How To Get A Gel Manicure At Home DIY

Hello, friends!!! If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I love my nails to be painted and pretty. However, after over two years of acrylic nails, I was tired of paying $40 for a fill and even more for a full set. One dreadful night (dreadful for my nails, that is), I soaked my acrylics off, bought a gel kit, and learned how to do my own gel manicure. Where I live, a gel manicure alone is $30!!! If I needed one every two weeks, that is $720 a year. I figured this was a way to save some money and pamper myself.

After a couple of months of trial and error and experimentation, I believe I found the easiest and most efficient way to get a gel manicure and make it last! Read on to see how I did it!

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Step One – Push back your cuticles and file your nails. After that, prime your nails with the gel primer. This is an essential step. I experimented and did not use the primer and the nail polish peeled right off.

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Step Two – Using the gel base and top coat, which is essentially a clear coat, paint your nails. Be very careful not to get this on your skin and only on the nails.

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Step Three – Cure for 15 seconds in the LED light. My lamp is a little small so I do my fingers and thumb separately.

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Step Four – Paint a thin coat of your gel polish. Keep this coat pretty thin.

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Step Five – Cure for 30 seconds. If you accidentally go a little to thick with the polish, cure for an extra fifteen seconds. Luckily with this lamp, it flashes every 15 seconds so you know what time frame you are in.

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Step Six – Paint a thicker coat on top.

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Step Seven – Cure.

Step Eight – Paint a top coat and cure for 15-30 seconds depending on the thickness of your coat.

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Step Nine – Using the Gel Cleaner, remove the top, sticky layer from your nails. This makes your nails shiny and smooth!

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And BAM! You have an at home gel manicure! It is super easy and a great way to save money each month. The whole gel manicure set costs $30. A gel manicure alone costs upwards of $35. With trial and error, you will get a perfect manicure!

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What I Use:
Gel Manicure Sensational Kit
LED Lamp
Gel Primer
Gel Transparent Top and Base Coat
Gel Polish Kit

Pin this image to help others get perfect nails <3

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xo, Felly

My Endometriosis Surgery and Q&A

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Hello, hello, hello! First off, let me say sorry for being so MIA. Between my surgery and getting back into the swing of work, I have been drained. BUT I’m back gals!

A couple of posts back, I posted about why I went to the doctor. Here is my journey to surgery and afterwards! If you follow me on Insta, you know that I had my surgery to remove Endometriosis a couple of weeks ago. My, oh my, that was rough. Many of you asked questions and the below questions are the most popular ones asked!

Before we jump into the questions, I just want to address one thing that is really important to me – our access to health care. It took me two doctors until I found my current doc that diagnosed me. I also read an article where it took a woman 200 ER visits before she was diagnosed with Endo. It breaks my heart that so many of us have no access to health care, or only access to crappy doctors, and that their pain is ignored. Please make sure you are doing what you can to get yourself checked out. Planned Parenthood and your local health department can help you if you do not have access to other facilities.

What were your symptoms?

Pain. Seriously, the worst pain I have ever experienced. About a year ago, I remember waking up in such excruciating pain. I could not move because it hurt so much. I threw up from the pain. I could not get comfortable. I laid in bed and cried. If I didn’t know I wasn’t pregnant, I would have thought I was having a miscarriage. I was also on the IUD and until this day, I had no bleeding or pain since my IUD was inserted two years prior.

After this initial pain, it continued to happen. I started bleeding 29/30 days a month and cramping all the time. I could never be comfortable and not bloated. I constantly felt tired and nauseas. I stopped being able to work out because I would get constant pain. I would bloat like crazy within minutes to hours. Here is a picture of me from the AM to 4PM that afternoon:

How were you diagnosed?

After the first incident, I went to my doctor. She basically blew it off. I continued to deal with the pain until August when I went to my new doctor. Almost immediately she knew I had Endometriosis. We then did an intervaginal sonogram to look at my insides. At my next appointment, she diagnosed me with severe PCOS (both of my ovaries were 4x the size they should be and completely covered in cysts). She also suspected I have Endometriosis, but that cannot be diagnosed without the laparoscopic surgery. She put me on medication to help with the PCOS and we scheduled the surgery.

