I’ve started a dress up collection for my girls and I’m having a lot of fun with it. Last week I ordered them some Super Hero capes with their initials and they’ve loved them. We have a book called “Super Dad” so Jo has been really into the superhero theme lately. I also want to order them some dresses from Taylor Joelle because how awesome are those character dresses?! But I put myself on a spending freeze for non-essential things for the rest of the month because I was getting a little too purchase happy (this is what happens when you try to buy stuff to fix the mundane-ness of Covid).
2. Skincare Routine
Speaking of being online purchase happy, for about a year I’ve been reading the odd post on skincare routines and skincare products…just gathering information and thinking about if that’s something I’d enjoy. Then I read this post from Kath and felt like it really simplified the skincare process, so I have a skincare routine of sorts now and it’s fun. It’s been a nice thing to look forward to in the evenings. I know BeautyCounter has a big push for clean beauty, which is a fine thing, but it’s not something I obsess over or choose to prioritize.
My line-up is…
Toner: BeautyCounter Instant Matte Toner – I think I would re-buy, may look for a cheaper option from the grocery store or Target.
Serum + Moisturizer:
Eminence Skin Brightening Serum – I don’t think I’d buy this again. I don’t know if skin brightening is what I want. I’d be up for looking into some other serums.
BeautyCounter Matte Effect Gel Cream – I have oily skin, so I’ve read a gel moisturizer is better than a heavy cream and so far so good. I would re-buy.
Under Eye Cream: BeautyCounter Countertime Ultra Renewal Eye Cream – The reviews on this eye cream were really good and I was skeptical, but this stuff is impressive and makes a noticeable difference to dark circles…I really like it and will re-buy for sure.
(None of the links in this post are affiliate and I’m not becoming a Beautycounter consultant, I’m just sharing some things I’ve liked.)
Other stuff I use periodically include my favorite mask, Caudalie’s Instant Detox Mask. I love that mask and how you can see it dry up around each individual pore. Also, good ol’ Clean & Clear Acne spot treatment, which Andrew and I have decided brings back memories of the early teen years more than pretty much anything else hah. Another find is this tinted sunscreen that I now use as a foundation of sorts paired with using normal foundation as a spot concealer for blemishes/acne and then a matte setting powder for oil/redness.
3. Homemade Bed Frame
I mentioned somewhere that Andrew was building us a bed frame and some of you asked to see it. Here it is! I’m very happy with how it came out. I love how the cane webbing adds texture. The bed frame ended up being significantly cheaper than the one I had been eyeing…coming in at around $350. Over the next few years I’d like to add some scones, drapes, a Rebecca and Genevieve vintage rug to layer with the jute one, and have Andrew build us some floating bedside tables, but I don’t really feel rushed to make any of those changes right away. I think it’s kinda fun to upgrade slowly and get to enjoy each upgrade one at a time. I also am really slow at making home decor decisions and would hate having to make 10 decisions at once, as I like to mull over each decision for a substantial amount of time.
4. Current bible study + a question
I’m currently doing this Priscilla Shirer Study and have been enjoying it. Bible studies like this always seem to have so much content planned for one day. Like you’re supposed to go through 5-6 pages/day and that is just way too much for me, so I typically just do 1 or 2 pages/day and that gives me plenty to reflect on for the day.
My girls are *mostly* sleeping past 6:30am now (for the moment lol) so that gives me a window of time in the morning to get up before them and do something centering/calming/sanity saving before the day begins…bible study, worship, practice piano for 10 mins (we have a keyboard so it’s not loud), or move (if it’s a morning I’m craving movement).
What I’d really love is a podcast that is a weekly bible study, does anyone know anything like this?
5. Tofu recipes?
Anyone have a go-to crispy tofu recipe they LOVE? A restaurant in Houston, Rice Box, makes the best crispy tofu, but I’d like a good go-to recipe when we’re eating tofu at home. I’m making a fried rice this week and going to try out this recipe for a protein source to top it with.
I hope you’re having a good week!