My Vanity and an Invite to Learn about Kybella™


I have been looking in the mirror more often as of late. What is normally an act of personal growth and inner connection has become one of “who is that woman in the mirror?” My own vanity has been kicking my rear, and for once, I’m okay with it. I’ll never look like I’m 20 again, but I can do things that will help me slow down time on her eternal march across my face.

My name is Lisa and I’m a mid-life woman who has a notebook filled with things I can do for my skin and face. These include cosmetics that “blur,” fill in the wrinkles and help give my skin, and albeit temporary, dewy look and procedures done in my dermatologist’s office.

The aging process has also resulted in things “shifting” on my face. I’ve always had a full face and extra weight has given me the dreaded “double chin.” A recent consumer survey revealed that 68% of consumers are bothered by fullness under the chin. To that I say, well, yes. Known as submental fullness, the appearance of double chins or neck fat is a condition that can negatively impact the overall appearance of the face and can result in a person feeling older and heavier.

My friends over at Dermatology, Laser & Vein Specialists of the Carolinas heard about my mirror time and invited me to their open house and seminar to introduce me to Kybella™, the first and only approved non-surgical, injectable treatment developed to address this common complaint. Kybella™ reduces moderate to severe double chins and neck fat with no surgery no downtime and no sedation required. Now, I have yet to undertake any injectables or fillers in my face, but I do have serious curiosity about what they can do for me.

So I’m heading over tomorrow night to check out Kybella™ and see if it’s a good fit for me in the future. I’ll add the things I learn to my handy dandy notebook and continue to learn more about the process. I’m sure that it’s going to be a popular option for both men and women who are fighting the middle-aged spread and want to avoid invasive procedures.


Tuesday, July 28,

Dermatology Laser & Vein Specialists of the Carolinas

1918 Randolph Road, Suite 550

5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.


Dermatology, Laser & Vein Specialists of the Carolinas Open House Schedule Includes:

  • 6:00 p.m. Dr. Munavalli will be holding a “What’s Next for the Neck” seminar
    • Learn about other new and alternative treatment options
  • 6:30 p.m. Dr. Munavalli will be performing live demonstrations of the Kybella™ treatment
  • Free consultations offered throughout the event
  • From Good Morning America, meet one of the first patients to receive the Kybella™ treatment from DLVSC and see her results
  • Light hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served


Dr. Gilly Munavalli is the only Charlotte physician to serve as a principal investigator in the clinical trials for the development of Kybella™, making him one of the most experienced Kybella™ injectors in the nation and DLVSC one of the first practices to offer this groundbreaking treatment.

“In my dermatology practice, I see many patients who have undesirable fullness under the chin, even though they may have an otherwise balanced and harmonious facial appearance and be in great physical shape,” he said.


Kybella™ is administered by injections into the fat under the chin, tailored to the treatment goals of the patient and the physician. Each in-office treatment session is typically only 15-20 minutes and many patients experience visible results in two to four treatments for long-lasting effects.


Minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures increased 3 percent, to more than 13.4 million procedures in 2013, according to The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

“The demand for plastic surgery remains strong,” said ASPS President Robert X. Murphy, MD. “Facial rejuvenation procedures were especially robust last year, with more Americans opting for facelifts, forehead lifts, eyelid surgery, fillers and peels. With new devices and products hitting the market each year, there are more options and choices available to consumers wanting to refresh their look or a little nip and tuck,” he adds.


For more information or to make an appointment, clients should call 704.375.6766 or visit RSVPs are encouraged and both women and men are welcome to attend and schedule a free consultation.

About Dermatology, Laser & Vein Specialists of the Carolinas:

Dermatology, Laser & Vein Specialists of the Carolinas was Charlotte’s first Mohs Surgery Center when it opened in 1990 and remains the busiest Mohs Surgery practice in the area. Now with their team of board-certified physicians, DLVS offers additional services, including face lifting surgery, blepharoplasty (eye lifts), laser hair removal, laser skin resurfacing, endovenous laser ablation, sclerotherapy, tattoo removal, laser resurfacing and many fillers. There is also a medical aesthetician on staff who performs skin care and facial treatments, and several lines of skin care products are available for sale. The practice also offers the most advanced treatment options available for general dermatology, skin cancer, varicose veins, laser surgery and cosmetic surgery. Physicians are in the office every day and personally perform or directly supervise all procedures done in the office. For more information visit: or call 704-375-6766.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I’m a curious consumer who is considering future options for the sake of my own vanity.