What is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is basically tissue growing outside of the uterus. I read a description that Endo is the “not cancer, cancer.” It doesn’t kill you like cancer does, but it does spread throughout your whole body if not treated. It also CAN turn into cancer if it is not taken care of.

Picture a normal lady system. Then add blotches of brown paint all over it. That is Endometriosis. It can cause your ovaries to be stuck to your insides, grow around your fallopian tubes, and so much more.

How is Endometriosis treated?

There is a shot called the Lupron Depot shot that essentially puts your body through menopause. I am passing on that one. The other way to treat it is to have it removed through surgery.

How much Endometriosis did you have?

My Endo had spread, so I had a lot. My doctor said it was Stage 4. My appendix was removed because it had Endometriosis. It was also removed off my uterus, behind my bladder, from my ovaries, behind my intestines, and more. The doc said it wasn’t the worst she had ever seen, but it definitely wasn’t great.

How was your recovery?

Freaking rough. I came out of the surgery having a panic attack. I couldn’t get it under control so the good ol’ doctors drugged me. Thanks to the medication, I don’t remember too much of that first day. Surprisingly enough, we did get a package a few days later that I ordered the night of my surgery.

The doctors go through your belly button and pump gas into your stomach. They then make incisions to remove the Endo and anything else that needs taken out. I don’t know why my pain was so bad, but between the gas pain, the pain behind my belly button (dang appendix!) and the pain all over my stomach, it was pretty bad. I am a stomach sleeper, so without medication sleep wasn’t happening too well. Luckily, Jake stayed home to take care of me the next few days. By Monday, I was able to walk around for ten to fifteen minutes without terrible pain. Tuesday, though, I pushed it and was in horrible pain that evening. By Thursday, one week out, I was back to work and immediately regretted it. I was still healing from the surgery so I had blood and lots of cramping. Fast forward to Monday and I felt AMAZING.

Does Endometriosis come back?

It definitely can. Endo is a disease that the doctors struggle to completely treat because they can only remove what they can see during the surgery. My doctor said some patients have it back within 6 months and some never get it back. She has put me on medication to hopefully keep my Endo at bay.

Can you have kids?!

I get this question a lot. I honestly dread it and hate being asked it. This is a question I would like an answer to, but unfortunately I won’t know for sure until we try. With PCOS or Endometriosis on their own, it definitely can be hard to conceive. Because I have both, my doctor said it isn’t impossible but it will be hard… That being said, I will not do IVF or any of that to have my own biological children. If it cannot happen naturally, I do not want to put my body through more stress and pain. Jake and I can give just as much love to a child we adopt or foster.

Thank you guys so much for your support and well wishes throughout this journey. I appreciate it more than you will ever know!

Feel free to leave any questions below. I am more than happy to answer them. Here is my question to you: What is your tried and true trick to making your cramps less painful?! For me, it is a heating blanket and laying on my side.

xo, Felly

*I am not a doctor, this is just my personal experience and path*

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Why I Finally Went To The Doctor

WHY I WENT TO THE DOCTOR

My whole life I have loved going to the doctor. Seriously, I loved researching my symptoms, self-diagnosing myself, and then going to the doctor and seeing if I was right. In fact, I diagnosed myself with Raynauds before a single doctor uttered the word.

Then, I started having some problems I was embarrassed about.

For whatever reason, our society has created the impression that lady problems are something we need to keep quiet about. Cramps are nothing some Midol can’t fix and if you’re bleeding too much, just get a super tampon. When my problems started happening, I wasn’t sure what to say that wouldn’t have the same response I have heard time and time again.

BACKSTORY

I have been on birth control for over half of my life. I just turned 24, so quite a long time. I have had terrible cysts and irregular periods since I was a young girl. I started off on the pill and couldn’t remember to take it – I was a kid, what would one expect? Then, in high school, I did a typical me move and researched all of the new birth controls out there and found the Nuva Ring. Ah, the saving grace of my menstrual cycle. I was on the Nuva Ring from 15 to the August before my 21st birthday. My body was pretty used to and RELIED on added hormones to keep my cycle in check and my cysts from hurting.

