luck, and think like a winner. If you are always doubting that you’ll win, then that’s how it will be.
Seven) Do Not Throw a Pity Party
This one should be seen as one of the first guidelines. I always scroll through comments in giveaway posts and see people doing a paragraph on why they want to or should win that includes some sad story, or something on the lines of how broke they are. I know how this is, I am broke too; but just because you’re broke, doesn’t mean they are going to pick you, or even want to pick you. Most giveaways select winners based on a random number generator anyway. Also, it is an overall waste of time.
Disclaimer: My tips are just that. Tips. Following these guidelines and tips may, or may not land you a win in a giveaway, but I do know they will definitely up your chances! Good luck to all, and remember, think like a winner, and you could just manifest the win.
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When I was younger, my childhood was spent here when it was once Boyd’s Orchard. It was the place where all the kids knew it for the huge slide while the parents and adults knew it for the place with not only cider donuts, but apple cider. I remember in elementary school we got to visit this place and witnessed the apple cider process and such.
A New Leaf – Eckert’s Orchard
Eckert’s Orchard gave me the chance to come out and experience the atmosphere once again during it’s summer season. I also had the chance to interview the manager at the Versailles location, Morgan Fields who grew up in Woodford Co. so later on down the blog we will get to learn more about not only the farm, but Morgan as well!
Eckert’s Orchard in the summertime was not what I expected, it’s way better!
Summer Time Fruit
In this season, the fruit at the orchard includes the top two sellers: peaches, and blackberries. When we walked down the blackberry paths, it was insane! They were huge, and the bushes made for a magical experience as well as a great photo opt.!
The pictures here don’t do justice, so don’t forget to not only check out Eckert’s website, but also my Instagram for edited photos! Both will be linked at the bottom.
We were told we could taste them while we were out picking the blackberries and it took everything for me to keep myself from eating them as I pluck them from their bush! They were so delicious, and my sweet tooth was going crazy. We managed to feel two baskets full! Not only were and are blackberries delicious, but there are so many health benefits that come with the amazing berry! Such as them being high in fiber, boosting brain health, providing us vitamin C, as well as acting as an antioxidant! Careful though, not all berries you pick will be sweet; here’s a tip on how to pick the sweet ones: feel for softness, not hardness. The harder the berry, the less likely it will be sweet once you bite into it. You can also go to pick, and if it basically falls into your hands as you do so, it is definitely a fully ripened berry! If you feel for texture, the super sweet ones will feel as if they are, “bubbly”, as my sister would describe them. Another tip, pick them yourself! Grocery stores have them, but you aren’t guaranteed completely the freshness nor the taste of a good berry. Every time I go to the grocery store to get a pack full, I end up not getting any cause (this is why you wash your fruit no matter what) I feel for the sweet ones! That is why after experiencing blackberry picking for myself, I recommend it going to a nearby Orchard. If you are in Kentucky, then you should definitely come check out the blackberries over at Eckert’s Orchard!
After picking (and eating) some blackberries we hitched a ride on the tractor to go pick some peaches!
I never picked peaches from trees prior to this trip either, so it was another enjoyable experience! The same rule applies to peaches as well as blackberries, the softer, the sweeter!
Only one row (as of June 22nd) was ready to be plucked! So I would wait until around the beginning of July to come after their peaches! Their peaches make for a good cobbler, as well as the blackberries!
Now on to the fun stuff…
Some activities you can find here include but are not limited to: Humongous slide with more slides to choose from attached, Gem Mining for the kids, play area, resting/eating area with picnic tables, a goat farm, and even tiny train rides for the kids!
Unfortunately, they wouldn’t let me on the slide, even though, I am a five foot adult in a child’s body (haha). But as a kid, I remember this slide being the main reason all the kids including myself wanted to come! We would just grab a potato sack, and slide on down!
