• Lifestyle,  This & That

    The Bourbon Cactus 2019 Blog Update

    Most people view the new year as a new beginning and rightfully so.  January 1 marks the beginning of the calendar year: 365 new chances to make a change or reach a goal. That was my outlook, too.  Until it didn’t happen. Yes, 2019 came.  But it came in with a storm.  See, the last 2 months of 2018 I had been battling demons that I thought were gone, depression and anxiety.  I tried so hard to smile and muscle through November and December. But the fact is, no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t embrace the joyous holidays. My moods were all over the place and I…

  • breakfast, slow cooker, paleo-friendly, oatmeal, healthy, quick breakfast, family-friendly
    Breakfast,  Recipes

    Delicious Gluten-Free Overnight Steel-Cut Oats

    Creamy with a hint of cinnamon, these oats are a hearty, healthy way to fuel your day and a quick way to to get out the door. Just toss everything in your slow cooker the night before and serve up a steamy hot bowl of oats the next morning.  Enjoy a bowl as is from the slow cooker or top your bowl with fresh fruit and nuts.   I don’t know what it is about a big bowl of oats that makes the world right.  It just warms the soul.  It’s great healthy fuel for your body and, really, versatile enough to please anyone’s taste buds.  We are huge fans…

  • grapevine wreath, farmhouse, pottery barn inspired, shabby chic, budget friendly, whimsical
    Create,  DIY-it,  Holiday

    Spooky Chic Halloween Wreath

    Decorating for Halloween is a must for me.  I want my decorations to feel elevated but be inexpensive at the same time.  And – in my opinion – a spooky fun Halloween wreath is a must for any decorating style.  This Halloween wreath is classy enough for a Pottery Barn style home, whimsical enough for a family with kiddos, and friendly for any budget.  Plus, it’s simple to make and can be assembled in less than 30 minutes.     This fun Halloween wreath is made using a basic grapevine wreath form.  You can find these at any craft store or, most of the time, your local Wal-Mart.  Just like…

  • Planning & Organization

    Plan With Me Weekly Spread: Sept 2018

    If you are a part of our Bourbon Cactus Instagram community, you know that I am an avid planner. Like, it’s really my jam.     So I thought I would share a weekly spread plan with me to show my process of decorative planning.  In this video, I am planning for the week of September 3-9th. Now, I am a white space planner – meaning I don’t sticker the entire page.  I find mini kits like the one I use in the video and the ones from Avalon and Ninth are great for giving me a decorative look without sacrificing all the function I get out of planning.  And if you…

  • fitness, exercise, workout, weightlifting
    Health & Fitness

    My Journey Through LIIFT4: Week 5

    Another week down on my new found fitness love, Liift4.  I took a different approach this week to chronicle my journey.  I hope Y’all like it. My nutrition is still up in the air in week 5.  I have still been keeping track of my containers.  I just haven’t been writing them down like I was because I am eating when I get hungry.  Which, technically, I am still following the timed-nutrition plan by eating this way because I seem to be eating every 2 hours.  But I decided that this week, instead of focusing on what time I eat, to focus on eating when I feel my body getting hungry or…