Monday, June 19, 2017

June 19th Goals

It's Monday everyone, as much as we do or don't like it, we still have to go thru it.  But it's always better when you have a plan in action as to what to do.  Just like any other Monday, below you will see my weekly goals laid out for your viewing (and mine).  Here we go...

So this Monday is cruddy for Caleb.  Poor thing had to go get two cavities filled this morning.  He's sore and very tired.  However, I think a good nap will cure him of his illness for sure.

My weekly home blessing is in order for this week most definitely.  My list is as follows:

  • sweep / mop
  • vacuum
  • dust
  • change / wash sheets
  • wash bathmats
  • wipe microwave
  • clean out Scooby's bowls (our dog)

I only spend about 10-15 minutes per task and some only take mere seconds to accomplish.  I usually do a couple each day and have it all completed by Tuesday or Wednesday.  I love doing this during the week so the weekends can be saved for family, fun and relaxation.

The zone for this week is the master bed room and bathroom.  I am looking forward to clearing out my nightstands and reorganizing them.  I will show you what they look like when I finish.  I have some big plans for my nightstands and the materials needed already.  I just have to schedule in the time to do it.  

Flylady's pamper mission for the week is to either go have lunch with a friend or spend 15 minutes chatting with them on the phone.  I will find that easy because I chat with my bffs all the time. :)

I'm still trying very hard to make my workouts more of a priority and I am continuing with that this week.  I usually will do 45 minute aerobic workout Monday thru Friday mornings.  I don't know how easy it is for other people to get up a little early to workout but with my schedule I have to get up at 4:15 in the morning to work out.  So I try to give myself a great deal of credit when I get it done and a little slack if I miss one.  But I am always after progress not perfection.

I have just recently started reading a daily devotions book for women.  I am really enjoying it so far.  I love getting up and getting a positive start to the day with encouraging words.  What prompted me to start a daily devotions was because I have been feeling down and out for a few weeks now and was looking for some positive reinforcements to help me.  I do suffer from anxiety and depression and have for most of my adult life.  I am on a prescription medicine and I am able to lead a very happy and fulfilled life, but I still get my moments from time that can become a tad difficult to endure.  It usually stems around stress, overworking, under budgeting, or just busyness that I sometimes fall into.   And that is going on right now in my life because I am planning Caleb's birthday party, while redecorating his room and planning a mini trip to Austin in the coming weeks.  I really push myself this time of the year so its no wonder my body and mind react this way.

But with all of that said, I started reading devotions each morning and meditating a bit each day.  I can already tell a beautiful difference in myself already and I am excited to incorporate more uplifting activities in my day.  I had thought about getting back into journaling or even those adult coloring books.  But for now I am going to work on devotion reading becoming a habit and then assess from there.  I will let you know if I add anything else to my list.  

So I believe that is all I have for now.  It seems like a long list but I don't have to do it all in one day and most everything I do, I will set a timer for 10 or 15 minutes to do this in.   So it's not so overwhelming to me.  Let me know what your week looks like, I'd love to know.

Until next time, take care.


Friday, June 16, 2017

Bath Empties with Mini Reviews

I don't know about any of you, but the one thing I constantly find "empty" in my house other than the toilet paper holder, is hair care and body care items.  I had a few I wanted to show you and tell you my thoughts on, so here we go.

First up, we have the Suave Professionals Moisture Mask.  I have been using this as my regular conditioner and I really do enjoy it.

The smell of it is really nice and I especially love the thickness of the product.  I do have very fine and thin hair and surprisingly this does not weigh my hair down at all.  I did not repurchase this yet, though its not because I don't love it.  Unfortunately,  I ran out of it and couldn't find it at the store, so I purchase the Garnier Whole something or the other hair mask.  I like the Suave one much better and am trying feverishly to use up the Garnier one quickly so I can get back to my Suave (I found it again and stocked up).

Next up is another hair product.  This one is from a Boxy Charm subscription.  It's the Project Beauty Hairgurt, Smoothing Yogurt Shampoo in Strawberry Banana.  First of all, the smell is spot on to strawberry banana yogurt.  However, it didn't give quite the results I was hoping for.

About six months ago in previous Boxy Charm, I received the Project Beauty Yogurt conditioner.  I loved it so much.  It made my hair smooth and soft.  I could tell immediately that the frizz was controlled substantially.  I wish I could have said the same for the shampoo, but unfortunately I could not.  It didn't seem to do any kind of smoothing on my hair and actually, it didn't do much else either.  It's not as though I hate the shampoo, because it did clean my just lacked anything to be desired for me.  I have other shampoos that give me results that I can see and feel and this one just didn't do it.  The smell was the one good thing it had going for it though. 

That's all the hair products so we will now be moving on to the body care items.  
For a little history, I have some extremely dry skin on my legs.  It is so dry and itchy that there have been times that I would take a hair brush and scrub the heck out of my legs to scratch them.  I'm not proud of that, but desperate times they were.  So I have always been on the look out for anything to give me relief from the itch.  I used to use the Bath and Body Works 24H Moisture lotion, but after many years using this with great success, it was like my legs just didn't stand for it anymore.  They actually became sensitive to the lotion I had graciously slathered my legs with for over 7 years.  I went on the hunt this past winter and came across this Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer and decided to give it a try.  

