28 August, 2012

Wisdom comes with experience, not teeth

.....or so I hope, because my four wisdom teeth are all gone. Some people have very quick recoveries from oral surgery. I am not one of those people. 

However, I must admit that apart from the nausea, an allergic reaction to my antibiotic, pain, pain and more pain, and the inability to stay awake for more than an hour, it has been rather nice to be doted on. I'm lucky as my mother-in-law is staying with us and has pampered me with soups, kasha, and smoothies. 

The best part? My love has been feeding my absolute obsession with ice cream every night. And even better? It has had no effect on my waistline (enter nausea). 

Although it's rather sad as this pampering has been tapering off and I am forced to be a big girl and "suck it up". Sob.

I'm back on my feet today, as it was the first day of a new semester. I also did a small load of laundry. Which made me feel as if I had just climbed Mt. Everest. Twice. I'm not joking when I say I took a nap afterwards.

Tuesdays are supposed to be the new "Going Natural" series, but I'll post on that this Friday, instead, and then resume the usual schedule next Tuesday (I've got some great new products to introduce you to!). 

Have you had your wisdom teeth out? How was it? 

p.s. I was terrified of receiving general anesthesia (a light formulation via IV)...but it was actually quite nice. When I brought up that I wanted to do local anesthesia, the dentist suggested that if I did not have a keen interest in oral surgery I should go for the happy drugs and sleep. 

It is strange, however, to not remember a chunk of time, or scatterings of the hours afterward. Thankfully I did not say/do anything embarrassing in my anesthetized state. Winning.

14 August, 2012

Going Natural: An Introduction

In the past few months, I’ve launched myself into a regiment to improve my well-being.  I want to develop good habits for the long-term rather than relying on spurts of exercise and crash diets. Let’s just say exercise is my worst enemy (Hi Jillian Michaels!). But I’m working on defeating it, and, over the past few weeks, I’m seeing a slow progress towards my goal.

Aside from taking notice of what I put in my body (eating healthy)¸ I’ve also begun to pay attention to what I put on my body.

It all started at the beginning of the summer when a friend of mine informed me about harmful ingredients in generic sunscreens. I did some research, and was appalled with my findings (I’ll have a post with more information on this, but the internet is ripe with information if you are inclined to read about it yourself). I quickly switched to mineral sunscreen, and thought no more of it.

Then, after showering one day, I was slathering on a Victoria's Secret body lotion (which fiancĂ© and I both agree smells absolutely heavenly) and decided on a whim to google the ingredients on the tube. About 80% were linked to either cancer or reproductive issues in tests conducted on animals. This quickly led me to gather all my lotions and search their ingredients as well. The results did not make for a peaceful night’s sleep.

I’m certainly not an expert on skincare, or on toxicity. But after reading up on the ingredients in the products I used on my face and body, up to four times a day, every day, I knew a change was necessary. And though it may have been wise (financially) to use up all my products first, before diving into the uncharted waters of natural skincare, I couldn’t bring myself to use anything without thinking of potential side effects.

So for the past few weeks, I’ve been trying numerous natural/organic skincare lines, intent on finding a face moisturizer, body lotion, and cleanser that contain natural ingredients but that work like their non-natural counterparts (I am not as concerned with makeup or hair products for now, though I do plan on finding natural options once I’ve cemented a skincare routine that works).

I’ve discovered several amazing products that feel luxurious, smell divine, and produce terrific results with the assurance that what I’m putting on my body (which then sinks into my body) is not toxic.

If you are interested in your well-being, I urge you to do yourself a service and research the products you use daily.

To help you along your quest (should you choose to take it, of course), I’m starting a Tuesday series, “Going Natural”. I’ll have product reviews, information on ingredients and reading labels, etc.

Please keep in mind that I am not an expert – I am simply doing what I believe to be best for my body and for my well-being.

I hope you will enjoy and benefit from this series! I’m off to moisturize my face with coconut oil (fiancĂ© says I smell like a cookie afterwards….that’s got to be a good thing!).  

08 August, 2012

Girls Day

Since starting grad school, then moving in with my fiance last year, and consequently moving from the suburbs to the city (Halleluja!), I've spent considerably less time with my girlfriends. Between our family, work and school commitments, significant others, and distance between our homes, it is getting harder and harder to arrange get-togethers.

I recently posted about "being busy" and since then, I've been making a conscious effort to prioritize my life and MAKE the time for everything. Of course, no day is perfect ~ everything is about finding a balance between being too overworked/socialized to absolutely lazy (both extremes at which I excel).

One way which has helped me to get organized and find time for everything is using my calendar to "schedule" dates and outings. I'm generally a planner/list-maker with a penchant for the spontaneous. Scheduling dates with my girlfriends satisfies my inner obsessive planner, and leaving the location/activities to whim satisfies my spontaneous side.

This past weekend we rendez-vous'ed in one of my favorite Chicago neighborhoods for a fun filled day.

Strolling through our old neighborhood ~ this house has been our favorite for years now. That wooden door, iron gate and window flowers are divine.
Lunch at the most adorable Italian bistro. Beautiful interior, the most delicious Sangria I've had outside of Spain (and I know my Sangria!), and a classic Margherita pizz made for the perfect few hours of catching-up.
An epic storm rolled in, during which we stood outside, completely drenched, waiting to hail a cab. The rain was freezing, our shoes (and everything else) completely soaked, our umbrellas useless in the face of strong winds ~ but it's an outing we'll not soon forget! Besides, I've always loved being out in the rain, especially when it's all you can do to stand outside and be completely soaked.                            

03 August, 2012

Heavy Dreamer

I'd gladly spend the day lounging in any of these luxurious beds....in reality, I'll be running around today for errands, cleaning the house, and working on research. But you can bet, in my head I'll be dreaming!

Source: eclecticrevisited.wordpress.com via Anait on Pinterest

Which of the above is your favorite? 

Have a happy, dreamy weekend!