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Catching Up... July 2019 Edition

It’s been almost six weeks since my last catch up so I thought it was about time! I already shared my trip to Dallas and San Francisco, so I’m really recapping July at this point. It’s been a fun month but marathon training is picking up so some hard things too!

I spent 4th of July week with my family

I love the Forth of July because it’s the only time of year that my immediate family is all in one place: my mom, dad, little brother, older brother, sister-in-law, two nieces, and even my grandparents! We had a good time just hanging out, playing a little golf, and endlessly passing a ball back and forth with my 3-year-old niece… ha! She loved it. I even had the immense pleasure of sharing a room with her and her older “sister,” their golden retriever Molly, for a night.

Beautycounter launched Countertime

3 years in the making and it’s finally here! Countertime is a new anti-aging (also great for dry skin!) line that uses what we call a “Retinatural Complex” made up of bakuchiol and swiss alpine rose. Bakuchiol is derived from the seeds and leaves of the Asian plant Psoralea corylifolia, and it acts almost identical to retinol — without any of the redness, dryness, peeling, or flaking that's often associated with vitamin A.

There is a great article in the Zoe Report breaking down the line, another in WWD, AND an article in InStyle Magazine. So much good press! Feel free to send me a message at katiebeautycounter@gmail.com with any questions!

Here is a reaction from a fellow consultant:

"It is 100% the best line we've ever made. I adore using it each night - so luxurious, hydrating, and delicious smelling. My skin is so hydrated (no oils or balm required - this takes the place of so many extra products!), even toned and glowing all day! AND, look at how beautiful the glass packaging is! No more plastic + HUGE bottles that will last many months!"

Maddie came to visit

My lovely friend Maddie, who currently lives in Santa Fe, came to visit for the weekend. Sure, she really came to visit her favorite hairdresser but we’ll pretend the pull was me… ;) Just kidding, Maddie. We had one evening here in Denver, which we spent party in downtown Littleton and partly watching a horrible film on Netflix which I did not realize was originally in German and dubbed with English. We about died laughing. On Saturday evening we headed to Colorado Springs to go to Tapateria and, of course, the views. In the morning, we went on a hike that was actually horrendous (solid mile and a half of steep gravely parts we had to slide down… there was some falling) but at least we saw a baby deer?

Marathon training is going well

This weekend I’m going my furthest distance yet: 12 miles! I have to say, I tend to actually enjoy the long runs, but the mid-week runs are always rough. This week I ran 6 miles and I kept stopping to stretch out my legs, my stomach hurt and by the turnaround point my legs just felt so dead. At least I finished? Luckily, I’m focusing on taking this one week at a time and occasionally choosing to do a HIIT workout (or a hike!) in place of a run to keep me from feeling overwhelmed. Any tips from distance runners out there? You can follow along with my training HERE and donate to our fundraising efforts HERE.

Kidney Donor Weekend

This past Saturday, I got to participate in Kidney Donor Athlete weekend, which was a weekend of events geared towards kidney donors. Kidney Donor Athletes is an organization founded by Tracey Hulick. Tracey created KDA because when she was contemplating donation, she had a hard time finding examples of athletes that were able to return to their previous abilities after donation. Now she features athletes on her website and helps both donors and potential donors connect.

Saturday morning, we went on a hike on Mount Falcon Castle Trail. It was a great opportunity to meet some fellow donors in the area and I had a great time talking with a few of the women. There were even people there from other states: Michigan, Maryland and Kansas! That afternoon, we met for pizza and a few more people came that weren’t on the hike so it was nice to see some new faces. They also participated in the Donor Dash on Sunday morning however, I skipped out on that one because I already had quite a long weekend!

I’ve been loving the Bachelorette

When Hannah was announced as the Bachelorette for this season, everyone was incredibly skeptical and many people just didn’t like her. I, however, felt like I related to her so much (minus the pageant queen part… haha) and was really looking forward to her season. Well, she blew me out of the water and I think surprised a lot of people. I think what I’ve admired most about her (other than how she handled Luke on their fantasy suite date…) is how introspective she is about herself and her feelings. She clearly takes the time to work through everything she’s feeling and thinking and then is able to express herself and is honest about it as well. I’m looking forward to the finale!



Are you watching The Bachelorette?

What did you do for the Fourth of July?

What’s a favorite family tradition?

Catching Up… June 2019 Edition

I feel like I say this every month, but how are we more than halfway through June?? The older I get, the faster time seems to go… I’ve got a lot of stuff going on this month so check out my life updates below including an upcoming trip, marathon training and working on my golf game…


Root Canal Complete

Whelp, I’ve had a root canal! Honestly, it was no where near as horrible as it sounds although it was uncomfortable. Mine wasn’t horribly painful afterwards like some people said it might be (I just took some tylenol but not often) however, I couldn’t chew on that side and it drove me crazy! I did get my crown just three days later, which actually was a bit painful but I think only because my gums and teeth were already irritated. My dentist actually did the whole crown process in one appointment (about 2.5 hours long) but at least I got to watch Netflix (aka The Great British Baking Show) while I was there? Let’s just say, I’m glad its’ all over. Here’s a quick video of how my crown was made:

I’m Off to Dallas and San Francisco!

