February: a month of good friends, dry skin, bluegrass and swimming goggles

Thankful for…good friends in real life and online who are there for me in good times and bad. Seriously, you guys are the best.

Cooking…many many freezer meals. They are saving my sanity these days! I’m planning a mini freezer meal making party with a friend in a few weeks to restock.

Planning…on making March a #monthofscarves. It’s a thing — if Kelli says so, then it must be true! I’ll see you and your scarves on Instagram.

Enjoying…a few warm days!  February brought a brief respite from the polar vortex — thank goodness! Of course, it’s cold again, but it gave me hope that spring is coming.

Listening…a new playlist of local artists that I made recently.  I’m not normally a country music fan, but I am enjoying the bluegrassy vibe in the songs from “classic” Springfield artists like Big Smith and the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, as well as discovering some really cool new music that’s being made right here in Springfield. (Tip: search for your city on Noisetrade)

Watching…umm…do Paw Patrol and Team Umizoomi count? I rarely turn on the TV these days — I’m usually reading blogs or a book instead.

Reading…speaking of books, I had to abandon The Shadow of the Wind. It was taking me forever to read and was kinda weird/creepy.  I just couldn’t get excited about reading it, so I quit about 2/3rds of the way through.  I picked up A Thousand Splendid Suns again, but I am having such a hard time remembering who is who — so many characters with so many unfamiliar names! (I loved One Hundred Years of Solitude though, so this really shouldn’t be an issue for me.)  It may not be the best book to read when I just want to relax at the end of the day.

Fitness-ingin the pool! My running buddy hurt her knee, so we’ve been swimming for cardio instead of running or taking spinning classes. I forgot what a good workout it is! I just wish the chlorine weren’t so drying and the googles didn’t leave big rings around my eyes. (I’ve got rings under my eyes covered without any help!)

Wearing…argan oil, Aquaphor, beeswax & coconut oil hard lotion, chapstick chapstick chapstick… my poor skin has really suffered this winter, I have been taking a collagen supplement to keep healthy but it has been a struggle!  I am doing everything I can to keep it moisturized but it seems like a losing battle before. Good thing, I just found out that this award winning tanning tablets Rio is a brand of tanning tablets that actually do work EW by giving me natural looking tanned glow all year around without the health risks and without the damaging ageing effects that the sun tends to have on my skin. Now, even in winter I could achieve my bronzed glow and I recommend it that you’ll try and use too guys.

Drinking…lots of hot tea.  I’ve been trying to take a “tea break” in the afternoons instead of a cookie/chocolate break, although sometimes I end up having both. My favorites these days are honey vanilla chamomile, vanilla rooibos, lemon, and decaf chai. (I can’t do caffeine after lunch or it keeps me up all night.)

Looking forward to…MARCH!  Even though I love fall, I think March might be my favorite month.  March, how I love thee…let me count the ways:

  1. It’s my birthday month.
  2. St. Patrick’s Day is so fun.  Green everything!
  3. March Madness = my whole office “adjourning” to a sports bar for the afternoon.
  4. My older son is turning 4 in March.  Does that mean the tantrums of 3 1/2 be will be behind us?  I can only hope.

What is your favorite… local-to-you band or musician? Tea? Moisturizer of choice?  Or whatever other random thing you feel like telling me.   Woo hoo it’s almost March!

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47 thoughts on “February: a month of good friends, dry skin, bluegrass and swimming goggles

  1. My skin has such a hard time in dry winters! And I get lazy about putting lotion on till it’s already cracked! I’m looking forward to less blizzard-like conditions in March!

    • Same here. I asked my pharmacist sister what heavy duty hand cream she recommended, and she said it wasn’t the lotion so much as putting it on every time you wash your hands. Argh… That seems very unlikely.

  2. So jealous you are out of the polar vortex. It’s 3 degrees here right now. I feel like we’re swirling down the vortex like a bathtub drain. And ditto on the chapstick. My lips and hands are so dry.
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  3. i have the driest skin in the world and this is what’s helping me:

    applied to skin: hydrating serum, argan oil, skin moisturizer. <– this has helped me the most.
    eating: 1/2 avocado every day + omega pills every day + TONS of water throughout the day. only 1 cup of tea in the morning.
    sleeping with humidifier on.
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  4. I would swim all the time if it weren’t for the chlorine. My hair is so dry as is… and caps don’t keep the water out. That’s probably not helping with your dry skin either 🙁 I found a thick overnight moisturizer from Clinique and it has been a skin saver. Granted our winter has not be harsh at all, but I love it.
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  5. I’m ready for March…actually I’m ready for May! March is always a long month for me. At least you have your birthday and your son’s birthday to look forward to.

