1. Ice, ice baby…
If you’ve never seen the movie Mommie Dearest, you should! It’s a great flick with Faye Dunaway acting the lead as Joan Crawford…one of my favorites.
Anyway, in the opening scene for the movie, Dunaway is re-enacting Crawford’s morning routine, which includes icing her face.
Though my younger self furrowed my brow in wonderment of what the heck she was doing, my older, wiser self now understands.
Icing your face is good for myriad skin troubles, including acne, wrinkles, and puffiness.
I’ve been doing it after I get out of our sauna, as well as in the morning if my face or eyes are a bit puffy from lack of sleep, and it works great!
I just take a couple of cubes and rub them all over my face for about 1-2 minutes.
Just an easy, cheap tip to consider.
2. Reach for the protein…
If you read this blog with any frequency, you may be aware of my raging sweet teeth.
It’s felt a bit out of control lately, so I’ve recently been trying a new tactic…more protein! For my body, protein is best assimilated when in the form of sardines, chicken or eggs. My body doesn’t reap the same benefits from higher starch proteins, like beans and grains, and I can’t eat nuts very well.
Since I’ve been eating more, however, I’ve noticed a distinct decrease in my sugar cravings!
Just wanted to share a me-to-you experience in case any of you are in a similar boat.
3. Soft hair for the kiddies
Like mother, like daughter…after seeing me rub either jojoba or argan oil into the ends of my wet hair after a shower, both my girls wanted me to put oil in their hair. I just add a nickel-sized amount to one hand, wet my other hand, rub together to spread, and then run my hands lightly through the hair for about ten seconds.
The trick is to find the right balance, as using too much oil will (duh) make the hair appear oily.
It has been a great way to avoid using conditioner, which in my mind adds up to less manufactured products needed and thus more money in my pocket.
These oils plus a good brush really take care of my girls’ nasty tangles. Less tears, healthier hair!
4. Jump rope
I’m always looking for ways to workout at my home, since I’m here so often either with babies or waiting on babies to get out of school. Also, if the hubs goes to work, I’m still a bit timid about bringing Sammy to the gym daycare.
As a way to bump up my routine here, I recently purchased this jump rope to challenge myself cardio-wise.
It is brutal! I can run four miles and still be breathing pretty good, no biggie…but one minute with this thing, and I’m huffing and puffing!
It’s been a great way to change it up though, and I have a feeling I’m burning mad calories, which is always a good thing.
I looked up the record for the longest jump rope stretch, thinking it’d be in the neighborhood of 10-15 minutes…no, no, no, no, no….33 hours and 20 minutes my friends.
Yeah, I won’t be beating that anytime soon, but it is great exercise!
5. A good knife
If you’re a cook and anything like me, you’re always perusing related equipment and gadgets.
Though I’ve tried to adopt a more minimalist view of just buying ‘stuff’, one thing I can always use is a good knife.
After recently watching a few episodes of Chopped Junior on Food Network, I started noticing the knives that the kids were using…they all seemed to have a row of small holes directly above the blade.
I really liked the look of the knife and wondered if they were safer or lighter than others, given that kids were using them.
After some research, I found that these types of knives are typically used for sushi because they slice right through food without a lot of added pressure.
I found this one on Amazon and just love it! It’s very light and cuts amazingly well given its ten-dollar price tag. I’ve seen good knives up in the high 100s, so I thought I’d pass along my frugal find. 🙂
What’s new with you lately?