New York Adventures Part 2

Here’s the final part of my New York City adventure I went on last week! I would’ve posted it sooner, but time kind of prevented that from happening-but better late than never! Honestly, when we left NYC, I really wish I could’ve stayed longer or had the chance to go back more often. I remember when I visited in the 5th grade, I fell in love with the city, and honestly, my love for it never faded away.

On the last day, we visited Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Visiting Ellis Island at an older age gives you a deeper appreciation for the history behind it all. We visited as many rooms as time allotted like the Registry Room and the Hearing Room, and went to see the wall with all the names of the immigrants that had passed through. The coolest in my opinion was the wall of names. I easily found my last name, Kaminski, and learned just how many spellings of the name there were. I was so excited that Kaminski was on there, and immediately sent photos to my parents.

To add on to my fascination of finding my last name on the wall, I also learned that my great grandfather is on this wall:

Stanislawa Kaminski (marked with yellow dots on the photo)

*Registry Room*

*The Hearing Room*

Next stop was the Statue of Liberty! Let’s be real, finding yourself walking towards our Lady Liberty is pretty awesome. My group had the chance to walk up through the Statue and experience looking out into the city from the statue. Besides the wind making everything so much more colder, it was amazing to see what it looked like on the inside.

This day entirely was beautiful (besides the cold), and I could’ve just stared at the Statue of Liberty all day long! Seeing historical statues and landmarks is incredibly interesting, and breathtaking to see how they’ve held up over the years.

All in all, though I came home completely exhausted from my trip, I appreciated it so much. I have a huge appreciation for travel and opportunities that others may not have. I surely hope that I visit NYC more often. I hope you all have enjoyed my photos, and I can’t wait to write about more adventures!

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Back at it With Made by Hemp

Well, my New York journey has come to an end! I hope you all kept up with my “New York Adventure Part One” post, but until part 2, here’s an excerpt from my collaboration with Made by Hemp!

“Should I Give My Pet CBD? (Pets and CBD FAQ)”

As we’ve discussed previously, humans have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) that regulates homeostatic functions of the body. Cannabidiol (CBD) is an effective wellness supplement because it interacts with the ECS to support these functions.

Research has found that the ECS is not exclusive to humans. Most vertebrates have an endocannabinoid system, including pets such as cats and dogs. This similarity has led to the conclusion that animals can benefit from taking CBD as well.

If you are interested in giving your pet CBD, there are a few guidelines to follow in order to provide the best for your companion. Here we answer the top questions you are likely to have regarding pets and CBD.

Is it legal/safe to give my pet CBD?

CBD for pets should be derived from hemp and not marijuana. Confusion often arises because CBD can be derived from both plants. While the CBD compound is the same in both hemp and marijuana, the additional compounds that are present in the extraction vary.

While both are cannabis plants, hemp and marijuana differ in their cultivation, application, and chemical makeup. The most significant difference between these two plants is the levels of THC, which is a psychoactive compound that creates a high. Marijuana is bred to have high levels of THC; hemp is bred to have low levels of THC. Products derived from hemp must legally contain less than 0.3% THC, which is a negligible amount that will not get your pet high.

To learn more and read the article in full, click on the link below:

Should I Give My Pet CBD Oil?

Also, to explore more, check out Made by Hemp’s website:

www.MadeByHemp.com

New York Adventures Part One

I won’t lie when I say how lucky I am that I get to travel with my job; I do still work, but I experience new adventures the same time. This week I’m in New York, and it’s been an action packed week. We went from Central Park to Trump Tower, Rockefeller Center, and the infamous Times Square just in one day. No matter how little or short a stay is, a new environment can feel like a luxurious vacation. So, I wanted to take some time to share with you all my experience and some photos!

The long and exhausting walk throughout the city was quite refreshing. What I loved about my walk was putting my phone away to enjoy the scenery. The last time I was in New York, I was in the fifth grade and came to New York for a dance competition. I feel that though I remember we toured the city a lot, I didn’t really take time to appreciate it and enjoy it. Now that I’m older, I wanted to take full advantage of my opportunity.

Along the way, I had some favorite spots. So, anyone who knows me well knows that my favorite late-night talk show host is Jimmy Fallon. It took everything to not get overboard with my excitement:

My new goal in life is to see one of his shows!

