One World Observatory NYC …

Last week I was super touristy and visited the One World Observatory, located in NYC. *I’m familiar with New York City, but nonetheless felt like a tourist* It was a pretty cool experience and I would recommend anyone to go and visit. It makes for a cute little day trip. I don’t want to completely spoil it for anyone who intends on going, so I’ll only share a tad bit…

You start the “experience” at the ::One World Global Welcome Center:: as pictured below…

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*Ooooooo, Ahhhhhh*… Next, you will make your way to ::Voices and Foundations:: which is a beautiful walk way that tells the personal stories of the men and women who built One World Trade Center…

Pretty cool right?!… Now time for the thrilling part! Taking the Sky Pod Elevator from the first floor to the 101’st floor in under 60 seconds. Sounds super death defying, scary, puke on your shirt, or sh*t in your pants type of stuff right?! Well that’s what this scared little chicken thought and thankfully, I was wrong…

While I was under the impression it would be just as horrible as The Tower Of Terror, it turned out to be a really cool virtual reality type of setting. You couldn’t even feel that you were moving. The only injuries I survived was slight ear popping … I’m such a tough cookie ūüėČ

I also really liked the Sky Portal, where you can see “what’s below you” on the streets of NYC. *If you go, you’ll see why I used air quotes…

Next up…See Forever Theater. Here you will watch an exciting, two-minute video presentation that combines bird‚Äôs eye imagery, time-lapse shots with abstract textures and patterns to present the unique rhythm and pulse of New York City to dramatic life in 3D, *cue more Oooooo’s and Ahhhh’s*

After that we went to The Main Observatory…On the 100th floor of the Observatory, also known as the Discovery Level,¬†experience expansive, 360-degree views in all directions, taking in the iconic sights, surrounding waters and panoramic views of the city and beyond. No matter how many times you’ve been to NYC, there’s something about seeing it from this view that is truly breath taking…

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There was a cool station, See Forever Imaging, where you get to take your picture. If you can’t tell by now, I will not pass up a pose! They super impose a daytime and nighttime background to the photo you take. It makes for a super cute souvenir and was only 30 bucks for two hard copies and online access to the digital photos as well! *Me and My partner in crime photographed below* ūüôā

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So yeah, I would say the overall experience was cool. There was also a ::fancy schmancy:: restaurant called “ONE“. With a name like that, you know it has to be serious….A pretty over priced gift store and other “information stations” through out the Main Observatory. Got a day off, or just looking for something new and exciting to do with a loved one, family, date day/night or with friends…give it a go!

I would definitely recommend purchasing tickets online, as the line you have to wait in is pretty long if you do not purchase tickets in advanced. Click here to read more about The One World Observatory and purchase tickets.

If you have gone or plan on going, be sure to come back and leave a comment about your experience. I’d love to know what you thought!

Let’s Get Dirty With ::Frank:: …

Today I am going to bless you with a little gem that I stumbled upon about 7 months ago while Instagram binging. It’s a great, natural product called “FRANK.” FRANK, is an all natural coffee body scrub that gently exfoliates the entire body, leaving you with seriously soft skin. I promise it will feel like a baby’s bottom.

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FRANK is also great for lightening/removing post acne scarring, rosacea, dark spots, uneven skin tone, pesky pimples, stretch marks, ingrown hairs, and nourishing extremely dry skin. My skin is super weird, I have extremely oily skin on my face and dry skin on every other part of my body. FRANK is great for making my skin feel like velvet, seriously! I use it about 3-5 times a week (as prescribed by Dr. FRANK.) It has also helped lighten or completely remove acne marks or other dark spots on my skin *let the skin gods rejoice* I have used countless body scrubs, and this by far is my all time fav!

