Follow Friday + Nicki's Personal Updates: July 13, 2012

My Shih-Poo, Pookie, on a recent outing. I had just fed her a small piece of breadstick.

Like so many other busy men and women in this country, I’ve just been rushing, rushing, rushing all this week.

Fortunately, I’m enjoying it.  I’m actually having the time of my life professionally – I have our time-release concentrated retinol ready to go (now debuting August 16, sorry for the delay), and we’ve been working round-the-clock on building tools to make FutureDerm better.  Thanks to our survey, it’s been made clear that we need a better look, a site that is easier to navigate, and far more product reviews.  We hear you loud and clear – and we’re on it.  :-)  [To enter the $100 Sephora gift card giveaway, please fill out our survey here.]

Still, even though I’m absolutely loving what I do, I’m trying to remember to stop and smell the roses outside of work every once in a while too.  For instance, my dogs like riding in the car, so I try to make it a point to have Mommy-Doggy Date Day once per week, where we go to Petco.  If weather permits, we’ll go have an outdoor lunch too, which is pretty entertaining since my Yorkie (Emmie) likes to bark at everyone and my Shih-Poo (Pookie) is scared of everyone and sits on my lap the entire time.

My Yorkie, Emmie, likes to hang her head out the car window. And yes, she is a big Yorkie; I fed her all these dog vitamins when she was a puppy, and apparently this is what happens. I’m glad I did it, though – she’s quite sturdy. Can’t be entirely sure it’s the vitamins, but…:-)

Lately I’ve also been quite interested in making over my appearance.  I *might* try out a video blog this summer, which has made me more nitpicky about the way that I look.  For instance, I’ve gained 15 pounds in the past 5 years.  What can I say – even though I know white bread, flour, sugar, and pasta are bad for me, simple carbs have been a lifestyle for me for a long time – especially when they’re fried! – and it’s time to do something about that.  I signed up for a gym membership, started tracking meals in My Fitness Pal on my iPhone, and am looking into more stringent diet regimens.  I’ll write more on that later, once I have something going worth talking about :-)…

But, basically, life is good.  Great, even.  I’m really happy and grateful for what I am doing in my life right now.  I think the only thing missing is that I want to get to a place where we have so much abundance we can give more to others – more time, more money, more effort.   I think it’s a little tacky to talk about charitable donations and that sort of thing, unless you’re doing so to inspire others to give as well, but let’s just say I’d really like to get to a place where I was able to do more.  A lot more.

Follow Friday

Hot Beauty Health Teaches Us How to Make Antioxidant-Rich Smoothies

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YouBeauty Tells When You Should Go Organic for Fruits and Vegetables – and When You Shouldn’t!

HuffPo Beauty reveals Taylor Swift’s new brunette look – how do you like it?

PopSugar is revealing their own “Must-Have” sampling bag for $35/month -will you sign up?

Got ideas for FutureDerm?

We’re considering the following:

  • Forum
  • Video blog
  • Developing our own products (while still maintaining honest reviews of other brands, don’t worry)
  • Store (same case as above)
  • More photos in posts

What would you like to see?  Let me know in Comments!

All the best,

 

by Nicki Zevola

8 thoughts on “Follow Friday + Nicki's Personal Updates: July 13, 2012

  1. Moxie says:

    Thank you so much for including me!! I also love my carbs. A nice, big bowl of pasta is so delicious! Oh, let’s not even discuss yummy fried food! LOL!! But, yes, like you, I know it’s not good for me so I have to watch it! See you at the gym! xo

  2. Phyrra says:

    Happy Friday! Your dogs are so adorable. And I’m guilty of the carbs. I’ve cut out my garlic bread with spaghetti. Every little bit helps!

  3. DRTVrMoi says:

    J’adore you and your dog and your blog. We share a passion for Dr. Baumann and her work. My 2 cents regarding your considerations is the addition of forums. Topics allow folks to drill down their interests/concerns with like-minded others while allowing you to see what’s trending. It’s great fodder for future blog coverage. Plus one can learn many things from others’ experiences. Regardless, I am hopelessly devoted….A

  4. Nicki says:

    @Kath- I tried giving up carbs in 2009 – I did a modified Dukan Diet. I ate so much cheese in two days that my stomach swelled up like a balloon. Surprisingly, I was lighter scale-wise, but it was not comfortable or sustainable. Apparently, I lose weight fast when I give up carbs, but it’s just not for me…Thanks for the compliment on the puppies! They are my children with fur.

  5. Nicki says:

    @Phyrra – Mmmm garlic bread…actually I get in more trouble with bread and butter. I used to try to eat sticks of butter when I was a kid and then my mom or grandmother would stop me, thank God I grew out of that…But yes, lol, every little bit does help. Love your blog too! (for those who don’t know, http://www.phyrra.net)

  6. Nicki says:

    @DRTVrMoi – Thanks for the suggestion! I love suggestions! We actually started a forum, but we will be revamping it as it grows. Please see the bottom of the sidebar (the very bottom)! I’m also so glad that you like the blog. As I go along, it becomes harder and harder to remind myself that I must do the necessary research – after five years of this, sometimes I just want to say what I think off the top of my head rather than continuing to do all of the research required. But, truth be told, I know that the research is of the utmost value to the readers, and your comments keep me going :-)

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