Fur Baby Feature: Jameson

I know I haven’t posted in FOREVER, but I’m getting back in the swing of things (with some super exciting updates to come – keep your eyes peeled for my next post coming soon)! My post today is dedicated to the one and only Jameson Spencer, my 4 ½ year old fur baby. His face is enough to make me cry tears of joy. Like really though, how could you not love that face???

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Here he is at his all time fav place to walk – Gillie Lake in Camillus! He loves being able to play on the beach and swim, too! It’s an extra special day for him when his Golden girls Rae and Zoey  (and Rae’s bro Finn) come along. He has a serious thing for blondes.

He’s a bit of a momma’s boy and his favorite activities include snuggling with his mommy and having some vanilla ice cream as a special treat. He is always smiling and LOVES kisses more than anything! He’s not a material pup either – his most precious toy is an old, ratty, chewed up squirrel thing that he got when he was a pup, and he is very loyal to it!

This past year, I’ve made a goal to travel to at least 3 new places out of New York state. So far, I’ve been to Nashville and Miami! Denver has been on my list of places to visit for a while and I was really excited when a friend introduced me to Rover, since they have awesome dog boarding options. I hate leaving Jameson at home, so it’s a huge relief to know that if I was out for a long day I’d still be able to bring him on the trip and drop him off for a special day of loving at a fellow dog-lover’s house. Much more comforting than the kennel! They also have a great option for dog walking, so if I find a nice pet-friendly Airbnb and just need a helping hand with an extra walk, that’s an option too! Really puts me at ease! 🙂 Here’s info on Rover’s dog boarding in denver and dog walking in denver if you’re also looking to travel with your pup! Though if you are staying local and are just facing a long night at the office, their dog walking page is a great resource too!

The weather has been beautiful, so I hope to see you out on the trails (or the beach!) with your pups soon! Jameson sends his love + slobbery puppy kisses! XOXO

Love Always, Brook ❤

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Motivation Monday | 5 Feel Good Mantras For Your Monday

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Mondays are hard. Thinking positively and continually remembering your intentions and being mindful of those can help you to maintain a positive week. One of the easiest ways to do that is to pick a few mantras and remind yourself of those every single day. These are some of the mantras that I try to think about throughout the week to keep me uplifted and feeling positive!

I can do this.

It’s easy to fall victim to the “I can’t”‘s…a whole lot easier than it is to tell yourself “I can”. Always remember that absolutely anything and everything is possible. Set your goals and crush them, because you can.

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It will be okay.

Bad things happen, and things get better. It’s that simple. Every day you have the opportunity to start fresh – really, at any point in any day you have that opportunity. It’s just a matter of shaking off the bad and having faith that no matter what it is, is will be okay in the end.beokay

I am worthy.

Of respect. Of love. Of happiness. Of calm. Of life. Of all good things. Have the confidence in knowing that you are always worthy, and if you find yourself in a situation feeling anything less than worthy, you should consider where you are and the company you have around you. If that’s affecting your idea of self worth you should think about making some changes,  because nobody should ever make you feel a lack of worth.


I am happy.

Even if you’re not. Having a mindset that includes happiness is recipe for creating happiness. Nobody ever thought “I’m not happy, I’m miserable” and automatically became happy. You are the thoughts you think sometimes. If you seek happiness you must think happy, positive thoughts. You deserve happiness.


Life is good.

If I had a nickel for every time I thought to myself, “wow life sucks”, I would be rich. This is where gratitude comes in. If life really every that bad? No. No matter what is going on in your life there is always somebody struggling more, hurting worse, feeling lower. Pick your head up, dust your ass off and remember life is good and you have a million moments to be grateful for every single day of your life.

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What’s your motivation mantra this week?

Love Always, Brook ❤

Motivation Monday

This week my focus is to be positive, and think about what it is I want to be doing in the future, and where I want to be doing it. Sometimes we lose sight of the future, and focus on the past and the now, when really we should reflect on the past, and act in the now with your future goals in mind. You cannot get where you’re going if you never actually do anything about it now.

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Love Always, Brook ❤

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Friday Five

Obsessed with…

My new OZ Naturals Ocean Mineral Cleanser*. I guess I could say OZ Naturals in general – I know I rave about this brand, but I can’t say it enough. The products they have make my face feel and look (maybe up to interpretation) phenomenal. This cleanser in particular has a great texture to it, and makes my face feel super soft after using. I’ve noticed a more even complexion after using this for a few weeks now. I had some red spots near my nose and chin that are just about cleared up now. I am absolutely LOVING this stuff. If you’re curious about the other products of OZ Naturals that I’ve tried so far, check out my post OZ Naturals Bright Eye Gel & Ultra Ageless Eye Cream | Product Review. Also, keep an eye open for my reviews on their Super Youth Eye Gel and Body Soufflé ❤


Water in my new Live Infinitely fruit infuser water bottle*! So I’ve been wanting one of these for a while now. Since I’m a huge snacker, I thought the idea of fusing my water with fruit flavor would help cut down on snacking temptations. Okay, well maybe it didn’t work in that sense, but this water was still great. I tried my water infused with fresh sliced strawberries and next, I want to try pineapple! Any suggestions are greatly appreciated 🙂


Looking forward to…

NASHVILLE WITH THE GIRLSSSSS. Cannot wait. Post to follow.

