Wellness Check : Kissing Cocktails Bye-Bye

Let’s start out with some mush. I just had the greatest Saturday. I was given some fantastic reasons to postpone my Michigan visit for a few more days, and I got to spend hours of fun with some of my besties. Can you still have besties at 29? I’m going to say yes. One truly underestimates the power of a life full of friends and family. I’m beginning to feel like myself again. It’s a good feeling.

One thing I’m not winning is the sleep game. It becomes more and more clear that as I crossover into that special new decade, certain things that used to be pure fun are now detrimental to the rest of my life. Unfortunately, one of those things is the beloved cocktail. It seems that the nights I partake are also the nights I am (obviously) up too late, and end up being awakened some three or four hours later. It’s not a great feeling, and here’s some science to make everyone feel even worse about it.

Scary Side Effects of Sleep Deprivation (Huffington Post) – Eyelids feeling heavy yet? Don’t let the fear keep you from reading this article. (I’m specifically talking to certain people who share my last name.)

Alcohol’s Effects on Normal Sleep (Science Daily) – Also, science says I’m not wrong about the drinking thing. This is why I always liked English and Social Studies better.

I'll miss you, sweet friend.
I’ll miss you, sweet friend.

So, besides all the other bunches of stuff I’m focusing on as I embark on this new chapter, this has to be at the top of the pile. That may mean, as much as I’m excited to see my favorite American friends, I might have to celebrate our togetherness with tea and coffee (but only before like 6PM.) There will be a few occasions coming up to REALLY celebrate, and I will make allowances for those.

In other health news, I’m psyched to be back in the realms of a well-stocked, reasonably priced Target. Did you know, they have an entire natural products section? I haven’t seen this before, and it got my motor revved. Yeah, it’s the little things, people. Another fun project will be trying every natural product they’re slinging. Maybe not every one, and I’m open to suggestions, but I’m seeking a great, reasonably priced face wash, moisturizer, shampoo, conditioner, and makeup. This one’s for the girls. Here’s what I picked up yesterday.

You say tomato, I say, please help me, PLEASE.

No secret, my skin has taken on a life of its own this past year especially, and it seems no amount of money, cleansing, or clean eating is helping. It’s an infuriating place to be in. At least the struggle keeps me looking youthful, around 15 to 16, when blemishes are your closest companion. I’ll let you know if I find the miracle potion that will give me back that tired, bewildered, 29-year-old glow that I should have at this point in my life.

As close to Hawaii as I’ll be getting anytime soon.

I love a good moisturizer, and have heard Jessica Alba’s line was among the more reasonably priced options for dabbling in natural skincare. Any experienced users out there? I’d love your take. So far, I can tell you for sure- it smells pretty.

Okay, that’s all for now. I want you to know that sleep deprivation made it so this mediocre post took two hours to write. See?



6 thoughts on “Wellness Check : Kissing Cocktails Bye-Bye

  1. alexandra farrington says:

    I’m going through the same stuff!!

    I’m obsessed with Lush handmade cosmetics. I use their Big! Shampoo and conditioner to help plump up my limp hair. I tried a moisturizing body bar, but I’m not a huge fan. I like the shampoo bars as well.

    Coconut oil is my BFF. I use it as body moisturizer, as a hair mask, & a breif stint of oil-pulling.

    For toner I’ve used apple cider vinegar, but I didn’t love it (smell). I recently found info on another blog that hydrogen peroxide is great.. I’m trying it this week.

    I’ve also heard that activated charcoal works well as a face mask too. A bunch of companies (ex. Lush and Biore) are adding it to products.

    I’d like to find an all natural sunscreen. And a great anti-aging cream that doesn’t break the bank.

    I’m excited to read what you find!

  2. the winegetter says:

    Welcome to ageing….lol. I have had sleep problems directly connected to over-boozing pretty much since I turned 30, and that was a long time ago…it doesn’t really get better.

    In other news: For me, being close to family actually makes me less and less who I am, so I am trying to stay away as much as I can…

    1. The Daily Sampler says:

      Every time I set out to “relax” and/or “let loose” with alcohol, it almost always backfires now. It’s kind of sad. I’d at least like to enjoy a glass, (okay-2 glasses,) of wine without getting an immediate headache.

      Everyone is different with the family thing, but I’ve always found being close to my favorite people brings out my best self. I’m truly comfortable, am usually nonstop laughing, and feel peaceful and balanced. I love to travel and can do weird things (like live in Halifax for a year,) for periods of time, but when it comes down to it, my relationships will always be the most important thing in my life, and the thing I want to return to every time.

      1. the winegetter says:

        It probably helps that your family are among your favorite people…if that was the case for me, I would also be myself around them…and I guess it is connected, too: They might not be my favorite people because I don’t feel like myself around them.

        I am much more comfortable with the people I can choose, and mirror your sentiments when it comes to those people.

      2. The Daily Sampler says:

        I hear you. I feel lucky that I ended up with those crazy people. Haha! And I’ve also got some pretty amazing friends that got stuck with me, as well. Nothing beats great friends.

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