Apartment Tour 2019

Hey guys! It’s Paige back with another blog post to kick off 2019. This one is uniquely special because it is my first apartment tour! I recently took the plunge and moved out my parents’ house back in late December. Since I’ve pretty much gotten all of my furniture, I thought it would be a good idea to let you guys get a peek.

I got a majority of my furniture from Rooms to Go and a few things from Design Within Reach. Below I have labeled everything to indicate where things are from. I still need to get a TV stand and put some art up, but besides those things, I’m completely furnished.

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Home Goods Welcome Mat
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Rooms to Go – Coffee table and Rug; Home Goods – Accessories on top of the table
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Rooms to Go – Bedroom Set

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Patio Furniture – A gift from my mom
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Rooms to Go -Living room set

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Design Within Reach – Dining room set

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Moving to Addison was such a huge step for me and at times I second guess my decision, but overall I’m glad I did it. I can tell I’m going to learn a ton being on my own; in fact, I already am. I dreamed of the day I would be able to move into the complex I’m in for almost two years and God blessed me to where it is no longer a dream. I can’t describe how grateful I am to be in this position even if things aren’t necessarily perfect. I’m still thankful and know that God will see me through and keep me.

I hope you enjoyed my little apartment tour and stay tuned for the TV stand and art!

P.S. This post is not sponsored and everything was purchased with my own money

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New Year’s Resolutions

I know how cliche it may be to say you have a New Year’s resolution, but I have actual, realistic goals that I want to accomplish. I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting throughout the year and especially now with the new year. I’m going to give you guys some insight on what I think I should do for 2019 even if they may be goals I can accomplish in a short time.

Be Frugal

I really need to work on budgeting and making sure I do not have mini shopping sprees every day. Okay, maybe not every day, but it is enough for me to question where all my money is going.

The first step will be to stop eating out all the time and cook again. I have way more space now that I’m on my own in my new place (blog post to come). I’m also going to try to set an actual budget for myself, but stick to it instead of having it there yet ignoring it.

I feel like if I have the right financial plan, I’ll be able to pay some things off and handle comfortably making me less overwhelmed. Being an independent adult is such a different experience than I could have ever imagined.

Stay Active

One word, barre, barre, and more barre! I love going to barre and hiking! I plan to continue to do those activities even more or the same amount in 2019. I need to stay healthy and keep my anxiety low.

I also want to get back into running. I’ve fallen off, but it makes me feel so good, and it’s fun. I’m going to find a beautiful park to run close to my new apartment complex and make it a point to run every morning or evening. The goal really is to run about 3 times a week while integrating barre and hiking.

Build Relationships

I am really going to try to work on my relationships with others. I have kind of fallen off because I get so concerned about me and my health that I forget the people I love need attention and my presence at times too.

When I’m out with people, I’m going to make it a point to keep my phone away and maybe snap a pic or two then be present for the rest of the night. Now of course if something super exciting happens that I don’t want to miss, I’ll pull out my phone, but ultimately it’s staying off of social media and staying social with those around me.

Bipolar Disorder Won’t Win

Being officially diagnosed with Bipolar disorder was hard to come to terms with, but I’m happy I have an explanation. Now it is time to take it by the horns and handle business. I am going to figure out how to manage it, so it isn’t interfering as much with my relationships or my peace of mind.

I’m not going to let life stop and feel that I’m damaged goods because I have a mental health disorder. I’ve allowed it to make me shameful, but I have also seen the beauty in it too. So many people focus on the negatives of Bipolar Disorder which can really have an impact on people like me who manage it every day even when sometimes it feels like you’re not managing at all.

I want to break the stigma for myself and see how I am Paige, not Bipolar. I know there are things I need to personally work on to lessen my triggers, but I’m willing to take the steps and conquer this once and for all (really for the rest of my life). I am more than a conqueror and can manage this through the strength of Christ.

Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019!

I am hopeful and excited for what the new year has in store for me and everyone. It is incredible to see the change and how far we have all come since this time last year. The people who have come and gone out of my life; the experiences I’ve had and made the best and worst memories from; it is all just an enriching and captivating state of mind. Here’s to 2019!

Amazon Christmas Gift Guide 2018

Christmas is in the air and all of our wallets. That means it’s time to give to others by one of the many ways we know how: Shopping. If you want to know what to put around your Christmas tree, I have just the ideas for you. These Christmas gifts from Amazon can work for a variety of people on your list.

