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What I Wore: Autumn Strolls & Piper's Birthday

10.29.2014


It's been a crazy busy two weeks. I've tried to get on the computer for ages now to edit some photos but every time I did something came up. Friday the 17th Piper turned 7. Awww my baby girls is growing up too fast. It's times like these that I start to consider one more baby, cause I suppose I'm not entirely ready to let go of that chapter of my life. But with my current medication, Accutane, I'll have to wait about 7 months.


Anyhoo, It was Friday and usually we try to do a family only birthday celebration for the girls and then an actual party days later.  Piper chose to go to a park. It's been a while since we've been to this park and to be honest I don't know why we don't go to this one more often. The changing leaves were enchanting and made for an amazing backdrop. To make the day even better, the weather was warm with clear skies. I was thankful for that cause it allowed us to be outside longer. Piper finished her day with her choice of dinner... Cici's Pizza...and it is always pizza that she picks. LOL! If you asked her every day what she wanted she would always say pizza, then probably tacos. Gotta love a kids simple taste.



 Don't you just love this amazing dress from Fleet Collection!? I own two of their dresses now and honestly I would kill to own a whole lot more! Their clothes are wonderfully made and so comfortable to wear all day. My favorite part... pockets! Who doesn't love dresses and skirts with pockets!? Oh and if you haven't tried ModCloth's Contouring Shorts, you should really give them a try. Not only do they comfortably hold everything in but they also add a warm layer under dresses and skirts.

Earrings: Etsy  Cardigan: Target (Similar)  Dress: ModCloth  Lacy Shorts: ModCloth  Shoes: ModCloth (Similar or these)

Take Care & Enjoy,
♥ Heather



The Arbitrary Scarf Exchange

10.25.2014

Hello!
I'm extremely excited about today's post. As I have mentioned before I've been working on how to improve my blog, bring in new followers, and get to know you! 

A couple years ago I was invited to join an online scarf swap. It turned out to be so much fun I thought it would be fantastic to host my own here. So bare with me as I do my best to go over the details. If I leave anything out or you have any questions, please feel free to ask.


Partners: Each person participating will be paired with another person.

The Scarf: Your partners scarf should have a minimum value of $15. It can cost more if you choose but lets keep it worthy and try to stay at or above $15.

Schedule:
- Sign-ups start today Saturday, October 25th
- Sign-ups will close Monday, November 3th
- Your partner will be announced Tuesday, November 4th
- All packages MUST be shipped with a postdate of no later than Friday, November 14th!

*** Please note the chosen dates above. I ask that you do not sign up unless you are FULLY committed to taking the time to learn about your partners style/likes and have it shipped. It's not fair to the other participants if you can't follow through.  I understand things come up - should something happen, please be in communication with me.




Participation: Answer the following questions in the comments below to help give your partner ideas of your personal style and to better insure you get something you'd like. Please fill it to the fullest. The more info the better!

- First & Last Name

- Email Address

- As many social media links as you like (please at least 1, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Blog, Etsy, etc).

- Describe yourself/style in 5 words.

- What do you like (or don't like) in a scarf? Color, patterns, style, material, etc.

**Please let me know if you have any questions! You can also sign-up by emailing me if you don't want to leave your personal contact info in the comments below: thearbitraryfox {at} gmail {dot} com


 Please help me spread the word! The more the merrier! Grab yourself a button for your blog and give a shout out on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest.


BONUS:

If we can get 30+ participants, one lucky person person will win an additional scarf based off their questionnaire provided by me!

Other Notes:

*Please write the above dates down and make certain you can meet the deadlines before signing up.  You don't want to be that person who leaves your partner scarf-less!

*Follow my blog, Instagram, or Facebook where I will be posting reminders about all of the deadlines! Use the hashtag #TAScarfExchange to share, post, and see picts from participants on Instagram!



