swimming

No Green Beer

Did you had a good St. Patty’s Day? We had a pretty good day.

I’d been sick all week off and on, with what I thought was food poisoning (came home sick on Thursday) but it lasted too long to be food poisoning. I called the advice nurse and she said that there was a stomach bug going around. Lucky me! But by Saturday night I was feeling a lot better.

We decided to go out to an early dinner at Tabor Tavern on SE Burnside. I’d never been but Michael found some good reviews online and we were both craving burgers. And they said they were kid friendly!

There were a ton of families with little kids there. That was a good sign!

We arrived at 5:15 (PARTY ANIMALS) and the place was packed! We thought we were being smart by getting there early. Oh well. I guess other people had the same idea–avoid the St. Patty’s Day crowd!

I was happy to see they have my favorite beer on tap! Always a good sign. And NO GREEN BEER!!

We got the Brussels Sprouts appetizer. It had bacon and lemon zest on it. It was delicious!! Logan had a few bites. He does not like Brussels sprouts but he loved the bacon. ๐Ÿ˜‰

We saw a couple at the table next us who had a kid a few years older than Logan. They were SMART–they ordered the kids mac n’ cheese plate first and asked that it come out right away to keep their kid occupied while they waited for their entrees. Pro Move. We took note for next time!

These days Logan lives on mac n’ cheese, grilled cheese and bananas so we ordered him the kids fish n’chips for something different. He had a few bites of the fish but wasn’t a fan. He ate a ton of fries and the peas, so that’s good.

I got the classic burger that had onions, pickles and Russian Dressing and cheese. Michael got the Bleu Cheese burger. I got salad with mine. The burger was tasty but not memorable. Michael agreed. I’d definitely go back, though. It was a cool vibe, the rest of the food was really good (and I had the fish for lunch the next day and it was good!).

On Sunday, I went swimming and did the usual stuff around the house. Then the weather was nice enough after grocery shopping we all went for a walk. Lots of signs of spring! Thank goodness!

For dinner Sunday night, I tried making spaghetti squash in the pressure cooker. I found this recipe and gave it a try.

While the spaghetti squash was cooking, I simmered some sauce with meatballs.

The verdict? Amazing. Game changer. The spaghetti squash was cooked in 8 minutes and it was PERFECT. It shredded into spaghetti noodles like NOTHING. We were both in awe and decided we could have spaghetti squash once a week now because it was SO fast and easy!

Perfect perfect perfect spaghetti squash! Winner!

QUESTION: What did you do for St. Patty’s Day?

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).ย 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:ย 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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!