Welcome to my new series!
“What I love” is an eclectic collection of what I’m into and up to each month. I thought this would be a fun way to share some new products, projects or general life hacks that I do not get around to writing a full post on. Here is the January edition…
A few weeks ago, I won a generous sample of this beauty balm concentrate (along with every other product from this amazingly luxe line) in one of the Goofy Mermaid’s Instagram giveaways. And while I immediately dove into May’s cult favorite face masks, The Blue Cocoon was actually the last of her products I wanted to try. Huge mistake! Although it sounds like a total cliché, this little balm truly is pure magic that melts into your face upon contact. It is not only nourishing and deeply hydrating for the skin but is also intended to calm the mind and “ease feelings of emotional anxiety.” Umm….yes, please! I like using this at night all over my face in general and as an eye balm in particular (one of the very few green “eye” products I have tried that really work and that do not sting my eye balls). The Blue Cocoon is so concentrated that a tiny amount lasts a really long time which is good because, sadly, it is very pricey. In fact, you might consider starting your own personal fundraising campaign as a full size jar (1.69oz/50ml) costs a staggering $160.00! But a girl can always dream, right?
Do you know of this ancient Ayurvedic technique? I first heard about it a few years ago and would have been really interested in trying it then had I not had back-to-back babies who required early morning feedings at the time. Basically, you swish one tablespoon of sesame or coconut oil around in your mouth for twenty minutes right after you get up in the AM and before you eat or drink anything. The oil is supposed to draw out toxins in your body and eliminate harmful bacteria in your mouth which is said to prevent cavities, whiten your teeth, strengthen your gums and improve your health overall. I finally revisited the idea and started oil pulling with raw organic coconut oil about a week ago. I have had some issues with sensitive and even receding gums lately and read countless reports where people outline great success with improving this condition by using the oil pulling method on a regular basis. Now, I am committed to partake in this practice for at least a month and will be happy to share my findings in a future post.
Plastic Elimination 2.0
You might recall from one of my posts last year that I had vowed to eliminate plastic from our home as much as possible due to the health and environmental concerns we all keep hearing so much about (read THIS in case you need a refresher). And while we have long abandoned plastic water bottles, Tupperware, Ziploc bags and the likes, out of convenience I have still been using plastic bowls and plates to serve my kids their food at home. No more! I have come to the realization that my kids’ baby days are undeniably over and that it has been years since anyone (purposefully) threw an entire plate of food on the tile. However, when I started researching “plastic-free dinnerware for kids” I quickly realized that I am tired of buying kid specific items that my littles will outgrow again before I know it. Therefore, I made the conscious decision to add only items that the whole family can utilize going forward. I’m talking real porcelain plates and bowls and glass drinking vessels that are somewhat sturdy and practical and that match what we already have. The items should be easy to find and should not cost a fortune since they might have to be replaced…ahem…somewhat frequently. After all, my kids are only five and three and I have no doubt that accidents will happen eventually. Crazy idea? Maybe. But I am giving it a go and hope for the best!
This one I am most excited about! For as long as I can remember, my girlfriends and I have been talking about starting a bookclub and this year, two of them are finally making it happen for us. While it seems ambitious for a bunch of moms (some brand new!) to read a different book every month, we sure are going to try. If we fail, at least we get to meet up for happy hour on the regular and enjoy some much needed girl time without children. Win-win! The first book we are tackling is The Past: A Novel by Tessa Hadley. can say is this though: Don’t begin reading this book when it’s way past your bedtime like I did the other day. “The Past” is definitely one of those novels where every little detail seems to be relevant from the get-go and you sure don’t want to
fall asleep reading and get woken up by the iPad falling on your face miss anything with your sleepy eyes.
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