Thursday, October 20, 2011

Holy Hair

For the entire 24 almost 25 years I have been alive I have always had frizzy, dry, oily, curly hair that I hated. I would try everything to make it work for me and I have finally found a routine that works for me. I owe almost all of this success to joining Sam's Club. My husband and I were in there a while back and I needed some new shampoo and conditioner so I went browsing. I came across Suave Professionals Sleek for dry or frizzy hair. (I will insert pics) and I figured "hey...why not". Oh my gosh....after the first wash it felt like someone elses hair completely. I was scared it was just that "first use" feeling but nope...after 2 or so weeks it still feels like that after every wash. So let me break down the routine for you...

All of the products I use...

So the first thing I do is wash my hair. Just the standard washing. I do let the conditioner sit in my hair a bit in a clip. Timing just depends on how long I have and if I have to shave my legs or not. Even if I don't have time to let it sit I still get the same effect. Here is a close up of the shampoo and conditioner.

Once I get out of the shower I put my hair up in a twirly towel aka towel turban. I let it sit while I brush my teeth and put on my toner and moisturizer. I then take my hair out of the towel and blot the excess from the ends. I then use the Infusion 23 #3 Leave-in treatment Repair and Renew. I don't know if this makes any difference whatsoever but I figure it can't hurt. I put it into a spray bottle and spray maybe 4-5 sprays on top and 1 on the ends specifically. I then use my got2b Guardian angel gloss finish blow-out lotion. This stuff is amazing as well. I spray about the same amount as I do the Infusion23. I then brush out my hair with a cricket brush like this one...
These are my absolute all time favorite brushes. I use this one to brush it out because it has wider teeth and I am FAR too lazy to use a comb. The infusion and blow-out lotion make it super easy to brush through your hair. I then blow dry my hair using that brush as well as a cricket paddle brush (thin one). As my hair starts to get dryer I use a round brush just because the closer together bristles help brush out the curls in my hair. My only blowdrying tip is to make sure your dryer points down the hair shaft to minimize frizz. Once my hair is completely dry I straighten it. I do 3 sections so ear to ear, temple to temple, and then the top. I use a Chi straightener that is decorated like fruit stripe joke. Sorry I don't have a picture. Before I straighten each section I spray on my got2b Guardian Angel Gloss finish flat iron balm. I spray 3 sprays on the bottom two sections and then 2 sprays on the top section. Sometimes I'll do another spray on just the ends. Then I just straighten my hair. This is absolutely the routine I will stick to as long as the products are made. Normally after 3-4 hours my hair gets frizzy or super oily and I put it up. My hair stays silky and straight for all 12 hours of work...pretty impressive. I hope this helps someone else :)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Ipod Shuffle Tag

I did this for fun and when I heard all of the songs I realized I had to write them all down. Too funny!

1. Put your iPod or other music player on shuffle. 

2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer. 


4. Tag those who might enjoy doing this as well as the person you got this from. 


     Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It - Dem Franchize Boyz


     In da Club - 50 Cent


     Bad Day - Daniel Powter


     You - Switchfoot (A Walk to Remember Soundtrack)

     How Far - Martina McBride


     What These Bitches Want - DMX (bahaha)


     Imagine - John Lennon

-WHAT IS 2+2? 

     Play No Games - Lil Jon


     Use Somebody - Kings Of Leon

     Just Dance - Lady Gaga


     If I Had A Million Dollars - Barenaked Ladies (ain't that the truth??)


     Knockout - Lil Wayne ft. Nicki Minaj


     XXX's and OOO's - Trisha Yearwood


     Say I Yi Yi - Ying Yang Twins


     U Got It Bad - Usher


     One, Two Step - Ciara

     Shiftwork - Kenny Chesney


     Believe - Brooks & Dunn

     Cupid Shuffle - Cupid (another bahahaha)


     Break Your Heart - Barenaked Ladies


     Here Comes the Boom - Nelly


     Bama Breeze - Jimmy Buffett


     Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO


     Here Without You - 3 Doors Down


     Crazy - K-Ci and JoJo


     I Loved Her First - Heartland 


     Money To Blow - Birdman


     I Get Money - Birdman 

Hope you enjoyed and please message me if you try it :)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Nursing School

Hey Guys! So school makes it really hard to film a video. I rarely look nice enough to put up a video on the internet haha. I figured I can write a blog post and then as soon as I can film I will. This will be super long so if you aren't interested in nursing stuff then don't read it haha. If you are then I hope it helps a lot :)

