Unblemished Review – Day 10

I meant to update after a week, but life happens. Corporate life has been taking up too much of my time recently.

Anyway, 10 days ago I started to use Unblemish from Rodan & Fields twice a day. Every morning and night I would wash my face and use the toner. I only used the creams/lotions at night. My face is so oily to begin with, I can risk lotion before makeup.

***I am not a consultant. Just giving my honest feedback***

I have very pleased with the results! My face has cleared up considerably in the last 10 days. By no means will I go makeup free, but there is less to coverup!

The wash and toner leave my face feeling clean. Surprisingly, the lotions at night do not increase the oiliness of my face. I feel like my makeup lays nicer now, and I have more confidence.

Online Grocery Pickup

Grocery pickup has FINALLY arrived in my hometown. And let me tell you, I cannot be more excited!!

I get it, a lot of people think it’s the lazy way out. I’m here to tell you differently!

Every week, I spend approximately 2 hours grocery shopping. Normally, I don’t have a list and I’m just winging it. I’m not always sure what I want, so I end up going down every aisle. Even when I get there at 7am, there are still crowds to fight.

When I finally think I have everything, I remember I have forgotten something on the other side of the store! Then the dreaded checkout line. I literally spend 20-30 minutes waiting in line every week!!!

With grocery pick up, I now have more time to spend with my children. As a working mom, I value the extra time with them.

It has also helped me cut down on my grocery bill. I now can add items to my cart throughout the week, and keep track of my total as I go. It has eliminated impulse buys.

I’m sure there are some negatives, but the positive far out weigh the negatives for me!

I Have The Class Biter

I’ve been on the other side. Picking up my oldest, I would be signing at least one “accident” report a week. Some weeks, he would get bit two or three times.

Well, roles are reversed. When I picked the boys up from daycare today, they informed me that my little one bit 5 times today! I was flooded with dread. I now have the kid that everyone will label as the bad kid.

Let’s be clear, I saw this coming. At home when he gets angry he has bitten me. He has bitten his dad, and his brother. I tried the “bite him back” method. Needless to say it hasn’t worked for my tiny tot.

My little guy himself has been bitten. He knows what it feels like, but he continues this behavior.

I’m at a loss for what to do. Out Daycare has a policy that if they bite so many times in a day, they have to go home. I need to stop this habit now. Anyone have any advice??

Work Life Balance – Is it really as common as everyone says?

Everyone talks about work/life balance. There are companies who really prioritize work/life balance. Google is a common example. How common is it though?

I have been fortunate enough to work my normal 8-5 job at a place that is flexible. By flexibility, I have the option to work from home as needed. It cannot be on a consistent basis, but if the kids come down with something, I have the ability.

While this seems like a perk, lately I have been wondering if it really is or not. If my kid is sick, I don’t have to take a sick day, but trying to work and tend to them is not an easy task. If fact, it’s very stressful. I sometimes wish I could just take the day off and cuddle them.

Another “benefit” of my flexibility is that I can leave on time to pick the kids up from daycare and put any extra hours in from home. Again, this is a great option as I never have to worry about staying late, but sometimes it means I don’t get to spend time with my kids. If I do decide to not log in from home, I’m constantly feeling like I should be online. It’s hard to disconnect and take a break.

Recently with all of my “flexibility” I have had to work 70+ hours a week for my 8-5 job. It leaves little time to spend time with the family even though I am home. It is taking a toll on me and my family.

Sometimes I do wish I didn’t have the ability to work from home. After leaving for the day, I would be free to do what I wanted.

Will we ever get to a point that an 8-5 job is just that?

Antibiotics and Anxiety

Per usual, I have come down with my second sinus infection of the season. It happens AT LEAST twice a year.

I was prescribed Augmentin. I was just prescribed the same medicine back in December for my first sinus infection. I thought nothing of starting this round. I was feeling pretty bad and actually took a day off of work.

I started to experience dizziness and nausea. I knew that Augmentin could mess with my stomach, so I figured I’d have to deal with it. Lack of appetite, nausea, and dizziness continued over the next couple of days. My anxiety also skyrocketed.

I figured the dizziness was from sleeping funny and my anxiety was high because of the dizziness. Finally, I did a little research.

Turns outs, I think all of my symptoms are a reaction to the Augmentin. I know antibiotics kill ALL (bad and good) bacteria. I know how important gut health is and how it does effect my anxiety levels. I have been taking a probiotic with my antibiotic, but apparently it is not enough.

I will be calling my doctor tomorrow to find out my options. I cannot continue to take this round. My lack of eating along with my increased anxiety is too much for me to handle.