If my husband and I were in a sleeping contest, I would totally lose. He can sleep anywhere. I, on the other hand, can usually only fall asleep in my bed (no napping, just bed time). And even in my bed I sometimes find that I toss and turn all night. Once I started using an essential oil blend, made specifically for sleep, I found that I sleep more soundly. I know there are essential oil haterz out there and even if this just makes me think I’m sleeping better, I’m totally ok with that. And they smell good. So how can that be wrong?
I cared for my skin from the inside out with Aveeno® as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #AveenoGrowing up, skin care was never something I spent a lot of time on. I used the same soap my grandmother used to use to wash her face (never mind the fact that there was a HUGE age gap there or that our skin probably needed different things out of a beauty routine). And when my face broke out, I used tea tree oil. Done. That lack of a routine served me pretty well for most of my life. But a few big life changes have happened within the last few years and I’ve been needing a little more in the way of skin care. And if I’m being honest, I’m 40 adjacent and pretty solidly in middle age status. WTF. And yes, my dressing gown DOES remind you of Mrs. Roper. (middle-aged TV reference if any young whippersnappers are reading).
Just chill. That’s what your girlfriends really want to do. Especially if you all have kids. But even if you don’t. Music helps me relax so I put together the perfect playlist to listen to with your girlfriends while you hang out and sip wine. Don’t guzzle it. You’re not in college anymore.
Sometimes I come across a recipe that I just have to make. Usually it’s full of sugar, cheese or something else that’s going straight to my thighs (damn you delicious food!). Such was the case with this Cucumber Basil Soda. It sounded unbelievably refreshing and seemed pretty easy to make. And aside from the simple syrup, it’s not super bad for you unlike regular sodas. It comes from one of my favorite restaurants, California Pizza Kitchen. I’m a big fan of CPK and when a brand new restaurant opened up right by my house, you know I had to check it out and eat all the things.
While working an uninteresting desk job, I decided to start a blog as a creative outlet for all the ideas and artsy energy in my head. At first, the blog only focused on party products and ideas but over time it has developed in to this lifestyle site where I get to write about pretty much whatever I want. And I get to do so in a way that I want. To say that it has fulfilled that creative need for me would be an understatement. But there was also another surprising thing to come out of blogging for me. Something I never expected when I published my first post (about wooden ice cream spoons!) years and years ago.
The friendships that I have made, as a blogger, are crazy awesome. Just like in real life, there are different levels to these friendships. Some, I am just acquainted with. While others I would consider my best friends. I know that many people don’t understand online relationships or see how they could be the same as those friendships made in person, but that is what is so surprising about them. They are real, genuine and good for the soul. When I started out, I thought the online world would be ripe with competition and calculated jockeying for position. But in reality, it is a supportive, enriching experience in which I count people, all across the country, as true friends. Finding rad lady friends through blogging has been such a pleasant surprise.
Life is better with surprises. Don’t you think?