Janelle In Real Life

Janelle In Real Life


Barrettes Forever

It's been a hot minute since I've posted a real actual blog post on here! Honestly I've put my blog on the back burner a lot lately, choosing to prioritize Instagram (among other things). Instagram is great and all, but it's just not the same as blogging! It feels like any time you get a real thought or conversation going, people see a long caption and scroll right past. I want to get back to CONNECTING here and my blog allows me to express fully formed thoughts and share everything I want to without having to squeeze it into a tiny caption that probably no one is reading anyway.

Jumper Dress- My Sister's Closet Boutique (use the code JANELLE10 for 10% off) | Striped Tee- My Sister's Closet Boutique (SIMILAR) | Shoes- Target | Bag- Gigi Pip (SIMILAR) | Barrette- My Sister's Closet Boutique

I'm still over here creating cute & fun outfits and I always love when a look comes together like this. I love each of these pieces separately but together it really feels like ME!

Jumper dresses are the trend that have my whole heart and I have a REALLY hard time passing them up anytime I come across one! This one from My Sister's Closet boutique was a no-brainer though-- I had to add it to my collection. The natural linen color is perfect, and I love the button front detail! The buttons are functioning too much is always the best. If you snag this one (or anything else from MSC) be sure to use my code JANELLE10 for 10% off!

Also, I'm really feeling oversized barrettes currently! I absolutely wore all the barrettes as a kid and it definitely remind me of my childhood, but I love it! Trend are constantly recycling and it's a bit surreal seeing the 90's styles from when I was a kid resurfacing! This is one I can get behind though, it's such a fun & easy hair accessory that takes an outfit to the next level. I also love that barrettes look cute in every single length of hair! For my short hair babes, snag yourself a few of these barrettes (you can find them for super cheap on Amazon).


It's Ok to Backslide

Almost exactly one year ago I wrote a post on here called "How I Lost 25 Pounds in 2017." My purpose in writing that post was to give a realistic & in depth take on what it took for me to shed that weight and my hope was that it would help someone in a similar situation as me.

Now here we are 1 year later, and I'm admitting it-- I backslid.

I read that post now (especially the title) and I cringe a little. Because I did achieve this thing that I was proud of, but now I'm sort of bummed out to see I didn't maintain it. At beginning of 2018 I'd lost 25 lbs, but one year later I've gained 10 lbs right back. That's what happens when you're not able to maintain the level of commitment you once had! 
My lifestyle changed in 2018... I took on a higher stress job and both of my kids are now in half day school at different schools & different times of the day (so I now spend about 1.5-2 hours in the car most days). I also didn't make fitness & diet the high priority it was in 2017. I still made a solid effort, but I didn't dedicate myself the way I had previously.

But here's the thing: I backslid... but I don't really regret it.

Setting goals at the beginning of the year should be a reflection of your priorities. And if I learned ANYTHING in 2018, it's that I (and you and literally everyone) CAN'T do it all. I've heard the phrase said "You have the same amount of hours in a day as Beyonce," and I know that's meant to be inspirational but sometimes it makes me feel inadequate. YES we do have the same amount of hours in a day, but our lifestyles, income, and priorities are wildly different! I respect her hustle, but mine looks different.

I think as women, we often place pressure on OURSELVES to have 5 million top priorities and succeed at them all. I should be the best wife their ever was, a perfect mom, maintain healthy relationships with all of my friends, kill it at work or a side hustle, eat the healthiest diet and maintain a rockin' bod, volunteer at my kids' schools at every opportunity, and keep my house spotless. It's my experience that doing even ONE of those things perfectly is nearly impossible, let alone all of them! The reality is, we can pick a couple of those to be really killer at, or be kind of mediocre at all of them.
I'm at peace with the limits of my existence and what I'm physically, mentally, and emotionally capable of (although I'm regularly trying to push those boundaries). And It's OK that I can't be great at all of them all the time.

As I'm making resolutions and goals for the new year, I'm trying to keep the perspective that if I decide to make something a real priority, it's likely other things will suffer. And that's ok.

I've found that when I set my mind to a goal, I can do really well at achieving it. In 2017 one of my goals was to grow my blog & social media and I saw some really great growth that year! If you're reading here it's likely that's when you started following along. I also did well at losing weight and getting healthier. Last year I made work & family a higher priority than years previous, and because of that I gained more responsibility at work, earned trust, and got a raise! At home I made more memories with my family, went on more trips, and became closer to my husband and children.
But here's what I was terrible at:
- cleaning my house- my husband and I are now talking about hiring a maid a couple times a month to pick up the slack we can't handle.
- growing my blog- my page views on here went down in 2018 and I saw almost no growth on Instagram. I also have about 5 photo shoots I have yet to blog on here.
- maintaining friendships- I didn't lose any friends (that I know of) but I got worse at texting back & stopping by.
- caring for my mental health- I had more anxiety attacks and anxious days
- maintaining my weight loss- I gained back 10 lbs & became a little less active

And my point in sharing that is just to say: as you make your resolutions for 2019, give yourself grace. You are amazing and can do ANYTHING you set your mind to, but you can't do EVERYTHING at once.

Don't be under the false impression that other women are out there doing it all. They're doing what they've prioritized and it looks a little different for everyone.
I'm also not blind to the fact that some people don't have the option to prioritize what they want, because they're surviving right now. Whether that's financial circumstance, mental health, or any other situation that has you boxed in right now... it's ok to be in that survival stage of life too. It's a huge feat to survive and don't let anyone else make you feel inadequate. Keep surviving.

