Take Some Time To Adjust Your Sails


It is entirely too easy to loose yourself in the process of growing up. Or maybe you find yourself? Or maybe you’re becoming someone new and better. You maybe you thought you had to be something you aren’t… someone you just can’t be.

You are perfect just the way you are. No one needs to change you, train you, approve of you.

You are the master of your fate: You are the captain of your soul.


I find myself off course often. When things get rough, I don’t want to be in charge. I don’t want to make decisions I can’t take back. I let go of my independence and I get go of the helm and before I know it,

We’re lost. I know where I want to end, but I don’t know which direction that is anymore.

But it’s okay because I’m not alone, right? Someone else is leading. I don’t have to know a heading, I don’t have to have a plan, I don’t have to make my own decisions. I just need to ride along and relax.

You will never get where you want to go living life this way, my friends. You need to get back on course. You can’t do it alone. You should never have to be alone. But you certainly can’t do it pretending to be anyone but You.

You have to take the wheel and adjust your own sails.


Review – Creme of Nature: Argan Oil Intensive Conditioning Treatment

Product Review Time! Creme of Nature: Argan Oil Intensive Conditioning Treatment

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1 Packet contains 1.75 Fl oz

Aqua (Water) (Eau), Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Dicetyldimonium Chloride , Polyquaternium-32, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil) (Huile Minerale), Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Honey (Mel) (Miel), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Panthenol, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Lanolin Oil, Phenyl Trimethicone, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Polyquaternium-10, Amodimethicone, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch , Isostearyl Ethylimidazolinium Ethosulfate, Parfum (Fragrance), Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Phenoxyethanol


After shampooing with Creme of Nature Shampoo, apply a generous amount to hair and comb through for even distribution. Place a plastic cap over the hair and sit under a warm hooded dryer for 10-15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and follow with any Creme of Nature Argan Oil styling product.

What Actually Happened:

Before I shampoo, I usually comb out my thick Type 3c curls while they are wet. I feel like it helps the products soak in. While I shampooed, I let my Argan Oil Packet soak in hot hot water. I divided my hair into 4 sections and applied the entire packet. I combed the cream through, tucked my hair into a shower cap and wrapped a hot towel around it. After 15 minutes, I rinsed and scrunch-dried with a towel. 



I have tried many hot oil treatments on my hair This one is my favorite. This conditioner left my hair soft, smooth, and smelling delicious! The consistency was just thick enough to moisturize all sections of my hair, without being too runny. I was expecting to run out and need a second packet, but I only needed one. I give this product 4 out of 5 combs because I noticed a difference after just once use. I will be purchasing this product again!


Follow up: I chose to try this product because I wanted to look stunning for my job interview. I got the job! Must have been the curl lovin’!

How I Barely Survived Move In Weekend

My advice to you is to NEVER.

Let me say that again.


Move onto campus on an event weekend. Especially not the two biggest events during the Fall season. I have never seen so many police cars in my entire life. Saturday was Boomsday (For my city, we fill the downtown area along the riverfront with awesome food and vendors and music, kind of like a fair without rides. Then we shoot insane fireworks off the bridge synced to music. It’s 2 blocks from campus…) THEN Sunday was our first College Football game for University of Tennessee. GO VOLS! Now think over 100,000 people trying to park all over my campus and then all driving home all at once.

I’m pretty sure at least 100 people MUST have died from alcohol poisoning. The beer shelves at the grocery stores were barren. The only thing there was more of than drunks were police, which is good and bad.

The area I live in is called The Fort. That is the 100’s of student apartments that parallel the actual college classroom buildings. I thought it was named after the historical significance as it was once Fort Sanders back in the Civil War, but now I see it is called the Fort because it is IMPENETRABLE on a game night. Cops block EVERY SINGLE street entrance into the Fort area. It was to protect the 100,000 drunken fans wandering out that way to , BUT I just wanted to go home. I seriously drive around for 3.5 hours circling around and around trying to break in. I finally made it home at around 12:30.

It’s wild. BUT  I feel COMPLETELY and 100% SAFE in my well lit apartment building. I love it and none of the neighbors have pissed me off yet. I’m just looking forward to a quiet week of school to get settled in. Plus my firefighter daddy introduced me to the crew at the fire station just on the corner of my street. I have my own personal safe house now. Plus they’ll pull me out of the Fire/Riot first. YAY!

Shots from the process anyone?

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Bike Knoxville Now!

Buckle those helmet straps, kids.

It’s time for an exciting announcement for Knoxville!


As of today, 8 beautiful bright green bikes are available to rent for your use around Knoxville. Just a month ago, the deal was designed but thanks to the partners Legacy Parks, Visit Knoxville, Regions, and Billy Lush Board Shop, now Knoxvillians and tourists can cruise the streets of Downtown Knoxville with ease. 

According to Metro Pulse, the bikes will be available for two-hour rentals, $19 for adults, $15 for teachers and military personnel, and $12 for those under $17. Friends of Legacy Parks will be able to rent them for half off.  Renters will get a lock and a map, and the first 100 renters get a Regions Bank backpack. 