Echo Dot (3rd Generation)

The Echo Dot is the best gift for that tech-savvy person in your life. This device is excellent for hands-free control by using the famous Alexa to help you out. She has over 50,000 skills and is the perfect virtual assistant. Echo Dot can be controlled by your voice or phone with a tap of a button making it easier to do a mundane task like getting up to turn off a light or trying to find the perfect music to play. It’ll be a great addition to any household.

Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote

The Amazon Fire TV Stick allows you to stream over 500,000 movies and TV episodes from Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube and much more. You can watch live news and sports as well as jam out to your music libraries on Spotify and Pandora to name a few. Alexa also comes with this device making it easy to control your movies or TV show with your voice! I personally want one of these myself.

UGG Women’s Scuffette II Slipper

You may already know about UGG for their boots, but they also make adorable, sturdy slippers. This is the perfect mom gift especially if she hangs around the house. Keep her feet warm this winter by getting her some UGG slippers. She’ll appreciate you for it, or you can get them for yourself. I would! I like how the inside is fury, so you’re feet are sure to stay warm and toasty. Because of the material, you will be able to walk outside, and if it is wet from snow on the ground, it won’t matter. These slippers are waterproof and durable

Calily Eternity Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser Aromatherapy

Do you know someone who is always high-strung and needs to relax? Well, you’ve just found the perfect gift for them. Aromatherapy is excellent for helping people de-stress, and it smells great too! With this device, they’ll have the option of putting any type of essential oil they want making it a customization gift. You can get generous provide them with a few to try. The colored lights also can set them in a good mood to go along with the scent of oils.

Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker

If you have a foodie type of person in your life, this is the perfect gift. They’ll be able to make breakfast sandwiches in a matter of minutes! It’s also a compact size making it fit anywhere in their kitchen with ease. If they’ve only got a couple of minutes to spare before heading out the door, then this gift will come in handy. After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

If these gives don’t really float your boat, Amazon has tons of more options. The possibilities are endless when you use the site to find your Christmas gifts this year. I hope you enjoyed my mini-guide and check some of these products out!

My Experience As A Favor Runner

If you’re in the DFW area you’ve probably seen a lot of people running around with blue tuxedo T-Shirts and may be wondering what it’s all about. Those people my friends are Favor Runners. Literally. Favor is an app where you can have someone deliver pretty much anything you need to your house or office. It’s kinda like an UberEats or InstaCart to name a few similar apps, but not limited to food.

I thought it would be fun to share what it’s like to do one of these “get cash quick” type of apps. Here’s my Experience:

When I first signed up, I had to go through an hour orientation. While there they told me about what to expect, the do’s and don’ts, what I would be doing, and what I need to do to be successful as a runner. I also bought by Favor gear so I would be ready to hit the road.

Another thing that I didn’t know, and probably others don’t know, is that they do background checks and see if you’ve had any driving tickets within the last 36 months or so. I think this is really important so you can be comfortable knowing that not just any strange person is able to drive for the company and come to your house to deliver food or whatever else you may need.

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The cool thing is, is that you can start doing runs that same day as long as you have passed the background check. You also have to download the app while you’re in the office and verify your banking information before you can do your first run. For me, I decided to start the next day, but I did download the app and have everything verified the day before.

For my first run, I had a food order as expected. I did my favors in the Addison/Richardson and North Central Dallas areas that day and let me tell you I had a good time! It was actually fun for me calling in the orders and delivering them while texting the customers with updates and questions.

The way Favor does the customer service experience makes you feel like each order is personal rather than a number. You get their name and phone number just as if you’re a personal assistant. Which is the mind set they want you to have.

I enjoy the fact that I have the full ability to customize the messages I send, where I complete my favors, and my schedule. It makes things hassle free and flexible just the way I like.

Another cool thing is that you get a minimum of $2 per tip plus 35% ($2.10) of the delivery fee. This guarantees you $4.10 a run. So even if for some reason your customer doesn’t have the best experience (which hopefully they will) you will still get a tip. The other great thing is if you commit to a scheduled time you’ll get $9 per hour guaranteed. So even if you don’t get any favors you’ll still be paid.

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Favor is honestly the fastest and easiest way to earn money that I have personally ever experienced. You get paid every day according to what days you have chosen to run. It’s also very easy to talk to their support team and they’ll even check on you themselves too to make sure everything is going well. I think this is a nice personal touch and reminds me that they care.

So far my customers have been really nice, understanding, and have tipped very well. That helps me out considering I need the extra cash for personal reasons. There are times where I’ve had a difficult experience with stores, but it’s nothing that couldn’t be solved.

