This past weekend, my daughters had some time with my in-laws, my husband was gone for most of the afternoon and I actually had a solid seven hours to myself....and it was pretty glorious. Of course I love my family to pieces and I am so grateful to have them, but having this time to myself was needed. I know all of you moms out there know exactly what I mean!!!
When I got home from dropping them off, I dove right into playing in my kitchen with DIY skincare products and it was so therapeutic. I took out my recipe books, oils, and all of my tools and just played....and it was so much FUN! Watching some of the flowers and herbs, which some came from my own garden, turn into something that could be used, was magical.
I should preface this by saying that my current product line is physically produced by an incredible woman I collaborate with locally, so I don’t actually “make” the products myself. I, of course, play a huge role in the creative end of things and what I want my clients to have so they can get the best results.
I actually struggled with admitting or explaining this, when I first launched my line- like I was doing something that was dishonest. Then it dawned on me that most skincare lines are produced by a third party!! They hire the best to produce the best- and that is what I have done. So, for me to be on the production side of things was different and so rewarding.
Recently, my nine year old asked me, “Mommy, when do you “stop playing?” I asked her to elaborate and she said, “It seems like when you grow up, you forget how to play.” This gave me pause and made me a bit sad, but she is right- and when does it happen? It wasn’t a question I could answer, but it is something that has stuck with me.
While I was dancing around in my kitchen playing with oils and herbs, it felt like playing, and I encourage you to find something that gives you that feeling again. It is so important for your soul.
The biggest changes you will see this fall with RFE is a new and improved website- woohoo!! I have tons of ideas and I am really looking forward to seeing them all come to fruition, but I would love to have your input on what you think it needs.
What are some of your favorite skincare websites and why do you love them? What changes would be helpful for you to navigate my website more easily? Are you able to find what you need or get direction on what products would be best for your skin? Any feedback on this would be greatly appreciated! I will be sure to let you know when this is up and running.
Today’s quote is something I have seen before and I absolutely love. “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”- George Bernard Shaw. Keep playing.
As always, thank you for reading.
With so much gratitude-
I wanted to share that I recently spent time with a dear friend and we created vision boards, which is something I had not done before. My girls joined in and made their own, as well. We sorted through magazines to find inspirational quotes and pictures to create our vision for the rest of the year. Clearly any planning or vision we previously had in our minds has gone right out the window!!
I have to admit that putting it all down on paper really felt good. My friend emphasized the fact that you should pay attention to things you are drawn to. I noticed that I ended up with phrases like, “moving forward,” “second act,” and “you can change your life,” so clearly there was a pattern in there.....
Whether it’s journaling or vision boards- it’s all good. Just creating a space for you to see where you would like life to go and then watching where it all unfolds, is so good. If you make one and want to share it, please do! I would love to see it.
New products are coming soon- I promise! I am just putting the final touches on them and my goal is to have them on my “shelves” by early September.
Recently, I have had lots of fabulous feedback on Clear- my spot/pimple treatment. This “magic in a bottle” is fantastic for shortening the length of a breakout. With key ingredients such as bentonite clay and activated charcoal (which both draw toxins out of the skin) and white willow bark (which contains salicylic acid to fight and prevent breakout) a pimple doesn’t stand a chance!
Other ingredients such as benzoin and clary sage soothe the skin and allow it to heal. That is something people often overlook when they have a breakout. If you over-dry your skin, it cannot heal as quickly. Putting it simply- when you suck the life out of your skin, it can’t function the way that it should!! It’s all about balance- just like everything else in life.
Hair, Hair, Go Away....Only If YOU Want It To
I was, once again, listening to an episode of the naturalbeautysummit.org and it was all about hair- keeping it, getting rid of it and everything in between. The history behind waxing, sugaring and all things hair removal is so interesting...well, at least to me it is!
In this particular episode, they talked about how there is evidence of people removing unwanted hair as far back as the dawn of man! Back then, they speculate that it was to ward off enemies/prey, since hair can sometimes hold onto bacteria and odor. Fast forward to a time where fashion and more “revealing clothing” came to the forefront and showing unwanted hair was passé, in some parts of the world- waxing and other forms of hair removal became very popular and still have remained so.
