Summer solstice arrives tomorrow which marks the official start to summer. Yipppeeee! For you that are moms, I am sure you’re busy planning lots of activities with the kids while they’re out of school so I’ll make this as short + sweet as possible today so you get on with the summer fun.
You’ve probably heard about the BB + CC Cream craze by now. These are brilliant beauty multitaskers that renew, brighten, even skin tone, hydrate and protect. I am a diehard fan of the Physicians Formula Healthy Wear Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 50, but I wanted to test out something new for summer. When the weather changes, so does my skin and I tend to get a few light breakouts so I like to switch things up. I am pleased to tell you that the Garnier BB Cream for Combo/Oily skin is awesome and the colors blend so well on the skin unlike many others that have a pasty white undertone. It prevents that “summertime shiny face” and really lives up to it’s claim of lasting all day. The only downside is it’s only an SPF 20 so I make sure to wear my Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid SPF 70 underneath. Also, if you have dry skin- this is not the BB Cream for you. Garnier makes a few different types for your specific skin needs. CVS $12.99
Just about every store I’ve been in lately has these fun printed leggings. Seen them? Some prints are way too crazy and should never grace a pair of legs, but I do like the black and white graphic prints. It’s such a nice alternative for summer instead of those boring black lululemon yoga pants. I had to take my own advice– and choose the bold print over the same old black leggings and walk confidently out the door to yoga class. I was a bit nervous, but I have to tell you… I felt like a rockstar in yoga! Strangely enough, I even had a better workout. Just remember, some of the prints can make the junk in your trunk a bit too junky– if ya know what I’m saying– so wear a longer tank that covers it. The best ones I’ve seen are from H&M.
Recently, I had the privilege of leading a workshop with a group of amazing women of all ages. One of the topics we covered was COMPASSION. I want to share our discussion with the hope that it will inspire and help you live with more compassion, not only for others, but for yourself:
COMPASSION- A feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.
- How compassionate are you overall?
- Do you have genuine compassion for others?
- Do you have compassion for yourself? Enough so to make the necessary changes needed to live your best life and alleviate any suffering you are experiencing?
Step Up: Be more compassionate and loving toward yourself and others. See the light in others despite a hard exterior. Put yourself in their shoes in order to see where they are coming from. Reflect on the areas you know you need to make changes. Write them down. Attach a timeframe to your goals. Walk it out. Devote time to nurturing yourself. Be a blessing to others even in the midst of your own storm.
“Compassion is the ultimate and most meaningful embodiment of emotional maturity. It is through compassion that a person achieves the highest peak and deepest reach in his or her search for self-fulfillment.” -Arthur Jersild, Professor/Author
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HAPPY SUMMER SISTAS!