The Big Reveal :-)

Hey guys!

Today marked one week since my rhinoplasty. It was also the first time I was able to see what my nose looked like underneath the bandage that I had on for the last week.

I took one last before picture before I left for my appt. with my Dr. this morning.


I think I was more nervous to finally see my new nose than I was for the actual surgery! I have to say that the recovery from the surgery was a lot easier than I thought it would be. Was I uncomfortable? Of course, but I did not feel the slightest bit of pain all week.  I had a considerable amount of bruising and swelling and I obviously could not breathe through my nose, but I was just thankful that I was not in pain whatsoever. I am still a little bruised and swollen but I am finally able to breathe out of my nose again, I no longer have the bandage on, and I can finally wash my hair (woohoo!!!). I could not get the bandage wet for a week, so I took a bath every day since the surgery rather than a shower and just used dry shampoo in my hair. I have to say that the Amika dry shampoo that I used worked really well, but it is still not the same as an actual wash (especially after a week!).

The Dr. said my nose looked great. He took out my stitches, cleaned up some of the the dried blood around my nose, and took the splint off. He also made me blow my nose for the first time in a week.

So enough chit chat.  Are you guys ready to see my nose?? It is still a little swollen, especially at the top, but I will share a few pictures anyway.



The above 2 pictures were taken right after I walked out of the Dr.’s office. (Please ignore my greasy looking hair and let me remind you that it was not washed for a week.) 🙂


I am very happy with my new nose.  Overall, I got the results that I wanted – the bump is no longer there yet I feel like I still look like ME.

What do you guys think? Be honest!

Surgery update

Hey guys!

Thank you all for your sweet comments yesterday! 🙂

My surgery went really well. Pat and I arrived at the surgery center at about 6:45 AM. They got me comfortable in my own surgery preparation room (complete with a TV, recliner, and nice, warm blanket that they covered me with), while they got my IV set up and I changed into a gown. As I said before, I have wanted to get this surgery done for as long as I can remember, so I really wasn’t nervous at all. My biggest concern was actually if I would be nauseous after surgery from the anesthesia.  While I have only had anesthesia a few times ever, I have been known to get nauseous and vomit from it. The last thing I wanted to do was throw up after I just had work done on my nose, or when Pat and I had over an hr. drive home. I met with the anesthesiologist and let him know my concerns. He put a patch behind my ears for motion sickness and also put something in with the anesthesia to help prevent nausea. (Thankfully what he did worked and I did not feel sick at all after the surgery!) I met with the Dr. one last time before surgery and before I knew it, I was taken into the operating room.

The surgery took a little less than 2 hrs. and I then spent about an hr. in recovery. I had some ginger ale and graham crackers and by 11:45 AM, Pat and I were on our way home.


I have a splint on my nose (that will need to stay on for the next week), and the nurse put some frozen peas on my eyes for the drive home to help prevent swelling and bruising. The nurse said I should continue to ice my eyes every 20 mins. for the next 2 days.

Pat stopped to get me some iced coffee and something to eat on the way home. I then just took it easy for the rest of the day. I was not in any pain whatsoever, more just a little uncomfortable. My throat was super sore from the tube that was in my mouth during the surgery, but I didn’t feel even the slightest bit of pain from my nose. It did bleed A LOT though, which definitely freaked me (and Pat) out. I have gauze dressing and a drip pad directly under my nose, which Pat must have changed at least 20 or more times for me yesterday. Pat has been great through all of this and I don’t know what I would have done without him all day yesterday.


My Dr. actually called me yesterday afternoon to see how I was feeling and ask if I had any questions. He is so nice and such a great doctor! I talked to him for about 20 mins. He said the surgery went great and assured me that the amount of bleeding I had after we were home was normal. He said after 2 days or so, the blood should lessen and eventually stop.

The Dr. also asked if I wanted to see some of the pictures he took from the operating room. I will spare you the really gross ones (which most of them were quite gross) and just share one of them.


So overall I feel fine. Other than my sore throat, I am not in pain. The way I can best explain it is how you feel when you have a horrible cold or sinus infection and can’t really taste much and it feels like your nose is really stuffed up. Since I have to keep my head elevated to help lessen bruising and swelling, I slept on our recliner last night with a travel pillow around my neck. It definitely wasn’t the best night’s sleep, but I did manage to get some rest.

My face and eyes are quite bruised and swollen already.



I will take that over pain any day though! I just have to keep in mind that it will all be worth it in the end and the bruising and swelling is only temporary.

Well, I am off to ice my eyes some more.

Have a great weekend, guys! 🙂



Well kids, today is the day

Hey guys!

It is about 4:45 AM. I just got out of the shower and Pat and I will be leaving shortly for the surgery center. My surgery is scheduled for 8 AM. I have to be there an hr. before and the surgery center is over an hr. away from our house.  I will try to check in with you guys over the weekend and let you know how everything went and how I am feeling.

For now I will leave you with a picture of a cake that my sister made for me yesterday.


How cute and sweet was it of her to make that for me?! She told me she was going to stop by my work since she was off and showed up with a cake for me. 🙂  My new nose better look a little cuter than the one on the cake though! haha

Oh, Pat is going to be holding my phone while I am in surgery. Feel free to leave comments for him of nice things he should do for me while I recover (get me coffee, ice cream, foot massage) .. what else?! 🙂

I will talk to you guys later!!! 🙂


Thank you and other weekend happenings

Hey guys!

I just wanted to say thank you for all your supportive comments on my last post. You guys are seriously the best. 🙂

This weekend has been a super busy one, mostly focused around one thing – our house is now on the market!


