Happy Friday! I’m throwing together a bunch of mini-topics into one (random) health, wellness, life discussion. A lot of these topics don’t warrant individual posts but I still want to mention them—and have been meaning to for a while. I’d love for you to share what’s on your radar (or what you’re loving lately) in the comments.
This has been on my radar since September but I don’t think I’ve mentioned it here. Last year, when I realized that it’s somewhat counterproductive to eat healthy but still use chemical-ladden products, I decided to spruce up my “beauty” routine. I say “beauty” very, very loosely. My relationship with Beauty Counter started because I was approached to be a consultant (it’s a multi-level marketing company). While I turned down the opportunity, I was also very intrigued by the brand. I’d heard about it on my favorite podcast (Balanced Bites) and figured—why not try it?
Check out BeautyCounter’s “The Never List.”
I first ordered a face wash and moisturizer (and got a free mascara). After a month or so of loving all three products, I won a giveaway for their “famous” charcoal bar. Let me tell you: my skin has never been smoother. I recently bought the charcoal facemask to use once a week as a pick-me-up/self-care treat. The products aren’t cheap but because you don’t need more than a dime-sized amount, they last for a long time.
I feel like hygge was invented by me. For me. Now the world is finally catching on! Hygge, pronounced “HOO-ga” is Danish concept that loosely translates into “coziness.” When you prefer a girl’s night in, a Friends marathon or an at-home spa day, that is hygge. When you create an intimate setting (candles, nice smelling things) and read books under a blanket, that is hygee.
This has basically been on my radar for 22 years but now that there’s a name for it, I feel like it’s worth mentioning. Whether or not hygge will become a socially accepted trend is TBD. It might be easier for me to move to Copenhagen? Have you heard of hygge?
More info on hygge: The Year of Hygge
Ali from Inspiralized is one of my favorite bloggers/people/celebrities. Her cookbook was one of the top 10 best sellers (of all cookbooks) in 2016! Ali sells her own line of spiralizers, aptly called “Inspiralizers.” I’ve been making do with my Paderno version for a few years but when Ali announced she’d be on HSN, I decided to upgrade. I’m excited to try it out because my current spiralizer is not conducive to spiralizing sweet potatoes or tougher vegetables (aka I’m over it).
The Good Fest
What are you doing on April 22? If you’re free, you should 100% come to The Good Fest in Philadelphia. I’ve been wanting to go to a health, fitness and/or blogging conference for a while and this one hit all of my requirements (location, flight$ and theme). It’s a one-day conference filled with yoga, meditation and wellness speakers. Even better: I can wear Eagles gear and not get made fun of.
Obviously the Super Bowl is on my radar right now. I love/hate the game because it means football season is officially over. 6 more months of winter (re: other sports). I also signed Heinz’s petition to make the day after the Super Bowl a holiday because, duh.
Have a great weekend!