Since it’s been almost six weeks since my surgery I have had plenty of time to get cozy with a few items, some of which have become favorites of mine. For your enjoyment (and amusement) I decided to give you not one, but two Favorite Things lists.
Here are some items that I’ve come across recently that I think are pretty outstanding. I have not been paid to promote or have been contacted in any way about endorsing any of these items. I just happen to like them and thought I’d share them with you:
Things I’m Loving Right Now:
Bolthouse Farms Caesar Parmigiano Yogurt salad dressing. Actually, I’ve been using this brand for some time now, but this flavor is currently my favorite. I’ve tried their Ranch, Thousand Island and Blue Cheese dressings as well and they are all really yummy. This one in particular however, is being used from sandwich spread to vegetable dip. And the calorie count is an amazing 45 calories per serving (2 tablespoons). How great is that?
Since my surgery, my skin has been crazy-dry. This is very unusual for me during the summer months. I had plenty of lotions to slather on my body, but my face (which is pretty sensitive) was not responding to any kind of moisturizer and I was breaking out in acne along my jaw line. Seriously? Adult acne?
I’d read a while back that Argan Oil helped all kinds of skin conditions so I shopped the internet for a deal and bought Josie Maran’s 100% Pure Argan Oil. This stuff is amazing. Not only does it balance out my uneven skin, but if I feel a breakout coming on I rub a little oil onto it and by the next morning it’s dried up and healing nicely. Oil drying up acne. I know – crazy. This oil is not just for the face, either; it can be used anywhere on the body, including to soften cuticles and it’s great taming dead ends. The best part is that a little goes a long way.
You all know how much I LOVE my tea. I use it as a staple in my household because it has a habit of curbing my sugar cravings, not to mention all of its other health benefits. I was a Teavana Girl for a while; then I started really enjoying Lupicia teas, but while cruising the internet a few weeks ago I came across a small tea company called The Tea Guys. They had two flavors I had to try: Chocolate Delight and Coconut Truffle, which is the one you see in the photo above. Can I just say that this is some of the best tea I’ve ever had? Look at all of those goodies sitting amidst that black tea! Steeping a heaping teaspoon to 8 oz of hot water for a couple of minutes and then adding my favorite sweetener and a splash of milk, and I could swear I was drinking a warm, creamy Almond Joy chocolate bar. Mmm……
When I finally got the okay to begin slowly exercising again, my husband found a free exercise app for my IPhone to help keep me motivated and show me that I am indeed making progress – even when I think otherwise. I’ve downloaded several of these freebie apps in the past and have been unimpressed, but this one is really useful. It’s called Allsport GPS LE. It uses GPS to track your time, distance, change in elevation, calories – the works. And it allows you to see the actual path you took during your walk, run, hike, bike ride or other activity. It’s very user friendly and worth downloading if you have an IPhone. And did I mention that it’s free??
My list of post-surgery must haves:
This list will most likely do you little good to read, unless you’ve recently had surgery. Or enjoy seeing just how little it takes to excite me these days. Either way, this is a more humorous but completely legitimate list of my favorite post-hysterectomy items. Seriously, if I were J Lo, these things would be my entourage because they must be within my reach at all times.
1. Stretchy, drawstring shorts.
I tried these on before surgery and they were so big, the crotch came halfway down my thighs. I thought, ‘Well, that was a waste of money,’ yet I hung onto them because my mother – with her never ending wisdom, reminded me that too big is better than too small. Right, indeed. I have worn these during the day and I’ve worn them to bed. Double-duty lounge shorts! They may not be pretty, but they stretch with my stomach when I’ve had a rough day of overdoing it.
2. Ice Pack.
Never before have I had a more regimented routine of icing any part of my body. This ice pack is draped across my tummy all throughout the day. I don’t know if it helps the swelling go down, but it sure feels good. Courtesy of Walgreens.
3. This chair.
This is like the Archie Bunker’s Chair of Chairs. So comfortable. Thank goodness the 100+ degree heat has broken because I can now return to my favorite park-it spot. When sitting becomes too painful I can lean way back in this lounge chair and it takes all kinds of pressure off of my lower back. Courtesy of Bed, Bath and Beyond (with 20% off coupon, of course)
4. My Succulent Garden.
Remember this post when Craig and I bought a bunch of seed packets so that I could have a deck garden since I couldn’t do anything strenuous after surgery? Yeah well, this is how all of that played out (prepare yourself for a dramatic reading here):
And thus the seeds sprang forth from the fertile soil and rose towards the heavens. And lo, if you listened closely enough you could hear them announce their purpose for this world – each of them introducing themselves to their neighbors: I am fancy lettuce! I am a poppy! I am rosemary!
…and then they all keeled over and died. Every one of them. Bummer of an ending to that riveting story, I know. (I have no idea what I did wrong, either.) So, I decided to go a different route and plant a succulent garden. Here’s how that is going, which in contrast reads more like an infomercial:
Oops! I forgot to water! So what. Who cares? They certainly don’t! Won’t my lovely plants die in this 100+ degree heat? No way! They love it! Everything else is wilting in the sun! Not these babies!
Basically, I couldn’t kill these plants if I tried. Don’t they look great? I’m telling you, if you have no skill at keeping things alive, try a succulent garden. They’re great.
Well, I think that’s about enough punishment for you today ;) I’m about to leave my Fort of Solitude and go out to have breakfast with my friend, Mel. As always, thank you for taking the time to stop by and read. Oh, and if you have anything new and exciting that you’ve tried and cannot live without, I’d love to read about it!
Have a great Tuesday!