Eventually, I got tired of thinking about changing my ring every month. And I was sick of getting a period. My cramps were always pretty bad, but thanks to the beloved Nuva Ring, they were normal. I went into research mode, again. After a few quick Google searches, I found this thing called an IUD. I was amazed.

THE IUD

5 years of no baby.

Little to no period.

No thinking about changing your ring or taking the pill.

I was sold.

I went to my mom with this newer birth control and begged her to let me get it. After a few trips to my gyno, I had it put in.

I love the Mirena IUD. I can not say enough great things about it. My periods completely went away, I had no cramping, and I was worry free.

But, my body disagreed.

About a year and a half after getting my IUD, I started having random, painful cramps and bleeding. And I’m not just talking about “take a midol and get a heating pad” cramps, I am talking doubled over in pain, cannot move without being in excruciating pain, so much blood that it literally looks like a mass murder happened, vomiting, cramps and bleeding.

If I didn’t know better, I would have questioned if I was miscarrying.

THE PAIN

Then, one night, it was the worst pain. I never imagined I could hurt so bad. I threw up over the pain. I couldn’t be in any position without hurting. I couldn’t stand without crying. The pain was so bad that I woke up at 3 AM – and I hardly wake up throughout the night.

That morning I went to my doctor for an emergency appointment. My doctor said I had a blood filled cyst that was leaking and I would be fine soon enough. I was sent home with some antibiotics and the hope that this would be over.

I was wrong.

It continued to happen. I was bleeding 29/30 days a month. I stopped working out because when I would run I would get horrible pain and gush blood. I stopped wearing certain clothes because I knew I would get in pain at some point of the day and wanted to be comfortable.

I knew this wasn’t normal, but my doctor said it was.

From March through July I constantly was researching what was going on with me. I thought PCOS for sure. I finally found a doctor that was experienced in my problems and went for an appointment the first week of August.

During that first visit, I started to cry. I finally had some answers and knew I wasn’t crazy…

Stay tuned for the next post about what answers the doctor gave me…

xo, Felly

The BEST and WORST Places To Eat at Disney For a Vegetarian

The BEST and WORST Places To Eat at Disney For a Vegetarian

I went to the happiest place on earth – DISNEY WORLD! Everything was gorgeous and more than I remembered it to be. However, being a vegetarian, eating out can be hard. Sometimes the only option for a vegetarian is a salad – which I do not consider to be a true meal choice. While in Mickey’s home, I did some searching and found some of the best and worst places for my veggie friends to eat.

THE BEST

Tiffins
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Tiffins was… what is a better word for life changing? First off, the place only takes reservations so you do not have to worry about groups coming in right before your time slot and pushing you back. That made this hungry girl so happy. When you walk in, they immediately show you where the restrooms are and then sit you at a table. The waiter explained all of the art around us, including totem poles that are made out of the same material as the Tree Of Life.

Looking at the menu, there was only one vegetarian option for appetizers and one for the meal, as well. When the waiter came back, I asked him if there were any other meatless options. The waiter was willing to create an entirely new plate just for me to eat. He also had substitutions for other meals on the menu, too. Tiffins was extremely accommodating and delicious.

For my appetizer, I ordered a cheese plate. Because, cheese is life. Although I am lactose intolerant, I will never turn now a good bite of cheese. The plate came with a few cheeses and pieces to dip them with.

For my yummy meal, I had the Autumn Harvest plate. Oh, my lanta – it was too good. Lentils, squash, sweet potatoes, and so many other veggies. I was stuffed after this plate.

Even though my belly was full and my pants were getting tighter and tighter, I had to have dessert. I opted for the dark chocolate treat. The caramelized bananas were the perfect touch.

Another great part of Tiffins is that with your lunch tickets, you can opt to get front and center seats for the River Lights show. It was spectacular so I 10/10 recommend.

Belle’s Castle – Be Our Guest Restaurant 
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Before actually walking into Belle’s castle, I never understood the hype. When I first walked in, I teared up. Mesmerizing. The hostess seats you while you hold Lumiere – he is lighting the way to your seat! Such a precious way to start the meal.

