Spring is really here now in New Jersey, JK it’s freezing outside. It felt so good to open up the windows last weekend, but hopefully the warm weather makes its way back soon. Oh, but I’d like to wish a very happy Mother’s Day to all of the mommas & momma figures out there! I’ve been trying to stay busy, but a slow busy. Mostly reading some books after work. I just finished reading Young House Love’s Lovable, Livable Home. It gave me so many ideas for when we can complete all of our half-finished home renovations that we started at the beginning of the shutdown. We’ve been refraining from heading to the stores for supplies, so we’re just working with what we’ve got, but if you are doing that it’s totally OK! We just don’t feel comfortable. Here’s a little sneak peek of our guest bedroom: I found out that a local bookstore at the Jersey Shore is participating in an alternative platform for audiobook subscriptions. There’s a lot of indie bookstores on the …
I love New Jersey’s official Twitter account right now for reminding me what day it is. Never have I felt caught in a loop of endless days – well, not counting that annual week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Prior to the shutdowns, my husband and I basically only saw each other on the weekends. I always looked forward to Saturdays because it meant the work week was over, but also because Tom and I would get to spend some time together. Usually we would go out with friends, head to a local bar or restaurant, go to a movie, I can’t go on or I’ll get weepy about the outside world.
While I’ve been home, I like looking back on the times I went out in the world. Often, I think about wandering around Home Goods, but I like to think about the trips Tom and I have taken over the last few years. It gives me hope that there is an end to this and it gets me thinking about where I want to go next when this is all over.
Long before I was home all day every day (forever and ever?), I had a pretty low maintenance makeup skin care routine. I’ve since amped up the skincare part, but broke up with makeup for the time being. I generally wore minimal makeup during the workweek to begin with and often only applied a full face of makeup on the weekends if I was going out. ‘Member going out? I’ve had breakouts from a young age and have been on an endless journey to find the best products possible for my skin. I cringe when I think about all of the harsh things I’ve used over the years — I went through a straight up rubbing alcohol phase (!!!!!!!!) as a teen. So needless to say, I’m doing a lot of cleanup. That cleanup process has been including a lot more earth friendly, skin friendly, cruelty-free products. I’m not perfect and I’m still learning — but here are a few I’m using allllll the time these days while I’m home.