Friday, June 28, 2013

Keratosis Pilaris - KP - Chicken Skin

I suffer from KP on my arms and my thighs. I have for as long as I can remember. I didn't try to treat it much when I was younger but now I'm not aware and I want to do something about it. I've read a lot about it but the information varies. Exfoliate, don't exfoliate, use gylocic acid, use BHA, use AHA.

I've tried Dermadoctor KP Duty but it didn't work for me.

I've tried Glytone KP Kit, 15.1 ounce Package but it also didn't work for me. The body wash didn't do anything special. The lotion was thick and heavy on my skin. I didn't like that feeling. Plus it stung if you applied it to freshly shaven skin (package says not to but I did anyway).

I've tried RESIST Weightless Body Treatment with 2% BHA. My thighs have gotten a little better but my arms have stayed the same. This is a lighter lotion and absorbs quicker.

I've been reading Caroline Hirons and I want to try some of the recommendations she has. I copied them below. This post is not only to share information but to become my trial and error cheat sheet! Twofer!

Clinc on Thursday March 15, 2013 "I know it seems random and for a little while expensive but I would use a normal body lotion by garnier etc (much under-rated! - Body Repair - the red one - is one of my top 3 body lotions) and in the evenings apply Alpha-H Liquid Gold ALL OVER THE ARMS - I assume its your arms? The glycolic will sort it out. Honest. And its not THAT £££." "Cool Fix from SpaceNK"

Dry Brushing. This isn't the first time I've heard about the benefits of dry brushing. I've been trying it occasionally but not enough to report on the effects for KP. Tati of Glam Life Guru has a great video on it. I like the dry brushing but I don't know if it is really having an effect. It took a little while to get used to and was painful at first. I dry brush about every other day.

Three Positive Things - Friday

I got to go to the dance party and dance with my favorite instructors. I danced a wonderful salsa and Viennese waltz among others.

I got to hang out a little with my coworkers after work. Got the lowdown on some future projects.

I got to eat a doughnut today and I didn't eat too many.

An experiment in positive thinking

Lately, I've been having problems concentrating, positive thinking and my general mood. I suffer from depression so part of this is par for the course. But if I can do anything that is not medication related, I am willing to try it.

I came across this article on one of my favorite sites Lifehacker. How Positive Thoughts Build Skills, etc. I thought it would be great to do something to help change my mood.

I'm going to start out with writing about three positive things a day. The article says you can see effects in three days! Heck, why not if I'll start seeing effects in as little as three days.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Savings at CVS

How I got $61.72 worth of items for $33.31!!

I stopped into CVS to check out the deals. I had a extra rewards for $3 off of $15. I checked out the coupon machine. I got a coupon for $3 off a purchase of $15 worth of hair color. So I checked it out and there was a deal for $3 extra bucks with purchase of two L'Oreal hair colors. One Garnier Olia and two L'Oreal Root Rescues went into my basket.

Then I checked out the makeup. I picked up a coupon for NYC and Rimmel. These were manufacture coupons attached to the displays. Always check out the new product displays for coupons. I had another coupon for NYC that I had printed from the internet. I picked up the bronzer in Sunny. I've been eyeing it for a while but couldn't bring myself to buy it because I didn't need it and I couldn't get a deal.

I also had a coupon for toothpaste so I stopped by and there was a deal going on. Buy two duel packs and get extra bucks. Two duel packs went into my basket.

I also got a coupon from the CVS machine for 20% off CVS brand products. I picked up some more medication, one was buy one get one 50% off.

When I checked out, I made sure to split my transactions, making sure to purchase the minimum or just what it took to get the extra bucks. I had three transactions. In total, I got 61.72 worth of items. I saved $28.41 with coupons and discounts and extra bucks. I spent 33.31.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Chicken Parmigan

  1. Pound out chicken breast until pretty thin. Then flour, egg and Italian bread crumbs (in that order) place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper place in oven at 375. The parchment paper helps crisp the chicken. You have to flip the chicken. I'm not sure on time but basically we flipped it when the bottom of the chicken was golden and had a nice crust. when both sides are golden, then put a small amount of whatever marinara sauce you use at the bottom of the casserole dish. place the chicken on top and sprinkle chicken with cheese. we used a romano, parmessan mix bake until cheese is melted and has a nice bubbly goldness to it

Archer Farms GYRO wood-fired crust pizza

I was in Target today when I saw this pizza. I haven't have gyro meat in a while and it sounded good. It was on sale plus I had a coupon so I picked it up.


It looks really good. There is a variety of colors and textures that make it very appealing.


It smelled pretty good cooking.


The chucks of gyro meat very large enough to get the flavor. There is a lemon, cheesy base that is very tasty. The onions are a nice accent.

Would I buy it again?

Unfortunately, there isn't enough of the toppings. I prefer just to have more in each bite. The crust is nothing special and there is at least two inches of it after the toppings stop. I don't think I would buy this again.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Sleep Problems

My name is Kristin and I have sleep problems.

Like many other adults, I have trouble sleeping. I used to be an awesome sleeper. I would have no issues going to sleep with little to no extra wind-down time. I would stay asleep until my alarm went off and I would feel just fine throughout the day. But ever since my divorce and subsequent depression at the end of 2010, I've had problems getting to sleep, staying asleep and waking up feeling refreshed. I'll go through each sleep period and give a little overview of what I've tried, what has worked and what has not.