Peace and love to all of you in this new year, holler in the comments if you have goals to share!


CoolSculpting Review with Avahlee Med Spa

I had a really cool experience recently that I'm SO excited to share with you guys!
I've been working with Avahlee Med Spa in Lehi, UT since January of this year & have been sharing my experience getting laser hair removal there on my Instagram stories. So I was already a fan of theirs when they asked if I wanted to give CoolSculpting a try with them!

Umm, yes please.

If you haven't heard of CoolSculpting before, it's a non-invasive fat reduction treatment that uses cryolipolysis to freeze unwanted fat cells. It SOUNDED cool, but I did some research ahead of time to make sure it was something I wanted to try.
After some googling around, I found that a lot people have had great results using CoolSculpting! It's non-invasive so there's no down time, and there is no damage that occurs to your skin. I had actually mentioned to a friend the day before my CoolSculpting appointment that I was getting it done, and she whipped out her own CoolSculpting before & after photos to show me. Her results were fabulous! I felt that my "before" body looked similar to hers and couldn't believe her "afters" could be me too!

So here's how to tell if you're a good candidate for CoolSculpting:
- You have an area of unwanted fat
- You have established good exercise & eating habits (CoolSculpting results are best when you aren't fluctuating weight a ton)
- You are a healthy weight & are struggling to lose that last little bit

Over the last 2 years I have worked to improve my health & dropped about 20 pounds. The timing for doing Cool Sculpting was really good for me because I felt I'd lost all the fat I was going to lose, and just wanted to see that extra bit go. I gain weight on my lower abdomen & have a small "mom belly" (as I like to call it) that won't go away. I wanted to see if CoolSculpting could reduce that area & make my clothes look a little better on me!

And before I go any further, here's an important thing to note-- nobody NEEDS to have CoolSculpting done. You are all beautiful angels who look stunning exactly as you are now & you should be proud of the body you have! If CoolSculpting is something you WANT & will work for you, that's so great! But never feel like you need it to be beautiful, cause you don't.

And I will just say, one of the many reasons I LOVED going to Avahlee to receive CoolSculpting was that at every step, I received compliments & reassurance that I looked great BEFORE my treatment. There was absolutely zero body shaming or making me feel that I needed to have CoolSculpting done to look my best! 

Now onto my treatment experience:

When I arrived at Avahlee for my appointment, we did a small consultation where we decided what kind of Cool Sculpting treatment I would receive. We opted for the CoolSculpting Smooth applicator (they have different applicators that work better on different parts of the body & depending on how dense your fat is in a given area). The owner Pattilynn explained how everything would work, the results I should expect to see, and answered all of my questions
After the consultation we did before photos so we could track the CoolSculpting progress. Pattilynn explained to me that I may see results about a month after treatment, but that I would likely see full results after about 3 months!

After photos we went to the treatment room which was styled beautifully & looked immaculate. It was so relaxing! They gave me a menu to choose dinner from and let me choose a Netflix show to watch. I was feeling SO pampered, it was amazing.
While that was happening, they applied the CoolSculpting applicator. They first applied a gel & a few plastic sheets. Those were the barrier to keep my skin from freezing! Then they applied the applicator, which was about the size of a football and had some weight to it.

When the treatment started (and I was already chowing down on my caesar salad & binging Parks & Rec) it initially felt like period cramps. A little uncomfortable, but totally manageable. And then after a few minutes I went numb and didn't feel any discomfort! The treatment lasted for 90 minutes & honestly went by super fast. During that 90 minutes I just watched Netflix and they brought me a Dr. Pepper & some chocolate from their candy cart they have for all their guests!

After the treatment finished, they have to massage the area that the CoolSculpting applicator was used on to help break down the fat cells. This process is supposed to give you better results, but I'll admit... it's super uncomfortable.
If you've ever given birth and then had a nurse massage your uterus afterward, it felt exactly like that. Pretty unpleasant as the area starts to no longer be numb, but it only lasts for 2 minutes, and you can do anything for 2 minutes, right??

And that was it! I drove myself home and hung out with my husband & kids right after, no recovery time at all!

The only lingering effect from receiving CoolSculpting is that the treated area stays numb for a while & you're a bit swollen. The area is pretty much totally numb for a few days, until you start getting sensation back in your nerves! When my nerves started waking back up, it was a tiny bit uncomfortable but I didn't even end up needing to take Tylenol. I am a little less than 3 weeks out from my CoolSculpting treatment & I still have a little bit of numbness in my lower abdomen, but it's now mostly back to normal. And as for the swelling, I had a couple days of being pretty swollen, and then a few more of minor swelling. After about a week I was back to normal!

When I'm a few months out from receiving treatment, I plan to share my before/after photos with you! I'm really excited to see them because I feel like I already see a slight difference after 3 weeks. If you are interested in learning more about CoolSculpting or scheduling a consultation with Avahlee, here's a link to their CoolSculpting page: https://avahlee.com/coolsculpting-utah/
I can't recommend them enough, they go above & beyond to be kind & make you feel comfortable. If you're in Utah, check them out! Overall my experience with CoolSculpting has been positive and I can't WAIT to see my full results!