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Skin Bleaching

Friday, July 29, 2011

Okay, I'm vain. I have some brown blotches on my face that I've been self-conscious of forever...or for as long as I've had them.

I went to the skin doctor (not dermatologist) for my Rosacea, but we got to talking about my blotches. DH was with me as he has Rosacea too.

I ended up getting the foaming gel to wash my face and the skin bleaching
Nu-Derm by Obagi.

It's been 3 days I started out putting the Nu-derm on everyday, but as my face red-blotched, feels tight and chin stings and I'm pealing, I'm only putting it on the brown spots now.

My mil asked why my bottom lip looked like Angelina Jolie? Looks a little swollen a little out. Hey, I look like Angelina Jolie...even if it is just my lower lip.

This morning my eyes felt tight and I thought swollen but feels better.

My dh isn't great at telling when things look different so I don't know if my face is really swollen or just feels like it.

I know this is the normal after affects, but I don't think I can take however long it takes to make a big difference. It also cost too much to just stop using it, I'd never hear the end of it by dh.

We still have to get the meds for the Rosacea as she didn't have it in stock.

Has anyone out there done the skin bleaching? How did it go?

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1MIN17SECB412PM 7/30/2011 1:25PM

    Dangers of Skin Lightening Creams

Hydroquinone is one of the active ingredients in the Obagi skin care line. Studies show it has some carcinogenic effects & hydroquinone turns toxic when exposed to sunlight. Because of these risks, it's banned in many countries in Europe & Asia, but still available *here* in the states via prescription.

Try using natural KEFIR on your skin instead, Courti. It tightens your face & lightens your skin PLUS it devours all sorts of ugly skin problems!! Just rinse your face with warm water, pat the kefir ALL over your face, neck, ears... & let it dry. Leave it on as long as you'd like, then rinse with warm water.

SHEESH, bathe in kefur, girlfriend (I put about 2 gallons of room temperature kefir in the tub & add warm water- scooping up the mixture in my cloth & wringing it all over my body... over & over again... adding more warm water when the water begins to feel cool... then step out after your luxurious soak, with no rinse... it's the ***B*E*S*T*** beauty treatment EVER & it'll SPOIL YOU ROTTEN) & don't forget to drink kefir too!!

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-COURT- 7/29/2011 10:53PM

    That's a good idea Funky. Never thought of that. I have a spot on my arm. Wish I had thought of this a few days ago.

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MACKANDME 7/29/2011 10:18PM

    No I never have. But just like anything else you gotta take the good with the bad. it is the same as getting one of those chemical peels which can leave your face not so pretty for a while. I am assuming your brown spots are on your face?
If you have a brown spot anywhere else I would try it there first and only there to see if the outcome is worth all that you are going through. If the result is crummy then you have saved face...literally. If the outcome is good..then you have wasted no money and can then apply it to your face knowing the end is worth the beginning.

Good luck!

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STLOUISWOMAN 7/29/2011 7:07PM

    Maybe you should contact the doctor to see if these reactions are normal & how long you can expect them to last.

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SEYSARAH 7/29/2011 4:40PM

    Good luck, hope it works and I can read how you feel about it a week or two from now!

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DOOBRIE 7/29/2011 3:48PM

    Sounds scary - take care! I'm sure you look beautiful just the way you are.


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CoHP - History of Magic

Thursday, July 28, 2011

For this challenge, we have to write about our time before Spark, so not to make the same mistakes now that I'm on SP.

I had to look back to my diary for this and it looks like I was doing okay. I was exercising everyday.

I thought I had kept my team from round #7 for my Biggest Loser Challenge team, but can't find it, I must have deleted it by mistake. I like to look back from time to time. Now I don't remember what I weighed back then.

At any rate, I don't think I was doing poorly before SP, I just have people to help support and motivate me now. I've learned a lot more exercise routines too, plus keeping accountable...even if I do fall off the wagon from time to time.

