Friday Five: Gua Sua

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Hi friends!  How has your week been?  It has been rainy & cool(ish) here; I am loving it!  I love rainy weather so much.  It makes me grab a coffee or glass of wine, a blanket, a book, the TSF radio station on Alexa, & the fireplace app on my TV.  The wing 9, of my enneagram 1 self, loves all things cozy.

Anyway, shall we move along to my favorite things from the week?

One: New Foundation

Based on the recommendation of Kathleen Jennings, I bought a new foundation.  The Kevyn Aucoin foundation balm is so awesome!  A very little bit goes a long way, and you can layer more on for fuller coverage.  I wear Light FB 02 – but I might try 03 next time.  It covers my blemishes & malasma so well! 8BD0051F-5B57-4C39-9D48-DE1B04E9B04B

Two: Get A Life Chloe Brown

Y’all, I started reading Get A Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert.  I love this book so much! Chloe has fibromyalgia & the book chronicles how it has affected her life and love life.  We follow Chloe as she takes back control of her life & falls in love along the way. IMG_2336

The second book dropped this week following Chloe’s sister Dani – Take A Hint Dani Brown.  I can’t wait to start that this weekend!

Three: Gua Sua

Back in February, I bought these Gua Sua (pronounced Gwah-Sah) tools…and promptly put them in a drawer & forgot about them.  Earlier this week Kathleen Jennings did an IG Live with Jennifer Adell; Jennifer did a demonstration on how to use the Gua Sua tools.  I’m now such a fan.  It helps with lymphatic drainage, puffiness, acne, & wrinkles!  Yes please!

Four: Flowerbed Updates

In Quarantine, I was not one of those people that made bread or worked out a ton.  I focused on my garden/flowerbed.  My flowerbed is huge & is the only part of my yard that gets full sun.  My front yard & back yard have about 12 trees each.  So, I dug up old rose bushes (that had trees/weeds growing amongst them too), a sago palm tree, & a bunch of weeds.  Y’all already know about my tower garden, which is doing so well (!!!), but have now also planted oleanders (very drought tolerant), & Bradford pear tree (looks good each season), a bougainvillea (that has ombre pink flowers) & training it to go up a trellis, a slew of flowers, and all the mulch.

The first photo is right after I planted some of the oleanders.  The middle picture is what it currently looks like, & the last photo is a close up of the flowers.

Five: New Podcast

I’m listening to another new podcast – you know I love them so much. 2C552094-0CC1-44C6-8264-18C406B8E65F_1_201_a

So, y’all know I’ve listened to podcasts to educate myself on the atrocities that Black people have endured from 1619, etc.  Well, Higher Learning discusses current events & Black culture, and so much more.  I come away from each episode having learned something new.  Also, Rachel Lindsay was one of my Top 3 favorite Bachelorettes.

Okay, that’s it for the day.  With COVID cases ticking back up, I hope y’all stay home if you can, wear a mask, & wash your hands.  Have a good weekend.

Kiss Hug,

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Quarantainment Ideas

Hi friends!  This week is business as usual for me, as I work from home.  However, I know many of you will start to go stir crazy (if you haven’t already) as you responsibly socially distance yourself from the world.

But, have no fear!  I have compiled a list of stuff for your quarantainment on your Coronacation.  See what I did there?

So, to me the most obvious thing to do is to read.  I’ve already finished two books since last Friday.  I just started Our Stop by Laura Jane Williams, recommended by Becca & Grace from the Bad on Paper podcast.  I have 24 books in my queue on my Nook.

Ideas:

