I don't talk about my health much on here or on my social medias. I don't ignore it or not answer questions about it. I just don't go into much detail about it. To put it plainly, my health isn't the best. It's not anything absolutely horrific it's just something that I'm always going to deal with, I'm always going to be sick on some scale. I'm always going to be prone to get sick, I'm going to be in the hospital and ER quite a bit probably. I'm also going to be prone to get other illnesses due to the ones I already have. I specifically made this blog as an escape from that side of my life and I intend to keep it that way.
Now I tell you that, to tell you this. I've accepted it. I prepare for it. I'm currently in physical therapy for muscle triggers and some lower back issues. I will be in the ER from time to time. I will have surgeries every few years unless technology changes that for me. It's just what is. So I thought I'd discuss what I always have in my Scout Plus 1 Bag so that I'm ready for any over night stays anywhere, including not just the hospital. So no, this isn't going to be a boring list of meds and depressing stuff. It's going to be a very narrowed down list of items that are ALWAYS in my travel bag.
Starting with the bag itself. It's a Plus 1 from Scout. Its a huge tote bag with a second smaller zip bag inside that I can take separately with me for whatever I need or if I'm not needing it just yet you can fold up the bigger bad to fit inside the smaller one to save space. That is ideal for vacations. Scout did send me this package if you're curious but I do use it nearly everyday. It's the exact size I needed. It's cute. It's tough where it's not going to rip and get banged up but equally it's not going to take up a ton of space like some very structured/stiff bags can be. Obviously these are going to be perfect for a beach bag. It's a great park bag if you're doing a day trip with the family or friends and spending the day doing picnics and games, etc. It's also ideal for teachers or nurses. My husband is a nurse and he has a backpack that he takes to work every time full of extra scrubs, extra food, extra shoes. So what I'm trying to say is the possibilities are endless and I think it's smart to at least have one of these in your car or home (or both) in case you ever need to use it spur of the moment.
The design I have is called is a Plus 1 in "Pillow Talk " print. It's pink and white stripes. It's super cute. It doesn't get hard to carry or hurt my shoulders or back when I carry it which is really really important for my physical therapy right now. f you do get this dirty you can clean it with a damn washcloth, with or without soap, and let air dry.
Here's a comment from the company:
"There's nothing quite like the Plus 1. The two-in-one travel bag is designed with the unexpected in mind - you never know when you'll need more space. The quilted tote folds into a removable pouch that becomes a snap-in pocket."
Dimensions: 22.5"W x 14.5"H x 7"D
Material: poly twill
What's in it?
In the big tote I have a drawstring laundry bag that has a separate set of shoes and socks. I wear tennis shoes to physical therapy. Sometimes if I'm going somewhere else I wear flats especially my Tory Burch ones. Or I'll wear LL. Bean boots if it's bad weather. I don't want to do leg raises in those heavy boots. I'm already using weights on my ankles lol.
I keep a spare set of clothes but mainly comfy clothes or "workout apparel". It's more comfortable, easier to move in so that's pretty understandable. The reason I have the shoes in the laundry bag is pretty obvious, also I like having laundry bags in my tote because if I do have to change clothes I can easily put them in the laundry bag.
I keep my chargers in the bag for my phone and laptop. Obviously my laptop is in there if I'm staying overnight anywhere. Not necessarily for physical therapy. My dad on the other hand has his tablet and phone in his hospital bag lol.
I keep a set of headphones in my bag so I can listen to podcasts or music.
I obviously have my hygiene products in there at all times in travel sizes except my toothbrush which has it's own case.
I keep a fresh body spray in there along with deodorant, hair ties, bobby pins etc.
I keep my notebook in there and a pencil and usually toss my Happy Planner in there if I'm staying overnight somewhere because I'm constantly answering emails and scheduling stuff.
I have an electric razor in there, which I think is one of the more strange things I have. lol
I have a small Bible or book of prayers in my bag as well.
In the smaller bag I have the most basic skincare and needful things that I don't want spilling out or leaking. It encases some travel size face wipes, a proper cleanser, a microfiber cloth, an antioxidant serum or cream, a face oil that's in a solid form, balm, or roller ball, some eye patches that go on underneath your eyes for a few minutes, a heavy lip balm, tinted bb cream, an SPF and a facial mist that is in a Ziploc bag so that it wont leak. I also keep a hair clip in there to pull my hair back to wash my face. I have a dry shampoo in travel size always in there which I never use unless I'm staying somewhere over night or getting out of physical therapy and having to go somewhere else. Last but not least I have my glasses and case in there because I typically only wear my glasses at night or when I'm looking at my computer.
