A gratitude journal is a really simple concept, you just write down a few things that you are grateful for each day. Of course you can make it a little more difficult, by trying not to list the same things more than once, or by setting yourself a higher standard and requiring yourself to list a higher number of items each time.
By keeping a gratitude journal, you are setting yourself up for a happier, less-stressful, more optimistic life; who doesn’t want that? There’s even scientific evidence to prove that keeping a gratitude journal can make your feel better about your life overall, be more optimistic about the future, and even have fewer health problems!
As luck would have it, I bought a two-pack of journals a year ago at CostCo and only used one of them — the journal that i wrote in and completely filled in 2013. So I just so happen to already have a blank journal just begging me to turn it into a gratitude journal; and it’s even better that I decided not to keep a traditional written journal this year, huh? Talk about meant to be!
If you are wanting to start a gratitude journal, you don’t even need pen and paper; there are apps for apple iOS products, for android users, or you can even record the things that you are grateful for each day through a free email service! Just type “gratitude journal” in the search bar of the Apple app store, google play store, or your search engine of choice!
I started my gratitude journal a little over a month ago as one of my ’101 in 1001′ goals, and I feel like every time I write in it I feel calmer and happier, so that scientific research must have been on to something good!
Baking soda isn’t only used for baking! Did you know that baking soda is a natural product that can be useful in your skin care routine in many ways?
When used as a mask baking soda will help to remove oil over-secretion, minimize acne and remove blackheads.
You can add a small amount to your regular face wash and it will make it gently exfoliating and help to remove dead skin cells, or for a natural face wash simply mix baking soda and water!
If you add a small amount to your shampoo it can help to remove product build-up — making your shampoo be more effective!
Baking soda can be used as toothpaste, mouth wash, deodorant, dry shampoo, make-up brush cleaner, hairbrush and comb cleaner, body scrub, foot soak or detox bath, and there are many other uses as well!
Check out these articles for suggestions on how to use baking soda!
“Beauty Benefits of Baking Soda” on stylecraze.com
“15 Ways to Use Baking Soda in Your Beauty Routine” on thegloss.com
“51 Fantastic Uses for Baking Soda” on care2.com
Baking soda has been great for my oily skin! Do you use any natural products in your skin care or beauty routine?
Have you ever been in a fight with one of your loved ones, and then soon afterwards they are all sweet and loving towards you, which is great, but you don’t want to be loving towards them because nothing has changed? Don’t you hate that?
That is what my relationship with my husband has been like lately; fighting over the same things and yet nothing ever changes. Okay, enough about my life, that’s not what this blog is supposed to be about anyway.
I have been finding it difficult to make time for blogging; and not having access to an actual computer (read: not tablet) to do it on isn’t helping matters either.
Is it funny that given the choice between a new computer (either desktop or laptop) or a new DSLR camera (which I’m also in need of, seeing as our current is old and not working correctly anymore) that I would probably choose the camera? I would rather have the camera first to a) capture family memories and b) to use for fun and enjoyment. I haven’t been taking any photos since that camera stopped working, and it’s been months, and it makes me sad to think about it!
What’s more important to you: a camera or a computer?
I don’t think I’ve mentioned this on the blog yet, but I created a 101 goals to complete in 1001 days list that officially started on January 1st, 2014. I thought it might be better for me to have a longer time limit (I usually do yearly goals) and I always love looking over other people’s 101 in 1001 lists!
It’s already been 31 days and I don’t have anything completed from my list, although I do have a few things in progress such as: Learn 50 new things by clicking the random articles button on Wikipedia, Watch 26 movies I’ve never seen before starting with each letter of the alphabet, Listen to the Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 greatest songs of all time, and Be able to name all the bones in my body.
You can view my 101 things in 1001 days list here. I will probably be copying the list over to a new page on my blog eventually though!
I’ve been buying more and more nail polish recently, and Revlon nail polish is my current favorite. I still prefer using Sally Hansen products as my base coat and top coat though.
I need to start buying some Spring colors of nail polish, as everything I currently own is dark and more Fall/Winter toned colors. Some nice light colors would be perfect.
I still eat tons of sugar. I love soda, I love candy and chocolate and anything else with lots of sugar. And I also drink tea and add a spoonful of sugar to that as well! I’m addicted — send help! I’m actually out of sugar at the house and I was thinking that instead of buying a bag of sugar (like you’d use for baking) that I might buy one of those bags filled with tiny packets of sugar instead, just for adding to drinks. I think that would help me to keep better track of how much sugar I’m adding to things, and if I want to bake something I can just use brown sugar for that. Really I just need to stop spending money on soda and candy, you know? Maybe one of these days I’ll get my sugar cravings under control.
