April 21, 2017 - Friday Favorites

Alison’s Friday Favorites

TGIF Pretties and welcome to another edition of Friday Favorites!  If you’re new around here, Alison’s Friday Favorites is a weekly list of anything that makes my life a little easier, prettier or happier.  Here are a few things that checked those boxes this week.

Favorite #1 – Outdoor Living

Spring to me means one thing…more patio time!  We spend so much time on our front porch and back patio when the weather gets nice.  It’s not unusual for us to have entire dinners that consist of only chips and guacamole or wine and cheese. Hey, it’s nutritionally sound (see the fruit)!

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Favorite #2 – Hormone Pellets

In Monday’s post, I mentioned that my first outfit was worn to an appointment to get my hormone pellet replaced.  I got quite a few questions e-mailed to me about this.  Since I’m basically an open book, I’m happy to provide answers!

About two years ago, I started feeling really sluggish and gaining weight.  My gynecologist did blood work, including my hormone panels and found that my testosterone was basically non-existent.  At that time I didn’t even realize that women needed testosterone.  Since she does bio-identical hormone therapy (BHRT) in the form of pellets from Biote Medical she asked if I’d be willing to try it.  At first, I was leery and didn’t relish the though of having a pellet implanted in my body, especially since it not a decision you can “un-do” if you’re not happy.  But I decided to take the plunge that first time and it made me feel like a new person.  I had more energy that I had in years, was able to work out longer and started to lose weight that diet and exercise weren’t taking care of before.

I’ve been getting pellets for two years now and plan to continue.  My estrogen levels are starting to decline so I may be adding that in sometime later this year.

The process itself is pretty painless.  She gives me a local and then inserts the tiny pellet (about the size of a grain of rice) into the backside of my hip.  It takes about two weeks for it to kick in.  As for cost?  Insurance doesn’t cover it and I’m sure it varies from practitioner to practitioner but my initial blood work was $150 and the pellet replacement is $350 each time.  I’ve had few side effects but the biggest are that I have to shave more often and get break outs in the first two weeks after it gets placed.

You can learn more about the pellets she uses and find a provider near you at Biotemedical.com.

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Favorite #3 – Homeschooling

Ava and I are coming close to the end of our first year of homeschooling and we haven’t killed each other yet!  When she approached me about the idea last summer, I was afraid that our strong, stubborn personalities were going to butt heads every day or worse, she’d be wearing a dunce cap by year end. We decided to go with Connections Academy‘s online program because I definitely do not have the patience or qualifications to do it myself.  I’m so happy we decided to give it a try. This year has been awesome for both of us.  She’s gotten to do a lot more of what she loves most (see photo below) and I’ve gotten to spend more time with her and be more involved.  Selfishly, I don’t miss the carpool line, packing lunches every day or waking her up at the crack of dawn every morning! 🙂

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Favorite #4 – Booty Friendly Jeans!

It’s a noteworthy item when I share my backside on the blog. In my SAHMonday post, I told you about my new favorite pair of booty friendly jeans.  Gravity has had it’s way back there since turning 40 so there’s nothing better than a pair of jeans that lift and support.  They’re also very soft and comfortable. If you’re still looking for a pair of frayed hem jeans (or want to add another to your collection), I highly recommend these!

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Plus they’re super cute with a bandana scarf tied to the waist!  Tip:  To try this look, fold a bandana scarf and lace it through two of the belt loops on the side of your jeans.

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[Frayed Hem Jeans/Floral Bandana Scarf]

It’s Your Turn:  What are you loving this Friday?  Tell me in the comments!

Linking up with Erika, Narci and Andrea for Friday Favorites.

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28 Comments

  • Those are usually my favorite kinds of dinner!!
    Jaymie
    http://www.jaymieashcraft.com

  • Valarie Windle

    So glad to hear you have been using BRHT. I have been doing it since 2007 for the same reasons. When I entered menopause, a little estradiol was added and it is carefully monitored. I agree that my energy levels are greater (my friends don’t know how I do it), but the weight gain is still there…of course, I love good food and wine, so that doesn’t help. I’ll also be honest and say I don’t make a huge effort at exercise, so it’s mostly all my fault in the end…lol.

