Live Authentically

Live Authentically

“Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.” ~Henry David Thoreau

Authenticity is a buzzword these days. We hear all kinds of advice on how to live it, breathe it, and get more of it. Here are a few ways I strive to Live Authentically. #BeYou

Valley Sounds 7-14-18

Valley Sounds 7-14-18

In this episode of Valley Sounds, we'll have a conversation with musician Mark Alexander. We'll preview music from Wanda Wesolowski and The World Forgot who are performing at Concerts in the Park at Big Spring Park. We'll also hear from Dizzy D, The Moose and Kat Elizabeth performing at Invisible Fest at Campus 805, as well as tracks by Them Damn Dogs, Amy McCarley, .45 Surprise, Allen Watkins Band and Soul Karnival.  Thanks for listening.

Valley Sounds 7-7-18

Valley Sounds 7-7-18

This episode of Valley Sounds features an interview with Sidetrack Music Hall owner Eddie Yessick, as well as music from Rob Aldridge and the Proponents, Phil Weaver, Complex Flavor, Liquid Caravan, Brandon Worthey, The Go-Go Killers, The Retrovales, Winslow Davis and Robby Eichman. 

Valley Sounds 6-30-18

Valley Sounds 6-30-18

This episode of Valley Sounds features our weekly 'local favorites' segment produced by Spice Radio Huntsville featuring Safeword, Victoria Jones, Wolves of Chernobyl and That Andy Guy. We'll also preview some of the bands playing at LoudFest at Sidetracks, including The Moose, Boneyard Mafia, Property and Go-Go Killers. We'll have a listen to tracks from Seminole Strut and The Pollies, two of the bands performing at the Ditto Landing Independence Day Celebration. And with a new Local Aliens music compilation on the way for Invisible Fest, we'll revisit some tracks from past Local Aliens releases with music from Chris Fitts, Jaeme Case, Hopeless Jon and The Phantom Fang and a live in-studio performance with Iron Horse. Thanks for listening.

Valley Sounds 6-23-18

This episode of Valley Sounds features an in-studio performance and interview with Huntsville jazz/soul musicians Dawn Osbourne and Jason Humphress, our calendar of upcoming shows and Tennessee Valley music tracks from Little Girl, Alley Free, Q-Ball, Free Candy, Microwave Dave and the Nukes, Judy and Josh Allison and Them Damn Dogs.

#ValleySounds airs Saturday nights at 9pm on WLRH 89.3 #Huntsville. This show shines the spotlight on original music of all genres created and performed in the Tennessee Valley.  Each show features a mix of music, interviews and special segments that provide insight on the creative process of making and performing music. You can find more information about the music you’re hearing and a podcast replay of each show on the WLRH website at; under the programs tab for "Valley Sounds". 

To submit your original music: please send a "WAV" file of your original music to Include the subject as follows:  "Valley Sounds music submission".

This is your girl, J'Que! 

Thanks for listening! 

Valley Sounds 6-9-18

Valley Sounds 6-9-18

0n this episode of Valley Sounds, we visit with Will River BandOtonana Trio and music fans at the 14th annual Cigar Box Festival. We'll also hear live music from Impossible Machine, Wayno Bueno, Radiotron and Tony Perdue on the Know Huntsville stage, as well as studio tracks from Will River Band, Maggie Rodgers and Otonana Trio. Spice Radio Huntsville will tell us about some great upcoming local music shows in Huntsville.  Thanks for listening.

Life with Collagen

Lately, there's been plenty of chatter about COLLAGEN supplements and why it should or should not be consumed.  So I decided to research and try it for myself. This is a sponsored post, containing affiliate links, written by me and includes my personal opinion and experiences with Great Lakes Gelatin.

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Let me first define and clarify what collagen is and its benefits:

Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies. It’s found in muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels, digestive system and tendons. As we age, collagen production declines! Increasing collagen levels can help your skin look firmer, increase smoothness, and help your skin cells keep renewing and repairing normally. Collagen protein is also the building block of healthy fingernails, hair and teeth. Adding collagen to your diet regimen can help keep nails strong and reverse signs of hair loss. 

