Winter

Belated Date

I had yesterday off from work and I had been looking forward to having the day for “me” for weeks! Well, we woke up to snow on the ground! I wasn’t sure yet if that was going to change my plans for the day. Michael made us breakfast (sweet potato, onion and sausage hash topped with eggs).

He drove Logan to daycare and I got dressed to go to the gym. When Michael got back, though, he said it wasn’t safe to drive yet. The roads were clear of snow but they were icy and he slipped a few times. Scary!

I still wanted to get my workout in and I had a massage scheduled for the afternoon so I couldn’t wait til then to work out in hopes the ice melted. So I did an at-home workout! I did body weight exercises, free weights, kettlebells and then finished up with 22 minutes on the bike trainer while I watched the new “Queer Eye” on Netflix.

I did squats, pushups, my PT exercises, mountain climbers, plank jacks, kettlebell swings, bicep curls, triceps, and core work. For being at home and being limited in what I had available, I got in a decent workout! 400 calories is pretty good!

Next I showered and we drove out to IKEA to get some stuff for the house (more on that in another post). The roads were clear by then, so that was nice.

We had originally planned on going out to lunch to celebrate Valentine’s Day (since we kinda spent it in the ER last week). We went to Screen Door and it was at least an hour wait for a table. The line was crazy! We decided to just leave and went to Smokehouse Tavern instead.

I’d been craving a Bloody Mary for awhile now. It was pretty tasty! We lucked out and it was Happy Hour all day since it was a holiday! Sweet! We got the Deviled eggs appetizer. I always order deviled eggs if they are on the menu. It’s always fun to see the different ways they make them.

The smoked sausage on top was spectacular. Next time we both want to order the sausage entree.

We both ordered the meat + two sides lunch. I got the brisket and the pulled pork with collard greens (my favorite) and mac n’ cheese. Michael got the brisket, pulled pork and ribs plus fries.

The food was pretty good. I think I prefer Reverend’s BBQ in Sellwood. Their food is better. But the pulled pork was delicious and succulent. It was a nice, quiet, relaxed lunch. It wasn’t too crowded (definitely not like Screen Door) and we had a leisurely meal and then headed home.

Next up was my massage. I try and go once a month since insurance covers a certain amount and it’s been really beneficial for my various aches and pains due to working out. I really feel like regular massage has helped keep me from being injured. My massage was fantastic and I fell asleep during part of it.

Later that night Michael picked Logan up from daycare and we hung out playing with his cars and watching the Olympics. It made me want to watch “The Cutting Edge”! I haven’t seen it in years and I used to LOVE that movie!

I might be doing that this weekend. 😉

Things I’m Loving #2 – Skin Products

Things I’m Loving #2

Skin Products:

I have weird skin and lots of skin issues. I’ve tried a lot of different products out there, with sometimes ok and sometimes horrible experiences.

I used Mary Kay products for years and liked a lot of them. My friend Star used to sell it, so that was a nice perk! But she doesn’t sell it anymore and I don’t really want to make the effort to find someone else.

So my skin is usually pretty dry and red and sore in the wintertime. I also have acne, and take a medication for acne because I get cyst acne (very painful). The other skin issues I have: I have eczema sometimes and psoriasis. So that can make issues worse and certain lotions and creams, etc, can irritate it. Thankfully I have both conditions managed about 90% most of the time. I just have to be careful.

I’ve tried everything out there from Oil of Olay to Neutragena to Noxema, to Aveeno, to Ponds, to Proactiv, etc etc. Nothing ever really worked. It was either too greasy, too oily, made me break out worse or dried me out.

For Christmas, my friend Star got me some beauty products and so far I really like them! And bonus: they are made locally in Portland. She got me the Pacifica Quinoa Sensitive face wash and the Pacifica Dreamy Youth moisturizer. I really love it so far. The moisturizer especially feels nice, creamy on my face and good for my skin.

I absolutely LOVE Trader Joe’s Coconut Body Butter. I use this a lot in the winter time especially and I use it every time after I go swimming. Swimming really dries out my dry skin even worse than normal and this stuff is amazing. It works so well and moisturizes my skin all day. It doesn’t wear off like everything else I’ve tried. It also smells great. So if you are a swimmer, I highly recommend this!

In the summertime my feet get torn up! Between running, hiking, swimming and wearing flip flops and sandals, I get really dry and cracked feet. Sometimes that happens in the winter, too, but usually it’s not too bad. I’ve tried a lot of different things out there and nothing really worked that well. Then I discovered this stuff: O’Keeffe’s for Healthy Feet Foot Cream

Seriously amazing! It’s like magic! It healed the dry, cracked feet almost overnight. I love this stuff!

A friend on Facebook recently raved about rosehip oil for a long list of skin issues. I decided to give it a try. I am not quite sure yet what I think about it. It feels really nice on my skin and so far it seems to be working well as a moisturizer (and for my psoriasis), but it ironically doesn’t smell very good. I was expecting it to smell like roses but it doesn’t.

Facial:

As a gift, my mother-in-law got me a massage and facial at the local Hand and Stone Spa. I had a really nice massage there recently and then I went back for the facial. I got a facial once before, when I was teenager. I don’t remember much about it…it was a long time ago. 😉

I’ve never seen the appeal of facials because I have such difficult, sensitive skin. I didn’t want to go and pay a lot of money for something that was just going to make me break out.

I had a day off recently and saw Dan for the facial. I told him I had super sensitive skin and we talked about my skin issues and I told him how sensitive I can be. He did a fabulous job! I would love to go back and get another one with him. He was super nice and friendly and chatty and very informative.

I was really worried that my face would be irritated or super red and broken out after the facial. Thankfully that didn’t happen! Here are before and after photos:

No redness! And my skin felt so awesome afterwards. I wish I could remember every thing he did…he cleansed, used toner, did a facial/neck/shoulder massage with almond oil, did a few different masques and put several hydrating lotions on my skin. He did not recommend any kind of peel or Microderm abrasion type procedure because my skin is so sensitive.

The whole experience was blissful and relaxing and my skin felt so good afterwards! I told him about how I swim once a week and he had some recommendations for my skin. I ended up buying this kit that is for super moisturizing skin (a lot of the products were used during my facial):

I’d like to go back in the future and do it again.

Are there any skin products that you absolutely swear by? Let me know!