On a more positive note, while I’ve been feeling crappy (read more on that here: Follow Up from Yesterday: Not Feeling Well… and here I’ve not been well…) I’ve had a few really great days I wanted to share with you all!

First of all, I got to spend the day with my mom and sister last Saturday and we had a great time. I got to see my sweet sweet nephew Jasper WITHOUT my boys – a rare occurrence so we really got to bond 🙂 Isn’t he just the cutest? I let him play with my phone in the restaurant so I was for sure the coolest Auntie 🙂

Mom did a blog post recap on our day on her blog – you can find that here: https://www.joscountryjunction.com/saturday-meet-up/

Craigy knew I wasn’t feeling well – I decided to take a bath to see if that would help. He came in the bathroom and sat on the floor next to the bathtub. It was really sweet <3

The boys have been moving and grooving – it finally hit 70 degrees in Iowa the other day and we got a big pile of gravel to resurface our driveway! The boys played and played for hours outside – they just had a blast. Then Carver was in bed and reading his weekly library book with Craig – he knows SO MANY sight words – I’m so proud of how he is doing! His conferences last week went really well and Carver is exceeding the three year old preschool curriculum which makes us so proud.

Even if I’m feeling crappy, I’ve got a HUGE reason to smile – after 18+ months MY BRACES ARE FINALLY OFF!! It’s a whole lot of drama but long story short, I ended up working last night and mom volunteered to rearrange her entire schedule to make sure she could drive me the two hours north east to Wisconsin (also a long story as to why we have to drive so dang far) so I could keep my appointment to get my braces off! On the way there, I called to see if *maybe* there was any cancellations with a dermatologist I could see while we were in town and YES there was!

I’m committed to staying totally open about my struggle with acne – I’ve been through just about every treatment there is and the past month, along with various other symptoms, my acne is out of control. I happened to get into a cancelled dermatology appointment today while I was in Lacrosse and I’m so excited to try a new regimen over the next few months to try and tackle this hormonally triggered acne. I’m hoping to avoid meds which would be the next step after the topical treatments. It’s such a bummer. If you’re struggling too, you aren’t alone – acne sucks man. I’ve been through accutane, multiple birth control pills, every cream, antibiotics, nothing works for very long. I want to document my progress!

Just a little background, I was treated with Accutane for a little over a year with almost complete healing when I was 19 years old – the acne was primarily on my forehead and very classic teenage acne – until I started having babies. Then all hell broke loose and while certain treatments work for a few months, nothing EVER sticks.

Okay, this blog post is getting LONG but I promise, I just have a few more things to tell you, it’s been a good week since I’ve had a true recap! LOOK AT THIS – we have a very important part of our family that I haven’t shared with you all yet but we have a mother – daughter team, very near and dear to our hearts and the reason it is possible for Craig and I to work the hours we do. They live across town and they will literally drop everything to help out our family – that includes my mom as well. We so appreciate them as “babysitters” but that is just not enough credit for all they do for our family. More often than not, after a night of babysitting my laundry room looks like this – all folded, counters wiped down, and most of all, they boys are so well cared for. So I know Kelli reads the blog, I’ll never have enough words to say THANK YOU so I thought a shout out would help 🙂

AND FINALLY….I wanted to share my newest edition to the Etsy shop: A Journal for Nurses – I created this concept and design all on my own! I’m really excited to share it with the world!

Nursing was a rough career even before COVID-19 hit. With the wave of COVID came a wave of nurses who began speaking out about the importance of mental health and self care or frontline workers.

This journal was created for healthcare workers to debrief and reflect at the end of their shift.

Whether you’re a new nurse, in a new role, or as green as grass, this journal provides a way to learn from mistakes, celebrate the victories, and reflect on how far you’ve come.

You can shop the journal HERE: https://www.etsy.com/listing/976164238/first-aid-journal-for-the-every-day?ref=shop_home_active_1 along with a few other Etsy listings!

If you’ve stuck with me this far – wow – thank you – and you probably need some rest. I just had so much to tell you and I actually left out like five other things I was going to share but there’s just no time! So thanks for reading and we will see you soon <3

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  1. Kim J LeMere
    March 31, 2021 / 3:03 am

    Love the new look without your braces, what a great smile. How wonderful to have such wonderful help for your family, its gives you time to take a breath, good for your family and you.

  2. Kathy S.
    March 31, 2021 / 5:36 am

    My son had bad acne and he tried everything to clear it up. What finally worked was eliminating dairy from his diet. It took about a month for his face to be totally clear but it was worth it. We switched to unsweetened almond milk and cut out yogurt. He occasionally has a little cheese or sour cream but his face has stayed clear. It might work for you!

  3. Ellie
    April 1, 2021 / 12:13 pm

    Wonderful smile!

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