The Favor Runner app tracks statistics too. You can keep up with how many favors you’ve done for the day, week, and month. You’ll also see how customers have rated you with a total of 5 stars. In the app you can see your schedule and customize it too. It’s also a good way to keep track of how much you’ve earned and the amount of time you spend on each favor.

When you’re actually doing a run you should keep the app open. The app will be a great way to make calls to the stores or even the customer. You can also text your customer with your pre-made template through the app.

Favor has what they call a hot spot. These spots are visible in the Runner app so you know where to go to get the most favor orders or the better chance of getting an order. I always like to take the directions to the hot spot because 9 out of 10 times while I’m on my way I get an order the closer I get to it.

The other thing I want to mention is the early assignments option. This will get you double assignment so when you’re close to finishing one order you’ll get your next one to head straight to afterward. I like it because it is good for time and money.

The other great thing about favor is that they give you the option on whether or not you want to deliver alcohol. Even if you don’t deliver it (like me) you still get decent sized orders with good tips to go along with them. I personally don’t deliver alcohol because there are a lot of rules and regulations that go along with it that I just don’t have time for.

The gear has actually been worth buying too. It keeps the food either hot or cold just like they said and makes it easier to carry the items around.

I haven’t had too many none food orders, but the ones I did have weren’t complicated or anything. The only problem I have sometimes is trying to find people’s houses or even the stores if they’re kind of hidden.

Overall, within just a couple of days, I’ve made over $200 and use the app Everlance to track my mileage for an income tax write off during tax season. If you forget about downloading the Everlance app, Favor will recommend it to you again at your orientation.

It seems that Favor really cares not only about its customers, but its drivers too. Ordering from them has been great and driving for them has been even better. I recommend anyone who is interested in earning quick cash and doing a driving service try Favor first. You won’t be disappointed.

Use my code and start running: Paige R. invited you to Run with Favor! Apply today!

Get to Work! | Express Haul

As you know, Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and passed. Well, I decided to get in on the hub lah and purchase a couple of items from Express. To me, Express always has the best formal and business professional attire and I personally needed more of that in my own wardrobe. I purchased four items to make a total of two outfits that I’m going to show you today.

The first outfit is a mustard yellow suit with an ivory blouse. It has to be my favorite out of the two because I love color and outfits that pop! You can purchase the items here:

The next item I got was a navy blue short dress that has a knot tie in the front. It’s very comfortable and flows effortlessly. It also has long sleeves for the colder months making it a perfect addition to any wardrobe. You can get your own here:

This post is not sponsored and all items were purchased by me! All thoughts are my own 🙂

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Veteran’s Day | Guest Post

Veteran’s Day.

This day means a lot to so many people. It is a day to honor those who served this country, both in the past and present. It is a day that we feel immense pride in being American, in living in a place known for its freedoms—freedoms that have been fought for and earned time and time again, thanks to veterans.

For me, it’s always been a day in which I can commemorate my grandfather, Mar Arradaza—or shall I say Captain Mar Arradaza—who served in the US Army during World War II. I grew up hearing stories of my grandfather, of how he fought bravely in the Philippines in one of the bloodiest, most pivotal conflicts this world has ever seen. Of how he’d escaped from being a POW three times (I’ve endearingly started joking that if there was one thing my grandpa was good at, it was escaping), one of those times being from the Bataan Death March where up to 18,000 Filipinos were estimated to have died.

He’d been face to face with death several times, and yet each time he managed to escape its grasp. He ended up living a long life and died at the age of eighty-nine in his home with a legacy of ten children and twenty-four grand-children left behind him.

When I honor my Grandpa Mar, I tend to think mostly of the glory of his achievements. To me, he was almost larger than life. He was a war hero.

However, oftentimes I forget that these achievements didn’t come without great sacrifice. He might have escaped death during the war, but that doesn’t mean he escaped fully intact. Most who come back from war rarely ever do.

You see, my grandfather suffered from PTSD.

It wasn’t until decades after he retired that they’d finally diagnosed him. Most of my memories of my grandfather were good, peaceful memories, and most of his grandchildren could likely say the same. However, my mother, my grandmother, and many of my aunts and uncles had far different experiences.

They say he was excessively strict growing up, bordering on cruel. He was easily irate and would punish his children far too easily and perhaps far too much. For much of their lives, many of them feared him; some even grew to resent him. This is not to mention his treatment of my grandmother—his wife—who would often experience his wrath in full force. Hardly any of his family would have described him as a kind man in the past.

