Sunday, May 25, 2014

Beauty Review: Glymed

So much to my chagrin, I was talking to one of the Aesthetician's at work who is very knowledgeable about skin care who let it slip that the Murad products that we sell probably aren't the best products for your skin. Now, since they are even being sold at Ulta and Sephora, they are available for anyone to go out and purchase. This not only lessens the professional grade of the products but also makes you realize that they probably aren't the BEST products out there that you could be using. Now, don't get me wrong, there are still some Murad products that I am a huge fan of that I feel work incredibly well. But then there are some that are obviously just "buffer" products (products with a lot of unnecessary ingredients with no real purpose to cheapen the product). Murad is still incredibly expensive too!

Skin care is something that I am passionate about. I always grew up with great skin. It was my one and only feature I liked. I didn't really start wearing makeup until High School, which I regret because it ruined my skin. It gave me a few minor blemishes that I am still trying to get rid of to this day. Now though, I recognize that a little makeup goes a long way, and that when you purchase the right skin care products you REALLY don't need that much. The right skin care products might be a little bit more expensive, but if they work better, aren't they worth it?

I'm trying to get to the point where I don't need ANY make up at all. Every barn looks better with a fresh coat of paint, but some times, a barn just needs a new foundation. GlymedPlus is a professional Aesthetic company based in Orem, UT which provides licensed Aestheticians with professional grade products. I know a few great Aestheticians (one of whom actually works at GlymedPlus) who love the GlymedPlus products, so I pawed through the catalog and picked a few out:

(from left to right): Gentle Facial Wash
Anti-aging exfoliant masque
 chocolate/acai masque
SPF30 Day cream
So the Gentle Facial Wash is really like it says: It's gentle yet powerful and effective. It has 10% glycolic acid in it, which acts as an exfoliant, really lifting the dirt and makeup out of my pores, yet it honestly feels just like cetaphil. It doesn't foam up or anything, but your skin feels so clean afterwards!!

The anti aging masque is AWESOME. It's creamy and has little granules in it that take out all of the dead skin. It smells just like black licorice and has age fighting properties in it that you can feel!

The chocolate mask is my FAVE. It's uber moisturizing and smells just like hot cocoa! It dries pretty quick but when you wash it off after about 10 mins, your skin is SO soft. If

Guys, I'm obsessed. I had one compliment the day after I started using it (not to brag or anything, but it just means that it is actually working!!) I honestly don't care what people think I look like, I care what I look like. Which is why I am willing to spend a little extra on skin care products. At the end of the day, I'm not walking around with makeup on every hour. I want to be able to let my face breath as much as possible. When you fix the issue, you then don't need to cover it up! :) But we have to remember that beauty isn't just skin deep, it's who YOU are on the inside that really counts (duh..). I just like to put my best face forward! :)


Total spent on products: $65
My review: ***** of ***** stars. I'm thouroughy impressed!
Would I reccomend it? YES!
How to get a catalog? Go online to http://www.glymedplus.com/store/index/category/52/products 
Go to the left hand side and scroll down until you see some products you'd like. If you know an esti who can get some, let them know, or shoot me an email and I will get you in contact with someone!! northernbellemn@gmail.com


Laters,


Nat

Duck pond adventure!

So today after church, walking home we stopped at the duck pond and saw the most adorable little ducklings this side of BYU's campus. It was such a cute site to see, and there were so many cute kids and families around just enjoying the day.





It's a great Sunday here in Utah! Go out and enjoy the weather :) 

Laters,


Nat

Friday, May 23, 2014

Missing Missionaries

I was just waiting for the bus here in Provo, when two sister missionaries were walking down the sidewalk across the street from me. They waved at me and I told them I would cross to come talk to them. They were like: no we'll come to you! So they crossed and I explained how after being here for a while and not having seen any missionaries lately that I would LOVE to help joint teach with them. Hopefully I get a call soon! I have really missed it. Joint teaching is such a testimony builder, and everyone can use more of that!

I know that when I teach with the missionaries and even whenever I'm around them I feel such peace, comfort and happiness. It truly reminds me of our Father's love. Some might say I'm a little bit obsessed, but it's the feeling I get when I'm with them that's amazing. Sure, over the past year I have made some awesome friends (returned missionaries from MN, as well as those still on their missions in Arizona and Minnesota) but just knowing what they are doing for others makes me want to "be like a missionary".

