Sunday, November 29, 2015

Recent Faves

 Some things I've been loving lately:

Aziz Ansari's sitcom Master of None on Netflix. 
It's 10 episodes and it's funny and lovely. The style reminds me of French cinema, great soundtrack, the situations are really true-to-life. If you're a fan of Aziz's stand-up you'll like this show. It's really cute. 

Sukin Organic's Rose Hip Hydrating Day Cream
I'd been reading about mv organics skincare, especially the Rose Soothing and Protective Moisturizer, but it is quite outside my price range. So I went to my local health food store in search of something similar and found this - the brand is also organic, also from Australia, and some of the active ingredients are the same, but it is a larger size and way cheaper, so I figured I'd give it a shot. The main ingredient in this cream is rose hip oil which is supposed to help reduce acne, dry skin, wrinkles, and scarring. The lotion is light-weight and comes in this beautiful little jar. It does not smell floral, though, which I like. It smells fruity due to the mandarin and pomegranate oils in it. I've been using it for about a week and a half now and I love the way it smells and the way it makes my skin feel. It does not reduce active breakouts but I've found my skin hasn't had any new breakouts since using it and my skin is soft and hydrated. 

Adele's 25
I love the new album and am thinking about maybe writing a review for my blog, so we'll see if I feel up to that this week. 

my hot water bottle cozy
I got this from this adorable German etsy shop. It is grey fleece with a cute little grey polka dot heart. Stephen says it reminds him of Totoro which makes me love it even more. 

Inside Out
We got the blu-ray. I love this film so much. It is adorable, with a great message, and just...amazing!

library books
The library in our town is only open 2 days a week so I'm more likely to just get ebooks from the library and read them on my kobo but lately I've been requesting library books again. All the libraries in my province are linked so you can go online and request books to be sent to your local library. There is something so exciting about going to pick up a stack of books to read. It reminds me of being a kid. 

thrifted sweaters
It's cold and that means time for sweaters. I've been loving wearing thrifted sweaters. They are soft and lovely. These ones are some of my faves currently. This soft grey turtleneck is so cozy, and these cardigans are super comfy. 

my new parka
I got a new parka this winter. It is bright blue, down-stuffed with a faux fur hood and is the puffiest, coziest, warmest coat. I love it. 

our new car
Stephen got in a car accident a couple weeks ago. He is okay. He hit a deer and the car got written off. This weekend we got a new car. A 2016 Honda CRV. It is so nice. My favorite feature is the seat warmers.

Those are the random things I've been into lately. What about you?

Thursday, November 12, 2015

5 Things To Do At The End Of A Bad Day

1. Take a hot shower or bath

Wash the day off. This will relax you and make you feel refreshed and renewed. 

2. Change your clothes

Take off what you wore all day and change into something different. Opt for something comfortable that makes you feel better. I'd probably go with a cozy sweater and pajama pants or yoga pants this time of year. 

3. Drink something warm

Some hot tea or cocoa will comfort you, warm you up to make you all cozy, and feel like a bit of a treat after a hard day. 

4. Watch or read something comforting

Choose something cathartic if you're in the mood to cry, or something you know will make you laugh and cheer you up. Above are some of my faves but I also love watching old episodes of shows I love, like Gilmore Girls or The Office. I know what's going to happen so there are no unpleasant surprises and there's something comforting about returning to characters you old friends greeting you.

5. Go to bed

If you can do any or all of the above from the comfort of your bed, all the better. Get into some cozy jammies, bring your hot drink and your funny book/show/movie to bed. The sooner the day ends, the sooner a new one can begin and hopefully it will be a better one! 

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Halloween 2015

Yesterday was really fun! We carved our pumpkin in the afternoon.

Usually I clean the pumpkin and Stephen carves it. Our pumpkin this year was huge! (and green). Some of Stephen's students donated it from their garden.

This year he carved a pixel Mario, inspired by all the Super Mario Maker we've been playing lately. Stephen freehand drew his own stencil and it turned out great. 

Then we got into costume to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters, and then our friends came over for a Halloween party! It was lots of fun. 

This year we dressed as Joy and Sadness from the movie Inside Out.
The costumes were pretty simple but really fun. 

We had a great Halloween. Hope you had fun, too!
Happy November!