Gem Mining is such an underrated activity. Many adults don’t want their kids to play in it, but why not? It is such an educating experience and a fun one for the kids! Plus they feel good when they take their ‘gems’ home!
The goat farm is my favourite (now that I am too old for the slide) due to the cuteness overload! I wish I had pictures of the goats to share! But I guess you’ll have to go pet them for yourselves.
The Market Place and Treats…
There are so many sweet treats to choose from! I had the chance to taste the Cider Doughnut Sundae which features a cider donuts at the bottom, with vanilla ice cream, whip cream, and whatever toppings your heart desires! They have so many other sundaes to choose from including Brownie Cobbler!
Their market also sells popcorn, apple cider, syrups and homegrown veggies, as well as jam! There is so much you can purchase here including a section of Kentucky locally owned items! I bought their cider donuts, and a jar of strawberry jam as well!
Short Interview with Morgan Fields:
At first I wanted to get a feel for her and wondered why she chose to work here, her response summed up: “I grew up here in Woodford county about 10 min away from the farm, which was owned by different people and was a much smaller orchard. I used to come here to this farm to pick apples as a little girl. In 2013, I needed a part-time- job so I came here and now I am a manager.”
I then asked her what her favourite treat was here at the farm which she replied, “probably the fruit, definitely the fruit.”
Their best seller in the summer? “Peaches”. She continued to explain that, “this is the first year we done the blackberry trellis. We always had them, but we never raised a half acre. We have expanded that.”
The best seller in the fall? “It is a split between the pumpkins, donuts, and the apples!”
It is a great family atmosphere and it is fun for folks and young folks like you to come and hang out. It’s peaceful and you’re away from the hustle and business.
Mine did; have you hear about new systems designed to look for keywords in your resume to figure out whether or not to toss or to keep! Scary, right? I did not know about the ATS’ being used by companies these days until I took a course that is designed to help those that either just graduated, or are looking for new opportunities for work.
What is ATS you may ask? Well, that can be answered in the course I will be sharing with you guys! I am honestly glad Allison, the founder of the course, reached out to me; because of her course I am getting emails back for jobs I have applied for!
I can’t share everything with you, it is mostly an experience you need to try for yourself, however, I can tell you about my experience and a little about the person behind it!
The course navigation was easy peasy! I didn’t run into any problematic areas, and the workbook sheets she provides via in course and google drive is pretty sweet. They were easily editable and I felt like they really contributed to my new found knowledge of job searching as a whole.
I used to be someone who would freak out about sending a resume because what if “it was too much”, “too little”, “too irrelevant”. This course definitely helped me through a process of erasing those thoughts out of my brain. I feel that I now have a resume that I can actually be proud of and have no worries sending to companies I am interested in!
Some information about the founder:
Allison Margaux created this course that has been accessed across the globe that is designed to help those that not only just graduated but also those who are on the search for new opportunities in the workforce.
Worked in the start-up world and was a college professor.
Published writer –about foreign affairs.
Has 4 degrees.
Lived in 5 countries.
Lived in 5 different states in the US.
When not working as a career coach, you can find her on her mat practicing hot yoga and hiking.
Why she created the course…
“I’ve seen how much students and young professionals struggle when it comes to getting a job. After putting so much time and effort into their education, many still don’t have the skills to effectively tackle their job search. And, then they put all this effort into applying to jobs and can’t figure out why they aren’t getting interviews and offers. Honestly, it just made me really sad… I wanted to create a course that was relatable and helpful to make sure they have all the tools to go after their dream jobs. It was really important to me that the course covered the entire job life cycle. While students can purchase individual lessons too, the main course has the benefit of going through the entire process… It starts with figuring out what they want and are qualified for, and goes all the way through negotiating salary.”
More about the course according to the founder:
1) The full course is designed to get someone all the way through the job search process, from figuring out what they want and are qualified for all the way to closing the deal and negotiating salary.
2) The full course includes two times a month live office hours, so you get to ask questions.
