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10/6/18

Breathing Deeply: Information on Mesothelioma


Breathing Deeply: Information on Mesothelioma
The lungs provide a pathway for oxygen to saturate the blood. These molecules fly around the body as it rids itself of carbon dioxide. Breathing out is the culmination of a successful inhalation process. Because October is Healthy Lung Month, everyone should take a closer look at ailments that significantly affect breathing. Discover the details surrounding mesothelioma and how to deal with this serious diagnosis. 

A Different Type of Lung Cancer 

In some circles, mesothelioma isn't defined as a lung cancer, states the Cancer Council Victoria. It's referred to as a pleural cancer. 
Mesothelioma develops in the pleural lining. There are two linings surrounding the lungs. Tumors might grow on either section of the pleura or within the cavity between them. 
This ailment is different than typical types referred to as lung cancer. Smokers who develop lung cancer are seeing tumors within the air sacs. The lung lining isn't normally part of an initial diagnosis. People with mesothelioma are dealing with a rare disorder. 


Checking the Symptoms 
mesothelioma diagnosis depends on a clear evaluation of the symptoms. Because the tumors expand within the lung lining, breathing deeply is a problem. Patients might describe a pressure around certain areas of the chest. 
Losing weight without any effort is a classic sign of a cancer diagnosis. The body uses its energy reserves to fight off the growing tumors. Patients also experience fatigue, coughing and possible blood in the saliva. 
At first, a patient might think that there's a respiratory issue going on. Shortness of breath and fevers may be present. A trip to the doctor will clear up the concerns. 


Clear Causes 
Researchers are clear about the threat of mesothelioma among certain groups. People who live and work around asbestos are the most at-risk group. They breathe the fibers in and bring them home on the skin and clothes, states Penn Medicine. Asbestos is a natural substance formerly used in buildings, airplanes and ships, but it's clearly harmful to people. 
The vast majority of people who deal with mesothelioma today were previously exposed to asbestos. Rarer causes, such as genetic disposition, are still researched too. However, ending asbestos exposure will ultimately lower the rate of mesothelioma diagnoses among the population. 


Defining the Treatment Pathway 
Mesothelioma is tough to treat. Doctors won't mince words with patients because the prognosis is often a difficult one to face. Treatment typically includes chemotherapy. Surgeries to remove the growths are possible for some patients. Removing all of them, however, isn't always ideal. 
The European Respiratory Society reports that immunotherapy is being explored for mesothelioma patients. Although it's in the beginning stages, there's hope for patients in the future. Using the human body as a weapon against mutated cells is one of the best strategies for patient longevity. 
Lean on doctors and loved ones if mesothelioma is the current diagnosis. It is a serious disease, and doctors are treating it as such. Time will tell if there's a viable way to fight off these tumors. Science and dedicated caregivers will forge a path to possible recovery.






8/30/18

FabFitFun Fall 2018 Box Review - Was it Worth it!?


The FabFitFun Box is a quarterly subscription box from FabFitFun.com where you get a seasonal subscription box filled with over $200 dollars of items in categories of makeup, beauty, lifestyle, etc.

Every season the box gets a unique design and this one is so stinking cute with the fall leaves, scarfs, books, umbrellas, and more! Each box comes with a fabfitfun magazine with describes each of the box in the box and its monetary value! 
Disclaimer: I did purchase this box with my own money, this post is not sponsored by FabFitFun.

So, this is what the books looks like once you open it up! It was stuffed full with some AMAZING goodies!! Now, time for the items! Everyone who received the box got five of the same items and the rest were randomly distributed.

