Friday, April 11, 2014

Impromptu Trip to NYC

While looking for museums in DC with Kiki Smith exhibits, I found out she had one at Pace Gallery in NYC.  But, it was ending in two days.  So, I decided to take a day trip to NYC!  I only live 2 hrs. away and I'm lucky enough to not work on Fridays, so why not?  I couldn't find anyone else interested or able to go with me on a Friday, but I'm fine with doing things alone.
I took two trains and arrived around 1 to a rainy, cold city.  First, I went to Pace Gallery to see the exhibit. 

Train selfie

Kiki Smith

Then, I decided to check out Chelsea Market.  I had googled it prior and it sounded like just the place for me!  Yummy food all around!

Los Tacos Lunch!

High line right next to the market

After the market and relaxing on the High line, I found Blue Bottle Coffee and got a mocha to help warm me up!  It was still rainy and cold, Spring apparently hadn't gotten the memo yet.  Unfortunately, since it was so cold, I didn't get to try the New Orleans iced coffee that Blue Bottle is known for.  I totally plan to go back and try this summer though and I hear it'll be sold in Whole Foods soon!

Serious coffee art (is that a thing?) skills!

After the coffee, I had to use the restroom so I went back to the market and decided lobster roll lunch boxes would be perfect for me to take home for dinner!  I apparently had lost my mind, I don't know why I thought carrying those on two trains (the one from NYC to Trenton was PACKED) back home would be fun.  I came home with cookies from Sarabeth's (and a mug for my sister, Sarabeth), brownies from Fat Witch, The King from Liddabit Sweet, and lobster roll lunch boxes from The Lobster Place.  It might be the first time I didn't come home with cupcakes!  I couldn't walk the next day, but it was a great time and I'm glad I went!  Can't wait to go back when it's warmer.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Osmia Organics samples

I've been trying to make the switch to natural skincare and beauty products, which means lots of sampling since my skin is NOT perfect and needs help.  I ordered a bunch of samples from Osmia Organics after reading about them on a few blogs, including 312 Beauty one of my new favorite blogs. I chose the spot treatment, detox mask, calibration serum, active toner, and black clay soap.  And they were nice enough to add in a few more things for me to try!  It came beautifully wrapped and with a handwritten note.  I gotta be honest, they had me at handwritten note!

I like all the products and was planning to buy the black clay soap right away, but then I saw they were making a new soap (which incorporates the black soap) on Instagram and now I'm waiting for that to debut.  I'm still deciding on the detox mask, the toner and calibration serum.  The thing about natural products, better ingredients mean a bigger price tag!  A girl has to space things out!  I'm also deciding on the spot treatment, I don't dig the smell.  Is that a weird reason?  Ha.  

Super cute!

I've used the mask twice now and have enough for one more shot.  After reading reviews, I think I was expecting a new face after I washed it off!  It's good, but apparently it won't give you a new face!  Haha.  It's a process.  I'm learning that.  I'm trying to be patient.  Anyone else use these products?

Saturday, March 29, 2014

New look!

Working on updating the blog look!  Still need a photo of my face.  That's gonna take some work.  Ha.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Birthday 2014 Recap!

Yesterday was my 33rd birthday, yes this is crazy.  I feel 15, well sometimes I feel 80, but never 33.  It was a pretty perfect day.  It started with my friend taking me for a mani/pedi, Starbucks and shoe shopping (where I got Steve Madden boots for $25 with a clearance sale and coupons!), then I met my family (my mom, aunts, grandmom, cousin and her baby) for lunch, after that I went to dinner with my husband!  It was a pretty awesome day!

Birthday gift from my baby!

Nails and Starbucks with my friend (she spoiled me)!

Waiting for the train to Philly with my baby

My goofball and that yummy pizza with an egg on top!

Skirt steak


Short Ribs

Selfie at the table (after two glasses of Sangria)

Train ride home

Bday cake from Coldstone!!

Also, I have a new blog design coming soon.  Just need to get it together enough for a new photo!  ;)

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Doing This Detox


I wrote the below post a few months ago, when I first started the detox, but never hit publish.  Now, I am actually going off the detox, almost done adding everything back in.  I have lost some weight, pretty much gotten rid of me stomach issues (except when I eat too much bread/fried foods) and my skin cleared up a lot (though I recently added back in dairy a little and noticed my skin breaking out a bit).  I am still not pregnant, but my doctor has started treating me specifically for infertility with acupuncture now that he feels I'm much healthier.  I'll be honest, since a few months have gone by of me on this crazy detox and I'm still not pregnant, I have gotten a little discouraged, but I see the doctor again on Tuesday and I plan to get his honest opinion about what kind of time frame I need to put this in.  I'm not technically doing fertility treatments but I am still working towards pregnancy and really sort of revolving my life around it.  I don't know when/if that will ever stop, unless I have a baby.

