Aging with Kybella & Artisan Plastic Surgery

This post was sponsored by the Everywhere Society and Artisan Plastic Surgery in Atlanta, Georgia.  However, my opinions and experiences with Kybella and Artisan Plastic Surgery are entirely my own.  I don’t share things that I don’t like and use myself.  **WARNING HORRIBLE SELFIES AHEAD!**

In just a month I’m going to be 40.  And that feels really old to me.  I don’t feel old on the outside at all– I feel the same as I did when I was 16.  BUT I remember that quote from one of my absolutely favorite movie, Steel Magnolias, when Truvy says to Shelby, “Honey, time marches on and eventually you realize it is marchin’ across your face.”  And I’m beginning to notice the effects of that age.  The crow’s feet (or laugh lines), the brow furrows, and just the shape of my face and jowls.  I’m looking old.  After the Peanut was born in 2015, I told my Mellow Man that he was going to give me a “Mommy Makeover”  to celebrate my life, but that feels a little too extreme for my life right now.  However, I wanted to feel good about myself for my birthday, so I decided to visit Artisan Plastic Surgery’s open house in late April to learn about ways of refreshing myself.  I knew about Botox, and thanks to Kylie Jenner, Lip Injections, but I didn’t know what other options were available for women like me.  While I was at the Open House, I learned about a new treatment called Kybella to remove submental fat, and a few weeks later, Dr. Inessa Fishman started my procedure in the offices of Artisan Plastic Surgery near Northside Hospital in Atlanta.

As I prepare to turn 40, I visited Artisan Plastic Surgery in Atlanta, GA to learn about a new treatment to remove submental fat (AKA my "wattle") through the use of Kybella. Learn about my experiences, aging gracefully and the awesome physicians at Artisan Plastic Surgery. I can't wait to get rid of my double chin! I had no idea that there were so many gentle ways to age gracefully! Can't wait to see all of the results! {This post was sponsored by Artisan Plastic Surgery}
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Easy Sauceless Pizza Margharita with Fresh Mozzarella

In Rome on my honeymoon, I fell in love with pizza margarhita.  It was a perfect lunchtime meal to share with the Mellow Man.  Today, in my everyday light making fancy meals is a luxury.  Honestly, just cooking dinner has become a luxury. We have a picky three-year-old, and our nights feel so rush, and adding another task that is complicated to our plate is hard. However, it’s important to come up with some nutritious and yummy to feed the family, and the Mellow Man has gotten very creative with making pizza.  It reminds me of our honeymoon. Sometimes we make fresh pizza dough in the bread maker, and sometimes we swing my the bakery section of our local Publix and pick up a ready made dough.  While I personally like his homemade dough the best, sometimes that’s not in the cards, and the best way to make an almost homemade pizza perfect is fresh mozzarella.  It is so much better than the prepackaged shredded mozzarella on pizzas.  My most favorite recipe is an easy sauceless pizza margarhita with fresh mozzarella.Looking for a yummy & nutritious way to get your little guys to eat dinner? This super-easy sauceless Pizza Margherita is made with fresh mozzarella (Stella Cheese brand), and is bursting with the fresh flavors of summer. Can't want to make it tonight. Sponsored by Stella Cheese)
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Decoupaged Crayon Container with Gerber’s Lil’ Beanies

We just got back from our “unplugging” vacation in the mountains.  (I’ll have details about our trip and suggestions for traveling with Littles in the mountains coming soon!)  We rented a “little tiny house” (as it was labeled by the Monkey) that allowed us to have a base for travels and a place to cook.  Each day we headed out for family adventures and had to stock up on activities and snacks for our day trips.  For the Peanut, we packed Gerber’s Lil’ Beanies, in their super portable, resealable container.  Once we finished the first package of them, I decided to turn it into a personalized, decoupaged crayon container.  It was just the right size for the jumbo crayons, and a great travel size as well.

Are you traveling this summer? Gerber's Lil' Beanies are the the perfect traveling finger food for your young toddlers. Plus, you can turn the tin into a reusable crayon container that is the perfect storage size for your car! All you need is a little paper to decoupage and a few personalized details to make a cute container for your creative Littles! {Post Sponsored by Gerber.}
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Gluten Free Vanilla Cream Pie

In our house, we eat a lot of gluten, but I know that’s not always the case.   I remember the first time I even heard the word gluten– it was about 8 years ago. I met this lovely, delicate women at a party, and she wasn’t eating much because she told me that she had Celiac disease. She explained how sick eating glutens made her, and how difficult it was to find foods that were truly gluten free. Shortly after meeting her, I met two other women with Celiac Disease, and I saw how challenging it was for them to find good foods to eat.  Times have changed, and so many products are gluten free now.  Right now, many of your favorite General Mills cereals are now gluten free– like Honey Nut and Chocolate Cheerios (as well as Lucky Charms!), and you can pick them up at Publix (my favorite grocery store).  Besides being gluten free, Cheerios are also an incredible versatile food for snacking and baking needs, and if you are looking for a gluten free equivalent for a graham cracker crust, try this Honey Nut Cheerio Crust and filling to making a completely Gluten Free Vanilla Cream Pie!  Not only is it gluten free, it’s also No Bake!
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Glittery Ocean in a Bottle