The subscription box: FabFitFun Fall 2018
The cost: $49.99 per quarter
Get 10$ off your first FabFitFun box using my link! http://xo.fff.me/jVrEG
Box contains the hottest season items selected by the FabFitFun team!
Ships to: Canada and USA



Luna Rica Salted Caramel Nut bar - Bonus sponsored item!  
It is gluten free and Non-GMO. I just received this box yesterday, so I haven't gotten the chance to try any of these products yet! I have never tried any Luna bars, so I am very interested if I will like this! 
(All subscribers received this item)


This shower gel has notes of Alpine Rose, Sage, Wild Basil, and Autumn Blossom, I have never heard of this brand but am excited to give this shower gel a go!
(All subscribers received this item)

This was one of the customizable options for the Fall 2018 box.  I found this product on Sephora's website for $25 dollars. This is a dual-ended lipstick, with one end having a matte finish and the other being metallic. I look forward to trying this product. 



GlamGlow BubbleSheet 2-Pack - Retail value $18
I have used GlamGlow masks in the past and LOVED them but never repurchased because of the price point. I recently ran out of all my face masks, so I am SO excited to try this out over the labor day weekend! 
(All subscribers received this item)


Simply Whimsical Tea Towels - Retail value $14.99
Not a very exciting item to receive but a staple in anyone's household whether you rent or own a home. I definetly needed some new tea towels, so I appreciate this item! 
(All subscribers received this item)

Only certain subscribers received one of three products by this brand. This facial exfoliant exfoliates dry skin to reveal a radiant and moisturized complexion. This is perfect for the fall/winter season when my skin tends to be more on the dry side. I was actually looking for a new exfoliant the other day at Target, so again perfect timing!!


Catherine Malandrino Umbrella in Black/White Floral - Retail Value $39.99
I recently broke the umbrella I keep at my office, so this will be the perfect replacement! Umbrellas are a staple wherever you go, so definetly an essential item to get!
(Members either got this umbrella or a pair of bluetooth earbuds.)

BeautyBlender - Retail Value $20
I have been using a makeup sponge , very similar to BeautyBlender, for years to apply my face makeup and am so excited to finally get the OG! Makeup just applies seamlessly using a BeautyBlender as opposed to using makeup brushes - it looks so natural! 
(All subscribers received this item)



OMG OMG OMG! I did not expect to get a gorgeous tote bag in this box!! This is a stunning everyday tote with a soft interior and a slip pocket to store you keys, phones, lip balm, and more. It is made from a pebbled vegan leather, styled with a contrast strip! Because it is made with vegan leather, you must use a damp cloth to wipe off dirt. Simple, yet stylish enough to use as an everyday carry for school or work! Way to go FabFitFun!!
(Members either received this tote bag or the Crown Brush 6 Piece Brush set)


Alfred Teapot - Retail Value $26

This teapot has a stainless steel lid, a wide-lipped infuser, and a dripless spout to make tea time more enjoyable. I do not currently own a teapot and love drinking tea once the cooler fall weather arrives! Also, can we talk about this adorable blue and floral design!?
(Members got to choose the teapot or a french press)

My final thoughts: My box has a retail value of $361.98 dollars!! I am so impressed with this box because it only cost me $49.99 dollars, so it's worth more than 10 times the price I paid!! I am SO happy with everything in this box and will definetly consider picking up the next seasonal box!

If you re thinking of trying FabFinFun, do it!! Get 10$ off your first FabFitFun box using my link! http://xo.fff.me/jVrEG

*This post was not sponsored.  I use use MagicLinks for all my ready-to-shop product links. Check it out here: https://www.magiclinks.org/rewards/referral/elizabethk/

7/3/18

July Goals | Elizabeth Kathryn

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I love summer. The warm days, long nights, days at the beach or fair. We spent all year working and summer is the best time to enjoy the weather are get out of our comfort zones. This summer, in August, we will be taking a vacation somewhere brand new - Cape May, NJ! My husband and I have never traveled there so we rented a condo for a week and I am SO excited! 

July 2018 Goals

1. Get back into blogging and blog at least once a week

2. Get back into working out and go to the gym at least three times a week

3. Read a book

4. Keep my house clean

5. Have some fun days, go to a baseball game or a park!

7/1/18

Summer Makeup with Profusion Cosmetics

Life is full of rules. Pay your bills. Go to work. Skip the makeup during the summer. Some more rules are important than the others but I find that makeup is an essential part of a women's repertoire. I wear makeup everyday to work and when Profusion Cosmetics reached out and asked if I wanted to check out some of their products, I had to say yes!  