You can’t ever go wrong with time in Times Square! I never get tired of the bright lights and constant stream of people and excitement. I loved shopping in Grand Slam. They were huge and had some great souvenirs! In addition to the great shopping, we also made a stop at “Top of the Rock,” which would mean that I went to the top of The Rock’s observation deck which has become one of NYC’s biggest attraction–a whole 70 floors up! This is a great place to see a beautiful view of New York, especially at night. Though it was beyond freezing, I still enjoyed looking at the scenery.

We also explored the other beautiful and historical marks of New York City. By the time we actually arrived to the hotel, I was not surprised by how exhausted I was. I literally slept almost 10 hours today. I really took today to chill by resting and checking out the hot tub. Tomorrow we’ll be doing some last stops to see then we’ll be back to Pittsburgh tomorrow night. There are so many pro and cons to traveling, like I love new adventures and a change of scenery, but I also love being on my regular sleep schedule. With that all being said, enjoy some of my photos from the first half of my New York trip! I’ll update you all about the second half soon. Also, this week I’ll post another great article from my friends at Made by Hemp! Check them out at MadeByHemp.com to learn more!

Until next time…

Introducing my FIRST Collaboration…

I’m so excited to announce that I am collaborating with “Made by Hemp.” This is a small Michigan company that focuses on healthy living by using…you guessed it, Hemp oil supplements.

By collaborating, it becomes a stronger way to promote healthy living. Below I have posted what the company is about, enjoy! I can’t wait to see what’s in store.

Our Story

“Made By Hemp is a small, Michigan-based team and your trusted source of all things hemp. Founded by Jeff Gallagher in 2013, Made by Hemp is dedicated to providing you with quality products and the education you need to make informed choices.”

“Jeff started Made by Hemp after a life-changing experience with hemp oil. Since then, he’s made it his mission to help others improve their well-being through CBD hemp oil supplements. The Made by Hemp team shares Jeff’s passion for hemp and helping others with their wellness goals.”

For more information, Made by Hemp’s link is below–follow along at:

Made By Hemp (www.MadeByHemp.com)

I’ll be posting once a week some of my favorite articles from Made by Hemp. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Also, don’t forget to check out my latest post where I discuss my latest fitness obsession: “Kira Stokes App Review”

Kira Stokes App Review

It’s not news that I love fitness!

-I’ve danced my whole life.

-I teach dance now.

-I’m a fitness instructor.

-And I run my own fitness Instagram (@powergirl_fitness…check it out!)

Fitness has always been my outlet to test my body’s potential. I personally love doing workouts that’ll test my mental and physical strength, and I have found a new app that does just that! Hot shot celebrity trainer, Kira Stokes, has released a workout app and it’s about time!

I’ve followed Kira on Instagram for some time now, and on occasion I’ve tried some of the workouts she’s posted. Just by trying one video, you’ll know Stokes isn’t here to play, she means business. I have done workouts from her app for about two weeks now, and I can feel the difference mentally and physically.

Before, I would just do weightlifting and honestly some days I would be bored. This app includes a huge variety of workouts; you can focus on lower body, abs, cardio, and full body. Whether you choose a 6 minute workout or a full hour, you’ll be exhausted by the end! My favorite workouts are the full body hour workouts. I felt like before I was wasting time within my workouts, and I just wanted an efficient workout to target key areas. Kira Stokes focuses on all areas, and she has you moving forwards, side to side, and backwards–which I feel we overlook a lot.

There hasn’t been a workout where I wasn’t sore, which is what I want! Also, these workouts require minimal equipment, and if you don’t have equipment–THAT’S OKAY! Some workouts were new for me, and I still felt the burn without weights! There is no excuse when it comes to these workouts, they are CONVENIENT and accessible.

The app, which you can find by searching “Kira Stokes”, is subscription based. You have a 7-day free trial, and you can choose a $14.99 a month plan, or pay $144.99 for the year. I promise, this app is worth every dime!

The Book Count

Hello everyone!

Hope you all enjoyed your Valentine’s Day! Whether it was with a significant other or your best pals, I hope you felt all the love! Here’s your update of the books I’ve currently read. I try to post a “Book Count” post for every three books I finish. I’ve been so excited by my recent reading material, and I hope you will be too!

Becoming by Michelle Obama

I mean…need I say more? Politics aside, I have always admired Michelle for her elegance and kindness. This book takes readers on a journey through the peaks and valleys of the former First Lady’s life. It is amazing to know the first-hand details of how the Obamas came to be, and struggles the family faced in the public eye. Though I don’t follow politics like others may, I loved the honesty Michelle gave within her opinion about politics—she actually didn’t like politics. So, you may ask, why did she get involved then? She simply supported her husband’s dreams as he did for her. She even discusses why she’ll never forgive Trump.