We currently have class two days a week. Monday from 9-12 and 1-3 and then Tuesday from 1-3. My teachers use power points and a few handouts for our classes. I sit in class and look at the power points and then anytime a teacher emphasizes something multiple times I change the font to red. That tells me that topic WILL be on the exam and that I really need to focus on it. I really don't read my textbook at all unless I can't grasp a topic from the powerpoint or if we are told to look at a figure. I have a bit of a photographic memory so reading too much actually hurts me more than it helps me. Now i'm not telling you to not read your textbook but you need to study in a way that helps you the most. Everyone is different so don't take my advice and then get mad if you fail. For my program we must get a a C to pass which is an 80.
The way that I study for exams is to use a 5 subject notebook. I re-write the power points in my own handwriting because I cannot study printed text.
You also absorb a lot by re-writing the power points because your brain organizes it so you have to make sense of it. Example of my study guide...
Sorry that it is blurry but it's a video still. I only highlight when the teacher stresses that something will be on the test for sure. That's the same info that I change to red font on my power points. 
I generally try to start my study guide one week before the test. This doesn't always happen but I try to make the effort so that I can take my time and not rush. In reality I'm doing it 2 days to 1 day before the exam. Once I finish the study guide I read thru it 3-6 times before the exam. If there is something to memorize then I'll do that  separately. Once again photographic memory means it doesn't take me long to memorize so some ppl have ways to help with that. Generally if I do my full study guide and read thru at least 3 times I can easily get an 80. 
For the final exam I sit down and read through my study guide as much as I can and then take the final. Another thing I am known for is making a grade distributor. I use my syllabus and make an excel document that I can put in grades I have received and see what I need to make to get an 80, 90, etc. It is super helpful when you are at the time of your final and you see that you can get a 50 and still pass the class. Do I shoot for a 50? No, but it makes you feel much more confident. As to making the grade just have to be savvy with Microsoft Excel. Example of mine...
In the blue squares you type in your grade and it will formulate your class average. That way you can say "alright if I mess up and get a 50 what do I have to make to still pass the class??"

We have clinical 2 days a week for 7.5 hours each. We used to do 12 hour days once a week but we are required to do 15 hours this semester so they made us separate it into two days. Not my favorite but oh well. Clinicals are on Wednesday and Thursday from 6:45 until 2:15ish. 
Breakdown of our days...
On tuesday our assignments are made at the hospital. Meaning after my 3 o'clock class ends I go to our assignment sheet and get the patient's room number and initials. I then go and see if the patient has been discharged (happens a lot sadly) and if not then I go into the computers and get their diagnosis, meds, labs, diagnostic tests, nurse and physician notes and any other information I can get my hands on. You then go home and research the information and learn about the meds. I have come up with a sheet that helps me organize everything for each patient that is easy to read and not a billion pages to shuffle through when my instructor asks a question. I will put a picture below, if you are interested in the sheet just email me For some reason they are hard to find online but i'll gladly share mine. I have another version that has more pages if you are interested in that. I also have a sheet for assessments. *Note - some programs require specific papers so check this beforehand. 

Overall this has helped me a ton. The meds are not ALL the meds but just PRN (as needed) so pain meds, nausea meds, and what not. Anything that I need to keep the time for myself because the computer can't tell me that Room A is due for his pain med IF he wants it. The other sheet is basically the same thing but much bigger and more room. My assessment sheet is very basic and is mainly just to keep me from forgetting to check something. My sheet is one page but the one I document at the hospital is at least 6-7 pages. A lot of an assessment isn't measured so it's in your head but my sheet reminds me what to do especially with a chatty patient who distracts you often. This is my assessment sheet...

*Once again if you want any of these please just email me. 
Ok so back to clinical. You do all of your work the night before and then show up the next morning. I get there 6:15-6:20 so that if my patient went home (major bummer) I can start looking up my new patient. If not I get any new labs, meds, nurses notes, orders, and what not. I always check my chart incase the physician has visited and wrote new orders. Then we get report from the off going nurse and introduce ourselves to the new nurse. Tell them who I am, what patient I have, if i'm giving meds, and what I am allowed or not allowed to do. We also go in and introduce ourselves to the patient as the primary nurse and student nurse so they know what to expect and just incase they don't want a student we can talk to them and see what they say. Then we go get our assessment done, pass morning meds and then do whatever is needed for the day. If you only have one patient then you get relatively bored so we help out with other patients as we are allowed. When you have 3 patients and are giving meds your day feels like about 15 minutes for 7 hours haha. What you are allowed to do will start out very basic (basic needs) and then progress as you check off on your skills. We can do anything now except for PCAs and other things like that. Then at the end of the day you find out if you will have the same or different patients the next day. If you have different then you have to repeat the research that night....not fun at all. 

Whew that was long. If you have any more questions let me know and i'll add them at the bottom. Hope this helps a lot :)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Years Tag 2011

What did you do in 2010 that you'd never done before? Got to spend time on a labor and delivery floor and newborn nursery. Most awesome experience of my life!

Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I didn't make any for last year. I always joke and say that I will quit smoking and doing crack/heroin but if you know me i'm a huge hater of smoking and drugs haha.

Did anyone close to you give birth? My sister in law :) I now have two adorable nephews.

Did anyone close to you die? No thankfully.

What countries did you visit? The good ole US of A

What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010? An associate degree in Nursing :)

What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory? 2/11 (my birthday) and 5/24 (our one year wedding anniversary)

What was your biggest failure? Getting a C which sucks because it was really an 83 but we use that stupid grading scale.

Did you suffer illness or injury? Unfortunately I suffer illness a lot.

What was the best thing you bought? Lots of nail polish

Where did most of your money go? Makeup and food

What did you get really, really, really excited about? Hanging out in Wilmington with two of my best friends

What song will always remind you of 2010? Crazy Bitch - Buckcherry

Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Mostly Happier
b) thinner or fatter? Thinner
c) richer or poorer? Poorer just because Panera makes less than UPS at Christmas

What do you wish you'd done more of? Spent more time with family. I miss my family more than anything and school all week and work every weekend really sucks.

What do you wish you'd done less of? Procrastination

How will you be spending New Years? Um I got in bed at 11:45 and laid next to Clay watching the ball drop and then bed because I had to get up at 5:15

What was your favorite TV program? The Closer

What was the best book you read? I re-read Angels and Demons which is an amazing book

What was your greatest musical discovery? Lil Wayne rediscovery and Lady Gaga (Paparazzi in particular)

What did you want and get? The ability for my husband and I to get a degree in something we love

What did you want and not get? To have less illness

What was your favorite film of this year? Inception

What did you do on your birthday? Ate crab legs and just spent time with Husband, Mom and Dad

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Less illness

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010? Same as always...comfortable

What kept you sane? Amazing friends

Who did you miss? Any family I didn't get to see

Who was the best new person you met? Although I met her in 2008 my friend from school and I got a lot closer.

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009: If you have anxiety at all. Keep your mind busy and you will feel much better. Anxiety is the enemy of a still mind.

Was 2010 a good year for you? Why? I feel like it really was a great year with school.

What was your favorite moment of the year? 3 straight nights of dancing with my best friends.

Where were you when 2010 began? Hanging out with my family and watching movies.

Where will you be when 2010 ends? Same as last year

Did you make any new friends in 2010? New work friends and some new school friends.

What was your favorite month of 2010? February for my birthday and any summer month.

How many different states / provinces did you travel to in 2010? Umm none

What was your favorite movie that you saw in 2010? Definitely Inception

What was your favorite record from 2010? Um by record i'm hoping you meant song and that would be Bottoms Up

How many concerts did you see in 2010? None

Did you drink a lot of alcohol in 2010? Yes :)

Did you do a lot of drugs in 2010? Not one. Well I did have my wisdom teeth out so that is probably it.

What was the worst lie someone told you in 2010? You probably won't get dry socket.

How much money did you spend in 2010? Wayyy too much

What was your proudest moment of 2010? Having 2 patients before any other nursing student :)

If you could go back in time to any moment of 2010 and change something, what would it be? Not taking off time this summer to visit family more.

What are your plans for 2011? Graduate nursing school, pass the NCLEX-RN, move back in with my husband and get a job. 

Friday, December 24, 2010

Holiday Tag 2

Feel free to do this TAG!!!!

1) Which Holiday do you celebrate? I celebrate Christmas :)
2) What are you doing for the holidays this year? For the first time in 2 years I am spending it at my Nanny's (mom's mom) with all of our family. We will go to church on Christmas eve, open immediate family presents Christmas morning and then the whole family comes for Christmas dinner. Yummy :)
3) Favorite Holiday Drink? Um....coke
4) Candy cane or Gingerbread men? Um neither...banana split cake ;)
5) Favorite Holiday/Christmas song? I ONLY like Christmas music the week of Christmas. Favorite is probably O' Holy Night.
6) Weirdest gift you have received? Um...haha plenty. Probably a water bottle.
7) Have you ever made a snowman? Absolutely
8) Favorite winter fragrance? Winter Candy Apple from bath and body works
9) What is at the top of your list this christmas? A camera
10) What is most important to you about the holidays?Seeing family that I don't see on a regular basis. They are all 6 hours away. 


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Polka Dots


I'm obsessed with them :) The quickest way to make a fun nail design is to add polka dots. I have come across some awesome ways to make them even and easy to do. First off you can buy a dotting tool from a beauty supply store. The main benefit is that they are sturdy and come in MANY different sizes. Plus the handles are generally very pretty.

I don't have one of these mainly because I see no reason in paying for one when you can make one at home just as easy. I have come across 3 ways to do polka dots each with pros and cons. I'll start with the cheapest.

