Summer

Things I’m Loving Now And Other Random Thoughts

I indulged in a fancy facial milk cleanser a few weeks ago. It’s the Evan Healey brand if you’ve heard of it. I have never spent $36.00 on a face cleanser so I had very high expectations. I should have read the ingredients label closer. I purposely paid a few extra dollars for the rose formula only to discover that it actually has no roses in it, but rose geranium, which I am not a fan of. What it DOES have in it is kaolin clay. I do not use clays on my face because the drawing action leaves me broken out and does my skin no favors. My own fault for not paying better attention, although the rose milk cleanser name is very misleading. Call it what it is. Geranium. I won’t be repurchasing.

I’m still getting osteopathic manipulation treatments from Dr. Douglas at Advanced Alternative Healthcare and I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon. The treatments have helped me with a variety of issues ranging from surgical scar tissue to anxiety. I am so pleased with the care I am receiving. I also signed up for a hypnosis session at the same practice and can’t wait to see what that is like!

It’s been a few years since I bleached my hair. It’s 100% my natural color now and I don’t hate it. I’ll see a woman with really icy blonde hair and I get a flash where I think I might color it again, but it only lasts a few seconds and I realize I am happy with my hair the way it was created. Speaking of hair, I have been using Bumble and Bumble Sunday shampoo for a month now (on Sunday only) and I really like it! It definitely gives a deep clean. It cleans so deep that my hair looks richer and has more auburn tones after I use it.

While on the topic of hygiene products I want to mention Schmidt’s Sage and Vetiver deodorant. I love the scent, no irritation (no baking soda or aluminum!), and a fair price. If they keep making it, I’ll keep buying it.

I decided on the Kong harness for Muppet and he seems to be very comfortable in it. It cost more than I wanted to spend, but less than the sporty brands at the pet boutique (I purchased it at PetsMart). The harness has reflective strips for safety, a poop bag dispenser so you always have a bag with you, and another small pouch for a key or maybe treats or something. Very convenient. It looks cute too.

Muppet starts obedience classes next month at Precious K9’s and I’m hoping to learn some strategies to curb his frequent barking. He is a guard dog and it drives us all nuts. He is a good dog but has some terrier qualities that need to be worked on. He is nippy and hyper around visitors. I know a lot of it will calm down as he gets older. I’ll be sure to let you know how the classes go. He will be riding to class in the HDP Deluxe car seat. He has been in it for about three rides so far and it’s perfect.

The first week and a half of homeschool with Fox went great! He loves doing school at home with mom for now, and I am content with the curriculum I put together. I ordered the Easy Peasy reading workbook to use and we will follow along with their lesson plans for reading. Art, music, and science I am creating myself. We are just learning the basics of math but I am looking for a good lesson plan and workbook for teaching beginner math concepts. I plan to take him (and his cousins too, when they can go) on a monthly field trip. We went to the art museum this month.

I used a new elderberry syrup recipe this year, and I like the addition of thyme. When I make my next batch I will use it again. Fire Cider is up next and I’m still debating what ingredients to put in this winter’s batch. Oh, and here is the garlic in honey recipe I am sharing with everyone. Kami McBride is my favorite herbalist these days.

My new favorite herbal is called Herbal Rituals by Judith Berger , I had noticed it being talked about several years ago, but when Amber Magnolia interviews Judith on her Mythic Medicine/Medicine Stories podcast I knew I had to get my hands on a copy. Pro tip: Don’t spend hundreds of dollars on an out of print copy. Buy a chat book for $35.00 (linked above). So, the book is broken down by month and Judith poetically writes about two herbs each month. August’s herbs are yarrow and rosemary. I grow rosemary in my herb garden and have a longstanding relationship with her, but I decided to get to know yarrow better. I started with yarrow tea and have been drinking two or three cups a week. The benefits for women are amazing! I’m a huge fan now. Fair warning, it does create heat in the body, so don’t be surprised if you try it and think you’re having a hot flash!

It’s been about a year now that I’ve been replacing my essential oils with the Revive brand as I run out. They are really well priced, third party tested and are high quality. I don’t ingest any essential oils EVER and don’t recommend it to anyone. These are great quality and a great price and they have a lot of dupes of the Young Living and DoTerra blends. The oils I use the most are frankincense, rosemary, lavender, lemon, sweet orange, black spruce, cedarwood, and laurel leaf.

Time to go to reiki circle! Maybe I’ll do another post on things I’m loving for September. Let me know what you think below!

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