To Find Something Natural, and To Find the Light

 

      Hi friends. It may be a dark day for a lot of people, myself included, but if there's one thing I've learned, not just from the last year or so, but from life in general, it's that life goes on. I've said this before, but a sentiment that's gotten me this far in life is that sometimes you have to let things go. I'm not saying I'm letting go of the hope of having a female president one day, or the hope that our country is better than what we all witnessed this morning, because I will always try to believe in those things. I'll always be optimistic and find the light, that's just my way; but regardless of how I feel about everything that has happened or will happen, I look at my daughter and I can't help but remember that I have other things to do, to worry about. I, like many parents, am worried about what this means for her future, but I'm honestly still more concerned about keeping her happy and safe right now, in the moment, and just being with her. I still have to be strong for her, and show her by my own example that people are good and kind, that as individuals we lead our own lives and that leads to differences. There's no other way around it, and those differences will always exist. So today, I'm still going to share my favorite natural product of the month, because it is still relevant to me. What has happened to our country hasn't changed how I feel about my toothbrush, or sharing how I feel about my toothbrush with you all, and most definitely how I feel about continuing to share anything I want in this space. If you don't want to read about my awesome wooden and eco-friendly toothbrush today, that's ok and I will always understand. I'm doing this, and have/always will do this, for myself, but also for Bailey, and for anyone who cares. We all have to find a way to get through this, and by the laws of nature, we will. My life has not and will not ever stop for one man, and in the spirit of that, let's get to today's subject matter: an all natural, eco-friendly, and charitable toothbrush.

     This toothbrush has a lot of great attributes, but my favorite one is it's creators mission. For every toothbrush sold, Smile Squared donates one to a child in need. You would think having access to a toothbrush is a basic human right, but sadly, in some places, it's not.

     My next favorite thing about these brushes, is that they are eco-friendly. The brushes are made of compostable and recyclable bamboo, which is always a plus in my book.

     I plan to get one of these for Bailey, and continue using these. I figure, if it's an everyday essential, like a toothbrush, why not make it as good for the environment and the world as possible? That, and the wooden style is much prettier than a crazy colored plastic one.

     That's all for today, folks. Thanks for reading, and try to have a fun day, or as much fun as one could have on a day like today. See you tomorrow!

To Find Something Natural / Pt. 5

 

    Good morning! For the natural find of October, I had quite a few things to pick from. For some reason, this is the time of year that I run out of everything at the same time, so I decided to replace everything with a more natural and organic product. 

     To replace my Bioderma Micellar Water, I decided on witch hazel. Witch hazel is an excellent toner that's known for its pore-refining qualities while also being less drying than other toners. It's also 100% natural, derived from the North American witch hazel shrub, which means it's the perfect astringent for my sensitive skin.  

     I've used a lot of other toners in the past, and they all work fairly well, but are just too drying. I don't need any of that, especially when the seasons change and the air dries out. The next time you run out of a product, look into natural options to replace it with, and you'll be pleasantly surprised! There's a lot out there that you just have to dig a little for. Thanks for reading, and have a great Friday! 

For Some B-Day Goodies

 

     Hello! I wanted to share a few of the gifts I got on my birthday from Kristen, just because they are so darn cute! I don't know if everyone just knows me really well, or if I have a super obvious and defined taste, but all of my family and friends always get me things I would pick out on my own, or wouldn't have even thought to ask for. Probably a little bit of both. Anywho, there is this awesome boutique in Columbia that sells prints, cards, decor, artwork, children's things, etc., from national and local makers. It's called Poppy, and it's just one of those places where you could spend way too much money! Not that each individual thing is that pricey, it's just that you would find so many things that you want that it would all add up quickly. Poppy is where Kristen happened to pick up all of these items for me, and they are definitely all things I would have bought on my own. A notepad from Rifle Paper Co and the Matchsticks are probably my most favorite, although I'm one of those people that kind of loves everything. If you are ever in Columbia, MO, visit Poppy and you won't leave empty handed. Thanks for reading!

To Find Something Natural

 

     Hi there! This month's Natural Find is an essential to have, if you're prone to getting a pimple every now and then. The Burt's Bee's Herbal Blemish Stick has been on my list since I ran out of my old standby, Mario Badescu's Drying Lotion. I loved the drying lotion, but didn't like that it was just a ton of chemicals combined with what is basically calamine lotion. Calamine's great for bug bites and what not, but I ended up feeling like it was a little unnecessary as far as treating pimples go. Burt's Bee's form of treatment is tea tree oil extract. Tea tree extract has long been lauded as the best treatment for acne, because of it's ability to dry out the pimple, but not the surrounding skin. The stick contains another 10 herbal oils that work together to keep skin clear and exfoliated. It's 100% verified natural, and has the perfect little roller ball applicant, so it's not messy at all, like other oils can be.

     My first experience with it was awesome! It goes against my nature to put any oil on my face, since usually I'm trying to keep it as dry as possible, but it absorbed quickly and after I washed my face the next morning, it didn't feel oily at all. The redness of my problem area was gone, as was the little bump I was trying to get rid of! There was still a little spot, but that also went away by the end of the day. The best part about this was that it didn't irritate my sensitive skin, which most acne treatments do. Usually, people try and treat pimples with really strong products, in hopes that the strength of the product will work faster than other treatments. Not true for me, as anything stronger than "mild" just makes my skin even more red and irritated. As far as I can tell, the stick is my best option, and I'm super happy to have found it! Thanks for reading, and have an awesome Monday!

To Talk About Hair

 
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      Happy Monday guys! It was a busy weekend, and I have another busy week ahead as I plan Bailey's 2nd birthday! Her actual birthday isn't until the ninth, but we are having her party over the weekend so that family can attend. I can't wait to see my family, and I'm sure Bailey is just as excited! For today though, I decided to stick to the simple topic of haircare, in correlation with the new cut I got over the weekend. I had my hairdresser do a "lob" again, mostly because it's just as low-maintenance as long hair and I needed about 5 inches cut off anyways, so I told her to chop away! I had done this about a year ago, and loved it. I wasn't as nervous this time to lose so much hair, since I already had an idea of what it would look like and how to style it.

     This type of cut works for most hair types and face shapes, which is awesome and rare. I have wavy/fine hair, and a heart shaped face, so layering is a must regardless of the cut. Once I get some good style going, I really don't do much to my hair otherwise. I don't own a straightener or a hair dryer, just a curling wand. The products I use are minimal as well, I have four but only use two on a daily basis. Dry shampoo (DIY coming soon!) and a leave-conditioner are my essentials, and a split-end mender and salt spray are my extras. My dry shampoo is gold when that second day hair comes around, and my frizzy hair would be much worse without the leave-in conditioner. I use the split-end mender when I want some definition to my waves, and I use the salt spray for a more fun feel to my already wavy hair.

     The next product I'm on the hunt for is a curl cream, mostly to get more definition than the split end cream. It just doesn't have the hold I'm looking for! Stay tuned for an update on my picks for some curl cream. Have a great Monday!