5 Things I’m Loving Lately

This post isn’t really RV related. It was inspired by my best friend Jess, who has a similar “5 Things” weekly post on her blog. Rolling On A Whim is an outlet for me, and I wrote on a lot of things, not just RVing. In fact, one of my most popular posts was about motherhood. Don’t expect this post to be as poignant as that one – but in a spirit of lightheartedness, here are a few things I’ve been loving lately.

1. My New Skincare Routine

Okay…I’m trying really hard to get into a skincare routine. After years of using whatever face-wash I want to that day and really not much else, I want to try to be consistent with my skincare in the hopes that I can improve some dark spots I have as well as the texture of my skin – it could be the dry air, but I’m looking rough (literally). I’m also using sunscreen and staying out of the sun as much as possible after a lifetime of not being vary careful about my sun habits because my skin is dark and never burns. So here’s what I have been using for my routine:

Facewash: Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Facewash

I love this stuff, and have since got my sister hooked on it as well. It cleans so well…your face literally feels squeaky clean…without being drying. The smell (mint) is amazing and you can use a tiny bit because it froths up. I have a feeling this tube of face-wash will last me a long time. 

Toner: Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner

This toner was suggested by an employee at Ulta. I’m not sure how true this is, but she explained that a toner brings your face back to the correct pH after washing, as well as removes any bits of face-wash that you didn’t completely rinse off.  She said that it primes the face for the next step: the serum. Good enough of an explanation for me, especially because it’s only $6.

Serum: Derma-E Vitamin C Concentrated Serum with Hyaluronic Acid

I like this serum a lot! It’s a another suggestion from the Ulta employee. She said it’s a good entry-level serum (maybe because it’s only $20?). It’s supposed to help with dark spots, and I haven’t been using it long enough to know if it actually does…but it makes my skin look better – maybe it’s the Hyaluronic Acid? It’s only $20 and it’s twice the size of most serums, so I’m really happy with the value.

Moisturizer: 3 Different Ones

Currently I have 3 different moisturizers:

I’ve been using a combination of the night-a-mins and CeraVe PM for at least a year now. I love them both and feel that they both make my skin happy! Despite the name, I’ve been using the CeraVe PM in the morning, and the night-a-mins at night. It looks like Origins no longer sells the version of night-a-mins that I have – they came out with a new version. I’ve added the Garnier moisturizer as my AM moisture only recently. I like it because it has SPF in it and it has Vitamin C, which is supposed to help with sun damage. I’ve only been using it for about a week so I feel like I can’t comment on it yet, but so far, so good.

This is really the first time in my life I’ve been consistent with a skincare routine (aside from a time when I was targeting acne, but that isn’t my primary concern anymore) so it will be interesting to see if I end up seeing any results. Most of it is drugstore brands, so nothing fancy. We’ll see!

 

2. The Fall Season

Last year, we didn’t experience fall because we were in Florida. We weren’t too upset about it though – the beautiful beaches we saw more than made up for the lack of pretty leaves, but we are excited to experience Fall again this year. It was a consideration when we were planning a route – we wanted fall colors and fall weather this year. And Calla has a pretty sweet Minnie costume for trick-or-treating courtesy of her Grandma and Great-Grandma – so we need to make sure that happens this year! 

Ducks have been visiting the campsite, much to Calla’s delight

Fall is already starting here in Colorado. There’s a chill in the air, leaves are falling, and it just smells like Fall – a very familiar smell to us growing up in Pennsylvania. In the next couple weeks we are going to head into the Rockies and try to catch some fall grandeur in the higher elevations but for now our little tree shedding its leaves right outside the camper here in Fort Collins will have to do. 

The leaves are just starting to turn, but there are a lot on the ground already

3. FaceTime

I’m so thankful for FaceTime. We use it a lot to call both sets of grandparents, my sister, and my brother. Calla constantly points at the phone and wants to talk to her Pap-Pap. We use FaceTime so often that if it’s a phone call (no video) she looks at the screen in confusion. Thanks to our families for always being willing to pick up the phone and give Calla a peek into your day! I’m so thankful that this technology exists. 

Who can resist this kid? Two different socks on…she’s definitely my child!

 

4. Born This Way

When we are boondocking and don’t have electricity, it’s hard to watch TV. Well, first of all, we never have cable TV. What we do have are our laptops + online streaming. So when we don’t have electricity, we can’t easily charge our laptops, and we don’t want to waste the battery by streaming a bunch of video. Every time we’ve had electricity lately, I’ve taken the opportunity to watch Born This Way. This show chronicles the lives of young adults with Down Syndrome. I absolutely love this show and have been watching it since it’s first season! 

In a world of trashy reality TV, this show is a bright light. It’s the opposite of trashy. Rachel is my favorite person on the show. Any other Rachel fans out there? She’s the best! 

The cast of Born This Way. Rachel is in the dress. Photo credit: TBR News Media

 

5. Civilization

There’s something about being around other people that gives me energy. After spending a bunch of time in sparsely populated areas of Wyoming and Idaho, I’m happy to be back around a city again. There are libraries, stores, gyms, meetups, other people out and about — as relaxing as solitary time in nature is, I sometimes miss the pulse of life that a city brings. 

Solitude in Idaho
Okay – we did have a visitor to our boondocking spot outside of Laramie WY
With civilization comes playgrounds. Last night we went to 2 different ones within 2 hours.

 

That’s it! 5 random things that I’ve been loving lately.

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