3) For anyone just looking for a mini download of helpful information, there are 5 smaller courses available: Negotiating Salary, Resume Writing, Cover Letter Writing, Networking & LinkedIn, and Interviewing.
4) The full course has an add on of having Allison personally review their resume after the course and then go over it with them during a 30-minute Skype session
5) Anyone can benefit from the course, but it’s especially great for college students and recent graduates.
The snippet above is only a portion of my newly found resume! Seriously though, take my advice and take the course; it has helped me land quite a bit of interviews and definitely boosted my confidence!
There is so much you can do in Versailles, Ky! Downtown is the place to go whether you are passing through, visiting, or even living there. Or if you just want to take a day trip and enjoy what this area has to offer! I will be mentioning something you won’t want to miss so read until the end!
I had the chance to visit Versailles, Ky for the first time since 2015/ second time ever. And they have cleaned up very nicely downtown! I was super stoked to go with fellow Ky bloggers to downtown Versailles to see all the shops that gave us a little freebie here and there! There were so many amazing places, even some that unfortunately won’t be mentioned, however, the one’s I will mention are great places locally owned by great people!
I would like to first mention this wonderful cafe that is dedicating to serving anyone. Yes, anyone such as those with money, no money, and not so much money. I am so proud to live in a state where serving others and giving back to our communities are a priority. It made my heart just melt when I found out what Spark Community Cafe was doing inside those doors!
About Spark Community Cafe:
This cafe isn’t your ordinary cafe, it is a cafe where anyone can enjoy great food with dignity. They claim this as a “Pay what you can” environment meaning if you have the money, then you could pay the suggested amount next to the menu item on the menu. If you have only some money, then you can pay what you have. If you unfortunately don’t have any money then fear not, you can volunteer in exchange for your meal! What an amazing way of giving back, especially to those who can only give so little. That is what truly makes this cafe special and I do recommend volunteering here, you get a free meal when you do! Plus, it is an amazing thing to add to the volunteer part of your resume.
This idea is backed by One World Everybody Eats (OWEE) which is a “non-profit organization that is dedicated to increasing food security and building community through it’s pay-what-you-can non-profit restaurant model.” This organization supports 60 existing and starting cafes! I am actually mesmerized by how this all works and how they actually kept this going, who would have thought this was possible? I am so glad it is though!
learned quite a lot about this business and how this cafe works. The atmosphere
is so welcoming and the message this cafe sends is so inspiring!</
I had the chance of trying out their cheese cake and it almost blew my wig off (I don’t really wear a wig, FYI.) It had the creamiest texture and at the bottom had an amazing gram cracker crust that was super delicious! The added strawberry on top was the icing on the cake! I give their cheese cake 5/5 stars!
One of the next spotz we visited was Spotz Gelato (see what I did there)!
About Spotz Gelato:
It is so beautiful and creative on the inside that I felt like I stepped into a little girl’s dream – there was so much pink! And polka dots, but pink was definitely the dominant colour! Spotz Gelato may or may not be on Uber Eats or Door Dash, however, they offer catering! Their catering service offers a $500 minimum which covers full service with four flavours of your choice! Yes – four flavours of YOUR choice! For up to 100 guests for up to one hour within a 60 mile round trip from Georgetown, Ky! There are additional offers as well, but that one is a huge hit with the locals. They cater weddings, birthdays, family parties, and also corporate events. They are also a part of Kentucky Proud.
I had the chance to try their strawberry gelato which did not disappoint! It was kind of like a mix between an iced slushy and frozen yogurt in my opinion. It didn’t have the exact consistency of your average ice cream, but it is still yummy!
We then headed across from Spotz Gelato over to Mrs. Rogers Popcorn & Sweet Shoppe where not only were the goodies sweet but the workers and owners as well!
