As we end off another month, I’m here to share another installment of The Little Things – an ongoing series where I share some simple things that have been impacting my life in big ways. Because it’s the little things in life that add up to make the greatest of impacts. I have received some of my best recommendations from blogs, podcasts, or friends, so I want to be a pal and pass along some things I’m loving with you all, in case you might find some value in them too. Here’s what’s I’ve been enjoying in February:
The newest addition to my skincare routine: Primally Pure Cleansing Oil
Back in December my face hit an exceptionally high dry spell. I think it was due to a perfect storm of our typical dry climate, the cold weather, and possibly an overuse of some of my skin care products. As I worked to revive my skin, I tried a few different tactics, but one in particular was Primally Pure’s Cleansing Oil. I have done oil cleansing in the past with coconut oil, but strayed away from the habit awhile back (if you’re unfamiliar with oil cleansing, you can read more about it here). I had recently heard numerous recommendations of this specific product, and my overly dry face was desperate enough for some rejuvenation that I ordered the dry skin blend. After two months of use I can officially say that it has become a new staple in my skin care routine. My skin feels much cleaner, softer, and hydrated when I use this in combination with a handful of other products. It feels like I’m giving myself a small spa treatment each night when I use it. It smells lovely and is made with all natural, organic ingredients. If you’re interested in giving it, or any of Primally Pure’s products, a try you can get 10% off your first order here (and I’ll end up getting a little bit of store credit as well).
A tried & true healthy habit: Starting my day with a full glass of water
Along the same lines of combatting dryness, this habit has been benefitting me in a variety of ways. Ever since we moved to Cheyenne over two years ago, the elevation and drier climate have increased my body’s susceptibility to dehydration, so I’ve been working to maintain a high water intake ever since. One way I do that is by starting off my day with a full glass of water before I do anything else. Before a cup of coffee (which I’m actually taking a step back from), before I eat anything, before I settle in for my morning quiet time, I drink a full glass of water. There are what feels like endless benefits to drinking enough water each day (I myself have seen it improve my skin, hair, digestion, energy, mental clarity and more), but most people are drinking far less than the suggested amount. So I’ve found that a helpful way to ensure I kickstart my intake is getting a full glass in before anything else. I’d suggest giving it a try to see what it can do for you.
My all time favorite candle: Yankee Candle’s Pink Sands
As the days slowly become longer and the sun is shining a little bit brighter, I’ve been getting my first waves of spring fever. Even though winter will still be around for a bit here in Wyoming, my mental state is shifting, so I’m preparing myself for warmer days ahead. One way I’ve been doing that is by setting the mood in my house with one of my all time favorite candles: Pink Sands. While I typically opt for Bath & Body Work’s candles, this one has been a favorite of both me and my husband for at least ten years, and it still holds strong. Between it’s satisfying scent and the nostalgia I have for it, it helps foster some warm weather feels, which I’m all about right now.
An encouraging podcast episode: What to Do When You Doubt You Have What It Takes (She Podcast)
I very recently was introduced to Jordan Dooley on Instagram, and quickly found the She Podcast in lieu of that. I’ve only listened to a couple episodes so far, but this episode in particular was a huge dose of encouragement for me as of late. It’s fairly short but it packs a punch. I’ve listened to it twice through already, and I found myself taking notes of a few things she shared. I’d highly recommend it if you are in any way struggling with some self doubt.
I’ve been following Elise Cripe online for 5-6 years now and I’ve witnessed the creation of her planner business, but I didn’t take the plunge and purchase one until this year. I’ve learned that I’m a bit of a planner snob and when I was in the market for a new one for 2020, I took another peek at the Get To Work Book and realized that it checked all the boxes for my preferences. It’s minimal, simple, sturdy, and has plenty of space for making notes in the margins. Plus there are extra pages for project planning and goal setting. I’ll be honest that I was hesitant at first with the price tag, but it’s proved to be a quality planner that I’ve loved so far, and it’s supporting the small business of a pretty awesome gal. If you haven’t gotten a planner yet for this year, the Jan 2020-Dec 2020 Get To Work Book is currently on sale so now is a great time to snatch one up.
Honorable Mention: Pilates…again
I know I shared this last month, but pilates through The Balanced Life has continued to be an incredibly life-giving practice for me, and they have an offer right now that is too good not to share. They just announced a FREE online 5-day Pilates challenge designed to build strength and reduce stress in just 15 minutes per day. If you’ve been considering giving pilates a try, or if you are looking for simple, quick & effective workouts to fit into your busy life, NOW is a fantastic time to check out The Balanced Life. I honestly can’t recommend it enough. You can find out more details and sign up here.
And there you have it – five (well, technically six) little things that have been making a big impact in my life this month. I hope if you give any of these things a try that they add value to your life and make a big impact for you too. You’ll have to let me know if you end up trying any of them OR if any of them are already little things in your own life!
Until next time friends,