Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Welcome home


R is home from the hospital and we are keeping our fingers crossed that everything is ok now.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Welcome Spring


"Don't wait for your life to be perfect,  or fret and complain that it is not. Live it as it comes, doing all you can, thankful for each day, enthusiastic about making it count." Ralph Marston

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Sunday, March 12, 2017

March's Full Moon


March's Full Moon is commonly known as the Worm Moon because it's the time of year when warmer temperatures thaw the ground and earth worms reamerge bringing migrating birds back to feed on them.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Weigh Day


I'm changing my weigh-ins to Friday!

Last week: 171
Today: 170

I really want a digital scale.  And I've promised myself that I can have one as a reward when I hit the -10 lbs mark. So, lets get busy and earn a new scale!



*Side Note: No little things post today. R is in the hospital and even though this may be the perfect day for a little things reminder, I just don't feel like sharing it this week. It is done in my journal though.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

My skin care routine

*Note: This is not a sponsored post. I did not get compensated in any way from any of these companies. These are just the products I like to use and all opinions about them are my own.

I have been using all of these products for quite awhile. My skin care routine hasn't changed much in the last 10 years. However,  during the past three years, I haven't been as diligent about following it as I was before my accident.  I have decided this is the year I get back on track.  I struggled a bit in February,  but so far March is going great.

My basic routine consists of  washing my face and using an anti wrinkle cream 3 days a week. I don't ever wear make up, so I'm not concerned with a daily make up removal.


I guess my routine actually starts with a daily shower.  I don't breakout often, but occasionally right before and during my cycle I will breakout on my chest, back and upper arms.  So to keep this at bay, I use the Nutrogena Body Clear bodywash that I get at Wal-Mart. It works great and I love the grapefruit smell!


Right after my shower I use Avon's Skin So Soft firm and restore body lotion. I have also used a firming lotion from Jergens and will probably buy it again after this one is gone. I like both,  but I don't always have contact with an Avon representative. 


I wash my face with this cleanser from Loreal. It's very gentle on my sensitive skin and the built in scrubber is nice. I also get this at Wal-Mart.


After my face is clean and dry, I apply this anti wrinkle cream from Olay. I like that it has sunscreen in it. I've been using wrinkle cream from Olay since I was about 25. I don't know if it "really" works or if Mother Nature is just kind to me....


...but do I look almost 50?


During the winter and windy seasons I keep these two handy.  They can both be used as all over body moisturizers. And can be used to treat target problem areas. I usually use the vitamin E cream on dry arms and hands. It's quick, easy and doesn't leave a greasy film. I also love using this on my cuticles.

If I get a dry spot on my feet or heals the coconut oil works wonders! I just apply it to my feet, put my socks on and go. Usually a few days of this and my feet are baby soft again.

I have used the coconut oil all over, but it doesn't soak in quickly. I have also used it as an oil treatment for my hair.  It works, but if you rinse in the shower afterwards,  be careful.  It will make your tub/shower very slick!


Last, but not least: sunscreen!
Because I'm a redhead with fair skin,  sunscreen is very important to me. If I'm going to be outside  (or in the car) for more than 15 minutes I cover up with sunscreen.  I use a few different ones but always with a minimum SPF of 50 and sometimes as high as SPF 100. A couple bad (think sick to your stomach,  water blisters) sunburns and that lesson was learned. I'd prefer not to go through that again. I think it's important for everyone to protect their skin from sun damage.

So, that's pretty much it. It may seem like a lot of products or a little overkill, but really it's not too bad. Just a little daily care with special care a few days a week. The rest is on an as needed basis.

There are a few new things on the market that I want to try after some of these are gone. But basically it's just different name brands.

I hope you enjoyed this post and maybe you'll give one of these things a try. If so, I would love to know what you think. If you're already following a skin care routine,  let me know.  I'd love to see what you're doing.

Friday, March 3, 2017


March 3, 2017

1. Today is:
Payday.

2. What made you smile today?
It's still early and I'm sure lots of things will make me smile today. But so far,  I smiled because R and I both slept in until 6:30. Usually at least one of us is up around 4:30.

3. What was the best part of this week?
Starting a new month. It always feels like a fresh start.

4. What did you struggle with this week?
Still struggling with exercise.

5. Self care is not selfish. Be kind to yourself.  What did you do "just for you" this week?
I started saying positive affirmations every morning to get my day started in a good way.

6. Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have. List three things you were grateful for this week.
1. The time R and I spend together in the kitchen. 
2. The dog's who keep me company and always entertained. 
3. My positive outlook.

7. Share something fun. A quote, photo, book, website or anthing else that others might enjoy.


8. What are you reading,  watching, listening to, making, thinking, wishing, looking forward to, etc.?
-making meatloaf for dinner today.
-working on a post about my skin care routine. 
-thinking about making a post on my hair care routine. 
-listening to Cher.

9. Did you reach your goals this week? List 3 goals for next week.
I reached all 3 "little things" goals I set last week. For next week:
1. Prepare for the full moon on the 12th.
2. Get the ends of my hair trimmed.
3. Make one new recipe. 

10. Sum up your week in just one sentence.
It was a very quiet, ordinary week.

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