Collagen also reduces cellulite and stretch marks. When skin loses its elasticity as a result of decreased collagen, there’s another side effect: more visible cellulite. Because your skin is now thinner, cellulite becomes more evident — no more hiding what’s happening below the surface. Improving your skin’s elasticity through collagen helps reduce that dimpling on your skin.

Here are some other benefits of adding collagen to your diet:

  • Heals the gut – helps heal your gut which is good for people with food sensitivities like Candida or any autoimmune issues.
  • Helps reduce sugar cravings.
  • Promotes Weight loss – this is because collagen is a protein. It keeps you full and satiates your hunger. It also helps your body stabilize blood sugar levels.
  • Helps with joint pain, inflammation and stiffness.
  • Helps promote energy and focus.

I like to think of collagen as an enhancer for my hair, skin, and nails, that supports growth.  I've been using the Great Lakes Gelatin Collagen Hydrolysate products for about 2 months, and I've already noticed significant growth in my hair and nails, my skin is brighter and feels firmer and softer, and I have more energy and mental focus.

I'm very active and I really love to workout. Which means that my muscles and joints suffer from stiffness after exercise, especially in the mornings.  Because I don’t stretch enough (I'm working to add for flexibility and stretching to my fitness life), I realize that I need to be extra proactive at increasing collagen for the health of my muscles and joints. Using collagen can help keep your flexibility and prevent the muscles and joints from stiffening up due to a lack of collagen. Collagen itself is a naturally occurring protein found in our connective tissues. 

I also noticed that I stayed fuller longer. Collagen is a protein, and since two scoops of collagen equals around 20g of protein adding it to my morning tea or my mid morning snack, helped to keep me fuller for longer periods of time. What makes collagen cool compared to other protein powders, though, is its versatility. It's flavorless and completely dissolves in liquids. 

HOW DO I USE IT?  The sky is really the limit. I use it consistently by putting it into my tea and coffee every day. Why? Because it’s completely tasteless and dissolves very easy.  Here are some other FUN ways I've added it to foods and drinks.

  • Mix into coffee, tea, smoothies and yogurt
  • Add to scrambled eggs, baked goods or veggies
  • Sprinkle on top of my oatmeal and grits









Life with Great Lakes Gelatin Collagen Hydrolysate has been awesome and I'm planning to continue regular usage. If you wanna learn more about #GLGtheOriginalCollagen and add products to your healthy living journey?


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What's the best Wine for a Healthy Lifestyle?

If you're going to have an alcoholic drink, choosing vino is generally one of your healthiest options. After all, wine is packed with free radical-fighting phytochemicals, has been linked positively to everything from a healthier heart to sharper brain functions, and even used as part of anti-aging regimens. It is naturally lower in calories than most drinks behind the bar.

Here are few tips I use when choosing a bottle of wine for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.


1. Go Red
While all wine contains some resveratrol (wine’s main health-promoting antioxidant), red wine boast higher amounts of resveratol more than white wines. Why? Red wine is fermented right on the antioxidant-containing grape skin. So if you’re really serious about upping the resveratrol in your glass, it's  been recommended to select wines that contain the thickest-skinned grapes, such as Sirah and Cabernet  Sauvignon.

2. Look for a Lower Alcohol Percentage
Most wines are between 9% and 16% alcohol. And since alcohol comes from grapes’ sugar, the greater your wine’s alcohol percentage, the greater its sugar content.

3. Seek Out Sustainably Farmed Wines
Bottles labeled as sustainably farmed are made without the use of pesticides and tend to contain fewer synthetic chemicals than non-sustainable ones. What’s more, wines made from certified organically grown grapes and organic wines are also great options if you are looking to cut down on chemicals, since they don't contain any added sulfites.