The highlight & contour palette contains six shades to created a naturally radiant look or glowy look for a hot, summers night out. It retails for only $5.00 USD!!

The Mixed Metals Peach palette contains nine eyeshadows to create the perfect edgy look! It retails for only $10.00 USD!

The mixed metals lip creme can be worn alone or layered with the mixed metals lip liner to create the perfect metallic look. 


I swatched both the mixed metals liner and lip creme and was very impressed! The consistency is a little sticky but most liquid products are! I thought the color was gorgeous and is something I wouldn't necessarily gravitate towards myself. The lip liner did not hurt when I applied to my wrist like some liners can!


I also decided to swatch all of the eyeshadows from the Mixed Metals Peach palette. I did not use a primer on my skin to prep for the shadows. I have to say the colors are very beautiful and pigmented but that did not translate when swatched on my skin. They had a very dry and chalky texture and were not buttery. The more glittery shades, Certain and Bordeaux, were very pigmented and the texture for much more buttery. 


So do I like these products? I think these would be great for somebody who is just getting start with makeup and wants to buy products without breaking the bank. They are also cruelty-free which is pretty awesome too!
Would I repurchase? I sent was these products for review purposes. I am not affiliated with Profusion cosmetics. This are my honest review of the products I was sent.
Do I recommend? I would recommend the lip creme and lip liner. Skip the eyeshadows.

You can find Profusion Cosmetics online are at your local Target store!





5/31/18

5 Tips on How to Build a Sustainable Wardrobe

Every season I go through my closet and declutter things that I haven't worn. I think most people do this on a somewhat regular basis. But, I am starting to think about being more eco-friendly with my choices, so here are my top five tips on how to declutter your wardrobe & make it sustainable!


1) The 30 wears test
When shopping, ask yourself "Will I where this piece at least 30 times?" If the answer is no, then put it back. Pick more versatile pieces that cane styled in different ways.

2) Stay informed
Stay informed Eco age is a great resources on some brands that building a sustainable legacy. Do your research and start with a few brands you love. For example, Pact has fresh-cut organic cotton clothing for men, women, and children.

3) Go Thrifting!
Thrifting is all the rage right now! Buying vintage reduces your carbon footprint because you aren't just purchasing another new piece of clothing, you are purchasing some well-loved. One of my favorite sites to buy gently loved pieces is Poshmark! P.S. don't forget to shop my closet :)

4) Invest in items you can wear all year long
Only buy items that will work for your all year long in the four seasons. Jeans, t-shirts, classic dresses, are all items that can be dressed up or down or styled differently for the four seasons.

5) Donate your unwanted clothes!
A great mantra to live by is every time you buy something new, you have donate a piece of clothing. I have donated clothing on several occasions and I always feel good because I know someone less fortunate to me will now have access to a basic necessity, clothing. A few charities include Goodwill, The Salvation Army, and your local youth, foster, or adoption organizations.

So, I hope you found this post interesting and don't forget to check out Pact on your adventure to building a sustainable wardrobe!

*This post was not sponsored. I am not affiliated with Pact. 
5/29/18

Erin Condren Teacher Planner is Back!


The Erin Condren Teacher Planner is back and better than ever! 


You now have two calendar options to choose from: July 2018 - June 2019 or January 2019 - December 2019. The date dots are gone and have been replaced with printed dates. The new layout contains a two-page monthly calendar along with four weeks of lesson plans and dedicated notes pages! The planner also comes with the Keep it Together folder, 7 check list pages, 4 sticker sheets, and 1 sheet protector. The planner has a 33mm coil in either black, gold, rose or platinum color options. You also have the option to chose the infamous interchangeable covers in new options pencil me in, school sketches, teach & learn signature, and striped apple or the more permanent luxe cover.
These would make great end of year gifts for your children's teachers, mentors, tutors, etc!

