Monday, April 28, 2014

My first 'Little Happies'


 Marshmallow Peeps: I reaped the benefits of our secular culture's disregard for the liturgical calendar. Easter Monday all the Easter stuff was 30% off at T.arget but I knew it wouldn't be long before it was marked down even more. Yesterday, I stocked up on plastic Easter eggs for our one-day children at 8 cents a bag and Peeps for 90% off! I got Easter baskets for our favorite neighbor kids and Goddaughter. I saved tons of money and got to teach them that the celebration of Easter doesn't end on Easter Sunday. I am seriously obsessed with these Marshmallow Peeps. Seeing the wall filled with all the bright colors made me so happy and they are just so delicious!


My facewash-Eminence Mineral Cleansing Concentrate: For those of you with PCOS and hirsutism issues this stuff works wonders! I have always struggled with acne (thanks again PCOS) and worse for the past 5 years I've gotten horrible thick black hairs on my chin. I literally have to tweeze it twice a day. Sorry for the TMI, but I know there have to be others that deal with this too. Well, to add insult to injury, I constantly got in-grown hairs and my chin just looked a nasty mess all the time because it was so red and irritated from having to attack the in-grown hairs. Well, about 3 years ago, I found this facewash and it not only helped my acne but cured my in-grown hair issue! I was shocked the problem was unexpectedly solved and then research on the ingredients showed it could help with this. I am also delighted to have discovered that skipping my morning facewash routine has done wonders to clear up my acne. I recently read that the PH of your skin in the morning is 'just right' and you don't want to mess with that by washing your face. So I now wash my face just at night with this stuff and my skin is better than it has been since before puberty. 


Self-help books: So this has to be one of the most shameless things to admit but I'm a sucker for a good self-help book. I swore I would read some fiction on our vacation but I ended up defaulting to my trusty relationship books. As a connoisseur of these things, I highly recommend this book. I've noticed a change in our relationship almost immediately after adjusting my mindset as the book encourages. The main idea is that men are always on the brink of shame and women are always on the brink of fear/anxiety (obviously a generalization but its true for most couples). When a woman's anxiety goes up, a man's shame is triggered and vice-versa. There are simple changes you can make to step outside of this vicious cycle. Since recognizing this, I've been able to have more compassion for my husband and it must be making a difference because his entire demeanor has changed! 


This Pinterest Recipe:

 Do you have Arthritis or an inflammatory illness? Anti-Inflammatory Lemonade: 

1 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice (4 -6 lemons) 

4-6 cups of purified water 

1 tsp of ground turmeric 

1 tsp of cinnamon 

Pinch of Himalayan Salt Optional:

 Honey (or to taste) 

Optional: 1 tsp ground/fresh ginger 

A big thank you to Natural News tv. for this great recipe. 

So it doesn't take much like lemonade but on cold mornings I like to drink it warm. I heat water in the microwave, squeeze a lemon into it and add a smaller portion of tumeric and ginger. It doesn't even need the honey. It's really soothing and it's supposed to be great for fighting the inflammation caused by endo or from eating excessive amounts of sugar coated marshmallows;-)


Solitude and the beach: Okay so maybe this is more of a BIG happy but getting to put my feet in the sand and feel the warm air was beyond amazing. We waited almost 4 years to take a big trip (our honeymoon was more of a mini-moon). I'm so glad we could finally get-away. 


  1. GREAT post! Fellow peep-lover, so glad you got to stock up :) And I use Eminence skincare too! I love it! It's a bit pricey, but really gentle and obviously super natural... and safe for pregnancy (fingers crossed for both of us there!) which helps! Also LOVE the outfit, super cute! I remember those Minnesota winters well... props to you for putting together an outfit that does not involve 15 layers!!

    1. Haha glad you like Peeps too! Most people are super grossed out by them I've found! Funny you know about Eminence too! What products do you use? I also love their sour cherry mask.

  2. Where did you go on vacation? Looks wonderful!!! Easter eggs for your one day children? You must be feeling really great about that ovulation! :) I wish I could join in the peeps love, but I have to admit, they have always freaked me out. No clue why and I wish it wasn't so since others enjoy them so much.

    1. We went to Montego Bay, Jamaica. It was awesome! No, I'm not feeling too optimistic about ovulation. I've already gotten my BFN but I just know some day some how we'll be parents. Even if the easter eggs are considered vintage by that time, I couldn't resist:-)

  3. So glad that you had a wonderful trip! It really sounded like you needed to get away.

  4. Yay! Your first Little Happies and I love them all!! I totally love a good Easter deal. I just bought another big bag of Cadbury eggs 50% off at Kroger. Mmmmm. It's so true that Easter is not just one day, so what a perfect reason to keep the celebration going! That skirt is ADORABLE! I love it. I am also a frequent shopper of the J. Crew sale rack. I get some of my favorite piece there! I think in all my time shopping there, I've only paid full price for one item. Win! That book sounds great, SO happy it's helping your marriage! And that lemonade recipe sounds so good!! Perhaps I'll give it a go soon, to help with all the sugary stuff I'm putting in my system these days. Good call! Finally, I'm SO happy you had a great vacation. Those Carribbean islands are just wonderful! A slice of Heaven on earth. :D

    1. PS - Do you mind if I add this post to the link-up?

  5. The beach looks so lovely! And I love that skirt!

  6. Cute outfit (especially the skirt)! I love cute skirts. :) Maybe you could find cute and warm tights to go with it so you could wear it more of the year? And I'm so excited things with your husband are improving. That book sounds good. Have you read the one that Leila recommended last year--The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands? From what she wrote, it sounds like there was pretty dramatic changes in marriages where the woman read the book. It might be similar to the book you read though.

    And it's so interesting that you're drinking anti-inflammatory lemonade with turmeric. (I'm taking turmeric separately from the lemon.) Great minds think alike? j/k ;)