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That’s A Wrap – April 2017

April 2017 Roundup

Okay whoa it seems like just yesterday that I was writing my March roundup. Now it’s already the end of April & time for another roundup of this months favorite moments, finds, & photos.

April 2017 Roundup

01. THE BOOK OF QUESTIONS – This book was on my wishlist for quite some time & I’m so happy that I finally purchased it. This books premise is quite simple, filled with over 300 questions on a variety of topics including totally plausible scenarios, highly unlikely scenarios, & even impossible scenarios that really get you to think & well, question. Since my Husband, Lorenzo & I travel a lot, including by car, we have decided to use this book as road trip entertainment. He drives & I read questions, in order. We each answer honestly & it’s pretty interesting to see that some of our answers are the exact same, while others are surprisingly different. We head to Tampa tomorrow evening & I’m excited to continue with more questions.

02. CINNAHOLIC – A wk ago it was announced that Cinnaholic will soon open three locations in Jacksonville. For those unfamiliar with the establishment, it’s an all-vegan restaurant serving up made-to-order cinnamon buns in a large variety of flavors. I’ve been to a Cinnaholic in another city & it’s deeeelicious. So I’m super excited & will definitely be giving them lots of business 🙂

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03. NO BEAR HUNT – For the last two years there has been a Bear Hunt proposed in my state of Florida. The first year (2015), despite Animal Rights Activists (ARA’s) efforts, the hunt passed & hundreds of innocent bears were murdered, including lactating mother bears (thus leaving nursing cubs without a mom). It was absolutely devastating. The second year (2016), thanks in large part to ARA’s efforts (calls, petitions, protest, etc), we were able to STOP the Bear Hunt from happening. This year it was looking very likely that the hunt was going to be back on, we had a big meeting a few wks ago to discuss different strategies & actions that we could do. A wk later there was a meeting in Tallahassee where we got the surprising, but totally incredible news that there will not only be NO Bear Hunt in Florida this year (2017), but that there will be no hunt next year (2018) either. If it’s up to us (activists) there will never be another Florida Bear Hunt again! There is no overpopulation of bears in Florida, it’s absolutely unnecessary & cruel for these innocent creatures to be murdered! #ENDTROPHEYHUNTING #KILLINGISNOTCONSERVATION

04. FIRST DATES – NBC has a new dating show called “First Dates” . Each episode shows several pairs of daters on a blind dinner date. Before the date they are interviewed separately where they talk about who they are, what they’re looking for, etc. After the date they are interviewed together where they answer if they want to go on a second date with one another or not. And at the end of each episode there are updates from the show letting viewers know how the daters relationships are at this point in time. It’s a simple concept that’s done quite well. I honestly only watched it because I’m out of most of my regular shows, but when the first episode literally had me in tears because the spark, stories, love was so touching, well I was hooked. You should give it a watch.

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05. PAINTING WALLS – Lorenzo & I recently decided that we want to paint our breakfast nook. Right now it’s just the plain off-white color that it started with. There’s also the section where a canvas painting session went bad & got black paint on the wall, so at minimum it’s needed a touch up. Well instead of painting it the original color that we don’t care for anyways, we’ve decided to go with something a little different. We are looking at the deep grey family & should have a color picked out soon. I’m excited 🙂

06. “THE REALITY THAT ALL WOMEN EXPERIENCE THAT MEN DON’T KNOW ABOUT” – I came across this article on Facebook several days ago & I think it’s a very important read for both men & women. Men should read this article to try & get a better understanding of what we (women) go through just about every day, sometimes every hr that we leave our house. Women should read this article to get inspired to talk to the good men in our lives more about what we deal with on the daily, but also to hopefully stand up more to the men that disrespect us. This bullshit shouldn’t be expected as a part of every day life & it doesn’t have to be. Change CAN occur but it will take BOTH men & women to make it happen!

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07. IT’S A TEN MIRACLE LEAVE-IN PRODUCT – Okay so I know most people already know about this “holy grail” product, but just in case you don’t, I have to rave about it! This leave-in hair product is said to repair dry damaged hair, add shine, detangle, control frizz, seal & protect hair color, prevent split ends, stop hair breakage, create silkiness, & protect hair from thermal heat. I cannot attest that it does ALL of those things, but I DO know that I can brush my mile long hair post-shower in HALF of the time that it used to take without this product. Because of how well it detangles, I do have noticeably less breakage. My hair feels & looks shinier & healthier. While I started using this product last July, it was just this month that I had to buy another bottle. That’s how long the 10oz bottle lasts. They have some other products I’m interested in too. If any of ya’ll have tried any of their other products, please let me know your thoughts.

08. RESTORED MID-CENTURY MODERN HOME – If you’re missing Palm Spring now that Coachella is over, then take a look at this stunning Mid-Century Modern home in Palm Springs. The entire restoration is incredible, but it’s the kitchen & the bathroom that I can’t stop looking at. I’m ready to move in! 

