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Accutane: One Month Review (And 2 days)

12.03.2014



Hello Friends!

Sorry it's been a while since I last posted an Accutane update. Family life has been keeping me busy with the holidays here, birthdays, and doctors visits... sooo many doctors visits. Thank the Lord our deductible is paid for the year!  I also lost track of where I was in sharing so I decided to round it up to my one month on Accutane.

Today does officially mark my first full month of being on Accutane. Actually, I should be a bit further along but I'll get into that in a second. I can't believe it's already been a month and at the same time I can't believe it's ONLY been a month!

I can't speak for others but for me it's been a roller coaster. My skin and self have had a few ups and downs and not all of it has been easy. The first few weeks were a breeze but as time went on I started experiencing aches and pains all over. I was warned of this and already knew I would totally get that side affect cause I already have neck pain...yea? It has been more unpleasant than I anticipated. For me I would describe the aches as a soreness you would feel the day after working out when you haven't worked out...ever. Only it never goes away. I also started getting headaches more often. Again, I'm already prone to headaches so this was pretty crippling for me. It affected my vision and there were days I didn't want to move or even speak. I've spent a great deal of time this past month in and out of doctors offices trying to work this out. Being a hypochondriac doesn't help me out either!!! It turns out I have tension migraines, I should have know that and the Accutane only aggravated them further. So after a long discussion with my dermatologist, she decided to give me a break from Accutane for a week to see if my headaches would go away. Which, thankfully they have. For the time being I will be doing only a half dose, instead of taking 30mg twice a day, I will only take it once a day. In the future that may change but for now I'm so relieved this was resolved. Apparently in Europe and everywhere other than the US Accutane is given in smaller amounts for longer time spans vs larger doses for shorter. Both give the exact same result only one is harder on the body.

Left: One week on Accutane. Right: One month - My skin is less swollen, red, tighter, smaller pores. and smoother.

Other negative side affects? Just really dry lips, that need constant moisturizing every 15-20 minutes. Dry eyes, I've woken up a few times feeling like my eyes were replaces with raisins. lol! My moods also seem to be all over the place. I'm pretty good about keeping them in check but it does get the best of me from time to time. I was warned about this side affect too. Thankfully I have an amazing hubby that has been patient the whole way through.

While I am far from the finish line I'm still staying positive about this medication. Despite this difficult set back, I can already see changes and it's been really encouraging. My skin is softer, my pores (which are very large) are greatly shrinking, and my acne breakouts are fewer (and smaller) everyday. When I do get a breakout it comes and goes as quickly as it came.

This one was quite wordy. I do try to keep my posts short. Hope this was helpful to anyone dealing with acne. I still completely recommend giving Accutane a try. Have any questions? Feel free to ask!

Take Care & Enjoy,
♥ Heather

Mini Pot Revamp

11.22.2014

I was at Target the other day getting a few things when I happened to pass the decor isle. For a while now I've been running with the idea of trying a few faux succulents in my home to see if they would look okay and not be too tacky. I'm starting to accept, I just don't have a ton of light of in my home and until I can demolition my house with more windows I have to work with what I have. ANYHOO rambling, I was in the Target isle and saw this lonely succulent plant sitting there asking me to rescue it. So for $3.50 I really couldn't argue!


This was a pretty plain gray pot before I started. It also had a strange texture and while I plan to seek out better faux succulents and pots in the future this was a good trial plant to start with.

This whole project is very quick, affordable, and can easily be something the kiddo can participate in.

Supplies:

- Small Pot (Succulent Optional)
- Paint Brushes
- Acrylic Paint (Dries Faster)
- Masking Tape
- Painting Tray (Old Plate/ Or Paper Plate)
- Water Cup for Paint
- Something to Cover Crafting Space
- Gloss Sealer (Optional)

Directions:

- Make sure your crafting space is covered to keep paint from making a mess everywhere
- Give pot a quick wipe with damp cloth to make sure it's clean - allow to dry
- Paint your pot what ever color your want then allow it to fully dry.
- Then peel strips of tape and place into triangles on your pot, lightly press, then paint open area like shown above. You don't have to use Turtle Tape. It's just what I already had on hand. I love this stuff. It's pricy but you WILL get great results every time! Don't rush, do one section at a time and carefully peel the tape off when each area is dry. I finished my whole pot in about 1 1/2 hrs. Maybe a bit longer but I also had a daughter sitting right next to me drawing, who also loves to show me her pictures step by step in the making lol!

