What I Am Loving: March 2019

Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Face Mask

One of my good friends swears by any and all Origins products. She was kind enough to introduce me to this charcoal face mask right before Christmas last year.

It goes on smooth with a cooling sensation that gives me an instant calm and also makes me look forward to using it on a hot summer day.

I typically use mine after a shower since the warm water has opened my pores. You can layer it on as thick or thin as you want. Keep it on until it dries, about 10 minutes then rinse. My skin is incredibly smooth after using it and after using it 1-2 times per week I have definitely noticed an improvement in my complexion.

Link: Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask

Elin Hildebrand

I’ve mentioned her books before and since those old posts I’ve become even more obsessed with all of Elin Hilderbrands’ books. The storylines are relatable with a few twists, some suspense and a love story or two thrown in that keep me from being able to put the book down once I’ve started.

I am currently on my third book in her ‘Winter’ series and just finished book number one in her ‘Paradise’ series. Let’s just say that I am not thrilled that Paradise #2 doesn’t come out until October. Pre-Order, please!

I think what I love most about her books is that she writes each chapter per se, since there are no numbered chapters, from the viewpoint of one of the major characters, switching back and forth between all viewpoints throughout the book. This also makes me wonder how difficult it must be to write a book this way. I tend to prefer this though, that way you’re not stuck reading 300+ pages from one point of view. That can get boring and if you don’t love the character you’re more than likely not going to finish the book. And I don’t know about you, but not finishing a book definitely leaves me feeling a bit defeated.

Fun fact: all of her books take place in Nantucket. Her first book in the Paradise series, Winter in Paradise, is set in St. John and is her first that is set outside of Nantucket.

Keto Cheese Bread

Let me start by saying that I am not transforming into the Keto lifestyle. I try to eat as healthy as I can as often as I can, but Keto doesn’t allow ketchup or Nutella so that life is definitely not for me. However, I do try to eat as little starch as I can; I hardly ever eat bread, pasta or chips.

One thing from the Keto lifestyle I can get on board with is using almond flour and cheese to make copycat recipes. This Keto cheese bread is gluten and carb free and absolutely delicious. I made a batch two weeks ago so that I could eat sandwiches again for lunch instead of having my normal deli meat roll-ups and it made me happy happy happy. My mom made a variation of this recipe and sprinkled Everything But The Bagel seasoning on them to make imitation everything bagels – equally just as delicious. Try them. You won’t be disappointed.

Link to recipe: Low-Carb Gluten-Free Cheese Bread

The Next Right Thing (Podcast)

A friend of mine has been posting about how much she loves “The Next Right Thing” podcast on her Instagram for a few months. Since I value her opinion I decided to give this podcast a chance. My simple conclusion: If you loved Girl, Wash Your Face you’ll love “The Next Right Thing.”

I have listened to podcasts in the past – they are great to listen to while cleaning, doing laundry, or driving in the car – but the majority of them were true crime stories. I was slightly skeptical about how religion-heavy TNRT was going to be since I am the least religious person I know. To my surprise, each episode of the podcast is filled with everyday advice that everyone could benefit from along with a simple prayer at the end. As the podcast host and author, Emily P. Freeman, says at the beginning of each episode, “this is a podcast for the second guessers, the chronically hesitant, or anyone who is currently suffering from decision fatigue” which is great because I can fall into each of those categories, sometimes all at the same time.

Not only does Emily P. Freeman have one of the most soothing voices to listen to, her advice is spot-on. She talks about the various challenges, decisions and situations we can find ourselves in at any given day and gives advice on how to navigate through them by doing the next right thing.

There are a total of 73 episodes to date. Most episodes are a quick 12-15 minutes. My favorite episodes so far? Become A Soul Minimalist (1), Be Where You Are (10), Wear Better Pants (11), Practice Presence (12), and Choose Your Absence (19).

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