Monday, November 14, 2011

Autumn Beauty Routine

What I'm using today: Bliss's Hot Salt Body Scrub, from Sephora

Today I'm taking care of myself so I'll continue to look my best through the holidays. I'm not obsessing over trying to be beautiful or glamorous or anything like that, just making sure I feel pretty when I go to next weekend's round of parties, dinners, lunches and cafes.


  • Do you have a recent photo of your pet? I've seen so many Lost Pet posters lately, it reminds me to keep a missing pet poster ready to go on my computer at all times. Hopefully my dogs will never get lost (and they have clearly marked identification on their collars) but if they do, I'll be able to immediately print off a poster with their picture and my phone number.

  • Take a different route home from work today. It varies your routine, and helps make sure you're familiar with your neighborhood in case of road closures or weather emergencies, etc.

  • Make time for a phone call to a family member tonight. If you're worried about not being able to get off the phone before bedtime (I have some particularly chatty relatives I don't call often because they don't hear my "I need to go to bed now") enlist the help of your child or partner for an interruption after X amount of time.

  • Are you keeping up with your book club reading, if any?

TODAY'S PROJECT: Autumn Beauty

Origins Zero Oil Oil-Free Moisture Lotion, at Sephora

Today I'm making time to take care of my skin and body. I'll be shaving, sea salt scrubbing, moisturizing, and giving myself a manicure and pedicure. No room in the budget for a professional manicure and pedicure right now.

I also probably need to redo my roots (my hair is currently dyed brown but some gray is showing).

I'll make a relaxing evening of it with good music, wine, my fireplace, and maybe a half hour TV show to enjoy.

LOVELY BLOGS: Annie's Eats

"Making your days taste better." Annie seems to have boundless energy. She's a wife, mom, physician, baker and photographer. I'm enjoying her recent posts on pumpkin cream cheese muffins, mushroom and brown rice casserole (I might make that one for dinner tonight) and DIY pumpkin pie spice. I love that she includes a printer-friendly version of each recipe - that adds an extra step for her but is so handy for us readers!


America's Best Airport Restaurants (Slate)

Buttermilk Macaroni and Cheese (Cassie Craves)

Kahlua Sweet Potato Pie with Kahlua Whipped Cream (Worth the Whisk)

Tips from the Pros on Holiday Cooking (Seattle Times)

When Did Thanksgiving Become Potluck? (CHOW)

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