No one really thought that his behavior was a result of his time in the war until he had a psychiatric evaluation as an elderly man. When they diagnosed him as suffering from PTSD, it suddenly clicked for my mother, the why for his behavior: the war had scarred him far more permanently than anyone had ever imagined. By this point, however, the resulting collateral damage to his family had been done. His children and his wife had perhaps been able to forgive him in time, but the scars would forever remain.

 

Though he had always been the most memorable veteran in my family, my Grandpa Mar was not the only one. In fact, on both sides, I have aunts, uncles, cousins, and even my brother who have served or are currently serving in the military. Often, I tend to forget my other grandfather, Grandpa Jesus (pronounced the Spanish way, “hay-soos”) had also served.

Growing up, though I’d still been proud, my younger self-hadn’t been quite as impressed hearing about Grandpa Jesus’s time serving. He’d been a cook in the US Navy during the 50’s. Unlike Grandpa Mar, he hadn’t served in WWII, hadn’t seen combat, and had been medically discharged within years of him joining the navy. He also never really had any stories that I remember him telling us about his time serving.

I’d always heard that he’d become schizophrenic while in the navy which had ultimately led to his discharge, that it had something to do with government experimentation, but I’d always brushed off these stories as conspiracies. After all, every memory I have of my grandfather was him sitting in his wooden chair in the corner of the kitchen, smoking and listening to the radio.

There was nothing to me that indicated that he was “crazy”, and I figured if this experimentation was true, surely I would have heard about it in my history class, or there would be some kind of letter from some politician lying around reading something along the lines of, “Hey, sorry we made you take some weird drugs that would mess up your mind for the rest of your life, that was absolutely inhumane of us to do and was totally our bad.”

It wasn’t until much later that I realized that these “conspiracies” were actually way more substantiated than I thought. There are plenty of instances between the 50’s and 60’s in which soldiers were experimented on by the government, oftentimes without the soldiers’ consent. In the 60’s, Project SHAD (Shipboard Hazard and Defense) was specifically conducted on U.S. warships, where biological and chemical warfare agents were sprayed over these ships in order to “determine how well service members aboard military ships could detect and respond to chemical and biological attacks.”

While it’s too late to prove whether my grandfather’s schizophrenia was truly a result of whatever the government did to him, regardless they took responsibility for it. Well, what responsibility they could while still being classified at the time. When he was medically discharged, he received full medical benefits for the rest of his life, as has been given to many other victims of human experimentation by the US government since. Unfortunately, he would very much be in need of those medical benefits for most of his retirement.

This was something I did not find out until recently, along with many other things about my grandfather during his lifelong recuperation.

I had not known about the voices my grandfather would hear, urging him to do violent things to his family. I had not known about how there were several instances where he almost did act on these thoughts, resulting in him being hospitalized for months at a time. I had not known that it wasn’t until they started injecting him with his medication that he finally seemed to get better, which is why most of my memories of him seem so much saner. Normal.

Grandpa Jesus died in 2007, on Independence Day to be exact, and like my Grandpa Mar, left behind a large family that loved him. And yet, the impact my grandfather’s mental illness had on his family was lasting. My father, as well as supposedly many of his siblings, are still traumatized. Like with my mother’s family, he may be forgiven, but the wounds still run deep.

I may have different memories of my grandfathers, but their impacts on both me and their families run parallel. I am glad that I was able to experience much brighter times with them, to be able to see them at peace, without the demons in their heads. However, now that I know what they each were dealing with, it breaks my heart to see how their personal suffering affected their families in the long run. I am proud to say that both of my grandfathers were veterans, but unfortunately, I cannot do so without acknowledging that they paid a heavy price.

When men and women serve our country, we sometimes don’t realize the extent of which they give themselves to do so. Mental illness is not something we tend to immediately think about when we think of what our soldiers and veterans go through to do their duties and keep us safe, yet it is most prevalent among them. Studies have shown that at least a quarter of non-deployed military members suffer from at least one mental health disorder, while suicide remains one of the leading causes of death among veterans and active duty military. The numbers only continue to grow, and people are only finally trying to understand why this is occurring.

It is for this reason that this Veteran’s Day I would like to honor these men and women for continuously putting not only their bodies but their sanity on the line for us. I also encourage you all to thank a veteran as well as anyone currently still in the military for all that they sacrifice of themselves to complete their duty. I can only hope we will continue to educate ourselves about this and make an effort to improve the mental health and wellness of our veterans, because they deserve to live a life of peace after all that they endure.