There are too few summers in our lives and we need to enjoy them to the fullest.

It’s summertime and that means I am actually taking things easy. I’m not writing as much, mainly due to lack of inspiration, but I am writing in my journal. Journaling has been a cathartic experience and I’m not sure why I ever stopped. Well, I have a good idea as to why I did, but a gal has to keep some things to herself.

I sat here looking at the screen a few days ago, thinking about my social media accounts, this blog, as well as other things and it occurred to me that I was tired and I have been tired for sometime. So I scheduled a massage for the pinched spot underneath my shoulder blade and have decided it’s time to take better care of myself. I’m not looking for kudos or celebratory comments. Sometimes you just need to say things out loud and let them drift out over the waves and off into the void.

Well, I say I’m taking things easy. I’ve taken on three new social media clients — I had stopped all social media work, but sometimes juicy assignments land in your inbox and you have to flip the switch from red to green.

But, I’ve realized there are too few summers in our lives and that we need to enjoy them to the fullest. Looking back and sighing over what could have been makes for a weary soul and I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. I’ll leave off with one of my favorite summertime songs “Summertime” as sung by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. I think everyone needs a little more First Lady of Song and Satchmo in their lives.

What I’ve Learned — Week 19

What I've Learned -- Week 19.

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve shared what I’ve learned. I’m pretty sure it’s because the last one was so intense for me. When this publishes, I’ll be sitting in the hospital while my husband has surgery so I’m pretty sure next week’s What I’ve Learned will be a caregivers edition.

So what have I learned since the last time I sat down here to share? After writing them all down, I realized this has a lot to do with the heat and the fact I may be going a little nuts due to how oppressive it has been.

What I've Learned -- Week 19.

1. Exercise and sun keeps me sane.

I am missing all the moving and sun I was getting while we were on vacation and my body is rebelling. Even with the insane heat, I have to make sure I’m outside getting a liberal dose of both every day.

That being said, I don’t like being super hot when I’m out walking. I know, it’s a real first world problem. But I don’t mind sitting outside when it’s 100 degrees as long as there is shade. I’m pretty sure I stay cool when doing that because I was raised without air conditioning. My husband thinks I’m weird as he’ll be sweating buckets and I’m fresh as a daisy.

2. Sunscreen is my best friend.

This follows up my number one. I’m super fair skinned and burn easily, then tan. But I don’t like being sunburned and with a family history of melanoma and having already had two places removed on my back from excess sun exposure, I’m quite happy coating myself head to toe with sun protection.

I’ll also confess that I’m vain and am doing everything I can to stave off time as it performs its march across my face and cleavage. Huh? Yes, cleavage. I don’t look good in boat neck or round neck tops, so I live in v-necks. This causes extra sun on the upper parts of my girls and I am doing everything I can to prevent a wrinkled chest.

3. Powder is my best friend. 

It’s hot, y’all. We’ve had more days of nearly 100 degree weather than I care to discuss. When you leave North Carolina to go to Florida for cooler weather, you know it’s hot. This is where powder, well I use cornstarch, comes in to play. Apply it liberally if you have any parts than hang down. Under the girls, the belly, etc.

I avoid talcum powders due to the issues flying about regarding the increased cancer risk for people using them. While it’s not certain, until more studies are done I’d rather be safe than sorry.

4. Hot flashes and power outages don’t mix 

We had a blackout where I live this week. Three transformers, including a sub-station blew, and we were out of power for over 12 hours. Remember the 100 degree heat I mentioned? Yeah, that was fun. I did okay as our house stayed pretty cool until 4:00 a.m. when I had a massive hot flash.

I’m pretty sure my neighbors were wondering why I was sleeping on the porch in a tank top and shorts. They’re lucky I didn’t turn the sprinklers on and just lay underneath them until the power was up and running.

5. I’m good enough. 

For a long time, I thought I had to be ahead of the competition, gain confidence or lose weight to be better.

I don’t.

I’ve been cleaning up my life and weeding out the negativity and negative people in it. You know, those people who say they are your friend, but only keep you around for when they need you. I don’t have time for that and I’m much happier as I go through this process. It is not easy, but if I’m not good enough to be in their lives full time, I don’t want to be there only when they need me for their purposes.

