New Logo!

So. . . What I actually had intended to write about today are my spoiled dogs. BUT. It got too emotional for me because I was writing about my wee little Gato. 💔

So! I want to share with you, instead, my new logo that my very talented brother designed for me!!! It’s most definitely time to start to look a bit more together. Over a little bit of time, I will be updating the look around here again.

So! Tell me below what you think! I’m pretty sure that he will be doing more for us in the future!

Tune in Sunday for a fun playlist!

xoxo

-S

Accidental Resolutions for 2020

Yes, yes – today is Friday and I know that means it’s pop-culture day – but I have nothing prepared for you in that avenue. What I really need to do is finish my Andy Warhol/Velvet Underground spiral – but a.) I can’t find my notebook from 2017 and 2.) I didn’t give myself enough time to do any research – blogs for Fridays take more than a day to research and line out correctly.

SO – enough of that. . .

Let’s chat. . .I have continually talked about New Year’s Resolutions on the blog. In fact, that’s generally the time of year that I *do* actually consistently post.

I’ve talked about it before, but I like making resolutions and I generally start thinking about them around Halloween, and then like a weirdo, plan out what they are going to be and how I’m going to approach them, and day dream about them – instead of just implementing changes a little at a time, as I think of them. I guess I’m just a little wired to start things on the first, or Monday, or New Year’s Day, et cetera. . .

Get to the point, Saho!

Okay – okay – what I mean here is that because of all that I didn’t really make resolutions for 2020. Well I mean, I did. On like December 28th, I wrote out an obligatory list because I sure in the heck was not going to be caught not having resolutions! But. . . they were just filler.

So then about half-way through January I got pretty sick. Like, it’s ground zero for the end of the world in my town because EVERYbody is getting sick. I mean everybody. The hospital was at max capacity at one point. Entire staff’s at businesses have been afflicted at one time. People are getting sick multiple times. . . You think I’m exaggerating. . .

Anyway, I got sick enough that my dude got worried and he went, completely out of character for him, and got me medicine and made sure I took it, and he got me soup and made sure I had that, and got me Gatorade. . . regular good boy stuff. (Yeah I can’t not ramble. . . ) Being that sick all weekend, all I did was sleep. I would wake up freezing cold and put on all of my sweats and grab the electric blanket and just cook myself, then I’d wake up too hot and rip all of that stuff off of me and only have the energy to sit there for a bit before I passed out.

As a result of this it was a good 3 days before I could even attempt to smoke a cigarette, so by the time I was well enough to try to inhale a bunch of tar again it was January 25th and I figured “Meh, I’ve made it this far. I might as well just be done.” and I was. Five weeks tomorrow. There’s a pack-and-a-half of American Spirit Green’s living in my freezer, because I just can’t be brought to waste them. Or. Maybe I am afraid if they aren’t there then I will, you know, need (?) to smoke. . . Quit smoking? Check. (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

On February 11th I started taking advantage of the gym membership my dude got me on February 1st, and I’ve gone every day since (basically. I’ll go into that in further detail probably Monday. . .) . . . Start working out? Check. O(≧▽≦)O

What just naturally pairs with going to the gym? Yeah – it’s clean eating – because really, why do I want to put a bunch of trash into my body after I’ve spent the last hour to and hour-and-a-half running like a weirdo in full sweats? I’m not perfect, nobody is, and it’s only been a couple of weeks. I have no plan as of yet, I’m just making better choices at this time and being somewhat strict with that. March 1st I have a whole PLAN, man. And hopefully I’m still updating you all daily and I can bring you along with me! . . . Clean up my diet? Check. ヾ(〃^∇^)ノ

YOU guys. You guys! So this one needs another facet to it, and that is something we will consciously work on in level 2 (what is level 2? I dunno, but it sounded nice. . .) I hate to get up in the morning. I freaking HATE it. You know this if you’ve been here for any length of time.

Guess what time I’ve been waking up?

No seriously. Stop reading and comment below and let’s see who gets closest.