Can't decide what planner to get? Here's an quick chart that compares and contrasts the EC Lineup!

Just click this banner below to order your very own Teacher Lesson Planner and help support this blog!

 
4/23/18

Small Target Beauty Haul


Hi loves! I am back today with a small Target haul! I got four products on my trip today, that I thought I would share will you in a blog post!

1) Rimmel Stay Matte powder in Translucent - This is my go-to, everyday powder.
2)  Covergirl Peacock Flare Mascara - I loved the original peacock mascara, so I figured I would try out the Flare formula. Let me know if you want a more in-depth review!
3) Rimmel InstaFlawless Skin tint foundation - This was on clearence and I have never seen it before, so I thought I would pick it up. I am running low on my current BB cream and figured I would try it out. Let me know if you want  an in-depth review on this product! i have no idea if it has been discontinued or why it was on clearance. 
4) Bodycology free&lovely body spray  - I ran out of my body spray, so I wanted to pick up another. Target doesn't have a great selection, so I decide to go with this Lavender & Amber spray by bodycology. It is free of parabens, phlatates, dyes, and animal testing. They are not listed on the leaping bunny website 

What makeup products have you bought lately?


4/8/18

How To Have a Side Hustle When You Have a Full-Time Job

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As some of you may know, I recently going a network marketing company back in January. We sell all-natural, vegan, cruelty-free hair products for men, women, and children. You are probably wonder how I manage to work my side hustle, while also working a full-time job, going to grad school, and having a blog and youtube channel. Here are my three tips on how to have a side hustle while you have a full-time job!

First, you need to address your sleep schedule. If you're having trouble time finding time during the day to work your side hustle, you need to wake up earlier or stay up later. This could be a simple as waking up 30 mins earlier. This helps you set your intentions for the day. What is your goal for the day?

Second, meal times. Your lunch break at work is essential in order to work your side hustle. You can use that time to work your side hustle. Use it wisely. Whatever you didn't get accomplished during your early morning or late night work time, you can get accomplished during your lunch break.

Third, family and personal time. You need to have put aside time for your family and for yourself! Make it habit to set aside an hour every day to spend time with your family or yourself. Whether that time is at night playing with your kids, if you have them, or doing a workout, you need to have some time to relax and enjoy life.

Do you have a side hustle? How do you manage your time?

4/1/18

Happy Easter + Notes From My First Day of Grad School!


Happy Easter to those who celebrate! I thought today I would talk about my first day of grad school. For those of you who don't know, I am attending Clarkson University part-time at their Capital Region Campus in Albany, NY and am pursuing a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). I hope to graduate within three years or by the time I am 31 years old. 

My first class was on Wednesday, March 28th. My class was from 6:25pm to 9:50pm ET. There are only two other students in my class, besides myself and Professor. My Professor is fantastic and I think it will be a really interesting class. I am also the only female in the class. It is a hybrid class so we meet in person and have online assignments and discussion. There is an online midterm and final exam, as well as a final project. If there is anything else you want me to share about grad school, let me know!

3/19/18

Home Gym Essentials | Elizabeth Kathrynx



Want to workout in your own home? I'm here to tell you that you don't need a fancy gym membership to lose weight and build muscle! Most gym memberships will run you $20-$50 dollars a month. That all adds up and could be put towards buying your own home gym equipment! These are my home gym essentials!


1) Yoga mat. This is a must have if you are working at home or outdoors. It will provide extra comfort for your bones and joints when you are doing yoga or pilates. 

2) Cardio stepper. These are great for doing cardio exercises and can typically be adjusted to add extra height.


3) I love doing weight training, so having multiple sets of dumbbells is a must have! These help sculpt and tone your arms, legs, back, and shoulders. I have sets of 2, 5, and 10 pound weights. They were all purchased at Target! 

4) Another unique piece of equipment is a resistance band. These are really great for toning arms and back. 


5) Resistance Loops.  These loops might look harmless to you but they are killer when working on your abs and glutes. 

