Hello beautiful wonderful people,
In 2016 I became very passionate about finding skin care products that would change the state of my skin.
I learned about preservatives, ingredients, and companies so much more than I would have ever expected too.
Some skin care products/brands that have been a game changer for me are
Just 7 by Ceela Naturals. A moisturizing cream targeted for eczema free of all common allergens. Also a vegan brand.
This company is so great. I can’t say enough good things about them. Very nice and caring people when you talk to the people about what you are looking for.
They have so many great products. The Just 3 + is another favorite of mine from them.
Avène Thermal Spring Water is another game changing product. It is the only Avène product I have used but it has my high praise. This magical water is a great mist to relive any itchy sensation and to hydrate skin that is drying out.
Hope all of you have wonderful skin this year. Happy travels!
Happy 2017 everybody. I hope that last year was filled with wonderful memories, tasty treats, and magnificent adventures.
Let’s see if 2017 will be even better.
My last photo of 2016 was at the beach on a cold day. I have to say it was lovely. The sea breeze was heavy but I wasn’t the only person ready to enjoy the sand. It was a nice way to end the year. A picnic on the beach then a walk around the little beach town.
I wonder what sort of adventures this New Year will have in store.
Hello my lovely travelers,
I hope the cold weather isn’t stopping you from all those wonderful adventurers. I absolutely love all the sweet treats that pop up this time of year. Not to mention the hot cocoa, peppermint added into drinks, and hot apple cider. So many tasty things to make the cold weather oh so sweet. Plus the cute decorations all over bring on the festive holiday spirit. Happy holidays everyone!
Hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and enjoy this lovely winter solstice!
As a blog with the name cookie in it (purely for a love of the sweet treat) I am astounded at how little I post about them! Since I tasted this delightful dessert or snack I thought I would share it with all of you.
This tasty Italian cookie is citrusy soft sweet and I think it is a love child of a cake with some cookie batter. It says it is an orange cookie but boy does it taste like lemon to me. The powder sugar on top is just the perfect touch too.
I highly recommend it! Especially since it is made with just a few simple ingredients.
Hope you all have some sweet cookies.
Ah December. The weather gets chillier, the music gets more holiday themed, and I don’t know about you but over here ice rinks sure seem to pop up everywhere. With all the festive chills my dry skin that has been going on a journey of its own this year seems to be intensifying.
So I’ve decided to make myself a moisturizer because I still haven’t been able to find something quite suitable within my little budget!
This moisturizer is pretty simple to make. I used 3 ingredients.
1. Cocoa Butter
2. Safflower Oil
3. Olive Oil
Now cocoa butter smells like chocolate and solidifies at room temperature but melts into liquid when heated (I usually set the little jar in a bowl of hot water until I get a caramel colored liquid.) It would be great to use on its own if only it didn’t take so long to scrape little bits of it off, since it does melt when rubbed in between my hands.
Safflower oil is a cooking oil like olive oil except it has no scent, and is a little healthier to use if cooking. I actually really enjoy that it doesn’t have an odor. Plus like everything else here it is supposed to be moisturizing.
Olive oil does have a fairly strong smell if applied solo to the skin but is supposed to be pretty moisturizing. Although I think the safflower oil is supposed to be superior in that aspect.
Now to make this I used a plastic container, a bowl, some ice, and a fork. That’s right contrary to popular belief a hand mixer is not needed! Just takes a little work.
I started putting a few pieces of ice into a bowl. The put my little container in the bowl between the ice. Next I poured my melted cocoa butter into the container. I then poured in some safflower oil (less than cocoa butter)and then olive oil (even less than the safflower oil.) And the next step was to use the fork to mix it. This takes a while a good 4 minutes of stirring continuously. At first it looks like nothing is happening then after a few minutes it thickens up in consistency. Right after it’s mixed it looks like a normal moisturizer in texture like a thick goopy liquid that isn’t watery, letting it sit a little it does start to get a little harder but a slight amount of pressure brings it right back to that easy to spread texture. It is actually pretty similar to the feel of normal butter. It feels smooth and melts right into the skin and has a nice chocolatey smell that isn’t too strong.
This is the finished product in all its creamy glory!
Happy December everyone. This year had sure gone by pretty quickly. I hope that all of you have had and still have wonderful food and travels this year. I’m glad that I’ve been able to share so much of my silly little life with all of you. Finally those photos in my phone have a purpose!
Although I don’t have a picture for December yet I do have a pretty nice story to share.
Last year I took a semester of ASL (American Sign Language) and I have to say it was quite a lovely experience. I highly recommene trying it out! Such a beautiful language and you get to find out about a whole other community. I found that it not only helps to break a language barrier but it is fun and at least for me helped build up confidence in ways I couln’t have imagined. And I’m a pretty confident person! (Just shy mostly.)
Now to the story that was shared with me which I will be sharing with you.
There was a deaf and mute man who would order coffee by typing his order onto his phone. The barista had him look up from his phone one day. She asked him in ASL for his order. She had been studying ASL by using resources such a YouTube to teach herself the language. She was doing this so that this man could have the same experience as everyone else. He was happily surprised.
And I think that it was such a warm gesture that I would share this story on a cold December day.
Hope all of you have wonderful experiences like this deaf man. 🙂
Sometimes they aren’t robots in disguise and they are just walking down the street!
But that doesn’t mean we gotta catch ’em all, right?
Tell me if you like this..
Gas station Ice Cream Cone scenario.
Hope you are having a very interesting, adventurous, and sweet November.