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Another awesome thing about FRANK is that they offer free shipping, yes I said FREE SHIPPING to anyone who orders in the USA! Yay, America! It’s also pretty inexpensive (14 bucks per package) and lasts a long time! They come in 3¬†tasty selections…

  • Original – smells just like a yummy cup of coffee
  • Coconut- It’s like a beach holiday, minus the sand in your pants
  • Peppermint- Just like Christmas candy canes all year round

FRANK has also recently released their full line of cleansers, body lotions, facial lotions and other amazing goodies that I can’t wait to get my hands on. Give it a try and I can guarantee you will fall in love too. Time to get naked and dirty with FRANK.

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Click here for the FRANK goods

5 Ways To Wake Up & Instantly Feel Like A Boss…

If you’re anything like myself and can’t stomach the thought of waking up any earlier than 12 pm (joking, at least 11 am) then it is probably one of hardest things to wake up for work or anything else really.¬†Most people¬†wake up looking like Patrick from Spongebob (a big blob-like character,shame on you for not knowing.)¬†You may feel groggy, disinterested in going to work, and rather be doing ANYTHING else on the planet besides getting ready for work. Have no fear, The Blogery is here! Here are some helpful hints to put a pep in your step… enjoy!


::Step One::

Get out of bed. I know this sounds simple, but as I just mentioned this is actually very hard for some people! Work with us here, we really are trying. Once your feet have touched the floor move on to step two

::Step Two::

While brushing your teeth, (or hopefully brushing your teeth) start thinking positive thoughts. Pending on how much you like your job, mmmm this can be kind of tricky at times. Try to envision a great day! See yourself getting alot accomplished, completing those files that have accumulated on your desk, be the top salesperson, deliver an amazing pitch to your boss and other important higher-ups, throw that newspaper directly on someone’s yard, hand someone their coffee with a smile, etc. I think you get what I’m saying, once you start to do this it will become habit. Much easier said than done, but you got this!

::Step Three::

Incorporate morning meditation, stretching, exercise… something to get your blood going and some energy into those bones! We’ll call it morning movement, as anything is progress right? So put on some soothing music, roll out the yoga mat, or dust off those old running shoes. This is a must according to people who are very successful. They swear by waking up at least an hour earlier than you should and doing the above mentioned. Let’s all try this to be a little bit more “boss-y” ūüėČ

Click here for 10 quick morning exercises

::Step Four::

Make a healthy breakfast! If you’re also like me when it comes to cooking, then you know this just probably ain’t happenin’ and you’ll probably want to pay attention in just a few sentences. For those of you who cook and/or have the time to, make something yummy! Your body will thank you and it will be the fuel you need to wake up! Just downing some coffee won’t cut it and it’s not the healthiest thing to skip out on breakfy. All you non cookers, now you can tune back in. Make a delicious and nutritious breakfast smoothie! They taste great and believe it or not, keep you full. Add some protien powder to really step it up a notch! Get creative and make a different smoothie for every day of the week.

Click here for super yummy, quick, healthy, creative smoothie ideas

::Step Five:

Remember, that while Jesus (or whomever you believe in) loves you dearly and doesn’t care what you look like… the world DOES! Please remember this… and I’m not just saying this because I carry the “vein gene”, but because your physical appearance does mean alot! They say first impressions are everything and it’s true. Like it or not, we live in a society where looks¬†mean just about everything and you will be judged accordingly. So please, take the extra time to get it together and look in the mirror before you head out. I mean really, who is most likely going to be taken into consideration for a very high position/high paying job…

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This is not only for your professional life, but in your personal life. When you look good and put together, trust me… you will feel like a boss. Because hey, not even Queen Beyonce woke up like this…

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::No shade Bey, just sayin’::

So while this may not be as instant as coffee, with practice you too can make yourself feel like a boss and eventually become one! Think it, believe it, and make it come true in the physical realm. If you are happy being someone else’s employee, then be the best damn employee¬†you can be! If you hate it (like me) then get a game plan together and make it happen (as my dad always says.) Dream big and never let anyone tell you NO. No one gets to tell a boss no ūüėČ

Got Waist? …

Well QUICK…get rid of it! Having¬†a waist is sooooo 1990! Only insanely gross people who don’t care about what they look like have those! *gag*

So, unless you have been living under a rock for the last year… you probably know what a “waist trainer” is. You may possibly own one, know someone who does, know someone who is thinking about purchasing one, or has been sent to the hospital from wearing one. Either way, you know what it is.