6) Sliders.  These are a versatile piece of equipment that add an extra challenge to moves like mountain climbers and lunges. 

7) Sneakers.  You need a good pair of sneakers to support your body when you're exercising, especially if you have weak ankles, like me. 

Do you workout at home or at a gym? 

What is your favorite piece of equipment?


Let me know in the comments?



3/6/18

Quintessentials Collection | Warby Parker

Since Spring is only a few weeks away, one of my main accessories is sunglasses! I love accessorizing with them, so when I heard about Warby Parker's newest collection of spring sunglasses, I couldn't resist!




If I could describe this collection of sunglasses by Warby Parker, I would call them classy yet practical.  They compliment an outfit without being too flashy. They pair well with your everyday attire for the workplace or school.  They are the perfect accessory to add to your wardrobe! 

Now, let me introduce to you these new styles!






First, we have Harris. You can't go wrong with acetate. These are my favorite style and would compliment both the casual and business outfit.



Second, we have Hunt. Hunt sunglasses come in two sizes, regular and Large.

The next style is Raider. Raider also comes in two sizes: regular and Large. You can't go wrong with metals. These are a very popular style but I definetly see myself as more of a Hunt or Harris kinda of girl!


And finally, we have Abe, which is another popular metallic style!


How does it work?

Ready to pick our your new sunglasses? You can either visit a Warby Parker store or you have them shipped to your home! Pick five different frames and they will be shipped to your house for free. You get five days to try them out! Once you figure out the style you like, you go ahead and purchase them online and ship back the samples that were sent to you!  I really like this approach because it's hard sometimes to know how something will fit your face just by seeing a picture on a website. 



I hope you enjoyed learning more about the new Quintessentials collection from Warby Parker!

What your favorite style?

*This post is not sponsored by Warby Parker. All opinions are my own.
2/18/18

What's in My Bag?



Can we all just admit for a hot minute that we all love seeing what is in other people's bags? Okay, cool. Glad we got that out of the way.

My mother got me a brand new handbag for my 28th birthday and have been dying to share with you guys!  I am so thankful for this birthday gift and will cherish it forever! This is my very first MK handbag! I am currently on the hunt for a new wallet because my current wallet is too big for this smaller bag! I always find these posts and videos fascinating and fun, since I am a handbag lover! You can also learn a lot about a person by what they are carrying around in their handbag!

Enjoy a look at new handbag!



First, to get started, this is the Michael Kors Mercer Medium Bonded-Leather Messenger. 
The bag has a padlock charm adding signature Michael Kors charm and elegance .


The bag has an open top and an interior pocket with zip.
The bag has my favorite, gorgeous silver hardware with adjustable shoulder strap.
It can be worn as a cross-body bag or held with the top handles.



So, what's on the inside?

* Ibuprofen and Excedrin for my headaches
*Kate Spade Card Holder for my ID and cards
*Emergen-C Drink Mix to fight off cold & flu
*Coach wristlet for my cash and coins
*Target pouch for extra rewards cards
*Headphone & chapstick in zip pocket
*Extra Polar Ice Gum
*My car and house keys

So, that’s what’s in my bag! What’s in your bag? I’m dying to know!

2/7/18

January 2018 Favorites


January has got to be the best month for favorites because you get to play with all your new goodies from Christmas, so I have a have a few new things to share with you!



Let's start with my Clarisonic Mia2! My mom got me this for Christmas and I don't know how I ever went without this! I have been using in everyday to take off my makeup after work! Ym skin is so smooth and it looks so good! 


I have FINALLY found products that work for my thick, curly, frizzy hair! I signed up as a Monat market partner in January and these hair care products have been a life saver! I have noticed a huge improvement in frizz control and tangles since using these products! 


My new Shark Steam Mop was also a Christmas gift for my mom and this is fantastic for cleaning the hardwood floors in our house! Something I have wanted for a few years and very thankful for it!


Everyone in the planner world has this Raskog cart from Ikea and I can see why they do! 
I have been using it to store my stickers and planners! I will be filming a tour soon for my Youtube Channel! 