Tomorrow I leave for Dallas to visit my friend Julie that I met in Chicago and then on Thursday evening I head to San Francisco to visit my friend Caroline that I grew up with in Kansas City. It’s going to be a whirlwind week but a lot of fun. Julie and are going to see Aladdin the Musical and hang out with her two little boys and I’m sure her family. Caroline and I are taking a road trip down to Pismo Beach with some stops on the way. We’ll see a few wineries, Hearst Castle, maybe the Monterey Bay Aquarium (P.S. I just discovered they have live cams!!) and take a surf lesson!! You know I love surfing :)

Summertime at Work

Since I work at a school and classes ended on the last day of May, campus has been very quiet. Lucky for us, however, summertime means summer hours! For two months, we get to come in and leave a little bit earlier (partly because of no air conditioning) but I must say it’s a MAJOR perk of working at a PreK-12 school. Especially since I have the option of coming in earlier and leaving earlier - so much free time in the afternoon! Definitely balances out the non-profit salary…

Marathon Training Has Officially Begun

Last week was the start of Marathon Training! If you missed my post on WHY I’m running the marathon (and my training plan) you can check it out here. I’m running with my cousins to raise money for the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation, which is a rare type of cancer that my aunt passed away from in October. If you’d like to support me and my team, please donate here (it should say Elizabeth Green, not my name). Every little bit matters!

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Lots of Family Time

I’ve gotten a lot of family time in over the past couple of weeks! At the beginning of June, I went up to my brother’s house to watch my two nieces for a few hours on both a Saturday and Sunday. It was so fun to just hang out with the two of them! Luckily they have opposite nap schedules so I had each one individually for most of the time…

Working On My Golf Game

Summertime means golf season! I grew up golfing and was even on the golf team in high school but once I left for college I barely played at all. Over the past few years, however, I’ve been playing more and more. It’s partially incentivized by the fact that I’ve played in a charity tournament with my boss so I can’t be horrible… Not to mention putting on a golf tournament myself as a school fundraiser! I’ve only been to the driving range twice so far this year but I’m hoping to play 9 holes here and there at a course right by my apartment.

Do you golf?

Have you ever ran a race to raise money?

Any fun plans this summer?

Catching Up... May 2019 Edition

How is it already the second half of May?? What happened? I have no idea but I am definitely looking forward to summer. While I don’t get summer off, we work slightly shorter hours. Plus the fact that it’s supposed to SNOW tonight… So I’m ready for some sunshine. Here’s what’s been going on with me lately:

ABBA!

At the beginning of the month, a coworker and I went to an ABBA cover band concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater. I believe this was the fifth time I’ve seen ABBA there and it never disappoints! Despite the snow, smaller crowd, and my ridiculous outfit keeping me from expressing my full dance abilities, we had a GREAT time! I’m so glad we didn’t let the weather keep us from going.

I Met Gregg Renfrew!!!

Gregg Renfrew is the Founder and CEO of Beautycounter and not only is she one of my fashion icons (so stylish!) she is such a role model and inspiration to me. I had no idea at the time how rare it is to get a chance to speak with her in person, so I can’t believe I had this opportunity. I may or may not have mumbled a few things and she had to stop me and ask my name… Winning. Major girl crush moment.

That same weekend, I went to a training event with Gina Murphy, who is the Chief Revenue Officer at Beautycounter. I met some other local consultants, which was really fun, and was definitely pushed out of my comfort zone as we paired up and practiced things like our “elevator pitch” or talked about our fears and what’s holding us back. This introvert was exhausted by the end but it was also very inspiring.

KCMO

Okay, technically my parents live in Kansas now but my home is always KCMO (Kansas City, Missouri to you non-locals). I had a follow up appointment to check on my kidney function (doing great!) and a dentist appointment (prelude to the next story) so I went home for the whole weekend. Lucky me, it was Mother’s Day weekend and I got to spend tons of time with my mom, along with the rest of my family. It was a great weekend at home!

I Need a Piano

Every time I go home and play on our piano, it makes me wish I had one (or at least a really good keyboard). It’s just so relaxing! I am NOT good after quitting in 5th grade, but I’d love to practice!

I’m Running More and More!

Last month, I talked about how I’m finally running again… well, now I’m up to 11 miles per week! Haha nothing wild… but more than 3 per week! Six of those 11 miles the past two weeks have been long runs as well. While it’s great I’ve gotten to that distance, I think I need to focus on upping my mid-week running game. This snow/rain, however, is putting a real damper on that plan (there’s a level of torture I don’t wish to endure this early on…).

I’m Getting a Root Canal…

Guess what I found out today? I bet you already guessed based on the title of this section. That’s right, I need a root canal. I’ve been told it’s not as horrible as it sounds and, to be honest, I’m more concerned about how much this is all going to cost me! Good thing I have dental insurance… Have you ever gotten one?? Give me tips below!

Follow My Team on Instagram For Giveaways!

My Beautycounter team has started our own Instagram page and will be doing some special giveaways over Memorial Day Weekend. Follow us at @BeautycounterDreamTeam to find out more!

Have a great week and thank you for reading!