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09. FOUR YEARS – Yesterday (April 27th) marked FOUR years since Lorenzo’s horrific motorcycle accident. For those that don’t know, he was in a very bad motorcycle accident in 2013. A car turned left in front of him, without the right away, & Zo hit the van with his body at 45mph. He had a blunt force trauma bi-lateral thoracotomy (a last ditch effort with less than a 1-2% chance of survival) to fix a whole slew of internal damage that he suffered. After 28 days in the ICU, a wk in progressive care, 10 days inpatient rehab, 3 months of outpatient rehab, & months more of further recovery, he is not only alive today, but he thrives as an incredible sexy, amazing, & emotionally, mentally, & physically strong human being. I am so amazed at his story, it truly is incredible. And I am so happy to have had another year of life with my precious love.

10. PINEAPPLE FRIED RICE – Tomorrow will mark the second time of making this Pineapple Fried Rice recipe. I first made it a few months ago for a family event & will be making it again tomorrow for an afternoon vegan potluck meetup (both times sans peanuts). It’s absolutely delicious. The perfect balance of sweet & spicy. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

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I hope everyone has a great last few days of the month. Mine will be very busy, full of fun, but honestly I’m looking forward to a more “chill” month of May.

XOXO, Kara

22 Comments

  • SofiaaDot

    May 1, 2017

    That book of questions book sounds awesome 😀

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

  • Benita James

    May 1, 2017

    You did have a great April.

    Bernie, xx
    The Style Fanatic

  • Amy Arnold

    May 1, 2017

    Looks like a great month! Those vegan cinnamon rolls sound amazing!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Kara Aragon

      May 3, 2017

      So good! Photos & more info coming soon to the blog 🙂

  • Ciara Salloum

    May 1, 2017

    Cinnaholic sounds so amazing! If I ever come to Florida I am going there 100%. Loved this roundup 🙂

    Ciara
    http://www.ciarasalloum.com

    • Kara Aragon

      May 3, 2017

      They also have location(s) in CA, CO, GA, PA, TX, & more 🙂

  • Nikoletta J

    May 1, 2017

    This post is lovely, April looked amazing hope you have a nice time during May 🙂

    http://nikoleannj.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Eena

    May 1, 2017

    You and your love look adorable. And he’s been through but the fact that he’s overcome his life’s obstacles is amazing, and all thanks to you sticking by his side I bet!

    cabin twenty-four

    • Kara Aragon

      May 3, 2017

      Thanks for the kind words. He’s been through so much. Strongest man in the world as far as I’m concerned 🙂

  • Such a lovely pictures!! And the dog look so adorable!!
    xx
    Mónica Sors
    MES VOYAGES À PARIS
    NEW POST: CITY OF STARS

    • Kara Aragon

      May 3, 2017

      Thanks. That’s my first born girl, Sadie 🙂

  • Jessica

    May 2, 2017

    Looks like your April was loaded – can’t believe the month just flew by either! This was a great roundup!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  • Nina Nguyen

    May 2, 2017

    This is awesome, thanks for sharing!!
    xo-Nina

    http://www.ninalnguyen.com/2017/05/black-white.html

  • Siffat Haider

    May 2, 2017

    This post is lovely! I can’t believe it’s already May – where is the year going?!
    xo
    Siffat
    http://icingandglitter.com

  • Dora Toubanaki

    May 2, 2017

    Such a busy month! Happy May dear!
    Dora http://www.BangsBang.com

  • Apparently I have been under a rock because I haven’t heard about the Its a ten product! So going to try it!

    Brooke
    Pumps and Push-Ups

    • Kara Aragon

      May 3, 2017

      You have to try it Brooke! I cannot praise it enough!

  • kimbvo

    May 2, 2017

    Wow from your image, I would never have imagined that Lorenzo went through an accident. I am glad that he’s okay now! It sounds so traumatic! On a happier note, I love cinnamon buns and hope that store comes to Connecticut someday!

    Kim | Simply Lovebirds

    • Kara Aragon

      May 3, 2017

      Oh yes it’s crazy. He gained over 50 lb (lots of muscle) since his accident & just recently joined the “1000lb club” which I believe means his bench press, squat, & deadlift total equal 1000 or more lb. I’m so proud of him, I can’t help but brag about all of his stuff, even things I don’t understand haha.

  • Ashley

    May 2, 2017

    Awesome April rundown- and how good do those cinnamon rolls look?!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Kate (@katekoutures)

    May 2, 2017

    That’s unbelieveable what happened to Lorenzo. So glad he survived
    Kate || KATE KOUTURES

    • Kara Aragon

      May 3, 2017

      It’s crazy how in a way it feels like it never happened & at the same time it’s so easy to be transported to those crazy emotions at the time.

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