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DISPATCH91 7/29/2011 10:30AM

    the good thing about you is that you may fall off but you get back on


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AIDELADE27 7/28/2011 11:56PM

    Courti, it's people like you who keep me here! I love that we have known each other here for a long time and you constantly motivate me to do better and cheer me up when I feel blue. emoticon emoticon

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CoHP - DADA Fighting the weight-loss Boggart

Thursday, July 28, 2011

My boggart is my pantry where most of my snacks are located. To fight this boggart, I would think I should picture the worse thing in my pantry...like a giant emoticon, but it has to be something we can laugh at. That defeats my purpose of staying away from the pantry. If I can laugh at it, I'll be at the pantry door more often.

Maybe I'll have my dh put a giant picture of a emoticon inside, but then there goes my cereal.

I guess I'll have him put in on the snack shelf.

I like to organize that way....a cereal shelf, snack shelf, pasta/rice shelf, fruit shelf (containers of fruit in juice).

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DISPATCH91 7/29/2011 10:27AM

    that is an excellent idea.....hate spiders I am on the same page with Ron on that one LOL

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AIDELADE27 7/28/2011 11:56PM

    Man, if I saw that sneaky spider, I don't think I'd be able to eat ANYTHING after that! Good idea!

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-COURT- 7/28/2011 8:14PM

    You've got that right, especially if it is a large one, then my dh would be doing all the cooking because I wouldn't come within a room's length. That's what happened when I saw one in our laundry room. He had to do all the laundry for a few weeks.

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SUMMERSMILES1 7/28/2011 8:03PM

    I agree - my snack shelf is my temptation. I like the idea of a spider. Of course if I see I real one I wouldn't go back to my snack shelf.

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CoHP - Star Chart

Thursday, July 28, 2011

For my Challenge of Harry Potter team we have to write a blog, or post in our common room, what we see coming up in the near future--what types of obstacles I will face.

Actually, I don't have anything coming up. We may meet some friends at Golden Corral but I eat pretty fair there, healthier than at home. Right now, I'm in my binging phase. I want to snack all the time and not tracking. I want to keep my snacking to fruit, but fall over into some hot chocolate, wheat thins, banana chips and York Patties. eh!!!! {rolling eyes}

I've finally talked my dh into making our a weekly menu so we can use up the older food, we have a freezer full. Hopefully, that way I can stick to healthy snacking, if I just follow the menu in the evening instead of grabbing whatever I get my hands on first.

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DISPATCH91 7/29/2011 10:29AM

    That is a great plan. I don't know what is up I am also into the snacking phase.

Do you think someone hexed up emoticon

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SUMMERSMILES1 7/28/2011 8:09PM

    I am also doing a lot of snacking, not healthy fruits and veggies. Chocolate and sweets... yum! but not good for my body. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NIMAWEYGH 7/28/2011 6:17PM

    I am also doing a lot of snacking in the evenings but I head for the hot buttered popcorn. So I have to defeat this boggart for my health's sake.

You know WE CAN DO IT.

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I wish I could play an instrument

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I never took any instruments in school or choir, so I would be able to read notes. I want to play my keyboard and recorder just for fun.

Once my cousin and I took a 4-week course on playing the keyboard, it was called 'Learn 4 Songs in 4 weeks'. That is all we learnt too. The notes in the book had the letter of the note within the graft, so I didn't even have to try to read what note it represented. EGBDF & FACE.

I've been practicing and got some books and tapes from the library.

Maybe if I learn Happy Birthday and Jingle Bells, I'll be doing something.

Any ideas what is the easiest instrument to learn? I once had a guitar but sold it.

Do you know how to play an instrument?

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AIMMICEM 7/28/2011 10:35PM

    I played a clarinet in middle school. I loved it. In high school I was playing the bass clarinet and I felll in love with the rich deep sound. But I was to self conscious in band that I quit after my freshman year. I so regret that now. My youngest plays the clarinet and there are time when I want to play it again, emoticon

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-COURT- 7/22/2011 9:37PM

    Judy, I'll check for those books and Annie I've never heard of a flutophone. I'll have to look it up to see what it looks like. I had a guitar once but didn't get anywhere with it. Maybe I should buy a childs guitar, might be easier to strum.

I did find some of the sites online and copy/ pasted them to keep by the piano to practice. I'm going to try the Do Re Mi song from Sound of Music.

