Month: May 2014

Thought Questions, day 74: What does it mean to be human?

I got these questions from Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, where I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself. My friends Katrin, Celeste and Jasmine have also been answering these questions, so be sure to go check out their blogs too!

Day 74: What does it mean to be human? I would say empathy makes us human. It’s about more than just the ability to recognize another person’s emotions as happy or sad–you’re able to connect with them on a deeper level and understand those emotions.

I’ve known a few people in my life who have no empathy, and they’re never pleasant to know. You can’t have a human connection with someone like that.

Thought Questions, day 73: To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?

I got these questions from Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, where I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself. My friends Katrin, Celeste and Jasmine have also been answering these questions, so be sure to go check out their blogs too!
Day 73: To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken? I would like to think I’ve controlled it a good bit. Some choices have to be made by us, and in other instances we’re placed in situations where we have a great deal of control over our next move based on our reaction to the situation. You can suffer a defeat and give up or you can choose to keep pushing. I think we have a lot more control over the course we take than we realize.

Ten on Tuesday: noodles and road trips

1. I had a dream on Sunday that I got a baby raccoon for a pet. So adorable!

2. Yesterday we celebrated our third wedding anniversary. Hard to believe three years have flown by already!

3. A girlfriend and I decided we’re heading on a road trip to see The Black Keys this October. Going to be so awesome.

4. I can’t get enough noodles lately–pasta, Pad Thai, etc. I could just eat noodles all day long.

5. I finally got a few edible plants to add to the flowers on the porch–edamame, strawberries, lavender, basil, oregano and mint. Hopefully they’ll grow up nice and healthy (and the cats don’t trample on them).

6. The squirrels have discovered that if they dangle by their toes from the corner of the roof, they can reach the bird feeder for a tasty snack. I swear there is just no way to protect a feeder from these little guys! I have to give them points for determination.

7. I was so excited for the sun last week, and now it’s rainy and cool again. :(

8. One more month until my vacation! Ten days off, woohoo.

9. If I ever get a dog I hope it’s a corgi.

10. I’ve got to brush up on my braiding skills. Summer demands it!

Thought Questions, day 72: Is there such a thing as perfect?

I got these questions from Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, where I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself. My friends Katrin, Celeste and Jasmine have also been answering these questions, so be sure to go check out their blogs too!

Day 72: Is there such a thing as perfect? Yes, in some things. Perfect symmetry exists in some parts of nature, though I think it’s the exception rather than the rule. However, I think by and large perfection is boring. Imperfections are far more interesting, not only on a level of visual appeal but in everyday life as well.

Product review: Beautisol Exscrub Me? Citrus Face Exfoliant

(Disclosure: I received the product(s) mentioned in this post in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way and as always all opinions are my own.)

 

The product: Beautisol Exscrub Me? Citrus Face Exfoliant; $17 for a two ounce tube. Available through the Beautisol website. Purchase it here and be sure to use the coupon code “BOGO2014” to buy one, get one free through June 30, 2014.

The claim: A gentle yet effective scrub with jojoba beads that leaves skin smooth and prepped for a flawless self-tanning application. Paraben-free and vegan. (See a full ingredients list at the bottom of this review.)

My experience: Unlike some facial scrubs that feel dry and gritty, this one is creamy, so it feels much gentler on the skin. The jojoba beads do a nice job of exfoliating without over-drying. I feel like this did a much more thorough job of smoothing my skin that some other scrubs that I’ve tried; it left my face super-smooth and soft, with no leftover residue.

The scrub is labeled for all skin types, but I do think it would be better suited to those with normal to combo/oily skin. The drier parts of my face (along the jawline and chin) definitely felt a bit dry after use. If you have very dry skin, you could use a hydrating self-tanner and apply a thicker moisturizing cream later on to keep skin happy. I did test this as a starting point before using a self-tanning mousse and found it really helped improve my overall end result.

Based on the ingredients list, this isn’t the most natural product you can find on the shelf, but it is vegan and free of parabens, sulfates and propylene glycol.

Final review: 8/10. It’s a bit of a splurge for me, but if you’re a die-hard self-tanner, then it might be worth it to ensure even, glowing results. Just keep in mind that if your skin tends to be dry, you’ll want to slather on extra moisturizer after using to avoid ending up with unsightly dry patches.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Polyethylene (Beads), Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Jojoba Esters (Beads), Behenyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Dicaprylyl Ether, Glyceryl Stearate, Sucrose Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Squalane, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Citric Acid, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil*, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Potassium Sorbate, Carbomer, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Tocotrienols, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Phytic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Alcohol, Tocopherol (D-alpha), Passiflora Incarnata (Passionflower) Flower Extract. (*Certified Organic)

(Disclosure: I received the product(s) mentioned in this post in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way and as always all opinions are my own.)

Thought Questions, day 71: What’s the one thing you’d like others to remember about you at the end of your life?

I got these questions from Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, where I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself. My friends Katrin, Celeste and Jasmine have also been answering these questions, so be sure to go check out their blogs too!

Day 71: What’s the one thing you’d like others to remember about you at the end of your life? That I always try to make everyone laugh. No matter how bad the situation, I try to find some humor in it and cheer up my friends. Laughing is good for you!

Thought Questions, day 70: Can there be happiness without sadness? Pleasure without pain? Peace without war?

I got these questions from Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, where I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself. My friends Katrin, Celeste and Jasmine have also been answering these questions, so be sure to go check out their blogs too!

    Day 70: Can there be happiness without sadness?  Pleasure without pain?  Peace without war? I think that there can be, but we don’t appreciate it as much. Human beings are kind of selfish and we tend to have a very poor sense of our blessings unless we can compare them to something terrible, so without that contrast of war or poverty we wouldn’t be as happy, I think. It’s quite sad that we choose to view our lives through that lens!