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I’m Tina,

The Bourbon Cactus.  I’m currently a stay-at-home-mom and wife after being in the health/wellness and beauty field for almost 9 years as a licensed massage therapist.  My path to becoming an LMT and subsequent years in practice lead me down a path of holistic living that evolves year after year.

I’m a huge fan of music and can relate most conversations to a song.  (I feel like it’s a gift but the hubs considers it a curse. LOL!)

Oh, and I may or may not be able to make it through a conversation without a movie reference.  (We run the gambit in our house from Disney to horror films.  Every genre is fair game. HAHA!)

I am proud to say that I was born and raised in the beautiful Bluegrass state of Kentucky.  And to be more specific, the southeastern part of the state; you know…Appalachia.  It’s made me who I am today; family-oriented and true to my self.

Mr. O and I have been blessed with two amazing little girls.  Little Bear and Doodlebug are very special to us.  Both girls were surprise pregnancies and both were challenging babies due to birth defects.  You can read more about it on the blog, but cleft palate and Piere Robin Sequence has affected both girls.  We are managing though, and loving life along the way.

Our little family has lived in many places: Kentucky, Arizona, and Mississippi.  Each move has grown us individually and pulled us closer together.

I’m a believer in personal growth and I love to learn new things.  I seriously would be a student for my whole life it wasn’t for the homework.  (Yuck!)  That being said, I am constantly looking for new opportunities to learn anything and everything I can.  Because let’s face it, this whole life thing is a journey, and it’s not perfection.

My favorite life subjects are food, fitness, planning, and whole-health living.  Yes, I just said food and health in the same sentence.  And no, I do not condone leaving out the butter.  I very much like to eat clean and live well, all while holding on to a little bit of my raising.  (It’s all about balance, Y’all!)

I believe that being healthy is not just about being thin.  True health comes in the form of cleaner nutrition, moving your body, mental & emotional peace, and using cleaner and safer products for your home and family.   It’s a tall order at times, I know, but we are making it work as a family by planning for success.

Around here, The Bourbon Cactus is my way of keeping grounded, keeping track of our family’s new adventures, and sharing what we learn along the way.  So, please, take the time to look around a little.

I’ll share recipes – some tried & true back home favorites, some new – but always gluten-friendly and always fueled with good nutrition.  You’ll find ways to shift to a cleaner lifestyle using more natural products.  Together we’ll explore how to find movement that works for you and your fitness goals and how to plan it all out for mental clarity and emotional peace so that you can be successful.  And I love sharing just general happenings of my life as mommy and wife.

Above all…I want this little bit of the web to be a safe and comfortable space for you to come and learn and grow alongside me.

Welcome, Y’all!

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