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QUILTINGB52 7/22/2011 4:09PM

    As a child, I played a Flutophone....a cheap plastic horn that you could actually recognize the songs. It entertained me for many years.

I also took piano lessons as a child & while I don't own a piano, I could probably sit down & play at least the top part of any song (both hands are a big trickier).

I learned to play the guitar on my own...for my own enjoyment.

Now I have a keyboard I can plug into my computer & while it doesn't have the full range of a piano, there are enough notes to carry a tune and keeps me happy.

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ANGORA4 7/22/2011 1:47PM

    They make wonderful 'learn to play' beginners books for children. We have the recorder and book sets, still under $10. No, not the best tone, but it works and you're doing this for you, for fun. You can always move up to a fancier one if you want.

They make great ones for piano and guitar as well. Follow step by step, one note at a time, and all are easy. I think you'll find Mel Bay beginner books at any music store or online.

One note at a time, until you recognize it, then another, and another. . .pretty soon, they'll all be friends. You can do this! I didn't learn guitar or recorder until my 'old age', you can do this!

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-COURT- 7/19/2011 10:38PM

    Thanks for all the advise. and sites. I'm amazed at how people can read those notes on so fast to play them. What I have shows the letters. I would like to learn to read music, but I will practice with what I've got.

I managed to find Chop Sticks and can play part of it on the piano, just not the fast part at the end. Can't figure that out.

I found that my recorder is the German record and doesn't have the best tone. I'm not sure how it differs from the English recorder.

Thanks again for the advise and your support.

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HAWKINS324 7/19/2011 5:26PM

  I have played the clarinet since the 4th grade. I am now 25 and just recently graduated OSU. I never thought I would go to college or play my instrument past high school. It was a fun experience being able to play in OSU's athletic band. Treble clef is not that hard. Although I am biased being a clarinetist. I would suggest trying to take lessons again from a college student or someone who is familiar with music but does not charge a fortune. :) Good luck!

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BATMANSPIMP 7/19/2011 2:55PM

    I've played trombone for...oh, about ten years now. It's a fun instrument, but I think my favorite is the piano. You can play ANYTHING on the piano and it'll sound great. Well, as long as you're playing it right, and your piano is in tune, haha. Whether you want to play jazz, classical, ominous Gothic music, it all sounds great. And, you can really teach yourself; that's how I started. Just pick up a beginners book and get a keyboard (you probably wouldn't even need a full-sized one until later on) and start learning!

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SEANDA 7/19/2011 2:49PM

    Oh there are so many good programs for you to teach yourself how to play!!! You can DO this!! Piano and guitar are probably the most accessible but there are many options! I have taught my children piano, as it is a good basic instrument and good way to learn how to read music... but now my daughter is teaching herself how to play guitar using books and video lessons. Many people are self taught and go FAR. GO COURTI!

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FLACA_CHIQUITA 7/19/2011 1:46PM

    I play the cello and piano (my boyfriend plays the saxophone but I can't even blow a note out of that thing)

The cello is actually pretty simple. I truthfully can't read notes I just know what each note means, pretty weird, huh? But buying a cello is just so pricey that I can't play anymore :(
But the piano is easy too!

With whatever you pick, just start off with beginners and work your way up from tere. You can do any instrument you want! :)

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WORDLILY 7/19/2011 1:24PM

    I took piano when I was a kid. I wish I was just a little better than I am. As it is, we got rid of our piano in the last year; I didn't have time to play it and it was too big for our house.

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KITTZZZ 7/19/2011 1:09PM

    I think that the piano is probably the easiest for learning simple songs. Play whatever your are interested in the most though.

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POOKASLUAGH 7/19/2011 12:40PM

    I took piano lessons as a kid and wish I had continued with them. I've tried to pick it up again as an adult but never follow through.

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1TRULYBLESSED 7/19/2011 12:26PM

    I was a music major in college, and played the bassoon & contrabassoon professionally -- but, I definitely don't recommend taking up THOSE instruments! My son learned to play piano by watching YouTube videos; they show the player's hands as he plays the song, and talk you through it. Here's one example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VqL
isQybwI. Look around and find some that work for you, and have fun!
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