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Wow!  Things have been SO. BUSY. this month at work.  I’ve hardly had time to sleep or eat!  It’s included a trip where I had to talk in front of 1,000 people (yikes!).  It was stressful leading up to it, but it went very well and was an amazing opportunity.  Looking back now, I can hardly believe that I did it now…almost seems like a dream.

At any rate, I thought I would write a post about some new (or not so new) favorite things.  First, I’ll start with something that relates to my recent business trip…luggage!  There are actually two favorite things associated with packing that I used on my trip, where were amazing.  First of all, I bought this set of hard-sided rolling luggage, and it worked amazingly well.  It’s cute, easy to spot at baggage claim, tons of space, and kept things secure.  Also, it’s lightweight….MUCH lighter than you would think.  Can we talk about the 4 spinner wheels?  I’ve not owned luggage with more than 2 wheels before, and holy crapoly, these things are easy to maneuver through the airport.  Fantastic!

Another favorite thing?  The packing cubes from eBags.  I was skeptical at first because I like being able to tuck small items into the nooks and crannies of my suitcases, but these things hold SO MUCH stuff and easily fit into my new suitcases.  I bought the Value Pack (linked above), and it had a small, medium, and large square-ish cubes, plus 3 slim cubes.  In the large, I got a track suit, 2 pairs of jeans, dress pants, and at least 5 tops to go with the dress pants.  Everything was folded neatly and didn’t wrinkle in the suitcase.  The medium had jammies, 2 pairs of workout pants, and 6 t-shirts.  The small contained my delicates with room to spare.  One slim one held scarves and shells with tons of extra space, one had socks (10 pairs) with room to spare, and the 3rd went into my laptop bag and served as my “activities” bag.  I had my NOOK and a knitting project plus notions and a pattern.  These things are awesome!  I was able to get all of them (except for the activities bag) plus 4 pairs of shoes and my oversized toiletries bag into the medium suitcase above with no issue.  Best part is that in the hotel, all I had to do was pull out the cubes and put them into the drawers to unpack. Everything was kept neat and tidy without wrinkles there too.

And finally, a third favorite thing for right now is something that I’ve been using for a few months.  For the last several years, I’ve struggled with acne.  I’ve tried just about everything:  Proactiv, Noxema, Clean & Clear, etc.  All have worked a little bit, but they’ve all had bad side effects.  Proactiv made my skin dry and gave me a very ruddy appearance…almost like I had rosacea, and some just plain didn’t work.  Several months ago, an online friend suggested using Cerave and said that it had even cleared up some of the little bumps that show up under the skin but don’t actually turn into whiteheads.  I was skeptical, but I thought…what the heck?  It’s a relatively cheap solution to try, and if it doesn’t work, I’ll just move to something else.  I tried it, and it was ok but still not exactly the results I was looking for…let’s face it…I wanted instant gratification.   About that same time, someone I follow on twitter suggested following the guideline outlined on acne.org.  After reading through it, I decided that the Cerave Foaming Facial Cleanser fit the bill for the cleansing that they suggest on there, and I didn’t need to buy yet another treatment solution from them.  I then bought the Neutrogena On-the-Spot Acne Treatment as suggested on acne.org.  I continued to use my moisturizer:  Lush Enzymion Moisturizer, which gives me a nice matte look and moisturizes without making me oily…again, though not suggested, it seemed to fit the recommendations from acne.org.  They recommend doing the 3 step treatment twice a day, which I don’t always follow.  I wear mineral make-up that doesn’t clog my pores, so I get away with doing it once per day.  At any rate, in less than a week, I started seeing results, and I’ve been enjoying clear skin ever since!!  Occasionally, I still get a couple of small pimples around that time of the month, but it’s so much better than it once was!  I remember distinctly one morning thinking…wow, I’m only using concealer under my eyes!  When has that ever happened?!  On top of that, my husband has had trouble with acne as well.  He started following the program too, and his acne has cleared up as well.  We are both very amazed and are loving these products and the system.

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