Then, you take your seat. We ate for dinner, but I have heard the lunch meal is quite different when it comes to the experience. Next to our table was the gorgeous Christmas tree and the magical windows. You could see the snow falling!

Belle’s castle was pretty great for vegetarians. There were multiple appetizers and entrees to fill you up. I went with the french onion soup (SO DELICIOUS! So many onions in every bite.). For my main meal, I had the risotto. Essentially, a rice with veggies and a good sauce. It looked pretty small and I thought “Really?!” I love to eat. Surprisingly, it filled me up. The flavor was delicious! Then, my favorite course of them all – DESSERT. Belle’s castle has a signature dessert called The Grey Stuff. It is essentially an oreo flavored cheesecake dessert. I enjoyed every bite.

Liberty Tree Tavern
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The third runner up for this vegetarians taste palette was Liberty Tree Village. Our waiter was phenomenal. He offered so many alternatives to the actual menu, which was great considering this restaurant was very pro-meat (hence, the olden days when they mainly ate meat). I had sweet corn nuggets for my appetizer and boy were they good!

For my entree, I had a pasta. To be honest, I don’t remember it much because it was a basic, marinara pasta. I was grateful, though, because there weren’t a ton of options on the menu and the waiter was able to make this meal meat free.

Dessert. If you haven’t learned my now, dessert is my favorite part of every day, every meal, and every date back when I was hunting for my man. Liberty Tree Village had a delicious Boston Cream Pie and my, oh my, it delivered to my taste buds like you wouldn’t believe.

Now, for the worst restaurants…

The Boathouse
I wanted to eat here so badly, and it was horrible. There is no other way to put it into words, but the experience wasn’t great, the waiter wasn’t close to great, and the food was just… not worth the price. First of all, the only vegetarian option on the menu was a pasta that I would have made better out of a box. I asked the waiter if there were any other options on the menu that could be made vegetarian, and he just said no. Did not even check. It is Disney World – the happiest place on earth – and a restaurant isn’t prepared to be more accommodating to guests with different food preferences?

50’s Prime Time Eatery
The atmosphere here was wonderful! It was like jumping in a time machine back to when eating with your elbows on the table was a huge no no. I loved this place, but I do not think it is a top place for vegetarians. Their desserts were lovely, but that’s where it ends.

1900 Park Ave
Again, the experience here was phenomenal. Cinderella, Prince Charming, the evil step mother, and the evil step sisters were there. The characters were overwhelmingly great – well, Cinderella was a let down, but the sisters were awesome. However, the food was meh. The portions were small. The strawberry soup was great, though.

There you have it, Disney lovers. The best and worst restaurants for vegetarians to eat at in Disney World! Where is your favorite restaurant?! I hope you enjoyed The BEST and WORST Places To Eat at Disney For a Vegetarian!

xo, Felly

I Got In A Car Accident!!!

Hello my lovely friends! If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen my Insta Story where I was wearing a neck brace. SO many of you sent questions and good thoughts. Now, I’ll tell you what happened.

On Christmas Eve I was driving to work. I know, right? Working on Christmas Eve until 8 PM plus my 1.5 hour drive – definitely not ideal! It was the first snow of the year which should have been a sign to me to not leave the house. I did not even get 2 miles from our home when I went airborne off the road. I was hitting a 3 way stop and my car would not stop. It was so scary. To try and save myself from going into the ditch, I tried to turn my wheel to make the other road. BAD choice. Instead, it took my car AIRBORNE into a drop ditch on the passenger side. My seatbelt didn’t catch me and I flew up and busted my head so hard onto the rear view mirror. By hard I mean that the mirror shattered and then the actual mirror was hanging down by a cord. My body then went towards the passenger seat and I woke up with my head on that seat.

Luckily for me, Jake was able to come help me. My car is in terrible condition – I am so sad. When I hear more about that, I’ll update you.

Jake took me to the hospital. I had hit my head pretty hard and my neck was hurting like crazy. They put me in a neck brace and did a couple scans of my head and neck. A small concussion, a neck sprain, cuts on my head, and a lot of bruises are all that I got. Lucky me.

There ya go. That’s why I posted a selfie in a neck brace. Didn’t I look too cute?

Stay safe! Xo,

Felly