Friday Favorites! 1/15/16 Body and Soul

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So, in efforts to be healthier and accept that the truer reason I go for my 2 o’clock cup of coffee is mostly how cold I am all the time, I decided to give decaf tea a try. ( So I drink one cup of black coffee in the morning and then any time I feel that push for a hot cuppa… I make myself a hot cuppa tea. Heika got me this gift set of loose leaf tea and they are awesome! They even have a set of teas that are for your sweet tooth with teas like strawberry rhubarb parfait and chocolate macaron. Come on. (I am in no way sponsored by DAVIDsTEA and I don’t receive any gain by sharing this, I’m just super into it and had to share.) 

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Next up, I’ve been upping my facial I’m-a-grown-up night routine. I never go to bed with makeup on because I picture my pours gagging on makeup and dead skin and can’t stand the thought, but I’ve introduced a new way to wash my face and I must say, I love it. The MY Konjac Sponge is made from 100% pure Konjac plant root with added Natural Bamboo Charcoal, which contains activated carbon, various minerals, and natural antioxidant ingredients. It is the size of your palm and is hard when it’s dry.

to use it: 
– Rinse & allow sponge to fully absorb water 
– Gentle massage face in circular motion      
– Rinse sponge after use & hang it to dry

So you can use it to wash your face completely. You can add face wash to it but I don’t. I try to give my face a break from harsh (though all natural) face soap at night and stick to using it in the morning only. Before bed, I just use this and it feels great. My black heads are finally going away, and my skin doesn’t feel dry at all. It’s pretty neat. 

Peeps. Music is a thing over here. This is the home where good songs come to die. How? We play them over and over and over and over. They’re never satisfied. They gobble it up. I’m a sensitive person. I’m a music person. My tolerance for kids music is very specific and limited. I should seek professional help, but until then, I bought this awesome music set. It’s 6 bucks and has 150 songs. Yes. 150. So, we could listen to them all day and I won’t have to repeat. They are fun, they are classic, they are folky, they are educational. The lady can sing (but doesn’t try too hard) and plays into the characters and energy of the songs, there are some where kids sing, but it’s moderate and managed and doesn’t make me feel like I’m in one of those circus mirror rooms in my own nightmares. Would I rather listen to Beibs and Elevation Worship. ALL DAY. But my kids have the wiggles and they need some jams just for them. I take one for the team, and this makes it possible. 

  Every morning, when I enjoy my one glorious cup of black coffee (can you tell it’s 2 o’clock and I’m already missing it?), I read my bible and then journal a little and then I pick up Out of the Spin Cycle: Devotions to Lighten Your Mother Load. Jen Hatmaker just gets me. This devotional is funny, thought provoking, and right on point with where I am in my life. There is typically a (hilarious) story, and then scripture that brings that story to life in the light of how Jesus calls us to respond as Mothers, a couple questions to write and reflect on, and then a practical call to action. 

Here are a couple of discussion questions from the chapter- SAHM Sleepy Anxious Hysterical Mama

She hits the nail on the head by calling out my issues:

  • “Do you struggle with a husband who seems free while you’re in baby prison? How do you feel?”

And then levels with me to try to help me get my grip:

  • “Can you imagine his workday in realistic terms?”

So, I read this and I did a really good job for the first week or so. I would read one and then I’d stop. Lately though, I just gobble it up. I typically read at least 3 in a morning (even though each one is about 4 pages long) because they’re all too great. So, this devotion should last a long time, and I’ll probably finish it in a week. WHATEVER. 

That’s all for this week guys! Let me know what you want to see coming up on the blog! Have a great weekend 

XOXO, 

Darla 

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