This past week was Vacation Bible School at our church, and I was supposed to be the co-director.  I say “supposed to” because both my Monkey and my Peanut got horribly sick with some stomach bug, and I was at home with them for 3.5 of the 5 days of VBS.  However, I did get to plan the crafts for the little guys, which was so much fun!  Our theme was, “Catch the wave of God’s amazing love,” and one of the theme was, “God Calms.”  The suggested activity was a calming bottle, and I decided to take it to the next level, and made a Glittery Ocean in a Bottle.  I found so much amazing sensory bottle inspiration that I didn’t know where to stop, or start.  When that happens, I started experimenting, until I created something that I find mesmerizing and calming.  And so easy.  It is perfect for summer, as it makes me think of the beach, sunshine and summer vacations with family.  This week we’ve been on a road trip to the mountains, not the beach, but we’ve been enjoying our ocean in a bottle.

Get away to the ocean every day and help your little kids calm down with this relaxing glittery ocean in a bottle! All it requires is glittery, food coloring, oil, and water beads. It's a totally awesome sensory bottle!

This is definitely a project for any kiddo that is three or older, and all you need are a few supplies, most of which you have around the house.  The rest you can pick up at you local craft store.  We used Powerade bottles, which has a stronger plastic than the really inexpensive water bottles, but you can use whatever you have around the house.

Get away to the ocean every day and help your little kids calm down with this relaxing glittery ocean in a bottle! All it requires is glittery, food coloring, oil, and water beads. It's a totally awesome sensory bottle!

We found the inexpensive dyed seashells at the craft store, and we also put in a little sand from our sandbox (at least in our first bottle).  The Monkey and I were trying to create an authentic beach experience at least at first.  We didn’t add any sand in the second bottle because it didn’t mix as well with the water beads.

Get away to the ocean every day and help your little kids calm down with this relaxing glittery ocean in a bottle! All it requires is glittery, food coloring, oil, and water beads. It's a totally awesome sensory bottle!

After the wheels, we added ultra fine translucent glitter to the bottle.  We added about 2 tablespoons through a funnel.  It really helps to do this before you add the water to add in mixing.  In a separate container, we took about 12 ounces of very warm water, added about 2 drops of royal blue food coloring and one drop of green food coloring.  You can experiment, but I didn’t want it to be too dark.  Then with our funnel, we slowly added the warm tap water to the bottle.

Get away to the ocean every day and help your little kids calm down with this relaxing glittery ocean in a bottle! All it requires is glittery, food coloring, oil, and water beads. It's a totally awesome sensory bottle!

The Monkey then added a bottle of glitter glue to the water.  The glue that we added was from the children’s craft section of the craft store, and was called “Midnight”– it had the field of the ocean water with blue, turquoise, black and gold pieces of glitter.  Once the glitter glue was in the bottle, we used a chop stick to mix it thoroughly with the water.

Get away to the ocean every day and help your little kids calm down with this relaxing glittery ocean in a bottle! All it requires is glittery, food coloring, oil, and water beads. It's a totally awesome sensory bottle!

Then using a teaspoon, we added some dry water beads.  You can find these in the floral section of your local craft store.  Here are a hint– don’t let your enthusiastic preschooler add too many into your ocean in a bottle!  The dry water beads expand a lot, and if you add too many, they will absorb all of the water and the “Ocean in a bottle” will disappear.  All you need is 10-12 beads.

Get away to the ocean every day and help your little kids calm down with this relaxing glittery ocean in a bottle! All it requires is glittery, food coloring, oil, and water beads. It's a totally awesome sensory bottle!

The water beads when expanded will take on the color of the water, because they absorbed it, and will basically disappear in the bottle.  You’ll barely be able to see them, but they add to the “rolling” effects of the waves.  The very last step is to fill the bottle to the very top of the neck with cooking oil.  The oil and the water won’t mix so you’ll get wonderful waves.

Get away to the ocean every day and help your little kids calm down with this relaxing glittery ocean in a bottle! All it requires is glittery, food coloring, oil, and water beads. It's a totally awesome sensory bottle!

However, the translucent glitter and the oil will blend, and it will make the waves shimmer.  The water will also glimmer with all of the blue and translucent bits of glitter.

Get away to the ocean every day and help your little kids calm down with this relaxing glittery ocean in a bottle! All it requires is glittery, food coloring, oil, and water beads. It's a totally awesome sensory bottle!

Unfortunately, the camera doesn’t really reflect how beautiful this bottle turned out being.

Get away to the ocean every day and help your little kids calm down with this relaxing glittery ocean in a bottle! All it requires is glittery, food coloring, oil, and water beads. It's a totally awesome sensory bottle!

The effect is really so close to the look of the oceans on the Gulf of Mexico, that I can hardly believe it.  We can all just shake and watch it, and relax.  Perfect for the summer, and Vacation Bible School.

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