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eating breakfast sitting down

In thoughts on God on June 27, 2010 at 7:20 pm

a june goal which:

makes me wake up earlier, and like it.

gives me time to spend quietly with the Lord.

sets a steady pace for the day.

is a challenge.

is a habit i’d like to keep.

the poor girl’s guide

In thoughts on things on June 17, 2010 at 9:58 pm

to at-home spa & beauty treatments

not all of us can afford microdermabrasion treatments at the spa, or a nice, 60-minute full body massage (but wouldn’t that be nice?!) and let’s get real, we probably don’t have that extra $30 lying around for even the nice drugstore-brand beauty treatments. but how soothing does an evening of relaxation and pampering sound?

you don’t have to break the bank to relax and catch up on all your beautifying needs.  then you’ll wake up in the morning so fresh and so clean clean!

first, you should  clear out an evening during your week.  that’s right, and evening with NO plans!  order that pizza, rent a movie, and stay in.  consider inviting a friend or two!  just make sure they are good friends, because you’re going to look ridiculous.

here’s what you should have on hand: oatmeal, an egg, vinegar, mayonnaise, cling wrap

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exfoliating and cleansing face mask

mix:

1/2 cup cooked oatmeal

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 egg

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apply to a cleansed (unmoisturized) face.  take time to apply in gentle circles so the oatmeal can work its exfoliating magic.  yes, it will look disgusting on your face.  but it smells good, so make sure you have something to munch on.  wait 15 minutes, and rinse.

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hydrating mayo hair mask

mayo!  on your head!

slather it on, starting at the tips, working to the roots.  comb through and stick your mayo-hair on top of your head.

here’s the funny part:  cover your hair with cling wrap

let it sit for 20 minutes, and wash out.*

there’s also no limit to your use of cucumber slices to cool and de-puff your eyes while you wait.  hey, why don’t you just put some of those extra slices in a pitcher of ice water for extra refreshment, juuust like the spa.  aaaah!

other mask ideas include:  1/2 mashed avacado and plain yogurt.*

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if you want the whole works, consider the at-home beautifications we easily forget:

a good brow tweeze, crest white strip treatment (after you eat all the pizza), home manicure and/or pedicure, or my cancer-less favorite: a nice fake tan (i LOVE tan perfect)

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*from Mellor’s Raised by Wolves.  thanks Christie!

summer book list

In thoughts on things on June 11, 2010 at 4:36 am

the beauty of the post-grad summer book list is that there’s no pressure to get it all done.

it’s like a wish list, a go-to for all of us who need the constant reminder of lists, so when the moment comes when we think, “oh, i want to read a little something now…”  we’ll be prepared.

  1. searching for god knows what – donald miller
  2. feminine appeal – carolyn mahaney
  3. raised by wolves – christie mellor
  4. compelled by love – heidi baker

i started searching for god knows what a few months ago, but got interrupted by elisabeth elliot’s passion and purity (which i couldn’t put down until it was finished) and promptly started mahaney’s feminine appeal.  i’ve heard such great things about this one of donald miller’s books, and i’m excited to see how it differs from blue like jazz.

i’m about half-way through feminine appeal, and i’ve really enjoyed it so far.  mahaney pulls from elisabeth elliot, and gets at the same points (christian femininity) in a bit more of an abrasive way for my taste, but i’ve taken away jewels of wisdom nonetheless.  i’m captivated (sometimes irritated, in a good way) by her frank commentary on the calling of women to be wives and mothers, and what that looks like in a christ-centered marriage and household.  let’s face it, few american women enjoy hearing that her sole purpose in life is to be a wife and mom, to quietly serve her family and keep the house clean.  it goes down dry, needing to be chased with a cold glass of water of “wait just kidding!  you can totes be a business woman and whatever else you want to be and hire someone else to take care of the kids and the house.”

bam.  tell me carolyn, i’m listening.

my mom gave me raised by wolves for my birthday a few days ago, and i’m already through the first few chapters.  it’s an easy read, not necessary to go chapter by chapter.  it’s just helpful information for newly independent 20-somethings on  how to 1. properly make your bed and the benefits thereof  2. boil and egg and 3. use baking soda for a plethora of beauty, cleansing, and other needs.  deeelightful!

likewise, my dear friend jess gave me baker’s compelled by love, which i’ve been hearing rave reviews about.

so!  there it is folks.  nothing is more peaceful than sitting out on the porch with some fresh, sweet iced tea and a good book in hand.

what’s on YOUR list?