Lastly when you are done you can  paint or spray a glossy sealant over it. Like modpodge or an art spray. I had a glossy art spray on hand. This total project cost me $3.50

Take Care & Enjoy,
♥ Heather


Friday Favorites: 2, Home Decor

11.14.2014

 
1. Cozy Shag Rug in Lime from: Target
2. Room 365™ Geometric Area Rug from: Target
3. Blue & Yellow Spiky Planter by: Pottery Lodge
4. Geometric Glass Terrarium by: Waen
5. 4040 Locust Metal Console from: Urban Outfitters
6. Assembly Home Media Console from: Urban Outfitters
7. I Have Loved You with an Everlasting by: BWPrints
8. 1956 Turquoise Royal Quiet DeLuxe Typewriter  by: Retroburgh
9. Vintage French Clock from: French Attic Finds
10. Colorful Triangles Woven Wall Hanging by: Hello Hydrangea

I love home decorating. The planning, the shopping, the crafting, all of it!  It's something I've always loved to do but this past year has been a tough year on our finances and so I put that aside. Slowly things are getting better and going back to normal. 2 years ago we were blessed and moved from a 1300 sq foot home to a 3000 sq foot home and since then it's been pretty bare. With the weather bitterly cold outside I've been busy crafting away with things to keep me busy. I love all the geometric shapes that are trending right now. I was never into the chevron pattern though. Above is my current loves and inspirations. My home is a burst of color that circles greens, blues, grays, whites, and I'm working on introducing bits of yellow. I used to be really into a Tim Burton meets Alice in wonderland like theme and although it will always be a nice memory, I've moved onto a more vintage mid century like style.

Goals for the winter:
-Make new throw pillows
-Finish my granny square throw blanket
-Paint an old corner shelf I've had FOVEVER!
-Make dog bed

Decorate the home some more!

I'm sure this list will grow. It always does and changes all the time. I fear I am overly inspired and take on too many projects at once. LOL! Do you have any projects you are working on? I'd love for you to share. Do you live in the springs, if so lets meet up and get crafty!

Take Care & Enjoy,
Heather ♥






 

What I Wore: First Snow of the Year

11.13.2014


Well it's officially winter is here in the springs! On Monday it went from a pleasant sunny and 70's degrees day to wildly brisk and windy to snow to 20 degrees in a matter of hours. Usually I'm the first to go skipping down the street shouting to everyone "It's snowing, it's snowing! Hurray!" But I dunno, this time I kinda felt unprepared. It happened so fast! There was no warning. No tiny frost or samples of a coming winter. I know I know, It's November, in Colorado, I should be anticipating this but some how that's how I felt. Farewell beautiful Autumn. You were by far the most beautiful season I've had in all the 9 years I've lived in Colorado. Not to mention the longest fall we've ever had. Okay moving on.





In truth, winter is my close second favorite season of the year to autumn. There is something truly enchanting about the way snow makes all the grime and clutter on the streets look beautiful.


Recently I've had several people bring up the topic of getting dolled up and going outside for photos shoots in the snow or discussing how crazy it is. I admit, I'm guilty of dressing up and doing the same. Everything looks so much prettier in the snow! Even my skin does. I wish this first snow shoot of the year had had a nicer background but unfortunately we had company and I only stole Jedidiah away for a quick second to take these. Do you retire your skirts and dresses in the winter? Do you stick mostly to pants? Although I do wear jeans more often, what you see is a completely normal daily outfit for me. I prefer autumn weather but I tolerate the cold very well. If  I stay home, well it's leggings and tees. haha.





Top: Forever21 (or Similar)  Cardigan: ModCloth  Skirt: ModCloth (Similar)  Tights: Forever21 (Similar or these)  Coat: Tulle (Similar or this)   Shoes: Target (Similar)

Take Care & Enjoy,
♥Heather

P.S.
Has anyone else been having trouble with blurry uploads on blogger today? None of my other posts are like this but this one seems blurry till I click on each pic even though they are crisp and the same as previous photos. Are they blurry from your viewing side too? I'd also love to know what browser you use the most. I use Firefox but am finding Chrome is faster and all around better.

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