Sunday, October 12, 2014

When life gives you lemons...

So I just realized it has been a long time since I've posted to this blog, but when life gives me lemons... 

So last month I went for my first mammogram.  I was supposed to get a baseline at age 35, but I am a few years late.  To be honest, I didn't feel a huge push to get it done since I have really no cancers in my family (except my dad who had prostate cancer and he tells me that if you are a man and live long enough, you're bound to get it... He's doing great now by the way).

Anyway, long story in a little nutshell, my mammogram showed "something".
"Something" brought me back for another mammogram.
And then that "something" had me laying on a table getting an ultrasound.

And this ultrasound wasn't nearly as fun as the kind when you get to see the heartbeat of your new little baby.  I had no idea what I was looking at~ but I could tell it wasn't good.

As I was laying on that table waiting for her to come back and give me the terrible news, I got to thinking... I was actually expecting her to come back and tell me I had cancer.  There is always a first, and I was going to be the first in my family.  Oddly enough, I felt a strange peace about it~ that I was going to be OK.
But then when she DID come back and tell me I was OK, I didn't feel OK.

All that and then I'm fine?!?!?
Turns out I had a nodule that they determined was benign.
I have no idea how they can determine something is benign from a picture but oh well...

All this got me thinking... and thinking... and thinking...

And in effort not to ramble anymore I will get to the point of this blog~ 
When life gives you lemons....

I'm serious!  
That is what I have been doing for the last two weeks and amazingly it works!!
(and I can sniff out B.O. ~even mine~ a mile away)

Did you know that sweat actually doesn't stink?
Did you know it is actually the BACTERIA on your skin that makes you stink??
Lemons kill bacteria!
How awesome is that?!?!?

So here again are the reasons you should use lemons as deodorant...

1. IT WORKS!  And I mean it works for a long time.  I use it every morning and the next morning after a day of work, exercise, sleep and sometimes 'other' stuff at night, I still wake up smelling just fine!

2. IT'S CHEAP!  Lemons are WAY cheaper than any deodorant I've ever seen and I have been doing this for two weeks and am just about halfway through ONE lemon (you'll have to watch my video to see how I slice it to make this happen).

3. IT'S ENVIRONMENTALLY BETTER!  Hello?  Lemons?  No plastic container, or packaging or factory pumping pollution into the air... Lemons grow on lovely trees and they're organic- meaning they come from the earth and can go right back into the earth just fine!

4. IT HAS NO ALUMINUM!! And while I'm not saying that that is what causes breast cancer, I have heard there are some links and anything that stops your sweat by clogging your pores with something else can't be good for you...

So I'm serious... Try this out!  Take the Lemon Challenge!  Steal this and share it!  
No tweaking needed!

Check out my video below to see more (if you want~ otherwise just go grab a lemon and throw out your deodorant- recycle it)


PS.  And go get your mammogram!!!!!!
And pray for my friend Lori who was recently diagnosed and could use prayers! <3

Thursday, April 24, 2014

BEST MASCARA EVER!!! (+ my favorite eyeliner)

So I'm not a big make-up gal... never have been... I've tried, but really the only staples I use are eyeliner, mascara and lip gloss.  Let's face it, these things take no time to put on and in my case I find it necessary.  My eyelashes are so short and light that it almost looks like they don't exist at all.

I was fine with my current mascara but when my friend (who I had met through blogging/emailing because we had both lost babies) started selling this mascara, I became intrigued.  The pictures she would post looked too good to be true.  I was a bit skeptic but for a friend was ready to take the leap.  The mascara is about $30, but if it did what it said it did and lasted 2-3 months I thought it would be worth it!

The mascara comes in what looks like a hard, glasses' case and there are two mascara wands inside.  The directions on the product are a little different than the way I use it (they say you can start with your old mascara but to be honest, when I got this stuff, I threw out my old mascara).

The way to apply it is to use the long wand first.  It basically looks like a regular mascara but is also a gel.  So you use the long wand and apply mascara.  Then you take the short wand (which contains the fibers) and put the fibers on (similar to putting on mascara).  The fibers really only need to be on the top half of your lashes (not all the way down to the base like you would put mascara).  The fibers are what stick to your lashes and make them look longer.  You can apply as many coats as you'd like to make them as long as you'd like.  I made a video tutorial/review that you can see HERE if you are a more visual learner.  You can also see my before, pitiful little lashes and feel sorry for me! ;-)

Here's a close up so you can see what my lashes look like with this mascara on!  If you want to order some, you can contact my friend, Deni.  There is a link at the bottom of the video I made and the product is shipped directly to your house.
(Thanks for your order if you choose to place one.)

And while I'm talking about mascara and make-up, I thought I'd share my new favorite eyeliner!  It's awesome!!!  I found it (ironically) by checking out reviews on Amazon and then picked it up at my local store to try.  Turns out that Amazon was cheaper.  If you want to check that out too, click HERE.

4.5 Stars and over 400 reviews is pretty good!