Depending on what I'm using it for I will usually have crackers, protein bars, or little gummy snacks and a un-opened drink. If me and my husband are going to be driving 2 hrs to another town to have a day trip I pack quite a bit of snacks because he always forgets to eat and needs something as we're driving. That's not incredibly necessary if I'm going to the hospital or physical therapy but necessary for things that are more fun.
Finally I have any medicine that I need to have with me which includes plain old vitamins and Tylenol. Nothing super interesting but definitely necessary.
Some good tips I have for you are:
Have a smaller case that can be zipped or drawstring bag for jewelry or a jewelry roll. You can get them for hardly anything and trust me it's very necessary for your watch, wedding bands or earrings.
Keep a drawstring laundry bag in there for dirty clothes or used towels or wet socks and shoes.
Keep extra socks and shoes in there, trust me.
Try to round up or get promo's that are free travel size products especially shampoo, toothpaste, hair brush, body wash basically anything for your hygiene. There are dedicated sections that sale travel size products as well of deodorant and so on. Most of mine is from promo offers with Sephora orders, gift with purchases somewhere, came in subscription boxes, etc. It's not necessarily that interesting when you see it but trust me it comes in very handy when you need it.
I have a separate toothbrush for my travel bag that is different from the one that I use at my home that way it's always in there with my other hygiene products and it never has to get taken out of the bag except when it's in use, meaning that I never forget those things.
Try to keep a back up charger, port, and a fully charged mobile charger (like an external battery) in there. Most of us have smart phones which connects us not just to our loved ones for phone calls, but it also has GPS on your phone as well so you can see where your going at any time whether you're out exploring on vacation or just needing directions quickly. My external battery is always in my purse or wallet.
So that's that. I hope you liked this, it's a bit different, it's a bit more personal, I know that. I just felt like there are always things like this that are overlooked or excluded. I know a lot of people do "what's in my bag" meaning your handbag but not necessarily tips for travel or overnight stays or how they pack for hospitals if you happen to be like me and are in there quite a bit and not to give birth, because I know there are a ton of those videos or posts too.
You can get your Scout bag here: www.scoutbags.com
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OK. WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH THE GLITTER OVERLOAD PEOPLE!? Listen, I know that we've shared plenty of articles and discussed this a few times already but apparently the brands aren't getting the message. QUIT PUTTING GLITTER IN PRODUCTS!!!! I'm down for loose glitter pigments for the eye, I'm ok with glitter eye shadows or oversprays of glitter in my eyeshadow. BUT I DO NOT WANT GLITTER ALL OVER MY FACE AND THEN IN MY SKINCARE AS WELL. ITS A "NO" ON BOTH CATEGORIES.
,I know we keep it beauty related on here but I just wanted to hop on here and give you a link in case you wanted to donate or help with Hurricane Harvey Relief. There are multiple outlets that are doing good but I personally was really touched by this one specifically. I am a fan of the Supernatural show, but I'm a bigger fan of the charities that have come about because of them.
I have friends in Texas, actually one of my very best friends, Rhea, lives in Texas. As an American though, I am moved by what I've seen from the kindness to the bravery, Texas and fellow Americans have showed and done in the face of tragedy. It only makes me even more proud that this is my country.
So I'm going to leave the link below if you want to donate and help the Hurricane Harvey Relief effort. Many love and prayers being sent your way Texas!
Stronger Than The Storms
Exciting announcement! Allure has decided to give 4 of my followers the July Allure Beauty Box. The giveaway is up now on my Instagram which I will link here. Rules are: you have to follow me and follow Allure and leave a comment on the Instagram post about what product you'd like to try! Super easy, super fun.
Inside the box you get:
So there's the run down. You also get a booklet with tips from Allures Beauty Experts, promo codes exclusive to Allure, and where you can buy these products. The promo codes are awesome. If you want to sign up for a monthly beauty box from Allure you can go here: www.allure.com/thebeautybox
Go to Instagram enter the giveaway and win one of the July boxes! Goodluck!
Ok soooooo why is everyone putting Baking Soda on their face?
This is going to be straight to the point, it's gonna be real, it's gonna be blunt, and some might see it as harsh. So stop reading now, if you're easily offended or don't want to know my thoughts on this situation.
I'm writing a blog post for what I #Standfirm for which is a joint campaign I get the honor to be in with Algenist and Free 2 Luv. Free 2 Luv helps spread the positivity and love and support. As does Algenist, I've always admired that about them. Algenist also released their new firming/lifting product Elevate, which I will review later, for this campaign as well. It went off without a hitch on the 15th I believe and it was a beautiful thing to see. Not as much on promotion about the product just seeing what everyone "stood firm" for and I think we need that.....especially right now.