  1. Make your bed & get dressed everyday.  This will help you keep your sanity.
  2. Form a new habit – the proverbial they says it takes 21 days to make a habit.
  3. It’s finally time to join that fitness app you were thinking about.  I’m thinking of Obe Fitness.  Have any of tried this?
  4. Do a puzzle.  You have so many types to choose from: jigsaw, word search, crossword, Hidden Pictures, etc.  Funny story, but a few weeks ago I got rid of some jigsaw puzzles.  Fast forward, I ordered 4 new ones last Saturday.  Oy vey.
  5. Make a playlist.  You can listen to mine, Quarantunes, here.
  6. You could finally binge watch all the shows in your Netflix/Hulu/Amazon Prime queue.  Mama J & my friend Maureen both just started Schitt’s Creek at my urging.  They are loving it.7E1F31E9-FF3E-4204-A0FF-8C127D3DB89C_4_5005_c
  7. Clean out your closet & donate stuff you don’t wear anymore.
  8. Now is a fantastic time to unsubscribe from all your junk emails.  I recently did this & it was so freeing!  I deleted all my junk mail, & then as the emails came in each day I unsubscribed.  I’ve gone from 1600 emails every week to about 20, & the ones left are bots.
  9. Lots of musicians are doing concerts online.  John Legend has one coming up soon.
  10. @whatkatefinds on IG is doing a live talk show everyday on IGTV with other influencers.  She has great people lined up so far!  They start today at 3pm CST; she’ll be talking to the founder of Olive & June.
  11. There are many museums doing live tours online…for free.  I think I’ll explore the Lueve in case I never make it to Paris.
  12. Now is a great time to learn how to give yourself an at home manicure.
  13. You could face mask a la Kathleen Jennings.
  14. Make a new recipe.  Tonight I’ll be making the King Ranch Casserole from The Defined Dish.
  15. Learn to make a new cocktail or take an online wine course.
  16. Learn a new language – that could be so fun!
  17. Spring cleaning Danny Tanner style. C5931B32-2C4D-4885-ACF9-1EEFC8FFC37F_4_5005_c
  18. Rearrange your furniture.
  19. Try a DIY project you’ve had your eye on.  @prettyonfridays is a great account to follow on IG.
  20. Rewatch your favorite TV series – Gilmore Girls, FRIENDS, Murphy Brown, My Two Dads, MASH…the sky is the limit!

Do y’all have anything you are doing to keep sane during these trying times?  I don’t have kiddos, so no school schedule to worry about; although I wonder if that makes somewhat easier schedule wise?

I hope you all hang in there.  Let me know if you do something fun!

Kiss Hug,

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Friday Five: Kind Collective

Happy Friday!  I hope you’re ready for another round of my favorites from the week.

One: Copper Corners

A few months ago I was introduced to Copper Corners Art from Katie (@WhatKateFinds) and Deema (@prettyonfridays) through Instagram.  I finally bought two prints from Mary Catheryn’s floral collection to add to the gallery wall in my office. C9F0FD2E-4BE8-44F9-A29F-F6C47BFE1583

I’m still waiting on the picture frames I ordered before adding these beauties to my gallery wall.

Two: Art Gallery Wall

Speaking of my gallery wall, I am obsessed with it.

You may recognize art from Melissa Remmers, Andrew Johnson, Erin Hanson, & Clare Elsaesser.

Three: My New Glasses

Y’all, I found some new glasses that I love.  They are made from recycled glass, which I found at a cute little boutique, Kind Collective (@kindcollectivehou on IG), down in the Heights in Houston.

Aren’t they pretty?

Cost: $26 for a set of 6

Four: Eye Patches

If you are into beauty, you are probably already following Kathleen Jennings on IG.  However, if you’ve never heard of her, she is a beauty blogger that does a face mask everyday.  Every.  Single.  Day.

Kathleen has been singing the praises of the Pixi eye patches, granted I’ve only been following her for two weeks.  She sleeps in her eye patches, so naturally I had to try it as well.

I’m currently using the BeautifEYE patches to target my dark circles.  It has only been a week, so too soon to tell if they’re helping.  I will keep you posted.  Side note, the patches have a lot of gel on them, & I scrape some of it off so they stay put better.

Cost: $24 at Target

Five: Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

Have you seen the new show on NBC, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist?  I LOVE it! BF67081C-4DA4-4CEF-892C-C687D68A36AA

It stars Jane Levy (loved her in Suburbia), Skylar Astin (from Pitch Perfect), Peter Gallagher (Sandy Cohen!), and Mary Steenburgen, & Lauren Graham (Lorelai Gilmore!).

This show kinda seems like a more adult version of Glee.  I have yet to make it through an episode without crying thanks to Peter Gallagher’s character.

Dear Lord, please don’t let this show get cancelled anytime soon.  Amen.

What are y’all obsessed with this week?

Until next week…

Kiss Hug,

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