Wet moisturizers are not a new product, in fact I tried a similar product out many years ago, but didn't care too much for the sticky film it left.  I was pretty sure it was made by Jergens, but I could definitely be wrong on that.  Anyways, my mom was talking about it one day and saying how she'd like to try it out, and when I found it on the shelf, I purchased her one and me one.  When I saw the claim of "heals extra dry skin" I decided to try it out and see if that was in fact true.  Long story short, I LOVED it!!  What you see in the picture is actually my second bottle.  Of course,  I still love my Bath and Body scented lotions and use them everyday, but not on my legs.  I use Jergens everyday on my legs and that's all I use.  It had helped so much with my itchy skin and on the plus side, there is no sticky residue or film left on my legs.  It sinks in my skin well, it smells wonderful (the Argon Oil is my fav), and it just works.  I still use my BBW lotions but on the rest of my body and just keep the wet moisturizer for my legs only.  It's worked out very, very well for me at this point in time.

Moving on.....
Last item on my list of empties is the Dove Shower Foam.  I am a sucker for scents.  I won't lie, I'm not embarrassed by it, and will shout out to the world.  I buy shampoo and body wash, lotions and even household cleaning products based upon how it smells.  I can't help it.  I have to smell nice.  When I saw the commercial for this product, I became intrigued....but not by the usage claims.  After first use, I was in love with the scent.   

It was a scent that brings me back to my teenage years actually.  I used to use some sort of body wash that smelled like this Dove one does, back then.  I don't know what it was or who it was made by, but I spent years trying to find that soap again because of the smell.  And finally years upon years later, here it is....empty of course.  Now that you know it smells wonderful, I guess I could tell you how it performs.  LOL  For me, it does not do anything notably special to my skin.  I don't notice glowing radiant or deeply moisturized skin, however, I do sense a little moisture from it.  Truth be told, I don't use body wash for the moisturizing.  I have plenty of lotions to help me out there.  I use it for the obvious body washing, but mostly it is the experience of using the product.  Its the scent of it (mostly), the way it lathers up and how it makes me feel when I use it that I look for in a body wash product and this one fits all of those for me.

My shower is my oasis.  That is my special "mommy time" where no one bothers me, I can relax in my shower with my wonderful scented products then walk out feeling pampered and ready for the day ahead.  This is the gift I give to myself and  because I do have to shower, I feel that I might as well make it a blissful spa like experience.

One thing for sure about me is that I will take ordinary things that I have to do and make them extraordinary things to do, and my shower is where that all started for me.

So that's all of my empties I have.  I am sure to have more coming soon so be on the lookout for that post.  What are your favorite products for the shower? Do you make your daily shower as blissful as I?  Let me know in the comment section below.

Until next time, take care.


Monday, June 12, 2017

June 12th Goals

Happy Monday friends!!

This Monday is a bit rough for my family and I so I am going to make this week's goals a bit short and easy.

We just got back from an eight day trip to California.  (If you follow me on Instagram you will see an overload of pictures I took.) Yesterday afternoon in fact, was when we returned.  So we are all jet lagged and tired.  I will not be doing any sort of weekly home blessing this week because I took care of that on Saturday before we left.  I came home to fresh sheets, clean and smelling sweet home on Sunday.  It was wonderful.....until we unloaded all of our luggage of course.  Now our home smells like wet laundry and is covered in sand from the beach.  But all is well.

Home goals this week are all about the laundry.  I am back at work today so I only have the late afternoons  and early mornings to do this.  I am hoping I will have it done no later than Wednesday (fingers crossed).  And NO organizing or zones this week, too tired to care about that right now.  After all, I just got back from vacation, life is tough right now. ;)

My health and fitness goals this week are to grind thru my 5 day workouts for this week. It's always hard when you've been off for a week.  I use a stair stepper for 45 minutes Monday thru Friday.  I can count one down today. Woohoo!!

I haven't done any meal planning for this week but I am going to have to just "wing it" and work on next week's meal plan.  My boys don't know it yet, but there are about to be some healthy stuff for dinner coming their way.  LOL  I think going on vacation and only having junk food around is a great motivator for eating very healthy when you get home.

Pamper mission!! My favorite.  This week's Flylady Pamper Mission is to give yourself a sugar scrub.  If you click the link it will take you to the Flylady website where they have a diy recipe for a sugar scrub, if you don't have one already.  I already have one and am dying to use it some more.  I have some leftover faux tan that I am wanting to slough off.

I get the Treehut Sugar scrub from my local Walmart and it is absolutely DIVINE!! What I like to do is to sit in a hot bath for a few minutes and let my skin get nice and soften up from using either a bath bomb or bubble bath and then when that's finished I turn it to the shower and do my sugar scrub.  Let me tell you, it is heaven in a bathroom after that folks.  It won't be until Saturday that I will get to do my bath but I am totally looking forward to it.

So that's my goal list for this week.  What about you? What are you up to this week? Let me know in the comment section below.

Until next time,  take care.