Pat and I have been in this house for 11 years, but the time has come to move on. The house was put on the market yesterday and we already had 4 showings today. So most of the weekend was spent trying to tidy up for the showings, as well as looking at houses. As of now, there is one house that Pat and I REALLY like and we actually went to see it for the 2nd time this weekend and took our realtor with us.

While Bosco is looking forward to moving to a bigger house, he is not very happy that the showings are going to interrupt his nap time (as you can see from the less than thrilled look on his face). 🙂


Well, I must go because Pat and I have something very important to take care of – go get ice cream!!!! 🙂


What did you do this weekend?


Things may look a tiny bit different around here

Hey guys!

So I went back and forth about whether or not I wanted to blog about this, mainly because many people have very strong views regarding the topic. The topic I am referring to is plastic surgery.

This time next week, the nose that I have had for the last 35 years is going to look a little different – I am scheduled for a rhinoplasty next Friday. It is something I have wanted to do for as long as I can remember, to be totally honest. I think as soon as I was old enough to understand that you could change things about yourself that you didn’t like, there was no doubt in my mind that oneday I would get a rhinoplasty. The only thing that ever held me back was not doubt about if I wanted to go through with it, but simply the cost.

My view on plastic surgery is if it will make you feel better, then do it!  I have never had any type of plastic surgery before, and I am definitely not going to start to change every part of my body now. Even when it comes to my nose, my goal was never to look like a totally different person. I am actually pretty content with the look of my nose from the front – it is the bump that has ALWAYS bothered me and the only thing I want to change.

As soon as I decided this was something I was finally going to do, I did a lot of research and went for a consultation in June. Before I even met with the plastic surgeon that I had a consultation with, I was very impressed with his years of experience, expertise, and the hundreds of before and after pictures I looked at of his work. Pat came with me to the consultation and the Dr. did a great job of addressing any concerns I had and explaining everything to me.

The Dr. was also able to show me what my nose would look like after the surgery.


As you can see in the picture, I will not look like a totally different person or have a drastically different nose. (PS – don’t mind the no makeup, look like I just got up look I had going on! haha) I left the consultation even more sure this was something I wanted to do and just needed to decide when would be best when it came to taking a few days off of work.

After years of wanting to get the bump on my nose smoothed out, I am finally going to get it done next week! I am so excited!! I really have no doubt whatsoever this is something I want to do. My sister asked me what if I don’t like how my nose looks after surgery. I told her that I am so unsatisfied with the way it looks now, so I really can’t see how I could like it less than I already always did.  My only real concern is how I will look for a few weeks post surgery, as a lot of people have swelling and quite a bit of bruising.

So, that is my revelation for today. If you want to hear more about my experience and thoughts of the surgery next week, I would be happy to share more of my feelings on the topic.


What are your feelings regarding plastic surgery – be happy with what you were born with or do it if it makes you happy?

Have you or anyone you know had a rhinoplasty?

How to Save Money on Cruise Holidays

Cruise holidays typically come highly recommended by those who’ve experienced them, yet remain dismissed by those who haven’t. There are a lot of ill-founded myths when it comes to cruises. People are worried they’ll get seasick, that they’ll run out of things to do, and perhaps, most crucially of all, that they simply cost too much. If you think this is the case, here’s how you can save some money when it’s time to book.

Timing Is Everything

As with many things in life, timing is everything. Typically, you’ll want to book early. Most people try to book at least four-to-six months in advance, though if you’re looking to travel to a popular destination during peak times you may want to do this even earlier. The so called “wave season,” during the first three months of the year, is regarded as the best time to book, as this is when holidaymakers are making their most aggressive offers. If you don’t have to worry about travelling with children, make sure to schedule your trip for when the kids are at school. Not only will you avoid the noise, but it will also be much cheaper. 


Stay Flexible

While booking in advance is still recommended for most people, if you aren’t sure where you want to go, you can take advantage of last minute deals. This happens when holidaymakers have overbooked a trip, so in order to fill empty seats they make huge cuts to the price. Getting in as close to the departure date as possible is the best way to get the best deal, but you also run the risk of losing out altogether. Remember that flexibility is the key here. You may need to consider places that weren’t even on your radar before.

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Search the Web

Finally, you should always remember to search around online before you commit to any kind of deal. While sitting down with your local travel agent is a great way to get advice from someone who’s an expert in their field, you should also make the effort to take a look at online specialists like Planet Cruise to see what other kind of offers are available to you. If you’ve decided where and when you’d like to go, there are also a variety of sites out there that can help you to find the best rate on a specific journey.

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Have you ever been on a cruise?

On Instagram this week


that Ryan, not just a pretty face – so smart too! 🙂


dogs are awesome


I can boil water like it’s nobody’s business!


mmmm, I am in LOVE with this dressing! It very well may be the best bottled dressing I have ever had. I have used it every day since I bought it.


A runner I am not, but my husband runs enough for the both of us!


100% true – EVERY.SINGLE.DAY!


grilled chicken dinner – AKA Saturday night’s dinner


I love this handsome little guy.


If you don’t already follow me on Instagram, Bosco said you should (and that boy is super smart and extremely cute, so I would listen to him)! 🙂

Weekend Snapshots

Hey guys!

How was your weekend? We had a lot of rain here in NJ this weekend, but we were thankfully spared a direct hit from Hurricane Joaquin. I didn’t do anything all that exciting – I did make it to the gym (2 times!!), baked (and ate!) some cake batter bars on Friday night, caught up on How to get away with Murder, went to Target, took Bosco to the groomer, had my first pumpkin coffee of the season, made some fajita chicken in the crock pot to have on top of salad for dinner next week, and got a lot of reading done.

Here are some snapshots from the weekend:










Have a great week, guys! 🙂