Thursday, January 15, 2015

My opinion - facewash

Face wash, it's one of those things that I think many of us use, but it's hard to find the right one. Instead of the great, the good and the ugly I'm just going to review the washes I use and why (ok maybe I'll give you small "don't bother"

AM shower: I shower every morning (because I shave my legs every morning) and in the shower I wash my face with a sulfur-based wash. I like it because it keeps things calm in my trouble zone (chin  and lower cheek). This does not foam at all and I don't use it anywhere above my cheek bones, but I find it super successful in preventing breakouts.

PM/after workout: If I workout and then shower in the evening I wash my face with the off brand version of this face wash. I like the foam, and the scrubbiness comes in handy when removing makeup.

Every now and then I'm not showering, but I need to take my makeup off, when that happens I often take my eye makeup off with some Mary Kay eye makeup remover. I'm running out, but I have seen some recipes for homemade versions around the internet so I may have to try that in the future

Don't bother: every face wash sample I've ever been given at a makeup counter has been a disaster. Either it completely dries my face out, or it makes me breakout like a barely pubescent teenager.

So those are my opinions for the week, what do you like for facewash?

Next week: water bottles

Monday, January 12, 2015

The tradition i wish wasn't

What do you do about keys when you go on vacation?
I went back to the east coast over the two weeks of Christmas and New Year, working out of my company's Massachusetts office for 8 days. While there i had a rental car and my kept my husband's house key attached the rental keys. What should i have done with my house keys? Usually, I keep them in a front or side zipper pocket of one of my suitcases. This has been fail proof.

Until now.

Somehow I lost my house key while I was out there, and didn't notice until I was trying to get into my apartment upon my return late on a Sunday night. My frustration was at an all time high. The keys are still missing a week later, but I've solved the problem with my spare and a lovely kiosk, but it was a stressful night/morning as I waited to get my spare back from the friend who was checking on my house.

1 Week into the new year, how are your traditions going?

1) 2/ week, but I'd like that to be back up at 4, this week looks promising
2) I am calling this a complete success. I made a dinner for the week which made pre-dinner snacking much less of a problem. I also tried a new recipe for a lemon loaf using the lemons in my front yard. Finally i whipped up a spaghetti squash casserole, high in veges, low in calories, we'll see how well this goes this week nothing appears to be a problem at the moment.
3) Sharing, I think I need to plan this a bit more, I have some ideas, I'm thinking some bread drop offs this month

How are your goals/resolutions/traditions coming along? Have you figured out what success looks like?

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

My opinions

The beginning of a semi-regular feature here: something I like, these will be things that I buy on my own, review on my own and generally have an opinion about

This week: Podcasts

The great (non-craft related): I have not had a conversation about podcasts without recommending Pop Culture Happy Hour. They have only lead me astray once (gone girl), but have been so right so many times. I do miss trey grahams random opera references, but sometime I'll find another source for those.

The good (craft related): The Fat Squirrel Speaks- you will either love her style or you will hate her style. She is like watching my internal self get excited and silly about yarn and yarny-things. I love it. The way she sing songs her segment titles makes my day and I love her shenanigans

The less-than recommended (craft related): Do not shoot the messenger or defile the person who points out that the emperor is not wearing any clothes, but I'm here to give my honest opinion and this is it. There is a yarny podcast that is probably the "biggest" yarny podcast out there, at least according to the number of yarny podcasts that mention it. It is hosted by a mother daughter combo and while I am sure it is a great podcast I can NOT get past the voice of one of the hosts. It's like listening to never ending nails on a chalk board and how anyone can handle it is beyond me.

Next week: Face wash

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Traditions for the Year

10 on Tuesday this week was about intentions/goals/etc I've told this story before, but I think goals are great, but traditions are better. Accomplishing one this is fantastic, but if it's about the journey let's make it about the journey. So, here I go for this year the list of traditions I'm going to continue and new ones that I want to try

1) Move - I've been really good at maintaining my running, but I'd like to extend it (run longer) and be more consistent. I'd also like to make my yoga more consistent
2) Food fun - I love to cook and i run out of time quite often but this year I'd like to PLAN at least 2 dinners per week
3) Share - I have time, I have things, I have opinions. I'm going to share them. Share time: volunteer; Share things: cook and take dinner/treats to others; Share opinions: Well right here is a good place for that
4) Compassion - It is well known that I don't have a ton of patience for incompetence at life. This year I'm going to work on that patience. I don't know anyone's full story and I need to grow my compassion and patience for more people. Less frustration, more acceptance
5) Stand - I started this last year at work, I have a sit stand/desk and I go some weeks standing a lot and then some weeks I don't at all, but I'd love to do it half and half
6) Culture - I'd like to attend a cultural event at least once a quarter. A play, a concert, a ballet, an orchestra, etc
7) Purposeful career moves - make a better plan, take actions that are a bit more long term focused
8) Write - This has always been a thing I do, but not a tradition I hold. Maybe this year it should move over to my list of traditions
9) Finish - I have started some relatively important things in my life that need to be completed. These are the things for which I don't care about the journey, just the destination. The actual finish line might not be this year, but serious progress will be made in 2015 and at each small finish line I'm going to make it
10) Prepare for 2016 - 2016 is my deadline year. It's the year that I want to buy a car I actually like, it's the year I want to have my own bees, it's the year I want to live in something bigger than a 300 sq feet. To make that happen there will need to be some significant earning so that there can be significant saving.

 Want to see what other people are doing? check out the list of other 10 on tuesday-ers over at Carole's