    • I’m so happy to hear your energy levels are good using BRHT. Thanks for sharing Valarie! I’m still waiting for the magic pill to stop aging! 🙂

  • We have dinners like that too. Perfect and easy.

  • Tammy Regener Miller

    I like the scarf idea!

  • How awesome that you homeschool, I didn’t realize. My husband and I have been comtemplating homeschooling our elementary aged kids, yikes! Like you I”m afraid of wanting to chuck them out the window…hehe. Just kidding. Mostly. So happy those things made a huge different. crazy what they have now and days. Have a great weekend!

    • LOL! We have those moments but for the most part, it’s pretty awesome. I’m hoping she wants to continue through high school! My only regret is not doing it sooner. Let me know if you decide to go that route!

  • Thanks Jennifer! Catching some rays sounds good to me. I am all for being outside when the weather is nice. 🙂

  • Your wine and cheese dinner sounds perfect! Here’s my post on Friday favorites: https://learningjane.blogspot.com/2017/04/5-favorites-for-friday_21.html

  • Ailene Splittgerber

    Great post! I’m loving the warm sunshine today after a gloomy, rainy week and looking forward to a weekend of enjoying the outdoors! My son graduated this past spring from Connections Academy, having done his entire high school education in the program. We both absolutely loved the flexibility and fantastic teachers. Enjoy your weekend!

    • Oh wow Ailene! That’s awesome! Ava talks about going back for high school but things are going so well now that I’m thinking she might change her mind. Thanks for sharing your experience!

  • How did I miss that you’re homeschooling now?! I love it! I’m so close with my kids and I can tailor their learning to follow their passions. My son wants to be an engineer and my daughter a veterinarian or zoo keeper… so lots of science and math. And they both love theatre (we’re on Day 2 of 10 straight days of rehearsals and performances as they are both in TWO plays each at the moment). I wish I’d started sooner. We’re in our fifth year of homeschooling.

    • Hi HeatherAnne! Yes, it’s amazing to get to spend every day with her, even when we clash. She loves being able to work independently and work ahead. My only regret is that we didn’t start sooner or do it with our older kids!

  • Kristen Mladenoff

    I’m loving your Friday Favorite posts. I’m loving warmer weather. And I’m loving eating outdoors and bbqing!

  • great Friday faves!! MY fave thing this Friday is doing the charity walk with easter seals.love those jeans and the shoes!!!

  • Emma

    Alison, you are over 40?! I’d never have thought that. You look amazing. I’m 38, but don’t look as fresh as you do! How often do you work out and what do your workouts consist of? Your figure is fab!
    Interesting post about the hormones. I’m based in the U.K., and not sure this is available here, but I’ve never asked. Thanks for sharing.
    I’ve been reading your blog for 2 years but have never commented. I love your style in fashion, and the way you write-honest and natural and kind.

    • Aw, thanks Emma! You are too sweet! Yes, I’m 43..and feeling it. 🙂 I workout three times a week in a group class called OrangeTheory. It’s a combo of cardio and weight exercises.

      Thanks so much for commenting! You should ask your doctor about the pellets. There’s probably something similar there. Have a great weekend!

  • Susanne

    I have been doing the Biote pellets since last august…changed.my.life. My side effects are more severe, my face is breaking out uncontrollably. But I feel so good that ill just have to find some treatment for the breakouts…never going to stop doing the pellets!

    • They are life changing for sure! The breakouts are annoying. Mine happen right after I get it and as it starts to wear off. But yes, it’s a small price to pay for the difference it makes!

      • Robin

        How often do the pellets need to be replaced? Just trying to get a feel for the cost over a year. I just found your blog through a friend, I love it! Thank you

  • I love posts like this- thank you for sharing your life with us readers! Your outdoor areas look so inviting- and I was curious about your pellets, too, so thank you for providing more info!

  • Your patio is gorgeous!! I’d love to eat dinner out there!