When I first got baptized, I put in my calendar the exact date that I could start my mission papers (after the initial year). Things change though and plans come up, and needless to say I still haven't started them yet. But I haven't given serving a mission a definite "NO". I'm still praying about it and trying to figure out when the right time is to go. So we'll see!

Pray for our missionaries. These are trying times and people need the Gospel.

Have a great weekend!

Later,

Nat

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

My thoughts on Ward Prayer

written last Sunday:


So tonight, for the first time ever, I went to ward prayer. I hear this is like a BYU thing, because I had never heard about it before. In MN no one lived close enough to the institute (besides the actual U of M students) to make it worth it to have a "ward prayer". At least, that's what I'm thinking...

So what is ward prayer? Basically we got a mass Facebook notification that read: "Ward Prayer. 8:30, Apartment #13. Be there." Of course, I was working this past Sunday and had to miss church (again), but I was still pretty sure I was going to go. So when I got home and my roommates were asking who was going, I was like: Sure. After all, it really is only 2 floors above us..how much effort would that really require. Plus I was curious about what "ward prayer" meant, and how they thought they were going to fit our entire ward in the tiny apartment.

Sure enough, when we got up there it was PACKED. Way to many people in that small of a space. After (other people) mingled..and flirted obviously, someone gave a short but sweet spiritual thought, and then we were going to have the prayer.

That's where things got a little...dumb. I'm speaking candidly here, because that's all I do. If you know me, you know that I am not one to beat around the bush. The girl started the prayer and it was over within a minute. ONE MINUTE. Maybe two, but that's pushing it. Then, like clock work it was back to talking and flirting. If my face could have shown a reaction to what I felt after that experience, it would have looked something like this:

 Someone also announced the activity (writing nice things about people and putting their name and apartment number on the back of tiny pieces of paper, and then they would magically appear sometime within the week...) Since I didn't know hardly anyone, I just wrote one about this super funny girl who lives above us, and called it a day. I thought it would be corny to write one about my roomies, since they already know they are awesome :)

Anyways, back to the point. Coming from someone with a very rich church background, where we would pray in church (for each other and with each other) for HOURS, I was incredibly disappointed at the lack of effort put into this ward prayer thing.. Not bashing the girl who prayed at all, because that's not what this is about. I'm sure everyone prays just as long during ward prayer. I just have an issue with the whole set up of it...

It was so obviously an excuse to get together yet again (after being together for 3 hours at church) with the opposite sex. Don't get me wrong, I understand people are trying to get hitched around here, but using something like prayer as an excuse is not okay in my humble opinion. It was a great event if it was meant to be a social gathering..(which I'm thinking it was since it started at 8:30 and my roommates didn't come back until 10:00..) but if it is meant to actually be a prayer meeting, I would have liked to actually had real prayer.

Anyways, that's my little review of MY ward prayer. When you have ward prayer is it different? Or the same? Any other thoughts?



Laters Gator,



Nat























Monday, May 12, 2014

Cartwheel: The best invention of man kind.

So for those of you who don't know, there's an awesome app brought to you by Target, called Cartwheel. Cartwheel is an effortless way to save money on the everyday products you buy at Target.
From beauty to groceries and electronics, with the touch of a screen, you can save anywhere from 5%-45% per item you have in your cart. Here's how it works:

You log in with Facebook after downloading the app. Then you can scroll through their offers based on category i.e. Grocery, Baby, Electronics, Clothing etc. (I used the online version for this demo, which is equally as cool!)


You just add the "coupons" you like and keep shopping! The other option is to scan every individual item with the in-app scanner , and it tells you if the item has any savings attached to it (This is what I do, so I can save the MOST possible amount of money).


Once you're done shopping, you just take your items and your smart phone to the register and she scans the barcode on your phone with all of your savings attached on it!



People it's the coolest thing since sprouted sliced bread. For those of you technology challenged folks, I've attached a link to the app. For every one else, find it in the app store!


http://cartwheel.target.com/friend/bdehfo4kl022231

Best. Thing. Ever. Seriously. And if you don't already have a Target debit card...why are you still reading this blog.


GO GET ONE!! #savemorespendless #minnesotanslovetarget

For all you Mom's out there.

Happy (belated) Mother's Day!

For all you moms out there, single or married, rich or poor, young or old. You are loved and appreciated. Thank you for all you have sacrificed emotionally, physically, spiritually and financially.

#itwasmom

Watch this awesome video put out by the church this weekend: 




Xoxo


Nat

Saturday, May 3, 2014

getting over your fear of going inactive.

