Luminous You: Third Appointment and Skin Care

On Saturday, March 2, I had my third BBL treatment with Valery at Luminous You. Shortly after I arrived, Valery applied the numbing cream to my face and then I waited approximately 20 minutes before the BBL treatment started.

On average, a person needs only two of the BBL treatments, but some of my redness was being stubborn and we agreed that a third treatment was needed. Valery decided it was best to turn up the settings on the BBL machine to go deeper into my skin. This was definitely more painful than usual. Valery handed me a pig from her zoo to squeeze! (Her zoo is a few different stress balls/animals to squeeze if necessary.)

After the treatment I went home. I noticed a lot less redness which is great! Unfortunately, a few hours after my treatment, I noticed a little swelling of my face. It wasn’t a big deal, I took some ibuprofen and went to bed.

Let’s jump back to the day of my appointment… Valery suggested that I try a few new skin care products because my face has been very dry lately (I blame the INSANE cold weather). Here are the products that Valery gave me to try: OBAGI nu-derm Gentle Cleanser, OBAGI nu-derm Toner (I have never used a toner before), Hyla 3D HA Activating Complex by Jan Marini, C-ESTA Face Serum (step 2) by Jan Marini, Elta MD UV Replenish Broad-Spectrum SPF 44, and D2O Hydrating Spray by Jane Iredale to use after makeup application. Typically I use all Kiehl’s products and generally have been happy with them. Skin care is very important and needs to go along with the BBL treatments to maximize the results. As mentioned in previous Luminous You post, taking care of your skin is very important and using sunscreen daily is a must!!

The redness in my cheeks a few days out is less noticeable and there are barely any visible vessels, so I think overall the third treatment did the trick. I will update you on the skincare products after I use them for a few weeks.

I am done for now my with BBL treatments, I do feel as though Valery does care about her clients best outcome. She has reached out to me many times to see how I was feeling and to help get to the bottom of the swelling! I appreciate the way she cares about me as a person, not just another client in her chair.

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*This post is sponsored but the opinions and views in this post are completely mine and 100% honest.

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The Kitchen Sink

The kitchen is the spot where we all are found regularly. The kitchen connects the dining room and our playroom, there is always movement, there is always a bit of a mess. I might be in there cooking or baking, with or without help. The dogs can be found hanging around for something to fall or getting their own food and water. The boys are usually scheming ways to find snacks… after having snacks. They even teamwork in the fridge now and gather apples and cheese sticks. So basically what I am trying to say is that our kitchen RARELY sleeps…and this means our kitchen sink usually has something in it.

When we bought our house, we didn’t realize it didn’t have a dishwasher! Our sink is pretty and big and I love it….especially when it’s empty. (Honestly it’s rarely empty.) The sink could have dishes from dinner or just a single spoon from a peanut butter lollipop, but what I am learning is that this is really a blessing. A sink with something in it means there was food that was made and shared. Conversations happened over a meal or little giggles between brothers as they helped each other pour their own milk.

The sink is somewhere I can be found often. The boys also love to help wash dishes or wash their hot wheels. I hope that they are learning these skills now to take with them later in life when they have their own dishes to wash in their own homes.

From the sink, I can hear playing (or arguing) downstairs, I can hear the boys reading in the living room, I can also look at the window above the sink and see the squirrel tormenting the dogs in the backyard. (On that note I better get going…)

So, moral of this post: the sink might not be completely empty everyday, but it does mean my family is lucky, blessed, and loved.

Duck Duck Grey Duck

No, no, not the game…the bags! Have you heard about the Grey Duck Bag Company? If you haven’t you have got to check them out. https://greyduckbags.com/

I received three bags and a wrist strap: The Market Tote, The Adventurer, and The Minimalist. I am going to review each bag for you! First you should know though, these bags are WASHABLE, not just in a sink, but machine washable! The bags are made out of a super soft laminated cotton and they contain 0% lead, BPAs, or Phthalates. These Grey Duck bags are HANDMADE in Ely, Minnesota. One of my favorite things about this company is that a portion of every sale goes to the Ely Community Resource.  You can learn more about this here: http://elycommunityresource.org/

The Minimalist: This is a lifesaver for me. My wallet just doesn’t fit into my Coach wristlet and my wallet is always a mess then. I can easily fit my wallet, my keys, and some essentials (MAC lipsticks!) in my Minimalist. This will be a great asset to my summer pool/beach bag, I will be able to keep everything important zipped and in one place, and if the bag gets sandy or dirty I know that I can wash it and it will be good as new!

The Adventurer: THIS BAG IS EVERYTHING in my opinion. Right now, I have a few diapers and wipes in this bag. I can attach the wrist strap if I need to. I know I will use my Adventurer all the time. We are almost at the potty training point with H and I will add undies to this bag and I can also use this bag if I need to put in soiled clothing if we are out, BECAUSE the bag is washable!!! This bag will also be an essential in my summer bag, this is the perfect bag to keep all of our sunscreens in (yes, we have a few varieties!). 

The Market Tote: I know the first thing I always check in larger bags is the pocket situation. This bag has three deep inside pockets, on the Grey Duck website, it says you could even put a wine bottle in there, and I think I am going to have to try this out! Honestly, the pockets are great, and I know I won’t lose anything if the bag falls over, or is knocked over by  a toddler. There is also a pocket on the outside, which is a great place to put your keys and phone until you are able to get them into your Adventurer or Minimalist! I know this bag will have many uses for me, the bag with many hats, I have been needing a bag for the gym because I really don’t want to put my stinky gym sneaker back in my diaper bag after  workout, the Goldfish crackers don’t need that smell. This bag is a great fit for my shoes, a towel, a water bottle, and my sneakers. I know if I drop my bag in the slush and snow, I can wipe it down and then wash it once I get home!

I really need you to go to the Grey Duck Bag Company website and look at all of the patterns. These bags aren’t only great for moms but these would be a great addition to your child’s backpack, or uses in the car to hold toys, books, and crayons! These bags are a great teacher gift idea, or a gift for a friend or family member. The wrist strap can turn these into sweet wristlets for anyone to use! 

I know I love my bags and you will too. Even my children love my bags, and I don’t have to worry about a water bottle ruining them. Remember, these bags are handmade, and made with love. You can feel the love from Ely, MN when you are using your Grey Duck Bag.

Full Disclosure: I was sent these bags from The Grey Duck Bag Company. The review of the Grey Duck Bag Company is my honest opinion.