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Fall Beauty Essentials


I love the change in weather. I look forward mostly to fall every year. The shorter days, crisp air, lack of humidity and cozy clothes make me feel comfortable in my skin all over again. Mostly. While the oppressive heat and sun of summer are really taxing on me, the humidity keeps my skin feeling hydrated. During fall and winter, I get rough, like sandpaper rough.

It is very important for me to know supply chain. I have discussed this before in fashion, garden and food posts. I do not want to contribute to a foot print that takes away, but rather gives back to worthy causes, local communities and small business owners. It is also equally important that anything that comes into my life does so at as little as possible impact to other creatures on this planet big and small 🙂

bulgarian_rose_open_1024x1024Spongelle – Bulgarian Rose This super beautiful softly rose dipped body buffer is by far the weirdest and coolest thing I have ever seen. I am totally hooked. It arrived in my Fab Fit Fun box for Fall. That was actually my first box and had so many dang goodies I am also nuts for those. Different post for that chat! This is a true rose scent. So be prepared for summer’s last fading bloom. Too much ? Done with that madness? There is an amber fragrance that hints at pumpkin spiced lattes.

How it works – Wet it , squeeze it, gentle little circles all over you! I found it to REALLY be a great buffer – so second time around I squeezed in to my washcloth – haha. Rinse hang repeat!
Available on Amazon Prime = Yes. 



Rodan and Fields – Redefine Lip Serum Finger tips and lips are the first signals that fall is on me. Both get rough cracked and feel like that the hiney end of a porcupine. I will be very transparent – I am selling this now. In the upcoming weeks and months I will absolutely feature chats to showcase my personal experience for your decision and review. This stuff works. Its why I chose to sell it among other reasons.  These caps have easily 2-3 doses in them and I mean that. Don’t squeeze the WHOLE thing on your lips. Pop a little hole place a dot on your pinky and rub. I apply a little more at night than in the am. As that is my “renewing” time. I do apply however after regime in the AM for the sole purpose of protecting my lips through the day. 



Bed Head Dry Shampoo – My stance on long hot showers has changed. Primarily thanks to the birth of my daughter. 21 years later I average those showers exactly one specific week out of every month. Even then, probably not as hot as when I was a younger lass. Now if I have a grueling work out, cramps, or some other need to relax my muscles, I Epsom soak for 15 mins in pretty hot water and then be done with it ! Usually immediately after I take a 5-10 min cool/tepid shower to rinse crystals off and reset my temp. The old adage – it dries you out = true. The same can be said for your hair.
I invested in a Keratin treatment for my hair this year. I don’t want to wash it or my color out through the bazillions of showers I put myself through. Enter the first dry shampoo that has ever worked and made my hair smell and feel good with no white halo or dandruff type flaking. On Amazon and in regular stores. Very good price !
Tip – I found a really great price on Keratin via one of those discount salons (quick cuts) Call around ! You absolutely can do some leg work, ask what products they use and get a price quote. My total treatment was $50.00. 


Most of all: Hydrate!

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The Silver Comet Trail

Walking Trail on the Silver Comet

Yesterday was the official second ride on the new bikes. Pixie woke up chanting the mantra (30 miles to skinny 30 miles to skinny) for the day and was very excited to get out in the sunshine and ride like the wind. I can’t tell you for sure what the temps really were here in North Georgia, but I can describe the wet blanket put in the oven to roast mixed with a slight lack of oxygen feeling. Have a general idea now?

We picked up the Silver Comet over in Smyrna at one of its main entry points. There are two directions to go. We selected the smaller trail that runs back through neighborhoods instead of the larger part that can run all the way over to Alabama.

It really is a great trail that is wide enough for walking, running, bicycling and even skating. We saw so many people doing each. There are restrooms, places to rent bikes, emergency phones and clearly marked walking trails. Areas with benches allow you to get off the trail briefly if you need a rest and the trees keep you pretty cool when pushing up and down the moderate inclines. There are no hills, but you will feel differences in elevations that make you pedal just a tad harder.

Pixie did an amazing job. I am really proud of her. In total we covered about 10 miles from where we parked around and back. It’s a good pedal if you are doing more than just coasting along. She was at several points alarmed because her heart rate really got going, the heat over took her a little and she felt some mild stomach turning.

I can’t stress ENOUGH how important it is in this weather to really hydrate, take rest when you feel you need it and stop when your body needs to. Certainly when cycling for fitness your goal is to go a little further and work work work, but heat exhaustion is a really big concern. Being her first real ride of distance, I needed to keep reminding her, Rome wasnt built in a day and to take the time she needed to get used to this type of activity. She stayed very positive. JC and Pigeon were really great at keeping her spirits up. Pigeon even felt pretty pooped after we landed back at the Family H house.

After hydrating, having a snack and getting in the AC we went out to dinner. Little A kept us laughing silly. I love getting to see her MaMa H and Daddy H. I think everyone had fun and enjoyed the ride.