Popping on real quick to talk about winter and my skin clinic and skincare and self-care and Jimmy John’s. As one does.
I’m currently sitting at one of those children’s play areas at a mall watching my kids chase each other around a giant caterpillar tunnel and a questionably shaped rocketship, both constructed purely out of germs. It’s only 4pm (I started writing this yesterday) and it’s basically pitch black outside, which makes it feel slightly ominous to be here. There’s an ever-present chill in the air because the play area is way too close to an exit. Although there is a Jimmy John’s right next to the exit, which is looking like it’ll be our dinner tonight so it’s not all bad! Everyone here is alternately bundling up to leave or bundling down to stay and you may remember my thoughts on that. Bundling is the worst kind of evil torture.
There’s always a bit of shell shock after daylight savings ends when we’re just like, aw crap. Here we go. Minnesota winter. Dun DUN DUNNN. This is my family’s second-and-a-half winter back in this state and I’m sorry, but it doesn’t get any easier. At least not for me. There’s honestly no use in complaining… so I’ll spare you. Except! Can we all just agree to stop saying “it’s so cold!” in small talk, as if it’s new information? It’s not, we all know it’s cold. (#guilty)
But anyways! I feel like I’ve gone through enough MN winters in my life that I know what personally helps me get through the months. One of my favorite ways to (attempt to) embrace the cold and cozy nights is after I put my kids to bed, I slap on a face mask, drink a cup of tea (jk it’s wine) and listen to a podcast or read a book in my cozy bed. Sometimes I’ll paint my nails while I wait for my mask to set. Sometimes I’ll de-pill sweaters with my favorite gadget. Sometimes if Willa hasn’t fallen asleep yet, I’ll lay on the floor in my closet until my mask is dry so that my bedroom light doesn’t keep her awake… it may sound ridiculous but it’s actually glorious and quiet and peaceful. Dream big, people.
If you know me well, you know I’m a skincare addict. I have a small arsenal of potions and cleansers and masks that I rotate in depending on how peeved my skin is at the moment. I’m not going to pretend to be any kind of expert but I’m really interested in clean beauty and skincare and at some point I want to write a full post on all of my favorite products that I’ve grown to love. If for no other reason than it’s fun for me.
But here’s something fun for YOU! One of my favorite said clean beauty and skincare lines is Beautycounter and today my friend Krysten from BC has offered to give away a $50 gift card to one reader to use on any of their products. I love Beautycounter for their clean and super safe products. Some of my very favorites are the baby soothing oil, (I love this for my kids and for me!) cleansing balm, and the overnight resurfacing peel. To enter to win, just make a comment on this here blog post or on this blog post link on my Facebook page. Go on, do it! Thanks, Krysten!
Tell me, what are you favorite tips, tricks, skincare products, podcasts, and wines that get you through the winter?
PS IT’S SO COLD.
PPS Keep your eyes peeled on Krysten’s BC page because they will be posting Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals very soon!