More about Mrs. Rogers Popcorn & Sweet Shoppe:
This shoppe gave us each a complimentary bag of popcorn. The popcorn was super sweet and to my surprise has bits of white chocolate on the popcorn pieces! I didn’t see them, but tasted them and it was delicious! I highly recommend this place for all your sweet tooth needs!
You can contact this shoppe via phone number: 859-457-771 and can find them on IG @MrsRogersPopcornandSweetShoppe .
Next place I’d like to share with you is the Rolling Oven; a mobile pizzeria that can fulfill your pizza and beer needs with a variety of each to choose from!
More about the Rolling Oven:
I had never been to this place prior, but it was a fun experience since we came on “watermelon day”. I tried their watermelon beer and it actually wasn’t that bad considering I took more than one sip and I can’t take the taste of beer. It was a sweeter blend then most I have tasted but for me I had to ask for another drink. I asked the bar tender what he would recommend that was also the sweetest ting there and he came back with a Grand Mimosa. That alcoholic drink I could actually stand and I did get to thoroughly enjoy.
With it being watermelon day at the Rolling Oven, there was a watermelon challenge that you could participate in to win a free pizza/gift card.
And the winner was… a tough one because anyone can see that it could have been called a tie. (I am pretty sure I won though *wink, wink* I’m on the far right.) But the winner was a fellow Ky blogger on Instagram as @Fod_for_thought, Brandon! It was actually pretty dope she won and the photographer (@musemarketinglex) caught her hand gestures, priceless! It was a fun challenge and I do plan on taking part in it again.
Last but Not Least… The Amsden:
The Amsden is a cute little cafe that is attached to a cute little store that sells local Ky made items! I had the pleasure of trying their Lavender Sparkler drink that was like a club soda. I loved the fizz, however, the garden taste was unexpected! I do think everyone should try it though! They also serve some pretty great coffee!
You can find out more about the Amsden cafe at their Instagram, @theamsden .
Downtown Versailles has much more to offer and I hope someday soon I can visit the rest of the stores and such this community has to offer. Big thank you to Marie Pullen at Back-road Bluegrass Blog (IG: @bluegrassblog) for inviting me to tag along and for coordinating this event! Also a special thanks to all the shoppes mentioned in this blog, I truly enjoyed the whole experience!
I went on a thoroughbred nursery tour, and my goodness the foals were adorable!
I went with a group of fellow Kentucky Bloggers to Sun Valley Farm to enjoy a nice day and for their thoroughbred nursery tour which I enjoyed very much. Between the complimentary wine and catering provided by Sweet Lili’s Catering and Equus Vineyards, and the foals it was truly a nice afternoon!
The whole time I was with the horses and learning more about how Sun Valley Farm cares for the foals, I was missing my hometown of Garrard Co. Kentucky. Versailles is such a gorgeous place out in the country. It pretty much took me back in time and made me feel nostalgic. I am a lover of animals, and getting to know the process of their care and such had me in awe. It was an educational experience that I had actual fun on and enjoyed thoroughly. The staff was super kind, and very knowledgeable of what they were explaining which gave more of a professional vibe while on the tour. I definitely recommend Sun Valley Farm if you are someone wanting to look into the business of horses or simply if you would like to treat your children to an amazing experience that involves petting the horses!
While attending this event I had been invited to with fellow bloggers in Kentucky, I was alone as in, I came by myself not knowing anyone personally but following their accounts and connecting with them via the web. So I was scared to go to this event, I didn’t think my anxiety would allow me to truly enjoy myself. Boy was I wrong, I didn’t feel left out, nor like any of them were strangers. I felt instant connections with not only the foals and horses but those who are in the same boat as me as well as the owners of Sun Valley Farm. This was definitely an experience for the books.
Here are some more photos from the tour:
You’ll never know what you will run into while on this tour…
We ran into many different things while on the tour here at Sun Valley Farm (located in Versailles, Ky.) Such as a mama horse getting an ultrasound to see if the baby is healthy. I never seen a horse receiving an ultrasound, it was such a private moment I felt I was intruding on, but it was so interesting and I had to take a peek! It was a little awkward as the man’s hand and arm was deep in there (AND I MEAN DEEP IN THERE), but it was such a beautiful sight as you turned your focus onto the monitor and viewed the ultrasound. It was an experience I finally can mark on my just written down bucket-list!