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No really. It’s okay.

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I’ll wait. . .

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4:44 A.M.

Say that again. Four. Forty-Four. A.M.!

What the heck?! Yeah, it’s literally because if I get up that early I have time to make my dude a nice lunch to take to work and spend some morning time with him. Not going to lie, I go back to bed for like 90 minutes (2 hours. . . ) after he leaves for work. . . That’s the part I need to re-prioritize, but seriously! No snooze on the alarm, just up and at them. 4:44 A.M.!!! . . . Wake up at 5? Check. Kinda. . . ♨(⋆‿⋆)♨

SO!!! I think 3-and-a-half accidental resolutions in the first two months of the decade are pretty good, don’t you? I’d like to expand the ones I’ve started and slowly add more.

What are your resolutions this year? How are you doing with them? Do you need a motivation buddy? Leave me a comment and let me know! Maybe we can start a support group!

They don’t have to be the same as mine.

Ooo! I also want to know if you’d be interested in a list of weird/unexpected affects I’ve run into since I’ve quit smoking!

I hope you have just a DUCKY day.

xoxo

-S

A Saho Kind of Night Routine

A few months ago I decided that it was actually pretty important for me to have a regular night routine to help keep me grounded and reduce stress because, I tell you what, 2019 was a crazy – all over the place – kind of year. (I still owe you a real recap of that mess. . .)

I knew that it was important to me to combine some functionality as well as some “self-care” into my routine – otherwise I couldn’t keep that balance. I want to say about October is when I decided that this is what I would really truly do nightly and I just kind of picked one thing and then slowly built my routine around that.

(I’m still working the kinks out of my morning routine, so one day when I’m not so wishy-washy about it, I’ll write you a little post about that as well.)

What started off as having a cup of tea and lighting a candle to wind down has become this:

Tidy Up: (15 minutes time, max)

– Put the last load of laundry in the dryer

– Clean any dishes left from after dinner/wipe down kitchen counters

– Set up coffee for tomorrow/set up what I need to make lunches in the morning

– Pick up the dogs’ toys

– Pick up the “closet room” (just a punctuation to the fact that we live in excess. . . but come-on, an entire room as a closet? Yes, please.)

Bedroom Prep: (2 minutes, probably. . . unless you need to pet a dog that is laying on the bed.)

– Close the curtains

– Light a candle

  • I’m just really into candles lately as far as mood for the room. I like the way the light and the way the smell affect the ambiance. Shoot, I have a candle in the kitchen, too. Right now all of my candles are from Family Dollar because they actually have some nice scents! The one in the bathroom is “rain” scented, and the one in my bedroom is Frankincense and Myrrh.

– Set out out a cup of tea

  • Since this is a night routine, the tea should be anything that is non-caffeinated. My mom has recently been getting us this chamomile tea from grove.co and we are hooked! Especially with local honey whisked in! Yummm. My absolute favorite tea in the whole wide world is Licorice Spice by Stash, and my dude’s recommendation is any Sleepytime Tea by Celestial Seasonings. But really, any delicious herbal tea will do!

– Set out water in copper cup – this seems really weird probably, but I read that an ayurvedic practice is to drink water from a copper cup because there are a lot of benefits. I don’t feel too qualified to really go into detail about that for your here, so I’m going to link some information (to the copper cup)*.

– Set out over-night water bottle (notice a water theme here? This girl will never go thirsty – I may not even need this, but better to have it and not need it – you knowwww)

  • This is my favorite water bottle right now!

– Turn on the Salt Lamp

– Set alarm/put phone “to bed” (This is actually done post-shower, but that doesn’t fit my categories)

– Set out 2-cup serving of “morning water” – to drink first thing when I shut my alarm off

Wash the Day Away: (Yeah – let’s be honest – this part takes about 30 minutes)

– Start a hot shower

– Light a candle/make sure salt lamp is on (yes I DO have a salt lamp in the bathroom as well!)