My sister made me these coasters for a Christmas gift and they are so cool! She actually sells them Etsy, so you should check out her shop and tell her I sent you!




Of course, my final favorite is my newly remodeled bathroom!

So that just about covers my favorites for the month of January! What were your favorites?


1/18/18

Bathroom Tour | Modern Remodel


The bathroom remodel is finally complete! We have faced a small minor bumps in the road, including a leaking toilet and leaking pipe under the sink but overall am super happy with how everything turned out! Please make sure you watch the video, 'like' the video, and subscribe for more videos!

Enjoy!



1/13/18

You will NEVER guess what I did

So, you will never guess what I did...

I joined another network marketing company!

Here's my story...

I used to be with a health and wellness company. I joined because I was looking to lose weight and get fit, so I figured why not join? Well, I got little to no return selling these programs and shakes. I did ALL this work and as on my phone constantly, messaging random people,  and was not making any money. I even went into debt to stay "active" as a coach. I quit 9 months later.

So..here I am two years late joining another network marketing company, a HAIRCARE company!
I have struggled for YEARS with thick, coarse, frizzy hair and have tried EVERYTHING on the market and nothing works! When I found out they had products, that could address my issues, I was like heck yes! They eve have products that will help with hair loss or thinning.

Why did I decided to join?

  • These hair care products are made from all natural ingredients, no parabens or other yucky chemicals
  • This market isn't over saturated with thousands of other people selling hair care products. This company is the ONLY online online marketing company selling hair care products exclusively. They also have products for men AND kids!
  • I don't have to SPAM you with product pictures!! No more cold messaging, posting product pictures, hosting challenge groups, etc. Non of that, we NEVER mention the company name on social media.
  • My girlfriend said she made over $1,000 thousand dollars in her first month!! These products sell themselves! Unlike a health and well ness program, it's one and done. You don't go back and buy it again? These products are consumable!!
  • This team has more training than I ever had with my previous health and wellness company! They could easily charge hundreds of dollars to access this training, but they don't and you need to "rank up" in order to have access to this exclusive training material!
For all those reasons, I decided to join with little to no hesitation! I knew now was the best time to get in and start working the business, without having to spam people all the time! I signed up as a Market Partner and am working with a team of amazing people!

Maybe you have oily hair? Or frizzy hair? Or thick hair? Or thin hair? Or curly hair? You have tried everything like me and nothing ever solves your problems!

Now that you have read this post, if you're interested in this opportunity, please reach out! You can always email me or send me a message!

Thank you for reading and giving me the chance to share this with you! I look forward to posting  about planning, fitness, home, and beauty soon!


1/2/18

2018 Goals and Resolutions

So, are a blogger, I am obligate to write a post all about my goals and resolutions for 2018. There are a number of things I want to achieve in 2018 that aren't just for my blog and youtube that I would like to share with you today!



My goals for my youtube and blog are:


  • upload two videos a week
  • publish a blog post once a week
  • Trying new things such as doing live videos
My ultimate goals for 2018 are to be able to work with a brand on a sponsored post/video. I would also like to have 2000 subscribers by the end of 2018. I will try and achieve this by uploading consistently and creating unique content for the blog and channel.

My personal goals include:

  • working out 3-times a week for at least 30-60 minutes
  • paying down debt on student loans and car loans
  • self-care
  • travel
These are things everybody wants to achieve in a year but I am SO tired of paying our stupid student loans every month. I am going to consciously try to apply any extra money we have to our student loans and fingers crossed, pay off the remainder on my student loan which has approximately 8,000 dollars left. I will continue going to orangetheory fitness once a week and workout from home the other days of the week. I want to get outside more and go for more walks on my lunch breaks to help break up my day better. I also want to meal prep every week and eat healthier. I want to treat myself to manicures, pedicures, and massages more often as my self-care goal. I LOVE traveling, so I want to try and take 3-5 mini trips this year and one big trip this summer!

I hope you found this helpful in creating your goals for 2018!