Piper nv: Super Easy — Home Automation and Night Vision {w/ Giveaway} #MyPiper #PiperSecurity

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I’ve been using the Piper nv for several weeks as an addition to my home security. We recently returned from our summer vacation and the Piper nv was added piece of mind to have while traveling. The Z-wave technology allowed me to connect other home automation processes, such as controlling lights, additional sensors monitoring doors and windows, not to mention night vision technology that allowed me to log in and check on my house, even at 3:00 a.m.

With Piper, You’re Always Home

The Piper nv is about the size of a soda can and connects to your smart phone via wi-fi. You can place it where you would like in your home, or use the adapter and mount it. This photo was taken when I was in Florida and had turned the lamp on in the living room using Piper. However, images taken using only the night vision feature were also crisp and clear.

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Visual Impact with Night Vision and HD Camera  

The resolution is great. While I’d love for it to have the clarity I have when I’m looking through my camera with a prime lens on it, the HD camera features a 180˚ iewing angle and a 3.4 megapixels. (The original Piper had a 2 megapixel camera.)

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Home Vital Statistics

With Piper, I am able to log in and check on things at different times throughout the day, as well as turn lamps on and off, and not worry about an automatic switch or timer starting, or not turning off. Piper nv kept me alerted to temperature changes in my house, severe weather issues, and when my best friend forgot to set Piper nv to the home setting when she was in watering my plants I was sent a text message and video started recording.

This photo is a screen shot of my “Home Vitals” as monitored by the Piper nv. This is the past 48 hours in my home, showing temperature differences, changes in light, when people are moving, and spikes in sound.

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 Two-Way Audio

It’s surreal checking on your home while you’re away and hearing the train chugging by as you sit in your hotel room far away from any train tracks. The two-way audio provided by Piper allowed me to check in and do not only a visual, but auditory check.

As you know, I have a teen and his favorite thing to do so far on his summer break is nothing whatsoever. When I’m in my office working, I like to open up my Piper nv app and use the two-way radio to talk to him. I’ll be honest with you, I normally start whispering his name to see if I can get his attention. It’s also brought a little relief while he’s cooking to make sure I’m not walking into a huge mess in the kitchen.

Stay connected with two-way audio on the Piper nv


What is Piper nv missing?

Not much. If your wifi was to go down while you’re away, your piper would not work. There is also no current way to export or access the data from the device. After checking their site, I couldn’t find anything about a public API, but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen in the future. My husband is a big fan of the website “If-This-Then-That” and is hoping he’ll be able to integrate Piper into his IFTT automation scripts.

Would I buy Piper for myself?

Without a a doubt and there are more on the way for my home, along with sensors for every window, as well as more plugs for me to automate outlets in every room. All of these items connect together and are easily monitored and controlled by your smartphone or tablet.Win a Piper nv on A Daily Pinch

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Piper nv: Automate & Monitor Your Home in Less than 10 Minutes by Thien Kim of I’m Not the Nanny

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Read more about the Piper nv here: Securing your home during summer vacation with Piper nv

Piper NV Technical Specs:

  • Night Vision
  • Enhanced HD Resolution
  • 3.4 Megapixel Camera
  • 180 fisheye camera to monitor in many directions.
  • Pan, Tilt, Zoom & Quad-view
  • Motion sensor
  • Temperature sensor
  • Humidity sensor
  • Light sensor
  • Sound meter / microphone — you can listen to what’s going on in the room remotely
  • Internal accelerometer — to tell if someone is tampering with the Piper unit

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Wordless Wednesday: Snoopy at Kennedy Space Center

Snoopy at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. {}

I was in Florida last week and toured Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral. From a historical, scientific and pop culture perspective, I was jazzed. You can imagine how happy I was to see my favorite beagle, Snoopy, located at the Apollo Space Center located at Kennedy. He’s there to commemorate the Apollo 10 flight into space where a Snoopy lunar module and a Charlie Brown command module entered lunar orbit. Apollo 10 paved the way for Apollo 11 to land men on the moon.

Snoopy at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. {}

The family of “Peanuts” creator Charles Schulz along with Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates and United Media donated a 5-foot-tall Snoopy statue to NASA, honoring the space program’s 50th anniversary.

For over 40 years, Snoopy has been the mascot for NASA’s Space Flight Awareness Program, an award that recognizes employees’ contributions to the space flight success. These employees are given the Silver Snoopy award, a special honor awarded to NASA employees and contractors for outstanding achievements related to human flight safety or mission success.