Waist trainers have actually been around since the early 16’th century, it’s true… everything in fashion always comes back around!¬† Anyway, this is what women tortured themselves with back then to cinch their waists.

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Charming, isn’t it? A few months ago I decided to purchase one of these said waist trainers and see what all the hype was about. After suffering daily for 8-10 hours (the reccommended dosage) I felt like I could not breathe and I was left with insanely deep marks all over my tum. That was just day one…they say to wear it for a minimum of 30 days to see at least “2 inches fall off your waist.” While I love the idea of dropping 2 inches from my waist, I quickly decided (after about a week or so of consistent use) that this shit was not for me. I was also left with bad bruising that took over one month to fade away.

We get so caught up in celeb endorsements, quick fixes and crazy weight loss gimmicks *myself included*…that we don’t even stop to think about how realistic what we’re doing may be. Had I of stopped and really thought *hmm,will wearing this chinese torture device daily¬†really shrink my waist permanently?* I would be $150 richer, yes I just said $150…shoot me, I know. Let’s also keep in mind that the Kim K’s of the world shovel out massive loot and under go multiple surgeries to look the way they look. While they may wear these crazy ass things, that’s not how they achieve or¬†maintain their shape.

At the end of the day most experts and doctors will tell you that it is dangerous for your ribs and with extreme usage, the internal organs of your body. Welp, looks like the only real solution is dedication in the gym and the kitchen. *Duh, Taccara*

::If you still don’t believe me:: click here to read this article posted by friends over at Women’s Health Mag.

Don’t be like me in the picture below…all sad, miserable,hurting and hungry *cue feed the children music*. Ditch the stupid waist trainers and have a pizza! Welllll, I guess not the pizza part if you’re trying to lose weight, but seriously don’t “waist” your money on these things! Say it loud, say it proud…

#WeWantOurWaists

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Your Daily Dose of Morning Joe…

So this morning I will be bestowing upon you more knowledge of the magical powers that are…..TA-DA, coconut oil. *Ooooo, Ahhhhhh* oil-pulling


I am lucky enough to have a brother who has fully immersed himself in all things health and fitness related. He is a certified personal fitness trainer and health consultant. About a year or so ago he passed along¬†this little nugget of gold that has changed my life for the better. That little nugget of gold is none other than Oil Pulling. I have been oil pulling for at least 6+ months and love my results. I used to suffer from TMJ, sore/bloody gums after brushing my teeth and horrible pain around my wisdom tooth area. Since oil pulling all of the super annoying/terrible/horrible/can’t deal aches have gone away! Just likeeeeee, you guessed it…Magic. Another plus, it definitely brought my teeth up a shade or two. I mean, who doesn’t want super pearly whites ?! ¬†ūüėČ

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Doesn’t it sound amazing?!?!¬†Best part is *besides the white teeth and amazingness¬†for your body*¬†is that it’s super simple. Just grab¬†yourself a tablespoon of said *magic*,¬†swish around in your mouth for 20 mins, then neatly¬†dispose of the oil in a trash bag. It is very important you dispose of the¬†icky oil in the trash,¬†sending it down a drain or toilet will clog your pipes and¬†lead to larger, more costly issues than poor oral health.¬†(Or maybe just as costly, seeing as how a trip to the dentist¬†costs¬†an arm and a leg* Nevertheless, just follow those simple instructions and you’ll be¬†a happy camper.

I PROMISE once you get done reading the article below… you will want¬†to kiss my little round cheeks ūüôā

Oil pull with me! I want to hear your feedback and the results you are experiencing…leave comments below! Happy oil pulling!

Thank you to my friends over at FoodMatters.Tv for the read…

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Click here to contact Jalen Holmes, personal trainer extraordinaire

::More healthy/happy to keep you looking and feeling fabulous::