Monday, August 24, 2015

Perfectly Posh {spon}

I seriously am the most anti-pampering person you will likely meet.

Or, maybe limited pampering person is a better way of putting it.

I do my own pedicures, twice a month

I don't wear nail polish on my finger nails

I cut my own hair, and if it's too long to do so, my husband does it for me

The only makeup that I wear is eyeliner, mascara, neutral eye shadow and chapstick

Moisturizer? Coconut oil

Beauty routine?  I don't have one

Seriously - I'm THAT person

Anywho, when I do opt to use pampering items I'm pretty fricking picky about what I'm about to put on my skin or in my hair because I know it'll end up in my body.

So, when my friend Nicole Bishop came by with some samples from Perfectly Posh for me to give a whirl I was pretty excited.


These products are free of sulfates, petrolatum, lanolin, and mineral oil.

Here is what I'm trying out this week -

Moisturize 911 - I have this on today.  I had a small bit of rough skin on my cheek that I dabbed it on.  It is SO light and there is no residue or smell.
Moisturize 911 Caffeinated Face Creme is Vegan and has No Color Added.  It "wakes up your complexion with a blat of aloe and caffeine that tighten and brightens."

Daily Grind - This smells amazing!  But, I kind of have a coffee problem :-)  This product, like Moisturize 911, is Vegan and has No Color Added.  It is a body scrub and I'll be trying it out on my arms.  The last time that I used a body scrub, I broke out in a rash from the perfume used in it.  So, I'm pretty excited to try this and feel safe using it.  "Fresh coffee grounds exfoliate, smooth and energize your skin with their natural caffeine, reducing the appearance of cellulite and cleansing your pours."

Complexion Perfection -  Again, the smell - fresh, light, AMAZING.  Like, not overly processed or strong.  Like both Moisturize 911 and Daily Grind, this product is Vegan and has No Color Added.  Complexion Perfection is a face wash, "gently exfoliate and deep clean with this daily face wash featuring grapefruit and peppermint."  I currently use oatmeal bar soap to wash my face.  I used Complexion Perfection for the first time last night and my face felt cool and tingly and super clean.

Farmer's Market - This is actually from the Spring/Summer catalog.  If I could, I would slather this all over me.  It is the lightest body butter I have ever touched in my life!  And the smell - AMAZING!!  Cucumbers and Watermelon - yes, please and thank you!  "Moisturizing, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and filled with antioxidants, the natural ingredients in this body butter make skin softer, smoother, and younger-looking with each dollop!"

The Stripper - Detox Body Mud -   I am pretty excited to give this a whirl.  I mean, it's mud, so nothing to report on that end.  It is very creamy, though.  Which surprised me.  This product is Vegan.  Why am I excited to use this - activated charcoal powder!  I love activated charcoal powder.  I use it to whiten my teeth, as a facial cleanser, emergency food poisoning helper. This product is "an aggressive detox for your whole body loaded with kaolin clay, activated charcoal powder, safflower and sunflower oils, aloe and glycerin to give you a deep down clean."      

Gender Bender Chunk - Again - CHARCOAL!  "Charcoal draws toxins from the skin and shea butter moisturizes, all with a unique pine and amber scent."  This product is Vegan and has No Added Color.  

If you are interested in checking out Perfectly Posh and seeing how "Natural Looks Good on You", please give Nicole Bishop a call or shoot her an email.  She'd be happy to help you pamper yourself with this wonderful line of natural products.  

Nicole Bishop

Friday, August 21, 2015

Self Care

Self care today looks ... feels a lot like pain.

I don't like doctors.

I value them

I trust them

But, at their core, they are salespeople.  They just are.

I've worked hard at finding doctors who don't pressure me or my family to take medicine or push procedures or whatever..

I'm fortunate to have found medical professionals who are on the same page as me and my family with what we believe medicine and healthy living looks like and should be.

So, the question that I ended up posing to myself a few weeks back was "How much pain is tolerable for value of life?  Can I live with this pain, like forever?"

That right there should also be a little insight into my stubbornness as well, by the way.

The answer is, at 39 you really shouldn't be in constant pain.

I went to a chiropractor for the very first time ever because I was having what I thought was hip pain.

It wasn't.

And, after some x-rays it's been determined that I'm all jacked up.  My terminology, because you don't want the laundry list, really.

So, self care in these parts looks a lot like three time weekly appointments to get me to a better place in addition to a follow up appointment with my ortho doctor.

And, I'm having a hard time accepting this help, even though it's necessary.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015


Sometimes, it's flowers.  Simple and proud, sitting in a small glass vase on my dinning room table.

Sometimes, it's the scent of candle that reminds me of a recent vacation to the woods, mountains, water and trees.

Sometimes, it's a small Tinker Bell in a glass spice jar.

Because today, was a bit much for me.

My oldest son started his Junior year of high school...

I packed up all of the crib bedding that all three of my boys used.  It's ready for Goodwill.

I pulled out all of the homeschooling curriculum I'd been saving - just in case - realizing that - just in case - wasn't happening.  It'll be given away.

It's just the ebb and flow of life, crashing over me.

It's just today, tomorrow will be different.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015


I've been busy

Like, good busy.  It's not a bad thing.  Yet, here I am, AGAIN, trying to balance this writing thing, this blogging thing, with other things.

I suck at time management when it comes to doing thing that I think are selfish and only for me.

Like this

Do you know what was running through my head prior to hitting the little tab to open my blog?

"I'm just busy"

And then I hit that tab and here I am.

I have laundry in the washer and dryer, I was out of the house doing work (like, real, get paid for it, work) for about five hours today and I'll be repeating that again tomorrow.  I still have work (real, get paid for it, work) and volunteer work ( still needs to get done) and a list as long as my arm of things that I feel like I need to get done today.

But, right now, I'm tying this.  This, and here, is what needs to get done right now.  Even if I'm thinking "This blog post sucks",  it's where I'm at right now.

Life ebb and flows and I know that I've been here before.  This place of time management upheaval. The desire to write more, read more, be in quite more, do...whatever in the hell I want AND doing the things that truly do need to get done.

Right now though, I'm a clicking and a clacking here because I have to start somewhere.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Retreat to the Mountains

I've always told my husband that when the boys move out, when we no longer need the size home that we have, when we are able to do what we want, when we want - that I want to move to a place where there are mountains, water and trees.

I want a retreat

We were fortunate enough to squeeze in a long weekend in The Smokies towards the end of July

With it being a mere eight hour drive for us I'm thinking that this may become our go to for when I'm itching to go to the mountains.