You don’t just find horses and foals here, but cats as well! While me and the other Ky influencers/bloggers waited for the tour to start, a cat came out of the bathroom of the tiny room we were waiting in. A medium orange and some white furred cat jumped on the table just looking for someone to pet him. His name was Sheldon, and the tour guide (son of the owners) Brett shared with us that he had the sniffles. He was so cute though (the cat, sorry Brett.)
Some more information about Sun Valley Farm:
Sun Valley Farm was also home of the top two ranked horses on the Kentucky Derby Trail since 2013. I find that to be a super cool fact that I am sure they are proud to have!
Where is this farm located you may ask? Well, put this into your Google Maps or whatever map app you may use: Sun Valley Farm 556 New Cut Road Versailles, Ky 40383.
Big shout out to the wine company that helped cater along side Sweet Lili’s Catering, Equus Vineyards!
The drink I tried was a Blackberry Chardonnay, I do so believe. Unfortunately, I haven’t acquired a taste for wine or that particular one. It was sweet at first, but the aftertaste wasn’t for me. I do however know that all the others enjoyed the wines and I think those who have the taste for them would enjoy a local winery such as Equus Vineyard!
Sweet Lili’s Catering is definetely a catering service I enjoyed! The food I tried from them was:
Mini Candied Bacon BLT
Goat Cheese and Caramelized Onion Tarts
The food was delicious!
We also not only got to enjoy some treats with the owners of Sun Valley Farm, we got the chance to see their beautiful historical house which was built near/in the late 1800’s.
I met some awesome people that day, and experienced some amazing things!
One more shout out to the amazing woman who coordinated/organized this event, Marie Pullen! She is a blogger from Kentucky; you can find her website and read her blogs here: http://www.BackroadBluegrass.com! I met her for the first time yesterday and she is such an awesome person! I love her personality and how she lights up the room. She is truly the life of the party!
I wrote an article on my personal account of domestic violence and rape in a relationship not too long ago via Vocal to share my story and to spread awareness of domestic violence. In the article I expressed how I felt and how it almost destroyed me. I will say this, I didn’t let the relationship nor the guy destroy me. I refused to hide my hurt, guilt and pain, because someone needs to break the quiet cycle. I wanted and still want to encourage others that they aren’t alone and to speak up.
When the #metoo movement came out, the platform was my safe haven. It encouraged me to share and encourage others. I wrote that article because not only was I going through depression and needed closure, but because it felt safe to share because of that movement.
The article not only set me free, but others, maybe even you, free too. That is the final step of the healing process, to feel closure and freedom. I had finally let go of all my restraints and provided myself with closure, the article.
Don’t be afraid of judgement nor hate. Did I receive hate and blame after I spoke out? YES, of course I did. I lost friends, and even some important people in my life once I shared what I had been through. I was called a liar, and so much more I wouldn’t even call another being. I received nasty feedback, however, it was no where near the amount of support I gained. My real friends stuck by me, and I even gained a community of friends I could relate with. Coming out was a true blessing to find I wasn’t alone and there were others who could connect with me on that level.
Haters will always be there but there are more lovers than haters, I promise you.
My Me Too article is the second reason for my upcoming untitled book. I am in the works right now of a book that’s intentions are to spread awareness to teen domestic violence and encourage those who suffered like I, to speak out. This book is going to empower young survivors, and provide closure to most of you, that is my number one goal of the book. The book is set to launch in December 2019 as of right now. If all goes well it will be purchasable as an e-book Dec. 3rd 2019. I will be having contests and giveaways soon for some to have the chance to read it for free, so keep an eye out near August!