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Skincare Routine

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Let’s talk skin!
Your face is the first thing everyone sees so who wants to walk around with a broken out face or dark circles under their eyes?! Not me that’s for sure. I feel so confident when I have glowing clear skin.
BUT….that wasn’t always the case and I owe that to the amazing Katt at Grafin Skin and Beauty. I met Katt almost a year ago after coming across her spa on Yelp and on a whim I made an appointment. This was the best thing to ever happen to me! Going into my first appointment my face was broken out so bad that I was embarrassed to take off my hat to show her. She made me feel so safe and took so much time with me. We went through EVERYTHING from my eating habits to every ingredient in my makeup. She has been on this journey with me and I rarely ever get a pimple anymore. So I guess we can say she’s just magic hahaha. My acne was being caused by something as simple as the products I was using. I had tried everything in the books from medication to the crazy tricks like rubbing alcohol…YIKES! By changing my products, watching the amount of dairy, chocolate, and fried foods I ate my face has taken a complete 180.

My facial routine is quite simple (which I love for just that reason)

  • In the morning I wash my face with the Vivier-Hexam wash and then I use the Vivant-Allantoin lotion. (I have the Vivant with SPF as well!-prevent those wrinkles) 
  • Before bed I remove all of my makeup, wash again with the Vivier-Hexam wash, and then moisturize with Vivier-Lexxel. 
  • About once a month I get a facial with Katt where she does her magic.
AND THATS IT!!!!
I now have no excuse because ONE I know it works and TWO it takes maybe 1-2 minutes out of my day. I still stuffer from what I now know is Excoria, which is where I pick the smallest of bumps on my skin. But since there aren’t any to pick I have basically been cured.  She has done wonders to my face this past year. Best money ever spent!! Head over check out her blog, buy some products, or even make an appointment.

Buy any of these products:

https://petalandherb.com

Make an appointment below:

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Read Katt’s Blog to learn more:

http://blog.grafinskinandbeauty.com/

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Plant Dreams and Pull Weeds: Garden Beds

I love gardening. There is just this special feeling when I see the vegetables and fruits grow into edible treats! Plus it’s super convenient to walk outside to my own garden and grab my produce for my meals. Last year I constructed my very own garden bed and guess what! Its a pretty easy process!! If you aren’t into the DIY projects many hardware stores sell pre-made raised garden beds.

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Here’s how to make your own:

Step 1: Go to a hardware store and buy your wood. I went to Loews because they would cut the wood for me. I chose black locust wood because it lasts and is untreated to prevent any transfer of chemicals to my produce. For my frame, I used six 6-foot boards, six 3-foot 9-inch boards and ten 10-1/2-inch support posts.  The pre-physical therapist in me even added boards on top to sit on while I garden.

Step 2: Choose a spot to plant! Outline your garden with the wood boards then start removing your grass! If your wood isn’t rot-resistant make sure to put a liner along the inside before filling your garden.

Step 3: Fill your garden with a mix of dirt and compose. I used organic because it helps prevent grubs and is better for my crop.

Step 4: Now plant! Grow whatever your heart desires and don’t forget to water your crops. The best time to water is in the morning. You can even add some miracle grow to give your bed a bit of help. 🙂

This year I planted:

  • Red, green, and orange peppers
  • Jalapenos
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes: Early girl, Cherry, and Big Boy
  • Zucchini
  • Strawberries

I also have a small herb box growing:

  • Chives
  • Basil
  • Peppermint
  • Green Onion
  • Rosemary

Let me know if you have any questions or other gardening tips! Happy Gardening everyone!!

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Walking for a Cause <3

This Mother’s Day was a bit different for me this year because I spent it being incredibly thankful for my IMG_0199Mom. My mom is the strongest person I know and I absolutely don’t know what I would do without her in my life. Last October my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was the scariest phone call I’ve ever received. Since then she has had surgery, went through treatment, and as far as we know she is cancer freeSo this mothers day weekend we spent it walking for the Living Well Center! It is 100% philanthropically run and gives cancer patients and their families resources. Anything from massages, wigs, workout classes, counseling services, and art classes this center has it all. I couldn’t ask for a better organization to support that has been so amazing and helpful to my family. The guidance this center gave us made the storm a little easier to bare. The weather was amazing and my whole family came out to support my mom as we walked our 3 miles. This has truly been a life changing experience for me and really makes you open your eyes and enjoy life!!! This October I will be running the Chicago Marathon for my momma and an amazing organization called bright pink which supplies resources to woman in the Chicago area to prevent cancer. So cheer me on as I take on the easier (26.2 ) challenge than my mom did this year. I’d love to hear other stories or answer any questions, so feel free to comment below!! Also the importance of checking your breasts for lumps and seeing your doctor regularly!

 

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I quit my job…

Screen Shot 2017-05-10 at 10.12.58 PMHey guys…so some huge news clearly from the title you can see I quit my job! This was the scariest ,yet most invigorating, decision I have ever made and possibly the most dumb! You see I don’t have another job lined up…but I decided it was a leap I had to make. Let me explain before you start to judge!!!

When I first started my job it was full of new concepts, people, and challenges. After two and a half years at ATI physical therapy I have gone as high as I can with my current education level. More importantly I have begun to despise a job I used to love. Physical therapy is my dream job and it stunk being so close yet so far away. I felt like I was only staying because I was being imprisoned by my student loans and maybe a few guilty shopping trips…hey a girls gotta shop right?! haha  Being stuck at a job comparing myself to all my friends who love their jobs made me feel like a failure.  I was beating myself up everyday, acting cranky for no reason, and just felt like I was losing my happy self. I was lost.

It was even more tough because I had such a good relationship with my boss!! She has always fought for me and encouraged me to continue my education so telling her I was quitting was extremely scary. Is it just me or does anyone else completely freeze up talking to their bosses!? I instantly want to cry anytime I talk to my bosses about anything serious.  But can I say that conversation made me so proud of myself! I held my own, remained professional, and ultimately maintained my relationship with my boss/ATI. ATI has been so good to me and I hope one day I can head back as a physical therapist, but right now I need a game plan and to apply to a ton of jobs!! Yikes!!

Job applications.. so I haven’t applied for a job in the longest time. I was so comfortable at my job that I hadn’t even updated my resume. With one more week left at ATI I feel a weight lifted off my shoulder. My resume is updated, I have applied to numerous jobs, and again I feel alive. I’m free and I can do anything! I might struggle financially and feel like a loser without a job. My family is the most amazing support system I can ask for and I feel a little safer in my decision knowing they have my back. So wish me luck guys! I’m on a wild goose hunt, so feel free to reach out if you’re on the same path as me. You aren’t alone!

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