Getting to Sleep

One of the biggest suggestions has been just relax. When ever I've tried to just relax, I start to think more and my brain just ramps up. Something I've always done is having my phone near by to write down any todo tasks or items I think of. That usually helps to get that item off my mind. But I would stress over events, emotions or general depression.

I also tried creating a routine but I didn't have time for a nightly bath and 20-30 minutes of reading. Or stopping all thing electronic 2 hours before bed. Seriously? I'm a single mom who only gets about an hour to myself a night. Of course I'm going to watch TV AND be on my computer. I did try reading but I wanted to read the Bible and then remember it the next day. Plus think about what I was reading. This always winds my mind up and not down. Then I wanted to read parenting or self help books but the same problem. So on to fiction. Well the ones I picked I loved so much I couldn't put it down. I would end up getting to be way too late.

I tried many medications. All of which didn't work or had troublesome side effects. Lunesta worked for a while then stopped working. Sonata the same. Trazadone would knock me out within 30 minutes but after a few nights, I would get the worst nightmares. High stress, high anxiety that would keep me in a dream state while I experienced and remembered all of it. Unfortunately it took a while for me to connect the dots and stop the medication.

Something else I learned that took a while (a few weeks), was not to take my antidepressant (Viibryd) before bed. I was taking the medication in the morning with breakfast. I told my dr that I was sleepy in the morning (now due to other issues) and he suggested taking it in the evening. So I started taking it about 30 minutes before bed. After a few nights I would notice that I could hear white noise louder. It felt like I could hear my blood rushing through my veins. Then this sensation would build up, electric-like sensations would shoot through my limbs and I would jerk. These sensations would become painful and I had a few nights where I cried myself to sleep. I started to develop anxiety not knowing what was causing the pain or when it would occur. I decided myself to stop taking the medication at night and resume taking it in the morning since that was the most recent change.

I came to find out that it was serotonin syndrome due to the affect of the antidepressant. While this issue was occurring, I tried doing research using my terms, electric sensations, pain, etc but not much came up. I remember reading about serotonin syndrome but it didn't match what I was experience. Hopefully my explanation will help someone else.

Staying Sleep

I thought I had my sleep issues under control, then I started waking up about every 90 minutes. Waking up enough to open my eyes and remember it. It would make me feel sleepy all day. This wasn't working and something needed to be done. I spoke with my dr and he perscribed Lorazepam and it worked. This was the fastest solution to any of my sleep problems but the most odd solution. An anti-anxiety to help stay asleep?

In the summer of 2012, I went to Japan. It was awesome but with the 14 hr time difference. It completely threw off my sleeping. I knew this was going to happen. While there, I found that Japan has fantastic chocolate and brought a whole bunch back, including dark chocolate, my favorite. I started having a bit each night before going to bed. After about a week, I started having nightmares. Not as violent as I described above but just enough to through off my day. Again, it took some research and some time for me to figure out that dark chocolate was giving me nightmares. Yet another side effect of food though unexpected. It makes me sad I can't have it at night, but that means I must eat chocolate during the day.

Waking Up

Just recently I've had issues waking up. My alarm would go off and would be going off for about 5 minutes. I would have to tear myself out of sleep and open my eyes. They would stay open just long enough to turn off the alarm and then shut. I would end up sleeping again for anywhere from 10-20 minutes and it would repeat. I would lay in bed for about 5 minutes with my mind convincing my body to wake up. The fog of sleep would last until 2 or 3 pm in the afternoon despite multiple cups of coffee. It came on sudden. What was going on? Again, I thought I had my sleep issues under control and again, things changed.


I take .75 mg of Melatonin to get me to sleep. I also take 5 mg of Lorazepam to stay asleep.

It has to be in a certain tiredness state in order to go to sleep now. I end up with a mixed up going to sleep routine. I wash my face and brush my teeth. Then do some stretching and rub lotion into my feet while giving myself a mini foot massage. I use relaxing pillow spray from Bath and Body Works on my pillow. And massage Sally Henson orange cuticle treatment on my fingers. Then I'll watch a YouTube video or two about 10-15 minutes depending on how tired my mind feels.

If you have sleep issues, I feel for you. Keep working at finding a solution. Try to figure out what is going on, and what has changed. Even if nothing has changed in your routine or medication, your body is always changing and you may need to adjust what was working. I hope my story has giving you some ideas.

Simple Sesame Ginger Chicken

I used a little help tonight with Campbell's Skillet Sauces in Sesame Chicken with Garlic and Ginger. I added onions and seasonings. It turned out really yummy.

  • Olive oil
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • Chicken, (I used the whole package. 1.6 lbs there is a lot more sauce than what I normally eat)
  • Pepper
  • Ginger
  • 1 Packet of Campbell's Skillet Sauces in Sesame Chicken with Garlic and Ginger Toasted sesame seeds
  • Sesame oil

Add 1 Tbsp of olive oil to a frying pan on medium heat. Saute until translucent. Add chicken. Season with pepper and ginger. Follow instructions on sauce. When finished, turn off heat and add a dash of sesame oil and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Very good over pasta or rice.