By Veronica Valera AKA @lifeofnicah

 

 

 

Fashion & Beauty | Look Book Fall 2018 + Sideways (Foodie Finds)

The adventures of Nicah and Paige continue. Today we went to the Harbor in Rockwall, TX. We decided to put together my first lookbook for the blog and it came out great! The look we were going for was business casual to casual. We ended the night with some delicious BBQ from Sideways. Enjoy!

Hair Credit: Natalie from Forney Salon Suites

Moments captured with Canon Rebel T7i

Poetry | Just A Season

Can’t keep focusing on what could have been
Gotta keep pushing forward like a gust of wind
Though my heart is heavy, it is what’s best
The troubles and worries are put to rest
The present is a gift that’s not guaranteed
You’ve got to make the best of life as it is
Not on a fantasy of what you think it should be
I started making my dreams into plans
Then reality set in
To whom I left behind
I’m sorry; I can never see you again
You couldn’t keep going
Our season has been met
I understand the flame is gone
Now onto the future with my plans
The lessons you taught will not be taken in vain
But like an old teddy bear
We eventually have to let go
Even when it is hard to be alone

@turningthepagebypaigeredwine

Poetry | I’m Trying

Trying.

That’s all I ever do.

To please,

To live,

To survive,

To not cry.

Trying.

It makes my soul ache.

Who am I?

Whatever I decide that day.

Maybe the truth,

Maybe a lie.

Who are you to judge?

Can’t you see the thorn in your own eye?

Let he without sin cast the first stone.

That’s what I thought;

You know you are wrong.

But let me not trickle down because

What I think is we’re all doing the best we can.

Trying.

So tiresome,

Frustrating.

But you have to try before it’s too late.

Before you enter the Kingdom or the gate of Hades.

You have to decide.

Trying.

For love in all the wrong places.

Finding love in the right place,

But the wrong time.

For comfort,

No drug can cure,

No abuse can stop me from

Trying.

To make things right.

To make peace before sunlight.

Trying.

To get up every day with a smile on my face.

It’s HARD.

I’m in PAIN.

Emotionally,

Mentally,

Let me rot away.

I’m NO addict and have NEVER abused in my life.

Trying.

All you can see is nappy hair,

Wrinkled clothing,

A deathly stare.

Trying.

What you don’t know is

There’s more to me than what you THINK you see.

Your eyes will never meet because your self-absorption is way too deep;

Don’t get paralyzed by your own deceit.

It’s mental health,

It’s me

Trying.

Stop the JUDGMENT.

Stop the HATE.

Before trying turns into tried.

Just appreciate,

Empathize,

Again, there is so much more to me than what meets the eye.

I’m trying.

Every day.

The only thing I have is joy.

And I sure as HELL won’t let ANY OF YOU take that away.

TRYING.

@turningthepagebypaigeredwine

Reflection | ReBranded: Goodbye Food For Thought; Hello to Turning The Page

Welcome to Turning The Page by Paige Redwine! You’re probably wondering what was wrong with Food For Thought, and the answer is nothing major. Yet, I still felt inclined to rebrand myself, and with that meant changing my brand’s name. So come along with me as we embark on this new journey called turning the page!

The Meaning Behind The Name:

“Turning The Page” encompasses not only the theme of this blog, but also the point I want to get across: I am an evolving young woman who’s story isn’t over yet.

“Food For Thought” just didn’t quit grasps this message the way I wanted it to. Initially, when you hear the name it sounds like this should be a food blog which is definitely misleading. I meant food metaphorically, but you probably wouldn’t know that unless you look at the content of my blog or ask me directly.

I like “Turning The Page” because, as I said earlier, it gives a lifestyle vibe and it is very versitle in my opinion. I feel like it could be anything from maybe she likes books (which I do, do reviews on some and do poetry so I’m okay with this misconception) or maybe it’s a metaphor for her life continuing and that each page is an unique contribution to her chapter (age), and to the story (my life as a whole).

That is what I want people to think when they see my name not about when their next meal is going to be so they better go get a snack, and then forget to read the posts. Of course, this is a little dramatic, but you get the point I’m making.

Recently, I have gone through tons of life changes and discovery so I want my page to reflect that, and to reflect me.

Will My Content Change?

To keep it short and sweet, no. You’ll still get lifestyle, poetry, reviews, tutorials, and more. Of course, I want to continue to get better at my writing, but I figure that will come with time and critique from you guys. So as far as I’m concerned at this time, my content will only change in that aspect. 🙂