Wednesday, December 8, 2010

What I Can't Live Without

Ok so obviously, if I had to, I could live with a whole lot less. I think most Americans could. But because it's fun, and Jack is napping, I thought it would be neato to list the things I currently can't live without. Here goes in no particular order:

My morning (mid-day or afternoon) Chai from the Big Train brand. YUM-O. Hands-down the best chai I've ever tasted... and I've tasted a lot. I get it online and sometimes can find it in a local store. Most of my favorite coffee stands carry it as well.

Another thing I drink religiously is Chocolate Silk soymilk. I know some of you are thinking - "gross! soymilk?" But really, it is so very yummy. They even sell it at Walmart! I don't know why I even picked it up, but a couple of years ago, I got hooked. I have it all the time. With a banana and peanutbutter. With toast. With nothing, just for a chocolate craving snack. So yummy!

I don't wear much makeup. I don't wear foundation or anything that feels too cakey. I do like to brighten up my eyes a bit though. This has been the easiest way for me to get my eyes looking pretty, without too much fuss. Almay has these super cool eye makeup sets that come with shadow, liner, and mascara that coordinates with your eye color. I have greenish-blue eyes so I can go with either the blue eye package or the green eye package. Its just nice to get it all in one place and not have to worry about matching the right colors up!

And to get off that eye makeup, definitely pick up some Kirkland Daily Facial brand moistened eye towelettes. They are a great, quick facial cleanser. When you buy them from Costco, you get a couple different sized packages. The small ones are perfect for travel.

Oh my Aloe Lips! How could I live without you? I have been using Aloe Lips my whole life. Each and every Christmas my parents give me a huge package to last the whole year. It is seriously the best chapstick/lip gloss. It actually gives a glossy look, while making cold winter-chapped lips super soft. Aloe in general is such a good thing for the skin. Note: you can't find Aloe Lips in stores (well, stores around here). But you can definitely get it online. Do it!!!!

Another one of my favs is St. Ives Apricot Scrub. I'm pretty sure this scrub has won most every award out there. It works so good, is cheap, and smells yummy! My skin feels great and soft after using this in the shower. Love it!

Going along with what is good for the skin, is my absolute favorite moisturizer - Cetaphil. I have gone to the dermatologist my whole life for skin-related stuff. This was recommended to me years ago and I thank God that Costco now carries it! I slather this stuff all over - head to toe - and it does wonders on dry skin. I also use it as my facial moisturizer... no need to get 2 separate ones.

I am sure loving this trend right now for neutrals in nail polish. I have always liked to have my toe nails painted, but recently, I have gotten back into having my hands done as well. If only I could afford regular manicures and pedicures!

Cute hats! Every mom needs a cute hat. Who really has time to blow-dry/flatiron/curl hair every day? Definitely not me. Hats really come in handy for an early morning Dr. visit or for a quick errand. And winter is an especially good time to get a hat to stay warm. I'm loving hats these days.

I don't care if you think Uggs are ugly. Or that they make you have "elephant feet". Try living in FREEZING, snow-up-to-your-calves Clancy, Montana. They are so very cozy and warm. I think they look good with the right outfit (think leggings/skinny jeans and a long top). Whatev - I love them!

I discovered Hue brand leggings and tights a couple years ago at Anthropologie. They come in the best colors! Right now I am really loving the grey and navy blue ones I wear tucked into my boots.

I have to admit that I haven't been dressing up as much as I used to. But if I do, I make sure to put on my Spanx! Seriously, if you don't have Spanx, get on it! They just smooth in everything so nicely. They come in all different varieties. No panty-lines, no bulges, no nothing but a pretty sillouette of your body.

Scarves. I have about 20 scares of all colors and types. I blame this party on my sis-in-law who bring the most amazing scarves back from China for my mom and I. Same with jewelry... but that is a different post. I think everyone looks great in a scarf. It ties an outfit together and is super cozy. It lets you show a little pizazz, without being too flashy. My friend Beth gave me a knitting book. She told me she learned how to knit from the book and that an easy way to start is with a scarf. That is my January project. I'll let you know how that goes...

Oh yoga pants, I heart you. I would wear you each and every day if I could. Since I am at home so much with Jack, yoga pants, a long tank-top, and a hoodie is my go-to outfit. I normally get my yoga pants from Victoria's Secret and sometimes Target. If I was truly serious about yoga (like my friend, Barb), I would shop at Lululemon Athletica and get my yoga pants from there. In Chicago I stepped into that store and about died. At that point, I wished I was super athletic because the clothes are so cool! For now I'll just settle with my old, ratty, holey yoga pants. They make me happy.

And to end my list of what I can't live without, I'll just tell you about my morning ritual: after feeding jack, turn on the Today Show, while having breakfast. I love this routine. It just makes me feel good. It's what was on TV growing up in the mornings. My favorite is when Kathie Lee and Hoda are on at 10am. Usually that is right before a therapy session for Jack. So I use the time to relax a bit, let Jack play, and pick up our crazy toy-bomb of a living room before the therapist gets to our house. I keep up on pop culture through the show, sprinkled with the news. It's definitely a guilty-pleasure.

So that's my list. I'm sure I forgot something really obvious, and I'm definitely sure it will change in a couple months... but how cool is it that we live in a country where I can even type up a list like this? VERY COOL (blessed) if you ask me!
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Julie said...

I LOVED your list and even learned a few things about you! But most of them I could have guessed. :) And the chai is quickly becoming a habit for me...I'm going to have to order the decaf kind because I really feel much better when I don't have caffeine. In fact, I think that will be my next online stop! :)

Fun post!

Babs said...

Great list. I love reading about the little things that make people tick. And, I spend the majority of the time in yoga pants! It is like wearing pajamas all day. And I absolutely love Lululemon. Their stuff is pricey, but I can attest to how well it holds up!

Lindsay said...

This is fun Jessi! I'll have to steal your idea. :) Thanks for sharing what you're lovin' lately.