– Turn out the lights (there’s plenty of peaceful light from the candle(s) and salt lamp)

– Turn on Sound Bot and set music to some relaxing spa music or 528hz music

  • I linked the Sound Bot on Amazon. They are so cool! It’s a blue tooth speaker that is set to have amazing shower accoustics and you can even take a call in the shower if you’re about that life. . .
  • I literally just type into youtube “relaxing spa music” and pick one.

– Brush teeth/pop in a tablespoon of coconut oil to oil pull while in shower

– Take a nice relaxing shower

  • Scents I enjoy for my products are: coconut, coconut oil, charcoal, sea salt, sea mineral, amber, honey. . . I find that those tend to make me feel really good.

– Dry off/rub down with coconut oil

– Blow out the candle

The Final Descent: (30ish minutes + however long it takes)

–  Migrate to the bed room and put on some comfy pjs

– Do some kind of yoga – there is a 30-Day yoga challenge that I will probably start tomorrow. I have done it before and tend to really enjoy it, but I’ve never made it all the way through – I’ll do a separate post on this!

– Pull a tarot card/do a tarot reading (Maybe) Meh! I’ve been into it lately. I like it, it’s interesting. Also my brother got me a really cool crystal ball for Christmas so it gives me a chance to put it to good use, too!

– Brain dump in notebook – this is very important for me, because if I don’t I’ll just sit up all night an worry about tiny things. This way I can go through my notebook in the morning and address whatever I “dumped”.

– Enjoy my tea and copper cup water (throughout this whole time)

– Blow out the candle and go to sleep zzzZZZzzz

That somewhat seems like a lot, but it’s really not – I put 15 minutes down for tidying up, I’m willing to bet it’s more like 5 minutes. This whole process likely takes just about an hour – mostly depending on how much I’m enjoying the hot water and how long the yoga routine that I choose is.

Yes – I do generally take a shower every single day. This may seem contradictory on two levels – my long hair journey and my environmental impact/awareness. First off – I don’t wash my hair every day, if I did, it would be so hard to deal with. Second, and more importantly – yes I understand that daily showers is an excessive use of water. First world problems, and all of that (I really shouldn’t have such a flippant attitude regarding that, but I do). I am very fortunate that I live in a country where I have the privilege to choose to “waste” water on a daily basis. I have always been the type to shower at least once a day – let’s count this as a win that I don’t shower twice a day anymore. Also, I go to the gym every single day – I refuse to not wash that off of me. Also, I am just not going to be clean because it makes me feel good and relaxed and I need that.

I hope this maybe inspired you to start a night routine, or if you have one, it gave you some ideas.

Comment below and let me know what you do for your night routine or if you have any suggestions for me I’d love to see!

Sweet Dreams!!!

xoxo

-S

* Nothing that I have linked am I in any way affiliated with, I am just intending to be transparent with the products I use. The copper drinking method link and the oil pulling link are just thorough links I found and the author of said articles do not necessarily reflect any my own personal opinions and vice versa.

Did You Miss Me?

I did – sorry about that – I went through a funk. . .  Let’s see if I can’t kick this back off.

I have some ideas.

Changes are coming – maybe? Maybe not. Maybe I’ll just post more. Maybe I won’t.

I promise nothing.

xoxo

-S

Mostly a listless rant. . .

Today’s topic is mental health and that’s quite fitting considering the funk I’ve been in lately.

I mentioned previously that one of my jobs went out of business the end of March and I was excited to have free time. I am – don’t get me wrong. I gave way to much of my time and my heart to that job that, in all honestly, was completely thankless.

The trouble is, and I knew this would happen to me eventually – it’s just much MUCH sooner than I anticipated, I am feeling lost, and angsty, and bored, and like I’m completely unfulfilled. I go through this a lot when I’m not working bookoo over-time.

I don’t know what I want and I think that’s been the issue all along. When I’m working two, or three, or five jobs and/or in school I don’t have the time to think about that. Which in a way was good, but in another way was really detrimental because I didn’t allow myself to focus on what I do want.