In keeping with this, I thought I would debunk a few myths around hair removal- mainly related to waxing. Of course, you choose whether you want that hair to stay or go. You do YOU!!
“If I wax my lip, will it grow back darker?”...No. It’s not going to happen. I promise. You will, of course, notice your hair growing back, if you choose to let it come back in, but waxing it will not change the color or thickness of your hair. I promise.
“My hair grows really fast so I don’t have to let it grow for the full 2-3 weeks that my esthetician recommends.”...False. If you want to get the best results from your waxing- Let. It. Grow!!! Give it the full amount of time to allow all of the hair to come through! It makes all the difference. Hide your razor and the tweezers!
“If I shave in between my waxing appointments, it doesn’t make a difference.” False! You cut a blunt end when you shave and then lose that smooth, “soft” edge that waxing your hair creates, when the new growth comes in. Therefore, when you wax again, you get a better result. The wax can adhere to the hair so much better if you stick to just waxing and skip the razor in between.
Today’s quote is more of just an industry joke that I came across that made me chuckle. This is for all of the times that someone asks me to repeat what my job title is..... “I put people to sleep during a facial, not before surgery, like an anesthesiologist!”
As always, thanks for reading.
With so much gratitude-
Am I the only one that has become slightly obsessed with all things gardening over the past few months?? Please tell me I am not alone. Maybe it is just that I have been looking for distractions (healthier ones) or perhaps it’s just that I have had more time and energy to pay attention to what is around me.
For the past 4 years, I have (attempted) to grow veggies in a raised bed and year after year, I have slowly gotten the hang of it. This year was off to a bang and I actually grew most of it from seed, for the first time ever. However, with all of this heat, my “babies,” as I so lovingly/obsessively call them, are struggling in all of this heat!! If there are any avid gardeners out there that are willing to share tips on survival right now, please feel free to contact me!!
Every day is a new start
Around my yard, I also added new flower seedlings that I was given by my mother in law. She too, was looking for some sort of healthy place to focus her energy during the quieter times we were forced to have earlier this year. Sunflowers have been taking over one corner of the yard and it is SO wild to watch them literally follow the direction of the sun- from sunrise to sunset.
Another one that has captivated me is the Evening Primrose. One or two individual blooms, open up every night at sunset. Then they close up in the morning, fall off, and a new one gets ready to open the following evening. You can watch this flower open up in a matter of minutes!
I love the idea of this. That every day is new bloom- a new start. Even if the previous one was pretty darn crappy, you get another chance to do things differently in the morning. It’s amazing what a new dawn offers to us.
Allowing it to soak in
I have to share that I had a really rough night last week. I got the news that the school system my girls are in will be 100% virtual through the end of January. I completely understand and support this decision and I knew that there was a really good chance this was going to happen, but when the reality of it set in, it hit me pretty hard. I tried to rally and repeat my mantra for 2020, “time to pivot,” but I needed to let this one really set in and allow myself to feel.
This news meant that I now would be taking on the role of co-teacher for the next six months and keeping the doors to my esthetics practice closed for longer than expected. The night I came to that realization, I let myself grieve the loss because my practice is something I have worked hard on for 15 years, and for now, it truly is a loss.
I have had that internal struggle with wanting to “get back to normal” and also knowing that right now my family needs me, especially my girls, more than ever. Although my products are an extension of my physical practice and are something I will be putting even more energy and focus into, it is tough to let go.
When one door closes…
However, the next morning, I woke up and realized that I am getting another chance- the possibility to start over, or start something new. This isn’t the end of a chapter, it’s just the start of a new one. Like the Evening Primrose flower, one door (or bloom) has closed and another one will open. It will. I know it.
This was a tough entry to write this week and I know it was very different than my past ones. Maybe you can relate to it or maybe not. Feel free to share your stories with me, if you’d like. As always, I am here to listen.
“We cannot start over, but we can begin now, and make a new ending.”- Zig Ziglar
As always, thank you for reading.
With so much gratitude-