Four of the new lime green cruisers will be parked at the Outdoor Adventure Center on Hill Avenue. The other Four will be at the Visitors Center on Gay Street. Rentals will be managed both online by Billy Lush, or at the cash registers at the Adventure Center and the Visitors Center.


All proceeds go towards Legacy Parks, a Knoxville group devoted to protecting our nature and wildlife, connect our Greenways, amp up fun recreational activities for Knoxville’s Outdoor lovers, and basically, raise the bar for Public parks and Green Spaces. (Can you tell I’m a fan?) That picture is one of the entrances to Legacy Park’s Outdoor Knoxville Center. You can’t tell me that’s not an awesome arch.

The bikes themselves are plain. These cruisers have a traditional diamond frame, with an adjustable seat. They are single-geared and have the pedal breaking system. There’s not racks but there are guards and fenders. They aren’t the toughest bikes on the streets, but I don’t think that will stop Knoxville’s Avid Cyclists from getting an extra ride into their schedule.

Directors of the program are hoping to expand locations sometime soon. According to Metro Pulse, they said they will wait and see how the Bikes are received throughout the fall. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for even more rugged bikes for those hardcore cyclists. Who knows, maybe in the future, Knoxville will step into a true bike share program! Such programs cost a pretty penny, I hear. 

Our 8 little cruisers were completely free, a gift from our friends at Regions! (That’s my bank. I feel so proud!)

Thank you Regions, Legacy Parks, and everyone else involved in making Knoxville a more bike friendly place!


The Green Bike Lane added on UT Campus

All Photos from Outdoor Knoxville Facebook Page 

Special thanks to Metro Pulse Staff Blog and Legacy Parks and Outdoor Knoxville

Horizon Media International is Nothing but a FAKE!

Would you hire my fake company?

I had to create a fake position for myself at a fake company for my Business and Technical Writing course. We’ll be using it for different writing projects throughout the semester. We could “work” on any level in our business, but we did need to get creative and feed off our passions. What do you think of mine?  Frankly, I just wanted to brag because I Completely sold myself in the description, plus I guarantee I’m the only one in my class to think outside the U.S. of A.

What can I say, I like to push the envelope.


Horizon Media International

1001 Gay Street, Knoxville TN 37902

Cuesta de San Vicente 16 | Madrid 28008 MadridSpain (Centro)


Est. 1994

Business type: Branding, Advertising Agency, Graphic Design Services, Web Design

At Horizon Media International, we want to help your brand expand to it’s broadest horizons. Our team is specialized in the language, lifestyle, and consumer trends of your target North American and European audiences. Our team has combined over 70 years of experience working with internationally acclaimed brands like Disney, Samsung, Microsoft, and Nikon. Whether you need brand remodeling, advertising and commercial services, or web and graphic designs tailored to your company, look to the best. Look to Horizon Media International.

Keywords: Advertising, Branding Services, Commercial Design, Web Design, International Communication

Contact: Phoebe Spooner, Creative Director Spain

Contact email: pspooner@hmispain.com

ALS: 12 Basics Before Ice Bucket Challenge

The purpose of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is to spread Awareness and collect Donations about the Disease.

I’m proud to finally have gotten involved in the Challenge, however I realized while thousands of internet users are soaking themselves in ice water, how many of them even know what ALS is?


  1. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is also known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,”
  2. It is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.
  3. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body.
  4. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost.
  5. Patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.
  6. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death.
  7. Every day, an average of 15 people are newly diagnosed with ALS — more than 5,600 people per year.
  8. As many as 30,000 Americans may currently be affected by ALS.
  9. Annually, ALS is responsible for two deaths per 100,000 people.
  10. The Life expectancy of an ALS patient averages about 2 to 5 years after diagnosis.
  11. ALS can strike anyone
  12. Thanks to progression and understanding of ALS, up to 10% of Individuals with the disease survive 10+ years. 5% will live 20 years.

I challenged Christina from Life Being Girly, Hilary from Cutie Cameras and Rosie from A Red Lip And A Nude Shoe. My video doesn’t wanna upload but you can watch it  here!!

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I challenge Everyone to include at least one fact about ALS when it’s your turn to take the Ice Bucket Challenge!

If you have taken the challenge, we wanna see your videos! Leave the link in a comment!

PS. Shout out to anyone getting creative ESPECIALLY if you can find alternative water source! I didn’t have time to think of a crafty less-wasteful means of taking the challenge. BUT massive props if you do!



Undercover Colors: Date Rape Drug Detecting Nail Polish

Dear Date-Rapists,

You can thank four North Carolina State University students for foiling your plot to take advantage of me or my friends. Four amazing brilliant boys have invented a nail polish called Undercover Colors that will change shades when it is touched by a date rape drug.


Ever since I was a preteen shopping in the mall with my friends, we were taught to watch our drinks. Always. Don’t leave it unattended while you shop, or try to hide it somewhere you think is safe, or at an event with people you don’t know. Pitch it, or gulp it down because people will tamper with your drink. No one was safe.