I’ll tell you what I don’t want. I don’t want to work some meaningless, boring-ass job for the rest of my life, and never get ahead, and never do things like travel and create. Yes, yes. You spoiled girl, every person feels that way. But in the the grand scheme of things I’m young – I just don’t think I can go through the rest of my life feeling like this and struggling in my mind.

I DO want to travel and write. I’m not the best writer, but I enjoy it. Like – why can’t I have a job where I go to cool places and write about it and do like cool photo-journalist stuff? How do you do that? Oh – with no degree – I don’t intend to go back to school.

But I also want to do a million other things, too, so. . .

When I get like this I don’t want to do a damned thing. I just want to sleep all of the time and I feel exhausted, and I can’t convince myself to get out of bed. <– I’ve REALLY been pushing myself out of this mode lately, but my body and mind are fighting back so hard.

I’m spinning in a circle and I don’t know how to stop it.

I need to just sit down and really narrow down what actually matters to me and what I want to do with those things I’m passionate about.

Because I’ll tell you what – the idea of next year being in this same situation just makes me sick. Even if I’m still broke, if I’m focusing my effort on something I actually care about and want to do I’ll be happier. I’m not one to do something I don’t want to do for very long. I can’t be that person that just hunkers down at a job because it pays the bills.

It’s a trap we all fall into at some point, but I can’t help but be jealous of some of the people I watch on YouTube. Not that I’m jealous they are a “YouTuber”, though I am a little. . ., it’s that it kills a little piece of me that some of them are presenting themselves in a way – or – living in a way that I wanted to so badly when I was their age. Granted I’m 10 – 15 years older than they are, so that’s a bit pathetic, but I allowed myself to be dictated by what other people thought of me. Why did I do that? Please don’t ever do that. It’s hard not to hold other people’s opinions high and make decisions based on that, but your happiness really counts on you being you.

SO. . .

I don’t know what I’m exactly getting at here, or what the solution is at this point, but I know I need to find the way back out. ┐(‘~`;)┌

That’s all for now, thanks for reading!

xoxo

-S

Snow Day and Regrowing Kitchen Scraps

Today was a Snow Day.

. . . What?

It’s April 10th. I just *literally* talked about how “spring has sprung” and there is so much to do outside, et cetera, et cetera, and here we are experiencing a snow day.

No matter! I actually love snow days. I love, love, LOVE getting snowed in. When I was a kid that meant no school (heck yeah! School was the worst ☉▵☉凸) and as an adult it meant no work (see the previous sentiment). What that used to equate to for me was sleeping until noon and getting up and watching T.V.

Not anymore! For the last year or so I absolutely adored snow days because it meant a cozy fire and me cooking all day and/or snuggling on the couch with my dog/dogs. ♥‿♥ So – still a hint of the laziness factor, but much more productive and soothing with cups and cups of piping hot coffee. Or tea (which has been my passion lately). Or hot cocoa (homemade of course).

The only sad thing about the snow day today is that I’ve got such an itchy case of spring fever! I want to get my gardens lined out and just start growing. Honestly, for my zone, it’s too early anyway – but that’s not going to stop me from starting seeds!

At any rate – I spent most of my day cleaning and have been working on an all day batch of chicken and noodles that I’m about to complete with the addition of some mashed potatoes and beer bread. Yummy!

Since last fall, I’ve started really taking up a fascination with regrowing kitchen scraps. Why do I always choose to do this stuff in the winter when I’m not very well equipped to grow something? Gah!

Here’s what I’ve got right now:

 

Butter Lettuce

This one is Butter Lettuce. My absolute favorite lettuce! I cheated a little bit because I bought it in one of those clam shell boxes that the lettuce has the root attached. I just stuck it some water in a sunny window. It seems to be doing pretty good after about three or so weeks. (I just started a gardening journal on Monday so I don’t really know what date I started any of these on. Bad Saho!)

