March 30, 2018

things that made me swoon in March...

1. Circle Round podcast — I've been searching for a good storytelling podcast for the girls, and this one is just brilliant. Every week there is a new episode, which features one folktale from around the world, as well as a little bit of history behind it. The podcast is produced so well and features a variety of different actors and actresses voicing the different characters in each story. Every week it is a different set of actors, as well as the narrator (Rebecca Sheir) whom I've come to love. We have a bunch of episodes to catch up on, so I usually play one episode every couple days while the girls are busy at the kitchen table (completing a craft project or some such thing). I love that it isn't ad-heavy and that each episode is less than 20 minutes long. I definitely recommend it!

2. Chelsea Moon — I have been incorporating hymns into our morning time this year, and discovered this artist thanks to Happy Hymnody, which I follow on Instagram. Chelsea's voice is absolutely breathtaking and I can't get enough of her versions of these hymns. You especially have to listen to this one and this one. I could listen to them all day. (Eisley loved watching the music videos on YouTube, too!)

3. Wonderful Pistachios — Jay recently bought these from Costco, and they were in a bag that was pretty much the size of our baby, and we have no regrets. I could eat a million of them. (Pistachios, not babies. Just to be clear.) So good.

4. Dr. Bronners Castile Soap — I've loved using this product in different ways for years now, but recently started using it as a replacement for shaving cream and am so pleased with how well it works! You literally need a few tiny drops to get a good lather and it leaves my legs very soft. This castile soap has so many different uses—household cleaning, hair + body, laundry, fruit/veggie rinse—and I have only tried a few, but I love products like this that can easily replace a variety of others.

5. Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost Moisturizer— My mom recently gifted me this moisturizer, which she ended up having an extra of after what turned out to be the best shipping glitch in the history of skincare. And I must say: it's a game-changer. I've never used an expensive moisturizer before (and the price tag on this one does put it in the "splurge" category for someone as thrifty as I am) but goodness, it is fantastic. My skin has changed a lot after having children and hitting my thirties. It's much drier now (especially in winter) and after using this product I can actually tell a difference in my skin. I don't have to use a lot to get such great results, either, so I know it'll last me ages.

6. Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson — Anyone who is a child of then 90s and grew up on movies like Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda will most likely adore this book of essays. Mara is a gem, and I really enjoyed her commentary on everything from being a child in Hollywood, to suffering from anxiety and OCD, to losing her mom to cancer at a very young age. She's a fantastic writer and I found this book refreshingly honest in so many ways.

It's been ages since I've put together one of these posts, so I'd love for you to tell me one (or more) things that had you are loving this month. Bonus points if it's a true-crime podcast or an awesome memoir. (I'm always in the market for those.) Share the goodness!

— Further reading: What had me swooning two years ago

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  1. I am so intrigued by this moisturizer. I am usually not one to spend a whole lot on beauty products, but if a product is worth it, I might reconsider ;)

    1. It's a very unique moisturizer, in that it doesn't feel like lotion and is so smooth and almost cooling. It's super hard to describe. You must experience it. Ha! :) It is definitely beyond my usual drugstore budget, so I feel so spoiled to have received it as a gift. I feel like I need to take better care of my skin, and if it ends up lasting as long as I think it will, I would actually consider splurging on it again in the future...

  2. I read a bunch of reviews after seeing your post and went out to get the Tarte moisturizer. I usually use Clinique as I'm sensitive to fragrance, and although this does have fragrance it doesn't see to bother me...probably because it's a natural, not chemical scent and it doesn't last long. Also a splurge for me (as is Clinique), but if I continue to love it I'll use some gift cards. Also might not use it in the summer so a jar should go a long way. Thanks for the recommendation!
    P.S. Congrats on your new baby girl, such a beautiful name.

    1. Thank you for the congrats and sweet comment, Lisa! I hope you continue to enjoy the moisturizer—I honestly get excited to use it every night and it has been encouraging me to actually wash my face at night (something I've literally never done on a regular basis...I know; for shame!). I don't use as much moisturizer in the summer, either, so I'm really hoping the jar I have will last a long time...


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