It is now 12:03 am (here in TN) on the 23rd of May. A few hours earlier a bomb was placed out side of Manchester Arena in England while a sold out crowd of 21,000 was enjoying a concert.
My mom used to tell me that at Christmas people were kinder, more generous, and had more compassion. I've seen that often times. Especially this year within my own state and county. I wanted to put this post up for anyone who reads this and gets touched or moved in a way to help some special people.
I'm going to make this short and sweet my friend Rayven lost her father in 2013 suddenly, her mother Tracy has now been diagnosed with breast cancer. I know first hand at how hard it is to be really sick and also feel like you're drowning in not just medical bills but daily expenses as well. Bottom line is they need some help and a kind soul started a Go Fund Me page for them.
If you find it within your heart to donate even the smallest amount that would be awesome. I could sit here all day and explain why these are good people that have been hit with misfortune on a massive scale but I won't do that. What you need to know is these are great people, they've went through things I can't imagine going through, they came out fighting and they continue to fight. The last thing they should be worried about is bills and expenses. I don't know what I would do in their situation but I think most of us could say, placed in the same situation we would need help as well.
If you don't want to donate, then by all means pass by this post and send your thoughts and prayers. If you can't donate, then I ask you remember them often in prayer and send your love and support. This world still has decent, good, people in it. Be one of them.
To Donate please go here: Love Fights Breast Cancer
**The above picture is from Wate-TV, it is not mine**
You may or may not have heard of the outbreak of wildfires the past month or so, that were in not just East TN, but also Kentucky, North Carolina and so on along our mountains. I'm happy to say that as of today we have finally gotten some rain. I'm sad to say that one of our large tourism areas Gatlinburg and our Smokey Mountains suffered a lot of devastation with winds picking up to 60-80mph in the mountains while the fires were going. As of right now 4 people have lost their lives and 4 dozen or more have been injured. Wildlife in our state parks and mountains are in danger as well. There's also a lot of missing people as well. Fire fighters, EMS, Red Cross, Law Enforcemant, and Search and Rescue teams from all over have went to help and have been working around the clock.
There's several things that we can do ourselves though to help the victims and evacuees. Over 150 buildings and homes were damaged or lost and I believe over 1400 people were evacuated (last I had heard yesterday that is) and had to go to shelters in the area. So as of last night the Red Cross said they were filled to the brim with everyones item donations which was greatly appreciated. Many resturants and hotels in the area were at the service of those working around the clock to help the victims or put out fires and so on. However like I said there is still some things we can do.
1st: I'm gonna ask you to pray for victims who lost loved ones, and the ones that they're searching for. As well as the family's who lost their homes and businesses. Also, the ones that are working to help attend to people, find people, and also working in these areas that were so heavily damaged and putting theirself in possible danger. If you can't do anything but this then that is enough.
2nd: Red Cross is asking for monetary donations so they can buy supplies they need in bulk. Things that we can't give them. So, if you're in East TN any Kroger grocery store will have the option to donate to local Red Cross efforts, you can also donate online redcross.org/donate. You can also text "REDCROSS" to 90999 for a $10 donation that will be added to your cell phone bill. **IF YOU ARE UNDERAGE PLEASE SPEAK WITH YOUR PARENTS OR GAURDIANS ABOUT OR BEFORE MAKING A DONATION**
3rd: There is now a missing person hotline set up by TBI to report missing loved ones in Sevier County. That number is 1-800-TBI-FIND. Give as much information as you can and they will pass it along to local law enforcement immidiately. They ask that you do not call to ask about personal properties please. Feel free to share that number if anyone needs it or hasn't yet seen it.
I know there have been several Go Fund Me accounts set up as well. If you look on the Go Fund Me website you'll find Go Fund Me pages for anything concerning Gatlinburg, Not all will be related to the fire so keep that in mind and read carefully.
I can't begin to imagine what the victims have seen or are dealing with. Even though most of East TN has been affected by wildfires for the past month or more, some very close to me as well only minutes away. Still, they're suffering on a mass scale. Along with wildfires there was a tornado that hit last night in Athens that done a lot of damage as well. So I want to include that too, they aren't lost amongst the Gatlinburg fire. We have such small worries when we see mass devastation and disaster. It's very sad that it has to hit so close to home for us (myself included) to even realize it. There is work to be done and people to help all over this nation let alone this world.
With all that being said, if you have been affected by one of these tragedies I am so very sorry, I'm praying for you and yours, and I love you.