Celery

From left to right: a leek in water (BUT I don’t think guy is going to make it. I got it from my brother-in-law and I think he cut it too close to the bottom, but I wanted to try it anyway.) This on is from St. Patrick’s day. Next is a celery in water with a few stones at the bottom. It’s the oldest one I have going and the healthiest. I started this one some time in February just from the end of the celery when I was done with it. They seem to be pretty hearty! Lastly is an ice berg lettuce heart from last Saturday, in water. It’s doing better than the picture makes it look. I seem to struggle with these guys. I always end up trying to grow them and they do well for a little while and then seem to fizzle out. Hopefully, if this one takes off I can get it into some soil fast enough and it will do great!

Potatoes

And finally. . . This is the stuff I have ready to start. 2 sweet potatoes that have been growing slips since before I had to put my sweet little Gato dog down.       o(╥﹏╥)o There is a russet potato that I pulled from the basket today, a golden potato in the back that you can barely even tell what it is because it is SO ready to go in the soil. It’s from probably Thanksgiving. A garlic that I want to plant. Also there is a single yellow cherry tomato. We get these from the grocery shopping store all of the time and we love them so I’m going to grow it from a slice this year. I tried that method out on a slicing tomato from the store in January and it worked really well, but it needed to go in the ground and I had no ground to put it in, so it expired. Dang it.

Confession time: sometimes I murder plants. ●︿● My mom told me the other day that my brother thinks that I’m half chlorophyll and my sister complained to me recently about how she doesn’t have a green thumb and I do. But I was there once, as well, and a lot of the time I still am. I do have great success growing plants, but I have just as much failure. The only reason I have the knowledge that I do is the trial and error that comes with it. Nobody is good at growing plants right away. I don’t care what they tell you.

So get out there and try it! I know my mom had some really good luck growing carrot tops! They are so pretty!

What have you grown recently? Are you experimenting with any kitchen scrap re-growth? Do you have spring fever as bad as I do? Let me know in the comments below!

XoXo

-S

P.S.- Sorry for the delay on this one today, it seems as though the storm was severely affecting my internet connection. Sad Face.

To ipsy or not to ipsy. . . that is the question, now isn’t it?

Where to begin?

This month I am, again, patiently awaiting the arrival of my ipsy glam bag. My gal pal who also is subscribed does the sneak peak in the app because she wants to know what she’s getting, but I’m that weirdo who loves surprises!

Back up! It’s like $10/month, right? Well that adds up and a girl has bills. So I tried to cancel, I think, in February, and they said “hey – what about skipping this month to help with your budget?” Sure. Why not? Maybe I’ll feel better about it next month. But I didn’t so I again, tried to cancel, and they said “HEY – what about a free bag?” So I said sure. I love free stuff. And then I cancelled. But did I? I know I went through the motions, yet I still received a charge to my bank account from ipsy this month. So here I am waiting.

You know? I do like ipsy. . . but sometimes I feel like it’s junk. (No – no. It’s good product, but generally stuff I won’t use or don’t use? Even when I update my profile.)

If I put it in this perspective for myself – I simply haven’t bought any make-up since I joined aside from the eyebrow pencil and mascara that I use regularly. So $10/month to not buy any more make-up? That’s a plus. The bags I sometimes love and sometimes detest.

I dunno. I haven’t decided.

Perhaps what I’ll do is an “un-boxing” when I get my bag? Do people still do that?

MAYBE I’ll put together a look using just what’s in the bag (and of course I’ll add anything vital that may or may not come with?) And an honest review of the products?

What do you think? Tell me in the comments below what you want me to do with this stuff when I get it!

Oh yeah. Hashtag-Not-A-Sponsor.

BUT! ipsy if you want to sponsor me, hit me up! heh. heh. hehhhhh.

xoxo

-S

P.S. – I have SO stinking much make-up I need to do something with it for organization, and Pinterest, Google, Instagram, et CETERA, are not providing me with the proper inspiration. WHICH MEANS – I will have to come up with something my damned self and make you a blog. Which I will also pin. Hekka good.