    I slather on the moisturizer this time of year too, especially on my hands and legs. I found some good hand cream at Trader Joe’s that I put on every night before I go to bed. But I’m sure my hot showers don’t help!
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  6. Ooo, #monthofscarves – do I have to wear a different one each day?

    Can’t wait to celebrate your birthday with you in March!

    And your son is turning 4 also? Double celebration???? As for the “terrible threes” ending, who knows!!

    Random thing: I drink iced lattes even though it’s 20F outside.

  7. Hm..I don’t like tea much. Yes, for us four was a LOT easier than three.
    And it sounds like you may have this but the pure beeswax balm. It’s called either Egyptian Magic or Bee Magic. Whole Foods may have both or just one. It’s pricey but it’s the ONLY thing I’ve found that works. Ever.
    I mean..it’s powerful. And it’s not greasy if you rub it in well. I put it on my feet before bed and then wear socks. It’s like a pedicure.
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  8. Team Umizumi does count, I used to watch that show when my son was a baby. I love spin class, need to get back on it this coming month since i’m finally feeling better! How exciting your birthday AND your son’s birthday how awesome!!! 😀 Tea is good, i enjoy green and peppermint yummy! Have a great one Sarah! -Iva
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    • Yes, March is a fun month in our house! Our birthdays are actually only 10 days apart… I’ll never forget the year I was pregnant with him, his due date was just 2 days after my birthday and my husband refused to let me plan a birthday get-together for my birthday because he was convinced I would go into labor. =)
      I love peppermint tea too, but I can’t drink it til I’m done nursing. The sacrifices we make…! =)

  9. The elusive freezer meals. I so want to remember to do them yet I always and consistently forget. It’s terrible because I know just how much time they would save me.

    Winter is a disaster for my skin. I use Bath and Body Works paraffin lotions. It’s the best! I second the suggestion for the humidifier and drinking lots of water. That seems to help.

    Also, vanilla tea? Yum!
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    • I think the best way to get started doing freezer meals is to make double recipes of freezer-friendly things like enchiladas or lasagna. (Or split a large recipe into two 8×8 pans.) Freezer to crockpot meals are pretty awesome too — you can prep one for the next day and put the other in a freezer bag for later.

      You’re the second person to recommend those Bath & Body lotions — I haven’t been in that store in years but I may have to brave the overpowering scent to get some.

  10. I am also loading on the Aquaphor every night. My favorite comfort in this crazy February is self-heating items: the electric blanket, electric throw, the heat dish, the heated seats in my car, and when needed…. the heated gloves! At least the sun is up longer, which drastically lifts my spirits. Stay strong, right?
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  11. I’m slowly getting back into a fitness routine post baby and am considering some aqua classes. I jogged a 5k after a 10 month hiatus last week and was so exhausted, I’m thinking something lower impact would be a better choice for awhile. I just loathe the idea of putting on a bathing suit…
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  12. Oh, Umi-friend — I wish that there were more shows that were “mine. But right now, that amounts to Bubble Guppies. Yep. Reading’s better anyway. 🙂

    And here’s a ray of hope: Turning 4 was like a magical milestone for my son! The terrible three’s tapered off amazingly well and quickly — it was such a relief.

    And another one! The first really cold day of winter, my hands dry up immediately, and nothing fixes them. But the weather started to change last week, and my skin is no longer visibly cracked, at least. Here’s hoping you’ll have the same luck soon!
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  13. I have crazy dry skin and I go greasy so I probably can’t give you suggestions. Also I can’t drink caffeine in the afternoon either. I read Shadow of the Wind a long time ago and I think I was underwhelmed. I had read the first in the series (can’t think of it’s name right now) & thought it was entertaining enough.
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  14. I had no idea #monthofscarves was a thing. Hope it’s been going well! I’ve been using Aquaphor for YEARS and swear by it. I have eczema and have found Eucerin’s Skin Calming lotion to be a lifesaver this past winter. I’ve also been experimenting with essential oils- geranium and melaleuca- with good results.
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    • I am very interested in learning more about essential oils but I haven’t had the time to research them. Mostly I just want someone I trust to tell me what to do! =)

      Thanks for stopping by, Leigh!

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