Beautiful Bullhead City

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Bullhead City has been a great place to live the last two years. There are many activities and beautiful scenery. Robert and I will be graduating with our Master's degrees in twenty days, unfortunately Bullhead City lacks a decent job economy.

It has definitely been an experience to live in the desert. With summer temperatures reaching 125+ and so little rain that a slight drizzle brings about excitement. The Colorado River stays cold all summer and locals find respite in its cool currents. The mountains surrounding the town are full of mining history and wonderful hiking.

We have made some life-long friends here. Whether through our work or charitable organizations there are plenty of people who we will miss. However the time has come once again for something different.
Lake Mohave
We have been saving money and preparing for this transition for some time. We are not speaking publicly about where we are headed or what we will be doing until we know for sure. One thing I will say is that we have been in school for the last six years of our lives and we want to make the most of our education!

Thank you Bullhead for being so inviting. From the people to the beautiful scenery rain or shine we will always have a place in our hearts for you! 

Benefits of hemp oil

Monday, March 21, 2016

Hemp Oil Is Amazing! There are so many nutritional and medicinal qualities of this oil! Hemp seems to be a controversial subject at the moment so I felt this page was necessary! On this page I wanted to give you a few facts about hemp oil, and show you which recipes I use it in! -For those of you who love hemp oil as much as I do you already know the amazing healing benefits of it, but for those of you who are skeptic let me share some insights:
  • Hemp is cannabis, but it does not include the THC that you find in marijuana. It is illegal to grow your own hemp (in most states), and process it for the oils. You can legally purchase processed hemp foods; such as hemp oil, or shelled hemp hearts.
  • “Hemp oil is high in essential fatty acids. Omega 6 and Omega 3 are two main families of essential fatty acids that have therapeutic effects. Some use hemp oil to increase immune system strength, counteract aging, skin, and diseases such as cardiovascular disease. The essential fatty acids help correct oxygenation and skin hydration. Several studies indicate that the linoleic acid present in hemp oil can slow down the aging process of skin and fight psoriasis, a skin disease associated with dietary deficiency of fatty acids” (resource).
  • “Moisturizing, regenerating and revitalizing, hemp oil is especially useful for dry, tired or dehydrated skin. Skin regeneration and hydration of dry mature skin are enhanced through the use of hemp oil. It increases the skin elasticity and water retention capacity in tissues” (resource).
In addition to all of these positive health benefits associated with the use of hemp oil, there seems to be a complete lack of negative effects from its consumption. To date, there has been no reported cases of toxicity from the ingestion of hemp seed oil. (resource)
How do I use hemp oil? Good question!
With the oil pulling I mix 5 drops of peppermint oil, in 1/4 cup of Hemp Oil. Each night before bed I swish 1 teaspoon of this mixture in my mouth for 20 minutes. Then I spit it out, and rinse with water. My teeth and gums have never felt better! In the kitchen I replace hemp oil for vegetable oil in any recipe that calls for it! I even use hemp oil to lubricate the pan when baking or cooking on the stove top!

Getting settled in San Diego!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Hello friends and family!

Since we last wrote when we decided to leave Bullhead City Arizona after graduation, we have spent the last month moving to San Diego.

We researched San Diego for a long time. We visited a few times and finally after a job interview in San Bernardino decided we had to make it work in San Diego. 

We feel like we were always meant to end up here. Everything we love is here: 70 miles of beaches, mountains, hiking, shopping (Sprouts, Ikea, tons of thrift stores), and culture.

We packed our apartment into a 10 x 10 storage unit and rented a cottage on for three weeks. The cottage was very cozy and the hosts were super cool!

We both got jobs quickly through a staffing company and we're able to jump right into the workforce. At the moment I am working in an amazing office doing property management assistance with great co workers. We had to get used to the commute and making sure we grocery shop on the weekends so we are able to spend time at home after work.

We got an apartment and moved our belongings from Bullhead to San Diego on New Years Eve. Over the last two months we have been to Bullhead four times which takes six hours to get to.

We have been so busy, today has been the first day that we have had time to sit still. We have had to travel each weekend either to Bullhead or to North LA for a memorial service. In December we lost one of our best friends and it has been really hard to process. Not a day goes by that we say "it doesn't seem real".

We have had our other besties over to visit on Christmas which was awesome. We finally made time to do touristy stuff.

We hope to have friends over to stay often and once we are more settled we plan to visit back home in NC.
It has been a long month but at the end of the day we are both super happy with our life here and feel like it was well worth all of the hassle. 2016 is over, thankfully, and we are looking forward to all that 2017 has to offer!

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