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My Natural Remedies for Headaches

December 23, 2016

While this post is for everyone and anyone that suffers from headaches, it was inspired during my pregnancy (which is my current situation). I have been a advil/tylenol/motrin user for headaches basically my whole life. I am trying my very very hardest to have a drug free, healthy pregnancy and that includes not taking any tylenol (despite the fact that it is technically “safe” to take tylenol while pregnant).

I have been a huge believer that there is a natural alternative for basically everything and that drugs can (and should) be avoided for nearly everything, with one exception: headaches. I’m not sure why, but I have always just popped an advil or two when the rare headache would happen and I wouldn’t think twice about it. So when I started to get headaches during my pregnancy (around week 13), I was determined to find alternatives to tylenol BUT I found almost no information (I’m not the best at research though) and ended up having to take tylenol (I HATE to admit that, ugh). The headaches were AWFUL, like worst hangover of your life AWFUL and at this point, I needed to get back to work so badly that I had no choice but to take the dreaded drug and move on.

It wasn’t until I met with a midwife for the first time and did some further research that I discovered two really AMAZING and helpful remedies for headaches. THANK GOODNESS!!! I no longer need to take any tylenol and this modern ‘hippie’ mama is very happy πŸ™‚


I have found caffeine, aka COFFEE, to be the best and most helpful remedy for my DAILY MORNING HEADACHES (ugh). Seriously, I wake up every morning with a headache. I always make sure to chug water the minute I wake up and then it’s COFFEE time. My husband and I make a batch of freshly ground organic coffee, I pour myself a cup, add some Califia Farms Coconut Almond Milk and slowly sip my away headache. I only need to drink one cup and by the time I reach the bottom, my headache is gone!!!! SOME people say that you shouldn’t drink caffeine while pregnant, while others recommend no more than two cups per day. I say, if one cup of coffee will help with my headaches instead of taking tylenol, I will take that risk and enjoy myself!

Peppermint Essential Oil

Our midwife (LOVE HER), recommended I try peppermint essential oil for the headaches that happen during the middle of the day or at night (since I can’t drink any more coffee). After the appointment, I quickly drove to Whole Foods and purchased this Aura Cacia Organic Peppermint Essential Oil. The VERY NEXT DAY, I had a headache at night and was excited to try the oil. I swiped a small amount across my forehead, laid down and let the oil work it’s MAGIC and it did!! Now the minute a headache comes on, I reach for the oil and within minutes my it is gone.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!!

I hope this goes without saying but I’m gonna say it anyways, HYDRATE!! Making sure that you are getting PLENTLY of water is key to avoiding, preventing and getting rid of headaches. To make sure you are getting enough water, I ALWAYS carry around a GIANT bottle of water (stainless steel or glass, please no plastic!) and make sure to fill it up multiple times a day. A good way to know you are drinking plenty of water is if you pee a lot and pee clear πŸ™‚

Happily, Marissa


My BBG 1.0 Journey- Day 1!!

July 15, 2015

Day 1 of my Kayla Itsines BBG Journey



My wedding body- taken on my bachelorette trip, 2013


Me currently (right in black)- taken July 2015 and covering up everything, even though I LOVE this one piece, how hot is it?!

I did it! I FINALLY started the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide 1.0 after years of following this fitness babe on instagram! I discovered her while I was looking for fitness insta-spiration for my wedding in 2013 and was immediatly smitten with her. Ever since, I have watched this young entrepreneur grow like crazy and start a fitness revolution like no other. I LOVE how her guides are about making you strong and look good without adding any bulk… she literally sculpts you into a bikini body babe and I really admire her work ethic and how business savvy she is.

I will be posting about my journey frequently on here but I want to share my fitness background and where I am coming from first in this post. I found a love for working out while in high school and have been in good shape (for the most part) my whole life. The most weight I had ever gained was about 10 lbs and my pant size never went up more than 2 sizes (from a 24 in high school to a size 26 in my late 20’s). After opening my business in 2010, I found fitness to be a struggle. I was stressed, over worked, depressed (biz ownership is hard as fuck) and always had a reason not to workout. I gained some weight and was not comfortable in my skin. Then I got engaged in 2012, freaked out a bit and immediately got my ass into the gym to get my body back to where I knew it should be. And I did. I got in REALLY good shape. I was SO proud of myself and I looked pretty darn amazing on my wedding day. And then everything went sour, my business struggled like it never had before and I became extremely depressed and stressed and within 2 years I have gained 30+ lbs and now I weigh more than I ever imagined I would. I NEVER thought I would look the way I do now. I never, ever, ever, ever thought I would be a size 29 denim but I am and I freaking HATE it.