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Currently reading…

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. I know this is sOoOoOoooOo 2006, but it’s never too late to read a good book. I’ve also never seen the movie, so there are no expectations or spoilers. I just started this and can’t wait to find out how the story unfolds. For a little background, I asked the google machine what it was about…

Google says, “Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) thought she had everything she wanted in life: a home, a husband and a successful career. Now newly divorced and facing a turning point, she finds that she is confused about what is important to her. Daring to step out of her comfort zone, Liz embarks on a quest of self-discovery that takes her to Italy, India and Bali.”
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Gettin’ giphy with it…

Sam Hunt bc why not?

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Thanks, GIPHY!

Have a great weekend!


Love Always, Brook ❤


PS. This post was sponsored in part by BrandBacker, OZ Naturals and Live Infinitely. You guys know the deal, all opinions are MINE.

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Motivation Monday

HAPPY MONDAY & HAPPY LEAP DAY! If you’re anything like me right now, you’re exhausted from Sunday Funday: Green Beer Edition. If you’re not from the Syracuse area, see Green Beer Brent for more details on Green Beer Sunday and all of it’s glory.

Considering my current state of being, I undeniably need some extra motivation to get this work week going! My inspiration today came from WeWork’s instagram account. For those not familiar, WeWork is a coworking company based in NYC, with office space locations all over the world (they have some pretty badass offices in London!). They offer shared workspace for individual freelancers to large businesses, flexible memberships, a list of a million and one member benefits, and beer on tap 😉 Plus, they’re always sharing shit that get’s you ready for your work week. If you don’t already, be sure to follow them on IG!

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Have a great week!


Love Always, Brook ❤

25 Ways to Tell You’re in the Midst of a Quarter Life Crisis

At 13 you can’t wait until you’re 16, so you can drive. At 16, you’re anticipating 18…maybe you’d like to buy cigarettes, or to vote…to each his own. At 18, you’re waiting for the big 21st. I think we can agree this is the birthday kids look forward to the most. At 21 you hit a weird state of being. It’s like THIS ROCKS…I can buy booze, I’m still young, I’m hot, I don’t have a lot of responsibilities. This is life. Even for the next few years, I think most people tend to feel like they’re still 21. While jammin to T. Swift that you’re feelin’ 22, realistically, you feel the same – great. At 23 you joke with Blink 182 that nobody likes you…but you know that’s not true.

Then 24 happens. Yeah, that’s when things change. 24 rolls around and life happens. Why is this happening? Why do I feel this way? You will ask yourself a series of questions contemplating how you got to this point. Then you’ll realize you’re officially having a quarter life crisis. With this past Tuesday being my 25th birthday, I feel as though this post is particularly suiting. I’m totes feeling the quarter life crisis.

If you’re a current millennial, here are some of the warning signs that you might be hitting your quarter life crisis:

You’re broke as f*ck.

Entry level salary, student loan bills, paying for real life things that adult-humans need to live… it hits you like a ton of bricks.


While most of your friends are also poor AF, there are still the lone few that have their financial shit together and you’re just like…


The phrase “student loans” makes you cringe, cry or self destruct.studentloans

This is when you really start asking yourself the “why” questions. Why did I go to college? Why is college so expensive? Why did I get a degree in anthropology? (Also, what the fuck is anthropology?). Oh and speaking of college…

You can’t drink like you used to.

Did you used to throw back half a case of Bud Light while participating in “Beer Olympics” with you friends? News flash. You can’t now. How does that even happen? There’s a solid chance that you used to be able to drink alcohol like water, and now you’re buzzin’ real hard after two adult beverages.

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And if you try to drink like you used to…

Hangovers are terrifying.hungover

Sleeping in until noon, eating greasy fast food and pounding a Gatorade no longer does the trick. You will feel incapacitated for several hours, if not several days. Yes. 2 day hangovers are now a real thing. Thinking about going out Friday and Saturday? Think twice and just go to bed. You know that if you go out, again, you will tell yourself ALL day Sunday that you’re never drinking again (which will never happen). Plus, even if you’re not feeling like death, you’re still way more disgusting than you used to be hungover…


Bedtime is after Jeopardy.

If you’re anything like me,  you enjoy a rousing game of Jeopardy, then doze off to whatever’s on HGTV. But really, it could be anything…trashy reality tv, documentaries on the History Channel, or your new binge show on Netflix. Regardless, you watch “your shows”, then it’s time to go to sleep. And the thing is…you’re okay with it.

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You become friends with your parents.

You no longer feel the same disconnect, or even embarrassment in some cases, that you used to feel about your parents. They turn into real people that you can actually talk about real-life things with. You can go to them for advice, or when you need to talk about what’s going on in your relationship or career. It’s like they just get you and you get them.

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You just don’t look the same.

