Glowing Fall Skin

As the weather changed and the days got shorter, my routine needed to change. My workout routine flatten out and expands to 5 days from 4 days. That shift bumped my grocery shopping day.

Next, I took some time to readjust my self care routine by researching oils to use on my face. For about a year now I have been using avocado oil on my face. The office I work in being is like a dry desert.  I really felt like I needed to switch it up. I decided on rose hip oil on my face and avocado oil for my body instead of commercial moisturizers based upon the following article.

10 Oils to Make Winter Skin Glow

Lastly, I needed to focus on my cuticles.  I use CND cuticle eraser on my fingers and Badger Balm Cuticle Care on my toes.  I feel like this is my first time I embraced these seasonal changes.

  • Best Podcasts of the Week
  • What’s Cooking
  • What am I reading?
  • House Hack
  • Random Stuff

“The dog lives for the day, the hour, even the moment.” Robert Falcon Scott

Best Podcasts of the Week


Stephanie Seferian totally rocked her podcast, The Sustainable Minimalist, with ethical gift ideas.  I know, I know.  It two months away from the major holiday season.  But hear me out.  If you start planning to make your own gifts, your wallet will thank you in January!  For work, I am going to stop at my local thrift store for random coffee mugs and place a homemade bag of chocolate cake mike that just needs water added.  I also spoke with my husband about looking for gently used gifts rather than looking for brand new.

The Sustainable Minimalist Podcast

On Spark Joy this week, hosts Kristyn Ivey and Karin Socci, discuss Cal Newport‘s Digital Minimalism book. I have to agree with their assessment that the book had it’s pros and cons.

Show Note Pros about the Book:

  • The way it was organized
  • Insights about the Slot Machine Concept
  • The Three Principles of Digital Minimalism
  • Stories shared from his Digital Declutter Survey
  • Cal’s views on personal transformation

turned on iPhone on top of brown wooden surface

What’s Cooking

What’s for dinner? I don’t know. What do you want? I don’t know.

Oh the famous banter between family and friends with the dreaded question on what to eat. I figured out a way to eliminate that nonsense and stream line the meal planning process that was inspired by Emily Ley, author and creator of beautiful calendars, and from the Lazy Genius Podcast. I present to you my Cold Weather Menu on a pretty Go To Meal list.

My Go To Meal list was put together by yours truly since I am the one who does the cooking in the house. I wanted easy recipes with ingredients that we usually have or are not too expensive to pick up. Next, I simply left my Go To Meal list on the table with the recipes attached for my husband to select from, thus eliminating the annoying response of “I don’t know.”

What am I reading?

5 out of 5 stars!

Lightly by Fracine Jay started off as a decluttering book that was similar to books written by Marie Kondo, Joshua Becker, and Gretchen Rubin. The second half of the book was were the magic started for me. The chapters in the second half of the book list a couple challenges or suggestions on you could implement a change.

“Let’s do things more lightly, and instead of perfect, aim for perfectly good. Sure, if we’re proofreading or performing surgery, perfection is a worthy goal. But in most of what we do, it’s not necessary or expected. So we’re knocking ourselves out, improving and refining to make everything just so, and nobody cares” – Francine Jay, Lightly

If you are looking for a kind, thoughtful, and gentle reminders to relax, single task, and minimize expectations and tasks, this book is for you!

Now onto the Joy of Missing Out by Tonya Dalton. Similar to Sarah Knight’s No Fucks Given Guides, Tonya lays out the important things to consider when deciding of you should say yes. They are time, energy, and focus. Tonya takes this book to a personal level focusing on the guilt some feel when saying no with a lot less cussing. My favorite part is that Tonya refrains Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) into the JOY of Missing Out (JOMO) More to come as I wrap up this book.

House Hack

Recycle old sneakers for FREE with Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe program! Nike grinds down the shoes and uses the material for new shoes, clothing, and track surfaces. Free and eco-friendly. The largest barrier would be the distance from where you live to the nearest store. According to a different blog, you can take up to 10 pairs of shoes. However, the Nike website just simply states to bring in your old shoes.

“We accept any brand of athletic sneakers, but we’re unable to recycle sandals, dress shoes, boots, or shoes with metal (like cleats or spikes).” – Nike

Right now I have an old shoe collection of 3 pairs. I am going to wait until I have more to make the trip.

Random Stuff

Trying to stay up past the sunset. Puppy family walks are helping.

Planning my Christmas presents thanks to The Sustainable Minimalist podcast.
Making birthday plans to see The Irishman in theater followed by dinner with my book club.

“Be the person your dog thinks you are.” C.J. Frick

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