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Saturday, March 17th

I really love using face cleansing pads. Washing your face is a pain in the ass with a tiny sink, in a bathroom too narrow to even bend all the way over. So, when not showering, I usually use face wipes. I had just recently run out of some. And decided to try making my own. There’s a million recipes out there, it’s actually kind of overwhelming. I decided to combine a few of them and came up with this:

  • 1/4 c witch hazel
  • 2 T almond oil
  • 1 t vitamin E
  • 3 drops of lavender oil
  • 3 drops of frankincense oil

Witch hazel is supposed to be great for inflammation, clearing out pores, and blackheads. Balancing skin moisture. All kinds of benefits, I just know when I pop a zit and rub some witch hazel on it, it goes away pretty quickly.

Almond oil is just a softer option than coconut oil. I’ve read coconut oil can be oily, which makes sense. And I’m already pretty oily on my own. I’m also running low on coconut oil, so why not? Almond oil is naturally antibacterial and cleansing, it supposedly combats UV damage as well.

Vitamin E has “skin lightening” affects and is healing of scars. Supposedly anti-aging, it’s beneficial for the entire body, inside and out. I used to just use it straight as lotion sometimes, but again, oil is a bit… oily. Who knew?

Lavender essential oil is calming, but it also has all kinds of other good qualities. It’s anti-bacterial as well, so that makes it good for a face wash. It also helps with eczema, something I’m paranoid that I have, every time I itch.

Frankincense is like, the best essential oil out there. On the face, it should help prevent age spot, wrinkles, and dry skin. Everything I’ve read says it’s best combined with lavender because they have a lot of the same qualities and blend well together.

I’ve been letting the cotton pads soaked all day so haven’t actually tried it out yet. If this one doesn’t work/isn’t what I like, there are a plethora of other options to try!

I also made my own almond milk. Soaked one cup of almonds in boiling water for an hour, drained them. Blended in the blender with enough water to cover the almonds, then strained it all into a bowl. Once all the milk strained out, I poured it into a mason jar and filled it up with more filtered water. It’s that easy. I only needed about a cup for some recipes, but this made 2 cups.

I’m planning on using that leftover almond pulp for some home granola. This will be a first try, and I can’t decide on what kind of flavorings and spices, so I think I’ll go with good ol trusty cinnamon & honey. But if it’s no good, again, millions of other varieties out there. I will try again!

Side note: I forgot to weigh myself Wednesday morning. And I did not like the number I saw Wednesday evening. So, I’m just skipping it this week. Next week, I will remember! I set an alarm for myself. Nothing too exciting on the workout front either. I swam about 40 laps Thursday and that felt amazing. The rest was basic and I’d just be repeating myself. I think I’ll add on some additional weights next week.


Saturday, March 10th

I am the kinda person who gets stressed out by clutter. It honestly affects me, emotionally. That is not to say that I don’t collect a lot of things. I am a bit of a hoarder, but an incredibly organized one. If I can collect something and neatly pack it away, that makes me happy. Even if I never see that thing again, it feels nice that it’s organized and neatly put away. Ya see, the thing is, that’s hoarding, in every sense of the word. So, for the past few months, I’ve been trying to unload all my…. shit.

Today, I went through all my “beauty products”. This includes nail polish, samples of make up I never wear, foundation that doesn’t even match my skin, 10 tubes of mascara I’ve literally never touched, etc. I have a buncha lil samples of shampoo, conditioner, lotions. I condensed em all into one container for each. That’s probably sacrilege for some of those brands, but I’m done with all these tiny travel sizes of bottles I never want to take and use up. I know if it’s all in one container, I will use that shit up, and it’ll finally get outa here. Plus, look how cute this lotion looks in an old jam jar:

I don’t care that there’s all kinds of smells in that jar. I know myself and I know I am more likely to actually use it all up this way. In a central location, clear container, I can dip my whole hand in there and slather it on. Not in tiny lil tubes I need to use up one by one, that are hard to squirt out. I did the same for the shampoos, conditioners, body wash, and lotions made specifically for the face. All thrown together into one container, no matter what brand, smell, purpose, it got mixed in with all the rest.

It felt so good to throw away all those tiny travel sized bottles and dumb make ups I never even think of using. I kept going, on to the earrings I never wear, the necklaces that I actually hate but still have for some reason, the bracelets that have never been worn. The millions of unused hair ties, how many hair ties does a girl need!? The hair clips I have never used even one single time. The tiny to medium to big sized combs, why so many combs? I barely even brush my hair. Get outa my life!

This freed up so much space for me to better enjoy the products that I actually do love using. Opening up even more space in our “closet room”.

Reminiscent of the clothing dump I did a couple months ago. Getting dressed in the mornings is less painful when there are less options that you HATE, staring you in the face. I was holding on to clothes I wanted to like, wanted to fit me again, or never actually did fit me in the first place. Clothes I thought were valuable, even if I had no interest whatsoever in wearing them. Shoes that hurt my feet to even look at. Underwear that never fit me but I was too lazy to return. Pantyhose with big old holes in them! What? Why??

Besides the obvious benefit of freeing up SPACE. Space to Breathe! Space to think! This practice makes me more mindful of what I bring home. Items I purchase. I’m always looking at lotions, shampoos, hair products, without even considering the plenty I already own. Why should I buy more of anything when I’m not valuing what I already have? This is especially true of the clothes, I (and I’m sure I’m not alone here) am always thinking “I have nothing to wear”. When in fact, I have weeks of clothes to wear. Even after getting rid of 60% of my wardrobe, I still probably own a month’s worth of clothes I could wear without doing any laundry… for a whole month! That is NOT “nothing to wear”.

Because of this (and this audiobook I recently listened to), I’ve decided to challenge myself to a month of No Shopping. I started March 1st and right now, it’s going so great, I’m already considering going longer. I was planning to grocery shop today, but decided instead, to opt for using up ingredients that are already here.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to deprive myself of necessities, fun things, and wonderful experiences. So, I created a list of things I will allow myself to spend money on, without any guilt:

  • Groceries
  • Uber when I just can’t deal with the bus, but only when it’s under $3 for a shared ride.
  • Experiences. This includes:
    • Eating out, as long as it’s with someone and not just a lazy lunch.
    • Entertainment, like a comedy show or movie, date night.
    • Travel, obviously.
  • My monthly, totally unnecessary expenses:
    • Clothing rental. Renting clothes keeps me from buying clothes.
    • for audiobooks – this gets me 1 free book/month. This could’ve gone in the entertainment category too.
    • Gym, but I have to keep up with going!
    • I recently signed up for a couple monthly “plant” boxes that I haven’t even received yet, I might cancel after a few. But for now, I can’t wait to see what they send and hope I don’t kill it.
  • Any products related to making something, myself. This no shopping has had the unexpected effect of making me interested in DIYing. I’ve already made hand soap and a face wash that I am LOVING.

I’ve gotten rid of so much junk in my apartment already. I think if I’m able to let go of anything more, I am going to document it. Because everything I have right now are things I didn’t want to let go of the first time I made a sweep. That doesn’t mean I won’t want to get rid of it in the future though. I remember a time when everything I owned fit into a 2-door car and a truck, and even then, I had a buncha junk. No one needs this much stuff, but damn does it feel good to unload it.