Things are just things, I know. But sometimes, things really do bring us a little everyday joy, or at minimum, ease.
I thought I would start a new series where I share some of the "stuff" that has made our family a little happier. None of this is sponsored (although the amazon links are affiliate), so these are genuinely things that we use and love.
First, here are some facial products that have helped my now-acne-prone skin. I was lucky to not really struggle with bad skin as a teen--just your normal rounds with zits on my forehead. But since having kids, my skin has suddenly become very acne prone, and on new places for me--like my cheeks.
1) Acne Pimple Master Patch: I'm late to the party with Asian skincare products. They subscribe to the staunch European guidelines, so their products aren't full of gunk like our American products can be. I'm no beauty guru, so I'll just tell you that these patches make a blemish's life much shorter and heal better as well. Put a patch on a zit you've popped (I know that's gross), and it'll suck out all the remaining yucky stuff in there and heal the spot. YOU NEED THESE!
2) Thayers Witch Hazel Toner: I've been using this for a year. Again, not full of gunk--it's very natural (no alcohol!), gentle, but effective. I love this so much! I use it right after watching my face at night and before I put on all my anti-aging and moisturizing products.
3) Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay: This is a mask. And whoah, you can feel it working. But it's a clay the you mix with apple cider vinegar. Your face is a little pink afterward, but that doesn't last long at all. My face is sooooo smooth after using this and I think a 1 lb container will last forever.
Finally, this swing has seriously transformed our family's life. We got it for the kids for Christmas, but didn't get to put it up until about a month ago. It's our favorite place to hang out. And it's big (39" in diameter) and can hold up to 600 lbs. All the neighborhood kids gravitate to it, including the teenagers (who are great, by the way). I even love to laze away on it when the kids are done and playing somewhere else on the yard. It's the perfect parenting perch! Worth every cent. (PS: We got this to go around the tree branch so the rope doesn't cut into it.)
What is adding a little joy to your every day?