So, here’s the poop…

Anyone who knows me absolutely knows that #AuthenticallyMark is VERY tongue and cheek; there is no other version of Mark, I have very little filter, I’m honest to a fault.

Which is actually why I don’t drink vodka, because then I would have NO FILTER, whatever comes to my brain comes out of my mouth.

But, I digress. Authentically Mark was designed to be a creative writing outlet for my cooking, adventures, for prospective Wedding Ghost clients to see some of my writing style and to talk about things that no one else will.

Today’s topic is poop! We all do it, no one ever talks about it and one of the last things anyone wants to do is have to use a bathroom anywhere around people you work with or know.

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Chuck and I love to travel and we often cruise. If you’ve ever been on a cruise ship the cabins are not only really, really tiny but no matter where in the cabin you are no more than five feet from the rest of the room. And, to make matters worse you are right next to the door and the hallway.

Industry networking events! UGH! You are in bathroom filled with people you work with and network with all of the time…

So, my sister-in-law (hi pee-boo!) told us about this crazy product called Poo-Pourri; and she swears by it. It’s a small spray bottle of scented liquid. The instructions say that you pump 5-6 spritzes onto the water before using and it creates a barrier that keeps smells locked in.

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I was REALLY skeptical and this holiday season I happened to be in Bed, Bath and Beyond and saw a display of various sizes. I figured I didn’t want to waste too much money when this didn’t work so I got the tiny travel size.


Truly, it’s amazing, I got the Citrus scented and it’s really beautiful. I’m not sure exactly how it works but it does and I’m hooked; we have one in each bathroom.

As if this wasn’t awesome enough, their YouTube videos are hysterical! Check these out:



S#it just got real


December 31, 2016 – I decided to finally launch #AuthenticallyMark. I’ve used it as a hashtag for posts that are truly me, witty quips or something silly that only I would say or do.

Today S#it just got real…

I came home from work they other day and told Chuck that we had to change a bunch of things in our lives, not the New Year’s Resolution type things, but REALLY change.

The photo above is me, today, December 31 2016 at almost 56 years old, six foot one inch tall and 262 pounds, that’s it, I’ve said it 262 pounds.

I was walking up a sight incline at work the other day and talking to a couple and could barely catch my breath. I’m borderline diabetic and my blood pressure and cholesterol are higher than they should be.

You’ve probably seen pictures of us making lighter, low carb meals; but what you don’t see are the times we go off the wagon.

We eat out with friends and follow the herd (literally), I stop for fast food breakfast because I didn’t take the time to fix a healthy breakfast when we had plenty in the house. We bend from lean protein and two veggies to having white potatoes, bread and starchie veggies.

I was already over weight when we moved here four years ago, but I’m managed to pack on another thirty pounds.

Today it stops, #AuthenticallyMark will not only be about this journey but also recipes, pushing my self to do more (physically, personally and professionally), and some reality checks, but also some rants.

It will be slightly off color at times, not always for the faint of heart, if you call me out on something on social media you might see your comment here.

… but whatever you read will be #AuthenticallyMark