When I first joined the Church, I was in Sacrament meeting every week, I read my scriptures every day, and I fretted over my visiting teaching like a mother and her sun burnt child. Then, I had to start working on Sundays. It started out slow, I would work one Sunday and couldn't come to church that week. Then I was working 2 Sundays a month and was starting to miss it. By the time I was working 3 Sundays a month, I grew numb and just went to FHE on Monday's.

I hadn't heard the term "inactive" until a few months into my church membership. I didn't understand how it could happen, quite honestly. But when I hadn't been to church in 2 months, due to work, I started to worry. I hadn't taken the sacrament in TWO MONTHS and it was starting to show. I wasn't happy, and I definitely wasn't the nicest person around. Then, the missionaries asked if they could meet with me the following week. My immediate thought? NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! I just KNEW they thought another one of their "golden investigators" was going inactive. It happened with another kid in our ward, and I knew it wasn't happening to me (because I still had a strong testimony of the Gospel), but I was absolutely sure the missionaries thought I was. So I casually texted the Elders' back with: "Me? Don't you guys just meet with investigators and inactives? I promise I'm not going inactive!" I was pretty frantic guys. I didn't want people to think that I was going inactive, because I wasn't! I was just placed in a super sucky work situation!

Long story short, I didn't meet with them (because I sort of forgot to text them back). But that following Sunday when I was walking to work feeling stressed, Arianne texted me a quote from one of my FAVORITE conference talks by President Uchtdorf: "doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith." Just that one line was all she texted. The crazy thing is that while I was walking, I had just thought about that talk for the past 5 minutes.

via: https://brianmickelson.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/doubt-your-doubts.jpg
I was stunned. I didn't know what to think besides the obvious: Heavenly Father knows exactly how to help us and who to put in our path (or our phone!). I decided right then that I needed to stop working every Sunday. I talked to my boss about it and she was totally fine! That was months ago though. Now, with my new job, I am working two Sunday's in a row..I promised myself that I won't let those fears of inactivity get to me, because it is NOT happening! I will resume my normal Sunday schedule in two weeks. End of story. :)

Honestly though, we need to realize that Heavenly Father knows our hearts. He knows what our desires are and will make a way for us! Every time I feel like something is going totally wrong, I just think about that quote. 


Have a great weekend everyone :) (Mine will be spent working!)


XOXO



Nat

Laundry Day.

Well! After a long wait I moved into my apartment (finally). It is a lot nicer and a L O T bigger than my last one, which I like. The only downside is having to have roommates (which are no, because they are actually pretty cool) and my room which is teeny. It's right near the bus stop though, which is just stellar. Not going to lie, I've been kind of ticked off this week. I realized pretty early on that my new clinic was NOTHING like my old clinic at home and that I basically hated it, and disliked my new management. Long story short, I was set to quit and gave my boss my two weeks notice, only to find out that my coworker quit too, and DIDN'T give her two week's notice. Good looking out girl. JUST KIDDING. She's an absolute gem and she's just got MARRIED last week!! She's one of the cool ones there. Anywho! I was pretty riled up because now I had to stay through May. But then a few days ago, something incredible happened:

I was in the laundry room doing laundry when a black woman walked into our apartment laundry room. She smiled at me and I smiled back, and then after a few seconds I asked her: "do you just move in?" From there our conversation continued.. and I learn through her very broken English, that she just moved here to Utah from Angola, six months ago with her husband and 4 year old daughter. She just recently had a baby boy as well and he's only a month old. "What brought you HERE specifically?" I asked her. She told me it was to study. To learn English. I was so curious as to why of all places you would choose Utah. And then remembered why I myself chose it. She was so humble telling me about her experiences here, and by the end of our conversation I was sad to go. I walked with her back to her apartment with her and offered her my "English services" whenever she wanted! She opened her door and a cheery little 4 year old popped out and said "hi!" She was so adorable, I can't even. Anyways, hearing her experiences and seeing her faith struck a chord in me. I prayed super hard this week for guidance and I think it was just what I needed.

I sat down with my boss yesterday and shared my frustrations. He was totally cool about it which was AWESOME. We got everything straightened out and I am no longer "quitting in a month" (ridiculous). God knows just what you need and when!!



And folks, if you've got clothes piled up, take care of it. Because you never know who you're going to meet doing laundry. :)


XOXO 

Nat



How have you been blessed this week? Any crazy insights that have popped out at you?

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