I highly recommend this book in so many ways! Michelle Obama teaches readers how to be a better person no matter what happens in life.

This is How it Always is by Laurie Frankel

You know, I’ve read books where the storyline was relatable–but this book takes relatable to a new level. As a Reese Witherspoon book club pick, we are taken on a transforming journey with Claude—or Poppy…we see how Claude becomes Poppy. Yes, this book discusses a hot topic that most people in our society go through–identifying gender and/or becoming transgender. This book is quite special because readers see how the family themselves come to terms with a huge change in the household. I personally have not had experience with someone in my family struggling with gender identity, but I became emotionally involved with this book. Witnessing how other characters responded to a young boy identifying as a girl had me furious. This book awakens readers to the unknown, and what we assume about others going through a hard time. You won’t regret this book at all!

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

If you’re up to date with the recent hits on Netflix, this title may be very familiar to you. Don’t be fooled though, this book was the inspiration for the series, so it is very different. This story is set in 1959 with four visitors that take on the powers of Hill House: Dr. Montague, Theodora, Elenor, and Luke. These four visitors come from extremely different backgrounds that make them vulnerable to the powers of Hill House.

If choosing to read this book, you must approach this with an open mind. It can be hard to read something after being familiar with a different storyline. This book was decent, but I suggest maybe trying to read the book first if you haven’t watched the series yet.

Next up on my reading list:

I hope I’ve helped you all in choosing your next book! Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

All Aboard the Hair Struggle: What You Need to Know…

I want to share with you all a struggle I’ve had with my hair this past year. In June I had Mono…

I know, seriously the worst!

What happened was, it started as a sinus infection and progressed into Mono. I’m thankfully fine now! Though I felt like my eyes were going to pop out, I recovered quicker than others.

After having Mono, I had noticed (a few months later), that my hair was shedding more than normal. I tried switching shampoos and nothing was working. Finally, I had consulted my doctor, and at first they suggested that I take Zinc supplements and Biotin. In addition, they gave me a blood test to check my levels.

The test had shown that my iron levels were so low that if I hadn’t gotten the blood test, I would’ve been anemic within six months. Not to mention, with low iron levels, my Zinc levels were slightly low too. An effect of low iron is…you guessed it!–it’s hair loss.

According to research, it’s actually normal for young women to experience low iron, which is caused by having our periods. In addition, a lack of iron in our foods, and a lack of red meat/protein also contributes to hair loss. Though it’s common sense about how nutrition is important, but you never realize the effects until it happens to you. Also, with having Mono, my whole system seemed to have been thrown out of whack.

So, what were steps I had taken to improve my hair health?

I now take iron supplements along with Zinc and Biotin. Especially with the iron, I had noticed my hair make a steady improvement with the shedding. Also, I have been taking the latest craze–Sugar Bear Hair. Listen, I really wish I could just eat the Sugar Bear Hair gummies all the time! These gummies are so delicious, and they’re helping my hair health at the same time.

Aside from supplements, I finally found a shampoo that works! My dermatologist recommended Zinc DHS, and honestly, I love it. Prior to this recommendation, my regular doctor suggested I use T-Gel. Though T-Gel helps with dry skin (which I’ve had my whole life), I hated it! The shampoo smelled weird, my hair was oily all the time, and felt dry. With the Zinc DHS, not only does it smell better, but I feel my hair growing and my scalp isn’t itchy. With the simple switch of shampoo, my hair isn’t as oily anymore! Like everyone else, it just becomes more oily when it comes time for a wash.

Based off my experience, I highly advise that if you notice your hair changing in a drastic way, see a dermatologist! Your regular doctor should be able to give you a recommendation. Also, a cool trick I learned to make sure I’m at least getting some iron in my food is eating cereal. You’d be surprised as to how much iron is in cereal.

I wanted to share with you all my journey with trying to figure out what was going on with my hair. It was so frustrating to constantly research different solutions, but not have the answer I needed. There were so many days I cried because I was frustrated and upset. I’m so glad now my hair is improving! I may shed from time to time still, but compared to how it was in the beginning—I’m so happy with the results! I truly hope that this post can help someone who may be struggling with thinning hair—whatever the cause may be.

Below, you’ll find a progression of my hair. There’s a huge difference over time!