Our yard is filled with God’s beauty and I couldn’t enjoy the pretty hues more- it’s been quite the leaf show this season! I mixed up a batch of our favorite cocoa mix and I have spent a couple of cozy mornings by my little fireplace I painted last winter. I am loving the crisp weather and thankful I scored this blanket cape at TJ Maxx for these cool mornings (a steal at $20!). Picture me cozying up in that with this book that I am tackling for book club this weekend. It’s so out of my typical genre, but I am really loving it! Have you read it yet?
Here are a few other things that are making me wildly happy!
I Feel 5 Years Younger in a Single Week
As I near 40, I am seeing more fine lines on my face, despite my best efforts at moisturizing and caring for my skin. I have used Argan Oil on my hair occasionally (a freebie that came with my hair straightener, but I never knew the benefits of putting it on your skin). Friends, within one week the majority of these lines on my face are smooth and my skin feels unbelievable- it is almost like getting a mini facelift.
You want to rinse your face and pat it dry, leaving it slightly damp to apply the oil on. I put two drops on my face in the morning, allow it to settle in (it’s a dry oil so not greasy!) and then use my favorite Aveeno BB Cream and my normal make-up routines. In the evening, I wash my face with Cetaphil cleanser (or my St. Ives Apricot scrub if I need to exfoliate). Again, keep your face slightly damp and then I put two drops on my skin and top it with a generous layer of Ponds Cream and I am telling you, I feel like a whole new woman.
I can’t brag enough about how awesome this stuff is and I have heard it is particularly helpful for people suffering from acne, eczema, psoriasis, or cracked/dry skin. It can reduce scarring as well. It’s basically a miracle in a bottle.
I plan to make this a part of my regular beauty routine forever and I am hopeful I will have the face of a newborn child after a year of using it. Not only that, but it has even reduced the circles under my eyes. MIRACLE STUFF, people.
Have you ever used argan oil? What do you use it for? I’d love to hear!
I Was Inspired By Documentaries
I can’t get enough of documentaries these days and try to watch a minimum of one a week. This week I squeezed in three (two over our weekend and one over my marathon cooking day!). If you are looking for inspiration this week, here are three that I recommend trying!
BatKid Begins- I followed the story of Batkid, a child granted a wish by the Make a Wish Foundation to become Batman for a day, but I never knew how they managed to pull it off. This movie is about the incredible volunteers who made a little boy’s wish come true and it was incredibly inspiring to see how excited the entire town was about granting this special kid’s wish. This is a feel-good movie that the whole family can watch together. I can’t recommend it enough!
Dior & I- You don’t really even have to love fashion to appreciate this incredible documentary about Raf Simmon’s first haute couture collection that he debuts as their new artistic director. You really get a feel for the level of detail of each of the pieces, there are incredible interviews with the seamstresses who execute the designs, and the overwhelm of it all is captured beautifully as Raf pulls it all together with his team. From a business standpoint, you will be in awe at how they work together, and if you are in a leadership role it’s a lot to aspire to in team-leading. This one was rated R so not for the kiddos!
A Brave Heart: A Lizzie Velasquez Story- My girlfriend shared about a story she read in People about Lizzie and told me about this documentary. I couldn’t wait to watch it and now will be rewatching it with my kids this weekend. This is the story of a brave girl who was cyberbullied in a very heartbreaking way and what she did in response to that bullying that is inspiring congress to change their laws on bullying. It would be impossible to watch this and not be inspired, but it also is a great lesson for your entire family about choosing your words and how those words impact people (even when those words are just said online). Lizzie’s family support was probably one of the sweetest things I have ever seen. I highly recommend it for a Docu-Pizza night with your family.
I Was Forced to Get a New Hair Dryer (And I Love it)
I am terrible about spending money on myself, but when my hair blower went out, I was at the mercy of my husband’s purchasing decision to run out and snag me one from Target before we headed out for an evening. I buy the $20 blow dryers and replace them every couple of years so I was nervous sending him out for me. He came upstairs and handed me the bag and said, “Don’t melt your face off.” Um, okay. Well, now I know why. This Infiniti Pro by Conair blow dryer is incredible and, for the first time ever, I have completely dry hair in no time flat. They claim it reduces drying time, is quiet, and reduces frizz. It really does all of that stuff. They also claim it will last longer than other blow dryers. Fingers crossed that is really true. I’m not happy about how much he spent on this, but it has decreased my blow drying time by half. For that, I’m pretty darn happy!
Happy weekend, friends! xoxo
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