Grab Me!
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Take Care & Enjoy,
Heather

My Journey to Clear Skin: Accutane Day 1


Recently on Instagram, I shared a photo of me with my skin left unedited. It might not seem like a big deal to some but for this was HUGE. I kinda surprised myself when I posted it. I've even debated on deleting the photo but the kind feedback I got encouraged me to keep it up. Truthfully though, that particular photo still hid the worst of my acne. Thank the Lord for makeup right?! Those who know me know that I don't like to leave the house without makeup on. Even camping I make sure to have some sort of coverage. This post is very personable to me. I have NEVER shared photos of myself without makeup.

After the interest I received from mentioning my starting journey with Accutane I've decided to start a series; sharing a bit about Accutane, my progress, and any noted side affects.

To begin, I'll start with a bit of background info about my skin. I've had acne from the time I started  my period at 14 years old and I've never had a break from it since. I'm certainly not the worst case of acne. It is mild compared to some. What I do have are deep and extremely painful nodules and cyst. They stay for weeks sometime months at a time and rarely break the surface. It has caused scaring and uneven skin. The photos shown of my skin are surprisingly clear for me, only slightly swollen and broken out.


If you know anything about Accutane it's like the last stop on the acne treatment train. If this doesn't work well crap, that really sucks! This medication is like bringing out the big guns and it doesn't come without risks. First of all let me clarify that the actual brand Accutane can no longer be prescribed in the US. Due to too many negative cases it was pulled. HOWEVER generic versions like what I just started today, Claravis are still available to use. But since most people know this medication by its brand name Accutane, I will continue to call it such.

After spending what has seemed like a lifetime of experimenting with several cocktails of acne treatments, both oral and typical, I've finally broken down and accepted that Accutane was my only option. You name it I've tried it, natural remedies, Proactive, birth control, and every prescription out there. Regrettably, nothing worked successfully for very long.

If you are thinking about taking some version of Accutane, know that it takes a GREAT deal of commitment. You have to be consistent and stay on top of appointments. My journey with Accutane actually started in September. For ladies, this medication requires you to take a pregnancy test every single month, then follow up with your doc, fill out a monthly ipledge questionnaire, and take medication daily. In my case twice daily. For you guys, it's a lot simpler. Missing one step could set you back a whole month! You are only allowed one package of medication a month. You cannot get your refill till you have been tested negative for pregnancy, a healthy liver, and a few other things. It might not sound like that huge a commitment but trying to fit everything in their required 7 day window before you can get your next refill is quite nerve racking! What's worse, this medication is by NO means cheap! Most insurances don't give a large discount. With United Health Care it's $723 per month till my 3k delectable is paid! WTF?! Thankfully, at least 3 months of my medication will only cost $150 cause I've met my yearly deductible. Sadly that still leaves me with 3 months that I have to pay it in full cause my insurance deems this as a "not requires" medication. So as you can see this is a serious contentment!


I will be on this medication for the next 6 months. I will continue to post weekly updates and photos to show my progress. I hope you will join along with what I hope will be a successful journey to clear skin. I'd love to hear from you. Have you gone through Accutane? What did you experience? If you have any questions I'd love to hear them.

Take Care & Enjoy,
♥ Heather


Homemade Costumes

10.22.2014

2009: Piper - Raggedy Ann /  Chloie - Forest Farie
2010: Piper - Leopard / Chloie - Beautiful Witch
2011: Chloie - Cleopatra / Piper - Egyptian Cat
2012: Piper - Gnome

2012: Chloie - Lady Chloie
2013: Piper - Fluttershy
2013: Chloie - Pinkie Pie

I'm so excited for Halloween! I love getting my girls all dresses up, going to fall parties and trick or treating. Every year I usually make the girls costumes. It's been such a fun tradition for us to bond and get creative over. This year I'm a bit okay a lot behind in making their costumes. Chloie is getting a bit too big for me to make her costumes and so we've decided this will be the last year that we make one. But I'm sure I'll cave on this in the future... What are they going to be? That's will have to be a surprise for next week.

As you can see from the picts, my photography skills have greatly improved other the years as do our costumes. There's still plenty of room for improvement but it's been quite the adventure learning and critiquing my skills.

Till next week when we share our costumes, what do you plan to be? Any special plans?

Take Care & Enjoy,
♥ Heather 

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