**My information is coming from my local news channel and website so if you want to verify anything or read more please go to WATE.com**
Alright guys, so remember last year when Sephora done the Epic Rewards and it was an Epic Fail for most people? I was one of the lucky ones that actually got one last year but I still don't know how I even lucked out. This year though they are doing Rewards Bazaar, some have already been posted but what's awesome about this is every Tuesday and Thursday from 9am-5pm they are launching new big point perk rewards "often" so keep a check on it throughout the day I guess. Now, I do not know if this will be from here on out or for a limited time. I know that at least for the month of September they'll be launching stuff. There is a preview they sent out of some stuff that will be launched, the quantities they have, and different point balances they take. They will obviously go very fast, and some things they still just have 1 available ll together. Like the the big 15k and up rewards. So it might still be a nightmare, I won't lie, but it looks like they're really trying for everyone to have a chance to hopefully score at least something and I can appreciate that. I hope this go around is much better for them and the customers cause it was brutal last year.
So here is a preview of what I hope is just some of the rewards for September. I'm not overly impressed with what I'm seeing so far except the Tarte set, but even that is mainly a lot of deluxe samples excect for maybe a few things. Still it's a very nice set. I haven't decided if I wanna use my points on that, and I definitely am not giving 750 points for 2 liners from Kat Von D. So here's hoping that they're gonna roll out some more than just these. I really feel like last year they had seriously awesome 2000 point perks and so on but they ran out in literally 30 seconds so maybe they're having to scale down in order for everyone to have a chance and that's understandable. The Rewards Bazaar is on the home page of Sephora right now so you can look at the previews and everything, also here is the link to it as well. So God speed and good luck!
Mmmmk so this is kinda a strange post too, however I just happen to like telling you things that I like. (and no this isn't sponsored). I'm from Tennessee so I've always liked tea. Mainly though it's always just been iced sweet tea or a flavored iced sweet tea. I love blackberry or raspberry unsweet teas, especially the ones from Sonic, Cracker Barrel, or Logan's steakhouse.
Lately though, I've been drinking hot teas. I've probably been doing that for around a year, but it's just as of the last few months that it's become a daily thing. It started with Green Tea and Chamomile as a way to improve my health and immune system. Then I started drinking Celestial teas in Vanilla Sleepytime Tea, which I drink before bed. I also drink Celestial Peppermint tea and Honey Lemon Ginzing Green Tea (in the morning).
It took me a while before I could drink hot tea and like it. It wasn't something I ever like. Not one bit. Especially the Sleepytime tea. However, when I found the Vanilla I really loved it. Mind you I'd gotten used to the Chamomile and Green Tea before finding the Vanilla. So now I drink tea twice a day. The Sleepytime Tea is just what it sounds like, it's organic but it chills you out and helps you get to sleep and relaxes the body, which is why I drink it. Chamomile is obviously very good for your immune system, overall health, if you're sick mixing in some honey and lemon is very helpful especially if it's a cold or something similar. We all know the benefits of Green Tea so I won't get into that. Peppermint tea helps heal the stomach which is great for me. It helps relieve nausea and irritable bowel syndrome and what not. Also good if you have a flu/cold cause it eases the coughing. It's helpful if your stressed. Some think it's actually a appetite suppressant (unlike the next one I'm going to talk about) and I've heard some say it helps with headaches as well.
Recently though, I've been learning about teas that are more beneficial for your body. One of those being Dandelion Root tea. I get the completely Organic one. To hit the high notes: it helps improve liver function, detoxes the body of toxins, is a diuretic that helps get rid of bloating and flushes the body out (which may or may not be a good idea for you so consult a doctor before drinking it.), it's a light laxative. It's also supposed to "improve your immune system". I've seen where some recommend 2 cups a day but I just drink one. I can't say that I enjoy the taste of it but it's not the worst. I try to get in a cup everyday just because of the benefits that it has. It also is said to "improve appetite". I would say I agree with that so far. Which I don't necessarily like but it's not a bad thing necessarily.
For iced tea I really like Pomegranate tea from Tazo. They use that at Starbucks but you can buy it at the grocery store. It's nice to mix with Lemonade as well. I also have a off brand Wild Berry Hibiscus. I make both of these in a large pitcher with nothing added. I add a dash of raspberry sometimes or Stevia to sweeten it up when I pour a glass or tumbler full. I like iced flavored Green Tea as well. I don't drink it as often as my hot Green Tea though.
So that's all my teas that I drink and love. I've never tried "fit teas" or anything similar to that yet. I would like to at some point but I'm really enjoying just hot tea at the moment. It helps calm my stress and my stomach. I thought maybe it would be something interesting if you were looking to try some teas. I really recommend the Celestial brand and the Tazo of course.
I'm a makeup and skincare lover. I have always enjoyed creating looks but I love to help people with product knowledge and application even more. I've been able to do these things because God has seen fit to bless me with the opportunity.
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