Previous unpublished post:

I'm not sure if I mentioned it before, but I'm doing a doctor ordered detox.  I've been battling unexplained infertility (yes, it is a battle) for about 3.5 years and after 3 specialists, 5 IUIs, 6 IVFs and no success, I decided to try a different route.  I started seeing a D.O. (Osteopathic doctor) in October.  He's an actual medical doctor who also uses Chinese medicine a lot in his practice.  I just figured he'd treat me with acupuncture and that'd be all.  Boy, was I wrong!  My first visit with him was probably around 2 hours long.  He did an Autonomic Response Test (tests for things like Mercury poisoning, excess yeast and slew of other stuff), Neural Therapy (sticks Novicaine filled syringes into your scars to open your Meridians on the inside), Micro-Current Therapy (electro current) and Acupuncture.  During this visit he discovered that I have excess yeast in my system.  I always thought maybe this was an issue for me, but didn't know how to find out for sure.  Ever since I can remember my stomach always hurts and my chin breaks out.  Once a girl working at Sephora told me that her chin used to always break out and she found out it was because she had too much yeast in her body, so I started to wonder if that could be my problem too.  And since I've had such trouble getting pregnant/staying pregnant, I wonder if it could all be related?  I mean, essentially, too much yeast makes your body toxic and I can't imagine that would be a great environment for a baby.
So, the doctor tells me I too much yeast and FUNGUS in my body and the way I get rid of it is with a detox diet.  Ordinarily this diet takes about 17 weeks but since I've been on this journey for so long, he knows I'm in a hurry, so he told me he was going to add in some other things to speed it up to six weeks (hopefully).  Along with the no dairy, no grains, no sugar, no legumes, no processed food and no pork, I also have to do detox baths (1.5 cups epsom salt and 1.5 cups baking soda in water as hot as you can stand for 30 mins.) every night, and I'm taking these antifungal drops before meals, Magnesium Oxide, Vitamin D drops, and Borage Oil at night.  I'm also supposed to be Grounding every day for 20 mins., but I haven't been doing that.  I just don't have time to stand outside for 20 mins. and not to mention it's not exactly warm and sunny lately! 
I saw the doctor a week after I started the diet and not much had changed at that point, but they said it was normal.  I'll see him again next week and at that point I'll be 30 days into it!  I'm really hoping the yeast has cleared up

New Skin?

I'll admit, Im not so great with looking like I care what I look like most days.  I mean, I like the idea of always looking together, but I also like sleep.  Sleep always wins.  If you put me and my younger sister in a room together, you probably wouldn't guess we were sisters.  She's always got perfect makeup and I'm too busy wondering where I'm eating next.  But, like I said, I like the idea of looking like I care.  So, I've been trying to get my skin in better shape and you know, wearing makeup like more than once a month.  I recently bought Manuka honey to hopefully clear up my skin in a natural way.  And I just ordered a bunch of samples from Osmia Organics.  I hear great things about the spot treatment!  We shall see if it can work miracles!  I'll post about the products I ordered once they arrive.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Filling my 2014 Life Planner with an Amazing Year

I decided on this Erin Condren Life Planner...

I really wanted the Gold Series, but couldn't bring myself to spend the money, so I went with a similar look with a smaller price tag.  
When I got the planner (which is super cute btw), I told myself I was going to fill it with an amazing year.  I have spent the last few years with my life revolving around getting pregnant and after 3.5 years and 6 failed IVFs, among other things, I'm over it.  It's time to live my life.  So, it has been my mission to start planning fun stuff for the year.  I bought tickets to see Fall Out Boy and Paramore with my husband and siblings in June (Pit tickets like I think I'm 22 again!),  I'm planning a game night with my cousins, a trip to see my in-laws in Florida, a trip to Boston to visit a friend, movie dates (with my husband and girlfriends), Yankees tickets for my stepdad's bday, and that's just my ideas so far!  Trying to have a baby, when it's not working, is very tiring.  I'm excited about my year of fun ahead!  Hopefully, we'll even get out of the country at least once.  Either way, I know it's going to be an amazing year.