You feel like you might have peaked in your early 20’s and that thought is causing despair. Things aren’t the same as they used to, and you’re unsure if it’d for the better or worse. You aren’t sure if you should embrace your inner 21 party girl, or get your shit together and adult for a while.

You also don’t feel the same.

Mentally or physically. Real life stress sets in and your mental state of mind is in shambles at times. You feel like a basket-case sometimes, while other times you’re sitting on cloud nine. It’s exhausting. Also, physically you’re like wtf happened to me? You can’t eat a cupcake without making your thighs closer friends than they already were. Workout soreness lasts until days after you actually give up working out.

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You question everything.

Or you question nothing. Or maybe you’re questioning why you don’t have more questions about things, because you should since you’re confused AF about almost everything. But mostly you just ponder everything.

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You have career ADD.

This goes along with questioning everything. You wonder if you’re on the right career track, and contemplate what kind of changes you’d consider making. Maybe it’s a switch it roles, or industry – maybe you’re a firefighter who wants to be an astronaut, idk.weep

You contemplate going back to school.

This goes along with having career ADD. If you’re one who is contemplating if you’re in the right field of work, you might also be thinking about going back to school for your other options. Then you think about student loans, and you’re like…

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Relationships are hit or miss.

There are so many categories or titles. Single. Talking. Tinder talking. Dealing with a fuckboy. Seeing each other. Dating (went on a date, but not bf/gf). Casually dating. Together-ish. Kind of a thing. Dating. Seriously dating. Tied down. How do you actually figure it out? I really don’t know how to answer that.

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Your friends are reproducing.

Like actually bringing other lives into this world. Little humans that they have to clean and feed and protect and house and clothe. You can’t leave them alone for very long, and they cry a lot. Their poop stinks and they barf on everything. Meanwhile, I can barely take care of myself and enjoy the occasional weekend bender. Your friends with kids aren’t necessarily saying it, but they’re thinking it…

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Whatever. They’re just jealous.

But then, you start to hear your clock ticking.

Since my friends are starting to have babies, should I? Should I at least be thinking about it? How does one think about that when I can barely maintain a relationship with myself, let alone another human which I’d like to reproduce with? This is actually ludicrous.

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You have a blender on your Christmas list.

It’s time to start thinking about real life needs instead of frivolous wants…sometimes at least. This year I realized I was getting old when the #1 item on my Christmas list was a new blender. This is adulthood.

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30 isn’t a decade away.

30 just seems really far from 20. Then once you hit 25 it’s like holy shit 30 is right around the corner and I am not prepared for this shit. You have a moment of self reflection.

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You think about shit like healthcare and retirement.

WHY? I like thinking about the new sneakers I want to buy, or how I like to go to Chipotle 3-6 times per week, or how many bottles of wine I need to buy this week. Now you’re telling me I have to start investing that money in my future and wellbeing? No thanks!

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You say things like, “kids these days…”

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You never think you’re going to do this, but you will. You see a little brat screaming over who gets to play with the iPad and you say “Kids these days”, or substitute, “Back when we were kids we would never/always…”, “The world nowadays…” *shaking head*

You want to see the world.

There are so many places and you make a list, but then you literally don’t even know where to start, and you realize you’re also broke to then you start to make a list of ways you can make money to save up for all of this world travel, then you’re like shit, I want to go shopping, and you buy 17 things you don’t need and then you’re back to square one and just wish you had money to travel and decide you’re doing to sell all your things. Never. Ending. Cycle.

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But you also don’t want to get out of bed.

You have 7 billion things you could be doing at any given moment to better your mind, body, soul, career, bank account, moral well-being – but instead you’d just really like to lay in bed. Maybe Netflix & Chill. Order in Chinese. Motivation levels fluctuate from like -27 to ? … like you really never know how you’re going to feel.

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You don’t know who to identify with.

You want to identify with two groups: Young, fun, carefree children between 18 and 23 AND mature, confident, independent adults ages 28-33. But you literally feel like both of them and neither of them at the same time and it’s confusing as fuck. You identity is left in the lost and found.

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“What are you up to these days?” isn’t as interesting to answer.

Your response used to be, “Starting college at {{school name}}. Gunna major in {{major}}, can’t wait! Spring break {{location}}! Working at {{place}} and {{place}} part time, parting with my friends. Looking forward to {{event}}!

Now it’s like… “Oh ya know, just working…”

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Somedays you want to chug a beer, other days you want to cry.

But usually it’s both.


You’re scared and nervous.

You could really fuck shit up. Some of the decisions you have to make now will affect your life a lot more than when you had to decide who to go to prom with, or what college to go to, or whether or not to go out Thursday, Friday and Saturday.


But you’re also excited.

You also realize all of this “scary”, nerve-racking, serious adult shit is just a part of life. We all go through it. We all have moments of doubt. We all need help sometimes. We all fuck up. But it’s okay.

If you can recall Bryan Adams, Summer of ’69 lyrics, you’d know that he was singing for you! “Those were the best days of my life”. And if you can’t recall, seriously go listen to it

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What are your quarter life crisis symptoms?

Love Always, Brook ❤