This is something you always have around you house. They are inexpensive and disposable which is great if you do a lot of nail designs. Really nice for multiple color designs because you can toss it instead of cleaning it off. The con would be the size of the dot. You either get a tiny dot or the dot is big but has wayy too much polish. If you are like me you hate waiting for polish to dry and a thick dot will take a very long time to dry. If you are just starting out though these are great. They definitely can work for more intricate designs that require a small tool though :) Plus remember things like toothpicks that are square shaped can make fun designs.

End of a paintbrush
While you may not have one at home they are inexpensive also. These make consistent sized dots and are very easy to hold in your hand. One big con is the type of brush. Do not buy brushes with painted wooden handles. When you go to clean them off and start a new set of dots the paint will come off in the polish. I have some with red handles and I would get red spotted dots but not in a good way. I suggest the super cheap ones for kids. You can get different sized handles and do fun dot designs.

My Absolute Favorite 
Mechanical Pencil
This is the hands down best way to make polka dots. It is so easy because you hold it just like a pencil and it is much more left hand friendly (with practice). It makes consistent sized dots and it can be cleaned so easily. Just dip the end and it's perfect. Extra tip - for huge dots use the eraser end :). The con is that you lose a pencil. The polish will get inside the lead barrel and ruin the pencil. But I mean they aren't that expensive. Just pick a color you don't like and use that one. My favorite are BIC pencils because they have a rounded but blunt end. Don't forget to remove the lead so you don't waste it. You can also check out different sized pencils to get various dot sizes.

The Process
I always paint a base color so that the dots show up better. A fun way is to paint each nail a different bright color. It will look super scary but the dots tone down the colors a lot. I do this more for toe nails because it is more work and it stays on longer. For fingernails I paint one color or I alternate nails (especially for holidays) Just like I did for my Halloween look at the bottom of the page. I let the color(s) dry very well. If the base color is still wet and you dot on top of it with too much pressure the colors will mix and make it very messy. Once the base coat is dry I put a few dabs of polish on the front of a magazine. The glossy cover makes the polish get onto the tool well plus it is a great way to recycle them. After each look tear off the page and use the next one. Just make sure you remember it has wet polish and don't stick your hand in it. I then use whatever tool and begin dotting. Spacing the dots so they don't look planned just takes practice. If it helps look at someone else's picture and match the locations they use. In time you will get used to how to space them out. Once you are done either toss the toothpick or clean off your tool. Then let your nails dry for a while. The dots can have many layers of polish and if you mess them up they will flatten out and look very crappy. The key to polka dots is to keep them clean and defined. By all means use a good top coat. I recommend Seche Vite, totally worth the cost. I hope this helps and gives you some fun polish ideas. Last hint - glitter dots can look very pretty mixed in with the white dots :) Also you don't have to put dots over the whole nail. A diagonal line of dots can be very pretty.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Christmas Goody

This is a bit of a re-promote but it's a really good one. I have a youtube video about the Victoria's Secret Ultimate makeup kit (link at the bottom). I just learned it is back out again for this year. I am going to search for a coupon code if I can find one. If I can't find it now i'll keep looking and get it on here asap. This kit is totally awesome. It has a ton of great eyeshadows, lipsticks, lip gloss, blushes, bronzer and a translucent powder. It also comes with some not so great brushes, a red lip liner (BAD), and a black eyeliner. I'm not really sure how great the eyeliner is because I don't really use pencil eyeliners. The idea of splinters sorta terrifies me. Once I got this kit I used it religiously for a long time. I was amazed at the quality of the eyeshadows and the blushes are super pigmented. The only negative is that I don't own this kit anymore. I gave it to a girl in my nursing class who is a makeup junkie. It was certainly not because I disliked it but more that I knew I had plenty of other things to play with. I hope you check this one out for a great kit. It is wonderful as an all inclusive kit for travel just be sure it is protected in your bag due to the mirror. They have also released a mega makeup kit that has more options. I assume the quality is the same but I have not personally ever seen it. I was also told it would be just $25 for black friday in the comments under my video so that is totally awesome :)

Youtube Video

Makeup Kit - $29.50

Mega Makeup Kit - $44.00

Keep in mind that coupon codes expire often so this one may or may not work for you. I will try my best to keep it updated with the newest and most dependable codes. For the record most of my codes come from Retail Me Not It is a fabulous site that I use all the time. You can also google Store Name + coupons code/promotional code/offer code (best bet is to look at the site and see what jargon they use for their codes) If I do not have a code on here and you are going to purchase from any site please @reply me on twitter and ask first. I am all about deals.  - Callisonannee

First code is FA1023785 - this is for $15 off of $100 or more. Expires 12/15 - this would be great if you are purchasing for multiple people

Also checkout the sites for Black Friday. Free shipping is very likely and % off is common too. Enjoy :)