My life has recently taken a turn for the good. I am closing my business, I have started a new job which I LOVE. The time feels right and I feel confident and motivated (finally) to get into THE BEST SHAPE OF MY LIFE. My husband and I want to have kids soon-ish and I want to get the body I have always wanted before that happens. So here I am, starting this new program and excited for the future for the first time in a long time. Day 1 of pre-training legs and cardio is done. It kicked my butt but felt SOO good! Wish me luck and I can’t wait to share this journey on here!

happily, marissa


Fashion Wellness

Once Upon a Time

April 9, 2015



DSC00827 Opening the doors on the first day of business, 9-18-2010

DSC00832With my sisters on the first day!


IMG_9340IMG_7987Just one of MANY selfies taken in the boutique!

Once upon a time I had the most BEAUTIFUL boutique in the world! It was my entire world, my baby, the love of my life but also the biggest headache & struggle I have ever experienced.

I opened Chloe Rose Boutique on Union Street in the heart of San Francisco, CA in 2010. I was in love! I designed the space with the help of my sister, brother in law, & father. The cabinets were custom made from mango wood that came from the Big Island of Hawaii (my favorite place in the world). The wall paper in the fitting room area matched the pattern in my logo. The boutique was such a soothing, relaxing & wonderful place to shop & relax. This space meant sooo much to me, I never imaged that one day I would move it all out…. but I did.

Over the 4 years that I was in business on Union, the street took a very unexpected turn. Many small boutique businesses went out; they were replaced with fitness driven businesses & the street turned into a fitness destination! Soul Cycle, Equinox, Nike, Lululemon, Lorna Jane, & Lucy opened. The street now has FOUR juice shops (who needs 4 different options!). There are multiple pilates, yoga & personal training studios. And while all of that is AWESOME, it wasn’t so much for business. Union was no longer a shopping destination & my business suffered. So, after about a year of thinking, I made the very difficult decision to close my doors down & move my entire business online. It didn’t make financial sense any more & the struggle just to pay the rent was too hard to handle. I cried some pretty heavy tears on my last day of business in October of 2014.

I truly LOVE what I do, so having my “job” being a small boutique owner disappear was painful. Luckily I still do what I LOVE, just in a different way. Chloe Rose Boutique & Chloe Rose Maternity are now online only stores. But I do miss the customer interaction, merchandising the space & just soaking up all the beauty of that amazing little store!

So, now you know a little bit more about me & what my journey as a ‘get it’ girl has been.

happily, marissa


On Conquering The World

March 31, 2015

Conquering The World | Happily Marissa


image via pinterest

Most days I wake up with the attitude that I can conquer the world. I am a BIG believer in the power of positive thinking. My father (who also happens to be a wildly successful business man) has always told me to just think positive & it will all work out. So, I wake up in the morning usually repeating this in my head: that today I will be successful, that my business will thrive, that I WILL make it & that I can do anything I put my mind to. Like I said before, that is most days; that was not what happened this past Saturday. I woke up feeling like the world had conquered me instead. That everything I am doing is wrong. That I will never succeed in such a competitive industry. That I will have to give up my dream & go work for someone else (which if you own your own business, you know how frightening that sounds!). Isn’t it funny how one day you feel like YOU can conquer the world & the next you feel like the WORLD is conquering you? I know it happens to us all whether you are a business owner or not.

The important question is then: how do you push past it? Β It has taken me FOREVER to learn how to push past the bad feelings. I tried all sorts of stuff: exercising, taking a walk, calling a friend, watching TV (the worst, it doesn’t work for anyone), and even just sucking it up & working. None of it helped. I could never push past the feeling of defeat. That was until I started going to the beach with my husband & our puppy & discovered that the ocean was the only place where my mind would stop & I could just focus on what was in front of me. The crashing waves. My amazing husband. Our freakishly adorable puppy. And by the time we would get in the car to drive home, all my thoughts of defeat had vanished & I felt revived again.

If you deal with a similar feeling more often that you would like, I encourage you to find something, anything that will fully take your mind off the negative thoughts. It may take a while, so don’t give up because once you do, you will discover a renewed sense of self & confidence!Β 

happily, marissa