Favorite Products

Favorite Products

My favorite beauty products.For a long time, I’ve been striving to simplify my life, including my “beauty routine” (whatever that is). Simultaneously, I’m trying to use fewer synthetic and potentially harmful chemicals and instead fine natural replacements that work as well or better.

I so appreciated reading about what other real people are using and loving, especially knowing that I wasn’t looking at advertising, or even bloggers receiving perks. So, in that vein, I thought I’d throw this out there; here are a few of my favorite beauty products!

  1. Simple Foaming Cleanser
  2. This doesn’t dry out my face too much (no squeaky clean feeling!), but it definitely gets me feeling fresh and free of the day’s troubles. Read more

Beautiful weekending

Beautiful weekending

Husband and I needed to get away this past weekend. Just get out. Away. To something new. To lose ourselves if just for the briefest moment.

But we had obligations here at home.

So we compromised. And on Saturday afternoon we took off for a little adventure–driving up the Eastern Shore.

The day was as wet and dreary as our lives have felt of late. But in it’s own way, it was perfect, beautiful.

The beach at Cape Charles

Sea shell

The pier at Cape Charles

Oyster shells

The beach at Cape Charles

Beach fence

Eastern shore shipwreck

Eastern Shore waterway

And Sunday continued the lovely as we attended the poignant dedication of the baby of a dear friend. We love being a part of true community with our friends here.

Baby dedication invitation

When frustration hits, it’s the little things

When frustration hits, it’s the little things

Today has been frustrating, to say the least. In fact, the past 10 days or so have been increasingly frustrating. And there’s absolutely nothing I can do about it except try to keep up. So my goal is to deal with each hurdle as it comes–not focusing on the cost or sacrifice, but on getting through, beyond, out of the clutches of circumstances.

I keep my latest mantra nearby: “You are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed–or indeed only one.”

And I choose (sometimes moment by moment) to focus on the good. The beautiful. The meaningful. The little things.

Apples for making applesauce.

A sleepy Ginger.

A fall leaf.

Yummy puffy pancakes.

A fall sunrise.

Puppy trying on her new life vest.

Because you know what? I’ll survive this maelstrom, and the next one, and the one after that. And I will thrive.

Don’t miss the beautiful

Don’t miss the beautiful

Don’t miss the beautiful!

That was the admonition of my devotional this morning. And boy does it ring true. How often do I spend my days staring at the road in front of me, the keyboard, or whatever my next task is? And how often do I miss the beautiful of life?

I soooo didn’t want to get out of bed this morning. It was warm under the covers, all cuddled up with my pillow ignoring the blaring of the alarm. I can’t tell you the number of times I hit snooze today, suffice to say too many. When I finally dragged myself out of bed, eyes bleary and lips parched, I had to hurry to make it to work on time.

So hurry I did–all the way through my morning routine, through making the bed, through drinking my tea, even through breakfast with Husband. I hate to hurry through breakfast with Husband. In fact, I hate to hurry in the mornings period.

I quickly threw a load of laundry in the washer and headed out the door (late) only to discover that my car had a thick layer of frost all over it. So back into the house I went in search of my snow scraper (when I lived in the North, I never even took this handy little tool out of my car). I scraped the frost away, jumped in and started off to work.

Of course, I got stuck behind every truck and school bus possible, and I was stopped at every traffic light…

It almost made me miss the beautiful. The warm hug from Husband before I left. The puppy kisses from Ginger when she wanted me to get out of bed. The way the heavy frost looked almost like snow.The beautiful way the sun was shining through the trees making shadows dance. The crispness of the December air…

So no matter how heavy your eyes are in the morning or how much you want to grumble about getting out of bed (or whatever YOUR bane in life happens to be), remember not to miss the beautiful!

To learn more about my daily devotional, visit www.girlfriendsingod.com.

A moment of beauty

A moment of beauty

I just wanted to post this photo I took yesterday as a reminder of the beauty in the small things in life. Although only for a moment between work, taking care of the horses, and heading off to small group, I was able to watch this combine harvest the soy beans in the field next to our house. It was a moment of peace and beauty in the midst of a hectic day.

I treasure those moments, and I am determined to keep finding them within my crazy days…

A combine harvesting soy beans in Virginia.