I got a yoga mat for Christmas and I still have yet to use it. Is it my fault that we live in a small older home and that currently we have a puzzle set up on the floor of the living room that we’re working on putting together? That living room is small and that darn panoramic 1000pc puzzle takes up a lot of space!
What I really should be spending my money on is new clothes, and jeans in particular. The amount of clothing that I own is pretty pathetic, and it’s even more pathetic that I rarely ever actually buy any new clothes.
So I spend my money on nail polish, and junk food. What do you spend your money on?
Image source: The Project Mama – Project Fitness.
Do you use coconut oil? Do you know that coconut oil can be good for your health and has about a million and one different uses? Seriously!
Here is a list of ways that I have personally used coconut oil:
- as a body lotion / moisturizer
- as deodorant
- in place of chapstick
- as cuticle cream
- to treat dandruff
- as eye cream
- as face wash
- as a deep conditioning treatment for my hair
- on the ends of my hair to treat split ends and also to tame flyaways
- as makeup remover
- as massage oil
- as shaving cream
As you can tell from my list I have so far only used coconut oil externally; but now that I’ve just purchased my third jar of coconut oil I want to try using it internally also and I plan to start doing that by adding a spoonful to my smoothies, or using it in place of butter & oil in baking.
For an extensive list of ways to use coconut oil and why it could be beneficial to you check out this link: 333 Uses for Coconut Oil (and that site has loads of great info regarding coconut oil! click around!)
I have been using coconut oil for around 6 months now and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon!
I did mention that I wasn’t sure how often I’d be blogging in that post… and as it turns out it has been a couple of weeks since that last post! Ha!
I am typing this out on my ipad and will have to finish up soon as it’s just about time to pick my son up from school. Speaking of my son he has recently started taking weekly indoor baseball “training” and also weekly indoor soccer “training” — I say training because they don’t have games, it’s just going over the skills and techniques for each sport. He seems to be having fun with it!
As it is, I haven’t *gasp* missed blogging and have been enjoying all that extra free time that used to be reserved just for blogging.
Lets just hope the next post comes sooner than two weeks from now!
It’s about time I get back to blogging again, don’t you agree? Although, I must admit that I’ve had a lovely break; it’s nice not to have to stress myself over getting content posted regularly to my blog and just be able to relax and spend time with my family over the holidays.
I’m not sure exactly how often I’ll be able to blog every week, since the motherboard died on the desktop computer that I’ve been using to prepare and write my blog posts (UGH!) and now we are down to just one working computer (my husband’s laptop) in our house. I do have an iPad, but if I’m wanting to include photos in my blog posts it’s about 100 times easier to use an actual computer to write out my posts. Who knows, if I get desperate I could pull out my ancient laptop that doesn’t stay on unless it’s plugged in to a power outlet and will still randomly shut down itself just for kicks, it might work long enough to crank out a blog post or two. We really need to get another computer!
I still read blogs on a regular basis, but it seems that I’m becoming bored of them.. so I wonder how many other people are still reading blogs, and how many blogs do they keep up with? Is the blogging thing on it’s way out? It’s something to think about!
I’ll be back with another blog post soon!
Lately I have been thinking about…
- Exercise. The only exercise I have been getting has been walking my son to school in the mornings… which, there and back for me, is about a 40 minute walk.. 2-3 times a week. It’s not enough, I’d like to lose about 15 or 20 pounds, I’d like to feel stronger and have more flexibility. I want to start exercising every day, and the only way I’m going to do that is to just suck it up and do it.
- Food. I don’t eat healthy, period. And it’s not fast food that’s the problem, it’s having a lack of fresh fruits and vegetables in the house and just having too much processed food that comes in a box or a can to eat. I’ve also been thinking about the possibility of trying a vegetarian diet, but I’ll have to do some research on that first.
- Screens. I spend too much time on the desktop computer working on blog things, and too much time on the iPad playing games, watching YouTube videos and doing other things that take up time and involve me staring at the screen. There are other things I could be doing instead: household chores, or exercising, for instance; but instead I am staring a screen. I don’t like that I do this, and somehow I lack the will to change it. Sometimes change can be such a slow process.
What sorts of things have you been thinking about lately?