Now, everyone will be safe – Everyone wearing Undercover Colors that is! The guys,  Ankesh Madan, Stephen Gray, Tyler Confrey-Maloney and Tasso Von Windheim wanted to protect loved ones and women who may not have anyone present to watch out for them, according to Undercover Colors’ Facebook page. It reads,

“In the U.S., 18% of women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. That’s almost one out of every five women in our country. We may not know who they are, but these women are not faceless. They are our daughters, they are our girlfriends, and they are our friends.”


The chemicals in the nail polish are able to detect Rohypnol, Xanax and GHB. Women will have their safety at their fingertips – literally. The company hopes to make would-be rapists fear the potential repercussions of being caught trying to drug a woman.

Its profile states,

“Through this nail polish and similar technologies, we hope to make potential perpetrators afraid to spike a woman’s drink because there’s now a risk that they can get caught. In effect, we want to shift the fear from the victims to the perpetrators.”


Boys (and Media Director Laurel), I just want you to know you have my FULL support and I can’t wait to watch the impact you will have! You are about to change lives, statistics, and history! Congratulations on your success this far – I know it will only grow from here! Donate Here to get Undercover Colors on Shelves Near You!



The Nightmare That was My First Day of School

Today I am recapping my nightmare that was my first day of school yesterday..

  • The night before, I fell asleep with my TV and lights on, bag of chips in my arm, phone unplugged. Makes not for a restful night, however I did have a completely depleted battery! 10% battery left when my Alarm went off (Luck, straight luck)
  • I gave myself 40 minutes to make a 40 minute trip, forgetting about traffic of course. Barely made it. 
  • I forgot my student ID… but who needs to rent books anyway.
  • I actually, this is funny… I got FIRED via text message, on my first day of class, 5 days before I move out, for being too “inexperienced”, isn’t that so professional of them?
  • Instead of freaking the F*CK out that I have no job, I get really really talkative and sassy. Let’s just say I charmed the pants off everyone in the classes after that. We laughed the entire rest of the day.
  • I go to the library to charge my phone for my lunch hour, and THE POWER GOES OUT. The Entire Campus… people were going crazy, there were people locked in elevators, it was wild.
  • So then all the teachers cancel class and all 85 billion students try to leave the parking lot at once. What was a 40 minute trip was about 5 hours. 

I was doing really well. I wasn’t completely panicked. More angry and overwhelmed. I didn’t really loose it until my transmission began slipping the entire ride home. The AutoZone folks gave me a $60 temporary fix to prolong it’s life… which I just had spent on books…

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BUT MY PANTS DIDN’T RIP! I didn’t trip and fall on my face or go into the wrong classroom… It could have been so much worse. 

9 Months Old, and I’m not the Only One

This is a special week for Taken By The Lapels,
This week, my Baby Blog turns 9 Months Old.

I wanted to celebrate my wonderful 9 Months by sharing something else wonderful that takes about 9 Months.

I am feeling very blessed, but I’m so much more blessed to know that our blog family is growing!
We are currently counting down the arrival of my dear friend’s bundle of joy,
Naomi Claire.


She already means the world to me because her Mommy, Heather (I bragged about her here) is one of my dearest readers, oldest friends, and biggest supporter. Heather was my Art Teacher way back before I could tie my own shoes, and every day since, she has been encouraging me to follow my heart. I’m so proud to know Heather and her hubby George, and I’m dying to meet the newest addition.

Heather didn’t know that My name was originally going to be Naomi. I still have my parents’ brainstorming slip of paper that said, Naomi Rose, Phoebe Rose, Tracy Rose… and the list goes on. I have always loved the name Naomi, and since I can’t have that name, I am thrilled that she will have it. It was also her Great Grandmother’s name. There is so much love and tradition already!

The name Naomi means “My Little Pleasant One”. I already know she will be a pleasant happy girl. Look at that big smile already.


My sweet Naomi, I can’t wait to meet you. I can’t wait to be apart of this big big world you are about to join. I promise to be there for your Mommy and Daddy whenever they need. I promise to use my words to make your world a prettier, stronger, happier place. I promise to love and support you in everything you want to do,  just like your mommy has for me. 

Sweet baby girl, I’ll see you this October. 


The Gift of Water

My wonderful friend Luke has a birthday coming up!


All he wants for his Birthday is a donation towards the Charity Water campaign! 100% of the proceeds raised in Luke’s Birthday Fundraiser will go directly towards operations which will bring safe water to the communities in Sahel. The Sahel is one of the harshest locations Charity Water has taken on, but this September, they want to bring water to the 100,000 people living there.

For the communities in The Sahel, the first step out of poverty begins with clean water. We can help!

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Luke and Charity:Water even has a supporter excited to match your donation. Dollar for dollar, Virginia Clay is ready to double your generosity!

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/103275318″>September Campaign 2014 Trailer: The Sahel</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/charitywater”>charity: water</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>


Once I get settled in to my new apartment, I hope to make a contribution myself. However, sharing the project can have just as much impact as emptying your pockets. If you find the spare dollars and cents, you won’t find a more excited group of individuals who want to use it to make a difference.

Happy Birthday Luke! Thank you for letting me celebrate with you, your life, and the lives of the wonderful people in The Sahel!